Saturday, October 3, 2015

OPI DS Charcoal is a shifty greyish green

If it wasn't for my friends who are in the know, I probably would never find out about new colors coming out.  I'm so out if the loop, ever since I decided to focus more on my career.  Thankfully, I got this gorgeous duochrome just in time for the Fall season. I'm loving greys lately, and this one is no exception.  It was the perfect color to go with my new nubs.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat 
2 coats OPI DS Charcoal 
Dior Gel Coat

Still rocking those Sephora Formula X Liquid Crystals

I really love these and I want to collect them all.  I've posted a couple already.  Here are two that I love, because they both shift.  Moon Glow was super sheer, so I have to wear it over a grey creme.  Beacon was a 3-coater and I received so many compliments when I was wearing it.  This last one was another Bday gift from another awesome friend <3




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat 
1 coat Barielle Feathered Slippers
2 coats Sephora Moon Glow
Seche Vite Topcoat




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat 
3 coats Sephora Beacon
Seche Vite Topcoat

Burberry Hydrangea Pink

I'm kind of impressed with the formula and finish of this Burberry.  I say that because I haven't heard too much about this brand, as it pertains to cosmetics.  Now I want to try their make up too.  This was pretty much like a Dior, very creamy, glossy and saturated.  This was a Bday gift from my dear friend, and Inreally cherish it.  I would have never thought of buying this, but I love it.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Burberry Hydrangea Pink
Dior Gel Coat

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Glitter over neon

When my friend Sue came to visit, I had to wear green.  It's a rare sight, I almost never wear green.  Since she also loves glitter and she gave me this Models Own, I thought that there wasn't a better way to show my appreciation.  I forgot how fun it is to do a glitter bomb mani.  Lately, I am not wearing heavy glitter as often, because of the removal.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats OPI You're so Outta Lime
1 coat Models Own Dancing Queen 
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Seche Vite Topcoat

Monday, September 7, 2015

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers in Goldwork are a poor quality product

I don't like doing bad reviews, but I'm always honest, and these are awful.  First of all, they are not easy to apply or peel off from the plastic that they come in.  If you guys have read this blog for a while, you know that I have experience with nail strips, from Sally Hansen brand to Incoco.  The SH original ones that come in the small box with the file and the cuticle pusher are ok, but this product is just mediocre.

Trust me, it has nothing to do with the fact that I wore them over my bare nails, because I actually liked this radical look.  They are just lumpy and they don't stretch at all to take the shape of the nails. As a bonus, my thumb fell off after only 30 minutes of wearing them, and I wasn't even doing housework, just driving.  It just didn't adhere.  They just get caught on everything, especially clothes.  I easily took off all of them within the hour, by peeling them, because they were never fully suck to the nails, so I guess that was a plus.  They felt uncomfortable and I didn't want to spend one more second with them.  Sorry Sally Hansen.

Not much really positive to say about them.  The color was good.  They have a texture to them, so if you like texture and have flat nails, you might want to try them.




Layering Order:
Sally Hansen 110 Goldwork 
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Bare for Brave - My thoughts on the Mentality fiasco

I wanted to wear my nails bare, to show my support for those brave ladies that showed their affected bare nails, in order to warn us about the damage that some Mentality Polishes have caused.  I'm not going to write some bs about how it 'allegedly' causes nails to look burnt.  I noticed that some of the articles out there, including the ones from famous magazines, are using the word allegedly.  I want to make this clear for my readers.  These are not just allegations that can be brushed away, these are facts.  All the ladies who have posted severe nail damage have one common denominator: they have used the indie brand Mentality.

We are not "freaking out", we are genuinely concerned for the health of these people who used those products. Ever since I found out, I thought about this issue every day, and I wanted to find a way to talk/write about it.  I just couldn't find the words to express my frustration.  I thought to myself what would I do if that happened to me? And what about all the guilt that they must be feeling for doing what they simply love?  I know that feeling, and it's not a fun one. Today, I want to thank them publicly, for doing what they did, for posting those pictures of their bare nails, and raising awareness.

I am angry.  This is the word that most accurately sums up my opinion about this horrible ordeal. Not only am I angry at the way that the company has handled this situation, but I am angry at how deceiving one can person be, and ruin people's trust.  When they state that they have tested their nail polish while they're making it, because it simply splashes onto their clothes, I get angry. When they post new sales and swatches, and new gel polishes, I get angry and sad.  I feel really bad for anyone who is starting up a new indie polish company, because thanks to Mentality, no one is going to want to venture with newer brands anymore.  The indie community was already in decline and this was a stab in the heart.

I could really go on about all the things that sum up my reaction and feelings, but this post is about supporting those bloggers and customers who have posted the truth, and have opened our eyes.  Thank you.

Please join me in supporting them by posting your bare nails with the tag #bareforbrave


Monday, August 24, 2015

Cult Nails Clairvoyant sandwiched with black jelly

I went to meet my two nail polish buddies today, so I had to wear something epic.  It did however, look better in real life, and in certain lighting conditions.  I managed to snap a couple of good pictures before they chipped.





Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
1 coat Nfu Oh JS01
1 coat Cult Nails Clairvoyant
1 coat Nfu Oh JS01
1 coat Cult Nails Clairvoyant
Seche Vite Topcoat

Bonus pic (gifts from my friends):


One more bonus pic (mini-haul from nail supply):



L to R: Essie Allure, OPI Eurso Euro, OPI DS Charcoal, Essie Watercolor Pen & Inky, Essie Watercolor Point of Blue.  Bottom: Essie Blossom Dandy.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Nail wipes review

I know this sounds random, but I've been needing to remove my nail polish on-the-go lately.  I think these have been around for quite a while, but I haven't paid attention.  I have used the Sally Hansen ones before, they were awful; and the La Fresh ones, but they are expensive and solely available online.  I've also tried the ones from Rite Aid, and they are ok, but this is a drugstore that is not everywhere in the US.  Recently, I came across the Ulta ones (3 pads at $3.99) and the Target brand ones (10 pads at $3.49).  I love them both.  My favorite ones are the Target Nail Polish Remover Pads.  Here is why:

-the ingredients include oils
-more pads per box, per dollar
-1 pad removes all 10 nails
-it removes glitter nail polish faster (but for glitter manis you will need more than 1 wipe for all 10 nails)
-no significant smell or after-scent
-does not dry your skin

The Ulta ones are good too, but if you have a Target nearby, I suggest those instead.  The Ulta ones will remove the nail polish really fast too, but it doesn't have any oils, just glycerin, which is a cheap moisturizer.  The only thing I noticed is that, it doesn't have any artificial coloring.  I don't understand who was the genius at Target, who decided that it was ok to add 'color' to the pads.  To me, it seems unnecessary.  The Ulta ones have no smell either, so it's good.  Although, the La Fresh ones are not pictured here, I think that it's worth mentioning that they have the best scent out of all the pads I've tried.  Those ones did not do a great job at removing glitter, which is another reason why I don't go out of my way to buy them.

Hope this helps someone!




Saturday, August 15, 2015

A couple of lavender manis

I have been wearing pastels lately.  Especially purple ones.  I don't know how I feel about these.  Wishing Star Sky was not as amazing as I expected.  It looks ok, but the color is so simple, it has no depth.  Girls Shift Faster was a bit disappointing, because it doesn't have the color-shifting pigment that I expected (such as the one in Clarins 230).  That being said, it does shift a bit, but more towards gold, instead of green.




Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Chaos & Crocodiles Wishing Star Sky
OPI DS Topcoat




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Colors by Llarowe Girls Shift Faster (tips only)
1 coat Orly Fancy Fuchsia
Dior Gel Coat

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Barry M Need for Speed is a perfect lavender crelly

My friend Sue got me this polish from the UK.  It applied effortlessly.  The color is so pretty in real life.  It reminds me of Chanel Rodeo Drive, but without the microshimmer.  This is just lovely.  It dries very glossy, it can probably be worn without topcoat.  It can also look pink in certain lights.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Barry M Need for Speed 
Dior Gel Coat

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Impala Charming is a cute green crelly with glittery goodness

I don't really know why this one was in my untrieds for almost a year.  It's gorgeous in real life.  I think it's unique, because of the magical shimmer.  It glows beautifully in the shade.  I love it.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Impala Charming 
Dior Gel Coat

French tips on almond-shaped nails

 I wasn't used to doing french this way, but now I really like it.  I did a couple of easy manis french style, and I liked how they turned out.  I've been using a lot of yellow lately, apologies for those readers who dislike yellow.  I don't think it's too flattering on my skin tone, but sometimes I like getting out of my comfort zone.




Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
1 coat OPI Life gave me Lemons (tips only)
1 coat Wet n Wild Correction Tape 
1 coat Nfu Oh JS19
Seche Vite Topcoat



Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
1 coat Colors by Llarowe Rest in Pieces (tips only)
2 coats Pa AA120
Seche Vite Topcoat

Monday, July 27, 2015

Dior Front Row is a shimmery girly fuchsia

This is a nail art mani that I did last week .  By the time I took the pic, the edges were already a bit worn, but it still looked ok.  I really like this Dior for summer, the color and the formula are great.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
Nail guides
1 coat Dior Front Row
Flower decals
Black stripping tape
Dior Gel Coat

Friday, July 24, 2015

Urban Outfitters old-school purist yellow

I was looking through my nail art box last night and noticed some nail studs from the OPI Gwen Stefani Collection.  I don't remember buying these, but they're really edgy, and I like them.  I paired it with this 'comic book yellow' and I really like the result.




Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Urban Outfitters Yellow 1
OPI Nail Studs
Seche Vite Topcoat