Posts Tagged ‘nail polish’

Kiss Halloween nail strips

October 30, 2014

These were fun! I could not pass them up in Walgreens… in September.

I waited until October to wear them, even though it was difficult for me! (Though secretly I was stoked that I’d picked them up when I did because they disappeared in two weeks.)

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These simply press on like a sticker, then you file the edge smooth. They smell/feel like polish, but the tipwear is a little bit worse in my opinion. Here’s my stumpy thumb so you can see the pattern.

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I really like these! Even though I’m not a big fan of the funky French manicure aspect, I would buy again. Anyone else try these for Halloween?

Blogs to read: Scrangie

October 13, 2014

Scrangie. Of course Scrangie. So much so that it’s probably silly to write about why you should read Scrangie since everyone already does! But I’ll do it anyway, because maybe, just maybe, there’s a noob out there who doesn’t realize all that Scrangie has to offer.

Here’s why her blog is the ultimate nail polish blog:

-Pictures. Ok, she has perfect nails. They are long and pretty and even when they are shortish they are long and pretty. Ugh! And the photos she takes are always nice and crisp.

-The archives go on nearly forever.

-She reviews many brands that I hadn’t even heard of.

-She’s opinionated and not afraid to say when she hates something.

-She writes excellent color and formula descriptions accompany every opinion.

-There are video game references hiding everywhere!

Same is true of everything she reviews: makeup, perfume, lotions.

I also wanted to send her awesome happy internet vibes since it’s her blog that first told me about Depression Awareness month in October. I love her openness – it helps me have the courage to talk about it myself. Hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do!

Maybelline Color Show Gilded Rose

April 9, 2014

Glitter time! I have recently realized that I love rose gold.

Color Show Gilded Rose

Color Show Gilded Rose

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color! It “covers” in two coats and dries very quickly. I say “covers” because the base is heavy with gold glass fleck, which means that light shines through the flecks at certain angles and shows up at most angles as bright gold. (That also makes it difficult to photograph.)

The rumors that it chips easily are true. It comes off in huge chunks within a day or so.

Because of the fantastic color and quick dry time, it’s easy to throw this on before a dinner date, sans topcoat. When it comes time to remove though… UGH GLITTER. I might try some of that OPI glitter base. If I do, I’ll let you know!

Essie Chubby Cheeks

August 8, 2012

This is my favorite summer color this year, Essie Chubby Cheeks:

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It’s a creamy jelly or a jelly-ish cream. You can see plenty of VNL at two coats here, but I still love it. Different lighting will shift the color toward pink, but it always looks yummy.  <3

Sale time!

October 17, 2011

I popped on to a few blogs and one of them mentioned a sale over at transdesign.com. Holy moly! Essie polishes are just $4! China Glaze for $2.99! Now, when I try to check out, the secure shopping cart isn’t secure, so buy at your own risk. I don’t think I’ll be able to resist, though.

Check out Stephanie’s China Glaze Trendsetter post! But don’t buy it all up before I get mine. ;)

 

While I’m on a buying spree, can anyone recommend the best base coat? I need a good, smooth base that will protect my nails from stains.

 

Short ‘n Chic Giveaway!

August 25, 2011

As an addendum to my earlier post about how awesome Short ‘n Chic is, I wanted to note that she’s now doing a Grand Giveaway! A comment on her post might win you three gorgeous American Apparel polishes of your choice.  (Peacock, Army Jacket, and Poppy, perhaps you will be mine!)

P.S. I forgot to say that I dig her fashion sense – I’ll try to get a photo of the whale-print dress I just found that reminded me of her unicorn sweater.

Essie Turquoise & Caicos

August 23, 2011

Can you tell I like Essie? It’s the little bottles. They’re so cute! I am a huge sucker for packaging.

Three coats of Turquoise & Caicos, I promise to get better at photos:

light turquoise nail polish

late afternoon sun

I spent a few weeks drooling over pictures of people wearing this one before tracking it down in the store. When I found it, I kind of hated it in the bottle.  Surprise!  It dries darker.  I even freaked out a little on the first coat because it looked really yellow-green.  Three coats (I still had VNL at two coats) and I’m in love.  <3 <3 <3

a light turquoise (green-blue) creme polish

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Here it is compared to Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Sea Breeze:

While this one still falls into my turquoise category, it’s much darker. This Insta-Dri is thick – opaque in one coat showing brush texture – but the brush is kind of awesome. Wide and beveled. I feel like it’s quick to chip, though. Even with top and base coat, huge chunks of it come off after a day. Another thing? This color will stain, beware!

Is anyone a fan of Insta-Dri?

Essie Dive Bar

August 20, 2011

Here’s my current polish, Essie Dive Bar, pictured here at a few days old:

 

Green/blue nail polish

full sun

 

This was three of the most irritating coats of polish I have ever put on. I was trying to be really careful too, letting each coat dry for several minutes before applying the next. It seems to dry as you apply it, so that you can’t overlap at all or you’ll wipe off the layer below. It reminded me of dry-erase pens. Other people have reported an easy two coats, so who knows.

 

same polish in the shade

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It’s hard to capture the duochrome on this one. As I type, it’s almost a navy blue, but in most bright light settings it’s a dark base with bright green/teal shimmer. When twilight comes around, it’ll look more like a a blue/teal.

 

indoors

This terribly blurry picture shows the bluer indoor shade. The purple shows up in the bottle but I find myself waving my hands in front of my face trying to find it on the nail. Is it just me or do duochromes exist so people can laugh at us for flailing about while staring at our nails?

I’ll keep this polish even though it’s scary to apply. I’m optimistic that my photography AND nail polish application skills will improve!  Also cuticles, and mysterious hand redness, and funky nail shape…