11.29.2010

Clean Your Bottles Ladies!

I always try to remember to wipe down my bottles after using them or at least every so often. Today I went to open my O.P.I. Ridge Filler since my nails have been a peeling mess lately and low and behold it's sealed shut. I asked my dad and even he couldn't open it. After awhile of trying he broke out the rubber cord and then the pliers. This was the outcome. Barely used enough to have a proper burial.
RIP O.P.I.... you were so young and apparently oh so unclean.

11.28.2010

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Gun Metal"

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Gun Metal"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
I was excited for this color in the hopes that it would actually look like Gun Metal, but alas I was wrong. It has a very deep blue tone to it, which is obvious when you look at the bottle, but I retained my excitement just in case. I rarely have trouble applying the X-Treme line, but given that this is a Frosty polish, you can see the bristles of the brush all throughout the nail. The formula was also quite thick. I think a little bit of thinner would help, but the color is not what I wanted. “Steel-Her-Heart” from Revlon is a better gun metal color than this is.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Fuchia Power"

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Fuchia Power"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
Love this color. It's a bright pink, fuchsia crème color that offers a lot of coverage in one coat. Formula is a little thick, but that's like most of the X-Treme Wear line and I kind of like that.

White/Gold Scales on Black

The base color is Sinful Colors in “Black on Black”. The scales were created by striping gold and white polish vertically and then dragging a toothpick across the nail horizontally. This started out as a mistake and then this outcome was my way of correcting it. I rather like this look.

*Sorry for the picture quality, this is an older photo

11.26.2010

Glue On Nails Removal

So after six days of my beautiful Mirror Nails, it’s time to remove them and reunite with my natural nail. I’m already anticipating their damage. I never wear these store bought full coverage glue on nails so I purchased Kiss Artificial Nail Remover to help. It seems better then ripping them off which is where my temptation lies. So here is what they look like now. You can see some damage on the pointer and middle finger mostly on my right hand. On my left the pointer fell off recently and I just kept it off. I don’t know if you can see it, but there is a layer of nasty glue guck stuck on to it. The staining is from a previous nail polish accident where I didn’t use a much needed base coat.




So this is what the inside of the Kiss product looks like. Slot for one finger and a slot for all fingers. I stuck pointer to pinky in the big slot and my thumb in the single for a faster soak.

It says soak for two minutes and then twist against those spikey brushes along the inside wall. It basically started melting off the fake nail which you can see here where my natural tips are beginning to show.

I ended up soaking for about three minutes and then twisting and checking. I checked to see if the nails lifted a bit and then I would stick a toothpick to help ease it up. If it popped off hurray, if it didn’t I eased it up as much as I could and then started twisting it inside the solution again and repeated the lifting. I think if I would have only twisted it and let it melt off it would have taken forever. It took about one episode of “Married… with Children” for me to get all the nails off (almost 30 mins). I think it was worth the five bucks rather than ripping them off.

11.25.2010

Yellow Design Sampler

Design Sampler:
Base Color: Sinful Colors in "Let's Meet" (See Swatch)

Pointer: Tiger Stripes
Middle: Gold and Black Scales
Ring: Leopard/Cheetah
Pinky: Matte (Coated with Essie's "Matte About You")

11.21.2010

Broadway Fashion Diva Nail Art in “BGFD02” (Mirrors!)



Broadway Fashion Diva Nail Art in “BGFD02”
Not a fan of glue on nails because they always seem to fall off and damage your nails, but I had to get these. I’ve been obsessed with the mirror nail look ever since that whole trend blew up. No nail polish even comes close to this. The only option to get this look if you don’t want the glue on nails is MINX. I cut and filed these down to about my natural length. These nails are thick, as expected, and they have a bit of a curve in them to follow the natural nail line.  I love how this looks, but I’ll be happy to return to my natural nails when these come off.

I put these on yesterday and I’ve already had about three girls ask me about them which lead into a whole conversation and several other people who complimented them. On the downside I’ve also had four of them that had to be re-glued on after they fell off. I have a strong urge to go to the salon and try out the Minx manicure.
 

Sally Hansen Color Quick Chrome Pen in “Silver Chrome”

Sally Hansen Color Quick Chrome Pen in “Silver Chrome”
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)

I like this color a lot, but I would go for a bottled version. These pens aren’t the greatest.  It’s a push pen system so sometimes you get too much or too little polish. The polish tends to pool at the top of the brush rather than dripping to the tip. After you paint your nails the wet brush just has a cap placed over it. After you use it once it dries out a bit and the bristles harden, which is where the streakiness and uneven texture comes from.

New York Color Long-Wearing in “French White Tip”

New York Color Long-Wearing in “French White Tip”
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)

Dislike!! This white is very streaky and the consistency is THICK. I did two coats this time, but I’ve done three and it just gets worse and worse. I don’t dislike NYC polishes overall, but with this color you definitely get what you pay for ($0.99). Horrible looking white polish. It’s not even good for using under designs like with Konad or anything because it’s just an uneven final look. Ick.

11.19.2010

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Green With Envy"

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Green With Envy"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
Just your typical bright green Shreky/Apple color. Use a base coat though, this is quite obviously a stainer. Smooth finish, no complaints.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Wet Cement"

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Wet Cement"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is probably my favorite color. It’s goes with anything and is a great base to put under designs. My favorite is putting a black hounds-tooth print on top of this color. Great color, smooth finish, no bubbles, no complaints. Love love love<3

Possible Dupes:
-MAC "On The Prowl" [Comparison by The Shades of U here]
-RGB "Steel" [Comparison by Nouveau Cheap here]
-Nubar "Barricade" [Comparison by Lacquer Laine here]

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Commander in Chic”

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Commander in Chic”
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is a great color for fall. I’ve used it several times since its recent purchase. It’s a purple grey combination that has a very toned down look. Very simple and very chic, as its name implies. It has a good consistency so two coats is all you really need. I still use a top coat with this line even though it’s supposed to be a ‘manicure in a bottle’ because I think it helps it last longer. My nails peel on the ends time to time so I would still use a ridge filler before applying this seeing as it doesn’t fill some of my cracks on my tips. This line also utilizes probably my favorite brush ever! Great coverage smooth lines.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Right Said Red”

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in “Right Said Red”
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This is a great red. It’s vibrant, but has a slightly darkish hue that tones it down and keeps it from being that bright fire truck red. I still use a top coat with this line even though it’s supposed to be a ‘manicure in a bottle’ because I think it helps it last longer. My nails peel on the ends time to time so I would still use a ridge filler before applying this seeing as it doesn’t fill some of my cracks on my tips. I thought this formula was a big watery which I didn’t care for. I felt like I needed to use more coats because of that.

Brucci Nail Hardener in “Dani’s Twisted Summer”

Brucci in “Dani’s Twisted Summer”
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
I love love love love LOVE this purple. It’s great for summer and fall since it’s such a neutral purple.It goes on good and a great top coat makes this polish perfect.

11.14.2010

Sinful Colors in "Shausha"

Sinful Colors in "Shausha"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)

This is a very mauvish bronze with purple and mostly golden highlights. I always like this when I first put it on, but after about two days I want it changed immediately. It’s a nice color, but I just get sick of that iridescent factor quick. No complaints in the application.

Possible Dupes:
-China Glaze "Awakening" [This is debatable. I'd love for someone to do a comparison.]
-Zoya "Faye" [Someone wanna make a swatch comparision?]

11.13.2010

L'Oreal Paris Jet-Set in "Chip Chop"

L'Oreal Paris Jet-Set Quick Dry in "Chip Chop"
(Two coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This polish is way more bright and pigmented than the camera is picking up. It’s a bit streaky sometimes, but I’ve always loved this color. Especially for summer.

Sinful Colors in "Let's Meet"

Sinful Colors in "Let's Meet"
(Three coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
This polish should definitely be used with a base coat. It's pigmented, but sheer at the same time because it isn't very thick. I used three coats, but if I would have used a base coat or a ridge filler I think two coats would due the color justice. This is a very pretty golden yellow with tiny little glass flecks to give it a simple shimmer. Sheer awesomeness too bad I just can’t pull off yellow with my skin tone. I always try though.

11.09.2010

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Deep Purple"

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in "Deep Purple"
(Three coats. No top coat. No base coat.)
I really like the color. Super metallic, shiny and pigmented, but too bad the formula doesn’t match. I painted on three coats, but two is enough. It’s a little streaky, but it’s forgivable since it’s a frost. I don’t have an excuse for the bubbles though. Not a fan of bubbles at all and these ones are quite noticeable.