Making GIFs of myself.
Look I blew all my followers a big smooch!!
Essie’s “Shine of the Times” topcoat from the LuxEffects collection over Wet n Wild’s “Black Creme. I thought the formulation of the actual topcoat was too thick so I added a few drops of Orly’s polish thinner to it and now it’s perfect! I love the effect of this. It’s excellent for accent nails and all over on black. It kind of reminds me of a snakeskin/croc-embossed design just because of the pattern of the glitter. I love this polish so much! It shines without a topcoat and the glitter turns from a burnt orange to a neon green. The best part: This polish is a glitter that removes like a cream. AMAZING. It wears so well as well. I love it to bits and pieces.
I recommend (absolutely) going out, hunting this down, and paying full price for this (although mine was a gift from a friend). This polish WILL be worth it. It’s hands down, my favorite Essie and I am seriously considering going out to buy a backup. I know I’ll want it long before it stops selling in stores.
Revlon’s “Copper Penny” is one of my favorite metallics. It’s so classy and beautiful and fancy. I really love it. It wears well.
Essie “Tart Deco”
It’s a little too neon for my dried-out, slightly tanned hands, but I think it’s a good bright color for spring and summer and I wasn’t feeling up to the cold and chilly weather.
Nail Polish Obsession Confession Tag!
- What age did you first wear nail polish? I used to steal my mother’s polishes when I was around 8 or 9, but I didn’t really love polish until I was 13 or 14.
- Did you ever paint the nails of your dolls? Nope. I guess it just wasn’t my thing!
- Were you allowed to wear nail polish or did you have to sneak wearing it? Nope, my mother is very open about beauty and makeup and maintenance. She is okay with all of that stuff, as long as I don’t overdo any of it. Besides, I was a teenager when I got into nail polish and mascara, so she let me alone.
- Do you like painting other people’s nails? Oh, sure, I guess. I really love doing my own a little bit more, though, since other people tend to fidget and be impatient.
- Have you ever had a professional manicure or pedicure? I have had two pedicures and three manicures in my life. I don’t mind doing them at home, though, since it’s way cheaper!
- Have you ever had artificial nails on? Talk about tacky! Gel nails are really cool, of course, as long as they don’t look like talons, but acrylics are a BIG no-no. Seriously? Talk about middle-aged housewife!
- Who does or has done your nails the best? Myself!
- Do you pick your nail polish off or use remover? Remover!
- What kind of remover? I just use a 100% acetone remover and a cotton round and it gets off really easily… unless it’s glitter.
- How often do you watch Youtube nail tutorials? Not often. I’m not much of a tutorial gal, myself. I just like a nice, even coat of color on my tips.
- How many polishes do you own? Between 50 and 60.
- How often do you get nail polish? I’m on a ban as of now, but if I see something i love, I will pick it up!
- What is the most you’ve ever spent on one nail polish? $8 for Essie.
- Favorite brands? Revlon and Sally Hansen. I have lots of Essie and China Glaze, etc. With Essie, I feel like the formula isn’t dependable and the color selection is really boring. With OPI, I feel like it isn’t accessible for me and it’s too overhyped. I love China Glaze a lot, but it isn’t very accessible either. The ones with always perfect formulations and easy accessibility are Revlon and Sally Hansen.
- Favorite color? I love blues and reds!
- Glitter polish? I don’t like it when it’s overdone, but if you do it right (like Deborah Lippmann does) or you use a glitter topcoat as an accent nail, I adore it! The remover is a pain, though!
- Shatter or crackle polishes? I will never buy into that trend! I just don’t like it!
- Nail art? It’s okay for occasions. I prefer the more plain and classy one color look, myself.
- Favorite all time nail polish? I CAN’T CHOOSE. DON’T DO THIS TO ME. <3
I hope you guys enjoyed this, all the nail enthusiasts out there! Do one yourself or just let me know in my ask box! What is your favorite polish? Can you choose just one?
Anonymous asked: fave nail brands?
The ones I have the most of are Sally Hansen and Revlon, but I like China Glaze (except for the problem of accessibility). Essie has unreliable formulation and slightly boring colors, though I still own them. OPI is hard to find and a little bit overrated. I only use drugstore brands as well, because I’m sure as hell not going to dish out more than $10 for nail polish. Wet and Wild is also amazing for pedicures (it chips on my fingers). Sinful Colors is also pretty good.
Sally Hansen’s “Going Green” - $3
Excellent wear, good formula, lovely color, easy application.
Hate the gloomy weather so I tried to warm up my mood by painting my nails with Essie’s “Tart Deco” which looks rotten and disgusting on my darker coloring. I’ll still take pictures just to show any darker-skinned gals what the polish would look like on them.
tiffanylacquer asked: Great Nail Blog!
Thanks, haven’t posted in a while, but I’m going through a very boring rut.
Not About Nails - Simple Skincare Routine for Acne-Prone Skin
- Wash face with Zenmed Facial Cleansing Gel. $15
- Exfoliate with St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub in Fresh Skin. $4
- Apply Clinique’s Acne Solutions Moisturizer on problem areas. $18.50
- Top with thin layer of Boots Botanics Day Moisture Lotion. $9
- Top with thin layer of Neutrogena’s Dry Touch Sunblock in SPF 100+. $9
- Add makeup. (Optional.)
- Apply thick layer of Pond’s Cold Cream. Wipe off with wet paper towel. $5
- Wash face with Zenmed Facial Cleansing Gel. $15
- Apply sufficient amount of Pond’s Dry Skin Cream. $15
- Apply tiny amount of Clinique’s All About Eyes Eye Cream. $30
This really helped me get rid of a lot of my acne and my acne scars are slowly vanishing. I love it!
School just started, so I apologize if there is a brief hiatus.
Also, interesting thing:
Revlon’s limited edition glitters (that came out in the Expressionists collection) have been made permanent under new aliases:
"Facets of Fuchsia" is now "Scandalous"
"Blue Mosaic" is now "Radiant"
and “Starry Night” is now “Popular”
Speaking of which, did these new names-with-one-word polishes come out recently? I’ve never seen them before and look forward to picking up three or four polishes!
A Nail Polish Horror Story
Some of you know that I’ve been away in India for the winter holidays. I even took some nail polish pictures to show you guys! Anyways, one of my favorite nail polishes BROKE all over all my nail stuff (when being handled in baggage claim, etc.) and I had to spend an evening with nail polish remover trying to get all the sticky blue polish off of my other polishes. (The polish that broke was China Glaze’s “Frostbite,” which I will replace when back in the US.) Anyways, what’s even worse is that my nails have gotten really weak and dry and I have to cut and nourish them before putting more nail polish on.
Ugh, I hope your nails have suffered less than mine.
This is China Glaze’s “Frostbite”. The first photo was taken in artificial lighting, the second in natural daylight.
As you can see, this is a gorgeous, electric blue color. It’s beautiful and bright and definitely makes some kind of statement. I like wearing it right around Christmas, because it brightens up the gloomy atmosphere and the blue is definitely holiday-appropriate. In fact, I love it all year round! It wears well, it’s easy to remove, it’s a pretty unique color, what else could you want?
Shown Above — Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler (1 coat) + China Glaze “Frostbite” (2 coats) + Revlon No Chip Topcoat (1 coat)
This is China Glaze’s “Seaspray,” a light grey-blue color from the “Anchors Away” collection that contained many coveted shades.
I really like this polish for the season, because even though it’s a little too light for winter, the shade is so muted that it suits the weather outside. It’s a beautiful powder blue shade in general and I adore having it on my nails.
I got this polish as an early birthday present (which was on the 13th of December) from a friend who knows about my love for nail polishes. I really love that she got this for me. It’s a dupe for Chanel’s “Riva,” except that Riva is much more warm-toned and not as grey, as well as that “Riva” has a slight shimmer.
The varnish was opaque in one coat, though I added a second coat for safe measure. It wears beautifully, as well, and since it’s a creme finish, it’s delightfully easy to remove. I would highly recommend it. China Glaze can easily be purchased for cheap online. A good site is 8ty8beauty.com. I’ve never ordered from there, but I have heard good things about it and China Glaze is only $3 when bought there.
I love this and I bet you will too! Try it out, it suits all skin tones (even if you’re a little darker and more olive-toned as I am).
Shown Above — Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler (1 coat) + China Glaze “Seaspray” (2 coats) + Revlon No Chip Topcoat (1 coat)
A Story about Walgreens and Revlon Nail Polish
So, today, I went with my dad to Walgreens pick up some insect repellent and last-minute items for our trip to India (I’m leaving in the morning!) and while he picked through different repellents, I head straight to the cosmetics section, because you probably know that I’m a sucker for the drugstore nail polishes, not much of a department store girl.
I thought it was really interesting