Friday, August 26, 2011

NOTD: OPI - Last Friday Night

OPI - Last Friday Night

I love this polish!   Unfortunately, you don't achieve the color in the bottle (I did 4 coats - 5 on my index finger because I screwed it up! lol) but I do feel like the shade you do get is a little more wearable.  On a nail wheel, I did several coats (maybe 7?) and I still didn't get the bottle color.  Also, it was starting to look super thick and yucky.  I'm sure you could layer this over a blue shade and get a closer-to-bottle-shade result. :)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

NOTD: Sally Hansen - Spectrum

Without flash ^^^^

With flash ^^^^

Sally Hansen - Spectrum

I don't often branch out from my usual brands of China Glaze and OPI, but this color is so gorgeous!  I saw a swatch somewhere, and I just had to have it!  It's a blue glitter that has a faint reflect of purple.  :)

These pictures just DON'T do the color justice!  

Friday, August 12, 2011

DIY: Repairing a Nail Tear

You can buy these silk wraps from Sally Beauty Supply for just a couple bucks.  I don't remember exactly how much they were, but it couldn't have been more than $5.

There's nothing worse than growing your nails out all nice and even then having one tear!  Then you pretty much have to cut the nail with the tear and the cut rest of your nails down to match.  Oye!  I hate that!

Fortunately, we're not the first people on earth with this problem.  lol

These wraps come in a variety of sizes and are all quite long.  They're a thin, mesh fabric with an adhesive backing.  What you do is put nail glue all over your nail with the tear, then place the silk wrap on the nail glue and let it dry.  After it dries, add a layer of nail glue on top of the silk wrap.  Take nail clippers and cut the excess of the silk wrap off (you can use a nail file to make the edge smooth).

Use a buffer to even out the texture of your nail (which will be quite rough at this point).

Avert your eyes!  Natural nails coming up!

My pitiful nail here with a tear... :(  Owwie!  This picture also includes the wrap on top.  I'm not sure why I didn't get a "before the wrap" picture.

The pink is an outline of where the wrap is on my finger.  The green traces the tear.

After you smooth out your wrap, you can apply a base coat (probably a ridge filler would be a great bonus!) and paint your nails.  It won't even look like anything happened! :)

I usually have to replace my wraps every few days, but it gets the job done until my nail grows out far enough for me to cut off the damaged part.  Perhaps roughing up your nail before applying the wrap/glue would be the best approach.

Good luck!

Sunday, August 7, 2011

FOTD: May 7, 2011

Happy Sunday, everyone!

I wasn't originally going to post this because I don't think it turned out very well.  But, I posted it up on, so I might as well do it here too.  :)

Main Products Used:
  • Urban Decay Naked Palette - Creep, Buck, Sin
  • Urban Decay 24/7 e/l in Zero
  • Bobbi Brown e/s Mahogany (brows)
  • Revlon Matte l/s in Pink About It
  • Sephora l/g in Rosy Glow

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

NOTD: Leopard Print

Thumb: China Glaze - Spontaneous
Index: China Glaze - Shower Together
Middle: China Glaze - Tree Hugger
Ring: Nailene - French White (China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy spots)
Pinky: China Glaze - Lemon Fizz

All black spots are China Glaze - Liquid Leather.  All white spots are Nailene - French White.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Collection: Nail Polish

These pictures are ALREADY out of date, as I have acquired maybe 10 new polishes recently.

But anywho, here's a look at what I've got!

**Note - Photos on the rocks are in sunlight.  Photos with a white background are artificial light (camera flash)**

***Note #2 - All swatches are just two coats of polish***

Wheel #1:
  1. Essie - Real Simple
  2. Sally Hansen - Radient Rose
  3. OPI - Bubble Bath
  4. Sally Hansen - Shell We Dance?
  5. China Glaze - Innocence
  6. Estee Lauder - Rose Candy
  7. OPI - Pink-ing Of You
  8. China Glaze - Exceptionally Gifted
  9. China Glaze - Naked
  10. China Glaze - Pool Party
  11. China Glaze - Flip Flop Fantasy
  12. China Glaze - Wild Mink
  13. Essie - Peach Daiquiri
  14. OPI - Indi-a Mood For Love
  15. Estee Lauder - Rosa Rosa
  16. China Glaze - Red Pearl
  17. China Glaze - Ruby Pumps
  18. Estee Lauder - Black Wine
Wheel #2:
  1. OPI - What's With the Cattitude?
  2. Revlon - Petal Chrome
  3. China Glaze - Shower Together
  4. Sally Hansen - Spectrum
  5. China Glaze - Up All Night
  6. China Glaze - Jitterbug
  7. China Glaze - Liquid Leather
    18. China Glaze - For Audrey
I have For Audrey as #18 because I forgot about it and it fit in better with the light blue than it does the black!  lol

Wheel #3:
  1. OPI - Rumple's Wiggin
  2. Claire's - Grape Bubbly
  3. China Glaze - Spontaneous
  4. China Glaze - Grape Pop
  5. China Glaze - Avalanche
  6. OPI - Meet Me On The Star Ferry
  7. Estee Lauder - Red Lights
  8. China Glaze - Evening Seduction

 Wheel #4:
  1. OPI - Fiercely Fiona
  2. OPI - Who The Shrek Are You?
  3. China Glaze - Tree Hugger
  4. China Glaze - Kiwi Cool-Ada
  5. China Glaze - Turned Up Turquoise
  6. China Glaze - Lemon Fizz
  7. China Glaze - Peachy Keen
  8. China Glaze - Sun Worshipper
  9. China Glaze - Thataway
  10. China Glaze - Your Touch
  11. China Glaze - In Awe Of Amber
  12. Estee Lauder - Frozen Fantasy
  13. China Glaze - Chiaroscuro
  14. OPI - Royal Flush Blush
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