Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sneak Peek

Today, my doctor commented on my yellow nails and toes. She said "all yellow? Shouldn't one be, like, hot pink or something?" We laughed, but it made me cry a little bit inside. Look at how the 4-and-1 mani is viewed by society! Having that one oddball nail is the norm now! I was thinking of doing a 4-and-1 for a while, but that really inspired me. That, and the fact that I have like seven new greens and blues that look so cute together.

I was digging around in my blue/green/purple bin and I found this Ulta color that I bought in April. It's very mermaid-y and has an ocean feel. I know that one is gonna be involved in this somehow.

I dug around some more to find colors to look nice with it. Here's what I found.

The pointer finger is one of the new Bruccis and the pinkie and thumb are two old China Glazes. Both of the middle fingers are the Ulta polish. I'm gonna turn this into a 4-and-1, but I haven't worked out the details (and I'm so tired). I'll do it tonight or tomorrow and keep you posted!

I've Been a Bad, Bad Girl...

One day last week, I popped into Duane Reade to buy something that was probably unnecessary but seemed like a necessity at the time. Every time I go to a drugstore or BSS or anywhere that sells nail polish, I have to survey the goods. I'm weird, though. I do a speedwalk through the nail polish section- I can't really stand there and look because I'll end up making a purchase. Also, there hasn't been anything eye-catching in Duane Reade lately. Well... until the other day. I saw this Color Club green and I couldn't stop thinking about it! Since I was bad and broke my 40-sticker rule, I figured I might as well go all in and by it. That was the first purchase.

Today, I went to the doctor and had to get injections in my FACE! EEEK. It wasn't that bad, but I still deserve a treat. You see, every time I get poked with a needle (even if it's a finger prick) or any time I go to the gynecologist, I buy myself a treat. Sometimes it's ice cream, sometimes it's a Juicy necklace... whatever. Today I decided to get some polish. I looked in the BSS and spotted Essie Turquoise and Caicos- a color I've been lusting after- for $5.99! Then, I went to my nail salon and bought Essie Pretty Edgy. Unfortunately, I thought it was a brighter green- more along the lines of the Brucci I mentioned the other day. Fortunately, I already own a color similar to the Brucci I mentioned the other day, so that's that.

(L-R: Turquoise and Caicos, Pretty Edgy, Twiggie)

Twiggie is a little brighter than it's showing in the picture. It's almost like neon and mint had a baby.

These are the two Brucci polishes I posted about the other day. I wanted to take another picture of them because they didn't look that different in the other post. Here, you can see they're different.

Annie's Toes Part 2!

I don't know if it's because of the end of the school year or what, but we're kinda getting swept up into nail stuff! It's like a virus... a fun virus that makes you that much more beautiful!

Last week (or a few days ago, I don't know) Annie had little ladybug toes, and now they're little watermelons! Pretty soon she'll have a blog of her own where she has all types of crazy designs. I'll keep my fingers crossed!!

Thanks again, Annie!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

You Can Disregard that "Stickers" Post...

Thursday, I went to the BSS (beauty supply store from now on) with my friend to get some nail polish remover. I walked to the Brucci display and could not resist these beauties! Then, I figured if I was going to be bad (remember, I was saving polish purchases for when I earned 40 stickers) I might as well go all the way. I saw this metallic gray LA Girl polish. I've never used LA Girl, but I've been wanting a nice metallic gray to use under the mattefier.
Gianna's Rockin' Blue

JT's Ocean Blue (I love how both polishes sound like they were named after cast members of The Jersey Shore)

Graphite- this picture doesn't really do much. I'll take another one when I swatch that color sometime very soon.

This picture made me laugh. There's a book in the background with the title RIGOR. I'm so rigorous, I'm taking pictures of nail polish bottles at work.

AN-Y-WAY, I was bad and bought polish and plan on buying more. I'm sure I'll find another way to trick myself into working out.

So that was Urge 1 (or perhaps it was an impulse...) I was in class thinking of how I wanted to wear this banana yellow color with the mattefier (I put the mattefier on my toes the other day and I love it so much on bright colors). I came home, and I remembered my China Glaze Yell-O-Neil. It's a really shimmery somewhat sheer yellow. I've been wanting to do matte on top of a glitter/shimmer for a while now, so this was my chance.

They look like shimmery yellow chalk. I love it!

This was a rush job, and I'll only wear it for like three days so it's just a fun thing I wanted to do. The great thing about having a lot of polish is that when you feel like wearing a certain color, you can!!

P.S. Yesterday, I went on the most fun/funnest field trip with kids from the video game club (TTG). After our trip, we just walked around Bushwick. The sun was setting and I could see the Manhattan skyline! I took pics :)

Sidenote Saturday: Swapping!

For some reason, the word "swap" sounds a little bit gross to me, but I'm using it anyway.

Last year, I had a big bottle of Juicy Couture perfume. I had it for a lonnng time and I was so sick of it. I went to ULTA (aka Heaven on Earth) and decided to fall in love with Viva La Juicy. I didn't want to spend the money on it, though. I text my friend telling her how much I loved it, and she told me she just got that same perfume as a gift... and HATED it!! She, however, LOVED Juicy Couture. YAY!

We traded (I was willing to give up my 3.4 oz bottle for her 1.7 ounces, but whatever) and I've been happy ever since!

My point: maybe there's something you want that your friend has and doesn't want anymore. It could be polish, a book, anything! One girl's trash is another girl's treasure.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Oh, Yeah... the "experiment"

Well.... what had happened was...

I planned on wearing the Brucci color from last week with a different top coat to see how long that mani lasted. Before it was time to redo the mani, I learned about "wrapping" my nails. I couldn't wait to try it.

I decided I would test wrapping as my experiment. HOWEVER, I rushed through the mani + it was >90 degrees in my apt so the polish was super thick so the application was all off. THEN, since I was rushing and the polish was like glop, it was getting all over my fingertips. When I tried to remove the polish, I ended up taking it off of the tip of the nail- ruining the actual "wrap" ::smacks forehead just thinking about it::.

Oh, what's wrapping? Well, its when you swipe a bit of polish along the tips of the nails. Think of your nails in three parts: front (the part you polish), back (the underside) and top (the part you scratch with). When you wrap, you do a thinnnnn layer of polish along the top then polish the nail.

I promise that at some point I'll really take my time, wrap my nails and see how long they last.

Annie's Toes!

My across-the-hall neighbor and buddy, Annie, is into nails just like me. I'm not sure if she's as into it as I am (not sure if that's possible at my job), but she likes it. We're both fans of so she might have been inspired by that. She did this cute design on her toes last weekend, and I had to get pics. She's such a good sport! Thanks, Annie!!

P.S.- she has a really cute design on them now, so I'm making her showcase her work on my blog!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Sidenote Saturday: Homemade Soap

One pretty day in October, I was coming from Indian dance class with my friend and we ran into this little bazaar/farmer's market type thing. Very Brooklyn. Anyway, one of the vendors was Michelle - the creator of Lulu's Soap Co.

The table was covered with all types of scented chunks of soap. She had EVERY type of scent - really earthy ones that smelled like grass, super floral ones and even fun scents like Root Beer. All of the soaps were made by Michelle!

She also had special soaps made with brown sugar and some made with salt. I ended up choosing a fresh, ocean breeze-y soap with salt.

That soap made me feel SO clean. Unfortunately, a little too clean because it dried my skin like crazy! My skin gets dry in the winter so it wasn't my daily soap. I use it once a week, then follow up with a moisturizing body wash and I'm good to go.

I know it looks gross from the dried suds and whatnot, but look how much is left! I mean, obviously I don't use it every day but still. The bar I bought was $6 and was even bigger than this!

I wonder how long soap lasts. I mean, is this soap expired? Either way it smells really fresh so I could use it just for that.

I tried to find lulu's website, but it's gone. Her blog and myspace haven't been updated in a year so who knows where she is. I'll e-mail her and follow up!

The Results

So after four days of wear (and tear) this is what my manicure looks like. EEEK!

I will say that I tore a huge chunk of polish off of the ring finger on my left hand. There was a chip in the actual nail, and I started picking it and pulled the polish off. I'm sure it wouldn't look that terrible had I not done that.

My right hand always looks destroyed by the end of the week. No big surprise here.

I learned a new technique the other day for making sure the tips of the nails get covered with polish and it supposedly prevents chipping (of this magnitude). I tried it before, but this will be a new-and-improved way of doing it. We shall see.

I really don't want to wear this pink polish again (2 weeks of the same color is beyond boring) but I'm doing it for the sake of the blog :)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The First Experiment- Days 1-3

I decided I would test 2 top coats: Seche Vite, and another one I haven't decided yet. Monday I polished my nails with this pink Brucci polish- the name label is gone so let's just call it pink. I used a middle-of-the road polish because we all know that salon polishes last longer regardless of the top coat (I think...), and cheap polish tends to chip like (insert finger snap)that.

Instead of doing my nightly/ every-other-nightly application of Seche Vite, I only did ONE!

The polish:

It's more pink than purple, but my camera isn't really showing it that well. I took a picture with flash, and one without. Blend them together in your mind to get the full effect. Or don't and just take my word for it.

The manicure- Looking at the pictures, I'm noticing that the edges of my nails look lighter than the rest of the nail. Maybe I'm lifting the brush too soon?

Day two left hand

Day two right hand- I had a chip in the actual nail on my pointer finger, so I figured the polish wouldn't last long.

Day three right hand

Day three left hand

Notice the tip wear along the nails of each hand. I'm surprised I can get my manicures to even last this long and still look pretty decent. They used to chip like 5 hours after I left the salon. Seriously, my manicures would barely make it a full 24 hours so this is great!

ETA: Boy, do I need a new camera!! Ugh.