Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Gumdrop Nails

With this mani I decided to bust out the glitter. I don't know why- I guess I've been in a glittery mood. I was playing around with different colors and glitters on my nails before I made my final decision. Here's what it looked like.

Now, of course they look super raggedy, but that's because I didn't do a full-on mani yet.

The pink is Orly Passion Fruit.

I got it a long time ago on sale at Sally's for $2.99. The glitter is Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter (really creative name, right?)
In the bottle, it looks like a pink polish with silver, blue and multi glitter. If you look at the picture of it alone on my nail, you'll see it's sheer.

I did two coats of Orly and one coat of glitter on the left and two coats on the right. I decided to up the glitter factor AFTER I added matte to the left hand. That's why it only has one coat of glitter. Here's the finished product:

The shine around my nails is oil. I was a little messy with the application and my cuticles were dry so I put some vitamin E on them. I used matte polish, so they're not shiny. I tried desperately to get a nice picture with the matte finish, but it seemed like I kept getting one or the other. Here's a semi-decent picture of the matteness of it all.

This pic was taken before I cleaned up around my nails. I'll care a little bit more next time and clean them up before I take the pics!

Sidenote: I said this before, but I really need a new camera.

This mani is not built to last. Matte polishes last an average of a few days (at most) on anybody, so when this chips (and it already has) I won't feel so bad about myself. This is a fun mani and it might even be a bit much for a lot of people. The matte calms it down and it gives you an excuse to repolish your nails after two or three days!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sidenote Saturday: The ULTA-mate BSS

I love Ulta so very much! I always describe it as what it would be like if Sephora and a drugstore had a baby. You can buy brands like Too Faced, Stila and Philosophy along with Rimmel, Maybelline and Neutrogena. Ulta even has its own line of products, and their nail polish and bath products are fantastic.

But it doesn't stop there! Ulta carries a wide range of hair products and styling tools like flat irons and brushes. They even have a full-service salon inside. Ulta sells other random stuff, too, like perfume, razors and tooth-whitening systems. The place is huge.

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Since Ulta isn't everywhere yet, let's talk about their website. It's the same as the store. You can sign up for their newsletter and get a ton of discounts, too. You can even get the Ulta mini-catalog (which I live for) every month or so.

The greatest thing about Ulta is that there's always a sale or promotion or something. Salon quality nail polishes like OPI and Essie are usually buy 2 get 1 free. Right now, Posche, CND, Orly, Seche, China Glaze and Essie are all buy 2 get 1! And that's just the beginning. There are currently 40+ promotions on their website on brands from John Frieda to Benetint, not including the stuff that's just on sale.

Ulta offers free shipping on orders over $50. So that's like if you buy 2 Smashbox products (right now, all of the primers are 20% off...), the shipping is free! Also, they always send free samples with your purchase. They're samples of good stuff, not just some useless crap. Right now, if you spend $25 online, you get 8 free samples and a cosmetics bag. Not bad.

You can visit for more information and for some serious shopping.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Manicure Mystery

Okay, so I'm confused. I got a manicure (and pedicure, whoop!) Friday, and the manicurist broke all of the "rules". She used the NailTek Foundation as a base coat (not a rules violation, I'm just saying). Then, she did 2 kinda thick coats and a top coat. I didn't take my polish with me since I randomly went after a trip to the gym, so I used a really cheap polish they had at the salon. I can't even remember the name of the brand, but I think it's called Dante. The manicure lasted on most of my nails until Tuesday/Wednesday!! That might not seem like a long time, but with my manicure history that's like a year. Two nails on my left hand are still fully covered. My pointers got destroyed Monday afternoon because I was unsticking tape from the floor.

I'm wondering what it is that I'm doing wrong/what she did right to keep that manicure going. I wonder if it's the fact that I held one hand in front of the fan while she worked on the other. Maybe that dries the polish enough to avoid the dreaded bubbles in the polish. I'm going to try it at home and see. I'll let you know.

I couldn't really take pictures because of my camera situation (I have some on my cell phone, but they're not good), so you'll have to take my word for it.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Healthier Nails!

I don't know if its the jojoba/vitamin e combo OR the nail strengthener OR both or what, but my nails are starting to look semi-amazing! I have some pics of my nails with the oil on, and they make me drool. The ragged edges aren't the business, but still the smoothness is fantastic!

(I cropped this and saved it but it won't show up correctly)

I recently got a manicure and before she even put the base coat on, my nails were super smooth. I wanted to take a pic right then and there but A: I didn't have my camera because B: my camera battery was dead (I had to get a new charger from Amazon so that slowed me down). ALSO, my manicurist asked if I wanted my cuticles trimmed, then she looked and decided they didn't need it. What?! I was getting pro manis for the cuticle trimming alone, and now I don't even need it! It's the oils, I tell ya!

My new nail care routine has really helped my situation (that made me think of Diddy's ProActiv commercial)!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New additions to The Arsenal

If you've read any posts on this blog, I'm pretty sure you know that I have some problems with my nail polish (and even my nails) chipping and peeling like crazy. I was on the hunt for some products to help me with this issue.

I read about a base coat, CND Stickey, that's supposed to keep nail polish on for a reasonable amount of time.

(CND Stickey was $8.99 at Ricky's.)

Nail peeling can be caused by dryness. Using oils can supposedly give nails the nutrients that are removed when nails become dry. I read that the molecules in vitamin E are too big to penetrate the nail on their own, and that jojoba oil can't do vitamin E's job. Basically, you need to use them as a tag team (jojoba THEN vitamin E). I saw this bottle at Ricky's and decided I needed it. I have no idea what "14,000 I.U." means. Sorry.

I also purchased Ruby Kisses Nail Strengthener with garlic and vitamin E. There's really no reason behind it- I just thought it sounded good.

(Ruby Kisses Nail Strengthener was $1.99 at the local BSS)

Here's what I did: Thursday night, I filed my nails and tried my best to get rid of the ridges. I swiped jojoba oil on my nails. I waited a few minutes and wiped the excess off with cotton. Then, I applied the vitamin E, and left my nails alone for a while. Right before bed, I used the Ruby Kisses stuff. I should've taken pics because my nails looked SO nice at that point. The Ruby Kisses makes the nails smooth and shiny. Friday evening, I used CND as a base coat and polished my nails.

I'm still having problems with peeling. Someone (Stacie) mentioned something about humidity and peeling nails, so that could be it. We'll see.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Subscribe! (because I'm full of myself!)

I know people forget to check my blog, or blogs in general. I added a little widget-y thing on the right side of this page. You click the link, then a page loads with a whole bunch of stuff and a box on the upper right side. Click the link for subscribe via email (or something to that effect). Then, you'll get updates when I post. Enjoy!

I'm Back!

Sorry it's been so long- I spent all of my computer time working on my final portfolio for school (yay!) and googling questions like "Is my puppy depressed?" and "Does my puppy hate me?". Now that that's all over, I've returned to my online home. Hopefully, you still care!

A few weeks ago (what a disgusting shame), I posted about this gorgeous ULTA Professionals color. I was planning on doing a 4-and-1 with it. Instead, I decided to play around with some matte/gloss action.

I applied Matte About You and got the most delicious chalky mermaid look. Then, I polished just the tippy tips with Seche Vite- just like I would if I was doing a French mani. That's what I'm attempting to show with these sorry pictures. I took them at like 7am before work because I knew I was getting my puppy that afternoon and there would be no turning back. So, they are what they are.

I have some more pics and stuff, so I'm ready to go back to regular posting! I'm so excited!