Nail Adventures: Chillin’

I feel like it’s been forever since I had the time to do a Nail Adventure! My nails have been pretty wretched lately, actually. Part of it was me doing some cleaning at work and dropping a sign.

Instead of letting the sign fall on the floor, I caught it.

Which broke three nails to the meat. It wasn’t pretty. I had to bandage up for a couple of days.

Now, they’re starting to grow back nicely, but for safety’s sake I’ve been keeping them short, and to let them breathe, I’ve kept them largely unpolished.

Yesterday, since I decided to do my usual writing outside instead of in my house, I decided to do a quick manicure. It’s in a pale shade (!!!!) because it gives the illusion of longer nails and it hides nicks pretty well (this would be why you see so many celebs with pale, neutral nails). So, what did I do?

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So, the pale coral is OPI’s Chillin Like A Villain and the glitter is Julep’s Paris.

You knew there had to be glitter somewhere, right? Because this is me we’re talking about. 🙂

I’d had the OPI color in my box for a while and never used it because pale and neutral, which we all know I tend to be allergic to. But I got a tan while I was out doing the AIDS walk last week (it went awesome and I was OMG TIRED but I did it!), and I noticed how lovely the color looked against my skin. So I went for it.

And yes, I can admit I like it. The simple sparkle (which is over bare nails) just gives it enough oomph for me to not feel like it’s boring. Very classic glam.

I would caution that this color is also pretty sheer. Had I more time I would have done a third coat to get it as opaque as I prefer (that’s two coats above.

All in all, a success!  🙂

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Nail Adventures: Sunshine and Blue Sky

Spring is finally upon us! I’m looking forward to longer days, beautiful weather, and wearing all of the loud, happy colors.

What were we greeted with in NYC?

Snow. Because of course we were.

Sigh.

Well. I refuse to pay this abysmal weather any mind, and instead focus on the fact that vacation is almost here! In celebration of upcoming warm weather and blue skies, I decided to replicate that on my nails. Originally I’d planned on doing something soft, with pretty pastels and pearls, but with this gloomy cold hanging around, I wanted something that reminded me of a bright, sunny day.

Y’all know what that means: bright colors and sparkles ahead!

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The lemony yellow is Julep’s Dawn and the Carolina blue is Orly’s Frenzy. I added some different sized rhinestones and pearls to give some sparkle, and done! Every time I look down at my hands while I work I get an instant happy. It’s ok, weather. You don’t have to be great. My nails will pick up the slack until you’re ready to comply. 🙂

New Spring makeup look coming Friday!

 

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Glossybox Review: Yuletide Cheer

So I got my December Glossybox, all wrapped up like a precious gift:

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Fancy!

🙂

And of course, so are the contents:

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I was so excited I didn’t even want to move my laptop out of the way!

Do you see the wealth of goodies here? I keep telling y’all, go get yourselves a Glossybox, you won’t be disappointed! Here’s the lineup of products:

Nuxe Masque Creme Fraiche De Beaute: I actually have heard of this before, and it’s lovely. It’s a moisturizing mask, and it leaves your skin very velvety. I have super oily skin until the dead of winter, so this helps to give my skin a drink of water.

Rituals Cosmetics Miracle Scrub: So, I actually hoped this was for my face (I LOVE a good face scrub), but this is for the hands. No worries, I like a good hand scrub too, especially before doing the weekly manicure. It’s a nice scrub, not too heavily scented. And it left my hands like butter.

Ciate Mini Paint Pot in Yule Rules: OMG BLUE SPARKLY POLISH. Which, ok, I need more nail polish like I need a hole in my head, but it’s so pretty!

Toni & Guy Leave In Conditioner: naturally I get this right after I’ve washed and conditioned my hair for the week. But a heads (heh) up: you can always use leave in conditioner as a styling aid (detangler) in between washings. So I’ll be using this before I twist my hair up this week. It smells really clean, which is nice.

And finally: BellaPierre Cosmetics Mineral Lipstick in Burlesque: This. Lippy. Y’all. Listen. A few Glossyboxes ago, I had a chance to try out their lip gloss, and I loved it. And I can tell you this lipstick is everything. Look:

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It’s still on my hand at the time of this writing, and I did the dishes before I started writing. Serious staying power. Can’t wait to wear this out! It’s a semi-matte finish, very moisturizing.

And that’s the roundup for this month! I’m loving everything here, and I’m gonna have to track down the rest of BellaPierre’s products. I think I’m in love!

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Nail Adventures: Mentality Nail Polish It’s A Baby! Palette Review

When it comes to nail polish, I tend to be pretty mainstream. I usually stick with OPI, Essie, Orly, and the like. For some time, Julep nail polishes were as indie as I got.

Until now.

Mentality Nail Polish reached out to me and sent me their It’s A Baby! Palette for me to try out. Just looking at the bottles, I was skeptical, but then I did my swatches.

The finish is a jelly creme. Jelly polishes tend to be super sheer, with opacity nigh near impossible without some sort of opaque base coat. Creme polishes tend to be super opaque, usually with a shimmer or sheen to them, like pearl. Jelly creme polishes combine the best of both worlds. You can get a sheer wash of color with one coat, like the traditional jelly polish, or add an extra coat or two to get a more opaque look. All swatches shown are two coats of color and a high gloss top coat.

I didn’t find the formula streaky with two coats, but if you prefer a sheer look you may find a bit more streakiness if you only do one coat. The wear time, as long as you have a good topcoat, is pretty good. Even with me slinging boxes around, I didn’t find as many dings and chips.

Spectacular!

But you came here for the color, right? Let’s go!

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This is Delivery, a deep blue.

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This is Bearing, a gunmetal green.

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This is Peek-A-Boo, a happy, bright pink.

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And finally, my favorite, Hopscotch. This is a bright cerulean. Y’all know I dig bright colors. 🙂

I actually decided, while I was swatching, to use Hopscotch for a remake of a previous nail look. I love that this polish layers well, without that gummy thickness that you can get with other polishes. Mentality does a stamping collection, and I can see how their formula lends well to doing excellent nail art with. Oh, and it’s five free as well. 🙂 Here’s the nail remake:

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The confetti on my ring finger is Maybelline’s Color Show in Nighttime Noise.

All in all, I am very impressed with the formula, colors, and price ($20 for all 4 colors!). Definitely looking forward to trying some other colors from them!

Disclaimer: The nail polishes from Mentality Nail Polish were provided to me in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

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Nail Adventures: Nails of New York Comic Con

Hey folks!

So, I needed some time to recover from NYCC. I had SO much fun! There are like, a million pics I’m gonna share with y’all this week, but the organizer in me says I have to make it make some sense. So, since I normally do nail posts on Tuesdays, here’s a round up of all three looks I did.

Let’s get started!

Days One and Two: Gilded Fishnet

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Thursday I did a Catwoman themed outfit (tee, cat ears, leather skirt, leggings, and boots.) Friday it was Green Lantern (tee, leggings, denim shorts, sneakers). I thought the gold and black would be perfect to compliment those two themes. Random aside: if you have a good dollar store by you (Jack’s is the best here in NYC), you can find some good stuff. Those nail decals above? Sally Hansen, and I paid $1.99 instead of $11.99. Winning!

Day Three: Riddle Me This

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So, my showpiece costume on Saturday was the Riddler, and I thought it would be fun to play with texture. These nail stickers are from L’Oreal and they…were not the best. 😦 By the end of the day I was picking them off of my nails. But they looked great for a couple of hours. You’ll get shots of the costume later this week. Considering how close to the wire I cut it, it turned out pretty good!

Day Four: A Little Captain In Me

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The name to this manicure comes from my friend C, who asked that when she saw my fingers Sunday morning. 😀 Now, of course this is my favorite because blue, but it turned out better than I thought. The blue is Revlon’s Wild Card. After a day of work, I’ve knocked half of the rhinestones off. It was fabulous while it lasted!

Now, I’m off to edit some pics. Tomorrow’s post will be all about the makeup I sported. See you then!

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Nail Adventures Teaser

So, normally this is when you see my weekly manicure.

Well, I went back to yoga yesterday, and let me just say that my ass is sufficiently kicked.

I’ll finish up the post tonight so you’ll have it tomorrow. In the meantime, have a pic of what I used for my newest look:

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Yep, the rings are important too. 🙂

See you tomorrow!

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Nail Adventures: Semi-Matte

I have done all types of nail art styles: from Lego to flowers to glittery bits. The last frontier for me: matte nails.

I love all things sparkly. I have matte lipsticks; I put gloss over them. I have matte eye shadows; I use them as base for shimmery shadows. Glossy things make me happy, and matte nails, for me, do not make me happy. It feels as though it is unfinished.

Yet, one does not grow without change. My hiatus has taught me that. Even if it is painful, even if it is the last thing one wishes to do, one has to embrace change for what it is–better or worse.

So, I decided to grab myself so matte topcoat and give the look a try. If I don’t like it, well, that’s what nail polish remover is for. 🙂

Since I am in Texas on vacation, I had the chance to stop by Wal-Mart and see their nail polish selection. I do love a good deal. I picked up a new to me brand called Salon Perfect. I grabbed their matte topcoat and a beautiful bright blue called Bermuda Baby. It took me 3 coats to get it opaque. I also picked up some Maybelline Color Show polish in Nightlife Noise. This is from their Street Art collection, and it’s full of matte confetti that looks like paint splatter when layered over a polish. This one is a mix of black and royal blue confetti.

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The result?

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I opted to keep the ring fingers glossy, and I applied Nightlife Noise over two coats of Essie’s Licorice.

The verdict? It’s ok. I’m not 100% sold on it, but I think if I try it again I may use the matte topcoat over actual glitter and see how that effect strikes me. I am glad I gave it a try. 🙂

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