Category: Nails

 
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Unicorn Princess

I consider myself a connoisseur of cheap nail polish, but somehow – I’ve never tried L.A. Colors. Very odd, because I know my daughter has some L.A. Colors sets from the grocery store.

I decided to check out Daiso, a Japanese dollar store that my fellow natural nail enthusiast, Angie, told me about. Technically, I guess it is a $1.50 store, since most things there are $1.50. Inflation, I guess? Anyway, I about died of cuteness overload – all the stationary and art supplies had me dying. I definitely need to bring the kids by here to stock up for the summer.

In addition to some cards and a shit-ton of Pocky, I came home with L.A. Colors Unicorn Sparkle “Flurry Shine”. It was $2, instead of $1.50 – fancy.

It took three thick coats of “Flurry Shine” to barely get full coverage. The polish was very, very thin – but I don’t know if that is true of all L.A. Colors, or just the Unicorn Sparkle collection. I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and topped with Glisten and Glow Top Coat – a nice thick layer.

It also did not wear as well as I am used to – I got major edge wear and chips after just two days. I am not impressed by this $2 polish. If I am gonna spend $2 on polish, it is gonna be Sinful Colors.

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Shine Annie

Sooooo…For my first SinfulShine, I thought I was buying “Poison Apple”, but it turns out that I grabbed “Shine Annie” by accident. Oops. (I fixed that at HEB today – I made sure I picked the correct “Poison Apple”.)

I’ve never tried the SinfulShine formula before. I was a little scared of the “with Gel Tech” on the label – it’s sold as a two step system, with a special top coat…I was afraid it would be similar to the Sally Hansen Two Step Gels,. which I hated. I asked around and I was assured that it’s pretty much a regular polish and I can use any top coat I wanted. And then there was the price point – $2.98. Well, I can afford one or two…

I am in LOVE with the SInfulShine formula. It’s more like a jelly polish than a gel polish. I thought it would be too sheer after the first coat, but I got full coverage with the second coat. I am gonna have to control myself with these polishes!

This is two coats of Sinful Colors SinfulShine “Shine Annie” over Sinful Colors Top Coat (which I still have not figured out where to restock from) and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It lasted FOREVER. I repainted after five days, only because I wanted to repaint my toenails – I feel like this is a good 10 day polish!

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Fairy Princess

I’m a fairy princess!

Or, more accurately, I am a Unicorn Fairy Princess, since this is Funky Fingers “Unicorn Dust”. It’s a fantastic glitter topper, but you know me – I’ll go out with only a top on, Winnie the Pooh-ing my fingernails, so to speak…

This is two coats of “Unicorn Dust” on top of Glisten & Glow Base Coat and underneath Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I love a good matte glitter.

And yes, I chopped the hell out of my nails. I have not figured out if they each grow at different speeds, or if I wear them down at different speeds – but they all match now.

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Matte Mexico

Work was HORRIBLE today. My work wife is in Mexico on vacation and I had no one to coordinate playlists with…

…but before she left, she sent a pic of her nail plans. I had to be a total copycat, so my nails could be there in spirit. I decided to pull out Frida Kahlo “FKN.37”. This is two coats of Frida 37 over Glisten & Glow Top Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I LOOOOOVE it.

This color never fails to remind me of my parents’ old house. They don’t live there anymore – my dad and sis moved to the Finger Lakes last year – but I drove by the old house last week and it was like an out of body experience. I couldn’t help thinking about how much I laughed when my dad painted the house this color. I think it was his way of trying to cheer my mom up, as she was getting sicker and sicker. It’s such a ridiculous color for a house…so you know I loved it. Even if I don’t get to hang out at the turquoise house anymore, I can always have home on my nails.

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Break Dance, Not Hearts

Oh purple, I cain’t quit you.

Yes, this is my third purple polish in a row. I’ve just been feeling purple lately.

This lovely purple/silver metallic is Sinful Colors “Break Dance Not Hearts” from last year’s Valentine’s Day Collection. yes, it’s been sitting in my basket over a year. What is even wrong with me? The past few weeks – no, longer than that – I’ve only been painting my nails every 5-6 days. What? That’s not like me at all. I admit, I’ve been kind of busy, but also bummed about the end of my Julep boxes. Even if I don’t have a steady stream of new polishes every month, I’ve got plenty of untried polishes waiting for me.

This is two coats of “Break Dance Not Hearts” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. She was a shiny one before the matte top coat, but I wanted to see how she looked. Quite nice, if I say so myself.

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So Amazon

I’m sure it’s not shocking that one of my nicknames during high school was ‘Amazon’. When I first started hearing it, it was meant pejoratively, started by a few jerky guys. Obviously, little Richard did not do his homework – Amazons are pretty badass!

I’m still feeling the purple, so I decided to recreate the same mani, but with a better purple. The better purple is Sinful Colors “Amazon Woman”, which is just outstanding. I had forgotten that it’s rather matte on it’s own – but of course, I topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat for extra matte-ening.

Of course, I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat (which I still cannot find in a store – eek). This is three coats of “Amazon Woman”, again using Nicole by OPI “Rainbow in the Sky-lie” on accent nails. The matte top coat is SO important for a long lasting manicure. Matte polishes are very delicate and chip within minutes it seems. Unless you are planning to paint every day, a matte top coat is absolutely necessary.

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One-Step

I’ve found it. I’ve finally found the single hair tool for a perfect blow-out. I’ve had a love-hate relationship with blow-outs for well over 20 years. Around the time I graduated college, I ended up with a hair cut that necessitated a blow-out with round brush (it may or may not have rhymed with ‘the Bachel’). It happened probably 3 times before I was like ‘FUCK this’. I’ve tried everything from ionic dryers to diffusers, but everything takes too damn long – and makes my hair frizzy. About 10 years ago, I picked up a Conair Wet-to-Dry Styler, which works okay, but again – it take forever. Several years ago, I stepped up to a Revlon Paddle Style Dryer Brush, but there was still something lacking…

…until I tried the Revlon Pro Collection Salon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer ($59.99). I can literally give myself a salon quality blow-out in about 5 minutes. 5 fucking minutes. I feel like I’ve suffered through decades of bad hair before this tool was invented. Run, don’t walk, to buy this tool. One exception, I give you permission to wait until you get a 20% off coupon like I did.

Oh and pro-tip – definitely use a blow-out spray or primer before you use it. I am using Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray and it protects my hair while making it dry faster.

I also threw in a Revlon Nail Buffer ($3.49) because the 99 cent Diamond Brand ones I bought last time are SHIT. You get what you pay for!

My purchase qualified for a “Skinfatuation” gift with purchase, which included Exuviance Super Retinol Complex; Juice Beauty Stem Cellular Anti-Wrinkle Moisturizer; Murad Resurgence Retinol Youth Renewal Serum (fancy); Mario Badescu Vitamin C Serum; StriVectin Advanced Retinol Intensive Night Moisturizer; and Yes to Grapefruit Brightening Vitamin C Glow Boosting Paper Mask. That’s a lot of fucking retinol!

$138 to Platinum. It’s looking like I might have a chance to hit Diamond with Ulta this year, instead of Rouge with Sephora this year…

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For My Work Wife…

I did these purple nails for my work wife – she loves purple!

Easter is coming and the stores are filled with pastels. I decided to mix up my pastels with some glitter. I started with Makeup Revolution “Adore” – two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat. The first coat was very streaky, but I got it to smooth out a bit with the second coat. There were weird fibers or hairs in the polish – I couldn’t tell if they were coming from the brush or what. This is the first time I’ve used this polish, so I don’t know what the fuck was going on with it – is hair nail polish a thing in the UK?

I used Nicole by OPI “Rainbow in the S-Kylie” on my accent nails. It’s a very versatile glitter, despite the fact that it is Kardashian-related.

I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat – I wasn’t brave enough to try the matte top coat , the polish is too lumpy. I do like the look quite a bit, although it’s starting to chip.

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Nakey Nay

Oh hey – Spring Break is over, so I’m back.

The next “Naughty Nudes” that I tried out is Sinful Colors “Nakey Nay”. I fucking love the name – it’s so over-the-top silly. This is two coats of “Nakey Nay” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. It applies so smoothly, like a dream.

You know I’ve been obsessed with matte nails, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on all the nails, except that ring finger. I used plain Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the ring finger. I cannot decide on a favorite – I like them both.

Ignore the edge wear – I’d painted my nails on Wednesday, before heading out of town for Spring Break and didn’t stop and take a pic until today.

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Let’s Flamingle

You KNOW I went back to Walmart and got Sinful Colors “Let’s Flamingle”. (I also got Sinful Shine “Poison Apple”). I paid full price, too – $2.98.

I am absolutely IN LOVE with “Let’s Flamingle” – I hope I am wearing it when I die, so my ghost will be always wearing it.

This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I went without a Top Coat and it’s beautiful. I have regrets though – I started getting chips on my right hand within seconds it seems. Next time, I’ll try it with a matte top coat.

That’s it – I am totally caught up! I have nothing left to post…until I take a pic of the Target Beauty Box that arrived in my mailbox today.