Tag: Fingernails

 
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Skurt Skurt

What is a “Skurt Skurt”? Not only does it sound my cats puking…it also looks like cat puke! Cat owners know…

Sinful Colors “Skurt Skurt” is from Saweetie’s Graffiti Collection. I picked it up on a whim at HEB, along with “Hella Clean”, “Skurt Skurt”‘s lavender cousin.

This is just two coats of “Skurt Skurt” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Sinful Colors does love their puke glitter…and I wouldn’t have it any other way. At least this one doesn’t smell like tacos.

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Lacey Business

Why yes, this is my 4th nail polish post in a row…and the next one will be the fifth. I just haven’t been shopping as much lately. I need to be more depressed, I guess.

This is Color Street “Lacey Business”, one of the new sets I just received. I absolutely LOVE this set – it matches everything! My nails are super long right now, so this was a rather expensive mani – I had to use whole strips on each nail, except for my pinkies.

This set lasted over a week!

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Dragon Fruitie

I found another Saweetie “Vacation Vibes” polish at HEB! Add to cart…

Sinful Colors “Dragon Fruitie” is a less like a dragon fruit and more like a tomato-y red. It’s a true cream, which surprised me, since “Colada Mama” and “Mushy Gushy Mango” had a nice shimmer.

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, and then added two coats of “Dragon Fruitie”. My pinky is topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat, while the rest of my fingers got regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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French Vanilla Starlight

After less than two days, most of the Dashing Diva Nail strips were lifting up and getting all linty. I just said, “fuck it” and peeled off the offending strips while walking around Kroger. (Don’t worry, I didn’t just drop them – I stuck them on the back of my shopping list.)

The stained glass accent strip on my ring finger was holding up well, so I left it on and built a whole new look around that one nail. After Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, I did two coats of Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly “French Vanilla” on my thumb, index and middle fingers. “French Vanilla” is an odd polish – I’ve never seen a plain white jelly bean with sparse silver glitter, but whatever. My pinky got two coats of Sinful Colors “Starlight”. I also gave my index finger a light coat of “Starlight” over “French Vanilla”. “Starlight” is from the “Moon Metals” Collections – a sheer gold polish with sparse domed glitters. I finished off with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I have not been doing enough visually interesting manicures like this – I need to mix and match more, instead of just sampling single polishes!

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All Lined Up

So…after figuring out the trick to applying Color Street Nail Strips, I thought…why not try all the strips in my stash???

First up is Dashing Diva Gloss Ultra Shine Gel Nail Strips in “All Lined Up”. I believe I got these in an Allure Beauty Box last summer, but Ulta sells them for $7.99. Most of the strips are light gray, but a few of them have gold stripes or geometric shapes. There are also accent strips with a stained glass pattern of white, gold and silver, as well as clear with a gold geometric pattern. I liked the accent strips much more than the plain gray strips.

The Dashing Diva strips are like vinyl sticker, more like Jamberry or Mani Me than Color Street. Application was fairly easy, although the strips did not file off as easy as Color Street.

A nice as these looked the first night, the light gray strips started lifting off my nails the very next day. I did not, however, have that issue with the accent nail strips. I had not had this issue with any other brand of strips! Ugh, I would NOT recommend buying these, at least not the solid color strips.

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Tealing Power

Sinful Colors “Tealing Power” has been kicking about my nail polish cabinet for several years…but I felt like blue fingernails, so it got lucky.

“Tealing Power” is a teal (obviously) sparkle shimmer. I don’t know what that means – I just made it up. The shimmery polish isn’t really a glitter, but there are specks of something in the polish that give it a 3-dimensional stone-like feel.

This is two coats of “Tealing Power” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

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Hiss and Make Up

Thanks to a one-on-one training session from my sister-in-law Becca, I am now an expert at apply Color Street Nail Strips.

First off, I learned that I was putting the strips on upside down – d’oh! No wonder my Flamingos were upside down! The other big difference was letting the strips cure. I was trying to file those suckers down immediately…but they need 20 minutes or so to cure before filing. This was the biggest difference in my application – I just needed a little patience.

This set is called “Hiss and Make Up”. I want to try reproducing it with a holographic polish and one of my crackle top coats.

When applied correctly, these strips DO last a very long time – I wore these for 10 whole days and they would’ve lasted longer, if not for my nail growth.

I’ve collected quite a collection of nail strips over the years – not just Color Street and Jamberry, but all kinds of brands. I’m going to start using them more, now that I’m an expert.

If you are interested in trying Color Street Nail Polish Strips , click here to visit Becca’s Store Front!

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Crave the Chaos

Essie has launched a new line of 8 Free, Quick Dry Nail called expressie. I got a sample of essie expressie “Crave the Chaos” in the “Pampered Nails” Target Beauty Capsule. At first glance, “Crave the Chaos” seems to be a plain old pink polish…but it not a plain girly pink – it’s not exactly a masculine pink. Maybe mature is the word I am looking for?

This is two coats of “Crave the Chaos” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. Even though it’s supposedly a quick dry formula, I didn’t skip the top coats. My first four nails got Glisten & Glow Top Coat, while my pinkies got Glisten & Glow. I almost like it better matte. Almost.

Essie Expressie polishes are normally $9, so I was glad to get this one as part of that $14.99 box.

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Flamingoals

A few months ago, I bought several more sets of Color Street Nail Polish Strips. I was planning to use these strips as a long lasting vacation mani – I *thought* I was going on a little extended weekend vacation to New Orleans last week, but COVID-19 kicked our plans in the ass. Oh well, I did my nails anyway.

This is Color Street “Flamingoals”. I am still kind of terrible at applying these – I keep wrinkling the tips. And why is the Flamingo upside-down??? I don’t care, I have Flamingo nails!

If you are interested in trying Color Street Nail Polish Strips , click here to visit Becca’s Store Front!

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Buena Fortuna

Oh, Fortuna…I cannot think of anything else but “O Fortuna” with this nail polish.

Pacifica Plant Magic “Buena Fortuna” is an amazing, shimmery gold/copper duochrome. I couldn’t pick up the hints of green in the pics – I tried.

This is two coats of “Buena Fortuna” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

To me, this is more of a pineapple polish than “Colada Mama” – what do you think?