Tag: Fingernails

 
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Once Bitten

 

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Once Bitten is a seriously underrated movie. A young, virginal Jim Carrey, lured into the sordid world of vampires while searching the streets of LA for sex…oh wait, wrong site.

This is Sinful Colors “Bitten”, one of my Halloween scores. Red nails go with everything, really. This is two coats of “Bitten” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

A juicy red crelly, it’s another dupe for Zoya “Sooki”. I keep buying the same polishes, over and over.

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Monsty Skin

 

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…and back to our regularly scheduled nails.

Pretend it’s October still, thanks.

Right before Halloween, I decided to dig into my stash and create “Monster Skin” nails – or, as my nephew would say, “Monsty Skin” nails. I started with Sally Hansen Double Duty Base & Top Coat. I them did a single coat of Sally Hansen Gem Crush “Cha-Ching!” – it still gives full coverage in one coat. I thought I would top it with a lime green crackle coat – Sally Hansen Crackle “Sage Smash” – but it was dried up! Finally, I chance to try out Julep Voila! Nail Polish Thinner! The bottle said 1-2 drops, but I I probably put in 10-20. I shook it and shook it and managed to thin enough around the brush to mostly a full coat on my nails. It kind of crackled…somewhat. I sealed the deal with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

What came out on my nails, was not the same as what was on my nails. Instead of “Monsty Skin”, I got “Bloody Grinch”. I don’t hate it.

 

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Fingers Crossed…

 

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Not only are my fingers crossed for BETO to run the Texas Senate Race tonight, but my toes, too. If I could cross my tits, they’d be crossed as well.

I am pretty OCD and am stickler for blogging in the order of my Instagram posts, but tonight I bent my rules to post about my BETO nails. I mean, I still have Halloween nails to post, so what’s another few days when it’s already been a week?

I got these Rose Gold Decals in my September box and I love them…but what to spell with them? I guess I could spell my name. Or my kids’ names. Or maybe I could just spell “FUCK OFF” like a sophisticated version of a knuckle tattoo. I decided to test them out with “BETO”. I almost put “VOTE”  on my other hand, but got lazy.

After Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat, I did two coats of Julep “Della”, a freebie from the April box. It reminds me of PRUNES! I carefully placed the decals with tweezers, then finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

In just a few hours, BETO may or may not be a new Texas Senator. Will you cross your fingers, too?

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Mist-erious

 

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Isn’t this color…mist-erious?

Not mysterious, as in “filled with mystery”, but mist-erious…as in “filled with mist”?

This is another Halloween polish – Sinful Colors “Mist-erious”. It’s very similar in finish to “Spellbound”, but light blue instead of light purple. At first, I thought it was a dupe for “Cinderella”, but “Cinderella” is slightly more greenish and more sheer and iridescent.

This is two coats of “Mist-erious”, over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

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Marjorie Merkin

 

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Fall hit SO late, I’ve just not felt very Halloween-y lately. These delightful Merkin Nails are just the thing to get me into the Halloween spirit – it’s just a week away!

First off, Merkin is the name of our little black cat – so don’t get any wacky ideas about me gluing pubes to my fingernails. I’m not saying it will NEVER happen…but it is highly unlikely.

I decided to use Julep “Marjorie” as the base. I could have sworn that I’d tried “Marjorie” before, but I couldn’t find any posts with it, just the Maven box that had it – in the summer of 2014. That was back in the early days of my collection, before I consciously set aside my “untried” polishes. I bet it just got put in with the rest of the Julep polishes!

This is two coats of “Marjorie” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I carefully placed each black cat decal with tweezers, then sealed with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I have lots more kitties left – I’ll have to do this one again!

 

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Spellbound

 

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Let’s have a moment of silence for my luxe long nails. After spending several days helping my sister look through boxes and pack and move, my nails were starting to see the signs. I’s already snagged and ripped two nails while washing my hair and I could tell that several more were approaching that point. even though the new hair and nail vitamins I got from Amazon have made my nails stronger than ever, they couldn’t take all that abuse. I just went ahead and cut them short…some of them TOO short. I foolishly decided to try cutting my nails BEFORE removing the polish, thinking that without being distracted by my nail line, I could get a more symmetrical shape. Nope – didn’t help, plus – I just ended up cutting them too short. Look at my index finger – I cut it almost to the quick!

Excusing the short toddler nails, what do you think of Sinful Colors “Spellbound”? It’s a lavender shimmer from this Halloween’s “Conjured Color” Collection. This is two coats of “Spellbound” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

At first, I thought “Spellbound” was a dupe for Zoya “Leslie”, but “Leslie” is more purple – if that makes sense? “Spellbound” also has far more shimmer – it’s not just a flash, like “Leslie”.

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Nita

 

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Julep “Nita” is muy bonita, eh? It’s my first pick from this month’s box.

“Nita” is cinder ash microglitter – I think microglitter is my favorite finish by Julep. No other polish brand does this fine-grit, sandy finish like Julep does. It adds a dimension to the polish that is unlike any other.

This is two coats of “Nita” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – no top coat.

You know what else this polish reminds me of? It’s something my children have never seen – and probably never will see. TELEVISION STATIC. They will never know the harsh sight & sound of TV static, while accidentally switching between Broadcast TV and the VCR. They will never know what it was like to adjust an antenna “just so” to turn static into a somewhat watchable channel. There’s an art to it! I almost want to find out how to get static back onto my TV, just to fuck with them. THEY’RE HEEEEEEEEEEERE.

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Witch, Please

 

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Of course, Sinful Colors “Witch, Please” was the first polish I sampled from my score last week. I love a sassy nail polish name.

“Witch, Please” is a bright blue jelly base, filled with iridescent flakies. Although a single coat was somewhat sheer, I got nearly full coverage in two coats. The sheer quality of the polish gives the finished look a certain depth of field, since you can see the flakies layered upon one another.

This is two coats of “Witch, Please” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I admit, “Witch, Please” is very similar to a Halloween polish from last year – Pure Ice “I Want You to Haunt Me”. The Pure Ice one is more purple leaning, while “Witch, Please” is a truer blue.

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Mellow Mood

 

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It’s not nearly cold enough (in Texas) to try out a mood polish, but I was thinking that my nails are long enough that the tips would be colder than my body temperature.

They weren’t.

That’s okay – I was able to get my daughter to help me fake it with an ice pop. She held it on my nails for a minute or so, and then jumped out of frame.

Funky Fingers “Mellow Mood” is a basic lavender creme polish. When cold is applied, it turns a darker purple. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I think I need to get a new bottle of Top Coat. I’ve been carefully refilling my bottle, but I feel like what’s in the bottle is thickening enough to get uneven results on my nails. I got some wrinkling on the edges of my middle and ring fingers.

Remind me to get this one back out in January!

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Frida

 

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I never thought it could take me so long to spend $6!

It’s a long story…my insurance requires me to get all my prescriptions at CVS – I have no choice as a consumer. I hate CVS, but mostly because of poor experiences at the location by my old house. This new location is actually not bad. The one benefit to filling prescriptions at CVS is the $5 in ExtraBucks for every 10 prescriptions, although I vastly preferred Target’s old system of 5% coupons, but that went away when CVS ate the Target Pharmacy. ANYWAY, with all my surgeries, I am up to my 3rd $5 in ExtraBucks, plus an additional $1 from I don’t even know where. I had made a trip a few weeks ago, birthday shopping for the bestie – but forgot to use it. So I went back….an wandered around the store for nearly an hour and could not find a single damn thing to buy. BUT…

…BUT then, I saw some very unique nail polishes in the bins by the checkout. Frida Kahlo Nail Polish! There was a red, a yellow and a blue – I picked the blue – “FKN.37” – a sort of dusty turquoise, really. What an unartistic polish name though, especially considering the work that went into the fantastic bottle art.

This is two coats of “FKN.37” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. The polish was on the thick side, but the brush was very good quality and gave a lot of control. I might have been able to go with one coat, but it was just a bit streaky, so I went with two.

I don’t know that the polish was worth $8.49 – but definitely worth $2.49.