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Monday, September 26, 2011

topcoats & basecoats

When your nail polish peels or chips the first thing you blame is the nail polish itself. Most of the time the nail polish isn't even the problem, it's your base coat or top coat. Having a good foundation is one key to a good manicure. I've used numerous top coats and base coats in search for the ones that work best for me. No to low chips, dries fast, ridge filler, hardens and strengthens. Sounds like a miracle product right? Nope! Here are a few that I've tried that work best in no particular order.

Base Coats:

  Essie First Base - If you're looking for a base coat with no special enhancements (no ridge filler, strengthener etc.) then this is one base coat to look into. I've experienced no peeling but slight chipping and no staining. On application you will notice that it is thinner then a regular nail polish making the application a lot easier, if you have ridges then this is not the base coat for you. It is a bit sticky, which I like, I find that the sticker they are allows the nail polish to adhere to the nail a lot better. It does have a blue tinge to it in the bottle but applies clear.  NOT 3 Free
Essie Protein - Defiantly look into this base coat if your nails are peeling and weak. I absolutely adore this product. I've experienced very minimum chipping, no peeling and no staining. It's thicker then Essie First Base and has the consistency of a  regular nail polish.  It doesn't fill the ridges of your nail to a smooth finish but it gets the job done. This product would be ideal for thin brittle nails that are in dire need of a health boost. NOT 3 Free




 Nail Magic Flawless Ridge Filler - If you need ridges that need filling then give this product a go. I don't particularly have very deep ridges but I do have them!  This product dries to a smooth finish. The formula is thicker then most base coats but is very easy to apply. I experienced no staining, the usually wear at the free edge and no peeling.  3 Free!

 


 Top Coats:

Sally Hansen Advanced Hard as Nails -  If applied with the correct base coat I can expect no chipping or peeling within a five day period. This product is a hardener which is ideal for those with brittle or weak nails that are easily bent. Then formula is thinner then a regular polish but I noticed it gradually getting thicker within three full manicure uses (that's me painting my nails 30 times). To fix this problem just give it a simple roll or apply a drop or two of thinner. Not 3 Free



Seche Vite -  Ah, the infamous Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat.  This is one of the best fast dry top coats out there and for its price, it's worth it.  This is my second bottle of this amazing product.  You defiantly can get away with wearing just one coat.  It finishes with a high glass like shine and dries quickly.  This can cause shrinkage to your nail polish / design so users beware.  Chipping is minimal if wore with the right base coat and I've experienced no peeling.   When applying this product make sure you're in a very well ventilated area.  Not 3 Free



What is your favorite top coat(s) and / or base coat(s)?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Zombie Zest
Indoor, with flash

China Glaze Zombie Zest was released in the Awakening 2010 Halloween Collection.  It is brown based mossy yellow green with micro gold glass flecks.  Think swamp green, but with loads of gold flecks!  Oh how I love glass flecks.   Be aware that this is a jelly finish and one application won't give you the most opaque coverage, it took me about three to get it to my liking.  I experienced no trouble applying this polish and the formula did not get sticky during application process.  When dried the glitter leaves no texture leaving my manicure nice and smooth.

Zombie Zest
Outdoor, no flash


If you're like me and passed this color up last year you can defiantly still get it on Amazon.



Where you smart enough to snatch up this color + the others last Halloween?  What's your favorite Halloween shade?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

I'm the type of nail polish addict who loves to paint the season. Pastels in Spring, Neons / brights in Summer, Muted colors in Fall and the Classic Red, Gold and Green during Winter. Here is my round up on some stable colors for me this season.

Just a heads up, the colors I'm about to mention doesn't necessarily mean that there this years trend or 'in' color. This is just my opinion on what I think best suites fall.

Browns & Gray: I can't tell you how much I love Gray during this time of year. The weather is finally cooling down and the only thing I want on my nails is a color to match the weather. Gray's are a perfect shade to wear during Fall and a definite replacement if you don't own a nude shade. One of my absolute favorites in NYX Girls 'The Taupe' (Swatch).

Browns & Gray's
Color Club Revvvolution, NYX The Taupe, Sally Hansen Antiqued Gold, Sinful Color Nirvana, China Glaze Ingrid, Nubar Chocolate Caramel (reminds me of Thanksgiving)


Purples:
Sometimes you need a little pop of color, even if it's just an accent nail. That's where the purple comes in. I personally think that Gray and Purple mix really well together and would have no problem being neighbors if you decided to do an accent nail for either colors.

Browns & Gray's
Essie No Boundaries, Essie Island Hopping, California Colors 33, OPI Rally Pretty Pink

Monday, September 19, 2011

Color Club Wild at Heart


Wild at Heart is a dark purple holographic. If you're like every other nail addict out there holo finishes are a definite staple in your collection and this is one that you need. Application was amazingly smooth, you can defiantly get away with wearing just one coat. I experienced no streaking or 'bald' spots with or without a base coat. The formula is superb, not too runny or thick and I experienced no staining. I wore this color for 4 days and experienced no chips, only the usually wear at the free edge.

Caparison between Wild at Heart and LOL

Sadly to say, if you are looking for a China Glaze LOL dupe from the 2008 OMG Collection you will be very disappointed. China Glaze Lol has a very pronounced smooth holographic effect, whereas Wild at Heart has a very subtle glitter holographic effect.

Color Club's Wild at Heart was released in Fall 2009 with the Wild at Heart collection. Two years after its debut this shade (and many of the other shades from that collection) is a very easy find. I purchased mine from Premier Nail Source .

I was inspired by this photo that I found on tumblr. I'm not the greatest at painting on thunderbolts but I decided to give it again, here's my take.

I personally like the thunderbolt that I did on my middle finger. I didn't know what color I wanted but I knew for sure I wanted glitter so I pulled out five different glitters! Needless to say this is my left hand, on my right had I did all blue glitter haha.

Friday, September 16, 2011

One of my favorite blues is Essence Trendsetter. I'm not big on royal blues, I love them but I personally don't think they go well with my skin tone. I decided to this blue with China Glaze Treasure Chest. I absolutely love this combo, I actually love glitters with any jelly or high shine creme finish. Essence Trendsetter is also one of my favorites colors for fall. Can you tell I'm so over Summer?



What's you're favorite fall colors?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I finally got my hands on Wet N Wild's Waves of Enchantment from their Mermaid's Cove collection. I've been hunting this down for the longest time. I finally received it in a huge swap that I did. Hawaii really sucks at getting limited edition products from Wet n Wild, which really bums me out because Wet n Wild nail polish's are gorgeous and so unique compared to other drugstore brands.

I am defiantly open to swapping.
Current lemmings:
Wet n Wild 'Tanged in My Web' - On The Prowl Collec.
Wet n Wild 'Correction Tape' - On The Prowl Collec.
Wet n Wild 'Cougar Attack' - On The Prowl Collec.
Fantasy Makers 'Black Magic'
Fantasy Makers 'Nail Glow'
Fantasy Makers 'Creepy Magic'
China Glaze 'Zombie Zest' - Awakening Collec. 2010


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

You know how I said that OPI That's Hot! Pink is my all time favorite hot pink? Well, I think I found a new one. This little number is Nyx Pink Strawberry one of the hottest pinks I've ever owned and I am in love! I decided to do an accent nail of Savina's Fairy Dust holo glitter. What's the difference between China Glaze Fairy Dust and Savina's? Well that's a later post :)


On a lighter note, I went to bath and body works the other day and bought my first oil burner (and oils).

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Orly's 'Fifty Four' would be one of my favorite glitter topcoats if there were more micro-glitter suspended in the clear polish! I never thought I'd ever say this about a bottle of nail polish but it's such a tease. In the bottle it's this gorgeous pink and gold micro glitter that's practically glowing there, but when applied to your nails it's a huge let down...for me anyway. I was expecting non stop glistening but this color is outrageously subtle.




Photo from my 'A little bit of a haul' post [HERE]
Told ya it glows.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

A few days ago I mentioned that I ordered from koreabigeyes.com well, I finally got my package in. I ordered them on August 19 and they got to my house two weeks later on September 3. In this review I'm going to break down what I think about the site, the ease or ordering, shipping, package, etc.







*10 being the highest

The website and ease- 6/10
The web layout is a girls fantasy land of Pink, lace and glitter. At first arrive I thought it was a bit hard to navigate because it's different from how other circle lens shops are laid out but it's unique. After about 5 minutes I figured out how to navigate.

Pricing (product and shipping) - 10/10
If you're anything like me then you'll look high and low for a company that delivers quality product for a small price. I was in between another company and koreabigeyes. However, when I totaled up my shipping with the other company I noticed they had standard 2 weeks shipping for $15! No way! koreabigeyes not only had affordable contacts but their standard 2 weeks shipping was only $5!
As for the contacts, the Princess Mimi ones were $22.00 and the Geo Angel's were $20. PLUS they had a August promo going out for 10% off your entire purchase deducting $4.20 and giving me the total of $42.80 (I would have spent $58.00 at the other site). Happy customer status!

Order - 10/10
Ordering was a breeze! You pay with Paypal which is a huge plus in my books. The ordering form was the usual name, adress etc. However, if you have prescription for your eyes then you selected your power BEFORE adding the item to cart. When you are ready to check out you should see the power you have selected for both your left and right eye.

Shipping - 10/10
There really isn't much to complain about. It's not koreabigeyes' fault that the Hong Kong post was taking a century to have it go through customs! I ordered them on a Friday (Saturday in Hong Kong) and they were shipped on Sunday (Monday for Hong Kong). If you're a frequent ebay buyer like me then you would completely understand the two week wait, your package goes through customs and is traveling half way around the world.

Packaging - 7/10
It was packed in a nice sturdy box, not those flimsy bubble mailers. I was kind of disappointed that they didn't use any fillers to prevent my contacts and contact case from shifting around. Both pairs were wrapped amazingly well in bubble wrap, I had to use a blade to cut it open because it was too thick.

Overall product satisfaction - 20/10!!!
I love them! The contacts make my eyeballs look huge! I would most defiantly recommend both the Geo Angel and Princess Mimi to anyone.


Geo Angel in Grey
Diameter - 14mm
Water Content - 38%
Base Curve - 8.6mm
Replacement - Period 1 year
Overall - These have a bit of getting use to, they feel a tad bit thicker then my usual lens. After awhile the irritating stopped and I couldn't even feel them.



Princess Mimi Sesame Grey (Bambi)
Diameter - 15mm
Water Content - 38%
Base Curve - 8.7mm
Replacement - Period 1 year
Overall - Amazingly comfortable, especially for a 15mm. I popped them right in and couldn't feel them at all, they felt super natural.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

I haven't done any nail art for the longest time so I finally got it out of my system this weekend. This was one of those designs that I winged. I used NYX Lapis for the base color, black, white and yellow acrylic paint.


Thursday, September 1, 2011

This isn't even half of the items that I purchased within the last month. Instead of boring you all (could you ever get bored of staring and polishes?) with pictures of my recent purchased and finds all at once I decided to split it into two posts.

I haven't been dusty hunting in such a long time (since getting shooed away by that would salon) so instead of going salon hopping I decided to go goodwill hopping! That way I can thrift and kinda dusty? Anyways, one thing that I absolutely love about Goodwill is that they accept cosmetic items and they only sell their polishes for $.99, doesn't matter the brand! It's just like swapping but you're purchasing the item. The exciting thing about shopping for polishes at Goodwill is that you never know what kind of nail polishes will turn up. I think that's what I enjoy the most. Plus, if you find a gem it'll only cost you $0.99

Polishes from Goodwill:


Wet n Wild Precious Metals in Pink Sheen



OPI Sahara Sapphire;
I think I got a bottle from 1998 and not the one that was reproduced in 2009



NYX polishes! My favorite drugstore polish. The store that I purchase my NYX from just recently updated their stock with newer colors (no Guilded Gold or Dorthy, boo). They hiked the priced back up to $1.49 but at the time it was on sale for $1.12 (I would normally pay only $0.99 before the hike)

Nude Peach, Pink Strawberry, Shocking Purple, Bloody Mary


Lapis, Bermuda Triangle, Indigo Blue, Blue Ink, Golden Lavender


Purple Ink, Prune Juice, Deep Space, Emerald Forest


Purple Ink close up


Deep Space close up, looks like there are really tiny flakes!


Twinkle, Golden Goddess, Cranberry


Sinful Colors Nail Junkie, 9.0.2.1.Orange, How I Met Your Magenta, Teal of Fortune


Nail Magic Base Coast & Ridge Filler, Beauty Secrets Top Coat, Beauty Secrets Hardener

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