Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bad Pinky Nail Break

So yesterday I took some shots of color Club Worth the Risque and went on with my business. My son wanted to swim so I put sunscreen on him and when I went to put it back in the drawer my hand slipped off it and I realy broke the pinky nail in a bad way, it bled too. Bad, bad break. Not possible to do a wrap on it when it was bleeding so I just sucked it up and cut the remaining hanging nail off.

I am really frustrated because the stupid drawers and cabinets here don't have any handles, so I slip a lot like that and break nails all the time. I really hate it! But we're here for at least another year so unless things change I face more of the same here. So I won't be doing much polishing until this break heals enough to be polished and not hurt. Here are the two pics I snapped of the current manicure I've done, i was going to use Broken Hearted over it but I probably won't now.

I did my grandmother's nails yesterday in Sally Hansen's HD polish in Byte, she loved them, but she was falling asleep when I was there so no pic today. I am sure the Biotin I have been taking is in gear by now and my nail will heal pretty fast, for now I have a bandaid on it with Neosporin ointment and that's about all I can do. So I hope you all have a fantastic Memorial Day Weekend and I wish you happy polishing! Thanks for reading!

Monday, May 23, 2011

My Revvvolution Is Holographic!

I had done a manicure with Wet 'N Wild Ebony Hates Chris and Sinful Colors This Is It, and it came out pretty good. Here is a photo of it:

It came out pretty good I think, but today I was asking myself, "What if Revvvolution is dud in the bottle but kind of holo on the nail? What the heck, try it." So I did, and low and behold it was! I apologize for the fuzziness of the photos but I think I managed to capture the holo goodness of Revvvolution after all! I have to apologize to Color Club, this polish is cool, it's not in your face holo but the holoness is there. 

I am really glad I gave it a shot on the nail, I really am very pleased with my other Color Club polishes so I will definitely be purchasing more from the beauty supplier I got them from. I hope you give them a try, they have a great formula that is easy to work with and dries pretty quickly for a non-fast dry polish. I am very impressed with their polishes and am in love with Pure Energy, it's my new favorite blue polish. That's all I have for you today, so thank you for reading and happy polishing!

Friday, May 20, 2011

China Glaze Senorita Bonita Manicure

I love this color! It reminds me of Orly Bubbly Bombshell, but it is a glass flecked polish and not a glitter, so the similarity ends at the color. I wanted to pick up Bubbly Bombshell but Sally's didn't seem to have it. So I picked up three more China Glazes though, on Tuesday, and I just had to get Blue Sparrow, Purple Panic and my free one was Senorita Bonita. I now have 15 and got 5 free altogether, and I really love China Glaze's formula.

I also picked up some Neutral Protein Filler for my hair because I was tired of it being blonde and damaged, so I got some Clairol hair color, used the protein filler first and then did my hair. Hope you like the picture! I left it on for 35 minutes and that was all I could take. The Clairol came with a free full sized Pantene color treated hair conditioner, and like many of you, something free can seal the deal!

Up to now I have resisted the urge to get more crackle polishes, but I am going to run by Claire's today and see if they have any. I heard on Makeup Alley's Nail Board, that they do and it looks good to me from the swatches I saw. For nowe I am enjoying Broken Hearted and Black Mesh, but I will update you if I get more crackles soon, so without further delay here are the manicure pictures.

I love the way this color looks but this picture didn't fully capture the beauty of it, it's more pinkish then the photo suggests. I went by the Assisted Living Facility and gave Grandmother a nice manicure yesterday, I was sick last week so I had to skip it and surprisingly her nails looked great! She had broken two sadly, but they grow back so no worries. I really am delighted with her letting me put on the Nina Pro polish I have in Grapesicle, it came out looking awesome! 

I am really glad to see her nails hold up so well, it was almost two weeks between manicures and though she had two breaks, she's still very happy with her nails. I am too. Well that's about it for this entry, hope you have a great weekend and happy polishing!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Color Club Pure Energy Manicure

Wow! I really adore this color! It went on like a dream, their formula is awesome. I really have to say I am very impressed with it. It's amazing polish. I didn't do any accent nails this time, I felt this polish was too pretty to cover up even one nail. I have thought about using Broken Hearted over this, but I haven't yet. I just might in a day or two. But for now, again, wow! Pardon the cuticles, I hadn't had a chance to clean them up and was about to lose the sunshine.

I think this is my new favorite blue polish. I hope my nails get 'evened' out soon so I can marble with this bliue polish. I am looking forward to my next water marble manicure. I just don't know when I will do it. I hope you like the photos, I only took one of my nails, but it did a great job of showing how pretty this polish really is, in my opinion. It's a great color. 

I just started taking 5000 mg of Biotin yesterday, up from the 3000 mg of Biotin I have been taking for 40 days. I will keep you posted on what results I have as I notice them. So far my problem nails aren't peeling as much and they are definitely growing much faster. I can also tell they have much more strength, so if you can tolerate Biotin I would say give it a shot, it can cause acne in some people so be aware that side effect can happen. If it does, try a lower level and maybe that will work for you. I talked to my doctor about Biotin before I started taking it, so you should to if you decide on giving it a try. Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Edited: Thought I would add a photo I just took this morning of Broken Hearted over top of Pure Energy, pretty combination like I thought it would be. Hope you like it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Got my Color Club Substitute Polishes

I am delighted with the colors, the blue is vibrant and vivid, the glitter is amazing, the purple is on the level with Flying Dragon, in terms of color, but its a bit deeper. I am very impressed with the formula, it dried well before I applied Poshe to it because I was wanting to use the glitter polish on my ring fingernails. After Poshe its wonderful glossy shine is a delight to behold. Here are the bottle shots, I only liked the one of the glitter, Magical Attraction, so that's the one close up. In order they are Pure Energy, Electronica, Magical Attraction and Slow jam.

I am really enjoying this color, Electronica, and it's more of what I had wanted Catwalk Queen to be, so I am really happy I picked it out. I of course sent a follow up email to the rep who helped me and thanked her for helping to make me a happy customer. I am very happy with my dealings with Forsythe/Color Club and most definitely will buy from the same supplier again to get more more of these awesome polishes. 

I hope you don't mind the pictures, I know my camera is not the best but sometime soon, like this year sometime we'll be getting a better one. For now this is what I have to work with. I feel that the camera does capture some of the glory of these manicures I've done over the past couple of months. I hope you agree that it's not too bad, and it is worth continuing to document my manicures. Thank you for reading and happy polishing!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Color Club Catwalk Queen Manicure

I felt a little daring last night, and because the Sally Hansen HD polish was chipping pretty badly I decided to redo my nails. In fact the Sally Hansen Byte manicure started chipping on day two so I am glad I only picked up one of these, even though the color is gorgeous, it's not up to par with the Xtreme Wear or Hard As Nails polish lines.

I really like the formula of this Color Club nail polish, it looks almost black but in the sunlight you can see it's more of a really dark, dark purple. It streaked on first coat but totally evened out on the second coat. So no complaints there. I use Poshe still, and it dried this polish in five minutes, so I am very pleased. I should be getting my substitute colors from Color Club this week so when I get them I will definitely be redoing them in one of the new colors. If they are as nice as Catwalk Queen I will definitely give them a rave review.

I hope that my order gets here soon, they shipped it Thursday of last week. I am looking forward to my polishes arrival and will take pics of the bottles to show you the colors all at once. I am hoping to be able to water marble with them after wearing each for a few days. Thanks for reading and sharing in the joy of polishing our nails! 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Good Day for a Manicure

I added an update to my last post, but in case you missed it, Color Club contacted me this morning and is sending out four more polishes to make up for the four I was so unhappy with. I am very pleased with this resolution as I got to choose the colors and think that I will buy form them again for sure. The representative was very nice and apologetic so I feel they are being very gracious in fixing my problem for me. And I can’t thank them enough for that. Thank you Color Club!

As I promised I put on Byte today but the photos do not do it proper justice, It’s a really intense pinkish purple shimmer and I am loving it! I also went by Dollar Tree today to get some rocks for my fish tank and saw they had some Maybelline Express Finishes on sale two for a buck so I picked out two blister packs and got a duplicate of the pretty glittery polish called Celestial Shimmer, and one of Red Reds, and one of Magenta Magentas. Very pretty polishes, the Red Reds reminds me very much of strawberry fields in that it has a gold shimmery effect to it, but I wanted to wear the New HD polish so I could review its formula for you.

The new Sally Hansen High Definition HD color I chose is definitely sparkly, and it dried very well underneath my Poshe top coat, so no complaints there. It does need three coats though and even with that there is some VNL (visible nail lines) so maybe that isn’t the case with some of the darker colors, but it was with this one. I can easily overlook that though in light of how gorgeous this color actually is in sunlight and even artificial light. It’s simply stunning! Thank you for reading and happy polishing!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Color Club Holos Weren’t Holos

I was disappointed and despite that I tried out Fashion Addict, so here is the photo, I only took one and it is spot on for how it looked in direct sunlight. I hope you like it, I might marble with these but I won’t be wearing them like this, as a solitary color again. The formula was awesome to work with but I did not top coat this manicure because I am taking it off tonight and redoing it with the new Sally Hansen I bought, HD Polish in Byte. Very pretty, sort of like Strawberry Fields because it’s got a lovely shimmer to it. When I get that finished and new photos of my nails in sunlight I will post a new entry.

I contacted Color Club about my dissatisfaction with my purchases and I hope to hear from them, but I don’t know what they will do about it for me. I had high hopes and I was pretty sad to see these all were fine particle, silvery glitters, except the black, it had black and silvery particles. So I don’t know if I will ever order any more Color Club polishes, I think it depends on their response to my message. I will keep you posted. Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

UPDATE: They contacted me this morning and will be sending out four substitute bottles of polish I am so much happier, I will definitely purchase from them again. Especially if the formula is as good as I think it will be in terms of lasting wear and drying time. I should be getting Magic Attraction, a glitter from the Vixen collection, Electronica and Slow Jam from the Dance to the Musique collection, Pure Energy from the Electro Candy collection. I will be posting manicures with these colors once I get them, so look out for those! Thanks again for reading!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Up to 3 Nail Wraps Now

I broke yet another nail last night, it was my index nail on the right hand this time so I am working on the wrapping process. If you’ve never done it yourself check this video out:

I used the same products she does in this video and it’s easy enough to do, so if you are new to taking Biotin and like me still working on shaping up your existing nails, this can be very useful. I think it’s important to talk about silk wrapping on this blog because I used to do Gel Nails and used similar silk wrap to help strengthen the artificial nails I applied. Now I am just using this on my natural nails of course, and Colette does too when she has tears. It’s good to get the supplies and have them on hand just in case.
All three of my tears are below the quick-line so I wanted to try to save them from being ripped off and bloody. That would be a real bummer, so this has worked for me so far. You’ll need some Non-Acetone polish remover to use with them or else you’ll damage the work you’ve done to repair the torn nail. I am hopeful that these repairs I’ve done will hold up for two weeks like Colette gets out of her silk wraps. As long as you use the Gel Resin instead of nail glue, it should last about two weeks. I have one week left on my left index and a week and a half on the thumb on the left.
I hope this is useful to you ladies, because I know I hate losing a nail that I know I could have wrapped to salvage until it grew out and then trim it or file it off. Here are links to these two products on Sally’s Beauty Supply website:
In other news I have placed a modest order with Victoria’s Beauty Supply for five bottles of Color Club polish. Four are holographic ones, two from the Femme Fatale collection, Revvvolution, and Worth the Risque, which I got two bottles of because I really fell in love with it. Then I got two from the Catwalk Queen collection, Catwalk Queen, a stunning deep purple shimmer, and then the incredible light purple holographic shimmer Fashion Addict. I should be getting them soon and will be polishing the minute I get the packaging open and bottle of Fashion Addict to my bathroom.
I am really looking forward to getting this order and I cannot wait to try them all, so look out for some killer manicures coming soon. I think this almost completes my modest collection, at around 80 bottles total of polish. I was going to make a really cool display but I have changed my mind because my son would most likely think it was his to play with and he’d ruin or at least mess up some of my polishes. So that’s out. But if you want to make one LovinBeautyNStyle on youtube has some awesome DIY instructional videos on using foam board from Dollar Tree. Here are the two videos she has up for this neat display that is made with hot glue and two foam boards.
I instead have used a medium sized tin I had that has no lid and I never knew what to do with it, and that camera bag I posted about early on in my blog. I am pleased with the fact it fits under the sink where the kiddo can’t get to it so I think my collection is safe. I don’t have any new manicure pics to share today, but I will as soon as my polishes arrive, so for now I hope that this entry on nail wrapping and that sharing the information about that and the videos are enough to tide you over until I get Fashion Addict and do my nails up in that gorgeous color. Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Finally got Broken Hearted!

Hey everyone! I was lucky enough to swing by Sally’s today and found that they had Lightning Bolt, Cracked Concrete and the one I came for, Broken Hearted all in stock! I was thrilled. Sadly today I busted a nail on the trunk as I always seem to, but it wasn’t below the quickline, so it’s just awkward looking on my middle finger. I lost a good amount of length, but it’s okay.

When I took off my polish I discovered a tear on my thumb so I applied a nail wrap, it took ages to dry so I was really ready to get down to applying the pink crackle. I used Revlon’s Top Speed, in Golden underneath it, and applied a new to me China Glaze Holographic top coat, Fairy Dust. I think the results speak for themselves. I really enjoy doing my nails like so many of you ladies, and I enjoy a good sale on nail polish. So when a friend told me Sinful Colors was on sale half off, ($.99) I had to swing by Walgreen’s today and pick out five I had my eye on.

I didn’t have any luck finding the Milani 3D holo’s unfortunately, so I might end up buying them online from CVS, just not right now, since I was already in the local CVS and saw they had a buy 1 get one 50% off on Revlon, including Top Speeds, I snagged myself two, Lilac and the Golden you see below. I am pretty impressed with the coverage and speed of drying, so if they weren’t almost $7 a piece I might repurchase, so if they have them on sale I think it’s worth adding a few to your collection. I really am delighted to have made the purchases I did today.

I went shopping before I stopped by the ALF (assisted living facility) to do my grandmother’s nails. She had a bad break on her index finger but I took care of it. I am really delighted that China Glaze’s Strawberry Fields wore so well, I did my nails Tuesday and had I not had the break today I was going to wait and do the up tomorrow, but I had zero chipping with it. Gorgeous color, it looked great on her, I added Sinful’s This Is It golden shimmer to the ring fingernails and I think she was very pleased with this color. She had much less chipping so I think using the Strong Adhesion first, then the Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler is the ticket to her manicures lasting well, and to covering up my nail wrapping tears on my manicures.

It might take a bit of time to do three base coats, but in both cases two coats of the ridge filler is needed in my opinion. I did it that way last time when I did Flying Dragon and applied the first wrap, and I was worried it was why I had chipping, but this time I did the same thing with the Strawberry Fields manicure and it lasted four days without chipping so I think something is up with Flying Dragon’s formula. Maybe it’s just the neon’s that are like that. So I picked out some pretty colors Sinful Color’s had and one was a neon purple to take the place of Flying Dragon. I got a gorgeous greenish blue glitter called Nail Junkie, and a red called GoGo Girl, and a pretty Green called San Francisco, and a lovely blue, Midnight Blue.

I will see about posting a video on the mini-haul and share it by editing it in here. For now here are the pics, with Grandmother’s manicure at the top, followed by my first attempt with Broken Hearted. I hope you enjoy and thank you for reading! Happy polishing!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

China Glaze Strawberry Fields Manicure

I really love this polish, it went on incredibly well, no streaking like Flying Dragon did on the first coat and dried to a nice glossy finish. I really am impressed with how nice it turned out. It was unfortunate that Flying Dragon was chipping pretty badly on day one and day two, but no worries, it was Strawberry Fields to the rescue!

I am glad I picked this polish up, it’s absolutely gorgeous, it has a luscious golden shimmer to it that the pictures could not do justice to. It was dry in no time thanks to my Poshe’ top coat, which I have decided to stick with and not buy the Seche Vite because I just adore the way Poshe’ wears and applies I can’t imagine anything better. So there won’t be a comparison between the two like I had originally thought I would do. If Sally’s sold the Seche Restore I’d think about it, but they don’t so I don’t want to use half a bottle of it and then be stuck with an unusable half.

I am planning on buying some of the Milani 3D Holographic polishes, I think the blue one, the purple one and maybe the silver or pink one. Might even go for the gold one, it depends on how well I like the first two I buy as to whether or not I buy more. In other polish news, I have heard that Sally Hansen is adding a new permanent line of crackle polishes in eight bright, bold colors! I am very excited to hear about this, and I can’t wait until June when the line of crackles debuts!

The eight polishes are:

Snow Blast, White
Vintage Violet, Purple
Fracture Foil, Silver
Fuchsia Shock, Pink
Distressed Denim, Blue
Antiqued Gold
Cherry Smash, Red
Ink Splatter, Black

 I definitely want the gold, blue, purple, and red. What colors are you looking forward to? I am really glad that Sally Hansen is jumping on the Crackle bandwagon because I can’t seem to score a bottle of Broken Hearted, the pink crackle by China Glaze. I know some ladies were lucky enough to score the entire collection back in February but I was just getting back into doing my nails then, and not really going to Sally’s Beauty Supply yet. The polishes will go for just about $6 retail. Hope you like the pics of my current manicure.

I hope this polish lasts awhile, it looks wonderful in my opinion and I am very happy and would definitely repurchase it if I use it all up. That’s it for now, thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Monday, April 25, 2011

China Glaze Flying Dragon Manicure

This color is a really pretty purple, with pink, purple and blue glitters. I used two coats of Flying Dragon and two layers of Poshe’ top coat. The Flying Dragon dries matte, and you could wear it that way, but I prefer glossier looks and like it with two layers of top coat. I wanted to dress up the ring finger with Strobe Light from Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear.

I have to say this color is darker on the nail then it is in the bottle and though it’s rather opaque it takes two full coats to achieve the best finished look. The local Sally’s are still sold out of this color, so if you’re lucky enough to score it I think it’s a great addition to any collection. It applied smoothly, but if you go over it twice it streaks, although the second coat remedies this, it’s still something worth mentioning. I was pleased with the second coat’s appearance and with Poshe’ you can paint over top of wet nails and it dries them within five minutes. Here are the results.

I hope that this polish review helps you make your decision on whether or not to add this pretty purple to your collection. I really like this color and have plans to water marble with it so stay tuned for those results in an upcoming post. Thank you for taking time to share in my thoughts on this great polish from China Glaze. And thank you for reading. Happy polishing!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sally Hansen Red Carpet Xtreme Wear

I have a new favorite red! And it’s Red Carpet by Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear line. It went on great and I love the brush, it’s similar to the Insta-Dry line’s brushes, but longer by a little bit. I really am impressed with the shimmery color, it’s like wearing crushed up rubies on your nails, really it’s fabulous! I have to say of all the reds I’ve ever worn this is the showiest. I can’t stop looking at my nails, I just adore it that much. The pictures are in sunlight because the camera wasn’t able to capture its true beauty in lamp light.

This manicure uses Poshe’ top coat, and China Glaze Strong Adhesion base coat, instead of the Beauty Secrets top and base coats. I am new to using the China Glaze Strong Adhesion base coat and polishes, but I think they are high quality. I had the Strong Adhesion base coat with the Poshe’ top coat on the last manicure and I went four days with no chipping whatsoever this time, so it’s my theory that it’s the Beauty Secrets base and top coat that made my previous manicures chip. I know some people use them without any issues with chipping, but I definitely noticed a difference with the new base and top coat I have been using.

I hope you enjoyed this review and the photographs. Thanks for reading and I hope you take a moment to leave a comment on my blog to share your thoughts on this fantastic red.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Pink Voltage with Black Mesh Crackle

I think the pictures speak for themselves, this manicure is my favorite crackled one so far. It’s beautiful. And I think I got the hang of the application, though it’s not easy to get it on perfectly, I think this time I did better than the past couple attempts. The China Glaze polishes are awesome, this is my first time using the Strong Adhesion Base Coat and it went on perfectly. The Pink Voltage looks great by itself, but with the 
Black Mesh it’s really striking.

It’s amazing how fast this crackle polish dries, you have to be really careful to get it right the first time because it’s not really possible to go over an area that you already did. It just dries that fast. I am very impressed with the China Glaze polishes, I got a nice selection so far because of that April sale Sally’s Beauty Supply is having on polish. I want to get the pink crackle called Broken Hearted but they’ve yet to get it back in stock.

In Crackle news though, originally this was intended to be a temporary polish line, but the guy at Sally’s told me yesterday that they’ve decided to keep it on and are making more because they totally ran out completely. I am lucky I got in there on Saturday to get mine because they are already sold out of the Black Mesh again. If they get that pink in I am going to grab a bottle for sure. I like the Crushed Candy one, that’s like a light greenish blue, but I don’t think I want to get it. And I am not sure I want the Cracked Concrete one anymore, I think Black Mesh and Broken Hearted will be something I will use a lot of and so those are the two I want in my collection.

I hope you like the pictures, I really think they came out really good compared to the other two crackle manicures I’ve done, because of the bright pink underneath the Black Mesh. I think the next one will be the Silvivor Fast Dry polish by Wet ‘N Wild, underneath Black Mesh so look out for that to come in a few days. I want to leave this one on for a while as long as it doesn’t chip. Crossing my fingers that this new base coat makes a difference in that regard, because I really love the way this manicure turned out. Thanks for reading! And happy polishing!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Flying Dragon With Black Mesh, Crackle Manicure

I definitely need to work on my application of Crackle polish, it isn’t like normal polish, you want a very thin coat and that isn’t easy to achieve when you’re used to thicker coats. I am happy with the combination, but think a brighter color will work better, so I went to Sally’s again today and picked up some strong adhesion base coat, a neon pink and a lovely green polish. I plan on taking this off tonight and redoing my nails in Pink Voltage with Black Mesh and have hope that it will look the best out of any of the colors I’ve crackled over.

I know I didn’t clean my cuticles, I have trouble with that, I bought some brushes today and am going to try a technique where I load the brush with remover and then go over the mistakes to take them off. I hope that works, if anyone has any tips on that besides the Vaseline tip, I’d love to hear them. It took sunlight to make this manicure look good, and FYI the Flying Dragon color dries matte, so make sure you have a decent top coat for use with it.

I will post a new entry soon with the Pink Voltage color beneath the Black mesh, I have to hope that the China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat will work well, because I don’t want to see another chipping manicure after less then 24 hours. I think the Beauty Secrets base coat, while great for filling ridges just does not have the staying power I am looking for. I heard from Mother today that Grandmother’s nails are chipping too, so when I see her Friday, I will use the China Glaze on her too and see if that gives us better results.

I hope that this time around I can make the crackle polish do its thing properly. So look for a new entry tomorrow or Thursday. I had a ring finger nail break at the quick this morning on my right hand, I clipped it down as far as I could and it looks awful, but it happens. Two on that hand in under a week though, makes me think I need to go easier on my right hand somehow. Anyway, I thank you all for taking time to share in my Crackling adventures and I know I’ll get the hang of it somehow. Thanks for checking out my blog and for coming back to see the updates. It makes me so pleased to know people are reading and checking out the pictures.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

First Crackle Manicure

Today I was lucky enough to get a bottle of Black Mesh, the Crackle by China Glaze, and it will take some getting used to. I also got three other polishes today, the one I used for the Crackle manicure was China Glaze, Awakening. I bought some Poshe top coat and wow, am I impressed. I will be getting a bottle of Seche Vite to compare it to the Poshe, but this top coat looks wet even when dry, it’s amazing!

To be fair I think it takes some careful application to get the crackle effect to really come across, so you really can’t see it that well on these photos, but it is there. I got the first one perfect, and the rest were just too thick of an application to get the right coverage for maximum effect. I will have to redo this manicure in the future, but next time I will be doing the China Glaze color, Flying Dragon underneath the Black Mesh.

I really love the way this top coat applies and dries so quickly. It’s really glossy and is the best I’ve used yet to date. The best trick I know for maintaining a manicure is to reapply top coat every couple of days, and so I will reapply the Poshe polish to my nails Monday or just redo them altogether if I have any chips by then. I will probably be going by Sally’s again to buy three more China Glaze polishes, they have a sale this month where you buy two and get one free, and I joined the Beauty Club today because I wanted to get a few polishes and it was well worth it.

I don’t know what three colors I’ll end up with but we’ll see. I really like the Flying Dragon color and can’t wait to see that on my nails, it’s got some tiny glitter in it and is such a pretty purple, I think it will look better under the Black Mesh Crackle. When I had the Awakening polish on by itself it was lovely, I should have snapped a photo but I was anxious to see the Black Mesh in action. Next time though, I will take time to shoot a couple of photos. That’s all for now! Thanks for reading!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Second Water Marble Attempt

I love the way this water marble design turned out. I’ll definitely do this again with these pinks. I went with a three some of Wet ‘N Wild, Wild Shines, this time. The colors are Frosted Fuchsia, Lavender Crème, and Metallica. I did do a base coat and a coat of Silvivor from the Wet ‘N Wild Fast Dry collection, but the silver polish in the marble is the Metallica one.

As it’s Thursday I went to the ALF (Assisted Living Facility ) and did my grandmother’s nails today, in the same Lavender Crème color I used in my marble. They came out gorgeous as last time. I had a great time doing them up too. I hope you like the results, she told me she got a lot of compliments on them and that her nails had never looked so pretty. Hearing that made me feel so good! That’s what doing your nails should be all 
about, making yourself feel good.

I picked up an awesome box type bag at a local thrift store for a buck and it’s just big enough to hold my stash of nail art supplies and all my polishes. You really cannot know what you’ll find in a thrift store so it pays to check them out. As soon as I saw it, reminded me of my old Nail Tech kit box and I knew I had to have it. It has red felt on the inside for lining and I just can’t believe it’s in perfect condition.

I really love this new bag. So if I buy any new polishes, and I just might, they can go in the other bag. I have my top coat and base coat in the smaller pink and white bag along with my acrylic paints and nail art brushes. I think I am satisfied with my supplies for the moment, but I say that after adding two more to my collection on this same outing. One polish actually wouldn’t ring up and the lady just gave it to me because she was feeling nice, so that was sweet, all in all I would say I had a very successful shopping outing. I really appreciate you reading and sharing in my nail art adventures! Thanks for stopping by Nail Soup!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

First Water Marbling Attempt

I think the results speak for themselves, this technique takes a bit of time to master, but the results can be really gorgeous. I stumbled across My Simple Little Pleasures Youtube Channel when searching for nail art to see leopard print color combinations other ladies have used and I was fascinated by the technique she uses and have to say, I am glad I found her channel and her blog, Colette is a real creative genius and I really admire her work.

So you can see the colors I chose were in the blue hues, I went with Wet ‘N Wild’ds Wild Shine in Bijou Blue, Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in Lacey Lilac, and Pacific Blue. This was done over top of a ridge-filling base coat and one coat of Sally Hansen’s White On from the Xtreme Wear line. I used regular masking tape to protect my skin and did one or two nails at a time. It’s hard to do more than one though, but if you can tweak your design to have two perfect parts why not?

I high recommend watching some of Colette’s Water Marbling Tutorials if you’re interested in trying out this technique for yourself. I practiced for two days beforehand to test out polishes and can tell you the Fast Drying Wet ‘N Wild ones do not work, but the Wild Shine line works fine. I would recommend trying out the colors you think will work good together on an index card first, then you can work on your ability to manipulate the polish with an orange stick or toothpick, so you get a little experience working with the polish before you try to get it on your nails.

I did about five practice index cards before I did my nails and I am really glad I did so I could figure out that the Wet 'N Wild Wild Shine line was going to work for me. They are on sale at Walgreens right now for $.69 a piece so if you're looking to get some new colors they have some nice ones. I picked up five more today, two pinks, two purples and one in black so my next water marble attempt will be just as pretty as this manicure was I hope. Thanks for reading and I hope you'll come back to check out more water marbling art, along with more acrylic paint art soon!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Wined Up

This is a gorgeous deep red color and first off I want to talk about the brush this line of polish has. Wow! I have never seen such a short, fat brush before, and it made applying this polish a real dream. It totally covered the nails in one stroke, except for the thumb, and the polish went on smoothly. It covered perfectly in one stroke, I can’t stress that enough. And this color looked perfect to me with one coat.

I must admit going into this manicure my expectations were rather high, I have heard great things about the Insta-Dry line and using this polish made me a believer. I was lucky enough to find it in the local Dollar Tree, yes, that means I paid $1 for it, and in the blister pack there was a Hard As Nails. It’s a pretty shimmer polish called Rain Cloud. I did my nails before going to bed and they were fully dry by the time I was ready to sleep thirty minutes after I finished applying the Beauty Secrets Top Coat.

I am very impressed with how well this polish looks on the nail and application was a breeze, so overall I would definitely buy from this line again. I didn’t do any nail art this time around because the acrylic paint leopard prints I did last time, were so difficult to get off I figured I would take a break from that. So hopefully I will be up to doing some more of that soon, I am going to be attempting a water marble today when I have time, but from the practice runs I’ve done using index cards it’s definitely not an easy process to master.

I will be posting photos of the water marbling if I am successful, otherwise I will just keep at it and not give up. On my Nail Bloggers links list you can check out My Simple Little Pleasures blog and her youtube channel out for some incredible water marble designs. She’s fantastic at it and I have hope to get some decent results for my nails too. I will say that the instant or fast drying polishes are no good for water marbling, because you need time to work the polish. Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Leopard Nail Art, First Attempt in Twenty Years

When I was a nail tech back in 91’ I used to enjoy using acrylic paints and hand painting my own nail art. I have done all kinds of nail art in the past. But I haven’t done any in about twenty years. So yesterday I went to Sally’s and low and behold the four pack of nail art brushes was on sale! Of course I got them and a new fat orange stick and a pair of nail clippers that were on sale. Then I went to the Dollar Tree and picked up both sets of six colors of acrylic paints. I decided to do leopard print of pink with the bright violet purple of the Wet ‘N Wild Buffy the Violet Slayer. Here is what they came out like when I did them like I would a normal manicure.

They looked great, so I let them set dry for hours. I had to wait until my son was in bed before attempting the nail art part. I think that this leopard effect is awesome but I need brighter colors next time. They came out rather subtle and the black lining is hard to see against the dark violet background. Still part of this blog is to show the progression of my re-entry into the world of polishes and acrylic paint, so that means I will show you mistakes and mishaps just like I will share the best manicures. I will probably only leave this on until Monday, and then I will be attempting a rose manicure. So without further fanfare, here are the leopard nails.

I will definitely be doing this again. I knew it would be a good practice run, but I wish it had come out a bit brighter. I used The Gold And The Beautiful, from the Wet ‘N Wild Fast Dry Collection, which helped mute the bright violet somewhat. I like that effect, but it’s difficult to see it in the photos. I liked the effect of the gold glitter polish overtop of the violet by itself, but this manicure was all about the leopard print. I used to do them in leopard print years ago in the typical leopard tones, and they always looked fabulous. I am not disappointed by the way they came out, but I think I could have gone with a lighter background color and then used a darker tone for the spots with the black liner. I think that would have been better, but again, as this was my first attempt in about twenty years I am very pleased with the results.

The acrylic went on great but took a couple of applications to look very pink. The black went on in one coat and covered perfectly, just like I remembered it working like back in the day. Now that I have done it and bought the right tools, I am delighted to be able to say that now I can start doing things I have only up to now dreamed of doing. Like Spongebob Nails, or Rose Manicures, things like fruit, flowers and critters.  I don’t think the Spongebob ones are coming just yet though, I need some time to get working on designs for them and I know that will be a fun entry to compose. If there is something you think I should try I would love to hear from you. As always, thanks for reading.