Tuesday, February 28, 2012

China Glaze Riveting

I was so excited to pick this one up Saturday at my local Sally’s, and I think I might be back to pick up a second bottle! It’s fantastic! The color is so rich and lively, it’s really a pretty color. I really enjoyed manicuring with this color. The formula is wonderful, and it applied like butter. I topped it with Seche Vite, and when my Konad plates, scraper/stamper and special Konad polishes arrive I will be giving it some tiger stripes with Konad plate m57.

It’s got a gold shimmer to it, but it’s in your face orange, almost like traffic cone orange. I am really glad I was able to get the 5 colors I wanted from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, this past Saturday. It was super cool to get first pick on them! I have Wet n’ Wild’s fast dry 9021Orange but it’s much more sheer than this polish, so it’s not a dupe. I think I saw one from Sinful Colors, that might be a dupe, I’ll check it out and let you know. Here’s the pics, the first one is the most color accurate.

If you’re a fan of oranges or corals, this is a must have polish for you, it’s incredible. Thanks for reading and I wish you happy polishing!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Bundle Monster Plates and Hunger Games

I am delighted to say that my Bundle Monster order for the second set of design plates arrived today, I also called Sally’s about the new Hunger Games China Glaze collection and they had them in the back room! The really nice sales associate agreed to sell them to me so I picked up five of the collection. I got Fast Track, Dress Me Up, Harvest Moon, Riveting and Electrify. I love the colors, but I am waiting before trying any, I want to do some stamping and practice on drug store polishes.

In fact I will probably try the Konad polishes a few times and then switch to the Wet N’ Wild Black Crème or Ebony Hates Chris until I get the technique down. Then I will bring you a great fresh manicure to check out soon! My other stamping order should be here March 1st it said, on the estimated delivery date, but I am betting they will be here sooner, hopefully by Tuesday.

This month I have picked up two NYC Top Coats, the Matte Me Crazy and Grand Central Station. I have tried both and WOW, I love the Grand Central Station’s shininess! It’s as lovely as Poshe’ so I will be using it more now that I was able to find it in a store, CVS had it in stock, while my super Walmart never does. But since Walmart did have Matte Me Crazy, that’s where I got that Top Coat from. I would definitely recommend either of them, I’ve used the Matte one on my big toe so far and it dried super-fast, and looked great! I will use some before I take off this manicure and take some pictures so you can see it in action.

I have two of the Spoiled’s I picked up from CVS the other day, Cougar Attack, and Shrimp on the Barbie. I will be honest here, unless they do something about the lids and brushes, I won’t be getting any more. I love the colors, but the lid was flaking off and the neck of the polish, I should have taken some pictures, when I open it again, if I see a bunch of flakes on the neck I’ll shoot a couple of pictures. I have heard from other ladies that their lids are flaking too, now my Cougar Attack doesn’t have this problem, but it’s brush is pretty ragged looking. The Shrimp on the Barbie is lovely, but I am going to have to decant it into another bottle if I want to do more then look at it.

Here’s the photographs of the five China Glaze Hunger Games I picked up today:

I am going to resist the urge to buy any new polishes for awhile since I have really added significantly to my collection since I got back into polishing. I also want to save up (not that they are expensive, it’s just I give myself a polishing budget monthly which I’ve gone over this month big time) for a three-drawer organizer sometimes affectionately called a Melmer, you can get them at the Hobby Lobby or Michael’s Art’s and Crafting Stores. Here’s the link to buying one of these three-drawer storage cubes online:

That’s where I am going to be getting one soon. I can hardly wait, I held out a long time, but as I am at 150 polishes, I think it’s time and also time to slow down and add to my collection slowly, so I’ll be hauling much less. I have an order I am going to place with Head2toebeauty.com and I am going to pick up about five more there and then call it a month in March. Do you have a ‘Melmer’ or a Helmer from Ikea? I hear good things about them, and though I used to resist the urge, I am ready to embrace it now. Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Evolution of a Manicure

Today I polished my nails with Wet n’ Wild’s Megalast, Disturbia. But I felt it was too dark for me so I added China Glaze’s pink crackle, Broken Hearted. Let me talk a bit about the Megalast, the formula was really good, it was close to being a one coater, so it was very opaque. The only problem I had with this polish was the brush, I once posted a picture of the brush the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri’s have, and I was instantly reminded of that brush.

I have seen some people refer to it in not so nice terms, and I will say it was rather easy to get the nail plate polished using it, but, it isn’t easy to get used to it if you want to minimize your after manicure cleanup. If you are someone who will paint over the sides of your nails, like the skin there, the sidewall of the nail, then this brush probably won’t bother you, but if you’re more like me, wanting to get it as close to right the first time, it will take a few nails before you feel like you’re getting the hang of this huge oar like brush.

So you can see from the picture that it’s not like a normal Wet n’ Wild brush, it’s very wide and has a weird rounded end instead of being flat at the bottom. I wanted to show it to you, compared to a Wet n’ Wild, Wild Shine brush, so you could get an idea of the differences in size. I knew it before I bought it that it was this size, but I figured I could decant it into another bottle if I wanted to. I still may, just depends. I was out shopping today and bought four polishes, and finally got my hands on NYC’s Grand Central Station, the Fast Drying top coat that my Walmart never seems to have in stock. You can see from the photographs that it's super shiny!

I picked up Green Ocean today from Sinful Colors, at Walgreens, and from CVS I got the top coat, Sally Hansen’s Golden-I from the Xtreme Wear line, and I picked up two polishes from the Spoiled collection, Shrimp on the Barbie, and Cougar Attack. I have heard the brushes on the Spoiled line weren’t the best, and I admit that is what made me try the Wet n’ Wild Megalast, because I didn’t want to deal with the brush on the Shrimp on the Barbie. I might actually decant that one sooner rather than later.

Here are the pictures of the manicure before I added Broken Hearted:

And with Broken Hearted:

Thanks for taking time to visit my blog and I wish you happy polishing!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Some Sally’s have the Hunger Games out

Sadly both of mine do not. But if you’re looking for these new polishes due out March 1st, you can find them online at http://www.sallybeauty.com/  and they have a 15% off code right now 555993 is the online code you can use up until Friday for 15% off purchases of $25 or more. So I wanted to post about this so anyone who was looking for the new collection could find a nice discount. What colors are you interested in? I like Fast Track, the lovely gold shimmer nude, Riveting, the orange shimmer, Harvest Moon, the coppery shimmer, and Dress Me Up, the dusty rose color. There are plenty of swatches on the web so if you’re looking for them I won’t have any until after I get the four I am in for on this collection. If when I see it in person, Electrify the gold and red glitter, then that will bring my total of the polishes from the Hunger Games I am getting up to five.

I placed my Konad order, so I have the special black and white polishes for stamping coming with Konad plates, m63, m60, and m57. I also got the double sided stamper and scraper set, though I am going to use an expired credit card on my plates. I ordered the second Bundle Monster set, the 25 piece set, and I am very excited to have all these items on the way here finally. I ordered a 25 pack of 9-pocket baseball card protectors and picked up some rubber waffle shelf liner from the Dollar Tree, and that is how I will store my plates. Cut the shelf liner into small sized rectangles that I’ll slide down in the pockets to keep the plates from falling out of the pockets.

This video above is on this storage set up so you can see it in action. I plan on getting the Red Angle Plates and maybe the first set of Bundle Monster plates. Both of them are 21 piece sets. I think that will come later, but I have plans for them, so that is why I wanted to get the 9-pocket protector sheets, they sell them on Amazon in packs of 100 or 25, and 25 would be able to hold 225 plates if you only used one side, or twice that if you had that many. Now I plan on shooting pictures of my storage set up on my stamping supplies, it will be just the same as in that video, I have the binder and pencil bag just like she does, so you can count on more posts on stamping from storing and stamping itself to manicures with stamping overtop of base color manicures I’ve got planned.
I apologize for the lack of pictures, but I wanted to post the code and share the update on my stamping stuff. I appreciate you checking out my blog and wish you happy polishing! 

Water Marble Manicures

I decided to marble my nails, I just ordered nail image plates and wanted some nail art. Marbling has always been so much fun for me and I haven’t done one in a good while. I used two from China Glaze. Four Leaf Clover, and Winter Berry, then two from Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear. Mellow Yellow and Pacific Blue. I really think it turned out great! On with the pics.

I love how people have trouble believing I did this myself when I go out into the world. I am glad that I am able to get attractive marbles done. If you’re interested in water marbling I hope you enjoyed the photos of this manicure. I did another one for Madri Gras with China Glaze Gothic Lolita, and Four Leaf Clover and then the main marbling yellow I rely on, Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow. I thought I would add them both to this post because it would be so short if I just did the one from last week, I have word two Sinful Colors in between the two marbled manicures too, so I’ll post about that soon.

I only took three pictures of this manicure because I just felt it wasn’t really my best marbling. I think I was too heavy handed with the polish in the water. So as a bonus for showing off older marbles I’ve done I thought I would share how I practice. I will use an index card ripped so I can fit it into the yogurt cup I use to marble in, and come straight down over the water into the polish. Hope you enjoy checking out some of my other combinations of color I tried out last year.

Here are the practice cards I mentioned:

Thanks for checking out the marbled manicures I’ve done this last two weeks, and I hope you enjoyed seeing the practice cards I’ve created since I started playing with polish in Brita Filtered, room temperature water. My other half pointed out that these two marbles are very close in coloring, I was surprised it didn’t dawn on me before he said something. Thanks for reading and I wish you happy polishing!

Friday, February 17, 2012

My Basic Polish Change Manicure

I go outside with polish remover and cotton pads, I have a plastic grocery bag out there I put the used polish covered cotton pads in and then wrap up to pitch in the trash when I go back inside. I will let the cotton pads sit on the polish for a minute, then the polish has loosened up enough I can gently work the wet cotton pad on my fingertip. After I do this I wash my hands and get my supplies ready for the actual polish change.

I will get my base coat, either Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, or Gelous, which I’ve heard works better over something else. Like the Moisturizing Base Coat, then Gelous, two coats of color polish, then Seche Vite or Poshe. Now something I meant to say, I use a fingernail brush when I wash my hands after using acetone polish remover.  If I have worn glitter polish like one of the incredible chunk scattered holo glitters from Beyond the Mistletoe by Color Club, I will leave cotton pads on my fingernails on one hand for 2-3 minutes using 100% acetone remover from Sally’s. Some people use aluminum foil cut in small squares, to hold the cotton pad tighter in place. This speeds up the time it takes to liquefy the polish and glitter chunks.

Now I am going to be getting into stamping, so I will let the manicure go at this point, and do nail art later. I want the ‘base color’ to set at this point. I will be using some of my polishes to stamp and I am using my stripers now, I totally feel a new Tiger Stripe manicure coming up too! I will wear Lansinoh HPA Lanolin found in the baby aisle for breast feeding mothers. It’s a chapped nipple cream, so you know it is good stuff. You can use it on your lips, your elbows, your heels, and knuckles and cuticles as well. I like to use a little bit and manipulate it overtop of my nail walls, it’s that hardened skin on the sides of your nails.

Then I wear my cotton manicure gloves to bed and when I wake up everything soaked in nicely and it’s awesome I will usually do this on the evening of the day I’ve changed my polish. Nail art will come on the following day. I will share my journey into stamping (some people refer to it as Konading or Fauxnading for plates not made by Konad) and I really think it’s pretty neat, some of the manicures that people do with the nail stamping image plates out there are really amazing. So I know there’s the Salon Express set up for $10 at Walgreens, Rite Aid, CVS, Sally’s etc. but I want a Konad Stamper with Scraper set, even though one huge tip is to use an expired gift card or old other kind of plastic card. This won’t scratch the image plates up nearly as much as the Metal Scraper they sell.

Then I bought some rubber waffle shelving liner, it was a buck at the Dollar Tree. And then I have a binder with a Pencil Bag that will hold my stamping supplies. I need to get some 9 Pocket Baseball Card Protector Sheets. These will perfectly house the image plates. They are just the right size. Then you take the waffle shelf liner and cut it into smaller rectangles to make it so your image plates won’t move or fall out of the protector sleeve. The rubber of the shelf liner will anchor them and I’ve heard that if the binder falls most likely the plates won’t become dislodged.

I am really excited about this, I have looked at reviews and image plate videos on youtube and from what I have seen MASH, Shany, Red Angel & Bundle Monster are image plates that would be great for starting out. I have settled on Red Angel and because there are two of the Bundle Monster sets, one is 21 pieces, it has very small full nail images, they have six on a plate. The second set of Bundle Monster plates have four full nail designs per plate, which is more like Konad.

The second set is a little bigger, it’s 25 pieces. They make cool French tip plates too, and stand-alone images. They are all going to be so much fun to make nail art with. I am going to be getting the 21 piece Red Angel set, and then the second Bundle Monster plate set at some point. But just getting set up so I can start exercising some creative muscles, has been a lot of fun. I took a lot of time watching some of the youtube stamping gurus and built up my understanding of how to perform the gentle but firm pressure necessary for polish transfers from the image plate to the stamper and then the stamper to the nail.

I hope that this has had some useful information to you, and I thank you for reading, happy polishing! 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

China Glaze and Color Club Stash

So I promised I would share what’s in my collection as far as Color Club goes, I would say I reach for one of them fairly often. But I seem to reach for the drug store or these equally. I don’t have any of the China Glaze OMG’s, wish I did, but I have the Color Clubs, and they are pretty cool. So China Glazes, first. Hope you like this look into my collection.

Purple Panic
Pink Voltage
Secret Periwinkle
Flying Dragon
Blue Sparrow
Senorita Bonita
Ruby Pumps
Strawberry Fields
Fifth Avenue
Winter Berry
Sunshine Pop
Gothic Lolita
Dance baby
Four Leaf Clover
Kinetic Candy
Fuchsia Fanatic
Fairy Dust
Riveting (will buy from Hunger Games Collection)
Fast Track (will buy from Hunger Games Collection)
Argo (will buy from Hunger Games Collection)
Harvest Moon (will buy from Hunger Games Collection)

I have crackles too, Broken Hearted, Black Mesh, and Tarnished Gold. Love China Glaze, I have to say that like Color Club, their formulas are fantastic, they dry fast and shine like crazy under Seche Vite or Poshe. Now onto the Color Clubs I chose for my collection. I love their formula too, very consistent and fast drying. Holo’s first, then Holo Glitters from this past Holiday Collection of 2011 called Beyond the Mistletoe-WOW!

Wild at Heart
Worth the Risque (2 bottles of this)
Fashion Addict
Love ‘em and Leave’em (soon to buy from etailer)
Beyond the Mistletoe
Holiday Splendor
Magical Attraction
Pure Energy
Catwalk Queen
Slow jam
Red Velvet

Since I went over the Crackles, I figure I could tack on to the end of this entry the FingerPaints Flakies, and Pure Ice Crackles I’ve picked up.

Pure Ice Crackles
All Shooked Up
Strike A Pose
Lightening Strikes

Busted is the only other Pure Ice I own, I hear it stamps okay, the silver one does, might pick up a few more to stamp with. I had fun sharing my stash with you, I hope you liked to compare the shades I chose with your own chosen additions to your stash. I might edit in stash pics, we'll see. I welcome your comments on colors, I really love my collection.  It’s taken a year to get to this point, I have a lot of polishes, but if you’re like me and a collector you don’t mind having them. Happy polishing!

Drug store Polish Stash Post

Ever since I started Nail Soup, I’ve wanted to do a post on my collection of polishes, I have different polishes for different reasons. I have a lot of drug store polishes, and love them because many water marble very nicely. Then I have some that I got because I am gearing up to start stamping with polish very soon. I hope that you like the brands of drug store polishes I have listed below. This is the list Wild Shines I think are core to any collection with DS brands in it:

Lavender Creme (It's intense pink)
Metallica or SIlvivor from the Fast Dry of WnW
Tickled Pink it's sweet baby pink
Frosted Fucshia
Mauve Frost
Kalediscope (Glitter polish)
Red, Red
Black Creme
Burgundy Frost
Eggplant Frost
Wild Card

Those are core to my collection, then I have some fast dry's and three megalasts:

Saved by the Blue
Buffy the Violet Slayer
Ebony Hates Chris
Hannah Pinktana
Party of 5 Glitters
The Gold and the Beautiful
Grey’s Anatomy

Then I picked up Wet Cement, Disturbia, and On A Trip from their Megalast Collection.

Though I used Wet ‘n Wild when growing up along with Love My Nails, I have recently found Sinful Colors, Walgreen’s carries them. They are pretty decent, I picked up quite a few, so if you’re at all into Blues and Greens, and bright colors, you might want to check them out. I wore the red of the collection I went with called GoGo Girl for 5 days without chipping once I started using vinyl gloves to protect my nails while doing the dishes. I am putting the newer ones near the top of the list.

Bare (A lovely nude)
Hazard (Coral)
Dancing Nails
Black on Black
Blue By You
Midnight Blue
Daddy’s Girl
San Francisco
Dream On
Bali Mist
This Is It
GoGo Girl

Sally Hansen’s I have three of the Hard as nails, Pink Sapphire, Mocha, and Merlot. Of the Xtreme Wears I have 5 I like to use primarily 4 of the 5 for water marbling:

White Out (great base for water marbling)
Lacey Lilac
Strobe Light (Glitter)
Red Carpet
Mellow Yellow (my go to yellow for marbling)
I have one of the HD polishes by Sally Hansen, Byte. Then I have two insta-dri’s, Wined Up, and Rapid Red. I totally love my drugstore polishes.

I have three Revlon’s, Golden, a Top Speed and Lilly, also in Top Speed and then Carbonite in regular Revlon. I also like the L.A. Colors nail polish Stripers. I have Silver, Gold, Red and Blue all four are glitters, then I have plain polish Black and White. I used to do a lot of work on my nails and client’s manicures for accent nails, in striper polish with glitter contrasting. Hope you like the run down on my collection of drug store polishes, next time I will do my Color Clubs, and China Glazes. Until next time Happy Polishing!

Sinful Colors Gorgeous

I hauled some Sinful Colors because they went on sale at Walgreen’s for $.99 and I figured you can’t beat the quality. It wears like iron on my nails with good top and base coats. So I picked up a few nice shades, here are pictures of my Walgreen’s hauls this past week.

Kissy, Cinderella, Bare and Wet ‘n Wild Hannah Pinktana

Blue to It, Daddy’s Girl, Amethyst, Black on Black with Rapid Red, Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri for stamping.

Final one, these are Dancing Nails, Gorgeous, Tokyo Pearl and Hazard, then the Megalasts were buy 2 get 1 free, so I picked up Wet Cement, On A Trip and Disturbia.

Here is Gorgeous from a couple different lighting situations:

And the final touch, is some striper polishes, LA Colors, in Gold and Black on the accent nail:

I really am excited about getting into stamping, but until I get my stuff I am going to get my nail art fix by doing nail art with stripers. Now last night I did an experiment, I asked my son if he wanted to watch me do some nail art and he said he did, the only thing is that when I was done he kept trying to hold my finger nails that were wet, so I have one that is smudged pretty bad. It was kind of funny. Thought I’d share that with you. It was pretty funny at the time, though it really had me frustrated with telling him not to touch the wet nails.

I really hope you give Sinful Colors a shot, they have pretty decent polishes, I don’t know how many I have now, but I really am enjoying their variety. The sale ends Saturday, with a new one going into effect on Sunday, so if you’ve been wanting to give these a try pick some up at your next Walgreen’s run and enjoy! Happy Polishing! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sally Hansen & China Glaze Water Marble

This is my favorite manicure I’ve done for a long time. It came out pretty good considering I am a little out of practice water marbling. You be the judge of the results. I used Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue and Mellow Yellow along with China Glaze’s Four Leaf Clover and Winter Berry. I was going for a rainbow effect and it looks to me more like tye dye, but I am fine with that. On with the photos!


I got a lot of compliments on this manicure when I was out in the world. It was fun to have people looking at my nails. I should have and will take a picture of the controlled mess it takes to get this kind of results, I use masking tape when marbling, I find it’s easier for me to take off then say scotch tape. I had a nice sized pile of toilet paper, used polish covered masking tape and toothpicks! It was really cool.

I am going to be getting into Konad nail art stamping soon, so I am looking forward to that, I plan on purchasing my supplies in the next week or two. I am most likely getting 7 plates and the longer double sided stamper/scraper set, although from what I’ve read it’s better to use an expired gift card since it won’t scratch the image plates as badly, but I’ll report on my experience with doing this after I get my stuff in the mail. I am really excited about finally taking the plunge, so I am sure I will have a lot of cool looking nail art for you in the months to come.

I hope you like the water marble I did for this manicure, I have to say as much fun as it was to do this I will be doing more of it sooner rather than later. Thank you for reading and checking out my photos, I bid you happy polishing!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Color Club Red Velvet

Well, the formula was fine, but it was way too dark, I had to use China Glaze Ruby Pumps over it, but once I did that I loved this manicure. I was wanting Lubu Heels, the China Glaze dupe for this gorgeous vampy color, but I decided that I would go with the Color Club version. I am glad I did. It’s a great color, when you add Ruby Pumps to it. It was impossible to see the red glitter in the polish before I added Ruby Pumps to it. I think you’ll like these pictures better than my previous entries, my application technique is getting better because I am getting back into practice.

Six months off really was enough to make it take a month to get back into the swing of doing my nails. I hope you like the photographs, I can’t wait to get this new camera, it is a 14 mega pixel GE, which we’re ordering soon. I hope you like the pictures below, I think this is a fantastic vampy winter color, so if you like vampies, it’s worth picking up. It’s red glitter is in a black jelly base, but it took three coats to see I really did not like how it looked on my nails. Once I put the layer of Ruby Pumps on top it was like the bottle, and great in the sunlight:

This was before final cleanup, sadly I haven’t been able to find a decent cleanup brush, and have been using a fat orangewood stick as I polish, which doesn’t work too well with darker colors like black jelly, red glittery ones. Thank you for reading and happy polishing!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Color Club Wild at Heart

Wow, this color is amazing! Purple holo? I'm in! I simply had to get this color once I heard about it on the net. It is more holo then my Revvvolution and the others I got that I wasn’t happy with. I am going to place an order with an online etailer soon for duplicates of Fashion Addict and Worth the Risque. I figure that I can use the dud versions to layer underneath the hopefully better versions I am going to purchase. Wish me luck! So back to Wild at Heart, incredible formula and unreal color. Check out the pics that don’t do it justice:

I apologize for the lack of cleanup, I was too excited by the holo goodness to wait to snap pictures. I also have been working on my application technique and was a little rusty still when I did this manicure. I hope if you’re on the fence about this color that you take a chance, if you love purples and holos, this is definitely a color you’ll adore! I hope that you enjoyed my pictures, I can say that my other half has said we’re getting a new camera soon so my nail pictures will get better in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait! So I thank you for reading and wish you happy polishing!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Sally’s Haul!

I went to Sally’s and got some good stuff, I have heard great things about Gelous the base coat, and the Beauty Secrets Moisturizing Base Coat, so I picked both up. Gelous can be used over thick glitters under Seche Vite to even out the grittiness of them. Because of this I thought it was worth adding to my collection of base coats. I’ve tried Seche Vite and it’s a really nice top coat, I like it so far, but it’s important to use it only over wet polish or else you can have issues with it shrinking your polish or wrinkling the polish underneath it.

I got two new Ruby Stone files because my original one was broken when kiddo was careless and dropped it on the desk. When I went to Sally’s they still had some FingerPaints Flakies. I already picked up three in January, Motely, Twisted, and Flashy, but I passed on Asylum, which when I saw one lone bottle sitting there, I had to pick it up and add it to my purchase. I also picked up two fat orangewood sticks, and a Stone Cuticle Eraser, mostly for my other half’s nails and my son’s nails. My cuticles are in much better shape now that I picked up something called Lansinoh, it’s a cream for breastfeeding mothers to use on chapped nipples, but this cream is incredible! If your cuticles are in bad shape, I highly recommend trying this cream. It’s made a huge difference in my hands, and my other half’s heels.

This stuff is hypoallergenic and it’s really great, I had to mention it in this haul post because I am very impressed with it. You can find it in the baby aisle at Walmart, Target  or CVS. It’s about $10 but the tube will last a long time if you’re just using it on your cuticles and maybe your heels or elbows. I got mine at Walmart for $9, they had another generic brand for less, but I wanted to make sure my son didn’t have any reaction to it, so I bought the HPA Lanolin in the blue box, Lansinoh, and it’s helped his lips so much. It’s really miraculous the difference just a few uses has made in his bottom lip especially.
At Big Lots I picked up the nippers you’ll see in the picture below, they were $4 and ½” jaw Sally Hansen ones, and they are pretty decent. I had a pair when I was in beauty school, that were just like these, so with my son picking at his cuticles I knew these would be a good investment. Now on to the polish haul, I got six of the new Electropop collection, (this is the order that they are in, in the first picture below) Fuchsia Fanatic, Aquadelic, Gothic Lolita, Dance Baby, Kinetic Candy, and Sunshine Pop. Then I picked up two clearance polishes, Icing and Winter Berry. I really cannot wait to try these polishes. I hope you don’t mind the photographs, I know the camera I use isn’t the best, but it’s what we’ve got for now.

Bonus pictures of my new vinyl gloves:

I will definitely be posting more entries with photographs of manicures with these new polishes, just like the Color Club glitter bombs I ordered in January, I am very excited about this haul of polish and plan on using these until they’ve each been tried. I really love the yellow shimmery one, and am thinking of using it in a rainbow water marble, so when inspiration hits I plan to go for it! Thanks for reading and happy polishing!

Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe

This was a great color! I layered it over one coat of Color Club pure Energy to help make it more opaque. I think the results speak for themselves. I wore this manicure for a few days and had some bad chipping. I know it’s because I seemed to have developed a latex allergy because my new rubber gloves actually hurt to wear, and only one wearing of them left my knuckles cracking open and the backs of my hands red and inflamed.

So I have since purchased some reusable vinyl gloves and those are working for me much better. NO reaction at all to using them. And my manicures are lasting better so it’s a win-win situation using these. I threw away the plastic wrapper or I’d share the brand with you. But they were purchased in Publix here in Florida. I am really glad that they are working because I was getting such awful chipping, it made me not want to wear these gorgeous glitters again. Take a look at these pictures:

The last two were in sunlight, but really these pictures do not do this holographic glitter justice. I was so happy to get these, and I will definitely wear them again, just not right away. I have a lot of polishes that are untried at this point so I will be using those before I wear the Beyond the Mistletoes again. Thank you for reading and happy polishing!