Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I'm Back!

Sorry for not having any updates for such a long time. I am back at the swing of things! I have tested out some really cool nail products and the reviews and overviews will be out shortly.


Sunday, January 15, 2012

Nail of the Day: Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess and OPI Teenage Dream

This is another nail combination I started doing and I quite like the finished look!

I really think I just "blings" up the purple but at the same time making it not as in-your-face. It is definitely very eye catching and I encourage you guys to try pairing glitters with different polishes!


Monday, January 9, 2012

My Experience with Shellac

I saw a deal in my local salon for a shellac French manicure for $20.00CAD a while ago on groupon. (If you don't know what groupon is, check on the link and find out! It's basically just a website that offers local deals!) I clicked the purchase button in a heartbeat since I have been wanting to try out shellac for quite some time now and they have always been quite expensive and not widely available. I figured, for $20.00 even if it didn't work as well as the claims, at least I got a basic manicure. 

If you are not familiar with shellac, it is basically a hybrid between gel and polish. It is applied like a polish but lasts like a gel but without the damage to your natural nails. It provides incredible shine and is advertised to be chip free for 14 days. I have never had nail polish lasting more than 4 days on me without chipping so needless to say, I was quite skeptical. To my surprise, the manicure indeed lasted more than 14 days on my nails without chipping! Here is a picture of my nails after 17 days:

You can see that my nail has begun to grow out from the nail beds but the tip remained chip-free!

At 17 days, I was quite bored with the manicure so I decided to see if it's possible to remove it myself! I used my regular nail polish remover (containing acetone) and some tin foil. I basically just soaked a cotton pad with remover and held it in place with the foil.

Now the shellac did come off but it took about 10-15 minutes of soaking. Also, it amazingly left my nails without any damage (unlike gel!). 

Overall I am quite pleased with the shellac manicure. Shellac is truely long lasting and protected my brittle nails from breaking. I have never had my nails grow this long without any breakage! The application process of shellac is also quite pleasant since it did not have the chemical smell of a regular polish. 

I will definitely be getting more shellac manicures in the future and probably no more regular ones. I have been converted to shellac!


Monday, November 21, 2011

Update on Nails Inc.Trafalgar Square

I applied the magnetic polish last Wednesday at around 2-3 pm. To my surprise, it did not start chipping until Sunday morning. Normally, nail polishes do not last more than 3 days on me without chipping so this polish definitely lasted longer than usual. The effect of the magnetic polish did not fade at all in the 4.5 days of wear due to the top coat that I've applied. Without the top coat however, the magnetic effect kind of fades in about 4 days.

Overall this is a great nail polish and it gives such a "special" effect. Nothing I've seen any other company do. I've had my nails commented on constantly while wearing this nail polish and I do believe it is money well spent.  Even though it is quite expensive (at $18 CAD a bottle), the effects are truly different and the nail polish quality is up to par with other higher end polishes.


Nail of the Day: OPI Simmer & Shimmer

Today I've decided to paint a glitter polish on my nails. I applied three coats of base coat (Butter London Nail Foundation) before applying the glitter. I hope this would make the glitter come off easier. 

Simmer & Shimmer is a very gorgeous shimmer polish with specks of silver, pink, and turquoise glitter. The colour is opaque with just one to two coat. In the pictures I've applied two coats to each nail followed by a fast drying top coat. I will update later on how this wears!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Nail of the Day: Nails Inc.Trafalgar Square

This is the new nails inc. magnetic polish from Sephora. The idea is that the magnet on the top of the lid will create a design for you. Here is how it looks!

The design looks a little more crisp in person than in the photos. I actually quite like the way it turned out! Application wise, it was very easy to apply and create the magnetic effect. One thing you have to watch out for is not to touch your nails while having the magnet over it. If you mess up, dont worry, just apply another coat and do it again! The steps in applying this polish are:

(1) clean nails and apply a base coat - I used the Butter London Nail Foundation
(2) apply a thin coat of the magnetic polish to all of you nails
(3) one at a time, apply a generous coat of the magnetic polish to each nail
(4) immediately put the magnet over the nail and swing it left and right a little just to make sure you get all the corners.
(5) do that to all nails
(6) apply a top coat and you are done!

It was simple and easy to do. I really like how it gave my nails such a nice design in such a short time. You can find this nail polish in you local Sephora or on the Sephora website. It costs $18 CAD or $16 USD which is quite expensive for a nail polish but again, it is something new and funky. Let me know what you think and if you have any questions feel free to leave them below.


Sunday, November 13, 2011

Nail of the Day: OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue! and Last Friday Night

Two nights ago I decided to pair these two nail polish together and see if it would look good. What do you guys think?

I personally really like the effect the combination gives me. Last Friday Night is a very sheer glitter polish. I found it very hard to wear on its own. For that reason, I have never actually worn it since I purchased it with the collection. This combination gives me the chance to utilize this glitter polish. I think the combination looks like midnight sky with lots of stars! Very pretty and fall/winter appropriate!