Friday, October 24, 2014

OPI Designer Series Titanium

The OPI Designer Series are polishes I have a serious love for. I own all but 5. I would love to own them too some day. I've looked for them on ebay and they're either non existent or ridiculously priced. Once in a while I do some dusty hunting so I'm hoping to find them one lucky day. In the mean time; today I'm wearing OPI DS Titanium.

OPI Designer Series Titanium is a deep grey (titanium?) with silver glitter, irridescent flakies aand silver holographic glitter. It dried to a matte finish which is not surprising at all since the last two releases in the Designer Series were matte finish too. I did two coats, but decided I wanted shiny, so I did top coat as well. This falls releases are not super amazing for me this time around. They're pretty and of course I needed them for my collection, but they do not really blow me away. I think I'll wear this again and leave it matte to see if I feel differently. Even though I'm not in love with this, it'll be a great polish for the weekend since I think it will go with anything.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Skittles Pink Flower Mani

I can't get enough skittle manis lately. I love the idea of wearing several polishes at one time. It helps a lot with using my untrieds too. Add in a little of my amateur nail art and I am happy! I actually did this mani during our renovation for Easter Sunday.

The polish I used for this mani:
Index: OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian
Middle: OPI This Gown Needs A Crown and China Glaze Something Sweet for the flowers. I used the dotting tool the make the flowers and add the dot of TGNAC in the center of the flowers.
Ring: China Glaze Shell We Dance?
Pinky: OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian

OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazillian is a gorgeous berry pink creme from the Brazil collection from early 2014.
OPI This Gown Needs A Crown was part of the Miss Universe 2013 collection. It's a satin finish silver.
China Glaze Shell We Dance? is a berry pink texture with silver glittery shimmer. It was in the Sea Goddess collection just released this spring.
China Glaze Something Sweet is a dusty light pink creme from the Up and Away collection that was released spring of 2010.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Finger Paints Cordur-Orange

Now here's a color made for fall. Even though I don't hold to the rules of seasonal colors, I can surely appreciate a color that represents a season. And this one does 100%

Finger Paints Cordur-Orange is an absolutely gorgeous autumn orange. It's almost like having pumpkin on your fingers. Delicious. Application of this polish was pretty easy, though it's a little bit thin. It didn't run or make a mess at all though. So it's not too thin, just thin. I love a rich color like this. I hoestly can't stop looking at it. So pretty.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bliss Kiss Pure Oil Naked Nails Update

It's been 3 weeks since I started did the Bliss Kiss Pure Oil hydration treatment and since using Bliss Kiss Pure oil on my nails regularly. I am sincerely impressed and in love with this cuticle oil. It's not just a regular oil. It absorbs into your skin pretty quickly, so you're not waiting forever with oily fingers. Once it absorbs (in less than a minute) you're left with not just healthy looking but actually healthy cuticles and nails. My cuticles are not dry or cracked looking and my nails are whiter and definitely more flexible. I've had a break since starting but to be honest, there was no way this wasn't going to happen considering the accident that cause it. I have bumped, bent and slammed my nails into everything you would normally during the day. (and more probably, I am a bit of a klutz). I really feel like the flexibility is saving my nails during these moments. Another coupld of things that have stopped happening is I'm not breaking off the corners of my square-ish shaped nails and my thumb nails tended to split at the middle and I'd have to wait for them to grow out and then file off until it grew out, only to have it happen again in a month or so. So far, no cracks! Also, I think the ridges in my nails are lessening. I never ever buff, but use a ridge filler to smooth my nails, but seriously the ridges are not as prominent.
I started using Simply Smooth ridge filling base coat 2 weeks ago, and I think it is divine. It applies so nicely and really makes the surface smooth for the polish application. I am totally converting to this product line. I'm definitely going to try out Simply Quick fast drying top coat as soon as I finish my stash of qdtc I have on hand. 
Here's a look at my naked nails...

This the comparison when I did the 3 day hydration treatment and the my post of the results

The results are pretty noticeable. The tips of my nails (free edge) are much whiter. I had a peel on my index finger that actually mended and has not given me any trouble since the treatment.

When I do my mani I put the oil around my cuticles and skin around my nails before I remove the polish with pure acetone. Once the polish is removed I wash my hands and then apply the oil to my nails and cuticles and rub in. I let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes while I gather the polish and anything I'm going to use on the next mani. Once I've done that I use alcohol on a cotton ball and rub over the nail to remove any lint, oil or anything that might hinder the polish adhering to the nail.

Here is how my nails currently look.

I feel like my nails are really beautiful. The ridges are really going away. I don't know how or why, but I don't care! I'm just glad. :D
I've stopped using my beloved Nail Tek II treatment and ridge filling base coat. I do not need them anymore. In reality, they were probably making my nails more brittle. Another thing I don't need to do is clip excess cuticle growth. I just use cuticle remover and push back a little. No trimming and they look nice. I'm completely happy.

I would recommend anyone interested in improving their nail and cuticle health to try out Bliss Kiss.

P.S. I was not compensated for this post in any way. I purchased all the products I mentioned myself. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Spoiled Ants In My Pants with Revlon Scandalous

I decided to do a full glitter mani. I'm not sure why. I just really wanted red and purple...It's a bit over the top for me but I ended up loving this combination!

Spoiled Ants In My Pants is black jelly with red micro and hex glitter. It took 3 coats to get this look. It's kind of thick because there's so much glitter so application was a little tricky. The glitter wants to slide right off the brush back into the bottle so I shook the bottle every other nail and then kind of dabbed the polish on after the first coat. it worked ok this way and didn't get goopy or too thick.
Revlon Scandalous is smaller purple hex glitter with micro glitter in black jelly. It's so much like AIMP but the hex are a little smaller. This polish went on smoother than AIMP and was full coverage in 2 coats. I didn't have to dab or do anything different from regular application either.
I used a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth out the bumpy finish and it was smooth as glass. And gorgeous. I don't cherish the thought of removing all this glitter, but it's totally going to be worth foil wrapped fingers for this gorgeous mani.

Spoiled Ants In My Pants is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers. There's also a dupe in the Wet N Wild Fergie line Make The Boys Go Loco.
Revlon Scandalous, previously released as Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, is a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nail Mail!

I've decided to start journaling my nail mail and hauls. This nail mail was delivered yesterday evening. So here's my first nail mail journal *\o/*

The unveling of indie polish designer The Hungry Asian Tamala. A black jelly I've had my eye one for a long time. Lemming squashed!!!

It arrived in this perfectly sized box. I'll be re-using this box without a doubt. I have a trade I'm about to send off and this will be just right. Yay for recycle/reuse :D

Inside I found this really nice touch of a hand written note. This is what's so awesome about indie polish designers. It leaves a great impression for sure.

Once I unwrapped the packing paper this cute little nail sushi was inside tied with a pretty bow.

Maybe a burrito?

And once I opened the tissue paper it was bubble wrapped. That is some love given to a polish being sent across the miles. Safe and snug <3

And finally, after the bubble wrap is off, the beauty inside. Tamala. A gorgeous black jelly I cannot wait to use. I already have the first mani for her planned.

Nail mail is so fun. So was journaling about it. I'll be doing this next time I do a haul or get nail mail.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Sinful Colors Prosecco

Occasionally a polish comes out and the entire (online at least) nail community goes bonkers over it. This is happening currently over Sinful Colors Prosecco. I was lucky enough to find it on one of my searches. It took 6 visits to 4 stores before it finally showed up. I'm pretty sure this is the first Sinful Colors polish I've blogged from my collection.

Sinful Colors Prosecco was just recently released this fall. It's a nude/tan/taupe color with really pretty golden shimmer. It's a nude with some bling :D Who wouldn't love that? Neutral polish isn't really my thing, so I doubt I'll wear this again. I'm glad I have it and who knows? Maybe the occasion will come up for me to wear it again.