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.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Skittles Frozen Mani

We saw Disney On Ice: Frozen the other night. I adore Disney On Ice. We go every year and this year was no different. The show was pretty much the movie Frozen done on Ice. It was wonderful and I loved every minute of it. I always love to do a special mani when we see a show. With my recent love affair with skittle manis I decided to do one for this special night.

I'm exploring nail art more than I ever have. I am really enjoying it a lot. It's so fun and cute. It does take me a long time though. So I don't do it as often as I'd like to. But once in a while it's so worth spending the time.
For this skittle mani I used:
Thumb: OPI Solitaire, China Glaze Liquid Leather - eyes, Zoya Arizona - nose
Index: Hard Candy Sky - base, China Glaze Holly-Day mixed with Orly Pointe Blanche - vines, China Glaze Liquid Leather - dress, China Glaze 2030 - top of dress, China Glaze Spontaneous - dots, OPI Strawberry Margarita - flowers
Middle: OPI Solitaire
Ring: Hard Candy Sky - base, Orly Pointe Blanche - top of dress, Wet N Wild Blue Wants To Be A Millionaire - bottom of dress, gradient with Funky Fingers Elsa - bottom of dress
Pinky: OPI Solitaire

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Color Club Eternal Beauty

Holographic nail polish is one the most amazing things! I don't really know how all those rainbows show up from something on your nails, but I love it!

Color Club Eternal Beauty is part of the Halo Hues collection that was released in the winter of 2013. Eternal Beauty is a grape purple with intense scattered holographic effect. It's hella gorgeous! I used Nfu oh aqua base but it's not required. I like to use aqua base to bring out even more holo. This polish applies perfectly without it. It dries really fast and wears much longer than you'd expect from a holo. The whole collection does! Purple is my second favorite color and this polish is amazeballs!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OPI Designer Series Lapis

I've had this polish a year and I'm just now using it for the first time...The horror!! I cannot believe this beauty has been sitting on a shelf unloved for so long. It's time to rectify the situation...

OPI Designer Series Lapis was released in fall 2013 as part of OPI's annual Designer Series collection. Lapis is a deep sapphire blue with silver shimmer. It's a matte, it's stunning and it looks like denim! I don't wear enough blue. I am working on stepping out of my normal reds and pinks and exploring more of my collection. I have a ton of blues. I'm really glad I decided to finally wear Lapis. It's gorgeous! Application was normal for a velvety matte like this. Be quick and don't go over a spot you've already polished. It dries fast enough for me not to make a mess too. I did my usual procedure with matte: sticky base coat, ridge filler then qdtc before I apply the color. This works wonderfully for me. I get the protection and strength the added layers give me and still have the matte finish. I did two coats of Lapis with no top coat and it was dry in about 30 minutes.
My best friend Amy and I are both wearing Lapis today! Yay for converting your BFF to a nail polish hoarder!  *\o/*