Monday, July 30, 2012

Prep's Cool

Hey Ladies!

I'm sorry for being a bad blogger these past few days.  I hope you all forgive me! I have been super tired recently, I think from working so much.  My boyfriend also came to visit this weekend. I planned on blogging while we was here, but I ended up sleeping a lot :( I think I needed a few days off work to just relax.  So now that I'm all rested up (and back to work, sadly) I can get back into doing my nails and blogging, yay!

I usually like to do my nails before Ben comes to visit, but since he came over earlier than I expected, and I worked later than I expected, I didn't have time.  So I opted for Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail strips.  I opened my drawer full of them and asked Ben to pink the ones he wanted to me wear.  His verdict: Prep's Cool.  This pattern is a metallic silver and black argyle, and it is from the Christmas collection.

Clearly, since they are from the Christmas collection, it means I have had them for a while and never got around to using them.  I got them online and I thought they looked awesome, but when I got them in I thought they were kind of boring, so I never used them.  But Ben picked them out, so I wore them, and I'm glad I did!  I ended up loving how they looked on me, and I'm sad I didn't try them sooner!  Also it was great putting on the polish strips while he was there since there is no dry time, when he was bothering me I could give him a little love tap with out ruining my mani!





These are super cute! I'll have to wear them again once it gets colder and my fingers need a sweater!

Here's what I used:
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Prep's Cool

What do you think of Prep's Cool, and Salon Effects?

Claws up!


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Portables

Hey guys! For today's post I want to talk about caring for your nails at work, on the train, and just running errands.  I am talking about nail care on-the-go.  How many times are you out and about and you break a nail, or your cuticles get dried out?  Personally, I work with my hands a lot while at work, and I often break a nail.  I hate the feeling of a sharp jagged edge.  I also wash my hands a lot, since I work with dogs, and It really does a number on my cuticles.

Recently while on a shopping trip with Sara I found an awesome solution! I am talking about Portables by Essence of Beauty. It contains travel sized nail files and a cuticle oil pen!


How perfect is this! It can fit really easily into your purse or car.  They are perfect to travel with, or just to keep handy in a nail emergency!  They are $5 and CVS, but I picked on mine on sale for half off. I love a good deal!


The first thing I checked out was the nail files. This kit comes with 12 in a matchbook style case.  Just fold back the paper and rip one out!  They are small and flat to fit any purse and are perfect to take care of an unexpected nail break.

Next was the cuticle oil pen.  How cute is this!  It looks like one of those little key chain sharpies!  It has a key ring if you want to add it to your keys, or you can slip it easily into your purse.

The pen has a felt tip which makes applying the oil to the cuticles really precise which us nice if you are running around.  However not too much comes out you you might need a few swipes of the pen to get enough oil.  I did notice that it helped my dry cuticles.

Overall I think this kit is very cute and useful, especially for a nail blogger or another girl (or guy) that likes to take care of their nails. 

Have you guys tried Portables by Essence of Beauty? Will you be picking one up?

Claws up!

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Tree in a Storm

Hey guys.  I'm having some personal problems going on right now so I'm not in the brightest of spirits right now.  However it was time for another manicure and I wanted to try more looks with my new nail art brush I showed you guys.  I have been gravitating towards blues and purples lately and I felt it was time to change it up, so I reached for some earthy colors (ew I hate the word "earthy" haha).  I decided to go for a tree in a storm.  Kind of sad, but still very pretty.


I started with the grey base.  I love the color grey.  Seriously, it is one of my favorites.  I love how basic it is, everything looks nice with it.  Then I used my nail art brush to paint the tree on my middle finger.  Next, I pained on some leaves in the dark green.  Finally, I added the lighter colored leave on top.




Overall I love how this came out!  I am in love with my new brush.  It is so easy to do nail art with it.  I feel like I'm getting back in touch with my artistic side and it feels awesome. 

Here is what I used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Wet Cement
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Emerald City
Spoiled in Pumping Gas
Spoiled in I Only Eat Salads

What do you think of my stormy tree? Do you guys have any other ideas for manis I can use my new brush for?

Claws Up!


Friday, July 20, 2012

Piet Mondrian

Hey readers!  Today we are going to start with a little background info.

My grandma is 95 years old, but when she was younger she was a nutritionist, housewife, and painter. I remember going into her house as a little kid and seeing all her abstract paintings all the walls that she did in the 60's and 70's, when my mom was a kid.  Her favorite was based on Piet Mondrian, paintings with red, yellow, blue, and white squares, and black lines.  She had a few she did all over her house.  Sometimes I think about those paintings, and I always wanted to try it on my nails.  However I didn't feel like my skills were good enough to.  Recently I purchased a nail art brush (I know, so much time nail blogging I never owned one until recently) from Sally's, and I thought the perfect mani to use my brush for the first time would be this one.

Has anyone seen these paintings before?

One end of the brush is a really nice, generic, sized brush.  A good one to start out with.  On the other end is a reeeaalllly itty bitty dotting tool.  Not sure what I'm going to make with such little dots.

I started by painting my nails white, just like my grandma started with a white canvass.  Then I painted on the boxes and lines in the other colors.






Sorry for the photo spam, but I couldn't stop myself!  This is one of my favorite manis that I have done. 

This is what I used:

Sally Hansen Inst-Dri in Cinna-Snap
Sinful Colors in Unicorn
Love My Nails in White
Revlon Top Speed in Royal
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Black Out
My new nail art brush.  Notice the teeny dotting tool at the other end.

I really love how this turned out, I never want to take it off.  When ever I look at my hands I think of my grandma's house and all the time she took into her paintings.

What do you guys think of this art inspired mani?  What other styles should I try with my new brush?

Claws up!

P.s. Don't forget about my giveaway!!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Reddit

My boyfriend found the best thing ever! You will ALL want to check this out :)


tell me what you think!

Claws up!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thank you for the CONNECT THE DOTS!!

Don't forget about my 100 post giveaway!

Hello hello!  Today I have a post that I have been so excited to share!  Recently I won a giveaway hosted by The Lacquer Tracker.  And not just any giveaway...the prize was the much eluded Lynderella's Connect The Dots!  When I saw the post declaring the winner I seriously could not believe my eyes! And I am woman enough to admit that I screamed (my boyfriend was there, he can attest to that).


How cute is the announcement post?  Tara loves Domos, she is so cute!  Don't forget to check out her blog!  She does some awesome swatches.

Well after waiting very patiently for my Connect The Dots to get all the way to New York from Canada I finally got to try out its amazingness!

As you all know, Connect The Dots is an amazing black and white glitter with different sized hex, micro, square and bar glitters in a clear base with a subtle shimmer.  I wish the shimmer would have been more noticeable in the photos.  I found it difficult to get some of the bigger glitters onto the brush, but the smaller ones went on with ease.  For my first CTD mani I decided to layer it over neon yellow.





Here's what I used
Lynderella Connect The Dots
Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare

The polish really explains itself.  It is infamous, and you guys can see why!  I am already coming up with other manis to use CTD with and I can't wait to try them out!

What do you guys think of CTD?

Claws up!



Monday, July 16, 2012

Roger Waters The Wall Concert!

Hey guys! I am back from my weekend in PA and seeing Roger Waters in the LAST Wall concert!  We even took a limo there and had the most amazing seats, we were so close to the stage!  It was so amazing!  Nothing can beat a Gaga concert, but this came pretty damn close!  There was a giant wall on stage that they build during the first half of the concert and projected scenes from the movie onto it!  It felt like I was in the movie.  And at the end everyone chanted "tear down the wall!" like in the movie and then the giant wall on stage came falling down.  It was seriously one of the coolest experiences ever and I'll never forget how awesome it was!


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Some things are so ridiculous they are funny...

...this is one of those thing.  I just saw a commercial for a machine that helps you with nail stamping. I know you ladies would appreciate how comical this is!

Check it out!

Because nail stamping is just sooooo difficult :-P

Claws up!

Friday, July 13, 2012

The Wall

"All in all you were all just bricks in the wall."

It took me forever to find a lyric to start off the blog entry with, but I finally decided on the last line of Another Brick In The Wall Part 3.  The Wall is one of my favorite albums of all time!  Probably my favorite right behind Lady Gaga.  Each song is amazing, beautifully written, and the music is both haunting and powerful.  The whole album is one cohesive story about the wall we put up when we are in pain or dealing with tough problems.  Every time something bad happens in our lives we need to add another brick in the wall.

Sorry for my babbling, I know this is a nail blog after all.  These nails were inspired by The Wall.  My boyfriend and I got a "surprise" gift from his dad this weekend and we are 90% sure its Roger Waters tickets!!!  I am so excited beyond any words but I haven't told many people just in case we are wrong.  Regardless, the album is very important to me, and therefore should get to be a manicure!


As you can see the album art is very simple, however the movie is filled with intense imagery so I wanted to combine the two.

 I started with a white base, then I stamped a plaid print in grey.  I know its not exactly bricks, but I thought it was pretty darn close.  Then I added some red..things? Haha I don't know what they are! They can be bursts, or flowers, or W's.  The movie is full of flowers and red hammers and other symbols so it just seemed fitting.  Hey not every mani needs to have rhyme or reason behind it. Right? 




I found my little The Wall box! 

Overall I accomplished my goal making a mani that reminds me of The Wall.  Now I gotta cross my polished fingers that my boyfriend's dad got us tickets to the concert this weekend!

Here is what I used:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Wet Cement
Love My Nails in White
Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Cinna-Snap

What do you think of my Wall inspired mani?  And do you guys like Pink Floyd/The Wall too?

Claws up!


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Guest Post on Devilish Polish!

Hey guys!  Today I have a guest post on the wonderful Kelly's blog Devilish Polish!  I love if you guys checked it out!  And don't forget to check out her blog too, its really awesome!

I call it From a Tiger to a Zebra.  I hope you guys like it!

Claws up!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Into the City

Hey girls!  Just taking a second to remind you to enter my 100 Post Giveaway

A few days ago my friends and I ventured into  NYC for some tea and shopping.  We went to Alice's Tea Cup, which is a tea place and restaurant that is all Alice In Wonderland themed!  It is so fun, cute and pretty! If you find yourself in NYC its a must!  Then we hit some stores along Lexington.  Here are some photos of our trip and the cute buys I picked up!


Friday, July 6, 2012

Thank you for the Barielle!

Hello all!  Today I have something super awesome to show you!  Recently I won a giveaway from Oh So Lacquered.  By the way you guys should all check out her blog!  She has some gorgeous swatches. She was hosting a giveaway sponsored by Barielle and I was so thrilled I won! Thank you so much :)

Here is what I got:

This amazing prize contained 3 polishes (Sky's The Limit, Star Child, and Island Breeze), a nail protein base coat, a fast dry top coat, and nail strengthening cream.

I don't own any Barielle shades so I was super pumped to have some in my collection now.  And as you guys know, my nails have faced perils.  They are always splitting and breaking and I rarely can grow anything past nubs.  I am always looking for new products that will help my nails grow.

So I tried out the growth products right away.  I really hope these do the trick! After much debate I finally chose to try Sky's The Limit and Star Child.  Don't worry, you will see Island Breeze soon!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th to all my American followers!  I hope you have a safe and fun holiday.  What are you're plans?




Claws up!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Cold Hearted

Hello all!  Today's nails took a while for me to decide on, but in the end I'm really happy with my decision!  When my brother visited a while back we ventured to one of the local dollar stores to pick up some balloons for our grandma's birthday party.  Of course once I found the nail polish rack I was pretty much done with balloon shopping (that's what big brothers are for anyway).  I figured $1 nail polish wasn't anything special, but my Jew senses tingled and I couldn't pass up the bargain.  I think that's in the Torah. Looking in a polish draw today and this beauty was calling my name: B.S.N. in Sweet Heart.

Sweet Heart is full of pink hex and micro glitters with some heart glitters mixed in.  I wouldn't call it the best quality, and of course trying to get the hearts out was a pain, but once I layered it over Revlon Top Speed in Royal it came alive!


The effect over the dark blue reminded me of flakies, I couldn't stop looking at my fingers!

I wanted to show you guys a direct sunlight photo to see how it caught the light!







Sorry for the photo spam, but I just couldn't stop myself!

Here's what I used:
Revlon Top Speed in Royal
B.S.N. in Sweet Heart

What do you think of this combo, and of dollar store polishes?

Claws up!



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