Friday, April 30, 2010
Do you remember the the little OPI Haul I got not that long ago? I finally got around to using the items I bought. My first time using the OPI base coat but I liked it. There was nothing not to like. Next came the the application of the Panda-monium Pink. Streaky, streaky, streaky. That is the first word, three words, that came to mind. So be forewarned this is not a one coat mani be prepared to get to know each nail up close and personal. Three coats made me happy enough to move on to my top coat. By this time it was pretty late and I was tired. Which logic should have told me to use the Drip Dry. Logic goes out the window at a certain time though so in my tiredness I told myself I would just sit there and let it dry. Of course I messed up my pinky nail and have some blanket marks, nothing a Konad won't fix though.
You can see from the pictures my lovely marks but I also want to point out that this polish is not one I would consider to be full on pink. It as some midpoint between pink and lavender. When I look at it I see both and in various lighting you may see it more one way than the other. I do think a coat of white polish should be applied under this. After 3 coats my nail lines are still quite visible. Perhaps applying the white polish beneath would help with the streakiness issue and you could get away with 2 coats of the Panda-monium Pink. Maybe an expert can chime in whether that would work or not.
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Psycho- from the Crystalic line
Heavy Metal- from the Crystalic line
Disturbia- from the Megalast line
Through the Grapevine- from the Megalast line
French White Creme- from the Wild Shine Line
Black Creme- from the Wild Shine Line
Caribbean Frost- from the Wild Shine Line
Blazed- from the Wild Shine Line
I can't wait to try these out. I know there are a couple of other lines that Wet N Wild has but unfortunately the store I was in did not carry them. No need to be greedy though. This is a good collection to for some pretty manis. Stay tuned for swatches.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
I have tried many of the drugstore brands but on a recommendation picked up this Beauty Secrets Acetone remover from Sally's Beauty Supply. The 8 oz. bottle was $1.99 so not pricey at all. I did cop this 32 oz. bottle for $4.99 on sale. I have used Beauty Secrets almost exclusively for over a month now and will say it definitely a step up from your basic store brand and Cutex as well. There is no harsh smell and the scent reminds me of a sweet piece of candy. It actually smells good. I noticed that removing polish didn't require as much scrubbing as the other low end brands which meant a quicker removal process. Even with some of the glitters that can be quite painful to remove it was still a step up. Some of the other removers I have used seemed like a was rubbing water on my nails.
All in all if you are looking to remain cost effective in your polishing adventures I would recommend this remover. Maybe in about 5 or 6 months or how ever long it takes for me to finish this mega bottle I will splurge on a brand name polish remover and see how it compares. For now I have a lot of polishing and removing to do before I get there.
So what polish remover do you think I should try next?
Thursday, April 22, 2010
I wanted to get this post up on Earth Day so I only have a few sample pics. Once I get all of the pics uploaded I will share the rest and the details.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Online research didn't yield any results about this defect so I contacted FHI via the webform on their site but decided to call as well. I explained the situation and the lady said it should NOT be like that and to take it back. This store better not give me any issues returning this. I am kind of irked because I used a 20% coupon to buy it so hopefully if they have another model I want they will give me the 20% off.
This is just such a pain in the you know what more than anything. I desparately need a new flat iron and since my kids now have relaxers and I flat iron their hair it is very important that I get a quality tool that will keep their hair healthy.
Sorry for the rant I just needed to vent once again
Monday, April 19, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Tommy is the sweetest cat ever. This cat will just come rub against you and hop in your lap. No biting and he reaches his paw out and kind of taps you as if to say "pet me please." Simba keeps to himself pretty much but if you meow at him he will meow back and have a little converstation with you.
I didn't get a good picture of CJ, one of her dogs. CJ will hop right in your lap and sit there forever. She likes to be all up in your face and trys to give "kisses." I am not one for mouth to mouth contact with dogs so if I just gently push his face away he is fine. As long as I keep petting him he is happy. Marley won't stay in your lap as long as CJ but she is a sweetie as well.
Aren't they so sweet. I can't wait until the day I have my own cat(s) and dog(s) but until then I'll keep spoiling everybody elses.
Friday, April 16, 2010
I will continue you do my part to try and make sure that is never an issue. Please do your part as well.
Friday, April 9, 2010
Of course it seemed like it took forever but part of it was my fault. If you have never given blood before they ask you a bunch of questions one of which is if you have been out of the United States or Canada in the last year. Me with my horrible memory says yes I went to Mexico last summer. The tech asked for where in Mexico and they couldn't find Riviera Maya in their database. So they had to make a phone call and the interrogation was about to start. "What airport? How did you get to the hotel?" I called my hubby while they were still looking in the database and come to find out it was 2008 that we went. That was a 10 minute waste of time.
Then the girl who did me othewise known as the phlebotomist was new. I could tell but I relaxed. She was slow more than anything, double checking each of her steps meticulously, which was fine with me. She called in help when she needed it and the blood drainage process went smoothly and I was out the door.
I guess that is what I get for waiting so long. The plan is to donate every 8 weeks. I just wish I could track where my blood goes. It would be interesting to find out who has it.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
MAGNIFICENT!!! I don't even remember this polish from years ago but it is great. In light you can see the purple undertone. The flash picture shows a pretty drastic representation of the purple. On a typical sunny day it looks like the pictures with no flash.
I wonder if I can Konad this this with another color and what color would go well with this. Trial and error baby. That is what polish remover is made for.
UPDATE 4/9/10-- Duh, it would help if I put the brand and the name. CoverGirl NailSlicks in Midnight Forest.
For the base coat I used Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!. It is such a fun bright blue and reminds me of a nice Spring-y blue. The design was also done with another Sally Hansen XTremewear polish, Mellow Yellow. All the designs are from plate M36.
Please excuse my hangnails. They plague me like no other and I don't know what to do to keep them away. If you have any suggestions let me know.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The concept is a french manicure rotated 180 degrees. The thin line goes down by the base of your nail instead of at the tip. I have seen some very pretty ones this one just doesn't fall into that category. I promised to be honest and post my screw ups as well. All is not always perfect in the world of manicures and I am surely still learning.
Gosh, my hands look like I am 80 years old. YIKES!!
Monday, April 5, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
My kids haven't done anything to me yet and I am hoping they don't!!!