Friday, May 31, 2013

BellsKandi- Thermal Polishes! swatches/review

*Provided for review*
Hello everyone!

So today I have four polishes to show you guys from an indie brand called BellsKandi! Show some love and go check out her etsy store! These four polishes are thermals, and they are awesome!

To see more pictures of these awesome polishes, CLICK BELOW!!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Monthly Haul! April/May

Hey everyone!

So I decided that I would try something new! I am going to be posting a haul at the end of every month! I want to know what you guys think about this though. Do you think it would be something that you like or something you probably wouldn't care for? Let me know in the comments below! I decided to put polish from last month in here too! So this time it will be an April and May haul!

*Disclaimer* I am in no way shape or form trying to brag about this. All polishes were either bought by me for me, gifted to me, or given to me for review.*

Click below to see everything in detail!!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Orly- Peaceful Opposition & Sinful Colors- Cotton Candy

Hey everyone!

I really wanted to paint my nails but I didn't know what color to choose (the usual right?!). I opened my drawer full of polish and Orly Peaceful Opposition caught my eye. But I wanted an accent nail so I reached in and pulled out something at random, which happened to be Sinful Colors Cotton Candy. These two were a match made in heaven!

Instead of one accent nail, I went with two! I really love this combination! Shown here is three coats of each with topcoat.

What do you think about this mani?
Thanks for stopping by and reading!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Love & Beauty by Forever 21

Happy Memorial Day!

I hope everyone is having a fantastic day! I think I have said it before, but I'm not too keen on holiday manicures. I'll do one here and there, but most of the time I just stick to plain colors. Today I don't even have anything that maybe just maybe would be acceptable for the holiday on my nails, but who cares! I recently went shopping and stopped in Forever 21. When I was in line to check out, I was perusing through the nail polishes. I came upon a beautiful polish and bought it! Now if you have ever bought or looked at nail polish from Forever 21, you know that they put no effort into naming the polishes. The same applies for this polish, which is called Grey/Hot Pink. No kidding, that is what is on the label :p Regardless of the name, this polish is gorgeous!

I just love this! This is three coats and topcoat. There are teal, magenta pink, and small dark purple/grey glitter in this which are suspended within a grey jelly base.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you liked it!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nail Care Series! Part 1- Cuticle Care

Hey everyone! So I get asked pretty frequently about my nail care routine and what I do, so I thought why not do a series! I am going to have a post up every Saturday, each time with a new topic! Today this series will start with part 1 (of course) which is cuticle care!

This post might be a little wordy, but I'll try to keep it as short and informative as possible! *DISCLAIMER* I am not in any way a licensed professional, this is just what I do manicure my own nails.

First let's talk removers!

Blue Cross Cuticle Remover

This product, by far, is the best cuticle remover I have ever used! A lot of ladies on Instagram had been raving about this product, so I thought why not give it a try. I purchased my bottle at Sally Beauty Supply for five dollars. This bottle is 16oz and should last a very long time! I use this product about once a week to remove dead skin from the cuticle area. I place my fingers under warm water to soften the cuticles and then I work on two fingers at a time. I drop a little bit of product on my cuticle and let it sit for about 20 or 30 seconds. Then I take a wooden orange stick and gently push my cuticles back. After I am done, I run my fingers under warm water and dry them with a towel. Now I use a wooden stick, but a metal stick can also be used. If you chose a metal stick, please be careful not to take out a chunk of your actual nail. I know from personal experience that it does not make for a pretty manicure because there will be little dents in your nail. I really love this product and if you can get your hands on this, please do!

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

Before I discovered the Blue Cross Cuticle Remover, this is what I used. This Instant Cuticle Remover can be purchased on the Walmart site or in stores. To use this I would repeat the same steps used for the previous remover. I personally don't like this remover. I don't think that it completely removes all of the dead skin that needs to be removed. Maybe it would have helped to leave the product sitting on my cuticles for about 3 or 4 minutes, but I don't know. Before using this product, I used another Sally Hansen product called Problem Cuticle Remover. I don't really have much to say about that one, because I only used it once and I was a nail noob then :P

One thing that I do want to stress to you, DO NOT cut your cuticles, please!! I know the nail salons do it, and if you go to a salon, please ask to not have your cuticles cut! Alright, confession time. I used to cut my cuticles :o :o I don't do that anymore though! Cutting your cuticles may make them look good, but it is the worst thing that you can do! Your cuticles are a natural barrier to nasty infections, bacteria, and fungus. They also play a part in your nail growth. If you cut or mess with your cuticles you could loose this protection and could also end up with permanent nail damage! I also know, from personal experience, that if you cut your cuticles that they will hurt extremely bad! All in all, PLEASE do not cut your cuticles!! 

Alright, next let's talk about moisturizing!

Lush Lemony Flutter

Two words. Lemony. Flutter. This is the most amazing butter/cream for your cuticles. It can be purchased on the Lush site. It retails for about 16 dollars, which might be a lot of money, but I have had mine for close to 7 months and I'm not even halfway through the little pot. Lemony Flutter is very very oily, so I like to rub it on my cuticles at night and in the morning I wake up with supper soft cuticles. It can also be used on your knees, heels, and elbows. I also really like the scent, which is pretty strong. I personally don't think that it is annoying. It smells like, well, lemons! I love this stuff!

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil

Sally Hansen Vitamin E Cuticle Oil is another moisturizer that I like. This can be purchased at Walmart or on the site. I like to use this when I am on the go and my cuticles need some love. I also use this right after I paint my nails and my top coat has dried a bit. I feel like Lemony Flutter has a longer lasting effect than this one does, but it does the job at hand. 

I would encourage you to take care of your cuticles, your nails will feel better! If the least you can do is moisturize, then go go go! If you read all of this, props to you!! I hope you enjoyed this post, and let me know if you did in the comments! If there is a question about cuticle care that I didn't answer, let me know! I'll try and answer it for you! Stay tuned for the next part of this series next Saturday! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Pure Ice- Fairy Godmother & Busted

Hello everyone!!

Today I have two polishes from Pure Ice to show you guys! I recently picked these up at my local Walmart. These polishes are so pretty, but the collections that they are from are a little unclear. Fairy Godmother, a purple cream, is from the Limited Edition Belle of the Ball Collection, I think. There isn't really any information on the Pure Ice Facebook, or website, but it looks as if it is targeted toward prom season. Busted, a purple iridescent shimmer, has been out since I believe late 2012. One thing I do know is that these colors pair perfectly!!

 Here is Fairy Godmother! This is two coats and top coat. This would have looked better with three coats, due to some balding spots. It is still very pretty!
Now Busted, was a pain to capture, so these two pictures are not quite in focus. but you can see some of the shimmer in the bottle. There is also a bit of tip wear, so please excuse that!

Look how pretty that is!! It looks amazing IRL (in real life)!! Shown is one coat over Fairy Godmother with topcoat!

Thanks for stopping by!! Hope you enjoyed!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

China Glaze- Strawberry Fields

Hello all!

Today I am wearing Strawberry Fields by China Glaze. This polish is a stunner! With a rosy/magenta base and gold shimmer, it is absolutely beautiful! I found this polish in my local Sally Beauty Supply about a year ago and I have come to the knowledge that this polish comes from the 2009 summer collection! It may be a little tricky to find since it comes from an older collection, but it would be worth the hunt!

This polish was a little tricky to photograph, but I think it is pretty color accurate. Oh, and excuse the tip wear!

I just love the gold shimmer in this polish!

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Liquid Sky Lacquer- Fuchsia Illusion

Hello everyone!! I can't believe that I haven't posted in two weeks! I have been so busy lately and I just didn't have time to paint my nails! My schedule is freer than the last two were, so I am hoping to have posts up more often!

*Warning- Picture HEAVY!*

I can't even start to tell you how much I am in love with this polish. It is Ah-Mazing! Fuchsia Illusion is a thermal polish that changes from a dark purple holo when cold to a pink holo when warm! This is just one of the amazing creations from Liquid Sky Lacquer, and can be purchased here. To see the other two Liquid Sky Lacquer posts I have, you can click here and here

 Here it is in all its glory! Isn't she a beaut!?!? I dipped my nails in hot water and this picture is showing the change from pink to purple.

Above is what the polish looks like when it is cold. Shown is three coats and no topcoat. You can also see some of the holographic glitter in the pinky.

This is what the polish looks like when it is hot. The polish is a holo when it is hot and cold. 

And just a few shots during the transition.

Do you love this polish as much as I do? I think it is absolutely gorgeous and I am so glad that I was able to snag a bottle!

Thanks for reading and I will be back with more posts later this week!

Friday, May 3, 2013

Mix n' Match!

Hey everyone!

Recently I received my Julie G Frosted Gumdrops order from a deal Groupon had! I wanted to just try one out to see what it was like, but I didn't want to do my full hand, so I did an accent nail! I have really been into mix n' match nails lately, so why not keep it up? I went with a simple black, blue, and glitter mani!

I really love these! And I also like the texture of the Julie G polish! now for some colors!
black- Wet n' Wild Black Creme
silver glitter- Essie Set in Stones
glitter on middle finger- loose glitter that can be found in any craft store
blue- Julie G Blueberry Fizz

I am so excited to try the rest of the Frosted Gumdrops collection! What do you think about the polishes?

Thanks for stopping by!