Showing posts with label Nails. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nails. Show all posts

Dec 1, 2013

NAILS | HOW TO REMOVE Glitter (Stubborn) Nail Polish

Nov 7, 2013




Remember it is always best to have your nails professionally done until you are comfortable with doing them at home yourself.

I am not a nail care professional so I am only sharing what has worked for me these past few years of taking care of my nails at home by myself.

I have long nail beds from years of pushing my cuticles back if you are curious. This can be very damaging so attempt at your own risk. I can do a separate video about this topic if requested.


Products used in this video:

Beauty Secrets Cuticle Remover & Pusher
By: Beauty Secrets
(Two in one feature: Cuticle remover & pusher)

Stainless Steel Cuticle Nipper

Colossal Collection Nail File Fine Pink
By: Tropical Shine
(fine, washable, sanitizable)

Nail Buffer (fine)

Orly Cuticle Care Complex
(cuticle & nail treatment oil)

Zoya Remove+ 3-in-1 Formula (Big Flipper)
Polish Remover, nail cleaner, nail prep

Formula X For Sephora
CLEANSE – Nail Cleanser

Nailtiques Nail Protein
Formula 1 - Maintenance for Healthy, Flexible Nails


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Mar 7, 2011

M∙A∙C Frayed To Order NAIL LACQUER

M∙A∙C Frayed To Order NAIL LACQUER

The M∙A∙C Frayed To Order Nail Lacquer from the M∙A∙C Jeanius Collection is quite a unique color. I wasn't initially drawn to the color but after swatching it in store I had to have it.

Frayed to Order - White matte with soft pink duochrome pearl 
10 ml / 0.34 US fl oz

The color is just as described - a matte white with soft purple opalescent duochrome. What makes it interesting is that it dries to a matte no shine finish but there is a pearl iridescence that reflects in the light. If you add topcoat then the matte finish goes away and you will have an opaque opal color. I find this interesting and lovely since I was always a fan of the opal nail colors of the late 90's but wished I could get a  more opaque color. And now I do.

But this nail color is not without flaw. It is a matte nail polish and as such the application is tricky since it dries so quickly. A easy trick to applying this nail color is to use a medium thick coat to slow down the dry time. This way you can apply a full coat before the nail polish starts to set and clump. I did need 2-3 medium thick coats for a streak-free finish but I love the result.

Another great thing about this color is that it looks fantastic over a dark basecoat. As with duochrome eyeshadows, a dark base color will bring out the duochrome color and the nail polish will become a brilliant pink. This is a great effect if you want to bring out the uniqueness of the nail color.

M∙A∙C Frayed to Order (2-3 coats) topped with Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat

M∙A∙C Frayed to Order (alone) and over a dark blue nail color

Feb 27, 2011

Color Club REVVVOLUTION Nail Lacquer - NAILS

Color Club REVVVOLUTION Nail Lacquer - NAILS

Color Club for me has been hit or miss brand. The colors are always gorgeous but the texture and color payoff can be a bit spotty at times. I'm elated when the polishes actually apply well since the colors are divine. This is one such color - REVVVOLUTION.

This is a great pewter color and the result is beyond gorgeous. It's a gunmetal grey with golden iridescent sparkles. This is a perfect dark color for those who have always wanted to try black but prefer to avoid the harshness that black nail polish can bring.

I got full rich color in one coat but still applied two as I always do. The finish is similar to suede nail polishes but I added a top coat for a glossy sheen.

Feb 10, 2011

OPI Sand In My Suit - NAILS

OPI Sand In My Suit - NAILS

These nails are simple and classic and remind me of a nude lip. LOL. This OPI Sand In My Suit Nail Lacquer from the OPI South Beach Collection 2009. It is a slightly shimmery sandy nude color (perfectly named) that translates beautifully on my medium dark skin.

Feb 2, 2011



The winter has been brutal with 9 storms in NY and I went with a fitting theme on my nails - ORLY Snowcone Nail Lacquer. I love ORLY for their creamy pastel shades and fun colors but I must say that the brush is not my fave for application at all. Plus, the polishes take some layering to get opaque color. They dry really well and are long wearing so I grin and bear it. : )

Dec 24, 2010

Sally Hansen Jumpin' Jade NAILS

Sally Hansen Jumpin' Jade NAILS

These nails are somewhat inspired by the holiday season. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Jumpin' Jade. It is a beautiful emerald green color with an iridescent green/teal sheen. You can get a full layer of color in one coat but I applied two coats for solid color.

Dec 19, 2010

Pacific Blue NAILS

Pacific Blue NAILS

Here's a quick nail post showcasing Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 33 Pacific Blue. I was very impressed with this Sally Hansen nail polish. It applied evenly and richly pigmented in just one coat which is fantastic for any nail polish much less from a more affordable drugstore brand. And look at the color....ahhh!!! This is such a beautiful creamy subtle violet blue...I am just in love! Check it out!

Nov 19, 2010

OPI Russian Navy Suede NAILS

OPI Russian Navy Suede NAILS

Did you guys get into the suede nail polish trend this summer? I picked up a few of the Suede nail polishes from OPI months ago but I didn't remember them until today. These nail polishes have a much different finish from regular polishes. The polish itself is packed with shimmer and dries down to a matte finish. The overall effect is intended to look like suede but to me it looks more like nu-buck. I personally love the effect but they don't wear very well past a couple of days.

This is OPI Russian Navy Suede Nail Lacquer - no top coat in order to keep the suede finish.

Nov 16, 2010

Retro Red NAILS

Retro Red NAILS

These nails are a bit out of season but who cares! LOL! I mix it up all year round anyway.

Nails - ORLY Retro Red Nail Lacquer (creamy orange red)
Accent Nails - ORLY Rage Nail Lacquer (shimmery champagne pink)

Nov 6, 2010

Greige Nails

Greige Nails 

Hey guys! So by now you may have all heard about the greige craze that is sweeping nails all over the world. It's a new fashion fad and obsession with grey/beige nailpolish colors. I must admit that I like the concept and the color and I'm rocking it right now. To add a bit of Fancy style I have an accent nail on each hand featuring a darkly polished nail with chunky sparkles. How do you guys like the fad???

Accent Nails - Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Lacquer in 380 Night Flight topped with Color Club Nail Lacquer in Covered In Diamonds.

All (other) Nails - Color Club Nail Laquer in Soft As Cashmere

Oct 17, 2010

Caught in the Pacific NAILS

Caught in the Pacific NAILS

Hey guys! These are the nails I was wearing in the most recent tutorial HERE.

Two coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color - 33 Pacific Blue
Topped with one coat of OPI Nail Laquer - Catch Me In Your Net

Oct 11, 2010

Orly Royal Navy - NAILS

Orly Royal Navy - NAILS

So I've cut my nails down and I am growing them out more acrylics for me. And to keep from being bored I have been trying out nail polishes left and right.

So OMGosh! I ran into the best navy blue polish I could ever lay my eyes on and I had to share this one for sure - ORLY Royal Navy! Ahhhhh!

It's so gorgeous! It's like an electric navy blue color and is just bam in your face! It's so weird that it is a dark blue but is still almost neon. Oh divine! There is tiny turquoise shimmer throughout the navy blue base but it's not overwhelming at all. if you love blue nail polish at all then go check this out. I bought mine at Ulta.

Oct 4, 2010

Depression Awareness Month - SCRANGIE

Depression Awareness Month - SCRANGIE

So I'm joining Scrangie in her recognition of Depression Awareness MonthLINK

"The color for Depression Awareness is green, so wear some green polish!"

I'm wearing OPI Cuckoo For This Color topped with ORLY It's Not Rocket Science.

May 21, 2010

Shrek Inspired Gradient Nails

Shrek Inspired Gradient Nails

This nail design uses the sponge method to achieve the gradient effect. I topped it off with a Konad rose design.

I used:
OPI Fiercely Fiona Nailpolish for the first layer.
OPI Who The Shrek Are You? Nailpolish for the second layer.
OPI Jade Is The New Black Nailpolish for the third layer.
Hard As Nails Emerald City Nailpolish for the fourth layer.
Covergirl Crystal Mist Nail Sparkle for the glitter tips.
Konad #M25 Image Plate for the rose design using Konad Black and White Nailpolishes.