Ok, so I did a quick and sloppy job, but I got it done, finally – a quickie mani pedi with Sinful Colors “Bleeding Heart,” my holy grail red for at least 10 years. I believe this is my 3rd bottle. I use thinners so I can use bottles up, too!
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Pride Nail Polishes – Celebrate!
I’m stoked about the SCOTUS ruling yesterday making same sex marriage legal throughout all 50 states! I’m going to be doing some rainbow makeup tomorrow, but tonight, I thought I’d do a rainbow manicure as well, to show some support and because it’s Pride weekend and I’m feeling festive!
Wet n Wild – Nuclear War
Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow
Revlon – Posh
Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
Sinful Colors – Let’s Talk
Ok, now that I have my colors, off to do my nails! If they turn out nice, I’ll update with a mani pic. 🙂
What’s on your nails? OPI Big Apple Red
So, my holy grail red nail polish has always been Sinful Colors “Bleeding Heart,” a deep, nearly blood red that’s opaque in 2 coats and looks amazing on fair, cool toned skin. However, for spring and summer, I found myself wanting a much brighter, true “pinup” classic red to wear on my tips and toes. Enter OPI “Big Apple Red.”
This is the polish after 2 coats, topped with Poshe fast drying top coat. As you can see, it’s not 100% opaque, as you get a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) through it, though this would be solved with a third coat. I just don’t mind having a little VNL and love the color regardless. My main complaint is one that I have with all OPI polishes, and that’s the extra large brush! I have really small hands and nails, so I like the thin brushes like you get with Zoya and Essie. As you see here, the wide brush made it difficult not to get polish on my nail folds in the sides. I may have to look for a dupe of this in a brand with a brush I can stand. Aside from that, if you know you like OPI’s brushes, you may really love this bright, classic, true red!
What’s on your nails?
What’s on your nails? Essie For The Twill Of It
So, I’ve been under the weather, so no posts in a couple of days, but last night I managed a home mani-pedi! I used Nailtiques #2, Essie’s For The Twill Of It, and topped it with Poshe fast drying top coat. This nail polish is an amazing multi-chrome with hints of teal, magenta, and silver-brown. In some lights, it appears gunmetal. It came out 2 years ago, but if you can’t find it, supposedly Peace & Love & OPI by OPI is nearly exactly the same.
I really wish I could capture all the colors in this amazing polish better!
What’s on your nails?
Seche Restore nail polish thinner – I love you!
Ok, so see this bottle of Milani glitter nail polish? It’s dead. Well…maybe it’s just pinin’ for the fjords.
No, this bottle of nail polish is not just merely dead, it has ceased to be.
It has gone to meet its maker! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! Its glittery processes are now history! It has kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain, and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible! THIS IS AN EX NAIL POLISH. But wait, what’s this…
Enter, stage left:
Seche Restore is a nail polish thinner that’s made especially to work with the quick dry top coat, Seche Vite. The awesome thing about this stuff, however, is that it works brilliantly to thin out regular nail polishes that are past their prime. Seche Restore comes with a glass pipette that is separate from the bottle, since the cap needs to stay extra tight so the chemicals don’t evaporate. That’s the only slightly odd thing about this product for me, but I don’t mind it, because:
*choir of angels sings* Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Just add a few drops, or a dropper, or however much your bottle needs to get to the consistency it needs to be to apply nicely again. Close it up tight and roll the bottle between your hands and then check the consistency until you get it just right. Voila! Amazing!
Just a note…Seche Restore does contain tolulene, so if remaining 3-free or 4-free or 5-free with your nail products is a big deal to you, then you’ll want to steer clear of this polish thinner. Then again, Seche Vite does contain tolulene also. I had tried to go all 3-free until I realized my nails do just terribly without my Nailtiques strengthener, so I am back off that train until I find a replacement (Citra did not work for me, so I’m open to suggestions).
I did this mani with this glitter polish, though I took it off a day later. I didn’t do the neatest job, but see that cup of coffee there? I think I’d had about 4 of them. 😉
Product Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in “Combustealble” with Top Coat
Being a barista is very hard on one’s hands. You’re constantly getting your hands wet, prying things open, exposing them to heat, getting them covered in coffee, and generally putting them through lot of wear and tear. For that reason, I constantly am in search of nail polish that can take the abuse – I love having them polished but even if I’m careful, my manicures rarely last more than a day without becoming unwearable.
A while back, however, my bestie down under Dina’s mother Niki posted to FaceBook that she’d tried a product I’ve been skeptical about: Sally Hansen’s “Miracle Gel” line. She says:
I didn’t expect that my 50s would include keeping my nasty nails covered. So that’s why I am uncharacteristically calling out the best new product that I learned about in a magazine. (I can’t remember which one, but HEY! That’s another thing about my 50s.) The new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel (2 steps, no special lights) is the best thing I have ever put on my nails. Those who know me well know that this is proven by the fact that my nails look this good after five days (including a bike ride to Ojai, time on the beach and a major pepper roasting/peeling session). This stuff is better than salon gel or shellac, IMHO, especially since it comes off easy-peasy with my nontoxic Zoya remover.
“Well hot damn,” I thought, “If this stuff can stand up to the beach and peeling roasted peppers, It might work for me!”
When I stopped in at my local drugstore I gravitated towards my favorite nail polish color — shimmery teal — and decided to give it a go. To wear it, you put on a couple coats of the color itself, let it dry, and then use the top coat to “activate” it. The idea here is that instead of curing the polish with a UV light like you do at the salon, it finishes like a regular nail polish and is further “cured” by natural light.
Coffee grounds not included – add your own to get this look
I used three coats rather than the suggested two, because this shimmery shade goes on a little bit streaky. The color itself already gets s A+ in my book! It also dries fast so there’s less of a chance to smudge or chip it. The top coat applies like any old regular top coat. It’s not quite as glossy and “hard” as my standard Seche Vite.
Don’t judge my cuticles, I just told you what I do to my hands!
This is after working two full shifts. As you can see there is minor edge wear on my pinky finger, but I’d have been floored if not – I got it stuck in a metal grate while cleaning an espresso machine. My regular manicure is usually ruined by now and in need of redoing.
I think in the future I may try putting a top coat like Seche Vite over it once everything has dried and had a chance to “cure,” but for two days in this is pretty good! It advertises up to 14 days, but with my job that’s likely impossible.
I’ll check back in in a few days with an update, but given that by now my nails are usually wrecked, I think it’s fair to say that this may indeed live up to being called “Miracle Gel”. If it can take a few days on the hands of a professional barista, it’s got a lot going for it.
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish can be found at most drug stores for between $7.99 and $9.99 per bottle, but I have seen it as a “starter kit” of one polish and the topcoat for $12.99-$14.99.
Thanks for the tip, Niki! 😊💅
What’s on your nails? Zoya Midori
Oh my GAWD, I love this color, you guys. It’s an apple green with yellow tones and lots of gold shimmer. It’s perfect for this late spring/early summer weather we’re having. I’ve got it on my toes and I’m going to rock my birthday sandals with it this week, too!
Zoya Professional Lacquer in Midori
What’s on your tips and toes? Do you go and get yours done or do you do your own?
Nails of the Day
My manicure was looking pretty ratchet so I changed it up. Here’s a great pink for a pop of color against my monochromatic wardrobe – “Kiss Me On My Tulips” by OPI. And Seche Vite top coat for shine and durability!
The black smudges all over my hands are permanent marker, from work. It’s a reality of the job.
What’s on my nails? Sinful Colors Endless Blue
Hold on to your hats, color lovers, this electric cobalt blue nail polish is BRIGHT and it’s only $1.99 and found in just about every US drug store. I’m in love!
Sinful Colors Professional nail polish Endless Blue, $1.99
This cream formula is just the right consistency and goes on opaque in just 2 coats with no streaking. It’s shown here with Poshe fast drying top coat over it, because I’m a clutz and I have to use a fast dry top coat or I ruin every single paint job I do within minutes. 😉
At $1.99 and with such a great color and formula, I’m calling Endless Blue a WIN.