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Dani
Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2013 11:27:12 AM

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More playing with matte top coats:



Those matte/chrome French tips look delicious.



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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2013 2:59:59 PM

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Ooh, how pretty are these nails from ORLY? The brand’s spring collection is called ‘Hope & Freedom Fest’. The aim of the new shades is to capture the happiness and energy of festival spirit. You’ll need to use ‘Boho Bonnet’ as the base colour and layer ‘Peaceful Opposition’ over the top section of your nail, until you reach your desired density.

love7








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Posted: Saturday, August 03, 2013 3:08:35 PM

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I love combinations like that!

It reminds me of one of my fave combos - OPI Pirouette My Whistle layered over My Pointe Exactly from the NYC Ballet collection. I love soft/delicate glitter over neutral colours.



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Liquid sand! OPI have a great collection of different colors and I think I have most of them! They are so easy to paint on, take little to no time to dry, last longer without chipping compared to most nail varnishes and I love the textured matte look.
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Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 9:54:00 AM

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NCLA's upcoming fall collection called North of Sunset is giving me little polish-gasms. They're out in September. At least there's something to look forward to when the summer is over.





This is 'Dead End Gorgeous' - I looooove the look of microglitters and this shade of dark purpley indigo is amazing! It reminds me of a hot little sequin number!




And then this! It's called 'My Dad Invented That' - it literally had me swooning.




I'm already saving up my pennies and budgeting for these.

Dani
Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 9:56:22 AM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:
NCLA's upcoming fall collection called North of Sunset is giving me little polish-gasms. They're out in September. At least there's something to look forward to when the summer is over.





*dreamy sigh*



Dancing_Doll
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:34:06 AM

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Just on the subject of top coats - I finally tried Seche Vite the other day.

I have been avoiding it and really wanted to hate it because it's not 3-Free (it contains toulene but not at levels that are harmful). In the past I have used OPI, Zoya and SpaRitual topcoats. They've all done a very nice job. But damnit - Seche is worth every bit of the hype it always gets online. Super fast drying and my nails are so glossy that they literally look like glass. I even had a guy comment that they look like glass last night, so you know my observations are legit! lol Anyway - I just really wanted to hate it or find it wasn't worth all the adoration nail enthusiasts give it - but now I am forced to report that it really is pretty fantastic.

As for the toulene - it's only an issue if you're directly inhaling it for long periods of time but it's found in so many other things around us (gasoline, glue, paint thinners, household solvents) that I don't think it's a hugely big health deal for the one minute it takes to put something containing very low levels of it on my nails. And yes, that's me possibly trying to explain it away because I really do love it now. Embarassed

Dani
Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013 9:46:27 AM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:


As for the toulene - it's only an issue if you're directly inhaling it for long periods of time but it's found in so many other things around us (gasoline, glue, paint thinners, household solvents) that I don't think it's a hugely big health deal for the one minute it takes to put something containing very low levels of it on my nails. And yes, that's me possibly trying to explain it away because I really do love it now. Embarassed


Haha. Welcome to the dark side.



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slipperywhenwet2012 wrote:


*dreamy sigh*


Doll's like of like the local Polish-dealer, isn't she? i have this image of her laying in wait in a dark ally somewhere in and overcoat, and when she opens it up, there's all these polish bottle hanging inside of it... first one's free... the rest will cost you. :)

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Posted: Saturday, August 10, 2013 5:24:03 PM

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A friend sent this to me. Gimmee, gimmee gimmee!

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Honestly I love Chanel polish but I think nail polish has come so far that there is very little difference between brands and what has managed to keep Chanel apart from everyone else is that they're always coming out with the "trendy" cool colors first and everyone copies them. So if you want the hottest shade for the season first then Chanel is the place to go.
Pros about Chanel polishes:
--They last a looooong time and I have never seen them separate EVER!
--Take a long time to chip (if they ever do chip)
--As I said before, Chanel comes out first and everyone else are imitators.
--You will never need more than two coats
--formula is incredibly rich and creamy so your nails don't have to be perfect for it to look smooth. It also makes the application foolproof.
--Their top coat really does give a ridiculous shine to the nails. Love it.
CONs
--Some colors are overhyped and swatch not true to color like Paradoxal. In the bottle it has this delicious purple frost/shimmer but just ends up looking gray on your nail.
--As good as they are I don't know if they are $25 good. Brands I think compare in terms of longevity and consistency are Orly, Ciate, Butter london and Nailtini.
--While they often come out with fantastic limited edition shades I find their regular line to be a bit on the safe side, often getting a bit redundant ( I personally think there are far too many pale pinks and beiges in the collection).
Dancing_Doll
Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 9:19:40 AM

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Pretty nail art.










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Posted: Monday, August 12, 2013 9:21:52 AM

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I love this one. I'm going to try it for fall at some point (with just one shade/colour).



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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 6:19:51 PM

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Question about cuticles - what do you do to them? Trim, use a 'cuticle-remover' cream or just moisturize and push them back?

There's many schools of thought on cuticle-cutting and personally I'm against it. I allowed someone to do this for me once when I was getting a mani a few years ago and it totally fucked them up. It's like once you start trimming, you're forced to keep doing it or else they grow in looking messed up. It took me a while to get them back to their natural state where they looked good again on their own.

I actually have naturally small and very well-behaved cuticles - I've been doing the moisturize and push back with an orange stick, and I think they look good as it is, but I hear a lot about cuticle-removers (the chemical cream). Has anyone used these? Is it the same as trimming where it then causes them to grow more than they normally would or do they end up looking dry or raggedy unless you embark on intensive cuticle regimens from then on?

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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 6:32:16 PM

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Dancing_Doll wrote:
Question about cuticles - what do you do to them? Trim, use a 'cuticle-remover' cream or just moisturize and push them back?

There's many schools of thought on cuticle-cutting and personally I'm against it. I allowed someone to do this for me once when I was getting a mani a few years ago and it totally fucked them up. It's like once you start trimming, you're forced to keep doing it or else they grow in looking messed up. It took me a while to get them back to their natural state where they looked good again on their own.

I actually have naturally small and very well-behaved cuticles - I've been doing the moisturize and push back with an orange stick, and I think they look good as it is, but I hear a lot about cuticle-removers (the chemical cream). Has anyone used these? Is it the same as trimming where it then causes them to grow more than they normally would or do they end up looking dry or raggedy unless you embark on intensive cuticle regimens from then on?


My cuticles get pretty gnarly if they go unchecked, mostly because of the coconut oil. They grow so fast. It's like new growth, but for nails. Bleh. I do clip mine in addition to pushing them back if necessary. Pushing them back gives me a weird indentation sometimes, and it throws off the natural curve of my nail beds. I've never used a cuticle remover cream. I didn't even know such a thing existed. And I'm not interested in something that will just make my cuticles go away. Is that how it works? If so, I'm kinda freaked out by the idea of it.



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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2013 6:47:53 PM

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Here's a good vid on it and how to do it. It seems pretty easy.



I've heard really good things about the Nfu Oh Cuticle Remover - a lot of the nail bloggers seem to rave about it and it gets really great reviews across the board as being the most effective and gentle.



I'm not sure I need it though. I really don't even have much to push back when I do it. Even the esthetician said mine were really slight - that might also be why they ended up looking fucked up afterward when she tried to cut every last bit off.

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I moisturize my cuticles and push them back.

I gotta ask, am I Ithe only "natural is best for me" girl here? I've tried the stylish designs but I always come back to the natural:






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we just broke down and ordered the following from KBShimmer... Embarassed come on! you Knew it was only a matter of time!

for me:







for Kate:







:)


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Dancing_Doll
Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:34:44 AM

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sprite wrote:
we just broke down and ordered the following from KBShimmer... Embarassed come on! you Knew it was only a matter of time!

for me:





Yay!

The Candy Cane one has actually been on my wish-list for a while now. It looks like it would be so pretty over white! Let me know what you think of it when you try it!

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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:41:31 AM

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cocokisses wrote:
I moisturize my cuticles and push them back.

I gotta ask, am I Ithe only "natural is best for me" girl here? I've tried the stylish designs but I always come back to the natural:



I actually did french-mani and nude nails and sheers for many years. I had to do the mannequin hands all the time for work etc. Now I'm doing something different that gives me more leeway to play so I've gotten into all the colours and fun stuff. I still love a pretty neutral though. Always will. And pastels still make me happy. :)

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 6:51:57 PM

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If you hate the process of glitter removal with scrubbing or acetone soaking, here's a cool DIY base-coat that everyone seems to be raving about.

Basically the polish company Essence started selling a peel-off base coat for glitter polish and some clever nail bloggers realized that the ingredients were the same as regular white craft glue.

Basically all you need is some school glue (like Elmers) and an empty polish bottle. Use it as a basecoat and then a few days later, the whole thing just peels off with no damage to the nail. Great for people who want to wear some glitter for a night or a couple of days without committing to the clean-up and removal.

Here's a tutorial with the details:





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Dancing_Doll wrote:
If you hate the process of glitter removal with scrubbing or acetone soaking, here's a cool DIY base-coat that everyone seems to be raving about.

Basically the polish company Essence started selling a peel-off base coat for glitter polish and some clever nail bloggers realized that the ingredients were the same as regular white craft glue.

Basically all you need is some school glue (like Elmers) and an empty polish bottle. Use it as a basecoat and then a few days later, the whole thing just peels off with no damage to the nail. Great for people who want to wear some glitter for a night or a couple of days without committing to the clean-up and removal.

Here's a tutorial with the details:





THIS! Omg, a lifesaver! My younger sister is a glitter freak and always wants to put it on my nails when she bugs me to let her give me a manicure.

I do have to say, next time I do fancy nails, I'll post them here. My little trick is great for colored tips.

After you've slicked the paint across the tip, there's always that one little spot right? That little bump out of line, onto the nail bed. All I do is get a fresh toothpick and my fave glitter polish that will go with the chosen color, and dip the point of the little pick into the brush, and lightly trace it along the edge of the color.

It totally masks the little smudge, and adds a little bit of edge, and looks super elegant. If I do a french manicure, I edge it with silver glitter; a ruby tip gets a gilt edge, or maybe a red glitter ... One time when I felt frisky, I did neon pink tips, and a neon green and yellow glitter.


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Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2013 4:28:08 PM

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Nail polish of all kinds feels weird on my nails, I've tried all different kinds but I always wind up removing it after 5 minutes because it irritates my nails, makes my fingertips feel heavy and dry. Guess me and nail polish just weren't meant to get along.
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Solo_flyer wrote:
Nail polish of all kinds feels weird on my nails, I've tried all different kinds but I always wind up removing it after 5 minutes because it irritates my nails, makes my fingertips feel heavy and dry. Guess me and nail polish just weren't meant to get along.


You might want to try Inglot Nail Polish - it is the only 'breathable' nail polish on the market. Apparently it's been big in the muslim community because of the breathable factor - previously, prayers and religion forbid muslim women from wearing nailpolish because water during pre-prayer hand washing has to make contact with the nails. With this polish, they did research and tests and found that it's breathable formula does allow this whereas traditional nailpolish does not. Might be worth checking into if typical polishes irritate or don't feel comfortable on the nail. If you still want colour - this is probably the 'healthiest' stuff to put on the nails because the nails 'breathe' through it. I haven't tried it, but it's an interesting concept.

http://inglotcosmetics.com/

Inglot began about four years ago to develop the formula for the breathable enamel, which uses a polymer similar to that in the newest generation of contact lenses. Inglot said the chemical formula is 'tricky' and 'quite expensive' to produce, and that the profit margin on O2M is not high. However, he said he was determined to develop a breathable polish knowing that consumers are ever more focused on health and expecting them to welcome a varnish that would let the nail breathe.

Article


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What a super cute collection! I need these!



These ones are:
1278 Howl You Doin’
1279 Bat My Eyes
1280 Boo-Gie Down
1281 Fang-Tastic
1282 Bump in the Night – Texture

Planning my halloween night out already! evil4








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I love long, natural and healthy looking nails - and it goes without saying, they all have to be the same length/shape. The best and most effective product I've ever found is Dior's manicure cream. Apply it at night, and you will feel a difference by morning and see the results of your labour within a few weeks. Your nails seem to 'drink' this product in.






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Posted: Monday, November 18, 2013 1:47:33 PM

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If anyone is looking for an amazing top-coat that is actually better than Seche Vite (yeah, I know, hard to believe), you should check out Glisten & Glow HK Girl Fast Drying Top Coat. I've been using it for about six weeks now and I haven't been tempted to reach for Seche once. Basically it does everything that Seche does (super fast drying, glass like finish, wears like iron etc) except that it doesn't shrink at all, doesn't thicken up like Seche eventually does and it doesn't dull holo polishes. I actually don't wear much in the way of holo but as far as shrinkage goes, I still experience it sometimes with Seche, despite wrapping my tips. I was very skeptical but it gets ridiculously rave reviews online, touting it as the new holy grail of top coats, so decided to try it out and it's slowly won me over. It's only 2-Free, but then so is Seche. I'm convinced that 3-Free top coats just can't perform the way the 2-Free crowd does anyway and I don't think it's a big deal.

Anyway - you can find it online at a variety of places if you google it.



Best bit is that it only costs $6.95 a bottle.

Ps - they make a base coat as well (Stuck on Blu), but I haven't tried it.

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Also... look at a-England's new Ballerina Collection of holo polishes. So pretty!




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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:11:03 AM

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Tips for stained/yellowish nails.

Since we're approaching the colder seasons, I know we're gonna be wearing deep, dramatic shades of nail polish. And these deeper shades often stain our nails a nasty yellow. These are some things I've done to prevent this that's worked in the past...and they're pretty common knowledge, but I'll list them anyways.

Base Coat: Find a good one...a really good one. Lots of people skip this step, and rightfully so because base coats aren't all that necessary...in fact they can be a bit of a hassle because some cause lumping due to the fact that many of them are somewhat oil-based. However, base coats are a MUST with any dark shade you use. And because dark shades are our go-to colors during the fall/winter seasons, expect some gnarly stains if you don't use a base coat.

Let Them Breathe: Dark shades or not, if you're constantly polishing, removing, and polishing your nails again, that's gonna cause some yellowing. I know we love our pretty nails, but it's important to not use anything...not even a clear coat. Just get a really good manicure (or give yourself one) without the polish. Make sure your cuticles are nice and oiled and your nail beds are nice and shiny (insert shameless coconut oil plug)...and they'll look great on their own. This is probably the most important and most effective way to prevent yellowing.

Home Remedies: I've heard things from lemon juice to baking soda/peroxide mixtures work. However, in doing further research, many of these home remedies won't just work on the surface of your nail and require buffing before use...and we all know (or should know) that buffing is really bad for our nails. While buffing on its own will be effective in removing stains, it thins and weakens our nail beds...and disrupts the growth pattern of our nails. The cons of buffing in general far outweigh the pros...so imagine what buffing your nails and then placing them in chemicals will do to them. Yikes!

If you have anymore tips, please share. I spend lots of time inside during the colder seasons, and that's when I have the most time to play with my nails. Embarassed



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Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 8:58:11 AM

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Rock & Roll inspired 'ombre-effect' nail tutorial.

I've tried this with other colours and I really liked the way it looks.

You can also use more complementary shades if you prefer a more toned-down version.



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