Tag Archive | nail polish

Super Nail Swiss Silk Nail Wraps

If you like long nails like I do, this product is a must.  I discovered these years ago.  I’m still on my original package.  I just purchased another one yesterday because I had a coupon for 15% off my entire purchase at Sally Beauty.

Super Nail Swiss Silk Nail Wraps are $4.99 for a package of 40.  They come in various sizes and are self adhesive. They are pre-shaped in a nail shape, so you don’t have to trim too much off.  I have broken nails completely off and have been able to save the nail.  Lately I’ve been using several layers to make my nails super strong. I cover the entire nail with the wrap, then cover completely with brush on nail glue. Let dry, then apply more nail glue.  You may need to buff them with a fine grade nail file. I then apply my favorite basecoat, also available at Sally Beauty. Gelous Nail Gel basecoat for $5.99.  It’s a thick basecoat,  but it’s the best I’ve ever used.

I currently have three nails with silk wraps on them.  I’ve had up to five nails at a time with the wraps. They are awesome! For extra strength, I brush nail glue behind the nail with the wrap.  Just make sure when you change polish to use a non acetone polish remover.  Otherwise you will weaken the nail wrap.super-nail-swiss-silk-9-11-16

 

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Guess which nail has the wrap?? It’s my middle finger.

Essence The Gel Nail Polish

Ulta is my favorite store. Since I’m a rewards member, they are always sending me coupons for free stuff. Well, free with any purchase.  Today’s freebie was Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed shampoo and conditioner. They are each 1.7 ounces. Perfect for our upcoming vacation. I would imagine it’s pricey, but free works very well for me. Matrix Total Results Color Obsessed shampoo

I didn’t need anything, so I grabbed some  Essence The Gel nail polish on Jeans On! This polish is only a $1.99, and I love this color of blue. I was turned on to this brand by another beauty blogger. This is really some pretty darn good polish.  It stays on well, and is very shiny.  Can’t got wrong for under $2 bucks. If I wasn’t digging my current manicure so much, I would be wearing this now.

I also got some Ulta Make up Wedges for $1.99. These are good quality sponges that are easy to clean. I just throw mine in a lingerie bag and wash them in the washing machine.

 

 

Last Summer Pop of Color

Okay, I know it’s September, but it’s 85 degrees here in Southeasten Wisconsin, and I’m still digging Summer’s bright colors. I’m playing with my Julep nail color freebie box which has 12 colors, now on colors number three and four.  I got twelve full size bottles for free, just for signing up.  I had never used Julep before, but I love the brand now.  It stays on well, and is very pigmented.

The orange color is Jenna and the bright pink is Randi.

Here’s a link to Julep if you want to sign up for their monthly box.  Julep Maven

I just may have to wear this duo with my snazzy dress for our vacation in Costa Rica.

 

 

Sinful Colors Kylie Duo Chrome

This is some way cool nail polish from Sinful Colors, Kylie Denim & Bling line duo chrome.  The color is a gorgeous green chrome called Kameleon.  It changes colors too.  A whopping $2.99 at Meijer. (Which is my new favorite place for inexpensive health and beauty products) It’s toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free. I have two coats here with a base and top coat.  I can’t stop staring at my nails. Sinful Colors-Kameleon

The color is very pigmented. The photos are inside my office and outdoors. It looks more green than blue, but so what.  I love this polish!

Julep Beauty Box

Ladies, if you love nail polish like I do, you have to check this out. It’s Julep’s monthly subscription box. I signed up for three months, at $20 a month. I got 12 full size bottles of polish just for signing up.  A $168 value! Wow! Who doesn’t like free??? Plus you get to customize your monthly box.  They had a ton of products to chose from. I’m going for skin care this month. My $20 box is valued at over $60 for August. This line of cosmetics is available at Ulta.  Julep at Ulta

I’m excited to try the skin care items I’ll be getting for August. Plus the line is vegan, cruelty free, no nasty stuff in their products, etc.. Woo Hoo! Plus you can cancel at any time. You can sign up for just one month if you want. The longer you sign up, the cheaper it is.  You also earn points too.  I got a free add on in my first box. Also the items are full size. Did I mention the skin care is Korean?  I can’t wait to try my August skin care items.

I’ll do a review when I get my first box.  The polish is awesome, stays on really well, and I love the colors I got in my free box.  They even selected a color based on my birthday month, how cool is that!

Check out this link to join  Julep

Summer Flower Mani

Hello!  I found this YouTube mani last year and did a twist on it.  I used fuchsia polish as a base with white and yellow for accents.  I have a dotting tool kit I bought at Sally Beauty last year  Cina 5 Piece Dotting tool set for $10.  I’ve been having lots of fun doing my own nail art.  It definitely gets better the more you do it. I did it late last night.  It’s hard for me to have plain nails anymore.

 

Here is the blue flower mani from the video.  It’s easy to do and looks really pretty.

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No Lift Nails Cuticle Oil Review

I’m always glad when something good comes out of doing something regrettable.  I did my own acrylic nails about two months ago.  While I loved the look, I didn’t realize how hard the fake nails would be on my natural nails. While doing some research for acrylic nail after care, I came across this awesome product.

Fast forward six weeks later, let me introduce you to No Lift Nails Cuticle Oil. Holy flipping cow!  I kept the fake ones on until my own grew out. I picked some up at Sally Beauty for $6.99 No Lift Nails Cuticle Oil  The ingredients are simple: Avocado Oil, Almond Oil, Vitamin E and fragrance.  It smells amazing. I put a drop on each nail before bed and massage it over my entire nail and cuticle.  The bottle is one ounce.

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In just six short weeks, my nails are all long and strong as heck.  My nail polish has been lasting longer, hardly chipping at all.

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Here is a photo of my July 4th manicure.  I didn’t feel like redoing my nails, so I painted a silver line where the new growth is.  My nails grew an 1/8 inch in two weeks!  I started out with a wild blue color and just kept adding on.  I do my nails at night, and put this on over my polish, no smudges at all!  I actually filed my nails a bit here, as I wanted them to be squared off. My nails were really brittle before and would always break.  I feel like I have a gel manicure because they are so strong.

I have only used a small amount after daily use for six weeks. I sometimes will put some on my hands. I literally want to gnaw on my fingers because it smells so good.

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You can buy it on Amazon, but it’s $10. I actually paid less than $6.99 at Sally Beauty because I have a rewards card. It’s funny because I have been taking 5000 mg of Biotin for months and it wasn’t doing anything for my nails.  This stuff is awesome!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

July 4th Mani & Pedi

Happy 4th of July to all of my American friends.  My manicure is kind of kooky as I have purple glitter over turquoise polish with red on my tips.  The red turned out purple, so I left it.  My pedicure is

the typical 4th of July colors.

I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend with family and friends.

 

Nail Polish-Which works best?

It’s funny as I was channel surfing the other night and Pulp Fiction was on. It was the part that Uma Thurman was in.  Remember how crazy everyone got over her nail polish?  It’s been a few years ago, (okay like 20) since Pulp Fiction came out, but I remember her part vividly.  I loved that polish.  Was I going to pay more than $20 for a bottle of Chanel polish, um no.  I found a dupe that looked just a good.

So I made a trip to Dollar Tree today and bought a bunch of nail polish.  I was showing my husband what I bought, and telling him that it’s amazing how much ladies spend on nail polish.  One blogger I follow says she has 900 bottles! Wow! I have about 50, and I thought that was way too much.

Do you really need to spend a lot on nail polish? I’ve been using drugstore brands and Ulta’s own brand for years.  I don’t think I’ve paid more than $6 for a bottle of nail polish.  I’ve found that as long as you use a good base and top coat, you don’t have to spend a fortune on polish.

Here’s an article I found on the most expensive nail polish in the world.  Crazy!

5 Most Expensive Nail Polishes in the World

What do you find works the best for you?

Happy Sunday!uma_thurman_pulp_fiction_iogtviy-sized_2

 

 

 

 

Summer is finally here-Manicure

Happy Saturday!  It’s finally Summer here in Wisconsin.  Everything is so green and beautiful.  Thought this mani was very appropriate for a sunny Summer day!

Base color is Revlon Colorstay in Bonsai, tip color is Pure Ice in Wild Thing.  Paid $3 for both. Colors are discontinued.

What’s your favorite Summer manicure colors?

Thanks for stopping by!

Stacy

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