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Nail Stamping-Oh how I love thee!

Happy Saturday!  I did a post on this nail stamping kit recently, but I bought another one, and just had to share. I bought this one at Ulta for $12, (I had a coupon, it’s normally $15).  Well, it seems Ulta doesn’t carry these anymore. Caption Art Screens Nail Stamping this is the website that has kits that contain 24 designs for $30.  I’m so glad I got them when I did.

I put this design on last Saturday, and touched up the tips twice.  I used drugstore polish, and Julep Oxygen Nail treatment as a base coat.

If you want to try something fun with your nails, I highly recommend this stamping kit.  Super easy to use, and lots of fun designs.

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Here are the different polishes I used. The blue is Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel in Cyantific Method, two coats, and Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Black Satin. Also my favorite top coat by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

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I just love how this looks, and I get lots of compliments.  I can’t wait to try the other 22 designs from my kits.

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Caption Art Screens-Nail Stamping Kit by Young Nails

Happy Saturday!  OMG!  I love this new nail stamping kit I picked up from Ulta. Caption Art Screens Nail Stamping Kit  I picked up Party Squad for $14.99.  It has  12 different designs and everything you need to stamp away.  I had bought a Essence Nail stamping kit a while back, and it was total junk.

This kit is crazy cool and super easy to use. This is only the second time I’ve tried nail stamping, but I’ll be doing this more often for sure. Everything in the kit seems to be high quality.   I used a lint roller to clean up between stamps.  One thing to remember with stamping is you have to clean the stamper, plate and swiper card between each finger.

I used the two Revlon Top Speed colors in Hazy and Fire.

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Julep Nail Color

Happy Wednesday!  My nails were so long until I went on vacation recently.  I cut them down before we went, and three weeks later they are finally growing in.

Here’s a really pretty sparkle color by Julep in Ebony.  I got it free with this month’s Julep box.  I signed up for three months, and this was my last one. I like the polish, but the boxes are a bit pricey ($20USD) per month.  You can pick your products which is nice.

This is only one coat, over a medium blue I already had on.  Julep Ebony It girl.  It’s a graphite holographic polish.  It’s really cool. It’s on sale for only $4.99.  Julep is some of the best polish I have ever used.  It stays on well, and is deeply pigmented.

Nightmare on Kylie Street

Yikes!  I so wanted to love this Sinful Colors Kylie Denim & Bling in Kargo.  It’s a really cool blue matte color. It looked great on, but taking it off, OMG, what a nightmare!

I bought some other colors from this collection because they were on clearance. They were only $2 each, so I figured what the heck.

I used straight up acetone to try and remove this polish. My nails were really long, and I had some silk wraps on that ended up getting wrecked. These are not tips, but my own nails that I loved.  Now they are a lot shorter since I got back from vacation.

Lucky for me we had some industrial hand cleaner in the basement. It got most of it off.

Check it out.  I don’t know if I just got a bad batch or what, but it quickly went in the trash.

 

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.

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!

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