Jody’s Gray and Green Nails with Maybelline Color Show

Jody Gray and Lime Dot Nails

My friend Jody purchased some new polishes last week and requested I give her a doticure with them.  How could I say no?

On a side note, this may be my signature style manicure since I’ve had it requested by multiple people.

It was time well spent because we got to hang out and while I was at her house I learned about an organic farm festival happening the following day, which I ended up going to.  I also found out Jody has a pear tree she doesn’t pick; I think pears for manicures is a fair exchange :).

The polishes used for this manicure:

  1. Maybelline Color Show Impeccable Greys as base color
  2. Maybelline Color Show Go Go Green as lime green dots
  3. Maybelline Color Show Green With Envy as mint dots
  4. Sally Hansen Xtremewear Celeb City as silver dots
  5. I don’t know what polish the gold dots are
  6. Sally Hansen Nail Treatment Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

This was the first time I have used the Maybelline Color Show brand.  The brushes were workable and the colors are very current.  The gray definitely needs two coats to look good and you can see in the photo near the cuticles how it looks if there is only one coat.  The mint and green dots were opaque with one application and I think the glitters help tie the whole thing together.  I love this color combo and because we did the right prep her nails lasted all week!

The Best Striping Tape Storage EVER!

Spread the word far and wide!  I can’t take credit for this amazing idea; all I can say is that I took the little initiative it required to execute.

Right before bed last night I came across this idea for storing nail striping tape on a scotch tape holder.  I rummaged through my desk before retiring for the evening and the minute I got home from work today I got down to it.  It only took a few minutes and the hardest part was finding the end of each of the striping tapes.  All you have to do is take your regular tape off your roll and put your striping tape on.  Done!

Stiping Tape Scotch Tape Storage

 

Striping Tape on Yellow and White

The Devil Wears Polish Giveaway Contest

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Just a quick post to say that “The Devil Wears Polish” is having a giveaway contest to celebrate getting 500 likes on Facebook and for opening her polish shop.  Her colors are amazing, but I think the best part are the racy names she gives her polishes.  She’s giving away some of her custom made polish colors and other goodies, any of which I wouldn’t mind owning!

The Devil Wears Polish (formerly Polished Dreams and Life Things)

Holy Holo! BornPrettyStore.com Holographic Polish Effect #9 Review

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I have rainbows on my fingers; it’s a good day.  This lovely shimmery manicure is made possible by BornPrettyStore.com’s Holographic Polish Effect #9, and it’s a big wowwy wah woo for me. (Reminder use code EAG10 for 10% discount on their site).

I did a different base color on each of my nails and then painted one and two coats of the holographic polish on top.  I can’t decide how I like it more, because both styles are equally pretty.  My thumb has a white base, pointer has gray, middle finger has black, ring finger has fuchsia and my pinky has no base, just the holo polish.

At one coat the base colors show through quite nicely; the black really makes the rainbow shimmer from the polish pop and the white really highlights the purple hue, but really every color I tried worked with this holographic polish.  At two coats it is pretty opaque and only a bit of the base is even apparent.  I didn’t try three coats, but I’m sure at three coats the bases would not show at all.

It’s a small bottle, but I’m sure it would still last and the brush was very flexible and soft, plus a good workable size.  The polish itself is not thick, went on really smooth, and dried quickly.  It also wasn’t very smelly, which is always a plus!  I completely recommend this polish because I can’t stop staring at my nails!!

Polishes Used:

  1. Seche Vite Base Coat
  2. Sally Hansen White On Thumb + Holo
  3. Sally Hansen Wet Cement Pointer + Holo
  4. Sally Hansen Black Out Middle + Holo
  5. Ulta Plum Perfect Ring Finger + Holo
  6. Only Holographic Effect #9 on Pinky
  7. Poshe Top Coat

Disclaimer: I received the holographic polish as a free promotion, however all opinions expressed are my own!

Cute Animal Stamping Plate From BornPrettyStore.com Review

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From the time I was a little girl going into Hello Kitty stores to my adult life watching anime and visiting Japan I have always loved the kawaii (meaning cute in Japanese) culture and characters.

I recently got the S10 “Cute Rabbit Cat Animal Design Nail Art Stamp Template” from BornPrettyStore.com and using this adorable stamping plate was high on my priority list after a week long trip to visit my dad in Canada… it’s true, I was suffering some nail art withdrawals from being away :D.

The stamping plate has 7 different little characters on it – bunny, kitty, teddy bear, chick, panda, giraffe and the seventh is what I like to call the “mystery animal”; I think it’s a sheep?  My confusion lies in the fact that what would appear to be horns and ears look more like two sets of ears – I think it’s a cute character either way, but would love to hear your guesses!BPS Stamp Plate S10

Glitter Pastel RainbowI started out with a different color on each nail, all topped with the beautiful, glittery, pearlescent Ulta Diva (I love putting this over a bunch of different colored nails because it ties them all together and makes them look a little more pastel).

Each nail is also stamped with a different color, none of them are made specifically for stamping.  I used a combination of thick quick-dry polishes and thinner shimmers to see how both turned out.

The thin outline images on the plate (the chick, bunny, kitty, panda and mystery animal sheep thing) seemed to work better with the thin nail polishes.  When I tried to use the insta-dri polishes on the thin outline images they didn’t transfer well; I think this is because the lines are so fine that the thick polish dried almost instantly.  The Insta-Dri polish worked great on the bear (which doesn’t have thin lines) and pretty well on the giraffe where there are big spaces for polish to fill.

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Overall I’m really pleased with the plate and for 99 cents and free shipping I don’t think it can be beat!

A total of 11 colors plus Seche Vite Base Cout and Poshe Top Coat

  1. Ulta Peach Parfait
  2. SH Insta-Dri Petal Pusher
  3. Ulta Cream of the Crop (on clearance in some stores)
  4. Ulta Mint Condition
  5. Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled
  6. Ulta Diva
  7. SH Insta-Dri Sonic Bloom
  8. SH Insta-Dri Snappy Sorbet
  9. Chi Razzle Dazzle
  10. Ulta Dance Teal Dawn
  11. Ulta Ultra Violet Femme

On a side note I’m really happy that I picked up the Poshe Top Coat, it’s very similar to Seche Vite, but without the toulene.  It didn’t smear the polish underneath, not much shrinkage and no chipping as of day 3.  Much better than the Orly Top Coat I recently purchased!

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If you get anything from their online store use the code EAG10 for a 10% discount.

As an exciting bonus if 10 people place orders with that code BornPrettyStore will sponsor a free giveaway contest for my website!  If it’s for free, it’s for me :D.

Coming up next will be holographic polish and nail stud reviews!

Disclaimer: I received the S10 stamping plate as a free promotion, however all opinions expressed are my own!

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My recent BornPrettyStore goodies – Holo Polish, Metallic Studs and Cartoon Stamping Plate!

I just received some awesome products from bornprettystore.com today.  First, they arrived in just a week when I was told to expect 2-4 weeks, so you can image how happy that made me!  Second, the holographic polish is gorgeous, although I will admit that at first glance I was sad because I thought it wasn’t really holographic, that is, until I stepped outside into the sun and BAM!  Very holo rainbowy (yes I know that’s not a real word).  Third I love the metallic studs (my first!) and Fourth, the stamping plate I got is definitely going to be one of my favorites because the little Japanese style cartoons are ridiculously kawaii (just like everything in Japan I’ll add; let me know if you want to see photos from my trip).

I’m going to have a hard time deciding what to get next from them because they seriously have a million cute things for super cheap with free shipping.  Stay tuned for upcoming displays/reviews of the items I got below.  I would have done my nails tonight with some of this stuff if it wasn’t for the fact that I just did them!

Born Pretty Holographic Holo Glitter Nail Polish Varnish Hologram Effect 9#

Cute Rabbit Cat Animal Design Nail Art Stamp Template s10

Heart Square Round Star Stud Rhinestone Acrylic UV Gel Nail art w/ box

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My Matching Mouse – Fun Logitech Inspired Design



Mouse 1Mouse 2Mouse 3I’m fortunate enough to have a job where I can 1. Wear polish 2. Wear outrageous polish or colors 3. Have co-workers and bosses who like to look at and compliment my outrageous polish and 4. Have a boss who buys things to match my polish!

Recently the head honcho got everyone new wireless mouses (meese, whatever) and was considerate enough to get me a “special” mouse that has a great trendy pattern on it “to match my patterned nails”.  It took me a couple weeks, but I did finally get around to doing a wireless mouse inspired matching mani.  The response at my office today was great – one coworker jumped and gave me an uncontrollable enthusiastic high five (the one who had actually picked out the mouse), my boss grabbed my hand, gasped and then called her boss over, and one coworker exclaimed he couldn’t believe I painted the pattern. Success!

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1 coat of Sally Hansen Satin Slipper

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a combination of Essie Good Morning Hope, Ulta Plum Perfect and Sally Hansen Coral Reef painted with a fine brush to make the colorful splash pattern atop the white.  Seche Vite Base Coat and Orly Sec’n Dry Top Coat.  Again, I need to re-iterate that I’m less pleased with this new top coat over the Seche Vite Top Coat I was using until it ran out.

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Beach Bum

Beach Bum

I live in Sunny California, but sadly Northern Sunny California does not have the warm sandy beaches of my childhood in Los Angeles and San Diego.  Northern Sunny California has foggy, rocky, icy cold, windy, overcast beaches for the majority of the year; so even though I live about half an hour away from the beach, it’s not really a bikini kind of trip.  I’ve painted a Beach Bum (pun intended) in honor of the hot summer days we’ve been experiencing where I’m dreaming of warm sand!

This design is done with polish for the background beach colors of yellow and blue and acrylic craft paint for the actual body.  I tried the Orly topcoat first, but it was so-so…so I added another thick layer of Seche Vite (which I think is still in the lead right now).  Both coats had some micro bubbles in them.  I’m not quite sure how long she took me since I got in “the zone”, but it wasn’t a quick 5 minute job.  Hopefully she’ll keep me entertained while I’m working hard preparing for a meeting I have this weekend.  A girl can dream.

What’s your favorite beach you’ve been to?

Mine is on the shores of the Grand Cayman Islands!

I Won I Won! Sally Hansen’s Take it Off, Show it Off Contest

I’m so excited to announce that I won the Sally Hansen’s Take it Off, Show it Off Contest for Fourth of July style (along with 4 other lucky gals).  The hardest part was having to wait to announce it until Sally Hansen officially posted the winners.  So what does this mean?  It means I get $100 of free Sally Hansen’s products and yes I am planning on passing along some of those items to my readers in the near future!  I’ll be sure to post when the box arrives so I can share more of my excitement…it’s like waiting for Christmas or my birthday now!  Here’s the original post I did about the Fourth of July manis.  Thank you Sally Hansen, the first nail polish I ever owned!

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