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!

1 coat of Sally Hansen White On

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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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Mouse Colors 1

 

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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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Recycle, Reuse, Reduce – A Manicure Refresh

The polish from my “Holo Racing Stripe” manicure stayed on so well after five days that I decided to just do some stamping on top to give it a fresh look.  I’m not sure whether it lasted so well because of the polish, the topcoat, my “Making Your Mani Last” procedure or the perfect storm of all three.  Each hand is a little different, but I think they both turned out fun.  The two colors I used for stamping are Pure Ice “Silver Mercedes” and Sally Hansen’s “Sonic Bloom” – both work really well with stamping, although the Sonic Bloom stamping on the glitter accent came out textured.  The stamping plate I used was the Cheeky Jumbo Plate A.  No topcoat on these bad boys.

Left Refresh

Left Refresh

Right Refresh

Right Refresh

Super Sparkle Thumb With Dots

Super Sparkle Thumb With Dots

What do you do to “refresh” your manicures?

Did You Know? Nail and Polish Facts and Tips

  1. IMG_8958Dark nail polish may take longer to dry than light polish colors because of denser pigmentation.  Give an extra couple minutes dry time between layers for dark colors to get the best wear.  The thickness (viscosity) of the polish affects drying time as well, thicker = longer dry time.

  2. Creme style polishes are more likely to apply unevenly or “streaky”.  You may be inclined to try a thick coat, but you are better off combatting uneven color with 3 thin coats.  When you apply one thick layer of polish not only does it take forever to dry (and inevitably gets smudged) it is also more likely to peel off faster.

  3. Glitter polishes will hold onto your nails like baby monkeys.  To make this process a whole lot easier use the same method for removing gel nails.  Soak a small piece of cotton with acetone and place on each nail.  Wrap a small piece of aluminum foil to hold the cotton in place and give it about two minutes; everything will wipe right off.

  4. If you get gels or acrylics and have problems with the nails lifting quickly it could be for more than one reason.  You may have heard of “oily nail beds”, but this is rarely the cause of lifting; more likely there is small debris or oil residue on your nails that prevents adhesion or creates air pockets.  Make sure your manicurist does a thorough prep, including cuticle pushing/cleaning, gentle buffing and oil removal.  Clammy hands can cause issues as well, so if this is a known concern for you make sure your manicurist drys your hands directly before application.

  5. Your nail health can indicate everything from thyroid problems, infections, lung disease, to nutrient deficiencies.  If you have dry, weak, cracked, soft or splitting nails there may be more than one culprit.  It could simply be exposure to harsh environmental conditions or using too much acetone, which can be drying to the nail bed, but also consider how often you wash your hands per day or what your regular diet is.  Unhealthy nails are best repaired with a combination of external and internal adjustments.

    1. Externally, apply a cuticle oil or balm 1-3+ times per day (best to do without polish, however you will still get benefits if you apply to polished nails); a great time to do this is after you wash your hands because soap removes your natural skin oils.  I find oil during the day and a balm before bed at night.  Also switch from drying antibacterial/synthetic soap to one made from natural oils.

    2. Internally, start by drinking more water!  Maybe you have multiple cups of coffee or soda per day?  These drinks have caffeine, a diuretic, so you’ll need to increase your water consumption to counterbalance the effects.  If you’re not eating a diet full of vegetables, fruits and whole foods (meaning you’re eating a lot of processed/convenience foods) you may end up with a nutrient deficiency.  Iron, zinc, vitamin A, B Complex vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, folic acid, and essential oil deficiencies can call manifest through poor nail health.  Increase your consumption of leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and cold water fish to start.  Don’t ignore the signs your nails are sending you about your health; if you’re nail beds are any other color than pink, are extremely thick or falling apart see a doctor!

What are your fun facts, tips and tricks for fabulous nails?

Bonus tip – did you know if you follow my “Making Your Mani Last” recommendations your nails can look this great 5 days later (no this is not the original photo, this is a new one!)

5 Days after initial manicure!!

5 Days after initial manicure!!