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3 Fun nail links

16 Jul

If you can’t already tell, I’m crazy about nail polish. (I always try to pose in pictures with at least one hand visible to capture my best accessory.)

Just a small portion of my nail polish rainbow

Check out these links that I peruse every so often when I want some nail inspiration.

  1. The Daily Nail: One nail-polish obsessed lady decided to use her recent investments to paint her nails in different designs each day for an entire year.
  2. Try It On: Virtually try on OPI nail colors by matching your skin tone and nail length on a flash hand.
  3. Nail Color Selector: Go one step further and digitally try on Sally Hansen nail shades that suit your nail conditions, length and shape.

Also, I felt that I couldn’t post something about nail polish without mentioning my friend Coco. She’s obsessed with OPI fingernail polish and we’ve spent quite a few meals over delicious Armadillo Grill queso and chips discussing nail polish colors. (Check out this cute poster she made for grad school.)

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Confession: I’m a Never Nude about nail polish

21 Jun

So this post isn’t about one of my beauty finds, but I just thought I’d share this beauty revelation I had this morning. I am a Never Nude about nail polish.

If you’re an “Arrested Development” fan, you might get this. But if you’re not, you should be. A character on the show Tobias was a Never Nude, which means that the closest he would get to being nude is wearing a pair of cut-off jean shorts (jorts).

Well, I realized this morning that I’m the same way with finger nail polish. Maybe it was the five years I was a cheerleader that I wasn’t allowed to have painted fingernails for most of the year, or maybe it’s the way a fun color of nail polish can accessorize an outfit. Regardless of the reason, I’d rather not be seen in public without some sort of polish on my nails

This morning when I was getting ready to leave for work I noticed that the navy-colored polish I had painted on my finger nails was chipping horribly. So I decided to take it off. But then I saw that my nails were still navy-tinted and had a mini-beauty breakdown.

I grabbed the nearest nude-colored polish (Ulta salon formula nail laquer in Tutu – which is now discontinued) and painted them in a hurry, almost making me late for work. Below is the result.

My pre-work Ulta Tutu paint job

Granted, this isn’t by far my best work and you can still see some remnants of my navy polish. But I think it would have killed me to see my bluish nails while I sat at a computer typing all day.

Am I the only Never Nude about nail polish out there? Or are you a Never Nude about some other beauty product?

5 Makeup bag essentials for under $10

16 Jun

No matter your budget, there are certain items necessary for an everyday beauty routine. Here are my top five non-makeup makeup bag essentials, all from Sally Beauty Supply and within the $0-10 price range:

My well-used makeup bag

  1. Tweezers: Shape your eyebrows or pluck stray hairs in between appointments
  2. Eyelash curler: Brighten a sleepy eyed look with a five-second squeeze before you apply mascara
  3. Cotton swabs: Smudge pencil eyeliner or touch up small makeup mishaps
  4. Cotton balls/pads: Remove eye makeup and finger nail polish, and apply skincare products
  5. Emery boards: File down and fix broken nails in a few swipes

Do you have any other non-makeup essentials that you keep in your makeup bag?

Wet n wild Rock Solid nail lacquer in sterling silver

15 Jun

When I spotted this nail polish at CVS for 50 percent off ($1.49!), I knew I couldn’t resist. Its flat metallic sheen reminded me a little of the ultra-shiny Minx nails almost every female celebrity has been rocking on the red carpet lately.

Wet n wild in sterling silver

I’ve worn this for the past week and even received a compliment on it at work! Metallics might be a little much for most offices but this one’s pretty understated until the light hits it. I feel like it’s a little wintery, but I like to wear grey and black polish year-round.

As far as fun nail colors go, wet n wild seems to have a good selection among drugstore brands. My first black finger nail polish was actually wet n wild back when the shade was more closely associated with Marilyn Manson and Elvira than a go-to manicure choice.

Have any of you jumped onto the metallic nail bandwagon? Do you think it’s a hot summer trend or better suited for winter?

Quick-dry nails: 5 days later

12 Jun

Five days ago I decided to test out how a quick-drying salon-quality nail product would compare to a similar drugstore product.

So I painted my fingernails with the same nail polish with Sally Hansen 30-Second Top Coat on my right hand and  Orly Flash Dry Drops + Sephora by OPI Top Coat by on my left.

Here are side-by-side comparisons of my nails immediately after painting them and then five days afterward:

Orly Flash Dry Drops

Orly Flash Dry Drops: Day 5

Sally Hansen 30-Second Top Coat

Sally Hansen 30-Second Top Coat: Day 5

So what do you think? Is more chipping worth the cheaper price? I think it may be, considering that together Orly Flash Fly Drops + Sephora by OPI Top Coat cost about $16 and Sally Hansen 30-Second Top Coat costs about $5.

Have you tried any great quick-dry top coats or nail products?

Nail strengtheners lifeguards swear by

6 Jun

My post about Sally Hansen 30-second top coat got my friend Erin, who works as a lifeguard at the YMCA, talking about her favorite nail treatments to combat the effects of chlorine.

Photo credit: Flickr user Amanda Azzi

Erin uses Sally Hansen Miracle Cure for Severe Nail Problems regularly to help her nails recuperate from the chlorine effects of saving lives and teaching little kids how to swim.

She also said that other female lifeguards she works with religiously use Jessica Bend Don’t Break nail treatment.

Granted, I still haven’t been to my apartment complex’s pool since I moved three weeks ago – more so to avoid sunburn than chlorine nail damage – but these ladies would know more about this subject than I do.

Have you tried these nail treatments or have your own favorite stand-by?

Quick-dry nails: Orly vs. Sally Hansen

5 Jun

No matter how many times I paint my nails, I’m always tempted to type on my laptop or hang up scattered pieces of clothing and end up smudging my polish.

So instead of changing my habits I’ve come to swear by the Orly Flash Dry Drops ($6.99). But as part of my financial reformation, I’m trying to cut out unnecessary costs and I have just a few drops left of my Orly and am in the market for a fast-dry top coat.

I bought a bottle of Sally Hansen 30-Second Top Coat ($4.99 at CVS Pharmacy) and decided t0 compare it the Orly drops.

I painted my nails with love & beauty by Forever 21 in light grey ($2.80) and topped it off with Sephora by OPI Top Coat ($9) and the Orly drops on my left hand, and the Sally Hansen top coat on my right.

Here are some post-application snaps:

My initial reactions are:

  • The SH top coat dried faster than the Orly drops.
  • The nails on my right hand (SH) are a bit shinier than those on my left (Orly).

I’m going to wear this polish for five days and report back.