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Archive for February, 2011

Should Skin Tone Determine The Color Polish You Wear?

There is an interesting article on titled “How To Choose The Most Flattering Nail Color For Your Skin Tone.” The title is self-explanatory, and the article is supposed to be yet another helpful beauty guide. You can read that whole article here, but here is an excerpt:

“There’s a shade of each color that will flatter every skin tone. Once you figure out how to choose what works for you, the more options (and fewer regrets) you’ll have.”

I disagree.  

I was slightly offended by that title. Skin tone dictates so much in this world we live in already, why should I need a guide that tells me what nail polish would look best on me strictly according to the color on my skin? It’s not that serious folks.

I do understand that when it comes to beauty items that involve color such as hair, and makeup, etc., most people opt to choose something that is flattering to their skin tone. You won’t see me sporting bright blonde hair anytime soon! But to each their own. I guess I didn’t realize that nail polish fell into that category.

I believe that you should choose and wear whatever nail polish color you like, regardless of what undertones your skin has.  A long time go I had to learn to stop caring what other people thought about me, or what I’m wearing, or what I’m doing.  That has always included my nail polish.

And isn’t part of the fun of wearing nail polish trying out new, different colors, and finding out for yourself what works for you?! It is for me. I believe that nail polish falls into the subjective category. They don’t say that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” for nothing.

What do yall think?

Wet N’ Wild Fast Dry Polish

Are yall looking for a bold nail color, that will make your nails POP? Want a nail polish that dries in 60 seconds? If so, then you need to check out Wet n’ Wild’s new line of Fast Dry nail polish. 

These vibrant colors from Wet n Wild are switching it up from the soft, pastel colors found with most new nail polishes out right now. Forget spring, they are ready summer! Got me wanting to throw on some Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff and sing “Summerrrr Sumerrrr Summerrrr Timmme!”

Yeah I just took it wayyyyy back….

Anyway, not only does this polish claim to dry in 60 seconds, it also boasts a “ManiCurve Brush for one stroke coverage.”I love the fact that all of the colors look glossy, even without having in shimmer or glitter in them.

Some bright oranges and yellows.

I think I want to try the gold.

Brilliant blues and greens.

Best believe that there will be a review coming up real soon!

Orly Precious Collection

Spring is definitely around corner! Well, perhaps not too close from how freezing cold it’s been, but judging by the new nail polish trends, it sure seems to be. Perhaps wearing these new spring colors will hurry it up…

 Orly’s new collection sure looks like it’s trying to help.  The Precious Collection by Orly is aptly named, cause the colors do look oh so precious. And warm.


The names of these colors say glamour and sophistication. They got high class names! Pure Porcelain is a subtle nude that could be an everyday polish. Ancient Jade, a spring green, and glossy Gilded Coral give just the right amount of color without over doing it. My favorite would be the dark and shimmery Royal Velvet.

I spotted these at Sally Beauty the other day for 5.99. You can check them out at the Orly website here.

Tip Of The Week-Ice Water

By nature, I’m an impatient person. Waiting for my nail polish to dry just exacerbates that. Even if I find my holy grail nail polish color, I will boycott the brand, talk bad about the makers mama, and anything else if it takes all day to dry. I don’t like to wait!

For those impatient folks like me, I came across a tip a while ago that helps my polish to dry faster. Ice water. After my first coat of polish has dried completely, I take a big deep bowl (sometimes a casserole dish since they are deep too), and put in about 6 or 7 ice cubes and water. I dip my hands in and keep them there until the polish gets hard.


Now, the water is cold, so I do have to take my hands out periodically, but that just gives me a chance to gauge how hard my polish has gotten. It works in a pinch, though I don’t do it often cause like I said, that water’s cold!

Long Nail Vent!

My nails naturally grow long and they do it pretty quickly. And I love that about them. I am known for my long nails, and it tickles me when people think they are fake. I enjoy the look that long, painted, fingernails give you. It’s sophisticated, and sexy. Now, when I say long,  I’m not talking crazy, 3 inch long nails, but a tasteful length. I don’t think I could go longer than a quarter of an inch. The issue with them is that they get in the way of everything! It’s twice as hard to type, pull up my pants, open cans, not to mention the mornings I wake up with scratches on my face from those middle of the night itches I must have dealt with in my sleep. It’s ridiculous.

I long for the days of not having to scrub my nails constantly cause I got ish stuck in them, especially after trying to bake from scratch, or handling raw meat. Have you tried getting dough from under your nails?!!! Zipping up my pants is annoying, cause my nails can’t always get a grip on the zipper, especially if it’s down all the way. Sorry if that’s TMI, but it’s the truth!

Today I ran into the grocery store and got a bag of apples. My lovely nails tore through the produce bags It’s annoying trying to hold and grip things with the balls of your fingers.

So, I get to a certain length, and then I get rid of the suckers. And I feel so free! I can wash my hair and massage my scalp without worrying about cutting myself. I can apply creme eyeshadow with my fingers without getting chunks under my nails.  

I got a serious love/hate relationship with my nails. I’m like a junky though. I always vow that I will cut them after I try this new polish out on them, then a week later I found just one more polish that I must try out.

It’s pathetic and sad.

But I’m serious about it this time cause I’m tired of them getting in my way!

Ok, rant over.

How long do your nails get before you”re ready to cut?

Product Review: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

I have been anxious to try these outs, and after store hopping, I finally found the one that I was wanting at Walgreens.

Salon Effects in Check It Out

This pattern is called Check It Out. It’s houndstooth, and I love it. What drew me to these besides the interesting effects, was the fact that I didn’t have to wait for polish to dry! That can be tedious, and I usually end up smudging at least one finger. Like I have said before, I’m not into nail art, but I couldn’t resist this.

There are 16 strips that come in the package. I thought that was great for mess ups. It also comes with a cuticle stick, and a nail file for buffing away the excess.

The instructions for prepping your nails are:

  1. Start with clean, dry nails.
  2. Push  back cuticles with wooden stick.
  3. Shape free edge of nail with hot pink side of file.
  4. Gently smooth surface of nails with gray side of file.
  5. Give nails one last swipe of nail color remover to remove any excess dirt & oil. (This step is extremely important as it helps your manicure last longer.) Ensure there is no creamy or oily residue left behind.
  6. Use warm hands for maximum flexibility and stretch.
  7. To remove strips, use nail color remover.

Now it’s time to apply.

  1. Select best fitting strip for each nail.
  2. Remove clear protective plastic cover, then peel nail polish strip from backing paper.
  3. Choose the side of the strip that best fits the shape of your cuticles. Break silver tab from strip.
  4. Place strip against cuticle line. Hold strip at the center for maximum control.
  5. Smooth excess over nail edge, forming a crease around the edge of the nail. Gently file away excess from nail edge using light pink side of file.

Picking out the right size strips and sizing them on my fingers reminded me of going to get my nails done, when the nail tech is sizing up the acrylics for my nails. That was the only part I ever liked, and it I”ll admit, it was kinda fun doing it today. Don’t mock me!

Ok so, I had a problem applying the strips. They aren’t so flimsy and sticky that they are hard to manage, it was just that I had a hard time applying without having any creases or bumps. The nice thing about it is that if you haven’t pressed them down completely, you can remove it and reapply if you mess up.

Notice the creasing. This was prior to the buffing.

After a while, I just gave up on it and applied as best I could.

I also had  a problem with the sizing of the strips. Even though they appeared to line up perfectly, some were too wide for my fingers, or not wide enough, even after mixing and matching. Those extra six strips really came in handy, cause I had a few do-overs.

I applied them all first, then buffered. I didn’t think that the nail file would do anything, but it actually cut the extra strips off perfectly. Except for the over hang that is on my fingers, and I’m still not sure what to do about that.

After a few hours, I applied a topcoat, because I have noticed that where the creases are, it is starting to break down, and I can’t be having that! These strips are touted to last for 10 days, and I want to get every last day I can outta them.

At first I wasn’t sure if I liked the look, but I got compliments to every store I went to today. One clerk had to apologize because she wasn’t even paying attention to what I was saying she was so caught up in the nails!

I’m 50/50 on the repurchasing. I do like to do different things with my nails, but applying them for me was a hassle. For 9.99, I kinda expected a little bit more.  Especiall since I go so hard for Sally Hansen. I think they would be fun for special occasions though.


Essie Spring Collection

My favorite artistic period is Impressionism. Books admiring the works of artist such as Degas, Monet, Manet kept me occupied for hours at the library when I was younger. The soft impressions of the brush strokes against the canvas made me appreciate and take a different perspective of the everyday beauty around us.

From left to right: French Affair, Coat Azure, Sand Tropez, and Nice is Nice

The new Essie Spring Collection has left a similar impression on me. Not only are they reminiscent of that period in art, these pastel polishes subtlety say “spring.” I see buds emerging on the trees, flowers blooming, and smell the soft scent of morning dew as I look at these colors.

 I have to admit that I have never tried Essie nail polish. To me, they have always looked pale. Does that make sense? Besides,  I like my polish to have a little more spark. This collection could change my mind though. You can check out the whole collection here.

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