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Archive for September, 2011

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My Signature Nail Colors

The folks at  BeautyRiot.com ask the question: What’s Your Signature Nail Color? I think every nail polish enthusiast has pondered what her signature color is at some point. I instantly knew what mine was. Well, I narrowed it down to two, depending on the time of year. Can I choose by season?

What can I say, I have committment issues…

Anyway, I narrow down my two nail color seasons by combining spring and summer, fall and winter.  Around October, I start getting darker, and around March I begin to lighten up. The four finalist are all colors or variations of colors that I always repurchase and keep on hand (pun totally intended).

So here is the break down for the warmer months:

L-R: Nicole by O.P.I Cherry on Top, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Virtual Violet

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Pictorial: Black and Blue Nail Look

I’m trying to be more creative with my nails. Scouring various YouTube tutorials for inspiration has been very helpful and fun, and I decided to try and come up with my own nail look. It’s pretty basic. Nothing fancy, but it’s a start.

I’ve also decided to try my hand at pictorials, so here we go:

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Poppin’ Nail Color of the Week: Wet N’ Wild Wild Shine Red Red

“It’s like candayyy.”  Shout out to Cameo and “Candy” . That was my ma’s song back in the day!  I was mouthing the words as I admired my nails after applying Wet N’ Wild Wild Shine’s Red Red. I’m not one for red nail polish, especially bright red, but this ish right here?! This ish right here?!  I’m all about it. This vampy, classy red polish is poppin’ with a capital P. It’s a flat nail color, but it doesn’t need all that extra shimmer or glitter. It’s perfect just the way it is.  It reminds me of Dita Von Teese and her signature red lips or  The Women (the ORIGINAL 1939 film) and getting a manicure in jungle red.

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Nail Polish Sales And The Recession

 

Apparently being broke isn’t stopping folks from buying nail polish. An article posted on Yahoo’s Shine titled Nail Polish is the New Lipstick: High Sales Marks New Recession Indicator,  quotes a study from NPD Group, a market research firm, that states that nail polish sales have gone up 65% since 2008. The study seemingly indicates a correlation between rough economic times and the increase in nail polish sales.

This isn’t the first time that makeup companies have benefited from hard financial periods. Nail polish is seemingly taking over where lipstick left off.  Time magazine  which is also quoted in the article, explains that in 2001 sales of lipstick had increased and continued climbing until 2007, when sales began to decline. The reason given for the high sale of lipstick then is the same for nail polish’s popularity now.

Like the author in the Shine article stated, perhaps nail polish is the trend now because some people aren’t able to afford repeated trips to the nail salon.  Maybe people have bought all the lipstick they want, and now it’s on to nail polish. I know I go through spurts of mini splurges. For a couple of years it was earrings, then body sprays, eyeshadow, lotions, now nail polish.

So it’s all very plausible to me. People still want to look and feel pretty regardless of their economic standing. Taking a few dollars and going to buy nail polish is something you can do for yourself and not feel guilty. I believe that when money is tight, you need an inexpensive, personal treat to perk yourself up whether it’s nail polish, lipstick, candy, or whatever. It’ll be interesting to see in the (hopefully distant future) what will be booming during another economic downturn.

What are your thoughts?

I Heart Revlon Fizz Scented Nail Polish

So if you ever see me out and about and catch me with my fingers pressed against my nose, sniffing my fingernails while wearing a savory and satisfied look across my face after each inhalation, do not be alarmed. I’m just hooked on the sweet smell of Revlons Fizz scented nail polish and needed a fix of that delicious scent.

Ok, so I probably wouldn’t do that in public, but best believe I sniff away when I’m at home.

Scented nail polish seemed so preteen/high schoolish when I first heard about it. Even though some had adult sounding names like Mattese Elites Tequila Sunrise and Apple Martini polish from this summer, I wasn’t that interested. I knew Revlon had a scented nail polish line too, but I didn’t pay much attention to it either, until a few months back when I was perusing the nail polish aisles at Rite-Aid.

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Seche Vite and Toluene: Harmless or Harmful?

 

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After dealing with one top coat failure after another, I decided to investigate and compare top coats online before purchasing another one. I stayed up late one night scouring nail and beauty blogs, reviews websites, and forums for the best and long-lasting top coat out there. One name was ubiquitous: Seche Vite. Reviews from all over the internet lauded the top coat as THE best. Everything I read about it blew any other top coat I had ever heard of out of the water. Excited doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt to finally come across a seemingly perfect top coat. I was ready to run out and buy some at 1 in the morning, I was so thrilled.

The Holy Grail of top coats?

Wearing a satisfactory job-is-finally-done smile as I was about to close out the last website I was on, I read a final comment that smacked that smug smile right off my face. It basically stated that Seche Vite can cause birth defects and shouldn’t be used.

Uh, say what?!

After sitting back and muttering “ain’t that a bitch”, I wanted to find out exactly how and why this top coat was dangerous. Apparently on the back of each box of Seche Vite there is a disclaimer that states: “WARNING! This product contains a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm.” I went to the store to check it out for myself the next day, and it did in fact state that on the back of the box.

Ok… Now what? What exactly is in this top coat that causes so-called birth defects?

Thinking I would find a quick answer in a few minutes that night, I actually spent a few days digging around to find an answer. I found that the deeper I looked, the more questions I had. I’ve narrowed down the most pertinent questions I had concerning toluene, and the best answers that I found. There are links at the bottom of this post if you would like further reading concerning this matter. It’s extensive!

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