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Monday, May 30, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. I'm baaaaack! I went and hiked for about four miles out at the lake and sure enough, my toe polish was wrecked. No big. I'll fix it when I am ready to change my manicure.

Tonight I have a true beauty to share with you. This is Nubar Reclaim. I know that a lot of you already own this polish and know full well just how beautiful and special it is. But I am still going to show pictures and gush my damn fool head off. :D

 Medium green base with linear holographic effect. This is one coat of Nubar Reclaim. One. Coat! kiddies. I got the first coat on and was about to go back and apply a second and I stopped and took a good look at my nails and I realized that another coat wasn't really necessary. I was thrilled with they way this looked just as it was. I topped it with a coat of Poshe`.


 
 Look at that linear holo deliciousness.



 Are you drooling, yet?

 Have you shorted out your keyboard, yet?

 Remember, this is one coat. Now, I won't sit here and blow smoke up your ass. While this is opaque, there is a little VNL if I hold my hand up and view my nails in certain light. But it is opaque in most indoor light and outdoors in the sun. And that is good enough for me. :)

 I topped this with Poshe` topcoat. I wondered if topcoat would dull the holo. Doesn't seem to have. Funny thing is, when I first applied the topcoat, the holo did look a bit scattered. Then as it dried, all the yummy rainbow goodness had returned. Weird, huh?

 *sigh* I am in love. 

Nubar Reclaim is about as close to perfect as a polish formula can get. It applies smoothly, flowing off the round, full brush and sits right down where you put it. It is fluid but not runny, it is amenable to being worked if needed to get it just the way you want it to be. Cleanup is effortless. I had a little, I will admit. I was so over messing with my nails after my earlier mani/pedi fiasco that I was hurrying and got a little careless. I am not blaming the polish, it was entirely my application. 

I don't know how long this mani will last. It is only three total coats and pretty thin so I am not expecting it to last a long time. But I will enjoy every moment this stunner is on my nails. :)

So, there you have it. Heaven in a little glass bottle. If you love green and you love holo, I heartily recommend this polish. I am confident you would love it as much as I do. I bought my bottle from Amazon. You can also buy it from the Nubar website. If you are an avid e-bayer, I imagine it may be available there, as well.

Do you own Reclaim? Or are you considering grabbing it? 

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night and may your polish never bubble.

I am Cursed! Cursed, I say!

Hello gentle readers.

Today was a day of nightmare mani/pedi crackle attempts. Epic fail. Times two. *sigh* I must be cursed. Or I did something very, very wrong. Probably the latter. Let me 'splain.

I started off with a pedicure. Started applying my Orly Ridge Filling Base Coat to my toenails. I wanted a couple of coats, since many of my toenails are quite ridged. As I painted on more and more I got to liking the soft, off white tone on my toesies and decided to just apply to opaque and smooth. Okay. Got that done, it was drying (sorta... with that many coats, I don't know how much it was drying) and I got the bright idea to top it with China Glaze Crackle Glaze in Crushed Candy. I applied it and it started cracking. Sorta.

Got to my big toe nails and it cracked some and pulled bck from the cuticle so far I thought I had done a Ruffian. I waited a while and kind of pulled it back down with my finger. Tore it. Thought about cleaning it off and starting over then decided it looked fine, since I rarely show my toes in public, anyway. Topped it with Seche Vite and carried on with my manicure.

Don't worry. No toe pictures.

I do kinda wonder if my pedi is dried and cured, yet. I am going to be lacing my feet into my walking shoes in a little while and heading out to the lake for a nice, long hike. Should be interesting to see what condition my pedi is in when I get home. :P

So, it was mani time. (Anyone go in their heads to Hammer Time? No? Just me? Thought so.)  I decided to apply Maybelline Wet Shine nail enamel in Banana Puddin'. Just out of curiosity, why the hell can't people put the g on the end of "ing" words? Am I the only one who is bugged by this? Anywhoozle, I applied three coats of Banana Puddin' too get it smooth and somewhat opaque. Took a few pictures and grabbed my China Glaze Crackle Glaze. Applied it and waited for the magic to happen. I was expecting the magic. I figured that the toes were an anomaly, since I applied over thick basecoat.

Ha! The crackle polish goddesses laughed. Really. They did. I could hear them!

 Okay, first I am going to show you pictures of the Maybelline Banana Puddin'. (Geeze! I just want to shudder every time I type that!) All photographs were taken in afternoon sun and are clickable to make big. (But I don't advise it.)

 Maybelline Wet Shine in Banana Puddin'. Three coats.

 Pretty soft, light yellow crelly. A little sheer. A little streaky but levels out nicely after three coats. Still had a little VNL. A fourth coat would have taken care of that.

 I should have just slapped on a coat of Seche Vite and called it good. My nails looked nice. 

But noooo...

I couldn't be happy with sunny, happy yellow nails. 

I had to try the crackle, again.

On it went. And I got this. Gaaaaaahhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Crackle fail Ruffian. It pulled up away from my cuticles. Didn't crack worth a good damn. I tried to pull it gently back down and tore it near my cuticle on my ring finger nail. *sigh*

 Left thumb nail. Just one big old crack. Ruffian style.

Right hand. Yeah... I am convinced that I suck and crackles hate me. lol

I am not ready to give up on this stuff, yet. Maybe it doesn't like to be applied over thick, still pretty wet polish. Maybe it needs a thinner base, one that is more dry. I shall try again! I shall persevere. I shall make this work. 

Or, I will lob the fucking bottle out into the sweet by and by. 

I prefer to make it work. The thought of tossing a bottle of polish into oblivion makes me feel a little queasy. 

Or is that the grated, out of a plastic tube Parmesan cheese I sprinkled on my lunch salad? 
Okay. So. I think I have whined, enough. Oh! And I am no longer wearing that freak show, just in case you are wondering. I was actually going to put on Seche Vite and make myself wear it until tomorrow but kind fate intervened. As I was coming back in from taking photographs, I caught my pinkie nail on the cord for the blind on my front door and it tore the polish right off that nail. Saved by the freak accident. lol

I am now wearing Nubar Reclaim. And I will be showing this mani, later. It's heavenly. Just saying. :D

Thank you for popping in. Have a great rest of your holiday and may your crackle never fail.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. Happy Sunday.

I felt like doing a fresh mani and a little nail art but I needed something fast and easy, since I am in the middle of doing laundry. The other day I was reading blogs and I ran across this googly eyes manicure (isn't it too stinking cute? :D) And I decided to do something similar on my nails, today. I mean what could be quicker and easier (and cuter?) than a quick base colour and some dots?

I was loading my towels into my dryer and mentally going over my polish stash, trying to decide what colours I wanted to use when it hit me: Why not black and white? Like cartoon characters in a dark room, where you just see their white eyeballs and black pupils moving around in a deep sea of black.

Thus was born my version of the googly eyes manicure. I used Color Club Milky White Base Coat and a fast coat of Wet-N-Wild black creme polish. I let the polish dry for a minute then I used my largest dotting tool to make the eyeballs with Sinful Colors Snow Me White. I let them dry for a couple of minutes (just so that I could lightly touch them without smearing them) then I used the smaller end of the same dotting tool to dot in the pupils with Wet-N-Wild black creme. I made the pupils go in different directions... Straight on, cross eyed, off to one side or the other and on my thumbs, crazy, spinny eyes. I topped it all off with Seche Vite.

I managed to actually get a couple of clear, pretty well focused shots out of the ten I took of this manicure. The wind is blowing so hard here that it was difficult to shoot without major camera shake. Danged wind, anyway! When was the last time we had a Memorial Day  Weekend with up to 60 mph wind gusts?


Sorry about my huge-ass gaps. Wet-N-Wild black creme is a terrific one coat black creme polish that applies like buttah. Or... It would apply like buttah if not for the vomitrocious brush. It dries fast and I can count on it to do its job, every time. Great polish. Too bad the brush is such a nightmare! I am thinking seriously about decanting this polish into a different bottle with a better brush. The brush was so horrid that I had to stay a mile away from my cuticles or have them flooded. Yuk! Wet-N-Wild has come such a long way with it's polish colours and formulas but their brushes are crap on a stick and that is disappointing. It makes me hesitate to use this brand because I know I am going to have to fight with the brush.

So, have you done googly eyes manicures? Isn't it fun? I have to admit I am enjoying this one. Every time I look down at my nails, I want to giggle like a six year old.

Okay, time to go in search of a quick lunch. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great Sunday and may your polish never bubble.

Review: Maybelline Shine Sensation Chillers Lip Gloss in Want It Watermelon


Hello gentle readers. Today I have a beauty review for you. A while back I purchased Maybelline Express Finish Nail Enamel in Coraliscious and a tube of Maybelline Shine Sensation Chillers Lip Gloss in Want It Watermelon. There was a BOGO 1/2 off deal at my local Walgreen's at the time and there was a one dollar tear off  pad coupon for the gloss. I went in to buy the polish and grabbed the gloss as an afterthought because it was such a great bargain. I thought, at the time that I was going to love the polish and end up returning the gloss.

In truth, it went quite the opposite. My review of the polish in the picture, above can be found here. Sadly, for me, this polish was a total bust. But, the lip gloss was a very pleasant surprise!

Maybelline Shine Sensation Chillers Lip Gloss in Want It Watermelon comes in a squeeze tube with a plastic, moulded softly rounded, angled applicator tip. It is easy to apply and control. I am a real stickler for precise lip colour application. You should see me put on lipstick. I have been teased about how carefully I apply. lol This gloss goes on pretty nicely. I prefer a wand applicator but this tube works fine.

If you are looking for the result you see on the photograph on the in store display, be prepared to apply a ton of product with a brush and probably build Hoover Dam on your lips to keep the stuff in place. The look I get from this gloss is far more subtle. And less goopy. lol The shine is there but it is softer. The texture of this gloss is pleasant. It is thick enough to stay in place for a while but it isn't very sticky or tacky. It feels light and smooth on my lips. It doesn't last a long time, but I never expect expect lip gloss to lost for long. Short life on is simply the nature of the beast.

This gloss has a light, fresh, citrusy scent and flavour. It is sweet, but not cloying or sickeningly so. From the name, Want It Watermelon, I was fully expecting a watermelon scent and flavour. To me, this is more grapefruit than watermelon. Which isn't a bad thing. I like grapefruit. But be forewarned, if you are expecting watermelon, you will likely be disappointed. The scent and flavour of this gloss isn't very strong. I like scented and flavoured gloss so this doesn't bug me but if you are sensitive or don't like them, you might want to give this gloss a pass.

The biggest surprise from this gloss is how moisturising it is for me. I have notoriously picky lips. Products that are touted as moisturising, products that thousands, millions of other women find moisturising dry my lips terribly. And I was honestly expecting no better from this gloss. Boy was I wrong! I can wear this gloss all day and my lips feel soft and pampered and happy at the end of the day. I love that. And I love that I found a drugstore brand gloss that actually works for my chap prone lips.

Overall, I like this gloss. It is a great price, easily available, shiny, silky and moisturising. It's minor drawbacks are a more subtle shine, a very short life on and the fact that the name is a little misleading, when it comes to the scent and flavour but these aren't enough to put me off. For just day to day quick on shine, this is a nice product and I would definitely buy it, again.

Hot Off the Press! OPI Glam Slam! England

 Grape... Set... Match

 Servin Up Sparkle

Your Royal Shine-ness


OPI Unveils Three New Shades from
Serena Williams’ Glam Slam! Series

OPI joins tennis superstar Serena Williams in announcing the latest three lacquers in the Glam Slam! collection. To celebrate the world’s oldest, most prestigious tennis tournament, Glam Slam! England features two duo-packs filled with sparkle.

The first Lacquer set includes Your Royal Shine-ness, a metallic silver shade, paired with Servin’ Up Sparkle, a shimmer-packed silver glitter. The second Lacquer set also features Servin’ Up Sparkle, along with Grape…Set…Match, a metallic purple.

“England’s premier tennis tournament warrants colors with extra glitz and glamour,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The next big trend in nails is making lacquer look 3-dimensional by adding different micas and glitters, turning fingertips into jewelry. With two bold metallics and a sparkling glitter, these colors are fit for royalty.”

“For stand-out nails, I love experimenting with different glitter shades,” explains Serena Williams. “The new Glam Slam! England lacquers can be worn alone for a bright pop of color, or layered with Servin’ Up Sparkle to create a textured effect.”

Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.

New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collectioncontains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application.

Glam Slam! England will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Hot Off the Press! Nicole By OPI Texture Coat

Crackle, it seems is here to stay. With more and more polish companies jumping on the crackle/shatter bandwagon, it doesn't look as if this textured, interesting form of nail art is going anywhere, soon.

 Black Texture

 Gold Texture

 Red Texture

 Silver Texture

 Turquoise Texture

 White Texture

 Create Instant Nail Art!

Nicole by OPI Introduces Texture Coat


Nicole by OPI announces the launch of Texture Coat, a line of graffiti-style nail art products inspired by OPI’s bestselling Shatter. Available in six chic shades – Gold, Silver, Red, White, Turquoise and BlackTexture Coat offers a simple way to create unique, unpredictable patterns on nails with a quick, at-home application.

Fans of Nicole by OPI are fun, fashion-forward women who love experimenting with trends and using nail lacquer as a form of self-expression,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Texture Coat offers an easy way to create your own completely customized nail art. Whether you choose pastels, darks, glitters, shimmers, or sheers to pair with Texture Coat, the endless options will accessorize every look.”

To use this product, start with Base Coat Plus, followed by two coats of any Nicole by OPI nail lacquer. Let the lacquer dry completely before applying Texture Coat. Complete the manicure with Top Coat Plus for a high-shine finish.

Nicole by OPI Nail Lacquers and Nail Treatments contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde.

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality, with products featuring the Perfect Stroke brush for streak-free, even coverage. Texture Coat will be available July 2011 for $7.99 each at ULTA, Target, Meijer, Harmon, Wegmans, Sears, and H-E-B. Texture Coat will be available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Loblaw.

For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. Enjoying your holiday weekend? Mine, so far has been busy. Housework, bloggy stuff, a fresh manicure have kept me hopping.

I also had a problem with my smartphone. For some reason it kept losing internal storage space and I kept having to delete all of my apps and e-mails and text messages and so forth and this morning, it said it was completely full. Which didn't make any sense, at all. I couldn't figure out how to fix it on my own, the website help was completely useless so in it went for a hard restart. The consultant was able to save my contacts but I am going to have to redo everything else. *sigh* My e-mail accounts, Twitter, Facebook will all have to be re synched. I'll have to re register my location and Slacker... Go find and reinstall all of my apps. The good news is, I should now have space for thousands of photos, apps and everything else and not run out of space. If it happens again, they will get me a new phone. Either way, it will be okay. :)

Today I have a manicure done with two of my new China Glaze Anchors Away polishes. This served two purposes. It made a pretty manicure and it got two more polishes out of my untried box. Two for the price of one. Heh. Heh.

I applied two coats of China Glaze Starboard and topped it with Seche Vite. Starboard is a rich, warm medium green crelly. It was opaque in two coats. Shiny and every so slightly squishy. Very pretty on it's own and with something layered over it.

Photographs are clickable to make big, if you wish.









 In direct sun.


In shade. See, it looks kind of squishy in the shade. :)

I layered China Glaze Lighthouse over Starboard. Lighthouse is a pretty sheer golden yellow jelly packed with yello and gold glass fleck shimmer. As pretty as it is in indoor light it comes to life in the sun, dancing and scintillating. 


In sun.

In shade.

China Glaze Starboard has the same formula as her sister polish, Hey Sailor. Thin, it wants to run. I had to stay on my toes to keep it under control. I needed to keep a fairly generous amount of polish on my brush, too. Thin coats made for streaking and dragging, for me. I had a lot of bubbling. I suspect it is the atmospheric conditions, around here. There is a tight pressure gradient and we have high winds, today. (Again! Gah!) and that seems to spell bubbles, for me. I am not blaming the polish.;) Otherwise, application was very smooth. The polish is creamy and silky, somewhat translucent and dries to a shiny, slightly squishy finish. I am loving these crelly finishes. Dry time for this polish, like with Hey Sailor is good. Not super fast, but good enough. I topped Starboard with Seche Vite and that smoothed away the bubbles, as you saw in the above photographs. 

Lighthouse is a very nice sheer layering polish. It applied smoothly with a little tiny bit of shrinkage and pull. But it wasn't bad. Wrapping my tips helped to minimize it. It dried quickly. I topped my entire manicure with Poshe` just for shits and giggles. 

So, what think you of these two lovelies? Like? No? Do you own them? Plan to snap them up? Please share. 
:)

Thank you so very much for taking a little time out of your Saturday to spend it with me. Have a fantastic afternoon and may your polish never bubble. (And if it does, try Seche Vite. It almost always pulls my bubbled fat out of the fire. :D) 

Hot Off the Press! OPI Nice Stems for Summer 2011


 Be A Dahlia, Won't You?

 Come to Poppy

 I Lily Love You

Play the Peonies



Summer Pinks in Bloom!

Nice Stems! by OPI Revamps Nails with Vibrant Pink Hues for Summer 2011

Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems! by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia. Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.

“These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”

Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:

Play the Peonies We’d put our money on this lovely soft-pink.

Come to Poppy Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.

Be a Dahlia Won’t You? Give the gift of fabulous fuchsia—to yourself!

I Lily Love You Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.

“Using different micas and glitters can give lacquer a 3-dimensional look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “I Lily Love You is a glitter coat that can be layered over any of the other three shades to add a bright sparkle; or, it can be worn on its own for a subtle tint of pink with strands of glitter.”

The Nice Stems! Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.

This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Aren't these pretty? Could you see yourself wanting all of these? How about that sparkle, I Lily Love You? Yes, please! I am excited to see these polishes when they hit the stores. Will you be grabbing any of these? All of them?

Thank you for popping in and reading. :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

My Apologies

Hello gentle readers. I am so sorry that my followers gadget is MIA. I don't know why. I do know that I am not the only one who is having this problem. I hope it will be fixed, soon. This is putting a crimp in my giveaway and I am not happy about it.

Please bear with me until Blogger fixes my gadget. <3

Stampity-Stampity-Stamp

Hello gentle readers. Happy Friday. Memorial Day Weekend begins. Three day weekend.

Do you know what that means?

My husband and son.

Home.

Underfoot.

For.

Three.

Days.

Lord, take me now.

So, I was going to do a new manicure to show more of my untried polish but I changed my mind. I decided to stamp yesterday's manicure, instead. I had an image I was dying to try and I thought it would work very nicely with this polish. I stamped from BM 225 with Konad Special White.

I love this design. It is a reverse image of a flower and swirls and leaves. So. Pretty. I can see this becoming another favourite. I topped this with Seche Vite after the stamping polish had a chance to dry a while. Happiness. :)

This photograph was taken in direct sun. It is clickable to make big and bigger. 


Okay, so that is all I have, for now. I am posting this and watching So You Think You Can Dance on my DVR. This show is my yearly Summer favourite. The one year they tried to do a Fall season it was a disappointment. This is a Summer show. Can I get an Amen!?

Okay, time to go. I have stuff to do. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a wonderful afternoon and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Manicure of the Moment... Repaired

Hello gentle readers. It is Thursday. Already. Where is this week going? Where ever it is going, it is headed there, fast.

I was doing a fast sort of my polish stash yesterday. I had all of my tried polishes mixed in with untrieds and it was just a mess. And I don't like messes. So I separated them. And I made a couple if discoveries. I need new polish storage. My hatboxes, as pretty and fun as they are are just not sufficient, any longer. They are a pain in the ass. I have to unstack and stack, dig around, move and heave and quite frankly, I am getting a little tired of it. Time to see about a different option. With much better organization.

The other thing I discovered? I have a shitload of untried polishes. They are in my second biggest hatbox and they are piled in two layers. I didn't realize I had so many until I did my sort job. A part of me is wishing I hadn't, now. lol  But I did and now I must deal with it. All I can think of doing is to do a Manicure of the Moment/review post every day or as often as I possibly can until I have worked through the backlog. Not buying polish isn't going to happen. But maybe I can slow down a little. ^^ If I get serious about this, I should be able to clear out my untrieds pretty quickly. I could just do swatch posts, too. I may go ahead and do a few. That would help. :)

Okay, now on to the reason why we are really here. The polish I am wearing, today. This is Color Club Sheer Disguise. But in my opinion, it isn't sheer, at all. This is a pretty blue-grey crelly. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche Vite. I love, love, love this colour. It is so soft and dusty and beautiful. Quite gentle and ladylike but most certainly not boring, in the least. Tho it isn't a traditionally neutral colour, I can see this possibly working very nicely for even more conservative work places. My husband likes this one, as well. He says it looks like the sea.

I was oiling my cuticles after I finished my manicure and I noticed a splotch of oil on my left index finger so I grabbed a rectangle of cotton fabric I use for removing polish (sans remover, of course!) and tried to buff the oil off. But I rubbed way too hard and when I took the bit of fabric back I discovered to my horror that I had done a Dr. Destructo on my nail. The polish was all scrunched up like an accordion on the upper half of my nail.

Oh. Shit! I was so mad at myself for being so careless and I thought that I would have to clean it off and re do that nail. But before I did, I decided to see if I could fix it. I will do just about anything I can to fix a mucked up nail before going to the lengths of removing the polish and re painting it. I am just stubborn, that way. And I admit, I get a thrill out of fixing what looks to be a ruined nail. I used the cloth and a tiny bit of oil picked up from my cuticle to gently but firmly smooth the polish back down my nail and back into place. I kept working it until it was just about back to normal then I used my tongue to further smooth and move the polish back into place. When I had smoothed it as well as humanly possible, I had a little wrinkling at my cuticle and a little in the upper third of my nail. Not too bad, considering the mess I had just made of it. But not back to what it should be, either.

I then applied a thick, fresh coat of Seche Vite to the nail and it began to further smooth it's self out. It is now over two hours later and I honestly can't see any flaw in my polish, unless I get my nail right up under my nose and look very carefully where the worst of the wrinkling was. Amazing. And happy day. I didn't have to redo the nail. Heh heh.

I love Seche Vite. It melts the polish, penetrates it right down to your nail, becoming one with your polish. It is wonderful for smoothing a slightly streaky application and it also does a decent job smoothing away bubbles. And, if I muck up a nail, dent it or worse, I can often smooth or repair the damage thanks to the fact that it remains mouldable but not squishy. (Not talking jelly squishy, here. ;)) I have smoothed out so many dents and divots and ended up with a near flawless finish. Just like I made today's repair and have a near imperceptible fix.

So, now that I have nattered on and on, how about some pictures? I have lots, so get ready. These are clickable to make big, as always.

 In sun. If you enlarge and look at the index finger nail, you can clearly see the wrinkles radiating from the outer edge on the upper third of my nail. But the repair was already looking pretty good to the eye, by this point.


 Cropped in close on just my nail. Look at those wrinkles! *ack!*





 This colour is so pretty. My camera photographed it much blue-er than it is in reality. There is a lot of grey in this polish.

 In shade. It still looks a bit too blue.

 A while after the first bunch were taken, I noticed that the wrinkling had further smoothed. You can see here that it is even less visible.

 And closer. Unless you know where to look, the flaws are harder to see.

 I included this photo, taken in my kitchen because it is closer to the actual colour of this polish. I posed my hand on my stainless steel water bottle I carry when out walking.

 And closer, after a while had passed.

And closer, still. Can you see where the wrinkling was? Hard to see, huh?

The formula of this polish was a bit troublesome. It was thick and gloopy and streaky. Not exactly what I was expecting from a polish that is named Sheer Disguise. And certainly not from Color Club. I had opacity (good enough for me, anyway) at two coats but I needed three to smooth it out decently. Application of Seche Vite melted it, smoothing out the last of the streakies and the bubbling I had, as well. I am hoping that this not so great formula was just an aberration and the rest of the polishes in this collection will be a little sweeter of nature. Since this polish was so thick, after I finished my mani I tossed in a couple of extra ballz and dumped in some thinner and shook the living snot out of it. Hopefully it will be more biddable when I wear it, again. 

And I will wear this again. This colour is too pretty to pass up. :D

Are you stubborn like me, determined to fix a futzed up nail, rather than re paint it? Have you had success effecting repairs on carelessly injured nails? I'd love to hear how you fix your boo-boos.

Okay, this is already longer than War and Peace and I know that you all have lives to live, so I am going to wrap this up. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a wonderful afternoon and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Hello gentle readers.

Today is Wednesday and on Wednesdays we wear pink. If you would like to join in on the fun and have your blog listed on the On Wednesdays We Wear Pink webpage, just click the picture in my sidebar to travel there and sign up. The gal running the page will add your blog to the list.

Today's pink is OPI Princesses Rule! As you will see by the level of polish in the bottle, this is a fave of mine. I wear it pretty frequently. A little less often now that I have branched out into other brands and colours. But when I am craving a pretty, pretty pink with some shimmah, I go right back to this polish. I love this colour so much that I ordered a new bottle from Amazon, the other day. I do not want to be without this polish. Ever. lol

OPI Princesses Rule! is a delicate blue based pale pink sheer packed with a beautiful silver white glass fleck. This polish is gentle and and in your face. Demure and flashy. Definitely something I can appreciate. :D I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite. There is VNL, as this polish is pretty sheer. In my opinion, it is meant to be a little sheer. I find that if I apply more than two coats to try to get opacity, the sparkle and brilliance of the glass fleck overwhelms the delicate pink. To me, two coats is just perfect. This polish is also beautiful layered over other colours.

Okay, now for pictures. They are, as always, clickable to make big, if you are so inclined. :)







There is something just so undefinable and magical about this polish. In my not so humble opinion, this is one of the prettiest pink polishes ever made.

The formula is OPI-tastic. The Pro Wide brush lays this beautiful formula right down where it belongs and it stays there. What little cleanup I did was just fussbudget refining, because I am utterly unable to leave well enough alone. lol It dries quickly. Even faster when topped with a quick dry topcoat like Seche Vite. I have nothing but gushing for this polish. It is that lovely.

This is a terrific emergency manicure polish. It has happened to all of us. You have to get to work or have an appointment and you hurry to shower, get gorgeous and get dressed and then you look down and your nails look like dog barf. What do you do? Grab remover, get the old polish off, slick on a coat of fast dry basecoat, then one coat of Princesses Rule! Blow on it for a minute or so and you can grab your keys and your handbag and run out the door. The manicure won't be opaque and it won't last too long but it will get you through your day with dignity and neat nails. I have done this more times than I can count with this polish and it has never let me down. :)

Do you own this polish? Love it? Not so much? Think I am off my marbles? lol Please do share.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great Wednesday, whether you go pink or no and may your polish never bubble.