Today I have a little exciting news snippet for all the nail art stamping lovers out there!
Earlier today I found out via Twitter that Konad is releasing two new M series image plates; by the end of September. A little quick Google search led me to these product pictures of image plates M84 & M85:
What do you think? Are you planning to get one of these?
A few weeks ago, my dear friend Claudia told me that I could write a guest blog on NailingThis.com any time I would like. Now, I thought that was sweet of her, but I didn’t think there would ever be a moment when I would actually have anything to write about for her wonderful site. You see, I am not a typical girl. I don’t wear makeup ever. I don’t even own any makeup products. And nail polish – well… the farthest that goes is my toes. I never paint my fingernails.
See, I have some health issues and this has lead to some really bad nails throughout my entire life. I have really weak brittle nails that crack, peel and just break easily. They don’t grow real great and if they do, they eventually just tear and snag on something so they break. I’m also really great at bending them back to a painful degree because they are caught on something. And then there’s the wonderful curse I carry – The curse of the deep, disgusting nail ridges. How I loathe thee! The ridges are so defined that applying any kind of polish just makes my nails look even more ridiculous.
The other day, I decided I was going to drop into Ulta because I needed a purple polish for my toes (great new outfit, but no polish to match it). While I was there, I grabbed Nail Tek’s Foundation III; ridge-filing- nail strengthener-base coat. I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to any product like this because, as I mentioned, I have really awful nails. I have tried just about everything and have long ago given up on finding any product that actually does what it says.
Last night, I decided to give Foundation III a try and I have to tell you, I am completely impressed. The polish goes on white so you can see what part of your nail you have covered and it dries more translucent. Once the polish was dry, I had the most amazingly even, smooth nails. No more ridges!! I can’t even tell you the last time I – if I ever did – had nails that looked ridge free! If I had nails that looked like this I would probably paint them, but this is the first time I’ve ever experienced looking at my nails like this. I am completely impressed with the way Nail Tek Foundation III managed to do exactly what it said it would and how amazing my nails look. I slapped some top coat on and left them be for now. I find myself looking at them from time to time and just thinking ‘wow I have great nails!’ This must be what all the other girls feel like on a regular basis.
After five days, it was still going strong. There were no chips and it still looked amazing on my nails. The only reason I took it off on day five was because there were outlines where my nails had already grown out and I needed to do some touching up. I don’t like painting over already there nail polish so I removed it and started over. The other problem I have noticed is that if I don’t apply a top coat, the edges start to peel a little bit around day five, also something that isn’t a big deal considering it’s five days of wear. I do a lot of typing so this is the ultimate test and it passed with flying colors!
Trust me; I am a huge skeptic when it comes to nail products. I’ve tried everything and have always been severely disappointed. I am, now, a firm believer and a lover of this Nail Tek product and I will likely be checking out their other products as well! I can’t wait to put it on and slap some color on as well and see what that looks like! So, if you have nail problems, like I have my entire life, I strongly recommend trying out the Nail Tek products!
Ladies, I’ve been discovering the wonderous world of Franken Polishes. In case you haven’t heard about these yet, it’s when you take a polish and in the most simple case, add one thing to it, like a glitter, another polish to make a new color, or in my case, a pigment.
I will soon write an article about it with more pictures but for now I’d love to share a little picture with you of my first ever “Franken Polish.”
A lovely green that I made from 2 tiny scoops on a spoon about the size of a short pinky fingernail of Spectraflair on a nearly full bottle of Santee M102 Fresh Green.
I would love for her to have a sassy name, but I can’t think of anything right now, do you have any ideas?
“Copycoats is a sensory experience like never before. Once dry, indulge yourself in six fabulously scented topcoats, each filled with a nice fragrance.“
They sound quite nice don’t they? This way you’ll get the Revlon scented nail polish effect without having the color dominate which scent you’re going to pick! I love it!
No release date yet, only that they will be out this year. And sadly I haven’t been able to find any description of the scents used either. Hopefully more information will be out soon.
What do you think of these? I personally would love to have them!
I come bringing you exciting news; MAC is releasing yet another great collection this fall called Posh Paradise.
There are some fantastic make up items in this release such as pearlized paint pots and ten beautiful semi matte lipsticks. However, since this blog is all about nails and handcare I would like to focus on the two nail laquers.
As there are some amazing jewel tones and metal hues to this collection, it didn’t come as a big surprise that the two laquers represent this colorscheme perfectly.
Immortal Gold is described as a beautiful Pale frosty Gold that, sadly, in the product picture comes across as almost a mustard yellow. We may have to keep our fingers crossed for that one as color is not always perceived the same way by others. And I’d much rather own a nice frosty gold than a bright yellow one.
Now, I personally won’t be buying either of the colors. Don’t get me wrong on this one. I love a nice purple and especially one with a blue tone to it, but this polish sadly isn’t for me, it reminds me too much of a dark navy blue shimmer instead of the promised purple one in the pictures. I have plenty of those in my stash already. If you are one to follow fashion trends, then you should definitely check this color out as navy is HOT this fall.
And the yellow one? Well let’s just say it doesn’t look too fabulous with my skin-tone. I’m way too pale to rock a color like that. If it is a frosty gold like they promise then I might reconsider, but the way it looks on the picture right now – it’s not for me.
The Nail Laquers will be out September 15th in North America and internationally in October. They will retail at $15.00 in the United States.
What do you think of these two pretties? Are they something you’d buy? Or are you an avid MAC Laquer collector and will you be picking these up for your collection regardless?
New York Color also known as NYC is probably one of the first brands to already come out with a fabulous Halloween Limited Edition Collection called ‘Black Magic’. There are sadly only two nail polishes in this collection; a simple black with a cream finish, fittingly called Blackula, and a shimmery orange polish called Pumpkin.
As it’s hard to get my hands on the brand here in the Netherlands, I sadly only have a product picture for you and, unfortunately, no swatches:
The NYC New York Color Limited Edition Black Magic Collection Nailpolishes
In a NY Color Minute quickdry nailpolish retails for about $1.99.
Now for that price I’d certainly snag up these two. It’s always nice to have a good black and hey who could say no to a nice pumpkin orange to grace your nails in the fall?
Yellow nail polish is currently quite a hit and I’ve rocked the color numerous times already. But what if, underneath it all, your nails are stained just as yellow and you’re afraid to go ‘bare nail’ because of that?
If you have stains on your nails from nail polish or other staining things like paint and such, luckily there are a few things you can do about it. You can start by using a good basecoat religiously and wait for the yellow stains to grow out, but you can also speed up the process by doing a few other things…
- You can use one of those nail-buffers that you can use to make your nails shine to buff the top layer off of your nail. If you’re lucky and you’ve only had a polish stain the top layer, this is the perfect one time solution to getting rid of those ugly yellow tint stains on your nails. Because this is quite an aggressive way to treat the stains I suggest you do this no more than once every month or two. Buffing your nail does make your nail thinner every time you do it and you will end up with perhaps pretty looking, but extremely thin and fragile nails. You don’t want that do you?
- You can soak your nails in water with lemon juice or lemon slices. The acid in the juice will strip away stains and grease. Do not do this too often as your nails do, of course, contain calcium and calcium and acid aren’t exactly friends and it can leave your nails soft and weak. If you don’t have much time and don’t want to do the whole soaking things; simply rub a slice of lemon directly underneath and on top of your nails.
- Mix up a nice little paste with some lemon juice and baking soda. It doesn’t only look cool because it will start to fizz a little, but it will also whiten your nails quite a bit when you scrub your nails with this mixture using an old toothbrush. Beware that this is quite an abrasive little mix and it might end up making your nails feel quite rough, so do not do this too often!
- Not everyone has just a couple of lemons or baking soda lying around, so you can also use a common whitening toothpaste. So try scrubbing your nails with an old toothbrush and whitening toothpaste!
- This is something I do often myself: Dissolve a tablet of denture cleaner into a small bowl of lukewarm water. Then, soak your nails for about five to ten minutes. Sure your fingers will smell minty and that’s not always something you want, but it will also have cleaned your nails quite a bit. This is also a great tip for people who have long acrylic or gel nails to get them really cleaned up well underneath as it’s sometimes hard to get into each nook and cranny when washing your hands!
- If you happen to have some 3% hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet you could soak a cotton ball with it and rub it into your nails. Let it dry and rinse your hands before putting on a basecoat or a nail treatment of your choice.
Be sure to always wash and moisturize your hands after doing these treatments as both mint and acid works as an astringent and will leave your nails and your hands feeling quite dry.
Will you be trying out or have you tried some of these out before and would like to share the experience, please comment below! If you have other tips share those too! I’m curious to know what you think.
Almost everybody loves a quality brand like Chanel with their beautiful make up, clothes and not to forget their nailpolish collections. I follow those releases even closer because every year they seem to release one of the it-colors when it comes to nailpolishes.
We’ve seen it before many years ago with their Rouge Noir, a color that had not really been seen in nail polish fashion before at that time. And in this current collection there is Paradoxal, a beautiful mauve tint with purple shimmer. This upcoming fall collection it seems that Peridot will be one of the crowd favorites as it has created quite a buzz in Fashion- & Beauty blogland already. It is a beautiful golden green that even seems to have some copper and bronze tones and teal hues here and there as you can see in the picture in the gallery below and I fell in love with it the moment I saw it online.
Since it has yet to be released here in the Netherlands I am still waiting to see it with my own eyes and I honestly can’t wait. Even more so, because a few days ago when I went on a little shopping spree in Utrecht I ran into a gorgeous dupe of this shade! I suspect it has a hint of a copper tone to it sometimes, but it is barely noticable.
Now are you ready – and are you writing this down, because you might regret it if you don’t!
The nailpolish I found is called ‘Diving in Malaysia’ and it’s by Sephora. It only costs one third of the price of Peridot (!!!) and I now have it in my ever growing nailpolish collection. The price seems cheap but not if you compare the size and amount of product, but more on that later when I break it down in the ratings.
It is an absolute jewel on your nails. In direct sunlight the golden shimmer really comes through. Even in the evening in artificial light it’s still quite a joy to behold as it takes on a more toned down bronze shade. This polish is such a beautiful chameleon.
The staying power so far is good. I’ve had it on my nails for two full days now and as you can see there hasn’t been a single chip yet.
I’ve used Orly Bonder basecoat and O.P.I. Start to finish topcoat to of course protect it from early tipwear. I have often read that Chanel polishes aren’t the best when it comes to staying power so I do think this polish by Sephora has another point over the Chanel one.
All in all I give this polish the following rating:
– For staying power so far, I can’t say much of it yet of course but so far, so good!
- For color, it’s just a near perfect dupe, so a near perfect score for that.
- For coverage, one layer is enough really but I used two for a bit more depth in the color.
- For price, a little less than 6 euro’s ($9) compared to Chanel’s 22 euro’s ($29,99 on Amazon)
- For amount. It is only 0.16 fl. oz. (5ml) compared to Chanel’s whopping .4 fl. oz. (13ml)
So it kind of balances out really. The color and the staying power are fabulous, but the amount of product and the price kind of make me sad. It is the perfect size though if you are not sold completely on Peridot yet and want to give it a test run without having to pay almost 30 dollars for it.
When Peridot finally does go on sale here in the Netherlands I will still be checking it out to see what the coverage is and, of course, how the staying power is with that one. When I know more I’ll make an update so be sure to check back!
Now, enough talk and on to the pictures as they will hopefully convince you how amazing this color is, even when they barely do it justice.
Let me know what you think and if you’ll be checking your local Sephora for this color or if you’d rather pay for the Chanel color instead.
O.P.I.’s new collection – “I love DKMS” will feature two colors; a lovely cherry red and a shimmery sheer white. In addition to supporting the mission of recruiting bone marrow donors for leukemia patients by raising awareness through these two colors, OPI will donate $20,000 from the lacquers’ proceeds directly to DKMS.
“With a rich heritage of working with many charities to generate understanding and raise funds, OPI has embraced the opportunity to create colors in support of DKMS,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “As a new member of the Coty family, we are proud to support the Linked Against Leukemia partnership and hope that these lacquers will enlighten a whole new audience about this worthy cause.”
DKMS is the world’s largest marrow donor center with over 1.7 million registered donors, and has facilitated over 14,000 transplants. DKMS was founded in 1991 by Peter Harf, who was in desperate need to find an unrelated match for his wife, suffering from leukemia. DKMS stands for Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei, or German Bone Marrow Donor Center in English.
Visit getswabbed.org to learn how to save a life in the same amount of time it takes your nails to dry. Here is how: You enter your name at getswabbed.org and they send you an envelope with two swabs, one for each side of your cheek. Return the evelope after swabbing and that’s all. Someday you might get that phonecall that you’re a match and you can save a life.
Each I Love DKMS lacquer contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and features the exclusive OPI ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in smooth, streak-free application. The two shades will be unveiled at the fifth annual DKMS Gala on April 28, 2011.
I Love DKMS will be available Fall 2011 at select ULTA locations for $8.50 each.
For more information on OPI, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com.
Any eligible donor can receive a free swabbing kit from us (anywhere in the US) and www.getswabbed.org