09 February 2011

Nail Polish Collection

Hello there! I finally decided to do some kind of collection post. (Actually, Linda decided for me because we were on the phone while I snapped these pictures.) This post is a little photo heavy so use internet that corresponds accordingly :P

This is my nail polish collection as of the month of February 2011.

I didn't know how to categorize everything so I started grouping them by brand but I know some nail polishes I just have a few of so I just group those miscellaneous together. Linda said I didn't need any names, but I would be frustrated to see a color I really liked and not know what it is so I took the time and went through the shades for you gals. I'm sure you can assume the brand by enlarging the photo but if not just shoot me an email!

Flyin' High, Shower Together, Turned Up Turqouise Neon, Four Leaf Clover, Re-Fresh Mint, For Audrey

Sass In a Glass, Heli-Yum, Sugar High, Naked, Something Sweet

For Audrey, Light as Air, Agent Lavender, Spontaneous, Grape Pop, Up All Night

Peachy Keen, Lemon Fizz, Happy Go Lucky, Solar Power, 5 Golden Rings

Step 2 The Beat of my {heart}, Ruby Pumps, Emerald Sparkle, Tinsel, Amethyst Mist, Disco Dazzle

Splash of Grenadine, Mink Muffs, Main Squeeze, Mint Candy Apple, Mambo, Turquoise & Caicos

Bordeaux, A-List
Flawless, Mesmerize, One of a Kind, Status Symbol, Pretty Edgy, Knockout Pout, Haute as Hello, Demure Vixen

Lincoln Park After Dark, Merry Midnight, Suzi Skis In The Pyreness, Alpine Snow, Dulce de Leche

Rapidry Top Coat, Suzi Says Feng Shui, Dim Sum Plum, Red My Fortune Cookie

Only Gold For Me, Personal Shopper, Metro Chic, I'm With Brad, Dear Diary...

Handpicked for Me, It's Bouquet with Me, Iris I was Thinner, Lead Him at the Altar, Fiercely Fabulous, Just a Little Dangerous, Already Famous, Go My Own Way

Touch of Mauve, Steel-her Heart, Delicate Dusk, (forgot the names of the last two but the left one is #220 and the right is #320)

Haze, Morbid, Mr.Wrong, Marine Blue, Steel Gray

Tauped, Taunting Teal, Please Me Pink, Orgasm

Paint it Red!, Barely There, HD, Vinyl Record

In the buff, Earthly Harmony, Dry Martini, Style Clan, Jade Dragon

Peppermint Patti, Seasonal Peach, Love & Friendship, For Fun, Abalone Shell

On The Prowl, Studded, Formidable, Mean & Green, Bad Fairy

Urban Decay Apocalyptic Nail Kit

Top Coats & Bases

Black, White, Gold Glitter

I know I have tons of nail polishes and I'm not gonna lie, some I have not even used. I don't really like to buy the full size since I do only wear them about 3x max so that's why you see the mini sizes.

All the China Glazes are bought from an online retailer so don't worry, I didn't spend too much money on them. OPI ones are from Ulta that I had a free coupon for so I never really paid for those anyway. (Plus, I don't like OPI especially because of their new "pro" brush. It's a pain in the ass for me to use.) Unfortunately, I did pay for those Essie polishes but only during their sales at Ulta. Most of the Sephora by OPI I have are minis, but out of the full size ones I've only paid for the sparkly gold one and even then I got it on sale, lol. I paid for all the miscellaneous polishes since they are mainly drugstore and Orgasm came in a set.

I did buy the MAC polishes at full price but I would only buy one or two at a time so that doesn't seem like such a plunge. I am a FAN of MAC formula but I know a lot of people don't like it although I don't see why. I got the Urban Decay set off of Hautelook so it only cost $20 and I only really bought it for 3 shades that I really liked from swatches I saw. I am a HUGE fan of the Illamasqua base coat!!! It's really LOVE for my nails. Seche Vite is really the only top coat I use but I do notice that it does get dull after a week from all the wear and tear I go through. Lastly, the nail striper polishes! I finally found some when I went to the dollar store so I got them to try out. I fiddled around with them but I don't think I'm cut out for nail art ~~ unfortunately.


Was this a long post?!?! I'm not sure, I think it was more for the viewing pleasure than actually reading. I'm thinking of doing another "collection" type of post. I don't think I'd be able to show everything in one go since it might crash someone's computer, LOL. Any requests??

Hope you enjoyed this post! I know it's different from what I normally post.


01 February 2011

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips Review

Happy February!! If you eat Subway, for the whole month of February all footlongs (excluding the Philly) are $5! ^_^ Just wanted to let you all know.. lol. Onto what this post is really about. I've recently purchased some nail enamel strips from my local Walmart! These babies cost me $8.50, from Walmart so I'd expect it to be more expensive elsewhere.

Actually, I was drunk at a New Years Eve party and this girl and I were taking shots of Jack Daniels. After the shot, I noticed her nails! I was like OMG, where did you get those done?! (She was wearing the lace ones I purchased.) She's like, I did them myself so of course I was like HUHH... Then she told me about the nail enamel strips and she got them at Walmart. Of course she was super intoxicated so it wasn't super easy to follow as I put it but since I've seen something similar to these on blogs I kinda figured out what she meant, lol.

Then when I was working the next week, this Walmart chick came in and she had a houndstooth design on her nails! I complimented her and she actually explained where she got it and what aisle they were in. I didn't know they were Sally Hansen brand and I didn't realize how small the packaging was (literally, it's a tiny little rectangular box) so when I went to go look I was like "oh no, they don't have them here!" Then Jon looks too, and he's like "ARE THESE IT?"... Then of course I got super excited because he found them for me LOL..

I forgot to take a picture of the stuff inside the box that I missed, but here they are just laid out.

You get:
  • 2 packs of nail enamel stickers which includes 8 pieces in each one. (one pack for each hand)
  • wood stick
  • nail buffer
  • instruction pamphlet
When you open the packages of the stickers, you get this overwhelming smell of nail polish. It disappears pretty quickly after opening though. The largest size was too big and the smallest size was too small but overall they all fit pretty well onto my nail bed. The curvatures and stuff where my nails start growing don't exactly line up 100% but they don't look bad either.

Here is an image of what they looked like at the end of day 1:

Left Hand (No Flash)

Left Hand (With Flash)

I didn't take pictures of both hands for the initial picture because I thought that would be redundant since obviously they're not going to be chipping just yet.

I did apply the nail enamel stickers to a 'just cleaned with nail polish remover' finger. I felt that the stickers would just lift up off my nails so I sealed it off with Seche Vite top coat and it definitely helped make it feel more secure.

I do use my nails/hands/fingers aggressively when I work. I spent two days washing sinkloads of dishes, and at my other job my nails are almost constantly wet and being bent. My jobs definitely help make my nails chip madd crazy and sometimes I end up biting on a nail or something.

Here's how they looked after a week and a half with vigorous work and school:

Right Hand (No Flash)

Right Hand (With Flash)

Left Hand (No Flash)

Left Hand (With Flash)

I don't think there was too much chipping besides the right middle finger but that's because I was biting it, lol. I did notice that I ended up applying it on my nail bed crooked on my left thumb once my nail started to grow out.

I'd definitely repurchase the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips again because they're an instant perk me up for your nails without waiting for the dry time and blah, blah, blah! ^_^ Plus these last longer on my nails versus regular nail polish.

Hope you enjoyed my little review, I'll see you gals in the next post!