Posted by Lisa Heath | February 17, 2014 7:46 pm | 1 Comment
I received some nail decals from Vinyl Disorder to try out!
I received 2 different designs, silver holographic hearts and silver holographic stars. On first glance, I was actually really liking how holographic they were.
First up I tried out the silver holographic heart decals. I applied 1 heart as an accent nail. It applied pretty well and was super easy to place and adhered to the nail well, but when I added top coat, the top parts of the heart started to lift. Not something I want to deal with when wearing nail decals. I took a photo of the lift and curl that took place below.
Second I tried the silver holographic stars. I liked these ones much better, and after applying top coat, I didn’t have an issue with lifting (which I expected). I wore these ones for a full day with no issue at all. The stars were also more holographic than the hearts were (and I like sparkle!)
I wasn’t overly impressed with these nail decals, but they weren’t horrible. I wouldn’t recommend the hearts at all because of the lifting, but the stars were awesome and had better staying power. There are a lot of designs to choose from, and I think these would be ok if you weren’t planning on wearing long term.
Price: $2.99 for a sheet of 20
Where to Buy: Vinyl Disorder Website
Even though these didn’t work out great for me, looking through the Vinyl Disorder website they have a lot of other products that look awesome! I really like the large selection of wall decals and the ability to customize orders. The prices are actually really good in comparison to other sites I’ve seen, so when we’re ready to redecorate my sons room for the millionth time – I will be looking through Vinyl Disorder to get some inspiration and let him pick what he wants on his walls (it has a Toy Story theme going on now).
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Posted by Lisa Heath | February 16, 2014 1:47 pm | 5 Comments
Every so often I have a chance to splurge on some polishes I’ve been eye balling, and I did exactly that last week!
I purchased piCture pOlish Ultra Violence (which was made in collaboration with Lab Muffin) and I couldn’t be happier with it!
Ultra Violence is a rich shimmery purple base with magenta flecks throughout it. I used 2 coats for this photo and I love how the magenta sparks when the light hits it just right! I used 2 coats for this photo and a glossy top coat.
I purchased this in Llarowe’s Shop along with piCture pOlish Whimsy (which I’m also really thrilled with!)
I will have Whimsy up to show you soon! I just have to take this lovely off first :)
Hope everyone has a great Sunday! My little guys 8th birthday is tomorrow! Hard to believe that 8 years ago today I was in labor with him <3 It was worth every minute of the 23.5 hours it took in the hospital!
Posted by Lisa Heath | February 15, 2014 6:19 pm | 10 Comments
Today I have the 2014 Spring Collection from 365 Days of Color to show you called In Full Bloom. This is a 5 piece collection consisting primarily of soft linear holographic shades plus a glitter top coat.
A lot of the photos will be cropped really close to the cuticle line for this collection. Really sorry about that, but I got a nasty paper cut and didn’t want you to have to look at it on every photo!
Lets take a look!
Sweet Pea is a beautiful soft pink linear holographic. I used 2 coats for this photo and a glossy top coat.
Running Through Meadows
Running Through Meadows is a really pretty pale green linear holographic. I used 2 coats for this photo and a glossy top coat. I’m not a huge fan of green polishes, but this was actually one of my favorites from the collection!
Fields of Lavender
Fields of Lavender is a soft lavender linear holographic. I used 2 coats for this photo and a glossy top coat. This is my #1 pick from this collection!
Orange Blossoms is a soft neutral linear holographic. I used 2 coats and a glossy top coat for this photo.
Blooming Bouquets is the glitter top coat of the collection. This top coat looks beautiful over all 4 soft linear polishes! Blooming Bouquets is a clear base with a mix of various glitters in squares and hexes in Spring colors! I used 1 coat of Blooming Bouquets over Sweet Pea.
This is a perfect Spring Collection! All of the linear holographic shades are soft and creme based. Application was a breeze and 4 reached full opacity in just 2 coats. The glitter top coat got a great amount of glitter distribution in just 1 coat as well. Obviously – if you want more of a glitter bomb effect – just add another coat of Bloom Bouquets!
Price: $4.50 (mini size) and $8.00 (full size)
Where to Buy: 365 Days of Color
Release Date: The In Full Bloom Collection launches on Monday, February 17th
Make sure to also check out 365 Days of Color on Facebook for more swatches, reviews and information about upcoming collections!
Want to see some more of my swatches from 365 Days of Color? Check out my 365 Days of Color section in my
Which is your favorite from In Full Bloom?
Posted by Lisa Heath | February 13, 2014 7:42 pm | 26 Comments
Have you ever tried Jamberry Nails? I’ve been hearing about them for years and finally gave it a shot. I’ve only applied nail wraps/appliques once or twice before this (the last time was well over a year ago) so execution on my part was a little rough, but still not horrible. I’m going to try again when I get a chance to see if I can get better at it. I see lots of cute designs that I would love to try!
First things first – the independent consultant who provided the review items as well as the giveaway items was really awesome to work with! My main concern was that I didn’t have a heat source (such as a blow dryer… and that’s right – I don’t own a blow dryer) and she let me know that Jamberry does have small heaters you can purchase if you don’t have a blow dryer or similar source.
This is the heat source I received. It actually looks like a mini room heater and works like one. It plugs in and the red switch in front turns it on and off, pretty straight forward!
These are the Jamberry Nails I decided on – Raspberry Sparkle.
Step by Step on Application
To get started, I made sure my nails were cleaned and prepped for best results. You can apply the Jamberry Nails Wraps over polish, just make sure you apply a fresh coat of polish first.
Next, go through the wraps and match up the best width with each nail. I only found that my pinkie didn’t really have a match. The smallest wraps were too small, and the next largest were just a touch too wide. The rest of the nails found their matches pretty quickly and easily.
I peeled off the nail wraps one at a time, used the mini heater to heat up the adhesive side of the wraps for about 6 seconds each so they were flexible.
While still warm, I pressed the wraps onto the desired nail and applied pressure all around to get the wrap to adhere to the nails all around. Once on, I used small cuticle scissors and cut the wraps down and then filed off the rest if the excess wrap with a file. I assume a metal file would work best, but all I had are emery boards and glass files. It took a bit to get the excess of with these files I have. I only say a metal file would work better because I remember using one the last time I did wraps and it seemed easier.
After they are the desired length, apply heat again and press down on the wrap to make sure it’s on the nail good.
Overall they went on good… and the tip area actually looked really good until it came to filing excess off. So I will say the ripples on top were user error. I didn’t have a proper file to finish the job basically. Those ripples were NOT there when I started filing down.
Aside from the ripples though, these stayed on my nails pretty well. I tested them for 4 days (did you notice I had an over abundance of makeup, skin care, etc type posts the last several days?) this is why. While my application job was rough, those babies were on there to stay. When I was ready to remove, I soaked my nails for about 40 seconds in polish remover and gently rubbed them off. My nails under were still in good condition and there was no nail wrap residue left behind. Pretty fast and simple!
Price: $15.00 per sheet (each sheet has 3-4 applications)
Where to Buy: Laura Jackson’s Jamberry Nails Site
Make sure to follow Laura on Facebook for upcoming Jamberry Nails designs, tips & tricks! Have a question before you buy? Contact her! She was awesome about answering my questions before and after I used the wraps!
Not only did Laura help me out with these Jamberry Nails wraps… she also offered a set of Jamberry Nails Wraps and a Jamberry Polish to giveaway!
The prize for the giveaway is a set of Sapphire Blue Sparkle Jamberry Nail Wraps and a gorgeous polish in Kiss by Jamberry!
Rules are simple – must be 18 years or older to enter, or have the permission from a parent or guardian.
Open to all of my readers.
Complete all of the tasks. I made them pretty straight forward and simple. If all tasks are not completed, you will not be eligible to win.
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Posted by Lisa Heath | February 13, 2014 12:15 pm | 0 Comments
Nicole by OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Roughles Textured Nail Lacquers
This March, Nicole by OPI launches Roughles (“ruffles”) — 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. Roughles should be applied without a top coat to achieve a matte effect.
“Chic pastels were a major trend throughout the runway collections at spring/summer 2014 shows and textured, matte nails are going to be one of the hottest looks this spring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann,Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Wearing these feminine shades on fingers and toes is a refreshing take on this trend. Pair these lacquers with candy colored fabrics and flirty floral prints to really make a statement!”
Roughles shades include:
I’m Stucco on You
I terra-”cotta” have this textured purple on my nails!
Rock the Look
The edgy side of girlie…a textured pink all your own.
On What Grounds?
Stop in the name of this textured turquoise beauty!
Sand in My Shoe
I “beacha” just love this grainy golden yellow in me.
Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 4 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning March 2014 for $7.99 each at retailers including select Duane Reade, Kroger, Kmart, Fred Meyer, CVS locations. In Canada, these shades will be available for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Rexall, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaw, and London Drug.
For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!
About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based on OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers. Known for its celebrity collaborations and partnerships, the brand invites consumers to be creative and confident by expressing themselves through color. Currently, Nicole by OPI range boasts over 120 shades, including retailer-exclusive lacquers, and serves as the color authority for the younger demographic.
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