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Polka dots nails

5 Aug

I decided to try something new and work with paint instead of acrylic for 3-D nail art. For this look I used SinfulColors Dream On, Feeling Great, Why Not, and Exotic Green (the last two are from SinfulColors Summer Collection), and Essie’s Waltz and Shorty Pants. I haven’t purchased dotting tools yet, although I am realizing more and more just how useful they are, so for now I’m using different sized bobby pins to achieve larger and smaller dots.

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I used Waltz as my base, and starting with Feeling Great I began to dot my nails randomly. As I added colors, I realized I don’t like the way it turned out by just applying dots randomly. I prefer the look of either overlapping dots (which I later tried to do sparingly to fix it) or a pattern of dots. I will definitely keep at it, especially as I’m experimenting more, and hoping to do manicures at nail art parties. My friends thought they were decals, so I must be doing something right! See the final result below. What do you think? Do you have any tips (no pun intended) for doing polka dot manicures?

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Kiss My Nails

2 May

A couple of months ago I got to test out some cool products when Influenster sent me a VoxBox.  Because I’m a nail polish/nail art addict, my favorite product in the VoxBox was a pretty obvious choice for me.  I was really excited to see that Kiss Nail Dress was one of the products I got to test.  The silver and black leopard print was a bit more flashy than what I would typically put on my nails, so I decided to use the nail dress on two accent nails, with a solid color on my other nails.  I used a reddish pink polish on my nails, and kept my ring fingers bare.  I picked two nail dresses that were best-suited for the size of my nails and followed the easy-to-use instructions.  I made sure to smooth the nail dress while applying to avoid creases.  I used the nail file that came in the box to file off the excess.  The whole process was incredibly easy, and the nail dress peeled right off when I took it off 5 days later.  To add shine, and with the hopes of making them last longer, I added a top coat on the nail dress a couple of days later.

I would definitely use the Kiss Nail Dress again.  With this design, I would probably paint my other nails a solid black or silver glitter while using the leopard as accent nails again.  For fun I would probably purchase the design below.  It’s like the caviar manicure, but without the drying time!

Kiss Nail Dress is available in 18 different styles, and is so affordable at only $6.99!  So go to your local drug store and get yourself a set!

Are you an Influenster?

29 Apr

This post is looooooong overdue.  A couple of months ago I found out about this site called Influenster where you fill out your interests, add your social media info and, if you’re selected, receive these awesome things called VoxBoxes where you get to test out products. So I signed up and weeks later I got my Love VoxBox in the mail 🙂 Wanna see what I got to test out?

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I first dug in to the herbal tea selection from Stash Tea.  Was I excited to see all the flavors in the sampler box!  The blueberry tea is definitely my favorite, and I’ve enjoyed the hot and cold varieties.

Of course, I had to try the Ghiradelli chocolate.  It was rich and creamy, and as it melted in my mouth I was really able to notice the subtle flavors.  I do wish that the pieces were smaller sizes so that the chocolate would last longer!

I’ve always had my hesitations about razors that have moisture strips.  Would I still need to use shaving cream?  Would the moisture strips wear down really quickly?  So when I tried the Venus & Olay razor by Gillette I was pleasantly surprised.  I didn’t need to use shaving cream or a soapy lather in addition to the moisture strips on the razor.  Shaving was super quick, and my skin was silky and smooth.  My concern about the moisture strips wearing down started to come true after 5 or so uses.  I’m still using the razor, only now with shaving cream.  Overall I think this is a must when traveling.

Also in my VoxBox was Truvia natural sweetener.  I was hesitant to use this product, only because I hadn’t really read up on it and in general stick to using sugar instead of other sweeteners.  I did try Truvia a couple of times (using about a half a packet per one cup of coffee) and will say that it was a perfect sugar substitute.  I didn’t notice a difference of flavor.  I’ll definitely have to read more about Truvia and other natural sweeteners before I incorporate this into my diet.  Do you use Truvia or other sugar substitutes?  Which do you recommend and why?

I’m going to save my favorite item in the VoxBox for another post, because as you may know I love nail polish and nail art.  So stay tuned!

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