Thursday, September 26, 2013

Scratch Nail Wraps in "Owl be Yours"

Hi, everyone!

Today I have a very quick post for you, as this week has been super busy for me with work. I told you guys that I signed up for a monthly mani box subscription last month with Scratch nail wraps, and that I was super happy with them. Here is another set of wraps from that same box, in a cute design called "Owl be Yours". I thought its nude base color would look great with some sparkle, so I decided to add a coat of INM's "Northern Lights" in gold on top :)

What do you all think of these? As I said in my previous Scratch post, I am definitely a fan and new loyal customer for life! Haha ;) I think this new company is great for all of the nail wraps enthusiasts out there. Visit their website here for more details about their nail wraps and how you can sign up for a monthly mani box just as I did. Thanks for taking a look, and I'll see ya next time!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Textured mani with Zoya Chita and OPI What Wizardry is this?


Today I have a super quick post about a mani I wore this past weekend. I finally got around to snagging some textured polishes, and I have to say that I really like this current trend. I decided to use Zoya "Chita", a polish from the brand's Fall Pixie Dust collection, and OPI's "What Wizardry is this?"; a Liquid Sand polish from their Oz collection, as an accent. Take a look at the pics below! I used two coats of each polish.

Overall, I really like this look, and I got quite a few complients on it. The formula of both polishes was great. As I mentioned above, I used two coats of each polish, but I could have gotten away with just one. They also dried fairly fast. I bought my polishes from a local nail supply store, but you can also find these polishes at Ulta stores, and Zoya sells their Pixie Dust line on their website. What do you think about textured polishes? Do you think these two make a good pair? See ya next time!

                                                                        - Tiff :)

Friday, September 20, 2013

One Direction and Office Depot limited edition Nail Polish

Hi, everyone!

    I am really excited about the post I have for you today. Boy Band sensation, One Direction, has teamed up with Office Depot to create a line of products to help raise money for a new education program aimed at promoting bully-free environments across schools in America. Being a dance teacher that works with kids of  different ages weekly, I can see how important the topic of bullying has become within the past few years. One of my nail blogger friends informed me of the nail polish collection that is part of the One Direction and Office Depot partnership, and I decided to stop at a store on my way home from work to purchase it. The collection of polishes includes five different colors; on each bottle is the name of one of the 1D guys on one side, and a positive word on the other. Let's go ahead and get to the pics I have of each polish below.

Zayn- "Unique": This is a bright chartreuse green. I used four coats here, as this polish was a bit on the streaky side. It did even out quite nicely after the fourth coat, and I really love the color.

Harry- "Nice": This is a super bright blue. I am such a huge fan of blues like this! This color just pops so much. I used three coats here.
Louis- "Original": Louis' color is a bright orange that looks great after three thin coats.

Niall- "Confident": This one is a warm-toned berry color. I used two coats here.

Liam- "True": This color surprised me a bit. I don't know why I thought this was purple when I was looking at the package. On the nail, it is definitely more blue than anything. I guess it also depends on what light you're looking at it in, because in the photos it looks purple, while it is positively more blue in person. I really like this color a lot, though I couldn't figure out exactly what it was at first...haha ;)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Incoco nail polish strips in Maxed Out

Hey guys!

I wanted to show you all these super cute nail polish strips from Incoco that I won from a contest they were hosting on Instagram. It might be fall season now, but I thought I'd throw on some neon one last time! These are just too fun to save for later. Here are the polish strips in "Maxed Out" design!

As usual, these nail polish strips from Incoco are some of my favorites. I have been using Incoco polish strips for years now, and haven't been disappointed yet. I definitely recommend you give them a try if you haven't, and to take a look at the designs they have lined up for fall! What do you think of my "Maxed Out" nails? Are any of you still putting on some neon this time of the year? See ya next time :)


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Scratch Nail Wraps Love Letters mani

Hello, everyone!

I am super excited about the post I have for you today. You all know that I am a huge fan of nail appliqués, and see me post about them all the time. I was super excited to find out about this new company called Scratch, based in Los Angeles, that provides a monthly mani subscription box of nail wraps. I made sure to do some research about their nail wraps, as I prefer to use ones made from nail polish (these are the only kind that lay completely flat on my curved nail beds). I visited the Scratch website, and was super impressed with the designs I saw. The company works with artists and nail bloggers to create designs that are super unique and artistic; you definitely will see nail wraps that are unlike anything you see from mainstream brands. The one-of-a-kind designs and the fact that they are made from nail polish were enough to convince me to sign up for my first box. Each box includes three nail wrap sets, a nail polish, a nail art goodie, a surprise gift, and a bottle of seche vite topcoat (with your first box).

The first box I signed up for features designs from Alice from One Nail To rule Them All blog. I had a hard time choosing which design to use first, but after lots of pondering, I decided to go with the clear Love Letters wraps to layer it over my first holographic gradient attempt. Let's just say I'm obsessed with how my nails came out here!




I'm not sure words can describe how happy I am with this look. First off, I started out with two coats of Jade "Irresistivel" and sponged on "Deja Vu" and "Vermelho Surreal" (also from jade) a couple of times. This was my first time ever attempting a gradient of any kind, and though its not perfect, I thought it came out fairly nice; and the process of creating it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. After that dried, I layered the Love Letters wraps on top, and was blown away. I absolutely love how perfectly flat these lay on my curved nail beds. I also found the idea of clear nail wraps genius, as you can wear them alone or over any nail polish color you like! I followed the nail wraps with a coat of top coat to protect the mani. 

I can go on forever about how amazing these nail wraps from Scratch are, but I would probably bore you to death. Lets just say the company has a new, loyal costumer for life! I cannot wait to continue to show you the amazing artistic creations this company is bringing forth, and what next month's box will include! If you are interested in Scratch and want to learn more about their monthly mani box subscription and how you can purchase individual nail wrap sets, I highly recommend taking a look on their website. They are also on Facebook and Instagram. Next month's box will include nail wraps designed by Britney Tokyo, and from the little I know about her so far, I can tell her wraps will be amazingly fun! I'll see ya next time, and I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Sephora by OPI Trend Tips in Tiger print

Hi, everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend. I have been so extremely busy these past few weeks. I'm finding it quite challenging to shake off the summer and get back into my fall routine. Sometimes things like that take a while, right? Let's hope I'll be back in the swing of things really soon. Anyways,I am really excited to show you what I have on the blog today. I had been wanting to try Sephora by OPI's Trend Tips for quite some time, and I finally was able to stop by a Sephora store and browse their selection. Here's how the Trend Tips in "Tiger" came out on me below...

I was on a mission to find some nail polish appliques in a nice Tiger design before I found these. Most of what I had seen before was a bit on the cheesy side, so these are definitely much prettier and have a more realistic touch. As far as how Trend Tips compare to all of the other nail polish appliques I've tried, I would say they are just as great, and a nice addition to my stash of them. I will definitely continue to add these to my collection while they are still available. For those wanting to give them a try, now would be a great time to do so as they are on sale for $6 in-store and online! What do you think about these Trend Tips? Do you like this Tiger design as much as I do? I'll see ya next time with a new post!


Monday, September 2, 2013

OMG Nail Strips review


I have a new nail polish strips post to show you from a new brand today. A couple of weeks ago, one of my nail blogger friends forwarded me an email from OMG Nail Strips, looking for additional bloggers to post reviews on their product. I was so excited to hear about a new nail strips company, that I had to join in. The owner of the company was nice enough to send me a set of these adorable nail polish strips in a blue leopard design, and here's how they came out on me below!

Cute, right? Here are the company's instructions on how to apply them:
  • Soak your hands in warm water for 5 minutes. Dry hands, then gently push back cuticles. Carefully remove any excess skin around the nail bed.
  • Moisturize your hands with lotion, and wait 1 minute.
  • Using a Q-tip, remove any leftover lotion from the nail bed, paying special attention to the sidewalls, cuticle area and tip of the fingernail.
  • Select the appropriate sized nail strip for each nail to ensure the nail will be covered from sidewall to sidewall. Using a nail strip that is too large for a particular nail is not recommended; rather, trim the strip the scissors to the appropriate width.
  • Peel off the clear coating, and then carefully remove the nail polish strip from the sticker backing,
  • Start by placing whichever end on the nail strip that works better for your nails at the cuticle and  apply it by smoother the strip towards the tip and your nail, smoothing out and bumps and ensuring the strip is tucked neatly into the sidewalls.
  • File away any excess nail strip by holding your nail file parallel to the surface you are working on, as filing the nail perpendicularly will cause tearing along the tip.
  • After you have applied all ten polish strips, take a cotton ball the has been dipped in polish removed with the excess remover wrung out, and swipe each nail 1-3 times, paying special attention to the sidewalls, tips and cuticle area. This step is especially important, as it melts the strip to your nails, allowing for longer lasting wear.
  • Apply a finishing topcoat, and wait 5 minutes for it to dry completely.

I absolutely loved these blue leopard strips, and I have been visiting the OMG Nail Strips website quite often within the past few days; trying to decide which ones I want to add to my stash next. I really like how they have many designs to choose from, different from what you see coming from main stream brands out there. In addition to the fun designs they offer, OMG Nail Strips offer them at such a great price. They are less than $7 a set, and they are currently running an amazing 4 for $20 and 10 for $45 promotion!I totally recommend you give them a try! OMG is also on Facebook :) What do you guys think about my blue leopard nails? See ya next time!

                                                                         - Tiff