Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Foil Method



One of the easiest methods for removing pesky glitter polish is using the foil method.  To do this you paint your nails like you normally would then cut out pieces of foil when you are ready to remove your polish.  You soak a cotton ball in nail polish remover, place it onto your nail, then wrap it all with your foil.  After waiting about 5 minutes, you take off the foil and cotton balls.  If any nail polish remains, simply wipe it off with the cotton balls already loaded with nail polish remover. 
 
A tip I have is to cut all of your foil pieces then soak your cotton balls with nail polish remover first.  Also cover your pointer and thumb nails (on both hands) last so you have an easier time wrapping your nails if you are doing it yourself.  An added bonus to this method is that cutting the foil with your scissors will also sharpen them.    

Monday, February 8, 2016

N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat



I was super excited to find out N.Y.C. was coming out with a peel off base coat.  N.Y.C. is an affordable brand that I love and have fairly easy access to.  After my somewhat failed attempt at making my own peel off base coat, I was excited to try one made by professionals.  I started by painting on the N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat.  It went on white and dried clear.  This took some time.  When it was dry, I applied my polish like I normally would.   
 
 
When I was ready to take my nail polish off, I simply peeled it.  This base coat came off easily and in good sized chunks, so it was quick.  N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat did not start coming off until I was ready to remove it.     
 
I am so happy with N.Y.C. Strip Me Off Base Coat.  I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $2.  It takes a little bit longer to dry than a regular base coat, but it definitely makes removing glitter polish so much easier than having to scrub it away.  You can watch a video of me taking off my nail polish here. 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

DIY Peel Off Base Coat

I decided to make my own peel off base coat to make taking glitter polish off easier.  I used Elmer’s glue, two nearly empty nail polish bottles, nail polish remover, Q-tips, and cotton balls.  
I started by pouring one nearly empty nail polish into the other.  
I added nail polish remover to the empty bottle and shook it around.  
When I emptied the nail polish remover, there was still some residue so I dipped a Q-tip into nail polish remover and cleaned some more.  
 
I soaked a cotton ball in nail polish remover and used that to clean the nail polish brush.  

Next you can either add the glue to your cleaned nail polish bottle or you can add a drop of glue to your nail and spread it with the nail polish brush.  The later is easier and would save you the hassle of cleaning out a nail polish bottle.  The glue goes on white and dries clear.  It takes a good amount of time to dry depending on how thick you apply it.  When the glue does finally dry, you can paint your nails.
 
 
When you are ready to remove your polish, you simply peel it away.  My peel off base coat did not start coming off before I was ready.  When I started to peel off my nail polish, it was coming off in small bits.  A few pieces came off in chunks, but for the most part it was a slow process.  

 
 

There was a bit of residue left over on my nail that I easily wiped away with a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover.  
 
I had high hopes for my DIY peel off base coat, but it just did not work that well for me. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me Eyeliner

(CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me Eyeliner were sent for review)
I have CoverGirl’s new Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me Eyeliner to review today.  I receieved the Super Sizer Mascara in Very Black.  I also received the Intensify Me Eyeliner in Intense Black.  My favorite mascara is one by CoverGirl so I was very excited to try out some of their new products.    
 


Let me start by talking about the Super Sizer Mascara.  This mascara has a very nice opaque black color.  The brush is thin with a unique shape.  The mascara lengthens, darkens, and separates lashes very well.  The thin brush size also makes it easy to apply mascara to your bottom lashes. 
The Intensify Me Eyeliner is also unique.  The tip is paddle-shaped which allows you to create either thick or thin lines depending on how you hold the pencil.  This black is also opaque, glides on pretty effortlessly, and lasts all day.  I added this eyeliner to my upper and lower lash lines.  When applying this eyeliner to my lower lash line I kept touching my eyeball and the eyeliner spread like a water color.  It did not irritate my eyes, but I did definitely have an easier time applying to my upper lash line which I usually have a harder time with. 
 
 
 
I really like both of these products.  My favorite part of the Super Sizer Mascara is the separation it gives my lashes.  My favorite part of the Intensify Me Eyeliner is that you get a dark black line without having to sharpen a pencil or dip it into anything—the tip moistens itself with eyeliner.  CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara comes in Black Brown, Black, and Very Black.  There is also a waterproof version in Very Black.  CoverGirl Intensify Me Eyeliner comes in Intense Black.  I have seen a combo pack at Wal-Mart that has the CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara in Very Black and CoverGirl Intensify Me Eyeliner in Intense Black for $9.98.    
(CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara and Intensify Me Eyeliner were sent for review)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

31 Day Challenge- Day 31: Re-Create your Favorite Challenge



Day 31 of the 31 Day Challenge calls for Re-Creating your Favorite Challenge.  It was hard to choose just one challenge to re-create.  I had a really good time with this challenge.  In the end I decided to re-create my Day 13:Animal Print nails with just a few changes.

I started with Sinful Colors Basecoat then added L.A. Colors American Manicure.  I free-handed some French tips with Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat. 
I took my dotting tool and Maybelline Bold Gold and added gold spots to one side of my nails.
 
 
 
After my gold polish was dry, I took the smaller end of my dotting tool and Salon Express Nail Art Paint in Black and outlined the gold spots.  I also added a few black spots.
 
 
I let my polish dry completely then added Poshé super-fast drying top coat.  I love these nails.  I think it is a fun and easy design.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

31 Day Challenge- Day 30: Inspired by a Tutorial



Day 30 of the 31 Day Challenge calls for Nails Inspired by a Tutorial.  I chose to recreate Cutepolish’s popcorn nails.  Cutepolish is one of my favorite YouTubers.  I have wanted to recreate these nails for the longest time.  One of the great things about the 31 Day Challenge is you can get around to doing things you may have been putting off.

I started with Sinful Colors Basecoat then used Nailene Perfect Pedicure French Polish Guides to tape off the tips of my nails—leaving more of a tip on my ring finger like suggested in the video.  I then added French tips using Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat.  When that was dry I peeled off the French Polish Guides.
Next I mixed Julep Daisy and Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat to create light yellow.  I did this on my Dollar Tree craft & activity mat (I will have a post about it soon).  I took my dotting tool and dotted on a pile of popcorn above my ring finger French tips.  I added Nicole by O.P.I. Better After Dark with my dotting tool and pushed the dots to make more of a crescent shape.  I then added Julep Daisy with my dotting tool for some butter.  I then took my dotting tool and Sinful Colors No Text Red! to add a red line over the white tips of my nails.  For my ring fingers I added two horizontal red lines and a few vertical red lines to create a classic popcorn container.  I finished off with Poshé super-fast drying top coat.
 
 
I am so happy I finally recreated this look.  I love the way if came out!  It was fun and simple to do.  I love doing French tip nails with a twist.  These are perfect nails for a movie night/marathon.    
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