Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Random Buy

So I'm out shopping at Target like usual and I always stop by the cosmetics section, whether I'm picking something up or checking out new products and come across some clearance items from Milani Cosmetics.
Some of their polishes were actually on sale and I couldn't help but buy some.  They ran out of all the holographic colors (which is what I initially wanted to try), but noticed that 3 of the Nail Art polishes were on clearance as well.
(Left: Yellow Design, Right: Green Sketch)
There were 5 colors left, Black, White, Yellow, Green and Orange.  Since I already have the black and white, I decided to pick up the green and yellow colors.  I was going to buy green and yellow polishes for the upcoming baseball season from China Glaze, but I think that's going to have to wait since I got these two for now.

Looking at the colors from the outside, the yellow looks really bold which will be nice (since the A's have a yellow jersey this season) but the green color looks a bit paler than I'd like, hopefully it'll come out darker.
I can't wait to try these, but it seems its going to have to wait until maybe March.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

NOTW: 2011-01-29

Nail of the Week
January 29, 2011
(I know the dates aren't showing up literally weekly, but I use the date when I either do them or when I upload the pictures from my camera)

I wanted to try out one of the new polishes I bought and decided to use the re-fresh mint color first.  It really stood out to me from the beginning, so I couldn't wait to try it!

What I used:
- China Glaze 867 Re-fresh Mint
- Milani Nail Art (with precision brush) in Black Sketch
- Nailene French Manicure (base color polish and acrylic strong top coat)
- Nailene Nail Guides
- Nailene Bedazzle Nail Art

Like always, base coat then base color.  I used 2 coats of the base color this time and after allowing it to dry i used the Nailene nail guides to design an asymmetrical tip nail.  I Painted the tips accordingly with two coats of the China Glaze polish  and allowed to dry.
Peeling off the guides became a problem.  The base coat started peeling off 4 of my nails as I removed the guides, but luckily I was able to touch it up without starting all over.  After the touch-up, i added a black outline and added some nail decals to the middle nail and the thumb.  Also added 2 coats of the Nailene top coat. 

Originally, I intended to keep the nail as is with just the green and that's it which is why I used the guides for a clean tip, but I thought the color was a little faint to just keep it as is and added the black line.

(picture right after it was done, not touched up yet)

 (Left: without cleaning up the side of nails, Right: After cleaning up*)
*sorry about the light, i used the backlight function instead of flash.

I really liked the color when it was on my nails.  It actually looks like the color straight out of the bottle, which doesn't happen all the time.  I also like how this particular color doesn't have a shimmer to it, so it gives a nice smoothness to it.  What also wasn't intentional was that the color of the polish actually matched my hoodie when I was doing my nails.  it didn't hit me until I started taking pictures and caught my sleeve on camera.

These lasted for the week and I could tell could have lasted longer. 
Upon removing the polish, I had no problems until it came to removing the decals, which I have stated before that they are hard to remove.  I used the foil and cotton ball method to removing it, they dissolved enough to "peel" off the decal, but that also meant I still had to clean up the polish underneath as well.