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ORLY Bonder & No Chip Nailpolish Coats

I know I hardly write about nailpolishes, but trust me I have a good reason LOL. See, nailpolish and I, we have a love/hate relationship. I love them the first day I have them, and after that I hate them! They chip like crazy no matter what base or top coat I use (I know some of you ladies are nail goddesses so please feel free to give me some suggestions, techniques, or some good base/top coats you recommend!). I also find that I have no patience for doing my nails, I often get frustrated because I can’t manage to stay ‘in the lines’ at times or they smudge and then my nails end up looking like a hot mess, but I am learning to get better at it. I envy those ladies that have nail blogs and their nails and hands look amazing- utter perfection!

Anyway, I went to Sally’s the other day to buy a few small gifts for my best friend, and thought i’d make another futile attempt to put some nailpolish on and TRY to get them to last at least close to a week, so I bought ORLY Bonder (base coat) which claims to help nailpolish adhere to the base coat so it lasts longer and ORLY “Won’t Chip” Top Coat w/ a protective polymer shield (both $6.99 each), they both suggested of course that for ideal results, it’s best to use them together, hence why I ended up getting both.

They both say that they “prevent nail lacquer from wearing off for up to two weeks”.

So Day 1, was last Thursday, I used the Bonder as a base, then Color Club nailpolish in “Pink Flame”, and then Wet N’ Wild’s Craze Nail Color in “Glitz” (pink and purple glitter nailpolish with a clear base, it’s so pretty in person!),  followed by the no chip top coat. [I used one coat of the pink flame and one coat of the glitter after the base coat, then one coat of the top coat.] For the sake of testing, I didn’t bother to really clean up around my cuticles so I apologize!

On the second day, there was no chipping, and on the third day there was minimal chipping near the tips of the nail.

And on Day 5 (today), it looked like this:

Overall? Compared to other base and top coats I have used, these Orly base and top coats do not chip as much, but I was still a bit disappointed because I was hoping for minimal to no chipping until at least maybe Day 7. Especially because they say it prevents (as it’s a fact, not help prevents…) nailpolish from wearing off for up to two weeks. Even around Day 3 I already started to see a bit of chipping near the tips on my right hand. However, I am giving it another shot by using it on flat nailpolish (no glitter) just to see if that makes any difference, so we’ll see by the end of this week how it holds up. But at the moment, for $6.99 a pop, I’d like to believe there is something better that does the job at the same price; even if there is one that’s a tad bit pricier, it might be worth it if it actually prevents them from chipping. We’ll see!

On another note, the bestie (the boy BFF,  I have a girl BFF and a boy BFF haha) gave me a cute HK keychain (for some reason it reminds me of Tupac), he is doing the 12 days of Christmas so one small gift everyday, and it’s all HK stuff, it’s pretty funny. He has such a big heart! I have to do a post on that soon because I was amazed he found some of these things (such as an ice pop mold !)

BDAY FOTD & Dinner Craziness

So last Sunday I had a birthday dinner with a few friends and finally did a look! My co-worker Irina also got me the BEST CAKE ever….an ice cream cake with RPattz (aka Edward Cullen) on it that read “Happy Birthday Mrs. Cullen”, I squealed and was the happiest person on earth, LOL. Everyone at the table is in on my obsession and they too loved the cake, however I told them to NOT eat his gorgeous face!

It was even on Twicrackaddict.blogspot.com!

Got birthday nails!

What I used:

[Face]
– MAC Skin Primer
– MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC30
– Buff’d Mineral Foundation in “Chamois” and “Almond”
– Purely Cosmetics Diamond Finish Powder

[Cheeks]
– Korres Bronzer to contour
– MAC “Fashion Frenzy” blush

[Eyes]
– Smashbox Photo Finish Lid Primer
– MUFE eyeshadow #26 (pink) on the inner lids
– MUFE eyeshadow #9 (purple) on the middle of the lid
– MAC e/s in “top hat” (starflash, LE) and “nocturnelle” e/s on outer-V and contour
– MAC e/s in “Rondelle” and “Shroom” as highlight
– MAC Fluidline in “Blacktrack”
– L’Oreal Mascara
– Urban Decay “Electric” liner on lower lashline

[Lips]
– MAC l/s in “Snob”

My awesome cake:

Post on Twicrackaddict:

Irina going Twilight crazy…she got the board game too! LOL!

New Product: Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens

WOW did anyone watch “Gossip Girl”???!! Lonely boy Dan Humphrey with the teacher!?? That is craziness! I just absolutely love Blair Waldorf!

Anyway, I went to Longs Drugs about a week ago to get some Valentine’s Day chocolate covered marshmallow hearts (I get them every year as a tradition since my mom would get them for me as a kid!) and then I ran into the Sally Hansen section and found these new Nail Art Pens which is AWESOME for nail art! I go to the salon sometimes and they charge $3-$5 just to add a tiny flower on like ONE nail, LOL! So why not let your creative side out and decorate your nails??!

They are very easy to use, they have a fine nail tip for intricate and small designs or even a nice line across the nail like a French Manicure. Longs had/has them on sale for $5.99, Walgreens has them too for $7.99 but all the Walgreens I went to were sold out.

Product:
5 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Would I buy again? YES
Where to buy: They are fairly new, so they still have yet to hit most drugstores, but so far Longs and Walgreens are the places I have seen them at…
Price: Regularly they are around $7-$8, on sale for $5.99 at Longs
Colors I bought: Black, Silver, Gold, and Light Pink
Also comes in: Red, Blue, Hot Pink, and White

PROS:

– Innovative, unique, cheap, and easy to use! There are many nail pens out there, but in regards to convenience this is definitely #1 as these will be hitting many drugstores soon. Also Sally Hansen is known for her nail products, so this is a hit!
– Exactly a nailpolish, same smell, consistency, etc, just in a pen form
– Has a decent amount of colors to choose from
– Nice fine tip to create nice detailed designs
– Easy to carry around for touch ups

CONS:

– Right now they have a decent selection of colors; I hope they come out with a full array of colors like green, yellow, etc….other than that I love it!

Overall?
These are just awesome to have!

First painted my nails using “Pink Flame” from Color Club:

Forgive my crappy looking cuticles and nails, I didn’t clean it up much yet, but wanted to show you a quick design so you can get an idea…

Another example of what you can do, create a solid color line under your french tip for a little “pop” of color:

Video & Tutorial: Applying Gem Nail Tips

Have you ladies ever gone to a salon to get your nails done, whether it be a simple manicure or acrylics, and they charge you an extra $3-$5 for a nail design? Well why pay extra when you can do it yourself for cheap!

All you need is:
– Nail stickers/gems, whichever design you like
– Clear nail polish
– And a steady hand!

Just apply your gem sticker/design at the desired location, press, and paint on a top coat for it to stay….and voila! If you want to get more creative, you can buy a striping nail polish (which is made with a really long thin brush) so that you can make stripes along your nail line, or just random designs.

Product Review: Incoco Dry Nail Applique Strips

Product: 4 out of 5
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Overall: 5 out of 5
Price: $4-$6, Walgreens, Incoco.com
Colors Shown: “Flaunt” and “Fairy Dust” (French Manicure)

Awhile ago I did a review on the AVON Instant Manicure Nail Strips so you can compare the two or to see how to apply these revolutionary nail strips!

When I went to Walgreens a few days ago (same day I bought the Eco Tools brushes), I saw these Incoco Nail Strips which are very similar to the AVON nail strips. I have seen them around Walgreens for awhile but had tons of bottles of nailpolish and nail strips to get rid of first before I dare to buy one more thing I didn’t need! LOL.

Also, many of you said you couldn’t find the Eco Tools brushes at your neighborhood Walgreens, you really just gotta drive around and find the ones that are a rare gem, like the store locations in the middle of nowhere because they don’t sell out of stock on certain items since hardly anyone goes there, so you are sure to find something all the time. There’s a Walgreens on Reseda Blvd. and Devonshire (those of you who live in “The Valley” here in California should be familiar with those streets), and that Walgreens is ALWAYS sold out of stuff because everyone goes to that one. There’s another Walgreens on Devonshire and De Soto (Tracy that’s the one I go to!) and they have everything FULLY-STOCKED! No one really goes there because it’s in the boonies at the end of the city where I live, off to the side and they had an ENTIRE wall of Eco Tools brushes and makeup!

So don’t go to a CVS, Walgreens, or K-Mart that’s always poppin’ with shoppers that are taking your loot, go to the smaller, less-known stores that get the occasional elderly couple picking up their prescription, or the couple buying condoms, LOL, those are the ones where no one is really paying to the cosmetic aisle!

Anyway, on with the review!

What they say: Lasts 14 days, you can re-adjust and re-position the nail strip on your nail.

PROS: Comes in a variety of colors including French Tip and really lasts! I have been wearing it for about 4 or 5 days now, and there is very MINIMAL chipping, it still looks good after all the horrible things I do to my nails. I type constantly, bang my fingers in drawers, bite them, and they still look decent! It was very easy to re-adjust the strip if I made a mistake, unlike the AVON nail strips which were hard to re-position because they would just stick to your nail and rip at the slightest movement so you had to get it right the first time. I also liked how each kit came with a cuticle pusher, nail file, and a nail polish remover which REALLY makes this baby ideal to take with you ANYWHERE. Traveling or a quick nailpolish change or touch-up, since no one really has the time to do their nails with bottled nailpolish then sit there and let it dry only to get knicked or smudged! And what a hassle taking a bottle of nailpolish, a nail file, nailpolish remover, base and top coat all in your purse. With these nail strips, a base coat and top coat is already in the nailstrip with the color, so you can apply nailpolish quickly and easily!

CONS: Not every nail strip caters to each individual’s nail bed, they were either too small or too big on me so it would either not cover enough nail, or overlap my cuticle. But it’s not too noticeable if it’s too small, and can easily be fixed with nailpolish. Not too many stores carry this unfortunately, only Walgreens.

Overall: Definitely a must have in my travel and makeup kit! I love how one kit comes with everything you need for an instant manicure and if you are looking for something that’s quick and lasts, you should definitely try these! They have a lot of colors to choose from, it’s usually located on those stands by the aisles.

Don’t mind my jacked up nails… :)

After 5 days, minimal chipping:

Video: Take-off! Nail polish remover & battery-operated nail file…

Here’s a little video of the take-off, I don’t know why but take-off in planes is amazing and is honestly my favorite part of trips! I always sit by the window just to get an awesome view!

I am going to be catching up on emails! So I apologize in advance for any delayed responses! Some of you were asking where I got my green dress from my previous post and what makeup I used, I got the dress from Old Navy and the makeup I used MAC’s “Emerald Green” Pigment. I wanted to use my Milani “Shamrock” eyeshadow, but I couldn’t find it only to realize at the airport it was in my purse the whole time!

The new site is unfortunately taking a backseat at the moment since I’ve been so busy trying to finalize other things, so I am hoping it will be done soon…I feel like I never really “settled” since I got back from NY, there’s always something to do.

I went to Wal-Mart and picked me up a battery-operated nail filer (similar to the ones they use at the salon), it was only $8 and it comes with different heads you can interchange to file, buff, shine, shape, etc. It’s awesome, a lot faster than filing and I love how it really sands my nail down so there are no ridges creating a nice smooth surface to apply my nailpolish.

Also, Simply Basic’s Nail Polish Remover is SOOOOOO much better than the Cutex Twister Nail Polish Remover, why? Because the Cutex Twister has a sponge UNDER the plastic part that encases it eventually causing discomfort and not thoroughly removing your nail polish and perhaps causing damage to your nail. With the Simply Basics one (available at Wal-Mart), it’s PURE SPONGE, soaked in acetone so there is no discomfort whatsoever and removes nail polish in a cinch! (Sorry for the “shadowy” pics)

And Jon’s niece Alyssa Jolie! She is just too cute!

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