nails

DIY :: Sherlock ‘Bored’ Nails

I was bored and feeling creative so I decided to give myself a Sherlock inspired manicure. To try this out yourself, all you need are: 1.) White Polish. 2.) Black Crackle Polish. 3.) Yellow Polish. 4.) A very small paint brush. (You can also achieve this look using Black Polish for the main coat followed by White Crackle Polish.)

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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D.I.Y. :: Galaxy Nails

Last night, I decided to try out a nail art idea that I’ve seen floating around the internet for a long time: Galaxy Nails. It’s super easy to do and there’s really no way to possibly mess-up. All you’ll need to do this yourself is a few nail polishes and a makeup sponge or a couple of cheap eye shadow applicators.  The color polishes you’ll want to work with include: 1. Black or Dark Purple or Dark Blue. 2.) White 3.) Light Green or Light Gold. 4.) Blue or a Brighter Blue (if you used dark blue for your base color) 4.) Pink. 5.) Sparkles. Here are the colors I used:

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  • wet n wild :: black creme
  • sally hansen extreme wear :: white on
  • julep :: piper
  • sally hansen triple shine :: wavy blue
  • julep :: lily
  • julep :: trina
  • sinful colors nail art :: bad chick
  • sinful colors :: queen of beauty

IMG_6870.JPGStart by painting your nail with your dark color. Next, dab white polish around the center of the nail with the sponge using a very light hand. Then, apply your next color the same way.

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Blend the last color into the dark polish perimeters with blue. Now, add touches of pink or purple around, still using the sponge technique. *Be sure not to over-do-it with any of the colors and end up covering all of the white; you still want some white popping out.* The next step is optional: Using a teeny-tiny nail art brush, you can add some white specks and x’s (or maybe bigger chunks of glitter). Finally, finish with a sparkly top coat and you’re done!

Next time I paint my nails like this, I will definitely do a few things differently. One of those adjustments will be to go easy on the sparkle polish too. I feel like the overabundance of of silver takes away from the colors. But what can I say? I like a lot of glitter in my galaxy.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

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Sally Hansen’s Double Duty review

It’s horrible. Sally Hansen’s Double Duty top & base coat is just horrible! Absolutely atrocious.

After picking this up for the first time a couple of days ago, I’ve used it twice. Twice because I had to completely redo my mani after a positively shitty first go ’round with this craptastic top & base coat. It just wasn’t hardening/drying. I did the ice water trick. I did the cooking spray trick. The hair dryer. The waving my hands around in the air like I just don’t care method. But I did care; I cared a lot that this was ruining my new nail color’s maiden voyage. (Essie‘s limited edition neon collection’s Serial Shopper. – I love it.)

I removed it all and started again the next day, yesterday. This time, I used exceptionally thin coats each and every layer. I even waited a substantial amount of time in between each coat. Still, after applying that final layer, the top coat, it wouldn’t dry!!! I ended up applying a coat of acrylic sealer I had laying around from forever ago. It worked and I was able to enjoy celebrating my best friends birthday on the beach all day. No thanks to Sally.

Long story, short: skip this “Double Duty” base & top coat from Sally Hansen’s.

Thanks for reading! Love, GK

 

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Essie’s limited edition Neon Collection 2014

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birthday beach bash babes

3:30am Drugstore Haul

This is the kind of thing that happens when I go to walgreens at 3:30am.

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Revlon :: Lash Potion Mascara
Revlon :: Nearly Naked Pressed Powder
Sally Hansen :: Triple Shine Nail Color in Wavy Blue (Dark-Cobalt w/ Glitter) and Slick Black (Multi-color Glitter in Black)
imPRESS Press-Ons in Bright as a Feather (Dark Blue w/ Blue Sparkles) and Kids & Tell (Ombré Pink)

Love, GK

December 2012 :: GlossyBox :: Glamour, Glitz and Gloss

Ok, ok… late again. retro-dating, again.

December 2012 Glossy Box :: Glamour, Glitz and Gloss

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Alrighty, first up, my favorite product in this months box: Lipclick Luxe Lipstick by Mark. I love the color and I love the tube itself. The cool thing about this Lipclick is the magnetic closure. Less chance of this opening up in your purse.

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My second favorite in this box was the ZOYA nail laquer. I own another ZOYA polish and I like the brand. The quality is good and last a while without chipping. I love this glittery gold but it was kind of a bitch to take off.

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A small frangrance sample of Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. It smells nice.

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Tiny, aluminum tear-open sample of Wella Velvet Amplifier hair primer. I haven’t used this but I’m interested in the theory…

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The next two products are definitely my least favorites only because I will rarely get a chance to use products like these, bath and shower additives, and thus don’t care to sample them all that frequently and I got two in one box.

Forrest Essentials Luxurious Ayurveda replenishing bath and shower oil.

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and Heartland Fragrance Co. Bath Salts in White Ginger. These will sit on my tub until I one miraculous day have time to just sit and soak in a lovely therapeutic bath… “aint nobody got time for that!”

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As an awesome extra, GlossyBox through in this dainty necklace from JewelMint. I am extremely allergic to nickel and when buying costume jewelry I have to make sure it’s nickel-free or I get a weird, nasty, bumpy rash wherever the cheap jewelry was… I was very happy that I did not react to this piece. I’m not sure how long the lovely sparkle will last before it tarnishes so I’m going to get some wear out of it now.

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There ya have it! My December 2012 GlossyBox!! (Fingers crossed that I get my January, Manrepeller box, review done in better time.)

Thanks for Reading! Love, GK