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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Judgement day and a giveaway

This post is part 2 of my trials with Liquid Palisade. I tried to find a bigger brush to use, but all my lip glosses had wider stems that wouldn't fit in the Palisade tube. I was stuck with what it came with. I took the time to rim my nails on the outside. I've got a picture below of what it looks like dried on the hand. I then did my usual polish job, trying to be more careful than yesterday's trial. I waited 3 minutes and then peeled the product off with tweezers. My cuticle lines are crooked, my sides had some polish pulled off and now have jagged edges. I have some more clean up to do. My verdict on this product is not favorable for a general manicure. It takes time to put it on before you start your polishing and it pulls polish off after. I do think this would still be awesome for nail art and French manicures.

Not exactly pretty is it?

Since I bought two of these and am not really happy with it, I will give one away.  One lucky reader will get a free Liquid Palisade. To enter, you MUST be a follower. Yeah I know, that sucks but it's painless and an outright bribe to up my numbers. Then leave a comment on why you want this product and the person with the best reason will get it. I will leave this contest open until 11:59pm June 10th to give people a chance to enter. Please only one entry per person.  If there is a huge response to this contest, I will give away my second tube.  I will let you guys know who wins!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Why didn't I think of that?

I read way too many magazines.  I mean WAY too many.  But the other day, I was reading one and saw a new nail product that had never been thought of before.  It is called Liquid Palisade by Kiesque.  This product promises to "radically change the way you apply your nail polish".  I knew I just had to have it and try it so I immediately ordered some.  Yesterday, I tried it for the first time.  What it is is liquid rubber.  You apply it where you don't want polish.  On your cuticles, around the nail bed, or to make cool nail designs, or the perfect french manicure.  I have to say, that even after years of polishing my own nails, I am quite sloppy at it and always have to do major cleanup after.  I thought this product would fix all that.  It comes in a lipgloss like tube, with a very thin brush.  I have to say, I would prefer a bigger brush and may try to take one from an old lipgloss to try tomorrow.  Anyway, it will take time and practice to speed up the application for me, but the cool thing is, after it dries, you can move the product to wherever you want.  So if you put too much on your cuticle, after it dries, you just push it where you want it.  It comes out as a very liquid hot pink color.  After it dries, it's a darker pink.  In the spirit of true testing, I then polished with wild abandon. I didn't care if I had too much polish, or went way over the sides.  I had this fabulous product on right?  It says on the product insert to remove it before your polish totally dries.  But I thought, how do I use my hands with wet nails to remove this stuff? I waited 3 minutes with my Seche Vite, then decided to use a pair of tweezers to get the Palisade off.  It dries like a loose rubber band, very cool, very stretchy. When you grab one end it stretches and comes off in one piece.  So freakin' cool.  Now because I was not careful with my application, I did have residual hangover polish that I had to remove.  Am thinking I may have waited too long and the polish got too dry.  What I do know is, I had less to clean up than normal for me.  Am not sure if this is the product of the future-I need to experiment more and try a bigger brush.  I do know that this would be awesome for the perfect white smile line on a french manicure, or for those who do funky nail art.  Why didn't I think of this idea sooner?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

A polish pick me up

I was feeling sad and dreary and decided that I needed a lighter than normal color.  Life lately has been beating me up, so I was hoping for a polish pick me up. I looked over my collection and came across Rescue Beauty Lounge Insouciant.   This color is fresh from their spring collection.  Now you know I don't worry about wearing the appropriate color for the season, I just got lucky in my choice.  I thought this color would be perfect to lift my mood.  Insouciant is a pretty lilac purple with faint blue shimmer.  The shimmer  doesn't really translate to the nails which is kind of a bummer because it's so pretty in the bottle.  Also, you will see in the pictures, that the color on the nails is darker than in the bottle.  I am actually cool with this, but I know there were complaints on RBL's website about this. The RBL polish itself does not disappoint here.  Whatever the formula is, it works every time.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Serenity now

So after the fiasco that I call puce, I needed to pick a color that would make my day better. I decided I needed the serenity of a calming blue. For me, that is China Glaze Calypso Blue. This is a true deep, cerulean blue. It is sublime. I'm going to go so far as to say it's a jelly. It's a squishy, shiny, dark blue. The pigment is so rich, I almost skipped the second coat. But the OCD in me wouldn't let me. That would just be wrong! The problem I did encounter was with the brush. The stem is so long that it holds too much polish. This makes for sloppy placement if you're not careful. Just when you think you've gotten all the excess off, more comes down the stem. Please excuse my nail cleanup, this color is so pigmented, it stained my skin. But this color makes me happy. It's a keeper.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Puce-are you kidding me?

If you've been following my blog, you know that I do my nails on Wednesdays and Sundays. I am just too lazy to do the daily thing, plus I like to enjoy whatever color I choose for more than 24 hours. Well today is a first for me. I picked Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne. Normally, I love RBL polishes. This color was so awful to me that I couldn't stand to look at it, let alone wear it until Sunday. I didn't even take the time to clean my cuticles up. The scary thing is, this color won a "Bring It Back" contest on the RBL website recently. Has the world gone mad? This is the exact color I call 'puce'. It is a horrible purple brown mess with gold and pink shimmer. Can someone explain to me why this won a contest? Anyway, I had to take it off and do my nails all over again. What a pain. Of course, any polish I had chosen would have a hard time competing with my love of the holo green. I was so sad taking that color off. But this color just didn't know what it was. Is it brown, is it purple? What do you think?

Sunday, May 22, 2011

A holo virgin no longer

I admit it. I've never tried a holographic polish before. I live a sheltered creme, sometimes shimmer, polish existence. I know I told you that brown is my favorite color. But green is a very close second.  I actually own more greens than any other color.  I decided I needed more, so I got 5 new bottles of green polish from Nubar. Another virgin first for me. I have never tried Nubar polish before. Think I was getting NFu-Oh and Nubar confused as the same company. Man I got to get out more! Anyway, I'm in love. The world needs more holo polishes. I'm wearing Nubar Reclaim. The base of this color is a kelly green. In the holo, you see blues, yellows, golds, rainbows. It's incredible to look at, different from every angle. Put it in the sun, and watch out, you'll lose time staring at your nails! The Nubar polish formula is nice. Could have gotten away with just one coat. The brush is nice and wide, stiff enough to lay down a nice smooth surface. I'm excited to try the other 4. If you've been sheltered like me, or stuck in a creme rut, live a little.  Try a holo today-but be prepared to lose track of time in the rainbows.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Trying the 'it' color

Today for my anti pink Wednesday, I decided to try a color I've never worn before. Gray. Lately, it's been the fashionable thing, the 'it' color. I try very hard to do the opposite of whatever is 'it' at the time. It's just something that I do. That's why it's taken so long for me to try gray polish. I'm wearing Rescue Beauty Lounge Stormy. The color to me looks like wet cement. I have told you before, that I just love RBL polishes.  The formula on this doesn't disappoint.  When I first did my nails this morning, I have to admit I wasn't loving this color.  But the more I look at it, the more it's growing on me.  I don't think it'll ever become a color that I wear a lot, but who knows? I may change my mind.  Isn't that a girl's prerogative??  

Sunday, May 15, 2011

I swoon for brown

I have to admit, I have a serious passion for brown. It is my favorite color. I just can't get enough. So today, I'm indulging my brown love and chose Barielle Make It A Latte. I first saw this color on one of my favorite blogs, All Lacquered Up. It was part of a collection that ALU's Michelle, created with Barielle in 2009. I bought most of that collection a while ago, but haven't tried them yet.  So this is my first experience with Barielle polish. I have to say, I'm quite surprised at how nice this polish went on. Just the right consistency, just the right brush. I really like this. The color is to die for. A beautiful milk chocolate with faint copper shimmer. Yummy. I'm very happy with this, it makes me smile. Isn't that what polish is for?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

I don't do Pink!

I am not a girl who wears pink polish. Nothing against my favorite blogs that do "Pink Wednesdays!" Once in a while, I do a French manicure with a sheer pink but funky colors are more my thing. Today, for my anti pink day, I chose Rescue Beauty Lounge 360. This color reminds me of dark turquoise. I just have to rave about the perfect formula that is Rescue Beauty Lounge polishes. Yes they are expensive, but oh so awesome. The polish is the perfect consistency, just flows onto the nail with smooth self leveling. The brush is a dream and puts the polish exactly where you want it. There is no comparison between this brand and all the others. It is my absolute favorite to work with. I confess I have a small fortune invested in their polish. I tell myself that when I buy them during the yearly half off sale, I'm saving money. Of course, like all addicts, some colors are too pretty to wait for!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mother's Day Tribute To My Mom

My mom's favorite color is maroon. If you had asked her long ago for one word to describe me growing up it may have been wicked. So in honor of my mom, I chose Essie Wicked as my color for today. Essie Wicked is a deep merlot wine creme, almost a jelly. I am a big fan of Essie polishes, especially the dark colors. I own more than I care to admit! I wish the formula was a little thicker, because the darker the color, the harder it is to get a consistent color without streaks. But, alas dark colors take practice. My mom doesn't wear polish, get manicures, understand my love for nail polish or understand why I started this blog. But you know what? She's my mom and I wouldn't trade her for anything! This post is for you. I love you mom!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Green Mood

Today, I am in a green mood. Since I own a multitude of greens, this proved to be quite a challenge as to which one to wear today. I decided on Zoya Gemma. It's a beautiful, mossy green that has this awesome faint purple shimmer. I just love this color. The picture does NOT do it justice. I have found Zoya polishes to be runny and hard to apply. If you try too hard you get brush drag. The wear isn't as long as other polishes so I don't own that many Zoyas. Having said that, this Gemma is one of my absolute favorite greens!

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