Just can’t get the hang of it…

I love seeing all the great marble manicures on Instagram and blogposts. The thing is, I don’t seem to get them right at all. At first, I was using water that was too cold, so it would harden before I could play around with it. Another time the polishes just kept separating in the little container. Another polish would push through the other rings of polish, and rip the design up…The latter is what happened again to me for this one…

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One of the other reasons I don’t attempt them as often, is because of the clean up. Luckily all nail bloggers have been utilizing the liquid glue method…and it is just great for my purposes of marbling.

Smear it around the nail bed, and voila. Protected. Unless you are like me and forget how far up you applied it…and dip your finger even deeper.

Oh, I also use a Soju-Jjan (or a shot glass), which I wrapped in plastic wrap. I didn’t want to ruin it, and found this is one way I can avoid it.

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Anyway, the nail bed is a mess as I kept screwing up. So reapply, reapply, and reapply…

Even when I look at the pattern…it looks too…gross. Like polish that was thrown up. Yes…unfortunately that is the only way I can think of putting it at the moment.

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(Finally started using felt for removal, and LOVE IT)

Anyway, is there a polish method that you just can’t get the hang of?? I can’t be the only one right?! OTL

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014


(There is actually 11 when this post goes up…)

Okay…
Seriously.
When an email popped in to my mailbox, I almost cursed the fact that I am a blogger. Up to 200 polishes to be won by Nail Polish Canada is no joke. I mean, yes, I do have a lot of polish…but I have never gotten more than 20 polishes at one point. Well technically 10, the 20 was when dear Sparkled Beauty did a huge CP for me, and she brought them over for her visit.

So this email made me drool.

But I’m not entering, though I did suggest a polish (Cirque’s Arcane Fire. You all know how I love Holo’s, and I have heard great things about Cirque) :)

You see, they have contacted a bunch of bloggers to help promote this contest. Basically we pick a polish each to count towards the giveaway, and BAM. If you win, you get them all. EVERYTHING…


Thanks for your help Annie!

We’ve partnered with Cirque Colors, NCLA & Picture Polish to host the biggest giveaway ever.

One winner will take home up to 200 nail polish from over 10 different brands! The prize starts at zero, then bloggers can each pick a favourite shade to be added to the prize.

You can enter below. You can also enter once on each blog that adds a shade to the prize.
-via Nail Polish Canada

So do you want to enter?
Well you can, by clicking the link below which will take you to the Rafflecopter page (my version of WordPress won’t let you see the widget T__T). Anyway GOOD LUCK!

*a Rafflecopter giveaway*
US and Canada only

*I did not receive monetary compensation for this post. I was asked to participate in helping spread this fun contest. In return, my blog gets a bit of recognition from new people (because of the Rafflecopter Widget), plus others get an extra entry into this fun contest*

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure

A few weeks back, I received a new Influenster kit. These contained two new patterns for the Impress Press On Manicure line. I was REALLY hoping that I would get a medium length kit, but alas, my hopes were dashed. Because I have long nail beds, I cannot use them. Which is a TOTAL bummer as they are pretty. In any case, I got my friend HJ to help me out. I should just enlist her to be a correspondent for the blog :P

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
The first time I tried opening these, I had such a hard time! I didn’t realize you need to slightly twist, and just tried yanking the black top off. Anyway, slightly twist off!

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Here is my friend finding the ones that fit her fingers. Notice in the last picture that the pairs that are of the same size, have the same pattern. Nice touch. Didn’t even notice til she pointed it out to me. She realized that some of them weren’t the same, and proceeded to look for the right pairs.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Peel off the plastic tab, line up at the base of the nail bed, and then press down firmly.

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Pressing down on the next nail…

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Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Peel, lineup, push down. DONE

Fun story. I made her pose like that. “No no…like this!” Oh Esther…you picky punk.

Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Broadway Nails imPRESS Press-on Manicure
Its funny. Let me explain how the nails dont fit me at all. So this is the second smallest nail in the set. My nails have been cut down to their shortest. Any shorter, and I would be cutting into my skin. So you can see how the nail still peeks through. If I used the smallest nail in the set, it was pretty much half the size of my own nail! haha…curse my long nail beds in situations like these!

She has had these on since Thursday. She did mention that when she took a hot shower Friday, she felt the glue starting to lift, and the nails wiggle. So she pressed them again to get them to adhere again. They were fine afterwards. You obviously would want to avoid long baths, or long exposure to water with these guys. You also want to use the prep pad in the kit.

The only thing is that it comes with 24 nail pieces. Which means that you can technically squeeze out 2 manicures of these. That is ONLY if they fit your nails. If not, you could mix and match with another set. You can also file them, so don’t think that you can’t change the shape if you really want to.

The one thing my friend didn’t like, was the fact that they were a tad thick, thus it would make your nails feel a little awkward. So they are a little hard getting used to, but they look great. She even got a few compliments while out.

So if you are stuck for a mani, on short time, press on’s are a great way to go. If you can find the right sizes for your nail beds, which I hope you can :)

You can see the video they posted on the website HERE.

And a quick little Instagram video I took while my friend was trying them out :)

 

*I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.*

CoverGirl Bon Bon

*Disclosure: I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own*

Spring is usually equivalent to the idea of pastels for me.

I’m not usually a total fan of pastels (I mean it is in between two extremes…make up your mind lol), but when I received Bon Bon to play with, I was intrigued.

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But oh my.

Pastel nail polish is notorious for being a pain in the butt to work with. I mean I have Revlon one’s, Orly one’s, Essie…OPI…and they all give me grief. That might be another reason why I choose not to work with them.

I know that Bon Bon doesn’t look completely pastel, but it behaved exactly like them.

It was a little thick in texture, which was unlike the line for me, as the others that I have tried were just marvelous. Because of that, I found that it applied very unevenly. You can see it the most in the pinky nail in the picture above.

Then there was the fact that it was patchy. So I tried to do touchups on areas that were a little too sheer. That didn’t end very well.

CoverGirl Outlast Stay Brilliant

But it looks fairly nice (if you ignore the fact that I had to apply two coats of a top coat to level it off, and the fact that my cuticles are a mess). Just wasn’t the formula that I was used to with the other colours I own.

Wonder what it is about the lighter colours that makes it such a difficult thing to work with?

Anyway, I’m looking at these pictures and am totally jealous of my own nails. I had to to cut them the other night, as I have a lot of typing and writing to do this week. When I have my longer nails, they make more noise when I type on my laptop in class, and makes me feel so guilty (plus it ruins the lecture recordings I take). So my nails are the shortest they have been in MONTHS. I also did that deliberately so that I could see if the new Broadway Nails would fit my nails (which they don’t because even at the shortest possible length of my nails, the nail beds are still too long for the short nails from them). That’s cool though, cause my friends can put them to use for me instead…right…I don’t have to be jealous T___T

Well hope you have all been enjoying this weather! So warm, but I guess many of you are happy now. I’ll try and not say I miss the weather from the earlier part of the year :P