Thursday, August 17, 2017

Topcoat Review: CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat

Today I have a slightly atypical post for you - a review on a topcoat! (PS: I received it in a Goodie Bag at a Nail Polish Convention that I attended. Not a review for the company, just my experience in this post.)

Here is the subject in question:

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Admission: I have had this bottle, untouched, for at least a year. I am a polish blogger - when do I want a WEEK's worth of wear when I re-do my nails multiple times per week?

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The answer is when I take the time to do an awesome, intricate mani that came out (almost) as well as I had hoped!

I did this mani for Mother's Day, but had to do it a few days before. I was shocked that I actually liked it and wanted it to stay intact, so I thought it was a perfect time to try out my CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat.

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Well. Not only did this not hold up for a week, it didn't make it for four HOURS before it chipped, massively, on my cinderella hand. Seriously! I waited plenty of time for it to dry and I was literally only doing normal things, like getting my makeup on for dinner. I wasn't washing dishes and I am not rough on my hands at all. Furthermore, my HK Girl stands up to chores, like washing dishes, and stays put and chip free for my entire mani.

In sum, the CND Vinylux Weekly Topcoat is a big old FLOP from me. I know that topcoats work differently on all of us, considering factors like body temp, oils in your skin, how rough you are with your hands, and more, but safe to say, this one is not for me!

Have you had a different experience with this topcoat?

Tell me about it in the comments!

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Mani Round Up: August 15, 2017

I was a bad blogger last week! I was so busy (doing what, I don't even know) that I kept the SAME color on my nails for like 3 days. I am shaking my head in shame.

Needless to say, this week's post is slightly lame.

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OPI You're Such a Budapest: This is the polish that I kept on for eternity. I adore this color as  it is bright, punchy, cheerful, and has the most charming subtle shimmer. It also wears incredibly well, as you know one single chip would've made me immediately slam on the life brakes and re-do my mani. This is three coats - two would've been OK but I am an over-achiever - with HK Girl topcoat.

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Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief: Coming soon to the Glisten & Glow website near you! I was one of the firs to be able to test this out (squee!) and I love it! I've said it before - a ridge filling polish is like the primer of your makeup, it smooths and perfects the surface before application. If you have ridges in your nails, this will be your new holy grail.

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Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief, Fresh Paint Sugar Cube, Essie Petal Pink: I wanted to keep the au natural look of Ridge Relief, but I also wanted a little bling, so I added two coats of Fresh Paint Sugar Cube, a flakie with a slightly tinted base. I topped it with one coat of Essie Petal Pink to give it an almost jelly sandwich mani look, and topped with HK Girl.

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Zoya Hera: Oooh, what is this?! The fall Zoya Sophisticates collected has landed! Hera is a gorgeous dusty rose, which is just the most perfect color on my skintone. This is another polish I wore for a few days! I did two coats although one is fine for this creamy, dreamy polish.

Sigh - that's all I got. The sneak peek at the new Zoya is worth it, though, right?!

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Etude House Tint My Brows Gel Review

This is a longer than usual review, but if you're looking for an inexpensive brow tint, as well as loads of funny faces and gross eyebrow hangy pieces, this should be a decent read!

I hate my quasimoda eyebrows. I am a 80's baby, which means I was a teen in the 90's era of overplucking the absolute life out of your brows. That trend, combined with an eyebrow ring scar on my left brow (again, I blame the 90's) and a childhood scar on my right brow that causes an exaggerated arch, I am constantly on the hunt for helpful, yet inexpensive, brow products.

As you may also know, I am way into the world of KBeauty skincare and loving it. My skin hasn't looked better in pretty much EVER. When I saw the ETude House Tint My Brows Gel for under $5 shipped, I decided to give it a try.

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Here is the package. I didn't take pics of the instructions, but the English instructions were there, well written, extensive, and super helpful. Good start!

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This is the stuff! It's goopy, it's gluey, it's honestly kind of scary looking!

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I swatched it on paper to check the color and then I got nervous. Looks reddish, right!?

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Here it is, in sum! Let me tell you more about each step and the experience itself.

Before:
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This is legit the worst pic I have ever posted on the internet. You're welcome, world. ZERO makeup, wonky eyebrow in full effect. No, really, you're welcome.

During:

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It is surprisingly easy to use:

Make sure your face is washed.

Trim your eyebrows to avoid excess hair pulling up upon removal (it's going to happen anyway, and a LOT).

I used a clean mascara wand to groom my sparse hairs in the same direction. Use the brush, with product applied liberally, to create the desired shape.  Apply MORE product than you think you need.

Removal:

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The directions suggest leaving it on for two hours, OR, for more coloration, leave on overnight! I left mine on for three hours. You look goofy AF - a combo of Frida Kahlo and Groucho Marx, and it feels tight, like drying glue.

At about the two hour mark, as I moved my forehead and eyebrows, I could feel the drying and tightening begin. I left it on for an additional hour and then began to peel.

More Removal:

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Directions suggest starting with the head of the brow, but I used my nail to gently pick and push down. Who knows it that caused the hairs to rip out, but they def. did.

After:

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Not bad! This is really not my color, although it was the darkest one, and my hair is not even that dark. I probably would leave it on overnight if I wasn't a)afraid to do it again, and b)afraid to lose all of my eyebrows, considering how few I have anyway.

Aftermath:

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Here's the scary part! Horror!

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Oh, boy. See all those little hairs? Sorry if you think it's gross - cuz it is - but a review needs to be thorough, right!?

Conclusion: 

Well, as interesting as this was, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. As the directions stated, I didn't use any makeup or skincare products on my brows for 24 hours after.

However! About hour 25, I went to the gym. And I sweat - that's the point, amirite?

I used my regular old cloth to wipe my face as I hustled on the treadmill. Totally forgot about the brows. When I was finished with my workout, I stopped in the locker room and took a look.

Eyebrows GONE.

Gone. 110% gone, as if I hadn't done a thing to them. WAIT! I mean, my REAL brows were (still barely) there, LMAO, but the Etude House Gel was completely gone. Moot. Futile.

That was not the conclusion I was expecting to this experiment! I was hoping to use this over my upcoming vacation and therefore not have to schlep along multiple brow products, but that is not going to be the case.

I can't recommend this to you. I just can't. Have you tried it? What do you think? Would you try it after my review, or did I ruin it for you?

xoxo,
Lacey

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Mani Round Up: August 8, 2017

Tuesday again! My first Tuesday being 34, neat. :)

Let me show you what I wore last week...and a couple random ones I forgot. Oops - blame it on old age, haha.

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Essie Topless & Barefoot: Such a gorgeous color! I went to a History Camp in Holyoke, MA a couple weeks ago and forgot to post my 'professional' nails. This is a go-to color for me.

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Zoya Pippa: To start off my birthday week, and it being a Monday, I decided to go with bright, cheerful, instant pick me up nails. Pippa it is! I did two coats over a NEW product called Ridge Relief by Glisten & Glow, followed by the G&G topcoat. More on Ridge Relief will be on the blog!

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China Glaze Don't Mesa With My Heart: This was one of those manis when I knew the exact color I wanted to grab. Love pink, love CG, love Mesa (in Arizona), so natural choice! I used my new Glisten&Glow Ridge Relief, too. See how delightful and smooth my nails look? 2 coats of polish topped with HK Girl topcoat, of course.

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Zoya Barbie: I announced this on Facebook when I did it on the 2nd, but for the first time EVER, I actually used a clippers to cut my nails. I used to be a serious chronic ultra mega nail biter until I began this blog, but because of constant swatching and the fact that I am a klutz, my nails were never really that long. Blog length, sure, but not strong and long. They were actually getting SO long that I was having trouble typing, so I wanted to trim them, but since I apparently don't know how to TRIM with clippers, I cut them to shorties. Oh well - they are nails and will (hopefully) grow back, LOL. Anyway, 3 coats of Barbie b/c it's sheer. My Aunt brought me a beautiful scarf from her trip to Ireland and this color matched perfectly!

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China Glaze I'm Not Lion: Birthday nails! My bottle of Lion is OLD - not as old as me, but you know - so I had to dump thinner in it to make it usable. 10/10 will throw away.

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China Glaze I'm Not Lion w/decals: These decals are from American Made Creations. I forgot I had them until I was digging around in my decals box.

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Essie Cocktails & Coconuts: Old habits die hard! Back to two perfect coats of neutral polish and topcoat to begin the next week.

xoxo,
Lacey

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Glisten & Glow Ridge Relief - New Product!!

Hello there! I have an exciting new basecoat product to show you from Glisten & Glow. You probably already know HK Girl topcoat since it is clearly the world's best, glossiest, and quickest drying topcoat EVER.

Recently, Jill has introduced Ridge Relief, designed to smooth over the ridges in your nails before you apply polish.

I LOVE ridge-filling basecoats, personally. But, I also love a face primer, designed to smooth and perfect the skin before makeup application. Think of Ridge Relief as a primer for your nails - smooth and perfect the surface before applying your polish!

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I begin every many with a nail hardening basecoat, so I did the same here. In the photo below, I added one coat of Ridge Relief to my pink and middle nails. You can clearly see how it improves the color and texture of the nail. It just LOOKS smoother, and certainly feels it, too.

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Close up - Ridge Relief is on my middle and pinky nails.

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Here are all 4 nails with Ridge Relief. Smooooth!

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I used China Glaze Don't Mesa With My Heart here over Ridge Relief. Check out how flawless my mani looks!

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Close up!

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Here is Zoya Pippa over Ridge Relief. With bright colors like this, ridges would show horribly!! Look how delightful and perfect this mani looks!

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There you have it! I am a huge fan of Ridge Relief - and, of course, my HK Girl topcoat. If you have nails with ridges, this is going to be your Go-To basecoat!

You can purchase the topcoat and Ridge Relief at http://glistenandglow.bigcartel.com!

xoxo,
Lacey