Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter

Pinky Glitter: a hum-drum name for a pretty awesome polish. Pinky Glitter has a sheer light pink base packed with small and medium iridescent glitters. It makes for a very pretty, dainty-looking manicure. Couldn't you see a cartoon princess wearing something like this?



The only drawback to Pinky Glitter is how sheer it is. I think this is intended to be a layering polish, as it takes four coats on its own to reach semi-opacity. But at least it has a nice consistency to it, so build up, while time-consuming, isn't a complete ass-ache.

Pinky Glitter instantly became one of my all-time favorite Sinful Colors shades, so shout-out to Amanda for sending it my way! I'd love to try this over a neon pink next time I wear it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Pedi Princess Flip Flops


This is one of those ideas you can file under "how-has-no-one-thought-of-this-already": flip flops with toe dividers built in! I'm a pretty tidy painter on my fingernails, but I'm considerably more sloppy on my toes--don't have as much practice, I guess--so anything that makes application easier and keeps me from smearing my pedi is something I want to try! These would be perfect for bringing to the salon too!

Pedi Princess offers these flip-flops in a ton of different designs. A lot of them are blinged out or have fun little accents on them, like flowers. I decided to give these lime leopard print ones a try. I like that they're a little saucy-looking. ;)


They feel very sturdy--definitely better than the cheap, flimsy pairs they give you at the salon! Plus they're re-usable. Once you're done wearing them, the flip-flops come with a small plastic tote so that you can stash them away at home or keep them in the car between salon visits.

Here's how they look on, with a freshly applied Butter London Jaffa pedi! WARNING: FEET! JUST SAYIN'.



They're very comfortable to wear and do a really good job of keeping your toes separated, both during application and walking around afterwards.  I loved being able to cook dinner and walk around my apartment without having to worry that my pedi was going to get smeared or dented.

I decided to see how long I could wear these without the toe dividers starting to bug me and it was almost 90 minutes until I felt like I should take them off, which was more than ample drying time for my pedicure. I highly recommend these and will be using them with all of my future pedicures!

You can purchase Pedi Princess flip-flops through their website. Hit them up on Facebook and Instagram if you want to learn more and see some additional pics.

Last but certainly not least, Pedi Princess is offering 20% off to Nailed readers with the code CHELSEA20. If you pick up a pair (or already own one), I'd love to hear what you think!


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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Butter London Gobsmacked

Hello all! I hope the week is treating you well so far. I've got a quick NOTD to share with you today. I was in the mood for a fall color, so I put on Butter London Gobsmacked, a charcoal glitter. It's a great fashion-forward shade for autumn! This polish dries to a textured finish on its own, but I put on some top coat to bring out the silver sparkles more.



Gobsmacked has a nice, easy formula. What you see above is three coats. Removal was pretty typical for a textured polish--easier than glitter but harder than a creme. I think this is actually the only textured polish that I prefer to wear with top coat. It's still pretty without, it pops more with a little shine on top!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Orly Infamous (Holiday 2015) Preview

Moving, moving and more moving! Now that I've got everything moved out of our old place, it's time to move IN to the new one. At least this half of the moving hassle is more exciting. But since a lot of my nail stuff is currently buried in a pile of boxes, I'm gonna use today's post to highlight an upcoming holiday collection! This is Orly's holiday offering, a six-color collection called Infamous.

 

While a seemingly Gossip Girl-inspired collection may not be all that topical, I do really love the color selection here! This looks like it could be one of Orly's best collections in a while. I definitely will be needing Gossip Girl and 15 Minutes of Fame. 

I'm not sure of an exact release date, but typically we see holiday stuff around mid-October, so pencil these pretties in sometime around there. Any you're wanting?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Butter London Jaffa

What color is Butter London Jaffa? I'm not sure there's an official name for it, but it's basically like an orange polish and a coral polish had a love child. It's a beautiful in-between shade--perfect for us nailophiles who can never make up our mind!



Here's where things go off the rails with Jaffa: what you see above is four coats. It went on surprisingly patchy and I really needed all four coats to completely even things out. Given how vibrant the color is, you wouldn't expect it to be so difficult to build up.

Is there a polish you like with a not-so-hot formula?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Zoya Lillian

Is there a certain polish that reminds you of someone you know? I had a very sweet co-worker who wore Zoya Lillian all the time (it looked fabulous on her, might I add) so this polish is permanently linked to her in my mind. I can see why she became so infatuated with it. Lillian is a creamy pastel blue with a hint of green in it--right up my alley!



 

This is one of my favorite shades of 2015 so far! Just look how cute it is! It reminds me quite a bit of Essie Blossom Dandy, which is not a bad thing at all.

The formula is pretty much your standard pastel: a little streaky, with some drag to it. It does self-level quite well though. I used three coats here.

I was lucky enough to snag all of the shades I wanted from the Delight Collection on clearance, so definitely hit up your local Ulta if you want these beauties on the cheap. With all the fall collections rolling in, now is a good time to score some deals on spring and summer shades!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Born Pretty Cuticle Tattoos: Review & Swatches

 

You might have noticed that temporary tattoos are making a bit of a fashion comeback lately. I see a lot of pictures on Instagram of people sporting fancy temporary tattoos at the beach, festivals, etc. So why not let your nails join in on the fun with cuticle tattoos?

These little temporary tattoos are a fun way to frame your cuticles or decorate your hands. You can use them to complement--or in place of--nail art. When I saw these on Born Pretty, I thought they'd be really fun to play around with for summer!

BP has a couple different tattoo designs available. The one I chose is NCT-001.


Applying these works just like any other temporary tattoo: press it against your skin using a wet washcloth or paper towel, then peel off the backing after about 30 seconds. I found (after some initial failed attempts) that the easiest way to place these is to cut out the design with as little excess paper around it as possible. Cut so that you can see where the point and the curve of the design fall, rather than just cutting a square. This will help you make sure the design is applied straight and close to your cuticle.

It took a couple practice nails for me to fully get the feel of how to apply these right along my cuticle line, but once I got the hang of it, it was super easy and fast. I thought I'd dress up my Orly Cake Pop mani with these. I think it looks pretty cool!



Like any other temporary tattoo, longevity is not the best. These are pretty much a one night only affair, so you'll want to save them for a special occasion. I was hanging out with a couple friends, so I thought that'd be a good time to bust these out. I got a lot of questions and comments about them!

I do wish they wore longer, but I suppose that's just the nature of the beast. Otherwise, I had a lot of fun with these and they were perfect for a day out!

If you would like to purchase anything from Born Pretty, they offer 10% off for Nailed readers:

www.bornprettystore.com


Disclosure: This product was provided for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.