Friday, June 24, 2016

OOO Polish...Dipped In Knowledge

Hey guys! Before we get started I must admit that at first I had a difficult time writing this review. I couldn't figure it out and something was missing. So while sitting at my desk I began to scroll down my Instagram feed and I saw a post with the hashtag #dippedinknowledge. Then it dawned on me I was treating this review way too "technical." I needed to dig a little deeper and look within my self. Its just nail polish right? But, nothing is ever what it seems. Imagine yourself walking into a nail salon to get your nails done. You are turned away because of how you look. I myself have experienced a negative situation like this and it's not a good feeling. You could either choose to be discourage or inspired by your personal life situation. With that being said, this is no loner a review you are being dipped in knowledge, I repeat #dippedinknowledge.
      Ok, so now we can start. Today I will be sharing with you the first and only new African-Inspired Indie Nail Lacquer line called OOO Polish, owned by Symantha Wechie-Onyechi. Wow! That's huge right? Currently, there's nothing else out there in the market like this line. This was the very reason why I was so excited to try OOO Polish. I reached out to Symantha when I saw that she was looking for swatchers on Instagram (IG). I did not hesitate, I signed up right away and the rest was history. OOO Polish is vegan, 6-Free, and custom handmade for women of color. Symantha's concept is to create polishes specifically for the under tones of women of color, but any one can wear them. You can see in the swatches how a person's skin tone uniquely brings out different elements of a shade. And that my friends is the beauty of OOO Polish. Symantha is definitely filling a void in this industry. There has been many times where I would limit myself to certain colors because I thought they may not look good on me. Also, when I did go to the nail salon they would only have their "usual" choice of shades. With OOO Polish you don't have to worry about how it will look on you. I don't know how she does it but, each shade transforms and customizes it's self to your skin tone.
     In my last post I expressed how our love for nail polish and nail art can represent what we care about most in our lives. This is what really intrigued me about OOO Polish. It's not just about having a hobby or pretty nails. It was about turning a negative experience into something positive. And I definitely can feel the positive vibes when I wear her polish. Another thing that I love, each polish comes with a small description about it to give it a sense of history or personality to each color. For instance, her Mother Nature Collection was named after all the women that has touched her in her life. Now, that's a lot of history! Dedicating a collection to generations that lived before her reveals that Symantha takes pride in where she comes from and her culture. Have you ever heard the expression that good things can come out of a bad situation? Because of what she experienced, Symantha never wants her customers to feel like she felt. Her goal with OOO Polish is to make us feel beautiful inside and out! You've probably figured out by now where I saw the hashtag #dippedinknowledge. Yes, you guessed it right, from Symantha. Through her polish line she has inspired us to be proud of who we are and where we come from. So now I will leave with this quote from her, "In order to know yourself you must have knowledge of self and your History. My goal is not to teach but to always learn and pass it on." To order and find out more about OOO Polish visit


Oyá is from the Orisha Collection. This red polish is named after the African Goddess "Mother of Nine." She is known to be a fierce warrior who rides into war. I have two different swatches for you to view, one is by me and the other is by juki_nails. You can see how our skin tones uniquely brings out the different elements of this shade. I applied two coats and topped it off with Shine like a Queen top coat.

Swatch by @juki_nails. Check out their IG page!


Orunmila is one of OOO Polish's signature shades and I can definitely see why. The story behind Orunmila tells that he is the Orisha of wisdom, knowledge, and divination. This beautiful and flawless nude polish is perfect for a casual day or even the office. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with Shine Like a Queen top coat.


Candace is from the Queen Collection. This polish is named after the Empress of Ethiopia. Its such a pretty blue and sparkly shade! I have two different swatches for you to view. One is by me and the other is by Xenia. You can also see in this polish how our skin tones uniquely brings out the different elements of this shade. I applied two coats and topped it off with Shine Like a Queen top coat.

Swatch by Xenia also know as @amazon_queen82 on
IG. Check out her IG page!


Grace is from the Mother Nature Collection and named after one of Symantha's strong grandmothers. Each shade of this collection represents a woman that has touched her in her life. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with Shine Like a Queen top coat.


Olorun is a green holographic shade from the Universe Collection. This shade reminds me of the colorful parts of  the galaxy in outer space. Olorun is perfect for a girls night out or if your just feeling like being one with the universe. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with Shine like a Queen top coat.

 Tips for application of OOO Polish

  1. Clean and trim cuticles on a regular basis
  2. Make sure your nail is free of any residue or oil
  3. Use base and top coat
  4. Apply 2 thick coats or 3 thin coats for best results

Friday, June 17, 2016

Nail Therapy? Let's get Personal!

Hey guys! welcome to my blog. I started this blog a year ago along with when I first started Instagram(IG). I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the blog and my IG page, so I decided to just focus on having fun with IG. Its been almost a year later and let me tell you, its been one heck of a ride. I have had so much fun meeting nice people, participating in nail art challenges, and experimenting with new nail art techniques. I never knew there were so many other people out there like me who loves nail polish. Some people may wonder why would any one love nail polish so much. Well, I love nail polish because there's not a size on the bottle, I don't have to squeeze into it, it just goes right on my nail. I wear nail polish because it may be a special occasion or maybe it just makes me feel relaxed after a long day of taking care of my son and cleaning the house. Here is a picture of some nail art that I did on January 14, 2016. My son Malachi had to have surgery on the next morning. I was so nervous that I decided to paint my nails to relax me. So I came up with teddy bear and chocolate chip cookie nails because those were his two favorite things at the time (now he's into minions). When it was time for him to go into operation I wanted to go with him, but I couldn't. But, some how sitting in the waiting room and looking down at my nails made me feel closer to him. I was so relieved that every thing went well with his operation. I think that's the real reason why some of us love nail polish and nail art. It can represent what we care about most in our lives. I think everyone needs some type of hobby to help relax them and clear their minds. So remember, if your feeling overwhelmed about life just do a little "nail therapy" on yourself (or whatever makes you happy). And if you can't do your nails, pay someone to do them. I guarantee you'll feel better! Comment down below and share why you love nail polish?

Teddy Bear & Chocolate Chip Cookie Nails

Moments with Malachi

                                       Meet Donna Karl

I met Donna last year on Instagram. I first noticed her when I saw a picture of her nails with her Starbucks's ice coffee. I thought to myself, oh yeah, I definitely need to follow her. Over the year we have gotten to know each other. She's such a sweet and beautiful person. Oh, and did I mention she is a nail addict too! Like me, Donna has different reasons why she loves nail polish. And one of those reasons is to bring awareness to different causes. She has always supported relay for life, volunteered to give blood, and supported women who have experienced domestic violence, and that's just a few to name. Although, she brings awareness to others and their causes, she has a story of her own. Donna was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) three years ago. PH is an increase of blood pressure that effects arteries in the lungs and heart which leads to shortness of breath, dizziness, fainting, and other symptoms. Some forms of PH are serious conditions and are sometimes fatal. Even though, anyone can be diagnosed with PH, there are certain risk factors that make certain people more likely to get the disease. For example, PH can be pass down from a family member or through drugs such as the dieting pill "fen phen." Because of the lack of knowledge about PH in the past, patients were only expected to live for 1 to 3 years after diagnosis. However, Donna has beaten the odds, she has far succeeded expectations and is doing very well. This year on June17-19 in Dallas, Texas the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) is celebrating 25 years of successful progress in research and treatments. Because of the PHA, people have learned to manage their illness and live happy and fulfilling lives. And I believe Donna has chosen to do just that. Down below is a picture of her PH manicure that she did to bring awareness to this disease. I'm honored that I was given the opportunity to share a small part of her story with you. If you want to know more about this disease click on the link The color of the awareness ribbon is periwinkle and it looks beautiful on her! Check out Donna's other amazing nail art designs on her IG page @dwooleybooger(click the link at the bottom of the picture to view her page).

Donna's PH Awareness Nails

Donna's favorite manis for the month of May. Some of them included
awareness for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, ME/CFS & Fibromyalgia,
Domestic Violence and Cystic Fibrosis.

        What does your nail polish say about you?

Have you ever changed your nail polish to a brighter color on a rainy day to make you feel better? Well here's why, according to some researchers studies have revealed correlations between color and our emotional responses. Here's a few examples for you to review.
Polishes photographed are neon purple, neon blue, neon green, neon yellow,
and neon pink by Klean Color and It's Raining Men by Deborah Lippmann.