Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Parrot Polish Swatches & Review

Hey guys! Today I have swatches and my review of the two polishes that I got from the indie polish line Parrot Polish. Parrot Polish is family owned and has been operating since 2014. Their polish is 100% cruelty free and 5-Free. Parrot Polish inspiration comes from the many colors of parrots and parakeets. I found out about them while searching for thermal nail polish on Amazon. Thermal nail polish changes colors in response to the heat or cold. What I love most about thermal polish is the constant state of  gradient effect that it gives your nails. Its like buying two polishes for the price of one. It's no secret, I'm obsessed with thermal polish. But it's really hard to find or shall I say, its hard to find ones that actually work. Also, while searching on Amazon, most of the thermal polishes needed a UV light. I own a UV light but I only use it for certain occasions. I was so excited when I finally found a quality brand that needed no UV light to dry. I bought two shades for $10.00 each. On the left is "Citrus Twist" and on the right "Atlantic." I was really impressed with how fast my package arrived. I placed my order on Friday the 26th and received my order on Monday the 29th. The nail polish came in cute little boxes. They also threw in a free heart shaped hand soap for me to try. The polish it self is great quality. You can tell that they use the finest ingredients to make their polish. Currently, they have a 25% off sale going on this month. So that means you have one more day to take advantage of this deal. And don't worry, they ship world wide. If you want to know more about Parrot Polish Nail Polish check out their website and Instagram page.

Citrus Twist

Citrus Twist has a jelly like consistency. It changes from orange to yellow. This polish is perfect for the summer and fall. I applied three thin coats and topped it off with a clear top coat.


Atlantic is a dark green polish that changes to a minty green. This polish was opaque in one coat. I can definitely see myself wearing this shade in the fall. I applied two coats and topped it off with a clear top coat. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sephora by OPI 5 Peice Nail Polish Collction Set

Today I have my review and swatches for Sephora by OPI Nail Polish Collection Set. I bought these polishes from Amazon for $13.99. I been wanting to try this brand of polish for a while. When I was trying to do some research on this polish I found very little information. That could be due to the fact that this line was discontinued back in 2013. I must admit though, I didn't quite understand why Sephora would need to partnered with OPI. In my opinion, Sephora is such a major beauty brand, why wouldn't they make their own polish line. And that's exactly what they did. However, it seems that some of the nail addicts disapproved of this decision. In 2013 Sephora  launched their own polish line called Formula X. Although, Sephora by OPI has been discontinued you can still find it on different Internet sites and in some stores such as Big Lots. Now for my review, I have to say that I wasn't sure at first of how I felt about these polishes. I thought the nail polish bottle alone looked a little bulky. On the other hand, the bulkiness of the handle helped me to have an easier grip. The thickness of the handle felt very comfortable and steady compared to others. Some times these polish bottles are so fancy you can't even get a good grip on the handle to paint your nails. But we all know looks doesn't matter but its what's on the inside that really counts. Are we still talking about nail polish here? Anyways, the consistency of the nail polish is very thin and semi opaque. Four out of five polishes needed at least three coats. You will definitely need a quick dry top coat to speed up the drying process. Although, these polishes were thin and most of them needed three coats. They looked so beautiful on my nails. I mean just look at them, so pretty! So maybe they intended for the formula to be like this on purpose. You can choose how light or dark you want the shade to be. Which is pretty cool to me. Over all, I liked this polish and I would purchase more in the future.

It's Bouquet With Me

It's Bouquet With Me is a tinted berry shade polish filled with pink and silver glitter. I applied three coats and topped it off with a clear top coat. This polish would also look pretty on top of another shade such as black.

Ms. Can't Be Wrong

Ms. Can't Be Wrong is a pink shimmery creme polish. I applied two coats and topped if off with a clear top coat. This polish is perfect for a date night with Mr. Right.

Mr. Right Now

Mr. Right Now is a dark burgundy polish. I applied three coats and topped it off with a clear top coat. As I was painting my nails I felt like drinking a cup of hot chocolate. This polish is perfect for winter or fall.

IM Beauty

I'm Beauty is a pastel yellow polish. I used a clear base coat. Then I applied three coats and topped it off with a clear top coat. This polish is perfect for summer or spring.

A True Romantic

A true romantic is a very soft pink polish. It's extremely thin. I applied three thick coats and topped it off with a clear top coat. In my opinion, this polish is perfect for any time of the year.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

My Awesome Nail Haul

Today I'm really excited about doing my first nail haul post. It's been a while since I have visited any of my favorite drug stores to buy nail polish. I mean not because I don't want to. Its just that I feel like I already own everything in the drug stores that's related to nails. For a while now I been doing most of my shopping online. I don't know if its just me but it seems like shopping online is more convenient. Also, you can find more things online and sometimes at a cheaper price. The internet has a lot to offer to us nail addicts. You have your stamping plates, stampers, indie polish, and nail art tools, the possibilities are endless! Oh, the feeling you get when you fill up your shopping cart and click on the check out button. If your anything like me, you constantly look out your window for the mail man to deliver your package. On the day when your nail mail finally arrives you feel nothing but pure joy and happiness. Especially if its one of those days when your feeling kind of low, there's nothing like a little nail mail to cheer you up. Yes indeed, no feeling like it! It's almost like having your own personal Christmas. So when my mother-in-law gave me a $75.00 Amazon gift card for my birthday, I was ecstatic. In the month of July I was extremely busy with traveling and visiting family. Therefore, I wasn't able to do my nails or post as much on my social media pages. When I got back home I had a hard time getting back into my nail routine. So to help me, I decided it was time to do some online shopping or what I like to call it "Nail Therapy". I have pictures of everything that I bought for you guys to view. Swatches and reviews coming soon!

 Nail Mail

5 Piece Sephora by OPI Collection Set $13.99

Sephora is one of my favorite places to buy nail polish. However, I have never seen there own brand inside any of my local stores. So when I saw this great deal, I couldn't pass it up. Polishes from left to right are Ms. Can't Be Wrong, It's Bouquet with Me, Mr. Right Now, IM Beauty, and A True Romantic.

Seche Clear Base Coat $4.90 Each

You can never have too many base coats lying around. I though this price was a steal due to the fact that this product is $7.00 or more at the local drug stores in my area.

KBShimmer Nail Polish $9.25 Each

This will be my first time trying KBShimmer nail polish. Lately, I been wanting to try more indie brands. When I saw that they had a Amazon store I definitely had to grab a few and add them to my collection. Polishes from left to right are Full Bloom Ahead, Blush Money, In Bare Form, and Rollin' With The Chromies.

Club Poptasic Pastel Neon Collection $29.95

There's not really much to say here except that Color Club Nail Lacquer is awesome!  I just love their polish. Definitely one of my favorite brands to wear. Polishes from left to right are All That Razz, Peace, Love, & Polish, Twiggie, Pucci-Icious, Peace Out Purple, and Disco Dress.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

To Be or Not to Be? UNT Peel Off Base Coat

Being a nail blogger your constantly painting your nails at least every 1 to 2 days. Oh, and don't forget the nail challenges, collages, and swatches that you have to do throughout the week. Participating in these kinds of things can be fun, but lets be honest it can be a wear and tare on your nails. Although, acetone does a great job removing most polishes, but over usage can harm your nails. Acetone dehydrates your nails, skin, and cuticles when used on a regular basis. In addition, it can also strip the natural oils from your nails which causes them to become brittle.   Therefore, I wanted to find something that would help reduce my usage of acetone. UNT Peel Off Base Coat is considered to be blogger's favorite peel off base. Also, it is specially designed for easy removal of glitter and dark polishes. When I first started my nail journey I was clueless about a lot of things. For instance, I couldn't tell the difference between a crelly or jelly polish. But one thing I did know, those type of polishes are always loaded with tons of glitter and are extremely hard to get off your nails. After going through about a million bottles of acid tone and cotton balls, I was over it. I saw some of my friends on Instagram raving about this product. So I decided to give it a try. For my first attempt I used "Get Clover Yourself" by Native War Paints. First, I applied one coat of UNT Peel Off Base Coat. Next, I let it dry for about 3 to 5 minutes. Finally, I applied the polish and topped it off with a clear top coat. On the next day, I noticed my polish was falling off my nails. Feeling disappointed, I removed the rest of the polish. Later on that night I decided to give it another try. For my second attempt I used "Paannnk" by In The Name Of Polish. I repeated the same exact steps that I did the first time and of course I got the same results. Feeling frustrated, I threw it to the side. After a few months of abandoning my UNT Peel Off Base, I decided to give it another try. This time around I thought I would try a few things differently. First, I made sure my nails were clean and free from any debris. Second, when applying the peel off base you want to make sure that you coat your nail evenly. I realized if I didn't do this correctly it made the peel off process difficult. Third, let it dry for at least 10 minutes. I found that I wasn't letting it dry completely and as a result, my polish kept falling off. I cannot remember if there was any directions on the box, but I did read in the product description on Amazon that results may vary for different individuals. If you are new to the nail community, I recommend this product as a must have. Or if you were like me and threw your UNT Peel Off Base Coat to the side out of frustration. Pick it up and give it another try. I'm so glad that I did! Yes, I was disappointed in the beginning, but once I made those few adjustments there was no doubt that we were meant to be! Every relationship has it's ups and downs, but some things are just worth fighting for.

First  Failed Attempt of using UNT Peel Off Base Coat

Get Clover Your Self by Native War Paints

Second Failed Attempt of using UNT Peel Off Base Coat

Paannnk by In The Name Of Polish

Successful Manis Using UNT Peel Off Base Coat

Tips for Protecting Your Nails From Acetone

  1. Use a peel off base to reduce usage of acetone
  2. Add cuticle oil to your acetone
  3. Wash hands after using acetone
  4. Moisturize hands with lotion
  5. Rehydrate nails and cuticles with oil