Showing posts with label Nail Care. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Care. Show all posts

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Stuff I'm Totally Sweating: butter LONDON 'Black Wallpaper' Nail Skins

Last night I was thinking about how I hadn't written a fashion related post here in a while so I decided to bring back my Stuff I'm Totally Sweating forays into fashion blogging. So excuse for a minute, while I get totally girly on you.

Last summer, my best friend introduced me to Sally Hansen Salon Effects, which are basically colored stickers for your nails that mimic the look of expensive manicures. I'm one of those people who is fascinated by nail designs but find that they also border on gauche and tacky. I tried them and discovered they were easy to use but didn't last any longer than my regular polish and also didn't allow me to use my protective layer of nail hardener, which I am rarely without. Add in their limited variety of colors and designs and I'm sad to say I'm not a big fan.

However, something about THESE butter LONDON 'Black Wallpaper' Nail Skins, which I discovered while holiday shopping online last month, made me want them immediately.

Perhaps, it was the unfulfilled little goth/steampunk/rebel in me that jumped at the lovely black decals or maybe it was the murmuring of a Frida Kahlo/Georgia O'Keeffe mother muse reminding me to be a Senorita with flowers in her hair on her nails. Whatever it was, I purchased them and repressed the urge not to buy them in bulk hence they sell out.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Stuff I'm Totally Sweating

Excuse me while I indulge in a lighthearted product review:

Every Sunday (usually on Sundays) after the day is done, dinner has been cooked and eaten and I'm getting ready for the week ahead, I usually take some time and do my nails. I always get compliments on my manicure and most people assume I get professional manicures but I don't. I don't spend a very long time on my nails either, just a quick filing to keep them square and a couple of coats of hardener and polish while I watch a little TV. So when I spotted the new collection of Sally Hansen: Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colors at Rite Aid I knew it was a product I had to try.

I have always had a box full of nail polishes at home because I like to experiment and try new colors. Luckily, I have long, slender, pale fingers that show off a variety of colors easily.

I'll never forget the time my grandmother who had toiled hard all of her life looked at my fingers and exclaimed "you have beautiful hands, like a teacher." When I asked my mom what that meant exactly, she explained and told me to make sure my hands always stayed that way. Anyhow, right before our recent getaway to the Dominican Republic I bought two of the Sally Hansen: Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Colors and fell in love right away.

The colors are bright and modern, the polishes go on sleek and shiny, lending the illusion of length to your nails and while the brush is shaped thickly and clunkily square the polish lives up to its name and dries instantly. I've been snapping up some of them every time I see them at the local stores because they aren't available everywhere and you know how cosmetic companies are notorious for discontinuing great products. I hope that doesn't happen here - great nail polishes don't come along everyday.
 
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