Orly – Powder Puff

My nails are finally at my truly desired length. A few weekends ago, one too many glasses of homemade sangria lead to nail neglect and several of them snagged…the panic that naturally ensued must have been disturbing to nearby witnesses.  But they are starting to look pretty again now that the nightmare is over, so I’m celebrating with some new polishes!

Below is my Powder Puff mani.  I really love this color.  It’s clean and fresh looking, and goes with everything.

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I have a strict rule that manis and pedis MUST be matching colors.  There’s nothing more unattractive to me than mismatched hands and feet. I do, however, have an exception to the rule as pedis can last me up to 2 1/2 weeks while manis can barely go 4 days.

Exceptions:

The nail polish must be neutral if it is to mismatch the toe polish.  For example, if your toes are painted a sassy red, your nails must be a light color such as: OPI Passion, Essie Ballet Slippers, Deborah Lippman Fashion, or a French Mani.

I am in full acceptance that this rule is driven by my OCD, but I’ve come to terms with it.  So currently my nails are Powder Puff and my toes still Paint My Moji-Toes Red.

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OPI – Paint My Moji-Toes Red

This weekend was my good friend’s bachelorette party in Boston.  We all wore black tops and dark jeans, so I figured I’d spice it up a bit with a bright polish.  I chose Paint My Moji-Toes Red, which I thought was fitting because of the fun color and the booze reference in the name. It’s a very pretty blend of red/orange and pink, but I think the lighting in my pictures brings out more orange tones.

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I used the Miracle Nail Fix to fortify the edges of some of my weaker nails, followed by INM Clearbond Base Coat.  I used 2 coats of the polish and topped it all off with Seche Vite Top Coat.  Again, the top coat shrunk my beautiful mani and actually caused some heavily unattractive peeling. I still haven’t found a solid answer as to why this happens.  In my research thus far, it sounds like it can just happen every now and then.  That’s entirely too risky for me.  I need a trustworthy top coat, so I plan on heading back to Sally’s today to find my match.

Here’s a picture of the color straight off of google images..I think google is much more accurate.  It’s almost like a muted pink/red or a slight step up from a bright coral. Hard to describe, but who cares. It’s pretty and that’s all that matters!

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Shark Week Nail Art!

I usually never do nail art, it’s just not my style.  But I loved Pam Cake’s sharks for Shark Week so I made my own version! I only did it on one nail, my non-dominant hand is in no way capable of pulling this kind of detail off – as elementary as it may be. I had so much fun making him! I put him together as I watched the Rogue Shark special, it fully enhanced my Shark Week experience.

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OCC – Dangerous

A while back my sister gave me some OCC brand nail polishes for my birthday.  OCC stands for Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, which is just too fitting for my neurotic ass. I really love this brand for two reasons:

1. It’s not as commonly known as others, so when I want a break from the mainstream colors its perfect.

2. The formula is awesome. Two coats that dry fast and aren’t streaky at all.

Below I used a dark gray color called Dangerous.  It’s the first time I’ve worn this polish since she gave it to me and I’m totally feeling it.  It looks like rich velvet when it hits the light, I don’t think the pictures do it justice.

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 ImageI used Seche Vite top coat to finish it up, but I noticed this morning that it shrunk the polish.  I noticed the same thing with my former top coat, which was much less expensive.  I figured the the cost was a direct reflection of the quality so I upgraded to Seche Vite.  I’ve never had this problem with Seche Vite before, maybe it has to do with the color formula that you use? I don’t know, but it’s trashing a perfectly good mani which is not acceptable.  You can’t tell the damage done unless I point it out to you, but either way – I don’t like my work being tampered with. I’ll test this theory with other polishes using Seche Vite and report back. As far as I know it’s the best of the best in the top coat world so it better clean it’s act up.

Guest Photo – Pam Cake!

Here is a picture of my sister’s nail art in celebration of Shark Week!!

ImageI love it! Especially the thumb nail shark, he’s the cutest. Thanks for sharing Pam Cake! Your Shark Week enthusiasm has inspired me to do the same. I’ll post pictures soon!

Pam Cake is a fabulous make up artist – check her out on Pinterest here: http://pinterest.com/aestheticdecay/

Cuticle Care

Here is my daily regimen: cuticle oil and an orange wood stick. I keep one of each at my apartment and at my desk at work.

Every morning when I get into the office I put cuticle oil on each nail and let it sit for a minute or so.  Then I use the orange stick to push back my cuticles.  I repeat this process as many times as I can throughout the day – the more the better. Then at night just before bed, I swipe some oil on my nail and toe cuticles to let it sink in overnight. Use the orange stick gently. I was a bit too aggressive at first and am now noticing that I have little white spots on my nails from pushing too hard in sensitive spots.

I use Beauty Secrets cuticle oil at home (found at Sally’s Beauty Supply), and a basic Sally Hansen oil at work. I don’t really prefer one oil to the other, but the pictured oil smells like pineapple and is quite delightful:)

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I strongly recommend using the orange wood stick pictured below:

ImageThe angle on it allows you to get directly underneath the cuticle to push it back thoroughly.  They are bit harder to find, the sticks with two flat sides are more frequently sold.  But hold out for this one, it’s the best.  And DO NOT use a metal cuticle pusher, they are so damaging to your nails.  Get the right tools and you’ll see the right results.

OPI – Passion

So the thumb nail break I wrote about recently that I’d been holding together with the Miracle Nail Fix got caught in my jeans and ripped off.  Oh well, at least it wasn’t too low or painful! Because I’m a bit OCD, if one nail breaks low, I have to cut them all short so it’s somewhat even.  When this happens, I usually like to use light polish colors so as not to bring attention to my short nails but keeping them pretty at the same time.  I like my nails a bit grown out, not too long, not too short – just in between.  I think it’s the most flattering on me. So below is a picture of my too short nails with OPI Passion polish.

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The top picture is with 3 coats, the bottom is with 2.  I thought only 2 coats looked a little streaky so I put another on.  I don’t like wearing 3, because it ends up being 5 with a base and top coat and too many layers can peel quickly.  But I still love this color even with its temperamental streaks. It’s a nice clean yet subtle and shy color if you just want a refreshed mani without bringing attention to your nails.

I love OPI’s formula, but my nail beds are tiny so sometimes I struggle with the size of their brush.  Essie’s brush usually is a better fit for me, but I can’t help being seduced by OPI’s colors.  I can’t commit to monogamy with nails – I guess I’m just a polish whore.