Vintage Nails

As I promised in my post, What’s Coming Soon, here is my Vintage Nail Design!

Products Used:

  • O.P.I:  You Don’t Know Jacques!
  • Konad Special Nail Polish:  Silver

The best thing about this design is that it is SO simple, but it has a really nice look about it.  When I was made the design, I wasn’t trying to make a vintage look, but when it was ll done, I looked at it and thought “vintage” described the style perfectly!

This photo on the left shows the silver flowers better. 🙂

To make this design, I started with three coats of “You Don’t Know Jacques!” and waited for it to dry. If you want to know more about this color, click my Review for it.

Then I used the Konad Special Nail Polish in silver, and using a flower design, I stamped on the silver flowers.

After applying the Konad polish, I made sure to wait until it was dry before putting on the top coat because other wise the flower designs will smear. Especially with the silver polish because then the base color (You Don’t Know Jacques!) will have a silver shimmer to it.  Unless that’s the look you’re going for!

And here are some more photos!

What’s kind of funny is that when I first did this design, I actually wasn’t too crazy about it.  But then it warmed up to me.  And then I really started loving it.  That happens to me a lot.  Or the reversal, when I like something and then I slowly start disliking.  That happens a lot, too. LOL.

I hope everyone in the U.S. enjoys Labor Day Weekend, and everyone else in the world, enjoy your weekend!

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Valentine’s Nails ♥

Well.  It is September.  Is it odd that I have a Valentine’s Day nail design when it’s not even remotely close to February 14?  Well, I have an excuse.  This nail design was actually one of my submissions for PHD’s Nail Design Challenges.  You can check out the nail challenge entries for that week HERE!

Products Used:

  • China Glaze: Ruby Pumps
  • Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen: White

The design was super easy.  It’s hardly a design at all!  Lol.  I only used one nail color, but I guess technically there was still a thought process behind the nails, so it’s a design.

First, I painted my nails three coats of  Ruby Pumps, then in the center of each nail (excluding the fourth), I applied a large rhinestone.  On the fourth nail I made a rhinestone heart out of small, silver rhinestones.  I enjoyed that.  Lol.  I wrote the “Love” using the white Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen.

I don’t know if I’ll put an entire review on this product or not.  Maybe one day I will.  But for now, I’ll just tell you the important things.

I got it at Walgreens for about $8.  I’m pretty sure that was the price.  With this nail art pen, make sure you shake it well, BUT after shaking, open it SLOWLY, otherwise it’ll spray everywhere… I talk from personal experience.  And the product washes off with water, which is good, in case you make a mistake, but that means you HAVE to put a top coat over it.

So that’s what I did.  After I wrote “Love” I put on a top coat, and I was done! 🙂

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat

Well, the title basically says it all.  Seche Vite is a fast-drying top coat for your nails.  I’ll start with some photos, then dive into the  review!  Here are the mandatory pictures of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

It seems like all the nail blogs I’ve visited use Seche Vite.  Whoever uses it seems to SWEAR BY IT.  Everyone says it’s the best top coat to use.  So.  I researched it.  I looked it up on Sally Beauty Supply’s website, and checked out the reviews that people gave the product.  It was HIGHLY recommended by everyone.  But some people complained about the strong smell.  So, of course, I had to get it and see for myself what’s up with this top coat.

I got it just two days ago, and have already used it on my nails.  Let me get this out of the way.  The smell?  Well, yes, it’s rather strong if you put your nose up to it. Lol,  But if you can avoid that, I think you’ll agree with me when I say that I just found my new top coat.

It goes on smoothly and it dries super fast!  In seconds!  And it makes your nails feel hard and strong.  There’s no way your polish will chip.

It’s long-lasting and makes your nails super shiny!

I used to have problems with other top coats because there would be little air bubbles in the clear coat, and then they would show up on my nail design, ruining it.  Seche Vite does not do that.

I got Seche Vite at Sally’s for $7.99, and it is completely worth the money.

I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone.  A good top coat goes a long way.

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Yellow With Black Dots Nails

So… what happens when I try to be patriotic for my school?  This happens:

Colors used:

  • China Glaze: Solar Power
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Black Out

So, yeah.  My school’s colors are black and gold.  So I came up with this design.  It’s simple, but sometimes the simplicity of something makes it beautiful.  Not saying that this design is beautiful, BUT I think if I added something to it, I would ruin in.  Half of a design is to know when to STOP.

As far as doing the design, it was super easy.  I first painted my nails “Solar Power” which is the yellow color.  I used three coats.  If you want to know more about this color, click my Review and check it out!  Then, using my homemade dotting tool (a bobby pin), I made a large dot in the center of each nail, using “Black Out”, then I made the dots go from large to small, putting them in a swerving direction.  It’s easiest to just look at the photo for the way I did the dots. 🙂  And then I added a large-ish, silver rhinestone on the fourth nail, on top of the large, center dot.  You know how much of love rhinestones… I obviously couldn’t do without them. 😀

And I lastly put on Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.  That’s why my nails are so shiny!  I just got hat top coat yesterday, and I’ll have a review on it maybe tomorrow, but in short, I love it!  Before Seche Vite I just used some cheap top coat, but it makes a difference to use a nice one.

OH!  And I know I don’t mention this every time (or anytime? I don’t know/remember), but I ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS use a base coat and a top coat WHENEVER I paint my nails.  NO EXCEPTIONS.  🙂  Thought I’d get that out there.

I got “Solar Power” from Sally Beauty Supply and I got “Black Out” at Walgreens.

This was a short one today, guys.  I don’t know if you like the short, simple ones, but I’m going to apologize for its shortness anyway.  I just have that everlasting headache you get when you’re sleep-deprived.  But it’s the weekend, and I can catch up on some Zzzz’s.

♥ ☮
~LinZ

China Glaze: Grape Juice

Surprised?  Maybe not.  Lol.  This review wasn’t on my To-Do list.  BUT… I ended up wanting to wear purple polish for school, and I thought, “Hey, before I add a design, why not take some pictures, and make a review!”  So, that’s how all this happened.  I’m going to make this as short and sweet as possible. 🙂

So, here’s my review on China Glaze’s Grape Juice.  Here are photos of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

“Grape Juice” is a purple, glitter polish.  I KNOW.  GLITTER.  Which means it’s not the most fun thing to remove from your nail.  But I don’t really mind that much.  So yeah. 😀  It’s glitter, but even without a top coat, the polish, when dried, feels smooth on the nail.

The application process was enjoyable.  Lol.  The first coat goes on really transparent.  It takes three coats to really build up the color, but I used four coats, as seen in the photo below:

It’s so pretty. 🙂  The color kind of grew on me.  At first, I thought it was just nice.  I wasn’t CRAZY about it, but it’s not like I disliked it.  But the longer I wear it, the more I like “Grape Juice.”  It’s a nice purple that gets darker the more coats you layer on.

I took a picture of a close up of the bottle so you can see the sparkles.

Pretty, no?

You can see the tiny silver flecks of glitter.

The camera managed to capture the color very well for all the photos!  The color of the polish in the photo is spot on to the color in real life.  I like this color a lot, and I recommend it to any one.

It’s not thick and chunky and it’s somewhat subtle.  But it still draws attention.  Good attention!

And the last picture for you all:

Sorry to get off topic, but do I seem less enthusiastic than usual?  I’m just tired from school.  I keep going to sleep late and waking up early.  Oh well.  I still had a good day, and I hope you did too!  And I hope you enjoy the quick, simple review!

Feel free to click on any of the photos to see larger, more-detailed versions of them.

P.S.  I have had “Heart of Gold” by Neil Young stuck in my head all day.

♥ ☮

~LinZ

O.P.I: You Don’t Know Jacques!

The exclamation point in the title is not because of enthusiasm for this polish, it’s part of the name!  The way I said that makes it sound like I don’t like this polish.  Eek.  Ok, let me rephrase… or better yet, let me just say, I LOVE this polish.  For MANY reasons, which you are about to read about. 🙂

So!  On with the review.  Here are the standard pictures of the bottom of the bottle and the bottle itself:

First let me say, with this polish, it was IMPOSSIBLE to get the color exactly translated into a photo.  I took , oh gosh, I don’t know HOW many photos, playing with different light, different times of the day… And I managed to get the right color with “Ruby Pumps” when I used natural light from  my window.  Unfortunately, where I live, it has been overcast for several days, and for the past two days, it HAS NOT STOPPED RAINING.  Which is annoying because school is now in session.

The color above in the photo, honestly, looks NOTHING like the actual nail polish color.  I just really wanted to write this review, but I have better pictures on this post if you keep reading.

The actual color is much darker.  And will be shown and explained in this review. 🙂

I have several pictures that are pretty close to the color.  So here’s some:

This photo was taken in my bathroom, over the sink, which has a large window.  But it still has the influence of fluorescent lighting.  The photo nails look like a dark brown, but it’s really a gray/brown.

This polish changes color in different lighting.  Not literally, as if it were a mood ring, but depending on the lighting, sometimes “You Don’t Know Jacques!” is more gray than brown and sometimes more brown than gray.

This is a picture right next to the window, letting in natural light.  This is pretty close to to the actual color.

It looks SO BROWN, but it’s NOT!

I can keep putting up more photos and continue to confuse you, but I won’t.  And if you’ve read up to here, I congratulate you, because I’m really just rambling nonsense about this color.  I’m going to give up on the photos and just give you my personal opinion/experience with “You Don’t Know Jacques!”

Little background to this.  I have always wanted to get O.P.I polish but I could never find it!  And finally, one day, I was at the mall helping a friend pick out a ring at a kiosk.  While my friend payed for the ring, I stood on the side, just looking around, and right across the kiosk was Trade Secret.  Now, I’ve gone to this mall my entire life.  I’ve walked past this store over a hundred times.  I always thought they just sold shampoos, hair care products, and the like.  But when I glanced at the store, I saw a rack a nail polish.  And I thought, “Oh! They sell polish.”  Then I saw a big sign on the rack that said O.P.I.  I can’t quite describe the feeling I had.  But I hope one day you can feel the way I did.  😀

So, here’s the ACTUAL review. Lol.  Sorry for making you read all this other stuff.  So this was my first time using O.P.I and I think I might have a new favorite nail polish brand.  You get your money’s worth, for sure!  This is quality polish.  The application process is so smooth!  The more polish you put on, the darker it gets, as with most polishes.  I used three coats.

“You Don’t Know Jacques!” is a creme polish, and it is a brown/gray color, also known as taupe.  I noticed that in the fluorescent light it’s more gray than anything else.  A dark gray.

I fell in love with this polish immediately because it’s so different.  It’s a unique color.  Not even CLOSE to anything I have in my collection.  It’s a great fall color.  Perfect for the upcoming months! 😀

It dries fast, removal is fine. AND.  It’s so shiny!  After three coats, it looked like I was already wearing a top coat!  It looked like glass!  And my nails felt like glass too!  It was SO SMOOTH.  I couldn’t stop feeling my nails.  Creepy much?!

I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone!

And I know I said I would have something posed on Monday, and actually, I started typing this yesterday.  I had every intention of posting it.  But then it was getting late, and I still wasn’t done typing, and I was getting frustrated with the lack of good, color-right photos.  So I just gave up and went to bed.

One last try!  *sigh* I just can’t get the color right.  That’s probably the only irritating thing about this polish.  It does NOT like to be photographed.  I can’t blame it.  I don’t like to be either. 😀

♥ ☮

~LinZ

Special Shout Out!~

Today is my BEAUTIFUL sister’s birthday!  She’s turning 19!  But she’s faraway in college.  Which means I can’t give her a hug until she suffocates or shake her until she’s dizzy.  Or any other (fairly) harmless things to her. 😦  But I WILL dedicate this page to you, my dear sis!

I was going to use a codename, for privacy reasons, but HECK, the good people DESERVE to know your amazing name!

And here are some words of wisdom from Glitterfy.com:

I *&%$#@&(%#@ LOVE YOU!~

♥ ☮

~LinZ

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