Revlon Facets of Fuchsia + PVA Glue Wear Test

So I wanted to see how PVA glue held up to my normal wear and tear of everyday life.

“Before” shot

Once again, I picked a glitter that I had been lusting after for a while, but never got around to wearing.

It’s been four long days since these pics were taken. I decided that three is really my limit for when I get bored of a color and four is pushing the bounds of my sanity.

“After” shot

These nails made it through a few showers, some dish washing, innumerable hand washings and all the other stuff you typically go through in your day-to-day lives.

So, this is what they look like. Just normal tip wear for me.

And they still peeled right off with a little coaxing from my rubber-ended cuticle pusher.

Revolutionary. To me, at least. 🙂

Enjoy!

P.S. I am heading to Miami tomorrow. My mother has been sick for a few months, and they’re transferring her to a facility there so she can get better care. Light a candle for us, if you’re so inclined. Thank you.

 

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China Glaze Cleopatra + PVA Glue Magic

So… I was browsing around the blogosphere the other day when I stumbled across this patch of awesomeness from Lab Muffin and Pretty Purple Polish: PVA Glue as an alternative to Essence’s peel-off base coat. :O

What the what??? Where the hell have I been??? Do you know how many glitters I have shoved in a Helmer drawer all lonely and unloved and junk–just because I’m too lazy to wrap my fingers in aluminum foil and acetone until they freeze to death? Too many. And it’s a shame.

Not anymore kids! All of these glitters can shine now–and not interfere with my lazydom!

So I went to the local craft store, and I picked up a bottle of Elmer’s Glue. Yes. The same lovable white glue from our childhoods. The same glue that, when the teachers weren’t looking, you put on your skin and let it dry just to peel it off. I know I’m not the only one. But I digress.

I had a few franken bottles laying around, so I grabbed one and filled it with said glue. I didn’t need to thin it with water, I just let it go as is.

I painted a decent coat over my nails:

And I let it dry for about 10 minutes, give or take. You can tell it’s dry when it turns matte:

So then, I grabbed a glitter that I have had in my stash for years, but never bothered to swatch. Because it’s a pain to remove, yo.

China Glaze Cleopatra

Pretty? Yes. Hard to remove? Not anymore! P.S. this is four coats.

Here is where the magic truly begins.

ZOMG IT PEELS RIGHT OFF

I took a rubber-ended cuticle pusher and gently lifted the polish and glue off in one piece. ONE PIECE.

It’s nekkers nails!

The few remnants were easily disposed of with a quick swipe of polish remover.

And that, to me, is a beautiful thing.

Do I recommend this for everyone? Probably not. Especially if your nails are peeling or what have you. For me, it’s like my Keurig–I cannot imagine how I lived my life without it. Also, any time I use PVA glue for a base, I will make sure to moisturize my nails afterwards to ensure that they’re not drying out.

Right now, I’m trying out a wear test with another glitter that has gone too long being neglected. Stay tuned. 🙂

 

Blast from the Past: China Glaze Joy

I was digging through my stash drawers looking for something reflective of my mood and that I hadn’t shown before. I found China Glaze Joy.

Joy was released as part of the Spring 2009 Romantique collection. So I’ve been hanging onto it for a bit, apparently.

I’m really digging the muted tone and semi-reflective shine. I think it fits well with my autumnal-into-chrimmas state of mind.

Application was a bit tricky–it can drag if you do too many strokes. This is two coats and a top coat. I let each one dry pretty well before starting the next to avoid bald spots.

Gratuitous “Ooh Shiny!” pic

Can’t stop staring at my nails. 🙂

Swatch: Julep Glenn

Hey there.

I’m procrastinating in my real life responsibilities again, so I decided that I would swatch a polish that I’ve had for almost a year. This came in my last Julep box–I believe I received it for December of last year.

This didn’t start out as just a swatch. But I got irritated with the application of Glenn:

Glenn is a pretty warm red (looks like a cool in the photo, sorry) with a gold shimmer.

But I had a lot of cuticle drag. There was some pooling, but that might have been my fault for not wiping the brush 20 times. (._. )

So I stopped at a regular swatch and will not be wearing it for very much longer. 😉

Have a great day.

Review: The LadyBug Nail Polish Holder

Good morning everyone. I’d like to show you guys something.

Meet The LadyBug.

The LadyBug Nail Polish Holder is a nifty little invention for all of you folks out there who might struggle with keeping your polish bottle in place while painting your nails (or folks like me who don’t like to stop what we’re doing to tilt a bottle of polish on its side when it’s running low).

It’s designed to hold bottles of all sizes and shapes. And I must say that it holds the long, thin Julep bottles with ease. I’m not afraid of knocking those over anymore.

For example, my bottle of Citra 3.

See? It tilts at an angle so you can continue to paint your nails with ease. It also can sit upright, and it will not fall over. It wobbles, which I find a little odd, but hey… if that’s your thing, you do it.

They used to sell these through Amazon, but you can connect with the people at LadyBug through Twitter: @LadyBugHolder and Facebook: LadyBug Nail Polish Holder to find out how to order.

**Product sent for review**