Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday the 13th: Flashback Friday

The other day I was looking through some of my old nail pictures on my phone when I realized how plain and boring I've gotten! I used to be pretty fancy but for some reason the creativity hasn't been around for a while. Then I decided to make a flashback post to some of the designs I've done! At this point I don't remember all the names of the nail polishes I used so I apologize in advanced for that.
 
First I'll start off with my mint green and cheetah print nails. This mint green, Sally Hansen's "Mint Sorbet," is by far my favorite and that also reminds me I should probably go grab another bottle! I did my usual clear base coat, 2 coats of Mint Sorbet, and then I let those coats air dry. After they were decently dry, I used a stamping plate for the cheetah print using a plain black nail polish then once all my wanted nails were stamped, I sealed it with a top coat. I use Seche Vite for both my base coat and my top coat. 
 


 
 The next design for flashback Friday is my cartoon nails! I remember being nervous that these weren't going to come out that great but they actually didn't come out half bad. The hardest part about these was doing the black outline which I had to use the brush of my black nail polish that was desperately running out. The only thing that I would have done differently would have been to wait a little while longer to add the top coat since it seemed to ruin a tiny bit of the nail polish.


This next design is probably one of my favorites that I've done as well and I made sure to make it look like a crime scene....kind of. My base coat is "Day Glow" by Serum No5 and is my favorite glow in the dark nail polish probably EVER! It's seriously just THAT awesome! Currently the owner is on vacation but keep checking back to her website to see when she's back up and running! I used a stamping plate for the splatter marks as well (sadly I'm not that talented) and I alternated between red and black. You can also view my Starbucks addiction in this photo as well, no shame!
 

 
Lastly for this post, my white tips accompanied by colorful rhinestone! I have enough rhinestones to probably last me a couple of years, thank you to Ebay! I decided to alternate the colors as well since I have the colors but light and dark versions of each. I also love doing tips myself and I can get pretty concentrated and into when I do too.


 
 
Well that would seem to be it for this little flashback Friday and it's even Friday the 13th! So far my Friday the 13th has been okay, anybody else having different or better results?! Either way I hope you all have a good day, a good Friday, and a good Friday the 13th, now don't get into any trouble either!

May Ipsy Bag: Balanced Guru

One of the items that I have been using for the past week and a half or so from my May Ipsy Bag has been the No Frizz hair oil from Balanced Guru. I was unsure about the product when I first received it since it's organic and the first smell I wasn't exactly fond of it. I decided to try it out anyways after I had showered and washed my hair since my hair tends to frizz, and was pretty impressed by it. I usually brush my hair out with my Wet Brush (which is awesome by the way) and I put a few drops of the hair oil into my hands, rubbed it into my hair, and was surprised to see that it seemed to feel lighter and less crazy. After letting my hair air dry I noticed such a different between how my hair usually is without the product and then after. My hair is significantly less frizzy especially when I air dry it and I'm so impressed with this that I'll probably buy some more of it when I run out of it.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

OPI: Push and Shove

If you follow me on Instagram (@kristinalynn15) you might have already seen my little addition to my previous mani (which I blogged about here). OPI released their Gwen Stefani collection this year and the one nail polish from that collection I knew I needed to have was "Push and Shove." Let me just start off by simply saying the word "CHROME" now that it's out of my system, how could you pass up such a unique color? Yes there are nail wraps or foils but I personally don't feel like it's the same as painting your nails with a nice, creamy, liquid nail polish. "Push and Shove" comes with it's own base coat that you are to apply before the actual nail polish called "Lay Down That Base." I put on two layers of the chrome polish even though you could get away with only doing one but I wanted to make sure that I had all the areas of my nails covered. With this color you aren't supposed to put a top coat on but rather let it air dry, which I have done previously, but this time I went with a top coat just to make sure it stayed longer.  My first run with this color was amazing but I found that not even within a day, the polish started to rub off with time and I wasn't exactly that impressed with it. The top coat has seemed to help with the rubbing off issue but slightly dulls the chrome effect though it really isn't by that much at all. Either way, top coat or air dry, I still have "Push and Shove" on my favorite nail polish list because I am so amazed and in love with it.


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