Friday, January 17, 2014

Vaseline Total Moisture Healthy Hand & Nail Review

 So I wanted to share my new favorite hand cream. It is by Vaseline and it is labeled to make "nails 10x stronger in 2 weeks". So I bought it to give it a try. Anything to make my nails stronger, and it was less than $4 at Wal-Mart.

I have been using it for about 3 weeks now, exclusively. I haven't been using any other nail strengtheners at all. I have to say that I think it is working! My nails haven't peeled or broke this entire time that I've been using it. The tips of my nails are a lot thicker. They used to be thin and translucent and simple things like running my fingers through my hair would cause them to split.

The smell might bother some people. It is a bit strong and smells like flowers. It is definitely a fake floral smell, not a real one. I kind of like it. It doesn't linger, and goes away once it has absorbed into the skin.

The formula is not greasy at all. Since it was made by Vaseline, I guess I was just expecting it to look and feel like petroleum jelly. Thankfully it is totally different. It's just a water based lotion and absorbs quickly into the skin. It is definitely moisturizing and my skin does feel a lot softer.

So I'm pretty happy with my purchase of this hand and nail lotion. I'm almost done with this little 3 oz. bottle and already purchased a back up!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Formula X for Sephora Crash Swatches

I got a $15 gift card recently from Sephora. I used it to buy one of their new polishes from their own Formula X line. It was hard to choose which one to get. Finally I made my choice on Crash, a cerulean blue glitter in a clear base.

This is one coat of Crash on top of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue. I love the contrast. Crash dries pretty gritty so top coat is pretty essential.

Is there any other Formula X polishes you'd recommend?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Sweater Weather

Welcome 2014! This is my first post of the new year.

Gel polish is my new favorite thing. It is so versatile. You can do so many cool new techniques that you just can't do with regular nail polish.  My first manicure this year is a cable knit sweater look using white gel nail polish with a regular matte top coat. Basically, I just applied the first coat as usual and cured. Then I used a thin detailing brush with the same white gel and made the lines and cured. Even though I put a regular matte top coat on top, I still used the top coat gel over the design. I didn't want it to chip or peel off and I think the gel top coat helps. So after cleaning off the sticky layer, (gel polish has a sticky residue left behind after curing in the light. You have to clean off with alcohol) I used NYC Matte Me Crazy top coat.

'So this is all using at home gel polishes. The white is Sensationail White Lily and my accent brown color is Kiss Smoky. I don't know if this can be done with regular polish. You'd have to use thick lines and wait a long time for it to dry. But I was thinking maybe you can use like studs and gold chain, and paint over it with regular nail polish? I wonder if that would work and give the same look. 


Have you seen this 3d knit sweater trend? I think it came from Japan since I've seen it a lot on Japanese nail artists' instagrams.

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