Thursday, December 31, 2009

January 2010 Entity Beauty Specials

ey all, hope you've had a great 2009 and have an even better 2010, but really quickly, I just wanted to drop a line regarding some Entity Beauty sales going on.


Thank you for our first 5 years

We are looking forward to a record breaking 2010 – it's the year we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary. Watch for many exciting specials and deals throughout the year.


Entity Beauty Bi-Monthly Promotions:


15% off UV Gel Kit
15% off Gel Brushes
15% off Clear Sculpting Forms
15% off 50q Pink, White, & Clear Entity One Gels

 

 
Create an account with Entity Beauty to buy/learn more here. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

My Other Baby

Although I have been a cat person for my entire life, I have begged my parents for a dog since I can remember. Actually, my mother once told me to pretend that Daisy was a dog when I was four, and it turns out that you shouldn't wrap a rope around a cat's neck and try to take her for a walk. Finally, after years of endless whining and moaning, combined with my parents petsitting our neighbor's incredibly well-behaved dog, Mom and Dad gave in.

I had my heart set on a huge black lab. Buy a puppy and watch it grow into an enormous, playful dog. But my parents said no; to quote my mother, "If I have to get a dog in the first place, we're going to save a dog from the pound." Long story short, we ended up at some "doggy-daycare" center--where I later worked--and fell in love with Shep.



Shep was nine months old and had been found on the streets a few cities away and taken to the vet because he had awful case of heartworm and almost died. We couldn't take him home right away because he was still in the hospital, but when he finally did come home he was still a little wonky from the drugs and basically behaved like your typical stoner dude. Six years later, Shep is still my little baby German Shephard-Beagle mix that sleeps in the bathtub and devours sour cream coffee cake like it's his job. He pretty much sucks as a guard dog, as he likes to run out and roll over for every intruder that comes onto our property, but I still love him.



He is actually a guard dog in some respect; my aunt's dog was chasing our cat around the house and Shep jumped in between them and barked until he other dog backed down. He's my dad's--who is not exactly an animal lover--best friend; he has incredibly short legs (my dog, not my dad) but he is a great runner and the two of them like to go running together.

Anyway, I once again want to remind you to adopt a dog (or any other pet) rather than purchase one. By doing so, you're giving an animal a second chance at life and truly making a difference for one innocent animal.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

My Baby Kitties

Well, my babies are making their blog debut; I try not to stray too far off topic here, but I've been playing with the new camera my mother got for Christmas, so if you don't feel like ooohing and ahhhing over pictures of my pets, consider this your warning :)



Let's start with the youngest, Cotton. She's about three years old now and spends most of her time playing with whatever she can find (pens, dog kibble, the occasional dead bug, ect.) If you're not careful, she'll jump out behind a wall and grab your legs and try to get you to chase her. She also meows and grunts more than any other cat I've ever seen. Yes, she is quite large, but the vet says she's healthy, just a little husky.




Lily is my illusive nine year old cat; she hides a lot and only comes out every once in a while to demand to be petted. She likes to play fetch with the tires of my brothers' collectors item Hess trucks, which I don't think they (my brothers) appreciate. Lily is also our huntress and brings in more dead animals than I care to remember, and she doesn't just stick to the typical birds, mice, rabbits; she goes after butterflies and frogs, as well. Charming.



Daisy is seventeen and has been with me since I was a little military brat, going from state to state. Even though she's old, she can still kick some major ass. She is also the most talkative cat I've ever met and sleeps on my chest every night when I'm back at home. Right now she's attatched herself to me as I write this and every time I move she looks up and meeoooooooooows at me.


I also want to take a second to say that all three of my cats were strays before we took them in or adopted them, and there are still tons of homeless animals out there that need a good home. I ask you to PLEASE check out your local animal shelter if you're thinking of attaining a new pet; not to knock those that breed animals, but please, please save an animal's life and adopt instead!

Anyway, thanks for checking out my beauties; check back soon, because I should have a few new swatches up soon!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Entity Cuticle Oil

Just wanted to share a nice cuticle treatment I've been using with you guys! I know I don't speak for everybody, but for me, cuticles are definitely an issue; I pick at mine and frankly, they often look atrocious. But, since I've started using Entity Cuticle Oil, I have noticed a huge (and immediate!) difference in the way they look and feel. Yay for instant gratification!


Here you can kind of see the damage...sorry if the picture is a little off; I was going to take a picture of my left hand like I normally do, but I had already put on the oil, so I couldn't show the difference! Anyway, this is the Before Cuticles picture.


After...much better, right? My fingers still look a little oily, but I was running out the door and I couldn't wait for them to dry completely. Just dab the oil on with a little brush and they transform before your eyes. When you open the bottle it smells like HELLO! You know that faint nail salon smell? Except it's not so faint. However, when it soaks into the skin, it smells fruity...it remind me of a lip gloss I used to have.



Anyway, I certainly recommend Entity Cuticle Oil, especially if you want results now, because it's dab, dab, done. Pretty hands. You can find it on their website, but it was hard for me at first to find it. Just go to Shop, and then Entity Acrylic Set, and it's under UV Top Coat and Cuticle Oil.

Fake it till you make it

Let's talk fake nails for a second. Some people love 'em, some people don't. Some people swear by them, some people have never tried them. Some people prefer the neat, natural look, and others, well...



But let's not even go there. There are plenty of reasons not to get fake nails: they're expensive, they don't always look realistic, they damage your real nail underneath, they feel funny...All reasons why I shy away from them. All of those things, however, aren't necessarily true.

Sure, it might cost a little more than a regular manicure when you first get them on, but fill-ins (where they fill the gap between the nail bed and the fake nail as the real nail grows) are actually quite cheap, so maintenance won't break the bank. Where I go, a full set of acrylics is $27 and a fill-in is $10.

They don't always look realistic. Okay, well this is true. I think it's all about shape, length, and design. If you get six inch long tips put on, ala the pedi lady above, no, people will probably not look at you and think "nautral." But fakes that are a "normal" (read: socially acceptable and/or familiar) length with a square, rounded, or "squoval" shape can fool random passersby, if that is your intent. Very often I see acrylic or gel nails with the airbrushed french manicure tip and, not that they don't look good, but yeah, that's like the fake nail calling card. If you want to fool people into thinking that these are your real nails, skip the white tips. If you are perfectly happy letting the world know that you wear fake nails (and honestly, there is no shame...who cares if your nails are made of acrylic or dead skin cells?) than, by all means, go for it.

Now for the fun part...nail damage. I honestly can't comment on this. Why? Because I've had fake nails in the past. Maybe three or four times, but this was before my full-blown nail polish addiction. I didn't really take care of my nails, because, "who cares? They grow back, right?" and therefore did not really follow the proper removal procedure. My method of removal was basically get bored in class or at home and pick them off. I know, gross, and yes, painful. So, yeah, my nails were damaged after that. But, if you take them off carefully, the Right Way, I am told that it shouldn't be a problem. I'll let you know where we're at when I take mine off. If anyone here has had fakes put on and taken off and wants to weigh in, generously leave a comment, please!

Fakes do feel funny to some people, whether they aren't used to the length or what. For me, when I go to scratch an itch or something, the nail feels pretty dull, and it gets kind of frustrating. Also, when i go to wash my hair, it just feels different than when I use my real nails.

I got a set of acrylics put on because I had some new nail polishes I wanted to swatch, and my real nails were in no way camera-ready. Truth be told, I do prefer my real nails, and I'll be excited for when my nails have grown long enough that I can shed my acrylic cocoon, but for right now, I'm happy fakin' it till I make it. Now there is the eternal gel vs acrylic debate, but I don't feel competent enough to shed light on that subject, so anyone who can, please enlighten the rest of us! What are you guys's experiences with fake nails? Good, bad, ugly? Here's a shot of my tips right now.


Usually I have polish over them, so I wasn't concerned with how they look bare. Still, I think I could go naked and they aren't bad looking at all. I had them put on Saturday, the 19th, so it's been four days, and you can already see my real nail growing out. It's sort of encouraging, actually.



Just a better shot so you can see the growth of my natural nail.

All in all, I'm pretty pleased with my little falsies...come removal time, I'm not sure how I'm going to feel, but I'll definitely keep you posted. Fake nail veterans, feel free to impart on us your wisdom and to share stories, tricks, pictures, whatever. So let's hear it ladies, what is your opinion? Fake nails...yay or nay?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

FingerPaints Sparkling Snow

Want to see a freaking awesome silver nail polish? Look no further. Seriously, I love this polish. It's my first FingerPaints bottle and if they're all like this I will certainly be going back for more!!!


Sparkling Snow is a silver shimmer that dries with a foil finish. It also dries smooth, which was unexpected! Not overly glossy, but definitely not matte. It's opaque in two coats, but I used three out of habit. I normally don't even notice silver polishes...they don't really do anything for me. But this one caught my attention and I have to say I LOVE it.

Sparkling Snow is from the FingerPaints Holiday Collection of winter 2009.

China Glaze Ruby Pumps

I know that I just swatched this baby last night, but it just didn't look great to me, nails or picture. And I figured I must have done something wrong, because SO many bloggers love it. So I redid it and I think it looks really nice...I'm not sure where I went wrong the first time I tried to paint with it, but that's in the past, and now I've got some really nice red nails.


Perfect for the holidays, don't you think? Second time's the charm, I guess.

[Sample]

Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Wizard of Ohh Ahz Returns! Collection

Most of you already know the story behind the return of The Wizard of Ooh Ahz Collection, so let us skip to the important part: the polishes. Interesting collection of colors...some of these polishes were really thin and it took a few coats to get them opaque. They dried quickly, and, for glitters, they weren't too terrible to remove. They also dry matte and gritty, but throw on a topcoat and you're all set. These pictures are taken without a topcoat.



Good Witch? is definitely the color of Glinda the Good Witch. It has a frost finish to it and it looks great on the nail. I'm not really a pink person but I really like this one.



Cowardly Lyin' is the most sheer of the bunch. Above is four coats and still a bit of nail line is visible.



The Ten Man is great...three coats and it's pretty opaque; not as sheer as Cowardly Lyin'. Sparkly sparkly sparkly.



Ruby Pumps is a polish I'd been dying to try, but to be honest, I don't really get all the hype. Don't get me wrong, it is a great color, just not me. Two coats is what's above; now that I see it on camera, I should have used three, but in person it looked perfect.



Dorothy Who? is kind of the opposite; people raved about it online but it never really did anything for me. On my nails, though, I LOVE it. It isn't as sheer as it appears in this picture, but then, we have the flash on my camera to thank for that. Above is four coats, I believe, which is fine by me. I know some people don't like more than three coats, but if it's an opacity thing and not a streakiness issue, I don't mind. And, CG, it's Dorothy Gale. Just kidding, it's a cute name.



C-C-Courage is a no-brainer...I knew I would love it. It's kind of a frosty burple (but mostly purple) color. Three coats to be opaque for this one.


Awesome idea behind a great collection. I do wish there had been a green, though. And not an Emerald Sparkle green, but more of a lime green jello green, like for the Wicked Witch of the East, or Oz. Once again, China Glaze does not disappoint. This collection was released in fall/winter 2009.

[Sample]

Friday, December 18, 2009

Blogger hates me.

Once again, people could not comment on my blog posts, and once again, another awesome reader emailed me to let me know, so thank you! I THINK I fixed it. I THINK so. Just...ahh. If you can't comment, if you wouldn't mind letting me know. Thanks so much for baring with me through my many technical difficulties.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Xmas Card...what a joy.

Every year we take a family Christmas card. And every year we fight. And every year somebody stomps away mad (this time it was my youngest brother) and swears that this is the last time we're ever doing "one of these stupid things." Well, Voila! Here we are. I may have altered the picture a bit to obscure my brothers' faces (not too sure how they feel about being featured on a blog dedicated to nail polish) but this is more or less the card going out to our friends and family. May they not judge us too harshly.

Have a safe and happy holidays, everyone!

Just a little OPI-Gotta-Stop-Going-to-Ulta

Damn you, Ulta, and your manipulative buy two, get one free sales! You're breeding addicts, are you happy? You know what you are? An enabler. You enable an addiction to continue.

If it is not clear by now, I went to Ulta today "just to look around." Pfft. But in my defense, I have finished my Christmas shopping for my family already. Kind of. Almost.

Mediterranean Moonlight...I've wanted this one for a while; you can't really tell by the picture, but it's actually quite shimmery. I think I'll give this one to my mother; she's always looking for a peach or a coral color.




Onto bling-tastic Dazzled by Gold. This polish is freakin' sparkly, folks! It is really too opaque to be a topcoat, I think, but it is on the sheer side, so this above is four coats. Totally worth it, in my opinion. It's a yellow-gold, not a bronze-gold, and it the light it practically glows. Another pic kind of gives a better idea of its appearance? (I took it outside...my neighbors gave me some concerned looks as I stood in freezing temperatures on the front porch taking pictures of my fingers, by the way...anyone else ever experience that?)
It almost has a foil finish, but not quite. I wish these pictures showed how great this polish really is.




And now, Holiday Glow. I absolutely love this; again, not nearly as beautiful on camera as it is in real life. A medium brown with warm gold and brown shimmer. It's very chic and snazzy...I feel like it would be awesome paired with a little black dress at a cocktail party. And now I only wish I attended more soirees and sophisticated dinner parties and stuff like that so that I could show this one off more. Either way, I'm going to be wearing it a lot. Michelle at All Lacqured Up said it, and I agree: OPI does pop out their best colors for the holidays.



Mediterranean Moonlight is originally from the Mediterranean Collection of spring/summer 1994 and was re-released in the OPI Colorcopia Limited Edition Collection of summer 2009. Dazzled by Gold is from the OPI Holiday 2009 Ulta Exclusive Collection. Holiday Glow is from the OPI Holiday Wishes Collection of winter 2009.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Essie Mint Candy Apple

I have been dying for a mint green nail polish and so when I saw Essie Mint Candy Apple I had to have it. Unfortunately, I was sort of disappointed in the formula; it was chalky and very streaky. However, I am not a great manicurist, so somebody with more skill might have better luck.
I love the color, but I just wish it was an easier polish to work with. It was tough to get an even finish but, because I think the shade is so nice, I'll definitely wear it again. And does anyone think a mint candy apple sounds kind of gross? Mint Candy Apple is from the Essie Sweet Time of the Year Collection of winter 2009.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Just a few pink polishes...

Finally home after my exams and it feels GREAT! Today I raided my mother's bathroom and found (shockingly enough) a few nices pinks.



Golden Mauve is a mini Ulta polish. What you see here is three coats and you can still see the nail line. Pretty cool pink with a golden shimer.



Encore Pink reminds me of an old pink tutu of mine. Very sheer, though, and not the easiest polish to work with. Above is four coats, and it is incredibly streaky; I couldn't get it to even out, but someone with a steadier hand than I could maybe make it work. I love the color, but I'm not a fan of the formula at all.



I picked this one up for my mom last Christmas and she loves it; Merriest Mauve is a sweet pink two-coater with berry shimmer. It is metallic-y and can show hints of brushstrokes but if you're careful it's nothing too terrible. Not really mauve in my opinion, but still pretty.



You're a Pisa Work is a bright fuschia. It's a fun tropical color and glides on beautifully. It takes three coats to be opaque, and you have to wait a little bit longer than most polishes in between coats, but it lasts forever. I couldn't show in a picture how bright it really is. I like to wear this one a lot in the summer.


One day I will convert my mother to new polish colors. I mean, I love pink, too, but variety is the spice of life, is it not? We'll start out small, with a deep purple or something. I'll have her sporting lime green tips in no time.


Golden Mauve is from the (deep breath) Ulta Shimmer Finish Salon Formula Nail Lacquer Collection, Encore Pink is from the Ulta Crème Finish Salon Formula Nail Lacquer Collection, Merriest Mauve is from the OPI Holiday Ulta Exclusive Collection of winter 2008, and You're a Pisa Work is from the OPI Classic Collection. I believe the Ulta and the OPI Classic Collections are regularly produced, but I could be wrong.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Disclosure Policy

...And you should make one, too. Just one. Don't you want to be cool? Come on, everybody's doing it. But seriously, you should make one. I'll be honest, I don't know all the rules and regulations, so just make one and bad things won't happen to you, I guess. Okay, yes, it is a bit more serious than that. This is just to clear up any misconceptions and help me be completely honest to you guys.

First of all, here's my little disclaimer that I have posted at the very bottom of my page at all times.

My reviews are based soley on my personal opinions and experiences. Sometimes I receive samples from nail polish companies, but a sample does not guarantee that I will review their product. I do not make money off this blog, nor do I work for any specific company. This page is just for fun where I post my thoughts on nail polish products. Please feel free to contact me with any questions and, as always, thank you for reading!


Here is my official one. I just made it now, but if anything is to change, I will update it immediately and repost it.



The owner(s) of this blog will never receive compensation in any way from this blog. The owner(s) of this blog is not compensated to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owners. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest.


To get your own policy, go to http://www.disclosurepolicy.org/






As always, never hesitate to contact me with any questions or comments!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Entity Metallic Enamel Collection

Take a look at these Entity polishes for fall/winter. I'm just little confused about the name...these are definitely more shimmers than they are metallics. But these colors are wonderful--rich hues that glide on so smoothly.



Mauve is not a color I expected to like, but like it I do. In this one you can actually pick up some of the metallic-ness, but it's mostly a shimmer finish.


SO glad this one isn't named Chocolate Something or Something Chocolate. I mean, I love chocolate as much as the next person (probably more, actually, now that I think about it) but not every freaking brown polish needs to be compared to a Hershey bar! I guess now would be a good time to announce its actual name, Dark Cinnamon. Very accurate moniker, actually. A deep, warm brown with red and brown shimmer. Love it.

Burgundy is a warm berry hue that gleams in the light. Not really anything earth-shattering, but I can see myself wearing it.


Scarlet is sort of similar to Burgundy, but redder. (More red?) Pretty fall color.

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The name Red is kind of boring. In my opinion, they should have gone with Effing Gorgeous, something along those lines. Red polish with bright red shimmer, almost a glitter, I would say. I've had this one on for a few days now.


Another stunna. Navy blue with bright blue shimmer/glitter; it's pretty much red's fraternal twin. In the sunlight this one is unbelieveable.



Again, not so creative with the names. But Entity Beauty has a great nail polish formula. I can't wait for their next collection. The Metallic Enamel Collection is from fall/winter 2009.

[Sample]

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Entity Pearl Enamel Collection

My first time trying Entity polishes and I love them. The Pearl Enamel Collection is a set of seven pearly (duh) colors, all with a very fine shimmer throughout. Almost all of them required three coats to be opaque.




Pearl Fuschia is an almost-neon Barbie pink. Love it!




Pearl Red needed only two coats; I don't know if I'd consider this one a "red" but it's a fun Hawaiian punch-y color.




Pearl Orange is like Pearl Fuschia in the sense that it's another almost-neon.



Pearl Yellow is the least streakiest yellow I've ever used; it's color is somewhere in between a lemon and a banana; soft but vibrant.




Pearl Green is a leaf green. It seems to be an exact dupe for China Glaze's Treehugger.
1 and 3 are Entity Pearl Green and 2 and 4 are China Glaze Treehugger. Honestly I can't tell the difference between the two, so if you have one you probably don't need the other.



Pearl Turquoise feels really tropical and fun. This one shimmers like crazy in the light.



Pearl Violet's picture isn't completely accurate; in real life it isn't quite this dark, but purples never photograph easily.




This is the box they sent me the polishes in...isn't it pretty? It's the background wallpaper for my cell phone now.

These colors are really fun and bright, and I love the pearl finish. I think they could have been a little bit more creative with the names, but that's just my humble opinion. The Pearl Enamel Collection was released for the spring/summer of 2009.

[Sample]

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Np2 Atomic

I had only ever read about Np2 polishes, but the general consensus was that this formula was amazing. Well, it is. Atomic is my first Np2 polish and color me impressed (I don't know why, I was dying to say that.) Anyways, Atomic is not the easiest polish to photograph, because, while it is primarily green, it changes colors dramatically in different lights. Below is what the "main" color looks like. Deep green with a copper shimmer. Check out the bottle; it looks almost brown. I contorted my hand a thousand different ways, and this was the only position I could take a picture of the brown side of Atomic. It's not the best picture, but it's a good indication of the color; a deep chocolate-mahogany with a gold-copper shimmer.
Np2 has the most unique bottles I've ever seen. On top is a base/topcoat and obviously the polish is in the bottle half. According to the directions on the bottle, you put on one coat of the clear stuff, two coats of polish, and then another coat of the clear.
They are detatachable, but I found it easier to paint my nails with both bottles connected.
Below I topped it with a coat of China Glaze Matte Magic.
Matte, but more brown than green.
I give this polish my stamp of approval; I'll be honest, after the first coat I was starting to doubt that it would take just two coats, but the second one glided on and really smoothed everything out. I also think it's cool that they include with the polish a formula that doubles as a base and a top coat. Atomic is from the Np2 Fall Colors.

[Sample]

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