Saturday, July 31, 2010

Bubble, bubble, toil, and trouble...

Okay the title is cute, the actual bubbling of nail polish is not. You do a nice manicure, only to find teeny little dots and craters on the nail surface. AKA bubbling. Click to enlarge and you'll see what I mean.

What causes bubbling? Really any number of things. For me, I'm pretty sure it was the overhead ceiling fan blowing that caused my issue tonight. In the past, I've discovered other problems don't help: if your nail is oily (I usually just wipe it down with acetone if that's the case), laying the polish on too thick without letting each coat enough time to drive, if you're sitting where there's a draft.

Have you guys discovered any other things that cause bubbling? Or, better yet, a sure-fire way to avoid it? I'll be redoing my manicure without the fan on this time, and that should take care of it, I believe.

PS: Above is OPI What's With the Cattitude? Ignore the yellow on my's leftover Who the Shrek are You?

Things you probably didn't know about me...

Just because...

I'm terrified of the woods, because you don't know what (or who) is hiding in there.

I hate to cook. Love to eat, but hate to cook.

I'm obsessed with IKEA. When I buy a house, it is going to be furnished totally with IKEA.

My dad and I love watching shows such as Snapped, Forensic Files, and any murder special on MSNBC. It kind of freaks my mother out.

My parents are from Long Island. I've lived in a bunch of different places in my life, but Long Island always has a special place in my heart.

I used to dance, but I had to quit because of medical reasons, and I miss it everyday.

If I were rich, I feel like I would probably stay grounded about most things, but I would splurge on biweekly massages for my mother and me.

RENT is my favorite musical, and I've seen it tons of times since I was thirteen.

My favorite movie is The Sound of Music. It is the best movie ever. Don't try and argue with me if you don't agree, because you're wrong.

When I was one I felt out of my cart at Home Depot and landed on my head. 

Billy Joel has his own playlist on my iPod. Everything in my life can be summed up with a lyric from one of his songs. 

To this day I hate to sit in bus seats that have the window with the emergency door, because I'm scared I will accidentally knock the red lever and the door will fly open and I'll fall into the road. 

I was a telemarketer for a month. It was the worst month of my life. 

I brush my tongue after I brush my teeth, and I gag everytime. 

When I was five, I was positive I was going to be an Olympic gymnast/dolphin trainer/car painter. I even drew out some sketches of my designs for cars. Most of them were Disney or nature themed. 

The feeling of velour and the sound of styrofoam squeaking literally make me sick. 

My fingernails on my two index fingers are crooked. They are tiltled inward towards my thumbs, not straight up and down. I'm trying to get over it. 

When it's the winter, I crave summer, and when it's the summer, I crave winter.

I love fashion, but I'm too lazy/cheap to actually dress like it.

I read tabloids like it's my job.

My pets mean the world to me.

I wouldn't call it "road rage" per se, but when I am driving, if you are a moron, get off the road and out of my way. Please and thank you.

I'm not afraid to dream.

I can remember practically every detail back to when I was three, but I cannot for the life of me remember my PO Box combination.

I can't really think of anything else to add here. But I'm sure the minute I hit "Publish Post" I'll remember more useless facts to write down.

I was somewhere in my teens before I realized it was not called "duck tape."

Friday, July 30, 2010

China Glaze Rainbow

First of all, thank you so much to those that have wished me well or checked up on me. My surgery went perfectly, and now I'm just resting on the couch with ice packs and mashed potatoes.

Weird, though. As I was waking up out of surgery, I accused my doctor of injecting me with heroin and not the normal sedatives...I don't know where that came from at all, but the nurse, doctor, and my mother all got a chuckle out of it, along with my dad and brothers when I burst through the door into the house and screamed about my recent forced-drug use.

Anyway, I'm at least slightly more coherent, so I wanted to share what was my Wisdom Teeth Surgery Mani. Yep, it has its own name.

I'm not really sure how to put Rainbow into words. It's a pearly, opalescent white, with a lilac hue to it. In the light it gleams pink and green. It reminds me of bubbles, with all the different colors in them. Pictures just can't capture how beautiful it is, which is a bummer.
By the time I was able to take a picture, the sun was setting, but it kind of brought out the purple-y shimmer, and maybe even some green if you look hard enough.

Bottle shots time! On the left is indoor light and under that is outdoor twilight sun.

Again, the pictures just don't capture this polish at all. It's understated but beautiful! Oh, PS: This is 4 coats. I know that's a lot for some of you guys out there, but for something like this, I really don't mind. Maybe I'll experiment with layering it over different bases. I can't find which collection it belongs to, so if somebody knows, feel free to enlighten us, please!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Essie Aruba Blue

The verdict is in: my wisdom teeth are coming out tomorrow. Blech. This is my first surgery, if you can even call it that, so in order to lighten the mood, I wanted to test a fun color for today. Cue Essie Aruba Blue.

Ba-Zing! Whatever that means. I really like this blue; I've only ever worn it on my toes, but today I tried it on my fingers. It's a frosty shimmer, and not metallic, but in some lights it appears to be. My only gripe is that the formula is a little streaky, and leaves some brushstrokes.

Above is indoors with no top coat, below is outdoors in the sun with a coat of Seche Vite.

Pretty, right? Aruba Blue is from the Essie Island in the Sun Collection, but I'm not sure when it was released.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

China Glaze Fortune Teller

I almost started this post saying something about the Halloween season, but then I remembered it's not even August. This is a China Glaze Halloween polish from last year, Fortune Teller.

Black polish PACKED with orange glitter. Packed. Even some larger hexagonal glitter, too. It is pretty fun to wear, but not very fun to remove, as you might imagine. It dries relatively smooth, but I recommend using a topcoat for an even finish. Below is a bottle shot, and the glitter is pretty evident, I think.

Fortune Teller is a pretty cool Halloween polish that I got at Sally's today for half off, so they're probably still floating around. Happy hunting!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tweet, tweet!

I got a Twitter account! If I actually use it remains to be seen. I'm running out the door right now, but I know a lot of you guys have Twitter accounts, so I'll add you when I return.

AurorasNails, that's me!

So follow me! Daisy thinks you should.

My Birthday Mani: OPI DS Glamour

Yesterday, July 23rd, was my birthday, and it rocked. My family ate dinner together, my mother cooked twice-baked potatoes, and there was Carvel ice cream cake for dessert. And, as the birthday girl, I thought I should sport one of my all-time favorite polishes, OPI DS Glamour.

(I've already reviewed OPI DS Glamour here, but if there is one polish that deserves to be shown twice, it's this baby.) I'll spare you the nitty-gritty and get right down to it.

Indoors with flash.

Outside in the sun.

Outside in the shade.

Another shot of outside in the sun.

Outside in the sun, this one just shows how holographic it really is.

So that's that. Sorry the post is a little pic-heavy, but I had to give this polish its due. And, just in case you didn't know, I LOVE this polish.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

OPI Shrektacular Mini Collection

A day late and a dollar short, that's me! I finally bought the Shrektacular Mini Collection, which has four of the six shades from the entire collection. Skip the chit chat and get to the pichas!

Fiercely Fiona was a disappointment for me. Formula-wise it was good; three coats and not too streaky, but the color just isn't doing it for me, you know? I wish they had made this an emerald green like her dress in the original movie, but instead we have a yellow with a green tinge. Only in some lights can you see the green, though. Here it looks totally yellow. Like the yolk of a boiled egg.

On to Rumple's Wiggin'. I have no idea what the hell that means, but I'm digging the color. I wasn't excited for this one, but on the nail it totally surprised me. Opaque and even in two coats, this one had the best formula of the bunch. The lilac tone is actually very flattering on my hands. Definitely going to wear this one again.

What's With the Cattitude? is a pretty baby blue. This one took three coats to be opaque, but it wasn't streaky at all. I love this one; it's like a robin's egg.

Ta-da! Look at it! Look at it! We all knew that a color like this would have to be involved in a Shrek collection, but it's actually here, and it's perfect! I love it in all it's slimy, grungy, split pea soup goodness! Who the Shrek Are You? took three coats to be opaque, but, like the other three, had a great formula. I'm smitten!

The Shrektacular Mini Collection is available in stores, so pick one up next time you're out!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Monkey on my head...

Just for kicks. Mi amigo y shooo ;]

Chillin' like a villian in Honduras with Supa the monkey.

OPI Don't Know...Beets Me!

Last of Grandma's pretty pink polishes! OPI Don't Know...Beets Me! is a hot pink creme with blue undertones.

Applied like butter, I tell you! I thought for sure I had another three coater on my hands, but it was opaque and ready to go in two. It also dried rather quickly. It's not a color I would necessarily pick up, but it is a nice shade to wear. It's perfect for Grandma and her collection of pink. But what kind of beets are fuschia? I could consult Beet Master Dwight Schrute, but I'll just chalk it up to some kind of artistic liberty on OPI's part. Don't Know...Beets Me! is from the OPI Brights Collection from summer 2006? Don't quote me on the year.

Monday, July 19, 2010

OPI Chapel of Love

La la la, more pink more pink. OPI Chapel of Love is a girly pink with a pretty shimmer.

I had some issues with the application, though. Kind of chunky. Again, this was an old polish, so results may vary. Chapel of Love is from the Las Vegas Collection of summer 2003.

OPI La Paz-itively Hot

With permission, of course, I dug through Grandma's OPI collection and came up with three gorgeous pinks that I'd been dying to try but never actually bought. OPI La Paz-tively Hot was one of them.

Beautiful, right? It's considered a frost, and has this sort of blue-ish shimmer to it. It has a perfect application and was opaque in two coats, but, out of habit, I used three. However, this is an old OPI, before the 3-Free revolution, so it may be a little different for the newer formulas. La Paz-tively Hot was released with the OPI South American Collection in summer 2002 and is considered an OPI Classic Color.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Revlon Double Twist Base/Top Coat Review

I just spent a week in Vermont with my cousins at my grandparents' house and, of course, I had to put some nail polish on. After raiding my grandmother's stash I found a nice OPI pink (shocking) and topped it off with a layer of Revlon Double Twist Base/Top Coat Review. Long name, but we can just abbreviate it to RDTB-slash-TCR, or something like that.

Anyway, my nails took a beating this week. It wasn't just an average go-to-class-gym-store-ect. type of week. In five days I managed to go tubing and waterskiing on the lake repeatedly, dig through the garden for vegetables, move the dock into the water, move the dock out of the water, move the dock back into the water (yeah, it was getting old), canoe, sail, and do some heavy-duty cleaning. It's rural Vermont. If you don't get out of the air conditioning-less house and away from the lack of internet connection and places where the cell phone towers don't reach, you'll go nuts. See me on the right side of the picture. Notice how I manage to look glamorous as I careen through the air.

And through it all, my nails held up! With only one chip on my right index finger, they look as nice as the day I painted them. There was also a very teeny chip on my right thumb, but it was so small that when I took a picture of it, you couldn't see it. My left hand did not chip at all.

It also claims to be fast drying. My nails were dry to the touch in about 30 minutes, but for this kind of protection, I can overlook the fact that it isn't the fastest drying top coat out there.

The Revlon Double Twist Base/Top Coat costs six bucks in drugstores up in Vermont, but I can't say how much it retails for in other stores. Any of you guys ever tried this top coat, or any Revlon top coats? What were your experiences like?

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Lindsay Lohan's Vulgar Nail Art: What Do YOU Think?

Warning: Explicit language below.

As some of you know, Lindsay Lohan was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail for blah blah blah. Who cares why she was in court, check out her nail art that she wore to her hearing!

When I first saw this picture, I thought, huh, well, at least her nails are cute. Then I read the little message on her middle finger. Click the picture to enlarge. Keep in mind, she is sitting in a courtroom and begging, pleading to a judge that will decide her fate to be lenient with her and give her another chance, and she shows up with this on her finger? Lohan has received backlash for her nail art, but she has responded with a message to a friend on Twitter, saying, "didn't we do our nails as a joke with our friend dc? it had nothing to do w/court.. it's an airbrush design from a stencil xx."

What do YOU think? What was she thinking? Is it really such a big deal? Would you think twice before wearing this to court? For those who can't read it, it says "f*ck you." And I'll give you a hint. It is not "fack," "feck," "fick," "fock," or even "'fyck' you." Seems kind of foolish to me, but to each her own. Thoughts? Comments?

Friday, July 2, 2010

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat: I'm in Love!

Yeah, I am. I am in love with a tiny bottle of magical clear liquid. Allow me to elaborate on our sordid affair.

I always do my nails at night, wait for them to dry, and then go to bed. That way I can't really mess them up. I wake up the next morning and they are completely dry. But who wants to wait till the wee hours of the night to paint her nails? There have been times I've wanted to slap on a new polish in the middle of the day, but I didn't, because I knew I would smudge them. So I started researching on quick dry top coats. I browsed the blogs, read testimonies, and finally came up with what I hoped would be the solution to my little dilemma.

Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat did not disappoint. According to some of you gals out there, a coat of Seche Vite dries nails to the touch in about 10 minutes, and completely in about an hour. So imagine my surprise when I was tuning into my regularly schedule program (Family Guy), applied the polish over my wet OPI Bubble Bath, and then five minutes later touched my nail. I did that hesitant, super-light touch, you know the kind to see how dry the nail is? Dry. Completely dry to the touch. I don't know if I should post a "results not typical" warning here or not, but seriously. Five freakin' minutes later, I could go about my daily business and not have to worry about ruining my manicure.

Now, they were not dry dry after five minutes. I wasn't going to start scratching at them, because they were still malliable if I really dug my fingernail into them. But an hour and ten minutes later and it was like I had gone to bed, slept ten hours (who am I kidding, five), and woke up with dry nails. Unbelievable. This is one of the lamest sentences I have ever uttered, but this fast drying topcoat has changed my life. Or, okay, maybe just the way I paint my nails.

Have any of you guys tried Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat? What were your results. Will you try it now? Or do you use a different fast dry top coat?


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