How I Got Nailed This Week

One Good Surprise

This DEBBY nailpolish is cheap, but looks like big bucks!

 

Sometimes, there are expensive beauty products or tools that disappoint. When it comes to nails, I feel that one really can’t know if the new polish they buy will be a winner or a loser. Expensive polishes are not necessarily better. I’ve always had good experiences with Chanel ones (as you can see here, here, or here) , but I find the Dior ones simply horrible.

Conversely, sometimes really cheap polished can have the most amazing opacity, durability and shine. It sometimes happens, but it’s rare… And the best, don’t you find, is when you score one, even though you had no expectation at all. This is what happened to me with this beauty, which is a Debby nail polish that I bought in Italy about a year and a half ago. It doesn’t seem to have a name, so I guess the color code must be C350, which appears on the front sticker on the bottle. The color is perfect for winter. It is a shimmery red, but it is a dark red, which means it doesn’t look overly Christmassy. It applies on like a breeze and it is very shiny! In fact, much shinier than any other I own. Plus, the opacity is really great: On this picture, I only wear 1 coat!

Unfortunately, I’ve had it for so long that I’m almost out of it. I guess a trip to Italy is on my to-do list!

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How I Got Nailed This Week:

Last Minute Halloween Nails!

Hey girls! Want to find a very fast way to make you look spooky for Halloween? Or maybe you are looking for a nail style that is going to complement your deadly appearance for tonight? Well, look no further! Here are two looks that are going to make you look out of this world in 2 min, no more, no less!

You will need:

1. For the first look, you only need red nail polish!

2. For the second look, you’ll need red polish, dark red polish and dark blue polish.

 

First Look:

This was Lexa’s idea. She actually stumbled on it by chance just as she was getting rid of red nail polish yesterday!

 

Here’s how to get it: paint your nails red (one coat will be enough). Then dip a q-tip in nail polish remover. Make sure your q-tip isn’t too wet. Put it on your nail with little pressure and take some of it off. It will look even better if you put some color on your skin!

Second Look:

This is my take on bloody nails. For this look, you’ll need the three nail polish colors. Begin with naked nails, put some red polish on a q-tip and dab on your nails. Repeat with the dark blue and the dark red. Make sure you put some on your skin and on the top of your nails.

We hope these fast and easy tutorial will help you for Halloween! Have a very spooky night!

 

How I Got Nailed This Week

Intergalactic Nude Nails

 

Hey everyone! Ever got bored with a nude manicure after a couple days? Are you too lazy/busy to wipe off your nude nail polish and start anew with a bolder color? Well, I have a perfect solution for you : a special effect top coat!

I love using a special effect top coat on nude nails, because nude colors always have me yawning a couple of hours after the polish has dried. I always start with lots of optimism and good-will, thinking that nude nail polish will make me look sophisticated and grown-up. But this mood doesn’t last long…

I must say, however, that this particular nude nail polish, which is Chanel 567 Beige Petale, is just beautiful! It is the perfect nude for fair to medium skin gals. It applies easily and 3 thin coats will give you a very good result. Plus, as I told you last week, Chanel nail polish lasts for ever, so buying one in a nude shade is a good investment.

 

While this shade is very elegant and I would definitely wear it to a work interview or any situation when I have to present a polished and proper appearance, I seriously wanted to mix things up after a couple days.

Enters Shine of the Times, one of Essie’s Luxeeffects limited edition nail polishes. It is a top coat which contains little light reflective particles. The “shimmers” change colors depending on the light, and look at times neon green-yellow and other times neon orange-pink.

 

The result on nude nails is amazing! I loved it so much I kept staring at my nails and moving them around to see the spectrum of color change. I have also put this top coat on bare nails when I was on vacation, and I find it’s a good alternative to bare nails when you want to be very low maintenance, but still show you care about your appearance and want to have fun. I do prefer the result on nude nail polish, though.

Oh, and by the way, don’t you think it would look amazing as a top coat for a “galaxy” mani?

 

What’s your mani of the week? Please, share with us!

 

Quick Tip of the Stick

Use Cuticle Oil

I have weak nails. They break easily and, mostly, they peel off in layers. It makes me mad!

However, they are doing much better now that I have begun to use cuticle oil. I apply it as a cure, before putting on nail polish (I leave it on for at least 15 minutes, then take off with soap), but mostly I apply it on the base of my nails before bed. It doesn’t mess up nail polish at all. Now that I’ve been using cuticle oil, my nails are becoming stronger.

On this picture, I have the Essence Studio Nails Caring Oil. I don’t think it’s that great, though… Do you know any good cuticle oil you could recommend for chippy-nailed girls?

How I Got Nailed This Week

Stabilo-BOS your nails: Neon tricolour manicure 

Neon colours are trendy this year. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing them on a shirt or on accessories, why not try a neon mani?

Today’s motto: the messier, the better (but do not abuse though ;-). Perfect for those of you like me who struggle to paint their weak hand.

Starring:

  • Base coat nail polish  : ESSIE – Rock Solid
  • White nail polish         : L’ORÉAL – Holographic Shine – 802
  • Neon nail polishes      : RAPHAEL COSMETIC CONSULTING – FASHION MAKE-UP – Neon Yellow, Orange and Pink
  • Black nail art pen        : CLAIRE’S – Two way nail art pen and brush in Black
  • Instant dry drops        : ESSENCE – Nail Art Express Dry Drops
  • Top coat nail polish    : ESSIE – Rock Solid

Step by step:

  1. As usual, begin with a base coat and wait until it is dry.
  2. Apply a thin coat of a white nail polish. You don’t need either to be precise nor to apply an even coat. The white polish serves as a base to enhance the brightness of the neon polishes. As I didn’t have a plain white polish on hand, I used a shimmery one.
  3. To apply the neon varnishes combo, use a sponge. Assess the length of your nails to visualize the sponge portion which needs to be coloured. With the nail polish brush, put a generous coat of each shade on the sponge.
  4. Hold the sponge with tweezers to prevent staining your fingers. Dab the sponge once or twice on a paper sheet to get rid of the excess product. Correct the sponge coloured area if needed.
  5. Gently apply the soaked sponge onto your nails by either pressing it or making a rolling motion from one side of the nail to the other.
  6. As chances to mess up are very low during the next steps, you can already clean your skin with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover and pour some instant dry drops. Rinse your fingers with cold water after 5 minutes and wait until the neon nail polish is completely dry.
  7. With the black nail art pen, start drawing randomly as on the example (see picture above). Paint the lines wider apart if you want a more obvious see-through effect. Decorate either only your ring finger or the whole hand. Remember “the messier, the better” so don’t worry if the design varies between nails, it’s done on purpose!
  8. Clean up any imperfection. Wait until dry, top coat and tadaa! Stained glass neon nails! Pair this manicure with a bright shirt or a white outfit and you are ready to go.

Don’t you hear today’s manicure screaming “Try me! Try me!”?