Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My favorite hobby

I've been seriously dedicated to my new hobby blog & I honestly really have enjoyed writing about it. It's one of those things if you love it than you can find the time to do it. They say whatever you spend your time doing when you should be doing other tasks is what your career should be & as a stay at home mom I guess my blog is kinda a hobby/career. Without anymore chat, the link is posted below so feel free to check it out & let me know what you think! Thanks! :)

My hobby Blog!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Carry On Carbonite, Carry On

So I think I should give a fair warning that this is not my best work but I shall share it anyway.  This past week I was on the Hunt for an elusive polish that I've heard so much about.  As you go through YouTube nail vlogs you may come across videos comparing Chanel's "Graphite" to Revlon's "Carbonite".  I looked through so many blog & vlog comparisons & although I could see a difference the addition of extra sparkle in the Chanel wasn't so great that I wanted to pay the $25 price tag! The Revlon product is just around $5 & looked so similar so the search began.  I called around 4 drug stores & none of them had it in stock so I eventually found a CVS that carried it & asked for it to be placed on hold. Upon the hubby arriving home I told him after dinner that we would be headed out to CVS(about 20 min away) to pick it up. As planned we went out & when I arrived at CVS the young lady behind the counter couldn't find the polish anywhere on hold! I had called twice to check the price & make sure it was on hold but it just wasn't there! 

I left sadly, even so sadly that hubby stopped by McDonald's on the way home for a treat to cheer me up. The next day I remembered that we had 2 CVS's but couldn't fathom that maybe I had gone to the wrong CVS so I called the other store & BAM there it was! I went out that morning to pick it up & i was so ecstatic that I sent 2 pictures to a friend of mine, a picture of the name on the top & a picture of the bottle! haha I waited until the next day to paint my toes, not my nails because to be honest I didn't really Love the color as I had tried it on 1 nail the night before. Overall I'm not really happy with the color & really could care less if it came or went but I guess maybe I like the chase...It has been gloomy here all week so here is the 1 "alright" picture that came out on my camera & a picture of the color in bottle.

I will be posting more tomorrow with the color that I used on my nails to accompany these spark-lish-ious toes!

Friday, September 16, 2011

A Tale of 2 Colors (part 2)

In continuence of my last post (Tuesday) I actually was wearing this new color that I'm writing about now & still am.  I had planned on a trip to Ulta on Tuesday to pick up some new Cover girl shadows: Shimmering Sands(trio) & Pure Romance (quad) that were recommended via YouTube & they were running a buy one, get one 1/2 off at Ulta + I had a $3.50 off $10.00 again, which as you know I'm a huge fan of! As I was walking around the store I noticed they had 2 Fall-ish displays; 1 with deep blues(think Midnight Cami) & Metallics(think Orly Rage). I immediately fell in love with the Orly collections which included a silver, gold, & rose gold.

A friend just happened to ring me as I was figuring out which to buy so I asked her opinion & she thought that I should go with the Gold but I really can't commit to the Gold Rush yet so I opted for the rose gold (Rage). I was so excited that I couldn't even wait to get home, we had to go over to Target for something & I immediately painted my ring finger nail in the parking lot! After I had put my Bug to bed I immediately grabbed my All In One base coat, nail polish remover, & polish to settle in for the Bachelor Pad finale. I got started & I just immediately fell in love with the shimmery pink/gold color, 1 coat was beautiful but I'm used to doing 2 so I applied another & to be honest it may have taken away from the shimmer & cause my nails to look a bit more dark & busy. None the less I still loved it & am still wearing it on Day 3, it seems like it would be a great nail to wear as I haven't noticed any major chipping & it was a great combination with the base as it seemed to dry faster than last time. With no further adeu I present to you pictures of my current nail.


Make sure to come back to see which next-to-impossible nail color I hunted down this week & to read about the journey it entailed(as usual!)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A tale of 2 Colors...and Brands (Part 1...)

To begin this story i have to go all the way back to Saturday! I've just had no time for blogging with the little one & the Big one being home.

I finally went out Saturday morning & picked up a Top Coat at Target. I couldn't believe how many times I had to fight the urge to re paint my nails & remind myself that for my nails sake I would be waiting until I got my nail protection. So back to the story: I ran over to Target on Saturday right to the nail section & there were so many top coats/base coats/nail protection products that it was a bit much for my eyes! I had to focus to really narrow down what I wanted & it came down to 2 products: Essie All in One & OPI Start to Finish. I figured they would have a pretty good price difference but to my surprise they were only $1 difference, so after much deliberation I went with Essie since most of my polishes are Essie. I waited until Saturday night to sit down & paint my nails and I must say they were pretty glamorous & I really liked the way they looked. With that said, I had 2 problems...the formula took a while to dry & I noticed chipping the very next day. :( At any rate I posted the pictures below from Saturday night & I wish I would've taken more on Sunday but maybe next time.


Essie: Merino Cool w/All in one Base

I hope to post more this afternoon with the new color that I'm wearing & hopefully an even newer addition that was super hard to find, but highly recommended via my YouTube subscriptions! :)

Monday, September 5, 2011

Busting at the seams

Since I added 3 must-have colors to my collection last week I've already worn 2/6 of the Essie Fall collection & 2/4 of the Nice Stems OPI collection!

The first, (Merino Cool) was from the Fall essie collection 2010 & I just had to try it, it was exactly what I had in mind & was looking for. I can't say enough about how soft, fall feeling, & beautiful this color is.

Mid week I was bubbling with excitement to change my nail color & with so many new choices any normal person would! After much deliberation I went with "Play the Peonies" which is a pale nude shimmer from the Nice Stems OPI summer collection, I was so excited to see this on my nails but after 2 coats it was streaky & I didn't really like it as much as I thought I would. :(

I tolerated the color for about 2 days then decided to venture to other choices from my stash, coined: "Save for Fall". I set my sights on Power Clutch & the application & pigmentation were amazing, I Love It! I'm still sporting this color and today is Monday!

Back to my thoughts on "Top Coats", as I've said in a previous blog I didn't really see a huge benefit to using a Base/Top Coat on my nails as I often get bored & change colors so often.  When changing polish Friday I was faced with a problem that I've never really dealt with before, when I removed the polish my nails were yellow in spots! I took to Google as any questioning mind would, only to find out that this is caused from not using a base coat when applying polish! Oh the shock & now I have to eat my words, buy a buffer, & find a healthy base coat! :)