*in my best <and loudest> Mommy Dearest voice*

….or frosts and shimmers for that matter. 

In my blog browsing I have seen the most beautiful swatches of the tidal wave of glitter polishes available these days.  BEAUTIFUL! And, I, like the rest of the nail polish masses, LOVE them. They lure you with their sparkle and dazzle. Whispering your name like an irresistible lover…

I am putting my foot down.

I don’t want to read any more blogs telling me the easy way to remove glitter polish is by soaking cotton pads, covering my beds with aluminum foil and…….. waiting. Yes, I have a problem with patience.  LOL.  I’m working on it. haha

Removing the Nicki Minaj collection glitter polish (OPI – “Metallic 4 Life”) was a small test of patience.  I can’t even imagine how long it would have taken without my reliable Automatic Nail Polish Remover!  Even with it’s superb and consistent results, it took too long for my taste.

SO…. even though the task is still much easier with my polish remover machine….. I’m back on my glitter hiatus. 

But I will never forsake my beloved dots.

China Glaze “Concrete Catwalk”
tan acrylic paint dots, China Glaze “Peachy Keen” dots, white acrylic paint dots

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can you see the tan dots?!?!?! they are there!!! 

The Red Blues…

Hey everyone!

I’m Duana, first time blogger, long time subscriber. I was introduced to Cheryl and her blog through the wonderful world of Twitter and have since fell in love with her nail art! But, enough about me, let’s talk polish.

I find myself picky in most aspects of life, and my nail polish is no different. A few years back, I tried the perfect red at my local nail salon; it was in OPI’s Christmas collection and I have been searching for it ever since.  None of the polishes I pick have ever come close, and it seems as if the perfect shade of red is about as elusive as a unicorn…hence, my red blues.

One day, as I was walking through my local Target, I stopped in the nail care section (as I often do) and found “Forever Yummy” by Essie.  It was beautiful in the bottle, but made a bunch of promises that it didn’t keep. I needed it to be a little brighter, like a true red/scarlet and not crimson.  It looks nice on my hands, but the red is a little too deep for me.  Check it out…

Essie “Forever Yummy”

It looks brighter in this picture than it actually is. I think it was the bright lights at the nail salon.


This is how it actually looks…pretty, but not what I wanted.



Beauty and the Beast

Nope, not the Disney movie….

Audrey Hepburn & Nicki Minaj

Now as much as I detest Nicki Minaj, that’s a pretty girl!!  She’s not a beast, but she is a M –Effin Monster.  lol, pardon my pun.

Monster–Nicki’s verse

I am not necessarily a fan of Audrey Hepburn either.  I just have different honorees.  I haven’t even seen “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” but after my manicure, I DID add it to my newly acquired Netflix Instant Queue.  (shoutout to the sweetheart KK…. and my should-be boo, Oh. Smile)

China Glaze “For Audrey”
OPI “Metallic 4 Life” (Nicki Minaj Collection)

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and it really matches:

PS. – I did use a base of black polish on my accent nails before applying 2 coats of “Metallic 4 Life”.

Mary Kay – Satin Hands

After my manicure, I used this sample from my new Mary Kay consultant—->> Nikki

(click for link to her site)
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Yes, this stuff works!   With all the drying acetone and alcohol swipes I use, my poor hands take a beating.  My hands feel sooooooooooooo nice after using this! Moisturized without feeling greasy; And my skin feels protected! YES, you should try it.

Soft, young looking hands are a good thing.

Ombré Vert

a/k/a  Money Tips.  haha.  Needed green in my life.  I’ve been thinking to attempt this for a while. 

French derivation. meaning shaded. It is used in relation to textiles (a) as an adjective to describe fabrics with a dyed, printed, or woven design in which the colour is graduated from light to dark;

shaded or graduated in tone: said of a color


Do you realize how difficult it is to find five shades of the same color family that GRADUALLY move from light to dark??!?!?! Try it. -_-  Still easier than creating the shades myself though.

I have three other color families to attempt.  Smile



OPI “Gargantuan Green Grape”
OPI “Green-wich Village”
China Glaze “Four Leaf Clover” (showing up more blue in the photo than in real life)
China Glaze “Starboard”
OPI “Jade Is the New Black