Stop Thief!

Even as a relatively new blogger on the scene, I know that you need to give credit for ownership. If it ain’t yours, you need to cite your source!!!

Most folks aren’t asking for money, they just don’t want you thieving their work!!!! That “copy and paste” function is in rampant use in the blogosphere…which explains prolific watermarking efforts. It still surprised me that a well-known company would do it.

My fellow nail polish blogger and new Twitter friend Swatch And Learn had the misfortune of having her photos printed without permission by Sinful Colors.

Her story is HERE.

And then The Swatch-A-Holic’s story is HERE.

It’s really a backhanded compliment.  “Your work is so incredible that I want to use it for everyone to see and give compliments, but not to you…. I want the compliments for myself.  You aren’t worth the recognition.”  

Ridiculous.   

If it’s a good idea or a great photo….FROM SOMEONE ELSE….. don’t claim it as your own.  It’s tacky.  Disrespectful. Deceitful. Shady.  

End rant.

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It’s the Little Things

My sister is the best!    She stopped by this afternoon and brought me the cutest little automatic nail dryer.

It’s adorable.  It would be even cuter if the air blew from the little monkey’s mouth… but the air actually blows from a space at the monkey’s “neck”??  I love it already. 

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Now I need to do my nails tonight so that I can use it.

Thanks Shelle Shelle!!! Smile

polish collection

I think I have finally organized my “workspace” for my polish. Smile  Here’s where I sit to unwind and paint.

 

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I purchased a nail polish rack from the beauty supply store for my desk – I think it was $23 (maybe $28?? don’t remember)… should hold 60 bottles but because OPI polishes are “fat” only 11 fit on each level, but 12 Sinful Colors fit on each, so I managed to fit 59 bottles on this rack.

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Last night someone asked me how many polishes I owned.  I didn’t really know…. so at the time I said maybe about 100.  So today I counted…. the ones that were out…. and not including the nail art polishes…. nor including basecoats and top coats:

165. 

That sounds like too many…. but it doesn’t even seem like that much when I’m sitting in front of them.  It does, however, explain why I don’t mind doing my nails basically every day though. lol.

Here’s where I keep the other bottles and more nail art supplies.  I have to keep everything in view and easily accessible. 

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I found the cutest expandable rack… probably created for spices or something, at Target, for about $15. 

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It’s a nice rack too.  It has non-slip gripping pads so keeps the polish stable.  I can fit 2 rows of polish on each level, so it holds a good amount of polish.  Keeps them neatly organized and accessible.

So that’s how and where I keep my polish. 

French Newness

It’s crazy when you do your nails yourself, you become straight impatient.

Another twist on that classic French.

I couldn’t wait to get off work to go home and try @boutique_nails’s design:

I saw the photo around lunchtime…. which meant I wasn’t going near home for a good 8 hours.  smh.  I wasn’t even anxious to remove the current design…. but testing out this new one was all I could think of!

FINALLY!!!!! home…. manicured Smile and loving it.

Essie “Sand Tropez” w/ white tips
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Snow!

When I saw the snowflakes “falling” on the main page of the blog site (yay!), I immediately got excited.  I LOVE snow.   Love is an understatement.

Now mind you, I’ve been practicing good snowflake designs for like two weeks.  And still no presentable snowflakes in sight for my nailbeds. 😦

Now this one from cutepolish vids is adorable….

…. and though I love her designs, and I love using my dotting tool – it seemed too simplified for my lofty expectation of my artistic ATTEMPTS…  As I still haven’t mastered even a “neat” snowflake.


then I found this snowflake tutorial.   I liked. More dots, but it was a tiny bit more complicated.


I ended up with a sort of in-between snowflake from the two… and I could only withstand the painstaking task on the fingernails of my ring fingers…. this nail art is work! Smile  I used the appropriately named “Avalanche” for the base color, and white polish with a very skinny nail striping art brush for the snowflake.  I used a glitter polish with a dotting tool for some sparkly spots. When it actually snows here in Chicago [I wish it would hurry up and snow!!], I’m doing a snowflake design – again.  (does this one count?)

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The "Française"

The French Manicure….

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This has got to be the most classic “design” ever.  Works for various nail lengths and types (acrylic, gel, natural). Matches everything…and is, weirdly, LOVED by so many men. (I would love for men to explain to me why they love it so.)

It’s refined and, when done well, “finishes” any hand beautifully.

Even, I, with my extreme love of color, can’t deny that the French….. is the crème de la crème. 

It will never get old.

Not sure when or by whom it was created… but it’s incredible.

 

my nails at the beginning of growing back out


Mommie’s nails… she allows a french manicure, but no other color whatsoever
NYC Quick Color “Little Italy” & Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Petal Pusher
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Angela’s gorgeous (and practical) American Shellac (CND)American Shellac

Angela is a very successful and busy dentist (Healthy Smiles), and one of my dearest and closest friends. She washes her hands probably a billion times a day. 

She introduced me to paraffin dips nearly 20 years ago. (Is there any question that she’s a REAL friend?!Smile) Those things are amazing for moisturizing and soothing! 

Shellac is a wise decision for her to maintain a finished look on her hands despite her total “manicure-hazardous” career. lol.

Though this is called an “American”…. it still looks really French to me. haha  And is still so very classic and works well for any fashion look.

 

 


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I used to paint my white tips freehand, after a basecoat.
Now I take a page from the nail shop. I skip the basecoat, and I straighten the lines of my white tips with an acetone-dipped art brush. Mistake free every time. woo hoo!


The French Manicure will always be in my manicure rotation.  Its beauty is timeless.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Colors

As you can well tell, I’m a Sally Hansen fan!  They really have a good thing with their polish formulations.  And they have been around FOREVER.  I remember my grandmother using  the Sally Hansen hardener in the rounded bottle with the pink tint when I was really young…. and that was eons ago. lol.   So this brand has staying power.  And that stuff is still widely used.

When I was willing my nails to grow and retain length earlier this year, I happened upon the Insta-Dri line of polishes.  TIMESAVER!  It fulfilled a few goals:  1)pretty nails 2)super low time-commitment 3)frequent change.

It took about 5 minutes for me to manicure my nails from start to finish with these polishes.  The very wide brush applicator covers nearly the entire nail, so in just a few sweeps of color you’re done.  And it dries within a minute. Smudge possibility: minimal!  I generally use two coats, but the polishes have great coverage, so it’s very possible to only need one coat.

When my nails are at their "working length" I chip polish off the tips almost daily…. so I’m consistently changing the polish.  Plus, I constantly pick at the polish from the cuticle side of my nails (very bad habit, you should not do this), so my polish never has a huge chance of survival… :-/.  The quick-dry feature of this  polish solved the issue of not having time to do my nails.  Now there is no good reason not to polish your nails.

And this line has a broad range of colors to choose from.  Something for everyone.

You have 5 minutes to spare??  Polish your nails!

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“Racey Rouge”
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“Jade Jump”
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“Mint Sprint”
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“Snappy Sorbet”
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“Snappy Sprinkles”
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("Snappy Sprinkles "over OPI "I’m Not Really A Waitress" in right pic)

“Blue Streak”
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“Quick Sand”
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