Tag Archive | I explain too much

My first real review!

I figured, aside from showing my poor attempts for my 52 Week Challenge, I should finally start doing some swatches and stuff. The first one is one of the polishes I got in my Julep Maven box this month: Eva.

Sorry for the fuzzy...and the hangnail mark.

Julep described Eva as a “raspberry creme”, and I think that pretty much nails it. It’s pinker than the image shows, almost falling in to the magenta category. I used a base coat of “Post trauma Nail Treatment” by Revlon, and a top coat of “Insta-dri” from Sally Hansen.

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52 Week Challenge: Stripes

I know this is late, but I didn’t have a chance to take a photo until last night. This week’s theme was “stripes”. And, with Friday being Opening Day for my Brewers, I wanted to do something with Brewers colors, so that’s what I did.

Please excuse the ugly cuticle and the chip on my index finger. Hence, the new name of the blog.

For the base, I used Pure Ice’s “Fast Lane”. It’s a nice gold color, but I can’t wear it alone. It just doesn’t look right with my skin tones. I masked the stripes off with my French tip guides, then painted Sinful Color’s “Midnight Blue” on top of it. It’s the darkest blue I have. Even then, it’s still not the right color. But, that’s mostly me being picky. The base was Revlon’s “Post Trauma Nail Treatment”, and I used Sally Hansen’s “Insta-Dri” not only between the gold and the blue layer,  I put it on as my top coat. I like it more than SV. While it takes longer to dry, it lasts longer and isn’t as goopy. It’s almost like the more you use SV, the goopier it gets. My theory is that, with the air in the bottle, it makes it thicker.

I probably could have done the stripes better by  either cutting my guides in half, or trying to find my masking tape and cutting small strips. But I like it this way.

I’ve got some swatches to do, and then I’ll do my Easter mani. Yay! Almost back on track!

52 Week Challenge – Valentine’s Day Mani

Happy Singles’ Awareness day!

I wasn’t sure which I wanted more when I thought about “Valentine’s Day”: pink and hearts, or chocolate. So, I decided to do…both.

Now, let's see me hold a box!

I couldn’t find my handy dandy lotion bar, so I grabbed the box my new necklace came in.

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When life gives you fail….you make fail-ade.

Unngh, bad news.

I don’t have any pictures of this week’s mani. I had taken them before going to my brother’s house for my niece and nephew’s birthday party…and promptly forgot that camera at his place. And, of course, now it’s off. It was interesting, but not something I think I’d do…at least with that color. I used “Fast Lane” from Pure Ice, which is an old gold color. It was the lightest color I had on hand that wasn’t white. It was hard to see the newsprint unless you were looking at the nails specifically. It wasn’t something immediately noticeable. Even then, because of the darker background, it was still difficult. I’m on the search for a light grey color, so I can see if it works better using that.

I do have a different mani on now, though. If I can find my GOOD camera (the one I only use when, for example, I’m on a trip), I’ll have to take a picture of it. I used China Glaze’s VII for the base, and then layered Pure Ice’s “Busted” and “Cheatin”, and INM’s “Northern Lights” (because I thought I grabbed “Fairy Dust” from China Glaze, which is very similar). If I find the camera, I’ll show and tell. If not..I’ll just tell. (Let’s say it’s sparkle-icious).

NOTD: Packers Nails 1

It’s the end of the regular (American) football season, which means one thing: everyone in Green Bay is decked out in green and yellow. I’ll admit: football isn’t my most favorite sport.


That doesn’t mean, of course, that I don’t show Packers pride. It just means I don’t dye my hair green and yellow. I paint my nails, instead. This time, I decided on one of the more popular “at home” nail decorations: sponging.
Let’s see what’s behind door number one