December 1, 2014

Nails... Gel Polish Manicure- The Pro's & Con's

About a week and a half ago I went to get my acrylic nails filled. While getting them done I decided to try a gel nail polish instead of my regualar polish & top coat.

The only reason I decided to switch was because it was my birthday the following week & thought I would treat myself to something new. I had gotten nails painted with gel once before but my experience with them was a bit of a toss up. I always enjoyed the look of shiney gel nails, however I was never super excited about the price. (Almost an extra $15 in my case.) I also found that the gel polish would fade and slowly rub off when I would use rubbing alcohol while doing make up. Luckily this time around I havent had the same problem. 

This time Im actually really enoying the look and duriblity of my nails. They seem to be a bit stronger & dont seem to be chipping or fading. (1.5 weeks) They are still beautiful & shiney- just a little grown out.


Earlier today I was reading an article about the pros & cons of wearing gel nails or polish. It seemed to me that the biggest concerns are the damaged caused to your nail beds, the frequent soaking of nails/hands in acetone to remove gel polish or gel nails and hands being left directly under UV light to dry. 

Yes, after a prolonged period of time you could begin to see damage to your nails, but that is with anytime of false nail. It helps to ensure you are getting them done somewhere where they know how to do gel nails properly. 

The acetone was a concer because of how much it dries out the nails and skin. I believe it is even absorbed into the blood stream through frequent skin contact. May salons have begun to use acetone soak pads on each nail instead of having the client completely submerge thier whole hand into the acetone.

The UV light helps to cure & dry the nails, layer by layer- which basically means yout hands sit under a UV lamp for half the time you get your nails done. The UV rays, of course are the best thing to be having our hands sit under. As much as there isnt too much of a solution right now, some brands have begun to use LED light which is much better for our skin.

When wearing false nails for an extended period of time you also need to make sure that there are no cracks or spaces for water to leak in. Not only does this allow yout nails to come off faster but it can cause even more damage to the nails, including fungal infections... Yuck. Only get your nails "filled" once or twice, not as long as they will last.


will admit when I get them filled I will probably stick with the gel polish. If you have any questions or concerns about a new product or trying a new product always make sure to research & ask the questions you want answered. 

Peace & Luv

November 3, 2014

Today's Look... Saturday Night

Hope everyone is enjoyed their weekend. One of the looks I wore this past weekend, for me personally is pretty natural- minus my lips. I love a simple look like this because it is pretty easy to do and can be worn with a natural lip or something a little more bold, like a bright pink, or dark plum purple. It just depends what type of look your looking to pull off. 

This look is also very easy to transition from day to night. You can darken and create a smokier eye by adding a little bit of black liner to your lower lash line. Then add a little bit of black shadow or a shade of shadow darker then what was originally worn on the outer corners of your lid. Apply your darker shadow there, and blend. This should create a darker smokier eye. Also apply a bolder lipstick shade for that pop of colour. Perfect for that Friday night out after work, or those last minute plans on Saturday. 


 

For more pictures and a list of products I used, follow the link below.

October 28, 2014

Today’s Look… Shimmering Violets

Simple but super fun, this look is young and flirty. With bright pops of color and light catching shimmer this look is great for almost any out.

Like many “day” looks you can transition this makeup into something a little suited for a night out just by simply adding some darker eye shadow just on the outside corners of your eye. You can also adjust your eyeliner or add lashes for a bolder effect.

Remember you can always tone down your look just by using a more natural lip color or maybe choosing an eyeliner that isn’t as bold.


 

For more pictures and a list of products I used, follow the link below…

September 23, 2014

Today's Look... I kissed a Smurf

Today I was limited with the amount of time I had to do my make up but still wanted to rock something that was bold and colourful.  I decided to do a super simple eye with a bold Blue lip.

Wild lip colours have been on trend for a while now, especially over this past summer. You can pretty much get anyway with any shade of lip colour right now. This trend or look seems to work best when you pair it with a really simple and neutral eye.

 

For more pictures and a list of products I used follow the link below...

September 18, 2014

Today's Look... You're Eyes at Sunset

Today I am keeping true to my recent promise to start creating bright vibrant looks on myself again. Without meaning to I used colors that resemble shades seen in a tropical sunset.

I had so much fun creating this look that I included a quick step by step guide to show you how to recreate this fun but sexy tropical sunset eye.

 
For more pictures, a list of products used and how to create this look follow the link below...

September 17, 2014

Halloween Make Up Requests!!


 

I wanted to remind everyone that Halloween is right around the corner. I want to start posting more tutorial like blogs and would like to start with Halloween. With that said if you have a requests for any Halloween related make up or spfx please leave your suggestion in the comment box below or feel free to email in the contact me section.


 



September 13, 2014

Today's Look...

Hi everyone!! Sorry I keep disappearing. This summer I got signed onto a new TV show that will be airing in October. Can't wait to blog about it. Coming soon...

With that said this fall I will be committing more time to my blog and posting more looks, reviews and other awesome goodies!! Now onto some make up...

Today was the first time in a while that I actually went full out on my own make up. I miss having the time to do my make up the way I usually want to wear it. This look is very similar to the last one I posted, with slight differences. This smokey but colorful look is super fun to wear and easy to do. 

 

For more pictures and a list of products used follow the link below...

July 15, 2014

Urban Decay: Pulp Fiction Collection- Be Cool Hunny Bunny.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the cult classic, Pulp Fiction. Urban Decay will be launching a Pulp Fiction collection to commemorate such an event. The collection is based off of the character of Mrs. Mia Wallace, played by Uma Thurman. 

This collection is limited edition and is expected to not last for very long. So if you like what you see be sure to buy it while you can.

This collection is bold & sassy, filled with lots of deep Reds.
I also like that this collection is relatively small with only five essential items. 



Below you will find a break down of each product including pictures & pricing...

July 12, 2014

Nails... Blue-Ming Leopard Print

As much as I loved my neon Blue nails I can never stick with a basic manicure for long. So to switch it up I add a leopard print pattern.



To create this design I used Color Club's Blue Ming as my base coat. Then using Sally Hansen 3D polish in Laser I created the coloured spots. Next I used Sally Hansen's I love nail art pen to add the black around the coloured spots and in random areas on the nail. I then finished the design off with a quick drying topcoat.



This is one of those nail designs anyone can do. It may take a bit of practice but can be mastered in little time. Hope this inspires you to try something bold & new with your nails.

Peace & Luv

Nails... Color Club's Blue-Ming

Yesterday I got myself a fresh set of acrylic nails, painted in a bright Blue called Blue-Ming.

Blue-Ming was created by Color Club. It was featured in their Blossoming Collection from Spring 2012. 

 

This shade of Blue is a perfect color for any summer day.

Stay tuned for the decked out version of these nails... Leopard Print. Blog to come soon!

Peace & Luv