Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Milani Swatch and Review Part 2: High Speed Fast Dry

Here is Part 2 of the Milani for 2014 swatches, featuring the High Speed Fast Dry trio. In case you missed Part 1, you can read it here.

Three new shades have been added for 2014 and I just can't decide which one is my favorite!

First up is Aqua Crush, a beautifully pigmented turquoise cream polish. The above is with two thin coats.

I found using one coat alone to be a little on the streaky side, so I used a second to even it out. You could probably get away with one thick coat, but it was easier to work with when using thin layers. 

Sangria Rush is a mulberry cream that borders on oxblood. The above is with just one coat.

However, as you can see, this will stain your cuticles, so be very careful when applying. Even more so when removing!

Blue Zoom is a royal blue cream polish and as sharp a shade as its name implies. The above is with two coats.

This shade is just so highly pigmented and shows up even better in person. I just adore it.

Overall, I thought these three additions to the High Speed Fast Dry line by Milani were total winners. All three had such vivid color and dried relatively fast compared to the regular Milani line, as well as other brands.

These new Milani shades for 2014 are currently available for $3.99 at CVS and MilaniCosmetics.com.
Do you agree that this collection is a trio of hits?
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Friday, March 7, 2014

Swatch and Review: Milani Nail Lacquer for 2014 Part 1

Happy Friday, everybody! Phew! I thought this week would never end, but alas, it's here!

Today I have for you the first of four parts of Milani's 2014 collection!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

ANNOUNCING: MAC Box of Chocolates Giveaway!

Hello there, lovelies! 

Myself and 29 other bloggers have gotten together to show our love to our readers with a special giveaway treat. An eyeshadow palette is like a box of chocolates - but this one has 30 different flavors inside each one chosen by a different blogger! 

We've put together a special blogger-curated palette filled with 30 of our favorite MAC shades in a MAC Pro Large/Duo Palette for one of our readers to win! The shades include our favorite neutrals to fun, bold colors and everything in between - but you'll have to win to see what they are! All you have to do is enter via Rafflecopter. 

US only! Giveaway starts February 14 - February 28th

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Nail Rehab: Week 1

I was really overwhelmed by the amount of interest in my Nail Rehab series and decided it would be best to do a weekly post while I go through rehabilitation.

Here's what my nails look like now, about two weeks after having my gels removed:

As you can see, my cuticles are heavily dried out from the removal process and there are file marks all over my nails.

You can see the ridges here and also just how thin and brittle they are. *Sad face*

From this angle, you can see the major ridge in my nail from where the gels were and where my nail has grown in. I'm about 1/4 of the way of having them grow out altogether and am getting anxious!

This week's regimen consists of two main aspects:

The first, as recommended by numerous bloggers and nail techs, is to constantly moisturize! Not just for the cuticles and skin, but also for the nails. The better moisturized they are, the healthier they are.

The second:

This came highly recommended to me by a friend of mine and I'll be applying it once a day for a week to see its effect. This is a nail hardener that is supposed to help toughen up nails and prevent them from breaking. We shall see!

What products would you like to see me test as part of Nail Rehab?