Nails, Nails, Nails!

11:30 AM

I have chosen the winners of the Revlon nails giveaway. Congratulations to Lulu and Caroline :]! I hope you enjoy these! For everyone else who missed out this time, no worries, I have lots of fun giveaways coming up very soon.

I wanted to catch up on a few nail-related items. I have a couple of recent konadicures and nail swatches, my Revlon nails removal experience that I've had lately, and a very cool special magnetic polish from Europe, but it's not all going to fit in one post. So part I today and part II tomorrow. :) Anyway, on with the swatches.

Zoya Sienna is an incredible color. It is SUCH a fantastic spring color and it actually looks good against my skintone! Shock of shocks, I can wear orange! It looks chunky here, but it's just the flecks. It's really smooth, especially with a top coat.

I jazzed it up with a little houndstooth konad pattern in gold. Two pics, cause it's that good.

Here is Essie Chastity. This is a barbie pink cream with a very, very slight lavendar tone that wasn't picked up in the photos. I liked this color plain best.

This was a failed Konadicure, methinks, because it had too much going on. A little too extreme-baby-cutesy-frosty with OPI Pricess Rule! on top to be flattering on my skin.

This is a new favorite polish for me, OPI Hey! Get in Lime! It's a really pretty light green cream polish that has a bit of a jelly finish alone. Formula isn't that great but what pastel cream polish is? Results are worth it. And I LOVED this lace pattern Konad over it. Very vintage-classy!

I had originally tried a dark purple, OPI Who Are You Wearing?, as the dark color but it just wasn't stamping well. If you are looking for a cheap black that is good for Konad, I recommend Rimmel 399 Black Satin. This was a tough, delicate pattern to pick up and it got the job done.

As for the Revlon artificial nails removal, I can't say it was a pleasant experience. You are supposed to soak them in acetone and the nails "melt" away, but I realized it wasn't so easy. I only had drugstore-type Cutex acetone remover (vs beauty salon pure acetone) and it took about an hour to completely remove! Granted, it came up much easier than real acrylic nails, but my finger pads were rather pruney and numb by the end. Make sure you have a towel handy to cover your hands and the small bowl you soak in so the fumes don't make you crazy.

Here is a photo during the process.

AHHH! GROSSS! Nails from the crypt!

Thankfully, the condition of my nails underneath seemed good. I clipped them down again and filed off any remaining plastic bits with a glass file without any more chips than usual.

Like I mentioned before, more nail goodness to come tomorrow!

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  1. waaao. ^o^
    such pretty nails n nail polish!!

  2. Wow, Sienna is gorgeous and I LOVE the light green one!! I know what everyone's raving about now!

  3. im so jealous that you are so good with konad! the colors are so pretty!

  4. Pretty nail polishes and konadicures! You're very skilled at the application :D I always get scared I'll smudge.. been getting better though! Gah seems like the Revlon was a pain to remove with the regular nail polish remover~~

  5. Ooh, the Get in Lime one is very cute.

    Ahh, I didn't know those nails were hard to get off. Can't wait for tomorrow's post though. ^^

    Btw, I have a question. Where did you buy that blue dress from the photoshoot from the previous blog?

  6. Oh, I love the mint with the lace stamp! I should really invest in Konads, they look so intimidating though :S

  7. Catherine: Ah, I know! Ever since I saw the Chanel f/w 09 show. >.<

    Anonymous: I actually bought it a few years ago from TJ Maxx (I love that place so much). I think it's supposed to be a tunic top since the part below the bust is sheer though. :P

    innerchild: I think you should get it! Especially with the nice 20% off and free shipping for over $20 codes going on now (code: nailphile). It's really not hard at all like you think. :)

  8. Zoya's Sienna reminds me of orange-flavored hard candy. Yum! Thanks for the swatches! Looking forward to tomorrow's post. =)

  9. oh, Jen! you influence me in every possible way...from eye shadow colors to nail polish colors and Konad Nail Art...sigh...i just hauled nyx shadows, so I think I'll have to hold off for a while before I do a crazy nail polish haul (Zoya, China Glaze, and OPI! xD) hehe and then Konad...maybe I'll have a set to play with by Christmas this year! lol! sighh...=/ I replied to your e-mail! ^_^ i'm sooo excited! but i'm kinda scared of the removal process now that you posted that photo! haha xP

    <3 caroline

    ps. post pics of you modeling your new Michael Kors gladiator sandals! xD HAWT!

  10. I've always wanted to try Zoya nail polish but I'm not sure where I can purchase them from besides online. Would you say it's as good as OPI?

  11. the green with the vintage black konad print looks SO GOOD!!

    and i LOVE that orange color. it looks so vibrant and happy! i definitely needa get my hands on that color. its just too pretty.

  12. Hi Jen,

    just wondering if your nails get yellowish after several weeks of using nail polish. I am not sure if it is just mine of everyone's too. Mine gets yellowish in colour and it would crack. My nails become horrible : ( so i stop using nail polish. Any suggestion?

  13. Caroline:]: I will once I'm not sick and start getting the chance to wear them! Haha. They are ridiculous in real life in the best possible way, lemme tell ya.

    AbcGrrrL: Well, I don't think OPI is any miracle. With any brand, there are better polishes and worse polishes. ZOYA is pretty good but like I said, there are better ones and worse ones. The bottles are a little smaller than other companies but they have really nice colors. That's why I love them. :)

    Karlie: I don't have bad staining problems, now that I look at my bare nails. Maybe it is because I use seche clear base coat. I always use a base coat and top coat, every single time I apply polish. Keeps it from staining, plush the polish lasts longer.

  14. Oh my God, that's too cute!!