So these last few days have been pretty strange. I must have been feeling really stressed out because I keep waking up 4 or 5 times throughout the night, often from nightmares. It's probably because my husband just went through surgery on his toes (ouch!) yesterday morning. He is the one who should be feeling crazy but I really, physically, am. Does this happen to any of you guys? When you are so close to someone that when they are suffering you feel their pain too? I actually woke up crying from a dream at one point last night and I haven't even cried in a long time! >_<
I've also recently been dealing with some photo-stealing issues, to the point where a company cropped out my watermark and then put their own watermark over my picture to use for selling a product. Needless to say, it hurts to feel used that way. I put a lot of hard work into my blog entries and photos and for someone to remove my own identity and claim it as their own like that... One part of me wants to warn everyone not to do business with them but another part of me just wants them to sincerely apologize. They still claim to have done nothing wrong. T.T
I know I usually don't post anything negative on my blog, so I'm really sorry for bringing the tone down here! I will try to cheer up the mood with some photos and news about nails.
First of all, I did finally try my Del Sol color-changing polish in Surfer Girl. I'm glad to say that the color change was noticeable and did happen, but it sadly isn't the most flattering shade of orange on my tan skin. It would be so cute on someone fairer than me! I think I'll put it up for sale. Please let me know if you'd be interested. :)
Suuuuuuuuper cute pale pink before the color change.
Pale orange is a little too close to my skintone. :(
I also happened to win the Zoya Colorlock System from Zoya's Twitter giveaway not long ago, and I was super excited to try it out. I'll probably go more in-depth into the whole kit later, but I did a quickie test with Seche Vite vs. Zoya Colorlock using Zoya's Zara polish.
Here is Seche Vite after application. I used Seche Clear base coat, Zara, then Seche Vite top coat. Smooth and shiny, and dries crazy fast which I need to prevent dents! Seche does tend to be goopy and thick during application so you do need to learn how to apply it right.
Here is Zoya's Colorlock system. Sticky base coat on 2 fingers and Get Even on the last 3, then Zara, then topped with Armor. You can already see that Colorlock is a shade darker than Seche Vite and not as glossy. It also took much longer to set, but it was thinner and easier to apply than Seche Vite.
After a ridiculously long time of wearing the same polish, I took these photos almost 2 weeks after application. Obviously, this was an impressive run. Seche was on my non-dominant hand so I expected it to hold up well, and it didn't disappoint. Nail growth shows more than anything, and moderate tip wear.
Here is the shocking result of Colorlock. The large dents I got shortly after application, but the rest appeared throughout the time I wore the polish. After 13 days, my polish was nearly matte! It looks like there are a bunch of tiny cuts all over my nail. I'm used to Zoya having very good quality products so this was rather disappointing. Granted, this was my dominant hand and had more wear than the left but I still prefer my topcoats to stay shiny throughout wear.
Overall, both systems work well to lengthen the wear of polish but for now I will stick to Seche products to keep my shiny addiction satiated.
Like I said, I will go more in-depth to Colorlock later, but I will say in its defense that Remove+ is the BEST polish remover I have ever used.
And finally, I have my current polish and Konad to share with you. I haven't done a konadicure in what seems like forever and after doing a few dark polishes, I thought the pearly OPI Who Needs A Prince? would be perfect. It's the coolest polish. Semi-sheer pale pink with fine, red opalescent shimmer. I like my polishes pretty opaque and this was fine at 3 coats but I did 4 to get this milky shade.
I thought a holo would look fantastic Konaded on top, but Extravagance wasn't opaque enough to show the shimmer.
So I ended up dabbing on streaks of China Glaze's How About A Tumble on top of the konad here and there, which did the trick quite nicely. Here is my final konadicure.
Speaking of Konad, I am totally honored to share with you guys my very first coupon code! The website I buy all of my Konad supplies is now offering the code frmheadtotoe for a huge 30% off your total purchase at http://www.wowsocool.com. This only excludes the "Build Your Own Kits" which are already steeply discounted. Not only that, but you receive FREE SHIPPING on orders over $20 after the discount!
I just think this is so cool because they are -the- best website for Konad out there, period. In my experience, I've never seen better customer service. They literally ship out your order asap, I'm talking sometimes the same day you order. Crazy! (And no, I am not receiving any $, product, or discount for this, they are just my favorite and I've ordered from them many times! ^^) I highly recommend buying the Konad Special Polish in black and white since they work the best for stamping.
Okay, I'm going to try to get some good sleep tonight. Wish me luck for sleeping through the night!