Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sally Hansen "Pacific Blue" - Review & Swatch

I finally gave in and purchased Sally Hansen's "Pacific Blue" polish after all the hype over the last couple of months from Youtube beauty gurus. I am in love with this! Right now I'm wearing it as both a pedicure and manicure. I rated it 4 out of 5 on MakeupAlley and here's my written review:


The colour is like no other nail polish I've seen before...very unique, electric blue. You really only need 1 coat of this because it is very pigmented but I usually go with two to make sure its even. The formula dried a little fast and didn't go on as smoothly as other nail polishes I own but that's my only complaint! I tried this as a manicure first but I actually love this for a pedicure too. I'm wearing it on both right now (its July) and its so fun & summery!!! I use an OPI Base Coat and Seche Vite top coat and this polish did not move for an entire week. It didn't chip or even wear at the tips - very impressive! If you are thinking about buying this - I highly recommend you do so. Its gorgeous and definitely one of my favourite Sally Hansen polishes!



Much Love,
April
xo

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Sailor Nautical Nails

These have been on my list to try for quite some time and I'm really happy with how they turned out. It took a few tries to perfect them but I had some time to waste one evening so I could play around and get the exact look I had in mind.
I did some sailor stripes on my pointer, middle and pinkie fingers, an anchor on my ring finger and a ship wheel on my thumb. The blue is OPI "Dating a Royal", the red is from ORLY "Ma Cherie", the white is OPI "Alpine Snow" and the brown is OPI "Suzy Loves Cowboys".

 I couldn't think of a better occasion to break out the "Hey Sailor" collection temporary tattoos that MAC sent in my last online order.

And some awesome news to conclude this blog post - when I logged into Blogger to write this I realized that my blog has reached over 7000 views! Thank you everyone!!! :-D

Much Love,
April
xo

Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to: Remove Glitter Nail Polish

Glitter nail polish is so in the past couple of years! But I'll admit - I used think twice about buying it because it was so hard to remove from my nails and to me it just wasn't worth the time. I knew there had to be an easier way so I googled it and sure enough I found the perfect method. This is a very well-known method and is all over the internet but I wanted to share it a picture by picture instruction for my blog, twitter and Facebook followers.


What you'll need:
  • Cotton Rounds
  • 100% Acetone
  • Tin Foil
  • Hand Moisturizer and/or Cuticle Oil
Tip: Cut tin foil into squares (large enough to wrap around the tip of your finger) before you start so you'll have everything ready.



Here we have a nice festive red glitter nail look I wore around Christmas

Take a cotton round and drench it in 100% Acetone.

Tip: You can cut the cotton round into quarters to use less. Just make sure the piece you cut covers your entire nail.

Place the cotton round on your finger nail as shown.


Next, take the tin foil and wrap it around your finger on top of the cotton around. Squeeze it together so it stays.

After you're done, you're hand should look like this. Scary, hey? :)
 

Leave on your fingers for 5 minutes! No more, no less!

Tip: I usually do one hand at a time and reuse the tin foil squares on my other hand.


Press gently press on your nail and slowly remove the cotton & tin foil from your finger in a swiping motion (as if you were removing regular nail polish) and it should come off like this.


Tip: Still nail polish around the corners? Don't fret! Just take the same cotton round you used on your finger and swipe it around your nail to remove any access nail polish. The cotton round should still be damp from before but if not just use a little more acetone.

You should have a clean nail as shown here

Repeat steps for each nail and complete the same steps on your other hand. You should have clean nail polish free fingernails like these...

IMPORTANT:
100% Acetone is VERY drying to your cuticles and fingertips so make sure you moisturize and let your hands dry before reapplying a new nail polish. I also use a cuticle oil to give my cuticles a little extra moisture.

I hope this is useful for you guys. If you have any questions, please let me know :)

Much Love,
April

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Anniversary Nails & Wedding Makeup Pictures

On July 3rd my husband and I celebrated 2 wonderful years of marriage! I wanted to do some nail art based on our wedding colours - hot pink and lime green with small accents of black and silver. I didn't have much time so I did a simple polka dot design. I used a matte black base with different sized polka dots in hot pink, lime green and silver. I love how they turned out - so many people have asked me if they were the Sally Hansen nail polish stickers!


Before I go, I wanted to link you to the blog of Jennifer Dawe. She's a photographer here in St. John's whom I had the pleasure of working with in June. She took some pretty amazing pictures of me in action:
Jennifer Dawe Photography - Royal Wedding (Niki & Rob)


She's an awesome photographer and SUPER sweet - you should go like her Facebook page: Jennifer Dawe Photography - Facebook


Thanks for reading! I know I only have 23 "followers" but my blog view count is almost at 7000! Do the math - a lot more than my followers are visiting and reading :)


Much love to you all (even the haters),
April
xo