Nail decals + a little more!

I’ve been meaning to try to blog more often but unfortunately I’ve failed at that. I’m trying, I really am but life just gets in the way sometimes. I started working out of my home office back in October and it feels like ever since then people at work seem to think I have more time on my hands to work. Sorry, but 8 hours a day is 8 hours a day.

Anyway, I was browsing Instagram one day and I saw that Winnie of LeSassafras posted this photo teasing of a haul she did and I fell in love with the gold decal on her nail. I HAD to know where she got it from so I basically stalked her YouTube channel until the video posted. Enter this awesome website called shopmissa.com where practically everything is a dollar. Yes, ONE DOLLAR. Accessories, nail supplies, cosmetics, even underwear. I made a small purchase from the site the same day of a few things for me to try out and I also let my daughter pick something. Our order came in yesterday so shipping time wasn’t bad at all. The best thing is shipping is a flatrate $3.95 so whether you buy one item or fifty shipping will be the same price.

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Here’s what I ordered. I ordered a few of the nail decals which was the main reason I wanted to purchase from the site, a necklace, and a headband.

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I’ll start with the headband– this is what my daughter picked out. The band itself feels plastic and it’s covered in a satiny ribbon. The bunny part of it is what actually impressed me. It’s a plush filled bunny, the bunny is soft to the touch and it has a decorative ribbon and lace detail on it. When I think of other stores that sell headbands for only a dollar, I tend to think of plain plastic headbands with a cheap fake flower or a ribbon but not a plush bunny like this. Definitely worth $1 and my daughter absolutely loves it.

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Isn’t it cute?!

The next thing I bought was a gold tone necklace with rhinestone drops. I have a thing for dainty necklace now. While the website had tons of necklaces both bold and dainty, I opted to just purchase this one.

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The quality feels OK, about typical of what you would find in any costume jewelry or something you would get from Forever21. It came on a thin rolo link chain and five dangles from a curved bar. The rhinestones don’t perfectly fit into the little cups on the drops (you can see the dark spaces around the rhinestones) but you can’t really expect much for a bargain piece. I’ll see how long this lasts me before a stone comes off or the jumprings give away.

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Last but not least are these pretty 3D nail decals that I purchased. I’m surprised that they had quite a few, some of the pretty dangles I wanted were out of stock so I just bought multiples of one style. In order to attach them to your nails you do have to use glue (I purchased a bottle of nail glue as well). I bought three of the gold swirl design decals, each has one large rhinestone and two small rhinestones. They’re really pretty. .. hence the reason why I bought three.

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Excuse my chipping nail polish– I’ve had this white mani on for almost a week and couldn’t hold my excitement to see how the nail decal looks (it isn’t glued on). The gold scroll is slightly larger than my middle finger mail bed but it would still work. I have narrow nail beds, it’s funny because whenever I go to a salon to have my nails done, the nail techs always end up going to the very end of their nail tip cases trying to fit me because they’re so narrow.

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I also purchased two other styles of 3D decals. One has a small pink resin rose, pink rhinestone, clear rhinestone cluster, and a white pearl.The backing on it is silver. The other one I bought has pink and aurora borealis finish rhinestones with a silver setting as well. These two, while pretty, I think I’ll have a hard time wearing. The backings on them don’t lay flat or curve with the nail bed– they actually seem more on the convex side. That means more than likely they would snag on something and I’d either get stuck to a sweater or the piece would come off my nail completely.

So that’s all I got for my first purchase from ShopMissA. Yes, I said first because I just placed my SECOND order from the website yesterday! They also carry the lockets and charms to make Origami Owl style necklaces. They carry silver, gold, rose gold, and I think black (?) lockets, most are necklaces but I saw a couple of bracelet styles as well, unfortunately no gold locket bracelet but I may be able to work one of the necklace lockets into a bracelet. The lockets are $5 each and the charms $1 each. REEEEEEEEEALLY great deal when you compare the price to the actual Origami Owl pieces. I’m excited to see the quality on them when my order comes in. As a side note, I also saw supplies to make these style of necklaces at my local Michaels recently so if you can’t find charms that fit you on the ShopMissA website, you can also check at Michaels. I don’t recall the prices though.

In case you couldn’t tell, overall I am very pleased with my shopping experience at shopmissa.com. If you’re into nail art or fashion accessories at a great price or if you are looking to make a beautiful locket for Mother’s Day, be sure to check it out!

 

 

 

Sponge mani with Zoya

About a month ago, Zoya had a promotion where you pay only $12 for any 3 polishes SHIPPED! I found about the promotion when Refinedandpolished posted a photo on her Instagram and blog with swatches of the new Naturel Collection from Zoya which consists of nudes and mauve-y nudes that I absolutely fell in love with them at first site. My only Zoya polishes that I owned at the time were a couple that I had gotten from my Ipsy glambag. So, when I found out about the $12 promotion, I bit the bullet and purchased three. I bought Chantal, Rue, and Brigitte from the Naturel Collection.

Since it’s been a while since I posted a nail look and actually a while since I’ve done anything besides a coat of color and some glitter, I decides to put these to use.

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This is a simple sponge mani that I did. My base color which you can see on my undecorated nails is Rue, a blush toned nude. The medium mauve and cream nude color on my middle and ring fingers are Brigitte and Chantal. The white is just a simple white polish from Wet n Wild.

Meow Mani

The last time I dressed up for Halloween I think was probably 5-6 years ago. I dressed up for work and that was about it. I don’t know why. I think dressing up is fun, I just don’t do it. The last time I went trick-or-treating was when I was like… 12. Haha, yes I went trick-or-treating when I was in 7th grade. Now that my daughter is 3, can walk, and say, “trick or treat,” I think it’s about time to take her out to collect candy from random people all while wearing a cute costume. When my parents came home from their trip to Germany earlier in the year, they came home with this uber cute dirndl which was a gift from my aunt and uncle to my daughter:

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Very well made, straight from Germany, and not one of those cheap, low quality, costume kinds. And it’s just about ready to not fit my daughter. So, she’s wearing this as one of her Halloween costumes this year and I figured since I’m taking her out, why not have a little fun myself? Maybe. I’m thinking of going the cheap, barely dressed up but it still counts as dressing up route… with cat ears, black and animal print, and face makeup hahaha.

And, hey, might as well do my nails to match, right?

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Sinful Colors in Black on Black, Sinful Colors in Nirvana, JLB in Gold Dust, and Nina gold holographic topcoat.

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It’s been a while since I’ve done any kind of design so I figured I’d give it a try. I’ve created this skittlette which is a term by Marta at ChitChatNails that describes this type of mani. (She is queen of the skittlette so be sure to check out her blog!) I did two nails with plain black, one black and brown animal print design, and one glittery nail. I also did it late at night while watching the Lakers game so, yes, it is half assed. No shame.

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It’ll go perfect with my cat “costume” if I do decide to dress up and if not then at least my nails look cute.

Soooo with that, whatever your plans may be for tomorrow, hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween!

Little Mermaid Inspired Mani #1

One month. Wow, has it been that long since I last blogged? A lot has been going on around here for me and my family but everything seems to be slowing down… all the while the holiday season is picking up. Oh boy…

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I feel like I haven’t done my nails in ages. With maybe a simple swipe of color every now and then, they’ve basically been feeling naked. While rummaging through my nail polish drawer looking for a foundation stick (because I am just THAT organized…) I stumbled on Anime Day by Darling Diva Polish. I actually bought it from a sale an IGer was having a few months ago but I never got around to actually doing anything with it.

The polishes pictured are Finger Paints in Tiffany Imposter (the writing on that bottle lasted all but a few days), China Glaze Peri-Wink-le, and of course Darling Diva Anime Day.

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Anima Day is a slightly pink tinted clear base with what look like teal, light aqua, pink, and white glitter. Due to the pinkish base, it did alter the base color of my nails.

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The combination of colors is gorgeous and totally reminds me of “The Little Mermaid” which makes this mani a great candidate to be worn for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party.

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AD isn’t as densely packed with glitter as I would have liked it to be but it is still very pretty, I just wish it had come with a clear base. Application-wise, I had no problems with the actual formula and the glitter distributed fairly evenly. The fact that it has white glitter was one of the main reasons why I purchased this polish– I LOVE white glitter!

In the Spotlight

A few months ago, Walgreens had this really great deal on Sinful Colors’ nail polishes for $1.00 a bottle. It was around the time when the Spring 2013 Collections were released. I picked up four from the Sugar Rush Collection which contained all pastel colors. Then there was the Almost Famous Collection which were all glitter packed and, unfortunately, I only bought a couple polishes from the Almost Famous Collection. The one I used today is In the Spotlight which is a sheer green shimmer base with what look like pink, green, yellow, and glitters. Kind of makes me think of Mardi Gras in a way.  When I first bought it I was slightly disappointed by the swatch because it was very sheer and the green tinted base was, well, a little on the ugly side so it sat in my polish drawer for months being untouched. When I was deciding what to do with my nails last night, I wanted to use one that I hadn’t yet used or didn’t use often so this finally came out of hibernation.

This is two coats of OPI’s Thanks a Windmillion from their Spring 2012 Holland Collection along with two coats of In the Spotlight and one coat of Sally Hansen Snowglobe to add a little iridescence.

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I’ve learned that with nail polishes, you can’t really decide if you like a color simply on your first impression of it. I hated this polish when I first got it but now seeing it layered with a base color and a little iridescent glitter in the mix, it is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. The glitter in Snowglobe is very sparse so it doesn’t add too much to the look but the little iridescent glitter that you do see really give this mani that final touch. I’m actually regretting not getting others from the Almost Famous Collection.

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Here’s a macro shot of it.

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Friday Mani – Oh, You Fancy

It’s been a while since I’ve done a rhinestone encrusted mani. Buuuut today is my daughter’s end of year school recital and rather than mommy showing up with nails covered in glitter, I’m showing up with nails covered in rhinestones. I didn’t want to be too showy or go TOO overboard with the sparkle, so I opted for a nude nail color and did one full rhinestone nail with two other simple accent nails.

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For my nail color, I used FingerPaints in Don’t Make a Scene. It’s a gorgeous cream nude color that has a really smooth formula (the bubbles you see on my middle finger are from my topcoat -_-). I bought this polish when I was looking for a dupe of OPI’s Don’t Pretzel My Buttons from the Germany Collection. I’d never seen that color in person so I only had online swatches to go by. Whether or not it is an actual dupe doesn’t matter to me because I looooove the FingerPaints polish and I got it for half price.

The rhinestones I used were from my stash of crystals that I’d accumulated during the time that I was into decoden. The teal/blue color and opal rhinestones are acrylic, all the other ones I used are glass. I also used some microbeads I bought from Michaels a while ago around the rhinestones and to fill in the spaces. If you’re into nail art and are looking for microbeads or “caviar beads,” seriously, go to Michaels. I bought a large container (I think it’s 90grams?) for less than $3.00. Regular price it’s $3.99 but they usually have a 40% off coupon floating around. It’s SO much cheaper than buying the caviar beads that nail or beauty shops sell.

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Here’s a close-up outdoor shot (darn those air bubbles!).

BTW, I got a sample of Essie’s apricot cuticle oil in the mail that I’m going to give a try on my next mani. I’m excited to try it. Have any of you use it or do you use it? What do you think?

Monday Mani – Purple Snow Globe

I swoon whenever I see beautifully done gradient/ombre manis. I tried once using the sponge method but it looked terrible and used way too much nail polish. Instead, I just brush on my colors that I want to use for a “gradient” look then cover it all up with glitter hoping to hide some of the harsh lines. Tricky, huh?

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Today’s Monday Mani uses three different purple nail polishes and one glitter nailpolish. From my cuticle to tip of my nail, they are Revlon Enchanting, Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth, and Sinful Colors Candy Coated. The glitter I used is Sally Hansen Snow Globe that I just recently picked up. Sally Hansen’s Snow Globe is from the Complete Salon Manicure line. It’s a clear base with beautiful medium hex and tiny iridescent glitter. I’ve been dying to find one! It’s really beautiful in the bottle. Unfortunately, I didn’t look at swatches online before making the purchase though. While it’s absolutely breathtaking in the bottle, the glitter is sparse and I had to do a whole lot of fishing for the larger glitter just to get what you see on my nails. It’s a thicker formula than others that I’ve used but it applies quite beautifully and doesn’t take too long to dry. So my main gripe with it is just the amount of glitter. This is TWO coats of it.

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I’m pretty pleased with my non-gradient gradient mani. I’ve been wearing my nails pink and/or mint so often that it’s nice to have a different color on my nails right now. Here’s a closer look at it:

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I swoon!

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