Manicure Monday: Favorite Summer Nail Colors!

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As I write this post I'm watching the Seahawk's first game of the season which, tells me it's time to start switching gears in preparation for fall. And even though my boy Pete Carol allowed the Patriots to rape us in the b-hole two times with a cactus, he's still my old man crush and I look gorward to seeing more of him thos season. But for all the sun - lovers we still have a good 5-6 weeks left of summer and I thought this would be a good time to share some if my favorite polish picks for summer 2015. I even threw in some repeat favorites from last year. Yumm...

 Sally Hansen Complete salon Manicure in Get Juiced

Sally Hansen Complete salon Manicure in Get Juiced

Bright simplicity comes to mind with this Sally Hansen shade. It also makes me want Jamba Juice real bad. Yumm... Jamba Juice.

 Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longmeadow Nail Enamel in Up the Ante

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy Longmeadow Nail Enamel in Up the Ante

This color has been a favorite for over a year and to be completely honest this I a b one of my most loved polishes for any season. Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring it doesn't really matter this shade will look amazing. Even though this is a bright shade it still has a richness to it that exudes subtle sophistication especially in the Spring and Summer months when the norm is bright pastels and neons. 

 Orly Nail Lacquer in Purple Crush

Orly Nail Lacquer in Purple Crush

I especially like this shade on my toes! 

 Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in I Red a Good Book

Wet N Wild Megalast Nail Color in I Red a Good Book

You can't have a nail color favorites without throwing in a good red shade. Since this one in particular is so bright I tend to reserve it especially for summer, but for $2 you can't go wrong. 

 Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Grape Gatsby

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Grape Gatsby

Both this shade and the next shade are new favorites and a result of my recent obsession with Lavender nails. 

 MILANI color Statement nail lawyer in Imperial Purple

MILANI color Statement nail lawyer in Imperial Purple

This Mid-tone Lavender By Milani has been my favorite purple to wear this summer, and these Color Statement nail lacquers retail for only $5.49! Even if purples  aren't your thing, I highly recommend checking out the rest of the line to see the full range of color. 

As always I'd love to know what bright  shades you've been loving this summer, or more importantly, your recommendations for fall. Is Oxblood still a thing? Or is that soooo 2011? And do you also think Pete Carol is surprisingly good looking for an old man? 

Thanks for reading and remember:

Don't Just Wear Makeup, Let it Inspire You!  

Manicure Monday: Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Color

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I just want to preface this post by saying  Walmart is a truly magical place! Where else can you drop your car off to have an oil change, grab lunch, do some shopping and get your nails done in less an hour and a half! Maybe Costco?  Idk.

You guys know that I always like to bring my own nail polishes to the salon specifically so I can do an accurate Manicure Monday, but I neglected to bring my own this time. Fortunately, I was at The Walmart and, you know,  they tend to have nail polish sometimes.

I've been intrigued by the Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Nail Color formula for a while and today was the day I bit the bullet. And then I wished I hadn't. 

Salley Hansen Velvet Texture nail Color a la Saving Face Beauty
Salley Hansen Velvet Texture nail Color a la Saving Face Beauty

First, let's talk about this 'Velvet' texture. If you're familiar with those mascaras that come with the thickening and lash extending fibers, the velvet texture is as if you took those fibers and mixed them in with any kind of cream polish.

The color I picked up was 'Velour' which is a mid-tone purple shade.  This month it's been all about the purples and lavenders.  Don't ask why, it just has. Turns out the purple combined with the "velvet" texture looks like Barney took a fuzzy purple deuce on my hands. Yumm... (that was a sarcastic 'yumm...' if you didn't pick up on it).

In addition to the odd texture and the less that ideal color, the formula isn't that great either. It definitely requires more than one coat to achieve full coverage,  but two coates looks and feels too thick and does NOT even out on the nail. Even the nail technician was struggling so you know it wasn't meant to be.

Salley Hansen Velvet Texture nail Color a la Saving Face Beauty

This specific color requires a base coat to prevent your nails from staining. I learned that the hard way. This is why I have to be more persistent about asking for a base coat. Personal struggles. The texture also looks better with a matte top coat, which is what I have on in the photos. 

For me, it was the texture and color combination that just pushed me over the edge, but in a bad way. I was considering returning it (I know, kind of ghetto of me but I didn't like it!) Then I realized I threw away the receipt! 

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If I had a redo I would probably have gone for the black if I had to choose from the same line. Or I would have gotten Tarte Deco by Essie and called it a day!

Don't get me wrong, I like Sally Hansen as a brand and I respect they're creative efforts. I just didn't like this particular formula.  If you like it, good for you because someone has to. 

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Manicure Monday: A Blatant Disregard for Salon Etiquette?

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Everything on my body is real...mostly.

My nose is real. My boobs are real. My hair is real. My butt is all too real. However, there's nothing natural about my claws. They're made of acrylic and they  just make me feel pretty and less insecure about doing those up close and personal Manicure Mondays.

Ya know?

The Usual

I always get a full set on clear acrylics and forgo the white tips in exchange in for a solid color of polish. Then I ask the technician (aka: asian lady #3) for the nails to be rounded. To which the usual response is a heavy sigh and a modest eye roll. Why? Because rounding takes more time than smoothing out a square. (Besides, we all know that squares are reserved for people who are just that). I find it looks the most natural that way, even without polish, as long as you don't let anyone get too lose. 

The acrylics themselves always turn out great. The problem comes with color and prep. I don't like using their selection of colors for a few reasons:

1. They never seem to have anything that appeals to me so I usually choose the closest thing to a true and classic red I can find. 

2. I can never remember the chosen color long enough to record it for a Manicure Monday. And if I actually like it and want it again? I'll never be able to remember what it was. 

3. The polishes they keep in stock at the salon are so old they have to be revived with thinner regularly. I feel like this perpetuates chipping cause that's exactly what happens within two days of the manicure. 


I resorted to bringing my own polishes to prevent chipping and so I can wear a color I actually like instead of being a generic bitch. Strike One. However, I'm convinced the same thinning process happens to the Prime and the Shine. Whenever I go to change the color on my own I find that the acrylics have been severely stained by that 'classic, sophisticated red.' Even though I'm just gonna put another color over it, it still annoys me. It's one thing to bring your own color to a salon, that's just a matter of personal preference. It's another thing entirely to insist upon using your own personal base coat and top coat. Strike Two. I haven't done it yet and frankly I'm afraid to because it calls into question their competency and skill as professional nail technicians. At least this isn't food we're talking about right? It's not like they can spit in my soup or something. Unless they have more family that operate the 'Pho-Q' across the street.

 Pho-Q Beach!

Pho-Q Beach!

So do you think bringing your own supplies to a nail salon is a blatant disregard for salon etiquette and an altogether dick move? Or is it something that's completely acceptable? If so, to what extent?   

Thanks for Reading and Remember: 

Don't Just Wear Makeup...Let It Inspire You!