A Rhyming Dictionary Polish Review

It's Glitter Friday.

Friday, friday, got glittah on Friday.

I suppose you could say rhyming's always been strong suit of mine. Freestyling just comes naturally to some people. Spend a sweet moment with my melodies baby and you're guarenteed to feel the Smash! (Smash would totally say something like that.)

I cheat though. Sometimes I use...A Rhyming Dictionary!

Check out A Rhyming Dictionary and the sparkling spectrum of glitter polishes below.

"...What is she talking about?"

I got an assortment of glitter and flakie-filled polishes. The store owner, Morgan, asked me if there were favorite polishes from her Wizard of Oz-inspired collection that I wanted to try. I chose a lot of itty-bitty matte glitters, but also told Morgan it's entirely up to her what she send. I wasn't expecting flakie polishes, but the welcome was warm upon their arrival.



Tollydiggle shown over Au Champagne (ORLY).

Tollydiggle.

The flakies in this polish are amazing. They're dark, so they stick out, even when there isn't amazing light coming from the sun. Yet, they've got a rainbow of color that comes out when the light does hit them. This awesome effect is achieved,  but the pieces are not muddy looking. I'm stunned.

Another surprising bottle that really impressed me, perhaps more than everything else in the sample set I got, is Oil of Veins.



Oil of Veins shown over First Mate (China Glaze).

A surprising, molten mix of red metallic material, mixed with black glitter. I say material because I don't know if glitter is the right word to describe the consistency of the copper pieces. These pieces run thin in width, but thick and strong in awesome. Just look at the way it changes the look of a dark-blue creme. It looks just like...oil.

Equally as exciting to me, but less surprising for readers of Nailed It, are the next polishes: the itty-bitty glitter polishes. I'd like to preface these polishes by saying they are all wonderful, and shown in one to two coats. The base is not as smoothly applied as a normal polish, and may benefit from a little thinner formula.

With that being said however, these polishes are fun to add to the collection. A colorful mix of glitters can really bring out a polish's color, and you can see in the swatches below how the Oz collection from the Etsy shop is doing that.



The Horners shown over Electric Pineapple (China Glaze).

Mostly matte itty-bitties, with a much smaller amount of metallic glitter pieces, this one was at the top of my list to review. After reading the first sentence of the description of the characters the polish was named after though, I'm more hesitant about The Horners.



Hiphopper shown over Lemon Fizz (China Glaze).

Hoppers each have only one leg, set below the middle of the round, fat body. They hop whenever they move, and even the children stand firmly on their single legs and never lose their balance. Hip Hopper is the champion wrestler of the Hoppers.

Now look at Hip Hopper's ensemble in the link in the sentence before this.

The colors should make sense now. You can also see them in the nail art I did yesterday, using the three main colors.


The final matte glitter and polish of this collection is called Regos. I take the greens to represent the the fertile, well-wooded region.



Regos shown over Life Preserver (China Glaze).
I guess I'd have to say, at the end of this sample set, I would venture back to A Rhyming Dictionary's land of Oz. I'd recommend trying a flakie polish from there, even if it is something you wouldn't normally dream of doing. Wonderful things can happen in the magical world of Oz...

These products were sent to me by A Rhyming Dictionary. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

A Rhyming Dictionary Polish Sneak Peek

Tomorrow brings glitter! Glitter Friday if you will. I think that should be something on the official calendars. Glitter Fridays.

Tomorrow's swatches will be coming to you from A Rhyming Dictionary. Go check it out now, but wait till you see the colors I have for you tomorrow.

For today, I'll show you one with some nail art. This is Hip-Hopper.


 Come back tomorrow for more!

Happy Little Clouds

I got sunshine on a cloudy day...

And cloudy it has been. The ongoing anti-Fall protest continues with a sunny bright manicure. It's a little something but nothing too fancy or special. I've got some major projects to amp up for, so I'm savoring these days of simple nail art in the meantime.


There's only three colors and a dotting tool involved tonight. Once in a Blue Mousse (Lime Crime), My Boyfriend Scales Walls (OPI) and The "It" Color (OPI).

Having Halloween


Nailed It is prepping pumpkins and gearing up the ghouls for some fun Halloween nail art.

Unwilling to fall pray to the Fall fever though, I'm saving the scares for later in the next month.

Additionally, you've got a few things to look forward to including some fashion fever, tiny glitter teasers and as always, some nail art to get your own creative juices flowing!

Shiny Double Accent




I feel like I'm somehow rooting for a football team that's playing with these nails.

Then again, I also just feel happy because there's so much shiny to the whole manicure. Shiiiny!

I may cause a fire if I dance around...

Source: http://www.gifbin.com/983103
You're being blinded by I'm Not Lion and Man Hunt. Pretty huh?

Goddesses' Garden

My once itty bitty bitten nails have really grown and become much healthier since starting the blog. They've gotten to the length where a French manicure is flattering and feminine with hand's shape, no acrylics required.


I'm embracing this grace tonight. A vine of leaves over Milky Ways from Lime Crime provides the perfect elegance. I see Greek goddesses playfully sunning and drifting to sleep after barrels of sweet wine against marble pillars adorned with delicate vines and tiny pink blossoms.

Additional colors used include Something Sweet, For Audrey, and Kalahari Kiss (China Glaze).

Ah...just thinking about that beautiful goddess life has the sultan of sleep weighing down on my eyelids.

Dutch Stripper

 
You'll never guess what this manicure was inspired by. Never.

No, not candy canes.

No, not blood.

A milk carton. This milk carton.


Cool huh?

And the name comes from the polish I used (Dutch Tulips from OPI) and the strips of polish. Mix that with My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and a Dutch stripper is born.

Dysfunctional RV

Last night's manicure showed you one of the Sation Nailstock colors, but it definitely didn't glorify it. I had to give RV There Yet? another try tonight, with some complementary colors and accents to really help it pop.



Isn't it gorgeous? That almost antique jade color works perfectly with the ill pink color of Decades of Dysfunction (ORLY) and the gold striping tape. I love the way the colors and the design makes my fingers look. Elegant but definitely not ordinary.

Have I convinced you to get your Nailstock collection yet? I think I have, but for those who aren't sure, check out the Nailstock supply at the Miss Professional Nail store for all the colors you're missing out on.

I've also added this manicure to a contest hosted by Birchbox. If you have a moment, I'd love your vote! Click here to be taken to the entry on Facebook.

Sation Nailstock Collection Review

Hippie readers and far-out followers join hands! Today's a groovy preview of the new Miss Professional Nail Sation Limited III collection, Nailstock. Tune in and drop out to learn more about these wicked colors.




Here's the press release behind the collection:



Miss Professional Nail (Miss) announces the launch of its Limited III Collection, “Nailstock,” a colorful tribute to peace, love & artistic diversity. In a world where constant change is rapidly evolving, from economical to technological, spiritual reflection and authentic human connections are more special and sought-after than ever.

When Creative Director Staci Dao wanted to celebrate indie expression and universal creativity, she quickly looked to Woodstock as the gold standard of boho-bonding events. Nailstock’s varied collection of misfit souls features twelve rockin’ shades packed with nostalgic cultural references including: “Gimme Jimi,” “3 Free-dom,” “RV There Yet?” and “I Paint in Peace.”

Rich, earthy neutrals and vibrant, unconventional hues offer something for everyone. The woodsy environment and rainy, mud-splattered moments represent the offbeat nature of Woodstock’s legendary impact. Let hand-painted harmony take center stage and embrace your grooviest self, with nails to tie-dye for. Nailstock will be available at your local beauty supply and online in September.

All Miss products are free of DBP (dibutyl phthalate) formaldehyde and toluene.


You can see from the promotional image below that there are more shades than their last Limited collection (Little Horse on the Prairie), but I'll only be sharing the love for four of the shades shown below: I Paint in Peace, RV There Yet?, I'm With the Bandana and Imagine-Sation.

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It's sweet without any help from me, but here's a little nail art to go with this radical collection. I used two of the colors I'll show you after the jump: RV There Yet? and Imagine-Sation.


Now let's hot-box this blog with some beautiful babies shall we?  Everything shown under the cut is three easy coats, and everything shown is absolutely loved.

Showing Love for w7 Polish

You may remember my Showing Love for Color Club post, and the tiny hearts I used to add accent.

Well those hearts are loved not only be pinners and rebloggers, but also me! I couldn't stay away from those tiny hearts. They're the perfect embellishment to show off a beautiful polish.

That beautiful polish? Salt n Pepper from w7.


I was lucky enough to swap some polishes with Maria from Maria's Nail Art and Polish Blog. She's hails from Denmark where w7 polishes aren't as difficult to get. When she saw a polish I used that's not available in Denmark, she sent me an email interested in swapping. She sent me Salt n Pepper and two other gorgeous w7 polishes.

I can't believe how much I love this polish. It's so opaque but there's matte black glitter that comes through perfectly. How is that possible? What magic have these w7 wizards worked?

Barbie's French


I scored a few of the China Glaze Summer neons yesterday at Sally's. One is Pink Plumeria. It's such a Barbie color, you really have to embrace it. I decided to do a very subtle French manicure with this color, using the matte glitter, Asbestos (Windestine).

Forgive the short post...there's a 10-week old puppy at friends' house that needs to be cuddled and spoiled.

Melting Chevrons

You may remember my Bleeding Blue manicure, with the dripping gradient.

Here's another take on those melting gradients. Why not add chevrons to the scorched pigments?


The base of this chevron is Ancient Jade (ORLY). The darker orange is also ORLY, Old School Orange. Finally, there's Peaches <3 Cream (Lime Crime).

Sation Polishes Available in TJ Maxx, Marshalls & Winners

Photo courtesy of Ria Loves Pawlish: http://www.rialovespawlish.com/2012/08/cosmoprof-2012-sation.html

Straight from the source, I have an exciting announcement for those of you reluctant to buy Sation polishes online.

Soon, they'll be available in select TJ Maxx, Marshalls and for you Canadians, Winners stores.

Here's the announcement.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Winners to carry Sation nail lacquer

Miss Professional Nail (Miss) announces that 24 colors from its signature nail lacquer line, Sation, will soon be available at select TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Winners (Canada) stores. The color selection may vary from store to store and will be a mix of Sation's Classic and Limited Collections. Miss Vice-President Mike Vo shares, "We are proud to offer continued value and increased accessibility to our diverse customer base."

Miss holds the distinction as the only Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certified nail polish manufacturer in the United States with presence in a big-box retailer.

Sation officially hits the shelves at the end of Septebmer; check your local store(s) for availability.


Are you as excited as I am? I frequent both TJ Maxx and Marshalls on the hunt for mini Essie bottles and the occasional OPI double-pack, but I'll be a much more frequent shopper once Sation is out.

If you're new to the blog, or just have trouble distinguishing all the beautiful polishes available, you can look at a few of my Sation posts below:


Here's a link to the Miss website as well, where you can buy all the Sation polishes in all their glory.

Gradient On Fire

After yesterday's inspiration fiasco, I looked to my readers on Tumblr for inspiration. I asked for ideas and some readers happily obliged. smoresz suggested: I’d love to see a smoky gray nail fading from dark to light, with a red/orange/yellow sparkle on top of it so it looks life fire and smoke! 

Ask and you shall receive...kinda.


Unfortunately this wasn't the best glitter choice for the manicure so I'm not entirely happy with the result. The gradient was done with Essence Movie Star and Zoya Carey. The glitter topcoat is Phoenix from Pretty and Polished. I wish I had an awesome metallic glitter that would've been appropriate because this beautiful matte just isn't right for the effect. Beautiful, just not right.

I hope I did your idea justice smoresz! Enjoy!

Rock a Frog

The inspiration tornado swept over the Nailed It Hub (aka my brain) all night tonight. In its wake it left nothing but bottles and bottles of polish strewn all over the counter and design ideas floating away in the speedy winds. I had one idea after the other, but nothing seemed to make it past my fingertips. So again, I turn to glitter.


That's one part Rock-a-Guy Blue (Sation) and one part Froggy Pond (Naild'it Unique Polish).

Sorry glitter-haters, tonight's just not an artsy night. I blame Fall.

DIY Wrap Bracelet

Nail bloggers are a crafty bunch. We kind of have to be to patiently sit down and craft nail designs, posts and pictures for the blog's content. You'll see baking on Rebecca Likes Nails, custom nail sets at The Nailasaurus, and nail polish jewelry at Nails by Kayla Shevonne. Is it any surprise that I too get the craft itch from time to time?

The insufferable need to craft certainly isn't helped by the fact that one of my best friends is an Assistant Editor at Beading Daily. You can read some of her posts for their blog here. I finally roped her into showing me a technique for a beautiful wrap bracelet I had spotted the ladies of her office making (here). I'm tickled with the result!


Chloe helped me choose the right size beads from a well-stocked local bead store. We stumbled into a truck show, where this colorful strand of turquoise and stone colored beads awaited me. I chose to pair the beads with a burnt red leather and matching thread.


The bracelet took hardly any time at all to make, but the final result speaks volumes. I can't wait to start wearing it with the fall colors that will inevitabely adorn my fingers, but for tonight, I chose to keep it simple with Re-Fresh Mint (China Glaze).

Thanks again for the tutorial Chloe!

What kind of non-nail art do my fellow bloggers find themselves posting about? Share your other hobbies in the comments!

The Dark Side of the Moon

Money, get away.
Get a good job with good pay and you're okay.
Money, it's a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.
New car, caviar, four star daydream,
Think I'll buy me a football team.

Money, get back.
I'm all right Jack keep your hands off of my stack.
Money, it's a hit.
Don't give me that do goody good bullshit.
I'm in the high-fidelity first class traveling set
And I think I need a Lear jet.

Money, it's a crime.
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie.
Money, so they say
Is the root of all evil today.
But if you ask for a raise it's no surprise that they're
giving none away.

"HuHuh! I was in the right!"
"Yes, absolutely in the right!"
"I certainly was in the right!"
"You was definitely in the right. That geezer was cruising for a
bruising!"
"Yeah!"
"Why does anyone do anything?"
"I don't know, I was really drunk at the time!"
"I was just telling him, he couldn't get into number 2. He was asking
why he wasn't coming up on freely, after I was yelling and
screaming and telling him why he wasn't coming up on freely.
It came as a heavy blow, but we sorted the matter out."

Jamberry Shield Review

MARCH 2014 UPDATE : Welcome! Thank you for stopping by to read this review. This post has seen a lot of traffic recently, and before you continue, I'd like to remind you that this review is from September 2012. Since then, I've been informed that the Jamberry Shields have undergone a makeover that is supposed to make them easier to apply. I am currently in conversations with another consultant to get the newer versions of the strips. I will post the review of the new versions and provide a link to that post when it is complete.

Please feel free to read the following review, but do keep in mind the age of the post.

Thanks again for stopping by Nailed It!

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I have an unfortunate review to give to you today. I'll say right off the bat, I'm not happy with this product, and I wouldn't buy it again. There are several factors that brought me to this decision, which you should read on to learn about.

I'm showing you some Jamberry Nail Shields today. Similar to the Sally Hansen Salon Strips, these are decals that adhere to your nails. You then shape and file them to match your nail shape.

What's great about them is the huge array of designs, colors and finishes you can buy. I can see anyone interested in fantastic nail art, without the time or practice to create their own, really go nuts with these. You can get the true mirror finish of a chrome with these, as well as glitter, without the mess.

When finished, they look great. They're creative without as much effort.


 Getting to this point was not and easy task though.

Maybe I'm more bothered by the shields because I thought it would be an easy, slap-on before running out the door technique that anyone could do. In the end, it took me about an hour to get it to the point it's at in these pictures. It's unfortunate, because I was really rooting for these.

The first major pain point is the way they adhere.

Heat.

The instructions tell you to use a blow dryer to warm up the adhesive backing, making the shield pliable and more sticky. You are instructed to warm up each shield for 15-20 seconds before applying to your nail. My consultant for Jamberry, Jamie (her website can be found here), offered some great tips to make this easier, including holding the adhesive against a table with tweezers to get even heat coverage. I'm glad she mentioned the tweezer part, because holding your fingers near a blow dryer for 20 seconds is almost unbearable. Even on a lower heat setting, it get's unbearable hot. Later, after applying the shield to my nail and noticing corners peeling up, I needed to use more heat to get the stickers firmly onto my nail. That was just too much, and really burned. I felt like a cat with tape on their paws, flicking my hand around to cool it down.

The creasing and buckling of the shields also proved to be terribly annoying. There are plenty of suggestions for getting rid of the creases and ensuring they adhere properly, but the techniques I tried didn't seem to work. This is my first time using anything like this, so maybe it takes practice, but it's a steep learning curve...or I just have a case of the Fridays already. You can see in the two pictures below that there's a strong crease on my thumb I can't get out, as well as lifting at my nail's edge. I'll take part of the blame for that though. I misread the instructions and filed the shield side to side instead of down. Oops.



On that note though, these come with a lot of instructions. Call me old fashioned, but isn't a manicure supposed to be relatively easy? Of course these have to be more complex because there's more to them than pigment and polish, but that's not something I personally like. I'd rather pay $30 (after tip) to go to a salon, get a massage and a warm feeling, not a burning lava hot feeling on my fingers and hands. These shields are $15/sheet, and one sheet is advertised as being able to do 2-3 sets of fingers or toes.


So there you have it. Take it or leave it, that's my experience with Jamberry Shields.

I personally do not like these. But that's also coming from someone who thinks about the challenge of a design all day at work, and gets excited when she lays out all her tools to start a manicure. I prefer to relish over my own nail designs that took work to perfect, but it would be crazy to assume that most people feel the same way. Sometimes you just want cute nails for a special event, in which case these might be for you. They still require a lot of work though, just not the same amount of detail as a homemade nail art manicure might.

If you are interested in trying them out, I can highly recommend a consultant to visit. Jamie was very responsive and professional when she contacted me, and offered some alternatives to the blow dryer when I mentioned I didn't have one. Looking back, I wish I'd listened, because the experience may have been more enjoyable. You can visit her site here, or email her at hollywoodglam.jamberry@gmail.com.

I hope that my review will help you make an informed decision about buying these. Weigh your options and my personal experience, and have fun with them if you decide to purchase.

This product was sent to me by Jamie Holt, an Independent Consultant for Jamberry Nail Shields. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Cab Outta Hell

I once rode in a man's taxi who told us, on our 45 minute ride back to our hotel, about his crazy adventures. He had been held up multiple times, once even being completely stripped of his cash cab, leaving him not only broke, but stranded.

You can only imagine what I and my fellow passengers were thinking while listening to his terrifying tales.

"Are we actually going to make it back to the hotel?"

"I really should've practiced dialing 911 with my hands behind my back last week."

We made it back just fine, and actually tipped him quite well. Possibly to deter him from visiting the hotel room after his rounds.

I dedicate this manicure to him, and I'm calling it Cab Outta Hell.


The yellow is my favorite yellovely, The "It" Color (OPI). I used striping tape to keep the diagonal lines straight, and a now-steady left hand and a striping brush for the vertical lines and rectangles. Challenge yourself for a week with your non-dominant hand. You'll pick it up quicker than you think.

Blog Crush: heartNAT & pshiiit

I have a few schoolgirl crushes on the ladies of the lacquer. My man would not be happy to hear about the dates I've dreamed of with some of these girls. Oh the polish we would share...the designs we would make...

I've combined the forces of inspiration behind from two polish crushes to create this shocking pink manicure (Flip Flop Fantasy from China Glaze, Goldie from Zoya and Sashay My Way from ORLY.)


The design's lifted almost directly from heartNAT's most recent manicure. After I took the pictures and uploaded them, I wasn't getting the same beautiful shine she had, so I decided to apply a filter or two, drawing from the overwhelming popular styles of pshiiit. Her pictures are adored by everyone, and obviously I didn't hit that target in quite the same way with my difference in lighting and background choice, but I liked this softer effect nonetheless.

The bows are just for femininity. I was certain that hot pink and gold wouldn't be nearly enough girly bling flair. Definitely needed bows.

Inspiration comes from everywhere, but it's commonly found among fellow bloggers. Just today, Salla at OMG! Polish 'em! drew inspiration from one of my posts for her own geometric jewel.

Sometimes the butterflies in my stomach when a lady crush's post makes its way into my feed won't be silenced, so I need to lay them down by just showing some love where I click 'Love'.

Triangulate Position

I can't get enough of geometric shapes. The blog's had lines galore, dots-a-plenty and shapes for days. It's the ultimate nail design, and the possibilities are pretty endless. Right angles and curves really turn me on. Plus, with the left hand out of commission, it's a huge challenge to get those angles down on my right hand. Triangles are the best way to do that.


The base color for this is Zoya's Reagan. All the triangles were drawn freehand using two striper polishes.

I love it!