Friday, July 26, 2013

Disney's California Adventure!

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Although I have not told you the horror story of my peeling nails, I did this manicure when they were getting back in shape. I went to Disney's California Adventure the last Friday of June and it was amazing! I hadn't been there in about 5 years and I enjoyed every minute of it - except the long lines for some rides. The picture above is from the end of the World of Color show on water. If you have watched it, I am sure you are just in awe as I am. It is such a show, worth every penny; it even made me cry...
On to the nails... I googled Disney nail art and I just copied this manicure which came up several times. I did not take more pictures because I had a topcoat issue and sheet marks- ugh! but I really liked it. I took the picture before the Pixar parade.
What is your favorite Disney character???
-Red: China Glaze Ruby Pumps
-Black: Finger Paints Black Expressionism
-Yellow: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lightening 
-White: acrylic paint
-Dots: essence stamping plate Pin It

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Review for KK CenterHK: Light Pink 2mm Circular Studs

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I have an exciting post for you guys and girls. I meant to have it ready a couple of weeks ago but it turns out that my nails were dying- I am talking about extreme peeling, chipping and some other horrors that I will get to in a separate post.
KKCenterHK was kind enough to allow me to choose one item for review and I picked their light pink 2mm circular studs. -Thank you very much! (Please be ready to see MANY pictures)
I have seen many studded nails and I have read many reviews. However, here are my first impressions and some info (prior to using the studs):
  • The ~50 piece package is $4.73
  • The package arrived in good condition, very well protected with bubble wrap 
  • The studs are very shiny, lightweight and nicely pigmented
  • The backing is hollow, which turned out to be helpful
Here is the manicure I used to show of the studs:
Polishes: Jenna Hipp The Freshmaker (mint) and Damage Control (pink)
 I used the studs like I used any other 3D decoration. I used a non-fast drying top coat as glue and they held up perfectly. They lasted longer on my nails than the polish itself. As you see, I placed them on the nails with the minty green polish because they would create a nice contrast since the studs are light pink. I am impressed on how 3 tiny studs can completely change and improve a plain manicure.

I apologize for these awkward pictures, the purpose is for you to see how they were on my nail, I am not pointing at you, that's rude.

My final thoughts and recommendations:
  • The 2mm size is perfect for my narrow and curved nails, I am sure they can fit beautifully other nail shapes and lengths.
  • The studs are not bulky at all yet they give that three-dimensional feel which is quite nice.
  • The color does not bleed. However, if the topcoat protecting the stud undergoes friction, it is highly likely that the studs will show some wear.
  • They are easy to use, they are not heavy and they can accessorize any type of manicure.
  • I love them!
For being so kind and reading my entire post, here is a 10% off bonus courtesy of KKCenterHK for your next purchase:
* Product sent for honest-review consideration *

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Purple-Blue Gradient and Flowers

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It's Hot in California! That should be a show... If you have watched the weather news, you might have seen that we are sweating like crazy here in the Golden State. Although I enjoy not having to wear boots or long sleeves, I don't like being sweaty and oily all day and night.
Today's manicure came about as a test for my birthday manicure... I liked it a bit, but in my eyes it's not birthday worthy. Maybe I would do the same thing but with reds and oranges. I will keep you updated if I optimize it :)

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