Sunday, August 30, 2015

Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter

Pinky Glitter: a hum-drum name for a pretty awesome polish. Pinky Glitter has a sheer light pink base packed with small and medium iridescent glitters. It makes for a very pretty, dainty-looking manicure. Couldn't you see a cartoon princess wearing something like this?

The only drawback to Pinky Glitter is how sheer it is. I think this is intended to be a layering polish, as it takes four coats on its own to reach semi-opacity. But at least it has a nice consistency to it, so build up, while time-consuming, isn't a complete ass-ache.

Pinky Glitter instantly became one of my all-time favorite Sinful Colors shades, so shout-out to Amanda for sending it my way! I'd love to try this over a neon pink next time I wear it.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review: Pedi Princess Flip Flops

This is one of those ideas you can file under "how-has-no-one-thought-of-this-already": flip flops with toe dividers built in! I'm a pretty tidy painter on my fingernails, but I'm considerably more sloppy on my toes--don't have as much practice, I guess--so anything that makes application easier and keeps me from smearing my pedi is something I want to try! These would be perfect for bringing to the salon too!

Pedi Princess offers these flip-flops in a ton of different designs. A lot of them are blinged out or have fun little accents on them, like flowers. I decided to give these lime leopard print ones a try. I like that they're a little saucy-looking. ;)

They feel very sturdy--definitely better than the cheap, flimsy pairs they give you at the salon! Plus they're re-usable. Once you're done wearing them, the flip-flops come with a small plastic tote so that you can stash them away at home or keep them in the car between salon visits.

Here's how they look on, with a freshly applied Butter London Jaffa pedi! WARNING: FEET! JUST SAYIN'.

They're very comfortable to wear and do a really good job of keeping your toes separated, both during application and walking around afterwards.  I loved being able to cook dinner and walk around my apartment without having to worry that my pedi was going to get smeared or dented.

I decided to see how long I could wear these without the toe dividers starting to bug me and it was almost 90 minutes until I felt like I should take them off, which was more than ample drying time for my pedicure. I highly recommend these and will be using them with all of my future pedicures!

You can purchase Pedi Princess flip-flops through their website. Hit them up on Facebook and Instagram if you want to learn more and see some additional pics.

Last but certainly not least, Pedi Princess is offering 20% off to Nailed readers with the code CHELSEA20. If you pick up a pair (or already own one), I'd love to hear what you think!

Disclosure: This post contains an affiliate link. It does not impact the content or nature of my review in any way. As always, this product was sent for my honest review and all opinions shared are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Butter London Gobsmacked

Hello all! I hope the week is treating you well so far. I've got a quick NOTD to share with you today. I was in the mood for a fall color, so I put on Butter London Gobsmacked, a charcoal glitter. It's a great fashion-forward shade for autumn! This polish dries to a textured finish on its own, but I put on some top coat to bring out the silver sparkles more.

Gobsmacked has a nice, easy formula. What you see above is three coats. Removal was pretty typical for a textured polish--easier than glitter but harder than a creme. I think this is actually the only textured polish that I prefer to wear with top coat. It's still pretty without, it pops more with a little shine on top!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Orly Infamous (Holiday 2015) Preview

Moving, moving and more moving! Now that I've got everything moved out of our old place, it's time to move IN to the new one. At least this half of the moving hassle is more exciting. But since a lot of my nail stuff is currently buried in a pile of boxes, I'm gonna use today's post to highlight an upcoming holiday collection! This is Orly's holiday offering, a six-color collection called Infamous.


While a seemingly Gossip Girl-inspired collection may not be all that topical, I do really love the color selection here! This looks like it could be one of Orly's best collections in a while. I definitely will be needing Gossip Girl and 15 Minutes of Fame. 

I'm not sure of an exact release date, but typically we see holiday stuff around mid-October, so pencil these pretties in sometime around there. Any you're wanting?

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Butter London Jaffa

What color is Butter London Jaffa? I'm not sure there's an official name for it, but it's basically like an orange polish and a coral polish had a love child. It's a beautiful in-between shade--perfect for us nailophiles who can never make up our mind!

Here's where things go off the rails with Jaffa: what you see above is four coats. It went on surprisingly patchy and I really needed all four coats to completely even things out. Given how vibrant the color is, you wouldn't expect it to be so difficult to build up.

Is there a polish you like with a not-so-hot formula?

Monday, August 17, 2015

Zoya Lillian

Is there a certain polish that reminds you of someone you know? I had a very sweet co-worker who wore Zoya Lillian all the time (it looked fabulous on her, might I add) so this polish is permanently linked to her in my mind. I can see why she became so infatuated with it. Lillian is a creamy pastel blue with a hint of green in it--right up my alley!


This is one of my favorite shades of 2015 so far! Just look how cute it is! It reminds me quite a bit of Essie Blossom Dandy, which is not a bad thing at all.

The formula is pretty much your standard pastel: a little streaky, with some drag to it. It does self-level quite well though. I used three coats here.

I was lucky enough to snag all of the shades I wanted from the Delight Collection on clearance, so definitely hit up your local Ulta if you want these beauties on the cheap. With all the fall collections rolling in, now is a good time to score some deals on spring and summer shades!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Born Pretty Cuticle Tattoos: Review & Swatches


You might have noticed that temporary tattoos are making a bit of a fashion comeback lately. I see a lot of pictures on Instagram of people sporting fancy temporary tattoos at the beach, festivals, etc. So why not let your nails join in on the fun with cuticle tattoos?

These little temporary tattoos are a fun way to frame your cuticles or decorate your hands. You can use them to complement--or in place of--nail art. When I saw these on Born Pretty, I thought they'd be really fun to play around with for summer!

BP has a couple different tattoo designs available. The one I chose is NCT-001.

Applying these works just like any other temporary tattoo: press it against your skin using a wet washcloth or paper towel, then peel off the backing after about 30 seconds. I found (after some initial failed attempts) that the easiest way to place these is to cut out the design with as little excess paper around it as possible. Cut so that you can see where the point and the curve of the design fall, rather than just cutting a square. This will help you make sure the design is applied straight and close to your cuticle.

It took a couple practice nails for me to fully get the feel of how to apply these right along my cuticle line, but once I got the hang of it, it was super easy and fast. I thought I'd dress up my Orly Cake Pop mani with these. I think it looks pretty cool!

Like any other temporary tattoo, longevity is not the best. These are pretty much a one night only affair, so you'll want to save them for a special occasion. I was hanging out with a couple friends, so I thought that'd be a good time to bust these out. I got a lot of questions and comments about them!

I do wish they wore longer, but I suppose that's just the nature of the beast. Otherwise, I had a lot of fun with these and they were perfect for a day out!

If you would like to purchase anything from Born Pretty, they offer 10% off for Nailed readers:

Disclosure: This product was provided for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Orly Cake Pop

I was able to pick up this pretty porcelain creme on clearance for just 75 cents! It reminds me of a creamier version of one of my all-time favorite palette cleanser shades, Essie Ballet Slippers. It's got that same slightly pink lean to it. Plus the name is super cute!

The formula had a very nice consistency but went on fairly patchy. Most of my nails needed four coats to look completely even.

Although the formula wasn't a home run with me, I do love the color. It looks so crisp and clean on the nails.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review: Dr.'s Remedy Nails And Skin Vitamins

Last week, I showed you all some polishes from the brand Dr's Remedy and today, I've got something else to share with you from them that's a little different from what I normally talk about here on Nailed: nails and skin vitamins! I'm always looking for ways to improve my nail care routine, so I was really excited to try these! I'm sure most of us have heard biotin touted as great supplement for brittle nails and hair. These daily vitamins have not only 1000% of the daily recommended value of biotin, but a ton of other potentially skin and nail-aiding ingredients.

Before we get started, I want to note that obviously, I'm not a doctor or medical professional, so you should talk to yours before you start this or any other type of multivitamin regiment to make sure it's right for you and your body. We all have different needs and reactions when it comes to supplements. This review is just me sharing my personal experience. Your individual results may vary. Okay? Okay! :)

That being said, let's get to it! Here's a complete list of everything you get in these tablets:

So as you can see, you get a ton of potentially beneficial ingredients here other than just biotin. Of course the best way to get these ingredients into your system is through a healthy diet with lots of fruits and veggies, but a good multivitamin can certainly help fill in the gaps with what you're not getting in your regular diet.

Let's walk through a quick "highlight reel" of some of the ingredients here. You've got Vitamins C, E and Selenium, which can help protect your skin against sun damage. Vitamin C is also said to help fight against hair loss and assist in skin's collagen production. Vitamin A helps repair tissue damage and is a recognized anti-aging nutrient. B vitamins help with circulation, to ensure your skin tissues are receiving enough oxygen. They are believed to help prevent acne, as well as impart skin with a healthy glow. 

Each bottle contains 90 pills and retails for $20. As an aside, the packaging is really professional. I like that the bottle came safety-sealed, with both a plastic wrap around the outer cap as well as a protective cover over the actual bottle opening.

The instructions say to take 3 per day, preferably with meals. I'm bad about remembering to take pills, so I just take all three at once each day. They're standard-sized tablets, so it's not like they're huge horse pills that are difficult to swallow. They have an herbal scent, but no discernible taste going down.

When I started taking these, my boyfriend asked how quickly I would see results and I told him that I honestly I had no idea. So I was shocked when I saw some positive changes after only a few days! The first thing I noticed was that my complexion seemed visibly brighter. It looked healthy and a little more radiant than it normally does. I'm not sure it's dramatic enough that anyone else would notice it, but I saw a difference, so that counts for something! :)

My nails weren't exactly unhealthy to begin with, so if you're trying to come back from a fungus or particularly damaged nails, it might take you longer to notice any results.  But my nails felt thicker and stronger after a week or so. I tend to fidget with my nails a lot when my hands are idle. Lately I've been keeping them pretty long and I've noticed that when I press down on my nails, they don't flex as much as they did before, if that makes sense. 

As I've mentioned on here a couple times, I'm in the middle of a big move. There were countless times during the move-out process when I'd hit my hand on something or get it caught. Instantly I'd think, "Ugh, there goes my long nails!" But then I'd look down and even if my manicure hadn't always made it through the scuffle, my nails themselves were no worse for wear! I honestly think that's a direct result of the biotin. 

In addition to feeling stronger, my nails also look better. We've all got that one problem nail, right? For me, that's my right index finger. It's gotten a lot healthier now that I stick to a daily routine of using nail cream, but it still likes to peel or flake every now and then. After I started taking these biotin pills, all of my nails--including my little problem child--are smoother and more hydrated.

Overall, I was super happy with the results I saw! There really isn't anything I didn't like, except that eventually I'm going to run out! When I do, I could easily see myself purchasing another bottle.

You can purchase these vitamins from Dr.'s Remedy's website.

Disclosure: This product was sent for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Monday, August 10, 2015

OPI Worth A Pretty Penne

Oh man, am I glad to "see" you guys! This weekend was the big move-out and I am soooooo done with cleaning and putting crap in boxes. I'm trying not to remind myself that in about a week, we get to do it all again, but in reverse, for the move-in. Good times.

Most of my stash is packed up into boxes right now, but of course I kept a few polishes out so that I can still talk nails with all of you in the meantime! The polish I've got today is already shaping up to be one of my favorite shades from this year's fall collections: OPI Worth A Pretty Penne from the Venice Collection. This is a metallic rose gold shade with flecks of copper. I am kinda obsessed with rose gold, so I had to have this one. Plus the little bits of copper (think like the ones that were in OPI Designer... De Better!) provide some added dimension.

The formula on Worth A Pretty Penne was buttery smooth. It was nearly a one-coater, but I needed two to get everything completely evened out. I've been wearing this polish all weekend because of all the chaos with moving and even with all that lifting, packing, cleaning, etc., it held up remarkably well! I only had one small chip on my right index finger. I used Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab as my base and top coats, if you were wondering. :)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

So You Think You Can Twinsie?

Goofy as a mid summer TV replacement, this title really sums up where we Twinsies are currently at: a bit burned out and looking to branch out. Our little, tight knit group, has decided to take the month of August off to regroup, rest, spend time with our families, and just enjoy our last few weeks of summer before we get back into the blogging groove in September.

However, over the past few months we've also experienced the loss of a few of our members. For personal reasons, Twinsies have come and gone and we will miss each and every one of them. We've also been lucky enough to introduce you all to new Twinsies who have graced our growing group of polish sisters in the most positive and beautiful ways. Now that we're going on hiatus, we're opening up the opportunity to join in a new way.

Using the Google doc form (linked below), please feel free to apply to join our Twinsie Tuesday group. While not everyone will be accepted, we hope to encourage bloggers who are active, positive, and friendly. You don't have to have a million followers or be amazing at nail art, we are just looking for bloggers looking for a weekly challenge and being part of a warm group of girls interested in meeting new bloggers! So enter away - can't wait to "meet" all of you!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Hello Kitty By OPI Preview

Oh. My. God. Y'all, I had a serious manigasm when I saw this news. Yes, I'm one of those girls that reaaaallllyyyy likes Hello Kitty. So when you combine that with one of my other favorite things, OPI, there is bound to be some excitement on my part!

I need these in my life NOW! I don't even care that there a ton of pinks in this collection because A) that's thematically appropriate and B) OMG they have adorable kitty wraps on the bottles!!! Unfortunately, I couldn't find too much on a release date for these kitty pretties, other than that they'll be coming out in 2016.

Are you as excited for this collection as I am?

Dr.'s Remedy: Swatches & Review

Today I've got some goodies from Dr.'s Remedy to share with you guys! I've heard of the brand before but have never had a chance to try anything from it, so I was pumped to test out their products and share some impressions.

One of the big differences with the Dr.'s Remedy brand is that all of their polishes are podiatrist-formulated and infused with ingredients that are meant to help strengthen and protect your nails, like Wheat Protein, tea tree oil and Vitamins C and E. Their products are all formulated without formaldehyde, toluene, camphor, pthalates or DBP.

First up we have SINCERE Snow, a pearly white with dense gold shimmer. The shimmer has a slight pink shift to it that adds yet another dimension to this already stunning polish. I really fell in love! I was worried it would be really sheer, but it's so unlike what I normally wear that I just had to try it out. Thankfully, it turned out to be nice and opaque! I used three coats in total.

I took waaaayyyy too many pictures of this, yet I still didn't feel like I fully captured how pretty the shimmer truly is in person. If you even remotely like white polishes, get this one!

Then we've got BALANCE Brick Red, a vampy maroon creme. This one was a bit patchy going on but otherwise application didn't give me any trouble. I used three coats here.

I also received a bottle of TOTAL, Dr.'s Remedy's two-in-one base and top coat. TOTAL is infused with biotin, ginseng and kale for hydration and strength, as well as all of the other beneficial ingredients you'll find in Dr.'s Remedy's colored polishes.

I am typically not a huge fan of combo base and top coats, as I find a lot of them bubble when used as top coats. I don't know why this is, but it's an issue I keep running into. I experienced some bubbling when I applied TOTAL over BALANCE (you can especially see it on my ring finger in the swatches above), but none with SINCERE. It does not bubble at all as a base, only when worn as top coat.

Dry time is okay. It dries pretty fast as a base, but it took a longer than I would like for it to completely harden when worn over polish. I painted on BALANCE before making a run to the mall and as I was putting my keys into my purse after an approximately 20 minute car ride, I dented the polish on two of my nails. :( However, I will say that the consistency is wonderful going on and it does give a very nice shine.

I would definitely recommend TOTAL as a base coat or as a wear-alone protective clear coat, as I love that it's got added nail care ingredients and it didn't give me any issues as a base. But as a top coat, I just didn't care for it.

Overall, I don't think it comes as a surprise that my favorite of the bunch is SINCERE! Do check that one out if you like white/champagne-colored polishes. It's unlike anything else I own and I absolutely adore it!

You can purchase Dr.'s Remedy from their website.

Disclosure: These products were provided for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

China Glaze Ghouls' Night Out Preview

I gotta confess that I don't really care about Halloween now that I'm older, but I still like to have a little fun with my nails each October. I look forward to China Glaze's Halloween collections in particular, since they always bring something fun and colorful to the table.

This year, we're getting six new colors, as well as the traditional re-promote of Ghoulish Glow, CG's glow-in-the-dark topcoat. Check it out!
L to R: Cackle If You Want To, Ghostess With The Mostess, Something's Brewing, Looking Bootiful, Lady And The Vamp, Drink Up Witches

As fun as the glitters look, I think the cremes have me most excited! I love how intense they look. We don't usually see brights in a Halloween collection, so I like that CG did something a bit different here that's still in keeping with the traditional colors of the holiday.

What do you think of Ghouls' Night Out?

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Essie Virgin Snow (Winter 2015) Preview

I've got some preview shots of Essie's upcoming winter collection to share tonight! All of Essie's collections share a name with one of the polishes and it looks like this one will be called "Virgin Snow." In addition to Virgin Snow itself, there'll be five other new polishes. Let's take a look!


Well this is pretty underwhelming, huh? Essie has had some amazing collections this year, so this one strikes me as sort of "low effort" by comparison. But last year Essie had several wintertime releases, so hopefully this is just a first taste!

I'm not sure of an exact release date, but judging by past years, I'd say mid-October is a safe guess.