Friday, April 5, 2013

Hydrangea Inspired Nail Art

This is only my third time doing flower nail without a dotting tool, so they definitely aren't perfect!  But I really like these.

I used a KleanColor striper in "Baby Lavender" and for the glitter I used China Glaze "Angel Wings."  For the white accent in the flowers I used NYC "French Tip White"

I hope you guys like it!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Parnevu Hair Products Review!

NPR review!

I was sent these products a few months ago, and I have been using them for about 2 months now.

First of all let me talk about my scalp problems.  I have severe dermatitis on my scalp.'s embarrassing because whenever I would go in public I would be super self conscious.  (You see people scratching their head, you think EEK LICE!)  No lice here though guys.  I even would treat myself for lice before I knew what was wrong with me.  I would treat for lice, and comb through my hair searching for an answer to my misery.

I've used and Head and Shoulders, and Selsum.  Nothing.  I had just given up and decided I would just have to scratch the heck out of my head for the rest of my life.  And then I saw an opportunity to try these products out.  I had no idea how they would change my life.

    I asked for 

T-Tree Oil Sheen

    Extra-Dry Salon Shampoo

     Extra-Dry After Shampoo Conditioner

Dear Pantene, Treseme,  and Aussie, we are never ever ever ever getting back together.

Since using these products my scalp itch is almost 100% gone.  I'll have a bad day with it here and there, but majority of the time I never even itch!

I'll never forget taking a shower the first time using the shampoo and conditioner.  It wasn't until later in the day while I was making dinner I realized "OMG I'M NOT SCRATCHING MY HEAD!"  I literally cried tears of joy.  You guys have no idea how miserable I was. =(

As for my hair quality?  I have always had decent hair, but I've dyed it 10439804753 times.  The formula kept my hair nice and soft.

So do I recommend this item?  ABSOLUTELY.  I cannot thank Parnevu enough for making these products.  They saved my sanity.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Water Marbling Tutorial With Tips and Tricks

Water marbling! I'm definitely not the best at this technique, but I figured I'd share with you guys how I do it, what I use, and some little tips.

I use: Any choice of two or three nail colors (*tip, Cremes work best.  Sheerer polishes give WAY less coverage.  Also I don't recommend trying to use glitters.  You can always spice up your mani at the end.) Chapstick (no, not for your luscious lips), something to remove polish, something to drag the polish together in the water (I used an old nail file.  you can use literally like...anything pointy.)  Qtips(not shown.  oops.) and a baby medicine cup.  If you have super long nails you can use a cheap shot glass.  Shown down below!

I don't recommend drinking while doing this.  bahaha.

 Step 1: Put chapstick around your nails (NOT ON THEM!) and on the backside of your finger.  This way after you put your finger in the water marble it's WAY easier to get off.

Steps 2&3:  Fill up your medicine cup (or shot glass) with lukewarm water.  Cold water actually makes the polish dry faster!  Then drop two drops of your first color into the water. 

Step 4:  Continue adding your colors.  If you're just starting out I recommend trying two, but three never hurt anything right!

Step 5:  From the outside edge in, use your item of choice (I used that old nail file of mine).  So take the outside polish and pull it in towards the middle as many times as you want!

Step 6:  Find the part of the design that you like, and place your finger in the polish.  The polish in front of your nail will adhere to the nail as you put your finger in.  Repeat this on all of your nails!

Step 7: BEFORE YOU TAKE THE NAIL OUT OF THE WATER, blow on the surface of the water.  This will help the remaining polish on the surface to dry.  Once the polish starts to look "plasticy" as you blow on it, use your dragging tool (I used my nail file) and pull away the polish from the front of your finger.  This will give your nail just clear water to come up out of when you pull it out of the water.

*tip: Don't worry about any little water bubbles that might appear on your nail, just blow on your nail hard and the should roll away.

  Pre - Cleanup

Step 7:  Using a bunch of qtips, clean up around your nails, and behind your nails.  All the places that polish is at except your nails! can either put a top coat on, or move on to the next step!

Step 8:  Get a dotting tool and one (or two) of the polishes you used for the water marble, and place some dots in the direction of the curves in your watermarble.

Once you're done, put your topcoat on and seal everything in!

*Polishes used: All Julep:  Teri, Simone, and Shenae.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Julep Freedom Top Coat Review!

 I know alot of you have been waiting for a review on this product.  I got this in my February Maven box!

The box says: "Be free! Free from chips, free to reach into your purse after a manicure, and free from the painful removal process of gels.  Get a gel-like shine without the hassle of curing lights.  Enjoy a durable, log-lasting manicure made possible by our copypolymer technology."

To use:  Apply a single coat over dry polish; cures in five minutes in natural light.  For longer lasting results, cure under a 60watt bulb for two minutes.  To remove, use regular nail polish remover.

I used one coat.  I really liked the formula, it was nice and thick.  I cured it under my lamp bulb next to my couch for 2-3 minutes.  I really liked how it wore.  It didn't chip, even though I did normal household chores.  

 *before pictures taking in sunlight

At the end of the third day, I was doing alot of dishes and it started to chip pretty bad. 
 Even though it did not last as long as I hear gels do (I have never worn gels, so I can't make a comparison) it did last a bit longer than Seche Vite does for me.

These pictures are from this morning in indoor natural light(morning of day 4).  All in all, I think it is a good product.  I will have to try it again and see how it goes.  Hope I was helpful!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Paisley Nails Tutorial!

There are a butt ton of pictures.  So let's get down to it!  

Polishes used:

Spoiled: Distant Memory
LA Colors: (some unnamed silver sparkle)
LA Colors: Nail art polish in white.

 1: I painted my nails a base color of Spoiled Distant Memory.  Two coats were used here. I also used a top coat of Seche Vite so that it would not smear during my nail art.

2: Take either a nail art brush, a toothpick, or a nail art pen...

3: Make a swoop on the bottom of your nail.  Think half a tear drop.

4: Then make a center to the half a teardrop you just made.

5: Next make another half a tear drop.

6: Make another half of a teardrop, and on the bottom bring to curve one way.

 7: Make a center for this tear drop.

8: Take a dotting tool (or use a toothpick if you don't have one)

9:  Make TINY TINY dots in the space between the center of your crooked teardrop, and the outline.  The tinier your dots, the daintier your paisley will look.

10: Do the same thing in the bottom half of a teardrop

11:  I thought it looked boring so I decided to add some sparkle!

12: I dabbed some sparkle in the centers, and on the outsides of the designs.

Top coat and you're COMPLETE!  Let me know what you think!

xoxo Emily

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

China Glaze Angel Kisses Over Zoya Tallulah

I love this polish!  I picked it up the other day from Sally's and it was on clearance.  I didn't realize that it was a holographic when I was in the store!  SO gorgeous.  I used Zoya Tallulah for undies.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 11, 2013


It's finally here!

All you lovely ladies (and a few gents) have been amazing!  

First prize will win any 2 polishes from Whimsical Ideas by Pam!  Feel free to click that link and browse her polishes.  They are gorgeous!

 photo used with permission from Jen Carter at

Second prize is a bottle of Pure Ice: Not Now!

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