Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall 2012 Swatch and Nail Art (Finally!)

Happy Friday to you all!  Yes, technically it is Friday because it is 12:09 am.

Remember my post about the Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall 2012 collection?  Well…today I have one of those beautiful colors to show you!  This is Curator.  It is a black jelly base filled with silver and gold hex glitter.  It was opaque in two coats, but I will suggest that you put one coat of it over black to get the best results.  🙂  Below, you can see two coats of Curator with a top coat.

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I wish that I had a better camera to take micro shots.  I’m sure I will be wearing this polish many times this season, so you will be seeing more of it.  This polish is totally worth the wait from ordering it online, so head on over and pick up Curator (and any other colors of course) because they are awesome and really great quality.

Now I absolutely love this color, but I really was in the mood to do some nail art!
Finally!  Nail art!  You guys haven’t seen any nail art for a long time! 🙂

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First, I painted all of my nails China Glaze “Flip Flop Fantasy”, my favorite hot pink ever.

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After it is completely dry, rip off a piece of scotch tape from the dispenser.  Now…here is my reasoning for using scotch tape.  I wanted to get a really nice clean edge on the tape, and I didn’t feel like cutting up masking tape.  The scotch tape worked perfectly because the corner was perfect with straight lines.  I would like to mention that because scotch tape is a little more sticky than masking tape, I stuck the scotch tape onto my pants (leggings, haha) before I laid it on my nail.

Align it so that the tape makes a nice triangle going down the center of your nail towards your cuticle.

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Paint one coat of black polish.  This is just a basic Sally Hansen black polish.

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Remove the tape, and yes it is going to be very messy.  Also, as you can see, I didn’t clean up my cuticle at all during the process because I figured they would just get dirty again.

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Repeat on all of your nails.  To fix the little jagged edges that come from the scotch tape, I used a black striping brush to make cleaner edges and fix any uneven sides.

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Because I’m currently in love with Curator, I put one coat of that over the black and ta-da!

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This is probably one of the best designs I have ever done.  I have literally been wearing it for three hours, and every sorority sister and Target employee I have come into contact with has complimented them (or maybe I’m just imaging that part).  I love the glitter in Curator and how it is buried in the black jelly – polishes with the glitter already in them make me happy, especially when they are Pomegranate Nail Lacquer.

Don’t go anywhere too far, because I have another Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall 2012 to show you soon!  I’ll do some cool nail art with that as well.  🙂

Enjoy your weekend!  🙂

Sand Art: Pretty and Polished Swatch

Happy Friday everyone!  AHH!
Number one, I’m excited because today is Friday!  That means…weekend!
Number two, I have my second Pretty and Polished swatches to show you!

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I had a hard time figuring out what color to put under Sand Art.  I have seen some people wear it alone with two or three coats, but I got myself a mini bottle and I don’t want to waste it all so quickly!  This is Color Club’s Age of Aquarius.

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And a bunch of random photos!  This is two coats of Sand Art!

This is a very different polish for me.  I really love it, but I have never had a matte glitter polish before!  Because the glitters are matte, it kind of looks more like speckled eggs than glitter…or maybe that colorful sand art, duh!  I love the random colors in this polish as well, fine blue, neon yellow, and pink glitters with a little bit of larger purple!  It is so pretty and can really look good over any color!  On this polish, some of the colors are kind of drowned out, but I love it regardless!  I’d love to see it over black or white.

What do you think of this Pretty and Polished polish?  What color should I put it over?!

P.S.  A really great review is coming your way…

Candy Coated: My First Pretty and Polished Purchase

Since the beginning of my nail polish journey (that might be an exaggeration), I have been hearing about Pretty and Polished.  Chelsea Marie is a genius with her unique polish creations that she sells on Etsy (and I believe a few other places too, but I’m not sure exactly).  I have been lemming for one of her polishes for the longest time, and what made it even worse is that she only opens her Etsy Shop once every few weeks and her polishes sell out extremely quickly.  I started checking her website every so often, and finally I saw that she was opening her shop…on a day and time that I would be in class.  Nothing was going to get in my way!  At the exact time her shop opened, I ran out of class and into the bathroom where I hid for about ten minutes and shopped on my iPhone!  I went back and forth between buying one full size polish or two mini sized polishes, and I finally decided on two mini sized.  This way I would get more variety for about the same price, and I figured it would take me forever to get through a full sized bottle so a mini would be just fine.  I just received my little babies in the mail on Saturday and even though I just painted my nails four days ago, I took it off and tried one of them out.

The first Pretty and Polished polish I want to show you is called Candy Coated!  It is so adorable and sweet, and I kind of want to eat it because it looks like a sparkly jawbreaker.

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It has a light-pink jelly-like base with pink and purple hex glitters and pink and purple little glitters!  I’ve seen online that it is almost opaque in 2-3 coats depending on how thick you make them, but I used a light pink base from the Gap outlet just so I could have more opacity without wasting my Candy Coated.

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I am in love with this adorable little polish!  It’s light and glittery and perfect for fall.  I almost purchased Cheer Camp instead, but I’m very happy with my decision (even though I’d love to have that one as well).  I could stare at it forever, especially because pink are purple are like my two favorite colors.  And ever since painting my nails this color, I’ve been obsessed with pink!  I even made all of the time sheets at my work pink (oops).  🙂

Have you purchased any Pretty and Polished polishes?  If not, which ones are you lemming for?
I still have one other to show you that I’m really excited for, but I’m going to wear Candy Coated for as long as I can!

P.S.  The Pretty and Polished Etsy shop isn’t open at the moment, but if you do a quick internet search for “Pretty and Polished swatches” you can stare at them all and fall in love like I did.

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Fall Collection Preview

Ladies!  I am still here, I promise!  I have missed you all so much, but I have also missed the luxury of sleeping, eating at regular times of the day, and relaxing!  I just started fieldwork this week, so I’m in a little kindergarten classroom interacting with the kids.  It is so much fun and I know I chose the right profession.  🙂  I also have so much sorority stuff to do, because we are currently planning all of our philanthropy events and getting our Fall 2012 new member class!  Luckily, this upcoming week should be a lot less busy.  I ordered a couple of handmade polishes off of Etsy, so as soon as those babies come in they will be all over this blog!

In the meantime, I have some really exciting news!  Remember my review on the Pomegranate Nail Lacquer?  Those amazing, colorful polishes?  I just received news that they are releasing their Fall 2012 collection!  Let me just tell you these colors are absolutely beautiful and not like anything I have ever seen in a Fall collection!

These seven exclusive shades are meant to represent the colors and feelings of autumn, fashion, and the arts.


Are these not the most beautiful colors you have ever seen?!  I am SO excited, you don’t even know!
The names of these colors are adorable as well!

From left to right:
Lust in the Library: It’s getting cozy in the campus study.  This eggplant creme polish is rich, glossy, and pretty damn sexy!
Cardigan: Because who doesn’t love a comfy cardigan sweater?  This teal jelly polish will become your new favorite splash of color.  (It is more teal than it appears in the photos.)
Autumnesque: A shimmery coppery polish that reflects russet leaves, apple cider, and all that is best about fall.
Curator: A fashionable night out captured in a bottle – this luxurious black polish is packed with gold and silver glitter.
Improv Show: Lights, stage, and laugher!  This dark purple polish is flecked with silver sparkle to reflect the darkness of the theater and the bright spotlights.
Midnight Satellite: This deep midnight teal polish is flecked with silver sparkle and recalls a crisp, cool, starry autumn night.
Cuddles: A romantic dusty rose shimmer for laid-back and lovely  moments.

Okay ladies at Pomegranate Nail Lacquer, how am I EVER supposed to pick which polishes I want?!  I will probably be getting most of these…they are all way to lovely to chose from!  Definitely Curator, Improv Show, Midnight Sattelite, and Cuddles though.

These polishes will be available for sale at the Pomegranate Nail Lacquer website starting on Monday, September 17th!
Please head over there and grab a few of these super hot fall shades so you can show them off to all of your friends as soon as the fall weather rolls around!

Deborah Lippmann “The Stripper to Go” Review

Finally!  A bit of spare time to get up a review for you all!  The beautiful ladies (and probably some handsome gentlemen) over at Nail Polish Canada sent me some of these Deborah Lippmann “The Stripper to Go” Lacquer Remover Finger Mitts to review.  I have to apologize first to taking so long to review this product because I had them shipped to my house but they weren’t delivered there until after I had already moved away to school.  Because of that, I had to wait a week until I could go home on the weekend and pick them up.  I was so excited to try these out because I haven’t heard of them before, but I encountered a few problems that I’m interested in seeing if anyone else experienced.

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This product comes in an adorably lilac colored package that you could most definitely stick in your purse or make-up bag.  It would be much easier to travel around with these rather than a huge bottle of nail polish remover and some cotton balls.

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Now what this product is is a lavender and acetone finger mitt that claims to remove the polish off of all ten fingers.

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This mitt smells like acetone and a little bit of lavender, and I think it’s because it isn’t actually scented like lavender but it just has some sort of extract it in.

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After putting the mitt on my thumb and letting it sit for about ten seconds, I began to rub it onto my nail and then removed the mitt.  TADA!  This is what I saw.  The first thing I noticed was that the acetone didn’t dry out my cuticles or skin like it usually does, so that must be the work of the lavender.  I continued using the mitt on all five of my nails…but as you can see below I had a little bit of an issue.

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I skipped my ring finger because I figured it was glitter and it would be hard to remove, so I went straight to my pink.  For some reason, my nail polish just wouldn’t come off!  I kept rubbing and trying to get it off, but those two little spots of polish just wanted to stay forever!  It seems like the mitt dried out or something!

I was a little disappointed in this…but I am definitely willing to try this again.  I still have a few left to try, so next time I take off my polish I will use the mitt.  Thanks again to Nail Polish Canada for this product!  Everyone should check out their website (especially if you live in Canada), because they sell a really wide variety of salon brand polishes and Konad products!

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This is what’s on my nails right now!  The weather has been a little bit chilly these past couple of days, and to me that means Fall is coming so I thought I’d get in one last hurrah of bright color before I break out my dark colors.  This is China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy (which I finally found and bought immediately).  The color is not as pink as it is in this photo, it is more coral and neon then that!  I originally did one accent nail, but thought two accent nails would be really cool, especially because it looks like one of those “every other nail” designs.  I really wish you could see exactly what color Flip Flop Fantasy is!  It’s my new favorite!  Here is a better photo on this website:
http://www.vampyvarnish.com/2010/02/china-glaze-poolside-collection-summer-2010-swatches-review/

New China Glaze Texture Collection

What, what, WHAT IS THIS?!

This past week has been absolutely jam packed with sorority events, getting ready for classes, and just getting myself settled in my new house!  I love living in the sorority house so far, and I am getting really excited for the semesters to come.  Unfortunately, with the start of a semester comes less time to do things other than school and sorority stuff…so I haven’t had too much time for my nails.  Luckily, this weekend is labor day weekend and I have another really exciting review for you!

The other day I was looking on the internet and I found a picture for (possibly) a new collection coming from China Glaze!

Apparently it is called the “Texture Collection”.  What it is is gritty nail polish that probably has a matte finish.

All of these images were found on http://www.everything2k.com/2012/08/china-glazes-new-texture-collection-2013.html?spref=fb .  I haven’t seen a legitimate post about this collection yet, but someone somewhere created it!  It is supposed to have the texture of sand.

I know we have had caviar and velvet nails, but what do you think about this possible gritty nail polish?  Do you feel like it looks dirty or unique?  In my opinion, it might kind of look like there are bumps in your nail polish, like air bubbles!  I am very interested to see these swatched!

Fishtail Braid Nail Art

I’m all moved into my room at the sorority house (yay!) and finally have a chance to update my blog.  I’ve finished packing and unpacking, which took forever and is so annoying…especially when you do it several times a year.

I’ve been seeing this technique everywhere online and I was so excited to try it.  This was my first try, and I think it went pretty well.  I definitely learned a few things about how to do it better next time and I’m looking forward to trying it again.

First, you want to choose three colors that go well together.  What I learned is that you should choose colors that are opaque, and possible one that is metallic, shimmery, or glittery.  This way, at least one of the colors will pop!

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I started with two coats of Color Club Age of Aquarius.

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This hot, glittery pink is a Zoya color, and I’m not sure exactly what the name is!  Paint one stripe from the left to the right.  The right side isn’t going to show so you want to make sure that the left side is the most opaque.

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Using your second color (I used Sally Hansen’s Black Out), paint a short stripe from the right side to the left.

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Using the same color as your base color, paint a third stripe from the left to the right.  You want to cover most of the first stripe, and just leave a small pink stripe showing.

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Continue making stripes with the same color pattern until you get all the way down your nail.  You want to end with one stripe that ends on the corner of your nail (you can see the Age of Aquarius on the right).  As you can tell, the pink I chose is a little sheer, and I wish I would have used something more opaque!  Also, using it right next to the black hid a lot of the color.

I really like how this turned out, but it took a ton of time and then it didn’t look perfect!  I was pretty disappointed, but I really like the effect.  I can’t wait to try it again!

What do you think?!  Have you tried this technique?  What colors would you use?

FACE Stockholm Nail Polish Review – My New Favorite Brand!

I think I have discovered my new favorite brand of nail polish. You know I love my OPI, but I have discovered something new and it makes me really excited, so I think I might have a new favorite.

FACE Stockholm is not only a nail polish company but they also sell high-end makeup, makeup brushes, skin care products, bags, and even sunglasses! FACE Stockholm was founded in 1982 by Gun Nowack in Sweden. She owned three fashion boutiques but decided to start a makeup company because she couldn’t find products in the colors that she wanted to match the fashion trend at the time – neon! Her first shop in 1982 was extremely successful, and as the business grew larger Nowack enlisted her daughter in New York for help. Since then, both of their passions and creativity combined have made the large company we know now.

FACE Stockholm products are available through mail order, online, or in one of their 50 locations worldwide. Unfortunately, the only two retail shops in the United States are in New York, and I’m not sure if they sell at stores like Nordstroms! Either way, ordering online is good enough for me!

FACE Stockholm was nice enough to send me six gorgeous colors to try out and review for you all! All of the swatches below are three thin coats of polish, minus the glitter which I did in two coats.

I have been waiting so long to be able to get this post up on Nails of Many Colors, and now that it’s finally here I can barely contain my excitement!

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As you can see just by looking, these colors are extremely pigmented and bright. They are just popping out of the pictures!

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This glitter polish is #86. The website describes it as a “sparkle gravender” which I’m guessing means grey and lavender.

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In the shade, this color is very light. It is made of really fine silver and pink glitter.

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This is two coats of glitter, and it covers pretty well! What I like the most about this glitter is that it is really stunning but not overly bright. It is a really light glitter that you could wear any day in any season, or just put over another color for sparkle!

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I guess a blurry picture is the best way to see the truly sparkle in this polish! The tiny silver sparkles are holographic, so in the sun it really is just absolutely eye-catching!

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This is #76, and on the website is is a “shimmer fuchsia”. The ONLY problem that I have with the FACE Stockholm website is that the colors and descriptions on the site do not accurately portray the colors in the bottle. This polish is gorgeous, but it isn’t described on the website the way that it is. This is a fuchsia color with almost a blue-green iridescent shimmer.

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I really wish the pictures picked up the shimmer, but you can kind of see it in the photo above. I also used this color in my last post about bigRuby Nail Tattoos. It is what I have on my nails right now, and all of my friends are in love!

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The perfect summer color!

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Beautiful #148 – “cream periwinkle”. This one is perfectly described on the website, and it will be one of my go-to polishes for the fall.

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In the shade it looks a little bit more lavender, but trust me it is definitely a perfect periwinkle!

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This picture is more accurate. I had to be really careful with this polish, because it was little bit streaky. However, with two thick coats I think it will be perfect. There is no shimmer either, which is perfect because in the fall and winter I look for more cream polishes than shimmers or metallics.

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This is #61, “shimmer violet night”. This one is definitely darker than it was shown to be on the website. In the bottle you can kind of see the shimmer, but it honestly looks black.

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In the shade, unfortunately, black.

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You can KIND OF see the purple in this polish on my thumb. In the sun and in person, this is a really dark, vampy, beautiful polish, but in photos and in the bottle it is very dark.

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This is definitely another fall color, and while this polish is stunning I wish it was better represented on the website.

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#67, “hot mango”. On the website this is depicted as more of a bright, creamy orange. In reality, it is a neon orange (which I have no problem with).

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This pictures are actually a good representation of the color. It is just as bright in person as in the photos!

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Application was good, but as with many neons it is a bit streaky and dries matte. Also, try to avoid getting it on your cuticles. It was a little hard to get off, and this was actually the first color that I swatched so if you look carefully you will be able to spot the orange cuticles.

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Oh. My. Gosh. This is my new favorite color. It is a bright bubblegum pink but it isn’t too bright or too pink!

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Love love love. It has a little bit of an iridescent shimmer which I think keeps it from being too bright.

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Now here is the most amazing part. I chose to wear this polish on my trip to Mexico because I figured it would look great with tan skin and it would be bright in the Mexico sun. The photo below is what it looked like after five days of wear and tear, swimming in chlorine pool water, splashing around in the ocean, and applying a ton of sun screen and tanning lotion.

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Are you kidding me?! It didn’t chip at all! The only thing you can see is the growth at the bottom of the nail, but it did not chip at all! I was shocked, and I think this is one of the reasons I love this brand so much…because all of the polishes are super long lasting.

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I was trying to do a little nail polish photo shoot, and again my kitten just had to get in the picture.
He is so cute, but so funny.

I really urge all of you to explore FACE Stockholm and order a few polishes. The colors are gorgeous and you won’t be able to find anything like them! They are also extremely long lasting! Each bottle retails for $12. They also have three crackle shades to choose from.

You can visit the website here!

Which of these six is your favorite FACE Stockholm shade? Have you ever tried this brand?
Go visit the website and tell me which ones you would love to try! I’m on my way there now to pick out some new colors. 🙂

bigRuby Nail Tattoos Review

School will be back in session soon and whether you will be attending a university, high school, or even grade school, we are all going to be in need of anything that can possibly save time.  I don’t know about you, but during the semester I always have trouble balancing my time and finding a way to fit classes, homework, work, my sorority, socializing, blogging, and the gym into my crazy schedule.  What’s a girl to do?

About a month ago I was looking around the internet for new nail polishes and brands that were popping up.  I came across bigRuby Nail Tattoos, a small company that designs temporary nail tattoos that work just like a temporary tattoo would on your skin!  As of right now, they have eleven different packages you can choose from and they also sell a Super Dry Top Coat that they specifically recommend using with their tattoos.  These tattoos are perfect if you want an effortless design or something that is unique!  All of their packages contain tattoos that (most) nail artists couldn’t do freehand!

What I love most about bigRuby Nail Tattoos is that they are cruelty-free and with every purchase, a portion of the money goes to The Kindness Ranch, an animal rescue for research animals.

bigRuby was kind enough to send me two of their brand new tattoo packages, the His and Hers collection!

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In each package, there are two sheets of nail tattoos that are identical and there are 92 tattoos in total!  That’s a lot of tattoos!  The His collection has always caught my eye even though it is made up of mostly black and brown tattoos because it has sunglasses, mustaches, bow ties, and even crowns!  The Hers collection is really colorful and has lips, diamonds, roses, keys, and even cute little kitties.

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I decided that I was going to put some reallocate mustaches on my nails.  The first step is to cut out your nails tattoos.

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There were two different kinds of mustaches, but I wanted to keep it classy with a straight stache.  What I love the most about these nail tattoos is that the design is printed on the back of the tattoo so that what when you are placing it on your nail, you can see exactly where the tattoo is.  That makes it SO much easier.  Thanks bigRuby!  Next, peel off the protective plastic that is covering the tattoo.  Be careful not to touch the tattoo or accidentally flip it upside down, because it will stick to any surface!

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Place the tattoo very carefully on your nail, and don’t drop it down until you are 100% sure that you have it in the right spot.  On my left hand, I accidentally dropped the tattoo a little too close to the edge of my nail, but I couldn’t fix it because it had already stuck to my nail!  Also, you don’t have to have polish on your nails!  You can do this on a bare nail as well. 🙂

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Using a wet towel or cloth, press down the nail tattoo for 15 seconds.

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Remove the towel and…

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TA DA!  A perfect little mustache for you fingernails!

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I put mine on my middle finger and laid it sideways so I could hold it up to my face and it would really look like a mustache.
I know, weird.
When it is fully dried, top your nail tattoo with two coats of a top coat.  I was wondering why it needed two…until I banged my finger and a piece of my mustache came off.  I added another coat and I haven’t had any problems since!  Listen to bigRuby!  They are smart, they know what’s up!

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Every time I take pictures outside, my kitten puts himself in the photo.  It’s so hilarious, I had to show you guys.
As you can see, the mustache on my left hand is little bit off center, but I don’t even care!  It is so funny!

bigRuby Nail Tattoo packages retail for $12 and you can buy them on the bigRuby website.  Sometimes their packages are on sale for $8 or even $6.50!

While I do love the idea of cute decals to place on your nails anytime and anywhere, I would really love to try the “Ikat” or “Line” package which contains lines and longer strips of designs.  I have never seen anything like this product before and I am definitely a loyal customer now.  I will be sharing these with everyone and will be visiting the website soon to purchase another package (or five)!

What do you think of these temporary nail tattoos?  Would you use them?
Which package off of the bigRuby website would you like to try most?

OPI Announces 2013 Collection Collaboration with Who?!

Lately, OPI has been pairing up with several celebrities and collaborating on unique collections for their brand.  Just to name a few, they created the Katy Perry collection

the Nicki Minaj collection

and even the Minnie Mouse collection!

I was just informed this morning that OPI will now be doing a collaboration with Mariah Carey in January 2013!  I’m not surprised that Mariah Carey has caught the eye of OPI – she is a five time Grammy award winning global superstar and has had 18 Billboard number one singles!  OPI stated that they are “thrilled to work with Mariah” because she “loves nails and considers lacquer one of her favorite accessories”.  They plan on using their inspiration to create beautiful and bold colors, and I am so excited to see what they come up with!

There are no photos or even hints at possible names for the polishes yet, but I have a few ideas of my own.  First of all, these colors are going to be vampy, shimmery, and probably a couple of gorgeous divalicious glitters.  There has to be one polish named for her twin babies – that’s for sure.  There should also be one named after her number one hit “Always Be My Baby”.  Oh my gosh…”Always Be My Twin Babies”.  That’d be hilarious.

What do you think of OPI’s upcoming collaboration with Mariah Carey?  What kind of colors do you think it will be made up of?  Do you have any interesting possible names for the polishes?