I Spy…Themed Keyboard Stickers & French Glitz Manicure Set

I do many merchandising jobs for several Walmart and Sam’s Club stores. While looking for my project to do, I’ll have something pop out the corner of my eye. Well, I’ve mentioned before what I magpie I am. And though this isn’t really makeup related, I have made friends with enough of my readers that I know you’ll dig this. I saw this today at a Sam’s Club…

I took these photos with my cell phone, so they are not quality, naturally. But I so wanted to share these finds with you. I love the name ‘FunKey Board’!!! Cute! These are themed stickers you can put on your computer keyboard.
These glow in the dark…

Perfect for when I stay up in the wee hours of the night reading blogs and hanging out on Twitter.

Libby would pick this one. That is, if they let cats in Sams.

Anyone here not like funky skull and crossbones? Ohhh, I just thought of something…I could mix the pink and the skulls!

Celestial theme and a zebra stripe board.

Can you imagine painting your nails to match? Crazy! I took photos of mostly feminine themes, but if you are a sports lover, they had some of those too. They had ocean, surfing and skateboarding too.

Here’s what a completed keyboard looks like…

Sadly, this camera angle and camera don’t do these justice. Here’s what I don’t think I’d like about them, however. One, they are stickers and are apt to come loose. And secondly, I don’t think I have the patience to stick all those stickers on!! The investment is under $9. And, I’m not a Sam’s Club member.

At Walmart, I found these new kits…

Nailene has come up with a French manicure kit that you can make the tips glittery. Not a new idea, but nice to have all the products in one kit. There are two different nail colors, pink and a light peach shade. I think the price is a good one for all that comes with it.

Having a job that takes me to different places everyday makes me very happy.

Pink Wednesday At First Blush

Wednesday, already??  =O

I know one thing to do on Wednesday….Wear Pink!  I’m not alone either.  Look here to see other nail bloggers that do the same thing.  There’s a growing list of us.  WooT!

Today’s pink is Love & Beauty’s ‘Blush’.  And, that is exactly what it looks like.  I would certainly use a blush this color.

‘Blush’ is a pink with pearlescence to it.  Basically, a frost.

I have on 3 coats with Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker’ as a top coat.  By the way, I’ve been using ‘Miracle Maker’ for a few months and I really like how it performs.  It’s both a base polish as well as a top coat.  I recommend it!

‘Blush’ wasn’t streaky at all.  It’s a nice color that would be very work-friendly.  Or, even a good, base color for Konad-ing or nail art.

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you’ll know that I’m quite taken by Love & Beauty polishes.  I get them at Forever 21 stores.  I visit a very large mall, here in Orlando, and they have a big Forever 21 store.  I can’t wait to finish my work in the mall so I can shop at Forever 21 when I’m done.  If I see a color I like, I have learned to nab it then as the colors do change out frequently.

I won’t stray too far into frost polishes; I rarely like them.  But, you see here the exception.  Do you like frost polishes?  If you do, what ones do you like?

*Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker’ was provided to me for review for my honest opinion. My opinions are my own.

Seizing My Golden Opportunity

It is a great pleasure to show you a swatch in GOLD!  Not just a regular gold but, a gold holo…

I got this at a new to me Beauty Supply store…you know, the ones that sell hair.  Hee hee!  This is Kleancolor’s ‘Holo Yellow.’  I quickly scanned the polish rack for other Holos and found 4 more.  I checked online and I got all from this collection except for a pink.

I’m not a fan of yellow polish at all.  Not that I don’t think it looks OK on me, it’s just not a color I gravitate to.  Not even in clothing.  But ‘Holo Yellow’ is a yellow with gold in it that got me to say ‘it’s doable!’

Here’s why I couldn’t resist…

A gold-ish yellow with enough glitter to keep the Tooth Fairy flush for a couple of years.  Lots and lots of gold and iridescent micro-glitter.  It was soupy the first couple of coats but, I got it in line after the third coat and gave it a ‘wow, glad I tried this’ nod.

Morning sunlight is sooo gorgeous to photograph with.  Too bad I’m not a morning person.  But I have been capturing some swatches first thing in the morning before I go out there and work.  My work tends to be very rough on manicures.  However, this is my ring finger and I like everything about this; the length of the nail, its shape, the way the color looks with my skin tones, and it doesn’t seem to be a finger I choose to chew.  If my cuticles were cigarettes, I’d be smoking 2 to 3 packs a day!!! 

I have Seche Clear and then a coat of Nailene’s Miracle Maker as a top coat.  ‘Holo Yellow’ didn’t need much help to be shiny though.  It held up to shine all by itself.  Reminds me of gold lame pants.

I’m not sure this is a true ‘holographic’ but, what do you think?  Do you wear yellow polish and if so, what brand?

Nailene’s Miracle Maker was sent to me for review. These are my honest opinions on the product.

Pardon My French-St Valentine’s Day Manicure Marathon Day 7

Moving on to day 7…
This is Color Club’s “I Believe in Amour.’  Total girly pink…

Baby soft in color, a solid opaque and not one of the easiest types to apply.  If you have been following the Marathon, you know I have a love/hate relationship with cremes.  I love the way they look but I have a hard time getting them to look awesome when I apply them.  Well, I do try a bit harder because I know I’m going to be posting this to the Internet and that there are close up shots.

But I’m not letting that detour me.  See my thumb?  This is what happens; I think cremes dry ‘funny’ on me.  Am I too impatient?  That’s what it looks like to me.

The other nails look OK though.  And I’m happy to say, that for right now, my nail length is just about right and all the same length too.  

I’m showing 3 coats of ‘I Believe in Amour.’  I got this from the ‘Pardon My French’ collection.  I do want to mention that this color had some sturdy wearability. I did top with a coat of Seche Clear and then Nailene’s Miracle Maker.

When my husband cusses with ‘serious’ cuss words, he will say ‘pardon my French, but….’  Makes me laugh because I don’t ask for a pardon when I swear.  I try not to swear in front of people that might be offended by it, just as a courtesy, but to think that of some of our cursing is ‘French’ makes me laugh.

Do you say ‘pardon my French’ after a cuss word?  Do you think it really matters?  lol

Disclaimer: Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker’ was sent to me for my review. My honest opinions are my own.

Totally Rockin’ Nailene Nail Designs

Fake nails, press on nails, or glue on nails; I haven’t worn them in over 28 years!!!  Last time I wore them was for a wedding.  I wanted a nice, perfect French manicure.  But I had to ‘babysit’ those damn nails for the entire 2 days I had them on.  Even at the wedding I popped two off.  Ugh!

Fast forward to almost 3 decades later (gulp!).  Nailene sent me a couple sets of beautiful false nails to try out.

You can see the ones I chose here, in the middle.  They are Nailene’s ‘Starry Sky’ from their Runway Designs.

These nails are of medium length, a square shape and a French with a glittery dark blue tip and a white line at the smile line.  The nail body is a soft, nail bed pink.  There are 24 nails in the packet along with a small tube of nail glue.

Let’s go ahead and get a photo up so you can see them on my hands.

I put these beauts on Thursday night.  Here they are the next morning in the sunlight.  I was so impressed with the ‘realness’ of the look I couldn’t stop looking at them.  Here’s my index finger…

And my thumb…

There’s just the slightest bit of an edge in the lower left corner but that’s totally on me.  Between my index finger and this thumb, I couldn’t believe how awesome and real these looked.  I felt I ROCKED!!

The view from the sunny window.  High shine, great fit and cute as can be.  But would they last?

Here they are the next Tuesday before I removed them.  I had worn them for 5 days!

Not much of a change.  They look almost as good at they did when I first put them on.  You can see my thumb and my own nail underneath.  This was the only nail that the false nail did not lay flush with.  That’s what can happen if you chronically bite your nails for years; the nails will grow odd.  Well, mine do/did.

There’s that index finger again, close up.  But you can still see the others in the background.  They still look real and nice.

I have read bloggers say that their polish looked so good that they couldn’t stop looking at their own nails all day.  Finally, I can say that myself.  I loved the look of these so much that I just didn’t want to take them off!  And the more compliments I got, all from strangers, the more I wanted to continue wearing them.

The night I put them on, they did feel awkward.  I just wasn’t used to wearing anything but polish on my nails.  The next day, I got into it and after 1-1/2 days I OWNED them.  The ‘hold up’ ability of these cuties is unbelievable.  In the five day span of wearing these, I lifted weights at least twice (not little girly weights but like the 60# barbell today!), cleaned house, did laundry (you know how heavy wet towels can be), did two days of work out in the field, showered and washed my hair least 5 times,  colored my hair (did I just admit to that!) and just went about a normal life.  There was NO baby-sitting these nails.  I’m telling you, they &%$* rocked!!!  Never once popping off or even lifting.

Love ’em?  You bet.  Only one small caveat, it was difficult to get them off.  I had to soak and peel, soak and peel.  I’m not very patient, yet that was the only downside.  If I was not a nail blogger, I would have kept these on longer than the recommended 5 days just because it was true love. (I’m not advocating anyone to wear fake nails past the recommended length of time noted on the product…I just was reallllly tempted to not.)

Oh, and I found out something I had missed for years.  While wearing these Nailene false, fabulous nails…I didn’t pick, chew or even give any negative regard to my cuticles.  Had I known this before, I would have tried fake nails much sooner as they might have been just the thing that could have helped me with that nasty habit before now. 

However, since I find that the Nailene brand has taken false nails to a better wear, I will not wait twenty…cough, cough…eight…cough, years to try fake nails again.

How about you, do you wear nake nails?  Do you find that they suit you?

Nailene Runway Design nails were provided by the company for a review and honest opinion.

Even Better Than Pushing Up Daisies

Today I added the Nailene Nail Art I received in a package for review from Nailene.

 This set of nail Bedazzle stickers is called ‘Fashionista.’  The different styles are white, two different shades of blue, and green daisies.  There are some Greek letters (would be awesome for any sorority sisters), Greek icon symbols (like a jug, warrior, etc.), white snowflakes (I am so eager to try this on a greige!!), pink and white butterflies, floral swirls, and diamond dots, stars and hearts.  For just one set, there’s a lot of variety.  The package says over 300 stickers.

I had on the French mani that I did with the Nailene French mani kit, so I figured that would showcase a nail design in elegance.  I chose to do some daisies…

This is two days of wearing the French and, as always, I beat the heck out of a French.  That’s why you see some wear here.  I put the daisies, in random order of blues and greens, on a diagonal.

These tiny Nailene stickers were a lot easier to work with than when I had tried stickers of the past.  I used an orange stick and it made all the difference.  The stickers release quite easily from the sheet too.  Then, as you put them in place on the nail, you can actually manipulate the sticker to get it just right.  Next, press down and it stays.

After placing them all down, I topped it off with the ‘Miracle Maker’ clear polish that came with the French Manicure set.  Next, I put on a coat of Seche Vite to help give my nails strength.

Here you can see just how teeny the daisy design is.  Great for very intricate designing.

The only difficulties I encountered were operator ones.  I had to use my reading glasses to work with these.  And, to be fair, I use my readers when I paint my nails anyway.   It helped to work in a well-lit area.  And when I did drop a sticker off the orange stick, I had a hard time relocating it.  Again, that’s a user issue and not one of the product’s.

One thing, for sure, this was a lot easier and more fun than stamping.  I’m still working on mastering that art.  But with stickers like this, I didn’t have any frustration at all.  Well, maybe just one thing…that was deciding on what stickers to use first.

You can check out these sticker sets, as well as other Nailene products here.
I know I’m looking forward to trying out the butterflies maybe next, as well as the snowflakes come cooler weather.

Now it’s your turn…Have you tried Nailene stickers before?  What designs do you like?

This product was sent to me from Nailene to review and give my honest opinion.

Nailing a French Manicure with ‘Nailene’

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It’s been gloomy for, like, the 4th day in a row here in Central Florida. Even as I write this, it’s thundering outside.  And so, my outside photos will reflect a less than stellar sun photo.

Nailene shared some products for me to review and I was quite excited to see what I’d get.  Here’s the goods…

There are two different fashion glue-on nails, a bottle of brush-on glue, a french manicure set and a packet of 300 nail stickers.

I chose to review the French manicure kit first.

If you told me ‘Kimberly, you can only wear one polish look for the rest of your life,’ this is what I’d pick.  Doesn’t it go with EVERYTHING!!!  I read a long time ago that this nail/makeup guy came up with the idea of a French manicure, in Hollywood!  He called it “French” to make it more glamorous.  Doesn’t matter if that’s true or not, I just love the look.

What the kit consists of is a white polish pen, smile line guides, a soft pink polish and a top coat, called ‘Miracle Maker.’

I used a base coat before I started.   I used the guides because I knew I was going to share the look and wanted to do my best. The white polish tip pen was easy to maneuver.  The formula is a tad thicker than a lacquer would be and that makes it perfect.  I could have used just one coat for the tips but I went ahead and did two.  Only because I made a couple of bald spots and I wanted to top off with a roll over at the tips to see if I could hold a French longer.

Once I felt the white tips had dried, I peeled off the guides.  It looked like some of the sticky was left behind but when I used the pink polish, this wasn’t true.  The pink went on very smoothly and the brush was just right to polish two coats with perfection.  If you like a stark white tip, you could reverse the steps with doing the white tips second.  But I was being a stickler and following the instructions provided on the box. 

It didn’t take any time for the pink coats to dry and I followed up with the ‘Miracle Maker.’  I could have stopped right there and this would have been one of the best French mani’s I had ever done.  Yet, since my nails are a bit thin, I did add a coat of Seche Vite for strength.

Sunny window show off.

Outdoors on a gloomy day. You can see just the smallest amount of tip wear on my thumb.  That’s why I chose to wrap the polish and add the Vite.  But, even after just an evening, there’s a bit of wear. 

However, even with the tip wear, this is a nice looking French.

Is my pinky incredibly dwarfed by the other fingers?  LOL!  I love this look.  I feel uber professional sporting a French.  And Nailene has a mighty fine kit for you to make your own French impression.

How much to you like basic French manicures? Have you tried out any Nailene products?  This is my first time and I found this kit easy to work with.  I’m off to try out the stickers.

This product was provided to me by Nailene to review.