Monthly Archives: July 2012

The Dreaded Yellow Nails

Recently, I’ve come across several blog posts where authors mention that yellowing is caused by staining from nail polishThe yellowing may very well be caused by wearing nail polish, but it’s not specifically staining. I even found one blog that shall not be named that said nail polish is good for your nails because it increases the moisture of your nails. Let’s be real – most nail polish has a lot of sketchy ingredients that are in no way good for you. Even if your polish is 3 free, it still contains some potentially icky ingredients. (Put it this way – would you eat your nail polish?) That said, it’s obviously enjoyable to paint one’s own nails, even if only to increase your perception of beauty to yourself.

But it isn’t necessarily an activity that increases your health. In fact, the increased moisture is probably the culprit of the nail yellowing, and that certainly is indicative of a slight imbalance. Wearing nail polish increases the moisture of nail beds while depriving your nails of oxygen. What does this mean? Well, it means that it throws off the natural balance of your nails, which can lead to fungal and/or bacterial growth. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle: wear nail polish, discover yellowing upon removing said nail polish, cover yellowing with nail polish, yellowing worsens. To avoid yellowing in the first place, it’s so important to give your nails a breather in between manicures, as hard as that may be with all the delightful colors in your stash. You can still groom and shape your nails, but avoid using any sort of treatments or polishes during this week off to avoid develop yellowing in the first place.

If you’ve already developed yellowing, remedies include soaking your finger nails in baking soda and peroxide. While this may lessen yellowing, it’s still important to allow your nails to breathe afterward.

I noticed some slight yellowing on my thumb and index fingers recently so decided to allow my nails to breathe. I also noticed that just after sanitizing food prep equipment in a 1:10 blech to water solution, the yellowing was gone. I’m not sure if the bleach whitened the stain, killed the bacteria, or both, but it did work. It did, however, dry out my hands pretty badly, so I do not recommend taking that approach. It was just a happy accident of reaching into the sink without gloves.

Do you have any easy or useful remedies for nail yellowing? What do you do with your nails during your week off of manicures?


Spoiled Nail Polish Swatch – Spoiled Watch Your Language Swatch

I recently picked up Spoiled‘s Watch Your Language, which I would describe as a bright violet base with lots of silver shimmer. Spoiled is a line of 3 free nail polishes made by Wet ‘n Wild exclusively for CVS Pharmacy. The polishes retail for $1.99.

Because I’m reviewing a purple nail polish, the color may actually be a little more violet in real life than it appears on screen, although I do think these are pretty accurate. Something about violet hues and blue hues and colors and cameras and screens.

I hated this formula. I experienced some pooling with it. Plus, the brush was bad. Also, I think it’s pretty similar to Wet ‘n Wild’s Buffy the Violet Slayer (ugh, these names), though I don’t think it packs quite the purple punch that Buffy has. I do think, though, that unless you’re an avid purple lover, you could choose one or the other.

Spoiled Nail Polish Swatches – Spoiled Plastic Flamingo Swatch, Spoiled Pretty in Punk Swatch, Spoiled Tip Your Waitress Swatch

Spoiled is a nail polish line created by Wet ‘n Wild, carried exclusively at CVS Pharmacy. According to nouveau cheap, there are 72 polishes in the Spoiled collection. The polishes are 3 free, and some colors are very similar to Sinful Colors and/or Confetti lines of nail polishes. The Spoiled polishes retail for $1.99, so they won’t break the bank unless you can’t decide which to buy. I love neon pink and hot pink nail polishes (I really can’t get enough), so when I saw these polishes, I had to have them all! But if you’re stuck deciding between these three, I hope my swatches can help.

Up first is Plastic Flamingo, which is a bright pink creme, very similar to what most describe as “Barbie pink.” It’s not quite a neon pink but is still very bright.

I took so many swatches of this nail color. I couldn’t stop staring or taking pictures of my nails! The formula was smooth and a dream to apply. Shown here is two coats.

Up next is Pretty in Punk. Of my Spoiled nail polish collection, this is another favorite. It’s a neon pink that dries to a chalky finish like neons tend to do.  I did not add a top coat for the purposes of these pictures, but I generally do to make my neons shine. Again, I used two coats here.

Last but not least is Tip Your Waitress, my very favorite of these three pink polishes. It’s a very bright, warm, fairly neon pink creme It’s very close to Zoya’s Ali (more on that later!) and is a must-have for any hot pink lover. Again, the formula was a breeze to apply, and I had no problems with the brush.

For $1.99, I am quite pleased with the quality of these colors and polishes. With a top and base coat (pink hues will stain most nails!), they’ll certainly last for a few days. What are your favorite drugstore polishes and colors? Do you think that spending more means higher quality polish?

Spoiled Nail Polish Swatch – Spoiled Shrimp on the Barbie Swatch

Spoiled is a line of 3 free nail polishes made by Wet ‘n Wild exclusively for CVS Pharmacy. The polishes retail for $1.99, and there are 72 polishes in the collection. Shrimp on the Barbie is a marvelous color – a coral-pink jelly base with flecks of gold microglitter – and a bit of an unlikely selection for me.

I’m not much of a fan of gold, but as soon as I put this on my nail, I loved it! It’s absolutely gorgeous!

Click the photo to enlarge detail of gold microglitter.

The color is absolutely lovely, and upon looking at these photos, I want to go paint my nails this color right now! The formula was a dream, as was the much-controversial Spoiled brush (thankfully mine was smooth and rounded and didn’t have those awful scraggly bristles I’ve seen in some photos.) What are some of your unlikely favorites? Have you ever picked up a polish, liked it enough to buy it, but then fell in love with it when you painted your nails?

Spoiled Nail Polish Swatch – Spoiled Plenty of Fish in the Sea Swatch, Plenty of Fish in the Sea vs. Good Karma

Oh, I think blue polishes and I are just a poor fit for each other. It’s not you, blues, it’s me and my pale skin tone. I picked up Spoiled‘s Plenty of Fish in the Sea, a very shimmery blue teal. Spoiled is a line of 3 free nail polishes made by Wet ‘n Wild exclusively for CVS Pharmacy. The polishes retail for $1.99.

Left to right: Spoiled’s Good Karma, Spoiled’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea

Spoiled’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea (front), Spoiled’s Good Karma (back)

From these photos, you can see that Good Karma has much more green than Plenty of Fish in the Sea.

From these pictures you can see how much shimmer the light picks up and reflects back. The color is really very packed with shimmer, and it’s really almost a frosted finish. Ultimately, I don’t think I’ll be keeping this color because while it’s very pretty, I just don’t think it works for my skin tone. Are there any colors you love in the bottle but just don’t work with your skin tone?

Spoiled Nail Polish Swatch – Spoiled Good Karma Swatch

Good Karma, a shimmery blue-showing but green leaning teal, is made my Spoiled, a line of 3 free nail polishes made by Wet ‘n Wild exclusively for CVS Pharmacy that retail for $1.99.

I initially picked up Good Karma,  because I wanted to try a manicure that looked like the Australian fire opals I remember my grandmother having. My first mistake was selecting a shimmer because that detracted from the flake effect provided by Zoya’s Opal. Instead, I’ll show you my swatches of Good Karma. As always, I used two coats.

I’m not sure what it is about this color, but I’m just not wild about it with my skin tone. It’s very pretty on its own, but unfortunately, I just don’t foresee using it often. It also bubbled like crazy when it dried, but that’s probably because I got a little impatient while waiting for it to dry.

It seems as though as soon as I paint my nails, I get hungry, start itching, or my hair falls in my face. Does this happen to you when you paint your nails? Do you immediately remember or think of all the things you can’t do until your nails dry?

Spoiled Nail Polish Swatch – Spoiled Checkin’ into Rehab Swatch

I really do love purple, but there’s just something about purple nail polishes from the Spoiled line that seem to be misses for me. Spoiled is a line of 3 free nail polishes made by Wet ‘n Wild exclusively for CVS Pharmacy. The polishes retail for $1.99.

Here we have Spoiled‘s Checkin’ into Rehab, a bright violet jelly with coppery microglitter. The glitter was very hard to capture because the violet is so dark and saturated, but if you enlarge the images below, you’ll be able to see the glitter better.

This formula is another miss for me. Even though I applied two even-handed coats, I had a hard time creating an even finish on the nail. Also, the formula almost dried too quickly, as  you can see from the nail polish ridging near my cuticles. And it’s just so sloppy looking! I almost didn’t want to post the swatches!

Sad to say it, but I will be returning this polish to CVS. I just don’t see myself ever using it. I will say, though, that the photos taken are pretty color accurate, though the polish may be slightly more purple in person. Do you have a hard time capturing purples?