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Jeez, lady. Where’ve ya been?

My sincerest apologies for my lack of updates around here. School remained hectic, I changed jobs, underwent a surgery, and experienced some personal issues. I also continued to grow my business and coordinated to have water damage in my apartment fixed, which it still hasn’t been corrected to this day. Needless to say, I’ve been busy. Trust me though, that I have sincerely missed the outlet of swatching and blogging, so I’m hoping to reassess my schedule next semester to create at least two hours per week that I can dedicate to this little hobby of mine.

To celebrate finishing 2 of my 5 finals, I spent some time swatching and taking photos on Thursday, so keep an eye out for my swatches which will include some of China Glaze’s Cirque du Soleil Collection and Ninja Polish’s 2012 Holiday Collection.

Also, check out to updates to my stash here: whodoesyrnails stash log If you see anything on the sheet that you’d like me to swatch, please let me know!

See you soon!

Orly Gumdrop vs. Wet ‘n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint

I recently purchased Wet ‘n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint from the Mega Last line. Immediately, it reminded me of Orly’s Gumdrop, so I thought to do a comparison photo of the two.


First, I Need a Refresh-Mint leans blue, whereas Gumdrop leans green. They’re very close in color, but they aren’t quite dupes.





I would imagine that of the two, Gumdrop is closer to Essie’s Turquoise & Caicos, but I couldn’t say for certain. The formula on Turquoise & Caicos was so thin and disappointed that I returned it before seeing how it compared to these two shades. I would like to compare them to China Glaze’s For Audrey and Picture Polish’s Tiffany.

What’s your favorite Tiffany-like blue? Have you found that perfect shade yet?

Confetti Nail Polish Swatch – Confetti Cherries Jubilee Swatch

I’ve been on the hunt for a nail polish to recreate Effie Trinket’s manicure (I know, I’m late!), and I think Confetti‘s Cherries Jubilee might be just that polish. It’s a vibrant dark cherry or dark raspberry pink cremeConfetti is a 3 free nail polish that retails for $1.99 and sold exclusively by CVS. According to the Confetti website, the line includes 48 colors.


The formula was a little liquidy, but I will practice with it a bit more to get the hang of it. Also, I apologize for the poor clean-up. I didn’t realize it until I reviewed the pictures. I’ll post new swatches soon!


Have you tried Effie Trinket’s manicure?
 What polishes did you use?

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 Are Mermaids Real? Swatch

Are Mermaids Real? is a dusty violet purple with gold flecks of microglitter, sort of like the purple compliment to  Shrimp on the Barbie. So basically, I purchased Spoiled’s Are Mermaids Real? because I love Shrimp on the Barbie and because the name mentions mermaids. Spoiled is a line of 3 free nail polishes made by Wet ‘n Wild exclusively for CVS Pharmacy. The polishes retail for $1.99.

The purple in the bottle doesn’t quite translate onto the nail. While in the bottle, it looks like a vibrant violent. On the nail, it’s slightly more subdued and perhaps a little greyish. As always, I used two coats.


It’s also worth mentioning that this was the first bad Spoiled brush I received – it’s got a few scragglers and the brush isn’t quite as rounded as the better brushes. That means that I’m probably going to exchange this bottle for another with a better brush. What are some of your pet peeves when it comes to buying nail polishes? Streaky neons? Unexpected finishes? Disappointing colors?

Product Review: Karma Organics Karma Naturals Nail Polish Remover with Soybean Oil and Lavender

 

Oh my goodness, I love this product! It works well, and it doesn’t smell like anything other than lavender, which is a wonderful, calming scent! It contains the following ingredients: Propylene Carbonate, Soybean oil methyl exter, tocopheryl acetate. I wouldn’t want to drink it, but it appears somewhat “safer” than traditional nail polish remover.

Let me back up. I’ve been on the hunt for a more natural approach to nail polish remover that works. I first tried CVS’s biodegradable nail polish remover, but it took forever to remove polish, smelled awfully strong, and left my nail beds sore. so I started searching for something that works, smelled better, and contains somewhat more body-friendly ingredients than typical nail polish remover.

A simple internet search led me to Karma Naturals’ product, which I had spotted in my local health food store. It carries with it a hefty price tag for nail polish remover – $11.99, but ultimately, I justified the purchase to myself knowing that if it didn’t work I could return it.

I used it to remove four coats of polish (base coat, top coat, two coats of China Glaze’s Hey Sailor!), and it works! It’s also vegankosher, and halal. Here are some additional positives about the product:

  • 100% biodegradable
  • Non-toxic AND non-carcinogenic
  • No petroleum ingredients
  • Packaged in glass bottles that are recyclable

Ultimately, I love this product! It took a little longer to remove the polish than does traditional acetone nail polish, but not enough to dissuade me from using the product. Also, according to one amazon.com review, swipe the polish remover across each nail to allow the remover a few moments to start working before you begin removing it with a felt square or cotton ball. I haven’t tried to remove glitter polish, so I’ll be sure to update this review once I have.

Having such a successful experience with their remover, I’m excited to try Karma Organics/Karma Naturals nail polish. Have you tried their product? What did you think?

Femme Flagging

Thanks to, the femme flagging page on tumblr, I can submit to you this awesome guide on femme flagging:

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What are your favorite flags? For more info on femme flagging, check out http://femmeflagging.tumblr.com/!