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Hi guys!

So I’m sure you have probably seen on Pinterest a little pin describing easy glitter removal through the use of acetone, cotton, and aluminum foil. Skeptic that I am, I never thought this could truly work. So I set myself up to try it out.

The pin describes the process as soaking pieces of cotton with pure acetone, applying one to each of your nails, and then wrapping your fingers in foil for a period of about five minutes.

I tried one nail after five minutes and it surely was not enough time. So I rewrapped the nail and left all of them on for a period of 15 minutes.

Guess what?! It really works! Albeit, it does not take off every smidge of nail polish or glitter but it really does take down the time that you need to remove the glitter, the work that goes into rubbing the glitter off, and the scratches that you get on your nails from removing it all. Here are photos of before and after without touch ups:

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Overall, I really loved the technique. It does dry out your nails, but that’s nothing some lotion and cuticle oil can’t cure. ;)

Shamelessly Self-Promoting!

Hello all! I’ve been away for some time, mea culpa, but I’m back. You see, I’ve been a busy little bee. ;) Not many of you know this, but I’m a custom jeweler and I’ve been working hard to set up shop.

I have named my shop MariposaGJewelry and I’ve just finished my Facebook business page and am working on building up my Etsy shop. It’s so exciting and it seems to be picking up!!!

If you love jewelry, swing by my shops and see if anything tickles your fancy. ;) If you like what you see, pass the info along to friends and family please. Here are the links:

www.facebook.com/mariposagjewelry

www.mariposagjewelry.etsy.com

This has been a dream of mine for many years. I’ve been working mainly through word of mouth and recently had my first jewelry party hosted by my best friend. It went so well that I decided to launch!

Here are some samples of my work:

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This is a passion of mine and I wouldn’t share it unless I felt strongly about this dream. I’m happy to share it with all of you! Have a great day!!! :)

Merry Christmas to me!

Hi there! So, what do you do with a random gift card? You go to Ulta and purchase Urban Decay’s new empty palette and your favorite shades from Naked and Naked 2 to fill it with! Ok, so you already know my take on the Nakeds… Lots of similar colors, and quite frankly there are only 4-5 that I’m gaga over. Why waste $100 on two similar palettes when I can customize one on my own? ;)

This new palette case is GORGEOUS! It’s a tin case with molten roses in luscious purple shades. Ultra cute and ultra durable always works for me. It costs $18, but it comes with a pretty golden peach shade! I just picked up 3 other shades that I had been drooling over and voila! Instant “Naked” palette at $57 total without having shades I will never use. Check out the case:

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Perrrttty isn’t she?! ;) Here are the shades I chose. The upper left is the shade included in the package. The other three, clockwise, are Virgin, Suspect, and Verve:

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So, do you love it or do you love it? ;)

Cemented

Hi Everyone!

I’ve got a comparison for you today. I recently purchased China Glaze’s Whirled Away from their Cirque du Soleil collection without knowing that Sephora had come out with a new polish line named Sephora X. Both polishes are reminiscent of Indie polish Lynnderella’s Connect the Dots, which is amazing clear base with black and white hex and bar glitter. Looks phenomenal over many solid colors. Here are both bottles:

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Today I chose to swatch them over Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Wet Cement, which is a lovely gray creme. I’ve gotta say, I’m quite disappointed with CG’s Lynnderella dupe. Although I love the size of the hex glitters, they are just so hard to fish out of the bottle and they just don’t apply evenly to the nail. You really have to “fight” with the glitter to get it just right. Here’s a look at CG:

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As you can see, most of my nail has NO glitter on it. Womp…and this is with two coats… Sephora X on the other hand is a beaut! She’s chock full of glitter! The formula applies pretty evenly, and if you’re patient and crazy enough, you can probably get full coverage with 3-4 coats. I layered it over all ten of my nails just so that I could even out my ring fingers. I really like how it turned it out and it seems like my Pinterest and FB peeps are enjoying it, too! :) My mom said it kind of looked like rocks on a beach. She’s so cute! ;) Here’s what the finished product looks like:

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Which one do you like best? :)

Rudolph-y Goodness

Evening everyone! I am delighted to announce I am officially on winter break! Woohoo! No teaching for 3.5 weeks baby! ;) Ok, so maybe I shouldn’t be so excited about that, but the truth is I finally had time to dedicate to doing a completely free-handed mani!

I’ve been seeing a lot of reindeer mani varieties on Pinterest so I thought I’d give my own a try. As usual, I’m really not a fan of having all ten nails coated with deer, so I only painted good ol’ Rudy on my ring fingers. I was pretty excited because I had a slew of colors ready to incorporate into the mani. Here’s a pic of the polishes I used in order of use and a step by step tutorial of the process:

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First things first, base coat was important on this one. I used a heavy glitter polish and I’m tired of having the glitter scratch my nails upon removal. I coated my ring fingers in 2 coats of Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White and remaining fingers in 2 coats of China Glaze’s It’s a Trap-eze! (Cirque du Soleil collection).

After allowing polish to thoroughly dry, I carefully freehanded half moons onto the tips of my ring fingers using L’Oreal’s Brownie Points:

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Next step was to paint in the antlers with a fine brush using OPI’s You Only Live Twice (Skyfall Collection).

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After allowing some drying time, I used Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear #460 Wet Cement to paint in smaller half moons on the face, resembling a nose:

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Last step was to use a dotting tool to create the eyes and a shiny spot on the nose using the aforementioned white and Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear #24 Black Out, and the glittering cheeks with OPI’s Goldeneye (Skyfall Collection).

Here is the finished product:

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Thoughts? :)

Like Buttah ;)

Hi! Quick post today. In my search for a cuticle oil that is effective, doesn’t spoil quickly, and smells good, I’ve tried many I haven’t liked. Recently, I decided to pick up Butter London’s cuticle oil and bingo!!! I hit the jackpot!

Not only does this cuticle oil smell deliciously tropical, it works wonders without me having to soak my nails for 15 minutes, thereby leaving me with pruny fingers. >;.<; I hate that!

Overall, the price is a bit steep at $18 a pop, but it is SO worth it! Below are shots of my nails before and after without soaking. Please forgive my yellowing nails! ;) That's what happens when you're addicted to polish. LOL.

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This oil has quickly become a part of my nail care regimen. Kudos to Butter London! :)

Half Moons

Morning everyone! I know I’ve been off the radar lately, but with so many things going on, I haven’t had much time to post. However, today I’ve got a mani for you that I had been dying to try. I’m a bit of a skeptic and curious by nature so here we go…

I really wanted to try those half moon manis I’ve seen on Pinterest- the one where people use reinforcement stickers to accomplish the task. I figured it would work, but highly doubted how nice they could possibly come out, seeing as stickers usually pick up polish or let it bleed under.

I decided to use my bestie as my guinea pig and she happily acquiesced. Lol. For the mani, I used shades from OPI’s Skyfall collection because they’re beautifully shimmery. I also cut the reinforcers in half. Hey, waste not, want not. Lol. I’ve got to say, with enough drying time in between, those little suckers really do work! :D In the words of Ren & Stimpy: “happy happy, joy joy!!!” Please see my step by step shots below and let me know how yours turns out if you decide to try it!

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And… The grand finale!!!

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Hope you like them! :)

Super Luxe

Hello everyone!

Today I just have a simple mani to show off. It’s nothing out of this world, but I ended up loving the combo.

Unfortunately, I had to cut my nails short because I broke a few while making jewelry. Hope you can still catch a good view of the shimmer.

OPI’s Germanicure had been sitting on my shelf of untrieds for a quick minute so I decided it was high time to give it a whirl. Alone, it’s a gorgeous shimmery burgundy. I, however, am a sucker for all things shimmery and sparkly- enter Enchanted Polish’s Secret Sauce! If you’ve never heard of it, you can find it on my page links under Llarowe. It’s a beautiful indie iridescent shimmer in a clear base that runs greenish gold. De-lish!

I applied a single layer of secret sauce over Germanicure to achieve a high shine glittery effect. Pictures just don’t do it justice! What do you think? :)

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A Pop of Color

Soo yeah, no secret that I’m a sucker for Urban Decay shadows. Everyone has been ranting and raving over the naked palettes, and they really are glorious, but I am not afraid of bright colors in the least. That being said, my favorite palette so far has been the Deluxe Shadow Box. Not only is the packaging beautifully edgy, but the shades inside range from neutral to daring. Perfect for mixing and matching! In case you’ve never seen it, here is mine, obviously used and well loved:

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I really do love mixing and matching these colors. I use the black primarily for lining and the brighter shades as crease and corner blenders. These shadows are superbly pigmented with very minimal fallout, which makes them top notch in my book. Here’s a peek at a mix of Shag, Graffiti, and Zero on two separate occasions. I barely used any product and you can see how bright they appear.

Just for reference, I’ve had this palette as a staple for about two years. You can see by the pic above that I’ve barely made a dent in them. Not too shabby for $38 a pop…

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Have any of you tried this palette before? :)

Magnetize me!

Hello all!
I went to Harmon the other day, and to my delight I encountered Essie’s new magnetic line along with a few OPI Skyfall polishes I wanted. Yummy!

For this mani, I used Essie’s Lil Boa Peep and OPI’s The Living Daylights. In regards to the Essie polish, loved the formula, hated the cap magnet. Most magnets have a small lip on them that help avoid smudging. This magnet is embedded in the cap, flush with the plastic, making it easier to smudge as you wait for the polish to react. Take a look:

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OPI’s polish is a glorious mix of hex glitter in gold, bronze, and teal. Although it has a decent amount of glitter, you still have to use the tapping method to ensure full coverage at three coats.

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Here is the end result:

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What do you think? Worth the purchase? :)