Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

Hello everyone!  I am not an overly “Christmas crazy” person.  In fact, many of my friends would tell you that I am a bit of a Grinch.  But one thing I do love about the Christmas season is peppermint ice cream!  And the gloriousness that is the Chick-Fil-A Peppermint Chocolate Chip milkshake!  I could have one every single day.  It really makes this time of year bearable (as does eggnog with a hefty dose splash of Captain Morgan!).  I have also been exercising extreme self-control over all the beautiful holiday sets of makeup.  I am going to try to restrain myself until the after-Christmas sales.  In the interim, I’ll have another eggnog please!

This festive time of year lends itself to glitter.  Lips, eyes, clothes, nails.  You name it!  If you’re like me, you wear glitter on your nails year round, so the season is irrelevant.  But the CHORE of taking that stuff off!  Enter the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter!

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Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter and Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover

I fell in love with the regular Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover first.

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Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover

My go-to remover has been the purple Zoya 3-in-1 for a long time.  It is a great polish remover, and I will continue using it.  But on days when I have to do a quick polish change, the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover is awesome.  You know the drill.  Take the lid off, plop your fingers into the hole in the sponge one nail at a time, and presto!  Nail polish gone.  There is no smudging/smearing, and your entire nail (even underneath) is clean.  I have tested this with my darkest reds, purples, and blacks.  Still going strong.  “It’s Magic” indeed.  Nothing like the old school Cutex sponge remover.

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Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

If you use any type of nail polish with even the tiniest hint of glitter, you know what a pain it is to remove.  I’ve just been doing the aluminum foil method to take it all off.

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Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe and Essie A Cut Above Glitter Polish

I’ve tested polishes with big “chunks” of glitter, like Deborah Lippmann “Across the Universe”  and Essie “A Cut Above”.

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Zoya Pixie Dust Vespa and Zoya Logan Glitter Nail Polish

And polishes with finer particles of glitter, like Zoya Pixie Dust (Vespa) and “Logan” glitter formula.

The Sephora instant nail polish remover for glitter works the same way.  Take the lid off, immerse each finger, and voila.

The “sponge” in the glitter formula is really rough and textured.  And it has a “plug” in the center with the same texture.  The directions say to soak your nail for 10 seconds.  I actually leave mine in for around 30.  Then you sort of wiggle your nail up and down/side to side against the sides and the center.  With really stubborn glitter, I’ve taken the “plug” out, and scrubbed it directly on my nail.

The glitter remover formula isn’t as quick/effective as the regular polish remover.  But it is waaaay better than the aluminum foil method.  It does better at removing finer glitter polishes like the Pixie Dust and Logan.  Which to me were the hardest to take off to start with.

The big chunky glitter like the Deborah Lippmann and Essie are a tad harder to remove in the sponge, but it takes enough off that you can just rub off the errant big chunk that managed to hang on.

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Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover For Glitter

The glitter remover didn’t instantly remove these babies I put to the test, but it is the best solution I’ve found.  And it does work.  Just takes a teeny bit of effort.

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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At Home Pedicure

Hello beautiful people!  This weekend is going to be a full-on concert weekend!  We are going to see Bruno Mars Friday, and Hall & Oates Sunday.  I am super excited!!  I am a major music person, so concerts are the perfect evening for me.  As I was inventorying my closet for what I might wear, I realized that I really needed to get my toes done because I would be wearing sandals of some sort.  Of course there was no way I could squeeze in a nail salon trip beforehand, so I decided to give myself an at home pedicure.

I give my toes a break over the winter by not wearing any polish, so my feet are a hot mess.  I started doing my own pedicures last summer because there always seemed to be a long wait at the nail places.  Plus, it saves me $25.  This is a quick, down-and-dirty pedi.  Minus the massage chair, foot massage, and cute nail designs.  So, just “pick ca-lah, Miss”, and off we go!

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At Home Pedicure Supplies

This post will feature my photography assistant Murphy.  First thing you will need is a cheap-o plastic dish pan (Dollar Store or Walmart) to soak your tootsies.

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At Home Pedicure

Before I start, I trim my nails and file them down.  I got these cute clippers and emery boards in the clearance section at Marshalls.  I prefer these foam emery boards because they don’t shred your nails.

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At Home Pedicure

I like to use a foot soak and a scrub.  You could also put epsom salts in the water, or use just plain H20.

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At Home Pedicure Soak and Scrub

I use very warm water to soak in, then scrub, scrub, scrub!  Especially the heels.

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At Home Pedicure

Next comes the not-so-pleasant part.  The actual clean-up of the nails and sloughing off all the dead skin the scrub didn’t take care of.

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At Home Pedicure

That silver tool on the far left is great for getting your toenails cleaned out, and you can use it also to gently push your cuticles back.  I found the pink pumice stone at Marshalls too.  There is one on the back of the foot brush as well.  The one on the far right is from the Asian market, and in my opinion, works the best (and cheap).  After I use the pumice all over my feet, I go back over it with the brush.  And back into the dish pan.

Then, completely dry my feet off and polish my toes!  These foam things are completely optional.  I personally don’t really care for them.

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At Home Pedicure

For my toes, I don’t use a base coat or top coat.  The only thing I use is a quick dry thingy.

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At Home Pedicure

My choice of color was Zoya Bevin.  I usually go for super bright ass colors on my toes, but this one spoke to me.  If I’m in a hurry, I use just the dry quick because I can just slather it on messily and be done.  I used Essie this go round because it was the first one I found.  You can use whatever brand you want, as I’m sure it’s all the same thing.  If I’ve got some time, I will use a fast dry top coat.  You have to be a little more precise with that.  If you don’t use any kind of quick dry product, you are missing out.  You just apply, and within a few minutes, your nails are dry to the touch.  I always do my nails about an hour before bed to give them a chance to completely dry, and this stuff ensures I don’t get the dreaded sheet marks on them.

Voila!  All done!  I know feet aren’t the most beautiful things in the world, and I was going to omit the picture.  But I kind of felt the post wouldn’t be complete without the finished product.

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At Home Pedicure

They’re shiny because I really slathered on the dry quick.  And I told you I do my nails before bed.  Yes, cow pajamas.  The cow jumping over the moon actually, a la “Hey Diddle Diddle”.  Don’t judge.

Slather on some peppermint foot lotion, and off to bed!!!

What are you up to this weekend?

Again, thanks for reading!  kxoxo

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour “Azure” Review

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Azure.  It’s like a vacation to the Mediterranean sea – in a bottle, and on your nails!  This is a truly beautiful color ($27.00).

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Azure.

Above photo taken outdoors.  I used Essie “In the Cab-ana” topped with Essie “A Cut Above” as my accent nail.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Azure.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Azure.

Left photo taken outdoors, right photo indoors with no flash.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Azure.

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Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Azure.

Left photo taken outdoors, right photo indoors with no flash.

Unfortunately, photos do not do the color justice.  It is a gorgeous aqua blue with just the right amount of shimmer.

I am very impressed with the wear as well.  I am on day 5 of my manicure with no chips!  I am not sure if that has to do with the nail polish, or the base and top coat I used.  I’ve heard so many great things about the Butter London “Nail Foundation – Flawless Basecoat” and “Hardwear – P.D.Quick Topcoat” so I tried it for the first time with this polish.  I will do an update after I use them again with a different brand of polish.

This will most likely be the only Chanel polish in my collection, as the hefty price tag qualifies it as a major SPLURGE.  But I have been wanting to try a Chanel polish, and this color was too irresistible.

Below is the Butter London products used.  It is $25.00 for the set.  Ulta will run sales on it occasionally, so if you’re interested in trying them out, keep watching for a sale.

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Butter London Nail Foundation

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Butter London Hardwear – P.D.Quick Topcoat

Thanks for reading!  kxoxo

Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish Review

I am a nail polish junkie!  So when I heard there was a holographic nail polish out there, I had to find it and try it out for myself.  I purchased the “Flash Black” and “Mermaid Spell”.  Below are the photos I took of the “Flash Black” finished product (in my car, I know, but it had the best light!!):

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish Flash Black

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish Flash Black

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish Flash Black

The effect was beautiful – in the direct sunlight!  Indoors, it just looked like your run of the mill “glitter” polish.  Nothing extraordinary.  So when I was out running errands, and got a look at my nails outside, I had to snap some pics because I was mesmerized!!!!

I started off with “Nfu-Oh Aqua Base”, which I use for all unusual nail polishes, two coats of the hologram polish, and my go-to top coat, “Essie good to go!”.

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish Flash Black

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Layla Hologram Effect Nail Polish Flash Black, Nfu-Oh Aqua Base Coat, Essie Good to Go topcoat.

**After I finished doing my nails, one of my cats, also mesmerized by the hologram effect, batted the polish onto the floor, strategically cornered the offending bottle, and let it know who was Boss by clawing/chewing the cap.  KPsays, “Don’t mess with my cat people”.**

Even with the preventive top coat/base coat, the polish chipped big-time the next day.  And continued to deteriorate throughout the week.

I was very disappointed with the whole experience.  If you want to try it for yourself, I purchased the Nfu-Oh Aqua Base and the  hologram Effect polishes at www.fablulousstreet.com.  The polishes are $15.50 each, basecoat $12.50.  The basecoat is totally worth it for other uses.  If you live in a larger area than myself, your local Ulta store may have the polishes.

I apologize for not having any indoor photos.  But I just didn’t see the point.  This is actually my FIRST blog entry, so I will be better prepared with photos of every little thing on my next subject.

KPsays, “pass” on the hologram…..