I was shopping recently and I thought i should share the possible duplicates I came across. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet and Revlon Top Speed Jaded look awfully similar and it's such a unique color I just had to share.
What is the best top coat and base coat? And if you can, please only list one of each. It's driving me crazy to have all these different options, and not knowing wich one to choose :P
I know you want a definitive answer but there really isn’t one. Finding the right base & top coat combination is like a science experiment. It depends on your nail chemistry and the nail polish you use. What works for me may not be your foolproof solution.
I have the best luck using CND Stickey and Prolana Quick & Slick but when I wear Zoya I use the brand’s full Color Lock System. Some glitters are so bumpy that I have to use a coat of Gelous as a spackle of sorts and I find that using Out The Door works better as a top coat in those cases.
Hi, I know a lot of people ask you about flakies, so I thought I'd share this info. At the Forever 21 in Boston they have been carrying a great flakie, looks green in the bottle with red/orange flakes, for the past several months. Best part? It's only $2.80. if you have a Forever 21 by you, you should see if it's there! I have never been able to buy/ find another flakie, but I'm really impressed with the formula on this one.
Would you recommend China Glaze as a brand? I was considering buying a few, but I've been hearing for quite a few friends that the quality of the consistency isn't so great. Thanks!
I’ve been a China Glaze fan long before I started my blog. I probably own more China Glaze polishes than any other brand. I’ve never had a problem with their formula though the consistency can vary, depending on the color.
I am in need of a good cuticle treatment. My cuticles are in awful shape? Can you suggest a good daily use product to whip them back into shape?! Thanks!
I’m a big fan of cuticle pens. They’re less messy than oils in a traditional bottle and purse friendly. My fave is the one from Sephora because the texture is more like a thick serum or lotion and it comes in a few different formulations.
I seem to recall from your posts that you store some of your polishes in Helmers. I got a couple of Helmers myself, but as they fill up, I worry about their weight capacity. Have you had any problems with your filled up Helmer drawers?
I’ve had my Helmers for over a year and a half and haven’t had any problems with the drawers failing due to too much weight. I even added a third Helmer and stacked two of them and haven’t had a problem.
Looking back at your helmer pictures I noticed that you sort your polish by color. My question is: what do you do with glitters? Particularly glitters with more than one color in the mix. Do you sort them with the color families, or do you have a separate glitter drawer? Thanks!
I have a separate drawer for clear based glitters and another drawer for holos.
I'm not sure if this has been asked before, didn't see it in your FAQ on the main site, and you don't seem to have one here on tumblr.
Your photos always seem amazing and usually pretty dang color accurate. May I ask what camera you use? :) I'm frustrated with my Canon point and shoot's capability of photographing purple- it's always some shade of BLUE. :(
Thank you for the compliment. Of course you can ask. I use a Canon T1i dSLR with a Tamron Macro lens but you don’t need a super fancy camera to get good nail shots.
I used a Canon point & shoot for years and took good pictures with it. I can’t stress enough the importance of white balance so put your camera in manual and adjust the white balance for the lighting you are shooting in. Also, pick a neutral background so the camera only focuses on the nails.
What is your favorite fast drying top coat to use with Zoya polishes?
I usually use the Zoya Color Lock System with their polishes since I have found they wear better that way. The drying drops definitely help and if you apply all the products thin enough, the dry time shouldn’t be too long.
However, I have used Prolana Quick & Slick with good results as it doesn’t contain Cellulose Acetate Butyrate. If you find a quick dry without that ingredient, it should work well like China Glaze No Chip Top Coat.