Q&A with VV

Question:

The tips of my nails keep chipping. Could it be because of nail polish remover? How can I strengthen them?

Answer:

It could be! Some people have sensitivities to certain ingredients in some nail polish removers. Pure acetone remover can be particularly harsh and drying on nails and cuticles. I read a great article on loodie loodie loodie’s site all about how you can make pure acetone into something more like Zoya Remove. In other words less harsh, more moisturizing. It REALLY works and I have been using this method since I read it. I love Zoya Remove, but have to admit, it’s expensive and kind of a pain to have to order online. Pure acetone is a lot cheaper and easy to find, if you are so inclined.

Chipping/peeling nails isn’t always related to just polish remover though. It could also very easily be your base coat or nail polish.

Peeling nails is something I have been dealing with a lot lately. I think I have discovered that I am allergic to formaldehyde (especially if it’s in the base coat which is what sits directly on my nails) but I’m not positive. Recently I decided to try out Qtica’s Natural Nail Growth Stimulator because I heard it could help with peeling. It worked really well for me! I have been using it for 6-8 weeks now both on it’s own and as a base coat, and my peeling has pretty much stopped completely. Also my nails did seem to grow stronger than usual because they weren’t breaking as easily. As far as it helping them grow longer, that’s hard for me to say because my nails grow super fast anyway. Continue reading »

Think Pink with Rite Aid and Revlon

Ready for a cool campaign from Rite Aid and Revlon in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

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Misa Surreal Escape for Winter 2011 Swatches, Photos & Review

Misa Surreal Escape for winter 2011 is a collection of six new colors, half being duochromes and the other half being shimmers.

From the bottle shots I was immediately excited to see these in person because I am a huge fan of Misa and haven’t been all that thrilled with their past few collections. This seemed like the old cool Misa coming back, which makes me a happy camper.

Let’s take a further look. Also let me apologize in advance for how short my nails are. I had a break on my left hand so I had to cut them all off. Boo!

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Inglourious Fingernail

Last weekend I was bored and re-watching Inglourious Basterds on TV. Suddenly I saw something that made me rewind, pause and get out my camera. This close-up shot of Melanie Laurent’s fingernail left me wondering…WTF? Why is it so lumpy and thick looking? Was nail polish supposed to look like this back then, or did she drag her fingernails across some wool while they were still wet? Either way it’s odd!

theBalm Shady Lady Vol. 3 Swatches, Photos & Review

TheBalm Shady Lady Volume 3

theBalm has three Shady Lady shadow/liner palettes out and Vol. 3 is the newest one which features nine shimmery saturated colors.

I am fairly new to theBalm but so far really liking everything I have tried. Plus they are a San Francisco company and I always like to support cool local companies!

The names of these shadows are super cute and fun, which is yet another reason to love them.

TheBalm Shady Lady Volume 3 4

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