Nails: Duri Cosmetics ‘Dream Catcher’ Lavender Nail Polish Swatch

I polished my nails for #purplenailsforboston – a trend on instagram in the wake of the horrific terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Duri Cosmetics Dream Catcher purple nail polish

(Accent nail done with ORLY “Peaceful Opposition”)

This is my first time using Duri nail polish and it certainly won’t be my last. I absolutely love the brush, the application was easy, two coats were perfection and it didn’t chip before I got a top coat on! That’s a total win in my book.

Duri Dream Catcher nail polish

The shade I’m wearing is called “Dream Catcher” and it’s very Coachella-style as well as being perfect for spring. It’s one of the new colors from their Spring/Summer 2013 collection and probably my favorite.

I’ve only had it on for a little over 24 hours and no chips so far, so I’m quite pleased. Will update with any negative findings (if there are any!).

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Screwed Up Your Manicure? #Itsallgood

Normally, I’m pretty good at at-home manicures. If you follow me on instagram then you know I have a pretty good hand when it comes to polishing my nails. However, today… I’m a train wreck!

bad manicure
see it on instagram

For some reason, they are sloppy, got nicks, bangs, dents, I got it on my skin and my french tips are pretty uneven. I don’t know what’s with me today! But don’t worry, it’s all good!!! I totally saved the day with my Sharpie Metallic Fine Point Permanent Markers!

metallic sharpie marker manicure nails
see it on instagram

Certainly not my best work, but at least I don’t have to start all over from the beginning and can enjoy this manicure for a couple days. :-)

Products Used:

Silver Marker from Sharpie Metallic Fine Point Permanent Markers 3-pack

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Tickled Pink and Go Go Mango.

TIP: Metallic Sharpie Markers wear off, so as soon as it dries, lightly spray with hairspray (hold can about a foot away), let dry and follow immediately with a thick layer of clear topcoat. Be careful not to use too many brushstrokes when applying the top coat because you could still smear the sharpie marker! The hairspray DOES help hold it down though.

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Top Spring Nail Polish Colors for 2013

As a self-professed nail polish addict, I rarely keep the same color on my tips for more than a few days. This season is proving to be no different, as the latest spring polish trends are so fun, I want to try them all! If you’re ready to give your mani/pedi an update, here are the top spring nail polish colors for 2013.


Pale Blue

Whether you call it robin’s egg blue, sky blue or something entirely different, pale blue polish is the color for spring. With our recommendations below, you’ll also get stunningly opaque coverage in just one or two coats! Our picks:

  • POP Beauty Nail Glam Nail Polish in “Baby Blue,” $10,
  • Essie Nail Polish in “Borrowed and Blue,” $8, (Pictured)
  • Zoya Nail Polish in “Blu,” $8, and



Continuing the spring pastel trend, lavender nail polish is a super hot color for the season. It flatters nearly any skin tone, and there are a variety of choices available such as these picks:

  • Love & Beauty Nail Polish in “Lavender,” $2.80, Forever21
  • Nicole by OPI Nail Polish in “Light a Candle,” $7.04, Target (Pictured)
  • Layla Ceramic Effect Nail Polish in “Lavender,” $9.95, Zappos

white nail polish


I love this season’s white nail polish trend: it’s simple, clean but can easily make or break your outfit! This particular color will look better on short, rounded nails. Feel free to play around with these shades:

  • Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in “Amazing Grace,” $17,
  • Essie Nail Polish in “Marshmallow,” $8, CUSP (Pictured)
  • China Glaze Nail Polish in “White Cap,” $3.29, Sally Beauty Supply

These are just a handful of some of the hottest nail polish colors for spring 2013; which one do you think you’ll be rockin’ on your tips and toes this season?

Easter Nails: Jamberry Basket Weave Nail Shields

If you have a great set of finger nails and would love to show off some cool easter-themed nail art, then you might want to give Jamberry Nails a shot.

I got the Basket Weave Nail Shields to review for Easter and I think they look super cute…

Jamberry Easter Basket Weave Nail Art

Jamberry Easter Basket Weave Nail Art

Jamberry Easter Basket Weave Nail Art

I polished my ring fingers with 2 coats of Essie Turquoise and Caicos.

<3 this Essie Turquoise & Caicos Nail Polish

Then I did one coat of Nicole by OPI Gold Texture Polish which I didn’t realize was crackle nail polish until it DRIED and I was left with a surprise! I thought about redoing those nails because I actually wanted them to have gold glitter but my almost-6-year-old daughter told me they looked awesome like this, so I left it.

Nicle by OPI Gold Texture Crackle Nail Polish

I’m going to tell you more about my adventures with Jamberry Nail Shields later. For now, just enjoy this cute manicure and share pics of your own manicure on our facebook page here!

Nail Polish: China Glaze Entourage Neon Green


I decided I would polish my nails green for St. Patrick’s Day! I chose China Glaze “Entourage” from the Summer 2009 Kicks Collection. It reminds me of Shrek!

I started with a coat of Orly Bonder (my fav basecoat) on clean nails.

Then I put on the first coat to find that it was almost transparent!

1 coat

So I decided I needed a second coat, at least… Apparently that wasn’t enough though!

2 coats

A third coat did the trick though and looked lovely.

3 coats!

They looked great all week long and I even ended up painting my ring finger one shade darker and a few days later, I decided to accent with Orly “Watch It Glitter” gold polish.

When it was time to say goodbye to the lovely green nails, what was left, was not pretty…..

ugly nails

My nails were left tinted green and totally gross looking. Even pure acetone could not get these babies clean. I was so grossed out! Apparently with three coats of green, you need at least 2 coats of basecoat… UGH.

What’s your favorite basecoat? Has this ever happened to your nails?


Easter Nails: Pastels, Polka Dots & Flowers

My almost 6 year old daughter came over to the computer and started admiring the Easter nail art I was viewing on Pinterest. “Mommy, will you do my nails tonight?! I want Easter nails! Let’s do pastels, polka dots and flowers!”

At first, we were admiring the gorgeous nail stickers from Jamberry:

easter nails

Easter Nail Shields from Jamberry

I think the Basket Weave print is my favorite. I will have to try that soon! I also love the Hippity Hop bunny print one… Super cute! My daughter has been talking about Easter since before Valentine’s Day for some reason…. She’s super pumped about the Easter Bunny this year and that’s not even something we “do” or encourage in our household. I’m not sure where it’s coming from, but now she’s all about Easter Nail Art!

Some Pinterest Nail Art We’re Loving…





Check out Easter Nail Shields from Jamberry and Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips if you want some quick Easter nail art for your nails.

If you are brave and want to try making some Easter designs yourself, we recommend this Easter Eggs Nails tutorial and check out Nail Art Pens to make the job easier.

What are you going to put on your nails this holiday season?

How to Nail the Red Carpet Looks From the Academy Awards

Both Anne Hathaway and Catherine Zeta-Jones shined at the Academy Awards, and makeup artist Tom Bachik used polish colors from  L’Oréal Paris’ new limited-edition Versailles Romance Colour Riche Nail Collection, available in March, and New York Nudes to accent their look.

Anne Hathaway


On Anne, Bachik used a baby pink hue called “The Palace Life.” He accented her nail look by using a delicate silver pen to draw  the initials of Anne’s grandmothers, both maternal and paternal. The polish shade complimented her soft pink dress beautifully!

Catharine Zeta Jones

Meanwhile, on Zeta-Jones Bachik opted for a full coverage nude polish to complement, not detract, from her gorgeous gold gown. The shade he used was “Broadway Boogie,” a part of the limited edition New York Nudes Collection.

Each polish retails for $5.99.

Which nail look was your favorite?