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Storage Solution – Caboodles Gilded Pleasure Nail Valet

By on March 7, 2013
in Caboodles, Tips and Tricks with 31 Comments

If you’re a child of the 80s or 90s, you undoubtedly owned a Caboodles makeup carrier at some point in your adolescence. Mine was pink and green and it still exists somewhere in my parents’ house. Though I can’t bear to think of what rotten, old makeup is living in there! Well, Caboodles are still around peeps and they created a storage solution with us nail polish fanatics in mind.


Over the years, a post about my Nail Polish Room has sparked many inquiries about my OPI train case. Unfortunately, it was a limited edition item I bought over eight years ago and I’ve been looking for something to recommend to readers ever since. Enter the Caboodles Gilded Pleasure Nail Valet. Take a peek inside…

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Nail Art Tutorial – CND’s DIY River Rock Nail Decal Technique

By on September 20, 2011
in CND, Nail Art, Tips and Tricks with 82 Comments

How To - DIY Nail Stickers or Decals Tutorial and Video

Of all the amazing things I saw at New York Fashion Week, what I was most excited to come home and try is a look that never even appeared on the catwalk. It’s a new nail art technique that CND Co-Founder Jan Arnold discovered in Russia and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you.

It’s a way to make your own nail art decals using nail polish that CND’s Russian Education Ambassadors created. Essentially you are designing your own version of Minx or Sally Hansen Salon Effects at home. It’s easy and fun and I just know you DIY peeps are going to love it.
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Manicure Trick – Wrap Your Tips

manicure tip trick wrap nail tip or edge with polish Much like wrapping the perfect present, a flawless, long lasting manicure requires a little wrapping of its own.  Wrapping the free edge of your nail with polish helps extend the wear of your manicure and should become an essential step in your routine.

I’m sure most professional nail techs consider this part of their everyday manicure service but it’s not as well known in the consumer world.  Since we discussed this technique in the comments of my Quirius review, and there were multiple requests for details, I figured a quick tutorial was in order.

Read on to see my step-by-step guide to wrapping your tips and get a look at one of American Apparel’s latest nail polish releases. It’s GREEN!

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My First (and LAST) Water Marble Manicure

By on April 26, 2010
in Green, Nail Art, Tips and Tricks with 178 Comments
water marble manicure technique, nail marbling I should really call this manicure “An Afternoon of Frustration” because that’s how trying to create a water marble manicure left me feeling; FRUSTRATED!  Those of you who have mastered the technique, I bow down to you.  I honestly have no desire to try this ever again but since I made the effort, I thought I’d share my experience  with you.

A few years back when China Glaze introduced the OMG! holographic collection, they posted a tutorial for their “Color Swirl” manicure and I was intrigued but intimidated by the process.  Since then a whole mess of YouTubers have made countless water marble tutorials including lots of great tips and tricks to make the technique easier.  I found myself watching a few this morning and got inspired.

Find out more about the water marble technique and my adventure trying to recreate the look after the jump!

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