January 8

A Post About One of My Favorite Nail Blogs

One of the blogs I read on an almost daily basis is The Polished Perfectionist.  This beautiful nail blog is written by AmyGrace, and I really enjoy her creative nail designs as well as her amazing cake decorating abilities.  I am writing about her today, especially because she is having a fantastic give-away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are polishes by the brand Speciallit√† that I have been¬†very much¬†wanting to try.¬† Maybe I will be the lucky winner. ūüėÄ

Anyway, please visit her site for some very creative and unique nail art designs.

 

December 1

Today’s Nails – Nails Inc Special Effects “The Donmar Collection”

I have found a new favorite polish, for sure.

Again, these polishes seem to be only available here in the US at Sephora, or online.¬† Today I am trying another “Special Effects” look from Nails Inc.¬† This is the Donmar Collection, which has a different overglaze top coat over a deep dark burgundy.

So… I really like how you can see the colors and design so well in this picture, BUT… I have to admit I am creeped out by the closeness of it all.¬† I think we might be able to see individual skin cells in this shot.¬† Weird.

Thanks for visiting! 

 

 

 

November 28

Today’s Nails – Nails Inc “Special Effects”

Today’s Nails are from Nails Inc London.¬† I am super excited about how this look turned out.

This is the box the polishes came in at Sephora.  I bought this on my Black Friday outing.

Here they are in all their glory, except for the fingerprints in the lids.¬† I hope to get the hang of this photography thing one day. ūüėČ

Although the polish looks super bumpy in these pictures, it’s not.¬† I think it looks really cool!¬† My only slight complaint is that it looks greener than I had hoped.¬† The Nails Inc base color, “Kensington,” looked more blue before I applied the “Special Effects” color.¬† I now want to wear this holographic flake polish over every color now.¬† Maybe you will see it a few more times in the next few weeks.

 

 

 

November 14

Nail Shop Review – Happy Nails and Spa, Fashion Valley Mall

Today’s salon review:

Happy Nails & Spa

Fashion Valley

7007 Friars Road, Ste 208 SD, Ca 619-260-1764 www.happynails.com

Environment:

From all outward appearances this shop seemed clean and tidy.   There was no music or television playing when I arrived.  I might have enjoyed some type of music in the background, as I tend to like some quiet noise to help me relax.  There were at least 15 spa chairs that were all nice and in good condition.  I came during the day on a Tuesday, and did not have to wait at all.  They have a nice, but not awesome collection of polishes.

Fill:

I didn’t get names at this shop, so I can not tell you who I had.¬† He was a guy, and honestly, not very friendly.¬† He did an average job with my fill.¬† The thickness was good, not too thin or thick.¬† He was a bit rough, though, and did not offer me any lotion or cuticle oil when he finished, which you will see in my photos.¬† Also, it has been about five days now, and my fill is starting to lift and chip. ūüôĀ

Pedicure:

Again, I did not get a name of my pedicurist today.¬† I felt uncomfortable asking for names in this shop.¬† I got the “Indulge Me Pedi.”¬† The products they used were nice.¬† I liked the smells, and the lotion felt good.¬†¬†The massage was adequate, and there was no callus removal offered.

Prices:

The fill was $18, which seems to be about average.  The pedicures run from about $22 to $48, again, their prices seem to be on par with other shops of this type in town.

Timing:

They finished my fill and pedicure in about 35 minutes.¬† You can decide on your own how you feel about that.¬† On one hand, if you are¬† ¬†hurry, this shop is the place for you!¬† If you want to sit and relax for a while…maybe not.¬† I have not used a shop in a mall before, and maybe it is their norm to finish quickly.¬† Possibly shoppers are mostly in a hurry…

Photos:

Look how dry my cuticles are, immediately after leaving the shop.  Yuck!

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5 Little Piggies 

 

 

November 11

Today’s Nails

I saw this manicure on pinterest.com and knew I needed to try my own version.¬† Please excuse how dry my cuticles are in this picture.¬† I will have more to say on that topic soon, when I do my next nail shop review in a few days.¬† ( I have a feeling it might not be entirely a positive review…)

The blue polish is Chanel’s “Coco Blue,” and the glitter is OPI’s “Sparkle-icious.”

 

November 2

Nail Shop Review – The ProfessioNails La Mesa

This is my very first nail shop review, and I am super excited!

I have been thinking of  doing local nail salon reviews in the San Diego area for some time now, and I guess that today is finally the day.  I will be looking at many aspects of each shop, and attempting to give a fair review of what I find.  My usual services are a spa pedicure, and an acrylic fill.  Those two services usually provide me with enough information to form an opinion about a salon on the first (or maybe second) visit.

Today’s shop:

The ProfessioNails

7900 El Cajon Blvd. Ste J in La Mesa 619-461-0061

They have a Facebook page (ProfessioNails La Mesa), but not a website.

Appearance and Atmosphere:

When I first entered, I was greeted right away.¬† The shop was cute, and appeared very clean.¬† There was a TV on the wall, but it wasn’t turned on, which I prefer.¬† There was no music playing, so I can’t say if it was too loud or too quiet.

Shop Set Up:

When you arrive, there is a sign-up sheet on the counter.  I liked this, because it removes all confusion about what order customers came in, and what they want to have done.  This shop also has a menu of services, which is something I greatly enjoy.  This allows me to look over what they have to offer and decide how much I want to spend. 

Pedicure:

Today my pedicure was performed by Mike.  I chose the European Pedicure for $30.  This was not the least or the most expensive pedicure.  The spa treatments started at about $22.  Mike did a pretty good job.  He was friendly and efficient, but there were a few disappointments along the way.  The callus removal did very little actual removing.  This is important to me, due to the fact that I run around barefoot often, and have a fair amount of callus on my feet.  Also, I like a strong massage, and Mike was a bit gentle for my taste.  If you like a soft massage, he would be perfect for you.  He did however, do a great job with the rest of the pedi.  The polish itself looks fantastic.

Acrylic Fill:

Today my fill was done by Han. (sp?)  She was amazing!  I am almost sorry that I have just started to do this shop review series, because I think this girl could easily become my regular for fills.  She gave my nails a great shape, and they are very thin.  They almost look like they could pass for natural nails.  I hope they can hold up all week.  I love how thin nails look, but time will tell if my natural roughness will cause them all to break.  I will keep you posted.

Here is the end result:

FYI- The color is “Jem” by Zoya

Final Verdict:¬† Four out of Five “Little Piggies.”

If you live in the San Diego area and have a nail salon you love, let me know, and maybe I can give it a review.