Once A Vamp, Always A Vamp

Cant’ take the goth or vamp out of me, no matter which way you spin the world…

As evidenced by my Pinterest pages…

Bella and ‘N Spice or really just the whooooole kit and caboodle.

 

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Vampy Claws

For Ballroom, I had to have my nails “just so” – the grooming is impeccable and it’s unheard of NOT to have gel nails (or at least ferociously long, often outlandishly wide, french manicured nails.)  I opted for glittering, far more narrow tips myself…

Were I still in the sport (or perhaps even if not) I’m pretty sure I default to these unbelievable, deliciously, pointy claws.

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My Martial Arts rules out such a possibility (though they could be easily utilized in Ninjutsu!)  I suppose back in the day my weight lifting habit (of, now, nearly 26 years) would have also required some level of caution. . .

But still…these sharp, fresh-blood red talons are out of this world… At least to this not-so-secretly goth girl in a gi…

Nails Inc Sheet Masks

I know – I did a double-take too.  Not exactly what you were expecting, but then why wouldn’t other manner of beauty companies jump on board?  Asia has always been a trend setter – not only in fashion, but in the beauty and skincare arenas (I’ve gone on about it forever, many of my early posts touting the overseas’ creativity and innovation.)

Let me quell the curiosity up front, though – The masks are made for your SKIN, as it turns out – so under the surface, it’s more like the company is branching out into other areas of beauty, as opposed to a sheet mask FOR your nails (which, honestly, wouldn’t surprise me after seeing news of these.)  Slight disappointment because sheet masks are everywhere to the point of sensory overload.

But though it makes sense for a beauty brand unrelated to makeup, or even the skin at all, to hop on the sheet mask wagon, it still feels like a surprise. 

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In the last several years, nails have had more attention – the products offered in mass market retailers alone is somewhat astounding.  You can get anything from gel polish, gel lamps, pre-designed but high-end glue on nails, nail art (stickers, rhinestones, tools), you name it.  But there always seems to be a lull or plateau – it’s like what else can you do with nails.  At home?

Nails are as much an accessory as far as fashion is concerned – they are an extension of that fancy handbag, after all – so keeping the field interesting is important for companies out there.  Boredom is a killer. 

Enter Nails Inc with a few 15-minute sheets for anything from dryness, to anti-aging, to brightening.  When all else fails, I guess trying to expand makes some sense – I hope for them that it works.  From the sound of it, they might also be entering color cosmetics too…

100 Layers Of Polish!?

Someone posted this 100 layer nail polish video the other day and I have to say. . .it was terribly entertaining.  I can’t say I watched it all the way through (I was doing other things as it played) but the parts that I did see had me chuckling for sure.  

Simply Nailogical has a sense of humor, and apparently is up for a challenge (who would do this, you ask?  Well, she got a ton of requests so consider it incredible customer service?!)

There are Golden Graham and pizza cameos, since basically this took the entire day, along with humorous interruptions and hard-to-follow phone calls. She’s also a cat lover, so felines make random appearances. . .as do strange, horrifying, Sci-fi-like voice-overs (short but no less weird!)

She delves well into the night (past midnight as it turns out) layering on every polish she has there at her salon. . .and at the end, she gives you the satisfaction of peeling it all off.  

So again, I didn’t necessarily sit and watch this through, but I laughed along with the commentary, and whatever portions I did see.  With the advent of YouTube you really can see everything…

Illamasqua Nail Veil

Nail “polishes” are no longer strictly about color – for a long time color cosmetics have been edging towards giving “more” than just a tint.  It is not a new concept that makeup doubles as skincare…but that nail polishes double as treatment hasn’t really been around as long.  It isn’t wholly novel, necessarily, but it hasn’t been as mainstream as it is these days.

I didn’t totally expect this from Illamasqua, but as off beat as they are, I guess I shouldn’t be bowled over!  I like that they are considering the impact of their products, and that they take them to another level entirely, not only giving a beautiful look, but also something body-loving (er…nail-loving, anyway!)

The Neil Veils are “water and oxygen permeable,” providing “anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties” in a super glossy, sheerly-tinted pastel polish.  Nice.  Colors include Bamboo and Breathe, pastel Orange and Pink, respectively.

These are subtle, offering a refined, pull-together look while also caring for your nails – as the warmer Spring and Summer months are upon us and we find our fingers and toes full-on exposed, this is a nice way to stay natural, but also groomed. 

 

Ladies Who Lift

I know there are a lot of ladies out there who are afraid to lift – not only heavy, but at all.  I’ve spoken on the topic before, but I do always like to remind. . .

I know many strong women – athletic, workhorse types, who aren’t afraid to get on the mat, crush, and sweat it out.  It isn’t for everyone at all, nor does it have to be.  Some of them are tough chicks, make no mistake…  But there are a lot of us women.  We love being active, but we also LOVE being women.  

While we aren’t necessarily “girly girl” or frilly, there is never ANY question that we are feminine – in look, attitude, or anything else.  We aren’t lumbering oafs, and we do dress up nicely! 😉

I took this photo the other day while working on my “guns” (biceps! 🙂 ) I love feeling physically strong, and pushing myself to the limit… But I ALSO love that I can sport my sparkles – to the gym, the dojo, and on the mats and BJJ.  

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So the point is…

Strong IS beautiful. . .

You don’t have to sacrifice your femininity by any stretch, or worry that others perceive you that way.

And. . .it is TOTALLY okay to don pastel pink nails and kill it on the leg press!

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Summer 2016 – Essie Bridal Collection

While I won’t be a bride this Summer…I will be come Autumn, though…so I thought it would be fun to share this new Bridal Collection from Essie for ladies who ARE getting married (or attending a wedding!) this Spring or Summer! 🙂

The Collection features six new shades, all delicate pastels – they are fresh, happy, and perfect for the Season (particularly, in my opinion, Springtime.)

The colors will retail for $8.00, and include:

  • Between The Seats – ivory
  • Groom Service – soft lavender
  • Passport To Happiness – a bright mint
  • Steal His Name – milky peach
  • Coming Together – light pink
  • Mrs Always-Right – cranberry terracotta

I like that they do offer a deeper “pastel” option for those who may not want to go too “sweet.”  The names, of course, are super cheeky and fun…  I kind of like the shimmer, Passport To Happiness mint myself…

As for me, though, even though it will be Autumn. . .three days from my FAVORITE day, Halloween!. . .AND despite my inherent vampiness. . .I will go with my usual glitter ombre.  It always looks so fun, reminds me of my ballroom days, and will definitely work with the gown!

Glitter Ombre

Glitter Ombre

 

Polish To Nail Gel!?

So this is an incredibly interesting product – SensatioNail Polish To Gel Transformer.  The liquid can be mixed with any nail polish to effectively create a longer-lasting, intensely shining “gel” polish.  I’ve got UV Gel over my own nails, and fortunately it isn’t an arm and a leg where I live (a full set sure can be, depending on where you live!)  That said, I love the idea that there is an option…especially if you already have a favorite polish color.

The Transformer does require the SensatioNail Gel LED Lamp, but fortunately it cures in just 30 seconds – that’s not bad, ladies!  (It will also remove wishing 5 to 10 minutes, and will not cause damage… That last part makes it very appealing.)

The kit contains the following items:

  • Gel Cleanser 14.6ml
  • Gel Primer 3.54ml
  • Polish to Gel Transformer 7.39ml
  • Pro LED Lamp with USB lead and mains adaptor
  • 12 Lint free Wipes Mixing Pot
  • Double-sided nail buffer Manicure Stick

Pretty snazzy innovation! 

From Ballroom To Mats

#FemaleJiuJitsuproblems…

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I still have my glittering uv gel nails from my Ballroom days.  I realize it isn’t exactly “Martial Arts”-y, but…I can’t help myself.  I also realize I am juxtaposing two extremes – sparkles and badassery – but that’s just how I’m going to roll.  (No pun intended!)

I was working on Trap And Rolls the other day with a very tall, broad male partner – as he threw me off, his upper back rolled over my hands, causing them to crush into the floor.  It didn’t hurt because my wrists were in the proper position (palms were up, facing his back), but the sound of “pop! pop! POP! poppp!” let me know that the nails didn’t come out unscathed.  I ended up using my hunnie’s 4 year-old niece’s princess band-aid to keep my thumb nail (then in three parts) together.  Great look.

They weren’t nearly as long as normal but any length is evidently an issue.  Is it necessary to totally forgo “pretty” to be a Martial Artist or Jiu-Jitsu practitioner?  I don’t think so…

I still have the glitter, but had the nails filed uber short. I can’t promise they’re going to last, but I have a better chance of their survival at a non-Ballroom length!