Mind’s Eye by Orly

I got Mind’s Eye by Orly quite a while ago, and was never really impressed with the color.  It is a deep burgundy (red-brown toned) creme polish.  I decided to wear it and see how I liked it, and I got so many compliments at work.  I was surprised at how many people just LOVE this color!  I’m still not loving it, but I’ll keep it as it’s a nice safe shade that will work well in the fall.

xoxo

Valerie

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Petit Four by Orly

I am in love with Petit Four by Orly!  It is from the Sugar Coated by Orly collection.  I’ve heard so much about Bon Bon, but I personally think Petit Four is so much prettier!  It’s a perfect light pink-lavender creme, and opaque in 2 coats.  It’s so pretty and feminine!  I love it!

xoxo

Valerie

Tough Cookie – Treatment Review

I’ve been looking for a product that will help my weak nails get stronger.  Ever since I was young, my nails have been paper-thin, soft, they peel, and bend backwards.  I have realistic expectations for any strengthening product; due to genetics, I know my nails will never be iron strong.  Orly is a brand I trust, so I browsed their offering and came home one day with Tough Cookie.  Tough Cookie by Orly contains extracts from the African Okoume tree; it claims to strengthen nails and help them grow within 2 weeks!  Just apply one coat on clean nails (can be used as a basecoat for color), and one coat on top each day for 5 days; remove and repeat after 5 days.  Easy enough, right?

I applied Tough Cookie as a basecoat, and waited for it to dry (it doesn’t dry smooth, more of a tacky, rubbery feeling).  I applied my first coat of nail color and it bubbled within minutes.  I removed it all and started over with a thinner basecoat of Tough Cookie.  After that dried to a tacky finish, I applied my nail color, waiting for it to dry fully between each coat, and finished off with another coat of Tough Cookie.  The darn stuff bubbled within minutes!  Frustrated, I just left it and wore a bubbled, tacky feeling manicure for the first day.  The following day, I applied another coat of Tough Cookie as directed.  Three hours later, it began to peel off of my nails.  Not chips mind you, whole fingernail-sized sheets.  And repeat… I went through this routine for four days, re-doing my manicure each day only to have it peel off the next.

I was done, too frustrated to try again.  I don’t have hours to baby my nails, and I certainly don’t want to re-do my manicure daily.  I can’t comment on how well this strengthens or assists growth, because it wouldn’t stay on my nails longer than a day.  I wouldn’t recommend this product to anyone at this time.  I may try this routine out again in the winter time, maybe humidity had something to do with the results I had.

xoxo

Valerie

Gorgeous by Orly

This is a beautiful nail polish by Orly called Gorgeous, which is a fitting name.  It’s a beautiful bright hot pink, with an absolutely stunning electric blue shimmer.  This is the first time I’ve tried an Orly polish.  It was a little thin, with slight cuticle drag, but full coverage with 3 coats.  Being the hot pink fanatic that I am, I really love this one.  My photographs do not do it justice, not one bit.

xoxo

Valerie