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#1stworldHOMEOWNERSHIPproblems having to rescue my trash bins after a windy nite….

#1stworldHOMEOWNERSHIPproblems having to rescue my trash bins after a windy nite….

Bondi Tavern on the. This color surprised me as I tend to shy away from greens. This one I can do and will keep it in my fall color lineup. I really enjoy the application of Bondi and the rich creme formulas. This was actually a day 3 mani pic with a little tip wear but no chips. Fantastic for me !!! The only drawback to the formula is that it takes a really long time to dry. I have myself an hour before bed, used Zoya fast dry drops, but still woke up with sheet marks. This is a young company with lots of fresh ideas. I love the color and that the formula is 5-free so I’m definitely sticking around to see if a fast dry top coat is in our future ;) in the meantime, I’ll just start painting in the afternoon lol. 

Until next time…Stay Pretty!!

Bondi Tavern on the. This color surprised me as I tend to shy away from greens. This one I can do and will keep it in my fall color lineup. I really enjoy the application of Bondi and the rich creme formulas. This was actually a day 3 mani pic with a little tip wear but no chips. Fantastic for me !!! The only drawback to the formula is that it takes a really long time to dry. I have myself an hour before bed, used Zoya fast dry drops, but still woke up with sheet marks. This is a young company with lots of fresh ideas. I love the color and that the formula is 5-free so I’m definitely sticking around to see if a fast dry top coat is in our future ;) in the meantime, I’ll just start painting in the afternoon lol.

Until next time…Stay Pretty!!

Latest mani featuring Bondi NYPD & City Slicker accent nail. Love the formula!! Hope to make it through the weekend with this one. In sad nail news, I cancelled my Julep Maven sub. Couldn’t find a top coat that works really well with Julep.  You may remember that freedom polymer top coat caused a great deal if shrinkage AND I would have lots of nails where all the polish would come clean off the nail after 1 day. If only they’d bring back fast dry topcoat, but seeing as how they’ve overstated the awesomeness of Freedom top coat AND jumped on their own bandwagon, I will use the Julep that I have and resign myself to painting my nails every two days when I do a Julep mani :( Looking forward to the new Bondi colors ;)
Until next time…
Stay pretty, lovelies!

Latest mani featuring Bondi NYPD & City Slicker accent nail. Love the formula!! Hope to make it through the weekend with this one. In sad nail news, I cancelled my Julep Maven sub. Couldn’t find a top coat that works really well with Julep. You may remember that freedom polymer top coat caused a great deal if shrinkage AND I would have lots of nails where all the polish would come clean off the nail after 1 day. If only they’d bring back fast dry topcoat, but seeing as how they’ve overstated the awesomeness of Freedom top coat AND jumped on their own bandwagon, I will use the Julep that I have and resign myself to painting my nails every two days when I do a Julep mani :( Looking forward to the new Bondi colors ;)
Until next time…
Stay pretty, lovelies!

My latest mani, Bondi Chasing the Sun was going strong but the orange did not go well with my Sunday outfit AND my one nail that is still fighting it’s way back to health was chipped so I opted for an early change instead of just fixing the one nail. The pictured mani is Julep Charlotte which I’m thinking is going to be a go to purple for fall :-)

I’m going on a polish no buy…seeing as I have 15 polishes I have not used and 7 more on the way (some Bondi purchases, mostly swaps) it is past time to slow down, and maybe even use up a full bottle of some color (Julep since they’re tiny…although with so many colors this may not be the most realistic idea lol).

In the bottom row of pictures are colors that  I have not counted in my collection as they are up for sale/swap. I’m ISO Bondi Uptown Girl and Strawberry Fields in exchange for any two of these. Otherwise there being sold for $5 each..let me know if you’re interested!

bottom left pic: The swapped/1 mani colors. Note fill line. Amy, Nan(gone), Jane, Harley(gone), Eden, Lynn(gone), Audrey, Bess

bottom right pic: New, swatched only colors: Parker,Lily, Sarah, Lauren, Carrie

http://pinterest.com/CoachZenovia/polish-saleswap/

Bondi chasing the sun mani!! Woke up this morning to no tip wear or chips! Pretty awesome! Looking forward to seeing exactly how many days I can get out of this mani. Loving the brand and all the buzz surrounding it! I used Bondi I’m Vers top/basecoat with it as just a top coat…nails still on the mend so Julep Base Coat Therapy was applied first. Hopefully Bondi develops a treatment of some sort in the future :)
Keep you posted about the life of my first Bondi mani! Until next time, you know what to do…
Stay pretty!!

Bondi chasing the sun mani!! Woke up this morning to no tip wear or chips! Pretty awesome! Looking forward to seeing exactly how many days I can get out of this mani. Loving the brand and all the buzz surrounding it! I used Bondi I’m Vers top/basecoat with it as just a top coat…nails still on the mend so Julep Base Coat Therapy was applied first. Hopefully Bondi develops a treatment of some sort in the future :)
Keep you posted about the life of my first Bondi mani! Until next time, you know what to do…
Stay pretty!!

Nail Mail! My Bondi New York boxes arrived today and I’m so excited about them that I just could not wait to try all 6 colors ;-) With the various cosmetics available, there were 700 possible combinations of boxes so there’s a lot of variety buzzing around the polish world with the pics of the boxes :-) 

In my first box (left) I received blue skies, fool’s, and central park blossom along with Hurraw lip balm and Olie Argan oil. You know I love my oils and argan is a favorite for hair! 

In the second box, there’s chasing the sun, botanical beauty, and the limelight. The beauty item is Suki cleansing lotion which, I have to be honest have never heard of before today but the ladies on makeuptalk.com are RAVING!

I was really hoping for the color ‘horny mistress’ but no cigar there. Blue skies, fool’s and botanical beauty were all on my wishlist as well so I must say I did pretty well (or Bondi did pretty well!). While I’m really tempted to get more polish…it is time to stop! I have over 20 polishes in my possession that I have NEVER painted with…and it is a problem so I’m going to try really hard to skip my next few polish sub boxes and focus on using colors I have!! 

To learn more about Bondi or get your own mystery box visit www.bondinewyork.com. I believe Aug 14 is your last opportunity to get in on this box! Mani in chasing the sun coming up ;-) 

So here’s my final thought on the Zoya Color Lock System…I got a solid 5 days out of it..I painted my nails on 7/30, posted the blog on 7/31 and removed the polish today as I woke up to my first actual chips (noticed tip wear by day 3, but it wasn’t critical enough for remove). Would i have loved to see 10 days of wear? YES! Am I disappointed that I did not get it? Not really. I’m pretty sure little nail polish hating fairies rub asphalt on my manis as I sleep, forcing me to have to re-paint every 3 days.  So the verdict? I’m happy with 5 days and hope that as I get better at painting my nails and use different colors, I may get closer to the 5 days.

The entire color lock system includes Zoya Remove+ (polish remover, nail cleaner, and conditioner), Zoya Anchor Base Coat AND Zoya Get even ridge filler Base Coat, Zoya Armor Top Coat and Zoya Speed Dry Fast Drops. All things that are a part of a usual mani, but when used together will extend the life of your mani.

To learn more about the Zoya Color Lock System visit https://www.artofbeauty.com/rd/01A46D20 (with this link get a FREE bottle of Zoya Nail polish when you create an account. Add 2 more polishes to your order to also get free shipping—not required for the free polish!)

Until Next time,

Stay Pretty!

Featured: Zoya Song & the color lock system day 1. Lets see how many chip & wear free days I get out of this. Zoya claims you can get 10 days…a friend of mine has gotten 14. A great mani for me lasts 4 days, 5 days is miraculous. It’s all the asphalt scraping I do in my sleep I guess ;). High hopes for this product to at least last through the weekend! Keep you posted…
Until next time…stay pretty like this blue!