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Gel Nail Polish Removal: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details

Monday, August 1st, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing | 2 Comments

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Meilily Photos & Swatches: Shellac Gel Manicure Removal: After Week 3!

Concluding the first ever Meilily gel manicure photo and swatch series, which tracks one gel manicure over three weeks, this finale explains how to remove a gel manicure, at home, by yourself. It’s not pretty, folks, but it can be done!

The Meilily Guide to Removing Gel Polish at Home

They say you need to go to a salon to remove your gel manicure and, while it is true that there are special products for removing gel polish currently only available to salons, where salon removal consists of wrapping, soaking, and sliding the gel off, removal can also be done, perhaps less gracefully, at home.

Meilily Gel Manicure Removal DIY How-To:

1) Find the loose edges around the gel polish on each nail - By week 2 or 3 you should start to see a lot of nail growth and possibly a few loose edges on the gel polish. Identify the areas around the edge of the polish on each nail that you may be able to loosen. › Continue reading

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Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Week 3

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | Comments Off

Meilily: Gel Manicure Week 3 - CND Strawberry Smoothie Gloss
Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting Shellac Gel Manicure: Week 3!

Wondering how a Shellac gel manicure looks by week 3? Well, so far so good, with one random chip from earlier, some nail growth, and still a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Week 3 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!

In general, my gel manicure still looks great a full three weeks later – › Continue reading

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Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Day 5

Friday, February 18th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 1 Comment

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Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting Shellac Gel Manicure: Day 5!

So far so good, with only one chip and a whole lot of shine! Check out these photos and swatches from Day 5 of my CND Shellac gel manicure in shade Strawberry Smoothie!

*If you missed it, you can view photos and swatches from Day 1 of my Shellac manicure here, with details on the gel manicure process and where to get it done!  As you may have heard, gel nail polish is supposed to last without chipping between two to three weeks if done right.  Is that true?  Find out here!

Day 5 Shellac Manicure Results & Photos…

I was still very happy with my gel manicure, even on Day 5!  The shine and gloss lasted impeccably without any dulling, and my nails looked freshly manicured.  Amazing!  The only chip to report by Day 5 actually happened on Day 2 of this gel manicure- How embarrassing!

I swear my Day 2 chip resulted from a fluke nail-caught-in-teeth accident that I cannot explain. › Continue reading

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Gel Nail Polish: Long Lasting Shellac Manicure for Natural Nails – Photos & Details Day 1

Thursday, January 20th, 2011 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Testing, Swatches | 5 Comments

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Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches: Long-lasting CND Shellac Gel Nail Polish Manicure!

If you’re like me and can’t help but mess up a manicure before even leaving the salon chair – painted nails a scraggly mess by day two – then you’re in luck! There is a revolutionary new nail polish, gel nail polish, that is rapidly rising in popularity. It is a cross between a regular polish and gel nails set with UV light.  This gel polish is painted onto natural nails just like regular polish, but cured under UV light layer by layer.

I recently tested out this new gel manicure and came away with my fingernails transformed into glossy, shiny gems of polished goodness, an effect that lasted two whole weeks!

The salon I went to used CND Shellac polish and also Harmony Gelish products. The shade I tried on and photographed is CND Shellac in Strawberry Smoothie. Love it! › Continue reading

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L’Occitane Limited Edition Peony Makeup Collection Photos

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 | Makeup, Photos, Product Launches, Product Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Photos: L’Occitane Limited Edition Peony Makeup Collection!

Exciting news! L’Occitane’s limited edition makeup collection is here! In select L’Occitane stores only, this rare garden-inspired Peony Makeup Collection is a must-see.

While wandering through a L’Occitane shop, I was drawn to a display of what appeared to be colorful flower seed packets. Imagine my surprise when I realized that L’Occitane, best known as a bath and skincare brand, has a new makeup collection out, and a pretty one at that. Each limited edition makeup shade is named after a particular peony.

Meilily’s top picks from the L’Occitane Peony Makeup Collection:
- Liquid Shine Lip Colour in 01 Marie Riviere (a flattering medium-pigmented gloss inspired by a “delicate salmon-pink peony,” according to L’Occitane)
- Facecolour Powder in 02 Valse de Vienne (a pretty “glossy pale pink” blush/eyeshadow)
- Lipstick in 03 Mme Louis Henry (a very sheer warm-pink shimmer lipstick inspired by “a pink peony with old-gold patina reflections”)

Check out these photos of items from the L’Occitane Peony Makeup Collection› Continue reading

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Shu Uemura Limited Edition: Tsumori Chisato Mini Brush Set – Cat Design

Monday, May 10th, 2010 | Organization, Photos, Tools and Brushes | Comments Off

Meilily: Shu Uemura Tsumori Chisato Mini Brush Set Box

Meilily: Shu Uemura Tsumori Chisato Mini Brush Set Box

Meilily Product Pick & Photos: Shu Uemura Limited Edition Mini Brush Set by Tsumori Chisato!

If you like cute cat designs like I do, you’ll love the Shu Uemura Limited Edition Holiday Collection, which includes this Mini Brush Set designed by Japanese fashion designer, Tsumori Chisato. Luckily, the Tsumori Chisato makeup brush set, complete with super-cute winking cat design, is currently still available online at the Shu Uemura website for a limited time. Unfortunately, this collection has been out for a while and Shu Uemura is pulling it’s US brick and mortar shops, so your best bet is getting these online.

[Btw: Shu currently has an anniversary website special from May 10 - 14 with code HAPPY for 20% off and free shipping on orders over $50]

Even the box that the Tsumori Chisato Mini Brush Set comes in is fantastically cute – with gold metallic stars and, again, that adorable winking black cat!

See More Photos of the Tsumori Chisato Limited Edition Mini Brush Set… › Continue reading

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Lucha Keys: Fred & Friends Luchador Inspired Kitsch for Your Keys

Monday, May 3rd, 2010 | General, Photos, Style Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Off-Beat Product Pick & Photos: Lucha Keys, Stretch Pants for Keys!

I have been on a Luchador kick lately, so I just couldn’t resist showing these luchador-inspired key jackets by Fred & Friends, though key jackets are a far cry from the beauty and style products typically featured on Meilily. To be fair, Lucha Keys are described as “stretch pants for keys,” so keys can be stylish too!

Inspired by the distinctive masks of luchadores or Mexican wrestlers, Lucha Keys, made in blue-red and green-lime rubber, stretch over › Continue reading

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Product Photos: Space Snacks Boots by Irregular Choice – Retro Whimsy

Thursday, February 4th, 2010 | Fashion, Photos, Product Picks, Shoes | Comments Off

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Check out these super unique “Space Snacks” boots by Irregular Choice. If you can get your hands on some, they are sure to get you tons of compliments when you wear them!

These whimsical Irregular Choice Space Snacks Boots were a rare find on Endless.com last season, and their blue retro space-cowboy design with red patterned soles made me an instant fan of Irregular Choice shoes.

More Photos and Details: Irregular Choice Space Snacks Boots…

The Irregular Choice Space Snacks Boots come in a retro navy blue color, with metallic gold trim both at the top and in the star-shaped cutouts on the sides. › Continue reading

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Gift Pick & Photos: Tarte Crown Jewels Mini Lip Gloss Value Set

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 | Photos, Product Picks | Comments Off

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Meilily Gift Pick & Photos! Tarte Cosmetics Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set

When I saw that tarte cosmetics was offering a new lip gloss value set specifically for gifting, I was impressed. As a huge fan of tarte cosmetics and of value sets, I decided I had to get my hands on one of these sets!*

Each tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set comes with three individually packaged and “giftable” boxes, each containing five mini lip glosses. In total, the set comes with fifteen paraben-free lip glosses, which contain tarte’s customary natural ingredients and smell a little like warm sugar.

Photos & More Details: Tarte Crown Jewels Lip Gloss Set › Continue reading

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Best Nail Polish Remover Ever? Priti Soy Polish Remover

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 | Nail Polish, Product Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Priti Soy Polish Remover

Meilily: Priti Soy Polish Remover

Meilily Product Pick: Priti Soy Polish Remover!

Move over acetone! Hello, soy! Start out the new year with a resolution to avoid harsh chemicals in your beauty routine. One of the easiest ways to get a healthier beauty routine is to change your nail polish remover.

These days there are a growing number of plant-based better-for-you nail polish removers, and the hands down best polish remover I have tried so far is the Soy Polish Remover by Priti….

Not only does Priti’s Soy Polish Remover smell great (like sweet herb flowers), but it also contains biodegradable ingredients and essential oils, without yucky chemicals like acetone. This polish remover just melts away nail polish but doesn’t strip the nails of moisture! Instead, it feels slightly oily and seems to help prevent nails from looking dry and brittle after removing polish.

Personally, I think Priti Soy Polish Remover is the absolute best thing out there for removing nail polish in a not-so-toxic way! › Continue reading

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Product Photos & Swatches: Paul & Joe Nail Enamel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009 | Nail Polish, Photos, Product Picks, Sales, Swatches | Comments Off

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Meilily Product Pick, Photos & Swatches! Paul & Joe Nail Enamel!

Ever since Meilily was introduced to the wide world of Paul & Joe Beaute, a Parisian cosmetics and skincare line created by Sophie Albou that is much loved throughout the globe, an intense Paul & Joe beauty addiction began to smolder. After receiving a Paul & Joe Beaute product from one of the ladies at eMakeMeUp.com, this addiction was set ablaze, and… hauling commenced immediately.

Paul & Joe Nail Enamel: Scented & So Feminine!

One of the most interesting products from Paul & Joe Beaute, and one of the products I first hauled, is actually the Paul & Joe Nail Enamel, not just because of its unique floral glass bottle but also because it is a scented nail polish! It applies just like any good nail polish, but then it also smells quite nice when dry – like soft fruity flowers – with no yucky chemical smell! Amazing!

Swatches & More Photos of Paul & Joe Nail Enamel › Continue reading

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Product Pick & Photos: Nature-Inspired Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 | Organization, Photos, Product Picks | 3 Comments

Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily: Bird Vine Jewelry Stand

Meilily Product Pick & Photos! Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters!

I’ve been on the lookout for nature-inspired jewelry stands – you know, the ones shaped like twigs and branches – ever since I discovered the variety of jewelry stands available at UrbanOutfitters.com. I recently picked up this lovely Bird Vine Jewelry Stand from Urban Outfitters, and love it! It is made of sturdy metal with an antique gold finish, and has branches, leaves, and two cute birds – all to hold and neatly display all sorts of baubles.

More Jewelry Stand Photos & Details… › Continue reading

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