Alphabet Challenge: CND Flashpoint

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CND Flashpoint is a warm, coral leaning red shade. It kind of reminds me of OPI Cajun Shrimp. I only have a few CND polishes, but all of them apply nicely and are super pigmented!

This is two coats. I think this shade would look amazing on someone with really tan skin! This color just makes me think of summertime. It’s also a great shade for toes. For some reason I always think of my mom when I see this type of color, so I will probably give this bottle to her. πŸ™‚

Review: CND Solar Oil

I have been using CND Solar Oil on my nails and cuticles, and really love the result. I actually purchased this oil in February and just now started using it on a regular basis (no idea why). At the time it was the dead of winter so I wanted something springy and summer; this smells like almonds and is incredibly soft and conditioning.

The bottle contains .25 fluid ounces and ranges in the $8-$10 range; I paid $9 for my bottle, and on Ulta’s website it is $7.50. The brush application makes it very easy to apply to the nails and cuticles, and you don’t need a lot to get the job done! Also, I really like how the oil sinks into the skin and doesn’t slide all over the place. I’ve used some oil products (leg oil and such) that slides everywhere, which I can’t stand because then oil gets all over clothes, fabric, and furniture.

The almond scent of the oil is very natural and slightly sweet, but not overpowering.

Ulta describes CND Solar Oil with this blurb: “Called a ”manicure in a bottle,” this blend of three natural oils and vitamin E serves double duty as both a nail strengthener and conditioner, as well as a cuticle softener.”

Even though the skin will absorb the oil, there will likely be some oil that needs to be cleaned up. This isn’t a problem for bedtime application, and it’s a good chance to condition the nails.

Overall, I really like this oil and am going to continue using it nightly in an effort to strengthen my nails and keep my cuticles in check. Hopefully this will lead to healthier hands and prettier fingers!

Are there any other cuticle oils out there that are must haves?

CND Blueberry Whip

WHAT a work week this has been….I have been swamped with grading and late grading and all of that fun stuff that comes along with teaching. Anyway, I have photos and photos sitting on my camera and finally got some sorted! CND Blueberry Whip looks exactly like when you eat blueberries in cereal and milk is tinted in the bottom of the bowl. πŸ™‚

These photos have a bit of a yellow tint since I took them late in the day outside! This color is very pale and creamy. It is also one of the first polishes I got when I stopped biting my nails, and the name “Blueberry Whip” is totally sentimental because of my grandparents and spending summers at their camp in the summer.

Here it is with China Glaze White Cap over it. This ended up being really pretty with just the right amount of shimmer, which is difficult to see here thanks to the sun! The application of Blueberry Whip is nice and smooth, and when layering it with another polish it’s easy to get away with one coat.