Monday, August 11, 2014

The Perfect Barielle Manicure and a Giveaway [Closed]

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 I was recently given the opportunity to work with Barielle in creating my version of the perfect manicure using some Barielle products.  They were also kind enough to allow me to give a set of my picks to a reader!

Here we go!

My first step (after removing all old polish), was to exfoliate with Barielle's 60 Second Mani-Pedi.  This is a scrub made of salt and several oils.  I scooped a bit into my hands and rubbed it in making sure to also focus on my cuticles.  Make sure not to rub too hard because the salt can be abrasive.  I then rinsed in warm water and patted my hands dry.  This left my hands super soft!

Next I used Barielle's Natural Nail Camouflage.  This base coat has been in my rotation for a few years now.  It works well as a ridgefiller and I even wear it alone when I feel like going "naked" but don't want my nails to look too yellow.  It doesn't cover my extensive staining completely, but it helps.

And now for the color.  I picked Mint Ice Cream Cone because, who doesn't love a pale green polish?  This is a pastel green cream with a white base.  Pastels and whites are notorious for their bad application, but this applied well.  Fist coat is streaky, but second coat evens everything right out.

I let it dry a bit and topped it off with Barielle Gel Top Coat Max Protection.  This is a gel top coat that needs no light to dry.  For those used to a super fast drying top coat, this is not one of them.  Patience is needed, but it does dry to a nice shiny finish.

This is 2 coats Mint Ice Cream Cone with 1 coat Gel Top Coat.



And finally moisturize those hands!  Barielle Professional Protective Hand Cream is great for an everyday moisturizer.  It has the consistency of regular lotion. The smell isn't too strong at all (I'm not a fan of hand creams with super strong scents so this is perfect.) and it absorbs nicely leaving your has soft and moisturized, but not greasy.  Great to throw in your purse or have on your desk to moisturize through out the day.

All these products can be purchased at and you also have the opportunity to win them through the giveaway!

Giveaway Information

1.  Before entering below, please be aware that this giveaway is US ONLY.  Sorry to my international readers!

2.  You must be 18 years or older, or have a parents permission to enter.

3.  I am not responsible for lost or stolen mail.

4.  The giveaway ends August 26, 2014 at 12:00am Eastern Standard Time.

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  1. Your natural nails are so fab! Wish mine could get like that....also came to let you know I finally started my blog. Been waiting for it to be a little more structured before actually letting people know. It's still a work in progress but we were chatting via email and you asked me to let you know. I would love feedback. Thanx.

    1. Not sure why I missed this comment! I'll check your blog out tonight!

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