NOTW: Sinful Colors Leap Flog + Best Stained Nail Trick Ever

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Can you tell that I'm ready for fall?

There's a chill in the air now, and I've gone a few days without turning on my air conditioning, so it just might be time to put away the summer brights. If I was previously in a blue nail polish phase, I think I'm on the brink of an obsession with dark green nails, starting with Leap Flog (not sure I get the name!). I believe this is part of the new Sinful Colors Professional collection, though I've also seen it marketed as Student. Either way, I love this grayish, almost dingy mossy green. It's not as deep as Essie's Stylenomics (which has also caught my eye) but it's a lot darker than OPI Jade is the New Black which is my only other creamy green polish. 

You know I love Sinful Colors' price point and solid pigmentation, but I've just now figured out how you can tell that this polish is a cheap one: the smell. We all know nail polish has a notoriously noxious scent, but in the more expensive ones I have, that chemical-y smell is less detectable. Even with more moderately priced polishes like OPI or Essie, the scent is definitely there but it's not in your face. Sinful Colors, however, is. I first cracked open this bottle, and I swear the toxic scent was the strongest I'd ever encountered--I actually felt compelled to open the window. I quickly painted my nails and the formula was as solid as ever, but I took off the polish earlier today and was horrified to see severe staining.

Which brings us to the second part of this post!

I've mentioned brushing stained nails with a toothbrush and whitening toothpaste before, but I wanted to show pictures to demonstrate how effective that method really is. I've done it quite a few times now, but generally only before I give myself a manicure or to remove any mild orange staining. I took off Leap Flog a few hours ago and was in a big hurry so the dark green stains were a horrifying problem--the worst case I've ever had. (I didn't use a base coat under this polish, but I often don't). 

While running around getting dressed, I sprinted to the bathroom and pulled out the toothbrush and whitening toothpaste, and spent maybe 15 seconds scrubbing each set of nails. Fifteen seconds and...

A world of difference!

Yes, there are definitely still tinges of green, but it's significantly less noticeable and likely due to me scrubbing straight across the nail beds and not around the edges. But I can't get over how just a little scrubbing with whitening toothpaste can remove such deep staining. To think I was doing the ridiculous "twist your finger into half a lemon" method for so long!

I expect this trick to be invaluable in the upcoming months, when I pull out my endless stash of deep burgundys and reds. 

Fall is just around the corner, and I am more than ready!

Hope you're having a lovely weekend!