Monday, January 21, 2013

Sally Hansen Mermaid's Tale NOTD

Hi guys! How's everyone's Monday, do you have the day off or are you working? I have the luck of being able to stay home today but I am not on holiday pay (that I know of). No complaints though, I got to sleep in today after going out last night for a friend's birthday dinner. Its such lovely weather in Las Vegas this week after a week or so of frigid temps and unusually cold weather. I tell ya, it was no fun getting up at four am and trekking to work in 20 degree weather! I live in the desert dammit, I like it warm! lol

Today I want to show you all the mani sported for the majority of last week, I like to change my polish more frequently but working 12 hour days left me pooped when I got home. I also meant to stamp and/or mattify this manicure but time didn't allow. Boo, I know. But at least we can enjoy a spectacular Deborah Lippmann dupe, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Mermaid's Tale. 

Can we all agree that this "name" is a little played out?? 

Mermaid's Tale is a pretty spot on dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Across The Universe, a beautiful blue jelly packed with blue and green hex glitters. I grabbed my bottle at Target where this particular line is actually "reasonably" priced compared to CVS or Walgreens. I'm not a fan of this line's short, stubby, and wide stem and brush, but for the right color I've caved once or twice. If you believe it, this is one coat of Mermaid's Tale over underwear. The jelly is a great consistency and the glitters spread nice and evenly without dabbing or having to mess with the funky brush at all.

I even managed to sneak a sunshine photo when my coworkers weren't paying attention to me! My polished fingers and the frequency of my polish changes have been noticed and complimented but I'm not quite ready to spill the beans to them about this blog. I have a professional career to develop!

My undies for this manicure were Essence Colour & Go Date In The Moonlight, a dusty navy shade with tiny but bright microglitter... or would you consider it a shimmer? Either way, I enjoyed this polish enough to wear it alone on my right hand while wearing Mermaid's Tale on my left. The price point is spot on, the bottle shape is cute, and even though I don't entirely care for the brush shape the formula on this brand (every color I've tried so far!) is great. Here is two coats over base coat and without a top coat.

Now that I've bombarded you with polish photos, how about some work photos!? 

Since my office is basically the great outdoors, I love snapping pics. The desert is gorgeous and the area we're working in right now is two and a half hours north of Las Vegas in the Tule Springs Desert, east of the Mormon Mountains - in case you're interested in seeing where I'm hiking out in the desert. We're doing biological assessments, checking for burrows (kit foxes, coyotes, jackrabbit, tortoise, etc.) and noting the different species of flora and fauna we come across. I love my job. <3

Hammin' it up next to a large Joshua Tree.

Now, I'm off to go enjoy the rest of my afternoon since I've got an early bedtime tonight. I swear, no matter how early I get to bed, waking up at 4:00am is not fun. Btw, I squared up my nail shape when filing them down last week, what do you think? I usually have more rounded corners because square doesn't seem to hold up on me, but I'm liking this length.



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