I very much dislike the kiosk people at the mall! They harass people walking by, I don't understand how they're still allowed in malls! Someone who worked at one of those kiosks told me the reason they make up prices is because they have a base price it's actually worth but if they sell it above that price they keep whatever extra they make so if it's worth $30 and they charge $99 they keep $69 of the sale. I admire you for standing up to them! I would never have the courage to do that!
I was starting to think that those prices were a bit made up, and I see why. The company is bogus to me, and I, too, don’t see how this chain of kiosks have stayed in business. The way they treat customers is outlandish, and the products are not worth the money they charge. I’ve been Google-ing reviews and most were awful, some just disheartening. Thank you for the info, it was very interesting!
I used to just let people walk all over me and treat me however they wanted, because I was such a people pleaser. But ever since the car accident I was in last month, I learned that life (and hard-earned money) is just too short to let slip away. I learned to find courage within myself, even if it means being a little risky. Never let a company, or ANY person for that matter, treat you like a doormat or just an object. If you’re firm and really put yourself first, you can get what you want and what’s right.
Deep Sea Cosmetics/Dead Sea Products ("Promotion"?!/Rant/Review)
This is a VERY lengthy “review” of my experience with the Deep Sea Cosmetics/Dead Sea Products. If you’d like, you can skip down to the bold bit to get to the main point.
Last Friday, on of my rare days off from everything, I decided to go to the mall to walk around and maybe purchase something if it interested me. I stopped at a couple stores, and on my way out, I figured I’d check out the other side of the mall just to see if there were any sales. Of course, there are those kiosks set up in the center of the halls, with salesmen and saleswomen attempting to sell you something. I made it past all of them with no troubles…
Except one. The Deep Sea Cosmetics/Dead Sea kiosk.
"Miss! Come here! Let me show you something." He would not quit until I looked in his direction.
Here’s this tall, visually-appealing man that grabs me by the hand, leading me to his kiosk. He takes one of my fingers and begins buffing and shining my nails with this buffing block — I’m talking about those four-sided blocks that you can find just about anywhere and all do the exact same thing. He tells me this result will last for 2 weeks. Just to entertain him, I acted as though I were quite amazed and shocked.
He goes on to put their “magical mineral” cuticle oil on and says I will be cuticle-free for a week. The kit that he was selling included the block, file, cuticle oil, cuticle pusher (Ziv thinks they are cuticle cutters… didn’t want to get into that), and hand cream. This “Platinum Nail Kit” was priced at $99, but for their “40-Year Anniversary”, they were on sale for $69.99, and get a second one for 50% off. Not convinced.
He starts talking about how their products are all-natural (yet highly perfumed) and made from salts in the Dead Sea, and that they are a top-of-the-line, worldly-known company. I made the comment, “Wow. I’m a nail blogger, and I have NEVER heard of your products.”
Immediately, he was interested. He wanted to know what a “nail blogger” was and I explained what I did. Very surprised, he starts to look around and then looks at me.
"I cut you a deal. I charge you $59.99 (+ tax) for one, and the second one is a gift from me. Just as long as you promise to show your big beautiful smile and promote my product. My name is Ziv, I am the manager." I looked around and noticed there weren’t any "All sales are final" signs, so I figured I could take it back if I wasn’t satisfied.
At this point, he begins to heavily flirt with me (as all of these associates do), to somehow make me feel “special”. He makes all of these flattering comments about my physical appearance and even gives me his own “personal” 10-percent-off discount coupons. All the while, as he’s ringing me up, he didn’t scan barcodes or anything of the like — he simply just selected the product on his touch-screen monitor and punched in numbers for the price.
"Will you be paying in hugs? Diamonds? Gold?" "I don’t have any of those to give." "Well, I wish you could pay me in hugs." Very nicely, I reply, "My credit card will be just fine."
With that, Ziv swipes my card, and has me sign a slip verifying the amount. He shoves the receipt and discount coupons at the bottom of the bag, products on top of it, and hands it to me. He then has me “pinky promise” to promote his product, again.
Mr. Ziv whimsically takes me to the other side of the kiosk where they have skin products. He tests this “peeling gel” on my wrist, and I was actually quite impressed (although I think I was more impressed with the smell of the product rather than the Elmer’s glue/rubber cement effect — the product balls up, giving you the impression that it’s taken off all your dead skin). It was priced at $99. I said “You know, I wish you would’ve shown me this product first before we made the transaction. I’m more interested in this than these nail kits.” Now, he’s upset with me.
"I can’t refund you. Once it goes through the system, I can’t reverse it. I can exchange for equal value, but I can’t refund. You’re just so beautiful, and I feel really bad about it." I told him that he has no sign saying "All sales are final" and none of the products are marked as so. "I told you this before I swiped your card, and it’s on the bottom of the receipt." "You did not let me see my receipt and you did not mention final sales until just now. Besides, the receipt does not print until after the transaction is made."
He goes on this big spiel that he already wasn’t supposed to lower the price for me and give me a free gift, and that if I return or exchange it, that it’ll mess up his “numbers”. Ziv tries to guilt-trip me by saying he will get in trouble with his manager. If I wanted to get the peel, he’d have to charge me again. I said it’s unacceptable.
"The most I can do for you is act as if you never got the nail kits, and charge you $40 more, plus tax. That way it’ll equal the amount of the peel. You can still keep the kits for free." We had gone back and forth for 15 minutes over this issue and I was getting very tired. For the moment, I told him fine. He swiped my card again, and put the peel in the same bag.
Ziv tells me to ask for him if I decide to come back, as he wants to see me. He then mentions he’s opening another location in Columbus, 2.5 hours away. Mr. Ziv wanted me to bring some friends and drive all the way up to Columbus to give him hugs and “a kiss on the cheek.” Feeling irate, I just want to get out. Noticing how frustrated I was, he says he “has to go open the store in Columbus,” and hopes to see me there. He could not stop making a point that he wanted me to make a long drive “just to see him”, and I knew very well what he was hinting at. I was not flattered, I was now (and still am) disgusted.
I am one of those people that doesn’t get upset or angry about things until after they happen. I started to think that Ziv and his company were a bit sketchy, and quite the rip off. I then get outside to realize he didn’t even give me my second receipt. All the more incentive to demand my money.
Storming to the kiosk, I ask a younger man if my receipt was here. “Oh yeah yeah yeah, here it is.” I take it and tell him that I have a problem. I told him that I’m upset with how this business is ran, how Ziv was treating me (basically seeing me somewhat as a sexual object), and how I was told after the fact that I couldn’t get a refund. The man says he wasn’t there during the conversation and tells me to hold on. He calls Ziv, gets off the phone with him, and says “Ziv said that he can do an even exchange, but can’t refund. He told you this during the demonstration.” I’m annoyed, I’m frustrated, and then the guy starts questioning me about why I purchased the product, why I signed, and why I’m even bothering to come back there. He even began insulting me, personally. Now I’m angry. I told him that I just want my money and they can keep their products and coupons, or I will dispute this on my credit card and they’ll be out money and a product. He had no idea what “disputing” was.
Conveniently, a “supervisor” shows up and asks me what the issue is. I tell the story over, and she tells me that she can’t refund me. Now there’s a crowd of people around the kiosk. I exclaim that she has NO sign saying final sale, the products aren’t marked neither as final sale NOR with prices. She says they have a sign, she was asked to point it out, but she could not find it. She then says she doesn’t need a sign, and that it’s on my receipt. I got very angry with her, exclaiming “THE RECEIPT DOES NOT PRINT UNTIL AFTER MY CARD IS SWIPED AND MY MONEY IS WITHDRAWN!” I questioned how they could run a skin care and beauty company and not be able to get a refund. Suppose someone were to have an allergic reaction — why don’t they have the right to return the product and get a refund for something She did not have a response.
I asked if there was a main office number or a number to someone running these kiosks in the area and she says “no”. I tell her that there’s no way these little shops are running without someone coordinating it. The she admits there is someone that runs them, and I demanded their number. She fumbles around and pretends to not have it, and I told her that I didn’t have all day. She writes down a number with a North Carolina area code and a man’s name “Nadal”. I called and asked if he runs these kiosks, he replies yes. I explain to him the situation, how I was treated, how the business was running, and that I demand a refund. He asked me who the salesperson was and I told him Ziv, but I’m now on the third associate. He asked me if I would go back to the counter and let him know I’m standing here now. He hangs up the phone and immediately their phone rings. In less than 2 minutes, she learned how to refund money, credited the $100+ total charge back to my card, and I’m now waiting for the money to go back to my bank. I thanked her for her time, and told her she needs to get a sign up.
From my experience (and from others’ experiences that I’ve read about across the world), this Israeli-ran business has good-looking associates use their charm to reel people in to buy their products (which is all fine and good, if that’s how you have to sell a product). While it’s okay to flatter your customers and say nice things about them, please do not sexualize them or insult them.
I also did my research on these kiosks, and I’ve found a very large complaint-to-satisfaction ratio. Many reviews share the same experiences I did (except I haven’t found one that was able to get a refund). The “supervisor” says they’ve never had any complaints or problems except me, but it appears they’re mistaken.
Ziv wanted me to promote his product, and I am keeping my promise and keeping it honest. The nail kit consists of a basic 4-sided buffing block, a very basic emery board file, simple cuticle pusher, decent-quality cuticle oil, and highly-perfumed hand cream that can be overwhelming. This is not worth the $99/$69/$59 (whatever bogus price they make up) they charge you in the mall. The facial “peeling” gel is a simple placebo effect that balls up like Elmer’s glue after you rub it on your hands long enough, making you think that all of this dirt, oil, and dead skin is coming off of your face (also not worth $99). If you’re truly interested in the products, do not fall for those kiosks. I looked on Amazon and you can find the peel for $30 and the nail kit for $25. I want the best for you all, so don’t be fooled by these kiosk associates’ looks and charm, and never accept them sexualizing or belittling you. Also, take this as a lesson: do your research before you buy products, any product at that, so you know what you’re getting into.
There is my “product promotion” for Deep Sea Cosmetics/Dead Sea products. Have you experienced these salespeople at their kiosk? Was your experience more positive, negative, or the same?
Hi everyone! It’s been over two months since I’ve posted anything. Honestly, I don’t have the time and I’m starting lose interest.
I go to school full time and I work full time. If I’m not at work, I’m at school, and vice versa. If I’m not at either of those locations, I’m asleep. I’ve also been dealing with a lot of sickness, so sometimes I’m in the hospital. Any small amount of time that I have off from everything, is jeopardized in some sort of fashion. Currently, I just don’t have the time to devote to this blog.
When I first moved my nail blog to Tumblr, I had such passion for nail art. I spent any time that I could making content and uploading it all to here for others to see. I was part of a community that truly cared about one another, and was supportive of one another. I’ve made such great friends through this network, and that’s something I’ll hold onto. Over the last 2.75 years I’ve been on here, I’ve noticed the change within the nail art community, and I’m not happy with it. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was angry with me over this, but it is my opinion and something that I have felt for quite some time.
I make it sound like it was so long ago, but when I first started, everyone was supportive of one another. Those within the community would leave nice comments, send encouraging messages, and really worked together. Now, people are competing against one another. Who can get the most notes, who can take one person’s design and make it their own and “better”; some will go as far as to take someone else’s artwork and claim it as their own.
When the nail art tag started coming into play and works of art were featured, it was fun to see another person’s work being viewed by a much bigger crowd. You saw all different accounts and all different works of nail art across a large spectrum of genres. Now, every time I log on here (which is multiple times per week), I see the same group of nail artists’ designs featured on the nail art tag, they may just be rotated around a bit. I’m not saying I’m not happy for them, because it’s a great feeling to see your work featured! I’m just saying that it’s not so invigorating when you see the same accounts over and over again. While it’s been getting better recently, at one point in time I’d only see top contributors and editors.
With my ranting and rambling aside, I wouldn’t expect a whole of content on my blog for now. I have to keep my priorities in line, and at this time, this is not one of them.
Although I won’t be uploading much for now, I’ll still log on frequently. I like communicating with you all and responding to your messages. You can also follow me on Twitter and Instagram (@CindysNails), and you can even follow me on Pinterest (xcindyc).
I haven’t made any nail content because over half of my nails broke! I wasn’t following my own rules (they’re in a post on how to have strong nails) and it serves me right. Since the new year, I’ve been nurturing my nails and trying to get them back in shape, which has been going alright, so far! They’re still not in the best shape, some are still a bit short. I might give them a little more TLC before I start painting on them again.
I also remembered that I was doing glitter mixes some time ago, so I figured that I could do that while my nails are growing back! I’d hate to leave this blog without content like I did for most of 2013.
I hope everyone’s been doing well. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram @CindysNails, and you can now follow me on Pinterest @xcindyc!
Thank you for that answer in such full detail. I too agree with the how the term "cosmetic" is used. However lots of people seem to be very sensitive about it. So it just worries me that in a different sense they will have some sorta reaction from the glitters and such. That is a whole different level though I suppose. But i appreciate your timely feedback and have made a decision based off both our research and views now ;)
How do you know that the recollections line at michales is safe for nails? I can't seem to find anything else anywhere talking about using it in such a way. I had found some pearlex mica I thought was ok but then saw on their site that it is not safe for cosmetic uses. Nail polish is a cosmetic use. So how do we know it isn't the same for recollections if we don't know the msds sheet?
I am fully aware that nail polish is considered a cosmetic. Correct, as I stated in my posts regarding the Recollections line, it is not labeled as cosmetic grade and you are correct that there is no information listed. However, I see “cosmetic” as being used on or around the eyes, lips… to me, anywhere that could cause serious damage (glitter being swallowed if on the lips, glitter scratching your cornea if it gets in your eye). Which is why, in a previous post on a glitter review, I said "Do so at your own risk!" So, as far as putting it around sensitive areas, do so at your own risk. What I mean, is, be smart about it, do some research of your own if need be, and use common sense. Check to see what material it is (acrylic, polyester, if it contains any metals, etc.), any labels… Whatever you need to do to feel safe.
I do not find using craft glitter to be a hazard to your health if it’s used on your nails. If it’s on your nails, the worst that’s going to happen is that the glitter will bleed (the color will run off of the glitter into your design, much like pen ink bleeds on paper when water is absorbed. You, yourself, will not bleed) and you won’t be at risk for losing a finger or ten. Perhaps I should have rephrased the whole cosmetic-grade bit a little differently. If you seal up the glitter with a good top coat, you shouldn’t have a problem with it getting into those previously-mentioned, sensitive areas (besides, you shouldn’t have your fingers in your eyes or mouth anyways. Think of the germs…).
I am not a glitter-ologist by any means. I just do my part in doing research for myself in order to determine what is best for me. As I have mentioned in previous times, the last thing I would want is for anyone to get hurt, so I definitely do not recommend any kind of craft glitter around your eyes or lips. However, I do find it okay for nails. I’m going to mention to you all to do it at your own risk. And if you, personally, do not feel safe about it, then simply do not use it and find an alternative that is labeled with notations that make you feel comfortable.
To start 2014, I’m currently nurturing my nails so I can get back to making some new content. Crossing my fingers (and my brain cells) that this year can bring me some inspiration!
In the meantime, I have Pinterest, if you’d like to follow me! It is my personal account, so you won’t just see too much nail art, but I’d also like to follow you too! Click here to follow me on Pinterest.
Also, feel free to follow me on Twitter and Instagram. @CindyNails
So I love that I get messages and e-mails from my followers and Internet friends because it really makes me happy that you even want to communicate with me even though I’ve been MIA for the longest. I’m like that kid in one of your college courses that shows up the first day and you never see her unless it’s exam day and finals week.
SO someone messaged me and said “I watched MrCandiiPants video about giving credit and I remember when you made a post and at the end you’d go on an actual rant… When’s that going to happen because I want to know what you really think about that”
I literally lol’ed because I thought everyone forgot about that, but really because they caught me off guard. But really, at that time I was highly frustrated with the whole thing, especially since it was happening to me (and still does) time, and time again. And at that point, I didn’t think it was safe for myself to make that rant.
However I think that now that I’ve calmed down for a bit, it’s an acceptable time for me to have that one-sided discussion.
I'm sorry about your great aunt. I've lost loved ones and I know how hard it is. No matter how cliche it sounds it gets easier. Just have to get through the initial shock first.
Thank you so much for the kind, supportive words! I appreciate it. It became easier once I accepted that she no longer has to suffer. It was as if it gave me peace knowing she’s much more comfortable where she is now. Thank you, again!
So here’s the thing: At the last minute, of course, I am moving! Again! Right in the midst of starting a new semester and working… I honestly cannot find the time to do nail art, which REALLY sucks. And I have some other personal hardships going on right now.
Once I get moved and settled in, and can find some sort of set schedule, I can get this three-ring circus running the way that works so I can finally get some designs out of the sketchbook and onto some nails!
Please, bare with me! I also have a small giveaway that I hope to start soon (the prize is already put together), so look out for that!
I’ve been absent from my blog for a couple of reasons. One, I’ve been working full time all summer and can’t catch a break when I do have a day off. On top of that, school is starting soon, so my life will be consumed by going to class and work, and studying. Pharmacy rules my life, but I’m okay with that.
Second, I had planned to do some more nail art, and right after I posted my recent striped design, two of my nails decided to break. All I’ve been able to do is take photos of my nailspirations and sketch out designs. :(
They’ve grown back a little bit, and they’re kind of short, but at least they’re paintable. Hopefully I can find some time today to do a design or two.
Thank you to all my followers. To those that have been following me, thank you for sticking around. And to those who are new here, I hope you’ve enjoyed everything so far!
Wow, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a tutorial! As requested, this is a tutorial for the “Colors of the Wind” design I made. It looks difficult, but it’s very easy, I promise! I must also note that as the design goes on, you might think, “Wow, this looks so messy and awful.” However, once you put on your glossy top coat, everything gets sealed and smoothed out just fine!
Just know that you may have a bit* of clean-up to do throughout the process and/or by the end of it.
*Results may vary. ;)
You’re going to need four colors: blue, yellow, pink, and white. I would highly recommend the pink and yellow be neon polishes. Not only will they have better color payoff, but they also work better in terms of consistency. Creme polishes tend to have a higher opacity than neon polishes, and for this look, you DON’T want that from the pink and yellow. You want them to be thin and “runny”.
The key tool you’re going to need for this design is a fan brush. I’ve had viewers e-mail me about this particular brush — either A) they had a hard time finding them, or B) they were a bit pricey. I bought mine off of Amazon.com. Two fan brushes came in a set of 15, and I only paid $4.96 (USD) plus shipping fees (which weren’t much). They’re also great quality for their price! If you want the same ones I’m using, CLICK HERE!
1. Start with a bright blue base. I’m using China Glaze’s Sunday Funday.
(OPTIONAL) To make sure the fan brush and polish went across the nail a bit more smoothly, I applied one coat of top coat.
2. You’re going to start with painting the white stripes. To achieve this, dip the fan brush in your white polish, but JUST THE MERE TIPS OF THE BRUSH. In combination with using a white polish that’s pretty fluid (I put a little bit of polish thinner in mine), you’ll want to make sure you only use the tips of the brush because it can get really clumped together.
I found the best way to do this was to do a stroke or two (or three, depending personal preference) from left to right, then from right to left. And if you’re a little heavy handed with the white, that’s fine! This is a design that’s not meant to be perfect. Besides, using a little more white than the other colors is good because it’s what’s going to make those neon colors “pop”.
3. Using the same technique, you’re now going to do the pink on top of the white. For this, I used Finger Paints’ Warhol Wannabe. Be sure that the pink is hitting not only the white, creating the hot pink, but also the blue, to make a pretty “neon” purple.
4. Again, in the same fashion, paint the yellow on top. I’m using China Glaze’s Celtic Sun. Be sure that the yellow touches the white (to make the yellow stand out), the pink (to make orange), and the blue (to make green). At the same time, make sure there’s still some blue showing through.
I recommend doing pink before yellow because of color overlap. When you do pink on top of yellow, the orange color that comes out isn’t as great compared to doing it in reverse.
Do your clean-up job, add your top coat and you’re done!
I had this random idea that I think would be really cool. I’m always having dreams of a Nail Art Con or “meet and greet”, but I’ll spare you (again).
I was sitting here and thought of doing some sort of fundraiser! I’m not sure what could be done with it, whether it be selling nail art sets or organizing an event of breaking the Guinness world record of people simultaneously painting their nails, but the proceeds could go to a foundation (or multiple foundations) — for diseases, children, women, anything! I think it would be really cool.
What would be even better is if a bunch of nail artists came together to do this! It’d be an awesome way for those in the Nail Art community to collaborate and develop an even stronger bond with one another. It would be interactive and fun!
Thank you! I've been wanting to try the foils for ages, but I was so afraid that the moment a top coat touched them, they would be ruined, and it would be money wasted.
You’re welcome! You know, people get a little uptight about the wrinkling and some can overemphasize it. To be honest, unless you can apply that foil PERFECTLY — no missed spots or anything — it’s not going to be a perfect mirror effect. Personally, I think the wrinkled effect can look nice, especially with foils such as Fuchsia Fantasy, Silver Crush, and Tie Dye Surprise (foils with a more randomized or intricate pattern). To me, it comes down to personal preference and trial and error. If you have any more questions about them at all, let me know! I’d be more than happy to help. :)