Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I'm Day Trippin'!

Hello, Dolls!

Today I am wearing 3 Indie polishes At. The. Same. Time! Hooray! I have Pretty & Polished Day Trippin' as my base and Daring Digits Salt Water Taffy and Punch Me Purple as glitter toppers.

I will warn you this post is a bit picture heavy.  

This is what Day Trippin' looked like when I stepped outside into the brisk air. Kind of a cool gradient from pink to purple.

Salt Water Taffy is a pretty pink glitter top coat and Punch Me Purple is the lovely purple and white. Husband says PMP is his favorite in my stash so far.

So here is after I stood outside for a minute, fiddling with my camera. The cold air caused the whole nail to turn a beautiful deep purple. I like that the contrast that Salt Water Taffy gives on the 3 nails. 

Then I dipped my nails in hot water...

 And it turned this adorable fuschia pink!

Now you can really see Punch Me Purple on my ring finger.

Then I let it sit in the air and cool back down...

I did this 3 or 4 times and then I decided to have some fun with it and dipped just the tips of my nails into the hot water.

Honestly, this polish was so much fun! And covered in only 3 coats. It has been changing colors on me all day as I walk into school and back outside. And the rooms at my school are super cold, so it kept going from pink to purple.

You can buy Pretty & Polished on her Etsy site.
You can also get Daring Digits on her Etsy site, though at the time of posting, she is on vacation and the shop is closed.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Nails For The Sake of Sanity is having an awesome Indie Giveaway!!

There is a pretty awesome giveaway going on at Nails for the Sake of Sanity. She will have 4 winners. One will will get to win their choice of Rainbow Polish, one will win Vivid Lacquer, one will win Charm Your Nails, and one will win Glimmer by Erica.

Here is the post!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Shimmer Polish; Custom: Kari-Berry

Hi ladies!

I want to thank you guys for being so patient with me. I am so overwhelmed this semester in school. I am only 2 weeks in and I already know this is going to be the hardest, most stressful semester yet.

Well today, the plan was to rent a pontoon with my family and go out on the lake where we would mix together my grandparents' ashes and spread them on the lake. This is something they always said they wanted us to do. But this morning I got a call from my dad saying that my aunt is sick and everyone else thinks it is too cold (it is 53 degrees nowhere near the water, so it's probably close to 45 on the lake. brrr...) so the day is off. We will do it next summer.

This story leads to my polish story though. Last night I pulled out my custom Shimmer polish that I ordered from her to use specifically for today. It is a mix of pinks, purples, a few teals and golds and scattered blacks. I named it Kari-Berry which is what my Grandpa called me when I was little and after he passed away, I never let anyone else call me that. I thought it was the perfect polish to wear today.

I wish it wasn't so gloomy today and you could really the sparkle in this polish. Putting it on last night, it was so darn sparkly I couldn't even tell if I was putting it on evenly lol.

This is one coat of Kari-Berry over one coat of HITS Hestia, a light purple holo that you can't even see anymore because the glitter is so thick (I am saying that in a good way). 

You can order Shimmer Polish through her Facebook page or her Blog.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Rainbow Polish: Pheasant

Hello my dears!

2 posts in one day??? Whaaaa??? I know, right?!

I am wearing Rainbow Polish's new polish Pheasant and I am completely in love with it! "This polish was made to capture the colors of the beautiful pheasant. Coppers, golds, teal like their next bands and a touch of red like around their eyes" is the way Tonya describes her newest creation.

 She captured the colors of the beautiful bird perfectly!

I layered it over Orly Buried Alive, a beautiful shimmery brown with undertones of gold shimmer, and it looks like fall. Yes, that's right, I said "it looks like fall"!!

This is only one coat!

I used only one coat of the glitter bomb and it went on perfectly! I had to place a few of the larger reds, but even that was super easy. They came out of the bottle super nicely, it was just a matter of getting them on the nail. No biggie :)

Her polishes are for sale on her Etsy site and they are just beautiful.

10 Day Challenge Day 10: Ombre Nails

Hello ladies!

What's that word that means the same backwards as forwards? Well that's what today's post is. 10 Day Challenge Day 10. See? Backwards and forwards. lol. It's ombre nails!

Sorry about my poor cuticle :(
I used Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet and Ulta Tutu Cute.

I love this look. It's so cute! 2 colors I never would have thought to use together. Love!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day 9: Favorite Color Combination

Hello my dears! Welcome, new followers!

Today is day 9: Favorite Color Combination

Now most of you probably thought I would be doing purple and pink, but, while they are my favorite colors, I do have a color-combo that I actually favor just a tad more. Purple and turquoise!

I had a very difficult time getting the colors to photograph true. This was the best I could do.

I used Julep Anne and China Glaze Flyin' High for this one. I got quite a few compliments on them at work yesterday too.

And now Miss Maddie wants to say Hi


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

10 Day Challenge Day 8: Favorite Movie Or Inspired By A Movie

Hello Dears!

Sorry this post is a little later than normal. I actually did my mani a few days ago and took the pictures, but just haven't had a chance to sit down and post.

So this is day 8: Favorite Movie or Inspired By A Movie. My absolute favorite movie of all time is Gone With The Wind. I can't get enough of it. I watch it every single time it comes on television and even pop the dvd in occassionally. I know almost every line.

So I have this poster in my dining room (Christmas present from Husband 2 years ago)
My poster in my dining room

Image off of Google

 I racked my brain for hours trying to think of what I could do. I had so many ideas in my head. Like Scarlett's green dress made from the curtains. Or inspired by Bonnie Blue Butler. But I didn't know how I could realistically put that to nail.

So this is what I landed on. 

Not super impressive, I'm sorry. I just did GWTW on my nails with a saran wrapped background. I used Ulta Sun Of A Gun as the base and then a mixture of Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow and Piggy Polish Lemonade 5cents to sponge on with saran wrap. The letter are a gold polish from Maurices.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Chalkboard Nails Nail Art Contest; My Entry + 10 Day Challenge Day 7:Favorite Freehand Nail Art Design

Hello Ladies!

I have decided to enter a nail art contest. I have never done this before so I am not getting my hopes up. I also decided to combine this with my 10 Day Challenge, so this is Favorite Freehand Nail Art Design.

Chalkboard Nails is hosting a nail art contest featuring warm and cool colors. Here is the link to the contest if you would like to enter. The rules are simple:

  • You must choose either warm colors (red, orange, yellow, pink) or cool colors (green, blue, purple, teal). Black and white are freebies. You do not have to use all of the colors in the color temperature you choose.
  • You must do these designs on your own nails (no nail wheels, please).
  • Your design must be new.
  • Stamping, decals, wraps, and stickers are not allowed. 
  • Acrylic paint is not allowed

  • The winner gets to choose 3 sets of polish from The New Black

    I decided to go with Warm colors.

    Let's go through the nails, shall we?

    I did my very first water marble for my pointer finger. It took me about 8 tries with the water and paint just to get the drips to do what they were supposed to. But I was completely impressed when I was done. 
    -Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow
    -Ulta Sun Of A Gun
    -Nicole by OPI Kourt Is Red-Y For A Pedi
    -Sally Hansen Wild Life
    -China Glaze Shocking Pink (Neon)
    -layered over Sinful Colors Snow Me White

    This one was fun. The night before, I painted a bunch of colors onto a sheet of plastic wrap and let them dry. Then I peeled them off, cut them into shapes and applied them to my nail and topped with Seche Vite.
    -Sinful Colors Snow Me White (base)
    -China Glaze Shocking Pink (Neon) (right triangle)
    -OPI You Rock-Apulco Red! (top triangle)
    -Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow (circle)
    -Ulta Sun Of A Gun (square)

    Flames for this one! I used my small striping brush and dipped it in the polish and striped upwards quickly.
    -Sally hansen Mellow Yellow (base)
    -OPI Big Apple Red
    -Ulta Sun Of A Gun
    -Sally Hansen Sun Kissed

    And a swirl nail to finish off the look. This is done by putting three thick stripes of color across the nail and using your marbling needle or a toothpick to swirl the colors.
    -OPI You Rock-Apulco Red!
    -Sally Hansen Sun Kissed
    -Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow

    What do you think?? Do I have a chance of winning?

    Thursday, September 6, 2012

    10 Day Challenge Day 6: Favorite Celebrity Manicure

    Well hello to all my old and new followers, welcome!

    So today is day 6 which means Favorite Celeb Mani. I had one specific mani in mind for this but I thought I would see what was out there. So I googled "Celebrity Nails" but wasn't terribly impressed with what I found so I just went back to my original idea.

    I absolutely love Zooey Deschanel and her tuxedo nails that she wore to the Golden Globes were so adorable!
    Photo Courtesy of Google Images

    I had such high hopes for this mani, but unfortunately I did not succeed the way I had intended.

    Not horrible. But not good, by any means.

    I was going to do something like this for my friend's wedding next month, but I might have to rethink it a bit.

    Tuesday, September 4, 2012

    10 Day Challenge Day 5: Blue Nails (And TIOT)

    Hello there everyone!

    It is day 5 of my 10 day challenge and that means blue nails. It is also Try It On Tuesday so I thought I could kill two birds and do them both together.

    So I got Pool Party from Pretty & Polished awhile ago. I got 2 so I could use one for my last giveaway and I never used mine. (my current giveaway is going on here)

    So without further ado, Pool Party:


    I just love this polish. It is so cute! It looks like little swimmers in the pool with their little pool noodles. :D
     I love what Chelsea does with her polishes.


    I layered it over Nicole by OPI "Baby" Blue. This is 2 coats of each and a healthy serving of Seche Vite to smooth it out.

    direct sunlight

    Direct sunlight

    Bottle shot!

    Sunday, September 2, 2012

    150 Facebook Followers GIVEAWAY!

    Hey All!!

    It is time for another Giveaway!! Hooray!!! *She jumps around cheering*

    I have some pretty cool prizes for you guys this time. One lucky winner will win all this!

     Lets run through them, shall we?

    Fist up, an 8 pack of beauty sponges. These are perfect for gradient nails and other sponged manis. 

    Next, a cute little back to school themed nail file 

    Then we have Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. This stuff is completely amazing and smells like fresh lemons. 

    Now for the polish:

    We have Piggy Polish Blue-ming Romance. A pretty baby blue cream

    China Glaze Dance Baby. This is a nice baby pink cream.

    And finally, Butter LONDON West End Wonderland. A gold glitter bomb with accents of silver and bronze.  Perfect for fall.
    Now for the rules:

    1)Unfortunately this giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents only. I just cannot afford the shipping costs overseas at this time. 

    2)The first 3 objectives are Required! If I see that you have liked me and then unliked me after, or followed me and then unfollowed after, you will be disqualified and banned from all other giveaways. Sorry if this seems harsh but, really, that's just rude. 

    3)All other objectives after the first 3 are purely optional but I ask that you be honest. If you do not share the giveaway or leave a comment, please don't say that you did just to get the extra entry. I will be checking all the winner's entries to verify. 

    4)Have fun!!! I love to hear from you guys and all comments are welcome (as long as they are appropriate and friendly, of course). 

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    All prizes were purchased by me.