October 31, 2010

Ashley's Amazing Halloween Costume. MAC Lichtenstein-Comic Book-Pop-Art Look


We love comic books and when we saw this MAC Halloween look last year we were smitten and vowed to try it this year. I didn't get pictures when she was toatlly finished but at this stage you can tell how awesome it is!


Thanks for reading!
April

How To Host A Successful Pumpkin Carving Party!


No nails in this post, just lots of pumpkins! This year was the 4th Annual Powertools & Pumpkins Party at my house and it was the most successful one so far. We had over 30 attendees and someone even carved a 50 lb pumpkin (pictured above)! I've seen those at the store but I didn't know anyone actually bought them let alone carved them.
It's so fun to let everybody loose with the saws and the drills and the dremels and just see what happens. A few tips if you want to host one next year.
  • Carving outside is ideal but not always possible due to weather. We just rolled up the rugs & threw down some tarps in the living room. It helps to gather stools, sturdy boxes, milk crates and other things for people to rest their pumpkins on while carving.
  • I highly recommend the Pumpkin Masters Carving kits with the different sized saws. They can make pumpkin carving much more fun and less frustrating.
  • Break out your dremels, drills, hole saws and more! Dremels can be used for shaving details, drills for fancy patterned pumpkins and hole saws make perfect circles in just a few seconds.
  • Have a printer handy in case anyone wants to print out a template or a picture to reference while carving.
  • Don't forget to have lots of candles on hand!
  • Start a few hours before sunset and plan on having people stay after dark so they can see their pumpkins on lit up.
  • This means folks might be staying through dinner time. My amazing sister Alisa came up with and prepared this year's food and it was a huge hit! She's very clever and made lots of things that could be snacked on throughout the night but were hearty enough to be filling. We had a big crock pot of chili with all of the fixings for Frito chili pies, another big crock pot of Ro-Tel, lots of humus and pita bread, and a cheeseball with red pepper jelly.
  • I really like to have punch at parties and I am in love with the one we tried this year. It's called Milk Punch and it's a great holiday alternative to eggnog. Unbelievably delicious! The recipe below makes a gallon of punch. This version was supposed to be served frozen but we started too late. It was still super tasty. Fresh nutmeg is vital!
Emeril's Frozen Milk Punch

Recipe adapted from Louisiana Real and Rustic Cookbook, by Emeril Lagasse, with Marcelle Bienvenu, published by William Morrow, 1996.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups brandy
  • 1 1/4 cups bourbon
  • 1 1/4 cups dark rum
  • 3 quarts half-and-half
  • 4 tablespoons pure Mexican vanilla
  • 3/4 to 1 cup simple syrup, (equal parts sugar and water, simmered until sugar dissolves and cooled)
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

In a plastic gallon container, with a lid, combine the brandy, bourbon, rum, half-and-half, and vanilla. Mix well. Sweeten the cream mixture to taste with the simple syrup. Cover and freeze until slightly frozen. To serve, using an ice pick, slush the mixture. Spoon into balloon wine glasses and garnish.


And now lots of pumpkin pictures!!



Thanks for reading!
April

Halloween Nails


I wouldn't quite call this manicure a fail, but it just didn't look as cool in real life as it did in my head. I think that happens to all of us sometimes. I used my awesome new Sation Holiday Spirit as base and then freehanded the night sky with Maybelline Matte Sapphire. I drew the bats with an Art Club Nail Art black polish. The second picture was taken in the shade.


Hope everyone is having a fabulous Halloween weekend! Or just a great weekend in general if you aren't in a part of the world that celebrates Halloween.

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October 27, 2010

Sation Holiday Spirit


This is 3 coats of Sation Holiday Spirit. I really love this one! I found it at my favorite crazy, dusty polish store. I decided to start in one corner and search thoroughly until I found something interesting. This beauty was at the very bottom row in the very corner. Only $1 so I'll be going back to get more to add to future giveaways for sure!


I've already worn this one twice. There are many reasons to love this polish. The sheer charcoal base combined with the super holographic glitter camouflages my slightly stained nail beds even at just one coat, great when I'm in a hurry! The holographic effect is just as striking indoors too as long as there is some light hitting the surface. It also dries very quickly, is easy to remove and big 3 free!!

Here are a couple of shots that show the sheer charcoal base.



And here's a shot in the shade. Still pretty but all of the holographic effect turns into plain silver.

Thanks for reading!
April

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October 26, 2010

$25 Apothica Gift Certificate Giveaway!! Ends 11/10. (Closed)


Apothica has just become my very first blog sponsor and to celebrate they are giving away a $25 gift certificate to one of my lucky readers from anywhere in the world!

I know you ladies are going to love this prize! Apothica is filled with all sorts of big name brands that we love like Essie & Lippmann! They also have a huge range of skin care, makeup and lots more from some of my favorite brands like Archipelago Candles, Demeter Fragrances & DuWop Cosmetics.

This is the gorgeous Essie Mint Candy Apple that everyone went crazy for over the summer. I had a party at my house and everyone was looking through my polish stash. Essie Mint Candy Apple ended up on the toes of one female party-goer and the fingers of a guy! I gave my extra bottle to the girl and it made her night. She'd never ventured beyond the usual reds and pinks so she was quite excited to try something new.


Essie also makes my current favorite topcoat, Good To Go. Dries fast, no shrinkage and no bubbles!

RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • This giveaway is open internationally. Woohoo!
  • This giveaway starts today, October 26th, and will end Wednesday, November 10th, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Thursday, November 11th.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Everyone has the opportunity to earn up to 16 entries per person. You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.
Mandatory Entry. Leave your name and email in the form below. That's all that is required for this one!
Optional Entries.
  • One entry for becoming a fan of Apothica on Facebook.
  • One entry for following Apothica on Twitter.
  • Two entries for tweeting about this giveaway. (Only once please.)
  • Two entries for telling me about your favorite Essie product that is sold on Apothica.
  • Two entries for signing up for the Apothica newsletter found at the bottom of their website.
  • Seven entries for a blog post with a link to Essie at Apothica. Must have a minimum of 100 words and use the word Essie linked to this page.


I'll provide Apothica with the winner's contact information so they can contact them and verify the info, then send out the prize. Also, please save SkinCareRx as a contact in your email box so they can contact the winner instead of going to theSpam/Junk Mail folder!

Apothica is providing this prize. This in no way influences my opinion. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.
Thanks for reading!
April

October 25, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • Chic 'n Cheap Living is giving away 3 Sonia Kashuk Polishes or a Sonia Kashuk Brush Set, your choice! 2 winners!! Ends 10/26.
  • The Lacquer Files is giving away Nfu-Oh #51!! Ends 10/27.
  • Imperfectly Painted is giving away 10 polishes including MAC Bad Fairy! Ends 10/28.
  • Biba's Beauty Corner is giving away 2 Barry M polishes! Ends 10/28.
  • Candy Coated Tips is giving away the L.A. Colors Color Craze Metallic polish set! Ends 10/28.
  • Sarana's Corner is giving away Nfu-Oh #49 & #40!! Ends 10/29.
  • Magic Maid is giving away two Glitter Gal polishes of your choice! Ends 10/29.
  • Fleur's Nail Stuff is gving away 11 polishes! Ends 10/29.
  • Art: My Way is giving away 13 polishes including the China Glaze Halloween set!! Ends 10/29.
  • Paris Boutique is giving away the Barry M Nail polish & lip wand of your choice plus a Lush gift box!! Ends 10/30.
  • Cosmetic Cupcake is giving away 10 polishes and more! Ends 10/30.
  • Libby's Pink Vanity is giving away 2 pink polishes and more! Ends 10/30.
  • Bec's Beauty Buzz is giving away your choice of BYS polish sets, either the Wonderland collection or the Crackle set! 2 winners!! Ends 10/31.
  • Crystalciousss is giving away BB Couture Venom & Pink Champagne! Ends 10/31.
  • Gilded Nails is giving away tons of gorgeous polishes! 2 winners!! Ends 10/31.
  • The Lacquer Files is giving away 10 Eyeko polishes! One winner will receive 8 & another will win 2!! Ends 10/31.
  • Kittypolishnbags is giving away 7 pink polishes & more! Ends 10/31.
  • All Lacquered Up is giving away a ridiculous amount of polishes to 4 winners! Requires a $5 donation to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Ends 10/31.
  • Belle Bath & Beyond is giving away Elianto Racing Green & more! 2 winners!! Ends 10/31.
  • Lucy's Stash is giving away 9 polishes and chocolate! Ends 11/1.
  • You've Got Nail is giving away 3 piCture pOlishes of your choice! 2 winners!! Ends 11/1.
  • China Glaze is giving one winner all 8 of their adorable holiday gift sets!!! Ends 11/1.
  • I Am A Reader, Not A Writer is giving away the Lost Saint nail polish! 3 Winners! Ends 11/1.
SKINCARE & MAKEUP
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • Zingo Tots is giving away a Progresso Soup prize pack! Ends 11/1.
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Polish Galore is giving away a $45 CSN Stores GC! End 10/26.
  • I'm giving away a $65 CSN Stores GC! Ends 11/4.
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

Dexter, Blood Spatter, Halloween Nails


I finally got around to it! I've been thinking of doing this since I first did some splatter nails way back in March for this post. I think think this is my favorite, foolproof Halloween nail look. It's almost impossible to screw up; anybody who doesn't mind a little mess can easily pull this off!

I had Will fling the polish again but there have been some amazing techniques figured out by my fellow polish bloggers. Please be sure to take a look at all of these gorgeous blood splatter nails too!
Remember these techniques can all produce beautiful manicures with other colors too.

Thanks for reading!
April

Sally Hansen Arabian Night At Dollar Tree Mini-Haul!!


I love Dollar Tree! I've found so many amazing polishes there. Here's a picture of the goodies I found over the weekend. The two Sally Hansen Salon polishes were packaged together with the labels covered but I was pretty dang sure that I had just found the mythical Arabian Night polish from a couple of years ago and I was right!! I also found these adorable Mini Divas polishes that come with matching nail files in the caps. The purple one will be going into a future giveaway.

Here's a close up of Arabian Night. Painted Lady Fingers has an amazing post about this gorgeous polish. If you live in a city with a Dollar Tree go now! I'll be heading to a few of the others in my town to see if I can find another bottle.

Thanks for reading!
April

October 20, 2010

CSN Stores $65 Giveaway! Ends 11/4. (Ended)


CSN Stores has offered a $65 gift certificate to one of my readers from the U.S. or Canada! They have over 200 individual stores that you can choose from. I really can't believe the variety of products offered at the many CSN Stores. You can get end tables, fountains, toys, pet accessories, lighting, even shoes! My sisters and I have thought about purchasing things from their store allmodern.com in the past. This store is filed with amazing designers like our personal favorite Toord Boontje!
Here are some of my favorite picks for around $65.

Great bar stool $59.99


Lovely market bag $69.99

Super fun pepper mill $62


Unique vase $67.15

I almost wish I had still a landline! Gorgeous phone $59.99


This is a TINY glimpse of the things you could get if you win this giveaway!

RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • Winner will receive a $65 gift certificate good at any CSN Store. Shipping charges are not included unless otherwise stated in the item description. In the case of Canadian addresses, international fees for certain products may apply.
  • This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only.
  • This giveaway starts today, October 20th, and will end Thursday, November 4th, 2010 at 11:59PM Central Time.
  • We'll select the winner with random.org's random number generator and notify the winner by email on Friday, November 5th.
  • The winner will have 24 hours to respond. If the winner doesn't reply within 24 hours, that winner will forfeit the prize and an alternate winner will be selected via random.org.
HOW TO ENTER:
Each person is allowed to enter up to four (4) times as follows:
  • Mandatory Entry. Just leave your name and email in the form below.
  • Earn an optional entry if you "Like" CSN Stores on facebook. Leave your facebook name for verification.
  • Earn an optional entry by following CSN Stores on twitter. Leave your twitter name for verification.
  • Earn an optional entry by following our blog with GFC. Leave your Google Friend Account (follower name) in the entry.
  • You only need to fill out the form once. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.


Thanks for reading!
April


Thanks to CSN Stores for sponsoring this giveaway! I did not receive compensation for this giveaway in the form of product or payment of any kind.

Claire's Chunky Purple


This is three super messy coats of Claire's Chunky Purple. It was a goopy nightmare with undissolved or improperly mixed pigment. Clumpy disaster on the brush. The first two pictures were taken in direct sunlight, the last in the shade.

Will hated this one declaring, "It looks like My Little Ponies!" with a look of horror on his face. I'm not sure why that's so scary to Will, but I thought it was amusing.
This one ended up in my bag of never to be used again polishes. I love the idea but the reality just didn't work for me.

Thanks for reading!
April

October 18, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

NAIL POLISH & MORE

  • Also Known As is giving away Lippmann Waking Up In Vegas! Ends 10/19.
  • Nail Fanatic is giving away 3 ManGlaze polishes!! Ends 10/20.
  • Magic Maid is giving away Nail Fraud stickers! 3 winners!! Ends 10/20.
  • Persistently Polished is giving away MAC Bad Fairy! Ends 10/20.
  • Fab Gab Blog is giving away a goody bag filled with Revlon products including two polishes! Ends 10/21.
  • Biba's Beauty Corner is giving away Catrice Caught On The Red Carpet & Essence Jungle Drum! Ends 10/21
  • Also Known As is giving away Kiss limited edition Halloween packages!! 7 winners!!! Ends 10/21.
  • Nail Polish M.D. is giving away the Borghese Tutti Dolce set! Ends 10/21. Only 5 entries so far for this great giveaway!!
  • Frou Frou Fashionista is giving away OPI Pink of Hearts and lots more!! 2 winners!! Ends 10/21.
  • Sweet Sugar is giving away GOSH Holographic & China Glaze Emerald Sparkle! Ends 10/22.
  • Magic Maid is giving away the BB Couture Infamous Lovers Men Collection!!! Ends 10/22.
  • PerryPie's Nail Polish Adventures is giving away 17 polishes and a cute Olympic mascot doll!! Ends 10/22.
  • CucumPear's Onyx Phalanx is giving away 17 polishes and more!! Ends 10/23.
  • My Lucid Bubble is giving away MAC Bad Fairy! Ends 10/23.
  • Colores de Carol is giving away 16 polishes!! Ends 10/24.
  • Polished Love Affair is giving away Hello Kitty nail stickers! 3 winners! Ends 10/24.
  • Lunatikitty is giving away 4 Revlon limited edition glitter topcoats! Ends 10/24.
  • Mirannie's Nails is giving away 4 gorgeous polishes to one winner and 5 different gorgeous polishes to another winner! Ends 10/24.
  • Cheeky Beauty is giving away tons of beauty goodies! 3 winners!! Ends 10/24.
  • Magic Maid is giving away the China Glaze Vintage Vixen collections and much, much more!! Ends 10/25.
  • Also Known As is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 10/25.
NAIL ART CONTESTS
  • Polish Freshie is having a Halloween themed contest! Entries must be received by 10/21.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Alternative Consumer is giving away your choice of skincare oils from Melvita! 3 winners!! Ends 10/20.
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
  • Down and Out Chic is giving away $100 G to Wallflower Vintage!! Ends 10/19.
  • Blushing Noir is giving away a nail polish bracelet from Ginger Kitty Designs! Ends 10/20.
  • Alternative Consumer is giving away Keds Organic Champions Shoes! 2 winners!! Ends 10/25.
FOR YOUR HOME
  • Reviewed By Mom is giving away an under the desk heater! Great for blogging during the winter! Ends 10/21.
MISCELLANEOUS
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April

Petites Raspberry Ice


3 coats of Petites Raspberry Ice which describes the color quite well. Nothing unique but very pretty. This is why I love to win giveaways! I would never pick up this color but I actually like it a lot.


Thanks for reading!
April

October 17, 2010

American Apparel California Trooper New #1 Favorite Polish


I think this beats Zoya Gaia as my new all time #1 favorite polish! American Apparel California Trooper is a gorgeous light khaki creme, supposedly the same color as California State Trooper uniforms! This is 2 easily applied coats. Ashley loves this one so much that she wants to get a bottle of her own and a back up bottle!!

Thanks for reading!
April

October 12, 2010

Weekly Giveaway Roundup


I love giveaways. Each week I'll post giveaways that I think are awesome! I'm trying to catch any giveaway that has nail polish & I always post them on the Monday before they close. I figure some publicity towards the end of the entry period is a good idea, so don't worry that I've forgotten yours if I don't post it immediately! On the other hand, I know that I will occasionally miss a giveaway or two. If I miss yours, please know that it was accidental and nothing personal!

Special Note! There are lots of newish nail blogs having their first giveaways in this roundup! Great way to find new nail bloggers and enter some giveaways with great odds!!!

NAIL POLISH & MORE
  • WowSoCool is giving away 3 $50 GCs & 3 $25 GCs to their online shop!!!! 6 winners! Ends 10/14.
  • Biba's Beauty Corner is giving away a Joy polish and an Essence eyeshadow! Ends 10/14.
  • I'm giving away 6 Zoya polishes! Find your perfect red! Ends 10/15.
  • Cel's Deconails is giving away 4 polishes and tons of nail art goodies! Ends 10/15.
  • Nature Nails is giving away 4 polishes & lots more nail goodies! Ends 10/15.
  • Magic Maid is giving away 2 ManGlaze polishes, Mayonnaise and Fuggen Ugly! Mayonnaise is at the very top of my lemming list right now!!! Ends 10/15.
  • Willa's Shiny Tips is giving away 4 L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art bottles! It's her first giveaway and their aren't many entries yet. Let's help her out! Ends 10/15. 
  • All About Nails is giving away 2 Essence polishes and  lots of unique nail goodies! It's her first giveaway too and their aren't many entries yet. Let's help her out also! Ends 10/15. 
  • Tips On Nails is giving away a Konad Basic Kit A! Another giveaway that needs some love! Ends 10/16.
  • Scrangie & Illamasqua are giving away all three of their new contest winning polishes!! Ends 10/16.
  • Libby's Pink Vanity is giving away 4 polishes and lots of makeup! Ends 10/16.
  • Beautybow is giving away 3 Sinful polishes and a Coach wristlet! Ends 10/17. 
  • Polish Galore is having a HUGE giveaway!! 5 winners!! Tons of China Glaze & Seche products and so much more! Ends 10/17. 
  • The Life of Riley...and Bryce too! is giving away a $15 Piggy Paint GC! Ends 10/17.
  • (Squoval)icious is giving away 5 gorgeous polishes! Ends 10/17.
  • A Splash of Serendipity is giving away 2 polishes and more! Another first giveaway ladies! Ends 10/17.
  • The Color Palette is giving away 3 Essence polishes! Yet another first giveaway with fewer entries than it deserves! I love her blog banner too. So cute! Ends 10/18.
  • Magic Maid is giving away 4 gorgeous Milani polishes! Ends 10/18.
  • Painted Lady Fingers is giving away 5 BB Couture polishes, 4 image plates and an original painting!!! Ends 10/18. 
  • Sakura Blossom is giving away 3 gorgeous polishes with coordinating eye shadow samples!! Again new blog and a first giveaway that could use use some more of our attention! Ends 10/18.
  • Duckduckgander is giving away an Avon Mirror Shine polish! Great prize and only a handful of entries so far! Ends 10/18.

NAIL ART CONTESTS
  • Konad Addict is having a fall themed nail art contest. Winners gets to choose 5 image plates from Chez Delaney! Entries must be received by 10/14.
  • Parokeets is having a fun numbers themed nail art & makeup contest. Big Prize from Essence!! Entries must be received by 10/22.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Rikrak studio is giving away  $30 GC to Spa Goddess! Ends 10/15.
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • Reckless Bliss is giving away a K & G Sweets  Holiday Sweet Tower set!! Hurry ends tonight!!

MISCELLANEOUS
  • Laughing Lindsay is giving away a Bed Head Wave Artist styling tool! Ends 10/15.
  • Mr Food is giving away a pair of onion goggles! Ashley needs these! Ends 10/17.
Please feel free to post your giveaways in the comments of the Weekly Giveaway Roundup posts! Let's keep them all on these posts and not on regular posts.
Thanks for reading!
April 

October 11, 2010

American Apparel Cotton Nail Art

 I love this look! I did to match my black & white bikini for an end of the summer pool party about a month and a half ago. You can see my first post about American Apparel Cotton here. I used my beloved smART Nails sticker stencils and American Apparel Hassid for the squares.

Thanks for reading!
April

October 10, 2010

American Apparel Butter

This is 3 coats of American Apparel Butter. My favorite yellow! I think I could have gotten away with just 2 coats if I had used a little thinner. It doesn't have the streaky issues that most yellows polishes suffer from. Gorgeous!
Thanks for reading!
April

October 8, 2010

Nubar 2010

Nubar 2010 is my first Nubar! I found it at my favorite crazy nail polish store in Tulsa for only $4! It works best as a topcoat & I hear that it's a dupe for Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure.
First we have one coat of Nubar 2010 over the amazing Fuggen Ugly from ManGlaze. I love it!
Next we have one coat of Nubar 2010 over the amazing Pure Ice French Kiss! This was taken in the shade. I love this too!!
And last but certainly not least, we have two coats of Nubar 2010 over Zoya Stacy! Super gorgeous and perfect for fall as it makes me think of autumn leaves. Below is a picture taken in the shade. So amazing!
I tried Nubar 2010 over a couple of lighter colors and didn't really like it much, but who cares it looks lovely over darker shades for sure!

What's your favorite flakie? I would Love to have some of the NFU-OH flakies!

Thanks for reading!
April