December 29, 2010

Orly Space Cadet


This is 3 coats of Orly Space Cadet; it definitely needs a 4th coat. Very sheer, but gorgeous duochrome, purple & green foil. I was wearing a red shirt which is reflected in some of the photos.


Thanks for reading!
April

December 27, 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
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
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

December 24, 2010

Holly Jolly Roger Nails


I was so excited about this idea that I didn't really bother to plan it out. I should have made the holly berries a little smaller and put them more to one side so you can see the leaves better. But I still like it!

Thanks for reading!
April

December 22, 2010

Color Club Positively Posh & A Christmas Manicure


This is 2 coats of Positively Posh, a dusty medium creme that I feel indifferent towards. The formula is a bit runny so there was quite a lot of clean up. I have other browns that I much prefer so this one is going to my "to be frankened" bin.
Next I tried some nail art that really isn't my style but I like to try things a little outside of my comfort zone from time to time. I think I would have preferred a more intense green. I used Color Club Feel the Beat & Maybelline Khaki Fringe.


Thanks for reading!
April

December 20, 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
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
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

December 19, 2010

China Glaze OMG & Christmas Nails


This is 3 coats of the much loved China Glaze OMG. I featured OMG in one of my very first posts, but I think it's worth showing again. My nails are so much nicer now! The first 2 pictures were taken in full sun, next I took one in the shade and then 2 indoors with a flash.
OMG dries super fast and you can have a bit of drag before you get used to the formula. Once you get the hang of it though, it is very easy to apply and a great option if you need to get out of the house quickly. It's still in my top 5 favorites for sure!



Do any of you know where I can find a list of the China Glaze polishes and the numbers that are listed on the bottom near the name? There is a beauty supply store in town that has TONS of old China Glaze polishes but they are still in their boxes and shelved by number. The owner doesn't want people to browse but expects you to know what you want and ask her for it. If I had a list of the names and numbers, I could easily see what she had without waiting for her to look up the numbers and without having to know exactly what I want before I arrive. I know she has the whole OMG & the Kaleidoscope collections. Help me out and I'll see if I can find some rarities for future giveaways!

Here is my second attempt at a Christmas Tree manicure inspired by Blue Tape and Nail Tips Shooting Star manicure. I don't like how this one turned out very much but I still say it's a great idea even though I messed it up twice! Prove me right ladies and make some Christmas Trees!


Thanks for reading!

Don't forget to enter my LaVaque & Color Club giveaway!

December 17, 2010

NYC Molten Metal & Christmas Nail Art


NYC Molten Metal was one of my first lemmings and it doesn't disappoint! It has an amazing formula, shown here at 3 coats. It seemed a bit sheer at first but the foil particles are super dense. It's a silver & taupe foil. Lovely! And I found it for .50 cents at the Dollar Tree. Woohoo!

Below we have a Christmas manicure inspired by the amazing nail blog Blue Tape and Nail Tips. She did a gorgeous Shooting Star manicure earlier this year that immediately made me think of adapting it into a Christmas tree. My first try didn't quite live up to my imagination but it's still a great idea. You ladies should give it a try! Their are so many variations possible. Thanks again to Blue Tape and Nail Tips for the inspiration!

I used my much loved Zoya Edyta for the tree. It's the perfect color! That's my Wally in the picture below.

Thanks for reading!

Don't forget to enter my LaVaque & Color Club giveaway!

December 13, 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
  • Employed Panache is giving away 2 Essence polsihes & more. Hurry, ends tonight!
  • Original Wacky is giving away 10 polishes! Hurry, ends tonight!
  • Lissa's Nails is giving away 15 polishes. Lots of flakies! Ends 12/14.
  • Bright Lights, Big Color is giving away 18 polishes, Avon lotions & a dozen sugar cookies!! Yay! Ends 12/15.
  • La Passion du Nail Art is giving away 5 cute polishes! Ends 12/15.
  • Beauty Junkies Unite is giving away $100 Broadway Nails prize packs. 2 winners! Ends 12/15.
  • My Lucid Bubble is giving away Wet 'n Wild's Vixen's Mittens Collection! Ends 12/15.
  • Jessica Allison is giving away her favorite products of the year including Orly Galaxy Girl & Space Cadet, Barry M Dusky Mauve and lots of makeup. Great giveaway! Ends 12/15.
  • Aurora's Nails is giving away prizes from the China Glaze Naughty & Nice Collection. 3 winners! Ends 12/16.
  • Illamasqua & Misschievous are giving away set of Nail Quills & Scorn!! Ends 12/16.
  • Adventures in Makeup is giving away her favorites from MAC's Venomous Villains collection including Bad Fairy! Ends 12/16.
  • Polishology is giving away the China Glaze Merry Mint set to one winner & the E.L.F. Holiday trio to a second winner! Ends 12/17.
  • Also Known As is giving away 6 polishes! Ends 12/17.
  • Intermix is giving away Essie Chinchilly & High Maintenance! Ends 12/17.
  • Bright Lights, Big Color is giving away 2 prize pack of Sinful & Claire;s polishes!! Ends 12/17.
  • Right on the Nail is giving away Revlon Perplex! Ends 12/17.
  • Sawan is having an incredibly HUGE giveaway. I counted at least 39 polishes including TONS of NFU-OHs & RBL Scrangie! The prize also includes your choice of Stride Everyday products and much, much more!! HUGE!!! Ends 12/18.
  • theVEROblog is giving away 7 awesome polishes including old school Sally Hansens & Revlon Perplex! Ends 12/18.
  • We are Fish is giving away 2 RBL prizes! First a $30 RBL GC & a second winner will receive RBL 360! Ends 12/18.
  • A Day in the Life of Dollface is giving away a huge Broadway Nails prize pack! Ends 12/19.
  • I'm giving away a pretty pair of LaVaque tweezers and Color Club Untamed Luxury polish! Ends 12/19.
  • Konad-licious is giving away tons of nail art goodies from Born Pretty including 12 stamping plates and much more! Ends 12/19.
  • Oje Delisi is giving away 13 polishes & some nail art goodies! Ends 12/19.
  • Konad & Polish is giving away OPI's Go Goth set! Ends 12/20.
  • Confessions of a Polishaholic is giving away 7 stamping plates! Ends 12/20.
  • The Makeup Drawer is giving away a prize pack with 43 fun items, including nail polish, makeup, samples & more Ends 12/20.
  • Madame B Fatale is giving away a $50 Apothica GC! Ends 12/20.
  • Trinaklar Fora is giving away 10 Booty holographic polishes and some nail art goodies!! Ends 12/20.
  • Polish Swatches is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 12/20.
  • Suburban Beauty is giving away the China Glaze Cheers To You set & some very nice makeup! Ends 12/20.
  • I know all the words is giving away a $30 E.L.F. GC! Ends 12/20.
  • PolishSis is giving away 3 sets of nail stickers and 2 stamping plates! Ends 12/20.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • The Romantic Type is giving away a gorgeous & unique pair of handmade soaps from Amethyst Soaps. These are really cool! Ends 12/16.
  • My Little Review Corner is giving away a $25 Bubble & Bee GC! Ends 12/17.
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
  • Multi-Testing Mommy is giving away a Kymaro Body Shapers prize pack! Ends 12/17.
  • High Gloss is giving away a gorgeous Ellington clutch. Asymmetrical loveliness! Ends 12/17.
  • Tesjoe's Blog is giving away 2 pairs of owl earrings! Ends 12/20.
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • Spastic Not Plastic is giving away Cowgirl Chocolates! Ends 12/17.
  • Lisa Cooking is giving away See's Candies. 5 winners! I love See's Mint Krispies! Ends 12/21.
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
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

December 12, 2010

Sally Hansen Arabian Night


This is three coats of the super gorgeous Sally Hansen Arabian Night that I found for .50 cents at my Dollar Tree! The formula is a bit runny and sheer but still easy to work with. Golden glass-flecked goodness! I'm still hoping to find another bottle to add to a future giveaway since this beauty is discontinued. Wish me luck for your sake.

In other news, CSN Stores has given me a great way to get a Christmas present for my awesome Dad! I've introduced you to my boyfriend, my sisters, & my dog, but my Dad hasn't made an appearance until now. CSN is giving me the chance to do a review, so I'm letting my Dad choose something for his new apartment. Maybe some home bar furniture, or a nice bookcase.

As always, thanks for reading!
April

CSN Stores is providing me with a $75 credit in exchange for an honest review in a future post. For more information, see my disclosure policy.

December 9, 2010

Orly It's Not Rocket Science & Spiders (Real & Nail Art)


This is three coats & I might have needed a fourth. Maybe I'll layer it next time. Orly It's Not Rocket Science is definitely a new favorite polish! The first picture is in full sun and the next two in the shade.


This amazing spider set up a web right outside my back door and I had to get some pictures.


I decided to use my smART Nails spider stencils. I used Sation Midtown Haze for the spiders. It's a jelly polish so the sparkle of the base polish shows through. Cool effect!

Thanks for reading!
April

Don't forget to enter my LaVaque & Color Club giveaway!

December 6, 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
  • Nails Beautiqued is giving away the CND The Look: Night Factory Set! Ends 12/8.
  • Lacquer Ware For Tips & Toes is giving away gorgeous frankens! 5 winners!! 12/8.
  • The Nail Experiment is giving away a Kiss Nail Art Pen & stencils & Sally Hansen Hand Care! Ends 12/8.
  • The PolishAholic is giving away 3 Holiday Sets & 4 Snowmen polishes!! Ends 12/9.
  • Enamel Girl is giving away a $35 CSN GC & 3 of the ccurent hottest drugstore polishes, Milani Gems, Revlon Perplex & Wet 'n Wild Prancer! Ends 12/10.
  • Colores de Carol is giving away awesome holiday polishes! 2 winners!! Ends 12/10.
  • Cel's Deconails is giving away lots of great holiday polishes & more! 2 winners!! Ends 12/10.
  • Hangi Oje Yakismaz Ki Bana is giving away 7 pretty polishes! Ends 12/10.
  • Polish & Konad is giving away $100 worth of Broadway Nails products! Ends 12/10.
  • Beautyburg is gving away 3 Nars Vintage polishes including Zulu! Ends 12/10.
  • Bright Lights, Big Color is giving away China Glaze Phat Santa, Party Hearty & Jolly Holly! Ends 12/10.
  • You've Got Nail is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 12/13.
  • GalTime is giving away $100 worth of Broadway Nails products to 2 winners!! Ends 12/13.
  • Crystal Visions is giving away 27 polishes and more! Includes a Crackle polish and a lemming of mine, Cover Girl Chocolate Mint!! 2 fabulous runner-up prizes as well!!! Ends 12/14.
  • Polish Freshie is giving away 4 polishes including China Glaze Party Hearty! Ends 12/14.
  • Mirannie's Nails is giving away 4 Barry M polishes to one winner & 4 Models Own polishes to a second winner!! Ends 12/14.
CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES
  • Blue Butterfly Vintage is giving away your choice of Artisan Gerard Tote Bag! Ends 12/8.
  • The Fashionable Gal is giving away a $100 Shopbop GC!! Ends 12/10.
  • theVEROblog is giving away Booty Shapers for keeping your boots nice! Ends 12/11.
  • Urbanknit is giving away a gorgoues orange XL Cowl! I love their gorgeous product shots! Ends 12/11.
  • Pink Dandy Chatter is giving away 2 prizes, both from Blue Betty. One prize is a hand knit cowl and the other is a gorgeous pair of hand knit fingerless gloves. For staying warm while still showing off your pretty nails! Ends 12/12.
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • the rikrak studio is giving away a $25 GC to Nicole's Handmade Treats! Everything in her shop sounds delicious!
  • A Taste of Koko is giving away 5 bags of Fodd Should Taste Good Chips! Ends 12/10.
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • Opinion Queen is giving away a Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Maker! Ends 12/12.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away Rohto Eye Drops! My eyes are so dry in winter. I would love to try these! Ends 12/9.
  • Polish Galore is giving away a $40 CSN Stores GC! Ends 12/9.
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

Essie Sew Psyched & An Accent Nail


This is 2 coats of Essie Sew Psyched. The formula was a little thick & it dries much darker than the bottle. It's a dusty, grayish green with subtle shimmer that you can only see in full sunshine. Most of the time it just looks like a creme. It's a fairly unique color and one I definitely like, but I didn't fall head over heels for it like I thought I would.

The next night I used one of my smARTnails sticker stencils for an pretty accent nail. The combination of Essie Sew Psyched and Sinful Vacation Time feels very Art Deco to me.

Thanks for reading!
April

Don't forget to enter my LaVaque & Color Club giveaway!

December 4, 2010

LaVaque Tweezers & Color Club Untamed Luxury Giveaway! (Closed)


I love blogging and I love to host giveaways for you lovely ladies. I won a pair of LaVaque Tweezers from their facebook page and they gave me an extra pair for my readers! I'm giving one of you the fancy pair adorned with Swarovski crystals. Prettiest tweezers I've ever seen! I'm throwing in a blingy polish for the winner too.

One lucky winner from anywhere in the world will receive:

RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.
  • This giveaway is open to followers worldwide!
  • This giveaway starts today, December 4th, and will end Sunday, December 19th, 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 Monday, Deember 20th.
  • 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 two 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!
  • Like LaVaque on facebook. This will automatically enter you for a chance to win a pair of tweezers as part of LaVaque's Free Tweezer Monday giveaway too! (optional)


I won a pair of tweezers, fair & square, from LaVaque & I asked them if they would like to donate a giveaway prize to my readers. They kindly agreed. The nail polish is new from my own collection.

Thanks for reading!
April

December 1, 2010

Color Club Covered In Diamonds


Here we have Color Club Covered In Diamonds over 3 different polishes. Definitely not for wearing alone but it's a very interesting and unique top coat. Pictured above is Strange Beautiful Cinder Block.
Next we have Covered In diamonds over this franken from a few weeks ago. One coat on my pointer & middle fingers and 2 coats on the other fingers.


Last we have 2 coats over my latest franken from my last post. The second picture was taken in the shade.

This polish is made of pieces of super thin plastic or mylar. It's a little difficult to get the pieces to lie flat but you can do it with a bit of extra effort and a thick topcoat. Fun for occasional use.

Thanks for reading!
April

Current Giveaways
American Apparel Polish Giveaway! Ends 12/3.