February 28, 2011

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
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away the Wet N Wild MegaLast Bloom polish collection!! 3 winners!!! Ends 3/2.
  • Kendal is giving away 10 polishes including Revlon Perplex! Ends 3/3.
  • Pretty Punk Beauty Junkie is giving away 2 GOSH polishes and Ahava Hand Cream! 2 more winners will receive the Ahava!! Ends 3/3.
  • Rijah is giving away 8 polishes!! Ends 3/3.
  • A Splash of Serendipity is giving away the OPI Katy Perry Collection! Ends 3/4.
  • Cosmetic Cupcakes is giving away 2 amazing prizes packages!! Ends 3/5.
  • Beautifully Addicted To is giving away 5 polishes and much more! Ends 3/6.
  • Make-up Music Money Me is giving away 4 polishes including one of my favorites, Wet N Wild Shield! Ends 3/7.
  • GildedNails is giving away 3 OPI polishes! Ends 3/7.
  • Hot Pink Aurora is giving away 8 polishes! Ends 3/7.
  • Ivana is giving away 8 fauxnad plates, 3 Kelier Crackle polishes & lots more! Ends 3/8.
  • Polish Freshie is giving away 4 polishes and some nail art goodies!! Ends 3/8.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away complete sets of the new Wet n Wild Coloricon 8-pan palettes! 2 winners!! Ends 3/1.
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away all six of the new Wet n Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Trios! 2 winners!! Ends 3/1.
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away the new Wet n Wild Vanite Collection! 3 winners!! Ends 3/2.
  • Laura DeLuca is giving away you choice of 2 fragrances from Auric Blends! 2 winners!! Ends 3/2.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • Family Focus Blog is giving away an Eco-Friendly Dog Bed!! Ends 3/2.
  • Polished Lyrics is giving away a $40 CSN Stores GC! Ends 3/3.
  • Creative Noms is giving away The Sriracha Cookbook! 2 winners!! Ends 3/5.
  • I'm giving away a $70 CSN Stores GC! Ends 3/15.
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

CSN Stores $70 Giveaway! Ends 3/15. (Closed)

Update! 3/17. Winner is Kevin Linkie!


CSN Stores has offered a $70 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 an LCD TV stand, 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 $70.

Cute flats for spring.


Pretty roasting dish.


Nice sweater for your doggie.

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, February 28th, and will end Tuesday, March 15th, 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 Wednesday, March 16th.
  • 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.

February 27, 2011

Red & White Striped Nail Art


My friend Carla-Rose organized a Girly Swap recently and I came home with this great Bebe shirt. She invited dozens of women to bring their unwanted clothes to her house, served us champagne and homemade cupckaes and then let us all go through each others things. So fun! All of the leftovers went to a local charity. Thanks again Carla-Rose!!
This shirt made me so happy that I decided to do my nails to match. I used one coat of Sally Hansen White Out and then did some quick stripes with one coat of Zoya Kristi.

Have any of you ever matched your nails to a favorite piece of clothing?

Thanks for reading!
April

February 26, 2011

Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau & Born Pretty Rhinestones


This is 3 coats of the lovely Take Me To Your Chateau. Nice formula with no clean up.

The next day I used some of the rhinestones given to me by Born Pretty to try out. No complaints! Nice colors & easy to use packaging.

Thanks for reading and thanks to Born Pretty!
April

February 23, 2011

Zoya Gemma & Nail Art Attempt


New top 5 favorite!! Gorgeous muted army green with floating, hidden blue micro shimmer. Unique color and a great formula. This is 2 coats. You must get this if you're a green lover!!

I got the idea for this manicure from the amazing Collette of My Simple Little Pleasures. Her posts are always incredible! I wasn't confident with the technique yet, so I just went for an accent nail with Zoya Stacy. Mine didn't turn out quite the way I wanted, but I'll try again someday. Thanks for the idea Collete!


You can see my thoughts on the Zoya Intimate Collection in this post.

Thanks for reading!
April

February 21, 2011

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
  • Polish Insomniac is giving away your choice of Cult Nails!! Ends 2/23.
  • Valentine Kisses is having a ginormous giveaway with 33 polishes, makeup, skincare & more!!! Ends 2/24.
  • Enamel Girl is giving away the OPI Katy Perry Collection! Ends 2/25.
  • Das Experiment is giving away 5 polishes & more! Ends 2/25.
  • Ice Queen's Nail Parlour is giving away Revlon Perplex! 2 winners!! Ends 2/25.
  • Do Not Refreeze is giving away 2 polishes, 4 sets of smARTnails Stencils (I LOVE these!) and more!! Ends 2/25.
  • Colores de Carol is giving away 5 awesome polishes including Party of Five!! Ends 2/27.
  • PolishMeHappy is giving away NARS Zulu!! Ends 2/27.
  • Biba's Beauty Corner is giving a surprise box with 10 products! She always gives away good stuff!! Ends 2/27.
  • Konad-licious is having a HUGE giveaway with 31 bottles of polish, nail art products, water decals, manicure tools, make-up, MINX & chocolate!!!! Ends 2/28.
  • Perdy Claws is giving away 4 IsaDora Crackle polishes & more!! Ends 2/28.
  • Spooky Nails is giving away 2 different prizes with 6 polishes each!! Ends 2/28.
  • GlamaDazzle is having the biggest giveaway ever! $1140 worth of Urban Decay & NARS products!!! Ends 2/28.
  • Lacquer Obsession is giving away 2 different China Glaze Christmas sets with 2 polishes each! 2 winners!! 2/28.
  • The Little Dust Princess is giving away 2 polishes and lots more! Ends 2/28.
  • Pretty's Nails & Co. is giving away the Burlesque Little Teasers mini set! Ends 2.28.
  • The Lacquerista is giving away OPI Black Shatter! Ends 3/1.
  • Make-up & Geekery is giving away 4 polishes and more! Ends 3/1.
  • Candy Coated Tips is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 3/1.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Beautyburg is giving away Shu Uemura's ME SILVER 945 Pressed Eye Shadow! Ends 2/28.
CLOTHING, BAGS & ACCESSORIES
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • Zyprezz is giving away a rubber vase and a SCUSI bowl! These are both so cool!! Ends 3/1.
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

February 18, 2011

Zoya Jules and A Half Moon Manicure


This is 2 coats of Zoya Jules. It's a lovely taupe shimmer with one of the nicest formulas I've ever used! Another winner from the excellent Zoya Intimate Collection.
The next night I did a quick half moon with Zoya Dannii.
You can see my thoughts on the Zoya Intimate Collection in this post.

Thanks for reading!
April

February 17, 2011

Zoya Dannii


This is two coats of Zoya Dannii. Just two coats and a very nice formula! Zoya describes this one perfectly, "medium orchid purple with pink and champagne highlights and flecks of silver metallic shimmer." Another lovely and unique shade from the Intimate Collection.

You can see my thoughts on the Zoya Intimate Collection in this post.

Thanks for reading!
April

February 14, 2011

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
  • On Beauty & Polish is giving away Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure & more! Hurry ends tonight!
  • I'm giving away 8 pink & red polishes! Ends 2/15.
  • Also Known As is giving away a Sally Hansen Xtreme Beauty Kit!! (Facebook only) Ends 2/15.
  • theNotice: a beauty blog is giving away Rimmel Steel Gray (one of my favorites!) & much more! Ends 2/15.
  • Just Some Nails by MJ is giving away OPI Teenage Dream! Ends 2/16.
  • All You Desire is giving away 4 Illamasqua polishes!! Ends 2/16.
  • Body and Soul is giving away Massini Slamming Red (Rudolph) & Stila Make Me Blush Set!! Ends 2/16.
  • Viva Polish is giving away 5 super awesome blue polishes!! Ends 2/17.
  • Aurora's Nails is giving away polishes from the China Glaze Anchors Away Collection. 3 winners! Ends 2/17.
  • You Nailed It is giving away GOSH Holographic!! Ends 2/17.
  • Asi Nisi Masa Nail Spot is giving away 8 lovely polishes! Ends 2/18.
  • Polishology is giving away 6 polishes each to 2 winners! Both prizes include OPI Black Shatter!! Ends 2/18.
  • Nailart Creations is giving away Catrice Let's Mauve On It and lots of nail art goodies! Ends 2/19.
  • Suburban Beauty is giving away the OPI Katy Perry Collection! Ends 2/19.
  • shortwidenails is giving away 5 gorgeous polishes and lots of stamping goodies!! Ends 2/20.
  • Beauty By Brittany is giving away a mini set of the OPI Katy Perry Collection plus a full size Black Shatter! Ends 2/20.
  • Leila darling is giving away 2 Revlon polishes & lots more! Ends 2/20.
  • Nail Fanatic is giving away a $25 Apothica GC!! Ends 2/21.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHING, SHOES & ACCESSORIES
  • Beauty Crazed is giving away a set of Exposed Envy decorative bra straps and a matching bracelet! Really pretty and unique giveaway ladies!! Ends 2/17.
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
  • Recipe Lion is giving away 4 boxes of Clif Crunch Granola Bars! Ends 2/20.
  • Only the Best of Etsy is giving away 12 dark chocolate dulce de leche alfajores!! Ends 2/22.
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

February 13, 2011

Zoya Caitlin & A Water Marble


This is 2 coats of Zoya Caitlin. Easy application and an unexpected new favorite! It's a much lighter version of Zoya Kelly, which I'm wearing on my pinkie. Caitlin is a purplish grey creme that works great a s a neutral for me. I could wear it with a brown outfit since there is so much purple which I wouldn't normally do with a grey. Believe people when they say you need this one. It's unique and doesn't have any dupes that I can find.

The next night a did a quick water marble with the 2 colors. I love water marbling!

You can see my thoughts on the Zoya Intimate Collection in this post.

Thanks for reading!
April

February 11, 2011

Zoya Dove & Layering With Zoya Raine


This is 2 coats of Zoya Dove. Very nice true grey creme with a good formula.

I layered it with 1 coat of Zoya Raine in the rest of the pictures.



You can see my thoughts on the Zoya Intimate Collection in this post.

Thanks for reading!
April

February 10, 2011

Zoya Marley


This is 3 coats of Zoya Marley from their Intimate Collection. It's a pale lavender with just a slight hint of frosty silver. I have other pale lavenders, but none with this finish. Very pretty & a nice formula!

Wally says hello!

You can see my thoughts on the Zoya Intimate Collection in this post.

Thanks for reading!
April

February 9, 2011

My Overall Thoughts On Zoya Intimate Collection


Zoya surprised me with this collection in the mail! I try to keep my collection on the small side and avoid dupes, but that wasn't a problem with this perfect collection. I kept them all! I'll be posting all of the colors individually over the next week or so.

Pictured above we have Marley, Dove, Caitlin, Dannii, Jules & Gemma. All of the polishes had a nice formula. Jules & Gemma have some of the nicest applications I've ever used. All required 2-3 coats. Gemma is now in my top 5 favorites and Caitlin made it into my favorites as well! The rest are all very pretty and perfect for late winter and spring.

I've never been tempted to buy a whole collection before for many reasons, including dupes and my lack of enthusiasm about most reds and pinks. The Zoya Intimate collection is the only one I would ever purchase for myself. No pinks and reds and full of colors that are either completely original or in a color range that I love.

The Zoya Intimate Collection gets a perfect rating from me and I highly recommend it to any of you still on the fence about purchasing it. If you love green, you must get Gemma!!

And here's a bonus Wally picture since so many of you like him.

Thanks for reading!
April

All opinions are my own & were not influenced by Zoya! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

February 8, 2011

L.A. Girl Flare Burgundy


My sister Ashley, who got me into nail polish and helped me start this blog, recently sent me lots of her nail of the day photos. So I'll be featuring her nails sometimes this month instead of my own.
Here we have 3 coats of L.A. Girl Flare Burgundy, a super glossy creme with a great formula.


Thanks for reading!
April & Ashley

February 7, 2011

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
  • Death by Polish is giving away OPI Don't Mess with Texas! Hurry ends tonight!!
  • Oh My Polish is giving away terrific polishes including Wet N wild Party of Five and more!! Ends 2/9.
  • Did someone say nail polish? is giving away 16 awesome polishes!! Ends 2/10.
  • XOXO Parisky is giving away 18 polishes and much, much more!! Ends 2/10.
  • Lucy's Stash is giving away an unknown Essie! Ends 2/10.
  • Glitter Gloss Garbage is giving away OPI Black Shatter!! Ends 2/11.
  • Silence is Loud is giving away 3 polishes & lots of nail art goodies! Ends 2/12.
  • My Lucid Bubble is giving away a bottle of Clarins 230!! $1 charity donation required for entry. Ends 2/13.
  • Adventures In Makeup is giving away Zoya Isla and lots of makeup & skincare! Really nice giveaway!! Ends 2/13.
  • Getcha Nails Did is having her annual Dozen Nail polish Roses giveaway! Super cool & One of my big lemmings, LA Splash Golden Seahorse is in there this year!! Ends 2/13.
  • Blushing Noir is giving away OPI DS Treasure & over $50 worth of MAC makeup!! Ends 2/14.
  • The PolishAholic is giving away 24 polishes including Nubar Reclaim and more!! Amazing giveaway ladies! Ends 2/15.
  • I'm giving away 8 pink & red polishes! Ends 2/15.
NAIL ART CONTEST
  • Polish or Perish is having a contest to design a set Inque Nail Stickers! So fun!! Entries must be received by 2/25.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CHOCOLATE & OTHER GOODIES
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • Prim & Polished is giving away a $25 Crosscreek Country Candles GC! Ends 2/14.
MISCELLANEOUS
  • HiHoRosie's Place is giving away $120 CSN Stores gift cards!! 2 Winners!! Ends 2/10.
  • Beauty Crazed is giving away Marc Anthony winter hair survival kits worth over $200! 2 winners!! This is a huge giveaway!!! Ends 2/10.
  • Polish on Digital Paper is giving away a $55 CSN Stores GC! Ends 2/11.
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

February 4, 2011

A Quick Giveaway Update & My Dog Wally In His Coat


I just wanted to let all of you know that I fixed the problem with my facebook page. Thanks Thifa for telling me how to fix it! If you entered my giveaway but were unable to get the extra entry please feel free to fill out the form again. I'll make sure everyone gets the correct number of entries on my end.

The snow here in Tulsa has broken all previous records and the city just isn't equipped to deal with it. I'm doing great but got a bit nervous when they changed today's forecast to include 4-6 inches of new snow on top of the14" that we already have. Not much relief in site either.

Enough about that. Here are pictures of Wally wearing the spiffy coat that Ashley got him for Christmas.




Thanks for reading!
April

February 3, 2011

E.L.F. White (Worst Polish I've Ever Tried)


Let me start by saying that I love a lot of E.L.F. products. I use a couple of their blushes and I really like my All Over Color Stick in Pink Lemonade.
E.L.F. polish in white is truly horrible as you can see in the photo above. That is after 3 coats and I just gave up. The mop-like brush left deep grooves in the thick, yet super streaky and sheer polish. I wasn't able to get it to look any better even after thinning it a bit and starting over the next day. BAD!
Have any of you tried this one? I know white cremes can be tricky but...

Thanks for reading!
April