July 27, 2011

Big Ruby Nail Tattoos With Zoya Kieko & Charlotte Russe Jade

 I won the whole collection of Big Ruby Nail Tattoos recently from Vampy Varnish & they are so stinking cool!!! I'll do a full review of them soon before now here's a quick preview. Just know that they are ridiculously easy to use and super cute!
I used Zoya Kieko & Charlotte Russe Jade for the accent nail. I decided to make Will pick out which Big Ruby designs to use this time. He chose a medium rocket ship and 2 planets. Pretty adorable. I'll be using more Big Ruby Nail Tattoos very soon. What a great product!

Thanks for reading!
April

July 26, 2011

Chevron Nail Art


I love the idea of chevron nails, but my first attempt was only a partial success.The color scheme is too dark for the middle of summer and I should have either started the v shapes closer to my cuticles and made them all wider or added another one. Not bad for a first attempt and I'll definitely be trying this style again.
I used Zoya Kym, as a base and then free-handed a chevron with L.A. Girl Flare Dark Purple & then Tic Tac Black.

Thanks for reading!
April

July 25, 2011

Weekly Giveaway Roundup

I STILL 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
  • Elemental Style is giving away 3 China Glaze Crackles, 3 Funky Fingers glitters & more!! Ends 7/27. 
  • shortwidenails is giving away 16 Born Pretty stamping plates & more!! Ends 7/27.
  • Biba's Beauty Corner is giving away Catrice Iron Mermaiden & more! Ends 7/27.
  • Beauty by Kayla Shevonne is giving away Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air & Naked!! Ends 7/28.
  • Tough as Nails, & Twice as Pretty is giving away prize packs filled with pretty polishes! 2 winners!! Ends 7/28.
  • Sweeps4Bloggers is giving away Dr.'s Remedy Summer polishes! Ends 7/28.
  • The TraceFace Philes is giving away Funky Fingers polishes, 9 in each prize pack! 2 winners!! Ends 7/29.
  • PerryPie's Nail Polish Adventures is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/29.
  • PinkNailBlog is giving away 5 pleasing polishes & more! Ends 7/29.
  • omg! Polish 'em is giving away a $25 WowSoCool GC!! Ends 7/29.
  • Cosmetic Cupcake is giving away BeautySnapz Cuticle Conditioners! 3 winners!! Ends 7/29.
  • AccroPolish is giving away 6 sexy polishes, chocolate & more!! Ends 7/30.
  • Josie's Nails is giving away 4 China Glaze polishes! Ends 7/30.
  • girlnailpolish is having a GIGANTIC giveaway with 5 winners! Tons of makeup & polish!! Ends 7/30.
  • Konad Addict is celebrating her 1 year blog anniversary with 7 truly killer giveaways! Check these out for sure!! Ending between 7/30 & 8/5.
  • Spooky Nails is giving away 5 lovely polishes including OPI Mad As A Hatter!! Ends 7/31.
  • Midnight Manicures is having a GINORMOUS giveaway with 6 winners! Fantastic prizes!! 7/31.
  • Pretty Edgy Nail is having a HUGE giveaway with 3 winners! Nail polish and MAC eyeshadows form the precious metals collection!! Ends 7/31.
  • Love. Varnish, choclate & more... is giving away 6 fancy polishes & more!! Ends 7/31.
  • Colores de Carol is giving away 8 bottles of polish, lots of nail art goodies & tons of makeup!! Ends 7/31.
  • Parlez-Vous Ongles is giving away 2 terrific polish & makeup filled prizes! Ends 7/31.
  • Opinionated Little Finger is giving away 7 wonderful polishes & more! Ends 7/31.
  • My Lucid Bubble is giving away 7 truly incredible polishes for a good cause! Check this one out if you love HTFs and dogs!! Ends 7/31.
  • sonidlo's nail polishes is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 8/1.
  • nailXchange is giving away 4 of her gorgeous franken creations! Holos & flakies!!! Ends 8/1.
  • Polished To The Nines is giving away 5 polishes including China Glaze Atlantis!! Ends 8/2.
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
  • Nouveau Cheap is giving away Dana Classics Body Sprays! 3 winners!! Ends 7/26.
  • Gathering My Roses is giving away 2 KIO KIO bodycare products of your choice!! Ends 7/31.
  • I'm giving away a Plume Natural Mini Perfume Set of your choice!!! Ends 8/2.
ACCESSORIES & CLOTHING
  • Delicately Fierce is giving away a LeMuse Muse Blouse!! Ends 7/26.
  • That GOOD GOOD Blog is giving away Herds of Fathers Mini Leather Backpacks! These are so freaking awesome!! Ends 7/26.
  • First Class Fashionista is giving away a Maya Brenner 14K Gold State Necklace! I'd love to have an Oklahoma necklace!! Ends 7/27.
  • Economy of Style is giving away a $25 Stella & Dot GC!! Ends 7/28.
  • Ringspotters is giving away 2 beautiful rings! 2 winners!! Ends 7/29.
  • grace lousie photgraphy is giving away a $100 GC to MagPieAccessories! Drop dead gorgeous leather bags & more!! You must look at this one if you love leather! Ends 7/31.
  • Locomotion of Expressions is giving away Vedette shapewear!! Ends 7/31.
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

July 22, 2011

Nails To Match My Dress; Or The Magic Of OPI Up Close & Personal


I love occasionally matching my polish to my outfit. This one was only moderately successful but still fun.

Polishes used from thumb to pinkie are American Apparel California Trooper, American Apparel Hassid, Zoya Bailey, Nina Ultra Pro Salsa & Sinful Mint Apple. I topped them all of with one coat of OPI Up Front & Personal.
I've worn Up Front & Personal once before but never used it as a layering polish. It's gorgeous! Full of multi-color micro glitter.


Thanks for reading!
April

July 21, 2011

Geometric Nail Art


Super easy and fun nails I did a couple of weeks ago. I used Color Club Wild Orchid for the base color. I added a quick dry topcoat and then waited about 15 minutes. Next I used the corner of one of my smARTNails stickers to block off the v shape. You could easily use tape instead of course. I applied one coat of Nina Ultra Pro Salsa and quickly removed the sticker. Last step was adding some dots with my dotting tools using Pure Ice Wild Thing.


I'm usually much more drawn to geometric as opposed to floral patterns. Since this was so easy, I'll be doing variations very soon!

Thanks for reading!
April

July 18, 2011

Glitter Bomb Nails
















Glitter is not my favorite type of polish but I like the challenges on the facebook Polish-aholics Anonymous page. I like trying new things and this gives me just a bit of extra motivation. I don't really have too many glitter polishes. I just picked the first 3 I found and layered them on. The result is ok but nothing special.

















I started with the classic China Glaze Ruby Pumps, then a layer of Sinful Hottie & another of Sation Holiday Spirit. All of these polishes are favorites of mine when worn separately, but all together, it's just a bit of a mess.
















Thanks for reading!
April

Plume Natural Mini Perfume Set Giveaway! Ends 8/2.



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I love to support local Tulsa shops when I can and I recently discovered Plume Natural Perfumery. Her products get rave reviews on facebook and I thought my readers might be interested in her lovely products.
Plume’s mission is to bring the tradition and luxury of natural perfume back into our modern lives with unique fragrances that make the senses swoon.
Gorgeous product shots and a wide range of product prices make this an extremely enticing Etsy shop. Plume Natural offers many affordable ways to find a perfume that's right for you.

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Plume Natural is offering my readers (international too!) a 10% discount on all purchase made through the end of July using this code. GRANDOPENING10

I'm also excited to give my readers the chance to win a set of six mini perfumes! Your choice of solid or oil & your choice of fragrance!! YAY! Fantastic prize worth $38.00.

RULES:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.

  • This giveaway is open worldwide!
  • This giveaway starts today, July 18th, and will end Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 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, July 3rd.
  • 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 three entries per person.
  • Mandatory Entry. Go to Plume Natural and tell us which six fragrances you'd like to try. Use the form below to enter. This is required for a valid entry!
  • Optional Entry. Like Plume Natural on facebook. Be sure to leave your facebook user name so I can validate your entry.
  • Optional Entry. Answer the poll question in the form below.
  • 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

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
MAKEUP & SKINCARE
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
  • Nihrida is giving away a handmade bracelet or necklace made just the way you want it by her sister! Hurry, ends today!!


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

July 15, 2011

Harry Potter Nails



















Finally have picture of my Harry Potter nails. I could not figure out what I wanted to do, so I just went with something easy. House colors (movie scarf versions!) and and holo lightning bolt. Not my best effort but I still like it alright.

Here's a shot before I added the second colors. I used American Apparel Manila & Zoya Dove. I love these two colors together!

















I used Zoya Sasha, Pure Ice French Kiss, American Apparel Hassid, & BB Couture Poison Ivy for the rest of the house colors. The magical China Glaze OMG made my lightning bolt.


















Thanks for reading!
April

July 14, 2011

My Stash; Or, Will Thought I Looked Crazy & Decided To Take A Picture


This is me and my polish. My stash is on the small side for a polish blogger. I don't think of my self as a collector & I only keep polishes I love or that are necessary for nail art.

I store mine on a table in an ever rotating snake formation. When I use one, it goes to the back of the line. If I don't have something specific that I want for my nails, I just use the polish at the head of the line and go from there. When I've gone through them all, I pile them up, smoosh them around, and line them up in different order.

I know many of you love to put your polishes in order by color or by brands, but this system makes me happy.

Will just happened to catch me sitting on the floor while I was rearranging & grabbed the camera. He said "It is scary and people need to see it."

Thanks for reading!
April

July 12, 2011

First Successful Sponged Nail Art



I did this for the Monday Polish-aholics Anonymous facebook challenge. I like challenges that push me to try something new. Now I have another fun technique to add to my arsenal. I love how this one turned out. I used 2 coats of the beautiful Zoya Pasha, such a nice polish! Then I just used the corner of a new kitchen sponge to add some Maybelline Blue Aluminum. Super easy and gorgeous!

Thanks for reading!
April

July 11, 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
  • Haute Lacquer is having tons of giveaways this month!! Different giveaways end on different dates but all details are in this post.
  • Babbling Brooke is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/13.
  • Beauty Besties is giving away Sally Hansen Salon Effects sets!! 2 winners! Ends 7/13.
  • The Daily Nail Reviews is giving away Zoya Smaoke & Mirrors sets!! 6 winners!!! 7/13.
  • Vampy Varnish is giving away a set of Big Ruby nail tattoos!! Ends 7/13.
  • Nail Crazy is giving away 7 lovely polishes & 2 nail foils!! Ends 7/14.
  • Dashica Beauty is giving away 1 big stamping image plate!! Ends 7/14.
  • Tinna's Nails is giving away 7 fancy polishes & lots more! Ends 7/15.
  • Frazzle & Aniploish is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/15.
  • Art of Nail is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/15.
  • Body & Soul is giving away the China Glaze Metro collection!! Ends 7/15.
  • Polished Casual is giving away the OPI Miss Universe Collection! Ends 7/15.
  • Completely Coupons is giving away a $15 Piggy Paint GC! Ends 7/15.
  • PolishSis is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/16.
  • The TraceFace Philes is giving away the China Glaze Crackle set & more! Ends 7/16.
  • Beauty Judy is giving away Sally Hansen Salon Effects Limited Edition Sets!! 5 winners!!! Ends 7/16.
  • rijah is giving away Chanel Mimosa!! Ends 7/17.
  • All About Nails is giving away Essence Nail Transfer Foils! Ends 7/18.
  • Imperfectly Painted is giving away 4 different colored polish prize packs!! Ends 7/19.
  • DGS Beauty is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/19.
CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES
  • Addicted 2 Etsy is giving away a $40 GC to NomoiKoru's jewelry shop! Lots of geometric pieces!! Hurry, ends tonight!
  • Coupon Mountain is giving away a Wilsons Leather Messenger bag!! Ends 7/13.
  • Green Eyed Monster is giving away an Alisha Louise Enamel Pennant Necklace!! Ends 7/14.
  • Indie Spotting is giving away a very nice bag from Whether!! Ends 7/15.
  • Grace Louise Photography is giving away your choice of any jewelry form Release Me Creations!! Ends 7/15.
THINGS FOR YOUR HOME
  • Green Eyed Monster is giving away a hello sign in your choice of color from Oh Dier!! Ends 7/15.
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

July 8, 2011

China Glaze 2NITE


This is China Glaze 2NITE in all it's glory & magnificence! From the much sought after OMG collection. Needs no words. This polish is so incredible that my pictures look like I applied some sort of crazy photo shop effect to my nails but they are accurate. This polish is MAGICAL!

I tried to resist keeping one of these for myself but I just couldn't stand it anymore. I've been wearing it for almost 2 weeks!!! I took it off and then went right back to it twice! This is unheard of behavior in my world. I ususally change my polish at least 3 times a week. Even if I don't have time to change polish, I always add something to it, stamping, flakies, marbling or something. But this one loved all by itself because it's just too gorgeous.


Thanks for reading!
April

July 6, 2011

Born Pretty Sticker Stencils



Born Pretty sent me some of their nail art sticker stencils to try out. These are a fantastic option for someone who has been frustrated by stamping & free hand methods.


You simply peel off one the stencils.


Then place it wherever you want on your already polished nail. You need to wait until your base is mostly dry. The stickers are re-positionable, so no worries if you don't get it quite right at first.


Apply polish to the design. Sticker stencils have a big advantage over stamping because you can use whatever polish you want!


Immediately peel off the stencil, add a layer of top coat and you're all done! Fastest, most foolproof nail art ever!!


At just $4.18 for 10 different designs, this set form Born Pretty is a terrific deal. I've used a similar product from smARTNAILS; they are much more expensive but offer a wider variety and the ability to choose only designs that you really like. Your choice as to which company better suits your needs. Born pretty does offer a ton of nail art options though. You can see other products I've tried from their store here & here.


I used Finger Paints Yellow Bikini for the base & Essie Chinchilly for the design. You can enter to win half of my Bron Pretty Sticker Stencil set in my current giveaway!


Thanks for reading!
April

Disclosure: I was provided a product sample by Born Pretty. This in no way affects my opinions of the product. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.

July 5, 2011

New Giveaway! Sticker Stencils From Born Pretty. Ends 7/20. (Closed)


Just a small giveaway for fun. 5 sets of sticker stencils for doing foolproof nail art. I've used stencils like these before & I really love them. Super easy to use for everyone!! Born Pretty sent me this set to review and I decided to give half of them to one of my beloved readers form anywhere in the world.

RULES
:
PLEASE READ ALL OF THE RULES BEFORE ENTERING.

  • This giveaway is open to followers worldwide!
  • This giveaway starts today, July 5th, and will end Wednesday, July 20th, 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, July 21st.
  • 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:
I'm going to keep this one super simple. One entry per person. Use the form below to enter. This works MUCH better than comments, so I've turned them off for this post to avoid confusion.

Thanks for reading!
April

July 4, 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 Milanie Smoothe Base Coat & Glosse Top Coat! 10 winners!! Hurry, ends tonight!
  • Konad Addict is giving away 2 recent China Glaze collections! 2 winners!! Ends 7/6.
  • Polish Freshie is having a fun giveaway with 2 winners!! Ends 7/6.
  • Varnish Vixen is giving away 4 different fantastic polish prizes!! Ends 7/6.
  • Nail'd & Polish'd is giving away 2 Zoya mini sets! Ends 7/6.
  • GiMiKd Girl is giving away lots of NYX makeup & 6 Bundle Monster plates! Ends 7/7.
  • The PolishAholic is giving away a huge Planet Beauty giftbag filled with productsworth over $100!! Ends 7/8.
  • The TraceFace Philes is giving away 2 amazing OPI prizes! Ends 7/8.
  • Sarah's is giving away 4 Model's Own polishes! Ends 7/8.
  • Blushing Noir is giving away 15 polishes & more! Ends 7/9.
  • Painted Lady Fingers is giving away a huge prize package which includes the BB Couture Touch of Greece Ladies collection!! Ends 7/9.
  • The Nailasaurus is having a big giveaway with 4 winners!! Ends 7/10.
  • Dees Polish Endeavours is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/10.
  • My Nailz is giving away your choice of 3 Joe Fresh polishes!! Ends 7/10.
  • DIY Nail Art Design is having a great giveaway with 2 winners!! Ends 7/11.
  • Manicure Time is giving away a $25 Apothica GC! Ends 7/11.
  • Nailin' It is giving away 5 lovely polishes & much more! Ends 7/11.
  • Lavender Parfait is giving away 6 beautiful polishes including OPI Absolutely Alice! Ends 7/12.
NAIL ART CONTESTS
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