Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween Mani!!

Yay it's finally Halloween! We're still recovering from last night yuck. I am watching my favorite Halloween movie Hocus Pocus and getting ready to hand out candy to all the kids in their cute costumes. I used the last polish in China Glaze's Awakening Collection, Mummy May I. Definitely my favorite of the bunch but my polishes must have had something wrong with my batch because it was soo goopy. I may have to add some thinner to it. I used two coats of Mummy May I, a black jelly with purple glitter. After seeing a Day in the Life of Doll Face's awesome spider web mani I knew I wanted to do a mini one.

I didn't look at hers again before I did mine and I should have. I used Sinful's striper white Bad Chick to free hand the webs. I needed more lines to make the webs look better but I'm happy with the quick job I did. The cleanup was pretty hard, I'll finish in the shower. Everyone have a great night and don't scare yourself silly with all the movies and shows on TV!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Claire's Glow in the Dark

Hey guys I can't wait for Halloween! I got free tickets to the local college football team and tailgate tent plus we're going to the neighbor's Halloween party. Should be an eventful evening to say the least. I just hope I can wake up on Sunday =). I wanted to share with you one of Claire's Glow in the Dark polishes. It is a baby hot pink in the bottle full of pastel glitters. It looks like it would be really bright but it's ridiculously sheer so I decided to do three coats over a base coat and one coat of Sinful Snow Me White.

It looks like a very light pink with some glitter even over the white. I kept trying to take photos in the dark to show the "glow" but it just wasn't happening. Just close your eyes and imagine a fluorescent green and yellow in the dark heehee ~ Be safe everyone and have an amazing night!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Giveaway Drama for Your Mama ~ Long

Ok guys, I need to put something out there. I am dealing with some drama on the Halloween contest giveaway. I just wanted everyone to know what had happened, how I came to my decision, and I hope everyone sees that my decision is valid and warranted. Here's the skinny ~

I made my call for entrants on the Halloween giveaway contest, I wasn't as detailed or as clear as I should have been since I didn't exactly know what I was even looking for. After Triszha of Fab Ur Nails asked a few questions about entries being original or not I specified publicly in comments that my entrants had to be Halloween inspired and could only exist previously on your own personal blog, not other contests, giveaways etc. After receiving everyone's entries and posting them before making my final decisions I received an email from Triszha letting me know that some of the girls shouldn't be finalists because they had used the art for other contests. I appreciate her concern, but thankfully there wasn't any conflict because the finalists chosen didn't fall into this category. 

When it came time to vote, I was very vague and just asked everyone to vote, winner would be chosen by most votes period as that is all I explained in my original post. Then Triszha started emailing me telling me there were multiple blogger profiles that were blocked and that they shouldn't be counted because people had the ability to cheat. I am very trusting of people and this hadn't even occurred to me until Triszha started emailing me. I was a little tipsy when she emailed me and I said that could be very unfair and I wouldn't count the "blocked profiles." When all the votes were in I discounted the "blocked profiles" because of Triszha's email, when in reality if she hadn't emailed me I would have counted the blocked votes because a vote is a vote from a profile and I hadn't specified otherwise. So not counting "blocked profiles" Triszha won, counting ALL votes that weren't after Midnight on Wednesday Rins won by three. I had pre-written an email to Triszha letting her know she was the winner which I sent too quickly last night, after thinking about it and talking to my husband we agreed I was being unfair and I handled the situation poorly. If Triszha hadn't of emailed me, as well as her friend, and kept bringing things to my attention it would have been based on votes alone. Therefore I thought it was wrong as did some other people I talked to. Within 35 minutes I emailed Triszha letting her know I felt I breached my OWN contest rules by not counting votes alone and that Rins should truly be the winner. She said she was fine with that, but she isn't, which on one hand I completely understand because I made the huge mistake of emailing her and letting her know she won and then retracted it. She has emailed me multiple times saying that other people cheated, but that can't be proven. She's now posted a blog about this even though she said she understood. I stand by my decision to make Rins the winner based on votes alone. In the future I agree my contests should be run differently so there aren't ANY questions about who the winner is. Now Rins feels pressured to relinquish her win and I don't think that's right. Please let me know if you think this is fair, if not then I will come up with a solution but no other contestant was emailing me "whispering in my ear" per say. I feel horribly about this whole thing and am just trying to be fair to everyone. I toyed with the thought of a Runner Up prize because of this but now I feel she is trying to guilt me into making her the winner. What do you think? I'm really discouraged and feel like I don't even want to do anything like this in the future...

Drumroll Please...

After counting all the votes, the winner of my Halloween Giveaway and Contest by three is Rina of  Simply Rins! Thanks to everyone who participated and voted, I really enjoyed seeing all of these great designs!! I've emailed Rina to let her know. Happy early Halloween girlies ~ 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Ick-a-Body is Icky to Remove

Only four more days until Halloweenie and a few more hours until voting ends for my giveaway! If you haven't voted, please do so. I planned on doing something exciting with Ick-a-Body as a base but time was not on my side last week so here it is with just a base coat, two coats (I probably should have done three) and a top coat of China Glaze Fast Forward. I do like the polish, it's a clear black base with a booty-load of orange glitter.

I kept it on for four days and when I realized I wasn't going to do much more with this mani I took it off. No bueno! I soaked each nail in acetone for at least a minute each and still had to scrub. It's pretty, but not pretty to remove. Also to get more in the mood I bought a haunted gingerbread house, it was a bit messy and black icing was everywhere but I think the end result is extra cute! 

What are you doing to get in the Halloween spirit?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Zombie Zest Halloween Mani

I know, I know you've all seen this mean green! To be honest I didn't even want this polish in this collection but it's turned out to be the most unique one in the set I think! I used one coat of Seche Rebuild a BC and three coats of Zombie Zest. I thought it was going to be a rough glitter but it's smooth shimmer goodness. I decided this needed a little more Halloween so I added some "slime" with a dotting tool and Savvy Ebony Black. 

I then dug out some cute Halloween stickers I've had sitting in my stash since last year. The stickers are the smoothest and longest lasting ones I've used so far. I topped it off with a coat of China Glaze Fast Forward. Which polish is your favorite for Halloween manis?

Friday, October 22, 2010

Halloween Contest Finalists ~ PLEASE VOTE!

Wow ladies, I even had to enlist the help of my husband to get these down to the finalists, I wish I could send you all the prize, but alas, I am not rich. I truly couldn't pick three, so you get to vote on four! Below are the finalists to win MAC Bad Fairy and Claire's Glow in the Dark polish. Please cast you vote by Wednesday, October 27 before Midnight Mountain Standard Time. Just leave a comment below with entry #1, #2, #3 or #4 and I'll contact the winner Thursday morning. Thanks again everyone for sending me such great nail art ~ 

Entry #1 

Entry #2

Entry #3

Entry #4

Halloween Contest Entries!

WOW, thanks to all you ladies who took the time to enter my Halloween contest and giveaway! All the entries are amazing and I'm going to have a very hard time narrowing it down to three :(. I wanted to share all of these fantastic entries before I choose three for everyone to vote on. Stay tuned and Happy Halloween!

Iris of Pimp My Nailz

 JQ of Frippery Digits
 Lex D

 Lucy of Lucy's Stash
 Zara of Never Unpolished
 Rina of Simply Rins
 Sayra from Totally Nailed It
 Jenny from Polisholigy
 Tara from For Your Nails Only

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Viva La Nails 30% Off Sale

Time is running out to enter my Halloween Giveaway, if you'd like to participate make sure to submit your entry by Midnight Mountain Standard Time tonight! I've received some great entries and can't wait to go through them. I was thinking of posting all of the entries tomorrow and narrowing it down to three finalists tomorrow night, thoughts? 

I'm sure many of you are on Viva La Nails distribution list, but just in case they are having a "MAD MAD Sticker & Water Decal Weekend!" The discount starts today and runs through October 24. At checkout just use the promotion code "mad."

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Halloween Crackle

It's hump day! Don't forget tomorrow at Midnight Mountain Time is the LAST Day to enter my Halloween contest for the smokin' hot MAC Bad Fairy and Claire's Glow in the Dark polish! Speaking of giveaways, I was the lucky lass that won Konad-licious' BYS Crackle Giveaway - Wahoo! The polishes came super fast I just didn't get a chance to use them for a few weeks. Thanks Konad-Licious for doing the giveaway, and showing some patience when her emails kept going to my junk folder. I received the BYS crackle polishes in Black and Red, I knew I wanted to use the black for a Halloween mani. I used a coat of Seche Rebuild and a BC then added three coats of Zoya Lianne. 

This is a bright orange shimmer, perfect for Halloween! I then waited (not long enough unfortunately) and used one coat of BYS crackle in black on top. Since I didn't wait long enough the crackle effect pulled some of Lianne off ~ boo =(. Overall I was happy with it, but even with a top coat of China Glaze Fast Forward the crackles started to fall off in little pieces a day or so later. I really like the effect and can't wait to use the red. Do you own crackle polishes? 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Fall Sparkle Fail ~ Kinda

Yay for Saturdays! I'm off to ULTA and hope to restrain myself (good luck to me). I wanted to share a fall mani a did a week or so ago. I used Seche Rebuild, a BC and two coats of Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri in Mochachino. This color is beautiful, a reddish chocolate with gold and maroon shimmer. I then attempted to stamp the leaf french tip pattern from konad plate m56 with China Glaze Swing Baby. 

That was a no go for sure. Can't stamp with her at all, the image slid around horribly so I ended up with just some pretty spots of Swing Baby on the bottom of my nail. I spiced it up with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure on the top half of my nail and used one coat of China Glaze Fast Forward. 

The mani itself didn't turn out at all how I had envisioned it but the colors were still perfect for fall. Are your leaves falling yet?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween Contest & Giveaway

Let me first say, thank to ALL of you, it's amazing that I have over 200 followers and I'm so happy to "meet" and interact with all of you. Please don't hesitate to let me know what you'd like to see more of. I know I'm horrible with swatching but I really can't just put a new girl on and not leave her for a few days *sheepish grin.* I absolutely LOVE Halloween, and by the looks of all your great themed manis so do you! I have myself an extra bottle of MAC's Bad Fairy brand spankin new in the Box and some awesome Claire's Glow in the Dark polish to give one of you cuties! Since you all are doing such amazing Halloween manis I figured I'd have a themed Halloween mani contest to determine the winner. I'll pick my top three favs then let you all vote on who you think should win. Rules as follows:

  • Must be a Google Friend Connect Follower
  • Must email me at with your Halloween-themed mani by Midnight Mountain Time on October 21, 2010
  • I'll choose my three favs on the 22nd and let you vote on the winner!
This can be a Halloween mani you've already done. It's open internationally. Ready? GO!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jingle My Bells ~ They're HERE

Good Morning! To my surprise, after trolling around TransDesign a bit this morning, China Glaze 'Tis the Season to Be Naughty & Nice Collection is available!! I couldn't resist and ordered Mistletoe Kisses, Party Hearty, Midnight Kiss and the Merry Mint - pack with Mrs. Claus and Naughty and Nice with the special edition Peppermint cuticle oil. Get over there and order some holiday cheer! I also found that China Glaze's website has a contest to win the whole collection. Just call me polish Santa HO HO HO.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I Heart Holos!

Evening cutie pies! Since it's been such a warm and beautiful start to October I wanted to enjoy some holo yumminess. My Color Club holos have been just staring at me. I started with Seche Rebuild, a basecoat and two coat's of Fashion Addict, a purple mauve holo.

I could have added a third coat after seeing it in direct sunlight but two seemed to be good inside. I wanted a little something so I added some newly acquired heart strip stickers I got off ebay and baby pearls on my index fingers and thumbs and topped everything off with China Glaze Fast Forward.

I couldn't stop taking pictures of this pretty.

I feel if a holo is within my power to purchase I must do it, will you grab a holo over anything else if it's right in front of you? I also wanted to point out my cute a** Polish Addict Badge in the upper right-hand corner designed and custom colored compliments of the rockin' Deniz of Emerald Sparkled. Grab a badge, she's made all kinds of combos and is accepting color requests.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wedding in the Woods

So this weekend the hub and I had the chance to attend the wedding of our good friends Mike and Jen. They held an outside ceremony up in the woods followed by an amazing reception at this gorgeous red barn. I had wanted to wear a long dress and found a great color. Of course I had to match my mani!

Orly It's Up to Blue was the perfect match for my dress.

I used one coat of Seche Rebuild, a BC then followed by two coats of Orly Love Each Other which is a clear polish packed with itsy bitsy purple microglitter. I free-handed tips with It's Up to Blue then attempted a smile line with a brush and Sally Hansen's Celeb City which is a metallic silver. That didn't go so well but from far away it looked alright. I got some compliments so that's always nice =D. I added some rhinestone cross embellishments from Cina Nail Creations on my index fingers and topped it off with China Glaze Fast Forward.

The bride was beautiful, groom was handsome, food was amazing and drinks were flowing. Congrats to Mike and Jen!