Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Mani of 2011!

I'm not sure how I'm feeling knowing that 2011 is coming to a close, has it really been a year? I don't really have any resolutions that aren't what I intend to accomplish every year, stop socially smoking, be more organized and get rid of the jiggle. We're going to the Denver Broncos game tomorrow AWESOME but that means we have to behave more than usual tonight. Going to a nice dinner, hanging with friends and maybe a yum cocktail or two (I've been staring at my Pinterest board trying to figure out which one sounds best).




I wanted something glitzy, but wasn't feeling all my onslaught of glitter polishes. I decided to go with Sally's unnamed mini pink/copper holo. It's gritty, but gorg! This is two coats stamped with Hello Kitty polish in Bubble Gum from what I call the "party image" on plate m. I added some random jewels to the accent nails and tada! Lots of photos to capture that holo~

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU! I hope 2011 was all that you wished it to be.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Prezies and Tag

Any big New Year's manis ladies? I'm still concocting my NYE mani in my head. In the meantime I wanted to show the little haul I received from my Grandparents and Husby/SIL for Christmas! I was having a difficult time finding Excuise Moi from OPI's Muppet collection so that's what I asked Grandma for along with Meep, Meep, Meep. She found them plus bought me Rainbow Connection!



The stamping set and HK nails are from my babe and the NOPI set from my SIL.

Also, a little behind on the tagging, thanks to YoannitaL from On My Nail for the Versatile Blogger Award! xoxo. I feel ashamed not tagging anyone else but I'm sure they've already received this :).

So, here are the rules :
Thank the blogger who nominated you
Nominate and inform 15 fellow bloggers.
Share 7 random facts about yourself.
Add The Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.
Seven Randoms about moi ~
  1. I love baking, especially cupcakes (if you have any unique recipes pass them my way =D)
  2. My dream vacation is to go to Turks & Caicos
  3. Can't usually put a book down if I have the extra time to read it
  4. I work in travel and tourism and really enjoy it
  5. I'm recently a country music fan
  6. I'm a slob!
  7. I sometimes really hate how newspaper feels

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Buy Whimsical Online!!!!!!!

AGHHHHHHHH! So my obsession is kicking into high gear. I keep thinking to myself HOW is Revlon Whimsical not available online anywhere as I failed at finding it at my K-Marts, Walmarts and Walgreens. Behold my amazement when scrolling down my Google search a bit to find it available at ULTA - not to mention a buy one get one 50% off. Get it while it's there my dears~

Saturday, December 24, 2011

'Twas the Mani Before Christmas

Christmas Eve! It's stunning to me that it is already here, it's always such a woosh of food, family, presents and fun. I try to make it last, enjoy the small moments and remember why we really celebrate. I have been saving Sally Hansen's Salon Effects Plaid About You. I can tell you, while a beautiful and festive pattern, I didn't have as great of luck with the effects the 2nd go round.
 With Flash
Without Flash

These were difficult to fit to my nail, chipped quickly and started coming off the nail creating a ridiculous pet peeve when running my fingers through my hair and it gets stuck underneath eww~ I added a little seasonal sparkle with three coats of China Glaze Love Marilyn.

Here's a pic with me and my boys and our purple and gold tree. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Wonderful Kwanza to all!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Red & Green Flakie Fiasco

I had the best idea! Sitting in my untrieds was Sinful Red Ocean and Green Ocean, layered over something dark and vampy, wouldn't this make a rockin' Christmas mani? That's what I thought, too bad it just plain didn't work out. There were just too many colors flashing around for the nails to look purely green or red. Not that I would complain about a multi-faceted flakie normally, but for this particular mani yes sirry Bob. I used two coats of Ulta Green with Envy, awesome vampy green shimmer with two think coats of each color.

I used Green Ocean on my middle, pinkie and thumb and Red Ocean on my pointer and index fingers. After looks closer both polishes have tiny square glitter mixed in with the flakies. Speaking of flakies I used my Christmas Cheer to smile at my Sally's and they went in the back and emerged with two of Finger Paints new flakies - Merry Christmas to me! They said they only had Flecked and Motley in which I thought was strange to limit it, but I'll take what I can get. Have you had a chance to grab these little lovelies?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Red Frosted Flakes - They're Grreat

So I love me some snowflake manis and am always so happy to use the image plates from Nailart and Mehr I bought last year for the holidays. The only flaw is that there are so many images it's a challenge to use them all before the season is over. Orly Winter Wonderland has been sitting in my untrieds since last year. What a perfect base - this is three coats of Winter Wonderland with five of the seven images from plate 011.


I also wanted to do something different than the standard blue or white which led me to red. I used China Glaze's bright red cream Hey Sailor to stamp and added my favorite holiday glitter, China Glaze Party Hearty, on just the tips. It's the countdown to Christmas and a nice week off work yippie! Are you getting excited?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Countdown

9 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS?! That just can't be right? I guess I better get crackin' on posting some holiday manis. I was stoked when I saw Zoya's Halloween promo for two free polishes so I went for the vertical line sparkle goodness that was Kissy and Rina from the Winter 2011 Jewels & Gems Collection. I started with two coats of Ulta 3 Frog Prince, a kelly green cream with one coat of Zoya Kissy.

I'm also happy to announce I broke down and bought a camera that actually takes close-up photos that don't stink. I had been using my Droid X 2 for-eev-eer. I apologize for the chippies but this was a much better photo a few days later than when I originally did the mani. I then used HBnails plate 012 stamped with Sephora Hello Kitty Mint for the Christmas tree with a random star-shaped rhinestone. Are you loving the reds, greens, golds and silvers of the season?

Sunday, December 11, 2011

A Tropical Escape

Almost two months ago my family was generous enough to take us all on vacation - to the Dominican Republic! This was right before Halloween so I had to split up those holiday manis with something bright and great for sitting on the beach. I bought two random Halloween polishes from Walgreens with no name. They were both jellies with sparse holo glitter. One was bright orange and the other a bright fuchsia. Perfect polishes for a sammie ~ (glitter sandwich that is).
I used two coats of the fuchsia, one coat of Cover Girl Boundless Color in Disco Dazzle ~ various sizes of silver hex glitter ~ and used one final coat on top. I then stamped konad special light blue polish and the playful dolphin from plate GCOCL. It held up alright, not sure if it was the brand or the excessive water and humidity that made it start to chip.


Either way the vacation was awesome, beautiful water, unlimited drinks and some relaxing time off work.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bridal Shower Mani

I am so behinddddd ~ sorry for that my lovelies! Temps have been bitter cold the last few days and it makes me very sluggish. We are talking nose hairs freezing to the side of your nostrils cold. Back in the beginning of October I hosted a bridal shower for my Sister-in-Law. A few fun games (never exclude the awesomeness that are TP dresses), yummy appetizers, champagne punch and chocolate covered strawberries all helped set the stage.
To be honest I was supposed to do a mani with Kleancolor's Bridal Shower, but the details of the event were more important and time consuming so I ended up with ULTA Diva (three coats). It's a beautiful pale pink shimmer with random holo glitter. This one lived up to it's name, DIVA indeed. I swear I redid my pointer and index finger 4 times. I then stamped with konad special hot pink polish and the Zebra french image from m62.

 Bride & Bridesmaids
I think my sis had a great time! She looked so pretty and got everything on her registry. Of course I got her the 2011 Essie Wedding Mini Set in a cool basket with other wedding-themed goodies~

Monday, December 5, 2011

Info on Whimsical Availability

I just saw this posted on the Polish-aholics Anonymouse FB Page - whew-eeee! 
Somebody emailed Revlon about Whimsical and got:
Thank you for your recent comments from the Revlon website and your questions concerning the availability of Revlon Nail Enamel Whimsical. We appreciate your interest in our company.

Revlon Nail Enamel Whimsical is an exciting new shade which is in the process of being shipped. It will be regular business. We would suggest you first try Walmart or Walgreens if you have one in your area. By next month, this product should be widely available in all retail stores that carry our products.

If we can be of further assistance in helping you locate your favorite products, please call our Consumer Information Center toll free at 800-473-8566. Our hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Any of our representatives will be happy to assist you.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

~ Princess Aspen ~

Sorry if you were expecting a nail polish-related post, but I need a little blog therapy for a loss in our beautiful fuzzy family. Our sweet Holland Lop bunny, Aspen, passed away the day after Thanksgiving =*( and it has broken our hearts. It's always so hard to lose a pet because they represent all that is good in this world, innocent, unconditionally loving and a comfort to their people. It's especially hard because my husband and I have had bunnies ever since we lived together (even snuck them into non-pet apartments). We had the horrible experience of losing three of those bunnies in a four-year period, except for our trooper girl Aspen.


She would have been eight in February, our Valentine's baby. I am comforted by the fact that she lived a long, very happy life and even had her own room. Endless treats, toys and a big brother lab who adored her and let her climb all over him. No matter how long she lived, it's never long enough. It's so sad to look at an empty room and cage and you always think of how much more time you could have had, or how much more attention you could have paid.


The only thing that makes it better is time and knowing that she was in her favorite spot in the world. But we do have the memories and photos that make us smile any time we want to think of those happy times. R.I.P. my little snowball, we love you ~



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Haultastic

Hiya! Any great Thanksgiving plans? I'll probably just eat too much, watch some football with the hubby and try to feel better. I've been icky sickly and just want to recover a bit with the long weekend. Thought I'd let you ogle my recent pretty ladies ~
OPI Gone Gonzo, Gettin' Miss Piggy With It, Divine Swine, Zoya Rina, Kissy

Dare polish pack, Who's That Girl?, Dancing Diva, Big Night, Eyes on Me
Kleancolor Chunky Holo Fuchsia, Chunky Holo Black, Bridal Shower, Color Club Backstage Pass, It's a Hit, Fame & Fortune and Sally's special Sugar Plum Yum scented holiday polish 
Icing, Mint Frosting, Evergreen,Orly Rock Solid, Emberstone, Androgynie, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Save the Date and Peach Pave
Orly Sweet Peacock, Lucky Duck and aghghghgh Fowl Play
China Glaze Blue Year's Eve and Snowglobe
Orly Shining Star and Twilight


Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Double Dose Giveaway Winners!


Yes, I know this took eons to announce, I beg all of your forgiveness! Congratulations to ~

Claire of Shatter Me Claire for winning the Grand Prize!

AND...

Mallory of The Katz Pajamas for winning the Second Prize!

I've emailed both ladies and hope to hear back within 48 hours. Thanks to those who entered and I'm building some stuff for a New Year Giveaway!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Facets of Fabulous

I wanted Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance so horribly when it came out but held off. So awesome to see Revlon's Facets of Fuchsia at such an affordable price. It is freakin fabulous, it's one of my favorites. This is two coats (only one on my pinkie oops). I thought a water marble accent would compliment this nicely and it seemed China Glaze Señorita Bonita was a good match to the purple hex glitters in Facets,it 'twas!
I used Señorita Bonita and Orly Goth marble. Check out that eye-catching pink fleck in the direct sunlight shot. I had this on for a week and didn't want to get ride of it :(. Have you tried this beaut?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Anniversary Bronco Mani

I'm a little behind on posting past manis since I wanted to do all Halloween for October. My honey and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary with a Denver Broncos game. We spent an entire afternoon tailgating and cheering - we had great seats! It was against the Bengals, a great game and the only one we won before Miami. Couldn't go to the game without sporting the orange and blue. I've had these cute Bronco helmet water decals since last year (purchased on e-bay).
Not sure if any of you have purchased these self-made decals from sellers, but they are pretty low quality. I used them the night before the game and had to take them off when we got home since only half the helmets were still on my nails. They are fine for a one-day event, but forget any extended wear. I used two coats of China Glaze White Cap as the base and Sally Hansen Chevron tip guides alternating between Zoya Gabrielle and Orly Royal Navy for the tips (two coats each). Very sparkly in the sun ~ Have you tried printing your own decals?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Late to the Halloween Party

I stuck with my theme of doing all Halloween-themed manis in October with the exception of a tropical mani for my vacation (post coming soon). It seems everyone rolled out the "web" for Halloween this year and went with Sally Hansen's Salon Effects in Spun For You. When this edition was released I had to go to three Walgreens but I finally picked this pretty up. They were relatively easy to apply once I figured out the right size.
There's been some wear where I overlapped my cuticles, but after a week I'm impressed. For the accent nail I used an unnamed Halloween Walgreens polish. It was an orange jelly with a bit of holo glitter. I used three coats then stamped the spider image on my accent nail with m28 and the special black polish. Even my boys got in on the fun ~


Sunday, October 30, 2011

Candy Corn Water Marble

Oooh, eee it's almost Halloween! It is my second fave next to Christmas. I decided rather than the standard "candy corn" mani I'd throw a twist and do a candy corn water marble ~ I used one coat of I heart my nails in white (apparently the only basic white I own as I use it so often =p) and then used blue painters tape to seal off my fingers for easy cleanup. It doesn't seal as well as scotch tape but better than nothing at all. I then marbled with the white, Zoya Lianne and Ulta's Banana Rum in the Sun <--- love this polish name <3
End result wasn't as vibrant as I imagined but turned out nicely. What could make it even better you ask? GLITTER of course! I used one thick coat of Out the Door Northern Lights holographic topcoat. I will be watching scary movies, making candy corn looking cocktails and handing out candy tomorrow. How about you?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Frankie's Alive!

Sticking with my Halloween theme, I did a full mani with China Glaze's It's Alive, I heart this polish! It has so much depth and sparkle, will be using again. this is two coats of It's Alive with one coat of Ghoulish Glow on top (it did not Ghoulishly glow that bright). It may have not glowed brightly because it was over a dark color and it was only one coat. Any of you tried this recommended combo on the Halloween packaging?


I then added little Frankensteins or "Frankies" that I've seen floating around the web these days. I used my assortment of Born Pretty Store dotting tools to add the I Love My Nails in white and Orly Goth for the eyes, hair and smile. What's your fave Halloween subject to work with for manis?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Review: Orly French Polynesian Island Spa Treatment

I was recently at Sally's and saw that Orly's Hot Lava Self-Warming Hand Repair Mask was on clearance ($9.99). I wasn't sure the original price since there were no other price tags. I deemed it worth a try but I don't think I would pay more than $10 for it on principle alone. When I opened it, it smelled really nice and tropical (label notes Tahitian coconut and Tiare Flower). Directions said to stir, apply generously to wet hands, leave on 3-5 minutes. For extra heating it says to wrap hands in a hot towel, which I skipped this time just to see how it felt by itself.
Upon applying to my hands it instantly heated, but went away quickly. It covered nicely without being too thick and stayed on just fine. After my estimated three minutes I rinsed off. My hands did feel smoother and more moisturized, plus they smelled like an island escape for awhile afterwards =D. Overall the feel and moisture held up for the rest of the evening. I think it's a good product that smells wonderful and is worth the $10 paid for it. It appears it retails for $30 on Orly's website, a little rich for my wallet so let's just call it a good deal shall we? What's your favorite treatment?

*This product was purchased with my own money

Saturday, October 8, 2011

China Glaze Haunting

HI!! It's Boo-tober finally! I seriously love Halloween, I've been reading so many articles lately that say people spend almost as much on Halloween as Christmas. Which brings me to this mani, I've decided to do all Halloween-themed manis for this month (excluding something neon and bright-tastic for our vacation in two weeks) starting with this one. I happen to have Orly Goth and can tell you China Glaze Haunting has so much more silver glitter and it seems to be a little more jelly than Goth. It covered nicely with two coats.
Silly me thought OPI Silver Shatter would make a good combo, too bad I lost all the great glitter *pout* so I will be using this again this winter/fall by itself. The OPI Silver Shatter was much more metallic and shimmery than I thought it would be.
Me and the hubby decided to do a bit of decorating to get in the ghoulish spirit. Do you decorate or do anything fun?

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Blue Avenue

So I acquired NYX Blue Avenue flakie in my recent Hautelook haul. It was so pretty in the bottle I couldn't wait long to try it. I thought it would be great over a blue or green polish so I chose Hello Kitty by Sephora in Mint, a great mint cream. This is two coats of Mint with three coats of Blue Ave. on top.
Uber disappointed that this wasn't as apparent on the nail as it was in the bottle wagh! It was better in real life than what I could capture in photos but I think I'll try it over a vampy or black next time around. My accent finger was sponged with three coats of Mint, Sally Hansen Celeb City and Icing True Blue with three coats of Blue Ave. on top.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Flip Flop is My Fantasy

Man, China Glaze's Flip Flop Fantasy is one of the most flattering polishes I've seen on so many different skin tones, mine included! I had seen swatches and never broke down to buy it until this summer, so glad I did~ This is three coats of Flip Flop Fantasy stamped with Zoya Ibiza (vampy dark blue) and the polka dot french image from fauxnad plate m49.

 Where did I get this fabulous plate might you ask? From the lovely Crystal of Valentine Kisses of course! This doll mentioned she had an extra plate I really like and dropped it in the mail to me along with some rockin' fimo canes. <3 Thanks honey!!

I then added the bow image from plate m71 and a blue rhinestone. Lots of photo opps because this is one of my favorites~