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.
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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.