Sunday, March 31, 2013

365 Days of Color Easter Mystery Bag

While I do like a good mystery, I'm not always ready to not know what kind of polishes will be showing up in the mail. When I saw that 365 Days of Color was doing an Easter Mystery Bag that already included shipping I thought, why not? The package came supa dupa fast and had two full-size polishes, a mini cuticle oil, full-size cuticle cream (review to come) and a glowing little surprise.

Someone was veerry interested in my turtle

I knew one of these polishes had to be my Easter mani so Eggcentric Bunny is the one that made the cut. I started with a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls with two coats of Eggcentric Bunny. I wish my camera could have caught all that pink shimmer nestled in this white jelly. There's such a great variety of color and shape variations in the glitter that I wasn't sure what was coming out of the bottle next!

 I them stamped the bunny from BM302 with China Glaze Hyper Haute and added some "grass" by way of Viva La Nails holo green bar glitter. I knew this stuff was gonna drive me CRAY CRAY so it only lasted two days then I had to redo it without all the little pokies and just the polish with the buns. I hope you all have a wonderful day (those who celebrate) and remember why we really have Easter!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Extra Relaxed Challenge ~ Blue with Shimmer Polish Maria

The 31 day extra relaxed challenge moves onward! This week is blue. I haven't done a gradient in a minute so decided to play with something. After one coat of Icing True Blue, I did a vertical gradient with True Blue and Sinful Sweet Nothing. They are certainly two different hues in the bottle, but doing a vertical gradient I didn't see near as much as a difference and am not even positive my camera captured it. Let's just pretend it's there k?

After the gradient was dry, I sponged on Shimmer Polish Maria at the base of the nail. This is a hodgepodge of different blues with a hint of silver and a dash of turquoise ultra mini square glitter. Shimmer Polish describes as the blues going from light to dark. I haven't done a sponged glitter on my nail bed and enjoyed the look a lot. I think the most unique thing about the polish line is there are so many different sizes of glitter in complementing colors.
Maria was provided to me for review and can be purchased the above link for $12 a bottle.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Polish Freshie Featured on

Morning dolls! I was so excited when I woke up and checked my e-mail this morning, a writer from had sent out a query a few weeks back about tips on using scotch tape for nail art. I responded with some tricks. She reached out this morning and let me know the post is featured on the site's beauty section and includes Polish Freshie *claps*!

You can read the full article here.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Fake Tattoos Nail Tattoos ~ Review

So I was contacted by Fake Tattoos to see if I would review they're new fake tattoos designed specifically for nails. Once I agreed, I got the packet really quickly. They sent me the entire set. I always get a bit nervous with a one size fits all because I have such small hands and long and skinny nail beds. There was a great mix of phrases and images to mix-and-match. I thought the first attempt I would make is with the Love & Hate decals.

This is two coats of Sinful Sweet Tooth (one of my new favorite springtime picks!) stamped with Messy Mansion Plate 006 and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver Sweep - which I of course dumped all over the floor after I was done. As this is an international product from Scandinavia, the directions at first seemed clear, but I was a little confused about which part needed to be wet.

How to transfer them to your nails:1. Clean your nail with soap and water 2. Cut out the desired tattoo 3. Take slowly away the plastic cover and press the tattoo on to the nail 4. Keep pressing with wet paper 5. When you feel that the paperbacking is sliding away you can slowly remove it 6. Let the tattoo dry for 5 min 7. Choose a high quality top coat and paint the nail (paint at least two thin layers) 8. Let it dry 9. Finished!

We all know that with water decals, you drop in water and put them on a wet nail then slide away the paper. I wasn't sure if I needed a wet rag or should soak these first. I wasn't paying attention and quickly peeled away the plastic (as it says not to above :) ) and some of my first letters went with it =*(. I tried again with the second set, slowly peeled away the plastic and put the first letters on my nail. What is really great about this is they already have a sticky like substance so you have a little help keeping them on your nail. While holding the tattoo in place, I dropped my whole finger in a water bowl and held longer. 
After 30-45 seconds I slowly slid the paper off my nail and voila! Now another little note, I am horrible, I mean completely challenged at writing in a straight line across a blank piece of paper and my nails aren't much different so please excuse the downward slope. Once I got the hang of these, they were really easy. I also think that at least the black images would work wonderfully over all kinds of colors whereas water decals always have to be over a light color. I did a little better on my right hand and sealed all with a topcoat.
Overall I think this is a fun idea, and they have a lot of interesting images and phrases. Although a downside, after the first day of wear these started to rub off which was pretty disappointing. I ended up adding a second topcoat layer to the heart because it got knicked and that one did last longer. Not sure if the staying power is better with a non fast-dry topcoat, but I'd definitely recommend at least two coats for each nail if you want to make it at least a full 24 hours. You can purchase the tattoos directly from their website  for approximately $9.35 a sheet U.S.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Extra Relaxed Challenge ~ Green

So it turns out that our Extra Relaxed Challenge and green week were strategically put together for St. Pat's! You know those manis that you're like "YES! This is exactly what I wanted"? Well this great green creation was exactly that for me. I could definitely see this beauty in many different color combos.

I started with two coats of China Glaze Running in Circles. As I have Zoya Ivanka - I wasn't sure if I needed this green. Boy howdy did I! This is seriously the most stunning glass fleck green I have come across. I used two coats of Icing Mint 2 Be mint cream for my accent fingers. I then stamped the quilted image with China Glaze Starboard from BM310.
I then took by set of Born Pretty Store dotting tools, using the medium-sized dotter, carefully placed the dots where the lines came together. Do you own this polish?

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Top o' the Evening to ya! St. Patrick's Day Nails

I hope the luck of the Irish is with all of you on this fine St. Paddy's Day! With an Irish last name I definitely half to live up to it every year. Needless to say the car bombs were flowing (a little too swiftly I might add) and I was feeling the pain today. The hubby even made me take a shot of Jameson after all that madness (puke!). I'm so excited that my Messy Mansion St. Pat's plate came in the mail on Friday. I hurried and took advantage of the adorable images.

The pointer and pinkie are two coats of Orly Lucky Duck stamped worth Maybelline Bold Gold. My accent finger and thumb is two coats of Ulta 3 Frog Prince with two coats of Sinful Green Ocean stamped with Snow Me White.
My middle finger is one coat of Snow Me White, Life Preserver and Orly Here Comes Trouble. I stamped the Claddagh image with Bold Gold. It was off center, but I had spent so much time on this mani already, I decided to live with it.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Extra Relaxed Challenge ~ Yellow and Puppy Love

Hi kids! While I have been participating in this extra relaxed challenge, I can say the last few days have been anything but relaxed. As you may know I have two lab retrievers. One is an angel, the other, while the sweetest cuddle baby in the whole world, but is pretty much a terror covered in yellow fur. He is way too smart and resourceful for his own good (even the Vet confirms this).

Needless to say he puts anything and everything in his mouth and swallows it whole before I even know it's missing. This can be toys, socks, panties, shirts, Velcro, carpet, walls, furniture, ipads, iphones you name it - he's tried to chomp it. We've been lucky to have it come out or up safely thus far - until last Saturday. This little pooper somehow found a bath towel and ate half of it.
He was puking all night Friday and Saturday morning giving me pouty faces and not eating. At the time I didn't know he had gotten a hold of anything. When he didn't eat or take treats I knew it was time to take him in. Within a few minutes and an x-ray they had to operate. Poor buddy got sliced in two spots and had to spend the night.
$1,500 later he is home and resting. It's going to be a long healing process since he is so hard to keep still but I'm so happy he is alright thanks to my amazing vet team! I did my yellow mani in his honor, two coats of Essence Wanna be Your Sunshine. This is a bright yellow shimmer. I then stamped with China Glaze Mahogany Magic with plates BM306 and 323. Here's to you my crazy Champ!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Messy Mansion Plate Giveaway

Thanks to Facebook groups like Polishaholics Anonymous and Adventures in Stamping I've come across some unique and fun stamping plates including Messy Mansion. After browsing the site I couldn't decide on just a plate or two but knew that I had to have plate 004 with all the festive St. Pat's images on it. I also added plate 006. Somehow when the order arrived I had two 006 plates instead of 004 and 006. I tweeted Messy Mansion and emailed them. A day or two later Julia reached out and expressed her apologies and let me know she dropped 004 in the mail right away.

I still don't know if it will be here in time for St. Paddy's but here's hoping. I asked Julia if instead of spending the same amount of money to ship the plate back to Australia if she'd be willing to host a giveaway and she absolutely was! Enter the rafflecopter from below.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Extra Relaxed Challenge Day 2 ~ Orange

Happy Friday! It's Friday! Yeah Friday! Oh, this is day two of the Extra Relaxed Challenge and that means orange. I started with two coats of Revlon's nail art french mix orange and yellow combo, the pale orange reminds me of a dreamsicle mmmm now I need a dreamsicle. Sorry it has no name. This is an orange jelly with silver shimmer. I used two coats and then stamped the barbed wire from BM 323 with China Glaze Avalanche

For the accent nail I painted two coats of Orly Right Amount of Evil over the previous two coats of the orange jelly so it comes off easier. I like these colors together but it reminds me a tiger RARR. That wasn't what I was going for but the color makes up for it with my skin tone.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Vanilla Brown Sugar Hand Scrub Recipe

Friend - "Ugh my nails are no fun, bland, gross etc."
Me - "Um I have 500 million bottles of nail polish, I'm happy to use you as my guinea pig"
Friend - "Are you sure?"
Me - "Seriously, dude - I couldn't use it all if I tried."
Friend - "Yay! I'll be over immediately"

I'm sure many of you can relate. I have a few friends that take advantage of my polish hoarding tendencies. Plus I'm always super happy to have little Freshies running around with cute nails from moi. My friend Jenna and I usually have a Wednesday night nail date. She's super sweet and often pays me in Starbucks, wine and goodies. She showed up a few weeks ago with handmade vanilla brown sugar hand scrub.

This stuff smells amazing, is all natural but she uses coconut oil instead of the mentioned sunflower or olive oil. Plus this jar is humongo. As you rub the coconut oil it warms up and gets even more moisturizing. Here's the original recipe she pinned off of a blog. She said she also does a summer orange one - can't wait to smelly smell that baby. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Extra Relaxed 31 Day Challenge ~ Shimmer Polish Eva

A challenge that is not just relaxed, but EXTRA relaxed? SOLD! I'm participating in Rambles of a Polish Addict's Extra Relaxed 31 Day Challenge. First color  is red. I dug through my Shimmer Polish goodies and happened upon Eva. This sassy gal is a burgundy red jelly with silver microglitter. I used two coats, it reminds me of a more sultry Ruby Pumps.

On my accent nails I used two coats of China Glaze Fast Track, a dark beige with gold shimmer throughout. It's a nice muted color but with a little added spice. I used striping tape to get the nice lines for Eva's accents and as you may be able to tell, free-handed the black and white.
I have a faux Burberry scarf that recently sparked the inspiration for this mani. I'm looking forward to the rest of this extra lazy adventure and yes I realize that is an oxymoron. Shimmer Polish can be purchased from her Etsy store for $12 a bottle. This was provided to me for review.