Saturday, December 29, 2012

A celebration of red nail polish!



Hello, my lovelies!



I have something new for you today. Recently some friends of mine and I were talking about the red polish, OPI’s Smitten With Mittens (which for some reason, I always want to call it Smitten with Kittens). The conversation then evolved into one about red polish and how there are so many lovely ones. So I told them all to send me a pic or two of their favorite red and I would dedicate a post to red polish. And here it is!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Indie Review - Literary Lacquers!



Hello, my lovelies!

Today’s fabulousness is indie brand Literary Lacquers! Anyone who talks to me for about oh, 5 minutes, realizes in probably less than that I’m a big book nerd. HUGE. And I’m not referring to my height. I’m referring to my tendency to hideout for days on ends, surrounded by books, lost in other worlds, usually involving magic, fantasy, werewolves, witches and vampires, sometimes mysteries, and ignoring the real world. Even as a child, despite playing several sports and enjoying them, I frequently had my nose in a book. And because I inherited my father’s speed reading ability, my parents got many phone calls from irate teachers that I was reading in class. (You’d think that since I finished the assigned work this wouldn’t be a problem, but that’s another conversation).

But I digress. The point is, I love books. One room in my house is called the library and it’s devoted to books. My shelves are full and there are piles of books on the carpet. (Granted, one bookcase is dedicated to photos of family and friends, and I did surrender one bookcase to Mr. Enchanted when he moved in). There are books on the dining room table, in the entry way, the bedroom-everywhere.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Review: Tip Top Nails South Africa!



Hello, my lovelies!

Today I am reviewing yet another fabulous brand! This time we have Nail Addict by Tip Top! They sent me some gorgeous polishes and a fantastic cuticle oil to try out recently.

Tip Top has it nailed with the formulas. All of these were incredibly silky smooth and glided on without any trouble at all! All pictures are shown without top coat.

Zoya's Pixie Dust & Spring 2013! Collections!

Hello, my lovelies!

Zoya's new Spring 2013 collection has been announced! Captivating Claws has the full ad with pictures on her blog, but it looks like the standard spring pastels. I personally am not impressed. I don't like pastels and these are all re-releases of polishes that were designed previously for couture designers.These will be released January 2013.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Indie review: LynBDesigns!



Hello, my lovelies!

Today I have another fantastic indie to share! Today I’m featuring LynBDesigns! I caught these beauties on one of her $5 sales recently and had to share them with you. These are the first few polishes of what I expect to be many more! I've got lots of pics to show you, so get ready!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

It's Rainbow Honey time!



Hello, my lovelies!

Today I have a perfect fall polish to show off (technically, it’s still fall for another week or so!) 

Today’s beauty is Rainbow Honey Hoof Wrassle. I laughed when I first heard the name. Having spent a fair chunk of my youth in the deep South, I find the term “wrassle” to be highly amusing. The color though, I swoon over. It’s orange, and gold, and coppery and just screams me. Warning, lots of pics!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Indie Review: Above The Curve!


Hello, my lovelies!

Today I have a new-to-me indie to show off, Above The Curve! I was tickled pink to be chosen as one of the bloggers to show off part of their new Narnia line! Yes, a Narnia line! 

But first,  want to tell you a little about Above The Curve, because they have an awesome cause behind their shop! 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Indie Review: More Tipsy Turvy Nails!



Hello, my lovelies!

I hope you like the new clothes on the blog that I made. I decided for December it needed something festive and holiday themed. And while it might be December, today I’m showing off a couple of beautiful polishes from a Halloween collection!

These are from one of my favorite indie polish makers, Tipsy Turvy Nails

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Black Friday Insanity, part 1!



Hello, my lovelies!

The Black Friday goodies are starting to roll in! Mr. Enchanted asked when the dump truck was arriving and where it would be unloading. Heh. I wasn’t that bad. Not quite. 

I did however, I am embarrassed to say, snatch up quite a few good deals. Yay for indie makers having Black Friday sales! And hen I say sales, I mean the awesome ones like 40% or more. Some I missed, either I was out running around, or stupid Facebook messed up my feed and I missed them. But I did want to share some of them, so this is part one. I was able to get a lot of new indie that I haven’t tried yet at great prices, so I’m really looking forward to trying them. Warning, lots of photos!

Monday, December 3, 2012

The Liebster Award!



I’ve been nomained for a Liebster Award! I was actually nominated for this back in the summer but I was so busy, I never got around to putting it up *hangs head in shame*, and I apologize to the lovely ladies who nominated me.


Sunday, December 2, 2012

Indie Review: Jindie Nails Grinch!



Hello, my lovelies!

December has started and there are holiday polishes everywhere! I’m no exception, I’ve been sporting a particularly fun polish the last few days.

I won this a few weeks ago in a contest, and it was my introduction to Jindie Nails. It certainly won’t be my last Jindie polish! In addition to being a fun, funky polish, the application was simply lovely and I’ve had this on for five days now (practically a record for me but that’s how I busy I’ve been!) and I’ve had practically no chipping at all!! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Indie Review: Smitten Polish!



Hello, my lovelies!

It’s a cold day here in DC and it’s time to show off SmittenPolish! Smitten is another wonderful indie that I’m in love with! I got these a while back but I’ve been a bit behind lately. I did catch her Cyber Monday sale for a couple more pretties, so I’m waiting for those.

I’ve got lots of pics to show you, so here we go. Warning, pic heavy! All formulas were very smooth and applied super easily.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Guest Blogger Time!

Hello, my lovelies! I am swamped this week so my good friend Mary is going to entertain you and I'll be back later in the week. She's not a blogger but she loves nail polish and has been collecting and polishing longer than I - in fact, she's the one that turned me onto OPI DS Vintage! And now, with my favorite indie brand, here's Mary!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Indie Review: Different Dimension holiday line!



Hello, my lovelies! Today I have another indie holiday line review. It’s my favorite indie brand, Different Dimension! I was so excited to be picked as one of the bloggers to review her holiday line, the Santa Baby collection! 

Missi sent me 4 of the holiday polishes and they are gorgeous. This post is VERY pic heavy, so be warned!  Let’s get right to it, because this post is already a week later that I wanted!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Indie Review: Pretty & Polished Holiday polishes!



Hello, my lovelies! It seems like it’s been simply ages since I’ve had time to do a post! Well, two weeks, really, which to me, is simply ages. But between traveling and work, I just haven’t had time. My blog is still pink from October but I love pink and the way it looks and what it represents so I'm going to leave it for a while a longer!  But going so long without a post has been driving me crazy because I have a couple of indie Christmas/Holiday lines to review for you, and I had fully intended to start posting these last week!

Today, I have two of Pretty and Polished's 2012 Holiday line! I was lucky enough to be selected as one of the bloggers to get in on this, which is so exciting to me! Let’s get to the pretties! Warning! Pic heavy!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Go Pink Wednesday #5 - Jem pink!



Hello, my lovelies!

Welcome to Go Pink Wednesday #5.  Go Pink Wednesday is when a bunch of bloggers and nail polish fiends wear pink manis to support breast cancer awareness, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You don’t have to be a blogger to join in, though today is our last one so hurry up and join us! You can find more details over at Finger Painting Fingers, who organized this amazing event.

With Hurricane Sandy and the Frankenstorm she created, I pray that all of our fans and fellow nail polish addicts came through the storm as well as we did. It was a horrific storm and I have a feeling it’s going to take us a long time to dig out. My prayers go out to everyone affected. 

To bring a little cheer and color to an otherwise gloomy time, here is my final Go Pink mani. 

One of my two Halloween costumes was Jem, from the “truly outrageous” 80s cartoon Jem & the Holograms. I loved Jem as a kid, and still do to this day. I’ve actually been Jem a few times over the years but this year was my favorite. My mom actually made me the pink dress a couple years ago but I hadn’t had a chance to wear it, and then this year we went to the Spirit Halloween store and they actually had an official Jem wig! So I got it, and the inflatable Jem guitar (though Jem didn’t play guitar), and added lots of jewelry, a shimmery red belt, my ruby red slippers, and did my makeup right. 

But for my nails, I needed something pink and sparkly and glittery! Jem is all about the “glamour and glitter, fashion and fame”. So I knew I wanted to use my Jem polish from Truly Outrageous collection by NostalgicNail Lacquer.  It’s a clear base with different pink glitters, and matte white hex glitter and white bar glitter. I tried it over several different colors before I settled on Excuse Moi by OPI, another super sparkly pink glittery polish (from the Muppets collection). The result? “Truly Outrageous” glamour and glitter pink gorgeousness!

Jem:



 Excuse Moi: 
And now the gorgeousness of them  together: 






You can find Nostalgic Nail Lacquer at her store on bigcartel.com, and for updates, her Facebook. She also has polishes for Rio and Pizzazz! OPI can be found at many drugstores, salons and Ulta.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to Andrea over at Finger Painting Fingers for coordinating this amazing event and allowing me to be a part of it. I'm honored to have joined all these awesome bloggers to help bring awareness to a very serious and real disease. 

Remember that even though October is ending, the need for early detection of breast cancer isn't. Regardless of what month it is, keep up with monthly self exams, and don't hesitate to see your doctor if you suspect something! Early detection is key to defeating this disease!

Everyone have a safe and happy Halloween!



Friday, October 26, 2012

Indie Review: Girly Bits!



Hello, my lovelies!

It’s a rather gray day here in DC as the East Coast starts preparing for “Frankenstorm”, potentially the worst storm to hit us since 1991, or something like that. Since Mr. Enchanted and I are big believers in being prepared, we don’t have too much else to do. (This is why there are 20 cases of bottled water stacked in the entryway). 

I like to do indie reviews on Friday, so today we have GirlyBits! I have several Girly Bits polishes, a couple of which I haven’t tried yet, but today I have some recent colors, two from the Halloween line, and one from the Fall line. 

I really like these three polishes. The formulas were great, and how cute are the bottles? The image of the girl at her vanity table, the signature stone on the bottle, and just the name itself brings a smile to my lips.

So, on to the pretties!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Go Pink Wednesday: Hot Mess Lacquers!



Hello, my lovelies!

Welcome to Go Pink Wednesday #3!  Go Pink Wednesday is when a bunch of bloggers and nail polish fiends wear pink manis to support breast cancer awareness, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You don’t have to be a blogger to join in! You can find more details over at Finger Painting Fingers, who organized this amazing event.

Today I have a fun polish for you. This is Cupcake by indie polish Hot Mess Lacquers! Cupcake is a light pink base with small holo glitter, square gold glitter and big pink hex glitter. It’s gorgeous and super sparkly! Application was great, smooth and easy, with no problems or dragging, or strategic placement needed.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Go Pink Wednesday: Nails Inc!



Hello, my lovelies!

Welcome to Go Pink Wednesday #3!  Go Pink Wednesday is when a bunch of bloggers and nail polish fiends wear pink manis to support breast cancer awareness, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You don’t have to be a blogger to join in! You can find more details over at Finger Painting Fingers, who organized this amazing event.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TIOT! OPI Warm & Fozzie



Hello, my lovelies!

It’s Try It On Tuesday again! For those of you just joining us, TIOT is where we take out a polish we’ve had sitting around but haven’t used and try it on. Be sure to pop by Jilltastic Nail Design, who came up with TIOT, and check out all of the other bloggers participating!


Friday, October 12, 2012

Indie Review - Different Dimension!



Hello, my lovelies!

I have another indie review for you today! Today, the spotlight is on Different Dimension. Different Dimension is an indie polish that I had been following for a while, and tried out when she first ran her “Right to Vote” promo back in September, which I participated in and reviewed. I liked the polish so much that when she had a sale recently, I bought a few more, and had to share them with you! (and for the record, she has frequent awesome sales, so be sure to keep an eye on her Facebook page for them!)

I am in luuuuve with Different Dimension polishes. Fast shipping, fabulous formulas, to die for colors-they are awesome and a must try if you haven’t!

You all know how much I love the wide range of copper/brown/orange/peach/coral/pink. Well, all of the colors kind of fall into the fall brown-copper range because they were so beautiful, I just couldn’t choose between them!  So let’s get to the pretties!

Warning - VERY pic heavy!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Birthday Giveaway!

Hello, my lovelies! 

I meant to put this up the other day and as usual, get sidetracked. That happens very easily, as many of you know. 

So! Guess what time it is? No, not Hammer Time, though I am of that era *winces*. It’s birthday time! My birthday is next week, so to celebrate, I’m giving YOU prizes! That’s right, it’s birthday giveaway time! 

The rules are below. Rafflecopter is doing all the work. Here’s a hint – most of the answers can be found in the blog. 

1. US and Canada only only. I’m so sorry to my other international followers, but postage is ghastly expensive and shipping rules of polish are tricky. 

2. If you like/follow the page and then undo it after the contest, your name will be noted and you will be disqualified from future giveaways. More and more of my fellow bloggers are doing this because let’s face it, it’s tacky and rude to like a page for a giveaway, then leave afterwards. We love sharing polish love with all of you, and it’s part of what makes blogging fun. Join the fun, don’t be a party pooper! 

3. Contest ends on my birthday itself, Wednesday, October 17. (Technically, it's 12:01am, 10/18 because Rafflecopter won't let me change the time).

4. Winners have 48 hours to respond, and then I’ll have to draw another one. Winners will be notified by email, so make sure you enter it correctly! 

5. There are two winners, I'll try to match you by the prize you choose, but if both winners choose the same prize, then the first name drawn gets first choice.

Good luck! 

Now, the prizes! First is a collection of Jessica mini polishes. Included are Reward basecoat, a pretty pink crème, a silvery lavender, and a hot pink shimmer and Brilliance, a high gloss topcoat. Don't mind the glare of the flash, I could not make it cooperate!


Second is a fun pack of 7 full sized Simple Pleasures polishes. Since some of them have cupcakes on them, I thought they were great for a birthday giveaway! There’s an assortment of colors here, including a sparkly, glittery topcoat. 

And the Rafflecopter widget!


a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Go Pink Wednesday #2!



Hello, my lovelies!

Welcome to Go Pink Wednesday #2!  Go Pink Wednesday is when a bunch of bloggers and nail polish fiends wear pink manis to support breast cancer awareness, because October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. You don’t have to be a blogger to join in! You can find more details over at Finger Painting Fingers, who organized this amazing event.

Today I’m showing off a new beauty by Different Dimension called “Honesty Feels A  Lot Like Mean”.  I’ll be reviewing some of her amazing polishes later this week but today, we focus on this one. 

Warning, pic heavy!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Indie Review: Tipsy Turvy Nails!



Hello, my lovelies!

It’s another beautiful fall day in DC! Today I have for you a review of Tipsy Turvy Nail polish.
 
Tipsy Turvy Nails just opened in September of this year, and I happened to wander across them. They had some lovely colors up so I thought I’d give them a try. I love finding new indie polish makers and trying them out!

I ordered two polishes, Aurora Borealis and Coppernicus. As of this review, Tipsy Turvy has a notice in their store of a special for bloggers wishing to review their products. Visit their Etsy store for more details. Both polishes arrived within a week, no super long turnaround. Now, let’s get to these lovely polishes!

Warning- VERY pic heavy!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time To Go Pink

Welcome to Go Pink Wednesday! Notice something different? Like, say, all the gorgeous pink? That's because it's time to Go Pink! 

During October I'm joining a slew of other bloggers for Go Pink Wednesday, where we sport pink manis in honor Breast Cancer Awareness, as October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Finger Painting Fingers is coordinating this awesome event, and you can find out more about it on her page, as well as see the amazing list of the bloggers participating!

Many, if not all of us have been touched by breast cancer in some manner during our lives. 

For me, it's been through several people. My godmother lost her battle with it when I was 15. My friend's sister lost her battle a few years ago. My mother-in-law won. Another friend won her battle this year. A friend's mother won a few years ago. Several friends walk in the various 3-Days throughout the year to raise money. We really can't do enough to to stress the importance of early detection and treatment. 

So examine your breasts! Regularly! Get the mammograms! 


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

TIOT: COS BAR



Hello, my lovelies! 

It’s Try It On Tuesday again! For those of you just joining us, TIOT is where we take out a polish we’ve had sitting around but haven’t used and try it on. Be sure to pop by Jilltastic Nail Design, who came up with TIOT, and check out all of the other bloggers participating!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Essie Swatch Spam!



Hello, my lovelies!

Today we are enjoying some gorgeous early fall weather in DC, so I decided to share some Essie swatches with you! Many of these are from earlier this year so these are not fall colors. I am no fashionista and I do not subscribe to “appropriate to wear” colors dictated to by season, so expect to see plenty of warm summery colors during winter and sometimes dark, vampy colors in the spring! 

Warning - Massively pic heavy!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

TIOT: OPI DS Vintage!



Hello, my lovelies! 

It’s Try It On Tuesday again! For those of you just joining us, TIOT is where we take out a polish we’ve had sitting around but haven’t used and try it on. Be sure to pop by Jilltastic Nail Design, who came up with TIOT, and check out all of the other bloggers participating!

Warning -- pic heavy! 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Different Dimension: Right to Vote 2012!



Hello, my lovelies! 

On this beautiful fall day, I am enjoying the windows open and all the fresh air. And not so enjoying a couple of newly shortened nails. I looked down at my hand Friday and realized that 4 corners had chipped off of my nails! I hate that! And on one, both sides of different lengths! So it’s practically a nubbin. Sigh. At least I have a pretty new mani to ease the pain! 

Today I am trying a new polish from indie maker DifferentDimension. I have not tried her polish before, though I had been eyeing a few. When she ran a recent promo though, I grabbed one. It’s a really cool promo that I believe is still going on and I’m going to tell you about it so you can get in on it also. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Zoya Swatch Spam!



Hello, my lovelies!

After some torrential storms yesterday, we have now have some lovely cool weather here. I didn’t do Try It On Tuesday yesterday; between the weather and being extremely tired, I didn’t have it in me. So to make up for it, I’ve got some Zoya swatch spam for you, and I’ll do TIOT next week. I even know what I’m doing for it!

I think everyone knows how much I love Zoya. In addition being 3 free, their formulas a heavenly. I have yet to find one that isn’t just buttery smooth and flawless. I’ve never encountered one that drags, pools, or pulls. I found this to be true for all of these!

Warning, very pic heavy!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Color Club Wild and Willing!



Hello, my lovelies!

We are having a gorgeous fall-like weekend here in DC so I am sporting a gorgeous polish to match!

I’ve never worn Color Club, for some reason I had it in my head that it was one of the cheapie polishes that wasn’t very good. Boy, was I wrong! I was scanning Copious a couple of week ago, looking for something to spend a $5 credit on when I saw it. A beautiful bronze-y polish. Well, you all know my love for bronze/copper/orange/peach polishes. So I looked at the picture and the name, and it was $5, with free shipping. Color Club Wild and Willing. Why not? I thought, so I picked it, applied my credit, and waited.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sinful Colors Swatch Spam!



Hello, my lovelies!

Today I have some Sinful Colors spam for you! During my swatchathons, I try to swatch all of my untried of a particular brand, and instead of doing them one by one on Try It On Tuesdays, some of them are going to make it into spam posts like these. 

I am quite fond of Sinful Colors as a rule. There was some hubbub with them not long ago when they stole bloggers pictures and used them without permission. Revlon (their parent company) was contacted by many of us (myself included), issued a public apology and reached out to the bloggers. I haven’t heard anything since, but to my knowledge, they were trying to make it right to with the bloggers that owned the pictures.  

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TIOT: Maybelline Color Show



Hello, my lovelies!

It’s Try It On Tuesday again! For those of you just joining us, TIOT is where we take out a polish we’ve had sitting around but haven’t used and try it on. Be sure to pop by Jilltastic Nail Design, who came up with TIOT, and check out all of the other bloggers participating!

I’m going to be showcasing two polishes today, both part of Maybelline’s new line, Color Show.  A lot of them are pretty run of the mill, and look like we’ve seen them many times. There are a few gems in the bunch though, and I’ve got a couple of them. Warning, pic heavy!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dare To Wear Red E To Go



Hello, my lovelies!

It’s Friday, hooray! Can you believe it’s September already? Fall is just around the corner but I’m not letting go of summer just yet!

Today I have a new pretty (ok, I have a ridiculous number of new pretties, but just showing one off today), by Dare To Wear. This is a brand new to me, but I had some Copious credits and it looked like a red with some orange casting, so of course, I gave it a whirl! 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

TIOT: UO Sea Dust!



Hello, my lovelies!


It's Try It On Tuesday again! For those of you just joining us, TIOT is when we try on a polish we've had sitting around for a while, but haven't used yet. I have LOTS of these! But today, I'm cheating a bit and trying something new. Be sure to stop by Jilltastic Nail Design, the creator of TIOT and see who all is participating this week and what everyone is wearing!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

TIOT: Revlon Scandalous!


Hello, my lovelies!

It’s Try It On Tuesday again! TIOT is when we all bring out a polish we’ve had sitting around for a while but haven’t used. Be sure to stop by JIlltastic Nail Design, the lovely blogger who started it all, and check out her list of everyone who’s participating this week!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Galaxy Nails!


Hello, my lovelies!
It’s rainy day today in DC, and I can’t do any yard work, so I’m doing nails? Yep. 

I’ve been meaning to do galaxy nails for a couple of weeks so I decided today’s the day! This is definitely a mani that requires time, as it involves layering polish. 

So, onward we go! First, we start off with a black base. I recently got Nevermore by Cult nails, hailed as a one coat black polish. No joke, it really is! I did two coats anyway. It also dries pretty quick, and applied super smoothly.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TIOT: Lurdana Fascinate!


Hello, my lovelies! Once again, it’s Try it On Tuesday! Created by the lovely Jilltastic Nail Design, be sure to pop by and see all the bloggers who are participating and what they’re wearing! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Glitterland Glitter!


Hello, my lovelies!

Today I have something a little different. I was chosen as one of 13 winners to try out some nail art glitter by Glitterland! Glitterland is a new nail art glitter store run by Datyorkloves

I received a packet of the purple star glitter, which is a beautiful purple that shifts to green. So I decided to put it over a light green, using Toad-ally Awesome by Spoiled. They complement nicely, and the glitter is super reflective and shiny! If the stars look green in the pics, it's the light reflecting. So pretty!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

TIOT: FLOAM!


Hello, my lovelies!

It’s Try It On Tuesday again! Be sure to stop by the wonderful Jilltastic Nail Design to see what all the bloggers are trying today! She always lists the participating bloggers of the week and is the coordinator of the project!

I’ve never thought Floam was an especially pretty polish, but it falls under the “interesting” category. Of course, it’s reminiscent of the old Floam we played with as kidsthe freakishly cool weird substance you could mold! 

Friday, August 10, 2012

Julep Mischa!


Hello, my lovelies! 

How are you on this fabulous Friday? It’s mid-August and we’ve got heavy storms on the forecast. Which makes today’s color even more perfect! 

Today, I am sporting Julep Mischa, a “Cherry scarlet micro-shimmer”, according to Julep themselves. This color is slightly schizophrenic, it seems. In my natural light lit office, it almost looks pink-y. under the fluorescent lights of the hallway, they are fire-y red. And under  the yellow lights of the elevator, the look orange-y. I LOVE it! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

TIOT: Maisie Shine Mirror Mirror!


Hello, my lovelies! 

 
It’s Try It On Tuesday! Coordinated by the lovely JilltasticNail Design, today we try on new polishes that we purchased, but haven’t had a chance to wear yet. Be sure to post at Jill’s page so she can list you amongst the participants!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Water Marble Mayhem!


Hello, my lovelies! 

I’m calling today Water Marble Mayhem! Why? Because it is just not in the cards today for me to have a water marble. I had planned to submit this to Shelly’s Sassy Nails for the Sassy Saturday of this month, but…no. These just did NOT come out well.

I don’t know if I had the water temp wrong or what, but the skins kept forming super quickly, the polish wouldn’t spread, etc. I tried a few times before giving up, but here’s how it went. I didn’t even bother with clean up, I was so annoyed, lol! Waring, pic heavy!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

TIOT: Maisie Shine Villain


Hello, my lovelies! It's Try It On Tuesday! Organized by the lovely Jilltastic Nail Design, be sure  to pop over there to see other bloggers participating and what they're trying on!

Today I have another indie polish, by the same maker as last week’s Dragon’s Scales. This is Villain, and is it beautiful. 

Friday, July 27, 2012

BZZZZZZZ! It's busy bee time!


Hello, my lovelies! 

It’s a hot summer day, so I decided some bzzzzing bees were in order! I was surprised by how many bee manis were there out there, and I have a second one planned as well. They’re so cute!

The one I chose today is based on The Daily Nail’s, from 2010. I really liked the whimsy of the flight pattern in this. I spend a lot of time in the garden, so I deal with bees on a regular basis.
I love the spring honeybees, who are nonaggressive and busy with their pollinating job. The big old bumble bees that are cute and fuzzy looking, are the gentlest of the bunch. They just want to hover over the flowers. But those big, ugly, hornets ans wasp (including yellow jackets), stay away from them. They are the aggressive, mean and very painful stingers! Honeybees have been disappearing across the country in entire colonies, and this is worrisome. A lot of people don’t realize how reliant we are on honeybees for pollinating all kinds of crops across the country. Missing colonies is bad news for everyone!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My First Giveaway!


Hello, my lovelies!

At long last, it is time to my first giveaway, to celebrate reaching 150 Facebook Followers! I want to thank everyone for liking my page, and an especially big thank you to all my girls who promoted it. You rock!

The fine print: 

Open to US and Canada only. I’m so sorry to other countries, but the shipping laws are hinky and it’s crazy expensive. 

I’m using Rafflecopter for this adventure! I *hope* I got this all right, I've never used Rafflecopter before! I will be verifying all entries so please, be honest. For my followers that don’t have FB, simply email me your answers, as well as the following questions, to get the same amount of points as the FB questions.
1)    What is the Fluffy Tail’s name?
2)    What is my favorite color of polish?

Today’s prize! I have a set of 5 lovely Jessica polishes to give to one lucky winner. They are: Brilliance (a high gloss topcoat), Chilled Chambord, a dark red shimmer, Blue Diamond (a gorgeous dark blue shimmer), Sunrise (a beautiful copper shimmer), and Natural Beauty (a light, nude colored shimmer).





Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rawr! Dragon Scales!


Hello, my lovelies! It’s Try It On Tuesday again, where we all try a polish we’ve had sitting around, but haven’t used. Thank you to Jilltastic Nail Design for the concept! 



Today, I have Maisie Shine Dragon Scales. I was lucky enough to grab this on her recent restock and I have to say, I’m lovin’ it. I've loved dragons since I was a wee little girl, and my favorite Disney character is Maleficient (where my nickname Mal comes from), who turns into a giant dragon. I have dragons all over my house too! So anytime there's a polish with a name relating to dragons, I have to check it out.

Monday, July 23, 2012

COOOKIES! OMNOMNOMNOM!


Hello, my lovelies!

I had hoped to post this yesterday but I was out of town with friends all day and didn’t have time. So instead, I’m bringing it to you today!

I wasn’t sure what to put on my nails Saturday but almost everyone who answered the question on FB, said “Cookie Monster!” A dear friend was spending the night so we did our nails, of course! (and I forgot to get a picture of hers, damn!)

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Don't Forget the Facebook Page!

Don't forget to visit the Facebook page! In between blog posts, I post a lot of fun polish giveaways, Copious credit updates and amusing comments on the FB page. It's a public page so if you don't have Facebook, you can still see it!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Poppy!


Hello, my lovelies! 

Today I’m wearing Kleancolor Chunky Holo Poppy. I got this baby for $.01 on Copious! (Have you joined Copious yet? Use my referral link toget $10 in credit when you join!).

This baby arrived on a scorching hot day when I was stalking the postman. I had to let the bottle cool down because it was so hot!

The first thing I noticed about this when I opened it was that it doesn’t stink nearly as much as the blue one I have! Warning: pic heavy!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Try It On Tuesday is back!




Hello, my lovelies! It’s Try It On Tuesday! Put together by the lovely Jilltastic Nail Design, Tuesday is the day where we try on a polish that we’ve had, but haven’t used.

I only recently became a fan of neon in the summer. But now I’m hooked! So I’m showing off a beautiful pink neon I found a few weeks ago.

Something I noticed with a lot of the neons, is that don’t seem very neon, and most require white undies to really pop. Evidently there’s something about true neons that isn’t allowed in the US, I read? 

Friday, July 13, 2012

Another Funky Frenchie!


Hello, my lovelies! It’s Friday again and today I have a funky Frenchie for you. Jilltastic Nail Design’s challenge this week was a French mani, but it didn’t have to be the traditional white. Yay! 

I’d been doing some swatching today so I’m a bit high from the fumes and feeling rather tired! Please forgive me for not being too verbose today.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Metallic Try It On Tuesday!


Hello, my lovelies! It’s another Try it On Tuesday where we try on polishes that have been waiting their turn!


 
I’m kind of cheating today and using 5, count ‘em, 5 new polishes! Today we have the Metallic Mirror collection by Essie. I think there are actually 6 colors; I have 5. I don’t really like paying $8 for a bottle of polish (well, for Zoya, sure!) but Wegmans was running coupons through June for $2 off each, so I stocked up. I’m okay with $6, that’s about the price of China Glaze. So the both the miser and polish addict are satisfied. 

I did metallic skittles! I find it amusing when I used to wear what it now called “skittles”, years ago, I got teased for it. Little did they know how fashion forward I was being!

Warning - pic heavy!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Zoya Fall collection, part 1!

Scrangie has some gorgeous shots and reviews of half of the new Zoya Diva fall 2012 collection. I WANT! I want them ALL! Especially FeiFei!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Refreshing blues!


Hello, my lovelies!

Time for some cooling blues! It’s so damn hot out, I needed something refreshing on my nails. So I thought a nice blue gradient would be perfect for today. This is only the third gradient I’ve ever done, but it looks pretty even to me. I was very pleased with the result!  

I started out painting the nails with Deborah Lippman Let’s Hear It For The Boy. This is a lovely light blue crème. Nice application, fully opaque in two coats and very smooth. I don’t normally buy DL’s because at $18-20 a pop, the miser in me screams in abject torture. But HSN periodically has duos or even trios of DL’s for really great prices. This one came with Dancing in the Sheets, a beautiful dark purply shimmer for $9.99. Can’t beat that! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

More colorblocking!


Hello, my lovelies!

It’s a scorching hot Friday afternoon in oh, about half of the US. I hope everyone is staying cool! The Big Fluffy Dog, also known as The Rare Tropical Husky, wants to go out and sunbathe and sit under the shed. Mommy (me) says no. So she’s currently snoozing a few feet away, on her back, legs splayed, back slightly arched. I do know other people with Siberian Huskies that prefer heat to cold too so she’s not alone, but it’s a small percentage. She has very poor judgment when it comes to the weather!

So I decided to do some more colorblocking, for Shelley’s Sassy Saturday mani contest! This is only my second attempt, but I used two polishes that have been waiting their turn: Zoya Arizona and Eddie Mojito Madness, both from collections this year.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July fishtail!


Hello, my lovelies! Happy 4th of July! This Navy daughter salutes our troops and all who served so that I can enjoy my freedom. It also would have been my grandparents 75th wedding anniversary (they’re both deceased).

First off, I have to say I’m Not Happy with this mani. I seem to have trouble with the weaving and it’s just super sloppy. I followed Lucy’s Stash’s tutorial, but I botched it up 4 times. 4 times!!! This is the 4th round. I’m too tired to try again. In the pictures, she doesn’t show using tap, but either she does, or she just has a great steady hand. So, next time, I will use tape to make the lines nice and crisp. I really like this look and am determined to get it right, so expect to see more of this mani style in coming weeks. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Rainbow sherbet colorblocking!



It’s another Try it On Tuesday! So today I have some shimmery, glittery colorblocking! Truthfully, I don’t really understand the whole “colorblocking”  thing, but hey, this mani seems to qualify. This will be a short post, as all I can do is rave about Zoya polishes.

I love ice cream. And sherbet. And this particular shade of purple, coupled with an orange, always makes think of rainbow sherbet (I know there are lemon and lime as well, but these are the colors that I always think of).