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Friday, September 20, 2013

Haul: China Glaze, elf, Revlon, NYC

So my nails are still bare, but I'm probably going to end up painting them today to fix that! I have not painted them since my giraffe nails, so they need some color. My cuticles look terrible and need some moisture, so I'm going to fix that in just a bit as well. These are some polishes I have picked up within the last few weeks:

I'll start with elf. They had a sale going on where if you spend at least $15, you get free shipping, and since they don't get cheaper than that, I decided to pick out 8 polishes at $2 each. Swatches will be posted later once I get my cuticles nice and clean.

 Couldn't get a decent group photo, so here they are individually. First is Bubblegum Pink. Pretty standard light pink creme. Looks like a little leaked out? Didn't notice it until now.

This is Enchanted, which is a sparkly white jelly with large hexagonal glitter pieces. I am guessing it could be a close dupe for OPI's Pirouette My Whistle, which would be AWESOME because that one is my favorite from the ballet collection. Too expensive for me though, so maybe this one will be close!

Royal Purple. Another purple to my collection! Just a standard red-violet with shimmer.

Sea Escape. This one is really neat looking, it's a dark navy blue with purple and other color shimmer throughout it, it's going to look really interesting on the nails. It's similar to deja vu by Pure Ice, but not quite the same. Much more sparkly.

The color of this polish and the one below are not accurate. It's dark and rainy here today so I couldn't use natural lighting. Anyway, this is Cranberry, and the actually color is a deep burgundy color with shimmer rather than this deep orange color shown.

Garnet. Similar to Cranberry, this is also a deep burgundy color with some reddish-purple in it. Also with shimmer.

Champagne. This color is actually more of a taupe color than the peachy orange pictured. Also with shimmer.

Chocolate. A standard brown creme. This is the only one out of the elf bunch that has been on my nails for the giraffe pattern. Pretty cheap brown if you need one because I can't find ANY browns from other brands.

Drugstore brands. Two NYC's: Big Apple Red and Tangerine creme, Wet n Wild's Candylicious, and Revlon's Ritzy.

China Glaze! Bought four of these at Sally's. Pictured is Flip Flop Fantasy (everyone needs this color) and Pool Party, which is hot pink, not orange. My camera just loves orange.

The other two are Strawberry Fields and Peachy Keen, which my camera picked up the separation of the color. Needs a little mixing.

These I bought of eBay. Budding Romance from the Avant Garden collection and Cranberry Splash from the Holiday Joy 2012 collection.

I also bought Ghoulish Glow from the Wicked/Monster Ball collection, but don't have a picture of it! I plan on getting Bat My Eyes and Howl You Doin' from the Monster Ball collection and Strike Up A Cosmo, Don't Make Me Wine, and Tongue & Chic from the Autumn Nights collection.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Bare Nails

I caught a cold so I haven't been doing much in the world of polish :(. I just ended up cleaning up off my previous nail art (giraffe print). So this is what my nails look like naked. A little staining, but nothing but a little scrubbing with whitening toothpaste will solve that. I know the edge of my thumb nail looks a little chipped, but it isn't.

This is the length I keep them before the get annoying. Just enough to see the nail ends for a french tip. What do your nails look like bare? What is your ideal length?

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Liebster Award Nonimation!

Vick from her blog, Vickermania was so kind and nominated my blog for a liebster award! It's my first blog award, ever! What is it exactly? It's an award passed around the blog universe (bloggerverse?) to promote the discovery of new blogs that have the same interest as you. All you have to do is answer the questions provided by the nominator and then nominate 11 other bloggers. So you have to do a bit of a scavenger hunt to discover new blogs yourself as well. They also have to be fairly active and have less than 200 followers.

Here are the questions I have been asked:

1. What, or who, got you into nail polish and nail art?
I don't think anyone personally influenced me into nail art. I bought my first polish at walmart...a sally hansen xtreme wear in fuchsia power. Eventually I owned a black, white, the fuchsia, and a green and began to freehand a watermelon pattern on my nails. From there, I just searched online for other designs and discovered cutepolish on youtube and last year I discovered the subreddit r/redditlaqueristas. 

2. How do you store your polish? Bins, drawers, boxes?
I have a 3-drawer Sterilite bin. Middle and bottom are for polishes, and the top is for supplies. I have images of it in my "Polish Storage" tab.

3. What color of polish do you own most of?
PURPLE. Even though my favorite color is green, I have more purple than anything else. From lavenders to plums to many purples.

4. Have you ever thought of making your own polish brand?
Yes, but I don't think I could do it. I feel like I would end up spending more on the materials instead of making money selling my polishes. If I could work with someone who made the polishes, I have some pretty cool nail polish name ideas though!

5. If you work, what do you do for your job? Do you enjoy it? If no, what would you like to do? If you're a student, what are you going to school for?
I work as a cashier part time at a grocery store. I'm currently taking classes for nursing, but if I could drop everything and become a nail technician, I would. I just can't right now.

6. Do you have any pets? If so, what kinds and what are their names?
Yes, I have a boxer pit mix and his name is Chance, a boykin spaniel and his name is Teddy, and a calico and her name is Sweetie Pie...but I call her Petey.

7. What is your favorite TV show? What about movie?
I don't really watch TV all that often anymore...I'm going to say How I Met Your Mother because Jason Segel is a stud. And we finally meet the mother! For favorite movie it's between Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, and Tangled.

8. What is your favorite thing about blogging? Least favorite?
Favorite thing? Being able to share my creations with other nail art lovers. I'd love to see recreations of my designs from my followers! Least favorite? Writer's/Artist's block.

9. If you could collaborate with any brand, indie or mainstream, who would it be?
I don't much about indie brands. I don't own any and don't know where to begin.

10. How do your friends and family feel about your nail hobby?
Complete support. Some of them want me to do their nails!

11. What are your top 5 nail polishes?
In no particular order, Flirt by Sally Hansen (Xtreme Wear Collection), Deja Vu and Not Now by Pure Ice, Selena by Nicole by OPI, and Watermelon Rind by China Glaze.

I will do some searching for nominees and post them here in an edit because it is so late...

The nominees:

Nasha's World
Sieze the Nail
Nails For Dummies
Glitter, She Wrote
The Nail Art Hobby
Nail Art by Kelly-Ann
Cutesville Daily
Nail Art for Funn
Break Rules, Not Nails
Gee Your Nails
Sharp As Nails

As for my 11 questions:
1. How many polishes do you own?
2. Who or what inspired you to get into nail art?
3. What was the first bottle of polish you purchased on your own?
4. What inspired you to create a blog for your nail art?
5. What is your favorite thing about blogging? Least favorite?
6. Have you considered getting a cosmetology license or becoming a nail technician?
7. What are some of your favorite nail artists on blogger/wordpress and youtube?
8. How do you store your polishes?
9. What is the most amount of money you have spent on one bottle of polish?
10. What is your go-to color for a manicure?
11. What are some tips for nail art beginners?