Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Day 26 - Inspired by a Pattern

The nail community is filled with these adorable candy cane manicures that I have been dying to try. I decided this challenge would be the perfect time to attempt it. It was surprisingly quick,easy, and adorable! I did get a little too hasty with the top coat on one of my fingers, causing the white stripes to smudge. Alright, here are the pictures!!

Pretty cute right? All you need to do is to put on a couple of coats of red (China Glaze Ruby Pumps) and let it dry. Once dry, use a white striper brush to put on diagonal stripes. After the stripes are dry, add a coat of your favorite top coat.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another Amazing Giveaway

This giveaway is from Glam Polish who is giving away either the Lights or Brights collection from the not yet released Electropop collection from China Glaze. She has more details of the colors on her blog so you can decide which set you like better. I like the brights better but they are all really fun colors.

Head on over and enter for a chance to win!

Giveaway from Lucy's Stash

This blogger is giving away the Models Own Beetlejuice collection. This is an amazing prize, click the link and enter away!

Giveaway Winner Announcement

Congratulations, Sarah Woodall!!!! 

An e-mail has been sent, please respond within 48 hours, if I don't hear back by then I will pick another winner! 

Thank you everyone for entering this giveaway and spreading the word about my blog. My next giveaway will begin when I hit either 100 "likes" on my Facebook page
or 50 followers on this blog. 

Spread the word so I can post the next prize!

A new challenge post should be up by tomorrow evening. 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, December 10, 2011


Tomorrow/later today I will announce the winner of my first giveaway! I will also start a new giveaway when I get 50 subscribers to this blog and 100 "likes" on Facebook. It's soooo close for both! I'm so excited for this next milestone and need to go shopping for my next giveaway soon! Thank you for your support, it means the world to me.

Have a great weekend and thanks for reading!

Day 25 - Inspired by Fashion

I love shoes and I obviously love nail polish but that about sums up my love and involvement with the world of fashion. When I saw that this was going to be a challenge I chuckled to myself. I know there isn't anything in my closet that is inspiring. Good thing I have Santa to look to for fashion inspiration. Being December is really saving me during these last few challenges. I'm working that angle all the way baby!
Now, I do not wish to ever be able to fit in Santa's suit. I do, however, think his belt is awesome and so my inspiration for today's challenge was born.

OPI Envy - base coat
China Glaze Salsa (two coats) I really love this red!
Seche Vite - One Coat
Tape for the belts and NOPI Razzle Dazzle for the black belts
China Glaze Passion and a small detail brush for the buckles
Seche Vite - One more coat

I almost forgot! I used China Glaze Ruby Pumps on my ring finger for a little sparkle. 

My camera doesn't pick up glitter very well. I'm going to search for my manual or try to find it online so I can improve my picture taking skills. 

I'm also going to do a better job at remembering to keep the door to my "polish room" open so my cat can keep me company. Believe me, he lets me know when I forget:

He doesn't know how to push the door all the way open. Silly kitty. 

I hope you like today's look! I thought it was a lot of fun. Thanks for reading and see you next time!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 24 - Inspired by a Book

Ok, so this is known as a song but here is my proof that it's a book too! 

When I taught (that sounds really weird) which wasn't long ago, I would read/sing this with my class. It brings me a lot of wonderful memories of teaching 1st and 2nd grade. The holidays are so much more enjoyable when there are children around for me. 

I saw this tutorial and wanted to try it which is why I made this stretch with the book/song! 

I like to do my nail art upside down so that I can see them. They don't seem upside down to me but I always see them the other way online. =)


OPI Envy - base coat
Zoya Snow White
NOPI - Razzle Dazzle (black)
OPI - In my Back Pocket (orange)
Seche Vite - top coat
Dotting tool and small paint brush for the nose

Don't forget to enter my giveaway, it closes this Friday. I would love to do another giveaway when I hit 50 subscribers on this blog so please subscribe if you like this blog! =) I'm also going to do a giveaway when I hit 100 "likes" on Facebook!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 23 - Inspired by a Movie

One of my favorite Christmas movies to watch when I was a little girl was White Christmas. I still love it and need to watch it once a Christmas season. For this challenge I wanted to simply capture the look of snow on my nails accented with snowflakes. I had a clear vision of what I wanted in my head but I just couldn't get it to come out right. It was fun to try but I'm putting this in the Nail Fail category. I have something fun planned for the next challenge (inspired by a book) and hope that it comes out the way I see it in my head. =)

OPI Envy (base coat)
Zoya Snow White
China Glaze Fairy Dust
Zoya Trixie (silver snowflakes)
China Glaze For Audrey (blue snowflakes)
Bundle Monster Plate #14
Seche Vite (Top Coat)

Thanks for reading!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway, it closes this Friday! 

Friday, December 2, 2011

50 Facebook "likes" and Christmas Giveaway

I'm excited to announce my first giveaway to my amazing readers! I'm so thankful to you for your support with my little blog. I know it's small but I hope you love this token of my appreciation! To clarify, this giveaway is open to U.S. only including Alaska and Hawaii in honor of my best friend who lives in Hawaii. Please let me know if you have trouble submitting the form, this is my first time (this blog is full of my polish firsts) doing a giveaway and using a form like this. 
Thanks for reading and good luck!

This giveaway will close on Friday, December 9, 2011at 5pm

The following pictures are of my personal bottles of Champagne Bubbles and Tinsel Town. I did not and will not open the gift box and use the products inside. :)

 Champagne Bubbles

 Tinsel Town (indoors no flash)
Tinsel Town (sunlight)

China Glaze Belle of the Ball Gift Set - Contains China Glaze Tinsel Town, Champagne Bubbles, and one Christmas tree ornament

Day 22 - Inspired by a Song

Last weekend my husband put up my tree and I happily smothered it in ornaments. Decorations are up and I'm wracking my brain for gift ideas. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my house and on my nails.

OPI Envy (base coat) & Seche Vite (top coat)
Index Finger: Orly Sweet Peacock (blue), Zoya Trixie (silver) and Bundle Monster Plate #14 for the snowflake image
Middle Finger: Zoya Holly and Rina (green) and red and yellow rhinestones for ornaments
Ring Finger: China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (one coat) with China Glaze Twinkle Lights (two coats) on top
Pinky: Zoya Colbie (red), China Glaze Passion (gold), and Bundle Monster #225 for the ornament stamp with a gold rhinestone on the top (to tie it in with the other nails)
Thumb: China Glaze Champagne Bubbles (one coat) and Blonde Bombshell (two coats) on top

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Another Giveaway Alert (Not Mine Yet)

This is for another blog, I need to take pictures of what my giveaway is before I reveal it! Until then, check this out:

Day 21 - Inspired by a Color

I didn't really understand what to do with this one. I think it's pretty broad so hopefully I did this the right way (if there is a right way). Today I spent some time with my sister, niece, and nephew. My niece loves to have her nails painted which I think is adorable (she's four). Her go to polish is the brightest pink in the known universe. I love how much she loves that color. Knowing that I'd be painting her nails pink today I thought I'd do a pink on my nails to match. Neon pink isn't my thing so I went with a different shade. When she saw my nails she decided that she wanted what I had on my nails instead of her usual polish. Unfortunately, I only brought hers. Next time, G!

I did some layering this time, I really like how it turned out. It is a lot brighter in person, my camera toned it down which is frustrating. I used two coats of OPI Excuse Moi! and one coat of OPI Be a Dahlia Won't You on top. I love how the glitter from Excuse Moi! shows through Be a Dahlia giving it tons of texture. I'd definitely do this again. G will just get Be a Dahlia. She tends to pick off her glitter and deposits throughout the house. =) Here are the pictures!

Thanks for reading!

p.s. Stay tuned for a special Christmas giveaway!