27 January 2013

Candii Polished Flashy Shimmers Review Part 2

Oh Sunday! How I don't like thee!! Especially when I work the day before, then my weekend certainly isn't long enough!

Today I bring to you the second part of the Candii Polished Flashy Shimmers review! I reviewed Pink Diamonds here. This is Jupiter Rocks, which is a white irridescent/pearlescent shimmer in the bottle. I've layered this over my go-to black, Milani Black Swift. Application was amazing yet again and there are just no words to describe how gorgeous this, so I will let the pictures do all of the talking! The first couple of pictures are taken without flash, then a couple taken with flash, and the ones that make my hands look yellow were taken underneath my ceiling light so you can see how beautiful this is! It reminds me of Max Factor Fantasy Fire and Nail Pattern Boldness Boop-Oop-a-Dupe and is going to the top of my list of favorites! <3

Isn't it gorgeous?! :O I had such great wear time, too! I wrapped my tips with Black Swift, then used HK Girl Top Coat and it JUST started chipping two days ago. I think I got 4-5 days out of this mani :D

You can find Candii Polished on Facebook and Candii Blossom Cosmetics. Minis are $4.00 USD and the entire collection is $27.00. Candii Polished also sells mineral eyeshadows, lippies, and blush and bronzers! :D

26 January 2013

Epic Multi-Blogger Giveaway!

Happy Saturday!! :D Who's ready for a giveaway?! Myself and 8 other awesome ladies are participating in the giveaway of all giveaways :D I'd totally enter if I wasn't a part of it! There will be 10!! winners! And the prizes are awesome!! So without further adieu, on to the prizes!

Edited: Another prize has been added!! Which means additional entries!! :D

Prize #1

Nail Nation3000 Kizmit, Kelara Lacquers' entire Festivus 4 the Restofus collection minis (set of 5), Island Girl Island Paradise, Milani Nail Art Purple Outline, Fimo slices, and a Julep glass file

Prize #2

3D Nail Stickers, Revlon Heavenly, Pure Cuticle Oil sampler pack (set of 4), Butter London The Black Knight, NailNation3000 Infinity, NailNation3000 Heart of Gold

Prize #3

 Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu! base coat, Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat, Julep Chelsea, NailNation3000 Bohemian Rhapsody, Julep Glycolic Hand Scrub (1 fl oz), Sally Hansen nail file, stamping plate

Prize #4

Set of 8 mini bottle of microbeads, OPI DS Magic, NailNation3000 Limelight, Island Girl Old Hawaii, Daily Lacquer Moulin Rouge, Nail Pattern Boldness Boop-Oop-A-Dupe, Julep Age Defying Hand Brightener (1 fl oz)

Prize #5

Microbeads, Sally Hansen Gem Crush mini set (set of 4), Julep Cindy, NailNation3000 Eye of Newt, NailNation3000 Cupids Arrow, Delusional Polish Snow Caps

Prize #6

Pure Cuticle Oil Sampler Pack (set of 4), Julep glitter pot, Orly Steel Your Heart, Color Club Editorial, NailNation3000 Fire Flies, NailNation3000 Kryptonite, Sea Lore Andrina, Sally Hansen nail file

Prize #7

 Microbeads, Daily Lacquer Come What May, NailNation3000 No H8, Deja Vu Dead Sea Minerals Cuticle Oil, Julep Barbara, Color Club Personal Stylist, OPI Ridge Filler

Prize #8

Julep Age Defying Hand Brightener (3 fl oz), NailNation3000 Alison, NailNation3000 Sun Goddess, Elevation Polish Xixabangma, stamping plate, Layla Hologram Effect Mercury Twilight + buffer

Prize #9

NailNation3000 Valley Of Neptune, NailNation3000 Baby Doll, Island Girl (no name), Julep Georgia, TipTop Blue Me To Pieces, stamping plate, Julep The Best Pedi Creme Ever

Prize #10

Daily Lacquer I'll Fly Away, Sally Hansen Gem Crush mini set (set of 4), Revlon Girly, NailNation3000 Max-a-Million, NailNation3000 Lunar Eclipse, stamping plate

EDIT: As of 2/07 we have added an eleventh prize! Huge thanks to Stacy of Paris Sparkles for her generous donation of two of her best sellers!

Prize Pack #11

Paris Sparkles Golden Touch and Midnight in Paris

I want to take this time to give a very special THANK you to Maria of NailNation3000, Maggy of Daily Lacquer, Tara of Kelara Lacquers, Jill of Glisten & Glow, and Ana of Pure Cuticle Oil for their very generous donations. We love you!

The Rules:
                 *This giveaway is open to US and Canada only
                 *You must be 18 or older to enter
                 *Entries will be validated
                 *10 winners will be chosen at random. The first name pulled will get Prize #1, the second name will get Prize #2, and so on.
                 *The winners will be notified via e-mail, you will have 24 hours to respond to the e-mail, or another name will be chosen. Please check your Spam folders.

How To Enter:

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22 January 2013

The Daily Lacquer Part I - I'll Fly Away

Heeeeeeeeelloooooooooooo!! :D I was going to post this last night, but I was tired and went to bed instead :P Tonight I have something awesome to share with you :D

The ever-so-fabulous Maggy at The Daily Lacquer released a new collection for Valentine's Day called "All You Need is Love," inspired by her favorite movie, Moulin Rouge. How awesome is it that it's my favorite movie, too?! <3 I love everything about Moulin Rouge.. if you haven't seen this yet, you NEED to!!

Maggy was very kind and sent minis of two of her polishes to review. I decided to do separate posts because I didn't really want to take the first one off :D

I'll Fly Away is a gorgeous turquoise crelly filled with matte pink hex glitter, pink heart and flower-shaped glitters. I layered two coats over Sally Hansen Frozen Solid. Polish went on smoothly. I did have to do some placement of the hex glitters, though. They all decided they wanted to be in the same place on my nail. Since I received a mini of this polish, there was also a lot of fishing I had to do to get the hearts and flowers to come out, but that is never the case with the full-sized bottles! Even so, it was so worth it to go fishing! I absolutely love the hearts and flowers <3

Isn't it just so cute and beautiful and make you happy?? :D

You can find The Daily Lacquer on Etsy if you're scrambling to get your hands on this collection and on Facebook to get all of the updates on new collections, restocks, news, whatever! :) Full-sized polishes are 3-free and sell for $9.00 USD  :) Currently, she is out of Come What May, but if you follow on FB, you'll get those updates for when it will be back in stock! ;)

I am so watching Moulin Rouge tonight!! :D

Polish sent for review for my honest opinion. See my Disclosure Policy.

19 January 2013

Zoya Zuza and Cagedbird Nail Lacquer Faerie Carnival

Happy Saturday night!! :D I had to work this morning, then I made wild rice soup for dinner, and worked on my stash list! I'm at 406 polishes, with 3 on the way, and 3 I didn't count because they're for something special :D

I took advantage of the promo Zoya was having a couple of weeks ago where you got 3 polishes free and only had to pay $10 for shipping. If you spent $25 after those 3 polishes, you got free shipping! So I got 7 polishes for $32 :D How awesome is that!

One of the polishes I got was Zuza. So gorgeous! It was a bit thick for my liking, but still workable :) I was looking for something to layer over it and stumbled across my mini bottle of Cagedbird Nail Lacquer Faerie Carnival. I just love this combination!!

Have a great night and enjoy the rest of your weekend! :) I have ideas floating around in my head!

13 January 2013

Guest Post at Ruby's Nails

I am such a huge spaz!! I did a guest post at Ruby's Nails last month and totally forgot to post it! :( I feel so horrible! But check it out! And be sure to congratulate Jessica on the birth of her son!!

12 January 2013

Candii Polished Flashy Shimmers Review Part 1

Happy Saturday!! I've been meaning to put up a few blog posts this past week, but the funky weather and being insanely busy at the pharmacy has left me too exhausted to spend much time on the computer! :(

I'm really really excited about doing this post, though! It's my first review!! :D

Candii Polished recently released the Flashy Shimmers Collection, a collection of 7 toppers, and I have 3 to review for you, Pink Diamonds, Jupiter Rocks, and Chels Bells! :) This will be a 3-part review!

First up is Pink Diamonds, chock full of pink and red glitters! Honestly, I was a bit leery when I started putting this on, but after it dried and I used top coat, it became a fabulous pink galaxy!! <3 This is Pink Diamonds over 1.5 coats of Milani Black Swift. PD has a wonderful formula and went on like a dream. If you do more than one coat, I recommend waiting until the first coat is dry. I applied a second coat while the first was still wet and had a bit of pulling and balding, but that was user error! Just absolutely gorgeous and I'm already thinking of other colors to layer this over :D

You can find Candii Polished on Facebook and Candii Blossom Cosmetics. Minis are $4.00 USD and the entire collection is $27.00. Candii Polished also sells mineral eyeshadows, lippies, and blush and bronzers! :D Currently, shipping is only to the US (starting at $3.00, 1 cent for additional items) and Canada (starting at $3.50, 1 cent for additional items).

Samples provided for review for my honest opinion.

06 January 2013

More Liebster Award Nominations!!

I'm a bit behind on posting the recent Liebster Award nominations, so since I was nominated today, I figured I better get on the ball and post these :P

For those who don't know, people bloggers who have less than 200 followers can get nominated for the Liebster Award.  It's supposed to help those bloggers get more exposure. There are a few rules, though! You have to post 11 facts about yourself, answer 11 questions the person who nominated you asked, nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers, post 11 questions for them, and no tag backs!! :)

11 Facts About Me

1. I look younger than I really am! Is that good or bad? I still get carded!
2. I have 2 kids, 6 and 2 :)
3. I'm a state-licensed pharmacy technician and once I finish my CEs, I'll be nationally certified again and can start using CPhT after my name! :P
4. I love to read. Favorite books are the Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, and 50 Shades of Grey Trilogy <3
5. I didn't get my driver's license until I was 18 and failed the driving test the first time I took it :P
6. I was in the US Army for less than 6 months.
7. I lived in Canada for 2 years.
8. I found my best friend from when I was 8 years old on FB a few months ago :D
9. I have online friends I've never met and have "known" for almost 10 years! :D
10. Whenever I watch any of the Twilight movies, I have a cheesy grin on my face the entire time :P
11. For some reason, I can't keep my bedroom clean :\

Questions I was asked!

From Kelly @ Kell's DIY Nails!

1. What was the very first polish you posted on your blog?
Easy question! The first polish I first posted on my blog was Orly Oui <3
2. What inspired you to start a blog?
My mom is as obsessed with nail polish as I am and I was always showing her pictures of my nails, so I figured what better way to share than to blog about it!
3. What is your favorite polish?
I think that would have to be Orly Miss Conduct <3 I'm pretty sure it's my first holo-anything and will forever hold a special place in my heard <3
4. What is your favorite type of Nail Art?
Water marbling! After my first attempt, I fell in love with it <3 I can't wait to do another! And I can't wait to try other nail art techniques out :D
5. What is one thing you would like to improve on?
Blogging more and taking better pictures :)
6. Do you have any tattoos?
7. What is the most 'Extreme' thing you have ever done?
Enlisting in the US Army :|
8. Are you a good dancer?
I have two left feet! I've never really figured out how to dance :P
9. What is your favorite beauty product and why?
Right now, it's Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Primer. It's the first primer I've used, and it's amazing what primer does for face makeup!
10. Do you prefer to go out or stay in?
I prefer staying in. I've been a homebody for the longest time :)
11. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Physically, I love my eyes :) Other than that, my memory is pretty awesome :)

1. If you were a color what color would you be?
Black.. it's just a classic, elegant color, and goes with everything!
2. Who would play you in the movie about your life?
Uhhh.. I have no idea!
3. What would you title your memoirs?
The Life and Chronicles of Patricia...
4. Hey baby, what's your sign?
Leo, and just as stubborn!
5. How do you like your eggs cooked?
6. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Messy, Stubborn, Short
7. Name 3 traits you look for in a significant other.
Tall, Sincere, Sexy
8. Which Spice Girl represented you best?
Baby Spice
9. It's your last supper. What are you eating?
Potato and Bacon soup
10. If you had to be on a reality tv show, which one would you pick?
I can't stand reality shows :|
11. What's your current favourite song?
Tinie Tempah featuring Eric Turner - Written in the Stars

From Janet @ Janet Planet Nails

1. What is your favorite color polish?
Hmmm.. I don't know!!
2. What is your favorite Holiday Polish Collection?
Zoya Ornate Collection <3
3. What polish brand do you own the most of ?
Sinful Colors and China Glaze.. think they're tied :P
4. What was your first indie?
OMG, I have no idea!!
5. To glitter or not to glitter ?( Are you a glitter fan) 
To glitter!! Love glitter bombs, hate taking it off!
6. If you had to choose one polish as your most favorite, which one would it be ?
Orly Miss Conduct <3
7. If you could create your own polish what would you use in it colors, glitters ?
Light pink jelly with tiny holo glitter and different sized white glitters <3
8. What is your least favorite/never use again brand?
I don't think I have one!
9. Do match you mani to your pedi ?
Nope.. my toes have been naked for about a year :P
10. What are you currently wearing on your nails?
My nails are naked!! I'm currently following Simple Nail Art Tip's Pure™ Nail and Cuticle Oil regimen :)
11. Did you make sure to come follow my blog? 
I've been a follower for awhile! :D

1. What is your biggest Pet peeve?
People who don't use their turn signal.. it's not there for decoration! It has a purpose!
2. What qualities (other than color) do you most look for in a polish?
Wear time, finish
3. What qualities (other than color) will make you dislike a polish?
Company practices, ie stealing bloggers' photos
4. Are you a coffee person or a tea person?
Both, although I haven't had tea in quite some time.
5. Morning person or night person?
Night person.. I go to bed very late and hate getting up in the morning
6. Favorite quality in yourself?
I have really good memory :)
7. Least favorite quality in yourself?
I'm a bit lazy, I can't keep my room or car clean :\
8. What do you like to read?
Twilight, Harry Potter, and 50 Shades of Grey are my favorite. I tend to read a lot of thrillers :)
9. If someone made a movie about your life who would you have play you?
I have no idea! Still!!
10. What kind of nail art do you like to do (stamping, freehand, decals, beads, etc)?
Water marbling, striping tape. My stamping skills are sub par and I really want to work on that.
11. How many languages do you speak?
Just English :)

1. What is your guilty pleasure?
Nail polish, of course! My second is eye shadow and mascara. Which reminds me, I left mascara in the car! :\
2. What is one thing you cannot live without? 
Coffee!! I don't think I could function without it :P
3. What is your favorite TV Show? 
More than one?? NCIS, Criminal Minds, Rizzoli & Isles
4. If you could do anything, what would be your dream job? Why? 
Hmmm.. there are quite a few things I'd want to do.. own my own restaurant, make my own nail polish..
5. What is your favorite beverage? 
6. What is one thing you want to do before you die? 
Travel the world
7. What is the best concert you've been to? 
I've only been to one and that was so long ago, I can't remember who played!
8. What are some goals you have for 2013? 
Finish my CEs for my national certification, stop being messy.. nail polish wise, start blogging more, work on my photography skills, delve into the world of creating nail polish..
9. What’s your dream vacation? 
Going to Europe!
10. Are you cooking dinner at home or going out for dinner? (On a regular basis) 
Cooking at home. Fast food upsets my stomach and it's so expensive!
11. Would you rather… have your personality change every day or have your looks change every day?
Personality.. LOL. I like my looks just fine!

1. How many siblings do you have?
I have a brother, 28, and a sister, 22.
2. Do you prefer mani or pedi, and do you do your own pedis or let someone else do it for you?
I prefer to do my own nails. I had my nails done for Senior Prom and the nail tech filed my nails so thinly, it took awhile for them to recover from the trauma. I've never had a pedi because I can't stand having my feet touched.
3. How many bottles of nail polish do you have?
Over 200! I haven't counted in awhile and keep adding to the stash :\
4. Do you prefer long or short nails, and what shape?
I prefer in between, I don't like them short, but I can't have them too long since I input prescriptions all day and puts a lot of stress on my nails.
5. What polish brand do you own the most of?
Sinful Colors and China Glaze
6. Would you prefer a rack/shelf or drawers for polish storage?
I think I'd rather have a Helmer. I'm afraid if I got a rack, it would come off the wall :\ Or get knocked off from a certain 2 year old trying to get to it.
7. Do you use striping tape, and what do you think of it?
I got my first set of striping tape last month and love it!!
8. Do you own dotting tools, or do you make your own?
I bought a set of dotting tools several months ago :)
9. Do you do manis for random world days that no one else knows about?
Sometimes! Usually by the time I find out about them, I've already painted my nails!
10. Do you have a significant other, and what do they think of your polish addiction?
I've been married for 7 years and he doesn't say anything anymore :P
11. What made you decide to start blogging?
I wanted to share my manis with my mom and decided I would start blogging about them!

My 11 Questions!

1. How did you get into nail polish?
2. What's your favorite finish?
3. What's your favorite collection?
4. Do you have any pets?
5. How do you store your polish?
6. What's your favorite food?
7. How do you drink your coffee?
8. Laptop or desktop?
9. What kind of camera do you use?
10. Do you play video games?
11. What's your favorite song?

And My Nominees Are...

To Be Announced.. I need to find some blogs with less than 200 Followers!!

Guest Post at Polish Etc!

I have a couple of posts for today,  but while I work on those, I wanted to put this up in the meantime! I'm guest posting over at Polish Etc! Be sure to hop on over to Rebecca's blog and find out what this awesome polish is! <3

01 January 2013

Happy 2013!! Goals and a Mani

Wow!! Can you believe it's 2013 already?! 2012 flew by quickly! A lot of bloggers are posting their top polishes of the year and whatnot, and seeing as I only started blogging in July, I don't have any favorites! Plus I can't ever pick a favorite anything :D

I do have a few goals I hope to accomplish this year!

  • Blog more frequently
  • Reach 100 likes on Facebook or 100 followers on GFC
  • Start making my own nail polish
  • Get a domain
  • Participate in more challenges
  • Work on my photography skills
  • Work on stamping and nail art

Some of these are obtainable, and others I really need to work hard at :)

I wanted to do a NYE mani, even though I wasn't going anywhere, just for the fun of it. I got out my new best friend, striping tape, and got to work. I used two coats of Milani 3D in Hi-Res and Cyberspace, alternating the colors on each finger. Applied HK Girl Topcoat, let that work it's magic, then cut 10 strips of striping tape, taped down the middle of my nails and painted the other half of my nails with the opposite color of what was on that particular finger :) Of course, everything looks more awesome with glitter, so I added NOPI Sweet Dreams from the Selena Gomez collection. Fabulous glitter polish! No fishing, applied somewhat evenly, no curling or sticking up glitter. Added another coat of HK Girl, cleaned up the excess polish, and I was good to go! :)

Hope everyone had a great New Year's and may 2013 bring you lots of joy, happiness, prosperity, and all that jazz! <3