February 26, 2012

My New Ott Light and Untried No. 9 : Milani Hi-Tech 3D

Usually I only post one untried a weekend, but today I ended up doing another untried. So I figured I would come share it with you guys.

First I wanted to show you guys my new Ott light :) This is the light I use to take my pictures. 

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I purchased this at Jo-Ann Fabrics. They were having a 40% off OTT lights for Presidents Day, plus I used a 10% off coupon as well. This ended up costing me $USD 24.00!  What a deal. This was originally close to 50$'s regular price. It is still currently on sale, so you can still pick it up for the sale price.

I set it up and used it for my next Untried. Milani High-Tech 3D.

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I really like how the light shows off the Holo in this polish. You get wonderful detail with it. 

It is a gorgeous polish, and is now added to my Top 10 list. It was so easy to apply and it dried really fast. This is the perfect go to polish when you want a quick and easy mani.

I couldn't help but take a lot of pictures of this.

Then I decided to take it outside for the sun light. unfortunately the day was ending.

I think with the sun setting they came out really cool. 

Hope you guys like it! Thanks for visiting.

February 24, 2012

Untried No. 8 - Happy Go Lucky

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Time for another Untried Saturday :) (a little early)

Today's Untried is China Glaze Happy Go Lucky.

I purchased this when it first came out, and it went into my Helmer, and has not seen the light of day since. I decided to bring it out for today's untried manicure. I wanted something bright and cheery, and Happy Go Lucky fits the bill :)

As we all know, yellow is the most finicky polish. It usually runs very thick, and takes several coats to apply. This was no exception. The first coat is very streaky and almost impossible to apply thin. The second coat is slightly better, but not by much. The polish does comes to life on the 3 coat. It evens out nicely. I did used thinner on it prior to using it and once again while applying. It was STILL very gloppy and thick while applying. 

BUT - the color is amazing. It is very worth the troublesome application. It's the perfect yellow for me. I just love how it looks. 

I always give these types of polishes (that are thick and difficult to apply) extra time to dry. There is a definite feel of 'thickness' on this polish once it's on, but I still love it!

Do you guys rock yellow polishes? If so I would love to hear which ones.

Sally Hansen Product Review - VitaSurge and Cuticle Eraser + Balm

Today I'm going to do a product review of Sally Hansen's New Products. Cuticle Eraser + Balm and VitaSurge Cuticle Gel.

I have been eying these in Walgreens for awhile now and I finally took the plunge. The $6 plus price tag of each deterred me at first, but I finally broke down and tried them out. I am so glad that I did. They are both amazing for me. 

First up is VitaSurge (the Orange Bottle). 

This stuff is AMAZING! It's a gel so it is not like your typical cuticle oil. It dries in seconds and dries matte and not shiny! This stuff is perfect for taking NOTD pictures. When your fingers are dry and flaky after doing a manicure and you want to quickly snap that perfect NOTD picture, this is the go to product. It dries instantly and there is not even the slightest trace of oil. It has a sponge applicator, similar to lip gloss. No more oily shiny finger NOTD shots! This is a new HG product for me. I hate having to oil up and wait to take pictures. Now there is no wait, PLUS it makes your cuticles so smooth looking. I will never take a NOTD picture or picture here again without using this first.

Next up is the Cuticle Eraser + Balm. 

I LOVE THIS STUFF. It's also not greasy at all, and does not leave a shiny look either. It's the perfect follow up to the VitaSurge. I would definitely recommended using both products together.  I also love the smell. I can not use this stuff without sniffing away lol. It makes my cuticles feel so soft and moisturized.

I have been using both for a week and all my other Cuticle Oils, Balms, And even my CND Cuticle Eraser have all been tucked away in a drawer. My Cuticles look really improved and my fingers feel so great using this stuff. This will be a new staple for me as well.

I would love to hear from those that have tried it. Did you like them? If so why or why not. Leave your responses in the comments below.

February 18, 2012

Cirque de Soleil Nails!

I'm so excited about tonight nails. I have been sick for several weeks, and I am finally feeling better. To celebrate Kelly got us Cirque de Soleil tickets!!! We are going to see Quidam. We really didn't get to go out for Valentine's Day - so this is just perfect. 

Well soon as I found out, I went a searching online to see what the theme of our show would be. I found this picture that I used for inspiration. 

I wasn't sure which direction to go, as I seriously stink at nail art lol.  In the picture above is Target, one of the main characters. If you look closely at his outfit it is white and teal with red accents. I came up with this ...

The Base color is ManGlaze Mayo and Sally's Insta-Dri Sea Breaze. I used scotch tape to do the checkered pattern. The lines are nothing to brag about, but I'm happy with it :)

This is the top I'm wearing, so I figured the nails would be perfect for that. I was going for a circus look.

FUN FUN!!! I can not wait to go now lol.

Thanks for visiting guys!

February 17, 2012

The Versatile Blog Award :)

 I got a super sweet blogger who nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Is that sweet or what! I have had a blog for awhile now and no one has ever passed me an award, so this is cool. It's the little things in life that make us smile. The Polished Mommy nominated me. If you haven't seen her blog, take a minute and visit her if you can. She has really awesome nails, fun nail art, makeup stuff and lots more. I love finding new wonderful blogs like this so please take a minute to check it out if you can.

Accepting this award comes with a few rules (fun stuff that helps us all get to know each other.)

1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers. (I only did 10 - don't judge me hehehehe)
2. Inform the bloggers of their nomination.
3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
4. Thank the blogger who nominated you.
5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post.

I would like to nominate a few new and upcoming blogs and some blogs I'm addicted to, and can't stay away from lol. Some really amazing stuff so I'm nominating the following. I know, I know I only did 10 *guilty stare* lol.

Now on to some fun facts 

1. I also like making handmade cards 
2. I have 3 cats - It's fur ball heaven around here lol
3. I'm originally from New York, but now live in Missouri
4. I'm Italian :) 
5. I drive a Yellow Truck - so Tacky hehehe
6. I'm addicted to sneakers and having lots of pairs
7. My Fav show to watch on TV is Swamp People hahaha :)

Thanks for visiting guys and have a great weekend!

February 16, 2012

Untried No.7 - Wet n Wild Night Prowl & Checkered Tape Mani!

I'm a little early with my Untried Saturday this week :) I used Wet n Wild Night Prowl for this one, which is GORGEOUS in every way. I can't believe I had this one sitting for so long.

I decided to try a checkered tape mani today. I have been wanting to try this for awhile and I finally got to it! It's no where near perfect, but for my first time I'm really pleased with how it turned out.

I started out with night Prowl as my Base color. 

Check out the Sparkle!

I then taped off one half of the nail using Scotch Tape and added Milani Digital until I got this...

After that I added a layer of SV and waited 15 minutes, and then finished it off and taped off the other half of the nail.  This is the final result.

I love it! 

Hope you guys like it as much as I do.

P.S. Please make sure you enter my 200 Followers Giveaway if you haven't already :) 


When I get bored I ...

First I wanted to thank everyone that expressed concerns about me being sick. Today I am feeling much much better and I appreciate all the well wishes.

This is what happens when I get bored. Kelly brought me a bunch of nail art stuff to play with, and I was really bored...so I attacked my Vday Mani lol. It wasn't tacky enough, so I kicked it up some :)

I'm just experimenting before I take this mani off tomorrow. This is the best time to test new things and try new techniques. It's also the best time to practice stamping too. On an old mani that you are about to remove.

This is what I did to it. It's my first time using scotch tape for making tips and the lines are wayyyy off lol, but I really tossed this on for fun and I thought I would share my craziness with you. 

Thanks for stopping by :)  

(excuse my hurt ring finger cuticle in the pics - it got caught on something ouchy)

February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day Mani

Hope everyone is having a wonderful and happy Valentine's Day. Here is my V-day Mani. The Base coat is Essie E! Live from the Red Carpet.  I combined Konad stamping (scary I know lol), nail tattoos, and rhinestones to create my LOVE mani :) To me V-day always makes me think really over the top tacky hearts and lips all over everything. I wanted this to have that same look, so I made it as tacky as I could hehehe.

As most of you know I am a nightmare when it comes to stamping, but I never give up lol. I love the little lips that are part of Konad plate M4.

(Image above is Copyrighted property of www.konadnailart.com and used here for reference only)

Once I stamped the image I used a Q-tip and Acetone to wipe the lettering off the stamp before I transferred the remaining image to the nail. I wanted only the lips and not the 'kiss me' wording.

I also added a bob wired nail tattoos to the bottom for some contrast, and the final touch was a clear rhinestone. 

I also added skull nail tattoos to my thumbs as well. Cute Cute :) and super V-day tacky for sure lol.

The amazing part is this time I only smeared the lip stamp a tiny tiny tiny bit. So I guess it's possible I'm getting better at this stamping thing (NOT lol).

Thanks so much for visiting today guys!!!

Make sure you comment on my 200 Followers Giveaway Thread for a chance to win some fun stuff. The giveaway will be closed on 2/29/12

February 11, 2012

Untried Saturday No.6 - Hard Candy Lava

Sorry it's been so long for a post. I have been seriously sick with Bronchitis and Pneumonia, having to have sessions of steroid shots just to keep me from seriously dying lol.  I did do an untried this week tho - Yippeeee!!! 

Hard Candy - LAVA 

For whatever strange reason I thought this would be more red on the nail, and it's mostly bright orange.  Why I thought it was more red is beyond me. It's pretty clearly orange in the bottle lol.

At first I hated this color and texture completely. After about half a day, it started growing on me and I really liked it. Very sparkly and eye catching.

But then I went back to hating this again. Here is why.

* It took 3 coats and sometimes 4 for the even coverage I was looking for. Hard to explain, but every layer seemed to just 'soak in', and I would just end up not pleased and going over it. 

* I did this on Thursday (trying to be ahead with being sick and all) and it's Saturday and I have already taken it off. It chipped in 3 places and broke 2 of my nails. I never have chipping EVER let alone that soon, so it was super chiptastic. 

*It stained my nails bright orange which is the worst of it. I was so proud about how clear and stain free my nails where prior to applying this, and now I'm just stabby looking down at the stains.  I had a very good base coat on that prevents staining on 99.9% of my polishes. 

* There is fine micro glitter everywhere upon removal. I love glitter polishes and this was just a PITA. I took it off awhile ago, and I still see sparklies stuck to my fingers all over the place no matter how much I try and clean them off with polish remover or wash my hands. I just gave up lol. 

With the combo of all of the above this polish quickly went into my dislikes of all time. I probably won't ever wear this again. I know I have heard many rave about this one, but for myself I just do not likey at all. 

I'm tossing this into my swap away pile, and may just give it to kids for a play polish. I would hate to trade this to an unsuspecting recipient. I hated it that much lol. But, this is the great thing about polish guys. Some of us will love some polishes that others hate, and vice-versa. 

If you have this one - let me know your thoughts on it. Did you like it or hate it? 

Thanks for visiting guys. Make sure you enter my 200 Followers Giveaway if you haven't already.

February 6, 2012

Indie Spotlight: Lynnderella Connect The Dots

I'm still in my sickly death bed, literately. I've been in bed all day and Kelly has been making sure I have everything I need. I was lucky that he had off today, and the extra TLC is much appreciated! Maybe it will help chase this nasty cold off. BUT you know I couldn't just leave my nails alone.  As much as I loved the Model's Own Grey Day mani I had on, I HAD to add my new Lynnderella Connect the Dots on top.

I purchased this on the last sale over at Llarowe. I sat at my PC and refreshed the page every few seconds for an hour straight - what we do for nail polish lol!

I didn't do anything special here. Meaning, I did not try and spread the glitter in any specific place. Usually with these type of glitters you can take out an orange stick and manipulate the glitters where you like them to fall on the nail. In this case I specifically did not push the glitters around (expect from the free edge so I wouldn't have a mess) to see how it looked 'as is'. I was pretty pleased with the 'as is' results.

Thanks for visiting today. 
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February 4, 2012

Untried No.5 - Model's Own Grey Day

My untried for today is Model's Own Grey Day. It's a bit lighter than I normally like in my greys, but I still kinda of like it. 

REMINDER: My 200 Followers giveaway has been posted

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to Enter my Giveaway 
It ends February, 29th 2012

On to Untried Saturday. I have been deathly sick the last 48 hours, so I'm kind just laying low. I still squeezed in a mani - yippee:) Not my best, but much better than going without. I didn't even have my camera settings right. The cough medicine took over and just started snapping bad pictures - but I'm showing them to you anyway LOL!   I guess even being close to death does not stop me from painting my nails and trying to post here :)

Hope you guys like! 

 It's still very very pretty, and it basically applied its self.

It's a very soft pretty Grey

Don't forget to enter my 200 Followers Giveaway by following the picture link on the top of this post. I know those of you that have already entered and read my blog regularly will probably hate me by the 29th, but I will be adding reminders in my every post until the contest is over. I have had VERY few entries, so the chances of winning are GREAT!

February 3, 2012

200 Blog Followers Giveaway!!!

The time has come for my 200 Followers Giveaway!! 


First, I want to wave hello to all my new followers *WAVES*. It's always exciting to see new faces around here. Second, I would like to thank each and every one of you for the kind words, and the wonderful support! You guys are the ones that motivate me to be here. I couldn't have done any of this without all of you...

To say thank you - I'm going to be doing a giveaway :) 

Included in my giveaway is 3 items:

*Finger Paints LE Motley
*Finger Paints LE Flecked
* Essence Stamping kit (1 plate included and stamper included)

Rules and steps to enter:

-Anyone can enter (even if you are international)
- You must be a follower to enter

1. post a comment below to enter. Please answer this question, 'what is your favorite color for painting your nails' (ex: reds, pinks, greens, nudes,etc).

2. please add my giveaway to your side bar (graphic provided below) -or- blog about it when ever you can and link them back to this post. Please leave a link in your comment so I can check it out too :)

THAT'S IT!!! 2 Easy Steps!

The contest starts now and will end 2/29/12. I will announce the winner soon after that. You will have five (5) days to claim your prize after I announce the winner.  If you do not respond within that time frame  - I will draw again for a new winner.

Thanks again guys, Luvs you all!


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