Monday, September 30, 2013

Pahlish: The Great Pumpkin October Duo: Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch & Bag of Rocks

Product given to me for review

Hey guys!  I've got another one of Pahlish's awesome monthly duos!  The October set is called The Great Pumpkin duo and it's inspired by the famous Charlie Brown Halloween special.

Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch is a black jelly filled with green, orange, and purple shimmer.  You have to look closely to really see the colors of the shimmer (from a distance, it usually looks like a plain black or a shimmery black), but when you take the time to study it, it's quite beautiful.  The formula is sort of syrupy, but adding thinner helps.  I used two coats to reach full opacity.  Dry time was average.

In sun

In cloudy conditions

Bag of Rocks features gunmetal and chartreuse square, circle, and hexagonal glitters in a clear base.  The formula is lovely and the glitter spreads evenly across the nail.  I used one coat.  Dry time was average.

In sun

In shade

Up close

Sort of an edgy color combination, right?  That chartreuse glitter is a real eye-catcher!  I think this duo is a great option for people who want a look that fits in with the Halloween holiday, but don't want to go the typical black and orange route.

Pahlish's duos cost $15 for two 15mL bottles of polish and are sold at Pahlish's online store.  I believe The Great Pumpkin duo will be available starting on Friday, October 4th at 7pm Central.  It will only be available during the month of October, so if you like it, make sure you grab it before November arrives!  To stay up-to-date with the latest Pahlish news, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product given to me for review


Saturday, September 28, 2013

It's International Rabbit Day! Bunny Nail Art!

Hey guys, quick bonus post for you today!  Apparently, it's International Rabbit Day, so I figured now would be a good time to finally post some nail art that I did months ago!

I have a gorgeous little rabbit named Holly.  She's super sweet and love love LOVES being around people, being cuddled, etc (this is actually rather unusual for a rabbit).  However, like most bunnies, she also has quite an attitude.  Any time I do something she doesn't like or fail to meet her demands, I get The Face.  The Face is basically her staring at me with this look of disapproval.  It's completely ridiculous and totally cute, so I decided to commemorate The Face in nail art form.

For reference, mah bunneh!

Can never get a pic of her making The Face, so here she is with her Christmas presents, haha

Nail art!


Colors used:

Background=Essie First Timer
White=China Glaze Snow
Black=Orly Liquid Vinyl
Pink area inside ear=mix of Orly Lift the Veil, Elevation Polish Colline du Charf, China Glaze Snow, Orly Liquid Vinyl
Nose/Mouth=Mix of the pink ear mixture this reddish-pink that was dried up on my palette, not sure what it was lol
Markings=mix of Sally Hansen Slick Slate, China Glaze Snow, Orly Liquid Vinyl, and I think China 
Glaze Foie Gras? I might have put some Elevation Polish Colline du Charf in there, too

That's about it!  Happy International Rabbit Day!

My Picks From the Revlon Parfumerie Collection: Wintermint and Autumn Spice

(Don't forget, I'm doing another donation-based giveaway for childhood cancer awareness month!  Ends tonight!)

Hey guys!  I'm really excited to show you two of Revlon's newest scented polishes from their Parfumerie collection, so let's get to it!

Wintermint is Revlon's attempt at duping Deborah Lippman Mermaid's Dream.  It's a frosty mint with gold shimmer and bright blue glitter.  The formula was okay, though you do need to apply it carefully to avoid brush strokes.  It smells like toothpaste, and the scent comes through just fine even if you use top coat!  I used two coats.  Dry time was a little slow.

In sun

In shade

Autumn Spice is a very pretty and unusual polish.  It looks like it's just a brown shimmer, but it has sort of a sophisticated and vampy look to it.  In some lighting (like outdoors, where these photos were taken), the finish appeared irregular, like freshly stained wood.  The formula was fine, and if you carefully apply a thicker coat, it can be a one-coater!  It smells like, well, autumn spices.  Mostly cinnamon, though as time passes, the cinnamon becomes more subtle and a mellow vanilla note comes through.  Normally, I don't like cinnamon scents, but I liked this one!  I used one coat.  Dry time was average.



I've never really played with scented polish before, so this was fun!  I'm quite sensitive (and sometimes terribly allergic) to most perfumes, but these scents didn't bother me at all.

The polishes in the Parfumerie collection cost around $4.79 for 11.7 mL.  So far, people are only seeing these at Bed Bath & Beyond and Harmon Face Values.  There are 15 polishes in the collection, divided among three categories (Fruits & Florals, Sweets & Spices, and Freshes).  The name of the polish indicates the scent of the polish (which only emerges after the polish has dried).  To stay up-to-date on Revlon news, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Products purchased by me


Thursday, September 26, 2013

Digital Nails: When Life Gives You Lemons

(Don't forget, I'm doing another donation-based giveaway for childhood cancer awareness month!)

Quick note:  This post is a day late due to major pain in my mouth.  Pretty sure it's a wisdom tooth.  I've been taking lots of photos and I'm going to try to get some posts lined up just in case I end up having oral surgery.  If I can't get things done in time and I go quiet for a week, it will be because I had the tooth removed.

Hey folks!  I'm super happy to be showing you guys a polish made to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, a charity which focuses on raising money for pediatric cancer research!  Raphaelle from indie brand Digital Nails has already donated $1,000 (sales of charity polishes+her own personal donation) to ASLF, and if the rest of the charity polishes sell, she will be able to donate even more!  Two polishes ("I'm A Survivor" and "When Life Gives You Lemons") were created, but I only have When Life Gives You Lemons.

When Life Gives You Lemons is a clear glitter topper containing a completely crazy mix of big purple circle glitters, gold holo circle glitters (these are amazing), gold holo stars, and a ton of smaller purple and gold glitters.  It is extremely dense, to the point that you won't be able to see much of whatever base color you layer it over.  It was a little tricky to work with, but not a nightmare.  I did not have to fish for any of the fun shapes.  Dry time was average.  Shown is one coat of When Life Gives You Lemons over a black creme.

In shade
In sun
Blurry to show sparkle

When Life Gives You Lemons (and also I'm A Survivor) cost $15 for 15mL and are available at Digital Nails' Etsy shop.  These polishes are numbered limited editions, so be sure to grab them ASAP! To stay up-to-date on the latest from Digital Nails, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product purchased by me

Monday, September 23, 2013

Pahlish: Darling Heart September Duo (Tenderest Touch and Darkest of Marks)

(Don't forget, I'm doing another donation-based giveaway for childhood cancer awareness month!)

Hey guys!  More purple for you today!  I've been really excited about these duos Pahlish has been putting out lately, and I couldn't wait to put on the Darling Heart September Duo!

Tenderest Touch is a dusty plum creme filled with "iridescent charcoal micro-flakes, violet glass-fleck shimmer, and fine purple shimmer."  Basically, it's a nice, soft, moody fall color with a bit of sparkle.  The first coat goes on a little sheer and almost fuzzy (some of the flakes sit a bit upright on the nail at times), but by the second coat, it's opaque and smooth.  Dry time was average.  Shown with top coat.

Pardon the glare!

Darkest of Marks is a clear glitter topper featuring red microshimmer and a mix of orange, brown, and pinky-red glitters.  The formula was good, though the glitter applies a bit sparsely.  I'm sure many of you will appreciate this more conservative glitter coverage, but glitter lovers like me will probably want to do one and a half or two coats (I did one and a half).  Dry time was fast.  Shown with top coat.


In shade.  You can see the glitter a bit better here

I thought this mani went nicely with my plaid shirt!


Overall, I think Pahlish's Darling Heart September Duo is perfect for fall!  It also makes for a classy and subtle Halloween look!

Pahlish's duos cost $15 for two 15mL bottles of polish and can be purchased on Pahlish's website.  Monthly duos like this one are limited edition, so grab it while you can!  To stay up-to-date with the latest Pahlish releases, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product purchased by me

Friday, September 20, 2013

Swatch+Donation-Based Giveaway: Enchanted Polish "A Little Fishy Told Me"

Hey, folks.  It's still childhood cancer awareness month.  I know the pink breast cancer stuff is already hitting stores, but it is, in fact, not October yet, so let's keep acknowledging childhood cancer, okay?

When I was planning all this earlier in the year, I had originally intended on just doing a fundraising giveaway for The Ronan Thompson Foundation.  However, when 13-year-old YouTube Beauty guru Talia Castellano passed away from cancer this summer, I decided I wanted to do something for her favorite charity as well.

BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation provides much-needed support to children and families facing cancer and life-threatening hematological illnesses.  Their mission helps families financially, provides happy moments for sick children, and gives parents, siblings, and children of sick people the opportunity to interact with peers facing the same problems.  Read more about their services HERE and their mission HERE.

When Talia passed away, several indie polish makers created polishes in memory of her, and donated money earned from the sale of these polishes to BASE Camp and other charities.  One such indie was Enchanted Polish, who created "A Little Fishy Told Me" and donated $3,800 to BASE Camp.

Weird hand position, I know.  I was having trouble with my hands.

A Little Fishy Told Me is sort of a pastel seafoam with bright blue shimmer and a linear holographic effect.  The holo effect is a bit on the weak side, but it's still quite beautiful and ethereal.  The formula was nice, and only two coats were needed to reach full opacity.  Dry time was average.

A Little Fishy Told Me is no longer available, but you could win a bottle of it right here!

Giveaway Rules:

1.  You MUST e-mail me a screen shot (to sparklinghoardgiveaways@gmail.com) proving that you donated to BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation (Go to www.basecamp.org (linking it results in an error for some reason, so please enter the url manually), then hover over "give," click "donate" and scroll down to "pay by credit card").  Be sure to also include your full name in the e-mail.  When you fill out the Rafflecopter form, please state your full name AND e-mail address (the one you used to e-mail the screen shot) in the fields provided.  I will not use this information to spam you or do anything of that nature.  It is simply to provide proof of entry and to avoid any confusion.  If you absolutely cannot figure out how to do a screen shot or send an image, then forward your receipt to me at sparklinghoardgiveaways@gmail.com .

2.  If you fail to properly complete all parts of the Rafflecopter form, you will be disqualified.  If you are found to have lied about your donation, you will be disqualified.

3.  This giveaway is US-only

4.  You are NOT required to follow/Like/etc The Sparkling Hoard (though it's certainly appreciated if you decide to do so).  

5.  Any questions, please e-mail me at sparklinghoardgiveaways@gmail.com .

6.  Giveaway starts now and ends at 12am Eastern on September 29, 2013

7.  ANY amount is fine.  Even if you can only afford to give $1.  You also do NOT have to tell me how much you donated.  You can edit out that information or send a strategically cropped screen shot.  It's fine and I will not judge you for it!  I just want to see people donate something...anything.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Product purchase by me.  Prize purchased by a friend.  I am not affiliated with BASE Camp.  I am not affiliated with the Castellano family.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués: Swatch+Review (Paparazzi, Pretty Please, Tapas for Two)

Products sent for review

Hey guys!  I've got something a little different for you today:  my second attempt at using nail polish strips!  This time, I'm reviewing Incoco nail polish appliqués.

I'm sure some of you remember all the difficulties I had the last time I tried a nail strip.  The Jamberry nail strip was thick, hard to smooth out (so many wrinkles!), and I had to fumble with a hair dryer in order to apply it.  I thought that maybe I was just bad at applying nail strips, but after trying Incoco, I've realized that my troubles were largely due to Jamberry's poor quality!  Incoco nail strips are so much easier to apply!  Check out their video on proper application:

You can also see Incoco's text instructions and read an FAQ HERE

Looks pretty easy, right?  I love that there's no need to fumble around with a hair dryer or any other weird accessories!  The strips are thin and stretchy enough just the way they are!  Because the strips are double-ended with a different shape on each end, there are 16 possible fits.  With that many options, there's a good chance you'll find the perfect fit for each of your nails!  I also like that no special removal methods are needed.  Because Incoco nail strips are made of 100% 3-free nail polish, you can remove them with nail polish remover, just like a traditional manicure.  After watching the video a few times, I felt hopeful! 

First Attempt:  Incoco Paparazzi

Incoco Paparazzi (with top coat)

Incoco Paparazzi (blurry to show sparkle)

Paparazzi ($8.99) features a gradient of pink to silver metallic glitter, with a touch of holographic glitter mixed in for extra sparkle!  I got a lot of compliments from strangers when I wore this one!

I chose to try Paparazzi first because I felt that the glitter might be a little more forgiving as far as showing wrinkles and such.  Surprisingly, I didn't have trouble with wrinkles at all!  My only problem with this set was that I didn't place the cuticle end up high enough, resulting in a wide gap.  Totally my fault.

Second Attempt:  Incoco Pretty Please

Incoco Tapas for Two (with top coat)

Pretty Please ($8.99) features a pink-champagne vine design on a black background (though technically, the black portions are the topmost layer!).  As you can see, I had a lot of trouble with this one.  As I tried to stretch the strips over my nails, they stretched too far and the black portions of the design cracked.  This may have been my fault, since the room I was working in was a bit warm, and I may have repositioned and stretched the strips too much.  It's also possible that strips with designs on them require more delicate handling. I also made some poor choices when fitting the strips, so they don't look quite right.  That was definitely my fault, since the Paparazzi mani clearly shows that the strips do fit me when I select the right strips and center them properly!

Third Attempt:  Incoco Tapas for Two


Incoco Tapas for Two (no top coat)

Tapas for Two ($7.99) is a cheery mint creme.  I picked this one so I could see how Incoco's solid colors performed.  As you can see, I had a little trouble with wrinkling, but I doubt anyone other than me would really notice.  I do recall having some difficulty with mobility in my hands that day, so it's quite possible that the wrinkles were my fault.  I chose not to apply top coat to this mani.  It was still very nice and shiny!

I have to admit that at first I felt that buying a plain, solid color nail strip was pointless (why use strips when you can just paint on a color?), but then I realized that these could really come in handy in certain situations.  For example, if you're preparing to go out for a social occasion and have no time to deal with traditional polish (not even time for a one-coater topped with Seche Vite), Incoco's nail strips are a great option.  I'm really bad about trying to apply my nail polish and my makeup last minute, so I might consider picking up a basic nude or a classic red to keep on hand just in case!

Assorted Thoughts

  • Much easier than Jamberry.
  •  The hardest part is picking the right size and starting to position the strip on your nail, but overall, application is pretty simple.
  • It's better to pick a strip that's too big than too small, and it's better to accidentally get it on your cuticle than to accidentally apply it too far down the nail.  Because Incoco nail strips are made from real polish, you CAN use acetone and a small brush to clean up your cuticles.
  • Incoco says that the strips can be repositioned as long as you haven't started smoothing the strip over your nail, but you really want to avoid man-handling it as much as possible.  You can fiddle with it a bit when you're doing the initial placement at the cuticle, but if you mess with it too much, you will rip or stretch the strip. 
  • Glittery designs are the easiest to apply and the most forgiving, as far as mistakes go.

  • They do not smell like nail polish.  There is a slight plastic-like odor to them, but it's not bad at all.
  • Top coat is not necessary, but it's fine if you do apply it.  I like that top coat makes my nails feel a bit thicker and stronger, so I used top coat after applying Paparazzi and Pretty Please.
  • Incoco says that manicures can last up to two weeks, and while I wasn't able to really test wear and longevity, I can say that they adhere quite strongly to the nail, so it should wear just as well as traditional polish, if not better.
  • Despite this strong adhesion, it's very easy to remove Incoco nail strips using your favorite polish remover.
  • If you use Elmer's glue as a base coat, your manicure will peel off just like it does with regular nail polish.
  • The  layer of glitter involved in the glittery designs is very thin, so I found it much easier to remove glittery Incoco strips than to remove layers of glitter polish. 
  • Incoco warns that the strips are sensitive to hot environments, cold environments, and exposure to air.  Be aware of the environment you're in when you apply them, and make sure you don't remove the strips from the plastic packaging until you are ready to use them.
Overall, I really liked these!  They have a ton of super adorable holiday designs, and I'm seriously considering picking up a few!  I think it would be a nice break from having to do my own nail art.  It takes a little practice and you have to be careful during application, but I think it's worth it.  Due to the price and the frequency with which I change my manicures, I would personally use these just for special occasions. 

Incoco nail strips are sold on Incoco's website.  In addition to the colors showcased in this review, Incoco offers a wide array of cremes, shimmers, glitters, patterns, traditional and wild French manicure kits, and even specially-designed pedicure strips! To stay up-to-date on the latest Incoco news and products, Like their Facebook page, and follow them on their blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Products sent for review


Monday, September 16, 2013

Liquid Lacquer: Beautiful Mistake

Hey folks!  In case you missed it, you can find the results of the giveaway HERE.  Now, back to swatching!

Liquid Lacquer Beautiful Mistake is a purple jelly filled with metallic hot pink and light pink circle glitter, tiny pink and purple glitters, and large purple circle glitters.  The base is a bit more sheer than I would have liked, so I had to use three coats.  I had to fish for the biggest glitters, but the formula was otherwise quite nice.  Dry time was average.




In case you're wondering how it compares to Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces, here they are:

Beautiful Mistake on left, Cosmic Forces on right

Cosmic Forces has a blacker base and holo glitters, while Beautiful Mistake has a bright purple base and only metallic glitter.

Liquid Lacquer's stock is always changing, so I'm not sure if this will be back.  Liquid Lacquer polishes cost $8-$11 for 15mL and are sold at Liquid Lacquer's online store.  Stay up-to-date with the latest Liquid Lacquer news and sales by Liking the brand's Facebook page!

Maker surprised me with this polish while replacing defective polishes

Sunday, September 15, 2013

"For Ronan" Giveaway Results!

Hey guys!

First off, the Rafflecopter widget has spoken, and Rebecca R. is our winner!  Congratulations, Rebecca!  Thank you so much for donating to The Ronan Thompson Foundation.  I have e-mailed you with instructions on how to claim your prize!

Second, I would like to thank everyone who entered the giveaway.  You all did a wonderful, beautiful thing by donating to The Ronan Thompson Foundation.  Based on those of you who did disclose your donations, you guys raised a total of over $150!  Good job!  Please check your e-mail for a special message!

Last, here's a look at what's coming up for the rest of the month:

  • Hopefully a double post tomorrow, health permitting.  I'm a train wreck lately, I know.
  • A review of Incoco nail polish appliques!
  • Another donation-based giveaway!









Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Elevation Polish: Gobi


Regarding the "For Ronan" Giveaway

The Good News:  11 of you have donated to The Ronan Thompson Foundation!  Good job, you guys!  As for the rest of you, there is still plenty of time to make a donation and enter!  Remember, even a very small donation is appreciated, and you are welcome to edit your screenshot or do some strategic cropping if you don't want to disclose your donation amount.  So get those entries in!

The Bad News:  The last two people to enter the giveaway (initials K.K. and E.B., both of whom have been contacted) have not submitted their proof of donation.  Any entrant who does not provide proof of donation will be disqualified.  Please, folks, read the instructions before you enter and make sure you complete all requirements!


In keeping with the theme of going gold for childhood cancer awareness, I have a rather funky little gold polish to show you!

Elevation Polish Gobi is a sort of "dirty" gold with intense green shimmer and a very light amount of holographic pigment.   The holographic pigment doesn't create any kind of holographic effect, but it does add a little depth and sparkle.  Due to the shimmery nature of this polish, you can end up with visible brushstrokes if you apply it too hastily.  Normal, careful application should result in a nice finish.  Dry time was average.  I used two coats.


This photo is a bit dark, but you can really see the green shimmer

What do you think?  This is definitely one of those oddball colors that won't appeal to everyone, but it's very unique!  If you like edgy and unusual shades, this is definitely one to consider.  

Most Elevation Polish colors cost $8.50 for 15mL and can be purchased at the Elevation Polish online store and on Llarowe ($10.50).  Elevation Polish online store restocks happen on the 7th (9pm Central) and 22nd (9am Central) of every month.  To stay up-to-date with Elevation Polish news, follow the brand's blog.

Product purchased by me.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Nail Pattern Boldness: Hello, Sweetie

Regarding the "For Ronan" Giveaway

The Good News:  10 of you have donated to The Ronan Thompson Foundation!  Good job, you guys!  As for the rest of you, there is still plenty of time to make a donation and enter!  Remember, even a very small donation is appreciated, and you are welcome to edit your screenshot or do some strategic cropping if you don't want to disclose your donation amount.  So get those entries in!

The Bad News:  The last two people to enter the giveaway (initials K.K. and E.B., both of whom have been contacted) have not submitted their proof of donation.  Any entrant who does not provide proof of donation will be disqualified.  Please, folks, read the instructions before you enter and make sure you complete all requirements!


Now that we have all that "housekeeping" stuff out of the way, let's return to swatching!

Nail Pattern Boldness Hello, Sweetie features a very red-toned purple jelly base filled with a mix of copper, red, and black glitters.  The formula is on the thin side and spreads easily across the nail (no fighting with the glitter!).  I kind of wish it was more opaque (I had to use three coats to reach full opacity), but it wasn't a big deal.  Dry time was fast.




I think this polish is absolutely perfect for fall!  What do you think?

Nail Pattern Boldness polishes cost $9 for 15mL and can be purchased on Etsy and Llarowe.  To stay up-to-date with the latest Nail Pattern Boldness news, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product received for free due to complications with a previous purchase


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

"Ronan" Nail Art: The Details

Hey guys!  I mentioned this manicure briefly in my main post regarding The Ronan Thompson Foundation, but I wanted to devote an additional post to it so I could try to explain how I did it, what colors I used, etc.

As stated in the previous post, the nail art was inspired by the song "Ronan" by Taylor Swift:

Video from YouTube user Kirk Kelly
Ronan is available for purchase here (US-only) or here (international)


And this was my nail art based on the song:


I remember your bare feet down the hallway
I remember your little laugh
race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs
I love you to the moon and back


Thumb (ronan)

Oh, the thumb, my pride and joy.  I did not think I could pull off hand-painting a serif font, but I'm pretty sure I pulled it off!  A lot of the same tips for print writing apply here as well, though it is significantly more difficult and detailed.  Here are some extra tips:
  • Frequently consult your source image/text.  This was my source image:

  • Do the serifs (those little "flags" and "feet" on the letters) first.
  • For very fine lines, touch your brush to the nail very lightly, and press more firmly if the line widens on a curve.
  • If the same letter is used twice (like the letter "n" in this piece), try your best to make the letters look identical to each other.  This really helps it look like perfect, typed lettering.  
Index (footprints)

These were super cute and easy to do!  If you do a Google Image Search for "footprints," a lot of very simple designs will come up.  Just pick the one you like best and copy it!  I used a brush to dot on the toes, but you could use a dotting tool instead.

Middle (race car)

For the car, I did a silhouette of the car in black, let it dry, and then colored in the red on top of it.  This gives you the illusion of outlining without having to go through the painstaking process of actually outlining the image. After the red layer dried, I added the windows, wheels, and hubcaps.

Ring (plastic dinosaur)

The dinosaur was actually the last thing I did for this mani, so I was pretty tired by the time I got to this finger.  It was originally supposed to be a brachiosaurus, but halfway through the dinosaur, I decided that legs would be too tricky, so I made him a plesiosaur and gave him flippers instead!  I did the dinosaur the same way I did the race car (black silhouette, then filled in with color to make him look as if he had been outlined).

Pinky (moon and stars)

This was done using the same method used for the race car and the dinosaur!  Do it in black, then color it in.  For the stars, I just did little "x"shapes.

Colors Used
  • Purple (background)-OPI Planks A Lot!
  • Black (footprints, outlining, windows, wheels, eyes)-Cult Nails Nevermore
  • White (moon, lettering)-China Glaze Snow
  • Golden yellow (awareness ribbon)-mix of Zoya Creamy and Zoya Arizona
  • Red (race car)-mix of Butter London Pillar Box Red and Zoya Elisa
  • Green (dinosaur)-mix of OPI Hot Fun in the Summerlime, Zoya Robyn, China Glaze Shower Together, China Glaze Sexy In the City, Cina Glaze Snow, and OPI I Saw...You Saw..We Saw...Warsaw
  • Silver (stars and hubcaps)-China Glaze Icicle
Brushes Used

10/0 American Painter 4650 Spotter
Princeton Select Petite Spotter Petite 3750MSP-20/0 (cut down to be even finer)

I think that's it!  Feel free to leave questions or comments!  Also, please donate to The Ronan Thompson Foundation and follow the instructions for entering the giveaway!  You could win a very special polish from Indigo Bananas!

Indigo Bananas "For Ronan"
Photos by Indigo Bananas.  Please note that the swatch photo
is more color-accurate than the bottle photo.



I am not affiliated with The Ronan Thompson Foundation.  I am not affiliated with Taylor Swift.  All products used in nail art purchased by me.  Giveaway prize donated by Indigo Bananas.  

Nail Art and a Giveaway: The Ronan Thompson Foundation

I actually started writing this post months ago, and this idea has been in the works since February.  Back then, I thought I'd be the only blog addressing the issue of childhood cancer awareness this September...since, you know, this is one of those things no one likes to think about.  However, the recent passing of beloved beauty guru Talia Castellano forced the beauty community to take a good, hard look at childhood cancer, and many mobilized to raise money for charity.  I hope that these movements will carry on into autumn and beyond, and that they will help give Childhood Cancer Awareness Month (September) its time in the spotlight.

I was first made aware of the horrors of childhood cancer last year during the Stand Up to Cancer telethon.  During the broadcast, Taylor Swift performed a hauntingly beautiful song called "Ronan," named after a beautiful little boy who died from neuroblastoma just days before his fourth birthday, and less than a year after being diagnosed.  Taylor had been following his story for quite some time, after discovering the blog written by Ronan's mother, Maya Thompson.  Though Taylor wrote the song on her own, Maya is credited as a co-writer because it was all those heartbreaking details in the blog that inspired the lyrics to the song.  "Ronan" is available on iTunes, and all proceeds go towards cancer research.

Video from YouTube user Kirk Kelly
Ronan is available for purchase here (US-only) or here (international)

This is my "Ronan"-inspired manicure:

See HERE for more info on this nail art

I remember your bare feet down the hallway
I remember your little laugh
race cars on the kitchen floor, plastic dinosaurs
I love you to the moon and back

Since losing her beautiful son, Maya Thompson has dedicated her life to fighting for increased funding for childhood cancer research.  She created The Ronan Thompson Foundation to honor her brave little boy, in the hope that someday, no child will ever have to suffer the horrors of childhood cancer.  Donations to The Ronan Thompson Foundation allow some of the best oncologists in the world to conduct ground-breaking research which will hopefully lead to a cure for neuroblastoma and other forms of pediatric cancer.  The Foundation also hopes to create a "World Class Neuroblastoma Research and Care Center."



If you donate to The Ronan Thompson Foundation, you could win this special Indigo Bananas polish called "For Ronan."  You can only get this polish by winning this giveaway.

Photos by Indigo Bananas.  Please note that the swatch photo
is more color-accurate than the bottle photo.

Giveaway Rules:

1.  You MUST e-mail me a screen shot (to sparklinghoardgiveaways@gmail.com) proving that you donated to the Ronan Thompson Foundation.  Be sure to also include your full name in the e-mail.  When you fill out the Rafflecopter form, please state your full name AND e-mail address (the one you used to e-mail the screen shot) in the fields provided.  I will not use this information to spam you or do anything of that nature.  It is simply to provide proof of entry and to avoid any confusion.  If you absolutely cannot figure out how to do a screen shot or send an image, then forward your receipt to me at sparklinghoardgiveaways@gmail.com .

2.  You must state what country you live in when filling out the Rafflecopter form.

3.  If you fail to properly complete all parts of the Rafflecopter form, you will be disqualified.  If you are found to have lied about your donation, you will be disqualified.

4.  This giveaway is open to both US and international readers (except Italy)!  The prize will ship directly from Indigo Bananas, so if you live in a really strange place and are unsure if Indigo Bananas will ship to you, contact the brand directly.

5.  You are NOT required to follow/Like/etc The Sparkling Hoard/Indigo Bananas (though it's certainly appreciated if you decide to do so).  

6.  Any questions, please e-mail me at sparklinghoardgiveaways@gmail.com .

7.  Giveaway starts now and ends at 12am Eastern on September 15, 2013

8.  ANY amount is fine.  Even if you can only afford to give $1.  You also do NOT have to tell me how much you donated.  You can edit out that information or send a strategically cropped screen shot.  It's fine and I will not judge you for it!  I just want to see people donate something...anything.  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please donate.  Please spread the word.

Learn more about Ronan's story here, here, and here

I am not associated with The Ronan Thompson Foundation.  I am not associated with Taylor Swift.  I am not associated with the Thompson family.  All products used purchased by me.  Prize donated by Indigo Bananas.  



Sunday, September 1, 2013

It's September

Hey everyone!  I just wanted to give you all a heads-up regarding what's going to be happening on the blog this month.  As you can see, there has been a small makeover as far as the blog's color scheme goes!  The Sparkling Hoard is going GOLD for childhood cancer awareness month.  The first post for this month was supposed to be a really big post with nail art and giveaway details, but it's going to be delayed for a couple of days.  It's probably for the best, anyway, since I know a lot of people are away on vacation right now.

This month, I will be doing two giveaways.  However, the way you enter is going to be a bit different, so I figured I would give everyone a heads-up so you will all have time to prepare.  You are going to have to provide proof (screen shot of your receipt) of having donated to each giveaway's designated charity in order to enter.


  • For the first giveaway (international entries welcome), the prize will be a special polish from Indigo Bananas, and you will have to donate to the Ronan Thompson Foundation in order to enter.  This giveaway will run during the first half of the month.  Details to follow, please do not send me your entry proof yet.

  • For the second giveaway (US-only), the prize will be a bottle of Enchanted Polish "A Little Fishy Told Me," and you will have to donate to BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation in order to enter.  This giveaway will run during the second half of the month.  Details to follow, please do not send me your entry proof yet.


So if you have the money now and you choose to make your donations ahead of time, just make sure you keep your e-mail receipts until the giveaways open!  

If you are unable to participate in the giveaways, but you still want to make a difference in the life of a child with cancer, please consider sending a gift, letter, or card to 10-year-old Jayson Brown.  Jayson's battle with Neuroblastoma is coming to an end and his family has been told that he has very little time left (so please, if you want to send him something, do so now).  While Jayson is very much aware of what is happening to him, please do NOT mention death or dying if you send something to him.  He loves getting mail, and his family wants all the cards and gifts to be happy and uplifting.  Send all mail to:

Jayson Brown
Care of: Victor Valley News
PO Box 2160 
Victorville, CA 
92393


I think that's about all I needed to say for now.  Please spread the word that September is childhood cancer awareness month!  The Facebook page for the Ronan Thompson Foundation has some excellent info and suggestions for how you can spread awareness and make a difference, so be sure to check them out if you're looking for ways to help!.

I am not affiliated with the Ronan Thompson Foundation, BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, or Jayson Brown.