Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Silver & Gold Snowflake Nail Art

Reminder:  I'm a part of two giveaways!  Check out the "Just A Little Something" Giveaway and the Hobby Polish Bloggers Winter Giveaway!

Also:  Welcome, new readers!
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I haven't done nail art in a while (been feeling a bit down), but today I decided to ease back into it with a simple snowflake design.  What made it so simple and easy?  Homemade sticker stencils!

Colors used:  Cult Nails Nevermore, Jesse's Girl Textured Nail Colors in Gift of Gold and Silver Bells

Sparkly!

I am so in love with how this came out!  If traditional red and green Christmas colors are too loud for you, silver and gold is a great alternative.  I also think this is a great mani for New Year's Eve.  I find that the black background helps turn a cute shape design into something classy!

Tutorial:



  1. I used some smiley face stickers and a snowflake punch (Recollections brand, purchased at Michael's) to create the sticker stencils.  You can cut your sticker stencil into two pieces to create two partial snowflake sticker stencils for the edges of your nails
  2. Paint your nails black (I used Cult Nails Nevermore) and add a fast-drying top coat (I used Seche Vite).
  3. Allow nails to dry completely (I think I waited an hour).
  4. Apply a stencil, making sure that it is adhered to the nail.  I recommend applying them in a random pattern, with partial snowflakes at the edges of your nails. 
  5. Fill in your shape using a polish that will be opaque in one coat.  I used the Jesse's Girl Textured Nail Colors in Gift of Gold and Silver Bells.
  6. Immediately after applying the polish, carefully remove the sticker stencil.  If your polish goes "out of bounds", you can try erasing the mistake with a tiny paint brush and acetone, but you will probably need to paint over it.  To paint over it, mix your base color with some polish thinner on a palette and paint over your mistake with a tiny brush.
  7. I chose not to add more top coat because I liked the texture, but if you used regular polish or don't want to feel your textured polish, you can add top coat.

You could also freehand your snowflakes (non-textured polish is probably a better choice if you freehand your design) if you can't make a stencil.  If you can handle making lines and/or dots, you should be able to make snowflakes easily :-) .

All products used were purchased by me

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hobby Polish Bloggers Winter Giveaway

Hey guys!  So in addition to the "Just A Little Something" giveaway, I'm also a part of the Hobby Polish Bloggers Winter Giveaway!

Image credit and credit for all text found below belongs to Krystal from PolishGalore.
Thanks for organizing the giveaway, Krystal!

To enter, please allow the Rafflecopter widget to load below. All Terms and Conditions may also be found in the widget. Please visit the following Hobby Polish Bloggers members who are bringing this to you! You may enter using Rafflecopter from any of the below blogs but your entry will only count one time. You may, however, tweet about the giveaway (the last option) once a day for the duration of the giveaway.


Hobby Polish Bloggers
A far from perfect mom
Be Happy and Buy Polish
FashionFooting
I Feel Polished
Imperfectly Painted
Jen Likes Polish (and some other things)
KellieGonzo.com
Love. Varnish, chocolate and more...
Lucy's Stash
Lustrous Lacquer
MandysSecrets
manicure addict
Pamper with Polish
Polarbelle
polish insomniac
Polish Obsession
Polished and Glittered
PolishGalore
PolishNV
pretty tough nails
Refined & Polished
The Dalai Lama's Nails
The Mercurial Magpie
The Sparkling Hoard
TrailerHood Chic

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Friday, December 13, 2013

"Just A Little Something" Holiday Giveaway!

Hey folks!  A couple of friends and I decided to put together some prize packs for a giveaway, just a little something to spread the holiday cheer!

Prize Pack 1 (The Sparkling Hoard)


The prize:  OPI Skip The Gift Wrap, OPI Last Minute Shopper, Finger Paints Colorful Collage, Indigo Bananas Peppermint Cuticle Balm

Shipping to:  US only

Prize Pack 2 (ALIQUID Lacquer/ALIQUID)



The prize:  ALIQUID Lacquer Quiet Night In and ALIQUID Lacquer vanilla-scented lip balm

Shipping to:  USA and international (except UK)

Prize Pack 3 (Painted Sabotage)


The prize:  Painted Sabotage Ice Flowers, Painted Sabotage Holiday Cheer, and Painted Sabotage Gettin' Eggy With It

Shipping to:  USA and international (anywhere)

Prize Pack 4 (Royal Milk Tea)


The prize:  Finger Paints Sparkle In the Sky, OPI Peace Love & OPI, and Finger Paints Winter Chill 
Shipping to:  USA

The Rules
  • Must be 18 or older.
  • Open to US and international entries.
  • You MUST answer the question regarding your country of residence so that prize packs may be assigned properly
  • Winning entries will be verified.  If your entry is not found to be valid, you will be disqualified.
  • Giveaway will run from now until 12am Eastern on December 24, 2013.  Winners will be notified via e-mail and must respond by December 30, 2013.
Please enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Good luck!

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All prizes purchased or made by the parties involved

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Dollish Polish: Organic Cuticle Balm

Well guys, it has gotten pretty chilly out there and you know what that means....dry skin and cuticle problems!  Sad times, my friends, sad times.  I absolutely must keep my skin hydrated for medical reasons (dry skin can crack, leaving me vulnerable to infection), so I've become a little obsessed with cuticle balms and oils.

Ingredients:  100% organic beeswax, 100% organic shea butter, 100% organic cocoa butter, coconut oil, apricot oil, hemp seed oil, fragrance essential oils


Dollish Polish Organic Cuticle Balm is a soft balm that melts easily.  I like that it melts easily because that makes it easier to apply, but the downside of this is that you have to be careful about where you store it (I definitely wouldn't put it in your pocket!).  I like to keep this by my bedside, personally.  This balm is sort of on the oily side and feels very deeply nourishing, so I like to put it on before bed so it can sink in and heal my hands all night.  I feel that it has had a very positive effect on my hands, cuticles, and nails!

My only real problem with this balm is the smell.  Unfortunately, the nice, soft cocoa butter that gives this balm the texture I enjoy also gives it a smell that I dislike.  It's a slightly chocolatey smell, and I just don't like most chocolatey smells.  Dollish Polish suggested that I get a balm with a strong fragrance and despite selecting one (Summer Watermelon), I can still smell the cocoa butter.  I think the smell might be better hidden in the Scrumptious Cupcake and Grannie's Banana Nut Bread scents.  I realize that the scent issue is unavoidable and largely my own little quirk, but I figured I should mention it in case any of you have the same quirk!

Dollish Polish Cuticle Balm costs $5.99 for 0.5 oz and comes in twelve scents.  You can purchase is from Dollish Polish's website.  To stay up-to-date with the latest Dollish Polish news, Like the brand's Facebook page!

Product purchased by me

Friday, December 6, 2013

Aliquid Lacquer: Carrot Cake, Make A Wish, Quiet Night In, and Lip Balm

Products received for review

Hey folks!  I've got some interesting stuff from a brand new indie today!  Let's give a warm welcome to Aliquid Lacquer!

Carrot Cake features an orange jelly base filled with green circle glitter, tiny orange glitter, and two sizes of white glitter.  The circle glitters have a tendency to want to stick to each other and stack up like coins (this is a fairly common occurrence with circle glitter), but overall, this polish applied quite nicely.  It's a very unusual color combination, but it actually looks quite nice on the nail.  I think it would be especially appropriate for Easter!  Dry time was average, and two coats are needed for full opacity.


Aliquid describes Make A Wish as "A dreamy blue-grey creme with lots of small red and copper flecks, green/gold flecks, and some blue flecks that wink at you in the light, plus a green-to-red shifting shimmer" (yes, it's so complex that I'm not even going to try to describe it on my own, haha).  The formula on this was lovely and it almost could have been a one-coater.  Dry time was average.

In sun

In shade

Quiet Night In is a dark purple jelly filled with multicolored flecks.  The first coat goes on patchy (not sure if this is due to the formula, or the small brush on the mini bottles), but the second coat evens everything out.  This is a very classy color!  Dry time was average.

It was opaque in person, but the sun was hitting my nails in a way that made it look patchy

I was also sent a tube of Aliquid's lip balm.  This balm is lightly vanilla-scented and unflavored. I've been using it for a few days, and it does seem to work nicely.  I found it to be non-greasy and on the more firm and waxy side of the spectrum (I imagine this means that it's less likely to melt in your pocket than softer balms).  If you're already buying polish from Aliquid, you might as well buy the balm, too.  You can never have too much lip balm during the winter!

Ingredients:  mango butter, beeswax, apricot kernel oil, olive oil, vanilla fragrance


Overall, this was a unique and well-executed first showing for this new indie brand!  To buy, visit the brand's Etsy shop.  Full size (15mL) polishes cost $9, minis (5mL) cost $4, and the lip balm (4 grams) costs $2.  You can use the coupon code PARTYTIME (expires December 8th) to get 10% off your order!  To stay up-to-date with the latest news from Aliquid Lacquer, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Products received for review

Monday, December 2, 2013

Painted Sabotage: Zaphod's Ego

Product received for review

Hi guys!  I hope all my American readers had a good Thanksgiving!  I am, of course, thankful for everyone who visits my blog.  I am also thankful for all the fabulous Black Friday sales!  I don't go out in the crowds, so I love that I can buy discounted indie polishes from the comfort of home.

Today, I have another Painted Sabotage polish for you.  Zaphod's Edo features a dark gold shimmer base filled with purple and gold glitters in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Some of the glitter is holographic, so this polish really sparkles!  As is typical for Painted Sabotage's polishes, the formula was amazing and the glitter spread evenly and easily across the nail.  Dry time was average.  2-3 coats are needed to reach full opacity.

In sun

In shade

Blurry to show sparkle

Painted Sabotage polishes cost $9.75 for 15mL and can be purchased on the brand's Etsy page.  To stay up-to-date with the latest Painted Sabotage news, Like the brand's Facebook page.

Product received for review