Saturday, December 31, 2011

My first international swap...Essence Vampire's Love LE

So, Shannara and I were both swap "virgins" until recently. :-) We started planning our swap sometime in October,when I asked if she would pick up the Vampire's LE polishes for me. I have been all into the vampire lore for some time now.I've read just about every Anne Rice novel that's ever been published,I loved the Dark Shadows soap opera from the 1990's(?) I put a question mark next to that,because I can't exactly recall what the exact time frame that show was,but it was really amazing to tune in every week and watch Barnabas Collins,played by Ben Cross,and all of the other neat people in the cast of that show. I sometimes watch the reruns when there's a marathon on cable. I won't go into ALL of the Vampire stuff I love,or maybe I will. I absolutely loved the movies "Underworld" and all of the sequels with Kate Beckingsdale,and I also really liked REsident Evil,even though it wasn't a vampire tale. What else vampire can I mention in this post? Oh,well,who can forget Buffy the Vampire Slayer and her pal Angel? Which brings me to share you the pics of the polishes Shannara sent me.

First the cute little Christmas card she sent! I love bunny rabbits!

A craptastic photo of some of the polishes.Just not getting good lighting in here tonight. But from the top,there is Essence Nail Art Cracking top coat in Crack me! Blue. I don't have crackle this color. To the right of that is an Essence Colour and Go in Make it Golden,a glitter. The one next to that is Time for Romance,a burgundy glitter with large glitter and what appears to be tiny holo glitter mixed in.

On the bottom row are the Vampire's Love nail polishes,True Love,Into the Dark,Gold Old Buffy,The Dawn is Broken,and Hunt Me if You Can.

Also not pictured are two more Colour and Go polishes in Space Queen and another one called Hard to Resist,which is a navy shimmer. I couldn't get those two polishes to stand up on top of the others the way the other three did.

I want to thank Shannara very much for swapping with me. She is a great swap buddy! For first time swappers I think we both did really well,especially for her,since she sent me a few more polishes than I sent her.

Please do go and check out her blog Nails and Stuff She does some of the most beautiful nail art I have ever seen,and her nails are oh so gorgeous! I have a nail crush besides,lol!

Friday, December 30, 2011

My Top Ten Manis of 2011

Well,it's almost over ladies! I am so glad we are finally heading into the new year! With that in mind I am going to show you my top favorite manis of 2011! They are not really in any particular order of favor,so much as the order in which I posted them,from near the beginning of my blog until now.

This has got to me my most favorite of all,because I had such incredible good luck with the Konad treatment.It came out so well. This was a couple of coats of Zoya Buffy as a base,with Konad special polish Dark Orange. I don't remember what plate I used.


Next is my namesake from Zoya Natalie.


Number 3 is Zoya Uma 

Fourth in line is Color Club Fashion Addict.


Fifth is China Glaze Laser Lime from the Tronica collection


In sixth place I have China Glaze Techno Teal.


Seventh is SinfulColors Let's Talk



Number eight is Wet n' Wild Jungle Fever from the On the Prowl collection.


Number nine is Kleancolor Metallic Purple


And finally number 10 is Dr's Remedy Ruby Red


I hope you enjoyed a reposting of some of my best manis of this year.

I probably will not resume nail related posts until January 2nd, of course, this is subject to change without notice,as I am a woman,and so is our nature. LOL!

I am wishing all of you a very safe weekend,and as we say here in Texas, Felicidades y Prospero Ano Nuevo! ( Happy Holidays and a prosperous new year!)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

GFC vs. Bloglovin'

Good afternoon lovely followers!

I wanted to help clarify some things about the post I made here yesterday .

A few days ago I read on The Crumpet this post . When I first read it,I was thinking " Oh,god,not another website that I have to sign in to and create a new account on." I already have so many different accounts,Twitter,Facebook,IntenseDebate,Disqus,to name a few.So tired of having to log in and remember all my passwords.Half the time,I can't remember them all. So anyway,I blew it off at that point.

A day after that, I read a similar post on Nails Adored, whose blog is not on Blogger. She will lose alot of her followers,because GFC will not be allowed unless you're blog is on Blogger,and her blog is NOT on blogger.

If you read both of their posts,it will give you a more clear explanation than I can.

Basically, I would not want to lose my followers,due to this inconvenience.Plus there are alot of advantages to being on Bloglovin',adding your blog to it,since there are alot of other nice blogs to read,and more opportunities for other people to follow you,who cannot follow you through GFC.

So anyway,I just wanted to clarify why I added my blog to Bloglovin. I didn't tell you all the details yesterday,because basically I was too tired to go through all of the malarkey of having to write this post.

I hope this helps clarify any confusion.

Thanks for reading ladies,I hope you all have a great day today,and have a safe New Year's weekend!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I hate change...

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My Julep Box arrived!

I completely forgot which Maven profile I had picked,so it was a total surprise to see what I received in my one penny box! It turned out I picked Boho Glam! Here are some pics!

Here is the red box it came in.Inside is a white paper bag with red snowflakes all over it! Very festive!


What I received: Julep "Facial for Hands" Glycolic Hand Scrub 
                          Boris & Nicole: an autumn red-brown nail laquer (I don't know why I think this should have been named "Boris and Natasha")
                          Selena a delicate,creamy mossy green
                          Glitter Pot for nails little pink iridescent stars that flash to yellow for nail art!

I also received a sample packet of Age Defying Hand Brightener and a packet of SPF 30 Hand Cream

I am looking forward to trying out both of the nail colors! I love a good red-brown,and the green laquer looks absolutely fabulous. The little bottles look so dainty! I am sucker for pretty packaging! :-)

Before I go,I am going to take the opportunity to plug Julep again,with my referral link http://julep.com/?r=14668082

Take care ladies! <3

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

SinfulColors Holiday 2011 Swatches and Review

I'm back,at least for a bit,with swatches of the SinfulColors Holiday selection. These polishes are super inexpensive and can be found at your local Walgreens for only $1.99 each.

First up is Midnight Blue,a bold bright twist on navy. 

This is a really nice blue shimmer.I found the application was very smooth,and covered very easily in two coats. 

The second one I have for you is Last Chance,an emerald creme  with depth and allure. 

This one also had easy application. It covered in one coat,but I did two for good measure. It was a little hard to capture on film,because it kept wanting to show up black on my camera. 

Next is Out of This World,a perfect silver with swirls of glimmer. 

I found this one to also have easy application.It was still sheer after two coats,but I didn't mind the little bit of VNL. This has to be one of my favorites of the bunch. It's a very snowy silver.I couldn't stop staring at my nails,while wearing it! 

Next is Daddy's Girl,a deep purple jelly with a drizzle of shimmer and glitter. 

Easy application as well.It went on sheerly at first,but after three coats it was opaque.The neat thing about this one is that with each coat,I kept staring at the glitter bits in the polish.It's just too pretty to capture it's full beauty.With purple being my all time favorite color,this was easily another one of my faves of the bunch,and the glitter kicked it  up a notch or two! 

Next is one of the art brushes that came with this set,it's called Flower Girl, a bronzy gold with tons of sparkle. It's not meant to be worn as a polish but here it is fully swatched.

I suppose you could wear it as a polish,as the glitter is very dense. 

Lastly I have Sugar Sugar ,a candy cane red hot tint.

This one I wore as my holiday mani,with the gold art brush,however I didn't get any photos of me actually wearing it.It's a gorgeous red shimmer,perfect for the holiday! Here you also see SinfulColors Fashionista, 
a glitter laden pewter,swatched in one thick stripe over the red.Fashionista is a silver glitter in a clear base.I found it difficult to make it opaque.It was not as densely packed as Flower Girl. 

In conclusion, I believe there are some nice colors in this Holiday collection,however,I know at least two of these are re-promotes,such as Daddy's Girl and Last Chance.I hadn't ever heard of the other three polishes,as I do not own alot of SinfulColors brand. I do believe they have a very nice formula,for a drugstore brand polish,and with a price point of $1.99 each,I don't believe these can be beat. I do want to mention though,that it would be nice if Sinful Colors would make more NEW COLORS. I do know that there were a few new colors that came out last year with Sinful Adventure Island,which was near dupe collection in response to OPI's Stranger Tides collection. There have also been a couple of new colors introduced into the line sporadically like Winterberry  and Unicorn.Those are just a few that I know of. 

I think all of us would like to see the new SinfulColors collections released with ALL NEW  colors,instead of constantly re-promoting the shades in their core line. I feel like I may be on the verge of a lecture here,so I will leave it at that :-) 



Products in this post were generously provided for review.(Thank you!) 

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Have you tried the Julep Maven program yet?

hello beautiful ladies,and Happy Holidays to everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to share some very important information with you. Some of you probably already know about Julep Maven and it's benefits,however,some of my new readers may not know,and so I would like to take this time to let you know that the first 1000 referred Mavens will get their introductory box of Julep Nail polish for just a penny! Just a penny! You cannot go wrong with this!

When I first heard about Julep I was very skeptical,and did not go along with the rest of my friends,when they ordered their boxes.The deal then was $40-60 worth of products for $19.99

Now you can TRY the program for only one penny! You take the style quiz,to see which Maven you are.You might be a Boho Glam,an American Beauty or a Classic with a Twist. Whichever one you are,Julep will send your customized box for only a penny!

here is my referral link if you would like to try it http://julep.com/?r=14668082

So try it for a penny! I did,and am eagerly looking forward to my first package in the mail!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

new blogs 12/20/11

Just a quick note. My last real nail polish post was at the end of November. On December 3rd,I started taking something called Nature's Bounty Collagen, for hair,nails,and skin,it was B1G1 free at CVS that weekend,so I am still taking it, and some Biotin,along with my usually daily vitamin, and have been pampering my nails when I can.I don't think I am going to continue wearing glue-on nails anymore. Here is a picture I posted on Twitter over a week ago,

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Anyway,thank god,thumbs don't ever show up in my swatches,LOL!

I still have swatches of the SinfulColors to do,and I will hopefully be getting those up soon. Meanwhile I wanted to share with you some new blogs I've found recently. Check them out,and if you like give them a follow.

Polish & Diamonds

My Nail Obsession

At the Pink of Perfection

gussied

Football and Fingernails

Smile through it all

I need nail polish rehab

formspring.me

Ask me about my nail polish stash, my cats, my adorable husband! http://formspring.me/glazedtalons

Sunday, December 18, 2011

OPI Muppets Collection Giveaway from Polished and Frosted!


OPI Muppets Collection Giveaway 


This giveaway is open to US only. You can enter until the start of the new year eastern time.Tweet every day to earn extra entries, click here  to enter!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

jULEP mAVEN FOR 1 CENT!

I did! Wow! I just found this out from my friend Jeanie of Midnight Manicures on Facebook. I told her "Julep had me at 1 cent!"

I forgot to share the code for .01 cent is SHAREON

Here is my referral link,if you would like to take advantage of this special offer http://www.julep.com/?r=14668082

Sharing is caring <3

Become a Julep Maven for .01 Cent!

I did! Wow! I just found this out from my friend Jeanie of Midnight Manicures on Facebook. I told her "Julep had me at 1 cent!"

Here is my referral link,if you would like to take advantage of this special offer http://www.julep.com/?r=14668082

Sharing is caring <3

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Bloggers Roundup! 12/12/11

So,time for another edition of new bloggers! I've decided to change it up a bit,and include ladies I'm finding on twitter too,even if they don't have nail blogs. A couple may be beauty bloggers,I am having a hard time keeping track,so if you see one you like,give them a follow!

It's Not My Life Anymore

Nails, Actually

365 Days of Color

@sandra8000

Polished Criminails  (don't say I told you,but when they reach 100 followers there will be  a giveaway{shhh})

Sweatpea's Closet

I need nail polish rehab.

@PolishForever21

And that's it for now.If you know of any new blogs or have a new blog,let me know in the comment section,and I will add you to next week's roundup.

The Nail Polish Tag

this is a fun one! I was tagged by Meredith of Polish and Charms for this super fun tag!


 Here are the rules
1.  Answer 10 questions
2.  Pass this tag to 5 bloggers
3.  Make sure that the bloggers you tagged know about this.

Here are the questions:
1. How many polishes do you have?

A little under 300 at last count.

2. What is your favorite brand of nail polish?

I would have to say China Glaze and Orly.

3. Do you like crackle nail polish, or do you hate it?
 
I love all the crackle nail polish I own,and hope to acquire more in the new year,lol! 

4. What is your first nail polish brand?

The first I can remember would probably be L'Oreal.
 
5. If you're going to have a nail polish line, what are you gonna name it?

I can't tell you that.It's top secret.
6. What nail polish color does not compliment you?

Yellow 

7. What color does compliment you?

Surprisingly blue,considering there was a long period where I never liked that color nail polish.

8. Name two of your best nail art friends.
    
I would have to say Diana of Painted Lady Fingers and Dollface of A Day in The Life of Dollface

9. What was the best nail polish gift you have ever received? 
  
I don't think I've ever received nail polish as a gift! 

10. Make a speech about thanking the blogger who tagged you.

A big,big thank you goes to Meredith of Polish and Charms who was so very kind to tag me with this fun tag! Thank you,Meredith.


The five bloggers I am tagging are:




Tuesday, December 6, 2011

SinfulColors Holiday 2011-WISH

SINFULCOLORS HOLIDAY 2011 - WISH  

Bells are jingling, snow is glistening and merry tunes abound: It's the season of shimmer (aka: the holidays) and glamour, of course. And your nails deserve a little gift and loving too. Welcome the SinfulColorsholiday 2011 collection, Wish, which delights and excites. The collection takes classic colors - like red, green, silver and blue - and kicks them up a notch to be fashion-forward and festive to ring in 2012.

The complete SinfulColors Wish collection for holiday 2011 includes:

Five gem-inspired shades of polish:
SUGAR SUGAR: a candy cane, red-hot tint
MIDNIGHT BLUE: a bold, bright twist on navy
LAST CHANCE: an emerald with depth and allure
DADDY'S GIRL: a deep purple with a drizzle of shimmer and glitter
OUT OF THIS WORLD: a perfect silver with swirls of glimmer

Two metallic shades of nail art:
FLOWER GIRL: a bronzy gold with tons of sparkle
FASHIONISTA: a glitter-laden pewter

SinfulColors Holiday 2011 

SinfulColors surpasses the masses with more than 150 amazing shades of nail polish, including the above-mentioned shades. All hues are available for $1.99 at major drug and mass-market stores nationwide, by calling 1-800-448-0763 or online at www.walgreens.com.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sirena Sparklestar's Dare To Wear Crack-m-up Nail Polish Giveaway

Here is the link to enter by Dec 31st if you would like to win http://www.sirenasparklestar.com/2011/12/dare-to-wear-crack-m-up-nail-polish.html

Sharing the love 12/5

I haven't blogged in about a week now.I have no nails to blog with,except for my glue-ons,and I am seriously thinking of giving them up,because they are not really helping me grow my nails out.I am trying Seche Rebuild,another nail treatment,to see if this might help my nail recovery.

I will still continue to post. Meanwhile,I want to reach out to some new bloggers that I've found.Some of them may not necessarily be brand new,but they are new to me.

Here they are:

See Sarah Swatch

Sasssysweeet Nail Design

I heart nail art

BASE COAT TOP COAT

Turtlechick's Nails N Tales

Nail Art of Passion


I also want to reach out to all of my readers and followers,both here,on Twitter,and Facebook.I appreciate your support so much.That being said,I had been planning a giveaway at the end of November,but I've decided that with all of the holiday distractions I've been experiencing,that I will not be hosting a giveaway until sometime after Christmas.

Other than that,thank you all so much for reading my blog,and taking the time to comment.It means so much to me. And keep on doing what you're doing too!