Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Elle-Hime: My Great Engagement Giveaway!

Rochelle got engaged recently and has a celebratory giveaway up for her engagement. Here is a pic of the polishes to be won.


This giveaway is open internationally,and ends on March 10th,2012. Click here to enter! 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Polish Lover My First Giveaway

Polish Lover is giving away some polish and nail art.You can enter here It is international.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Weekly Update for Ask Cosmetics and my bare naked nails!

hello dear readers,and a Happy Friday to you all!
Well here we are, I took these follow up photos yesterday,but waited until today to upload them.And I have a bonus photo of one of my thumbs from Dec 11th,2011,which will show you pretty clearly the damage it suffered,and also in this post you will see how far along that thumbnail has come,as I actually was able to get photos of my thumbs included in this post.Yay!


My poor left-handed thumb,pictured on Dec 11th,a pic that I had uploaded to twitter,while I was chatting with some of my twitter buddies,about taking Collagen for the nails.There had been a special of B1G1 free at CVS of Collagen for Hair,Nails,and Bones,so I took advantage of it.

And here you see my thumb today.I attribute all the healing to this nail to the T.I.P.S nail conditioner,and of course to my body's own natural defense mechanisms. The collagen didn't do alot except grow the nail,only when it did grow it,that awkward configuration you see in pic 2,is basically what I got from using the collagen,growth,jagged but no repair. I wound up  cutting off all of the offensive growth,and here are the makings of a beautiful thumbnail,if I dare say so myself!

this is the same hand,left hand. After another week of T.I.P.S. nail treatment.


Right hand after another week of conditioning! And a another bonus shot of the right hand thumbnail.

I was very surprised this week,because there was alot of recession of the cuticle on this thumbnail. If you were to see full on frontal,like I have this week,you would be amazed and repulsed at the same time.The reason I say repulsed,is because when I noticed the cuticle had receded,my thumbnail looked at least 1/8 of an inch wider than it normally would.I wasn't really going for wider,but to this I would say,"whatever,Mother Nature." You in your ultimate wisdom decided my thumbnail should look like a double-wide trailer,rather than a long beautiful thumbnail.We will continue to plea with Mother Nature and her mercy,and also continue the treatments as prescribed,and remember that "Rome wasn't built in a day!"

Thank you so much for reading.

I also want to thank all of the lovely ladies who contributed their guest posts these past couple of weeks.I really enjoyed them.

Friday's featured blogger

Hello Everyone!

Before I start,I just want to thank Thalie for letting me do a guest post while she is in nail rehab,and I hope it's a quick recovery!

Today I have a rainbow for you!


To get this I started out at the base of my nail and did a swipe of red and before it dried I took my orange and swiped that partially mixed with the red and partially on it's own.I continued doing this all the way to the tip of my nail,one nail at a time.I wanted the polishes to blend a little before they dried to create a sort of tye dye effect.The colors I used were from left to right: China Glaze Vermillion,Sephora by OPI Caliente  Coral, Ardene's Chickita,Sally Hansen's Green With Envy,and Sally Hansen's Blue Me Away. 






It's so bright and fun! Although it completely reminded me of a rainbow I might have painted when I was 5.So the next day I decided to put a twist on it!


I used OPI's Black Shatter on my thumb and pinky and placed small dots of Shatter on my ring finger.I used a nail art brush and Wet n' Wild's Black Creme to draw random lines on my index finger and finally used a striper to create a zig zag pattern on my middle finger.




I love how just adding a bit of black to the rainbow,calms it down and it still looks pretty cool if I do say so myself! What do you guys think? Would you wear this rainbow? Or is it too bright for you? 

Again,thanks to Thalie for having me. 


Note: Click here to visit Stephanie's blog which is called Sincerely Stephanie


Wednesday, February 22, 2012

And our next featured blogger is....

Hello everyone! I hope you are having a good day. My name is Gina from Polish Nation. I would like to thank Thalie for being so generous and letting me do this guest post on her blog. 

Today I have a layering mani which I think came out quite well. I love the color combinations and I hope you do too! I started it off with Your Hut or Mine by Essie. This polish went on well and I have nothing bad to say about it! It has a slight silver shimmer in it and is just gorgeous. Check out a swatch of it alone  here. Next I layered on another Essie, Shine of the Times. Let's just say this polish never disappoints. I have done another mani with Shine of the Times and you can check that out on my blog for a review. For the finishing touch I created little flowers at the bottom of my nails with a dotting tool. The white was Whirlwind White by Sally Hanson Insta-Dri and the middle of the flowers was Bring on the Bling by OPI which you can see swatched here




Thank you so much again Thalie for giving me the chance to be featured on your blog and thank you followers for checking out my nails! I hope you like them!
Gina

Monday, February 20, 2012

In the life of a MILF 200 and counting giveaway!

Neeka is celebrating reaching 200 followers by giving away an Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV.This giveaway is open internationally and ends 2/27th.

Click here to enter!

Guest Post brought to you by @MissMeganails!

FingerPaints Yule Be Merry with Color Club Covered In Diamonds

I am so excited to be doing my first guest post! Thalie  was nice enough to have me while she undergoes nail rehab, good luck to her!

 Today I have a really awesome polish to showcase today, Color Club Covered In Diamonds. This polish is a iridescent flakie like fleck in a clear jelly base. I say they are flakie like because flakies are delicate and these, well, are not. This polish is actually kind of a mess to apply but totally worth it! I absolutely love the effect over today's base color, Yule Be Merry by FingerPaints. This is from their holiday 2011 collection. It doesn't strike me as a holiday color but thats completely ok with me! Its a beautiful hot pink with a hint of shimmer.

For this manicure I layered one coat of Covered In Diamonds over three coats Yule Be Merry. The finished product was not completely smooth with one coat of seche vite which is ok with me, but if your a smooth type of chick ;) you might do a second coat. On to the pictures!

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thank you so much, MissMeganails for this oh so lovely layering combo!

To my readers,you may  visit MissMeganails' blog called  Let There Be Laquer . Be sure and pay her a visit,as you can see she does some awesome NOTD's!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Sun-Dried Lacquer: It's Giveaway Time

Sun-Dried Lacquer is giving away a pink Icing Magnetic polish. Click http://sun-driedlacquer.blogspot.com/2012/02/its-giveaway-time_10.html to enter. It ends Feb 17th.

Ask Cosmetics Ultimate Bare Naked Nail Challenge Week 1

Hello my dear readers,

I have today an update on my progress with the T.I.P.S nail conditioner by Ask Cosmetics,Inc.

First of all,this is the photo that I sent Lisa,when she made the request for ladies who were up for the challenge.




these are my nails on February 10th,when I received my kit.

















This is a photo of my right hand nails , after using  the T.I.P.S. nail conditioner for one week. In this photo,you can see I had just done a treatment.

I've been applying it at least twice a day,and on days of heavy housework like laundry or dish-washing,which is most everyday, I apply a third application.

Lisa told me via email that the winter time is particularly rough on the nails and that a third application would be beneficial.


As far as the cuticle "receding",I don't really notice it in this photo,however,when I look down at my nails from a side view,I notice they do look somehow different.











this is my left hand nails. I wish I could show you my thumbs. They are the worst. And for me, somewhat difficult to photograph.I am not shy about showing them to you,it's just that the camera doesn't seem to like them,lol!






And this is my left hand today after one week of treatment with the T.I.P.S nail conditioner. I have other thoughts to share with you,random ramblings that ran through my mind for the first week. I would rather keep this post without rambles,however, if you are interested you can see some of my deeper and darker thoughts on this page which is entitled Diary of the Madly Unpolished.

Some of you have mentioned that it would drive you insane to go without polish for so long,so I thought I would share those thoughts on that page. I hope you will check it out.You may find it truly entertaining :-)

Guest Post from Lost Girl's Notes

Hello everyone!

First, I would like to thank Thalie for letting me do the guest blog post.

Second, I’m excited to see the progress and results of Ultimate bare Naked Nail Challenge. I was thinking about participating in this challenge, but the idea of not painting my nails for 3 months scares me.

Today’s mani is inspired by Spring YSL collection with more colorful interpretation of the French manicure.  
I used ULTA Moody Blues and Sephora by OPI Ocean Love Potion.









What do you think? Would you wear it to work or to the party?


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Guest Post from MariJo of Polish Obsession

Hi everyone!!  I’m Marisa from Polish Obsession and I’m so grateful to Thalie for this opportunity to be able to do a guest post on her blog.  
When trying to come up with something for this post, I thought of a layering combo with two of my favorite polishes, Revlon Lily and Whimsical.  I love to layer and figured this would be a beautiful combination.
For these pictures, I used 2 coats of Lily and 2 coats of Whimsical with no top coat.



Artificial Light 

Sunlight 


Sunlight
I really like this combo! Lily is a gorgeous pastel purple from Revlon’s Top Speed line.  Whimsical is a sheer blue polish with blue and pink hexagon glitter and blue microshimmer.  Two awesome Revlons to make one beautiful mani ;0).  I hope you guys like this as much as I do.
Thanks for reading and thanks again Thalie for having me ;0).

The Lacquered Nail Blog Kickoff Giveaway!

The Lacquered Nail is having a kickoff giveaway for her blog. The giveaway is open internationally and will end on Feb 18th,2012 Up for grabs are these beautiful nail polish jewelries,and a bottle of Barielle's Elle's Spell nail polish. There will also be a 25% off coupon to use at Fizzy Kat Creations Etsy store.
Click here to enter and hurry because it ends soon! :-)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Guest Post from Summer and Alexis of GROUPIE GLAM blog



"Hi everyone! My name is Summer and I write for a http://www.groupieglam.com. I was so excited when I found out that we were going to be guest posting on this blog because it was one of the first nail blogs I found when I was first starting this whole obsession hahah.
Our blog is more than just nail polish, as we post makeup looks/tutorials as well. Alexis, who co writes the blog with me, came up with an awesome eye shadow look to go with the mani I did! We chose the theme animal print because... well... who doesn't love animal print? Anyway! the tan and brown polish I used are both from the boho collection from color club, and the black is WnW black creme. Hope you like it!"

Thank you for this oppurtunity!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Guest Post: Heart Nail Art from Only Always Soccermom!

HI!! My name is Arielle. My blog is called Only Always Soccermom and I usually blog about either nails or making cards. Thanks Thalie for letting me do a guest post. I did a little Valentine themed mani for you all.

I started with a base called Cotton Candy by Revlon. Then I added a shape like the top of a heart in Loreal's Violet Vixen. Last I did another layer of the same shape with OPI's Pepe's Purple Passion.









I really like this combo together and I got a heart vibe from it. I topped it all off with some glitter because I just LOVE me some glitter. I used Orly Shine On Crazy Diamond. I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest mani!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Super Freakin' Awesome Giveaway!

Lacquer Me Silly is having a super freakin' awesome giveaway that will run through February 26th. Here is a pic of the goodies!

                                              Open to U.S. residents only click here to enter!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Let's get naked (Before photos)

hello dear readers!


I received the products from Ask Cosmetics for the Ultimate Bare Naked Nail Challenge.



This is called the Incredible Protection System.It comes with Tips For Toes,which is especially formulated for yellowed,cracked,dry,or peeling nails. The Contour File which is incredibly unique in it's design. Then there are the Ask Revival Skin Milk,and the Ask Revival hand and nail cleaner,which is a mild cleanser to preserve the skins natural moisture barrier. 

                                              this is a before photo of my left hand nails.
                                              I clipped them with nail scissors,as directed.


                                     And this is my right hand nails.I also clipped them down.

Both of these photos of my nails were taken tonight,as I plan to start the system in the morning,with my first application of the Tips For Toes.

I will have another update for you,after  a week's time,to show my progress from the Ask Cosmetics Nail Products. Meanwhile,I hope you will enjoy the guest posts that I've scheduled,and be kind of enough to visit my blog,as a courtesy to my guest posters.Please do leave comments,as I am sure these lovely ladies would appreciate some compliments on their lovely work.

Thanks so much for reading!

Monday, February 6, 2012

Clairol nice'n easy Color Blend Foam

Good afternoon,dear readers!

Today I have a review of a hair color I recently purchased and used.I am going to share my thoughts,pro's and cons of the product.

Clairol nice'n easy Color Blend Foam claims "makes coloring a makeover you actually look forward to! Our innovative foam is an effortless, no drip color that provides 100% gray coverage and lasts up to 8 weeks." 


In addition Our exclusive Color Blend Technology gives you a pigment-rich base layered with contouring highlights. 


I had been putting off coloring my hair for some time now. I usually get my color done at the beauty college,and the ladies there always do a really nice job.

As I'd gone for a long time without coloring,my natural hair color was growing out quickly,and there was a nice smattering of gray that could use covering. Even though many people compliment me on the shock of gray I have growing from my right temple, when I look in the mirror,all I see is an old lady,lol!

So,on to the review of this product.

What I liked about it: It was easy to assemble.Put on the gloves provided,mix the colorant,shake it up,and go to town.

I also liked that it really did cover my gray.In all the years I've spent going to the beauty college,not once have they ever been able to get my gray to take the color,and that's with professional hair color products.

It also gave me a nice new hair color, more of a strawberry-colored blond, which I think is nice for the winter months. I will most likely go lighter when winter is over though.

What I didn't like is that it didn't completely foam up the way it should have.When I pumped the product out of the bottle, there was some foam,and some liquid.This did cause some dripping.I was able to wipe that off.

What I also don't like about the boxed hair colorants you find at the store,is the teeny little packs of conditioner that is included for use after rinsing.The conditioner they provide is never enough for my hair.

All in all I would give this product a rating of 3 out of 5. I believe it is probably not the highest end hair colorant. If I want something better,next time I might try a more pricey brand like John Frieda Foam hair color. I like being able to color my hair at home.

I can't yet speak to the claim that it lasts 8 weeks,as I only just applied the color today. I also don't particularly notice any highlights of any kind,however,that may change in the light of day.

And for a bit of whimsy, here is another photo of my dear little one.

I love the "spikey" do he's wearing. He get's that way right after he takes a bath.He's the cleanest of all my three cats. His hair also has a tendency to stand on end,during the colder months. He's my favorite,yes,he is,I love him more than the other two. I admit it!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Dr.'s Remedy Valentine Delight





DR.'S REMEDY VALENTINE DELIGHT
Reds to Rock Your World
  
 

Romance rising: that's what February 14th is all about, indeed. This Valentine's Day, we dare you to take the shade of love to a whole new level, compliments ofDr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish. How to choose the hue de you? The sky's the limit (in terms of red); just reach for one of these red-hot tints to entice and ignite your inner flame. Your tips and toes will thank you, no doubt.

This Valentine's Day Delight collection of Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish red shades includes:

REVIVE Ruby Red: A shimmer-infused, Wizard of Oz-inspired shade of crimson
RESOLUTION Red GlitterA red-meets-copper spin that's sequin-look-alike laden with high-shine and sparkle
RESCUE Red: A classic fire engine red 
  


Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish is available for $17 online at www.remedynails.com.

Dr.'s REMEDY is a line of doctor-inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypoallergenic ingredients. The brain-child of two New York-based podiatrists, Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel, Dr.'s REMEDY proves quintessentially-perfect for any person looking to better the condition of her skin and nails. Dr.'s REMEDY is sold exclusively at www.remedynails.com or by calling 877-323-NAIL. 



You can see swatches of REVIVE Ruby Red and RESOLUTION Red Glitter here.