Saturday, June 29, 2013

Hard Candy Crush on Ivy and Jubilee

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Hello dear readers,

I have some more Hard Candy swatches to show you.
By now you're probably aware of the new Hard Candy line that has shown up in WalMart stores nationwide.


Now,on to the lovely green polish I have to show you today.


This is one of the Crushed Chromes,and the name of it is Crush on Ivy. Here it is shown in direct sunlight



And here it is in the shade.

Crush on Ivy, is a foily metallic green. It goes on sheer at first,but builds up very nicely.I used three coats for these photos. I like the little bottles these come in. Not bad for 4 bucks!


The other polish I have to show you,has an indie feel to it.It's called Jubilee. Here I show it pictured in direct sunlight.I am wearing two coats of it layered over Crush on Ivy. Jubilee is a scrumptious green jelly polish loaded with tiny black round glitter,gold bar glitter,and large golden hex glitter. The large glitter pieces were difficult to position where I wanted them.



And on another note,today is also Scoliosis Awareness day,which is a cause that came very close to home for  me in my youth.I am not going to do a long drawn out post like I did the other day.However,if you are interested in reading about my experience,that post can be found here.

Also,if you would like to learn more about Scoliosis you can visit the National Scoliosis Foundation at www.scoliosis.org




Hard Candy nail lacquer can be found at your local WalMart store and retails for around $4/each.




(Product provided for review by the manufacturer.Please see my disclosure policy for more information.)


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Survival Above the Curve with some green polish spam!




Dr.'s Remedy (can't recall the name of this shade)



Okay,so I promised myself,I would never write something this personal on my blog.I like to keep my personal stuff away from public view.That's just me. However, I had been asked a couple times to share my story about scoliosis,so I am going to do it now,before I talk myself out of it.:-)

On Sunday night, I was looking for a safe place to share my story.So I wandered over to Above the Curve Nail Polish's facebook page,and found a thread where people were sharing their stories. I posted a very short version of my ordeal with scoliosis.

On that note,please,make yourself comfortable,pull up a chair,or come back and read this when you have the time.

 Sit tight,make yourself some tea,or beverage of your choice and get ready for the long version.

KleanColor Metallic Lime





Officially,Scoliosis Awareness day is not until Saturday the 29th.
The color of scoliosis awareness is green,a nail polish color that have grown to love since I have been blogging about nails!


Scoliosis is a medical word for "curvature of the spine, in which the muscles and skeleton cause the spine to curve sideways."  It happens most to young women,during the growth spurt just before puberty, but can sometimes occur with young men too. Sometimes it is genetic.Sometimes a person just grows too fast for their spine to catch up with the rest of the body.

I do know that by the time I was nine years old I was much taller than the other children my age.

 By the time I turned nine,my parents had already noticed there was something not right about my back. I was told to sit up straight.I couldn't keep my posture,and even a regular trip to the store,would wear me out.I complained always of being tired.

We saw some doctors while we were still living in Spain,and the only treatment for scoliosis there was a  back brace. We did try it for awhile.I believe there may be a photo album that has a picture of me wearing the odd contraption.

I never wanted to leave Spain. At that time though, my parents thought it best to go to the States and seek out other medical opinions.

We moved to Virginia,and while we were in Virginia,my father found this team of medical doctors at the University of Health Sciences in Charlottesville,who were working on pioneering research for a treatment/cure for scoliosis. This was 1972. I was unaware that the treatment was experimental. I only know my parents made a choice for me that in the end was a choice that would help me to live a more normal life.

The doctors examined me and determined that my curvature,which was in the form of an S, was so bad,that they said I would be hunch-back by the time I turned 18 years of age. Turning hunchback was probably not the worst of it. The disease progresses beyond that,and there are complications with internal organs,like the heart and lungs.I don't believe that most parents want to see their children pass away before they do.

So the only option we had now,was to go through with a 6 hour surgery, that would involve the fusion of a pin to the top of my spine,and the insertion of a Harrington rod,to hold my spine in place.Since I was still growing,the rod would keep the curvature from becoming worse.

I will tell you some things I experienced during this timeframe, from a 9 or 10 year old point of view.First, I had to see the hospital psychiatrist.The sole point of my seeing him,was so the doctors could determine that I was aware that I might be placing my own life on the line.There was a fifty/fifty chance I would not survive the operation.So we discussed death from a point of however,it was possible to talk about death with a 9 year old. I only knew I had my faith in God,and that I had my mother,father,brother,and all my relatives pulling for me. I honestly believe that God put me on this earth for a reason,and my survival is why I am still here today.

I wore a body cast for about 9 months before the actual operation took place. That was no fun.The cast went all the way up to my chin,and fit too snuggly around my hips.My movement was very limited,as it was intended to help straighten my spine as much as possible before the surgery took place.  I  had a particularly funny way of describing to my schoolmates,what it  felt like to wear a body cast. It was my "turtleshell."


Let's move on to what happened next.During the spring of 1972,I was admitted to the ward where I would stay and wait until it was time for my surgery.I recall it was April,only because there was a clown running around the ward,on April Fools Day, stirring the children's hearts with glee. Later in life,I would look back on that memory with irony.


Bootie Babe Cosmetics Lime So Fine


I think the thing that scared me the most,was being on my back for such a long time,and especially going from place to place within the hospital with nothing to look at but the florescent lights on the ceiling.

The day came for my surgery. I had anasthesia of course. I remember seeing my parents faces before I was rolled off to the operating room. After that,I was gone for six hours at least. I remember waking up in recovery where I threw up just a little.

The next thing I know,I am up in my hospital bed,sleeping for what seemed like forever. I would drift in and out,and each time,I saw my parents,my favorite uncles Joe and Tom,my favorite aunts too.They were sitting down in chairs at the end of the bed. I felt such a warm feeling of being surrounded by family. I knew they were all there to lend their support.

After three days of sleep,I was finally able to suck on some ice chips.After that it was a liquid diet only for maybe two or three days. I was allowed to eat normal food after that.

You might wonder if I felt pain.No.It was not painful to me. I couldn't actually feel that anything had been done to me,which surprised me immensely,wondering if the deed had actually been done.LOL!



Orly It's Not Rocket Science 



That's not the end though. Here is where the real work started. The operation was a piece of cake, compared to the physical testing I was about to endure.

Three weeks went by. I was still in bed. It was time to get me up and moving around,even if it was just for a few minutes.

My legs would not bear my weight.

I literally couldn't walk! I still cannot be sure if it was a) I was in bed too long and lost all my strength,b) I had some sort of damage to the nerves in my spine that caused my legs to give out, or c) it was all in my head. Of course I didn't think of these things then,but looking back,I sort of wonder.

My mother told me,"When you want to walk,you will walk." Which was easy for her to say,even if that was her way of encouraging me. Of course,she was the one who believed it was all in my head.I believed it was too.

As the hospital could no longer keep me there,I went from there to the rehabilitation facility where I underwent a little physical therapy, some group activities,and basically endured what I thought was a very difficult situation for me. Of course I wasn't just going to get up and walk out of there,and I believe now,the more I resisted it,the harder it became,to get back on my feet,so to speak.

I was not alone.However,I never felt more alone in my life. There were people there who were there for different things.There were people I played checkers with from the top of my bed.Yes,I wasn't out of the bed yet.Oh! And the cast, still there,yeah! That would accompany me for the next six months after I left the facility.

Somehow,I did manage to walk again.I honestly don't have a clue how I endured it. I got up every day,was led to the area where the bars were,in case I needed to hold myself up. Somehow I did walk again.

What else can I relate to you about this experience? The doctors told me that I could not ever get pregnant,my back would not be able to endure the baby weight.Two, I couldn't gain weight - get fat- which I did by the way. Three,you can't ride horses,and no jumping on trampolines. The idea was that if any of these things took place, the spring mechanism, in my fusion/rod would go askew. Oh,I forgot to mention,no falls.No falling down! Yeah,right!

I have a secret.I rode a horse.I fell off.It was a bad fall,but I am fine. I also jumped on a trampoline.I had lots of fun that day!

I have fallen countless times in my life.I had the angels to bear me up.That's what I believe. And,no, didn't have children,but that was because I didn't want to.



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ChrissyAi:700 GFC Follower Giveaway

ChrissyAi:700 GFC Follower Giveaway

wow! Amazing fantabulous giveaway over at ChrissyAi's blog!

Look at the wondrous two prize packs there are to choose from!


This is prize pack 1 along with a $20 gift card to Born Pretty store!



And this is prize pack 2 which I am really lemming! So head over to her blog ChrissyAi:700 GFC Follower Giveaway and enter.The giveway will end on July 26th,2013. Open to U.S. and Canada addresses and a provision has been made for international entries if you are will to take care of the cost of shipping.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Swatches of Rainbow Honey!

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Hi everyone!

I finally got these swatched for you,after much interference from my female kitty,who happens to have an eye for the shiny as well as I do,lol!

The three I have swatched for you,are all polishes from Part I of The Summer of 199X, inspired by the 1995 SNES hit,Earthbound.


First up is Fire Spring, a coppery orange shimmer, filled with holographic glitters and glowing embers of the last sanctuary! I found it easy to apply.It layered to opacity in only two coats.



Next is The Kraken, a blue green jelly,filled with holographic glitters.This one went on sheerly at first,but built up very well to full coverage with three coats.



And finally I have Pink Cloud,a hot pink jelly with holographic glitters and an iridescent shimmer. This one was also easy to work with,building up to full coverage in just two coats.


The glitters in all of these were very easy to apply.There was no fishing about or dabbing necessary.


The Summer of 199X Collection will be officially released on 6/21/2013 at 12:01AM EST and it
will be available at www.rainbowhoney.com and participating retail partners around the globe!
(Exclusive 24-hour pre-sale for rainbow honey customers on 6/14/2013, 12:01AM EST)

The Summer of 199X Collection will be available as:
Complete full-size (15ml, $90) or mini-size (4ml, $40) collection
Part I or Part II, full-size (15ml, $45ea) or mini-size (4ml, $20ea) sets
and full-size bottles (15ml, $10ea)

Rainbow Honey will also be offering FREE Shipping and a FREE Limited Edition Lacquer on all
orders of $50 or more (US & Canada only).


Polish privided graciously by Rainbow Honey for my unbiased review.


Friday, June 14, 2013

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X!



I received these recently for swatching and review. They're from left,Fire Spring,The Kracken,and Pink Cloud. I will be swatching these soon.

Just in case you are not aware, these and the other 5 lacquers in the collection are already in the 24 hour presale and can be purchased at  http://www.rainbowhoney.com/


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Untried Polish Challenge: One Color




Oops! I haven't done a nail related post since Sunday,and it's already Wednesday?!

I don't even remember what color this is.I did a spreadsheet of all my polishes,and then pick a number from Random.org,and then swatch them.Seriously.I got the idea from one of my friends on FB,but I can't even recall who it was. Thank you,if you are reading this,thank you for the idea.

Anyway, like I said,I don't remember what color this is.I just know it's one of the polishes from the OPI Burlesque collection. I love the color of this one.It went on nicely and covered my nails in three coats.Very nice,Opi!






Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Dr.Poisin Ivy's Beauty Blog 2nd Blog Anniversary Jumbo Giveaway!

Ok.Well this is friggin' amazing over at Dr.Poison Ivy's Beauty Blog!




There will be 5 winners,and the giveaway is open worldwide! Enter here!


Sunday, June 9, 2013

My Stamping Challenge Mani for AIS



I have been sort of a lurker in AIS for awhile now. I have had maybe one good stamping manicure in the history of my blog which you can see in this photo


                                                             stamping in June 2011


Here are the photos of todays mani. I have no idea what to call the image I used.


The challenge in Adventures in Stamping for today,was to do a manicure with complimentary colors on the color wheel. I had already been wearing Zoya Hazel since Friday,so I  chose to stamp over it with Konad plate M73 and a red polish. The color wheel indicates "red-orange" as  complimentary for "blue-green",but my Dark Orange Konad polish wouldn't stamp a strong enough image like it did over Zoya Buffy



The image did show up on my thumb,but it was too subtle for me.

Overall,I am incredibly pleased with the way my challenge manicure turned out. I've been wanting to stamp again for the longest time. Every time I tried to stamp I would get aggravated with myself and say fudge it.
I actually had alot of fun doing this manicure,and hope I will be stamping more on my blog in the future. It's alot easier for me to manage,when I don't put any pressure on myself to do it right. I know it doesn't look perfect,but I have the satisfaction of proving to myself that it worked as long as I was patient with myself.




Not very brilliant

Nothing to Disclose - I purchased this.


Nubar Brilliant,one of the Prismatics. It goes on incredibly sheer,doesn't look that great IRL. My opinion: Not that "brilliant".

Untried Polish Challenge: Creme

Nothing to disclose.I purchased this.


Sally Hansen Xtremewear Green with Envy - a yellow green



It's a couple of years old now,so the formula was a little thick,and me and my stubborn head didn't want to reach for the thinner,so we did it the hard way. I was going to use this polish for the "ugliest" category,but now that I see it,I am fairly sure I have something in my stash that is truly ugly. I am happy with the way it turned out,even after rubbing the bottle between my hands countless times to remix the settled pigments.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

My cat loves Cashmere!


Color Club Soft as Cashmere- one of the neutrals from the Untamed Luxury collection of Fall 2010.

Back to the cat thing. I once had a cashmere sweater that I very dearly loved to wear. It hung in my closet as  Spring made it no longer wearable. My cat somehow was attracted to it.She tore it off the closet rack,and when I came home,I found her playing with the sweater as if it were an animal. She did make a nice tear in it. I forgave her for it. :-)




Neutral Ground


Nubar Sandstone - at first sight a neutral taupe creme,but once applied,appears to have a subtle shimmer.


Cookies anyone?



Essence Colour & Go "Cookie Love"

Caramel-colored shimmer with loads of golden microglitter.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Only three v's,really ColorClub?

So last night,I went to get gas,before picking husband up from work. I had just painted my nails,with this,because I didn't want to have naked nails if I saw this cashier who usually flirts with me when I go to get gas. Funny,he looks alot younger than me,and yet,I sense he is at least 40.

So I am out there,pumping my gas.I lay my left hand on the car,and admire my nails,and I am thinking why do my nails have a better paint job than my car does?! 

So I am standing there thinking about spectraflair,looking at my gray/silver four door sedan,and it doesn't have the holo going on that my nails do. So I am going WTF,right.

I will show you the lacquer now.




Color Club Revvvolution.And yes three v's,not four,six,or eight.WTF.

However,no matter how many v's there are,this is a gosh darn good-lookin' holo! And a real treat for my husband,'cause when we get home he says "Your nails are the same color on both hands." LOL!

3 Coats,very little dry time,and underneath a coat of Nfu Oh Aqua Base coat.

Enough said.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Untried Polish Challenge: Was a Gift



Can I say that this one was a gift? No one close to me,has ever given me polish for a present.

I won it from Ariel of  Lacquer: The Best Medicine and Heather of Miss Mani Monster!  from their first giveaway in March. I think it counts as a gift.



On to the polish then!





This is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength in Antique Bronze. It wears pretty well. Two coats and very little dry time. I would actually classify this as a metallic finish. Some of the SH's lean to the frosty side,but this one is definitely metallic. And I think it flatters my skin tone quite nicely. :-)


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Blinded by the Light

Nothing to Disclose




This is FNUG Pscychedelic. I am not really sure what the letters FNUG stand for,except that it's put out by a Danish company. I won it last year in a giveaway from  Harlow & Co.

Psychedelic is a linear holo. I used only two coats for full coverage. It was applied over the FNUG Aqua Fix base coat that was also sent with the lacquer.

This photo is taken outdoors in full sunlight. Indoors it's fairly boring-looking.It just looks silver,unless you turn your fingers around in the light.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

And the winner is...

Alicia J. She was chosen by Random.org from over 4000 entries!

Alicia,you have 48 hours to contact me and claim your prize!

Thank you all so much for following and supporting my blog.

Untried Polish Challenge: In Season



Last year I found the cutest glitters when Sonnetarium was having a sale. All of my Sonnetarium  polishes are untried,and I really want to take them out and show them some love. I am actually going to try and show some love this month to alot of my untried polishes,which is why I am taking up a challenge called The Untried Polish Challenge originally started by Jonochi of Just Add Polish

This challenge will proceed at a relaxed pace,as there are only 19 polishes necessary to complete it.
So, in keeping with yesterday's nautical theme, I decided to layer a Sonnetarium glitter over Rainbow Honey's Schrammi. 


This glitter is called If We Could Meet by the Sea.



That's it for today.






Monday, June 3, 2013

Rainbow Honey Fab Summer set swatches and review

Press Sample



Good evening dear readers,

Tonight I will show you swatches of the new Fab Summer set of three polishes. 

I love the packaging! <3




Here is Schrammi, a deep coral polish with fabulous golden shimmer. I have to say I love this shade.It's so bright and summery. I did have a little trouble with application,not at first,but after the second coat,the formula seemed to turn thick.I am guessing this was due to the bottle being open while applying the polish.It took four coats for full coverage. 




This one is Tenda, a bright kelly green. There is supposed to be some golden shimmer in there but my camera didn't pick it up. I don't own a kelly green,at least not until now. This is one I would definitely pick up,since the golden shimmer in it is very pretty. The formula on this one was fine for the first two coats as well,and then turned thick on me as the bottle stayed opened. Then there was a small issue with one or two brush hairs getting bent up around the lip of the cap. This one also took four coats for coverage. 




And finally,here is the amazing glitterific top coat to complement both Schrammi and Tenda,and it is called Costa del Sol! This one is full of golden iridescent and holographic hex ad bar glitters,that really set off the golden shimmer in both of the other two lacquers. Costa del Sol has a very nice formula,There was no fishing for glitter. It went onto the nail straight from the brush without any prodding of any kind. I love it when a glitter behaves! I am wearing two coats on each nail here,but it would suffice with just one coat. 


And that is my review of the new Rainbow Honey Fab Summer collection.

The FAB Summer Set is now available through fab.com for a limited time only. Each set contains 3 full size 15ml nail lacquers designed exclusively for FAB by Rainbow Honey. $25. While supplies last. For more information visit http://fab.com/designer/rainbow-honey/




Polish in this post was provided for my honest review.