Monday, December 24, 2012

Night Before Christmas - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 12

It's Christmas Eve! I wanted to post this tonight so it could really be the Night before Christmas but we are going to Daniel's dad's for Christmas Eve and I have no idea when we will be home.

I was kind of stumped for awhile on what I could do but I made up my own version and it's taking pieces of things I have done in this challenge.

My thought process was - Rudolph brings Santa to houses to deliver the presents under the tree every night before Christmas! 

I used :

China Glaze - Ruby Pumps
Sinful Colors - Nirvana
Sally Hansen - White On
Pure Ice - Black Rage
Wet n Wild - Scarlet Red
China Glaze - For Audrey
Wet n Wild - SaGreena the Teenage Witch
Sinful Colors - Let's Meet
China Glaze - Creative Fantasy 
HK Girl - Top Coat

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful Holidays! I am so glad I participated in this challenge it was so much fun!

Check out the other night before Christmas nails down below!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 11

Happy Holidays everyone! We are almost to Christmas and I feel all giddy :) I love Christmas! Tonight I have my Santa nails for you. I was inspired by a pin I found here - it does not link to the original source but back to a pinterest profile. Anyway here is my version! 

I apologize for the hangnail on the pinky. I need to use moisturizer more often knowing it's winter and I am in Minnesota!

I used
 Wet n Wild - Scarlet Red
 Sally Hansen - White On 
Pure Ice - Black Rage
  Pure Ice -Beeware
HK Girl - Top Coat

I will have the "Night Before Christmas" nails up tonight or tomorrow for you. I am going to go work on them now. It will also be my last day of the Holiday challenge! Time flew and I had so much fun!

Check out the other Santa nails here

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Gifts - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 10

I can't believe that there is only 2 more challenge days after this! I am kind of glad but sad at the same time! I never really thought a challenge would be all that fun, but honestly it's addicting! If you have never tried one I strongly urge you to try it at least once. Even if you don't blog I would still follow along! 

Now I just have to figure out what the perfect Christmas manicure will be! 

So this past weekend we went Christmas shopping and we stopped into Trade Secret at the mall here well they are raising their O.P.I prices come January so they had a deal buy 2 get 1 free. I decided to pick some pink polish up - that seems to be the one color that is seriously lacking in my stash. Well a few months ago I really wanted to pick up Every Month is Oktoberfest and I didn't. Hubby picked it out and said grab 2 more. I love this man! I am sure he is happy I am going on a no buy starting in January! :) Anyway I picked that polish up and decided to use that as the base for my "gift" nails. The color is gorgeous in person but I could not get the camera to pick up the colors - so to me it almost looks black. I promise it's not!

Here are my gift nails!

O.P.I - Every Month is Oktoberfest
Stripe Rite Paint - Silver glitter (Not sure if there's a name - it's in the other room)

Here are the remaining manicures left 

I am excited to try out Santa and I think I have an idea for The Night Before Christmas!

Check out what the other talented ladies have done for Gifts 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holly - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 9

Real quick here is day 9. Had a busy day of holiday baking and only made a small dent in my to do list. 

 I tried to do stamping but I don't think I have a good green stamping polish and I didn't want to make black holly leaves so I free handed it.

 Here it is

Sorry about the awkwardness of this photo-the hubs took these pictures because I had a bunch of lotion on!

 I used Sally Hansen White On - Wet n Wild SaGreena the Teenage Witch - China Glaze Ruby Pumps and lastly Finger Paints Sparkle and Snowflake.

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Inspired by a Holiday Movie - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 8

Hey everyone! Sorry I have been MIA I had to brave the stores to get all our Christmas shopping done. I only have 2 small things left to get and I am done. I cannot believe how fast the days are coming and we are almost just a week away from Christmas.

So today's challenge was Inspired by a holiday movie. I was stumped at first about what I could do in the beginning. Well I wanted to get these cute water decals for Christmas so I ordered the Grinch. I thought this would be perfect for today's challenge. I started with a white and green saran wrap mani but it was too much green and the grinch could not be seen so I had to change it up. 

Here they are!

I used Sally Hansen White On and HK Girl top coat. Simple!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Snowman - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 7

Hey everyone!

Does anyone do holiday baking? I love doing holiday baking but I really took a lot on this year. We have an island and it is completely full of baking and candy making supplies. I feel so overwhelmed! I spent 5 hours today dipping pretzels and making cookies. The sad thing is I still have lots more dipping, candy making, and cookie making to do. Christmas is coming way too fast!

So I did my snowman manicure yesterday just in case I would have to redo it. I am proud to say that I think I nailed it. I have to say I think this has probably been my favorite holiday manicure to date. 

Isn't he cute? 

I am not done.... I was searching online for snowman inspiration and I ran across a snowman manicure I just fell in love with over at The Nailasaurus. I just had to attempt it for myself....

Wait for it....

Bam! I nailed it! I am really proud of this manicure! 

I used Sinful Colors - Rain Storm for the base color 
Stamped on snowflakes with China Glaze - For Audrey
Sally Hansen - White On (For Mr. Snowman)
Sally Hansen - Grass Slipper (For the scarf and color on the hat)
Wet n Wild - (For the nose)
Pure Ice - Black Rage (For the buttons, hat, arms, eyes, mouth, and scarf)
HK Girl - Top coat

Here is what is left of the Challenge

Check out the other snowman designs by the ladies of Show Me Your Top Coats

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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas Tree - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 6

Hey everyone!

I have my day 6 entry for the holiday challenge. I cannot believe we are already half way though! Today was Christmas Tree. I went back and forth on if I wanted to do tree's on all nails or just the accent and I went with just the accent. I had fun doing this one and the hubby picked out all the colors.

Here is a picture of all that I used

Butter London - West End Wonderland, China Glaze - For Audrey, Sinful Colors - Nirvana, Wet N Wild - SaGreena the Teenage Witch, Sally Hansen - White On, Wet N Wild - Scarlet Red, China Glaze - Dorthy Who? and last but not least Sinful Colors - Let's Meet

So here are my tree nails!

Here are the remaining days left

Check out what the other ladies have done!

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Indie Review - IDMNT Panic Attack

So last week I received a beautiful polish to review from I'm Doing My Nails Today (IDMNT). This baby is called panic attack. When I got it in the mail I was so excited that I received this particular polish because I absolutely love the combo of pink and brown together. This has small glitter as well as slightly larger pink and brown glitters in it. 

Let's get to the fun stuff!

Gorgeous! I Really love the look and I think it's just the right amount of sparkle without being too much! 

I put on Pure Ice Cherish under Panic Attack. I used 2 coats of Panic Attack and I think it was the perfect amount. I did not have to dig around for glitters and it went on pretty evenly. The application of the polish was very easy! I am sure you could wear this alone, but I prefer the look of it on top of another color. I topped it off with HK Girl super shiny and fast drying top coat.

You can pick this baby up at I'm Doing My Nails Today's Etsy Shop 
IDMNT has mini size bottles for 3.99 and full size bottles for 5.99. Panic Attack is still in her shop along with many other colors!
You can also visit IDMNT on Facebook Here

*This was sent to me for review - the opinions are my own. 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Reindeer - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 5

So today/tonight I have for you my day 5 of the Show Me Your Top Coats Holiday Challenge which is Reindeer's. I was really excited to do this! I did this freehand and I love how these little guys turned out. Definitely a possibility for me to wear to our Christmas gatherings we have this year.

Here they are

I used Sinful Colors - Nirvana, China Glaze - Ruby Pumps, Sally Hansen - White On and lastly Pure Ice - Black Rage

The only thing I wish I would have done differently is waited just a tad longer before putting my top coat on. On my pinky finger it looks like the black ran a little bit after applying top coat. Overall I am really happy with how these turned out. I can't believe how simple they were to do.

I will update in the morning what colors I used - they are in a different bedroom which is being occupied by my sister in law who is here helping me do Christmas baking (yay!) 

I am looking forward to posting my next challenge day for you guys!

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Bells - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 4

So I have for you day 4 of the Show Me Your Top Coats Holiday Challenge. Day 4 was bells. I was not thrilled about this one because I don't have any plates that have bells on them so I knew I was going to have to freehand it. There really is not a whole lot of inspiration online so I was stumped. I almost skipped today but talked myself out of it. I think it turned out pretty nice for freehand. I only did one bell and that's good enough for me!

Here they are

I used China Glaze Long Kiss for the base color. Then I used Butter London West End Wonderland for the tips and the bell (Which is a gorgeous glittery gold btw). Lastly I did the green bow in Wet n Wild Fast Dry SaGreena the Teenage Witch. I topped it off with HK Girl shiny fast drying top coat! I am really glad I purchased the big bottle of that stuff! 

I hope you like it!

Here is a reminder of the upcoming challenge days we have left!

Also check out what the other ladies have done for day 4!!!

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Influenster Cosmo Voxbox

So I qualified to receive a Cosmo Voxbox from Influenster and I got the box this week. 

Here is what was included 

 FriXion by Pilot Pen
 Forever Red Eau de Parfume
 Ghirardelli Gourmet Milk Sea Salt Escape
Gilette Venus Embrace and Venus & Olay refills

You will be seeing reviews from me soon!!! 

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snowflakes - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 3

So today is day 3 of the holiday challenge. I decided to try the stamping thing again. This summer my sister in law and I both picked up a little kit at Walmart that had a few plates, stamping polish, stamper, and scraper. We tried over and over to get it to work and no luck. So the plates just sat. I decided to try again this time with Sally Hansen White On and it worked! I used the Fingrs Flirt Stamping kit and plate B17.

Since no two snowflakes are alike I reflected this on my nails. Some are partial snowflakes and I like it that way!

I used Orly Royal Blue which I picked up this weekend at Sally Beauty Supply with my coupon. It's a very gorgeous eye catching blue with some shimmer to it. I had full coverage in 2 coats! I am very pleased with the polish.

Here are my day 3 of the challenge nails - Snowflakes

I really want stamping plates now! I think this could become very addicting! 

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Cult Nails - Flushed

So today I have for you Cult Nails Flushed. This is an amazing color and it also happens to be my first Cult Polish!!! I have been eyeing this polish for a few weeks now. I was going to order the entire collection at the discounted rate but it happened to be at the wrong time - we went to Indiana for Thanksgiving and I just couldn't swing it. I do think I need to add the rest of the collection to my wish list though!

These pictures do not do this beauty any justice! Full coverage in 2 coats topped off with HK Girl top coat. This polish was extremely easy to use and it applied with no issues. Applied very evenly. I am sold on being a Cult Girl!

So there it is! Oh Mr. Polish Insomnia also made me a light box. I love the black background. Still playing around with what will give me the best results. I think photos have come a long way from when I started :) 

Liebster Award

So I never heard of a Liebster Award until I got nominated by Erica. It's a fun way to get to know people. It's for bloggers who have less than 200 followers. I was quite honored to do this! I did not expect to get nominated so much though. Since being nominated by Erica I have gotten many others. So I figure once I get my questions from those bloggers I will add on to this post. I needed to post this NOW before I am way over my head. It actually takes a little bit of time. So I hope you enjoy!!! 

Let's start with the rules:
1. Post eleven facts about yourself. 
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people you have nominated. 
3. Choose eleven people to give this award to (with fewer than 200 followers) and link them to your post. 
4. Go to their page and tell them. 
5. Remember, no tagbacks!

 Facts about me

1. My parents are deaf – I was doing sign language before I learned how to talk. 
2. I am a scaredy cat. Let’s elaborate shall we? Scared to step on a plane, scared of amusement park rides, get anxiety in the car when it snows (I live in MN this should not be happening to me) this is only a short list. 3. I have never seen the ocean. 
4. I love baking and cooking. I spend hours online finding new recipes to try. 
5. I love to read – and I am a fast reader. I can read a book I am really into in less than a day. 
6. If I had to choose a hotel stay or camping – I would choose camping hands down. 
7. I love to go fishing but I won’t touch the bait, or the fish. I am glad the hubs will do all that stuff. 
8. My wardrobe mainly consists of sweats. I am not afraid to leave the house in a pair of sweats!
9. All I want for Christmas is to be pregnant – I have a very strong desire to be a mom. 
10. I cannot live without bread. I love rolls, breadsticks, bagels, anything with bread (Except regular sandwich bread). I would rather eat bread then meat. 
11. I cannot sleep without a fan on. For noise and for the cold. Even in the winter.

 Nomination 1 – Erica’s Nails and More

1. What is your favourite movie? This is a hard one – I love lots of movies! One movie that I can watch over and over again would have to be P.S. I love you. I am a sucker for these types of movies. 
2. What do you do for a living? I currently do not work (The hubby and I only have one vehicle and he works a really difficult schedule to allow me to use it, but we are hoping to change that come tax time) All my experience is in customer service. 
3. If you could rename your favourite polish colour, what polish would you choose and what would you rename it? Well I am big on black nail polish. For this question though my favorite polish (even though I’ve never tried it or own it) is Essie Starry Starry Night – I would rename it… Essie Never Going to Get a Piece of This. Sorry being a smarty pants over here. This question is hard to answer. 
4. What other hobbies do you have other than polishing? I love doing crafts – I am really into quilting. When I don’t feel like doing that I am looking up new recipes and trying them out. I also got really into canning goods from our garden and I became obsessed over the summer doing this. 
5. What movie or TV show best describes your personality? Not in a white trash kind of way but I feel like Roseanne displays my personality the best.
6. If you could have a fictional character as your best friend, who would it be? Bella – just so I could hang with the hotties haha 
7. What is the one thing in life you wish you could do-over? Why? Without making this a long book I will have to say I wish I didn't leave college. When my parents spilt up my siblings were pretty young, my mom does not drive and I was an hour away. I kind of dropped everything to come home and put the pieces together. I wish I would have stayed in school and do what I could to do both things. I feel like I have this college debt and nothing to show for it. 
8. What is your staple product for hand and nail care, something you can't live or leave home without? Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream. Have multiples of this stuff! 
9. What is your favourite song from a movie? I would have to say A Thousand Years by Christina Perri from the Twilight saga. This is the song I was going to walk down the aisle to but we had sound issues the day of our wedding. 
10. What is your favourite type/style of nail art? Just starting this nail art stuff I really enjoy polka dots – mainly because I feel they turn out the best. I am also digging saran wrap manicures. 
11. What super power do you wish you had? Why? If I had to choose, it would be to be able to be in multiple places at the same time. I feel like I need to be with my hubby but also I have a strong need to be close to my family which currently lives 600 miles away. 

Nomination 2 – Kristy from Saturday’s Swatch

1. If you were a color what color would you be? Green is my all time favorite! It makes me happy 
2. Who would play you in the movie about your life? I would pick Kate Hudson, just because she’s my favorite actress!
3. What would you title your memoirs? This is a story of a girl…(Singing the song in my head now) 
4. Hey baby, what's your sign? Cancer 
5. How do you like your eggs cooked? Scrambled and then topped with ketchup! haha sounds gross but I grew up eating it. Hubby shakes his head at me every time we have eggs.
6. Describe yourself in 3 words. Therapist, Lost, Caring 
7. Name 3 traits you look for in a significant other. Humor, Sweet/Caring, Smart 
8. Which Spice Girl represented you best? Ginger Spice
9. It's your last supper. What are you eating? I am having steak and shrimp. Then having cheesecake. 
10. If you had to be on a reality tv show, which one would you pick? Next Food Network Star
11. What's your current favourite song? Still Counting by Volbeat (Hubby is a bad influence on me) 

Nomination 3 - Janet Planet Nails 

1.What is your favorite color polish? Black or Purple
2.What is your favorite Holiday Polish Collection? Zoya’s
3. What polish brand  do you own the most of ? Right now Sally Hansen
4. What was your first indie? Dollish Polish – Vampires Coven
5. To glitter or not to glitter ?( Are you a glitter fan) Yes, just not of the removal.
6. If you had to choose one polish as your most favorite, which one would it be ? Right now – Cult Nails Flushed.
7.  If you could create your own polish what would you use in it colors, glitters ? Jelly based blackish/purple with shimmer to it.
8.  What is your least favorite/never use again brand? L.A Colors
9.  Do match you mani to your pedi ? No I change my nail polish on my nails so often that it would be too much work to match my toes.
10.  What are you currently wearing on your nails? Cult Nails Flushed
11.   Did you make sure to come follow my blog? Sorry I had too lol – I am following. 

Nomination 4 - Kara from Never Gonna Give You Up 

What is your favorite brand of polish? China Glaze
Do you have any pets? I have 2 dogs – Sadie (Siberian Husky) and Chloe (Pug)
How many polishes do you own? I am going to guess about 100. I am not going to count.
What is the color you want most right now, but can't have? Essie Starry Starry Night
What is your favorite TV show? Of all time? Roseanne New shows? Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Secret Life, Big Bang Theory, Walking Dead, Glee… the list goes on and on. I can’t just choose 1.
Favorite food? Tacos
What is your worst habit? Smoking
What is your dream career? My dream career would to be in business for myself. Maybe selling quilts or making a cook book.
What is the strangest talent you have? Yeah skipping this one
What is your favorite song? Right now – Still Counting by Volbeat
Who is your celebrity crush? Ian Somerhalder

Now my questions 

1. What is your guilty pleasure? 
2. What is one thing you cannot live without? 
3. What is your favorite TV Show? 
4. If you could do anything, what would be your dream job? Why? 
5. What is your favorite beverage? 
6. What is one thing you want to do before you die? 
7. What is the best concert you've been to? 
8. What are some goals you have for 2013? 
9. What’s your dream vacation? 
10. Are you cooking dinner at home or going out for dinner? (On a regular basis) 
11. Would you rather… have your personality change every day or have your looks change every day?

And lastly.... my nominations!

1. Epic Nail Time
2. Just One More Bottle 
3. Hawaiian Chicky
4. Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Lacquer 
5. Polish and Glittered 
6. Finger Food
7. Nail Engineer 
8. Punky's Polish
9. Beauty With a Passion 
10. Mostly Polish 
11. Polish Gone Crazy 

WHEW! That took me all night! I am going to bed now! Goodnight everyone!

Candy Canes - SMYTC Holiday Challenge Day 2

Hey everyone! 

So here is day two - candy canes. I think it's quite funny that in my last challenge I participated in I had no problems doing stripes. This one - gave me a headache needless to say. I re did my mani about 5 times. I tried freehand,  tape, water marble, dotting tools like I said nightmare. I ended up keeping the last mani and had tape. There are a few spots where I had to freehand fix it up (which can be seen) so here it is

I used China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On. Topped with HK Girl 

Here is a preview of what is to come in this challenge!

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