Barielle Facebook Sweepstakes!

Hi all, just wanted to share some news!

Barielle is hosting a Facebook Sweepstakes from October 10th through October 31st. 
Ten random winners will be selected for a prize package worth over $100.00. 
The prize package includes:
Any two of our 5 pack Nail Polish collections
One piece of Barielle’s Nail Strengthener Cream (full size)
One piece of Nail Rebuilding Protein Base Coat
One piece of Ultra Speed Dry Manicure Extender Top Coat

This is an AMAZING prize!!!! If you haven't already, head on over to Bareille's Facebook page HERE and sign up to win!

And if you want to check out all that Barielle has to offer, check out their website HERE!


Blog Hiatus - Gulp!

Hi everyone, sorry it's been so long. As many of you know, I'm getting married in a few months and we're at crunch time now! My head is swimming and my ear is constantly glued to my phone speaking to this vendor or that vendor! Gahhh!

I just wanted to let you know I didn't fall off of the face of the earth, I just don't have much spare time for myself to relax and swatch. It takes time to get decent pictures in decent lighting. le sigh.

Hopefully I'll be back in the game soon and stop running around like a headless chicken! (nice visual, eh?) Until then...


Barielle Cosmetic's BFF Facebook Sweepstakes

Hi guys!

I got an email from Barielle informing me of their Facebook contest and I just had to share! All you have to do is "Like" their Facebook page HERE and then enter the sweepstakes HERE! Easy peasy, right?

20 lucky winners, selected at random, will get the following Barielle items (a retail value up to $74.50):

  • Nail Strengthener Cream (full size)
  • Base Coat
  • Top Coat
  • 3 Shades of your choice – a retail value up to $74.50
You guys know by now that I'm very much a fan of Barielle's polishes and have done lots o' swatches of many shades! I haven't tried any of their nail treatments yet, but this is a fantastic prize for the Barielle fan - it even makes a great starter kit for someone new to the brand!

The sweepstakes is live now and runs through June 30, 2012 @ 07:00 am (EDT)

Good luck!!


Splatter-day Saturday!

Hi everyone! I normally don't post on the weekends, but I have another blogger group mani! Splatters! Oh my, did things get messy haha. If you've never done a splatter mani before, you should really prepare yourself ;)

Basically, a splatter mani is when you dip a straw (yes, a drinking straw) into nail polish and then, by blowing through the other end of the straw with a fast puff of air onto your nail, you get a splatter effect.

Let's get to some pictures!

Close-up shot

The possibilities for polish for splatters is endless. You can paint your base any color and any design, then you can splatter with 1 color or go crazy with it and do more!  For my splatter, I did 1 coat of Color Club Where's the Soiree?, which is a 1 coater black. Then I layered 1 coat of Joe Fresh Twilight over it, which is a sheer black with iridescent flakies. Then I matted it using China Glaze Matte Magic. For the splatter itself, I used OPI Love is  Racket.

Useful tip when splattering: tape around your nail with scotch tape, so when you start the splatter, you can minimize your clean up time.

Soooo.. thoughts? Have you attempted splatters before? What were your favorite color combos?

Don't forget to check out the other lovely bloggers who are participating in Splatter-day Saturday!


Nail-venturous Lacquers - Burst of Blue

Good morning everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend :)
I own a bunch of indie polishes these days, and I'm rearing up to show them to you sooner than later :)

Today's indie polish comes from Amy at I'm Feeling Nail-venturous. You may have heard about her and her awesome polishes (Floam, you will one day be mine!). The last time she opened her Etsy Shop, I had a bunch of pretties in my cart, and I swore I was working fast! But by the time I checked out, all but 1 was available...that polish was Burst of Blue. At least I was lucky enough to nab 1, right?!?! :)

What can I say? I love it!! Burst of Blue consists of all matte glitters suspended in a clear base, which is a first for me because all of my glitters are shiny! There are small black and blue hex glitters with large white bar and hex glitters. This is perfect for layering (as you see in the first picture) or wearing it on its own by building up your coats. The formula, as with most glitters, is a little on the thick side, but as you can see, I got awesome coverage and I had no problem with getting a even distribution of every glitter type on the nail.

Right now, because of the shortage of polish base, indie polish makers are finding it very difficult to re-stock. But keep an eye on Amy's Facebook and Etsy shop, as well as on Ninja-Polish, where some of Amy's polishes are also sold, to be up to date on when her polishes will be available!

Soooooooooooo.....thoughts?? Do you have any Nail-venturous polishes?


OPI - Steady As She Rose

Hi everyone!
By the time I got home last night, I had on the remnants of yesterday's tape mani. I lost most of the rhinestones, I was picking at the polish lines because they were raised from my nail and I couldn't help it!

So I kicked back on the sofa, acetone in hand when I said to myself, "Ehh, I'll just have naked nails for a couple of days..." I quickly realized I was hallucinating because I hadn't eaten dinner, snapped out of my haze and ran to my helmer for a polish! I did decide, though, that I wanted something simple and clean. What did I end up with? OPI - Steady As She Rose.

SASR is from OPI's LE 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides Collection, which was released in conjunction with the movie. I really am a huge fan of this set and am still contemplating getting the others I don't have.

SASR is a muted pink/purple/grey pastel creme.The first coat is streaky, as with most pastel polishes, but only needed 1 more coat to even things out. This was the perfect polish to give me a break from all the glitters and marbles and shimmers, oh my! But you can betcha, that when I get home tonight, I'll probably be layering a glitter over this...just because I can't leave plain nails alone! :)

Soooooo...thoughts? Were you a fan of the On Stranger Tides collection? Do you like Steady As She Rose? Can you not leave a mani alone for more than one day? (hehe)

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