Thursday, December 27, 2012

Walking Dead Holidays

Today I wanted to share a mani with you that I just did and am wearing as I write this post. I also have a few pics of things I've gotten recently.

First, my mani...
 I started a glue base like I did when ever I plan to wear glitter. I then applied 2 coats of China Glaze "With Love" which is a lovely bright red creme. It is a very opaque polish and I probably could have gotten away with just 1 coat, but I did 2 just because I can :) 

 This polish is from this years holiday collection Holiday Joy

 I then did 2 coats of All That Glitters "Walking Dead" I won this polish in a giveaway a little while ago and  I think this is my first time wearing. I love that this polish is named after one of my favorite shows. It's metallic red, white and black glitter in various sizes in a sheer reddish base.

 "Walking Dead" is a bit on the thicker side, I might have to add a little bit of thinner to it. It actually applied great despite being a bit thick. The pictures show 2 coats applied like normal polish. I didn't have to dab to fish for glitter, or place anything. 

 I like how it kinda muted "With Love" so it wasn't so bright. I think this is a great combo for this zombie named polish, but it also kinda works for the holiday season ") lol

 I think red polishes are one of the hardest colors to do clean up on. What do you think?

So next I want to share a package that I got on X-mas eve. When I got the box I had no clue what it held. It was a very kind package from someone in a facebook group I'm in. It's called a RAOK (Random Act Of Kindness) and it really was. I haven't really celebrated X-mas for the last few years so the holidays just aren't the same. This little box really meant a lot to me and made my holiday really great. I owe it all to Sam H. :)

 Everything wrapped and still in the box. After I read the card I decided to take pics since it really meant a lot.

 Everything out of the box.

 Everything unwrapped. I love everything and included a lot of brands I haven't tried yet. The scents are so yummy. This package meant more then anyone can imagine.

 Next up is my X-mas gift from my mom, even though we agreed we weren't doing gifts. When I said that her response was "But I'm your mother" lol My mom totally knows me. I LOVE Taco Bell and skulls. 

 She also got my favorite chocolates, Ferrero Rocher, and the sleep pants that i had recently pointed out at Walmart a few days ago :) The Eggnog taffy is open because I ate a piece before taking pics :) Taste just like eggnog, so good!

 This is what I won from a multi blogger giveaway. The blogger I won my prize from was The Do It Yourself Lady The only thing missing is the rhinestone wheel that I just realized lol. It was just clear rhinestones.

 The polishes are KleanColor "Holo Chrome," Finger Paints "Tough Art To Follow," Every Beauty "She Rock'd It!," and a min Zoya "Zuza"
 Lastly are a few Julep polishes I got I don't remember what the boxes are they came from, but I know 3 of them I got for free using my points for a free box, and a free add-on :) I love these colors!

Julep "Vivien," "Ivy," "Cindy," and "Harper"

For more on Julep nail polish you can find a list of all of their polishes here!! Enjoy!

Well that's it for today. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed everything. Have a great night!!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Santa And His Elves Are A Little Late...

So I'm a little late with this post, I'm sorry :( Please forgive me. I hope every one had a great X-mas (or other holiday as it applies to you) I didn't really celebrate it this year. Things have changed a lot since I was a kid. The holidays just aren't the same. But anyways, the theme for today's post, which was meant for the 24th, is Santa and Elves.

I had an idea in my head and it turned out like I planned. I like it, what do you think?

 I started out with 2 coats of China Glaze "Ruby Pumps" on my ring finger and thumb.

 And 2 coats of Zoya "Logan" from this years Ornate Collection. I love both of these colors and I think they are very "christmasy" (I don't think that's a word, but I'm making it a word) but also nice for an every day color.

 I think this is the first time I've used "Ruby Pumps" and now I know why everyone is always talking about it and always trying to find it. I know that it is apart of the main collection but it's almost always out of stock. This is a must have polish for everyone!

 I forgot to take a picture of the white before adding the glitter, but I used a dotting tool and China Glaze "White On White" to make the fluffy part of the hats on the tips of my nails and the fluff for Santa's jacket on my thumbs. I figured adding white would make the glitter stand out more.

 For the Santa nails I also used my dotting tool along with China Glaze "Glistening Snow" and applied it over the white.

 For the elves nails I used China Glaze "Angel Wings" along with the dotting tool over the white.

 I figured since there is only one Santa it made more sense to have several elves and one one Santa :) I think it turned out cute and people seemed to like them.

 I noticed that I missed a few spots during clean up, but oh well lol.

All of the polishes applied great. The China Glaze holo glitters applied like a dream and had great coverage. I can't wait to use these again. They are so sparkly and a distraction in the sun lol.

Well we only have 1 more mani left in this challenge. I don't think I've doing anything for New Year's, but I'm still going to put on some major sparkle and bling nails :) Can't wait to see what everyone else does :)

Thanks for reading. Either later tonight or tomorrow I will be posting pics of some recent packages and gifts I've gotten recently. So keep an eye out for that, and don't forget to check out the other ladies participating in this challenge.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Reindeer and Sleigh... Fail :(

Well if your reading this then the world didn't end. I figured as much. anyways, Today is Reindeer and Sleigh nails. Oh my lord, this was such a fail for me. I tried several polishes for stamping and I had to keep removing the stamping because it didn't want to fully transfer. I wanted it turn out so much different they it did. In the end I figured out what the problem was (needed more topcoat to create an even surface for the stamping), and I just gave up and said F it.

 I started out with 2 coats of Revlon "Coastal Surf" what is a pretty sky blue and the application was wonderful.

 Using a makeup sponge I did a gradient using Sinful Colors "Neptune" which is a darker blue with a silver micro glitter. I should have used darker colors to make it look more like a nighttime sky. Looks more like the middle of the day lol.

 I felt like I need a little something more so I added China Glaze "Snow Globe" to the tips of the nails to look like snow fall.

 I ended up using 2 thick coats of topcoat to even it all out.

 These are the plates I used for the stamping.

 I should have used a darker color for the stamping since you can barely see the stamping :( whomp whomp lol.

 I used Sally Hansen "Silver Sweep" for stamping. I really wanted to add a red rhinestone on the pinkie nail for Rudolph, but I didn't have enough room. whomp whomp again!

Oh No!! the present broke in half... I hope Santa has insurance lol.

So yeh total nail fail. Almost didn't want to post, but they can't all be winners. I think the nail failures are when we learn the most. I learned to make sure that my base is always even before stamping, and I need to find more polishes for stamping lol.

Thank you so much for reading and please make sure to check out the other participating below :) 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Decorations!

First I want to give my congratulations to Tami M. who won my 400 follower giveaway!
I also want to give you a heads up that I will be having another giveaway shortly!

 Today's theme is X-Mas decorations. I wasn't totally sure what to do so I just decided to look through my stamping plates and picked out a couple that got to stamping. Oh and I had just gotten some rhinestones in the mail so I decided to play with them too.

I must warn you I am kinda tried so this isn't going to be a chatty post, sorry :(

 For my base colors I used Nicole by O.P.I. "I Love You Cherry Much"

and Maybelline Color Show "Avante Green"

 I used Sally Hansen "Silver Sweep" for the stamping. I really need to find other polished for my stamping lol.

 These are the plates I used... Like I really need to say that lol. I'm sure you all figured that one out on your own :)

 I'm really happy with how this turned out and I really liked how the rhinestones really gave it a little something more. I NEED to start using them more!!!

Well I hope you enjoyed this mani because I did! Thank you so much for reading and don't forget to check out the other ladies below:

Friday, December 14, 2012

Presents/Gift Wrap Nails

 Today we have gift wrap nails. I'm really happy with how they turned out. I've been trying to do more stamping lately and I've realized it is so much easier when you have polish that actually works good for stamping lol.

 My base polish is 2 coats of China Glaze "Running In Circles" from the new Cirque de Soleil collection. I really love this polish and it applies awesome. It's such a pretty polish and since it's green I love it even more lol.

 It's a glitter polish, but it's not gritty and I found removal to be pretty easy not like normal glitter polish.

 For stamping I used Sally Hansen "Silver Sweep" which works so good for stamping that when I first used it I realized how much I like stamping :) I also used it with a striping brush to make my "ribbons" on the package.

 I used a few different stamps because I didn't want all my nails to look the same and I also changed the placement of the bows for the same reason.

 I'm very happy with the final result and I think they look like real presents lol... well if they were really small anyways.

I want to apologize if this post is a bit rambling or weird but I've had a migraine most of the day and I had to take some medication and I feel a little foggy right now. I want to thank everyone for reading and don't forget   tomorrow is the last day to enter my 400 follower giveaway, so please do so if you haven't already!!

Also don't forget to heck out the other ladies below!!