Monday, May 7, 2012

Rejoice! It's result time!

My nail art contest was a huge success! I have almost 8,000 views and I'm now up to 69 followers! (heh.) Immaturity aside, I am so thankful! I love you guys, and sponsoring this has been a blast. 

Now here's the moment you've all been waiting for! The results! I won't make you wait any longer, so here we go!

The winner of the random drawing is Francine of The Polished Mommy!

How cute are those?! And I think they exemplify her blog name perfectly! On top of being adorable, they're also fuzzy! I need to get my hands on some flocking powder. 

The second winner, by means of vote, is Georgeois Pig of The Gorgeois!

If you follow Georgeois at all, you may notice she has a knack of winning nail art challenges. Not only is she an amazing nail artist, but she is so creative! She seems to put a spin on things that'll leave you thinking "man,  why didn't I come up with that?!" These little chompers crack me up!

There was so much talent and competition, it was difficult choosing a first place winner. Another contender really stood out to me and it was a near draw. So, on a whim, I'm naming a runner up, and they will receive a bottle of polish! 

Runner up is Missy of Gnarly Gnails!

The reason I'm posting the results today instead yesterday, as promised, is because I wanted to reveal the prizes to everyone, as well as the winners. Sadly, I haven't finished collecting all of the prizes yet, I'm just missing one more thing. But I promise to photograph it all for you guys before I send them out. 

If you lovely ladies would just email me at in the next 48 hours, you can claim your prizes!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Avengers Assemble!

So, I'm not sure if you know this about me, but I'm a bit nerdy. I think most of it just radiates from my boyfriend, and because I am in such close proximity all the time, I have happened to catch it. One of our shared loves is Marvel (and Batman, but that's it for DC) so opening night of Avengers was a pretty big deal to us. 
He and I drove two hours to attend an Ultimate Marvel Marathon, where AMC played all five Avengers related movies before premiering the movie at midnight. The event started at 11:00am and ended around 2:30am when the midnight showing got out. It was probably five o'clock when we got home and got to bed.
I'm tired today, but it sure was worth it.

To compliment this amazing movie marathon, I, of course, had to paint my nails. 
I chose Cap and his shield as my inspiration. 

I used China Glaze Frostbite and Ruby Pumps with an Art Deco striper for the white. Shown with and without flash, respectively. 

So, what about you? Any Marvel fans out there see the midnight premiere? Any non-US fans see it last week? What did you think?

Sometime this weekend, I'll be posting the results of my nail art contest, so keep an eye out!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Savage Fairy Dust

I think every lacquerista can attest - glitter is the easiest and quickest form of nail art. 
If you're in a bind for time and your nails are looking blah, glitter it up! 
Last night, I was feeling pretty tired, but I didn't want to go to bed with naked nails, so I threw this look together. I had been dying to try some of my new polishes anyway.

Click the pictures to enlarge them and see all that shiny goodness.

The teal is Sinful Colors Savage - one of my 99 cent Walgreens purchases - and the glitter is China Glaze Fairy Dust. Not only is the pairing beautiful, but it was also fast, cheap, and easy - just how I like my women. Wait, what?

Now, I certainly wouldn't call Savage a neon, but it must have some neon pigment in there somewhere, because it dried matte. I love little surprises like that. The formula was great - not streaky or overly thick - and it dried really quickly. 

Here's a mandatory out-of-focus holo shot.

And then, to bring Savage back to its original state, I added Hard Candy Matte-ly in love. 

I was a little bummed that it turned Fairy Dust into ordinary silver glitter, but I can't say I didn't expect it. I do really think this goes to show just how nice Savage is, though.

Check back in over the weekend to see the results of my nail art contest and the prizes each winner will be receiving! 

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Nine hours left!

Hey, guys! Just a quick reminder, there are only nine hours left to enter your accent nail art submissions! The contest ends tonight at midnight (US Central)!

Over the course of the contest, 28 people have entered and I have made it up to 64 followers. As I type this, I am just 18 views shy of 7000! I can't get over it! I'm so excited, and thankful, and humbled by my fellow bloggers. 
I love you. I love this contest. Go enter it!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Blue Braids

Wow, it sure does feel nice having two consecutive posts again. I'm getting all giddy. c:
Silly me, though. I went and took my hardest polish to photograph and slathered it all over my nails. 

I think these pictures are about as close to color accurate as I can get. Imagine the color just a smidge more purple tone. Periwinkle the cat is a great color representation.
I used China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le, China Glaze Frost Bite, and my gray franken, which I've decided to name Eternal Sunshine. You may be able to see a pink shimmer to it, if you enlarge the pictures. I'm still working on it.

I've been messing around with different art recently, trying to find what looks best on short nails vs. long. As it  turns out, a nice fishtail braid works well in any shape, length, or color. And it's so easy to do. You can find a tutorial under my tutorials tab, if you'd like to give it a try! You can always use the design for an accent nail, as I did, and then enter it in my nail art contest, but hurry! There are only three days left!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What I've Been Up To

Before I start today's post, I'd just like to take a second to beg for your forgiveness. 
Every time I think I've got the hang of balancing work and blogging, I vanish for five more days. I'm still reading your posts, commenting, and reading my own comments. I keep up with the blog world every day, I just haven't been posting. I'm so sorry, everyone.
Here's what I've been up to recently. 

First of all, I broke three of my nails at work in the past two days - the most tragic being my left hand ring nail. My accent nail! I considered, for a day or two, looking into wraps or full out acyrlics, but in the end, I filed down all of my nails. My hands look so foreign to me now.

I'm wearing L'Oreal Because You're Worth It on my nubbins. I'm pretty proud of the paint job, considering I did them in a moving vehicle yesterday, hah.

It seems that in lieu of posting, I've been buying a lot of polishes to make up for it. My thought is "I don't have nail art to share, but I will have hauls!"  Here is everything I've picked up this past week.

I picked up these E.L.F polishes last week at Target. They came in a four pack for five dollars. From left to right is Coral Dream, Flirty Fuchsia, Smokin Hot, and Party Peach.

These were also Target finds, but L'Oreal and Revlon are sold just about anywhere. L'Oreal Because You're Worth It and Revlon Rain Forest

As I'm sure all of you know, Sally's Beauty Supply is currently having a buy two, get one free sale. I couldn't pass it up. Left to right is White On White, Fairy Dust, Dress Me Up (from the Capitol Colors collection), Secret Peri-wink-le (which wouldn't photograph at all - it's really a dusty blurple), and Frost Bite.

Along with having every polish buy two, get one free, Sally's also had a sale on SV. It was 5.99, instead of the usual 8.99. I bought four. I will keep two of them and then the other two will be included in my nail art contest prize packages.

And speaking of my nail art contest, there are only four more days left!
Over this past month, there have been 25 entries, and I have reached 61 followers! It just blows my mind. Thank you guys so, so much! I seriously love every single one of you.
Now hurry! Paint up your accent nails and enter before the week is up!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Geometry and Roses

Hey! Today, I'm going to cut the lead-in and go straight for the picture.

I'm not too sure what to call today's manicure. The pattern isn't quite basket weave and it's not herringbone. Aztec, maybe? I'll stick with geometric. 
What I can call this manicure, today, is beautiful. I love the look of hard lines with soft roses.  
Revlon Vixen and Revlon Spanish Moss were used to create the roses. The white is my newest Art Deco stripers, and the gray base is my newest franken. I'm really excited to show you guys, but I still need to mess with it a little bit. I tried to make a gray shimmer, but this batch is a little too subtle for my tastes. MOAR SHINYS!

I also have swatches of four new Elf polishes, coming up. I've never had an Elf polish before, so I am quite excited!

I hope you enjoyed this look and I hope you enjoy my nail art contest!