Saturday, March 31, 2012

Homage Month!

Hey again everyone!  This is just a quick post, but I wanted to take a moment to pass on a fabulous idea that I heard about from Michele at Simple-and-Beautiful.  It's called Homage month!  Here's what it's about:

Do as many manicures you want a week!! (once a week or one everyday)
You can pay homage to as many or as little Nail Artists you’d like to!!You can do multiple manicures from the same Nail Artist if you wish!!

What must be included in EVERY post:
Must link to the original post by Nail Artist!
Must tag the Nail Artist!Include a Homage Month tag!
All posts should start…My Homage to [insert Nail Artist linking to original post]…so everyone knows it’s for Homage Month. Then anything you wish!  

I've been inspired by so many awesome nail artists and I'm excited to celebrate them!  I'm starting this in April (Tomorrow!) and invite anyone who's up for it to join me!

OPI: Mad As A Hatter

Hey there folks!  Today, I'm sharing a very special polish with you all, OPI's Mad As A Hatter, which I received from the lovely Debbie of The Crumpet from her 500 follower giveaway.  If you haven't been to her blog, you're missing out!  I love her posts!

She really fulfilled a big polish dream for me with this polish.  When my complete polish obsession started last fall, MAAH was already a hard to find polish.  My friend, who I blame completely for getting me started  in this polish adventure (Hi Erin!), is lucky enough to have a bottle that she covets.  Now I do too, all thanks to Debbie!

I decided to do a simple glitter gradient with an accent nail with this polish.  I didn't get any pictures of the base, because it was late when I did this and wasn't really thinking about it unfortunately.  It's one of my latest acquisitions, Zeus by Sinful Colors.  I just want to take a second to recommend it because it's seriously gorgeous and only $1.99.  Zeus doesn't seem like a $2 polish though.  Sinful has stepped up their game.  The pink shimmer is super pretty and the formula isn't bad!  I did add a few drops of thinner to help it with the slight leveling problem I was having, but it was a very minor inconvenience!

So back to marveling at MAAH!  I wanted this polish pretty badly, but I don't think my hubby would have been happy if I paid a lot for it!  What was a girl to do?

Well, me being me, I tried to franken it.  This picture shows franken #1, MAAH, and franken #2, two coats of each.  I think I got pretty close with franken #2.  It looks like if I turned up the opacity and the purple : silver, I would have had it!  But now I don't have to.  I'll probably franken these into something else =)

I normally do gradients from the tip, but I am really glad I tried it in reverse this time.  I love this look with glitter, it's so fun!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Julep April Maven Box: IT Girl

I've been getting a little behind on my posts lately.  I have a bunch of photos that are sitting around, waiting to be edited, so it seems weird that I'm going to bump this brand new review to the front of the queue... But for the first time, I was really excited and  didn't end up with any complaints about my Maven box.  Last month, I was super excited, but Sofia betrayed me.  This month, I stuck with my usual box, the It Girl.

I sat down with my Maven Box last night and was going to swatch them, then do a mani with something else, but the thought occurred to me that if I swatched these colors, I probably wouldn't wear them for a while.  And I haven't done a lot of nail art because of how busy my schedule is lately, so I went browsing through things I saved for inspiration.  I first saw this pattern on Spektor's Nails and checked out the Youtube video by IndigoNova1.  It turned out to be an awesome way to showcase these colors.

I wasn't even sure I wanted the It Girl box this month because I actually have been secretly loving their care products.  I am addicted to my Argan Oil and their handcream from my St. Patty's Mystery box has been in my purse since I got it.  I really wanted to try "The Best Pedi Creme Ever" but none of the other boxes really spoke to me.  Fortunately, after I committed to being an It Girl, they had a promo to add on up to two more products from this month's box for $4.99.  Can you say perfect?

In person, I really love Niecy (bright pink), Jessica (pale blue), and even Penelope (pale pink).  The best part?  Best Julep formulas to date.  I'm most happy with Penelope, which was my base on everything except my ring finger, which I wanted to be an accent nail, but it's kind of too chaotic for that...  In any case, it went on in three nice, creamy coats.  I used Jessica as a base on my ring fingers and it was opaque enough to be a one coater, but to level it completely because I was being sloppy, I added a second coat.  Niecy is very opaque as well and I'm going to do a pedicure with her later today!

In any case, this is the best Julep box I've gotten.  I love the colors, especially together, and they actually really inspired me.

If you like this mani enough, come vote for it on the Julep monthly contest on the FB machine!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pop Tart Giveaway Winners!

It's time to congratulate some winners today!

Bebe and Christy Ann!

According to's number generator, you have both been chosen to receive a bottle of Pop Tart!  I've emailed both of you and you have 48 hours to respond to claim your prizes!

Thanks to everyone who entered!

Cover Band: Sticks and Stones

Hi there!  Today I'm working on finding my two winners from my Pop Tart Giveaway.  I'm verifying entries and hopefully I'll announce them before the end of the night!

In the meantime, I'm going to show you today's manicure.

I placed an order for Sticks & Stones from Ninja Polish almost as soon as it came out, but it's been sitting on my desk waiting to be worn until today.  It's very similar to Lynnderella's Connect the Dots, which I also have in my stash.  S&S has larger more scattered black and white glitter than my CtD, which made it work better in this manicure that I've wanted to do.

The base color is one of my favorite go-tos, Zoya Breezi.  I topped Breezi with a random, very scattered glitter top coat with purple hexagons and smaller purple and silver holographic glitter.  On top of that, I layered Sticks & Stones.

I wanted to do this on top of pink for Pink Wednesday, but once I picked up Breezi, it was all over, no contest.  I love this color too much!

And now that it's dry, time to go back to work!  Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Zoya Promo Polishes: Why Free Stuff Is Always Good

Why, hello there, all you lovely people!  It's been a long day for me!  I wanted to get this post up earlier, but I had a lot to do.  First of all, thank you to everyone who has visited my Etsy shop in the last day.  Part of the reason I was so busy was getting orders filled and ready to ship tomorrow morning.  I managed to use up all my printer ink and it turned out my backup cartridge was in the printer already so I'm going to run to the store bright and early in the AM to replace it and finish the last few before this weekend.

Second of all, I'm sitting at an even 300 followers as I type this!  I want to thank all of you for hanging around and checking up with this blog!  This weekend, I'm going to put together another giveaway to help celebrate.  Expect it around Monday or Tuesday!

Finally, before I get to the swatches, I wanted to remind everyone that my current giveaway, two bottles of my Lacquer Convention shade Pop Tart is still open.  If you haven't told me about your ideal polish or posted a picture of yourself holding a pop tart, there's still time!  It ends on Saturday though, so hurry!  I'm having fun reading your comments and it has inspired me to compile a post about finding that dream polish, or rather, using all your resources to create it.  It's coming next week when I announce the winners.

Alright, are you tired of me talking yet?  Well, this is a long post with a lot of pictures, so buckle up!

I decided to start with my least favorite of the bunch, Pippa.  Now, just because she's my least favorite doesn't mean much because I am really, madly, deeply in love with Zoya right now.  Their formula is spot on and their shades are gorgeous.  Pippa is only my least favorite because her formula is the worst of the bunch.  However, I'm pretty sure it's because she's yellow.

As you can see in these photos, yellow nail polish is hard to get right.  It's almost as bad as white nail polish, which we all know I HATE working with but NEED in my life/nail art.  Pippa is a paler shade of yellow, which I have been subconsciously craving (I bought two other bottles from different brands this week in two separate Walgreens runs...without realizing it until Pippa came in the mail!).  

I had streaking and goopy issues with Pippa, as well as leveling issues.  I'm going to take some thinner to her because I am pretty sure that's all she needs to shape up.  These pictures show a difficult three coats, no top coat.  I do rather love this shade, because it's spring and I need something bright and cheerful like this to help chase away the snow I'm still occasionally seeing.  (Mostly in the woods around my house and not actually where I live!)

My next choice was Kieko, which has been one of my biggest lemmings.  When I did the swatches, my nails looked like they were opaque and had full coverage, but the macro blew out any patchiness that I couldn't see.  The pictures show two coats, so in the future I'll do three because I like to know my nails don't look patchy at all.

This type of bright purple is one of my favorite cream shades.  I have an Essence mini that I pulled out and compared to Kieko and it's really close, a hair more purple and already half empty because I've used it a bit.  Kieko is its better, brighter replacement.

The formula on Kieko was sooooo creamy and smooth.  It's the best cream I've tried in a while actually.  She really wants me to come up with a fun and funky way to wear her this weekend.  Hopefully I have a little time tomorrow to sit down with Kieko!

Next I have the first of two greens, Yara.  I absolutely love Zoya's greens.  They capture the best shades with the best blends of shimmers and glitters in their greens.  I mean, it could be because I love green nail polish, but I think it's Zoya being awesome.

Yara is an olive green base filled with gold glitter.  The formula? Dreamy!  Smooth and very easy to apply.  These pictures show three coats.  I could have gotten away with two though.

Oh, Yara, look at all that sparkle in your bottle.  How did you get so pretty?

The second green I picked this time was Edyta.  I had passed her up the last time I went to Ulta because my hands were too full to carry anymore polish and getting a basket is just ASKING to spend too much money =P  I don't regret waiting, though I do really like her.

Edyta just doesn't fit my mood right now, with her dark green.  She is from a fall collection, so I'm not really that surprised.  I'm going to banish her to the cabinet to wait for a more appropriate time to wear her.  Still, it's a beautiful green with a wonderful metallic finish.  I'm definitely going to wear it!

I am, however, going to wear her with extra base coat.  From doing these swatches, I started to get a little bit of staining on my nails.  I definitely don't want that!

Edit: Random piece of glitter on my finger, how did you go unnoticed THIS WHOLE TIME??

This next polish is Jules, one of my other hardcore lemmings.  It's basically everything that I had hoped for China Glaze Fast Track from the Hunger Games collection to be.  It's a nude shade that's packed full of gold shimmer.  I don't really do nude, so even when I'm in the mood for a neutral color, I want it to have dimension.  Jules has all of that!

I'm actually wearing Jules right now as I type this.  I needed to cleanse my palette after My Little Pony.  I have a feeling that I'm going to be wearing Jules a lot, until I get over this weird "neutral" craving that I'm having.  Fast Track is out of here, it's all about Jules now!  I love applying this color too.  The formula is amazingly smooth and silky, like it almost applies itself.

Seriously, check out that gorgeous shimmer.  

No really, look at it.  It gets an extra picture.

The final polish (tired yet?) is actually my nickname-sake, Jo.  Yes, my name is Yvonne and has nothing to do with Jo.  It's a long story!  But!  It is the reason why I picked Jo.  It was my random, unplanned pick for this promo.  I like to keep a wishlist, but I also like to keep my eye out for something I didn't think I'd want.  I decided to give Jo a shot and I'm glad that I did!  Zoya doesn't have an Yvonne, though I'll hold my breath a little longer and hope!

When I took it out of the box, I was a little bit disappointed that it looked similar to Skylar from Zoya's last collection, the only polish from that collection that I had to have.  It's not the same at all though.  Jo is darker and has a fine shimmer versus Skylar's gold glitter, and I actually like the shade of blue better in Jo.  

Need you ask about the application?  The only one that applied better was Yara.  Jo is so nice and smooth.  This is three coats without top coat, except for my middle finger.  I accidentally bumped the tip and had to even it out with a fourth.

Zoya made this haul possible (/too tempting to pass up) with their promos.  I always wait for them and always take advantage of them, usually buying more than I should!  I was a good girl this time and stuck to the buy three, get three, but only because I had done a bit of shopping just the day before.  I had a pair of colors in my cart that I was loathe to pass up, but I told myself I'd go back for them!  And I will, once I recover from this one...and the Walgreens trips...and probably what I am going to do if I can convince my hubby to take a "detour" to Seattle this weekend!  (It's for science!  The last white on my list before I give up on finding a good white formula is American Apparel!)

Are you still with me?  I hope so, even if you just looked at the pictures =) Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lacquer Convention: More Glitter Top Coats!

Hi there!  I meant to have this post up last night, but I had something come up.  In any case, these are the last three polishes that will be sold in my Etsy store.  I'm finishing up my listings as soon as I'm done with this post and they'll go up for sale!

The first polish is called Showgirl.  Her full name is "I'm a Showgirl, NOT a Dancer" but it doesn't quite fit on the label, so it can stay on her driver's license =P

Showgirl is a mix of purple and blue hexagons in a sea of silver and holographic glitter.  It's very, very sparkly!  These photos show two coats over bare nail, black, white and mint.

The next polish is Sparkle Berry Cobbler, Showgirl's sister.  It's once again a mix of purple, blue and berry colored glitter in gold and holographic gold glitter.  It's also very blingy and sparkly.

These photos show two coats over bare nail, black, white and mint.

The last polish is called Not on the Lips, a feisty and flirty densely packed glitter polish.  It's a mix of red, burgundy and holographic purple hexagons with a little bit of silver.  These photos show one coat on each finger over bare nail, black, white and mint.

For this photo, I included a shot of my thumb with two coats.  It almost has complete coverage here.

Thanks for reading and I hope you'll check out my shop!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Nail Art: Pinkie Pie!

Hey again!  Today I have a My Little Pony mani to show you!

Pinkie Pie is my favorite pony from Friendship is Magic.  My husband says that she reminds him of me...which I definitely don't mind because I love Pinkie Pie!  Even if she is a little crazy.

It's been a while since I've done any nail art and I can hardly believe it!  Shame on me for being so boring!  In any case, I'm really happy with how Pinkie turned out.  My hand was a little shaky with the brush from lack of practice, but she's recognizable!  

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Lacquer Convention: Glitter Top Coat Swatches

 Hello there everyone!  It's been about a week since I've felt like sitting down and putting anything together, but I've been looking around and trying to help solve the nail lacquer base shortage problem for myself and other frankeners.  There's still work to be done, but I received my last order from TKB Trading on Friday and I could finish stocking up for my Etsy shop.  It isn't open today, but I'm going to open it this Wednesday, March 21st.  This won't change again!  I apologize again for not opening last week when I intended to.  A few people took me up on email orders in the last week, but they're now closed.  Thanks to everyone who's been kind and supportive since last Monday!  I appreciate it all!

Today, I wanted to show you some of my glitter top coats, which will be available in the store on Wednesday.  I'll be doing swatches on my own nails for the shop, but for now I have nail wheels.  Each shade has been applied in one coat over black, white and mint green with no top coat.

This is Cocktail Hour, a mix of black, white, burgundy and holographic gold hexagons in a clear base.

This is Cute & Fun To Be With, a mix of multi-sized green, gold, pink, purple, periwinkle blue and holographic silver glitters.


This is Pub Night, a mix of pale green and gunmetal hexagons swimming in a sea of smaller navy, silver and pale green glitter.

The last one for today is Sour Patch Kids, a mix of red, orange, yellow and green hexagons with smaller white glitter.  It's named after the sour gummy candy that happens to be my BFF's favorite type of candy.  I mixed this color for her =)

Tomorrow, I'll have swatches of three more glitter top coats, Showgirl, Not On The Lips, and Sparkle Berry Cobbler.  Also, I'll have a real post again with some nail art.  My husband has been getting sucked into the new My Little Pony cartoon (His friends are all huge bronies and he's the last one to be infected) and I'm thinking some MLP nail art is in order tonight!

Thanks for reading!