Saturday, April 30, 2011

Haul + Helmer help

Hi ladies I am almost done with verifying  the entries for my giveaway I am very excited to announce a winner but that will have to wait for tomorrow. Today I wanted to show you my recent haul. The month is now over and Ive been trying to buy less polishes a month. I had asked what is a decent amount of polishes a month and Rebecca from Rebecca likes nails shared with me what she's been aiming for which is buying less polishes that there is days in the month. So I decided to give that a try and I failed miserably my total came to 68!! I'm ashamed I have absolutely no will power I blame Zoya because of their BOGO sale and Sally's  for their buy 2 get 1 free.

I got all the following polishes this past week and a half. Ive been doing alot of buying for swaps for 2 lovely ladies in Europe so in the middle of all the buying I couldn't come home without something for me. So here are some of the polishes from Sally's sale so every 3rd polish was free.

China Glaze Re-fresh mint
China glaze Four leaf clover
China Glaze Shocking pink
China Glaze Sexy in the city
China Glaze Electric Pineapple
China Glaze Senorita Bonita
China Glaze Papaya Punch

Orly Cotton Candy
Orly Va Va Voom
Essie Smooth Saling (Walgreens)

Walgreens was also having great sales on Sinful Colors 50% OFF and so was Sally Hansen's Xtreme wear polishes. CVS had a sale on the Insta-Dri buy one the second one is 50%OFF this is what came from theses sales.
Sinful Colors All about you
Sinful Colors UFO
Sally Hansen XW Strobe light
Sally Hansen XW Pacific blue
Sally Hansen XW Lacey Lilac
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Beige blast
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Night flight
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind white
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver sweep

These's next polishes I got today with my hubby in a mall in Salem NH. Its sometime nice to go to further away malls because they always have the exclusive stuff so take a look at what I found!

OPI Silver Shatter
OPI Mermaid Tears
OPI Pirates of the Caribbean mini set

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle butter
Icing Blackout (finally)
Icing duabilityMagnetic attraction/
 Force of Love (looks like Deborah Lippmann Across the universe dupe)

Claire's Flackie set
Claire's Secret Garden
Claire's Bright skies
Claire's Nail bling (multi colored gems/leopard print)

Bundle Monster Plates (got in the mail Monday)

So I failed horribly! But its a new month so Im really gonna try to keep its under 31 due to my massive hauling again I have run out of space for my polishes they no longer fit on my book shelf. So I will be making a trip to Ikea to get a helmer. Who has a Helmer for their polishes? How many polishes usually fit in a Helmer? I have 450+ could I fit all of them in one Helmer? How many polishes do you ladies have? 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Va Va Voom!

I have failed! Ive been on a no buy for about 2 weels but I couldn't anymore and one reason why was because of ORLY Summer 2011 Collection: Pinup at Sally's which is still having there buy 2 get 1 free deal. So I just couldn't help myself and I can't  just get one when there's a sale! I also had my co-workers Pro card so I got it for even cheaper! The beauty that called out to me was Orly Va Va Voom its a pretty pink neon creme. It applied perfect in 2 coats but dried semi matte the finish kinda looked like Orly Plastix collection. I added a top coat to get that glossy finish, sorry for the messy clean up it was an early morning out the door mani.

I love this color but yet is there any pink I don't like lol...

Reminder my giveaway end today  I am already half way through verifying all the entries for my Giveaway that will officially end today at Midnight EST time. This was my first giveaway to celebrate reaching 50 followers and on the last day of this giveaway I already have 408 followers. I am in complete shock on how many people entered. I have many more giveaways to come they wont be as big but I will not disappoint! Good luck ladies I will post the winner in Sunday!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Butterflies fly with me

Sorry I've gone MIA I was a pretty busy last week because the kids were on vacation from school so It was a pretty long week dealing with my Rugrats at work. I still managed to do my nails almost everyday but didn't have the time to post them up.So first I'm gonna show you the most recent mani which I wore for Easter.

I let my hubby pick the color and he picked out a nameless mini Hello Kitty jelly polish that I got from Target in a set. I wanted to do an accent nails and I still had my Sally Hansen salon effects strip laying around so I used one strip from the Fly with me set. I was actually able to get away with only using one strip for both nails so I still have enough strips to do a full mani.

I wanted the color to really pop so I did one coat of white on my nails first then 3 coats of the HK polish.

I love the Hello Kitty polish! I need another one of it for a back up because it will definitely not last with it being so mini! Who knew that it was this beautiful. Do you give cheapo polishes an fair chance or just brush them off?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ist full foil nail mani

Ive had foils for some months now but everytime I tried to do a full mani it never looked good. I tried many times and finally last week that I got a better foil glue I am actually semi proud of my attempt enough to show pictures of it. I applied a thin layer of The Best Glue Ever on my nails let it dry and used a holographic star foil. It came out a little sloppy and of course the top coat messed it up a little too but its still ok. I love the blingyness of it.

Have you tried foils? Any tips on how to apply them better? What top coat do you use over your foils?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

NOTD: Zoya Sooki+Milani Red sparkle

I am not a big fan of reds but theses 2 pretties are just too beautiful not to wear and I decided to wear them together because nothing is complete without a little bit of glitter. Zoya Sooki was super smooth in 2 coats and Milani Red sparkle was super gritty and needed 2 coats on top coat.

Pictures were taken indoors it would have
really sparkled if there was some sun!

I really like this combination just wish we had some sun to see the beautiful sparkle. Sooki just became my favorite red. What are your favorite reds?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Haul & Swap

Ive been trying to cut down on how much polish I buy a month because Ive been going a little crazy with the hauling so instead of hauling Ive been arranging swaps and just buying things for others.This past month Ive gotten some China Glazes that Ive been meaning to get for a while and since Sallys is having a buy 2 get 1 free sale it was the perfect time.

China Glaze Meteor Shower
China Glaze Luna
China Glaze Electric Lilac
China Glaz Dollhouse
China Glaze Purple panic
China Glaze Fairy dust
China Glaze Cosmic

OPI Lincoln park after dark Matte
OPI You don't know me Jacques Matte

Lastly Ive been trying to get my hands on Magnetic polishes for a while and finally I found some on MUA and it happen to be from a fellow blogger. I arranged a swap with Jackie from Candy Coated Tips and finally I got some Essence magnetic polishes!! plus some extras :-)

I think Ive been doing good but I have my darling hubby to feed my addiction here he is looking through a Ulta sales magazine. He's too cute!

Ive been trying to get my hands on more international polishes so I need some international swap buddies. I hate missing out on collections because they don't sell them in the US for example the Essence collections are never in Ulta when they should be! Any one interested in swapping?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Office friendly polish

When it come to picking nail polish I usually go for the brightest or most glittery polish as working for the Boys and Girls club my nail polish colors aren't going to offend anyone if anything it keep my kids attention as I point to their homework lol.. But I sometimes have important meetings that I need to have office friendly polish and I struggle to pick them because I don't have many. I had an important meeting a couple of days ago and I chose Sinful colors Social Ladder. Its a shimmery light kinda nude pink. I liked the color a lot but Its not me so after the meeting I took it right off.

3 coat and top coat

What do you consider a office friendly polish? What are some of you favorite office friendly colors that you ladies have?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Foil crackle look

A while back I got a bunch of foils and I play with them here and there but I was never able to get the foil to completely transfer on to the nail were it looked good. I kinda gave up until I saw a post and video tutorial by the master of nail art Robin Moses if you don't know about her you need to go to her blog and YouTube channel now! She sometimes uses foils in her design and has testing many different glues and finally found a good foil glue. When I seen that I immediately started searching for The best glue ever (that's actually the name of it lol) I unfortunately didn't find it and I had to order it on but it was ok because they have free shipping.

I finally got my bottle today and I wanted to try doing a design Robin did on her blog that didn't seem too difficult its a crackle polish technique which is basically using different color foils to look like crackle polish over a black polish.

For my version of design I used Wet N Wild black, Multi colored foil, China Glaze fairy dust, neon yellow and orange paint. I love this design it is now my favorite mani!

Have you ladies tried foils before? If so what kind of glue do you use?

Thursday, April 7, 2011

OPI Too hot pink to holdem

Last week a lot of my nails had broken so I cut them all down and I really hate short short nails. I wanted to use one of my new polishes and I picked OPI too hot pink to holdem. I used some glue on nails and did 3 coats of polish then took a gold striper and did a little design on all the nails. Then on ring finger I added a gold star and some little beads.

I love the color but I wasn't 100% content with the design just because they didnt really go together but I spent a good amount of time on it so I atleast kept it for the day. What do you do if you dont like a manicure do you keep it, try to fix it or start over?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Giveaways Im entereing in

Theses are some of the Giveaways I am entering this week:

Mon Coin a moua 1000+ followers giveaway ends April 30

Mirannie's 250 followers Giveaway! Closes April 10th

Spellbinding Nails 1st giveaway ends May 1st

Fashioned in Finland April giveaway ends the beggining of May

Nail Fanatic Srping cleaning giveaway ends May 2nd


Here is Last week haul Ive been trying to slow down on buying so many polishes but It is really hard!! This time all the polishes I got were because they were good deals or Ive been searching for them for a while and I finally found them.

My Package from Zoya arrived I took advantage of their BOGO sale and since I was already ordering from them I thought I should replace my poor Crystal that dried up because of its broken neck. I love all the colors but one Zoya Tamsen I don't even know why I ordered I hate orange/red colors! I might swap it or save it for another giveaway.

*Zoya Crystal *Zoya Mitzi *Zoya Lolly
*Zoya Pheobe *Zoya Sooki *Zoya Areej
*Zoya Mira *Zoya Breezi *Zoya Tamsen (yuck)
*Zoya Rica *Zoya Faye

I ordered some Hello Kitty water decal that Ive been wanting for a while I got all 6 different designs and it come with 20 water decals of 2 different designs. I got them from eBay from a great seller that sell a bunch of Sanrio stuff.

I took a trip to Ulta to return this after shave liquid to reduce razor bumps that I had got for my hubby and he later told me I got ripped off because i paid $20 for it. So I had $20 store credit I already had to buy OPI Guy meets Galveston for a swap and everything else called out to me lol..

OPI Guy meets Galveston (for Jackie of Candy Coated Tips)
Essense Plum perfect (mini)
Essie Borrowed & Blue
China Glaze Ingrid
Revlon Powder Puff matte suede

Found the last polishes in Target and T.J Maxx none of them have names I just liked the colors and I couldn't resist the cuteness of the Hello kitty polishes. I swatched them all on a nail wheel and they were all jellys and very pretty colors. As for the Mood Struck set I only liked 2 of the colors and I usually swap out the colors I didn't like for another one in another set but the polishes were at the counter so I couldn't with and getting yelled at.

That was all which isn't bad compared to my last haul post. I will try to take it easy and I kinda wanna give myself a limit but I'm not sure if it should be how many polish or how much I spend a week? What do you ladies think what is a reasonable amount of polish a week? or money spent on polish a week?