Sunday, September 21, 2014

Black, Silver, & Matte Hello Kitty Nails



I have guest nails today.  These are black and silver Hello Kitty nails.  We started with a base coat then added Wet N Wild’s Black Crème nail polish.  When this was dry, we stamped on Hello Kitty using plate M71 from the Born Pretty Store and Pure Ice Silver Mercedes.  We gave this some time to dry then added a top coat of Hard Candy’s Matte-ly In Love to give the nails a matte finish.
I love how these nails turned out.  The black and silver go good together.  I think the matte finish really pulls everything together.      

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Liebster


I was nominated for two Liebster awards by the sweet Stephanie at http://reallyquiteawesome.blogspot.ca and the talented Heather from http://bellecouturenails.blogspot.com.  The Liebster award is an award to recognize bloggers with fewer than 200 followers.  You share 11 things about yourself, answer the 11 questions from the person who gave you the award, award 11 other bloggers, then ask 11 questions for these bloggers. 


11 things about me:

1. I am a mom.
2. Sometimes I talk to myself when I'm doing math (thinking out loud I guess).  :)
3. Chinese food is my favorite type of food.
4. I never used to like reality T.V., now some of my favorite shows are reality T.V. shows.
5. I love watching movies (it's easier to watch them from home these days so I can press pause if I need to).
6. I love to fish and I'm actually pretty good at it.
7. I am a hard worker.
8. I am sentimental.
9. I love sweets.
10.  My favorite chocolate is white chocolate.
11. I love roses.

11 Questions from Stephanie

1. What are you currently wearing on your nails?
            Red

2. Number one lemming?
            The Painted Nail by Nubar’s Malibu Dreams! 

3. Name 11 things you'd take if your house caught on fire and everything except those 11 items would be destroyed.
This is a hard one.  Since I’m sentimental, I would want to take everything.  If I could only take 11 things I think it would be:
1. My family (a given, but I thought I would list it anyway).
2. Important papers.
3. Pictures/ home videos.   
4. A few books.
5. Jewelry.
6. Medicines.
7. A few knick-knacks/ stuffed animals that mean a lot to me.
8. Some clothes.
9. Money.
10. Computer.
11. Camera.

4. Do you have any major pet peeves? What are they?
            I am a bit of a germaphobe so I don’t like people licking their fingers to sort through papers.  Granted I have done this myself, I make a conscious effort not to do this.        

5. What's your favorite childhood memory?
            I have so many because I had an awesome childhood.  I will say that my best memories all involve my family. 

6. What is the newest nail polish(es) you just bought and how long ago did you buy it? 
          Wet N Wild Everybody Loves Redmond.  My honey found it for me about a week ago.  :) 


7. What are your hobbies?
            I like to read, paint my nails, and watch movies.

8. Who is your role model? Name at least one person you look up too?
            I have been blessed to have many role models in my life.  I would have to say I really look up to my parents.  They are such strong people.  I just hope I can be as strong as them and I can be as good a role model to my own children. 

9. Favorite trend of 2012?
            I love all the glitter polishes popping up this year.  All the colors, sizes, and shapes are eye-catching. 

10. What is your favorite finish of nail polish?
            I really like glitter, but it can be hard to remove and a bit too flashy for some occasions, so I am going to have to say cream.  Cream polishes come in such a large variety of colors and have a naturally smooth finish.  They say variety is the spice of life and having a nail blog helps.  I can get away with craziness because “it’s for my blog”.  Haha. 

11. Book your currently reading, or the one you have just finished?
            Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets.    

11 Questions from Heather

1. When and why did you start blogging?
            I started blogging October 19, 2011.  I had been checking out a few blogs and thought that it looked like a lot of fun and something I could do.  I was hesitant to start but so excited when I decided that I was going to do it.  I have enjoyed it so much! 

2. How many bottles of polish do you own?
            A ton, lol.  I haven’t actually counted them all.

3. What color do you have the most of in your collection?
            I think it is probably pink then maybe teal. 

4. What is your first memory of nail polish?
            I’m not too sure of my actual first nail polish memory, but I do remember painting my nails pretty frequently in middle school.  I would always have my nails matching my clothes.  

5. What nail polish color would you never wear on your toenails? Your fingernails?
            Good question.  I’m not sure if there is a color I wouldn’t wear on my toenails or fingernails.  Like I mentioned earlier, I always have the “it’s for my blog” excuse.  :)

6. What are your hobbies other than blogging?
            I like to read, paint my nails, and watch movies.

7. What's your favorite nail polish color?
            Probably pink, but I have been loving purple lately.

8. What would be your dream polish?
            I love your idea of a clear polish that you can scan the cap to match the color you want.  Genius!  But since that is taken, I would say something light to medium (girly) colored with a hint of simmer to it—or something holographic.   

9. What is something you love, but everyone else hates?
            Shatter nail polish. 

10. What nail trends do you love? Hate?
            I love half-moon manicures (although I have never tried one myself).  I am not sure about what nail trends I hate.  I do see a lot of glitter around the holidays, which I love, but I hate removing glitter polishes. 

11. Which nail polish brand do you have the most of?
            I think it is probably Sinful Colors.  I am always scooping some up when they go on sale for $0.99 at WalGreens. 

11 People I am nominating:

5. HGNailDesign from http://hgnaildesign.blogspot.com
8. Love4NailArt from http://love4nailart.blogspot.com
9. Pardon My Nails from http://www.pardonmynails.com

11 questions for my nominees:

1. What is your favorite color of nail polish to wear?

2. What is your favorite nail polish finish (matte, glitter, cream, etc.)?

3. How often do you paint your nails?

4. Do you prefer stamping or free-hand nail art?

5. What is your favorite nail polish brand?

6. What is your favorite food?

7. What is your favorite movie?

8. What is your favorite pastime (besides blogging/painting nails)?

9. Do you have any pets?

10. What is your favorite saying/quote?

11. How long have you been blogging?

Thank you very much Stephanie and Heather for the awards!  I appreciate it.  I had fun putting everything together. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Pink Dolphin Nails


For the Miami Dolphins first day of regular season football, I have this manicure inspired by my pink Tannehill jersey.  The pink polish is a special edition O.P.I polish that I got for free last year when I subscribed to All You Magazine.  The color is called It’s ALL YOU!  This polish is so pretty and it matched my jersey very well.  It is a medium pink with a slight blue/purple undertone.  For this manicure I only used coat of It’s ALL YOU!  For the dolphin I used Maybelline Bold Gold and stamping plate m52.  
I love the way this manicure turned out.  It was quick, easy, and matched my jersey so well.  I am excited for fall weather and football.  Go Dolphins! 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Born Pretty Store Water Decal C 066 Review


(Born Pretty Store Water Decal C 066 was sent for review)
Today I have some more water decals from the Born Pretty Store to share.  These are the Nail Art Water Decals Transfer Stickers Red Series Rose Pattern Sticker in C 066.  It includes lots of lovely roses in red, purple, light and dark pink, as well as a few leaves.  
I started this manicure with a base coat, and then painted on one coat of N.Y.C. Pink Champagne.
When that was dry, I used reinforcement labels and Salon Express Nail Art Paint in Snow White to create a French tip.
 I cut out red roses from the water decal sheet, and then peeled off the plastic covering. 
One by one, I placed the roses into the water and, after a few seconds, I slid the backing off and placed them onto my nails.  You can check out my water decal how to here.  When this was dry I added a top coat to help prolong my manicure.
I love this manicure.  It has a dainty look to it.  The Born Pretty Store water decals are perfect to add beautiful, intricate looking roses very simply.  I was intimidated by water decals, but now that I have tried them a few times myself, I am really impressed and would definitely use them again.  You can find the water decals I used in this manicure here.  The Born Pretty Store has more water decals and lots of other great products on their website.  To get 10% off your order, you can use my discount code SNDX31.
(Born Pretty Store Water Decal C 066 was sent for review)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Born Pretty Store Water Decal Y026 Review and How To

(Born Pretty Store Water Decal Y026 was sent for review)
I have some water decals from the Born Pretty Store to share today.  I have always admired water decals.  They add so much to a manicure.  I was intimidated to use them; however after trying them for myself I realize they are actually easy to use.  
I chose to review the Classical Flower Vine Pattern Nail Art Water Decals Transfers Sticker in Y026 which had a lot of pretty floral designs.  The back of the package has instructions for applying these decals.  I started by painting my nails with two coats of China Glaze Pool Party over a dry base coat.  When this was completely dry I was ready to apply my water decals.
 
To apply the water decals, I used a bowl with water, scissors, and tweezers. 
  • I cut out the designs I wanted then peeled off the plastic covering.
  • I then placed the decal into the water and let it sit for about 10-20 seconds.
  • Next I moistened the nail I planned on placing the decal on by simply dipping another finger into the water and patting my decal nail.
  • I then took the decal out of the water and it slipped off the paper backing. 
  • I used tweezers to help me place the decal on my nail. 
  • When this was completely dry I added a top coat.  
I also tried adding a water decal to my nail by peeling off the plastic covering, placing the decal face down on my nail, and then holding a wet paper towel over it for a few seconds.  This technique also worked on getting the water decal onto my nails.  I found it slightly easier to apply the water decals using the bowl of water rather than a wet paper towel.  
Overall I am really impressed with these water decals.  They are much easier to use then I first thought.  I love the intricate look they added to my manicure.  These water decals lasted a long time.  They lasted longer than my nail polish.  The Born Pretty Store has a whole range of water decals to choose from.  If you like the ones I used today you can find them here.  The Born Pretty Store offers free shipping worldwide and you can use my discount code SNDX31 to get 10% off your order.
(Born Pretty Store Water Decal Y026 was sent for review)

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