Saturday, September 29, 2012

10 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 6

I am slowly but surely getting posts up for my favorite manicures from the 10 Day Challenge I just completed, which was hosted by Erica of Erica's Nails and More.  I really had a great time doing the challenge, I just wish I hadn't been so busy the week of the challenge so that I could have had these posts on the corresponding days of the challenge...but oh well.  Without further ado, here is my Day 6 manicure.


The theme for Day 6 was polka dots.  I recently got a dotting tool, and am still mastering it.  I am actually quite pleased with how this mani came out.  It's definitely one of my favorites from the challenge.  I think the dots look pretty good, and are all pretty of uniform size.


So, there's kind of a funny story behind the color combination.  I couldn't decide what colors to use for this mani, just because I knew pretty much anything would look good.  So I decided to have my boyfriend pick the colors.  The first thing he asked was what I was wearing to work the next day.  I had planned on wearing black shirt with a teal and black knit cardigan, which you can see in the next picture.


I think he asked me what I was wearing so that he could pick out colors that would not match it all, thinking I wouldn't go through with it.  But, I'm not super picky if my nails don't match what I'm wearing.  If I'm doing a manicure and intend to wear it a few days, I try to have at least outfit match my nails.  Anyway, so he said he wanted a blue base with pink and orange polka dots.


I then went into my stash and pulled out LA Colors Static Electricity for the base and Julep Mandy (pink) and LA Colors Tangerine (orange) for the polka dots.  I did have to do a second coat on the polka dots to get them opaque on top of the bright, almost neon blue.


Finally, I just have to say, I am in LOVE with this final picture I took.  I wish I had taken the time to do my photo editing (I only crop and add the watermark, nothing else) during the challenge, because I definitely would have submitted this final image.  It's one of my favorite pictures of my nails I have taken.

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Sarah

Friday, September 28, 2012

I Won My First Giveaway!


Yes, it's true!  After months and months and months and months of entering giveaways, and getting to know so many more ladies in this fantastic polish community, I have finally won one!

I won Little J's Nail Corner's Reader Appreciation Giveaway! (I love the name of her blog by the way!)  You definitely need to check out Jennifer's blog and Facebook page.

I am the second prize winner and I won the two Milani polishes on the right, in the picture below.  They are 3D Digital and 3D Cyberspace.


I am so ridiculously excited.  I have been lusting after the Milani's for awhile now...every time I went into CVS.  And now I will finally have some!  Thank you so much for this opportunity Jennifer and for the fantastic giveaway! :D

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Sarah

Monday, September 24, 2012

10 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 3

So today is actually the final day of my first nail art challenge hosted by Erica of Erica's Nails and More, but I'm going to share my Day 3 manicure.  The theme for day three was favorite season.  Since my favorite season is fall, I tried to incoporate some of those colors into a mani.


This was also the first time I had attempted a fishtail/braided mani.  It was fairly easy, but I'm not a super big fan of my final result.  However, I am in LOVE with the bronze colored polish.



Here are the polishes I used in this mani.  The base is LA Colors Bronze, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Rapid Red, and NYC Colors Plaza Plumberry.  I'm not a big fan of Plaza Plumberry, I bought it a few weeks ago, but it was way darker than I expected and usually just looks black because I'm so pale.



Overall, I like the concept of this mani, and I look forward to try the braiding style again, and hopefully master it!  I just can't get over how much I love that bronze though!  It's probably one of my favorites of my LA Colors polishes.  And I have eight or ten of them.



Here is actually my first attempt at the braided mani - a practice for the challenge.  I really liked the red nails, but you just couldn't really see the orange (Sonia Kashuk Hot Pursuit) in the braid.  I am also extremely honored to say that today, for day 10, another blogger from the challange, Erin of The Colours in My World, used my braided mani as an inspiration.  I love the colors and the final result of her mani so much better than mine!

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Sarah

Saturday, September 15, 2012

10 Day Nail Art Challenge - Day 1

Today is the first day of my very first nail art challenge!  It's hosted by Erica's Nails and More, and I am super excited!  Today's theme is Favorite Color.  My favorite color is green, but I actually own only one green polish.  It's neon and I love it, but I just wasn't feeling it.  So I went with my favorite color polish I have, which is Zoya Lana.



It's a gorgeous red with lots of pink undertones, and gold shimmer.  You can really see the shimmer in the pictures I used flash on.  They will be towards the end of the post, since they were taken pre-nail art.  I used three coats of Lana as a base coat, followed by a black Art Deco by LA Colors nail art striper polish.




Since it's a nail art challenge, you were supposed to incorporate nail art somehow into your design.  I am very much a newbie when it comes to nail art, and could not decide what else to put on top of Lana (can you tell I didn't think about this particular day in advance?).  So I pulled out the striper polishes I have and decided to try a "simple" swoopy design on each nail.  "Simple" only because everything nail art for me a literally a challenge.  Which is why I am participating in this challenge!

And now for the shimmery gold awesomeness that is Zoya Lana!





So pretty!!!  And without flash, still gorgeous.


Yay!  The first day of my first challenge is complete!  I've been practicing some of the techniques for future days, so expect better quality nail art!  I'm gonna try anyway!  Keep checking back because I'll try to have as many posts as possible.  But I probably won't be able to everyday.  Also, check Erica's Facebook page because she will be posting everyone's entries in albums daily.

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Sarah

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Patriot Day - TIOT

We will never forget 9/11/01.  I want to send out a huge thank you to all our public service and military for everything they have done to keep us safe and still do today.  United We Stand.

In honor of Patriot Day, in remembrance of September 11th, I decided to use Julep America for the first time.  I didn't think of it until partially through the day, but I've had this polish since I got it in my July Julep Maven box, and had never used it.  So technically it qualifies as a Try it On Tuesday (TIOT).




I started off with two coats of Julep Kate, also from my July Julep Maven box (another untried!), followed by two coats of America.  And I love the end result.  In fact, I almost like how it looks in the pictures more than I like it on my nails!



Application of America was a HUGE pain in the butt!  I think I'm going to have to invest in a bottle of thinner...because oh boy, does it need it.  It was thick and gloppy and just plain eww.  The first couple of nails would be fine, but the longer I had the bottle open the more gloppy it got.  By the time I finished my right hand, there were stars all clumped up on the upper part of the brush handle, and very few on my nails.


I wasn't even too concerned with the number of stars on my nails (I ended up with three I think), but the consistency of the polish left a lot to be desired.  I didn't really like the super fine red glitter in the polish...it looks gorgeous as an end result, but is a pain for application.


Though the glitter dried quickly, it was really gritty and still wasn't smooth after two layers of topcoat.  I'm sure part of it is the topcoat I use.  I just love the colors in America...and the way the light flashes off the metallic glitters in this polish.




I'm just not looking forward to taking it off! ;)

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Sarah

Monday, September 10, 2012

My First Nail Art Challenge

In my last post, I mentioned how I would be entering my first nail art challenge!  I am entering the 10 day challenge hosted by Erica's Nails and More.  Below is the image which documents each day's theme.


Instead of requiring everyone to do a blog post each day, Erica will be collecting the pictures daily and posting them to an album on Facebook.  I will still try to do blog posts for each manicure, but it may not happen on the exact day of the manicure.

Part of the reason I've been MIA so much in the last few weeks is because I've been practicing some of my techniques for the challenge so that I don't get discouraged and give up halfway through because a particular technique is not going my way.  I have about half of the themes planned out at this point, so I think I'm off to a good start!

I am really looking forward to this challenge as I have never done one, and I'm not very skilled at nail art.  If you are interested in partcipating, "Like" Erica's Nails and More on Facebook and write on her wall and tell her you would like to particpate as well.  The challenge will begin on this Saturday, September 15th.  I'm looking forward to it and I hope you are too!

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Sarah

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Chomp Chomp

Sorry it has been so long since I posted!  I have been super busy the last few weeks due to school, family, and sports.  I have been painting my nails more, so I at least will have a little bit of a back log of posts to do. I am entering my first nail art competition, which will be starting next Saturday, September 15th.  So I have been practicing and fine-tuning some designs for the contest.  But onto the manicure!

I have decided to do a Florida Gator themed manicure each week during the regular football season.  We're now two weeks in, but I will be sharing my mani from last week.


Last week we played Bowling Green University, and we won 24 to 14.  It was a rough game, but we're still in the re-building process.  Anywho, back to the nails!


I used three polishes to create this mani.  One of which, the glitter polish, is an indie created by Jen at Jindie Nails.  I used two neon blacklight polishes from Hot Topic (nameless, but I call them Neon Orange and Neon Blue), and Chomp Chomp from Jindie Nails.




I just have to say how impressed I was with the way this manicure came out.  I loved it so much!  And I had never done an accent nail before but knew I wanted to to show off the orange and blue glitter in Chomp Chomp.  The funny part was, my boyfriend kept asking me why I only painted one nail blue and didn't alternate -- because that's the point of an accent nail!


Chomp Chomp has a wide variety of types of glitter in it including small metallic blue hex glitter, medium sized orange matte hex glitter, small metallic blue bar glitter, and large matte blue squares (at least I think that's everything!).  One thing I really liked the polish is it toned down the neon of the base coat.  Because it's nearly impossible to find true Gator Orange polish, Chomp Chomp complimented it nicely, and made the eye catching part of the mani the glitter and not the base colors.


The application was fantastic.  What is seen in all these pictures is only two coats.  Chomp Chomp is  full of glitter!  And I had almost no application issues.  I didn't have to fish any of the larger glitter out, though I did some placement so that lots of glitter wouldn't accumulate all in one place on the nail, as can be seen on my ring finger.  But even that isn't terrible.



If you are interested in any of Jen's other lovely creations, check them out in her Etsy shop here.  She's currently set to vacation mode, but should be back in the next week or so.  I can't wait to pick up a few more of her polishes!  But, if you're a Florida Gators fan I highly recommend this polish.  It's absolutely perfect.


I am so in love with Chomp Chomp!  I will probably be using it again in another Gator Mani soon. 


Anywho, bare with me in the next few weeks, I promise I'll be posting a lot more!

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Sarah
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