The Lacquer Ring – Stars

It’s Lacquer Ring time again!

First, I will tell you about my carpet debacle this weekend… So my brother in law and his fiance’ are coming home for Christmas. She has never seen my collection and most people who haven’t seen it are intrigued, and of course I’m proud of it. lol  So I have some minor spills on the carpet around my polish shelf (in the closet of the guest bedroom) So I took it upon myself to try to clean it off so the house would look nice for them.  Well after about a bottle of nail polish remover later, the stains are still there… and the whole upstairs smelled so bad that if you lit a match you might blow up. It was god awful!!! I shampooed the rug 3x nothing was making this smell better, I dumped baking soda directly on the carpet hoping to absorb some of the smell, nada.  Eventually almost 4 days later the smell is gone, but if you sit on the floor you can still smell it when you are closer to the carpet…  smh

I have been totally neglecting my nails as I have been spackling, painting, cleaning, the whole nine yards in order to prepare for our family coming for Christmas. Winter of course is about THE worst time to do that so naturally my hands are so dry. 😦 I also have not been keeping up with my Nail Envy as I have only been painting my nails for TLR’s so I had my pinky and pointer finger on my ‘model hand’ break and my thumb on the other hand! Tragedy!!

Alright, well enough about my craziness, because I am sure we are all going through this, it is after all the Holidays!

Lesley as you know chose this month’s prompt, She chose ‘Magenta-ish’ nails for our color theme and now the theme is Stars.  I have this awesome Star stamp on one of my 80’s MoYou Stamps that I just knew I had to use!

I started out with Philly Loves Lacquer’s Hope is an Option. I then used ILNP’s Metropolis flakie with two coats. I stamped using Essie’s Nothing Else Metals.

I did a plan on ‘star’ for my pinky. Per my last TLR I said I had to to Hello Kitty themed nails in some way as Lesley and I both share our obsession for Hello Kitty. I have a giant plate of all kinds of HK Stamps and on there is a Lady Gaga Hello Kitty. Of course Lesley loves her to, so Win!  I stamped this using Zoya’s Savita

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IMG_7311IMG_7312IMG_7314I have to say how much I love these Flakies!  think I got 7 or 8. So far I used the Blue and this one and I love them both! I just love how the flakies just peek through but you can still see how awesome they are!

What do you think?  How crazy are you right now preparing for the Holidays?

Before you go, don’t forget to check out the other Star Manis 😉

 

Stamping Saturday – I mustache you a question..

In case you don’t know November has been dubbed Movember in order to promote awareness to Men’s Health.

The Movember Foundation aims to change this way of thinking by putting a fun twist on this serious issue. Using the moustache as a catalyst, the idea is to bring about change and give men the opportunity and confidence to learn and talk about their health and take action when needed. 
 
As a global men’s health movement, the Movember Foundation has the ambition to contribute to improving the lives of men around the world. To achieve this, we challenge men to grow moustaches during Movember (the month formerly known as November) to spark conversation and raise funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health problems.  We see success as moving the dial on progress towards:
  • Reduced mortality from prostate, testicular cancer and men’s suicide 
  • Men living with prostate or testicular cancer being physically and mentally well
  • Men and boys understanding how to be mentally healthy and taking action when they experience mental health problems
  • Men and boys with mental health problems not being discriminated against

More information on this cause and how to help can be found at us.movember.com

I have done my nails in support as well as have donated to my friend who is currently participating in Movember. Please do your part in showing support and/or donating this November and always.

If you don’t have someone you know participating yet and would still like to donate, I have attached a link to my friends page here.

For my Mustache look, I FINALLY got my Zoya mattes I have been drooling over for forever! I did two coats of Savita and topped it off with my MoYou Mustache stamp using Essie’s Nothing else metals. I absolutely love the look of the shiny staches over the matte purple. See for yourself!

 

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Pretty amazing right! Enough to make you go get Savita if you don’t already have it? lol

Don’t forget to check out the Movember website and get involved. or Donate here

Also make sure you check out everyone else’s Stamping Saturday looks!

 

NOTD – Holo love

Those of you that follow me on Instagram, or Facebook already had a sneak peek of these nails 🙂 These are my I LOVE Holo nails!

This is two coats of Darling Diva’s Stand Back. This polish is a deep purple with amazing holo to it, this was part of the collection inspired by the Amazing Stevie Knicks. This color is perfect for me because not only do I love purple, I love Holos, and even more so, I love Stevie Knicks! I also stamped this hearts stamp on my accent nail using Essie’s Nothing Else Metals.

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So what are our plans this Valentine’s day and what are you wearing on your nails?

NOTD 154 – Featured Color Friday – Special Sneak Peek

Happy Friday guys! Today, 9 years ago my husband and I tied the knot at the Justice of Peace in Killeen, TX; The Army town that we were living in. 🙂 Five years later with Army deployments behind us, we renewed our vows in a ‘wedding ceremony’ and reception back in Jersey shared by our closest friends and family. Nine years later, we still have the most special, strongest relationship. I don’t know what I’d do without him ❤

On another exciting note, I have a sneak peak of a new and upcoming Shimmer Polish! I received four special polishes in the mail the other day from Shimmer and of course my favorite was the one not even up for sale yet, its brand spanking new!

*This polish was sent to me for unbiased review.

I have for you, ‘Astrid’. It’s a Gorgeous light purple base, not quite clear, suspended glitter polish. the glitter flecks are all shapes, there are purples, and pinks, and my favorite the color changing ones depending on the light. Unfortunately not the best for photo taking so I did my best, I hope that the pictures can do this stunning polish justice.

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I used two coats of ‘Catrice – Heavy Metalilac’ on my accent finger and two coats of ‘OPI – Planks A Lot’ on the rest along with two coats of ‘Astrid’ On my accent finger, I used my new stamp, ‘Winstonia – W102′  using “Essie – Nothing else metals’

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Here is the look:

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Isn’t this color just stunning? Here are the final two pics of just the beauty itself.

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Shimmer Polishes was started on just the pure obsession of polish just like the rest of us. She however makes AMAZINGLY gorgeous glitter polishes. I for one couldn’t even dream up some of these beauties. All of the Shimmer polishes are named after family and friends that she draws inspiration from.

Shimmer Polishes is on Facebook by clicking here

Her blog by clicking here

And most importantly, where you can buy these pretties, on the Etsy website

Although Astrid is not up for sale yet, don’t fret I am getting the word that it’s very soon, so keep checking the blog and FB page for updates! 🙂

Well Ladies … and a few gents.. That is all that I have for you today, I will be back with Jasmine, Katherine, and Cindy next week 🙂 Have a good weekend!

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…And it’s a….

Happy Weekend everyone!

As promised I have something extra special for you rather than a Featured Color Friday this week, this is way better! For those of you that don’t know ( but seriously who doesn’t, if you don’t it’s because you are not already following Nicole and well if that’s the case, shame on you, get to it! ) Nicole @ Polish me, Please is Pregnant! All of the soon to be born Helleborine Bunny Romp’s Aunties have been waiting for the big gender reveal to do a special nail spectacular for you guys. Unfortunately Nicole’s little Mythical creature, or Unicorn as we have been calling her, just would not reveal herself to the new mommy and daddy, until now! IT’S A GIRL!

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For this special manicure I started out with two coats of “Sinful Colors – Glass Pink”. I then did a darker pink tip using “Wet N’ Wild Spoiled – Club Rat” Once dry, I went a little crazy with the stamping… lol I used “Essie – Nothing else Metals” over the whole nail with my the ‘xoxo’s from my “Vivid Lacquer stamp – VL 001”. I then took (a very old polish so there is no name) what I call Barbie Pink by “Orly” and stamped the little bear holding the heart overtop on my ring finger “Cheeky Stamp – CH53”. Finally I used the same color and the same plate and stamped the words ‘baby’.

Here are my Unicorn reveal nails:

 

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Be sure to check out the soon to be new mom Nicole’s nails out at: Polish Me Please and wish her congratulations!

Also check out the other girls nails:

Amy @ The Fancy Side

Jessica @ Once Upon a Polish

Frosso @ Lacquer Me Silly

Cynthia @ Of Life and Lacquer

Lesley @ Twitter & Instagram

Siobhan @ For the Love of Nail Art

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NOTD 144 – Double stamping!

Hey guys!

So first I am going to tell you about our Target trip first from last night… So we go in to Target and as always plan on getting one or two things we need and end up with much more.. I know I am not the only one! So we walk by the kids aisles and Don suggests we get coloring books… yes I am 26 and he is 32 but although we are adults we are not quite ‘grown-ups’ yet; Don’t get me wrong we are totally responsible Adults, just like a lot of kid stuff, movies, etc. LOL So anyway, Alright that sounds fun. We stand in the aisle for about 10 minutes picking out our two books and the crayons who knew that they had so many fun kind now. So we ended up with these giant coloring sheets, I get a Hello Kitty one of course and he gets Ninja Turtles. So we go to get some snacks and Capri Suns were on sale so we got three of those, and he ran out of chocolate syrup for chocolate milk.. among a few other things. So I had to pick up my prescription (ill tell you about that in a moment) so he went to check out. When we met up at the door, he was cracking up because the woman saw the coloring pages, the awesome set of crayons, the capri suns, and the chocolate syrup and told Don how he must be a good dad. LOL So we totally do not have kids, we are just big kids ourselves! Alright, now on to the Pharmacy… So I am standing there waiting for the script and the woman behind the counter comes over and while she is ringing the script up, she asks to see my nails, she says she loves them! She then wanted to take a picture of them, It made my day! She showed me her awesome white, neon pink, and silver nails! I then whipped out my cards I had made a while back with my website on it for times just like these, and told her about the blog. I came up to meet Don all smiles and told him all about it while he told me how good of a dad he was lol!

Alright now on to my awesome nails!

So I painted two coats of “OPI – Planks A lot”. With my new stamping plate from Vivid Lacquer ‘VL – 001’ I used “Essie’s – Nothing else Metals” and used the plaid stamp. I then thought that the contrast of the shiny purple looked a little crooked and I am just too anal so I thought well let me try double stamping, I have always wanted to do that. I then took the same stamp this time using ” Sally Hansen’s – Plumm-it” and offset the stamp a bit to make this effect. I must say I LOVE it.

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So I don’t know what it is, maybe the contrasting of purples here, the fact that I finally attempted double stamping, or what it is, but I absolutely adore this mani! Other than the woman at Target, I have gotten other compliments since wearing too, which is always nice 🙂

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Alright that’s all the pics on my fab nails for now. Don’t forget to come back on Friday for the gorgeous “Channeling Coco by Darling Diva”

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NOTD 100 – Plum-It

Happy Sunday! bleh! I hate Sundays because that means Monday is coming, and Mondays suck!!!

In any event, Friday night, Frosso shared this amazing Zoya offer… It was try three Zoya polishes for free. It excluded some of the newest lines and you still had to pay $10 shipping. So I got three Zoya’s that night for $10 bucks!! Thank you so much Frosso! I can’t wait until they come in. If you are interested, go to Zoya’s page and check it out, they will email you a link and you use “Zoya2013” in the check out.

* Promotion Excludes Zoya Nail Treatments, Gilty Pleasures and Spring 2013 Lovely & PixieDust Collection colors

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*** Free shipping available on orders of $25 or more only.

Now on to a beauty that Frosso got me for my Birthday!! She got me “Essie – Nothing else Metals” I used my Cheeky Stamp CH48 overtop two coats of “Sally Hansen – Plum-It”.

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I am loving my new light box, I can really capture the pictures how I have always wanted, but there is always room for improvement still with the placement of the lighting. Sorry, that’s the perfectionist in me… lol

Hope everyone has a good week!

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