Thursday, August 4, 2011

Introducing Mia a.k.a....a future nail blogger is born!

Hey guys!
I miss you all!

Things have just been so crazy!

BUT...I wanted to introduce to you a very special little girl...MINE!!!

Born July 7th
9lbs 10.9 oz
19.5 inches

Headed home from the hospital
Napping right after getting home from the hospital
Modeling a hat my Mom made her

Napping with Daddy

Perfect nails !


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Metals! SO EXCITED!


China Glaze Introduces Six New Crackle Glaze Polishes in Sparkling Metallics for Summer 2011
Los Angeles, CA – (June 2011):  Set your summer style to “sizzle” with China Glaze’s new Crackle Glaze Metals collection.  The pioneer in crackle technology, China Glaze takes the beauty phenomenon to the next level with this second-generation polish that pairs the edgy innovation of crackle with the elegant beauty of metals.  The China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals collection features six sparkling metallic colors including:
·        Tarnished Gold: Warm, honeyed hue
·        Platinum Pieces: Shimmering silver
·        Haute Metal: Pale pink
·        Cracked Medallion: Bold bronze
·        Latticed Lilac: Soft lavender
·        Oxidized Aqua: Deep aquamarine blue
Create dramatically different looks with just one sweep of China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals.  Layer over different base colors to create bold styles.  Use a lighter coat to create a fine crackle, a thicker coat for a deep shatter effect.  As versatile and edgy as China Glaze’s biggest celebrity fans (Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Nicole Ritchie and Kelly Osbourne, to name a few), Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals is sure to be this summer’s hottest beauty trend!
The China Glaze Crackle Glaze Metals collection will be available as open stock colors and 12 piece counter display with a unique Crackle Glaze screen and including an instructional hang tag.
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.
China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: or follow China Glaze on Twitter:
China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.
About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks,  Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website:

Friday, March 18, 2011

China Glaze Crackle Glaze Review

Good Morning Lovelies!
Long time no see!

Between going out of town, and fighting this "I'm so lazy I dont even wanna reach 2 feet away to grab a polish bottle to paint my nails" issue I'm having, I've been struggling to have things to post for ya.!

But today I have something that excites me like nothing has in a long long time!

The China Glaze Crackle Glaze polishes!

All the swatches you will see were done as full manis and do include top coat.  Without topcoat the crackles appear satin or matte.

I wanted you all to be able to see the polish over many other colors to maybe spark some interesting combo ideas.  So let's take a look shall we?

Cracked Concrete
Perfect name for this wet concrete color!
You can see the difference that thin application (pinkie) vs thick application (middle) makes.
And please ignore my atrociously bubbly top coat!  It's old and I need new badly!

Lightening Bolt
This one you gotta watch when you apply it!  You gotta remind yourself that it DOESN'T need to look opaque when applied fresh, cause as it crackles and shrinks it becomes opaque.  So be sure to apply thin, even though it seems you will see the base thru the white, cause you wont when it dries!

Am I the only one who seems this layered over pastels as an awesome Easter mani?

Fault Line
The most challenging to apply of them all.  Not sure if it is the shimmer that causes it or what, but this one you really NEED to apply very thin to get nice crackles like in my pinkie nail.

Black Mesh
Absolutely LOVE this over that neon Yellow!  
Great formula, and very easy to apply!

Crushed Candy
Love the color on this one!
It looks great over the black and purple!

Broken Hearted
Sorry about the blurry pic!  I suck!
I had taken this off by the time I saw the pics and for some reason they all came out blurry for this one!

This is another one that you have to be a bit more careful to apply it thinly to get a good thin crackle effect.

I had intended to also grab pictures of all the cool effects you can get from different application techniques, but that will have to be a different post!

I highly recommend these, as they are so much more user friendly than other crackle polishes I have used in the past. 
The two biggest rules to follow when using these is to be sure your base coat is 100% dry and to apply the crackle as thin as possible for maximum crackle effect.

Enjoy lovelies!!!


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Blog Sale! UPDATED and Reduced...AGAIN!

Ok my Lovelies, are you ready to buy buy buy???

First, the logistics....

I hate to do this but I am going to have to make this for U.S. residents only.  
I LOVE all my international lovelies, but I just cant swing it this time.  
I certainly hope you will forgive me!

Payment needs to be made via Paypal, and if there are associated fees, the buyer needs to accept those fees rather than pass them off on me please.
Please EMAIL me what you want AND your shipping address to
I will then make a shipping label to get the exact shipping cost and send you back a total amount due including shipping and you can then make a payment via paypal. 
Now that this has been going for a week, it seems 90% of the time flat rate box for $5 is the cheapest way to go.  I still get a quote for each order just to be sure though

Once payment has cleared your polish will be shipped within a day if at all possible.

 All have only been swatched unless otherwise noted.

Ok...on to the pretties!!! 

 $3 each:
Hot Pink (missing label), Hot Fuchsia, Hot Red, Hot Orange, Hot Blue

$.25 each:
Serendipity, Magens Bay Blue, Rubies & Diamonds, Gypsy Pink, South Beach Pink, Hot Lips

 See You Soon $1, Courtney Orange $1, Shausha (new) $2

 Left to right:
Sally Hansen " Gem Charm", 1/4 gone, $1
L.A. Girl RockStar "Supernova", 1 mani, $1
Essie "Material Girl", $4
Rush "Clear",(OLD) ¼ used $.25
Arissa, no name purple glitter, new $.50
Revlon Color Beam Sheer "Bright Sky", $.50

 Left to Right:
N.Y.C. "Love Me Red Crème"(pink shimmer),  new, $.25
Pure Ice "Crimson" ¼ gone  $.50
Nina Ultra Pro "Pink Frost" (blue flash), $.50
Jane "Darkest Hour" (OLD), $.25
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength "Beautiful Blossom", 1/3 gone, $.25
N.Y.C Nail Glossies, no name pink with blurple flash, new, $.25
Hot Topic "Periwinkle", new, $2

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Lady Gaga and Deborah Lippmann, A Match Made in Heaven!

What do you get when you take two amazingly talented women and put them together?

Amazing Polish!!!

Check this out:

"Lady Gaga is always pushing the envelope and exploring new trends. This year’s Grammy Awards proved no different. The award winner arrived in an egg pod and emerged wearing a bold, yellow nail. 
The nail color is a new addition to Deborah Lippmann’s line and is called Yellow Brick Road. Celebrity manicurist Deborah Lippmann selected the color with the star to complement the canary yellow outfit she donned during her stage performance. 
Yellow Brick Road launches on April 15 and will be available for $16 at"

Is this color amazing or what?
After all this grey, cold weather, I am CRAVING this bright sunny yellow!
I cannot wait to get my hands on this one!

What do you guys think?

Monday, January 31, 2011

Piggy Paint Review

Hey there Lovelies!

I know I said I'd post this Friday, but Thursday night was kinda crazy and I wasn't able to get the pictures finished.

This brand is awesome!  I love the story of how and why it was created, and the fact that it is Non-Toxic!
"Natural as Mud" is their tag line!
If it thickens, you thin it with water!

I was sent two of their polishes to review.

2 coats.
Maybe coulda used a third.

I also got their Glow in the Dark polish called "Radioactive".
Sadly I couldn't get a picture of this glowing on the nails, but I did manage to get a picture of it glowing in the bottle:
You may have to move around and get the right angle to see the glow...I could see it nice and bright on my computer at home, but it's barely showing on my work computer!

It glows so nice and bright on the nail too, it's really a shame that I couldn't get a picture of it.

I really LOVE this brand.
Word of wisdom though...dont do what I did and try to top it with regular topcoat!  As soon as the topcoat hits the polish it gets thick and bubbles like crazy as it dries!
Only thing I can sorta say negative about this polish is the fact that it's not very fast drying.  
But given the fact that it's so awesome, I can totally overlook that.
I love knowing that when the baby is born, and gets a bit bigger and starts that sucking and nibbling on fingers, that I dont have to worry about what I have on my nails!

Definitely recommend this brand, especially if you have little ones in your life!

You can purchase them HERE.

See you guys later for the big BLOG SALE!!!

The products shown in this post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thank Yous, A Heads Up of Whats to Come and a Nail Look!!!

Good Morning Lovelies!

I wanted to say a HUGE heartfelt thank you for all the wonderful sweet comments you all left me yesterday!
You guys are just the best!

Next, I wanted to give you guys a big heads up on what you will see here on my blog next week.
I'm having a blog sale!
I recently cleaned out my stash and have a TON of stuff I need to purge, so lookout!  
I hope to have it posted Monday!

Now, surprise surprise, a nail look!
I did this two months ago, and actually wore it when we went to visit my sister at school and tell her she was gonna be an aunt!

I sadly can't remember what I used! but I'll take a a guess and hope I'm right.

Base i know was a pink franken I made by mixing China Glaze "Rich & Famous" with Sinful "Dream On"

The dots were done using OPI "Who the Shrek are You", H&M "Bella's Choice", and the purple I am completely unsure about!  Maybe China Glaze "Spontaneous"???
I just doted the designs on using a toothpick.
I got the idea from a look I saw on Nails Mag's 365 days of nail art blog

That's it for today my dears!  
I'll be back tomorrow with a review of a very mom AND kid friendly polish brand!!!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Reason I've Been So Absent!

Hey there Lovelies!

Today I am finally gonna answer the question of why I've been so absent lately!

It is true that I have been ridiculously busy all day every day....but there is another reason.....

havn't been feeling too hot for a while now.
I've felt totally run down.
No energy at all
Just exhausted all the time.
And being perpetually wiped out has totally killed my desire to do my nails.
Most of the time I'm walking around with bare nails!  Shocking, I know!

I'm sure by now your wondering what has me so wiped out....



I'll be 17 weeks on Friday!

And I'm due July 8th!

So yeah that's my excuse!
I go home, make and eat dinner and pretty much literally pass out on the couch! LOL

I'm starting to feel alittle peppier now that I've hit the Second Trimester and hopefully I'll be back to my old nail obsessed self soon!

I do have a few things to show you and ALOT that I want to do, as soon as I get the energy!

So I hope you guys will stick with me while I try to manage it all!

I miss you guys!


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Born Pretty Store Crackle Polish Review

Good Morning Lovelies!

Back again for another fun review!

Today I have some fun crackle polishes from Born Pretty Store!

I chose a few polishes to try as base coats.  On both hands I did the pinkies white, ring fingers were neon green, middle fingers were neon yellow, index fingers were bright pink and thumbs were silver chrome topped with holo glitter.
(click to make HUGE)

Black Crackle
(excuse the tipwear)
You can see the big difference coat thickness makes.  
Pinkie was 1 thin stroke, and the ring finger was a thicker coat.

Purple Crackle
I love the color on this one, however I was very disappointed that it was as translucent as it was.  
As you can see over the yellow and green it looks black :(
But it is super pretty over the white and silver, so keep that in mind if you pick this one up.

Make sure when you apply these that you wait for your base coat to dry thoroughly.
And let it finish crackling and dry completely before topping with topcoat.

I love both of these!  Just wish the Purple was as opaque as the Black is so you could wear it over a larger variety of colors, and still keep it looking that gorgeous purple color!

These, and all your nail art needs, can be purchased at Born Pretty Store!

The products featured in this post were sent to me by the Manufacturer or their PR company, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

China Glaze "Anchors Away" Review

Good Morning Lovelies.

Back again today with another fabulous collections to share with ya!
(Above 2 images courtesy of China Glaze)

A note to those following along as I grow out my nails...I've had a few low breaks that left me with no free edge.  I put on falsies so these awesome colors had enough room to really shine!

White Cap
Sheer white with gold sparkles.
So gorgeous, but my camera just didn't wanna pick up that awesome gold shine!
3 coats

Pelican Gray
Soft gray with a slight silvery shimmer
2 coats

Sea Spray
Bluish Gray with a gorgeous silvery white shimmer
2 coats

Goldish Tan with a golden shimmer
3 coats

Sunset Sail
Peachy Nude with a hint of silver shimmer
3 coats

Below Deck
Purple toned greige 
(excuse the piece of fuzz stuck in the polish on my pinkie)
2 coats

Yellow Gold shimmer
LOVE that this is more yellow than gold!
3 coats

Life Preserver
Slightly muted dusty orange
2 coats

Hey Sailor
Neutral red Creme
LOVE the name!
1 Coat!!!!!

Raspberry pink with gold and magenta sparkles
2 coats

First Mate
Bright navy blue
So pretty!
2 coats

Green creme
Reminds me of military green!
2 coats

This collection is just amazing.  I love the variety of colors and finishes.
And as much as I have always loved the formula of China Glaze polishes, this is the best I've ever seen them!
If you only get one collection this spring, get this one!!!


The products featured in this post were sent to me by the Manufacturer or their PR company, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Barielle "Holiday Hustle" Review

Good Morning Lovelies!  Did ya miss me?

I know I promised you an update as to my reason for absence, and I will get that to you.  Very soon.

But today I have something super pretty to show you!!!
 Picture from Barielle

I need to apologize not only for the tardiness of this review, but also for the quality of the photos.
When you combine the fact that i leave for work, and get back home from work in the dark, with the fact that the weather has been less than stellar for photos, this was the result.  I got tired of waiting for good sun so I just took these.

Elle's Spell
Terrible pic of a gorgeous polish!
Wine red jelly(not pink like the picture) packed with iridescent flakies!
This polish is a total winner.
2 coats.
Gelt Me To The Party
Gold Bronze Metallic. 
3 coats

Wrap Me In Ribbon
Rosey pink Metallic
Warmer than in the picture.
3 coats

Jess' Champagne Toast
Lilac Metallic with rosey pink glitter
My favorite!
Click the pic so you can see the gorgeous pink sparkles!
2 coats

Coalest Day Of The Year
Dark charcoal gray metallic with silver flecks.
So pretty!
2 coats

Snow Day
Silvery Blue metallic.
So icy and pretty
3 coats.

This was my first time using Barielle and Wow am I impressed!  
Love the formula, and the variety of colors!
Definitely recommend you check them out!


The products featured in this post were sent to me by the Manufacturer or their PR company, in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.