Monday, December 31, 2012

Favorite Polishes of 2012

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Happy New Year! To ring in the new year, I wanted to share my favorite polishes of the past year. This is not in order of my favorites; I love them all. So without further ado, my top 10 polishes of the year, followed by my absolute favorite nail polish acquisition of 2012.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Chelsea Lavendairy for the New Year

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Hi lovelies! It is almost New Year's Eve. You want to see what I'll be wearing for my big party. . . By "big party," I mean hanging out with my husband and daughter, cuddled up together. Just because we're not going out doesn't mean I didn't want some New Year's bling.

Friday, December 28, 2012

a-england Saint George Skittlette

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Well, here it is, my last Nail Files of 2012! Last Sunday, with nails chipping, I decided to do a quick, easy manicure, no stamping. And, since my skittlette mani a couple weeks ago, I've been excited to try another. This is what I came up with.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Pahlish Toxic and Timeless

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Hello darlings. This is my very first Pahlish nail polish. Toxic and Timeless is packed to the brim with glitter. This is the result of me wiping as much polish as I could from the brush before application. I still ended up with tons of glitter on each nail.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Last Christmas Mani of 2012

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Hello lovelies! I have to get my house in order for family who will be over on Christmas, so I'll keep this short. I wanted to share with you my last Christmas manicure. I hadn't used China Glaze Ruby Pumps for any holiday manicures yet and in my book, that is a Yuletide crime. So, here is my Ruby Pumps Christmas mani. Sadly, it did not last long. I used Elmer's glue as the basecoat, hoping to get 2 days of wear and it began to chip in less than 24 hours. You can see my messy patches on the index and middle fingers.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Nfu Oh 61 and the Perks of Aqua Base

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When I first purchased Nfu Oh 61, I thought, "I don't need an aqua base. It will be fine without it." And for the most part it was fine. I could apply the holographic polish, albeit very carefully to avoid dragging the polish. I had to add three coats for even coverage. I could have gone on like this, but I decided not to.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Nails for Newtown

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I don't even have the words to express my sadness for all those touched by the tragic shootings in Connecticut. As the mother of a kindergartner, I feel overwhelmed and know that I would be lost right now. I really can't find the words to say much else right now.

I am praying for all these families, that they can find comfort with one another and that the sweet memories of their precious angels never fade. I also pray for an end to this kind of senseless violence.

In the aftermath of such violence, let us all to be an unexpected source of love and kindness in the world.

Love to all of you today.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Cult Nails Flushed Skittlette

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Hello, lovelies. I had such a good time creating this skittlette manicure. The skittlette is a like a cross between a true skittles manicure and a manicure with an accent nail. It can have two or three accent nails.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Enchanted Polish Austin Powers

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Hello dearies! A dream came true when I was able to snag a bottle of Enchanted Polish Austin Powers on Black Friday from llarowe. Reality sometimes is a bit disappointing after such a wonderful dream, but this nail polish is never a disappointment. Forgive me, but I couldn't help putting tons of pictures of this polish; I even removed a bunch and couldn't bring myself to remove any more.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Favorite Holiday Gift Ideas from Sephora

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Hey there. Anyone on your holiday gift list that is a puzzle, you just can't figure out what to give? I have couple of quick ideas.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Giveaway from Holly and Polish

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Head over to Holly and Polish for a chance to win the entire China Glaze Cirque du Soliel Worlds Away Collection. There are a couple of polishes in this collection that are really amazing. I would love to have my nails colored with them and I'm sure you would too!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Silver, Gold, and Precious Memories to Trim the Tree

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Happy Friday! What I have here is my last manicure for Nail Polish Canada's challenges. This is my entry for "Trim the Tree Nails" (be sure to check out the other manicures and vote for your favorite! If my mani is your fave, thanks and vote for "Other" and specify "Mangling my Manicure." My site was supposed to be added to the pulldown menu, but I think that it got lost in the shuffle). Here is my inspiration from my very own Christmas tree.
I LOVE my Christmas ornaments. My parents gave my sisters and I a new ornament every year, culminating with a tree topper for the Christmas of my senior year in high school. The wooden bell was a souvenir that my parents brought home from a trip to Israel. I have started the same tradition with my own daughter. The crystal Winnie the Pooh hanging a snowflake was her very first Christmas ornament and the penguin ringing a bell was from her second Christmas. Every year, we pull out each of our ornament boxes, and she looks at the ornaments in her collection while I look at those in my box and remember all the Christmases I have spent with those I love. I am so excited for her to be able to do the same thing when she is an adult (but I don't want to rush to those wonderful days in her future).

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

a-England Dragon Swatched

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Hello, lovelies! Since I first saw a-england Dragon, I knew that I had to have it one day. I finally gave on to the temptation and I am so glad I did. A-england polishes apply so smoothly and are so very pretty! Dragon is a gorgeous, murky green with a beautiful holographic finish.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Bubo Nails: The Most Bling Owl Ever

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Hi everyone. I am participating in Polish Days for the first time ever today! So exciting! When I saw that the theme for this Polish Days was Bling, I don't know why, but my mind went immediately to Bubo the owl from the 1981 film, "Clash of the Titans."