Monday, January 28, 2013

Holly and Polish giveaway

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Holly and Polish is an amazing blog, so much fun to read and Holly is incredibly generous. She is offering a great giveaway, the soon to be released China Glaze Avant Garden collection. Check it out.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Polish Stunt Double: NOT Girly Bits Eggnogoholic

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 You've heard of nail polish dupes, but that's not what this is. A polish stunt double is a polish that has some prominent features in common with a loved or lusted after nail polish, but on even the most basic examination, the two won't be confused. Think of it as really wanting a strawberry milkshake, but getting a strawberry smoothie instead. It is still good, will satisfy your craving for something fruity and creamy for a while, but you will eventually want to get your hands on that strawberry milkshake. Allow me to show you a polish that I really want and how I am curbing my craving for that nail polish.

Friday, January 25, 2013

White Owl Lacquers Kittens and Teacups

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Quick post today. But lots of pictures. I wore this skittlette for a couple of days and then traded out the index fingers and middle fingers for different colors just for a bit of a change.

China Glaze Avant Garden Press Release

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China Glaze® Nail Lacquer Invites You to Visit the Avant Garden

 Los Angeles (January 2012) – Spring is here and China Glaze® is blossoming with vibrant color with its new collection, Avant Garden. The delectable palette flows between soft hues and vibrant pops of color, offering an unconventional bouquet of cheerful and vivid shades. Take a stroll down the China Glaze® path, passing a bubbling brook of light and bright blues. Take in the view of the mossy green meadow and stop to enjoy the fragrant flowers of soft pink and white. Let Avant Garden take you away to a playful, romantic field of color and innovation this Spring. 

The Avant Garden shades include: 

Budding Romance: moss green
Sunday Funday: bright blue
Fancy Pants: indigo with pink and purple shimmer
Snap My Dragon: bright red with pink shimmer
Passion for Petals: bright salmon-pink
Mimosas Before Manis: coral with a light wash of shimmer

Life is Rosy: blushed mauve
Pink-ie Promise: iridescent baby pink 
Tart-y for the Party: light lavender creme
Fade Into Hue: periwinkle creme
Keep Calm, Paint On: sea foam green
Dandy Lyin’ Around: shimmery vanilla icing

China Glaze® Avant Garden is also available in:
6 Piece Collection of “Blooming Brights”
6 Piece Collection of “Pastel Petals”
12 Piece 3D Counter Display
36 Piece Rack

China Glaze® Avant Garden will be available March 2013. Individual shades retail for $7; 6-piece collections retail for $42.

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, please visit or follow China Glaze® on Facebook (@ChinaGlazeOfficlal), Twitter (@ChinaGlaze) and Pinterest (

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

Monday, January 21, 2013

BBHQ: How do you photograph for your blog?

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This was the December task for the Beauty Blogger Headquarters, but it has overflowed into January. I take all my blog pictures using my Canon PowerShot S3 IS 6MP Digital camera. My husband and I bought it before our daughter was born, knowing that we would want to take tons of pictures. . . And we have. It actually works very well for my manicure pictures too, with a good macro setting. It took me a while to figure out the best way to light my photos, but over the past couple of months I think I worked that out.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Longer, More Voluminous Eyelashes: Follow-Up

Pin It I am joining the Friendly Friday Blog Hop this week. I meant to do a followup post back in July, so I feel terrible that it took me so long, especially since people have checked back for the followup from this original post. I was testing to see if using extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil on my eyelashes might help them to grow.

I have continued to use both oils since the original post, not for eyelash growth, but as makeup remover and not quite everyday. So, here are the before and after photos.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Adventure Red-y and a failed experiment in Liquid Sand

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Hello. I am sorry for being so absent, but I have been ill and am only beginning to feel myself again. For my return to health, please allow me to show you the lively manicure I wore this past week. China Glaze Adventure Red-y is a highly pigmented blood red. It is almost a one coated too!Forgive the tip wear; this was five days into the manicure and it was about to be removed.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

a-england sale

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It's a-england's 2nd anniversary and they are having a sale to celebrate the occasion. Shipping is free too. In US dollars, the trios are $22.57, the duos are $16.12, and any single polish is $9.67.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Hare Polish They Sky was Pink

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Happy Friday! I am showing you a lovely polish that is sadly sold out now, but I did tell you about it before it sold out, so hopefully, if you love it, you were able to snag yourself a bottle.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Polish Days: First True Saran Manicure

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 So much fun!!! I love Polish Days!!! And this is a technique that I have been dying to try out, but hadn't gotten around to yet. Yippee!!! Sorry about the excitement, but did I mention how much I love Polish Days? . . . Yup, I sure did; well it bears repeating. Thanks to Hannah for coordinating the fun! All right, I'm going to try to avoid using exclamation points for the rest of this post, because if one more appears, I don't think that anyone will take me seriously ever again.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

China Glaze Desert Sun with Julep Mystery Glitter

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Hi there. Are you having a good weekend so far? I wanted to show you this quick little mani that I wore for two days. I planned for it to be a full glitter manicure, but after seeing this glitter polish on the nail, I decided that it would be better as an accent nail.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Zoya Remove+ vs. Julep Remover vs. Homemade moisturizing remover

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Hi everyone! Before I take you to this  post, I just want to say, this is my 100th post!! I can't believe it. Thank you  to everyone who takes the time to read this little blog. Thank you to any of you who share your thoughts, comments and suggestions with me and thank you to all of you for inspiring me! OK, on with the post.

I have always been intrigued by Zoya Remove+, and finally got some a couple of months ago. What you see above are the results of one swipe of each polish remover on index, middle, and ring fingers.