Monday, June 27, 2011

Sponsored Giveaway Time!!

CLOSED!! WINNER TBA SOON!!

I know that this is primarily a nail polish blog – and that is always going to be my main focus – but, we all know that along with nail polish, I am also a huge make-up advocate. It is through these avenues that I was contacted by a company that works alongside Apothica, SkinCare RX & Skinbotanica. They are working with me to bring something awesome to all of you – a gift card giveaway!!!

One of the brands that Apothica carries is DuWop.. I personally have tried two different products from this line and loved them! I have tried Lip Venom & Cheek Venom in Sidewinder. I have to say, I was a bit of a skeptic on Lip Venom, but I finally picked it up to test it out – and it really does make your lips more plump!! The tingly feeling that it leaves is kind of fun as well.

I am going to snag this little blurb from the Apothica website to share a bit more of the history of DuWop:

 “DuWop Natural, Yet Glamorous Cosmetics
Created out of the needs and desires of T.V. stars on a hit show in 1998, DuWop is a line of cosmetics that addresses your longings for luscious lips, smooth, flawless skin, and enviable, youthful-looking eyes. Founded by makeup artist Cristina Bartolucci, DuWop Cosmetics seeks to give you the products missing from the current market that will forever change the way you see makeup.

Inspired by the full, pouty lips actors had after passionate kissing scenes, Bartolucci created a lip gloss that would mimic this bee-stung effect. DuWop lip plumpers are the first of their kind. The Lip Venom super sizes the pout through the use of natural essential oils instead of harsh or irritating ingredients.”

The gift card is worth $25 – which you can use to just spend the $25, or it can be used to help cut down the cost of a larger purchase (this is usually how I use my gift cards!!)

Now the super fun ‘How Do I Enter?’ part!! There are a few different ways to go about this and get you some extra entries!!

Option 1: Facebook
  • 1.      Visit Apothica.com
  • 2.      Write on Apothica’s Facebook wall about what you think of Apothica
  • Bonus: Opt in to Apothica’s Newsletter
Option 2: Twitter
  • 1.      Visit Apothica.com
  • 2.      Tweet about Apothica on your own Twitter Account
  • Bonus: Retweet Apothica’s tweet about this giveaway
Option 3: Blog
  • 1.      Visit Apothica.com
  • 2.      Write something on your blog about what you think of Apothica
  • Bonus: Write about the brand I highlighted and link it to Apothica

Now, you can use any of these options (or all of them) but please remember to leave me links in the comments section so that I can check out what you’ve done and can add in your entry.. You can actually have up to 6 entries in the giveaway – so get the word out and it could net you a lovely $25 gift card!!

EDIT: Giveaway winner will be announced on Monday,  July 11th. You have until Sunday, July 10th to enter!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Blue Giraffe Nails + Tutorial + What's In My Purse

Hey everyone!

Sorry I haven't posted in a freakishly long time!! That is pretty upsetting! I didn't post up anything because I wasn't really wearing anything exciting polish-wise. I was up at the lake last weekend and was just sporting OPI Miami Beet with CG Fairy Dust over top.. And before that I think I was wearing OPI Skull & Glossbones and before that CG Flying Dragon.. So, just polishes and to me that is boring (for me to post, I like looking when other people post up their swatches of polishes..)

Anyways!

I had wanted to film another video tutorial, so I found a look via a magazine advertisement, and knew it would be perfect to do!!


What I used was: OPI What's With The Cattitude? & Essie Mesmerize. I also used my trusty little detail brush.

This is the photo that started it all off.. Well, a photo of a photo.. Anyways.



And there, you can watch all the magic take place!

I also have been scoping out different blogs doing the 'What's In My Purse Tag' - and I really had to wash mine yesterday, so I figured it would be fun to do that because I had to empty it anyways. Now, I spared all the random receipts that were in there.. And I present to you: the contents of my bag!


I actually forgot to take a picture of my bag.. But seriously, it is the most boring and huge bag ever. It is plain black cloth and I cannot find anything to take its place. I have this thing about the length of straps. Ugh. Maybe when I'm out and about today, I will find a replacement. Also note my wallet.. I desperately need a new one! That bad boy is probably 7 years old. I buy new wallets, switch over, then switch back. Sick. I have also found out that I have a sickly obsession with lip products.. I know, compared to some it is nothing, but here is the problem: I never use them. Other than the blistex and lip smackers. AWKward. Or, I remember to apply some when I first leave the house and then not again for the rest of the time I am out. I will have to just pack a few back in to my bag and go with that.

I also just wanted to share these quickly. My sister was in Calgary a couple weekends ago for a Bachelorette party.. They went to the zoo and the zebras were actually outside for once. I sobbed when she bbm'd a photo to me. BUT! She bought me that adorable zebra necklace! Yay! And an added bonus is the gorgeous green and gold leaf necklace. She knows me all too well.

That is all for now. I have some fun news coming up for you all on Monday.. So, have a great day and weekend and I will talk to you all soon!!

EDIT: I just wanted to address this comment now.. Instead of waiting for my next entry.. Anyways..
"hey, love the look, but is there a reason you don't clean up the imperfections before you take the finished look photo? they sell these nail corrector pens which are very handy. or like.. a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover works just as well. the look would be so much more complete without the random little specs of nail polish on your fingers.

keep up the great work!"

The reason I don't, usually, is because I'm just excited to post up what I have done. Sometimes I do take the time to clean up my nails/cuticles, but, those products are extremely taxing on my mitts. I already have excruciatingly dry eczema-y hands, so the less harsh I have to be with them, the happier I am. Also, I find that it seems "fake" to me. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate that people take the time to do clean up, but that doesn't seem real to me. I am just strange, this I know. Don't worry, I have my bottle of acetone and paint brush for clean up purposes, I just try to let the warm water from the shower do its trick so I don't have to do damage to my hands. Thanks for your concern about the looks of my completed manis!






  • FOREVER `92 - Thankies! I figured the yellow background would be kind of fun (:
  • rebecca - Haha, glad you're ok with it! My wallet isn't so happy about it though!!
  • Tierney - Yay! Thank you!!
  • Minty - Glad you like it - and thanks, I figure if I have the time to film them up, might as well share them!!
  • Miki - Thanks - I figured I could toss in some fun!!
  • Claire - You really should! It gets a lot of attention!! Haha, I know I really should wear them, I mean, they are provided to me at work, but they are annoying and I drop everything.. 
  • Meeka - Ouu, thank you so much! I will go check that out asap!! Yeah, steel wool can be quite the jerk!!
  • chicnight - I did the ring finger on one hand (first one) and was like 'everyone does this.. need to do something different' and index it was! Thank you!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Cherry Nails + Tutorial

Hello everyone!

I finally did it.. I recorded another video tutorial!!

I bought a lovely new yellow polish the other day.. Like I said, Rebecca is basically my muse.. Actually, maybe her blog is a dangerous place for me as I really like every polish she uses.. Anyways..

I was really excited to use this yellow.. But how?! Ohh wait, I have been loving things with Cherry prints lately.. Why not do that to my nails?


Of course I couldn't just do an adorable cherry print.. I had to add a cherry print in reverse...


I used: Orly Spark, Essie Lolipop & OPI Green-Wich Village. I also used one of my trusty dotting tools (provided to me by Born Pretty) and my wonderful little brush.

Want to see how I did these? Visit this LINK. I am changing my youtube channel to my own personal account. It was just too much work going back and forth with sign-ins. This should be way easier!!

Oh, and a photo of my right hand.. After ONE FREAKIN' DAY! This is what I got for not using Seche Vite.. My left hand was still in pristine condition..


The dish pit at work also took chunks out of my nails.. Good thing this isn't my "photo" hand. Stupid steel wool.. If only I would wear gloves..

Anyways, thanks for checking out my post. OH! AND! 225 followers?! WHAT?! I am seriously going to have to cap a number for a giveaway (I am going to start collecting goodies for that starting........ now? Well, the next time I am out shopping!!) - Maybe 250? That seems like a good number (: Thank you to all of the new followers.. I hope I don't bore all of you (:

Have a great night/day/evening/whatever time of day you venture over here at - have a good one!!


  • A Polished Touch - Ouuu - did you post photos!? I am going to go scope after I finish answering these comments! Hard wired, maybe.. I am an extreme copy-artist as well though (:
  • Tierney - Yay! I'm glad!!
  • Miki - Zebra is one of my first loves.. I often forget about it though. Glad you like the colours as well - such a good combo!!
  • rebecca - Well, thank you for being such a good inspiration (:
  • Jade - Thaaank you (:
  • MaryBeth - They are always a crowd pleaser!!
  • Minty - Haha, ugh, if only I had really been drinking.. I said that only because I felt my lines were a bit of a mess like I HAD been drinking.. Whoops!!
  • Swaafie - Haha, I think if I had actually been drinking, my hands would have been painted and my nails would have been left bare.. This might be a worthwhile project..
  • Halifax @ Sparkled Beauty - Haha - nope, I am a definite Canadian blogger. I am one of those weirdo prairie kids! You so should - I am kind of in serious like with it (it isn't love.. yet).

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Colourful Zebra Fade

I obviously could not come up with a better title of this bad boy..

Besides that, hello everyone!! I hope you're all doing well!!

I figure I should get a post up today as I will have at least enough content for another post sometime before the week is done. I am starting to get to a place where I don't have to paint my nails and post up the same day.. I am starting to get a bit behind.. (much to the displeasure of my bff! Sorry Gordo!)


These were the nails I have been sporting for the last few days.. I swear Rebecca of Rebecca Likes Nails is my muse or something. She used a stamp to make hers much, much better.. But I don't believe I have that particular stamp (I have another one, but it just wasn't the same..) - I freehanded it.. And I might have been drinking at the time, so please do not judge too harshly!! (:


These are the gems I used. Of course I forgot to snap a photo of another child.. But, you're all pretty familiar with him.. Anyways, these kids are: OPIs: Shorts Story, A Grape Fit, Ogre-The-Top Blue & No Room For The Blues. I also used CG Liquid Leather. Technically I should have used the sponge technique to make this look even better, but I just painted them on.. No fuss!

Speaking of my 'bff' (I use that term in quotes as, well, we ARE, but I need to find a better term for it..) - she has been working crazy amounts of overtime, so she got yesterday off.. Mondays happen to be my Saturdays, so I got to spend the whole day with her! It was awwwwesome! Of course we went shopping. I will show you the non-nail polish goodies I bought (look for the nail polish bad boys in an upcoming post..) - If you are strictly all about nail polish and do not wish to look at anything but, you can close up the window now.. BUT, I have a huuuuge love for nail polish and an almost equal amount of love for other cosmetics (make-up, bath and body products, etc).. I think most of us do, but hey, some don't! Onwards we go..



I will start with the bath/body goodies.. I went to two 'rival' shops.. For a few reasons.. I used to have serious issues with scents.. I still do, but I can handle more now.. Little bits at a time.. Anyways, we stopped in at LUSH and for once the store wasn't extremely overpowering in its scents - win! I really wanted to get a lip scrub from them as my lips have been peeling a lot, and I don't help as I bite them constantly. The items are: Dragon's Egg bath bomb that smells AWESOME! Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly (it smells like jube jubes!!), Bubblegum Lip Scrub and a Charity Pot lotion.. Notice how I went for one thing and came out with more. I'm such a sucker. Oh, the Sweetie Pie Shower Jelly is amazing! So is the lip scrub.. Tested them both out last night.

I also wanted to quickly stop in to The Body Shop.. I was visiting the shop that a friend works in the other day (I wanted to get a candle.. and I get an awesome discount!) - as I was leaving, I noticed they had a new scent (at least to me..) LEMON! I am a sucker for lemon scented items. Of course it would be 4 bottles for $16, so you're getting 50% off. Done. I snapped up Sweet Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Satsuma and Strawberry. All of them smell fantastic! I didn't see my good pal Raspberry in there.. I hope it wasn't limited edition.. I will have to ask my friend!! Anyways.. I love the shower gels.. They smell amazing and leave your skin nice and quite soft.


Also, while we were out.. I needed to stop at the MAC counter. The other night I used some of my Blacktrack fluidline.. I hadn't used it in a long time.. And I think it might be 6-7 years old.. Yikes! Time to replace. I was good there. That is all I bought. Then, later in the evening, the mother wanted to do a quick Shoppers run.. That is never a good place for me. I always buy some type of cosmetic. I have been wanting to get a bronzer as I do not absorb any colour during the summer (ok, maybe a shade darker.. and by darker I mean pinker).. I of course loved this one..


I did apply it a bit heavier so you could see it.. Notice the shimmer? I love shimmery products. I know they may seem silly and childish, but I don't get sick of them. I will probably be in my late 40s wearing shimmery eyeshadow (even though they are unforgiving with wrinkles..)

And that is all for today.. I hope everyone is having a terrific Tuesday! I shall talk to all of you sometime again during this week!!




  • Claire - Aren't they adorable!? LOVE them also. Thank you!!
  • The Nail Buff - Thank you very much (:
  • A Polished Touch - Thank you! And thank you so much for following (:
  • Minty - Thank you!! I love the colour alone, but I really felt it needed an extra kick.. (:
  • Doo - Your orange franken is sooo lovely! I love the holo action to it!! I actually think the one you made is closer to what I wanted!! It looks so awesome because of the lemons.. That is my story and I'm sticking to it!!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Oranganade Franken

So, I took advantage of a contest to create a franken polish! Yay!

I told myself as soon as she posts up the photos for the contest, I will post up my entry on my blog and what I did with it.. Without further ado.. I present..

Oranganade...


It photographed somewhat 'blah', but there was actually quite a bit of shimmer to this gem..



Here is how it all started.. I used 1/2 bottle of Ulta Sun-Sational, 3/4 mini bottle of some random red OPI mini, 1/6 bottle of Color Club Turn The Other Chic, couple drops of China Glaze White Cap and ditto for China Glaze White Out...

The bottle shot sort of shows more of the sparkly goodness.. But, you all know I cannot just wear a polish..


I had to jazz it up some.. I give you.. SPARKLING Oranganade.. Yeah.. I actually think I would have gotten the results out of the franken that I wanted if I would have put Hidden Treasure in to the mix. Ahh well, live and learn!!

To make it 'Sparkling Oranganade', I used: Oranganade Franken, SH Hidden Treasure & CG White Out, as well as a dotting tool (which was provided to me by Born Pretty) and my newly acquired fimo canes (the lemons, to be exact).

I figured it would be a cartoony effect of soda pop.. With some lemons tossed in.. Yay? Nay?

Remember to head over to More Nail Polish and vote! Even if it isn't for me - there are some really amazing entries that you should all scope out!!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend! I better scuttle off to bed before work.. Bleh! Goodnight!!




  • Freshie - Yay! Glad you agree (:
  • Zara - Thank you! I am finally getting inspiration from one of my favourite things: movies!
  • The Nail Buff - Yay! Thankies!!
  • Miki - Thank you very much for the award (:
  • Claire - Thank youuuu!!!