Friday, November 30, 2012

Indie Polishes: Process Photos

I always find process photos about anything to be super interesting, so today I share with you process photos from my corner of the basement!

Find your glitter! So happy my glitter jars are clear. I'm making a batch of Solider Of Fashion from the Planetside 2 Collection!

I measure out my glitter on weighing paper because it has no static charge.

I pour it into the base filled batch bottle filled with base that has already been tinted and is ready to shake.


Got my bottles ready, balls in tow.

And the brushes and caps too..



Reminder; the Giving Back Giveaway has less than 20 hours left!
 Click HERE to enter!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sale! Oopsie Daisies Wintertime Wonders 4 piece Set

For the next 24 hours the 4 piece Wintertime Wonders Set will only $26! That's $6.50 a bottle versus the regular pricing of $8.50! No code needed, see item HERE.

Swatches for these polishes are available HERE.


Don't forget about the 2 part giveaway! Click HERE to enter!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Glowy Blue Embers

Every once in a while I'll layer some polishes together and fall in love and want to set up residency on my fingernails, hahaha. I'm currently wearing one of my favorite polish combinations ever and I'm super excited to share with you!

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This is one coat (!) of Zoya Song, with one coat Hits Phenomena Afterglow and one coat Finger Paint Asylum.  The layerings are over a coat of Orly Bonder, sealed with a coat of Gelous and then Out the Door. There's like, a circus-y carnival on my nails.

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Don't forget! The dual giveaway is still active!

The prizes!
Click HERE to enter!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Another way to win, Thanksgiving Giveaways!

We added an option to our giveaways: if you reblog the original post you earn three extra entries!

Click HERE for the original post.

Friday, November 23, 2012

We're Giving Back! Two Thanksgiving Giveaways!

Me and my friend Brittany are hosting a giveaway each, giving back to our supporters and customers.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Brittany and her husband run Mr. & Mrs. and Co. which is the perfect place for photographers to get the most adorable, beautifully crafted photography props!  In addition to the photography props, she makes signs as well.  These are a limited time offer as they will be eventually shifting gears and focusing all their energy on props!

The prize is a 5x7 wooden sign with a sawtooth hanger on the back - will look perfect next to your stash!

Visit Mr. & Mrs. and Co. HERE!

Additional Rules for Keep Calm and Polish On:
1. Prize ships to US only.
2. The winner has 48 hours to reply; in the event they do not, a new winner will be chosen.
3. You can tweet the giveaway once per day to earn extra entries!


I'll also be giving away the Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish Wintertime Wonders set of four holiday themed polishes!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Click HERE to see swatches of the Wintertime Wonders Collection.
Click HERE to go to the Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish store.

Additional Rules for Wintertime Wonders Giveaway:
1. Must be a follower.
2. Internationally Open!
3. The winner has 48 hours to reply; in the event they do not, a new winner will be chosen.
4. You can tweet the giveaway once per day to earn extra entries!

Wintry Nails with Snowflake Stickers

It hasn't even been cold lately, not sure where the inspiration was for this.  This is one of those manicures that look much much better at a distance, not super macro friendly.  I had one with it, though!

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I'm patiently waiting for my thumbnail to grow more, too. I've never broke a thumb nail before, was so bummed when it happened. And I don't even know HOW it happened!

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For this mani I sponged on China Glaze Dance Baby and Seaspray with which made this purple-y base you're seeing.  Then I sponged on some China Glaze Frosty (one of my all time faves!), added dots with my dotting tool using Frosty again and Sally Hansen Whirlwind White. I had ordered these stickers from Born Pretty over the summer, was fun to get to use them! So many shapes and styles of snow flakes.

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LOL, I tried some nail art. Promptly removed and replaced.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish Black Friday Sale!

Enter code GIVETHANKS20 at check out to receive 20% off your order. Remember, Mischief Night is on sale for $6 and the Wintertime Wonders collection is available as a set for 2$ cheaper if you buy the lot.  Code can be applied to these items as well (= Click HERE to visit the shop!

Code expires tomorrow night at Midnight, EST. Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Zoya Bevin and Essie As Gold As It Gets

I got this Zoya from a promo a few months back but didn't get around to wearing it until now.  Sometimes I know there are certain polishes I'm interested in but they don't scream out to me once I get them, then they sit until I finally wear them and then.. it's love! I've had this on for three days which is unheard of for me. I either pick it off or get too bored of it and remove within 48 hours. This combo has staying power.

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Shown is two coats of Zoya Bevin topped with Essie As Gold As It Gets, all over Orly Bonder & sealed with OTD. Zoya describes Bevin as "a dusty, medium sage green color with teal tones and a creamy opaque finish", which I think is a perfect description!  Essie's AGAIG is slowly inching its way into my Top 25 at least. Not usually a fan of gold anything, but this polish is so delicate and pretty.

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Hope everybody has a safe and happy holiday!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Wintertime Wonders Collection Available as a Set!

The Wintertime Wonders Collection from Oopsie Daisies Nail Polish is now available as a set for a reduced price!  Two dollars off if you buy all four as a set.

Original blog post with more info about the polishes is HERE.
Polishes are available HERE.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Jelly Sandwich: Verity Deep Violet and China Glaze Luxe and Lush

One of the only ways I can keep chunky glitters on my nails without sheeting off in big pieces is to sandwich it between a jelly polish.  This works out nicely because the finished look is by far one of my favorites!

I ended up doing two coats of Verity Deep Violet, one coat China Glaze Luxe and Lush and then one more of Deep Violet, sealed with OTD and over Orly Bonder.  Deep Violet needed some extra strokes before I put on the glittery flakie because it was streaky, so I'd say VDV was about 2 and 1/2 coats.

The flakies in Luxe and Lush are not typical flakies, they're thick and not flexible like most are.  You can see on my index finger a piece is sticking up and wasn't flattened by the addition coat of VDV or the top coat. It's not a big deal to me, but it may be to some.  Also worth mentioning is that the flakes aren't the color shifting kind - they're more so just iridescent. It's different from the usual which can be refreshing or frustrating depending on your feelings towards it. Overall though, I love how it turned out!

November Ipsy/MyGlam Bag

WOW the November MyGlam/Ipsy bag came fast.  November snuck up on me bigtime!  Lots of fun stuff in this bag, take a look!

A pretty shiny dark brown bag, the label inside the bag was stitched in, and it said Ipsy - I guess they switched officially?

First up, the Balm Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow.

It's so cheeky! I can barely handle it.

I don't know how to describe eyeshadow, but it was a dark charcoal brown color. No shimmers or sparkles, so matte.

Also included was Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Dare Devil. It's way too dark for me but a good introduction to the brand. The website says this is a voluminzing lip gloss which I wasn't aware of until I put it on and it burned/tingled. FYI.

There was also an eyeliner pencil from Starlet Cosmetics, which I've never heard of up until now, the shade is "Chocolate".

Up next is Chella Eyebrow defining gel. I've been meaning to get one of these types of products for a while, so this was a nice surprise.

There was a nail polish in here! Yay!

Kind of bummed it was a bar glitter, though.  Such cute packaging, this is Nailtini in Millionaire. The label was put on with a giant bubble underneath it. Personal pet peeve, no biggie.

Four thin coats.
 It's actually a really interesting polish and it reminds me a lot of Mardi Gras. It flashes purple depending on the light!

Friday, November 9, 2012

NEW! Oopsie Daisies Wintertime Wonder Collection

I know I haven't made any prior announcements about this collection but between the two power outages from Hurricane Sandy and midterms, I'm just happy I was able to complete it!  The Wintertime Wonder Collection consists of four holiday and winter themed polishes.

First up is Carols by Candlelight.  This is a mix of red, green and white matte glitter along with some green holo sparkles in a clear base.

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight

Two coats over China Glaze Holly-Day, China Glaze Poinsettia and China Glaze Frosty.

Two coats over China Glaze Holly-Day, China Glaze Poinsettia and China Glaze Frosty.
Next is Glacier, an icy mix of aqua polish and cool toned glitters.  There are tiny iridescent glitters in here too.


Glacier - Three coats

Glacier - Three coats
Keepin' It Kosher is my nod to Hanukkah.  White, blue and silver glitters in a clear base.

Keepin' It Kosher

Keepin' It Kosher

Two coats over KleanColor Metallic White, LA Colors Live, China Glaze Ride the Wave and Finger Paints Paper Mache.

Two coats over KleanColor Metallic White, LA Colors Live, China Glaze Ride the Wave and Finger Paints Paper Mache.
Finally is Festivus for the Rest of Us!  Having no true color scheme, I got to play with this one: black, white, pink, lilac and aqua glitter in a clear base.

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Festivus for the Rest of Us

Two coats over China Glaze Dance Baby, China Glaze For Audrey, Color Club Lavendarling and Color Club Hydrangea Kiss

Two coats over China Glaze Dance Baby, China Glaze For Audrey, Color Club Lavendarling and Color Club Hydrangea Kiss

The Wintertime Wonder Collection is available now at my Etsy shop for $8.50 each.