A Weed is Just an Unplanned Wildflower

First, I LOVE the ideas you all have been leaving in your giveaway entries for what you’d like to see me do as nail art. I wanted to thank you all for being so inventive! I counted up all of the ideas that I’ve received so far, and the general consensus was (other than one idea that I will address in a minute) that you all wanted to see a spring/flower design. I’ve avoided these because, well, I SUCK at doing them! hahaha… regardless, you ask and I do my best to deliver :-) It was also a great way to show you some of the new China Glaze Island Escape shades!

For this design, I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, OPI Greenwich Village, OPI Don’t Mess With OPI, China Glaze Cha Cha Cha, OPI Alpine Snow, OPI Cabana Banana, China Glaze Senorita Bonita, China Glaze 108 Degrees, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow, and China Glaze Blue Iguana (love!) topped with a coat of Seche Vite. I also did a gradient of the greens in the background since that was another requested design… though I will do some more without a design on top.

The Island Escape Shades are divine! Blue Iguana is a blue mica shimmer with a purply duochrome shimmer. LOVE IT!! Some of the shades are mica shimmers, and some are cremes.. but all are original in my opinion. I can think of a few close matches, but man I really love this collection!! You’ll see them more soon!

NOW. I don’t know if you have been following my updates on twitter or facebook, but I just have to get something off of my chest. I’m not one to complain, but I feel like I need to vent here.

I am honored when I have new followers, which is a common experience when one holds a giveaway. I do however have a problem with people entering a giveaway, JUST to enter a giveaway… without even looking around first. SEVERAL (like, 30 in 250+ entries) people said that for design ideas, they want to see Konading or Stamping. This hurts me, people. If you read the blurb at the top of my blog, flip through ANY of my designs, or have EVER spoken/emailed/tweeted/facebooked with me, you know that I only do freehand nail art.

I’m not trying to offend anyone at all here but its discouraging when people enter a giveaway for free stuff without even taking FIVE minutes to read what the blog is about. It makes me think, should I be holding any more giveaways? I don’t hold them to get new followers, I hold them to show appreciation for the ones who keep this blog going- all of you! I spend money on giveaway products, I get companies involved, and I wonder if its worth the effort if someone wins who doesn’t even know what my blog is about. I only require that you are a follower to enter because a) I can keep track of entries that way and b) I want to know that I’m not just buying random stuff for strangers- I want to know giveaways will go to people who appreciate them and who actually read my blog (or look at the pictures!). So doesn’t it make it pointless then to follow just to enter a giveaway and then not look around? Another pet peeve is when someone follows just to enter, then they unfollow (sometimes even before the giveaway ends!)… its not about numbers, its about nerve- just following for free stuff irks the hell out of me!

I put SO much time into my freehand nail art and I wouldn’t make such a big deal about this if I hadn’t made it WELL known in the past that I ONLY do freehand art, but come on…. its been the major focus of my blog since day one! Its right below my blog title!

I really appreciate each and every one of you, old or new, so I hope you understand where I am coming from. You’re still more than welcome to enter the giveaway, even if you are new. I don’t want you to feel pushed away or singled out and I don’t expect you to go through months of posts in a day, or ever for that matter. But at least do a minute of browsing and see what I’m about… ya dig?

I want to hear what you think… am I deluded or in the right here?

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please see my disclosure statement.

Eat Pray Love Paint

So much for our nice weather… now its about 16 degrees, several inches of snow have fallen and winds have been 30 mph all last night and today. I had the opportunity to see Eat Pray Love recently and loved it. Since I have a soft spot for Indian bridal henna (as in my older henna design) I figured I’d focus on the bridal gown designs that were featured in the movie. I wanted to do a jewelry design but the details didn’t show up.

I used OPI Natural Nail Base Coat, Nicole By OPI He’s A Keeper for the base, a mix of OPI Golden Rules and Nicole By OPI Not A Gold Bigger for the gold, OPI Austin-tatious Turquoise for the blue stones and topped off with a swipe of Seche Vite.

The red is my favorite- in person it’s a creamy brick red and it applies extremely smoothly, though the brush seemed like an OPI reject brush, with the bristles uneven, looking like a chunk was cut out of it! Even so, it applied well in two coats and dried nice and solid.

In other news, I just wanted to shout out to Nicole By OPI with a HUGE thank you for putting this blog on their website. It’s an honor and I’m thrilled to be listed up there with the other lovely blogs listed. If you want to check them out, go to the Nicole By OPI website, click the Blog tab and the list is on the bottom right.

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review by the manufacturer. For further information, please see my disclosure statement.

Agent Orange

I have TONS of work to do lately but I really have been itching to do a design. I’ve been painting my nails with just basic shades on the days with no art, but its frustrating because I look down and get ideas, but I just don’t have the time to do them!

Here’s a quick design today that was inspired by our nice weather. Its beautiful out (50F!) and windy, which reminds me of the summer and fruit. That, combined with the amazing squishy sorbet shade “Ya’ll Come Back, Ya Hear?” from the new OPI Texas Collection, I couldn’t resist doing this design.

Its SUPPOSED to be orange slices. :-) I used OPI Ya’ll Come Back, Ya Hear? for the squishy base and OPI Alpine Snow as the pith. Topped off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Good things about this polish: SUPER high shine, even without a top coat. Dries super quickly, and unique texture. Bright colors with high pigmentation and saturation. doesn’t chip or scratch easily. DOESN’T Stain :-D

Bad things about this polish: I use thin coats, and even after 4, there was VNL. I REALLY don’t like VNL so in the future I’ll layer it over a layer of Alpine Snow, but I wanted the full squishy effect so I didn’t do that this time. Also, the texture is SO shiny that its actually pretty hard to paint over. Its like using watercolor paint on plastic- its sort of just streaks over and beads…. yeah, weird. A solution I will try in the future is after the sorbet dries, I’ll add a clear coat of a regular polish if I’m going to paint over it…. its almost rubberized!

In other news, I don’t know if you noticed but my nails are finally longer again! Which means, more frenches and bigger and better designs. Its great to have them back after the gel-tastrophe. And Rafik and I are headed to Atlanta to setup an apartment, find our dream jobs, live happliy ever after, that sort of thing! :-)

Until next time….

Some of the products in this post were sent to me for consideration and review. For further information, please read my disclosure statement.
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