A BIG Thank You!!

I was lucky enough to recently win not one, but two!! giveaways and so I just wanted to do a dedicated post to those ladies out there that hooked me up with some seriously loved goodies and to send a BIG thank you along to the kind ladies who gave away such great gifts. PS, don’t mess- I know I used a roll of paper towels in the background- I figured you’d rather see them than Rafik’s feet :-)

I won Kristina’s Green Giveaway over at My Lucid Bubble

This giveaway included some really hard to find green polishes. Included in the giveaway were Essie’s Mint Chintz, Misa’s Embroidered Emerald, Milani Hi- Tech, Orly’s Opal Hope, Brucci’s Black Emerald, Orly’s Walk Down The Aisle, Sally Hansen’s Spring Green, and Wet ‘N’ Wild Fusion. I spent the afternoon playing this a lot of these (hence no nail design or swatches, I was playing- not doing serious business!)

I also won Megan’s Sula Giveaway at Dainty Darling Digits
This giveaway was another wonderful one! It included three of Sula’s Paint and Peel polishes, a Sula Paint in Peel polish/topcoat duo, Sula’s Vanilla Perfume Oil, and (an added surprise!) Sally Hansen’s Perfect Proposal. I didn’t play with these yet (though I’m wearing the perfume!) because I wanted to do special swatches of each color for ya’ll and I didn’t want to waste their peely goodness on a less than perfect mani.
Both Megan and Kristina are wonderful ladies and I’m so lucky not only to have won their giveaways, but more so to have had the opportunity to chat with them and get to know them a teeny bit more than I did before. I already frequent their blogs and you should too! Thanks ladies!
I’ll be doing a neat-o design in the following days- my apologizes for the lack of schnazzy nail art lately- due to the less than perfect health I had recently, I got a bit behind in school and home life (work, cleaning, errands, etc) and so I haven’t had the time to sit down and really focus on a sexy design. I will though, don’t ya’ll worry.

Be A Bookwoorm, Why Don’t You?

In honor of the fact that classes are back in session, and the fact that Cornell has 20+ libraries for its 17,000+ students to choose from whilst they all scramble to study for exams (yes, even on the first day…) I’ve done a library for you!!

I’ve been known to frequent a few of the libraries on campus. though it’s been less frequently now that I live a few miles off campus…. but its the best place to procrastinate, get crazy hyper on caffiene from one of the mini cafe’s inside, read your facebook, check up on your twitter (or your blog :-P), polish your laptop, people watch, catch swine flu, et al… you can do pretty much ANYTHING in our library systems except for work…

They’re Books, Baby, Books!

For this manicure, I used one coat OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat and two coats OPI’s Shi-merry Chic for the base. The colors of the books include Essie’s Lady Godiva, Misa’s Chocolate Icing, Orly’s La Playa, OPI’s Chop-Sticking to My Story, OPI’s Mrs. O’Leary’s BBQ, and Icing’s Envy (which you can barely see…) The details were made from OPI’s DS Radiance, OPI’s Golden Rules, Sinful Colors Black on Black, and the pages of the open book were Essie’s Body Language. I topped off everything with two coats of Seche Vite.

The Colors:

OPI’s Shi-Merry Chic is a gold/taupe shimmer with tiny bits of glitter, copper round glitter, and flakies (very subtle). I didn’t think I’d like it but it turns out that I am in love with it. The base here was two coats and I would certainly do three if wearing it alone and out in public as its a bit on the sheer side. I could see how this would look wonderful around the holidays (as it was part of a holidays collection) sitting by a fire, letting the flames reflect off of the unique surface this polish creates. Definitely a holiday winner.

Mrs. O’Learys’ BBQ is a maroon/brown creme that goes on smoothly and screams fall. It’s much deeper than a red creme but its not quite brown. In the bottle it looks purpleish, but when it translates onto the nail, the brown comes out and the purple disappears. It goes on in two coats, though I’m a habitual three coater for cremes.

So, go get off the internet and go read a book! (UNLESS you were about to enter my giveaway!)

Outta This World!

I  had my first “day” of classes, but since its mid-week, most sections and such don’t start until next week, so all I had today was a really super-fun-looking astronomy class. Now that I’m a senior, I can afford to take fun classes, right? Consequently, I did astronomy nails for you today! Sorry about the thumb, the telescope is supposed to be looking AT all those sexy celestial objects, but, I just can’t get my thumb to bend that way! I had to make do and put it below. Hope you understand the concept!

The Heavens, are, full of sparkles?
Oi Vey! Okie dokie. For this manicure, I started with one coat of OPI’s Natural Nail Base Coat, one coat of Sinful Colors Black on Black and one coat of Icing’s Blackout.
For the thumb, I used Icing’s Envy for the grass, China Glaze’s Emerald Fitzgerald for the telesecope tube (my telescope is a green 8″ reflector if you were wondering, hence the green tube here), OPI DS Radiance for the silver details on the telescope, Sally Hansen’s Lavender Cloud with Sinful Colors Black on Black for the moon.
For the ring finger, I used Milani’s Cyberspace, Milani’s Hi Tech, and Finger Paints Easel-y Entertained for The Lagoon Nebula.
For the pinkie, I used Misa’s Haute Hippie, Sally Hansen’s Rapid Red, and Sinful Colors Pearl Harbor for the random nebula for which I can’t find a name on google.
I then topped everything off with two coats Seche Vite, and on Jupiter, after the Seche Vite dried, two coats of China Glaze’s Matte Magic.
The Colors:
Since this post is so long, and so many colors were used in such tiny amounts, I’ll only cover one big one here and leave the rest for when I use them more substantially.
Icing’s Blackout is an amazing black jelly with holographic glitter imbeded within the polish. Rumor has it that it’s a dupe for Nfu- Oh GS14, which is a hard to find and more expensive color. To be honest, I am in absolute love with this color even when just layered over black because it has such a great star quality. I love simple constellation manicures, and if you do too, this one is for you. I wore it five days once without chippage, which is rare for an icing polish, but it looked great even then! I usually layer over black, not because of its sheerness, but because I don’t want to waste such a beautiful polish on layering.ALSO:I’ve been lemming an emerald green holo, which OPI says that they’ll try to get working on *lets hope so* but I decided to franken my own in the meantime. I don’t have a name for it, but I was thinking of Emerald Eyes, whatta ya think?

I mixed five drops of China Glaze’s Emerald Fitzgerald with two drops of Nicole by OPI’s Lemon Lime Twist, and two drops of Nfu Oh’s 61. The thumb, which is a tidge lighter, had only 3 drops of Emerald Fitz but I darkened it for the rest of the fingers. I would have loved a pure emerald, but this color is nice too, more of a jade I think….

Also, my mom made Rafik an amazing birthday present, which I have to put up here because its so gosh darn amazing looking. Steal these pictures, and I will hunt you down. No, really… I will. Our apartment doesn’t have great light, so there’s one picture that’s with a flash so you can see the detail, but it blocks out the lion in the clouds, so I put a blurry, non flash picture up so you can see the cool lion in the sky. Rafik likes lions, and my mom likes cross stitching. She’s a crafting genius and there will be more of her projects on here soon. In fact, I’ll be using her beaded ornaments (to die for) as a nail design in the near future.

Its 9″ x 12″ and all cross stitched by hand.
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