Happy Friday Everyone!
October is my favorite month of the year for several reasons:
1 – It’s Fall, and Fall is my favorite time of the year! I love the cooler weather and the excuse to pull out all of my chunky sweaters and boots.
2 – My birthday is this month, so I might be slightly biased about this being the best month out of the year.
3 – I love that all the tv and movie channels start playing scary movie marathons! I’m a HUGE horror movie fan.
4 – Seven of my favorite tv shows started this month! My DVR is set to record American Horror Story, 30 Rock, The League, Always Sunny In Philadelphia, The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and Dexter!
5 – Last, but not least… HALLOWEEEEEN!! I always go all out with my costume for Halloween each year because it is seriously my favorite holiday. The year I went as Marie Antoinette I won a costume contest! This year my boyfriend and I are going as Finn the Human and Princess Bubblegum from Adventure time. I cannot wait!
Not to mention, I love playing with Fall and Halloween themes with nail art. ^_^ This year I worked up enough courage to submit an entry for Bundle Monster’s Fright Night Halloween Nail Art Contest. Open voting begins tomorrow and I’m so nervous! I’m sure there are going to be a TON of amazing entries but at least I can say I tried, right?
EDIT: Voting is open now!! Click [HERE] to be brought to the app to vote for my entry!
NOTD: Halloween Nails – Nails and Noms Tricky Treats!
Okay, so the name for this set of nails is kinda lame but you try thinking of something clever while you’re in the middle of a 53 hour work week! I think the name fits though since this is more on the side of fun spooky and less scary spooky. Plus the gradient background is meant to resemble candy corn!
I started off with a white base using Milani White On The Spot, which may be my new favorite white nail polish and I need ALL the backups! Then I used Dermelect Head Turner, White On The Spot and Catrice Sunny Side for my candy corn gradient. For my ring finger I used A England Camelot and layered Enchanted Polish Pumpkin Gutz over it. Loooooooove Pumpkin Gutz so much! I need more of her Halloween glitters.
For my stamping I used Bundle Monster plates BM-223, BM-224, and BM-225 and these nail polishes:
- Rescue Beauty Lounge Fortissimo
- Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle
- OPI A Roll In The Hague
- Wet n Wild Black Creme
- Milani White On The Spot
- A England Avalon
Here’s some close-up shots of each finger for ya! Le thumb.
Ring finger. I got a little overzealous with my topcoat on this finger and it rippled a little in the corner as it was drying.
And my pinky. I used glitter from Enchanted Polish Pumpkin Gutz for the eyes.
So what do you all think? Do I have a snowball’s chance in hell of placing for this contest?
I honestly can’t wait to see what everyone else has done for the contest! You can begin voting for your favorites starting on Saturday, October 13th at the Bundle Monster Facebook Page.
EDIT: Voting is open now!! Click [HERE] to be brought to the app to vote for my entry!
We’re quickly approaching my favorite month and my favorite time of the year. Fall is upon us in my neck of the woods and Halloween is just a little over a month away!! I’ve already got my costume planned, my boyfriend and I are going as Princess Bubblegum and Finn the Human from Adventure Time! Does anyone else have plans for the holiday? On top of the best holiday of the year, my birthday is also next month and SIX of my favorite Fall tv shows are starting new seasons!
I’ve got swatches of the Cirque All Hallow’s Eve Collection to share with you all today! This is a limited edition mini-collection that Annie of Cirque created for the holiday that consists of Kabocha (a bright orange glow-in-the-dark jelly) and Neko (a black shredded glitter topcoat).
Kabocha is a Japanese variety of winter squash which is also commonly called a Japanese pumpkin. The flesh of a kabocha squash is a bright orange color. It’s not quite as bright as this Kabocha but both are festive for the Fall season.
Cirque’s Kabocha is a bright neon orange jelly that glows in the dark! It’s quite sheer, so I needed 4 coats to reach opacity and even then I could still see a bit of VNL. If you want Kabocha to be completely opaque you’ll have to layer it over a light or white nail polish. Kabocha dries with a little bit of a gritty appearance due to the glow pigment, but a layer of top coat fixes that quickly to reveal smooth orange jelly goodness. Even with all the layers, Kabocha dries super fast and I didn’t have to do any additional cleanup for my cuticle area.
Let me just add how difficult it is to capture glow in the dark nail polish on camera!
I think I took about 89843.5 photos and managed to get a handful of ones decent enough to show you guys, haha! Kabocha has a rather quick ‘charge’ time and the glow is great! The longer you charge the polish under a light, the longer the glow lasts. This polish is black light reactive as well!
Here is one coat of Neko layered over Kabocha. I LOVE IT!! Neko is a black shredded glitter topcoat that’s quite easy to work with. I didn’t have any issues getting the glitter onto the brush and one coat was enough to disperse the glitter evenly over my nails. You may get a stray glitter shard sticking up due to the glitter shape, but top coat should smooth things out fairly well.
And here’s what Neko layered over Kabocha looks like in the dark. Oh I like. I like a lot.
Kabocha and Neko are perfect additions to my Fall collection of polishes! I’m already a sucker for anything orange, and add on the fact that Kabocha is a jelly and it’s like a cherry on top of an already amazing sundae! And Neko is such a versatile polish that I can see myself layering it over ALL the things!
Unfortunately the All Hallow’s Eve collection containing Kabocha and Neko have already sold out on the Cirque website. But fret not my friends, Annie was kind enough to set aside a bottle of Kabocha and Neko for me to host a giveaway on my blog! So if you missed out on your chance to own the All Hallow’s Eve collection for yourself, keep reading and find out how you can possibly bring these babies home!
Giveaway Info After The Jump!!
Sorry for my absence this week, my days off were pretty hectic and I could hardly find time to paint my nails or blog for that matter! And Wednesday I chose to participate in the web-wide Blackout to protest SOPA/PIPA, both bills which could spell the end for beauty bloggers like myself and others. If you’re still confused on what these two bills are, you can find out more info and sign the petition to stop them in their tracks [HERE].
I come back offering you one of my NOTD looks from last week, watercolor nails! After seeing the great manis done by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails and Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails I just had to try this technique for myself! Also, why does Blogger auto load to the bottom of the page now? Annoying.
But I digress, let’s get to the pictures shall we?
Sally Hansen – White On (base color)
China Glaze – Poinsettia
Finger Paints – Curdor-Orange
Cult Nails – Feel Me Up
Sally Hansen – Thinking of Blue
At first I wasn’t sure if I liked the way my watercolor manicure had turned out. But the more I looked at it the more I ended up really liking it. Though next time I want to use brighter colors because I think the blue I used is a little overpowering.
This mani reminds me of a Monet painting, especially my ring finger! This look was relatively easy to create. Though it can be easy to eat straight through the top coat with the acetone if you linger in one spot for too long. You can view/read tutorials on how to create this look on both Sarah and Rebecca’s posts that I linked at the top of the page. ^_^
That’s it for today! I also entered this manicure into the Cult Nails Nail Art contest. You can view it on their Facebook Fan Page and vote for yours truly if the mood strikes you.
All your favorite beauty bloggers are back again with another MEGA giveaway just in time for the holidays! To better serve our international readers, this time the prize is a $500 VISA gift card! Treat yourself AND your loved ones this season!! To enter, wait for the Rafflecopter widget to load below. You’re more than welcome to leave comments, but they will not earn entries into the contest. Each action in the Rafflecopter widget (below) earns you another entry. Actions will only be counted one time – even if you click on the widgets on the other participating blogs. You may tweet once per day – just come back here (or any of the blogs listed below) and submit a new tweet! 18+. Again, international entries are welcomed!
The contest runs from December 2nd to December 16th. The detailed rules and the Rafflecopter entry form are under the cut, good luck everyone!
Sam from Fashion Polish is celebrating her one year anniversary with an EXTREMELY generous month of giveaways! Each week she’s offered a different prize pack. It’s open internationally and is running until December 11th. I’ll list below each week of prizes. Clicking on the picture will take you directly to that week’s giveaway theme, this is also where you can sign up for the contest!!
I wanted to share with you a fun idea that was presented to me by a lady named Sam with the help of NailPolishCanada. They are behind the Adopt A Polish “organization”, which is neat little website modeled after pet adoption agencies. But this one is all about finding homes for all those lost, sad, and alone lacquers.
WORLD’S FIRST NAIL POLISH ADOPTION AGENCY: PARENTS NEEDED
Adoptapolish.org announces the world’s first adoption drive for in need nail polish, available for U.S. and Canadian applicants.
Every day, thousands of nail polishes are abandoned or abused. They are not sticky or old, they are fine new polishes, stuck on a shelf because they are forgotten or out of season. All they desire is to be used, and maybe taken for a night on the town in return.
“We have so many polishes who need a good family to take them in” said AdoptAPolish.org executive director Nikki Smith. “All it takes is filling out an application form describing how you can provide a better life for one of our in need nail polishes. We select the best application and take care of all the expenses, delivering your newly adopted polish directly to your door.”
One current nail polish, Charleston, held back tears well describing his life, “I spent two years of my life stacked in a dark room crammed together with thousands of others just like me, hundreds pressing down on my shoulders at any given time. I’m a shimmer and I have never seen sunlight in my life. Oh and don’t get me started on CND Shellac, I just can’t keep going as long, why would any women want me” he continued.
Please don’t let the agony go on any longer than it has
to. The first round of adoptions closes December 31st. Apply to Adopt a Polish at
I think this idea is super cute and innovative, and I definitely plan on submitting an adoption application soon. I’m not sure which one I want to take home most, they’re all so pretty!
nor am I receiving payment or free product(s) for this giveaway/contest.