Monday, November 30, 2015

Darling Diva Polish: Redelicious (Exclusive to December's A Box, Indied) - Swatches and Review

Hello again! I am back with another Darling Diva Polish! This one will be exclusive to December's A Box, Indied. A Box, Indied is Reloaded with a lot of new and exciting changes. The theme for this month's box is Re-Vamped - I'm all in for anything with the word vamp! ;)

A Box, Indied is no longer subscription-based. Instead, there will be an open pre-order on the 1st and 2nd of each month. All of the makers will then work to fulfill orders as soon as possible and all boxes should be on their way to their new homes by the 15th of the month. I think sounds like a great layout, and I'm excited about the new makers involved. It should be a fun year ahead! For now, let's get to the reason you're here - photos!

Darling Diva Polish Rekt and Trend Bomber for Cyber Monday - Swatches and Review

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and relaxing weekend. There have been some wonderful sales and exclusive polishes this weekend in the indie world. Darling Diva Polish is offering 30% off all orders using the code "THANKS" and also has two polishes that are free with certain purchase amounts. I have those to share with you today! These polishes have been available all weekend, but I just received them in the mail on Saturday ('tis the season for slow shipping!) and I was sick this weekend so I am just now managing to get them posted. Better late than never, right?

Friday, November 20, 2015

40 Great Nail Art Ideas: Grey + Color

Happy Friday! I have missed two weeks of the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas, which I am sad about, but I am back this week! This week's color prompt is "Grey + Color" and my pattern prompt was gradient. I decided to go with a vertical gradient instead of the more common horizontal version and I love how it turned out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Guest Post: Michaela from The Mani Café

Hi everyone! I'm sorry I've been so absent lately. I've been out of town, as you may already know, and then when I got home I was covered up in work and had a lovely visit from a friend on my birthday. To top it all off, while I was out of town, my laptop faceplanted on the pavement in a random parking lot, so it's basically out of commission permanently. So, for now, I'm at the mercy of friends and family for computer access and photo editing programs are totally out of reach. So for now, my blogging will be sporadic, but I am itching to get back to it so I'll be back as soon as possible. In the meantime, I would love to keep in touch with you on Instagram so give me a follow over there if you don't already! Now that you know why I've been MIA, I have a fantastic guest post to share with you today from the lovely Michaela over at The Mani Café

She has some fun and wintery nail art, which fits the weather pretty perfectly right now. Michaela has beautiful swatches and nail art, she is absolutely amazing at creating one stroke flowers. If you don't already follow her I will list all of her links at the bottom!


Hi everyone! I'm Michaela from The Mani Café and I'm excited to be guest posting for Ashley today! She's an awesome friend and blogger! Hope you'll enjoy my post! 

I decided to do some simple nail art and try out the nail vinyls I got from the Pshiiit Boutique a little while ago. I love the simple triangles! They are so quick and easy to use and I love a good geometric mani!  

Paint Box Polish Polar Bear Club & A England Excalibur

For this design, I started out with one coat of A England Excalibur. This is a really nice one-coat silver foil. The formula, like all A Englands in my experience, was fantastic. 

I then used the triangular vinyls and one coat of Paint Box Polish Polar Bear Club. Polar Bear Club was part of the Christmas in July box put together by Ellagee and is therefore a box exclusive polish. 

Paint Box Polish Polar Bear Club & A England Excalibur

It is described as a 'squishy blue packed with blue, purple and fuchsia micro glitters and holographic pigment'. The formula is fantastic. Bear in mind this is just one coat over a light base colour. It is more intense and squishy when worn alone. The shade of blue and the sparkles are just so pretty! I finished things off with a coat of topcoat. 

Paint Box Polish Polar Bear Club & A England Excalibur

I really enjoyed this simple mani and I'm totally in love with this Paint Box Polish! What do you think of it? 

There are still a few Christmas in July boxes available here if you want to snag this beautiful Paint Box Polish! 
A England polishes can be purchased from A England (UK shipping only) and Various retailers (see list here).

Thank you to Ashley for having me today! I hope that you enjoyed my post! If you did, feel free to come see more at The Mani Café or on my Facebook or Instagram



Thank you so much for the fabulous post, Michaela! Make sure to give her a follow at the links below!



Friday, November 6, 2015

Guest Post: Jacki from Adventures in Acetone

Hello everyone! I am visiting my family in Oklahoma this week so some lovely bloggers have stepped in with fabulous guest posts for you while I'm away!  Stay tuned all week and show them some love! I also have a brand new collection post scheduled for Thursday, you won't want to miss it!

Guest posting for me today is the super sweet and talented Jacki from Adventures in Acetone. She does some of the most amazing nail art I've ever seen and is also a mom of 2 adorable kiddos! I will link all of her social media info at the bottom in case you don't already give her a follow!


Hey, everyone! I'm Jacki from Adventures In Acetone and am so happy to be here! I just adore Ashley and was excited to be able to write a guest post for her. I know that we are getting deep into Autumn and most everyone is grabbing their darker polishes, but I don't conform. That's why I was so excited to see that OPI included some unconventional "fall" colors into their Venice Collection this year. OPI Gelato on My Mind and Purple Palazzo Pants paired beautifully together and I really enjoyed wearing this mani.
  OPI Venice Splash Floral Nail Art 1  
For this mani, I followed The Lacquerologist's Splash Floral tutorial in her nail art book: Idiot's Guides Nail Art. There are a ton of easy to follow nail art tutorials and I highly recommend it. You can see my review of her book HERE.
  • I started out with two coats of OPI Purple Palazzo Pants and let that dry.
  • Next, I wiped most of the polish off of the brush and dry brushed OPI Gelato on My Mind from the cuticle corner outward.
  • Salon Perfect Nail Art Striper White Out was used for the easy florals and a small dotting tool for the dot details.
  • I used a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to seal the design and add shine.
OPI Venice Splash Floral Nail Art 2   

 Are you a typical "fall color" polish wearer, or do you wear whatever you like? Thank you so much for reading and to Ashley for having me! You can follow Adventures In Acetone on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and


I am a typical fall color kind of gal, but I also wear whatever I want no matter what the calendar says so I love Jacki's mani for any time of year! Make sure to visit her at the links below!



Thursday, November 5, 2015

Paint Box Polish: The Knight Bus Collection - Swatches and Review

Hello, lovelies! I am still in Oklahoma but scheduled this post ahead of time so I could share this awesome new collection with you! Pam, the super sweet lady behind Paint Box Polish, is a huge Harry Potter fan (and has done other Harry Potter themed collections in the past) and decided to do a collection inspired by The Knight Bus scene in the third book/movie, Prisoners of Azkaban.  It's one of my favorite stories out of the entire series so I was super excited to see what she came up with!

Stay tuned until the end of my post for a 15% off discount code!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Guest Post: Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession

Hello everyone! I am visiting my family in Oklahoma this week so some lovely bloggers have stepped in with fabulous guest posts for you while I'm away!  Stay tuned all week and show them some love! I also have a brand new collection post scheduled for Thursday, you won't want to miss it!

Today Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession has a fabulous nail art mani perfect for fall to share with you! Jen is one of my go-to swatchers and I also love to follow her on Instagram. She has some of the cutest kids ever and she's an amazing athlete. I always tell her I want to be like her when I grow up! ;) I will link her blog and social media accounts at the bottom of the post in case you don't already follow!


Hello dears!  I am Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession and I am excited to be guest posting for Ashley today.  I enjoy doing guest posts because it forces me to step up my game and get out of my comfort zone.  I love to paint.  That's it, just paint.  But now and then (especially for a guest post) I will give a college try at some nail art.  So that's just what you'll get today!  I am very pleased with how this turned out and it was easy enough that even the non-artist like myself can manage it.  So lets jump in and check out my mani!  Oh and before I go...a big thanks to Ashley for featuring me on her awesome blog.  Hope you're having a fabulous vacation!

*nothing to disclose*

Sinful Colors: Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

When I sat down and thought about what kind of mani I wanted to do all that came to mind was something very Fall, possibly Thanksgiving-ish.  So I saw browns and golds and those rich earthy tones.  I dug through my helmer drawer and found these beauties...I knew they'd be a perfect match!  I started out with Sinful Colors Leather Loose, a matte brown full of gold and red shimmer.  This color is gorgeous both matte and with topcoat!  I left it matte because that was the look I wanted.  I used 3 coats of Leather Loose.  

Sinful Colors Leather Loose & Different Dimension Pilgrimatic

I then used some gold nail art tape to create "V" shapes on all my nails.  I usually pull the tape off but I decided to leave it as part of the mani this time.  Next I used Different Dimension Pilgrimatic from the Shooting Star series.  This glitter bomb is gorgeous!  It's full of gold, red, copper orange and holo glitters.  I dabbed one coat of Pilgrimatic inside each "V".  I finished it off with a layer of matte topcoat. 

Sinful Colors Leather Loose & Different Dimension Pilgrimatic

Sinful Colors Leather Loose & Different Dimension Pilgrimatic

Sinful Colors Leather Loose & Different Dimension Pilgrimatic

Sinful Colors Leather Loose & Different Dimension Pilgrimatic


Thank you so much, Jen! I love this mani! Check her out at the links below if you don't already follow her!



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