Tuesday, September 27, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 23 - Psycho

Hello everyone! My next prompt in the 31 Day Challenge is "inspired by a movie" and I chose one of my favorites to take inspiration from! I love old movies, one of my favorite genres is the old thriller/mystery movies. When I was around 10 or 12, I discovered Alfred Hitchcock and made it my mission to see all of his movies so I spent a lot of time at video stores hunting down all the VHS tapes! (Yes, I'm that old.) I love everything he's done and his movies are among my favorites that I can watch over and over again. One of them is the classic, Psycho

Sunday, September 25, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 22 - One-Eyed, One-Horned Flying Purple People Eater

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend! I had a great Friday and Saturday with some amazing friends and gorgeous scenery (and temps!). Today wasn't so great, but I managed to do a little nail art tonight to continue on the 31 Day Challenge! Today is the "inspired by a song" prompt and I just had to do one of my favorite "Halloween" songs since I was a kid! (You can check out the mani I did based on my other favorite Halloween song in the 31 Day Challenge in 2014 here!)

Friday, September 23, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 21 - The Axe!

It's Friday!! And not only is it Friday, but I am getting ready to head up north to see a friend and enjoy some Autumn-like temps! I can't wait! I am also super excited to show you the mani I am wearing right now and tell you the story behind it!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 20 - Water Marble

Happy Thursday! I am back with another look for the 31 Day Challenge! This one sort of feels like a "cheat" because I did an accent nail rather than all of my nails - but this took me forever! I am not talented at water marbling so I am calling this accent nail a success! LOL!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 18 - Half Moon Spider Webs

Hello! I have a late post tonight, but I love this look! I am not usually a fan of half moon manis on myself. I love them on other people but they always seem odd on my nails. I wanted to think outside the box for today's look and was feeling in a Halloween mood so I decided to make some half moon spider webs!

Monday, September 19, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 17 - Glitter Honeycomb Gradient

Welcome to a new week, everyone! My Monday isn't going too bad as far as Mondays go. I hope you're all having an easy start to your week too! I have my glitter design for the 31 Day Challenge today!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 16 - Layered Triangles

Hello! I am on the geometric prompt for the 31 Day Challenge and decided to do some fun layered triangles. I think this mani is very 80s, which is not usually my style, but it's fun!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 15 - Delicate Roses

Hello everyone! I'm back with another look for the 31 Day Challenge! You may have seen my pic of my nail of the day on Instagram. I enjoyed wearing it so much while I was out running errands today! (I will have proper swatches of these soon!) I was so tired when I got home I didn't have it in me to freehand the design I had in mind, so I pulled out my stamping supplies and used a beautiful rose pattern over my NOTD!

Friday, September 16, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 14 - Floral Silhouette

Happy Friday, everyone! I have another design for the 31 Day Challenge for you today! Today's prompt is floral. To be honest, I am usually sort of intimidated by florals for some reason. I'm not sure why, I think I make them super complicated in my head. But this mani popped up in my memories on Facebook from a year ago today and it's one of my favorite so I decided to do a different take on it!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fair Maiden: Stardust - Swatches and Review

Hello lovelies! Today I have another polish from Cocktails and Colors in Las Vegas this year - this time from Fair Maiden! I really enjoyed getting to meet Sarah and Adrienne, they are both super sweet!

Stardust has already been available for purchase on Fair Maiden's website but will be available again this weekend as a pre-sale when they launch their fall collection (which looks absolutely amazing!).

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 13 - Peacock Feathers

Happy Hump Day! We are finally getting close-ish to the weekend! I am still working my way through the 31 Day Challenge. Still slightly behind but I am enjoying it and doing it as I can, which is what's important to me! Today's prompt is animal print and I really wanted to challenge myself to think outside the box of typical animal print and decided to do some peacock feathers!

KBShimmer: Fright This Way and Sweet Devotion (and hand care!) - Swatches and Review

I am very late in showing you guys these lovely polishes from KBShimmer, but they are currently available so at least there's no waiting if you decide you need them now! Today I have two polishes from the Fall 2016 Collection to share with you, along with a review of some of her hand and body care items!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 12 - Popcorn

Hello! I have a fun look for today's prompt in the 31 Day Challenge! Today's theme is stripes and I took inspiration one again from Sheila at Pointless Cafe. I had a horrible headache most of the day and was lacking inspiration for this prompt when I started feeling better. Then I remembered her fun popcorn nail art and thought I'd give it a try!

Monday, September 12, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 11 - Red and Black Polka Dots

Thrice is nice, yes? Well I hope so! I am back for the third time today with another nail art look for the 31 Day Challenge! The prompt for this mani is polka dots. Sounds easy enough. Except I will tell you a little secret - even after all these years I still suck at polka dots! Give me a brush any day over a dotting tool. But, I did enjoy doing this mani!

I used the gorgeous Alter Ego Well Read (review coming soon) with simple black dots. I love red and black together!

Thanks for reading and happy polishing!


31 Day Challenge: Day 10 - Gradient Skittle

Hello again! I'm back with another look for the 31 Day Challenge! The prompt is gradient and I wanted to do something a little different than a traditional gradient so I went with gradient skittles.

Powder Perfect: Utopia - Swatches and Review

Hello! Today I have another Powder Perfect polish to show you! (If you missed my first post on this brand you can check out my review of Ra here.) Today I have the vibrant pink Utopia to show you! 

From the maker:

"Utopia is a vibrant hot pink holographic polish with sparkling holo glitters and ultra chameleon chrome flakies. Utopia is a limited edition shade."

Sunday, September 11, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 9 - Rainbow Splash

Late post, but I am here with another look for the 31 Day Challenge! And it's a look I am super happy with! I decided to do some fun watercolor nail art for the rainbow prompt!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 8 - Metallic Swirls and Dots

Hello!  I hope you're all having a better Saturday than I am! I had a flare-up of a chronic eye condition I have, which always leads to a bad headache, so I spent most of the day in bed. Well, actually the recliner. But my head has eased up a little and the eye pain has decreased so I decided to try to get a quick post up so I wouldn't fall even farther behind in the 31 Day Challenge! Today's prompt is metallic so I decided to use a gorgeous Firecracker Lacquer that I got in Vegas this year and it fit the bill perfectly!

Friday, September 9, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 7 - Black and White Dotted Chevrons

Happy Friday! I finally have my look for Day 7 in the 31 Day Challenge! I am hoping to play catch-up this weekend so I can get back on schedule! For today's black and white look I went with a bold chevron design!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 6 - Violet Stripes and Dots

Hello! I've fallen behind on the 31 Day Challenge - but better late than never, right? So I am trying to play catch-up and have Day 6 to show you tonight! I took inspiration for this mani from Sheila at Pointless Cafe and I love how it turned out!

Monday, September 5, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 5 - Blue Mosaic Nails

Hello again! Day 5 of the 31 Day Challenge brings us blue nails and I have some fun mosaic nails to share with you!

Powder Perfect: Ra from the Egyptology Collection (Limited Edition) - Swatches and Review

Hello lovelies! I have a newly released polish from a new-to-me brand to share with you today! I had the pleasure of meeting Jacinta from Powder Perfect at Cocktails and Colors this year and she is super sweet! She went to Las Vegas all the way from Australia, that's pretty amazing! 

I have two Powder Perfect polishes to show you. Today I have Ra from the recently released Egyptology III Collection! The polishes in this collection have what the maker calls a "holo-twist" which means they're holo micro-glitters but in a linear holo base. Very pretty!

From the maker:
"Ra was inspired by the Ancient Egyptian sun god and is a silver based holo-twist lacquer with a golden hue."


Sunday, September 4, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 4 - Green Swirls

Hello, everyone! It's been a busy day and I just finished my nail art for today's 31 Day Challenge mani! I had a freehand design in mind but I didn't have time to do it tonight so I'll have to save it for another time! I pulled out more neons and my stamping supplies for today's look!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 3 - Yellow Celebration

Hello! I am back for Day 3 of the 31 Day Challenge! Today's prompt is yellow and it was actually perfect for the happy nail art I wanted to do today! For those of you who don't know, I have been on a weight loss journey the last few months and this morning I officially hit 100 pounds lost! (If you would like to follow my weight loss journey, you can follow me at Who Ate My Psyche?. I have a couple of blog posts up and am fairly active on social media as well.) I have been working so hard on this and wanted to celebrate this milestone!

Friday, September 2, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 2 - Orange Moroccan Half Moons

Happy Friday, everyone! Today felt more like a Monday than a Friday, which makes me even more thankful for the 3-day weekend. Today's nail art isn't one that I am very happy with. I don't know what was up, but I attempted 4 or 5 different looks for today's prompt and I just couldn't create anything I was happy with. I'm not in love with this one, but it's growing on me!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

31 Day Challenge: Day 1 - Red Nails starring The Young and the Restless

Happy September, everyone! If you've been a part of the nail community for very long you know that with September comes the 31 Day Challenge. (If you don't know what it is, you can visit Chalkboard Nails for more info!) I honestly wasn't planning on participating this year, I have so much going on right now. But, I got out my nail art brushes and acrylic paint for the first time last night in months and I enjoyed it so much! It made me realize just how much I have missed it. When life gets busy we always put off the things we enjoy simply because we don't have time. The nail art I did last night just happened to coincide with day one (that was completely unplanned), so I decided I would try to join in! I may end up with a "modified" version, but better than nothing!

I am a HUGE, lifelong fan of The Young and the Restless. I grew up watching it with my mom and it's always been a part of my life. The characters become a part of your world (just like with any favorite TV show, book or movie) and a part of your heart. And since the creation of social media, you also get  a glimpse of the actors' real lives and it is awesome! I've even had a few short conversations with a few of them and "likes" on social media and I get so giddy every time! Today The Young and the Restless is celebrating their 11,000th episode (wowsers!), and I just had to do some nail art to celebrate!


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