Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Neon Halloween Vs

Time for Halloween look #2 for the year... some fun & bright neon Vs.

Taken in natural light with cell phone.

I think this is the first time I've ever free-handed Vs instead of using tape, and it was a breeze! Not quite as even as I'd normally do, but when pressed for time this method certainly helped!

Polishes Used
Zoya Raven
Funky Fingers Riot
Funky Fingers Atomic Poppy
Color Club Feelin' Groovy
Salon Perfect Black Diamond

Friday, October 23, 2015

Swapoween 2015 Reveal!

Woohoo! Time for a swap reveal post! I signed up for Chaotic Goddess Swap's Swapoween, which saw me matched up with the wonderful Rebecca from Everyday Life. Here's a quick pic of all the goodies I received!

Look at all this Halloween goodness!

Opening this box was a line an explosion of the season... look at all that orange, purple, and black! <3

Here's what I received:
  • Spooky dishtowels
  • Halloween potholders
  • Two bobble head monsters
  • Nail polish! One purple, one black
  • Cute skull socks
  • Candy corn
  • Chocolate skulls (which might be gone already...)
  • Flameless LED tea lights, which are perfect for jack-o-lanterns!
  • A lovely card from Rebecca
If you're curious to see what I sent her in return, check it out on her blog! I love doing these swaps and can't wait for the next one! 

Friday, October 16, 2015

It's time-- first Halloween mani is here!

Woohoo! It's thT time of the year again... Halloween is almost here! Which means it's time for Halloween nails!

Taken in natural light with cell phone

I've got a cute mix n' match to celebrate... these were inspired by a few images on Google. Giving credit where credit is due:

Spiders - JaeMarie2008
Ghosties - Incoco Spooktacular wraps

Polishes Used
Funky Fingers Dark Knight
CoverGirl #245 Go-Go Mango
CoverGirrl #240 Coral Silk
Zoya Creamy
Zoya Destiny
Salon Perfect Sugar Cube

Monday, September 21, 2015

Swapoween Sign-Ups!

It's close to that time of the year again... the air is getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and candy is on sale at the store! Halloween is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than swapping spooky goodies with fellow bloggers? Sign-ups are open now through the 28th, so get going!

Monday, August 17, 2015

Etsy Summer Swap Reveal with Beth of Printcess

Hello there! It's been a while since I've posted, including the intro post for this swap (such poor etiquette!), but I do have an awesome reveal to share with you!

For this swap, we were asked to browse through our partner's Etsy wishlist and purchase them something. We were then given the choice to choose another thing from their list or pick something that we though they would like from a different Etsy shop. I was matched up with the lovely and awesome Beth from Printcess, who was very understanding when I ran into some USPS issues. So let's see what I got!

A breakdown:

  • Pentacle vinyl appliques (hello, new car decor!)
  • Nail transfers in adorable witch, haunted house, ghost, and creepy eyes designs from HailtheNails. YAY Halloween nail decorations!
  • A cute Spellarella sticker from Tarot
  • Bottle stickers that are 1000% going in my Halloween decor. How could you refuse a bottle of Poison or Vampire Blood?!
  • Nail art bling from Firecracker Lacquer, including neon heart studs, holographic diamond glitters, and iridescent rhinestones. I've got plans for these. ;)
  • CH Nail lacquer in #02, which supposedly glows under UV light! I have some on my nails right now and it's a gorgeous neon scarlet color. Simply stunning!
  • Two eye shadows from Beth's very own Printcess mineral make-up line! She included Rawhide and Dragonscale. These are so smooth, sparkly and easy to blend! Take a look:
Rawhide, a warm leathery brown (left) and Dragonscale, a fiery peachy orange (right)

I could not be happier with the goodies I received! Beth was a complete sweetheart to work with... please check her blog out and share the love!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My Favorite Color Swap: Reveal Post

Alrighty! My swap package arrived from my swap partner, the lovely Brandi over at Lipstick & Tractors! If you remember, this was part of Chaotic Goddess Swap's Favorite Color Swap. 

I chose orange as my favorite color (because it is!) and Brandi was tasked with putting together a package for me full of orange goodies.

Look at the orangey goodness!

Here's what I received:

  • A bright orange paint pen
  • An orange Sharpie
  • Scotch Expressions masking tape (in orange, obviously!)
  • A pack of neon post-its
  • Adorable mini clothespins with glitter
  • A cool book of journaling cards, which I can use for card making & scrap booking
  • A yellowy-orange candle (that we may have already burned) that smells like Tahitian coconut!
I'm definitely going to use most of these for craft-related purposes. The paint pen already has plans as part of the decor for our informal wedding "reception" happening next month! A big thanks to Brandi and, as always, Chaotic Goddess Swaps, for a fun swaportunity!

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Orange Surfboards

I was ready for summer last week... despite the fact that it was really rather chilly around here! I needed to brighten it up with some orange and yellow, so I went with some simple stripes. I was told a lot that these reminded people of surfboards... very wishful thinking for the shores of Lake Erie. 

Taken in natural light via cell phone.

Sometimes the simplest designs get the most compliments! Something that took me less than 10 minutes to do makes the biggest impact. :P Even my dad & husband commented and said they liked these, which is something neither of them usually pay attention to. Crazy stuff, the power of coordinating & bold colors!

Polishes Used
CoverGirl #245 Go-Go Mango
CoverGirrl #240 Coral Silk
Zoya Creamy

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Springtime Stained Glass

Fun stuff to share today! I bought a random plate off of eBay a bit ago that looked like it would have patterns (finally) big enough to cover my entire nail surface. And boy, was I right!
 Taken in direct sunlight with cell phone.

A full size design means that I finally had the opportunity to try out a stained glass design! For anyone unfamilar, you stamp your design like normal then use dotting tools to fill in the blanks. Add a coat of topcoat to connect everything, let it dry, then peel it off and ta-da! You have a awesomely colored decal that can be attached with a bit of top coat. 

Polishes Used 
Funky Fingers Riot
Fresh Paint Dragon Lady
Fresh Paint High Voltage
Pure Ice Free Spirit
L'Oreal Royalty Reinvented

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Another Swap!

I've signed up for Chaotic Goddess Swaps Favorite Color Swap again!

Swapping is super fun-- you get to pick out items for your partner in their favorite color, then you receive a package full of goodies in your favorite color! You may remember I participated last year (see my reveal post here), where I received lots of fun things in the color orange. :)

Sign-ups are open through May 18, so if you're interested go sign up!

Monday, May 04, 2015

Avengers, Assemble!

Hi there! I'm a huge geek, so when Walmart had Avengers temporary tattoos for sale last year I had to buy them. I knew exactly what I was going to do with them, and last week's Age of Ultron premiere was exactly what I was waiting for!

Taken in mediocre office light via cell phone.

Bam! Awesome & easy Avengers nail art! The only thing that bothered me about this was the the Avenger's A was backwards... but what do you expect from cheap temporary tattoos? :P

Polishes Used
Jade Holográfico Psicodélica

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Windians 2015!

A day late for the home opener, but this is the ridiculously awesome look I've been rocking this week!

Taken in natural daylight via cell phone.

I've done two past looks for opening week-- here's what I had for 2014 and here is 2013. I've got a good feeling about this year. New talent, an awesome bullpen, and a shiny new stadium redesign. As for our batting game... eh...

Polishes Used
Funky Fingers Gesso
Julie G Cherry on Top
Pure Ice All Night Long

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Christmas in February!

Haha... I told you my posts were a bit dated! I wanted to share my Christmas look with you, so here it is! As has been the tradition in years past, I went with a mix-and-match array of designs in a Christmas-y color scheme.

Taken in random, splotchy natural light.

We've got a whole jumble of things going on here... glitter, pearls, gems! Waterfall, dry-brushing, dots, and saran wrap! Red and green and gold and white... this was definitely a fun look to rock for the holidays. :)

Polishes Used
Julie G Cherry on Top
Zoya Dakota
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
China Glaze New Birth
Piggy Polish Ivy Leaf in Santa Claus
Zoya Ziv
Daring Digits Robin
Glitterfied Nails 24 kt Gold

Monday, February 02, 2015

A Thanksgiving Waterfall

New technique time! I've seen waterfall manis all over the place, but finally gave it a shot thanks to a new set of nail art brushes. Having the right tools makes all of the difference when you're trying to make skinny lines! 

Taken in artificial light.

I wanted an orange base for this look but wasn't sure which polish to use. Peach was too pastel and pumpkin was too dark... but what about my nemesis (OPI's Y'All Come Back Now Ya Hear)? It was the perfect color! As you'll recall, Y'all Come Back reacts with my nails to create a beautiful dark stain. Which is lovely, except no. Just no. 

Luckily I came up with the perfect (and oh-so-simple) solution: a white undercoat! A quick coat of white left my nails stain-free and made the jelly appear solid, so I only needed 2 coats of Y'All Come Back. Excellent!

Polishes Used
Sinful Colors Snow Me White
OPI Y'All Come Back Now Ya Hear
Piggy Polish Ivy Leaf in Santa Claus
Dots Metallic Bronze
Revlon Jackson Polish
CoverGirl #245 Go Go Mango
Zoya Ziv
Sally Girl Gold Glitter

Hello again!

Hello again! It's me, Katie. Remember me? I used to blog semi-regularly? Yeah... I inadvertently took a hiatus beginning in November and have just now decided to get back at it! 

So I just wanted to say hi, I'm back, and you can now expect old Thanksgiving/ Christmas/ New Year's nails to show up in the next few days. Woohoo!