Friday, August 27, 2010

Happy 101 Tag

I received this blog award from BoonDY. Thank you!

The Rules:
1. Post who gave you this award
2. State 10 things you like
3. Give this award to 10 other bloggers and notify them with a comment

10 things I like(random):
1.  My husband
2.  My cats
3.  My friends
4.  World of Warcraft
5.  Nail polish/art
6.  Nature
7.  Being away from the city
8.  Comfortable clothing
9.  Music (metal, folk metal, classical, medieval)
10.  Reading

I'm breaking the rules like a bad girl and not tagging anyone! (I always feel weird about tagging people).  If this looks like something you want to do, pretend I tagged you.  ;)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 16, 2010


Note to Self:
Only apply nail polish in the evening during a heat wave.  Mushy, cracking and pulling polish is not the desired effect.

Orly Bloom Collection Review

Hello Ladies!
Writing this blog Sunday night so you can see it tomorrow morning.  (good morning!)
I wanted to try this collection out last weekend, but it was raining and overcast with clouds.
Anyways, this collection was released in the Spring 2010 so chances are you may have already seen it. :P

I started out with pink because I am rarely a fan of the colour.  Reminds me of Pepto and Barbie dolls. Unfortunately this pink wasn't doing me any favours.  Sorry pink lovers!
This is Blushing Bud.  It's a hot-pink creme with decent application.  This was 3 coats.

Pure Petunia is a pinky-purple creme.  The application was good, I still needed three coats though.  But It's not unusual for me to use three coats on a manicure.

Now this is an interesting colour.  In the bottle it looks like rust with a pink shimmer, and the only shimmer in this collection.  Strange, no?   On the nail Ginger Lily's pink shimmer isn't as obvious and the rich colour of the rusty red comes to life.  This is very unique.  Three coats.

I wore Thorned Rose for 5 days straight during the workweek.  In the bottle it looked like a dark berry colour, but on my skin it looked more like a dark red.  Only in some lights did it take on it's berry self.  I love this one.  Orly describes it as a Red Wine Creme, I agree... somewhat.  I thought this one was more like a jelly.  It didn't apply or even look like creme on the brush, and it took 3 coats.  The fact that I wore this colour for 5 days straight with minimal tip-wear is pretty amazing.

Oh, well hello there, green polish. Don't you look charming! Wandering Vine looked more subdued in the bottle, but on my nails it became a rich forest green. Two coats!!

Wild Wisteria is so wild it made my camera go bonkers.  It's not a navy, rather it is a royal purple creme. This applied like butter and required only two coats.  Below is a block of what I consider the "true" colour for reference since my photos didn't work out too well.

So what are your favourite colours in this collection?  Mine are Thorned Rose, Wandering Vine, and Wild Wisteria.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Essence - In the Jungle

Please ignore the dry skin!  :o  My bad.
This was actually a manicure from over a month ago.  I lost the photos in my "to do" file.

Natural Light.


This polish was such a pleasure to apply!  Two coats and it was perfect.  Thanks girls!!


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Swap From Rainbows and Blues and more!

Here is the swap from Anček and Kvacka from Rainbows and Blues in Slovenia!

Essence (Show Your Feet) 10 In the Jungle, 53 All Access, 39 Spicy.

Essence (Moonlight Collection) 02 Into The Night, Nail Art Twins in Thelma and Louise!

Magnetic Shimmering Bronze, Spect Stone, and Stripe It in holographic silver glitter. 
My first striper ever!

Catrice - London's Weather Forecast, and I Sea You! S-he in 466, and 500.  Miss Sporty - 60.

Kvacka designs fimo jewellery and she made me a beautiful bracelet!
(wearing China Glaze - Swing Baby)

Check out the cool designs in the beads, not my arm hair.

They put together such a wonderful package for me, I hope they get the one I sent them soon!  :D

I won OPI - Mad as a Hatter from Spa Boutique's Facebook page!  It's pretty awesome because MaaH was sold out and I wasn't able to buy it with Absolutely Alice.  They included some face cream samples. :)

Random picture of the silk wrap kit I bought.  It was the only one I could find and I couldn't find any silk wraps sold separately.  : /

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Nubar *Really* Wants to Get the Point Across...

Is anyone else receiving mail from Nubar?  I've received 5 of the same news letters within 20minutes, and counting!!  This has never happened to me before, wonder if it is a glitch.
Anyways, since they are really hammering it in:

"Nubar offers our retail customers 20% off retail orders of $30 or more with code AUG2030 August 6 through August 7, with free shipping on orders of $75 or more after the discount is applied. Visit us at to take advantage of this offer!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Crackle Polish

These are freakin' awesome!!! Karianne makes me so jealous.
Do you have a favourite crackle polish brand?  If you do, link it!  :D
If it is from another blog, don't forget to credit the blogger.

Freya's Feast



Monday, August 2, 2010

Orly - Sweet Collection [Picture Heavy]

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  It was the perfect weather to try out these babies, the Sweet Collection by Orly.  It was released in April of 2010 but was sent to me to review recently.  As always my opinions are my own.

Lemonade - pastel yellow creme.  3 coats.

Lollipop - Light purple creme.  3 coats.

Cotton Candy - Pink creme.  It looks to me like there is a slight orange tone to it, but not enough to be noticeable.  I used 3 coats.

Pixy Stix - Medium pink creme.  This one had some orange tone to it too.  I'd say it was just shy of a coral.  It reminded me of the pink a flamingo can get with plenty of shrimp in it's diet.  But I'm weird.  2 coats.

Gumdrop - Light turquoise creme.  It had enough blue in it to not be a mint green, but it was close.  Great application, 2 perfect coats.

Snowcone - Light blue creme.  Orly describes it as a baby blue, but I feel like it is richer that a baby blue.  2 coats.

My favourites in this collection were Pixy Stix, Gumdrop, and Snowcone.  They weren't your typical pastel colours that we have all seen a million times and they applied wonderfully.  The others were your staple pastels and had some minor streaks that were remedied by applying the polish with the brush as parallel to the nail as possible.

The free lip gloss that came with each bottle.
Lemonade, Lollipop, Cotton Candy, Pixy Stix, Gumdrop, and Snowcone.

The lip gloss had the fuzzy brush that reminds me of a pussy willow.

RIP little fly that got stuck in my polish outside.  A rare casualty of swatching outdoors.  I tried to save it, but I won't go into details about it... :(

[These polishes were sent to me by the PR company to review.]