Saturday, October 30, 2010

Craving Nail Art?


A week or so ago, BellaSugar.com asked me for a couple of my favorite Halloween manicures, and I did two designs especially for them!! They included them in their Halloween Manicure slide show- I'm number 8 & 9! :)



You can find them here (or click the picture above): Halloween Manicures at BellaSugar.com

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Daily Nail v2.0!!


I wanted to take a few minutes to thank you all for participating in all the giveaways, and to the winners that have yet to email me- please hurry, so I can get your prize sent to you!

The Daily Nail version 2.0 is coming soon, so bear with me for a few days while I get things redesigned! Thanks for being patient!! :)

XOXO

-M


Flamin' Hot Giveaway! WINNER!


And the winner of the Zoya COlor 'Wardrobe' is....

Liz!!


Liz- please email me your contact information to thedailynail@gmail.com!!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Lap of Luxury - WINNER!


and the winner of the full set of Color Club Untamed Luxury polishes is....

Janna!


Janna, please email me you contact info at thedailynail@gmail.com

A 'Pendant' for Polish! - WINNER!!


and the winner of the beautiful pendant made by Tracey of Ginger Kitty Designs is... *drumroll*

~Elizabeth aka Lacquered Lizard!!!



Contact me with your info at thedailynail@gmail.com!!

Flamin' Hot Giveaway!


The last giveaway prize is awesome...it's a...




AND a


Zoya Color Lock System!!

How awesome is that!?!


To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :) (be honest, if you're a brand new follower- I don't care- that's awesome TOO!!)

NUMBER 2- What's your favorite color of Zoya Nail Polish?

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 23.




"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 374 days! My favorite Zoya color would have to be Yummy or Trixie!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchased online at Zoya.com.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A 'Pendant' for Polish!


Today's giveaway prize is from one of the nail polish community's own, it's a handmade creation from Tracey, creator of Ginger Kitty Designs!




If you're not aware of Tracey and her gorgeous creations, now is a great time to go check out her Etsy Store! There are some incredible pieces of jewelry there- bracelets, rings, earrings, and pendants- ALL MADE WITH NAIL POLISH!! How awesome is that?! The best part is while her products are gorgeous, they are ALSO inexpensive, and with the holidays are coming up, they'd be wonderful for those nail polish fanatics in your life! (OR YOURSELF!!! :))

The pendant that she made for this giveaway was all made with CND Colors and Effects!! I'm drooling over it, and I'm so jealous of the winner... though she made me a gorgeous ring with Nfu Oh 51!!

Click picture for larger view!!


To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :) (be honest, if you're a brand new follower- I don't care- that's awesome TOO!!)

NUMBER 2- If you had any colors of nail polishes in the world to work with, what combination would YOU put together if you could make a pendant??

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 23.




"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 374 days! If I could combine ANY colors of nail polish to make a pendant, I think I would like to see Zoya Shawn, L.A. Girl Army Green, my franken of American Apparel California Trooper and American Apparel Manila, with just a tiny bit of Essie Alligator purse to set off the greens, and a sparkly gold to add some ribbons of shimmer!!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by Tracey, creator of Ginger Kitty Designs, which can be purchased from her Etsy Store!

Friday, October 22, 2010

you Set My Hemp A-Flutter! - WINNERS!!


The winner of the LUSH Lemony Flutter is... *DRUMROLL*

zeldamac!!


and...

The winner of The Body Shop Hemp Moisturizing High Balm is

Brittan!!

Both of you please email me your contact information to thedailynail@gmail.com

Thanks!!



Thursday, October 21, 2010

The Lap of Luxury


Giveaway Day 8- and they just keep coming!! lol

The awesome prize I have for you today is...

Photo courtesy of Color Club

The ENTIRE Color Club Untamed Luxury Collection!!
(seriously awesome stuff!)

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :) (be honest, if you're a brand new follower- I don't care- that's awesome TOO!!)

NUMBER 2- What's your most luxurious habit?

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 22.



"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 373 days! My most luxurious habit would be either painting my nails daily, or indulging in delicious, rich foods and desserts!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchased online at transdesign.com, 8ty8beauty.com, and a plethora of other online retailers.

A Glaze-ing Seche-ion - WINNER!!!


YAY!! The winner of the set of China Glaze Vintage Vixen nail polishes, and the Seche treatment line is.... *drumroll*

ReaderRita!!


Email me at thedailynail@gmail.com with your contact information!!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

You Set My Hemp A-Flutter!


Giveaway, Day 7!!

Today's giveaway has two smaller prizes for two different winners. This giveaway was intended to be the last one, but since I'm waiting on some info for the other ones, I moved it up in the rotation!

The two prizes are:



A tub of Lush Lemony Flutter 
(which saved my cuticles!!)




A tin of The Body Shop's Hemp Moisture High Balm
(which is new, and I LOVE it!)

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :) (be honest, if you're a brand new follower- I don't care- that's awesome TOO!!)

NUMBER 2- Tell me which balm/cream you think you'd like better, and why!

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winners randomly (one from the people who want to try Lemony Flutter, and one from the people who want to try The Body Shop's Hemp Moisture High Beam!!) :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 21.

I'll start!


"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 372 days! I love the LUSH Lemony Flutter because it totally conditions and moisturizes my cuticles, and helps protect them from the damaging chemicals in all the polish remover I have to use!"


You Continuously Deserve Royal Treatment! - WINNER!


The randomly selected winner of the Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment line of products is...*drumroll*

Toesthattwinkle!!



Please send me your contact info to thedailynail@gmail.com!!!

Finger Paints Winter Dreams Holiday Collection! (Preview)


Hey everyone, just to break the monotony of giveaways, I posted a preview of the upcoming Finger Paints Winter Dreams Holiday Collection on the Daily Nail: Reviews blog! :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Glaze-ing Seche-ion


Day #6 of giveaways!!! AWESOME!!

Today's prize is one of my favorite brands, and a line of products that make this blog possible!!

It is:







A FULL SET of China Glaze Vintage Vixen nail polishes, PLUS the Seche Treatment line (Retain, Rebuild, Recondition) AND Seche Vite!!! 

How kickass is that?!

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :) (be honest, if you're a brand new follower- I don't care- that's awesome TOO!!)

NUMBER 2- Tell me your secret to feeling like a vixen!

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 20.




"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 371 days! My secret to feeling like a vixen is to wear something that makes ME feel pretty, whether it's a conventionally sexy item or not- it could be a soft t-shirt and worn-in jeans or a sassy little black dress!!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchased at Sally Beauty Supply, sallybeauty.com, ULTA, ULTA.com, transdesign.com, 8ty8beauty.com, and a plethora of other online retailers.

You're Xtreme-ly Awesome! WINNER!


YAYYY!!! The randomly selected winner of the set of 10 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes is....



Kristyne!

Please send me your contact info to thedailynail@gmail.com!

Monday, October 18, 2010

You Continuously Deserve Royal Treatment!


Giveaway Day #5!!

Today is the last day of Sally Hansen giveaways, but stay tuned, there are still giveaways from Zoya, China Glaze, Color Club, Ginger Kitty Designs, and one other giveaway left!! :)





Today's giveaway is a set of 4
Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment products!!




To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :)

NUMBER 2- Tell me what continuous treatment you think you need the most and why!

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 19.

"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 370 days! I think that the Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment product that I need the most is the Base & Top Coat, since I am bad, and use my nails as tools, so my nail polish tends to chip!"


From Sally Hansen:

"THINK: Targeted, time-released treatment for nails.


WHAT IT IS: Continuous care designed to restore nails to optimal health. Whether your nails are prone to
chips, tears, breakage or brittleness, there’ s a Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment for you. Each fortifying
formula works overtime to promote nail strength, growth, durability, shine or wear, ensuring perfectly
healthy nails for the perfect manicure. The Time-Released formulas continue to treat nails for up to ten
days, lengthening the life of your manicure while strengthening your nails. Choose the ideal Continuous
Treatment for your unique nail needs:


Continuous Treatment Time-Released Base & Top Coat
You Have: Manicures that dull, chip and fade.
You Want: Amazing shine and wear that lasts for up to ten days.
How I t Works: The exclusive Marine Kelp formula seals and smoothes nails while locking on color for up to ten
days. Patented Vita-Release Technology with a time-released Vitamin-Mineral Complex protects nail color and
delivers lasting, brilliant shine.
You’ll Get: Perfect, high-gloss, long-wear manicures.


Continuous Treatment Time-Released Hardening Formula
You Have: Soft, thin nails that tear and peel.
You Want: Strong, durable nails.
How I t Works: Patented Vita-Release Technology Formula includes a targeted, time-released Vitamin-Mineral
Complex that continually reinforces and conditions nails. The exclusive Coral Calcium Formula bonds nail
layers together to harden and thicken for ten continuous days, stopping problem nails from tearing.
You’ll Get: Noticeably harder, thicker nails.


Continuous Treatment Time-Released Strength Formula
You Have: Fragile nails that break and split.
You Want: Strong, resilient nails.
How I t Works: The Vitamin-Mineral Complex in Sally Hansen’ s patented Vita-Release Technology
continuously strengthens and treats nails, while an exclusive Pearl Protein formula creates a powerful support
shield that fortifies nails for ten continuous days to stop breakage.
You’ll Get: Stronger, more resilient nails.


Continuous Treatment Time-Released Growth Formula
You Have: Dry, brittle nails that won’ t grow.
You Want: Long, healthy-looking nails.
How I t Works: Patented Vita-Release Technology with a time-released Vitamin-Mineral Complex continuously
fortifies and revitalizes nails as an exclusive Blue Algae formula locks in nourishment to protect for ten
continuous days and promote growth in brittle nails.
You’ll Get: Visibly longer, healthier-looking nails."

Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, ULTA, K-Mart, Target, and a million other locations, both brick-and-mortar and online!

Thank You, Chrome Again! - WINNER!


The randomly selected winner of Giveaway, Day 3 is...

Callie!!





Callie- email me with your contact info at thedailynail@gmail.com!

Smashbox Cosmetics Sale on Hautelook!



Hey all! There is a Smashbox Cosmetics sale on Hautelook today!!

There are cosmetics kits, sets of lipglosses, palettes, brushes, bronzer, cheek colors, you name it! :)

Check it out! Smashbox Cosmetics Sale at Hautelook!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

You're Xtreme-ly Awesome!


WOO!! If you're reading this, you've made it to day #4 of giveaways!!



Today's giveaway is a set of 
10 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Colors!

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :)

NUMBER 2- Tell me what YOUR favorite color of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish is, and WHY!

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 18.




"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 369 days! My favorite Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear color is Sun Kissed, because I LOVE the color orange, and Sun Kissed is a great orange!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, ULTA, K-Mart, Target, and a million other locations, both brick-and-mortar and online!

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword! - WINNER!!


Hey all!!

The randomly drawn winner of the set of Sally Hansen Nail Art Pens is mylynne!!


Please send me an email with your contact info at thedailynail@gmail.com!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Thank You, Chrome Again!


Today is Giveaway Day #3!!

I'm SO thrilled with the response that these giveaways are getting- you guys are awesome!

Today's giveaway prize is:


A set of Sally Hansen Color Quick Chrome Nail Color Pens!

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :)

NUMBER 2- Tell me why you like, or why you think you'd like Sally Hansen Quick Chrome Nail Color Pens!

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 17.



"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 368 days! Since I've never tried the Sally Hansen Quick Chrome Nail Color Pens, I think that I'd like them because it's a manicure in your pocket! I could keep it in my purse for touchups, or for a quick manicure on the fly!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, ULTA, K-Mart, Target, and a million other locations, both brick-and-mortar and online!

You COMPLETE Me -the WINNER is....


Lori!!! and since there were more than one Lori, THIS is the Lori that won!! :)


Please email me at thedailynail@gmail.com!!

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword!


Giveaway Day Number TWO!!

Today's prize is another Sally Hansen treasure- and I debuted them on my blog on DAY 8!! That's right-


Prize #2 is a set of the Sally Hansen Nail Art pens!!

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :)

NUMBER 2- Tell me what you would draw with the nail art pens if you could draw anything on your nails! 

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 16.

I'll start:


"I have been following The Daily Nail blog for 367 days, both through Google Friend Connect and Twitter!  I would draw the band members of KISS with my Sally Hansen nail art pens...oh wait.. I did. ;)"

Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, ULTA, K-Mart, Target, and a million other locations, both brick-and-mortar and online!

Thoughts, Prayers, Positive Vibes Needed.


Hey all, I need a favor.

The daughter of one of my readers (and all-around great people I've had the pleasure of knowing...and mother-in-law to someone close to me) is in Intensive Care right now. I'm sure that any warm fuzzies, prayers, thoughts, positive vibes, and whatever else awesome you can karmically send her way would mean a lot. It's a super scary time right now!

Thanks!

-M


Thursday, October 14, 2010

You COMPLETE Me.


Before I get into the actual giveaway part of this post, I want to explain how I chose what products to give away. I wanted to give away products from companies that I've used during most (if not all) of my blog project. In the coming days, you'll see ZOYA (because after all, ZOYA was the catalyst to this blog's beginning!), Sally Hansen, China Glaze, Seche, Color Club, Lush, and even a handmade nail polish necklace from the amazing GingerKitty Designs! (WHICH IS GORGEOUS!!!)

Today's Prize is:



10 (yes, TEN!)
randomly selected Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes!

To be eligible, here's what you gotta do:

NUMBER 1- Be a follower of the Daily Nail - and I'm curious - tell me how long! :)

NUMBER 2- Tell me your FAVORITE Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish, and why you like it so much!

That's it! Just leave it in the comments, and I'll select the winner randomly!! :)


Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Oct 15.

I'll start:



"I follow The Daily Nail on both twitter AND on blogspot! I've been following for 366 days! My favorite Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is a four-way tie between Hidden Treasure (obviously), Fedora, Sequin Scandal, and of course, a mainstay in my nail art- Lavender Cloud! I love them all because they are unique, pigmented, and the brush shape provides FLAWLESS application!"


Products up for giveaway were provided by the manufacturer, and can be purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, ULTA, K-Mart, Target, and a million other locations, both brick-and-mortar and online!

There's No 'I' in Blog.




Thank you all so much for being a part of my life this past year, all your emails, comments, etc. mean the world to me. (even if I suck at returning them- I'm working on it, I promise!!)

I am looking forward to starting year 2 with you!!!

Keep an eye out later today for the first giveaway post!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Ends.


Wow. I can't believe it. I finished. This is one of the only major projects in my entire life that I've seen through to fruition, and I'm SO glad that you all were here to be part of it. (THANK YOU!!) This end is a little bittersweet for me, because I really loved the challenge of that 11:59:59 p.m. deadline every day (I often joke that I'm the Cinderella of nail bloggers), but also because I'm going to be able to take a break, or have a weekend away without having to pack a million bottles of nail polish and nail paraphernalia. Don't worry though, I'm not going anywhere!! I found that I really enjoy doing this blog, and the interaction between me and all the wonderful people that read it. (that's you!!!) I plan to keep this project going, and while it might not be every day, my goal is to post every other day or so. (It'll be weird to have a manicure for more than a day! *GASP*)

Since today is the very last day of my 365-day journey, I really wanted to end it with a bang, and with the same humor and nerdiness with which it started, so today's nails...are 'The Ends'. (animal 'ends', that is!!) Yes, this is my weird and twisted sense of humor, but I think that, considering you've been reading the blog to this point, you must like it. I did animal butts because I'm not a sappy gal, and I like to make you giggle- and most of all, I love doing crazy stuff on my nails that other people might think is weird...or gross? :-D That's me, and that's pretty much what my blog is about, weird awesomeness.

On my left hand, I did a baby butt on the thumb, a deer butt (for my Uncle John & Aunt Kim and all the other Michiganders!) on my index finger, a zebra butt on my middle finger, a giraffe butt on my ring finger, and a cat butt on my pinky. (because how could I do this without a cat butt?!)

On my right hand, I have an elephant butt on my thumb, pig butt on my index finger, a horse butt on my middle finger, a sheep butt (hehehe) on my ring finger, and a duck butt on my pinky!




I used:


Left hand:

Thumb: baby butt

MAC Abalone Shell as a base, shaded with Color Club Best Dressed List and Barielle Unravelled Rust, with Zoya Yummy for the background.

Index: Deer butt

Color Club Best Dressed List as a base, with brushed on lightly over it, then MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious lightly brushed over that. For the white, I used Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud.

Middle: Zebra Butt

Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud as a base, shaded with Orly Mirror, Mirror, then American Apparel Hassid for the black stripes, and L.A. Girl Army Green for the green background between the legs.

Ring: Giraffe Butt

American Apparel California Trooper as a base, with OPI Ginger Bells for the tail stripe, butter LONDON Minger for the spots, MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious for the tail. For the green in the background, I used both L.A. Girl Army Green and Zoya Shawn.

Pinky: Cat Butt!!!

butter LONDON Minger as a base, with American Apparel Summer Peach lightly brushed over that in spots (like around the butthole lol), and OPI Ginger Bells for the stripes. Between the legs is Barielle Unravelled Rust.


Right hand:

Thumb: Elephant Butt

Essence Pointbreak as a base, with Orly Mirror, Mirror blotted on with a crumpled paper towel. To shade for the tail, I added American Apparel Hassid to both greys for the wrinkles and shading to create the tail.

Index: Pig Butt

H&M Summer Fresh as a base, shaded with Color Club Best Dressed List and Barielle Unravelled Rust, with a mix of American Apparel California Trooper and American Apparel Manila and Barielle Unravelled Rust for the straw between its legs.

Middle: Horse Butt

OPI Ginger Bells as a base, with Barielle Unravelled Rust over it, then removed partway with a brush soaked in acetone to give a 'sheen' to the coat. For the tail, I used a combination of American Apparel Hassid and MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious.

Ring: Sheep Butt (hehehe)

American Apparel California Trooper as a base, with a mixture of American Apparel California Trooper and MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious patted over it to give the wool texture, I then used MAC Rich, Dark, Delicious for the bottom half of the legs, shaded with American Apparel Hassid. For the grass, I used both L.A. Girl Army Green and Zoya Shawn.

Pinky: Duck Butt

Zoya Yummy as a base, with ULTA Moody Blue brushed on lightly over it to give the water texture. For the duck body, I used Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud as a base, shaded with Orly Mirror, Mirror and Essence Pointbreak, American Apparel Hassid was used for the tail feathers, then butter LONDON Minger for the legs, shaded with OPI Ginger Bells.

Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.


Man, I sure feel like an ass.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just Keep Swimming!


I have wanted to do this manicure for nearly the entire time I've been doing this blog, and since tomorrow is the last day of the 365-day project, I did it for TODAY's manicure! Finding Nemo is one of my favorite movies. It's hilarious, the art is incredible, and um, hellooooo, it has Ellen Degeneres, who is one of the funniest people alive! (She totally made the movie as 'Dory') I also LOVE the seagulls...MINE! MINE! MINE! MINE! :-D Anyway, included in today's manicure, on the left hand, the 'Finding Nemo' logo on my thumb, Squirt on my index finger, Dory on my middle finger, Nemo on my ring finger, and one of the seagulls on my pinky. On the right hand there is Deb/Flo on my thumb, Pearl on my index finger, Bubbles (BUBBBBBLLLLLEEESS!!) on my middle finger, Gill on my ring finger, and a few of the 'jellies' on my pinky. :) I won't lie, this mani took forever, and I will not want to take it off tomorrow, but I will. :-D




I used:

Left:

Thumb: Finding Nemo logo

Zoya Robyn as a base, with Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud as a base for the orange, with CND Electric Orange over it.

Index: Squirt, sea turtle

ALDO Sea You in Ibiza as a base, with ULTA Moody Blue sponged on the tip end. For his body, I used Sally Hansen Trendy Creme, then mixed that with a little American Apparel Hassid to shade. For his spots, I used American Apparel Pinto, which I also used for part of his shell, along with Barielle Unravelled Rust, butter LONDON Minger and American Apparel Manila. For his eyes, I used Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud, OPI Ginger Bells and American Apparel Hassid.

Middle: Dory, regal tang

Zoya Yummy as a base, with ULTA Moody Blue for the dark blue of the body, shaded with American Apparel Hassid, which I also used in the background and pupils. For the tail fin, I used American Apparel Manila.

Ring: Nemo, clownfish

Zoya Robyn as a base, with Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud as a base for Nemo's body, topped with CND Electric Orange, then shaded with American Apparel Pinto, then outlined the stripe with American Apparel Hassid.

Pinky: seagull

Zoya Yummy as a base, with Orly Mirror, Mirror for the head, shaded with Orly Mirror, Mirror mixed with American Apparel Hassid, which I also used for the eyes, then highlighted with Essie Bone Chilling White. For the beak, I used butter LONDON Minger, shaded with OPI Ginger Bells.


Right hand:

Thumb: Deb/Flo, 4 striped damselfish

Orly Gumdrop as a base, with ULTA Moody Blue for the main blue, mixed with Zoya Yummy to highlight, and American Apparel Hassid to shade. For the white, I used Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud.

Index: Pearl, Flapjack octopus

ULTA Moody Blue as a base, with Orly Lollipop for the body, with Barielle Grape Escape to shade, Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud and Zoya Yummy for the eyes.

Middle: Bubbles, yellow tang

Zoya Yummy as a base, with American Apparel Manila for his body, butter LONDON Minger to shade, Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud for the eyes, and American Apparel Butter to highlight. There is a few lines of Barielle Unravelled Rust in there too to define the fin and belly.

Ring: Gill, moorish idol

Zoya Robyn as a base, with Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud for his face, shaded with Orly Mirror, Mirror, American Apparel Hassid for the black, and American Apparel Manila for the yellow on the white stripe, and on his 'nose'.

Pinky: jellies

ULTA Moody Blue as a base, with Orly Lollipop for the jellies. :-D

Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

PHEW!

Don't forget... P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney.


Vincent Longo Sale at Hautelook!


Hey all!! Today there is a kickass sale at Hautelook on Vincent Longo!!

There are lipglosses, lipsticks, lip pencils, eye shadows, eye pencils, mascara, eyeliner, brow pencils, brow powder/pomade, even brushes…and get this- everything is UNDER $15. Even the brushes!!!

Check it out!!

Vincent Longo sale at Hautelook

Monday, October 11, 2010

Where the Sidewalk Ends...


Shel Silverstein was the master of awesome. I've LOVED his books ever since I was a kid, both the drawings AND the poems. They're silly and funny, and absolutely wonderful, and I knew I had to incorporate the art into my 365 day project! My favorite Shel Silverstein poem of ALL TIME is 'Sick'. on page 58 and 59 of 'Where the Sidewalk Ends'. I seriously knew it word for word until I was about 20, and I still can recite bits and pieces! I cannot go to school today, said little Peggy Ann McKay, I have the measles and the mumps, a gash, a rash, and purple bumps! Ok, enough of that, on to the nails... I did 'Sick' on the thumb, 'Warning' on the index finger, 'Hug o' War' on the middle finger, 'Hat' on my ring finger, and 'My Beard' on my pinky. :)







I used Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud as a base, with American Apparel Hassid for the drawings. Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

What's that? What's that you say? You say to day is Saturday? G'Bye, I'm going out to play!

HELP!



UPDATED TO ADD:

I'm more curious about the ones not as easily replicated. (i.e. sponged gradients, marbles, etc). Thanks again! :-) Don't forget all the earlier ones, too!

So I put this call out to you, my amazing readers…I'm curious, if you could have your nails like ANY of my nail designs so far, which would you choose? Tell me in the comment the ones that you NEED to have, perhaps just WANT, or are completely in LOVE with!

No, this isn't to boost my ego, I'm working on a project, and I'm too close to the blog, so I need outside eyes!!

XOXO

-M

Sunday, October 10, 2010

A Homer-un?


Wow. you guys almost got a nail design that I hated, but I managed to finish this one under the gun with 5 min to spare. I was having a 'bad nail day' today and despite painting for 3 hours, nothing I did was satisfactory. Finally, I came up with this design, which was inspired by a few comments on the Flintstone's post about 'interactive' nail design. This one lets you have Homer say different phrases!


I used American Apparel Manila as a base for Homer, Color Club Best Dressed List for his stubble, Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud for his eyes, American Apparel Hassid to outline, and Zoya Yummy for the background. For the speech bubble nails. I used Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud as a base, with American Apparel Hassid for the black, then for the backgrounds, I used Essie Foot Loose for the pinky, CND Electric Orange for the ring, Zoya Yummy for the middle, and Pure Ice Wild Thing for the index. Two coats of Seche Vite top coat topped it off!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Meet The Beatles!


Ok, so yesterday I did John Lennon nails in honor of his birthday today, and while I was thinking about those nails, I decided that I REEAAALLLLY wanted to do the Beatles nails that I have had on my list to do! I've always been a huge Beatles fan, amongst other 'oldies' tunes... in fact, I pretty much listened only to oldies stations until I was about 16 or 17! I love ALL of the Beatles albums, but Abbey Road is definitely my favorite, and my favorite Beatle is Paul, even though Ringo is pretty funny to watch. Favorite Beatles song? Has to be 'A Day in the Life', I love that song, in fact, it's one of my favorite songs of any group/artist! Also LOVE the Jeff Beck version, do yourself a favor and check it out, it's badasstastical. Anyway, I digress...to the nails! I think I need longer nails though (even though they're borderline too long already) so I can fit the ENTIRE Beatles logo on them without squishing- or cutting off part of the 'B'.


I used American Apparel Summer Peach as a base on the band member nails, American Apparel Hassid for the outline and hair, Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud for the eyes and teeth. For the Paul nail, I used Zoya Yummy for his collar, and Pure Ice Wild Thing for the background, for Ringo, I used Zoya Robyn in the background, for John, I used Essie Foot Loose in the background, and for George, I used CND Electric Orange for the background. For 'The Beatles' logo, I used American Apparel Hassid as a base, with Sally Hansen Professional Lavender Cloud for the logo. Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

And somebody spoke and I went into a dream...Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Friday, October 8, 2010

War is Over! (If You Want it)


He was part of the British Invasion, one of those mop-tops from Liverpool that we all know and (whether you are too hardcore to admit it or not<---you know who you are) LOVE. There isn't a person today that hasn't heard of John Lennon or The Beatles, and the awesome that springs from them. Did you know that there is a little known bootleg album called 'A Toot and a Snore in '74' which is the only known recording where Lennon and McCartney played together after the breakup of The Beatles. The album was recorded during Lennon's 'lost weekend', the 18 months he was separated from Ono and was living with his former assistant, May Pang. Also on the album were Linda McCartney, Stevie Wonder (at one point Lennon asks, "You wanna snort, Steve? A toot? It's goin' round", in reference to cocaine), Harry Nilsson, May Pang, Bobby Keys, and Jesse Ed Davis. It's definitely an interesting album if you can snag it. (and if you're a Lennon fan) I have to say though, one Lennon song that I will ALWAYS love, Christmastime or not, is 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)'. I <3 that song. The title lyric is based off a poster campaign that John and Yoko did in 1969 in protest of the Vietnam War. Yoko's Official Flickr has the posters in several different languages available for download HERE. Plus- if they don't have your language- all you have to do it translate that phrase into your language and email them, and they'll make it!

In honor of what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday tomorrow (Oct. 9), I did the IMAGINE cover on my nails today! <---So you guys can do it for tomorrow!!


 I used American Apparel Cotton as a base, with American Apparel Hassid for the black, Essie Foot Loose for the hot pink hair. CND Electric Orange for the orange hair, Color Club Ms. Socialite for the mouth, Pure Ice Wild Thing for the nose, ALDO Sea You in Ibiza for the left side of the glasses, and a mix of ALDO Sea You in Ibiza and Essie Foot Loose for the right side of the glasses. Topped it all off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Imagine.

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