Zoya Rina

Hi lovely readers! I know I have been a terrible blogger this month. January will hopefully bring a more normal pace of life with more time to make blogging a priority...I love this too much to give up on it! :)

 Those of you that follow me on Facebook know I got a DSLR camera for Christmas! I am still pretty intimidated by it, but I'm also super excited to be able to have better quality photos for you guys. The photo below is one of my first and I know it needs improvement...so bear with me until then!

Anyway, this is Zoya Rina, part their Gems and Jewels collection. Like I mentioned before, I never felt like I needed these bar glitters til a few weeks ago, and I am so glad I didn't pass them up! In person they are 45920234 times stunning than any pic I have seen online. My favorite part is that I think these can be worn any time of the year...and I can't wait to try this as a pedi.

Also for any of you that didn't see yesterday, Plum District has a deal going on in conjunction with bloom.com that I think is worth taking advantage of! It's $50 for $25 to spend on bloom.com. I just used my voucher to pick up the OPI Nicki Minaj collection (cant' wait)!! They have a ton of other makeup/skincare/haircare product also. You will get free shipping and when you first sign up with Plum District you get a $5 voucher to use. So that makes the deal $20 for $50 to spend on bloom.com! You can get your own *here*!
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Awesome Deal Alert (US Only)!!

Get $50 for $25 towards bloom.com (they carry all sorts of polish and cosmetics). If you are a first time user you get $5 making your deal even cheaper! Everyone also gets free shipping! Check it *here*! :)

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Banana Republic Plum Pudding

Long time no blog! I have been having too much fun with my family! :)

Today's polish is one I received for Christmas from my dad. It's from Banana Republic. I didn't even know Banana Republic had nail polish, but they are surprisingly good quality.

This one is called Plum Pudding, and it's two coats. I topped it with NYX Gilded Glitter and the ring finger is Color Club Gingerbread. This still has a holiday vibe, but doesn't just scream it. And the NYX flakie=LOVE!

Have any of you tried polish from Banana Republic?

Well, I hope you all had a great holiday! As always, thanks for reading! :)
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Another Snowflake Mani

Snowflake nail art seems to be one of the more popular looks this year after reading blogs this month. I can see why, because they are super cute! This is probably the third time I have shown them to you here.

This version is China Glaze Blue Year's Eve, Kleancolor Pastel Teal and Sally Hansen Glass Slipper. The snowflake stamps come from our shop! Have you done a snowflake mani this season?

Have a good one and thanks or stopping by!
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Zoya Kissy Swatch

Hey lovely readers! Today's post is just a quick swatch of Zoya Kissy, part of the Gems and Jewels collection. I originally decided that I didn't need these bar glitters, but I took a chance and got them anyway. They are a million times better in person, and I'm glad that I didn't miss out! Also, I think they can all work for year round wear, a definite plus. These will make great pedi colors!

So here's  Kissy. We attempted nail art on top, but I think these are best left alone. Kissy is too pretty to cover up anyway! :)

I have more nail art to show you tomorrow! Thanks for reading! 
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Festive Christmas Nails

You guys! I'm back!! I have missed blogging so much. My husband and I moved this past week and that was just insane and my nails took a beating. I can't promise a post daily because we are now celebrating the season with family, but I am definitely back! :)

So the nail look I am showing you today is a scotch tape mani. The base is Orly Luxe, with alternating China Glaze Glittering Garland and Poinsettia. China Glaze Twinkle Lights is the accent fingers.

Hopefully I can fit a few more Christmas manis in before it's over!

Also as a note, our You Mix site is down while we are on holiday. Any orders will ship after the new year. :)
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Win every Julep shade!

Hey readers!

I just wanted to pop in and let you know about the contest Julep is having! All you have to do is enter *here* and you could win every shade by Julep. How cool is that?
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Born Pretty Store Giveaway WINNER!

Hi everyone! I am taking a small break from my blogging hiatus to announce the winner of the $30 Born Pretty coupon code! 

...Clary Alvarado!!

Congrats! I will email you shortly and you have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen. Thanks to all those who entered and I hope to back to my regular mani posting SOON! :)

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Snowy Nail Sponging

Hi readers!

I did a simple, but fun mani last night using the nail sponging technique. The base is Kleancolor Pastel Blue, with Color Club Pretty in Platinum sponged in sort of a gradient from the tips. The middle finger is the same colors, but reversed. And to top it off, China Glaze Snowglobe was sponged on. It gives this mani just the touch it needs!

I wish my photo was a little better, but here it is anyway. I think it looks way better in person than it does here!

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China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara

Hey everyone! I feel like I have sucked at posting lately which is disappointing since I was so excited about doing holiday manis! Luckily we are only 5 days into December, so hopefully I can find some time some  soon!

This mani was quick and easy but still has a winter-y feel to it. This is China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara with China Glaze Blue Year's Eve as the french tip. Tiara was good in 2 coats, and the formula was very manageable for a glitter!

The only other one I want from the Eye Candy collection is Marry a Millionaire, but my Sally's only had 4 of the 6 in the collection in a little display. I know other people have seen the same thing at their's as well. Anyone know why? Or where I can get Marry a Millionaire without paying a ton for shipping?
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Born Pretty Store Giveaway!

Happy Saturday! I have a giveaway for you guys! Born Pretty is one of my favorite places to get nail polish/nail art supplies on the cheap. They also have super cute accessories! Now is your chance to win a $30 coupon code to Born Pretty!  Just wait to for Rafflecopter widget to load, and enter away! :)

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Snowflake Nail Art

Hey polish lovers!

I just wanted to thank those of you that checked out our site and have given us some feedback (you can find the link in my shop tab)! If you notice that we don't ship to your country, just let me know and I will add it. :)

So my mani for today is another version of one included in my Dr.'s Remedy post. Each nail has a different snowflake! Of course, these all come from the stamping plates for sale in our shop. The base for this is Color Club Nothing but Truffle and the stamping polish is Orly Luxe.

Sorry for the crappy pic, but you get the idea. Thanks for reading, you guys are the best!
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An Exciting Announcement!

Hello again everyone!

Dustin and I have been working hard the past few months to put together a website that will provide franken supplies that are typically harder to find. We have the XXL and XL stamping plates there also! There will also be a few other things as time goes on. We are expecting a shipment of magnetic polish soon! 

This way I don't have to bug you guys on my blog and have it totally devoted to nail polish and nail art. I will be featuring products from the site every once in a while, and we hope to be reaching out to bloggers in the near future to help us spread the word.

Our site's name is:

And you can find the site *here*. 

We would love for you to take a look and tell us what you think. The site is simple, and probably still needs to be tweaked a little. If you do see something that looks wrong, please contact me!

Thanks for your support, and spread the word! :)

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Poptart Inspired Nails!

Hi ladies!

Today's mani came out unintentionally to look like a strawberry Poptart. My sister pointed it out and I couldn't stop thinking about Poptarts when looking at my nails after that. 


The base is Sinful Colors White on White and OPI Rainbow Connection is in the middle, with one thin coat of Essie Marshmallow on top. I am loving the effect the Essie gives Rainbow Connection. I think it makes wearing a  chunky glitter like that more doable for everyone!

Now how many of you are craving a Poptart? haha
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My Memories Software Winner!

Hello again!

I am back to announce the winner of the My Memories Scrapbooking Suite giveaway!

Congrats pixsydust! I will be emailing you shortly!

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Dr.'s Remedy Jolly and Joy Holiday Collection + Holiday Nail Art

Hi everyone! It's officially the holiday season. How exciting! Did any of you snag some good deals on Cyber Monday? I know I did!

I am showing you the Dr.'s Remedy Jolly and Joy collection today. All of these were opaque in 2 coats, and the colors are original, but still perfect for the season. 

First up is SERENE Silver Glitter. This isn't just any silver glitter though, there is red and blue glitter throughout the formula as well! LOVE this one!

Next is RESOLUTION Red Glitter. This is definitely more of a pink overall, but there is red glitter in this polish as well. 

This is REVIVE Ruby Red. This one is very similar to Sally Hansen Insta Dri Ruby Rush. Not the typical holiday red, but still gorgeous and glowing!

And now for the first of the holiday nail art! All designs come from the stamping plates available in the shop tab. How cute is this reindeer?!

This is PASSION Purple, a nice plum shade with some shimmer. I have nothing like this in my collection. So pretty!

And for stamping...snowflakes! Be prepared to see lots of snowflake manis from me because our stamping plates have TONS of different ones!

And finally, ESSENTIAL Emerald. This is another top pick for me because I love green nail polish and have nothing like this one either. This is sort of a jade green with shimmer.

And for the final nail art look, argyle! Reminds me of an elf. haha

What are your thoughts on this collection? 

I really like it because the formula is great, and the colors are new and exciting for the holidays!

Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish is available for $17 online at www.remedynails.com

*Polish was sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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NerdLacquer Polish Review

Hey everyone!

I have taken a little break from posting, since things have been more busy with Thanksgiving. Things may be a little hit or miss in the coming weeks also because my husband has 3 weeks left in his semester and we are moving at the end of it. Blah.

Anyway, I have a fun post for you tonight. Have you heard of NerdLacquer? She has an Etsy shop full of her own awesome custom mixed polishes that you can visit *here*. And I am showing you 2 today!

The first is Don't Panic. This has multi sized dark green glitters in a lighter green tinted base. This is 2 coats and the formula was perfect, especially for a glitter. 

And here is Nebula. This has multi colored and sized glitters, including some holo, in a dark maroon base. Very original. This is 2 coats as well. I wish I could have gotten some better pics of this one!

So what do you guys think of NerdLacquer? 

These polishes are $8/bottle ( I am currently eyeing Don't Blink!) which is much more reasonable than other custom polish makers out there. ;)

*Polish was sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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Thanksgiving Mani!

Hey lovely readers! 

I am in an automatic good mood because our Thanksgiving holiday has officially begun! My sister is coming today and tomorrow we will enjoy some yummy food. Can't wait!

This is my manicure to celebrate the day. I entered this as part of a nail art contest, but I'm not sure if it's still happening or not. The base color is OPI Warm and Fozzie. I used feathers just like a previous manicure I had done, but this time we added a turkey face to the thumb! Silly, but cute. 

I have enjoyed seeing all of your Thanksgiving manicures too. What are you thankful for? I am defnitely thankful for you amazing group of bloggers and readers that I can also call friends. This little community can't be beat! :)
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My Memories Software Giveaway!

I am back one more time today to announce a giveaway!

 Although this isn't directly nail related, it's sort of a hobby of mine, so I really wanted to share this with you guys.  My Memories is an amazing digital scrapbook software. But there is so much more you can do with it that relates to your own blog. I made a little collage of some of my manis, as well as a blog header. I also designed business cards and product labels using this. Those that ordered our plates will see them soon! ;)  I love this because I love customizing my blog and making it "me". I am definitely going to be using this regularly for a variety of things! 

Here's a few things I have made!

Cute right? The program is very easy to use after playing around with it for a while.

Ok, so here's how you can win a copy of this sweet software:

-Be a GFC follower of my blog.
-Visit mymemories.com and comment on this post telling me what your favorite downloadable item is and how you would use it. 

For extra entries, (please include links in your comment entry or it will not count):

-Share this giveaway on Facebook
- Like My Memories on Facebook

*This giveaway is open to anyone, and will close Sunday November 27 at 11:59 pm. A winner will be chosen via random.org. 

And for those that can't wait to get started, here is an awesome offer from My Memories!

Get $10 off your download of My Memories Suite v.2 (regularly $39.95) AND $10 to use in the My Memories store. They have so many cute paper and embellishment sets! Just use code: STMMMS14256

I would love to see what you guys create using this software! Good luck!

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