Sunday, February 26, 2012

100 Follower giveaway at Smashley Sparkles!

Now don't everyone go enter this giveaway at once, but it is for a bottle of DS Sapphire. Be still my heart!

Here is the link:

And while you're there, show her some blog love and check out her other posts!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Love Yourself No Matter What Nail Art

My good friend Claire from my birthday group wrote this lovely post about how we as women are too hard on ourselves and others, even about our nail art. She suggested a sort of challenge where we each do whatever we want to our nails, whether that be fancy art that takes hours or just a simple 1 color manicure, whatever makes you happy that day. :)

Here is what made me happy today:

I didn't sleep well last night and I have been feeling ill and feverish for the last 2 days. While sitting in language school, all I wanted was to come home and change my polish. My boyfriend gave me a bit of grief for taking off my pink polka dot mani already because I had it on for "one day and it's awesome." lol. I agreed that I still really liked the white nails, so I used them to inspire the other nails.

This time around I just stuck with the cluster doticure and limited my colors to 4 of each shade. I used 4 different sized dotting tools, but you can't really tell the difference between the 4. I still like them though. :) They are bright and fun and make me happy. 

I had done a rainbow doticure in the past, which I have included pictures of below. I REALLY didn't care about clean up until the last few months. I also didn't understand that you didn't HAVE to paint all the way to the cuticle and both sides to make it look good. Ha, ha! That's why it looks like a child painted the base color for me. Strike that, I bet a child could have done better. I'm glad I have gotten better at this.

A lot of people didn't like the gray/black nail I threw in to break up all the brights, but I was pretty smitten with it. I needed an accent to break thinks up a bit. I used the black dots in the rainbow nails to ground the colors a bit. They needed dimension and the black lends that to the brights. :)

Have you tried a doticure in the past? I think this design really shows how beautiful a simple dotting tool can be. If you give this manicure a shot, please send me a link to your pictures of it so I can ooh and ahh over them. :)

Another giveaway!

Here is a fantastic giveaway offered by Lacquered Lover!

This one is amazing and I really hope to win! I don't own any Manglaze polish yet, but I would love to see what all the buzz is about!

Enter here. :)

PishPosh and Polish giveaway!

One of the lovely ladies from my birthday group is having a giveaway over at PishPosh and Polish!

Check it out! Follow her and enter her giveaway. :)