Archive for September, 2012

Wet N’ Wild Nerd Alert: Screech and Finger Paints Circus Peanuts

As promised, the underwear coats from my Jindie Nails post on Wednesday!

I used Wet N’ Wild’s Nerd Alert: Screech under Frankenstein Spit, and Finger Paint’s Circus Peanuts over Bite Me.

First up is Nerd Alert: Screech!

This color is part of Wet N’ Wild’s Limited Edition Saved by the Bell set, which is all neon colors named after the 6 main characters.  It was fairly hard to find- I NEVER found the set in any of my local CVS stores, a friend came to my rescue and got them all for me.

However, the only real draw of this one is the novelty of having a Saved by the Bell name (which I’ll admit- was pretty big for me).  If you like the color, there’s 2 other polishes you can get that are exact dupes!  Spoiled’s I’m So Jaded and Wet N’ Wild’s Fergie color Glowstick are both completely identical- because they’re all made by Wet N’ Wild.  The only difference is price!

This is 2 coats of Screech with no cleanup needed, and no topcoat.  It’s a gorgeous lime green neon color with a golden shimmer- and doesn’t dry matte like most neons!

Next up I have Finger Paint’s Circus Peanuts that I featured underneath Bite Me.

Circus Peanuts is from Finger Paints Gumdrops and Lollipops collection that came out this past spring.  So sadly, it’s not one you can easily grab at the store- but I got my bottle in a swap, so it can still be found online and from other people.

This is 2 coats of Circus Peanuts with no topcoat!

Not exactly the same color as circus peanuts (see below), but it reminds me a bit of them all the same!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!  I’ll be announcing the giveaway winners tomorrow- if you haven’t entered yet, be sure to go enter here!

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Jindie Nails: Part 2

And here’s the second part of my Jindie Nails review!  Sorry it’s coming a bit late tonight-  lots of stuff going on, and as you guys know if you were reading last week- the World of Warcraft expansion pack just came out, which I do play 🙂  I tried to have all week’s posts written in advance… which didn’t happen!

So anywho, the rest of my gorgeous Jindie Nails photos!  Today I have Halloween colors to show off- Bite Me, Frankenstein Spit, and Tainted Love.

Tainted Love isn’t REALLY a Halloween polish, but I think it looks like it could be!  I was lucky enough to win a full size bottle of this pretty polish, because I picked the winning name!  How fun is that?

Onto the polish!

First up is Bite Me.

Bite Me is a beautiful glitter mix filled with black, purple, and orange glitters in different shapes and sizes.  I used this as a glitter topcoat, but it could easily be layered multiple times for fuller coverage.

 For this mani, I used 1 coat of Bite Me over 2 coats of Finger Paint’s Circus Peanuts.

Next up we have the second color in the Halloween collection, Frankenstein Spit!

Frankenstein Spit is a super fun mix of tiny matte glitters in green, purple, and black.  I love tiny matte glitters!

This is only 1 coat of Frankenstein Spit over 2 coats of Wet N Wild’s Nerd Alert: Screech.  You can’t see the green glitter as well with this undie coat, but I thought that it really brought home the ‘Frankenstein’ idea!

This color could easily have full glitter coverage in just 2-3 coats!

And last but (definitely) not least, we have Tainted Love, my personal favorite!

Tainted Love is a milky white polish filled up with neon yellow, neon pink, and black matte glitters, along with black hearts.

This is 2 coats of Tainted Love on it’s own.  Full coverage with a white in only 2 coats AND still be sheer enough to see glitter in it?  Awesome!

I had to fish a tiny bit for the hearts, but they weren’t overly difficult to get out.   And the tiny glitters are always a bit stubborn- seems I missed a few on cleanup 😉

Right now, Tainted Love is out of stock- but it will be making a return in the future!

You can find Jindie Nails on FacebookInstagram, and on Etsy!   Full size bottles cost $7.75, and they’ve now introduced mini sizes in the most popular colors.

If you’d like to see Part 1 of my review on Jindie Nail polishes, check it out here!

On Friday I’ll be showing off a few shots of the underwear polishes all on their own 🙂

*These polishes were provided to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own* 


Spoiled Are Mermaids Real? and Sinful Colors Sweet Dreams

Today I’ll be showing off the underwear coats I used yesterday for my Jindie Nails review post.  I don’t think the non-indie colors have been getting enough love lately, so I’m going to try to start working more back into my routine!

For you budget-minded ladies out there, you’ll really love these!

First up, I have Spoiled’s Are Mermaids Real?  I used this yesterday underneath Jindie Nail’s Neonderthal.

I have always loved this polish, but when you have as many polishes as I do- most never get a lot of attention.  One downside to being a polish hoarder 😉  Are Mermaids Real? is a gorgeous purple polish filled to the bring with a heavy golden glass fleck look.  Though not a dupe, it’s very similar to Zoya’s Daul (but a brighter purple than Daul).

This is 2 coats of Are Mermaids Real? with no cleanup.  Application was great, went on smoothly and covered well with 2 coats.

Finally, we have Sinful Color’s Sweet Dreams.

I love this color so much!  It was part of Sinful Color’s Sheer Shimmers line this spring, so sadly it’s not the easiest to find.  However, you can still get lucky sometimes at Walgreens in the big bins of Sinfuls!  I found a second of this color months after the collection was gone from shelves.

Sweet Dreams is a beautiful turquoise blue filled with sparkly glass fleck shimmer.  It is anything but sheer- it was opaque in 2 coats and was almost a 1-coat polish.  Oh, if only it’s cousin Cinderella was so opaque!

Spoiled polishes are created by Wet N’ Wild, and can be found exclusively at CVS stores, and retail for $1.99.  Sinful Colors can primarily be found at Walgreens, though you can find them at Target and now some Walmarts as well- also for $1.99.

Both can be found on CVS and Walgreen’s websites if you don’t have a store near you!


Jindie Nails: Part 1!

As promised on Saturday, I have a lot of  colors from Jindie Nails to show you all!  Rather than spam you with a ton of colors, I’m dividing this up into 2 posts- I’ll be posting the second on Wednesday.  On Tuesday and Thursday, I’ll be showing off a few photos of the ‘underwear’ colors I wore with all of these- lots of drugstore polish love!

Today, I’ll be showing off Water 4 Elephants, Neonderthal, and Strung Out on Compliments.

First up, we have Neonderthal!

Neonderthal is a pretty glitter topcoat full of white, blue, green, and purple matte glitter and just the hint of sparkle here and there.  The photos are shown with 1 coat over Spoiled’s Are Mermaids Real?.

The application on this was fine- no painting issues and the glitter was fairly evenly distrubuted in just 1 coat.  You could get much heavier coverage with 1-2 more coats, but I think this is a ton of fun just with 1 coat!

Next we have Strung Out On Compliments!

Strung Out on Compliments is a mix of ultrafine black, green and blue matte glitter.  I LOVE matte glitter polishes!

This one is denser than Neonderthal, so it could easily be worn on it’s own in a few coats.  My index finger (top of the photo) shows 2 quick coats, while the rest of the nails are sporting 1 thin (believe it or not) coat over Sinful Color’s Sweet Dreams.

And finally, we have my very favorite:  Water 4 Elephants!

This color is a beautiful brownish grey filled with various sizes of blue, green, and color shifting glitter!

This polish was incredibly easy to apply- though not perfect, I didn’t have to do any cleanup for these photos.  The photos show 2 coats of Water 4 Elephants on it’s own- no undercoat.  The first coat was a little thin, but the second coat filled it out beautifully!

You can find Jindie Nails on Facebook, Instagram, and on Etsy!   Full size bottles cost $7.75.  Be sure to check them out!  Jennifer (the awesome lady behind Jindie Nails) offers a TON of polishes, and if you like matte glitter or neon you’ll fall in love with her creations!  (Though if you don’t like either of those, she has goodies for you as well!)

Be sure to check back on Wednesday for the second half of this review!

*These polishes were provided to me for review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own* 


My September Giveaway!

As promised, it’s time for a giveaway!  I enjoy giving out things to you awesome people!

For September, I decided that my theme should be Breast Cancer Awareness.

Now, I know that Breast Cancer Awareness month is actually October.  However, Halloween is also in October- so I pushed this one up a week so that September could have some love too!  And this way, the winners will receive their prizes right in time for the beginning of October.

On to this month’s prizes!

The first winner will receive the 2012 OPI Pink of Hearts set, which contains ‘You Glitter Be Good To Me’ and ‘I Think in Pink’.

The second winner will receive Orly’s ‘You Are Not Alone’ and ‘Artificial Sweetener’.

The third winner will receive Essie’s ‘Raise Awareness’, as well as a nail polish ring in pink with breast cancer awareness ribbons.  This ring was made by a fellow polish lover many of us know, who’s sister-in-law is currently fighting breast cancer.  All proceeds from these ring sales goes directly to her.

*This giveaway will run from 11:30pm 9/23/12 to 11:59pm 9/29/12.  Winners will have until 11:59pm 10/1/12 to respond to the notification email, at which time a replacement winner will be drawn for that prize*

So now on to the rules- PLEASE READ THEM:

Like any giveaway hosted/paid for by myself, this is open internationally.  You must be 18+ to enter, but if you’re younger you can with parental permission.

Keeping it simple again:  It’s mandatory to like my Facebook page in order to enter.   If you’d like to follow me via any other means that’s great, but Facebook is my primary means of interaction and my best way to gauge followers (since I lack GFC, and not going to force you all to follow me via email).
*If you do not have a facebook account, please message me.  My contact information is at the top of the page.*

By simply liking my page, you’re guaranteed 3 entries.  That’s it, you don’t have to do anything else other than fill out the questions on the form (contact info).   For an optional 4th entry, you can share the giveaway.  I don’t care HOW you share it- it can be via Twitter, Facebook, a blog post- just shared in some form of social media. The only requirement here is that you give me a link to the *specific place* it was shared.

For Facebook, it MUST BE a public post.  I can not see it if it’s not public, and I will throw the entry out.  Please click the timestamp under your name on that post to give a specific link to the post- I will not go on a random goose hunt all over your page to find the entry.  I was very lenient with this last time even though I specifically asked for it- I don’t have the time to be that lenient again.

As always, I’m usually around- if you have a question, please just ask!   You can ask here in the comments, or message me via email or on Facebook.

And finally- I do confirm each and every winner actually followed the rules, INCLUDING entering more than once.  I’ve thrown out multiple winners in each giveaway for not following the rules- and I hate having to do that.  Please don’t make me throw out your entry!

I didn’t think this needed to be said, but  last time someone entered many, many times- so apparently it does.  ONE FORM ENTRY PER PERSON.

Giveaway is CLOSED.  Thanks to all that entered!!


Roll Tide: Crimson Pride by Jindie Nails and Stamping

Happy Game Day!  If you didn’t already know, I live in the overly-hot state of Alabama.  Down here, people live and breathe college football- most of the SEC states do.  And in Alabama, you choose between Alabama and Auburn (though there’s always the random few that will cheer for a neighboring SEC team).  A good chunk of the country hates us- our state boasts the last 3 consecutive National Champions (Alabama, Auburn, Alabama) and the SEC overall has held the title for 6 years.

I’m not originally from Alabama- I moved here just in time for college.  So my pro-football loyalties lie with the Steelers, since I was born and raised in Pittsburgh.  You may see a post for them at some point in the future.  Never fear though, this isn’t a regular thing- it’ll just be one each during the regular season.

Anywho, on to nails!

If you’re interested in WHY I chose the specific colors and prints (I’ve had people from outside of the SEC/Alabama are inquire about houndstooth), just keep reading after the nail photos.  If you don’t care, then you can stop after the nails!

For this look, I opted to do my first ever accent nail!  I’m not really a huge fan of accent nails, but I think it worked this time.

I started off with a coat of Sinful Colors Slate on all but my index finger, and painted my index finger with Sinful Colors Snow Me White.

Then, I topped off each grey finger with 2 coats of Jindie Nails Crimson Pride– a glitter topcoat inspired by Alabama Football, filled with various shapes and sizes of red and white glitter as well as silver shimmer.

Finally, I pulled out my stamping plates, and used the houndstooth print on Cheeky’s CH8 from their spring collection on my index finger.

Now, for the ‘why’ of all the colors.

For the grey- you may have noticed the first photo in this post, our mascot the elephant posing the the big red A.  Our mascot is Big Al, an elephant- so grey is for him!  Don’t ask me why an elephant, I’m not even sure Alabama itself knows the REAL reason.  There’s a few rumors- one involves the team running out and sounding like a herd of elephants.

Our colors are crimson red and white.  However, you’ll almost always see Alabama fans sporting some sort of houndstooth- and this is why:

Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant is the legendary and well loved coach of Alabama football from 1958-1982.   He was known for wearing a houndstooth hat, and so we wear houndstooth 🙂

You can find Jindie Nails here– she offers other football colors if you aren’t cool enough to cheer for Alabama (I kid! I kid! <3), among a lot of other awesome colors.  Be sure to check back early next week- I have a big review coming on Jindie Nails!

Cheeky stamping plates can be found on Amazon here– they’re very affordable and there’s a ton of great designs!  You can see my other stamping post using a Cheeky plate here.


Nail of the Day: Deborah Lippmann Forsaken Sookie Sookie Duo

Happy Friday, everyone!  As I’m sure a lot of you saw, last night was an eventful evening in the ER with my youngest (he’s fine, just some breathing issues from his virus he’s been fighting), so today’s post will be simple but pretty. 🙂

A few months ago, HSN started advertising their upcoming Forsaken collection- a beauty collection inspired by HBO’s True Blood series (yes, I know the show is based on a book series- I’m a huge huge fan of the books- if you like the show I highly recommend giving them a shot).   When I heard that Deborah Lippmann would be contributing to the collection, of course I couldn’t wait to see!  I ordered this polish duo on the first day of the collection’s release.

There’s a few different polishes available, but being a magpie (ie, I love anything that sparkles), I was immediately drawn to the Sookie Sookie duo.

This combo is made up of Human Nature, a ‘mortal putty taupe’, and Fairydust, an ‘ethereal shimmer’.  Both bottles contain the ‘True Blood’ label on one side, the standard black Deborah Lippmann on the other.

Now, I only own like 3 Lippmann polishes… mostly because I can’t often justify the price in my head.  However- this is one of the most amazing polishes.  It’s self leveling, glossy, applies like a dream- just wonderful.  These photos were taken at 2 coats, with no topcoat.  They also dried very fast (with no topcoat), and didn’t require anything in the way of cleanup.

Next up is Fairydust!

 I’ve heard of people using Fairydust on it’s own as a polish, but I feel it’s better used as a topcoat on an existing color- in this case, Human Nature.

This is 1 coat of Fairydust over 2 coats of Human Nature, no topcoat, no cleanup.

Look at that gorgeous red gold shimmer!  This is not an in-your-face bling, but very subtle and gorgeous.

This combo could be a perfect work-friendly mani for ladies who aren’t allowed to show off crazy colors in a work environment. It’s neutral, but just enough shimmer and sparkle to be fun without going overboard (like I usually do with my polish!).

This combo (they’re only sold together- sorry guys!) can be found on HSN.com for $25.  There’s also other Forsaken inspired items to check out!