Good Evening Everyone! Tonight I have something EXTRA special for you all!
Awhile back, Melissa of Silly Bee’s Chickadees asked me if I would be interested in collaborating with her for her blogger-inspired Christmas collection. Of course I said yes! We were tasked with deciding what our favorite Christmas movie was- and then deciding what our favorite scene of that movie was.
The BEST part about this collection- is that each blogger was able to pick a charity for proceeds from their polish’s sales to be donated to! 20% of each $10 polish will be donated to the charity of that blogger’s choice.
For the proceeds of my polish, I chose Toys for Tots. It’s Christmastime, and that was the first thing that popped in my head. It’s also one of the charities my family donates to each year. My children (ok- mostly my oldest, my son is still too young to ‘get’ it) help pick out toys and bikes each year for Toys for Tots and our local Bikes or Bust campaign. The holidays are a hard time of year for many families- during December we try and help out where we can.
Along with myself, the bloggers contributing to the Gift of Melly collection are Dulcie of OhThreeOhFour, Mishka of Accio Lacquer, Stephanie of Imperfectly Painted, and Emily of The Lacquerologist! This collage shows their polishes and the scenes that inspired them. Be sure to check out their posts!
For my polish, it was a pretty easy decision. I love a LOT of holiday movies- but National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is probably my very favorite. It reminds me a little of my own family- which is probably why it’s a favorite for all of us 🙂
When asked about a scene that stood out for me- well, there’s plenty of course! But one in particular is always Clark’s dream sequence, where he’s fantasizing about the backyard pool and the stork clerk he met earlier 😉
And so from that scene inspiration- Melissa created Diana’s Nippley Holiday!
If you’re unsure where the name comes from- here’s another movie clip for your enjoyment 🙂
Diana’s Nippley Holiday is a very light blue crelly base, filled with hot pink flowers, red, green, and white circle glitter, white hexes, and gold magic dust.
The blue base is for the pool water, the flowers and green are for the summer aspect of the sequence, and red for the bathing suit! Every polish in the Gift of Melly collection contain the magic gold dust, to tie them all together 🙂
To be totally honest, I did have a little bit of trouble initially with my pretty polish- it got thick quickly after it was opened, so I added a bit of thinner to make things work well. Melissa has fixed the other bottles to ensure they all apply wonderfully, so this shouldn’t even be an issue for you! Once I added a touch of thinner, application went well. I used just over 2 coats for these photos (but not quite 3 full coats), plus topcoat. I didn’t have to do any fishing for the flowers or other glitter- they all came out easily!
These polishes are being released on November 15 at 11am CST. You can buy each individually, and there are also limited amounts of box sets that contain all of the polishes, plus a few surprises!
Here’s all the Silly Bee’s info- be sure to check it out!
Etsy Store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sillybeeschickadees
Melissa was kind enough to send me 2 bottles of Diana’s Nippley Holiday- one for me, and one for one of you! Just follow the link to the Rafflecopter widget and enter! Giveaway is open internationally, you must be 18 years or older, or have parental permission to enter. The giveaway will run through November 25th at 12:00am!
*Products in this post were provided to me for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
If you follow my blog on Facebook, you may have already heard about this. A month or so ago, Melissa of Silly Bee’s Chickadees asked if my oldest kiddo, Syd, would be interested in doing kid swatches of some of her colors. Syd loves polishes almost as much as I do, so of course she wanted to do it- and having a chance to ‘be like mommy’ was exciting too. I thought it might be fun to let her show off her pictures on the blog- but no hard feelings if you aren’t interested in looking at a 5 year old’s swatch photos and you skip this post 🙂
This was the cute collage that was posted on Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Facebook page when she was ‘announced’- everything on there is from her ‘interview’ about her favorite things. Yes, Dr. Who is actually one of her favorite things- her favorite is 11, and Amy Pond. She’s pretty crushed he won’t be around much longer. She even has her own talking Dalek she plays with.
Melissa was sweet enough to send out 2 mini polishes addressed specifically to her, all wrapped up in pink paper and bubble wrap. She felt like quite the princess!
I let Syd paint her own nails, and then I went behind her and cleaned up with my normal polish remover/concealer brush. We didn’t do any prep work/cleanup beforehand on her nails- the only thing she does use semi-regularly is her own container of Sunny’s Hand Cream (she chose Strawberry Buttercream- which is a scent I don’t like, so she never has to worry about me touching hers). It’s the only lotion/cream we were able to find last winter that helped the severely dry, cracking skin on her hands. I’ve said it before, but I highly recommend it!
First, we swatched Silly Bee’s Chickadee’s Raspberry Sorbet. Pictures are 2 coats with no topcoat (she didn’t want to use the ‘shiny polish’).
This was Syd’s favorite- because it’s pink. Could you guess from the picture above that her favorite color is pink? 🙂 I asked her what her favorite part of this polish was, and she said ‘It’s pink and sparkly’. Then I asked what it reminded her of- she said ‘bubble gum’.
Melissa also sent Everything Nice- another pink themed polish!
I think Syd had a little trouble putting this polish because it had more glitter, but she got the hang of it. Her favorite part- surprise surprise- was the ‘big pink glitters and birdie (label) because it’s so cuteeeee’. When I asked her what this polish reminded her of, her answer was ‘a sprinkle cookie like we get from the store (Publix)’.
So there you have it, my kiddo’s blogging debut. This won’t be a recurring thing, though I may post more of her photos in a Facebook album specifically for her pictures. She’s definitely had a lot of fun doing this- thank you so much Silly Bee’s Chickadees!
You can keep up with Silly Bee’s Chickadees on Facebook, and buy these pretty polishes on Etsy (though the store is closed through Sept 15). Melissa mentioned that mini bottles will be joining her store at some point in the future- perfect time to think about getting that little chickadee in your life some pretty indies for stocking stuffers! It’s never too early to start a mini stash 😉
*Some products in this post were provided for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*