Sunday, September 21, 2014

What The Cartoon Cat Consumed..

Hello, Fireflies!

Today's challenge was to stamp a mani using only single images - no full nail stamps.  This is where having nubs comes in handy - a single image usually takes up my whole nail anyway!

When I put on this gorgeous glitter the other day, I had no idea it would become the base for this cute stamping challenge.  This is To The Edge Of Night from Fanchromatic Nails.  At first glance, it's an army green jelly with silver glitters - but look again, and you can see the tiny turquoise and red glitters in the background. 

To The Edge Of Night from Fanchromatic Nails

I used two stamps for this challenge.  The single fishbone stamp from Red Angel 107, and the cat from Shany 08.  I used Essie No Place Like Chrome and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme for the stamping.
Now, my nails look like an ally cat's paradise.

I'm reminded of the cartoons I watched as a kid, where the cartoon cat would put a whole fish in his mouth, and then pull out the bones, all in one fell swoop!

Bottle shot: Fanchromatic Nails To The Edge Of Night,  Essie No Place Like Chrome, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Bottle shot: Fanchromatic Nails To The Edge Of Night,  Essie No Place Like Chrome, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Ah, to be surrounded by a feast of our favorite foods! In the aftermath, I would be surrounded by pizza crusts...

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bejeweled Blitzen's Bu...uh, Callisto

Celestial Cosmetics Callisto, formerly known as Blitzen´s Budgie Smuggler

Hello, Fireflies!

If you saw my post yesterday.. well, it was supposed to post yesterday.  I goofed, and it went up a few hours early.  My bad.  Anyway, you may have seen the jewels I was rockin on my nails.  It wasn't the first time I'd used them, though.  I first used them in this mani.

But, I'm getting ahead of myself.  How could I not introduce this gorgeous deep purple holo from Celestial Cosmetics?  This is Callisto, formerly known as Blitzen's Budgie Smuggler.

Celestial Cosmetics Callisto, formerly known as Blitzen´s Budgie Smuggler

Seriously.  Celestial's holos are amazing. (You can check out my posts on Meteoroid HERE, and Galaxy Field HERE.)

I wanted to adorn this polish with jewels, so I put on some of these mystic topaz-like rhinestones with pearl clusters, and used additional pearls on the other fingers.

I love a vampy polish when I'm rockin' the super-nubs.

Nothing says decadence like a super awesome holo dripping with jewels! What polish or makeup do you have that makes you feel like a million bucks when you wear it?

Friday, September 19, 2014

SOBO Ultra HGF Youth Serum

Hello, Fireflies!

Ever go from not caring about a particular makeup or skincare product to not being able to get enough of them?  I never knew about serums, and now, I want to try them all.  And, lucky for me, I got to try Ultra HGF Youth Serum from Indie company SOBO.

Who doesn't want to have more youthful-looking skin? With ingredients like Hyluronic Acid, your skin will absorb more water, plumping it up and making it look younger. Apparently,  acetyl tetrapeptide-2 is said to help prevent signs of future aging, too.

I also love what it *doesn't* have:  parabens, sulfates, phthalates, GMO's, triclosan, synthetic dyes, or artificial fragrances.

I only received a small sample of this serum, so I can't tell you about any long-term effects, but I can tell you what I liked about this serum from the first moment I tried it:  the texture.  It's light, and it has a wonderful slip to it.  It just glides all over your face and then gets quickly absorbed, leaving no trace behind.

If you're looking for a new serum to help your skin look younger, longer, you may be interested in SOBO! They also have an anti-aging cream with reservatrol, an anti-aging eye serum, and a natural face moisturizer.

Right now, they have a discount code for my readers, too! If you'd like to try any of SOBO's products, use the code TRYSOBO for 25% off!

If you're worried about your skin, SOBO also has some informative articles on their webpage, like 15 Common but Toxic Skin Care Ingredients To Avoid and The Ultimate Guide to Anti-Aging Skincare.  Knowledge is power, and you're never too young or too old to learn how to take better care of your skin.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

What Happens to Ye Who Seek My Boo-ty

Avast, Fireflies!

This here be t'last day of this month's Piratey Nail Art Challenge, hosted by Challenge Your Nail Art Group.  I be sad, but no tears! There not be cryin' in Piratin'!

I be leavin ye with a warnin for those who seek my treasure.  Black, black jelly with iridescent purple glitters is a dark warning.  It's also the description for Polished Components Mattress Mambo.

Polished Components Mattress Mambo

Along with a glimpse of my treasure are what's left of those who tried to plunder it!

You know I took these off right after I took the picture, but what better time to cover your nails with jewels and skulls?

Now, be off afore I make ye walk t'plank!

From Orange Holo To Orange Flakie

Hello, Fireflies!

You may remember last week's GOT challenge, where I resurrected an old holo from the Old Forgotten Holos Home - Enchanted Polish Dragon Spit.

Well, after I was done admiring it, I covered it up with another forgotten polish, but a flakie, this time - Nfu-Oh 44, a gorgeous orange base with golden orange flakies.

Nfu-Oh 44, a gorgeous orange base with golden orange flakies

Look at that glow. And, isn't the bottle super cute?

I thought these Maybelline Colorshow Nail Tattoos I picked up from the Dollar Tree looked cute with this mani.  Hello, Lucky Cat!

Now that Fall is approaching, are you going looking for some fave fall color nail polishes?

This Map Be Such Crap, My Loot Will Be Moot

Avast, Fireflies!

Did ye landlubbers be thinking of stealin' me booty?  Well, ye'd have t' find it first! See if ye ken follow me crappy mappy.

I started with China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn, a pretty nude with the slightest shimmer/frost.

China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn, a pretty nude with the slightest shimmer/frost.

To give my 'sand' some texture, I did a dry brush technique to get the tiniest amount of Joss Desert Sunset on the nail. It has a little bit of glimmer, just like real sand! I'm feeling pretty clever at this point.

Joss Desert Sunset

I use Wet 'n Wild Black Creme and BM 510, from their new Ocean plates to get the tiny treasure map (though it doesn't all fit on my finger!) and then Cici & Sisi 09 to get the wandering dotted path and a few GIANT footprints.  Seriously. Not To Scale.
Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, BM 510, and Cici & Sisi 09

Try following that path to the treasure!

X marks all kinds of spots.  Probably where my dogs hid their toys, really.

Bottle shot:  China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn, Joss Desert Sunset, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and a black striper.

Bottle shot:  China Glaze Don't Honk Your Thorn, Joss Desert Sunset, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and a black striper

Have you ever followed a 'treasure map'?  If this is how I make one, you can only imagine how I'd follow one...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hobby Polish Bloggers Giveaway!

The Hobby Polish Bloggers facebook group have joined forces once again to offer an amazing giveaway!

The giveaway starts today, September 17 and ends September 30th. It's open worldwide to those 18+
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Prizes include:
First place $165 USD
Second place $90 USD
Third place $75 USD

The giveaway is sponsored by these lovely bloggers:

A Little Polish
Addicted to Polish
BeginNails: Every Journey Has A Beginning
Canadian Nail Fanatic
Carinae L'etoile's polish stash
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I Feel Polished
Imperfectly Painted
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Lit From Within
Lustrous Lacquer
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Manicure Addict
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Polish Galore
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Sammy Gail's Nails
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