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Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge — Black & White

12 Feb

Hey check me out! Posting the Mish Mash on time 🙂

So This week’s mish mash theme is black and white which is absolutely perfect because that’s my favorite color combination! Well, actually my favorite color combination is black, white and pink. I’ve based my entire apartment and wardrobe off this color scheme, so obviously I had to cheat and use pink for the mish mash.

2014-02-11 22.12.57Believe it or not, I did this mani entirely freehand, no tape. I went into this without a real plan, except I knew I wanted a white base, black tips and to sneak some pink in there. I started with a base coat of China Glaze White on White and used LA Colors Metallic Pink and a striping brush to make a clean line diagonally from one side of my nail to the tip. After that dried, I used my Art Club Black striping brush to make a clean line over the pink line and then filled in the top triangle. It was fantastically easy to create this look using just striping brushes.

That’s it for me, but I’ll see y’all on Friday! Don’t forget to check out the other gorgeous manicures from the other challenge ladies 🙂

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A Fabulous Mish Mash Saturday — and Short Nail Reveal!

1 Feb

I was definitely planning to post this on Thursday so I would be only a day late on my mish mash and a day early on my fab 5 (one day late, one day early, it cancels out to make me on time), but then as usual, I got busy and now I’m late on both 😦 Sorry!

Okay so big change this week! I decided to file my nails wayyy down! Short nails are trending right now, and I felt like I needed a mini-nail make over. Personally, I’m not in love with the look of short nails — I think they make my fingers look stumpy — but they’re a lot easier to manage and shape, plus they don’t interfere as much with my typing (which I do constantly due to my jobs and my blogs). Besides, they’ll grow back 🙂

So this week’s mish mash challenge theme is “green” which gives me an excellent chance to show off a polish I’ve been secretly in love with — Ellagee Get Away from Her, You Bitch! 2014-01-29 22.19.04

This polish is amazing because it glows in the dark. I tried to get a photo of it for you, but my camera absolutely refuses to pick up the glow-in-the-dark bits. My photo of this in the dark looks like this:

2014-01-29 22.22.08Can you see it? haha. If you go to Ellagee’s shop, though, someone did manage to get a nice image.

As you can see in the top image, I did a little green stroke across my nails and added gems for fun. I used Ellagee Glass (my all time favorite) for my top coat.

Speaking of the Mish Mash challenge, let’s get down to this week’s fabulous f’Saturday five (or perhaps we should call it the Spectacular Saturday 6?).

  1. As always, I like to feature one of my fellow mish mashers as number one in my top five, and this week it’s definitely Nail Art Novice with her block-style nail art! She used all 40 of her green nail polishes, and if that’s not dedication idk what is. And, on top of it all, it’s a beautiful manicure.
  2. You probably remember I did a lot of swatching this past week and last, including Sue.me Lacquer’s first collection and I’m pleased to tell you all that her shop is live! Her polishes are now available for purchase on Etsy and Storevy.
  3. I am so happy, I might cry — Lolita, the beautiful orca that has been enslaved by the Miami Seaquarium for over 40 years finally has a chance at freedom. I’ve probably mentioned Lolita before, if not on this blog, she comes up a lot on my main blog, but for those who don’t know much about Lolita: she is an orca captured at a young age in the last live-capture of orcas in Puget Sound and sent to prison at the Miami Seaquarium where she has been forced to perform for forty years. She has been without another orca since 1980. She also lives in a tank so small, it is actually considered illegal. Sadly, she has been excluded from the Endangered Species Act which would have protected her because of some totally bs grandfather laws. And now, at last, ALDF (Animal Legal Defense Fund) has gotten her protection under the Endangered Species Act and she might finally be able to retire. For more information about Lolita and her life, please watch Lolita: Slave to Entertainment. It’s an old documentary (2005) so just remember she’s been suffering for almost 10 years since that movie was made.
  4. So on Wednesday, I did some swatching for Rainbow Honey and I want to remind you that you can get $5 off your next order if you use the code ILOVENAILBLOGS at www.rainbowhoney.com. Also, if you want to see a couple more swatches, Sassypaints2012 also did some (and her photos are a lot nicer than mine!) so check that out too.
  5. For those of my readers planning to sit down and watch the Super Bowl tomorrow, please remember that chickens are the real losers at the Super Bowl 😦 please consider a healthier, cruelty-free snack option to enjoy with your game! And good luck to whichever team you’re rooting for 🙂

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BONUS!

Six is for Sh*tty Things Celebs Have Said — my new favorite Tumblr. If you’re ever wondering what a celebrity has done that was harmful or offensive toward a group of people, this tumblr keeps track of it all. Sadly, there’s A LOT of information on it (because celebs do and say a lot of crappy stuff). It’s organized by tags so if you’re looking for a specific asshat celeb — like say Jared Padalecki — you can just type into your address bar: shittythingscelebshavesaid.tumblr.com/tagged/Jared-Padalecki (or change Jared-Padalecki to any other celebrity such as Jennifer-Lawrence) and voila, at your fingertips you have all the evidence you need to demonstrate to your friends that while, yes, you enjoy a certain actor’s roles you do not necessarily agree with their choices/hate speech.

Okay, I’ve got the day off which means I have 10000 things to do, so I’m off to accomplish things! Make sure you check out the other cute manis by the ladies of Kimber’s Mish Mash challenge! And have a great weekend 🙂

Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Favorite Nail Art Technique

26 Jan

Okay, I admit I’m a bit late posting this one — actually, I basically just finished my manicure like 10 minutes ago, but hey, I’m a busy lady.

This week’s mish mash challenge theme was “favorite nail art technique” which basically left me two choices — French tips or taping. I love, love, love French tips, but I had conveniently already painted my nails yesterday with China Glaze Turn It Up Turquoise, so I thought taping was the way to go.

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I made this crosshatch looking by placing random strips of striping tape at different angles across my nails (I do my whole hand before I use polish — it’s easier that way in my experience), then I just painted over them, removing the tape as I went. As I mentioned, my base coat is China Glaze Turn It Up Turquoise which I applied in a flurry yesterday because I couldn’t, god forbidden, leave the house with bare nails, and the top coat is my January pick from Color Me Monthly: Seven Sisters.

I hope you all enjoyed my swatches from Sue.me Lacquer yesterday, I’ve got another bout of swatching coming up because I just received some Rainbow Honey samples in the mail. I hope you’re all looking forward to another round of reviews!

Don’t forget to take a look at the other beautiful favorite technique manis from the challenge ladies!

A Fabulous Mish Mash Friday

17 Jan

Back again with another all-in-one post! I hope you all are having a fabulous Friday! I’m going to mix things up by starting with the Kimber’s Mish Mash challenge for this week. The theme is “2 colors you would normally never pair up.” And boy, do I have a color combination that covers that requirement.

Most of my polishes compliment each other really well, so I had a difficult time picking which ones I would normally *never* pair up. I have them all organized by color, so I hoped all the drawers and laid out a few combinations without really being satisfied until… China Glaze Purple Panic meet YouPolish Zombie Boogie. A match that would never be sanctioned by heaven.

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I apologize for how messy the manicure is — truth is I just wanted to get it on and remove it as quickly as possible because it was a bit painful on the eyes haha.

Now that’s out of the way, let’s get down to our Fabulous Friday 5.

  1. As I mentioned, the theme this week was “2 colors you would normally never pair up,” and my fellow mish mashers met the challenge! I had to pick Small Budget Beauty‘s blue-and-lime mash up because she made a color combo I would normally dislike look cute as heck!
  2. Award season has began and normally I hate it (oh another white male won an award? I’m shocked and thrilled *eye roll*) but I love great speeches and Meryl-the-goddess-Streep gave a fabulous speech at the recent National Board of Review gala about how Walt Disney was a racist and a misogynist. HIGHLY recommend.
  3. Speaking of award season, Nail It! Put together a fab collection of celebrity nail art from the Golden Globes. Personal favorite: Kerry Washington

    [Image: Getty Images/WireImage]
  4. Fair warning: My inner environmentalist is flaring up lately, and I’m torn between doing everything I can to prevent humans from destroying the planet or helping humanity destroy itself just to free the planet from our grasp. UGH people get it together already. This should be our number one focus, nothing else matters if the humans literally destroy everything. Here’s a video to inspire you to take action:
    Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip from Leo Murray on Vimeo.
  5. I want to end on a high note, but that will have to wait for our bonus number because I want to share with you this fascinating article from the Feminist Breeder (a name of which I am not a fan but that does not affect the usefulness of the information): Explaining White Privilege to a Broke White Person. Seriously, everyone should read this, especially us poor white people. It’s something that took me a long time to completely understand — I know, I know on an informational level that the suffering of poor white people does not undo the systematic discrimination and built-in racism in this country (USA) and that without actively participating, we (collective white people) are benefitting from a those systematic discriminations, but on emotional level, I understand the suffering of the poor in general, and I know it can be difficult to reconcile the idea of a very poor white person benefitting from white privilege. This article really sums things up, it’s a must read.

*BONUS*

Six is for Steven Moffat (ugh). My hate for Steven Moffat increases exponentially with each day and with each word out of his or any of his character’s mouths. FYI, I did not watch the new Sherlock season on BBC — despite having been a fan since the show’s inception! — because I simply can’t deal with Moffat’s horrible misogyny, his queer baiting,  his erasure of basically all minorities, his total inability to commit to a character’s suffering or to a logical plotline, his fan-bashing, etc, etc. I often ask myself: why are people putting up with this? And it looks like the Daily Dot has been asking the same question: Why does the man behind ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Sherlock’ still have a job? I highly recommend following the links in the articles too 🙂

Alright, I’m at work so I’m going to quit here. I realize I wanted to end on a high note, though so… Before I go, I’ll share with you my new found love for this Kpop band: Miss A

Don’t forget to check out the other bizarre combinations of 2 colors from the other amazing Mish Mash challenge ladies!

A Fabulous Mish Mash Challenge

11 Jan

Helloooo friends! Sorry I was away again, I actually had a visitor this past week so I was rather distracted. Back now, though, so let’s get on with our Friday Five!

  1. This week’s mish mash challenge theme was inspired by a decade! I love The Bookish manicurist’s fabulous 1950’s inspired nail art and had to share with you! (I *did* do this week’s challenge, btw — it’s at the bottom of this post!)
  2. Zoya (vegan, cruelty-free!) is doing a crazy sale — AKA FREE NAIL POLISH. 3 bottles for free! Just pay shipping (comes to usually about $12). This sale only goes for 2 more days, so get it while it’s hot
  3. Guess who named a polish?? This girl right here! Just found out my girl Sam over at Incidental Twin has officially listed a polish I had custom made and then named. You can buy my custom named polish HERE!
  4. GRRRR so sick of white men making it harder for women* to get access to abortion.
  5. I’m so freaking jealous of the people who received this Vegan Cuts Beauty Box (sadly I gave up my monthly box now that my student loans are coming due).

*BONUS*

Six is for sex! 5 reasons vegans have better sex. I think this article speaks for itself.

Now for the mish mash challenge! The theme was inspired by a decade, so obv I chose the roaring 20s! I decided to go with a little art deco Gatsby-inspired art

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I started with a base coat of E.L.F. Pot of Gold (from their Disney Villains collection) then overlaid some nail art tape in various designs and painted over them with LA Colors black. Super, super easy haha. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Don’t forget to check out the other fabulous decade-inspired manicures this week!

Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Favorite Color

2 Jan

Happy 2014 everyone!! I hope you all had an amazing New Year’s Eve and that you ended 2013 on a bang! I had a fabulous end to 2013 but as for 2014… Let’s just say, it can go nowhere but up from here haha.

Idk if you all get into those crazy new year’s resolutions, but I hope you do! I love resolutions because they’re so full of hope! And even if you don’t keep up with them, at least you tried, you know?

So my resolutions for 2014 are…

  1. Remove genderized/sexualized/body-part-specific insults from my vocabulary
  2. Cut back on swearing (LOL yeah a bit lofty for me, I know)
  3. Procrastinate less

I’m pretty satisfied with the ones I chose this year. I’m pretty confident I can at least do #1 and #2, the last one might be a little difficult haha. I was fairly successful with my resolutions from last year — stop texting while driving (my friend called me up drunk NYE 2012 and made me swear to do this lol) and stop weighing myself on the scale. I had some breakdowns on the 2nd one, but overall I did alright!

How about you guys, what resolutions did you have last year? Did you succeed in any of them? What about this year? I wish you all so much success!!

In accordance with resolution #3, I’m here to complete my Mish Mash challenge on time! This week’s theme was “Favorite Color” and I had to make a decision — favorite color of nail polish in my collection? Or favorite color of anything ever? Well, my favorite color is red, but I wasn’t really digging it for New Year’s Eve, so I picked instead my favorite color of nail polish in my collection. Of course, there was a tie for my favorite, so I chose two colors!

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Perfect combo for New Year’s! I started with Sephora by OPI Looks like Rain, Deer, which is absolutely my favorite gold polish in my collection — I use it for everything. I kind of wish I had bought a few more bottles before it got discontinued :/ For my accent finger, I picked Color Me Monthly Alchemist. I love this color because it combines black, silver and gold. Kind of reminds me of Dean Winchester’s impala too 😉 It looked a little boring with just the gold and black, so I painted some T shapes onto them as an accent.

Unfortunately, I don’t have an inlinkz code to connect this with the other Mish Mash challenge manicures. I’m pretty sure we’ll be getting new codes soon though!

Just a heads up! My friend is coming to visit me Friday. I’m planning to still get my Fab Friday up (no procrastination!) but just in case… sorry :/

12 Days of Christmas AND Mish Mash Challenge: Decorations & Stamping

12 Dec

I had this ready yesterday and I should have posted but… I was lazy. I watched the Mentalist and went to bed instead haha.

So this is a weird post because this week the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge and Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge fell on the same day. So I decided… well, why not do both at the same time?

The 12 Days of Christmas theme was “decorations”

And the Mish Mash theme was “stamping.” I don’t have very many stamping plates, just the ones that came with the kit my mom bought me, so I was kind of limited. In the end, I picked one that reminded me of the poofy decorations my family makes using tissue paper.

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I started with a base coat of Finger Paints Easel Come Easel Go which is by far my favorite silver polish. I then stamped with Sally Girl Black, China Glaze White on White, and OPI Oui Bit of Red over it. Quick, easy, painless. Covers both themes or nearly does haha.

Make sure to check out the other mish mash manis here:

And the 12 days manis here: