Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hit Polish Egyptian Goddess

I really really wanted to paint my nails for New Year's. I even bought some indies that were especially perfect for the occasion. But, I finally just got good pictures of my current mani and I didn't feel right taking it off before I did. I wanted to get this post out quickly before midnight. So here is Hit Polish, the last polish I'll be wearing in 2013!

Egyptian Goddess is a nude crelly with blue hexagons, blue shreds, and gold hexagons, all in various sizes. It also has subtle golden shimmer. It is a beauty! It's exactly my kind of polish. It reminds me of the beach. It was really easy to apply and was pretty opaque by the second coat, but I might use a third the next time I wear it. I used my new nail polish dryer from Sally Beauty that I got for Christmas. I think it definitely made a difference in dry time.

Unfortunately, Egyptian Goddess was introduced during a recent restock but has since sold out. The shop is only a week and a few days from closing indefinitely, so there's only so many polishes left in stock and they won't be having anymore restocks. I'm sorry! If you want something like it, I'd try Happy Hands Sandcastles In The Sand. I have that one, but have never worn it, but I think they are pretty similar.

And just because I haven't posted much pictures lately, here's an update on my pup Carter. Look at how big he has gotten! He's now 8 months. I haven't weighed him in about a month and I probably couldn't even lift him if I tried, but he was around 52 pounds last time.

And here he is playing with his big sister Dakota, who is almost three years old.

That picture reminds me of this one I took when they first played together. He was so tiny then.

Okay, I'm done reminiscing. I hope you're having a wonderful New Year's. I'll be honest, 2013 hasn't been the greatest of years but in many ways, it was so much better than the last. I can't wait to see what happens in 2014.

My 13 Favorite Manis of 2013!

I've been off from work for a couple of days, which is nice, because I can finally take time to relax. The holiday hours were starting to wear me out. I'm actually sick right now with a cold, but I'm feeling a little better. I painted my nails a few days ago and have been meaning to post it, but I haven't been able to take decent pictures. Anyway, it's New Year's Eve and because of that I threw together a post of 13 of my favorite manis in 2013. Here they are!

1. OPI Sparrow Me The Drama & Revlon Girly

2. China Glaze Elephant Walk & KBShimmer Elle

3. KBShimmer Don't Teal Anyone

4. All That Glitters I'm Sprung

5. Windestine Peacekeeper

6. China Glaze Grape Pop & Hit Polish Represent

7. Essie Coat Azure & Hit Polish Mr. Bubble

8. China Glaze It's Alive & China Glaze Graffiti Glitter

9. Pahlish Train Underwater & Candy Lacquer Candy Dots

10. Pahlish Lady Of Raynham Hall & Hit Polish Jack Loves Sally

11. China Glaze Recycle & Different Dimension Have The Lambs Stopped Screaming?

12. China Glaze Recycle & Red Dog Designs M-I-C-K-E-Y

13. OPI All Sparkly And Gold & Hit Polish Holiday Cheer

As you can see I love glitter and my nails went through a lot of different lengths. I would have had more favorites had I actually been able to wear many more of my polishes. Anyway, I hope you all enjoy your New Year's Eve and stay safe, whatever you plan to do!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Pop Culture Cosmetics Christmas Eve

It's Christmas! Merry Christmas to those that are celebrating. I just plan on staying home with my family, opening gifts, eating good food, and watching some holiday movies. I had planned to do my nails for Christmas, but I didn't find any spare time, so here is the mani that I wore for Christmas eve.

This is Pop Culture Cosmetics Christmas Eve. I chose to wear it for obvious reasons. I saw a swatch of it many few weeks ago and ever since then, I wanted it for myself. I'm glad I bought it because it's gorgeous! It's a pretty mix of glitters in Christmas colors. There are green and red circles, gold and silver hexes, super tiny glitters in various colors, and even cute stars, holographic silver bells, and red hearts! The silver bells are probably my favorite. This was my first time wearing a polish that has them.

What you see is just one coat! It was easy to apply and I had no trouble whatsoever getting any of the bigger glitters on the brush. The base I used was two coats of Sinful Colors Last Chance, which is actually mislabeled as Calypso. I've been on the lookout for a cheap dark green and this one is perfect, I love it.

I love this polish, it's perfect for the holiday season. I hope you have a great day, whatever it is you plan to do!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

OPI All Sparkly And Gold & Hit Polish Holiday Cheer

I've been working about 6 days straight and today is my first day off. I'm going to dinner with my family later tonight and after were going to drive around to see some Christmas lights. I actually work tomorrow morning from 1-9 am, so I'm going to enjoy my time off while I can. Today I have a really fun Christmas mani for you!

First off, here is my base, OPI All Sparkly and Gold, which is an antique darkened gold glitter in a clear base. At first I wasn't going to buy it but the more I saw swatches, the more I wanted it. I'm glad I bought it because it's a beauty. I used two coats.

Now here are two coats of Hit Polish Holiday Cheer layered on top. It is Christmas in a bottle! There are small silver and gold circle glitters, larger red and green circle glitters, small green and silver white bar glitters, small gold squares, and green, white, and red hexagons. Some of the pieces are even holographic. It was super easy to apply and had amazing glitter coverage.

I absolutely LOVE this glitter. It is my favorite Christmas mani to date. It held up really well too. I had no chips, just some fading around the tips. 

Sadly, Holiday Cheer is no longer available. Here's some more sad news. Hit Polish is actually closing their shop indefinitely and everything is being sold at discounted prices. I will really miss their polishes, as they have become one of my favorite indie brands. I'm so glad I was able to buy their beautiful polishes while I could.

For those interested, here is the link to their shop. They will be closing for good on January 10th, so if you see anything you want, now is the time to get it.


Saturday, December 21, 2013

Red Dog Designs M-I-C-K-E-Y

Long time, no posts. I'm sorry about that. My hours have increased during the holiday season, so I've been working a lot lately. I also kind of got a little burned out on posting, but I missed it, so here I am! My Thanksgiving was laid back and quiet. I had to work Black Friday from 3-11 in the morning, which was crazy. The next day I went to Disneyland with my mom, my six year old niece, and some family friends. It's one of my absolute favorite places that I've been going to since I was a toddler, but the last time I went was three or so years ago. My niece was three the last time and this time she was tall enough for the "big kid" rides. We got to go to both parks and it was such a busy day, that we didn't get to do everything we wanted, but I still had a really great time. Anyway, here is my really cute mani that I wore for the day!

This is Red Dog Designs M-I-C-K-E-Y, which is one of the cutest polishes I own. The colors are inspired by Mickey. It has yellow, red, and white hexes, silver holo Mickey glitters, and a gorgeous subtle holo sparkle. It's one of the first Mickey glitter polishes I have worn so far and I'm in love with it. I splurged and bought all but one color from the collection. I love anything to do with Disney, so I honestly couldn't help myself.

Formula wise, it was a little thick. I had to do a little fishing for the Mickey glitters, but it wasn't hard to do. I do wish I had gotten more yellow glitter out, but overall, I'm really happy with this polish. It's just so darn cute. If you're a Disney lover, I highly suggest checking out this collection. 

Now here are some pictures I took at Disneyland! As you'll see, all of them are at night time. I wish I had taken more, especially during the day, but most of the time we were waiting in lines.

Here's the Sleeping Beauty Castle which is so gorgeous at night. The rest were taken during the World of Color water show at California Adventure. It was my first time seeing it and it was honestly amazing.

I also took a lot of photos during the Aladdin Musical Spectacular play, but they didn't come out so great, so I chose not to post them. We actually got to meet the cast after the show, which was awesome, especially for the little ones. My niece was so happy to get autographs and pictures taken with Princess Jasmine, Aladdin, and The Genie. 

I'm going to be working a lot during Christmas week, so I don't know if I'll have a lot of free time to do my nails, but thankfully, I have a few posts ready to go. Thank you for stopping by and have a great day!