Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Amazing Autumn Mani Challenge! - Participants

As promised, before we begin our month of fun, I have a list of those participating and where you can find them.

Myself, here on the blog as well as on Instagram.

Tina with We Didn't Miss It, and Instagram.

I will edit this post if others decide to join in. 

I'm looking forward to getting started tomorrow!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

October's Mani Challenge - Amazing Autumn!

In continuation of the mani challenges that the wonderful Tina over at We Didn't Miss It has been coming up with, this month she asked me if I wanted to create the challenge 'chart' since October's idea of autumn colors was my suggestion. The ladies loved this idea and Tina and I have been chittering about our excitement to get started since then. So about a week ago I finally caved to the desire and wrote out the color chart. Who doesn't love Autumn colors?! I can't wait to get started!

Previous Monthly challenges I have participated in are August Is Indie Month and the first portion of September is Stamping Month. Unfortunately I've had some nail casualties and am working with shorties for the time being, so I've ducked out of stamping. Stamping is difficult enough working with nails the images actually fit on! Haha.

In the meantime if you'd like to see what I've been up to with my shorties, I'm still posting some of my manis on my Instagram, follow me there!

Now, for the good stuff.

This is October's suggested guide for the daily mani challenge. Participate on the days that you are able or want to, there's no requirement to do it daily, though I will be trying to. I will be following this guide the best I can (I'm still missing a few colors and they may not arrive in time!). The first 18 days are guided in color choice and the last 13 days are open to your interpretation for color or design, just follow the theme! Show us what color your favorite teacup and lap blanket are. ;)

Some guidelines I want to remember which you may choose to follow (or are welcome to ignore):
  • Follow the color guidelines when you can and substitute something when you must
  • Blog and/or post nails to instagram every day
  • Try choosing an untried polish first or showing a favorite
  • Write a quick (but honest) review of each polish that you choose to blog about
  • Pick indies before big brands #supportindie !!
  • Link back to the maker where possible on IG or FB
  • HAVE FUN!*
If you want to participate, let me know! Drop me a message or leave me a note with links to where you'll be posting your Amazing Autumn manis. I'll be posting a Participant list soon. I will be sharing my manis here on the blog and daily on my Instagram (#amazingautumnmanis and  #octobermanichallenge). Let us know where you'll be posting yours so we can check it out!

I cannot wait to get started!

*You're not allowed to ignore this guideline. It's a must!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Final Stamping Month Update & Upcoming Blogs!

It pains me to inform you that I am out of the stamping challenge for this month as my nails started breaking at the quick and I was forced to file down to the nubbiest of nubbins. However I am planning a challenge for October and will participate in that one whether my nubs are nubby or not. Hopefully a couple of weeks will be enough time for them to grow out so I can make them look at least half decent. It happens to all of us. :(

So this means that instead of daily nails, I'll be working on some other reviews instead. 

Stay tuned! I have lots of exciting things in store even if it's not my nails.

And as a last update, this was Day 12 of Stamping Month - Bugs

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Nails of the Week! Girly Bits #islandtime!

A brand I very recently discovered a love for but which has quickly found a place in my heart is Girly Bits. Today I've got #islandtime to show you which I fell in love with as soon as I saw the bottle. It looks even better on somehow, if that's even possible. It is a teal holographic with some hints of green and some hints of blue depending on the lighting. I think I've covered the faces pretty well.
I hope you enjoy! This polish is absolutely gorgeous! I couldn't bear to take it off for three whole days, almost unheard of for me!
This is three thin coats with HK Girl top coat. This polish dried lightning fast on my nails and application was amazingly smooth. Can't wait to try some more of my Girly Bits!
Indoors, bright sunlight.
Indoors with flash.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Setepmber is Stamping Month Update!

Stamping month update number two! This stamping guide has proven to be a little challenging. I only have two large plates and a handful of small circular ones so I have only a select number of images to work with. I've had to get creative and make up some of my own themes for a few of the days. Here's my update to today and for daily updates along with swatches and random mani attempts please follow me on Instagram here!

Day 7 - Hearts
KBShimmer A Touch of Glass stamped with A England's Dancing With Nureyev

Day 8 - Dragons
KBShimmer Plum Tuckered Out stamped with A England's Princess Tears

Day 9 - Fish.
I didn't like my first attempt at underwater creatures, so I went for a new theme. Travelling with a view.
Cadillacquer Crystal with Mundo De Unas #16 stamping.

Day 10 - Trees
I went with a beachy theme using Girly Bits #islandtime as a base with Mundo De Unas #6 stamping

Day 11 - Books
Today is supposed to be a book theme. I don't have any book stamps, so instead I decided to tell a story with my stamps.
A handsome Prince Charming, an adoring Princess, they fall in love, and live happily ever after in their castle. (So cheesy.)
This is Lilypad Lacquer Vixens Wear Violet with Mundo De Unas #1 stamping.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

September Stamping Update!

I don't think my stamping is wonderful yet and I haven't been taking a significant number of pictures of it, just enough for one each day on Instagram. I'll try to post every so often with a quick update of pictures.

Day 2 was Lace

Day 3 was Cat/Dog/Pet

Day 4 was Food

Day 5 was Birds, but since I don't have any bird plates I went with a Fashion theme.

Day 6 is Travel

Monday, September 1, 2014

September is Stamping Month Day 1!

Day 1 of Stamping Month is Flowers, so I did a quick little accent of flowers on my existing Picture Polish Tiffany manicure using A England's Dragon. All of my A England polishes will be great for stamping with but I do have a few specifically made for stamping too. I'll try to encorporate a variety of colors/polishes into the stamping that I do, though I don't think I will be doing it daily like August.

The hashtags on Instagram are: #septemberisstampingmonth #septemberstamping #stampingchallenge