Saturday, December 29, 2012

Let it Snow! Challenge Week #5- New Year's Nails

Let it Snow! Challenge Week #5
New Year's Nails

For me, no New Year's Celebration is complete without GLITTER!! 
For this manicure I decided to do a glitter gradient using my 3 favorite glitter polishes by Julep

I call this manicure "Champagne on Ice"!

I started with one coat of [Vivien], it's a beautiful sheer gold with small and large gold hex glitters. Then About 1/3 of the way up the nail from the cuticle I applied one thin coat of [Colbie]. It's a gorgeous green with lots of gold. In person it is super sparkly! On the free edge I applied one coat of [Harper]. A stunning teal/green that is packed with teal, green and gold micro glitter. 

Together the work very well and each one is a stunner on it's own. You can purchase any of these beauties at 

Thank you for stopping by! Check out the other lovely designs from the other talented ladies taking part in the challenge by clicking on their thumbnails below. Check back weekly by subscribing!

Let It Snow Challenge Week # 4: Christmas/Holiday Nails

Let It Snow Challenge Week #4
Christmas/Holiday Nails

Sorry I'm a little late with this post. The holidays got a bit crazy and I just didn't have the time. Not to mention that we had to take our 7 year old Daughter Jacqueline to the ER the day after Christmas! She has the Flu. Don't worry though, she'll be ok!

So for this challenge I wanted to go with a sophisticated manicure that could be worn to any holiday party... upscale or not. I went with a dark green, almost black polish by OPI [Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine]. It has a great grey quality to it that I love! I topped it off with NYC [Matte Me Crazy Topcoat]. It gave it a wonderful leather like look. Then I just barely tipped the free edge with Covergirl Outlast [185]. It's a glossy, patent leather red with a metallic finish. On the accent nail I used Revlon [571- Posh]. I topped the Revlon with a generic green glitter striping polish.

It's a simple, yet sophisticated look that would work well on any nail length!

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please check out the great work the other Ladies participating in the challenge have done by clicking on their thumbnails below.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Let It Snow Challenge Week #3: Ugly Christmas Sweater

Let It Snow Challenge: Week #3
Ugly Christmas Sweater

This week's challenge theme was a ton of fun! It didn't turn out quite like I wanted it to, but I'm still calling this one a success! 

I used one coat of OPI [OPI Red] with one coat of OPI [Animalistic] on top to give it depth and sparkle. I used my ArtDeco Striping polish [white] to "draw" on the design. Then I used OPI [Jade is the New Black] mixed with a pinch of green glitter on a piece of foil  for the accents. 

My lines weren't as crisp as I'd have liked, but the little reindeer turned out so cute!!! 

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to subscribe to this blog and check out the other talented ladies participating in the challenge by clicking on their pictures below! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Why I Love Julep!

There's no doubt about that I love nail polish. I also love getting things in the mail! That's why I love Julep! Every month they send me a box of awesome! Nail polish, hand creams, polish remover pads, even jewelry on occasion. Every month is different!

Here's how it works:

For $19.99 a month, you'll get $40-$60 worth of nail and skin care products, including Julep nail polish.  You  just take their style quiz to find out which box you best match with (but you can change your style choice month to month if you want!).  When you first sign up, for $19.99, Julep sends you an intro box, and then you'll start receiving your monthly boxes!  On the 20th of every month, Julep sends out a promo email, previewing next month's boxes and special deals.  Here's some goodies of the Julep Maven program:
  • $40-$60 of nail products delivered to your door each month for only $19.99.
  • You can skip any month with no penalty, so there's really no pressure.
  • You can switch styles each month if you want to.
  • You can choose to send your box to a friend if you'd like!
  • Free shipping from
  • 20% off all of your purchases on
  • You can cancel at anytime simply by giving Julep a call.
If you'd like to sign up, you can click on my referral link [HERE]! You can get your intro box for $0.01, just enter code the code PENNY at checkout after clicking the link above and taking the style quiz. .  You really have nothing to lose by trying that first box!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Let It Snow Challenge: Week 2

Let It Snow Challenge: Week 2
Inspired by a Christmas Movie, Song or Carroll

This one was really fun to do! I decided to go with "Oh Christmas Tree". My daughter loves to sing it, and she was humming it the other day and it got stuck in my head. 

I started with OPI [Berlin there Done That] as the "undies" of this manicure. Then I topped it off a thin coat of Nicole by OPI [A Gold Winters Night].  It's got gold micro glitter and bar glitter with hints of teal bar glitter. It's the perfect holiday polish!

The Christmas tree accent was really easy. One of the gals on the The Nail Challenge Colaborative Facebook page posted a picture on how to do Chevron with tape. So I just taped off the nail, leaving a triangle shape on the center of the nail. I filled it in with green polish and put some hex glitters and beads on it for ornaments. I found a star shaped glitter and topped my tree! Once it all dried I topped it with my Sologel soak off gel topcoat and cured it for 2 minutes under a 36watt UV lamp. 

These pictures were taken after 4 days of wear! Topping them with gel gives them insane shine and wear! I'm on day 6 of this mani and they still look perfect!

So, that's my week 2 manicure! I hope you enjoyed it! Please check out the other "entries" from the other talented ladies below! As always, thanks for stopping by and don't forget to comment and subscribe!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Never use a Q-Tip again (for nail cleaning) again!!!

So a few nights ago I discovered something amazing while doing my nails! I was painting my nails with a glitter polish and had my trust Elmer's glue out to use as my base coat. If you've never hear of this technique here's a quick run down...

If you paint a thin layer of Elmer's School Glue onto your nail and let it dry before painting your nails with glitter, you'll be able to "peel" the glitter off later rather than struggle with it come removal time. I'll have to do a video on that sometime.

Anyway, I had got some of the glue on my skin and discovered that when it peeled off my skin, so to did the polish I had gotten on my skin! Then it hit me... If I paint my skin around my nails with glue and let it dry, I won't have to bust out the Q-Tips later to clean up my cuticles when I'm done! i tried it out, and it worked like a charm!

Here's a quick video I made last night to show just how easy and awesome it is!!

So, if you try this method out... please let me know what you think! And if you decide to share your findings with the world, don't forget to send me a shout-out! 

Thanks for stopping by!!! 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Let It Snow Challenge: Week 1

Week 1: Let it Snow Challenge

For this look, I didn't want to do the expected. I am sure most of the ladies doing this challenge did the drawn on or stamped snowflake designs. That's not to say they aren't stunningly beautiful, but I wanted to do something different.

I wanted the feel of a sparkly, winter snowfall. While my camera failed to capture it's sparkle, it still looks pretty good.

I started out with one coat of Julep's [Vivien], it's a gold glitter that is packed with super shiny gold hex glitter. After that I used my dotting tool and with some generic white nail polish I made tiny white dots. 

It's hard to see, but after the white was dry I applied a coat of OPI's [Pirouette My Whistle]. It's a soft silver glitter with bits of white pearl glitter. I think it looks very snow like, but for some reason they didn't want to photograph well. 

All in all, I think it turned out great. Like a gold and silver snow globe! The pearl glitters look like snowflakes and the white dots enhance the look. Next time I may add some pale blue or lavender glitters as well.

I hope you enjoyed my Week 1 look following the theme: Snowflakes

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Let It Snow: Weekly Nail Challenge

I've been wanting to do a nail challenge for a while now, and this one seems perfect for me! It's a weekly challenge so I wont have to post every day! lol

Basically I will post a different nail look each week following that week's theme. This week's theme is "Snowflakes". I'll try to post it either today or Monday. 

Here is the list of weekly themes:

So now I'm off to do week #1: Snowflakes! I'll post it as soon as I'm done!