Jamberry Nail Wraps

Have you girls every tried these Jamberry Nail Wraps? I’ve tried the Sally Hansen ones before and I really love them. They lasted on my nails for a long time. I actually had a hard time getting them off, that’s how good they were stuck on there.

Jen, at Jen’s Dress My Nails, is a Jamberry consultant and offered to send a sample sheet of the nail wraps to try them out. They’re so cute! I don’t wear nail wraps simply because I change my nails too often and they’re a bit pricey. The Jamberry wraps retail for $15 but you get a sheet with enough for two full uses.

Here’s what I came up with from my sample sheet:

ImageI decided to pair one of the wraps with Whimsical Ideas by Pam Peacock Park. Peacock Park is seriously one of my favorite polishes. Pam blew me away with that one.

The application process for these wraps was pretty simple as well. Here’s the application and removal instruction sheet from the website.

I did cheat on step 3. I didn’t use a blow dryer to warm my wrap up…. I just used my hot breath :). Hey, it worked! Jamberry also sells a little heater thing that you can use. I’m sure heater thing is not the technical term for it but you know what I mean.

ImageSo my over all consensus is that I would order these again. They have a ton of really cute designs to choose from and they’ve held up well between hand washing, diaper changing, kid bathing, dishes doing, you name it. Even from applying cuticle oil. You can check out Jen’s site here or contact your nearest Jamberry consultant to order :).

*I should add that Jen didn’t send me the sample to review on my blog, I chose to do that myself. These opinions are all my own.

Franken Femme

Hi girls! I’m back from my little blogcation. I took a little break and now I’m ready to get back to blogging. I missed you all and can’t wait to catch back up on what I’ve missed.

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a post in one of my (many) Facebook nail polish groups that I’m a part of. Becca from Franken Femme posted looking for bloggers to showcase her beautiful franken polish creations and to get the word out about her blog, which is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to create their own polishes. She asked what my favorite kind of polish was and she would work to create a special mini for myself. Well ok! I wont turn that idea down.

Becca has been fabulous the whole step of the way. I let her know that I love blue and teal polishes and that I like creams, shimmers, and glitters. I suggested maybe a teal with red glitter would be pretty!

Are you ready to see what she came up with?

ImageShe seriously blew the idea I had out of the water. When I opened my package I just sat there in shock for a moment. She used a fine red shimmer with red spark for the base color and satin mint green hexes with matte teal hexes. I’m wearing two coats of polish with a base and top coat.

ImageIn the direct sunlight it looks like the base color is white. But it shifts to red. I love it! My sister in law even commented that she wouldn’t be able to stop staring at it if she was wearing it. Mission accomplished.

ImageHow do you think she did? Head over to Becca’s blog at http://frankenfemme.blogspot.com to check out all of her other creations as well as learning tips and trick on creating your own polishes.

Giveaway Winners!

Hi girls! The 11 lucky winners of our Epic Multi-Blogger Giveaway were announced today. Check your email (and spam folder) to see if you were a lucky winner! You’ll have 24 hours to reply to the email and claim your prize. A couple of girls already let me know they were winners on my Facebook page. I’d love to hear from you if you were a winner too!

Here is the list of the 11 winners:

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Jindie Nails Nail Mail

A couple of weeks ago I ordered a few mini polishes from the Jindie restock on Etsy. I grabbed Pretty Penny, Electric Grape, and Candy Land. I was most excited for Candy Land and now that I’ve used it, I feel a bit let down :(. We’ll get more into that later.

I grabbed Electric Grape on a whim. I kept waiting for a mini of Water 4 Elephants to show up and it never did, until I quickly placed my order with the 3 polishes I already had in my basket. I didn’t want to get cart jacked of Candy Land! lol

When my order finally came in, I looked at them all and decided I was feeling “eh” about Electric Grape. It wasn’t what I was expecting. I don’t know why, but I thought it was going to be a much darker purple. Well, after using it. It quickly turned into my favorite!

ImageThis is in direct sunlight. Electric Grape is a purple jelly with blue micro shimmer. It’s gorgeous! I’m wearing 3 coats in the pictures.

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Here is a picture of Electric Grape in the shade:

ImageBy far my favorite of the 3 I ordered! I’m going to also try to layer this over a dark purple polish and a white polish to see how it looks.

Next up is Pretty Penny. This polish is in a clear base and is full of pink, gold, copper, and bronze glitter. It’s very pretty too! I used 3 coats in my pictures. No undies. This would look great layered over a lot of colors.

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Last but not least is Candy Land. I’m wearing 4 coats in all of the pictures. Candy Land is a milky white base full of pink, purple, blue, green, and yellow neon glitters.

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ImageIt’s pretty, right? I want to love this one but I’m disappointing in it. I’m not sure if it’s because I own a mini instead of a full size, but the neon glitters were SO HARD to get out. I let my bottle sit upside down hoping the glitter would be easier to get out when I flipped it back over, but they all sunk back to the bottom quickly. The brush on the mini bottle makes it difficult to fish around. And look at my bottle… there is a lot of glitter in there! Ugh.

So there you have it. My first Jindie Nails order. I still want Water 4 Elephants and will be ordering the full size of that! I don’t want any trouble with trying to fish out glitter! Her next restock is this Saturday, February 23rd on Etsy.

February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Tutorial

Happy Presidents Day to my American girls! Today, day 7 of the challenge is “Inspired by a Tutorial.” I decided to incorporate our flag colors into my design today. :)

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I decided on the Fan Brush Stripped method for my nail art today. My tutorial comes from this YouTube clip by SimpleNailArtDesigns.

Image(Jayden decided to color my little paper and he was so proud of it that I just had to use it)

For my colors I started with a base of OPI Cajun Shrimp. I painted two coats and allowed that to dry. I then followed the steps in the tutorial and used Essie Where’s My Chauffeur for my blue and Color Club French Tip for my white.

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ImageI really love how this turned out! It was fun and clean up wasn’t too bad. The color combinations you could create are endless.

I know this picture looks horrible (almost like a finger mug shot hahaha) but I think my middle finger kind of resembles the American flag. Do you see it too, or am I just crazy? lol

ImageAs usual, you can check out the other girls awesome manis by clicking the InLinkz below.



February Nail Art Challenge- Gradients

I’m cutting it close on this one! I’ve been in a bit of a funk again. I don’t know what’s wrong with me lately. So I’m taking a bit of a blogging break. I’m still going to try to finish this challenge. Hopefully I’ll be back up to speed here soon.

Today’s challenge is “Gradients.” I chose to use Zoya Wednesday and Sally Hanson Mellow Yellow. Zoya Wednesday is one of my untried polishes.

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I forgot to tape up before I started sponging! lol I had a MESS of blue to clean up and most of it didn’t want to come off. So if you’re looking at my cuticles like “what the heck?!”… that’s why.

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ImageHere are the other girls gradients! They did great. :)


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Febrauary Nail Art Challenge- Valentine’s Day Nails

Happy Valentines Day everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying it with your significant other, children, pets, by yourself… whatever works for you :). I planned on spending the day with my little man and taking him to the beach for a picnic today but we’ve had nasty rainy weather here in Florida so we’re staying in instead.

Before I show you my Valentine’s Day nails, I have to tell you that I don’t really like them. I had an idea in my head and it just didn’t play out as well as I was hoping it would. I wanted to use pastel colors but I think it ended up looking similar to those candy conversation hearts and they look kind of Eastery. Image

ImageI do love how my index finger and ring finger turned out though :). They’re my favorite.

ImageMy mother in law bought me these Valentine’s Day nail art stencils from Avon last month so I tried using them yesterday when I created my mani. They left a bit of the red stencil behind when I pulled them off. You can see it on my thumb and ring finger. I tried to cover it up but ended up screwing them up a bit so I gave up lol. Also my top coat made my pinky bubble up.

ImageFor this mani I used Julep Renee, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Julep Carrie, Color Club French Tip, and Julep Blake.


February Nail Art Challenge- Inspired by a Pattern

I want to give a warm welcome to all of our new followers :). Hi everyone! I know most of you are here from the giveaway. Good luck to everyone and I hope you all decided to stick around after the giveaway is over too. I’m jealous of all of you all getting to enter that giveaway. Those are some great prizes!

If you’re not even sure what giveaway I’m talking about and want to enter it, you can find the details about it in this post.

Ok now back to the nail art challenge. Today’s theme is ‘Inspired by a Pattern’. I bought a new shirt recently that I just love. It’s mauve pink with gold dots. I knew it is what I wanted to use for my pattern. After I started putting my pictures together I realized that day 8 is polka dots too. So I’ll have two polka dot nails this challenge lol.

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ImageI used two coats of Essie Eternal Optimist as my base color and then created gold shimmery dots with Julep Sienna in the same pattern they’re on the shirt.

Here’s a picture of my inspiration with my nails. ImageImageI really like these colors together. I probably would have never paired them up on my own had it not been for my new shirt :).

And as always, check out all the other great mani’s from this challenge! :)


Connect the Dots

I was finally able to get my hands on one of the Lynnderella’s I’ve been wanting for awhile. Connect the Dots! I’m not a huge fan of her polishes mainly because of the price tag on them. This polish is listed on Ebay for $22 and up. I can’t afford to get addicted to a brand of polish with that kind of price tag. A lot of girls do (and spend even more!) but it’s not in my tiny budget as a stay at home mom.

Buuuut! That’s where Facebook swap groups are awesome! One night I found someone selling a few of her Lynnderella’s. I snatched this one up for a much better resale price of $15. I’m hoping to come across Love, Lace, and Lilacs one day for a good price too. She was also selling that one but someone had faster fingers than I did.

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Connect the Dots is packed full of different shapes and sizes of black and white glitter in a shimmery clear base. The shimmer is very subtle. I layered one coat of this over top of China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise. 

Image I thought this black and white polish would look good layered over a Turquoise. What color would you layer this over?

Image ImageSince Lynnderella’s creation of this polish, there have been a lot of dupes to come out. I know off the top of my head that Sephora has a glitter topper called Chaotic for around $12. It’s a very close dupe and I’ve almost bought it several times.

Alright, now I need to get off this computer and start coming up with my idea for “Inspired by a Pattern” mani for tomorrows challenge. See ya all tomorrow! :)

February Nail Art Challenge- Glitter Loaded Nails

Hi girls (and guys)! Welcome to day 3 of the nail art challenge. I was really looking forward to todays challenge because I wanted to try out a jelly sandwich. I’ve flipped back and forth between actually liking or not liking this nail art style. Currently I like it lol.

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I’m still trying to stick with using my untried polishes when I can. Today I have one of my untried polishes for you. It’s also an indie from Once Upon a Polish called Under the Sea. Unfortunately, she’s no longer making polishes but I was lucky enough to grab this one before she closed up shop. I’m so glad I did because it’s beautiful!

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Under the Sea was described in her Etsy shop as “holographic blue hex glitters with holographic silver square glitters in a clear base.” It’s such a beautiful polish. I had to do some dabbing to get the glitter in place because it’s just so packed full of chunky glitter that it doesn’t spread so even.

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To create my jelly sandwich I started with 3 coats of Essie Muchi Muchi. This is one of my favorite Essies. It’s a sheer bubble gum pink color. After the 3 coats of Muchi Muchi dried I layered one coat of Under the Sea. Then one more coat of Muchi Muchi and a final top coat of Under the Sea. Lot of layers of beautiful :).

ImageI’m really liking this combo. It almost reminds me of those big speckled gumballs.

I want to give you all a quick reminder about the epic giveaway going on. It’s open until the 24th so if you haven’t entered yet then you still have time. You can find the details for it here.

Don’t forget to check out the InLinkz below to see all the other Glitter Loaded manis for today’s challenge!