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Favorite Polishes of 2011

Hey everyone!

I have already posted my favorite manicures of 2011 but now I'm back to post my favorite polishes.

I'm keeping it short since I really want to narrow it down to the polishes I like the best, the top dogs, the V.I.P, the MVPs...okay I'll stop now.

Let's get to it! Not all of these polishes came out in 2011 but most of them did.

Essence Style Me Holo
This duo-chrome is gorgeous! I never made a post about this one but it is one of my favorite duo-chromes. I love the unique teal, blue and purple in it. 

China Glaze White Cap
No way I could leave this one out! This is stunning layered over anything. I have used so much of this baby I'm surprised the bottle isn't empty.

China Glaze First Mate
This is one of my favorite blues in my collection. It's not too dark or too light and is very easy to incorporate into nail art designs.

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black
I wasn't sure whether to add Bluebell or Black to this list but in the end Black won. It's so unique and gorgeous! I love the large hex glitters and multichrome glitter. I just wish I had a better picture to better show the beauty of it.

OPI Spark De Triomphe
I remember being so excited when my sweet friend Nicola got this for me! It was definitely worth the wait, this is possibly my favorite glitter from OPI. I don't know what it is, there is just something about it that makes me really, really love it.

Orly Royal Navy
Don't even get me started on this one...this IS my favorite blue in my collection. Hands down. I'm so thankful that my friend Destany was willing to swap for this beauty.

Orly Space Cadet
Love, love, love. Do I really need to say more. After, close to, eight months of searching for this I finally found it a Ulta. So happy I did because the shift on this polish is beautiful.

Sally Hansen Amber Ruby
Now you knew I had to put this one on here right? I didn't even know it was possible for polish to be this pretty! Thank God for SH Nail Prisms because a duo-chrome this good is hard to find.

Zoya Yara
This is my favorite Zoya polish...period. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Zoya really does make the best greens.

Zoya Zara
Another favorite from Zoya, This baby is beautiful beyond belief. Such a unique color with stunning shimmer. Zoya really outdid themselves with this polish!

And just for fun, here are my favorite layering combinations that I have done this year.

China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint with China Glaze Crushed Candy layered over it.

China Glaze First Mate with Pure Ice Heartbreaker layered over it.

I can't wait to see what 2012 brings, and hopefully we'll get more unique duo-chromes too...just sayin'.


Follow the Candy Cane Road

Merry Christmas!

I'll keep this post short and sweet since it's the holidays and many of you are probably very busy.

This is a..."creative" manicure I came up with yesterday. I didn't really have any type of inspiration but thought it would be fun to do something a little different.

And just for fun, here's our Chrsitmas tree this year! The theme was blue, silver and a touch of gold.

For this manicure I used China Glaze Starboard as the base. Then I applied one layer of Orly Bubbly Bombshell on top. The "candy cane-esque" stripe was made with Wet N Wild Break the Ice and, using a nail art brush for the stripes, China Glaze Hey Sailor. I then went back with Holly Jolly (the snowman polish) and sponged it around the sides of each stripe. Fun, simple, easy, and quick.

Happy Holidays to you! I hope you get everything you want, eat delicious food and enjoy time with loved ones!

See you in 2012!


Favorite Manicures of 2011

2011 is coming to an end so I figured it's time to post my favorite manicures that I have done this year!

Going back through all of my past posts is really eye-opening. I didn't even know I had all the time and dedication in me to make all these designs. I surprise myself sometimes.

It was really hard to narrow it down but here are my top manicures of 2011.

These are in no particular order.

You can click on the pictures to go to that post.

I can't wait for more fun designs in 2012! I'll have to start the new year with a bang! 

Which of these are your favorites? Did I leave your favorite out of this list?


Christmas Combination

Hello, hello!

Long time no see...exams just finished and I'm out of school until January so I have a lot more time for blogging!

Now let's move onto the manicure, shall we?

This gorgeous glitter that you see is from Rite Aid. I bought this in October after seeing how cute the snowman bottles were and to my surprise the quality of the polish is pretty good too.

I always get comments saying that my more simple manicures are much easier to do so I figured I would do simple manicures for Christmas since I know there are so many great bloggers that are going all out for the holidays.

This polish doesn't have a name so I'm going to just come up with one right now. How about...Holly Jolly?

Holly Jolly is a red and green large hex glitter in a clear base. I layered one coat over Wet N Wild Break The Ice--which is a gorgeous white shimmer on it's own. Holly Jolly applied amazing. This polish is pretty dense so application was simple. No need to carefully place the glitters. It also dried nice and smooth, these pictures are without a topcoat.

If this doesn't get you in the mood for Christmas time then I don't know what will. I'll be back with nail art soon. (:


Sally Hansen Amber Ruby

Good morning!

Today is a pretty exciting post, I finally got my hands on a Sally Hansen Nail Prism! It may not be Garnet Lapis or Turqouise Opal but it is unique on it's own and it's beautiful.

I purchased this on Amazon for $9.99 before shipping.

Already an all time favorite for me.

These pictures are in natural sunlight with 2 coats.

Sally Hansen Amber Ruby is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful orange/red/gold multi-chromatic frost with the slightest hint of green flash. The switch on this polish is insane! It literally goes from orange to gold in .02 seconds. Scrangie described it best..."fall in a bottle". It's the perfect polish for fall.

The only issue I had with this is the drying time, took longer than an hour and a half for two thick coats to dry.

Other than that, I love, love, love this!


Zoya Giveaway Winner!


The winner, xyoulovekarlene, has already been emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Thank you to everyone who entered. Hopefully I will be back to posting soon but we have exams in a couple weeks and I will be suer busy until then. Luckily, Christmas break is right after exams so I'll try to make up in posts then!

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