Friday, December 31, 2010

Chanel vs. a REAL black pearl

Okay so while I was shopping the day after Christmas, I  (of course) stalked the Chanel polish "Black Pearl" at my local Nordies, and of course with my money burning a hole in my pocket soon as I saw it, I grabbed it and off I ran!!!

Here it is 2 coats, 1 coat of Seche Vite and 0 complaints!!! :)

Gorgeous! This polish made my sad lil' nubbins, VERY VERY happy!  Then I decided to compare Chanel's "Black Pearl", to my black pearl pendant.

Not bad, pretty darn close Chanel..I'm impressed!  The color is a phenomenal blackened grey with a fabulous, yet very slight,  green shimmer, very much like the kind you would find on a black pearl.

This is definitely one to pick up. 

In the pics the polish looks more green than it appears on the hand, in person it is VERY close to the actual pearl in the pics.

I am very happy that Chanel did not release another "blackened whatever" color,  that just looks black on the hands, they actually produced something that is truly blackened without being black..BRAVO!

For me this polish was $24.90 (w/tax) just 10 cents shy of my $25 limit...I swear if Chanel decides to go up in price more, I may have to shoot myself, I CAN NOT spend more than $25 on polish, that's insane!

Happy New Year everyone! :)
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Thursday, December 30, 2010

My Holiday Nail Loot....

So here are all the polishes I got over the holiday!

"Planet Beauty" had a 25% off sale, and the sales girl gave me an additional 20% off, so I scored big!!!

Deborah Lippmann "Superstar", "All that Jazz Collection", and "Today was a Fairytale"

OPI "Let me entertain you" and "The show must go on"

Then I dropped by a beauty supply store for some hair care products and I nabbed these.

"Louvre me, louvre me not", "Sea ya later, sailor", "Royal Rajah Ruby"

Then I ran over to CVS during their Milani sale and grabbed these

"Gold", "Silver Dazzler", "Perplex" and the Revlon jelly (posted earlier) "Royal"

While Christmas shopping for my family, I grabbed these Claires "Bright Skies", Finger Paints "Laugh My Art Off", and Sephora by OPI "Havana Dreams"

and then the big whopper!

Chanel "Black Pearl"...this is so pretty in person and very original! I love it.  I'm wearing this one first! :)

What polishes did you score over the holidays?
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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Kahava + Giveaway!!! CLOSED


Today I don't have any nails, but I have a very cool product that I have been sportin all over town for the past month! KAHAVA

Kahava is the cool version of the fanny pack...but way, way cooler! It's a sash that you wear across your body, and it has inside pockets for money and credit cards and outside pockets for cell phones, iPods, GPS, and anything else that can fit in the pockets. This was invented because the owners daughter is deathly allergic to peanuts and he had to carry her medicine on him at all times...thus the birth of the Kahava, Here is the rest of the story

The outside pockets are secured by velcro and buckled fasteners! I was given this product for free, because the owner found me on the UCLA facebook page, and they have a UCLA Bruin collegiate Kahava, so they asked me to try it out.  I loved it so much I offered to write a review, thats' how much I love this product!!

Here I am wearing the Kahava in medium. There is a big patch of Velcro that secures the Kahava to you, so you can adjust the size depending if you wear it under a jacket or over a jacket

So I'm sure your wondering, "How much stuff can you fit in them?"..well let me show you...

In the window pocket I could fit my cell phone (Motorola droid pro) or my iPod classic!

In the closed pocket (which is the same size as the window pocket) I had this...

Lip-gloss, cuticle pen (of course), metal tin of aspirin, and Excedrin and a small round thingy of lotion. There was room for more, but that's all I had in there!

Then there are the 2 inside pockets which lay against your body away from possible "pick pocket fingers"

The large pocket has compartments for bills and 4 credit cards slots.

In the smaller inner pocket I had these...

My mini tin of Altoids and some receipts/coupons...oh and my car keys (not pictured) :)

So I know you are wondering where I have worn this...I'll tell you...I've taken it:

~My niece and nephews soccer games
~Nail polish shopping, I need all my hands free! LOL!
~To the jewelry/beading show
~Black Friday shopping
~After Christmas shopping

Basically anywhere you are going and you don't want to worry about the hassle of having a purse on your shoulder, this is the product for you. Seriously everywhere I went people asked me about this product and I told them everything I knew, so I just had to write a review for you. :)

This is also perfect for the Casino, Amusement Parks, Ball Parks, Concerts and perfect for new mothers that have to struggle with a diaper bag and newborn...just sling this across your body and you've got all the important things close at hand...perfect! A pregnant woman stopped me in Nordstroms and I gave her the website, she was sooo excited...its perfect!

It comes in Black, Grey, Red, and  Purple..they also have 3 new collegiate versions for UCLA, ASU and UH..oh and they have a new pocket that fits the passport for an additional $ how much do you think this will cost ya...$50?...$40?....Nope...$20..that's it, and free shipping in the USA...I'm serious! (the collegiate ones are $25)

This is the best $20 me!!

So Kahava has offered to give away 4 Kahava's to my readers..woo hoo!!!

This is ONLY open in the United States and Canada, and will be shipped directly from Kahava 's offices in California. ENTER ONCE!

GIVEAWAY ENDS January 5, 2011

So this is all you have to do:

1. Follow me
2. Follow Kahava on Facebook (extra point)
3. Tell me which color you like (purple, grey, red or black) and size, sizes are here

That's it! Put your entry in the form below!

I'll be sportin mine, to the baseball park for my niece and nephews games, on a cruise I'm planning for next summer, along with the fair  and the beach!  I've already sent these to my friends who literally live on a mountain in New Hampshire. They kayak, hike, snow shoe and ski and these were perfect for them! They loved them!
Yeah I'll be sportin my Kahava all over Southern California and I ask you where will you be wearing your Kahava?
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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Finally my holiday nubbins...

As with most holidays that including, baking, shopping and wrapping, my nails took a beating.

So here they are, my holiday nubbins...LOL :)

3 coats of Orly "Meet me under the mistletoe", topped with 2 coat of Seche Vite.

This green is soo deep and awesome and the golden green shimmer is gorgeous!

I broke my thumb nail while moving some heavy packages around and well that set off a chain reaction that end with me having to cut the whole crew "down to size"

I have to admit, that after "the break", my short nubbin made the baking and wrapping a whole lot easier! LOL! (this is my attempt at seeing the bright side of things)

I was skeptical of this polish when I first saw it, I mean I love China Glaze's "Emerald Sparkle", so I didn't think anything could top it,  but this set a new standard to holiday polish, it's smooth, deep yet sparkly, and it's just simply pretty! A+++++

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Monday, December 27, 2010

I'm not dead...

I hope everyone had a happy Holidays!

I've been super busy eating and enjoying the holidays with family and friends and shopping of course.  My normal post will start tomorrow.

Tell me, what fun activity did you do over the holidays?
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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Valentine Kisses Winner and my NOTD!

(I'm fighting with blogger right now, it won't let me line things up how I want) Arrrgghh!!!
And the winner is....
AMBERSKI of A Day In the Life... Congrats Chica, I've emailed you so give me your mailing address and I will give it to Valentine Kisses for shipping :):)...and now for my NOTD. I just received my Barielle order in the mail yesterday and in it was this little beauty Barielle "Elle's Spell" 3 coats topped with Seche Vite
Gorgeous red jelly with flakes of fire engine red, orange and gold!
The first coat starts off thin, but it builds nicely and at first it seemed too thin and I saw some VNL, but that disappeared once the flakes  popped out! 
Next time I will try this one over an opaque red and then 2 coats of "Elle's Spell", that should kill the evil VNL...LOL!   ......and Congrats again to Amberski for winning such a great prize!!! Oh and I almost forgot about my 3 winners of the $5 off coupon..they are ...   #3 Aaminahs Mom,  #19 Freshie, and  #46 hi guys ;D.  Email me and I will let Valentine Kisses know you have won the coupons!!!
And a BIG thank you to Valentine Kisses for hosting this giveaway for my followers, *muah* :)
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

YEEEESSSSSS the nail gods have answered my prayers!!!!!!

"Futuristic and edgy, the China Glaze Tronica Specialty Collection is a holographic 3D selection of evolutionary and fun nail colors. These 12 colors are fashion forward, high-tech, bold, sleek and sure to change the face of the nail world! With names such as "Hyper Haute" and "Gamer Glam", China Glaze combines the two worlds of innovative technology and high fashion color to create a collection that is sure to stimulate all the senses."

  • Techno Teal – Turquoise Holographic
  • Virtual Violet – Violet Holographic
  • Electra Magnenta – Magenta Holographic
  • Gamer Glam – Purple Holographic
  • High Def -  Blue Holographic
  • Hologram -  Silver Holographic
  • Hyper Haute – Rasberry Holographic
  • 3D Fantasy – Peachy Pink Holographic
  • Digital Dawn – Dusty Rose Holographic
  • Cyberspace – Taupe Holographic
  • Mega Bite – Gold Holographic
  • Laser Lime – Lime Green Holographic
China Glaze Tronica will be available at BSG starting January/February 2011 and at Sally’s Beauty Supply starting March/April 2011.

Do you know what this means??!??!!! This means that I will finally get to own a complete set of holographic polishes from ONE product line! 

I hope this makes up for the OMG collection and the Kaleidoscope Collection I missed!!!

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Valentine Kisses Giveaway Ends Tonight!!!

Don't forget my Valentine Kisses Giveaway ends tonight at Midnight!

Also stay tuned, I'll be reviewing a very cool product, perfect for the active is a hint..."Kahava"..hee hee.. stay tuned!!!
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Monday, December 20, 2010

My wet weekend..

This weekend sucked, it rained SOOOO much here in Southern California, and we still have 3 more days to go!

So yesterday I baked 24 loaves of pumpkin bread with walnuts and I am exhausted!!!  It's our family recipe and we make it every year for the holidays and give it out to friends, co-workers and family!

Its fun, but I am so over it now...LOL!

We bake them in coffee cans and when wrapped in foil, they look like giant bullets..LOL.
 So generally when I give them as gifts I wrap them like this...

Aren't they cute!

So here is my manicure AFTER baking 24 loaves...

2 coats of OPI "Lucerne-tainly look marvelous" topped with Seche Vite...not bad! I normally would have done 3 coats, but I did this manicure 5 minutes before leaving my house for my office holiday party.

I do have some tip wear and my thumb has a small chip...but overall not bad,  after all I did wash dishes and my hands a gazillion times while baking..LOL :)

I know OPI is chip-tastic on some peoples hands, but it wears very well on my question is What polish wears like "iron" on your hands?

Happy Holidays! :)
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Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Blue Birthday Giveaway Winner and the best excuse ever!!!!

Okay so I have 2 things... first my giveaway winner.  I love all of you for reading, following, commenting and just all around being AWESOME! I love the fact that there are so many other people who have the same addiction to polish that i have and it makes me smile everyday when I read your comments and read other blogs (I follow over 200) guys keep me constantly broke, but you also keep me constantly happy! *muah* and hugs :):)

Okay enough with the mushy stuff, on to the prize, I used and it pulled #83 out of 301 entries...*whew*

#83 was Sue (okibi insanity)...woo hoo, Sue..congrats!  I've sent you an email, so let me know your address and your package can be mailed as soon as tomorrow :)

Okay now for my excuse, I have not had any "real nail" posts since Tuesday, because of this....

Hahaha, great excuse huh?!  She's a rental..LOL, actually she is an English Bulldog and belongs to my friend.  She purchased her as an xmas gift for her kids, but did not have a place to keep her until X-mas eve, so I volunteered to keep her for 2 weeks until the big day!

She is freaking ADORABLE!  She's 9 weeks old and her name is Fiona, after Fiona in "Shrek". Love it!!!

So having her in the house means lots of laughs and fun, but no pretty painted nails...I'll survive, will you survive without seeing my nails for awhile? LOL :)

Have a great day!!!
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Valentine Kisses Giveaway!!!!! CLOSED

Thank You to everyone who entered my Big Blue Birthday Giveaway, I had over 200 people who entered so I will be a busy elf tonight calculating all the entries. I'll announce the winner tomorrow :)

Thank You for the birthday wishes too! :):)

So guess what?.....I have another great giveaway!

I was contacted by Crystal at  ValentineKisses to host a giveaway for my fans...WooHoo...tis the season!

I really like Valentine Kisses because they have a lot of the older Wet n Wilds and Milani's that are hard to find now, or the old Sally's that you would normally stalk at your local DT (Dollar Tree). They also have makeup, makeup, and did I mention make-up?...LOL!!!

They also have cute rings and jewelry, and hair accessories that are perfect for gift giving year round...awesome!

So this is what they have agreed to give to YOU!


· $5 to spend at (presented as a $5 off $5 coupon)
· Xhilaration 3-Pack of Green Beaded Bracelets (item #2180 on the website)

· Pearl Beaded Cluster Ring (coming to the website after the holidays)
· Adjustable Jeweled Ring (coming to the website after the holidays
· White and black mod ring (coming to the website after the holidays
· Nutra Nail Green Tea Nail, Cuticle and Fingertip Crème

· Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Pink About it
· Sally Hansen Salon Nail Lacquer in Pat on the Black
· Milani Nail Lacquer in Diamond Dazzle (coming to the website after the holidays)
· Sally Hansen No Chip 10 Day Nail Color in Nonstop Nude (coming to the website after the holidays)

· Wet n Wild Rock Solid Nail Lacquer in Quartz of Course (item #4362 on our website)
· Wet n Wild Crystalic Nail Color in Scarlet Red (coming to the website after the holidays)
· Wet n Wild Crystalic Nail Color in Deep Wine (coming to the website after the holidays)
· Wet n Wild Crystalic Nail Color in Golden Pink (coming to the website after the holidays)

Awesome right?!, so what do you have to do?

This is only for followers in the United States.  The prize is going to be mailed from the company directly and  they only ship in the United States.

Enter ONLY once. THIS CONTEST ENDS DECEMBER 21st at midnight!

1) Simply add a comment in the comment section telling me how you follow me (MUST)
2) Follow Valentine Kisses Blog, HERE  (MUST)
3) Give me your email  (MUST..if you want the prize..LOL)
That's it!!!! 

Also there will be 3 additional winners who will receive a $5 off  "$5 coupon" to the website store, HERE

So 4 winners total!!! can't beat that!!!

Stay tuned for post later this week with some colors I received from Valentine Kisses :)
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New Franken "It's Gonna Be A Beautiful Night" and a new phone :)

Woo Hoo!!!!!

After months of research and decision making I finally got a new phone...and I love my new Motorola Droid Pro <3...but what I love even more is my new HOLO love I tell ya! LOVE!

I used OPI "Blue Moon Lagoon" as my base (left over from the last franken) and kept adding dark blue polish, silver holo polish and black polish. 

I was aiming for this to be an awesome navy holo, but it ended up being a fantastic dark "Confederate Blue", with teal undertones......and I love it!

Love this one, love it to pieces, do you like it?

And in the spirit of all my frankens this one is named after the Prince Song "It's Gonna Be a Beautiful Night", from the "Sign O' The Times" Album :):)

Does anyone know if there is a blogger App for Droid, I need to download that ASAP :):)
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