Blogiversary Giveaway!

Next Saturday (9/06) is my one year blogiversary! I didn’t want to do a huge giveaway, but I did want it to be special. I’ve gotten three customs made, two of which I posted about yesterday.  Shipped directly from Philly Loves Lacquer the winner will get Violet Blooms, a deep purple jelly with holo micro glitter, and Tootsie’s Teal, a teal jelly with holo micro glitter. From Smokey Mountain Lacquers is Ocean Nymph, a dark teal jelly with green, blue, gold, and purple glitters. And from me the winner will get a 2oz bottle of Zoya Remove+, 3 rolls of striping tape, and their choice of one of the new fall holos coming out September.

There will only be one prize pack, so make sure to do the two daily options every day for extra entries. This giveaway will only be active for one week starting today, so go enter HERE! Entrants must be 18 or over and have a US mailing address. If you are outside of the US you can enter if you are able to get somebody in the US to receive the packages and then send them to you. PLL, SML, and MFP are not responsible for packages after they have been sent out.

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Wear It Wednesday Review: Philly Loves Lacquer Customs

Hello everybody, I’ve got a great post for you today! I recently got some custom polishes made by one of my favorite indie brands, Philly Loves Lacquer. I got one of each of these for myself, but they are also being provided by PLL for my blogiversary giveaway starting tomorrow! I wanted to keep with the Philly theme and name the polishes after shops in the Reading Terminal Market. Most of the time we go to Philly we have lunch at the Market, and when my husband and I first started dating we went to get some fresh ingredients so he could make me breakfast, a lot of good memories there.

The first one is called Tootie’s Teal, named after Tootsie’s Salad Express. A teal jelly holo with holo micro glitter. I love the color, greens always seem to look good on me, and the glitter is subtle but super sparkly in the sun.

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Next is Violet Blooms, named after Market Blooms. This one is a deep purple jelly with the same holo micro glitter in it. Purple is my favorite color so I had to get something purple made for me. It’s a great shade, I love that it leans more toward a blue tone than pink, so it looks good on me.

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The fact that these polishes are both the same type will be awesome for nail art in the future. I might even have to get a couple more customs like this made! They were well pigmented and had full coverage in two coats, something that some jellies can’t do. Philly Loves Lacquer continues to put out great products, and Esther has helped me so much with getting my brand on track, I highly recommend giving her your business.

Negative Space Bubbles

I didn’t really know what to call today’s mani. I was definitely going for a bubble type look, but I’m not sure it’s exactly there. For these I started with a base of Zoya Raven and then dotted on Shelby, Arizona, Pippa, Josie, and Robyn. I took a brush and dipped it in acetone and gently removed the insides of each dot, cleaning my brush between colors. I added a few more dots over top and removed the centers again. Once dry, I topped it off with a couple coats of Monet. Sadly, it did smudge a little bit, so I didn’t have the crisp lines that I was hoping for. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this mani, I only did it on one hand for this post then took it off immediately. Maybe I’ll try something like this again and make it less busy. I’m thinking a pale blue base with darker blue dots and some China Glaze Fairy Dust.

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Pixie Gradient

Today I have a pretty simple mani for you. This one could be done with any of the Zoya pixie dust colors and another shimmer or creme. Looking at this now, I think it would have looked a little better with a black creme. I started with Zoya Cassedy which is a gunmetal shimmer that has a greenish color to it. I think this is why it looks a little off with the black pixie dust. After Cassedy dried I sponged on Dahlia to try to get a gradient effect. It went on a little too thick at the middle so it doesn’t look as blended as I would have liked. I think I might this again at some point with different colors though.

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Wear It Wednesday

Do you ever buy a polish that looks amazing in the bottle and then you paint it on and it’s disappointing? Well this polish is the complete opposite. Not to say that I was disappointed with it in the bottle, but I just wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But wow! I don’t know what it is about Aly’s Dream Polish Yuna, but it is just so gorgeous. It’s my first Aly’s, I got it in the July Holo Grail box and I can tell you, I will definitely be buying more from this brand in the future. Top and bottom left photos are with no flash and bottom right is with flash to show the holo effect.

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Holo Watermelon

Before I get into this mani I just want to state that it was not going to be watermelons at first, it was just going to be stripes. I changed it up for two reasons, one being because I started doing the stripes and the two greens together screamed watermelon to me. The second reason was because I owe you guys some actual nail art. I’ve been doing a lot of gradients and other simple stuff lately and I need to put in more effort when possible. And now for some nails!

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I started with a base of Hero’s Shade from Philly Loves Lacquer. This polish was exclusive to the July 2014 Holo Grail Box by Dazzled. I put a top coat over that and saved the nail art for the next day. I used striping tape on my middle and ring fingers and topped it with March 2014 from Enchanted Polish then removed the tape right away. On the other nails I took a french tip guide and turned it around so it curved around the bottom of my nail. I used Enchanted Polish’s July 2014 for the red and removed the guide. I let that dry a bit then carefully used striping tape over Hero’s shade again and painted on March. I used a toothpick to dot on the seeds with Zoya’s Raven. Once the black was dry enough I used my top coat which did cause a tiny bit of streaking from the black. Left photo below is with flash and right is without, above photo is also with flash.

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I am very happy with how this mani turned out! I think the stripes look super cool because the holo in March is more pronounced than in Hero’s Shade and they contrast very well. I was a little sad at first because I didn’t have a watermelon colored holo, but then I remembered I had this red and it fit so perfectly! Anything lighter wouldn’t have looked right in my opinion. What are your thoughts on this one? I think it’s one of my best manis in a while.

Wear It Wednesday

Today I’ve got a nice simple Wear It Wednesday for you. This is Julep India, a gorgeous shimmery blue. I’m not always happy with Julep’s colors, but this one was a must have for me. I’m so happy I got my box for this month! The application was smooth and the slight color shift to a lighter blue is really pretty.

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