Friday, January 29, 2010

Polish Bloggers Network: Lacquer Link Love 1/29/10

A few fellow bloggers help Babbling Brooke come up with a Konad of the Day that's a dazzler.

Lavender lady bugs in silver spacesuits, Naive Nails shares her very cute, but accidental mani.

Bright Lights Big Color brings out the Vampy Varnish as she shows off the stunning OPI Blackberry Chutney

Blogger Euridice continues with her Rescue Beauty Lounge binge posts and shares a limited edition polish we lacquer fiends love.

To help those of you who might be taking advantage of Models Own's special 72 hour sale and in celebration of the fact they now ship internationally, Helen's Nice Things has decided to compile some of her personal Model Own Swatches, for reference and your polish viewing pleasure.

Polished Beauty Blog brings an old color back to life and shows a good thing can never go bad

Cucumpear shares with us her "applicious" mani that will surely leave you thinking about a Golden Delicious apple.

Polish Galore shows a shade I've deemed her new lucky polish and a few personal highlights as well.

Manicure Mommas has received her first Diamond Cosmetics package and shares with you the 8 new editions to her collection.

Polish Up breaks out a diamond dust polish and shows just how diamonds sparkle in the light.

and Chromatic Misadventures continues her "Week in Red" and shares with us different shades of this classic hue.

And now,

on to the Network Giveaways....

Tuli's Nails is having a fabulous V-Day giveaway for all her fabulous followers, so be sure to check her blog for the details.

Also, Babbling Brooke is having a contest to Thank all of her wonderful followers and has tons of goodies she plans to share as well.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Giveaway: Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion

My poor daughter. She has the worst skin ever. It's so sensitive, and she's very prone to random rashes on her bottom and legs. I use All Free and Clear and Downy Free and Sensitive, but she still has itchy spots and sometimes Cetaphil doesn't cut it. I've been using hydrocortisone cream on some of the worst spots, but I just don't like to do that very often because it can thin the skin over time.

So I was excited when I was contacted by Skin MD Natural a few months ago. They asked if I'd like to try their Shielding Lotion and of course I said yes with WC in mind. I have been using it for about two months now on WC when she gets a rash and have been amazed at how well it works to clear it up. Typically, when I apply Cetaphil to her rashy area, she complains that it stings, but when I use the Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion, she doesn't complain at all!

I've also been using it on my hands and have seen a big difference- I wash my hands a lot and tend to get red patchy areas between my fingers and very rough cuticles. This lotion has really helped and the best thing is- it sinks in so quickly and doesn't leave an oily residue.

Here's some more info from their website:

Shielding Lotions are a new type of skin care product based on years of research into how skin heals. They form a protective shield with the outer layer of skin and help keep out irritants. They allow the natural oils and moisture to remain in the skin so it can heal better and they're light in texture so they go on without a greasy mess. Your skin needs help to keep out these moisture-robbing irritants.

Skin MD Natural™ utilizes the latest developments in skin care technology as well as the most effective natural ingredients to restore your outer layer of skin's natural ability to protect against dangerous toxins and irritants as well as to reduce the loss of natural oils and moisture. A shielding lotion replaces the barrier that's stripped away with the daily use of most soaps and cleansers.

Dermatology tested
No animal products or testing
Hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic
Fragrance and colorant free
Paraben free

I'm so excited to have two full-sized bottles to give away- a Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion and a Skin MD Natural with SPF 15.

Hop on over to my giveaway site, Sasha Says Giveaway, for a chance to win. Contest ends tonight at 9 pm CST.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

NOTD: Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess

Sephora by OPI Domestic Goddess

I am in love with this color! The only down side is that it's a three-coater. I do think it's worth it... so pretty!

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Polish Spreadsheet

I am working on a polish spreadsheet. Fun!

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NOTD: OPI Ink Suede

OPI Ink Suede

I am officially a suede freak. I love these so much. This was my third OPI Suede to try and this is most likely my favorite since you know I'm a purple girl.

I do a base coat of Orly Bonder and let it dry for about 10 minutes, and then follow with two coats of color. No top coat of course. I painted these Thursday night and it's now Saturday morning and it still looks great.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Polish Bloggers Network: Lacquer Link Love 1/22/10

Chromatic Misadventures has put together a wonderful array of swatches that include nail colors from Nails Inc., Zoya, Butter London, Essie, and so many more.

Polish Up brings you the sparkled beauty OPI Blues in the Night.

Can you appreciate a good haul? Well if so, let Black Nail Polish and Lipgloss show off the awesome goodies that she received from Lisa of Glammed Up.

The Nail Nerd has a polish sweet tooth caused by Orly's Sweet Collection.

Happy Vamp Valentines Day! The Swatchaholic shares a wonderful Konad sweet... I mean treat with all of you.

Raz from Manicure Mommas swatches her CND survey goodies and gives you an up close and personal preview.

Are you quite unfond of the scent of polish remover and feel you could live without the smell?! Well if so, Polish Galore gives a wonderful review of the lavendar scented polish removers Seche Erase & Zoya Remove.

Kellie from "Also Known As" dazzles us with the gorgeous new shades of OPI's Designer Series featuring polishes infused with diamond dust.

Probably one of the most popular colors in the China Glaze Up & Away Collection, Prim and Polished brings you gorgeous swatches of Four Leaf Clover.

Naive Nails gives us a little Absolutely Alice from OPI's Alice in Wonderland

Green is the hottest color of the season... and polishSWATCHES brings you a shade you'll adore.

and now for the goodies....

Bring on the Network Giveaways!!!

How would you like to add 3 bottles of China Glaze polish to your collection? Well, let Polish Galore show you how!

You'll definitely want to be sure and check out the Nail Nerd Giveaway... she's giving away some gorgeous Viva la Diva Nail Lacquers.

Black Nail Polish and Lipgloss is having a fun and creative contest that you just have to see for yourself. I just can't spill the beans on this one!

And lastly, have you been dying to get your hands on polishes from the China Glaze Up & Away Collection?! Well, if your answer is yes... check out the Polish Freak and she'll be glad to give some to you.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

NOTD: Diamond Cosmetics Cherry Tobacco

Diamond Cosmetics Cherry Tobacco

This is so pretty! We aren't getting much sun right now, but if we were you'd be able to see the beautiful maroon shimmer in this polish that shows up in the sun. Of course my pic is of a day-old mani, so you'll see a little tip wear since I shuffle paper all day at work.

Brooke at Getcha Nails Did has a much better picture. I am definitely going to be placing another Diamond order soon- I love these polishes!

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

I am still here!

So sorry I have been MIA, ladies! I won't bore you with excuses. Ha ha! For those of you who are wondering who the heck this random poster is, I am April from! I don't get to post on a weekly basis (and have been slackin' here for the last couple months), because I have solar nails and only get them filled every 2-3 weeks. I always get colored tips, cuz I get bored with the traditional (although so classy!) french tips. I wish the acrylic powders had fun names like OPI's colors - they probably do, but the girls at the salon claim they don't have names - so I just snap a pic of my color of the month. Does anyone else have solar nails? If so, what colors do you like to rock?
Here is my latest set ... these are actual tips, not powder. I just had a new set put on (you gotta do that every now and then to keep 'em fresh lookin'), and the tips are like a glittery fuschia color. I have them shaped square with rounded corners. See ya in a few weeks! :o)

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Polish Bloggers Network: Lacquer Link Love 1/15/09

Manicure Mommas is having a GIVEAWAY all while... 52 Flavors brings you "The Best Snow Leopard Tutorial" starring "For Audrey."

The Swatchaholic shows off some gorgeous Zoya Glitters and Polish Galore swatches Scrangie and Going Grape for comparison.

Prepare to drool with envy as Polishing the Nails shows off Chanel's Particuliere and Pretty in Polish dazzles us with OPI's Alice in Wonderland.

Prim and Polished shows you her mannequin hands color as you prepare to... Take a trip "Down Under" with Naive Nails and get a glimpse of Australis Emerald Star.

Also Known As... brings you some nail polish goodies from Diamond Cosmetics and the network brings you a host of Fabulous giveaways and goodies!

Check out the Network Giveaways...

PolishFreak is giving away a set of American Apparel's backordered nail polishes.

Polish Galore is giving away Cina Glaze's Up & Away Grape Pop, Seche Vite Top Coat, and a bottle of Matte Magic.

The Swatchaholic is giving away a host of different polishes along with some nail jewel accessories and Body Soul Beauty is hosting her weekly Friday Freebie giveaway.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NOTD: Finger Paints Candy Cane Shimmer

Finger Paints Candy Cane Shimmer

Things have gotten so crazy busy lately.... I'm embarrassed to say I painted my nails Monday night but just now got around to taking a pic! Hence the tip wear. You may also notice my nails are shorter. I had two nails break and I just decide it wasn't worth mending so I trimmed them all down.

This is one of the polishes Brooke from Getcha Nails Did gave me and I absolutely love it! Easy application and so shimmery- people at work have even commented on it. Thanks Brooke!

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Monday, January 4, 2010

NOTD: Essie Wild Thing

Essie Wild Thing

Last night before bed I painted my nails and didn't get a chance to take a pic until after I got off work today- hence the tip wear. Maybe Essie and SV don't work well together? I don't use Essie enough to know. I imagine applying another coat of polish to the tips would have helped.

This was the second Essie I purchased- my first was It's Genius, which I still love. But Wild Thing was a disappointment. The bottle has beautiful blue and silver glitter in it, but someone that doesn't end up on your nails. Save for the two pieces of blue glitter I can find on my nails, it looks like just another pinkish red.

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