Lacquerize’s Giveaway

Lacquerize is doing a giveaway to celebrate reaching 250 followers on her blog.  She one of the best swatchers out there and one of my fave as well. 

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Reposted from http://lacquerized.blogspot.com/2010/02/yeah-baby-giveaway-time_20.html

Ok, the rules!

1 – You have to be a follower of my blog
2 – Please enter your e-mail address along with your preference for set 1 (the 4 shades) or set 2 (the 3 semi holos).
3 – It doesn’t matter where you live, entering is open for everyone!
4 – You can earn extra entries by:
    – Reposting this giveaway on your blog (feel free to use the pictures in this post!),
    – Following me on Twitter
    – Tweeting about it
If you do this, please let me know in your comment by showing me the URL’s.
Note: You can only use these for extra entries if you follow my blog.
5 – You can enter till the 10th of March, 11:59pm – CET.
6 – Since I love you all so much, I’ll let www.random.org decide who the lucky winners will be ;-).

I really hope you’ll enjoy the items I gathered and if you choose to enter, good luck!!

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Zoya Ibiza & White Plaid Stripes

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I must say that this is the one color that looks better on camera than it does in real life.  Mainly, because the flash picks up the gorgeous blue in the polish.  In real life, or rather natural light, it just looks black.  This was a little disappointing b/c I really thought it would come out the really pretty blue color that it looks to be in the bottle. Overall, I really like the white plaid strips layered on top of it, b/c it gives it some pizzazz.  I thought Ibiza would have been fun in a bottle, but it was a little messy in application(aren’t most dark polishes?).  You can almost get a way with one coat, but two gives you a nice even, smooth look.

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Base coat, two coats of Ibiza, Seche Vite top coat

Available @ Artofbeauty.com

xoxo,

~Tenns

Valentine’s Day Manicure

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I decided to redo my nails for Valentine’s Day.  I have CG Red Pearl w/ a fun Konad image stamped(I haven’t yet memorized all my plates yet, I will included later) on it.  It came out very well and I am so pleased at the result.  I only wish my V-days plans would come through, but that’s another story!

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I hope everyone receives lots of L-O-V-E on Valentine’s Day and every day of the year!  With love, HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns 

Konad Haul

So my Konad order finally came on yesterday, and I was super excited to tear open the box and play with it.  I got 4 plates (M60, M63, M57, M77), a stamper, a scraper, and Special Polish in White.  I was pretty impressed with everything, although I do wish the stamper was two-sided.  I attempted a few designs on my nails, but was pretty much unsuccessful with them.  I hear it takes a little bit of practice, so I’m hoping to get better at it in due time.  Anyhow, once I get the hang of the whole thing I’ll definitely be posting some konad-manis.  Stay tuned!

 

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P.S:  If anyone has any tips for Konad beginners, please in the comments or hit me up on Twitter!

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

Nail Shades We Love

So I came across this really great article on InStyle.com, where they broke down the different color categories of the most liked polishes.  I realized as I read through the article, that it was 100% right in what I, myself consider to be my fave nail shades.  I mean who doesn’t love a simple neutral, so wearable all the time or a fun loud pink to match that cute party dress or blouse?  And who can resist a classic red, whether it be fire engine or cranberry.  The same goes for your pruples, greys, and metallics, both soft and bold, all can be wearable and appropriate for just about any occassion, of this depends on the actual shade you choose to use from each color.  The one thing about nail polish that I love is that it really is so versatile.  Its like an accessorie, it can either make or break the look.  The difference between nail polish and say, a pair of earrings is that the nail polish is actually an extension of the outfit, whereas the earrings would merely serve as an addition to the outfit.  You don’t just wash polish off at the end of the night with all your other makeup, it remains on your nails (well until you actually pick the nail polish remover and take it off) chameleon-like enough to go with looks for days at a time.  Nail polish is by far one of the fave cosmetic items, and even more so, the fact that there is so much to choose from makes it that much more fun to play with.

Neutrals:

Nail Polish-L'Oréal Paris in Innocence-Essie in Angel Food-MAC in Blissed Out

Loud Pinks:

Nail Polish-Dior in Black Dahlia-Dior in Red Dahlia-Zoya in Anaka

Reds:

Nail Polish-Nars in Jungle Red-Essie in Fishnet Stockings-Chanel in Dragon

Blues & Greys:

Nail Polish-Lippmann Collection in Don't Tell Mama-YSL in Tuxedo Grey-Sally Hansen in Blazing Blue

Purples:

Nail Polish-Revlon in Plum Night-OPI in Lincoln Park After Dark-Essie in Wicked

Soft Metallics:

Nail Polish-Revlon in Silver Screen-Chanel in Trapèze-

Bold Metallics:

Nail Polish-Rescue Beauty Lounge in Locavore-Lippmann Collection in Nefertiti-Estée Lauder in Gold

Click here for the full article on InStyle.com

China Glaze Up & Away

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This collection says one thing: FUN!

I love the bright, cream-based colors that this collection offers, and it just in time for the Spring/Summer.  Although I’ve yet to actually get my hands on any of the polishes, I already know which ones I want.  I’ll definitely be picking up Heli-Yum (a bright Raspberry shade), Four Leaf Clover (a bright Kelly green), and High Hopes (a bright Guava shade).  There’s a fun yellow in the collection, Happy Go Lucky, that I’ll definitely consider picking up as well.  The collection is available at: TransDesign, 8ty8beauty, and Head2toebeauty.  In total, there are 12 shades in the collection and is one of the first Spring collections that China Glaze has released for 2010.  I’ll be posting swatches as soon as I get my hands on those lovely colors.  In the meantime, if you have picked up any, let me know you think about them.  Feel free to send my an @reply on Twitter of a Twitpic or Tweetphoto of them, I’d love to see any swatches you all may have.

 

xoxo,

 

~Tenns

*Photo courtesy of: ChinaGlaze.com

Rimmel London 292 Magenta & Sinful Color I Miss You Combo

 

I totally embraced my inner 12 yr/old w/ this concept, but its cute nonetheless.  The Sinful Colors I Miss You just didn’t do it on its own, so I decided to put the 292 Magenta under it.  I rarely use the 292 Magenta, b/c to be frank on its own, it just doesn’t do it for me on its own.  So basically, neither color can stand alone, they definitely need something to jazz each other up. 

 

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You can find both @ your local drugstore(s).  Rimmel $3-$5/Sinful Colors $1.99

xoxo,

~Tenns