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  • Cirque | The Awakening Collection

    Hello, hello! How are you today? I am wonderful and so grateful for Saturdays! It's also officially spring! I know that means many different things depending on where you live. It normally means more snow for us here in Colordao Springs but it's actually sunny today! 

    Well, with the seasons changing in nature, that means fun seasons in fashion and of course nail polish! Cirque Colors has created a brilliant spring transition collection called The Awakening Collection and I have the five polishes to show you today. They are absolutely stunning!

    Love Stone - Petal Pink with gold sparks

    New Moon - Concrete gray with gold sparks

    Hatch - Specked white

    Gaia - Inky black with silver flakes

    Qi - Blue turquoise with gold sparks

    All the polishes have incredible formulas and are all perfect two-coaters with the exception of Love Stone. I used three thin coats for that one. I expected to favor Gaia and don't get me wrong, it's fabulous, but I was pleasantly surprised with Hatch! I've already worn it twice. My favorite though goes to Qi. I'm a sucker for blues so it won me over with the first brush stroke.

    Each of these polishes are limited editions so if any of them catch your eye, head over to Cirque and order yours before they're gone for good. (The description above my photos come from Cirque.)

    I hope you have a super Saturday! Thank you for stopping by and see you soon!

  • Teal

    Hey there! How are you? I can't believe it's Monday again. I was out of the office really sick all last week 😞 but I'm thankfully on the mend now. I'm back on my nail game and have a great Cirque duo to show you today. Here are Tavern On The Teal and Cerrillos.

    This mani is better than I'd hoped! I absolutely love how Cerrillos stamped and it's just the right amount of accent over the cream teal.

    I hope you are having a good start to the week! Thank you for swinging by!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Tavern On The Teal

    Cirque - Cerrillos 

    MoYou London Sailor Plate - 03

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Vamp

    Oh Thursday... Thank goodness tomorrow is Friday! These last few weeks at work have definitely taken a toll on me. After my long days at the office, I so look forward to a relaxing evening painting my nails. So here is one of those manis I painted to unwind and enjoy the art of polish!

    I love this peacock stamped design but I used it in a different way this time, switching up the colors.  This red holo is so gorgeous! It's a Colors by Llarowe shade called Vamp and is so dreamy! It lights up like crazy in the sun too!

    I hope you're doing well and that you have a great Friday tomorrow! Thank you so much for swinging by.😊

    Supplies:

    Colors by Llarowe - Vamp

    Cirque - Cerrillos 

    Cirque - Xochitl

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 212

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Winter Blues

    Hello there! How are you today? It has been a very crazy week at work. I painted this manicure a couple days ago but just haven't had the time to post it. I used two blues, silver and black for this stamped and dotted design.

    This was kind of an unplanned design. I just received new Pueen stamping plates this week so I was trying them out and this happened! I hope you have a great Sunday night and a good start to the week tomorrow. 

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Sky Woman

    A England - Encore Margot

    ILNP - Indie Go

    Konad - Black

    Pueen Stamping Plate - SE04A

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coa

  • Picture Polish Party

    Hey there! How are you? I apologize for the lack of posts here lately... I've had long and challenging few weeks so Instagram was as much as I've had energy for. I'm having a restful and relaxing weekend though. I hope you are too!

    I've had the gorgeous Picture polish collaboration shade, LakoDom, on my wish list for months but it's been out of stock. Last week is was back so I snatched a bottle of it and I'm sooooo glad I did! This is an amazing shade of white that leans gray and is sprinkled with silver scatter holo. It truly is "tenderness on your nails" and I'll for sure be using it a lot!

    I ended up adding to LakoDom with a few other Picture Polishes and a Bundle Monster stamping image.

    I hope you like the outcome of this unplanned mani as much as I do! You know, sometimes the unplanned manis turn out the best! Thanks so much for visiting, today. I hope you have a wonderful afternoon and see you again soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Picture Polish - LakoDom

    Picture Polish - Bette

    Picture Polish - Paris

    Picture Polish - Midnite Meteor

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 617

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Stenciled Roses

    Hey there! How are you? It's Friday again already...these last two weeks have flown by. I hope you had a great New Years celebration. My boyfriend and I went to one of our favorite places for dinner and then spent the rest of the evening at his place to watch the ball drop on TV. It was so nice and relaxing.

    I have an unexpected mani to show you today. I don't normally go for the overly floral designs but there was something about this design that really drew me to it. It's a little more on the less obvious side so I decided to use the image over a gorgeous holo from Enchanted Polish.

    I used the smallest point from the several dotting tools I have to fill in a few of the roses. I used another Enchanted Polish shade for the roses and I'm so excited about how this turned out. I just can't get over holo polishes...they're so fabulous!

    I hope you have a good evening. Thanks for always stopping by. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my miniature art with you.

    Supplies:

    Enchanted Polish - Holiday 2014

    Enchanted Polish - February 2014

    Konad - Black

    Bundle Monster Plate - 618

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Oh Louboutin...

    Happy weekend to you. How are you today? I have been a major introvert and didn't leave my place at all today. I do love people, but sometimes it's very refreshing to just chill out on my own. I was given such an amazing Christmas gift from my boyfriend and I just have to share it with you! How great is my man!?

    I just LOVE this color! It's a simple, rich navy cream but there's something special about it. It's nearly a one-coater too, but I always paint two. The inkwell-type cap is so comfortable to use, though it's a little shorter than the Rouge cap. I'm sure the Rouge is it's own design since it's THE Louboutin color.

    So, as usual, I couldn't leave it alone... I have a few pictures below of art I added to this beauty. These two pics show a taped stiletto design with a gunmetal shade (Zoya, Claudine) to mimick the bottle.

    And here I added Enchanted Polish's To Die For glitter on my ring fingers, then stamped with Bundle Monster's plate 604, Essie's No place Like Chrome and Picture Polish's Pandora for the dot accents. You just can't go wrong with navy! 

    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend! Thanks for hangin in there with my picture-heavy post today! 😁

  • Christmas!!

    Merry Christmas to you!! I hope you are having a wonderful day! Mine is full going from one family member's house to another but a great day! I painted this mani for today and it's another swirly, stamped and dotted mani. Here 'tis! πŸŽ„

    Well, there you have it! This is short and sweet for today. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the day! Blessings to you and your family and loved ones!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - The Devil Wears Cirque

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    A England - St. George 

    Bundle Monster Plate - 607

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Christmas Eve

    Merry Christmas Eve!! How are you today? What are you up to? Do you have any Christmas Eve traditions? Part of my family always goes to this old pizza place for dinner on Christmas Eve called Fargo's. I think it started a while back because after church we drove around trying to find a restaurant open, and it was the only one we found. So, now we go every year. Nothing too fancy but it's fun and yummy!

    Well, on to the mani! I decided on using traditional Christmas colors for this one. It's different for me but I think it's pretty.

    What do you think? I really like the result and it was simple stamping and dotting so that's nice too. I love that all of A England's holo polishes stamp so well! These two are the perfect Christmas combo too. Thank you for stopping by on this wonderful day! I hope it is wonderful for you and see you again soon!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Carpe Diem

    A England - St. George

    A England - Rosebower 

    Bundle Monster Plate - 314

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Christmas Eve, Eve

    Hello! Merry Christmas Eve, Eve!!πŸŽ„ My brother and I used to always say that growing up and we thought we were so clever. So now I always remember that. I think it was a way for us to extend the feeling of Christmas. I have a fun, festive, though not classically festive, mani to show you today. I'm so not normally a green person but this Tavern on the Teal is somethin' else!

    I had the silver swirl image over the teal for an evening and it just felt like it was missing something so I added the dots later that night and it's just right!

    So can you believe it's almost Christmas again?! I'm pretty excited. The month of December has had it's ups and downs for me over the years but this one is definitely up. I hope yours is too, though I do know it can be a challenging time of year for many. 

    I hope you have a wonderful day and see you soon!

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast Base Coat

    Cirque - Tavern on the Teal

    A England - Sleeping Palace

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Bundle Monster Plate - 607

    Seche  Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Festive Continues...

    Hello! Can you believe Christmas is this week? It sure does seem to come around faster every year. It is fun to have such a great season to inspire nail art too! Here's a mixed method mani to continue the festivities using one of my favorite reds of all time.

    I stamped on two fingers and glitter faded the rest. I really love how this one turned out. I think I'm drawn to less obvious festive manis, for lack of better explanation. So in my mind this fits into that category. I hope you like it! And, I hope you have a great rest of your day. I need to run a couple last minute Christmas errands then I'll be all set! See you soon!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    A England - Rosebower 

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    A England - St. George

    Bundle Monster Plate - 213

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Snowflakes

    Hello! How are you? I'm doing good, though I got a flat tire today so that's frustrating... I can even see the screw that's in the tire. I guess I'll have to go straight to the tire shop in the morning... Well, something way more fun than car troubles is a new bottle of nail polish one of my besties gave me for my birthday! My first Marc Jacobs polish!😍 Here is Secret Love.

    Secret Love is an amazing, vampy, deep plum! The formula is surprisingly thin for the dark pigmentation so I had to really control the polish. The second coat gave it a high shine all on its own. It was difficult to tell if it was drying at all because of its high gloss finish. I couldn't leave the polish alone, of course, so I thought I'd add some snowflakes...❄️❄️❄️

    This is one of my blingiest manis ever and I hadn't planned on it being so. I thought it would be simple, then it just ran with a mind of its own. ☺️ I used two Bundle Monster images for this double stamped mani and I used both white and silver holo hoping to add depth to the look. I really love how this turned out! Very unexpected, but I love it!

    I hope you have a great Friday! It's almost the weekend... Thank you for stopping by.

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Marc Jacobs - Secret Love

    Konad - White

    Cirque - Sani

    Essie - Set In Stone

    Bundle Monster Plates - 014, 323

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • EP | November, December and Holiday 2014

    I'm so excited to show you the last of the 2014 Enchanted Polishes today! November 2014 and December 2014 were mystery colors but Holiday 2014 was revealed, yet I still had three surprises when I received my nail mail yesterday! All swatches are shown with two coats plus Seche Vite top coat.

    I'll first show you November 2014. It's a deep grape holo and almost a one-coater. I absolutely love this one and definitely a surprise for the chosen shade to be for November but I think it's just right!

    Next up is December 2014! I happen to be a bit partial to all things December because I'm a December baby (I'll be 34 on Tuesday). This is such a fun color for this month. It's a bright blue zircon holo with some foil affect to it too. I just love it and it's my favorite of the three.

    And last, but not least, is Holiday 2014. As I mentioned, this color wasn't a mystery when ordering it but I was a bit hesitant.  It's the third green this year from Enchanted Polish which I'm not normally a fan of, but somehow this one was the most surprising because I really like it!

    So what do you think? Which is your favorite of the three? Enchanted Polish is somewhat difficult to get ahold of because you just get an email every couple months with a date and time of a shopping window. Most polishes are mystery colors too so sometimes I wonder if it's worth it. Somehow, though, this method of marketing is super addicting! I figure I'll keep participating because the possibility of missing an extremely amazing color is worse than having colors I may not wear very often. Oh for the love of polish! πŸ˜‰

    I hope you have a lovely afternoon!

  • Auntie Ems

    Happy weekend everyone!! I've been absent for a bit...sorry about that. I've had a super busy couple of weeks and this week has been full of excitement because I'm officially an aunt! My brother and sister-in-law brought an incredible baby boy into the world yesterday! I have never been a baby person but oh-my-goodness am I head over heels! His name is Abdiel. It means "Servant of God" in Hebrew. So, I know this isn't a nails pic, but here I am holding Abdiel, a blessing to our family. 

    So, night before last, as I was hoping and waiting for news of Abdiel's arrival, I did the best thing I could think of...painted my nails, of course! So here's a special mani for an incredibly special occasion.

    Well, there you have it! I hope you like this as much as I do! Even though the base color is called Midsummer Night, it really looks festive with the rose gold stamped design and glitter! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! I'm hoping to spend more time with my sweet nephew.

    Supplies:

    Cirque - Holdfast base Coat

    Cirque - Midsummer Night

    Essie - Penny Talk

    Julep - Diamond Theory

    Pueen Stamping Plate - 61

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat

  • Happy 1 Year Anniversay!!

    Hello! How are you today? I am doing great! I am all about birthdays and anniversaries... Days that mark something special...and today marks one year of my nail art blog! Wow, that went fast! I have been inspired over the years by many nail polish-aholics, a.k.a. nail artists and I have been privileged to paint my art with much encouragement. Thank you for your encouragement too! Thank you for all the visits you've made to my corner of the world-wide-web to see what I imagine. I am grateful for you!

    Here are just a few of my favorites over the last year. All of these have their own posts that you can find if you'd like. And there will be more to come!

    For today's manicure, I chose a detailed stamping image and added a little something over top...

    I used a couple newer polishes of mine, Concrete Jungle for the base and Bette for the bright blue dots. I like how neutral this manicure is. I wear a lot of black and gray and blue (even though red is my favorite color) so this goes with a lot. It's probably why I was drawn to this combo in the first place. ☺️ 

    Thank you again for stopping by! Here's to the last year and more ahead! πŸŽ‰Welcome December and I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Supplies:

    Seche Clear - Base Coat

    Cirque - Concrete Jungle

    Essie - No Place Like Chrome

    Picture Polish - Bette

    Bundle Monster Plate - 404

    Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat