Monday, January 27, 2014

Bipolar Ramblings, CCL, and Nail Art

For those of you who don't know, I am bipolar, and pretty much live in a bubble. I have no friends, and I don't work. If I get to leave the house, it's usually for an appointment of some kind. I currently do not have a phone. I have an ADHD 7-year-old, who I am a single parent of (even though I am married), who has been through a lot over the past year. I'm trying to help her simply deal. And my 2-year-old is in the midst of some kind of "stage" where she wants nothing to do with me. She only wants her dad. I am lonely, I am depressed, and I've been back & forth between manic & depressive for days, now. Don't be surprised to see posts from me every once in a while where I babble, just as I'm doing now. As I said: I am lonely. And hey, it's my blog for a reason, right?

Now, I know my blog isn't the greatest thing around. I don't have a computer, and do everything from an iPad. And there's only so much you can do from an iPad. BUT, I am slowly but surely learning new things, and just kinda feelin' my way around. My photos still suck, though. My brand new camera turned out to be a hunk of junk (that happens when you buy off of sometimes), and every single light in my house sucks. I can't afford to build a light box, so if I want to get decent photos, I have to be out in the sun. Which doesn't come out around here much, these days. Which tends to work fine for me, I think. Considering the limited equipment I have, I like to think that my photos are pretty decent. This works fine for swatch photos.

The only opportunities that I get to do my nails are late at night when my kids are in bed, and when the husband is settled. I literally sacrifice sleep to do my nails. So, in order to show you guys some nail art, I have to suffer through the terrible lighting. Unfortunately, so do you, lol. I hope to improve in the future. (It's a goal!) But I wanted to show y'all some nail art, dangit! So, please forgive these awful photos.

I've been stuck in a rut for several months, now. This manic-depressive shit sucks. I stopped taking care of myself (not eating right, not taking my vitamins, not drinking my water), and my poor nails have suffered. I haven't attempted any serious nail art since Halloween, and I've just been so down lately, that I decided that I finally wanted to play with my nails. It's the one thing I seem to be able to get right most of the time. 

So, I started with a nice, blank canvas. A couple coats o'white, coat of topcoat, take a break & let 'em dry! :)

2 healthy coats of SinfulColors "Snow Me White" *pre-cleanup, sorry!*

Now is as good a time as any to publicly admit that I only do nail art on my left hand, 9 out of 10 times. Hell, sometimes I don't even bother polishing both hands. (Don't judge me.) So, while my polish dried on my ONE hand, I got out everything I needed, lol.

I had decided to do a Valentine gradient, then go from there. I had seen a post on Facebook where someone had used a peel-off base coat to protect their skin when doing a gradient, to save from having to do some hellish cleanup. So, of course, I decided to try it!

Now, I know a lot of people just use plain Elmer's glue as a peel-off base. But that never worked for me. So, I was so tickled when my good friend, Cameo sent me a bottle of Cameo Colours Lacquers' "Take It Off!" Peel-Off Base Coat. It works great for me. I've even got a little stash of some previous nail art, because when it peels off perfectly, it's just a tiny little work of art, lol! *Is it weird that I've saved some? Lol* I usually only use mine as a base coat in warmer weather, though. It just works better for me when the air is warmer. But it worked PERFECT for easily cleaning up my gradient mess!

It didn't take too long to dry enough for me to start my gradient; maybe 10 minutes.

I really detest every single light in my house.....

And I still don't think I'm using PicsArt right when trying to add my watermark. But, hey...I'm gettin' there!

How cool is that?! The messiest part peeled right off! I only had a little bit of cleaning to do around my cuticles!

I added some China Glaze "Fairy Dust" to try to mask some of the little imperfections from the sponge, and from cleaning up my cuticles.

Added a coat of HK Girl topcoat...

I messed my thumb up, but was able to hide it with a stud & some rhinestones, strategically placed. :)

I practiced some glitter placement on my accent nail, and this was the final outcome...

Blurred to show off the sparkle :)

I still need LOTS of practice doing glitter placement, but I enjoy it. It relaxes me, believe it or not. And that's coming from someone who tends to have very little patience sometimes.

Haha. My poor Stubby still looks cute together with her sisters! *hee hee*

I know this post has been all over the place, but I hope the three of you who read my posts will still come back & read again, lol. If you're bipolar, then you'll understand, lol. If you're not, maybe you'll get a giggle out of it. You never know unless ya read it, anyway! 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Jolie Polish

Hi guys! Today, I want to show you guys a couple of polishes from Jolie Polish.

 One of my sweet Instagram friends, Kate, ordered "I <3 U Grandpa" and had it shipped to me last month when my grandfather suddenly passed away. I was so touched when I opened the package and read the name, I was instantly in tears. It never ceases to amaze me how supportive everyone in the nail polish/nail art community is of each other. We always stick together, cheering each other on & help to raise each other's spirits when one of us are down. It's an amazing sister*and sometimes brother*hood that I am honored to be a small part of. *Love you guys!*

Now, on to the swatches! 

1 coat of "I <3 U, Grandpa" over Sweet Heart Polish "Sands of Time" & two
coats HK Girl topcoat

"I <3 U Grandpa" is a beautiful glitter bomb, which has pink holographic butterfly glitters, small black glitter shreds, tiny holographic hexes, as well as an assortment of larger hexes. I layered it over Sweet Heart Polish's "Sands of Time" here, but I am sure it looks amazing over just about ANY color. This is one coat, with very minimal "fishing". The only "fishing" I had to do was for a couple of the butterfly glitters. And, I didn't have to do any dabbing at all. This glitter bomb is quite easy to apply!

In addition to "I <3 U Grandpa", Bory (Creator/owner at Jolie Polish) also sent a mini-sized bottle of "Choji" from her Naruto collection. 

Three coats and HK Girl topcoat (3 finger swatch courtesy of the bag of 
groceries I was carrying in a couple of weeks ago that snapped my index

Neon orange stud from BornPrettyStore

"Choji" is a white Creme, with a rainbow of different sized matte hex glitters. I wish I had the ability to buy online, because this is one that I would LOVE to have in a full size! I added a small, square neon stud that I bought myself from to my accent nail to dress it up a little more, even though this polish really doesn't need to be dressed up! I just took it as an opportunity to use the studs since I've had them for a couple of months, and hadn't even opened the package yet. I can't wait to play with those a little more!

Thanks again to Kate & Bory for allowing me the opportunity to own these two beautiful polishes! 

I hope you all have an awesome week! Happy polishing!

Sweet Heart Polish - I'm A Librarian!

Hi all! Today, I've got one last Sweet Heart Polish to show ya! This is "I'm A Librarian!", which is another polish from the Death is Only the Beginning collection, available in her shop.

I hope you all don't mind that I'm only showing you guys three fingers, as I had a bad break on my index fingernail last week. I know it's some people's pet peeve for not all of the fingernails to be the same length. I filed them down as much as I could stand, but I had to file Stubby McStubster down, as well.  So, I just could not bring myself to file the rest of them down to match, lol.

Two coats with HK Girl Topcoat

Check out the shine with the HK Girl topcoat!

I'm A Librarian! is a deep pink, holographic polish. The first coat went on a little streaky, but the second coat smoothed it right out. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed swatching these polishes from Sweet Heart Polish, and I thank her for sending them to me. I love the formula of these polishes, and oh my word, the holo! If holo isn't your thing *Are you crazy?! Lol*, there are plenty of other gorgeous polishes in the shop to choose from. I can tell you this: Regardless of which polish(es) you choose, Sweet Heart Polish will not disappoint!

I hope you all have enjoyed these Sweet Heart Polishes as much as I have! Which ones are on your wish list?

Hope you all have a great week! Happy polishing!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Sweet Heart Polish - Sands of Time

This week, I have another Sweet Heart Polish to show you guys :)

Sands of Time is a holographic shimmer, champagne colored polish. It is part of the Death is Only the Beginning collection, which you can find in the shop. I think it's a beautiful neutral color, especially with that holographic shimmer!

Two coats and topcoat

Please ignore my stubby little index finger. I had a bad break carrying groceries in the other day, and I just couldn't bring myself to file the others down to match it :(

This polish goes on very smoothly, with no streaks at all. I love the formula!

If you haven't tried Sweet Heart Polish yet, you really should! I have one more from the Death is Only the Beginning collection, which I will share with you guys next week.

Hope you all are having a great week! Don't forget to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook! Just search for Polishedaway ;)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sweet Heart Polish - Drink From the Nile

In my attempt to post more regularly, I've decided to showcase ONE new polish every week. This week, I'm reviewing Sweet Heart Polish "Drink From the Nile", part of the Death is Only the Beginning collection, available in her shop.

This, along with two others that I will showcase in future posts, was sent to me a few months ago for review. But, as most of you know, my life hit a major bump in the road and I was on hiatus for a couple of months while trying to get "Life" back in order.

This polish is a gorgeous blue with scattered & linear holographic glitter. It goes on relatively smoothly, as long as you let each coat dry completely before applying another.

This is 3 thin coats, plus topcoat

I have a huge weakness for blues, but add holographic glitter, and it am SMITTEN!

Be on the lookout for other swatches from part of this collection soon!

Thursday, January 2, 2014


After a long hiatus, I AM BACK! *Back in the Saddle by Aerosmith plays in the background*

The last two months of 2013 through me for a loop, but I am so excited about what 2014 has to offer. It's gonna be a great year!

In today's post, I want to share with you guys what I got in my very first Influenster box!
**These products were sent to me for testing purposes**
December 2013 Influenster Jolly VoxBox

Being as this was my first time getting a VoxBox, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But, I have to say, I'm impressed! 

Skinny Cow Chocolates - Peanut Butter Crème

These things, oh-em-gee, were SO good! You would never guess by tasting them that they're only 130 calories per serving! This was my first time trying anything by Skinny Cow, and it did NOT disappoint. They sent a box of 6, but this is the only bar left, lol. And yes, I am hiding it. *My precioussssssss....*

The Duck Brand "Mini Ducklings" Mini Duck/Duct Tape

Okay, we all know that duct tape is an absolute God-send sometimes, but you don't always need some gigantic piece of tape, and it's harder to cut, get off the roll, etc. Well, now The Duck Brand has little baby rolls of duck/duct tape! How stinkin' cool is that?! 

I used mine to repair the box that holds the tiny little antique China tea set that my MIL so lovingly bequeathed to my 2-year-old. *LOVE my MIL!*

It only took four small pieces, and was the perfect little size to use on this box. I have since stored this little set to give to my daughter when she's older. *And when we no longer have a glass-top coffee table.*

Puff's Ultra Soft & Strong To Go Tissue Pack

I haven't needed to use these yet, but I really like the little Puff's packs like this. I can keep one in my purse, in the diaper bag, in my daughter's backpack, in my car....the possibilities really are endless, lol. Mommies are all about convenience! *Can I get an amen?*

NYC New York Color HD Color Trio Eye Shadow -
Long Beach Sands

I was really excited when I seen this eye shadow set from NYC New York Color, because I've never really worn a lot of makeup because I never learned the proper ways to apply it. So, I've always stuck to the more neutral colors. My hair is auburn, and my eyes are dark brown, so I always thought that browns and neutrals kind of highlighted my hair & eye colors. 

I have recently taken a slight interest in learning new ways to wear/apply my makeup. I even started wearing fake eyelashes, using liquid eyeliner, and using an eyebrow pencil, which are all HUGE steps for me. When I got my Jolly Vox Box, and saw that the eyeshadow was in my "safe colors," I was pretty excited. I couldn't tell you the last time I bought eyeshadow. *Yes, I've been wearing the same eye shadows for a couple of years, now. Don't judge me...*

I'm not much on selfies and my makeup skills suck, so this 
picture doesn't show off the real potential of this eyeshadow,
but hey...I tried, lol.

I was also wearing....

Rimmel London NEW Show Off Lip Lacquer - Stargazer

I'm not much of a lipstick girl, but I love a nice, light, neutral shade of gloss, with just a subtle bit of shimmer. And this was seriously perfect for me. Easy to apply. Lasted longer on my lips than I thought they would, too. My new favorite :)

All-in-all, I am SUPER pleased with this Influenster box! I can't wait to see what they have in store for us next! 

Have YOU signed up for Influenster, yet? I have THREE invites left! Just go follow my Facebook page, and direct message me with your email address ;) 

Did anybody else get the Jolly Vox Box? Did you like it? What was your most favorite? What was your least favorite?

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