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Spring Manicures – 9 & Counting!

I feel like Spring has just begun, but from the number of colorful manicures I’ve already rocked…you’d think the season was long gone.

I’ve been going back and forth from gel polish to regular polish, from dark colors to light colors, from short nails to long nails and I’m loving the variety.

If you follow me on Twitter, or Instagram, you’ve probably seen most of these manicures, but I wanted to do a full recap on the blog.

Get ready for some serious, mani-porn!

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REVLON: Midnight. I went out to dinner with one of my best friends and she was wearing a fabulous navy/green/dark blue polish, I couldn’t stop staring at the color! Once I left dinner, I had to have it. I’m not sure which brand she used, but I went to CVS picked up this dupe. I nabbed this bottle at the end of March, but I WISH I had purchased it during the Fall/Winter. I think it’s way too dark for the Spring time, but I’m glad I was able to sneak one wear in. This polish will definitely be making a return this Fall 🙂
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New York Color (NYC): Manhattan. This is an all time favorite of mine. While it’s clearly more of a Fall/Winter shade, I wear it year round. This was a quick mani – obviously not my best work lol. But a great color, nonetheless. Plus, you can’t beat $1.99 bottles!
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Sally Hansen: Coral Reef. I have a history of adoring basically every Sally Hansen product ever made, and we can just add this polish to the list! Such a great spring color, super girly, super Springtime, super fab. For $3.99, it’s an excellent drug store steal.
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Wet N Wild Megalast: I Need a Refresh-Mint. This polish has some positives and negatives. Good news first – awesome color! When you want pastel, baby blue nails, this is what you have in mind. Thick brush for applicating is always a plus too. Bad news – if you do not wear a base coat… this polish will stain your nails. Seriously, stain. I knew I would just be wearing it briefly, so I didn’t bother with a base coat and now, over a month later, I still have blue remnants on my nails. Definitely not a good look. Now don’t get me wrong, I loved the polish…just be sure to use a base coat! 🙂
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Gelish Mini: Orange Cream Dream (Candyland Collection Spring 2012). I purchased this color last Spring when it came out & had not worn it until recently. I was in the mood for something different and decided to give it a try. It has great coverage and a nice shimmer – it wore very well. While this polish was part of a Spring collection, and I really did like it, I think it’s better suited for Fall.
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Gelish Mini: He Loves Me He Loves Me Not (Love in Bloom Spring 2013 collection). I could go on for hours about how much I love this entire collection! The Love in Bloom line is hands down my absolute favorite of the Gelish Mini polishes. This particular color wore so well – excellent coverage, not streaky at all. Added bonus – the deep purple/pastel shade seemed to match everything I wore!
Gelish Mini: Sweet Morning Dew (Love in Bloom Spring 2013 Collection), and Gelish Mini: June Bride on my ring finger. Ahh, another LIB favorite! I wore this manicure on Easter to compliment my yellow H&M lace dress (see below). When I think of Spring, I think of this color. It was the perfect blend of pastel peach, pink and orange shades. A full coverage polish, super feminine!
Gelish Mini: Sweet Morning Dew (Love in Bloom Spring 2013 Collection), and Gelish Mini: June Bride on my ring finger. Ahh, another LIB favorite! I wore this manicure on Easter to compliment my yellow H&M lace dress (see below). When I think of Spring, I think of this color. It was the perfect blend of pastel peach, pink and orange shades. A full coverage polish, super feminine!
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Sweet Morning Dew for Easter Sunday 🙂
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips: Bling it On. I recently decided to break from gel manicures for a bit, just to give my nails a break, and I opted to try nail stickers! They claim to last for 10 days and come in an assortment of fun designs and patterns. I selected these pink glitter strips and was shocked by how easy they were to apply! Totally fool proof. I left mine on for about a week before I got bored & wanted a change, but they held up very well!
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips: Bling it On. I recently decided to break from gel manicures just to give my nails a break. So in the meantime, I opted for nail stickers! They claim to last for 10 days and come in an assortment of fun designs and patterns. I selected these pink glitter strips and was shocked by how easy they were to apply! Totally fool proof (tip: use a base & top coat). I left mine on for about a week before I got bored & craved a change, but they held up very well – perfect for an event or fun night out!
Nina Ultra Pro: Violet it Ride. My current obsession! I picked this Nina polish up at Sally's Beauty Supply over the weekend and have been literally obsessed with it ever since! (When I say obsessed, I mean you can go through the photos on my iphone and 9/10 of them will be manicure shots). The polish looks like a very vibrant, neon purple in the bottle, but it wears slightly less aggressive - it has little more pink to it. Regardless, it's unlike any polish I've ever worn and I am SO in love with it right now!
Nina Ultra Pro: Violet it Ride. My current obsession! I picked this Nina polish up at Sally’s Beauty Supply over the weekend and have literally been obsessed with it ever since! (When I say obsessed, I mean you can go through the photos on my iphone and 9/10 of them will be manicure shots *See below). The polish looks like a very vibrant, neon purple in the bottle, but it wears slightly less aggressive – it has little more pink to it. Regardless, it’s unlike any polish I’ve ever worn and I am SO in love with it right now!
I love how the color changes with the lighting. I can't help but snap a pic every.single.time!
*Told you…and these are just 6 shots! I love how the color changes with the lighting. I can’t help but snap a pic every.single.time!

So there you have it. In the last two months, I’ve had nine manicures! I’m not sure if that’s normal, but it only really pans out to one per week – c’mon, that’s not terrible!

I love experimenting with new colors and straying from my usual go-to shades, I’ve been picking up a ton of polishes here and there for the Spring & Summer. I can’t wait to share 🙂

What polishes are you loving this season? If you have a new color to recommend, I’d love to hear!

Winter Manicures

Did January literally fly by, or was that just me?

I’ve been up to a LOT & am trying to recap everything in a few different posts. Naturally, my first one is dedicated to my favorite topic – nails! I’ve had a few January manicures  that I wanted to share –

1) Sally Hansen – Shell We Dance. I rang in 2013 with this color! It’s an all time favorite, and I was craving something neutral after my dark and dramatic holiday nails. This fit the bill perfectly.

Sally Hansen - Shell We Dance
Sally Hansen – Shell We Dance

2- Zoya -Loredana. This is a matte polish, however, I used a clear topcoat since I knew that my cuticle oil would destroy the matte film. This was such a fun color!

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Zoya – Loredana

3- Gelish – Sugar Daddy. Sometimes you just crave BLUE! I swear, every few months I really want blue nails. I got so many compliments on this manicure. Sugar Daddy is one of my favorite blue hues!

Gelish - Sugar Daddy
Gelish – Sugar Daddy

4- Forever 21. I happen to love Forever 21 nail polishes (even if they don’t have names lol)! They’re cheap, wear pretty well & have an endless variety of colors. Whenever I have the urge to cut all of my nails off – red is my go to polish of choice!

Forever 21
Forever 21

5- Gelish – Night Reflection. LOVED this color. I cut my nails even shorter before this manicure, but I wore this polish longer than any of the others. The eggplant shade is a Winter favorite.

Gelish - Night Reflection
Gelish – Night Reflection

6- Gelish – Double Shot Espresso. I’m currently wearing this polish…going on day 6 and my nails still look flawless! I wanted something dark, but not black…or purple…or blue. So this brown was perfect. It reminds me of Sweet Chocolate, minus the shimmer! I’m hoping this one lasts me a while!

Gelish- Double Shot Espresso
Gelish- Double Shot Espresso

I am going to the Cayman Islands in a couple of weeks…

Can't wait!!!!
Can’t wait!!!!

…and I plan to do a really fun bright pink/orange/yellow/green manicure before I leave! I haven’t decided, but I’m looking forward to something a little more upbeat.  I’m thinking Gelish Tiki Tiki Laranga or Shake it til you Samba!

Gelish Tiki Tiki Laragana or Shake it til you Samba!
 
You know 'Shake it..' is an all time fave!
You know ‘Shake it..’ is an all time fave!

I’ll let you know!

Secret Blogger Swap Reveal!

I was so excited to participate in my first blogger swap this past week! Huge thank you to Danielle over at Framed Frosting for setting everything up 🙂

The blogger that I was assigned to was Sami! She blogs at Sami’s Shenanigans and seems like such a sweet girl, we actually have a lot in common (including a chihuahua names Lily LOL) which made shopping for her even more fun! She wrote a sweet reveal post today about everything I sent to her, I’m so glad she liked what I picked out- make your way over to her blog to see! 🙂

After reading Sami’s reveal post, I see that she sent a package to Ashley who blogs at The Sweet Life who happened to be the lovely lady who sent a package to ME! How ironic is that?

I really loved what Ashley sent to me, check out everything in the big reveal below …

Sweet card 🙂
Everything was wrapped in this adorable pink & silver polka-dot paper!
The first things I opened were an EOS Strawberry Sorbet lip balm (which I actually ALMOST bought the other day!) and some adorable Goody hair ties with a metal embellishment that can double as bracelets! I had never seen these, but I love multi-functional products 🙂
I mentioned that I’m always looking for healthy snacks and Ashley packed her favorite Lemon Zest Luna Bar-believe it or not, I have never had a Luna Bar (!) so I’m super excited to try it 🙂
My favorite part of the package! Nail supplies :):) She sent me a file with a case- these are genius, I had one years ago, but never replaced it. I’m so excited that my phone will no longer get scratched up in my bag. The cuticle remover is clutch, and the orange polish is perfect for summer! *The funny thing is that I sent Sami a coral polish, and she sent Ashley one as well! We can all rock the same mani now 🙂

I had a lot of fun participating in the swap- it was a great first experience, and I hope to do another in the future!

Have you ever participated in a blogger swap? What was the best thing you received?

Gelish Spring 2012 Candy Land Collection

Even though I have been on a gel-hiatus the past couple of weeks, it hasn’t stopped me from stocking up on new polishes. My preferred brand of gel nail polish, Gelish, recently came out with its Spring 2012 Candy Land Collection, and I couldn’t resist these new colors!

Gelish Candy Land Collection
Sugar Daddy, You're such a Sweet-Tart, Don't Be Such a Sourpuss, Sugar N' Spice & Everything Nice, Orange Cream Dream, You're So Sweet You're Giving Me a Toothache.

I visited my local Sally’s Beauty Supply store a few weeks ago, and picked up the two new pink shades…

“Sugar N’ Spice and Everything Nice”…

and “You’re So Sweet You’re Giving Me a Toothache”…

These colors are perfect for the Spring! I’ve worn both already- I can’t decide which is my favorite… “You’re So Sweet..” is basically the gel equivalent to Essie’s FIJI- one of my all time favorite colors .

"You're So Sweet..."

“Sugar N’ Spice” is so bright and fun! I got tons of compliments on it 🙂

"Sugar 'N Spice..."

I can’t wait to pick up “Sugar Daddy” and “Don’t Be Such a Sourpuss” next! “Sugar Daddy” reminds me of the blue manicure I was wearing last week…

My current lilac manicure color would fit perfectly into this gel collection! If only… sigh.

Have you tried any of the colors from the Candy Land Collection yet? Which are your favorites?

Date Night at Randy’s Wooster St. Pizza

Friday night my boyfriend and I went to Randy’s Wooster St. Pizza in Manchester. Seeing as we are currently in the middle of lent, pizza was the perfect dinner choice for those who abide by the no meat rule (me!)

We got there and had a little bit of a wait so I started snapping some pictures 🙂

An older couple thought we were on our first date...no we're just always laughing and snapping pictures, Sir lol
Balloon to the face...I don't really get it lol...

Once we were seated we decided to kill some time with the cup of crayons on our table 😉

We're really talented...

We ordered a couple sodas (I know! I felt like SUCH a cheater, but I was craving a diet coke…and water does not pair well with pizza), and our large pizza. I flipped the menu to see if they had any yummy dinner salads when I saw THEM….. Mike knew the deal, so we got an order of…

Fried Pickles!

I am OBSESSED with fried pickles, and O-M-G these did not dissappoint…we put a good dent in the plate 😉

YUM!

Our pizza was huge…

Hamburger & olives for Mike, broccoli and onions for me 🙂 I would have loved to try their pepperoni-next time!
Mmm mmm mmmm <3

We were legitimately stuffed, but had plenty of leftovers to take home (you better believe I had fried pickles for breakfast Saturday morning).

We decided to rent J. Edgar, I was bored so I had a photosoot with myself…

I think that this is the creepiest picture I have ever taken LOL

And to round it out, a shot of my mid-week mani!

Sinful Colors "Nirvana" polish

My idea of a perfect Friday night! 🙂

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