Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I just want to wish everyone a Happy Mother's Day!

I would also like to share an older picture with you. This is my Aunt, Grandma, and Mommy back in the 80's. All wonderful Mommy's! My Grandma is no longer with us. She was fantastic, and my Mom and Aunt will tell you the same.

I would also like to say that, I love you Mommy. You are wonderful and special, and I'm so grateful you are my Mom!

Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's my 200th Post with Essie's Eternal Optimist

I've a hit a mini milestone. This is my 200th post! Yay!

I've got a lot of Essie spam waiting to be posted. I'm not really sure why but I've been accumulating a lot of Essie as of late. I think it's because I can access them so easily. That and I pulled out a bottle of Mod Squad that I've had for a couple of years and wanted more Essie pinks and nudes.

Anyway I'll have several different polishes to show you at some point, but right now I'm going to show you what I'm currently wearing. It's Eternal Optimist. It's a nude that leans pink. I like it a lot.

Now I bring you Eternal Optimist:

And there you have it. Thank you for reading!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

OPI Tickle My France-y etc...

Well hello there. Long time no post. I noticed recently I hit 50 followers, and I want to thank you all so much for following! I do appreciate you sticking with me even though my posts are not on the regular.

I have been keeping my nails really short as of late. It's easier that way for many reasons. It doesn't chip nearly as fast so I don't have to worry about it. Plus since I'm a photographer I don't have to worry about breaking off nails while I'm doing things. (Speaking of photography I just want to say I feel so blessed to be able to shoot the #2 College Baseball team in the country. It's awesome. And if you want to see some shots go here.)

Now on to the mani that has been on my tips since last week. Two coats of OPI's Tickle My France-y with one coat of Teenage Dream on top. I really like TMF because it's a nice brown tone neutral. It leans a bit more pink/lavender on my skin tone. It was also a pain the the butt to photograph because of that, but I'll forgive it. Haha.

Now check it out. (Click pictures for a better view.)

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

China Glaze Cyberspace

I decided to pick up one more polish from the Tronica Collection. Cyberspace was really calling my name. I thought it could be close to my lemming All Hail McQueen.

Cyberspace is a taupe holo with a hint of gray. I used 2 semi-thick coats to get full coverage. I had to be careful though so there weren't noticeable brush strokes.

No sun here today so I took the pictures indoors beside the window. Maybe when the sun is out I will get some better shots of it, but that could be a few days

Now on to the pictures! (Don't forget to make them bigger so you can see the holo. The small picture distorts the image a bit.)

Well, that's all I've got. Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

China Glaze Hologram

Last night I went to Sally's and finally saw the Tronica Collection by China Glaze. I ended up getting Hologram and 3D Fantasy. I'm wearing 3D Fantasy on my toes right now. The holo is insanely subtle which makes me sad. This afternoon I put Hologram on my tips and it's a lot more lively looking on the nail than it is in the bottle.
I can certainly agree with most about the Tronica's not being the best holo's. The OMG and Kaleidoscope Collections blow these out of the water obviously. However I like them. You can never have enough holo in my opinion. Haha.

The only thing that drove me crazy about Hologram was this it took 3 coats to make everything even. It dries quickly though.

Ok on to the pictures. (Click to make them bigger so you can see the holo.)

Haha and a bonus picture. My dogs had to check things out.

That's all for now. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


I've got a handful of manicures that I want to edit and post. Hopefully I will soon.

Here's the thing. I've been really busy lately and just recently I've been given the opportunity I've been waiting for. I'm working for as a photographer. I'm very thrilled to have the opportunity to do something I absolutely love.

As most of you know I've been shooting baseball for a long time on my own, and Saturday I was actually a credentialed photog. It was really exciting and just reaffirmed that this is my dream.

That being said if my blog is a little quiet you will know why. Stick with me though.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ooh a Handwriting Tag!

Ooh a tag! My friend Kendal tagged me for this. I was pretty excited because I thought it was a fun tag! I also love seeing other people's handwriting. I write a lot and my handwriting can be nice but it can also look like poop. Just depends on my mood and how much of a hurry I'm in. I think my handwriting has evolved so much, and it probably will continue to do so because that's how I roll. Haha.

(Click to make it bigger.)

1. What is you name? And your blog.
2. Blog url
3. Write: the quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
4. Favorite quote
5. Favorite song
6. Favorite band/singers
7. Say anything you want
8. Pass it along to a few bloggers


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Get Your Green On Special by Zoya

Just a quick post. I received my Get Your Green On polishes from Zoya today. Very excited about it since I don't own many green polishes. That and I can wear one on St. Patrick's Day. I'm Irish/Scottish so I really enjoy St. Patrick's Day. Not the drinking part, but actually celebrating my heritage. I'll actually be celebrating my heritage at the dentist that day though. Haha.

Anyway here are some bottle pics of Ivanka, Shawn, and Suvi. Swatches to come.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Spring is in the Air...

I want to apologize for my slackness in the nail blogging dept. I've been dealing with medical stuff, and then I got sick and it's just been up and down. When things are like that you just don't think about doing your nails.

Anyway, in other news College Baseball Season has officially started. This is something I'm hugely passionate about. I love baseball. I love my team, and my team just happens to be the Defending National Champions! So my time is spent at the baseball field now which I adore. Our stadium is beautiful, and Opening Day/Weekend couldn't have been better. Can you say Sweep? That's what we did. It's nice to start off 3-0.

If you're interesting in seeing a handful of photos from opening weekend click here! (All photos are taken by me.) I don't really talk about it much, but my dream job would be to be a sport photographer. Gamecock Baseball specifically. Ha. Maybe one day, right?

P.S. I'm fixing up my Art/Photography Blog. So if you'd like, go follow it as well.

I hope everyone in the blogging world is doing well. Enjoy your week!

Friday, February 11, 2011

China Glaze Crackle - Bottle Shots and Swatches

I apologize of being a tad MIA lately. I'll go into detail in another post, but now I want to talk about China Glaze Crackle polish!

I got 4 of the 6 crackle polishes. I picked the ones I thought I would use the most, and those were Lightning Bolt, Cracked Concrete, Black Mesh, and Broken Hearted. They came early this morning before I had to go have blood work done so I was excited.

I took some bottle shots and did some quick swatches for your viewing pleasure.

These are fun! I'm glad I was able to get my hands on them.

Are you getting any of the CG Crackle Polishes?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, February 4, 2011

!Kendal's 100 Follower Giveaway!

My friend Kendal has hit 100 followers. Awesome right? Now she's having a giveaway. So you should check out her blog. She's pretty awesome!

Click photo to be directed to her blog!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Zoya Polish Spam...

I wanted to make this quick. I haven't been feeling well at all, but I need something to distract myself. Here are the 3 Free Zoya's my Mom got. I think they came on Monday. She even got my namesake Katie. Well, they spell it Katy but that's neither here nor there haha.

So here are Katy, Gigi, and Luna. 

Pretty. =)

I really want to get Zoya's Gemma from the new Spring Collection. I'm generally not a green polish wearer because it makes my hands look really red depending on the shade, but Gemma is just gorgeous!

It seems like I've gotten a lot of polish in the past week. I don't know what to wear. My nails are naked, but I haven't been up for painting them anyway...

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Perdy Claws is having her 1st Giveaway!!!

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to let you know my friend Millie over at Perdy Claws is having her first Giveaway! How exciting right? So please go check out her blog and her giveaway. She's giving away some cool stuff.

Now run, don't walk and enter this awesome Giveaway!

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

OPI's Katy Perry Collection- Bottle Shots and Swatches!

Most people don't know but I'm a big Katy Perry fan. She's beautiful and I like her style. Plus she always has her nails on point. Haha.

As soon as I realized the her new OPI collaboration collection was out online, everything was sold out but the Shatter polish. So I made a trip to Ulta. They had nothing out. On Sunday my friend Kendal let me know the Ulta had finally put out the collection. When I went in on Monday they had everything but Shatter. I was told they would get more in soon, but everyone was clamoring for it. They even told me the employees were scooping it up. (Mini Rant: I understand that employees have the right to buy things, but in my opinion they shouldn't be allowed to grab up everything from the first shipment. That's total BS.)

Some of the displays via my camera phone:

One of several empty displays.

So what did I pick up? I got the mini bottles set, and I got regular size bottles of Teenage Dream and Not Like the Movies. Hopefully I'll find the highly coveted Shatter eventually.

Ooh, I love the sparkle in Teenage Dream.

Hopefully I'll get to swatch these soon. I'm not much of a swatcher. I'm more of a full mani kind of gal. Haha. But if I get around to swatches I'll add them to this post!

EDIT: I finally swatched the collection. So here they are. (Minus Shatter)

2 coats.

Teenage Dream- 3 coats. Pink base with various size glitter. Hexagon glitter is holographic.
Not Like the Movies- 3 coats. This is one of those oil slick kind of colors.  Pinks, greens and gray flashes along with some silver glitter sparkle.
The One That Got Away- 3 coats. I could have gotten away with 2. It's a berry with lovely glass-flecking.
Last Friday Night-  3 coats. Blue based sheer with various sizes of glitter and possible flakies. Good layering polish.
I must say I really like them all. Last Friday Night is obviously very sheer. I think a possible dupe for this may be a Sinful Colors Hottie. Otherwise I'm loving the other colors and will probably go back for a full size bottle of The One that Got Away.

Did you pick anything up from this collection?

Thanks for reading!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Barielle Jess' Champagne Toast and Something Extra...

So I wore this for a little under a week. Let me tell you it's absolutely gorgeous in the bottle! On the nail it's pretty, but falls a bit flat. It's an icy blueish/lavender color with pink glitter. It's biggest downfall once applied it it's very gritty and the pink glitter/shimmer doesn't really shine. I mean you can catch a bit of glimmer but the polish kind of soaks it up. That made me sad because I loved it for the pink glitter.

Anyhow this was 2 coats.

Then a couple of day's later I stumbled upon Cover Girl's Amethyst Mist. It's a sheer purple base with silver glitter and larger holographic/opalescent hexagon glitter. It look like it would go nicely over JCT.

I liked it. The silver glitter disbursed on the nail just fine, however the hexagon glitter was a pain in the butt. It was hard to get any on the brush no matter how much I loaded it up. I managed though. It dried fairly quickly so that was a plus.

So the main focus was on my right thumb. I think you can see the hexagon glitter the best here. I also got he most on that thumb haha!

So there you have it. My manicure from the past week. My nails are naked and short right now, and I have no clue what to paint them. I was going to do it earlier in the day, but I just felt icky. Oh well.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mini Polish Haul

I still have photos to edit for other posts, but I just haven't been in the mood to do it. I had been so busy that I just feel wiped out. So instead of no posts I figured I would post a collective photo of what polishes I've gotten in the last couple of weeks.

I actually went into Sally's for the first time in month's it seems like to check for anything new, none of it struck my fancy. I grabbed a few polished from the discount area though, and I did get the nail files and buffers I went for in the first place. I also made a quick trip to Ulta. They hadn't put anything new out. I was really hoping that the Katy Perry Collection would be there, but no dice.

I also made my first trip to Whole Foods. I heard some of them were carrying Zoya polish and I had to check. Again no dice, but I did eat a lot of samples of expensive free cheese.

All of this happened on Friday, and I just haven't been feeling well today.

And now I bring you a picture of my mini haul.

Thanks for reading, and I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Check out CSN Stores...

CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from modern dining room furniture to cute cookware and chic shoes.

I'll be back with more soon...

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Zoya's Jade and Some Babble...

Hello everyone! I feel like I haven't posted in so long. It was a busy weekend for me. As I said last post I was the Second Shooter at a Wedding on Saturday. I was on my feet for a solid 4 1/2 hours. It was lots of fun and beautiful all around.

I decided to wear Zoya's Jade for the weekend. I love a good sparkly red. Red is one of my go to colors in times of doubt. Zoya describes Jade as "Bright red glitter in a translucent crimson red base." Its really beautiful. I did 2 coats. I probably could have done 3 as there was a bit of VNL. If my nails had been shorter it wouldn't have been a problem, actually it wasn't a problem anyway haha.

So here is the beauty that is Jade:

I feel like I didn't take enough adequate shots of this beauty. There just wasn't enough time.

And here is a random shot of me photographing something at the venue. You can see my thumb clad in Jade. Haha.

After the full day of Wedding Shooting, the following day we traveled to see a dear friend's new baby girl. Goodness she was adorable, and how I love that new baby smell. It will be fun to watch her grow up.

My body was in a considerable amount of pain after being so active. (Mind you I have fibromyalgia, among other issues.) So I rested up on Monday. Then I had an Eye Doctor Appt. on Tuesday. Come to find out my distant vision has gotten worse, and I needed a new prescription. I also got stuff for my dry eye which I was excited about. Anyhow, I picked new frames and they are super cute. So in 7 to 10 days I'll show them off. Hehe.

Thanks for reading everyone, and I'd like to extend a warm welcome to any new followers!