Eradicate H8 Nov 8! Stop Bullying Now!

Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.

Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color…even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people’s view of “normal” dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.

 

(nails inc franklin’s row over cheyne walk. Sation Periwinkle Princess over unknown purple.)

“Bullying” is not a new concept. When I started school in the 1960’s I remember distinctly the one and only time I was bullied. Two of my little friends and I were walking in front of the school and an older boy (4th grade maybe) pushed us and I stepped in a dirty puddle of water with my new white lace anklets and little red buckle shoes. I was so mad that without thinking I turned and shoved him. I’m sure that was a surprise to him and I realized from then on my friends and I would not be bullied. I’ve always stood up for the ones that can’t and I’m doing it today as I stand in solidarity with many others who feel the same way.

Thank you for sharing the word with us! Click Here to view the Eradicate H8 blog.

🙂

Jody

Selling Some Nail Polish Stash on eBay

 

 

I have been selling some of my stash over the last few weeks on eBay. These are authentic polishes that are just extras in my personal collection. The auction ends Saturday night.

SoFlaJo eBay Auctions

I hope you find some great deals! Polishes included are by OPI, Essie, China Glaze, Finger Paints, Nicole by OPI, Zoya, and many many moar!

   

Thanks!

 

Terrified Collection

 

Anybody that knows me will tell you without a doubt that Halloween is and always has been my favorite holiday. My earliest memories of it were as a small child and my dad dressing up with me to take me trick-or-treating. When I got older we always had a party with cider, warm cinnamon donuts and apple dunking with my friends. One year we were visiting my grandparents and my mean boy cousins made me walk through a graveyard with them if I wanted to trick-or-treat. Even so, I will always cherish these memories.

 

Spider Funk is full of orange and red glitters and small irregular shaped black “spiders”, plus silver hex “full moons” that all stay shiny in the orange matte base. Wear on its own, layer over black, orange, burgundy or green, or with clear topcoat to bring out even more bling!

SPIDER FUNK 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

SPIDER FUNK 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Every year Joe and I put on a benefit for Abandoned Pet Rescue, a no-kill animal shelter in our neighborhood. This year’s theme is Frankie’s Lab Dance and my polish with the same name is an iridescent green filled with all the glittery colors of Halloween – orange, green, and purple. Opaque in 2 coats or wear over black to see the darker side of our favorite monster.

FRANKIE’S LAB DANCE 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

FRANKIE’S LAB DANCE 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Purple Reign of Terror is a deep dark mysterious purple jelly that shimmers with purple glass flecks, and holo glitters in silver, pink and purple. Wear it alone or layer over purple or black.

 

PURPLE REIGN OF TERROR 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

PURPLE REIGN OF TERROR 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

Ghost of a Chance is a sneaky crystalline shimmer that looks lovely twinkling in the moonlight. But layer it over black and watch its transformation from ethereal blue to green.

 

GHOST OF A CHANCE 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

GHOST OF A CHANCE 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

The True Death, inspired by our favorite TV show, is a jelly black duochrome that shifts from red to green, without having to apply a separate base beneath. This deep black lacquer, opaque in two coats, oozes with shimmering red flecks.

 

THE TRUE DEATH 15ml $10.00 each Click to BUY NOW

THE TRUE DEATH 5ml $5.00 each Click to BUY NOW

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And don’t forget to check out the Black, Glow In The Dark, and other Color Changing polishes from the Life’s a Beach collection.

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TERRIFIED MINI SET 5ml each $25.00 Click to BUY NOW Shipping Discount Applied

TERRIFIED FULL SIZE SET 15ml each $50.00 Click to BUY NOW Shipping Discount Applied

 

All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde. All SoFlaJo polishes contain stainless steel mixing balls (and always have).

Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped

Goodbye Spring Flowers – Hello Fall Colors!

Just a quick THANK YOU! to everybody for their purchases from the now retired Spring Flowers Collection. It was a lot of fun seeing those perky bright colors after the dark winter.

 

But keep an eye out for some more exciting news. Autumn is just around the corner and with it will be a new line with some pretty awesome polishes and textures, if I do say so myself! Are you excited? I AM!

 

Stay Tuned!

Essie Brings Out the Beach Bum in Me!

I’ve lived in South Florida for over a dozen years now, and visited it yearly or as often as possible since my first trip here when I was 16. I’ve always loved the blue waters and white sandy beaches. My last trip back to visit my family in Indiana and Michigan was at Thanksgiving in 2001. Living anywhere but walking distance to the beach doesn’t make sense to me, why else would I want to live in Florida? LOL

Anyway – I’m not a big Essie wearer but I came across Beach Bum Blu this summer at my local nail supply. I already had NYX Girls Maven NGP161 I’d picked up earlier this year at a small beauty supply. They are the perfect combination and both wore extremely well.

 

What is your favorite blue combo?

I Love a Holo

A few months ago I blogged about a swap I had with a lovely Brazilian girl. She sent me some polishes by Ellen Gold that are a lovely holo. I finally wore my first one. I have way too many untried I’m trying to work my way through and thought this would be perfect to go with that gold pedi I just posted about!

In my birthday group I was gifted an Orly polish, Crawford’s Wine. It is beautiful! It was part of the Valentine’s Day Collection a couple of years ago. Since I don’t buy a lot of Orly (my helmer has less than a half drawer full), I don’t follow their releases as well as maybe I should because the ones I’ve gotten as gifts or picked up on sale at Sally are gorgeous and a dream to apply. This one is no exception. I applied one nice coat as my undies over my base. Since I knew I’d be topping it I didn’t necessarily do the best job on the base. 🙁

 

This is a photo of Ellen Gold Holo Vermelho. It actually is very dull without a topcoat. I used my normal Sally Hansen Clear 110. I wore this mani all week and only had minimal tip wear.

 

If you get the chance to pick up any of the Ellen Gold holos – go for it. This is a spectacular color, and the only reason I put undies with it was because it’s not a polish I can just go down to the store and pick up if I run out and I don’t want to do that! LOL

 

Even in the shade it’s a good looking holo! I hope you have the chance to get some of these and try them for yourself. 🙂

 

Bling Bling Mani

Sally Beauty is well known for their clearance sales. But when I shop I usually wait till the big sales when all clearance goes to an additional 50% off. Oh yeah, they had one just last weekend and I picked up way too much stuff, but it was hard to resist when I was paying around $2 a bottle for Orly and China Glaze. It’s quite a savings. And it was old collections that they can’t be bothered with or aren’t made anymore.

So I want to show you a mani I did with two of the colors I picked up from the sale. I really should say a pedi, please don’t squeal if you don’t like toes. I’ll try not to be offensive! 🙂

I’ve been finding myself drawn to golden polishes more and more. I spotted Orly Glitz on the sale table and immediately grabbed it. My bottle simply says Glitz, but I think it’s called Glitz & Glamour from the 2010 Holiday collection, while Glitz is from their permanent collection. So I am confused by that one and don’t really know for sure. Just suffice it to say if you come across either – BUY it! This is just one coat of Glitz as my base color.

And the layering polish is China Glaze Electrify from the Hunger Games (nope never read it or saw it) Collection. I love the red and gold glitter in this one. And these two polishes together do not disappoint. My toes look like they glow. Since I’m a South Florida girl and nearly live in open toed shoes, I’ve had a lot of excitement from this combo when people see my toes! I love them together and how they really bring out the bling in each other. I can’t wait to try them as a mani when I have something happening where I really want to draw attention to me! Hahahaha

 

Hope I didn’t scare you off too bad with a toe picture. If you already own these polishes try putting them together and let me know how you like the combination!

Spring Flowers Collex Retires July 31

The end is near for discovering the beauty of my Spring Flowers collection. All six polishes will be retired July 31. 5ml bottles are $5, 15ml bottles are $10. The two in lowest supply are Bluebelle and Wilde Irish Rose.

Shown here: 2 coats of Wilde Irish Rose layered over Sandy Shoes from my Life’s a Beach collection.

Order soon before they’re all gone! Click on the Shop tab up there ^^ and start Shopping! 🙂

New Revlon Moon Candy Nail Polish with Swatches

ATTN: VERY Picture Heavy!

 

Friday while I was at Walgreen looking for the new WnW Saved by the Nail collection (which I didn’t find), I came across one I’ve been waiting several months to see – Revlon Moon Candy duos. I shop (stalk?) that store often for polish so the cosmetic mgr and I always compare manis and talk lacquer. She said they just put the display out the night before so I was able to raid it for one of each color. And I haven’t bought hardly any polish in months, so the eight $1 coupons she gave me was also a nice little bump to get me to buy the whole set! If you have OCD let me apologize now for the way I took them out of the rack – sorry! :{

 

Yeah I did a skittle mani last night with them. Some are AH-Mazing. Some are ok. The undies are funny ’cause some are 1 coaters, others 2. Same with the Flakies so I went ahead with 2 on each. Slow drying but some are oh so pretty! I also had to use a coat of Gelous over my usual TC. The Flakies weren’t overly rough but I wanted to smooth them out entirely. (Posche basecoat and SH Insta-Dry 110 Clear for topcoat.)

I wouldn’t go with some of the bases they did, but I’m showing them in their combinations. Also note that none of the bases have names! Some of these were easier to photograph than others, even after  up to and over 20 attempts each! Also note that some of the labels are peeling (makes for terrible pix IMO) because there are “directions” on the back that you pull the label off to read. I wanted to show you exactly what my bottles looked like while I was using them, but I will be putting a piece of tape over each one to keep them from fraying even worse!

 

Let’s start with Satellite. The base is a wine red in my opinion. This combination works pretty well together. In the store I was afraid the base was brown, and that’s not a color I wear, so I was pleasantly surprised on this one. The base on this was 2 coats.

This is the other pinky-peachy flakie in the set, Supernova. I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but I don’t think it was this. Worn over Revlon’s choice of grey one-coat base, I think it really detracts from what this one could be. I’ll definitely being trying this one again over something else!

Cosmic reminds me of camoflouge. This dark olive green base was also a 2-coater. I like this one and they work well together too.

This is a gorgeous combination that I would wear again! Galactic is over a really deep navy blue base and the flakies come out teal colored on the nail. One coat of underwear was all this one took.

 Moondust really fooled me! It’s gorgeous blue flakies on the nail. It’s over a one-coat black base. I want to try this one over other colors!

Milky Way was my disappointment. Look at how awesome it is in the bottle. It just didn’t transcend that way on the nail. It may have been because Revlon chose to go with a deep grey for underwear, and it just sits there. I’m pretty sure this one would pop with the right base color. Just one coat for the base on this one, too.

Being that I’m a purple girl, I thought Orbit was going to be THE one for me. It is beautiful, but I really had to work at it to get the flakies out of the bottle. This one was the reason I decided to use two applications of flakies on each nail. I had to shake it well and stir the brush around inside of it to pick up the particles. It is pretty on though, over one coat of purple base.

Universe also had me fooled from the start. Again in the store the base looked brown. But I would call it a deep brick red and it’s really pretty. The flakies on this one work great. The base was one coat.

And last night I was posting these to my facebook page so you could get a quick sampling of them. So here they are in case you’re not following my page – but you should be! The link is up there ^^. 🙂

  

I think these were pretty expensive and I wouldn’t have bought them all if it wasn’t for the discounts I got at the store because I actually did only pick up half of them till I was told I could use the coupons at the counter for each one. I wish CVS had a cosmetic counter since the stores don’t carry all the same brands (we don’t have Rite-Aid) in South Florida.

So – do you want to run right out and buy them all? Or are there only certain ones you’re interested in? The bottle total weight is .26Fl Oz/7.68ml. How does that compare to the price of indies in your opinion?

Spring Flowers Collection to be Discontinued July 31

All good things must come to an end. And with summer in full swing it’s time to say good-bye to my Spring Flowers Collection. Bluebelle and Wilde Irish Rose are already in very limited supply and all colors will be gone forever after the end of July.

Orders will be filled first come, first served. Click on my Shop Tab at the top and click on Spring Flowers for ordering. Thank you! 🙂

Here’s just a fun mani I did early in the week with China Glaze and Orly Neons (Sun-Kissed – index, Under the Boardwalk – middle, I’m with the Lifeguard – ring, Melt Your Popsicle – pinkie, Splish Splash – thumb). Then applied some of the polishes from the Spring Flowers Collection over them (Buttercup – index, Wilde Irish Rose middle, Fields of Clover – ring, Orange Blossom Special – pinkie, Bluebelle – thumb). Although it’s extremely hard to capture them, BlueBelle and Wild Irish Rose have duo qualities in the right light. (Dewdrop is on my toes over Claire’s (Color Club) Starstuck Cosmic, but I didn’t think you wanted to see that! LOL)

 

    

 

*Posche Anti-fungal Basecoat, Julep Kate as underwear, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dry 110 Clear as Topcoat.

NEW Life’s A Beach Polish Collection!

Everybody loves the beach, spending the day jumping waves, building sand castles, or catching a few rays. “Life’s A Beach” collection will take you to your favorite beach every time you look at your nails with these fabulous and fun colors and finishes!

 

 

Start your morning with a walk on the beach and enjoy the “Summer Breeze“. Our color changing polish is light and airy with hints of purple, pink, blue and green. Opaque enough to wear on it’s own. Transparent enough to wear as a topcoat. Put this one over black and you’ll be blown away at it’s transformation!

SUMMER BREEZE 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

SUMMER BREEZE 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

The sand might be fun to walk in, but it’s more fun to wear it on your fingers instead of “Sandy Shoes“! Ooooo we’ve captured that look of Florida’s golden sands, shifting with Hawaii’s famous black sand underneath, and sparkling like Coronado’s mica sand beaches.

SANDY SHOES 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

SANDY SHOES 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

During the day the heat erupts on the beach to the point where you can see the heat rising. Check out our smoldering glass flecked “The Heat is On” and discover your own smoking look! Then try it over black to see a rich new side of it.

THE HEAT IS ON 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

THE HEAT IS ON 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

Every famous beach has its own share of “Freaky & Fabulous“. Wear ours alone or over another color to take it to your personal best with this gorgeous gold and holo glitter mix.

FREAKY & FABULOUS 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

FREAKY & FABULOUS 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

After a long day at the beach, the best place to view it all is at the “Sunset Grille“. Glittering orange sunsets herald a last look of the golden orb slipping into the sea.

SUNSET GRILLE 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

SUNSET GRILLE 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

And now the nightlife begins. Take it out on the town with “Girls Night Glitter“, a true blue polish with dazzling bursts of pink, blue, and black glitter.

GIRLS NIGHT GLITTER 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

GIRLS NIGHT GLITTER 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

Every beach has one place that’s “Open All Night“. This iridescent green with golden glass flecks will help you find your way with it’s secret Glow in the Dark surprise! It may take a few coats for complete opacity, but WOW, check it out with one coat over black! You may never take it off!

OPEN ALL NIGHT 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

OPEN ALL NIGHT 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

 

As the inkiness of the night surrounds you, enjoy the “Moonlight Bay” with it’s jet black matte finish and twinkling white shimmers imbedded within it’s depths. (The second swatch is topcoated.)

MOONLIGHT BAY 15ml $10.00 each BUY NOW

MOONLIGHT BAY 5ml $5.00 each BUY NOW

LIFE’S A BEACH MINI SET 5ml each $40.00 BUY NOW Shipping Discount

LIFE’S A BEACH FULL SIZE SET 15ml each $80.00 BUY NOW Shipping Discount

All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde. All SoFlaJo polishes contain stainless steel mixing balls (and always have).

Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped

Happy Birthday to Meeeee! :)

NOTE: Picture Heavy!

Oh yes, I’m still getting those fabulous, fun birthday gifts from my birthday club! Here’s the first post I put up about it in case you missed my debut video! I wanted to make another video, but Joe and I have been fighting these nasty colds for over a week now that seem to be plaguing the entire country. So last night I broke down and opened a few more of my gifts, with pictures only! I want to share them with you because I got some gorgeous polishes that I haven’t seen before, as well as some amazing indies for me to add to my small but growing collection by these talented ladies!

This gift actually came early in the month and I have NO idea why I didn’t already show it. My friend Nikki and I met very early in the nail polish community. We have been doing a very good job (too good maybe) of enabling each other with some marvelous collections ever since! When we found out we were in the same birthday club, it was “icing on the cake” as they say! I actually already sent her gift, even though her birthday isn’t for a few more months, because I had found the Color Club Backstage Pass set at Ross and didn’t want her to miss out on it, knowing how much she wanted it. Wait till her real birthday month comes! Shhhh – don’t spoil the surprise and tell her that she’s getting something else! LOL So on to what she got me! I had been longing for the CC Take Wing collection, but hadn’t found it around here. So what do you think she sent me? Yeppers – and what do you think I am wearing right now? You’re really good at this game, aren’t you?! And of course I got CHOCOLATE!!!!

   

And here’s what they look like on!

And a warning! TOES!!!! LOL And NOT the best pedi at that! 🙁

From Carrie I got Moar Chocolate!

See another cute PostCard? We were supposed to all be including one from our city or region for each gift. I’ve gotten some really nice ones that I’ve put up over my desk. Now this bridge, let me tell you, is one of the scariest I’ve EVER driven across. Actually I was a passenger and Joe drove across it. I don’t know that I could drive it. WOW – I ride 7-mile down in the Keys on my Harley all the time with no problem, but this one scared the shit outta me!!! LOL And Carrie tells me she drives it in the middle of the night to clear her head! OMG – She’s crazier than me!!!

And I also got Pure Ice Busted (PURPLE!!). Which is awesome because WalMart is really far from me and I don’t ever go there anyway. Suffice it to say I don’t like their policies! I love coffee, especially Starbucks. I also got a really neat little red lipstick case. I’ve had them in the past but have long since lost or ruined them, so this was a neat little treat to get! And a Cheshire Cat bracelet. Now isn’t that the cutest little thing?! But the piece de resistance was Carrie’s own Sassy Lacquer Pegasus Jizz! It’s beautiful and I can’t wait to try it and write a review for all of you. I’ve seen other reviews on it already, and it is a highly acclaimed polish in them! Thank you Carrie for sending me my own special bottle of Jizz! LMAO

Next up Candice went crazy (well she says her hubby did) buying me a huge tub of chocolate covered espresso beans! Now ask a coffe addicted chocoholic if it gets any better than this?! LOL And YES, they are Gooooood!! This was such a fun box to open because she had used BIG cotton balls for the packing and tons of fuzzy little craft balls that my cats just go wild over. When I first opened the box I saw a few of the fuzzies, but wait till you see the picture where I dumped it out!

Here it is dumped out on the couch. You can see all the goodies that came tumbling out!

Inside this fun box was a big Sally Hansen file, a bottle of JR Watkins Hand and Body Lotion (I love that stuff!) and the funniest card (Your brain on birthday cake!). She also found a set of Dragon nail transfers. They are unique and I can’t wait to use them. We want to do a bike trip soon, I’m gonna make sure I wear them when we do. (Take a look at that picture in my header. I have the dragon on both sides of my tank!) AND, two Essence Toppers that I haven’t even seen in stores! Glorious Aquarius in an aquatic blue. And Its Purplicious in my favorite – PURPLE!!! As soon as I saw them last night I KNEW I was going to be using them next – OVER the current mani I’m wearing. Why can’t we leave well enough alone?!

And one more box last night – from Kelly. This one wowed me! First, it was a Chocolate Box!!

 

But when I started opening those little bubble pillows I was astounded at her generosity! She included an OPI Nic’s Sticks Silver-Ella. Do you know how hard those are to find? A gorgeous silver holo I can’t wait to try. Then there was the large bottle of NYX Beach Glitter (NPS218). I have some NYX but they are much smaller bottles and I had never seen this one before. And I got indies! By three lovely ladies that I didn’t already own any by! But now I do! I can’t wait to try them. Ursula is a gorgeous purple glitter from one of those crazy Disney Villians (and all my girls know how much I love Disney) from Once Upon a Polish. The beautiful Basket Grass that I’ve heard so much about and agree it is stunning from Pretty & Polished. And the lovely color changing Aurora Borealis from Dollish Polish. It looks very purpley in the bottle and I can’t wait to try THAT! Last but not least is a Girl Scout Lip Smacker in Coconut Caramel Stripe which I think I’m just gonna eat straight outta the tube! LOL

These have been some amazing gifts and I’m excited that these girls are so thoughtful and also a bunch of mind readers! Chocolate, coffee, indies, holos, glitters, well thank you very much I will gladly accept them all with a HUGE smile on face. And all the charities that have had contributions made to them in my name has filled my heart with joy. This is a wonderful group of girls to be in a birthday club with and I thank them so much for being friends!

So tomorrow is my real birthday (May 29) and my little bro’s birthday is the next day! But I’ve got 10 years on the little monster! Wanna see a pic of us waaaaaay back when?!?! Ok well here it is anyway!

That’s also our older sis and our dad. I can’t believe this picture was taken back in the 70s. Man it seems like it could have been just yesterday. Time sure flies. I hope you are enjoying sharing my birthday month with me! There will be more to come! And since today is Memorial Day, I hope you’ve enjoyed it with your family and thought of a service man who has protected our freedoms. Here’s one more picture I’m sharing, of my Mom and her brother my Uncle Eddie, who was a pilot during WWII.

Thanks for taking a few minutes to let me share with you! 🙂

MyGlam Beauty Bag – Yes I Did!

Aye yi yi! Please don’t throw anything at me. Yes I did resubscribe to MyGlam. I had canceled it after the previous month, but of course they would make it a good one! So I resubmitted my name for the May bag and I got it! And you know, it isn’t too bad of a bag. It’s always going to be hit or miss, but for $10 I think I’m staying on the gambling train!

In a nutshell, I got a cosmetic bag. Ha ha, you’re saying you already guessed that? It’s cute aqua with pink lipstick kisses on it. I’ve heard some people complain about the smell emitted from these bags, but Joe says I have the nose of a bloodhound, and I’ve yet to be offended by any odor from them.

I got two more beauty brushes. The final they will be sending for the set. This time I got the signature pink MyGlam Concealer Brush and Defining Eyeliner Brush. They are both nice. I’m sure I will be using all of these brushes soon. I have a couple of sets by other companies but I do like to play around with all of them to see if there are differences in details.

There was also a sample of Philosophy Love Sweet Love fragrance. I don’t wear the brand and this is definitely not a fragrance I would wear. It will make a nice little added treat in a swap gift. I just hope the recipient likes it!

From Studio Gear there was a nice lipstick. I have heard some of the girls didn’t like the color they received. But I have to say – I love the color I got! It is a color I definitely will wear! (Kind of makes up for that orange Hot Topic nail polish they sent a couple of months ago that I may or may not wear around Halloween!) And it’s called “Romance”. Awwww

Lastly this bag contained Miss Beauty Nail Bling nail decals. They are pink hearts. They look like the light box game my little brother had that you put pegs in and it lit up from behind. I actually haven’t ever worn nail decals! I thought it was kind of cute that this month all my gifts followed the theme “love is in the air” so closely. But it seems like a better theme for February. Ahhhh what do I know? 🙂

This is your link: MyGlam if you want to get on the MyGlam bandwagon. I don’t get any points or anything for signing you up. You will probably have to sign up for a waiting list. But hey, it’s $10 and that’s a pretty good bet!

A Month of Birthdays

A Month of Birthdays

May is my Birthday month, and I’m in a birthday group on Facebook. I know, how many times am I’m going to tell you I’m in some fb group? Well it seems to be the social media of choice. I’m not a huge fan of Zuck and all the things he’s done to his baby, but I find it is the best place to keep in contact with your friends and business associates.

 

You may recall from a previous exchange post that I requested a donation be made in my name to a favorite animal charity. I just have way too much stuff. I imagine most of us do. It’s hard to not look at pretty things and want them, but I just don’t really need them.

Amanda contributed to my favorite charity – Abandoned Pet Rescue. They are a no-kill shelter here in Fort Lauderdale. Joe and I host an annual Halloween event with all donations given to them. This is their very welcoming entrance that was painted entirely by donation.

 

Yezenia donated to the ASPCA. This is the adorable internet card they sent me!

 

Amber made a donation to her favorite animal charity Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. They provide care to injured or orphaned indigenous wildlife. Look at these cute little faces!

Ours is an international group and I’ve received some really nice nail polishes as well! And CANDY. Lots and lots of CHOCOLATE candy! Don’t worry, I’ll be celebrating all month with my wonderful group of friends. There will be more posts to come with some very cool pictures and maybe even a video or two!

So do you contribute time or money to charity? They always need help. My favorites are the animals, since they really have no way to take care of themselves without our help. What is your favorite charity?

Did You Know You Really Do Use Scotch Tape?

Last week I posted about a facebook group I’m in doing a weekly mani now, with links to all those that participated. This week’s challenge was to do a “Tape Mani”. I keep seeing all their eBay buys for the skinny little tapes and I’ve never done a tape mani, so I jokingly asked if I could use Scotch tape. Jeez, I didn’t know that’s what they all were using when they talk about it! Smile

  

Since I don’t usually have the time to go all out on manis I thought it would be fun to do these if I could do them quickly and not really worry about how great they looked or how long I’d wear them beyond picture taking for the blog. But like last week’s Water Marble Mani, this one was quite fun and actually much easier to do!

  

I had to read up a little on them, there are tons of YouTube vids and blog posts on how to do it. Basically what I learned is make sure your base mani is at least a day old so you don’t pull it off when you remove the tape. Other than that, your imagination is the limit! There shouldn’t be any polish you can’t use. I’ve seen them over holos, under holos, glittered, creamed, shimmered, and any other finish you can find. Use regular straight edged scissors, curved/design-blade craft scissors, hole reinforcements, blue painters tape, pretty much anything that will stick to your nails that you can paint around/over and peel off!

  

I started with my base which in this case was a couple day old mani of SoFlaJo Tequila Sunrise and Pink Lady, with Wilde Irish Rose as the top layer. Yeah I know, weird combo, but I was just experimenting with combos of my polishes and that’s the one I still had on. It was actually very delicate looking! So on my left hand I cut the tape lengthwise in half and striped horizontially with Pink Lady and Shirley Temple. The right hand I cut the tape in thirds and striped vertically with Blue Martini and Golden Cadillac. Yeah they turned out ok. I did wear them for another couple of days. You can see with the left hand with the reds I didn’t tape it tight enough and some of the polish ran under the tape. I did get a bit better on the right hand and it didn’t bleed much under the tape.

  

Tape manis can be really simple like mine, or very intricate like some of the girls in the link below. Would you try one? Don’t be afraid. This is a LOT easier than water marbling. So what do you think our challenge will be next week? And btw, another group I’m in now wants to do a weekly nail challenge. So maybe I’ll get better at all these techniques. Wish me luck!



FREE TAX DAY SHIPPING!

Hey! It’s TAX DAY and that can’t be good…or can it? As promised earlier this week on my Facebook page – its giveaway time! I’m giving away FREE SHIPPING both domestic and international on ALL SoFlaJo polishes. You asked for it to return and what better time than now!?

All purchases MUST be made through my SHOP tab up there ^^. ALL polishes are included! FREE TAX DAY SHIPPING ends at Midnight tonight!

 

 

LMAO My First Water Marble!

OMG! I’m in a group on Facebook that wanted to have a Water Marble Monday blog today, so of course I thought, why not? I’ve always wanted to try it. Well, Idk if I’ll be trying it again. What a funny and fun time I had, tho. I first tried using polishes that were too shimmery and glittery. Altho they looked great in the water dispersing like they do, they don’t make for a good water marble. At least not till I’m better at it and know what I’m doing. I read a lot of blogs and watched a lot of vids trying to figure out my best plan of attack. I saw China Glaze, Zoya, and Sally Hansen among others mentioned as being good choices. Since I figured I’d be making a mess (and I did), I went with my cheapest option – Sally Hansen. Below are my photos. Please feel free to join me in LMAO!!

I started off here with Shirley Temple from my new Happy Hour Collection.

     

Then that beautiful little girl met the Monster! hahaha

One suggestion I liked and did was to put cuticle oil on my finger up to my first knuckle and under my nail. It was a quick swipe so it used very little product. I also had a small alcohol wipe I used to wipe each nail just before I took the plunge. The cuticle oil works great! I was able to wipe the polish off with a cotton pad quite easily. The fingers that still have polish on them are ones I didn’t get to fast enough, but the polish came off really quickly with my fave Zoya Remove+. Another tip I learned after I did it is to also put a dab of oil on the stir stick (I used a toothpick). That would probably help IMO!

 

And the final picture is my Helmer drawer full of Sally Hansen’s I have to chose from!

OK so now that you’ve seen that I can do it, I did get better by the end with my thumb, what do ya think? Would you try it? You know you want to! DO IT!! Smile And here are the group’s Water Marbles!

Kids with Disabilities Polish/Makeup Charity Drive

Many of you may follow Megan’s blog Painting Rainbows. She is doing an internship right now working with children with disabilities. I’ve known Megan for quite some time and this is a subject that is dear to my heart. Growing up, my best girlfriend’s older brother was severely disabled and I know how much heartache and hardship the family went through. It was a real eye opener as a little kid to be around this and because of it I have a very big soft spot for wanting to help Megan out. I asked her if I could also send Makeup and she lit up telling me that they do indeed want NEW only Makeup for prom that is coming up. The polishes can be used but please make sure you send only new makeup if you plan to include that, too.

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 I have a lot of used polishes that I won’t use. So I sent all of them. I also have a lot of new Nick’s Sticks that I thought would be good for the kids that could handle them could use to paint their own nails. Again Megan lit up when she found out I was sending those and new Sally Hansen Chrome Pens. She said they could use an adapter so that the kids could handle them and use them themselves. How awesome! I also sent a lot of eyeshadows that I had which hadn’t been used (I’m a sucker for eye makeup).

 I ended up using two of the USPS priority padded envelopes. It was cheaper doing that then sending a medium rate box! I also taped the envelopes up really well. One time I sent a padded envelope to someone and all the polish was gone but all the candy and note was there. So to avoid that from now on I always TAPE TAPE TAPE!!! LOL

 

If you would like to send packages to Megan, you can click here to go directly to her blog, or you can email her at itsrainingstars13@hotmail.com  to contact her about the polish you want to send and get her address. Please do not send the polish to me! LOL

OK, there you have it! Doing a good deed and getting rid of polishes you won’t use! What’s better than that?!

Love that International Swap!

 

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I was involved with two international swaps last month and they were both so amazing! One was from Brazil (oolala) and the other was from the UK (yummy). Both ladies are super super super(!) sweet and are two of the best swappers I’ve ever met. Even though I sent what they asked for I feel that my boxes to them were so inadequatre compared to what I received from them! I’m waiting to hear back from both of them because I cannot believe that my boxes didn’t get to them yet. In both swaps we each shipped to each other on the same day. I just hope they are as happy with what they got as I am with what I got. If they aren’t, trust me I have no problem sending them moar! LOL

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So from Alice in the UK, and what started our whole swap was that awesome Max Factor Fantasy Fire! When I asked her what she would like and sent her my swap list, she said “All of it” (haha not quite), so I had to get busy finding other things I’d like to get from her. Since I’m not extremely familiar with UK brands except the MF, Gosh and Models Own, she gave me some ideas and what great ones they were! I also got MF Graffiti, Blue Odyssey, and Moon Dust; Models Own Gold Rush and Mixed Up; 17 Fury, Revenge, Sulk; Gosh Purple Heart, and she gifted me with George U the Sea and MUA Shade 10. Everything is so rich and gorgeous looking. From looking at all this it’s pretty obvious I’m not really into cremes! Yes the Max Factor are little, you can see all four of them in my hand.

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My swap from Brazil was already predetermined on the Hits! Heck yeah I knew I wanted some of those after seeing everybody’s beautiful swatches all over the internet! Glitter Forte, Unconventional, Artsy, Cutie Pie, Hestia, Apolo, Dionisio, Hefesto, Atena, and Zeus. What a gorgeous selection of polishes they are! But wait, there’s more! Ludurana Aurora Boreal; Rivka Carrie and Ellen Gold Cinza Chumbo (I love that name!), Prata, Roxo, Vermelho, and Rosa. She also got me 2 lovely bracelets, a convertible shopping bag and since I already carry several on my purse you’d think she read my mind! Carolina also gave me darling little note cards, emery boards (with cats and cheeta prints), and the neatest stamping plate with hearts, cats, teddys, dogs, bunnies, and other cute symbols on it.

These girls really made my collections come alive! I don’t know that I’m really a person with lots of lemmings, but if I was, they certainly filled those spots! And I also got a bottle of Savvy polish (from Sally’s) that my good friend Jane gave me when we went out to dinner the other night. She said, Well it was purple and all the Savvy are now 99c, so I bought them for you, my daughters, myself. Hmmmm Jody, now I’m starting to sound like you! LOL Yep, we converted another one ladies! Welcome to our Polish Kingdom, right?

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All of the international polishes were pretty small actually! The smallest were the Max Factor which are 4.5ml. The rest ranged in size from 6ml for The Hits, MUA, and maybe George to 8ml for 17, Ludurana, and Gosh. The largest were the Rivka at 10ml, Ellen Gold at 12ml, and Models Own at 14ml.

So what swaps have you done lately? For a couple of international ones (I have done two with Australia previously – oh yeah – Glitter Gals and Ozotics), I am really beyond words at how gorgeous their polishes are. Who is with me in thinking US makers need to step up their game?

My Secret Bunny Loves Me!

I am in a Facebook group that did a Secret Bunny swap (like Secret Santa). I already have so many polishes that I couldn’t think of a whole lot that I needed. I really got into the swap so I could gift some things and fill some lemmings that another might have. But as fate would have it, the wonderful gal that got me knows how much of an animal lover I am, and is one herself. We both have cats and we’ve talked to each other about how much joy they bring to our lives and what excellent companions they are.

One of our cats, Sgt Joe Friday

The organizer of the swap got us all to join elfster.com. It’s a pretty cool site that you can input things you want for gifts and your family and friends can look at it and get you stuff you actually want on your birthday and holidays! LOL I entered that I didn’t need anything, and to please make a donation in my name to your favorite pet charity.

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When I got my swap package it is was nice and compact. So I was thinking to myself, Yes, she didn’t get me a bunch of stuff. When I opened it there was one of my favorite things ` CHOCOLATE! Haha, I think that she had asked me a question about my snacking and I said I love chocolate, actually milk chocolate. She did a fine job of filling up the bag with some real winners including Lindt and M&Ms. Yummmm But there was even more goodness in that swap bag! Some very nice Milani polishes that I didn’t have, and Sinful Colors Green Ocean, which I’ve been lusting after for over two years! Why has it never made it to Fort Lauderdale? I guess I lamented about it enough because she knew I wanted it and sure enough, I now own my very own bottle!

Oooooo pretty polishes!!

So yes I did very well from my Secret Bunny. But there was one more thing I was to find. When I opened the adorable card, there inside was a note thanking her for the donation to Cat’s Cradle pet rescue. I was bawling by the time I got done reading the note! She touched my heart and made me so happy for doing that. Our four cats are all rescues, so I know how much the shelters need revenue. They certainly need it more than I need a dozen new polishes! I want to thank my friend and Secret Bunny Michele for being such a sweet soul and giving, what I expect knowing her, was a very generous donation to them. And also to let you know that yes, I’ve eaten most of the chocolate WITHOUT sharing it! hahaha And I’m going to be wearing one of my new polishes this week for Easter! YAY

So what do you think about how very special my Secret Bunny swap haul was?

 

LAST CALL for FREE Shipping No April Fools Weekend!

 

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The clock is ticking down! Less than TWELVE (12) Hours remain to get in on FREE Shipping No April Fools Weekend for ALL SoFlaJo polish collections to anywhere in the world that accepts nail polish delivery!

 

You can mix and match from all collections in all sizes in one PayPal shopping cart! Click on my Shop Tab at the top of my blog and start shopping now before it’s too late!

 

Click HERE for the Dragon Collection

 

Click HERE for the Spring Flowers Collection

 

Click HERE for the Happy Hour Collection

 

Ends TONIGHT April 1, 2012 at  11:59pm EST

NEW Happy Hour Polishes and FREE Shipping Weekend!

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 New Happy Hour Collection of Nail Polishes!

Just in time for Free Shipping weekend!

(March 31, 2012 12:00am – April 1, 2012 11:59pm)

 Starting from the bright pink and continuing right for the next 8 – Pink Lady, Blue Martini, and Grasshopper, 3 Jellies filled with multiple sized diamond, short tinsel, and round holo glitters, and Golden Cadillac, a fourth jelly filled with short holo tinsel and gold holo glitter. Next is Manhattan, a deep caramel/maroon shimmer with glass flecks; Shirley Temple, a cherry shimmer; Champagne Cocktail, a silver holo filled with multiple holo glitters;  and Tequila Sunrise, a nearly nude color-changing from yellow to orange to red and filled with short holo tinsel. Yeah just call me a holo whore this time around!

The remaining nails are variations of the collection combinations. Tequila Sunrise and Champagne Cocktail over Black, Tequila Sunrise and Champagne Cocktail over Manhattan and Shirley Temple, and Pink Lady, Blue Martini, Grasshopper and Golden Cadillac over Black.

Mini bottles (5ml) are $5 each. Full size bottles are $10 each. The mini collection is $45 and the full size collection is $85 shipped to anywhere in the US or international that accepts nail polish shipping. I am experimenting with full size bottles so pictures may not match the actual bottle style received.

48 hours this weekend is my No April Fools Free Shipping Weekend on my site only.

 (March 31, 2012 12:00am – April 1, 2012 11:59pm)

  

Pink Lady is a pink jelly  filled with multiple sized diamond, short tinsel, and round holo glitters.

  

Blue Martini is a jelly  filled with multiple sized diamond, short tinsel, and round holo glitters.

  

Grasshopper is a jelly  filled with multiple sized diamond, short tinsel, and round holo glitters.

  

Golden Cadillac is a jelly filled with short holo tinsel and gold holo glitter.

   

Manhattan a deep caramel/maroon shimmer with glass flecks.

  

Shirley Temple is a cherry shimmer.

  

Champagne Cocktail is a silver holo filled with multiple holo glitters to be worn alone or as a topcoat.

  

Tequila Sunrise is a nearly nude color-changing from yellow to orange to red and filled with short holo tinsel.

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All SoFlaJo polishes are made from natural pigments and glitters with bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde and Dibutyl Phthalate and Formaldehyde.

Each bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped.

Mini Bottles (5ml) $5 each

Large Bottles $10 each

 I am experimenting with Large bottles so pictures may not match the actual bottle style received.

48 hours this weekend is my No April Fools Free Shipping Weekend on my site only.

 (March 31, 2012 12:00am – April 1, 2012 11:59pm)

For Single Bottles click on Price First, Then Go Back and click on Polish Name.

This weekend ONLY do not click on shipping costs!

When buying the collection I WILL REFUND your shipping charges immediately!

 

Shipping & Happy Hour Prices!
Shipping Type & Happy Hour Names!

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FREE Shipping Weekend & No April Fools!!

Hey Gang!

 

Joe and I were out riding the Harleys this weekend and he said to me, “You know, I think we should do something for all our customers. How about a FREE shipping weekend?” Hey – Yeah! I am SO excited to be able to offer FREE shipping April Fools weekend for ALL my polishes and collections to ANYWHERE! Here are the steps!

 

Orders for Free shipping can ONLY be placed from my My Website Shop. You can chose single bottles by simply clicking on the polish you want and putting it in your cart. Don’t click on the shipping charge. If you chose a collection, I WILL REFUND your shipping charges immediately.

 

FREE Shipping Weekend (48 hours) starts Saturday March 31 at 12:00am and runs through Sunday April 1 at 11:59pm. (Purchases from my Etsy store do not qualify.)

 

So what polishes are on your must have list?

Spring Easter Mani Giveaway Winners

Announcing the THREE WINNERS of The Spring/Easter Mani Giveaway on SoFlaJo Facebook!!

Jamie Heard-Lohr

Amber Holifield-Fullerton

Solange Veiga

Congratulations ladies and a Big Thanks to everyone who entered and who came by my page and voted!

Keep an eye here and on Facebook for TWO Very Special Something’s to be announced later this week!! Are you excited? I know I am!! Keep checking back and you’ll be really glad you did! 🙂

MyGlam Glam Bag for March

So I got the March MyGlam Glam Bag, and after three months of receiving them, I’m just not feeling it. I know it’s just $10 and it includes both full and sample sizes, but I can see the full sizes going by the wayside pretty quickly. And so far there really hasn’t been anything I’ve received that I would go right out and buy.

 

The past two months included samples from: Premier Dead Sea who I’ve seen in kiosks at the mall and gotten a “facial” from them. They use heavy selling tactics and their products are way too pricey. The Keracolor Leave-In Treatment left my long hair sticky feeling. Many other samples were very tiny and hardly able to be used for a single use.

 

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The full size products have included two masks from Freeman. The Contour Brush is nice, but I have dozens of brushes already and didn’t find theirs to be the end-all they claim. And I’m not sure if the Murad Bronzing Boost is full size or not because it is really small!

 

Also, I don’t really need the little bags they send. So the $10 might have sounded like a great deal at the time, but for me the appeal is just not there. Are you still receiving your MyGlam or have you moved on to another beauty subscription service?

Enter to Win SoFlaJo Spring Flowers Collection

Alright! Here it is! You’ve been waiting for it all weekend! SHOW ME YOUR EASTER/SPRING MANI! Like my Facebook Page. Post ONE pic. Get your friends to Like Me & COMMENT on YOUR Mani (they can vote once per day)! YOU will win one Chocolate filled Bunny AND TWO Polishes from my new Spring Flowers Collection! Voting ends Midnight Sunday March 25. Open Internationally! There will be THREE winners! GO!

Enter to Win SoFlaJo Spring Flowers Collection

 

Like my Facebook Page Here

 

 

Nail Polish in Everything I Read!

Seems like Nail Polish is everywhere right now. And that’s not a bad thing after all, is it? Here are just a few of the ads I’ve seen in my own magazine subscriptions over the last couple of months. I still see them but I’ve stopped taking pix since now it seems like I’m seeing them everyday!

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So what magazines have you seen nail polish ads in?

SoFlaJo Blog Designer Kudos

I have to tell you I am SOOOO in love with my blog design. My friend Jamie from Nails Adored is the designer. I give her all the credit for working with me to give me exactly what I was looking for! I can’t tell you how happy I am with the results! From the Dragon graphic, which is painted on my Harley tanks, to the ghost image on the right side of my banner of my actual bike. I chose the font God of War and she made it MINE with that map grid behind it!

 

Jamie is a real sweetheart and extremely talented. She designed my blog and my graphics. I have done blogs before and coming up with all the things that make it your own is so much work. She did it lightening fast and was waiting on me, not the other way around. She “works for polish” OMG, how cool is that? Well, I didn’t want to slight her for her awesome work. And I had some of those fantastic bloom.com vouchers I had purchased from several deal sites. When I asked her what she wanted she said with NO HESITATION the OPI Holland collection! Hey, I could agree with her there! I’m such an OPI fiend, too. I knew she also longed for OPI Ink and I picked up one of those in my jaunts around town. I also sent her some other polish goodies, including my complete SoFlaJo Year of the Dragon Polish Collection, which she reviewed here on her site. I also sent her fun stuff for her kids so they would have fun opening up her nail mail with her. Here’s a pic of the OPI collection that bloom sent directly to her.

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And she JUST is in the process or reviewing my new Spring Polish Collection

Do you think she did a good job with my blog? Did I pay her enough, I know how much internet designers can get for their work. Are you looking for a revamp of your blog or website? I think the best advertising is a happy customer, and I truly am! Thank you Jamie, many times over!

Spring Pastels to Dance on Your Nails

Spring has Sprung!

I’m ready to shed the winter colors for something light, bright, and full of sparkle!

Introducing my NEW Spring Flowers Collection

Blooming Beauties in Pastels and Glitters to liven up your winter mani!

6 Lovely Shimmers, Glitters, and Frosts to Mix & Match Any Way You Want!

Buttercup is a soft shimmery yellow

Orange Blossom Special is a soft shimmery peach tone

Dewdrop is a sparkling white frost with bits of iridescent color flecks

Fields of Clover is a lively green based micro-glitter bursting with greens, golds, purples and pinks

Wilde Irish Rose is a pink hued base filled with micro-glitter pinks and gold along with shards of green and gold

Bluebelle is an iridescent blue base with micro-glitter in pinks, purples and blues

NOW Let’s Mix Them Up A Little!

2 Coats Each – Orange Blossom Special, Buttercup

1 Coat/3 Coats Each – Fields of Clover, Wilde Irish Rose, Bluebelle, Dewdrop

1 Coat Each of the Above over Buttercup/Orange Blossom Special

2 Coats Each Over Black (Provided by Nails Adored)

 

This is a Limited Edition Collection that will be available for Spring Only

Bases Tinted with Natural Pigments

All Natural Micro-Glitters

Bases free of the chemicals Toluene, Formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate

Each 5ml bottle comes attractively packaged and protectively bubble wrapped.

$5.00 per bottle

Shipping:

U.S. $2.00 per bottle, 50c each additional bottle

Int’l $3.00 per bottle, 75c each additional bottle

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To Order PLEASE FOLLOW These Steps!

1) Click on Item from FIRST Menu

2) Click on Item from SECOND Menu

3) Click on ADD TO CART

4) REPEAT 1, 2, 3 for EACH Item ordered

EXAMPLE:

1) US Shipping $2.00

2) US Shipping

3) Add to Cart

1) Spring Flowers $5.00

2) Fields of Clover

3) Add to Cart

1) US Shipping .50

2) US Shipping

3) Add to Cart

1) Spring Flowers $5.00

2) Buttercup

3) Add to cart

There are so many variables this is the only way I could set it up so that the correct polish as well as shipping is ordered.

Thank You!


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Shipping & Spring Flowers Names!




OR Buy the Entire Collection with Discounted Shipping Already Added!

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Zoya LE NYFW Boxes

Yes. I succumbed. I couldn’t help it. It was the fault of my friend Katie. I didn’t think I needed the new Zoya LE Boxes for New York Fashion Week. She made me think otherwise! LOL When she posted pix of the Peter Som Box and said how much the green was different than any she’d ever seen, I knew I was in trouble. If she hadn’t seen it and didn’t have it in her collection, it was a good bet I hadn’t and didn’t either! I have at least 100 Zoyas. Don’t make me go upstairs in my polish area, pull out the overflowing Helmer and count them all. Suffice it to say they fill an entire drawer and also go into another drawer! Ack! HOW did that happen?!?! Aren’t I the OPI lover?

But not one to leave well enough alone, I figured if I was buying one NYFW LE Box I had to have the other. Like a set of matching book ends, dontcha know?! So I also have the Bibhu Mohapatra Box. Since I was late to the party, I wasn’t able to buy them directly from Zoya. I bought them on eBay from a seller who was charging the same $24 price that Zoya charged, so she was probably an authorized dealer. That’s good because I’m not fond of eBay scalpers or bidder stupidity (lemming mentality). She also gave me discounted shipping and after ordering over the weekend, they arrived Tuesday, even with a postal holiday yesterday. She also included a couple of beauty samples. Idk if there will be any of the LE Boxes left by the time you read this, but she has a nice selection of beauty items in her store you might enjoy. Check her out at THIS LINK.

OK, now here’s the kicker. You’ve seen the names of the bottles in the Peter Som collection haven’t you? Evvie, Audrey, Katherine. Katherine? Is that right? That’s what it says on the Zoya Page doesn’t it? BUT, what does your bottle label say? Mine is Katharine. Katie was quick to contact Zoya for an explanation for this. They sent her a new sticker with the Katherine spelling! Should I or shouldn’t I? 🙂

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Did you buy the NYFW LE Boxes? Do you plan on doing it, if you can still find them at a reasonable price? Will you actually use them once you get them? That’s always my biggest problem. Now that I have a true collector’s item, do I dare use it? What will you do?

Win Year of the Dragon Polish in Nail Network Giveaway

I have to say blog followers are awesome. All of you! A couple weeks ago my friend Chelsea from The Nail Network was so close to 600 followers and she was hoping to hit that magic number so she could have a giveaway. Since I knew her prize was TWO of the new color changing polishes from my Year of the Dragon collection, I did a quick little blog asking if we couldn’t reach that number and get the party started. WHOA did y’all ever respond!

 

The Nail Network is now nearing the 700 mark! And with just days left in her giveaway, I bet the numbers just keep on growing. She is giving away BOTH The Conjuror AND Pendragon to ONE lucky winner! You can see swatches on my shop page.

 

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So get over to her blog now and sign up to win!

CLICK HERE     CLICK HERE     CLICK HERE

Come to Mama Zoya, OPI, CND

Haha, that title sounds funny. I could tell you that when I get my new nail polishes I just scoop them up in my arms and bury my face in them. Would you believe that? Do you do that? Haha, I have to say, I don’t quite do that, I do that with my 4 Kittehs, not my polishes, regardless of how much I love and enjoy them!

 

I did get some fun polishes last week from a couple of my bloom.com vouchers that I bought in December from various deal sites. When you come across them I say Jump on em. Hell Yeahs! I bought them for one half the value of the products on bloom and shipping was included. I did end up having to ante up another dollar or two on the orders, but I’m very happy with what I got.

 

First, here’s a picture of the two bloom boxes. I thought they were so clever!

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And now what I got!

Obviously you see that cute little Holland mini collex. I can’t wait to try them. I love the minis and buy them if I don’t plan on buying the whole collex and they’re different from the regular size bottles I’m planning on getting. The two regular Holland collex I got were the purples. Hey, don’t judge me. Everybody has their favorite color! LOL I got Dutch ‘Ya Just Love OPI? and Vampsterdam. That other OPI is You Don’t Know Jacques. I have all the suedes and had all their mates except this one. NOW my collex is complete! The two CND Sparkes are Jade and Crimson. I already have Sapphire and Amethyst. I’ve been told Copper is amazing, too. Next time! And last but not least I got the Zoya Flecks collection – Chloe, Opal, and Maisie. I had resisted, but getting them for half price can change a girl’s mind pretty quickly. And we are entitled to change our minds, right? And I really like that name Maisie! Then of course there were the samples. I’ve used all of them. NOT FAIR! Now I want to buy some of those products, too!

So how did I do? Is my haul one that you would have chosen, too? Are you out there googling those deal sites looking for bloom vouchers right now? I AM!!!

The Traveling Nail Polish Heads Around the Globe

Hey girls, guys, bloggers, non-bloggers! We have a new group on facebook called The Traveling Polish. Our goal is to have 100 people join and snap pictures of their mani (or pedi, why not?) with the polish, include a local postcard, and send it to the next member on the list. This sounds like lots of fun. With so much imagination out there I can only dream of what some of these manis and the backdrops will look like!

 

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So far we have members from warm tropical climates like Florida (beaches, palm trees and pina coladas!) Hometown midwestern places with beautiful flowing fields and cool, crisp lakes. Northern and Western cities, both large and small. Countries in Europe, the Americas, and Asia. And we’re looking for YOU to put your city, state, country on the map till we hit our majical 100 mark! There is still time left, but with more and more members blogging about it, and at more than half our member goal, those remaining spots will fill up fast! The start date of this journey is March 1st. So hop on board TODAY!

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Foie Gras to Mardi Gras, It’s All Debauchery

I love Fat Tuesday. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or the Islands for Carnivale, you’ll understand. The costumes. The colors. The floats. The beads. The parades. The people. The parties. It’s really fun. It’s really colorful. It’s really crazy. Of course the meaning behind it is all religious, but be in one of the famous carnival cities leading up to and during the celebrations, and you won’t care what the reason behind all the raunchiness is, you’ll just know you want to go back again and again!

 

So in honor of Mardi Gras, I’ve got a cute little mani I did last night. I admit. I did steal the idea. But I put my own spin on it. I talked with Danielle, because as great as her idea looked, I was worried about the goopiness factor of the glitter. She said that yes indeed it was a little thick. She wasn’t kidding! So I’m including her picture on the left and mine on the right and explaining the differences.  For those that know me they KNOW my FAVE colors are purple and green so of course Mardi Gras colors are my favorite colors.

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Danielle used Milani Gold Lame as her base coat and topped it with the Color Club Scent-sous Sugar Plum Yum that came out around Christmas. I told her how much I liked these polishes together. She said that irl the gold polish crinkled up under the CC glitter. Gasp! But it still looks really good to me! Idk if she used base coats or top coats.

For my mani I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor. My color base coat is one coat of Sinful Colors This Is It. After drying I put on a coat of SC Frenzy. After drying I applied a coat of SC Call You Later. After letting that all dry I coated with one application of CC Sugar Plum Yum. I tried carefully using the glitter so I could get it over the entire nail and not in little clumps. That was a bit of a challenge. Some places are definitely more dense than others. My final coat is Zoya Armor. I ended up putting two coats of that on. I didn’t use Gelous in between because I didn’t feel these glitters were too bad and didn’t require that extra coat of glitter tamer. I like the little bits of small glitter showing through the big pieces of glitter. What do you think about the two looks of this very similar mani?

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Since I had a training class today I wanted to enjoy some fun with them for Mardi Gras. So I took a bunch of beads that I bought at Dollar Tree and before we started I threw them out to the group. It was a lot of fun since we spent the first half hour dancing for our cardio and everyone was laughing and happy about getting their beads. I always hand out a small token for each holiday. Last week for Valentine’s Day they got cute little hearts with mazes in them and a little bb that you had to move through the maze. Since most of them are in the group to watch their weight, I don’t usually hand out candy and they really appreciate that I don’t sabotage what they are there for! See the beads on the floor? And maybe you can see some of them still have them on while doing crunches before class ended. I like my fitness classes and training groups to have fun with their workouts. It makes it that much easier to keep up their goals of exercising and getting/staying healthy!

We finished up tonight in a very un-Mardi Gras type restaurant and went to one of our favorite Chinese places. Mom and I were probably a sight with our Mardi Gras beads and colors! I hope you had fun today (and tonight), too. So what did you do to celebrate this last day before Lent, and do you practice this religious tradition?

 

Help Chelsea Reach 600 for Fabulous Giveaway!

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My friend Chelsea wanted to have a giveaway at her 600 follower milestone. At the time of this post she has 5 more to go! Last week she asked for TWO of my Year of the Dragon polishes to include as one of her prizes. Of course I said yes! She has been so good to me with obtaining my Valentine gift for Joe (see my earlier post of the infamous China Glaze Wizard of Ooh and Ahz collection). And she also reviewed my polish when I first released it. Her nails are so stunning, I actually had to read through the post to believe it was really my polish! HAHAHA

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Baby Baby One More Time … Last Valentine Post

So I’ve showed you all the fun and fabulous gifts that Valentine’s Day 2012 brought my way. Here’s my last one. It will be a quickie. It’s all about my Baby and Me! I LOVE plants with a passion and I’ve turned our patio into a serene oasis where we relax together at night. One of the plants I love are Orchids, and Joe gifts me with a new plant on many special occasions, like Valentine’s Day. This year was no exception and he gave me a beauty to add to my Orchid, Bromeliad, Fern garden. This one also has a couple of other tiny plants that I haven’t looked up yet, so I don’t know if they are a type of orchid, too, or not. Here’s a pic I took when it arrived on Monday, my day off work.

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NOW, what do you think I got him? He’s a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan. He knows all the lines to the movie. We watch it every time it’s on (well HE watches it, I usually do other stuff and just peak at it periodically, it’s HIS favorite movie, not mine, haha). I had no idea what to get him. I get him Wizard gifts usually for his birthday. The girls in my groups can tell you the quest I was on last fall. So when I saw one of the girls post ORIGINAL bottles of China Glaze Wizard of Ooh and Ahz bottles up for swap, I thought THAT’S IT! I immediately contacted her and we worked out a pretty sweet deal and I was able to acquire these two bottles for his collection. The only stipulation he told me was – I am NOT going to wear them! I have a man who doesn’t wear polish! But a mani wouldn’t hurt him once in awhile! LOL

So we both feel these are the most eclectic items he has in his Wizard of Oz collection. Would you agree with that?

Secret Valentine Haul

Most of you reading this blog are in at least one of the nail polish or makeup groups that I’m in on the internet or Facebook. A lot of the groups do a secret pal type swap for different holidays. I’ve done Secret Pumpkin, Santa, and just recently Valentine. It’s a lot of fun to plan your gift and also to receive your gift. In one of the groups I’m in I was lucky enough to actually receive the same person to gift both Santa and Valentine gifts to. She’s a sweetheart who lives up in Mooseland, as we all jokingly refer to her Canadian home. Since I’m down here in warm sunny South Florida it is pretty fitting that she should be my secret pal!

 

On to the fun! Her nickname is Red and I just couldn’t resist the temptation of red for Valentine’s Day. On her card I wrote – I couldn’t remember if they told me to buy all the red polish or all the polish for Red. So I did BOTH! And here’s the box full of red I sent to her (and also included a pink organza bag of rawhide chewy bones for her pooch)! And I gifted her with my reddest polish from SoFlaJo’s Year of the Dragon – Dragon Heart! Yikes, there was one slight casualty, you can see the back bottle on the right with the red top. The lid was not on tight and a little polish leaked out, but she told me it wasn’t much and the bubble wrap contained it all. Whew!

                                 Red's Secret Valentine Pkg   Red's VD DragonHeart

 

Now on to the Secret Valentine package I received from my group! I was in awe when I opened it. Not only was it full of yummy milk chocolate, which IS my FAVORITE chocolate and/or candy ever, but I also got a lovely blue Sally Hansen HD polish, Spectrum. Purple and blue are two of my favorite colors! My SV knew exactly what she was doing with that one! BUT, she blew me away with a polish I’d never seen before – NOX Twilight Disco Darling. What a gorgeous silver holo glitter! OMG, WHAT do you think I had to do? Hell yeah! Hit the google button looking up that polish line. Big mistake. Now I need them ALLLLLL!!! Ayeyiyi But of course she wasn’t done YET. The pièce de résistance of this gift included TWO MORE amazing items!  A Specialty Valentine Card she had made for me by Sarah Trumbauer Creatives. With an OPI bottle on the front of the card, this gift really touched my heart. I got into nail polish collecting with my attraction to OPI and I’ve never lost that love of my favorite brand! AND the gift that actually brought tears to my eyes when I saw it – a DRAGON phone case for my iPhone! All these gifts touched me so much that someone actually paid attention to my posts and comments in my groups to be able to send me, someone she’s never met in person, everything that I would LOVE!

 

I hope your Valentine’s Day was as fun as mine was. BECAUSE I’m still NOT done!!! ONE MORE Valentine post. Then I’m going to bed! LOL

 

 

A Second Day Late Valentine’s Day Post!

I did a really weird mani for Valentine’s Day. I was hoping it would turn out as I envisioned, but at least it turned out! I wanted to have a really light polish with a GITD design over it that wouldn’t be obviously visible. So I used Essie (which anybody that knows me knows is a brand I hardly ever use and have very few of) Shift Power. It’s a gold barely there polish that I was able to get away with using only 1 coat of! (After applying my favorite base – Zoya Anchor.) Then I used Kiss peel off stencils and the pink Expressions GITD polish I’d picked up last year at Dollar Tree. I painted on hearts and flowers. I topped it with a coat of Dragon Heart from my own Year of the Dragon polish line to keep the GITD from being visible. I wore it for two days. It was fun. I will keep experimenting because I’m sure it could look really nice if I wasn’t in a big hurry. So take a look!

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