Happy Birthday to Meeeee! :)

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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! 🙂

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.

What's in the bag? There's some bubblewrap!

 

There's some bubblewrap!

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?

 

February Julep and Oscar Love!

Today was a good nail mail day. Received my Julep box for February. It’s the only other one I receive from the all the beauty boxes and subscriptions. I am an American Beauty and got a couple of lovely polishes, as well as the cuticle oil I’ve heard others rave about and of course, a Chocolate Oscar!

Now for those that know me, let’s just start out with Chocolate Oscar. I know he’s a phallic symbol, but whoa, I wasn’t expecting this! As a confirmed chocoholic I can’t wait to bite his head off!!! wink, wink

OK being serious, I ripped that cuticle oil box open so fast. And wow, what did I find? A roller ball. I guess I either missed that in other posts or no one mentioned it. I gave it a quick rub over each finger and dropped it promptly in my bag. How awesome is this to have with you whenever your cutes need some help? I’m not dragging a bottle with a brush around with me anytime soon!

The beautiful red polish is Glenn. It is red. What can I say? I love red. The ribbon is red. The filling paper is red. And it’s all tucked inside a beautiful black box. And then there’s Oscar himself. A glittery gold polish that just glistens in this sea of red and black. I haven’t tried either of the polishes yet because they just showed up in my mailbox today. But I can tell you I currently do have Julep Trina on my fingers and toes, topped with my own line of Dragon topcoats – silvery Call Forth Dragons for my mani, and coppery 3 of Pentacles for my pedi. The formulas for Julep are a little thick but hey, I just figure I can make them last longer by dropping in a little thinner when I need to. Other then that, they don’t give me any problems and my current mani is already 3 days old with no chips and a minor tip wearage on one or two heavily used fingers.

 

Some of you know that my mom lives with us and she loves polish. You have gifted her with several when I’ve done swaps or for Secret Santa or when I’ve bought a polish or two off you. So I bought her a subscription to Julep as well. She is a Classic with a Twist.

Her two polishes included glittery gold Oscar as well (and btw she LOVES chocolate, too), and the greyish Meryl. I personally was disappointed that it wasn’t more silvery as that is what she likes best and I thought this was going to be one she would swoon over. No problem though. I plan on doing a little tampering with it to give it a silver sheen for her. It’s a good base to work with!

She also got the Topcoat for Hair which I think she’s going to like as she’s a hairspray kind of gal! It’s fun to get her stuff like this since she’s 88 years old and still likes to jazz up her looks! I hope I’m still like that when I get to be her age!

We just became Julep Mavens during the December penny promo, and so far they’ve taken very good care of us. I’ve known of them since they started their program and I’ve read a lot of horror stories about them. Here’s hoping they’ve turned over a new leaf in 2012!

Just a quick update to this post. Another Mystery Box from Julep. This one is for Valentine’s Day.  http://www.julep.com/discounts/holidays/valentine-box-of-mystery