Fat Tuesday Fun! Mardi Gras Mani! :)

Let’s call this Fat Tuesday Fun

OR

Mardi Gras Mani! 🙂

No I’m not going to Mardi Gras but I love the celebration and the colors. I’ve been on Curacao to celebrate Carnival and in the Big Easy to celebrate Mardi Gras in previous years. But this year I’m just home in little ole’ Fort Lauderdale!

But alas, with Valentine’s Day in just two more days, this one will come off tomorrow! Sigh

Have a great day!

🙂

Jody

 

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!

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 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! 🙂

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

 

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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!

 

sun suitcase

 

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!

CLICK HERE — CLICK HERE — CLICK HERE

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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