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Blue and White Snowy Days

Winter Nails

It is a new year, and I am making a resolution to have at least one post per week.  I got overzealous when I first started this, probably because it was summer, and work slows down.  Once life caught up to me, something that I began as a mind break, something without any accountability, deadlines, and so on, became a chore and I became less and less likely to post.  As I reevaluate, I think one post a week is reasonable, and if I manage to squeeze in more than one, YAY ME!

Also, I have been following some nail art geniuses!  I love your work, and I get such a kick seeing it!  But I am just the everyday, have some nail polish stuff, like to try it out, girl.  I am not going to have freakishly awesome nails.  I am going to have nails that I like, and I think are doable for anyone.  When I read back through what I had posted, there were tons of “excuse the messy edges” or “I know it’s not perfect” or “I know my toes are yucky”…I could go on.  Part of my resolution is just to be me.  Stop making excuses for being me.  No, my edges aren’t always cleaned up, because I snap the pics right away, before I do projects with kids, dishes, or whatever else boogers them up.  And my pics aren’t going to be perfect because I am not a photographer.  And honestly, who has beautiful toes?  So if I want to show my pedi, I will.  Take it for what it is.

In my effort to make one post a week, I will feature things like my nails, my supplies, my storage, whatever I think would appeal.  My nail collection is not always the latest and greatest (if you follow me, you know I am about the clearance) but I think there are lots of people, in this economy that cruise the clearance, find cute polish and use them.

Basically, I am the average working woman on a budget.  I want to do this blog for me, as a release, as a fun thing.

WHOA……moving on!

The Polar Vortex has struck and I wanted to do a wintry type of nail.  I used:

OPI, Sally Hansen, Sephora, Funky Fingers

OPI – Dining Al Frisco,                                           Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – White On,        Sephora Formula X – Boom, Funky Fingers – Olaf

The OPI polish is a beautiful blue with a silver metallic touch and blue glitter hints in it.  Somehow, the elements that I thought would make it more intense, seemed to calm it down.  Weird, right?

OPI Dining Al Frisco

I used the OPI on all of my fingers, except for the ring finger, and I used the Xtreme Wear on it.

Then came the toppers.  On my ring finger I used the Sephora polish.  (I scored that a TJ MAXX for $1.25!)  I really like it because it has all different sizes of these pearly glitters and goes on really nicely.  It wasn’t that glitter struggle of tapping, daubing, smearing, trying to spread it relatively easily.

Sephora Formula X Boom

For the topper on all of the blue fingers, I used the Funky Fingers.  There are actually snowflakes in that polish, but I wasn’t able to get any out.  I also had to add a couple drops of thinner to the mix, because while I love all the sizes of matte and iridescent glitters, it made it too tough to get out and spread.  Once I thinned it, it was much easier.

Funky Fingers Olaf

I think that the blues and whites worked well together, and help to make a sort of wintry feel.

IMG_2027 Winter Nails

Thanks for reading!

Sally Hansen Clearance Palooza

If I had to claim a certain brand as a favorite polish, I would claim Sally Hansen.  I have never had trouble with Sally products, and at full price, they are still very affordable.   AND, if you are willing to be a little behind on the latest trend, they go on clearance all the time.  Yesterday I scooped up 17 new Sally polishes for under $9.  SCORE!

IMG_1763First, I grabbed the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Jellies.  From left to right I have:  Water Melon, Sea Through, Vitamin D-light, Grape Jelly, Jell-ous?, and Ice Tint.  I think these have a lot of potential.  They are not extremely tinted, but I think that could make them more versatile.  I used them late last night to make my watercolor manicure.

Watercolor Manicure


Next, I found four new shades for me from the Xtreme Wear line.



From left to right:  Gunmetal, Grey Area, Pacific Blue, and Violet Voltage.  I actually had nail stamping in mind when I snagged these.  They will be good colors for manis too.

Third, I found four colors from the Complete Salon Manicure line.



Left to right:  I Lilac You, Batbano Blue, Copper Penny, and Earl Gray.  This picture is not doing Copper Penny any justice.  I am really excited to use it for some fall manis, adding that spark of glitter.  It truly does look like shiny penny pieces.

Finally, I bought one from the Insta Dri line and two from the Satin Glam.



Left to right:  Moracc-go, Chic Pink, and Taffeta.  The Insta Dri I got for autumn, and the others were just cute.  (For the price, that was a good enough reason.)

I was really happy with my finds.  I have plans in mind for some, while others I just took home because I liked the color.  The jellies are pretty new to me.  The only other jelly polishes I have are ones with glitter in them.  I am looking forward to experimenting with them.

Do you love to find a bargain?  Do you already have these shades?  What do you do with them?

Thanks for stopping by!



Steals and Deals

Let me begin by saying that I went grocery shopping today.  It may be my least favorite chore.  I mean, you search the aisles, compare the coupons, compare the prices, put it in the cart, put it on the conveyer belt, put it in the bag, put it back in the cart, put it in the car, take it out of the car, take the bags in the house, put the stuff away, and then get some of it back out for supper.  Are you feelin’ me here?

Meanwhile, I do want to brag that today I got $100 worth of groceries for $15.  Yay me!

Naturally I cruise the clearance aisles.  I scored Orly Bonder Basecoat for $2, Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Poppin’ Paprika for $1.50, and Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in Cinnamon for $1.50.


I may be able to try these products sooner than expected because my green polish (that I just put on on Saturday) is chipping.  It is China Glaze, and I am really trying to like the China Glaze that I have (not many) but every time I wear it and try to apply it, I am not impressed.  Oh well.  

That’s pretty much all I have to say today.  I live a thrilling life.  🙂



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