Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Catching up with a nail post

Ok so you know I want to do these two challenges for nail themes. Well I have been blog lazy because I have been life busy. Know what I mean? I hate when people apologize for not posting on their blogs. Well I say, that must mean you have a life and no need to be sorry for that. If not posting stresses you out, then maybe you should find another hobby. Relax, post when you get a break from life. Its all goood. The people that matter won't leave you.  Here is one of many reasons I haven't blogged lately:

My beautiful son turned NINE on Sunday! OMG 9 years ago, my life changed and I became a mommy when I brought this amazing dude into my life. He is super smart and knows what he likes. I picked out this KSU basketball cake for him and he was soooo excited. Brought tears to my eyes when he hugged me for more than 5 seconds and told me I was awesome and that he loved it! I am going to miss our sweet moments when he morphs into full teenager. One more year til double digits! EEK! I love him infinity!

Anyways.....on to the nail pictures. If that's what you are here for. Tomorrow will be a card post. YAY! I need to work on more cards and scrapbooking. I love doing it and just need more time!
Here is the Spring challenge I will try to participate in as much as possible:
 I love the Purple Crumpet Fairy group on facebook and I just love all the things Debbie Crumpet has come up with.

Here are a ton of pics of what all I have done but not blogged yet!

This is my fav spring pink. Enchantress by Nicole OPI.

This was my spring flower bed mani. I used a bunch of the little Fimo flowers. Love how groovy this looked.

I have not done my spring water marble yet since it was a birthday weekend.
I did do my un-spring color which is Models Own Aqua Violet.

You can't really see any of the violet here but I will try to get more pics when/if it stops raining before I change my polish.

I do have my pink polka dots ready but you have to wait til my next post for that. I need to figure out what to do about Unicorn Magic day. I has no ideas. Let me know what you think I should do for that day! Thanks!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My 1st Giveaway Winner and NEW Giveaway!!

So excited to announce the winner of my first giveaway is.....................................................


I have emailed her and I will mail her the prize if she emails me back within 48 hours! YAY!!
This is what she won:

Now for the next BIG piece of news. I have reached the 100 follower milestone! YAY ME! LOL!

To celebrate, I will be giving away the following prize:

These are a few of my favorite brands. OPI You Don't Know Jaques, 3 mini Sephora polishes (black, silver, and gold) 4 Mini Ulta glitters (Hide & Go Sequins, Fashionably Late, Black Tie Affair, & Glamoflauge) Essie Carry On, and Wet n Wild Party of Five Glitters. Also a Pickerr UPerr to help you add gems or sequins to your nails, which I LOVE!!
EDITED TO ADD: I got an extra Sinful Colors Cinderella so I am adding it also!

This will be open internationally. I have been researching and I think I can do it!
All you have to do is fill out this Rafflecopter and I will email you if you are chosen. Thank you so much for being a follower and welcome to all the new followers! I love to share my love of polish and paper crafting with you and I hope you enjoy my posts. Please let me know if there is anything I can change to make your reading experience easier and know that I read each and every comment you leave and I love hearing from all of you!!
Apparently the widget is messing up and not letting people enter their GFC name, so please just put your GFC name in a comment. Thank you! 

Monday, February 13, 2012

99 followers and a ton of fun! (pic heavy)

Well my first giveaway for the candy scented polishes ends tomorrow so GO HERE and leave your comment and email if you haven't already.

And since I noticed that I have 99 followers today, I am putting together a 100 followers giveaway that will go live this weekend if I hit 100!

So I am going to share my latest mani's from the two challenges I do.
Purple Crumpet Fairy Challenge FB group http://www.facebook.com/groups/265185020183992/
First the Purple Crumpet Fairy challenge was a tacky Valentine's mani. I actually did two.
Here is what I did:
 White polish with Sally Hansen Red crackle. The red turned almost orange. I wish I had used the fuchsia crackle instead.
 Then I added a bunch of lines of heart sequin things.

 Next up I did OPIs Meep Meep Meep for a base on all but ring finger. Then on ring finger I did OPI Pink Friday and Save Me. Then I stamped with some Mash plates with Konad white.
 I think my right hand came out better than my left. Except that on my pointer finger, I stamped the dang hearts upside down. Bummer. Oh well.

I really like the rose on my right pinky.

Next is my 52 week challenge. Please join us at our FB page to share with all the lovely ladies in this group. http://www.facebook.com/groups/168664249903944/
The theme was half moon. So I was wearing my Gothic Lolita purple and then the next day I decided to put Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint on top. I used the circle reinforcer stickers as a guide over my half moons.

I am working on my polish reviews of the amazing polishes I got from http://www.prettynpolish.com/ Etsy store. I got one called Jealous. It is a gorgeous green micro shimmer. I put it over my pointer and ring fingers as a top coat on this half moon mani. It was very subtle but so pretty. I have a feeling I will be using every drop of it.

The PCFC will be starting a two month long challenge, tomorrow, featuring some holiday themes and spring themes. I will be working on it tonight and hopefully I will get a few done for the beginning of the challenge so I don't get behind. Can't wait to see what everyone else does too!

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Crafter's Cafe Blog Hop!

We are having a GIANT Blog Hop to celebrate our new team at The Crafter's Cafe.
You should have arrived here from Miss Sue http://confessionsofapaperhoarder.blogspot.com/

At the end of the Hop, you have a chance to win a prize package from Fresh Brewed Designs.

Make sure you started at the beginning of the Hop WHICH STARTS HERE

While you're here, you'll need to pick up your "Clue" for a chance to win the FBD prize!

My Clue is: E
This is the amazing prize you can win by figuring out the secret!

We're having a big, grand opening party at The Crafter's Cafe 
all day tomorrow Feb 11th, with a live chat at 8pm EST
and lots of games and sponsors.

Fresh Brewed Designs have let me use this image for my project today.
I made a Tri-fold card with this  adorable train. I used some train paper I had in my stash along with some vellum stickers from DCWV. The image is colored with CTMH markers.

Come over to the party for a chance to win all kinds of great prizes
from all of our amazing sponsors... get to know our new team... and check out the new look!!

Your next stop in the Hop is the Last stop:  Samara Navi http://www.samaranavi.blogspot.com/ 

Hopefully if I am migraine free tomorrow, I will do another card or two for the hop. Fingers Crossed! I am VERY excited for the party on Saturday. I will be at my regular local crop and I will have my laptop and be ready to chat! YAY!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

More Awards/Tags

I actually like doing these kinds of things so if you want to tag me for something that I haven't already done, just let me know and I will do it! I would do one of these every day if I had time, but I think I will just do a combined one per month. So if I don't do your tag right away, I will get it in my next tag roundup.

Ok first off, is The Nail Polish Tag. I was tagged by the lovely Charlotte at Charlotte's Nails and the fiercely awesome Jackie at Claws Up. Thank you girls!

1. How many nail polishes do you have?
A little over 200 at the moment. I am a bit of a collector and I have some from my Nana who I get my love of polish from.

2. What is your favorite brand of nail polish?
I think China Glaze is my favorite. I need more of it.

3. Do you like crackle polish or do you hate it?
I thought it was really cool in the beginning, but I just don't tend to wear it much.

4. What was your first nail polish brand?
It was a Wet N Wild purple.

5. If you are going to have a nail polish line, what are you going to name it?
It would be fun and I like my name so something with Arielle in it. Like Barielle just without the B.

6. What nail polish colours do not compliment you?
Yellows and oranges do not look good on my hands.

7.What nail polish colours do compliment you?
Reds, pinks, purples. 

8. Name two of your best nail art friends?
Well Sue is my real life friend and we both love getting our nails done, and all of the girls in my birthday club are getting to be my great friends.

9. What was the best nail polish gift you ever received?
I've never been gifted nail polish except in a White Elephant swap or in a giveaway. I got the Burlesque minis which were soo cool!

10. make a speech thanking the blogger who gave you this tag?
I already have at the top :)

11.What is your second favorite nail polish company?
I am starting to love Zoyas.

12. Glitter or no glitter?
Glitter. I LOVE glitter !!

13. OPI, China Glaze or Essie?
I have some of all 3, they're all great polishes :)

14. When do you change your nail polish?
Every couple of days as I get bored with it quickly :p

15. What's your favorite colour on your nails?

16. Darks or brights?
Both, depends on what mood I'm in.

17. What are you wearing on your nails right this moment?
OPI Meep Meep Meep with stamping on top and accent nails of OPI Pink Friday and the Nicki Minaj glitter that I always forget the name of.

18. Matte nails -in or out?
In, I adore matte nails :) I haven't tried them on myself yet but I will soon!

19. French manicure?
I don't really like traditional french manicures but for some occasions they are perfect.

20. Favorite winter colour?
I like green at Christmas and Reds too.

Next is the I Heart Your Blog award. I was given this one by Jackie at Claws Up and Ingie at fyeahilovenails. I love both of those blog names, don't you??

1. What is your favorite fashion magazine?
Well I used to read Marie Claire and Elle but I don't get them anymore, I just go online. I do read Nails Magazine. That counts right? 

2. Who is your favorite singer/band?
Well it changes a lot. I love Pearl Jam, Aerosmith and most of all New Kids on the Block. Don't hate. 

3. Who is your favorite YouTube guru?
I found PlasmaSpeedo when I was just clicking around and she cracks me up. I also like the MakeUp Geek girl. And of course the biggest nail YouTube Guru Robin Moses.

4. What is your favorite makeup product?
I love my Urban Decay Naked Palette. And my Arbonne primer.

5. Where would you like to live?
I would love to live in New York. I have visited there twice with my hubby and both times for a week and it was just amazing. 

6. What is your favorite film?
I like a lot of movies. The Notebook, French Kiss I could watch both those over and over. Timeless movies like Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland.

7. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
uhm......I'd say around 15. Hubby doesn't think I need more, but he would be wrong, am I right?

8. What is your favorite color?
Purple all the way. Can't you tell?

Next I have the 11 Question's Tag. I was tagged for this one by Julie at Tales of Knit and Nails and again Jackie at Claws Up.

Jackie's questions
1. If you could be any animal, which one would you be? I would be a puppy in a happy home. The ones that have loving families live good lives I like to think.
2. If you could learn another language, which one would you learn? I  know a little French and I would love to be fluent.
3. What is your favorite pattern? Wow, unique question...hmmm... I like swirls. 
4. Curly or straight hair? Straight. Mine is naturally wavy and I have to work for an hour to get it straight. I wish it was just straight.
5. Besides blogging, what other hobbies do you enjoy? I scrapbook, make cards, and paint my nails and make beaded jewelry.
6. Describe your favorite article of clothing. Well I do love my black leggings. I also love love long, soft, pattern socks.
7. What is your favorite smell? I love coconut, just to smell. I also enjoy lavender and cinnamon. My favorite Scentsy scent is My Wish.
8. Describe your favorite color, but don't use the name of the color in your description.  Let's see if we can guess the color you're thinking of! Wow! Girl you have some awesome questions...Well I did say my fav color in the last questionnaire but....It is the last color on the rainbow and in the National Anthem it describes Mountains Majesty.
9.  What is your favorite number? 9
10. What is your favorite flower? Orchid
11. What was your favorite subject in school? English. So easy.

Julie's questions:
1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now? Well I am hoping to have found a way to control my migraines better so I can figure out what profession I want to have. 
2. What is your favourite holiday? Christmas
3. How many polishes are in your stash? a little over 200
4. Favourite polish finish? Glitter
5. If money/education/etc wasn't the issue, what would be your dream job? Magazine Editor
6. What are your other hobbies? Scrapbooking, jewelry making, card making, blogging. LOL
7. What is your favourite movie? Wizard of Oz would be the top I guess.
8. Do you own any animals? We have 8 goldfish. Woo! I want a Pomeranian soooo bad!
9. Do you have a prized possession?  What is it?  I have a few things that I inherited from my Nana, such as a stained glass Kladdaugh and an eagle statue and wedding rings. I also cherish my Wedding bouquet and my bouquet from being bridesmaid for my sister.
10. If you could get one plane ticket free of charge, anywhere, where would you go? Paris
11. What is your most embarrassing moment? Geez, well when I was in middle school I was a cheerleader and so was my BFF and we both did cartwheels going out onto the basketball court at halftime. Well we ran into each other and totally crashed in front of everyone and my dumb little skirt was up way too long.

In The Life of a MILF did a 42 Beauty Questions tag and said to tag yourself so I am doing it because I want to.

1-How many times do you wash your face daily? Once at least
2-What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo) combo 
3-What is your current facial wash? Arbonne Facial Cleanser 
4-Do you exfoliate? Yup once a week with Salma Hayek scrub
5-What brand do you use? Mostly Arbonne
6-What moisturizer do you use? Garnier Ultra Lift Firming Moisturizer or Arbonne FC5 Oil Absorbing Day Lotion with SPF 20
7-Do you have freckles? nope
8-Do you use eye cream? yes Arbonne RE9 Repair Corrective Eye Cream
9-Do you or did you have acne prone skin? Only around my cycle =(
10-Did you ever have to use Pro-activ? yes, I still use the toner.

11-What foundation do you use? Neutrogena or Maybelline Age Rewind
12-How about concealer? Definitely. Under Eye circles suck.
13-Do you know your undertone color? nope
14-What do you think of fake eyelashes? Love them if I could get better at applying them.
15-Did you know that you are suppose to change your mascara every 3 months? Yes but I just use it up.
16-What brand of mascara do you use? L'Oreal and Maybelline 
17-Sephora or MAC? Sephora
18-Do you have a MAC Pro-card? Nope 
19-What makeup tools do you use in make up application? Fingers and brushes 
20-Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?  Sometimes 
21-For the face? Yes
22-What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)? Champagne or purple 
23-Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner? pencil 
24-How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil? Each use LOL
25-What do you think of pigment eyeshadows? Love em 
26-Do you use mineral makeup?No
27-What is your favorite lipstick? L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Balm Plush Plum
28-How about lipgloss? Love it 
29-What is your favorite blush to use? Arbonne Blossom or Tarte Flush
30-Do you buy your makeup on ebay? No
31-Do you like drugstore makeup? Yes
32-Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets) Is that what Ulta & Sephora are? I go there.
33-Did you ever consider taking make-up classes? Yes
34-Are you clumsy in putting on makeup? Most of the time LOL
35-Name a makeup crime that you hate?Clumpy spider lashes or a line on the chin where the foundation clearly stops.
36-Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?Both
37-Which celebrity always has great make up? Angelina Jolie
38-If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?Concealer
39-Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on? If it was on fire yes otherwise nope LOL
40-Do you think you look good even without any makeup on? No unless dead is a good look. 
41-In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line? I love Arbonne and L'Oreal
42-What do you think of Makeup??I like to look my best so I feel my best. 

Ok That should do it for this month. Remember to let me know if you tag me so I can do it. I will try to add the buttons to my sidebars so you can tell if I have done the tag before or not.

Oh, almost forgot to tag my peoples...well if you have already done it and I didn't know it, I'm sorry, do it again! J/K!

And I also tag all of my paper crafting friends who like nail polish!

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

CCCB Design Team B First Project

I am so excited to be part of 16 designers starting on The Crafter's Cafe Design Team. There is a team A and team B and I am on Team B! YAY!

This means I will be sharing two projects a month with you, using sponsored images for the month.

This month we have images from A Day For Daisies. She has some adorable and whimsical images for you to use to create your own work of art. The prize from ADFD for winning The Crafter's Cafe Challenge is a $12 gift certificate to ADFD store! Awesome!

I chose Tiny Pixie Leaf to work with this week. Isn't she just the sweetest? The challenge is a color theme of Red/Pink/Purple. I used papers from Close To My Heart and I cut out the darling frame and word art with Cricut Cart Lacy Labels. The flowers and border are cut with my Cricut Cart Art Philosophy.
This is a month long challenge so head over to http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/ to enter yours for a chance to win!

Coming up this weekend is the blog hop.  It will be a Scavenger Hunt Hop and each of us will have a hidden clue to a secret message. You'll have to visit each stop to pick up your clue for a chance to win a SUPER prize package from Fresh Brewed Designs.

Then, Saturday, there will also be an all day crafty party filled with more chances to win great prizes!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Milani Gorgeousness

Did I mention I am skipping the nail polish challenges this week? I did try the newspaper one but I am impatient and I didn't have a good newspaper so this is my fail. My pinky turned out okay but not as great as I'd like.

I have done a few swatches for you all. I love these cheap polishes and I think they are just as good quality as the expensive ones.

I must warn you. I got a little lazy as I went thru these bottles so I slacked off in cleaning up and I made a bit of a mess on some of them. It happens. LOL

First up is Mint Candy, a pretty teal shimmery polish. Its a very light blue subtle shimmer. It reminds me of Sephora by OPI Ocean Love Potion. This was two coats.

 This is Beachy Front. Its a bit lighter than this in reality and I did two coats except on my middle finger which has one coat. You can see the bald spots on it. It has a light blue shimmer also.
 This is one of my favorites. Orchidia. Its a beautiful lilac color and has a subtle shimmer.

 This is Sail Away. Gorgeous navy blue with silver shimmer.

 This is one of the One Coat Glitters. Red Sparkle. I made a mess with it. Its very gritty.

 This is a Neon from Milani called Techno Red. It was a fabulous crelly that just melted onto my nails.

 I put this Jewel FX Red on top of the neon. I put two coats on the finger on the left. One coat on the middle and I just globbed it on the naked nail.

 Another one coat glitter is Gold Glitz. This was two coats but just because I was not carefully putting it on and wanted to keep it even. I already have a ton of gold glitters but this is the only one coater.

 I have a ton of silver glitters too,  but this One Coat Glitter, Silver Dazzle, is just so pretty. Its not unique but it does cover really well.

 And this is just one little pic of Tip Toe Pink. I don't like it because it looks like Pepto to me. I am still looking for a pretty light hot pink that doesn't remind me of Pepto.

So which of these are your favorites? 

Don't forget to leave a message on THE GIVEAWAY POST to enter to win my scented polishes!