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A water themed mani to share!

A water themed mani to share!

As you may, or may not know, I’ve been on vacation in Florida. We have a beach condo here. Sadly, we are leaving tomorrow. It gets harder and harder to leave every time. And we bought the place in ’07! I didn’t want you to think I’d dropped off the map so I’m sharing a beachy mani with you. And maybe a couple images from our trip.

About a month ago I took a stab at a watercolor nail thanks to Nicole’s youngwildandpolished YouTube tutorial. Thank you so much! 😘💕💕💕 I can’t wait to do more. Polishes used were China Glaze Seahorsin Around for other nails, them for water color I used Square Hue in Beethoven Straat; Wet n Wild for the white base in Whipped Topping; Wet n Wild in Deception; and Elle Cutting Edge Emerald.

Here are a couple of images from our beach trip. And we do rent out our condo. Most of the summer is booked solid, but for future reference if you’re interested, check us out here: http://www.vrbo.com/129539 our booking calendar is always updated.

A sunset beach walk.

A sunset beach walk.

One of many shells I plucked from the ocean. No worries, all were vacant! I collected 2 and 1/2 gallons of shells this week! On my nails is Neon Heat by Orly.

One of many shells I plucked from the ocean. No worries, all were vacant! I collected 2 and 1/2 gallons of shells this week! On my nails is Neon Heat by Orly.

Every day was just like this one. Perfect! This is our view,right behind our building.

Every day was just like this one. Perfect! This is our view,right behind our building.

Every sunset is a keeper!

Every sunset is a keeper!

I love our view!

I love our view!

One day we got to cruise in a friend's boat. Sunset on the Bay.

One day we got to cruise in a friend’s boat. Sunset on the Bay.

Ahoy mateys! First Mate Copper, at your service!

Ahoy mateys! First Mate Copper, at your service!

And I’ll leave you with this. Perfect beach, perfect relaxation. What are your summer plans? 😎🌴🌞

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Born Pretty store haul!

Born Pretty store haul!

First I want to say thank you to a sweet lady, Sophie, aka MoonBeautyBar on YouTube, for my shopping spree at the born Pretty Store at http://www.bornprettystore.com.

This Singapore-based shop has a lot of really cool polishes, cosmetics, nail art accessories, jewelry and more. Just to get my feet wet, I picked out a few pretty polishes, some nail gems, and a few pieces of costume jewelry to use when I photograph for my blog.

I will be reviewing the polishes soon but just looking through the bottle, they are super pretty! The one on the right is actually a textured polish.

I probably wouldn’t wear the rings out much as they are really inexpensive and I’m thinking without a good layer of clear nail polish on those puppies, Id see some color turning. But I love the stretchy mock diamond bands. They fit on any finger! Thank you so much Sophie!

UPDATED NOTATION: I will have to say it took a full month to arrive after ordering, but I think it’s because the store was closed for week in celebration of a local holiday. Communication with the company is exceptional. But you will have to pull out your patience cap if you’re ordering from the USA. I have found they do not get in any hurry to ship your order and the “ships in 24 hours” promise is just a metaphor. :-/

Update if you’re a blogger who is wanting to review for Born Pretty, my experience. This has no bearing on their products. Just my frustration with the program:
UPDATE!
If you are considering doing blog reviews for this company, I want you to be aware of something. Communication with them has become increasingly spotty. They ask for product choices that you’d like to test and review. They send you items at their cost for this purpose. It started out fine from my first order. Fast forward to today, May 17, 2014, I have been volleying back and forth for 2 months. I sent them, at their request, items I’d like to review next. A full week later I get an email an item is out of stock. This is from their NEW ITEMS listing. So I go through the site, choose again, email. Wait two weeks for response. Etc, etc. Without giving you every ridiculous detail, either someone is “posing” as Alice, my previous contact, or she’s not making it into the office very often. I got an email this morning to give her a detailed choice of the last item replacement. I did. I never had this trouble ordering for myself with my own money or points. So, for you bloggers out there who are considering reviewing products for their blogger program, get ready for frustration. I want to be perfectly honest about this because I know that a lot of my readers are bloggers themselves. It’s not always easy dealing with a company in a foreign company. There’s language and translation barriers. Culture differences at times and communication is almost always somewhat delayed. But this is over the top. I’ve always been kind and understanding with BP store, but I think it’s time to convey the fact that this is bugging the tar out of me. I even chose a nail polish from their site for review, as the three polishes I bought before were nice. She emailed me two weeks later, they can’t send polish overseas. SAY WHAT?! Bogus. So there. This is off my chest and we will see where it goes from here. Have any of you had these issues with your contact? Let me know.

See below for my 10% discount code when you shop at Born Pretty. Apply at checkout.

www.bornprettystore.com use LDX31 for 10% off your order!

http://www.bornprettystore.com use LDX31 for 10% off your order!

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Pretty Polish Tag!

Pretty Polish Tag!

First I want to thank Hannah, one of my fave YouTubers on Evebelievebeauty! She did a great job with her Pretty Polish tag so I thought I’d share my answers. These are always so much fun to watch but since I don’t do videos, I’ll have to bore you with plain ole verbiage. Try not to fall asleep! 😉

PRETTY POLISH TAG
1. When it comes to colors, are you conservative or hot mama?
I’m all over the map on this one. I may get a wild hare and bling it up with a total glitter bomb. Then the next day mute it down with a baby blue hue. Ya just never know.
2. Are you a drug store junkie or high end diva?
I am pretty much a bargain hunter. I love me some Pure Ice or Sinful Colors. Then I love nearly everything by Sally Hansen and I’m slowly working on my tiny Indie stash. L’oreal is amazing and Revlon has some pretty awesome scented polishes in their Parfumerie line. The higher end of my personal spectrum ends up with BOGOs and such with Zoya, China Glaze and OPI in my basket. I do have two Butter London minis but always looking for a sale. Sure I’ll take a Deborah Lippmann…girlfriend you want to send me one for review?! Seriously, it’s just not in my budget right now.
3. What’s your All time favorite polish to date?
If you’re talking brand, I have to throw my vote to Zoya with OPI, Sally Hansen and L’oreal running alongside.
4. What’s the most you’ve ever paid for a polish? Least?
The most I’ve ever paid, at full price, is $9-$10. That’s a rare event since I wait for sales. The least was 25 cents for a bargain bin bottle at a store closing event. But the coolest find was a 50 cent bottle of a Color Club duochrome. After seeing in on eBay for as high as $12, I’d have asked you to slap me on the noggin if I didn’t take that one home.
5. Would you consider yourself a pro painter or just an amateur?
Total amateur, rookie, noob, loser! Lol just kidding on that loser part. I’m a beginner when it comes to nail art but I do try.
6. What’s your biggest polish pet peeve?
I deplore slow drying polish. I don’t care if it smells like a chemical plant, I don’t care if it stains my nails. All fixable. But I hate spending time painting and prepping, all to have a nic or smudge even an hour later. I’m a big believer in fast dry topcoats. You bet your buttons.
7. What’s more important…top coat or base coat?
Hmmm, I forgo these both from time to time but I tend to base coat more for creating a good smooth surface. I’m loving the fact you don’t need either for textured polishes. When I’m applying heavy duty glitter, it’s Elmer’s Glue under all that shine. It’s much easier to peel it away than sit for an hour soaking in acetone.
8. Nail art- love it or leave it?
Love it. I suck at it, but I love it. I’m learning!
9. If you could design a polish, what would you name it and what would it look like?
I’m assuming this means a polish line. I love sea shells, well anything to do with the sea, the beach, etc. I love lacquer. So maybe ShellLacque. Please don’t anyone steal this in case I win the lottery and buy a warehouse, then start a company. Just kidding…not going to happen. 😉 Anyway, I love love love three particular trends right now. Textures or sandy ones in particular. I love multichromes and I am scary crazy over linear holos. My textures would have the consistency of Zoya’s Pixie Dusts but the colors would be shades of ocean blues, aquamarine, emerald, sea foam, white sand and some would have tiny holo stars and shell shape matte glitters. Oh, and one to resemble the soft blush of pink sand like they have on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera. It’s a soft pink with tiny speckles of coral. How’s that for big dreams?
10. Share your best tip for the perfect manicure.
I think any manicure needs to have a smooth and healthy foundation. If it’s ridge city, you better be sporting a texture on that nail. Buff those beds girls. I promise it will make them grow!

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