Thursday, March 7, 2013

Long Time, No Post

Well hello there! I know I haven't posted in a very long time! I miss blogging but life happens. My husband and I went on a cruise in January..without children!! It was to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary and we had a fantastic time away. During that trip, I managed to suffer the worst break of my nail of my middle finger. It was literally halfway down and I did manage to temporarily save it with a teabag and nail glue. It since broke and it still isn't past my finger but most of my nails are nubbins anyway so at least they match.

I've also been working very hard on my nail polish line and I have some new pretties coming very soon. I'm currently waiting for some supplies but I'm hoping to get photos soon and hopefully those will be in the shop soon.

Today I have a quick mani for you. This is China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On. It's a light minty color with super fine shimmer. Formula was thick but I didn't mind that. This is two coats.

No flash, indoors (darn you WI winter)

Indoors with flash

If you like minty colors, I think this one is worth a look!  I know these pictures aren't the best as they are taken with my phone but I felt like doing a quick post.  I hope you all are doing well!

Thanks for reading!  


Monday, December 31, 2012

BadAss Polish Sale Alert!

Hey all!

Gosh I miss blogging!  Life just doesn't allow it right now.  I am in the middle of an 8 days in a row work stretch which actually should be a 10 days in a row stretch but some awful bug has hit my family and we are all getting sick one by one...I was first.  This thing put me out for two days!  I really don't get sick very often and is NOT fair to be sick and be a mom!  It's so hard!  I am pretty much better with the exception of some sniffles and a lingering cough but my poor children have it and as much as I hated being sick...I really wish it was me being sick for them.  Especially Austin, my 1 year old.  He's so little and I can't tell him what is going on.  :(

Moving on to better news, BadAss Polish is having a 10% off sale!  Use code HAPPY2013 in our Etsy Store for the discount from now until January 5th.

I hope once this worth stretch is over and my house gets back to normal I can get on here with a mani at least once a week.  Oh, and if you haven't "liked" our Facebook page yet, go ahead and do that HERE.

Any plans for NYE?  I'm working an 8 hour shift at my regular job and I'm bartending this evening.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Crest 3D Whitestrips Review

Hey there!  I haven't posted on here in what seems like forever!  I've been super busy with launching my new nail polish line.  If you'd like to know more on that, visit our Facebook at HERE or go to our website which is  You can get to our Etsy shop from there.  I would love to know your thoughts.  I haven't put any pictures up on my own nails as they are just in rough shape.  If you do visit the FB page, you will see lots of gorgeous pictures from some fellow bloggers that were kind enough to do reviews.

Okay, so onto the whitestrips....I am a member of Influenster which is kind of a place to find and submit reviews of products.  You can occasionally qualify to get a product to review for free which is exactly what happened here.

So what are my thoughts?  I love these things!  I happen to be a coffee drinker and I also drink some soda.  It has been quite a while since I last whitened my teeth so this was perfect timing!  I love how they seal very well around the teeth.  It's really easy to just put them on and not feel like they are going to come off.  They are pretty secure and I'm guessing this is due to the "Advanced SEAL No Slip Technology".  I seriously started seeing results with my teeth getting whiter within like three days.  Now, if I had perfect teeth, I would show you before and after pictures but I have, well...let's just say less than perfect teeth and I'm pretty self conscious about that so I can't bring myself to do that.

I think these bad boys retail for about $40 or so.  That is kind of a hefty price tag but if you only do your whitening maybe once or twice a year, I don't find that to be too awful.  I would guess professional whitening is more than that.

I would definitely purchase these again when I need to whiten again.

Have you tried these or do you have a favorite teeth whitening product you use?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Old Essie Find: Part 2; Hot Commodity

Hello friends!  I am sorry I haven't been posting a lot.  My break that I had....broke AGAIN!  So frustrating.  I am really trying to make a conscious effort to moisturize but I think between dryness and bartending, my nails just aren't handling things well.  The pictures in this post are from a couple of months ago.  Back in September, I had a post about some old Essie's I found and where I featured Essie Priceless.  Today, I will be showing you Hot Commodity which is one of the other ones I picked up at the same time.  This one is just gorgeous and is perfect for this time of year!  It's kind of a deep red jelly but with some silver glass fleck in it.

I'm not sure when I will be posting again.  I looked through my old photos and dug this one up but couldn't find much more that was worth posting.  I might try and use my other hand for swatching, but we will see.  It's harder to take pictures with my non-dominant hand.  I know...such problems!



I hope everyone is enjoying their week!  


Friday, November 9, 2012

Late No H8!

I am late with this but a BUNCH of bloggers were sporting purple nails on their blogs yesterday to take a stand against bullying.  Go HERE for more info. It's unfortunate but we here about bullying all the time.  It happens in real life but it seems to happen a bunch in the cyber world as well.  When people are sitting behind a computer screen, it must make them feel big and bad like they can say anything.  I don't know how someone could purposefully make someone feel down but it happens all the time!

So even though I'm a day late, I still felt compelled to join in as I feel this is something that needs to stop.  There is no reason for it.  We've all heard the line...if you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all!  There is no reason to go out of one's way to make a person feel bad.  Shall we get onto the mani?

I first started with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum Luck.  Then I added Wet n Wild Color Icon in Back Alley Deals.  Unfortunately this was LE but it is a gorgeous one.  I forget to wear these guys! 

Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Special Announcement!!

Hello my lovely followers!  So I have some news to share with you.  For the past several months, I have been working very hard on starting my own nail polish line.  I have been toying with this idea for quite a long time and working very hard to make it a reality.  I am excited to say, that day has come!

Now, I realize there are a lot of other indie polish makers out there.  I do hope I can offer something unique to nail polish lovers out there though!  One of my biggest inspirations for this, (besides the fact that I am a nail polish addict) has to do with my bartending job.  I like being festive while working on game days.  I always try to pain my nails to coordinate with what game might be on while working.  When painting my nails, I kind of always wished there were more glitter combos to represent sports.  Then I thought, well maybe I could do something like that!  Back before football even started I decided and starting planning for NFL team inspired nail polish.

There have been many bumps in the road along the way but I am getting close to releasing my first polish which is inspired by Dallas Cowboys.  I also hope that shortly after, I will have a Minnesota Vikings and a Green Bay Packers. I've had some snags with those but I'm hoping to get those worked out soon.  For now, the polishes I put out will be in clear base and meant more to be glitter top coats.

I hope to actually have some of the Dallas stuff ready for sale, in what will be my etsy shop, before Thanksgiving but I'm waiting on a very important piece of what I need.

The name of my "brand" will be BadAss Polish.  My husband gets the credit for this one!  He said it, I loved it and never really looked back!  Well...that's not really true.  I loved it, but I was worried that someone might be turned off by the name.  I hope nobody would be.  I ultimately decided this was my brand and I loved the name so I wanted to stick with it.  :)

We do have a Facebook Page so if you'd like to stay up to date, feel free to give us a "like"!   We also have a website which has little info at this time until we have a need to have more info on there.

I will hope to be doing a post with swatches of the first one soon so watch for that!  I am so excited for this new adventure!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Frugal Friday: Cocktail Dress

Well, I had to do it.  I had to file my nails down due to my recent break.  I think between weather and bartending, my nails are having a hard time staying strong.  I am trying to make a conscious effort to moisturize more often and I've been on a mission to drink lots of water.

I have some pictures of manis that I have taken before "the file down" that I may post.  So you may see a variation in nail length but I have a hard time liking my nails this short!  There are many bloggers that have shorter nails, aka "nubs" or "nubbins" and those bloggers rock the heck out of them.  I just feel like it doesn't suit my hand.  I don't every have my nails too long to begin with this length is definitely shorter than I like.

For this Frugal Friday, I have a Maybelline Color Show polish.  The one is from the Sequins collection. I no longer have my receipt but these are about $3 at Walmart.  I am not positive if they are charging more for the  glitters...hopefully not! This particular collection is limited edition so if you like what you see, don't hesitate too long.  I picked up two from this collection and the one I picked for today is called Cocktail Dress.  It has a black base with a mixture of black glitter and slightly larger red glitter.  This polish is a bit of a problem child for me.  I started off using a nail wheel and the formula was just...dry?  Not really sure how to describe it but it just didn't flow well on the nail.  I then added some thinner and it was more workable then.  For the photos below, I used three coats, then a coat of Gelous, then a coat of SV.   I don't like when a glitter is really rough on the nail and this combination usually solves that problem.

Okay...shall we get on to the pictures?!!



Have a good weekend!