Monday, September 19, 2011

Cult Nails Top & Base Coat

Last month, (I know I'm bad-I'm sorry I'm so behind!) I won 4 Cult Nails polishes of my choice, THE Cult Nails nail file, and the soon-to-be-released Wicked Fast & Get It On (Top & Base Coat).  Maria packed them in this adorable cupcake box!  
Since receiving this glorious package, I've fallen madly in love with both Wicked Fast and Get It On.  The base coat, Get It On, somehow makes it so I have to do fewer coats of polish for some of my favorite polishes.  It prevents cuticle drag of even the fussiest formulas and makes the polish stick.  Wicked Fast, the Cult Nails top coat, dries quickly without bubbles and leaves your manicure with a glossy shine.  These are seriously the "dream team" of top and base coats. 
Here is an experiment I did to prove to you the unparalleled quality of these polishes.  After prepping my nails as usual, I put one coat of Get It On on my middle finger (far) and one coat of another widely used base coat on my ring finger (close).  After they had completely dried, I put one (not too thin/thick) coat of a polish that usually requires 2 coats because of its streaky nature.  The difference between the Cult Nails polish and the *other brand* is unreal. 
If you are looking for an amazing base & top coat you MUST go over to and buy this incredible duo.  Or  go to Cult Nails on facebook where you'll find out the latest Cult Nails news.  Maria is going to release these beauties any day now, so feel free to stalk her lovely shop & check out her infamous polishes!

**Update: you can buy both the top & base coat for $15 or you can by them separately for $8 each**

Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday Manicure

Polish-aholics Anonymous (a facebook group) hosts a Monday Manicure Challenge every Monday.  This week the theme with the most votes was CANDY.  Yummy!

When thinking what to do for this manicure, I was stumped.  I wanted it to be fun but wearable.  I racked my brain and eventually decided on trying a rock candy accent finger.  I prepped my nails as usual then chose Revlon Plum Night as my background color.  I let it dry and then covered my ring finger with nail glue and stuck on sea salt.  Ideally this would have been done in a pastel or a candy color, but I was feeling the dark purple instead.
Have you every stuck something unconventional to your nails?  What was the BEST or CRAZIEST thing you have ever stuck to your nails?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday Manicure

Happy Back to School! (or Happy Labor Day)

I created this manicure with a back to school theme.  I drew my inspiration from marble composition notebooks and graphite pencils.  Enjoy:
This week's PaA Monday Manicure was TV/movie/book.  I couldn't come up with something I wanted to do, so I did this instead:)

Have you ever created a back to school manicure?  Where did you get your inspiration from?

Friday, September 2, 2011

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Wear teal on your tips & toes (or face & clothes) to bring awareness to Ovarian Cancer.

Use it as a conversation piece to bring awareness to this silent killer.  Many females are unaware of the warning signs and wait until it is too late before bringing it to their doctor's attention.  Please spread the word this month by wearing teal!

Learn more by visiting the Teal Toes website or facebook page.

Check out these other lovely blogs that are supporting this wonderful cause:

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Paint 'em Teal!

Tomorrow Friday, September 2 paint your toes (or fingers) teal to raise awareness for ovarian cancer.

I apologize for the foot shot. (yikes!)

Why raise awareness?

  • Too many women with ovarian cancer do not get diagnosed until their cancer has spread. Their survival rate is 45%.
  • The survival rate improves greatly - to 93 percent - if the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage before it has spread. Only 19 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at this local stage.
  • Approximately 75 percent of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage after the cancer has spread beyond the ovary.
This information is from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
The symptoms of Ovarian Cancer are:

Bloating that is persistent
Eating less and feeling fuller
Abdominal pain
Trouble with your bladder

Anyone having these symptoms daily for more than a few weeks should see their gynecologist.

For more information visit:

**Disclaimer: I was not contacted by a sponsor or company to endorse this cause.  I believe that all women need to be aware of the dangers of this disease & this is a fun way to spread the word.