My First Holiday Giveaway!

I AM SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW!  You have all been so patient with me lately, because I haven’t posted for a whole month!  I have been extremely busy with the end of school, finals, and everything else I had to do!  But!  Don’t fear…the waiting was worth it!  I am now hosting my first holiday giveaway!  Yay!

Tina at Pomegranate Nail Lacquer was so kind and sent me one of her hottest new products to giveaway to one lucky reader.  It’s her new Holiday Gift Set!

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The Pomegranate Nail Lacquer Holiday Gift Set contains:
- Two full sized Pomegranate Nail Lacquer polishes
- One baby ornament
- A pot of fine glitter

I chose two of my favorite polishes for you: Improv Show and Autemnesque.  They are gorgeous shades for the winter and even for the spring, summer, and fall.

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I am so excited to be able to give out such a wonderful gift for the holidays.  Thank you Tina!

In order to enter, follow the Rafflecopter link below.  I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Rafflecopter widget!  You have one week from today to enter the giveaway!  I will try to send it out in time for Christmas, but I’m not completely knowledgeable about delivery dates and such around the holidays.  If it doesn’t make it to you by then, then it will be a bonus after Christmas gift before New Years!

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KB Shimmer 2012 Winter Collection Release and My Wish List Grows!

The snow is falling, the fires are burning, and…who am I kidding?  I live in California.  The weather is a little bit cooler, but there’s no snow and because I’m away at school, there are no fireplaces.  Winter break is coming though, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I absolutely love the holidays.  I don’t love them because of the presents, but I love them because of the feeling I get when they roll around.  I know it’s not the same for everything, but there are feelings of love, family, togetherness, and warmth in my home.  Cuddling up in a blanket and watching movies all day is what I love to do, whether it be with my sisters, my sorority sisters, my friends, or my boyfriend.  It’s also nice having a winter break when you’re in college, because the break falls between the two semesters – this means no homework!  More time to do absolutely…nothing.

So because my two loves (right now) are the holidays and nail polish, what could be more perfect than…a holiday nail polish collection?!  I just received notice about the release of KB Shimmer’s 2012 Winter Collection, and these glitterbombs are to DIE for.  The photo below comes from Colores de Carol website.

Oh.  My.  Gosh.  I am in love.  These colors reach all ends of the holidays, from candy cane colors to gold!  I am definitely going to be keeping my eyes on these when they come out (and after my No-Buy November is over, of course).  I don’t know about you, but I really want Snow Way!, Cocoa Nut, and Sugar Plum Faerie.

These polishes will be available for retail on Thursday, November 15th at noon EST!  Christy said not to worry though, because they will be available on her website for a while.  :)  Whew!

Visit KB Shimmer’s website to buy these polishes, and please let me know which ones you pick up!
Which ones do you have your eyes on?  Do you love the holidays as much as me?

Have a good rest of the week and enjoy your weekend!  I know I will, I will finally be out of school for fall break!

I’ll Wear It, Even If It’s Out of Style: Dollish Polish “What’s This? What’s This?” Swatch

Now I know it’s not Halloween anymore (thank the high heavens), but that doesn’t mean that polishes I bought that were themed around Halloween aren’t cool anymore.  Plus, this polish could be considered Halloween or Christmas.  ;)

So I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite Halloween/Christmas movies is The Nightmare Before Christmas.  I’m obsessed with Tim Burton films because they are dark and hilarious, and the art is just so inspiring.  When I found out that Dollish Polish had an entire collection centered around this movie, I literally jumped out of my seat.  However, on a college budget, I couldn’t afford to buy every single polish like I wanted to, or even a couple.

Then…one magical day, Dollish Polish announced on Facebook that she was selling her Halloween polishes at discounted polishes until they ran out.  I was at work at the time, but I hopped on Facebook and tried to add the one I had my eye on into my cart…of course, there were none left.  Just like I did with “Team Salvatore”, I kept trying to add it to my cart until finally, I GOT ONE!  Yes!

So here I have for you is Dollish Polish “What’s This?  What’s This?” over Pomegranate Nail Lacquer’s Velvet Lounge, one of my favorite purples ever!  This is a complete glitter bomb full of tons of different colors and shapes of glitters: white hexes, white bars, orange hexes, green hexes, black hexes, black micro-glitters, purple hexes, purple squares, and black square glitters!  WOW!

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I have seen this polish over black, but there are black glitters in this polish that I really wanted to try and show!
It took a little bit of dabbing and placement, but it was absolutely worth it!  I got so many complements on this glitter and when I told them it was Nightmare Before Christmas Inspired, they all were not surprised!

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Dollish Polish did a really good job of creating her polishes to be themed around The Nightmare Before Christmas, and she has definitely created some one-of-a-kind polishes that you will never find anywhere else.  I don’t believe that she is selling them anymore, but if you were lucky enough to get one I’m interested to see which is your favorite!  Do you love Tim Burton movies as much as I do?

What’s on your nails right now?  Will you continue to wear your favorite Halloween polishes far after the holiday?
I know I will!

Sunny’s Cuticle Oil Review

Fall and Winter are my favorite seasons, but they always do a number on my hands.  The cold weather makes it impossible to keep my hands silky smooth, and my cuticles fall victim to the cold as well!  Normally I just use a cuticle butter, but when I’m on the go from class to class I figured I’d need something much easier.  After some searching I finally came across 365 Days of Color Polishes‘ product Sunny’s Cuticle Oil, which comes conveniently in little roller ball containers for you to apply quick and easy no matter where you are!

The coolest part about Sunny’s Cuticle Oil is that it comes is SO MANY different scents to choose from.  There are different categories like food related scents, floral and woodsy scents, seasonal scents, even a men’s scent section!  Also, you can buy a single 10 mL bottle for $4 or a sample pack of three 5 mL bottles for $6.  I chose the sample pack because I wanted to have as many different scents as I could!

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After a LOT of deliberation (and I’m not exaggerating, it took me over a week to place this order because I simply could not choose), I chose Pink Sugar, Christmas Cookies, and Black Amethyst.  I am now going to attempt to describe these scents to you, and I will literally smell them as I’m typing.  Remember that everyone smells things a little differently, so my interpretation will be very personal and kind of humorous because I’m in a silly mood right now.
Pink Sugar – This smells like sugar.  Period.  It’s super sweet and smells good enough to eat and is definitely my favorite!
Christmas Cookies – This doesn’t smell as sweet as Pink Sugar, but it’s still sweet!  It smells like warm sugar, butter, and vanilla baking in a kitchen.
Black Amethyst – A more mature scent…kind of musky but in a vanilla-rose kind of way.  I can’t figure this one out!

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As you can see, it comes in a little bottle with a roller ball on top!

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What you do is roll it onto you cuticles and nails and let it sit for a few minutes.  After letting it soak in, massage it in with your finger tips!

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Here is what my hands looks like after massaging it in!  It left my nails really shiny but not greasy!  As you can see, my cuticles are really moisturized as well!

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I use this product all the time now.  When I’m sitting in class (usually bored) or I notice my cuticles are looking kind of sad, I pull out the cuticle oil I chose to put in my bag for the day and roll it on!  Everyone around me will usually say, “Oh my gosh what is that it smells so good?!” or “Where did you get that?!”  I usually give them the website and tell them it’s such a yummy and great product for such a good price and that they should definitely buy their own.  :)

What do you use on your cuticles in the fall and winter?  Do you have any of Sunny’s Cuticle Oils?  Go check out the different choices she has and let me know what you order (because you totally should order some)!!!

No Buy November – Can I Do It?

It is currently…one o’clock in the morning and I finally have found time to post on this blog.  It has been absolutely insane these past couple of weeks – work, papers, frustrating history teachers…enough excuses.  All I have to say for you to know how busy I was is…my nails have been naked for just about two weeks now.  Sad, I know.

This week is busy as well because my sorority is initiating our fall class AND it is mine and my boyfriend’s six month anniversary.  :)  But!  I should be receiving two really exciting polishes in the mail this week that I will be swatching and showing off as soon as I get them, busy or not!  Speaking of polishes…

I will be attempting to do a No Buy November.  I am a college student and like others in my situation, I don’t have unlimited funds to spend on anything I please.  I don’t buy nail polish like a mad woman to begin with, but I think that I have enough nail polish right now to do millions of different things.  My sorority sisters don’t believe I can do it, but I am going to believe in myself and stick to my ambitions!  I did buy a few polishes I have been lemming for…but now I’m done.  :)

Another really exciting announcement – the Nails of Many Colors Facebook page (which you can like by clicking on the “like” widget to the right of this post) has finally reached 100 likes!  Just as promised, I will be doing a giveaway!  It will be small because it’s my first one, but it’s a giveaway nonetheless!  What products would you like to see in this giveaway?!  Let me know, because it’s all for you!

I hope you all had a really great weekend, and make this week count!  I’m going to be getting a lot done, so you should too! :)

A Jelly Sandwich that Looks Yummy Enough to Eat

When I first started seeing swatches of OPI’s Skyfall collection, I immediately made a list of the colors that I wanted.  They are all absolutely gorgeous (especially that Man with The Golden Gun!!!) but on a college student’s budget I had to be smart, so I chose my two favorites and purchased them as soon as I could find them.  I discovered a Merle Norman store close by my University, and they got it in before Ulta!  I grabbed my boyfriend (he’s the best, because he actually agreed to shop for nail polish and make-up with me) and ran to the store to pick up “The Living Daylights” and “Live and Let Die”.

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This is one coat of strategically placed “The Living Daylights” over one two coats of Zoya’s “Katherine”.

P.S.  I won a giveaway hosted by Midnite Manicures!!!  I was so excited because I rarely win anything, and this prize was something I really really wanted!  I have been trying to make jelly sandwiches for a very long time, and this prize was the Zoya Fall 2012 Gloss collection!  They are absolutely perfect for jelly sandwiches, and there are three beautiful colors!  Thank you Midnite Manicures!  Everyone should go over and follow her blog, Jeanie is so sweet!  I even got a really cute handwritten card in my prize package.  :)

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After letting the glitter dry, I put one more coat of Katherine over the top and TA-DA!  An absolutely perfect jelly sandwich!  And Katherine is actually the color of real jelly, so it kind of looks good enough to eat.

I got so many compliments on this manicure – people said it looked like there were rhinestones in my nail polish!  The only thing about a jelly sandwich is that it kind of covers up the true colors of the glitter, and in this case the teal, light pink, and silver colors of The Living Daylights were sacrificed.  But that’s okay!  Because I love the way it turned out!

What colors and glitters do you usually use to make your jelly sandwiches?  Do you like strawberry or grape jelly better?
Have a great rest of the week! :)

Pomegranate Nail Lacquer “Midnight Satellite” Swatch and Review

A couple of weeks ago I showed you some really cool nail art with Pomegranate Nail Lacquer’s “Curator”, and now I have for you another beautiful Pomegranate color swatch!

This color is called Midnight Satellite.  I would describe it as a teal-green jelly polish with silver shimmer.  It is a beautiful fall shade, but at the same time it is full of color!

Here are a lot of different pictures of the color under several different lights!  These pictures are all done with two thick coats of Midnight Satellite.  Because it is a little bit like a jelly, you need two thick coats or three thin coats to get no VNL.  However, it wasn’t really that much of a problem with me! Just something I noticed that I wanted to mention.  :)

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Honestly, I have a hard time wearing blues and greens on my nails.  When I first started with this color, I was a little bit hesitant as to if I was going to like it or not, but I have finally decided that I love it!  It isn’t too green or too blue, and it isn’t too bright!

What do you think about this color?  Visit Pomegranate Nail Lacquer‘s website and check out their fall collection! :)

Moving on Up!

If you’re super in following and read nail polish/beauty blogs like me, you would have noticed that dozens of ladies (and some gents) are holding giveaways right now!  It’s getting closer to the holiday season, so Halloween and Christmas giveaways are just around the corner.

Also, if you follow Nails of Many Colors on Facebook (which you totally should) you would have noticed that I stated at 100 likes I would do a giveaway!  I’m not sure of the size of the giveaway, but it’s a giveaway nonetheless!  :)

I’m at 76 likes right now…so it’s close!  Head on over, like the page, and spread the word!

I’m also getting more involved with sponsoring other giveaways on other blogs!  This way, we can all sort of link our blogs together and get the word out about more products and more points of view.  It’s really nice to be able to communicate with other nail bloggers too though, especially since I’m the only one I know of in my area.

I still have some really cool swatches to show you of fall polishes, like Pomegranate Nail Lacquer, OPI, 365 Days of Polish, and possibly some others as well!  Check back often and tell me what you think. :)

I hope your week has been going well, it’s almost over!

Vampire Diaries and Glitterbombs

Happy hump day!  Ahh, Wednesdays – the halfway point of the race to finish the work week as quickly as possible.

I personally hate Wednesdays.  I used to love them (because I just like the word ‘wednesday’) but not they are the most busy day of my week.  I get to sleep in until anytime before 12:30 p.m., but then I have class from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. and then 4:00 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Then I have to do homework and get to bed as quickly as possible, because I have to wake up at 6:30 a.m. on Thursdays.  Boo.

On a side note, I am excited for this day to be over and tomorrow to be halfway over, because then I get to go home!  The season premiere of Vampire Diaries is on Thursday (YAY YAY YAY) and I’m going home to watch it with my sister.  Over the summer, we used our Netflix account to it’s full potential and caught up on several seasons of shows ranging from Breaking Bad to Gossip Girl, and luckily many of the shows are still on TV now and starting up again this fall!

I am OBSESSED with Vampire Diaries.  I love the story and the characters – and every episode breaks my heart and makes me want to keep watching.  So when I discovered that Dollish Polish sold a polish called “Team Salvatore” I rushed over to her website and placed an order without any hesitation.

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First I’d like to note how healthy my naked nails are looking right now.  I’ve been using Sally Hansen’s Triple Strong and it is working wonders on my nails.  They rarely break, they are so strong, and the yellowish tint from wearing polish so often is disappearing!  I absolutely love it – it’s definitely my favorite.

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I started off with a coat of one of my go-to fall polishes, OPI’s Black Cherry Chutney.  It is a dark, deep vampy red with a little bit of shimmer in the sun.  I chose it because it kind of looks black without being black, because there are black glitters in Team Salvatore and I wanted to try and show them off as much as possible.

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Here is the beauty – Dollish Polish’s Team Salvatore.  I spent thirty minutes on her website clicking the “add to cart” button until I had two bottles in there, because it kept telling me that they were sold old.  I knew it wasn’t true, so I kept trying and my dreams came true!

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A little bit closer up – there are fine silver glitters, small silver hexes, small red hexes, small black squares, and small red square glitters in here!  It is a mish-mash of vampiric colors that totally go along with the TV show.

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And…picture spam.

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Me taking pictures of my nails in three different environments: my room, the Alpha Phi house, and in class.
No big deal.

This polish is absolutely gorgeous.  I like how shimmery it is, and I love the red squares the most!  I want to try putting it over a white polish base, so that way you can see the black glitters too!  But…it’s fall and I’m trying to transition to dark colors, so I thought Black Cherry Chutney would be perfect.  :)

How do you feel about this polish?  More importantly, are you Team Stefan or Team Damon?

TEAM DAMON ALL THE WAY!  ;)

Halloween Giveaways!

I don’t know about you, but Halloween nail polishes are so exciting!  Greens, oranges, purples, and blacks all come out to play and you have an excuse to wear them every single day in October!

I’ve been reading all of the blogs that I follow daily (which is a lot), and so many people are doing Halloween giveaways.  I found this one and I wanted to share it with you! :)  (I will add more giveaways here when I find them!)

The Scholarly Nail is having a Halloween giveaway with 5 winners and 5 different prize packs!
They are really great prizes, so you should check it out.
Check out the blog as well!  :)