Thursday, May 31, 2012

Neon Skittles Mani with Stripes

Hi everyone! Here's my reminder to enter my giveaway, just a few days left!!

I tried a version of the skittles mani- which is basically painting each nail a different color. I added black vertical stripes to each nail! From thumb to pinky I wore:

Maybeline Express Finish Caliente Coral
Hard Candy Frenzy
Chanel Mimosa
Sinful Colors Dream On (Matte! But I used top coat)
OPI Did It On 'Em

And I used Essie Licorice for the black stripes. This is such a bright festive mani, I just love it!




Carolyn xo

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Another Attempt at the Sponged Gradient- with AA Office and Zoya Audrina

Hi friends!

First- my obnoxious reminder to enter my awesome giveaway! Come on there's no excuse now- you could win four of Essie's Summer 2012 Collection!

Today I've got another attempt at the gradient mani. I think (hope!) I'm getting better each time. I decided to try contrasting colors with the Mint colored American Apparel Office and Zoya Audrina, a deep pink. I started by painting my entire nail with Office. I let it dry longer this time. I then mixed the two colors, and painted Office, the mixture, and Audrina on a damp makeup sponge. I sponged away up and down the nail and this was the result. Could be better, could be worse- I'm pretty happy with it!





How have you found all the tutorials and examples for the gradient mani?
Carolyn xo

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My Take On: Sally Hansen Magnetic Polish in Red-y Response

Hi everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday weekend! I enjoyed thoroughly roasting in the sun and now I am so sunburned :(. But it was worth it!

REMEMBER to enter my giveaway before it's over!

Today I have my review of Sally Hansen's new magnetic polishes. I've pondered buying a magnetic polish for some time now, but was never that impressed with what I saw. In an impulse buy at Target, I snagged one of the Sally Hansen colors. I used Red-y Response, a deep maroon color. The application is pretty simply. You paint one coat and let dry. Then, one nail at a time, you paint a second coat and use the magnet to create the pattern. Unlike some polishes that come with different magnet designs, this kind only comes with one. I experimented a bit with how long I let the magnet sit over my nail, where I placed it, and I saw some different results! All in all I like this polish and thought it was pretty darn cool after all.





Have any of you tried the Sally Hansen Magnetic Polishes?
Carolyn xo

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Vertical Half Moons with OPI Simmer and Shimmer and Essie Plumberry

Hello! Last week I saw a photo of what I'm calling a vertical half moon in a magazine and I knew I had to try it. If you can't tell from the title, instead of the half moon on the bottom portion of the nail, this half moon is on the side of the nail, and it's vertical. 

Remember to enter my giveaway where you can win FOUR of the Essie Summer 2012 collection!

I already had Essie Plumberry on, and I wanted to try this technique. So I grabbed my handy hole punch reinforcers and OPI Simmer and Shimmer to get started. I used about three coats of Simmer and Shimmer as I wanted it to fully cover Essie Plumberry. I carefully peeled off the stickers and applied top coat. And there you have it! I really like this style and will definitely try it with more color combinations. 




Enjoy!
Carolyn xo

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Take On: Essie Plumberry

Hi friends! Of course I must remind everyone to enter my giveaway! Here's that link:
http://www.notesandnails.com/2012/05/my-one-year-blogoversary-giveaway.html

Anyways! I saw a friend last week who had a gorgeous berry shade and I realized- wow I have nothing like that! Shocking, I know! So next time I was out I perused the shelves for a similar color and settled on Essie Plumberry! I loved it so much in the bottle I couldn't wait to try it out. I only needed two coats and application was just perfect. I think I'm in love. Check it out below:












Hope you enjoy and remember to enter the giveaway!
Carolyn xo

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Tape Mani with A England Bridal Veil and Princess Tears

Hey everyone! First and foremost I must remind you of my giveaway! You can find out all of the info and enter by clicking this link below!


GIVEAWAY


Now onto the mani! Last week I had Bridal Veil on, a black holo with silver microglitter, and it was beginning to chip. I wasn't ready to take it off though! So I cut some strips of tape, added them on and then painted over it with A England Princess Tears- a pink/grey holo. And there you have it! I thought this turned out okay, it had a large amount of bubbles but I was in a rush when I did this...soo haha.

Hope you enjoy and be sure to enter the giveaway!




Carolyn xo

Monday, May 21, 2012

MY ONE YEAR BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY!

YAY!!! So excited to announce this giveaway! I cannot believe I have been at this for a year! Technically, I'm a month late on this, but I wanted to wait to get some amazing prizes!

I have to give the most sincere thank you to ALL of you readers!! Thank you so much for taking the time to follow me, read my posts, comment and reach out in the blogging community! I couldn't do it without all of you!

Now onto the giveaway...

Prizes:
FOUR of Essie's Summer 2012 Collection: Bikini so Teeny, Fear or Desire, Mojito Madness, and Off the Shoulder.






Three notes about the giveaway before you enter-

  • This IS open internationally
  • I'll be rewarding my current readers with one extra entry. So if you're following on GFC as of 5/21 at 12:30 PM CST- you've already got one entry!
  • I decided to not make ANY of the 'follow' options mandatory. I know everyone follows blogs in their own ways so however you choose to follow me whether it's Tumblr, GFC, Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest- you'll all be able to enter! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Best of luck to you and THANK YOU to all of my amazing readers!!




Carolyn xo

Friday, May 18, 2012

A England Bridal Veil + Rhinestones

Hey everyone and Happy Friday! Today I have a fun mani that is really simple. I started with two coats of the gorgeous A England Bridal Veil. Bridal Veil is a holo black with silver microglitter. It's beautiful in sunlight! I then added some small square rhinestones to the bottom of each nail. I sealed with Seche Vete and voila!







Enjoy!
Carolyn xo

P.S. I'll be hosting a giveaway soon and my loyal readers will be getting a boost in the entries so be sure to follow me on GFC now to get a leg up ;)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My First Attempt at the Gradient Manicure! (Go Easy On Me!)

Hey everyone! So today I have an interesting post for you :)

I've been loving the gorgeous gradient trend going around. I've seen it with the ombre look all in the same color family, and I've even seen fairly contrasting shades look fab with this tutorial! I've read a ton of posts on how to get this just right, and now I see why they are all so different. I'm hoping to get a tutorial out myself, but not until I perfect this.

I attempted the ombre look, using OPI Do You Lilac It? and Essie Smokin' Hot. To start I painted my whole nail with Do You Lilac It. I then painted two coats of Smokin' Hot on just the top 1/3 of my nail. Using a small brush, I mixed Do You Lilac It and Smokin Hot' to get the perfect in between shade. I painted this on to a makeup sponge (as recommended, it was slightly damp) and began to sponge the mixed color in between the two halves of my nail. Now this is where it got tricky for me. Maybe I didn't wait long enough for the first coats to dry, but when I sponged, the sponge picked up some of my nail polish on certain nails, and on others, it left nasty residue! So after a few attempts of repainting and responging, I tried lightly painted this mixed shade where there were any mess ups. Once that was painted on, I sponged it up! Kinda the opposite idea, but it worked! I did more of this on my left hand then my right hand so I have pictures of both to compare.And of course the top coat is SO important in this mani as it helps blend the shades. Check out my pics!

Left Hand:



Right Hand:





Overall I love this style and can't wait to try it again and get it just right. To those of you who've got it down- more power to you! I personally don't think this is as easy as it seems! :)

Carolyn xo

Monday, May 14, 2012

Music Monday: New Passion Pit, MSMR, Marina + The Diamonds and more!

Hi everyone!

I know this is later than my usual Music Monday posts so instead of powering you through your Mondays, check this our for your Monday night :)

Today I have a couple of new jams and some new albums to check out!

1. Take a Walk- Passion Pit
Passion Pit fans have been waiting and waiting for new music, and finally- it arrives! Love this great new track and can't wait for the album!



2. Hurricane- MSMR
Saw this from a great blog I follow who compared MSMR to Florence and the Machine. I say it's Florence + Mattafix, a UK duo who I love. Maybe with a dash of Citizen Cope.



3. ALBUM: Electra Heart- Marina + The Diamonds
I have blogged about Marina on here before, but I've finally been able to give the whole album a listen and it is just awesome. Here is just one track, but click here to listen to more!

Starring Role:


4. ALBUM: Vows- Kimbra
You may know Kimbra from the hit that keeps on going, Somebody That I Used to Know. However, I heard a song of hers, Settle Down, last year and loved it. Now her entire album is coming out on May 22nd and you can listen to the whole thing right here: Listen! Enjoy!

Carolyn xo

Friday, May 11, 2012

My Take On: Pure Ice Vinyl Remix

Hi everyone and Happy Friday!! I am ready for the weekend :)

Today I have a really cool polish to show you. Pure Ice sent me these polishes to review (Opinions are my own) and I was immediately intrigued. The concept, for those of you who haven't seen these before, is that there is a 'Magic' white base coat. Then there are several different colors of black crackle. At first you may be thinking huhh?? The crackle works with the white base coat, and as it crackles onto the nail, it makes the white beneath turn a color! This takes one step out of the mani with different shades underneath with one crackle color on top. And it's so cool! I chose to use the four different colors (orange, green, yellow and purple) in horizontal stripes on each nail.

First- here is a process pic so please excuse the messiness, to show how it works!




Now onto the final look!





Enjoy and have a fun and safe weekend!
Carolyn xo 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Get Studded: With China Glaze Harvest Moon

Hey everyone! Today I have a super fun mani I've been wanting to try forever. I finally got my hands on some studs at a craft store for just $3. After pondering what shade these lovely little black studs would look best with I settled on China Glaze Harvest Moon from the Hunger Games 'Colours from the Capitol' Collection. Harvest Moon is a deep orange foil that only needed two coats. When it was just about dry, I carefully placed the studs on my nail. I then sealed them on with two generous coats of Seche Vite.







Have you used studs before on your nails?
Carolyn xo

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Inspired By: Green Stripes

Hey everyone! So last week I was in Francesca's looking around and spotted this gorgeous green striped top. Although I didn't get it, I did snap a pic because I was immediately inspired for a great mani! To recreate the shirt's look on my nails I started with a base of OPI Alpine Snow. I then created stripes in the following shades: OPI Here Today Aragon Tomorrow, OPI Jade is the New Black and OPI Did It On 'Em. I really love how this turned out, and it matches the shirt pretty well if I do say so myself!




Hope you enjoy!
Carolyn xo

Monday, May 7, 2012

Music Monday: Stream Here- Beach House: Bloom

Hey everyone!

Today I have a special treat. Just click right here and you can listen to the entire Beach House album, Bloom, that debuted online today. You can purchase Bloom starting May 15th.



A few of my favorites:

Myth: This track came out a few weeks ago, and it is my favorite so far.

Wild: Smooth, relaxing, and everything I've learned to love about Beach House.

New Year: Eerie and enchanting.

Enjoy!
Carolyn xo

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Multi-Colored Tape Mani

Hi everyone! Today I have a fun take on the tape mani. I've been seeing a lot of this style and have been dying to try it. In order to get the multicolored look you can use 2 or 3 shades and paint each nail with all of the colors. You can keep each nail the same or make each one different like I did. The colors don't need to be perfect since you're covering up most of it anyways! I used KleanColor Metallic Aqua, Green and Sapphire. On some of my nails it looks like I used four colors because Metallic Aqua blended with Metallic Green to create a teal shade on some of my nails. After waiting for my nails to really really dry- and after feeling self conscious in public with heinous nails, I applied my small strips of tape. Once they were good and secure I used Essie Licorice on top. When that was realtively dry I peeled off the tape, applied top coat and voila!






Enjoy!
Carolyn xo

PS- I won't be posting tomorrow :( So lookout for my next post on Monday!)

PPS- Pondering a giveaway at 250 followers, so to those readers who don't follow me, just click the 'Join this site' button on the right hand side! :)

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Neon Mod Mani with Butter London Blagger and OPI Did It On 'Em

Hi friends and happy hump day! Today I have a very bright fun mani for you. I've been loving OPI Did It On 'Em- Nicki Minaj's bright green neon, and have loved pairing it with all different types of colors. This time I chose Butter London Blagger, a deep vibrant blue.





Hope you enjoy!
Carolyn xo

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trend: Pink+Orange with Zoya Audrina and Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun

Hey everyone! Today I'm taking on another color trend I just love- Pink and Orange! I've been seeing it everywhere and it is so bright and fun for summer. I used Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want to Have Fun as my base and Zoya Audrina for the chevron stripes.







Enjoy!
Carolyn xo