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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

HUGE Giveaway! Prizes from 44 Blogs!

Spring Fling Giveaway!!!

Today we are launching an ENORMOUS giveaway from bloggers and indie makers alike.

This rafflecopter will run from today until Memorial Day, upon which time fourty-four winners will be chosen.

This is open to both US Residents and International, however not all prizes are available to international entries.    I will note each prize as such below.

Onto the Prizes!

The Nail Challenge Collaborative April 2013 Manicure #1

This April I decided to participate in The Nail Challenge Collaborative April 2013 Pastel Challenge. What I love about this challenge is that you only have to do four manicures for each theme, which makes it extremely doable.

I decided that for my first manicure that I would try a technique that I've never done successfully before: the gradient.

For my first mani I decided to do I gradient with Illamasqua Scorch and Dior Colorvision Vernis Nail Lacquer in Lilac 398. Lilac is from the Dior Spring 2013 collection and is a limited edition polish exclusive to Sephora.

I started this mani using two coats of Illamasqua Scorch on all fingers except for my ring finger (which I put two coats of Dior Lilac on). Once completely dry I used a makeup sponge (which can be found at any drugstore or supermarket) to start sponging on the other color to my fingers. I can't really explain how to do a gradient very eloquently, but there are plenty of tutorials if you do a search for them.


Both Scorch and Lilac are two coaters, and apply very easily. Scorch is currently my go-to white polish, and is also great for nail art. 

I bought my Dior Lila for $24.00 on Sephora.com, and Illamasqua Scorch for $7.00 during a sale at Sephora. The current retail price for Illamasqua is $17.00.

What do you think of my first try at a gradient?

Friday, April 5, 2013

Meet Kava

So obviously, there is one nail post. I'm working on editing some pictures, but in the meantime I figured I'd take some time to introduce you to my awesomely fluffy friend Kava. He is my bunny that I got my sophomore/junior year of college. Kava is part Dwarf and part Lionhead and weighs in at 2.88 lbs. All his fluff makes hime look much bigger than he is. 

Here's Kava. He is usually slightly more fluffy in the winter, but this is him in the summer when his coat gets a smidge less thick. 

To make this post somewhat polish related, this is a rubber ducky that I got as a surprise in a polish RAOK that I received. Kava enjoyed balancing it on his head. 


This is Kava in his Halloween costume. If you couldn't tell, he is wearing a cow costume. He was actually very content in it. (In case you were wondering, he is a dog size XS)


Kava going for a walk.



 Kava on a porch swing. He loves to swing. It makes him chatter his teeth (which is a sign of happiness for bunnies).

 Yes, his sunglasses are pink, because as we all know, real men wear pink. Also, I could only find them in pink. I think I got them in a sale bin somewhere. Obviously Kava is very tolerant of my shenanigans.


Me and my bunny buddy. 

And one last picture-


Have a great weekend!

-Austen

Coming Soon- One of my favorite frankens that I've made.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Honu Bay

Hey everyone! So, this is my first post. I'm still figuring things out, so it's gonna be a bit weird. I also did these swatches about 3 months ago, and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to present polish.

I figured I'd start out with a polish I created. It's called Honu Bay. It's a mix of glitters in a blue tinted base, and requires 2-3 coats for opacity.


I added some flakies to this polish to give it some color change and dimension, but they seem to be slightly camera shy.


What do you think of this polish? Do you have a favorite angle to view the polish? Let me know :)

-Austen