I Love Saturdays And a Shellac & Minx update

I love waking up before the rest of the house and starting a pot of coffee and then sitting back and catching up on all the blog posts I have missed. There are so many amazing nail blogs out there, that I can’t possibly read them all every day. So I enjoy my quiet Saturday mornings to go through the ones I missed and getting inspired before I do my own swatching for the week. I know a lot of people that enjoy sleeping in on the weekends, but I enjoy the early morning silence. aaahhhh….


Well unfortunately I have to cut my enjoyment off early today since I brought work home for the weekend. I know, I know, blah work! But hey it’s got to get done, and I feel like I can’t get it all done in the office. I probably could if I stayed late more often, but being a mom, that isn’t always an option, so I bring it home and do the work while everyone else sleeps. The joys of motherhood!


I wanted to post an update on Shellac & Minx. I hate to say it, but the Shellac made it 5 days on my hands! That is it! It started peeling on day 5. I noticed it peeling after my fun “surfing” incident I posted last week. So I am attributing it to that. My toes however are still looking perfect! I can’t believe how perfect. The Shellac is not budging and neither is the Minx! I put Solar Oil on nightly and it really looks like I just got the pedicure still. I think I am going to continue to use Shellac on my toes, and pass on my hands. Amazingly enough, I am testing a new polish right now(more details on it soon) and I have had this manicure on since Monday and it is not budging. No chipping or anything. I want to keep testing it, but I am dying to change it!  Chanel Paradoxal is just sitting there calling my name. I was going to change it last night, but then my family wanted to play cards and so I joined them instead of doing my nails. Maybe today. We’ll see.


Anyway here is my Shellac Manicure on Day 1



And here it is on Day 5

Removal was a piece of cake. I drenched my cuticles in Solar Oil and then I soaked a cotton ball in acetone and put it on my nail and then wrapped it in Aluminium Foil and waited 10 minutes. When I removed the foil the Shellac was in pieces and I just had to wipe it off. Amazing.


Here is a picture of my Minx & Shellac pedicure on Day 1 



And here it is today – a week and a half later (Sorry for the crappy phone pic on this one)

Isn’t it amazing how good this still looks? I have been to the beach so many times since getting this. I am so impressed. Just a bit disappointed in the manicure. I guess I will just have to give myself a really good manicure before going home for my brother’s wedding and hoping for the best. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone!

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What Was I Thinking?

First – a word of advice. DO NOT EVER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES cut your hair right after you wake up, especially if it is still dark outside! Yup, that is what I did this morning! I have lived here in FL for two years now and have not been to a salon in the entire time. I know, I need to find a stylist, but that is not an easy task for someone as picky as myself. But because I am a walking contradiction, I have been cutting my own hair for the last two years. I feel like if I make a mistake, at least I didn’t pay anyone for it. With YouTube, there are so many videos out there to show you how to cut your hair. I think I am OK at it. Well I have been thinking I need to touch up the layers, but I just haven’t had a chance. Well after staying up too late with my in-laws who are visiting(because they are awesome), and being exhausted this morning and not being able to get my hair to cooperate. I pulled out some layers from the front and chopped. OMG! I cut them way to short! They might as well be bangs now! WTF was I thinking? I had no time to sit there and fix it since I had to get my post up and get to work. The sun isn’t even up for crying out loud! What was I thinking? (I must have said this 100 times this morning!) I think I made them work for the day, but with my in-laws in town, I don’t know if I am going to have the time to fix this until after they leave. Aaaaahhhhhh! Here is what I did this morning. Excuse the disappointed & tired early morning face.

OK, so this picture doesn’t make the hair look bad. (crappy cell phone pic) This seems to make it look pretty nice actually. Which only makes me sound bad. But this was after much styling. Believe me! It does not look this good in person. If you look closely, The “bangs” should not be bangs. They are suppose to be just below the nose layers. Um yeah, apparently I have no clue where my nose it since these came out just below the eye instead! The next set of layers are around chin length, so it is like these short bang like layers, then nothing until my chin. I’ll have to shorten the rest of the layers to match, which is so not what I was wanting right now. Oh well.
So I was going to post a Shellac update today or a tea wrap repair, but I guess those will have to wait since I just spent my blog time talking about my hair. But I won’t leave you nailless this morning. How about this cute 4th of July manicure my daughter did. I found the pictures on my camera. She is so cute taking pictures of her nails now just like her momma! Unfortunately I don’t know what colors she used. Sorry.
                           
Hope you all have a great hair day and Friday! By the way if you haven’t entered my “Cleaning Out My Polish” give-away, don’t forget to enter. I will post a link to it in my side bar this weekend. Right now my behind needs to get in gear and get to work! Later!
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Cleaning Out My Polish

My polish stash is getting out of control. I am not one to save things, so why I started saving all this polish is beyond me. It is time for me to get rid of some of this polish. So there are two things I am doing. 1st I added a sidebar column for any polish I have for sale. Check it out and if you are interested in any of the polish, leave a comment or email me. 2nd I figure I will do a Cleaning Out My Polish Give-Away! Most of these are used. If it is anything different I will let you know.

So what are the rules of this give-away? You must be a follower for 1 entry, If you tweet about it, you get 1 entry for each tweet, If you post it on your blog you get 1 entry and if you post it in your sidebar you get 1 entry, and mentioning the give-away through another web medium will get you 1 entry as well. Easy enough right? Just fill out the google doc at the bottom of this post. Comment entries will not be accepted.  International entries are accepted. Because I will be fairly busy over the next few weeks, this contest will run through the entire month of July. I will end the contest on July 31st at 11:59PM EST.

Now on to the prizes!

1st Prize will receive 25 polishes!

The polishes are as follows:
Superstar: It Girl Orange, Walk the Red Carpet, Guccie Green, Golden Globe & Park Ave Purple
Isadora: Colibri
KM: Purple Bloom
Sinful: Tokyo Pearl
Sally Hansen: Fire Opal, Star Opal & Pardon My French
WNW: Copa, Bora Bora, Barbados, Shield
China Glaze: Code Orange & Matte Magic
Rimmel: 660 Climax
Revlon: Red Hot Tamale
Nina Ultra Pro: Purple X-ing
Maybelline: Crimson
NFU-Oh: 12
Goldie: 2 unnamed polishes
Zoya: Reece

2nd Prize:

Studio M Purple Medallion, China Glaze Watermelon Rind, Matte Magic Mini and a brand new CND Cuticle Eraser
3rd Prize:
                           
Borghese Glitter mini, Essence Top Coat (new), Essence Break Through, Essence Pool Party and a brand new CND Solar Oil mini.

Edited post  to add:

Dashing Diva is having an awesome sweepstakes on their website!

You have to check it out. Entry ends on July 4th! The Sweepstakes is called: “Who Made You a Diva?” and you can nominate up to 3 nail salons in your area and each nomination gets you a separate entry. There is one grand prize ($500 worth of Dashing Diva polishes/nail treatments), 2 first place prizes ($250 value) and 50 second place prizes ($50 value). WOW! Can you imagine winning one of these prizes? To enter go to the Dashing Diva website: http://www.dashingdiva.com/ or straight to the entry form at http://216.128.24.10/sweepstakes/. While your at their site, check out their polish collection and start plotting what you’ll get if you win! Good Luck!

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Polishes For Sale

All of these polishes have been used. Most just for swatching on 4 fingers and never used again. Some are new and some have been used more. Unless otherwise disclosed assume they have been used just for swatching 1 time on 4 fingers.

Prices are listed with polishes. I may be interested in swapping, but for the most part I am looking to reduce my stash.

I will only accept Paypal for payment

I will  hold an item for 48 hours only. If I have not heard from you within 48 hours I will repost the item.

Shipping will be $2.50 for the 1st bottle & .50 cents for each additional bottle unless flat rate shipping is cheaper. International requests will be given a shipping quote at time of request. Purchaser is responsible for giving detailed shipping instructions and paying any duties that may be imposed as a result of purchase.

Email me at r3beauty@gmail.com or leave a comment letting me know which ones you are interested in. I’ll strikethrough the color names of any that have been sold or while they are pending.

Check out my blog at http://www.r3daily.com/

List last updated 7/6/10

L to R: China Glaze Twenty-Four K, GR8, Passion & Poetic. $2.50 each
L to R: LA Splash Blowfish Purple, Blowfish Pink, Glitz & Berry & Hula Hula. $2.50 each
L to R: LA Splash Tidal Wave, Sparkling Lavendar, Sparkling Rose, Terra Beach. $2.50 each
L to R: Ulta Tutu Cute, Plum Perfect, Envy & Jaded. $1.50 each
L to R: Ulta Femme Fatale, Alter Ego, Moody Blues & Material Girl. $1.50 each
L to R: Isadora 630 Sweet Violet, Name rubbed off but it is a sky blue shimmer, 171 Galaxy, 189 Black Rose, 145 Discreet Magnolia, 186 Sapphire, 613 Lac Beige. $3.00 each
Except for Rockstar Pink, these are all new, never used. L to R: Rock Star Pink, Ocean View, VIP Pink & Strobe Light. $2.00 each
L to R: Isadora Butterfly & Colibri. $3.00 each
L to R: Butter London Teddy Boy & Crumpet. $3.00 each
L to R: Spa Ritual Revere, Delight & Treasure. $3.00 each
L to R: Essie Love Beverly Hills $3, Inglot O2M 644 $3, Claire’s Dream Catcher $1.50, Sonia Kashuk Purple Rain $1.50
L to R: OPI No Room for the Blues, Blue My Mind & Nicole Alert. $3.00 each
 Ulta Salon Formula (I took this picture backwards because two of the bottles had a polish spill all over them and I wanted to show what the bottle looks like. The polish inside was not affected, but for some people this might matter.) L to R: Into the Limelight, 14 Karat, Silver Lining, Purple Reigns, Green with Envy. $3.00 each
L to R: Orly Fantasea, Glam Rock Matte, Enchanted Forest, Sky Blue-Pink. $2.00 each
L to R: Color Club Out and About, Ember Glow, Rule Breaker. $1.50 each
L to R: Nubar Erratic Purple $3.00, Sally Hansen Fairy Teal $2.00, Nubar Earth $3.00
L to R: Sapphire Blue $3, Massini Slamming Red $2, Finger Paints Lavendar Highlights $1.50
L to R: Piggy Polish All That Glitters $2, American Apparel Mouse $2, Bijou Crystals B Brave $1, Ulta Happy Hour $1
       
L to R: Sally Hansen Grey by Grey $2, Sally Hansen DVD $3, Ulta Salon Formula Black Diamond $3, Milani Breezy $1.50, Butter London Swinger $3

                                        

L to R: Milani Hi-Res, Dot Com, Purple Passion $2
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Last Day to Sign Up for The Zoya Exchange!


If you haven’t already participated in the Zoya exchange your last chance to participate officially ends today. For those of you still trying to decide which polishes to pick, I wanted to show you a few more Zoya’s I love. I selected a lot of purples from the exchange, so why not show you three of the purple’s I received. 


First up is Malia. I have been wanting this one for a long time. I can’t tell you how many other purples I have bought in order to hopefully quench my desire for this polish. While I found some amazing polishes  in the process, I still had to get my hands on this purple. Every time I see it I want to change my manicure to this one. This is two coats.



Next up is Perrie. At first I thought this would be too close to Malia to justify getting, but as you can see this is not close at all. Perrie is from the 2010 Flash Summer collection. This purple definitely seems like a fun summery shade. This would be a perfect summer pedicure color. This is also two coats.


The last one I have for you today is Vegas Freeze. I couldn’t decide if I wanted this one or not. But I couldn’t get over how pretty it looked in the bottle. I knew this was a sheer polish, but I still had to try it out. I didn’t layer this over anything so you can see the true brilliance of this color. It is a very sheer light purple almost jelly base with this amazing purple sparkle. I am wearing 4 coats in these pictures.  I can imagine wearing this over a nude to get a true jelly look. I can’t wait to try it and see how it comes out.


Have you ordered from the Zoya exchange? What colors did you order? 
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Eclipse Tonight

I have read the Twilight books and really enjoyed them. When I read them it was before all the hype. I had been reading Laurel K Hamilton’s Anita Blake series and it was getting just a bit too graphic for my tastes, and a friend recommended Twilight. It took a while to get into the first book. I am talking like 200 pages before I could get into it. I have this problem where if I start a book, I have to finish it, regardless of how horrible it is. I am actually reading a book I despise right now, yet I am forcing myself to finish. Why do I torture myself like this? Anyway, I digress, after the first 200 pages, I really got into the book. But it was a bit “young” for me, but I still found myself enjoying it. I recommended it to my daughter and she seemed to enjoy it as well. I even got my husband to read it. After reading the series the buzz was starting to come around about a potential movie. When the movie came out I took my girls to see it. My oldest who had read the books, and is a teenager became an all out Team Edward fan. So when New Moon came out I took her and her friend to the midnight viewing. That was a pretty funny night, mixed with all the teen Twihard’s were women my age with their Team Edward & Team Jacob shirts. Even men! I guess for me it was funny since I am just not that into it. The next day I came to work exhausted! I promised myself no more midnight viewings. Well here we are again, Eclipse comes out tonight and I have my tickets for the midnight showing of Eclipse. I am bringing my daughter and 3 of her friends to see the movie. This time I am being smart though. I am taking the morning off from work so I can actually sleep after the movie and then I am working from home the rest of the day. How about you are you a Twihard? Are you planning on seeing the movie tonight or at all? Me personally? I am back to my Anita Blake series and a True Blood fan.

So for all you fans, whether it be Belle, Anita, Sookie or someone else, today’s NOTD is Ulta For Bitten. This color was easy to apply and I am loving the Gothic Collection. I swatched it over a month ago and didn’t like the pictures and just have not had time to redo the swatches. Overall the collection has some amazing colors for Fall. It applied smoothly in two coats and looks great!

This one was so hard to photograph. In these pictures it seems to lean brown, but in reality, the second picture with the flash shows the true beauty of this color. I love how dark and glittery this one is. I can’t wait to show you guys the rest of this collection! I’ll have to redo this one too.
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How Time Flies!

I can’t believe the weekend is already over! I need another weekend to get everything done! I had such a great weekend though. I went to my friend’s baby shower on Saturday and then came home and had to get some things ready for Sunday, including making dough for home made doughnuts. Saturday night we took it easy and I just laid in bed and watched a chick flick. I can’t remember the last time I laid in bed watching a movie. It was so nice! I should try to do that more often! We watched “When in Rome”. Not the best movie, but it was cute enough. Then Sunday morning I got to get up and make the doughnuts with my daughter and they were delicious!

From there I got to continue preparing things in the kitchen for the day since my brother and his beautiful family were visiting us from out of town for the day. Once he arrived, I just couldn’t get enough of my adorable nephew and of course we all went to the beach and hung out for a while. While at the beach I got a “surfing” injury and I wasn’t even surfing! I was helping my daughter get an over 8ft surfboard in the water. She wanted me to get it passed the break for her. Well one break caused the board to come flying and whack me in my hip bone. I honestly thought I might have broken the bone for a second, but the pain subsided within a few hours. Then once we were in past the break, as my daughter was hoping on the board to get it out a little further and a wave broke a little early and the she flew off the board and the board got all mixed in the break and I got hit with the board! Lucky me right?
                                                        
Once we got back home and they left my energy was gone! I had nothing left in me! So now I get to go home to all my weekend chores tonight! YAY!

In the meantime – how about another S-he nail polish? This one is #427 and it is a holographic pink! Someone asked where I got these. I received them in an international swap, unfortunately for those of us in the U.S., I don’t think we can get these here. So far the three I received I am loving though.  I’ll need to figure out a way to get more.

Isn’t this polish awesome? I won’t put it in my top favorites though, while it is cool enough, it just wasn’t well enough I guess. But it is still cool! Well on to the busy week ahead!

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