Enchanted Polish Ice Castle Giveaway!!!

That’s right! You read the title right! I’m giving away Enchanted Polish Ice Castle!!! Please note that this polish is used. I swatched it on four fingers and a swatch stick. So, if you don’t want to win a slightly used EP, then please don’t enter this giveaway. ;) There is no visible fill line. These bottle pics are after my usage. USA Only. Good luck!!! Ice Castle is a holo top coat that looks great over tons of polishes. Scroll down past the entry form to see it swatched over four different cremes.

 

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My Last Four Empties

One of the best ways to know if someone really likes a product is if they actually use up a whole package…and then buy it again! In this post, I’m going to show you my last four empty containers and I’ll let you know if I will re-buy them! I got the idea for this style of post from Anastasia at the Magnificent Road.

Before we take a look at my empties, don’t forget to enter my May giveaway by clicking here!

 

Mane ‘n Tail Hoofmaker Hand and Nail Therapy

Where to buy: I get mine in a 3-pack from Amazon.
Will I buy again? Yes! I love that this lotion dries quickly and moisturizes well. I need lotion that dries quickly because then I can move on with my life! LOL! And usually that means painting my nails! I hate having to sit and wait for lotion to dry before I can paint my nails.
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Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil Refill Bottle

Where to buy:
myblisskiss.com
Will I buy again? OMG YES. YES. YES. This is a REFILL bottle which means I’ve gone through a ton of cuticle pen applications. This stuff is amazing and wonderful AND the creator is wicked nice. You can see my before and after pics of my cuticles here. That was before I bought a lightbox, so I hope you’ll excuse the poor lighting.

 

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Julep Facial Cleansing Oil

Where to buy: Julep.com
Will I buy again? No. I don’t think it was that amazing and it’s not cheap. I think my Cetaphil does way better than this oil. I didn’t think this oil did a very good job of getting my eye makeup off.  The good news is that I have super sensitive skin and this worked well with my skin. I just don’t think the benefits justify the price.
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Julep Party’s Over Glitter Removal Kit Refill Pads

Where to buy: Julep.com
Will I buy again? Yes. I use these little remover pads when I’m swatching. I know a lot of bloggers use acetone, but that stuff really kills my nails. These Julep remover pads have aloe in them and I think that makes a big difference. I’ve swatched up to 12 polishes (that’s a lot!) in one sitting and my nails didn’t get dried out. I think these pads are the reason. I will buy them as long as Julep sells them!

 

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And those are the last four things I emptied!

May Giveaway! Sally Hansen Gel Manicure Starter Kit!

I won this Sally Hansen Gel Manicure Starter Kit from Influenster. Since I don’t use gel polish (I change my mani every day), I thought that I could give it away to my loyal readers! At this time, this giveaway is open only to people with a US address. This giveaway is not affiliated with anyone. :)

 

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Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Nail Art

Today, I have a little Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Nail Art to show you! I used 10 of the 12 polishes from the combined collection. I started with one color of Tickled on each finger, put down some striping tape, and topped each nail with a corresponding color from the Bubbly collection. You even get to see my thumb in these pics! My rarely seen thumb!!! :P
Pinkie: Kirtridge and Harper
Ring: Link and Muse
Middle: Rooney and Binx
Pointer: Rocha and Jesy
Thumb:Tilda and Staasi

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GOT: Texture Polish – Julep Tracy

Time for another edition of Golden Oldies Thursday! This week’s theme is “texture”. I pulled out Julep Tracy which I’ve owned for a loooong time and never even used! I also grabbed Julep Bess. While Bess is new to me (I got her as the mystery polish in this month’s Maven box), it is clearly an elderly polish. It came to me from Julep super dusty and in the old shrink-wrapped packaging instead of a box. So…that counts, right??? :D I used chevron decals as stencils from Vinyl Boutique to create this chevron nail art design. It kind of reminds me of the ocean! Maybe I should have drawn some little fishies. :P

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Swatches

I have recently become obsessed with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes. I heard a while back that they were good for stamping and that totally holds up. I picked up these four at the store the other night. Three of them will be good for stamping. Grape Going is metallic and unfortunately doesn’t seem like it will be a good stamper. It needed two coats for full coverage while the other three needed just the one. But it’s still a gorgeous color and my husband picked it out so of course I like it!

 

Sally Hansen Jade Jump is somewhere in between mint and jade. This is one coat! It’s unusual that a light polish would only need one coat so I’m pretty happy I picked this one up…and technically my husband picked this one out!

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Sally Hansen Grease Lightening is a dark purple-gray. Again–one coat! This one will be fantastic to stamp with! Good thing I love stamping so much!Sally-Hansen-Grease-Lightening

 

Sally Hansen Expresso [sic] is a rusty brown red. And…you guessed it…one coat! I really want to stamp this over a milk chocolate brown color. Is that too fall for the spring/summer??

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And lastly, Sally Hansen Grape Going! is a metallic purple with hints of blueish. This color is super gorgeous and I’ve already done nail art with it. It’s just not likely to be a good stamping polish. But that’s ok!Sally-Hansen-Grape-Going

Zoya Bubbly Collection

The Zoya Bubbly Collection was sent to me as a press sample. You can get a set at Zoya.com. The Zoya Bubbly collection consists of 6 polishes that are all jelly formulas with glitters and shimmers. Each one is shinier than the last! I did find that I needed three coats for each one and that even then, some still showed visible nail line. However, that is typical and expected for jelly style polishes. The other thing all of these 6 have in common is they almost have a duochrome effect due to the golden shimmers in them. I’ve never really heard of or seen a jelly with a duochrome effect, so to me, these polishes are quite unique! The great thing about these polishes is that even though they have glitter in them, they are not top coat eaters. I just did my one usual coat of HK Girl and the polishes was smooth, glittery, sparkly, and gorgeous!

From left to right:
Zoya Staasi
Zoya Binx
Zoya Jesy
Zoya Alma
Zoya Harper
Zoya Muse

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Zoya Staasi is an emerald green color.

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Zoya Binx is a lovely almost-royal purple.

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Zoya Jesy is a cheerful tangerine.

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Zoya Alma is a golden light orange and my husband’s favorite of the collection. :D

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Zoya Harper is a joyful hot pink color and my personal favorite of the collection.

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Zoya Muse is a sea-blue and is in a neck-for-neck race with Harper to be my favorite. :D

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What do you think of this lovely Zoya Bubbly Collection? Do you have a favorite?

Zoya Tickled Collection

I received the Zoya Tickled Collection as a press sample from Zoya.com. It is part of the Tickled and Bubbly collection. The Tickled part consists of 6 creme shades that go very well together. In fact, they all went so well together that I decided to showcase all 6 in a skittle nail art mani!

Polishes used from left to right:
Zoya Tilda
Zoya Rooney
Zoya Rocha
Zoya Wendy
Zoya Kirtridge
Zoya Ling

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Pretty and Polished May 2014

I am so happy that I discovered the Pretty and Polished boxes. And the Pretty and Polished May 2014 box is no exception! You can see what I got in last month’s box by clicking here. This month, we received two full-sized polishes, two mini polishes, small nail art bottle, toe separators, and sugar scrub. OMG! So much amazing stuff!

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Pretty and Polished Pebble is my least favorite of the four, so let’s start with that. It’s a white milky polish with neon, different shaped glitters. The neon pink heart glitters were my favorite. :D This is three coats.

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Llarowe Mystery Bag April 2014

Yes, you read that  right! I have another Llarowe Mystery Bag to show you! You can see my other bags here and here. This bag contained:
Darling Diva Seduction
Darling Diva 1999
Liquid Sky Lacquer New Beginnings

The New Beginnings is a dupe from my last bag. You can see swatches of that one here. The Darling Diva polishes are both toppers so I thought I would show you what it looks like over four different colors. That way, you can get a good sense of what it would look like for you! :D

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First, here is Darling Diva Seduction. This is a white holo topper that can really make a polish pop. My favorite is it over black. It looks like a good start to galaxy nails! :D

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Next, here is Darling Diva 1999. This glitter topper is so much fun! It has circle pink and circle silver glitters in a couple different sizes. Then, it has small black bars. All of this is suspended in a very light purple jelly base. Because of the purple tint, it changed the white to a very light pink on my pinkie! I kinda like it!

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While I was writing this post, I was watching Deadbeat which is a new original series on Hulu. It’s hilarious! But not for everyone…there are some pretty racy jokes in there, but I think it’s funny!

Enchanted Polish March 2014 and April 2014 Swatches!

Hooray! My Enchanted Polish order is here! I got March 2014 and April 2014. To make it even more special, these are my 500th and 501st polish! :D :D :D I could help but make a “Swatches of Enchanted Polish March 2014 and April 2014” post IMMEDIATELY!

Now let’s take a look at these amazing, gorgeous holo’s.

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Let’s open those boxes!!!

Enchanted-Polish-March-2014-April-2014Did your eyeballs just explode? Because mine did! Especially for March 2014! What a stunner! If you don’t believe me yet, check out the swatches below!

Enchanted Polish March 2014: HOLO MADNESS! This is two coats.

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And here’s Enchanted Polish April 2014. Not as crazy of a holo, but this one is very classy and elegant. This is two coats.Enchated-Polish-Swatch-April-2014

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What do you think? Are you expecting either of these gems in the mail?

MoYou Artist Collection Plate 03

Today’s mani is part of the tri-polish challenge as presented by The Crumpet. Last week was the first time I participated. You can see that mani here. For this mani, I wanted to use my new MoYou Stamping Plate from the Artist Collection. I purchased plate three which has a lot of really pretty designs.

Don’t forget to enter this month’s giveaway by clicking here.

MoYou Artist Collection Plate 03

MoYou Artist Collection Plate 03

For the challenge, I have to use pink, blue, and yellow. I picked Andrea’s Choice Circus Somesault for the yellow, Michael Marcus Barely There for the pink, and Zoya Yummy for the blue.

It’s amazing what the camera picks up that the eye does not…in other words, I now see that I could have cleaned up my edges a little better! I didn’t even see that in real life!

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Michael Marcus Barely There

Andrea's Choice Somersault

I hope you liked today’s mani! If you did, then please subscribe so you don’t miss any! :D Have a great day!

Cross Tied

For this mani, I started with two coats of Pretty and Polished Anigami which I received in the April 2014 Pretty and Polished box. Then, I used striping tape and painted Color Club Cloud Nine on top. Finally, I placed a black rhinestone in the center of the intersection. I like how these turned out! A striping tape mani is usually my favorite mani. :D What do you think?

Don’t forget to enter my April Giveaway by clicking here!

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April Orly Giveaway!!!!

It’s time for my April giveaway!! HOORAY!!!

This month, I’m giving away THREE brand new Orly polishes! I went and bought them just for you, my faithful readers! They are:
Orly PassionFruit
Orly Skinny Dip
Orly Elsbeth’s Rose

In addition, I’m giving away a dotting tool and some nail decals!!! Woo!!!

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(USA Only. International people can enter, but you must have a US address I can mail to.)

Tri-Polish Tuesday! Pink, Yellow, and Blue

For the month of April, the tri-polish Tuesday challenge is to use pink, yellow, and blue.  For this week, I just really, really wanted to use Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly from the Gumdrops collection. I love this collection and I haven’t used any of them in a long time! I thought that Sally Hansen Calypso Blue and Essie Bottle Service would be good coordinating colors for Lemon Lolly.

I started with two coats of Calypso Blue and waited for it to dry. Then, I taped off the nails at an angle and applied two generous coats of Lemon Lolly. Finally, I used a dotting tool with Bottle Service for dots along the edge. I hope you like it!

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Betty’s March 2014 Giveaway!!!

It’s time for another giveaway! A new month is here, bringing with it a whole new batch of stuff you could win!!!

This month, the giveaway is for:
OPI I Theodora You
Sephora by OPI Turquoise Glitter
Sephora by OPI High Maintenance
China Glaze Shell We Dance? (From the new Sea Goddess Collection!)
China Glaze Tail Me Something (From the new Sea Goddess Collection!)
China Glaze Seahorsin’ Around (From the new Sea Goddess Collection!)

Giveaway starts March 1st and ends March 17th because that’s my dog’s birthday!!! :D

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FAQ’s: How to Care for your Nails and Paint them Every Day

I frequently get asked how I’m able to paint my nails every day. People are always worried about how much time it takes and the damage it might be doing to my nails.

Well there are easy answers to both those problems!! I was explaining all this to a colleague at work and she said, “You just changed my life.” Now I don’t expect this post will change everyone’s actual LIFE, but I do hope it will help as you’re getting into nail art and nail care.

First, let’s start off with how to take care of your nails. You could be the best nail artist in the world, but if your nails and cuticles are in bad shape, nothing is going to look good. There are three easy, peasy ways to make sure your nails are in tip-top shape!

1.) Eat right. I know, I know. This advice is given as a solution to nearly every problem in the world. But it’s so true! If your body is starved for proper nutrients, it’s not going to invest energy into building strong nails. It’s going to just try and stay alive! Eating a well balanced diet with good protein and lots of fruits and vegetables WILL make your nails healthier in the long run.

2.) Moisturize your cuticles! It’s no surprise that my favorite product is Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil. It’s inexpensive relative to other brands, smells great, is an indie product, and the owner is super nice. That’s all win-win-win! To see what a huge difference it made for me, click here. There are many other products on the market that also do a good job, but I like Bliss Kiss Pure Nail Oil The key is to find something that works well for you and then, use it often!

3.) Nails are jewels, not tools. Don’t use your nails to pick at things or use them as tools. Protect them! If you’re serious about keeping them long and healthy, you need to do right by them. Wear gloves when washing the dishes or cleaning. Don’t use them to pry things open!

Now, let’s talk about actually painting your nails on a daily basis. People are always so impressed that I paint my nails every night. The thing is, the entire process barely takes me over a half hour! That’s it! That includes removing the old polish, painting, AND drying time!! Wowza! That really is no time at all! There is ONE product that makes this quickness possible: An excellent top coat. I use HK Girl Top Coat. You can buy it here.

That’s it. In my experience, the base coat and type of polish doesn’t make that big of a difference. The top coat is what really makes a mani dry fast or not. There are others on the marked such as Seche Vite, that can also work well. My only complaint with Seche Vite is that I would get terrible tip wear (where the polish retracts from the tip of your nail) within a few hours. I don’t experience that with HK Girl, so it’s my few favorite.

Hopefully this post answered a few of your questions! If you have any more, please feel free to ask in the comments! I promise I read them all! :D

Betty’s February 2014 Giveaway!

Methinks it’s time for another giveaway. :) After a very scientific Facebook poll, I have decided to giveaway some Starlooks makeup! :)

Enter this giveaway and you could win:
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil
Starlooks Lipstick in Tory
Starlooks Lip Gloss in Guilty Pleasure
Starlooks Eyeliner in Obsidian
Starlooks Blush

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Betty’s Beauty Bombs is now on Facebook!

I finally decided to get on the bandwagon of blogs interlaced with Facebook pages! I’ve had my personal Facebook page for a really long time, but I never integrated this block with any of that…until now!

I would love for you to go “like” me over there: https://www.facebook.com/bettysbeautybombs

Try not to be overwhelmed. As of this writing, there are two posts. I know that is a lot of content to get through, but I know you can do it! ;)