Friday, October 31, 2014

A Horror Hockey Mask


Hello, Fireflies!

When I was younger, I *loved* Halloween creep-fest scary movies.  Some characters have endured as Halloween holiday icons - Freddy Krueger, Chucky...

Jason Hockey Mask nail art

and Jason!  This nail art was inspired by a Nail-101 tutorial, and I think it's easy and impactful - and everyone will know what it is!


Bottle shot:  Sally Hansen White Tip (mixed with Revlon Spirit) and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

Bottle shot:  Sally Hansen White Tip (mixed with Revlon Spirit) and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme

Can't you just hear the roar of the chainsaw by just looking at these nails? What horror movie icon immediately comes to mind when you think of Halloween movies?

Happy Halloween!




Thursday, October 30, 2014

I've Come To Suck Your Blood, uh, Nail Polish!


Hello, Fireflies!

There are some vampires we love, some we hate, and some we love to hate.  This villainous nail art was inspired by this tutorial, and they are so cute! They're not sparkly, either, though a little glitter could change that!

Vampire Nail Art

I painted all my nails with my Sally Hansen/Revlon white mix, and then added the black details with a striper.  The eyes were multiple dots, and then, there has to be some blood, right?


My husband has been playing all the LEGO movie games, and maybe that's influenced me, because I kinda think these guys look like little LEGO vampires! Can't you just imagine them with little LEGO capes and "U"-shaped hands, running after some hapless LEGO victim?


Bottle shot:  Sally Hansen/Revlon white, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and Revlon Cherries In The Snow.

Bottle shot:  Sally Hansen/Revlon white, Wet 'n Wild Black Creme, and Revlon Cherries In The Snow

Who is your favorite famous vampire?



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Jack O'Lanterns


Hello, Fireflies!

I got a little ambitious with my nail art today.  Every now and again, I think I can do something... well, let's just say that I need a little more practice with this one!

I was inspired by these awesome Jack O'Lanterns from Kayla Shevonne.  I started with a sparkly black background.  I love KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad.  It's the blackest black holo ever.

KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad

I started painting the faces in with white, and then used yellow, yellow-orange, and then pumpkin orange to fill in the white.

I started painting the faces in with white

They look like Clown O'Lanterns. LOL.


Bottle shot:  KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad, Orly Hook Up, China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin, Urban Decay Bang, and a white striper.

Bottle shot:  KB Shimmer Stark Raven Mad, Orly Hook Up, China Glaze Metro Pollen-tin, Urban Decay Bang, and a white striper

Ok, maybe next year, I'll go as a Clown O'Lantern.  Start a trend!



Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Witches' Hats


Hello, Fireflies!

Welcome to another challenge from the Challenge Your Nail Art group!  This month, it's all about the spooky and scary... and cute.  I like cute Halloween.

Today's prompt was to use the classic orange and black colors of the season.  I was inspired by this nailart I found on Pinterest (and again, couldn't find the originator of the art.  Bah.)


I used a couple of Indies to make the background - Polish Addict Jellyfish and Cuttin' Edge Pug Ugly with a little more Jellyfish dabbed on top.

background - Polish Addict Jellyfish and Cuttin' Edge Pug Ugly with a little more Jellyfish dabbed on top

Then, I used my black striper to make the hats, added a stripe of Urban Decay Bang, and stuck on a little jewel for flair.  Witches' be blingin'.

Witches' be blingin'.

Bottle shot:  Polish Addict Jellyfish, Cuttin Edge Pug Ugly, Urban Decay Bang, and my black striper.


My husband was ever so amused that I was painting pointy witches' hats with a pointy striper.  Isn't that adorable?


Monday, October 27, 2014

Gratiae Exfoliating Salt Body Scrub (Apple, Green Tea and Ginger) #gratiae



Hello, Fireflies!

It's becoming a ritual with me that on my pampering Sundays, I use a luxurious body product during my shower.  When this salt scrub from GRATiAE arrived, I knew it would be one of those Sunday indulgences!

First of all, can we just admire the packaging?  Even the box (not pictured) had their branding on it, and they included tissue paper and a small nylon bag with their brand.  Even the protective foil has their stamp on it.  The tub itself is plastic, but it doesn't feel cheap.  And, truthfully, when I'm in the shower, I'm a little scared of the glass jars, especially when my hands are slippery.

Gratiae Exfoliating Body Scrub

Here's where GRATiAE's Body Scrub (Apple, Green Tea & Ginger) is different for me.  When you open the jar, the salt scrub isn't suspended in liquid or emulsified into a paste.  It's largely loose clumps of crystals.  The scrub has a very light, fresh scent, more reminiscent of apple than the tea or ginger - but it's not a fake sweet apple scent - it's more of a real, true, fresh apple.

Gratiae Exfoliating Body Scrub

You're supposed to wet the crystals in your hands, and then scrub in circular motions to increase circulation.  This worked perfectly fine, though clumsy me did manage to drop bits of salt everywhere.  I did also try mixing it with shower gel and a bath oil, both of which gave me good results... but... the smell of the product I mixed it with overpowered the really subtle scent of the salt scrub.  So, if you're like me and you like that soft apple scent, just wet the salt in your hands with water.

Gratiae Exfoliating Body Scrub

I know a lot of folks don't feel like they're really getting a scrub on unless you can feel the exfoliant on your skin.  The crystals are firm, but not jagged, so you get a scrub you can feel, but it's not painful. After rinsing off, my skin feels soft and smooth; not overly moisturized or oily, because the scrub is fairly dry. The scent left on my skin is so subtle, I had to lift my arm right to my nose to detect it.

If you like a scrubby, fresh, shower indulgence, GRATiAE Exfoliating Body Scrub (Apple, Green Tea & Ginger) might be for you!  You can find more information about GRATiAE on their website, and they're also on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Stamped Scary Skulls


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's Adventures In Stamping challenge is to get ready for Halloween with something spooky or scary!  I saw this stamp from Cisi & Sisi 11 plate, and I knew I had to try it.

Cisi & Sisi 11 plate

I started off with Milani Black Swift, which is quickly becoming a favorite black.  It's one-coat shiny awesomeness.


I love how gold and silver look stamped over black, so I alternated Essie No Place Like Chrome and Maybelline Bold Gold.


I couldn't fit more than one skull per finger, so I tried to get one clear part of the stamp on each finger. That upturned profile skull on the middle finger gave me so much trouble! It must have known, somehow, what finger it was on.


Bottle shot:  Milani Black Swift, Maybelline Bold Gold, and Essie No Place Like Chrome.

Bottle shot:  Milani Black Swift, Maybelline Bold Gold, and Essie No Place Like Chrome

Are you getting out the black polish for a Halloween mani?  What's your favorite black?

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I see you, kitteh


Hello, Fireflies!

Today's nail art came about because someone asked in a nail group if anyone could do this cat tutorial.  I tried.  It was hard.  I think a lot of the cats kinda look like the rabbit mask from Donny Darko.

I found this cat eye nail art from Kayla Shevonne, and I thought it would go well with the cats, and make this more Halloween-y!  I think they're my fave part of the mani. I like how the dot of Joss Desert Sunset glitter makes the eyes shine!


 Bottle shot:  Orly Hook Up, Joss Desert Sunset, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme.

 Bottle shot:  Orly Hook Up, Joss Desert Sunset, and Wet 'n Wild Black Creme

Ever go as a cat for Halloween?  My husband and I went as Rottweilers once.  Someone asked if we were aliens.