Giveaways!

There are too many awesome giveaways so I gotta dedicate a post especially for them.

The Lacquerista is having her Black Shatter giveaway which ends on March 1st. 

(Picture taken from her blog)

All you have to do is fill out a form that lets her know what name you follow her with and you get another entry if you tweet/blog/post about her giveaway.

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Enamel Girl is having her OPI Katy Perry Collection Giveaway which ends Feb 25!

(Picture taken from her blog)

You get two entries if you are a follower and if you blog about it.

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Oh My Polish! is having her 300 follower giveaway which ends Feb 10!

(Picture taken from her blog)

You have to be a follower and if you blog/tweet/facebook about the giveaway, you get an extra entry!

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Jen is having her 1000 followers giveaway which ends on Feb 15/11.

  (Picture taken from her blog)

You can have up to 4 entries if you are a follower, if you blog about the giveaway, if you  tweet about the giveaway and if you "like" her page on Facebook.

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Beauty by Brittany is also having a Katy Perry Polish giveaway which ends Feb 20th!

 (Picture taken from her blog)

You must be a follower to enter and if you blog about the give-away or put it in your sidebar, you can have up to 5 extra entries!

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Ivana is having her February giveaway which ends on March 8!

(Picture taken from her blog)

You must be a follower to enter  (+1 entry) and if you add her to your blogroll (+1 entry) and if you blog about it (+2 entries), you can have up to 4 entries!

Early V-Day, Hidden Treasure and giveaways!

As promised, here are pics of my early Valentine's Day mani. My hands are crying out for moisture and even though I try to give it to them...they still end up so dry. =( I gotta get me some of that Lemony Flutter!

I used China Glaze Exotic Cranberry for a base colour and I stamped with Sally Hansen Chrome Pens in Pink Chrome. 


This was taken in indoor light, no flash. The image was from plate m65. I love designs like that because they're very forgiving. You can just fill in some blanks if ever there were any and the design would still look good. I think this was my shortest duration for a mani because I removed it after two days and changed it to...

THIS. 


This is one coat of OPI Russian Navy and one coat of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. RN is sooo deceiving. When you look at the bottle all you see is purple, purple, purple. When you put it on the nail, BAM there's the navy blue. And you're left wondering how in the world that happened. It's definitely a one-coater if you apply a thick coat on. I'm just dreading to remove this because I have a feeling it's going to be a PITA.


Both of these pictures were taken in natural light, no flash. Look at all the pretty flashing colours! Green, orange, a bit of gold...plus it all depends on what your base colour is. The last time I sported HT I wore it over CQ Mystical which is a purple and the flakies also flashed purple! I looooove HT and I wish I had a back-up bottle!

Do you guys own Hidden Treasure or any flakie? What do you guys think about it?

Before I forget, The Lacquerista is having her Black Shatter giveaway

(Picture taken from her blog)

All you have to do is fill out a form that lets her know what name you follow her with and you get another entry if you tweet/blog/post about her giveaway.

The Art of Nails is also having her 100 followers giveaway

She`s giving away MAC Mean and Gree, Orly Rockin`Rockette, Nox Sangria and Sephora by OPI mini Leaf Him at the Altar.

(Picture taken from her blog)

You get an extra entry if you sign the petition to stop human trafficking!

'Til the next Konadicure!

More shopping and future hauls!

I went out with 3 of my co-workers yesterday for sushi and after we stuffed our faces, I had brought up the nail place that was pretty close to the restaurant. So of course the girls were all up for it, but then I remembered they were closed on Fridays. BOO. Now 2 of them are jonesing to buy nail polish.

So I'm gonna meet up with one of them today and we're gonna stop by so I can show her the craziness. I just hope I don't turn her into a monster like me!

I've got a new Konadicure on today...no pictures as of yet...I'll leave that for another post. I used China Glaze Exotic Cranberry for a base colour and I stamped the rose design with Sally Hansen Chrome Pens in Pink chrome. When deciding what colours and design to use, it didn't occur to me how girly it was gonna turn out. Well it's super girly and super Valentine's Days-y. So I'm a little ahead of the game...seeing as it's not even February yet! =P

Speaking of Valentine's Day, I requested for me and my boyfriend to go up to Buffalo, NY and go shopping! I proposed that I will pay for our food for the day, and he buys me whatever I want!! He agreed so I'm making a list for when I go to Ulta (for the 1st time ever!). I'm super excited. I'm gonna pick up nail polishes that we don't have here in Canada ie: Barielle, Essence etc.

I'll be posting up pics of my KOTW soon. =) 'Til then!

Another mini-haul and give-away entry!

*sigh* I've got to kick this addiction. :( It would be ok if I was funding it in another way besides my full-time job but that's not the case. I've got to find a way to make money off my polishes!!

Chel and I visited the store again yesterday and instead of only coming out with one polish that I wanted which was OPI You Don't Know Jacques, I came out with 5 and none of them was YDKJ!! The store owner is such a grumpy guy and we groan everytime we see him there. The 1st and 2nd time we went, the clerk didn't care what we did and we looked through the boxes. The 3rd time we went, the grumpy guy was there and basically yelled at us for looking through the boxes. He said that all the colours were out on display. Well, we basically caught him in that lie because the OPI Unripened we both bought were from the boxes and cannot be found on the displays. So yesterday, I had one bottle of polish in my hand and he passes by us and says "You know you have to spend $20 right?!?" I'm like "Yeah, I know." If you spend less than $20, you pay full price for each bottle of  polish, instead of their price. So of course, I had to pick more polishes to make up $20. *sigh*

That's enough story-telling...on to the pictures!!


Here's my mini haul from left to right:
OPI Russian Navy
China Glaze Exotic Cranberry
China Glaze Starboard
China Glaze Blue Island Iced Tea
OPI Diva of Geneva


Thumb to pinky (2 coats each, no base or top coat):

OPI Diva of Geneva
China Glaze Starboard
OPI Russian Navy (looks black but it's not!)
China Glaze Exotic Cranberry
China Glaze  Blue Island Iced Tea


With flash. 
  

Here's a picture of almost all of the nail polishes I own. There were about 20 more upstairs that weren't in my kit. It doesn't look like much to all the professional bloggers out there but for a regular girl like me, it's a lot!!! 



 Her prizes are: 

ELF Glitter Glam
Love & Beauty pack of 3 Nail Files
ELF  Twinkle
Maybelline Sweet Thing/ Salsa Sun Ltd Ed. Five-pack includes:
-       Goody Plum Drop
-       Pink Sophistication
-       Minty
-       Caliente Coral
-       Sweetie Pie
Color Club Uptown Girl
Zoya Adina
OPI DS Glamour
Color Club High Society
BBW PocketBac in Strawberry Cupcake

You can have up to 6 entries if you're a follower (+1), if you blog about it either on a post (+2) or sidebar (+1), add her blog to your blogroll (+1) and if you have a cute V-day story to share (+1)!

Update and hello to new readers!!

Hello beauty bloggers!! Hope everyone's doing well. Just wanted to say a quick hello to my new readers! Thanks for following!

I've got two Konadicures that I wanted to show you. I used Orly Bonder as a base coat and Seche Vite as a top coat for both.

1st is a base colour of OPI DS Magic. Instead of stamping though, I took a cosmetic wedge and applied a diagonal french tip using Color Club Worth the Risque.


This was taken with flash to show the pretty shimmer. It's blue with some pretty purple shimmer that's very obvious in the bottle but you gotta look closely to see it on the nail. No problems with application, cleanup and removal was a PITA though.


Taken without flash in natural light. You can't even see the holo-ness of Worth the Risque but it's there!!

2nd Konadicure is with China Glaze Jolly Holly and Sally Hansen Color Quick Chrome Pens in Green Chrome. The image was from plate m65. I got the awesome idea from Erika, from her Stamping with Sally post. Thank you!


This photo was taken in natural light. I am so in love with Jolly Holly!! I was initially gonna stamp all my nails but then when I saw how gorgeous the colour was, I dwindled down to one nail. The Sally Hansen Chrome pens are awesome for stamping!! You just have to be careful that the brush doesn't get dry otherwise you're gonna have a hard time with it. 

'Til the next Konadicure!!

Asian beauty products kick

I've been on an Asian beauty products kick for some time now. Chel had been my personal shopper and has found us great deals for Etude House products.

I ordered the Etude House BB Magic Cream (Purple) in Refreshing for Oily Skin.

I love it!! It does leave my skin looking a tad lighter than it really is but I just put on my mineral loose powder foundation over it and it fixes the problem. My skin looks poreless! It`s not a real foundation that covers up everything but kinda like a tinted moisturizer/primer. It doesn`t make my face seem oily and I don`t have to do any touch-ups during the day.

2nd one is Dr. Mascara Fixer in Natural Lash. The e-bay seller screwed up our order and sent me Natural Lash instead of Perfect Lash which was what I wanted. But good thing Chel`s aunt is sending her Perfect Lash so I`m getting both! The Natural Lash has been really good to me. It has kept my eyelashes curled all day! I can`t wait to see what Perfect Lash will be like!

My co-worker who`s from Japan told me about this Shiseido cleansing kit that she got as a gift while she was in Japan and she didn`t want it. So she offered it to me and of course I said YES!!! It was a kit from the Shiseido Aqualabel White. I wish it was available in the Philippines so I can ask my family to send it to me. They only have it in China, Singapore, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia.


I have the White Clear Foam, White Up Lotion, White Up Emulsion and White Up Cream in the kit. I used it for the first time last night and I LOVE IT!! I don`t know what I`m gonna do when I run out. =( The co-worker who gave it to me says her dad comes to visit twice a year so she could get me another kit when he comes!

Re-cap

Ok here are 3 Konadicures that I've done within a week and a half. Chel and I have been bad and we went on another trip to the nail art supply place. We did 2 trips within 3 days. I bought OPI in DS Magic and Charmed by a Snake, China Glaze in Cashmere Creme, Swing Baby and Short and Sassy. PLEASE please forgive the horrible condition of the areas around my nails. They're so dry due to the winter cold and also from my nail polish remover. 

The first is what I call "Below Deck I've got Pure Silver" Base colour is China Glaze in Below Deck from the Spring 2011 collection. The stamping nail polish is my NEW FAVE, Rimmel London's Pure Silver. Sorry Rave Review Critique...you've been pushed from your #1 position of Stamp Champ. Pure Silver has a chrome-like finish...I don't even know if that's the right way to describe it!

With flash.

Indoor light. The image used was from m57.

2nd Konadicure is called "I've got Pure Silver. Sshhh Plum's the Word!" (Gosh...I'm sorry, that's the best I could come up with) Base colour is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum's the Word. I was really feeling cremes this past week! Stamping colour is again Pure Silver.

Taken without flash in natural light.

3rd Konadicure is "Side-Saddle on a Cheetah" (or Leopard...whichever animal has those spots) Base colour is China Glaze in Side-Saddle from the Rodeo Diva collection. It was such a weird colour...brown but with some purple and pretty shimmer.

Swatch taken in natural light.

Taken with flash. Look at the pretty shimmer come out and say hi!

So me being currently obsessed with my new #1 stamp champ decided to add spots from image plate m57.

Natural light.

With flash to show the shimmer.

Sorry for the barrage of pictures...I get so lazy uploading them that I end up with a whole bunch!! I've even got a new Konadicure on now but I won't shove all the pics in one post...this one can wait. :)

'Til the next Konadicure!

Yet another tag!

Chel, I know you love me but WHOA with the awards!!!

The rules are: copy the picture, answer the questions and send it to your favorite blogs!

1. Why did you make this blog?
I enjoyed doing my nails so much after I started Konading that I began looking at other people's blogs about their nails! Seeing all these people doing it really encouraged me to start my own.

2. What kind of blogs do you read?
Usually blogs about nails and make-up...anything related to cosmetics.

3. Do you have a favorite make-up brand?
i don't know if I have a fave...I use such a variety of brands! My current fave though for face is Etude House. For nails i am mostly a China Glaze girl with a little bit of OPI thrown in for good measure.

4. What about the favorite clothing brand?
Again...I don't really know if I have a fave. I shop at different stores so I don't have one that I consistently go to. I shop at H&M, Garage, Winners, Dynamite, Smart Set

5. What piece in you make-up bag is the most important to you?
Lip gloss/balm is # 1 because I find that if I don't have it, I keep licking my lips and they get so irritated! 2nd is mascara cuz I need that stuff to make me not look like death warmed over!

6. Your favorite color?
I have more than one hahahaha! I love pink, purple and teal!


7. Favorite perfume?
Clinique Happy! Although right now I am using Estee Lauder
Pleasures.

8. Your favorite movie?
You mean movies!! LOL! I love: Disney classics, My Fair Lady, The LOTR Series, Romeo and Juliet, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember

9. What countries would you like to visit?
TOO MANY COUNTRIES! #1 on my list is Italy...i really wanna go there on my honeymoon (whenever that is).  I'd also love to go to Spain. I also want to take a tour of the Philippines and really see what my country has to offer. I wouldn't mind taking a trip to Japan and Korea as well!


The same people are tagged!!! Too many awards in one day!

Tagged!

Danielle and my Puppy have tagged me for the stylish blogger award and blog with substance award. Thanks muchly ladies!!


For the Stylish Blog Award:
1. Thank and link the person who gave you the award
2. Share 7 things about yourself
3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
4. Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.

7 things about myself...hhhmmm.

* I love to sing and dance. You can usually find me singing and/or dancing most times of the day. I've been doing both since I was literally a year old so it's a hard habit to break!
* I am a nurse who helps people get pregnant. 
* Another obsession that I have are my eyelashes and anything to do with them. I never cared this much for my eyelashes until about 2 yrs ago when I woke up and found a huge gap in my left eye. Ever since then I've been obsessing over length, thickness etc.
* I was born in the Philippines and came to Canada when I was 11 years old.
* I can still speak 2 dialects from the Philippines fluently.
* I am an only child, but I've got lots of sister friends!!
* I like it when I find new comments on my blog...it makes me smile reading them!

For the Blog with a Substance Award:

1. Thank and link back to the giver of the award.
Thank you to Chel...my polish sister!!
2. Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using 5 words:  Sharing creativity through my nails.
3. Pass it on to other bloggers that you feel have substance in their blogs.

I don't think I can tag 15 bloggers but here are the ones I do want to tag.


Welcome to some new followers that I see. Thank you for taking the time to read my humble blog. =)

Give-aways!!

I'm entering my very first give-aways! I'm so excited!

Rachel's Nails is having her 50th Follow Give-away which ends tonight at 11:59 pm EST! She's giving away nail polishes, nail treatments and nail files! You just have to be a public follower and fill out a form. If you blog about it, you get an extra entry. 

2nd give-away entry!! Girly Addictions is having her Gosh holo + base coat give-away which ends on Feb 5. You have to be a follower and fill out a form. If you blog about it and place her on your blogroll that's 2 more entries.


I was so hesitant in entering give-aways before because I thought it was so much work to blog, tweet, fill out, etc. But it's really not so bad!

Ginormous magnificent haul!!

Ok I'm dedicating this post to show the hauls I got since I have been so kindly introduced to this nail supply store. It is so well-stocked that Puppy and I spent an hour and a half searching through boxes on our first visit.

I came out with these! I actually did skittle swatches! All the swatches were one coat except for Black Diamond which was 2 thin coats. 

From left to right:
Jitterbug
Joy
Jolly Holly
Peace on Earth
Ahoy
Bogie
Black Diamond
Side-Saddle

Pinky to index:
Bogie
Jolly Holly
Jitterbug
Joy

Left to right:
Joy
Jitterbug
Jolly Holly
Bogie

Index to pinky:
Ahoy
Side-Saddle
Peace on Earth
Black Diamond

Left to right:
Black Diamond
Peace on Earth
Side-Saddle
Ahoy

After a couple of days I went back and picked up OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark and Unripened, China Glaze's Below Deck and Peace on Earth. This bottle of POE was for myself since the previous one was purchased for a friend. Unripened was not what I expected so I sold it to my friend along with her POE.

This nail store will be the death of my wallet...but I love it! I am stalking the arrival of Black Crackle since I'm so psyched for it!

I actually made a list of all my nail polishes (I've got a life, I swear!) and I own 90 bottles. I've used maybe less than half of them so I've got tons that I haven't even used yet! Plus I've got two more coming my way. Methinks that is enough for a while, so no more buying. Unless Black Crackle arrives at the nail supply store, then I'm all over that!!! 

'Til the next Konadicure!

One of many...

Update time! Please forgive me for taking my sweet time. I've got lots to show you so please be patient with me!

As always, base coat is Orly Bonder and top coat is Seche Vite.

First here is my NYE Konadicure. Please forgive the state it's in...I took these pictures RIGHT before I removed it to do my next one. This has been about 5 days after I first did it.


Base colour was my highly anticipated OPI DS Extravagance. I had used image plate m72 for my index, middle and pinky fingers and m77 for my thumb and ring fingers. I stamped with my # 1 stamp champ, Sally Hansen in Rave Review Critique. I also used Color Club in gold holo glitter to outline some of the images.

My 2nd Konadicure was done after mine and Puppy's ginormous haul after visiting this lil hole in the wall that sells massive amounts of nail polish for half the price of beauty salons!! Forgive these pictures...I don't know why I was in such a hurry to take them. I'm either too excited to take the pictures or leave it til the end right before I remove the polish!


I used China Glaze in Jitterbug for the index, middle and pinky fingers and China Glaze in Black Diamond for the thumb and ring fingers. I then used the argyle design from image plate m60 and stamped it with Sally Hansen in Celeb City.


Of course after a couple of days I wanted to change it up a little so I added China Glaze Wireless (holographic top coat) on top of Jitterbug. I loved the end result!

Last but not least, here is my "Applause" was heard at "Lincoln Park After Dark". This picture was taken after 5 days of wear.

Base colour is OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark. The image used was the houndstooth design on m63. I used Sally Hansen in Applause to stamp. I used the full nail design on my thumb and ring, but only half of it on the tips of the rest of my fingers.

My current Konadicure has just been updated about half an hour ago, but pictures will be saved for another post. I'm using China Glaze in Below Deck from their Spring 2011 collection for a base colour and stamped with Rimmel London's Pure Silver (a new stamp champ discovery!).

'Til the next Konadicure!

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