Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 31 Day Challenge Announcement

It's that time again! The 31 Day Challenge. Every September a bunch of nail bloggers tackle this challenge. It's become a bit of a tradition. Last year I did my own spin on it and called it The Quirky 31 Day Challenge. This year I decided to follow the original prompts. The 31DC is always both exciting and challenging. It's a great way to grow and stretch your nail art skills. And you don't have to be a blogger to do it! Just follow along with the prompts and post your nails on social media. Be sure to use the hashtag #31DC2014. The challenge begins on September 1st and ends October 1st. Sarah at Chalkboard Nails came up with a few cool graphics with the days and prompts listed.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Collection Swatches & Review

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Hi all! Today I have for you the Zoya Naturel Deux collection. I did not manage to get my hands on any of the polishes from the first Naturel collection so I was really excited to try these out. The collection is made up of three brown-toned and three pink-toned neutrals. Check out my full review and swatches after the jump!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Week in Review: Best Laid Plans and Convalescing Kitties

Hello all- I'm back. Again. I grossly underestimated how much time and care is needed to take care of a post-surgery kitty. Declan was for the most part back to his normal adorable lovable self. But - he has had to wear a cone for the better part of the last two weeks. And was not a happy camper about it. By his first day back home he had learned to wiggle his way out of it. So between that and keeping him and his brother apart while he healed it has been a crazy busy week. With not a whole of sleep either! But Declan got his cone take off and his stitches out yesterday morning. Woohoo! Here are some pica of the little guy showing off his fabulous cone. I had to get as many pics as I could!

This used to be my yoga pillow. As you can see that is no longer the case.

. Although this break wasn't planned it has helped reinvigorate me. I have so many great posts coming up for you guys

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Born Pretty Store Arabesque Lattice Pattern Nail Decals

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Hi all! I'm back after my unexpected break. My cat Declan, came home on Monday after being in the hospital all of last week. He had surgery to fix his urethral blockage as well as wound up needing to have all of his teeth removed due to Stomatitis. He's been through a lot to say the least! Right now he is bobbling around our apartment with a cone on his head to keep him from licking his incision. Dogs with cones on their heads have always been funny to me but a cat? It's just plain sad! D is pretty smart though and has learned how to navigate pretty well while wearing it. He can even remove it if he gets in the right position! His brother Finn is just happy to have him back home. I felt so bad for him while D was in the hospital; he would walk around looking under the couch and the bed for his brother. D still has a long recovery process but I'm just glad that last week is over. It was hands down one of the most emotionally and financially stressful times of my life! 

Now to the nails which is what we're all here for! Today I have for you some really gorgeous Arabesque Lattice Patterned Decals from Born Pretty Store to share with you. 

The decals apply like most water decals: You cut them out, soak them in water, gently apply to the nail and then cover with top coat. There are five different patterns on the decal sheet to choose from. I decided to use two and do an accent nail. For my base color I used two coats of Revlon Timeless, a soft dove gray cream. I then applied the decals and applied a generous coat of KB Shimmer Clearly on Top.

I applied these on Sunday and still have them (I think that's a record for me!) on because they are so gorgeous.  I love how they look against the such a soft color.

The decals retail for $4.99 for 1 sheet and are available in Gold and Silver. Don't forget to use my promo code  PSL91 to receive 10% off your order. Born Pretty Store also offers free worldwide shipping.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Help Declan Get Well

Hi all. I have had to take and unexpected break from posting this week. On Sunday my cat Declan became very ill with a urethral blockage. We rushed him to the emergency vet and they were able to unblock him. Unfortunately by Monday he became blocked again and had to be admitted to the hospital . He became blocked again yesterday morning and the vet told us that he would need surgery. By this point we had already spent well over $2,000 on his care. As it stands now we need to raise an additional $1,700 for his surgical bills. I have started a GoFundMe campaign to help with his vet bills. Please contribute if you can, if not I ask that you please share the link below. Thank you all!