Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Single Chevron Holo Gradient Nails

Good morning, dear readers, and happy hump day! I hope you are having a wonderful week thus far! This week started out with the official launch of the Indie Coalition for a Cause Equality Now fundraiser. So far we have raised $440 for the charity, and we're hoping to reach $1000 by the end of the week. To help encourage donations, we have put together two prize packs that can be won by two lucky donors. The raffle fundraiser runs through midnight on Friday; there is still time to donate and enter the raffle! Virtual raffle tickets are $5 each with a minimum donation of $10 for 2 tickets. 

How to enter:
1. To purchase your raffle tickets, first make your donation at our crowdrise page here: https://www.crowdrise.com/iccforthegirlsfundraiser/. Then,
2. register for the raffle on my previous blog post here: http://thejediwife.blogspot.com/2015/05/the-indie-coalition-for-cause-supports.html

Thank you for supporting this worthy cause!

Now on to today's post! 

I created a simple gradient nail art look to share with you; I hope you enjoy it!

Polishes used:
Glisten & Glow Saber This! from the May, A Box Indied
Spectraflair 14/35 Mix in base since I apparently don't have a simple silver holo polish!
Colors by Llarowe Oops from a mystery grab bag

I added nail studs and topped my nails off with HK Girl top coat.

I hope you have a wonderful day and enjoy the rest of the week!
XO!


Monday, May 18, 2015

The Indie Coalition for a Cause Supports Equality Now with a Fundraiser

Good morning, dear readers! This post and fundraiser have been several months in the making, and I am thrilled to finally be able to present everything for you! I am a member of The Indie Coalition for a Cause, a group of independent nail polish makers and bloggers dedicated to supporting different charities across the globe. Our goal is to hold two fundraisers a year. Each fundraiser will support a different cause, and I have the distinct honor of hosting the very first fundraiser. We have decided to raise money for the charity Equality Now for our inaugural fundraiser.

Equality Now is an organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world by raising international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizing public support through global membership, and wielding strategic political pressure to ensure that government enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls. Their areas of focus include discrimination in law, sexual violence, female genital mutilation and trafficking. The members of the Indie Coalition for a Cause are in full support of this charity as we both envision a world in which women and men have equal rights under the law and full enjoyment of those rights.

ICC Equality Now Fundraiser: How YOU Can Help

The wonderful indie makers that are members of the ICC have contributed custom nail polishes made for this specific event to help entice you to donate to this noble cause. Photographed below are the polish prizes, including a few non-custom extras. Donations are to be made to the ICC fundraiser located here in increments of $5 and those that wish to be included in the raffle drawing may enter the rafflecopter below at the end of this blog post. The minimum donation is $10, and this purchases 2 raffle tickets. Once you have donated on the crowdrise site here: https://www.crowdrise.com/iccforthegirlsfundraiser/, you can fill out the rafflecopter for your entries below.

 There are two prize packs for this raffle: one large prize and a second smaller one. At the time of this post, there are still a few polish prizes trickling in, so there will be even more for our generous donators!

Please note that this is not like my typical giveaway. In order to be eligible to win, you must visit the Crowdrise page here and donate to the campaign. The rafflecopter is set up such that the larger the donation, the more chances you get to win these beautiful polish prizes.

6 Harts Polish
Choice of Nail Polish and Cuticle Oil


Alter Ego Nail Enamel
Can't Hide
Swatch courtesy of Adventures in Acetone

Girly Girl
Swatch courtesy of Adventures in Acetone

Vintner
(over Girly Girl)
Swatch courtesy of Adventures in Acetone

She Shines Top Coat

Anchor & Heart Lacquer
We Wear Purple


Black Dahlia Lacquer
Stand Up For Equality
Swatch courtesy of Beautee Luvr

Bergamot Cuticle Oil

Bohemian Polish
(formerly Finger Lickin' Lacquer)
At the Head of the River

Ladies First

Ellagee
Make Equality Reality

Firecracker Lacquer
What Do We Want? EQUALITY!

Nail Gems


Girly Bits Cosmetics
50/50

Justice

Time for Change

Literary Lacquers
Secret of Joy

Northern Star Polish
Embrace Yourself

Renaissance Cosmetics
Equality...Now!

Silly Bee's Chickadees
Come Together

Sonoma Nail Art
Equal Work Equal Pay

Strong Women Decals

Prize Pack #1

Prize Pack #2

Donations can be made to the ICC Equality Now fundraiser on the Crowdrise page linked here. All donations are handled by Crowdrise so you can rest assured that the money is going to this charity. Don't forget to hold on to your confirmation emails for tax purposes too!

On behalf of the ICC and women everywhere, I would like to thank you for your support! I would also like to personally thank the indie makers that have contributed prizes for this raffle; we couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you for the donations and good luck!
XO!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sweet Heart Polish: Sweet Summer Memories and Second Shopiversary Polish

Good evening, dear readers! I hope you've had a great start to the weekend! I wanted to get this post up earlier today, but I'm obviously running a little behind. I'm so sorry about that! For this evening's post, I wanted to share the new Sweet Summer Memories Collection by Sweet Heart Polish in addition to the new shopiversary polish. Let's check them all out! I'm going to start off the with Sweet Summer Memories Collection.

County Fair
Three coats plus top coat

County Fair is arguably my favorite from this four-piece collection. As much as I like neons, the colours are often a little brighter than I feel comfortable wearing all the time, and the pops of neon glitters in the white base are perfect! I love the mix of colours, and the glitters spread pretty nicely over my nails. This dried to a slight textured finish because of the glitters, but top coat smoothed out my nails perfectly.

Under the Boardwalk
Three coats plus top coat

Under the Boardwalk has an interesting pastel glitter composition, most notably lavender, light green, and baby blue. It is such a pretty polish, and I wish it played a little nicer with my olive skin tone! Under the Boardwalk was my favorite in the bottle, and it will look amazing on cooler skin tones! I especially love the pale green shimmer in this base! The glitters dispersed nicely for me, and again, to a slight texture that smooths out with top coat.

At the Drive-In
Three coats plus top coat

At the Drive-In was another favorite for me- I just love the purple and teal glitters in the crelly! The glitters are a little more densely packed so you get more glitter payout with fewer coats. I used three coats here because I wanted to load up on these pretty glitters; I added top coat to smooth out my nails

Fireworks!
Three coats plus top coat

Fireworks is a fun combination, and I really like the occasional star that appeared while I was painting my nails! The stars are more sparse than the other glitters, but I did not have to fish for the few I did get on my nails here. The flashes of pink shimmer adds a beautiful touch of colour to the base as well!

Two Be Berry Sweet
Two coats over Precision Nail Lacquer Sandstorm plus top coat

Ahhhh!!!! I am absolutely in love with this second shopiversary celebratory polish! The raspberry jelly base is gorgeous, and I am going gaga over the glitter combination! Two Be Berry Sweet is on the sheer side, and I opted to swatch this over a polish that is an almost dead-on match for my skin tone as a different branded polish I swatched earlier stained my nails yellow. I felt you would prefer more colour accurate photos. Two coats on its own will still show some nail line, so you'll want to either add another coat or two or start with a base shade as well. It does dry to a slight textured finish, but top coat smoothed my nails out easily.

I am really excited about the new crelly collection in addition to the second shopiversary polish! Both the collection and the celebratory shade are scheduled to launch at the Sweet Heart Polish Etsy shop on May 18th at 8am PST. That's this Monday, so just a day and a half or so away!

Be sure to follow Sweet Heart Polish on Facebook and Instagram for shop news, announcements, and even more photos!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful evening and enjoy the rest of the weekend!
XO!




Thursday, May 14, 2015

Stamping with Born Pretty Store and a Water Marble

Press Sample
Good morning, dear readers! I hope this post finds you well and you've had a wonderful week thus far! I am sneaking in a blog post quick today. My whole household is currently sick, but I wanted to get a little something up for you this week! For today's post, I wanted to share a nail art look I created using a stamping plate from Born Pretty Store combined with a water marble. Let's check it out!
Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate BP52
I had a lot of fun creating this colourful mani! I really wanted the stamped nails to have a little more dimension so I double stamped using the same plate. I kept the first stamping nude so as to not detract from the more colourful second stamping.
I wasn't too sure how it would turn out, but I like the depth the two-stamping technique adds to my nail art look.
This plate is currently available for purchase from Born Pretty Store here. You can save 10% off full price items by using discount code QWL91.

Polishes used: 
Gabriel Cosmetics Holiday Red, Petrol Blue, Golden Yellow, and Cashmere

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!
XO!


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