Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday Questionnaire: November 29th, 2010

Okay I really need to get off "break-mode" and back on track. I didn't even realize today was Monday until someone left a comment on my November Favorites video asking where the Monday Questionnaire was. Bad Allison!

My front yard at my parents' house. Lots and lots of snow!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Nail of the Day: OPI Diva of Geneva

Today's Nail of the Day is another OPI Swiss Collection polish called Diva of Geneva. This is a polish that really needs to be painted in order to see how truly beautiful it is. In the bottle it doesn't look nearly as pretty. This color is a perfect jeweltone magenta berry color, and it's one I definitely plan on wearing throughout the holiday season. And for all of you who hate taking the time to paint more than one coat when doing your nails, Diva of Geneva is for you! The photo shown below is only one coat of this polish!

natural light, 1 coat

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Monday, November 22, 2010

Monday Questionnaire: November 22nd, 2010

Monday Questionnaire time! I'm totally on break mode (I have the whole week off school) and I almost forgot that it was Monday today. You all know the drill... please answer in the list yourself in a comment below too! :)

My Oliver out in the snow this morning :)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nail of the Day: Essie Mint Candy Apple

Today's Nail of the Day is Essie's Mint Candy Apple, a (you guessed it) mint green color that is nice in the holiday season. I like that this color is really unique... you don't see a lot of mint greens around!

natural light, 2 coats

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Monday, November 15, 2010

Monday Questionnaire: November 15th, 2010

Ugh, Monday. Today is one of those days I just need to get through. I had a huge term research paper due in one class this morning, and I have to turn in another term paper in another class tonight. It's probably one of the most stressful days I've had all semester, but not so stressful I'm going to skip the Monday questionnaire! I've found out that I have quite a few things in common with a lot of you who have been filling these out as well... I think it's pretty cool!

I'm buried in books today!

Friday, November 12, 2010

Win a Bottle of China Glaze Mrs. Claus!

I'm having my first giveaway on Twitter! The prize is a bottle of China Glaze's Mrs. Claus nail polish. I liked it so much, I decided to pick one up to give away to someone! If you would like to see my nail of the day post on it, click here. Giveaway rules below!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Party Hearty

Today's Nail of the Day is China Glaze's "Party Hearty" a red/green/gold glitter from their Holiday 2010 Collection, 'Tis the Season to be Naughty or Nice. In the photo below, I have it layered over China Glaze's Jolly Holly, because Party Hearty is entirely glitter, and therefore would take a few extra coats for an entirely opaque look.

I absolutely love this polish. I love that the gold glitter is small, while the red and green circle clitters are big and chunky. I feel like the most festive person on the planet when I have this on my nails, because it literally makes them look like Christmas trees with ornaments! I call this my Christmas Bling nail combination.

natural light, 1 coat Jolly Holly, 2 coats Party Hearty

Too over the top, or just right?
xx, Allison

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Jolly Holly

Today's Nail of the Day is another polish from China Glaze's Holiday 2010 collection, 'Tis the Season to be Naughty or Nice. "Jolly Holly" is a frosty, dark green that is a little more yellow than your traditional Christmas tree color, in my opinion. It's more of a warm green than a forest green.

Now to be honest, the only reason I picked up this color was so that I could layer China Glaze's "Party Hearty" (a chunky red/green/gold glitter) over the top for ultra-Christmas-bling nails. However, after painting the first coat, which is all you really need by the way, I grew very fond of the way it looked on my hands. I went ahead and painted a second coat, just in case the lighting I was in covered up any sheer parts.

natural light, 2 coats

By the way, I love how all of their holiday polishes this year have silver tops!

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Monday, November 8, 2010

Monday Questionnaire: November 8th, 2010

Is it Monday again? I looked at my calendar this morning and realized I only have 4 more weeks left of this semester... where did it go? Not that I care. I can't wait to be on Christmas break! I've answered another set of 10 questions in this post, and I would love if you answered them in a comment below too! :)

How cute is this cat?! It's not mine (unfortunately), I just found it on Google :(

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Nail of the Day: China Glaze Mrs. Claus

Today's Nail of the Day is from China Glaze's Holiday 2010 Collection, 'Tis the Season to be Naughty or Nice. Mrs. Claus is a pink-toned red glitter that is opaque enough to wear by itself, but still a little sheer on the nails. This one is really tricky to photograph, and you can probably see the sheerness of it in the photo below, but from a normal seeing distance (2-3 feet) it looks entirely solid with glitter. I personally love it! I think the pink tone to it is a nice change from all of the classic red glitters you see around the holidays.

(Click on the photo to see it larger/better!)

natural light, 2 coats

Have you/are you planning on picking up any holiday polishes this year?
xx, Allison

Friday, November 5, 2010

Brush Bar: Sigma E40 Blending Brush

I've decided to add a new series of posts to my blog, called Brush Bar. In this series, I'll be selecting individual brushes from my collection and telling you what I think about them.

First up is the Sigma E40 brush (formerly known as the Sigma SS224, but they changed their numbers). This brush retails individually for $9. Click here to visit Sigma's website!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nail of the Day: OPI The Show Must Go On!

Today's NOTD is from OPI's Burlesque holiday collection this year. The Show Must Go On! is a beautiful red/pink/orange foil that changes colors depending on the lighting and which way you turn your hands. It's a complex, jeweltone shade that looks even more beautiful on the nails than in the bottle.

natural light, 2 coats

Would you wear it?
xx, Allison

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Nail of the Day: Essie Merino Cool

Today's NOTD is Essie's Merino Cool, released in their Fall 2010 collection. This is a purple/grey chameleon shade that didn't really spark my interest until I saw it in person. I'm a sucker for purples, but this color changes so drastically depending on the lighting and surrounding environment that sometimes it looks entirely slate grey. However, when you catch it in the right lighting, it's beautiful.

natural light, 2 coats

Monday, November 1, 2010

Monday Questionnaire: November 1st, 2010

Happy November everyone! I hope you all had fun and safe weekends. It's time for another Monday Questionnaire! I like how you all are getting into this with me... I really loved reading all of your responses last week. I feel like it's a fun way to get to know each other better. Feel free to suggest any questions you would like to see on these posts!