Barielle Jetsetter Collection

Today I have some swatches of another new collection from Barielle.  I didn't have a ton of experience with Barielle before this year because they're difficult to find in my area, but I have to say I'm really loving these. Not only are they shiny and creamy, they're great for stamping!  At any rate this collection contains six more colors for Fall/Winter.  Above is my favorite of the bunch. It's called Kiss Me Kate and it's a gorgeous creamy neutral.  I've already used it a million times! It's perfect for my skin tone. Plus, above is two coats with no top coat and just LOOK at that shine!

Next up is Rain In Spain.  I love the name on this one, My Fair Lady is a GREAT classic film!  The color is also nice but nothing special to my collection.  Still it's flattering and again, super shiny with great coverage.

This next one is a real stunner.  Midnight in Paris is a GORGEOUS deep blue with a nice shimmer.  It leans just slightly purple and it really lights up on your nails!  So pretty for this time of year.

Autumn in Seoul is another real standout in the bunch. This one is a metallic copper shimmer. Not only is it super pretty on it's own, it stamps like a dream!

Then we have Irish Eyes, a mossy green.  Again two coats, no top coat. Super shiny and so flattering.

Finally we have Gondola Ride. A lighter creamy sage green.  Overall I really liked this collection. While some of the colors weren't unique to my collection, they all have great formulas and as I stated above, they stamp quite nicely as well!  Which is your favorite?

Barielle colors are vegan, 5 free and cruelty free. You can purchase them at or any authorized retailer.

**These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion**

Flashback Friday: Happy Thanksgiving

It's the final day of Thankfulness (In it's wildest form!) with The Digital Dozen!  Today's nails are also Flashback Friday nails and we're flashing WAY back to 2011!  The other day my 2011 Thanksgiving Day nail art was featured on the ABC show, The Chew, which got me thinking two things: one, how horrific my nail art and photography was three years ago, and two, how far I've come in the last three years and how far I can go in the future.  Here is the original art which aired on TV...

I mean it's decent. The clean-up isn't terrible, the art is fairly well executed.  I was still taking the pictures over my bathroom sink though and the color on this picture is just terrible!  While I still have MILES to go I'm so thankful for the past three years of blogging and for the accomplishments I've had, whether small or large. I'm thankful for the hours of fun and creative outlet it's given me, for the friends I've made, and the things it's pushed me to do in my life. Like getting my nail license and learning acrylics!  Overall it's given me a lot of joy and I'm very thankful to have stuck with it!!

Check out the other ladies art work below! :)


The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats...

Its the fourth day of our Digital Dozen Thankfulness (in it's WILDEST form) challenge and today I wanted to honor my children!! The furry ones that is!  Even though I've already covered family and these guys are most certainly family to me, I felt I wanted to do a special tribute to them.  The index is dedicated to my littlest love, Caoimhe.

Caoimhe is a Russian Blue that we rescued late last year after we lost another of our babies. She began as a temporary kitty but as you can see, she grew very attached to me quite quickly! She's the most snuggly kitty we have and despite her sweetness she has a curious side that led to her nickname; Miss Keevious. Caoimhe's favorite toy is a little sparkly red ball with a felt halo like a sunshine.

The middle nail is dedicated to Aoife, my seal pointe Himalayan. The fluffiest and silliest of all my babies! We got Aoife when she was six months old and she was in rough shape. But we cleaned her up and loved her up and now she's a spoiled princess! I added some gold flakes to the Aoife nail because she's well earned her nickname as The Duchess of Chunk!!

Last but most certainly not least we have Eoghan. He was our first little rescue kitty and he was as wild and crazy as they come!! He was always into EVERYTHING and he and Aoife used to get into loads of adventures together.  He was a sweetheart too though and definitely a mama's boy. We lost him to a stomach disorder last December and it was hard on all of us.  I chose to put the nails in the order I did because Aoife was sort of the glue that held me together between Eoghan's loss and the arrival of Caoimhe. His favorite toy was a little blue and pink mouse. I bought it for him the week after we got him and he used to hide it all over the house. Sometimes, if he forgot his hiding spot he'd cry for hours until I fished it out for him.  We retired the mouse when he died.

Don't forget to check below to see what the other girls are thankful for today!

The drought was the very worst...

Today's Digital Dozen post is a little more personal than the other ones.  Someone close to me has recently celebrated thirty days of sobriety and I could not be more proud of them.  It's definitely something I'm VERY thankful for.  The art is mean to represent a foamy beer and it came out fairly nicely for what I intended although it's definitely not my most intricate of the week. Still it's one of the things I'm the most thankful for!  Check out some of the other things we're thankful for by clicking the links below!

I used to think one day we'd tell the story of us...

Today's Digital Dozen design is sort of two-fold.  First, it sort of subtly represents books which I LOVE and am incredibly thankful for. Not just because they allow me to escape into glorious other worlds but also because I've learned so much from them.  Books also helped me cultivate another of my loves which is writing.  I did a subtle gold line around the tips of these to play with that theme, like the gold tipped pages of children's novels.  The second is the more obvious which is family and friends and just love in general.  I've had an incredibly tough year.  Despite that I have such amazing people lifting me up and supporting me along the way.  Check out some of what the other girls are thankful for this week! 

The Digital Dozen Does....Thankfulness!!

It's another Digital Dozen week and this month our theme is Thankfulness.  I sort of struggled with this theme...don't get me wrong, I have TONS to be thankful for this year.  It's just hard to translate all that onto your nails.  Today I've done a simple look with two colors from the latest Barielle collection. It's meant to sort of emulate fall.  I'm thankful for cooler weather (although it's starting to get downright COLD) and that this time of year allows me lots of opportunities to be with family and friends.  I'm also thankful to have made it to another fall, especially after the year I've had!! Check out the other girls art below! :)

A Swirling Storm

So recently, as you know I decided to jump on the stiletto boat.  I've always liked the shape but it seems more suited for acrylics to me.  I just sort of feel like the tip would snap right off a natural nail, especially if you spend all day typing like I do.  Unfortunately, while I dig squares on my own nails, when they start to get longer it just doesn't work for me.  Squares can be great for weaker nails because it's sturdier but for someone like me who has strong nails already it's a nightmare because the corners snap off. I've been rounding them as they grow to help keep them stronger and it's worked out rather nicely but I get to the point when they get so long that I just itch to cut them short again!  So when I got to that point this time I just went to this shape. My theory was if they snapped off I was going to cut them anyway.  That far it's been great. One thing that does suck is the tips (which are pretty dull above) get worn down so you have to periodically resharpen them or else you end up with just very almond nails.  The other thing I've found is that if you DO want to go shorter with them trying to take just a little bit off is kind of a nightmare. So I may go back to square if I want to shorten them and then slowly go back to stiletto again. But time will tell!

In the mean time I'm having fun trying out wilder designs on my new shape!

Zoya Winter 2014 Wishes Holiday Collection

Today I have some swatches of the 2014 Holiday Collection from Zoya for you! It's Called Wishes and it's made up of two shimmers, one cream and three "magical" pixies.  The pixies to me are more like the ultra pixie colors than the standard ones. They have large holographic hexes rather than just the standard smaller glitter.  I found this to be a pretty solid holiday collection.  The black threw me off a little but it's a great time of year for darker shades. So let's check them out!! Pixies are up first!

 This one is  Imogen, described as a black crystal Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter.  Pretty straight forward as you can tell.  These pixies were all easy to work with and all are swatched with two coats. They also weren't especially lumpy when they dry so while they are textured it's not super noticeable.

Here is Nori, described as a sapphire blue Magical PixieDust with holographic hex glitter. Nori was my favorite of the Pixie's.

Last is Thea,  a deep amethyst Magical PixieDust with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.  The description has her as a purple but I found this one to be very pink, more so than just a "flash".

Then we have the shimmers! This one is Haven. These are the standout's to me. I found both to be a touch streaky but it wasn't super noticeable after they dried.  The shimmer and depth to them is just gorgeous. Haven is described as a true holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid to ensure brilliance.  It's just very slightly duo-chrome.

Then there's Prim.  You can see that Prim looks a bit streaky here too. Again, this wasn't as noticable in person and in natural light it's not noticeable at all but I wanted to show her in full sun so be forewarned, there IS a bit of streakiness there. It's not unexpected with a metallic shimmer though. Prim is a velvet blue metallic with a full coverage according to Zoya. I felt she was a cornflower blue, she leans just ever so slightly purple.  Stunning shade though. Perfect for winter.

Last is Willa. This is a throwaway to me. A straight up cream black. That being said her application is flawless and I've been DYING for Zoya to release a flat cream black so I'm in love with her regardless of how boring she is!  Which is your favorite shade?

**These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinion.**

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