Live, Love, Laugh

Author: marta  //  Category: Il était un vernis, Marianne Nails, Nicole OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Many of you often ask how frequently I paint my nails… the truth is, I enjoy swatching and will sometimes sit down and review a number of shades in one sitting, but ideally I like to get a few days out of a manicure (that I really enjoy)… today’s feature look is going on day seven and is a true testament to how awesome Live, Love, Laugh is.  This is a new shade from the new-on-the-market brand  Il était un vernis

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OPI First Class Desires

Author: marta  //  Category: OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Today I have a solo post for a shade from the OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014 collection.  I would be lying to you if I said this shade caught my eye in the press release, but a few weeks back, when I was looking for something ‘darker’ to wear (my husband was traveling and I was in a somber mood) I reached for OPI First Class Desires and was SO pleasantly surprised!!!!

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MY piCture pOlish Cyan

Author: marta  //  Category: piCture pOlish

Hello Lovely Ladies,

To say that I have been dreaming of this day would be a lie- I never dared to dream this high!

For those of you who know me on a personal level, you will know that patience is not one of my virtues, and what I can finally share with you in this post has been brewing for about ONE year now… the fact that I didn’t burst from keeping this secret is quite the miracle!

Today I am THRILLED to share with you MY piCture pOlish collaboration shade: CYAN!!!!!

GIVEAWAY AT END OF PICTURE HEAVY POST! ;)

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Thumbs Up- TRIBE

Author: marta  //  Category: Sally Hansen, ThumbsUp

Hello Lovely Ladies,

All day yesterday I kept thinking that it was Friday… so today couldn’t have come soon enough.

I am personally really looking forward to this weekend as a very dear friend of mine, and her family, is coming to visit us.  It has been a LONG time since I have seen her, so we have a lot to catch up on- and I can’t wait.

Today’s post features yet another AMAZING THUMBS UP Nail Wrap… this one in Tribe.

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‘Tis the Season… Animal Print Season

Author: marta  //  Category: Barielle, Catrice, OPI, Vivid Lacquer

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Do you find that you gravitate towards some prints/patterns more during the Fall/Winter months?  I don’t know what it is but the chilly-er weather always makes me crave animal print.  I’ve dabbled in vibrant/neon animal print in the summer months, but it isn’t until sweater-weather rolls around that my inner nail-art heart craves animal print.

Today’s manicure was inspired by a piece of fabric I stumbled upon at work, and I really enjoyed how it paired a greyed-out-purple with a camel-toned nude.

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OPI Holiday 2014 RED

Author: marta  //  Category: OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I don’t think any one of us would dispute that OPI knows how to make a good RED.  This year, for the 2014 holidays, it sure seems like OPI is sticking with what they know best, as their Gwen Stefani for the Holidays 2014 collection has FOUR red shades.  Today I would like to show you TWO of them :D

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Marianne Nails stamping

Author: marta  //  Category: Hot Ticket, Marianne Nails, OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!?

I have a LOT to be thankful for lately, and this weekend I got a chance to celebrate all of that by spending time with family, tidying up the house as well as enjoying the crisper fall weather.

I was recently asked if I was interested in reviewing some (new to me) stamping plates.  You all know me, I am always on the lookout for original stamping plates (especially from brands with good customer service).  I encourage you to check out the HUGE RANGE of images from Marianne Nails and to see all of the original prints for yourself !

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Marianne Nails n°15

(these plates come in a GORGEOUS matte & glossy damask slip sleeve – and I really appreciate the ‘thank you’ in various languages- a very sweet touch)

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SCRATCH – Divine Dotwork

Author: marta  //  Category: Essie, piCture pOlish, SCRATCH

Hello Lovely Ladies,

While I always enjoy putting up posts for you, today’s post is one that I am exceptionally excited about.  Playing around with nail wraps is always fun – especially when they allow me to sport a look that I would not be able to achieve from freehand/stamping.  These SCRATCH nail wraps were so much so up my alley that I chose to wear them as a full manicure (this very rarely happens for me!).

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Ovals in bloom

Author: marta  //  Category: BornPretty Store, Nicole OPI, piCture pOlish

Hello Lovely Ladies,

It has been just over two weeks since I changed the shape of my nails (I know I know… this isn’t a history event worth cataloguing ;) ).  The truth is, I needed a change; my last oval attempt was not a long-lived success- this time around I am really happy with the change.

A few of you have asked me to keep you updated on the challenges and rewards in this change, so here it is:

I am patiently waiting for the nails to grow longer, and learning to file ovals is quite the challenge- which I am taking baby steps to “master” (thank you for you patience as I take these baby steps).

I HAVE noticed that this shape prolongs the wear of my polish (bonus) AND I don’t have those odd nail surface varnish crack-veins on day four/five (that I did with square tips).  I am also less of a hazard (as in I don’t scratch my family members) ;)

I won’t deny that square nails were easier to photograph- perhaps due to habit, perhaps because the angles were more forgiving with my sausage fingers.  I DO however feel more lady-like, more with-the-trend with the oval nails and that has me driven to find ‘the pose’ or ‘the angle’ to make my photos most visually appealing. :D

Here is a delicate manicure I created last week- it is ENTIRELY inspired by THIS Instagram post by @constantlypolished (who in turn was inspired by THIS post).

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Glam Polish Storybrooke collection – PART 2

Author: marta  //  Category: BornPretty Store, Glam Polish

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Yesterday I showed you the three multichrome holo shades from the Glam Polish Storybrooke collection… today it is time for the six ultra shimmery scattered holo shades from this collection (the lacquers launched yesterday and are now officially available for sale) :D

(SUPER picture heavy post)

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