Short List from the PUEEN Advanced category

Author: marta  //  Category: Uncategorized

Hello Lovely Ladies,

it is 10:40pm and I am literally scrambling to put this post together, and making a list- checking it twice- with all of the pre work still do to before christmas.  I should complain though, Monday afternoon is set aside for the annual cookie exchange- a time that I always look forward to- great conversation with friends and family, and an assortment of delightful cookies to take home.

Today I would like to show you the winner of the PUEEN #celebratewithpueen contest ADVANCED Category, as well as some of the very deserving runners-up.  I am hoping that you will find a few inspirational ideas for Holiday Manicures as well as discover some new nail art accounts.We rated the ADVANCED category not in terms of stamping-experience, but in the techniques used, the ‘layers’ and accessories added to the overall manicure (all of which would be above and beyond the basic stamping):

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Beginner Holiday Manicure Ideas- short list

Author: marta  //  Category: Uncategorized

Hello Lovely Ladies,

My household is buzzing with holiday prep-work.  I spent yesterday afternoon assembling and wrapping presents for the teachers with my three little “helpers”.  At about 6pm my 7 year old informed me that she is doing a graded arts performance and that she will be acting out the role of an angel, AND that she has decided that props would be helpful and could we please pretty pretty please make wings and a halo, “but I want it to be floating halo”.  Cue pouring of the coffee… preferably intravenously…

On with today’s post… I was debating between showing you two shades from the upcoming OPI Fifty Shades of Grey collection, but I am opting to share with you the ‘short list’ of exceptional manicures from the PUEEN #celebratewithpueen contest.  I am hoping that you will find a few inspirational ideas for Holiday Manicures as well as discover some new nail art accounts.

Let’s get started shall we?

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Cirque Colors Au

Author: marta  //  Category: Cirque

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I am a huge fan of Cirque Colors, you all know that by now, and with this particular topper Cirque has struck gold (literally).

Here is how I wore Cirque Colors Au (23K gold flake):

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The #celebratewithpueen Winners

Author: marta  //  Category: PUEEN

Hello Lovely Ladies,

The judges have been hard at work deliberating on who should win the PUEEN Cosmetics contest.  With over 170 valid entries this was no small feat.  Each one of you who entered brought your own personal style and skill-set, your own take on a holiday-ready manicure.  Honestly though, how do you chose between awesome and awesome!?  Each one of you submitted a FANTASTIC manicure!  We had a showcasing of long and short nails, ovals and squares, sophisticated and whimsical, simple and complex with multiple techniques.

In the end THREE lucky winners will receive the upcoming PUEEN Celebration Collection stamping plate (7″x9.5″ single plate with each winner’s name engraved ) + a $100 store gift card.

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You’ve seen this, but have you heard…?

Author: marta  //  Category: Essie, Nailz Craze, piCture pOlish

Hello Lovely Ladies,

I feel like I’ve just packed a full week’s worth of activities into this past weekend… and something tells me things are NOT going to slow down until AFTER the holidays.

Similarly -with equal haste- I will pack a few updates into today’s post.

FIRST, Thank YOU for the OVERWHELMING participation in the PUEEN contest.  We had over 170 valid entries showcasing INCREDIBLE talent and personal style.  The contest is now CLOSED.  My two (hand picked) judges were busy admiring all of the entries over the course of this weekend, and we have picked the winners.  I have notified PUEEN via email, and if they approve our nominations, I will announce the winners within a day or two.

Even if you do not have Instagram, you may view all of the entries from you PC HERE!  I encourage you with all of my heart to check them out and I guarantee you will feel the holiday spirit in these amazing entries!!!

I will also be taking a personal blogging break before the holidays, and my goal is to show you the winning manicures (with proper credit and relevant links), the runners-up, and overall favourites during those days- we will therefore continue to keep it festive here ;)

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Rustic-gradient sprinkled with B&W glitter

Author: marta  //  Category: Cirque, OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Do you agree with me that black & white glitter makes everything better? :D

Today I would like to show you Cirque Colors One More Time layered over OPI Lost My Bikini in Molokini:

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NailPatchMe nail wraps review

Author: marta  //  Category: NailPatchMe, Sally Hansen

Hello Lovely Ladies,

If you tuned in to yesterday’s post, where I showed you a pairing of nail wraps with pink, today will seem like a déjà vu moment.  I’m not going to apologize for that ;) I am counting my blessings that review items continue to arrive in my mailbox, and I am doing my best to review them for you, and share my honest opinion.  I hope you will agree that seeing two back-to-back nail wrap manicures only shows that there are a LOT of brands on the market- each one providing their best take on trendy and fashionable nail wraps, giving YOU -the consumer- plenty of patterns and style to chose from ;)

Here is today’s NailPatchMe manicure:

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piCture pOlish Grace with OMG nail strips

Author: marta  //  Category: piCture pOlish

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Today is another one of those two for one review posts, as I paired the soft piCture pOlish Grace with some fun and girly OMG Nail Strips.

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OPI Presents Fifty Shades of Grey!

Author: marta  //  Category: OPI

Hello Lovely Ladies,

If we had to divide the female population into those who have read the “Fifty Shades of Grey” series and those who have not, I would unabashedly be amongst the masses who HAVE read (and secretly enjoyed) the series.  Actual writing style aside, this was a guilty pleasure read that offered me a little distraction from the daily grind.  Entertaining, gripping, blush-worthy and overall a memorable read (simply because it was so different from the novels I normally reach for).  When OPI announced their release of the NEW Limited Edition Fifty Shades of Grey lacquers I literally yelped with excitement.  It is clear that OPI “aims to please” and I will say, hands tied down this is THE most exciting collection revealed this year by any brand!!!!  Both collection theme and actual shades have me SUUUUUUUPER EXCITED!!!!!

 

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piCture pOlish Galaxy + 8 Crazy Nights

Author: marta  //  Category: BundleMonster, Cirque, Mundo de Unas

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Today is galaxy-nails day here on ChitChat Nails (a little break from the holiday-wintery manis); this one featuring quite a few new-to-me colours including three piCture pOlish shades and one Cirque Colours glitter topper:

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