Tuesday, September 30, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 9 - Stripes: Distressed Strip Nail Art

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Hello, all! I've been feeling a bit under the weather as of late so I'm a little bit behind on posting, but I've got my striped mani for Day 9 of the 31 Day Challenge to share with you all! I decided to do a pretty different take on your traditional striped mani and instead made them a bit distressed...and I'm kind of in love with them!

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Heir Chronicles - The Dragon Heir: Opal Inspired Nail Art & Tutorial

Hello, all! Today I have a nail art tutorial inspired by the Cinda Williams Chima young adult series, The Heir Chronicles! In a few short weeks, the final book of the 5 part series, The Sorcerer Heir, will be released and in honor of that occasion, a massive blog tour has been underway. 

Those with magical powers in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima are known as the Weir. The World of Weir blog tour leads up to the release of the can’t-miss series finale, The Sorcerer Heir (in-stores October 21st) by celebrating the magical fantasy world and the five types of magical guilds. Follow along for playlists, nail art, and more inspired by the series, plus exclusive excerpts from the upcoming finale.

The third week in the tour is all about book 3 in the series, The Dragon Heir. The magical guild of this book are the Seers and one of the main characters ends up coming across a powerful talisman with a giant opal in it called the Dragonheart (which you can see in the above book cover!). So, I've created an opal nail art look inspired by the opal on the book's cover and in the story! 

Click through to see the tutorial for this look and to learn more about the series and blog tour!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 8 - Dotticure: Aboriginal Artwork inspired Nail Art

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Hello, all! Hope you have a relaxing and enjoyable weekend :) I've been feeling a bit under the weather so I'm hoping tomorrow brings feeling better and not worse! I wanted to post my Day 8 of the 31 Day Challenge 2.0 before Day 9 officially starts tomorrow. The theme for today is 'dotticure' and while I love love LOVE how most dotticures look, it's really not a mani style I do often.

I really considered doing a traditional dotticure for today, but when I was looking for inspiration of "dots", I came across Aboriginal artwork (which is essentially Pointillism) and got inspired by the concept of doing something like it for today.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Bonita Colors - Blooming Colors Collection: Swatches & Review

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Hello, all! I know that Summer is officially behind us, but I wanted to share one last bright collection before we start filling our palettes with fall shades! Today I have swatches of the Blooming Colors collection by Bonita Colors. I really love the shades in this collection and think some of them can even be used year round. Let's take a look and you can tell me which colors are your favorite!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 7: Metallic - Steampunk Gear Nail Art

Hello, all! While life is busy outside of nail art, the 31 Day Challenge marches onward so today I have the day 7 challenge to share with you all! With out updated challenge themes, today brings us to the metallic theme. Sometimes a design will come to me before I know the polishes, but today, the polish came first. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

Live Love Polish: China Glaze Nail Polish Swatches, Review, & Nail Art

Hello, all! I've got a bright review to share with you all today! I've partnered with a brand new nail polish retailer called Live Love Polish to bring you swatches of the most popular polishes available today. Live Love Polish is brought to us by the same folks who brought us Nailpolis and they carry brands like China Glaze, Model's Own, LVX, NCLA and many more! They curate polishes for their buyers, so instead of having to browse through hundreds and hundreds of polishes from a single brand, they've hand selected the most popular and quality polishes from each brand to choose from. 

Today, I'm reviewing a few polishes from the China Glaze Off Shore collection. Read through to the end for a discount code and some fun nail art as well :) 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dermelect Bejeweled Collection for Fall/Winter - Swatches, Review & Nail Art...plus a contest opportunity!

Hello, all! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! I've got a review of the new Dermelect Bejeweled collection for Fall & Winter to share with you today! As the name might suggest, the Bejeweled collection is inspired by precious stones, particularly, garnet, a patinated finish, sapphire and quartz. 

I've never tried this brand before but I'm really loving the formulas on these. While they are 3-Free and cruelty free, these polishes also boast nail strengthening properties which is always welcome to someone like me. If I can find a polish that strengthens while I wear it, I want it. Being able to remove that extra step of a separate nail strengthener makes a world of difference for me. Anyhow, let's take a look!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 6: Monochromatic - Asa no Ha Nail Art

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Oh man, two posts in one day!? Next up in our Saturday posting spree is Day 6 of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge! Our theme for today was Monochromatic (meaning a mani using varying tones of the same color) and I ended up doing a fun variation of the Asa no Ha pattern for today's look.

I love how monochrome looks - I have a blue night stand in front of a blue wall in my bedroom! - so I was excited for the potential of today's mani. I remembered seeing an amazing mani from Emily of Very Emily a few days back and decided I needed to recreate it in some way. And so, my Asa no Ha monochrome nails were born!

Madam Glam - Swatches, Review, & Nail Art...plus a discount code!

Hello, all! Hope you're having a wonderful Saturday! Today I've got swatches from a new to me brand called Madam Glam! I'm very pleased with the quality and formulas on these polishes and I'm excited to share them all with you! Read through to the end for some nail art and a special discount code! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 5 - Black and White: Tea Cups & Mugs

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Hello, all! Quick post today! It's late and I'm sleepy! I've got Day 5 of the 31 Day Challenge for you today and the theme was Black and White! I've done a few black and white manis in the past (like my  recent Beauty Buffs mani or black and white Digital Dozen week) so I wasn't quite sure what to do for today.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 4 - Primary or Secondary: Roses (again)

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Oh man, guess who is supa dupa late with their 31 Day Challenge mani!? This gal! I'm so behind on so many manis right now, it's a bit absurd. But, seeing as tomorrow is day 5 of 31DC2, I figured I better get Day 4 out of the way.

The theme for Day 4 is Primary or Secondary and since I recently did a primary colored mani, I thought I would try and tackle the secondary colors for today. For those who don't know, primary colors are red, yellow and blue and secondary colors are orange, green and purple (since primary colors combined create these secondary colors).

Vegan Cuts Nail Box - Swatches and Review

Hello, all! I've got a review of an awesome nail box today! The website Vegan Cuts (a site dedicated to bringing you vegan and cruelty free products) has curated a nail box packed full of vegan/cruelty free polishes and products at a great price. I'm really quite pleased with the quality and content of this box. Let's take a look, shall we? 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The Digital Dozen does 2nd Anniversary Themes, Day 3 - Sapphires: Geometric Ruffian

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Hello, all! Playing some major catch up today and posting my Day 3 of Digital Dozen week! If you think back all the way to Monday/Tuesday, you might recall that the group was doing manis inspired by all things 2's, September related and 2nd Anniversary related. Day 3 was 'Sapphires' (September's birthstone)...and I hated this prompt. With a passion.

This was probably the hardest Digital Dozen challenge theme ever for me. I wracked my brain for 4 days and couldn't come up with anything that I liked for the theme. It killed my mojo a bit for the rest of the themes but I couldn't move forward with the challenge until I got through the damn Sapphire day!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Beauty Buffs - Fall: Autumn Leaves Nail Art

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Hello, all! It's Beauty Buffs time again! I wasn't able to partake two weeks ago because of life, but I couldn't pass up doing something for the Fall theme. Fall is my favorite. Like, I would contemplate marrying fall if someone could figure out how to do it. Just the thought of leaves changing color and temperatures dropping makes my heart happy!

For today, I wanted to do something that had a quintessential "fall" feeling to it...and what better way than straight forward leaves, acorns and cranberries?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Digital Dozen does 2nd Anniversary Themes, Day 2 - Cotton: Cotton Bud Nail Art

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Well, I've survived the second day of this month's Digital Dozen week and I'm hopeful that I'll be able to keep up with everything the rest of the week!

Day 2 of DD week brings us the theme of Cotton...which seems odd until you start thinking of it in the context of anniversaries. Cotton is the traditional second anniversary gift that new-ish weds exchange and so, the DD is honoring that tradition today!

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Digital Dozen does 2nd Anniversary Themes, Day 1 - Pairs: Barn Owl Mates

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Alright! I mentioned that I'd be posting often this week and Monday is the start of that! It's time for another week of Digital Dozen manis and this month marks the two year anniversary of The Digital Dozen! While I haven't been with these ladies from day one, I feel very much apart of this little family and I couldn't be more proud to call myself a member.

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 3 - Purple: Abstract Flowers

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Hello, all! Happy (as happy as it can be...) Monday! It is going to be an incredibly busy week on Wondrously Polished with several days of double posts so stay tuned (and cheer me on since it's going to be tough for me to keep up with everything!).

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Digital Dozen 2nd Anniversary Mega Giveaway!!

Every once in a while, a giveaway so epic, so awesome and so incredibly mind blowing comes along that it makes your jaw drop to the ground. This, my friends, is one such giveaway! I even briefly considered leaving the Digital Dozen so that I could enter myself into this ;) 
In celebration of the 2nd Anniversary of The Digital Dozen, 51 FANTASTIC brands have generously helped sponsor this most epic giveaway. 

This giveaway is about you, our most loyal readers who always lend your support and kind words each month as we take on each challenge. This month we'll be taking on a mix of themes that readers helped us come up with and it should be pretty great. Tune in tomorrow to see what we've all come up with for day one! 

With so many different sponsors, all located around the world, there will be different shipping policies for each prize. When you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, you will be asked to input which country you live in because some prizes are only available in certain places. We hope you understand! 

So, without further ado, here are the prizes!! 

International Prizes
·      Above The Curve - Summer Destinations 2014 – 4 polishes
·      ALiquidLacquer - 5 polishes
·      Alter Ego Nail Enamel - 4 bottles
·      Black Dahlia Lacquer – 4 bottles
·      Celestial Lacquers - 6 bottles
·      Cupcake Polish - $25 gift card
·      Delush - 3 bottles
·      EllaGee - 4 bottles
·      Lacquistry - 4 bottles
·      Literary Lacquers - 6 bottles
·      Indigo Bananas – 6 bottles
·      Serum No 5 - 4 bottles
·      Vivid Lacquer - 4 stamping plates
·      Girly Bits - 2 bottles
·      Jindie Nails - 6 bottles
·      Superficially Colorful - $25  GC
·      Darling Diva Polish - 4 bottles
·      Llarowe - $50 GC -
·      Amazing Chic Nails - 2 bottles
·      Mrs. P's Nail Potions - $15 gift
·      Black Sheep Lacquer - 2 polishes
·      Renaissance Cosmetics - 3 full size bottles (in stock items only) and mini cuticle oil
·      Laquerlicious Nail Polish - 3 neon toppers. Beat The Heat, At The Lake and Lemon Limeade.
·      Nayll – 4 bottles of custom made polishes – you get to make your own!
·      JORD Watch; $129 voucher
·      $85 GC from The Digit-al Dozen, to a nail e-tailer of your choice
·      Tube of Liquid Palisade from Kiesque
·      Nailed Kit decals set

US Only
·      Daphine Polish - 5 bottle Summer holo collex
·      GlitterDaze - 4 bottles
·      Gothic Gala Lacquers - 5 bottles
·      Karma's Kiss Lacquer - 4 bottles
·           ·      Love Angeline – 2 Gemstone polishes
·           ·      LynnBDesigns - 5 bottles
·      Majestic Lacquer - 3 bottles
·      Philly Loves Lacquer - 4 bottles
·      Savoie - 4 bottles
·      KBShimmer - $35 electronic CG
·      6 Harts Polish - 2 polishes
·    Overall Beauty - nail art tape sets (with different color nail tape), nail wheels and nail art  decals, plus a bottle of nail polish (in a mystery color), and a set of Overall Beauty Minerals  (6 colors total)
·      BKD - Space Sauce Teardrop Shaped Nail Polish Pendant Necklace - Nail Polish Jewelry
·      Shimmer – 5 bottles

US & Canada Only
·      Smokey Mountain Lacquers - 4 bottles
·      The Polish Bar - 4 bottles
·      Canadian Nail Fanatic – mystery package of 6 bottles

UK Only
·      Quirk Polish - 3 bottles one of kind unreleased polishes 
·    All one prize – 1 x Freckles polish, and  Freckles Polish Necklace, and 1 x bottle from  Laquerdaisical
·      All one prize - Stellar Polish -  1x polish and ring, 1 x bottle from Little Lost Ones
·      Pretty Quirky 2 x full size bottles 'Stole the Bouquet" and "Deva' , PLUS 1 x bottle from R+  R Lacquers
·      Voucher for a personalised planner from Personal Planner UK
·     Zip up pouch with sets of brushes and dotters, plus a selection of nail art items: nail stickers,  flat gems, and rhinestones from Nailtopia

Whew! Talk about prizes! All that's left is for you all to enter for your shot at winning one of these prizes packages! You'll have until 11:59 GMT on September 24th to get your entry in, so don't miss out :) We'll let you know the winners on or around the 25th! Good luck and thank you so much to our sponsors and to our readers for your continued support!! 
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Thursday, September 4, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 2 - Yellow: Vintage Flowers

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Hello, all! I'm loving that it's already Thursday! The week is almost over and the second day of the 31 Day Challenge 2.0 is upon us! Day two's theme gave the option of Yellow or Green and while I love my greens, I also think yellow is an under loved shade. In fact, one of my favorite manis ever was a yellow one!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

31 Day Challenge 2.0, Day 1 - Orange: Cute Fox Nail Art

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Hello, all! It's been almost a week since I last posted and I apologize! Once again, I'm using work and personal life as my excuse for being missing in action, but I'm back...and I've got an exciting challenge to keep me occupied for the next few months! I will be taking part in a new version of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge!

Meghan of Will Paint Nails for Food (who I did the traditional challenge with last year) and Kelli from The Nail Polish Challenge will be taking on a modified version of the 31 Day Challenge every Monday and Thursday through the end of the year. We have all done the original challenge and really wanted to try something new and different for us! Even though I'm ALREADY a day late with keeping up with this challenge, I am so excited to be partaking in this with these talented ladies :)