Paid Off!

I recently paid off my car. I bought my Nissan Versa back in February of 2009 brand new for $13,000 after taxes, and it's been 5 years already of paying it off. When my balance got down to around $2,500 I had the idea to pay it off with my Citibank credit card which has a lower interest rate. Plus, the flexibility works better for me. If I'm furloughed from work or don't quite have enough money that month, I can just pay the minimum and not worry. With the car loan there wasn't too much flexibility since it was one set payment every month.

Yay! 5 years later and I now own my car!

The next step is working towards paying off my Citibank card by paying $200 every month. I have a $8,000 balance at Citibank with the rest of the car on there now. I had 3 week Government Shutdown & then a 5 week furlough last year. I had to borrow money to pay bills so my balance got quite high. Now that the car is "technically" paid off I can work towards paying down my credit card. I also always give my tax refund every year to my biggest balance credit cards. So hopefully *fingers crossed* by next year I will be looking at a lot less credit card debt.

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Indigo Bananas: 2% Butterscotch Ripple & My Cuticle Balm Obsession...

✯ PR Samples Mentioned ✯

I have a bad addiction to Indigo Bananas cuticle balms now. (I blame The Mercurial Magpie!) I just love it. I can apply it all day long and when it dries it's not greasy. If I applied a regular cuticle balm or a lotion... my hand would be sliding around on the computer mouse at work, lol. :-p

This time I ordered two of the winter scents Cocoa & Peppermint. Peppermint is also lip safe so it double's as a lip balm. And Cocoa... oh em gee.... it smells like rich chocolatey fudgey hot chocolate. I absolutely love it!

The nails are ready for swatching!

I also bought a mini of 2% Butterscotch Ripple, after I saw this post on In Jeeb We Trust. She layered it over Zoya Odette from the Naturels collection and I fell in love with the combination and needed to hijack it! ;-)

I got these cute nail vinyls from The Mercurial Magpie when she sent me her Ipsy polish. So I decided to use the heart nail vinyl and fill it in with 2% Butterscotch Ripple. I layered 2 coats of 2% Butterscotch Ripple over Zoya Odette (press sample). Topped off with Seche Vite dry fast topcoat. Gosh I love this polish... it's gold... it's glittery, it's got a nice raspberry base to it that really works splendid over Odette. Just stunning...

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Zoya Magical: Cosmo, Vega, Lux

✯ PR Sample ✯ 

I'm so excited to share these with you! The Zoya Magical: Holographic PixieDusts for Spring 2014. There are three colors in the collection: Cosmo, Vega & Lux.

I couldn't wait to try them out when they arrived on Tuesday, so I've been wearing Cosmo all week long. I did not get any chips. These wear like iron, just like the other PixieDusts. Removal was not so bad either, but lately I've been using 100% pure acetone.

When the press release came out I wasn't sure how I felt about the addition of the holographic glitter, I thought it would make the polish harder to apply or make it look clumpier. I did not have any issues with application, I only needed two coats. I did one thin coat and then another thicker coat. They dry fairly quickly. They are a bit rough in texture right after application, but after a few hours dull down a bit, like the other PixieDusts I've worn.

Cosmo: I felt like I was wearing crystals on my nails when I wore Cosmo all week. My nails were so sparkly! It's a gorgeous silver color & the holographic glitter is visible in low light and sunlight. It's definitely my favorite color out of the three.

Vega: is a pretty sparkly blue. This is two coats.

Lux: is a beautiful rose pink. It's my 2nd favorite out of the three. Two coats. 

Purchase the Zoya Magical Collection at

Which Zoya Magical PixieDust is your favorite? 

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Part 2: Rainbow Honey: Summer of 199X Collection

This is part two of the Rainbow Honey polishes I won on Manifest Destany. The Summer of 199x Collection! Today, I'm showing the last 5 colors.

Apple Kid is the most perfect hot pink with purple shimmer. I love this color! I did two coats plus one coat of HK Girl topcoat. 

Magic Cake is so bright and so fun. So much colorful confetti glitter!

Tiny Ruby is a pretty red polish full of red different size glitters. I did 3 coats plus one coat of HK Girl topcoat. 

Pink Cloud I'm not as fond of. I might like it better layered over a pink polish. For the photos I did 3 coats, plus 1 coat of HK Girl topcoat. 

I could see myself wearing Fire Spring in the fall. It's full of orange glitter. This is two coats, plus one coat of HK Girl topcoat. 

Which of these Rainbow Honey polishes are your favorite?

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Sally Hansen Insta-Dri: Red-io Active

I've been looking for a good red stamping polish for awhile. Most of the red polishes I own, stamp pink instead of red. I belong to a stamping group on Facebook and was told Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Red-io Active is a good red polish to stamp with. I found it at CVS last Wednesday.

I wanted to test Red-io Active over a dark color, so I used it over Zoya Matte Velvet: Savita. I stamped with Winstonia Store 2nd Gen plate W203. No topcoat. 

What red polishes do you stamp with?

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Part 1: Rainbow Honey: Summer of 199X Collection

I was so excited when I found out I won the Rainbow Honey Mini's contest on Manifest Destany. I won the Summer of 199x Collection! Oh how long I've wanted The Kraken! :-)

Since there's 10 of these mini Rainbow Honey's,
 I'm going to break the collection up into 2 posts. 

1st up is The Kraken. A gorgeous aqua green color with different size glitter. I used 3 coats and 1 coat of HK Girl topcoat. Ugh, it's just so pretty! 

Mint Flavor is another one of my favorites. It's got gorgeous silver shimmer throughout. This is 3 coats & 1 coat of HK Girl topcoat

I only needed 2 coats of Tessie, plus 1 coat of HK Girl topcoat. Tessie is a pretty periwinkle blue with blue shimmer. 

I layered I Miss You over Tessie. It's such a girly glitter with hearts & butterflies. 

And last but not least, Lumine Hall. This is 3 coats & 1 coat of HK Girl topcoat. It's a deep blue color with lot's of glitter. 

Which of these Rainbow Honey polishes are your favorites?

Come back Friday to see the rest of the collection!

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Winner Announced: Sally Hansen Salon Effects

Congratulations to.... Ashlee Stone!

You won all 4 Sally Hansen Salon Effect Designs!

You have 48 hours to respond to the email I sent to claim your prize!

Thank you to everyone who participated!

I have two more giveaway's coming soon so keep an eye out for them!

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Valentine's Day Nails: Design 5

♥ Happy Valentine's Day! 

For today's Valentine design I used China Glaze Strawberry Fields and Winstonia Store 2nd Gen plate W207. Konad Special Black polish and one coat of Seche Vite topcoat.

♥ Valentine's Day Nails 

• Design 1
• Design 2
• Design 3
• Design 4
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Spellbound Nails: My Own Sweet Valentine

Last week I placed my first order with Spellbound Nails. After seeing My Own Sweet Valentine on Painted Nubbs, I just had to have it. It's a gorgeous almost coral pink with gold shimmer. It's part of the Victorian Romance Collection for Valentine's Day.

You can also add a scent to your bottle if you like. I added rose scent. Once the polish is completely dry it smells like roses. I could even smell it through my Seche Vite topcoat. The rose scent is not overpowering, just smells nice and floral. I really like it.

There's another neat thing about this polish. It glows in the dark! I've never owned a glow in the dark polish, this is my first. Formula wise the polish is thick, but not gloopy. I like that it's thicker because you won't flood your cuticles. I did 3 coats, the polish evens out nicely. You'll want a topcoat because it had a slightly gritty finish without.

How gorgeous is this polish?!

It glows in the dark!

These are my nails for the rest of the week, and since it's Valentine's Day tomorrow I used Konad plate M57 & Winstonia Store 1st Gen W102 2nd Gen plate W207, plus Konad white polish. I smudged my middle finger a bit though... :-\

We are having a Nor'easter storm here in Philadelphia... we've gotten 10 inches of snow already and it's supposed to snow more later. Luckily my job was closed today! I took this photo around 10am, when I was having my coffee.

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