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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OPI: 4 In The Morning

I stopped at Sally Beauty last Friday to pick up some acetone and while I was there I got two polishes. OPI Satin '4 In The Morning' was one of them. It's part of the new Gwen Stefani collection. I don't have any matte black polishes and this almost looks like liquid leather when it's dry, I love it!

I did three coats of 4 In The Morning, and my accent nail is Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

What do you think of '4 In The Morning'?

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Different Directions

I've been meaning to write this post for awhile, but I never actually sat down to do it. When I started Tunay Na Mahal back in March 2008 I started as more of a lifestyle & love blog. It cataloged my long distance relationship with my then boyfriend, now husband. We documented our immigration process, my travels overseas.

I've always intended Tunay Na Mahal to be my space. Where I can write about whatever I'm into at that moment. I've written about travel, books, music, I've shared recipes. I've shared about my pet rats on this blog.

The past several years, my big hobby has been nail polish. And lately this blog has started to become more of a nail & beauty blog. I've started doing nail polish reviews for different companies in exchange for samples, and I want to expand on that. Nail polish and nail art is a great hobby of mine. I find it relaxing and I love the art aspect of it (stamping, etc). I love the photography and photo editing too.

Tunay Na Mahal is still going to be my space. I don't ever want to box myself in. I want it to continue to be a place where I can come write about whatever. For the most part, lately this blog has been headed towards a nail & beauty blog. But occasionally between nail polish posts, I may post a recipe, share a day trip, or talk about books/music or share some photos of my rats, etc.

Hope you will stick around!

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Sugar Spun Mani's with L.A. Girl Color Pop

✯ PR Sample ✯

I really enjoyed doing sugar spun mani's last time with some of the L.A. Girl Color Pop polishes, I was sent to review. I wanted to do two more with Blast & Plunge. I just love how these look with the bright colors!

Two coats of Blast with Plunge sugar spun over it.

And this is two coats of Plunge with Blast sugar spun over it. 

Check out my full review of the L.A. Girl Color Pop polishes. 

(L.A. Girl: Color Pop nail polishes can be found at Rite Aid, they retail for $5.00).

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China Glaze: Seahorsin' Around

I picked up China Glaze Seahorsin' Around this past Friday at Sally Beauty. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. Seahorsin' Around is part of the new Sea Goddess CollectionThis polish is absolutely stunning in person. It's a blue green texture polish with sparkly micro shimmer. I did two coats for the photos below. This is the 1st China Glaze texture polish I've tried and it's a bit grittier than the Zoya Pixie Dusts.

What do you think of Seahorsin' Around?

P.S. You know you are a nail polish blogger when you require a gallon of acetone, lol! I picked up a gallon while I was at Sally Beauty to refill my smaller bottle.

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Zoya: Savita Matte Velvet

I'm so excited I was able to get a hold of Zoya Savita. It's one of the discontinued Matte Velvet's. I pretty much needed it after seeing a post on Painted Nubb's. Luckily after a few weeks I found it on eBay for $11 + free shipping. (Some of the sellers want to charge $20+). Savita is a royal purple matte polish. It's gorgeous! It came packaged in a cute little black velvet Zoya box.

I also stamped with Sally Hansen in Silver Sweep with Messy Mansion MM20. 

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Valentine's Day Nails: Design 4

✯ PR Samples Mentioned ✯

Happy Friday! Today's Valentine's Day design features Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Red Snapper (press sample) and China Glaze Fairy Dust. I stamped with Konad Special White polish and used Winstonia Store 1st Gen W105 and 2nd Gen W207 plates.

♥ Valentine's Day Nails 

• Design 1
• Design 2
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L.A. Girl: Color Pop

✯ PR Sample ✯

(Picture Heavy Post!)

Last week I received 8 L.A. Girl Color Pop polishes from Vanessa at L.A. Girl Cosmetics. They were packaged really cute too! You can find L.A. Girl polishes for sale at Rite Aid or you can purchase directly from their website. They retail for $5.00.

I was sent: Plunge, Nostalgic, Blast, Amour, Birthday Cake, Burst.

Diamond Topcoat & Marine Base Coat.

(Topcoat & Base Coat were used in all photos!)

Blast is a gorgeous bright purple fucshia color. It's so vibrant my camera tries to pick it up a little pinker than it is in person. Very nice formula not too runny and not too thick, for real life you would be good in 2 coats, but for under my bright lights I did 3 coats. 

I also did my first Sugar Spun mani with Blast & Amour. (Thanks to Kat Stays Polished for the Sugar Spun tutorial).

Amour is a beautiful bright red. I also did three coats, no problems with the formula.

Another sugar spun mani with Amour & Plunge. 

I did one coat of Blast & Three coats of Burst. Burst is full of pink and holographic glitter. It's super super sparkly in person and I loved it layered over Blast.

Birthday Cake is so awesome! It reminds me of Strawberry Icing with sprinkles. I did three coats for the photo. 

Plunge is a bright vibrant blue color. Again, perfect formula. None of these polishes were runny or too sheer. I did 3 coats of Plunge, but in real life you would be fine with 2. 

Nostalgic is so pretty in the bottle! It's full of teal glitter. I just wish it was more opaque on the nail. I did three coats over Plunge, but it still doesn't completely cover the nail, it's more of a glitter topper.

I used the Marine Base Coat under all the polishes, and I can say I didn't have any staining, which I was worried about with such concentrated bright colors. The Diamond Topcoat is just as shiny as Seche Vite, but just takes longer to dry.

Which is your favorite from the Color Pop line?

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China Glaze: Ruby Pumps

Back in the early 2000's my cousin Chrissy & I were shopping at Ulta. I came across China Glaze Ruby Pumps. This gorgeous sparkly red polish. I had never heard of the brand China Glaze. I didn't buy much nail polish back then, because I bit my nails and I would only paint my toes red or hot pink in the summer. By the time I got into nail polish in late 2010, Ruby Pumps had long ago dried up... :-(

I finally got around to buying another bottle of Ruby Pumps on eBay. I'm so glad to be able to own this polish again, and I'm happy China Glaze still makes it. It's a gorgeous bright red, with red glitter that almost glows. I used two coats and one coat of Seche Vite topcoat.

Here's a comparison of Ruby Pumps & Zoya Sarah. Ruby Pumps is a darker red with bigger pieces of glitter. Zoya Sarah leans toward a blue based red with smaller glitter.

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