Sunday, September 30, 2012

Awesome Giveaway

I just wanted to tell you guys about this great giveaway that's being hosted by Laces and Lacquers. Be sure to head over there to enter and congratulate her on 1,000 fans!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Nail Polish Rack

As promised, today I'm going to explain how to make a nail polish rack. Here's what mine looks like:

My nail polish collection isn't as large as I'd like it to be, but it's getting there. I love having the top part of it to put my nail polish removers, foot cream, etc. It helped so much with my organization! You can't see it in the picture, but I have little 'buckets' with the extra stuff that I couldn't find a place for in the rack; i.e. nail stickers, tip guides, etc.

Here's a link to the video I used to make my rack: She made it look SO easy, but I promise you it's way harder than it looks.

Here's what I used to make my rack:

3 pieces of black foam board ($2.88 each at Walmart)

A small hot glue gun ($3 at Dollar General)
An extra bag of glue sticks ($1.50 at Dollar General)
A box cutter (my Dad had some in his tools)
Duct Tape (optional; I decided to use some AFTER I made the rack. Big mistake)

In the video she used an exacto knife but I thought my box cutter would work much better because it was able to cut through the foam board with just one cut.


1. On one foam board, make 5 inch markings all the way down on both sides. If you measure correctly you should have 5 lines. Connect the markings. This will be the back of the rack.

2. Take the second foam board and measure seven 2 inch strips on both sides. Connect the markings. These will be the shelves.
3. Cut the shelves off of the second foam board using your box cutter or exacto knife.
4. On the same board you cut the shelves out of, measure seven 1 inch strips on both sides and connect them. These will be the pieces that prevent the nail polish from falling off the shelf.
5. Cut those 1 inch pieces using your box cutter or exacto knife.
6. Take the third board and measure two 2 1/2 inch strips. Connect the markings. These will be the sides of your polish rack.
7. Cut the sides out of your foam board.
8. If you have decided to use duct tape, wrap your 1 inch pieces in them. (As I said, I decided to use duct tape after I build the rack and it likes to fall off so I had to hot glue them on.)
9. This is the most time consuming part. Pick up the first foam board with the 5 inch markings on it. Hot glue the seven 2 inch strips on the markings. You'll have to hot glue the side of the pieces to the board and then hot glue on the bottom for extra strength.
10. Hot glue the two 2 1/2 inch pieces to the side of the board. I found that it holds better if you put the glue on the side of the first foam board as well as a few of the shelves instead of on the sides themselves.
11. Now it's time to hot glue the duct taped pieces (seven 1 inch strips) onto the shelves. The easiest way to do this is to put hot glue on the bottom of the strip and also the two sides.
12. After all of the pieces are glued and the glue has dried, check to make sure your rack is sturdy and that no pieces are semi-on or semi-falling off. If you need to, put extra hot glue in places to make it more sturdy.
13. To hang the rack up, I used 4 screws: 1 about an inch away from each corner.

Voila! You now have a beautiful, organized polish collection. It's soooo much easier to see all of your pretty colors this way.

Some people have made theirs out of wood, but I personally didn't want to pay that much for a simple polish rack. I've had mine up for about two weeks now and it's still pretty sturdy.

Hopefully you guys will enjoy having a polish rack as much as I do. I'm like obsessed with it now! Have a wonderful weekend!


Late Night Mani

Hello nail addicts!

I got bored so I decided to do a mani with the Sinful Colors Kissy I got today. It isn't the best, but I sorta like it. Please ignore my horrible cuticles and clean up job. I have cuticle oil and nippers coming in the mail soon!

Here's the mani:

I used one coat of L.A. Colors Basecoat/Top Coat, two coats of Sinful Colors Mint Apple, one coat Sinful Colors Kissy for the accent nail and dots, and a top coat of the same L.A. colors polish. To make the dots I used my dotting tools, but you can use a bobby pin or toothpick if you don't have any.

I also did some swatches of Sinful Colors Mint Apple and Kissy.

                               From left to right: One coat of Mint Apple, two coats of Mint Apple,                        one coat of Kissy, and two coats of Kissy.
This is without a top coat.

I love Sinful Colors because the nail polish is so inexpensive and it always goes on great. I had no trouble applying either polish; both were opaque with two coats. The first coat of both polishes had some bald spots, as you can see in the picture, but they were all covered up with the second coat. In the pictures, Kissy looks a lot more blue than it actually is. The polish is actually more of a 'Christmas green' with silver and green sparkles.

Have a wonderful night, lovelies.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Happy Friday!

Today is a great day! I got nail mail from swapping nail polish on one of my facebook groups. The one on the left is China Glaze Stone Cold from The Hunger Games collection and the one on the right is Essie in Watermelon. My first Essie, I'm so excited! I'll be doing a swatch of the China Glaze soon and I think I'll do some nail art with the Essie. I also bought Sinful Colors Kissy today at Walgreens but the brush broke off so I'll be exchanging it very soon. But I'll do a swatch of that one soon as well.

Tomorrow I'll be posting all about my lovely new nail polish rack. It definitely makes it easier to see my polishes. I hope you'll enjoy it!

Until then, have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Hello everyone!

I have decided to take my nail polish addiction online and make a blog. While I am not a pro in any sense of the word, I do know how to do some stamping and nail art. I'm learning, though! As I learn, maybe you will too. :) Please bare with me while I learn how to blog correctly and learn new techniques. I hope you enjoy this blog as it comes along.

Thanks for reading!