Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ColorMeMonthly Pennywise (October 2014)

First off wow I've been gone a long time! Got lots happening this direction, and I'm considering a slight shift in the blog to make it grow a little more with me. More on that later though.

For quite some time I've been getting a nail subscription box called ColorMeMonthly (CMM), and I was on the verge of unsubscribing. I loved first. But after months of cremes and like one shimmer I was just about done. But then this month came. Oh.My.Goodness. I couldn't be happier I stayed!

Wha.....?! Talk about left field here! I'm thinking I might do a comprehensive post to show the polishes I've gotten to date just to show how unexpected this was. It's called Pennywise.

The formula is silky and dries super quick. Above is two coats, natural indirect light with NO topcoat. I can not get over this. It's super incredible. A duochrome from pink to coppery-orange.

Each month has a little haiku on the card. This month's is:
is it heads or talks
lying on the street corner
abraham lincoln

About the monthly subscription:
This is a monthly box focused on one thing: the polish. The packaging is clean and simple with just a card in the box, and packed in a plastic ziplock style bag. It's 7/mn shipped. Each month's color is picked based on current fashions and trends. Take a look at You can actually cancel your subscription and renew it right under your account. It's super easy and I've tested it out to make sure it works.

*Monthly subscription is paid for by myself and my review is based on my reflection of the product.*

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hubby's Picks REVEALED (HP40)

After a rather startling discovery this morning that, somehow, the settings are over saturating my images I had to wait until after work to post Hubby's Picks. It's automatically "enhancing" my photos and I have to figure out where I go to make it stop.

DOTS! Loads of dots. Dot all the things! It was REALLY tempting to do a gradient, but too much of a give-me. I have a rather frustrating history with dots. I just can't do them the best. But I feel like this manicure turned out pretty happy.

Get the look:

  1. Lay down your base color. If you have a paler and not entirely opaque color chosen this is probably the best choice for the base. For mine all of my colors were pretty opaque so I went with Sinful Colors Anemone.
  2. Gather three sizes of dotting tools. I started with two rows of random bigger dots, two rows of medium dots, then a spattering of tiny dots towards the tip of the nail.
  3. Repeat with two more colors. 
  4. Top with top coat and enjoy!

 I really enjoyed this look, and feel far less apprehensive about dots at this point.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Well Hello Hubby's Picks (HP40)

We're baaaaack! I asked Hubby what he thought about doing a Hubby's Picks this week and he thought it'd be a great idea, and I agree. It's been busy, but I've been sneaking in some nail art here and there so let's give it a go.

I apologize that the photo is a little grainy. As you know I use only natural lighting and on my schedule I have to take pictures when I get time and sometimes the lighting just isn't as condusive as I'd like.

From left to right we have Zoya Song, Julep Hayden (I am on the lookout for another bottle of this so if you have one to part with email me pretty please), Sinful Colors Anenome, and Orly Purple Pleather. Like my new mug? It's so kissable!!! I've decided my new goal in life is to collect lots of random and amazing coffee mugs. This one is next on my list:

Hope everyone has a great day and see you late this week with Hubby's Picks revealed. I have something fun in mind.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Glam Polish Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee

I got a package of wonderful Glam Polish goodies earlier this week and Hubby picked out Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee. I went and checked her site to see if it's still available (since it's part of a limited collection) and, sadly, it appears to be gone. There IS several from the Rydell High School collection, and the formula is gorgeous so I highly recommend hopping over and taking a look.

The depth and shine of this polish is simply stunning. It's a deep yet bright purple with a subtle holo shimmer running through it. Even now I can't stop staring at my nails. This is three thin coats which each dried within a five minute window of applying. This is a mommy's dream formula.

Little more of a shadowed shot to show you this is simply stunning in all kinds of lights.

I have Sandy (which I haven't tried yet) and Hopelessly Devoted which you simply have to go check out because it's my favorite. I am kicking myself for not getting the entire collection. It's a MUST HAVE. Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Neon splatter nails

First off I'm still here! I've been working long hours and trying to still mommy/run a household. Turns out this is quite the juggling act. I'm still doing my nails, just not much art lately.

These nails are inspired by a screenshot of someone else's nails that a friend posted. So if they look familiar comment below so I can give credit where credit is due. Hubby took one look at them and said, "Please promise you'll post those. They are my favorite!" My lack of posting is making him sad I think.

I haven't done splatter nails in awhile and I love the pop of neon against the black to white gradient. Polishes used: Orly Black Vinyl, Zoya Snow White, with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy splattered on top and then mattified with NYC Matte top coat.

I hope everyone is having a fantastic summer so far!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Neon nails and Origami Owl

Hello wonderful people! It is I, Mommy Does, with a blog post. I know right! Hard to believe ;)

Since my promotion at work, end of school year, and somehow getting laundry done has eaten all my extra time...oh who am I kidding. Who does laundry anyways? Anyways I apologize for the long delay in posts. I think about blogging all the time, but it usually comes down to shall I blog or shall I actually make a meal for my family so they feel like mommy still cares? Finding balance is rough and I applaud all of you who have found it.

Lately I haven't had much time for nail art. Actually I'm lucky if I get to put on top coat anymore. Yesterday I was rummaging and needing something quick and pretty and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy jumped out at me. Also I forgot how hard it is to photograph neon...anyhow I topped it off with Essie As Gold As It Gets and fell madly in love with the look and just had to share.

Love, love, love! On a related topic I got my Origami Owl order. They have a blog charm so I just had to share my necklace with you too.

Super in love with everything about it. If you haven't checked out Origami Owl and use Frankie Caswell as your designer. They make really great gifts too. I got a necklace for my sister as a congratulations for having a new baby (I HAVE A NEW NIECE!) and one for my mother-in-law in memory of her husband who passed away. You can tell a beautiful and memorable story and it's so much more meaningful then flowers I think.

These are the other charms I grabbed. My favorite is probably the infinity symbol.

Now I am off to go car shopping with hubby as his car got totaled. By the way all of those things I just mentioned happened in the same week. Did I mention it's been crazy around here? I hope you are having a better month. ;)

Monday, April 21, 2014

ColorMeMonthly (CMM) April 2014

I've got another subscription review for you! This one is actually much simpler then any other I have tried, which I very much appreciate. It's called ColorMeMonthly and promises to deliver one high quality polish to your doorstep every month for seven dollars including shipping based on current color and fashion trends. Color me intrigued!

First up is the packaging. It's simple, understated, and focuses on the polish in the box. I, a lover of packaging, actually really appreciated this. I know that the company is solely focused on what I want: a great color every month. Additionally they respond to the popularity and put colors in the vault to purchase at full price. This is a perfect example of a well executed subscription. Surprise, product at a discount, and ability to repurchase later should I need another.

Needless to say I was DYING for it to arrive and headed over to Pantone to peek at the Spring Fashion Report. I had my hopes high for a highly pigmented creme in one of the gorgeous tones and, lo and behold, this month was Chiffon. It appears to have everything in common with Violet Tulip.

In order is indoor with indirect light, the pantone swatch, and outdoor direct sunlight. I forgot base coat, did two coats, and no top coat. 

I really love it. My only thing is that chiffon is a light and airy cloth so I might have gone with a different finish or a different name. Regardless it is happiness!

To be clear I have no idea if they intentionally chose a color from the 2014 Spring Pantone Fashion report, BUT it seems a pretty interesting coincidence.

By the way is it May yet?? You have until the end of the month to get subscribed so what are you waiting for?