Friday, July 30, 2010

FINALLY! My first Swap

This is the beginning of my many posts about "the swap"....I have so many to compliment and thank - and some from many months ago! Here is my very first, real live swappy thingy...and it was with Rebecca from Nails Etc. Her blog is so fresh and honest - I love the style of her writing....As I read her posts, I close my eyes and go to London with her... (not in a creepy, American sort of way, LOL)...London is one of my most favorite cities.

I really didn't know how much fun or how addictive this whole swap lifestyle would be, but man, am I having a blast!

So here are the photos of what she kindly sent "across the pond":

(this is the mass)

L to R: Boots ~ (Natural Collection) "Black Cherry", Bourjois ~ "So Lacque - Bleu Violet",
Miss Sporty ~"Clubbing Colors" (I think) and Sleek ~ (Nailed Polish) "Poison Ivy".

Beauty UK ~ "Electric Purple" and "Lilac Girl"

Barry M ~ (my firsts!!!) NP 210, Racing Green, Raspberry and NPP 1.

Boots 17 ~ "Orange Soda", "Pink Grapefruit" and "Peacock"

Collection 2000 ~ "Spangles", "Intense" and "Button Moon"

MUA ~ Green Metallic (no label) and "Shade 8"

I really didn't know what to expect - but I sent the lovely Rebecca an email asking about the Beauty UK polishes she had reviewed on her blog - I offered to swap with her, and this is what I was surprised with! My swaps are many and my treasures great, but I have had the most fun getting "to know" the bloggers from these are all so kind and generous. From one little American gal, thanks.

~Be Polished!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

It's Always the 4th!


The celebration for the 4th of July (Independence Day) lasted from Saturday until Wednesday!!
Here's what I used:
1. Diamond Cosmetics Super Base
2. Finger Paints -Easel come, Easel Go on thumb and pointer.
3. Essie - Well Red ans China Glaze - Nova on middle.
4. China Glaze - Snow on ring.
5. Orly - Royal Navy (LOVE THIS!) and Art Deco Silver Glitter on pinky.

I used BM plates for the firework and Konad plates with Special polish in Red and Blue Metallic - the silver is China Glaze Millennium!

Be Polished!


Thursday, July 1, 2010

Yours Truly

A month or so ago, I was tolling about the blog-o-sphere looking for (gasp) non polish sites...I have this new found fascination for handmade goods, especially jewellery. I found this little "gem" of a blog, and instantly fell in love with the look of this stuff!

I contacted the lovely Alice of Yours Truly Range, and we began emailing back and forth, creating the most amazing pieces together. I say together, because it was probably 2 or 3 weeks of back and forth decisions and suggestions before she actually made the jewellery. You heard me right ~ MADE....custom, beautiful, and more spectacular than I could have ever imagined. Here is what she designed for me:

This first set is made with black leather, one Pegasus pendant (LOVE) a large blue heart and one small black one....The earrings are blue as well ...I think they are Heliotrope. (yikes)

This next creation is very special to me. When Roo was a baby, his nursery was decorated in suns, moons and stars - the crystals on this necklace reflect most of the colors in his crib comforter. When I told Alice about this , she knew exactly what I was looking for. I absolutely adore this necklace....

Her color charts of available crystals can be found here and she only uses the best materials; Swarovski crystals, sterling silver and leather. Here is a little snippet from her blog:

"The Yours Truly Range is strictly my own design of jewelry. Anything you see here is created from my own mind and designs are made up myself. I would never copy a piece of any kind deliberately, as i get enjoyment out of styling and designing pieces of jewelry from my own imagination. I like to experiment and be artistic about my work.

The main materials i use are Swarovski crystals. These are a well known, high quality crystals in which arebeautifully sparkly and elegant, unfortunately the camera doesnt do any justice for them! They look better in life than in pictures i can assure you!

I like to think im doing the best i can for customers and i will provide a service that will not let you down! All products are made with the finest materials and i can ensure my items are of high quality!"

I couldn't agree more - if only you could see this jewellery in person, it is stunning!

I am going to be ordering more from Alice - those heart and key earrings are to die for!!!

I am so glad I bumped in to this blog, and if you are in the market for some amazing, personalized, beautiful, unique (I could go on for days) pieces, PLEASE, send Alice an email; she will personally create a piece for you.

Prices range from about $10-$30 ..and shipping took about 1 week from the UK to WV.

THANK YOU ALICE!!!!!! You will be hearing from me again very soon!

Be Polished!


*a little disclaimer here ~ I purchased these items with my very own $$$$ :) I can't wait to order more! *wink*