Quickie Post: A Bit Of Stamping

I have quite the to-do list this weekend, so I will leave you with a super quickie post that will most likely leave you thinking, “What in the world is this?”

This is probably the most random mani I have ever put together– just a little bit of triangle stamping over Tudor City Teal from NYC, with an accent using Jasmine from Shimmer Polish.

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Cheers to a fabulous weekend– make it a great one! :) xo

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Quickie Post: Weekend Nail Designs

It’s been a busy week for me and I don’t want you to think that I’ve forgotten about you, so I’ve put together this quick post to highlight the designs I put together over the weekend for Chinese New Year and the Super Bowl :)

This Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Horse, so I paired He Red My Mind from Loreal and Luxe from Orly and added some glitter, a horse stamp and the Chinese symbol for ‘horse’.

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As for the Super Bowl, I was a little more impartial this year to the teams, but having to choose between the two, I decided to root for the Denver Broncos. I tried my very best to replicated the old Broncos logo from back before they changed it in ’97. My bronco ended up looking like a unicorn, but at least I can say I tried! It’s too bad that they didn’t end up winning, but what’s worse was how dreadfully boring the game was!

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Thankfully, the work week is coming to a close, so I’ll be sure to update you on my latest Shimmer Polish swatches this weekend :) If you celebrated (or even if you didn’t!), I wish you a healthy and prosperous Chinese New Year!

Merry Christmas Eve!

On Saturday, I was finally able to put together a Christmas-inspired design for the week! I wanted to stray away from my usual “simple” mentality and decided to go with a variety of designs and colors on each nail. I quickly brainstormed, trying to think of the top five things that come to mind when I think of Christmas:

  • The color gold;
  • Glittery red wrapping paper;
  • A snowman;
  • Christmas trees (of course!);
  • Ornaments.

So, using a bobby pin as a dotting tool, a sponge and a stamping plate, I came up with this fun Christmas mani:

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I already can’t wait for nails for New Year’s Eve! I’m imagining gold and red, and lots and lots of glitter ;) So stay tuned! In the meantime, I hope all of you enjoy the holidays and if I don’t post before the New Year, I hope that you have a wonderful start to your 2014, too! x0

It’s Finally Time To Celebrate! {Picture-Heavy + Updates}

This is going to be a lengthy post– just a warning! I have three swatches/designs for you, along with some updates that I can finally share now that the semester is finally over :)

So let’s backtrack to November really quickly– I was actually able to do a simple Movember design this year, and I love the way that it turned out! I used Private Viewing from Wet ‘n Wild’s Megalast collection, utilizing a bobby pin and black polish (Manhunter by H&M) to paint mustaches on the accent nails. Very subtle, and very me:

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Last week, I put together a green-themed nail design for the purpose of supporting two projects that I was working on for my last two classes of the public relations track. For my Advanced PR course, my group was assigned to create a public relations campaign for a local, environmentally-friendly charter school. Aligning with that very theme, our PR Design course also tasked us with creating a public relations + design campaign for an also-local company that provides free recycling services to the community. These projects were a great opportunity for us to build on our PR skills and for us to build our portfolios as well.

For the base coat, I used Mojito by Ciate, a yummy, lime-green color. I also chose to incorporate some stamping (using Last Chance by Sinful Colors) that very much reminded me of nature, and the “green-feeling” that we were trying to convey in our projects:

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As far as those projects went, I personally think all the groups did a fantastic job with their presentations in both classes. It’s so awesome to be able to see that my peers are just as ready to enter the professional world like I am :) Thursday marked our last day of classes, and I couldn’t be more excited!

After four years of gaining internship experience to build my resume upon, two months of interviewing for various positions in the communications industries, and two weeks of pondering offers and trying to decide where I want to go post-graduation, I’m so happy to say that I’ve finally accepted an offer, from a seriously badass (ask the bossman for yourself!) creative advertising agency here in Tampa for a social media strategist position. I couldn’t be happier. The position’s responsibilities align with exactly what I’ve been wanting in a full-time career. And the company culture? Don’t even get me started. They encourage creativity in all aspects imaginable and function more as a collaborative family than a tier of professionals ranging from executive to director to associate to entry-level.  I am SO STOKED to be a part of this family and am so extremely grateful for my support system who’ve kept me sane as well as the experiences that have allowed me to grow to my fullest potential.

And finally, we’re coming to an end here. As I didn’t want to do my graduation nails immediately since graduation is still a week away, I opted to go black yesterday, since I realized that I haven’t worn black nail polish by itself in forever. This is two coats of Manhunter by H&M (looove!) topped with a single coat of Revlon Colorstay top coat + a single coat of Seche Vite:

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That’s it for now! My next update will most likely come sometime next week, as graduation is this next weekend and I start my new job immediately after. Until then, xo <3

Graduation’s Just Around The Corner

As I type this, I’m not so sure whether or not I want to keep it short. I have a lot to say, reflecting on this past year and the things I’ve learned– but I’m thinking I may keep it bottled up just a little bit longer for a post when graduation actually does come and go ;)

Earlier in the month, A and I planned to arrange a graduation photo shoot for me, which we ended up doing this past Sunday. My university’s colors are green and gold, so naturally, I prepared for the shoot by painting my nails a gorgeous green tone from H&M– Lady Luck:

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Such a rich, metallic color– H&M nail polish is officially up there on my list of new favorite brands :) To incorporate gold, I added simple stamping using Luxe by Orly:

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As for those photos, I’m so impressed with how they came out! A is such a natural with a camera, and I managed to steal a few that looked great unedited:

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I can’t wait to see how the others turn out after some editing! Only three weeks left until graduation (two, if you consider Thanksgiving week)– before, it was something to look forward to in three months. Now? It’s SO REAL :O

Updates Galore

Oy, I am slowly heading into the bad blogger zone and need to pull myself out! This post is a combination of long overdue Halloween posts, updates from the weekend and what you can expect from Polished PR this month.

For starters, the lovely Xin Yu from Lacquered By Blue Vanilla asked me to put together a Halloween-themed mani for the blog’s 11 Days of Halloween Guest Post Week. So, I put together a design incorporating ghost eyes, spider webs and candy corn. Since I had put together this guest post in mid-October, I took off the design immediately after submitting in my photos– I didn’t want people thinking that I was super pumped for Halloween ;)

When Halloween week did end up coming around, I refreshed the mani with some fun Shany stamping and a combination of black + orange + purple polishes (Charcoal by Love & Beauty + Mango Madness by e.l.f. + an unnamed metallic purple from LA Colors’ Color Craze Modern Metallics collection):

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On Halloween afternoon, I went to the nail salon to get a pedicure and (gasp!) my first manicure to hurriedly prepare for a beach wedding that I’d be attending on Friday. I’m a sucker for pedis– it’s nice to be able to get soft, pampered feet while experiencing a nice mechanical back massage versus getting soft, pampered feet while experiencing back pain associated with doing it yourself. As for that manicure, I was so disappointed. I don’t know what I was expecting– maybe that they’d miraculously provide me with smooth soft hands and perfect cuticles? WRONG. <Begin rant> I spent $13 for a sub-par mani with polish covering some of my cuticles! And if you know my perfectionist ways, my OCD-radar was going off like crazy, and the moment I got home, I whipped out my paintbrush and acetone and cleaned those babies up! Never again will I betray my nail art ways and spend money to have someone else do my nails. <End rant> After the clean-up, the mani looked great– I was so rushed at the salon, though, that I didn’t even think to look at the names of the colors I chose, I do know that they’re both OPI.

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And about that beach wedding– GORGEOUS. They couldn’t have picked a more perfect day! High in the mid-80s with a beautiful coastal breeze :)

Anddd you’re finally reaching the end of this post (if I’m even lucky to have kept your attention that long, anyway). What can you expect from me this month? I’m going to be crazy busy with school, the hunt for the perfect full-time career and more, so I’ll have some great autumn-inspired guest posts ready for your viewing throughout the month. But I will be sure to come out of hiding whenever I get the chance and update you every now and then :)

Until next time! xo

Mint Condition By With Love From California

I always get so excited when I find out that the clothing stores I shop at carry nail polish too! As you very well know, I’m a sucker for Love & Beauty polishes from Forever 21…they are fabulous, and make my shopping experience that much better ;) Last weekend while we were at the mall doing a little shopping, A wanted to go into PacSun to see if he could find nice shorts for his work-related trip to Cali. While he was doing his thing, I was looking around at the accessories and stumbled upon a small collection of polishes labeled With Love From California {how coastal & dreamy is that name?!} that were on sale for buy one, get one half off. I jumped on the opportunity to try something new, and picked out a pretty coral color along with a mint one as well.

Mint Condition is the perfect mint color, and surprisingly looks great against my skin tone considering that mint-colored apparel looks way too light on me.

Mint Condition by With Love From California from PacSun

Mint Condition by With Love From California from PacSun

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I’d give this polish 3.5 stars out of five– although the color is fantastic, I dislike how heavy the polish is. It only took two coats to seal in the color, but the polish appeared sooo thick! And of course, I just couldn’t leave it alone this way, so after a day, I added some stamping using Toad-ally Amazing from wet ‘n wild’s Spoiled collection.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the coral color turns out better! I’ll have that swatch for you by the weekend or next week :)

 

Quickie Post: LA Colors Unnamed Metallic Blue

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend so far :) I’m still waiting for this Florida weather to get to fall status– for the past three days we’ve been experiencing rainy days, and today is the first day where it’s at least somewhat sunny. It still doesn’t meet the requirements for fall in Florida, though!

All the rain and clouds from the past couple of days made me want to do a blue mani, which was the perfect opportunity to pull out and swatch that unnamed metallic blue polish from the LA Colors Color Crazy Modern Metallics collection that I found at Ross last week. It wasn’t as shiny or metallic as the green, but still a beautiful color nonetheless. To add some rain-like design to the swatch, I added some Shany geometric stamping in Sinful Colors’ Sweet Nothing:

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Sweet Nothing by Sinful Colors

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Sun-Kissed Fall

Don’t let the title of this post fool you– we are not experiencing fall weather whatsoever over here in Florida. But my thought was that if I did a fall-inspired manicure, maybe, just maybe, I’d be treated to a nice, cool breeze– it hasn’t worked yet though :'(

I chose two colors that remind me most of fall, Revlon Colorstay’s Cayenne and Pure Ice’s Taupe Drawer. I embellished Cayenne with a simple gold+glitter gradient (using Ciate’s Ladylike Luxe and e.l.f.’s Gold Star) and picked a pretty leaf stamp from Shany for Taupe Drawer’s accent nail.

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The first day of fall is Sunday! Here’s to hoping for some not-humid, breezy weather :) xo

Quickie Post: Feeling Pink

Yet another quickie post?! I guess that’s what happens when you get back into the groove with school, work and internships.

It feels as if I’ve been using all the colors of the rainbow these past couple of posts…purple, nude, gold, gray, orange, yellow, green, blue, red– pretty much everything so far except for pink! Since I’m all about versatility, I thought it’d be nice to pull out those pinks and do a simple stamping project with them.

For the base, I wanted to use a light pastel pink, and chose Wet ‘n Wild’s Sugar Coat. For the stamping color, I used my favorite bright pink, Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f.

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Electric Fuchsia by e.l.f.

Wishing you a lovely Labor Day! xo