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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

October Monthly Favorites!

IS it that time already?!  It seems I just posted my September Monthly Favorites!  October was full of new things, so here we go!
FAVORITE NAILS:
I have changed the title on this first one. Rather than calling it Favorite Polishes, it is now Favorite Nails.  The reason being that I felt I was being redundant in my monthly posts.  I found I was reposting the same brand in two or three categories. This also allows me to show my favorite NAIL pictures which may or may not have my favorite polishes.

#1:   Maya Cosmetics Ignis:  I do not like orangey-red polishes. As a rule, I cannot stand them!  I was stunned into silence when I put on Ignis from Maya Cosmetics' The Aequilibrium Collection.  It was the epitome of orange-red AND it was a jelly.  AND I COULDN'T STOP STARING AT IT.  The color is almost neon and the flakes add a major bonus.  What I thought would not look good on me has become one of my favorites!

#2: Rainbow Honey 20% Cooler: When I put 20% Cooler on, some crazy, artistic creativity took ahold of me and I found myself really playing with the photos!  I love the look over 20% Cooler over a lighter blue and matted over black.  Here are two of my favorite photos...

#3:   Breast Cancer Heartbreak: When I was asked to participate in a breast cancer awareness manicure, I was forced to stare my grief and anger of losing my nana in the face.  Little did I know, what a great support I would find in the nail community!  It really touched my heart to see the many kind comments on my blog and Facebook page.  That cliche of realizing I am not alone really rang true for me after seeing all of the heartfelt comments and other women's gut-wrenching stories. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

BRANDS THAT IMPRESS:
These are brands that have in one way or another gone above and beyond my expectations.

 Dior:  Dior Shadow exceeded every expectation I had!  And believe me, my expectations were HIGH. To pay such high dollar for a polish is a rarity for me, and I expected it to have excellent application, great wear time, and be so stunning that I couldn't stop staring at it. YES, YES, and YES!  It was well worth the money I paid for it, and I will gladly buy Dior again. When I can afford it.
Maya Cosmetics:  In May of this year, a stranger-Kat- reached out to me, told me she was planning on starting her own polish line, and asked me to give her input on her polishes.  I almost said no, but for some reason, I didn't.  Fast forward to October, Kat has an amazing polish line called Maya Cosmetics. I reviewed all 15 polishes on my blog and was FLOORED by every aspect of them.  I consider it to be on the same level as Girly Bits and Cult Nails.

BLOGS OF NOTE:
Sometimes, I find a treasure of a blog that seems to fly under the radar. Sometimes, I find myself soaking in a lot of information from a particular blog.  Either way, these are blogs that have grabbed my attention.

Nails and a Westie  is a blog that is flying under the radar.  She loves indie polishes and her photos are awesome close ups!  She shows polishes in a new and fresh way.  The name is really cool too.  Why aren't you guys following her???  I can't get enough of her! And while you're at it, you can go like her Facebook page

INDIES TO WATCH:
With almost 300 indie brands, it can be hard to know who to buy from.  I want to showcase ones I have found that may show promise.

Maya Cosmetics:  I have been communicating with and Kat and using her polishes since May.  So while she is not new to me, I know that she is very new to all of you. I can say with no reservations that I fully endorse and support her business. Her polishes are incredibly well-made. She doesn't just make glitter polishes like many other indies-she makes shimmers, jellies, and top coats as well. Her polishes aren't even expensive-$8 each and pretty cheap shipping too.
Jindie Nails is crazy awesome to me!  I met her when she asked me to review some polishes and I fell in love with them!  She is very creative and has some real stunners in her repertoire.  If you haven't bought from her yet, you should!

NPR FINDS:
I love jewelry, strange art, and stalking shops, so each month I will show you something awesome I found! Expect to see a lot of jewelry!

Suami: One of my other loves is crochet.  This shop sells crochet of really tiny animals!  While the prices are way too high for me, I certainly admire the art!  She has everything from wiener dogs to smurfs!
Tiniest Sock Monkey - Baby Sock Monkey - Miniature Sock Monkey - Grey Sock Monkey With Hat - Made to Order
Dawgart is a fantastic painter who shows off dogs' and other pets' personalities very vividly!  I am in love with the painting below!  Her paintings are not too pricey either and easily affordable!  Colorful Pet Portrait Pit Bull Art Dog Print 8x10 by Alicia VanNoy Call


1 comment:

Marnie said...

Great job! I need some Jindie's on my list now. Thanks a lot! He he