Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve Mani!

Well, another year is coming to a close. I can hardly believe it - it feels like time is just flying by! A lot has changed this past year. Some changes were good and others were difficult and sad, but we made it through and I have a good feeling about 2014. Here is a quick recap of my year - it seems like many of these things just happened recently, too.
  • I graduated from college - woo!
  • I just bought my first brand-new car!
  • My husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary!
  • My best friend finally got hitched! ;)
  • My sister-in-law got married, too!
  • I traveled from the east coast to the west coast within a month of eachother
  • I got a melmer and filled it...I may need to buy another!
  • I reached 100 followers on my blog and hosted my first giveaway!
I'm sure there are many more things, but that is enough for now. I feel like I accomplished a lot this year and I am looking forward to another year of successes.

 Here is my manicure dedicated to this evening!

This is Zoya Dream for the base and the nail art is done in China Glaze I'm Not Lion. So much fabulous sparkle! I love it! I hope you all have a great night and stay safe!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Winter Challenge Day 6 - Christmas Food

I'm being boring with this one and doing something that lots of people have done before - candy canes. They just look so cute, I had to give it a try myself. I really like the way they turned out, too. I'm making this post short and sweet because I'm really short on time. Take a look.

Thanks for looking, and be sure to check out what everyone else did!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas Winter Challenge Day 5 - Toys!

Good evening! I'm posting this just barely in time. :) There are so many Christmas things to get done, I barely have time to paint my nails! BUT, I am so excited to be doing nail art again, so I had to make the time. Today's challenge was toys, Christmas toys! I just watched Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, so I immediately thought of the misfit toys and had to do them! Take a look:

I love this movie and I think the misfit toys are just so cute! For my thumb, I painted the pistol that squirts jelly. :)

On my index finger, I have the train with the square wheels on it's caboose.

On my middle finger, I painted the elephant with pink polka-dots. I think he is just too cute!

On my ring finger, is the dolly. I never really understood what made her a misfit, but whatever...she is cute!

On my pinkie, I painted the airplane that cannot fly. I had the hardest time drawing this one...I don't know why haha.

Once again, I am going to list out all the colors I used. The base color is Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-mint, and the glitter is Funky Fingers Up All Night. I will list out the rest below:

Black Poppy: Periwinkle
Essie: Apertif & Meet Me At Sunset
Julep: Clara
Loreal: After Hours
Nicole by O.P.I.: Sealed With a Kris
O.P.I.: Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em
Pure Ice: Black Rage, French Love Affair, & Superstar!
Revlon: First Class
Sally Hansen: Blue Me Away!

Here is Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-mint all by itself.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you enjoyed this nail art! Make sure you take a look at what the others did.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Winter Challenge Day 4 - Christmas Traditions

Yay yay yay! I am so excited to have just completed my first REAL nail art in months! I have missed it sooo badly. I am joining the party with my fellow Nail Tarts a little bit late, but I'm super excited nonetheless. I'm starting in at day 4, which is Christmas Traditions. One tradition that has never ended for me is a certain movie. Every Christmas since I was a kid, I have watched A Muppet Christmas Carol. I have seen every rendition of A Christmas Carol and read the book numerous times, and I have to say that this is my favorite movie version. There is singing and Muppets and, of course, Charles Dickens. What is not to love?! Without further ado, here is my nail art for the challenge. 

Yay! My thumb pictures the Marley brothers. This particular version of the story has two Marleys instead of just one. :) They are awesome.

On my index finger, I drew the ghost of Christmas past. She is a sweet innocent little girl who almost looks like an angel. I like her, but she serves up some tough love to Mr. Scrooge. He needs it.

On my middle finger, I painted the ghost of Christmas present. He is my favorite! I love how happy and jolly he is, and how much he loves Christmas. And I also really like his hair.

On my ring finger, I painted the ghost of Christmas yet to come. He is terrifying. Like the grim reaper. When I was a kid, I watched this whole part through my fingers.

Last, is my pinkie. This is maybe my favorite because it is one of my most favorite parts of the movie. Kermit plays Bob Cratchit, and this is him walking down the street with Tiny Tim. They sing the cutest, happiest song - "Tis the season to be jolly and joyous (falala). With a burst of pleasure we feel it arrive! It's a season when the saints can employ us, (falala) to spread the news about peace and to keep love alive!" LOVE. Love, love, love. Oh the muppets are awesome!!!

In this manicure, I used a ton of polishes, so I will just list them out. If you have a question about a certain color, just comment below. :)

China Glaze: Call of the Wild & Kalahari Kiss
Essie: Meet Me at Sunset
Julep: Clara, Dendrie, Eva, Fiore, Francis, & Sienna
Nicole by O.P.I.: Sealed with a Kris
Nubar: White Polka Dot
Pure Ice: Black Rage, Femme Fatale, Kiss Me Here, Superstar! & Vintage Glam
Sinful Colors: Nirvana
Zoya: Arizona

Ok, so now you have seen one of my Christmas favorites. My family watches it every year and we know every line, and every song and sing along without shame. It's great. :) Creating this manicure made me so excited for Christmas to come. It is exactly what I needed to get in the holiday spirit. Thank you fellow Naill Tarts for letting me join in late!

Make sure you check out what everyone else did, and also don't forget to enter my giveaway. It ends tonight!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Simple Glitter Gradient

This is a manicure that I did earlier in the semester. I hadn't had time for any nail art for a while, but I thought I would show this one off now, since the colors ended up looking quite Christmas-y together. I have a thing for glitter gradients lately if you hadn't noticed. They are super easy - great for when I am too busy to make sure my socks match, let alone do a whole manicure!

I think they turned out pretty sweet. This is butter london Knees Up and KleanKolor Firework. It's funny because this is not intended to be a Christmas color, but with the red background, the teal blue glitters suddenly look very green and Christmas-esque with the red and gold.

Here is butter london Knees Up all by itself.Gorgeous red - perfect for Christmas time!

Thanks for looking! I hope you all have a happy Friday!

Don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already - the odds are still really good!

Friday, December 6, 2013

Nails Inc Fibre Optic & Galaxy Polish Swatches!

Good morning. I have two new polishes to show off from Nails Inc. today! They are both gorgeous and glittery and therefore I automatically love them. :)

I decided to try them both out over top of a plain navy cream - Loreal After Hours. The first one I'll show is Nails Inc. Fibre Optic in Mayfair Mews. This has multiple, tiny blue iridescent and holographic bar glitters in a navy jelly base. The base is extremely thin and would probably take a while to build up, so I wore undies to save time, but it is loaded with glitter, so this is just two coats over top of After Hours.

Nails Inc Fibre Optic
Nails Inc Fibre Optic
Nails Inc Fibre Optic
Nails Inc Fibre Optic

This next one is equally awesome, and is definitely a good polish for making a galaxy. It is Nails Inc. Galaxy in Trafalgar Crescent. It has small and medium sized hex glitters in an iridescent base. I didn't go all out and do an actually galaxy here because I wanted to show it on it's own. It's pretty good. I'm sure there are lots of girls who would be satisfied with this for their galaxy nails. I liked how the iridescence created different light and dark spaces without any effort!

Nails Inc Galaxy
Nails Inc Galaxy
Nails Inc Galaxy
Nails Inc Galaxy

I'll tell you what, Sephora sucks me in every time with their 'spend $50 get free shipping' promo. You would think I would have learned by now. One of these beauties was purchased specifically to tip me up over the $50 mark. I don't remember which one it was now, but I am sure glad I caved in and bought it!

Here is Loreal After Hours by itself. Try to ignore how streaky it looks. I need a new bottle of topcoat. It's not the polishes fault!

Loreal After Hours

Thanks for checking out these pretty polishes! I have my last paper to write this weekend, but I am graduating from college in 2 weeks, so get ready for some nail art! I am so excited that I will finally have time again!

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway - it ends on 12/15!

Have a great day!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

100 Followers Giveaway! Thank you!

I hit 100 followers on GFC a few months ago, and now have 89 followers on Bloglovin, so that is pretty awesome! Thank you so much for reading my blog - it really means a lot to me that a bunch of people I don't even know, want to take the time to look at my nails and read what I have to say. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart! I'm a pretty straightforward person, so I'm just going to say this: I have decided that I am not really interested in playing the 'let's accumulate as many followers as possible by giving away free stuff' game. I'm here for me. I like writing and painting my nails, and enjoy sharing it with the world. I don't expect anything in return. BUT, I DO want to thank the people who have been with me for the longest, therefore, I encourage those of you who have been here with me since the very beginning to enter the special giveaway I created just for you, and will have a smaller (but still good!) one for anyone who chooses to follow me now. I love having more readers, I just want you here for the right reasons. :)

Ok so, here is what you need to know:


There will only be two winners in this giveaway!
This giveaway is open to US residents only (or if you can provide a US address for shipping, I will accept that as well). Sorry, but I am by no means wealthy, and all of this is coming out of my own pocket. I will try to figure out a way to make this work for my international followers (because I love you too!), and host a giveaway just for you at my next milestone so long as I can figure out a way to afford it.

The prizes for this will be:

For my first 100 followers:
 Nicole by OPI Limited Edition Special K Set of 3: Adventure Red-y, Pros & Confidence, Be Ama-Zing
7 Julep Polishes: Cindy, Mackenzie, Eden, Abbie, Glenn, Kate, Sienna

For my new followers:
Nicole by OPI Limited Edition Special K Set of 3: Adventure Red-y, Pros & Confidence, Be Ama-Zing 
4 Wet n Wild polishes: Through the Grapevine, Candy-licious, On a Trip,  I Red a Good Book
1 Wet n Wild Clear Nail Protector
Wet n Wild Toe Separators, 2 Nail Files, 4-Way Buffer

This contest will begin at 12:01am on Saturday, 11/30/2013, and will close at 11:59pm on Sunday 12/15/2013.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my notification e-mail, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me at delightinnails@gmail.com.

Good luck everyone!  And thank you so much!!

Here is the rafflecoptor for my first 100 followers. I've been planning this for a while and I know who you are. Anyone who enters here and is not in the list of 100 followers I have, will be disqualified from winning BOTH prizes, so be careful which one you enter, now! I want to give a little extra love to the people who have been supporting me from the beginning and am happy to get new ones (but we all know that there are many people out there who just follow for the prize and then ditch you after they receive it). NOT COOL, PEOPLE!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here is the rafflecoptor for those of you who have heard about my blog through the giveaway and decide you love me enough to follow and stick around. :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks again. I never thought I would have any readers other than my family members and maybe a few friends, so I really appreciate that other people pop in to see what I do, too! Good luck to all of you. I can never thank you enough!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving Nails ft. OPI Black Magic Mountain

Good morning and happy Thanksgiving. Just a quick post to show off my autumn nails for today and show my thanks for an unexpected gift from one of my coworkers. :) At work last week, I received a whole BAG of OPI nailpolish to my amazement. Thank you, Cindy for cleaning out your cabinets and deciding that you didn't want these any more. I know how much this polish costs and I appreciate more than I can even say.

I decided to use one in my mani for Thanksgiving - OPI Black Magic Mountain. It's a great color for fall!

After painting my nails with this polish, I did some stamping over it with Julep Zelda - another great stamping color. This is Bundle Monster plate BM04.

Ok - I'm off to enjoy my day. I'm having 1st Thanksgiving at a rehabilitation facility where my mother-in-law is recovering from a broken leg and the 2nd one at a fire station! After that I shop til I drop, then hopefully we will put up the Christmas tree. I just love this time of year. Have a great day everyone. I hope you all get to spend time with your loved ones and while you are with them, think about how lucky you are to have them - I know I will.