100 Likes and Birthday Giveaway!

This past weekend we finally reached 100 “likes” on Facebook. The timing couldn’t have been better, as today is Audrey’s birthday! In celebration of your continued support and of Audrey’s special day, she picked out two gorgeous polishes for a giveaway that will open tomorrow!

The pretties up for grabs are:

Jade Galaxy

Jade Diamond – Galaxy

Jade Scarlet

Jade Diamond – Scarlet

The giveaway will run the same way as the last one, with two winners receiving one of the polishes. Unfortunately, it will also only be open to the US and is not an international giveaway. I will update this post with the link when it goes live tomorrow!

Thank you all for your support, and we’re looking forward to many more polish adventures with you!

 

UPDATE

The giveaway has gone live! You can enter via our Facebook page or using this link: http://bit.ly/10gIjKP

Good luck!

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Throwback Thursday – Mint Mixed Mani

About two weeks ago, I went shopping with my dearest mother. We noticed about halfway through that we kept gravitating toward any article of clothing that was relatively mint green in color. Obviously, my next mani had to match the mood!

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Many Monday – One Stroke Flowers

I have long been in awe of and intimidated by the one stroke technique for about a year now. I put off trying it by using the excuse that I didn’t have the right brush for the job, but since my birthday this past winter, that’s no longer valid. Even so, this past weekend was the first time I ever tried the one stroke technique and I must say I’m pretty proud of the outcome!

I started with a gradient using OPI’s Pearl of Wisdom and Lucky Lucky Lavender before adding the flower petals in each corner using Zoya’s Snow White and A England’s Lady of the Lake. Feeling like that still wasn’t enough, I added the dots around the other nail edge using a dotting tool.

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Throwback Thursday – Skyfall’s Severine

Remember my post about finally procurring some of the lovely OPI Bond shades?

Around that time, I decided I wanted to grow my nails out with the specific purpose of attempting the lovely Severine’s manicure. I just could not take my eyes off her nails while watching the movie! Unfortunately, I’ve got some stubby nails now (hence the lack of posting on my part), so it’s a good thing I tried out the look then.

Here’s a pic of the gorgeous Bond girl and her talons for reference.

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Mani Monday – Textured Nails

Sometimes great results are the products of accidents. This mani came about as a complete surprise. While surfing Youtube videos I began poking at the drying polish with my nails. When I eventually looked down to see what sort of destruction I had wrought on my nails, what I found intrigued me.

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Throwback Thursday – Spring Flowers!

Back when it was the first day of spring (over a month ago…whoops), I attempted my first floral mani! I drew inspiration from a manicure I saw around Tumblr that had polka dots on each nail except the accent nail, which had a floral print. I don’t remember who did it, but I will try to find it again for reference! It was just such a cute spring look and an easy way to test out doing floral without committing to a whole manicure.

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Sharing Saturday – Ballroom Beauties!

Last weekend was my team’s ballroom competition, and during the set up the day before I got to paint a whole bunch of nails! I had done my own to match my dress with my A England beauties (Princess Tears and Lady of the Lake) and added a generous amount of rhinestones, because you can’t have ballroom without sparkles!

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One of the other girls wore a dress whose main colors were green, red and nude, so we did her nails to match as well!

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Here’s a closer view of the rhinestone gradient as an accent nail:

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I also did another purple manicure for a friend named Davlyn, whose natural nails are absolutely ridiculous! Look at how long and well shaped they are! I’m so jealous.

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Like me, she got two different colors of purple rhinestones 🙂

And finally, a picture of the purple princesses of the ballroom team, including me (right) Davlyn (center) and my wonderful co-blogger Audrey (left)!

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Do you see what I mean about sparkles and ballroom going hand-in-hand?

We have another competition next weekend, and I’m hoping to do something different next time, so stay tuned if you love rhinestones!

ALSO! You have one more day to enter the giveaway, so don’t forfeit your chance to win the gorgeous shades of HITS Tango and Foxtrot!

Mani Monday – Lace Nails

I freely admit to the world that I am a huge Victorian/Regency Era fanatic, and I was in a Jane Austen sort of mood when I decided that I wanted to make lace nail art. So in honor of Mani Monday and my first blog post (and Jane Austen!), here is my first nail art to share with you all!

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The lace was all hand-drawn using Sally Hansen’s nail art pen. Although my inner artist is satisfied with how the lace came out, I’m not too sure if I will be doing this mani again any time soon simply because it was so time consuming.

I look forward to sharing more nail-art-fun with you all!

Products used:

Revlon Naughty

Sally Hansen Aisle Be There

Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen White

Surprises Revealed!

Thank you all for helping me reach 50 “likes” on Facebook! I know to some that number may seem small, but I’m really proud of each follower I gain.

Over the past few months I’ve struggled to provide you all with constant content, and because of this have spent the past couple of weeks thinking about the future of this blog. I would never want to give up, because I love the nail blogging community dearly, but I knew I couldn’t keep a constant stream of content on my own at this point in time.

On that note, I’ve decided to ask one of my wonderful friends to become a co-blogger!

Audrey was one of my first “converts” when I started this blog, and I have had so much fun sharing tips and tricks and seeing the awesome things she has done with her nails. If you’ve been paying close attention, you’d know that I’m a ballroom dancer and that I’ve even referenced some of the other girls on the team. Audrey is one of them and she is super excited to share her love of sparkles with you all! Her first post will be coming soon, so keep an eye out for it!

Surprise #2 is our first giveaway! 50 “likes” seemed like a good enough reason to celebrate, but now we have even more reason thanks to Audrey! In honor of our love of dance, I’ve found two Hits polishes named after two of our favorite dances 🙂

Hits Fox Trot

Hits Fox Trot

 

Hits Tango

Hits Tango

Rules and the Rafflecopter can be found on our Facebook page here: http://bit.ly/10dWWOZ

Good luck to all and thank you for supporting Many Manis!

 

*This is not an international giveaway. It is only open to US residents.

Rewind Wednesday – Matte Magic and Basic Shapes

Found a post that never actually got posted! Happy first day of Spring!

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This is one of my simpler manicures, but I didn’t have any tools with me (not even any tape!) so I’m pretty happy with the result 🙂

I originally wanted to try a look I’d seen around earlier this year, kind of the precursor to border manicure, but I couldn’t even find the original pictures! In the end, I kind of just decided to do a tape mani minus the tape.

Using OPI’s Meet Me On The Starferry, I painted all of my nails. Then, using China Glaze’s Dress Me Up, I did random shapes on my left hand and mirrored them on my right. I’m getting better at straight lines! The above picture is the original look (please excuse the messiness around the cuticles) before I decided it wasn’t cool enough and I needed to make it a matte mani!

What do you think? Did you like it better shiny or matte?