Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Coming Up: Orly Sweet Spring II 2010 & A Few Links I Think You'll Enjoy!

Above & Below: 3 of the polishes from Orly's Sweet Collection L-R: Pixy Stix, Lemonade, and Gumdrop. All 6 of the polishes in this collection are cremes, and come with matching flavored mini lip glosses. The official release date is April 2010.
Good morning! I received 3 of the 6 polishes in Orly's upcoming second Spring collection, Sweet. I'll be swatching these shortly, and finishing up the other 9 American Apparel polishes as well. This will be a short-on-pictures post because my husband and I are heading to South Bend, IN today. Some of you may remember that we adopted a German Shepherd last month from a high kill shelter in Georgia...he was heart worm positive, which we knew, but in doing his testing last week during the staging of his heart worm treatment, some tests revealed that he has something wrong with his kidneys also. Before his heart worm treatment begins, we need to figure out what's going on with his kidneys, so he's going to a specialist to get a Doppler Ultrasound performed. Keep your pretty polished finger crossed that it's something manageable. The good news is, there are lots and lots of independent beauty supply stores in South Bend, as well as 4-5 Meijer stores so I can restock the ever-popular Massini Slamming Red and Purple Medallion. The procedure takes 2-3 hours, so hmmm, what to do? Wait in the animal clinic's waiting room, or have my husband drive me around to as many polish stores as possible during the wait? Tough decision!

Here are a couple of links for you to check out, one being a fantastic new blog, the other being a little inspirational nail art. Megan started her blog, Little Music Boxes, just this month. I've got to tell you, she has a top-notch blog with beautiful photos of her nails and extremely well-written content. She told me that mine was one of the blogs that inspired her to start her own, which I take as quite a compliment, because her style is truly an inspiration to me. I may have inspired her how not to do a blog, or how not to paint your nails near the cuticle! Wherever her inspiration came from, she's putting it to good use. She is a regular poster on Makeup Alley, so you may recognize her impeccable application from there. She is studying to become a math teacher, so maybe her exacting application skills come from having such an analytical mathematician's mind, I don't know. She also did several thorough comparisons last week, including mint greens, taupes and reds. Head on over and check out her work. I guarantee you won't be disappointed.

NAILS Magazine recently launched a new blog on January 1st, called 365 Days of Nail Art. It is not a 'how to' as far as the designs are concerned, but rather, just one photo each day of nail art to give inspiration for your own interpretation and ideas. Some of them are a little 'out there' (look at day 9!), while others are more 'wearable' (look at day 3). It's fun to see some of the various looks, and maybe you'll find an idea there you can re-create.

*This post features sample products furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm.


  1. Mary I'm so glad you got Pixi stix, it's been driving me insane! The promo card Orly sent with mine shows it as a Red shimmer but the promo picture showed the berryish creme. You solved my mystery!
    Can't wait to see swatches of Pixi Stix. (I have Lemonade and Gumdrop)

  2. I second Evil Angel. My promo card was red shimmer, but pr pix were brightish pink creme. I can't WAIT to see Pixy and Lemonade. Lemonade was the one I was lemming most, but I got gumdrop, cotton candy and snowcone. All are amazing

  3. Crossing these polished fingers for your puppy! I love that nail art link. I just submitted 2 different pictures to them!

  4. I've got everything crossed for your dog, I'm sure he'll be fine!

    Those polishes look very pretty, Can't wait to see swatches.

    I love the blog you linked, her pictures are amazing!

  5. Thanks for the post, and the very best of luck to your dog! Our Shepherd puppies are survivors, I swear! Keep us posted :)

  6. All my fingers are crossed for your dog, I hope he's okay!

    Also can't wait to see your swatches, this collection looks so awesome!

  7. Oh those new Orly nail polishes look super pretty! I can't wait for your swatches, thanks for the heads up!

  8. I pray the shepherd will have a tiny problem with his kidneys. Enjoy your shopping. Hope you find lots of goodies you can share with us. Will need lots of pictures of your new shepherd. Bless you again for your rescue work.

  9. yum~my!
    i hope your darling german shepherd is ok xo

  10. I wish I had a chance to post earlier, but I had a very long day grading pre-tests and attending classes. Thanks for the wonderful comments about me, Mary! I really appreciate it and someday soon I'll share how I get the polish near my cuticles so neat. :o)

    I'm sorry to hear about your dog. I have two kitties and I worry myself sick when they aren't feeling well. I'll be praying for your baby to get well soon.

  11. Hope your dog feels better soon and you get some answers.

    Thanks for the links to other sites. I'm always looking for new inspirations for manicures--the heads up on pages is always appreciated!

  12. I hope your new baby is just having a false alarm. His life has been hard enough already.

    This was the first time an Orly polish made me go "ooh ooh!!", when I saw your email I think I actually drooled.

  13. They come with LIP GLOSS? I HAVE to get these now...


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