Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PBBC September Challenge - Black & White

Hello lovies!

Back again with my current NOTD :) I am participating in the Proud Beauty Bloggers of Color's Monthly Challenge and this month's theme is Black & White!  But because I have been swamped the last couple of weeks with swatching and getting the giveaway put together, I really haven't had time to sit and get creative for this challenge.  So... instead... I "cheated" and used a set of Sally Hansen's nail wraps I recently bought...

 Color Used: Sally Hansen Salon Effects - 235 Check, Please!

I seriously love nail wraps.  They're very easy to apply (after a very short learning curve) and are especially convenient when you're in a pinch!

I wasn't sure how I was going to like the checkered look; I was afraid it was going to be too busy.  What I really wanted was the houndstooth pattern, but I haven't seen that set in a while.  Either way i am pleased with how they turned out :)

I feel like I should be waving down racers in NASCAR lol.

Please be sure to check out the other ladies that participated in this challenge :)

Until next time!

Stef <3

Autumn's In Full Swing!

Hello dolls!

While the weather in Southern California refuses to accept that it's now Fall, I won't let it keep me down!!  Haha my home is decorated, my candles are burning and I already have my favorite soup recipes lined up and ready to go.  I also have a new favorite polish that sums up this season for me...

 Colors Used: Noodles Nail Polish - Pumpkin Spice And Everything Nice, American Apparel - Manila, Acrylic Paints

I am so in love with this crelly!  A mix of peach, caramel, bronze, and orange hexes in a nude crelly base... this polish just screams warm-fuzzy-goodness!  It applied easily with an even disbursement of glitters.  2 coats is all that's needed to achieve opaqueness.

On my ring finger, I free-handed  a tree branch with some acrylic paints and a thin striping brush.

Come on weather, get it together!  (Ha! That rhymes...)

Natalie (owner of Noodles Nail Polish) put the sweetest note in the package along with my polish which really made my day.  It's the little things like that which keep me buying from indies.  I will definitely be continued customer of this brand :)

Anywhosy, stay tuned for a challenge post later this afternoon :)

Until next time!

Stef <3

* This product was purchased by me for review.  I received no payment or other compensation for the review of this product.  The opinions stated here are completely my own.  The contents of this review are based on my direct experience with this product.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fairly Operatic Giveaway!

Hello lovelies!

So, I hinted around about the fact that I had a giveaway in the works for you.  Well... I am so so so happy to announce that I am hosting a fantabulous giveaway with a very dear and talented friend of mine, Danielle of @operaticmakeup!

Danielle and I met while rehearsing to go on a tour of Germany and Austria years ago and we've been singin' and beautifyin' together ever since (hence her IG name)!.  She and I have a serious love for our followers and thought what better way to show our appreciation than a BIG giveaway!!

We're kind of treading new territory here since Danielle doesn't have a blog, so social media is what will be dominating the entries in this giveaway (I apologize if this isn't a doable option for you :\)

  • You must be 18 yrs or older to enter.
  • I have made it mandatory that you follow us on Facebook by liking the Fairly Charming Facebook Page and the Operatic Makeup Facebook Page. "Liking" the page will get you 1 entry for each in the giveaway.  
  • I have made it mandatory that you follow @fairlycharming and @operaticmakeup on Instagram.  This will get you 5 entries for each.
  •  Following @fairlycharming on Twitter gets you 3 entries.
  • Tweeting about the giveaway gets you 5 entries.   You have the option of tweeting this giveaway daily. 
  • Sharing the giveaway collage on Instagram gets you 5 entries.
  • If you do all of these things just once, that makes a total of 30 possible entries for you in this giveaway!!  :D 
  • The giveaway ends on Monday, October 6th at 12:00 a.m. PST.
  • Unfortunately we are unable to open this to any followers outside of the U.S. and for that we apologize.  
  • This contest is not affiliated to any company/organization.  All items in this giveaway were purchased by us. 

Again, thank you so much for being amazing followers and readers.  Without you this whole nail/makeup thing would be pointless.  Good luck!  May the beauty goddesses look upon you with favor ;)

Until next time!

Stef <3

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dotted Frenchie

Hello dolls!

Happy Sunday to you all :)  Sorry I've been MIA the last few days, I've been putting in some serious quality time with the hubs, my family (immediate and in-law's) and close friends (who might as well just be family lol).  Very fun and very exhausting!  So I'm cheating this evening and pulling some nail art I did a couple of weeks ago but never got around to posting :P

 Colors Used: Daisy Nail Lacquer - White Diamond

First off let me that you all for you're lovely comments and feedback in my last post!  It's sometimes difficult for me to get back to blogger to comment on replies, but I read all of the emails and it really does make my day.  Thank you thank you thank you!!  Also I'm very grateful for your tips and suggestions regarding my watermark.  It is a work in progress as I am still getting used to this new-to-me-photo editor, but I did change the color to white (it totally looks much better than the black haha).

This mani was pretty quick and simple.  I was in the mood for a french tip, so I painted all of my tips white and then shaped them with a french brush and acetone.  I buy my french brushes from Jolie Polish because I'm a big supporter of indie brands, but you can also find french brushes at Sally's and other beauty supply stores.  

I took a medium sized dotting tool and with the same white polish to created my polka dots.  I top coated and that was it!

I've got some exciting stuff coming up this week to share with you... and by share I mean give... away.  Ooops that's still supposed to be a secret!  ;)

Until next time!

Stef <3

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Hooray for George!

Hello dolls!

I can't believe it's already Wednesday.  Where has the time gone??  Well I have a random-and-needs-some-explanation post for you today haha.  Last week I read an article on BuzzFeed about a goldfish named George.  This fish (who lives in Australia) had to have an operation to remove a tumor that was life threatening.  Needless to say the surgery was a success and George is expected to live a very long life :)  After reading the article, I just couldn't get fish off my mind.  So, I painted one (*disclaimer)...

 Colors Used: China Glaze - Capacity To See Beyond, Shimmer Polish - Trisha, Acrylic Paints

First off... I friggin' love this blue!  It's from China Glaze's LE The Give Collection and it's a beauty.  I started with it and Shimmer Polish's Trisha as my base colors, 2 coats for both.  I forgot how magical Shimmer's are.  Trisha applied so easily!

Then with a detail brush, I painted George using acrylic paints (orange, gold and black).  I was pretty much just winging it and hoping for the best lol.  Once my fishy dried, I top coated.

When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you've gotta do?

Be like George and just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming!

I hope you enjoyed this mani.  I had considered adding more details (coral, kelp, etc.), but I really wanted the pretty polishes to shine thru :)  As a side note... how do we all feel about the new watermark?  I am "testing the waters" you could say haha.  Feedback would be greatly appreciated *hugs*.

Until next time!

Stef <3

* Shimmer Polish's Trisha was provided to me for review.  I received no payment or other compensation for the review of this product.  The opinions stated here are completely my own.  The contents of this review are based on my direct experience with this product.