Sunday, March 31, 2013

Manicurator 1 year Blogiversary Giveaway!

 Hi friends!!

I wrote earlier in the month that I began my blog in March of 2012. Which makes this month a celebration for me! I made it one whole year :) I cringe when I go back and see those early posts/photos but it makes me all the more proud of how far I've come!! This blogging thing is not easy and to be consistent you need to put in a LOT of time and effort! Which I certainly have.

To show my thanks for YOU for being here with me, and for being so great, I put together this giveaway. With some help from a few very talented Indie makers, I hope you will appreciate the prize(s)! Smitten Polish, GlitterDaze, and Contrary Polish have each created a custom made, one of a kind nail polish based on my blog colors of pink, grey and yellow. I absolutely love each one and appreciate them so much for donating for my giveaway!! You ladies are so wonderful!

Official Rules
By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
  • Giveaway begins March 31 2013) and ends on April 14 2013.
  • Entries are collected via Rafflecopter.
  • All prizes were purchased by manicurator or donated by Smitten Polish, GlitterDaze and Contrary Polish.
  • Approximate retail value of prize is $79
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about April 14.
  • Manicurator is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Giveaway is open to US Residents. If you live outside of the US, you may enter, but must provide a valid US shipping address.
  • VOID where PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY must be 18 or with parental permission.
 THE PRIZES:

Good luck!! And thanks for reading :D 

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Naild'It Unique Nail Polish Swatches and Reviews

Samples provided for review
Hi :)
I've got three fun polishes to show you today! You can find Naild' It on Facebook and shop at
http://www.etsy.com/shop/andeevie?ref=si_shop
 Let's take a look!

Leg-O No Way Yo is available at Llarowe.com. (Shop link above) I layered one coat over piCture pOlish Sky. Love it.


Rock n Dot Fusion is a new shade and available exclusively through Etsy shop. I layered one coat over piCture pOlish Jade here.


Sugar Plum Dreams is also available at Llarowe.com. Lovely mix of plum holo with purple and multisized holo glitters.

 I'm liking all of these, and the formulas were all good. But the last one, in my opinion is special. I've never seen a holo polish mixed with glitters and I like it! What do you think?

Have a great day! The sun is shinning over here and it's FINALLY feeling like Spring. I'm thinking about planting a garden actually :) 

xo, Victoria

*Products provided for review.

Friday, March 29, 2013

piCture pOlish Sky Swatch and Review

Hello!!
It's piCture pOlish Friday! I've had a quiet week and haven't been posting, been very busy. Bad stuff and good stuff but I'm happy to get back to work! Today I have the super gorgeous Sky, which was provided for review. This can be purchased from piCturepOlish.com and other retailers in the piCture pOlish networkUSA price is $12.50 and it will be available at piCture pOlish on-line for AUD$10.00.
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 This is very nearly my ideal blue. I just love it! Formula is good though I did need 3 coats to smooth out any streaks and for full opacity. This is without top coat.


 

Are you are sucker for blues too? If so..this kinda has to go on the "list" :P

Hope your Friday is treating you well.
~Victoria 

*Product provided for review.  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

piCture pOlish Jade Swatch and Review

Hey there :)
It's piCture pOlish Friday over here, only I'm 2 days late! It's been a busy week and I do believe better late than never. So today I have the lovely Jade, which was provided for review. This can be purchased from piCturepOlish.com and other retailers in the piCture pOlish networkUSA price is $12.50 and it will be available at piCture pOlish on-line for AUD$10.00.
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 Ah, how pretty is this? Perfect for those craving the colors of Spring..despite the impending snow storm heading my way, I'm thinking Spring!!
 I did need 3 coats to provide full coverage, this is without top coat. Look at that shimmer! It's subtle but it's there. Elegant and fun :)

 Are you experiencing Spring weather where you are? Have you got Spring fever on your nails? 

Best, 
Victoria

*Product provided for review.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

OPI Bond Girls Liquid Sand 2013 Collection Swatch and Review PLUS Giveaway!

 Samples provided for review and giveaway
Hello lovelies!!
If you follow my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram you may have seen that I had the distinct pleasure to be invited to an OPI Blogger Breakfast on March 20 where I met the one and only Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. I promise to write more about that experience in a future post. **UPDATE here is that post ** But right now, I'm just excited to show you the OPI Bond Girl Liquid Sand Collection. This is another partnering with EON productions to celebrate 50 years of Bond. I'm loving that this one is inspired by the iconic "women who have captured Bond's attention over the last 5 decades." In my opinion each and every one of these is a hit and a perfect match to the character! As excited as I am to show you these, I'm even more excited to tell you that Suzi handed me two extra full sets and I decided to use them for giveaways FOR YOU! AWESOME! You'll find the rafflecopter at the end of the post to enter. 
Bond Girls by OPI nail lacquers feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. These six new shades will be available beginning May 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Chatters, JCP Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Now for the photos :) *Warning* Picture heavy post*

 A note about formula and application so I don't have to keep repeating it. The formula on all of these is excellent and easy to work with. All swatches are with no base or top coat and are 2 coats (except the dark purple Vesper in the stripes - those are 3 coats). Removal is remarkably easy! Texture ads dimension to the nail but is not at all rough and won't snag clothing.
 OPI Pussy Galore. WOW. This one was a fave for me before I even tried and I was right. A super pretty feminine pink that sparkles and shimmers!! Always hard to capture that in still photography but it's there!




 OPI Solitaire. Another clear favorite for me. I love a white nail, and white with sparkle? Sign me up! Again, hard to see the sparkle in the photos, but it's stunning.








 OPI Honey Ryder is fantastic gold gold gold with bling. Love it!! It's going to get monotonous hearing me praise these..but I love every one of 'em!



 OPI Tiffany Case is a beautiful light blue. You can see in the photos it has some bits of slightly larger glitter adding even more interest to the look. This one is super sparkly!






 OPI Vesper my personal favorite Bond girl, a deep dark purple with black glitter bits. This one does not have the same bright sparkle as the others, and honestly, I didn't think I'd like it..but once it was on it was also a wow polish! I'd love to see it on shorter nails as well!



 OPI Jinx is my surprise favorite! I have never been a big peach or coral gal..but this shade is just amazing!! It is the most intensely sparkly, with a color that seems to morph before your eyes shifting from orange, coral and pink. And those golden sparkles!! My husband even said it was perfect for me, like a bed of pave colored diamonds. Yeah...OPI don't stop!! I hope this texture trend sticks around for a long time!


AND HERE IS WHAT YOU WIN:

The giveaway is open internationally except where prohibited by law.  I have two full sets to giveaway so there will be TWO WINNERS! 
Good luck!! <3 Victoria 

*Products provided for review and giveaway*

Official Rules
By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.
  • Giveaway begins today (March 23, 2013) and ends on April 6, 2013.
  • Entries are collected via Rafflecopter.
  • All prizes were donated by OPI.
  • Approximate retail value of each prize is $54 US dollars.
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about April 6.
  • Manicurator is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Giveaway is open to US Residents and International residents.
  • VOID where PROHIBITED BY LAW.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.


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