I’m Not Dead! Keep Getting Updates at http://thepolishinfluenza.wordpress.com

Hi everyone!

Just want to let anyone who wasn’t aware know that this blog is now officially inactive. I will no longer be posting on it. I have moved to http://www.thepolishinfluenza.wordpress.com. The Polish Influenza is now Peace, Love, and Polish. All of the same content is on that blog, including my newest posts. I’m also participating in Chalkboard Nails’ 31 Day Challenge this September, so please, come join me there! If you’re following me here on WordPress, or on Bloglovin’ please please PLEASE go find The Polish Influenza and follow that instead. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you all for your support!

~Beth~

I’M MIGRATING!

Howdy everyone!

CLICK HERE TO BE REDIRECTED!!!!!  

So big news. I’m moving blogs. I’m still on WordPress, but I’ve updated my name and layout. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s getting there, and I’m really super excited about the new name. If you’re already following me on this blog (Peace, Love, and Polish), unfortunately, you’re going to have to follow me again on the new blog. Please do, this means a lot to me. All my old posts are there and my new ones will now only be showing up on my new page. I hope you’ll continue to follow me in my nail polish journey. To find out the new name of my blog, click on the link here, and you’ll be redirected. Thanks for your support, and I can’t wait to see you over at my new page!

~Beth~

Follow Me on Bloglovin’!

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Hi guys!

So I’ve officially added my blog to Bloglovin’, in order to open it up to a broader range of viewers! All you have to do is create a free account at Bloglovin’ to follow my blog, along with thousands of others of all different categories. If you’re already following my blog via WordPress, you don’t have to do a thing. But if you’re not a WordPress user, you can still connect to my blog via this awesome website. Just click on the button I’ve provided on the sidebar of the website, or click the handy link above to be directed straight to my Bloglovin’ profile. I hope you all will join me on my nail polish journey! Many thanks!

~Beth~

I Need Ideas!

Hi there!

So, I need help. It has come to my attention that there is another blog (and probably more than just one) out there called “Peace, Love, and Polish”. I want to rename my blog to make it more unique. I’d also really like to hear your creative ideas as to what you think I should call my blog! If you have any ideas for me, please leave them in the comments section below. Don’t worry, I’m planning to stay on WordPress this time! Just a new name to further enhance my blog. Thanks to my followers for your continuing support, it makes me so happy to see people reading and enjoying my posts! It means a lot to me! Thanks for the help, guys!

~Beth~

Updating My Blog

Hi everyone!

So as you might have noticed, I’m currently playing around with some custom headings. I’ve currently made two, and I’d really love to get your opinion on which you like better! So without further ado, here are my (very basic) Adobe Photoshop skills in the flesh.

Design #1 (which I’m calling “Funky”) features rainbow polka dots, literal graphics (a peace sign, a heart, and some nail polish bottles. Hey, it works for those who can’t read!) I think it gives off a bit of a youthful, creative vibe. Below is its picture.

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Design #2 (which I’m calling “Formal”) features a pastel pink background with a black and white almost “lacy” pattern on top, with “Peace, Love, and Polish by Beth <3” written in a fancy cursive writing. I think this brings a more sophisticated look to my blog. Below is the picture.

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Honestly, I’m ridiculously indecisive and just can’t pick between them! Let me know in the poll below which one (if either) you prefer, and if you have an entirely different idea, let me know in the comments! And thanks to everyone who reads my blog, it means the world to me to have people read and enjoy what I love to do. Thanks for your continuing support! 🙂

~Beth~

A Small Experiment

Hey everyone!

So I’m trying something new. I created an identical blog (with all of my posts from this wordpress blog) on Blogger by Google. Since I’m still relatively new to the blogging world, I want to try both templates to see which one works better for me and for my viewers. I would really appreciate it if you give the new layout a quick glance and let me know what you think, and leave me a comment either on my Blogger page or this page here about your opinion. I want to do what’s best for both myself and my readers, so your feedback is important! My Blogger domain is currently here . Please give it a look (it’s still a work in progress) and let me know what your preferred format is! And don’t worry, there are plenty of new nail posts to come!

Hiatus

Hi everyone!

I’m really excited, since I’m leaving on vacation tomorrow! I’m going on a cruise to the Bahamas, and I’m excited to do a little relaxing and sunbathing. Unfortunately, this means I won’t have access to a computer for a while, and won’t be able to continually update my blog on a daily basis like I usually would. But don’t worry! As soon as I return from the trip, a normal posting schedule will resume, and I’ll have lots more polishes to share with you! In the meantime, I’d love to hear your feedback. What do you guys like about my blog, and what do you think I could do better? Also, what kinds of posts would you like to see in the future? Thank you for all of your support, and I’ll talk to you all when I get back! 

~Beth~

Nail Art- New York/Wicked Water Marble

Hi guys!

So today’s post is gonna be realllllllyyyyy quick, because I’m dead tired. I just got back from a day trip with my mom; we went to the Big Apple to see Wicked on Broadway! If you haven’t been before, I’d highly recommend you do if you have the chance, the show was fantastic! The singing was phenomenal and the sets and costumes and special effects were also amazing. The only flaw? The Gershwin Theater is freezing cold! It was 90 degrees outside and we were all bundled up in our sweaters trying our best to stay warm! Walking out into the stifling heat after the show ended never felt so good!

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On to the nails. I decided to go with an “Emerald City” themed water marble, in honor of the show I went to see. I used two colors in this water marble (besides my standard Sinful Colors “Snow Me White” for the base):

Green: Rue Beauté Nail Polish in Color 033 (in the bottle it looks like a deep blue/teal color, but in water marbling, it turns out as a rich, blue-based emerald creme)

Silver: Ulta Salon Formula Nail Laquer in “Bare Minimum”

Below are the pictures, with one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” as my top and base coat. Indoor, artificial lighting.

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Sorry for how messy the cuticles are, when I took these pictures, I was in a hurry since I was packing my purse for my trip the next day!

I hope you all aren’t getting too tired of water marbling. I’ll try and post other things in the next coming days. I bought 3 polishes in NYC, and I’m going back Saturday, so I might even get more still! What are your thoughts on this Wicked-inspired manicure? What’s your favorite Broadway show?

~Beth~

Nail Art- Water Marbling with my Mom!

Hi everyone!

Today I have a special treat for all of you. Over the weekend, I got the opportunity to practice my water marbling technique on some very willing test subjects, er, willing volunteers. 🙂 I did manicures on both my mom and one of my good friends, Tory, but today I’ll just be showing you my mom’s, and saving Tory’s nails for later (solely because I’m too lazy to download those pictures to my computer right now, lol).

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For my mom’s nails, I wanted to do something bright and bold, since she loves summer colors. I chose her favorite bright blue, a bold green, and a hot fuschia. The colors I used are as follows:

White (for base): Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”

Blue: Wet N’ Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in “Saved by the Blue” (what a great name!)

Green: Rue Beauté in Color 040

Pink: Ulta Salon Formula Nail Laquer in “Fuschiamania”

To do the water marbling itself, I generally use room temperature, or slightly warm, bottled water. I just find that works best for me. I draw the designs using pointed toothpicks, since I am not a fan of using orange sticks, or something like that. I use tape around my cuticles to prevent excess polish from getting on my skin, and remove any mess around my cuticles with warm water in the shower (it peels right off and is less drying than using nail polish remover or acetone, in my opinion). Below are pictures in artificial light, no topcoat, of course, with my beautiful mom modeling for me! She makes a great hand model, no?

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I’m extremely proud of how this nail art turned out, I think my water marbling technique is greatly improving! What do you all think? Are you a water marble fan? Are you going to try a bright summer manicure? What nail art designs do you want to see from me in the future?

~Beth~

Sunday Funday Nail Art! – “Nautical” Stripes

Hi everyone!

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Today I have for you a fun, bold nail art design that’s easy to create and is sure to garner you a ton of compliments! I wore it out to the mall today, and every cashier I talked to said that they loved it, it felt great!

To create this look, I started with a base coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, and then painted on one coat of Sinful Colors “Snow Me White” (reviewed yesterday). I let the white dry COMPLETELY (about 15 minutes) before moving on. I took regular scotch tape pieces long enough to stretch horizontally across my nail, and pressed them into my skin and peeled them off a few times to reduce the stickiness, so that they wouldn’t pull up nail polish. I then used different patterns of the tape to create different sized stripes for each color. The tape ensures that the lines are nice and crisp. As soon as you paint on the next layer of color, peel off the tape. If you let the polish dry first, you won’t get as sharp of a line. If you have little mistakes in the line, just go over it later in the color you want it to be. Repeat until the design matches mine, or until you like it. Feel free to swap out colors! I didn’t have a camera available to me while I was doing the design, so I don’t have pictures of me creating it. However, I highly doubt this will be my last “tape” manicure, so I’ll be sure to show pictures next time!

The colors I used in this design are as follows:

Pink: Love and Beauty in “Red” (what an awful name for a pink, right? But it’s a great polish anyways, thin and easy to apply, and so shiny!)

White: Sinful Colors “Snow Me White”

Yellow: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Mellow Yellow”

Navy: Rue Beauté Nail Color in color 043

Below are pictures indoors, artificial lighting, with one topcoat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” as a top coat.

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So what do you think of this fun, wearable nail art? Simple enough for you, or too loud and crazy? What’s your favorite summer nail look? Keep checking my blog this week, I have lots more nail art and water marble looks to show you, including guest hand models including one of my best friends, Tory, and my Mom!

~Beth~