Top 5 Tuesday — Green Nail Polish Shades To Create A Festive St. Patrick's Day Manicure

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Hello my Lovlies,  Happy Terrific Tuesday!!! 

For Cynthia's Top 5 Tuesday I am going to share my top 5 green nail polish shades for a Festive St. Patrick's Day mani. 

Some of the commentary and pictures are from Best Products

First up is Essie's Nail polish in On the Roadie.  This brilliant Kelly green polish was made just for St. Patrick's Day fun. 

The shade is certainly bright enough to attract attention, yet it is subtle enough not to be the center of it.

Next, is ella+mila's Dream Collection in Mistletoe Magic. Albeit the holidays have come and gone, ella+mila's seasonal shade will be around for the remainder of the winter.

This rich dark green polish boast a 7-free formula.  Although it's labeled "Mistletoe Magic," this rich dark green shade screams Kiss me, Irish or not!

LONDONTOWN Lakur Nail Polish in Electric Avenue is indeed electrifying.  Even if you're skipping the St. Patrick's day festivities this year, you should still celebrate being days away from the official start of spring.  

Why not kick of the spring season with LONDONTOWN's bright pastel shade and say goodbye winter, and hello green!

O.P.I's lovely green hue in I'm Sooo Swamped is an exclusive polish from their New Orleans collection.   This shade from O.P.I is said to embody the first bite of a pickle.

This edgy green polish has a shine-finish and makes for an epic St. Patrick's Day mani. 

Finally, ZOYA's nail polish in Ireland is in honor of the Irish saint and his homeland.  To that end, I couldn't leave out ZOYA's culture based hue. 

This shade incorporates a gorgeous combination of blue and yellow undertones — it is a flattering shade for nearly all skin tones.  This polish goes on to an opaque finish, and best of all the color is work-appropriate. 

There you are my Lovlies, my top 5 green nail polish shades for a festive St. Patrick's day mani. 

Your Turn:  Comment below and let me know what green polish you'll be using for your St. Paddy's day mani.

Spiritual Sunday — How To Be Led By God's Spirit

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Hello my Lovlies — Happy Sensational Sunday!

I can't believe it's Sunday again — where does the week go?  

Anyway, for this week's Spiritual Sunday we are continuing in the series Living in the Goodness of God. 

 Below please find the link to the audio portion for this week's message. 

Following (below) you will find the sermon notes that accompany the audio.

Click here for a printable PDF version of the sermon notes. 


Living in the Goodness of God

Rick Warren  //  Saddleback Church 

“The Lord is my Shepherd so I have everything I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures, and he leads me beside quiet water.”Psalm 23:1-2

“Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children.”Romans 8:14 (CEV)

“Do not copy the behavior or values of this world. Instead, let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is!Romans 12:2 (NLT)

“Do not let anyone lead you the wrong way! Christ is righteous, so to be like Christ, you must do what is right. And anyone who keeps on sinning is being led by the Devil.”1 John 3:7 (NCV)

“Never look to psychics or séances or fortunetelling or the stars or people who claim to contact the dead. People who do these things are doing evil and God hates it with a passion.”Deuteronomy 18:10-12


Example from Paul: Acts 27:10,13-155.  
“You may feel you’re on the right road and still end up dead.”Proverbs 14:12 (CEV)

“We’ve all strayed away like sheep! We have left God’s paths to follow our own.”Isaiah 53:6 (LB)


“My God, I want to do what you want. Your teachings are in my heart.”Psalm 40:8 (NCV)

Whoever is willing to do what God wants and chooses it will know if what I teach comes from God.”John 7:17 (TEV)  

“Your Word is a lamp to guide me, and a light for my path.”Psalm 119:105

“Guide my steps by your word, so I will not be overcome by any evil.”
Psalm 119:133 (NLT)
• God’s Will is found in  
• God’s Will  
God’s Word! 

“You do not have, because you do not ask God for it.”James 4:2 (NIV)

“Teach me, Lord, what you want me to do, and lead me down the right path.”Psalm 27:11 (TEV)
“God guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”Psalm 25:9 (NIV)
“If you want to know what God really wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; but . . . be sure that you really expect him to tell you . . . If you don’t ask in faith, don’t expect the Lord to give you any solid answer.”James 1:5-6 (LB)

“God does speak — sometimes one way and sometimes another — even though people may not understand it.”Job 33:14 (NCV)

“Your road led by a pathway through the sea — a pathway no one knew was there!”

There you have it my Lovlies, instructions (through scripture) on how to be led by God's spirit. 

Question: Are you doing things your way or God's Way?

Friday Favorites — Green Nail Art

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hello my Lovlies, TGIF!!!  

Since St. Patrick's Day is only a little over 2 weeks away I thought I'd make Cynthia's Friday Favorites about green nail art. 

I lve, lve, lve these green glitter gradient nails.  They are a clean and classy alternative to some of the more traditional St. Patrick's Day nail art. 

Wow, these mint green and gold glitter nails by twi Star are a fresh new twist on a green mani. 

This intricate green butterfly nail art by Kathy over at Enamel Girl is a wonderful way to incorporate green into your nail art. 

These olive green, gold glitter/rhinestone stiletto nails are hot, hot, hot!!!! Who would have ever thought olive drab could look so good.

There you have it my Lovlies, my Friday Favorite picks for green inspired manis. 

Your Turn:  Comment below and share your favorite green nail art. 

Tips Tricks & Hacks Thursday — Easy Nail Art Hacks For The Perfect Manicure

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hello my Lovlies — Happy Thursday!!! 

For Cynthia's Tips, Tricks & Hacks Thursday I am going to share some nail art hacks that will give you the perfect at home manicure. 

How cool is this hack from Rebecca over at The Crafted Sparrow? There are times when my mani starts looking less than perfect, and a coat of glitter polish would be the perfect thing to spruce it up. 

Wait... I don't have the right color glitter polish. Whip up a batch of glitter polish yourself with craft glitter and clear polish.  What's great about making it yourself is you can control the concentration of glitter. 

Wow, here is a really cool hack from Renae over at An Onion Exposed.  If you add cornstarch to clear polish you can create your own matte top coat.  How cool is that?

How clever is this hack from The Bottomless Paddling Pool for carving out pencil erasers to make easy leopard nail art stamps? 

For those of us who haven't quite mastered intricate nail art designs this easy striped effect shown by Beautylish using a fan brush is the perfect (and simple) answer.  Give it a try. 

There you are my Lovlies, some nail hacks for the perfect DIY nail art at home. 


What's Up Wednesday — Nail Tools: What You Need And How To Use Them

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Hello my Lovlies — happy wonderful Wednesday!!! 

Today's What's Up Wednesday is all about nail tools.  I am going to let you know what tools you'll need and how to use them. 

Excerpts of commentary and pictures came from Nail It Magazine.

+ Angled French Brush
When it comes to creating one-stroke looks like a French manicure or simple color blocking, the angled brush can help create crisp edges and corners of a design. Pick up a small angled brush at your local art supply store.
+ Striper Brush
A striping brush is an absolute must for crisp, sharp, even lines. Look for one with a long head; too-short bristles will cause wavy lines. If you can’t seem to find that perfect striper try making one yourself. 
+ Detail Brushes
Small, intricate designs and outlining require detail brushes; try Presto Art Fine Point Gel Brush #4 and #6, $13.95 each, This is the brush that makes your art come to life. Remember the devil in the details.
+ Fan Brush
Paint your nails in a base color and them let dry. Dip the very tips of your fan brush in polish and lightly sweep it over your nails to get a wispy feathered effect.

To create texture and effects —  different sponge types can help create splatter, stone-type effects or fades (ombre). Scour the aisles of a craft or beauty supply stores for sea sponges and makeup wedges, or grab a classic kitchen sponge. They make color-blending and creating ombré-like effects a cinch.
Dotting Tools
Dotting tools take the guesswork out of creating symmetrical circles (think: eyes, polka dots, and flowers).


A good pair of tweezers is a must-have. You can create multidimensional art by adding beads and stones — anything you can stick to the nail requires precision application. 

Cuticle Nippers

Don’t be fooled by the name of this tool; you should never cut live cuticle skin. The skin around your nail is there as a protective barrier – cutting it (live skin) puts you at risk for infection. Use nippers to cut dead skin like hangnails. Check out these nifty nippers from OPI.Stripers and Nail Art Pens

While you can use a traditional striping brush and a bottle of polish, the striper makes it one step easier: the long, thin brush comes with the bottle. We recommend Stripe Rite from It’s So Easy. If you’d like to feel more like you’re drawing that painting, go with a pen. The Sally Hansen  Nail Art Pen come in a variety of colors. Make sure to use them only on polish that’s completely dry.Cuticle Pushers and Removers

Use the wide cushiony side of these (called the pusher) to push cuticles up and off the nail plate before doing nail art. This lets you get polish on the whole nail and prevents the polish from pulling off the nail there. The pointy side (remover) is then used to scrape away the remaining bits of dry cuticle off the nail plate. (Note: on the top [pink] remover, use it by holding the prongs facing up towards you, and scrape the thin metal edge against the nail to remove the bits of dead skin form the nail.)File and Buffer
One the simplest ways to make an at-home mani look professionally done is to make sure all your nails are cut and filed to the same shape before applying polish. Always start with the “rougher,” larger grit end of your file to get the right shape, and then use the “smoother,” fine grain to buff and smooth.  A buffer block like this one from Barielle is especially handy – each side has a different grain (grit). They’re all numbered, so you know exactly which grit you’re using. Extra Tip: When filing nails, only move file in one direction, not back and forth like a saw. This prevents the edge of the nail from tearing.  More tips on filing here.Orangewood Stick
This is the ultimate nail tool – made for just about any purpose. Use the angled side as a cuticle pusher. Make 3-D nail art easier by dipping the pointed tip of the stick in top coat and then using it to pick up a rhinestone or stud. Or, use either end to touch up lines gone awry, or to pull polish off sidewalls (the skin on either side of your nail).

Okay my Lovlies, this post is getting quite long so I am going to end here.  I'll pick up with more nail tools (and nail art tools/supplies) in another post. 
Your Turn:  Comment below and let me know your favorite nail tools.