Friday, April 5, 2013

My blog is 1 year old! Part 1

My blog is now 1 year old, so I thought I would take a look at the past year so I can see how far I've come as a nail blogger. One of the first things I'm working on is improving the functionality and layout of my blog, so adding better labels is one feature I've already started with. So now you'll see labels for individual brands and techniques and not just the default "manicures" or no label at all!

Here is my first nail polish related post, and it's also my first water marble.
From April 24, 2012: Water Marble Nails. Don't ask me what colors I used because I have no clue.. I did manage to get a couple of really pretty nails that turned out great but haha look at the last two nails. So lumpy! Now I remember why I haven't done water marbles in so long! I should definitely do more of these so I can improve my technique. Here's my second attempt. Improved technique, worse color selection!

Sadly, since I just had to cut off my nails, I think they're just about as long as they were a year ago. They're definitely healthier though!

Here's my first actual nail art, from May 9, 2012: Black Leopard Nail Art. This is still one of my favorites of all the manicures I've done.. I think I should do another some time!
Looking back at some of my early reviews, I'm cringing... I didn't even post pictures! I've come a long way, to be certain!

While we're at it.. enjoy this quote from my boyfriend from last May: "You have enough polishes to last a life time." my response at that time:  "54 polishes, a lifetime?? pah!" haha I have almost 250 now!

In June, I had my first experience with a shatter/crackle polish. Still one of my favorite crackle manis! OPI Black Shatter.

 In July, one of my favorite manicures was the one I did for Independence Day using Julep America. Looks like I'll have to break this one out again in a few months!
This is how my nails looked in July.. I can tell you right now the condition of my nails has greatly improved since then! I'll have to remember this so I can do a 1 year comparison :)
 I also got my first Voxbox in July and got to play with my first (and only) magnetic polish.

I played with loose glitter for the first time in August. I've seen a lot of similar manicures like this ever since then.

I also did my first acid wash manicure, which I loved!

In September, I got to review a couple of polishes from Monster Mixers & Elixirs! My first and only official Indie polish review.. I hope I'll be able to do more in the future, I really want to!

I'll have more to show you tomorrow so please check back then :)


  1. Your nails have come a long way since July (and so has your blog)! Before you cut them, they were grown out soooo much! I don't think I could manage that.

    1. thanks! yes, I'm not sure I'm ever going to let them grow out that long again.. I use my hands too much to do that! They get in the way, and get bent and then break :(