Mani-c Mondays: Carpe Noctem really is a big deal…

Eventually I will admi I have a problem and just change these posts to Indie Polish Mondays…or even Carpe Noctem Mondays. If you haven’t noticed I have been using a lot more indies lately. They are better and the people are nicer 🙂 Plus, as displayed by the color featured below, you can use expletives in the names ! Here is ‘I’m a Big Fucking Deal’.

This was originally a custom color but became one of CNC’s most popular shades*. (*welcome to the confessionals where facts are made up and statistics don’t matter!). It is a beautiful holographic magenta pink shade. Below is two coats. The pictures with a darker background are with flash to show off the SHINY !!

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I mean SERIOUSLY how many of you clicked that link above and IMMEDIATELY bought this polish??


*also did you check out my sweet new watermarking?kthxbai.



Subscription Box Sunday– Bride Box!

Don’t get excited, I’m not getting married. But my best friend is and I’ll be the maid of honor!! So in the course of my duties I obtained a Bride Box for Pam, and in exchange she sent me all these lovely pictures and her thoughts so that I could share them with you!

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These are the pictures of the box. Pam said: “Got my BrideBox!!!  So fun…  There was some really cool stuff in there – and everything that there was a sample of also came with a discount, which was awesome!”  As a subscription addict myself, I always appreciate additional discounts.





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“On top of the box were two neat little cards from with advice for brides on choosing their maids as well as a bridesmaids “do’s and don’ts” list. Cute!  I will definately be checking out the website to get tips on how to pull of a “stress-free” wedding – because THAT’S possible.  haha! Under those cards was the lovely tissue paper packing, complete with adorable sticker.” As a bridesmaid I will definitely be keeping an eye on this bridesmaid list as well!


“Opened that up and the first thing I saw were the foam “Bride” and “Groom” can cozies.  Adorbs.” I have to agree. I seriously hope I see Pam and her fiancee making use of these over the summer 🙂


“Then a little bag with his and hers blue-gem “I Do” and “Me Too” shoe stickers. (I’m thinking this might be even CUTER on some wine glasses – just sayin’.) ” I think these would be cute on shoes OR wine glasses. I’m only curious about their longevity in shoe-wearing or dish-washing.

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“Next was an ADORABLE iron-on transfer sample that says (of course) “bride”.  I will SO be putting that on a tank top.  Next was a little postcard with pictures of some very pretty personalized robes and things, which also provided a discount for personalized gifts. ”  I cant wait to see my bff in her Bride tank top!


Now there was an additional item in the bag that I seem to have lost the pictures–but here is what Pam had to say:

“And they saved the BEST for last. On the bottom was a GORGEOUS full 8 1/2 x 11 burlap “happily ever after” print that is personalized for our wedding!!  We both LOVE it. We already decided what color matting we’re getting for the frame…and where we’re hanging it.  AWESOME.  Not only that, but the bridebox page even gave specifics on what  size frame and matting works best for this print – how helpful is that?!?!  LOVE IT.”

Unfortunately I also made a typo submitting their information and the year was incorrect on the print 😦 We discovered that later.


Subscriptions are $35 for a month or $300 for a full year. You have the ability to enter all information regarding your wedding–names, anniversaries, monogram, date, wedding colors, # of maids and groomsmen, and even shirt sizes! You can also gift a subscription and have it sent to your favorite bride-to-be. Subscription boxes are an increasingly popular gift–I just gifted my sister with a subscription to a different box for a graduation gift.


Any other brides to be? Thoughts?

Mani-c Mondays: Nude & Neon featuring Carpe Noctem, OPI, & Urban Outfitters

Two in a row, I’m on a roll. Today’s manicure is a fun summer update on a french tip featuring one of my favorite new neutrals and a couple of fun neons perfect for a heat wave! I am talking of course about Carpe Noctem Cosmetic’s Taupey Tips, a perfect neutral with a slight holo shimmer. The tips were created with OPI’s Where Did Suzi’s Man-go? and Urban Outfitter’s Wavvvy. That’s not a typo, the label really does have 3 v’s on it.

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I used two layers of each polish. The pictures above are after 4-5 days and only the thumbnail is really showing wear, and surprisingly its the OPI that is chipping! It really goes to show you that indie can sometimes be not only safer, but higher quality and longer lasting than popular mainstream brands. I am always impressed with Carpe Noctem’s lasting power, and this is my first time using a polish from UO.


Show me your favorite nude and neon’s!

Subscription Box Sunday: Wantable Accessories Box June 2014

Disclaimer: I subscribe to the other two Wantable boxes and was offered one of their Accessory boxes for free for review. The box was free, the opinions are my own. 🙂


Welcome back readers! This sunday I have one of my favorite subscription companies, Wantable. I have found that, while on the pricier side of subscriptions, the personalization is the highest quality and I always get a lot of use out of everything I receive. Here is June’s Accessory box.


Above are all four pieces I received in my box. Already I like the variety. There are earrings, a necklace, a cuff, and a ring. Let’s take a closer look!


I have been really into larger rings lately and was not disappointed by this one. I will say however that I wore it for several days in a row and my finger turned green. If you are sensitive to metals I suggest one of my default fix-its and coat the inside with clear nail polish as a barrier to prevent discoloration!


Here’ a look at the cuff. I like it because it is lightweight and doesn’t clank around when I type at work.


I really enjoy this necklace. It’s funky but still classy and a color you don’t necessarily see every day–all I see at stores the past 2 years are mint and coral, which are nice but you can only have so much. And it looks good against my tan! 😛




Last but not least, the earrings. These are different from anything else in my jewelry collection and I can’t wait to pair it up with outfits!


If you would like to try a box for yourself, you can head over to or click here to use my personal referral link. What’s nice is you can buy a single box without signing up for a subscription, if you aren’t sure you want to commit to the cost. A single box is $40. When you subscribe the cost reduces to $36, and referring friends earns you credits.


So, what do you all think? Any readers sub to Wantable? Also side note–can anyone tell me what is wrong with my camera?  You can see in the bracelet picture it looks as if I took the picture through a screen or its distorted somehow. Thanks everyone!