Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Update of Sorts

Hey guys.
Still gone.
Sorry.
My computer problems continue. I can't seem to figure them out.
I have lost all of my programs and all my stuff inside photoshop (fonts, filters, brushes, etc) - and while I don't need a lot of this to blog, I do need it for the design work I do...so I have spent the better part of this week trying to reinstall all of my necessities.
But it's been hard because whatever crashed, crashed my wifi signal pretty badly. Where I once used to get a great signal, I now can hardly even load up an email/let alone upload photos to the blog.
The only way I get a good signal from my router now is to virtually be on top of it,and that involves sitting in another house entirely.
Which is fine for the daytime, we live on the same lot as my boyfriends mom, so I can go in her house and use the better signal, but its not something I can do, at say, 11pm. Nor do I like the fact I can't be in my own house using internet.
So something has to give. I hate the thought of only being able to blog or use the internet in general during business hours and my only option left at this point is to back up ALL of my stuff and reinstall Windows, and then just hope that that works. I hate it, this computer isn't even a year old to be having these kinds of problems but I am out of ideas and fixes for internet solutions.
So unfortunately, this takes precedence over the blog, the nails, and the rest of it.
Until I can get it sorted I will be away - sorry guys! I miss you!!

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Delush Polish - Partial Review of The Slice of Life Collection


Hey guys!
Well this post was supposed to be up HOURS ago. 
Unfortunately, my computer had a meltdown, in which I too almost had a meltdown/breakdown.
In the last 3 years I have gone through 4 computers, and I was certain this was headed toward #5.
My internet totally stopped working, and I was then tricked by Microsoft into thinking that a "refresh" would fix this problem AND keep all of my stuff.
Nope.
It kept all of my FILES, but it completely obliterated everything else. I had to spend hours just trying to download a browser to get back online. And it still wasn't getting online...
I finally got enough wifi to download firefox (i WAS using chrome) and see if my problem was just chrome, and coupled with moving much closer to the router, it seems to have worked...at least for now. But I've lost all of my programs I use to blog, mainly Photoshop. So it might be slow going for me to get things moving forward again...sorry if I'm out a few days or so fixing things. Blah. Let's enjoy this post now.

Friday, October 25, 2013

33DC - Animal


I'm just gonna start this post off with a giant HEHEHEHEHEHEHE!!!

Today is Animals day for 33DC.

Now let me start by saying I almost blew it off. I had a long week of getting behind on blog stuff and I kind of just wanted to scrap this prompt, but then I remembered that I had really wanted to do THIS mani since the summertime.

So...in true Missy fashion, I put on my big girl pants and I got out my paint and got to work. So let's go look at my favorite Foodimal - Barry the Strawberry.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

OPI - Taylor Blue - Swatches and Giveaway


Hi there folks!

Today I have a truly inspiring story that leads to a truly beautiful polish - that in turn leads to your very own chance to own it!

I was sent 2 bottles of Taylor Blue by OPI to swatch and giveaway in order to keep Taylor's Story strong.  

At the end of this post you can find the information to enter to win your very own bottle of Taylor Blue, as well as read the story of how the Taylors Gift Foundation came to be and learn a bit about Taylor as well.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blog Updates 2.0

Oh hi again! Here I am with more stuff you don't care about!
I thought I should mention if you read my post from a day or two ago regarding new updates to the blog navigation, that it is, in fact, already outdated information.

I spent the last few days going ahaead and pushing forward on my Gnarly Gnails v.2.0
Originally I was going to wait until January to overhaul, but I REALLY wanted to clean up the movement of the blog right now, so I think in January I will overhaul the graphics only.

So let me tell you a little bit about whats new NOW...

33DC - Abstract


It's another day of the Crumpets Nail Tarts' 33DC (aka the 33 Day Challenge...not to be confused with the Pepsi Challenge, and certainly not to be confused with omg I feel old for saying that).

Todays prompt is abstract.

And for the record, after yesterdays massive photo editing session to get the OPI Holiday Collection up to show you guys, I was too pooped to polish....so I kind of phoned this prompt in by showing you a mani I had originally done for last weeks Skittles theme, but scrapped it for something else...it's still worthy of a look though because it's a gorgeous polish!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

OPI Holiday 2013 Full Collection Review


Holy jamolies do I have a post for you today.

It's certainly no secret that the new holiday collection by OPI featuring Mariah Carey is out all over the internet and hitting stores - well today I have the ENTIRE 18 piece collection to share with you.


I contemplated splitting it into 2 or even 3 parts because, well, its a HUGE collection...but in the end I decided to just show you the whole thing.


You could theoretically split this collection into 3 sections - The Liquid Sands, The Reds and The Rest.  There is just about something for everyone here, even people who think they have every red they could ever need. There are also probably a few skips, ones that look like some of the SF collection reds, some that look like older reds and burgundies. As for me...I don't own a lot of red, so I can find a place for them all here. You might or might not be that way. Either way - let's get started....

Monday, October 21, 2013

New additions to gnarlygnails.com

Hey guys!!

I have spent this past weekend doing a massive amount of coding.
I had recently worked on a couple of blogs that really expanded my knowledge and love of coding blogs/websites. It got me wanting to update mine a bit - so I wanted to address some new changes you may or may not have noticed going on here:


33DC - Chinese


Oh - heeeey!


Today I have another prompt for the 33DC Challenge.

Today is Chinese. I got really swamped over the weekend and didn't even finish this mani until about 15 minutes ago. It is really unlike me to wait til the last minute to do a challenge mani, and it shows, because I hate this one!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

China Glaze - Monsters Ball Partial Review


I have some new polish from China Glaze you guys!!
PR recently sent me 3 polishes from the China Glaze Monsters Ball Collection - so THAT is what we are gonna be checkin' out here.
This is a nice rounded out collection with a black texture, a glow in the dark polish, 2 glitter toppers and 2 full coverage glitter polishes. Lots of ghoulishness for everybody!


OPI - Top This! Set Review



Today I have a pretty awesome full size top coat set to show you from OPI.

It includes a holographic glitter top coat you can ONLY find in this set, too...and it's an awesome one at that...check it out!


BCA Pink Week - Day 7 - Glitter Ribbons



I'm a day late on this post, but hopefully you didn't notice!
This is my last Breast Cancer Awareness mani for the special week of pink - enjoy!


Friday, October 18, 2013

BCA Pink Week - Day 6 - Zebradient


We're getting down to the wire on the Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Week. Hopefully you've seen the other ladies flaunting their pinks this week - I have been sooo busy this week I haven't seen any (or anything else) - so I'm hoping at the end we have some links I can send you to to see them all. Anyway - tomorrow is the last day, and today is not, so let's see what I did!


33DC - Pattern In Home


This one is interesting - 33DC today with the prompt 'Pattern in your home'


Well...geez I don't have many patterns. I dont like a lot of crazy design patterns everywhere, I tend to like bold solids mixed in with leopard print, but who wants to see another leopard print from me, right?

So..instead I decided to pattern after the art in my home.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Skittles - Day 5 - Sugared Gumdrops


Well this is always the saddest day of my months...when the last day of The Digit-al Dozen challenges is here.
I hope you like what myself and the other ladies have put together this week, remember we have new social networking all over the place to cater to any platform you enjoy - you can find the blog over in my sidebar to find out more info.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

BCA Pink Week - Day 5 - Floral


I hope you've been enjoying the Breast Cancer Awareness Week, hosted by Amanda of Amandalandish


It's been great seeing all of the pink support manicures and learning all of these very important and necessary bits of information.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Skittles - Day 4 - Sort of Chevrons?


It's Day 4 of Skittles for The Digit-al Dozen.


So I told you we had some fancy new members, did you also know we have a full-on fancy new blog/website and a ton of ways to follow the entire group now?


Go check it out - thedigitaldozen.com

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A New Challenge (and PLENTY of time to get on board)



Hi guys - Me, AGAIN.
I know I've been all kinds of in your face this week but I wanted to get this up now before I forget or get carried away and distracted!

I have decided to undertake CREATING a challenge, with some help from Debbie/The Crumpet to run in the beginning of 2014.


BCA Pink Week - Day 4 - Mermaid Scales


Hello mon cheries!

I have a Pink BCA Mani for you today that I used an exorbitant amount of pulchritudinous pink polishes on. Say that 10 times fast now ladies!

Jolène (of Follow Gashin) and I are going to be sprinkling big fancy words into our blog posts to broaden our (mostly my) vocabularies and find new ways to talk about polish!

33DC - 3D

Heya there you guys.
Today is 3D Day for the 33DC (so many 3's!!) so I decided to do some art using the most amazing Year One by Chirality.

This polish was reviewed here by me and is going to be available for purchase this Saturday the 19th of October in a VERY limited amount, so please don't miss it. It's gorgeous and it's special and it's sentimental and you need it!

The Digit-al Dozen Does Skittles - Day 3 - Lace


Here we are at the halfway mark of Digit-al Dozen week!

This is usually about the time that my mani's go from good to less than. But I am also really proud of what I have for you today.

It's one of those seemingly intricate nail art designs I was always discouraged to try, but it was pretty easy to do!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

BCA Pink Week - Day 3 - Drips and Stripes


Back with another Breast Cancer Awareness manicure.


Today I decided to go with one of the more trendy designs in nails - the drip.


More precisely - the drip and stripe.


Haha...I just dubbed that it's new name.  

The Digit-al Dozen Does Skittles - Day 2 - Meet the Franks


Time for some more Skittles - I hope you brought your nail art appetite!


Today we're doing a little Halloween skittle!


So hey - did you notice we have some new Digit-al Dozen ladies? Well we do!
I hope you DID notice.
Nory from Fierce Makeup and Nails, Emily from The Lacquerologist, Shelly from Sassy Shelly and Jolène from Follow Gashin!


Monday, October 14, 2013

BCA Pink Week - Day 2 - Hearts




Here we come to Day 2 of Pink Week for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Make sure and follow all week for 7 very important facts about Breast Cancer, and links to loads of information!



33DC - Flowers


Hey there. So let me get this out of the way now...there is going to be a TON of nail art on the blog this week. 


I have 33DC, the Digit-al Dozen and BCA Pink Week all this week. So a few days there will be three posts a day! 


3 nail arts per day!? Holy molies. I don't even know how I found the time.

The Digit-al Dozen Does Skittles - Day 1 - Mondrian


Oh man you guys.


For a theme I started out hating, I totally went above and beyond what I sometimes think I am capable of with the nail art this week for Digit-al Dozen. 


It's not ALL great, but some of it is...well...just look at this one.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

BCA Pink Week - Day 1 - Joby Nail Art


I'm embarking on a special challenge this week (3 actually, but this one is for a good cause) for Breast Cancer Awareness. 


I was invited to join up by Nory of Fierce Nails and Makeup and I had some time to devote to the cause! 


This will be a full 7 day week of pink mani's, each day with interesting information about BCA.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Some Halloween polish spam!



I am trying to be on the ball this time and post up some seasonal polishes I have purchased BEFORE the actual holiday. I know it's crazy.


I have so many untrieds that I can fawn all over polishes and buy them and then they rot in untried hell for months, possibly years.


So today I'm bringing you 4 Halloween polishes I recently picked up!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Chirality - Year One - A very special Limited Edition polish!


Hey sweetie pies!

I have a SUPER-fantastic-WONDERFUL polish to show you today.
It's an understatement to say it was a SINCERE honor to be the only blogger to swatch this polish.
I present to you - Year One. A limited edition polish by Chirality, to commemorate not only their one year anniversary, but also to celebrate Amanda's one year cancer-free birthday. 

33DC - Indian


Hiiiii!!!!

Today is the Indian prompt for the #33DC and boy, at first I was like uh what the heck am I gonna do for this!?

But then...inspiration struck and here we are...

Thursday, October 10, 2013

33DC - Mexico


So...I'm late. But still...
Last week we had a Mexico prompt for the 33DC but I was struggling and having a crap day, so I threw mine out. Over the weekend I decided to re-do it and try to keep moving forward. Its pretty generic, but I love the Day of the Dead so I HAD to.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

33DC - Chevrons


It's Chevron Day!


33DC calls for the Chevron design today, I always like this one. Not to be confused with a Zig Zag which is kind of different, if you're getting technical. 


I almost DID do a zig zag today and then I was like DUH.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

OPI - Miss Universe Collection - Review and Swatches



Today I have a simply GORGEOUS new trio of polishes from OPI to show you. 

This is definitely one I fell in love with upon first sight, and it only got better when these hit my fingers....

Monday, October 7, 2013

33DC - Art w/Oldest Untried


Hello!!!

Back to the grind...I had a nice relaxing Sunday watching a bunch of Netflix with the boyfriend and cuddling with my kittie, and now it's back to the business!

Today is a new week of 33DC Challenges! Today we have 'Art With Your Oldest Untried' - I dug up one of my absolute oldest, Spoiled - Ants in My Pants

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Gnarly Number Ones for September 2013



Hiya Loves!

A few days late on this one, been a stressful week! This is the first post that hasn't been "scheduled" in quite some time, so it's nice to write you in real time!
Let's get to the good stuff...

Friday, October 4, 2013

33DC - Texture


I am back to the 33DC after Wednesdays minor hiccup - today we are talking Texture. 

Oh yeah, Missy loves the texture!

I had JUST gotten these two amazing NEON textures a week or so back - so I was all over using them for this challenge!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

OPI - Pink of Hearts 2013 Set - Review


OPI announces the launch of its seventh annual limited edition Pink of Hearts promotion, featuring the classic sheer pink shade Pink-ing of You and the new sparkle-packed hue More than a Glimmer. Pink of Hearts 2013 will also include pink ribbon and crystal decals (10 each) to embellish nails.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Nautical Wonderland

So yeah - today is the Mexico prompt for 33DC - and mine was just a fail.
I waited til the last minute because I was slammed all weekend with BS, and then once I did it at the last minute it was a total suck. So I'm just not doing it. I've stressed myself out with trying to get a weeks worth of manicures done before tonight because I won't be able to do them the rest of the week til basically Sunday. So I'm annoyed and that makes me just say eff it. So...I effed it.
Instead though! Instead you get some super cute nautical decals to check out.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Incoco - Fright Night Collection - Review and Swatches


Look!


I'm back with more Halloween!


The lovely folks at Incoco sent me this awesome Halloween package and I was SOOO excited to show them to you guys, these are like the coolest nail wraps I have ever laid eyes or fingers on!

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