Friday, November 29, 2013

Ab Fab Challenge - Day 5 - Eddy


Hey loves!
Did all my US friends stuff up on turkey yesterday?
We actually are having Thanksgiving tomorrow...but we spent the day out with my boyfriends mom and stepdad doing some shopping - it was our first foray into a black friday situation and we actually had a lot of fun...my boyfriend only cussed twice the whole night!
Well...as for nails - today is the last day of the Ab Fab Challenge and it's a good one - Edina!


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Ab Fab Challenge - Day 4 - Patsy


Hey sweet peas!

Today I have a double-whammy!

Day 4 of the Ab Fab Challenge and also a fab review for some glasses I received to test out that fit PERFECTLY with today's theme...


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ab Fab Challenge - Day 3 - Bubble


It's time for some fun!
Today is Day 3 of the Ab Fab Challenge - which begins with the more whimsical ladies of the show - today is Bubble!
Bubble is the crackpot assistant to Edina who wears the most crazy outfits that almost never seem to match. 
She is a total airhead and yet somehow she is a hilarious and likeable character. Her accent and voice completely crack me up whenever she is on screen.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ab Fab Challenge - Day 2 - Gran


Welcome to Day 2 of Ab Fab Week - today features Gran - aka Mother - aka June Monsoon.

Gran is Saffy's grandmother and Edina's mother.


She is also another total opposite to Edina, much more like Saffy in her demeanor, dress and overall persona.


Whenever I think of Gran, I am reminded of old lady cardigans and her always sitting at the kitchen table reading a magazine or doing some sort of puzzle in a book.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Ab Fab Challenge - Day 1 - Saffy


Today starts a new challenge!

It's a short little 5 day one - about the old british tv show Absolutely Fabulous.


I used to LOVE this show so much back in the day, and a few weeks ago something reminded me of it, and I thought it would make a FANTASTIC challenge!


The 5 days of prompts feature all of the outrageous characters as well as some of the more subdued - Edina, Patsy, Bubble, Saffron and Mother!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Weekly Round Up For November 17th


Hello lovelies!
It's the end of the week/start of the week and so it is time for another weekly roundup!
ALOT of polish hit the blog this week, between reviews and trying to swatch some of my untried polishes!
Hopefully on non-challenge weeks I will be able to do more of this, because I have unloved polish virtually coming out of my tear ducts.
So let's take a look at what happened around here in case you missed some or all of it!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

It's THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR Ya'll!!!


Hey yooooooooooou guuuuuuuuuuuys!

It is officially THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR!!


After mooooonths of waiting for new who....the 50th Anniversary special day is finally here! So excite!


I have to find a copy lickety split since we don't get a channel its on nor are we very close to a theater its showing in this weeked, so no spoilers!! I'm hoping by next week I'll have seen it! Anyway - in honor of this momentous day, many bloggers have banded together for Doctor Who manis!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elevation Spam


So for the last several months I have become obsessed with Elevation Polishes.
Sadly, my budget doesn't allow me to buy a bunch of them, so I get some here and there and pick the ones I absolutely can't live without.
Then they sit in my untrieds looking sad and lonely...but this week I broke them out of their untried prison to show you every Elevation I own...a sad little 8 of them! But they are all so divine - hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Leesha's Lacquer - A New Indie on the Rise!


Today I have a new to me Indie brand to share with you all!

Recently, the super sweet Alicia Rose, founder of Leesha's Lacquer, contacted me asking if I would like to review some of her polishes. 

I'm not the type of person to just automatically go YES FREE GIMME, but when I took a look at what her shop offered, it was a no brainer!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Back in Time - Disrupted Water Marble


Let's get this week in gear with some funk!
Smashley Ashley and I are back to our Back in Time business and today I took on a flippin' water marble.
I must love that girl, because almost all she had to choose from for last November were water marbles...
I hate them. They are a pain in the butt, the messiest of any nail art EVER and I suck at them. It's true.
So I spun it into something I could manage...

Sunday, November 17, 2013

China Glaze - Happy Holiglaze Swatches & Review


Is everyone getting into the Christmas/Holiday spirit yet?
It seems like it starts earlier every year, I swear. I guess that's just old age making me feel that way though...
I used to work in retail and the holidays started almost right after they ended, with ordering and planning...at least with nail blogging they don't really start til around August/September. 
I say these things because today I have some of the polishes from China Glaze's holiday collection - Happy Holiglaze, to share with you today. There is a much "brighter" selection here than in some of the other big brand holiday collections, let's check it!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Weekly Roundup for November 10th


I have a new feature today - nothing exciting! But I'm starting a weekly digest of the weeks posts, for those of you who get too busy in the week to see it ALL, maybe you can look here and see what you missed and what you want to see more of!

I can't guarantee this will happen EVERY week, I can be forgetful and unorganized at best sometimes - but if you like it, I will try to keep it regular!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Want a fun new challenge?!

I had an idea!!!




So do you remember ABFAB!?!?
Relive it by doing the ABFAB 5 Day Challenge!

This was one of my favorite programs so long ago...something reminded me of it today, and just like that, a challenge was born!
Essentially each day is a challenge to create a mani inspired by one of the characters...


If you want to join in - it starts November 25th and you can find the inlinkz codes, general info on the challenge and the graphics by joining the Polish Passionistas FB Group!


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The Digit-al Dozen DOES Black & White - Day 5 - Abstract Snowflakes


Hey hey ya'll!
It's Friday!
I've spent my short time awake today dealing with website junk. My friend Vic messaged me to tell me my site wasn't loading without the www so I went to investigate and come to find out, somehow when I transferred my services over 4 months ago, they somehow reverted back in the last few days to the older host. Pain in the butt, but 15 minutes or so with live chat got it (hopefully) all squared away and fixed. If you are having any problems reaching the site past today, please let me know! Anyway - let's enjoy Friday with our final Digit-al Dozen Black and White mani - I think you might like this one....it's one of my favorites of the week!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Black & White - Day 4 - Movember



Something I always want to get involved in, but always seem to forget about, is the Movember Cause.

Black and White week seemed like a perfect opportunity to do little mustachios, so thats what I have for you today!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Black & White - Day 3 - Boldy Black



Welcome to Day 3 of The Digit-al Dozen DOES Black & White Week!

I had a couple of ideas for this week left over in my brain, that I REALLY wanted to do, so I decided to combine them into one manicure, and that becomes todays armor nails mixed with reverse striped nails!

Let's go look!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Black & White - Day 2 - Dainty


Here it is, Day 2 of Digit-al Dozen Black and White week.

This isn't exactly how I intended this mani to go...but sometimes when I have ideas for stamping in my head, they get changed when I see a different plate than the one I was after and the light bulbs start turning on.

I have this awesome MoYou plate that has random borders on it, it seems weird but the minute I saw it, I had to buy it. And then it sat in waiting...when I dug through my plates looking for a floral design, I saw this plate and decided this was the direction I was meant to be going in.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Chirality Presents - Black Is The New Black


Guess who has something AWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESOME for you guys today?!?!
Did you guess me? Because it's MEEEEE!

Seriously, it's me.

Chirality is releasing a small, 2-piece collection this coming weekend (along with their monthly LE polish, Snowblind).

The collection is titled Black Is The New Black, and as you can guess, it features two incredibly sick black polishes. Come along and check them, and their inspiration, out!

The Digit-al Dozen DOES Black & White - Day 1 - Texture


Hey supersweets!
Today embarks on a new chapter in The Digit-al Dozen themery - this month/week our theme is Black and White.
November is my birth month, so I got to pick the theme this month and I'm totally stoked on it!
Sadly I'm also TOTALLY unprepared and running way behind on getting them done, but I still made this one in under the wire!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Put Your Dupes Up! Gossip v. Excalibur


Hello there all you little sweetie pies!
Hope you're all having the best week possible!
Today I have another in the 'Put Your Dupes Up' Series! These always seem to be a big hit with you all.
Today's featured fight is A England's Excalibur Revamped v. China Glaze's Gossip Over Gimlets. Both fairly new polishes that seemed nearly identical when swatches of them started popping up. Let's venture inside and see what the outcome is!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Gnarly Number Ones for October 2013



Here it is, November...time for another edition of the Gnarly Number Ones!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Back in Time - Color Block


Hola!
I'm late today, shoulda done this much earlier but I did one of those "oh I will just do this tomorrow when I wake up"s and what do you know - I got sick, stayed up all night and then slept all day.
Come 7 o clock at night I can finally keep my eyes open without a raging headache, so here comes the post!
Remember when I used to do the Back in Time series? Well, Ashley and I took a break from it while she was off on vacation and now we are getting back into it. Today we do our own, then late in the month we do each others! Let's check it out!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

OPI Take Ten Set Review & Swatches


I have a great set to share with you today!
But before I do - I want to tell you about a few changes on the blog coming up.
It's fall - and I'm no stranger to "seasonal sadness" - mix this in with just TOO much to do on the blog, and I start to fade away. Last week when all of my computer issues hit the fan, it gave me some time to reflect on the blog and on myself and make some choices.
So I don't burn out like I did so badly last year, I have decided to quit all challenges (except for Digit-al Dozen and the Nail-Art-A-Go-Go I'm doing next year) and cut back on posts. SO now on gnarlygnails.com I will only be posting Sun-Weds with an occasional post in between those days. The other days I will be focusing on posting to the FB and IG pages I tend to let go unloved. Hopefully this will help to keep things running smoother in my brain - now let's get back to the nails!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

This is not a goodbye....


So....last month one of my favorite people, Leslie, left our Digit-al Dozen gang. Leslie is the woman behind work/play/polish if you aren't aware. She left a really big hole in the group and in me when she made the choice to leave.
Leslie is someone I admire so much for SO many reasons, and is one of those people I was so lucky to cross paths with via nails/blogging. A bunch of us in the group decided to pay a tribute to her today in honor of her time in the group with us, as well as just in honor of HER.  While I will miss her in our group, I know we will remain friends for a long time to come and I look forward to seeing all of the amazing things she is going to accomplish.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Me again!

Hi again guys!
I think this post brings good news!
After spending hours and many brainwaves, I think we got my stuff fixed, or at least patched.
I managed to bridge a connection between my laptops internal network card and an external one to boost my connection back to almost normal, and after my photoshop had an install crash, i even got an upgrade! so hey - silver lining guys!
If in fact this good stuff keeps up, I am hoping I can spend today actually doing my nails and getting some important stuff up instead of all of this wordsmithing.

In other news though...

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