Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Murder Mystery Mani

Afternoon ladies and gents! Since Halloween is slowly approaching, I thought I would share just one more Halloween mani. I had tons of fun stamping this design and even came up with a story for it! I now invite you to sit back, relax, and join me as we listen to this week's "Mystery Theater" titled, Nail Art: A Murder Mystery.

*Cue cheesy 1940's mystery music*

WARNING: You are about to be exposed to an extremely corny/nonsensical drama. For best results, read in the voice of a 50 year old man with salt and pepper hair and an old New York accent.

It was 7PM when I finally got back to my office. My day had started with a double homicide and ended with the pile of paper work sitting on my desk, in front of me. It wasn't easy being a private eye, but then again, neither was being murdered.

But I decided the paperwork could wait until tomorrow. I started closing up shop and locking down the office. Just as I grabbed my coat to leave, I heard a scream cut through the air. Quickly, I ran to see where the scream had come from. When I stepped outside, it was pretty clear.

*cue dramatic music*

Only a few steps away, I saw a woman hunched over another woman, a young blonde who was laying motionless on the floor. On any other day, I would have made a joke about how the lady had picked a terrible place to nap. But judging by the blood surrounding the body and the single gunshot wound to the chest, the fact was, the blonde would be napping for a long time.

“What’s your name ma'am?” I said, speaking to the live hysterical woman as I stepped around the body.

“She’s dead! Can’t you see her, my friend, she’s dead!” The woman yelled in hysteria.

“Yes, ma'am I can see that. Fortunately, you aren't, so if I can just get your name?” I repeated.

“Rebecca, Rebecca Louis.” The hysteria began to die down.

“Pardoning the circumstances, it’s nice to meet ya’, Ms. Louis. I’m Johnny Dafinci, private investigator. Do you know anything about this woman?

“She’s my friend, my closest friend,” the woman sobbed, but more quietly now. “We’ve been friends for years and roommates for the longest time and I… I was just walking this way and I noticed her here. She must have been on her way home. I don’t understand, how did this happen?”

“And did you interact with the body at all? Did you touch her, try to take her pulse?”

“No, I didn't touch her, I saw all the blood and I didn't touch her.”

Something fishy about this character, I thought to myself.

“So you’re telling me you see this woman on the ground, you’re closest friend, someone you live with, and you don’t have the impulse to touch her? Maybe grab her and try to shake her awake? Or even take her pulse?”

“Well I…” the woman began to stutter nervously...Interesting her sobbing had stopped so quickly.

“Listen Ms. Louis, can you verify your whereabouts for the night? You and the victim ever get into any arguments?”

“That’s ridiculous! I just found her here. You can’t possibly be insinuating that I…that I…”

“That you what”? I asked.

“Of course we had our share of fights, but who doesn't? I mean, she did have a bad habit of using my things but I would never…”

Sounds like good enough motive to me, I thought.

“Alright ma'am, I’m going to have to take you downtown for questioning in this matter.” I started pulling out my handcuffs.

Her eyes widened in terror. “But I didn't do anything! Johnny, I didn't do anything. You don’t understand, I really didn't do anything wrong, I mean. She used my things all the time, but I…” She began to stumble around her words before she let out what she had hoped to keep in.

“You have to believe me Johnny, you have to! I didn't…I mean, I wasn't wrong. It was a crime of passion, you see?" Suddenly, she turned frantic. "She was always using my things. Just yesterday she used the last of my nail polish remover! You don’t understand, she used up my nail polish remover!”

“Yea, yea. Tell it to the judge.”


Milani - White
Konad - Black
Mundo de Unas - Red
Messy Mansion MM28 - blood splatter, gun, body outline
Bundle Monster "CYO" 2013 (BM414) - finger print design
Bundle Monster "CYO" 2013 (BM416) - splatter design
Born Pretty Store - Matte Top Coat

Friday, October 17, 2014

Mega Super Ultra Badass Halloween Nail Art Giveaway Extreme

Hi everyone! So today's post is a bit longer and more photo heavy than normal, but stay with me! If you read through to the end, I promise you'll find some exciting stuff! :)

So if you've been following the nail art world through social media, you probably know that Halloween is right around the corner. I've seen mummy nails, zombie nails, and even bloody nails complete with stitches and all! This design, by PiggieLuv is one of my favorites. It manages to be freaky and completely awesome at the same time! But since the sight of blood makes me queasy, I decided to go cutesy for Halloween. Here's my first contribution to the Halloween nail art scene for the season!

So what I like about this mani is how simple it was to do! The other day I was walking around Duane Reade and spotted these super cute Halloween nail stickers and tattoos (stickers are on my ring finger and pointer and tattoos are on my pinkie, middle finger, and thumb). Unlike Incoco or Sally Hansen nail strips, the full nail designs (ring and pointer) are not actual nail polish. Essentially, you stick them on, press them down, and you are good to go. What I liked about these in particular was that they gave you 32 (so that you have room to mess up lol) and they come in both a full and french design. That way, you can wear a full design one week and a French design the next. 

However, I did have two problems with these stickers.

The first issue was that these stickers did not fully fit my nails. This isn't so much an issue with the manufacturing of the stickers, as it being that my nails were simply a bit too wide for these. Although the package says you can stretch the design for a "perfect fit", I found these would only stretch so much. Hence someone with smaller nails might be very successful with these. But if you have bigger nail beds like I do, these might not work for you. Thankfully, these do come in different sizes so I picked out the ones that fit my nails and incorporated them into my manicure. (You can top coat these without wrinkling BTW. I used Seche Vite). 

However, the second issue may have been a manufacturing one. I found that the full nail stickers did not lay perfectly flat on my nail, the way Incoco strips do. If you look closely at the top of my pointer and ring finger, you can see the exposed tip of my bare nail. This is because the tip of the nail sticker, once placed, had a small wrinkle in it and would not lay flat. I tried pressing it down repeatedly and added Seche Vite, hoping that it would smooth out the wrinkle but that did not work for me. Because of the wrinkle, the tip of the nail strip kept coming up, which is why you can see the tip of my nail underneath. I have to say that I do like these strips because they have fun designs and are easy to use, plus there's no clean up time (obviously lol). But I would suggest wearing these just for a special event or a night out on Halloween. Though the package says you can get 10 days use out of them, I don't know if they would last that long. The wrinkle caused my nail strips to get caught on things during the day, which gradually lifted it off of my nail.

What I did absolutely fall in love with were the nail tattoos! These were fabulous and very easy to use. Not to mention, the designs were adorable. My only complaint would be that some of the designs were not doubled, so that if I used a tattoo on one hand, I did not have the same image to use on my other hand. But really, I don't have like an actual valid complaint. Once I painted my white base coat and let that dry, I removed the clear film from the tattoo and pressed the image where I wanted it to be. Then I splashed a few drops of water on the back and BAM! Instant Halloween. How cute is the haunted house on my middle finger? The monster on my thumb was definitely my favorite of the bunch though! Doesn't he look twisted? He reminds me of Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas.


Zoya - Kerry
Milani - White

Mega Super Ultra Badass 
Halloween Nail Art Giveaway Extreme

For those of you who are wondering, my boyfriend came up with my giveaway title lol

And now onto the fun part! A while back I promised my readers that once I hit 500 likes on facebook I would host a giveaway.  Well...the time has come! Since I recently reached 500, I have decided to thank you guys for your support with my very first giveaway. And because of the timing, I have included a whole bunch of fun Halloween themed nail art!

Let’s take a look at the fabulous prizes. One lucky winner will win all of the following:
*pumpkins not included :)

2 Sally Hansen (Complete Salon Manicure) Polishes
Vintage Confetti: pink and black hexagon glitter, micro pink and gold glitter, and micro red bar glitter in a clear base
Golden Rust: orange and gold hexagon glitters in a black jelly base.

2 Sally Hansen (Diamond Strength) Polishes
Save the Date: Rich plum shimmer polish.
Black Diamonds: Black shimmer polish packed with silver glitter.

2 Sinful Colors Polishes
Charmed: pastel silver multi-color glitter polish.
Vintage: gunmetal gray glitter polish. 

2 GOSH Polishes
Galaxy: gunmetal grey/bronze multi-color glitter polish.
Gasoline: rich purple and blue glitter in a magenta jelly base. 

Kiss Halloween Nail Art Stickers

2 Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Stickers 
Hallowscene (glow in the dark)
Little Black Lace (real lace fabric) 

Revlon Nail Art Jewel Appliques Nail Stickers (Python and Petals)

In sum, one lucky winner will win this jackpot!

This giveaway will run starting today 10/17 until 10/23 at midnight (EST). That way I will be able to ship out the items so that the recipient will receive their package before/by Halloween! You can enter by using the raffle-copter below. Please see giveaway rules and restrictions first.

Giveaway Rules and Restrictions

~ US entries only please.

~ While I will package the items for safe shipping, On Wednesdays, We Wear Polish cannot be held responsible for replacing items that become damaged (i.e. broken polish) during shipping.

~ The giveaway will begin today (10/17) and end on 10/23 at midnight. On the morning of the 24th, a winner will be chosen (by raffle-copter), announced on my Facebook page, and contacted via email. The winner will have until 10AM (EST) on Saturday the 25th to respond. Otherwise, a runner up will be chosen.

Good Luck!

XOXO, On Wednesdays, We Wear Polish