Saturday, August 3, 2013

A Blogaversary, GiveAway & My Very First Swatches

Hello my dear friends! Today is the one year anniversary of my very first blog post! It has been a crazy year, and I am astounded that I have made it this far. As cheese ball as it sounds, I feel like I have found my place on the interwebs. The beauty/nail community is such a wonderful place and I love being a part of it.

A year ago, my nails were super nubs, my cuticles were a dry ragged mess, and I had no clue how to take good nail swatch photos. Before I started my blog, I was a chronic nail biter, and secretly loved polish from afar. I'm not sure what made me quit, but I am glad I did. Now my nails and cuticles are the healthiest and nicest they have ever been. My photos are immensely better (even though I am constantly critiquing and looking for ways to improve) and I completed a massive nail art challenge. I have also had the pleasure of getting to know some truly amazing people who share that same passion for polish that I have. All because of this little blog.

For the hell of it, I wanted to do a little comparison of my nail skills from when I started to now. I swatched the same two polishes from my first post, and made a little side by side collage. Fair warning - the old swatches are pretty horrible and may offend those with weak constitutions!

Top Row: O.P.I. - Just Spotted The Lizard (left - then, right - now)
Bottom Row: Zoya - Adina (left - then, right - now)
Oof, now that's bad! But I'd say the improvement is pretty impressive. I am proud of how far I have come and I am excited about the possibilities the next year holds.

Now for the good stuff. As a thank you to all of you who have commented, followed and lurked (and those who have yet to do so), I have a huge giveaway!!! It is open to US and International. Since shipping is ridiculous, the International winner will receive a Harlow & Co gift certificate!

Check out all these goodies!!! A big thank you to Sheryl of Takko Lacquer for donating a bottle of Heads Will Roll from her newest collection. We all know how much of a Takko fangirl I am!
So read the rules, enter all the ways, and stay tuned for the winner! Good luck lovelies!!!
Giveaway Rules:
- This giveaway is open to all participants, US & International. Please read the following rules VERY CAREFULLY.

- There will be one US winner and one International winner. The US winner will receive the polishes listed above. The International winner will receive the gift card to Harlow & Co.
- Only valid entries will be eligible for winning giveaway prizes. No giveaway only type accounts. Multiple accounts will be disqualified. No cheaters, kids.
- You must be 18 or older to enter.
- Winners will be contacted immediately after the giveaway has ended. If winners fail to respond in 48 hrs. new winners will be chosen.NO EXCEPTIONS.

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