Hello wonderful readers of The Mani-Logues! Today my little blog is 1 year old!
I can't believe so many of you that have been following from the start, are still here and leave me wonderful comments all the time! I love love love sharing my nail polish and bits of my life with you all! My kid has become a big part of this blog in so many ways, and I am glad to share her growing up with you all too!
SOOOOO HAPPY YOU ARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On May 21, 2011 was when my love for nail polish peaked, I decided to blog about it. My close friend had been blogging for a few months already and she really enjoyed it, so I decided to give it a shot… however, I didn’t necessarily want to “blog” more so than to just log all of my manicures in one place and if friends or family wanted to see, then I could just give them the link and say “here have at it!” haha. I never really thought that my little catalog of manis could become so much more. I was shocked when I received my first comments… people were reading!
Yes, Matt, HOLY CRAP! PEOPLE WERE READING!!!
At that time, I was exactly 6 months (and 1 day heh) pregnant with my daughter Violet. I had talked to a few of my Obstetricians, other moms, parenting websites pediatricians and referenced books, about what I should be concerned about regarding the chemicals in nail polish. They all told me to relax and not worry, although studies have shown that while drying on the nail the chemicals DBP/Dibutyl Pthalate, Formaldehyde, and Toluene could harm the baby’s physical and mental development. They also mentioned sometimes you can have new allergies while pregnant and to be careful of Formaldehyde Resin, even though the chances of an allergy with that are low. Luckily most brands, especially domestic to the United States, are 3 free (free of those “big 3” chemicals I previously mentioned) and 4 free (free of the “big 3” AND the Formaldehyde Resin). Also, most switched to 3 free by 2008, due to a lot of pressure from consumers and the FDA.
Thinking of all of this and talking to others who love nail polish and friends/friends about my concerns about non- 3 free polish and my trust in baby safe and pregnancy safe polish, my friend Traci (blogger for The Trace Face Philes) suggested that since I already only posted about baby safe… that I should consider it being the focus of my blog. She really triggered in me even more of a passion, yes I am extremely passionate about nail polish… it is fashionable, a hobby to collect, something I can someday enjoy with my daughter, fun to do (um, hello! Nail art and flakies and jellies oh my!), but truly something I all around loved for EVERY reason. I not only have received all of that, but I have made so many close friends all from our shared love of this… well… PAINT! I created a business that brings income to go toward taking care of my child, and is something extremely fun to make!
So because I am JUST SO EXCITED about this!!! I’m giving away some of my favorite things!!!!!!!!
OH LAWD LOOK AT ALL THE GOODEHS!!!
For my 1 year blogaversary, I will give away a prize to 4 different readers!
Prize #1 - ONE bottle of a custom FEVERlacquer that YOU design! + ONE FEVERlacquer of your choice! (exception - retired shades) Donated by FEVERcosmetics
Prize #2 - FEVERshadow (loose and/or cream) Hunger Games inspired trio. Includes: Rue's Wildflowers, District 12 Soot, and Effie's Trinket! These are 3, 3g filled plastic pots. Donated by WISHFUL Bath & Beauty/FEVERshadow.
(these pots are shown empty, as the winner gets their choice of loose powder or cream)
Prize #3 - ONE bottle of Alter Ego nail enamel Desert Storm Trigger Puller + ONE bottle of Alter Ego nail enamel Penny Pincher!!! The cool thing about Alter Ego nail enamel is that it dries to a somewhat matte finish, its a very soft matte. If you do want the glitzy glossy look just apply top coat and you're good to go :) The always sweet, Cynthia, from Alter Ego nail enamel generously donated these two bottles for the giveaway! They can be found in her shop AlterEgo nail enamel and please LIKE on FB here!!!!!
(L-R): Penny Pincher, Desert Storm Trigger Puller
Had to do a close up of DSTP, it is by far, my #1 favorite glitter right now!
Prize #4 - MASH Professional 15 piece Nail Art Brush Set! The set come in a really nice black 3 fold satchel and includes: Three drawing tools, seven painting tools (website says they can also be used as gel nail curing brushes), two liners, one dotting tool, and two fan brushes. These were generously donated by MASHnails (MASHnails.com) !!!
This is open to international and domestic participants (excluding countries where prohibited through customs ie NZ, Italy... I'll add this due to inquiries and comments... if you are in these countries where i have had problems with people receiving their polish, and it DOES get seized by customs.. please understand that is out of my control and i will not feel comfortable resending, but you are more than welcome to enter and we can give it a try) any questions please email CasandraEileen@hotmail.com!
It will be open for exactly 4 weeks, leaving it open until 12:00 PM EST JUNE 11, 2011 and all entries will only be accepted through the Rafflecopter entry form below.