Saturday, April 27, 2013

Globe & Nail Turns 1 Today!

 Late last night after a swatch-a-thon, I couldn't decide what to do on my nails.  I knew my giveaway was closing and all that stuff (two winners will be announced in another post later today), but I just wasn't thinking straight.  As I decided to just slap on a plain creme and go to sleep, it hit me that today is my 1-year blogiversary!  How silly of me to almost forget!!

In wake of my revelation, I had a quick peek at my very first blog post ever, and decided to re-create that mani for this special day.  You can see my original post here, which I am (surprisingly) not too ashamed of, haha! :P


I stuck with the same colour scheme as before, but used different polishes.  I started with two coats of LaCC 1972 (lilac) then top coated and let it dry.  Next, I taped off the purple part using the jagged side of the tape (where you tear it) instead of the straight edge like normal, to get a cute zig-zag line.  

I repeated these steps with LaCC 1968 (green) and piCture pOlish Fairy Floss (pink), and topped it off with more Seche Vite to complete the look.  


I still like this look, but after a year of doing my nails nearly every day and figuring out my likes and dislikes, it's not necessarily something I would enjoy wearing as much anymore.  It's still a super cute spring look, though!


Here's a photo from my original post, just for comparison.  I think my major improvements over the past year are definitely my photography (LOVE my new camera), clean-up, freehand nail art (which this obviously doesn't showccase) and my cuticle care.  Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is a miracle-worker. 


And here's a quick collage with bottle shots of all three polishes I used this time around. 


I'm so grateful for everything this year of blogging has brought me; I've made lots of friends who are just as crazy about nail polish as I am, and I've discovered more about myself as well.  I have learned some valuable business and marketing skills, as well as teaching myself about DSLR photography and learning to use photoshop.  I've dug through piles of nail polish at Winners to find the best deals, and pushed myself creatively to come up with new and exciting nail art.  The list goes on and on!

Overall, this year has been an invaluable experience in shaping who I will become in the next few years, with me graduating high school in a couple months.  None of it would have been possible without all of the encouragement and positive feedback from my friends, family, and of course my readers, and for that I am so grateful to you all.  Here's to another year of polished nails!!  :D

20 comments:

  1. Both versions are gorgeous! Congrats on one great year of blogging. Can't wait to see what else you come up with.

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  2. Congrats!
    Keep up the wonderful manis.

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  3. Happy 1st year! You are talented well beyond your years, Emma. To many, many more years of dancing and polishing and blogging. :)

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  4. Happy Blogiversary!!! This manicure is really cute, and I hope you have many more blog years to come!

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  5. Simple and beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  6. Happy Anniversary! Your manicure came out adorable, I love it!

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  7. Wow this is absolutely gorgeous, happy blogiversary :)

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  8. Happy blogiversary! I hope we'll have you around much longer :) x

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  9. So beautiful! And happy blogiversary :)
    I'm following you now because I find your blog beautiful!

    My nail polish blog nails-and-more.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm with you on the Lemony Flutter love :D
    And to think a year ago you were already such a good nail artist! ;)
    Happy blogiversary! **

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  11. Congratulations on your blogiversary!!!

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  12. Yay, happy Blogiversary :D This design is awesome and I love the colours!

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  13. congrats, keep up with great job :D

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  14. Congrats on 1 year of blogging. Love this mani. Reminds me of ice cream :o

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