Sunday, February 28, 2010

Shameless self-promotion

A little plug here...  I am trying to earn money as a freelance writer, and I had an article published on Associated Content.  The more page views it gets, the more money I make... :) I know it isn't the best writing, I am still a bit rusty- I haven't seriously written in a few years.  If you want to check it out, go here to read the article, and comment here what you think and how I can improve!  Thanks in advance for your input, and tomorrow we will get back to your regularly scheduled nail polish!  ( I bought a few new ones yesterday!)

Until Later,

**Edit**  If you have any comments about improving my writing, please be honest- I am a big girl and can take it!! : ) Also, I am open to suggestions for article topics as well, I want to start submitting more so I can make more.  Thanks for the support, Ladies!!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Lesson for the day...

What I learned today:  DO NOT let your husband give your three year old a milkshake right before bedtime!!  Bedtime for the Princess is 9:00 PM- it is now 11:25 PM and guess who is still awake??  She is running on sugar and does not want to sleep...  Oh, well- I wasn't going to bed right now anyway.  I hope she isn't up too much longer though.  I have been up since 6:45 AM and didn't sleep all that well last night...

Until Later,

Thursday, February 25, 2010

NOTD - China Glaze Watermelon Rind

After 3 days of wear, MPJ finally started to chip.  I have a ton of untrieds, so I decided to change it instead of fixing.  I also have a few new pretties, but I need to wait until my swap partner receives her end.  ( I will have quite a few new ones to show you all next week, yay!)

This is 3 coats Watermelon Rind (b/c and SV)

That last one shows the green color the best, but my skin is not yellow- I look like a Simpson!

I love the color of this one, green is my favorite color!  (My birthstone is green, I look good in green because I am a redhead, and I wish I had green eyes!)  The formula was a bit thin and streaky, but it evened out quite nicely.

That's all I have for now, my back has really been bothering me lately.  Sitting still is starting to be a bit difficult.  I really need to get on the ball and call the clinic for more injections.

Until Later,

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Non nail polish post for the day....

I felt like doing a random post, bear with me!!  This will probably be ramble-y!!

The Princess is on her 3rd or 4th outfit for the day and bouncing on the sofa like a madwoman- I swear I haven't given her sugar!!  She changes her clothes more than anyone I have ever met- I can't figure it out... I am still in my jammies- didn't feel like getting dressed today, LOL!   I have a girly girl.  How in the heck did that happen?  I don't wear make up, rarely will you see me in a skirt.  I do wear jewelry- my wedding rings and a ring Mr. Ski gave me, a cool wish necklace my mom gave me for Christmas (here is a link to it- it is neat! )  and if I am actually leaving the house, I will add another necklace and my watch.  Sometimes I even add earrings- I have 3 piercings in each ear though- that's alot of earrings!  The Princess, however, loves pink, wears dresses and plays dress up, wants her nails done as much as I do mine, and wants to be a ballerina...  go figure!

Does anyone else watch Lost?  I have just started to watch it again, and I am confused already... sigh....

Anyway, like I said, ramble-y!  I need to get on the ball and do some things around the house, but I am not feeling it today.  For some reason, my headache is back, and my back hurts.  Just a little background on my back issues, I have herniated disks in my back and a rotated sacrum.  I have also fractured my tailbone twice- one when I was a teen and fell off a skateboard, and once in childbirth- Ski Jr.  Back in October, I had Bi-lateral S.I. injections, but they are starting to wear off...  ugh.  After those injections, I was pain free for the first time in 12 years, so I think they are worth it, they just hurt like heck!  Oh, well... just need to suck it up and call the doctor to get them again.

That's all the ramble I will subject y'all to for now, but I want you guys to tell me something about you!! I want to know more about the people who pay attention to my little blog! : )

Until Later,


I wanted to post this yesterday, but I had to wait until I confirmed that my swap partner received her end of the swap.  I had one of my major lemmings satisfied!!  You are going to have to wait a few to see that though!  First, i have my NOTD (actually weekend):

Mr. Ski and I had a date on Saturday night, and since Mint Sorbet was chipping, I asked him to pick a color for me to wear.  He said "Wear something dark, like red."  Red is dark??  Okaaay....  I was over red because of Valentine's day, but I humored him, and picked China Glaze Ruby Pumps.  This one gets a lot of love on MUA nail board, and now I know why!  Yummy red jelly with glittah!!

This is 3 coats, (base and SV as always.)  She didn't want to photograph well, and of course there is no sun here...

I was scared to remove it, because I was out of foil, but I have been using an old cloth baby diaper to remove my polish lately and it came off quite easily.

Now for the best part!!  I swapped for this with a lovely girl from MUA.  Are you ready??

Yes!!  Now, as some of you know, there are a few versions.  I was keeping my fingers crossed that it was a holo version:

Definitely some holo there!!  Yay!!  Here is 2 thin coats over Wet n wild Black.  Sorry for the lack of cleanup, I was too excited!!  (I am like a toddler with a new toy!!)

You can see a bit of the holo, but I wish there was sun so you could see it better!!

Anyway, I am going to go drink my coffee and stare at my fingers now....

Until Later,

Friday, February 19, 2010

NOTD and an interesting comparison

As I was getting ready to remove my Acoustic Azure and Heartbreaker mani from a few days ago, I realized I had other polishes that were the same blue/green as this combo.  I pulled out China Glaze Rodeo Fanatic and Rimmel Mania...

On my index and ring fingers are the 3 coats Acoustic Azure+ Heartbreaker, middle finger is 3 coats Mania, pinkie 3 coats Rodeo Fanatic.

Hmm...  hard to tell the difference, isn't it??  Mania has a bit more green flash to it, and Rodeo Fanatic seems a bit more blue, but very close!!

Now on to the NOTD.  I received this in my first MUA swap.  It is Cover Girl Nail Slicks Mint Sorbet.  The application was a bit of a pain, and it is really sheer- I lost track of how many coats this took, and I can still see VNL.  This was in the dwindling sunlight....

And below is natural light in my living room.

Not quite sure how I feel about this one, I think it may be too yellow for my skin tone....  I will probably change it tomorrow- Mr. Ski and I may have a date!

Until Later,


Tiffani at Yardsticks 4 Lunatics is having a giveaway to celebrate 100 followers!  Check out her blog here.
She has a great blog!

The Manicured Manatee is also having another giveaway.  She is giving away a bottle of Borghese Stellare Notte!  Check her out here.

Until Later,

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A little about me

I am going to do a non nail polish post!  I have had a few comments that people don't mind my ramblings about things other than polish, so I figured I would give you a little info about me...  ( I am kind of boring, sorry!)

First, my screen name is a mash of my real name.  Amber of course is my real name (my mom was smoking something I think- it wasn't a very popular name in the 70's!) The Ski part comes from my last name, which is verylongpolishnameski (haha).  My smarty pants mother suggested when I got married to hyphenate my maiden name and my last name like she did, but my maiden name was just as long!  I didn't want to try and write out reallylonggermanname-verylongpolishnameski everytime I had to sign my name, LOL!

I am a stay at home mom, currently looking for a work from home job.  I love staying home, but sometimes I miss talking to grown ups.  The Princess has very good conversation skills for a three year old, but I can only take but so much talk about barbies and cartoons! My son is 12, and a gifted child.  That makes life difficult some days because his homework (at the middle school level) is sometimes harder than what I remember high school homework being!  They make him take Latin- in the 6th grade!  I hope that he does well though, college is something that I don't know how we are going to pull off.

I have been married for almost 13 years (eep!  hope that isn't bad luck!)  Mr. Ski and I actually met in a bar about 15 years ago...  I was his favorite waitress! : )  We hit it off, and the rest is history!  We actually didn't get married until AFTER I found out I was pregnant, but we had talked about it and we were living together already.  Oddly enough, my mother was encouraging me not to get married for a while- my half sister was 3 before she married my stepdad.  (My mom is weird.)  My dad passed away before I got married, so I don't know how he would have felt, but he didn't like Mr. Ski- probably because he didn't like any one I dated! Oh, and here is a fun fact- my stepdad is less than a year older than Mr. Ski!  Go mom!

I am the oldest of 4 girls, the youngest being my half sister, who is a senior in high school.  I realized this year that I am exactly twice her age, and I could be her mother- ugh!

I love to read, I read just about anything.  Mr. Ski says I have a bizarre knowledge of serial killer facts because I read too much true crime.  I love mysteries, some vampire books (yes, I have read all the Twilight books) and Harry Potter.  I read most of Ski Jr.'s books too, just because it is something to read!

So, that's a bit about me, sorry it was a longer post!  If there is anything you guys want to know about me, or want a book recommendation, let me know!

Until Later,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

NOTD - Maybelline Acoustic Azure and Pure Ice Heartbreaker

I was inspired by yesterday's experiment with Heartbreaker over GuG to try it over blue.  It looks very similar, but I love it!!  It kind of looks like beetle wings!

It's blue!

It's green!

It's blue and green and gold!!

This is 3 coats Acoustic Azure, 2 coats Heartbreaker and of course base coat and SV.  Sorry about the random hand poses, I was running around the house trying different lights and weird moves with my fingers to capture all the colors!  I also just noticed that the Princess's tummy is in the second picture!  She kept trying to plant herself in the background of every picture I took- looks like she succeeded!!

Until later,

Another Contest!

R3Beauty is having a giveaway to celebrate 50 followers!  Check out her blog here:

Until Later,

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Real quick!

Just a real quick drive by post....  I decided to put Pure Ice Heartbreaker over my GuG mani from yesterday...

It made this really cool duochrome effect!  I wonder if I put it over a dark blue, will it look like my precious Rimmel Mania?  Hmm...  I may have to try that soon!!

Until Later,

Monday, February 15, 2010

NOTD - ChG Gussied Up Green

I am glad Valentine's Day has past!  I had a really craptastic day yesterday, and am SO glad it is over!  ( I am not going to go into details...)  I decided that I was over red, so I had Mr. Ski pick a color.  I was going to do some sort of Mardi Gras theme, but I couldn't decide exactly what I wanted to do!!

Here is what Mr. Ski picked:
China Glaze Gussied Up Green!  These were taken in natural light- no sun though, it has gone AWOL again...

2 coats of GuG, base coat and SV.  I love this color.  Green happens to be my favorite color anyway, so I am happy with the way it looks on me.

That's all I have for now, hope everyone else had a good Valentine's Day!

Until later,

Friday, February 12, 2010

Another Giveaway!

Please go read jellynat's blog!  She seems like a sweetheart and is giving away 2 great polishes for followers.  I know how she feels about followers!

Until later,

NOTD- OPI Bogota Blackberry

Hi, y'all!  Feeling a bit better today, still have a headache though... : (   I was reading the paper this morning and found out that they are calling for snow AGAIN.  Now some of you will probably say "so what?  We have a ton!", but here in SE Virginia, we don't get snow!!  This will be the 3rd weekend in a row...  ugh!  Mr. Ski had a job offer in Denver last year, and we didn't take it- partly because of the fact that it snows there a lot. (also, there is no ocean!  I rarely go to the beach, but I like knowing that it is 10 minutes away if I want- silly, right?!)  This snow crap makes me miss hurricane season!!

Anyway, on to the pretty.... I am still working on my reds for Valentine's day, so here is the next in line!
OPI Bogota Blackberry!!  I received this in the same RAOK I got Pama in.  I have never been big on reds (probably because they clash with the red hair) but this one is gorgeous!  My pictures aren't the greatest- I took them last night(the Princess always tries to get in the way when I try sunlight pics!) but here we go!

3 coats BB (base coat and SV as always!)

Please excuse the lack of cleanup- I had to keep getting up to put the Princess back in bed!  I may try to get sunlight pics of this in a while, if I do, I will post them!

Thanks for reading my nonsensical ramblings- I do appreciate it!  (and kittytokaren- feel better sweetie!!)

Until later,

Thursday, February 11, 2010


I woke up this morning feeling completely crappy.  I think Mr. Ski got me sick!  (He says he only has a sinus infection, but then how come I feel poopy now???)  I also haven't been sleeping well lately and have had a headache for about a week due to stress...  I really hope I start to feel better soon!

My NOTD today (well, yesterday- I may change it later if I feel better. ) is ChG Designer Satin.  It is a bright pink color- very happy looking!  Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of it... sorry!

I have spent the day searching swaplists on MUA trying to find one of my major lemmings- OPI My Private Jet (the holo version).  No one wants to part with that bad boy!!  Sigh- I guess I will never own it- I am scared of Ebay, so I will probably never order it there...

Sorry for the disjointed rambling, I can't seem to get my brain to work over this headache.  I am going to go try to lie down, but I think the Princess may not let me!

Until Later,

Another Great Giveaway!

PerryPie is having a giveaway to celebrate 100 followers!  The prize is a ton of polish, check her out!!

Until Later,

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NOTD- Essie Pama

I pulled out an untried for today's NOTD- Essie Pama.  I am doing reds and pinks this week for Valentine's Day, so bear with me!  I received this one in a RAOK from a MUA NB member, and I wasn't sure how I felt about it......                                                  

I love it!!  It is a gorgeous color, and a very squishy jelly!!  

Without further ado, here she is:

Sorry for the blurry pictures, she really didn't want to be photographed!  This is 3 coats Pama (bc and SV as well)

Unfortunately, this color was a promo with Pama liqueur I believe, and is HTF.

Until Later,

Monday, February 8, 2010

Super Bowl Mani

I got too wrapped up in the game to post this last night!  I couldn't decide who I was going to root for, so I did each hand in different teams.

First up, The Colts!

This is 2 coats ChG Bermuda Breakaway and 3 coats ChG The Ten Man (I don't own any white...)

Next, Geaux Saints!!
This was 1 (!!) coat WnW Black Creme and 3 coats ChG Cowardly Lyin' (which didn't like me, so I added 1 coat of LA girls Rockstar Live on Stage)

I messed up the Saints hand, and told Mr. Ski that I hoped it didn't jinx them- guess it didn't!!  I was back and forth the whole game as to whom I wanted to win, but the Saints deserved it!  I am a Peyton Manning fan, but he has been there, and the Saints have NEVER won the Super Bowl, I believe.  (I could be wrong...)

Anywhoo, I have already removed this and put on something else, but I will post that later!

Until then,

Friday, February 5, 2010

Thank you

I just noticed that I have 6 followers.  I know that you guys followed mostly because I blogged about a contest your blog was having, but thank you anyway!  I know that my little blog isn't very interesting, I am still trying to get the hang of things...

Thanks, y'all. : ) It makes me feel a little better to see that I at least have a few people under followers!!

Until Later,

I need a maid!

Does anyone else ever feel like the cleaning never ends?  I mopped floors yesterday, and this morning my bathroom looked like crap again...  I feel like I am constantly picking up toys, clothes, books, and all sorts of other things.  The Princess's room looks like a tornado went through it, half her toys are in a bin in the living room, and my kitchen has an extra fridge in it...  I need a maid, seriously!!  I am not the world's greatest housekeeper to begin with, but it sometimes seems that it will never end!!  Oh well, that's what happens when you have kids, I guess.  Off to vacuum, clean the Princess's room, and do yet another load of laundry...  yay!

Until later,

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Soap Stuff...

Don't know if any of my 4 followers watch soaps, but I am going to recap some highlights...  

AMC-Greenlee is back again....  and she is not a happy lady!  Her "evil stepmother" Erica is sleeping with the love of her life.  I read that she is going to have David pretend to marry her and reveal herself at the wedding- interesting....

OLTL- Blahblahblah.... as you can tell, I am not feeling this one!  I am sick of Stacey/Rex/Gigi.  Todd and Tea irritate me.  Mitch just creeps me out...

GH- Dante has been outed as Sonny's son, after Sonny shoots him...  I wonder how that is going to play out!  I am totally loving LuLu and Dante as a couple too.  I feel bad for Lucky- Liz and Nikolas totally mad a fool of him.  Maybe this will bring Laura back to comfort her son and help him before he spirals out of control.

Once again, I don't think any of y'all care, but hey...  : )

Until later,

Giveaway! Roundup

The Manicured Manatee is giving away a bottle of Seche Vite!!  Check out her blog:  I just discovered her blog, and she is a riot!

Diana at Painted Ladyfingers is giving away the Color Club Rebel Debutante collection to her followers.  Go visit her at  She always has gorgeous nail art and colors- you will enjoy!

Last but no least, Evil Angel at is hosting a giveaway to celebrate 300 + followers.  If you have never visited her, please do!  She is amazing!

Until later,

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I did it again....

Sorry, I know it's been a while...  Life kinda got in the way!  We had a snow storm this past weekend, and that kind of messed everything up.  We only got about 6 inches (which may be nothing to some of you, but the last time it snowed like that here was 1989!)  Everything shuts down at the slightest hint of snow, so Ski Jr. has been out of school for 2 days- oh joy!!

I have some NOTD spam for you, hopefully that will make up for my slackness!!

First, this is China Glaze Recycle.  I think it was 3 coats.

the formula on this was a bit watery and hard to control, but as I wore it, I started to really like it on me!

Next we have China Glaze Custom Kicks.  This was 3 coats as well.
(Bad lighting- I am not really an Oompa Loompa!)
I loved this one- it has a shimmer to it!!

Last, but not least, we have Sally Hansen Grape Going! with Pure Ice Heartbreaker on top.  It is 4 coats GG and 2 coats Heartbreaker.
You can see the blue and purple in this one!!
This was very hard to take a picture of, but I love it!!  It is probably the closest I will get to the elusive Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie!!

That's all I have for now.  I probably will wear this until Saturday, when I do my Superbowl nails!  (I will take pictures, I promise!)  I will also try to be back a lot sooner- I have GH recaps (getting good!!) and some book reviews to do.

Until later,