Nailpolish Lovers, Rejoice! (+ Giveaway)


Hi, my name is Blakeley and I have a confession: I am addicted to nail polish. Like, seriously. I have two shoe boxes and a drawer FULL of polish. Maybe I should go on that TV show ‘Hoarders’? Because, yes, I hoard nail polish. I have never once finished a bottle and I never get rid of it, yet I can’t stop buying more. I probably have the exact same color in three different brands. But I paint my nails 2-3 days a week, so that makes it okay, right? The moment it starts to chip – BAM! Time for a new color. I even kind of struggle with gel manis because it lasts too long and I get bored with the color. See, told you have a problem.

BUT … in the words of Juan Pablo, “ees okay!” Because this time it paid off. A few weeks ago, I came across some pretty fabulous Maybelline nail polish colors and gave myself a fun manicure, which I posted on Instagram.

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About a week after, I discovered Maybelline’s limited release Bleached Neon polishes that were available during the month of May only. Of course, I had to have them, and shared my mani using two of the colors.
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Not long after, I received a direct message on Instagram from Maybelline saying that I was a winner in their #ColorShowoff IG Contest and had won their entire Color Show nail polish collection. SCORE!!!! I assumed I’d won maybe ten bottles of polish.


I got a knock at my door last week, signed for a package, opened it up, and THIS is what I found inside:
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Holy nail polish!! You know that sound that plays in cartoons when something magnificent happens, kind of like the heavens opening up? I’m pretty sure that played when I opened this box. The contents of that box translated into 48 bottles of nail polish.

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It was like color overload. I couldn’t get the bottles out of the box fast enough, and then I couldn’t decide which color to try first! I decided to go with this amazing pastel pink. I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect pale pink, and have finally found it in Maybelline’s Pink Embrace. Or should I say, it found me.
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Now, y’all know me. I can’t keep a good thing to myself. Which is why I’ve decided to share my good luck with YOU! Two lucky readers will win four bottles of nail polish from my new collection. One will win these three colors + a mystery color, selected by yours truly:
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And another will win these three + a mystery color:
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Fun, right? (P.s. That Gilded Rose above is amazing. I already own that and the Pretty In Peach next to it, which is what I used in the first IG picture.)

To enter, just leave a comment below letting me know a fun fact about you and nail polish! It can be a tip or trick you may have, your favorite colors, favorite brand, or even just the colors you would like to win. I will select two winners at random on Friday, July 11th. For a bonus entry, tweet a link to this post so that your friends can enter, too. Just be sure to tag me, @BlakeleyA, so that I can include it in the drawing. (Note: Winners will be contacted via the email associated with their comment below, so please make sure you use an email that you check! I will also post the winners on this blog post.)

So, what are you waiting for? Get to commenting so you can get to painting! I know that’s what I’ll be doing for the next five weeks …
Good luck!

Peace. Love. And nail polish.
xo, Blakeley

Disclaimer: I was not encouraged or compensated by Maybelline to write this post or give away their polish. I simply won and decided to let you in on the phone :).

Update: Congratulations to my winners!
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  1. July 11, 2014 / 10:20 pm

    In love with nail polish too its insane that I spend over an hour in the nail polish isle seeking for new ones.

  2. July 11, 2014 / 1:01 pm

    It’s pretty much the only makeup I wear religiously!:)

  3. July 11, 2014 / 12:05 pm

    I honestly love nail polish, but I love reading your blog, and am super proud of you! I think I need a great color to wear at your wedding! Also, my sister’s are addicted to nail polish, so I’d probably share with them too!!

  4. July 9, 2014 / 11:31 pm

    I love any color of nail polish.. I’m a pretty bad polish addict. Mostly though I try to limit myself to the cheaper brands, so that’s good right? ;P (I don’t own any nice brands basically (although I wish I had the money to!))

  5. July 9, 2014 / 10:13 pm

    This is an awesome giveaway. The three mystery colors are so beautiful. I love mixing and matching colors and draw nail art using a toothpick as I don;t have a brush yet 🙂
    I hope this is an international giveaway

    • July 11, 2014 / 12:07 pm

      Rajkashmi – instead of using a toothpick, to give yourself greater control, i have seen many people take a pencil and stick a sewing pin in the eraser – the head of the pin used to make the designs/nail art!

  6. July 8, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    I have over 400 polishes, all hanging on a rack I made above my computer. I CANNOT go into a store without leaving with a new bottle of polish. It’s quite an obsession, but I guess it could be worse 🙂

  7. July 8, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    I have over 200 nail polishes. I just love polish. Anytime I go in Walmart/Kmart/Target/CVS/Walgreens/Ross/TJMaxx/Nordstrom Rack or other stores with polish in them, I always have to take a peek.

  8. July 8, 2014 / 2:36 pm

    I am a total nail polish addict and I love to experiment with different color combinations and techniques. I currently have a fun summer pink shade and a rich red color on my nails with 4 fingers on 1 hand with red and 1 nail with pink and then the opposite on my other hand with 4 fingers with the pink and then 1 with red. I thought I’d have fun and try it out and it turned out great. Thanks so much for being so generous with your amazing win!

    prettyinhotpink6 at gmail dot com

    • Blakeley
      July 12, 2014 / 6:54 pm

      Thanks for entering … you’re one of the winners!!!!! I am so happy to hear that I’m not alone in this nail polish addiction thing 🙂 I will email you to get your address. Thanks again for stopping by!

  9. July 8, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    Winning giveaways is so exciting and I’m so happy for you! That was a fantastic prize: 48 polishes!! I get very excited when I win just one or 2, but 48?!! I probably would have passed out from hyperventilating from the sheer excitement of it all!! A fun fact about me & polish: I have always loved polishing my nails and I’ve always had at least 5-10 polishes, always. But since I got sick 2 1/2 years ago (kidney failure) and having to spend time in the hospital & at home recovering, I have discovered nail art, nail blogs, Facebook, Instagram & Twitter. I now have around 250-300 bottles of polish, ranging from bargain drug store to indies & almost everything in between. I love stamping, dotting, glitter, texture & holos & multichrome polishes!! Thank you for sharing your windfall with us & giving us all a chance to win a few of those wonderful polishes!!

  10. July 7, 2014 / 11:47 pm

    Lucky! I am a nail polish fiend and am very jealous of your haul! You should google “jelly sandwich mani”. It’s a new-to-me kind of manicure that I am super excited to try. You do an opaque color on the bottom, then a glitter over that, and then a sheer color on top so the glitter and color is just subtly popping through! That’s what I am going to try next. After I am ready to give up my 4th of July nails that took me a few hours to paint, LOL! 🙂

  11. July 7, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    Fun fact about me- I actually came across your blog on instagram..I saw the #colorshowoff hashtag in a magazine and decided to go look at all the colors people were posting. And I cam across your page and saw you were having a giveaway, and thought, hey why not give it a try! 🙂
    I am also a nail polis freak!! I have so much that I never finish. And multiple of the same one because I live it so much. I’m ALWAYS! Painting my nails. Half the time I have my color all picked out and I’m so excited to paint them, then when I finish I don’t like how it came out, or the color and have to take it all off and start over again lol! I’ve been searching for the perfect mint color and I can never find it:/ But I’m pretty excited because I saw they have it, so now I absolutley NEED to go and get it haha.

    • Blakeley
      July 12, 2014 / 6:52 pm

      I am SO glad you found my blog on Instagram!! Wanna hear something awesome? You’re one of my winners!!! Please email me your address so I can get it on the way to you 🙂 busybmail @ gmail. com

  12. July 7, 2014 / 4:41 pm

    Hmm… me and nail polish… um, well, I’m a polish addict too, and have nearly 300 bottles at the moment (only a few are dupes). But I’m also a nail artist, and I’ve developed a bit of a problem… now I can’t stand to wear just a polish all on its own. I HAVE to have nail art in some form on my nails. This of course can be an issue because there are times I don’t feel up to doing nail art. So sometimes I’ll give in and just put on a single polish, but it never lasts more than two days. (Truthfully, though, even most of my nail art doesn’t last longer than two days before I get bored and decide to change it!)

  13. July 6, 2014 / 7:32 pm

    I don’t know what I would do with 48 bottles of nail polish. I recently counted mine and realized I had almost 30 bottles, most of them blues. I think blues are my absolute fave colors for nail polish and I really like the mini Bonita polishes I bought off eBay last year. They are very opaque and quick drying, even better than my Julep polishes.

  14. July 5, 2014 / 1:15 am

    I swear by Essie! It may be ll in my head, but I am convinced that their polish is the best ever!

  15. July 3, 2014 / 8:33 pm

    fun fact: i actually really like the smell of nail polish! gilded rose looks so pretty!

    • Blakeley
      July 9, 2014 / 4:34 pm

      You know, I don’t hate it either now that I think about it!

  16. July 3, 2014 / 1:47 am

    I had to hide my stash in a cookie box and when my mom saw it she made me reduce it to 1/4 of the original quantity.

    • Blakeley
      July 9, 2014 / 4:34 pm

      Haha, that’s funny but so not funny at the same time!

  17. July 2, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    The Peach is so pretty I have a similar color in another brand and love it. Would love to try out the Gilded Rose 🙂

  18. July 2, 2014 / 1:40 am

    I like really dark or soft shades on my finger nails. Not neon or bright… those colors go on my toes 😉

    • Blakeley
      July 1, 2014 / 4:38 pm

      Nice work!! That’s a fun collection to have, in my book.

  19. July 1, 2014 / 10:58 am

    I loveeee to paint my own nails – it’s the relaxing moment I have after mommy duty and Sydney is asleep! New favorite obsession: blue! Growing up momma would only let me buy pink or red so crazy colors are now my favorite!

    • Blakeley
      July 1, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      Sounds like a great way to relax to me 🙂

  20. July 1, 2014 / 1:33 am

    I am also a nail polish addict! Here’s tip when removing glitter nail polish soak pieces of cotton balls in polish remover, place on nails and wrap with foil. Let it sit for a minute. Voila! Easy removal. You can never have enough of the same color in different brands. 🙂

    • Blakeley
      July 1, 2014 / 4:37 pm

      GREAT tip!!!! I love glitter polish, but hate fighting trying to get it off. I will try this! Thanks!!

  21. June 30, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    I try to branch out to different colors when I’m getting my nails done but it never fails that I find OPI’s Cajun Shrimp anywhere that it’s available! I really do try to stray from red corals but I can’t! I think I need the peach with glitter to help me 😉

    • Blakeley
      July 1, 2014 / 4:36 pm

      Sarah and coral go together like PB&J 🙂

  22. June 30, 2014 / 4:43 pm

    True Story: I used to be a HUGE nail biter, up until my senior year of college (seriously, huge, I used to bite the plastic nails off my baby dolls when I was a child, that’s how bad it was) but realized that I needed to kick the habit because I didn’t want to have nasty looking hands when I went on interviews.

    I was finally able to kick the habit by getting my nails done on a regular basis, including fake nails (and found my all-time favorite color during this time period – OPI’s Hawaiian Orchid – which I am sporting now).

    Now, everyone comments on how crazy long my nails get, and my mom is in utter disbelief that these are the same fingernails of a girl with a former severe nail biting habit!

    I am a huge fan of the warm colors you posted – over jeweled, gilded rose, and pretty in peach. I’d love to win those!

    • Blakeley
      July 1, 2014 / 4:36 pm

      Wow, nice work!!! Very impressive. I’ve never been a biter, but I am a picker. The second my polish starts to chip, I pick the crap out of it. It’s pretty tacky…

  23. June 30, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    Fun fact: I too am a nail polish addict. I frequently get my nails done on my lunch break and have color anxiety when picking out the perfect color. Pick me, because we all know I need more nail polish!! (not)

    • Blakeley
      July 1, 2014 / 4:35 pm

      Really?? I had no idea! #LOLOLOLOL

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