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Happy 4th of July – Patriotic Nail Design

Hi Folks Happy 4th of July, I thought I would show you my idea of a fun little Patriotic Nail Design. You know me, as a former Cosmetologist, I love to play with anything beauty and that does include making my own nail art designs. 🙂

I took the time, late one night last week to create this patriotic nail design and meant to post it back then, however I got extremely busy again. And because I was so busy and doing messy things my nails aren’t the same as they were then. Basically with hard labor doing what we did this past week, I managed to almost ruin my manicure. I will tell you all about the fun we’ve had for almost 7 days now, demolishing an exterior wall from all our hail storms and the resulting water damage, etc etc. *sigh* Two disabled people shouldn’t have to do this, but when insurance calls it “flood” from the resulting water damage from repeated hails storms and drenching rains, you’ve got to do some of the work yourself… unless of course you have the money to hire out the work.

Well here is the patriotic nail design that I created for the 4th:

Oh, and I almost forgot, what am I calling this Patriotic nail design? It’s my Wonder Woman Nail Art! lol

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I didn’t include the polishes that I used for this look, as I used odds and ends, it took me forever to find the perfect colors for this look… however these colors have been my favorites for creating fun nail designs and unfortunately I wore out the labels. However watch for my post soon, with some colors in it that would do the trick!

Here is the link to my other post, I am so jealous of you lucky newbies to this free nail polish & cosmetic box offer, I am a member there already and I will have to use their secret store to order these individually.

SpaRitual – Summer and Fall Nail Polish 2011 Collections

Written by: Riah
Summer 2011 Collection "Evolve" spa ritual


Hi there my friends, I’d like to show you a wonderful company that asked me to do a review for them, They are Spa Ritual. Wrote and offered to send me their New Summer 2011 Collection called “Evolve” and Their Fall 2011 Collection called “Wilde” to try out and do a review for your folks.
Spa Ritual’s Nail polishes are all formulated Vegan, Free of Dibutyl Phthalate(DBP), Formaldehyde and Toluene, these chemicals are called “The Big 3” there is a lot of debate over the issues and/or non issues of these chemicals in nail polishes. But I prefer to be safe, better safe then sorry. I will tell you that when I first became a Cosmetologist that we used Formaldehyde Tablets in our Drawers, so after all the scrubbing and chemical cleaning of our products we had what they called a dry sanitizer that we used in all our containers for everything in the Cosmetology industry. The powers that be had determined that the Formaldehyde we were using were a carcinogen, which means that it’s cancer causing.
I received my package in the mail with 12 beautiful bottles of nail polish in it, the first thing I noticed is the lovely “plum cap”, as they call it, it’s a nice rubberized like cap with ridges in it so that it’s non slip. As I pulled out the bottles I noticed the colors! These colors are fun I haven’t seen colors like this before in other lines.
The Summer Collection reminds me of the colors at the Beach, and the picture with their colors on their site and (seen just above) I believe that this is exactly what theme they had in mind for the Evolve Collection.
This is what these colors look like on me, I had colored my nails and realized that they had not sent me the full Summer “Evolve” Collection, the color twig was not included instead a color from their Imagine Collection called “Living in the Moment” was included and the Evolve “Twig” was not there:
Spa Rituals on Mariah's FingernailsSummer 2011 “Evolve Collection” Colors (except where noted), Left to Right: Pebble, Living in the Moment (Imagine Collection), Sacred Sands, Driftwood, Native Rock.
 Summer Collection 2011
Summer 2011 “Evolve Collection”, this color is the color “Moss”
The colors of the Summer Collection are pretty obvious by the pictures, I will tell you that the color “Living in the Moment” from the Imagine Collection and the color “Native Rock” from the Evolve Collection are pretty close in color in the bottle, when you put it on it’s obvious that the “Native Rock” is a shade or two paler with more of a Dusty Rose Gray (Gray with slight pink to it) background and  “Living in the Moment” is a tad Deeper with  a little bit more blue in the color.  The color Moss is a lovely sort of mint green.
Fall 2011 Collection “Wilde” Colors from Left to Right Top to bottom: Sacred Ground, Instinct, Howl. Second Row from top: Running With Wolves, Spirit Child. Bottom: Rhythm of Life
I’d like to introduce you to a sneak peek of their Fall Collection (Above) , this collection is made up of the names: Howl, Spirit Child, Instinct, Sacred Ground, Rhythm of Life, Running with Wolves…. suppose their theme is Indian/Native American? These colors are all Shimmers and lovely and deep and sexy! The pictures don’t do these justice, Instinct is Purple with Blueish Shimmer, Spirit Child is Red with Gold Shimmer, Running With Wolves is Bronze with Gold Shimmer, Rhythm of Life is a Kelly Green with a lighter Green Shimmer, Howl is a Dark Charcoal at night and in daylight more of a the Darkest of Dark Chocolates with a Bronze Shimmer. These Shimmers are all quite Metallic looking the Sacred Ground has larger specks in the shimmer so it shows readily in any light.
Here are some pictures taken of me wearing the Wilde Collection, excuse the lighting please, shortly after the two pictures above of me wearing the Evolve Collection the skies darkened up and our thunderstorms started up.
Fall 2011 Collection Spa Rituals
Fall 2011 Collection “Wilde” Colors from Left to Right: Running With Wolves, Rhythm of Life, Sacred Ground, Spirit Child, Instinct.
Howl nail polish from Spa Ritual's Fall 2011 Collection
Fall 2011 Collection “Wilde” Color “Howl”
I really love these collections from SpaRituals, they are safe and quite resilient as before I’d taken these pictures I had been typing for quite a while. All in all I am very happy with the polishes, I even had a jar that was a little stuck and I must say that grip on the cap came in very handy on getting the polish open. 🙂

I’d like to thank SpaRitual for this chance to review all these polishes, they are so beautiful and so much fun to wear. Please Friends, check out SpaRituals, as I said in the beginning of this review, better safe then sorry and get a polish without “The Big 3” chemicals in them. SpaRitual can also be found on Twitter @SpaRitual and their Facebook link is: www.facebook.com/sparitual

EDIT (Noon Friday July 8, 2011):  
I posted this review late last night, and it’s noon today & I’ve been typing and doing housework, even opened up a soda can… not a chip or sign of wear and tear on the nails at all! I have to tell you, it’s hard for companies to make a great Vegan Nail Polish without “The Big 3” chemicals in it successfully. I have to say that I’ve bought so many of the popular pro-grade polishes out there and this one is out shining them all! SpaRitual got their nail polish right!

SpaRitual Nail Polish – Beautiful Summer 2011 Collection & sneak peek at Fall 2011 Collection http://tinyurl.com/3u83fca #Review @SpaRitual
Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, SpaRituals provided me with free samples of this product, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. . All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.The photo’s used in this review were provided by SpaRitual and Me.