THE LOOSE ENDS LIST BOOK COVER MANICURE (+ giveaway!!)

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I am so excited to be apart of THE LOOSE ENDS LIST blog tour! I knew when I saw this cover that I would have to try and recreate this look. I started with a yellow base coat. This is Nicole Yellow It’s Me. I personally think yellow polish looks odd with my skin tone. Not sure if I have ever worn this alone. My nails are kind of short right now but I think this whole look, looks good on shorter nails!

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I was originally going use tape and make a consistent pattern across my nails but after studying the cover it is a bit more random. I used a flat tipped brush and did a random chevron pattern over the whole nail. Patterns like this make me happy because I can cover up mistakes very easily.    1CCpIND3

Next I decided to add detail to my thumb. I think the anchor turned out adorable and will definitely be doing anchors more often.

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I ended up trying to add the banner on top of the anchor and flowers and felt very “meh” with how that turned out but I think adding another anchor to my middle finger was a good choice. Overall I love all the colors together!

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Other colors I used: Green – Julep Leah, Purple – Julep Anne, White – Ulta Snow White, Pink – OPI Don’t Know…Beets Me

27161846ABOUT THE LOOSE ENDS LIST:

Seventeen-year-old Maddie O’Neill Levine lives a charmed life, and is primed to spend the perfect pre-college summer with her best friends and young-at-heart socialite grandmother (also Maddie’s closest confidante), tying up high school loose ends. Maddie’s plans change the instant Gram announces that she is terminally ill and has booked the family on a secret “death with dignity” cruise ship so that she can leave the world in her own unconventional way – and give the O’Neill clan an unforgettable summer of dreams-come-true in the process.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. She struggles to find the strength to say good-bye in a whirlwind summer shaped by love, loss, and the power of forgiveness

LINKS: Indiebound | B&NAmazon | The Book Depository

Carrie FirestoneABOUT CARRIE FIRESTONE:

Carrie Firestone has lived in rural, urban, and suburban places, and, while she currently  lives in the suburbs, she is decidedly a CITY person. She loves parties, and all kinds of music, and books about random people doing random things in random places. She loves to travel with her husband, and two daughters, Lauren and Emily. When she isn’t writing, you might find her reluctantly sharing her popcorn at the movies, trying to get people (or dogs)  to do a conga line, or adding items to her loose ends list.

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook 

Tour Schedule:

Week 1:

6/6: Katie’s Book Blog – Review
6/7: The Irish Banana – Q&A
6/8: The Hardcover Lover – Review
6/9: Polished Page-Turners – Cover Manicure
6/10: Lost In Lit – Review

Week 2:

6/13: YA Reads – Guest Post
6/14: Reading Teen – Review
6/15: A Book & A Latte – How I Write
6/16: Once Upon A Twilight – Review
6/17: Actin’ Up With Books – Cover Recreation

Giveaway:

3 Finished Copies of THE LOOSE ENDS LIST (US Only)

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Manicure Monday + Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley Audiobook Review

hibaudioHighly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
Published: May 10th 2016 by Listening Library
Source: audiobook (Scribd)

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn’t left the house in three years, which is fine by him.
Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she s being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there?
Solomon is the answer.
Determined to fix Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend Clark and confiding her fears in him. Soon, all three teens are far closer than they thought they d be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse, as well.
A hilarious and heartwarming coming-of-age perfect for readers of Matthew Quick and Rainbow Rowell, “Highly Illogical Behavior” showcases the different ways in which we hide ourselves from the world and the ways in which love, tragedy, and the need for connection may be the only things to bring us back into the light.

Highly Illogical Behavior was a book that I picked up solely based on one or two people on Twitter who I saw shouting into the void about how good this book is. And bless Scribd for getting such an awesome new title so quick. One day I’ll have to make a Scribd appreciation post, cause it’s my favorite, but I’m getting off topic. Friends shout into the void, I acquire audiobook, and then I fell in love.

The characters are perfect! Solomon has his issues, but he is also a person you can’t help but gravitate toward, Clark is an adorable human who isn’t afraid to say what’s on his mind, and Lisa is pure at heart – even if she does some questionable things. I love this trio and I’ll miss hanging out with them.

The story itself is brilliant. It’s thoughtful and a bit heart wrenching, while also being funny and informative. I thought I knew where things were going here, but I was wrong… and I love when I’m wrong! There’s nothing worse than a mega obvious ending. Then there is the abundance of pop culture references in this book that made my nerd heart swell. Especially the Community references, because any book that references Abed’s beautiful weirdness is an automatic A plus for me!

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I enjoyed this book way more than I thought I was going to. It was a book I pretty much blindly picked up, I had no idea what the plot was, but since that’s my usual style I wasn’t disappointed. It completely caught my feels off guard and I’m just ready to push it on everyone I know. SO READ THIS BOOK! Obviously I gave this baby 5 stars and I agree with the Goodreads synopsis when it says fans of Everything Everything and Me And Earl And The Dying Girl will enjoy this book. Now for the mani!

So, looking at this cover I was like ‘dude I can totally do that on my nails!’… but I swear I’ve gotten cocky since my galaxy mani, because let me tell you what, I’m not that good at nail art  :p

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This isn’t the worst mani in the world, but it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. However I learned some things. Like just because the color is bright doesn’t mean it will look bright over a black base. Really the blue and the white are the ones that pop the most, and had the other colors looked as good as these two I think it would’ve been a success.

To create this I used a base coat of Black Matte Color Show by Maybelline (which I didn’t fully think through because after putting a top clear coat on the black wasn’t matte anymore, but oh well). Then for the colors I used Keep Up the Flame and Orange Fix both Color Show by Mabelline, Tan Lime and Blue Me Away! both Extreme Wear by Sally Hansen and then an OPI White. I used a toothpick to draw on the squiggles, and some I had to try and do upwards of three coats so they would show up.

I think with what I learned I could one day re-do this mani and make it look better. As alwaysm I had fun doing it regardless of how it looked, and I can only get better from here!

Manicure Monday – History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

In honor of last Monday’s cover reveal for Adam Silvera’s new book History Is All You Left Me, I did a manicure to compliment the beautiful cover!

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Isn’t it prefect?! Here are my slightly less perfect nails:

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I would’ve taken a photo of them with the book, but at the time I didn’t have this beautiful arc and because I have the greatest of luck they got all messed up about 20 minutes after I took this pic. But I got it! And I had fun doing it.

I used Blue Me Away! by Sally Hansen and Navy Narcissist by Maybelline Color Show for the base colors that I thought matched the cover pretty well. Then (not pictured) I used Fierce and Tangy by Maybelline Color Show and Alpine Snow by OPI for the moon and the sun.

I love this cover, I loved this manicure, and I know I’ll love History Is All You Left Me! It was so great seeing Adam again at BEA this past week and I’m thrilled to have his next book in my possession. Now all that’s left to do is curl up with a box of tissues and read away.

History Is All You Left Me comes out January 17, 2017 and is available for pre-order now!

ILLUMINAE MANI (+ GIVEAWAY!)

Hello! One of the reasons I originally started the blog was to share book cover manis and I really fell off that wagon recently. Since this month Kylie and I have a bagillion giveaways planned and I ran out of post ideas, I decided we needed to do some manicures this month! Well it seemed my giveaway stack was heavy on Sci-Fi books so I thought “why don’t we both create our own galaxy manis?!” and I think this was one of my best ideas yet. Make sure to check out Kylie’s mani from yesterday (plus a giveaway for a signed copy of This Shattered World!)

My one dilemma when planning out my galaxy mani was I didn’t want ours to look too similar. Most people go for the dark colors: navy blue or black with purple accents. I love this look but knew I had to go a different route. Well just so happens I have a giveaway for a copy of Illuminae today so what better basis than the cover?? It isn’t your typical “galaxy” mani but it definitely fits the book plot. With out further ado…

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I always start any mani with pulling any and all colors from my collection that could possible work. I usually only end up using a few but I like to have my options open, plus you would be surprised what colors end up working best! IMG_0407IMG_0408

I ended up sponging on all the colors for this. I got a bag of make-up sponges from Sally’s Beauty. I started with the lightest color/the color I wanted to just “peak through”, for this I used Zoya Pippa. From there a moved to a solid orange (Zoya Arizona) and then an orange with some sparkle (China Glaze Riveting) and I ended up dabbing a bit with the brush out the utside edges to get an extra pop of color. IMG_0409

With the sponging, there will be some mess on your cuticles! I wait until the end to clean all at once. From there I took a dotting tool (you can use a toothpick or any thing similar with a fine point) and did some random white dots. Before I put top coat on, I did a quick sweep of a clear glitter to give it one last little bump.

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I am SO HAPPY with how this turned out!! There was no rhyme or reason to my dabbing and sometimes randomness turns out looking really cool.

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If you haven’t read Illuminae yet I HIGHLY HIGHLY reccomend it! If not make sure to enter the giveaway below!! Also if you are in the US make sure to check to see if Amie and Jay are stopping in your town for Illuminae!!

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Manicure Monday #2

I didn’t go all out for my first ever Manicure Monday post, and I probably should have… but I’m new so don’t be too hard on me. I actually did not plan this one. If you ever check out my Instagram – @alwayseditingmylife – you’ll see that I like to match my nails to the current books I’m reading, but I haven’t been keeping up on that lately. This one was just a coincidence. I painted my nails before I met up with Katie for the Mighty Mississippi Book Blast and they just so happened to delightfully go with the cover for The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes, so later on I snapped a pic an voila! My first Monday Manicure post – pictured with Starbucks because… well, it’s Starbucks ❤

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There isn’t much craziness going on for this manicure. I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear. Colors: Breezy Blue (481) for the main and Total Flirt (902) for the accent nail. I love the color Breezy Blue, it’s one of my faves and I’m quickly running out. Come back next Monday for more! And don’t forget to enter to win our giveaway for a signed copy of The Art of Lainey!

Manicure Monday #1

You are probably wondering why I call myself the “Polished Page-Turner” if I never post pictures of manicures. Well to be honest this quarter at school has been kicking my butt which results in stress. If you are not familiar, stress can result in weakened nails = short, broken nails and I hate sharing my nubs. But school is winding down and I will be FREEEE (well sortof) around the 12/13 (depending on when I decide to finish my online class). This means more free time to do blogg-y things and MORE MANICURES.

I recently posted my review of Arclight by Josin L. McQuein, and while I did not particularly enjoy the book itself I LOVE the cover. The colors were just screaming for me to re-create into a manicure and so I did!

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I loved how these came out! I realize now I should have taken a picture of the steps. I will definitely aim to do that in the future (especially with an easy one like this!) I will explain below on how to recreate this…

  1. First pick out the colors you want to use. I used a few foil finish polishes. This is a sortof of glitter, metallic-y finish that is shiny. The exact colors I used are from Zoya’s Surf Collection. They all look good together, so it made this step easy for me. You can use any colors you want but the “foil” finish is best to create the shine of the Arclight cover.
  2. Paint your nail using any of the colors you choose. This is to help prevent bald spots. Let fully dry.
  3. Next you are going to want to take a make-up sponge. I got mine from Sally’s Beauty. I think I got a bag of 80 for under $5, but any brand will work. You want to take the make-up sponge and sponge on the other colors. I did mine random but you can do whatever way you want! Let full dry.
  4. This is where is can get confusing. I personally used nail striping tape for this step but if you don’t have that you can cut ordinary scotch tape into strips. You lay them on your fully dry nail. Once again you can do any pattern you want but I choose to lay them in bursts to recreate the cover. You then paint over the strips with your top color. In this one I used OPI Black Onyx (my all time favorite black). Before the top color fully cries, you are going to want to take the strips off. If you wait till it is fully dry you may end up taking some of the top color with! I have heard people like to use tweezers to help remove the strips. I personally don’t feel the need but it may help you.
  5. Finally let dry for a few minutes before adding a clear top coat. If you grab the top coat too fast you may smudge the colors and you don’t want all your time to go to waste!

I hope this tutorial makes some amount of sense! I will aim to take pictures in the future because it may be easier to see than reading my ramblings. If you have any questions please leave me a comment or throw me a Tweet (I swear I live on Twitter some days!) Also if you have any other cool covers you think I could make into a manicure let me know! I hope you enjoyed my first Manicure Monday!