4th Blogiversary Celebration Extravaganza!!

In 6 Harts Polish, Alter Ego, BKD Signature, Darling Diva Polish, Elevation Polish, Girly Bits, Nail Butter, Nails, Paint Box Polish, Red Dog Designs, Sea Lore, Sweet Heart Polish by Jacki13 Comments

I have lots of exciting things to share with you today! It’s been officially FOUR YEARS since I started little old Adventures In Acetone and I am just so blessed to have all of you following me and reading this right now. Whether you have been here since the beginning, or are a new fan, I just wanted to say THANK YOU! Thank you for taking the time to see what I’ve created, comment, share, and for trying my tutorials. In celebration of this personal milestone, I wanted to do two things. First, I’ll share a recreation of my very first blog mani. Below that, I have a TON of amazing indie brands that have graciously set up discount codes(!!) for my lovely readers to use. The indie polish and beauty community is BOOMING and they keep coming out with amazing products. I am so excited to share these codes with you!  Let’s take a look and join in the celebration!

Leaves and gradient nail art 1

My very first post featured this mani, inspired by Rebecca Likes Nails. I’ve always wanted to recreate it because I cringe at my original photo’s lighting, camera angle, hand pose, etc. Let’s face it, though, I was new and didn’t know how to blend the gradient well,  had never heard of using a clean up brush, and didn’t know what a light box was. I think I even used my iphone4 at the time to take that photograph. I guess I am happy to see improvement after all of this time.4 year blogiversary recreation

To recreate, I grabbed similar polishes (because I didn’t have any of the originals still in my collection) and had to paint the once-stamped design freehanded because I apparently passed that stamping plate along at some point as well. I used a base of OPI Alpine Snow and used a makeup sponge for the gradient of Elevation Polish Purple Queen Anthias, Elevation Polish Lake of the Isles, and OPI Jade is the New Black. I used black acrylic paint and a striper brush to do the leaf design and KBShimmer Clearly on Top to seal everything in.

Have you ever recreated an old mani?

Okay, onto the part you are probably all waiting for: the DISCOUNT CODES! Make sure to note the end dates and the extra info for each shop (i.e. if there is a minimum purchase before adding the code, etc.). I can’t thank these amazing ladies enough for being a part of my 4th Blogiversary Celebration Extravaganza. (I also wanted to say thank you to Ashley is Polish Addicted for letting me share some of her photos below!)


Elevation Polish Yeti's Healing Vibes 4Elevation Polish
Shop: http://elevationpolish.bigcartel.com
Conditions: 20% off your purchase of $12.00 or more.
Expiration: July 28th, Midnight (central)

6 Harts Polish Swim through the Deep Skies 26 Harts Polish
Big Cartel Shop: http://6harts.bigcartel.com
Conditions: 30% off your purchase of $10.00 or more.
Expiration: July 28th

Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/6HartsCraftCompany
Conditions: 30% off your purchase of $10.00 or more.
Expiration: July 28th

10599578_717838001585021_2246586462340055637_nNail Butter
Shop: http://www.nailbutter.com
Code: acetone4
Conditions: 20% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: August 20th

Alter Ego Can't Hide matte 2Alter Ego Nail Enamel
Shop: http://alteregonailenamels.bigcartel.com
Code: AIAcongrats
Conditions: 20% off (you should be able to combine with my free shipping code in the right sidebar ad of this page as well!)
Expiration: July 28th

Sweet-Heart-Polish-Youre-Amazing-2Sweet Heart Polish
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetheartpolish
Conditions: 30% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: 11:59pm EST July 27th

Paint Box Polish North Shore Shrimp Shack 2Paint Box Polish
Shop: http://paintboxpolish.bigcartel.com
Conditions: 20% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: NEVER!! 😀

1492185_10151884628117875_2047824391_oBKD Signature
Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Beegrl88
Conditions: 10% off your purchase of $10.00 or more.
Expiration: NEVER!! 😀

Red-Dog-Designs-The-Angels-Have-The-Phone-Box1Red Dog Designs
Shop: http://reddogdesigns.bigcartel.com
Conditions: 15% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: 12AM August 1st

Girly Bits BamBoom! 2Girly Bits Cosmetics
Shop: http://www.girlybitscosmetics.com
Conditions: 20% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: July 28th

Darling Diva Polish Pretty Bit 2Darling Diva Polish
Shop: http://www.darlingdivapolish.bigcartel.com
Code: Adventure30
Conditions: 30% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: August 31st

Sea-Lore-Nemo-tional-32Sea Lore Polish
Shop: http://sealore.bigcartel.com
Conditions: 20% off your purchase on the site.
Expiration: Midnight PST July 28th.

What are you waiting for? Go check out those amazing shops and spread the indie love by sharing this post with all of your friends. Thank you again for celebrating with me for this 4 year Blogiversary. Let me know below what you plan on buying with the codes in the comments below!

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  1. cynthia decker

    Many heartfelt thanks on your blogiversary! I am so happy to have found you, your skills, visions, honesty & integrity are qualitities everyone should strive for! Love you, hope you never stop blogging <3

  2. Traci

    I may or may not have already clicked purchase on some new Darling Diva polishes! I just tried this brand for the first time this week and it is EVERYTHING! I love it! I got Ashes Ashes, The Arcanist, The Grand Rite and Malum! Can you tell I’m ready for fall already?!!?!

  3. Traci

    P.S. You and your blog and your art skills are everything. I literally am wowed by everything you do!

  4. Megan G

    Huge congrats on 4 years!! That, and you, are amazing! Keep up the hard work <3

  5. Christina

    Huge congrats on four great years! I just bought some Elevation and Darling Diva and may go back for some 6 Harts or Paint Box…thanks so much for our presents 🙂 , and looking forward to many more years.

  6. Lauri

    Love your blog, love your manis. I smile every time I see that Yeti mani! <3

    Congrats on 4 years! Can't wait to see what's going on in 3 more!!

  7. Sumeet

    Congratulations!!! Love your anniversary mani, the colors and pattern are such a beautiful match! Thank you for ALL of the promo codes, I already ordered my DDP wishlist and am now headed off to Paint Box Polish, Girly Bits and EvP 😀

  8. TaShyra

    Congrats, Jacki, on your 4th blogiversary! I made especially sure I stopped by your page to let you know that I purchased my very first indies from you almost a year ago. I was new to nail art in general and purchased a mystery bag from you. I still have and use those polishes, so thank you for opening up a whole new nail polish world to me. Also, now that I think about it, I have you to blame for this obsession, lol! All the best, and I look forward to another 4 years of adventures with you!

  9. Emily Lacquerologist

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! It’s so fun to see the recreation of your first manicure 🙂 You did a great job both times, but it is fun to see how far you’ve come 😉

  10. Paint Box Polish

    Jacki, thank you so much for being my friend and a fabulous person in the nail community. I love reading your blog and drooling over your nail art. And your adorable children. lol! I wish you many more years of success my dear!

  11. Susanna M.

    Congratulations!!! I love your blog and swatches. You are definitely a “go-to” when I’m researching polishes and related items. What an awesome, and highly dangerous – for me, anyway – way to celebrate! This may get ugly. By that I mean, stupendously irresponsible and fun. #noregrets

  12. Littlemonsterx14

    Happy 4 years! I have been enjoying following your blog for as long as I can remember 🙂 I used to recreate my first mani on mu blogaversaries too! It was a galaxy mani, and I still can’t seem to get them perfect haha. Your recreation is beautiful!

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