Happy 3 Year Blogiversary Kimett Kolor!! Plus Giveaway!

C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-I-O-N time!!

It’s been 3 years since I started Kimett Kolor!!

Wow. Just. Wow.

And, what a great adventure it has been! I’ve found a much greater enjoyment in nail art and blogging that I ever anticipated. Through this hobby, I’ve also made many connections with folks all over the world that I will always cherish. There are constant ways to grow and expand with new products and techniques. Indie brands have brought unique and more personal choices to nail art. For these reasons and many more, I’m very much looking forward to three more years (at least)!

Blog created: September 2013
Screen Capture shown above: September 2016

Thank you to everyone who has ever inspired me, helped me, supported me and encouraged me!! There aren’t enough words in the dictionary to describe my gratitude.

In this post, I’ll take a little trip down memory lane including a revisit of the very first post for a little THEN and NOW comparison.

Also, I hope you’ll enter my Reader Appreciation GIVEAWAY (info and links at the end of the post). And, as a surprise BONUS – those that have commented on my blog in the past can earn 5 extra chances in the raffle!!

Here we go….

Technically I dipped my toes in the water with some practice posts beginning on September 7th. I posted a couple groups of nail art I had done earlier that year before planning to blog. The first post’s title was “Never Say Never” — nail art (and especially blogging about it) had not been anywhere near my radar for the first 40 years of my life.

It was then on the 16th, exactly 3 years ago today, that I posted the first “new” nail photos taken specifically for the blog. I had decided to use the infamous 31-Day Challenge prompts as a guide to get going, And of course, being hesitant, I chose to do the simplest form of nail art EVER for the first prompt of “Red”. I simply applied one polish over another creating a layered look. We all start somewhere – right?!

 My First Blogging Nails ~ Dorothy’s Ruby Red Slippers (post can be found here)

Very new to polishing — and posing — and taking pictures of nails. Very new.
(This picture is from my archives, not seen in original post.)

The structure that the 31 Day Challenge provided was very helpful. It also forced me to dive right in to the blogging experience and find even more fellow bloggers to look up to. Although I am not physically able to paint/post daily, I’m still proud I hung in there and finished all 31 prompts (often with other designs in between) in April of 2014.

It felt very good to post this photo!

You can see my recap, collage of all nail arts, and thoughts about the challenge in this 31DC2013 In Review post. Here are a couple highlights – one of your favorites and one of mine:

Out of the gate, one of the earlier ones was quite popular…you may remember Metal Meets Matte:

 

Metallic stamping over a matte finish polish (Posted October 2013)
I didn’t even have my own website domain yet…

I enjoyed a lot of the designs I did during that time, but my favorite is still the prompt Inspired by a Song: Love Is … Green!? 

 

Shrek & Fiona peeking out from their pool of swamp mud (posted January 2014)

In 2014, I started a Theme of the Month series where I would use the birthstone and birth flower for each month as the inspiration for a nail design. I really enjoyed doing these as well. I finished the first 10 months…cough, cough. And…I will be finishing the last two this year, come hell or highwater! November and December are all planned out…just waiting for me to get to them.

September – Sapphire and Asters (posted November 2014)
Happy Birthday to all the September babies!!!

 

You can see all of my posts of this type by following this link: Theme of the Month. (Actually, there are 11 as I re-did March’s design this past year.)

Once I was done with the 31-day challenge, I found some other topics to incorporate such as off-beat holidays like World Turtle Day. I joined the feature site Random Nail Art and have been a member of Nailpolis to help get my blog noticed. I did a few product reviews for Born Pretty Store and once I had branched out to social media sites, I joined in group challenges as well.

 

Stamping over loose glitter (Posted July 2014)

As far as blogging went, the calendar year 2015 was a bit sparse. It was a tumultuous year which included a long-distance move for my husband and I. Just before the move, I had joined Instagram. That turned out to be such a wonderful idea and has become a useful and enjoyable off-shoot of nail blogging. Talk about expanding one’s horizons!! So much talent and wonderful new faces!!

Advanced stamping techniques such as stamping decals (shown on ring finger above) and reverse stamping have provided lots of new types of design options. (Posted March 2015)

This year I’ve steadily found my groove again and am back to posting at or above my goal of 4 times a month. As much as my brain reels with tons of ideas and could create so much more – I have to stay at a pace that is comfortable within my physical limitations.

No matter what, when or for which challenge/inspiration, I find that I get so much therapeutic value and benefit from the creative outlet that it is been a real life-saver regardless of the blogging schedule. It has always been my goal to share my enthusiasm and hopefully infect others with the happiness of making and wearing nail art.

 

I like to mix-up my post types – occasionally including pictorials, slide shows, and more.
Heart tips on color skittle (Posted February 2016)
This summer has provided lots of #mynailsandmyflowergarden collages.
Blue Toned Marble (Posted June 2016)
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Throughout my blogging, I have been consistent in making sure to credit any sources for tutorials, inspirations, and helpful information. I may be biased because I started this journey after following a great group of bloggers (rather than being introduced to nail art through other online sites), but I do believe that nail art bloggers offer the BEST resource of EVERYTHING you could be looking for.

I am very grateful for all that I have been able to absorb and learn from the fantastic folks in my Bloglovin’ feed, or through other notifying methods such as Pinterest, Facebook, Google+ and Instagram. Luckily, it’s not hard to find and follow nail artists anymore.

Glitter Gradient for New Year’s Eve (Posted December 2014)

Also, I try very hard to include links to any products and their online sites for things I’ve used in my designs that come from non-store sources. It’s important to me that you have access to all of the resources that I’ve come across and helping to support smaller businesses as well.

Is there anything that I’m not doing that you’d like to see??? I would love to know!!! Any and all ideas are welcome!!

Design Details

Now….remember that very first red polish post that I included at the beginning of this stroll back in time? Well, here is the same polishes used on my nails today in honor of my 3rd Blogiversary.

KimettKolor 3 Year Blogiversary Then-Now Nail Polish Art
The same two polishes in a layered look, but now with a reverse stamping accent nail with polish bottles!

Since this post is long, I’m going to give a quick run down on these. But, please if you have any questions or I’m unclear, let me know in the comments.

On my ring finger, I chose to do some reverse stamping so that you can get an idea of the two polishes. All fiver fingers have a base of two coats of Borghese ~ Che Bella Red. Then the four nails have one coat of Nubar ~ Prize applied evenly over the top.

For the reverse stamping, I used It Girl Fashion Plate IG-112 in Joss black stamping polish and colored in the polish bottles with Prize so that they looked like the combination on the other fingers. I used my current favorite stamper, The Big Bling from Clear Jelly Stamper to stamp the painted in design when the base polish was almost fully dry.

I followed up with a generous coat of Gelous (great for thirsty glitters, found at Sally’s Beauty Stores) before a final generous layer of top coat making this look a bit smoother & shinier than my first time.

Here’s a side-by-side:

KimettKolor 3 Year Blogiversary Then-Now Nail Polish Art
It was so hard to mimic that old hand pose!!

 

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Well, ladies and gentlemen…I really hope you enjoyed this post. I have had a great time re-reading posts of the past while gearing up for it. It was also fun to paint my nails real quick just for this today.

And now, let’s get on with your reward!!

I mean when I say that I am so very grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received from you over these years. Of course there are some of you that have been with me since the start — extra hugs!! And, if you’re just finding my blog now – I’m happy to have everyone with me!!

And I’d like you to really feel that back. One way I can show my appreciation is to offer a chance for you to win a prize. (Pun intended – the holographic polish on my nails from three years ago and today is named Prize!!)

 

 

Giveaway

As a Thank You to all of my followers, I’m offering the chance for to enter in a Reader Appreciation Giveaway / Kimett Kolor’s 3rd Blogiversary Celebration.

One winner will be eligible to receive a $50 (US Dollars) Gift Certificate of his/her choice to a nail polish/nail supply online store (please read all the rules & conditions).

I hope that you’ll join in my celebration and complete the Rafflecopter Form below. There are a total of 20 entry points that each person may be eligible to earn. Please read all of the rules/conditions to make sure every entry counts!

  • Giveaway starts NOW
  • Giveaway ends September 30, 2016
  • Drawing to be held within a week after end.
  • Winner will be notified by e-mail (see below).
  •  After acceptance, winner will also be announced here (this post will be edited).

 

Giveaway Rules/Conditions:

 

  1. The giveaway will be open to US and International readers of my blog. Everyone, over the age of 18, is eligible!
  2. The only required entry is that you provide me your email address to be used if you have the winning entry and/or if I have questions regarding verification of your entries. (This step is in addition to any information needed to participate with Rafflecopter.)
  3. You can earn extra entries by completing the additional items on the form and following the instructions. Some entries require you to have accounts with Social Media applications. These entries are not required.
  4. If you have commented on my blog prior to September 16, 2013 – please make sure to fill in that option to earn your bonus points.
  5. To participate you need to fill out the Rafflecopter form.
  6. You as the Entrant are responsible for choosing the  Nail Polish/Supply website that offers the ability to purchase and receive gift certificates via e-mail or regular mail. It can be any website that offers nail polish or nail art supplies (including Amazon.com and Etsy.com) that I as a US citizen am eligible to purchase for the purpose of sending to the entrant. (Please also read all terms provided in the Rafflecopter form.)
  7. Following the random drawing, the winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Should I not receive a response in that timeframe, another winner will be chosen.
  8. If you have any questions feel free to comment on this post or send me an email: kimettkolor@gmail.com.
  9. This prize is provided solely by me with my money. Please — no drama, or taking advantage. I’ve yet to ever have any negativity here on my website or any of my social media channels – let’s keep it that way! Thank you!
  10. ALL entries will be verified!!
  11. GOOD LUCK!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

If you have any questions or trouble with the Rafflecopter form — please don’t hesitate to reach out!!

 

Again, and again….Thank you many times over for supporting me and this blog!!!

Till Next Time,
Kimett

10/3/2016 EDIT: Congratulations to Natasha for having the winning entry in the giveaway! Thank you so much for everyone’s support and participation!! I’m truly, truly touched. <3

  • Beth Dunton

    Yay, November nails are coming! 😊

    • Yes!!! Sorry you’ve had to wait so long!! 😅

    • In case you wanted, you are eligible to enter the giveaway (and can earn the bonus entries too) — the available sites for gift certificate listed in the rules above includes Amazon or Etsy….just in case you thought you wouldn’t be interested. 😉

      • Beth Dunton

        😊 Didn’t want to take away from folks who do nail art!

  • Happy blog birthday – you have done an amazing job, even your first photos are with nice clean up and every thing – well done!
    What I like the most, that’s easy everything including your nail art and your sweet personality!

    • Thank you very much Maria!! I am so glad to see you entered the giveaway. You’ve been a big inspiration to me this whole time!!! And, now your words of praise are very much appreciated and meaningful. Thanks again & again!!

  • CurlyGirl66

    WOW! Three years – and you kept this post such a secret! Over the years you’ve done such amazing designs – it was so much fun to reminisce with you. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite. I think you have found your bliss – one which inspires you, lets your creativity shine through, and is multi-faceted. Am so proud and happy for you!

    • Thank you very much for being my biggest fan!! It has really meant the world to me. While I write for me – I have you in mind as my audience all the time! All of your encouragement and willingness to listen to my constant nail art chatter is very much appreciated!!!! HUGS!!

      You’re eligible to enter the giveaway if you want to – and per the stated rules any site that offers polish is game (such as Amazon, Etsy, etc) – so keep that in mind. 😉

  • Natasha Wright

    I am new to your blog but you are so informative with all of your links. Congrats again on three years! You inspire me with your art!

    • Oh so happy to see you entered sweetie!! You’re a bright spot in our nail world! I’m grateful to have met you and your kind words are very much appreciated!! 😉 Thank you!

  • Kyong Lee

    I love that you try new techniques and detail your process including what did and did not work for you.

    • So glad you entered Kyong!! And your comment means so very much to me, THANK YOU!! You’ve been a huge inspiration and source of learning for me too!

  • Lacky Corner

    I love your clean and nice photos and the way you write.

    • Thank you very much – I really appreciate hearing it and it means a lot to me. 🙂

  • Georgina

    Congratulations! Only found your insta recently which lead to here. I just wanted to say that I also attempted the 31dc2013 except I’m still trying to finish! Oh and I started following the because I liked the clear bright photos and your nail art designs!

    • Hi Georgina!! So glad you found me (and now I you)!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment/praise – I truly appreciate it!! And, I’m glad that I’m not the only one who likes to “take their time” with challenges, LOL!

      • Georgina

        You’ve inspired me, I might have to finish it now!

  • vicky baker

    Congratulations and happy blog birthday. Although I’ve only discovered your blog this year, I’m a massive fan. I hope there are many more years to come.
    Vicky xxx

    • Thank you so very much Vicky!! I hope you enter the giveaway – you’ve been a great supporter to me! Your efforts with Nail Blog Love is something special too! Thanks again, hun!! <3

  • A very happy blogiversary to you Kim!! I hope nail art and blogging will continue to bring you joy! I love reading your posts, they’re always detailed and helpful, and most of all I can tell how much you enjoy creating your designs. 🙂

    • Thank you so very much Lili!! Your wonderful comment has made my day! I’m thrilled that you feel that way about my blogging…I couldn’t ask for more. 😉

  • nancpantzng

    Hi, I’m Nancy! I’m new to your blog and Instagram but definitely love what I’m seeing! You are very inspiring (love your work!) and I will be following and commenting for sure! Congrats on 3 years, and many more to come!! 😘😘

    • Hey Nancy!! I’m so glad to read you comment! Everything you said means a lot to me! Thank you so very much!!

  • christinemiller824

    I love to see all of the different nail designs that you create. It gives me the inspiration to continue practicing my nail art. Your work is gorgeous!

    • Thanks so much Christine! I appreciate it and am thrilled to know you get some inspiration for your pretty nails! 😉

  • Debbie Jarman

    I love that you always talk about the mani rather than just post the pics. I used to do that but I can’t find the time any more and that does make me sad. I don’t always read everything, tending to read the once I like best but I love that it’s there!

    • Hey Debbie! So glad to hear your view – I love the idea that you read some of my posts every now and then, and your comment helps! It does take time to write — I sometimes think I should do less blogging (writing/photos) part to then do more designs…but I just can’t seem to work that way. I’m glad we all have our styles and think we offer each other what we all need. You are a huge supporter and inspiration to me – Thanks so much for your comment and I’m happy you entered!!

  • I can’t wait to do a 1 year anniversary post and look back at my progress haha. Also, I LOVE LOVE LOVE your Supernatural mani, and that you chose that name. I remember we all screamed YYEESSS when you shared that in the group!

    Congrats on 3 years, and here’s to many more.

    • Thanks so very much Melissa!! I really need to get more of my Supernatural Lacquers featured in my designs. 😉 It does feel very good to have achieved this milestone — you will definitely enjoy yours too!

      • I’m pretty sure Supernatural is my #1 owned polish. I just love everything Stef comes up with.

        • She really does hit it out of the park with her vision come true in polishes!! And she’s one of the most professional one-woman-show brands too, I appreciate that. It is up there with my Indie collections too – although I haven’t counted recently. ;-P

          • I think I have 18….which is the most of any other brand, that I own. But it won’t stop there. Honestly, I wish I had been introduced to her polishes when she started. I’m forever on the hunt for Demon Blood Junkie. Sigh.

  • CurlyGirl66

    I’m leaking tears of joy! Thanks for suggesting I come back to this post to read other comments. You are one in a million…………

    • I know, right?!! These comments are making me a VERY happy Kimett! Thanks!

  • CurlyGirl66

    You SHOULD be happy and PROUD of yourself! Coz I am.

    • Thank you! Now stop….I’ll have a permanent blush… 😉
      XO XO

  • To be honest since I have been neglecting my own blog I haven’t read many other blogs the past year. But I do always watch your posts on fb and IG. I love the way you write and just your overall style. It makes me feel bad for not blogging anymore…have to give life to my own blog again.

    And congrats sweetie with your 3 years blogiversary.

    • Thanks so much for your comment Diana!! Thankfully there are lots of ways to stay connected within our nail community now. I’m so grateful to have been inspired and encouraged by you over the years. Am glad you entered the giveaway!! XO XO

  • I love seeing early blog photos compared to where you are now. It’s fun to watch people grow and expand their repertoire of nail art techniques.

    • Thanks so much Alisha!! I too enjoy looking back on my own and other’s progression and changes over time. It can be a motivation to keep going too. 😉

  • Sarah McDonald

    Wow! Looking at your nail art over the last few years was pretty neat! You started out great, and just got so much better!!! 😀

    • You’re very kind Sarah – Thank You!! I really do enjoy it and need the activity in my life. I’m even more thrilled when others get something out of it too. 😉

      • Sarah McDonald

        Ditto on the activity. It’s something to pass the day for me. And a rush to see that people are enjoying what I have to offer! 😀

  • Huge congratulations on your 3 year blogiversary Kim!! Thank you for tagging me on Instagram. I’ve been away and didn’t see it for a while but I’m glad I could make it in time! I love reading your blog because I not only get to see your pretty manis, but I can get to read the story behind the manis and off-nail stuff. Keep on good work, my friend! <3 <3

    • Oh, thank you friend!! I’m so glad you did get a chance to catch this. You’ve been such a super big inspiration, supporter and helper to me for a while that it means a lot. Thanks so much for celebrating with me! <3