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Thursday, October 18, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
I basically used the "grunge" technique with less grunge-y colors. I wanted it to look like the rushing water going over the falls so I used several shades of blue and some white. I absolutely love the effect!
What do you guys think?
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Deviantly Daring is a lovely blue green duochrome. The color flash isn't as strong on this one as it is with some of the others in the collection, but there is a definite color shift from blue to green. It's just not as obvious as some of the other duochromes on the market.
Unpredictable is green with a blue shift around the edges. The also flashes blue in lower light. Out of the 2 this one is definitely my favorite. I wouldn't say green is my favorite but I always gravitate towards greens and this beauty is no exception. I'm sure I will be picking up the rest of this collection eventually. I just can't resist! What do you guys think?
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
I'm so glad things are finally calming down. I spent this past weekend at the Ohio State Fair Llama Show. We did pretty good and had a pretty good time, but I'm glad things are getting back to normal. I wanted something down there that would wear well, and I wanted to use some of my new glitters from the new China Glaze Safari Collection.
I used I Herd That and I'm Not Lion (China Glaze). I got tons of compliments, and will definitely be using this techinique again.
Also bonus baby llama! T-Lynn!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
I used Wrapped in Rubies (Essie) then added some decals I got at Sally Beauty Supply buy one get one free, and then slapped on a coat of As Gold As It Gets (Essie).
Don't forget to check out my giveaway! Only 12 days left to enter!
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The process was pretty simple I contacted Jenna on etsy via her store there (there is a link in the first paragraph for all interested) and we talked about what I was looking for and she built the polishes based on those messages we sent back and forth
Proud peacock is a TON of different sizes or blue, green, and purple glitter in a blue jelly base. REDtribution is also a TON of different sizes as well as shapes or red and some holo glitter in a clear base. the above photo is just one coat. These puppies are PACKED with some really great glitter.
For this photo I layered Proud Peacock over Blu Blaze (Nina Pro). The large green hex glitter looks amazing and as a whole it was so freakin sparkly I couldn't stop looking at it,
Please excuse the tip wear. At the point this picture was taken I'd had this on for a couple days and it seems to have worn off a bit (or maybe this is the dreaded shrinkage I have heard about my beloved Seche Vite?) I layered REDtribution over Riveting (China Glaze). I love the large square foil-y pieces in this. I got several compliments on this mani. Everybody wanted to know where I got the glitter and I gotta say that telling them that I had it custom made by one of the biggest names in indie polish kind of made me feel like a damn VIP.
Overall I have to say I couldn't be more pleased.
Don't forget to check out and enter in my giveaway!!!
Monday, July 16, 2012
Thursday, July 12, 2012
NAILPOLISHCANADA.COM is having a maybe one of the greatest giveaway type things ever! You could win a LIFETIME (or a 25 year supply, whichever comes first) of CND Shellac. It's truly an amazing contest. All you have to do is tell them how much winning this would change your life. Below are a couple examples given by nailpolishcanada themselves.
“My husband will finally understand that other people take polish as seriously as me...” - Sarah P.”
“I’ll probably spend all my time painting my nails, not go to work, get fired, now I’m homeless, damn you NPC.” - Beth C”
Grand prize will go to the best description of how winning a lifetime supply of Shellac will change their life. Winner selected August 7, 2012. Grand Prize (Value $1266): 33 Bottles of CND Shellac + 36 Watt UV Lamp + 5 Topcoat + 5 Basecoat + Scrub Fresh. Open to U.S. and Canada Only
(From left to right) Rain Check (Wet n Wild), Moon Dance (Wet n Wild), Die Hard Fan (Sally Hansen), Be-Jeweled (Sally Hansen Gem Crush), Cha-Ching (Sally Hansen Gem Crush), Sweet Peacock (Orly), Meet Me Under The Mistletoe (Orly), As Gold As It Gets (Essie), and Wrapped in Rubies (Essie). Also included were a stack of swatch wheels (which I will certainly use eventually) and a very cute card.
I have to give a huge freakin thank you to chanelleol!
I was kind of amazed that I don't have any of these but many are on my wishlist. I squealed with joy when I started unwrapping these treasures from their bubble-wrap cocoons. I want to marry this woman!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
-This giveaway is open to U.S. only
-Any duplicate entries will be deleted.
-There is a section for reddit lacqeristas where you are asked to give your reddit username. If one of those entries wins and the participant is not part of that subreddit another winner will be chosen.
-The giveaway begins July 10th and runs until the the 31st.
-The winner will be notified as promptly as possible.
Now on to the fun stuff! PRIZES! There will be only 1 winner so all the prizes go to one lucky individual. In this prize package I have Revlon Top Speed in Cloud and Guava, a leopard printed Kiss Nail Dress, Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Groove, and a pack of caviar/fish egg beads in 8 assorted mini bottles. There will also be a mystery prize.
Just enter using the rafflecopter widget below (if you don't see one, just wait a moment) When it asks for your GFC name that you follow with use the name that appears when you comment. Once again THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!! especially the gals (and guys) at www.reddit.com/r/RedditLaqueristas. You guys are AMAZING!
UPDATE!!! The identity of the mystery prize is........ (drumroll).....
The Lust in Lace mini set from Ulta!!! This package includes Let Your Garter Down, Underneath It All, Let it Slip, Of Corset Is!, and a bottle of topcoat.
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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Sunday, July 1, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
I used Decades of Dysfunction (Orly) as the background. I used my dotting tools to do all the art with Greenwich Village (NYC), Beautiful Girl (Sinful Colors), Art Nouv-Yellow (Finger Paints), and Four Leaf Clover (China Glaze).
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The black crackle I used was Black Mesh (China Glaze) and I did some striping by hand in Gold Rush (Revlon).
As far as the upcoming giveaway, I still haven't gotten much feedback as far as what sorts of prizes would be best. Do you think one large prize or a bunch of smaller prizes would be better?
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I used pretty much every neon in my arsenal. The remind me of clowns or a ball pit. I wish I had waited to clean up the edges before snapping the picture, but you can handle a little polish on my fingers right? I thought so. You guys are great. For this mani I used (in no particular order) China Glaze in Flying Dragon, Purple Panic, Rose Among Thorns, and Celtic Sun, Sinful Colors in Summer Peach, Studio M in Neon Greenlight, and Nina Pro in Blu Blaze. Oh yeah I also used Pure Ice in Super Star to make the colors really pop.
In other news I did finally set up a facebook page for my blog. I'm still figuring this all out as I go, which is why I consider it an adventure. I'm sure when I do my first giveaway here before too long it will be a requirement to "like" the facebook page. So go ahead and get a jump on that HERE!
Speaking of giveaway, we are getting pretty close to the 10,000 views milestone, and I have a few things saved back for the prize but I kind of want to get something kind of special. Hit me up with your suggestions/ideas for this or really anything. I can always use some inspiration!
Monday, June 18, 2012
I used China Glaze in Celtic Sun for the base with a coat of white underneath. I dotted with China Glaze in Rose Among Thorns and Sinful Colors in Summer Peach.
So I decided to change my nails. I stripped the polish off my ring finger, repainted it in Celtic Sun and tried a sponge gradient with Rose Among Thorns. I hated everything about this. The stamping looks messy and It reminded me of candy corn. One of these days I will actually like a sponge gradient I do. Maybe I am missing something?
Thursday, June 14, 2012
For the sky/base color I used Gumdrop (Orly), The sandy beach color is Savana (TokiDoki), Fly Away (Sinful Colors) was used for the water. Other colors used were Stormy (Revlon), Super Star (Pure Ice), and Super Nature (Revlon).
On another note only a little more than 2,000 views before I hit my goal for my first giveaway. I'm going to try to get some awesome prizes lined up, but what sorts of prizes would you guys like?
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
I ended up using Revlon in Sweet Tart for the base color, Sinful Colors in Forget Now for the dots and Savvy Femme Couture in Chrome for the "grass"
Saturday, June 9, 2012
I used 3 coats of Sinful Colors in Irish Green, then 1 coat of Orly's Mermaid Tale, then topped off with another coat of Irish Green.
Friday, June 8, 2012
The area I have designated for doing my nails also happens to be my sewing table, and sitting there next to my machine was a roll of magnetic strip with a sticky back. I use it to stick pins in as I'm sewing. So I cut a small square off and found that it worked pretty nicely even though the magnet is quite a bit thicker than the ones used in the tutorial. I cut up some pieces and peeled off the back
I then arranged them on a piece of paper and taped them down for added security.
It's not very pretty, but since it's just a test run I figured this is no time to be a perfectionist. I tried it out with one of my favorite magnetic polishes, Cop An Attitude from Finger Paints.
The end result isn't nearly as nice as the tutorial, but I see some more DIY magnet making in my future.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
I used Illamasqua in Jo'mina and did taping on the accent nails with Revlon in Cloud and Gold Rush
I have decided to do a giveaway when I reach 10,000 views. I'll be there before I know it as long as you guys keep it up. I wanna give a shout out to my fellow lacqueristas on reddit! I know most of my views come from there and I want to say a million times over THANK YOU for all the feedback, praise, and ENDLESS inspiration. You guys are the best!
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
These guys are from Sephora. From left to right we have Illamasqua in Jo'mina, Sephora by OPI in I Don't Bite, and TokiDoki in Savana.
Next we have a couple bottles we picked up at Claire's. The first one is just called Glitter Topcoat, and the second is from Spoiled Rotten: Point the Finger, and according to the Claire's website is just called Blue. Way to be creative guys...
These guys are from Hot Topic. From left to right we have Blackheart in Creep Show, Blackheart in Plummer, and L.A. Girl Cracked in Shattered.
These next few pictures are of my Ulta haul. In the this picture is Butter London in Knees Up, Butter London in The Black Knight, and Layla Hologram Effect in Mercury Twilight.
(L to R) Sally Hansen HD in Spectrum, China Glaze in Crushed Candy, OPI in Pink Shatter, and Revlon in Fire Fox
Last but not least we have my new Ulta's which were buy 2 get 2 free. Score! I got Pink-A-Boo, Diva, Indigo Go Girl, and Peach Parfait.
Overall I'd say I made out pretty good this year.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
I used Revlon Top Speed in Mock Snob and Gold Rush.
Friday, May 18, 2012
First we have Sunshine Sparkle which was my least favorite out of the bunch mostly just due to formula. The color is great but it was really streaky and uneven going on. I'm pretty sure this is 4 coats.
This is Electric, and unlike Sunshine Sparkle this one applies smooth and evenly. I love the bright color and the subtle shimmer to it. I used 2 coats, which I gotta say is pretty damn good for a yellow.
This is Super Nature. It's a great darker lime green cream polish and the consistency on this was perfect. It dries super fast and has amazing coverage. I used 2 coats here on most of my fingers but some were only 1 coat
This is Wind Fall. I wish pictures could express how lovely this shade is. It's like a bright jungle green with a subtle shimmer that really is very pretty. It's definitely one of my favorites. Also I only used 1 coat and it was so smooth and shiny, a perfect 1 coater.
Here we have Stormy. Another 1 coater. The color is a muted brown color, or kind of a dark khaki, it's really quite pretty, even though browns aren't unusually my thing.
This is Smoky Canvas. It's yet another excellent polish from the collection we are looking at today. It's a nude but it leans more to gray than the typical nude. This was 2 coats, but was also a great formula with great opacity
This is Orchid, a great shade for those of you who like girly colors, personally it's not my favorite color but the formula is great. It's kind of a muted magenta-ish color in a metallic finish.
Guava is a great coral type shade. It leans a bit more towards pink than your typical coral. I used 2 coats here, but could maybe have stuck to just one if they had been a bit thicker.
Mock Snob is like Guava's move vivacious sister. It's also in the coral family but leans more red/orange. I LOVE this shade. I used 2 coats.
This is Cloud. It's a very pale greyish blueish lavender. I've never seen a shade quite like it. It's very elegant and classy. I used 2 coats with this one as well.
Oh my frickin goodness. This is Gold Rush, and my absolute favorite out of the bunch. SO gorgeous. 1 coater with a metallic foil finish, and it's just perfection. When I bought this I thought it was close in color to another gold I have and the shade is bit different, but it totally kicks the other polish's ass in terms of consistency and pigmentation.
Last but not least we have Carbonite. The formula is just as good as Gold rush. The color is a brownish pewter color, and it's right up there for me with Gold Rush. It seems very close to Chanel's Graphite, which I would compare, but I don't own a single Chanel polish because I'm too cheap to be forking out that kind of dough. I may eat my words one of these days, but for now I'll stick to Carbonite. : )