Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Lacquer Ring - Tribal


Good morning everyone, I'm back again with another installment of The Lacquer Ring and this week our challenge was to create a tribal themed manicure. I've never attempted a tribal mani before, freehand or stamped, so this week was a little intimidating to say the least. I'm pretty good at stamping but only occasionally pull off a successful free hand nail art look. Anyway, I gave this look a "Hey, what the hell? Let's just go for it!" attitude and threw whatever I could at it. Luckily, I was successful and absolutely LOVE what I came up with.

                        

There's a whole lot going on here, amiright? It's kind of a mishmash kitchen sink kind of tribal interpretation but I dig it. I primarily used polishes from the China Glaze On Safari Collection, my favorite collection from CG in the last few years. To be more specific, I used the following colors from that collection: Kalahari Kiss, Desert Sun, I'm Not lion, I Herd That, Man Hunt, and Exotic Encounters. The black polish used on my pointer finger was a matte black from Sinful Colors called Whipped. I also used Konad Black to stamp with Winstonia plate W119 on my thumb and Pueen11 on my middle and ring fingers. 

Under my stamping on my middle and ring fingers I did a subtle gradient using Kalahari Kiss and Desert Sun, I did the same with my glitter accent on my pinkie with I'm Not Lion and I Herd That. I usually stay so far away from glitters that I genuinely forgot how spectacular I'm Not Lion is, really, I love it. 

                       

Here's a close up of each one of my nails, pardon the shininess, Lush Lemmony Flutter is just that good. 

                       

Don't forget to stop by and say hello to the other wonderful ladies who are participating in The Lacquer Ring: Cynthia from Of Life and Lacquer, Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly, Siobhan from For the Love of Nail Art, Amy from The Fancy Side, Nicole from Polish Me, Please!, Amanda from Mae's Beauty, and last but not least - our non-blogger friend, Lesley, she's got a fun Instagram account!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Lacquer Ring - Pink Holo

Good morning everyone! I'm back this week with another installment of The Lacquer Ring and this month's first challenge is pink holo, chosen by the lovely Amanda from Mae's Beauty. Unfortunately, I missed the last challenge (cherry blossoms) but sometimes life just gets in the way and I have to accept that. Life only seems to get busier by the day for me so I have so much respect for blogger ladies who manage their endless pile of polishes to swap and nail art to create, I can barely believe that I used to be able to post almost daily for nearly a year! 

Ok, without further ado, here's my pink holo mani featuring Orly Pure Porcelain (aka Decades of Dysfunction) and Color Club Cherubic. 


As it turns out, this is the only pink holo I have. Can you believe it!? There are some really lovely fuchsia holos out there, I just haven't gotten my paws on a bottle yet. Probably because I didn't realize I was lacking. I chose to stamp Cherubic because in all honesty I thought it was a nude! Turns out, no, it's a very pale and delicate pink with a strong linear holo effect. This photo was taken under bright white/blue compact Flourescent lighting. It is the most color accurate but also has too much light reflection to show off the pretty holo effect. 

Here are the two photos I took in my light box, they look much more neutral, like nudes. 



If you've noticed, I chopped off my claws and am now sporting some cute little shorties. I love my long nails and ovals turned out to be much stronger than I ever expected (hell, they made it through the painting of my bedroom and living room!), but short nails are much more conducive to my lifestyle. One of my hobbies, if you can call it that, is canyoneering and that involves a modest amount of rock climbing. Long nails just don't fit the bill and I can't be worried about breaking a nail when I'm hanging from a rope and harness a hundred or so feet off of a canyon floor. 

Here's a couple shots from my trip to Waterholes Canyon outside of Page, AZ:



I hope the formatting of this post looks ok, I passed out on the couch last night so I'm writing this up at work on my iPad. I didn't want to miss another prompt!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing ladies who contribute to The Lacquer Ring!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Lacquer Ring - Orange

Good morning everyone, and welcome to the second installment of The Lacquer Ring! The first challenge in May is the color orange, chosen by Nicole from Polish Me, Please! Just a quick reminder of how this whole shebang works before we begin: each month has two challenges, the first being a color and the second being a design or theme of some sort. And lets not forget the other amazing women participating: Cynthia from Of Life and Lacquer, Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly, Siobhan from For the Love of Nail Art, Amy from The Fancy Side, Nicole from Polish Me, Please!, Amanda from Mae's Beauty, and last but not least - our non-blogger friend, Lesley, who's got a sweet Instagram account.

Now, as you read this I'm probably daydreaming at work of how comfortable my bed is and how much I miss it. I'm truly exhausted. This week might possibly be the most productive week I've had in my adult life. Since Sunday afternoon I've managed to paint and trim my living room (two coats primer then two coats paint), have living room furniture delivered, mow/weed eat the grass in my backyard, clean the pool, give my dog a bath, put a new set of tires on my jeep, and finally arranging my new living room. Today's Thursday, right??

                   

Check out my mani, I'm digging it. I didn't realize how bright it is until looking at the photos on my computer. Even if there is a bit if a ridiculous story behind it. Polishes used include Butter London Primrose Hill and Essie Brazilliant (a polish that has literally sat in my untried drawer for years).


                   

So, get this... I am a polish blogger and hobbyist and I managed to start this endeavor without checking to see if I had all of my supplies stocked. Yep, you might've guessed it, I ran out of acetone after removing three fingers worth of my old manicure. Sigh. Luckily I managed to salvage a few drops from the sadly empty bottle for cleanup. But, at one point after searching the house to no avail, I was fully prepared to show off my manicure skills sans cleanup. 

                  

Now, because I started after 10 last night and it's currently 1am, I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Be sure to check out my girls' manis too! Our link up is down below. Peace out. ✌️

                   




Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Lacquer Ring - Unicorns Unite!

Good morning everyone, it has been a long time but hello from your long lost nail blogger! I was surprised to learn when I logged in to write this post that it has been almost a year since I last drafted a post. How crazy is that? I guess I'll just have a backlog of posts to share from last summer, I hope you're all ready. Truth be told, the last year and a half has been a crazy ride with lots of ups and downs but things are coming back together again and I think I'll be back to semi-regular posting soon. Soon could amount to a month from now, but hey, I've got to start somewhere.

While I've been in absentia, my very good friends in the polish community have kept me in the loop and we've been furiously emailing each other daily. I mean, we're talking thousands of emails, but these women are the reason I'm back today. I'm talking of course, about Cynthia from Of Life and Lacquer, Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly, Siobhan from For the Love of Nail Art, Amy from The Fancy Side, Nicole from Polish Me, Please!, Amanda from Mae's Beauty, and last but not least - our non-blogger friend, Lesley. She's got a sweet Instagram account though and she shows off her nails there. Wow, look at all these commas.

Today we've assembled to introduce to you our newest endeavor, The Lacquer Ring! Well, the first I've participated in. These ladies have been publishing Stamping Saturdays posts for weeks now. #TheLacquerRing will be a bi-monthly post that follows prompts chosen by one of us on a rotating monthly basis with the first prompt being a color and the second prompt being a design. Since this is our inaugural post for TLR, we're all showcasing Unicorn Bubbles from Candy Lacquer - a gift from Nicole to all of us.


Unicorn Bubbles is a circle glitter explosion in a rainbow of pastels and holographic microglitter, very delicate for a glitter with such large circles. I layered it over an OPI from the Spring/Summer 2014 Brazil Collection, Don't Bossa Nova Me, a soft pink-toned nude that I imagine is flattering on just about anyone. Me, well, colors like this make me look tan... er, pink. (Redheads don't tan, we pink.)

You might notice, that in addition to being gone for ages, I also have a new nail shape. I've gone oval. Even though I've been wearing this shape for a month now (maybe?) I'm still not always convinced I'm in love. I really want almond but I don't know that my nail shape/type cooperates very well with that wish. My nails are growing like crazy though and this nail shape is super strong, I've been doing renovations to my house and not a single nail has broken.

Since this is my first post in almost a year, please forgive the poor quality of my photo, I'm not proud of it but couldn't miss participating in our inaugural TLR post. It's like I forgot how to work my light box or find a decent white balance - ha! Who am I kidding, I take photos with my phone. Also, my dog wasn't feeling well and barfed all over my living room while I was in the middle of attempting to photograph this manicure. What followed was a hasty trip to Walgreens for a medicine dropper and a force feeding of  Pepto to calm my poor Bette's tummy. On that note, I'll leave you with a fancy watercolor rendition of a bottle shot and the link-up for everyone else's posts down below.




Thursday, July 18, 2013

China Glaze Heat Index - a killer neon NOTD

Good morning/afternoon/evening! I'm not sure exactly when this post will get published [I got this published within 24 hours of drafting, WOOO!] but I'm currently drafting this post at about 10:30am while at work [yesterday]. My current assignment isn't all that exciting unless you're really into road construction & bridge building and the location is tucked in between a housing development and a casino with hardly more to look at than some scrawny creosote bushes and discarded beer bottles. The best part of my day is in the morning when I get to watch the sunrise, you may have seen several of my pictures on Instagram since I can't get enough of them.

Anyway, it's full on summer here in Las Vegas and after a ridiculous heat wave, with several days reaching 115-120 degrees, monsoon season is in full effect. Now, to those who don't live in the Southwest, the idea of a monsoon season might sound ridiculous. It isn't. All those nasty storms in the Gulf of Mexico push on through and give us just enough moisture to both tease us with rain and thunderstorms and torture us with a significant rise in humidity. Normal levels of humidity around here is in the single digits, so I can feel a HUGE difference when we start nearing 10, 15, and 20%. Storms obviously push it even higher. I've lived on the East Coast so I know what sweltering really is, but for us, this is awful.

Where was I going with this? Well, for the last week I was sporting a polish so aptly named for this season, China Glaze Heat Index. Heat Index is one of the jelly polishes from China Glaze's Sunsational Summer 2013 collection.


For a jelly worn at three coats, I was pleasantly surprised by the wear time on this polish. I made sure to give plenty of time between coats for dry time to prevent shrinkage and really didn't have any issues with formula or application. I even wore this as a pedicure for a few weeks. I mean, seriously, I LOVE this polish. Everything about it. This is the kind of pink I die for, it just screams IN YO FACE! Huge thank you to Cynthia from Of Life And Lacquer for this fabulous gift.


I took so many pictures of Heat Index and they all look so amazing and delicious so I just smashed them all together for your viewing pleasure! See how my fingertips just glow? This color is seriously radioactive like that, I hated to take it off and I'm sure ill be wearing it again soon. I can't resist.


Alright ladies and gents, I've got to get back to work but its been a blast getting back into the groove with you all. Slowly but surely I'm finding a routine that will allow me to post more frequently and share some goodies I've been accumulating. I'm pretty sure there will be some pictures of my sharkpuppy, Bette. The "new puppy smell" is gone and she looks like a mini version of her grown up self, but she'll always be my lovey-dovey sharkpuppy!



Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Lac Attack Summer 2013 Collection: Beach Daze - Press Release




Press Release

Summer 2013 Collection: Beach Daze

This summer, get your glitter on with Lac Attack's fun new shades. There's a little something for everyone in this set - a jelly, holo, matte glitters, glow in the dark, and a crelly! This collection is the product of contest winner Laura, who designed the theme to represent a holiday at the beach.
Beach Daze is launching on Lac Attack.com, along with a restock, this week:
Friday, July 12 at 1:00pm EST

Did you know? Select Lac Attack colors are now available at the following distributors:Harlow & Co. and Beauty So FlyDazzled (opening soon) will also stock a selection. 
L-to-R: Fireworks at Midnight, Sunset in Paradise, Endless Summer, Magic Below the Water, Sand Goddess, Surfing the Sun
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Lac Attack - Spring Fling! Collection Swatches and Review

Good evening everyone, long time no blog, eh? If you can believe it, it has been roughly four months since I last posted! A lot has happened in such a short span of time. I missed blogging and thought about it frequently but the truth is, I didn't have it in me. I was lucky if I got around to giving myself a full manicure once a week... or two, and I've been plagued by frequent breakage and a mean ol' case of the peelies as a result. I even contemplated pulling the plug on this whole shebang at one point, hell, I wasn't even reading my blog subscriptions. During my absence I've purchased very few polishes (but have received some amazing gifts) and I'm not even up to date on current and future collections! It's a bizarre feeling, being so detached from something I loved so intensely. Anywho, I'll get into the gory details of my life story another time. Today I have sometime super special to share, even if I'm shamefully late in doing so!


Despite my absence, I was fortunate to receive the full six shade line up of Lac Attack's Spring Fling Collection! It was an absolute surprise considering it showed up well over a month late due to USPS postal complications. (Let's blame the ex for that one! lol). I was super stoked to receive a package from Anastasia because before these swatches I'd never had the pleasure of trying this indie brand. Unfortunately, due to a late delivery followed by nail breakage and then issues with my iCloud, I'm shamefully late in posting these swatches and my review. Hopefully you'll still be able to enjoy them! The six shades include: Holy Chick!, Spring Fling, Puddle Jumping, Cherry Blossom Bloom, Bunny Poop, and Garden Party. (Links will take you to individual listings in Lac Attack's web shop.)

Holy Chick!

A white crelly base with pale blue and yellow hexes, and small iridescent glitter with a beautiful blue sparkle.

Holy Chick! had a smooth formula and was free of glitter clumping without having to dig around in the bottle to get any glitters out. I didn't have to place any on the nail either. I had originally considered doing a single coat layered over a white base but instead chose to see and share its opacity with you all, what you see is two coats with Seche Vite. I wasn't expecting to like Holy Chick! as much as I did, yellow doesn't often work with my skin, but I love it! It looks so fully and squishy.




Spring Fling

Another wonderful part of spring is the return of bright blue skies and growth in nature. Spring is the return of bright blue skies and growth in nature. Spring Fling combines both of these with a bright blue base and small neon green glitter.

Spring Fling had an interesting formula, it had a smooth base but you could easily feel the matte glitter - it pulled and had a little bit of resistance, it didn't flow very well. It also seemed to thicken up as I was applying. Surprisingly opaque at one coat, I applied two and a single coat of Seche Vite. I took these photos prior to this manicure being fully dry but I suspected it would dry gritty. My suspicions were proven correct when I gave a  friend a manicure with this shade, its grit city! Definitely double up on the topcoat for this one, or add a coat of Gelous. Despite super grittines, I loved Spring Fling! This shade of aqua/turquoise is one of my favorites, and I'm totally vibing on lime green lately.



Puddle Jumping

Inspired by the famous April showers, gray skies and blue raindrops, Puddle Jumping is a medium-light gray creme with tiny indigo flakes.


Puddle Jumping (something I personally can't get enough of!) had an incredibly smooth formula and I love it all around. It was opaque and covered superbly at one coat and after applying a second it dried super shiny. There's just something so chic about dove grey, and who can't get enough of these super fine indigo flakes? This girl, that's who!




Cherry Blossom Bloom

Where I live, there is a multi-week celebration of the Cherry Blossoms blooming. I wanted to create a shade to contribute to that celebration -  Cherry Blossom Bloom is a clear base featuring white hexes and rectangles, with two sizes of fuchsia circle glitter!


Umm... Did you all know that I have a special place in my heart for fuchsia?? I mean, I really really really love it. The actual plant and the amazing color, it really is the perfect shade of pink for me. Now, combine my love of fuchsia and circle glitters, and you've automatically got a winner in my book. The only notes I wrote down for Cherry Blossom Bloom was that my bottle needed thinned, and honestly I think the thickness can be chalked up to a good suspension base. All these crazy glitters look heavy! I layered a single coat, placing a few glitters if needed, over my favorite fuchsia polish - Illamasqua Superstition - and followed that with a coat of Seche Vite. Gorgeous combo if I don't say so myself, I wore this as a full manicure for almost a week and it wore like iron. These pictures just don't do it justice, it was so blingy in person. It doesn't dry gritty with a topcoat but adding a layer of Gelous or a second layer of topcoat will smooth out any unevenness and give you that "smooth as glass" finish. It also looked very nice matted.



Matte:


Bunny Poop

A mix of multiple sizes of yellow, pink, green and blue pastel matte glitter in a clear base - the perfect spring glitter topper.

Bunny Poop isn't the kind of glitter I normally go for, but then again, I've turned to the dark side and I'm not a superfan of glitter anyway. Despite my indifference to glitter, this topper was great and had a smooth formula where the glitter spread easily and evenly. It matches Puddle Jumper perfectly, over which I applied one coat without a topcoat. I also applied it over China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On since it so nicely matched one of the matte glitter shades. This glitter topper would look good over any number of pastels.

Over Lac Attack Puddle Jumping:


Over China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On:


Matte:

My favorite combo for sure.



Garden Party

You can't have April showers without May flowers! Garden Party is inspired by the floral explosion in springtime - a mixture of pale pink and green metallic hexes in a clear base, and can be built to opacity in 3-4 coats.

Now, here's a shade I wish I'd had the foresight to swatch over a green polish, rather than the delicate white of China Glaze's Dandy Lyin' Around. Glitters like this are somewhat frustrating for me, too thick to be a proper topper but not dense enough to cover completely in one or two coats. Garden Party is pretty and delicate regardless of my glitter problems. It applied nicely and spread evenly, what you see here is one coat. I matted it and preferred it that way, it reminded me of a speckled bird egg.


Matte:



WHEW! That was a lot to take in all at once! I originally intended to split this into two posts but didn't want to delay this any longer. I hope you enjoy these swatches, and I promise I won't stay gone for another three months. 

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