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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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Polish Days - 7 Deadly Sins

Hi guys & dolls, how's it going on this fine Tuesday? Here in Southern Nevada we're experiencing the typical crazy spring weather, one day in the high to mid eighties and the next blowing 60mph winds and rain in the low sixties. Fun stuff! The bright side is that I got off of work super early yesterday so I could spend some quality time with my little pup, Bette! Yep, that's right, I got a puppy! I'll share some photos down at the bottom of this post, they're from instagram but still awesome if you haven't seen them yet. <3

Now, if you read as many nail blogs as I do I'm sure you're aware that today is another installation of Polly Polish's Polish Days! I didn't get to participate recently due to my nail-blogging-hermit-itis but now I'm ready to go. This month's theme is 7 Deadly Sins: "Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride. Unless you're a saint there's a chance you're guilty of at least one."


For my Polish Days mani I decided to go with a theme that I believe represents each and every one of The Sins in one respect or another, money... dirty money. People go bonkers over the stuff, something that only represents the idea - the concept - of value. What we value, what we don't. Us polish fiends fork over handfuls of our cash in the name of physical beauty. A form of beauty expression that very few people even take the time to notice. Outside of our sphere, all across the globe regardless of social status, education, occupation, or culture, people murder, lie, cheat, and steal all in the name of putting more cash in their pocket. But what does money get us, anything we want? What about what we can't have... how far will some go to get it? BAM! Dirty Money.








On my right hand I did a skittle mani using a handful of untrieds aquired during my retail therapy stage of heartbreak recovery, let's break it down! 
  • Dirt:  On my thumb and index finger I used OPI What Wizardry Is This?, three coats I believe even though it only really needed two to be opaque. 
  • You can't shine shit but you can roll it in glitter:  I added two coats of Gealous and a coat of SV to give my index finger some shine. 
  • The green stuff:  On my middle and ring finger I did a sponge gradient with Illamasqua Venous and Sinful Colors Calypso on a base of Venous. 
  • I like gooooooold:  Over the gradient I dabbed on a single thick coat of OPI The Man With The Golden Gun 18K Gold Top Coat on my middle finger. 
  • No gold in Fort Knox:  My ring finger was stamped using aEngland Holy Grail (new version) and Winstonia plate W112.
  • Elvis' velvet wallpaper:  Pinkie is two incredible coats of aEngland Holy Grail stamped with Konad Special Polish in Gold Black using Winstonia plate W112.

Sunshine!



On my left hand I kept it simple with two luscious coats of aEngland Holy Grail. I never bought the first version because it was way too yellow for me but this dirty olive gold wins me over every time! It removes like a foil.



How gorgeous is this in the sun!?


For funsies, here's a list of polishes used: aEngland Holy Grail, OPI What Wizardry Is This?, OPI The Man With The Golden Gun (super awesome and random Ulta score utilizing a major coupon), Illamasqua Venous, and lastly Sinful Colors Calypso.



As if you haven't scrolled through enough photos... prepare to squee... meet Bette the Weimaraner! Bette came home Saturday afternoon and has been a very busy girl settling in to her new home, terrorizing a geriatric Shih Tzu, three unsuspecting and wide eyed kitties, and snuggling in my lap. Also, she's a big fan of belly rubs. *love*





Now that you've had your daily fill of Squee, check out the other amazing manicures created for this month's Polish Days!


Sunday, March 31, 2013

Winter is coming... A blue GOT lover's NOTD

Good evening everybody, have you all been enjoying your holiday weekend. Whether you celebrate Christian or Jewish faiths, or just spiritualism, humanism, or atheism... we can all enjoy a lovely weekend with family. The bulk of my family is in the midwest, Indiana to be exact, and my dad has been sending me a series of pictures/texts bragging about their yummy feasting. I'm super jealous since I had yogurt and granola for lunch today. Still delicious, but not a juicy ham. Mmmm pork. Moving on...

So, tonight is the season premier of Game of Thrones and I am SO EXCITED! Only, not really since I don't have HBO and even if I did I have to get up at 4 am Monday morning for work. Anyone want to watch it and Skype with me?? Ok, well I'm kidding about that but I do have a manicure to show you tonight that is GOT appropriate.

Tonight I've got Essie Butler Please and Smitten Polish Winter Is Coming, both polishes being gifts from lovely ladies doing their best to raise my spirits when my heart was broken. In fact, this manicure is from way back in February. Butler Please was a gift from Nicole at Polish Me, Please! and Winter Is Coming was a gift from Amanda Mae at Mae's Beauty. If I remember correctly I'm wearing two coats of each polish, but just to be safe there might be three coats of Winter Is Coming. Wear time was great on the Smitten Polish (it wore like IRON) but Butler Please didn't hold up in the field quite as long. In fact, it was chipping off after about three days which is unusual for any of my manicures. A week long manicure is standard for me so this was a surprise.



In other news, PUPPYGEDDON (also known as the day Bette comes home) is in T minus 5 days. Can you believe it!? I'm excited and nervous and hoping I've done everything I can to prep for her arrival. Remind me to pick up puppy food... I think that's all I'm missing at this point. 

Have a great week everyone!

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