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!

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