Saturday, October 27, 2012

Fall Jelly Sandwich: Zoya Katherine + Spoiled Jewelry Heist

Hey Lacqueristas!

I've got a quick post for you today.  I wanted to do a jelly sandwich featuring fall colors and what better polish to use than Zoya Katherine?!?  When I got the Zoya Gloss trio, I thought that this would be my least favorite of the three, but I'm pleasantly surprised with how this turned out. 

This sandwich started with 2 coats of Katherine, followed by Jewelry Heist, and a final coat of Katherine.

What do you think?  Have you tried out any of the Zoya Gloss' for jelly sandwiches?

Thanks for checkin' me out.  Happy Polishing!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Go Tigers!!!

Hey Lacqueristas!

Since it's World Series time, being a Detroiter, I have to show some love for the home team.  So far we have won 4 World Series championships and it's time for another!  

On to the nails...

No flash
With flash
I really love how the accent nail turned out.  I was kinda skeptical about how my freehand would turn out, especially since I had too much coffee this morning and my hands were kinda shaky O_o 

The Tiger stripes are Jiffy Orange from Milani (two coats) stamped with Kleancolor Black. The image comes from MASH-38. The white is two coats of SHID Whirlwind White.  For the "D", I used Revlon Royal and SHID Rapid Red for the baseball stitching.

There was a bit of smearage when I added the topcoat, but it's not as noticeable on the pics as it is in real life.  I went to Sally's today just to get some Seche Vite, but I picked up the Seche Clear by mistake.  I did not realize this until I started applying it and saw the streaks.  Hopefully they will let me exchange it.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Polishing!!       GO TIGERS!

Monday, October 22, 2012

AIS Challenge: Spiders

Hey Lacquer Lovers!

I know I have not been posting regularly, but life has been keeping me pretty busy lately.

So the nails that I have for you today were done for the AIS Sunday Stamping Challenge.  This week's theme was Spooky and Scary.  First, I attempted a haunted graveyard design for this challenge but it was not coming together how I wanted, so I scrapped that idea, and I'll try it again another time. 

What I ended up with was a cute but not too scary spider mani.  For the base color, I used 2 coats of China Glaze Gothic Lolita.  The stamping was done with SHID Silver Sweep and Kleancolor Black.  The images I used come from BM-13, MASH-38, SH09 and SH01

mash 38-bm 13-SH 01-SH 09

mash 38-bm 13-SH 01-SH 09


So sorry for the extra rough looking cuticles on the last pic.  I moisturized before taking the pic, but obviously not enough :)

Thanks for checkin' me out.  Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness

Today, I have a manicure to share with you in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Breast cancer is the second most diagnosed cancer among American women, and it is estimated that it will affect 1 in 8 women over their lifetime.  Early detection of breast cancer is key to helping save more lives.  Get to know your body, do self breast exams every month.  At the end of this post, I will have links to resources if you would like more information. 

Now on to the nails...




I finally got around to doing the saran-wrap marble method...and I love it! It's so easy and I will definitely be doing this again.  I started with a two coats of Zoya Shelby, when that was dry, I added a coat of Zoya Reagan and sponged it off using a small piece of balled up saran-wrap.  It's best to work one nail at a time because the polish must be wet to adhere to the saran-wrap, and use a new piece of saran-wrap for each nail. 

I added a coat of Fairy Dust by China Glaze and the a coat of Seche Vite.  For the words and the ribbon, I used acrylic paints and a small detail brush from MASH.

I wish my words were a bit neater, but I think it's good for my first attempt. 

If you would like more information on Breast Cancer, check out the links below.

Save the TaTa's
Susan G. Komen
Breast Self Exam

Thanks for checkin' me out.  Happy Polishing!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Lava

Hey Lacqueristas!

I've got one of my new pretties to share with you today. Last week I picked up most of the shades from the new Sally Hansen Lustre Shine collection. The only shade from the collection that I did not grab was Plume because it seemed to be another Chanel Peridot dupe.  I already have two and don't need another. 

Today I'm wearing Lava, which is a gorgeous metallic multichrome.  This one flashes from pink(mostly) to copper to gold, and it has a foil-like finish.  In these pics I'm wearing two coats of Lava.  The polish itself was on the thick side, but needed at least two coats for opacity.


This is the predominant color
Here, you can see the copper flash
This color reminds me so much of changing leaves. It's so pretty and I just keep staring at my nails and moving them around to see the pretty colors shifting :)

And here's where it all just goes bad... So after one day of wear, you know I wanted to add something extra.  I mean, it's very rare that I wear just polish without some kind of art.  I took me a while to decide what to do and the I remembered some nail art supplies that I ordered from Dollar Nail Art a while back.  I saw the laser lace and thought the it would look cool over this.

Application of the laser lace was fairly easy.  I added a layer of clear polish (no name), cut a piece of the lace to fit my nail,and applied the lace while the polish was still tacky.  Then I cut the little extra pieces off with my cuticle nipper.  I added a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth it all out. 
I started with and accent nail, and should have stopped there.  But...I decided to try a french design on the rest of the nails.  Then I added some loose hex glitter at the bottom of the lace. 

Hated it!  First of all, the lace blends into the base color too much, and then my attempt at french was all crooked.  So I stopped with these three nails and decided to take it all off.  I will definitely be using the laser lace again but over a darker color.
Have you ladies been able to get you hands on the polishes from this collection?
Thanks for checkin' me out.  Happy Polishing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Teal Tuesday: Mani Swap

Hey Lacquer Lovers!

Today's Teal Tuesday challenge has been my favorite yet.  This week all the girls in the group were matched up with another member, and you had to re-create their masterpiece, using teal of course.  I was matched up with Amanda over at Mandy's Polish.  She's got some really cute nail art and it was hard to pick just one.  I ended up choosing to re-create her back to school plaid mani.  I wanted to do something that was not stamping, so this was something that I had to try. 

I'm pleased with how this turned out, although I wish that my stripes were thinner. 
I used 2 coats of Milani Mint Candy for the base color.  Next, I made an off center stripe with China Glaze Snow Globe.  This is such a pretty iridescent glitter polish that would work well with many colors.  Then I used a black striper polish by LA Colors Art Deco
Head on over to Mandy's Polish and check out the original.  And while you're at it check out the rest of the ladies participating  in this challenge.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Teal Tuesday: 3 Color Mani

Hello Ladies!

Today's Teal Tuesday mani is pretty straightforward.  Three colors, at least one of the teal.  So I tried a tape technique that I've seen around the nail community.  The look was very easy to achieve and I see more of these mani's with different colors in my crystal ball.

I started off with Sinful Colors Black On Black for the base color.  Then I brought out my beloved China Glaze Bohemian's.  I used Deviantly Daring and No Plain Jane, one coat of each.

I included this last pic to hopefully show off the duochrome finish.  You can see that Deviantly Daring shows up more blue on the index and middle fingers, and more green on the other two. 
Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Polishing!