Archive | October, 2012

Me + Blue

29 Oct

Happy Monday!!! I’m hoping that your day will go great! Since I often get a case of the Mondays, I thought some glitter might give me some oomph through out the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

This is Nicole’s (by OPI) “Me + Blue”. It’s a pretty blue polish with holographic glitter. Eeks! My one and only. lol. I’m more of a budget polish addict. Lol! So when I snagged this one I was excited! I did 2 coats of this blue bute with a coat of SV. I do have to say that the formula is quite lumpy and gritty, which made me sad since it made for sad pictures. But, from at a glance, you can’t tell. Now to us painters, that’s not what matters since everyone likes to pick up your hand and examine them super closely. But, all the same, I am happy to have a holo! Any suggestions on how to make it less gritty? Thanks for stopping by! Happy painting and God Bless! โค Sara *all pictures are without flash*

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work / play / polish – Her Zoya giveaway!

26 Oct

Hello everyone! I want to take the time and share an awesome fellow-polish blogger’s giveaway! This is her first ever and I want to help her get the word out! Thank you Leslie for all of your kind words and your beautiful manis!

Here’s the set she’s giving away. visit her page HERE to enter the giveaway contest! Good luck to all entries and happy painting! โค Sara

 

Second Marble

26 Oct

So after not liking the first marble I ever did, I wore it for 2 days. Last night I took it off and was going to do a stamp mani but then decided I’d try to conquer this dislike of marble manis and their insanely complicated process. So instead of trying the 3 colored marble, I opted for 2 colors instead. I probably should have tried the simple way first but I was being brave. ๐Ÿ™‚ So here is my second attempt at a marble mani!

I started off with my base color; Nina Ulta Pro’s “Lilac-ing Discipline”-a soft lavender color. I did two coats of this and let dry. I then started adding my drops to my water. I only used this color and Love & Beauty’s “Dark Purple”- a dark purple with blue glitters. I think I did much better this time at the dragging and making the designs. Still not what I’m going for but I feel I’ve made at least a small improvement. I also did not tape this time. I just dunked and did a major clean up. Taping off just takes a lot longer. So here is the mani!

left hand, with flash

One big challenge for me is the water beading on the polish after lifting it up. It leaves little rings. If you’re good at these, ๐Ÿ™‚ , do you know a way to prevent them from leaving the rings/dots on your nails?ย Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! God Bless!

First Marble

23 Oct

It’s been a crazy day for my nails. Last night, I did my first attempt at a marble mani. I will say it is not what I’d hoped for but I’m glad I finally tried it out and “tested the water”. ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s how it went:

I started with 2 coats of Orly’s “Powder Puff”, which is a lovely, slightly off-white color. I wanted my colors to pop nicely so that’s the reason for my base color. I topped this off with SV.

*with flash*

I then took four colors: a hot pink (not labeled with brand/name), Sinful Color’s “Snow Me White” and “Black on Black” and Wet’N’Wild’s “Metallica” (silver). I did not have a small bowl or cup low enough for dipping so I simply cut a plastic cup down to what I thought was a good size. I taped off my thumb and began my drops. I did the pink first and the unnamed bottle spread so good! I was excited and at this point, very optimistic. ๐Ÿ™‚ I then did silver, white, pink, black and went with rotating them. the black and white did not spread so good. But, here’s how my thumb- the first dunked- came out.

*with flash*

I cannot tell you how ecstatic and excited and proud I was! I was like, “Yes! It’s going to be fast and easy and look great!” Boy, did I speak too soon! Lol! Here’s how the whole mani came out. I was VERY disappointed and aggravated with the outcome.

*with flash*

After my first dunk, my designs kept getting pulled up with my toothpick or I didn’t know how to recreate the first pretty, even marble design. And it was a MESS!

*with flash*

But, as I said, I’m glad I finally tried- even though it was a PAIN IN THE NECK! I ended up trying to spruce it up and hated it more. lol. But, better luck next time? If there is a next time!

Thanks for stopping by for this marble madness mani! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your marble patterns come out a lot better! Happy painting! -Sara

Life Preserver

18 Oct

Hello world! Happy Thursday to you! I pray that you’ve had a great week so far! It’s been crazy and busy and I’ve been tired! I’ve also been growing my nails out-since I had a really bad break about 2 weeks ago. They grew out pretty long and then I was able to file them all down. yay! So, I’m back…until the next crazy thing comes along. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today’s post is my first time using this polish. I have quite a few that I’ve not yet tried, and some I’ve tried and just never photographed to post about. This is China Glaze’s “Life Preserver”. In the bottle, it looks like a terra cotta orange-cream. A bit on the coral side, but the orange coral. I hope that makes sense but, it’s a very nice color. My pictures came out a bit darker thanย actual color.ย I did 2 coats of this and then added one tiny “glequin” to the top-centers of each nail. I needed simplicity at this hour and I like the outcome. I then topped with a coat of SV. All the photos here are without flash.

Thank you for stopping by for another fix of Lacquer Addictions! ๐Ÿ™‚ God Bless! -Sara