26 February 2013

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams

I picked up this pretty pink flakie polish during the HSN coupon code that was circulating a couple months ago, and I'm so glad I did! These red-orange shifting flakies are suspended in a rich medium bright pink squishy jelly base that lends depth and opacity and allows the flakes to really have that "glowing from within" quality. My swatch is three coats and the polish applied easily and I didn't have any issues with the distribution of the flakies. I think that in four coats it would reach complete opacity, but I prefer the look of just three. I had some issues trying the catch the glowing quality of this polish, so you'll just have to trust me that my picture doesn't do it full justice!

I only have a select few Deborah Lippmann polishes because I wait until there is a really great sale on them to purchase any! But since I've had such good success with the ones that I have purchased it makes me want to add to my collection. I'm thinking I'll probably pick up a few of her crellies next.

Do you own any DL polishes? If so, which do you recommend? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

Nail Polish Obsession Tag + Video!

I first came across this tag from the Nail Polish of Pretty Little Liars tumblr, and decided to do it! I also made a video of this tag which I'll embed at the bottom of this post. However I've included a couple additional questions not featured in the video that are exclusive to here on my blog!

Favorite nail polish brand?
Hm.. tricky question considering there are so many factors in determining a favorite! I'm going to break it down into smaller categories, because no brand has all the qualities I like for every color. For my favorite brush I'd have to say OPI, for my favorite formula I choose Deborah Lippmann (at least all the ones I own are great), and for color originality I'll hand it to China Glaze. With all the indie-style glitters they've been putting out along with the holographics, China Glaze has really upped their game lately!

Glitter or no glitter?
Although you all know that I am pretty much obsessed with anything that sparkles, I have to say no glitter! The foil method is still too much of a pain-in-the-butt for me to do it regularly, and I almost always end up picking my glitter polish off which is terrible for my nails. I am curious about the whole rubber finger protector version of glitter removal though- have any of you tried it? Is it easier than the foil method?

When or how often do you change your nail polish?
I actually don't change my polish as often as I think most other nail bloggers do. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to wearing a bunch of manicures in one week! I prefer to have a swatch-a-thon and have pictures/swatches stored up to do posts with then to change my mani every day. Sometimes I just really, really like the polish I'm wearing and I don't want to take it off until I have to! My usual mani time is three to four days, or longer if I'm wearing nail art.

What's your favorite color on your nails?
Purples! I think pinks are especially flattering on my skintone, but my heart goes out to the purples in my collection. If I could wear OPI's Houston we have a Purple every day and not be bored with it, I probably would!

Darks or brights?
Darks all the way. Most of my collection is darker colors, and I'm hardly ever drawn to the bright shades in polish collections. There are a few exceptions (like in summer) but most of my polish choices are darker, richer shades.

What color are you wearing on your nails right now?
Nothing! I just got home from doing box-up at work, so I didn't polish my nails because I would just be digging through product and putting it all in cardboard boxes and it's too much of a chip-risk. I'll definitely be polishing my nails tonight after Pretty Little Liars though, and I'm thinking that I want to use the new China Glaze bits and pieces glitter I purchased a few weeks ago!

Matte Nails: are they in or are they out?
I think in the mainstream magazine world they'd be "out", but matte nails aren't a fad or trend among those of us who are polish lovers! I just consider them to be another type of finish that you can use to change the look of your manicure easily. I enjoy my matte top coat and won't be getting rid of it any time soon!

What's your opinion on the french manicure?
It depends on how it is being worn. I'm definitely not a fan of the obviously fake acrylic french with inch long white tips on a 1mm bright pink nail bed. But I do think that a natural looking french with a nice soft pink and white can be very classic and clean.

Favorite winter nail polish color?
Pretty much any vampy shade! This winter I've really been liking dark reds, and I think that it has a lot to do with my pink and red month for February on my blog. That, and the fact that I'm lemming Chanel Malice super hardcore.

*What is your ultimate polish lemming?
The original Lynnderella Ribbon Candy. Her new version isn't quite the same, and I doubt I'll ever get my hands on one of those original bottles, but the lemming just won't quit. I also pinned a picture of it to pinterest that I go and stare at pretty frequently, so that might be part of the problem! haha!

*What's the most you've ever spent on one bottle of polish?
$25 on my Chanel polishes. I have two, but even $25 isn't as huge of a splurge as it used to sound. If I have an extra $25 and don't spend it on polish, it'll just be going towards lunch out or other luxury things anyway, so I don't see the harm in splurging it all one one big lemming sometimes!

*What polish in your collection have you worn the most?
OPI's Hopelessly In Love definitely has been worn the most! It's a really nice basic light pink that I like wearing. I really would like to replace it with one of the pinks from the OPI Ballet Collection simply because I love jellies a bit more than cremes.

If you like this tag and would like to do it too, please feel free to link to your tag post in my comment section, or fill out the questions and leave it as a comment! You can check out my video version of this tag below, and thanks for reading!

22 February 2013

Orly Emberstone

Orly Emberstone is a pink leaning bright red polish with pink micro shimmer and small gold glitter. This polish isn't quite a foil, but has a similar texture and look. My swatch is two coats of Emberstone. The formula was easy to work with and application was a breeze.

This was part of the Orly Mineral FX Collection that came out in fall of 2011, and I picked up Emberstone and Stone Cold. Given how Orly has recently changed their packaging I'm really going to miss this handle and bottle. Orly was definitely one of my favorite bottle types with their heavy glass and rubberized handle. I'm not sure if the new design will grow on me or not.

What do you think of Orly's new bottle design? Do you love it or hate it? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

21 February 2013

Color Club Clambake Coral

I'm not sure why this orange leaning coral polish is related to a clam bake. If I were naming a polish after clams, I would probably make the color a bit more... bland? But hey, as someone who has never eaten clams or attended a clam bake, what do I know? I don't think I've ever used the word 'clam' as much as I have in the past couple sentences. Anyway, I received this mini polish in one of my Birchboxes a couple months ago and wasn't entirely in love with it so it went in the drawer and was forgotten until my pink and red search for February posts!

My swatch is three coats of Clambake Coral. The first coat was very streaky and I had a lot of issues with dragging. It didn't improve much over the next two coats even though I allowed it to completely dry between coats. It has a semi-glossy finish when dry. I topped everything off with a coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri to add some shine. 

This is taken in warmer light, and is more color accurate.

This color isn't neon, but it is a very bright, summery color that would be fun to wear. It kind of reminded me of another coral I owned, so I swatched them next to each other to compare. Essie's Cute as a Button is on my ring and index fingers. This is three coats of Cute as a Button, and the application of the Color Club made Essie's application look like a breeze. And Cute as a Button is a polish I've had issues with applying in the past!

As you can see they definitely aren't dupes, and Clambake Coral has such strong orange undertones that it makes Cute as a Button look completely pink.

I wish I had a local shop that carried Color Club, but I unfortunately don't. I'm currently debating on purchasing the Halo Hues to beef up my Color Club collection, and my holographic selection!

Which Color Club polishes do you own and love? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

20 February 2013

OPI Canadian Maple Leaf

This is one of the only black label OPIs I own, and I'm glad it's such a classic red color. Even though I prefer the new OPI Pro-Wide brush over the older skinny brushes, the formula on some of the black label polishes is absolutely amazing. We can thank those Big-3 chemicals for that smooth application! OPI Canadian Maple Leaf is a rich blue based red with a strong fuchsia shimmer that really takes this color beyond just another red. This swatch is three coats with no topcoat; This polish is shiny on it's own.

What older non-big-three free polishes do you own? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

19 February 2013

Essie Ruby Slippers + Giveaway Winner

When I was fifteen I had an adorable pair of red flats with ribbon bows. They were my absolute favorite shoes, got me lots of compliments, and ended up getting two junior boys to talk to me in spanish class that year. They were cute and I was awkward and it made me love those shoes even more. I've traded in the red flats for a more sophisticated pair of gold glittery ones, but high school memories aside Essie Ruby Slippers is the type of polish that will definitely get you some compliments without any of the teenage gawky-ness.

I missed out the first time I saw this polish come up for sale a few months ago, but I didn't hesitate to pick it up from a blog sale when I got a second chance. Other swatches for this polish are gorgeous and I'm so happy to say that it lives up to the hype! My swatch is three coats of Ruby Slippers, and one coat of top coat. Application was excellent for a polish so jam-packed with glitter.

And I'd like to announce the winner of my second blog anniversary giveaway! Congratulations to Solarride R.! I've emailed you, and you have 48 hours to reply and claim your prize :) Thank you so much to everyone who entered!

Thanks for reading!

18 February 2013

In case you've been wondering....

If you've been wondering what I've been up to since Valentine's day, I've been busy making youtube videos! I have three videos up right now that I'll embed below. I should be back to regular posting tomorrow, and I really want to exceed last month's posts so I'm hoping to get a post up every single day through the rest of February!

I'm starting my videos out as pretty basic, starter steps and information, but as they go on I plan to cover a larger range of nail polish and nail care topics!

Thanks for sticking around and I'll be announcing the winner of my Blog Anniversary giveaway tomorrow!

14 February 2013

Sealed with a Kiss: Valentine's Day Nail Art

Happy Valentine's Day lovelies! Even when I don't have a valentine (which has been most of the years) I still really enjoy this mini-holiday because of all the cute pink stuff that comes into stores this time of year. I mean, c'mon? The adorable heart shaped pink string lights I picked up at Target couldn't be any cuter!

As for my manicure, since I don't have a lot of pink polishes I decided to take some inspiration from the iconic sweetheart candy hearts and replace pink with another pastel that I love.. purple! It also helps that purple and red are fantastic together, and even better when you cover a nail in red, pink, and purple kisses. I used plate BM02 for the kisses, and stamped with China Glaze Harmony, Wet N' Wild Red Red, and OPI Party In My Cabana. The gorgeous red polish is Deborah Lippmann's Footloose, a stunning red orange jelly that is opaque and shiny in two coats. The base for the ring finger is three coats of OPI's Rumple's Wiggin'. The application for Footloose was flawless (seriously I think it's my new favorite red guys), and Rumple's Wiggin' was smoothed out using the topcoat sandwich method.

I didn't want anything too over the top since I wasn't working today. I can't be the only person who saves my really fun nail art ideas for when I'm sure lots of people will see them! It's like I haven't truly worn a manicure unless I can show it off, you know? haha!

What color are you sporting for Valentine's Day today? If you did some nail art, leave a link! Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

12 February 2013

China Glaze Pom Pom

Oh how I lemmed for this polish! I finally got it in a blog sale, and then it sat untried in my stash for so, so long. But now it's tried, and it's every bit as sparkly as I hoped it would be. China Glaze Pom Pom is a medium purple leaning pink polish that is packed with small silver hex glitters and silver microglitters. This is three coats plus top coat. Application was easy and I didn't have any trouble with glitter dispersement or placement. The finish isn't extremely gritty but I would probably add either another coat of top coat or one coat of Gelous to make it as smooth as glass.

When I wear this polish next I will definitely be layering it. Not because it's not opaque, but because I think the final effect lacks depth. I think it would be twice, if not three times prettier if sandwiched between a few squishy jelly layers!

What are some previous lemmings that you've been able to add to your collection? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

10 February 2013

Lovely In Lacquer 2nd Blog Anniversary + Giveaway!

Yesterday was my two year blogging anniversary! I know I haven't been the most consistent blogger, but I'm definitely happy to be a nail blogger. Something so small as nail polish has brought me so much joy and I'm so happy to be able to share my adventure with all of you. I'm celebrating by showing you a re-swatch of my very first polish post and a small giveaway for my lovely readers!

First up is Sally Hansen's Hello Bordeaux, the very first swatch I ever did. Last year I just showed my old swatch but this year I've decided to re-swatch it so I can mark my progress and to let you see the color a little better!

Hello Bordeaux is a blackened cherry red nail polish that's accented with tons of red micro shimmer that give the polish it's beauty and depth. This was two easily applied coats, all topped off with top coat. You can click here to see my original swatch of this polish, and my very first blog post!

And as a little thank you to all of you I'll be awarding one bottle of Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday nail lacquer to a randomly selected winner. Just fill out the raffle copter app below!

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I don't remember what it was exactly that made me want to start a nail blog, but I'm thankful for whatever it was because it has led me into this community of supportive, sweet, and creative girls that focus on lifting each other up and providing positive feedback. I'll never forget how excited and grateful I was the first time someone followed my blog. So thank you for allowing me to be a part of this community, and for following my blog these past two years!

08 February 2013

OPI's And This Little Piggy...

Honestly I didn't think I had as many red and pink polishes that I do! I pulled some more this morning to swatch this month, and I was pretty surprised. I also really want to do some Valentine's nail art, but it seems like almost every idea I come up with has already been done, and by someone about one hundred times more skilled than myself. So in between, here's another swatch of a pretty pink! This is OPI's And This Little Piggy..., which is a sheer medium pink with tons of purple and gold shimmer. I layered three coats of And This Little Piggy... over my bubblegum franken from Wednesday's post. Application was smooth as to be expected, but I didn't try this one on it's own to see if it would eventually become opaque.

What are some of your favorite Valentine's nail art ideas so far? Link me to your blog posts, pinterest pins, wherever it is! I want some adorable inspiration! Thanks for reading!

06 February 2013

Bubblegum Pink Franken

I can never seem to find the right medium pink creme in my collection when I'm doing nail art, so I frankened one. Sure I could buy one, but why spend the money when I have all the supplies I need to create my own? Ah, the joys of a frankening stash!

This is three coats of my pink franken. It has a soft shimmer that I love but it doesn't show up in photos well. What I like most about this franken is how smoothly it applies. I was able to do no clean up on this swatch because of the control I had while painting. Who would have thought a lil' old franken would have such a nice formula?

What's your favorite medium pink creme polish? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

04 February 2013

OPI I Lily Love You

I remember buying this polish because it was all the rage when it came out, and everyone was talking about how it was a must have. Well, that was the first and last time I've purchased a polish based on it's popularity! This is a really pretty color but I bought it over two years ago and this is the first time I've ever worn it! I wore it to go shopping yesterday and it's very very sparkly. Which I love, because as you know I dislike glitter removal and flakies are easy to remove! Woohoo, sparkly options people! OPI I Lily Love You is a hot pink very sheer jelly base filled with iridescent multi-size flakies and small square and hex glitters. Surprisingly application was easy and I only had one flake that folded and it was easy to squish flat again with an orange stick.

This is one coat of OPI Party In My Cabana under three coats of OPI I Lily Love You. It's topped off with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Poshe.

What's a polish you bought because everyone else was buying it? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!

03 February 2013

A Nail Polish Painting

So believe it or not nails were not my first 'painting' love! I took every art class available during high school, and I took the advanced painting course every single semester. I haven't picked up a real paint brush in a few years, so I thought this little painting project would be the perfect way to ease back into the hobby. And since it's polish related I thought I would share it here with you guys!

It's acrylic on canvas. I'm not quite finished with it yet because I still have to paint the edges of the canvas so I don't have to frame it!

The quote is actually from Zooey Deschanel, but I love how fun it is in spirit. Hanging this up will definitely help remind me to have fun with my nails and always feel motivated to keep them painted and pretty. Plus it symbolizes kind of a big part of my life the past couple years... polish and my blog!

I'm also incredibly excited that it's officially February, which means it's officially pink polish time! I've been saving all my pinks to swatch before Valentine's day, so you can have a sneak peek at some of the polish swatches to come in the picture below.

What are some of your hobbies other than nail polish? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for reading!