They say that true love comes from within, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make that special someone fall in love at first sight. When it comes to making others swoon, it’s all in the wink of an eye and a kiss blown from a perfectly polished hand. This February, add a little spice to […]
Yay! It’s month two of The Lacquer Legion! I’ve looked forward to today so much! What a fun, no pressure way to do nail art, am I right? This month’s prompt is ADORATION (#LLadoration). At first glance my mani seems a little crazy. Do I adore stripes and dots? (Well, I DO like them, but “adore” is a strong word.) There’s actually a reason behind this madness. My inspiration? My adoration? It’s my daughter. I don’t discuss a lot of personal stuff on the blog…but I’ll give you a little glimpse today. I call her Adda. It’s been a nickname from birth. It was partly inspired by Princess Atta from A Bug’s Life, her first favorite movie, and partly conceived by a cousin (she was three when Adda was born) who called her “Adda Adda”.
Now my Adda is super special. I know every mother says that…LOL..but in this case, I can guarantee it’s true! First, she’s my one and only child. But more importantly, she’s the smartest, kindest, funniest, most talented 13-year-old I know! She’s runs track, plays a mean violin, tells hilarious jokes, paints like a master and has never gotten below a 98% on a school project…EVER (we were robbed on the 98, by the way!) She wears a uniform to school everyday and the only item that’s not regulated is socks. And so my free-spirited Adda sports the most ridiculous socks she can find. It’s not unusual to see her plaid-skirted self sporting a caped Batman knee-high on one leg and a caped Robin on the other. Or socks dotted with Star Wars Storm Trooper heads shaped like skulls and cross bones. Or Doctor Who 4th Doctor stripes or neon cats with mis-matched zippers. I LOVE that she knows what she loves and goes for it. I adore that she’s brave and confident enough to be herself. At just 13, she’s my hero…and I aspire to be just as carefree and self-assured as she is!
Happy Wednesday! Please send good vibes my way. If you know me (really) well in real life, then you know where I am at the very second this post goes live. I could be off the grid for a few days. Eeeck! But I planned ahead and finished my Lacquer Legion mani in advance just in case! (Are you posting with us on Friday?) So today I have swatches of the six beautiful matte (but sparkly) spring-hued, textured polishes that make up the China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection (original press release here). I was excited for this one because I’m SO ready for Spring, yet I don’t want to give up all that winter bling just yet. These are perfect to fill the gap! I had to overexpose the pics a bit to get the polish the right color, so excuse the ghost hands! :)
China Glaze describes Seahorsin’ Around as a “mermaid-tail turquoise with soft gold shimmer.” The golden shimmer is very subtle and I love the darker teal glitters suspended in the lighter teal base. Beautiful! My swatch is two coats.
Shell We Dance is a bright, rose-pink highlighted with darker pink and silver glitters. This medium shade is really flattering and the finish was easy to achieve in two coats.
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Happy Monday! I’m so excited to give you a super sneak peek at the Jesse’s Girl JulieG Summer 2014 Cruise Collection! These six, exotic port-inspired cremes “float” in a perfect spot between pastels and brights. I love looking at them all lined up together….so soft, yet punchy. Cremes are my fave finish and this collection has summer written all over it. You’ll find the JulieG Cruise Collection on the Jesse’s Girl website on or about March 25th and in Rite Aid stores nationwide the first week of April (for only $3.99 each!!)
How did I get these so early? Actually, I heard some rumblings about this collection when I did my appearance at Rite Aid in San Diego with Jesse (THE Jesse…gah!) in December. He off-handedly mentioned that a cruise-themed line would include a yellow polish. (I played it cool and didn’t tweet anything.) Well then he emailed me two weeks ago and asked if I’d like to take some product shots for the new summer collection. I told him I wasn’t sure if I could be bothered and needed to think about it. LOL. Um…NO, that’s not how it went! Actually, I tried to casually wait a full 30 minutes before replying to his email so I didn’t look desperate. (I think I lasted like 28 minutes.) The polish arrived just last Tuesday and I delivered the pics just last Thursday. I jokingly asked Jesse if I could blog them and to my surprise, he said “Sure.” I’m not certain how/if the following photos will be used on the display – but my polished fingers are crossed that my digits will make an appearance at Rite Aid once again. I’m so very fortunate to have forged a relationship with a company that is so good to vloggers/bloggers and produces a great product at great prices. So let’s get to the pics…
This one is my absolute favorite. You probably know by now about my love affair with berry polish. Rio De Janeiro is a faultless berry purple. Great clean color and awesome formula.
This one is Santorini, a clean, light cornflower blue. The formula was excellent.
I have an awesome preview to show you today. I got these polishes in late January and have had to wait patiently to post. It’s been difficult. The GLAM Polish Supernatural Collection includes five gorgeous jewel-toned, jelly-based polishes, each with a mix of flakies, shimmer and holographic glitter. Every single one of these is seriously stunning and they’re available for pre-order TODAY (20 Feb)! See details at the end of the post. Let’s get to the swatches.
Phenomena has a burgundy jelly base with all the goodness described above. I love berry shades and this one did not disappoint. It’s breathtaking. Look at my pointer finger. Gah!
Spectral is a blue leaning purple. The coordinating holo, flakes and shimmer are beautiful.
Good morning and welcome to Hump Day! Earlier this year, Nicole by OPI announced 15 new nail lacquers for 2014. NOPI is releasing a little of everything, from nude cremes to cool shimmers to dark hues (original press release here.) I must admit, Nicole by OPI is growing on me. My biggest gripe has been the unusual bottle shape and how they won’t fit in my tidy Mani Cave shelves. (The horror!) But that’s not fair, is it? So I’ve opened my mind (and my IKEA Alex drawers) to an ever growing stash of NOPIs. Today I have some nail art using four new NOPI shades.
I polished three nails with Teal Me Something New, a pretty teal creme. Then I used Oh That’s Just Grape, a cool, medium purple creme, on the remaining nails. On the teal nails, I painted a criss-cross striped pattern using Emerald Empowered. It’s a beautiful shade of deep, glowy-metallic teal green and it complements the creme base perfectly. On the purple nails, I dabbed the multi-colored, holo, diamond-shaped glitter topcoat, Be Awesome, onto a plate. I picked up one diamond glitter at a time with a small brush and placed them on the nail until it was filled. I wasn’t going for perfection…I just tried to line them up in an orderly way and ensured nothing overlapped. I had to use nippers to cut a few for the top. This was hilarious to watch! But finally I got a few the right size and could scoot them onto the nail so they lined up perfectly with the edge.
So I haven’t stalked a package this much since I was waiting for my acceptance to grad school! I was SUPER excited to see the new Zoya Magical Pixie Collection (original press release here). Pastels, texture, glitter AND holo…this trio is Spring Bling at it’s finest! The finish is a tad “chunkier” than earlier PixieDusts as we see the introduction of larger hex glitters. My photos don’t do the sparkliness justice, for sure.
Vega is described as a “blue, opal sparkle.” It has a warmer mint hue and the multi-sized holo and iridescent glitters really give it depth. This is a beautiful shade and it all works.
Zoya describes Lux as a “rose quartz sparkle textured PixieDust with mega hex iridescent particles.” Wow. Say that ten times fast! The silvery finish makes this shade subtle, but spectacular at the same time. Gorgeous.
Shew. I made it through another snow and cold dominated weekend. It took me 90 minutes to make the 30 minute drive home from the office Friday. My daughter told me she wanted to punch winter in the face and I replied that I would completely endorse it! Spring…where are you? Today I have a new collection from Nubar. The Crushed Candy Collection includes eight neon glitters in slightly-tinted bases with a “sexy, sand-like appearance”. These aren’t textures. In fact, Nubar recommends finishing with a glossy topcoat. Yet you can definitely see what they mean by “sand-like.” After experimenting, I decided to use the same approach as Vampy Varnish and swatch each shade over a black base. This gives you the best representation (on camera) of the gorgeous glitters in each polish. As I was looking through the collection, I noticed four cool, complementary pairs. I thought it might be fun to combine two shades into one swatch mani.
The first pairing is Lemon Lime Crush, a neon green and yellow mix, and Rock Candy Crush which contains silver and white, with a sprinkling of black glitters. I love the brights in this collection, but I think Rock Candy Crush is my fave!
Watermelon Crush is filled with tiny melon pink glitters with sparks of neon yellow. Strawberry Lemonade Crush is predominately bright yellow, highlighted with fuchsia.