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5/31/11

100 Followers Giveaway WINNERS!

Once again I want to thank everyone for supporting my blog and always leaving sweet comments. I appreciate all my followers including Facebook and Twitter followers. Now, let's get onto what you really came to see.



The winners of my 100 Followers Giveaway are...
Congratulations Jenny, on winning prize one!

And...
Another big congrats to Alice, who won prize two!

I'll be contacting the winners shortly and if I do not get a response in the next 72 hours, I will pick a new winner.

EDIT: Both winners have responded in time.

Thank you to everyone who entered! If you didn't win this time, stay tuned for my next giveaway! I plan on having another one either at 350, 400, or 500 a special giveaway within the summer. The more followers, the bigger the giveaway! (;
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5/30/11

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day to everyone in the U.S.! Memorial Day is such a fun holiday! Its a great day to remember all of the brave people who died fighting for our country. So of course I had to create a manicure just for this day.


For this manicure I used Wet n Wild White French Creme as the base. Then I went in with a nail art brush and painted red stripes with China Glaze Hey Sailor. The blue I used was China Glaze First Mate. After everything was dry I went back and added dots and rhinestones to some of the fingers. The middle finger is a tattoo from bigRuby as well as an added blue rhinestone. (I get all my rhinestones from Born Pretty Store)

Did you create a manicure for Memorial Day? If so, leave a link below! I'd love to see it. (: 

*bigRuby nail tattoos sent for review.

Lovely in Lacquer's 100 Followers Giveaway

I think I almost passed out when I saw this giveaway...


Orly Space Cadet is looking too pretty in the middle of that picture. Is it weird that I do not own my favorite polish of all time? Which also carries not only my last name but my initials? Possibly we were meant to be together. (;

I'm taking my chances and seeing if I can score Orly Space Cadet along with some other amazing polishes and goodies in Lovely in Lacquer's 100 Follower Giveaway. It ends on the 14th of June and you can enter here if you'd like your chance at winning as well. Good luck to the both of us!

5/27/11

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review: 3rd Day Wear

I meant to make this post yesterday but I was so busy studying that I didn't have the chance to. Now I'm finally done with finals! I passed all seven of them and even made a 100/100 on one of my exams! I'm so proud of myself and also SO happy I'm done with school for the year.

Now for the review, the Sally Hansen Salon Effects strips in Girl Flower are holding up very well.


You may remember in the last part of this review that I mentioned I had trouble applying these and they were poorly done. Well, even so, they are wearing pretty nicely. No real chips, only a little tip wear--which you can't even notice in real life unless you look closely. I didn't apply top coat to these nor was there a base coat and it's wearing better than my normal manicures do. Also, they are just as shiny now as they were when I put them on three days ago.

To make the comparison easier, this is what they looked like after wearing them for one day...


And here's a closer look at what they look like now...


As you can see, they are holding up really well, especially when I didn't do the best job at applying them! They look pretty much the same as day 1. So far, I'm impressed. I still cannot wait until I can take these off! As pretty as they are, I really miss doing nail art.

P.S. I've said this a million times, but don't forget to enter my giveaway if you haven't already! It ends in two days. To enter and have your chance at winning one of two prizes, click the picture on the upper right sidebar of this blog. (:

5/24/11

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Review: Application + 1st Day Wear

I was super excited when I won these in Madison's (My Nail Art Blog) giveaway! They came in the mail yesterday and since I knew I'd be busy with final exams all this week, I was eager to put them on ASAP.

I'm going to keep this review as quick and short as possible since I know I like reviews best when they are straight forward. I'll also be breaking this up into separate parts as the days go by. Today I'll cover the application and first day wear since that's all I can tell you about at this point.

Application with this was horrible! It took me about an hour and a half to get all ten nails done. The strips kept on tearing as I tried to fit them and most of them did not fit well enough. I later learned that you can stretch them carefully on the sides to fit them. I wish someone told me earlier. But I think this is one of those things were some people will struggle more than others do.

Here's what my nails look like after wearing "Girl Flower" for one day:

As you can see, there are bald spots towards the tips and edges of my nails (see Exhibit C). That is ONLY because of my application. I did not apply them very well to some of my nails so they ended up looking bad. The ones with good application (middle, index) still look perfect with no tip wear or chips. My middle finger has a dent from it because I was checking to see if it was hardening yet. Clearly it wasn't.

Exhibit A
Exhibit B
Exhibit C
So far, I'm pleased with this product. Sure, the application was difficult, but only because this is so new to me. I've heard from other reviews that the second time they purchased these strips, application became easier. The fact that there's no dry time, no odor, and no need for topcoat makes up for it. I also love the design. I got tons of compliments today and everyone wanted to know my secret. They were so shocked to hear they were stickers!

I'll be back in a few days to continue this review, let me know how your experience with these are if you've ever tried them.

Orly Ancient Jade + Silver Shatter and White Cap

I felt like being experimental so I played with China Glaze White Cap and OPI Silver Shatter!

Let's start off with the OPI Silver Shatter. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't like this combination at all. The colors just don't work well together. I love them on their own, just not together. But nonetheless, here's what Orly Ancient Jade looks like with Silver Shatter on top:


A little while later I removed this and layered China Glaze White Cap over Orly Ancient Jade. Now this is more like it! It's like these two were made for each other. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!


And what would this post be if I didn't include a picture of Ancient Jade on it's own?
Orly Ancient Jade is a beautiful medium, jade green with a bit of a mint tone to it. Orly's formula impressed me as this is a definite one-coater. It also dried super fast and shiny. The picture above is with no topcoat.

5/22/11

Peacock Accents

 Last night I was feeling really indesicive about what I wanted to do with my nails. I was mainly stuck on skittles, Peacock feathers, penguins, or color blocking. After a while I finally decided on Peacock accents. The idea for this manicure came from this picture. I found it floating around the blogosphere so I'm not sure who to credit for it.

I gave this two tries. The first time was nice, but still wasn't doing it for me:


Excuse my nubbin (index finger) and cuticles in these pictures. I was forced to trim my nails short and acetone really doesn't like my cuticles.

For this manicure I used Zoya Breezi as the base of the accent fingers and Art Deco Gold Glitter on the index, middle, and pinky. I don't own a glittery gold so I had to compromise and use an Art Deco polish as a regular polish. Anyway, I drew the feather in Art Deco Black and went back and traced it with China Glaze First Mate. I filled in the ends of the feather with Art Deco Gold Glitter and added a blue rhinestone from Born Pretty.

I didn't really like how yellow toned the gold was so I removed the gold fingers and did a color block pattern instead. I couldn't help myself. I've been wanting to try color block for ages:

With top coat to smooth things out...

For this manicure I again used Zoya Breezi as the base of the accent fingers. For the feathers, I followed the same steps as the first manicure, except instead of using gold on the end of the feather I used Zoya Charla. For the color blocking I used Wet n Wild French White as the base. I went in with my Art Deco Black and created random lines to form different sized squares/rectangles. I used China Glaze Pelican Gray, Zoya Breezi, and China Glaze First Mate to fill them in. After it dried completely I applied top coat.

The second one's probably my favorite, It's also the manicure I'm wearing now. (;

P.S. In one week, my giveaway will end. So make sure you've entered for your chance to win one of two prizes!  Click on the picture in the top right sidebar to enter.

5/21/11

Who you callin' ugly?

Goooood morning! Are you ready for the world to end today? No I'm kidding, it's so bright and sunny outside today, it would be a shame if it did. I created this manicure after being inspired by The Daily Nail's version of this mani. If for some crazy reason you do not know who she is, please check out her blog ASAP.

For those who do not know, Ugly Dolls are adorable plush dolls that are supposed to be monsters.

This first picture was my first attempt at this manicure and then the last three are my second attempt at it. These pictures were taken a few days before I broke two nails and had to file down every-single-one-of-them. Ugh, what a great start to the weekend, right?


So maybe I'm not as skilled as she is, but I gave it a shot and actually really liked it. I wore this for about four days even when it started to chip. I rarely ever go around with chipped nails!

For this manicure I started off by applying L.A. Colors Black Satin as the black base. Once it was dry I drew the bodies of the monsters. For the thumb the body is in Sally Hansen Green With Envy, for the index it's Essence Everybody's Talking About, for the middle finger the monster's body is in Zoya Breezi, for the ring it's Claire's Vegas and finally the monster's body is China Glaze Starboard for the pinky. I then went in and drew all the details (tongue, teeth, eyes) for each monster. When it was about 60% dry, I finished it off with Seche Vite top coat.

These nails were quite a distraction at school so maybe I'll wait until exams are over and school's out before I do something crazy like this again!

5/20/11

Leopard Print + Giveaway Confusion?

Before we get to the nails, I wanted to go over a few things about my 100 Followers Giveaway. I've gotten a few questions about the extra entry where you tell me about your worst manicure experience. I'm not going to be super picky about it. If you leave me an answer saying you broke your nail, or you smudged them, or if you go into huge detail about how horrible the manicurist did your nails--you will get the extra entry! But if you say "I don't know" "I don't have one" or anything like that-- you won't get the extra entry. Nor can you re-enter.
Also, if you marked that you want to enter for both prizes, the extra entries as well as the 1 automatic entry for your name/email will go to your first choice, and then your second choice gets the automatic 1 entry for your name/email only.

I hope that cleared things up for everyone who entered, contact me if you're still confused.

Now onto the nails! I attempted a leopard print nail design since I've been seeing this around but haven't gotten the chance to try it. I feel like I'm still so new to nail art. 


For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base, then I went in with my nail art brush and used Diamond Cosmetics Decadence for the outline of the spots. I filled in the spots with Zoya Richelle. The rhinestones are from Born Pretty.

Stylish Blogger Award

I love the idea of blog awards. It just a great feeling to be awarded one. I want to thank Allison from I am Definitely Addicted for giving me this award. This is my first Stylish Blogger Award and no matter how weird it sounds, I'm really excited about this one!
Here are the rules:
Thank and link back to the person who sent you the award.
Share seven things about yourself.
Spread the love. Award seven recently discovered bloggers.
Contact these bloggers and tell them about the award.
1. My favorite food is shrimp. I can sit down and eat bucket fulls and never get tired of the taste. 
2. One of my nail polish pet peeves is when people paint their nails and let it chip off instead of removing it once there are chips. I understand if you are busy and don't have the time, but when it's been two weeks and they still look a mess--there is no excuse! 
3. I strongly dislike Ke$ha, and any other attention whore. 
4. I'm incredibly indecisive. Sometimes I'll stand by the thrash can for a good minute or so debating on whether or not to spit out my gum.
5. I'm right-handed.
6. I have a fear of pain. I think you call that Agliophobia
7. I am addicted to Sour Patch Kids. They're so cute too!

Now I tag:

I know this award has been around for some time now so if you've already received this award, or just don't do awards, I won't get offended if I don't see a post. (:

5/19/11

OPI Silver Shatter Review/Swatches

I've been talking about this a lot on Facebook and Twitter because I am IN LOVE with Silver Shatter! I've been seeing many swatches and pictures online but wasn't really convinced until I got to the store and saw how amazing it looked in the bottle. As soon as I came home I gave myself a pedicure with Silver Shatter and it looked so amazing!

AH! I'm so happy I snatched this baby up before it was gone. By the way, these pictures are better viewed when they are large. So click on them to see!

Base color: Essence What Do U Think?
OPI Silver Shatter is a metallic, shimmery silver polish that cracks, or "shatters", as it dries. All you have to do is apply it to completely dry nail polish and it's instant nail art! The formula on this is so amazing. One coat and it starts cracking instantly. You have a decent 2-3 seconds to finish applying it (to one nail) before it cracks--but there's little room for mistakes. As soon as it is done cracking, it is dry. Which is great if you're in a rush but still want to add a little extra to an old manicure.

I found it was easier to work with this when I added a topcoat over my base color and then apply shatter. For me, it cracked better and easier and the overall effect was nicer. Another thing I found was that adding a topcoat after Silver Shatter has been applied makes the shatter turn more glitzy, shiny, and glittery. I honestly prefer it without a topcoat where it looks more metallic and smooth. I wore it like this and had no chipping or flaking at all.

Overall, I am really, really, REALLY loving Silver Shatter! Way easier to work with than my other crackles (China Glaze Crackle Glaze). I definitely recommend you buying shatter if you can find it. It's sooo worth it!

5/18/11

Field of Flowers + My 1st Tutorial!

Today I tried out one of Emily's Nail Files designs. I have at least three of her designs saved in my inspiration file, just waiting for me. I'll post another within the next couple weeks. Her designs are really amazing, so please check out her blog if it's new to you!

This design is not particularly difficult to create but I had so much fun doing it that I went back and made a tutorial for it!

This is only my first tutorial and I'm still figuring out the format I want to use and whether or not I should make a video or GIF. Let me know what you'd like and don't be afraid to request any tutorials for my past designs.

For anyone interested, here are the polishes I used on each finger...

Index- China Glaze Sunset Sail as the base, CCUK Apricot Sun on the tip, and Essence What Do U Think? as the lines.
Middle- Zoya Marley as the base, Essence No More Drama on the tip, and Sally Girl Your Majesty as the lines.
Ring- China Glaze Sea Spray as the base, Zoya Breezi on the tip, and China Glaze First Mate as the lines.
Pinky- China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint as the base, Sally Hansen Green with Envy as the tips, and China Glaze Starboard as the lines.
For all the flowers the white petals were made using Wet n' Wild White French Creme and the yellow dot is Butterfly Jungle 244.

5/16/11

Half and Half

This manicure was inspired by Deez Nailz. For the life of me I cannot remember which post I read where she did something similar to this! If I knew I'd link you to it. Her manicures are always so creative and amazing. I'm always watching for what she does next!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have been trying out some of the nail art ideas in my "inspiration file". So most likely I'll be posting more inspired looks throughout this week.

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For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base. Then I applied a piece of Scotch tape to half my nails and painted over it with Claire's Evil Queen. I then used a tooth pick as a dotting tool and made dots of the opposite color on both sides of the nail.

Later I removed this manicure and tried it with pink...


For the pink version I used Ulta Noel as the base and China Glaze Ahoy on the other half of the nail. I did not use the tape for this one and instead free handed the halves. I got too lazy to wait for it to dry.

I immediately fell in love with the pink version, slapped on a topcoat (SV) and wore it for a few days! So pretty, I love it!


Which one do you like better?

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