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6/30/11

Green/Blue Drag Marble Nail Art

Good morning everyone!

Today's manicure is this simple design I created by using a toothpick and nail polish. I'll (try to) explain how I created this design below for those of you who are new to this technique.

This actually turned out a lot better than it looks in the picture. After I applied Seche Vite the bubbles thought they'd take a nice vacation on my nails.


For this manicure I used China Glaze Pelican Gray as the base. I drew two, vertical black lines to each nail and then went to work! I reapplied the base color inside the lines then I dropped small dots of Zoya Breezi and Sally Hansen Green With Envy. For my length of nails, two dots of each was enough. I took my toothpick and gently moved (or dragged) the nail polish around to my desired design. After I did all my nails like this I added a topcoat.

For a better idea of how to drag marble, you can watch this tutorial.

Like my last post, "Diva Nails", I removed this manicure soon after creating it. I actually wore this design for about 20 minutes before deciding to remove it and wear naked nails. I went bare for about 6 hours but got anxious and did an Independence Day manicure for the 4th of July, which you will see Monday.

Speaking of Monday, the weekly nail art challenge I'm participating in is taking place in the Facebook group Polish-Aholic Anonymous (PAA).  Make sure you send in a request to join if you're interested. The theme for this upcoming Monday is patriotic. For those who live outside of the US, no worries! You can do whatever represents your country.

Well that's all for today! I'll see you in my next post!

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Sunshine Award

This is my type of award. No rules. Thank you to Kiss My Acetone for giving me this award! Check out her blog if you're not already following her. I'll admit, I first followed her for the cute blog name but I stayed because her blog is amazing. 


“The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and
creativity inspire others in the blogging world.
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6/29/11

Diva Nails!

Anything with bling and leopard print is automatically Diva to me. I know I wanted to do something way out of my comfort zone so I went straight to this design.

These are "in-your-face", tacky, hooker nails at it's finest.

I couldn't get all the nails to line up straight but I think they still qualify as divalicious.

Wow, this post just keeps getting cheesier. Anyway, here's what I came up with:


For this manicure I used my favorite nude/taupe as the base, Ulta Set The Nude. Then I created a thick black stripe across the nail with Rimmel London Black Satin. While that was still wet I applied gold rhinestones that I got from Born Pretty. The next two steps were simple: I freehanded the leopard print with Zoya Richelle spots and Diamond Cosmetics Decadence lining. Lastly, I applied Funky Fingers Golden Coast to the tips.

Not sure why the rhinestones look so huge in these pictures but they are small, normal sized rhinestones in real life. 

I took this off after about an hour and did another design which I'll post later. This was WAY too much for me but I do like the design. It'd be great for someone whose going out to a party or club or something. Or if you just like to rock fierce nails!

Stylish Blogger Award

I never get tired of blog awards, I love getting them, receiving them and doing them.

Thank you to the lovely Power Femme for this award. I finally got around to doing it. However, I feel like I'm missing someone. If you gave me this award as well, please let me know!
Rules:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2. List 7 things about yourself that you haven't mentioned before
3. Tag 7 people and let them know you've done so!

Now, I've already received this award so I'll skip the tag part but I do appreciate the award itself. I am always excited to get one! To me, it's like a congrats for having a great blog.

As always, I'd like to give this award to all my followers and readers. Don't be afraid to do this tag!

Make sure you check out Power Femme's blog. Her blog is a feminist beauty and fashion blog. She posts all types of interesting posts on politics, fashion, nail polish and more!

6/27/11

Poppies

Week two of the new Monday Nail Art Challenge I'm participating in!

This week was much more challenging than last week's polka dots. When I hear the words "floral" I get kind of scared. It's a lot more difficult than it sounds, at least for me. I've done floral before but they are always simple, dotted daisies.

I actually attempted two different designs but the first one was a huge fail. I wanted to do something a bit different than I normally do so I watched some Youtube videos for inspiration and came up with this!

This beautiful design is inspired by this video from Robin Moses.

The red is so bright, my camera freaked out. Apologies.


For this manicure I used Orly Ancient Jade as the base. I drew the stems with China Glaze Starboard and then the poppies were made with China Glaze Hey Sailor and a nail art brush. I added in the yellow dots with Essence Mellow Yellow. The clouds were made using Wet n Wild Shiver.


Very simple, but I really like it! Robin Moses's designs are incredible. No matter what she does, it always impresses me. If you've been living under a rock and don't know who she is, check out her Youtube channel here.

6/26/11

Diagonal Funky French

I was going to post this early this morning but I just got around to making it now. I've been gone all day at my sister's college orientation. Not only did it take hours to get there (and back), but we stayed for an additional 4 hours listening to people talk, talk, and talk some more. It was brutal. The only fun part was going out of town, and doing out of town things.

Anyway, this is another design I created while my internet was down.

I'm currently in the process of using all 32 of my untrieds. I figured, "it's only 32, I'll just use them in my nail art." So far I've worn about 8 of them, including China Glaze Below Deck, which I used in today's post.


For this manicure I used China Glaze Below Deck as the brown-ish, purple base. Then I took Ulta Set The Nude and applied it diagonally from the tips of my nails. I also went back with my nail art brush and drew a thin line, diagonally, following the tips. The dots on the accent nail were made with Rimmel London Black Satin.

I have no idea why I didn't use Below Deck sooner! It's so beautiful, one of my favorites from all my China Glaze polishes.

That's all from me today, I'll be back tomorrow with my "Monday's Nail Art Challenge" design! This week it's floral. (:

6/25/11

Geometric Tips

My Internet at home is back to normal. And normal means it works but goes on and off every once in a while. Our AT&T service sucks. I don't know why we put up with it.

Haute Lacquer now has over 350 followers! I know that number might be small to some of you with over 500 or 1000 followers but it means a lot to me. That's over 350 different people who are interested in my blog. I can't wait for these packages to finally get here (waiting for two more) so that I can FINALLY post the giveaway as a big thank you.

Now onto the good stuff. Here's a design I created while my Internet was down.


For this manicure I used S-he 471 as the blue, foil base and Funky Fingers Baby Baby Baby as the blue, scattered holo base for my ring finger. Once it was dry I taped diagonally on one side of the tips of my nails and then painted over it with Rimmel London Black Satin. I waiting for that to dry and then taped it off again, this time painting over it with Funky Fingers Baby Baby Baby. I finished by adding a line between the two colors.


By the way I got a few Funky Fingers in the mail on Monday (Golden Coast and Sand and Stilettos are the other two). Traci from The TraceFace Philes sent them to me and just look at this cute pink bubble wrap!


I love it!

6/24/11

LGBT Pride

**This is a scheduled post, my internet at home is not working yet.**

Today's manicure means a lot to me. I'm not a Gay, Bi-Sexual, or a Transsexual, person but I do strongly believe in equality for those who are. I'm not sure why but I have always felt strong about this, even if the people around me completely disagree and even if I don't personally know any LGB or T people. I guess it's just the right thing to do in my mind.

So I will continue to support my lovely gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, and transsexual girls & boys!


In honor of LGBT month I have created this rainbow manicure. I also wrote the words "LGBT Pride." I don't want this to be mistaken for a normal rainbow design.

For this manicure I started with one coat of Zoya Robyn for the base. Then I drew a white stripe in different directions on each nail. The white stripe is just a base for the bright colors I used as the rainbow. After that dried I took Zoya Creamy, Nicole by OPI Fresh Squeezed, China Glaze Hey Sailor, and China Glaze Starboard for the stripes. I wrote "LGBT" on my ring finger using a black polish and nail art brush.

Thanks for reading!

6/22/11

MIA

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to make a quick post letting you know that I'll be MIA for a while since my internet at home crashed. I'm actually at the local library making this post, haha. Not gonna lie, I feel pretty awkward.

Anyway, I'll be back in the next week or so depending on how quick the AT&T guys can get it fixed.

Please be patient with me, I wish there was something I could do.


P.S. Once I get it fixed I'll be continuing as planned. The giveaway will happen as normally planned as well as my LGBT mani that I have already done. I also have two other manis to post once I come back. (:

6/20/11

Dots, Dots, And More Dots

Today's manicure is part of a new challenge I am taking part in. On the Facebook group, Polish-aholics Anonymous, we are creating nail art based on what the theme for the week is. For this Monday, the theme was polka dots! Next week's theme will probably be announced soon, so if you want to join in on the action, join the group. You'll love it!

Now for the manicure, I think this has to be the easiest nail art I have done. It was also really fun to create.


For this manicure I used Essence No More Drama, a light lavender purple, and Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled, a light periwinkle blue, as the bases. I applied one coat of Seche Vite topcoat so it would dry then, using a cosmetic sponge, I sponged on Nicole by OPI Party in the Penthouse to the blue nails and Butterfly Single to the purple nails. As usual, I used a toothpick for the dots. I alternated between white dots and the same colors I used for the bases.

In total, this manicure probably took me 10 minutes. I finished with Seche Vite so it dried in a matter of minutes.

Oh, and I'm getting dotting tools soon! Exciting.

6/19/11

Top 10 Award

I was given this award by Liquid Jelly and Sugar Stars! Make sure you check these ladies out, they both do amazing nail art and great swatches!

If you also gave me this award and I didn't mention your blog, let me know and I'll fix it. 

Top 10 Award:
1. Thank the person who tagged you and link to their blog.
2. Put the Top 10 Award logo on your blog.
3. List your top 10 cosmetics.
4. Choose 10 bloggers to tag, link to their blogs, and let them know.

My Top Ten: I'm not a big makeup girl so I'll just do top ten nail products/polishes. (Not in any particular order)

  1. Seche Vite Fast Dry Topcoat. This stuff dries so fast! At first I didn't believe it when someone said it'd be at least 90% dry in 5-8 minutes, but it's true. I've never seen anything like it.
  2. Ulta Pinata Yada Yada. I love all the different glitters!
  3. Zoya Zara. A new favorite, this is the prettiest Zoya polish I own, so gorgeous!
  4. Toothpicks. No seriously, cheapest dotting tool ever.
  5. Orly Space Cadet. I'll own this beauty someday.
  6. China Glaze White Cap. Layered, this polish can make any color 10x prettier!
  7. Zoya Breezi. The perfect blue, not too dark, not too light.
  8. OPI Silver Shatter. Shiny and crackle? How could I not love it?
  9. Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell. I recently posted swatches of this nail polish, it's such an incredible effect on your nails.
  10. Zoya. Their formula is amazing and they're just an all around great brand.

I tag these 10 blogs: (Also in no particular order)
  1. Forever'92
  2. Gettin' Girlie
  3. Dizzy Nails
  4. Forever The Ugly Duckling
  5. Imperfectly Painted
  6. Loodie Loodie Loodie
  7. The Nail Polish Enthusiast
  8. Power Femme
  9. Tough As Nails and Twice As Pretty
  10. Marshee
Also, I tag all of my readers! Just say that you received this award from me.
 
As always, if you already received this award or awards aren't your thing, you don't have to do this tag. I won't get offended if I don't see you post it. (:

The Beautiful Zoya Zara

I remember wanting this color so bad but was hesitant because I wasn't sure how it would look on my skin tone. It was easy finding swatches online, but it was almost impossible to find swatches of Zoya Zara that had the same skin tone as mine.

Finally I took my chances and bought it during Zoya's Charla/Ivanka promo. I am so glad that I did because it's beautiful and looks great with my complexion!  I decided I'd go ahead and put these swatches out there for those who also need to find swatches with a darker skin tone.

This is four coats with no top coat. The second picture is probably the most color accurate.

Zoya Zara is a beautiful, and I mean BEAUTIFUL, light purple with strong copper shimmer. I also think the name Zara is very pretty. It's on the sheer side and takes two thick coats or three thin coats to be opaque. I actually did four in these pictures since the camera can pick up bald spots.

This color is very unique. If you take out the shimmer, this is a cool toned color, put it back in and it's warm toned.

This is also one of the most beautiful colors in my collection and is for sure one of my favorite Zoyas.

6/18/11

All Over The Place

Today's manicure is inspired by many things. I did different designs on all ten nails. The pinky on my left hand (directly below) was inspired by this tutorial by Robin Moses. The ring finger on my left hand was inspired by this post by Dees Polish Endeavors. Many of these are from designs I have done in the past.

The rest I did randomly, just having fun as I went along.


Here is my right hand, this one is a little more messy:

For this manicure I used a total of 28 different nail polishes. So I'm definitely not about to list them all right here. But I will say, the crackle you see on the left hand is is OPI White Shatter. The rhinestones on my right hand are from the Born Pretty Store. If you're interested in any of the nail polishes I used in this post, just leave a comment and I'll let you know.

My favorites are the flames, leopard print, vertical stripes, and the green one with rhinestones. But I especially love the leopard print, mainly because I used Zoya Kelly!

6/17/11

Bold Stripes

I meant to post this yesterday, but we had a huge storm and my power was out all day. I guess it wasn't "huge" but there was a lot of hail, strong winds and some crazy rain. My backyard was even flooded! I kept thinking to myself "What am I going to do with my nail polish if it floods?" Luckily, the flooding wasn't too high. It was about as high as a baby swimming pool.

Anyway, on a brighter note, here's a quick manicure I created a couple days ago. Not perfect, but still cute. (:


For this manicure I used Nicole by OPI Positive Energy as the base. Then I drew the charcoal gray, almost black, stripes with Barielle Coalest Day of the Year. Finally I drew the red stripes using China Glaze Hey Sailor. To smooth everything out, I finished with Seche Vite top coat.

I loved this manicure, although I only wore it for a day. It was super easy and really quick to do!

Stylish Blogger Award!

I was given this award by the amazing Monique over at Forever'92! Thank you! Check out her blog if it's new to you. She posts swatches, nail art and everything in between. She's also having a giveaway right now!

Now the rules are that I must tell 7 random facts about myself and tag 7 bloggers. Well, I'm breaking the rules (again).

I'll tell a few random facts because I can't think of anything else at the moment. 

1. Chinese food is my favorite. Followed closely by Italian and my mom's.

2. In honor of LGBT, month, I've said it before and I will say it again, I 100% support gay rights and everything LGBT related. I'll also be doing a manicure for LGBT month later on.

3. I'm a dog person, can't stand cats.

As for the tagging part...I'm passing this to all my readers who have blogs!

6/16/11

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black

Goooood morning! I'm really excited about today's post since I get to show you this beauty!

This is my second Chunky Holo from Kleancolor. I posted Chunky Holo Bluebell about a week ago and now I'm back with the gorgeous Chunky Holo Black! Although, these pictures do it no justice.

Also, if you are looking to buy any Kleancolor polishes, I have found another great e-tailer. Beautyjoint.com sells them for $1.75 each. It seems like all the Chunky Holos are in stock too. They sell internationally as well. 

Now let's get to the swatches, shall we? This is two coats over black. (All pictures taken in natural daylight with no sun. All pictures have topcoat. Feel free to enlarge pictures by clicking on them.)

 

EDIT: Here's a picture of the bottle, I forgot to add this in:

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black is a multi-chrome hex/round glitter. This polish shows mostly yellow, red, green and orange, depending on what angle you see it at. I'm sure there's some blue and purple in there somewhere, but I didn't see it. I chose to layer this over a black cream since Chunky Holo Black has such a sheer base. Like Bluebell, Black has a wide brush that is similar to OPI's brush.

If Chunky Holo Black looks thick in these pictures, it's because I took them almost immediately after applying it and it didn't get a chance to set. It actually dries just as thin and smooth as regular nail polish.

Out of the entire Chunky Holo line, I think this and Bluebell are the must haves. This has big, unique hex glitters and Bluebell is said to be the most "holo"/crazy multi-chrome of them all. I think I'll be putting both (new ones) in my July giveaway! 

6/14/11

Text Talk

I want to mention that my internet connection is totally jacked up. Sometimes it wants to work and sometimes it refuses so if I go a long time without posting it's because of my Internet connection, not because I have abandoned my blog. I'm pretty sure the connection itself is fine, but I think it may be a problem with our router. Anyway, just remember that I have not left this blog.

Today's mani is this, different sized bubbles filled with "text talk". This did not wear well at all. I took a picture one day after and already the index is cracking and the middle and thumb have tip wear. Probably because I didn't wrap my tips with topcoat. Oh well...


For this manicure I started off with the base of China Glaze Pelican Gray. Then I created the bubbles with Zoya Lolly, Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled, China Glaze Starboard, China Glaze Hey Sailor, and Zoya Creamy. The letters are written with Art Deco Black Sparkles. I finished off with topcoat to smooth everything out.

6/12/11

Right Hand of my "Little Monsters" Mani

As I mentioned in my last post, "Little Monsters", I created a completely different and much more simple design on my right hand. I'm not nearly as steady using my left hand so I decided to cheat and do something easy.

I like them both, but they aren't really all that comparable considering one is 3 hours worth of effort and the other is about 8 minutes worth.

Sorry about the cuticles, I haven't been taking care of them.


For this manicure I used Zoya Breezi, one of my favorite blues, as the base. I used Claire's Vegas as the base for the accent finger. Then I created two stripes to the sides of my nails with the opposite color. I still felt like it needed more so I added white dots to the accent nail.

Also, Claire's Vegas dries as a matte. Not as matte as Zoya's mattes, but it does dry to be a jelly-matte type finish. You can't really tell in these pictures since it's with a topcoat.

I hope you all are having a great day.
Thanks for reading!

6/11/11

Little Monsters

Good morning everyone!
First, I'm sure you noticed the new layout and comment system. I know it's a big change. I also listed my Twitter and Facebook to the right. I think it looks a lot neater. How do you like the new layout? Do you like it better than the old black one?

Now to the manicure, I spent a little over three hours creating this manicure of cute little monsters. It's not as bad as it sounds! It was really fun to do so the time flew by. I started at around 2 pm and when I looked up at the time it was already past 5!However, I only my left hand since the other probably would have taken an additional 3 hours! The other hand is a lot more simple.

There are many mistakes. I also dented a few as the day went by. But I didn't want to take another hour to redo any. Besides, I still like it.


This manicure is kind of similar to my Ugly Dolls manicure I did last month, but unlike my Ugly Doll mani, this one was mostly inspired by this picture:

Credit: templates.com
For this manicure I used LA Colors Black Velvet as the base. Then I created the bodies of the monsters using several different polishes. The details such as the dots, eyes, mouths and teeth were all created using nail art supplies and brushes. After it was almost dry I sealed it in with a top coat. Let me know if you're interested in knowing the name of a polish.

I really enjoy doing character type things but I wonder if I purchased acrylic paint if it would be easier and less messy to do detailed nail art like this? Especially since nail polish dries up so fast and I end up wasting a bunch of it, not to mention it drags and leaves weird strings of polish like on the index and ring finger.

Anyway, I hope you guys like it! My favorites are the middle and pinky, but I think they're all so cute!

6/9/11

Spring Flowers and Sponging

Good morning everyone!

Spring is coming to an end this month but I thought I'd squeeze in one last Spring mani before the season ends! This is one of my new favorite looks, sponging and nail art combined. I've been getting into sponging lately and after a few Youtube videos I think I'm getting a lot better at the whole "fading" thing.

This manicure was so much fun to do! It's so carefree and easy to cover-up mistakes. These pictures are all with a topcoat--which makes the sponging blend in and have that fade.


For this manicure I used Zoya Marley as the base. Then, using a cosmetic sponge, I sponged on Wet N' Wild 429B. I drew some flowers on the sponged area and decorated parts of it with dots. The white is Wet N' Wild French White Creme or whatever it's called.

I haven't been excited about nail art for a while, and this is the perfect way to ignite that spark!

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