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2/28/12

GOSH Miss Minty + Layering Combo

I meant to post this a looong time ago but I kept forgetting to.

This is my first ever GOSH nail polish! Isn't it gorgeous? My good friend Jennifer from The Exotic Lacquer surprised me with it. Apparently a lot of our mutual friends had something to do with it too. So a big thank you to you all!

There's also a story that goes with this, but I'll sum it up in a few sentences: My best friend Emily made up the nickname Minty for me and when I told my "polish friends" about it many of them decided to call me that instead of Shaina. Lol. So anyway, Jenn thought it was fitting to get me a polish called "Miss Minty!"



GOSH Miss Minty is a minty, turquoise cream. This is two thick, flawless coats. The brush on this is similar to the OPI brush only smaller.

Obviously I had to play around with this beauty. Here it is with two coats of Zoya Opal on top:

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2/27/12

Peace, Love, and Happiness

When I see things like this I think "oh wow, that's cute. I want that on my nails!"

But I had no idea how difficult it would be to draw Chinese symbols on nails. It was difficult to even get it remotely close to what my symbols looked like.

If you haven't figured it out by the title, the symbols on my nails translate to "peace" (index + middle), "love" (thumb), and "happiness" (ring+pinky).

Um...well, I tried.

For this manicure I used black as my base. I let that dry then took a nail art brush and OPI Who the Shrek Are You? and slowly drew each line of each symbol. Once I was satisfied with the symbols I finished off with a thick top coat.

I guess it's not all that bad. I do like the index and middle fingers, they turned out pretty good. I think it would have been better if I used a thinner brush.

Thoughts?

2/26/12

Not-So-Classic Ruffian

Thank goodness for Pinterest because otherwise I would have never found this gorgeous ruffian nail design to do.

I made this pin about two months ago and I finally got around to doing it yesterday.

This design was originally created by Madeline Poole and was posted on her Tumblr.

And if you want to follow me on Pinterest, my name on there is scadet.


For this manicure I used Zoya Tru as the base. I then took my nail art brush and free handed the crescent moon things using Zoya Avery. The dots you see are actually individual glitter pieces that you can find in any craft store. I applied them using an orange stick that had a bit of tacky top coat on the end. I smoothed everything out with a thick coat of Seche Vite.

Simple, not-so-classic, and gorgeous.

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*Zoya polishes were sent for review

2/21/12

Mardi Gras Inspired

Happy Mardi Gras!

Do people say that? I know there's "Happy Valentine's Day" and "Happy Birthday" but I've never heard anyone say "Happy Mardi Gras."

Ah, whatever, it is what it is.

This took me close to two and a half hours to do. And that's just one hand! I especially had a lot of trouble with the index finger. Apparently it's impossible to get an evenly proportioned mask. But it was all worth it; I love the finished result!


For this manicure I used Orly Out of this World (which my best friend, Emily, gave me) as the deep purple base. Then I created a horizontal stripe in the middle with Color Club Enchanted Holiday. The green stripe, closest to my tip, is Orly Here Comes Trouble. I used a dotting tool and China Glaze Brighthouse to create the gold beads and then I outlined them in black. The mask was created using (mainly) Zoya Lolly and a variety of pink polishes. I then added on some loose glitter and slapped on a thick coat of Seche Vite.

I don't feel like these pictures are doing any justice to this manicure. It's fun, glittery and so pretty in person!

2/16/12

Gorgeous Bar Glitter: Zoya Kissy and Rina

I finally got my hands on the two of the three string glitters in Zoya's Gems & Jewels Holiday Collection!

These are the only two I wanted but the blue looked nice too.

I'm obviously late on posting these but I got them several weeks ago with Zoya's 2 free promo and I thought I'd swatch them for you guys anyway!

These pictures were all taken in natural sunlight with one coat of top coat.

Zoya Kissy.  2 coats. This is my favorite of the two. Not only is it an incredibly vibrant berry red but the glitter in it is so pretty. Kissy has regular small glitter but has multicolored bar glitter mixed in. The bar glitter is more like a holo than anything. The formula on this was really thick but other than that, this polish is perfection.

Zoya Rina. I love Rina but oh my gosh it was so difficult to work with. The formula is standard but it took me four coats to reach this opacity and I can still see my nails through the polish. I love that Rina has hidden, gorgeous blue bar glitter in the green mix! Some of the bar glitter is even holo.

I want to mention that these dry a bit matte so a top coat is a must if you want the same shine you see in these pictures. 

Before I end this post, I want to say...please don't be fooled by how pretty these are. They do not look good layered together. I had to learn the hard way...


2/14/12

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day loves!

I hope you all had an amazing day celebrating, and if you're single (like moi) you can celebrate the way I did...with nail art!

I actually created this manicure this past Saturday but I knew it would be perfect for V-Day. Pink, hearts, polka dots? There's a little bit of everything in here.

I got a ton of compliments on this manicure too. I love the look on people's face when I tell them I did it myself. Never gets old...


For this manicure I didn't start with a base color. Instead I applied a clear base, let it dry then began drawing the stripes. For the stripes I used a nail art brush and the following polishes: Wet N Wild Candy-licious (bubble gum pink), Wet N Wild Tropicalia (bright medium pink), and Wet N Wild French White Creme. Afterwards I took my nail art brush and white polish and drew the hearts. I then outlined the hearts in black and used my dotting tool to create pink polka dots inside of them. Add a slap of topcoat and you're done!

In real life, the contrast between the two pinks is hardly visible. It just looks like one big stripe unless you look up close with good lighting. I would suggest using shades of more contrast for a better pattern.

And just for fun, here's a cute layering combo I did for V-Day. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Twisted Pink with two coats of Zoya Chloe on top:

2/12/12

XOXO

The inspiration for this manicure came from two manicures I've done in the past. The first was my zebra bordered with blue design and the second is my "Sexy Leopard" post.

If you haven't noticed, I love the idea of bordering your nail design with a color! I hope you're not getting tired of this trend because you'll definitely be seeing more of it in the future.

So anyway, here is today's manicure.


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild French White Cream for the base. I then created the letters 'x' and 'o' throughout the entire nail using a nail art brush and a black polish. I had a lot of trouble drawing the letters 'x' and 'o' so I ended up just doing my best with the letter 'x' and using a dotting tool and the same method I used for this post to make the 'o'. After drawing the letters I took my nail art brush and I created the border around my nails using Zoya Lolly.

This would be perfect for Valentine's Day. Or any day really.

I have another V-Day mani for Tuesday that I can't wait to share with you all!

2/5/12

Haute Lacquer Turns One!


The time has finally come for Haute Lacquer's first birthday.

A year really does fly by!

Thank you all so much for sticking with me through this crazy journey.

 I appreciate each and every one of you so much. Thank you for your sweet comments, emails, and most importantly, thank you for being a reader of my blog. I promise there is much more to come!

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