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12/31/12

Neutral Chevron

Happy New Years Eve!

Chevron is on everything right now. Phone cases, pillows, clothes, even mugs! With the trend still going pretty strong, I decided I'd finally put it on my nails.

I've attempted this design before (and never posted it) but this is the most successful I've ever been so I thought I'd share! 


For this manicure I used Essence Irreplaceable (which is stunning!) as the shimmery nude base. Then using my thin nail art brush from Born Pretty (use code GFL91 for 10% off) I slowly created each chevron stripe with the colors Zoya Kelly and black acrylic paint. Some lines are thinner than others and some are connected. These can be as random as you'd like. I finished off with top coat.

My favorite part about this manicure is the base, why don't I wear Essence Irreplaceable more often? My official (nail) resolution this year is to use my untried polishes more in nail art.

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12/28/12

Leafy Abstract | Featuring Born Pretty 15 Pc Nail Art Brushes and Review

Good morning!

Today's post is a combination of nail art and a Born Pretty store review. They were kind enough to send me their 15pc Nail Art Brush Set. Can you believe these are my very first nail art brushes? I have been using striping polishes for the longest.

Also you can use the code GFL91 for 10% off your entire Born Pretty order, yay!

For this manicure I used Zoya Neely as the light green base. I used a small nail art brush (see below) and American Apparel Peacock to create the leaves and different patterns. My inspiration came from this and this picture. Then I took a small dotting tool (see below) and created the tiny dots you see. Top coat finished off this design. 

I used the small dotting tool and angled striper brush for this design. Look how small that dotting tool is!


So what do I think about the brushes you ask...

12/27/12

7 Days of Christmas Giveaway Winners!

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So you want to know the winners of my 7 Days of Christmas Giveaway?

Well here they are! Winners were picked using random.org. All winners have been successfully contacted.

Winners...
Day 1 | Jamberry Nails: Elle J.
Day 2 | The ElleBee Tree: Angela P.
Day 3 | Mystery Bag: Ruth G. 
Day 4 | Beauty Stop Online: Precious Pearl
Day 5 | Mystery Bag #2: April E.
Day 6 | Amazon.com: Michelle P.
Day 7 | Amy's Nail Boutique: Denise


Like I always say, please don't be upset if you didn't win. There will be more giveaways in the future and in fact I already have one planned for January!

12/26/12

Haute Lacquer's Top 10 Nail Art Designs of 2012

With the year wrapping up and 2013 around the corner it's time for Haute Lacquer's Top 10 Nail Art Designs of 2012! 

 

This is a collection of my favorite designs/manicures that I have done this year, 2012. These are in no particular order, I don't like to pick favorites (oh wait...).

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What are your favorites? Repin them on Pinterest, like them on Facebook, or tell me in the comments!

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12/24/12

Zoya Lovely Spring 2013 Collection Review, Swatches, and Comparisons


Zoya is at it again! Bringing new colors for Spring 2013. Spring collections are some of my favorites, I'm a sucker for pastels, lights, and even nudes!

The Lovely Collection features 6 spring lacquers with 3 of them being that unique Zoya shimmer and the remaining being cremes.

All pictures are in direct and indirect sunlight, no top coat, and 2 coats unless otherwise stated.

Neely (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13) is a gorgeous light green creme. A mix between cool and warm toned, but not at all pasty. This one had two easy coats. One of my favorites, so beautiful! See comparisons of this color at the end of this post.

Next we have Zoya Blu. Blu is a crisp blue creme. I really love the brightness yet lightness of this polish. It's pretty refreshing! Almost a one coater but this is two coats here. See comparisons of this color at the end of this post.

Zoya Jacqueline (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13) is just your basic nude cream, nothing unique. But if you don't own the perfect nude yet you'll want this polish! Not too gray or too peach-y, just right. Application was a bit patchy and uneven. See comparisons of this color at the end of this post.

Julie (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13) is a lovely lavender with white and silver shimmer particles. This is more of a blue toned purple rather than red toned. Easily one of my favorites from the collection!

Piaf (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi) is a light Djon mustard yellow with the same finish as Julie (above)--white and silver shimmer. I gotta say, I'm not loving this color. Seems great for nail art though. See comparisons of this color at the end of this post.


Zoya Gie Gie (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13) is a light pink with silver and white shimmer particles. It's pretty but I didn't like it on me at all. The shimmer is the same as the last two polishes but it seems so delicate and iridescent in this particular polish.


Now for some comparisons...

12/23/12

Melted Candy Cane

Merry Christmas Eve Eve! Yeah, I just did that.

My brain is filled to the top with drip designs to do but I'm trying my best not to overwhelm you guys with them. You'll probably see more in the next coming weeks but for now I'll ease in the marathon of drips with this simple candy cane manicure.

With candy canes being the official Christmas candy (at least in Shaina Land) it was bound to get on my nails one way or another. I mean, I did it last year so really the past repeated itself. I had no say in it. But maybe this should be a yearly thing while we're on the subject?


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Break the Ice as the shimmery white base. Then I used Wet N Wild Red Tape for the base of the drips. The stripes were created using a nail art brush and the same WNW Break the Ice polish that I used for the base.

Here's a quick how-to on the drips, just add stripes afterwards!



Now you cannot tell me this doesn't look like a melted candy cane?
*Wet N Wild polishes sent for review

12/22/12

Plaid Christmas Drips

Good morning! I haven't done a nail art post in a while since I've been so wrapped up in my giveaways lately. 

I've been planning this design for so long. I'm not kidding y'all, this has been planned far before December! I kept putting it off, waking up every morning and saying "okay, I'll do it tomorrow, it's not very sunny outside today" or "hm...I'll watch this movie then get right to my nails." And of course that last one almost always results in me forgetting, or falling asleep. Oops. 


And sorry for the weird pictures that make my fingers look extra dry and sickly. The sun was going down as I took these and these pictures just came out really...strange.


For this manicure I used Wet N Wild Break the Ice for the white shimmery base. Then I drew the "dripping" part of this design with a regular nail art brush and Wet N Wild Red Tape. The plaid was created using a thin nail art brush and these colors: Sation I Paint in Peace, Zoya Ray, Sation 3 Free-Dom, and a black acrylic paint. 

This was so pretty in person, I actually have another drip design I plan on doing so that will be posted soon!
*Polishes sent for review

12/19/12

Zoya Lovely Spring 2013 Collection Preview!

Zoya Lovely
Beauty is a lovely state of mind



Lovely, just LOVELY!
Spring is awash in six soft and lovely new Zoya shades including three dewy metallics and three fresh blooms of cream. Poetic in nature, this collection is sure to capture the beauty of the season like no other....

ZOYA LOVELY – SPRING 2013
Piaf (ZP652) - Fresh Forsythia Yellow Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Fashion Designer Zang Toi)
GeiGei (ZP651) - Blushing Cherry Blossom Pink Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Julie (ZP650) - Soft Wisteria Purple Metallic - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).
Blu (ZP653) - Lucky Hyacinth Blue Cream - Full Coverage
Neely (ZP655) - Earliest Spring Green Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13).
Jacqueline (ZP654) - Perfect Magnolia Nude Cream - Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/SS13)

Shipping January 01, 2013

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Zoya Lovely $8 (US)

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12/16/12

7 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 7 | Amy's Nail Boutique (CLOSED)





This giveaway is now closed and no longer accepting entries.

Welcome to the last day of the Haute Lacquer 7 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Please, please try to hold back the tears.

So today we can thank Amy from Amy's Nail Boutique for sponsoring this giveaway and providing the prize! Amy's Etsy shop, Amy's Nail Boutique, sells a large selection of custom and handmade polishes, make sure to stop by.

Image courtesy of Amy's Nail Boutique

So, what can you win?
1 gorgeous nail polish from Amy's Nail Boutique in the color Woodsie's Wish. In Amy's words: "Woodsie's Wish has matte turquoise, yellow, blue, pink, orange, hot pink and purple glitter in a white base."

Rules & How to Enter?
Simple, just be a public GFC follower of my blog. You may only enter this giveaway once. Open internationally. Giveaway ends 12/26/12. Fill out the rafflecopter form below and you're entered.

Who can enter?
Everyone, anywhere in the world, every age, every gender!

What about the winner? 
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email shortly after giveaway ends. Winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.

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*Prize provided by Amy's Nail Boutique

12/15/12

7 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 6 | Amazon.com (CLOSED)



This giveaway is now closed and no longer accepting entries.

Welcome to day 6 of the Haute Lacquer 7 Days of Christmas Giveaway! Only one more day left *tears*.

Today's prize was purchased by me! This giveaway is in no way sponsored by or affiliated with Amazon, just an FYI.


So, what can you win?
A $10 Gift Card to buy anything on Amazon.com! Amazon offers every beauty product you could imagine as well as clothing, jewelry, decor, crafts, and much more.

Rules & How to Enter?
Simple, just be a public GFC follower of my blog. You may only enter this giveaway once. Open internationally. Giveaway ends 12/25/12. Fill out the rafflecopter form below and you're entered.

Who can enter?
Everyone, anywhere in the world, every age, every gender!

What about the winner?
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email shortly after giveaway ends. Winner has 48 hours to reply otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Prize will be electronically sent.

12/14/12

7 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 5 | Mystery Bag #2 (CLOSED)



EDIT: This giveaway is now closed and no longer accepting entries. 

Welcome to Day 5 of the Haute Lacquer 7 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Today's prize was provided by me! I purchased everything myself for this giveaway.

So, what can you win?


A cute makeup bag filled with nail polish, nail art supplies, and makeup! Which items exactly? Only the winner will know but I will say that it may or may not be filled with brands such as NYX, Sally Hansen, Essie, Hits and many more.

Rules & How to Enter?
Simple, just be a public GFC follower of my blog. You may only enter this giveaway once. Open internationally. Giveaway ends 12/24/12. Fill out the rafflecopter form below and you're entered.

Who can enter?
Everyone, anywhere in the world, every age, every gender!

What about the winner?
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email shortly after giveaway ends. Winner has 48 hours to reply otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

12/13/12

7 Days of Christmas Giveaway: Day 4 | Beauty Stop Online (CLOSED)

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed and no longer accepting entries.

Welcome to day 4 of the Haute Lacquer 7 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Today we can thank Beauty Stop Online for sponsoring this giveaway and providing the generous prize! Thank you!

So, what can you win?
A $35 gift card to buy anything from BeautyStopOnline.com. Lots of great polishes, beauty tools, hair products, and makeup to choose from!

Rules & How to Enter?
Simple, just be a public GFC follower of my blog. You may only enter this giveaway once. Open internationally. Giveaway ends 12/23/12. Fill out the rafflecopter form below and you're entered.

Who can enter?
Everyone, anywhere in the world, every age, every gender!

What about the winner?
One winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email shortly after giveaway ends. Winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen. This prize will be awarded directly from Beauty Stop Online.

*$35 gift card provided by Beauty Stop Online

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