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2/28/13

Techno Edges | Shimmer Polish Nail Art

I hope y'all aren't getting tired of seeing glitter around here!

I'm pretty much a Shimmer Polish fan for life now, Jennifer has got to be my favorite so far. So beautiful and different from your typical indie polish.


Shimmer Polish Jennifer works amazing as a base for nail art. *wink* *wink*


For this manicure I used Shimmer Polish Jennifer as the glittery base. After allowing that to dry some I created the "square edges" with a thin nail art brush and black acrylic paint. After drawing the lines I used a thick coat of top coat to seal in this design!


Of course I had to finish this post with a swatch of the ridiculously gorgeous Jennifer on it's own. When I opened up my Shimmer Polish package this is one polish that really stood out to me. The mix of small blue/periwinkle glitters with the accents of red, purple, orange, and gold is divine! This is glitter suspended in a clear base so I used three coats for this picture.

Shimmer Polish retails from $10.00-$12.00 ($10 for top coats) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Facebook, their website, and recently Twitter.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!
*Polish provided for review
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2/25/13

Dazzling Bricks | Shimmer Polish Nail Art

It was like Christmas came early when I received this amazing package from Shimmer Polish! She was kind enough (very kind, in fact!) to send me some of her creations to showcase on my blog. What better way to do that than with nail art?

I quickly started brainstorming designs and when I thought of a "bricks" design, the color Trisha instantly jumped into my mind!


I absolutely adore the matte effect in this design! It really works great with the glitters in Trisha.


And for the Curious George in you, here's what it looked like glossy...


For this manicure I used Shimmer Polish Trisha as the glitter base. I then created the brick design using a nail art brush and black acrylic paint. I curved the sharp edges to make it look more like brick. Added a coat of Essie Matte About You Top Coat and was done!


Can we just take a moment to appreciate the beauty that is Shimmer Polish Trisha? This is a stunning orange-y red with small gold, red, orange, pink, purple, and blue round glitters. I got full coverage with three easy coats. 

LOVE.


Shimmer Polish retails from $10.00-$12.00 ($10 for top coats) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Facebook, and their website.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway!
*Polish provided for review

2/22/13

Shimmer Polish Blogiversary Giveaway Winner!



After almost 4,000 entries, the (very) lucky winner of the five Shimmer Polish polishes is....*drumroll please*... 

Ana P. Barreto! 

Congratulations! She has already been contacted and I am now waiting for her reply. If I do not receive a reply within 72 hours a new winner will be drawn randomly.

Thank you to everyone who entered and make sure you have entered part two of this giveaway HERE. Part two includes the indie brand Laquerlicious!



2/20/13

Clean and Crisp | Guest Post at Imperfectly Painted!

Good morning y'all!

Today I am excited to bring you a guest post that I have written for Stephanie at Imperfectly Painted! 
Steph's blog is one of my go to blogs so of course I was ecstatic about creating this design for her!



Don't forget to check out Imperfectly Painted on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook!

2/18/13

Haute Lacquer Nail Art Over the Years | Before and After Transformations

In celebration of my blogiversary this month, I thought it'd be fun to show you guys where I started and where I am now with my nail art.

I'm always saying that practice makes perfect and that nail art takes patience so today I want to show you guys exactly what I mean. I'm still not where I'd like to be and I am always learning but my nail art now is significantly better and cleaner than when I first started blogging!


Not only did I learn how to take a better picture (I mean, really, the first picture is not my proudest moment) but I also learned how to create sharp, crisp lines with tape. Original posts: before and after.


This one is pretty dramatic! Over the years I learned how to create actual leopard print, the first picture looks like random spots while the second is more defined leopard. Original posts: before and after.


I will say that the before is not so bad; however, the leaves are visibly uneven and messy. Once I started to actually take my time and not rush through designs, I could create sharper details. Original posts: before and after.

I will say it again, and again, and again, and again...practice makes perfect! It has taken me a lot of time (and manicures) to get where I am today. 

Let me know if you'd like to see more of these posts!

2/15/13

Chevy | Featuring Laquerlicious Pebble Stone

Good morning!

Today is the last day of Laquerlicious nail designs. So far I've done a V-Day design, a Geometric design, and now a Chevron design right here on this post. This one is my favorite design of the three! 

On top of the Laquerlicious designs and swatches this week, I am hosting a giveaway where a lucky follower will win three mini polishes from Laquerlicious, you can enter here

For this manicure I used Laquerlicious Pebble Stone layered over Zoya Monica as the base. Then I carefully drew the chevron stripes, one at a time. For a more interesting look I created three chevron stripes on the middle and ring fingers and only two on the index and pinky fingers. For an extra accent I created horizontal stripes across the index finger. All these stripes were created using Wet N Wild Bite the Bullet

The base of this mani, Laquerlicious Pebble Stone, kind of reminds me of a galaxy, no?
Laquerlicious Pebble Stone is a multicolored small glitter suspended in a dark purple--almost black--jelly base. This is two coats layered over Zoya Monica. This is another one of those colors that is just "meh" in the bottle but then transforms on your nails! So unique and pretty! This is a semi-hungry glitter though so I used two thick coats of topcoat for these swatches and the above design.

Pictures are just not doing this polish justice, the colors are much more vivid in real life! Love.

Laquerlicious retails for $8.50-$15.00 (depending on what type of nail polish) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram

*Polishes sent for review

2/13/13

Geo Scales | Featuring Laquerlicious Salt Water

Another day, another Laquerlicious nail polish!
Today I'm featuring Laquerlicious Salt Water in this nail design. I'm wearing this design as we speak! A lot of times I'll do a design, take it off immediately after taking pictures, and do something another one. Not even gonna lie, I do this when I either don't like a design enough or if it's too hard to do with my non-dominant hand (our secret?).

Oh, the life of a nail blogger...

For this manicure I used Laquerlicious Salt Water as the turquoise glitter base. I layered Salt Water over China Glaze Exotic Encounters, by the way. Then I created the scales/tiles (whatever you want to call them) with black acrylic paint and my nail art brush. Two coats of top coat finished off this look.

Salt Water is a beautiful--I mean really gorgeous--turquoise, blue, and white glitter in a clear base. This has a nice variety of square, hex, and round glitters in multiple sizes. So stunning, it glows like this in real life too! This is two coats over China Glaze Exotic Encounters

Laquerlicious retails for $8.50-$15.00 (depending on what type of nail polish) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram
*Polishes sent for review

2/12/13

Haute Lacquer Second Blogiversary Giveaway Part Two!

I am forever grateful for all the support I get from my blog readers but to truly celebrate Haute Lacquer's anniversary I had to have a giveaway specifically for my social networks. For this giveaway I teamed up with Laquerlicious since I love their creations almost as much as I love interacting with you all!
So, what can you win?
The following three (3) Laquerlicious mini polishes: Sea Grass, Stained Glass, Lava Rocks.

Rules & How to Enter?
To enter you must follow me on Instagram (exceptions can be made for those without Instagram, please see rafflecopter form). You may only enter this giveaway once. Open internationally. Giveaway ends 3/3/13. 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 72 hours to reply otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be announced shortly after being successfully contacted. 


Don't forget to check out Laquerlicious on FacebookInstagram, and Etsy!

*Prizes provided by Laquerlicious

2/11/13

Mismatched Hearts | Valentines Day Nail Art Featuring Laquerlicious Cobalt Twist

Finally some new nail art, right?

Valentines day is one of those holidays where I struggle to create an interesting, unique design for my nails. Memorial Day and Easter are the same way for me! Sooo as a result we have this pretty simple, kind-of-expected design but I still think it's really cute!

All this week I'll be showing designs featuring Laquerlicious polishes! Michelle was kind enough to send me some of her creations to review as well as a few for a giveaway (up tomorrow) and I will be showcasing them throughout the week!

For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the the nude base and Laquerlicious Cobalt Twist as the blue glitter base. To create the hearts I used a thin striper brush and alternated the colors. I first drew the left side of the heart and of course went back and drew the other half. One thick coat of top coat finished off this look.

The star of this manicure, Laquerlicious Cobalt Twist, has a pretty medium-blue base with small blue glitter and larger purple and violet glitter as well as iridescent blue shimmer. In the bottle this polish wasn't too exciting but on the nails it is stunning! I used about three easy coats in this manicure to reach it's full opacity. 

Laquerlicious retails for $8.50-$15.00 (depending on what type of nail polish) and can be purchased on Etsy and found on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

*Laquerlicious polish sent for review

2/5/13

Haute Lacquer Second Blogiversary Giveaway! (CLOSED)

EDIT: This giveaway is now closed. Part 2 of this giveaway is still open and can be found here. Part two includes 3 Laquerlicious mini polishes.

Another year has come and go and now Haute Lacquer has turned two! To thank you all for sticking with me and supporting the blog I have teamed up with Shimmer Polish for a giveaway. I can't tell you how much I appreciate you all and the support you show for my blog!
Image courtesy of Nailed It

So, what can you win?
The following five (5) Shimmer Polish shades: Eva, Jasmine, Mary, Strength, Vicki.

Rules & How to Enter?
To enter you must be a public Google Friend Connect follower of my blog. You may only enter this giveaway once. Open internationally. Giveaway ends 2/22/13. 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 72 hours to reply otherwise a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be announced shortly after being successfully contacted. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Don't forget to check out Shimmer Polish on Facebook, their blog, and Etsy!

*Prizes provided by Shimmer Polish, photos courtesy of Nailed It

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