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8/25/13

Midnight Velvet m.vie Mineral Makeup Review and $50 GIVEAWAY!

I'm finally back! I apologize for the delay in posts. It seems like every year, the weeks leading up to school mess up my mojo. And then I got sidetracked by a new job (my first job by the way!) but I'm finally catching up!

Today I'm reviewing a new to me brand, m.vie from Midnight Velvet. After my first makeup review I got a great response so I'm excited to post more for you guys.


For this look I used the m.vie Tangerine Dream Mineral Gem Trio loose pigments. I fully expected to have to pack these on but a little goes a very long way. I also used NYX Eyeshadow Base to help the pigments stick.
*Image credit*
Go-Go Gold (the gold) is my favorite. It applies so vibrant and beautiful. It's a gorgeous antique gold. Savvy Saffron (the bronze-y color) is more orange in real life but still wearable. And finally Green Light, my second favorite, is a light mossy green. It's very flattering and wearable as well.


Along with the pigments, I used my first gold eyeliner--the m.vie Waterproof Eye Liner in Gold Shimmer. This gold is even prettier than Go-Go Gold (if that is possible). This is great on the water liner and didn't rub off one bit. I also like the convenience of the attached smudger.

Click below to keep reading and enter the $50 GIVEAWAY!

7/13/13

Nautical Stormy Seas


I'm back with a nail art design I have had planned in my head for the longest, looooongest time. 

This is my first time using Born Pretty Store's water decals but I was very pleased with them. They actually surprised me because I wasn't sure I would like them. 


These decals work great for nail art! I don't know about you but I couldn't do this design without the decals.
When I'm shopping for nail stickers/decals the most important thing to me is that they don't just look like a photo printed on your nails. And in real life these blend perfectly!
You can purchase these water decals for $2.86 at Born Pretty Store using my coupon code  GFL91 for 10% off your purchase plus free shipping.
For this manicure I used China Glaze Sea Spray, China Glaze First Mate, and CCUK Midnight Blue for the gradient background. I used the Compass Chain Anchor Pattern water decals for the nautical print. I found that the directions were helpful but not specific so below I've written out exactly how I applied them. 

EDIT: I wore these decals in this manicure for almost four days and had no problem with the decals coming off, lifting,fading, etc.  

How to Apply Born Pretty Store's Water Decals
1. Paint your base color and let it dry completely.
2. Fill a cup/bowl/tub with room temp. water.
3. After choosing which design you want to use, cut it out and dip it into the water for about 15 seconds. 
4. After it's been soaked in the water the design itself should literally slide off the white paper (if this doesn't happen, dip it back in the water). Once it slides off apply the design to your nail.
5. Wipe off any water excess and use a blow dryer on low setting to set the decal. Do this for about 8-15 seconds.
6. Apply top coat to your nail and blow dry again for about 8-15 seconds and you're done!
*TIP: Do this one nail at a time.


What do you think about water decals? Have you ever tried any? Let me know below!


3/20/13

Rustic Embroidery | Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest Entry

Finally a new post! Sorry for the delay guys.

Today I'm sharing my entry to Sally Hansen's I Heart Nail Art contest! This contest is pretty fun, there will be themes for the nail art design within the entry period and the finalists of each theme compete for $2,000!

For more info and to enter, click here. And say you want to just browse...well pretty please vote for my design!


For this manicure I used American Apparel Peacock as the base and did a subtle, non-precise sponging of Sally Hansen Innocent Nude. Then, using a fairly thin nail art brush  I created the floral and embroidery details with Zoya Ziv. 

The theme for the contest is runway. My inspiration for came from the lovely red carpet of Marchesa Spring 2013: 

Image source: Imax Tree
What do you think? Did the dress translate onto the nails nicely? And don't forget to vote for my design if you like it!

1/20/13

Explosive Glitz

Good morning y'all!

I feel like I haven't done my nails in forever. I don't know why either, I've been feeling very inspired lately! But who am I kidding, Pinterest is my biggest source for inspo right now. 

That's where today's design came from actually. I fell in love with this pin of this design immediately after seeing it!

For this manicure I used Pixel Naughty Bit Nice (from Ulta stores) as the blue base. Then, using a thin nail art striper brush, I free handed the "explosions". For those I used Zoya Ziv but any gold glitter or metallic works! You could also use tape instead of free handing it. I finished off with one coat of top coat. 

One of my favorite color/polish combinations is easily gold and light blue. So gorgeous! What's your favorite combo?
*Zoya polish sent for review

1/15/13

3 Easy Beginner Nail Art Tutorials | No Nail Art Brushes Required!


A goal of mine this year is to make more designs and tutorials that would be helpful for a nail art beginner. We all have to start somewhere and a 2 hour, intricate design definitely isn't where I began!

I decided to start a little series here on the blog where I will showcase three simple designs within a specific theme. For today's post the theme is nail art without nail art brushes. Yes, it's possible!


I can assure you that these designs are easier than they appear, I completed each one within fifteen to twenty minutes.    

For The Center Stripe you will need...
-1 toothpick
-Teal nail polish
-Light blue nail polish

Step 1: Paint your nails using two coats of the light blue nail polish of your choosing.
Step 2: Use the brush that comes with your teal nail polish to create a stripe down your nail.
Step 3: Use your toothpick and dip it into a drop of the light blue nail polish. Then dot your toothpick down the stripe of your nail. 

For The Chevron Tip you will need...
- Light blue nail polish
- Gold metallic nail polish
- Taupe or white nail polish

Step 1: Paint your nails using two coats of the light blue nail polish of your choosing.
Step 2: Use the brush that comes with your gold metallic nail polish and create a "v" shaped tip on your nails. Start on one side of the "v" and then connect the other. 
Step 3: Repeat step 2 with your taupe (or white) nail polish.

For The Bold Stripe you will need...
- Silver metallic nail polish
-Teal nail polish

Step 1Paint your nails using two coats of the teal nail polish of your choosing.
Step 2: Use the brush of your silver metallic nail polish to create a vertical stripe down the side of each nail.
Step 3: Use the brush of your teal nail polish to draw a horizontal stripe that connects to the first stripe. This should create an "L" shape.


That's three easy designs, with three easy steps, and a very minimal amount of supplies for each! 
Which one is your favorite? Which would you try first?

*These images are very much pin-able. Pin now, try later!*

11/21/12

Dazzling Feast | Happy Turkey Day!

Happy Thanksgiving! Well...tomorrow. 

What are you thankful for this year? Every year my response is the same: family, friends, or my health, but this year I'm changing it up! I'm thankful for the internet, which has opened my eyes to this world of nail polish and nail art, a nice escape from my day to day life. I've gained some really great friends and amazing readers all thanks to the internet.


For this manicure I used Zoya Ziv (index and middle), Sation Free-Dom (ring), and China Glaze Desert Sun (pinky) as the bases. This manicure has a lot going on so I will break it down for you...Index & Middle fingers: Using a nail art brush I took China Glaze Desert Sun (caramel orange), Wet N Wild Club Havana (orange), Sation 3 Free-Dom (taupe), and Wet N Wild Heatwave (red) for the leaves. I drew the leaf details in China Glaze Below Deck. Ring finger: I first drew the feathers of the turkey with the same colors as I used for the index & middle fingers' leaves. Afterwards I added dots on the red feathers using Sation Free- Dom. The body of the bird was made using Diamond Cosmetics Decadence.

Check out my Thanksgiving manicure from last year, click the picture below!

So what unique thing(s) are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Tell me in the comments below!

P.S. Check out the brand new Haute Lacquer Pinterest Gallery!

11/14/12

Festive Leopard | Featuring Sation Review and Swatches (Part 2)

Gooood morning everyone!

This is part two of the Sation manicures/reviews! The holidays are right around the corner so what better way to prepare then with a holiday manicure? I apologize for the lighting being so "off" in these pictures, I was battling with the sun all day!


For this manicure I used Sation 3 Free-Dom as the taupe base. Next, using a nail art brush, I created the outline of all the leopard spots using Sation I Paint in Peace. I used the same brush to fill in the spots with Zoya Ziv, then I went over the spots with Sation No Rings Attached. The accent finger (the ring finger) was created with a chevron print inspiration. I used Zoya Ziv and Sation NRA once again for the gold and Sation I Paint in Peace for the thin green chevron. As always, I finished with a top coat.

Now let's have a closer look at the polishes used in this manicure...

10/21/12

Zoya Ornate Collection Swatches, Review, and More!

Hey guys!

First off, I of course owe you guys an apology for being MIA for over a month. School has kept me reaaaally busy but I'm promising myself and you all that I'll try harder to get more posts up!

On to the post, today I have the gorgeous Zoya Ornate Collection to show you! This is gonna be a quick post, I hope ya'll don't mind. (:

All photos were taken in indirect and direct sunlight unless otherwise stated.


First up is Zoya Aurora, a stunning grape purple with scattered holo throughout. This is two coats for full coverage. When I saw the bottle I already knew this was my favorite and it did not disappoint!


Zoya Blaze. This is a red with scattered holo particles and with a hint of magenta undertones. Blaze dries a little darker than it looks in the bottle. These pictures show two coats but it does dry semi-flat so I would recommend a top coat with this one.


Storm. Can I just say that the name for this polish is perfect?! Also, this is my first black Zoya and I love it, it's very pigmented with a lot of dimension. Storm is a black glitter, and like most of the polishes from this collection, has a pretty scattered holo. 2 coats.


Zoya Logan is a green metallic foil with gold flecks throughout. I really love the finish, it's almost identical to the finish that the ever so popular Zoya Charla has. This is another one of my favorites, it is so beautiful. I used two coats in the pictures above.


Ziv is a true gold metallic! I love it. I found the application to be a little difficult, making it even was an issue. I had to use three coats.


Electra is the standout in the collection, being the only bar glitter. Electra is a silver bar glitter with very subtle silver shimmer in it's clear base. This is a very dense glitter, and as with most bar glitters, application was tricky. I literally had to place the glitter in specific spots. Here I have 2 coats, and a plus about this polish? No curling glitter.


Electra is great for layering, so of course I had to show you a couple combinations with this collection:

Electra over Aurora

Electra over Ziv--love!

Overall, I would say this is a great collection. Whether you have a huge, hoarder resembling collection or you're just starting out, there's a polish in here for you! I felt that the collection offered a nice variety of finishes and colors, and lucky for us, great formulas (with the exception of Electra). No matter what skin tone--dark, pale, tan, warm, cool--you'll find a match in this collection! My favorites were Aurora, Storm, and Logan. I'd say the absolute must have though is Aurora, it's unique with the most amazing formula.
*Polishes sent for review

7/8/12

China Glaze On Safari Collection Swatches and Review! (6 of 12)

Today I have 6 of the 12 new colors China Glaze has brought us for their Fall 2012 Collection!

This collection is filled with unique, yet simple, colors. When I saw the press release pictures I thought "yeah, I'll only be needing two of those" but after seeing these in person, I realize I was wrong. 

Fall collections are definitely my favorite in nail polishes, with Winter being my second favorite. Obviously, these are right down my alley!

All pictures were taken in direct and indirect sunlight with no top coat unless otherwise stated.


First up is one of my favorites, Exotic Encounters. Exotic Encounters is a gorgeous medium teal cream. This is one coat! ONE flawless coat.


Elephant Walk is a blue toned gray with subtle silver shimmer. The shimmer is  a little more obvious in real life than in these pictures. This is two easy coats. 


Next up, Im Not Lion. Another one of my favorites! This is a champagne silver microglitter in a clear base with scattered holo particles. I am in love, so pretty. 3 coats here but two would work too. Also, this picture is me wearing topcoat, the polish itself dries matte. 


Kalahari Kiss. I loved this a lot more than I thought I would. Kalahari Kiss is a beige-y, sandy, murky yellow. It's a very unique color. Not a pale yellow, not a tan or nude, just...a unique combination of them both. This is almost a one coater, I used 2 here. Application was super smooth with this one.


Desert Sun is yet another one of my favorites! It's a beautiful caramel/butterscotch orange. This dries extremely shiny, it has an almost jelly like finish. 2 coats here.


Last but not least, we have Call of the Wild. This is a dark burgundy, almost brown. I am not a fan of these types of colors on me but this is one of the very few that is flattering to my skin tone. It also doesn't stain like most vampy burgundy polishes that I've tried. 2 coats.

Overall, out of the six I received, this is a really great set of polishes. I really had no issues with any of the applications and every one of them dried super shiny (with the exception of Im Not Lion). Fall collections, for me, are usually hit or miss when it comes to skin tone flattering colors, but all six of these were very complementary to my skin. My favorites were Exotic Encounters, Desert Sun, and Kalahari Kiss.
*Products 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!

12/12/11

Sally Hansen Amber Ruby

Good morning!

Today is a pretty exciting post, I finally got my hands on a Sally Hansen Nail Prism! It may not be Garnet Lapis or Turqouise Opal but it is unique on it's own and it's beautiful.

I purchased this on Amazon for $9.99 before shipping.

Already an all time favorite for me.




These pictures are in natural sunlight with 2 coats.

Sally Hansen Amber Ruby is a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful orange/red/gold multi-chromatic frost with the slightest hint of green flash. The switch on this polish is insane! It literally goes from orange to gold in .02 seconds. Scrangie described it best..."fall in a bottle". It's the perfect polish for fall.

The only issue I had with this is the drying time, took longer than an hour and a half for two thick coats to dry.

Other than that, I love, love, love this!

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