Pages

Go to Haute Lacquer home page Go to Haute Lacquer about me page Go to Haute Lacquer contact page Go to Haute Lacquer nail polish collection page Go to Haute Lacquer sponsorship page
Showing posts with label Purple. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Purple. Show all posts

6/28/13

Graphic Floral Stripes Nail Art


Today will be my first time participating in one of these but I'm excited! I have decided to take part in The Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge which was created by @beautybykrystal, @drinkcitra, @mirandasmakeup and @beautybyarielle on instagram. 

Basically this is a weekly challenge that can be posted any time during that week (you can also skip weeks). Ill be posting my nails on my instagram using the hashtag #busygirlnails so if you prefer to see them there make sure you're following me. This week's theme was stripes! 

These nails refused to photograph (or even edit) well but I had a lot of fun doing them! They're fun without being too over-the-top.
I wasn't inspired by anything in particular when doing this design but I have a feeling this has been done before so if it has it's purely coincidental!
For this manicure I used black and white acrylic paint along with a nail art brush for the striped base. Then, using a small nail art brush, I created the rose pattern along the top of each nail using a variety of colors (just ask if you'd like specific names!). I drew leaves on only two fingers for a more unique look, I used Essie Mojito Madness for those and lightened it for the lighter green. Essie Matte About You was applied to create the matte finish. 


I loooove today's manicure! What do you think? Too much or just right?

*click image to read*

6/1/13

2 Easy Glitter Makeup Looks | BA Star Review



Today I'm stepping out of my comfort zone and mixing things up on the blog! For a while I have wanted to work some makeup into my posts and I thought that this would be a fun way to do that.

I've created two makeup looks using BA Star adhesive and glitter. Both these looks were easy to achieve and fun to 


For the first look--the purple look--I started with the crease (I used the purples first then black to darken it) and then applied a silver shimmer eyeshadow to the lid. I used the BA Star Holo Silver Glitter along with the Glue Liquid Base to help adhere it.


Surprisingly, the glitter application went smoothly. This was my first time using glitter on my eyes and it was a success! I used the glue applicator to apply the glue but I used a flat shader brush to apply the glitter.

My only issue with the glue is that the applicator must be dabbed. That makes it very difficult to get a smooth, even application. I had to use my fingers to smooth it down and make sure it wasn't too thick. If the applicator had a small brush instead that would be so much easier to use.

All applicator issues aside, I actually really liked this look! The glitter is holographic so it gives it an interesting look. The holo shows a lot stronger in real life.


My second look was this neutral eye with a glitter/black winged liner. My mom loved this one lol! This look is a lot more wearable and something I would actually wear during the day. 


For the eyeshadow I started with a light beige base then used a medium and dark brown matte in the crease. I used the same glue/glitter combo for the liner except this time I used an angled brush to apply both.


Overall, I really liked this glitter. I keep it pretty basic with my makeup so this isn't something I'm likely to wear everyday. I love the idea of using little pops of glitter (like my second look) though. I would recommend this glitter for sure, but I'd also advise you to use your own adhesive as this one can be a pain to apply.

If you've been wanting to try some glitter, check out BA Star's website for a large color selection of glitter (and other makeup like shadows and liners). Use code BBGLITZ for 50% OFF (glitter and glue orders)! Not sure if you're aware but that is a great deal. (:

You can also find BA Star on Twitter.

5/2/13

My Prom Hair, Makeup, and Nails + Dress!


Finally, after three weeks I have finally put together this post of my complete prom look. Prom was so much fun, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did!


Let's start with the nails! The "bursts" look was created to somewhat match the same bursts on my dress.

This is version two of my prom nails, the version that I actually wore to prom used different colors that I can't even remember.
For this manicure I used Zoya Kendal as the base. Using a thin nail art brush and Zoya Monica I created the bursts details. I made sure to give them a somewhat sharp tip. I added Shimmer Polish Karen over each burst to mimic the jewels on my dress. I finished off with a shiny top coat.

Keep reading to see my prom hair, makeup, and of course my dress!

4/24/13

Gradient Spheres

Happy Hump Day!

If you're a beginner in nail art, in a rush, or you're just looking for a basic design then today's post is for you. This design is quick, easy, and still eye catching!

I gotta say, this is one of my favorite designs I have ever done. 

Confession: My nails are a little uneven at the moment so guess what Shaina did to even out this design? Yup, I had to overlap some colors. 

For this manicure I used Zoya Jacqueline as the nude base. Then, in order from dark to light, I dotted on the following colors: Wet N Wild Red Tape, Zoya Reagan, Zoya Shelby, Zoya Arizona, Bondi Brick Road, and a custom mix of Jacqueline and Brick Road for the lighter yellow. That's it! I added a top coat and called it a day.

This manicure could also be done with blacks/grays, purples, reds, the possibilities are endless! What color(s) would you use for this manicure? 

4/1/13

3 Easy Beginner Nail Art Designs for Prom


Prom season is here and today I want to share with you three quick and easy designs that anyone can recreate. I know this post is a little late for some but you can also rock these designs in other variations any time of the year!

I promise this is easier than it looks! If you're just starting out with nail art and are not comfortable with drawing letters, skip the black letters and just use any dotting tool to create the word "PROM" with polka dots.

Here is a quick tutorial on how I achieved this look:

3/4/13

Pastel Veins | Abstract Nail Art

Good morning loves!

Today's going to be a quick post showing this very soft, very spring-y design inspired by Chalkboard Nails

Purple is a color I always (always, always) struggle to like! It may be the prettiest shade of purple but I'll still find something to hate about it. I will say though, that I like purple in this manicure! 

Maybe I'm just ready for spring?

For this manicure I used Essence Bloom A Loom as the light purple base. I then sponged on Sally's Girl Medium Purple and used a thin nail art brush to create the random, abstract lines. These lines were created using the same light purple I used for the base. I finished off with top coat. 

Are you already wearing pastels or are you still in the winter mood?

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

1/22/13

Waves

So my normally creative post titles comes to a temporary end today. When I tell you I struggled to name this post, I really struggled! I was even considering posting this on Facebook and asking for name suggestions--desperation you guys!

Anyway, today's design is sort of a random one. I don't even really know where the idea for it came but I did love the combination of colors and finishes here.


For this manicure I used Zoya Megan as the light purple/gray base. Then, using a nail art brush, I created the black section first, slowly curving the stripe. Then I followed the same "wave" shape with the Wet N Wild Bite the Bullet (darker purple). Since the base is already the light purple I moved on to the silver and created that stripe.
*Wet N Wild and Zoya polishes sent for review

1/9/13

All the Stripes

I'm going to start this post off by saying that I am freakishly in love with this design! I say freakishly because I look at these pictures and almost want to print them and paste it on my nails. 

Why did I ever grab my acetone and remove this pattern off my nails? There's no doubt that I'll be doing these over again.

And by the way, the inspiration for this design came from the lovely Nearly Natural Nails


For this manicure I used OPI Planks A Lot as the purple base. Then I painted a large vertical stripe going down the middle of my nails with Orly Ancient Jade. To create this chevron-like pattern I took my nail art brush and a black acrylic paint and drew diagonal stripes throughout the center stripe. Afterwards, I connected the ends of the diagonal lines, on both sides, one going upwards and the other side downwards. Finally, I outlined the green center stripe with black. 

J'adore this manicure! Are you as excited about this design as I am? 

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...

11/27/12

Gradiance Week | Animated Flowers

Good morning!

For the last day of Gradiance Week (which was really just five days, but whatevs) I decided to go out with a bang!

Remember my Abstract Paisley design from this summer? Well I took inspiration from that manicure and put it into this one. I showed my sister this manicure after doing just one finger and she immediately recognized where it came from! How funny is that?


For this manicure I used Zoya Carey as the blue-ish gray base. I sponged on Wet N Wild Break the Ice on the upper portion of the nail (which isn't too obvious in these pics). Then I created all the details with a nail art brush and the following polishes: China Glaze First Mate (love, love, love this polish SO much!), Zoya Monica, and Zoya Kristen.

This didn't take me as long as you'd think, It actually went pretty fast! Or maybe I was just enjoying myself since Four Christmases was on while I was doing this...
*Zoya and China Glaze polishes were provided for review

Disqus for Haute Lacquer