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Showing posts with label Shimmer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shimmer. Show all posts

6/5/13

Art Deco

Happy hump day! I'm out of school now so I surprised myself by even knowing that today was Wednesday. When you don't have to wake up at 6:00 a.m. anymore, the day of the week just doesn't seem to matter!

Today's design was impossible to photograph. And believe me, I tried! I tried every angle, lighting, pose and nothing was working for me. I was lucky enough to get a few decent shots *le sigh*.

There are actually two versions of this manicure, the one above has gray stripes on the ring finger and in the pictures below the stripes on the ring finger are green and yellow. 
For this manicure I used China Glaze Exotic Encounters as the teal base. I then went over the lower half of each nail with Catrice London's Weather Forecast (gray). For all the stripes and lines I used my Born Pretty's nail art brushes and Bondi Brick Road (my new favorite yellow). I finished off with top coat.

I'm not really sure what inspired this design but I do love the finished look! What do you think?

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:

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

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.

*Code is affiliated with Born Pretty

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

12/6/12

Hoot! Hoot!

Hello, hello!

I have a quick post for you guys today.

I love any cute, animated animal, monster, whatever! So of course an adorable owl would eventually land on my nails!

*I'm holding a random bottle in this picture, the polish wasn’t used for this manicure*

For this manicure I used Essie Sag Harbor for the base and Sally Hansen Model Behavior for the sponging. The brown is Sally Hansen Valentino. I used Orly Ancient Jade as the turquoise/mint, Wet N Wild Candylicious is the pink, and the purple is Wet N Wild Bite the Bullet (mixed with a bit of white).

And if you're wondering where you've seen this design it's  probably because you follow me on Twitter where I entered it in the CVS/All Lacquered Up contest!

P.S. I now have a Born Pretty discount code for my readers! The code is GFL91 and will take 10% off your order. If this code is used 10 times BP will sponsor a giveaway for you all!
* Code is in affiliation with Born Pretty

12/4/12

Lazy Scales

Good morning!

I titled this post "Lazy Scales" because this design was originally supposed to look something like this print but as I was doing it I became impatient and just rushed through it. I do not recommend to rush a design, never a good idea.

But I still loved the finished look so I thought I'd post it for you all! Anyway, I love the gradient.


For this manicure I used the following colors to create an orange-yellow-green gradient (in order): Wet N Wild Club Havana, Barielle Soul-er Powered, and Essie Mojito Madness. Instead of my usual black nail polish I used black acrylic paint for the scale-like details. I used a nail art brush for those. I finished off with two coats of top coat.

This was my first time using acrylic paint for nail art and I absolutely love and recommend it for details like these! I'll most likely only use black and white paint since I run out of those color polishes so quickly. Wish I had tried it sooner!
*Barielle and Wet N Wild polishes sent for review

12/2/12

Tribal-esque

Happy Sunday! Can you believe we're already in December?

I am completely in love with today's post, this design I actually sketched during class, just hours before I did it.

The colors and the placement of everything is probably why I like it so much. It just puts me in a good mood. I will say it was a little more time consuming trying to align everything but it's completely worth it!

For this manicure I used Zoya Farah for the nude base (which is mostly covered up). Then I drew the minty turquoise stripes/bands with the beautiful Zoya Wednesday. The "X" shaped, crossing lines were drawn with the same minty turquoise shade. The yellow, pink, and orange triangles were created with Barielle Soul-er Powered (yellow), Wet N Wild Candylicious (pink) and Wet N Wild Club Havana (orange). I used a dotting tool with black polish to make the dots.

P.S. I now have a Born Pretty discount code for my readers! The code is GFL91 and will take 10% off your order. If this code is used 10 times BP will sponsor a giveaway for you all!
*Polishes in this post sent for review, code is in affiliation with Born Pretty

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

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!

11/4/12

Bird Silhouettes + New Blog Design!

Good morning!

Have you noticed Haute Lacquer's new blog layout/design?! This blog was long overdo for a makeover. I love the fresh, clean look it has now! I wanted something simple but could never find anything I liked online so I just went for it and did it all on my own, well besides the thousands of tutorials I had to use. If you're wondering how I did any specific thing just let me know in the comments.

So today's design is something I've wanted to do for a while, I just love bird silhouettes, this probably won't be the last design I do with them. And I promise this design doesn't look as messy in real life!


For this manicure I used OPI Skulls and Glossbones as the base. I then randomly sponged on Revlon Waterfall, Zoya Shelby and Zoya Breezi. Afterwards I drew the branches that the birds are sitting on using black and a nail art brush, I added leaves as well. Then came the bird, I just googled "bird silhouettes" and drew the birds carefully on my nails. I finished with a top coat.

By the way, I'm holding a random bottle in these pictures, I didn't use this in the manicure!

8/22/12

X Marks the Spot + Exciting News!

Good morning!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook then you may already know that I have some exciting news to share with you all! Well, I think it's exciting, I hope you guys do too.

Ro (R'Chelle) of Creatively Yours invited me to be a monthly contributor to her blog and I gladly accepted! I wrote a guest post for her last year so naturally I was very open to the idea. I will be posting nail tutorials for beginners/NOTMs as well as nail health tips that I would recommend.

Today's post will be a step-by-step tutorial (yes, I am actually doing tutorials now) which will allow you to create the look below. I realize that this look is a little more time consuming and maybe even a little hard for beginners (sorry!) but I really did try to keep it simple. Hopefully the tutorial is easy enough to follow.



To find out more about this manicure and for a step-by-step tutorial on how I achieved this design, check out my post on Creatively Yours.

Ro's blog also features makeup, hair care, beauty tips, fashion and basically everything in between. Make sure to check out her other posts while you're there! You can also stay connected to Creatively Yours other ways:

Creatively Yours on Facebook
Creatively Yours on Twitter
Creatively Yours on Pinterest
Creatively Yours on Google+

Are you as excited as I am about this new collaboration?

8/17/12

Lines, Lines, and More Lines

I have a quick post for you all today! 

This is a manicure I wore out shopping the other day, I literally woke up from  a nap, did my nails, and got dressed. What can I say? I don't like going outside the house without my nails done!

And a little side note: I'm holding Zoya Creamy in the pictures but I didn't use it in this design. 


For this manicure I used Barielle Soul-er Powered on the ring finger and Zoya Rekha on the pinky and thumb (not shown). The index and middle fingers were done using the sponging method. All I did was take the following colors and sponge them on in the order of yellow, orange, red, light green, dark green: Barielle Soul-er Powered, Essence What Do U Think?, Zoya Rekha, Fingerpaints Groovy Green, and Zoya Ray. I created the lines in a semi-random pattern. I did a chevron type design at first then went crazy with curved lines, lol. I finished off with top coat.

This picture was taken a day after wearing this mani so please excuse the scratches. I'm not gonna lie, I'm loving the "double accent" manicure. I really do!

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