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Showing posts with label Ulta. Show all posts
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Sexy Leopard

Hey guys!

I'm going to try to catch up in posts since I missed pretty much all of September and a lot of October.

Here's a design that I think is so dang sexy. Seriously guys, leopard and red? To die for.

This is similar to my zebra print manicure I did last month. I got the idea from that mani and just changed up the color and print.

This is yet another design that I am just obsessed with!

For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base. The spots were created with Diamond Cosmetics Decadence and the inside was filled with Zoya Richelle. That's usually how I do this type of leopard/cheetah. The red outline was done with a nail art brush and China Glaze Hey Sailor.

I actually like this better than the zebra print I mentioned. How about you?


Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I'm sure you've been seeing a lot of Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) manicures floating around, I know I have. One of my favorite types of reasons to do nail art is for awareness or for a holiday. In this case it's awareness--BCA.

Breast cancer, next to skin cancer, is the number one cancer in women. I actually lost my aunt to breast cancer.  There was no way I was going to miss out on dedicating this manicure to her.

Here's what I came up with for BCA.

Excuse the cuticles, sorry!

For this manicure I used Ulta Noel as the light pink base. I let that dry for a little while and then used a small dotting tool and Wet N Wild Candy-licious for the polka dots. The accent finger is a base of Ulta Noel and 2 coats of Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter. The ribbon was created using Wet N Wild Candy-licious and a nail art brush.

I really like the non-accent fingers, I'm thinking of trying that with other colors. What do you guys think?


Diva Nails!

Anything with bling and leopard print is automatically Diva to me. I know I wanted to do something way out of my comfort zone so I went straight to this design.

These are "in-your-face", tacky, hooker nails at it's finest.

I couldn't get all the nails to line up straight but I think they still qualify as divalicious.

Wow, this post just keeps getting cheesier. Anyway, here's what I came up with:

For this manicure I used my favorite nude/taupe as the base, Ulta Set The Nude. Then I created a thick black stripe across the nail with Rimmel London Black Satin. While that was still wet I applied gold rhinestones that I got from Born Pretty. The next two steps were simple: I freehanded the leopard print with Zoya Richelle spots and Diamond Cosmetics Decadence lining. Lastly, I applied Funky Fingers Golden Coast to the tips.

Not sure why the rhinestones look so huge in these pictures but they are small, normal sized rhinestones in real life. 

I took this off after about an hour and did another design which I'll post later. This was WAY too much for me but I do like the design. It'd be great for someone whose going out to a party or club or something. Or if you just like to rock fierce nails!


Diagonal Funky French

I was going to post this early this morning but I just got around to making it now. I've been gone all day at my sister's college orientation. Not only did it take hours to get there (and back), but we stayed for an additional 4 hours listening to people talk, talk, and talk some more. It was brutal. The only fun part was going out of town, and doing out of town things.

Anyway, this is another design I created while my internet was down.

I'm currently in the process of using all 32 of my untrieds. I figured, "it's only 32, I'll just use them in my nail art." So far I've worn about 8 of them, including China Glaze Below Deck, which I used in today's post.

For this manicure I used China Glaze Below Deck as the brown-ish, purple base. Then I took Ulta Set The Nude and applied it diagonally from the tips of my nails. I also went back with my nail art brush and drew a thin line, diagonally, following the tips. The dots on the accent nail were made with Rimmel London Black Satin.

I have no idea why I didn't use Below Deck sooner! It's so beautiful, one of my favorites from all my China Glaze polishes.

That's all from me today, I'll be back tomorrow with my "Monday's Nail Art Challenge" design! This week it's floral. (:



Before we get to the manicure, I wanted to say...Haute Lacquer reached 300 Followers!! You guys are so amazing. Thank you for all the much appreciated support. I won't be having a 300 followers giveaway, but I am already planning something much bigger and much better in the future (I'm aiming for July) so stay tuned for that!

Now, here's another old manicure I created a while back. I wasn't really a fan of the lines so I took it off after these pictures.

For this manicure I used Ulta Noel as the light pink base. I then went in with pastel polishes and drew random lines, overlapping each other, in many different directions. I traced the lines with Art Deco Black so that the colors would pop more. I think this is where I messed up the most. I'm always critical of my manicures but I really do think I should have been more careful and less shaky.

The pinky and index probably turned out the best though. Either way, I'll be re-doing this design in the future, I like the idea, it just didn't translate so well.


Random Swatch Spam (Zoya, OPI, Catrice...)

I was really in the mood for swatching this past weekend and trying out different combinations and layering techniques as well as some of the colors I have bought but have not worn.

Let's start off with Ulta Deck the Halls, a silver, scattered, holographic glitter, layered over Essence What Do U Think?.

Here's what Deck the Halls looks like in the bottle:
(Blurred to show holo effect)
Next we have OPI Silver Shatter layered over CCUK Midnight Blue. I prefer Silver Shatter when it looks more metallic rather than glitzy and glittery so here it is with no topcoat:

Then it's the beautiful Zoya Gemma, a subtle olive green with blue/violet shimmer. I really love this color and suggest that everyone has something this unique in their collection! I've been wearing this alone since Saturday:

Next is the beautiful Catrice Big Spender Wanted! This is my second Catrice nail polish and I am very impressed with their formula. I especially love this one because of the pretty gold shimmer, not to mention that I've never had a frost-like polish with this good of a formula:

Last, we have Claire's Poison Apple. This is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Bad Fairy but considering it's poor excuse for a duo-chrome, I'm guessing it isn't. Not only was it sheer, but the pretty copper and orange you see in the bottle is trapped there. It barely transfers to the nails.

But wait, is that a little duo-chrome I see?

I think my favorites from the bunch are Zoya Gemma and Catrice Big Spender Wanted. Which are your favorites?


Freehand Funky French

Here's an old manicure I never posted. I don't think it's my best work but I'll post it anyway. It's proof that we all make mistakes.

I didn't feel like waiting for this to dry and then using guides or tape to do the tips so I just freehanded it. It doesn't look horrible, it's just not as good as it could have been.

I really love China Glaze Pelican Gray so you will continue to see it in even more of my posts!

For this manicure I alternated the base of China Glaze Pelican Gray and Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled. I drew on the tips, also alternating between the two same colors.

Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled is a favorite of mine and I highly recommend you owning a color like this! It's also a nice, subtle, jelly finish.


Leopard Print + Giveaway Confusion?

Before we get to the nails, I wanted to go over a few things about my 100 Followers Giveaway. I've gotten a few questions about the extra entry where you tell me about your worst manicure experience. I'm not going to be super picky about it. If you leave me an answer saying you broke your nail, or you smudged them, or if you go into huge detail about how horrible the manicurist did your nails--you will get the extra entry! But if you say "I don't know" "I don't have one" or anything like that-- you won't get the extra entry. Nor can you re-enter.
Also, if you marked that you want to enter for both prizes, the extra entries as well as the 1 automatic entry for your name/email will go to your first choice, and then your second choice gets the automatic 1 entry for your name/email only.

I hope that cleared things up for everyone who entered, contact me if you're still confused.

Now onto the nails! I attempted a leopard print nail design since I've been seeing this around but haven't gotten the chance to try it. I feel like I'm still so new to nail art. 

For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base, then I went in with my nail art brush and used Diamond Cosmetics Decadence for the outline of the spots. I filled in the spots with Zoya Richelle. The rhinestones are from Born Pretty.


Half and Half

This manicure was inspired by Deez Nailz. For the life of me I cannot remember which post I read where she did something similar to this! If I knew I'd link you to it. Her manicures are always so creative and amazing. I'm always watching for what she does next!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have been trying out some of the nail art ideas in my "inspiration file". So most likely I'll be posting more inspired looks throughout this week.


For this manicure I used Ulta Set The Nude as the base. Then I applied a piece of Scotch tape to half my nails and painted over it with Claire's Evil Queen. I then used a tooth pick as a dotting tool and made dots of the opposite color on both sides of the nail.

Later I removed this manicure and tried it with pink...

For the pink version I used Ulta Noel as the base and China Glaze Ahoy on the other half of the nail. I did not use the tape for this one and instead free handed the halves. I got too lazy to wait for it to dry.

I immediately fell in love with the pink version, slapped on a topcoat (SV) and wore it for a few days! So pretty, I love it!

Which one do you like better?


Glitter Gradient

Ever since I saw Kiss My Acetone's Glitter Bomb post, I wanted to play with glitter too! Obviously we have entirely different manicures, but the inspiration for this one came from hers.
I loved it so much that I wore it for four days--as you can tell by the chipping--this is the fourth day... 

For this manicure I used Zoya Robyn, a vibrant sky blue, as the base. Then I sponged on Nicole by OPI Nicole...Spotted starting from the cuticles and fading my way down. Afterwards I took out my Ulta Pinata Yada Yada and did the same as before, only the gradient ended closer to the cuticle.

Again, I apologize for the chipping. I was too busy to take pictures any other time and by the time I did it was too late and the chipping was obvious.


After Party

I was forced to file down all my nails last night due to the fact that one of them broke off. When I tell you I was mad, I was mad! I had a horrible night to begin with and then this happened.

Yesterday I went to an event on the other side of town. My brother had to take me since my bad luck made the car break down. When I called him to pick me up he was all "Let me finish eating and taking a shower, then I'll come pick you up" I took this as "I really don't give a sh*t about you, I'm going to go on with my normal plans and pick you up when I feel like it" Either way, I was pretty annoyed but kept my cool. After about an hour and 10 people asking me where my ride was or if I "needed a lift" I finally decided it was best to call him again and see what was going on.

He didn't answer and later sends me a text saying that he's brushing his teeth and will leave soon. At this point I was furious, I kept thinking "What?! You do understand that I'm standing out here alone while everyone is already gone and it's under 50 degrees out here?"

Long story short--After about an hour and a half after the event was over my brother finally arrived. I was so pissed at that point, I should have just walked home. He didn't apologize either, for making me freeze and letting me be humiliated like that.

But let's talk about something a little more positive, here's a lovely combination--Ulta After Party layered over Wet N' Wild 429B.

Wet N' Wild 429B on it's own...

Ulta After Party is a silver and red glitter packed polish. The formula is a little runny but not hard to work with. It's obviously too sheer to be worn on it's own so I layered it over Wet N' Wild 429B. I'm not sure what the proper name for this color is so I just called it 429B. That's the number of the polish, but the name isn't on the bottle. I researched it but couldn't find it.

In real life, the red glitter is more visible. I feel like the base blended in with the red and only the silver glitter could show through. But it's so pretty!

P.S. Ulta is having another sale on their salon formula polishes. This time it's a BOGO sale. So if you're interested in any Ulta polishes, hurry and shop!


White Cap Layering!

Happy Easter!

I was lucky enough to win the entire China Glaze Anchors Away collection from Nikki ( in her blog's 1 year anniversary giveaway. It recently came in the mail and of course the first polish I even looked at was White Cap. I have been dying for this polish and I'm so, SO happy that I can finally cross it off my wish list!

So, let's have a little fun, shall we? Here's some combinations, or "makeovers", I made using the gorgeous White Cap. You might want to click the pictures to get a better look.

China Glaze Sunset Sail- a pretty peachy nude with subtle silver shimmer


Ulta Noel- A super light, pink cream


Revlon Maroon- a maroon, berry toned color with red microglitter


My favorite makeover. Catrice London's Weather Forecast- a beautiful blue toned gray with silver shimmer


White Cap really makes everything look so beautiful! Even a boring color like Revlon's Maroon, looks gorgeous when layered with White Cap. I just don't know how China Glaze came up with this one. It's beautiful beyond belief. I can't wait to try more layering with White Cap!

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