Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick's Day Nail Art

Well moving day is here! And I am sitting here in my new empty house with the ATT guy hooking up the cable (he got the internet running lickity split) and since I never shared the St. Patrick's Day nails I did last week before I was in moving chaos, I thought I would share them now!

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To create this look I started with a layer of KBShimmer Eyes White Open then brought out four different shades of green holo – Zoya Merida, Dreamland Lacquer Kiss Me I'm a Fish, Dreamland Lacquer He's an Angry Elf and Smitten Polish (now Dreamland) Girl Sprouts.

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I did a skittle look with three different nail art techniques.

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For the middle finger I did a dotticure featuring all of the beautiful green holos, I love all the different finishes of the polishes, I think they went really well together.

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For the index and ring finger I did a smoosh manicure, which I just loved how it turned out and I hope to do be doing quite a few of these in the future. Once again the textures really came out to play on these nails. I also stamped a plaid image on top to complete the look and tie it in with the next nail look.

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For the thumb and pinky I took out a plaid stamping image from my MoYou Pro 01 plate and did a gradient holo stamping job. This was a more subtle look but I thought really spoke to the Irish part of the look, since there weren't any shamrocks or anything overtly St. Patrick's Day.

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Overall I really liked this look. Green is my absolute favorite color so getting to throw together a medley of different shades really makes me a happy camper.

Anyway, hopefully things will be settled here in the new house in no time. I was able to successfully transfer all my polish with no casualties thankfully enough! I'm in my second trimester now and energy is coming back so I'm looking forward to being in full nesting mode with this new house!

Hopefully the move, and lack of full time work, will get me going on the blog more often again too, thanks for sticking with me while I've been going through this transition this year guys! March is actually my third blogiversary, sorry I didn't do anything momentous to mark the occasion!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Literary Lacquers Magical March and a Personal Note

Hey everyone, I know my blogging has been incredibly irregular lately and I do have an explanation for that, which I will explain at the end of this post. All good news I assure you!

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But today I've have some gorgeous polishes to share with you from Literary Lacquers. Literary Lacquers hosts a monthly Pop Up in her Etsy shop now which features a new polish and rereleases several older polishes. This month the Magical March Pop Up shop will be open from Friday March 3 at 8 p.m. MST to Sunday March 5 midnight MST.

Lets get to the gorgeous polishes shall we?!

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First up is Literary Lacquers Amortentia, the new polish of this bunch. This is a lovely champagne rose gold almost metallic holo with glass flakies. This was inspired by the love potion in Harry Potter and designed with Rachel McNulty for her wedding. The formula on this was great and was applied easily in two coats for opacity.

This polish is a gorgeous gold that totally stands out in my collection. A lovely hue that is perfect for any time of year. This new beauty is not necessarily limited edition, but she has no current plans to stock it again after this pop up so you might not want to miss out now!

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This is Literary Lacquers Midsummer Night's Dream, an old favorite with a new formula. This is a deep shimmery blue with small gold square, black hex and holographic gold hex glitters. I love this glitter bomb, it reminds me of a magical fairy book night sky. This applied easily in two coats, but as it is a glitter bomb, it may need two coats of top coat for a smooth finish.

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This stunning beauty is Literary Lacquers Color of Magic (formerly titled Octarine). This is a gorgeous mauve-y pink linear holo with glass flecks and flakies. The glass flecks give this a lilac glow that makes this a very characteristic pink holo in my collection. I just love it. This polish was inspired by the Terry Pratchett Discworld series. This also had a great formula that was opaque in two easy coats.

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This is Literary Lacquers Felix Felicis, inspired by Harry Potter. This is liquid gold flakies and glass flecks for a gold, in-your-face polish. The glass flecks in this give it a slightly pink glow. The formula on this particular polish was on the thick side, so take care with application. I used two thin coats to achieve opacity.

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This is Literary Lacquers Avada Kedavra, also inspired by Harry Potter. This is a gorgeous black matte base packed with gold and green glitter. This dries quickly to a surprisingly flat base and looks great as a matte or with a shiny top coat, I've shown both for your viewing pleasure. Takes two coats for opacity.

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And last but not least is Literary Lacquers Mirror of Galadriel, inspired by Lord of the Rings. This is a gorgeous silver linear mega glitter holo, it has all microglitter and holo pigment. It is just one lovely rainbow and is one of my most favorite polishes that I use quite often. I used two coats here, but I think three coats looks best for opacity.

Now for the personal note as to why it's been more silent here lately.

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Yup, lots of life changes for me coming up. I'm moving in two weeks, I'm just getting out of the first trimester and hopefully with that new boost of energy I can dive back in to the nail blogging world! My husband and I are beyond the moon as we've wanted to leave the Bay Area for quite some time and we are upgrading from 740 square feet to 2,500 square feet! It's a dream home and perfect for raising my new family! And the move is allowing me to be a new mom for awhile.

Anyway, enough about me, don't forget to check out those Literary Lacquers this weekend!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Literary Lacquers February Release

Hey everyone, time for a rare Saturday post from me!

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*Press Samples*

Today I've got two new polishes from Literary Lacquers to share with you. Literary Lacquers recently changed their shop model to be a pop up open one weekend a month and she will be releasing a new polish (this month it's two) along with rereleasing some old polishes as well.

This month there are two stunning new holos to share, plus a collection of cremes which are spectacular as well.

They are available through tomorrow Sunday February 5 at midnight MST on the Literary Lacquers Etsy site. Let's get started with the gorgeous polishes shall we?!?!

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First up we have Literary Lacquers "Hope" Is the Thing with Feathers. This is a gorgeous pink amethyst linear holo with gorgeous blue shimmer. Literary Lacquers always creates her polishes with some piece of literature in mind and this particular polish was inspired by "Hope" is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson.

This polish is quintessential Literary Lacquers, Amy creates the most gorgeous holos with shimmers and I just love this combo, it's feminine, but not too pinky pinky. Also had a great formula that was opaque in two easy coats. And that shimmer, it's everything and it's not sneaky or hidden like some shimmers can be.

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The second of the new polishes is Literary Lacquers The Happy Prince. This polish was designed with Jenn Sky Walker of The Jedi Wife celebrating her 5th blogiversary. The polish was inspired by The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde.

This is a complex polish, but packed with so much character. It is a sapphire blue crelly packed with subtle pink shimmer and microglitters. Since this polish is packed with so much, it does dry on the more textured side, so I would recommend and application with thin coats (this is two coats) and two coats of top coat for a smooth and shiny finish.

Next up are the cremes, I've reviewed them all previously, so I'll give a quick description. Each creme is a two coater, and some of them work pretty well to stamp!

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This is Literary Lacquers Desdemona's Handkerchief, an aqua blue creme that was originally a part of the Summer 2016 Othello Duo.

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This is Literary Lacquers For Thou Hast Eyes to See, a sea green creme police that was the other half of the Summer 2016 Othello Duo.

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This is Literary Lacquers Salmon Chanted Evening, a pinky coral creme that was part of the Spring 2016 Creme a la Mode box. This was one of my absolute favorite polishes of last year, you do not want to miss out.

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This is Literary Lacquers Cyantifically Proven, a turquoise green leaning creme that was a part of the Summer 2016 Creme a la Mode box.

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This is Literary Lacquers Breathing Dreams Like Air, a lilac grey creme from the Winter 2015 Creme a la Mode box.

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This is Literary Lacquers Blue Stocking Romance, a gorgeous navy creme that was originally a part of the Fall 2015 Creme a la Mode box. This is my go-to navy stamping polish!

Well that is it for today's post. The two new holo polishes retail for $10 and the cremes retail for $9.50. They are only available at the Literary Lacquers Etsy shop through tomorrow Sunday February 5 at midnight MST.