Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Forgotten Favorite

Today, the Twinsies are back with our forgotten favorites!  I have one of my first indie purchases, Scorpion and the Sea from Pretty and Polished.  Back in 2012 I purchased a grab bag of minis from P&P and received Heist, Phoenix, and Scorpion and the Sea.  Back in the day, I shared (some painful to look at) swatches of each polish.  I have used Heist the most since, but Scorpion and the Sea was definitely my favorite of the trio.

Pictured is three coats of Scorpion and the Sea.  Surprisingly, for a four year old polish, the formula was still impeccable.  Because I wanted to add a little nail art to this polish, I used chevron nail vinyls to create accent nails using Zoya Sarah.  I tried to match the metallic red glitters in Scorpion and the Sea by using a red shimmer polish.

I enjoyed this prompt because I got to pull a polish out that I haven't used in years.  In fact, I probably haven't used this polish since 2012 or 2013.  Overall, I do love how this mani turned out!  Be sure to check out the forgotten favorites of the other Twinsies below!


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Black and White Floral Stamped Mani

https://www.instagram.com/manisha_m_nail_designs/?hl=enHello!  Today I my black and white mani for last weekend's #maniswapcircle prompt.  This week I was charged with recreating a mani by @manisha_m_nail_designs.  It was tough to decide on just one mani, but I decided to go with her blue and white china plate inspired nails to recreate.

For this mani, I started with a base of Essie Blanc on my index and pinkie fingers and Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Look to Stars on the other three nails.  I then stamped using the opposite color on each nail using stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store.  I also used the paisley bandanna stamping plate, Harunouta L020, that I featured last week.  Don't forget to use my code "FVL91" to receive 10% off your next order!

I then added gold accents on my ring and pinkie fingers.  I used nail vinyls to tape off a portion of my nail and used China Glaze Mingle With Kringle to create the gold stripe.  For the triangle nail sticker was an add on in a recent Julep Maven box.

Overall, I love this mani!  It is definitely my favorite so far of 2017!


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Born Pretty Store Paisley Bandanna Stamping Plate Review

Happy Thursday!  Today I will be reviewing the Paisley Bandanna Pattern Nail Art Plate, Harunouta L020 stamping plate, which I recently received to review from Born Pretty Store.  This plate features a variety of different paisley designs, which are all fantastic for reverse stamping and lead-lighting.  This plate retails for $5.99, but is currently on sale for $2.99. 

These were my New Year's Eve nails for ringing in 2017.  I started with a base of Sinful Colors Prosecco (channeling the champagne many imbibe at midnight), with an accent nail of Blue Eyed Girl Lacquer Look to the Stars (from the November Destination Duo), a beautiful black holo with blue and green flakies.  I then did some gradient stamping using blue and black stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store, and plate Harunouta L020.

I love how this mani turned out!  I used the clear jelly silicone stamper (which I previously reviewed here) again for this mani, and the images picked up perfectly.  If I could go back and change anything about this mani, I would have just stamped with black instead of doing the gradient stamping.  However, I like how the blue pops and adds another color to the mix.

Be sure to use my coupon code "FVL91" to receive 10% off your next order at Born Pretty Store! And shipping is always free!


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Twinsie Tuesday: Nondominant Hand

Happy New Year!  I can't believe it's now 2017 (and my wedding is only three weeks away!) and Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Lacquer will be five years old this year!  I'm back today with the first Twinsie Tuesday post of 2017!  Our prompt today is "nondominant hand."  Yesterday was the Outback Bowl, which the Gators won 30-3 over Iowa, so of course I had to do Gator nails!

For this mani, I started with a base of China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked (orange) and I Sea the Point (blue).  I then added Piggy Polish Three Cheers and a Tiger, an orange jelly polish with iridescent hex and bar glitter over the orange nails.  To finish everything off, I stamped using blue stamping polish and the Russian Doll Pattern stamping plate, Harunouta L028, both from Born Pretty Store.  This plate is currently on sale for $2.39, and has a number of adorable images with the Russian stacking doll theme.  Be sure to use my code "FVL91" for 10% off your next order - and shipping is always free!

I have to say, the hardest part of this whole prompt was photographing my right hand!  Because my camera is setup to be used right handed, I ended up having to setup my tripod in order to get the pictures.  And then the posing was terrible!  Overall, I did like the final outcome!  Be sure to check out the nondominant manis from the other Twinsies!


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Born Pretty Store Clear Stamper and Stamping Plate Review

Hello!  Today, I am back today with a lovely stamping manicure, using items I recently received to review from Born Pretty Store.  I started with a base of ILNP Daisy Jane, and then stamped using white stamping polish from Born Pretty Store.  I then finished everything off with matte topcoat from L'Oreal.

For this mani, I used the 5.5 cm Round Nail Art Stamp Template Umbrella Flower stamping plate and the Blue Metallic Nail Art Stamper Clear Jelly Silicone Head Stamper.  The clear stamper also included a cap to keep the stamping head clean and a Born Pretty Store scraper.  The stamper retails for $9.18 (it's currently on sale for $4.59!) and is a really great value.  I love how large and squishy the jelly head is - way easier to stamp on my curved nails than the marshmallow stamper I had been using from another brand.  The curved handle also makes it a lot easier to hold and maneuver.  This was also the first time I've tried a clear stamper, and I'm officially addicted - it seriously makes stamping so much easier!  I can't wait to try it out on more complicated stamping manis.

The umbrella flower stamping plate, which is currently on sale for $1.59, is absolutely beautiful!  I have been looking for a simple lace pattern, and the added bonus of the weather themed images make this meteorological blogger very happy!  This plate is perfectly etched and I had no problems picking up the image.  If you're interested in trying out either of these items or any other nail art supplied from Born Pretty Store, be sure to use my coupon code FVL91 to receive 10% off and shipping is always free!

This combination of Daisy Jane with white stamping is another possible nail art look I'm considering for my wedding nails. While I really love the overall look, I think Daisy Jane may be too purple leaning on my skintone for what I'm looking for.  I will have a full review of Daisy Jane on the blog next week, so keep an eye out.  If I don't make it back to get one more post up, I hope all my readers have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!


Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday: Holiday Special 2016

Today the Twinsies are back today with our special holiday manis!  We take December off each year, but we will be back to our usual bi-weekly schedule in January.  My mani is inspired by Christmas trees, and more specifically, this picture by @torisprettythings on Instagram.

For my mani, I started with Cupcake Polish Unbe-leaf-able, one of the cupcake polishes my graduate students surprised me with for my bridal shower - hence the rhinestones down the front (I did remove the bow tie though).  To create the ornaments I used Milani Art of Gold, and unnamed purple and teal glitter polishes by the Blackheart for Hot Topic brand.  I then used China Glaze Passion to add the string that each ornament was hung from.

This mani was a pain to photograph because of how sparkly it is.  So here is a comparison shot between flash and an outdoor sunshot.

Happy Holidays from the Twinsies!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Aliquid Lacquer Canal Street from the August Destination Duo Box

Hello!  Today, I have another polish that is currently in the running for the base color for my wedding nails.  You can see the other two polishes, Deborah Lippmann Dirty Little Secret and Julep Carrie Ann, in the linked posts.  I have one final polish to share, hopefully sometime in the next two weeks, so that I can have you guys help me decide!

Here is Aliquid Lacquer Canal Street, which was a part of the August 2016 Destination Duo box, "Venice," from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.  Currently, this box is still available and at a discounted price, so if you love this polish as much as I do, I highly encourage you to pick it up.  Canal Street is described as a "pastel salmon crelly with turquoise microflakies and sparkle."  This description definitely fits the bill in my opinion.  I love how Canal Street looks like a simple pink nail color on my skintone, but then you look closer and see the turquoise flakies!  I love subtle polishes that pack a punch like this one!

The formula for Canal Street was excellent, and this was a two-coater, if I remember correctly.  The other polish from the duo is Gondolier's Garden, by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer.  I don't have swatches of this polish, but I did use it as the base of nail art for my bridal shower nails...which will also be coming to the blog in the next few weeks!

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