Wednesday, April 30, 2014

#HePicksMyPolish - April 2014

Today is my first submission for #HePicksMyPolish!  This is a nail art group on Facebook (join us here!), where we let a man in our life pick a few polishes for us and we must create a manicure using those polishes.  This can be your significant other, father, brother, son, etc.  For this challenge, I had my boyfriend go through my many boxes of polish to find three he wanted me to create a mani with.  I’m pretty certain he intentionally picked colors that wouldn’t go together well.  


The three polishes he picked are: Finger Paints Go Van Gogh!, Sinful Colors Dark Bronze, and China Glaze Your Present Required.


He told me he wanted to pick polishes I had never used.  However, after picking I informed him that I had used both Go Van Gogh! and Dark Bronze and Dark Bronze was featured on the blog!  His complaint of course was because he gave me Your Present Required for Christmas, but I hadn’t used that one.  It’s a lovely glitter mix, but I don’t wear glitter polish to work very often!



For this mani, I started with a base of Dark Bronze.  Once that was dry, I applied striping tape in vertical columns and layered one coat of Go Van Gogh! over top.  Once that was dry, I added a coat of slow drying topcoat.  Using a piece of scrap paper (I tend to use the thick Ulta postcards), I spread out o glob of Your Present Required.  Using a dotting tool, I picked up like-colored glitter and added them down each column.  This actually was not as tedious as it looks!



Afterwards, I finished everything off with a thick coat of Seche Vite.  While these definitely are not colors I would have paired together (definitely not the glitter polish), I actually quite enjoy the end result.  The shimmer in Dark Bronze really pops under the creme of Go Van Gogh!  The only thing that feels off is the column of matte white glitter.  I hindsight, I would've left that off, and just included the metallic colors.  But since I wanted to truly say I used each polish, I kept that row of white.  I look forward to trying this again next month, I think my boyfriend is looking forward to it too!

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Sarah

Monday, April 28, 2014

The Lacquer Legion - Glam

Hello!  I'm back with the April prompt for The Lacquer Legion - Glam!  March's prompt was Lucky, but I completely missed the date!  I went kind of simple with this mani because I had planned on doing a rhinestone-covered accent nail, only to find out I don't have any normal, clear rhinestones!  I know!!  So, I'm going to have to order some.


The base for this mani is Spoiled Shrimp on the Barbie.  I really love the color of this polish, but the formula leaves a bit to be desired.  It's thick and hard to smooth over.  Luckily, once I added The True Diamond, from L'Oreal's The Magic Topcoat Collection, it smoothed everything over and the poor application was not nearly as noticeable.


My boyfriend gave me The True Diamond for Christmas, and I can't believe I've waited so long to use it!  I've actually had this color combination (Shrimp on the Barbie + True Diamond) planned out for awhile!  These polishes have been sitting on my night stand waiting for their turn, and I thought it would be a great combination for the Glam theme.

 

To finish the design off, I used LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds for the accent nail.  I also picked out individual glitters from Sparkling Diamonds to use at the base of the nail on each finger.  Be sure to check out other Glam manis by searching using the #LLGlam hashtag on your favorite social media site.  Also, I finally set up Instagram!  Be sure to follow me @partlycloudylacquer.


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Sarah

Friday, April 25, 2014

Spring Skittles

I was contacted by Julep earlier this month about participating in a Spring-inspired nail art contest they are hosting.  I was (and still am!) so excited to be invited by Julep to participate!  They will be sharing all of the Spring-inspired manicures on social media at the end of the month.


I went on a polish shopping spree a few weeks ago, and came home with the entire Nicole by OPI Roughles collection, as well as a bunch of clearance from about four different stores.  This mani is made up almost entirely of polishes from that haul.  I started with a base of Revlon Colorstay Provence, a dusty, pastel purple, on all nails but my pinkie finger.  On my pinkie, I used Nicole by OPI I'm Stucco on You.  I'm Stucco on You is a bright pastel purple with red and blue flecks in it!  It's so gorgeous and might be my favorite from the Roughles collection.


I used Mentality's Holo Topcoat on my thumb and index finger, over Provence.  I then did double accent nails using the dandelion images from the Vivid Lacquer VL006 stamping plate, using Konad special white.  I am loving this skittle mani!




I absolutely love Mentality's Holo topcoat - look at all that linear holo goodness!  I love using this polish to turn any color holo, without having to buy a bunch of polishes!  And yes, as you can probably tell, this was when I was still wearing the falsies!  I really love the look of skittlette manicures, but rarely ever do I ever wear them.  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Twin Nails - Secondary Colors

Hello!  I'm so excited to be sharing with you my second Twin Nails post!  This month Morven from Pretty Quirky and I were paired together and given the theme of "secondary colors."  After we both confessed to googling what secondary colors were (orange, purple, and green - the colors that the primary colors make), we got to work picking out a design.  We decided to do colorblocking and used this mani by Adventures in Acetone as inspiration.


We decided that we would each use all three colors and interpret the design in our own way and the see what we each came up with in the end!  I think it's pretty cool that both of our manis fit into the "twins" theme, but are each unique and different!  I guess you could say we did fraternal twin nails. ;)


I chose to use bright shades of our assigned colors, fitting for the Spring season.  The colors I used are:
  • Nicole by OPI Fairy Fairy Quite Contrary (orange)
  • Nicole by OPI Sweet on Pete (green)
  • Ulta Tutu Cute (purple)

I started with a base of Sweet on Pete on all my nails, with the exception of my accent nail.  After that dried, I used striping tape to block off for the orange, and then for the purple, waiting for each layer of polish to dry in between.  The only reason I didn't do an inverse of the color pattern on the accent nail is because the purple was very dark, and would not have shown the true color of either of the other two polishes.  I really like the way I did it though. :)


The only thing I would do differently if I were to redo this mani, would be to add a layer of Seche Vite after each layer of nail polish.  You can see where the striping tape pulled up a little bit of the base polish on each nail.  In real life, I didn't even notice this - it wasn't until I was editing the pictures.  Not a big problem, but something I would definitely change for next time.




Overall, I really love both of our interpretations of this mani - we both kind of let our creativity run wild!  Be sure to check our Morven's post here.  I love these twinsie posts and look forward to doing more in the future!  If you're interested in joining us, be sure to join the Facebook group.

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Sarah

Monday, April 21, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 16 - Gothic

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter yesterday, if you celebrated.  My mother in law cooked a big dinner, but nothing too fancy.  One of our outside cats had kittens though, so that was fun.  Today’s theme is gothic.  This prompt was definitely a bit of a challenge for me, but I was able to come up with a mani I really liked.


I started with a red base on all nails, except for the accent nail, using Sephora by OPI And a Cherry on Top.  I went with two coats of polish, though I probably could’ve used a third to make it completely opaque.  But since I knew I would be adding black over top, two was sufficient.  For my accent nail, I did one coat of Sally Hansen Lick-O-Rich, from the original Sugar Coat line.

For this mani, I decided to try a variation on the saran-wrap method of sponging polish onto the nail.  This time, I coated each nail in one coat of an unnamed LA Girls black polish and then used a piece of saran wrap to sponge-off the black polish.  This technique allows for more of the second polish to show, compared to the sponge-on technique.  Once that dried, I added a thick layer of topcoat to blend the two colors together more and to allow for me to apply a small black rhinestone at the base of each nail.

I'm not entirely sure why the color became so much brighter on the macro when I uploaded it to Blogger...


Overall, I really love how this mani turned out.  Unfortunately, it looked way cooler in real life than it does in these pictures.  The texture versus shiny finish on the nails also kind of freaked my camera out, so that’s why either the shiny nail or the textured nail is slightly blurry.  I am excited to share that I should have three posts a week for the next two weeks or so!  I'm slowly but surely getting back in the game here! :)

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Sarah

Friday, April 18, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 15 - Fishtail

Good morning!  Today I have for you my fishtail, or "braided" nail art.  I chose to use all metallic polishes for this mani since they are all opaque in one coat.  I have used several of the JLB Cosmetics metallic polishes in several other manis here on the blog, so I tried to use colors from the set that I hadn't used before.



The three shades I used today are Purple Rain, Chocolate Lava, and Jade.  I started with a base of Purple Rain and then layered each color on top.  This is the first time I've ever done the braided technique on all five fingers.  Usually, I only do an accent nail.


The thin formula of the metallic polish helped with both the dry time and the thickness of the polish on each nail.  Because this type of mani takes so many layers of polish to complete, normally it ends up being really thick, but it fortunately wasn't too thick at all.  I even wore this many to work, which means I actually did both hands! 



Overall, I really like how this mani turned out!  Like I've mentioned before, I hate photographing metallics because all I ever get is the shine, but I'm glad that you can actually see the design on each nail.  And in case you noticed, no, these are not fake nails.  I actually did this mani just before I had the bad break.  I've already got my mani for next week's theme almost done, so hopefully I'll actually post it early next week.  I'm also hoping to have more than one post up for you next week.  Have a great weekend!

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Sarah

Friday, April 11, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 14 - Delicious

Today’s post is the first of what will likely be several weeks worth of posts where I’ll be wearing the fake nails I am using the help cover up the bad break I had on my “famous hand” late last week.  I’ve never worn falsies before, and while they took a day or two to get used to, it’s already been a week, and I’m completely comfortable with them now.  I’m wearing the Kiss Press-On Manicure French tip nails.  However, most of the nails fell off within the first 24 hours, so I have reapplied them with nail glue to make them last.  

 
On to the delicious nails!  I started a base of Essie Peach Daiquiri (which also sounds delicious!), and then using an unnamed white polish I free-handed the orange shapes on to each nail.  Once that dried, I applied a coat of LA Colors Shock, which is a slightly neon mustard color.  Fortunately, it looks more like a true yellow in all these pictures.


In my mind I was thinking oranges when I did this mani, but the end result looks more like lemons.  I had hoped that Shock would be opaque enough to look orange when layered over the pink, but it was barely visible (you can see in the macro where Shock went over Peach Daiquiri just a little.  I then went back and added dots using the small end of my dotting tool.  Again, Shock was too shear to use directly over Peach Daiquiri, so the yellow was layered over white for the yellow dots.




I am actually really liking these false nails, and it’s going to be tough to go back to my real nails since these have such a beautiful shape that my natural nails will never have.  The length is perfect, though my nail beds are longer on some nails than others, so there is some unevenness, but all the nails are the same length.


I have some exciting things planned for the end of the month.  Nothing too exciting, but it involves posting a little bit more!  More than just once a week anyway. ;)  I will be participating in the Lacquer Legion linkup – this month’s theme is GLAM!  I missed out on March – I completely forgot with my new work schedule, but am excited to be back this month.  I am also participating in the Twin Nails challenge again!  My twinsie and I have already planned our manis!

Have a great weekend!

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Sarah


Saturday, April 5, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet Week 13 - Monochrome

I’m scooting in at the last minute with this week’s post for the theme “monochrome”!  The memory card slot on my computer decided to die this week, so I had to wait until this morning to upload the pictures on my boyfriend’s computer.  So, I guess I really need to start pricing computers…  I had planned on posting this on either Tuesday or Wednesday…but that didn’t happen!

Anywho, this week, I decided to with blue as the color for my monochrome design.  I’ve never done a dotticure gradient before, so I thought now would be a good time to try one out.  Last year some time I picked up a Kleancolor blue gradient set of six mini polishes at Ross for only $4.00.  I would always forget about this set, so I’ve never used it until this mani.  There really are some gorgeous colors in there, so I’m looking forward to using them at all at later time.


For this mani, I started with a base of Nails Inc. Chelsea Physic Garden.  I picked this polish up on clearance at Sephora a few weeks ago, and it is a gorgeous pastel blue crème with great formula!  I hope to pick up more Nails Inc. crèmes at some point, because they seem to have amazing formula -  Chelsea Physic Garden was a one coater!


I then used my dotting tool to add varying sizes of dots using the Kleancolor polishes.  Though there are six in the set, I chose to just use three for this mani.  The three I used are Lake Mist, Kawaii Stuff, and Cobalt. 




Overall, I am extremely pleased with how this mani turned out!  I love it!  Now I want to do gradient dotticures in lots of colors!  Luckily, I think I have the next couple weeks’ manicures sort of planned out, so hopefully I’ll be getting them up in a more timely manner…even though I have to upload my pictures to a different computer and then transfer them to my computer to edit and post…  Also, I severely broke a nail on my “famous” hand.  I’m currently wearing falsies from the dollar store (which I actually like more than I thought I would), and I haven’t decided, but I may try painting over them for the next few weeks until I can grow out the one nail.  I had to trim all my nails to get the falsies on, so they’re all kind of short, besides the super nub.  Hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend!

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Sarah
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