Month: September 2013

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piCture pOlish – Focus & Marble

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Well it has just been way too long since I have done a piCture pOlish manicure! What happened to those weekly posts Corynn?! Alas I think this one shall make up for my loss.

Focus made in collaboration with Pointless Cafe and piCture pOlish is a violet red shade with a sort of creamy finish to it. There are silver sparks throughout which make it stand out from just a simple cream. I used two coats with no top coat for the below photo. It applied super well for it being filled with all the sprakliness.

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Trying to brainstorm what I wanted to do with this shade, I then realized I just needed to FOCUS and MARBLE! Using OPI’s nail envy and Aengland’s Camelot to marble overtop of Focus I achieved this super simple but fab look. Never have I done this with just one polish underneath.  I would call this marble design the clear sideways mermaid fin one and what a great way to spruce up any simple shade! Quite in love with this look for the fall months.

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If you’d like to purchase this piCture pOlish shade or any others then you should know they sell and ship their products to the U.S. and many other countries thru their website located HERE. You can also purchase piCture pOlish shades thru a multiple of other shops located at this LINK where the shipping might be more to your liking, depending on your location of course.

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Ethereal Lacquer – Mint Madness and Lemon Lightening

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A few weeks back I got the pleasure of meeting Megan from Ethereal Lacquer and she supplied me with some of her amazing pastel shades. Since then Megan has really been booming in the indie polish world with lots and lots of other awesome creations. Check out the gradient/marble I did with the other two colors from this bunch HERE.

Mint Madness is a minty cream which was opaque after three thin coats for me. No top coat was used below so the smoothness of it can really be seen. I instantly needed this color when I saw it, I’m such a sucker for minty creams.

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What goes better with mint then coral?! I used Square Hue’s Collins Avenue and Aenglands Excalibur to add little randomness to Mint Madness, yes lots nessesness. A tutorial for the splatter effect can be found HERE if you haven’t tried it yet. Super easy and quite fun.

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Lemon Lighting is a bright lemony yellow pastel cream which was also opaque after three thin coats. Again no top coat was applied for the photo below. Not to bright but when…

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its under the black light it brightens up like cray cray! I love any polish that glows under a black light. So fun to go to the bars and see your nails glow.

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Alright so go on laugh I know, it’s quite a pathetic attempet at stamping compared to some other ladies out there but not crappy enough not to share with you guys. Using Aenglands Camelot and Winstonia Stores W112 plate I added some “bubbles” well more like a bunch of dots.

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I think I like it under the black light more. Maybe its because I like the contrast of greenish color and black more. Anyway there is always room for improvement. I am just happy that I even had time for nails this weekend! Life has been just going and going.

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I’m not sure when Megan will have these back in stock as she has been focusing on here fall/winter collections a lot lately but you should for sure check out Ethereal Lacquers store HERE as well as her Instagram and Facebook where you can find out lots more info about all her shades.

Any thoughts on my attempt at a full stamping manicure or these shades loves?

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Manicures that should be on the Blog

As you may know I am a mainly Instagram person and sometimes only post my work on there.  I find myself getting too excited to conceal what I’ve worked on but I always try to post on here when I have the allotted time. I wanted to kind of catch up with myself and do a quick post on some manicures that really should be documented on here as well.

Using Orly’s ‘Glowstick’ and Island Girls ‘Royal Hawaiian’ I blinded myself with this mermaid fin watermarble. When I went outside with these babies they seriously glowed like crazy! You know like a day glow effect. Looking back at this I realize I need to use Glowstick again!

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One brand I have come to dearly love is Cult Nails Lacquer. Their creams always work great for water marbling and they always come out with such pretty shades. I used Riot and Party Time from their Road trip collection for this look. I wore this manicure to my first IG meet and greet with Jessica (IG: @jessuhhhkuh) and Megan (IG: @ethereal_lacquer). Still can’t believe I got to meet them both! I keep finding more and more nail polish ladies around the area, I must bring them altogether somehow here soon.

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When I saw Wet N’ Wilds new pop art collection a few weeks back I instantly knew I needed them! The 2nd watermarble I ever did was with WnW’s wild shine line but I was always sad that they didn’t have the best selection of colors in a cream finish. Thankfully Caroline of Colors de Carol came to the rescue and sent me an extra set that she had found since my Walgreens wasn’t carrying them. I really love the randomness of this one.

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This manicure is one that is near and dear to my heart. Using Sally Hansen’s White On and Black Out I did this as an omage  to my first swirl design I did when I was starting to marble as well as a guest post on the amazing Pam of Girly Bits Cosmetics. The swirl design is one that I always find great success with. Sometimes with marbling you have to redo a nail because you didn’t place it in the right area. With the swirl design I never find this problem and they always come out super cool. There is also a TUTORIAL for this design on Pams blog which can be found HERE.

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In the past few weeks I have been acquiring a few more OPI colors to add to my growing collection. Right now I have a shelf with Butter London, Zoya and OPI. The Zoya trump the Butter London shades and the BL shades trump the OPI ones. The cream finished of these three brands have got to my favorite mainstream good quality ones for water marbling. The below manicure was done with OPI’s Green-wich Village, Koala Berry, In My Back Pocket and Can’t Find my Czechbook. Only four colors but they gave a great rainbow effect for this mermaid fin water marble.

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This manicure is one that I did for the folks over at Lacquer Heads of Oz. A great blog that brings together posts from many talented ladies sharing tips and tricks about the nail art world. This post has got to be one of my biggest ones yet. The tutorial is very detailed and should help out those that have really struggling with water marbling. Check it out HERE! I did the classic petal look for this one using Zoya’s Mira, Wednesday and Shelby; one of my favorite combo of Zoya shades to date.

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If you haven’t heard of Lacquer Lust or her new Birthstone collection you have been missing out on some GREAT holographic shades! Lacquer Lust was the first indie brand I purchased and I shall never regret that decision. This manicure was done with Pink Tourmaline and Peridot from her new collection and yes, they water marble! If you missed my other marble with some of these shades check it out HERE, probably one of my favorite marbles ever. Lacquer Lust plans to make this collection permanent shades in her shop but when they get restocked they sell out fast so make sure you checkout Lacquer Lust on Instagram and Facebook for updates!

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This last manicure I have to share with you guys is the first one I did on my new shorties. If you have been missing out on my Instagram then you should know I had a couple tears on my middle and ring finger as well as my thumb. It was like one fell and the others followed. I have gotten used to it over the past couple weeks, I say love your nails no matter what size! Despite the nubs this manicure lasted a whole 10 days using Girly Bits new cream finshes Mint to Be and Private Dancer as well as my new go to top coat HK girl by Glisten & Glow. Dots can make any manicure look cute without having to do much work plus this color combo is lovely!

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Whew well that was a lot all in a nutshell. I really love looking back at my old work. Its like looking back at an old piece of art that I drew or something of that nature.

If you mucking folks have any questions about these manicures and the products I used feel free to ask!

 

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Limited Edition: Zoya Peter Som trio & Lumina Lacquer Mickeys Moonlight Masquerade

YES! Time for nails! It’s so rare now that school has started. After my first two tests of the semester I just had to take a little time to tend to the pretties, I miss doing them so much! I got myself a nice rack that holds 60 polishes which is now on my desk and has all the ‘must use’  polishes on it. Hopefully that will organize things a little more and after one more test next week I shall be having a major swatching and marbling fest!

Yesterday I picked up my mail which had been building up all week. One of the packages had Zoya’s Limited Edition Peter Som trio which I just had to grab. I used two coats of Alexa (teal) and Edie (blue) and then three of Stella. Out of them all I liked Alexa the most. Its sort of a greenish teal cream and its perfect for the coming months. The mermaid fin water marble was done with all three overtop of white.

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But oh no I just could stop there. Using one amazing coat of Lumina Lacquers new Limited Edition shade, Mickeys Moonlight Masquerade, from her Mickey Mouse Halloween trio I achieved this banging look. I LOVES IT SO HARD!

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Mickeys Moonlight Masquarade has way too many different kinds of glitter to name off.  It has got to be one of the more complex polishes from Lumina Lacquer that I have seen before. Here are a couple close ups to show you the complexity. I really love the big squares and of course the Mickey glitters in this one.

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This combination of colors,  using this Zoya trio,  is one that I would not have considered right off the bat. I feel like this is way I am crushing so much on this manicure.

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Here is the whole trio of Mickey Mouse inspired Halloween polishes from Lumina Lacquer. Mickeys Moonlight Masquerade, Deselfie De Mickey and The Sorcerers Haunted Mansion are all available for pre-order from Lumina Lacquers site located HERE.

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What a creative trio for Hallwoeen! Make sure you grab these while you can because they are Limited Edition!

Check her out on Lumina Lacquer on Instagram and on Facebook to get up to date information about new releases and restocks.

Also the Zoya trio is not availble on Zoyas site any longer as it was Limited Edition.

Back to  school tomorrow for me and then a weekend full of nails on the way!

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Lacquer Lust Rainbow Birthstone Water Marble

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I can’t even believe I am typing right now! Oh goodness I am one tired lady. School is totally kicking in gear, first test are next week, my AMSA presidency is rolling on, its just craziness! I had to stop, think, and then tell myself, “Okay Corynn I think it’s just about time to do your mucking nails!” But enough jibber jabber, lets get into some really excting and cool I felt like this when I was done…

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I am just so happy with the outcome of this manicure using some AMAZING polishes from Lacquer Lust new Birthstone collection  If you haven’t checked out her it out you really must. There are so many beauties and they all have great formulas and application. I was fortunate enough to receive a whole set to share with you all. You may have seen a few swatches and one marble with these on my Instagram but this has got to be the top dog of what I have done with them so far. Funny thing is my first ever indies were from Lacquer Lust. Last December I came accross Jo’s brand and instantly fell inlove with her holograhpic hash tag collection which consisted of six bright and awesome holo shades. I was just all too excited when I heard about this new holo collection from her. Not only did I know that they would be filled with tons and tons of spectrafalir but that they would also be good for water marbling! Using a base of Cult Nails Tempest I then used Peridot, Pink Tourmaline, Topaz, Zircon and Tanzanite for the water marble which ended up coming out super random, but kinda of uniformed, something I love about marbling. I then topped it off with the topcoat I’ve been currently using, Glisten & Glow HKgirl. I’m totally and utterly inlove.

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Wanted to show some macros of this manicure its just too banging. Indoor on the left in indirect light and then outside in the morning sun.

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Tried out a new method since I haven’t been having too much luck with my lightbox. The below photo was taken in a plastic bag! I’ve seen some other girls do this such as Strawbrie and thepolishedokie. It helps diffuse the light really well and gives you an indirect lighting effect.

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This photo was taken in direct light under the usual LED lamp that I use. Here you can start to see how holo this manicure really is, but of course no photo could really show you the true effect of these pretties, at least on the cameras I have.

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And lastly here is a photo out in the morning sun. I took this on my way to class this morning which was like the only time that the sun was shining and I had time to take a picture. Haa oh good ole school dayzzz! But just look at all the holo! Its not as intense as it would be if the shades where on their own, since marbling creates a very thin line on the surface of the water, but dayummm.

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Wait whats this?! Corynn has a right hand??? NO WAY! Finally my Cinderella lover can come out of hiding. Both my hands are pretty much at the same length now that I had my breakage, its kinda nice. I suppose this is the first manicure I will be posting on here with my new nubbins! Gotta love your nails no matter what size! Pictured from B-T: Topaz (3 coats), Peridot (2), Pink Tourmaline (1), Zircon (3) and Tanzanite (1). All had great application!

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Lacquer Lust has decided to make these PERMANENT shades in her store, great idea if I may so. The official release is this Monday September the 17th. Make sure to check out Lacquer Lusts Instagram and Facebook pages for the time and other goodies!

LACQUER LUST: STORE INSTAGRAM FACEBOOK

Oh and just because I love you guys and you made it this far…

QxTD6

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Sally Hansen- Textured Polishes Sugar and Fuzzy Coat Review

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Well it’s about time I got some Sally Hansen’s up on here! Shame on me for taking so long to post about some of the goodies they sent me awhile back. Lets just say this is a long overdue post. FYI this was before I had my major nail trimmage.

Today I have some textured polishes, three sugar and three fuzzy coats, from Sally Hansen.

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Royal Icing, on my outer nails, is a light blue textured polish with purple shimmer. I used two coats overtop of Breezy Blue with no topcoat. Because it was kind of on the thin side an undie was needed for Royal Icing but it didn’t take away from the color or effect of the polish. Since it was thin it did apply very nicely. This was probably my favorite of the sugar coat’s that I tried out, it reminded me of Cinderella and that purple shimmer really made it stand out.

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Wool Knot, on my inner nails, has loads of light blue and white bar glitters in a clear base. I used two coats overtop of White On which I know realize was probably not the best undie. Alas the elegance of the combination just worked for me.

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Pink Sprinkle, on my outer nails, is a pinkish red textured polish with some red shimmer to it. I used three coats with no topcoat  for full opacity and also used it as my undie for All Yarned Up, which has bar glitter in yellow, orange, and blue in a clear base. I think layering the fuzzy coat over the sugar coat was a great idea, double texture? YES please!

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Laughie Taffy, on my outer nails, is a dark blue textured polish and almost looks cream like in the bottle. I used two nice coats with no topcoat. This had the most textured effect to it out of the three sugar coats. Very rough like a textured polish should be.

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Tweedy, on my inner nails, has black and white bar glitters in a clear base. This one was a little thicker then the other two fuzzy coats but I still used two coats of it using Aenglands Camelot as my undie.

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Here’s another looks at the sugar coats but on their own. Royal Icing on the outside nails and Pink Sprinkle on the inside ones.

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Laughie Taffy on the outside nails and Pink Sprinkle on the inside.

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The textured polish craze has defiantly spiked in the past months form Zoya’s new pixie dust line to the many new OPI textured polishes. Personally I am more of a cream and glitter girl so these polishes didn’t swoop me off my feet. They could be utilized in many ways for different types of nail art such as Sarah from Chalkboardnails and Victoria from the Manicurator did in these posts. Probably my favorite used of textured polishes out there.

Most of these polishes can be found at your local drugstore, walmart, or target.

Check out Sally Hansen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter  and be on the lookout for more from this brand!

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