Monday, March 31, 2014

Different Dimension - I Only Have Ice For You

Different Dimension's I Only Have Ice For You is a holographic topcoat with metallic silver flakes. Though it is from the Happy Holly Days collection, it is still available for purchase (yay!). I don't often reach for holographic topcoats, but I found this one to be pretty enticing. The flakes are really pretty.

I layered one coat of this topper over Nicole by OPI This Blue Is So You. Shown first in direct light and second in indirect light (after the jump).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Serum No. 5 FW13 Collection Swatches

I've got some lovely indie swatches to share with you this afternoon! These shades are from Serum No. 5 and are all a part of the FW13 Collection. There are some other shades in this collection that won't be making an appearance in this post, but keep an eye out for those in the near future. Today I have three holos, two glitters, and one duochrome for your viewing pleasure. These photos were taken before I changed my nail shape, so let's all enjoy a bit of nostalgia for my squaries.

The Lacquer Legion Lucky: Maneki-Neko (Lucky Cat) Nail Art

March's theme for The Lacquer Legion is "lucky," and while I am definitely fortunate in many areas of my life, I decided to take this month's prompt in a more tangible and less abstract direction. My nail art depicts a maneki-neko; you may be more familiar with it as a "lucky cat." These Japanese figurines are often found in restaurants and shops, and are believed to bring good luck to the owner. Their paws are depicted in an upright, beckoning gesture.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I Love Nail Polish A.C. Slater and Molly Swatches

I have a few swatch photos saved up from back when I had square nails, and I'm starting to work through them now! These two holographic beauties are from I Love Nail Polish. Keep reading for additional photos and my thoughts on these.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Peachy Textured Gradient - Nicole by OPI Roughles Nail Art

Nicole by OPI Roughles Textured Nail Art

Nicole by OPI recently released a line of four speckled & textured lacquers called "Roughles" (pronounced "ruffles"), and I have to say, I am a big fan! The four lacquers come in pastel hues with matte flecks of color, and of course dry down to the rough, textured finish that I am obsessed with.

In this look, I created a textured gradient look by sponging two Roughles lacquers together. The sponging technique did alter the look of the polishes; if you were to paint one of them directly on to the nail it wouldn't look quite the same. Read on for details.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tropical Rainbow Leopard Print - China Glaze City Flourish Nail Art

It's been a hot minute since I've done a leopard print manicure, so obviously I had to remedy that. I went full Lisa Frank with a rainbow gradient background using China Glaze City Flourish shades, and then painted the leopard print over the top in black. This style of leopard is a little different than the style I've done in the past. I think I prefer this smaller pattern, despite it being harder to do and taking longer!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

The Lipstick League – Week of 3-3-14

Question of the Week: Name the last beauty product that was a failure for you.
Sarah's Answer: I wasn't thrilled with China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla. I wish that it had dried down matte -- with the texture, the halfway glossy finish just looked kind of strange. Most people seemed to like the way it looked though, so the disappointment wasn't unanimous!

Chalkboard Nails - Chalkboard Nails shares her swatches of the OPI Muppets Most Wanted collection. These soft shades are great for spring, but do they really say “Muppets?”

EauMG - has put together a guide to the best smelling hair products. If you could create your own “dream” scented hair product, what would it smell like?

Gouldylox Reviews - What do you think of letting your hair go gray? Is it a trendy time to jump on the gray hair bandwagon or would you keep your bottle color no matter what? I need to know!

Lipglossiping - It may be pink, but is theBalm’s latest Cindy-Lou Manizer really the perfect candidate for cool-toned ladies?

My Beauty Bunny - shares her favorite cruelty free Radiant Orchid makeup and nail picks on eBay. Save some cash and shop her collection!

Nouveau Cheap - Squishy jellies, vibrant cremes and fiery shimmers, all in one nail polish collection that costs $6 TOTAL? Yes and yes!

Prime Beauty - has 6 hand creams to keep your dry leathery hands looking smooth and supple with options from drugstore to luxury brands!

Phyrra - Phyrra's ecstatic for the new Urban Decay Electric Palette! Check out the chaos inducing colors and tutorial!

we heart this - You simply won't believe this insane amount of pigment and sass is only $6.49!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection Swatches and Review

OPI's annual Soft Shades collection for spring 2014 is dedicated to The Muppets, who have a new movie coming out this month called Muppets Most Wanted. Without getting into too much detail, the caper is a European adventure complete with mistaken identity, love, and crime! The polish collection consists of eight lacquers including some surprises like shredded glitter, duochromes, and a dash of texture. Read on for swatches and my thoughts.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pretty and Polished Spring FX Collection

Pretty & Polished is bringing out the special effect polishes for spring with their Spring FX line, which includes holographics, duochromes, and thermals (some are even combinations of those). I have four of the five shades in the collection to share with you today. Be sure to stop by the comments and let me know which ones you're dying to rock this spring!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Quick Fiery French - OPI Brazil Nail Art

There are few colors in the new OPI Brazil collection that piqued my interest more than Where Did Suzi's Man-go?. It's orange, but a soft orange that looks like a mango and a cantaloupe had a baby. I wore it alone for a day but wanted to freshen things up when the next day rolled around. Do you ever add to or change your manicures to get more mileage out of them?
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