Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lacquer Convention: Swinging London Collection

Hi guys!  Over the last few weeks, I've been super busy tending to my Lacquer Convention Etsy store and all the problems of moving a business across a couple states.  Part of it has been dedicated to trying to finally release some new colors.  Today, I'm going to show you the Swinging London Collection.

Above (Left to Right): Oh My Mod!, Mondrian, Double Decker Bus and Go Go Boots.

Double Decker Bus

First up, we have Double Decker Bus, red glitter of various sizes in a clear base with accents of steel silver, white and black hexagons.  These pictures show one coat over Zoya Carey.


Go Go Boots

Next, we have Go Go Boots, a white glitter polish in a clear base with multi-colored iridescent shimmer.  There are diamonds, hexagons, squares and bars in this fun polish.  It is pictured here in one coat over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.

These pictures show one coat of Go Go Boots on the tips of the nail over Color Club Pucci-licious. 


This is Mondrian, inspired by the classic color blocking painting that showcases the three primary colors.  This polish is a clear base filled with gold, red and blue hexagons with white squares and black bar glitter.  These pictures show one coat over American Apparel's Lopez Canyon.


Here we have Mondrian over Zoya Trixie in one coat.

 Oh My Mod

Oh My Mod! is a wild and crazy mix of many different shapes, sizes and colors, including squares, hexagons, bars and stars in a clear base.  Pictured here, it is layered over some basic cremes in one thick coat.

 This collection will be available on Tuesday, July 31st in the Lacquer Convention shop on Etsy.  For more information, you can also follow Lacquer Convention on Facebook.

Additionally, we're doing a giveaway to win the entire collection here for our Facebook fans, so be sure to enter!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Nail Art: Sailor Moon!

Hi guys!  It's been a while since I did some real complicated nail art, so I'm a liiiittle rusty.  However, I just couldn't resist doing a celebratory manicure for the announcement that there will be another Sailor Moon anime released next year!  I'm a huge Sailor Moon fan.  In case you were wondering or had any doubts.  I think I mention how excited I am about this at least once a day to my family and friends.  I do wonder how long before they get tired of it, but until then, I'm going to keep fangirling and doing SM manicures =D

I forgot just how much it stinks to photograph nail art that may have gotten a little bit messy while I painted it.  I apologize for not completely cleaning it up!  The background was done with China Glaze Splish Splash from the recent summer neon collection.  I put down a coat of white, then blended in Splish Splash.  I added the pink with Zoya Lara and the mint is a blend of Zoya Tracie, Wednesday and a little white.  Unfortunately, I don't have a good picture of it on its own, but it was actually really lovely!

I based this manicure on this clip because I LOVED the transformation scene when I was a kid.  Sailor Moon meant so much to me.  I watched the first season when I was in third grade every morning before I went to school.  Yep, this was before Toonami aired it.  I cried my eyes out the morning that they stopped playing it and started playing Samurai Pizza Cats.  (A show I could never love after it robbed me of Sailor Moon.)  She is seriously the best super hero ever!  

I had to make a stencil for the moon on my index finger after trying and failing to make it look like a moon the first couple times.  Everything else was freehanded with nail art brushes.  I also forgot how tiny I needed my brushes to be to work with.  I ended up trimming a junky one down to about half its size and it was still hard to work with.  But now I'm in the mood for nail art again, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

NAiLd'It: Geyser Dew

Hi everyone!  Today I have another nAiLd'It polish for you, Geyser Dew!  Let's take a look, shall we?

I started out layering Geyser Dew over a mystery shimmery blue from Sinful Colors (I bought it on sale and the label is missing!).  It turned out to be a really pretty and glowy mani, but my camera absolutely hated it, so I apologize that you can't see everything in these first photos.  In person, the effect is definitely eye-catching because you could see more of a contrast.

These photos show two coats over blue.  It applied pretty well, but I didn't really get much of the larger glitter out of the bottle.  Next time I'm going to let it sit upside down for a few minutes before I paint.  It was a bit of a hungry glitter and after a coat of Gelous and a coat of SV it still had a little texture to it.

I decided to layer it over pink for a second set of pictures so you could better see this polish.  It's a mix of matte glitters and satin-matte glitters.  I liked it over the blue, but I think it's fabulous over bright pink, even better than the blue!  I only used one layer over pink because I loved the contrast of the glitters with the base.  This time, one coat of Gelous and one coat of top coat smoothed it out perfectly.

You can purchase this polish and more from nAiL'DiT's Etsy shop and also check out more info on the nAiL'Dit Facebook machine.

*Product provided to me for review.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Naild'It Nail Polish: Summer Lovin Melon

Hi guys!  It's been a while!  My husband and I are settled again in California finally!  My monitor got a little damaged during the trip so I ordered a new one and took a little time to spend with my family, but now I'm back again.  Today, I have a review for you of a great indie polish, Summer Lovin Melon by nAiL'DiT Unique Polish.

This polish is pretty much the perfect visual incarnation of a watermelon.  It's really fun and fresh and definitely summery.  The larger hexes are the perfect shade of watermelon pink!  It also has lighter pink, green, white bar, black square and black heart glitter!  It's a mix of metallic and matte glitters, which really works nicely here to give it a nice depth.

These photos show one coat over Zoya Tracie, which I really dig as a base for this because of its brightness.  It helps the glitter stand out!  Application was very easy.  I didn't actually have to hunt for the hearts and they came out of the bottle easily, though I did flip them on the nail so they faced the direction I wanted for this mani.  I smoothed it out completely with a layer of Gelous and a layer of top coat.

You can purchase this polish and more from nAiL'DiT's Etsy shop and also check out more info on the nAiL'Dit Facebook machine.

*Product provided to me for review.