11.26.2014

Negative Space Angular Moons with KBShimmer Vinyls

Hi everyone!  Today I have some simple nail art that I absolutely loved wearing!  A few weekends ago, my husband and I had plans every day, so I wanted my nails to be nice for the whole weekend.  I was completely stumped, so I decided to play around with one of my favorite polishes and a trend I've been interested in: negative space manicures.


After applying base coat and letting it dry, I used some KBShimmer Nail Vinyls to block off v-shapes near the cuticle.  I then applied OPI Coca-Cola Red over the vinyls and removed them to reveal my naked nail underneath.  I sealed everything in with two coats of Glisten & Glow HK Girl.  My nails stayed shiny and beautiful all weekend!




These nails didn't get a ton of attention from others because they weren't showing or flashy...but I LOVED wearing them.  I spent a lot of time talking myself into removing them so I could get some watching done!  I'd love to try this simple look with a variety of colors.  What do you think of this look!?

OPI and KBShimmer product used in this post were provided for previous review.

11.25.2014

Philly Loves Lacquer Seeing Isn't Believing Collection (PhLL Exclusives): Swatches & Review!

Provided for review

Hello polished friends!  Today I have some holiday Philly Loves Lacquer polishes to share with you!   Esther from Philly Loves Lacquer has split up her holiday polishes into four sets: 5 polishes for the Philly Loves Lacquer site, 7 exclusives for Ella Ann Cosmetics, 3 for Lacquer Chic, and 1 secret shade for the Indie Gift Box.  Together, they make up the Philly Loves Lacquer Seeing Isn't Believing Collection based on the first Santa Clause movie!  I have the five PhLL exclusives to show you today.


All swatches below were done with KBShimmer Clearly On Top top coat.

First up is Philly Loves Lacquer Christmas At The Pound, a reddish-brown linear holo with a red/green shift and red/green micro shimmer.  This is three coats with top coat, though two coats would be fine if you're okay with a little visible nail line.



Philly Loves Lacquer Denny's: An American Institution is a sunny yellow shimmery base with red crystal micro glitter and a very subtle holo.  In the bottle, I didn't think I'd love this, but it really is pretty on the nail.  This is three coats to cover some visible nail line.



Philly Loves Lacquer Field-Dressed A Cat is a bright hot pink linear holo with a darker pink flash. I loved this!  This is two easy coats!  You could wear this one year-round for sure.



My favorite holographic of the collection, Philly Loves Lacquer Shots Of Brown Liquor, is a chocolatey brown linear holo with gold micro shimmer and a gold flash.  The holographic is seriously strong with this one!  This is two easy coats.



Philly Loves Lacquer When I Wake Up, I'm Getting A CAT Scan! is a gorgeous dense micro-glitter topper filled with a rainbow of metallic and holo micro glitter.  Here, I used three thin coats and it is a beautiful glitter bomb!!  You could layer it as well, but I would definitely suggest wearing this beauty like this!



The Philly Loves Lacquer Seeing Isn't Believing Collection Philly Loves Lacquer shop exclusives will launch on November 28, 2014 for $9 each as part of PhLL's Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday promotion.  On December 2, 2014, they will return to their regular price: $12 each!  Be sure to follow Philly Loves Lacquer on social media to learn more about the other exclusive shades in this collection!


11.24.2014

#LLYummy: Whipped Cream and Caramel Drizzle!

Hello polished friends!  It's that time of the month again: The Lacquer Legion prompt!  The theme this month is YUMMY which is perfect for this week.  With American Thanksgiving coming up, everyone's mind is turning to food!  I'll be honest, I had a hard time coming up with something for this prompt...as a vegetarian, I didn't want to do a turkey manicure.  I tried a cream puff manicure, but it didn't turn out like I wanted.  So I kept thinking about my favorite foods and realized that I have a full-on whipped cream addiction!  This manicure is inspired by whipped cream drizzled with caramel sauce on my coffee :)

Be sure to check out #LLYummy on social media!


I know I've done this technique quite a bit lately, but I really like it.  However, I'd love to try this with gel polish because it turns out so much better.  But anyway, I love how this looks!  I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri OMGhost and OPI Going My Way Or Norway? for this look, and sealed everything in with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.  Here's the original tutorial I followed!




So, now that I'm craving some whipped cream and caramel drizzle, I'm going to go check out the other Lacquer Legion manicures that the talented artists in our community created.  Be sure to check out #LLYummy on social media!

Sally Hasen and OPI products provided for previous review.
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