Friday, December 18, 2015

6:00 AM

Hobby Polish Bloggers and 40 Great Nail art Ideas presents - Christmas

     Its that time of year again. Christmas shopping, cookie baking, holiday parties and in my house the plague. The one thing my children share no matter what without fail is their germs, and after being nurse mommy for the last 3 weeks it's my turn so today's post is going to be a quick one. 

     This week both the Hobby Polish Bloggers monthly link up and the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas challenge have lined up perfectly so I can share my Christmas manicure for both with one post. I love it when things work out in my favor. Now most of you know I have been doing the color/pattern prompt for the challenge but this week I'm breaking from my regular schedule to join in on a theme week. Because of the holidays the color prompts were taking quite a long break and I wanted to keep my nail art momentum going. Now for today's nail art look....

    Thanks to my hectic home life right now I opted for something simple and easy to create. And I actually like the results, I feel very festive and fun even as I sit here in my sweats. 

      To create this look I used Fair Maiden Fire Frost as the base for my accent nail and Darling Diva Don't Call me, I'll Call You for the rest.  What you can't see in my photos is my thumb nail (I tried to include it for you but the pictures just looked awkward and not suitable for viewing) which is also painted with Fire Frost and a red rhinestone to help tie the whole thing together. 

    I used some new nail vinyls from KBShimmer to make my peppermint swirl design. The rhinestones I picked up from Dollar Nail Art and add just the right amount of bling for me. If you haven't checkout out Dollar Nail Art and you're a fan of embellishments I highly recommend them. 

     So there you have it. A quick and simple nail art look that's easy to create for the holidays. Let me know what you think of this look before you check out the other talented ladies. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Monday, December 14, 2015

6:00 AM

Winter Nail Art Looks

     I've had another busy weekend with getting ready for Christmas this last weekend but I did manage to squeeze in a few winter manicures. In fact I've got 3 to share with you today. As I was editing my photos I realized that all 3 looks are very similar and I've got a thing for snowflake manicures. Let's take a look.

     The first look I created I'm calling Winter Wonderland. You  might recognize the base color here from a previous review.  I just knew that I wanted to do a frozen nail art look when I wore Daily Lacquers Narwahl. 

    For the snowflakes I used Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and Bundle Monster plate BM-14. I stamped over that with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate BM-407 to create the trees. Simple but still the look I was going for.

     Keeping with the snowy, winter theme my next manicure was done with a beautiful polish I was gifted during a recent blogger meet up. This is a small batch sample and just perfect for winter. Northern Star Polish Blizzard is a white with grey undertones polish with micro holographic glitters. And with a name like Blizzard I had to add a few snowflakes on top. 

    I used a new plate that I ordered from Winstonia and have been having so much fun with it lately! The plate is called Have a Meery X'mas! (no that's not a typo merry is spelled wrong on the plate.) This plate has so many festive images on it that I know I will be reaching for it often during the holiday season. 

     I again reached for my Konad White and Sally Hansen Silver Sweep to stamp with. Partly because they work so well and partly because I hadn't put them away from the previous manicure. Seriously my nail art station looks like my helmer exploded some days! But I have a feeling I'm not alone in that though. 

Photo taken in natural light
    The last look I have for you features one of my very first Fair Maiden polishes. Starry Night from the newly released Winter at Dusk Collection. Now with a name like Starry Night you'd expect me to stamp a few stars right? Well I went a little outside the box and did more of a Christmas theme with this one. 

    Ta da! Ive got some delicate Christmas bulbs as an accent. I just couldn't cover up all that gorgeous holo in Starry Night. I also realized that I don't own very many gold polishes that work well for stamping. Most of mine are all glitter. 

     Using the same Winstonia plate as my Blizzard manicure and Orly Luxe I created this simplistic holiday look. 

    So those are my 3 quick and easy Winter nail art looks for this year. Id love to hear which one is your favorite. I'll be back later this week with a few Christmas themed looks just in time for the holiday itself. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Monday, December 7, 2015

6:00 AM

LynBDesigns - Spring Fever with stamped accent

     Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a fantastic weekend. I spent a lot of times with friend and got in touch with my redneck side by going mudding. I even got to drive the big truck! It was so much fun and liberating. Something I will have to do again for sure. Only next time hopefully it wont be spur of the moment and I'll be dressed accordingly. I did get a little messy, but not too much.  You know what isn't messy's manicure featuring Spring Fever from LynBDesigns. 

    I know I know it's winter and I should be rocking some dark vampy color but my mood just doesn't fit those shades. And as I've mentioned before my polish choices are guided by my moods. 

    Spring Fever is a bubble gum pink polish with blue iridescent micro shimmers. Application was smooth an easy. Shown here is 2 coats plus top coat.  For the accent nail I used with Ellagee Plum GEE-nius. Which I have previously reviewed. 

     I did the design using MoYou London Kaleidoscope plate 05. But I got tricky and only used the center of the image. I like that it looks like a big sunflower. And of course I had to stick a big rhinestone in the center for a little added bling. 

    Sometime a girl just wants something soft and delicate on her nails while she plays in the mud. This manicure certainly fit the bill.  And just so you can see how this polish looks in different lighting I'm including an indoor shot that I think really shows off the shimmer in Spring Fever. 

     That's all I've got for now. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Friday, December 4, 2015

6:00 AM

40 Great Nail Art Ideas- Glitter topper or Flakie

      It's time once again for another look from the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge. For those of you not familiar with this challenge here's a quick recap...This challenge is set up a bit differently than most. For starters there is the option to do weekly manicures with one week dedicated to themes, and one to colors. Or you can do every other week and stick with themes only or colors only. For the color portion of the challenge each person is also assigned a pattern. The end result is 40 different looks all done in the same colors. I opted to do the color challenge and you can see my previous looks using Teal, Orange, Purple and Green, Black and White and Grey

      This week the color is glitter topper or flakie and my pattern is tie-dye. Ummm yeah I was scared when I first saw this and had no idea how the heck I was going to pull it off. After a few failed attempts at making some tie-dye style decals I decided to throw the rule book out the window and just play around a bit to see what I could get.  Are you ready for my results?

     As you can see I cheated a little bit and ended up with what looks more like an oil slick than tie-dye. But honestly I don't care because I freaking love this!!!!! I love it so much I'm still wearing it chip and tip wear free I might add 7 days later. Whats my secret for such long wear time? There's a LOT of polish on my nails. 

      I started with a base color of Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. Once that was dry with was time to get messy. Thankfully I was smart enough to use my Nail Veil to take care of most of the mess but you can still see a few shimmering glitters hanging out that just would not come off my skin. 

     To get the tie-dye/oil slick look I placed random drops of polish onto a mat, dabbed my squishy stamper onto it and then placed that onto my nails. I over lapped colors as I went creating the blended look. I repeated this process until I had I look I liked. 

     For the colors I went with the Poolside collection from Finger Paints. I figured they were sheer enough to blend nicely but bright enough to look like tie-dye.  And they have micro glitter so I didn't completely ignore all the rules. The colors are Aloha Lei, Hula Aruba!, Margarita Mambo, Surf's Up and Wild Bikini. I topped everything off with 2 generous coats of top coat and sat back to admire my work. Sometimes it feels good to break the rules, and I did promise an out of the box look in my last challenge post. 

    I also made a rough tutorial video in case you wanted to see exactly how I created this look.

     Before you check out the other looks from this week I've got a bonus shot to share with you because well, I freaking love this manicure! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

6:00 AM

MoYou London - The Lingo Collection (Press Release)

     This Friday MoYou London is bringing us an entirely new collection. This 7 piece collection will have you're nails telling people all sorts of things. I especially like plate 07 with the alphabet in American Sign Language, since I often have to sign my name at work. I wonder if the students would think it's cool to read it on my nails?  Let's check out this new collection below and tell me what you think. 

Airplane Our newest LINGO Collection lands on this Friday! Airplane
Get your passports ready!

Here at MYL, we always find a good excuse to escape to somewhere new, that's why we couldn't resist bringing you this new collection inspired by our love for travel and all the little colloquialisms picked up along the way.

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Heavy black heart Lots of love! Heavy black heart
The MoYou London Team

   MoYou plates can be purchased in their shop. As mentioned above these plates will be available Friday December 4th. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

12:00 PM

Guest post over at Polish Those Nails -Splatter Manicure

      Hi everyone I'm taking the day off here at Lustrous Lacquer to do a blogger take over over at Polish Those Nails. Marisa has graciously allowed  me to share some nail art with her readers. Thanks again Marisa for the opportunity!

       I'll give you a little sneak peek here but if you want the full details you'll have to hop on over  and read the full post.

    I'll be back Friday with another look for the 40 Great Nail Art Ideas Challenge. In the mean time, thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Monday, November 30, 2015

6:00 AM

Hobby Polish Bloggers Presents - Monochromatic Manicures

     For the month of November the Hobby Polish Bloggers have joined up to bring you some monochromatic manicures. And the timing could be better. I had just finished this nail art look a few days before the theme was decided on. I figured it was fate and knew that I had to join in on the link up. 

     Now a monochromatic manicure had a certain appeal for me, the way 2 colors of the same shade can work together to create something beautiful, and subtle. Sadly my camera does not share the same love as I do and refused to capture what I saw on my nails. 

      To create this look I used Orly Beautiful Disaster as my base. As you can see it dries slightly darker than what you see in the bottle. I'll have a full review of this polish up in a few days. 

     For the stamping I used Shandy plate SH20 and Sinful Colors Southern Belle. A gorgeous raspberry colored creme polish that stamps like a dream.  

    The design was a bit more visible to the naked eye but the sparkle and shimmer of Beautiful Disaster threw my camera off and caused the design to disappear. Looking back at it now I probably should have tried a matte top coat. But I liked the glossy look too much in person. I guess that's a lesson I'll have to remember for next time. 

     How do you feel about monochromatic manicures? Do you like the subtle look they can have or do you prefer a more obvious look? Don't forget to check out the others looks created for this theme. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

6:00 AM

MoYou London - Black Friday deal and a NYE plate (Press Release)

      MoYou London has decided to tempt us this holiday season with an all new plate just for New Years Eve and by keeping their Black Friday deal a secret until that very day! Hmmmm not sure I like being kept in suspense like this. So to tide us over until the big reveal let's take a look at that new plate. 

Can you believe it? It's almost 2016 
and the countdown to New Years has officially begun.
Here at MYL, we're busy prepping for one of the biggest nights of the year. 
The perfect outfit ... check!
Sparkling shoes ... check!
Gallons of glitter ... check!
We're almost there, but now it's time to create a NYE mani worthy of a champagne toast. 
Are you ready to celebrate? 
Say goodbye to 2015 and hello to 2016 with MYL!
Our New Years plates feature lots of bubbly, fireworks, and shimmering stars. 

And if this is not enough to make you jump of excitement we got a
Black Friday Deal 
waiting to come out this
Friday at noon and it will continue till Tuesday at 10am (GMT)

Need a boost of nailspiration?
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Heavy black heart Lots of love! Heavy black heart
 MoYou London Team

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

5:27 PM

Bundle Monster Black Friday Sale

*Press Release*

     Take advantage of Bundle Monster's biggest sale of the year with these Black Friday deals. 

Gifts for the Holidays? FREE SHIPPING for all U.S. Orders over $25 - No Code Necessary
One Stop Holiday Shop for:  Gifts for Her, Beauty Gift Sets, and More!
Start the Holiday Savings with our BIGGEST Sale | Shop Black Friday
The MUST HAVE Items | Shop Black Friday
Shop Lotus Mat

Transform your nail art work station into a ZEN like experience.


Shop Metal Nail Guides

Turn your favorite stamped designs into new shapes or create DIY nail decals!

Shop Occasions:  Christmas/NYE Nail Plates

Make your tips merry and bright this holiday season!

Find what you are looking for // Shop Bundle Monster
SAVE MORE when you Shop Clearance | No Code Necessary
Black Friday Sale:  Offer valid on merchandise purchased online only from November 25, 2015 12:00 AM HST through November 29, 2015 at 11:59 PM HST.  Customer needs to apply one of the applicable discounts during checkout under Coupon codes: TAKE15, TAKE20 or TAKE30.  Discount does not apply to the purchase of e-gift cards, sale category, exclusive holiday gift sets under the Holiday Shop category, packaging, shipping or applicable tax.  Discount is ONLY combinable with free promotions listed: Limited Edition: Hawaiian Christmas Plate and Plastic Nail Guide Set.  No adjustments will be made on previous purchases. No rainchecks.  While supplies last.  Offers subject to change without notice.
FREE Deal: Plastic Nail Guides:  Offer valid on merchandise purchased online only from November 19, 2015 while supplies last. Qualifying purchase of a 4pc Metal Nail Stamping Guides, SKU:  bun-ntool-015-1_i15 is necessary.  No code needed; both items need to be added to the shopping cart in order for the deal to be valid.  $6.99 value. Deal is combinable.  Limit (1) per order.  RETURNS: If all returns are made on purchases with a promotional nail guides, the guide set must be included with the returned item.  If the purchase was made with multiple purchases and only a partial return is being included, then the nail plate may be kept.  A charge of $6.99 USD will be exempt from the order’s refund if the plate is not returned with the original order.  Offer subject to change at Bundle Monster's discretion and without notice.
FREE Deal: Special Edition Hawaiian Nail Plate:  Offer valid on merchandise purchased online only from November 19, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Qualifying purchase of an Occasions:  Christmas/NYE nail stamping plate set:  bun-nplate-s210_i15 is necessary. No code needed; both items need to be added to the shopping cart in order for the deal to be valid.  $1.99 value. Deal is combinable.  Limit (1) per order.  RETURNS: If all returns are made on purchases with a promotional special edition nail plate, the plate must be included with the returned item.  If the purchase was made with multiple purchases and only a partial return is being included, then the nail plate may be kept.  A charge of $1.99 USD will be exempt from the order’s refund if the plate is not returned with the original order.  Offer subject to change at Bundle Monster's discretion and without notice.
Free standard shipping for orders over $25: Free standard shipping is valid in the U.S. only (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico) on purchases. Eligible customers must select this option during checkout in order to receive free shipping. Offer is good if the ship to address is anywhere in the U.S. (including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico). If you choose another shipping option, additional charges will apply. Not valid on all international shipments.

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