Monday, November 26, 2012

Cyber Monday Jewelry Sale


Hello everyone! Long time, no see! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'm still on a break from blogging until December, but I opened up my shop on Etsy and moved all of my jewelry over from my Facebook store and I wanted to let you know!
 
And you know what today is? CYBER MONDAY!!!

 
Use code CYBERMONDAY20 to receive 20% off of anything in the store! You can message me on Etsy if you want to know the specific colors used in the necklaces; I just haven't posted that information yet.
 
Or, if you've seen a nail polish on my blog that you would love in a necklace, just purchase a custom order and let me know what you'd like!
 
I am planning on selling some wire ornaments and jewelry in the future in this shop, so look forward to a couple of ornaments being posted!
 
Thank you so much for looking! I've got some other wonderful news to share when I get back in December! Happy holidays!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Taking a Break

Hello everyone, I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging as things in my life have gotten quite a bit busier recently. I've been teaching three college level biology labs since August along with keeping up my 40 hours at my full time job. I'm also looking into doing some volunteer hours over the weekends, so blogging is going to have to sit on the back burner for a while (at least the rest of this semester).

When I do get back into blogging, there will likely be more posts about jewelry-making along with nail polish, so I'm pretty excited about that!

Thank you all so much for taking your time to read my blog, and I hope you understand!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

In Stores: Walgreens Nail Polish Displays (Warning: Very Picture Heavy!)

I took these pictures during the Sinful Colors sale week at Walgreens. (Not going on anymore.) This was in the Walgreens in my town that is across the street from the Rite Aid of my previous post. Some displays are the same. Enjoy the display spam!


Sally Hansen Magnetic


Sally Hansen Diamond Strength and Gem Crush


Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats


Sally Hansen Hard as Nails


One of *three* Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear displays


Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear


Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear new colors


The Sinful Colors display that caused all the uproar. It appears that this Walgreens hasn't taken out the pamphlets.


Sinful Colors Start a Phenomenom


Sinful Colors Dare to Play


Sinful Colors Study in Style


Essie Luxeffects and Yogaga


Essie Navigate Her


Essie Go Overboard


Essie Mirror Metallics


Black Radiance Girls Rock!
This is the first display from this brand that I have ever seen. 


Milani Pure Love


Fergie Nail Color in the core display of Wet n Wild


And a nice little $9.99 Wet n Wild grab bag deal!

Hope you enjoyed looking at these! Keep on painting!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Del Sol Disney Color Changing Nail Polish Preview

Hey everyone! I got a little snippet from Del Sol the other day about their new Disney products - which will include some color changing Disney princess nail polishes! Check out the preview below!




Look at the cute cap on the Ariel polish!

I really love that they'll be making the Disney themed nail polishes. I love some Del Sol! Which Disney princess nail polish do you think will be the best?

Monday, August 20, 2012

My Epic Win from stuff i (s)watched's First Birthday Giveaway!!!

Hey lacqueristas! I wanted to share my winnings from Rach at stuff i (s)watched with you! Look at the polishes and the other lovely goodies!


Mmmm... Polish, a fun birdy file, wood sticks, owl stickers (cuuuuute!), Avengers temporary tattoos, and felt for removing those bothersome glitters!


China Glaze - Frostbite
China Glaze - Ahoy!
Orly - Green with Envy
Essie - Meet Me at Sunset
Essie - Beach Bum Blu


And of course, Icarus wants the bubble wrap. He is so mesmerized by it!

So thanks again to for the goodies, Rach! I'm really looking forward to trying out Ahoy! and the felt for glitter removal! Everything else is super awesome too!

Guest Post at Sweet Sugar!

Hello, all! The lovely Gwenn at Sweet Sugar was asking for guest posts for her blog, and I wanted to try since I hadn't before! Go see the post here! Don't forget to give her a little blog love too!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Purple Monochromatic Nails (Very Picture Heavy)

Hello again, lacqueristas! Today I've got my entry for Polish Art Addiction's Monochrome Contest!

The point of the contest is to use different shades within one color family, so of course I chose purple! However, the sun didn't want to play nice today in good ol' SC and has given me really bad shots. And I used a Del Sol color-changing polish that changes in the sun (from red to purple), but the sun didn't want to come out to play! Therefore, I've got an entry that might end up getting disqualified because of the sun, that jerk!


BOOM! PURPLE! (mostly)

Nail Polish Breakdown:
1 coat Orly Bonder
2 coats Zoya - Dannii
1 coat Poshe fast-drying topcoat
Colors sponged on with saran wrap:
  • Sinful Colors - Fig
  • Jesse's Girl - Blue Moon
  • Milani - Hi-Res
  • Del Sol - Heartbreaker (which may get me disqualified - BLARG!)
Border: Julep - Viola
2 coats Poshe fast-drying topcoat

So we'll see how it turns out. :) Regardless of whether or not it gets disqualified, I still had a fun time trying out saran wrap *and* border nails for the first time! Yay experiments!

MOAR PICTURES!



**I hope to update this post tomorrow with pics in the sun, if it comes out.**

***SAME DAY UPDATE - WOOHOO!***
Good news, everyone! The sun came out (while it was raining), and gave me a nice double rainbow and some awesome sun for the pictures, although it still didn't change the Del Sol very much. Ah, well. Here are the pics in the sun!


Much better in the sun! 


Looks a bit like galaxy nails, eh? Or my background!


The rainbow is above my index finger, to the right of my middle finger! It was so big and beautiful while I was driving around, but I didn't get a good picture of it once I got home. Still awesome though!


It was still sprinkling when I took these. See the rainwater on my ring finger?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color - Red-y Response

Greetings, lacqueristas! Today I'm showing you Sally Hansen - Red-y Response that I received from Influenster for review!


Red-y Response is a beautiful red-toned purple magnetic polish from Sally Hansen's Magnetic Nail Color series. The cap with the magnet is removable, which was very useful when I was putting this on. It has a wavy pattern like the cap shows. And this magnet is clearly strong enough to make the pattern show up! I'll have to use it on my magnetic Nabi to see if the magnet was the problem with that polish.


And a little bit of product information for you!

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color
NEW! Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color is summer's hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 3-D nail art effect in just seconds. This unique formula has been specially developed with magnetic particles - just hold the built-in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail. Seal with a topcoat for extra shine! Learn more at www.sallyhansen.com

Easy Steps
STEP 1
Shake and Apply 2 coats
STEP 2 
Hold Magnet for 10 seconds over wet nail polish
Instant Attraction!
Let dry and seal with a top coat for extra shine

Where to Buy: Available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally. Suggested retail price: $9.99.


Because my nails are pretty curved, the magnetic pattern doesn't appear on my entire nail, but I think it's totally fine because of the awesome effect it has on most of the nail. I seriously could not look away from this polish! Both the color and the pattern are lovely!


I really loved this color. If you know me, then you know purple is my favorite color. However, I've always liked blue-toned purples more than red-toned ones like this one, but I think Red-y Response has changed my mind. The wine color of this polish looks amazing with my skin tone! And now I am even more in love with my favorite color because of my new-found appreciation of it! Yay purples!

Disclaimer: I received this product complimentary to test and review through the Influenster VoxBox program.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Penguin Makeup Challenge - Black and White

Hey lacqueristas! Today's post is something a little different from the regular nail polish posts I do. PENGUINS! I saw this challenge on Glitter Obsession called the Penguin Makeup Challenge that sounded fun.



What I discovered from the very first post is that I have really crappy lighting conditions for photographing makeup. That or I really need to play with my camera settings, but as far as I played tonight, I didn't really get anything better than this. The bathroom lighting just makes all of my pictures have a reddish hue to them and using flash washes everything out. Bah.

I altered the pictures below so they would at least look decent. (I don't alter my nail pictures aside from cropping them.)



Makeup used for this look:
Jordana - Perfect Team black and white shadows
Wet n Wild - Spoiled Brat black shadow
Markwins - unnamed cream shadow (came in a large makeup pack, only labeled Markwins on back)
Kiss Luxury Eye Liner - Classic Black
Kiss i-ENVY mascara - Very Black


I was inspired for this look by the Illamasqua SOPHIE-I technique that they have on their site.


This is definitely not something I would wear for going out all the time unless I got used to the really dramatic eye looks. Because I wear glasses, I generally just swipe a single color on my lids and use mascara and eye liner for any makeup I'm doing. But this was definitely fun to do - as you may know from some of my older posts, I took a theater makeup class while I was in college and really enjoyed it. This was a nice little throwback for me doing something really dramatic.

Also, my eyebrows look crazy. They're one of the things I wish that I could change most about my face. I'm just not that good at shaping them myself. :/

I hope you enjoyed this little experiment in makeup!

And here are the other ladies' makeup looks for today!






Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baconesque

Hello lacqueristas! I've got a quick post today of a mani I did a couple weeks ago. o.O


Bacon mints! Om nom nom! They really do taste like bacon!
Don't kill me Redditors - but who really wants their breath to smell like bacon all the time?
Blasphemy, I know.

Nail Polish Breakdown:
1 coat Orly Bonder rubberized basecoat
2 coats Revlon - Saucy
3 coats Nabi Magnetic - Cappucino (ring finger)
1 coat Poshe fast-drying topcoat

Unfortunately, something was wrong with either the Nabi magnet or the polish because it didn't do what it was supposed to AT ALL. Magnetic polish FAIL. I'm going to eventually try it again with my Sally Hansen magnet, because I've heard that the Nabi ones can be weaksauce. Nabi - Cappucino did have a very pretty color overall, a nice copper with a good bit of gold shimmer. It would have been fine with two coats, but I tried a third when the magnet didn't work on the second coat.


Revlon - Saucy was exactly like the name implies - very saucy! It is a wonderful red packed with shimmer. I couldn't stop staring at Saucy when I was in the sun; it just lights up!



Sparkly Cappucino!


And look at that sparkle in Saucy! Yum!

I hope you enjoyed these two lovely colors, even though the magnetic aspect of Cappucino didn't want to cooperate! Don't crisp up like a piece of bacon outside on this hot summer day!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Influenster Summer Beauty VoxBox

Hey guys! I've got my Influenster Summer Beauty VoxBox to show you!!! I'm not going to be doing an in-depth review right now, but I will update this post as I continue trying these out!


Sadly, I don't have any pictures of Icarus investigating my box today - he sure was interested when I opened it though!


Product details!



The Sally Hansen products I received! These were what I was most excited about with this box. The color of the magnetic polish is Red-y Response, and I am in love with it! I'll have a post up soon with it!


Yay shampoo and conditioner samples! I love treating my hair!


And more sunscreen? Perfect for summer!


Lady products - teehee! Not gonna go into detail on these, but if you want to hear more about Shark Week, just visit TrollXChromosomes on Reddit! Funny stuff!


And the pretty bag it came with!


Banana Nut Bread bars from Quaker! This was soooo tasty - banana nut bread is one of my favorites!

I hope you enjoyed looking at the goodies! I love receiving these samples to review!

Disclaimer: I received each of these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster and these are my 100% honest reviews.