The Lacquer Ring – Spoooookkyyyyy

Whoa, you are not reading this wrong, I am really posting from the blog! Blog posts take time and I just didn’t have any.. lol I was keeping up with my posts on my instagram account to make sure you are following that @maes.beauty Β also on facebook at MaesBeauty page.

In any event, today TLR has some spooky looks for you for Halloween! Halloween is my FAVORITE holiday. I realized that this year I only did two Halloween looks…. two… and one of them I didn’t even picture. That’s sad. Β So instead I will show you some of my favorite looks from prior Halloweens as it is Throw Back Thursday too after all.

These were our TLR ‘Inspired by Frosso’ last year Halloween, one of my favorites.

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These were my vampire bite nails, still today one my favorites

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And last but certainly not least one of my other favorites, my werewolf nails

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This Throwback Thursday reviewing some of my old Halloween and regular manis reminds me of how much I have learned from my nail girls, and other bloggers. There are so many tips and tricks to nail art, to clean up, or just regular doing your nails that I didn’t know when I first started out.. Some of my pics were terrible… lol

Well, without further adieu, here are this years Spooky nails. I used OPI’s My Private Jet and stamped using Darling Diva Black Diamond

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As most of you may or may not know, I love The Nightmare Before Christmas! This year MoYou came out with what they call a ‘Gothic Collection’ Plate that is mostly NMBC that I got. I used it for this look, heres a picture of the awesome plate

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Make sure you check out the other Spooky TLR looks!

Next up will be my review of the YoUnique 3-D lashes! Ever tried them before? Well they have changed their formula and made it much easier to use and it still makes your lashes look amazing!

Also check out the other HPB link up Halloween nails!

The Lacquer Ring – Turquoise shimmer

Hello to anyone that reads this anymore… lol I am sorry.. I suck I only barely post twice a month it’s bad, but my life is hectic, not that anyone else’s isn’t… trust me I know.

To fill you all in as I think I sort of touched on, my husband’s brother(my brother-in-law), his fiancΓ© (my future sister-in-law), and their two children moved back to NJ from AZ and are living with us for a while until they get on their feet. I took off a couple of days from work to help them move in and things are going well I think we got our schedule going with everyone in the house now… oh and did I mention in case you don’t know we also have 3 horses… not really horses lol but three large dogs πŸ˜‰ lol. So with preparing for them to come and getting settled and all it’s been hard for me to paint, or blog but I am trying to come back πŸ˜‰ I love my blog I love painting my nails it’s so relaxing as most of you know, it’s just finding the time which I am going to make sure that I do πŸ™‚ Plus Ashley and I were doing our nails together a couple of times already so I’m getting her hooked hehe

#TheLacquerRing is also trying to come up with another segment twice a month like this for anyone that wants to collab like Stamping Saturdays for untrieds and such so keep an eye out for that πŸ˜‰

 

 

Before I begin with the actual TLR post for this week, I want to first welcome our two newest exclusive members! Rei and Shelby Lou! Welcome Ladies to The Lacquer Ring!!

For this post, it was turquoise shimmer, I have always really wanted to try the turquoise gem nails, so why not… UGG! So for those of you that have tried it and did well, you suck. Those of you that don’t know I will explain… So it’s sort of like water marbling.

  • You paint your nails the base coat in this case mine was China Glaze’s Too Yacht to Handle.
  • Once dry, you can stamp a gold and/or a white a little bit as most turquoise has those hints. I used OPI’s Love.Angel.Music.Baby and China Glaze’s Dandy Lyin’ Around.
  • Again once dry you drip a couple of drops or only one of black into water I usedIllamasqua’sBoosh. Once it separates and is a big circle, again like water marbling but without the bullseye you lightly spray hairspray or alcohol on to it.
    • From there the black will separate and make a watermarbly or a turquoise design.
      • You dip one finger at a time in the water (unless you’re pro- I’m totally not) and while under take a pin or a toothpick and swirl it around in the top layer of the water to get the excess polish at the surface
  • Oh and before I forget in case you didn’t already knowing from water marbling TAPE, TAPE, TAPE, or latex. Just like water marbling this is MESSY, MESSY!
  • Once done you can sponge a little bit of the goldish and/or white again if you’d like
  • Top Coat and done (Oh and since this was turquoise shimmer I also did a coat of Enchanted Polish’s Ice Castle overtop for some extra shimmer)

With that being said I don’t know what I expected for my ‘first time’ but it wasn’t this… lol I like how it came out but it’s not as turquoise gem as I’d hope.

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So what do you think of this? Have you tried this look and how did you make out?

Don’t forget to check out all the other girls posts for TLR and make sure you welcome our newest members! πŸ˜‰

The Lacquer Ring – Tokidoki Unicorn

So as you have noticed the pattern we usually post TLR on Thursdays bi-weekly. Well this prompt we were all turds and super busy that we have all posted scattered rather than together like the intention of TLR. In any event this prompt was picked by Lesley @Misfitlesley inspired by the Tokidoki Unicorns that Frosso sent us last year. They came in these cute little boxes that you get a random one and surprisingly enough we all got different ones! Too stinkin cute!

My unicorns name is Dolce and I love him. I used OPI’s Going My Way or Norway? Then I hand painted on an angle Julep’s Carrie. For the sprinkles I hand painted on Opi’s Hey Baby and Cirque’s Tavern on the Teal. I painted the unicorn horn on my index finger using a nail art white. Finally I had a stamp of a small heart and I used Illamasqua’s Boosh and I hand painted the crossbones below it.

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Isn’t Dolce too stinkin cute!

Make sure you check out all of the other Unicorns everyone got and their take on their little friends nails πŸ˜‰

The Lacquer Ring Turns 1 – Baby Blue

Can you believe it! We have been doing The Lacquer Ring for one year already! Our very first post was our special polish Nicole got for us collab with Unicorn Bubbles. From there, we took off with each of us picking a color collab and a nail art theme collab.

This month’s pick was Lesley and she chose baby blue. My nails are atrocious right now! My brother in law and future sister in law and their two kids and possibly dog are all moving in for a while in less than two weeks now. I have been cleaning and organizing to make room for them. To say the least my hands and nails have taken a beating 😦

Luckly! I already had this gem (along with many others 😦 ) in my folder to post so it worked out perfect. This is Delush Polish’s Springing in the Rain. It’s a sky blue crelly filled with sprinkles of white and fuchsia glitters that remind you sunny days are ahead! (taken from Delush’s website)

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So what do you think? I find it funny only because to me this is such a spring color and we are having nothing of the sort here on the East Coast. Today will be going up to 90, that’s not normal for our Spring.. smh How is the weather in your parts of the world? And how are you feeling this springy blue?

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TLR gang’s looks. Oh and I almost forgot, we are cooking up some surprises for you this year in our upcoming TLR year, keep an eye out πŸ˜‰

The Lacquer Ring – Bikini Bottoms

A while back one of our TLR members went through quite a health scare. We were all so ecstatic when she got the clean bill of health we wanted to commemorate the occasion with what else, matching manis. Amy found the most gorgeous, vibrant, lively color she could and got one for all of us to share. We are finally here with it for you today.

TLR gives you, ILNP’s Bikini Bottoms!

You would not know it from us East Coaster polishes, but this is a gorgeous magenta holo. The reason I call us East Coasters out is it’s been raining for almost a week here and I at least couldn’t get a good shot of this holo goodness no matter what I tried 😦

ILNP describes this as: A ‘definite in-your-face (color) and “pops” like nothing else! Perfect for summer! Bottoms is a wonderfully vivid magenta pink holographic polish with a delicious blue hue that is sure to please!’ We agree that’s why this was the perfect choice for a joined celebration!

IMG_7436Of course I did a little accent using bikini bottoms along with some other summer staples using Jessica’s Strawberry Shake-It! See what I did there, very fitting in more ways than one to this mani πŸ˜‰

IMG_7435Here you can kind of see the holo

IMG_7437Tried to get more lighting, it’s more of this darker magenta color than it appears in the first two pics.

Well hopefully the other girls have better pics for you as the shitty East Coast weather dampered my pics 😦

The Lacquer Ring – (WD) Negative Space Mani

It’s that time again and as you know it was Nicole’s pick this month. For our TLR collab for nail art she chose negative space nails.

For my fellow Walking Dead-ers this week is the season finale so I really wanted to use Dollish Polish’s Walker bait polish. I paired it with Ulta’s Concrete Evidence and some blood using China Glaze’s Adventure Red-y. If you watch the Walking Dead you will notice the two W’s I have on my nails you all know what that’s for … well we don’t know yet, but it’s a part of the current story line. For those of you that don’t it could just be for Walking dead πŸ˜‰ lol

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IMG_7415Well there you have it, There are my (Walking Dead) Negative Space nails

Any other Walkind Dead-ers out there? πŸ™‚

Don’t forget to check out my fellow Lacquer Ringers manis here

The Lacquer Ring – Green

It’s TLR time again, Nicole’s up this month with her choice and she chose Green, very fitting for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day!

I intended this to be much different than it turned out.. it’s not terrible or a fail just not the look I was going for. :/Β  I did Cirque’s Erda and topped it with ILNP’s Flakies (whattttt? again!! i know) Supernova.

So Supernova has Blue, Green, and Purple flakies. On my swatch stick, yes I swatch each color.. It looked mostly green with a little bit of purple. So before I move on let me explain about my swatches because there seems to be some buzz in some of the groups I’m in on FB. Anyway… I have these swatch plates below, and every time I get a new color, before it goes away I paint it and put the name of the polish. All of my polishes are sorted by color, not by shade, lol just all greens together, etc. I also put how many coats it took to get that so that I know if it took 3 coats, it’s not a good stamping polish. Some people think this is a waste, some people think that you can just look at the bottle.. but Erda is a perfect example of why that doesn’t work… For me Erda looks much darker in the bottle. Now I know by looking at my swatches… Just sayin πŸ˜‰ lol

Nail-polish-font-b-swatches-b-font-display-boards-chuck-nail-polish-color-card-display-panelAnyway back to the mani.. so on the swatch plate Supernova looked more green on it’s on, I guess paired with the green it took on the other colors, which is fine just not what I’d hoped for is all.

IMG_7388So in this angle you see mostly the purple flakes, but at the tips and in the middle of my pinky, and the left side of my index you can really see the green, it’s more subtle because the green matches Erda, but that’s more of what I was looking for here. Either way I think it came out good, It’s just not as St. Patty’s Day as I wanted.

Here’s some more angles

IMG_7384See it’s a more even mixed of both the green and the purple on this one.

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So what do you think, are you sick of me doing flakies yet? I just can’t help myself! AND she just came out with holo ones, I am trying very hard to not give in… lol

What’s your favorite green polish?

Here are the other girls green manis