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  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.  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!

Spectral Zombie nubs

Happy_Halloween_by_Akebashi_chanHappy Halloween everyone!

I have two different Halloween manis for you today. One from last week and one that I am wearing with my currently nubly state. 😦  My ring finger nail broke I slammed it on the door and I absolutely hate such different lengths of nails. This happened at work and I was impatient and ripped my nails off rather than cutting, I know, I know SOO bad. so by the time I filed them so they weren’t all jagged they were like soo short 😦 I hate them right now.

First up is Spectral Pup by Dollish Polish. I have been wanting this polish for soooo long and I finally found it! I put it over two coats of Spa Ritual’s HiJinks.

Spectral Pup is an orange and white glitter in a shimmery base that glows in the dark! I totally freaked myself out with this.. I had forgotten about the glow in the dark and one night I was up on my way to the bathroom and my thumb was glowing scared the crap out of me.. SMH. Then I looked on table and saw whole bottle was glowing… oh yea! Duh.

IMG_7153IMG_7150I love how this looks so different overtop so many different polishes. Thats part of what I love so much about glitter toppers. 🙂

Next up is more Dollish Polish, this is Zombie Flesh and Walker Bait.

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I don’t know much about it, but I am wondering if there are two different formulas since she brought Zombie Flesh back. From me looking at swatches most seem to be a more kahki army like olive green and mine is more of a brighter green. It’s a green jelly with black, gold, and green glitter flecks. Took 3 coats to be opaque.

Then Walker Bait is this gorgeous deep rich olive green holo. What more can I say about that, I mean it’s stunning.

I just wish that my nails were not nubs and were longer. I feel that it shows gorgeous polishes so much better that way when they aren’t nubs. Sorry guys They are already getting longer again.

Well there you have it. Here are my Halloween Manis.

What is everyone being for Halloween?

The Lacquer Ring – Inspired by Frosso

This month as you saw in our color inspiration post, we are doing nails inspired by Frosso. She is a very dear friend of ours who is behind the now retired blog Lacquer Me Silly. As sad as we are to see her retire, I’m sure you will see her pop up on Instagram from time to time 😉

How can one choose just ONE look of Frosso’s to be inspired by, I love all of her nails. With Halloween being this week, I decided to do one of her Halloween looks… since Lesley took the look I wanted. LOL Just kidding! She did an amazing job! All of the girls did!

I chose Frosso’s Halloween splatter. This is her look:  She transferred her files to wordpress so you can check out the full article here.

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For this look I painted two coats of OPI’s Can’t Afjord not to. I splattered China Glaze’s Liquid Leather, Ulta’s Snow White, Sinful Colors Happy Ending, and Opi’s Do you have this color in Stock-holm. Not only can this look be messy but depending on your approach it can use a lot of polish so be careful.

I have only done one splatter, and had forgotten just how messy it can be.. wow LOL

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The good thing is that I thought to use OPI’s Glitter off on my fingers so it minimized clean up a lot… however the way I held my hand when I did it, I didn’t think to glitter off my hands too… SMH

This is how it came out though, and I must say I absolutely love it!

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So there you have it. This is my inspired by Fross Halloween splatter. What do you think?

I know I’m late but in case you didn’t already see the other girls posts, check them out now!

NOTD 167 – Happy Halloween

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Well guys, I am back. My life has been extremely hectic the last few months as you might have seen in my last post, but so long as things continue to slowly, slow down I will be posting more often again! 🙂

This Saturday we are having some family members over for a Halloween Party so this week I have been running around with last-minute preparations and cleaning. In my last post you saw my first Halloween nails and today I have two more for you. 

This first look /polish was a gift from my amazing friend Amy over at The Fancy Side, it was my first Cirque ever! I give you ‘Cirque – Sanguine’ I stamped some leafs overtop using ‘Sally Hansen – Forbidden Fudge’

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These are my Halloween nails. I got this awesome Hello Kitty stamping plate a while back and it has so many cute Hello Kittys. I first painted my nails using ‘China Glaze – Liquid Leather’ then stamped Jason/Hello Kitty using ‘Ulta – Snow White’, yes that is right, Hello Kitty in Jason garb, see for yourself!

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Well guys that’s it for today, No Featured Color Friday this week, I will start that back up next week. 🙂

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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HMOTD 9 – Jack and Sally

Happy Halloween everyone!

I’m back! We are safe, thankfully Hurricane Sandy didn’t do too much damage to my area. My work however does not have power so we have been off since Monday. Tomorrow even with no power we are being asked to go in and they have the back up generators, so this should be fun!.. In any event I am disappointed that I didn’t get to do as many Halloween Mani’s as I originally anticipated. Our Halloween party was Saturday just before the storm (pics to come) so I didn’t do my nails all week, I was cleaning and preparing. So finally with having some time off I tried to catch up on about a week and a halfs worth of TV and blogs lol, and today finally got around to my nails ( Due to all of the cleaning, please ignore my nubs, they got destroyed this last week.) 😦

I saved The Nightmare Before Christmas nails for last. I used “China Glaze – Liquid Leather” and white striping tape for Jack’s suit nails, and for Sally’s dress nails, “e.l.f. – pink purple”, “China Glaze – liquid leather” “OPI – Fly”, ” Spoiled Wt N’ Wild – Don’t Be Cheesy”

 

So what do you think of my final Halloween nails? If you are dressing up, what costume did you choose this year?

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HMOTD 8 – Pumpkins

Of course the day I tell you I don’t know when I will be able to get some time, I manage to squeeze an hour or so just before bed last night, lol. That’s a good thing though, I used “OPI – Deutche you want me baby” for the pumpkins overtop “OPI DS – Classic” and the black is “China Glaze – Liquid Leather”, the pumpkin stump was “Urban Decay – Barlust”

Sorry guys, I forgot my camera cord this morning and wanted to get this posted for you, so I took these pics from a friends phone.

So what do you think of my Jack O’ Lantern nails?

I think I should be able to squeeze another 2 possibly three in here so stay tuned 😀

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HMOTD 7 – Skull-tastic

Today was an exhausting day! whew! I got up and left the house by 8 to go to this, basically all day craft show. They have all kinds of crafts, baked goods, etc. Just lots of neat stuff, I usually get some people Christmas presents there. Anyway, I got home around 4, then we went out for drinks and apps for my mom, she is getting married Friday. so needless to say I am very tired so this will be quick! LOL

This was the stamp that I used with “China Glaze – Liquid Leather” I used pieces of the stamp and once on the stamper I wiped off what I didnt want to use and just used the skull heads and the crossbones. For this look I ddn’t want it to be girly since it’s Halloween.

The other two polishes used were “OPI – Did it on em’ ” and then “Sinful Colors – Call ya later” as the gradiant coat.

So what do you think of Skull-tastic ?

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HMOTD 6 – Bitten, A Bloody Manicure @JulepMaven

I have always been fascinated/obsessed (call it what you will) 😀 with all things Vampire for as long as I can remember. I very much enjoy “True Blood”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Twilight”,  etc. but my interest really dates before those. Naturally I had to incorporate Vampires somehow into a Halloween Mani of the Day eventually.

Since I had just done fangs for my Werewolf nails, I wanted to do something different. I googled for some inspiration. All that came up were: blood drips, fangs, or grayish/purple Dracula type vampires. I noticed nothing featured an actual vampire bite, so I became inspired…

I bring you “Bitten”, Bloody Nails!

I made puncture wounds from a vampire’s bite, with the blood dripping down to create a messy pile on the tip that doubles as a french manicure effect!

Polishes used to create this look were: “Julep – Kelly” for base on all nails, 2 coats, a mix of “e.l.f. medium red and dark red” to create the blood, and “China Glaze – Liquid Leather” for the puncture wounds. Tools used were: dotting tool, sponge, and paper plate.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Step 1: Base Coat
  • Step 2: Two coats of “Julep – Kelly”
  • Step 3: Pour a couple of drops of your red on a paper plate, then with your sponge, dab tip or corner in the red and create a sponged circle on all nails
  • Step 4: Pour a drop of the black on your paper plate, or chosen palette, and with your dotting tool create dots in center of sponged circle to create wound
  • Step 5: with your dotting tool re-dip back into the red and create blood drips from wound holes and then on tips. *Remember messy and uneven is good, its blood!
  • Step 6: Top coat (I used Seche Vite)

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HMOTD 5 – Hallowed Croc

I don’t really think that crocodiles are very Halloween, I think that if I came across one in real life I would be scared! lol but this mani was really inspired by Halloween colors and me determined to master this pain in the ass croc crackle!

For this look, I used 1C “Essie – No Place like chrome” as underwear, 1C “Color Club – Lava Lamp” and 1C of “Barry M – Black Croc Crackle” This crackle is a little different from the regular, for one when it crackles it looks like crocodile skin, for another your nails have to be dry to the tough kind of tacky, they can’t be completely dry like regular crackle. For me, and maybe I am doing it wrong but I was having such a hard time, the crackle wasn’t drying right, didn’t look right, etc then Seche Vite when it dried mushed the colors together.. ugh! So I finally gave it another go today with these colors for a Halloween look. I used an “OPI” top coat and once it was dry, Seche Vite for extra protection and the colors didn’t bleed this time.

So I know that most of you are over the crackle-ness but what do you think of this one and this Halloween Mani of the day? 😀

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HMOTD 4 – Witch booties

Today is the fourth Halloween Mani of the Day and it’s witches feets 😀 I used “Ulta – Celebutante” on all nails, topped all but ring finger with “Sinful Colors – Call ya later”. The ring finger accent nail art was done with “China Glaze – Liquid leather”, “OPI – Did it on em'” and “Milani – white”

The second picture of my other hand is kind of blurry but it unfortunately was the best shot I got of that hand… lol plus it’s pretty with the shining of the light on the glitter 🙂

So what do you think of my with booties mani? What do you currently have on your nails?

 

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HMOTD 3 – Werewolves

For this mani, I did werewolf eyes and bloody fangs, and attempted some fur texture.

Colors used were (L-R) “Spoiled by Wet N’ Wild – Designated Driver”, “Avon – Mink Vision”, “China Glaze – Adventure Red-y”, “e.l.f – medium brown”, “Milani – white”, “China Glaze – Liquid Leather”, “Nailtek base coat”, “Seche Vite top coat”

To create this look, after base coat, I did two coats of “Avon Mink Vision” on all nails but middle finger, which was two coats of “Liquid Leather”. On the brown based nails I took a few style brushes and dipped it in the white and the medium brown and just did different brush strokes to make the appearance of fur. The middle finger, I hand painted his mouth using  the white and the blood was the “Adventure Red-y”. My pointer and ring fingers, I made the base of the eye with “Liquid Leather” then made the center with “Designated Driver” and the black overtop again. All fingers topped with Seche Vite.

This last picture was with a flame overlay thought it made it look kind of cool

So what do you think of my werewolf nails?

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HMOTD 2 – Jack-O-Lantern

Some of you may be sad to not see actual Jack O’ Lanterns today, but for my fellow glitter lovers, you will be excited 😀 and who knows..  maybe some Punkin’ faces are soon to come 😀

I painted two coats of “China Glaze – Liquid Leather” let dry for a very long time then put my binder stickers in place. I painted one coat of “Essie – Penny Talk” (that is really all you need) and let it dry a little, then one coat of “Hit Polish – Jack-O-Lantern”. The first nail I did, the copper dried so quickly, as most of the metallics do, that it started to peel the polish off while I pulled the sticker, off even with me being gentle. Ugh~! The next nails I had to paint the copper first, immediately take off the sticker, and by hand paint the glitter on top and be sure to not go over the black 😦 Still wasn’t too bad. I love the pop of metallic under the glitter and overtop of the shiny black.

Here is the look 😀

Some of the glitter flakes are a little larger so you really can see it well in the other pictures, but I took two other pictures of it up close still:

So what do you think of this gorgeous glitter?

**Stay tuned later today I have an amazing wreath to show you that my bestest friend Gina made for me, Hint: it’s Halloween Town themed 😀

 

 

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HMOTD – 1 Spiderwebs

OCTOBER IS HERE!! woohoo! Today is the first day of October, there are 30 days to Halloween, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month( I will be wearing my pink ribbon pin every day and pink every friday!), it’s Pumpkin Spice coffee time. ❤

Today is the first edition of the Halloween Mani’s of the Day (HMOTD) (I will try to do every 2-3 days sometimes sooner depending on my schedule) 😀 This is “Liquid Leather by China Glaze” topped with one coat of “Sinful Colors – Call you later” I used “Essie – No place like chrome” for the spiderweb stamp and then added a black gem to represent a spider 😀

So I like this mani much better, I wasn’t sure about putting black on so soon, I mean I know it’s fall just felt like it’s not really color out yet, I feel that black is a deep fall winter color. I usually don’t mind too much with that, If I feel like wearing the color, I will but something just felt weird about putting on black, are you guys like that with some colors, or am I just crazy?! lol Anyway I really liked how the green sparkle kind of made the black appear as a deep green sparkle color. I have said it before and I will say it again, I absolutely love the “Essie Chrome collection” as stamping polishes! No doubt.

*Side note rant* I cannot find the e.l.f. Disney Villians collection! It says Limited Edition Walgreen’s only collection, guess what, I did a search on eyeslipsface.com and none of my Walgreen’s in my state are selling it! Poo!!

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NOTD 74 – Slumber Party

Last night as I am doing my nails, my husband informed me, or reminded me that I haven’t done any nail art lately, whether it be free hand or stamps. During the 31 day challenge I did a lot more art than I have lately and I think it’s just that I have been on such an effect kick. An effect kick as in, glitters and color changing nail polish; Nail polish that has an effect that doesn’t need nail art. For those of you that are fans of my art, whether it be my free hand (which is not that great, lol) or my stamping, I promise that for the Halloween Mani month I will be bringing back some more nail art.

With that being said, I painted my nails last night with “Zoya – Charisma” 2C, and “Milani – White” 2C as an accent and topped it off with “Lush Lacquer’s – Slumber Party” 1C. This is a gorgeous multi shaped glitter topper in black, white, pink, purple, and blue. Just as “Salt n Pepa” the formula was amazing and so easy to work with and just simply fabulous!

And lastly, here is a close up of the white and purple so you can really see how different the topper looks on different colors. Obviously with the white you lose the white flicks but still looks really pretty.

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