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 ūüėČ

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!

Independence Day water marbles!!

Happy 4th!

So I attempted water marbling again. This time it was no less messy! LOL My sister who is literally good at everything she tries even the first time is just perfection… well she found a tutorial on Pinterest and sent this to me last week. Once I told her how much of a mess and how uncoordinated I felt doing this last time, she proceeds to tell me, oh it’s easy. Ha.. well…. I tried it again last night and although the tutorial was very helpful and it did work I am still uncoordinated and very clumsy so I still made a mess!

The first step which is very important to water marbling is to make sure that your water is room temperature. When I tried this before I just used tap water¬†‘at room temperature’ this time per the tutorials suggestion, I used a water bottle that had been sitting out. This tip definitely made a difference.

I had all of my bottles ready to go and open, but part of my first issue and frustration is the blue and white I wanted to use, are almost empty! ūüė¶ so this definitely made it difficult and things didn’t run as smoothly as I wanted.

I taped my fingers up once the white base had dried just as the tutorial had suggested, and started with the next steps of dripping the polish one by one until was a bullseye. Once I had the desired amount of drips and design I put my nail in. Another trick is to wiggle your pin or toothpick on the top of the water to tell once it’s dry. Once it has dried you can scrape it off the top so that once you slowly remove your nail from the water you can’t mess up the design by getting any of the residual at the top of the water on to your nail.

Once I had completed all of the steps and looked at my nails.. the red that I chose overtop my white base was too pink, it wasn’t red enough with just one coat so I was not happy. In the tutorial she had mentioned that some people do double marbles… well now I am intrigued… so I took the same three colors, and added in a shimmery red. I also put a few drops of red before moving on to the next color to brighten it a bit, once I double marbled, it came out darker and more like Red white and blue. It’s a little more abstract and there is a lot of detail going on. I had my girlfriend Gina bring in her Macro camera and lens in to work to help me take better pictures. LOL

Here is my final look

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I used Nubar’s Lustful Red, Essie’s Aruba Blue, Ulta’s Snow White, and Avon’s Super Nova.

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For the stamp nail I did two coats of Ulta’s Snow White, and used my MoYou¬†stamp. I dropped the blue¬†on one¬†firework, overlapped it a bit with lustful red on the other firework, and on the third overlapped the two with Super Nova. Once I scraped it, I used the excess on my scraper and went over it a couple of more times to blend the colors more and voila!

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Here is the link to Polish and Pearls, the tutorial that I followed. It can also be found on my Pinterest board.

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All in all, it came out a lot better than I had hoped, I still have some perfecting to do but it ran more smoothly than it did the last time I tried this.. if you can believe that based on what I explained LOL

 

So what do you think, will you try water marbling for the first time, or maybe again using this tutorial? What are your plans this weekend? Hopefully not getting stormed in like us here on the East Coast!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, if you haven’t already, ends July 16th 11A EST.

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Stamping Saturday – Memorial Day

I know.. I know.. I am very late in posting my SS look this week! :/ As I mentioned in my other post my sister is visiting, and today she came over to help me garden. I went to Lowes and got some edging rocks to match what I already have out front and some bags of dirt… well my Stepdad went with me and they dropped a brick on his truck and scratched it and¬†I felt Terrible!!! ūüė¶ My sister¬†and I planted the butterfly bush and lilac bush I picked up last weekend! I love it ūüôā I’ve also been pretty sick the last couple of weeks so I apologize for the lack of posts recently¬†. :/

 

Although Memorial Day is so much more than just the un-official start to Summer, I did some festive nails for the occasion. I painted two coats of Nina Ulta Pro’s Cobalt and then Darling Diva’s Home of the Brave. I then stamped Ulta’s Snow White using my¬†Red Angel stamp¬†RA319.

This glitter topper is so special and I saved it just for this occasion! This is one of Darling Diva’s ‘Cause’ polishes. 100% of the proceeds from this purchase goes to the DAV in her fathers honor as he is a¬†Vietnam Veteran. I absolutely love this topper and love how special it is to her, which makes it special to me. I think I’ve mentioned this before, but my husband was in the Army and he went to Iraq twice.¬†I am also involved in my local American Legion where we give back to the community and give back to our Veteran and Active Duty families, those serving overseas, Homeless Veterans, Disabled Veterans, etc. like this. The polish is $10.00 and can be found here¬†

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So while you are having your BBQ’s this weekend and celebrating the un-official start to summer, please take the time to remember those who have died for our Freedom. Happy Memorial Day everyone.

Don’t forget to check out the other girls Stamping Saturdays

Stamping Saturdays – Dandelion

Today is Armed Forces Day and my local supermarket honored our local Veterans and my husband was one of them! They had a list of the Veterans and they picked 5 and he was chosen. It was such a nice day, they had a little ceremony, they gave all of the Veterans flowers, a fruit basket, a bank gift card, a letter from the Governor, and a Certificate.  They had a little lunch buffet and presented everyone with their certificates of appreciation. I was so happy that Don got picked and that we were all able to be a part of it.

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Unfortunately, my pinky nail is still hella short but at least its not bloody anymore ūüė¶ My backyard is covered in dandelions! Ava runs through the field with her mouth open and just attacks them, she absolutely loves it! In honor of this gorgeous day I did two coats of OPI’s No Room for the blues, and I stamped Ulta’s Snow White and Red Angels RA-318. The stamp is more of a flower with leaves on the stem so I just used the top part of it and didn’t use the leaves. I then painted the stem using China Glaze’s Liquid Leather as the stem because I didn’t like the way green looked over the blue.

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Since I still hate the length,  you only get one picture! lol

Don’t forget to check out the other girls from The Lacquer Ring’s Stamping Saturdays look

 

 

 

Stamping Saturdays – Pupper Biscuit

So our new pupper¬†is 3 months old now! I can’t even believe it! She is getting so big, so quickly! Needless to say life has been crazy with the three of them now so I have not been on top of my posts like my Featured Color Friday. ūüė¶

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I did this mani when we first got her and thought it would be perfect to go hand in hand with this special post. This is such a special post because it was my two-year Blog Anniversary the other day!!!

This is two coats of Butter London Disco Biscuit and I stamped Ulta Snow White pupper prints on them.

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Disco Biscuit is not only gorgeous but it was a gift from a very dear friend, Theresa!

Don’t forget to check out the other girls Stamping Saturday mani this week!

Fancy Side

Of Life and Lacquer

For the Love of Nail art

I almost forgot! In honor of my Two year Blogiversary I have another giveaway for you!

First Prize is Venique Spotlight minis. Colors included are: Retail Therapy, All the Rage, Uncovered, and Rhinestone Stiletto

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Second Prize is: OPI Gwen Stefani minis set includes, Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Music.Angel.Baby, and 4 in the Morning

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Giveaway Rules:

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NOTD 175 – Frosty the SNOWman

HAPPYYYY BIRTHDAYYYY!!!

Remember the Nail art Challenge I told you I was entering, well this is my first entry. (CLICK HERE TO VOTE)¬†(voting ends Saturday the 30th I believe). ¬†The first week’s theme was ‘snow’ I have a thing for snowmen, a lot of my Christmas decorations are snowmen or snow related. Frosty was always one of my favorite¬†Christmas¬†movies as a kid, who¬†am I kidding, even as an adult… ūüôā so it was only fitting that I find a way to incorporate him in to my theme.

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I painted all of my nails with two coats of Revlon – Blizzard Blue. For my pointer and pinky¬†finger I used a snow flake stamp and stamped Essie – Aruba Blue, Essie – No place like chrome, ILNP – Indie Go, and Ulta – Snow White. For my Frosty nail I used Ulta Snow White, Barry M – Gray for his hat, China Glaze – Liquid Leather¬†for the rim of his hat, and¬†Loreal – Captivating Crimson for his nose. For Frosty’s scarf I used Wet N Wild Spoiled – Designated Driver and Ruffian – Foxhunt, for his flower I used Revlon Blizzard blue and Darling Diva’s Peonie, and for his pipe I used Sally Hansen’s Forbidden Fudge. Lastly for my snowy tree nail, I used Sally Hansen Forbidden Fudge, and Ulta – Snow White.

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So what do you think? This is week one of the Nail Art Challenge that Nail Polish Canada is hosting. Please check out the other contestants and if you like mine the best, please, please vote! (Voting ends this weekend!) CLICK HERE TO VOTE

Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway, **GIVEAWAY CLOSED** Thank you entrants

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NOTD 173 – Crimson Tattoo

So technically I cheated… This was supposed to be Friday’s Featured Color Friday. Instead when I got my 7 ILNP pretties in I couldn’t resist and needed to try them right away and so I am posting this late. The rest of my ILNP pretties will be upcoming. What I am wearing on my nails right this minute will be this weeks Featured Color.

I painted two coats of Jessica’s Crimson Tattoo and stamped a rose design from my PUEEN22 stamp. My ring finger I did the opposite, two coats of Ulta’s Snow white and Crimson stamped rose design. Crimson Tattoo is a deep vampy red color so on the white nail you can see what one coat would look like; although one coat was kind of streaky so it really needs the two coats.

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So, another reason that I was so eager to change this mani on Friday and not keep it on long was that I wasn’t crazy about it ūüė¶ I really love Crimson Tattoo I do, it was something about the color combo or this stamp that I was just not crazy about. (we all have those manis right)

Well what do you think, am I crazy or do you agree with me? 

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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! ūüôā

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. ūüôā

Have a safe and Happy Halloween!

 

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NOTD 153 – Elevation Lace

Hey guys ūüôā I took this polish back a ways to my¬†first Indie polish purchase, “Elevation – Elbrus”.

This polish is a gorgeous purple with a slight blue undertone, it has teeny blue and purple shimmers¬†to it. I painted two coats of this beauty and then painted a corner piece of lace using “Ulta¬†– Snow White” from stamp “OB36”.

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So what do you think of this gorgeous purple and subtle lace mani?

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NOTD 148 – Patriotic Wednesday

Happy Hump Day!

So this week I am not going to do a ‘Featured Color Friday’ Instead, a Patriotic Wednesday because of the way the holiday falls. I will¬†have another post by Saturday most likely. My work is closed on Friday¬†too this¬†year, woohoo!

I started out by painting my nails with two coats of “Ulta¬†– Snow White” and planned on doing a splatter mani using “Essie – Aruba Blue” and “Julep – Glenn” I have only done the splatter once and unfortunately this time it did not work out in my favor. However, fortunately… that it did not as I came up with the idea to use some of my stamps for some more double stamping. I used “Essie’s – No place like chrome” to create the fireworks in the background. I then took ‘Glenn’ and ‘Aruba Blue’ and used pieces of stamps to make the different size stars and place them accordingly.

Here is the final result. (Lots of pictures because¬†I LOVE this mani) ūüėÄ

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Alright guys, that’s it for me today.¬†What do you think of this years Independence Day mani?

What do you have planned for this Holiday weekend?

 

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NOTD 137 – Memorial Day

Memorial Day is an US Federal holiday celebrated every year on the last Monday in May. It is a day to honor and remember the men and women who died that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Some people celebrate this day with barbeques and as the unofficial start to summer, but this day is so much more. My husband was in the Army and he served two tours in Iraq, my brother-in-law is in the Marines, and my brother is joining the Army. I am so proud of them and our men and women that serve. Today I will honor all of the fallen.

I am not saying not to enjoy yourselves, not to have a good time, and not to barbecue… just remember why you are able to do it, because all gave some and some gave all to protect this country.

Well guys sorry for all of the seriousness, it’s just important for me to share, not everyone knows and sometimes we forget the importance. In any event, here are my Memorial Day nails. ūüôā

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Poppies are worn to honor those who have lost their lives so I painted a poppy on my index finger.

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I used two coats of “Julep – Glenn” and topped it with “Elevation – Avalanche”. For the poppy I painted two coats of “Ulta – Snow White” then used “Julep – Glenn” to draw the poppy, I outlined it with “Shimmer – Marilyn” and put a black gem in the center.

No matter how you celebrate this Holiday, do it safely. Have a great day today!

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NOTD 123 – Really Winter…

Are you¬†kidding me right now with this crappy¬†NJ weather….. So last week was the first day of Spring, and now today it’s snowing??? Does that make much sense to you? The news this morning said that we should be in the 50’s about now, and It’s snowing… ugg! When I say snowing, I mean it… These snowflakes are huge! and coming down fast!

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So today’s nails are perfect for the occasion, I did a needle dragging Spring mani. It was supposed to be needle dragging since Winter is dragging its feet on its way¬†out, and Spring colors, well because I just simply want it to be here. Now the mani is even more perfect because it just proves my point even more.

The colors I used for this mani¬†were: My Base coat of “OPI – Nail Envy”, the green is “Essie – Turquoise & Caicos”, the blue is “Bikini so Teeny” and then “Ulta – Snow White”

  • After my base coat¬†was fully dry, I painted one¬†strip of polish on each nail.¬†Some nails I did two split colors, and my middle, I did all three. For some thinner colors (the green in this case) needed a second coat before I did the effect.
  • Once dry, I started each nail one by one. I painted a thicker white coat, and quickly beside it a thicker blue coat, while still wet, took my needle and slowly dragged back and forth until desired look was achieved.
  • Follow last step for all nails using which ever colors you chose for each nail.
  • Finally,¬†for the top coat. I used “OPI – Nail Envy” *With this look be sure that your polish is as dry as it can be, I used Seche¬†on one of the nails and ended up redoing it all together as it was still kind of wet and didn’t look right. Unfortunately,¬†once I put the Seche¬†topper on, it made the effect look like it hadn’t happened. ūüė¶ When I re-did, I switched to the OPI toppper and made sure all were pretty dry!

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NOTD 111 – Valentine’s Day Gradient

I have another Valentine’s Day themed mani for you.

I first painted two coats of “Ulta¬†– Snow White”¬† Then I painted a gradient look using “Girls Rock – Pretty Girls Rock” glitter. As a final step, I used “Milani¬†– white nail art” to make¬†a tiny heart on my ring finger as an accent, all topped with “Seche Vite”

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There you have it, another love themed mani ‚̧¬† Happy Sunday!

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NOTE 108 – Featured Color Friday- Mia French

I am not a big fan of neutral polishes, or neutral manis, I like my mani¬†to make a statement, to be bold, that is a way that I can express myself… However! I picked up this gorgeous neutral pinkish, peachish, nude… “Zoya – Mia” I tried it out last week on one finger and it matched my skin tone so well it’s like it was made for me like, “Deborah Lippmann’s – New Flesh” was made for me. ūüôā

Anyways, I tried to do a reverse french and it didn’t¬†turn out the way I’d hoped, so I would say this is more of a tiny half-moon¬†mani¬†with french colors. So, ¬†call it a half-moon, call it a reverse french. Still not overly ecstatic¬†with this mani, but it’s growing on me. It was very hard not to bedazzle it in any way haha!

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So for this look, I painted two coats of “Ulta¬†– Snow white and once COMPLETELY dry, I took french manicure stickers and faced them the ‘half moon’ way. I then painted two very thin coats of “Zoya¬†– Mia” and removed the sticker. (top coat used “Seche Vite”)

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The look I was going for was more with the manicure tip at the bottom but at the top of my nail : kind of like these

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So what would you call this mani and what is your take on more neutral nails?

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