Sunday, July 21, 2013

Liquid Lacquer Pink Elephant

Alright, so here we are with the 4th and final Liquid Lacquer polish from the blogger package.  This glitter topper is called Pink Elephant.  I have two combos to show.  These swatches have been sitting on my laptop for a while.  I wore a few other polishes in between and I also had a few breaks, hence the longer silver nails and shorter blue ones.  I went back and forth on whether to re-swatch these because of that, but finally decided just to go for it as is because I've put off this post long enough, over thinking it.  And I don't think any of you will mind.  First up is one coat of Pink Elephant over Zoya Trixie.

Pink Elephant is a clear base with different sized hexes and squares in neon pink, black, white and grey.  It does remind me a bit of DIFFERENTdimension Another Brick in the Wall, which I reviewed last month.  Pink Elephant does not have any holographic micro glitter, which I think I prefer that it doesn't.  And I love, absolutely love the grey matte glitter in Pink Elephant.  Both are great glitter toppers but I think I would give a slight edge to Pink Elephant just based on my personal preferences.

I have to say, I'm a little bummed about the way this photographed.  I tried a few times but I could not capture how cool Pink Elephant truly looked over Trixie.  The grey matte glitter especially looked really great against the metallic silver background.  The second combo I have to show you is one coat of Pink Elephant over OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui.  I loved this glitter over a cream base as well.

Check out Pink Elephant and a ton of other great polishes on the Liquid Lacquer shop page.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

July 4th - Stars and Stripes!

Happy 4th of July!  I had some more elaborate plans in my head, combining stamping and striping and gradients and um, ya...just a mishmash of everything really.  But I usually like to try to pull off more complicated nail art on the weekends, since I have more time in case I screw something up (which is pretty much bound to happen at least once if not on several attempts).  I didn't get a chance to do my July 4th manicure until Tuesday though, so I decided to keep it simple this year and stick with just stamping.  And I'm glad I did because I think it turned out to be my favorite July 4th manicure ever.

I started out with 3 coats of China Glaze White On White.  The stamp designs are both from
Winstonia plate W107.  I stamped using Konad Special Polishes in blue and in red, then top coated with Seche Vite.  I stamped the blue stars design on my thumb as well, but earlier in the week I somehow managed to snap off the entire free edge of the nail...whomp, whomp.  The nail is so short that my thumb now basically bares a striking resemblance to my big toe.  So ya...I'll spare you from having to see that!

Happy Independence Day!  Have a safe July 4th!!!

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Rain Song - Stamped

I do still have one last Liquid Lacquer polish to show you, as promised, but before I get to that I just wanted to show some stamping I did over The Rain Song a few weeks ago before taking it off.

It's been a little while since I've done any stamping and this one was actually inspired by a similar mani done with nail decals.  Fellow blogger Stephanie from A Little Polish used The Rain Song as a background for some 3D decals from Born Pretty Store.  Once I saw it, I had the look stuck in my head for weeks.  I loved the way the white and yellow looked against the teal in her photos.  I also had just purchased the Pueen stamping plates set and thought that the image on plate 19 would be perfect for creating a look similar to the Born Pretty decals.  I stamped using Konad Special Polish in white and then, using dotting tools, I added the yellow dots using Zoya Pippa.

I really loved wearing this mani.  I loved it so much that I hardly even minded the little smudge and streaking on my middle finger.  I had a bridal shower to attend that weekend and it turned out to be a perfect look for the event.  


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