Thursday, February 27, 2014

ALIQUID Lacquer Stop and Smell the Orchids

Hey guys!  I've got another lovely (and difficult to photograph) polish from ALIQUID Lacquer to show you today!

Stop and Smell the Orchids is a purple (red-toned) crelly filled with white and metallic purple glitters, pink microglitter, and tiny purple, blue, and white flakes.  The formula was great and dry time was average.  2-3 coats are needed to reach full opacity, or it can be used as a topper.  Purple polishes can be very hard to photograph, and the blogger photos I've seen of this one are all quite different from each other.  If you can't decide how you feel about it and you're having trouble figuring out the color, I say just take a leap of faith and buy it anyway!  It's a lovely polish!

Indoors, with flash.  I believe this photo is more color-accurate than the others in this post.

Indoors, by a window

Outdoors on a cloudy day

ALIQUID Lacquer polishes cost $9 for 15mL or $4 for 5mL and can be purchased from the brand's Etsy shop.  Be sure to Like the brand's Facebook page and follow the owner's blog to stay up-to-date on the latest colors from this new indie!

Product purchased by me

Thursday, February 20, 2014

ALIQUID Lacquer: A Pun On Teal

Hi everyone!  Are those of you in cold parts of the world holding up okay?  I normally don't mind winter, but after all these highly inconvenient snowstorms, I'm really looking forward to spring!  Beautiful, brightly-colored polishes are starting to make an appearance, and this colorful offering from ALIQUID Lacquer is not to be missed!

A Pun On Teal features matte white, blue, purple, pink, green, and red glitters in a teal crelly base.  This is a very bright, happy, and unique polish!  For the most part, the formula was good, though I occasionally had trouble with the glitters wanting to bunch up together (a quick "smoosh and spread" with the brush fixed them right up).  It reaches full opacity in 2-3 coats.  Dry time was average.

Please note that this polish tends to photograph bluer than it actually is.  The first photo seems to be more color-accurate.

Indoors, in indirect, yellowy sunlight


ALIQUID Lacquer polishes cost $9 for 15mL or $4 for 5mL and can be purchased from the brand's Etsy shop.  Be sure to Like the brand's Facebook page and follow the owner's blog to stay up-to-date on the latest colors from this new indie!

Product purchased by me

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Textured Valentine's Day Nail Art

Hey everyone!  I'm getting this post up a little late because I've been busy, but this nail art is so simple that you can totally do it at the last minute!

(please excuse the poor photo quality, I had to work quickly and it was easier and faster to use my iPod camera)
  1. Create your sticker stencil by punching a sticker with a heart-shaped hole punch.  If you do not have a heart-shaped hole punch, you can try folding your sticker in half (leave the backing on) and cutting half a heart shape along the fold.  This should leave you with a symmetrical heart.  If you do not have stickers, you can try bandages or tape (applying your tape to a piece of waxed paper should work to provide a backing, though I haven't tried this yet).
  2. Paint your accent nail with a light color (I used 3 coats of OPI My Vampire is Buff) and top with a fast-drying top coat like Seche Vite.
  3. Paint the rest of your nails with your textured polish (I used two coats of JulieG Ho Ho Ho).
  4. Wait a while.  Your accent nail needs to be very dry in order to apply and remove the sticker stencil safely.  I waited over an hour.
  5. Use a dotting tool or toothpick to mark the center of your accent nail with a dot of polish.  My nail was dry enough but ever so slightly dentable, so I just made a little indent.  You could also use a fine-tipped permanent marker to mark the center.  I have photoshopped in a dot for this photo.
  6. Using the dot as your guide, center your sticker stencil on your nail.

  7. Paint your textured polish over your stencil and carefully remove the stencil immediately.
  8. Enjoy your easy Valentine's Day nail art!

All products purchased by me

Friday, February 7, 2014

Ruby White Tips: Jane's Lemming and Here Piggy Pig Pig (plus a coupon code!)

Hey folks!  I've got a new-to-me brand to show you today!  Apparently, I was in the mood for blue stuff when I picked out my first Ruby White Tips polishes.  I also managed to select two colors that are difficult to photograph, but I did my best and included more pictures than I usually do.  If you like these swatches, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post for a coupon code!

Jane's Lemming features a taupey brown base filled with bright blue shimmer.  It's a cool twist on a neutral/natural color!  The shimmer was a bit tricky to photograph, but it shows up nicely in person.  This polish is on the thicker side, but not in a bad way.  It has sort of a unique consistency (like a smooth, flowing jelly) that makes it easy to paint your nails because it stays where you put it and doesn't run down into your cuticles. Dry time was a little on the slow side.

In sun

In sun on a cloudy day

Indirect light by a window

Indoors with flash to show shimmer

Here Piggy Pig Pig is a green-tinged icy blue/purple color shifting polish.  It's a very eerie, ghostly color, which is perfect because it was inspired by the ghost-filled first season of American Horror Story!  The purple shift isn't immediately apparent, but you will catch glimpses of it as you go about your day.  It was very hard to catch this shift in photos, and the only shots I was able to get of it turned out a bit blurry.  It definitely exists, though!  You can layer it (I layered it over black on my ring finger), but I much prefer to use 3 coats of it on its own.  It has the same consistency and formula as Jane's Lemming, so it applied nicely.  Dry time was a little on the slow side.

In sun

In semi-shade/sun

In indirect light by a window

Trying to capture purple shift

The elusive purple shift

Jane's Lemming costs $9 for 15mL and Here Piggy Pig Pig costs $9.75 for 15mL.  Ruby White Tips polishes can be purchased from the brand's Etsy shop.  Be sure to use the coupon code SPARKLING for 10% off you order (valid until March 31, 2014)!  To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Ruby White Tips, be sure to Like the brand's Facebook page and sign up for their newsletter!  

Products purchased by me using a blogger discount. If you use my discount code, it earns me credit towards more polishes.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Short and Sweet Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Hey folks!  I love giving back to you guys during the holidays, so I decided to join the Short and Sweet Valentine's Day Giveaway hosted by Kat Stays Polished!  The day I went shopping also happened to be a day when I was in a complete daze from jaw pain and lack of sleep, so I just sort of grabbed all the cute pinks that caught my eye and unintentionally selected polishes with somewhat sexy names, haha.  I guess it fits the theme and all, but still...whoops!  Good luck, and I hope you all have a great Valentine's day!

This is a US-only giveaway.  Sorry, international readers! Now open to international entrants!

Finger Paints Monochromatic Mayhem, China Glaze Sexy Silhouette, China Glaze Naked, China Glaze Temptation Carnation, Finger Paints He-Art Auction
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