Friday, September 5, 2014

Football Friday: EWU Edition

After eeking out a win last week against Hawaii, the Dawgs open up play at home and will hopefully have a better outing (fingers crossed, otherwise it will be a long, grim football season). The weather is supposed to be beautiful and in the low 80's and nothing says September like a crisp breeze, sunshine and football! We're playing a lower division state school this week, but make no mistake, this is no cupcake game!

This week I decided to pull out another of my Ozotic polishes, Ozotic 624. This has a similar base to Ozotic 513, but instead of linear holographic this has a more scattered holographic finish. This polish has also been discontinued, but the piCture pOlish brand has been bringing back some of these polishes, reformulated and renamed-- so this one might make a second appearance in the future! Here I used three coats and no top coat.

Artificial light - flash:

Natural light - sun:

I couldn't let this polish languish any longer, especially since the weather is supposed to be so nice! I actually love the scattered holographic finish and the glow it gives this polish.

Go Dawgs! Beat the Eagles! 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sally Hansen CSM A New Hue

Today I have one of the polishes from Sally Hansen's summer collection; these are limited edition so this has probably already come and gone from a drugstore or Ulta near you! Sorry about that! A New Hue, while being a misnomer because there's nothing "new" about this hue, is a gorgeous, appropriate for summer red-orange coral. I'm a sucker for these colors, big time. Everytime I see one in a display, it's like discovering nail polish for the first time! I immediately think "I.MUST.HAVE.THIS!!" and plunk down my money and run away with my pretty new polish. Not even kidding. There's something about this color that just screams summer to me and every summer I must have a new bottle of this color. It's a personal weakness.

Anyhoo... A New Hue was super easy to work with-- good formula, easy to apply. No issues there. I am terrible about taking notes these days so my best guess is that I have two coats on here, probably with a top coat. With polishes like these, there always seems to be a hint of visible nail line, but it's nothing too annoying.

A New Hue isn't groundbreaking or reinventing the colorwheel in any way, but it's a good summer staple and a polish that's hard to go wrong with. I ended up giving this one to my mom because she was looking for a new color and I have plenty of polish as is. And as Labor Day typically marks the "end" of summer (I'm not ready!), I hope you enjoyed A New Hue as a last little piece of summer!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Football Friday: Aloha Edition

This week marks the start of another college football season! The Huskies play their first game this weekend against Hawaii, in Oahu. Believe me, I wish I was there. I wish so so badly that I was in Hawaii. But with two small children and no spare money, it's a pipe dream. But man, it would be soooooooooo nice. Beaches, palm trees, tropical drinks-- sounds like heaven. Actually it would be heaven whether or not we had children, but most especially now that we do. Another time, I guess. Some day!

I can't promise regular Football Friday posts, but I'll try. Really what I'm doing right now is going through my swatched polishes that haven't made it onto the blog yet. So tonight I have the now defunct Ozotic 513. This is a gorgeous medium purple polish with a strong linear holographic finish. So pretty! This would look very pretty if I was actually lying in the Hawaiian sunshine, but it still looks gorgeous here too! Shame on me for letting this linger in a drawer for ages-- what a crime!

Artificial light - flash:

Natural light - sun:

So pretty! Doesn't this deserve to soak up some Hawaiian sunshine?

If you're into football, I hope you enjoy the first week of the season!

Go Dawgs! Beat the Warriors!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

4th of July mani!

I'm not dead! It's hard to convey how much I want to be blogging right now, but just can not spare a lot of (or any) time for my blog. I'm not quitting, but am trying to figure out how I can blog with more frequency. So sorry for my long absences-- I am still around! You can follow me on twitter (@lacquerland) or on Instagram (catray); I am fairly active on both of those social media outlets, though it's not always polish related.

I wanted to do a manicure to celebrate the 4th of July because, let's face it, I don't have much time to do creative manicures these days. So I actually did some nail art! It took two days, but I did it! I was tossing around some ideas and finally settled one what you will see below. I used Cult Nails Tempest as my white base on four nails and Colors by Llarowe Rubies & Rednecks on my ring finger as an accent (who knows when I will review this polish-- it's awesome!). Then I taped off the top of my nail and used OPI Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! on the bottom half. Pretty easy, but it did take two nights because I wanted the white base to dry so I didn't have to worry about ruining it when I applied the tape. 

This manicure also has a nautical feel to it, but that seems to fit with the 4th of July. I'm just happy I was able to come up with a themed manicure and I think it turned out pretty well! Hope everyone has a happy 4th!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Zoya Rebel

Man, I haven't posted about a Zoya polish in for-ev-er! Craziness. Zoya Rebel is a polish from Zoya's spring collection, Awaken. They had a St. Patrick's Day sale were you could get a free green polish with the order of any two other polishes from the site, so I used it as an opportunity to get all the shimmers from the Awaken collection, which were the only only polishes in the collection I was really interested in. I know everyone has seen these swatches by now, sorry! They were sitting on my shelf for a bit, but I had a craving to wear a blue polish and so I grabbed Rebel. Zoya describes this as a "full coverage blue sky metallic with a silver shimmer." The only quibble I have is that Zoya rates this as a 5 (out of 5) on their opacity scale, which to my mind means it should be a one coat polish. I used two coats here (at least, I'm pretty sure... again, no notes) and two coats gave good coverage. You could use a third coat to really make the color pop and I seem to recall that I wish I had used a third coat because I had some thin spots on my nails-- just something to keep in mind!

In any case, I think this is a lovely polish and nicely bridges the winter/spring divide. The blue is a bit bright, but the silver shimmer gives it a slight iciness that is evocative of winter. Very pretty! 

Artificial light (flash):

One thing I do remember about this was that I had major shrinkage the day after applying this!! I use the Essie Good to Go top coat and typically do not have any problems with it, but for some reason, combined with Rebel, the polish shrank! Honestly, this is the first time I've had this problem. Very strange-- I'm not sure if anyone else has had this problem with this particular polish, but for whatever reason I did experience some problems.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cult Nails Lethal

Today I have another polish from the Cult Nails Passionate Dreams collection-- Lethal! Lethal is a silver foil polish, though when it dries it has a matte chrome like finish. This will be brief, because I don't really take notes anymore when I "swatch" so I'm going from memory here. To the best of my recollection, this is two coats of Lethal and I no issues applying the polish at all.

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Natural light:

For some weird reason, even though I wear a lot of silver jewelry in my day to day life, I find myself more attracted to gold polish instead of silver. I'm not really sure why that is, but it was a thought that crossed my mind the other day. But when I wear a silver polish, I'm like a magpie and incredibly attracted to how shiny it is, and Lethal is no exception to that. This is a great silver polish if you're in the market for one! Which color metallic polish do you like wearing the most?

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May The Fourth Be With You!

Better late than never, right? Most of you will probably see this on May 5th, but whatever. If you are a Star Wars fan, May 4th has become something of a holiday in the fandom-- also known as Star Wars Day. Like most things, I had grand plans for a May the Fourth manicure, but real life (mainly, twin babies) gets in the way. So I took the easy route and used one of my May the Fourth Be With You trio polishes-- Rebel Alliance by Liquid Sky Lacquer. I saw this trio advertised on Instagram and knew I had to have because I'm a huge Star Wars fan and I love polishes based on the movies.

Rebel Alliance is my first Liquid Sky Lacquer and the creator, Carolyn, does a lot of thermal polishes (this is also my first thermal polish as well)! While not a new thing, there seems to be a trend in indies to make thermal polishes and there are a lot of gorgeous ones out there. As the name implies, a thermal polish changes color based on temperature. In this case, Rebel Alliance, changes from a cool gold when warm to a vibrant green when cold. Due to the color changing pigment (I assume), the gold does have a slight green tinge to it, especially at angles. This applies fairly easily, though with the color change (it started changing on my nail) I found it difficult to accurately assess if I had any thin/bald patches. It was a little on the sheer side, so I used three coats here, plus a top coat.



The green is actually a lot more vibrant in person-- the flash is washing it out, which sucks. It's so so so SO pretty in person. The color change is also pretty quick-- almost as soon as you dunk your hand (or nails) in cold water, green appears. But the change back is also quick; you can see in my photos that the color is already transitioning from green to gold on some nails.

In any case, as my introduction to thermal polishes, I love this one and have been trying to find excuses to dip my hands in cool water just to see the color change. I do wish I hadn't trimmed my nails earlier in the day before apply this, because if I had a little more free edge there might be more green on the tips. Oh well, next time!

What's your verdict on thermal polishes? Yay or nay? I haven't gone out of my way to get anyway, but now that I own one I'm definitely curious to try a few more!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

L'Oreal I Like It Chunky

Ok, first of all... WTH is up with the nail of this polish?! Are they referring to peanut butter? Because that's the only thing I prefer chunky. Even though the name is terrible, this is such a pretty polish. I Like It Chunky is a another textured polish from L'Oreal-- now part of their permanent collection. It's an orange texture with gold and pink glitter.

Like The Statement Piece, this polish was extremely easy to apply. The brush was a touch stiff, but not difficult to work with. Here I have used two coats and that gave nice opaque coverage.

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Natural light:

I really like this. On the nail, this polish isn't super orange; it has a strong brown tone to it. It's a pumpkin orange. In my opinion, this color is pretty unique for textured polishes-- I don't think there's another company that has a textured polish this color. I could definitely see myself wearing this during the fall-- this polish definitely has an autumnal feeling to me.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cult Nails Angel Whispers

Today I have a polish from the most recent Cult Nails collection. (I am so behind on everything!) a recent Cult Nails collection, Passionate Dreams. This isn't the first polish I've worn from this collection-- I wore Kiss for Valentine's Day but didn't get a chance to photograph it for the blog. I decided I needed to paint my nails and reached for Angel Whispers. This polish is a very soft, light pink (almost white) with a shimmery silver glitter/texture. It dries to a slightly gritty feel, but because the glitter is so fine, it feels like sandpaper (to me, anyway). If you didn't like the texture, a layer or two of top coat would make this smooth-- you don't have to wear it as a textured polish and though slightly gritty, is not extremely textured. 

I was only able to get flash photos of this polish, sadly. The day that I planned on photographing this in natural light (and sun!), the polish on one nail completely flaked off, so these are the only photos I have.

Here's the thing: I'm torn about this polish. Part of me loves it and part of me really dislikes it.The color is great. I like that this can be worn as a texture or not, very easily. The formula isn't as great-- it's very thick and gets a little goopy. I used three coats here, but in the future would do two coats and live with the slight visible nail line. But overall I still really like this, despite the formula issues.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Julep Lola

Today I have Julep Lola to show you. This polish isn't new new, but it did come out in the November It Girl box. I grabbed this to use with my Seahawks Super Bowl manicure, and after using it there I really wanted to wear it as a full manicure (technically, this has yet to happen... unless wearing it on four fingers counts! Twin mom life, yo!). Lola is a "moonlit night blue satin" which is another reason I wanted to wear this-- I knew I wouldn't need a top coat. Anything to save time!

Despite not needing a top coat, I would strongly recommend using a base coat. Blues are notorious for staining because of the pigment so I went ahead and used two coats of my base coat to avoid any potential staining. I did not have any staining, so take what you will from that. I like being on the safe side, just in case. Stained nails are awful! The formula on Lola was good-- almost a one coater, though I used two to get complete coverage. Lola goes on shiny and then dries to the satin finish. It didn't take too long to dry, either, which is nice.

Artificial light:

The natural light pictures were taken after a few days of wear (or at least overnight; I can't remember). You can see (if you blow up the pictures) that without a topcoat there was some denting/scratching of the polish.

Natural light:

One of the best things about Lola was that it did wear like iron. I wore this for several days (on only four fingers-- yeah, I know. Don't judge me!) and barely had any wear on my nails. So that is awesome! These days I tend to wear my manicures a lot longer than I normally would so if they are still looking decent by the time I take them off, I'm happy. 

So in summary: love the color, love the satin finish, love the wear time. Wish it hadn't gotten nicked up, but I still really like it. This is definitely a new favorite!