Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Nubbiest of Nubs

Hi everyone!  Remember when I cut my nails off into nubbins last month.  That was the shortest my nails had been in years.  But, I guess things can always get worse, right?!  I'm not sure, but I'm guessing it was the crazy "Go home weather - you're drunk." Georgia climate coupled with some home projects.  My nails became so weak and brittle almost over night, so I had to take them down to nothing.

Part of me has even wrestled with posting anything at all until I got a little growth back, but I don't want to be a fair-weather blogger!!  So here goes nothing ...


I started off with three coats of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  I always seem to go for whites when my nails are short.  I don't really know why.


I then used my striping brush with Zoya Maya, a soft coral jelly, Layla Misty Blush, a plum holo, Kiss Black, and Kiss Silver to place random stripes down my nails.  I followed with one coat of SV.


 I guess I didn't totally realize just how short my nails actually were until I painted them.  Yikes.  


I hope you enjoyed this quick mani today.

Happy Painting!



Colors: OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, Zoya Maya, Layla Misty Blush, Kiss Black, Kiss Silver

Monday, January 21, 2013

Zoya Marbleized

Hi everyone!  I decided to do a water marble with only Zoya polishes!


I started off with two coats of Zoya Shelby, a soft medium pink creme.


I then then used Zoya Shelby with Zoya Lara, a medium pink creme, and Zoya Wednesday, a soft teal creme for my water marble.  I finished with one coat of SV.


I kind of felt like have the patterns differ from one another.  Don't get me wrong, I love the planned out symmetrical look, but I have so much fun just going with the flow.


I hope you enjoyed it!  Happy Painting!!




Colors: Zoya Shelby, Lara, Wednesday

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Happy Anniversary Elixir Lacquers!!

Hi everyone!  I'm so excited because today is Elixir Lacquers first anniversary!  

One year ago, when I opened my shop, I could never have imagined how amazing it would be.  This has been the most fun I have ever had in my life, and it keeps getting better every day!

Thank you all for making this first year so incredible!!

This totally sums up how I'm feeling today ....


I can't wait for you all to see what I have in store for year number two!!!!




Friday, January 11, 2013

Simple Steampunk

Hi everyone!!  So, when I woke up today the sun was shining, and it was even super warm out!  So I decided to grab some holos.  As soon as the second step of my mani was completed, I happened to glance out the window and saw one of the dreariest of days.  Dark, cloudy, raining ... blah!  So, without the sun to make the holo shine, I didn't feel too horrible about covering it up!


I started off with two coats of Chirality Cu2+, a deep teal holographic.  The formula was extremely rich, and it was very nearly a one coater.


I then used a wedge sponge with Chirality Apollonia, a deep purple holographic, to create a gradient.  I love the way these two colors blended together.  I followed with one coat of SV.


I then used Barry M Silver Foil with Cheeky plate CH-33 for the gear design.  I finished with one last coat of SV.


I really like the way this turned out.  It's been ages since I've done a full stamp mani, and I guess I had kind of missed it!


I hope you all enjoyed it!  Happy Painting!!



Colors: Chirality Cu2+ & Apollonia, Barry M Silver Foil
Stamping Plate: Cheeky CH-33

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Elixir Lacquers Roller Derby Ruckus Collection

Hi everyone!  I am so excited to show you the newest Elixir Lacquers collection ...

Roller Derby Ruckus



Betty Brutality


Betty Brutality is a clear coat loaded with holographic micros, multi-sized iridescents, and squares of satin.  This lux combo of brilliant burgundy, blue, and purple packs a punch!

Shown above is one coat of Betty Brutality over Revlon Stiletto.
Shown below is one coat of Betty Brutality over Lime Crime Once in a Blue Mousse.



Double D-Struction


Double D-Struction is a clear coat loaded with satin micros, mirror shine hexes, and large satin hexes.  This awesome blend of teal, chocolate, and bronze is anything but sweet!

Shown above is one coat of Double D-Struction over Lime Crime Milky Way.
Shown below is one coat of Double D-Struction over Nicole by OPI Alex by the Books.



Kandy Krusher


Kandy Krusher is a clear coat loaded with bright micros, multi-sized iridescents, satin squares, and matte large hexes.  This popping combo of coral, purple, and blue will catch some eyes!

Shown above is one coat of Kandy Krusher over Wet n' Wild On a Trip.
Shown below is one coat of Kandy Krusher over Zoya Shelby.



Missy Mayhem


Missy Mayhem is a clear coat loaded with shimmering micros, iridescents, and satin and holographic squares.  This mix of periwinkle, teal, purple, and white is not as innocent as she seems!

Shown above is one coat of Missy Mayhem over Nicole by OPI A Like-Haley Story.
Shown below is one coat of Missy Mayhem over Nicole by OPI Stand by Your Manny.



Shamrock Shakedown


Shamrock Shakedown is a glittering mix of iridescents, multi-sized hexes, and holographic squares.  This sassy blend of greens and golds is luck of the Irish!

Shown above is one coat of Shamrock Shakedown over Revlon Stiletto.
Shown below is one coat of Shamrock Shakedown over Essie Navigate Her.



Sugar Slayer


Sugar Slayer is a clear coat loaded with mirror shining hexes and squares, and brilliant iridescents.  This sweet but deadly combo of pink, rose, and teal is cute and calculating!

Shown above is one coat of Sugar Slayer over OPI Casino Royale.
Shown below is one coat of Sugar Slayer over Nicole by OPI I Sea You and Raise You.



Trixie Treacherous 


Trixie Treacherous is a clear coat loaded with micros and shining hexes.  This blend of rich reds, rose, and pink is sweet but sassy.

Shown above is one coat of Trixie Treacherous over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.
Shown below is one coat of Trixie Treacherous over Nicole by OPI Selena.


The Roller Derby Ruckus collection will be available at the Elixir Lacquers store on February 1st.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!  Happy Painting!


Elixir Lacquers LE Elixiversary Polish

Hi everyone!  I am so, so excited about today's post!
I cannot believe it has been nearly a year since I opened the Elixir Lacquers store!!!  
I wanted to create a special polish to commemorate the event.  My ultimate goal was to create a polish that looked like a treasure chest had spilled out over my nails, and I absolutely adore the finished product!!!



Elixiversary LE


Elixiversary is a clear coat loaded with a vast array of carefully selected glitters!


Contained within are multi-sized diamonds, squares, hexes, and dots in mattes, satins, holographics, and iridescents galore, and a spectrum of color that simply dazzles!!


Shown above is one coat of Elixiversary over Revlon Stiletto.


Shown above is one coat of Elixiversary over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.


Shown above is one coat of Elixiversary over Nicole by OPI Love Song.


There will be three releases for this which will take place at 1:00pm EST on January 16th, February 16th, and March 16th.  Each release will have 25 bottles available.

Once they are gone, they will never return!!  

I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do!  Happy Painting!


Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Side of Sparkle

Hi everyone!  I got a lot of requests for a little something involving owls, so here's what I settled on with the little time I had!!


I started off with two coats of Nicole by OPI Candid Cameron, a deep teal shimmer, on my index and pinkie finger nails, and two coats of Nicole by OPI My Jay or the Highway, a dusty taupe creme, on my middle and ring finger nails.  I followed with one coat of SV.


With the exception of my ring finger, I used Nicole by OPI Follow Me on Glitter, a black and silver micro glitter, with multicolored mini glitters in a grey jelly base, to create a glitter gradient using the brush technique I explain here.  I followed with one coat of SV.


On my ring finger, I paired Candid Cameron with Bundle Monster plate BM-309 for the winking owl design.  I followed with one coat of SV.


For a little extra sparkle, I added a small silver rhinestone to the top of each gradient nail.


I love the way Follow Me on Glitter dragged down the nail.  It really reminded me of a feather pattern to match the owls!!


I had a lot of fun playing around with these colors.  I love the way the complimented each other.  I hope you all enjoyed!  

Happy Painting!




Colors: Nicole by OPI Candid Cameron, My Jay or the Highway, Follow Me on Glitter

Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-309

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection Swatch & Review

Hi everyone!!  I'm so excited to show you the Modern Family collection from Nicole by OPI!





Alex by the Books
Look smart in this seafoam green.


Alex by the Books is a pale teal creme.  The formula was a bit on the thin side, but was otherwise easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of Alex by the Books.



Am I Making Myself Claire?
Make no mistake...I’m liking this lilac.


Am I Making Myself Claire? is a dusty pale lilac creme.  The formula was a bit on the thin side, but was still easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of Am I Making Myself Claire?.



A Like-Haley Story...
Typical teenagers (and their moms!) will love this not-so-typical fuchsia.


A Like-Haley Story ... is a bright coral creme with a subtle shimmer.  The formula was rich and easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of A Like-Haley Story.



Basking in Gloria
This red-violet is the color of passion.


Basking in Gloria is a deep red with a strong violet shimmer.  The formula was smooth and easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of Basking in Gloria.



My Jay or the Highway!
This trendy taupe is inflexibly cool.  Period.


My Jay or the Highway is a soft dusty taupe creme.  The formula was very thin, but was otherwise easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of My Jay or the Highway.



Stand by Your Manny
Be loyal to this periwinkle blue.


Stand by Your Manny is a soft periwinkle with a strong silver shimmer.  The formula was rich and easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of Stand by Your Manny.



Back in My Gloria Days...
This voluptuous violet has still got it goin’ on!


Back in my Gloria Days ... is a deep purple shimmer.  The formula was a bit on the thin side, but went on easily.
Shown is three coats of Back in my Gloria Days.



What’s the Mitch-uation?
This cobalt blue demands an update.


What's the Mitch-uation? is a deep cobalt blue shimmer.  The formula was rich and easy to apply.
Shown is two coats of What's the Mitch-uation?.



Candid Cameron
Call this teal just like you see it...gorgeous!


Candid Cameron is a striking deep teal shimmer.  The formula was amazing, and very nearly a one coater.
Shown is two coats of Candid Cameron.



I Do De-Claire!
Let me just say how frosty cool this soft rose is!


I Do De-Claire! is a rose pink shimmer.  The formula was almost too rich, so I had to be a bit careful during application.
Shown is two coats of I Do De-Claire!. 



A Phil’s Paradise
No fooling...this pewter is the real deal.


A Phil's Paradise is a steel grey shimmer.  The formula was a bit on the thin side, but was otherwise easy to apply.
Shown is three coats of A Phil's Paradise.



She’s Lily Something
Pink, sparkly stars...so Daddies’ Little Girl-y!


She's Lily Something is a sheer pink shimmer with pink holographic stars.  If you are seeking an opaque finish, this one is too sheer to be worn alone.  The formula was easy to apply, but the stars were very reluctant to leave the bottle.
Shown is two coats of She's Lily Something over A Like-Haley Story.



Luke of the Draw
Chances are you’ll love this gunmetal glitter.


Luke of the Draw is a black jelly loaded with multi-sized gunmetal silver hexes.  The formula was easy to apply and the glitters spread out nicely.
Shown is two coats of Luke of the Draw.



Haley Good Lookin’...
She’s cookin’ up plans for this pink super-glitter.


Haley Good Lookin' is a clear coat loaded with soft pink micro glitter and medium pink holographic hexes.  The formula was easy to apply, however the hexes were reluctant to leave the bottle.
Shown is one coat Haley Good Lookin' over Am I Making Myself Claire?.


Not only do I love watching Modern Family, but I also really like this collection.  There are some absolute must haves!!  I hope you all enjoyed!

Happy Painting!




*These items were provided for the purpose of honest review*
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