Tuesday, July 26, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Purple

Hey all! Long time no blog. Life has been insane lately. I've switched jobs recently, as well as a week long scheduled vacation, work trip, and a wedding. I literally did three different time zones in three weeks. Plus I'm puppy sitting for a few weeks so now I have an extra addition in the house. To say that I'm exhausted is an understatement. But thankfully, I'm home and hitting my normal schedule again. So, naturally I need to play catch up. I had these done in time, but I just couldn't get them up.

#TheLacquerRing did purple nails recently. I'm honestly surprised that we hadn't done purple yet, but I'm glad we did. I went with a quick swatch of Cult Nails Flushed, a stunner filled with some beautiful pink shimmer.




Be sure to check out all the other ladies who did purple nails. There are some brilliant looks in there.


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased

Thursday, June 30, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Beach / Tropical

Do you ever feel like you lost your mojo? Lately I feel like I've been struggling to do anything more than solid colors on my nails. I just don't have the bandwidth to come up with neat looks, which bums me out. I'm not sure how to break out of the rut, but I think today's look is a start. 

#TheLacquerRing has the prompt of Beach/Tropical nails today and I wasn't sure the direction I wanted to go with. I decided to do Tropical and ended up Googling "tropical print" to get some inspiration. All the top images were a black base featuring bright green leaves from far away places. So, here we are. 

I started with a base of Painted Polish Midnight Mischief a delicious black cream. I then went in with four different Mundo de Unas polishes in High Green, Spring Green, Lemon Tree, and Gold. I added the four colors in random dots on the plate (MoYou London Tropical Collection 11) then scraped. It gave me a beautiful marbled look, which to me looks like the sun coming through and highlighting different parts of the leaves. 




If you got mojo tips for me, please please share! Otherwise, take the time to check out all the other ladies participating in #TheLacquerRing prompt today. Links are below.


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Racing Stripes with OPI

Today I have a fun but simple look to show off. I wanted to contrast a bright pop of color with a pale neutral, so that's how I landed here. First I started off with a base of OPI Bubble Bath which is a sheer neutral pinky color. I used three thin coats for the swatch below.  



Once Bubble Bath had completely dried, I went in and taped off sections down the middle of each nail. I then applied OPI Fly and quickly removed the tape, leaving me with perfect racing stripes down the middle of each nail.




This is such a fun, easy look to accomplish. The key is waiting for the base color to dry completely.  I know that and yet somehow, I always end up having to re-do at least one nail because I didn't wait long enough. Patience is not my strong suit. ;-)

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased
OPI 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

#StampingSaturday: Pink Flamingos

Happy Saturday Everyone!! I don't know about you but it was a long exhausting week, so I'm thankful for a nice relaxing weekend. My husband and I are going to be super adorable and recreate one of our very first ever dates. At the time it was Olive Garden and Finding Nemo. We're going to get italian and see Finding Dory. Tomorrow is a baseball game with family. Should be fun! 

For today's #StampingSaturday look, I started with a base of OPI Spoken From the Heart, which was a gift from some lovely friends. This pinky-coral polish is so bright and saturated, you could almost classify it as a neon. I used two thin coats and still had some visible nail line. If that bothers you, I'd recommend three coats. 



To create my flamingos I went in with Painted Polish Midnight Mischief and MoYou London Tropical Collection 06 plate. On my thumb and ring fingers you get the wing pattern and on the rest is the repeating flamingos. I love the way the black and the pink work together here.



Be sure to join us or just check out all the other #StampingSaturday posts below!


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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OPI 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Seafoam

#TheLacquerRing is here again. I know I tell ya'll this every single month, but I love doing these prompts. It's so fun to see how we all interpret things differently. For example...seafoam. Is it green, is it blue, is it something else entirely? Each of us has a different idea and I love that. 

For my seafoam look I started with a base of Cirque Colors Sencha, which is described as  seafoam green sterling foil holographic (made with superfine sterling silver pigment). I absolutely adore the finish on this polish. I used two easy coats for the swatch below. 



After Sencha was dry I went in with the What's Up Nails Raindrop Vinyls and Cirque Colors Key to Gramercy, a light seafoam creme polish. I really struggled with removing these stencils. They were so sticky and the lines are so fine that I ended up messing up more than normal. They look great from far away but up close you can definitely see my issues.



Those are my seafoam nails but be sure to check out all the other talented ladies below!


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased
Cirque Colors

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cirque x Met Collaboration: Manus X Machina

I'm showing off one of my all time favorite collections today. I am in love with the colors in this collection as well as the inspiration behind each polish. Recently Cirque Colors was asked to collaborate on a limited edition collection for the Metropolitan Museum's costume exhibit, Manus x Machina. This exhibition explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. Inspiration was pulled from several dresses in the collection and these stunning polishes were created. 

Up first is Cirque Colors Ultrasonic, a sheer linen white polish. I used three thin coats here, no application issues. I did have some visible nail line, but that doesn't bother me. 




Next we have Cirque Colors Laser Jet (shown over Ultrasonic), a black holographic glitter topper that is inspired by the beautiful hand beading in the collection. 




Cirque Colors Raven is a stunning multichrome with a black base. It shows very green on me, but you can also see maroon and deep blue in certain lighting.




Cirque Colors Pret-a-Pearl is a soft white polish filled with pink iridescent shimmer. I adore this shade! I used two easy coats for full coverage, but there is visible nail line. 




One of my favorites from the collection is Cirque Colors Moondust! Moon Dust is a chameleon silver foil made with a superfine sterling silver pigment. It's so perfect for this collection. I used two easy coats here.




Finally we have my absolute favorite polish, Cirque Colors Tulle. This is a beautiful dusty pink-beige creme polish, that was opaque in two coats. It's perfection in a bottle, but that's just my opinion.




These polishes are being sold exclusively at the Met Store, either at the museum or online and are only available for a limited time.

Which polish is your favorite?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*polishes sent for review
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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Rainbow Nails with KBShimmer

Today I'm rocking a fun simple look. I need simple in my life with all the craziness I have going on lately. The kids theater show I've been working on like a mad woman, premiers today and talk about a time suck. Keep your fingers crossed that my kids remember all the lines. It's hard for fifth through eighth graders to put on a whole musical and they have worked so hard. I can't wait to see them in action!

For today's look, I went in with five of the KBShimmer Mega Flames polishes. Mega Flames is one of the finishes that KBShimmer makes and boy do they shine with rainbows. From Thumb to Pinky they are: Pink - Ripe for the Pink-ing, Orange - So Flameous, Yellow - Stalk Market, Green - Smells Like Green Spirit, and Blue - Set in Ocean.  I just applied two easy coats on each nail and went about my way. 




I was actually inspired to do this mani by my dear friend Lesley. I don't think she ever posted a full on pic of them, but peep at her photo with Jeffree Star and you can see them in action.  Or just pop over for all her other cool mani's and pics.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*all polishes were gifts or self purchased
KBShimmer