Thursday, May 26, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Floral

So today is #TheLacquerRing art prompt for the month of May. I've been prepping for the busy summer season at work, which has consisted of inventory, so my nails have taken an unfortunate beating the last few days. I'm just happy that I got some massive swatching sessions done before I had to chop them down to baby nubs. I'm going to spend the long weekend editing photos and prepping posts!

Our prompt this month was Floral, which is super fun. Before I had to go to nubs, I had a super cool plan, but instead I went an easier route. I want to save the cool look for longer nails. So stay tuned for that, but anyways.....today's look starts with a base of Essie Come Here! on three nails and then NCLA Petite Flora wraps on the middle nails. It took me a while to hit the polish to pair with the wraps, but I like the final look. 



Be sure to check out all the other ladies who did floral nails below. Here's hoping the nubs grow out quickly. ;-)



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

Thursday, May 12, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Silver

What's up party people? I'm back with another installment of the #TheLacquerRing. Today we've got some new faces joining us, so be sure to check out the link up below and welcome them! Our color prompt for this month is Silver. I really struggled with what to do. I usually like to add a little art, but I wanted to let the silver shine (pun intended), but then I came up with a cool trick. Let's check it out. 

I started with a base of OPI My Signature is DC a bright silver foil filled with shimmer. I used two coats for full coverage and had no issues with application. 



I then went in with Twinkled T Cyclone Vinyls and OPI It's Frosty Outside a textured liquid sand finish to create some cool silver on silver 3D effects.



That's it folks. I've really enjoyed wearing this mani for the last few days. Isn't it pretty?

Like I said before, check out the other ladies participating in #TheLacquerRing below.


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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Blackberry Wine

Tonight I have a quick swatch for you of a beautiful polish. I think it's well known that I love a good holographic polish so it should be no surprise that I really love Nvr Enuff Polish Blackberry Wine. This polish is a deep vampy purple along with some silver micro holo glitters mixed in. It sort of has a red flash in some angles as well. I used two easy coats for this swatch and the formula was great. 




Stay tuned as I have some awesome posts coming up for you in the near future. So happy to be back and blogging.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased
Nvr Enuff Polish

Sunday, May 8, 2016

#StampingSaturday: Aqua and Honey

Hey ladies (and gents!), long time no blog. Sorry I just went hard-core MIA for a hot minute. I had some health issues that kind of knocked me on my ass for a while, but the good news is...I'm back in action and feeling good. I've missed the blog and doing my nails. More than that, I've missed interacting with all of you!

So lets get down to it! Today is #STAMPINGSATURDAY and I'm hitting it hard with a great combo. I started with a base of Floss Gloss Honey, which is one of my favorite glitters. Honey is a holographic bronze full coverage glitters.



I then went in with two different images from It Girl Nail Art IG-107* with Mundo de Unas Aqua. I'm loving these art deco designs. They are super crisp!



See how beautiful they are! I wasn't joking about how crisp the images are. I adore the combo of the bronze glitter with the aqua stamping.

Be sure to check out all the other stamping ladies below!



Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*stamping plate was sent for my honest review
**polish was self purchased
Floss Gloss
Mundo de Unas
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Switching Post: Karel from Boom Shaka Lacquer

Hello everyone!  For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Karel (known as Relly to friends and family).  I’m the Indie polish fanatic over at Boom Shaka Lacquer.  I’ve been blogging about Indie nail polish for a couple of years and I still love them just as much if not more than I ever did!  Today is the first day of our Switching Post blogger collaboration and I can’t be more excited about it!  

Today Amy from The Fancy Side and I decided to do a nail art theme of “Anti-Pastels.”  It seems like every Spring we are inundated with a slew of pastel offerings.  While I love Pastels I love other colors for Spring as well.  Today we did nail art looks featuring NEON colors!  I did two different fun and easy nail art looks using neon colors. 

First I did an easy-peasy glitter gradient!

Glitter Gradient featuring Alchemy Lacquers – Fireworks

This fun glitter topper was part of the Alchemy Lacquers – Fire Bright Collection  which was released last summer!    Fireworks is a black and mixed-neon glitter topper with matte and satin glitters.  


Glitter Gradient featuring Alchemy Lacquers – Fireworks
To create this look I started with a plain white base and then sponged the tips with the glitter topper.  I used a bit of a heavier hand because I really wanted the glitter to be the star of the show!  This is such an easy way to do something interesting and anyone regardless of nail art skills can do this!   

Next I did a tape manicure, a little more complicated but still super easy to execute!  I’m all about nail art looks that look like they were a lot of trouble but in reality are not that difficult!



Tape Manicure featuring Crows Toes – Hooker at Heart
This is a fun abstract tape manicure featuring Crows Toes – Hooker at Heart, which I reviewed here. Hooker at Heart is a texture polish which makes it perfect for this kind of nail art!


Tape Manicure featuring Crows Toes – Hooker at Heart
To create this look I started with a silver chrome base color.  I then used striping tape to create the 80s throwback abstract designs.  I painted over the silver/tape combination with Hooker at Heart and quickly removed the tape before the top color was allowed to dry (this helps assure you’ll get clean lines!)  I didn’t topcoat it because I wanted the texture!  You could however topcoat it if you were so inclined or if you aren’t a fan of textured polish. 
I hope that you’ve enjoyed our first Switching Post!  I’m excited to start this collaboration.  Please be sure to visit the other bloggers who have gotten together in this collaboration to check out their posts.  You can find and follow me on my blog and social media links: 


I look forward to future switches and until then may your days be filled with Glitter and Flakies!  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

It Girl Fashion Plates - Part Quatre

 I'm back with my second plate review from It Girl Nail Art for this new set of beautiful platesI've made it no secret that I love everything that Nicole puts out and IG-109 does not disappoint. This plate contains some negative space inspired images. Even though many of the images contain thin lines, they still pick up clean and crisp. All images were pulled with my Creative Shop Stamper and Konad Black polish. Check out all the cool looks below. 














Now one of the images I did have issues with as you can see. I spoke with Nicole the maker and she gave me a bevy of tips to get the image. I'll be trying again soon, so wish my luck. I've seen plenty of other ladies do incredible manis with that stamp, so I know it is possible.

Now for the best part...plates IG-107, IG-108, and IG-109 have officially launched in Nicole's store. From today, March 4th to March 9th, you can buy all three in a bundle for $35 which is a super sale!! Also, there is no more pre-ordering and waiting for your plates...they are ready to rock now. So run quick and get these plates. You'll love them I promise.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*plate is press sample
It Girl Nail Art

Saturday, March 5, 2016

#StampingSaturday: Chrome Fans

Today I'm showing off a stamped look featuring the new plate IG-107 that I showed ya'll yesterday. But to show you the cool look I need to show you a pretty polish. I started with a base of Glam Polish I Don't Do Fashion. I am Fashion! a pretty a bright royal blue shimmer with a hint of holographic sparkle. 



I then went in with Models Own Chrome Rose and IG-107 to add on these fans. I love this design paired with this color combo.



There you have it. Pop by to see IG-109 another It Girl Fashion Plate in action tomorrow. Now for the best part...plates IG-107, IG-108, and IG-109 have officially launched in Nicole's store. From today, March 4th to March 9th, you can buy all three in a bundle for $35 which is a super sale!! Also, there is no more pre-ordering and waiting for your plates...they are ready to rock now. So run quick and get these plates. You'll love them I promise.

Enjoy & until tomorrow, Amy Lee
*plate is press sample
It Girl Nail Art
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