Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Butter London Bit Faker

Happy Thanksgiving Ya'll! Well tomorrow, but as I plan on spending the morning on a plane and the rest of the day gorging myself on delicious food, I'm wishing you a Happy Turkey day now.

I wanted to wear something simple but pretty for the holiday, so I went with Butter London's Bit Faker.  Bit Faker is a beautiful full coverage bronze glitter. It is super unique and simply stunning. This is a stand-alone beauty.




See how pretty. It's the perfect fall color. I adore it and I think it is the perfect shade to wear on my fingers for the holiday. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Cirque Coronation

When Frosso and I went to the Renegade Craft Fair the other day, there was one specific polish I knew I would be walking away from the Cirque booth with. That polish was Cirque Coronation. I'm calling it now people! This is a must have! Seeing as it's limited edition, you might want to hurry and order yours now. Purchase of this polish also gets you a LE Jeannie Vianney rose gold plated lace ring. The ring is adjustable so it fits most fingers and it is also GORGEOUS! 





Coronation is a royal purple jelly filled with copper shimmer and the occasional holographic flash. My GAWD this is freaking beautiful. I love this polish and I love the ring. I am so happy that I managed to get my hands on this set. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Mixed Blues

On Saturday Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly took the train into the city and we had all the fun shopping at a giant craft fair, where Cirque happened to have a booth. Okay, so we went mainly for Cirque but we scored some other awesome stuff too. I'll show you my haul soon, but first I want to show you the nails I wore for the momentous meet up.




I used 3 polishes for this look. China Glaze Aquadelic (light teal), OPI Fly (dark creme teal), and I Love NailPolish's Admire Me (holographic teal) for this look. As you can tell my thumb got stripes, cheeta print on the pointer, chevrons for the middle finger, polka dots on the ring, and stair steps on the pinky. I love this manicure and kind of don't want to take it off, but I will tomorrow so I can put on other pretties. ;-) This manicure was inspired by u/annimus_prime of Reddit.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Monday, November 18, 2013

Essie Belugaria

I have no words for this polish. Okay maybe I do. Essie created a stunner with Belugaria. This polish is so ugly its pretty. Its a black texture polish filled with holographic circle glitters. They give you the best flashes of color, that take this polish from boring to absorbing.




Can you guys believe how pretty it is? Or are you on the ugly train? There seems to be very distinct camps when it comes to this polish. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Glitter Mosaics

China Glaze makes the best full coverage glitter polishes. It seems like in every holiday collection there is at least 3 or 4 amazing full coverage glitters and I have to buy them all. I love a good glitter polish. 

For this look I'm using 3 full coverage glitters from their current holiday question and 2 from last years collection. They are Champagne Kisses (champagne glitter, last year), Glistening Snow (silver glitter, last year), All Wrapped Up (blurple glitter, this year), This is Tree-mendous (green glitter, this year), and Put a Bow on It (raspberry glitter, this year). 




I'm in LAHOVE with this look. My line work (done in black acrylic paint) isn't as crisp as I'd like, but man, talk about sparkles! The black sets off the glitters giving them a depth that really shows their beauty even more. 

I was thinking about doing a tutorial for this look. Is that something you all would be interested in? Let me know. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Zoya Dream Triangles

Yesterday, this was a top post on r/RedditLaqueristas. If you don't know about Reddit, I'm not sure if I should be sorry that I introduced you or proud of myself. Let me know later how I should feel. Anywho, my friend Brandon saw that post and requested that I do similar nails. So here is my ode to u/WarofArt and her pretty fingers.




Since I just got Zoya Dream, from their Holiday Collection, I decided that I wanted to use that on all my fingers. For the base on my accent nail I went with OPI Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?. I then applied striping tape and filled in the triangles with Dream, Zoya Aurora (purple), Orly Miss Conduct (pink), and Orly Sparkling Garbage (green). I chose these four polishes because they all have similar shimmer within in the polish. Love all of these polishes. 

Do you love this look, because I sure do. 

Enjoy & Until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Let's Go Knicks

I would say that I like sports more than your average female. As long as its specific to the teams I like, I can name players, stats, facts, and have intelligent conversation. I cannot name stats and scores from 15 years ago about every sport and team ever like my fiance. I think this is a total guy thing and I do not get it. However, I can name polishes just by looking at them, so I've got that going on and I'm sure guys don't get it.

Anyways, my point is, that since I didn't have a NBA team affiliation, my fiance has declared I shall be a Knicks fan with him. I'm ok with this. We've got a good team, fun players, and a cool color scheme. ;-) The other day the future hubs and I grabbed some last minute tickets and went to Madison Square Garden to see the Knicks play. Of course I had to represent the team on my nails.




For these nails I used Zoya Amy (orange foil) and OPI Eurso Euro (navy blue creme). On my thumb I used a striper to apply Eurso Euro to create a basketball. I used a dotting tool for the polka dots on my ring finger and striping tape for the net-esque pattern on my pinky. On my pointer and middle fingers I hand placed silver glequins to spell out NY. On my other hand, I switched the color scheme, so I have a rare picture of my right hand for you (I can tell you are excited). 


As you can see my striping, dotting, and tape skills are not as good on this hand but it was still a pretty good job.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Glam Chevrons

Do you ever get an idea in your head for a mani and walk around thinking about it till you can execute? That was me, prepping for this mani. I'm happy to report that it came out exactly like I wanted it to. Mani success!!




For this look I used Orly Glam and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Without a Stitch. Glam is a jelly polish filled with red sparkles that is easily opaque after 2 coats. On the Orly website they list Glam as a purple jelly with sparkles, but it is definitely red in my book, a great color for fall. Without a Stich is a beautiful tan creme that applies easily. 

To create the chevrons I used these stencils from Sticky Nails (found on Etsy).  I bought these on my own, and Iona doesn't have a clue that I'm saying this, but they are the BOMB! You get great coverage, crisp lines, and awesome designs, but be sure to stick them to your skin first so they don't pull your polish off.  Also Iona is super sweet as my original package got lost. I let her know and within 3 days a new set had arrived in the mail. 

I can't wait to show you all what I'm working on for the blog. Let's just say it involves a lot of swatching and begins with Sep and ends with X. ;-)

Enjoy and until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Rose Skittles

So after all my fun Halloween nails, I wanted a little bit of a palette cleanser. I knew I wanted to use a certain glitter polish, so I picked my colors based off the glitter.




My base is China Glaze Tart-y for the Party on my Thumb, Middle and Pinky fingers. On my Pointer and Ring fingers I have China Glaze For Audrey.  I then did two coats of Pure Ice Over You on my Middle and Pinky Fingers. Over You consists of a light purple microglitter filled with teal hexes and teal bar glitter. I stamped the roses on with Sally Hansen InstaDri in Silver Sweep using the plates BM323 (big roses) and BM14 (single rose). 

I really enjoyed this look, even though it isn't really seasonal. Let's face it, I'll wear what I want, when I want regardless of the season. ;-) 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*all products featured in this post were purchased by me

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Do you need both? Texture Polish Dupes

Alright, so do y'all remember the other day when I did the Texture Glitter Stripe manicure? Well that brought to light two possible dupes that I had in the blue range. While I was comparing those I grabbed a few other polishes to compare for you as well. I have 5 comparisons for you today, count them 5! Lets get down to business.

Up first is Julie G Sleigh Ride and Zoya Liberty.


As far as I can tell these are exact dupes in color. The only difference is that Liberty is a much finer glitter so the feel is different. Both are huge stainers. Also the price point is very different. If you have one, you don't need both. 

Next we have OPI Jinx vs. Julie G Sugar Rush. 


Jinx is not quite as bright as Sugar Rush, as it has a brighter red base. Sugar Rush is a much chunkier glitter and has a more difficult formula. I'd say these two are similar but not the same. Personally, I prefer Jinx over Sugar Rush. 

Our third comparison is Zoya Carter vs. Julie G Sugar Plum Fairy. 


I thought these two would be much closer, until I got them next together. As you can see Zoya is a brighter purple glitter in a blackened base while Sugar Plum Fairy is more of a deep plum glitter in the same color base. I love them both and I'm so glad that I have them both. 

Now lets look at Julie G HoHoHo vs. Zoya Miranda. 


These two are very similar with small differences. HoHoHo is a bit of a brighter pink base with silver glitters. Miranda is a darker pink with golden glitters. Those are very minor differences that you can only see when you have your fingers right in fron of your eyeballs. From a distance they look exactly the same. Unless you're crazy (like me) you don't need both of these in your collection. 

Finally we have Julie G Blueberry Fizz vs. OPI Kiss Me at Midnight. 


In the bottle these two look very similar, but once you apply them they are different. Blueberry Fizz is a much lighter blue than Kiss Me at Midnight. Kiss Me at Midnight also has silver hexes that catch the light and make for a great finish. You probably don't need both, but OPI is the winner in my book here. 


Which ones do you prefer?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee

*All polishes featured in this post were purchased by me