Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Today I have a fun Halloween look, that has literally been on my fingers for the last 7 days. Life has been crazy y'all. But the good kind of crazy, busy busy busy! The base I used for this mani is Philly Loves Lacquer Bats are the Chicken of the Cave. This is a holographic glitter polish that is opaque in 3 coats. It is filled with black and silver glitters that when combined almost give it a charcoal look. This polish is stunning. I can't stop staring at it. 




Once I had my base on, I took my thin striper brush and Maybelline Color Show Onxy Rush to draw on a little spider web on my middle finger. I then used the striper and a dotting tool to create my Itsy Bitsy Spider. This look is the perfect amount of fun but not over the top. I love the way it came out. Perfect for the Halloween season. 




Have you been creating any fun Halloween looks? I'd love to see what you have been doing!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased

Monday, October 27, 2014

Milk, Honey and Pumpkins!

I love discovering new brands, especially indie brands. I recently heard about Love, Angeline polish and decided I needed to try it out.

One of the polishes I got is called Milk & Honey. Milk & Honey is a white crelly base filled with pastel orange, mint, and aqua hex glitters of different sizes. I think I needed to shake mine a bit more as getting the glitters was a tad difficult for me, but overall, I love the way this polish looks. My swatch is 3 thin coats.




I wore Milk & Honey on its own for one day but then I decided to add some seasonally appropriate nail art. PUMPKINS! For my pumpkins and stripes I started with a base of OPI Where Did Suzi's Man-go. I then outlined my pumpkin and added sparkle to my stripes with Nail Pattern Boldness Fraken-pussy. That name still cracks me up. My stems are China Glaze Mahogany Madness and the vines are a mix of China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard and Color Club Wild Cactus. 




So what do you think of my pumpkins? I'm really shocked by how much I've improved since last year. I remember being so proud of those nails and this year there is a night and day difference. 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Zoya Matte Velvets

*press samples
There is just something about Matte polishes that is really fun. I love using my Matte topcoat, but I don't have a ton of matte finish polishes. This Matte Velvet collection from Zoya convinced me I need more. These dry down to a perfect finish, are velvety soft, and all have beautiful sometimes subtle shimmer.

Up first is Dovima, a shimmering black matte velvet. This is 2 easy coats. 




Next we have Verushka. She is my absolute favorite of this collection. A stunning emerald green polish that is full coverage in 2 coats. 




Savita is a matte royal purple with the prettiest shimmer. 




Loredana is a shimmering gunmetal grey. The shimmer in this one is strong and made it hard to capture the matte finish. 




Next is Harlow, described as a shimmering wine velvet. To me it is more of a magenta, but this polish is my second favorite. 




Finally we have Posh. Posh is a crimson matte velvet. Its the perfect holiday red in a different finish. Love this color. 




The MatteVelvet polishes are available now at Zoya.com. Each polish retails for $9. They also have a Matte Velvet topcoat available for $10. 

Which color is your favorite? I love Verushka and Harlow!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*polishes were provided for my honest review

Saturday, October 25, 2014

#StampingSaturday: Holographic Bats

I am really getting into the Halloween spirit lately. I'm having so much fun doing designs on my nails that have to do with this holiday. It's such a fun time of year! Today's look for #StampingSaturday is simple, but fun.  I started off with a base of Zoya Savita* (swatches coming soon) an awesome purple matte velvet. This is the exact color purple you associate with the Halloween season. I then used BM213 and W116 for the bats which were stamped on in Color Club Beyond, an awesome black holographic polish.




I absolutely adored the contrast between the matte velvet finish and the holographic bats. It's such a simple and subtle look but totally in tune with the Halloween.

Do you have any fun festive looks? What have you been creating? Don't forget to link up your look below!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*some items in this post were provided for review

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

#TheLacquerRing: Inspired by Frosso

Hey all TLR is back for October. Normally for our second prompt every month, we pick a theme. This month we are being inspired by our sweet friend Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly, so that is our theme. She recently announced her retirement from blogging, as life has gotten to busy and other things are taking priority. As a founding member of #TLR and #StampingSaturday she will be missed. However I think she might pop in from time to time on Instagram, because I just don't think she can go cold turkey. I've chosen to be inspired by one of Fross' Halloween manis. She's always had great Halloween mani's and one of my favorites is FrakenGlam.

For my base I started with China Glaze Running in Circles. I love this green. It's filled with tiny glitter that makes for a super shiny green.




I then used a small nail art brush and Maybelline Color Show Onxy Rush and Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Ivory Skull and freehanded the details on. FrakenGlam looked a little lonely though, so I gave him a friend aka Bride of FrakenGlam. 




Lets look at the side by side comparison of the original and my version, what do you think? Did I do Fross' original look justice?

Don't forget to check out the looks the other ladies recreated below!




Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*self purchased

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Slime Drips


Since it is Halloween time, I thought it would be fun to do slime nails. In my head this was going to be all oozy and drippy and look amazing. In reality it looks ok, kind of meh, but not terribly bad. I discoverd that I'm not great at slime nails. Maybe I just need more practice.
 
For a base I started out with Lacquerlicious Lemon Limeaid. This is a glitter topper that in 3 coats becomes opaque. I love how it looks on its own. Even though this is a summer polish, this is a perfect example of how polishes don't have to stay in their "appropriate season."
 



Once my base was dry I used a nail art brush and Maybelline Color Show in Onxy Rush to create the drips. I told  you they weren't that great. Don't judge me based on my not so good drip painting skills, ok?




Have you been doing any fun Halloween looks lately? I'd love to see them! I have a few more coming up soon!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*all products used in this post were purchased by me

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Alcatraz Rocks & Fascination Street

Do you ever have that moment where the stars align and you have an amazing idea? I feel like this manicure was one of those for me. I knew I wanted to wear Cirque Fascination Street a muted purple holo, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to pair it with. Then the clouds parted and I had an idea. OPI Alcatraz...Rocks! It's the same muted purple color filled with beautiful sparkles, only this is a textured polish. And so...a beautiful friendship (and mani) was born. 




What do you think? They look good together, huh? I love this look, I wonder if I can create it with any other polishes. Do you have any pairings that would work?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*all products used in this post were purchased by me

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

OPI It's My Year

This was the last polish I wore as a single lady. Can you believe that? I wore this for my rehersal dinner the night before the wedding. I know you all are dying to see wedding pics (I AM TOO) but I do have a post on what I did with my nails (and a pic I stole from a friend, so you can see things too).

I figured the name of this OPI was more than appropriate. It's My Year seemed like a good way to celebrate the new beginnings and well its really pretty so that helps. This polish is a bit of a chamelon, it changes in different lighting. I'm wearing 2 thin coats, and I love how it goes from pink to gold to bronzey purple. 




Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*polish used in this post was purchased by me