Saturday, August 29, 2015

#StampingSaturday: Nautical by Nature

Let's start #StampingSaturday with story time shall we. I grew up on boats. Mainly sailboats. My dad was an Olympic contender and I literally remember spending every Saturday, most Sundays, and alot of weeknights with him at the lake, whether watching from shore (aka swimming) or being on the boat with him. It's something that I grew up with and that I still love to this day. Any chance to be on the water, I'll take. 

So really the point of the story is...how the heck did it take me so long to do nautical nails? Well finally, I did. I guess I was waiting for the right polish to inspire me and Delush Polish Nautical by Nature  was the one. I started with two thin coats of this polish. I did have to place some glitters, but it wasn't anything unusual. 




Then I went in with Uber Chic 2-03 and Sinful Colors Snow Me White  for the stamping. I did some rope, a little anchor, seahorses, a compass. It was looking good....then I ruined it. Because I'm a big old dummy.  I thought it needed some more pop, so I added some Models Own Rose Chrome. That was the downfall.




What do you think? The only thing I really liked after getting crazy was the thumb (above). Be sure to check out all the other ladies below in the link up!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Thursday, August 27, 2015

#TheLacquerRing: Alice in Wonderland

We're back with our second prompt of the month for #TheLacquerRing. We rocked some sweet holographic blue mani's earlier this month and now we are all sporting some nail art that is  Alice in Wonderland themed. 

First let's start off with my base. I started with a base of Cirque Colors Nympho from the Vice Collection. This bright neon fuchsia creme is so sumptuous. It literally freaked my camera out it was so bright. I used three thin coats for opacity and like all Cirque's it applied like butter. 




I then went in with Vapid Lacquer Garota de Ipanema for some curved stripes using some french nail stickers. Garota de Ipanema is a polish from the Awesome Sauce Indie box, so it'll be hard to find but maybe you'll get lucky in a destash. This neon purple is filled with a dash of holo and was the perfect match to Nympho for my Cheshire Cat Stripes. The cat's face was done all in acrylic paints. 






And there you have it. My ode to Alice in Wonderland. This one pushed me outside of my comfort zone, I'm so happy we did it. Obviously my freehand skills are not up to par with some of the amazing ladies out there but I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. Be sure to see all the other #TLR looks below.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Leave the Sun Behind Me Collection by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer


Have ya'll see that commercial with the camel and he goes around screaming "ITS HUMP DAY". Well that's how I feel today. It's Wednesday and the week is almost over. That also means that the cleanse I'm doing (don't ask, it was a horrible idea) is also two days from being over and I can eat normally again. 

It also means that I'm bringing you three colors from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer's new collection, Leave the Sun Behind Me. This is a new brand to me and I could not wait to use them. Up first is Stop Involving Me a neon yellow that has the prettiest shimmer and glass flecks peeking through. I used three thin coats here for full coverage, application was awesome. 




Next I have Rubby, my favorite from the three I was sent. If you know me you know I love a good teal (which is up next), so saying this is a favorite is a big deal. Rubby is a beautiful neon pink filled with purple shimmer. It glows, no kidding, from how bright it is. This was two easy coats for full coverage. My accent nail is a watermarble of Stop Involving Me and Rubby, they were a combo I couldn't resist.




Finally we have 40/41. I love me a good teal and this one is a good teal. This is a thin teal jelly filled with peekaboo cobalt flakies. This combo is to die for. I work this particular polish for four days because I loved it and I had no chipping, just minimal tip wear. Talk about staying power. I did use three thin coats here and still have visible nail line in certain lighting.




These polishes are currently available in the Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer store, prices range from $12 to $8 and minis are available. 40/41 will have a limited run due to the flakies used being hard to come by, so if you love it, snag it now. Be sure to check out the shop, you'll find the links below.

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bellaluna Cosmetics: Prosperity

OH MY GOSH YOU GUYS! A whole week disappeared on me. I was so busy finishing up Jury Duty and then playing catch up at work, that it literally flew by. I didn't even get a chance to wave at it as it brushed by me. Things have settled down finally (thank goodness) and I have fun pretty things to show you. 

Today, I have another installment of Bellaluna Cosmetics birthstone collection for you. These polishes are monthly releases that reflect the birthstone of that month. Prosperity is based off of August's birthstone the Peridot. The Egyptian's used to call Peridot's the gem of the sun, I just love that. Prosperity is a bright lime green polish filled with beautiful iridescent flecks of shimmer. 




For a little fun, I went in with Bellaluna Cosmetics Luck of the Irish and Twinkled T Triangle Swirl Vinyls for this fun look. On my middle finger I started with Luck of the Irish as a base and sponged Prosperity on top. I flip flopped it on my ring finger. These two polishes are from completely different collections, but it's like they were made for each other. I adore these greens together.




I cannot wait to see what Samantha comes up with for September as I have a particular love for sapphires. My engagement ring is a yellow sapphire and my mom's, aunt's, and grandmother's rings are all sapphires as well.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*prosperity was provided for my honest review
**luck of the irish and vinyls were self purchased

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Warby Parker - Cirque Colors for Nordstrom Pop-In

I promised you I'd show you these today and here they are. It should be known that I'm in love with this whole collection. Nordstrom's newest monthly pop-in welcomes Warby Parker - an innovative eyewear brand known for their vintage-styled frames and their "buy a pair, give a pair" program. Cirque Colors has created an exclusive 5-piece collection inspired by Warby Parker's logo and their love for all things literature. For all swatches I used two coats unless otherwise noted. Now prepare for massive amounts of pictures! 

Up first is City Lights, a dove white holographic polish. Be still my beating heart. I cannot get enough of this beauty. It's the closest thing you can get to a true white holographic polish. Adding in that holo dust, makes it almost impossible, but this is pretty damn close. 




Next we have Big Sur,  a medium blue filled with the perfect amount of magenta shimmer. For some reason I couldn't get the shimmer to pick up in my photos but it is there and it is freaking pretty y'all.




Here is Iconoclast featured over Big Sur. Iconoclast is a beautiful salt and pepper style glitter with just the right amount of holo glitter thrown in. For my swatch I used one coat on a few fingers and dabbed it on with a sponge for a glitter gradient on a few others. For the normal coat, I got amazing payoff, I didn't have to dab or place any glitter. It worked beautifully with a sponge too. It's so versatile.




Greenwich  ended up being a surprise favorite for me. I'm all about those holos but this light blue almost green polish filled with delicate gold flakes is so beautiful. It's the perfect balance of creme and flake.




Finally we have Fear and Loathing in New York. This slate grey holographic polish is so amazing. I can't love it enough. It almost has a touch of duochrome because occasionally I see some pink flare in there.




That's a wrap! Do you have a favorite? I can't pick, this collection gives me heart eyes and I'm ok with that. ;-) Check the information below on where to buy in person, but you can always order direct from Nordstrom!

Nordstrom
The Warby Parker Collection is available from Aug 7th to Sep 6th exclusively atNordstrom.com and the following retail locations:
Downtown Seattle
500 Pine Street
Seattle, WA 98101
206.628.2111
Bellevue Square
100 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, WA 98004
425.455.5800
The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

323.930.2230
San Francisco Centre
865 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

415.243.8500
Tyson's Corner Center
8075 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

703.761.1121
NorthPark Center
8687 North Central Expressway
Dallas, TX 75225

214.231.3900
Free shipping and free returns is always available at Nordstrom.com.

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

Saturday, August 15, 2015

#StampingSaturday: Gradients and Glasses

So today I have a sneak peek at two amazing polishes from a collection I'm going to show you tomorrow. Cirque Colors was asked to participate in another Nordstom Pop-In with Warby Parker. Annie created one of my favorite collections ever based on Warby Parker's logo and their love for literary references. I'll show you the full collection tomorrow, but lets check out my #StampingSaturday look first.

To create this look I started with a base gradient of Cirque Colors City Lights (light grey holo) and Cirque Colors Fear and Loathing in New York (dark grey holo). Once again, Annie's holo polishes are on point. The formula on these is absolutely fantastic and they gradient together so well.




Since these polishes are designed around Warby Parker, I felt it only right to stamp on some adorable glasses. I used Konad Black  and MoYou London Hipster 08 for the single accent. I couldn't bear to cover up that gra



And there you have it. Check back tomorrow to see all five shades from the Warby Parker collaboration. 

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

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