Monday, February 29, 2016

Cirque Colors Velvet Underground & Au

Sometimes you just want to feel a little fancy and there is nothing better than a luxurious topcoat to make that happen. I started off with a base of Cirque Colors Velvet Underground, an eggplant purple creme. I used two thin coats for full coverage and like all Cirque's it applied like a dream. 



Once my base was dry, I went in with a generous coat of Cirque Colors AU the fanciest of all top coats. Nothing makes you feel cooler than wearing real gold on your nails.




Short and sweet tonight, but I've got more coming up for you this week that I'm really excited about.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Cirque Colors

Saturday, February 27, 2016

#StampingSaturday: Blue and Silver Leaves

I'm working quick to get my #StampingSaturday look up under the wire so I'm going to be quick. Tonight I started with a base of Black Dahlia Lacquer Texas Ice Flower an icy blue polish with a subtle holo flash. Here I used two thin coats, which did leave a little subtle VNL. 



I then went in with a pattern from Uber Chic 4-01 and M Polish To Have and To Holo to stamp on a silvery holo leaf pattern. It's a subtle look but I really like the way it all worked together. 



There you have it. Be sure to check out all the other looks below. Don't forget to join us on our Facebook page where you can join in on all the fun!


Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Black Dahlia Lacquer
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Thursday, February 25, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Dotticure

#TheLacquerRing is back with another fun prompt for February. This month we're rocking dotticure's for our art looks and I'm already loving the different takes on it that the ladies are coming up with. I went a direction I've never tried before and I'm digging how it turned out. 

For the base of today's look, I wanted something that would work as a neutral-ish base, but I wanted it to have a fun element. While digging through my drawers I landed on China Glaze The Ten Man. This beauty has been sitting in my drawer forever, neglected. Well not anymore! I used three coats for full coverage as the formula was thin and sheer. It's a silvery-white base filled with silver glitters. 




Once my base was dry, using the clear stamper from Girly Bits I went in with dots from Uber Chic 1-03 in two colors. I tried to layer them for a three dimensional effect. The base dot is Mundo de Unas Reddish and the top dot is Mundo de Unas Fiji. I love the color combo of red and teal, so this was a fun way to incorporate them together. As a side note...the clear stamper from Girly Bits is the bomb dot com. It's everything I wanted the original to be!




So there it is. My 3D dotticure. Be sure to check out the other ladies and their dots below.



Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Glam Polish I'm Shore You Did

You may remember this beauty as the failed attempt at Watermarbling from a few months ago. Thankfully I took pictures before I ruined it, so you could see how pretty it is in real life. This is Glam Polish I'm Shore You Did, a gorgeous silver glitter base filled with holographic multicolored hexes. It applied easily in two coats. It does dry a bit textured, so I added a generous application of top coat and was good to go. 




Those multicolored holos are so stunning!

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Glam Polish

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

OPI Ink

I think I have writer's block ya'll. I have so many pretty pictures of polish hanging about but I just can't seem to find the words to write about them. I'm just going to get to the point with this post and hope for more words on the next one. 

Today I'm showing you OPI Ink which is originally from the 2007 Night Brights collection. This is an old bottle of polish, but it still applies beautifully. It is a blue to purple duochrome filled with a subtle shimmer. 



There you have it. Pretty polish and few words.

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

Saturday, February 13, 2016

#StampingSaturday: Negative Lace

#StampingSaturday is here again. We all know it's my favorite day of the week. Mostly because it's Saturday and that means no work, but I also like seeing what everyone comes up with.

Today I'm trying to improve on last weeks failed attempt at negative space. I started out with Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Born Pretty BP-L020* stamping plate to lay down a base lace pattern over a bare nail. I then topcoated that and let it dry. Once dry I used some tape to section off pieces in the middle and polished the rest of my nail with Illyrian Polish Vampire Squid. I removed the tape quickly and let each nail dry a bit before topcoating the finished product.




And this is the final product. Full discolsure, I feel like I saw something similar on IG, but for the life of me I can't find it. If you know who did this look originally, please let me know so I can credit them.  Also, be sure to check out all the other stamped looks below.

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
*stamping plate sent for review
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Illyrian Polish 
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Thursday, February 11, 2016

#TheLacquerRing: Red

#TheLacquerRing is back today with our color prompt for February. Since it is the month of love among other things, we landed on the color red. I love a classic red nail, I really feel like you can't go wrong with it. I know I've told you all about how I used to be scared to wear red polish, but I'm happy to say that is no longer the case. 

I started today's look off with a base of Picture Polish Frank-n-Furter a classic medium red. I used three thin coats here. You could most likely get away with two thicker coats, but because red is such a pain to clean up (hello bloody looking cuticles), I tend to err on the side of thin coats and slow application. 




I couldn't just end at plain red nails so to jazz things up a bit I added on some triangles of Picture Polish Columbia starting at the cuticle. Columbia is the glitter sister of Frank-n-Furter, it is literally the exact same red, but a jelly base filled with glitters. I adore the combo of these two together. 




There you have it. My classic red nails. I love that these will take me through Valentine's Day with the hubs this weekend. Be sure to check out the other red looks from the ladies below.



Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Picture Polish

Monday, February 8, 2016

#Manijacked: Marshmallows and Wizardry

Sometimes I just hit a point where I'm so unispired and have no idea what to put on my nails. I can't be the only one who hits that wall sometimes, right? When I get to that point, I love to pull up some of my favorite nail artists and see if they can inspire me. Usually I just end up manijacking them and recreating my favorite look. This is one of those times. Inspired by this look from Autumn (IG @justagirlandhernails) I pulled out polishes and got to work. 

The base is Polish M Burnt Marshmallow (formerly Laquerlicious) and the textured polish is OPI What Wizardry Is This? Obviously my nails aren't as beautiful as Autumn's, but one can dream right. 





What do you do to get past the inspiration block when it hits?

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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Polish M
OPI 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

#StampingSaturday: Bare Oragami

So today I have something a little unusual for #StampingSaturday. It's the ultimate look in negative space. I originally had something else planned and it didn't work out as hoped, but I did get this bit to work. Rather than wasting it, I decided I'd show you all the stamped bits. 

I started off with a base of OPI Nail Envy and that's it. Really! I then stamped on these adorable origami Pegasus and unicorns from MoYou London Origami 06 with Konad Black. That's it. That is all that happened. So ummm....please don't judge my super bare nails too harshly. Ok? Thanks! 




Be sure to check out all the other stamped looks below. Don't forget to join us in our #StampingSaturday group! 

Enjoy & until next time, Amy Lee
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MoYou London

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Polished Bookworms: Outlander

Do ya'll know about The Polished Bookworms? Do you like to read fun books and paint your nails? Then this group is for YOU! I've told you about this group before, but it's time for a refresher. Started by Lindsey of Wondrously Polished we vote on genres and books to read, then at the end of the month we have a group discussion and post nails based on the books. I've taken on some of the admin duties lately and it's really immersed me in the fun we have. 

We took two months (due to holidays) and read Outlander. At this point, I feel like everyone knows about Outlander because of the series on Starz, but its a great read and I highly recommend it. Outlander is the story of a woman in the 1940's after the war ends who gets pulled through an ancient standing stone circle to 1743 Scotland. It sounds weird, but trust me..so good. Since the main characters are Scottish, I went with a classic plaid look. 

I started with a base of Jade Mystic Gold a yellow gold holographic polish. This was two thin coats. 




Once that was dry I used Uber Chic 2-02 and Mundo de Unas Dark Grey to add on the plaid. I then free-handed (wish I hadn't) some light blue lines in with OPI Gelato on My Mind. 




While I wish I had left it at the gold and grey, the finished product isn't terrible. Be sure to check out the other Outlander Inspired looks below. There are some AH-MAY-ZING ones!

Enjoy & Until next time, Amy Lee
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Jade
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