Monday, March 31, 2014

Lime Crime Polish: Lavendairy

I know that there are some issues with Lime Crime, so I'll keep this brief.  I'm sorry BUT this is a darn pretty color!

Two coats of Lavendairy, by Lime Crime:

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It is a really flawless formula! And the colors, though limited, are all pastels. I do like this polish and the vibrant color payoff.

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If you're interested, just google and you'll find out more - the store and the controversy.

xoxo,
Lacey

Sunday, March 30, 2014

MBHM Attempts Nail Art: Black & White Dotticure Plus Neon Rose Art Pictorial

Another attempt at nail art!  Success or failure!!? You decide!

First, let me show you the background, which is a black and white dotticure using Out The Door Black Hole, Wet & Wild A Blank Canvas, a dotter tool, and HK Girl topcoat:

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I decided to extend the mani by adding some neon roses.  Since I knew I wanted neons, I knew a white base would be best to make the colors pop.  I started with a few blobs of Wet & Wild A Blank Canvas.

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Then I added a few neons over the white:

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Next, I used a regular acrylic paintbrush to paint the petal details. I chose shades that were 1 or 2 shades darker than the otherside petals:

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Finally, I used Kawaii Nail Lacquer Let It Shine holo topcoat on the flowers only.

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I finished it off with two coats of HK Girl topcoat.

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What do you think?

xoxo,
Lacey

Saturday, March 29, 2014

CQ Polish: Slate - Perfect Hunter Green Polish!

This isn't really seasonally appropo but I have had it in my photo files for a while.  Let's take a look at a Slate, by CQ, which is a great forest green...and not at all a stone or cement color like I'd personally expect "slate" to look like, given the name.  Is it just me?

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This is two coats of Slate. The polish is a semi thick creme formula, easy to work with, and practically opaque in one coat. I used two for the pics:

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Here it is without flash:

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And one last pic! I know I'll reach for this for more holiday manis.

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I believe I found this at Rite Aid but I haven't seen the brand there lately. Has anyone seen this before?

xoxo,
Lacey

Friday, March 28, 2014

OPI DS Classic: It's Named Classic For A Reason!

OPI DS stands for Designer Series, the name that OPI gives to this fabulous holo-y line.

I am lucky enough to own two, and the one I want to show you today is called Classic. And yes, it is! This is a beautiful gold holo/shimmer polish.

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So, yes, these swatches are from before I had to go nub. Whatever - they grow back! These swatches show three thin coats, but it really only needs two. They are topped with HK Girl topcoat, which doesn't dull the holo at all.

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MACRO!

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Last, but not least, one more look:

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I am really happy to have this in my collection! I know I will reach for this over and over and over...

What do you think of this color?

xoxo,
Lacey

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Literary Lacquers: What Fools These Mortals Be and If It Pleases You!

On Monday, I showed you the new Ultimate Outlaw collection from Literary Lacquers that will be available March 26th.  I was in the mood to swatch LL's so I grabbed a couple of my other polishes to show you.

First, here is What Fools These Mortals Be, a gorgeous topcoat.  It is shown, two coats, over The Mad Ones from the Ultimate Outlaw collection. Fools is a clear based glitter bomb with black squares, blue hex, green squares, purple mini dots, and a fine purple glitter throughout.  Looks amazing over SO many colors!

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This is The Mad Ones by itself, just to remind you how pretty it is:

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Next, If It Pleases You is a gorgeous plum holo.  It is so deep that it looks almost black in some lights but is gorgeous regardless.  Two coats over a purple creme by Seche Vite:

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Looove both my older and new Literary Lacquers polishes.

You can find Literary Lacquer:
On etsy HERE
On Facebook HERE

Thanks for stopping by,
Lacey

Monday, March 24, 2014

Literary Lacquers - Ultimate Outlaw Collection!! Spring 2014 Holos!!

New Literary Lacquers collection!!  The Ultimate Outlaw: Polish inspired by literary outlaws and rebels!  Collection launches 3/26 at 9am MST at https://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryLacquer

Last week, I also shared a brand new Literary Lacquer's shade called Leaping Greenly, which you can see HERE.  LG is available only in the Indie-Go box!! Click for more info!

Moving on...

The new collection, which you can get right from the LL shop on etsy, is comprised of 8 polishes.  Group shot:

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Let me show you pics of each and you can read the inspiration behind them as well.  Pic heavy, but oh so worth it!  Let's go!

First is And So I Step Up.  This is two coats and topcoat.  The color isn't my favorite of the group and the holo isn't as strong as some of the others coming up!

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Inspiration info:

And So I Step Up, inspired by The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, a merlot glass fleck shimmer.

“And so I step up, into the darkness within; or else the light.” Offred, the protagonist of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is a reluctant rebel. Over the course of the book, she thinks about rebellion often but is too afraid of pain to act directly. Offred is a handmaid, a fertile woman assigned to a Commander of the dystopian Gilead regime to bear a child for the Commander and his wife. In this version of the future set in barely recognizable Boston, women are property, not even allowed to read. Offred’s rebellions are small at first, stealing butter to moisturize her skin and taking a dried out flower from an arrangement, but she eventually begins an affair with the chauffeur, Nick. As the novel ends, the secret police are coming to take her away, but she’s told by Nick that it’s the rebellion coming to help her escape. We do not know if Offred is rescued or sent to her death, but as she steps up into the van and her own uncertain future we can only hope for her safety.

Next is Original Virtue, three coats with topcoat.  The shimmer is out of control and the color payoff really pretty.  This is going to be my go-to summer color!  This is an instant favorite LL of mine.

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I added a decal by Vinyl Stickers By Sam and wore this for a few days!!

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Original Virtue, inspired by Oscar Wilde, a warm pinky-coral glass fleck shimmer “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.”

Oscar Wilde is one of the original celebrity literary outlaws. Accused as a homosexual (which he most certainly was) by the father of his lover, Lord Alfred 'Bosie' Douglas, he sued for libel, but was clearly the one on trial himself. Wilde withdrew his case but was ultimately arrested and convicted of gross indecency with other men and sentenced to two years hard labor. After his release, he left for France and never returned to Britain or Ireland.

The Mad Ones is another instant favorite for me.  This is three thin coats, quick drying, and holo to the max.

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The Mad Ones, inspired by On the Road by Jack Kerouac, a minty green holo. The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars.

On the Road is a largely autobiographical work that was based on the spontaneous road trips of Kerouac and his friends across mid-20th century America on a quest for meaning and belonging in a changing world. It is a defining work of the postwar Beat Generation that was inspired by jazz, poetry, and drug experiences. It rejected the societal norms of the time and ushered in a new concept of personal freedom and the ideals of the Beat Generation and their longing to find meaning in life.

Another standout is the gorgeous Ether Binge.  The formula is perfect, three thin coats, topcoat, done.  Amazing, amazing, amazing.

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Ether Binge, inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson, a shimmering aquamarine holo with blue-green glass fleck. The trunk of the car looked like a mobile police narcotics lab. We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers . . . and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls . . . Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can. The only thing that really worried me was the ether. There is nothing in the world more helpless and irresponsible and depraved than a man in the depths of an ether binge. And I knew we'd get into that rotten stuff pretty soon.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas chronicles (semi-autobiographically) the Las Vegas adventures of Raoul Duke and his attorney, Dr. Gonzo, as they chase the American Dream and ponder the failure of the 1960s countercultural movement in a drug-fueled hallucination-filled haze. On assignment from a sports magazine to cover "the fabulous Mint 400"--a free-for-all biker's race in the heart of the Nevada desert--the duo stumbles through Vegas in hallucinatory hopes of finding the American dream (two truck-stop waitresses tell them it's nearby, but can't remember if it's on the right or the left). They never get the story, but they do commit the only sins in Vegas: "burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help."

The namesake polish of the collection, Ultimate Outlaw, is a royal, powerful blue holo.  Again, perfect formula, zero complaints.

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The Ultimate Outlaw, inspired by Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins, a sapphire blue holo. Love is the ultimate outlaw. It just won't adhere to any rules. The most any of us can do is to sign on as its accomplice. Instead of vowing to honor and obey, maybe we should swear to aid and abet.

This quote is the inspiration for the entire collection; it was one of my very favorite books when I was in my late teens.. Robbins fascinated me as a young adult with his fast and loose writing style and penchant for outlaw philosophy. Still Life with Woodpecker chronicles the love affair of two redheads, Bernard Mickey Wrangle, the outlaw bomber philosopher (who is insistent upon explaining the difference between an outlaw and a criminal) and Leigh-Cheri Furstenberg-Barcalona, the environmentalist princess. The two arrive separately in Hawaii for the Care Fest, a gathering of environmental leaders and environmentalists in general (she to participate, he to blow it up), and they meet and fall in love. One part fairy tale, one part philosophical treatise on aspects of love and how to make it stay, and one part an exploration of the boundary between self and other and what happens when you attempt to transcend those boundaries, this book attempts to answer many of the perplexities of life.

Radiant Orchid meets grey in the awesome Everything You Love.  It looks grey in some light and purple in others.  Swatches show three thin coats and topcoat.

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Everything You Love, inspired by The Color Purple by Alice Walker, a deep smoky lilac holo. Oh, she say. God love all them feelings. That’s some of the best stuff God did. And when you know God loves ‘em you enjoys ‘em a lot more. You can just relax, go with everything that’s going, and praise God by liking what you like. God don’t think it dirty? I ast. Naw, she say. God made it. Listen, God love everything you love—and a mess of stuff you don’t.

The Color Purple chronicles the struggle of several black women in rural Georgia in the first half of the twentieth century. Upon publication in 1982, the book generated tremendous controversy, instigating debates about black cultural representation. Critics complained that the novel reaffirmed old racist stereotypes and focused too heavily on sexism instead of addressing American racism. Feminists praised the book as a feminist fable of the power of strong female relationships and the idea that gender and sexuality are not as simple as we may believe. The heated disputes surrounding The Color Purple are a testimony to the resounding effects the work has had on cultural and racial discourse in the United States.

Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred is a gorgeous royal purple holo.  No complaints, just perfect. Three thin coats, topcoat, perfect.

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Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred, inspired by Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, a deep blurple holo with blue and purple glass fleck. It was all unknown to me then, as I sat on that white bench on the day I finished my hike. Everything except the fact that I didn't have to know. That is was enough to trust that what I'd done was true. To understand its meaning without yet being able to say precisely what it was, like all those lines from The Dream of a Common Language that had run through my nights and days. To believe that I didn't need to reach with my bare hands anymore. To know that seeing the fish beneath the surface of the water was enough. That it was everything. It was my life - like all lives, mysterious and irrevocable and sacred. So very close, so very present, so very belonging to me. How wild it was, to let it be

Wild is Cheryl Strayed's first-person memoir of her 1,100-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail through California and Oregon to the border of Washington State. After Cheryl’s mother died, she spiraled down into heroin one night stands which led to the destruction of her marriage. After her divorce, with very little left to lose, she decided to embark on a challenging hike despite having very little experience, hoping to save her own life as she explored the wilderness. This book is jam packed with truth and vivid description, from the importance of the right footwear to how to accept grief without allowing it to obliterate us. This book literally made me laugh and cry, sometimes in the same paragraph.

Last but not least, Annabel Lee, is a grey polish with a shimmer that is out of this world.  This is three thin coats and topcoat.  I think I'd use grey undies with this next time, and then two coats would be fine.  The formula is perfect, no complaints.

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Annabel Lee, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's poem of the same name, a grey crelly packed with holographic and iridescent microglitter and opalescent flakies. But our love it was stronger by far than the love Of those who were older than we— Of many far wiser than we— And neither the angels in Heaven above Nor the demons down under the sea Can ever dissever my soul from the soul Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;

For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes Of the beautiful Annabel Lee; And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride, In her sepulchre there by the sea— In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe is the father of the modern horror genre and Annabel Lee is the last poem he completed before his death. Annabel Lee represents one of Poe’s favorite themes, the death of a young, beautiful woman. Poe’s fascination with love, death and insanity permeates all his works; his version of horror is a psychological one. His enduring popularity owes a great deal to his image as a tortured soul who married his teenaged cousin and after losing her to consumption, spent the rest of his short life drowning his sorrows in brandy and opium, before dying penniless at the age of 40.

You can find Literary Lacquer:

On etsy HERE
On Facebook HERE

And this collection goes on sale March 26!!

My standouts are Original Virtue, Mysterious Irrevocable Sacred, The Mad Ones, Ether Binge...pretty much all of them, as usual with Literary Lacquer collections.

xoxo,
Lacey

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