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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NotTooPolished: GRANGER

It's Harry Potter's birthday today. So in honor of that, I have NotTooPolished's GRANGER, named for one of Harry's best friends, Hermione Granger. And, like Hermione, GRANGER sports the colors of Gryffindor -- a beautiful red-burgundy jelly base with square and hex shaped glitter dispersed throughout. I lurve it. 
Check out all of the depth in the bottle:
And here are three thin coats of GRANGER with one coat of Poshe fast dry topcoat. No undies in sight for this beauty.
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Monday, July 30, 2012

Pretty & Polished: Boot Camp

I'm kind of running low on my blue indie lacquer stash (note to self: must get more!) so today I have a green - Pretty & Polished Boot Camp is up, a shimmery, matte green lacquer with bar, hex, and square matte glitters.

 And here is Boot Camp on the nails:
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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Breakfast Combo No. 1! A Duo with The Baconian Method and Go Sit On A Egg

The latest addition to the Tough As Nails Lacquer line is a duo. Breakfast Combo No. 1 includes The Baconian Method and Go Sit On A Egg. This playful duo is for sale on the Tough As Nails Lacquer Etsy shop. Shorty size duos are $10 and full size duos are $16. 
The Baconian Method is a brown glitter topcoat. It includes brown, orange, red, black, and white glitters in hex and bar shapes.
Here is one coat of The Baconian Method over one coat of Cult Nails Swanborne, a brown lacquer with a gold shimmer:

Go Sit On A Egg is a delicious almost white but still yellow jelly-based lacquer with gold, yellow, and orange hex glitters dispersed throughout. The poor grammar is intentional, and "Go Sit On A Egg" doubles as a lacquer and a great phrase that a beloved in-black-and-white child actor muttered in one of my favorite television series. 
Here are three coats of Go Sit On A Egg, no undies:
 And here is one coat of Go Sit On A Egg over a white creme:
 I hope that you enjoy the latest additions to my line!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Two Birds One Store: Fly-Ceratops

Sometimes you purchase a polish because you've heard good things about it. Or because you trust the brand. Or love the color. And, every once in awhile, you buy a polish based on nothing but its name. That happened to me with Two Birds One Store Fly-Ceratops. Thankfully, it ended up working out really well for me :)

Fly-Ceratops has black, blue, and neon yellow-green matte hexes and makes a great topcoat. I'm not sure if you could build it up to wear on its own without having 4 coats, but it might be do-able.
Here is how I'm wearing Fly-Ceratops:

Click "Read more" for additional photos, the color I used as my base, and information on where to purchase Fly-Ceratops!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Dollish Polish: Spank You Very Much

It's Friday, b*tches! Let's get wild, let's get crazy, let's get lacquered up with Spank You Very Much! Anything with the word spank in its name is pretty much guaranteed to be amazing. And Dollish Polish Spank You Very Much fits into that. Even though Ace Ventura does nothing but thoroughly annoy me, I'll allow it to pass.

Spank You is a clear based lacquer with purple and pale blue hexes throughout.
Check out that marco:
And here we have Spank You over a jade green creme. Looks pretty great, huh? Not too much, not too little. Just right.
 Click "Read more" for additional swatches, information on my base coat, and where to buy Spank You Very Much!
All photos were taken in artificial light, without flash. For my base coat, I used Essie Incognito, a turquoise/jade creme. This is two coats.
Incognito is one of my favorite Essie lacquers and a go-to color when I don't  know what else to wear and don't just want to wear one of the billions (okay, probably a slight exaggeration)  of vampy colors I own.
I really like my finished result. Incognito compliments Spank You Very Much nicely and doesn't overpower it.
Application was great. Nothing too complicated about Spank You but sometimes you need a little simplicity. 

Dollish Polishes are available here.  They are also sold at Llarowe and Overall Beauty. You can also check out Dolly's Facebook page or Twitter to stay up to date on restocks, new polishes, and other news.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Dollish Polish: The Hero of Time

My brother and I used to take turns playing Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time all the time when we were younger. And then I got stuck in the water level and had to have him beat the rest of the game for me. But I have a lot of fond memories of Zelda. 

So Dollish Polish's The Legend of Zelda Duo holds a special place in my heart. 

Here is The Hero of Time:
 And here is The Hero of Time on the nails:
Click "Read more" for additional swatches, what color I used as a base, and information on where to purchase Dollish Polishes!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Candeo Colors: Poison Frog

What I should say to myself when a shop I really really really like opens up but I'm on a self-imposed no-buy:
What I actually say to myself:
[Credit for both: realitytvgifs]

And that's how I end up with Candeo Colors in my possession. This is Candeo Colors Poison Frog, a shimmery green-based jelly with chartreuse glitter, some holos, throughout.

And here are three coats of Candeo Colors Poison Frog on the nails!
Click "Read more" for additional swatches and information on where to purchase Candeo Colors!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

HARE Polish: Heat Plague

So what color would you say this is?
Blue? Navy? Something those lines? Green? Probably not green, right? Well, if you're me and it's almost 2:00 in the morning and you've been awake making polish for the last three hours (available here, BTW), then you might think green. Which is exactly what I did when I was applying a base color to compliment my manicure with my newly purchased HARE Polish Heat Plague.

I didn't realize until the next day that I had used Essie Bobbing for Baubles, a deep, grayed-out, and murky blue instead of what I thought it was -- a deep turquoise Essie Trophy Wife. Oops.
Here is HARE Polish Heat Plague, a deep green jelly-based lacquer with purple, orange, and pink glitter throughout.

Isn't this gorgeous?!?
 And here is my messed up manicure that actually looks pretty great:

Click "Read more" for additional swatches and information on where to purchase HARE Polish!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Absolut Lacquer: Finally 21

On my twenty first birthday I was completely sick and went home to my parents' house so that my mom could take care of me. I didn't go out. I didn't have a party. I didn't even paint my nails.

But Absolut Lacquer Finally 21 looks like it would have been a great lacquer to wear out on a twenty first birthday.
 Bottle macro:
 And here is Finally 21 on the nails!
Click "Read more" for additional swatches and information on where to purchase Finally 21 and other great Absolut Lacquers!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Are You Ready? Tough As Nails Lacquer Launch!

After months of research, more months of testing, perfecting my formulas, making, bottling, and labeling my babies, they are ready and for sale at my shop!

Today is the launch day for Tough As Nails Lacquer: The First Collection!
The line up includes Rebellious Bridesmaid, It's All Over Now, Spacing Out, and Teal Me About It. 

To celebrate, SHORTY SIZE (minis at .25 fl oz/7ml) are 3/$15! Simply add three to your cart, check out, and I will refund you the difference. 




Available while they last on Etsy!