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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lac Attack - Cherry Blossom Bloom & Holy Chick!

Hi folks! I've got the last two lacquers in the Lac Attack Spring Fling collection for you, finally. First is Cherry Blossom Bloom, a glitter mix in a clear base. It's full of metallic circle glitter in poppin' purpley fuchsia, small white hexes, and large white strips. I am gagging over how much I love this circle glitter. I wasn't in love with the look in the bottle, but once I saw it on the nail I was blown away. I'm a torn on the big tape-like strips of white but it breaks up the mix. This is two coats layered over pale pink NCLA Not So Sweet. The clear base was thick and I ended up with lots of bubbles but I still love the result.
Lac Attack - Cherry Blossom Bloom

And last is Holy Chick!, a white jelly creme with dashes of large yellow hex glitters, medium pale blue hexes, and smaller iridescent hexes. The formula on this wasn't my favorite, it was hard to make it opaque. I would recommend layering it over a solid white creme. I do like the color combo and it look nice overall, although I would prefer if the glitter popped a little more. The pieces get a little lost I think. This is three coats.
Lac Attack - Holy Chick!

Lac Attack nail polishes are sold on their website for $8 for a full size bottle and $4.25 for a mini. Holy Chick! doesn't seem to be available at the moment but Cherry Blossom Bloom is currently up for purchase. What do you think of the lovely indie lacquers?

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Lac Attack - Spring Fling & Garden Party

What's going on friends? I reviewed two of the polishes from this same indie brand collection in an earlier post and here are two more for ya. The Lac Attack Spring Fling collection came out earlier this year and here is the namesake, Spring Fling. It's a nice bright turquoiseish blue with neon green glitter and a subtle metallic shimmer. I haven't seen anything similar to this and love the look of it! This is two coats.
Lac Attack - Spring Fling

This is Garden Party, inspired by May flowers, it's a mix of antique pink and green metallic hex glitters. I figured I'd try layering it over Spring Fling to see if they'd work together and I liked the result. This is two coats. I think it looked better in person than it translates in a photo, but I hope you like it anyway.
Lac Attack - Garden Party over Spring Fling

You can buy Lac Attack from their website for $8 in full size and $4.25 in a mini. Their website is down at the moment so I'm not sure if these are still available for purchase. Only Garden Party is available for purchase at the moment (from this post), but go check out what other pretty colors they have to offer. What do you think of these two indie lacquers?

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

OPI Fall 2013 DS Shades

Hi friends :) Today I have the new OPI Designer Series shades to show you. The two new DS colors are texture polishes, they call them Raw Granite. They are somewhat like OPI's Liquid Sand polishes but they are much smoother, not as gritty. They look very matte by themselves and with top coat they shine with a blingy effect.

First is DS Lapis. It's a midnight blue opaque jelly filled to the brim with teeny silver glitter. It is very "night sky" looking. This is two coats. It's on the thick side, but not hard to work with at all. With texture polishes I always make sure to let them dry very well before I put another coat on for the best results.
OPI - DS Lapis

I love Lapis with top coat, it's very sparkly. It smooths out with only one coat, where I've found most texture polishes require at least two. I've been using Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat recently and it's flippin' amazing. Expect a review soon.
OPI - DS Lapis with top coat

And second is DS Pewter, which has a black smokey jelly base, the same tiny silver glitter as Lapis and larger silver glitter that's roundish-hexagonal shaped. I found it really easy to apply, like regular glitter polishes. This is two coats.
OPI - DS Pewter

This is Pewter with a coat of HK Girl top coat. It's a toss up which way I like better, matte or shiny, because they're both really pretty. Which do you prefer? The base is darker when shiny and the glitter makes it really blingy.
OPI - DS Pewter with top coat

These are available now at professional salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and for $12.50 ($14.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

NCLA Sweet Revenge Collection

I recently got to try a new-to-me brand called NCLA. They are a cruelty-free Los Angeles based brand. They have nail polish and a very cool line of nail wraps that have proven to be very popular. I'll be showing you some of those in another blog post down the road. Today's post features two of their summer polishes, a three piece collection called Sweet Revenge, inspired by a day at the carnival.

First is Not So Sweet. It's a pretty but typical pale pink creme. The formula is rather thin and not very easy to work with. I got a lot of streaks and patchiness in the first two coats. I ended up using three coats to make it look presentable. I guess it lives up to its name.
NCLA - Not So Sweet

This one is called Mostly Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles. Love the name although it is a bit long. It's a stark sky blue creme with tiny black matte glitters that remind me of pepper. It's on par with a lot of the sprinkles-in-creme type polishes that came out this year. The glitter pieces in this one seem to sink in the polish more than I'd prefer, creating a lumpy and murky effect. It is also not especially easy to apply. This is two coats.
NCLA - Mostly Sunny With a Chance of Sprinkles

I didn't love these polishes but I have seen quite a few from NCLA that do look promising to me. The other polish in the three item collection, Sugar Fix, looks pretty cute. I got these from Nail Polish Canada, where they are available for $16 each. You can also buy them on NCLA's website.

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

BB Couture - We Love the TaTas

Yay! I'm all healed and back to old tricks :) The polish I've got to show you today is one that benefits a great cause from a great company. BB Couture has put out a new pink nail polish called We Love the TaTas to support breast cancer research. 50% of all the proceeds from the sale of this polish will be donated.

The polish is a pretty pink jelly packed full of tiny light gold glitters. It's not super opaque but it builds on itself pretty well. This is three coats in full sunlight.
BB Couture - We Love the Tatas
BB Couture - We Love the Tatas
BB Couture - We Love the Tatas

This is a 10th of an ounce bigger than normal BB Couture bottles so the price is a little higher at $14.95 each, but when half the money goes to charity it doesn't seem like that big of a deal haha. You can buy it at BB Nail Polish or Overall Beauty. This is a limited edition color so grab yours while you can!

Product samples were provided for consideration.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Guest Post by Peachy Polish: DIY Nail Polish Decals

Hi folks! I hate being away from you all so long! But this will probably be the last guest post I have and should have some new posts up for you soon! This post comes to you from my girl Valesha over at :) She is super sweet and a truly amazing blogger. If you haven't checked out her blog yet, you need to right away! She is also a very active Instagrammer. Thanks Valesha for this awesome tutorial!


Hi there! My name is Valesha and my blog is! I was so thrilled that Kellie asked me to do a guest post for her blog. I've loved Kellie's blog for as long as I've been obsessed with nail polish. :)

Today I bring to you a little tutorial about how to create decals made from nail polish! I don't know about you but it's not always easy for me to free-hand designs and get them perfectly even, so nail polish decals are a wonderful, cheap, fun and fool-proof way to get perfect designs on your nails.

To creat the decals, you will need:
  • 2 or more nail polishes of your choosing
  • a Ziploc bag
  • a craft punch (I used a star-shaped craft punch)
  • a piece of paper
  • tweezers (fine point tweezers worked best for me)
  • nippers
  • nail art brushes (for cleanup and the chevron design if you choose to do that on your accent, nail like I did)

Step 1: Lay out your Ziploc bag and paint your polish(es) on the bag. It's best to use polishes that have a good opacity. I used China Glaze "Love's A Beach" and Essie "Licorice."

Step 2: Once the polish is painted on the bag you will need to let it dry for a good amount of time. I let mine dry overnight.

Step 3: When they are all dry, it's time to peel them off! Take your tweezers and gently peel the polish from the bag. Take you time doing this so that it comes off in a full sheet.

Step 4: Next, place the first square of polish on a piece of paper. I've found that reinforcing it with paper makes for a cleaner punch.

Step 5: Take your craft punch and punch out your shapes.

Step 6: Separate your punched shapes from the paper and place to the side.

Step 7: Basecoat!

Step 8: Paint your nails with the base color you want to use (I used Essie "Blanc") and do an accent nail if you'd like. I did a fun Chevron print for my accent nail using a thin nail art brush!

Step 9: While your base color is still slightly tacky, take your decals and place them where you want them on your nails using tweezers (sorry, I couldn't get a photo of me doing this, for obvious reasons. :P ) Be careful to NOT press down. It may smudge your base polish. Place it gently, it should stick just fine without pressure. If you find that the decal is not sticking to your nail, use a bit of topcoat under the decal to secure it.

Step 10: If there are any excess bits of the decals hanging off the edge of your nail, use nippers to get a nice clean edge.

Step 11: Wait for your nails to dry a little bit more and then lightly brush on topcoat for a smooth finish! (And don't forget to cleanup the edges of your nail with a nail art brush! I will have a post on how I do my cuticle care and cleanup on my blog very soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that!)

And here is the final product! I loved how it turned out!

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial! This is a really great way to get some fabulous nail art if you don't have the steadiest hand for details, like me! :)

Thank you Kellie for inviting me to do a guest post for you. I wish you well in your recovery and we'll all be ready and waiting for your return!

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