Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The Lacquer Cabinet: Amber Norell for Nailtini

Hey there, reader! I haven't had a Nailtini Lacquer Cabinet collection to share with you for a while, so here is one that was released over the summer. The curator for this collection is Amber Norell, who is a makeup/hair artist, model, and blogger. The theme she chose for this collection is versatility.

 Absinthe - "creamy, slightly dusky lime green". This bright pistachio green creme has a nice formula and covered easily in two coats.

Blue Blazer - "deep, intense periwinkle". The formula on this one was a little bit more on the tricky side. It was a little thick and I had to be a bit more careful with my application. It dries to a sort of satin finish without top coat added, as I've shown it here. I also had some trouble photographing this color, its not quite as bright or cobalt as it looks here.

 Opal Fizz - "sheer pink opalescence with strong blue fire". This one is not a polish I would wear alone, it is intended for layering or mixing with other polishes. I've shown one coat of Opal Fizz over both colors in the collection.

The Lacquer Cabinet is available to order from the 'Tini Beauty website. One monthly box costs $25 and comes with three lacquers plus two empty mini bottles for trying your own hand at being a mixologist. You can also save by getting a six month subscription for $23/month or a year subscription for $20/month.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer Autumn Thermal Collection

 What's this? New releases from one of my favorite brands? YAY!! This is the autumn collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. In case you haven't seen my other posts about these polishes, these are made by my lovely friend Jin, and her signature is gorgeous thermals, although she does have other types of polishes too.

First up we have A Summer's Wave Goodbye,  "An orange leaning red when cold, that transforms into a bright light yellow when hot. As fall comes nearer we’re waving goodbye to the hot summer that’s leaving." The picture above shows the natural finish, which is a satiny matte. All of Jin's thermals have this type of finish without top coat. The rest of the photos will show polishes with top coat. All the polishes are shown with two coats.

All Fall Down - "A little game of words. Brown to orange thermal polish with golden and green shimmer and white glitter in different sizes, inspired by the autumn leaves turning brown slowly and fall down." Loveeeeee the shimmer in this one! Spectacular.

 Buried Treasures - "A dark forest green that turns into medium – light green, with green and blue shimmer and white glitter in different sizes. Inspired by the summer and spring being buried in remote places far from the eyes during the autumn and winter seasons." I love green polishes, so you know I love this one!

Unbe-leaf-able - "Another little game of words. A dark black – brown that changes into pink, with red and pink shimmer and white glitter of different sizes. A very strange combination of colors. Unbe-leaf-able." The cold color on this is more of a burgundy than a brown, in my opinion. This one positively glow though. It is truly amazing.

These polishes will be release today (10/27/14) at 12 pm EDT, on Superficially Colorful's website. Get ready to go grab some of these beauties!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Black Dahlia Lacquer Swatches


Hi guys! Today I have some swatches from a new indie brand to share with you. The brand is called Black Dahlia Lacquer, and they have just launched at the beginning of October. I'm going to show you their Halloween duo, and 4 polishes from their Fall collection.

First up, the Halloween duo!

Flor de Muerto: "blackened jelly with purple shimmer and glass fleck, loaded with violet and copper microglitter." I've shown two coats with top coat here. The first coat goes on very sheer, but the opacity builds easily with the second coat. This one dries semi-matte, so you will need to add top coat for shine.

Queen of the Night - "black prismatic polish." This is a fairly standard blackish holographic polish. Not the most unique, but the formula was good. Shown is two coats, no top coat. As with most "black" holo polishes, this is more of a dark gray than black. The holo is fairly subtle on this one, I've shown it under direct light in the photo. You won't be able to see any of the holo flair unless you have it in direct light or sunlight.

Now moving on to the Fall 2014 polishes...

Wild Cherry Blossoms - "pink-red holo." This one is pretty. In person it looks a bit more red than my photo shows. Its one of those polishes where you sit there staring at the bottle and your nails wondering "Is it red? Is it pink?" I personally went back and forth with myself and couldn't decide. It falls squarely between the two. This is two coats, no top coat. This one has a stronger holo flair than QotN does.

Japanese Painted Fern - "brown-tinged gray shimmer with purple glass fleck". I really loved this one! I'm a sucker for grays with shimmer. I've shown two coats with top coat. Top coat is necessary with this one to bring out the shimmer a bit more.

Blooming Wysteria - "light purple crelly with medium neon green hexes, light blue squares, larger aqua hexes, and smaller turquoise and periwinkle glitter." I would describe the base of this more as periwinkle than light purple, as it does lean a bit blue. And when I was looking at the polish I thought the green glitters were yellow. Formula was nice and easy to work with. I've shown two coats with a glitter smoothing top coat. As with most glitters it will look a bit lumpy unless you use a smoothing top coat.

Olaf's Snowflowers - "cream crelly packed with multidimensional holographic gold and silver glitter." This one was another of my favorites! I couldn't manage to get a good photo of the holo glitters, but trust me when I say this is much more beautiful in person. You can see the glitters sparking a bit in the bottle, and that's what it was like on the nail too. I've shown two coats with a glitter smoothing top coat. This is going to be gorgeous for winter or holiday parties.

So there you have it, Black Dahlia Lacquer! I think this company is going to be one to watch... all their formulas were really on point and easy to work with, which is super important to me. I mean who cares if a collection has pretty colors if they are a PITA to apply, right?

Black Dahlia Lacquer can be purchased from their website, as well as their Etsy shop. Most polishes are priced at $6/bottle, with a couple of the holos at $6.75 each.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Zoya Naturel Duex Collection

Hi guys! Here are my swatches and review for the Zoya Naturel Duex collection which was released at the end of the summer. As usual, the Zoya creme formula is on point. I've used 2 coats of each of these polishes, and no top coat. I was surprised at how well these all worked on my skin tone, even the ones I didn't think I would like.

Zoya Spencer - "a rich camel cream". This is a lovely light tan. It leans a bit yellow, but worked surprisingly well on my very pink skin.

Zoya Chanelle - "a toasted almond cream". I thought this color reminded me of milk chocolate. I never would have guess that I would like this color on my nails, but I really did!

Zoya Emilia - "a dark chocolate cream". This description is perfect, it definitely looked like dark chocolate. A really lovely polish for fall.

Zoya Madeline - "a muted rose cream". Again, a great color description. This polish is firmly in the mauve family, and I tend to have an aversion to mauves, but I almost liked this one. If you like mauve, you'll love this.

Zoya Aubrey - "a medium mauve cream". Another mauve that I may actually use! This one is one of my favorites from the collection, actually.

Zoya Marnie - "a deep warm plum cream". This is another one that is gorgeous for fall. A sort of muted burgundy color.

So, there you have it, the lovely Naturel Duex collection! These are great office-friendly polishes, and work well to carry us into the fall season.

Zoya polishes are available from and retail from $9-10/bottle.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Zoya Summer Magical Pixies Nail Art

Hi guys! Here is a mani which has been sitting in the vault for a little while. I did this tape mani last month using the second release of Zoya Magical Pixies. This collection of three polishes contained Bar, a glittery nude topaz, Ginni, a glittery pink tourmaline, and Arlo, a glittering violet amethyst. I layered them over top of two coats of Zoya Taylor, which I taped off with some painters tape. The fingers with Bar and Taylor had painters tape cut with scalloped edge scissors.

These polishes are available for purchase on the Zoya website. Zoya polishes retail for $9-10 each.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Lacquer Legion: Weird Science, Glucose Nails

Hey there! So today I'm participating in this month's Lacquer Legion challenge. The theme for this go-round is Weird Science... how could I resist that? Of course Mr. Sparkles got in on the fun and helped me come up with the inspiration for this mani.

These are my glucose nails! The diagram on the middle two fingers is the glucose molecule. Its color coded; the purple dots (Color Club Disco Dress) represent carbon, the pink dots (KBShimmer Beach Please) represent oxygen, and the turquoise dots (KBShimmer Shore Thing) represent hydrogen.

Since glucose is sugar, I "sugared" my other nails with some loose iridescent white glitter over two coats of Beach Please. The base for my molecule diagram is two coats of Ciaté Cookies and Cream.

I hope you guys like this, and don't forget to check out all the other Weird Science manis by searching for #LLWeirdScience on your preferred source of social media!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stamping Sunday: Textured Ocean Stamping

Hi guys! Here is a quickie post for you... this is actually some nail art I did for a previous Digit-al Dozen challenge which I never posted.

The base for this mani is Kiko Sugar Mat 457 Royal Blue. I stamped over it using my MoYou Sailor 05 and 07 plates, and Mundo de Uñas stamping polishes in #39 Avocado, and #42 Holland Blue.