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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Nail Art Guild | Redneck


It's Redneck week here at The Nail Art Guild and I have a super fun mani for you that I really enjoyed doing. Usually I do my Guild manis the day of cause I'm so busy, but I got a chance to do them yesterday and I am so happy with how they turned out.

When I saw the prompt for the week I knew I wanted to do beer cans right off the bat, but trying to do 5 different ones was a bit daunting, so I settled on a mixture of redneck type things.


So here we have a plaid flannel print on my ring and pinkie nails, a PBR can on my middle nail, camouflage on my index and a duct tape patch on my thumb (What can I say? It broke recently and I couldn't resist.)

My lines aren't perfect on the plaid, but I suppose plaid isn't usually perfect anyway, and the words on the beer can should say Pabst Blue Ribbon, but well... even I can't paint that tiny. But I think it is recognizable at least right? I'm crazy happy with the camo nail though and now I want to do a full set of those!

For the plaid nails I started with a red base (Wet n Wild I Red A Good Book), then I went in with Illamasqua Rampage, using just the polish brush and added some thick dark green stripes. I used my white striper to make the white lines and then just went in with my black striper and cleaned up the white a bit in the green areas.

For the PBR can I started with Cult Nails Lethal and then (after it dried with the help of Seche Vite), using my favorite straight Nail Vinyls I taped off the very top and bottom and painted on OPI Alpine Snow. I used a small detail brush and Cult Nails Evil Queen (red), Cult Nails Wack Slacks (blue), Cult Nails Lethal (silver) to do the logo. I added the words with a white striping polish.


For my index finger I started with a base of OPI Stranger Tides, which is the perfect green for camo nails. I used one of my thicker detail brushes to add in splotches of color using Illamasqua Rampage (dark green), Cult Nails Swanbourne (dark brown) and Cult Nails Nevermore (black). This was so easy to do and I can't wait to try it again.

My thumb was easiest of all. It's also kinda a joke. I broke my thumb nail recently and had a hell of a time trying to patch it before giving up. So I thought I would poke a little fun at myself by using duct tape as a patch for this nail art. I just cut out a small piece of tape and placed it on my nail (on top of basecoat so I wouldn't damage the nail) and then I trimmed it to fit. I added the word "PATCH" in a black acrylic paint to top it off.


After everything was done I used Seche Vite to seal it all in and then my favorite matte topcoat, Essie Matte About You to give it a completely flat matte finish.

In the end, I am so happy with this manicure. I wasn't planning on wearing this out, but I like it so much that I wore it to work today. Hey, its dress down Friday right? I ended up taking off the duct tape and repainting my thumb using the same camo print as my index finger so everything matches nicely.

Don't forget to head over to @thenailartguild on Instagram to check out all the other member's manicures today! I can't wait to see what everyone has in store for us today!

xoxo

Lex


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Nvr Enuff Polish | Pagemaster


I have a long overdue review for you all today. I've been super crazy busy at home and at work lately so the blog kinda got put on the back burner for a while. But hopefully today's post will more than make up for it! This collection is absolutely gorgeous and I can't wait to show it to you! Here is The Pagemaster collection from Nvr Enuff Polish.

First up is one of my favorites, Adventure.


Adventure is an almost red lacquer with tons of golden orange glass fleck goodness.

Absolutely stunning, the photos of this don't even come close to doing it justice. 


I used two perfect coats of Adventure for these images. The formula was amazing and I honestly could have left it at one coat if I wasn't taking photos. The finish is uber shiny and I didn't even use topcoat for this swatch.


Next up is another stunner, and the first of two multichromes from the collection. Here is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.


In most light, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a shimmery green with a blackend base. It is loaded with tiny silver flakie glitter with gives it such a great look!

In some lights you get the duochrome effect and a strong purple color comes out to play. Beautiful!

I used two coats of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde over my favorite black for these images. It went on smoothly and I had no formula issues. I topped it all with Fat Lacquer Drive Thru.

I love how this lacquer looks and how the flakes make it more interesting than just your every day multi or duochrome lacquer.


Next up is Horror.



Horror is a dusty greyish blue crelly base with white and blue hexes throughout.

This one is so squishy!


I used two coats of Horror plus topcoat for these swatches. I love the formula, it was really great and gave me no problems. Once the topcoat was on it almost looked like a gel mani!


Next up is the second of the two multichromes and the namesake of the collection. Here is The Pagemaster.


The Pagemaster is a blackened base with a blue to purple to magenta to gold shifting multichrome effect. This baby is also loaded with a magenta shimmer.

 I had a bit of trouble getting the multichrome to come out for photos, but in dim light I got them all to show for you.


How beautiful right?!?!

I used two coats of The Pagemaster over my favorite black for these swatches plus a shiny topcoat. I love the formula and had no troubles with it.


Last up is my favorite of the collection and the lacquer I was most looking forward to when I saw the original release. Here is Fantasy.


Fantasy is an absolutely beautiful purple creme loaded with a pinkish glass fleck shimmer throughout.

This color is so perfect and I loved every second of wearing it. I wore this for about 4 days and still did not want to take it off when I removed it. Much love. <3 <3


I used two coats of Fantasy plus topcoat for these photos. The formula was decent, I did use a light hand cause of all the flakies, but it smoothed out nicely.


Overall I love this collection. My must haves would be Fantasy, Adventure and The Pagemaster.

You can find this collection and other Nvr Enuff Polishes in their shop. Don't forget to follow them on social media in order to keep up to date on new collections, sales and giveaways as well as to see other blogger's swatches.


I hope you enjoyed!

xoxo

Lex

**The Pagemaster collection was provided to me for my honest review. The topcoats and black lacquer in this post were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.**

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Born Pretty Store | 80's Style Glow Decals


I have some crazy nail art to share with you all today!

I was sent these great glow full nail wraps by the Born Pretty Store and I decided to do something a little different with them. Since my nails tend to be on the wider side and wraps tend to be made for more narrow nails, sometimes I have trouble with them. I decided to overcome this issue by cutting up the decals and placing them in patterns on my nails. The set I used for this manicure can be found here.

Here is my final result after cutting and placing the wraps.


I started with a good basecoat then applied the blue polkadot wraps to my pinkie, ring, index and thumb. I then took the wraps with the black and white stripes and cutting them diagonally, created the black and white striped corners on my pinkie, ring and index fingers. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

piCture pOlish Blog/Insta Fest 2014



It's time for this year's piCture pOlish Blogfest... or as this year is Blog/Insta Fest 2014!

This year I was sent a two part project. The first part of the post is a swatch and review of a single shade. Of course, piCture pOlish chose well and sent me my namesake Storm! Let's have a look!


Friday, August 22, 2014

Firmoo.com Review and Inspired Nail Art


I have a bit of a different review for you tonight. I was approached by a representative from Firmoo.com a while back and asked if I would like to review a pair of their glasses or sunglasses. As someone who wears prescription lenses on a daily basis, the opportunity to try a new company and get to review a new pair of glasses was too great to pass up!

So I have a pair of sunglasses to show you today and some nail art to tie it all together with the theme of my blog. 

Let me start off by saying that the rep from Firmoo who contacted me was very helpful, knowledgeable and professional. She walked me through the ordering process briefly and then told me if I had any questions to let her know. When I was ordering I noticed that they had a sunglasses option, and since I have been looking for a new pair I thought that was the best option for me. The rep helped me make sure the ordering process went very smoothly and soon I had an e-mail letting me know my order was complete!

I got updates of what was happening with my glasses while I waited. They let me know when they were being processed and then when they shipped out. Overall I would say the wait time was pretty fair for a pair of custom lenses and frames. When I got the package and opened it there was this adorable hard case.

Inside were my glasses! SQUEE!! They are SO stinkin cute!


I chose a pair of plastic frames that are a magenta pink on the top and then fade into a tortoiseshell pattern on the bottom. They're just perfect for me.