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Friday, October 3, 2014

Jaded Nail Co. | Unpolished Matte Collection


And I'm back!

I have another review for you today of some more Jaded Nail Co lacquers. I've been looking forward to these since Cara mentioned them to me a while back and I was not disappointed! This collection is made up of five jewel toned matte lacquers and they are stunning! Lets get right into it.

First up is the absolutely lovely Sassy Sapphire.


Sassy Sapphire is a bold royal blue lacquer loaded with flakie shimmer. It finishes with a waxy matte sheen. I absolutely love this shade. I'm a sucker for blue and this one is fabulous.


I used two coats of Sassy Sapphire with not topcoat for these swatches. The formula was on the thin side, but wasn't hard to work with and I had minimal cleanup.

I added a coat of shiny topcoat for the below photo so you can see what it looks like shiny.


The topcoat really transforms these shades into something new and that makes them even more versatile. I love this lacquer both ways.


Next I have the lightest of the five shades, Philistine Pezzottaite. (Try saying that three times fast)


Philistine Pezzottaite is a mauve lacquer packed with silvery flakie goodness. It dries with a perfectly smooth matte finish that is really gorgeous.

 I used three coats of this lacquer for these photos. I found the formula to be sheer, but not overly so and it painted on easily. Shown is the lacquer without topcoat. This is the first of the collection that I swatched and I didn't think to add topcoat for some photos. I do hope to fix that and add a couple shiny photos soon.


Overall I am really happy with this color. The shade is perfect for my skin and I can see myself wearing it a lot!

Next up is an absolute stunner. Here is Arrogant Emerald.


Arrogant Emerald is an emerald green lacquer with lots of shimmer. It dries to a smooth fully matte finish.

How stinkin' beautiful?! I used two flawless coats of Arrogant Emerald with no topcoat for these photos. The formula was fantastic.

I did add topcoat for a couple photos, which are below.


Its crazy how much a simple coat of topcoat changes the look of a polish so much. Arrogant Emerald has so much depth this way. I truly love it with both finishes.

With the shine you can see the golden shimmer in the lacquer even better. <3


Next up for you I have Asinine Amethyst.


Asinine Amethyst is a great deep purple with a matte finish. This lacquer definitely screams royal.


I used two coats of Asinine Amethyst with no top coat for these swatches. I found the formula a bit thin and I think when I wear it again I will probably use three coats.

I also took a couple photos with topcoat and it is almost like a different lacquer.


The shine bring out some silvery pink flakie shimmer and a blue shimmer as well. It is really special looking.


I love the color of this polish (of course) and the depth she managed to create is fabulous.


Last up from this collection is the polish that started out as my least favorite in the bottle and ended up being my favorite on the nail. Meet Rough Ruby.


Rough Ruby is a perfect deep red lacquer loaded with shimmer and finished with a perfectly flat matte. *drool*


Look at all that silver shimmer! I used two coats of Rough Ruby with no topcoat for the swatches. The formula was great. Just look at how perfect it is!

As much as I like this one matte, I really fell in love when I added topcoat. *_*


This lacquer just glows from within. I do believe it may be my new favorite red polish. <3


I really love how a polish can transform on the nail and become something you never thought it could.

 I absolutely love this collection. I think it was well thought out and cohesive. The colors and finishes are perfect alone and together and they look great both matte and shiny. I really couldn't ask for more.

The Unpolished Matte Collection is available for preorder on the Jaded Nail Co. site right now. Please head over to this LINK for more info on the collection.

Don't forget to follow Jaded Nail Co. and Cara on social media for more news and info!


Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo

Lex



**All Jaded Nail Co lacquers in this post were provided for my honest review. Topcoat was purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more info.**

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Jaded Nail Co and Polish TBH | Breast Cancer Awareness Duo


Hi there! I know I've been MIA. Super crazy busy around here, but I have a bunch of things for you in the coming days!

First up is this lovely Breast Cancer Awareness duo from Jaded Nail Co. and Polish TBH. The duo includes one glow in the dark, limited edition lacquer from each company plus Jaded Nail Co's Nourishing Nail Polish Remover in Grapefruit scent and Polish TBH's Harvest Apple Cuticle Oil. The box retails for $33 and $10 per set is donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. Shall we get started?

First up is Feel Em Up from Polish TBH.


Feel Em Up is a bright dusty pink creme loaded with glitters. I used two coats plus a thick layer of topcoat for these images. I had no formula issues, though I do suggest using a light hand with how much glitter is in it. 


I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked the color of this lacquer against my skin tone. It is a really great pink to transition into the fall.

PLEASE NOTE: I somehow missed that this is a glow in the dark lacquer! Please keep that in mind when deciding whether to purchase or not! I am so sad I didn't get a glow photo!


Next up is the Jaded Nail Co. Nourishing Polish Remover. 


This remover is the bomb! I smells great and fresh and it works so well. I had on a stubborn glitter before these swatches and it got it all off, no problem without any foil. I highly suggest it.

Last up for me today is Strawberry Boob Shake from Jaded Nail Co.


I. Love. This. Polish.

Strawberry Boob Shake (which is just about the best name ever) is a sheer soft pink holo with extra holo added on top. I love it. Seriously. I put it on for the photos and then did my other hand and wore it, I love it so much.


I used two easy and flawless coats for these photos. It went on so well that I didn't even really need clean up. Score!

Whats more? IT GLOWS! I found this out because I was laying in bed setting my alarm or the morning and I freaked out because I was seeing glowing spots in my room, only to find out it was, in fact, my nails glowing. True story. Here's a photo.


Again, I have nothing bad to say about this. It is a perfectly beautiful pink holo that glows. Great formula. Two coats, no topcoat for these images. <3


What do you think? 

You can find this duo up for sale over at Polish TBH and don't forget to check out the Jaded Nail Co. shop for some of the most unique lacquers out there. (I highly suggest Ghoul Power.)

Don't forget to follow both brands on social media for news and info!

Polish TBH


Jaded Nail Co.


Thank you so much for reading!

xoxo

Lex
 
 




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Nail Art | Purple on Purple

Hello!

Today I have some more nail art for you. This is a pretty special post since this is the first time in a very very very long time that I have done nail art for no reason other than for myself. Usually I'm reviewing a product or working on something for the Guild or another type of challenge, so it was nice to sit down and do something simply for the pleasure of it. Nothing too complicated about this nail art, but maybe that's what I like about it!


I knew I wanted to wear Pahlish Bespoke Psychopath, so I started with that as a base for this mani. Bespoke Psychopath is one of my favorites from the Pahlish Doctor Who collection. It is a deep purple holo with tons of glass fleck like shimmer.



I used my favorite straight vinyls from Nail Vinyls to tape off the shapes on my thumb, index and middle fingers and painted over them with Color Club Cloud Nine to make the points.


For my ring and pinkie fingers I just added a coat of Wicked Polish Mangled Mermaid. I love all the detail in this polish and of course, stars!



I topped everything off with a thick coat of Seche Vite to smooth it out and make it super shiny. 

I loved how this mani looked and wore it for at least 3 days before taking it off. I did have some staining trouble with my ring and pinkie nails. It looks like Bespoke Psychopath stained in some spots where there was glitter only. I had no trouble on any of the other fingers, so I'm not really sure what happened there. I'll probably avoid wearing these two together again though.

I hope you enjoyed my just for me nail art! I'll be back later this week with another post and then I have some new Doctor Lacquer babies to show you soon!

xoxo

Lex


**All products in this post were purchased by me or traded for by me. Please see my disclosure page for more info.**

Monday, September 15, 2014

Born Pretty Store | Cats In Spaaaaaace!


So I am super excited to share these with you and I KNOW at least one of you is seriously looking forward to seeing all the photos of this mani. (I'm looking at you @nessDUH - P.S. If you're not following Vanessa @nessDUH over on Instagram you are missing out and you should go correct that immediately. She's not only an awesome person but she runs THE BEST polish swaps.)

When I saw these nail art water decals on Born Pretty Store, I knew I had to have them. What could be better than tiny kitties and puppies on your nails? Well... tiny kitties in SPACE! I honestly just can't wait for you to see these. Ready?


Seeeee?! How flipping cute are those water decals?!?! I absolutely love them. From the moment I had them in my hands I knew I wanted to do a space theme behind them. With all the Cats in Space memes floating around I thought it would be a perfect backdrop.


I started with a base of Zoya Aurora and then used about 15 different lacquers and sponged them on to create the final look of the galaxy. Please don't ask for a list, I really don't remember. I know I used some of the Color Club Halo Hues and Orly Miss Conduct, but other than that I really couldn't tell you. Sorry!

After my galaxy nails were dry (thank you Seche Vite) I added the decals. These water decals are sooooo easy to apply. Just cut out your desired decal from the sheet, plunge into warm water for about 5-10 seconds and then slide the decal off the paper with your finger. Then you can just place it on your nail. As long as your nail and the decal are wet, you can move it around on your nail to get the perfect placement.


Once your decal is where you want it, dab the nail lightly with a dry paper towel to make sure the decal stays in place.


Once all the decals were placed and dry I used a coat of Seche Vite to seal it all in and make my nails uber shiny.

 I absolutely love how these came out and I love working with water decals. Born Pretty Store has so many options for decals, I highly suggest checking them out.


What would you do with some tiny kitty cat decals?

You can purchase these water decals over here. They retail for $3.99 and you get a ton of them! Use my code AGBQ10 for 10% off your entire order. As always, Born Pretty Store provides free worldwide shipping on all orders!

I hope you enjoyed my Cats in Spaaaaaaace! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

xoxo

Lex

** Cat Nail Art Water Decals were provided by Born Pretty Store for my honest review. All other nail colors, top coats and base coats used here were purchased by me. For more information please see my disclosure policy. **

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