|One coat by itself|
I decided to layer A Friggin’ Circus (AFC) over Cult Nails Time Traveler, an amazing navy blue jelly/cream. I used two coats of AFC over Time Traveler. Any chunky glitter like this is difficult to apply evenly, and this was no exception. I “blobbed” a lot of polish on my nail and spread it around, and waited about five minutes between coats. Using this technique, it wasn’t too much of a pain to apply, and the payoff is well worth it! I used a coat of OPI RapidDry Topcoat to smooth things out and add some shine!
|Natural light, no flash (blurry, but you can see how shiny it is!)|
I know we have seen quite a few rainbow glitters lately, so why is this one special? Well, first of all, there is the blue sheer base, which makes the polish interesting on its own. Secondly, the types of glitter in this polish are different than other ones in my stash. AFC has only small hex glitters; there are NO round or micro glitters in this baby! Next to Sephora by OPI Spark-tastic top coat you can see the difference that makes. I love AFC…it is just so fun, shiny, and magic on the nail!
Lacquistry polishes are handmade and sold by the sweet Jenna on her Etsy Shop for $7.50 plus shipping! If you missed my first Lacquistry post, check it out HERE. =) Don’t forget to check out The Lacquerologist on Facebook and Pinterest too! I love you all for reading!!
HELLO EVERYONE! Happy Friday! I know I said I would have a giveaway when I hit 50 followers on Google Friend Connect or 100 followers on Facebook, but I just couldn’t wait any longer, so I am having a flash giveaway this weekend! Up for grabs is one bottle of the amazing Revlon Whimsical! This polish is a dupe of Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air and is currently hard to find. =) To see some swatches, visit THIS post.
You MUST be 18 and have a US shipping address to enter! You can enter three separate ways and earn up to 4 entries! =) Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter! The giveaway closes at 12:01AM on Monday morning (1/30/12) so enter now and share with your friends!! Once a winner is selected, they will have 24 hours to email me with their information. I will post the winner here and on Facebook! Love you all! CLICK READ MORE FOR THE GIVEAWAY WIDGET! =)
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Good morning everyone! I hope you are having a great week so far! Today I’ll be showing you the first of the three Lacquistry polishes I recently bought. Lacquistry is a small polish company owned by Jenna! You can purchase her polishes in her Etsy Shop! All contact I have had with Jenna through Etsy and Facebook has been extremely positive. She is a sweetheart! =) These polishes are gorgeous, complex, glitter bombs! Amazing! It was difficult to fight the urge to buy the whole Etsy shop! However, I knew for sure that I wanted to buy one of the “Shredded” polishes…sort of a cross between an iridescent flakie and an opaque colored glitter. Here I am showing you the limited edition Lacquistry Aqua Shredded (two coats) layered over two coats of Zoya Layla.
Isn’t this a fun change from traditional flakies or glitter? I love it! There are so many colors that this could be layered over…I guarantee you will be seeing more of this polish in the near future =) I finished this mani off with two coats of top coat to make it nice and smooth.
Lacquistry polishes are handmade, which I think is amazing. This is real art! Aside from the limited edition Aqua Shredded, it is also available in black, Silver Holo, and red (called Devil’s Dandruff). According to Lacquistry’s Facebook page, a dark blue shredded and a gold holo shredded will be available soon! Since all of the polishes are handmade, many are often in limited quantities, so grab them when you see them! Aside from the Shredded line, Lacquistry offers many other amazing glitter polishes! They all sell for $7.50 (plus shipping) and can be purchased HERE! I highly recommend you check it out!!!
Just a side note! When I reach 50 followers here or 100 likes on Facebook, I will be hosting my first giveaway! Turns out, whenever I see a certain Revlon dupe of a certain Deborah Lippmann polish, I cannot help but buy a bottle……so I may have a few to give away =) Head over to the Facebook page for even more fun!
So how do you create all that color variation with just three bottles? Mixing!! White On White was my base color, obviously. I topped it off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat so that if I messed up my dots, I could remove them without totally ruining my base color. Then I started mixing! I use a paper plate to do all my mixing and dotting. I put a “blob” of For Audrey on the plate and then added a few drops of Liquid Leather. I mixed it up using my dotting tool. Once I was happy with the color, I dotted it on to each of my nails. The polish will become tacky on the paper plate, so you need to move efficiently. I did both hands at the same time so that I wouldn’t have to mix up more color for the second hand!
For the next row of dots, I did the same thing, but with a little less black polish. The middle row of dots on the nails is pure For Audrey and then the last two rows were done with the same procedure as described above, but with white polish! I felt like an artist painting off my palette!
|Liquid Leather, For Audrey and White On White|
|My mixes! So fun =)|
I am really enjoying this look. It’s subtle, but interesting and fun to do! You could use really any color for your base and your dots. Also, to do a true ombre manicure without the dots, you would mix your polish up the same way, and apply it with a polish brush (probably from an empty bottle of polish). =)
For those of you who don’t have a dotting tool, you can use a variety of items to create dots that you probably have around your house already! Straighten out a bobby pin and use the little balls on the ends to make your dots! Just wipe the end of your tool off on a paper towel between dotting and you should be good to go!! =)
Everyone can do dot manis! Will you try them? Experiment and post your pictures on The Lacquerologist Facebook page! =) Thanks for reading!