Monday, December 17, 2012

Iced Lacquer's 12 Days of Christmas - Santa

Hello again.  Today I am wearing another polish from Darling Diva on most of my nails.  This is 'Sheer Poetry' which is from her holiday collection.  It's an awesome yellowish-green linear holo with scattered red square glitter.  I have it here layered over 2 coats of Zoya Shawn to give it a deeper green color.  Unfortunately I have no natural light to photograph with today so you can not really see the awesome holo nature but trust me it is there!

And, since today is a challenge day I have an accent nail done as Santa's coat.  The red glitter base is a Sally Girl unnamed red glitter in the little snowman bottle.  The white is My Boyfriend Scales Walls and the black and silver are Stripe Rite.  And ugh, it is smudged - my goofy dog ran into me before my Seche set.  Sigh.

And don't forget to check out the other participating blogs!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Soft Glow of Electric Sex Gleaming in the Window

Ok, so I don't have a Leg Lamp but I kind of really wish I did. :)  Instead I have this lovely polish called Electric Sex from Darling Diva Polishes.  It's part of her 'A Christmas Story' themed holiday collection.  Electric Sex is a lovely black jelly with gold bar, hex, square and micro glitters.  It can totally be worn on its own but I've layered 1 coat of it over 1 coat of Cult Nails In a Trance - I think the golden olive tone of In a Trance brings out the gold glitter more.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Iced Lacquer's 12 Days of Christmas - Ornaments

So, these aren't really's more of a suggestion of ornaments lol.  I really wasn't feeling lights and am not all that great with freehand stuff (trying to do more and more but you know, small canvas is hard mmmkay).  So this is what I came up with.  I hope you like it.

Base color is 1 coat of Julep Sharon - a rich, deep cranberry red shimmer that just screams holiday to me.  The glitter polish is O Canada!, also by Julep.  And my 'ornaments' were done in Essie Beyond Cozy and China Glaze Running in Circles.

Please be sure to check out all the other blogs taking part in this challenge!!

Friday, December 14, 2012

A Perfect Christmas Glitter

Hello!  Today I am wearing what I think is an absolutely perfect Christmas glitter from the very talented Darling Diva Polish.  It's called 'A Christmas Story', inspired by the movie of the same name and is just gorgeous.  It's a fantastic mix of red and green micro holo glitter and is so, so eye-catching.  I can't stop looking at it.

This is 3 thin coats with no underwear other than my normal base coat.  I'm sure layering it over a dark red base would give it yet another dimension.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

31 Day Challenge, Day 17 - Glitter

Yes, yes I have been seriously slacking on this and yes, I skipped Tribal (I'll come back to it later).

I did today's nails really quick-like and it shows...I just wanted to get something out.

I used Fingerpaints Purple Palette as my base color. It's super sheer and I ended up doing 4 coats to get to this opacity because I chose to not use any 'underwear'. Then I did some drippy tips with Orly Halo. It looks much better in person than in the pictures but if I did it over again I'd use a creme for the drips...much easier to work with.

Don't mind my skin owie - I got too zealous with my file.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Days of Christmas, Day 6 - Snowman

Hello everyone!  It's another challenge day and I had fun doing this one. :D

I have to say I am enjoying having longer nails.  It's still working in miniature but it seems a little easier with a little more length to work with.

So, for today's nails I started with 2 coats of an unnamed Julep shimmery metallic peacock blue that came in a Mystery box.  It drives me nuts that there's not a name on any of the bottles and I don't see one that is a match on the Julep site.  Grrr.  Anyway, it's a pretty blue and applied relatively well.  I didn't really have any issues with streaking or brush strokes showing which is amazing because I usually fail at even basic application with these types of polishes.  Over that I did a light coat of Sinful Colors Opal Glitter, I was hoping this would be kind of snow-like.  Then I did some freehand snow drifts and the head of my snowman using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls (this was recently on clearance at Ulta and I picked up 4 bottles, I love it that much!).  I used a medium striping brush to draw on the hat and filled it in with Fingerpaints Black Expressionism.  Then I used rhinestones for the face detail and some pearl studs on my other nails as falling snow.

What do you think?  I'm pretty happy with them - it's a nice change from my last couple of posts. :D

Be sure to visit the other participating blogs!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Liebster award!

I've been nominated for a Liebster Award by the lovely Thithi over at Pretty Tough Nails!  I'm so excited and honored that someone would take the time to recognize my little blog.  I feel like The Old Man in A Christmas Story - 'It's a major award!'.  Gosh I love that movie.

So, the rules of the Liebster Award are:

  • You have to state 11 random facts about yourself
  • You have to answer 11 questions asked by the person who nominated you
  • You have to tag 11 new blogs that have less than 200 followers and ask 11 of your own questions

With that being said, here are the 11 random facts about me:
  1. I am a huge beer geek and have been considering blogging about my adventures in beer as well as nails.
  2. I am a huge comic book geek with a collection that numbers in the thousands.
  3. I am a huge video game geek and used to play a certain MMORPG like it was a full-time job (without the pay of a job).
  4. Twin Peaks is my favorite TV show of all time with Buffy the Vampire Slayer a close second.
  5. I love Star Wars (IV, V and VI) but not Star Trek.
  6. I started college when I was 16 and still haven't finished because I still can't decide what I want to be when I grow up.
  7. I have an Autistic son and a son with Asperger's.
  8. I used to play roller derby and even co-founded a league in the city I live in.
  9. I buy action figures...for myself.
  10. I think Carl Sagan was a sexy beast.
  11. I think a virus-induced zombie apocalypse is totally plausible.

Here are my answers to Thithi's questions
  1. What was the last movie you saw?  The last movie I saw in the theatre was 'Skyfall'.
  2. What is your signature cooking dish?  I'd have to say meatballs or lasagna - I had a lovely Italian grandmother who taught me to cook.
  3. Do you speak any other languages?  I can read Spanish, French, Italian and Latin but the only one I can come close to being conversational in is Latin.  Now, programming languages are a different story - I am fluent in many.  Did I mention I'm kind of a geek?
  4. What color is on your nails now?  Uh, I'm in between manicures at the moment and have a number of polishes on my nails trying to decide what to do with what.  I have Cult Nails Coveted on some fingers, Cult Nails Disciplined on some, Orly Angel Eyes on some and Fingerpaints Purple Palette on others.
  5. What is your favorite clothing brand?  Do shoes count?  I'm a sucker for Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo.
  6. Would you rock stiletto nails?  No, not now - maybe when I was younger and full of gothy angst.
  7. What is your favorite book series?  I can't give an all-time favorite, I read too much for that.  But, I'm currently really into The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher and The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.
  8. Where did you vacation last?  Vegas, baby.  It's been years since I've had a real vacation.
  9. What did you buy this week?  I went on an indie polish spree the other night, my form of massive stress relief.  I bought some KBShimmer, Darling Diva Polish, Black Cat Lacquer, Cult Nails and a mini haul from Color Club and China Glaze via Head2ToeBeauty...oh, a some fun stuff from Dollar Nail Art.  I think I may need a 12-step program. ;)
  10. What current trend will you never wear? (clothing or beauty)  Duck feet nails - I just don't get it, especially when it's done to toenails.  Really?  How do you wear shoes?
  11. Did you check out my blog and follow it?  Of course! 

My 11 questions for my nominees:
  1. If you could be any supernatural being what would you be?
  2. Are you a dog or cat person?
  3. What's your favorite nail art technique?
  4. If you were another person would you be friend with you?
  5. What are some of your other hobbies?
  6. What is the last movie that really moved/disturbed/thrilled you and why?
  7. Do you have secret guilty pleasure music, if so what?
  8. What's one piece of advice you didn't follow but wish you had?
  9. If you could have lunch with anyone living who would it be?
  10. When was the last time you climbed a tree?
  11. What's your favorite childhood book?
Aaannnddd....My 11 nominees:
Thanks again to Thithi for the nomination!