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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lacquistry-A Friggin' Circus!

Yesterday, I showed you China Glaze's matte Stone Cold from The Hunger Games Collection.  Scheduled to be in stores mid-March, I was surprised to see them at my local Sally's!  Have any of you gone out and found them?
I told you I would be layering something over it, and SURPRISE! It's another Lacquistry polish-A Friggin' Circus!
A Friggin' Circus is  a multi-colored two-sized hex glitter. From what Jenna told me, it is normally in a blue jelly base, but mine is in a pink jelly base!  (I feel special!) Of course, that is lost here, since I have layered it over such a dark color!
 I have been wanting this for a VERY long time!  I thought that since I already had two multi-colored glitter polishes (The Glittering Crowd and $OPI Spark-tacular Top Coat) that I didn't need this one.  Boy, was I wrong! We polishaholics should know better by now. :o)  I saw Colorsplash's post on it and immediately knew I had to have it!  I went for a sparser look on my nails than she did, although I LOVE LOVE LOVE how she did hers!
 I flippin' LOVE A Friggin' Circus!  It screams happy-happy-happy to me!  The only downer is that the hexes tended to clump on top of each other and leave other areas bare-a problem I was able to fix because I am a MASTER MANIPULATOR.  Haha!  Of glitter only, ladies!  GLITTER ONLY!
 Of course, I had to mattify this beauty!  Stone Cold is meant to be matte and thanks to Stephanie Savas (Hi Steph!) who had asked anyone on Lacquistry's Facebook page to do A Friggin' Circus mattified-you get to see A Friggin' Matte Circus!  Also, Stephanie, if you are reading, check out tomorrow's post. You WILL want to see it!  Technically, tomorrow's post is what you asked for plus some!
 The details of Stone Cold get lost with the pink jelly base of A Friggin' Circus, but no one would ever know!  The main focus of this manicure is-and will always be-A Friggin' Circus!  You just can't downplay the beauty of this polish!
 Maybe for those of you who don't like glitter, the mattified look is more your style?  Have I converted you yet?  Sheila, are you rethinking glitter?  No?  LOL.  At least I tried!
Please check out tomorrow's post.  If you caught the hint above, I will be comparing three of my multi-colored glitters over black-all glossy and all matted!!!
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

China Glaze The Hunger Games-Stone Cold

Before I delve into this post, I have noticed that I am near over 200 followers!  Geez you guys!  Um, I am now planning my 200 follower giveaway!  I hope I can meet your polish obsession needs here!  :o) So hello everyone and thanks for reading!

I walked into my local Sally's Beauty Supply and there was a China Glaze The Hunger Games Collection!  I couldn't believe my eyes!  I had just been reading on nail blogs that it wasn't supposed to come out until mid-March!  But there it was.... I knelt down to take a closer look and saw that seven of the twelve polishes were in stock.  
To be totally honest with you, there was really only one that I wanted-Stone Cold. I looked over the other ones, and they just didn't do it for me.  Despite having read The Hunger Games series and LOVING it, I am just not going to get a collection of polishes that I am not in love with.  HOWEVER, Stone Cold is FREAKING awesome!!!  
Stone Cold is a matte charcoal gray. I LOVE charcoal grey!  And since when did China Glaze do matte?!  I snatched this puppy up and made sure no one got in my way! :o)  LOOK AT IT!
I thought it might remind me of ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly. I don't have it or I would compare the two.  What do you think?  I do know that Stone Cold could have gotten perfect marks for application if it hadn't started dragging!!! It went on easily and flawlessly. It could have been a one-coater-BUT THEN-the polish started dragging!  Aarrghh. It was so close to perfection.  I still love it though.  This is only two coats and reminds me of granite!
Of course, I must do the obligatory glossy top coat!
It seems to give it an even more granite look.
Hmmm....I think I know what I might layer over this for my next post...
To see swatches of the other colors in The Hunger Games Collection, click on the following blog posts:

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lacquistry Undertow Over Black and Blue!

Before I delve into my favorite nail polish brand EVER, let me say, WOW!  I have reached over 100 followers!  Woohoo!  Hi everyone!  I feel so honored that you like my blog enough to read it!  I am planning a 100 follower giveaway, but am waiting on one vital thing!  Don't worry, it is at the front of my mind!
In case you didn't know, I am a huge Lacquistry fan. Hands down, she has my favorite polishes ever!  So, when I saw the brand new Undertow pop up on her Etsy shop, I KNEW I had to have it!  I am a big sucker for two colors-purple and blue-so this was a no-brainer for me. 
I didn't really get a good look at the polish on the Etsy website, so when I got it in the mail, I was a little surprised at the simplicity of it. Undertow is one-sized glitter that is not really dense. I layered it over Zoya Robyn when I realized that it wasn't opaque enough to be worn on its own.  What I wasn't prepared for was the holo that this glitter gives off in the sun!  OMG!  It is like crystals on my nails!  Unfortunately, the camera caught next to none of the holo glitters. :o(  Take my word for it though-  THEY ARE THERE!
When I realized this was more of a top coat, my mind went bananas!  What could I layer it over? Of course, basic black was my next choice!  Here is a look at it over black...
If you thought it was beautiful over Zoya Robyn, look how it glistens over black!  You can kind of see the holo of the glitters there.  Even the lady at Sally's Beauty stopped me to ask what I was wearing!
This may look like a simple one-sized, one-color glitter, but it is well thought out and stunning-a must have for any glitter lover!
Here are a couple of swatches I did on a nail wheel... (I only have but two hands to swatch!)  The pink is Zoya Moxie and the right is A England Ascalon.
If all that wasn't enough, I layered a coat of Zoya Maisie over it.  You can see the green flake top coat!
And here is Zoya Robyn and Lacquistry Undertow matted.  I love this glitter much more than I expected to!  Thank you, Jenna, for more amazingness in a bottle!
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Sunday, February 26, 2012

An International Haul and My Zoya's. :o)

I did my second international swap! Ok, maybe I just swapped money, but still!  Thanks to the wonderful Jo (check out her blog by clicking on her name,) I got the much sought after Max Factor Fantasy Fire!!!  I also got Models Own Scarlett Sparkle, and two other Max Factor's-Graffiti and Odyssey Blue.
Scarlett Sparkle, Fantasy Fire, Odyssey Blue, and Graffiti
Scarlett Sparkle
Fantasy Fire
Odyssey Blue
Graffiti
I also placed an order with Zoya for their Valentine's Day promo of buy one red, get any other polish for free and NO shipping!  These two cost me a grand total of $8!!  I bought Moxie-I love a great raspberry color-and I bought Maisie to give to my sister when she comes to visit!
 I stopped by CVS and found an OPI Ink suede!  From what I have heard, these are hard to find, and there were three of these sitting on the shelf!  After that, I went to Sally's Beauty and on the bottom shelf was China Glaze "The Hunger Games Collection!"  I thought those were supposed to be released mid-March but there was half the collection sitting there!  I only bought Stone Cold, because the other two I thought about getting weren't there. 

What do you think of my haul?
 Fantasy Fire is only found in the UK, and even then it is a highly sought after polish!  You may need a friend in the UK to get this one!
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Last Lynnderella (For Now)-THE GLITTERING CROWD!

Well, this is my last untried Lynnderella.  Sad face. What better way to go out than with The Glittering Crowd?!
 For those of you who don't know, The Glittering Crowd is hand mixed with over 100 types of glitter!  What large company would do that?  NONE.  Companies are around to make money, and putting 100 types of glitter in a bottle of polish isn't cost effective. Thank God, we have Lynnderella who is intent on putting love and care and passion into her polishes!
Let me talk about this unbelievable polish!  When I swatch a polish that has been done several times before; I try to do it in a new way so you can get a different perspective.  I was going to put The Glittering Crowd over Zoya Ki (check out my pinkie nail below), but I was underwhelmed by it.  I realized then that IF IT AIN'T BROKE, DON'T FIX IT!
 And that's why I layered The Glittering Crowd over black.  It shows it off to its very best!
 The glitters just POP on the black!  Every glitter is different and I felt like I had a party on my nails!
 I really tried to edit pictures!  Really!  But that is another strength of this polish-it is very forgiving. You can't mess it up!
 I put one coat of Gelous and two coats of Seche Vite over TGC.  That made it smooth as glass!  I have run out of things to say, so just stare at the pictures....
The different types and colors of glitters in here is amazing!
UPDATE!  I just matted my nails to see what it looks like before doing another manicure, and OMG!  I just had to share with you!  I am really tempted to keep this on, but I need to do some more manicures to show you all!  Check this out!
 Is this not stupendous?  The Glittering Crowd GLITTERS even through the Hard Candy Matte-ly In Love top coat!
 I am going to have to matte every glitter from now on! If they look this good matte, then all my mani's will last twice the time!
So, what do you think?  Do you like it matte or glossy better? I am totally on the fence here!

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Friday, February 24, 2012

OPI DS Temptation-A Gift From My Mom

As I said in my previous haul post, my mom bought me this on HER birthday!  This is OPI's DS Temptation!  It is a beautiful purple glitter polish that also has some blue and fuchsia in there as well.
I put two different base coats on, but you can't tell!  I used Zoya's matte Zavita and Priti Etoile Violet.
I used two coats of DS Temptation.  I am a HUGE fan (addict) of blue and purple polishes, and a HUGE fan (addict) of glitter polish!  So, this was a perfect match for me!
I love this polish as I love all of my DS polishes.  I only wish the price wasn't so steep. I would much rather pay half the price for a Lacquistry polish!  But having said that, I love me this glitter!
Here is a bottle shot of what I used.  Sorry for the short post, but I had a rough day at work today, and I am wiped out!   Enjoy!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Denim and Rivets is Anything but Casual

I have another Lacquistry polish for you!  (I still have 4 more untrieds too!)   :o)  This beauty is called Denim and Rivets. The name evokes a casual lifestyle, however this polish is anything but casual!  
Denim and Rivets is a "riveting" metallic blue micro glitter with gold bars throughout.  The name "Denim" made me think of grey, because when jeans wear out, they have that really light grey color when they fade. I decided to do Denim and Rivets over a grey background. I chose Zoya Kelly rather than Zoya Dove though, because I didn't want to go too light!
While I never wear gold (I am more of a silver or copper girl) I could't pass this up!  The simplicity of it is stunning!  Immediately upon putting this on, I felt suddenly elegant and beautiful.  I thought I should be wearing a long black gown and going somewhere fabulous!
This is two coats of Denim and Rivets. It goes on rather sheer, so I am glad I went with the darker gray underwear. It also goes on easily. I didn't have to struggle with getting glitter or bars, they came out easily.  It would be interesting to see this over black or navy!
Like a lot of glitter polishes, this one was very hungry for top coat. I used one coat of Gelous, followed by two coats of Seche Vite.  Like most of my Lacquistry polishes, this one is well worth the effort it takes to wear glitter!  The only con was that I had glitter "herpes."  It kept getting everywhere and it was impossible to get rid of. :o)
Here is a parting bottle shot...
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