Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Mani. Featuring Liquid Sky Lacquer

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving!! When I was planning a manicure for the holiday, I went back and forth with whether or not I would do nail art. With visions of cute turkey accent nails dancing in my head, I decided to skip the frustration and just stay simple. 

But when I say simple, I don't mean your run of the mill, everyday color. I'm talking about some of the best holos I've seen in indie polish lines. Please let me introduce you to Liquid Sky Lacquer (!! This is a polish line you will definitely want to check out, soon!!

I received my first Liquid Sky Lacquer from my Halloween polish swap, thanks to Instagram. I got four minis, three glitter toppers and one of her gorgeous holos in Pumpkin Pie.

So when I was thinking about my mani yesterday I thought, Pumpkin Pie is obviously the color I should use for Thanksgiving! 

       Quick shot of my mani essentials
   Shoot, my cleanup brush got cropped!

I start every mani with a base coat or treatment of some sort. Lately I've been using Nail Defense strengthing treatment by Orly (love!). Then I used 3 thin coats of Pumpkin Pie and quickly topped it with Seche Vite. I use an E.L.F concealer brush to clean up around my nails and cuticles. How awesome does that Pumpkin Spice scented acetone remover look!?  More on that later!

 How amazing is this holo effect!?  This is in regular everyday, in my house, lighting! I don't think I've ever seen such a pronounced holo without flash or the sun!   And when you're done drooling over this one, take a look at this shot I grabbed in the sun this morning!

I'm in love. As if I wasn't completely obsessed with holos already, I'm now obsessed with all things Liquid Sky Lacquer!

I'll leave you with this parting shot, an extreme close up of te beauty!! 

If you're interested in more Liquid Sky Lacquer, follow it's creator Carolyn, @whimsicalcolor on Instagram!

Enjoy your holiday tomorrow!!  


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Some Faves with Essie Polish

I have been obsessed with my fall and winter Essie's lately. I wanted to share a few of my manis I've done with them lately. I have Sable Collar and Mind Your Mittens from the winter collection, and Cashmere Bathrobe from the fall collection. 

First up a solo shot of Cashmere Bathrobe. The perfect fall grey with a subtle silver shimmer to it. I love dark pedicure colors in the winter. I like the dark polish against the bright white snow. 

 Next is a mani with both Mind Your Mittens, a creamy navy blue, and Cashmere Bathrobe. The accent nail is Cashmere bathrobe with all other nails being Mind Your Mittens. And stamped with a Bundle Monster snowflake stamp. Stamped with Essie's Good as Gold. duh a cute early winter mani. 

And I saved the best for last. I'm straight up obsessed with this manicure. It's probably my favorite out of all that I've done. I wish I would have taken pics during, but it was a really simple process so I'll just explain. 

I painted my nails with one coat of Essie Good as Gold. And when that was dry, I placed a piece of striping tape across the bottom of my nail. After I painted above the tape with, you guessed it, Mind Your Mittens. All topped off with a coat of Seche on top. Gorgeous, if I do say so myself. 

Enjoy your night lovelies!


Monday, November 11, 2013

Another year...

Why does time go by so quickly?!  Last weekend we celebrated Honey's FOURTH birthday. 


How is this possible. Why don't they stay baby's for longer than they do?  I still remember the day she no longer let me hold her for her bedtime bottle.  And now she runs into her classroom when we get to school, barely looking back. 

I know this is a nail, well more so beauty, blog. But I've been MIA lately as I've been spending time with my rapidly growing up baby girl. And while I don't have any planned out nail posts for you, I wanted to share a few photos from her party. 

    Who needs a fancy-schmancy cake?

This was the first time she had friends at a birthday party and she couldn't wait for them to arrive!  And I couldn't believe she sat still while I curled her hair. 

       Family shot with the birthday girl

And can I brag about another thing quickly?  

We don't have much room in our house, and most of Honey's room was taken up by her unnecessary full size bed. So I had the brilliant idea to get her a loft bed. 

Only loft beds (well the cute ones) are really expensive. Like $500 expensive. So off to Pinterest I went. And I found this:
           Photo taken from Pinterest 

Has ever a more perfect bed been made for a princess?!  

Luckily for me a very close friend of the family is an engineer and loves building things. So for the cost of lumbar, he built Honey her own version:
          Painting done by yours truly

Ignore the pieces that clearly aren't painted. I didn't follow directions and thought they were support pieces to attach the bed to the wall. 

It's been two weeks since the bed went up, and she spends 90 percent of her time in there. 

And the worlds largest Barbie princess castle has been moved out of my living room!!  


Nail stuff next time, pinky swear!!