Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Lights of Paris

Today, I have a post from the vault! I actually did Lights of Paris before my trip to France last summer when I was figuring out what to wear on my nails. (In the end, I did a different mani that I will recreate one day.) I ended up forgetting/being too embarrassed about it to post it (it's a fail mani), but now I think it's a shame not to post it. Without further ado, I present to you Lights of Paris!

For Lights of Paris, I wanted a gradient of glitter and stars falling on a blue sky. The Eiffel Tower accented my ring finger. I didn't want a dark background, though, since some of the places on the itinerary may have prohibited dark polishes. I figured using light or nude colors was the way to go. I used Barry M Greenberry as my base and NYX Girls Dreamy Glitter for the gradient. I fished out the pink stars so I could have more control over their placements. I used a white striper for the Eiffel Tower. 

As mentioned earlier, I thought this mani was a failure. I wasn't able to achieve the look I had in mind. :( The Eiffel Tower doesn't even remotely resemble the real deal either. The mani ended up looking like something from The Little Mermaid with an out-of-place Japanese garden shrine. I'm glad that I gave the idea a shot though!

Thanks for looking! See you on the other side of the day!


Monday, January 6, 2014

Color Club Harp on It

Color Club Harp on It is a strong silver linear holo. I used 4 thin coats instead of 3 thicker ones to prevent chipping. I actually wore this for around a week and had no chips! I only had growth, which I filed before I took pictures. The formula was alright, definitely not amazing like the other Color Club holos I have. Harp on It slightly thickened throughout its application, but it was still manageable to apply. Also unlike the other Color Club holos, this one didn't level very well and dried slowly; you can see bed sheet marks in some of the photos. Since it's a holo, I didn't use base or top coat.

Thanks for looking! See you on the other side of the day!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Inspired by: Marc Jacobs Daisy

Today, I felt like doing some low-key girly nails. (It was one of those spontaneous moments...) I've seen Marc Jacobs Daisy-inspired nails floating around for a while now and, even though they were easy to do, I never did them! I then decided today was the day. I don't remember where I first saw this nail art, but I do remember watching this tutorial by elleandish. (By the way, check her out! She has great tutorials!)

For the base, I used Sally Hansen Crinoline, a sheer pale pink-beige creme. Using the second smallest dotting tool, I made the daisies using Zoya Purity, a white creme, and the stigmas and accents using Essie Good as Gold, a gold metallic. I topped it all off with NYC Grand Central Station.

I actually quite like this mani. It's not as girly as I expected so I think I'll leave these on for a while. ;)

Thanks for looking! See you on the other side of the day!


Le Lacquer Hook Up Turns 2!

Happy birthday to Le Lacquer Hook Up! You turned 2 on December 31, 2013!

 (I'm several days late with this. The holidays and New Year's are always hectic... And I admit, I just want to vegetate before I go back to school!)