28 June 2012

Lac Attack Jewel of the Nile

Hello lacquered lovelies! I hope you're all having a good week. It's almost Friday, yay! Any plans for the weekend?

Today I've got a beautiful polish to share with you. Lately I've been feeling pretty uninspired with blogging. I'm still doing my nails, of course, and I usually take pictures of them, but when it comes to sitting down and cropping, watermarking and writing a post I've been a real slacker. I've gone through these phases before and the best thing I can do for myself is not force it, so I haven't been.

But I usually get snapped out of it by being really excited to share something with you guys, and such is the case today. Occasionally I'm lucky enough to meet some really amazing people through blogging, and almost all of these friendships have started out on twitter. Sometimes they're fellow bloggers, other times they're passionate lacquerheads who don't blog and sometimes they're creators of some of the amazing indie brands that have been coming out lately. Lac Attack is one of those indie brands, and the creator, Anastasia, is awesome. She's like my American spirit animal. She understands my need to troll people constantly (it's a hereditary illness, my parents are huge trolls and so is my grandpa haha) and a conversation with her is always sure to bring a smile to my face. :)

Her polishes are also cool and today's polish, Jewel of the Nile, had me so stoked that I was staring at my nails all day and encouraging others to join me in staring. Here's Anastasia's description of it: "neon blue, green and purple glitter make this a perfect layering polish - shifting its nature and beauty just like its radiant namesake." So, let's all stare together! This is two coats of Jewel of the Nile over two coats of OPI So Many Clowns (pleasegodno), So Little Time. This was definitely a thirsty glitter but I just used a regular topcoat with it, I like the texture! This really reminded me of the sprinkles on Poptarts. What flavour would have these colour sprinkly bits? Blueberry, maybe? Does this remind anyone else of Poptarts?!




I cannot get enough of matte glitters, honestly. It's a sickness. I see them and my brain implodes. I can't tell you how often this has been happening. Anastasia is also coming out with a collection of matte glitter topcoats because she's trying to kill me.* You should check out the preview.

Lac Attack polishes can be purchased through Anastasia's Etsy shop, but I suggest taking a look at her blog or her Facebook page for an idea of when her next restock might be. You can also follow Anastasia on twitter, which I recommend because twitter is great and interacting with there is fun, and also because she's the master of manicures and will help you out any time you're unsure of what to wear or which combo works best. ;)

So, what do you lovelies think? How do you feel about matte glitters? Are you hoping to snag any Lac Attack polishes? Did you preorder her new collection?? If you did don't tell me. I'll die of jealousy. Kidding. Tell me. I'll die of jealousy either way.

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!



The polish in this post was a gift to me from the very sweet Anastasia. Thank you again, love!


* - I might be joking. Maybe. 

20 June 2012

piCture pOlish Mask-a-rade

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy hump day! I hope you're all having a good week so far :) I'm back at work now boo! I need a vacation... my family coming was time off work but not a vacation haha!

Today I've got a quick but picture heavy post for you, because the polish I'm showing you is awesome. If you glanced at the title, you already know what it is. If not, it's piCture pOlish Mask-a-rade, surprise!

This polish is made of win. It's the love child of the three Ozotic Elytras... if three polish-people could somehow make a baby. Obviously. I'm not a scientist so the logistics aren't clear but this polish is awesome.

I've put the pictures underneath the cut because I went a bit crazy with them haha. This is two coats of Mask-a-rade over one coat of American Apparel Hassid!

18 June 2012

Neon watermelon: China Glaze Pool Party & I'm With the Lifeguard + LA Girl Uninhibited

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Monday! I'm kind of writing this blindly... I'm not sure if you'll be able to see it. As you guys have probably seen us talking about, there's some kind of malware thing going around and we don't know how to fix it. It won't even let me go to blogger right now... I don't know. I'm terrible with this sort of thing.

As usual, I also want to apologise for my silence again last week. There was a reason, though! I was working, which isn't unusual, but also, my parents, two of my siblings, all four of my grandparents and my favourite aunt and my favourite uncle came up for my graduation. It was on Thursday. It was emotional and awesome and the perfect culmination to four years of work. Someone was rewarded an honourary degree and his story was inspiring. Going up there to get my diploma was a terrifying but proud moment! If you're curious, I now have a BA (Bachelor of the Arts), with my specialisation being history. I'm a BA, aka bad ass... yep. I'm also the coolest. I ended up giving the diploma to my parents... I don't really know what I'd want with it at the moment and my mom seems keen on framing it haha.

Anyway, today I've got a quick, retina-searing post for you. I keep filing my nails down at the moment, I'm loving them short and I'm slowly being able to get them shorter and shorter. The reason I can't have proper nubbins is a bit gross but if you're curious ask me haha. Anyway, this was a manicure I settled on just after I cut them off. I wanted to use a neon with black glitter and I had narrowed it down to either China Glaze Pool Party or China Glaze I'm With the Lifeguard. I asked for advice on twitter and instagram and the lovely Anastasia of Lac Attack suggested that I use both. Brilliant! So that's exactly what I did.

I started out with two coats of Pool Party on all of my fingers except my ring, where I did two coats of I'm With the Lifeguard. After that dried, I added a coat of LA Girl Uninhibited. I know, I use it a lot. I need like 400 back up bottles haha. I topped it all off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast, because it was a bit textured.



I'm With the Lifeguard is so prettyyyyy. I wore it as a full manicure this weekend! I didn't think I needed any of the new ChG neons but I have a feeling I'll slowly accumulate the whole collection... hoarder problems, amiright?

What do you lovelies think? Have you been rocking any neons lately?


Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

11 June 2012

Harlow & Co. swatches!

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend :) I only have one more shift until I'm off for almost a week... grad and family visiting, yay! I'm looking forward to being away from there, honestly... the drama and negativity is getting to me. I'll miss one of the girls though hehe!

Today I've got some more pretties that Katie of Harlow and Co. created! They're cute little polishes... I'll use Katie's descriptions of them when I've got them. :)

I have four to review for you guys today - Luke's Lightsaber, For Madii, Jaws and Misfits. Saving the best (in my opinion) for last - Misfits is soooo cool! My love Jen also has three up on her blog today, which you should definitely check out if you haven't already!

I'm going to put the pictures under a cut... lots of words and lots of photos!


06 June 2012

Lynnderella Nosegay

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy hump day! Hope you're all having a good week so far. My graduation is just over a week away and I'm so nervous! I haven't even chosen my polish yet. And if I wear sandals I'll need to pick a pedi colour too... Lacquerhead problems, amiright? What did you guys wear to your graduations?

Today I've got a pretty polish that came from my dear friend Jen. I love that girl haha, she's the Pauly to my Vinny! Thanks again for this one, bb!

This is Lynnderella Nosegay. Okay so I'm five and found the name kinda funny at first but yes, it is a flower, I know this. But also Nosegay. Nosegay is a milky super pale purple with square and hex purple glitters and beautiful shimmer. I layered three coats of it over two coats of OPI Care to Danse?. I used three coats of Nosegay because I wanted more glitter and also because square glitter. Nosegay is gorgeousss.



Isn't it so pretty? I love it. I can't count how many times I've worn this haha. I think my indie polishes are some of my most worn polishes so far this year. I've worn Floam more than I've ever allowed myself to wear ANY of my polishes - I feel so guilty wearing some of them multiple times when I still have untrieds haha.

What do you lovelies think? I know there's still a lot of drama surrounding Lynns, and I've debated posting mine over and over, but ultimately, they're still pretty and I still like to share pretty polishes. I think I might post the rest of mine in a Lynn spam post, but Nosegay deserves its own post just for being so pretty and for being from my dear friend.

If you want to, you can add your wishlist to Llarowe's system to get your paws on Lynns. They're pricey but worth it, in my opinion. The wishlist system is closed right now, but I believe it's opening up again soon... and there's a new Lynn collection soon. If the wishlist system sounds like a lot of work (it is - I ended up being in the very last rotation because my last name starts with a P, and then I didn't get my invoice when I was supposed to, then got invoiced for three polishes on my list when there were 8 because there wasn't enough inventory to fill it all at once - still waiting on those three haha, and hoping I get invoiced for the rest soon), Leah Ann sometimes adds the overstock to the site. You just have to move quickly haha!

What do you lovelies think? How do you like square glitter? I know my adorable wife Salla hates it haha.

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

04 June 2012

China Glaze Sun-Kissed

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Monday! I hope you all had a good weekend. I finally found the charger for my laptop (my apologies - I mentioned it on twitter but that's why I vanished again haha) so yay, I'm scheduling posts now so I don't have to stay silent again! I wish blogger was more mobile-friendly... and that it didn't hate Canada!

Today I've got a quick, retina-searing post for you. The new China Glaze summer neons are cool. I love looking at them and I'm sure I'll own the whole collection eventually! For now I've only got two, so this is one of them. This is actually the first one I picked up (shock! Horror! I know, I didn't get the green first. I have since rectified this) and I had to wear it right away. It's so awesome.

This is China Glaze Sun-Kissed. It's basically yellow highlighter in a bottle with some shimmer thrown in. Best part? I only needed two coats. It does dry to a kind of satin-y finish, so I didn't use topcoat for these pictures so you could see that. :)




It seriously glows. So cooooooooooooool. Have you guys scooped any of these up? Do you plan to? Which ones are your favourites?

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

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