Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Silver and Gold

So you've been looking for a holiday manicure to rock this season but you're sick of the green and red and cutesy designs? Do you want something more punk-ish? Want to spice it up a bit? I totally have the design for you! Keep reading to find out how to get this super fun and spunky silver and gold design.

Wow, is it just me or did I really sound like I was trying to sell you guys something up there? I should totally become a sales person! LOLOL 

Selling isn't for me, but this design certainley is! I mean don't get me wrong I love red and green and cutesy Christmas nails but sometimes I just crave a little more spice.

I started off with a base of Wet N Wild Black Creme. When it dried I used Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold and Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and created a water spotted design. Instead of top coating for a shiny finish I opted for NYC Matte Me Crazy. Finally I added some small tear drop shaped rhinestones. 

I love how this design looks, punk rock but still totally in the holiday spirit. 

If you want a better look at how I created these nails, because come on I'm really not that good at explaining myself, head on over to my Instagram (@pinkandpolishednails) I will be posting a video tutorial shortly.

What do you guys think?

Thanks loves :) 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The December Glitter BOXES

Hi guys!

I'm super excited about this post partially because It actually involves my brand, The Little LacquerBean, and partially because it's just AWESOME! I was invited to be the guest for the month of December for The Glitter Box! For those of you who don't know what The Glitter Box is, it's a monthly box with polishes from Fat Lacquers and each month there's a new guest. I'm so excited about this month because it is their anniversary so there will be TWO boxes. And the theme is none other than FROZEN! Ah I love Disney's Frozen, I will forever be a child at heart ;) Keep reading and find out after the swatches how to get your hands on one or both of the boxes. 

Let's get on to the good stuff... SWATCHES!

Starting off with both polishes from Fat Lacquers.

- Conceal It, Don't Feel It -
A sheer blue jelly with platinum silver flakies, mini navy blue holo stars, and different sizes of navy and light blue hex glitters. WOW! This is simply stunning. It was actually way easier to work with then I anticipated. Formula is on the thicker side, as it expected with glitter bombs like this but like I said before it's extremely easy to work with. Swatch is two coats with top coat. 

- Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? -
Blue shimmer base with a few different shades of orange hex glitters, black hex glitters, black and white triangles, and some micro white square glitters. What a complex polish! SO fun! Formulas with thicker as expected but still easy to work with. Swatch is two careful coats with top coat. 

Now for the polishes from The Little LacquerBean

- The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyways -
A pale blue jelly packed with white flakies. Just like snow ;) Formula was smooth, a bit on the sheer side but it builds up quite nicely. Swatch is three simple coats with top coat. 

- Let It Go -
A medium blue holographic with a smattering of teal micro glitters. I'm a sucker for holographic shades and this blue is just the perfect shade of blue. Formula was very easy to work with. Swatch is three easy coats with top coat. The last three photos are with my cameras flash to capture a little of the holographic effect. 

I love, love, love all of these polishes! And I'm not being biased because a few of them are mine ;) They are all amazing! 

Want to get your hands on them? Here's how! The Glitter Box retails for $16USD for two polishes of $30USD for all four and are available starting December 5th (they're available NOW!) and will be available until December 23rd. All boxes will ship out the first week of January. You can purchase them at theglitterboxpolish.bigcartel.com. Make sure to get yours before the 23rd! Trust me you don't want to miss out on these beauties.

What do you think guys? Will you be picking up any of these polishes?

Talk to you soon!
Thanks loves :) 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Gradient Ornaments

It just isn't Christmas without at least one red and green design ;) 

But can I just say, red and green are being such jerks to work with this year! Because they are opposites they technically cancel each other out meaning that if you aren't careful a gradient can turn muddy and brown. I had to redo this gradient 3 times before I was happy with it! Ready to check it out?

I started with a base of Essie Blanc so that my gradient would really pop. When it dried I taped off my nails and created the gradient using The Little LacquerBean Sexy Red Suit and The Little LacquerBean Mistletoe Mania. I cleaned up and applied Essie Good To Go so that the stamping wouldn't smudge anything. When everything was dry I stamped over the gradient using Bundle Monster Plate BM-H03 and Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold. I sealed everything in with one final coat of Essie Good To Go and that was it. 

I wasn't sure that I was going to like this mani while I was creating it. It was just so messy and nothing was going right I almost gave up. But I'm glad I didn't because I really actually loved the final product. The ornaments hide the messy gradient line and it made for a really fun and festive manicure.

What do you think guys?

Talk to you soon!
Thanks loves :) 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fuzzy Mittens


Man is it freaking cold out! Yesterday it only made it to 22 degrees! Unnecessary if you ask me. But I also think winter is completely unnecessary too.... 

Anyways, fuzzy mittens keep our hands warm in the winter... so if we paint fuzzy mittens on our nails will it do the same?! The questions of the universe have now been answered, and the answer is NO but they sure are cute ;) 

I started with a base of Enchanted Polish Flashing Lights on my pointer and pinky and a base of The Little LacquerBean Sweet Irish Cream on my middle and ring. When my middle and ring dried I applied my The Little LacquerBean mitten vinyls and sponged The Little LacquerBean Spiked Hot Chocolate over them to create the 'fuzzy' look. I peeled off the vinyls and took TLLB Sweet Irish Cream and Bundle Monster plate BM-H01 and stamped over the mittens. Finally I sealed it all in with Essie Good To Go

These nails were SO FUN to wear! Such a conversation starter LOL. I really liked how the mittens weren't crisp, they looked so much more cozy this way. 

Oh and if my explanation wasn't that good... because sometimes I really suck, I have a video tutorial that will be going up on Instagram so head on over there my username is @pinkandpolishednails and give it a look! Click my name to be taken there!

What do you think?

Thanks loves :) 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Chevrons


They complete my life. I have no idea why I'm so obsessed with them lately but man, I just can't get enough! So you guys had to know there would be at least one Christmassy chevron design.... or 4 ;) I really, really loved the way this one turned out though so read on to find out how I did it.

I started off with a base of Essie Blanc. When it dried I taped off around my nails and created a water spotted design using Blackheart Beauty Jealous Type and Dior Marilyn. I removed the tape and applied The Little LacquerBean Relaxed Chevron Mini vinyls. I painted over the vinyls with Essie Blanc, removed them, cleaned everything up, and applied Essie Good To Go to finish every off. 

I love how different each nail came out yet they all tie together for a beautiful Christmas design. 

Oh and not to shamelessly promote or anything but just LOOK at how crisp those lines are O.O I recently changed my vinyl to a new supplier and they work so amazingly! (purchase them HERE ;) ;) ) 

What do you guys think?

Talk to you all soon!
Thanks loves :) 

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Golden Reindeer

There's something about gold and chocolate brown together that just makes my heart happy.

No really, it's a match made in heaven! And when I think of gold and brown around Christmas the first thing that comes to mind is reindeer! So hey give the people what they want right? 

I started off with a base of The Little LacquerBean Spiked Hot Chocolate, a yummy chocolatey squishy crelly. When it dried I stamped over it using Bundle Monster plates BM-H01 and BM-417 and Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold. To finish the design off I sealed everything in with a layer of Essie Good To Go

I really enjoy how well the Bundle Monster plates stamp. I mean look at how crisp that reindeer is! 

Are you guys feeling the Christmas spirit yet?! What's your favorite holiday design? I'm always open to suggestions! ;) 

Talk to you all soon!
Thanks loves :) 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Snow Flakey

Hello December!

I know I've already posted once this month but I was in such a rush I didn't have time to say my welcome! Not that I welcome every month.... but December is such a festive month I think it deserves it. 

It's no secret that I hate winter, I think I say it 34894368950793 times every year, but there are two things that I do enjoy about the season, snow and Christmas! I'm going to be doing quite a few festive designs this month, or that's the goal anyways ;) And I'm going to start it off with a chilly design featuring a special polish from my brand The Little LacquerBean. Read on if you want to know why it's so special!

I started off this design with a base of The Little LacquerBean Let It Go. When it was dry I used some snowflake nail vinyls from The Little LacquerBean and fit them to each nail. I trimmed off the excess and applied Essie Good To Go to finish it off. 

I LOVE blue and silver together. Actually my Christmas tree has had a blue / silver theme for the past 3 years, even though I'm changing it up this year shhhhhh ;) This design is so simple and easy to do, it took me about a half hour to complete, yet it looks so fun and festive. 

You guys still here? I'll let you in on a little secret if you are. This polish is a part of a special collaboration. I have been asked to be the guest this month for The Glitter Box, a monthly box from Fat Lacquers that features a different guest each time. As you can guess I was ecstatic! Especially when I found out this month's theme, Frozen! I'm a huge fan of the movie (child at heart FOREVER) so I was pumped to create TWO polishes. Yes that's right, there will be TWO boxes this month! The boxes will go on sale December 5th so keep an eye out I'll have some proper swatches coming soon! 

What do you think of that secret?! Will you be purchasing one, or even both, of The Glitter Boxes?! 

That's all for today, talk to you guys soon!
Thanks loves :)