Saturday, April 19, 2014

Valiantly Varnished Turns 2 Giveaway Extravaganza!

I honestly can't believe it's been two whole years since I started this blog. It feels like it was just yesterday that I came up with the wacky idea to start a nail art blog. A lot has happened since that time both in my life and here on VV, but I still find myself feeling like a newbie a lot of the time. There is still so much to learn and do and try and that is what keeps it both exciting and challenging. In celebration of my 2 year blogiversary I was planning on doing a giveaway. But I couldn't decide on a prize. I kept having multiple ideas and going back and forth and then finally it hit me: why not do them all? And so...from now until June I will be doing a giveaway a month! Each month will feature a new giveaway with a new prize! This month's prize is pretty awesome if I do say so myself!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Subtle Gold Stamping with Hare Polish Return To Nature

Quick nails of the day post for you all today! I finally got my hands on, Hare Polish Return to Nature, which has been on my wish list for sometime. I wore it to work on it's own and oohed and ahhed over it the entire day. I don't usually wear any polish for longer than a day but I wanted to wear this one and tweak it a bit. So I decided to add a little stamping to it.

I started with two coats of Return to Nature and a coat of HK Girl Top Coat. Once dry I used MoYou London Suki Plate 05 and NY & Co. Millionaire for the stamping design. 

I am such a huge fan of subtle stamping designs and I love the way this looks when the light hits it.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Simple Nail Art with Nicole by OPI Dove Chocolate Set

Let me preface this post by saying I never win anything. Well not ever - but I can count on two fingers the things I have won in various sweepstakes, contests, giveaways, etc. So you can imagine my astonishment when I opened my mailbox and found a small box containing the Nicole by OPI Dove Chocolate set. I had entered this giveaway waaay back in January and had just assumed that like any other giveaway I have entered I hadn't won. The set features two gorgeous brown polishes, Better After Dark and Promises In The DarkI felt like crap on Saturday and spent most of the day in bed but nothing gets me going like new polish and winning something! I was originally going to just swatch these for you all but I wanted to do something fun and decided to do some simple nail art with them!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Valiantly Varnished Week In Review- My Spring Wishlist

I haven't posted a wish list in awhile. Mainly because I put a moratorium on clothes shopping for pretty much all of last Fall and Winter and with the exception of a few items that I purchased in February for spring, I have stuck to it. But Spring makes me want to shop! And now that it's  finally nice out (63 degrees whoop whoop!) I am thinking of pretty skirts and dresses and cute flats to walk to and from work in. 

1) I am obsessed with this circle skirt from H&M. I talked myself out of buying it and am kicking myself because it is now currently sold out. Praying for a restock! 2) Spring hair inspiration! Finally getting serious about growing my hair out and this is my current length. 3)  I love to virtual window shop and one of the sites I frequent is Sheinside. I found this gorgeous dress on the site have some serious lusting going on at the moment. And it's super affordable! 4) If you know me then you know I love my bright-colored lipstick. Discovered a great indie makeup brand Impulse Cosmetics and am drooling over how gorgeously pigmented their Opaque Matte Lipsticks are. From left to right: Runaway, Pandora, Gamble and Pretty Please. 5)  How darling is this dress from Chic Wish?! I love white dresses for Spring and Summer and I love the feminine detailing on this one. 6) Found this "Blooming Rose" skirt on the site as well. I love these types of skirt paired with cute flats. 7) I am not usually a TOMS fan. I find them a bit plain. But TOMS with the Eiffel Tower painted on them? Yes, please! Check out the Liberty Lama. They make custom-detailed TOMS that are pretty amazeballs.

What are all of you lusting after for Spring? Any must-have items that you're obsessing over? 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lacquer Lust Pink Tourmaline and Bijou Nail Art

Once in a while you come across a polish that blows your mind.  It lives up to your expectations and even exceeds them. For me recently, that polish is Lacquer Lust Pink Tourmaline I have been looking for the perfect pink holo polish and Tourmaline is it!

 Lacquer Lust's Birthstone collection features 12 holo graphic polishes that represent the birthstone of each month. Pink Tourmaline represents the birthstone of October. My birthday is June. But whateves I wanted it anyway! And my Mom's birthday is in October so I can technically get away with it. PinkTourmaline has an amazeballs formula. It seriously blew me away when I was applying it. The first coat when on smoothly with no streaks or patches and was not sheer which is so often the case with light colored holos.The consistency is a tad thicker than other holo polishes which is what I think helps with the opacity. I used two coats for the pictures but if I was just wearing this out and about I could probably get away with just one. How crazy is that?! 

I had planned on doing some elaborate bijou 3D nail art with  Pink Tourmaline as the base but after applying it I didn't want to cover it up! So I went with a simple bijou accent nail using various 3D nail art pieces and nail glue. 

The birthstone collection is still available on the Lacquer Lust website. They retail for $12.50 a bottle. Joanne (the owner of Lacquer Lust) just restocked the entire store and all 12 polishes are currently available! I also picked up Topaz which I can't wait to swatch for you all soon!