Wednesday, November 26, 2014

China Glaze Wagon Trail

My current low-buy status has me reaching to the back of my stash drawers for deserted shinies lately. I purchased China Glaze Wagon Trail over a year ago and then completely forgot about it. I love when I re-discover a polish, it's like shopping without spending any money!



Wagon Trail is an enigma. I would describe it as... brown, bronze-y, olive-y. Anyway you slice it it's gorgeous! The formula surprised me a bit. It was very thin, I don't know if this was simply because my bottle had been sitting awhile and could have used an extra roll between my hands or if that is simply the formulation. I needed three coats for full opacity. 




Despite the thinness of the formula I really love the depth of Wagon Trail. It's a great alternative to a red vampy or black during the winter season.

Monday, November 24, 2014

#LLYummy - Pumpkin Pie Nail Art

It's Lacquer Legion time peeps! November's theme is "yummy". Considering that Thanksgiving is Thursday here in the States, I had a lot of "yummy" ideas to choose from. I immediately thought of pie. There is a very definite divide in my house when it comes to pie: My family are all about the sweet potato pie, whereas I - I love me some pumpkin pie. Don't get me wrong - sweet potato pie rocks too, but pumpkin? Pumpkin is where it's at! 


Friday, November 21, 2014

Minimalist Plaid Nail Art

It's always fun to re-discover colors that you forgot you had. This week I re-discovered Revlon Timeless., a gorgeous dove gray. I bought this polish on a whim a long while ago and then completely forgot about it. The moment I put it one I thought of how great it would look with gold. Since I am currently obsessed with plaid -like I always am around this time of year - I decided to do a soft minimalist pattern.


Tools:
Medium Striping Brush
Small Detailing Brush

Colors used:
Revlon Timeless
Revlon Gold Coin
Sinful Colors Snow Me White

Steps:
I started with two coats of Timeless. The formula is pretty thin, but built up nicely in just two coats. Once dry I used my striping brush to apply my plaid pattern with Gold Coin. I added the "stitching" detail with my small detailing brush and Snow Me White.





Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Black Rose Nail Art

A sad but true fact: black roses don't actually exist in nature. Most roses that are mistaken for black are actually just a really dark red or maroon. This bums me out to no end. I would love  to be able to buy a dozen black roses. Instead I will have to settle for painting them on my nails. 



Tools:
Medium striping brush
Small detailing brush

Colors used:
Elevation Polish Limestone (base color)
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Zoya Geneviev (mixed with white polish)
American Apparel MacArthur Park (leaves)

Steps:
I began with two coats of Limestone. I then used my medium striping brush to apply my black polish in small non-uniform blobs for the roses. I added dimension the roses using Zoya Geneviev mixed with some white polish and nail polish thinner. I used my small detailing brush and MacArthur Park to create the leaves.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Mani Monday: Esmaltes da Kelly Bruna and Leaf Nail Art

Since I am currently on a low buy I decided now would be the perfect opportunity to go through my untrieds. I got Esmaltes da Kelly Bruna a few months ago and then promptly forgot about it. Last night while deciding what color to wear it caught my eye.


Bruna is a soft pink crelly with red and pink small and micro-glitter. The formula is on the thick side which I was surprised by, but applied nicely. I used two coats for full opacity. I was originally going to just wear Bruna by itself but felt like it needed a little something extra. I decided to freehand some black and white leaves.

Tools:
Small detailing brush

Colors used:
Sinful Colors Black on Black
Sinful Colors Snow Me White




I realized when I was done with my nails that they matched the bottle. Aren't the Esmaltes da Kelly bottles utterly adorable?