Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's Pink Wednesday!!!

Hello Lacquer Luvers! It's the middle of the week and that means it's PINK WEDNESDAY! Today I have a post for you all with a color that I used in a water marble before. I'm using one of the polishes Ty gifted me for Valentine's Day, Sinful Colors Oasis. I hope you all are ready for a pretty pink mani =)


My mani today began with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by two coats of Sinful Colors Oasis. Oasis is a vibrant shade of pink that has some purple shimmer throughout it which gives it some depth. This color is really pretty and you can't beat the fact that it's easy to find at Walgreens for $1.99, right? The formula is good, I got away with opaqueness at just two coats & I really like Sinful's brushes.


Next I applied one coat of this Prisma Luminous Color polish over Oasis. This lovely has no name and although I do not have it, I believe it may be a dupe (or close enough) to OPI's Teenage Dream. I got this in a pack of 7 at Ross for $5.99. It's a clear base with varying sizes of glitter that are pink, silver, and larger pieces of holographic glitter. This lovely is great for layering.


For nail art I went and stamped two different flower images on my nails from the first set of plates by Bundle Monster. I used BM06 on my pinky, middle, and thumb fingers & BM03 on my ring and index fingers using Konad Special Stamping Polish in white. I topped this mani off with a coat of Good To Go by Essie.


I think this mani is cute and appropriate for Spring. I realized after reading a few other blogs that I haven't done a first day of Spring mani. I guess that's because it feels like Summer down here, lol! I would love to know what you all think of my Pink Wednesday manicure for the day so please leave a comment below. As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge Day 7

Hello Lacquer Luvers! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I surely did! We were lucky enough to be kid free this weekend and enjoyed a nice Mexican dinner on Saturday & on Sunday we had a great picnic lunch at the beach. It was very much needed and we really had a lovely time. Yesterday I had an appointment at the OB to check-up on Gabby & everything went really well. I'm excited to get back to blogging, though, especially with today's theme of the Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge which is: Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice - That's what little girl's are made of! Show us your sweet (or spicy) inspired nails.


I decided to do a sweeeeeet manicure inspired by those HUGE rainbow swirl lollipops that you can find at State Fairs & specialty candy shops. To my surprise, I was able to find one of these right up the street at Family Dollar! Originally, I was going to stamp on this swirly lollipop image using a plate that has this image, BM02. However, I decided to try to water marble this pattern & am really happy with the results.


I began my manicure with a base of Essie Grow Faster. I then began to create my bullseye in the water using the following colors by Bettina: Matte, Yellow, Sherbet, Pink Bikini, Mojito, & Over Dyed. I took my toothpick and swirled a pattern into these colors and voila! I topped this manicure off with a  coat of Essie Good To Go topcoat. Here's a link to the video where the lovely Colette of My Simple Little Pleasures shows you how to create this pattern.




L-R Matte, Yellow, Sherbet, Pink Bikini, Mojito, Over Dyed

I realllllllly LOVE this mani! It looks amazing with the huge swirl lollipop & is so much fun to look at. I want to try this swirly pattern again soon with colors that are a bit softer, like pastels. What do you think loves? Does this manicure remind you of any childhood memories and all things sweet? It surely did for me! To see more sweet or spicy inspired manicures, check out these blog posts of the other girls participating in this challenge:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog

Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road

Stephanie of A Little Polish

Kelly of Polish Enthusiast

Jodi of Captivating Claws

Danielle of Rock N Polish

Elly of Polishable

Olivia of Unprofessional Nails

Kate of This Charming Kate

Bethany of  A Plethora Of Nails

Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady

Eugenia of Talon-ted

Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind

Amanda of Nox Nails

Ashley of Smashley Sparkles

Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

Emily of The Lacquerologist

Tressa of O' Natur Nail

I would love to hear what you think of my manicure so please let me know in the comments below luvs. As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge Day 6

Hello Lacquer Luvers! Welcome to Day 6 of the Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge. This challenge was created by Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog & has been so much fun! I can't believe next week it will be over but it really has been great getting to come up with these manicures for you all and seeing the awesome creations of the other ladies taking part in this challenge.


The theme for Day 6 of the challenge is - "Who Inspires you? Show some love to your favorite female role model by creating gorgeous nails in their honor." Honestly, I thought of famous role models like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver to name a few who I could honor with a manicure. I thought and thought and felt that there was someone who influenced me personally so much more than any other person, famous or not. That person is my son's teacher, Mrs. Fils-Aime.

For those of you who don't know, my son Tyus, has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and we have been so fortunate to be able to get aid through the city and put him in schools that have helped him overcome so many obstacles. My family is ever-so-grateful that there are teachers like Ms. Fils-Aime who are so dedicated to helping children with special needs. It takes someone with a big heart and tons of patience to do what she does and we are sincerely appreciative of her daily efforts to improve the lives of the children in her classroom.


I began my manicure today with a base of Essie Grow Faster. Next I applied two coats of Bettina Matte on my pinky, one coat of OPI Samoan Sand on my ring finger, two coats of Bettina Peppermint on my ring finger, and two coats of ORLY Lucky Duck on my index finger.


Then I took my Kiss Nail Art stripers in blue and  red to create the look of notebook paper on my pinky finger. I used Scotch tape and E.L.F. Chocolate to create a desk and my red nail art striper and plate M66 from BornPrettyStore to put a apple on the desk for my ring finger. I used Scotch tape and Sally Hansen Blue It for the Autism puzzle pieces, which represent the ambiguity and mystery around the causes and understanding of Autism. I used my Kiss Nail Art striper in yellow to create a math problem on a chalkboard, something that Tyus is currently learning at school. My manicure was topped off with a coat of Essie Good To Go topcoat.


L-R Kiss Nail Art Stripers in blue, yellow, red, SHXW Blue It, Bettina Peppermint, OPI Samoan Sand, Bettina Matte, ORLY Lucky Duck, E.L.F. Chocolate

I feel that even though this may not be my "prettiest" manicure, it is most certainly the most meaningful one I have ever created. I would like to say that this manicure is not only a dedication to Ms. Fils-Aime, but it's also in honor of the many teachers who work with special needs children daily. You are so very special and influential to the lives of our children. Thank you for helping them to improve academically and nurturing our children with love. You are our hero's and I hope that this manicure shows how much of a role model and influence you are on us. To see more role model inspired manicures, check out these blog posts of the other girls participating in this challenge:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog

Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road

Stephanie of A Little Polish

Kelly of Polish Enthusiast

Jodi of Captivating Claws

Danielle of Rock N Polish

Elly of Polishable

Olivia of Unprofessional Nails

Kate of This Charming Kate

Bethany of  A Plethora Of Nails

Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady

Eugenia of Talon-ted

Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind

Amanda of Nox Nails

Ashley of Smashley Sparkles

Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

Emily of The Lacquerologist

Tressa of O' Natur Nail

I would love to hear who inspires you all so please let me know in the comments below luvs. As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A Little Raspberry Jelly for Pink Wednesday!

Hello Lacquer Luvers & Happy Pink Wednesday to you! Today I have a special post because it includes two firsts for me. I have my first jelly sandwich mani to share with you all annnnd I made my first jelly franken! I'm so excited about this mani and love how it turned out so let's get to it!



My manicure today began with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by three coats of Color Club Raspberry Rush. Raspberry Rush is a scented polish that is part of Color Club's Wicked Sweet Collection. I was fortunate enough to win this collection on Color Club's facebook page last summer during their Fourth of July nail art contest. Of the Wicked Sweet polishes I've tried thus far, this one is my favorite! It smells incredibly yummy! The application and formula was nice, too.



You can't have a jelly sandwich mani without some glitter, right? For those of you who don't know what a jelly sandwich manicure is, it's basically a layer of glitter with a jelly polish on top. For my glitter, I used Sinful Colors Pinky Glitter. Pinky Glitter is a sheer pink base full of iridescent glitters.


Next I layered two coats of my jelly franken which I named Raspberry Jelly over Pinky Glitter. I created this franken by filling up an empty nail polish bottle with 3/4 of WetNWild Fast Dry Topcoat and 1/4 of Color Club's Raspberry Rush. This jelly over Pinky Glitter gives it such a squishy look. I love, love, LOVE this! I topped my manicure off with Color Club's clear top coat.


I am really happy with how my first jelly sandwich mani came out and my first jelly franken. I can't wait to try more of these! So luvs, what do you all think of this manicure? Have any of you ever wore a jelly sandwich mani or frankened a jelly polish? Tell me all about it below in the comments! As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge Day 5

Hello Lacquer Luvers! How are you all doing today? I'm feeling pretty good. It's the first day of Spring which means it's getting close to my birthday! Today is Day 5 of the Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge. The theme for today is "Gotta Love Chick Flicks! We just CAN'T resist! Wear a mani inspired by your favorite chick flick."


Every time the I hear the term chick flick, I always think of the one movie that I watched over and over again. It's one that epitomizes this term and I'm sure you all have seen it. The movie that I always think of is, of course, PRETTY WOMAN! I loved this movie so very much. It's like a real life fairy tale. My manicure today was inspired by a scene in the movie where Vivian (Julia Roberts) and Edward (Richard Gere) attend a polo match. I loved the brown and white polka dot dress she wore in this scene and that's where the inspiration for my mani came from today!

Photo credit: http://www.moviespad.com/celebrity/images/28274/richard-gere-pretty-woman/

I began my mani with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by two coats of OPI You Don't Know Jacques!. Although this color doesn't match perfectly with the brown in her outfit, it was the closest I had in my collection. You Don't Know Jacques! was released with OPI's 2008 La Collection de France collection. It can be described as a neutral color that is a taupe-like grey with purple undertones. The application and formula for this polish was very nice and was completely opaque in two coats.



Once You Don't Know Jacques! dried, I used my Konad Special Stamping Polish in white along with plate BM19 from Bundle Monster to stamp on the polka dots. I topped this manicure off with a coat of Essie Good To Go.



I was very happy with how this manicure came out. While doing it I kept singing the Pretty Woman song in my head, lol! What do you think of this mani luvs? Like it, love it, or hate it? To see more chick flick inspired manicures, check out these blog posts of the other girls participating in this challenge:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog

Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road

Stephanie of A Little Polish

Kelly of Polish Enthusiast

Jodi of Captivating Claws

Danielle of Rock N Polish

Elly of Polishable

Olivia of Unprofessional Nails

Kate of This Charming Kate

Bethany of  A Plethora Of Nails

Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady

Eugenia of Talon-ted

Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind

Amanda of Nox Nails

Ashley of Smashley Sparkles

Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

Emily of The Lacquerologist

Tressa of O' Natur Nail

As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hello Lacquer Luvers and a Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all! There is no better way to celebrate St. Patty's Day than with GREEN and you all know how much I love my greens =) For those of you that don't know, I am part Irish, too! This holiday is one of my favorites. Green beer (not now, of course!), parades, leprechauns, & rainbows are all so much fun. Not to mention, delicious foods like Irish potatoes which I will be making later on today, yum!


I began my St. Patrick's Day mani with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by two coats of Zoya Apple. Apple can be best described as: "Luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle.  A dimensional green that's clean and bright." I LOVE this green! It sparkles like no other and is such a great shade for this holiday. Formula and application for this lovely was, as is always with Zoya polishes, great.


To compliment the gold in Apple, I used ORLY Luxe and Scotch tape to create a french tip. I added a four leaf clover stamp from BundleMonster's BM03 image plate using my Konad Special Stamping Polish in white to bring in the St. Patty's Day theme. I topped my mani off with a coat of Essie Good To Go.


And look, I have a lucky four leaf clover:

I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.
One leaf is sunshine, the second is rain,
Third is the roses that grow in the lane.
No need explaining the one remaining
Is somebody I adore.
I'm looking over a four-leaf clover
That I overlooked before.

Willie Nelson - I'm Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover

I really enjoyed creating this fun manicure and I hope you all like it! It reminded me of my Grandmother (who is half Irish) and how much I miss her. I can't wait to enjoy some Irish potatoes later on while looking at my pretty green nails! What do you all think of this mani luvs? How are you wearing green today? As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you! May the luck of the Irish be with you, xo!

~Jessica

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge Day 4

Hello Lacquer Luvers and welcome to my Day 4 post of the Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge. I am super excited about this post. Day 4's challenge is - "Inspired by the Runway: What is your favorite trend this season? Show us your stylish mani!" I've never been much of a "fashionista" but I had so much fun  searching for different trends & coming up with a manicure for this challenge.



One of the hottest trends this Spring is color-blocking & pastels. I've personally seen color-blocking everywhere from clothes to shoes and pastels seem to be a must-have in our closets this season. Upon searching for inspiration, I came across this website with a photo from Prada's Spring/Summer 2012 collection that was shown in Milan:

Photo credit: http://myp3r.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/loving-pradas-springsummer-2012-pastels-and-pleating/

I fell in love with the dress farthest on the right. It's so chic & stylish and I could definitely see someone wearing this walking around South Beach or for lunch and shopping on Ft. Lauderdale's Las Olas Boulevard. Now, on to my right-off-the-runway inspired manicure.


My manicure began with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by 2 coats each of new color from WetNWild. These colors, from the Megalast line, are Club Havana (an orange/coral creme) & I Need a Refresh-Mint (turquoise-y seafoam green creme). Both application and formula were very nice with these. The new Megalast line has revamped their bottles and brushes. The bottles went from short and round to a longer square shape which are much prettier, to me. The brushes are now tapered and wide which is great and makes for easy application.


Once the base colors dried, I took Scotch tape and placed it on my nails diagonally. Next I went with the opposite shade of the base colors and painted over it to create a two-toned look.


After that dried, I took another piece of Scotch tape and put it on my nails diagonally. I used WetNWild Fastdry in Ebony Hates Chris. This created a triangle effect. I topped this manicure off with a coat of Essie Good To Go.



Excuse the boo-boo on my ring finger. I was in a rush to get this done and the black polish wasn't completely dried and dragged a bit. Other than that tiny mistake I absolutely looove this look!! I really like these colors together and the color-blocking style that the tape helped me to create. What's even more awesome about this manicure is that all of the polishes I used are $1.99 and can be found in drugstores! So for $5.97 (plus tax) you can create a chic and stylish manicure inspired by your favorite high-end designer. What do you think of this mani luvs? To see some more manicures inspired by the runway, check out these blog posts of the other girls participating in this challenge:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog

Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road

Stephanie of A Little Polish

Kelly of Polish Enthusiast

Jodi of Captivating Claws

Danielle of Rock N Polish

Elly of Polishable

Olivia of Unprofessional Nails

Kate of This Charming Kate

Bethany of  A Plethora Of Nails

Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady

Eugenia of Talon-ted

Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind

Amanda of Nox Nails

Ashley of Smashley Sparkles

Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

Emily of The Lacquerologist

Tressa of O' Natur Nail

As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post (which will be today!) with you, xo!

~Jessica

Friday, March 16, 2012

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge Day 3

Hello Lacquer Luvers & welcome to my Day 3 post for the Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge. I realize that I promised to have this post up yesterday but I spent the day with my mother-in-law doing some shopping for Baby Gabby & making dinner. I had a really good time and it was nice to get out of the house all day. Day 3 of the challenge calls for "Delicate and Elegant: Adorn yourself with a lovely pattern, color, or technique."



For my mani today, I thought that nothing is more delicate than lace and nothing is more elegant that gold. I began this manicure with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by one coat of ORLY Luxe. This is my go-to gold polish since it's a beautiful foil and completely opaque in one coat (also works great for stamping). Next I used my Konad Special Stamping Polish in black and BM21 to stamp on a lace-like image. I finished this manicure with a coat of Essie Good To Go topcoat.


Pretty, right?


I love this mani! It kind of reminds me of wallpaper but it's lacey, right? What do you think of this mani luvs? To see some more delicate and elegant nails, check out these blog posts of the other girls partaking in this challenge:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog

Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road

Stephanie of A Little Polish

Kelly of Polish Enthusiast

Jodi of Captivating Claws

Danielle of Rock N Polish

Elly of Polishable

Olivia of Unprofessional Nails

Kate of This Charming Kate

Bethany of  A Plethora Of Nails

Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady

Eugenia of Talon-ted

Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind

Amanda of Nox Nails

Ashley of Smashley Sparkles

Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

Emily of The Lacquerologist

Tressa of O' Natur Nail

Again, I would like to thank Lindsey for coming up with this challenge, it is really a lot of fun =) As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post (which will be today!) with you, xo!

~Jessica

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Boy Oh Boy or Beautiful Girl? (the big reveal of Baby Hall)

Hello Lacquer Luvers! Last week I had a visit with my OBGYN & created a mani in hopes of finding out if we were having a baby boy or girl. I didn't get an ultrasound last week at the Dr.'s office but I did receive one yesterday and was able to find out whether we would be expecting another boy or a girl in August! So, the question is: Boy Oh Boy or Beautiful Girl???



Here's the pics from the ultrasound annnd, as you can see, we are expecting a BEAUTIFUL GIRL!!!


I wanted to create a manicure to celebrate the news with you all! I began with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by two coats of Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl. Next I layered one coat of my franken, Pink Aurora, over Beautiful Girl. Once that dried, I stamped on some baby feet using my Konad Special Stamping Polish in white & M73 from BornPrettyStore. I topped my manicure off with a coat of Essie Good To Go.


I cannot tell you how happy we are to be welcoming a girl into our family! I'm beyond excited to have tutus and barettes in my home & cannot wait to have matching pedi's with my daughter. We picked out names before we knew what we were having and her name will be Gabrielle Lynn. She will be here in 5 months and 1 day from today's date. It brings me so much joy to be able to share this with you all. I get alot of support from my wonderful readers and I sincerely appreciate it! As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica

Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge Day 2

Hello Lacquer Luvers! Today's post is part of the Girly-Girl Nail Art Challenge. I have fallen a bit behind in the past week but will be catching up this week. Today I have last Thursday's post, tomorrow I will have Day's 3 & 4 for you all. So, last Thursday's challenge was Gimme That Bling: Diamonds are a girl's best friend, so put some sparkle on those nails!

I immediately began singing Rihanna's song, We Found Love, upon reading the word diamonds. You know, "yellow diamonds in the night..". That was the inspiration for my blingy mani today. (Yes, I am aware that the yellow diamonds in this song are a reference to an illegal substance but I could not help myself and still thought of a sweet mani for this theme based off of that.)


I began my manicure today with a base of Essie Grow Faster followed by one coat of WetNWild's Ebony Hates Chris & an accent nail using two coats of Bettina Yellow on my ring finger.


Next I applied Color Club top coat to use as an adhesive for my "yellow diamonds." I applied them using a toothpick dipped in a tiny bit of clear polish.


I then used Scotch tape & Ebony Hates Chris to create a black funky french on my accent nail. Next I stamped on a black diamond using my Konad Special Stamping Polish in black and the diamond image from Bundle Monster's BM09 plate. I didn't put topcoat on the nails with the rhinestones but I did use Essie Good To Go on my accent finger to finish off this mani.


How's that for a sparkling manicure? I am really happy with the way this turned out. I have this song stuck in my head again as I type this and I'm sure some of you will, too! What do you think of this mani luvs? To see some more blinged out nails, check out these blog posts of the other girls partaking in this challenge:

Lindsey of Neverland Nail Blog

Ashley of Follow The Yellow Polish Road

Stephanie of A Little Polish

Kelly of Polish Enthusiast

Jodi of Captivating Claws

Danielle of Lacquer Lover

Elly of Polishable

Olivia of Unprofessional Nails

Kate of This Charming Kate

Bethany of  A Plethora Of Nails

Lizzy of The Do It Yourself Lady

Eugenia of Talon-ted

Johanna of Neues vom Kellerkind

Amanda of Nox Nails

Ashley of Smashley Sparkles

Sarah of See Sarah Swatch

Emily of The Lacquerologist

Tressa of O' Natur Nail

As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post (which will be today!) with you, xo!

~Jessica

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Happy Pink (and blue) Wednesday Baby!

Hello Lacquer Luvers! I have a very exciting post for you all today! As most of you know, we are expecting our 2nd child in August. Yesterday we turned 16 weeks & today I have an appointment at the OBGYN where we will hopefully get to find out if we are having a baby boy or girl. I wanted to do a manicure that was appropriate for today's event & am excited to show it to you all!



I began my manicure today with a base of Essie Grow faster. On my pinky, middle finger, & thumb I used 2 coats of the lightest blue in my collection, Bettina Peppermint. I used 2 coats of Sinful Colors Beautiful Girl on my ring & index fingers. The application and formula on these were both very nice.


Once my base colors dried, I applied two coats of Revlon Whimsical to all of my nails. The blue sheer base of Whimsical didn't wash out the pink like I thought it might which was a nice surprise. I finished this manicure with a coat of Essie's Good To Go topcoat.


I love how the glitters pop off of these base colors! This mani, to me, is great for today. I really hope that Baby Hall isn't feeling shy today and let's us see know if he/she is a boy or girl! Either way, we are beyond excited to be welcoming the newest addition to our family and just wish that the baby is healthy! I will keep you posted my luvs. As always, I hope you all liked this post my dear Lacquer Luvers and I look forward to sharing my next post with you, xo!

~Jessica