The Lacquer Legion: Glam

I think "glam" is one of those concepts that means drastically different things to different people. For me, I feel like it generally means something along the lines of "fancy, yet classy," so that's the concept I decided to go with for this month's prompt from The Lacquer Legion.

When I really got going on my brainstorming for this one, I imagined how I'd like my nails to look if I were going to a glamorous cocktail party. I would want something eye-catching, but not too over the top; formal, but still fun; and most importantly, something black. What can I say—black is just my go-to color whenever I want to look nice (and I have to dress up for work, so you can imagine what my closet looks like!).

To get this look, I applied my base coats (Duri Rejuvacote and CND Stickey) and let those dry, then used hole reinforcers and a england Camelot to create the half-moons. After some top coat and more drying time, I used hole reinforcers again (fresh ones) to mark off the same line as before and then stamp the floral design over the black using Zoya Trixie and plate 72 from the Pueen Stamping Buffet collection. Then, to give the whole thing a more finished look, I used a small nail art brush and applied Trixie along the half-moon line.

I wish I'd done a slightly better job with the stamping placement on a couple of these nails—I think my ring finger, in particular, looks a little odd. But in the spirit of my 2014 goal to be more laid back about my stamping efforts, I decided to just roll with it and shoot for improving next time.

Stamping quibbles aside, I really am pleased with how this look turned out and I feel like it accurately represents what I think of as "glam." Also, I have to mention that I was so excited to finally be able to do half-moon nails again: I fell victim to some wicked staining from teal polish a while back (pretty sure it was this manicure), so I've been avoiding bare nails of any sort while that faded/grew out. It's not completely gone, but I'm definitely seeing progress!

Thanks to the ladies of The Lacquer Legion for another great prompt, and thanks for looking!

Red and Black Book Binding Nail Art

I have just about zero time for a post today (I'm running late for work as I write this!), but I still wanted to put up this red & black stamping/tape manicure before the weekend. I'm not really sure how or why I came up with the idea, other than I was just in a red & black mood (as I often am), but my husband said it reminded him of a fancy book binding. I thought that seemed strange at first, but after scrolling through these image search results, I think I see where he's coming from! So now I can't help but think of this as the book binding manicure.

Polishes and supplies used:

I'm not sure why I love this sideways angle for pictures so much, but I think it's becoming one of my favorites!

Thanks for looking!

Purrfectly Grey

I know, I know... that title is the oldest cat pun in the book—I'm so uncreative today! I hope everyone will forgive me, though: things at work have been really busy for me lately, so I haven't had much time to work on super intricate nail art (OR come up with clever post titles). But I did manage to do this happy little kitty manicure recently that I wanted to share, dumb title notwithstanding!

I don't often go for the "cute" look with my nail art—I love so much of the cute nail art I see others doing, but I usually feel like my personality/style just isn't quite right to carry it off. However, I love grey, and I love cute little cats even more, so when I was browsing through my supplies trying to come up with ideas, this look seemed like a natural fit for me.

Nothing too complicated about this one: I started with a base of two coats of Nars Galathee (probably my favorite grey, as those who've been following me for a while might have figured out) on my thumb, index, and ring fingers, and then I added one coat of Different Dimension Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty on top of that. My middle and pinky fingers have two coats of FNUG Flat Boots and water decals I got from the Born Pretty Store. I also stamped my ring finger using Flat Boots and the MoYou London Pro Collection 04 plate.

Everything is also topped with a couple coats of HK Girl Top Coat to smooth things out.

Here's a closeup shot of one of the kitty decals—just so cute! Having these on my nails for several days definitely made me smile.

Thanks for looking!

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