Friday, July 29, 2011

Birthday Ice Cream Cones

My 19th birthday is Sunday, and I had family over for a little celebration a few days ago. Because my mom made delicious homemade ice cream cake, I decided to try a little ice cream nail art. This is my first ever attempt at doing freehanded nail art, and I think it turned out pretty well. One of my favorite flavors of ice cream is mint chocolate chip, so that is what I tried to paint.

I used SpaRitual Living in the Moment, a nice creamy taupe color for the base. Then, I added criss-crossed lines in Finger Paints Sketchy Character, a deep brown, to mimic the waffling on a cone. After that dried, I used China Glaze For Audrey to outline the ice cream shape, and China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint for the ice cream itself. After that, I added dots in Sketchy Character to look like chocolate chips. Then, I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite.

In front of the ice cream cake itself!

Thanks for taking a look at my first attempt at freehand nail art. Now I am off to New York City for the weekend. See you all later!

- Aly

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Butter London Twee

It's Wednesday again, and time for another beautiful pink. This week I have Butter London Twee, a bright pink jelly with lots of silvery shimmer. The bottle is larger than most Butter London polishes and has special labeling on the front that indicates it is a jelly. Twee is my first ever Butter London lacquer, and I like it a lot. Since it is a jelly, it took a good 4 coats to be opaque. I absolutely LOVE jellies though, so I was fine with doing that. The finish is squishy just like every good jelly should be.

These pictures show 4 coats Butter London Twee, and 1 coat Seche Vite.

This color made me feel very girly. I love a nice jelly finish, and the shimmer really kicked it up a notch. I definitely will be investing in more Butter London polishes after trying out the lovely Twee.

- Aly

Monday, July 25, 2011

NARS Orgasm

I'm really excited to show off one of my first ever NARS polishes, Orgasm. NARS Orgasm is a beautiful peach polish packed with golden shimmer, just like the blush and lip gloss by the same name. The peach color was very nice against my tanned skin, and the shimmer is absolutely gorgeous. Application was a breeze -- 3 easy, even coats. The brush was nice and easy to work with as well. I guess you get what you pay for in a designer polish!

These pictures show 3 coats of NARS Orgasm and 1 coat Seche Vite.

I really liked this color. It has a classic, pretty look with a cheeky name. I'm really happy to have purchased NARS Orgasm, and you can bet I'll be buying more of their polish in the future.

Do you have any NARS polishes? Which would you recommend?

- Aly

Thursday, July 21, 2011

OPI The "It" Color

OPI The "It" Color is part of the Brights collection, and I bought it from a recent blogsale. I had been curious about this particular yellow crème for a while, and I am glad to have finally picked it up. The "It" Color is a very pigmented yellow crème. It had the typical application issues of a yellow, but looks beautiful and streak-free after three coats. This is the type of color that really looks nice on tanner skin, and I think I will only be wearing it during the summer.

These pictures show 3 coats of OPI The "It" Color and 1 coat Seche Vite.

I used to really hate yellow nail polish, but OPI The "It" Color is so pretty! It also seemed to make my hands look even tanner than they actually are, which is always a plus.

What's your favorite yellow?

- Aly

P.S. I just made my first ever NARS purchases :)

The Philosophy body wash was free birthday gift from Sephora, and the polishes are Orgasm and Kismet. Which polish would you like to see first?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My First Award: The Butterfly Award

I was so honored to receive my first ever award from the lovely Veronica from Chic and Shiny
The rules are as follows: 
1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Tell 7 things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions below.
4. Award this to 15 bloggers.

Okay, so here are seven facts about myself.
1. I am a French and International Studies major. I love all things French -- the culture, the language itself, and the food! I plan to study abroad there sometime this year or next.
2. I am a huge fan of both the Packers and the Brewers. I'm quite the proud Wisconsinite. I'll admit, I almost cried when the Packers won the Superbowl this year :)
3. Nail polish only became a true passion of mine about a year ago. Since then, my collection has grown and now I think I have about 200 colors. I need to make a spreadsheet!
4. I am a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha, a sorority at my university. In fact, I've already done all my shopping for fall rush. 
5. My other addiction is reddit! If any of my followers are redditors, let me know :) I love reading reddit, and always take a look before bed.
6. I used to bite my nails a lot before I started Aly Loves Lacquer, but now I try my hardest to keep my nails looking pretty for all of you! Nobody wants to look at sad little bitten nubbins.
7. My birthday is coming up in a week or so, and I am so excited! I am going to be 19 :) 

The questions!
Name your favorite color: Purple! No competition at all!
Name your favorite song: That is a really tough question, so I'll list a few. I am currently loving "I Would Do Anything for You" by Foster the People, "Toi + Moi" by Grégoire, and "Basic Space" by The xx.
Name your favorite dessert: Crème brûlée, no question! 
What pisses you off: I absolutely hate when people make racist or sexist remarks; it drives me nuts. Another pet peeve is when I bump my wet nail polish on something and I have to start all over.
When you're upset you...: I cry! Lots of times I just sleep it off and think things over later with a clearer head. I also like listening to music and chatting with my boyfriend.
My favorite pet: I have two dogs, Haley and Arlo. Both are my favorite! I also used to have two rats, Mabel and Lucy, and they were adorable.
Black or white: I think black, though both are fine by me.
Your biggest fear: Mustard freaks me out! I know it is harmless, but I can't even touch it!
Best feature: I wasn't sure, so I asked my boyfriend. He just texted the word "Face," so I guess it's my face? 
Everyday attitude: I can be a bit sarcastic, but overall I'm pretty happy.
What is perfection: One coat nail polish :)
Guilty pleasure: Ice cream, mashed potatoes, cheesy TV shows, and of course polish!

Anyone who thinks rats aren't cute clearly never met Mabel!

And here are the people I am tagging:
3. ANYONE!! I haven't been keeping up very well with all the new blogs out there -- I try but I have been so busy. Therefore, I want all of you to know you're invited to post this award on your blog, and let me know if you do! 

I hope you all enjoyed learning a bit more about me :)

- Aly


On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Pink Rose Diamond

It's Wednesday again, and today we have Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Pink Rose Diamond. The Nail Prisms line is long discontinued, but also loved my many of us in the blogosphere. I bought mine from an ebay seller, cassiecosmetics, and highly recommend them. The customer service was great. Pink Rose Diamond is a beautiful pink holographic polish, and the holo shows both indoors and out.

I had no application trouble at all, and with 2 coats Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Pink Rose Diamond looked beautiful. I do have Seche Vite on top in these pictures.

Too much holo for the camera to handle!

As you can see, I have cut my nails down quite a bit. They were getting too long and impractical for me, but as soon as I filed them down, I started to miss the longer ones. Oh well, they grow back :) 

Do you have any Sally Hansen Nail Prisms? If not, you should definitely give them a shot.

Also, sorry for the super short post, but I am taking care of my dog Haley. She had surgery a few days ago, and now she's groggy and wearing a funny cone on her head. I am spending lots of time with my baby girl. 

Isn't she cute? She seems to be feeling much better today than she was a few days ago. Haley is such a sweetie :) Have a great day, everyone!

- Aly

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

China Glaze Gamer Glam

Hi everyone! It has been a few days since my last post, and it feels weird to have such a break in between. Sorry about that -- I was super busy with work and social stuff. But I am back! Today you're looking at my first Tronica by China Glaze, Gamer Glam. I LOVE the name of this polish. I like video games, though I am not particularly good, and the name really put a smile on my face. The color is a lovely light purple with a subtle scattered holographic effect.

Take a look at 2 coats of China Glaze Gamer Glam, without Seche Vite on top.

And, for those who are curious, here it is indoors.

I am really liking Gamer Glam, both indoors and out. Many people were disappointed by the Tronica collection, because the holo wasn't as crazy as other China Glaze polishes. I like this polish how it is though; it is pretty with a subtle addition of sparkly holo goodness. 

- Aly

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cult Nails Living Water

This is the final polish from the Inaugural Collection by Cult Nails. Living Water is an incredibly deep teal with beautiful light teal glitters. The base color becomes almost black, and the glitter brings it to life. The application of Living Water was just as lovely as that of the other Cult Nails polishes I tried. It took two easy coats to reach opacity.

I liked this color a lot, but found it a bit strange on my long nails. I'd prefer it on shorter ones. In these pictures, the glitter looks a bit gritty, but it wasn't like that in real life. Cult Nails Living Water is so unique and beautiful! 

Which was your favorite from the Inaugural Collection?

- Aly

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid

I know it is Pink Wednesday, but I wanted to continue showing you my new Cult Nails polishes. Today we have My Kind of Cool Aid, a super greyed out lavender with gorgeous silvery shimmer. Once again, the application was great -- two easy coats. This color is very interesting and pretty, and so nice in the sun. My only problem was that Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid gave me total lobster hands. It is a great color though, and I am sure it would look even better on some different skin tones.

This is 2 coats Cult Nails My Kind of Cool Aid and 1 coat Seche Vite.

I hope you'll forgive me for not doing Pink Wednesday, and have a great day!

- Aly

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cult Nails Quench

This is the second polish I have tried from the Cult Nails Inaugural Collection. Quench is a beautiful red jelly-crème. It covers well in two coats, but still has that squishy looking jelly finish. Cult Nails Quench is ladylike, but with a lot of sass too. I can see the old Hollywood stars wearing a color like this. Once again, application was a breeze. Two easy coats for beautiful even coverage. 

These pictures show 2 coats of Cult Nails Quench with 1 coat of Seche Vite on top.

As you can see, the color of Quench changes a bit in different lights, but it always looks gorgeous. I also added a pretty floral pattern from one of my Born Pretty plates, m65. I used Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamping. I like how this turned out as well. Very vampy and pretty.

Sorry about the messy picture :( It was the only one I took before removing the mani, and I really wanted to show you the nice pattern. Have a great day!

- Aly

Monday, July 11, 2011

Cult Nails Iconic

I recently purchased the Cult Nails Inaugural Collection, which includes the first four polishes released by Cult Nails: Iconic, Quench, Living Water, and My Kind of Cool Aid. The first one I tried out is called Iconic, and it is a beautiful burgundy polish packed with golden shimmer and gold flakies. Iconic is completely unique to my collection, and I think it would be unique to anyone's really.

Application was great. It applied beautifully in two coats. I am seriously loving Iconic. Cult Nails has just jumped onto my top brands list. Here we have 2 coats Iconic and 1 coat Seche Vite.

I highly recommend clicking on the above pictures to see the detail better. Cult Nails Iconic is truly beautiful. 

Have you tried Cult Nails yet?

- Aly

Sunday, July 10, 2011

China Glaze Watermelon Rind

Here is another reader request: China Glaze Watermelon Rind. This was released in the Summer Days Collection of 2009, along with the famous Strawberry Fields and Grape Juice. All of the polishes in Summer Days have a beautiful glass fleck finish, which China Glaze does incredibly well. Watermelon Rind is a deep green glass fleck polish with some blue in the formula.

This is 2 coats China Glaze Watermelon Rind and 1 coat Seche Vite.

I am completely in love with the finish of Watermelon Rind. The glass fleck makes the green summery and beautiful. In the sun, you can of course see green, but also some flashes of teal and blue. 

What do you think?

- Aly

Friday, July 8, 2011

Orly Happy Go Lucky Polka Dots

I had a request to see the new Orly polishes I bought at Sally Beauty, Frolic and Fresh. Frolic is a gorgeous one-coat purple crème. It is very vibrant and quite unique to my collection. Fresh is a bright green crème that takes two thicker coats to be completely opaque. I decided to wear these two together, so I did a fun polka dot mani.

I am wearing one coat of Orly Frolic on all nails but my ring finger. On my ring finger, I am wearing two coats of Orly Fresh. I did the polka dots with a dotting tool. I added one coat of Seche Vite on top, to even things out and aid in drying quickly.

I hope you like it! I was really in love with this mani, so much so that I have done the same pattern again with Orly Charged Up and Orly Lollipop. What do you think of these new summer colors?

- Aly

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recent Hauls!

I received lots of nail mail today, and wanted to show you all my recent purchases and swaps. Let me know which ones you would like to see swatched first. All polish names will be given left to right. Okay, here we go!

From Rachel Marie's Blogsale:

Ulta Minis in Pink Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald and Smoky Quartz.

Ulta Pro Last Fling Before the Ring, CQ Gem Green,
Finger Paints Artist's Sapphire, Finger Paints Sketchy Character.

Avon Nailwear Tweed, OPI The "It" Color, OPI Bubble Bath.

 Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Lavender Pearl, NYX Dark Cherry
Essence  Colour & Go No More Drama.

From ebay seller cassiecosmetics:

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms: Pink Rose Diamond, 
Purple Diamond, Amber Ruby, Ruby Diamond.

 From a swap on MUA:
Zoya Gemma.

From Cult Nails :
Cult Nails: Living Water, My Kind of Cool Aid,
Quench, Iconic.

Look at the cool wrapping these came in!

 From Sally Beauty:
Orly Happy Go Lucky Collection (New!) : Frolic, Fresh.
Orly Sweet Collection: Lollipop, Snowcone.

Orly Here Comes Trouble, Orly Charged Up, Finger 
Paints All You Need is Color, Finger Paints Peaceful Purple.

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Grape Juice, Oxidized Aqua.

 From Walgreens:
Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Ice Queen, Essie Sew Psyched,
Essie Trophy Wife, Revlon Top Speed Royal.

Revlon Matte Suede Emerald City, Sally Hansen HD BLU, 
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White, Sally Hansen Xtreme
Wear Going Green and Grey Area.

From Target:
Nicole by OPI Respect the World, Nicole by OPI
Make a Comet-ment.

China Glaze Watermelon Rind, Essie Masquerade Belle,
Diamond Cosmetics Concrete Jungle, Zoya Perrie.

Nfu Oh 65, Nfu Oh 64, Nfu Oh 62.

That is a lot! I am making July a no-buy month after all these new babies. I am really excited about all my new colors, and I am curious to see which ones you would like to see first. Let me know which polishes you want to see!

- Aly

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: OPI DS Reserve

It's Wednesday again, and this week I have one of my favorite polishes for you: OPI DS Reserve. I purchased this one from transdesign on a whim, and I am really happy I picked it up. DS Reserve is a soft pink polish with a weak scattered holographic effect. Though this polish isn't a linear holo, I love the way the holo particles look. It looks like there are mini diamonds in the polish.

Application was great, typical of OPI DS formulas. It also wore really well. I know some may consider this color to be a little boring or grandmotherly, but I think the sparkles really add to the color itself. It is work appropriate, but with a nice twist.

These pictures are 2 coats OPI DS Reserve.

What do you think? I like how the sparkles really add a lot to an otherwise very dupable color. OPI DS Reserve is definitely one of my favorite DS polishes. Which one is your favorite?

- Aly

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Pure Ice Crackle: Strike a Pose

Here is the second Pure Ice Crackle polish I picked up, a shimmering turquoise called Strike a Pose. I like the Pure Ice chose creative names, as opposed to just "black crackle" or something similar. Strike a Pose is beautiful because it has a lot of shimmer and depth to it. Here I am wearing it over OPI DS Reserve, which I will be showing you tomorrow for Pink Wednesday.

As you can see, Strike a Pose doesn't shatter quite as much as some other crackles. I like this effect though; it is cool how the DS Reserve is just peeking through. 

What's your favorite crackle?

- Aly

Monday, July 4, 2011

Pure Ice Crackle: All Shook Up

At my local Walgreens, there is a huge Pure Ice Crackle display. Each polish is $3.99, which is great compared to some of the more expensive crackles. I picked up All Shook Up, and pretty purple crackle. I wore this over Sinful Colors Pink Forever, a nice pink crème. I had a bit of trouble applying All Shook Up,  but I think that the next I use it the results will be better. I just needed to get the hang of everything first, because every crackle seems to apply a bit differently.

Here is Pure Ice All Shook Up over Sinful Colors Pink Forever.

So, what do you think? Personally, I am really excited about this line of cheaper crackle polishes. Purple is my favorite color, so I was glad to finally see a nice purple crackle.

- Aly

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Fourth of July Water Marble!

It is almost Fourth of July, but I can't post tomorrow as I will be celebrating up North at my cabin. I wish all my American readers a lovely long weekend! So here we have one of my favorite water marble designs I have done so far. I used OPI Dutch Tulips for the red, OPI Dating a Royal for the blue, and China Glaze White on White.

Right hand.

And the never-before-seen left hand!

I hope you like it! I know my left hand isn't the prettiest. It's kind of weird because I am actually right-handed, but I keep my right hand looking better than the left. I don't really know why... Anyway, have an amazing long weekend everyone! Happy Fourth!

- Aly