Monday, August 29, 2011

200 Follower Deborah Lippmann GIVEAWAY! * CLOSED *

First off, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my followers. It makes me so happy every time I see someone new has started to read my little blog :) I have had so much fun writing and reviewing things for you girls! My collection has grown by about 100 polishes since starting this blog, and I have learned so much about nails and polishes. So thanks again, and now let's take about the prize!

I will be giving away one Brand New Deborah Lippmann Celeb Set! It's a beautiful boxed set of 4 Lippmann polishes plus one bottle of Hard Rock Base & Top Coat.

The colors (L to R): Sarah Smile, Just Walk Away Renée, Hit Me with Your Best Shot, and Believe

Each color was created with a celebrity. Sarah Smile was created with Sarah Jessica Parker, and it's a beautiful light pink. Just Walk Away Renée was done with Renée Zellweger; it's a gorgeous deep red jelly. Pat Benatar created Hit Me with Your Best Shot, an edgy gunmetal. Cher created Believe, a complex champagne shade. This set is valued at $70.00.

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY. You must be a follower to enter. Extra entries are available for adding Aly Loves Lacquer to your blogroll, for blogging about this giveaway, and for offering your suggestions to me on how to improve the blog. The deadline to enter is SEPTEMBER 30.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink and an Announcement!

Happy Wednesday ladies! So technically, it's a bit past midnight where I live but I am pretending it is still Wednesday. This evening we have OPI Sparrow Me the Drama, stamped with a Born Pretty plate and OPI Don't Know...Beets Me! 

This is the first mani I have done with Sparrow Me the Drama, and I like the color.  The application left a little to be desired though -- it took three coats to get everything even. I wish it would have been a bit more pigmented, but the color itself is pretty. Dont Know...Beets Me! is one of my favorite pinks ever, and super pigmented and pretty. It is great for quick manis when you don't have time for a lot of coats, and it works for stamping. Take a look!

I like this look. I'll be wearing it for college move in on Friday I think. For the next few days, posts will be sparse. I have lots going on with going back to college. That being said, I have some good news for all of you...

I'm hosting a 200 follower giveaway!! I'll be posting a few pictures of the prizes and an entry form as soon as I get settled in my dorm room. So stay tuned :) Thanks so much for reading and following!

- Aly

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Milani Jewel FX Gold

Another chunky glitter to drool over! This is another polish I bought during my recent Beauty Joint purchase where I bought the Kleancolors I've been showing. Once again, it arrived in great condition and looked so appealing in the bottle. This lacquer is as blingy as a polish can be! I love it.

I was worried that application would be horrible. Surprisingly, two thick coats were enough for opacity! It did go on a bit thick, but I didn't have much difficulty getting an even spread of glitter. Normally I don't like gold against my skin tone, but this works for me. The sparkle and shine is irresistible! The only issue I had was that Jewel FX Gold dried a bit bumpy. I fully expected that though, so I just threw on a nice thick coat of Seche to even things out.

Here are two coats of Milani Jewel FX Gold and one thick coat of Seche Vite.

As you can see, I've got a bit of shrinkage at my tips due to the Seche Vite. It wasn't noticeable in real life, and either were any bald spots you might see on the nail. The green flash is due to reflections from the trees in my yard! Sorry about that, just pretend it's all super duper blingy gold!

Ah... I feel like putting this back on after looking at the pictures. I am absolutely head over heels in love with Milani Jewel FX Gold. Plus, I got a very nice compliment on this polish. This morning DBF took me to breakfast and the waitress noticed. She was so sweet and was just fawning over the color!

- Aly

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Kleancolor Chunky Silver and Nfu Oh 61

Today I have disco nails! I am seriously loving this mani. I recently snatched up Nfu Oh 61 and killed a MAJOR lemming. I wore it the other day but it chipped a bit before I could take pictures, so I slapped on a coat of Kleancolor Chunky Silver today. Chunky Silver is awesome -- super big siver hex glitter along with some smaller silver glitter in a clear base.

These looks so beautiful in the sun. This is definitely one of my favorite manis ever! The Kleancolor did kill a bit of the holo effect, but it is still so pretty and sparkly.

As you can see, I have decided to start watermarking my pictures. The blog is growing so it seemed like a good idea. Anyway, thanks for looking and I hope you like this super sparkly mani!

- Aly

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Kleancolor Holo Pink

Today I have another Kleancolor for everyone. This one is part of the Holo polishes Kleancolor offers, and is called Holo Pink. I wish that the name were more exciting, but the lacquer is beautiful nonetheless. Holo Pink has that same gel-like consistency as Born to the Purple, which I reviewed recently. I'm not sure if that is just how all Kleancolor polishes are, or if it's just these two. Either way, it was easy to apply and two coats was enough for a nice even finish.

Holo Pink is a creamy pink polish with lots of scattered holographic glitter. The glitter looks really great indoors, but when you go outside it becomes outstanding! It isn't a linear holo, but it is beautiful as it is. The glitter adds a uniqueness to this lacquer.

These pictures are 2 coats of Kleancolor Holo Pink and 1 coat   Seche Vite.

And for those who may be curious, here is Kleancolor Holo Pink in shade.

What do you think of Holo Pink? I am really liking it. It is girly but it has something extra due to the pretty glitter.

Also, I just received 2 grams of Spectraflair pigment in the mail yesterday. Tonight I played mad scientist and mixed up a holographic topcoat and my first ever Spectraflair franken. I can't wait to show it off!

- Aly

Monday, August 15, 2011

Kleancolor Born to the Purple

I recently received my first Kleancolors ever, which I purchased from . I had heard mixed reviews about their packaging, but mine was great! They are bubble wrap masters! Everything arrived in pristine condition, and they even included three extra polishes as a free gift. I'll be reviewing those along with everything else in time. For today, we have Born to the Purple, a magenta jelly with big purple hex glitter.

Application wasn't bad, but it wasn't super easy either. The polish is very gel-like in consistency and the coats were very thick. However, the glitter spread really well and I didn't have to struggle to get some on each nail. I did two coats for the following pictures, and added Seche Vite on top to help the thick polish dry.

See how squishy the jelly looks?

I was pleasantly surprised by Kleancolor Born to the Purple. I didn't expect it to be opaque enough to be worn alone, as most swatches I had seen showed it over black. I think it would look great that way too, but I also love it alone. Born to the Purple is incredibly unique and super sparkly. This is a gorgeous glitter that really stands out. 

What's your favorite chunky glitter?

- Aly

Friday, August 12, 2011

Born Pretty: Essie Absolutely Shore with Orly Fresh

Happy Friday, everyone! This morning I worked out and I am seriously pooped out. So this will be a quick post so I can sneak in a nap before I am off to work.

I recently picked up Absolutely Shore, a pastel green polish from Essie's recent Braziliant collection. This lacquer is the lightest of greens which manages to be a nice soft color without being stark. Essie Absolutely Shore applied beautifully, especially considering it's a pastel. It looked very streaky with one coat, but everything smoothed out nicely with the second coat.

After letting Absolutely Shore dry, I decided to stamp with a Born Pretty plate and Orly Fresh, a bright green crème. The Born Pretty plates are easy to use and great quality! The design I picked is a nice paisley found on plate m64. The numbers are exactly the same as Konad plates, so if you don't have access to one brand it's easy to find the same design somewhere else.

Just looking at the pictures makes me want to wear this exact mani all over again! I absolutely love this combination. The bright green and the pastel green look great together, and they also make my skin look nice and tan. Essie Absolutely Shore and Orly Fresh are like best friends! 

What do you think of this combo?

- Aly

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

OPI Play 'Til Midnight

Good evening everyone! I had a busy day and tried to hastily paint my nails pink, but it turned out horribly due to my rushing. Instead, I'll show you OPI Play 'Til Midnight, which is a sister to both OPI Ink and OPI Russian Navy. Play 'Til Midnight is a beautiful deep blue crème filled with blue, purple, and pink shimmer particles. The particles really show up in the sunlight, but the polish always looks blue no matter what the lighting. That's a big plus for me. I love vampy colors, but I don't like when they look black if they aren't supposed to.

Application was easy as pie! It was a nice two-coater; the polish just flowed right onto the nail. I topped it off with Seche Vite for the pictures.

Please take a moment to click the pictures! They are all big and beautiful up close. My stepdad Keith, who usually isn't a fan of "alternative" nail colors, absolutely loved Play 'Til Midnight! Apparently it reminded him of the color of his last few cars. *Sigh* Men and cars! 

I really think OPI Play 'Til Midnight is underrated. I hadn't heard much about it, but I snatched it up in a blogsale anyway. After wearing it, I don't know why more people don't rave about this one. Definitely buy it if you can! This baby is a beauty!

- Aly

P.S. My first ever Helmer arrived in the mail this week! I can't wait to reorganize my stash and give you all a peek :) 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Butter London Thames

I am back! I had an awesome time in New York, and bought my first Illamasqua polishes at the Sephora right in Times Square. It was a great trip, and I can't wait to swatch those polishes for you soon. For today, I have a beautiful glowy teal color called Thames. I love the description of it on Butter London's site: A soft, blue-green stunner, with just a tiny undercurrent of gold. Much like a dip in the Thames; it’s not for the faint hearted, but you will be remembered for it. 

This is only the second Butter London I have tried, and once again I had no application issues at all. It was beautiful and opaque in two easy coats. These pictures show 2 coats Butter London Thames and 1 coat Seche Vite.

What do you think of this shade? I really like the way it seems to glow on the nail. It makes a dark color very easy to wear, even in the summer. Thanks for bearing with the long delay in posts! I am now back in full swing with lots of pretty polishes to show you.

- Aly