Monday, September 26, 2011

Orly Birds of a Feather: Peachy Parrot

We finally had a day with some sunshine, so I was able to get some pictures of Orly Peachy Parrot for you! Peachy Parrot is a peach colored frost that was recently released in the Birds of a Feather collection by Orly. While it isn't my favorite color ever, it is still a nice polish.

In these pictures I am wearing two coats of Peachy Parrot and 1 coat of Seche Vite.

SV caused some serious shrinkage :(

It almost looks like there is a slight duochrome in these pictures, though I didn't notice one in real life. Hmmm... Since Peachy Parrot has a frosty finish, you can really see the brushstrokes. I absolutely hate that look -- it drives me nuts! But many girls love that finish, so it's really personal preference.

In that macro shot you can really see some brushstrokes on the nail. I tried very hard to keep my painting even, but you can still see a few lines. Orly Peachy Parrot also reacted poorly with Seche Vite, so I had some serious shrinkage. I'd recommend trying a different topcoat with this baby. 

I think this is my least favorite color in the Birds of a Feather collection. It just wasn't for me, but it might look beautiful on someone else. I think I will be swapping this one.

What do you think?

- Aly

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Layout and Design!

Hi there, lacqueristas! I've just updated my layout, per suggestions that I was given in the giveaway form.  I really like it much better than the last look. Let me know what you think of it in the comments :) I like to make my readers happy.

I'd also like to say that the Birds of a Feather swatches are coming, but it has been so rainy and gray here in St. Louis that I haven't been able to take any pictures for you yet. Trust me, though -- some beautiful colors will be posted soon. Orly knocked it out of the park with this collection!

Have a great day, and stay dry!

- Aly

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Orly Birds of a Feather: Sweet Peacock

Hi everyone! I'm currently working my way through swatching all of the Orly Birds of a Feather collection. It was recently released for the Fall season, and has created quite a bit of buzz on NB and in the blogosphere. Lots of people have been looking forward to Fowl Play, and it *is* beautiful, but I think the other colors deserve some attention too.

Today I will be showing off Sweet Peacock, a vibrant blue foil. Sweet Peacock was super easy to apply. The polish was easy to control and very well pigmented. It took just two thin coats to achieve a gorgeous and vibrant look.

So bright! Orly Sweet Peacock just glows on the nail! I loved wearing this color. Remember you can always click on the pictures to get a better close up view.


In the macro shot you can really see just how foily and pretty Sweet Peacock is. I can't say anything bad about this polish! It was easy to apply, I love the color, and it is super glowy.

Check back tomorrow and the next day for more Orly Birds of a Feather swatches.

- Aly

Monday, September 12, 2011

Neon Double Lightning Bolts!

This week was rush week at SLU, and I was incredibly busy! I am a ZTA and I must say I am loving the new pledges :) One of the shirts we wore this week is a bright blue tank with Zeta Tau Alpha written in neon letters. I decided to do a matching manicure with neon colors. 

I used Sinful Colors Neon Melon, Sally Hansen Celeb City, and China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. I also used China Glaze White on White as underwear. 

The idea for this manicure from Jane at Nailside, who does absolutely lovely tape manicures. That link will take you to a great tutorial Jane has done, so take a look if you'd like to try out this look!

I received a few compliments on this manicure and think it's really fun! The taping wasn't too complicated, and the final look is beautiful. What do you think of it? 

- Aly

P.S. Thanks to everyone who has entered my Deborah Lippmann giveaway! If you haven't yet, please take a look -- it's open until the 30th.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Newest Franken: Tempête d'Été

I am back! I've been having an amazing time since moving back to college. Clearly, I've been pretty busy too, since I haven't posted in a while. But now I am here! I should be back to more regular posting now, and for today I'd like to show you my newest franken. Tempête d'Été, which means summer storm in French, is a bright purple with flakies and glitter.

I really think the name Tempête d'Été is the perfect name for this franken. It reminds me of watching storms come in over the lake at my cabin. 

I think this franken is so much fun! It wasn't too hard to mix up either. Here's what I used:

Orly Charged Up
China Glaze White on White
Revlon Sparkle
Wet N Wild Party of Five Glitters
Nubar 2010

So far, this is definitely one of my favorite frankens. That's why I picked it to show to you! I've also got a sage green Spectraflair franken and a teal green Spectraflair franken I'll be showing off soon :)

- Aly