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Narwals Are Unicorns Too!

I’ve recently decided that narwhals are the best. No contest, they’re just awesome. AND they’re the unicorns of the sea (hence the title of this post)! I came across this adorable pic of a cartoon narwhal on the Chaos & Crocodiles page, which made me love narwhals even more. Anyways, long story short I went on a search to find narwhal decals and lo and behold, a great local Pittsburgher makes them! Lacquer by Lissa has such a perfect variety of nail decals, and I can’t wait to try more (she did mention that Doctor Who decals may be coming… let me buy them all!). For now, I just purchased the narwhal ones but she was nice enough to include some freebie samples.

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I got the decals in turquoise, so I wanted to do a pastel mani featuring the narwhal. I used Essie Fiji, a really pretty baby pink. The formula on Fiji was unfortunately crap – streaky, thin, and flooded my cuticles. I have a very comparable color (Polish My Life Pink Sandals) that has a great formula, so I think I’ll stick with that one!

narwal nail decals moyou london suki waves nail stamping art lacquer by lissa essie mundo de unas

I stamped with Mundo de Unas polish in Aqua because it matches the narwhal so perfectly! I also got the chance to use my new stamper heads from Messy Mansion! MM put out 5 different stampers recently, ranging from almost marshmellow-soft to firm. I wanted them all, but I calmed myself down and only got 3 sets (they come in a light and dark color with each set). Mine did need a bit of priming with my Magic Eraser, but after that they were perfect! I’m so glad I got them!!

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Just look at that adorable decal! I’m so in love!

And one last pic:

narwal nail decals moyou london suki waves nail stamping art lacquer by lissa essie mundo de unas

The stamping plate I used was MoYou London Suki 01.

By the way, I’ve been playing around with how I take my pics. I have my usual background, which is the stone wall next to my polish station. But I’ve been experimenting using cream white cardstock paper with direct lighting. Which do you prefer? I’m still uncertain which I like. Let me know!

Lacquer by Lissa Spring Collection Review

I was lucky enough to be sent 3 brand new creations from a local nail polish creator, Melissa of Lacquer by Lissa. She’s an amazingly creative woman who is located right here in Pittsburgh. By day, she’s a chocolatier (ummm, can you say amazing job?!), and by night she’s a superhero! JK, she also uses her creativity to make beautiful nail polish.

She just released her Spring 2014 Collection, which is an array of gorgeousness. She also is now selling vinyl nail decals, which are supercute. Some adorable bunny decals were included in my package, which made my day happy.

Here’s the packaging:


How appropriate for spring, right? It was like an early Easter basket with nail polish instead of candy! So much better for you 🙂

And now for the polishes:

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My personal polish game-changer… And a sneak peek of a review!

I love glitter. I don’t think I’m the only one who does, am I right? I rarely wear a mani with a ton of glitter since it’s such a pain to remove. Those stubborn leech-like pieces that won’t come off and the other pieces that migrate around your hand that you find days later. I just can’t deal.

I’m sure you’ve seen all the hype around OPI’s new glitter base polish. I read about a million reviews, and the conclusion I came to was that maybe I should look for a non-PVA base product. This luckily coincided with Colors by Llarowe’s restock of Nail Pattern Boldness products.

NPB apparently has been making this amazing glitter base polish for awhile, but it’s totally new to me! Glitter A-Peel is amaaaazing. It’s non-PVA (aka glue) based and supposedly lasts a bit longer than the OPI/ glue-based versions.

I first tried it out with a gorgeous PolisHaus I picked up awhile back but have never worn. “Farewell” is a beautiful shimmery grey with multicolored multi-sized glitter pieces throughout.


Really pretty, right? This was 3 thin coats over 1 coat of NPB’s Glitter A-Peel.


I put this at night, and the next day was a full day in the lab. In the lab, there was lots of washing hands, putting gloves on and taking them off, and handling of chemicals. Then, I worked in the hospital overnight where again, there was a lot of glove-wearing and hand-washing. Lo and behold, my lovely glitter polish stayed on!

The next day after my shower, they started popping off. I say popping off because that’s almost literally what they did. All but one nail came off in one piece.


There are only 9 above because I lost one in the shower. Sooo easy to take off. Yes, it only lasted a day and a half. But as I mentioned above, I was pretty rough on my hands during that time. And I usually get chips around that time anyways.

So I count this as a major success. It was so easy to take off this glittery goodness – those nails that didn’t pop off on their own, I just used an orange stick to help peel them off. To make it nice and clean before my next mani, I swiped my nails down with a tiny bit of remover… but that wasn’t necessary to remove the polish.

Like I said, game changer! I’ll definitely be more willing to wear all those amazing glitter bombs now.

And now a quick teaser of a review that’s going to come soon! I was sent part of the new spring collection from Lacquer by Lissa, a local Pittsburgher who makes some fantastic creations. I’m still playing with combinations for the glitter topper.



Just look at that packaging too! So perfect for spring 🙂 Stay tuned!