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Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer collection + Welcome back post!

Hello my dear sweeties! It’s been WAY too long, right?! I took a loooong break from blogging and the nail polish world for, what, 3 months? Sheesh – so long! I went on a long vacation, moved down south, and started a new job where I can’t wear nail polish. So yeah, it was break time from the blog. I’m back though! I think I’ll be posting less frequently than 3 times a week, but I’m definitely going to continue blogging!

Aaaaanyways, one thing that got put off a bit longer than I meant was the sharing of this lovely new collection, Leave the Sun Behind Me by Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer. The always lovely Julie sent me her new polish collection for review, and it was released 8/24 (see? Bad blogger, I should have posted this awhile back!). It is still mostly available, so I don’t feel as terrible for sharing it late – you can still get your hands on these beauties!

This collection is based on the Wes Anderson movie, The Darjeeling Limited. I heart Wes Anderson and while this isn’t my favorite movie of his, it’s still great! And it’s a perfect movie to base a neon collection around – with all the vibrance of India as the inspiration (where the movie is set), you need an equally vibrant polish collection.

BEGL Leave the Sun Behind Me collection + extra

BEGL Leave the Sun Behind Me collection + extra

As a disclaimer, I just moved so my lighting setup is all wonky. I tried to edit the pics so the polish is as color accurate as possible. But I’ll let you know if the color is a bit off. Also, all polishes dried satin matte, so all swatches have top coat. Phew – enough jibber jabber, let’s get to the pics!

First up is Rubby. This is 3 coats with no white undies:

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Rubby

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Rubby

This neon pink is just plain stunning! It has a subtle blue-purple shimmer/ flash that comes out in the sun or whenever the indoor lighting hits it just so. The formula was perfect – no complaints!

BEGL Rubby

BEGL Rubby

Next up is Look at These @#$holes (amazing name, right?!). Swatched with 3 coats, no undies:

BEGL Look at These @#$holes

BEGL Look at These @#$holes

This polish is a fluorescent (FOR REAL fluorescent) red/coral pinkish orange creme with very subtle pink glass flecks. Look at These @#$holes is light sensitive, so make sure you keep it hidden away until you use it… like a ninja. Julie is so great with her customer service that she makes sure you know about the risk of the color change AND discounts the polish to boot (imagine that, a polish company who warns you thoroughly about any possible defects… so lovely… I’m looking at you Mentality ahem *cough* *cough*).

My lighting and camera could NOT pick up the accurate color at all. It’s more pinky red in real life than it looks in these pics. If you look at the bottle, that’s closer to how it looks but adding in much more of a NEON vibe. Plus the glass flecks didn’t show up so great in the pics either.

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BEGL Look at These @#$holes… more color accurate

^ That’s a bit more color accurate ^

Macro of BEGL Look at These @#$holes

Macro of BEGL Look at These @#$holes

There! See there really are pink glass flecks!

Next up is Stop Involving Me! This one, again, is 3 coats without undies.

BEGL Stop Involving Me!

BEGL Stop Involving Me!

This polish is like a banana chartreuse neon yellow with gold glass flecks and some coppery shimmer. It is stunning! I could have really used a 4th coat to cover up the visible nail line better, but I’m lazy and 3 coats is usually my max. So I might end up using a white undie for this polish in the future.

Macro of BEGL Stop Involving Me!

Macro of BEGL Stop Involving Me!

^ That macro for some reason picked up more of the greenish tinge of the polish. It’s more banana yellow in real life. But look at those golden glass flecks!! So gorgeous! ^

Next one up is Thanks for Using Me. Same story – 3 coats, no undies.

BEGL Thanks for Using Me

BEGL Thanks for Using Me

This beauty is a fluorescent kelly green creme with golden blue-green microshimmer. The formula is perfection, and I just love this one on! In real life, it’s a bit less pastel and really more deeper neon kelly green.

BEGL Thanks for Using Me

BEGL Thanks for Using Me

Last from this collection is It’s In The Itinerary. Broken record here – 3 coats, no undies.

BEGL It's In The Itinerary

BEGL It’s In The Itinerary

This stunner is a vivid Barney purple jelly filled with multichrome flakies. The flakies shift from aqua to blue, green, pink, and even gold. Even though my pics show some visible nail line, it wasn’t apparent in real life. I just adore this one! I think it’s my favorite in the collection – the flakies give it so much depth!

BEGL It's In The Itinerary

BEGL It’s In The Itinerary

Love that one!!

Now for the BEGL portion of the Destination Polish collaboration with Monster Polish! Monster Polish & BEGL released the Wish Upon A Star Duo on 8/31, and it’s still available! BEGL As Dreamers Do is based on a night view of the Cinderella castle at Disney World.

BEGL As Dreamers Do

BEGL As Dreamers Do

This is 2 coats of the polish – it’s a black jelly base with pink and blue microshimmer and pink glass flakies. For a fairly simple polish, it really is surprisingly gorgeous! I love the depth that the shimmer gives.

 

BEGL As Dreamers Do

BEGL As Dreamers Do

Love!

OK… and last but definitely not least, I wanted to share a limited edition polish. This unfortunately is no longer available, so I’m sorry for inducing polish envy. But you have to see how beautiful this is and what a polish genius Julie is!

BEGL Limited Edition: 40/41

BEGL Limited Edition: 40/41

My lighting made this look all wonky, so I tried to color edit it. In real life, this polish is a deep vivid green-leaning teal crelly with bright blue glass flakies. My pic makes it look a bit more greyed / washed out than it really is. This was 2 coats with no undies, and I love it so much! I wore this to the beach and got so many compliments!

BEGL Limited Edition: 40/41

BEGL Limited Edition: 40/41

So much love!!

Phew! Alright, for my first post back after an extended break, this was a long one! Geez, I promise they’ll be back to the normal length soon. But wasn’t it worth it?! This collection is amazeballs – neon + shimmery flakie goodness? YES please!

These polishes are all still available (except the limited edition teal, sorry again about that!), so hurry up and grab them!!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer – SHOP HERE

OK, and because you know my obsession with David Tennant will NEVER be over:

David Tennant Oh I'm pretty boy, doctor who

Yes, yes you are 😉

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Summer Daisies: May NCC #3

Hello sweeties! I feel like each recent post has started with an apology for not blogging as frequently. Soooo, again I’m sorry for the infrequent posting! It will unfortunately continue for awhile. I have a very very busy June coming up – I’m going on a 2 week vacation and we’re moving out of state. So yeah, pretty busy! But I’ll try to post at least a little bit!

Today I’m showing you my third floral look for May’s Nail Challenge Collaborative. I love daisies, and they’re super appropriate for Spring & Summer. So time to put them on my nails!

Neon daisy manicure

Neon daisy manicure

I love this mani! It just makes me happy to look at! I was afraid that my daisies would come out looking like little fried eggs, but my husband assured me they looked like daisies. And I don’t think he was placating me either 😉

Neon daisy manicure

Neon daisy manicure

I am REALLY feeling neons recently. I mean, I always love a good neon (they’re pretty much always on my toes), but there are SO many good neons coming out in collections now. So my neon love has resurfaced with a vengeance!

Neon daisy manicure

Neon daisy manicure

Polishes used/ how I did this:

  • Base color: KBShimmer Lei It Again… This is from KBShimmer’s new Summer collection. It’s a gorgeous vibrant Barbie pink. If baby pink could be charged with neon energy, this would be it! The formula is great too! I did 3 coats on most nails, but I was able to get away with 2 coats on a few where I used thicker coats.
  • Daisy leaves: Rica Whiteout… As always, this is my go to white nail polish for nail art!
  • Center of daisies: KBShimmer Rum Me The Right Way… Another gorgeous polish from KBShimmer’s Summer 2015 collection. This is a very vibrant banana yellow. It’s not quite neon, but almost! I haven’t used it for a full manicure yet, so I can’t speak to the formula yet. But it was perfect for dotting.

What do you think? Are you feeling all the neons that are coming out? Do you like daisy manis?

Check out more floral manis by the talented NCC ladies:

And now it’s time for your daily David Tennant:

David Tennant sexy doctor who

God that man brings so much sexy! Yum yum yum!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul in a Girly Wallpaper design: January NCC #3

Hello sweeties!! Today I have two things to share with you – another gorgeous Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer polish, and my third wallpaper look for January’s Nail Challenge Collaborative. Julie from BEGL sent me this beautiful pink polish from her My Indecisive Valentine collection for review, and it’s called Newly Impassioned Soul. I put this baby on and immediately thought it’d be the perfect base for a girly wallpaper design!

NIS is this baby pink yet still almost neon crelly with loads of iridescent microflakies. It almost leans a bit more jelly than crelly – I used three coats and still had some visible nail line. If I was wearing this alone I would throw a 4th coat on for opacity, but I was planning on stamping over it so I left it at three.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Newly Impassioned Soul

Isn’t it beautiful? So girly and feminine with a little bit of modern edge from the flakies! My camera freaked out at how pretty it is too.

Closeup of BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul

Closeup of BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul

See those flakies? Love! This is the kind of color that could be all over a little girls’ bedroom decor, so I decided it would be perfect for my Girly Wallpaper Mani!

Girly Wallpaper Manicure

Girly Wallpaper Manicure

What better to adorn a little girls’ walls than flowers/ roses? I really like how this came out! I was originally going to use a lace image to stamp with, but it covered the pink way too much. And flowers are quintessentially girly!

Growing up I would have died if this was in my room – I was far from a girly girl. But I could totally see this in some chic and girly girl’s room!

Products used:

  • Base color: BEGL Newly Impassioned Soul
  • Stamping plates:
    • Pinky & Ring finger: Konad m65
    • Middle & Index fingers: Shany SH208
  • Stamping polish: Rica Whiteout… amazing opaque white creme!

What do you think? Does this look like wallpaper you’d have in your room growing up? Do you like this BEGL?

Oh! Before I forget – Newly Impassioned Soul is on sale on BEGL’s site! So if you like it, go pick it up!

And go check out the other Wallpaper Manis from the NCC ladies:

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Instagram

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Facebook

Neon stripes and roses: August NCC #3

Here comes manicure #3 for August’s NCC theme of Tea Party! For this one, I decided to basically recreate a recent favorite of mine – stripes and flowers. I imagine an outside tea party in a garden with a trellis of vines and flowers. Since I’m obsessed with neon, I also used my recent Models Own purchase.

neon green white roses stripes flowers manicure

Gorgeous right?? I love this type of manicure. Paulina’s Passions does it perfectly, and I just plain strive to make my flower nails like hers!

This manicure was actually from awhile ago… I had it on my nails when the August theme was announced, and I knew it’d be perfect for the tea party theme!

neon green white roses stripes flowers manicure

Polishes used:

  • Pinky, thumb, and neon stripes: Models Own Flip Flop
  • Base color: Rica Whiteout
  • Roses: Orly Frolic (bright orchid purple), OPI Vant to Bite my Neck? (dark purple accent), Illamasqua Collide (sheer neon pink to brighten the roses up)
  • Leaves: Revlon Posh

What do you think? Do you wear neons year-round or just in the warmer months? I think I want to wear neons forever 🙂

Check out the other tea party-themed nails by the NCC:

 

Neon Ikat Manicure

If you haven’t realized from my last few posts, I’m really into neon nails right now! I love a good, bright manicure that glows in the sun. A bunch of my admired nail bloggers from the Oh Mon Dieu challenge recently did ikat manicures, so I thought I’d try it out too. Let’s see how I did:

neon peach green ikat nail art manicure

Not too bad right? Ikat seems to be one of those designs that lends itself really well to slightly messy technique, which really works out for me! Here’s another pic:

Neon ikat peach green manicure nail art

And one last pic where I adjusted the color a bit to show how the peach looks in different lighting:

neon peach green ikat nail art manicure

Colors used:

  • Base: China Glaze Sun of a Peach (such a gorgeous neon peach)
  • Ikat: Zoya Purity (white), China Glaze Highlight of my Summer (neon mint), and Zoya Raven (black)

I really like this color combination and am overall pretty pleased with how this came out! I think if I do ikat again, I’ll make the triangular shapes more narrow and maybe use a smaller brush to make the black detailing look more “brushy.”

Have you done ikat nails before? What color combos do you like? Are you as obsessed with neons as I am right now?!

80s night manicure

Like a good child of the 80s, I relish the opportunity to celebrate my favorite tacky decade. A local bar had three 80s cover bands playing, so of course I had to go in head-to-toe 80s regalia. Perfect time to try out my new neon glitter polish I purchased from Etsy!

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The polishes I used: Sephora by OPI A-Ha! Moment, then 2 coats of Lush Lacquer’s Glowsticks (fantastic glitter polish purchased on Etsy), then Orly Glowstick (neon yellow).

I love Lush Lacquer! I bought 3 of their glitter polishes in miniature size and can’t wait to try the rest out.