Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NYE Grungy Glam

Hi guys!

Sorry I haven't been posting, life's been a little crazy. But thankfully it seems to be settling, just in time for the new year! Can you believe it's almost 2015? When I was younger people would always tell me, just wait until you get older the years will just fly by. I never used to believe them but it's so true! These past few years have literally FLOWN by! But I've also learned to get excited about change, because it's going to happen wether or not you want it to ;) So I don't know about you guys but I'm so ready to bring in the new year! New opportunities, new everything. And new nails! 

Let's get on with it then shall we?!

I started off with a base of Color Club Beyond. Then I took a fan brush and dipped it in Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold and then Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and brushed it over my nails. I kept going back with all three colors until I got to a look that I liked. When that was dry I took Maybelline Color Show Navy Narcissist and stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-H14. I sealed everything in with Essie Good To Go and that was it. 

I really loved these nails, I love the color that the three shades (CC Beyond, MCS Bold Gold, and SH Silver Sweep) created by using the dry brush technique. Kind of a grungy glam ;) ;)  And I think that the blue just gave it a really nice pop of color. 

What do you guys think?

Are you ready for 2015?

Thanks loves :)

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

It's FINALLY here!!!

That's right, it's Christmas! I hope you are all having a wonderful day so far! It's probably really early right now, if you're reading this as soon as I post it. My sister and I have a tradition of getting up super early... we've done it since we were small and it was impossible to sleep when the magic of Christmas was still running through our veins! But early or not, I've got some super fun Christmas nails to share with you guys that I'm really proud of!

I started off with a base of The Little LacquerBean Sweet Irish Cream. I then created the ugly Christmas sweater / Christmas tribal design, using various red and green acrylic paints. I top coated everything with Essie Good To Go but then decided that I wanted to mattify everything so I used one coat of NYC Matte Me Crazy. I include a shiny pic too don't worry ;)

OH! And I had some fun photographing these so enjoy LOL 

What do you guys think? Let me know what you guys are wearing on your nails this Christmas, and if you wrote up a post link in it the comments so I can see!

I hope you guys have a wonderful, merry and safe Christmas filled with love, family, and laughs. And I hope Santa brought you everything you asked for... but only if you've been good this year ;)

Thanks loves :) 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Eve Dots

It's Christmas Eve! 

I really just love Christmastime, the excitement, the mystery, the friends and family. Sure it's stressful but when it comes down to it, it's always a holiday to remember. It's a little bit crazy here so I'm going to keep this post short and sweet ;) 

I started off with a base of OPI Bubble Bath. Then I took a few different dotting tools and created the dots with China Glaze Just Be-Claws, China Glaze Con-Fused?, Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold, and Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. I sealed it in with Essie Good To Go and that's it. 

Ahh, nothing better then a simple dotticure. I love designs like this because you can create them in so little time so they're great when your rushing around for the holidays and still want to make sure your nails are looking fabulous. 

What are you wearing on your nails for Christmas Eve?

Thanks loves :) 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Candycane Chevrons

It's Christmas Eve Eve Day!

Wait... is that even a thing? It is now! 

Anyways I've got another Christmas design for you guys today and surprise surprise it's a chevron design... LOL These designs were never meant to be posted so close together but that cold really threw me off. I lost a lot of time for nail art and with Christmas almost here I don't have any other option. That's okay though because I am in LOVE with this one! 

I started off with a base of Essie Blanc. I then created the water marble with Essie Blanc and Dior Marilyn. I applied Essie Good To Go after to speed up drying time. Once the water marble was completely dry I used my The Little LacquerBean chevrons and Essie Blanc to create the chevron design on top. One final layer of Essie Good To Go and the design was finished.

Okay this design I really love. I was getting frustrated at first because my red bled into my white when I was water marbling, I originally wanted a red and white marble. But I actually quite like it this way, the white chevrons stand out more. 

What do you think guys?

Are you getting excited for Christmas?!

Thanks loves :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Frosty Christmas Chevron


Hi there! Long time no talk huh? Man do I hate being away from this blog and trust me it was not on purpose. Thanks to my loving boyfriend (she says sarcastically ;)) I came down with a nasty cold at the very beginning of last week. It took me the entire week to finally get back on my feet, I couldn't get off the couch let alone edit photos and type up a blog post. Still working on 100% but I'm almost there, just in time for Christmas right?! 

So I've got some nails to share with you guys, are you excited?!?! LOL I've missed painting my nails and I'm hoping to have a few more Christmas designs up here before the season is over. Ready for this one?

I started off with a base of The Little LacquerBean Frosty Balls. When it was dry I used my TLLB mini chevron vinyls and red and green acrylic paint to create the design. I sealed it all in with Essie Good To Go and that was it!

I feel like the lighting is off in these photos.... maybe it's just me.... But anyways, I told you guys I'm crazy about chevrons this year and you guys haven't seen the last of them! ;) 

What do you think about this one?
Thanks loves :) 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Silver and Gold

So you've been looking for a holiday manicure to rock this season but you're sick of the green and red and cutesy designs? Do you want something more punk-ish? Want to spice it up a bit? I totally have the design for you! Keep reading to find out how to get this super fun and spunky silver and gold design.

Wow, is it just me or did I really sound like I was trying to sell you guys something up there? I should totally become a sales person! LOLOL 

Selling isn't for me, but this design certainley is! I mean don't get me wrong I love red and green and cutesy Christmas nails but sometimes I just crave a little more spice.

I started off with a base of Wet N Wild Black Creme. When it dried I used Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold and Sally Hansen Silver Sweep and created a water spotted design. Instead of top coating for a shiny finish I opted for NYC Matte Me Crazy. Finally I added some small tear drop shaped rhinestones. 

I love how this design looks, punk rock but still totally in the holiday spirit. 

If you want a better look at how I created these nails, because come on I'm really not that good at explaining myself, head on over to my Instagram (@pinkandpolishednails) I will be posting a video tutorial shortly.

What do you guys think?

Thanks loves :) 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The December Glitter BOXES

Hi guys!

I'm super excited about this post partially because It actually involves my brand, The Little LacquerBean, and partially because it's just AWESOME! I was invited to be the guest for the month of December for The Glitter Box! For those of you who don't know what The Glitter Box is, it's a monthly box with polishes from Fat Lacquers and each month there's a new guest. I'm so excited about this month because it is their anniversary so there will be TWO boxes. And the theme is none other than FROZEN! Ah I love Disney's Frozen, I will forever be a child at heart ;) Keep reading and find out after the swatches how to get your hands on one or both of the boxes. 

Let's get on to the good stuff... SWATCHES!

Starting off with both polishes from Fat Lacquers.

- Conceal It, Don't Feel It -
A sheer blue jelly with platinum silver flakies, mini navy blue holo stars, and different sizes of navy and light blue hex glitters. WOW! This is simply stunning. It was actually way easier to work with then I anticipated. Formula is on the thicker side, as it expected with glitter bombs like this but like I said before it's extremely easy to work with. Swatch is two coats with top coat. 

- Do You Wanna Build A Snowman? -
Blue shimmer base with a few different shades of orange hex glitters, black hex glitters, black and white triangles, and some micro white square glitters. What a complex polish! SO fun! Formulas with thicker as expected but still easy to work with. Swatch is two careful coats with top coat. 

Now for the polishes from The Little LacquerBean

- The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyways -
A pale blue jelly packed with white flakies. Just like snow ;) Formula was smooth, a bit on the sheer side but it builds up quite nicely. Swatch is three simple coats with top coat. 

- Let It Go -
A medium blue holographic with a smattering of teal micro glitters. I'm a sucker for holographic shades and this blue is just the perfect shade of blue. Formula was very easy to work with. Swatch is three easy coats with top coat. The last three photos are with my cameras flash to capture a little of the holographic effect. 

I love, love, love all of these polishes! And I'm not being biased because a few of them are mine ;) They are all amazing! 

Want to get your hands on them? Here's how! The Glitter Box retails for $16USD for two polishes of $30USD for all four and are available starting December 5th (they're available NOW!) and will be available until December 23rd. All boxes will ship out the first week of January. You can purchase them at Make sure to get yours before the 23rd! Trust me you don't want to miss out on these beauties.

What do you think guys? Will you be picking up any of these polishes?

Talk to you soon!
Thanks loves :) 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Gradient Ornaments

It just isn't Christmas without at least one red and green design ;) 

But can I just say, red and green are being such jerks to work with this year! Because they are opposites they technically cancel each other out meaning that if you aren't careful a gradient can turn muddy and brown. I had to redo this gradient 3 times before I was happy with it! Ready to check it out?

I started with a base of Essie Blanc so that my gradient would really pop. When it dried I taped off my nails and created the gradient using The Little LacquerBean Sexy Red Suit and The Little LacquerBean Mistletoe Mania. I cleaned up and applied Essie Good To Go so that the stamping wouldn't smudge anything. When everything was dry I stamped over the gradient using Bundle Monster Plate BM-H03 and Maybelline Color Show Bold Gold. I sealed everything in with one final coat of Essie Good To Go and that was it. 

I wasn't sure that I was going to like this mani while I was creating it. It was just so messy and nothing was going right I almost gave up. But I'm glad I didn't because I really actually loved the final product. The ornaments hide the messy gradient line and it made for a really fun and festive manicure.

What do you think guys?

Talk to you soon!
Thanks loves :) 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Fuzzy Mittens


Man is it freaking cold out! Yesterday it only made it to 22 degrees! Unnecessary if you ask me. But I also think winter is completely unnecessary too.... 

Anyways, fuzzy mittens keep our hands warm in the winter... so if we paint fuzzy mittens on our nails will it do the same?! The questions of the universe have now been answered, and the answer is NO but they sure are cute ;) 

I started with a base of Enchanted Polish Flashing Lights on my pointer and pinky and a base of The Little LacquerBean Sweet Irish Cream on my middle and ring. When my middle and ring dried I applied my The Little LacquerBean mitten vinyls and sponged The Little LacquerBean Spiked Hot Chocolate over them to create the 'fuzzy' look. I peeled off the vinyls and took TLLB Sweet Irish Cream and Bundle Monster plate BM-H01 and stamped over the mittens. Finally I sealed it all in with Essie Good To Go

These nails were SO FUN to wear! Such a conversation starter LOL. I really liked how the mittens weren't crisp, they looked so much more cozy this way. 

Oh and if my explanation wasn't that good... because sometimes I really suck, I have a video tutorial that will be going up on Instagram so head on over there my username is @pinkandpolishednails and give it a look! Click my name to be taken there!

What do you think?

Thanks loves :)