Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Allied Shirts Custom T-Shirt Review!

* The following t-shirt was sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.*

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Today I have a review from Allied Shirts!

First, lets see how easy it is to make a custom t-shirt on alliedshirts.com

Click the start now button and you're on your way!
It will bring you to the editor, which will allow you to pick the object you want (t-shirt, jacket, etc) and the color!
Add your design, text, and anything else your heart desires!
Text and pictures can be added to the front and back of the shirt.
Then, pick how many you want and the size!
Voila! You're done!
I found the site to be super user friendly! It was very easy for me to design my shirt and check out!

Here is me, sporting my new I <3 Nail Art t-shirt! 
I got the short sleeve unisex Gildan shirt in black.
The shirt was very good quality and true to size. I did, however, find the ink to smell horribly, but that was fixed when I threw it into the washer. The shirt held up and looks exactly the same, as if I never washed it! 
I expected shipping to take a while, as that is usually what happens with custom items, but I was wrong! I got my shirt in about a week. 
I definitely recommend Allied Shirts for all of your custom t-shirt needs!

Thanks again Allied Shirts! 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Alter Ego Nail Enamel Sun Goddess & Vampyre by Nyte!

* The following nail polishes were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.*

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Today I have two unique polishes from Alter Ego Nail Enamel.
These photos were all taken in natural sunlight. 

First up, Sun Goddess!
Here is Cynthia's description: "I love my sun, so bright & cheery. :) I wanted to name this enamel after a sun goddess, but when I did some research I found at least a dozen different goddesses, and rather than risk the wrath of insulting any in particular this enamel is named in honor of all I found! Light yellow base with 2 sizes metallic orange glitter and fine metallic red glitter."

I used one coat of Sun Goddess over one coat of Zoya Arizona on all of my nails except the accent. On the accent I used three coats of Sun Goddess. 
Sun Goddess has a matte/satin finish, but here it is pictured with top coat. I highly recommend using a top coat for this polish, as it seemed gritty without it.

Next we have Vampyre by Nyte!
Here is Cynthia's description: "As all creatures evolve & change as time marches on, so does the Vampyre By Nyte!  Today's modern vampyre wanted a new title, hence the Y instead of an I, but the council had to admit there isn't much else that could be changed without getting scary! They can handle overcast days but really wake up & shine after dark. :) The base color is hard to categorize- a dark color that can lean to deepest purple, brown or black and flecks of red shimmery glitter with a high gloss top coat."

I used two coats of Vampyre by Nyte. 
Vampyre by Nyte has a satin/waxy finish. It is a brownish purple mix (is that even a color? haha) with shimmer. 
The shimmer seems to hide when in it's natural element, without top coat.

 I think that Vampyre by Nyte is pretty as it is, but when a top coat is added, it becomes an entirely different polish! 

I absolutely love it with top coat! It brings out all of the different dimensions of color!

Overall, I liked both of these polishes. 
As Cynthia recommends in her shop, set the bottle upside down for about five minutes, so the pigments and glitters will mix. Then, shake the bottle for about thirty seconds. I definitely recommend this, as some glitters and pigments settle. It is a quick fix though! :)

Shop Information:

The polishes retail for $8.50USD. Myself, along with many other bloggers, got polishes to review this month! Once all of the reviews have been posted, Cynthia plans on releasing a 20% coupon, making the polishes $6.80USD each! You can find this on Alter Ego Nail Enamel's Facebook page!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Twinsie Thursday: Thanksgiving

Hello lovelies!

Here I am again for Twinsie Thursday! Today is all about Thanksgiving :D Since I'm from Holland, we don't celebrate it, but for all US followers and for Samantha, I thought it would be nice. Now while searching for some info, I stumbled upon the nicest coincidence! Wikipedia says: "According to historian Jeremy Bangs, director of the Leiden American Pilgrim Museum, the Pilgrims may have been influenced by watching the annual services of Thanksgiving for the relief of the siege of Leiden in 1574, while they were staying in Leiden."
Many of the Pilgrims who migrated to the Plymouth Plantation had resided in the city of Leiden from 1609–1620, many of whom had recorded their births, marriages and deaths at the Pieterskerk. To commemorate this, a non-denominational Thanksgiving Day service is held each year on the morning of the American Thanksgiving Day in the Pieterskerk, a Gothic church in Leiden, to commemorate the hospitality the Pilgrims received in Leiden on their way to the New World."

Now I happen to live in Leiden :) So does that not tie everything together nicely? I must soon visit that museum :D 

This is what I created for the occasion:

These were the polishes I used:

I used a base of NYC "Midtown Mink" and created the glitter gradient with "Master of Disguise" from the amazing "Slice of Life" collection by Delush Polish. Then, with a nail art brush, I painted on the pumpkin by mixing the orange and yellow in different ratios. Then I finished it with some green mixed with yellow leaves, which I touched up with some glitter to make it fab ;-)

I wish all our (mine and Samantha's) US followers a wonderful Thanksgiving! And you, Samantha, thank you again for this :) Enjoy your well-deserved holiday!


Thank you Lothwen! I LOVE your mani! So cute!
You can see the design I created here:

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence & Zoya Blu

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Today I have a unique mani, which I have fallen in love with: Hare Polish Dauphine of Decadence and Zoya Blu!

All photos were taken in natural light. Forgive some of the pictures, as my camera freaked out! 

Here is one coat of Dauphine of Decadence over one coat of Zoya Blu. I then added gold circular studs to add an extra dazzle.

 Zoya Blu had an okay formula. It was not my favorite, but it could have been a lot worse.

 Hare Dauphine of Decadence had a good formula and a great dry time.

Overall, I'm really loving this combo! 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rimmel London Swatches and Review!

* The following nail polishes were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please visit my disclosure policy.*

Hello Lacquer Lovers! 
Today I have seven Rimmel London Lasting Pro Finish nail polishes to show you!
I loved all of the polishes and I know you will too!

 The Rimmel London lasting pro collection is said to be "super durable chip resistant nail lacquer with shine release complex". According to the bottle it is supposed to last up to 10 days. 
All of these photos were taken in natural sunlight and I finished off each manicure with top coat. 

Rimmel London French Manicure Duo in French Rose & French White Nail Tip Liner
 I started off with one coat of French Rose (pictured above). It had a standard wide brush, which I liked, and had a great dry time. Next, I used the French White Nail Tip Liner and free-handed the smile lines. This brush is exactly what it sounds like, a nail liner.  It was much easier than I thought it would be. I finished the manicure off with another coat of French Rose and top coat. 
I was very impressed with this duo and I would definitely recommend it to those who like doing their own french manicures. 

Rimmel London Baby Pink
Baby Pink is a light pink with a creme formula. I had to use three coats for it to be completely opaque, but that is to be expected from a light pink polish. The formula was good for a creme and it had a great dry time. This polish looks great on it's own and could rock some serious glitter if it wanted too!

Rimmel London Spice Romance
 Spice Romance is a pumpkin color with a silver shimmer. As most shimmers, Spice Romance had a streaky looking application for the first coat, but after a second coat and a top coat it smoothed itself out to a nice finish. It, like the other polishes, had a great dry time. This is the perfect shimmer for fall, but it would look great year around. 

Rimmel London Street Grey
Street Grey is also another perfect fall color! Here, I used two coats of Street Grey. Although it looks grey on the nail, in the bottle is looks like it leans more taupe. This is my favorite polish from the seven I was sent. I love it and I know you will too!

Rimmel London Rags to Riches
Rags to Riches is the second shimmer from this group. It is a hunter green polish with what seems to be a rose gold shimmer. Like Spice Romance, the first coat was streaky, but it smoothed itself out with another coat and top coat.

Rimmel London Black Satin
Black Satin is a black creme that is opaque in two coats. The formula was great, along with the dry time. This is my new go to black creme, so you'll probably see it around here a lot. 

Of course, I cannot have swatches without some sort of nail art, especially when one of them is a nail liner!

Here I used two coats of Black Satin as my base. I went in with the French White Nail Tip Liner and made random lines and spots to give an abstract effect. I then topped the lines with a franken I made, Glitz & Glam, which is a holographic top coat.

 I had a swatching buddy, who liked photo-bombing many of my photos, Ice!

Overall, all of the polishes were great! They can be picked up at many drugstores, so next time your at your local store, stop and grab some!
I'd like to say thanks again to my wonderful PR rep for sending me these!
See you all on Sunday! <3

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Orly Sparkling Garbage & Zoya Sailor

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Things look different around here, don't they? I revamped the layout today to make it easier on the eyes and easier for you, the reader, to navigate! What do you think?

Today I have Zoya Sailor, one of my all time favorite Zoyas, and Orly Sparkling Garbage, which has been sitting in my untried pile for a while yelling 'SWATCH ME!!!'.

Here is Sparkling Garbage over one coat of Sailor.

My camera spazzed out as I took this shot, but it shows the true gorgeousness of the two together.

And, of course, I had to have a macro...

That's it for today, folks!
I'm off to watch all of my Sunday night shows. I'll be back on Wednesday with a review you won't want to miss! :)

Thursday, November 7, 2013

OPI & Apple Pie!

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Today I have a review of an oldie, but a goodie!

This is OPI's OPI & Apple Pie, which is a rich caramel color.
Since it is a black label OPI, it is older; therefore, it has a pretty distinct smell. It was nothing unbearable. It reminded me of the 'nail salon smell'. 
It was opaque in 2 coats and had a descent dry time. I was impressed!

 I couldn't leave it alone, so I stamped it with Zoya Louise using Winstonia Store's plate W109.

That's it for today loves! I'll talk to you again on Sunday! <3

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fall Inspired Nail Art

Hello Lacquer Lovers!
Happy November!

Today I have a super quick nail art post for you. The whole look took about 15 minutes, including dry time, and it is beginner friendly!

For my thumb and ring finger I used Zoya Lousie as my base and used a Diamond Cosmetics 14K, along with a dotting tool.
For my middle finger I used OPI's OPI & Apple Pie as the base. I used Diamond Cosmetics in 14K and Cocoa for the stripes.
For my index and pinkie fingers I used Zoya Flynn topped with Zoya Maria Luisa.

That's it for today! I'll be back on Wednesday! <3