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You guuuuuuuys! 1. I’m finally cold enough that I want to wear something on my feet. Feet covers. This doesn’t happen. Ever. 2. Today was payday and most of it is already gone because of groceries. Ugh. Gonna try meal prep for the boyfriend and I. We’ll see how it goes, huh?

Anywho. Tonight I’ve got 7 SUPER gorgeous small batch polishes from Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer to share with y’all. Now, when I say small batch, I mean super small. Connie said that there’s about 12 bottles of each, so make sure y’all set your alarms for 12p EST! This is going to be photo heavy, so let’s get right in!

 

First up is Lexie, a grape jelly packed with various glitter sizes! This one was a tad thick, but I’m inclined to believe that it might have been the air in the house – I sit right next to the air vent, so I’m pretty sure that made the formula a little wonky. I used only two coats and I love love love how the thicker formula suspended the glitters within, making it an inky purple sea of glittery goodness. Unf. My kinda purple, right?! Right!

 

Crystal; taupey purple holo shred-filled polish with various glitters. HAH. That’s a mouthful. I don’t even know that it made sense, but it’s the only way I could think to describe this magic in a bottle. When I first saw this one, I figured I wouldn’t like it because y’all know me and glitters don’t get along, but boy, I was wrong. It went on in one thicker coat and settled beautifully with my top coat. The shreds in this totally freaked out my camera, I’m so sad. I love taupey-lookin’ purples something fierce.

 

Tiffany; an almost denim blue jelly that leans a little on the teal side with more of those delicious holo shreds. This one, had it not had a slightly jelly base, would have totally been a one coat wonder! The formula was delightful, though. Not textured and shone just as much before top coat as it did after. Efffff, Tiffany, I love you.

 

Ashlynn; a deep brick red creme with red shimmer sprinkled throughout. Oh. Oh man. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh man. This is perfect. It goes on in one, buttery smooth coat and ugh. I just. Don’t mind me, I’m just drooling at my desk.

 

 

Dallas; a ripened berry holo with sparse glitters. YOU GUYS. I’m about 93% sure that this is what my blood looks like. And if by some chance I’m wrong, I’m leaving one of you nerds in charge of replacing my blood with this when I die. Easy enough, right? YEAH BUD. Anywho. One coat wonder here, too! It was a bit on the thick side, but it’s so heavily pigmented that I would have been shocked had it not been.

 

Cherry; a cherry (HAH, Y’ALL WOULDA NEVER GUESS THAT BASED ON THE NAME, RIGHT?)  red shimmer with the perfect amount of contrasting tiny blue glitters. This one, because of the shimmery formula took three coats, but it was easy to work with and was ultra-shiny once it dried. This one has to be another of my favorites from these 7 babies. It’s just so unreasonably pretty.

 

Ginger; a dusty, shimmery rose holo with iridescent glitters. Okay, okay, another favorite of mine. There’s nothing about this one that I don’t love. I went with two coats, but definitely could have gotten away with just one. Ginger is absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day, especially if you’re going for a more sophisticated and sultry look. Unf.

 

And that’s it! These 7 beauties would fit right in with anybody’s lacquered arsenal, I certainly love them in mine!

Y’all had best get your ninja fingers ready because I know these are going to go quickly. They’re $11.99 each and you can get them over at the Seventy Seven Nail Lacquer shop at 9a PST!

Also be sure to check out our little facebook group for the latest news on the brand (and some neato deals, too!). You can also follow Connie’s gorgeous creations on instagram here.

 

Which do y’all like best? So many unique finishes to choose from, huh?

 

Thanks for reading loves!

***The polishes mentioned in this post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review and photos, which can be found above.***

 

Evening loves! I’m currently up watching a new-to-me anime and pretending I don’t work tomorrow, so why not try to be a little productive, if I can? This is going to be super quick since we’re focusing on the art and it’s late, but I’m super excited with how these turned out!

I’ve fought with vinyls so much that I’ve got a whole pile of them saved. I’ve had them for probably about a year now. My issue is that because I use a peel-off pace coat, I always tend to rip off the base polish, so I give up. Sure, I’ve got a nail art mat that I could use to make a decal but 1) that requires WAY too much effor and 2) the cleanup SUCKS.

Usually the night before my day off, I try to do my nails a little differently so they’re done when I go hang out at work with the boyfriend. In stead of my normal POBC, I use an actual base so it lasts through the day – when I do it like this, I can use vinyls and not worry about ripping up the lacquer. I want to try this more, because I have so many different designs I want to try. Eventually. Maybe.

So uh. I bought an actual shit ton of the Painted Polish stamping cremes because I went overboard with stamping plates, but I realized that they’re the perfect colors for some Valentine’s Day art and they’re super easy to work with.

 

 

My base is Mulled Wine by Moonlight and the hearts were done with Stamped in Pink 2.0 and Stick It! vinyls. I don’t have a link or a name for the vinyls, I’m sorry – it looks like the shop is offline BUT. They still work either way!

 

It should also be noted that I sponged the pink on instead of brushing it on because I’m really really really way too good at pooling polish. I am not a dainty person. Not one bit.

 

Cute, huh? I’m sad that we’re so close to Valentine’s Day. I haven’t done ANY sort of art (other than this)… ugh. I need to step my game up!

 

Anywho, back to anime before bed. Thanks for reading, y’all!

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Hey loves! I’m running a tad bit behind tonight, oops! Today is my handsome boyfriend’s birthday, so we spent the day being lazy with copious amounts of donuts and sushi. It’s rare that we have a day off together these days, so it was so wonderful having this special day together, even if he hates birthdays. Now that we’re wrapping up the evening, he’s playing a few Overwatch matches as I sit here with a Baby Foot mask on attempting to write this post. It’s not that I don’t love doing these, it’s just that I normally take HOURS to write them, since I often walk away and try to do a million other things at the same time. This way, I have these stupid boot mask things on, so I have to sit here. I’m dying to move around. Send help.

Anywho, I’m way too excited for this post. Night Owl Lacquer makes some seriously gorgeous stuff, y’all. I’ve had my photos done for about a week now, and I was holding onto them until we got closer to the launch of this trio, but it was hard as hell. They’re just so pretty. I think I deserve a medal for keeping them a secret for so long (well, outside of the Facebook group). Oh! And Lindsay and I have teamed up to offer something special for my readers. Keep reading to see what it is!

First up is the Love Trio – a 3 piece (not that I’m assuming that y’all don’t know what a trio is, I don’t really know why I even said that but we’re rolling with it, we’ve come too far to go back now) collection made up of some gorgeous glittery jelly polishes inspired by the phases of love that we all experience one point or another. So, LEHGGO.

 

Unicorn Love; “a deep purple jelly with blue, pink & violet holo shreds.” Y’all. Y ‘ A L L. You guys know by now that I’m not fond of jellies, or glitter, but sweet baby friggen jesus, this (and the rest of the trio) is amazing. Because it’s a jelly, VNL is to be expected, but honestly, I kinda really like it with this one! I used three thin coats and it still came through, but it adds such depth to the polish, if that makes any sort of sense. The color of this one, oh my. Purple. Magical. Goodness. It’s legit my favorite shade of purple, the cool-but-warm-but-just-everything kinda purple. The formula for all three of these totally kicked ass – they weren’t super gritty or pooly or too thin/jellyish that you have to fish glitters out. Perfection. No lie. Also please ignore the hair in the first photo. I can’t photoshop to save my life, so we’re just gonna name it Peggy and move on.

 

Love; “a bright red jelly packed with silver holo shreds.” What Valentine’s Day trio is complete without a sultry and seductive red?! This one is a damn showstopper, y’all. It only took two coats, and went on super smoothly. I may or may not have sent Mark a few photos of this one because it’s just too pretty to not show off! I even did a little stamping over the top of it with some Painted Polish stamping cremes, and a hēhē plate that I recently purchased! I mucked it up, but we’re just gonna pretend that everything went according to plan. Kay? Kay.

 

Love Hate; “a black jelly with red holo micro glitters, red holo shreds and silver flecks.” Eff. Yes. A sultry black perfect for those that aren’t into super feminine colors, but still want to be fierce as hell. This one took three coats and had the tiniest bit of texture – not much at all, I’m just noting it in case some folks are weirded out by textures like I am. It wasn’t enough to make me want to take it off immediately and nothing that a thin coat of Seche couldn’t smooth over.

 

 

Next up is the first official group custom for the Night Owl fan group! I’m so effing in love with this. I mean. I know I say that about a lot of shit. But trufax? This is the actual tits. It’s described as a medium grey creme with bright red shimmer, red holo shreds, and silver flecks. Grey. Grey. Friggen. Goodness. The formula was amazing on this one, too! It was pretty much opaque in one coat, but I went over with a second out of habit. I’m gonna post a few different photos because I caught it in low lighting which pulled the red out so it’s like BAM IN YO FACE. Also did a little stamping on top of it! If you saw my post a few days ago, you’ll recognize the stamping as from It Girl Nail Art‘s new IG202 plate.

 

Eff. Isn’t it delicious? It’s definitely in my top favorite polishes from NOL and one of my favorite greys. Ever.

Also, just in case y’all wanted to know, walking in these god forsaken boots is hard as hell. I just went to answer the door (boyfriend’s bro lost his house key on NYE) and I damn near busted my ass trying to walk across the room.

Okay, okay. Squirrel. Ooops. SO! These 4 pretties launch this Friday, February 11th at 10pm MST (12a EST) over at www.nightowllacquer.com. They’re $9 individually, or $25 (+ shipping) for the trio and then $9 for the custom if you want to snag that, too!

Now, for my favorite part of this! Lindsay was kind enough to make a discount code specifically for my readers! If you use TGOB10 in the shop, you’ll get 10% off your order. NEATO, RIGHT? YEEEEEAH! I feel so friggen special, it’s silly. Thanks again, Lindsday! <3 Just to be clear, this is NOT an affiliate code!

So, what do y’all think? Is there anything that you just HAVE to have from NOL besides everything?

Thanks again for reading my loves!

 

 

***The polishes in the post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review and photos, which can be found above.***

 

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Hey y’all, I’m sorry for being so quiet the last few days. Work has been absolutely hellacious and I’ve been fighting the urge to just curl up under my desk and hide for the rest of forever. I’ve been trying to paint my nails to try and uh… paint the anxiety away? But it’s not working. I’m very much so looking forward to my two days off this week, one of which is my wonderful boyfriend’s birthday. Very, very excited. But, that’s not what y’all came to hear, is it?

I’ve had the chance to work with an indie stamping brand and I’m so so very excited to share what I’ve created with the lovely It Girl Nail Art‘s new plates. Stamping is something that’s relatively new to me, and I’m still learning new things each day, but I thoroughly enjoy it. There’s definitely a learning curve as some of the images have fine lines, but I’m beyond in love with the nail art that these create. Unf.

Sometime between my move from Georgia to one house here in Indiana to the current house, I managed to lose my normal creative shop stamper, so for all of these manis, I used my kickass Baroness X Clear Magnifying Stamper. I’ve been told that for fine lines, firm stampers are a bit easier, but I made do with what I had for the time being. I’m going to purchase a new firm stamper and test again, but I’m still loving my BX stamper something fierce.

I did quite a few manis, so uh. Let’s get into it! I’m not going to go into a whole lot of detail on the polishes (other than what they are), but uh. Yeah! Y’all are going to have to forgive me. I didn’t even think to take photos before I started using them, I was too excited. So you’ll see a few streaks from where I cleaned them, but they’re still awesome!

First up, I tested out the IG202 Nail Art Plate. Experience Needed: MODERATE. I love love love all of the images on this plate – they’re gorgeous and I love the geometric look.

 

Once I get a firm stamper, I plan to try some of the smaller images since those were the ones I had the most issues with. That being said, my issues were completely on me and my inexperience. I’ve seen some fantastic bloggers have no issues, so please don’t think that this plate isn’t anything shy of awesome, kay? Kay.

First up is a little stamping with the center image over The Monsters are Due on Maple Street by Candy Lacquer.

 

Next up is Seester Love from Great Lakes Lacquer – I used Painted Polish Midnight Mischief and Deux 2.0 to stamp over top. The designs don’t match by any means, but I love them as accents!

 

Posh Paints LacquerAnd here’s the top right image stamped over ‘s Majestic LE

 

Okay, this one is a little weird. Summery as all get out, but so so fun (and messy)! I smooshed OPI Color Paints Primarily Yellow and Pen & Pink together over the top of the center image stamped over white. I have no idea if that made sense. But. It purdy, right?

 

And last but not least is this little accent nail over the top of the very first Night Owl Lacquer FB Group custom (y’all will see more about it in the next few days!).

 

Overall, I really really like this plate, and there’s so many different things that can be done with it. So excited to get a firm stamper and try more. Speaking of, if you guys have any suggestions, I’m all ears. I want to try allllllll the things!

Next up is the IG305 Mini plate – it’s described as a beginner plate and I definitely agree. You have to work a little quickly to make sure that the polish doesn’t dry in the plate before you pick it up, but the images pick up super easily. This plate will be amazing for decals, that’s for sure.

 

That’s what I did with this mani! I used some of Painted Polish’s stamping cremes over the top of Walking Distance by Candy Lacquer. Simple, fresh, summery. I love the delicate look of this plate, y’all. So much.

 

I know that this post is all over the place and a complete mess, but hopefully y’all still enjoyed some light reading on this lazy Sunday afternoon! Can you guys see yourselves picking up any of these plates to try out some art of your own? I definitely recommend them both, along with the other plates that Nicole offers!

 

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, thanks for reading!

 

 

***The nail art stamping plates mentioned in this post were sent to me in exchange for an honest review and photos, which can be found above.***

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Ohay loves! I’m back with a lovely pink polish that’s perfect for the month of February, and a great way to end my day off for the week. I’m sitting here, trying to figure out if I want cocoa crispies or cookies and cream ice cream for dinner (adulting. I do it well.) and listening to the same Ed Sheeran song on repeat, wishing I hadn’t picked up extra hours tomorrow. I keep telling myself it’s for the greater good of my Polish Con budget, but it’s not helping. AYY and we’re getting Jimmy Johns. Aw yiss, y’all. Aw yiss.

Okay, okay, I’ve squirreled enough. Time to get to the pretties from Nail Hoot!

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Hey babes! Long time no see, eh? My perpetual state of exhaustion has only increased, even with having days off. I need a vacation, I swear. But, I’ve had quite a bit of time to try out some gorgeous new polishes and stamping plates (wait till y’all see those, my goodness!), so there’s that! I also had the chance to dye my hair for the first time since August, I feel fierce, you guys. SO FIERCE. Also, my damn nails broke through my gloves and now my nails are stained to hell and back, a week later. It’s awful. I’ve tried three mani bombs, toothpaste, baking soda, scrubby brush… everything, all to no avail. So uh. If you guys have any tips on getting dark hair dye out of nails, I’m alllllllllllllllllllllllllllll ears.

Anywho! This collection that I’m about to share, is so friggen unique and fantastical and unf. I’m finding myself drooling each time I either catch my nails in the light or I’m going through my photos to edit. Frrrrrrrrig!

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Ohay! I hope y’all are having a fantastic week so far! I’ve been off the last two days, but I feel like I’ve been running nonstop between laundry (we still don’t have our own set here at the house, ugh) and doctor appointments. I’m seriously dreading going back to work tomorrow. I’m ready to curl up in my bed cave and pretend it isn’t happening. Ya feel?

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Annnd now we’re back to my normal polish posting! I’m working a few doubles this week just so I could have three days off instead (not how I wanted it to work, but it was the only way I could get my normal Tuesday off sooooo) and I’m dead tired. I took a bath last night with a Dragon’s Egg bath bomb and a bit of the Comforter bubble bar. It was delightful, seriously. I was in there for an hour, which doesn’t happen often, passed out super quickly as soon as I got out. To say that it was lovely is a bit of an understatement.

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It’s been a tough week. I won’t lie. The 20th crept closer and closer and felt like Doomsday. But it was not. It was the start of a struggle, but one that we’ll fight for what’s right all throughout. I look forward to seeing what good comes of this, and what we, as a people, can accomplish.

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Happy Thursday, my little nerdlings! Since I’m on a no buy from now until Polish Con at the end of April, I figured I’d work through my collection of untrieds that has grown out of control since I started swatching last fall. Send help. Please. And coffee. And pizza.

Or maybe just a few hundred Whipped Strawberry Rockstar energy drinks. They’re the tits. Seriously.

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