31 Jan 2014

Illamasqua Destiny - Myer exclusive

Hello lovelies!
Today I have something super special to show you. I was lucky enough, thanks to the amazing Kierra from Look Whats The Bats Dragged In, to get my grabby hands on an Myer exclusive Illamasqua polish.. the gorgeous Destiny, created in celebration of Chinese New Year.

This is what it says on the Myer website about it..

'In celebration of Chinese New Year 2014, Myer will carry a worldwide exclusive Illamasqua Nail Varnish shade, Destiny. 
According to Chinese Astrology, 2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. 
Inspired by the new life that leaves bring to a bare wooden bark in the spring, we have captured a fresh green leaf in our latest shade, Destiny.
To mirror the imperfect, unpredictable nature of a leafy tree, Destiny fuses fine and hexagonal gold glitter particles in a glitter finish formula. 
A bottle green wash punctuated with golden lime accents, not unlike the multi-tonal spectrum of a tree within the spring bloom.'

Onto the prettiness!

Yes, lots of photos.. lol  But I had to show you how gorgeous this polish is! So green, so glowy! I used two coats for these photos, nut you could definitely get away with one coat as it is quite a thick polish.
I adore this, and am considering getting another bottle so I never run out. ;)

You can get your own grabby hands on this amazing Illamasqua polish from Myer Illamasqua counters or it's also available online at myer.com.au for $22.50.

Till next time!

29 Jan 2014

Sea Siren Cosmetics review - part 3

Hello lovelies!

Today I have 3 more polishes from Sea Siren Cosmetics to show you.  All in gorgeous shades of blue, which is one of my favourite nail polish shades to wear!

The first is Sea Mist.



This may be the brightest pastel I have ever seen.  Formula was perfect, only 2 coats was needed, and I really only did that out of habit.
This polish has to be seen in person to be believed, it's a stunner!

Next up is Sea Dayze and Deep Blue Sea.

They go so well together! Sea Dayze is a perfect blue, and the formula is incredible. One coat is all that was needed.
I loove the shimmer the darker blue, Deep Blue Sea. Both are such pretty polishes!

This nail art was super easy to do as well, just pain your base colour, once that is dry just tape off half your nail diagonally and paint your next colour. 
Once that is dry, use a dotting tool to dot polish along the line, using the opposite colour on each side. And voila, interlocking nail art! :)

I still have a few more from this brand to show you, and if they are anything like these, they will be amazing. :)
Sea Siren polishes can be purchased here, and be sure to check her out on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Till next time!

28 Jan 2014

Blog update

Hello lovelies!
Currently working on a blog theme update, so if its looks a bit weird right now I apologize, we should be back to normal soon.. well, as normal as it can get.  ;)

27 Jan 2014

AN Monday & Sea Siren review - part 2

Hello lovelies!
I have two manis to share with you again today, both using Sea Siren Cosmetics nail polishes.

The first is my mani for Aussie nails Monday. The theme was flowers.

For this look I used Sea Siren Cosmetics Pink Champagne on my pinkie and pointer finger, and Sea Nymph on the middle two fingers.  For such pale colours they applied quite well.  Not at all streaky and I only needed two coats.
Then I just used a dotting tool with Tranquility (purple) and Leucosia (white) to make the flowers.  I love this style of mani, it's simple to do but looks so pretty.

The next polishes I have to show are Mojito Madness and Leucosia.

I will admit, I do not wear white nail polish. It takes me back to my high school days of painting my nails with Liquid Paper lol  Plus they all seem to be so gluggy and streaky.  But Leucosia is none of those things! It's perfect in two coats. I used sticky tape to tape off the tips of my nails for a 'french' nail look. Sadly, they are not too straight.  ;)

Again, I love all these polishes! I still have a few more to show you, I can't wait to try them.
Sea Siren polishes can be purchased here, and be sure to check her out on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Till next time!

26 Jan 2014

Sea Siren review

Hello lovelies!
I have something special for you today! I was recently sent some Sea Siren Cosmetics nail polishes to review, and I honestly didn't know where to start! They are all so gorgeous.

I decided to start off with a green and gold mani for Australia Day, using Mystical Atlantis and Stunning Sunset.

Both of these polishes are stunning! One coaters, and flowed onto the nail so smoothly.  
This 'sugar spun' style is quite easy to do.  I followed a tutorial from The Nailasaurus to do it.
I love how the gold polish, Stunning Sunset, looks like gold wire wrapped onto my nails.

The next mani is a colour you will not seeing me wearing very often.. pink! But how could I resist this gorgeous shade!!

The pink is Gossip, and the glitter topper is Sea Glass.  I took photos in a couple of different lights, to show just how beautiful this pink is.  This is with 2 coats, and that is all it needs. I adore this pink and I must say for me to admit that, it's says alot!  I very rarely wear pink polish.
The topper is lovely as well.. I only needed one coat for this glitter payoff. 

It's safe to say I am in love with Sea Siren Cosmetics polishes! I have a few more to show you yet, and I can't wait!
Sea Siren polishes can be purchased here, and be sure to check her out on Facebook and Instagram as well!

Till next time!

23 Jan 2014

Swirl mani

Hello lovelies!
Today I am going to show you a mani that I saw on BreezyTheNailPolishLover's FB page, and I knew I had to try to recreate it!  
Sadly, mine didn't turn out as beautiful as hers, but I am quite happy for a first try.

I used A Girl Obsessed's Time Lord (my fav blue ever) for the base. I did one coat, let it try then used a quick dry top coat.  I then did another thick coat of Time Lord, then quickly put a few dots of Face of Australia Once In A Blue Moon on, and swirled with a toothpick.
I will be honest.. this was not easy, at least for me, to do.  I am quite heavy handed, so I kept dragging the base colour and gouging chunks out of it lol
I have seen some tutorials that used a small nail art brush, I may try that next time.
What do you think of this look?

Till next time!

20 Jan 2014

AN Monday - Australian

Hello lovelies!
First off, I just have to say hi and welcome to all my new Facebook likers.  I am loving how the nail art community has come together this weekend and gone on a huge #sharethelove campaign.  I have shared a few of my favourite pages on my Facebook page. :)

On to the polish! 
I am part of a Facebook group that does a different theme each Monday. I actually left it for a few months as I was having trouble keeping up, but I have rejoined just in time for the Australia theme. Yay!

 I used OPI Don't Mess With OPI, Sally Hansen Golden-I, and a Konad plate and stamping polish. So happy with how this turned out, I think I have finally mastered stamping!

Till next time!

15 Jan 2014

Pigment nails

Hello lovelies!

Today I am sharing one of my favourite nail art looks.. pigment nails! 
I first saw these on Bec from Nail Gun XS, and fell in love.  She wrote a tutorial for Lacquerheads of Oz about it, so I followed that.

I used a black nail polish as a base, then pink, purple and gold eyeshadow pigments. These are so easy to do, and actually quite fun!
Have you ever done this style of nail art?

Till next time!

Gloss n Sparkle - Mellifluous

Hello lovelies!

The next polish I am dragging out from the depths of my pictures folder is Gloss n Sparkles Mellifluous.  I love brown nail polish, and this is a gorgeous chocolate brown base, full of copper, caramel and gold glitters.

I shared a slightly blurry photo so you can really see the sparkle of the glitter! I ended up doing 3 thin coats of this, the base is a jelly and at 2 coats I still had slight visible nail line, which I cannot stand lol
Gloss N Sparkle is an Australian owned indie brand, and can be bought on her website. She also makes soy wax melts, which smell amazing!

Till next time!

14 Jan 2014

MUD Camomania

Hello lovelies!
I was just looking through my pictures folders on my laptop, and realized how very far behind I am in posting manis. I have dozens of folders in there!  So one of my resolutions is to try and catch up on them all.  

The first one I will be sharing is MUD Camomania.

I love a good camo coloured polish, and this one is perfect.. a one coater, and lasted ages!  Plus, you can pick up MUD brand in Woolworths for $2- $3!

Till next time!

11 Jan 2014

New year, new blog name and link, new FB page!

I have been considering changing it for a while, and figured I may as well go for it. Sadly, it hasn't been trouble free, I am having an issue viewing the site, although others tell me they are having no problems seeing it!
Anyway, here are all my new links, and will have a nails post up for you soon.  :)

Website:  http://www.lightlylacquered.com/ (although I guess you already know that seeing you are here lol)

Till next time.

5 Jan 2014

Project Pan and other updates

Hello lovelies!
Hope you all had an awesome Christmas and New Years!  Ours was nice and relaxing.. for Christmas we went away for 2 nights to the Mannum Caravan Park with our family.  We had cabins right on the river, so was so nice to wake up and go sit outside with a coffee and just look at the water. For new years we did our usual, which is nothing! lol   Sat home, had a few drinks, watched movies, and asleep way before midnight. Ah, such party animals. ;)

I have to share these photos with you all.. Jan 4 was my birthday, and these are the pressies from my awesome hubby and son!

Handmade card from my son.

Canon G15 camera! 

Plus the awesomest cake ever.. chocolate and surrounded by nail polish! I was certainly spoilt. :)

Ok, on with the post! I am still doing my Project Pan, and have managed to finish off 4 things so far, 2 shower gels, a hand cream and face wash. 

Garnier Light face wash:
I picked this up in The Reject Shop for $2, and was surprised at how good it was.  I have problems with a lot of face washes irritating my skin and leaving it red, but this was nice and gentle. It didn't seem to do a lot for my appearance of my skin, but sadly not alot does.

Original Source Lemon & Tea Tree shower gel:
I am a huge fan of the Original Source shower gels. There is quite a few different kinds (I think I have most of them lol), they have a great scent, and rinse off completely, unlike some other shower gels I have tried. i buy mine at Coles. They are about $4, but I wait for half off sales, and then stock up!

The Body Shop Japanese Cherry Blossom shower gel:
I will be honest here.. I bought this for the name and bottle. I have a thing for cherry blossoms!  lol I have actually had this for a couple of years. I bought it at an at home party that my cousin had, so I can't remember what I paid for it now. I looked on The Body Shop site but it says this item is no longer available for purchase. They do have the Japanese Cherry Blossom body wash for $20.95.  I was not a huge fan of this, that's probably why  it took me so long to use it. I would definitely not repurchase it.

Natio Hand and Nail cream:
I LOVE this hand cream. It's not greasy at all, and sinks right into your skin, leaving it feeling lovely and smooth.  I recieved this free from Natio after a bungle with one of their nail polishes I bought, but I have seen it in store at chemists and beauty stores for $9.95. Would definitely buy (once all my other hand creams are empty, of course ;)  ).

Till next time.