Friday, February 10, 2017

A Night Owl Lacquer Launch About Love

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My friends, I have not been this excited about a post in a very long time! Valentine's Day is upon us and not only is the Night Owl Lacquer Love Trio  rocking my fragile little world, but this is a holiday I take very seriously. I take LOVE very seriously you guys, so there are a couple of very special manis in this post and I hope they inspire you to share some love too! If you don't much care for all that emosh talk you can find everything you need to about tonight's launch, including how to save on your order, at the very end of this post! Onto the glorious polishes!

Do you see that juicy squish? Love is absolute perfection, a saturated berry red jelly base packed with sliver holo shreds and magic. I applied two easy coats for this swatch, and the formula had me swooning!

Love-Hate is the perfect anti-valentine polish. She is dark and tumultuous, oh, and sexy as hell! Again you have that perfect two coat formula, but this time with a black jelly base that's loaded with red holo micro glitters, red holo shreds and silver flecks. 

I'm not sure, but I may have died and come back from the other side to tell you about how incredible Unicorn Love is. I don't even know if I can properly tell you, but I did my best with these photos! This has got to be my favorite; that depth, that glitter mix! Another fabulous two coater with a deep purple jelly base scattered with a mixture of blue, pink and violet holo shreds. You guys know what I like to do with jellies, don't you?

Yup! I got my leadlight on! I used a plate from Clear Jelly Stamper and laid a base of white hearts, then filled them in using Love and Unicorn Love, and lastly I stamped the pretty lace over top. I was so thrilled with how forgiving these layering images were,  and I can't wait to play with more of them! How about some love to outshine that hate?

I used Love and Unicorn Love as a base for this very special valentine mani. A couple of weeks ago I lost a good friend of mine far too soon. She dearly loved her husband, her cats, and her tattoos; Pusheen being among her favorites. So I'd like to dedicate this nail art to Jeremy Luka; in loving memory of the tender hearted Melissa Luka. I created this little valentine using MoYouLondon Suki 03 and Mundo de Uñas stamping polishes for the decal work. That concludes the Love Trio you guys, but I saved something super exciting for last!

This Facebook group custom called The Fire Within is releasing tonight along with the trio, and it's pretty special to me because well... I NAMED it! I was inspired by the women's marches and the glowing embers coming out of that cloudy base. My suggestion went to a poll and emerged victorious, woot! Not only am I giddy about having a hand in the naming, but greys are a favorite of mine and this one from Lindsay is superb! Another dream to apply, this shade is also opaque in two easy coats and is packed full of silver flake, red shimmer and red holo shreds. 

I tried to go extremely literal with this nail art, and thankfully these images from the MoYouLondon Punk collection really expressed everything I wanted to say. That fire is burning in all of our hearts, and the world needs you to love fiercely! Valentine's Day isn't just about mushy stuff, you know. Haha. The ribcage and heart, and hearts made of ribcages, were given their fiery glow using the same technique I used to create my birch trees, which you may remember! I put a few dots of Mundo de Uñas Reddish and Hit the Bottle Tangerine Scream onto the images, dragged my liner brush through and then scraped delicately and minimally. Do you guys love this as much as I do? It might be my favorite look I have put together in some time, but you know I love the weird ones. Let me know what you think! 

The Love Trio and The Fire Within launch tonight at 10pm MST, so you don't have to wait long to get these pretties in your wanty little hands. I highly encourage you to join us in Night Owls Just Want to get Lacquered Up, so you don't have to miss out on The Fire Within! It's magical, my friends. Don't forget, you're always welcome to use my code BHN10 to save a chunk of change on your order! Just in case you needed a little further enabling! I truly hope you guys enjoyed this post, and that you have a lovely Valentine's Day celebrating love in all its forms. Until next time! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Museum Hop Paris by Square Hue

I was convinced this post was lost to the black hole of the data universe, but thankfully the photos were only misplaced and not actually deleted into oblivion! Yay! I have quite a few Square Hue posts to catch up on, but I'm particularly excited about the nail art I did with these beauties from the Museum Hop Paris box.

Pompidou, oh my heart, are you seeing this magic? This it just two easy coats with topcoat, and with a great formula as well! The warm chocolate brown jelly lets those scattered holo flakes shine through. It's totally unique in my collection, and you guys know I love chic browns.

I absolutely adore the color of this stone grey, it's perfect! But, unfortunately I found Louvre, a matte shade, just a bit hard to work with. It wasn't quite self leveling for me and I was left with a finish that while matte, was a bit streaky. I handled it with some topcoat, no problem, and was left with a relatively smooth two-coater. I have seen it look great in pics from other bloggers, so I'd love to hear from anyone who was able to get this one to work well for them matte.

d'Orsay should remind me of, you know, French stuff... but instead I am reminded of the desert, cacti, the hot sun and adobe houses. Sorry, I'm from the desert and this clay peachy pink just screams home to me. I love it! Another fantastic two-coater with the usual Square Hue awesomeness when it comes to formula!

The colors in this collection worked together beautifully, and I came up with this ice cream shop/chalkboard sign inspired look using vinyls on my mat. I just layered the decals on with some top coat, then stamped with Mundo de Uñas Bones and images from MoYou London and ÜberChic Beauty. I miss the holo sparkle from Pompidou with the matte finish, but I can't deny that I think it looks pretty cute with this design. I hope you guys think so too! I have more exciting stuff to share coming up this week, so I'll see you all of you lovelies soon. Oh and if you've been thinking about subscribing to get your own SquareHue box, you can use my code BEHERE10 to save a bit of cash! Until next time!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Bitch, I'm a Unicorn!

Need I say more? I feel like this hot neon pink polish by Night Owl Lacquer does the talking for me. Last Saturday during the women's marches around the world, I felt the urge to put this beauty on. It's feminine and fierce, and that's how I'm feeling right now!

Lindsey created this polish for her birthday, and it's now part of the core line. So you don't need to panic if you feel compelled to make this polish your own. Though I'm lucky enough to do a lot of swatching for Night Owl Lacquer, this one I did purchase myself, I mean I just had to have it! You guys know pink isn't generally my thing, but this one really had the right attitude and complexity to appeal to my unusual taste. I've shown the shade here with two easy coats and topcoat; it's a beautiful neon hot pink jelly/crelly base with iridescent glitters and black shreds. Have you ever seen anything like this one? I think it's pretty unique!

Naturally my mani echoed the feelings of the day, complete with an angry pussycat. I can only hope this resonates with all of you. It's my promise to my fellow humans that I will always speak up for you and do my part to keep you safe, even if it means confrontation! I love you all. 

If you want to do your own fiercely feminine, I mean human... mani, I found these images on MoYou London Punk 05. There are plenty of other expressive images on the plate as well, including a big skeletal middle finger, if you feel like that better suits how you're feeling so far in 2017. Talk to all of you warriors soon. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Winter Blues Trio

After a serious delay brought to you by the USPS and my general wanderlust, I bring you the Night Owl Lacquer Winter Blues Trio! Actually I have two Night Owl Lacquer posts lined up but I have to stay focused. Playing with these icy shades reminded me of the best parts of winter, and definitely gave me some much needed inspiration for nail art. Check it out below because they are currently available for purchase and pretty freakin magical!

In my opinion the best part of Winter Wonderland is the ethereal blue shimmer that I completely failed to capture in most of my photos, haha. Thank goodness for macros! I'm showing it here with two coats, though you might need three depending on your nail length and application style. I found this formula to be so smooth and easy to work with, especially for a white crelly. It's also full of bright blue micro glitter and shreds. I love this shade and white winter crellies in general, I can never stop myself from buying them.

Before I even looked at the label Frozen in Time reminded me of cracked ice. The silver and blue micro flakes give this shimmer a ton of dimension. This was an easy two coats with a lovely formula!

Midnight Snowfall really stole my heart, it's so deep and sparkly! This scatter holo with white/silver micro flake and a blackened blue jelly base has a formula that is easy to work with and opaque in two coats! I think a lot of you will fall for this one too!

Okay so all these icy polishes and this particular snowflake stamp were giving me major Fantasia slash Nutcracker vibes! I made some simple decals with a quick stripe of Bling it New Year from the Holiday Collection and two gorgeous shimmery stamping polishes by Hit the Bottle; Poolparty and I Blue it all on Polish... teehee. Oh yeah and this fantastic image is from Creative Shop 29!

This is my kind of winter wonderland! It doesn't get any better than spotting one of these beautiful little guys in the occasional Memphis snow. I have to daydream about the birch trees though, haha. Anyway, I have got to hand it to ÜberChic Beauty for this layering image from collection 12. I totally butchered it but you can barely tell, and that's my kind of user friendly! I am quite proud of the trees themselves though, which I created by dragging my liner brush and MdU Dark Grey through the MdU White smeared onto the plate. With only one or two scrapes you get a very natural looking marbled coloring! So fun! The cardinals are stamped using Painted Polish Stamped in Brick. I have been collecting as many of Lexi's stamping polishes as I possibly can lately. They are just so fantastic!

Well, it's been a while so I hope I haven't left out anything important and even more so I hope you guys are as delighted to finally see some nail art as I am to be sharing it with you. It might not look like it from the blogging world, but I've had a pretty productive 2017 so far and I am looking forward to more regular posting this this year! It's going to be fun hanging together. Talk to all of you soon. Oh and one more thing, if you want more of Lindsay's polishes in your life, be sure to join the Night Owl Lacquer Facebook group for updates and other surprises. It seems like she's always got something awesome in the works!