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This blog has moved

Hi guys! I have moved my blog over to KimbersLacquerKorner.blogspot.com . You can follow me there. I will not be updating here anymore, and will delete this blog in about a month or so.

-Kimber

New Look!

Hey guys! I finally found some time to work on the blog! I am still adding to my blogroll, so if you know of any blogs that I should be checking out, please leave me a comment or send me a message and I’ll add them.

What do you think of the new look?

Happy Pink Wednesday!

Wow. I had this whole post ready to go, and my Macbook decided to eat it. Grrr!!! Well, here we go. Take 2!

I had a hard time with this weeks Pink Wednesday. Pink  just was not inspiring me, despite how much I adore pink polish! I have a ton of pinks, although I rarely wear them. Since I have rekindled my love affair with polish, I tend to lean toward darker shades and at the moment I am all about fall colors, blues and glitters.  Last night I sat down and decided to organize my polish drawers by brand, hoping that maybe going through all my polishes would bring about some sort of inspiration. While sorting, I came across my Revlon polishes and voila!  Not blinding inspiration, but some sort of inspiration nonetheless!  I whipped out my Starry Pink from Revlon and set to polishing!

 

Starry Pink is part of Revlon’s Expressionist collection.  A lovely shade of pale pink with silver microglitter and larger hex glitter, this is the only glitter polish that I have ever come across with a creme base.  Interesting concept, but would it translate on my nails? In the bottle, Starry Pink looks very milky yet the glitter still stands out. I was hoping that the glitter would still be visible on the nail, but was not all that pleased with the outcome. The formula is actually very nice, but is very sheer. I used 3 coats to reach opacity .  The glitter, although visible, is somewhat obscured by the creme formula, which makes my polish look rather chunky and uneven. I did use thin coats hoping to coax a little more glittery fabulousness out of it, but my efforts were futile.  To me, it looks as if I were wearing a glitter polish and painted over it with pink.  I’m sure some people could really rock this polish, but I’m not one of them.  Despite being a gorgeous shade of pink, I just do not like this polish on me.

This is 3 coats of Starry Pink with a coat of Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat (Please forgive my poor cuticles. They are still recovering from my horrible allergic reaction to Burt’s Bees and are just a mess ) :

 

Pretty, but I do wish Revlon had used a jelly base instead.  And don’t those cuticles look sad? I am just torn up over how horrible they look after my allergic reaction. I suppose I should have expected it, since my cuticles were very swollen, red and sore for a few days, but I just want to cry! 😦

I hope you guys were more inspired than I was this week! I have some ideas for next week’s Pink Wednesday mani floating around already!

I still have Milani One Coat Glitter to show you guys, as well as a ton of Nicole by OPI polishes that I have yet to use, Milani Holographics, and of course, MORE GLITTER!

Oh! On an upside,  I was gifted one of NOPI’s Holiday Glitters today! I am the happy-go-lucky owner of Snow-Man of My Dreams, and I cannot wait to share it with you! I also spent some time browsing in Target, and Essie’s Cocktail Bling Collection is to die for! I can’t wait to pick those up! I’m trying to hold out until payday (credit cards are bad!), as well as until LuxEffects is out as well.  There are so many holiday collections that I am already fiending for. Lemmings and more Lemmings!

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber

Well, technically it’s the laptop version, since I’m posting from the Macbook tonight. 🙂

Earlier I posted a quick, fun pic of today’s Pink Wednesday Mani. This is the first week I have done Pink Wednesday, and lemme tell ya, I agonized over what to do for this Mani.  I have an entire drawer full of pink! I settled on Rimmel’s Pink Zinfandel since it’s relatively new, and I love that even though it’s a metallic shimmer, it’s not a bright, bubble gum pink. It’s a gorgeous dusky rose color, a perfect pink for fall!

I love Rimmel’s polishes, and Pink Zinfandel did not disappoint. As with many metallic polishes, it was a bit streaky on the first coat, but quickly evened out on the second. Since I was working with a Ruffian design, and used Pink Zinfandel as my top color, I did have to use pretty heavy coats to get the color even and completely opaque.  It wasn’t opaque enough to cover the tips, so I didnt wrap them well (had a little shrinkage this morning as you can see in the first 2 pics) but I had wrapped them in my other color choice anyway, which gave it an interesting effect.  Almost as if the pink was just laying on the grey. This polish also has a ton of shimmer! I’ll be using this color again!

I paired the Pink Zinfandel with China Glaze Black Diamond, a dark grey with what appears to be silver shimmer, but if you look very closely it has some green and red in there as well. This is one of my go to colors for fall this year, being one of those greys that seems to go with almost anything.  Formula was a little on the thin side, but thickened up a bit on the second coat. It does take 2 coats to reach opacity, but I use 2 coats of color as a general rule anyway.

I added some chunky glitter mixed with Sally Hansen Strobe Light at the pink/grey border to give it some flair and added sparkle, using the glitter in a gradient style to about halfway up the nail.  I really like the way this came out, save for the streaking from glitter polish. My son woke up mid mani and my glitter dried before I could manage to blend it with my top coat. Oops! Still wearable though!

Here are a few more pics of Pink Zinfandel over Black Diamond:

 

Blurred a bit to show sparklies!

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber

 

 

 

Go check out this blog!

Hi all! In case you haven’t seen, Valentine Kisses (link above may not show since WP is being insane so I listed the URL below) is having a FANTASTIC giveaway over on her blog at:

http://xoxovalentinekissesxoxo.blogspot.com/2011/09/500-follower-giveaway-prize-includes-60.html

 

You’ll have to cut and paste since my links arent working for some reason!

Anyway, I love her blog anyway, but I’m also new to it and just now came across the giveaway. It’s incredible, folks! Over 60 awesome items. Go show her some love, check out her posts and enter the giveaway!!

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber

Last week I came across Confetti’s Masquerade Ball, a beautiful sparkly deep red shimmer in a black base.  This is one of those colors that I just could not wait to get on my nails!  (Pardon the horrible pics of this one, somehow my HD setting on my camera ended up turned off)

I wish my settings had been correct before I removed this color!

The formula was wonderful, my only complaint is that confetti polishes are known to have wonky brushes, and this was no exception.  I added a rhinestone sticker on my ring finger, but this was my last Seche Vite mani, and the shrinkage caused the sticker to shrink up! I ended up removing this polish after only a day. But I really love this color and wanted to wear it again ASAP. I even went to pick up a spare bottle! Luck was not on my side, though. CVS had sold out of Masquerade Ball.

On a seperate trip to Wally World, while perusing the Rimmel colors, I noticed a color called Red Lava. It looked suspiciously like Masquerade Ball. Same gorgeous red shimmer in a black base. So I picked it up, and brought it home. This one had an almost perfect formula, as well as the wide “pro” brush.

 

Now, both in sunlight. Masquerade Ball is first:

 

 

Now Red Lava:

 

and side by side on a color wheel: Masquerade Ball is on the left, Red Lava on the right (forgive my practice striping)

 

 

See it? Pretty much the same color!  What a fun find! They dont look exact in these pics since the lighting was different and my settings were off, but I assure you in person? An exact dupe!

Happy Polishing!

 

-Kimber

2 posts in one night!?!  I am determined to catch up on my blog!

So let’s get down to business! This is the mani I have on now, but I just couldn’t wait to post it! It is my very first attempt at water marbling, so please hold the laughter until the end. 🙂

For this marble I chose 3 of my untried colors: Sally Hansen Grey by Grey, Hard Candy Sky, and Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue.  Not my original color combo, but my first few choices just would not ring out! My white being the worst. It needed some thinner, so I am hoping that was the problem and it will work next time. Otherwise, I’ll be off to pick up a new white polish.  Also, I suck-diddly-uck at placing the design on my nail. I think I managed to place an actual design on 3 nails (one being a thumb).  I’m trying not to be too hard on myself since this is my first try, but I have serious nail OCD. Hell, the cuticle line that isnt like the others is driving me nuts!  Yup, I’m that girl that will re-do an entire mani over 1 smudge.  I’m working on that, really I am!

Okay, here is my marble!  Pics all in natural lighting:

 

 

 

 

I did end up with a little smudging from my top coat, but I am a genius and didn’t realize that my Revlon top coat is (or at least acts like)  a deep dry and I needed to be so-very-gentle or it would smudge the design. I tend to be a little heavy handed with my polish, so I’m learning to be less than brutal.  Hopefully I can perfect this skill before I attempt my konad tomorrow night!

Off to more pic editing! I should be posting my itty bitty dupe find, LCD, and Icon tomorow.

 

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber

Wow.  I am horrible at posting! I’ve done a good 5 mani’s since I last posted here, but I just haven’t had to time to post about them too. I’ve also been busy learning some nail art, as well as water marbling and Konad.  I think I’ll actually edit some more pics and post again in the morning in order to catch up a bit!

 

While perusing YouTube tutorials last week, I came across a video for Galaxy Nails. I had to give this one a shot!   Little galaxies on my nails? OK!  Mine came out a bit more holo than some I’ve seen, but I also used a few more glitters and sheer holo polishes to really make them shine.  They don’t translate as well in pics, since the closeness really brings out the white stars and dulls the shine and purple/blue shimmers.

Here they are:

 

 

 

Nifty, huh? To get this look, I used my usual Instant Artificials basecoat, Finger Paints Black Expressionism as a base, China Glaze Black Diamond over my black, sponged with Finger Paints Paper Mache to get the white areas to make the galaxy swirls, and sponged with Sally Hansen DVD,  Orly Mineral FX Rock The World, Confetti Smitten for depth and color. I used Kiss Nail Art stripers in White and Silver Glitter for the stars and shooting stars, and then went over random areas with LA Colors  Sassy Sparkle Glitter, Sally Girl Blue Glitter, NYC Glossies Scandalous Blue Glitter and Orly Love Each other for glitter and holo effect. Sealed with Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat and voila!  Sounds time consuming, but it really didn’t take long at all!  I had a blast trying this out, and will definitely be doing this again!

 

Off to edit pics now! In the morning I will have water marbling pics for you, to be followed by a Rimmel/Confetti Dupe post and some pics of Nail Fetish “Icon”.

Also, I just came across the press release for China Glaze Eye Candy and Holiday Collections! Wow! A collection inspired my Marilyn Monroe? You bet I WILL have it!

Happy Polishing!

-Kimber