Happy Monday! Today I have some swatches to share with you from an indie polish maker, Mi Amor Polish. If the name doesn't explain it enough, Mi Amor Polish was started by Courtney out of her love of nail polish, glitter, and her simple love of creating something beautiful. I've got several of her glitter toppers to share, so lets dig in!
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Monday, December 30, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
Good Morning everyone!! I have been dying to share to today's post with you since I did it a few weeks ago. Leslie from Work / Play / Polish contacted me back in November about partaking in a blog series she was working on. There is a wonderful organization called Polished Girlz and they work with all sorts of young ladies, like those with special needs or ladies who are cooped up in hospitals for long stays with some pretty yucky illnesses. Leslie is generously donating $10/blogger that accepted her invitation to the Polished Girlz...and all 25 of us accepted! That's $250 to this wonderful cause and if you're able, consider ways in which you can donate or participate in a chapter near you. :)
|Image via Work / Play / Polish and Polished Girlz|
Happy Polishing! :)
Thursday, December 26, 2013
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas filled with family, friends and laughter :)
Today I've got a reject post of sorts. I had originally done this look with the intension of it being a guest post, and while I liked the look, I just didn't like it for the guest post.
I was inspired by an image that I found online of a snowy tree scene that had the sunrise light shining through the trees and I fell in love. Despite my attempts, my take on this photo ended up being a bit more abstract and vibrant than I had intended.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Merry Merry Christmas!! And if you don't celebrate, it's just a wonderful excuse to be with family and friends :)
I've got another fair isle print look to share with you all today. I'm sure you can all tell by now that I tend to obsess over certain patterns and prints for awhile and will do them over and over agin until I get sick of them (I tend to do the same with music)!
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Hello, all! If you follow me on social media you've probably seen the New Year's Eve mani that I put together for The Hunt's fabulous NYE Style Guide.
If you did miss it, you can check out the online glossi magazine for some style inspiration.
The best part? Read through to the end of the glossi to find out how you can enter for a chance to win 1 of 4 $50 gift cards to your favorite makeup and fashion stores (like Julep or Sephora!).
Here's the look I put together as inspiration for New Year's Eve and be sure to read the tutorial by clicking here :)
Happy Polishing! :)
Monday, December 16, 2013
I've got a super quick post for you all tonight to share some winter inspired manis if anyone is looking for some inspiration (and how-to's!). I put together 2 easy looks that will help you get in the spirit of the season over at Deb Shops!
What do you think of these? Have you be sporting any wintery looks?
Happy Polishing! :)
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Happy Saturday, Everyone! I'm so sorry that I failed in getting the final day of Digital Dozen week completed on time. But, better late than never! As I've mentioned (I think in everyone post this week...haha) I struggled majorly with this theme. I actually tried to do something on Thursday and Friday night after work but I wound up spending some time relaxing with the boyfriend instead which was really great.
So, for my final look, I actually ended up scrapping the red from my mani all together and chose instead to use just green and gold...though I am holding a red bottle in some of my pictures so you still get the feel for the theme ;) After several failed attempts through out the day, I finally ended up with this simple lace look. The fabulous Missy over at Gnarly Nails also did a lace look for this week's challenge :)
Thursday, December 12, 2013
So, I'll be honest, this challenge theme has gotten me a bit discouraged - I'm REALLY struggling with coming up with unique and different concepts for this Digital Dozen week. I wasn't very pleased with yesterday's mani and I was hoping to redeem myself with tonight's look, but once again was so stumped on what to do.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Yay! It's Wednesday...albeit midnight on Wednesday...but still Wednesday, so it's officially hump day here! It's also the midpoint of the Digital Dozen does Red, Green & Gold week and I must say, I'm struggling with this theme! I like festive manis as much as the next person, but I feel like I can only do so much with strict colors like red, green & gold (I think we're all feeling like this!).
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Monday, December 9, 2013
Holy cow, I can't believe it's been a month since I took part in my first Digital Dozen challenge! They didn't kick me out after last month so today marks the beginning of my second challenge with this wonderful group and our theme for the week is Red, Green & Gold. Get ready for what will surely be a very Christmas-y week here on Wondrously Polished ;)
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I've got another post for you tonight in hopes of getting caught up with the December Nail Art Challenge. I suppose some things never change because I'm positive that I was useless last year as well and was always behind.
I was supposed to have my "Lights" themed look done between the 4th and the 6th but...well, it's almost the end of the 7th so clearly I'm not one for punctuality.
I've been seeing tons of super cute Christmas Light manis floating around and that was my initial thought when I was considering the light theme. But I was talking with the boyfriend last night and we were discussing places we would love to travel and my bucket list includes Iceland. I started looking at things to do there and apparently you can take guided Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) tours! It was then I knew two things for certain: that I was in fact going to make it to Iceland one day and take that tour and that I was going to paint the northern lights on my nails for this theme...such meaningful epiphanies I have! ;)
|Aurora Borealis - Source|
Hello, all! I'm sorry I've been lacking in posting. I've been...I'm not even sure what. Trying to find my sanity, perhaps? ;) But! Tonight I've got a great little indie brand to share with you all!
Landlia Polish was created by the husband/wife duo, Shannon and Dustin, in an effort to create colors and finishes that weren't being produced by the big name brands...and I'm so jealous of this! I think we all know this frustration of not being able to find that perfect color and wish we could just make it ourselves. Thank goodness for indie makers like Landlia who help lazy bums like me fill out my collection with beautiful polishes. Shannon has been swatching on her Instagram @shan3270 for over a year so she knows what does and doesn't work when it comes to polishes...and she has some awesome nail art to boot :)
This was one of my favorites of the polishes I was sent. Christmas Tree is a green jelly with green hex, square, bar and micro glitters and has some large multi-colored round glitters mixed in as "ornaments" I'm assuming. I think this is such a fun polish for this time of year. The application was a breeze and easy to apply. The green jelly base of this polish is very sheer so I would definitely recommend using this over another polish, though I'm sure with enough patience you can build up the opacity and wear it on its own.
I decided to have some fun with this one so I did a green gradient as my base and put a coat of Christmas Tree on top of it, and yes, instant Christmas tree! My only complaint with this one was that I had to really fish the colored round glitter out as they sunk to the bottom.
|One coat of Christmas Tree over a green gradient|
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Way back in December of last year I decided to give a nail art challenge a try. I would never have thought that it would spurn this mad love of nail art, but I can fully attribute those nail art challenges to my improvement and advancement as a nail artist. They pushed me to go outside of my comfort zone and try things I never would have on my own and for anyone looking to improve their skill and range, a challenge is by far the best way to go about that.
The Challenge I took part in last year was one put on by Californails on Instagram and I remember being so incredibly proud of the snowflake nail art I had created. I had just gotten my first set of nail art brushes and had finally figured out how to use it and I created this mani. I've decided to continue the cycle and participate (if I can!) in this year's December Nail Art Challenge as well! It's all done on Instagram using tags to show your looks but I really enjoy doing them.
Monday, December 2, 2013
I'm so excited for tonight's post if only for the fact that I'm doing nail art again! It's been far too long since I've gotten to be creative and it felt so wonderful to sit down with all of my polishes and just paint.
Today's mani was done as an entry into Nail Polish Canada's 2nd Annual Holiday Nail Art Challenge! The first theme was "snow" and we could interpret that in any way we wanted. Sadly (or perhaps to those who dislike the snow, luckily), I don't live in an area that gets snow...but I love it. I am particularly fond of how snow looks piled atop branches and while browsing for inspiration, I came across an image of a red cardinal perched on a pine branch that was covered in snow. Needless to say, I fell in love with the contrast of the red, green and white of the snow and knew I had to do it. So, here is my "snow" themed look inspired by that image :)
Saturday, November 30, 2013
I hope everyone has survived the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday sales and is getting some rest for Cyber Monday ;) I know I had to use tremendous restraint to not buy every single nail polish I saw.
My final set of swatches for the weekend madness is from Polish Addict Nail Color! These 4 polishes are all from the latest Winter/Christmas themed collection and are available now for $9/bottle :)
Toyland is a white crelly with TONS of different glitters in all shapes, sizes and colors and at first glance in the bottle I almost didn't see "Christmas/Winter" in this polish. But, after putting it on and seeing the wide range of glitter, it really does seem like a toyland. I really like creme colored base crellys and this is definitely a fun take on a winter themed polish. I used 3 thin coats to avoid my tips showing through.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Next up in our Black Friday Swatch-a-thon is Laquerlicious! If you've never heard of Laqerlicious and you're a glitter bomb lover, you're missing out. What's more, Michelle of Laquerlicious donates part of her earning to her local Pit Bull rescue. It's really a win-win for us - we get beautiful polishes, and some doggies help find homes.
All Bundled Up:
This is a deep royal purple packed full of silver and purple micro glitter. There is also a silvery shimmer undertone to this one. I really loved this polish. The glitter was subtle but gorgeous and good for someone who loves dark polishes and is looking for a bit more pizzazz. Shown is 2 coats (though it could have probably been 1!).
Hello, all! I'm sorry I've been a bit MIA the past few days. I've been busy with family activities, driving, and eating too much. I'm going to have a few major swatch posts to share with you all today since all of these lovely indie makers are having black friday sales and I figure it'll be nice to see some of their product.
I'm starting off with some FABULOUS polishes from PolisHaus Lacquer. I was so pleasantly surprised by these polishes. I had heard of PolisHaus and had been following her on Instagram for awhile but had yet to try these so I was so excited to get to review them. 3 of these are glow in the dark as well :)
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Happy Saturday! Today I'm very excited to share with you all the very first set of polishes to come out of the newly founded indie polish line, Renaissance Custom Lacquer. Meghan of Will Paint Nails for Food and her sister Laura are the brains behind this company and I think they have done a fabulous job with their first endeavor into this area of the polish world. They've drawn inspiration from art, design, fashion and nature to create these polishes and I think it truly shows. This is a picture heavy post but I think it's worth it! ;)
I have 6 polishes to share - 4 are part of the first full collection, The Seasons, and the last 2 are stand alone colors.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Hello, all! Today I have a fun and simple tribal print tutorial to share with you all! I'm sure other nail artists out there can appreciate feeling stumped on what to create sometimes and we all have our ways to be inspired. I think I've mentioned it before, but I really enjoy using the website called The Hunt to help spark my inspiration and I tend to have 15+ tabs open whenever I browse the site. It's a bit addicting and I almost always find something I like or want to recreate.
Today marks the official relaunch of their iPhone app and it has an entirely new look and feel that just makes me so happy. It is very sophisticated and intuitive and needless to say I've been perusing the app a lot lately. I mean, look how pretty it is!
I've been noticing a lot of the "hunts" are looking for nail art tutorials and more often than not these hunt's are lacking any "finds" for the tutorials. SO! I decided to take on a hunt myself! There was one in particular that really caught my attention and I knew I wanted to attempt solving the hunt with a tutorial I put together myself. The hunter asked for an "easy-ish way" to do a tribal like shown so I did my own take on it. It also gave me an opportunity to do a design I might not have done on my own.
So here it is, my how-to for colorful tribal nails :)
Monday, November 18, 2013
Well, after more than a 2 week hiatus, I'm back to finish up the 31 Day Challenge! I am so proud of Meghan and I for completing this and I feel like we've both seen ourselves improve throughout this challenge. I can't believe we started it back in July! Time flies - all too soon we'll be doing this all over again!
While I considered other options, I don't think there was ever a doubt in my mind that I would be recreating my Inspired by a Song look for this theme. I loved everything about this look. The song I chose was the Florence and the Machine song, Shake it Out, and the chorus "It's always darkest before the dawn" was my major source of inspiration. However, this time around I decided to glom onto the "dawn" portion. My reasoning was that it was paying homage to the new dawn that this challenge has brought for our nail art! Yeah, I went there. Welcome to chees
Friday, November 15, 2013
I want to begin tonight's post with a thank you to all the ladies of the Digital Dozen! Thank you so very much for allowing Meghan and I to join you for this wonderful experience! While I struggled some nights with the theme (apparently you're not supposed to procrastinate on these!?) I completely enjoyed this challenge! I've loved getting to know you all over the past month and I can't wait for all the future endeavors to come :) Thank you for bringing me into the fold and for being so kind and supportive - it means the world to me <3
So, you'd think that on the final challenge of the black and white week I would definitely stick with black and white, right? Well I'm not really sure what happened, but my simple birds on a wire concept turned into a slightly more colorful version than I was expecting. Also, I think some of my birds are a bit...dog like? Haha!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
So I will preface this post with an apology! I am the tiniest bit in love with this manicure and I couldn't narrow down my photos to just a few...so this is a picture heavy post! ;)
This is my 4th mani for the black and white theme and I was feeling really uninspired and a bit discouraged when I sat down to do something. I did 2 looks before this and was about to call it quits but knew I'd be hurting the rest of the week if I didn't get it done tonight. I received a random catalogue in the mail and saw this wonderful rug and decided to be inspired by it! I'm really glad I went for it though because I'm really proud that they came out as clean as they did and I may force random strangers to look at them throughout the day tomorrow. Sometimes I have a heavy hand when it comes to free handing things like this and my lines get too thick way too quickly, but I think I managed to maintain some line weight consistency throughout each nail.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Ah yes! Today's mani marks the halfway point of this week's challenge. I never realized how difficult it would be to come up with 5 different looks all around the same basic theme. I feel like there is SO much you can do with black and white, yet my brain struggles to realize them.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
It's day 2 of the Digital Dozen Black & White challenge and I've got simple floral look to share with you all.
Monday, November 11, 2013
Squee!! This marks my very first manicure as a member of the Digital Dozen and I am so excited for this challenge week and to be creating art with these amazing women! This month's theme is Black & White and I knew immediately that I wanted to do a tribal print of some sort for at least one of the days. Yes, I am still utterly obsessed with tribal print. I can't help it. I love the artwork of the Native American tribes of the Southwest of the US - it is just so inspiring to me!
Monday, November 4, 2013
Tonight I've got my second to last theme of the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge to share with you all. Today was "Inspired by a Tutorial" and I knew immediately which tutorial I wanted to do. My partner in crime through this whole challenge, Meghan over at Will Paint Nails For Food, recently did an AMAZING dreamcatcher tutorial that had a filtered look to it and was grungy and edgy and just fabulous. I knew I could never create anything as stunning as what she managed, but I thought I'd try my hand at it anyway!
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Happy Saturday, all! So I let yesterday come and go and didn't even realize that it was the one year anniversary of the day I started my blog! How cow, I can not believe it's been a year already. Time sure does fly when you have an addiction/obsession/passion. In honor of this milestone, I decided to recreate a few of the first manicures I felt were worthy of being posted on the internet.
Sigh. Looking through these past posts, I was cringing a bit. I'm not sure why I thought some of these looked remotely good! I used terrible lighting, had poor nail care, and cleanup was optional. So, with that, lets take a walk down memory lane and see how much I've improved over a year...though I really had no where but up from my original looks ;) I'll share my original try first, then the recreated mani one year later after.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Wow! I can't believe how close to the end of this challenge we are! I've got a short post to share for today's theme of Inspired by the Supernatural. I really wasn't sure how to interpret this theme - just like with the flag theme, this feels like they ran out of ideas and just threw it into the mix at the end. But, since it's almost Halloween I figured I would keep with that theme and do something that can work for both!
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I'm mirroring what Meghan said in her post, inspired by a flag is the least inspiring of all the challenge themes. I really struggled with what to do for this. There are so many flags to choose from, but it felt wrong to choose some random country's flag that I had no association with. That narrowed down my choices substantially. California State flag or the US flag. I've lived in California my whole life and love it here. It's beautiful and has incredible variety wherever you go and I figured I couldn't not attempt the state flag of my state.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
I hope everyone is having a fabulous Saturday! Mine has been fairly lazy and I had planned on getting caught up on a bunch of things today...but so far I haven't been very productive. Story of my life ;)
Today I have some beautiful polishes to share with you from a new to me nail polish company. Aja Frierson is the brains behind Habit Cosmetics and has managed to create not only the most aesthetically pleasing bottle in the history of bottles, but she's filled them with some amazing polish. Habit polishes are made with Myrrh Extract so they naturally strengthen your nails while you wear them. They are Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP) and Camphor free and aren't tested on animals (yay!). To top it all off, the packaging is sustainable - the caps are made with bamboo and are shipped in FSC Certified paperboard. Basically, they use less plastic and help reduce paper-waste.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Grrr! I'm so sorry I've completely failed at posting with regularity - when I started this blog I was working part time and had a lot of flexibility with my schedule and never had issues posting when I wanted to. My new job (I can't believe I've been there over 3 months!) is full time and incredibly demanding and I'm often at work for 11 hours at a time. This results in a VERY burnt out Lindsey by the time I get home. Often, despite wanting to be creative, I can't find it in me to get paint on nail and begin the process. Such was the case this week and hence why I'm posting this 2 days late ;)
Inspired by Art was very intimidating for me. It's hard to look at someone's master piece(s) and say "Yeah, I can recreate that on a micro-scale and it's going to look just as good as that." While it's very loved style, impressionism is far and above my favorite type of art. I love the perceived randomness of the strokes that somehow work so flawlessly together and love the texture that is created when oils are used. There is just so much to love about it.
I went back and forth between a ton of artists and struggled with whether I should do pieces that have been done before in nail art or if I should forge my own way with something that hadn't been done yet. I actually ended up complaining to the art expert herself, Meghan and asking for suggestions and guidance. In the end, I settled on Monet's Regatta at Argenteuil. I cheated a bit in that I only did 4 fingers, but I wanted to make a cohesive look across the even canvas of my fingers.
Monday, October 21, 2013
I've got one more post to share with you all tonight! Here is a super simple aztec inspired look that I put together for Deb Shops! I was inspired by one of their super cute leggings and I just love how these turned out. Be sure to check out the tutorial for my easy how-to on this look :)
What do you think of this look? Do you like aztec print just as much as I do? I feel like the color palette is an excellent way to transition this summery print into the fall season.
Happy Polishing :)
Happy Monday, all! First up today I've got a gruesome tutorial to share that I put together for the Lulu*s Blog! This is a super simple mani and there are several tutorials out there already...but I just love how it looks so much that I couldn't resist doing a tutorial for it. Head over the the Lulu*s blog for the how-to on this look.
Are you guys planning any Halloween manis this month? Would you like to see me do any looks?
Happy Polishing :)
P.S. Use a glow in the dark polish or two to really have fun with this ;)
Sunday, October 20, 2013
I am so incredibly excited to announce that I now a proud member of The Digital Dozen! It should also come as no surprise that my girl Meghan from Will Paint Nails For Food will also be the latest newbie of the group! I am beyond ecstatic to have been asked to join this incredibly talented group of bloggers. I know I will learn more than I could ever hope to and that they will push me to be a better blogger and artist each month.
For those who don't know, The Digital Dozen is a group of 24 - yes, we're technically two dozen ;) - knockout nail artists who love to challenge themselves by dedicating a week each month to creating 5 different manicures that fall within a specific theme. It is very daunting but these ladies are proof that it is doable.
The Digital Dozen has recently embarked on a new and exciting expansion that involved the creation of a social media presence - e.g. a blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The goal is to become the go-to place for all things nail art and nail polish. We'll have tips and tricks, tutorials, inspiration, and yes, probably even failures (even we make mistakes with regularity!).
To say I am excited to be joining this group may be the understatement of the year. I have been forcing my excitement on the boyfriend, my friends, and random strangers who make the terrible mistake of making eye contact with me. I have admired the work of this group since I got into nail art almost a year ago - my blogiversary is November 1st! Holy cow! - and always had what felt like the unattainable dream of joining them one day. I know that this group of ladies will push me to go outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself as an artist. I can't wait to see what the future holds!
I will be participating in my first challenge starting in November, but in the mean time, you can check out The Digital Dozen on various social media sites to learn more.
You can also meet the existing members of the Digital Dozen here!
Thank you all for your continued support - it means the world to me! <3
Happy Polishing! :)