Monday Manicures

Aaand we’re back! I’ve been waiting patiently for today, because I finally get to share with you my newest polish loves from Hot Mess Lacquers, a new-ish indie seller on Etsy. These are some seriously amazing polishes, so get ready!

The trio that I bought are known as the White Trash Trio — number one is Redheaded Step-Child.Redheaded Step-Child by Hot Mess Lacquers

RHSC is a red jelly packed with red micro shimmer and red and black hex glitter. I love this combination, it reminds me so much of strawberries! This is three coats on its own, not quite opaque but not enough VNL to bother me. All of the glitter laid flat and was glass-smooth with a single coat of topcoat, and absolutely no problems with fishing for glitter. I was hesitant to pick this one up because I don’t wear much red, but juuuust before my package arrived I rediscovered the power in wearing red polish. Totally worth it.

Number two in our trio is Aquanet!Aquanet by Hot Mess Lacquers

Aquanet is composed of a violet jelly base and is absolutely–irrefutably–packed with holographic glitter in all shapes and sizes–super large hexs and even squares! I think this may be the most intense glitterbomb I own now. Believe it or not, those super huge hex glitters were no trouble at all to apply or get on the brush. This is three coats of Aquanet on its own–not quite as opaque as RHSC, and I may wear a solid lavender underneath next time. This polish definitely has the highest shine payoff of the three!

And, last but not least, is Across the Trailer Park.Across the Trailer Park by Hot Mess Lacquers

ATTP is a dark blue jelly base filled with blue and green hex glitters and some blue micro shimmer. This polish has completely killed my lemming for Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe, so if you’re as frightened of that price tag as I am, here’s a good substitute. 😉 And this is no second-rate version; this is three coats on bare nails. The glitter is dense and intensely glowy, even in dim lighting, at three coats it’s mostly opaque, and out of the three it wore on me the longest without chipping. Or maybe I just loved it so much I didn’t want to touch it for fear of messing it up! (I have a real thing for blue polish…)

I also ordered a 1oz container of Hot Mess Lacquers’ Cracks are Whack cuticle cream because I loved the little trial version so much. It’s a firm cream but feels silky to the skin–and it smells vaguely of baked lemon treats, which I love, so that’s a little bonus.

All in all, Hot Mess Lacquers has totally won me over with this selection of polishes, and so I have to highly recommend her shop! I have a couple more picked out on my wishlist–Yankee Star may have to be my next polish buy because omg holographic stars 😀

Now ya’ll stay tuned, I’ve got some good stuff coming up this week! It’s my last week before the beginning of my semester, so I’m trying to get everything done before then!


Monday Manicures

It’s my favorite part of the week again; let’s talk about nails!

So this week I decided to start off with a bang and go as shimmery, bright, bold as I could–gold. I may be a little obsessed with gold these days.

This is L’Oreal Amazon’s Flash (3 coats) over Sally Hansen Instra-Dri in Lightening (2 coats). Pretty thick manicure, but it held up well and I ended up wearing it for four glamorous days. I love Amazon’s Flash, it’s such a nice gold, I just wish it were less sheer. Over Lightening it sort of turns out too yellowy for my preferences, but it looked okay on my skin tone so it was fine. I’ll have to keep a lookout for better underwear for that polish.

Now that I’m taking pictures of my manicures, I’ve realized that I don’t want to look at a million pictures of myself wearing a solid color and I’m trying more nail art. Hence:

BOWS! I love bows. They’re my one concession to girly-ness. This is Finger Paints Late Night Rendezvous (2ish coats) with tips in China Glaze Smoke & Ashes (1 coat) and a generic white nail striping polish. This is the first time I’ve worn Late Night Rendezvous on my nails and I LOVE it! The color has such richness and vibrancy, it’s mesmerizing to look at. (I’m wearing it on my toes now, too.) And Smoke & Ashes is my all-time favorite black polish–just a little sparkle, enough to keep it interesting, and great pigmentation. I even bought a back-up bottle. 🙂

But that mani chipped reeeaally quickly, so I decided on glitter.

This is Zoya Lotus (2 coats) with China Glaze Prism sponged on the tips. Lotus is one of my favorite polishes in my collection–a gorgeous warm violet, with red-violet shimmer that’s plainly visible on the nail, just…not in this image, sadly. And Prism is just ridiculously shiny. It’s been a pretty fun weekend mani to have.

Not sure what to wear next though.. I have several bottles headed my way in the mail, so I’m kind of getting anxious about those!