I thought I would produce a quick little post at 1:30 in the morning to gloat. The Denver Broncos have won Super Bowl 50 and now it’s time to celebrate by putting away our game day apparel and put on some celebratory blue and orange (and gold for the golden anniversary) clothing and rocking those Bronco nails and makeup a little bit longer. While blue and orange can be a difficult color combination to pull off, it can also be mesmerizing when done correctly.
I live in Denver so we’ll be wearing blue and orange for the foreseeable future, and I would encourage all Bronco fans to stretch it out as long as possible. Again, congratulations to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on another Super Bowl win and for showing the doubters why this team has been one of the top teams in the NFL for decades.
I’ll be honest, 2015 was rough, but I’ve had tougher. It was also exciting, enlightening and showed me that I am resilient, gullible, and an optimistic pessimist. I’ve learned that my refusal to give up is not always a good thing, but my stubbornness isn’t something I’m willing to change. Armed with more wisdom, I’m looking forward; 2015 is over and 2016 is just beginning.
Now is the time when we typically take stock of what we did the previous year and what we would like to do in the present one. Regardless of whether we habitually make resolutions we most likely won’t keep, there is a collective reset, an ‘after a rainstorm’ freshness in the air. I tend to clean house metaphorically. I get rid of people who are toxic and I look at what I can do to improve my physical and mental health.
I’m going to really focus on pinpointing my personal style which means putting more energy into myself, better known as being selfish. I’m a nurturer by nature, so I tend to take care of others needs before my own and I’m not alone in that. If I were one to make resolutions, this a resolution I would always break. I think most of us try to revamp or refresh our look. Unfortunately, coming right off of Christmas, trying to decide which trends I want to embrace or create contrast with my yearly thought to be fiscally responsible, another resolution that wouldn’t stick.
I found myself on Born Pretty Store when I was researching a story on ‘glitter roots‘ and spent way too much time in their jewelry department. I usually purchase nail art supplies here, but as a person who recently got into body jewelry, I was hooked on their selection. If you are not familiar, get familiar. Beauty and fashion enthusiasts rave about Born Pretty Store for a reason. They are on top of the current beauty and fashion trends: matte lipsticks, glitter for nails and hair, club clothes, and body jewelry, and the quality is great for how inexpensive it is. Their inventory of beauty and styling tools is pretty impressive as well.
As a thank you to my followers, I have a 10% off coupon for non-discounted items. Just use DFBT10 when checking out and know that you have exercised fiscal responsibility on top of welcoming the new year with a new you.
One of my favorite nail brands, Nails Inc., has come up with yet another beauty innovation – spray on nail polish. This cutting edge brand has created Paint Can and promises that it is the fastest manicure around boasting a 20-second dry time. It’s awfully cute in a graffiti artist kind of way. It is called Nails Inc. Paint Can it comes in two colors, Shoreditch Lane (silver) and Hoxton Market (pink) and with such adorably British names, it’s important to note that this product is not yet available for sale in the US (March 2016) and it has sold out in the UK. At this point, only US beauty insiders (editors) have been able to test the product. Allure’s Jenna Rosenstein was lucky enough to get a hold of the product and her review includes an informative tutorial as well as tips on how to use the product.
Nails Inc. has already started a waitlist for the US launch date and without trying the product my feeling is; at $17 a pop, it’s expensive and wasteful. The online tutorials show more product on the hands and surrounding areas than on the nails and the 20-second drying time doesn’t include the drying time for the top and base coats. Neither color, in my opinion, is flattering to my skin tone, or even in colors that I would wear independently.Then there is the issue of the product being inhaled and washed down the sink. However, I can see its use and entertainment value for nail art. (I am already visualizing how this can be utilized). So unless I find myself with a product sample – and I won’t – I will just have to wait until March like everybody else to see if this is indeed an innovation or a waste of money.
As promised, here is the swatch of Incoco’s St. Patrick’s themed nail polish appliqué in Pot Of Gold. It is a mound of fine and chunky gold glitter with a few green specks sprinkled throughout. The green glitter also picks up shades of teal, light blue, pink, and silver, lavender, depending on how the light catches it.
These were not as easy to apply as Happy Go Lucky most likely because there is a lot more chunky glitter. Even after several top coats of Pink Armor, it still had a rugged edge the next day. This also chipped right away because I didn’t immediately apply the top coat after application. Hey, there were some serious BBQ ribs calling my name and I had to answer. I assumed that because Incoco’s are concentrated nail strips with a base and top coat they would be more durable. Regardless, they last longer than any manicure I have ever had with traditional polish.
This appliqué might work as a heavy-duty top coat because you can see through it. As a matter of fact, I just might do that. However, it is dense enough to stand alone. This is a glitzy glamorous manicure and I would wear this if I were going somewhere special, without a doubt. Again, if you want to try these appliqués, you can only get them from Walgreens. Next up, Green With Envy.
Walgreens is a dangerous place, especially if you are a product junkie. I stumbled across the Incoco St. Patrick’s Nail Polish Appliquésand I figured I would go ahead and try them since my Amazon wish list is full of it. They were $4.99 for 12 strips so I bought three designs with the intention of swatching one a day until St. Paddy’s day. That’s the plan.
The one I am wearing, Happy Go Lucky, is stunning and I received a lot of attention. It is a festive blend of multi-toned green stripes sitting pretty on a bed of golden glitter. I loved it so much I really didn’t want to take it off to try the other appliqués. The designs I chose were not overtly Saint Patrick’s themed and can be worn all year-long.
I have used Sally Hansen Nail Polish Strips before and I like them, but I love the Incoco version. From an aesthetic perspective, Incoco’s designs are more appealing, more sophisticated and they seemed — fresher, if that makes sense to anyone. They are a perfect fit for my small fingers so I only had to trim away the excess product at the free edge. They adhered well, but not so well I couldn’t adjust the strip if misplaced.
The Sally Hansen manicures lasted longer, but that may have something to do with using a sticky base before applying the strips. The problem with applying a sticky base coat before applying the lacquer strips is that it is harder to correct if misplaced. The Incoco chipped on one nail by day two, but that was all the chipping until I removed several days later.
My Instagrampictures do the rich, golden hues of thes Walgreens exclusives more justice than the photos here so please visit me there where there are exclusive photos on my Instagram page, including a celebrity selfie, my first one. Also, please follow me and I will follow you back. Tune in for tomorrow’s Incoco St. Patrick’s manicure featuring Pot Of Gold.
I had the most difficult time getting this Valentines nail art off the ground. Unfortunately, I live in an environment where my time isn’t respected, so accomplishing my goals is a battle, and the solution is not pretty. Can you tell I am less than happy? No, I did not have a happy V-Day.
First of all, the many brilliant ideas I had for my Valentines nail art failed during the testing phase. The first idea was to capitalize on the 50 Shades of Grey hysteria, (which I think is absolutely ridiculous) and literally come up with as many shades of grey as possible. I wanted to create a ombre effect then put some random metallic hearts on the nails. The problem? Most of my greys are dark making an ombre effect difficult because I have no lighter shades. I would have had to make shades in varying degrees of grey and time was of the essence. The second was lots of ties, which didn’t translate well enough for me.
At 1 a.m., Valentines Day, I finally got my inspiration based on nail art I found on Pinterest by Happily Ever Rose. Seriously, check out her Instagram page. I decided to do my Valentines nail art based on L’Oreal’s Dark Shades of Grey collection using Miss Grey.
My picture-taking leaves much to be desired, but I am working on it. Hopefully, you enjoyed my very late, and very first nail art post. Happy belated Valentines Day!
I was working on a completely unrelated post when during a moment of procrastination, I came across the Victoria, Victoria Beckham x NAILS INC. polish line on Chalkboard Nails. The limited edition lacquer line was inspired by the Victoria, Victoria Beckham Spring/Summer 2015 RTW collection, and Sarah Waite created the nail art based on Designer Fabien Baron bottle design. There is a great deal of inspiration happening by way of Victoria Beckham. Listen, if my man looked like hers, I could inspire all of this greatness too.
I was so impressed by the packaging that I stopped what I was working on to do a quick post on what I would consider the nail polish collaboration of the year. I know it’s early, but I have a good feeling about this.
The bottle, much like the fashion collection, has a Japanese aesthetic. The polish is encased in Venetian glass with a frosted black or white matte finish and the polish color can only be seen from the side. From what I can tell, the Judo Red resembles a burnt orange, and the Bamboo White is along the lines of bone with a drop of peachy rose tint. It’s simple, sleek, and chic, making it a coveted collection item. The $25 price tag seems steep, but next to some other high-end nail polishes it’s probably worth it.
If you are the type of person who is provoked to buy based on packaging, you are in big trouble. I want to be seen using this polish.
I took some time off, more than I anticipated, to take care of my health and the newest member of our family, but I was not idle. In an attempt to nurture my creative side without using too much mental or physical energy, I took up nail art. I owned a nail and skin salon in another life and I have admired the artistry behind nail art for a very long time, long before it was popular.
I loaded up my Pinterest board, purchased dotting pens, nail art brushes, and striping tape to add to my never-ending collection of nail polish on the hopes that I could actually emulate some of the creations I admired. Not as easy as it looks. I wish Nail’d It!, a nail art competition show on the Oxygen network was showing before I started so I would have had more realistic expectations. But I did enjoy seeing one of my favorite nail bloggers, Sara Waite from Chalkboard Nails demonstrate nail art techniques.
See some of my nail art, my very bad nail art, but nail art nonetheless in the gallery.
I know nothing about photography or any of the nuances that make for good visual nail art. I can’t even paint a straight line yet, but I am going to to practice and share my attempts with you. I also take part in a monthly nail art challenge. The Lacquer Legion has a monthly nail are challenge for novice and pro alike. It’s interesting to see how some of the participants interpreted the concept. I would be lying if I said that newbie nail art is often acknowledged, but I look at it as something to aspire to. One day, my work will be worth mentioning too. Please share your nail art and I will post it here and join me in the Lacquer Legions nail art challenge. If you hear of any other nail art challenges, let me know so I can post them here.
If you are into nail art, please share your work and I will post it here then join me in the Lacquer Legions nail art challenge. If you hear of any other nail art challenges, let me know so I can post them here.
I am not one for resolutions, but I believe in reinvention and I have reinvented myself MANY times out of necessity and boredom. StylEnigma is going through a reinvention out of necessity and boredom as well, will always be a work in progress. Look forward to a new site design, an event calendar, more social media interaction, and fashion, health, and beauty media from around the world.
So this months lacquer legion theme was luck, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day I’m sure, but it could be anything that symbolizes ‘luck traditional and otherwise.
Lucky for me I had the sense to start early and create two manicures because the second one was I did the night before the challenge was a disaster.
I’m a little seriously bummed because I haven’t been able to dedicate the kind if time and attention I want to my site due to my health and work sucking up all of my mental and physical energy. Adding to my frustration is when i do find a minute during the day to post or edit a faulty mobile WordPress application won’t show previews. I don’t have to discuss the lack of working rain cells at the end if the day to any of you I am sure.
In order to soothe my frustration, I have been practicing nail art more and I think I will start posting more articles on that topic. It has been a great stress reliever and I don’t need the same kind of brain cells that I do when writing and researching articles.
If you want to see more nail art posts let me know and to see what others have submitted for the March challenge use #LLlucky in any social media platform.
Personally, I would love to see what kind if talent my followers have so participate in the lacquer legion challenges.
February’s Lacquer Legion submission was created from a manicure I found on Essie, and I decided to recreate it but with Essie’s Ignite the Night instead of Chinchilly. The problem is that as lovely as this Sssssexy is, I have never been able to create passable magnetic nail art with it.
Because it was only barely visible on one nail, I decided to add some studs from the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Stud Kit to salvage the situation. Such a shame, especially since I use Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color as well and have never had a problem. Maybe that’s why I have it in every color.
I hope to see some of your contributions to the Lacquer Legion’s monthly nail challenge. If you do decide to take part, please, please, please let me know so I can give you as much support as you give me.