Reinvention: In With The New

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Happy New Year!

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.

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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.

Have you ever reinvented yourself and why?

February Lacquer Legion Submission Featuring Essie

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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.

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Essie nail art – In A Cinch: This was my inspiration for February’s Lacquer Legion Submission. #LLadoration

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.

February's Lacquer Legion nail art submission
This image shows the faintest hint of the snakeskin pattern I was trying to achieve. The polish is Essie’s Ignite the Night
February's Lacquer Legion nail art submission
It’s a shame that I could not make the magnetic nail art work with this project.The polish is Essie’s Sssssexy magnetic nail polish.

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.

In Space

In Space

Is this cool or what? I am all over the iridescent trend and Cynthia Rowley‘s seamed waist dress is other-worldly. I just purchased Essie’s “For The Twill of It” from Amazon and that nail polish would go perfectly with this dress.

Gold and/or silver accessories and minimal makeup makes the look a stunner. What do you think?

Pull on boots
$190 – windsorsmith.com.au

Oversized purse
millyny.com

Wildfox Couture sunglasses
wildfoxcouture.com

Nail polish
ebay.nl