Monday, April 8, 2013

Farewell For Now.

Hello again, my dear LacquerHeads,

I'm sorry I haven't posted in awhile. Truth be told, college is really kicking my ass. Between psychology, symbolic logic, and a fiction writing class, I hardly have any time to even paint my nails - let alone fancy 'em all up and photograph them. So I come to you bearing sad news. I've got to put my blog on hiatus for a bit, at least until I can get into the swing of things. I need to figure out how to balance all of this critical thinking and homework with life and hobbies and funtime. I'm pretty sad about it. I really wanted being a blogger to work out, so hopefully I can get my shit together and return to you guys promptly. Thank you to those who have been reading for the short time I've been here. I appreciate all of you! I do want you all to know that I will still follow through with the contest I've been holding, which ends very soon - so to those of you who entered, don't worry!!

Until next time,
prettylittlebigle out.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Best Nail File Ever: Ruby Stone Crystal File

Heya LacquerHeads!

Disclaimer: Oh dear... So I just realized that this post never got posted. I made it on Saturday and only saved it as a draft instead of publishing it! Big woops! I'm sorry guys!! I swear I'll be much more careful next time!!

I've recently put myself on a polish no-buy until I start college again in April. Buying polish again will be my treat for putting in so much hard work to get everything in order to get on the path to an AA degree once again. But uhhh *ahem* being on a polish no-buy doesn't necessarily mean I can't buy any nail care items... right? muahahhaha loophole! 

So as a result, I picked up this absolutely amazing Ruby Stone Crystal Nail File at my local Sally's Beauty Supply. This file is actually made out of the stuff that real rubies are made from, aluminum oxide powder crystals, cool huh?! But between me and you - this thing is so magically majestic, I'd put bet all my polishes that this nail file is actually created by little fairies with ruby wings in a crystal cave behind the most beautiful waterfall in all the land guarded by unicorns and narwhals. No joke. It's by far the best nail file that has ever graced my tips in all of my years. 

Using this crystal file is so fast and simple, you only need but a couple gentle swipes and you're done. It glides so smoothly and evenly, you'll never want to use another file again - and you won't have to because it'll never dull! Another really cool part, that I'm loving, is that it does everything; because of the way it's shaped, it can easily file off hangnails or soften any skin that has gotten rough around your nail, it can remove cuticles, it can get up under your tips, it can do it all. 

I'm loving this file so hard. Seriously, if you don't already have one - I highly recommend investing in one. They're only $3.49 at Sally's. If you do go pick one up, or if you've got one already, I'd love to hear your opinions on it. Do you love it as much as I do? Pffsshhh... of course you do!

Until next time,
prettylittlebigle out.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Swatch Review: New Hard Candy - Crush on Copper from the Crushed Chromes Collection

Howdy, LacquerHeads!

Welcome back for part two of my Hard Candy swatch review. In this installment, I've got a Crush on Copper straight out of the Crushed Chromes Collection and it's all swatched up and ready for you!

Remember, all 43 bottles from the brand new Hard Candy polish line can be found at Walmart for only $3.97!

Crush on Copper is a gorgeous, metallic, coppery coral varnish with a golden - almost duochrome shimmer. One thing I was not expecting was its textured appearance. This polish is smooth to the touch, but it appears as though it has a bit of a rough finish. There's just so much dimension coming from those tiny micro-glitter shimmer flakes, it's absolutely stunning. 

The formula is perfect. Just like with Sparked Up, it's not too thick or too thin and it dries quickly.  

The application is astounding. This polish is definitely a one-coater, although you may prefer to add a second coat just to really bring out that amazing textured chrome. 

I'm really loving this polish, which is another thing I didn't really expect. When I bought it I was thinking it couldn't be much different than any other shimmery polish but I was totally wrong. This stuff is definitely among my favorites.

What do you think? I'd love to hear your opinions!

Until next time, 
prettylittlebigle out.

Swatch Review: New Hard Candy - Sparked Up from the Glitteratzi Collection

Welcome back, LacquerHeads!

Today I've got a couple of sweet new polishes from the new Hard Candy line to review for you. First up is Sparked Up from the Glitteratzi Collection.

You can find all 43 of these new polishes exclusively at Walmart for only $3.97 each! 

All photos are shown using one through four coats of Sparked Up on top of a clear base coat with no topcoat applied to really show off that amazing texture.

Sparked Up is a clear suspension base packed full of blue and green bar glitter as well as a ton of blue micro glitter. One coat would look fantastic over any base color to really make it pop. Two or more coats can be worn without a base color, which is my favorite way to wear it. This polish really kicks ass on its own.

The formula is fantastic. It's not too thick or too thin and it dries fairly quickly. 

The application is a breeze. The bar glitter lays down and stays down really nicely. The glitter doesn't pull with each brushstroke. It stays put, making it really easy to build up and layer. The brush size in these cool new bottles is perfect for easy application.

I'm in love, I'm in love - and I don't care who knows it! That's right. Finally a bar glitter awesome enough to make you quote the movie Elf!

So tell me what you think - Do love it? Hate it? Absolutely have to have it? Let me know!

Be sure to check back here tomorrow, next in line is my review of Hard Candy - Crush on Copper from the Crushed Chromes Collection.

Until next time, 
prettylittlebigle out.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Galaxy Nails

Hi again, LacquerHeads!

After I did the swatches for the Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez - Heavenly Angel post, it dawned on me that those nifty little flakies could potentially be a radass background for a killer Galaxy Mani. So, naturally - I tried it.

I started off with Sinful Colors - Black on Black as my base color. On top of that, I slapped on a thin layer of China Glaze - Some Like it Haute. Then, I sponged on my galaxies and nebulas using a billion different polishes including: Color Show - Fierce N Tangy & Pink Shock; Sinful Colors - CinderellaDream OnHappy Ending; Cherimoya matte.n.a - MatineeHollywood; Pure Ice - Hot Tamale, Celestial; Icing - Pomegranate Martini; and two unnamed polishes of unknown brands in shades of shimmery red.

Yes, you read that right - I used every single one of those colors at least once (but mostly more). That's part of what makes doing galaxy mani's so damn fun to do. All the layers of color creates so much depth and they end up being crazy cool to stare at all day when you're all done.

Then, on top of all 14 of those polishes - I hand placed some flakes of Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez - Heavenly Angel (sheeeesh that's such a long name!) wherever I wanted them. To finish it off, threw on a generous layer of China Glaze - Fairy Dust and when that dried I slapped on a topcoat of Butter London - Hardwear and BAM! done.

Wanna see the results? Of course you do!

I had the hardest time getting good pictures. My right hand looked a thousand times better than my left hand for once. It's usually the other way around, but this time I had to hold the camera steady and in focus with my non dominant left hand. And let me tell you, that was a horrible pain in the ass. It took me forever, and even then I just could not capture the flakies in the background, no matter how hard I tried.

Here's a couple snapshots all blurred out to show off the gorgeous holographic sparkle of Fairy Dust

So after many failed attempts at a quality picture, I took a break. I sat down, cracked open a Monster, and tried to just chill. I looked down at my hands and what do I see? All of the polish from my pointer and middle finger is just gone. Poof! Disappeared! What happened you ask? I have no idea. I do have one theory, however. I think it was this new base coat I tried out. It must have just popped all the polish cleanly off like it were a base of Elmer's Glue or something. Super lame. After that, I decided to continue trying to capture a picture of those awesome flakes anyway, and I got em! Right away! Check it!

I'm diggin' it! I really liked what the flakies added to it. What do you think? I'd love to hear your feedback, and I'd also love to see your take on a Galaxy Mani so if you'd like to share, please do!

Until next time,
prettylittlebigle out.

My First Giveaway Terms and Conditions

Hey there, LacquerHeads

Don't be mad... kay?

Since this is my very first giveaway ever - I'm brand new to the technical side of things. I horribly failed to go over all of the terms and conditions before accepting entries. 

As of right now, the contest is open to U.S. participants only. I know, I know - most blog contests these days are only open to the U.S. and that sucks. As you may know, international shipping is a bitch. I will look into what it will cost to ship internationally and what not, just in case there are any non-U.S. residents that have already entered - but from this point on, I would encourage only U.S. residents to enter.

I'm so sorry for any inconvenience or let downs. It was never intentional. Forgive me?

I promise that I will hold a contest that is open to ALL in the future. You have my word.

Until next time,
prettylittlebigle out.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

My First Giveaway!

Are you ready, LacquerHeads?!

I've finally set up my first giveaway! I decided to kickstart the beginning of my blog with this fun giveaway because I've entered in to a couple of blogger's giveaways and I always have a blast. I even won one once (ha!) remember? 

Well... here it goes. The best of luck to each of you!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please be sure to check out the Terms and Conditions for this giveaway!