Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Plump and Polished's 12 Days of Christmas Nail Art Challenge

Hey all. Sorry it has been a while. Knitting has been taking away from my nail art and blogging time. :-(

But, this weekend starts another nail art challenge I am going to do, from Plump and Polished. In case anyone else wanted to join in I figured I would let all of you know about it. The days and themes are below, and let Plump and Polished know if you want to join in!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

OPI DS Magic for World Diabetes Day

November 14th is World Diabetes Day. In honor of that I have a blue manicure today. I am a Type II diabetic, as are a few of my family members. I think it is a good idea to raise more awareness about the disease, and you will find more info about WDD here.

For my blue, I broke out my OPI DS Magic. I recently acquired this beauty, and it is one of my very first DSs. It took me long enough, right? ;o)

Anyhoo, I really do love this polish. I think it is an awesome sparkly shade of glass flecked blue, and it has a gorgeous purple duochrome to it. Which my camera did not pick up. At all. Hopefully I will be able to get a shot of that for you in natural light tomorrow. But look at that blue!
I used two coats of Magic over a clear base and then a coat of HK Girl to top it off. First coat applied rather streaky, but my second coat evened it out. I may have done slightly thicker coats though because I saw a couple of reviews where people needed three. I also had a very hard time with cleanup as you may be able to see in the pic, but overall I like Magic. A LOT. It is definitely one of my favorite blues.

Do you have Magic? How did it work for you with cleanup? If you have any tips for this one I would appreciate them. And do you have a favorite DS you want to recommend? Let me know which one. :o)

Have a great day/night everybody!
~ Jaclyn

***The products mentioned above were purchased by me for my personal use, and all opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Quantum Leaf

Wow, I have been slacking. Sorry about that; ever since Sandy I just haven't really been feeling it, you know? But I sent out my first RAOKs today, and that got me excited to get back to posting.

For today I have KB Shimmer's Quantum Leaf. I was lucky enough to get this in a RAOK, which is great because it is a polish I wanted for a while. Ever since I saw Manicurator's swatch here. Now if only I could get my swatches to come out that good!
This is two coats with one coat of HK Girl on top, and no undies. It is just a great fall color. The base is golden autumn yellow, and then the gold, copper, orange and red hexes are like the changing colors of the leaves. I had a really hard time getting the photos to pick up the colors, Manicurator did a much better job than I did. I think next time I am going to layer it over yellow to try to get it to come across a little brighter on me. With my skin tone, in some lights this blended as if it was a nude.

Is Quantum Leaf in your collection? If not, you can find it in the KB Shimmer shop here.

Catch everyone later.
~ Jaclyn

*** All products mentioned above were either purchased by me or given to me as a gift, and all opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Silver Holo Drips!

Election Day 2012. Today was a pretty exciting day for me - I voted for the first time ever! :o) And I know a lot of people did red, white and blue manis for election day but I just didn't feel like it. Instead, you could say I did a double TIOT mani with a new polish and a new technique. And the result is...
I used my WnW Fast Dry Ebony Hates Chris for the base, and then I made my drips out of the silvery holographic Harp On It. I wish I had a better sunlight photo so you could really see the holo, I mean this polish is sick in sunlight.

There was a downside for me though. Unfortunately, as much as I love the color, I am not so in love with the formula. The polish is a bit thick, and it dragged and left holes when I painted the drips. I also have an awful lot of tip wear after only having it on for one day. Over all, I love the holo in the polish, but I am not a fan of the formula. I have two of the other colors to swatch also, and hopefully those will go on better. It may just be that I need to use Harp On It as the base of a design rather than having to manipulate it as the art.

That's it for me tonight, but check back later this week for swatches of  Angel Kiss and Blue Heaven, two other colors in the holographic collection, and a swatch post of Harp On It Too.

~ Jaclyn

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Give ME acetone and angled brushes or give ME death!

(Yes, I borrowed that phrase from another blogger with permission)

I am going to be honest with all of you about something. There has been a whole lot of hype over the Bloggers for Cuticle Cleanup group, and since I have yet to see proof to back up what people are saying it is all conjecture. I am a blogger (obviously) and I believe in cleaning up when I do manicures and nail art. I want to show my work in the best light that I can, and I do not like to show off incredibly messy work of my own. I have NEVER claimed that my work is perfect, as much as I wish it was. I have also NEVER gone to other people's blogs, pages, FB posts, etc. and left them negative feedback saying that their work is messy and so on.  Yes, I have seen manicures that don't meet my expectations for myself, but I do not go and call that person out in a public forum for it. I judge my work, and I let everyone else judge their own. I expect a lot more of myself than I do of everyone else, and just because I hold myself to a higher standard does not mean I am looking down on other polish people or that I think I am better than they are. To me, part of cleaning up my manicures is a respect thing. I respect the  makers I swatch, especially the indies, and I want to show that respect by portraying their products in the best way I can.

I have seen bloggers claiming that B4CC was created to belittle and bully other bloggers, and that we have been going around (for a while apparently) and leaving negative and nasty comments to people. No, we have not been doing that, and that is the meaning that other people who were not involved gave to  B4CC. Perhaps the wording was not completely clear as to what the point of the group is and people took it to be aggressive, but rather than clarifying anything, people instead went and wrote up posts about their negative interpretation (and from what I can tell they are pretty much based on rumors) which in turn blew it up. Someone went so far as to go and look through my posts and leave negative comments. From what I can tell they did it just for the sake of being nasty. Since that is what any of us with the button have been accused of doing I find that amusing. People are calling us names and saying we are evil and so on. Newsflash - those people do not know me. I do not appreciate being judged because of a badge I have up as a standard for myself. Form your opinions about me based on how I talk to and treat people in the community, not because of how you interpret a button I have.

This is a free country. You have every right to have opinions that do not mesh with mine. I also have every right to have opinions that do not mesh with yours. If you do not like the fact that I find cleanup an important part of my work, so be it. But do not use your not agreeing as an excuse to twist my beliefs and go around portraying me in a negative light.

My B4CC badge is for me and about me. It does not mean that I am any better than any of you. If you feel that it does, well that means you are attributing a different meaning to it, and that is on you. Contrary to popular belief NONE of this is all about you, and it is NOT all about other bloggers. Yes, there has been cleanup controversy in the past, but I was not a part of that and I want all of you to keep me out of it.

To all the newbies and prospective newbies - please do not base your opinions of any of us with the badge on what other people tell you, but talk to us and get to know us and base your opinions on US. And please do not let all of the drama surrounding this and the meaning other people are giving to B4CC deter you from getting into nail art and/or blogging. If you want to do it, GO FOR IT. We all started out in pretty much the same place, and before I started blogging I didn't know a darn thing about cleanup. I look at my old mani pictures now and I can see I have come a long way. But it takes time and practice to get better at being neat, and if that is something you strive for you just have to work at it. If you are interested, there are plenty of cleanup tutorials you can look up. Honestly, there are plenty of catty people out there that may leave you negative feedback, but the girls I see doing that are not affiliated with B4CC. All I can say about it is do your best to shake it off and just keep blogging. If you want tips or suggestions, feel free to ask.

No one is saying anyone needs to conform to some non-existent rule. So on the flip side, if you don't care about cleanup, you should own it and don't make excuses. If someone goes and tells you that you need to moisturize your cuticles or buy some QTips, just tell them thanks but you like your work as is - "Yes, I know it is a bit messy, and no, I DON'T CARE!" Be strong and respectful, and do not go around jamming your beliefs down everyone else's throats. You should be proud of your work, however you like to portray it.

Wow. That was a super long rant. Sorry about the length, but that was something I needed to get off my chest. I know some of you may not agree, and I respect that. In return, please respect me and my blog, and do not go all over berating me and B4CC. I hope you appreciate what I said and still follow me. If not, I get that too. As I look around me at the devastation left by Sandy, I am reminded that in the grand scheme of things, all of this drama surrounding a button on our little blogs is rather meaningless. At this point, let's stop the name calling and finger pointing and just put this thing to bed so we can get back to blogging about our love for polish.

~ Jaclyn

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Black + Orange - 8 Spooky Nights

This was really the theme for yesterday, but unfortunately I wasn't able to get it up in time. So here it is, a day late.
By the time I got a chance to paint my nails last night I didn't really have energy for water marbling, or flames, or just about any freehand design. Instead I tried my first scotch tape mani. A few weeks ago I got a bunch of scrap booking scissors. I think they're scrap booking scissors anyway. There are 12, and they all cut different patterned lines. I used the pinking shears to cut the tape, and I think it came out kind of like some jack-o-lantern teeth. The orange base is Sinful Colors Summer Peach (and it looks a lot more neon in real life) and I used CG Liquid Leather for the black tips.

I kind of like it for my first tape mani. It makes me think of of a funky French mani, but with teeth. It is hard to believe Halloween has passed and the 8 Spooky Nights challenge is over. I ran into a few hiccups with Sandy, but I had fun doing so many designs in the period of time and I hope you liked seeing them. :o)

Catch you all later!
~ Jaclyn

Check out the other participants too, their links are below!

Peace Love Lacquer
XO, Noelle
College Polished
PishPosh & Polish
Beauty Dish
Nail By Katie
Jenerally Speaking 
Galactic Lacquer 
Tres' Chic Nails 
Manic Manis
The Life, Time and Lacquers of Lilmoon
Makeup and Nails, Not War
Not Too Polished
Seriously Swatched
8 Spooky Nights
Jilltastic Nail Designs