Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Trick or Treat - This is Halloween challenge

Unfortunately Hurricane Sandy really messed up my plans for challenge manicures. :o(  I didn't get to do something new for this theme, so this is my Hershey Kiss manicure from another Halloween challenge.
I am sorry for recycling again. I really do feel bad that I am not getting to create new designs for you. But now we have electricity again and things are settling down, so I should be able to get back to blogging again within the next few days. In the meantime, take a look at the pages of the other bloggers in the This is Halloween challenge.

TTFN and Happy Halloween,
~ Jaclyn

Graveyard - 8 Spooky Nights & This is Halloween Challenges

Sorry about my posts being late. Unfortunately Sandy got in my way for a bit. I wasn't able to post, by we are ok, and that is the important part.

Since Graveyard was a theme for both challenges I doubled up again, and this mani is for both. Please excuse that it is not my best detail work or clean up. Nail art by candlelight isn't as easy as you may think. :o)
With flash

In Home Depot lighting
So, my middle nail. I asked the hubby for an idea of something to do, and he told me to put a rock on the tombstone as if it was in a Jewish cemetery. So I did. But then I decided I needed something more, so I decided the skeleton was reaching up out of the grave in the moonlight. Hence the poorly executed skeleton arm and hand.

I think it came out kind of cute, I just wish I could have detailed the hand better. But that pesky Sandy making me try to paint in candlelight... Anyways, I hope you like it, and make sure to check out the artwork from all of the other participants of the two challenges too!

TTFN!
~Jaclyn

Check out the other 8 Spooky Nights 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 
charlottes-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 

And the This is Halloween participants!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Spider - 8 Spooky Nights

I know I am a day early, but with Sandy on the way I figured I may as well get this up.

I do not like spiders. I really really don't. I think this was the day I was looking forward to the least. But I tried.
I went with what I thought was a cutesy spider, and I used back acrylic paint for him, plus white paint and Zoya Elisa for the eyes. Iused a Sally Hansen nail art pen for the webs, but I am not really a fan of it. I really wanted them to be finer lines, so if anyone can recommend a nail art pen that draws narrower lines please let me know. I think the spider came out kind of cute but I would try drawing the webs again. With the impending "frankenstorm" I didn't have time for a redo though, so it is what it is.

I don't know if the rest of my challenge posts will be up on the days they are supposed to but if I lose power I will get them done as soon as I can so keep checking back. And now back to prepping for Sandy. To anyone caught in the path of the storm, be safe!

TTFN!
~ 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 
charlottes-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 

Friday, October 26, 2012

Witch Manicure

Sorry, but I had trouble picking a witch design that I really liked, so I am doubling up and using this for the 8 Spooky Nights challenge and the This is Halloween challenge.

After looking at a lot of  pics to try and get some ideas, I came across a tutorial from Robin Moses here. It is the "Witch Flying in the Moonlight" design. So I watched the tutorial a few times until I was confident I could manage it, and then I tested on a swatch wheel and thought I was ready to go. But then I saw this stamp mani from Wacky Laki in my FB news feed, and really wanted to incorporate some detail from that into the original plan. What I ended up with is this!
Without flash
With flash to show some of the holo "stars"
For my starry night sky background, I used Maybelline Color Show Sapphire Siren for undies, and then NYC Starry Silver Glitter (which has some holo sparkle to it that I just couldn't get a great picture of). The moon was made with a combination of yellow and antique white acrylic paint, and the witch is black acrylic paint. Unfortunately I had the idea too late to go over the moon with some glow polish to get a pic of the witch flying in front of a glowing moon. :o(

I like the way my witch came out quite a bit, and I hope you do too. She was a little easier to paint than I thought she would be, so I recommend taking a look at the tutorial and giving it a try if you want to do a Halloween mani.

Catch everyone later! :o)
~ Jaclyn

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

8 Spooky Nights:
Peace Love Lacquer
XO, Noelle
College Polished
PishPosh & Polish
Beauty Dish
Nail By Katie
Jenerally Speaking 
Galactic Lacquer 
Tres' Chic Nails 
charlottes-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 

This is Halloween:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Ghosts - 8 Spooky Nights Nail Art Challenge day 4

Hey y'all. (Whoa, totally said that in Paula Deen's voice in my head, and no, I have no clue why. Anyways...)

Today is my second mani inspired by ghosts. For the first ghost mani I did (you check that out here) I went video game and did King Boo and the red boos. As much as I loved that one, I wanted to do something different for this one. I looked at a lot of designs but nothing was really grabbing me, so I decided to free hand it.
For the background I went with Storm from the new Zoya Ornate Collection to give it a starry night feel, and for my ghosts bodies(?) I used a combo of white acrylic and SH White On, and CG Liquid Leather for the eyes and mouths. And then for added effect, I went over the ghosts with Fantasy Makers Go with the Glow.
They had to have a nice ghostly glow, you know? ;o)
If you didn't already know, adding a second coat of glow in the dark polish gives off a much brighter glow, which you can see in the difference between the ghosts and "BOO." I don't know why I never thought of it before, but I am glad I did for this.

I like the way this came out a lot and am even a little surprised with this one. I hope you liked it too, and remember to check out the other participants' designs in the links below.

Catch all of you later! :o)

~ 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 
charlottes-nails 
Manic Manis
The Life, Time and Lacquers of Lilmoon
Makeup and Nails, Not War
Not Too Polished
Mimi Manicures
Seriously Swatched
8 Spooky Nights
Jilltastic Nail Designs

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Candy - 8 Spooky Nights Challenge Day 3

Candy! Oh, I knew I was going to have fun with this theme. I mean, think of all of the candy options there are - M&Ms and Skittles manis being the most obvious to me. And candy corn since it is a Halloween challenge and all. I also saw some pretty nice candy cane and starlight  mint manis when I was scrolling through candy mani photos, but I figure I will wait for Chrismukkah before I try those. I wanted to try something different, and I actually thought about doing a mani like this a few weeks ago, when someone told me about having to do a candy theme for another challenge. Needless to say I was happy when I saw this was the theme for today.

So, for my candy manicure, I bring you... Kisses!
I used a black WnW for the base, and then Revlon Snow Bunny and SC Queen of Beauty for the "foil," and SH White On for the tags. I had some trouble shaping the kisses and the tags (and realized how much I prefer doing nail art like that with acrylic paint), and me being the picky chick I am, went nuts trying to clean up the design. But I am pretty happy with this overall, and I think it may be something a little different. And now I want chocolate! >.<

You can check out what the other participants are doing for the challenge by clicking on their links below, and check out Peace Love Lacquer's Facebook page to see what the nonblogger contestants have done.

TTFN!
~ 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 
charlottes-nails 
Manic Manis
The Life, Time and Lacquers of Lilmoon
Makeup and Nails, Not War
Not Too Polished
Mimi Manicures
Seriously Swatched
8 Spooky Nights
Jilltastic Nail Designs

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Vampire - 8 Spooky Nights Challenge Day 2

As I was searching for inspiration, I came across a vampire manicure here and I figured I would try that, but with fang marks instead of bats on the other nails. But then my coworker gave me another idea for the other nails, and I liked it and ran with it. So I have for you, Dracula surrounded by the weapons to fight him!
I figure the ring finger is obvious, and then I have a wooden stake on my pinky, holy water on my middle finger, a cross on my index and garlic on my thumb. The background on all is Zoya Harley, and then I used an assortment of polishes and 2 acrylic paints. It isn't my neatest work, but I had to stop messing with it and trying to clean it up because I was just making more of a mess.

I hope you like my vampire inspired design, overall I am pretty happy with it. You can also check out the art of the other participants by clicking on their links below, and you can check out Peace Love Lacquer's Facebook page to check out the photos from the non-blogger participants. :o)

TTFN!
~ 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 
charlottes-nails 
Manic Manis
The Life, Time and Lacquers of Lilmoon
Makeup and Nails, Not War
Not Too Polished
Mimi Manicures
Seriously Swatched
8 Spooky Nights
Jilltastic Nail Designs

Monday, October 22, 2012

Skulls - 8 Spooky Nights Challenge

I have apparently lost my mind and decided to (attempt to) do two Halloween challenges at the same time. The This is Halloween challenge has been going for a few weeks now and we only have two manis per week for it, so I think it was a good way for me to start. But the 8 Spooky Nights Challenge from Peace, Love, Lacquer is for 8 days straight, so I think this may be a bit more difficult for me. But, here we go...

The first day's theme is Skulls, and I decided to go with a Día de los Muertos sugar skull manicure.

I used Zoya Gaia as a base for the skulls, but unfortunately I wasn't able to capture the shimmer in any of the photos I took. For the details I used CG Liquid Leather, Julep Niecy, Revlon Posh, and Zoyas Jancyn, Robin and Creamy.

For my first try at sugar skulls, well first attempt at skulls ever, I am pretty happy with how they came out. What do you think? If you have any tips or have seen a tutorial you really like, let me know.

TTFN,
~ 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 
charlottes-nails 
Manic Manis
The Life, Time and Lacquers of Lilmoon
Makeup and Nails, Not War
Not Too Polished
Mimi Manicures
Seriously Swatched
8 Spooky Nights
Jilltastic Nail Designs

Sunday, October 21, 2012

This is Halloween Challenge - Gradient

I admit it, I did not do something for the bats. I still wasn't feeling all that great on Saturday, so I skipped over to the next theme - Gradient. And I know this is the theme for the 22nd and I am a bit early for it here, but since the participants are scattered across time zones I figured I may as well post. :o)

I thought about using white, yellow and orange to do Candy Corn, but I figured that would kind of be a repeat since that was my inspiration for the water marble, and decided to go with green and black instead. I figured that combo works for Halloween too, so I used 2 coats of The Nail Junkie's Apple and then sponged CG Liquid Leather over it.

I think the black looks kind of like swirling smoke, and Apple is a fantastic, bright green that you might find in a test tube in some crazy scientist's lab. There is a great sparkle to Apple, and you can see it a little, but it didn't show up that well in the photos. If you want to get Apple for yourself, you can get it from The Nail Junkie's shop here.

For my first gradient I am pretty happy with how it came out. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

TTFN!
~ Jaclyn


Friday, October 19, 2012

Girly Bits' Cosmic Ocean

Greetings all.

Meh. I know today's post should be bat themed for the Halloween challenge, but I got my flu shot today. My arm is just too sore and I am feeling a little out of it, so I will try to attempt a bat mani tomorrow. :o( Instead I bring you Cosmic Ocean.

After looking at Bluey on my nails for more than a day, I decided I wanted to try something over it to give it a little more oomph. Going through my stash, I picked my bottle of Cosmic Ocean, which is a lovely duo-chrome that flashes blue, green and purple. I put two coats over the three coats of Bluey, and it turned it to a gorgeous tealish jade green that flashed to a beautiful royal blue. Cosmic Ocean also added a great, sparkly shimmer that added the depth I didn't really see from Bluey on its own.

Unfortunately as much as I tried I don't think I really captured a shot that does this color justice. But you tell me.

In the top photo I think the blue shows toward the outsides of my nails, and the second photo shows a nice line splitting the green and blue. As a side note, my hubby and I got new phones last week, and I have to say I am pretty impressed with the quality of these photos I took with mine.

Cosmic Ocean is part of the color shifting set from Girly Bits, and you can find it in her shop here. Shift Happens and Street Magic are the two color shifting polishes, and I would take a look at them too.

TTFN!

~ Jaclyn


*All products reviewed above were purchased by me, and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

butter LONDON Bluey

Bluey. BLUEy? I know it is supposed to be a metallic peacock blue, but I dunno, to me it leans more to a dark teal. But whatever, I like the color. And since most of my blue polishes lean more toward royal blue, it is something a little different for me, and I think it is a great color for a fall manicure. So, without further ado, Bluey.
As much as I like the color, the formula is not one of my favorite as far as bLs go. I found it to be kind of thin and watery, and it went on very streaky for me. The photo shows three coats (sans top coat) and that is when I think it evened out well enough. I do like that the brush strokes aren't really noticeable to me since that is a problem that I have seen with plenty of metallics. Overall I like Bluey, but the thin formula keeps it from being one of my fave butter Londons.

If any of you have worn Bluey, did you have any application issues? And how did you like the color? Inquiring minds want to know so leave a comment. ;o)

TTFN!

~ Jaclyn

*All products mentions were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TIOT - Pianos Filled with Flames

For once I actually did a "Try it on Tuesday" manicure and went through my stash for something brand new to show you. And I really don't know why I haven't worn this one yet. I loved it the moment I saw it in the shop, I ordered it immediately, I swooned when I took it out of the box, and then... I apparently put it away. SMH. What was I thinking to wait so long? I don't know about you, but I love sparkly things (as I think I mentioned previously...) and I love red, and this is both!

Pianos Filled with Flames is a berry red jelly with soooooooo much glitter. There are reds, oranges, pinks, and my favorite - the holo micro glitter. I like holos. A LOT. I swatched two coats with no undies, and since the glitter had the munchies I topped off with two coats of HK Girl.  And I couldn't decide which photo I liked more, so here are both.

I don't think either photo came out really true to the color. Both pictures show as pinkish berry red, but on my nails I think it looks a lot more like candy apples. I also couldn't get the camera to pick up the glitter that well. This polish sparkles! Hopefully I can get a photo in sunlight to give you a better idea of how fabulous this color is!

Pianos Filled with Flames is available in Pahlish's Etsy shop here. There are a bunch of other gorgeous polishes you should check out, especially if you love glitter bombs!

If anyone has suggestions for getting photos to stay truer to color please let me know.

TTFN!

~ Jaclyn


*All products mentioned above were purchased by me and all opinions are my own*

Monday, October 15, 2012

Zombies - This is Halloween Challenge Day 5

Today's theme is another one that had me struggling. I can't say that I am a zombie fan. I don't think I have watched any zombie movies, and I haven't watched shows like the walking dead, so I know my attempt probably isn't all that great for any zombie purists. But hey, I tried.
The zombie "flesh" is a base of 2 butter LONDONs - Bossy Boots with Dosh sponged over it. For the rest I used a mix of a bunch of polishes and some acrylics. I like the way the flesh came out, but as for the rest of it, meh. I think my index looks more alien than zombie, and I think my ring finger ended up with some pretty poofy hair. {sigh} Definitely not my best, but I think I am in the ballpark. If zombies play ball anyway.

Leave a comment and let me know how you think I did, and if you have seen any cool zombie manis let me know!

 :o)
~Jaclyn
*

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk Mani and The Polishing Off PC Winners

Hi all. Sorry, but the beginning of this post is not particularly cheery, mainly because this is a topic that upsets me. I just felt I should warn you beforehand.

The Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk I participated in was this morning, and we ended up having great weather for it. It was amazing how many people turned out for it - there are a lot more people who have been affected by this than you may realize since PC leads to the 4th highest number of cancer deaths in the US. Just to give you a general idea, approximately 6% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer survive for five years after the diagnosis, and most people who are in the advanced stages when they are diagnosed lose the battle within a year. When the doctor told my aunt the diagnosis, her response was that he just handed her a death sentence. Unfortunately she was right, and she lost her fight less than 3 months later.

Now for some perspective. According to the information I found here, the 5-year survival rates for breast cancer patients range from 88%-74% when diagnosed in stage 1 or 2, and there is a 15% average 5-year survival rate if diagnosed in stage 4. I want to see the survival rates for pancreatic cancer patients increase to somewhere near those of breast cancer patients. I truly hope that more funding goes toward PC research, so that great strides are made sooner rather than later, and so that we may eventually have a chance at early diagnosis and hopefully a much better chance at beating it. I hope that public awareness of PC increases dramatically, and I hope that more people get involved. If you would like to take up the fight, you can find information for things you can do to help the Lustgarten Foundation here.

Okay, I feel much better having gotten that out! Now, my mani for the event. My main color is Polishing Off PC, a custom color made by the fabulous(!) Pahlish for the raffle, and then for my accent nail I used Zoya Suri to paint a purple ribbon. Zoya Heather is the base for all of my nails.
I can't really describe Polishing Off PC other than to just say GLITTER BOMB! It is a purple jelly incredibly packed with so many colors of glitter. I see purple, fuchsia, turquoise, copper, and gold in all different sizes, and I wouldn't be surprised if there are even more colors than that. It is amazing. My thumb has one coat and the other fingers have two, all topped with one coat of Gelous and one coat of HK Girl. I really could have just used one coat on all of them; the glitter really is so packed that the second coat isn't necessary.

And now that I got the photo out of the way, onto the winners! Each dollar that was donated counted as one ticket, so I entered the donors name that many times on my spreadsheet and then went to random.org to select the order of the winners. Aaaaaaaaaaand the resulting order for the main prizes are:

First choice - RDP & CJP
Second choice - Sue O'Connor
Third choice - Michelle Trabucchi
Fourth choice - Christine Ziegler
Fifth choice - Lisa Fusaro
Sixth choice - Jessica Holzberg
Seventh choice - Diana Caporaso

I know I should have only selected five winners since I just missed the $300 milestone, but I really appreciate your donations and to me you are all winners for supporting the cause.

Oh, yes, how could I forget? There are also the five bonus prizes of one bottle of Polishing Off PC. And the five ladies random.org selected (in a separate generator) for those are Christine Ziegler, Diana Caporaso, Sue O'Connor, Jessica Holzberg, and Lisa Fusaro. I will get those to you with the other prize you select.

At this point, I need each of you to please email me at lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com so I have your email address, and I will respond with the prizes that are available when it is your turn to choose. I ask that you respond within 24 hours from me sending you the list, otherwise I will have to move onto the next person on the list and will go back to you after everyone else has chosen.

Alas, the first ever Polishing Off Pancreatic Cancer raffle has now come to a close. I learned a lot from organizing it, and next year I hope to make it even better. Thank you all so much for participating, and I hope you all enjoy your prizes!

~Jaclyn


*Note: Polishing Off PC is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.* 

Friday, October 12, 2012

Jack-O-Lanterns - This is Halloween Challenge day 4

I spent awhile today trying to figure out what to do for this theme. I couldn't decide if I wanted paint my whole nail orange to be the pumpkin, or did I want to paint pumpkins onto a background, did I want the faces to be black or should they be glowing... You get the idea.

So I went looking for some inspiration and came across this post from Kayla Shevonne. I never saw her blog until today, but I loved her jack-o-lantern manicure. Here is my jack-o-lantern attempt that her photo inspired.
I used 365 Days of Color's Black Flame Candle over CG Liquid Leather for the base, and yellow acrylic paint, Zoya's Creamy and Jancyn to make the faces. Then I went over the eyes, noses and mouths with Fantasy Makers Glow in the Dark polish, but I failed (miserably) when I tried to take a picture of it glowing. Unfortunately I didn't get everything as neat as I wanted, but I think I did a pretty decent job. Let me know what you think in the comments section. :o) And remember, Polishing Off Pancreatic Cancer raffle ends tomorrow night at midnight EST, so you still have a day to make a donation to enter. You can see the details for that here.

***Update - Apparently, Kayla posted a tutorial for her version here. I really wish I had seen that BEFORE I did this, but I guess since I just looked at the photo and winged it I just went a more challenging route.

***Another update - I bought a black light, and using that the polish glowed better, and I got a photo!

You can check out the manis from the others participating by clicking the links below, and if you are participating you can add yourself to the links. Enjoy the nail art everyone!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Polishing Off PC Raffle - The 3rd (and final) version!

Hey everyone. While I have had a lot of page views (thank you all for that btw, I needed the encouragement/validation) I haven't gotten a lot of donations for the raffle. At this point I think that has more to do with how I set it up rather than a lack of publicity. So I am changing it up again. And since there isn't much time left this will be it!

As of, well, now, each time a milestone is reached I will add another winner, and the prizes will be winner's choice. I am also changing the steps between the milestones. This is what I mean:

$50 - 1 winner
$100 - 2 winners
$150 - 3 winners
$200 - 4 winners
$250 - 5 winners
$300 - 6 winners
$350 - 7 winners
$400 - 8 winners
$450 - 9 winners
$500 - 10 winners
$600 - 11 winners
$700 - 12 winners
$800 - 13 winners
$900- 14 winners
$1,000 - 15 winners

15 possible winners, and if more than that is donated I will do my best to add more prizes/winners.

Since $250 has been raised so far, at the moment five names will be drawn. The first donor drawn gets to choose from all of the prizes (listed below in no particular order), the second gets to choose from the remaining prizes, and so on.

Spectral Pup (Dollish Polish)
The Gilty Pleasures 18K Real Gold Nail Polish Topcoat Trio Gift Box (Zoya)
Jawbreaker (Pretty & Polished)
Deadly Nightshade (Dollish Polish)
Shift Happens (Girly Bits)
Violet (The Nail Junkie)
The Koopa King (Dollish Polish)
Train Underwater (Pahlish)
A Peachy Princess (Dollish Polish)
Spectral Pup and Vampires Coven (Dollish Polish)
Go Luigi! (Dollish Polish)
Floam (Ninja Polish)
It's a Me, Mario (Dollish Polish)
Apple (The Nail Junkie)
Wicked Wario (Dollish Polish)

The rules are the same - the raffle is open until 12am EST Sunday October 14th, entrants must live/have a shipping address in the US or Canada, donations need to be made on my personal donation page here, the donation amount and your name need to be shown in the "Honor Roll" (In the dedication section, please select your name for "Recognition From," and please check off "Yes, I would like to show my donation amount scrolling"), each dollar donated counts as one entry (I am not including myself or my dad in the drawing but I am counting our donations toward the total raised), and each winner is entitled to one of the main prizes above.

I hope everyone likes this set up better since it allows for more winners and options as far as prizes. If you have any feedback please let me know, and please share this post with all of your Nail Polish friends!

Good luck everyone!

~ Jaclyn


*Note:Polishing Off PC is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.*

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin (The Nail Junkie)

This is my first polish from The Nail Junkie, and I like it a lot. I don't know if it is the angry pumpkin label that caught my attention, or if I was drawn to it because my dad used to call me Pumpkin, or what, but this is a great color. None of the other Halloween collections I was looking at had anything like it.

Pumpkin is a shimmery orange cream, with green hexes and fine green glitter throughout. This is two coats with no undies. I thought the coverage is good, and I really didn't need to layer it over a colored base. The glitters spread nicely, and if I did any fishing or placing it was minimal. It really isn't a hungry glitter, so I only used one layer of top coat, but I think next time I will use a coat of Gelous on top also to smooth it out a little more.
To me, Pumpkin is a perfect Fall color, especially for Halloween. The colors in it really do scream "PUMPKIN!", and I love it! The Nail Junkie's Halloween collection is still available along with some of her other collections in her shop, and I would go check them out if you haven't already.

Apple and Violet from The Nail Junkie are also two of the prizes in the Polishing Off Pancreatic Cancer raffle, and you can check out the most recent details for that here.

Have any of you gotten polishes from The Nail Junkie? Leave a comment and ell me about them.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Vampire's Coven from Dollish Polish

When I first saw Dollish Polish's This is Halloween collection, I thought the only color I had to have was Spectral Pup. (Instant lemming status.) So that was the first one I bought when I got the chance. But when I got lucky and was able to get my hands on some more of the collection (after stalking the shop like CRAZY) I decided to just get an extra bottle of Vampire's Coven for myself.

OMG, I am so glad I did. While the photos in the bottle didn't wow me, and the swatch photos I saw didn't thrill me, I absofreakinlutely LOVED it when I put it on!

Vampire's Coven is a vampy black jelly full of different sizes and shapes of red and fuscia (or maybe purple) glitters. I used two coats over Zoya Raven on my index and middle fingers, and my ring and pinky are three coats with no undies.


The polish was a little on the thick side, but it's worth it since the distribution of the glitters was fantastic, and I didn't need any Gelous to smooth it out. Three coats of Vampire's Coven on its own is good coverage - I didn't see any VNL. Like most jellies I have worn I do prefer to layer it over a colored base though; I think the black underneath just helps the glitters pop more and makes the layers look deeper. But that really is a personal preference. I thought these pictures show the glitter pretty well, but I wish I had been able to get some in sunlight because that was amazing.

Dolly was only selling her This is Halloween Collection until October 5th, so hopefully you were lucky enough to snag some of them. But if you were not, remember that two bottles of Spectral Pup, a bottle of Deadly Nightshade and a bottle of Vampire's Coven are all possible prizes in the Polishing Off Pancreatic Cancer raffle (check out what you need to do to enter here). One bottle of Spectral Pup is already up for grabs, and if enough money is raised the other three polishes will be added too!

Have a great night all, and I hope to see your names on the donor list!

~ Jaclyn

Monday, October 8, 2012

This is Halloween Nail Art Challenge - Day 3

The theme for today is ghosts. Rather than the ghosts usually seen for Halloween I went with a video game ghost - King Boo (and the red Boos) from the Mario Bros. games.






POPC Prize Photos

So, I built my first light box, and to try it out I took photos of the prizes for the raffle. I think these are a bit better than the originals (although they look a little darker in this post than they should, hmmm) and now all of the prizes except the Zoya Guilty Pleasures Box and the Pahlish custom color are included.

And now for an improved look at (almost) all of the prizes! (The order of the prizes is further down in the post.)

This photo includes all of the prizes from the Dollish Polish Super Mario Bros. Collection, but please note that each bottle is a separate prize and this actually shows five of the prizes.

Dollish Polish Vampires Coven and Spectral Pup. These two combined are one prize, and there is also another bottle of Spectral Pup that is a prize on its own.

Dollish Polish's Deadly Nightshade


FLOAM!



The Nail Junkie's Violet and Apple. Each of these colors is a prize on its own, but each comes with one Cutie Balm and one packet of the Nail Junkie's glitter wipes.
I hope everyone likes these photos. I need to get used to using a light box but I definitely like taking photos with so much less glare!

If you want to make a donation to sponsor me in the Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk and get some chances at winning one of those fabulous polishes, here is the information you need:

Polishing Off PC is open from now through 12am EST on October 14th.

This is open to residents or people with mailing addresses in the US and Canada only.

All donations for the raffle need to be made on my personal donation page on the Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk website. 100% of your donation goes to the Lustgarten Foundation, and 100% of that goes into pancreatic cancer research.

Each dollar donated counts as one raffle "ticket." The minimum donation on the website is $5.00, so you will start with five chances, but if you donate more the more chances you have!

In the dedication section, please be sure to select your name for "Recognition From," and please check off "Yes, I would like to show my donation amount scrolling." That is really important since it is how I will getting the information to keep track of everyone's "tickets." The prize winners will be chosen based on that information with Random.org, and the names of the winners will be announced on my blog.

You may wonder why this is so important to me. Three years ago we lost my aunt to pancreatic cancer. It all happened so quickly - she passed less than three months after the diagnosis. Unfortunately it seems that most cases are like that. The symptoms are so "quiet" that by the time the diagnosis is made the cancer is already in an advanced stage, and oftentimes when there are symptoms they're attributed to other illnesses. According to the Lustgarten Foundation's website, "Pancreatic cancer has no early warning signs, and there are no effective screening tests" and "In the United States, cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women." That is why I am doing the Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk to raise money for The Lustgarten Foundation on October 14th.

But I need your help. Please, tell as many people as you know about this and ask them to pass it on too!

The order of the prizes as it stands now is:

$50: Spectral Pup (Dollish Polish) This goal has been met and SP is up for grabs!
$150: The Gilty Pleasures 18K Real Gold Nail Polish Topcoat Trio Gift Box (Zoya) (this is now sold out!)
$250: Jawbreaker (Pretty & Polished)
$350: Deadly Nightshade (Dollish Polish)
$450: Shift Happens (Girly Bits)
$550: Violet (The Nail Junkie)
$650: The Koopa King (Dollish Polish)
$750: Train Underwater (Pahlish)
$850: A Peachy Princess (Dollish Polish)
$950: Spectral Pup and Vampires Coven (Dollish Polish)
$1,050: Go Luigi! (Dollish Polish)
$1,150: Floam (Ninja Polish)
$1,250: It's a Me, Mario (Dollish Polish)
$1,350: Apple (The Nail Junkie)
$1,500: Wicked Wario (Dollish Polish)

So if 20 people each make a $5 donation, a Gilty Box is up for grabs. Besides all of the other lovely, sparkly polishes that will be added as more money is raised. How could you not want to donate $5 to a great cause to try to win one?

If you have any questions or have trouble with the link to my donation page please let me know. Feel free to comment below or to email me at lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com.

Thanks!

~ Jaclyn

 
*Note:Polishing Off PC is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.*

Saturday, October 6, 2012

This is Halloween Nail Art Challenge day 2 - water marble

I was having a really hard time coming up with something to do for a water marble for this. I thought about doing the mummies, but I usually can't get my marble to stripe that thin. Then I thought about black and orange, but I wanted something a little different. Then it hit me - candy corn! So, I slathered on the Vaseline (I am liking that better than taping so far) and got to marbling with Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in White On, and Zoya's Creamy and Jancyn.

 
I think the colors worked well for candy corn and I kind of like how it came out. Unfortunately I ended up with bubbling though, and that is my biggest problem when I water marble. Oh, please excuse the sloppy looking clean up. I swear nothing looks as bad in real life as it does in macro photos. Meh.
If anyone has suggestions how to avoid bubbling, PLEASE let me know. And if you are participating in this challenge, shoot me an email at lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com with the link to your page for the day so I can add it below.

And now to come up with something for ghost day...

Remember to check out the info for the Polishing Off PC raffle here! It ends next Saturday night/Sunday morning, so make sure to get your donations in for chances at a Zoya Gilty Pleasures 18K Real Gold Nail Polish Topcoat Trio Gift Box (which is now sold out if you didn't know), a custom color from Pahlish, and a bunch of other great Indies!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Polishing Off Pancreatic Cancer, Redux

I have been wondering what I have to do to generate some interest in Polishing Off PC. I know some of you may not be familiar with the prizes, so to whet your appetite, here are pics of some of them (with more to follow later):

Dollish Polish Spectral Pup

Dollish Polish Deadly Nightshade

Prizes from the Dollish Polish SUPER Mario Bros. Collection, from left to right: It's A Me, Mario; Go Luigi!; A Peachy Princess; Wicked Wario; The Koopa King
Ninja Polish/I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous Floam

And, the AWESOME Shannon from Pahlish has designed a custom color in honor of Polishing Off PC, and 5 lucky ducks are going to each get a bottle as part of a bonus raffle! Who wouldn't want to be the owner of a custom color?

Since the Gilty Pleasures Box from Zoya is now sold out, I also decided to re-organize the prizes, and the order as it stands now is:

$50: Spectral Pup (Dollish Polish) This goal has been met and SP is up for grabs!
$150: The Gilty Pleasures 18K Real Gold Nail Polish Topcoat Trio Gift Box (Zoya)
$250: Jawbreaker (Pretty & Polished)
$350: Deadly Nightshade (Dollish Polish)
$450: Shift Happens (Girly Bits)
$550: Violet (The Nail Junkie)
$650: The Koopa King (Dollish Polish)
$750: Train Underwater (Pahlish)
$850: A Peachy Princess (Dollish Polish)
$950: Spectral Pup and Vampires Coven (Dollish Polish)
$1,050: Go Luigi! (Dollish Polish)
$1,150: Floam (Ninja Polish)
$1,250: It's a Me, Mario (Dollish Polish)
$1,350: Apple (The Nail Junkie)
$1,500: Wicked Wario (Dollish Polish)

So if 20 people each make a $5 donation, a Gilty Box is up for grabs. Besides all of the other lovely, sparkly polishes that can be added. How could you not want to donate $5 to a great cause to try to win one?

Unfortunately, the downer is that the rules remain the same.

Polishing Off PC is open from now through 12am EST on October 14th.

This is open to residents of the US and Canada only. I cannot ship the prizes to other locations at this time.

Each dollar donated will count as 1 raffle "ticket." There is a $5.00 minimum donation on the site, so you will have at least 5 chances. Please feel free to donate more than that; the more you donate the more chances you have!

All donations for the raffle need to be made on my personal donation page on the Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk website. 100% of your donation goes to the Lustgarten Foundation. (If you have trouble with the link to my donation page please let me know.)

In the dedication section, please be sure to select your name for "Recognition From," and please check off "Yes, I would like to show my donation amount scrolling." That is really important since it is how I will getting the information to keep track of everyone's "tickets." The prize winners will be chosen based on that information with Random.org, and the names of the winners will be announced on my blog.

Why am I doing this? Because three years ago we lost my aunt to pancreatic cancer. It all happened so quickly - she passed less than three months after the diagnosis. Unfortunately it seems that most cases are like that. The symptoms are so "quiet" that by the time the diagnosis is made the cancer is already in an advanced stage, and oftentimes when there are symptoms they're attributed to other illnesses. According to the Lustgarten Foundation's website, "Pancreatic cancer has no early warning signs, and there are no effective screening tests" and "In the United States, cancer of the pancreas is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women." That is why I am doing the Long Island Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk to raise money for The Lustgarten Foundation on October 14th.

But I need your help. Please, tell as many people as you know about this and share away! The more I can get the word out the better, but I need your help.


If you have any questions, feel free to comment or to email me at lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com.

Thank you everyone for your help!

~ Jaclyn

 
*Note:Polishing Off PC is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.*

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Boo-berry - It's not just for breakfast anymore

So today I have for you... Boo-berry from Girly Bits' 2012 Halloween Collection. Here she is in all of her purple glitter jelly loveliness.


Such a pretty blurple jelly packed with pink, purple, blue and black glitter. I love how the glitter is just suspended in the jelly, and you can see all of the layers. I swatched two coats of Boo-berry over one coat of Zoya Suri (another beautiful purple) on my pointer and middle fingers; and my ring and pinky have three coats of Boo-berry without undies to show the jelly on its own. As usual a coat of HK girl is the topper.
I think three coats of Boo-berry is good if she isn't being layered over a colored base, but I really like her over Suri. I generally like to layer glitter jellies over a colored base because I think the background helps the glitters stand out even more.
I believe the Girly Bits shop and Llarowe are both currently sold out of Boo-berry, but I would check back every once in a while and try to get your hands on it. 

As usual, feel free to comment away below, but if you have a link you would like me to check out please send it to me in an email to lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com.


*Please note, all products mentioned in this post were purchased and paid for by me, and all opinions are my own.

Monday, October 1, 2012

This is Halloween Nail Art Challenge - Day 1

This is the second nail art challenge I have ever attempted, and it is one I am kind of excited about. I figured since it isn't every day it shouldn't be too hard to get through. Famous last words, right?

As you probably noticed on the list, today's theme is Horror Movies. I went with the Scream mask. And a whole bunch of blood splatter. 


I attempted the spray bottle splatter I read about on Manicurator's page from another challenge, but I am not thrilled with how it came out for me. I think I need to work on the polish to thinner ratio, so if anyone has been successful with the technique and has any tips let me know.

Are you participating in any Halloween challenges? Send an email to lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com and let me know where I can see your photos!

Gold, on the ceiling...

{humming along} You know, the song from The Black Keys? Yes? No? You'll understand in a minute or two. Ok, moving along...

Today I received another order from Girly Bits. Man, I really do love Pam's Stuff. My husband just gaped at me when I tore into everything the second I was in the car. The polish I was most excited about is Howl at the Moon, the October polish in the Calendar Girls series. The second I saw the color on the site I had to have it. Along with a few others, but they're for another day. It seemed fitting that I start off October with this.

So, Howl at the Moon.
The product description says it "is a blackened blurple jelly with various sizes of gold hexes." The base seems more black to me, but I think my brain automatically translates "blackened" to "black." The darkness of the base is one of the reasons I like it so much; I think it makes the gold just pop, especially the biggest glitters. I just can't help but start singing "Gold on the Ceiling" every time I look at it.

I used two coats of Howl at the Moon over one coat of Zoya Raven. I was going to skip the undies, but I really wanted the contrast between the black and the gold and I think that base really paid off. The glitters applied like a dream. I didn't need to go fishing and there was very minimal positioning. One coat of HK Girl was all I needed on top to level it out.

{sigh} Just look at the layers of gold glitters floating there in the jelly. What can I say? I'm a girl, and I like shiny things. Know what I mean? ;o)

If any of you have swatches of Howl at the Moon over other base colors shoot me an email at lifetimesandlacquersoflilmoon@gmail.com and let me know where I can see them. I would love to check them out.


*All products I wrote about were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.