Monday, March 31, 2014

March's Museum-Worthy Manis!

Hi all! As we say goodbye to March (and hopefully hello to some warmer weather--it was sleeting here today!), I want to share the top five nail art photos I was drooling over this month. (Check my Pinterest board for more!) All these ladies are incredibly talented, so make sure to go follow them if you aren't already!

1. Mixed Dots and Triangles by Fashion Polish

How can you not love this combo of two totally different patterns and color schemes? This is a great way to do a fancy kind of French tip, plus I always love seeing the nude nail show through in nail art! (Art by Fashion Polish)

2. Crazy Neon 80s Nails by PiggieLuv

Yep, this is the epitome of the 80s! The variety of patterns and shapes are exciting without being too busy or overwhelming, and I love the colors! (Art by PiggieLuv)

3. Erin Condren Planner by Will Paint Nails for Food

Funky art deco paisley, great color scheme, perfectly executed. Visit Will Paint Nails for Food to see the design that inspired this mani!

4. Vintage Gradient Floral Nails by Lacquerstyle

If I didn't know better, I'd guess these were nail wraps, but they're hand-painted! I only wish I had this kind of talent (and such steady hands)! They're like grandma's couch, but in a good way. (Art by Lacquerstyle)

5. My Window to the Universe by More Nail Polish

OK, be honest, is this not one of the best galaxy manis you've ever seen? It looks like a photo from the Hubble. The stamping makes it even more awesome! (Art by More Nail Polish)

Did you like my top five manis? I'd love to see your favorite nail art from March--leave it in the comments!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March's Gimme That Polish!


 Hey everyone! March is coming to an end (already?!), and that means it's time for Gimme That Polish! These are my top five polishes I pinned on my Pinterest wishlist this month. I confess I've gotten really behind on blog reading lately, but I still managed to find five lemmings (I mean really, that's not hard)!

1. Jindie Nails - Anniversary Seaquins

This isn't a new polish, but it's new to me. You probably know by now that I love all crelly glitter polishes, and I'm drooling over the sheer amount and variety of glitters in this one! (Jindie Nails shop | swatch by Lacquer is the Best Medicine)

2. Dance Legend - Strutter

Dance Legend is a Russian brand that I've been admiring from afar for a long time--they do a lot of stuff you don't normally see in commercial brands over here! Check this one out...a green/teal with holo shimmer and green microflakies. An explosion of green! I have a feeling that if I was wearing this polish, I wouldn't be able to stop staring at my nails. (Dance Legend shop with list of international stockists | swatch by Pointless Cafe)

3. Model City - Nemesis

I love moody shades like this! Nemesis is a muted olive scattered holographic. It's not bright or in-your-face, but still fascinating to look at! (Model City shop | swatch by Nail Polish Wars)

4. Polish Me Silly - Toe-tally Cosmic

I know it seems like there are a million of these super-multichrome polishes around lately, but this one is unique to me because it seems more "grown-up" thanks to that plum-brown color shift. (The colors get louder when layered over black.) It shifts to gold, green, blue and purple! (Polish Me Silly shop | swatch by Nailz Craze)

5. Models Own - Magpie

Ahhh speckled polishes! Yes they've been done before (I have a couple myself), but I still want them all. Models Own has a new collection of them called Speckled Eggs. I love the base color in this one, of course. I wish UK brands were easier to get!  (Models Own shop, also available at Ninja Polish | swatch by UKNailRunner)

What'd you think of my top five? What polishes are you lusting after right now?

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Quick swatch: Sinister Benediction Spearmint or Fruit

The product in this post was given to me as a gift. All opinions are my own.

It's a rainy Saturday afternoon here, the perfect time to free a polish from Mount Untried! Today I'm wearing a cute glitter polish from indie brand Sinister Benediction called Spearmint or Fruit. It's a sheer, shimmery pale green base with black, yellow, pink and translucent white glitter.

Sinister Benediction Spearmint or Fruit. Two coats with Gelous and Out the Door topcoats.

Unfortunately Sinister Benediction's Etsy shop is closed at the moment--I hope she comes back!

Any fun plans this weekend?

The product in this post was given to me as a gift. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 28, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet #12 / He Picks My Polish

Wow, I've made it through twelve weeks of FingerFood's Theme Buffet! We're starting another set of prompts next week, so if you'd like to join in, here's our Facebook group!

This week's theme is Freestyle, which was perfect because I also wanted to participate in the He Picks My Polish challenge for March. (Facebook group here!) For this challenge, you ask a male in your life to pick any three polishes from your stash. No helping! Then you have to do nail art using only those polishes (and any neutrals if needed).

Mr. ALIQUID was skeptical at first, but he came up with an idea and went for it. I should have known that he would pick the colors that match his favorite comic book character, Jean Grey:

(I tried to tell him that Jean Grey's hair isn't actually cherry red, but oh well.) The polishes he picked were Color Club Endless Summer, Revlon Red Carpet and OPI The "It" Color. Then it was my turn!

I decided to try water marbling again, since I've only done it once before. I started with a white base and did a marble with the three colors, using clear polish in between each to let the white show through. I did two passes on each nail to get that cool layering effect!

I confess I have no idea how people manage to get such precise patterns using water marbling; I can't seem to get anything more than random swoops. But in this case I think it looks cool, like tie-dye or some abstract art!

As a matter of fact, my final mani was actually my second attempt. The first time, I tried using the yellow as a base, and it didn't work out so well. Here, I'll show you:

I'm very glad I did it over again!

Below you can check out the other FingerFood manis as well as the He Picks My Polish manis!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Swatch: Zoya Dillon

The product in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Good morning! Is it spring yet where you are (or fall, for you southerners)? After a cold and insanely windy day here yesterday, it looks like the weather is finally starting to warm up for good! To celebrate, I put on one of the new spring shades from Zoya!

Dillon was my #1 lemming from this collection. It's a pale seafoam green with silver and gold shimmer and glass fleck (a little more green in real life than in my photo). Very cheerful yet delicate!

Zoya Dillon. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

Love this one! It has so much shimmer that it skirts the line of becoming a frost, but holds back just enough. Zoya actually describes it as a metallic, but I'm not sure I'd go that far.

The formula on Dillon was pretty nice, maybe a tad runny for my taste, but better than some Zoya cremes I've used. It left some very faint brushstrokes, but not noticeably unless you look closely. (The lines on my ring finger are just my crazy deep ridges!) If you tend to use thin coats, you might need three with this polish.

Dillon is available at ($9 for 15 ml)!

The product in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Swatch: Marbles for Polish Lust, Envy and Milky Way

The products in this post were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Hi all! I have had such a busy few days! My new polish collection got a great reception, which is awesome, plus I've been doing a lot of tutoring, AND we had a nice visit from my dad! Whew! Hopefully now I can get back to blogging regularly.

Recently I got the chance to review a new indie polish brand called Marbles for Polish (from the blogger of the same name)! I have three polishes to show you: Lust, Envy and Milky Way.

Let's start with my favorite! Lust is a steely dark blue scattered holographic polish.

Marbles for Polish Lust. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

At first I wasn't sure why a polish called "Lust" would be blue...but once I put it on, I understood completely! This is a super sexy color! It was nearly a one-coater, and the holo shimmer was visible indoors and out. I had no problems with the formula. It seemed to chip pretty quickly, but I've had that happen to a lot of holo polishes, so I won't fault this particular one. My only nitpick (and this applies to all three polishes) is that the brush is kind of wide and floppy, and it picks up a lot more polish than you need for one coat. So be sure to wipe it off well!

Envy is a medium green shimmer with tiny gold sparks. The shade of green varies depending on the light--sometimes it's closer to forest green, other times more like olive. (I noticed while looking at the bottle just now that the gold sparks actually shift to aqua at some angles--this may be the source of the color differences I noticed.) The photo below shows the "average" color I saw.

Marbles for Polish Envy. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

This one had a formula very similar to Lust--thick but spreadable. No complaints!

Finally we have Milky Way, a black jelly filled with silver and iridescent blue-to-purple shreds.

Marbles for Polish Milky Way. Two coats with Gelous and Out the Door topcoats.

This one's so mysterious! I like that it manages to be opaque in two coats while still allowing the glitter to shine through. The formula was average for a glitter jelly; the base itself wasn't too thick, but the glitters required some dabbing to place evenly. While I was able to get my nails generally smooth with two layers of topcoat, some of the shreds didn't want to lie flat, and the edges were sticking out. I kept picking at them all day! That's my only grump about this polish.

I really enjoyed this first taste of Marbles for Polish, and I'm looking forward to what she'll come up with next! Milky Way is available at the brand's Etsy shop ($9 for 15 ml) and Lust and Envy will be released on March 28! You can also follow the brand on Facebook!

The products in this post were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Friday, March 21, 2014

New ALIQUID Lacquer polishes: The Silmarillion Collection plus giveaway!

Woohoo! It's finally time to reveal the polishes I've been working on for the past two months! Most Spring collections involve pastels and flowery stuff, but I said FORGET THAT! I decided to make a collection based on one of my favorite books: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion.

This book was Tolkien's magnum opus, which he worked on for virtually his entire life but never got to publish. After his death, his son collected his notes and put them together in book form, giving us The Silmarillion. It's a collection of the elves' legends about the early history of Middle-Earth, starting with the creation of the universe, covering the wars and hardships of the first elves and men, and finishing with the events that led to The Lord of the Rings. It can be hard to read, because Tolkien wrote it in a very archaic style, but it's full of epic, romantic, and tragic stories that have always stuck in my mind.

It was so hard to pick just a few scenes from the book to recreate in polish--I could easily have made this collection twice as big! Without further ado, here are the seven new polishes now available in my Etsy shop!

Day Shall Come Again

ALIQUID Lacquer Day Shall Come Again. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

"Last of all Hurin stood alone. Then he cast aside his shield, and wielded an axe two-handed; and it is sung that the axe smoked in the black blood of the troll-guard of Gothmog until it withered, and each time that he slew Hurin cried: 'Aure entuluva! Day shall come again!' Seventy times he uttered that cry; but they took him at last alive, by the command of Morgoth, for the Orcs grappled him with their hands, which clung to him still though he hewed off their arms; and ever their numbers were renewed, until at last he fell buried beneath them."

Day Shall Come Again has a rust-colored base with a strong multichrome shimmer that shifts from burgundy to red, dark orange and yellow. Amongst the shimmer you will also see copper, green and red sparks. Opaque in 2-3 coats.

Hidden City

ALIQUID Lacquer Hidden City. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

"...There was a deep way under the mountains delved in the darkness of the world by waters that flowed out to join the streams of Sirion; and this way Turgon found, and so came to the green plain amid the mountains, and saw the island-hill that stood there of hard smooth stone...then Turgon knew that he had found the place of his desire, and he resolved to build there a fair city...high and white were its walls, and smooth its stairs, and tall and strong was the Tower of the King."

Hidden City is a forest-green linear holographic polish with gold, copper and bronze flecks. Beautiful in any lighting! Opaque in two coats.

 Devouring Wave

ALIQUID Lacquer Devouring Wave. Two coats with Gelous and Out the Door topcoats.

"...There came a mighty wind and a tumult of the earth, and the sky reeled, and the hills slid, and Numenor went down into the sea, with all its children and its wives and its maidens and its ladies proud; and all its gardens and its halls and its towers, its tombs and its riches, and its jewels and its webs and its things painted and carven, and its laughter and its mirth and its music, its wisdom and its lore: they vanished for ever. And last of all the mounting wave, green and cold and plumed with foam, climbing over the land, took to its bosom Tar-Miriel the Queen, fairer than silver or ivory or pearls. Too late she strove to ascend the steep ways of the Meneltarma to the holy place; for the waters overtook her, and her cry was lost in the roaring of the wind."

Devouring Wave is a blue jelly filled with a riot of metallic, iridescent and holographic hexes and shreds; colors include black, silver, red, blue and purple. May be worn alone or over a base color.

Nightingale's Song

ALIQUID Lacquer Nightingale's Song. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

"There came a time near dawn on the eve of spring, and Luthien danced upon a green hill; and suddenly she began to sing. Keen, heart-piercing was her song as the song of the lark that rises from the gates of night and pours its voice among the dying stars, seeing the sun behind the walls of the world; and the song of Luthien released the bonds of winter, and the frozen waters spoke, and flowers sprang from the cold earth where her feet had passed. Then the spell of silence fell from Beren, and he called to her, crying Tinuviel [which means 'nightingale']; and the woods echoed the name. Then she halted in wonder, and fled no more, and Beren came to her. But as she looked on him, doom fell upon her, and she loved him..."

Nightingale's Song is a grey scattered holographic polish sparkling with shimmer and flecks that shift between blue, purple and gold. There are also some rainbow iridescent glitters sprinkled throughout. Looks different in every light! Opaque in 2-3 coats.

Divine Curse

ALIQUID Lacquer Divine Curse. Three coats with Out the Door topcoat.

"'Tears unnumbered ye shall shed; and the Valar will fence Valinor against you, and shut you out, so that not even the echo of your lamentation shall pass over the mountains. On the House of Feanor the wrath of the Valar lieth from the West unto the uttermost East, and upon all that will follow them it shall be laid also. Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue. To evil end shall all things turn that they begin well; and by treason of kin unto kin, and the fear of treason, shall this come to pass. The Dispossessed shall they be for ever.'"

Divine Curse has a sheer purple base packed with copper, gold and green shimmer, red flecks, and black flakes that flash purple. Opaque in three coats.

Shores of Paradise

ALIQUID Lacquer Shores of Paradise. Two coats with Gelous and Out the Door topcoats.

 "...They sailed in their swift ships on the waters of the Bay of Elvenhome, or walked in the waves upon the shore with their hair gleaming in the light beyond the hill. Many jewels the Noldor gave them, opals and diamonds and pale crystals, which they strewed upon the shores and scattered in the pools; marvellous were the beaches of Elende in those days."

Shores of Paradise is a slightly sand-tinted base filled with various shades of gold, brown and white microglitter, plus scattered larger glitter in red, garnet, blue, aqua and clear iridescent. Full coverage in two coats.


ALIQUID Lacquer Dragonspell. Two coats with Out the Door topcoat.

"...Looking westward she stared straight into the eyes of Glaurung, whose head lay upon the hill-top. Her will strove with him for a while, but he put forth his power, and having learned who she was he constrained her to gaze into his eyes, and he laid a spell of utter darkness and forgetfulness upon her, so that she could remember nothing that had ever befallen her, nor her own name, nor the name of any other thing; and for many days she could neither hear, nor see, nor stir by her own will."

Dragonspell is a hypnotizing amber jelly polish with gold flakes and green shimmer.


I hope you liked those! They're all available now! If you want the entire collection, it's available at a 10% discount.

I also have two new scented lip balms for sale! They're both florals for spring, but they're very different from each other: lavender honey is a very peaceful scent, while ginger rose is lively and exotic!


Are you still reading? Good, because you made it to the giveaway! To celebrate the new collection, I've teamed up with some of my best blogger buddies to give one lucky winner three new polishes of their choice! All these lovely, talented ladies are going to be reviewing The Silmarillion Collection soon, so make sure you're following them to see their fabulous swatches:

Now, on to the details of the giveaway! It's open to anyone over the age of 18 in the USA and Canada. The only mandatory entry is to give your email address; all other entries are optional but will increase your chances of winning! All entries will be verified. Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to provide me with their mailing address, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Good luck! Don't forget to visit my shop and check out ALIQUID Lacquer on Facebook!

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March Ipsy Glam Bag review

It's that time of the month again! (No, not that time of the month.) I continue to be very happy with my Ipsy Glam Bags...I think their rating algorithm really works! I got nail polish again too!

For those who don't know, Ipsy is a monthly beauty subscription service. For $10 you get 4-5 full size or sample size cosmetics or skincare products. You can personalize your bag by telling Ipsy what you like and by rating previous bags. You can try Ipsy out using my referral link here!

I'll start with my favorite products (can you guess which?)...

Nicole by OPI On What Grounds?

Nicole by OPI On What Grounds? Two coats.

On What Grounds? is part of NOPI's "Roughles" line of textured polishes. (I think that name is fairly clever, don't you?) It's a matte sky blue with little grey and blue flecks. This one is unique in my collection of textured polishes because it has glitter but is still completely matte. Not sure what it reminds me of, but I like it! The texture itself is comparable to OPI's Liquid Sand polishes--not a big surprise. The dry time was fairly quick.

Be a Bombshell Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad

I probably wouldn't have picked out this palette for myself because I tend to stick with "safer" eyeshadow colors. But once I started playing with it, I had fun! The eyeshadows have good pigmentation and were easy to use. They seem fairly crease-resistant too. I tried a look using Rock Bottom, Risky Business and Bora Bora. Not sure I pulled it off! (I apologize for my shoddy eyeliner/mascara; I mentioned once before that I have a super hyperactive flinch reflex, so pointy objects + my eyes don't really mix.)

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready

(If you're wondering where the cap of my lipstick went...I accidentally knocked it off my desk and it vanished into the ether.) This is really nice lipstick! It applied very smoothly and wasn't too sticky. It contains some moisturizing oils, so it has a somewhat lip-balm-y feel. I like the color too--bright, but not too bright. The only downside is that it's not really long-wearing.

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer

As always, there's one dud in every box. I was really looking forward to trying this primer, since I still don't have a really good one. I tried it out under my usual makeup. It didn't seem to even my skintone at all, as it claims to--it was pretty much invisible, except if you looked really closely there was a little shimmer on my skin (I guess that's the "youthful glow"). Once I put my mattifying makeup on top, the shimmer disappeared anyway. I will say this primer seemed to help keep my skin from getting excessively oily over the course of the day, but by nighttime my makeup was creasing and pilling up. I also saw no difference in the appearance of my pores. Oh well! I'll put this one in my blog sale (over in the sidebar -->), since I've only used it once.

For those of you who do Ipsy, did you like your bags this month?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet #11: St. Patrick's Day

OK, I realize St. Patrick's Day was two days ago. But I was nonstop busy mixing polish and filling bottles to get my blogger samples shipped out! I didn't even have any polish on my nails for two days! Soooo I did my St. Patrick's Day mani today. I'm only 1/8 Irish and I don't like beer, so the holiday isn't that exciting for me. But I do like green!

For three of my nails I used China Glaze Four Leaf Clover topped with Indigo Bananas Lucky Strike (two very apropos names!), and for my accent nail I used Zoya Ziv with Four Leaf Clover for the shamrock. To do the shamrock, I just made four large dots and dragged a toothpick through each.

Did you celebrate the holiday this week? Green milkshakes maybe?

Check out the rest of this week's St. Paddy's Day manis!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

2014 Blogger Challenge #6: Frittatas!

Hi all! Hope you had a nice weekend! It's time once again for the 2014 Blogger Challenge, and this week's theme is food. I've been really busy lately getting ready to release my next polish collection, so I was actually thinking about skipping the challenge this time; luckily Mr. ALIQUID provided me with an easy topic when he asked me to make something eggy for breakfast this morning.

What I ended up making is a frittata (basically an open-faced omelette), which is practically foolproof and a great way to use up leftover veggies or meat. I started by roughly chopping half an onion and half a bell pepper, which I cooked on medium-high heat with some olive oil, salt and pepper until the onions turned golden brown. Be sure to use a nonstick skillet.

The type and amount of filling is totally up to you, depending on what ratio of eggs to filling you want. The important thing is that the filling is fully cooked and that any water in the pan gets cooked off (otherwise you'll have watery eggs, ew!).

Meanwhile, I whisked four eggs in a bowl and added some salt, pepper, and torn up slices of cheddar and muenster cheese. You can get fancy and add herbs too.

Once the veggies were cooked, I turned down the heat to low and poured the eggs into the pan:

Now you just let the eggs sit until they're cooked all the way through (firm and opaque), but only just; the eggs should still be tender and moist. (You can also do this part in the oven at 350 degrees for a few minutes.) Slice it up and enjoy!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet #10: Dots and stripes

Finally posting this week! I've been working really hard on my next polish collection (and posting previews on my Facebook page) and I think you guys are really going to like it!

Today I got around to this week's FingerFood challenge. The theme this week is dots and stripes. I cheated slightly by making my dots into stripes!

I love this mani because it's pretty minimalist in terms of color, but still interesting to look at. I started with a gradient of Zoya Bevin and Julep Roc Solid, then mattified it with Revlon matte top coat. Finally I added alternating lines of dots using the same two polishes. In real life the dots fade even more into the ends of the gradient and it looks really cool!

Check out the rest of this week's manis!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Glitter Daze Luxury Hand Fizzy

The product in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

I mentioned yesterday that my hands are getting a little beat up lately because I've been testing a lot of polish. So I decided that today, instead of doing a new manicure, I'd pamper myself a bit by using my Glitter Daze Hand Fizzy! I got it as a freebie with my last order from Glitter Daze during their anniversary celebration.

Ingredients: sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, mango butter, milk, honey, coconut oil, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, witch hazel, rose petals, fragrance oil, FD&C color

Normally the hand fizzies are solid, but mine came as a loose powder. You drop it in warm water and soak your hands and cuticles. It's got a bunch of nice moisturizing ingredients and smells great too! (The scent isn't listed, but it reminds me of candy, like Sweet Tarts or Pixy Stix.)

I dropped half the powder in a bowl of water and it fizzed up! I love the added touch of the rose petals, which open up as they absorb water. So pretty!

The moisturizers gave the water a slippery feel that was very soothing. I kept my hands in for about five minutes and massaged my cuticles. Afterwards, my hands felt very soft and smooth and had a faint scent. I was dumb and forgot to take before-and-after pics of my cuticles, but they're looking good!

The Luxury Hand Fizzies are out of stock at Glitter Daze's site now, but they normally cost $1.50.

The product in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Swatch: Pretty & Polished Day in the Park with Swift Sparkle Top Coat

The products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

As you may know, the indie polish company Pretty & Polished recently started selling beauty box subscriptions. I had never tried any P&P products before, but I had heard a lot of good things, so I sprang for a three-month subscription! In these boxes you get two full-sized exclusive polishes, a mini of an existing P&P polish, one or more bath and body and nail art products, plus a coupon code for the shop.

In March's box I got the two exclusives Day in the Park and Liquid Gold, plus a mini of Jawbreaker, a bottle of Swift Sparkle quick-dry top coat, a cuticle balm, a nail file, and a fimo stick. Pretty nice haul! Today I tried out Day in the Park with Swift Sparkle on top.

I'm showing you my right hand because the cuticles on my left hand are getting a little shaggy...too much polish testing I guess! I'll have to pamper them for a while. I kind of forgot how to pose with my right hand...

Pretty & Polished Day in the Park. Two coats with Gelous and P&P Swift Sparkle topcoats.

This polish is definitely making me look forward to summer! It's 50 degrees here today, so we're slowly getting there! Day in the Park is a sky blue crelly with various hexes and dots in green, blue, pink and yellow. The base wasn't too thick; I did have to dab a little to get the glitter in place, and I got a few glitter stacks as you can see. I used Gelous to smooth everything out, then added Swift Sparkle on top.

Swift Sparkle seems pretty comparable to Out the Door. It dries to the touch very quickly, but it can still be dented for maybe a half hour or so. I haven't noticed any shrinkage so far.

If you're interested in a Pretty & Polished box, next month's should be going up for sale in two days! Click here for more information. I can't wait to see what I get next month!

The products in this post were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

FingerFood's Theme Buffet #9: flowers

Wow, I'm really late on this week's FingerFood challenge! I totally have a good excuse though...I've been working hard on my next polish collection! Look for it in a couple weeks! (My labels take forever to ship, grrr....)

Anyway, this week's theme is flowers. I decided to go with a sort of Gothic rose idea. Kind of Beauty-and-the-Beast-like.

I haven't done very many freehand floral designs, so I'm pretty happy with how this came out! The base color is one of mine from the upcoming collection--how sneaky of me! I used Color Club Wild Cactus and China Glaze Four Leaf Clover for the vines and leaves, and Zoya Carmen and Nails Inc. Richmond Terrace for the the flowers. I topped it all off with Revlon's matte topcoat.

Check out all the other lovely floral manis!