Saturday, November 30, 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Snowflake Decals

I've tried a lot of Born Pretty Store's water decals, and I've always been very pleased with them. The ones I have to show you today are no different!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday Giveaway

My fellow Twinsie Tuesday girls and I are hosting a giveaway for all of our wonderful followers!

The prize is a $60.00 E-gift card to a retailer of your choice.

The giveaway will run 11/28/13-12/31/13.


Click "read more" and fill out the Rafflecopter after the break to enter!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Orly Snowcone + Avon Blue Ice

I've been in love with Orly Snowcone since the first time I saw it, but was never able to find it in the store! So one of my awesome IG nail friends, Mai, sent it to me!

I was so excited because I knew I loved this polish. Once I actually tried it, I loved it even more!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday - First polish you ever swatched on your blog


My very first posts here were horrendous attempts at nail art, and the first polish I ever actually swatched wasn't until November 11th, 2011. NailsLikeLace was nearly a year old! Granted, I only posted a few times a month in the first year, and actually skipped Feb-June altogether!

I think I had something against swatches for quite awhile. I rarely did swatch posts in the beginning, and almost always tried to include nail art pictures in the same post.

I guess I thought they were boring and pointless, so I stuck with (a poor excuse for) art.

My swatch from two years ago:



*gag*

Monday, November 25, 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Triangle Studs

I'm kind of loving the studs I have to show you today from Born Pretty Store! These are 3mm triangle studs. For $4.99 USD, you get a ton of these things! The site says about 200, but I didn't count. I do know that when I transferred them from the bag they came in, to a nail deco wheel, they took up three and a half spots. So you get plenty to last quite a while!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Born Pretty Store Holo Polish #9

Today I have another Born Pretty Store holo polish. No review or anything. You saw a review of their holo polish yesterday. I purchased this one myself. It is #9.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Born Pretty Store Review: Holo Polish #4


I can't let summer die without pulling the holos back out for one last romp in the sun! Today I have a holo from Born Pretty Store to share with you! I paired this one with a no-name Bellatrix nude polish, and I love these together!

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rainbow Gradient and Water Marble

There are three types of nail art I haven't done for a while: gradient, water marble, and rainbow nails. So of course I had to remedy that all in one mani!

I was going for a candy swirl look with the water marble. Whether I was successful or not is left to interpretation.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's + Formula X for Sephora Bombshell

Yesterday I showed you China Glaze Mimosa's Before Mani's for my Twinsie Tuesday post. I had to gussy it up and added a coat of Formula X for Sephora's Bombshell. Since the colored glitter is similar to the ChG, I thought they'd look good together!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday - West Coast vs. East Coast


This week's Twinsie Tuesday is a swatch-off between West Coast and East Coast girls. East Coasters will be swatching their favorite glitter polish today and West Coasters their favorite shimmer. 

For my shimmer polish, I picked China Glaze Mimosas's Before Mani's. It was a birthday present from my fellow Twinsie Amanda, so I figured it was pretty appropriate! ^.^

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Comparison: Zoya Nyx vs. Julep Tracy + Textured Gradient

When I got Zoya Nyx for my birthday, I hadn't noticed before, but it looked really similar to Julep Tracy. So of course I had to compare them! It ended up that they actually looked a lot more similar in the bottle than on the nail. Index and ring fingers are Zoya, middle and pinky are Julep.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Ulta - Jaded

 I have a quick swatch to share with you today that I did a few months back and never posted.

This is my one and only Ulta polish that I received from someone else: Jaded.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday - Marching Orders


This week for Twinsie Tuesday, we did Marching Orders again. This is only the second I've been around for, (click here to see the water marble I created for my first), but it is the third for the group. 


Monday, November 11, 2013

Four Days of Finger Paints - Day 4: Glitterpalooza Part 3

For the last round of this mini series, I have Easel-y Entertained and Hue Left a Message? Both needed four coats for opacity on their own, and just like all these glitters I have shown you, are sheer at first, but build-able, with a very forgiving and easy formulas.

Easel-y Entertained

This is four coats of Easel-y Entertained, with no topcoat:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Four Days of Finger Paints - Day 3: Glitterpalooza Part 2

Today I have Purple Palette and Romanticism Ruby to show you.

Purple Palette

This one I had to recolor a little in Photoshop to make it more real-life accurate. It took four coats for opacity on it's own.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Four Days of Finger Paints - Day 2: Glitterpalooza Part 1

For the second day of my mini Finger Paints swatchfest, I have two glitters to show you. First up is Art You Wondering?, a really pretty teal green fine glitter in a clear base that requires four coats for opacity on its own. My swatch shows it with topcoat. It is sheer at first, just like all these glitters I'll be showing you, but build-able and easy to work with.

Art You Wondering?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Four Days of Finger Paints - Day 1: Greenfest

I have a lot of unswatched Finger Paints polishes, so I figured I would do a mini FP swatch series, two at a time, over the course of four days.

To kick off Day 1, I have two green polishes to show you. This first one is Comet's Collar.

Comet's Collar

Thursday, November 7, 2013

KKCenterHk Review - Plastic Scraper and Stamper + Pond Mani Technique

The mani I showed you yesterday used a stamping plate from KKCenterHk. I also used a stamper and plastic scraper from them in that mani, and in this one.

This design is known as the "pond mani". You basically layer an image with a jelly polish. So I put down my base color, stamped the heart once, then applied a coat of a jelly, stamped the image again in another spot, more jelly, and so on. This way the first image (they can also be done freehand) is under more layers of jelly polish and going up from the bottom layer, they range from dark to light. Make sense? 

For this mani, I used NOPI Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam as my initial base, then Zoya Frida for my jelly layers.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Twinsie Tuesday - Cloud Mani


It is Tuesday again and you know what that means! Twinsie Tuesday time!

This week, I actually did two manis. I started out with one, different colors on each nail, but ended up loving one combo and just doing them all that way instead. 

When I think "cloud mani", I think of the type of look I did for today, rather than actual puffy white clouds painted on your nails.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Fing'rs Map Decals + OPI DS Magic

I won a Fing'rs nail art kit in a giveaway that has two polishes and some decals in it. I have been eyeing this particular kit because I love the map decals, so I was pretty excited to get it and try them out!

Friday, November 1, 2013

China Glaze - Flying Dragon

This is a polish that I have been eyeing for years! Pretty much ever since I started this blog. For three years, I'd look at this polish and set it back on the shelf. Add it to my cart, then remove it before checkout. For three years, this polish has been taunting me! I finally got it for my birthday this year from one of my fellow Twinsies!! ^.^