Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kawaii Lacquer, Krafty Gurl Designs & Party Girl Lacquer

Due to the lack of blog posts lately, I have decided to do some two-a-days.  Lucky you!!  

As many of you know, I am constantly searching for new indie brands because I not only love supporting indie makers, but I love how unique and different indie polishes can be.  I have a whole page dedicated to the indie companies I love!  (You can find it here)  So when I found this brand on Etsy I knew I had to have it.  Kawaii means "cute" in Japanese and this polish is just that: absolutely adorable!!
I am a huge sucker for anything with glitter and large glitter pieces in it.  So obviously when I first saw Peepin' Party I knew I had found my polish soulmate.  Peepin' Party is a light green glitter topper with stars, dots of varying sizes and color, and small glitter pieces.  I started with two coats of China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener.  Then I dabbed a layer of Kawaii Lacquer Peepin' Party.  I decided to matte this look using my Hard Candy Matte Top Coat.

Bottle shot of Kawaii Lacquer Peepin' Party.  For my negative space accent nail I used chevron nail vinyls to create this look.

Macro shot of Kawaii Lacquer Peepin' Party

With all the pastel and neon colors popping up for Spring, I wanted to cool it down a bit and do a throwback to winter with this manicure using Krafty Gurl Designs Snow Globe.

I applied two generous coats of Snow Globe by Krafty Gurl Designs and finished it with a heavy coat of HK Girl Top Coat.  The charm on my accent nail is from Daily Charme.

Bottle shot of Snow Globe

Macro shot of Snow Globe

Macro shot of charm from Daily Charme.

Even though this polish is clearly a "winter" themed polish, I think it can be worn all times of year.  The glitter is absolutely gorgeous in it!!  I love the different sized pieces and colors used.  The shades of blue are so on point, and every time I look at this polish I feel a bit chilly ;)

Some days for me I do heavy nail art days, and other days I like to just crank out swatches.  Apparently, I was really feeling the swatches because I did another!!

For this romantic manicure I used Party Girl Lacquer Amazing Love.  I applied to thin coats and topped it with HK Girl Top Coat.  For the accent nail I used a stamp from plate Pueen27.  This was my first try and using a new method a friend of mine taught me to achieve better stamping results.  I was having issues with getting the full stamp, and especially with making sure it was aligned straight.  

Bottle shot of Amazing Love

Macro of Amazing Love

Macro of stamp

For my second attempt at a full nail stamp (Trust me, you don't want to see the first.  It's on this blog, but you have to find it yourself :) )  I was very happy with the results.  Now the problem is, I am obsessed with stamping!!  So I will apologize in advance.  There is going to be a lot more stamping coming up!!

How often do you ladies use stamping in your manicures?  I try and find a balance between swatches, nail art, water decals, and stamps.  I also try and balance the colors I use as well.  Do you ladies try and mix up what type of techniques you use and the colors of polishes?  Let me know!!  Have a beautiful night.

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