Smaug

It shouldn’t surprise you that I am a huge Tolkien fan.  I found a second edition leather bound copy of the Lord of the Rings trilogy when I was about ten years old, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I recently went to go see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and I loved it.  Since I’m also a massive Benedict Cumberbatch fan, of course I loved Smaug (the dragon), and wanted to do some Smaug-inspired nail art that was a bit different from my previous dragon nail art.

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This time I went with stamping rather than texture, and I think they turned out pretty cool.  I completely forgot what the base color is (sorry!) but it was a dark red.  Then I stamped China Glaze Adventure Red-y followed by OPI Die Another Day (appropriate polish names for The Hobbit, no?) making sure they were a little bit off to create some depth. I used Mash Plate 42.

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I think they turned out pretty well.  I love the glow of Die Another Day, it’s perfect for my dragon nails!

If you’ve seen The Hobbit, what did you think?  I know a lot of people didn’t really like it, but I thought it was really good. Which for me is saying something, since it was very different from the book.

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The Chicago Collection

Today I am very excited to have Lac Attack’s Chicago Collection for you!  I love Chicago, so I was really excited when these were announced, and they definitely didn’t disappoint!  They were inspired by the song “Cell Block Tango”, is probably my favorite song from the musical – you should definitely go look it up right now if you’ve never heard it (check it out at the end of this post).

First up: Pop.  Hello circle glitter!  I’ve been lusting after circle glitter polishes for some time, and this one is my first!  So, even though pink isn’t really my thing, I’m kind of loving this!  It is a perfect representation of that part of the song, and it’s all-around a really cool polish.  Black microglitter, small neon pink glitter, and neon pink and black circle glitter… how could this combo not be amazing?  I used one coat over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.  Neon freaks out my camera, so the darker pink is a more accurate representation of the color (they’re actually all the same color).

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So I said to him, ‘You pop that gum one more time…’ and he did.  So I took the shotgun off the wall and fired two warning shots… into his head.

Six is definitely a favorite!  If I could only get one, I’d probably pick this one.  It is a gorgeous mixture of super-sparkly green, blue, and purple microglitter.  I layered one coat over OPI Black Onyx.  So. Freaking. Pretty.  Right?

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Single, my ass.  Not only was he married, oh, no, he had six wives… You know, some guys just can’t hold their arsenic.

Squish is destined to be a favorite.  It’s a classic mix of silver, red, and black glitter of different shapes and sizes.  The red bars did give me a bit of trouble because they’re really long, but they laid flat after I pushed them down with a toothpick – not a big deal.  This is one coat over Nails Inc. Basil Street.  P.S. This is my favorite part of the song.

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Then he ran into my knife.  He ran into my knife ten times.

After the three glitters come the three shimmers.  The first is Uh-Uh.  This one was the thinnest and sheerest of the three, but super easy to work with.  It’s also pretty gorgeous.  I love jewel tones for fall, and this one is perfect.  This was two (and a half) coats.

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Yeah, but did you do it?

Uh-Uh.  Not guilty.

Cicero is a shimmery, almost metallic, purple with blue and pink shimmer.  It reminds me a tiny bit of OPI Russian Navy.  Very pretty and vampy.  The formula on this one was a bit think, and a little difficult to work with, but it’s worth it.  I promise.  This was two coats, but you might be able to get away with one if you’re super careful.

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It wasn’t until later, when I was washing the blood off my hands, I even knew they were dead.

And last, but certainly not least, is Lipschitz.  This one might just be my favorite.  I love this color.  I’m painting my bedroom soon and I might just be bringing this with me to the paint store.  It is the perfect emerald color with white shimmer and purple flecks.  I want to wear this all the time.  This one is almost a one-coater, but I did two to fill in a few bare spots.

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I guess you can say we broke up because of artistic differences.  He saw himself as alive… and I saw him dead.

My picks are Lipschitz and Six, but I really do like the whole collection.  There is definitely something for everyone in here!

The Chicago Collection is launching today Saturday, September 21st at 1pm EST in the Lac Attack shop, so head over there to pick up a few (or all) of them.  Let me know which ones you get (or are planning on getting) in the comments below!  She is also opening up her brand new shop at the same time, so plenty of other polishes will be available for restock.

*These polishes were provided to me for my unbiased review.

P.S. This is the longest my nails have EVER been!  They don’t even look that long and they’re starting to get in the way – damn my tiny nail beds.  I don’t think I can do any longer than this, but I might keep them this way for a while.

Day 24 – Inspired by a Book – Harry Potter

I’m a major bookworm, so I had a hard time deciding which one to pick for today.  But I had to go with Harry Potter, since it’s the one series I keep going back to, and I’ve read them more than any other book I own.  I will probably do book-inspired nail art for the others later, though.

I really like how these turned out, especially since I freehanded the patterns (which is somehow more difficult for me than painting more intricate designs).  I especially love how the HP logo turned out!  I wish there were more books/movies coming out so I could do this again – I got into nail art too late.

For this one, I’m going to list the polishes by finger since they’re all completely different.  HP logo: China Glaze Fast Track and Smoke & Ashes.  Gryffindor: Essie Apertif and Shifting Power.  Ravenclaw: Sally Hansen Thinking of Blue and a mix of Essie Shifting Power and Very Structured.  Slytherin: Essie Going Incognito and Loophole.  Hufflepuff: Zoya Pippa and China Glaze Smoke & Ashes.

I finally bought a matte topcoat, so I thought I’d see what this would look like matte, since there was a mix of textures in the polishes.  I really like how it turned out.

I used Essie Matte About You.

Which version do you like better – glossy or matte?

Upcoming Collections

I don’t have anything official about these collections, but I’ve seen news and pictures around the internet, so I thought I’d share.

First up, Essie’s Poppy-Razzi.  Despite the fact I haven’t posted anything about Essie yet, I’m a huge fan.  I own more Essie polishes than any other brand.  Put together.  Times two.  I especially love when they put out unusual colors, and I don’t own any neons from their previous neon collections, so I’m pretty excited about this one.  Get a preview here.

Essie’s 2012 Resort collection (which I think is called Sure Shot).  See swatches of it here.  I NEED No More Film.  And will most likely end up with She’s Picture Perfect as well.  The others are pretty, but not me.

OPI’s Spiderman collection.  The colors aren’t super exciting or new, but I kind of like Number One Nemesis.  And Just Spotted the Lizard looks like it could be a pretty good Chanel Peridot dupe.  See pictures here.

China Glaze Summer Neons. Bottle pics here.  Again, no new colors, but China Glaze is a great brand and the only neons I have are six mini bottles from Kleancolor, so I’ll probably pick up one or two.

 

Any other good summer collections coming out?