Thursday, December 18, 2014

NOTD: ILNP Black Orchid

Today I'm showcasing another one of the ILNP polishes I bought a while back, Black Orchid. It's a gorgeous blackened fuchsia jelly with a linear holo sparkle. I added a few simple dotted flowers along my accent nail, with little caviar beads in the middle of each one. I wasn't able to capture the holo very well, so I added three photos here- shade, flash, and sunlight. The holo is a little stronger in person, but either way this polish is gorgeous. It dries to a deep jewel toned finish with a crazy amount of sparkle!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Fedoraharp Lacquer is now live on Etsy

Hello all! Just a quick post to let you know (those of you who haven't seen me gushing all over facebook anyway) that my shop is now live! You can order polish now, either by clicking the link here or in the Etsy widget in the sidebar on the right.

In honor of my grand opening, here is a coupon code for 10% off everything in the store! GrandOpening10

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Announcement: Fedoraharp Lacuer, first collection!

WELCOME TO A NEW ERA OF BLOGGING ON FEDORAHARP!!!! I have mentioned my indie brand before, but here I'm officially announcing it: As of next Sunday, I will be launching my Hanukkah collection in my Etsy shop! Very soon after that I'll be launching my second collection, and a duo (I planned them all simultaneously but Hanukkah gets a bump because of the date).

I've created six Hanukkah themed polishes, four glitter toppers, a jelly/glitter combo, and an opaque shimmer. The polishes in these pictures do not yet have sticker labels, but I will be getting those in a couple of days!

Not to worry though, I'll keep blogging like a regular blogger also. Nail art has always been my first nail polish love, and I won't easily abandon it! Also, there are other indies out there and I'm gonna keep buying from them and swatching them here as long as I have money to burn through spend.

Without further ado, the polishes! These are only partially edited- I slapped a watermark on them, but I haven't cleaned up any flaws around the edges of my nails digitally. For the site they'll be a little cleaner, but I couldn't wait to share these.

Topsy Turvy

I got the name idea from my friend Angie, I'd been trying and trying to think of an appropriately draidel-y name for this brightly colored polish, so thank you Angie! I used a combination of colorful geometric shapes to evoke the (kinda abstract) idea of the colorful fun of a draidel. This is one dabbed coat over a black cream.

Join The Macabbim! See The World!
My inspiration here is, of course, the blue and white shield symbol of the Macabbim, and since they don't make Magen David shaped particles, I decided to use triangles! (No sunlight picture for this one. Whoops!). This is two coats over Color Club Trippie Hippie

Since taking these pictures, I have actually tweaked the formula for this nail polish to make it considerably less bumpy and streaky. No flakies, either. I like their look but they're the big culprit for the bumps, sadly. Still, I wanted to show you the glowy shimmer of the base color! If anyone really wants, I've got a couple of the old formulation available upon request, but I'm putting the newer version online. Swatches of that version soon! This is three coats alone.

This is an inside-out sort of thing- usually the sufganiya color is on the outside, and the jelly color is on the inside, but admit it- the jelly color is wayyyyy prettier. So why not make it the main attraction? This is three thin coats.

Powdered Sugar
What's a good classic sufganiya without a powdery topping? Or topper, as the case may be. I love translucent white glitter, so of course I had to make a polish with some in it! This is one coat over China Glaze Custom Kicks

Chocolate Gold Rush
I have to admit, I did not expect this one to be my favorite when I came up for the idea for it, but I ended up liking it best of all! I knew I wanted to make a gelt-themed nail polish, but I think chocolate coins are the best kind of coins (chocolate anything is the best kind of thing, really), so I based the idea on that. This is one coat over Golden Rose Matte 20 (incidentally, my very favorite neutral polish color ever)

So what do you think? Will you be picking up any of these when the store opens? I'm going to dive right into the holiday spirit with a 10% off everything sale, and I will be making full sized (15ml) and mini (5ml) versions of each polish available.

Monday, December 1, 2014

NOTD: ILNP Abundance

Recently ILNP (I Love Nail Polish) did an image overhaul, and switched to a new type of bottle. During the changeover they had a massive sale to use up the old bottle shape, and I picked up three beautiful polishes while that was going on. I've decided that instead of simply swatching them, I'd make a full NOTD out of each one, with some nail art to go along with them. I'm going to post them one at a time because of the nail art. There is a little bit of wear on these, because I wore each one as a full mani and sometimes I wasn't able to photograph it until a couple of days later (darn you rainy weather, gosh darn you to heck!). Hopefully you'll enjoy them, tip wear and all!

The first polish I got was Abundance, an absolutely incredible multichrome which to me seems like the personification of autumn itself. It shifts from a deep burgundy, almost berry color, through bronze and gold and finally olive green at extreme angles. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself:

Seriously, look at this beauty. I've captured a bunch of different angles and I'm still not sure I've done it justice. I think this is my favorite multichrome ever, and those who know me will tell you that I'm a multichrome freak, so that's saying a lot. This polish is gorgeous. If you decide to buy it you definitely won't regret it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: BPS teardrop rhinestones and BATS!!!

Hello all! Today I'm posting the final two products I recieved for review in my recent nail mail from the Born Pretty Store. To those just joining us now, the BPS is a great source of a huge selection of affordable beauty products, with free worldwide shipping. They have a particularly robust nail art selection, from which they sent me a number of lovely items to review.

The first item is a wheel of teardrop shaped pastel rhinestones. They were a lot bigger than I expected, but I managed to work them into some nail art!

Because of their size, I recommend using nail glue to fasten these, rather than just wet polish and sealing them in with top coat. I also recommend using them over a light base, when I tried them out over black they kind of got washed out and the different colors all looked the same. Still, these have a lovely pearly finish and can make a great accent to a delicate manicure. These can be purchased here

The second item is the thing I was most looking forward to receiving of all of the items- BATS! I love, love, love bats. I don't know what it is about them, but they are my favorite animal, Most people would want bats as a Halloween aesthetic, but honestly I'm happy to wear them all year round!

Once again, I recommend using nail art glue for these, because they are rigid and a little thick for normal nail art glitter. But it is absOLUTELY WORTH IT. They are mainly white with an iridescent pink/teal coating, and they are very sharply detailed. You'll probably see a lot of bats in my upcoming nail art :D The bats can be purchased in a variety of colors here.

If you purchase from the Born Pretty Store, I invite you to use my 10% off code:

Thank you for reading!

Monday, November 17, 2014

NOTD: Glitter and marbles

A while back a friend of mine brought me some polish from the USA, and among the polishes she brought was Sally Hansen Grape Shifter. It's a gorgeous glitterbomb composed mostly of fuschia hexes, bright teal shimmer, and larger silver holo hexes. To showcase the glitter, I decided to create a matching water marble. Water marble accents are the best, because you get the cool effect but since you're just doing a few fingers it takes far less time!

I put two coats of Grape Shifter over a fuchsia base (the same fuchsia that I used in the marble, but I can't remember what it was), but I think it would be fully opaque in three coats. It already was very nearly opaque here!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store stamping plate QA88

I have another cute Born Pretty Store product to show you today, this time a stamping plate!

I love this one because the entire plate is covered in designs, so you can make something unique every time. This design would also probably be really great as a stamp decal, but for today I decided to showcase a simple black stamp of it. That's not to say the nail art is simple though! I created a vertical gradient as the background for this, inspired by art done by A Different Shade of Polish.

The stamping plate was great- the grooves were just right, not too deep and not too shallow, so it created a crisp and even look across my nails. The plate I used to create this look can be found here.

The Born Pretty Store has a huge selection of affordable and cute nail art products, as well as nail polish and other cosmetic related stuff, plus they ship free worldwide! You can also use my discount code -SMBQ10- to receive a 10% discount on all of your purchases:

Disclaimer: These items were provided to me by the Born Pretty Store for my unbiased review
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