Monday, August 14, 2017

House Of Neptune: Mermaid's Lair and Treasures Of The Second Son

As promised, today I have pictures from the House Of Neptune Collection.  I used two of the polishes from the collection.  Mermaid's Lair is a sparkly blue jelly based glitter polish with a high metallic shine like the tail of a mermaid.   Treasures Of The Second Son is a sandy neutral multi-glitter topper.

Of course I had to do a mermaid theme of sorts.
Ciao Bellas!

Mermaid's Lair and Treasures Of The Second Son

Mermaid's Lair, three coats

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Sneak Peak: House Of Neptune Collection

Hi friends,

Today I have a sneak peak at the soon to be available Little Black Dress House Of Neptune Collection.
A little sea, a little sand, and a lot of sea foam.  This manicure uses three of the four polishes in the collection.

Why Neptune? Well, who doesn't love the stories in Greek Mythology?  I can't get enough of them.  So, several months ago, I found myself a bit absorbed in reading the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan.  I know, the books are for kids, but come on, give me a break. I like Mythology, and Rick spins a great tale. In the series, the main character, Percy is the demigod son of Poseidon, which became my inspiration for this collection.  By the way, Neptune is the Roman counterpart for Poseidon, hence, House Of Neptune. 

In the next week or two, I hope to showcase the collection so continue to follow my blog or join me on Facebook .

Ciao for now!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Time For Design

Hi friends,
I guess it's not a far stretch to imagine that I haven't had a lot of time to put into nail art lately.  This week my nails started talking to me.  They were quite rude too.   "We're sick of that acetone stuff you use, you mistreat us!", they yelled.  So,  I returned to using a peel off base coat, and gave them a little pampering, which appeased them for a while.  Then the grumbling and complaining started again. This time they wanted a real manicure with nail art. "... not where you just paint one hand for pictures either,  we want to be pretty and presentable to the public!"  Ok, so I had to agree,  it's been a while since I took my time and settled down for a little nail art time.  Funny how it took me longer to figure out what design to do than it took to paint it. 

My nails are now at peace. They're satisfied with the 'oohs and ahhs' they received from coworkers (who were probably relieved to see that I finally did something with them). 

I used polishes from the new LBD Summer Holo Gemstones collection, and a black polish by Wet n Wild.

Ciao for now!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

National Cleanse Your Skin Week

Hi ladies,  

Relax,  I'm not advertising for Neutrogena, or any skin care company.  No,  today I'm shedding a little light on an important subject that non-beauty gurus might find useful.  Don't worry, I'm no beauty authority figure myself,  but I do take care of my skin... the skin on my face,  I mean.  

Think about it, 10 years from now,  what will people see when they look at you?  How about 20 years from now?  That's right, your face.  And guess what ladies? In 10 or 20 years from now your lovely face is not going to look the same as it does now.  Shocker, right?  You might want to take notes.  

Wether you keep Mac and Clinique in business or if you go au natural, it's important to take care of your skin. Again,  I have to reiterate here that I'm no authority figure on the subject. So don't expect a list of fancy,  expensive products and gadgets from me. I can tell you now that you'll be disappointed.  Nothing fancy here guys. A simple daily cleanser, gentle enough for babies, a little witch hazel for toner, and a self blended mixtire of jojoba oil and vitamin E to moisturize.  See,  nothing fancy.  Use what works for your skin. I use a weekly mask for moisture and that's about it.  That's my routine. 

Here are some suggestions on simple skin care. Cleanse, tone, and moisturize daily. You can give yourself facials or go to a spa for treatments regularly.  Wear sunscreen to protect your skin and stay well hydrated. 

Maybe you do some of these things,  or most of these things,  but just not regularly.  That's ok, just find that combination that works best for you. 

This week brings a little national reminder to treat your skin well.  Wether its your face, or your entire body,  your skin is important. 

Ciao for now Bellas!

Nail polish is Pink Tourmaline Holo by Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer.  Find it here, or shop the Little Black Dress Nail Lacquer shop for more polishes. 

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

New Holographic Summer Trio by LBD
Summer Holographic Gemstone Trio

Hi Ladies!
It's been too long, but, boy oh boy do I have news for you.  Today LBD Nail Lacquer released a holographic trio that might knock your socks off... or stockings, or whichever you're wearing.  This collection is part one of two sets.  The second trio will be released this fall.

Obviously this collection was inspired by Earth's crystal treasures,  but here's my inspiration story.   As I was digging through a bag of old, forgotten jewellery,  I came across a pair of gold sandstone earrings that I adored. I can't figure out why I had stored them away.  I polished them up and put them on and eagerly scanned through my closet to find something to go with them. I know, traditionally you're supposed to match accessories to outfits, but I love accessories more than clothes so I find outfits to go match my accessories. Weird, right?

Years ago I used to make jewelry. I had to set my hobby aside due to time constraints and circumstances, but as I stared at those stones the jewelry making bug bit me and I thought, "Wouldn't it be great if I could merge my two favorite things--  making jewelry and making nail polish?"  The best I could come up with was to make a gold sandstone polish to match the earrings. I decided I liked the holo polish and made a few more, representing a couple more of my favorite crystals. And that's how the story goes.

Click on the pics below for more information about each polish and the set.
Ciao Bellas!
Yellow Citrine Holo
Gold Sandstone Holo
Pink Tourmaline Holo