Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars

Hello everyone!

I am so excited to share this nail art with you today!! Recently, I was on Pinterest browsing through. I came across a few manis inspired by the New York's #1 Bestseller, The Fault In Our Stars. I just finished the book a couple days ago, which I HIGHLY recommend. The writing in this book is absolutely phenomenal, full of intelligence and thought provoking statements. John Green, is an excellent author, who also takes part in a Youtube channel, VlogBrothers.

In honor of the trailer coming out today, I decided to take my shot at some nails! I decided to use two symbols, that play a big part in the book. If you haven't read it, you may not understand. Just enjoy the nail art!

So I know this probably isn't the best writing ever, but I tried. I am super proud of the way they turned out! For the base I used Sally Hansen Blue Me Away. For the polka dot gradient, I used Wet N' Wild Black Creme and A Blank Canvas. The rest is black and white acrylic paint.

I think they turned out pretty well! I really love how the dotted gradient came out too! What do you all think of these? Have you read the book!?

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Lust Nail Lacquer- T.N.T., Halo, and Supernova!

Hello everyone!!

As I type this, I am watching The 56th Grammy Awards! I absolutely love seeing everyone's beautiful dresses! Ok, onto the polish!

Recently I found a newer indie polish called Lust Nail Lacquer! Her polishes looked beautiful and I new I had to have a few! I decided to pick up T.N.T., Halo, and Supernova, all beautiful glitter polishes! I love the formula of these polishes, not too thick but not too thin. All of them also dry in a pretty good amount of time! I'll have to say, I really do love these!

T.N.T. is a beautiful glitter packed polish! The description of this polish reads, "Explosive holographic glitter bomb. Purple , pink, gold, silver and teal holo glitters make up this wonderfully sparkling polish." I started with a base of Sinful Colors Sugar N' Spice and then used two coats of T.N.T. on top. Words can't even explain how beautiful this polish is! 

Next up is Halo! This polish is a gorgeous gold glitter topper with small gold hexes and micro gold holographic glitters! I decided to layer this polish over Color Club Blue Ming.

Last but not least is Supernova! This holographic glitter topper is filled with small silver holographic glitters! I layered one coat of Supernova over Essie Go Ginza. This was hard to capture on camera, but it super pretty!

I would highly recommend Lust Nail Lacquer! You can visit her site at or go directly to her shop to purchase some of her polishes! Super great customer service and I am super happy with my polishes! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!! 


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ciate- Pepperminty and Members Only

Hello everyone!!

So today I have one of the last few posts of my little Ciate series for you! Pepperminty and Members Only were my polishes of choice! I didn't know if these two would make a good combination, but I went for it anyway.

First up I have Pepperminty! I absolutely love blue polishes, especially teal polishes like this one! For full opacity I used three coats.

I decided to layer Members Only over Pepperminty. I didn't really know how they would look together, but I think I like the way they turned out!

What do you think of this combo? Thank you so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Ciate- Fit For A Queen and Sugar Plum

Hey dolls!

I love swatching polishes, but after swatching for so long, one can only get tired of it! For today's two  Ciate polishes I decided to do some simple nail art with them! Fit For A Queen and Sugar Plum go beautifully together!

Sugar Plum is the beautiful purple! This went on so smoothly and only took two coats! Fit For A Queen is a silver polish that almost looks metallic. It also only required two coats! To make the lines, I just used a few pieces of striping tape that I bought on Amazon.

I am in love with this combo!! What do you think about it?

Recently on Instagram, I have been seeing SO many nail art posts. I have been so inspired lately, and no time to put it on my nails! I have a running list of ideas, so watch out for some of those coming up!

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Ciate- Boudoir, Snow Globe, and Christmas Tree Caviar!

Hello everyone!

I hope all of you are having an excellent week so far! Thank goodness it is almost Friday! Today I have two polishes and one caviar to share with you all! These colors should have probably been worn in December, as they all can be Christmas colors!!

The first color that I have is a gorgeous red,  Boudoir! This went on so smoothly, and had great coverage! I don't think anyone can have enough reds!

Next I decided to add Snow Globe on top of Boudoir! I had to fish a bit to get some of the iridescent flakes. This was super hard to capture on camera!

I have never tried a caviar polish/glitter before! I didn't really know how it was going to turn out, but overall I like the way it looks! I don't think I would wear this for everyday purposes, just for the fact that the little pearls would most likely fall off during the day! This Christmas Tree Caviar would have been perfect for Christmas, hence the name!

I think it looks super cool! What do you all think about it!? Thank you all so much for stopping by!


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Ciate- Hopscotch and Encore!

Hello everyone!

Today I have two gorgeous orange shades from Ciate to show you! These polishes are very similar, and I mean like one is only a few shades darker!!

Hopscotch is almost like a neon orange, but not quite. It is a very intense orange though! This is two coats plus topcoat!

Encore! is a darker more burnt orange. This polish was super thick, but it also made for a great one coater!!

I'm not a big fan of oranges, but I do really like these two polishes!!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Ciate- Pillow Fight and Party Shoes

Hello everyone!!

Today I have two more Ciate polishes to show you guys!! I picked a creme and a glitter that I think go somewhat well together!!

First up is Pillow Fight! I really really like this grey! It kind of leans more toward a dark grey, but not too dark. Shown is two coats and top coat.

I think this glitter is really unique!This one is called Party Shoes! I didn't really know what it would look good over, but I decided to just put it over Pillow Fight! It has gold glitters and blue-ish purple iridescent glitters in a clear base! This is one coat.

How are you all liking these swatches? I'm having fun doing them!! Thanks so much for reading!


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Ciate- Locket and Ferris Wheel

Hey everyone!!

So this is the second installment in my little Ciate series!! Today I have two polishes to show you all, Locket and Ferris Wheel! Let's jump right in!!

Locket is a silver polish with little silver glitters in it! Im not really a fan of the way this looks, and it was hard to apply. over all I would give it a 3 out of 5. By the time cleanup rolled around I was over it, hence the uneven cuticle! Shown is 2 coats with a thick topcoat.

Next up is Ferris Wheel. Whenever I saw the bottle I thought the polish was going to be a little darker, but I like the pastel blue! For full opacity I used 3 coats. The formula is pretty nice and is easy to apply!

Thank you all so much for stopping by!


Sunday, January 5, 2014

Red and Gold Classic

Hello Everyone!

I hope everyone is doing fine! I also hope that everyone who is currently in the midst of the snow storms is ok!! Temperatures are dropping rapidly here, with expected snow! I love snow and all its beauty, don't get me wrong, but the temperatures are just biting!

Ok, any who! I sat down, not knowing what to paint, and came up with this classic red, gold, and black combination! I think this look is perfect for a night out!

For the red, I used Revlon Revlon Red. The stunning gold glitter is China Glaze I'm Not Lion. Then I just used different sized dotting tools to make the dots over Wet N' Wild Black Creme.

Thank you all so much for stopping by! If you haven't already, go check out my Instagram! @polishedbyrachel


Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ciate- Kiss Chase, Jingle Belle, & Serendipity

Hello everyone!

I can't believe that 2014 is here! 2013 went by in a flash! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Years!

So as most of you know, in December I did the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge! Having a schedule and something to go by kept me posting regularly! Since posting went so well, I have decided to do another "scheduled" type event! Ciate did another Mini Mani Month advent calendar this year! I was in the mall after Christmas, I saw that it was half off, and I knew I could do something with it!!

I have decided to swatch two polishes every Tuesday and Thursday for the month of January! Luckily it divides evenly and I'll have two Ciate swatches every Tuesday and Thursday! The colors that came in this advent calendar are super pretty and I am excited to wear them!! Ok, on to the first two polishes!!

First up is Kiss Chase! This pink is absolutely stunning! I think it would look really good during the summer with a tan! Shown is two coats.

The calendar comes with a few glitters and caviar beads, so those will be randomly incorporated in some posts! Jingle Belle is sort of a pinkish iridescent glitter! I'm not that big of a fan, but it is pretty!

And last but not least, Serendipity! This pink glitter is almost completely opaque in one coat. It dries SUPER quick though, like within just a few seconds of a brush stroke. Shown is one coat over Kiss Chase.

Thanks so much for reading!! Stay tuned to see more Ciate swatches this month!