Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Takko Tuesday! - 18k White Gold Top Coat

Happy Takko Tuesday!

Today, I am sharing with you another one of the beautiful top coats from the Takko Lacquer Curiosities and Exquisites Collection.  This is an ongoing collection of creme polishes and fun top coats.  "18k White Gold" is a clean based top coat that is packed with real 18k white gold flakes, white gold microflakies and some white gold shimmer.  It is really beautiful on the nail.  Because it is white gold, it can skate the line between a silvery topper and a pale gold topper.  The shimmer/flakie pay off it good.  It is not too dense to distract from the base color you layer it over or two sparse to not fully cover the nail evenly.  I love how delicate and sophisticated it looks.  I have the white gold topper from OPI called Pure and it doesn't even compare to this takkito!  I am showing you one coat over a bright light blue base (Ask Alice, which is also from Takko) with a glossy top coat.  It's gorgeous!

Takko Lacquer - 18k White Gold Top Coat - McPolish

Takko Lacquer - 18k White Gold Top Coat - McPolish


Pairing silver flaked top coats over blues like this make me think of Tiffany's.  This top coat does cost more than the typical polish because of the actual gold flakes in there.  It sells for $20 and is available right now from the Takko Lacquer shop.  Get yours!


Takko Lacquer Instagram and Twitter
Takko Lacquer stockists: Color4NailsMei Mei Signatures, Femme Fatale


Thanks for stopping by!
 - Amy McG (McPolish)


*products provided by the maker for honest review*

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Inspired by Fashion for the #31DC2016Weekly

Hello!

For this week's prompt, we are doing nail art looks inspired by fashion.  I am never quite sure what to do for this prompt.  So I use inspiration from a specific article of clothing/jewelry?  Do I go with a specific fashion trend or look?  Inspired by a fashion designer?  I don't know,  So I went a little vague and took my inspiration from a fashion trend but put my own spin on it.  Camouflage aka camo print.  We see this used in military battledress, hunting gear and country fashion.  I did my spin on it and added from metallic flare with magnetic polishes.  I have been enamored with Masura magnetic polishes.  They are so multidimensional and mesmerizing in the nail.  I used two colors from the Precious Stones line to create this distressed camo look and I love it how it turned out.

Metallic Camo using Masura magnetic polishes - McPolish - #31DC2016Weekly


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Takko Tuesday - Heart Shaped Box

Happy Takko Tuesday!

Today, I have a older takkito to share with you all.  Takko Lacquer released "Heart Shaped Box" last year as a mystery polish for Valentine's Day.  No one knew what it was when it popped up on the website, so of course everyone had to have it.  But in all honesty, people are grabby hands with every polish put on the Takko Lacquer site.  I never was able to pick this one up during that time but I recently found one in a destash sale and snatched it up.  Yippee!

"Heart Shaped Box" is an icy medium pink with pink/iridescent microflakies, sterling flecks and a soft holographic shimmer.  The formula was very smooth but slightly sheer.  I did three thinner coats with a glossy top coat for these photos.  It is quite reflective and shiny.  I really enjoy the color as most of my pink polishes are on the warmer side.  I am super happy to be able to pick this up.  I am not sure if this will ever be restocked on the Takko Lacquer site but Sheryl does bring back older polishes from time to time.  Be sure to follow Takko's social media to alerts to restocks.

Takko Lacquer - Heart Shaped Box - McPolish

Takko Lacquer - Heart Shaped Box - McPolish

Takko Lacquer - Heart Shaped Box - McPolish


Here is where you can check out Takko Lacquer!

Takko Lacquer Instagram and Twitter
Takko Lacquer stockists: Color4NailsMei Mei Signatures, Femme Fatale


Smooches!
 - Amy McG (McPolish)


*product purchased by me*

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Inspired by a Book for the #31DC2016Weekly

Hi loves!

Late again with the challenge post this week!  I am sorry.  But you can forgive me, right?  This week we are doing nail art inspired by a book.  Last year, I didn't even make it this far into the challenge.  But this was the book I would have chosen.  We all love George R. R. Martin's epic series, A Song of Ice and Fire.  I read the first book in the series, A Game of Thrones, last year after being completely addicted to the television series.  You must have been living under a rock for the past 5 years if you haven't heard of this show.  But the books are so amazing and totally worth the read.  I just finished the second book in the series, A Clash of Kings, this weekend and just could not stop myself from doing nails inspired by it.

A Clash of Kings is all about the war of the 5 kings and all of the major houses in Westeros fighting for the crown.  I used a set of nail water decals that I have had for a few years for this look.  They are the depiction of 5 major houses sigils.  House Stark is a dire wolf's head.  House Lannister is a roaring lion.  House Targaryen is a three headed dragon.  House Baratheon is a stag.  And House Greyjoy is a giant kraken.  I have each of these sigils on my five nails.  The background is a base of Zoya "Chantal" with butter London "All Hail the Queen" dabbed on top with a crumpled piece of plastic wrap.  I like it both with a glossy and matte top coat but the matte version just looks so cool.  It looks like the sigils were burnt into sparkling sandstone.  Love it!

Inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire - Game of Thrones nails - McPolish - #31dc2016Weekly

Inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire - Game of Thrones nails - McPolish - #31dc2016Weekly


Why it has taken me so long to use these decals and do some Game of Throne inspired nails is beyond me.  I do not believe the indie shop that made these decal is still open.  I got these as a gift from Indie500Nails a few years ago.  But you can stalk their Etsy shop and see if they come back (Tentacle Studios).  I love how this manicure turned out.  Do you?  And tell me your favorite character in the series (book or show).


Want to see what other ladies have chosen as their book inspiration?  Check out the #31DC2016Weekly tag on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  Only 7 challenge prompts left!  We are in the home stretch :)


Thanks for stopping by!
 - Amy McG of House McPolish


*products were purchased by me or sent as a gift*

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Cirque Colors - Nordstrom x Vans Pop-In Shop Nail Art Kits

Hello!

I have a fun nail art kits from Cirque Colors to share with you all today.  Cirque Colors has once again teamed up with the Nordstrom Pop- In Shops to provide some fun nail polishes.  This month's Pop-In Shop is featuring Vans for their 50 year anniversary.  These exclusive shops have limited edition products exclusive to the shop.  Cirque Colors took inspiration from some classic Vans shoe designs to create three nail art kits.  Each kit contains two colors from Cirque along with a sheet of nail vinyls to help you create a fun nail art look.  I have all three kits to share with you today.  You will get to see nail art on some super long nails! (well...they may not be long to most people, but they are very long for me)

Cirque Colors - Nordstrom x Vans Pop-In Shop - McPolish



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