Nail Art: Guest Manicure – Angela's Demure Elegance  

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Woohoo! First of all, I would like to thank my readers and followers to make my first 50! To thank you all, I'll be hosting a giveaway! The official giveaway will be announced next week (give me the weekend to source what goodies I'll have for you! Lots of you commented that they can't find crackle polish, so at least ONE item of the giveaway will be the Barry M Instant Nail Effect! Will try to hunt one down for it, it's starting to sell out everywhere!) Okay, onto the manicure...

Angela is back for another guest manicure appearance. She will be a bridesmaid wearing a bright orange dress. The fascinator she's made for the occassion was Chocolate brown with greige accents. I instantly thought of using Butter London Fash Pack, and I thought the micro gold shimmer will be great for this occassion.

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Angela Demure Elegance

I decided to Fauxnad BM20 and BM21 a few random fingers with Sally Hansen Pat on The Back. But thought it was still missing something, then I clicked, "WE NEED MORE BLING!!!!" I quickly place a drop of my newly purchased Gold Glitter Nail Art Striper on a plastic card, then use a flat brush and graced on gradation on a few random fingers. Here's a closer look at her left hand:

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Angela Demure Elegance

This is her right:

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Angela Demure Elegance

Lacquer Used:

Base Colour:Butter London0035Fash Pack3 coats
Gradation Colour: Nail Art Striper Gold Glitter 2 coats
Stamp Plate:Bundle Monster BM13Bundle MonsterBM20Botanical Swirl
Bundle Monster BM13 Bundle Monster BM21 Botanical Swirl
Stamp Colour: Sally Hansen Salon 4120-57 Pat on the Back 1 coat
Topcoats:Seche Vite83005Dry Fast Top Coat1 coat


Fairly simple. Butter London Fash Pack as base colour for all fingers. Left hand, stamp BM21 Botanical Swirl on thumb and similar pattern from BM20 ring finger. Right hand, stamp BM21 on index and BM20 on pinky. With a flat brush create Gold Glitter gradation to left middle and pinky, and right thumb and ring finger. Topcoat. Done.

What do you think of this manicure? Have you been a bridesmaid? What outrageous colours do you have to endure? Any crazy bridesmaid stories?


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Nail Art: Crackle My Corals Manicure  

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This is Barry M's latest Instant Nail Effect crackle varnish in Black Magic. It promises instant nail art with crackle effect on any nail varnish.

Lacquer Boudoir: Nail Art - Crackle My Corals (Barry M Black Magaic Instant Nail Effect)

Here is a closer look:

Lacquer Boudoir: Nail Art - Crackle My Corals (Barry M Black Magaic Instant Nail Effect)

Lacquer Used:

Thumb:L.A. ColorsNP419Shock3 coats
Index Finger: Misa 136 Too Much Gossip 2 coats
Middle Finger: Revlon 093 Tropical Temptation 2 coats
Ring Finger: Barry M 296 Coral 2 coats
Baby Finger: Revlon 990 One Perfect Coral 2 coats
Crackle Colour: Barry M 311 Black Magic 1 coat
Topcoat:Seche Vite83005Dry Fast Top Coat1 coat

For this manicure, I've selected a close range of analogous colours Orange-Yellow to Coral-Red sort of like a Gradation Manicure. Then paint each nail with selected colours. Somehow, my camera couldn't capture the colours well. I always find coral colours are always hard to photo to the true colour.

Application for L.A. Colors Shock was a bit disappointing despite its vibrant almost orange-yellow colour. It applied like a jelly and it dries semi-matte. It needed 3 coats to make opaque. Next time I would definitely build the colour with a yellow varnish first as a base colour.

For best result, let your nails dry first before you put on a thin layer of Barry M Black Magic Instant Nail Effect. If you put on too thick it might not crackle. The most fun of part of the manicure is watch the nails crackle before your eyes! It dries matte and apparently easily flake off if you don't put a topcoat on top.

Barry M Black Magic Instant Nail Effect available now for £3.95.

P.S. Beautyburg is having a first giveaway – Entire set of M.A.C. latest Venomous Villians! Click here to enter!

Do you own any crackle polish? What do you think of this come back? 


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Nail Art: Feature Artist – Ivy Lam  

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Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

My little sister, Ivy Lam (www.ivylammakeup.com), is a professional make-up artist from Toronto, Canada. She has just send me a photo of a nail set she is working on for an upcoming fashion photoshoot, the nails are just too brilliant not to share! I thought of just posting her photo, but wait, she has done some amazing manicures so I've decided to dedicate this blog post to her amazing and inspiring work.

Ivy is amazing at what she does, I'm not just saying this because she's my sister. Her client list includes Valentino, Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Dior, up and coming Canadian designer Lucian Matis, celebrities like Ellen Page, Steve Coogan, Leighton Meester and Canada's Next Top Model, just to name a few.

I remember there was one time when Ivy and I were getting mini-makeovers at Cargo Cosmetics by co-founder Barbara Alexander at Eaton Centre. Think it was around 1996,  I remember Ivy saying to Barbara, "I want to be a make-up artist." Years later, she went on to study Image Arts/New Media at Ryerson University but was not aspired to stay in the new media industry. She decided to follow her dream and became a make-up and hair artist.

This was the photo she sent to me. She didn't give me a list of varnish she has used. Black matte based with shiny French tips, embellished with silver metal studs and chains.

Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

Below are some of her make-up and manicure work:

Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

The below manicure was inspired by Christian Louboutin's signature shoe design with the red sole shoes. The back side of the nail is painted red, top with a shiny black. It's a shame that you can't see clearly from the magazine photo.

Lacquer Boudoir: Feature Artist - Ivy Lam

Yes, I'm a very proud sister. Ivy, you are amazing! x

What do you think of her work? What do you think of this new feature? Who would you like to see feature on here? What did you want to be when you grow up?


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Nail Art: Giuseppe Zanotti Sinful Leopard Manicure  

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I was flipping through my October issue of ELLE (UK Edition) and was mesmerised by this amazing Giuseppe Zanotti AW1011 advert modelled by the gorgeous Anja Rubik. Strong, sexy and dangerous – this designer advert has inspired this week's manicure. I wanted the slick sinful high-shine red against the gold glittering leopard. I also used red glitter to add more glam.

Lacquer Boudoir: Nail Art - Guiseppe Zanotti Red Leopard

Here is my left hand:

Lacquer Boudoir: Nail Art - Guiseppe Zanotti Red Leopard

And here is my right hand:

Lacquer Boudoir: Nail Art - Guiseppe Zanotti Red Leopard

Lacquer Used:

Red Base Colour:FitFlopREDPantone® 200 2 coats
Red Glitter Colour:BarryMNP105Red Glitter 2 coats
Leopard Base Colour: Inglot303(Gold Shimmer) 5 coat
Leopard Stamp Plate:M57KonadM57Leopard
Leopard Pattern Colour:Sinful Colors103Black on Black 1 coat
Leopard Spots Colour: L.A. Colors410Force 1 coat
Topcoat: Seche Vite83005Dry Fast Top Coat 1 coat



I was very excited to use the FitFlop Pantone Red on myself for the first time. It's the PERFECT red and very fitting on this occassion. I really wanted that sinful devil shiny red. I painted my left middle and ring fingers and right index, middle and baby fingers with this. Application is smooth, pigmented, 2 coats was perfect. I did accidentally painted on the wrong finger with this colour, removal was a bit of a pain as this polish is so pigmented. So, watch out.

I initially bought the Inglot 303 (Gold Shimmer) as a gradation colour, a sheer colour that you can build on. Oh boy, on this occassion is it ever sheer. I needed a good 5 coats to get it completely opaque but the result was beautiful shade of gold with perfect micro shimmer. I painted this gold shimmer on left thumb, index and baby finger; right thumb and ring finger.

Then I use BarryM Red Glitter to add to the FitFlop red base to highlight left thumb, ring finger and right pinky. I also use this colour to highlight all the hearts.

I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and the Leopard Stamp from Konad M57 on the gold fingers and highlight some spots with L.A. Colors Force. I had to freehand the leopard pattern on the left thumb.

P.S. I'm 10 followers away to host my first giveaway!


What do you think of this designer inspired manicure? What inspires you?


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Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Zara's Oriental Garden  

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This guest manicure features Zara. I was inspired by this Oriental patterned maxi skirt she was wearing at the time, and here's my interpretation of the pattern. Wished I took a photo of the skirt to show you.

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Zara's Oriental Garden

Here is a closer look:

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: Guest Manicure - Zara's Oriental Garden

Lacquer Used:

Base Colour:Revlon040Fushia Fever2 coats
Flower Colour: Nail Art Pen Baby Pink 1 coat
Rose Highlight Colour: Nail Art Pen Electric Purple 1 coat
Flower Centres: China Glaze 80832 Solar Power 1 coat
Leaves Colour: Nail Art Pen Bright Green 1 coat
White Flowers on Thumb:Nail Art Pen
White1 coat
Topcoats:Seche Vite83005Dry Fast Top Coat1 coat


Application for Revlon Fushia Fever is great, 2 coats leave even and good coverage. Perfect Spring/Summer colour! Colour is vibrant but not neon, if you're into pinks, this is a colour for you.

I added little flowers on inner corner of the nail near the cuticles. Ring finger I did a rose and thumb I freehanded a chrysanthemum flower with two little white flowers next to it. I also added a yellow rhinestone in the middle of the chrysanthemum flower.

This is a great manicure to brighten up the cold and dark Winter-like days we've been having over in the UK.

P.S. Also, I'm planning to have a giveaway in a couple weeks, so watch this space!

What do you think? What inspires you? How do you get inspired?


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Nail Art: AW1011 Heritage Collection - Guest Manicure: Angela's Emerald Stag Cameo  

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Angela returns for another guest manicure appearance. She wanted something that is Autumn like, thought why not try one of the designs from my AW1011 Heritage Collection? From my sample wheel, she picked the little stag cameo. I also wanted to try out one of the new black green colour I recently purchased on a haul.

Lacquer Boudoir - Nail Art: AW1011 Heritage Collection - Angela Emerald Stag

Lacquer Used:

Base Colour:QueenGreen Black3 coats
Ring Finger Base Colour: L.A. Colours NP438 Jungle Fever 2 coats
Cameo Colour: China Glaze 77053 For Audrey 1 coat
Stag and Frame Colour: Barry M 293 Grey 1 coat
White Polka Dots:Nail Art PenWhite1 coat
Topcoats:Seche Vite83005Dry Fast Top Coat1 coat


I love this Queen Green Black lacquer. It actually doesn't even have a colour name for it. I bought this unknown brand in a professional nails supplier store. It looks like a very close match to Nars Zulu from what I've seen online but I don't have it for comparison. It's stunning, it's almost black but green. What a find! Application is a little streaky, it was pretty okay with 2 coats but I put on a 3rd one for good luck.

L.A. Colors Jungle Fever is lovely, a very on-trend peacock colour for this Autumn/Winter. It applies smooth and even. The nail design was all done by freehand. The photo didn't capture all the colours nicely, it was quite late at night just under halogen lighting.

P.S. Oh yes, a very big congratulations to Magic Maid, who recently has 1000 followers, and she's having a ManGlaze Giveaway! I've been wanting to get my hands on ManGlaze for ages!

What do you think of the Heritage Collection? Have you any unknown brand nail lacquer that surprises you?


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