JINsoon Obsidian Swatches

Wednesday, July 30, 2014


I haven't done swatches in a really, really long time, but this week ended up being a little crazy. (I've been playing in the pit orchestra for a musical!)
I did have time to get something on my nails though...

Sorry there are so many pictures, but I felt like this polish needed to be admired from all angles! Shown is three coats + top coat.

It's a galaxy in a bottle

So much sparkly wow

This is a black polish with "striking galaxy-like flecks" as JINsoon.com describes it; I agree. In dim lighting, the glittery flecks look like white/silvery specks, but in brighter light or sunlight they seem almost holographic. The flecks seem to be mostly purple-toned, but there's gold, green, and blue in there too (they really pop in the last photo). In the bottle it looks really purply, but on the nails it's far less noticeable.

Application was good. I had to use three coats for full coverage, which is a little uncommon for a black polish, but it didn't flood my cuticles and dried quickly unlike many thinner dark polishes. 

So far I've had it on for 6 days with only a little tip wear. I used the 99 cent NYC top coat, so I think the fact that it's lasted for 6 days with no chipping is pretty remarkable.

While this polish does retail for $18, I haven't found anything like it in the drugstore (and I spend a lot of time in drugstores, haha) so if you're into dark holo-y polishes it's definitely worth it.

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

Nail Polish Canada's Great Polish Giveaway of 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I have a quick post just to let you know about this super exciting thing that is happening:
Nail Polish Canada is hosting a huuuuge giveaway and we get to pick the prizes!

I chose to add Zoya Tomoko because it's so shiny and gorgeous!

Photo from Nail Polish Canada -- here

How it works:
If you're a blogger and you want to add a prize to the giveaway & host an entry form on your blog:
 1. Fill out the form here
2. You'll receive an email from Nail Polish Canada in the next few hours giving you the HTML for a Rafflecopter widget and giveaway link button, and telling you what to do in your post about the giveaway
3. Enter in the actual giveaway here
4. Enter below and wherever else you find bloggers hosting entry forms (like Hey, Darling Polish)

If you just want to enter the giveaway:
1. Enter on the Nail Polish Canada site here
2. You can also enter once on each blog that adds a shade to the prize -- the only two I know of so far are Hey, Darling Polish (enter here) and myself

Many thanks to Marisa of Hey, Darling Polish for sharing this opportunity!

If you have any questions let me know! And tell me if you add a prize and host an entry form on your blog so I can submit more entries :)))
Lucy xx

Tropical Nails


Like my last post, today's nail art is also summery -- this time with a tropical feel!

tropical nail art
Polishes Used
Deborah Lippmann Tip Toe Through the Tulips | Deborah Lippmann Laughin' to the Bank | Deborah Lippmann Spring Buds | Wet n Wild French White Creme | red acrylic paint

A few weeks ago, I visited the Barnes Foundation art collection in Philadelphia. They had a couple of Rousseau's famous jungle paintings, and when I saw them I knew I wanted to translate the feel onto my nails.
I couldn't figure out how to translate them in a way that would also be beautiful until I saw a design Pshiiit Polish did awhile ago (her photography and nails are amazing, by the way -- if you haven't already, check out her blog or Instagram). 
I simplified her original design to make it more Rousseau-like, and also because I'm not as skilled with a nail art brush as she is :")

tropical nail art

tropical nail art
Weird crop oops

Deborah Lippmann Laughin' to the Bank swatch
If you say Deborah Lippmann Laughin' to the Bank is not gorgeous, I don't know who you are

Who are the nail artists/artists you look to for inspiration?

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

Gold Summer Nails

Sunday, July 13, 2014


It's been in the mid-90s all week where I live! I thought that called for some summer nail art...

summer nail art
Polishes Used:
JINsoon Coral Peony | Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy | Wet n Wild French White Creme | NYC Hamptons Peach | Wet n Wild On a Road Trip | Deborah Lippmann Blue Orchid | Deborah Lippmann Spring Buds | Nails Inc Queen Victoria Street

I've been seeing the tape cross pattern on my middle finger everywhere on Instagram in the last couple of months, and I finally got around to recreating it! 
The tape placement was trickier than I expected. Also, by the time I had filled in the non-taped spaces with polish, other parts of the polish had dried and so the tape made the polish all wonky when I pulled it up. It gives it a kind of distressed, old-gold sort of look -- I can live with it, I guess.

summer nail art
That's Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy. It's gorgeoussss

For some reason this reminds me of something by Lilly Pulitzer. It's not floral and pastel like their signature pieces, but it just kind of feels Lilly-ish. Hmm.

JINsoon Coral Peony swatch
Coral Peony is gorgeous too :O

In other news, I redesigned the blog for like the 500th time! I added fancy drop down menus and sticky navigation and a new related posts widget and some other not-as-fun stuff, I hope you guys like it!!

Thanks for reading!
Lucy xx

Urban Outfitters Daisies & Half Moons

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Once again, I've taken an accidental hiatus from the blog, oops! But I'm back now and that's all that *really* matters, right?

Whenever I go shopping, I can't resist picking up some new polish. I was recently at Urban Outfitters and they were having a sale -- 2 polishes for $8! Considering their polishes are usually $5 apiece, I decided that it was totally worth it. I chose a nice pinkish nude (which I'll show you soon cause it's gorgeous) and a clean pale gray shade.

The pale gray shade has a name that starts with "LAR" and ends with "R" but the label peeled off so I'm not exactly sure what it's called. For some reason they don't put the polish names on their website, and I can't find any swatches of it! :(

I wanted to do something really elegant and modern-feeling because this shade just seems so clean and modern.

Urban Outfitters nail polish
Polishes Used:
Urban Outfitters pale gray?? | Nails Inc Queen Victoria Street | white acrylic paint | Claire's black beads
I didn't have any hole reinforcements so I just freehanded the half moons. They came out okay, I guess!

 The Nails Inc. foil polish got kind of crinkled cause I didn't wait long enough for it to dry before top coat, but I kind of like the crinkled effect.

Urban Outfitters nail polish
:O It's my thumb?!?!

Urban Outfitters nail polish

The white daisies didn't show up too well in the photos :\

Urban outfitters nail polish

Now for two items of business:

First, I think I mentioned this a few posts ago but Franziska of Frankie Hunters Nails and I are organizing some sort of blogger collaboration group! We were thinking a couple of manicure prompts a month, nothing too demanding :) Let me know if you're interested!

And second, my blogiversary is coming up! I published my first post on August 1, 2013. What do you guys think I should do for my blogiversary? (I don't think a giveaway would be possible D:)

Thanks for reading, and I hope your summers are going great!
Lucy xx