Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Post- Debbie @RunningWithLacquer

Hello Lovelies! I hope your weekend was full of joy and fun! I was home attending to my now adenoid free baby. Thank you so much to everyone who prayed for her and sent positive vibes our way. The surgery went well and aside from a little pain here and there, my Baby Bop is doing amazing!

Today's guest post comes from my friend, fellow polish addict, and awesome nail girl Debbie! She and I met through IG where she runs her account called @RunningWithLacquer. Since becoming acquainted several months ago, she and I have become great friends. Debbie is simply a sweetheart and her nails are always flawless. Debbie is one of the members of my little group of polish buddies called 'The Fab 5 Polish Junkies.' We affectionately call her Mama Bear and I am so honored to have her bless us with her gorgeous creations here today. This mani is literally THE BEEZ NEEZ!! LOL! Please follow her on Instagram and help me welcome Debbie to Polished to Precision!

Hello, everyone! My name is Debbie and some of you may know me from IG, where I’m @runningwithlacquer. I was so excited Tiffany asked me to be a guest blogger, but also a little nervous since I've never done this before. I hope you guys like what I’ve chosen to share with you today. I’ve done a fun technique that I think looks amazing and is surprisingly easier than you’d think – a mosaic.

First, I started by painting my nails white. I chose a very white-white, China Glaze “White on White,” because I wanted the colors to really pop against a stark white background. For my first mani I did the mosaic as an accent nail, so after applying two coats of “White on White” I topped the non-accent nails with Lush Lacquer’s “Freckles”. I wanted a lot of glitter so I applied 2-3 coats.

Next, it was time to create the mosaic! Are you ready? It was really not hard, so don’t worry. There are probably several ways to achieve this look, including using a brush and acrylics, but I don’t have those so I used a dotting tool and striper polish. Select one color and with your dotting tool create shapes on your accent nail. I used mostly triangles but remember, a mosaic is made with all sorts of oddly shaped pieces so you don’t need to be perfect.

Select your next color and repeat the process.

Continue creating shapes with your remaining colors, trying to leave a little bit of white space between the colors.

Here is what the accent nail looks like with all shapes. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. As you can see in this photo, some of my colors have even overlapped a little bit. That’s ok, we’ll fix it in just a minute.

Allow the nail polish to briefly dry and then grab your striper polish. This is where the magic happens. Outlining the shapes with your striper polish is what’s going to create those nice crisp lines and the clear distinction between the shapes. In those areas where the white striper actually goes over the colored polish you may need to go back for a second coat. Allow to dry briefly and apply a top coat to let your artwork really shine. (I used HK Girl top coat for this mani.) With patience and a steady hand, here is what your final product will look like.

I ended up loving this mosaic so much I decided to do the rest of my fingers the same way.

So….what do you think? It’s really not hard so I encourage you all to give it a try. Thank you, Tiffany, for allowing me the opportunity to share this technique and I hope you all enjoyed it.

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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Guest Post- Dani From Polish, With Love

Hello lovelies!!! Here today we have another guest blogger!! Dani runs an awesome blog called From Polish, With Love. She and I met through Instagram as I admired her adorable nails and handsome little boys!! I mean..seriously...they are the cutest! Dani is a super sweetheart and was so kind enough to put together this beautiful post with her amazing nail art! Welcome to Polished to Precision Dani!

Hi polish peeps! I'm so excited and honored to be over here at Polished to Precision today! I met Tiffany through Instagram and was super honored when she contacted me to be a guest blogger this week! I look forward to every post of hers because she is a girl who can truly wear any polish!! I love her fun way of writing and she's sure to talk you into any polish with her swatches.

I guess I better introduce myself! I'm Dani and I run the blog From Polish, with Love. I'm a SAHM and wife and I've been blogging for over 2 years now! Along with swatches and reviews I also like to do nail art so that's what I decided to show you today!! I got the inspiration for this mani from a fall decoration that my mom gave me! She knows how much I love owls and I knew as soon as I saw it, it would make some great nail art!!!

For this mani I started off with a base of Zoya Minka which I thought matched the background of the picture perfectly. After I let Minka dry thoroughly I started on the owl. I applied Zoya Bobbi. I then took a striping brush and Zoya Kerry and applied a thin line almost across the whole bottom of the owl but left some space for his wings. I then made an arch with Kerry and connected it to the other side of the line for the owl's feathery belly. I then took another nail art brush and Zoya Darcy and made a small triangle at the top of the arch for the owl's beak. With the same nail art brush but cleaned off I applied OPI's A Roll in the Hague on two spots over top of Darcy for the owl's feet. I then took the striping brush and China Glaze Unplugged and made a few thin lines on top of ARitH for the separation for the owls toes. I then made some lines on each side of the owl for his feathers. I then took a tab of top coat and applied it on the owl's belly. I had some small gold hexes from essence that I applied with a small dotting tool for the glittery belly feathers :-) I then took a larger dotting tool and Zoya Purity and made two dots above the beak for his eyes and two smaller dots with China Glaze Liquid Leather for the pupils. I then took the same striping brush and Kerry to make little wisps for his eyebrows, take the same striping brush but cleaned off and apply a couple stripes of Unplugged over the brows for detail.

For the other nails I took my striping brush and Kerry and made some golden vines and outlined them with Unplugged for definition. Finish off with top coat and you're good to go! I'm really please with how this turned out! Here is the inspiration below!

I just love this picture and it brightens my day every time I look at it!!!

I just love my little harvest owl :-)

I want to thank Tiffany again for having me on her blog!!! Hope you all enjoyed my cute little owl nail art and hope to see you all over my way too!!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Guest Post- Marisa from Polish Obsession

Today I have the lovely Marisa and her beautiful nails as my first guest post! I was super nervous about contacting Marisa about a guest post, but she was a doll a readily agreed. I have adored her nails since I began my blog and IG infatuation and I immediately fell in love with her beautiful pictures and awesome nail art. Let's welcome Marisa to Polished to Precison! Thanks again Marisa!

Hi everyone!!

My name is Marisa and I'm the writer of Polish Obsession.  I'm so happy to be sharing a guest post on Polished to Precision.  Though Tiffany's blog is fairly new, I've been a fan of her nails on IG for quite some time now.

I wanted to do something that was inspired by Tiffany and since she's a huge indie lover like me, I decided to go for one of my beloved indie polishes, Castle Rock by Nubzen Claus.  On my ring finger, I wore Essence Ticket To The Show and added dots with my dotting tool of China Glaze Recycle (gray) and Essence Front Row or Backstage (bronze shimmer).

Artificial Light

Artificial Light

Artificial Light (Light Box)

This is a simple, yet fun look.  I love how the accent nail mimics the colors of Castle Rock.  What do you guys think of this mani?  Do you mix indies with mainstream brands on your nails?

Thanks so much for having me Tiffany!

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Guest Post- Lakeisha from Refined & Polished

Hello lovelies!! Today I have the first post in a mini series of guest bloggers. I have SOOOOO much going on right now and I really want to keep you all in the loop. In addition to the rigor of my normal life, this week has been full of dental surgery, doctors appointments, my aunt passed away on Wednesday, and today my baby girl has surgery. What now? I know... my Kendi has been through so much in these short 2 years of her life. Today she is having her adenoids removed, which should improve her breathing and speech. This leads me to our guest blogger for today...

Lakeisha from Refined and Polish is MY GIRL!!! Lakeisha comes up with simple, elegant, and refined ( fitting) color combos and nail art. She also pairs her posts with fashion and she has a very keen eye! This girl is KAUTE!! She has inspired and assisted me in the starting of my blog and she is always available for tips and advice. Most importantly, Lakeisha and I have become friends. She is a darling, very talented, and a successful speech pathologist. She has been very helpful in providing support and her professional opinion with issues faced by my Kendi Pooh. I am so thankful that the nail community has allowed us to come together in so many aspects of our lives. Furthermore, she is a fellow NOLE!! Go FSU!

Hey dolls! I run a little corner of the nail blogosphere called Refined and Polished. It's my pleasure to provide a guest post for Tiffany, my little blogging protegee! We've become great friends over the last year and I love seeing Polished to Precision blossom. Tiffany knows that my go to nail art consists of polka dots and striping tape. I decided to switch things up, since I knew that's what she would be expecting. I haven't done a jelly sandwich in a few weeks and I really wanted to do one that was dark, but included a lot of sparkle.

This look started with two coats of Zoya Frida, a gorgeous teal jelly. Next, I added two coats of Cirque French Roast, a fine brown shimmer in a clear base. For the sparkle factor, I added one coat of Cult Nails Center of Attention, a rose pink and yellow gold glitter. Finally, to complete the sandwich, one more coat of Zoya Frida was added.

I adore the way this jelly sandwich looks. All of the different sizes of glitter give it so much depth. I've never seen anything like it, which is why I love creating my own jelly sandwiches. You get the indie-esque look using polishes you already have at home. I always love to merge fashion with nail polish and teal is definitely a shade I'm looking forward to wearing more of this fall. If you'd like to see more of my looks, feel free to check me out on Refined and Polished, Instagram, or Facebook. Thanks again Tiff and I hope you like this look!

Teal + Pink

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

A Box, Indied: Jindie Nails Screaming Halloween Review

Press Sample

Hello Lovelies!!!! I am super excited and extremely nervous about today's post!! Why? Well, I have the opportunity to review Jindie Nails Screaming Halloween! As you all know, I LOVE Jindie Nails! Jen and her polishes hold a special place in my heart, as she is super sweet, amazingly talented, and has also become a good friend of mine! Jen has been super supportive of my blog and I am so thankful for this opportunity.

A Box, Indied  is the new subscription polish box that is being offered by Llarowe. These are the details from the Llarowe website:

A themed monthly subscription box containing 5 exclusive full sized polishes from 10 collaborating indie polish makers. These polishes will not be offered elsewhere. Polish makers will rotate into each month's offering and each month will contain 5 different polishes from 5 of the polish makers. Each month's box wil be packed in a black gift box labeled "A Box, Indied." The indie polish makers involved in this collaboration are:

Black Cat Lacquers
Different Dimension
Dollish Polish
Ethereal Lacquer
Freak Show Polish
Jindie Nails
Liquid Sky Lacquer
Polish Me to Go
Wicked Polish
As you can see, this list of collaborators ROCKS!!! These are all very well respected and creative brands. I am sure this will be a blast! Screaming Halloween is the Jindie Nails contribution to the introductory October box. Halloween is the theme of this month's polishes, well, because it's in October (duh!) It is a really creative mix of glitters with Jen's signature crelly formula and glitter combos. Check it out...more deets below.
Screaming Halloween
The base is a really funky (in a good way!) chartreuse(ish), yellow(ish), green(ish) color. It has a blend of black crescents, multiple colored stars, multiple colored and sized dots, black diamonds, and various hints of micro shimmer. Whew!! What's even more amazing than all of these glitters? The formula is great! It goes on with great color payoff in 2 coats. I did place some glitters (just because I like them dispersed in different areas) but I did NOT have to fish at all. 
Jindie Nails Screaming Halloween
I did use a coat of Gelous to smooth out the surface of the glitter before adding topcoat. I used my HOLY GRAIL...HK Girl Topcoat by Glisten & Glow and it all came out perfectly!
Screaming Halloween
Here's an close up shot so you can see the detail in the polish.
Jindie Nails Screaming Halloween
As I stated above, this polish is exclusive to the A Box, Indied sold by Llarowe. Be sure to check out all of the awesome brands that are participating and sign up for the subscription. The subscription goes on sale today and can be purchased on a monthly bases for $50 (with no commitment) or as an actual subscription allowing the purchase of multiple month's at once. Your credit card will be charged at the end of each month and you also have the option to opt out if needed. Check out Llarowe on Facebook and the Website for more details.

Also, be sure to follow Jindie Nails on FacebookTwitterInstagram, & Pinterest. Stay tuned for more awesome pics of the Jindie Nails Fall Chic Collection.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

31DC2013 Day 24: Inspired by a Book

Hello lovelies!!! Today is day 24...7 days to go!! Yay! Almost there. These inspiration days are really making me think. Having a lack of creativity really shows up during these challenge days. Today I have a mani that is inspired by a book. Again, my inspiration comes from my little kiddos and I have a gorgeous polish to show you. I think you will like this!

I started with 2 coats of OPI I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw. This is shown without topcoat.
OPI I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw
The polish I am featuring is called The Cat in the Hat by Above the Curve Nail Polish. This is a deep blue jelly with load of large white hexes, small white bars, red hexes, and white micro shimmer. This is absolutely gorgeous!

Above the Curve The Cat in the Hat
It was topped with HK Girl Topcoat for a smooth finish and high shine gloss.
Above the Curve The Cat in the Hat
So that's all I have for my mani inspired by a book. Dr. Seuss is classic and I am sure many of you grew up loving these books and probably read them to your children now. My boys loved Dr. Seuss when they were younger and now my baby girl loves them!! Of course, I have to read them repeatedly, so I practically know them by heart!

That's all folks....

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Monday, September 23, 2013

31DC2013 Day 23: Inspired by a Movie

Hi there lovelies!!! Today's post continues my participation in the 31 Day Nail Challenge. As indicated in the title of this post, my mani is inspired by a movie. Anyone who knows me, is aware of the fact that I am NOT a movie person. Give me CNN, HGTV, The Golden Girls, and The Big Bang Theory and I'm a happy camper!! I truly had no idea what to do for a movie inspired mani, so I received help from some of my girlfriends. Yes...they are nail freaks too!! Hehe... Anyway, they reminded me that a lot of my polishes from Dollish Polish are inspired by movie themes and characters. Who knew, right? Well...I guess I was the only one who didn't! Shameful, I know. But I am not at all embarrassed. Check out what I found in my stash...

Again, you all know I have 3 little kiddos. My sons are 8 and 9 years old and completely obsessed with Sponge Bob Square Pants. So, good ole' faithful Dolly created a cutesy polish called Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea? I believe this is where the kids yell....SPONGE BOB SQUARE PANTS!!! This polish is a white crelly base with bright pink stars, white micro glitters, teal dots, and gold glitter. Cute, huh?! I used 2 light coats over Essie Marshmallow. 
Dollish Polish Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea
For my index and pinky fingers I used two coats of Illamasqua Collide. This pink is gorgeous and went on like butta baybaay!! LOL!
Illamasqua Collide and Dollish Polish Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?
So there you have movie inspired mani. Yes...I do believe Sponge Bob has also made movies. In case I am wrong (and obviously too lazy to Google), consider this mani, inspired by my kids' favorite cartoon. Yeah...I changed the challenge...hehe!

Bye Bye now!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Slacking much?

Hello lovelies!!! I am so happy you are still here with me. Yes..I went M.I.A. a few days last week, but the truth just got in the way a bit. I have been dealing with issues with a HORRIBLE toothache and am I finally able to get it all handled on Monday. So please say a prayer, meditate, do a hymn, or make a sacrificial offering in my name! (He he!!) Anyway, I have continued to keep up with the nail challenge posts, with the exception of the watermarble that was for day 20. Honestly...watermarbling just isn't for me!!! I wasted 2 1/2 hours of my life only to end with 2 white nails and tape around my fingers...<insert horribly embarrased emoticon here> After a moment of self-refection, I came to the conclusion that this particular technique is not for me!! At that point...I kept it moving to the next day! I have 2 days of the challenge in this post!

Day 21 of the 31 Day Nail Challenge was for nails inspired by a color. As I have mentioned before (and is also quite apparent from my blog template), PURPLE is my absolute favorite color in the world!! I love purple anything...nails, clothes, makeup, whatever!! For this mani, I began with 2 coats of Zoya Mira, which is a beautiful dusty purple creme. I added two coats of Whimsical Ideas by Pam's Persian Violets to all except my ring finger.

Whimsical Ideas by Pam Persian Violets
To finish, I stamped my ring finger with white polish and Pueen plate 4. I then added China Glaze Fairy Dust to the stamped nail. I finished the look with 2 coats of HK Girl Topcoat!!

Day 22 of the 31 Day Nail Challenge calls for nails inspired by a song. Well, as many of you know, my daughter is 2 years old and one of her favorite songs is the 'ABC Song.' Seriously...she insists on singing it repeatedly!! I am so happy that she loves learning (yes, she can say her entire alphabet!!), but geesh.... Anywho, this is the song that came to mind when thinking of an inspiration for this mani. I decided to try a technique that I had not yet attempted, plus it seems fairly simple for an amateur such as myself!! I used this Tutorial by All Lacquered Up to create my chalkboard nails mani.

Mentality Rascal (matte black)
I started with 2 coats of Mentality Rascal. When thinking of which polish to use, this immediately came to mind. This polish is a perfect matte black and the finish truly resembles that of a brand new chalkboard. I LOVE IT!! I added the various designs to each nail to create a youthful and somewhat whimsical appearance.

Pure Nail Lacquer Lucid
After it was complete, I added a matte topcoat to give all of the other polish colors a matte finish. Ta-Da!!! I really like this look and I will be certain to try this again soon.


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Thursday, September 19, 2013

31DC2013 Day 19: Galaxy Nails

Hello Lovelies!! Today's challenge really tested my ability to step outside of my comfort zone. I am happy that I attempted it, but I definitely need more practice with this type of nail art. To assist me in creating this manicure, I used an awesome tutorial by The Nailasaurus. This blog is run by a super sweet and very talented young lady from the United Kingdom. I am sure you will find multiple looks that you would love! Additionally, she has some awesome tutorials and her creativity is amazing! Here we go...

I used SOOOOO many polishes for this mani, so I will just list them here:
- Bondi Botanical Beauty (base)
- Illamasqua Milf (mint green)
- Zoya Piaf (shimmering metallic yellow)
- Zoya Jo (periwinkle blue w/shimmer)
- Butter London Fishwife (turquoise & sage holo)
- Elevation Echinops (lavender holo)
-Sally Hansen White On! (white...duh!)
-HK Girl Topcoat (quick dry/high gloss)
-Pure Nail Polish Simplify It! (matte topcoat)

I started with 2 coats of my base polish, Bondi Botanical Beauty, a soft pinkish lilac creme with a perfect formula. Here it is without topcoat. This polish truly shines on it's own.
Bondi Botanical Beauty
I then followed each of the steps (although not as precisely) provided in The Nailasourus' tutorial. I decided not to show and detail each step, since there is NO WAY I could even come close to the amazing job she did on this mani and tutorial.

Here is what my finished product looked like with the glossy finish topcoat...
Galaxy Nails (glossy)
Here is the mani mattified...
Galaxy Nails (matte)
Although there is definitely a lot of room for improvement, I am pleased with my first attempt at this type of nail art. What do you think? Have you ever done a galaxy nail art mani?
                          Glossy                                                                             Matte                                         Do you prefer the matte or glossy finish with this mani? Let me know in the comments below.      


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

31DC2013 Day 18: Half Moons

Hello all!!! Today's challenge post was a newbie for me! I have NEVER done a half moon mani....EVER. This mani was really fun and I enjoyed the outcome. In the future, I hope to be able to add more designs to the half moons. You know what I mean...maybe some stripes, stamps, glitter. We will see how that goes. Anyway, continue reading for details on how I achieved this look.

I started with a base using 3 coats of OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous, a dark gunmetal foil polish, It was more sheer than I expected, but the 3 coats were totally worth the effort. I added HK Girl Topcoat and allowed to completely dry before moving to the next step.
OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous
To add the half moons, I purchased reinforcement stickers from the stationary section in Wal-Mart. Here they are.

Once the base color was completely dry, I applied the reinforcement sticker to the base of my nail. Be sure it is completely adhering to the entire nail, to ensure a crisp edge and no blending of the colors. I completely forgot to photograph this step...SORRY! After this was done, I applied Sinful Shine Dark Room to the top of the nail and slightly overlapping the reinforcement sticker. I peeled the sticker off in the direction of the circle, while the black polish was still wet. I did each nail individually, to prevent any drying of the polish while completing them all.. Once done, I added topcoat to each nail.

The last step was to spruce it up a tad! I added 4 round silver studs from Pueen Cosmetics to the outline of the half moon on my ring finger. I added topcoat to seal the studs onto the nail.

TA-DA!!! What do you think? I am really happy with the outcome, especially since this was my first try. As I stated earlier, I look forward to attempting half moons again and adding more creativity. Have you ever done this type of nail art? What colors did you use?


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