Literary Lacquers Group Custom “Some Glad Morning.”

Today I am blogging about a polish that is special to me for several reasons. Once again I’ve collaborated with Amy at Literary Lacquers and that alone is a good day! But! This time I requested a custom of my own. I am a teal to cyan girl all the way. Sky colors, marine colors, even angelic colors. (don’t you doubt me!) :p
When I get an image in my head of my mom she is singing the song “I’ll Fly Away.”
She sang me to sleep with it, she sang it in church and she sang it when she was feeling stressed. I never thought of it as a sad song, but a very happy one! When I visualize this song I see a bright beautiful cyan blue and I decided to name my polish “Some Glad Morning.”
In many versions of “I’ll Fly Away”, particularly my favorite which is this one by Alison Crouch, people tend to sing “Some bright morning” but the original hymn written by Albert E. Brumley in 1929 says “Some glad morning” and that is how I remember it being sang back as far as I can remember.

When Amy sent me a test shot of the polish I fell in love. I then posted a bottle shot in her fabulous group Literary (&) Lacquers and you can guess what happened! Everyone else fell in love with it too! At first I didn’t want to share it. I won’t lie, it was an entire sentimental process. My mom is getting old and I am 3,000 miles away, just thinking of her sometimes brings a tear to my eye. Before I moved from Missouri to Alaska I saw my mother at the very least every other day. We’d sit on her porch swing and talk, take a ride to Sonic and get a cherry slush, happy days.
But I knew that Amy had worked very hard on this, had rushed it through just for me and I knew my mama would want me to share. So we decided to make it a group custom. You can only buy this polish if you are a member of the group Literary (&) Lacquers, and I get a feeling it is going to triple in size real quick!
I am going to flood you with photos here in a sec but before I do I want to tell you a bit about the polish itself. When I first put it on I thought “This isn’t my polish, this is teal, and what a teal it is!” I can’t stop staring at it! I am obsessed with mermaids (duh) and this is the same color as you would imagine a mermaid’s tail to be! It flashes with linear glory in mere indoor lighting, it brazenly BRIGHT!
We had no sun today at all and as I took my photos I thought back to the photo of Amy’s nails in the group. She took one in full sun to show us what it looked like. So I opened the flash light on my camera and turned it on and pointed it at my nails. BAM! The color kicked up several shades to a bright cyan! I couldn’t believe it! This is the most beautiful polish that I have ever owned and I may never take it off! I am definitely sending one to my mama! And watch the blog because I’ll be giving one away!
Thank you Amy for your loyal friendship and your vast knowledge of polish, angels and Disney <3
And yes per usual, I am sure there is a cat hair somewhere in these photos LOL

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Pardon me while I freak out over the complete and utterly maddening random length of my nails! I have three lengths right now, at least in a row so that my fingers look like organ pipes LOL I need to decide whether to cut them or just post them as they are and go “Hey here they are I’m human and my nails are shitty right now!” LOL

In the meantime enjoy a post over at A Girl and Her Helmer about a Christmas gift I sent her :) She is far far too kind!

Who has Moxie?

It’s a Birthday Party, and a special invitation!


OUR group Lacquered with Love is ONE year old!! As you know mothers are PROUD of their babies FIRST birthday and we are no less proud of ours. Just like one year old’s we fall down and then get back up, we laugh, we cry, and we chat, A LOT! We are not your average swapping group where you will get stuff from the Dollar Store! We don’t even call it a swap, we call it a “gift exchange” and when you receive a package from one of our ladies it will have some thought as well as love put into it.
As an added bonus we make sure you get your package! We require proof of postage and tracking if available in your country. That’s right I said country, because we have plenty of international girls in our group who are eager to exchange gifts with you.
We also protect our girls, because along with the invite we ask that you provide us with a type of verification that you are a swapper (gift exchanger) in good standing.

So if you want to receive a package of love (polish,makeup,candies,nail tools and little things you collect etc) come and join us. We do not accept anyone using an alias sorry)

Lacquered with Love – join us!

We have winners!

Rebecca Hill and Emily Leemans you have won the giveaway here on The Manicured Mermaid! !!
Please contact me within 48 hours to claim your prize!  You can contact me via The Manicured Mermaid Facebook page.
And Maegan Moran you’ve won the prize over at Posh Nail Art lucky you!

Watch this week for a new giveaway of my collaboration polish Goodnight Moon made by the lovely Amy at Literary Lacquers! !

Sephora Formula X Shifter Grandiose

Hi dear readers! I have been really under the weather lately and at such a bad time too!
So before I start be sure to run over and give some love to my girl Aylin at Posh Nail Art and show her some love! Also check the post before this one for an awesome giveaway that is almost over!

Today I have a gorgeous polish for you to run and buy, especially if you love shifters or duochromes the way that I do. I do love my holo’s but duo’s are still my first love, I suppose because they are so unpredictable like me. LOL
When I first heard about these to be truthful I wasn’t overly excited because I’ve never really been a fan of Sephora by OPI. But I was at the Mall with my son and I saw Sephora calling to me like a beacon “Coooooome, spend moneyyyyyy.” LOL And I was lured in like a wide eyed child.

I do love my makeup honey child, but you know I went straight to those shiny new bottles! Speaking of the bottle…….I don’t know, do they seem to have the need to have a weird shaped bottle or what?  Give me a normal bottle already that fits in with my others, not a round fat one, or an hour glass shaped one and this tombstone bottle?
I have a dear friend who wouldn’t even buy their polish in the bottles previous to these, we girls want what we want right?

I first looked at their holographics, they aren’t anything to write home about but they do have a nice linear holo in them. In my opinion not worth the $12.50 when so many indie makers are putting out holo’s that will make you weep for $10!

I ended up with Grandiose to bring home and try. It is a rose and bronze metallic and I normally would have went for Iconic which is a green and copper metallic but I have a lot of green duochromes so here is Grandiose……………….

20131102_170104I am in LOVE! Twitterpated is a good word here. This formula was so nice to work with and the brush is perfect for pushing these metallic pigments around smoothly. But the shift OH the shift! It is almost fluid they way it moves. I live in Alaska and the way this shifts reminds me of the Northern Lights, not in color of course but in movement. Behold in these next photos, the dance of Grandiose! I WILL be going back to snag Iconic and Infamous ASAP!

20131101_233831In some of these photos you can see on my index finger some bubbles. These were not the fault of the polish but of my doing. I’d had bubbles for the first time in the last of my three manicures and I was about to scream over it when I finally figured out it was my ceiling fan! Argh, there are many reasons for bubbles and not knowing the cause will drive a girl nuts!

20131101_234240My favorite photo by far. Look at the dance! I love the placement of the shift here on the ring, middle finger and thumb! Do a jig with me!! LOL :p

20131102_002352Candied ginger anyone? I was eating it in the car on the way home when I realized how pretty it was next to my nails. I love color so much!

20131102_00252920131101_234037Which photo was your favorite? Just a few things before I go……………..
Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Stop back by in a few days for some swatches of Bunnies Are Evil by MckFresh a lovely Aussie polish creator. And the name makes me laugh my ass off. HA!
And keep an eye out for swatches of my collaboration polish with Amy from Literary Lacquers called Goodnight Moon, along with some swatches of the rest of the Community Collection she just released that is jaw dropping.

Tail flip! :)
The Manicured Mermaid
Tami xoxo


Giveaway with my friend Posh Nail Art!!!

Aylin and I have been talking about this giveaway for awhile now, and we are very excited that it has finally come! She is a wonderful friend with a beautiful blog and lovely photos and I am honored to be doing this with her.
We have three prizes for you and here they are:

1420453_10151795816374825_1553096863_nRimmel Metal Collection with 5 polishes from the gorgeous Aylin over at Posh, please go show her some love!! Aren’t these lovely?!

And we also have…………………
1415704_674220452590392_139864442_nA beautiful OPI set called Dear OPI, I Love you. It has an adorable blinged out pen and full sized OPI Yodel Me on My Cell and OPI Ink! So cute!

and there is more!!

1396588_674220455923725_2073230995_nThese lovely Island Girl polishes from Hawaii with love. The colors are Island Coast, Surfer Babe, Waikiki Surf, and Aloha Dream. So 3 winners in all!!

This is an International giveaway! Winners will be contacted within 24 hours after the giveaway ends and will have 48 hours to respond, or new winners will be picked. We are not responsible for any damage during transport, lost packages, or anything related to shipping. If your country does not accept polish, enter at your own risk.

If you have further questions about this giveaway, please feel free to contact us via email.

Good luck everyone!!! :)


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Literary Lacquer is serving Dandelion Wine………….

5663085858_a869775d33_oThis polish is inspired by Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, specifically this amazing evocative passage:

” Dandelion wine.
The words were summer on the tongue. The wine was summer in a bottle. It was all the warm afternoons and the cloudless skies, stoppered tight; to be opened, said the label, on a January day with snow falling fast. To be drunk, was the intimation, when the sun had gone unseen in thirty-nine days. Then let those who seek after summer tiptoe with stealth into the dim twilight nether world of the cellar and put up a hand.

There row upon row, with the soft gleam of flowers open at morning with the light of a June sun glowing through a faint skin of dust, lies the dandelion wine. Uncork it, hold it up, peer through it at the wintry day. The snow is melted to grass, the trees are reinhabited with bird, leaf and blossom, like a continent of butterflies breathing on the air. The sky is colored from grey to blue. Take a great sniff of the wine and change the season in your veins by the simple expedient of raising the glass to your lips and tilting summer in.”

I read this book because after reading this passage above how could you not?
The words poetry, and I know, because I yearn for summer like this! I almost want to weep at the emotion in this incredible story. How many of us have not traipsed through a field of dandelions? Blown them away at summer’s end while making a wish and believing with all of our hearts that it would come true. :) I want to feel the sticky sap of the crushed stems on my hand as I doze in the sunshine and make dandelion crowns.

I wish I could do this polish justice and I know if you are despairing of summer already you will want to wear this polish right now like I am, and relive it just one more time. :)
20131029_16020220131029_15462820131029_15461820131029_15461220131029_15431820131029_154138Grab your own bottle of Dandelion Wine here at Literary Lacquers and hang onto summer just a little bit longer.

Tail flip! :)
The Manicured Mermaid
Tami xoxo


It is time to Gargle with Literary Lacquers!

I don’t read a lot of blogs I confess. (quivers in shame) I am easily distracted by shiny things and have To Do Lists for my To Do Lists. Off I always go down that road, you know the one with good intentions, on the way to hell? I WANT to read ALL blogs, I really DO! I also want to learn nail art and proper clean up, wait I know how to do that, I just get, you guessed it, distracted. Too many commas? ANYWAY!………. my point was that I hadn’t seen this polish in all of it’s glory until I had put it on myself!! And then I just fell into the colors like Alice down the rabbit hole. It reminds me of The Electric Slide, an underwater adventure with mermaids even, and and brain freeze! Maybe this is what brain freeze looks like if you could see it! Yes? I think so. The green blows my mind the way it is there and then it isn’t and then it is and then, you get the picture. So yeah, here are all of my photos good and bad of this glorious cannot live without nail lacquer from Miss Amy over at Literary Lacquers. And don’t trip over the cat, I am off to go read some blogs. What’s the burning smell?


                    Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!!!

IMG_1819The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is an alcoholic beverage invented by ex-President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox, considered by the Guide to be the “Best Drink in Existence”[1]. Its effects are similar to having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.
(I like my large gold bricks with no lemon just like my tea thanks)

IMG_1818These photos are pre cleanup people!
Yes I got distracted, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

IMG_1820$1 if you can find the cat hair :p

IMG_1829Look at that galaxy on my thumb!

IMG_1826It makes your nails grow, and matches the green in this polish :p

IMG_1825See? Mermaids! I told ya!

IMG_1824IMG_1823More Biotin, see how it brings out the green? Ok so it was just laying there on the bed whatever, I told you to expect weird props.

IMG_1816IMG_1815So if you love this RUN don’t WALK, wait you can’t run on the internet duh!
Go order this!

Tail flip! :)
The Manicured Mermaid
Tami xoxo