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

 

Jack Rose has many faces!

Let’s start this post by ignoring the fact that I haven’t blogged in 8 days ok? Thanks for playing along!

Today I am going to share a polish with you from Literary Lacquers *shocking eh?*, yeah, I am kind of addicted. Amy has an entire new line over at Literary Lacquers, called Literary Liquors. No, you can’t drink it. But you CAN get out that Apple Jack and have a cocktail, or three, with me while you marvel at this beauty! (do not drive after viewing this polish, I mean drinking that cocktail, I started without you oops)

Please do not get out THIS Applejack and try to drink it. My Little Pony fans would start a petition or something.
applejack Instead use THIS Applejack ….2010_10_08-applejack3  (notice the difference?)

And here is the recipe! Put all of this stuff

2 ounces of Apple Jack
1 ounce of fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce of Classic Grenadine

       into a cocktail shaker with some ice and do the Macarena for awhile. Then strain it into your prettiest glass and stick an apple slice on it, it will look like this…..if it doesn’t, drink two and then I promise your third one will look JUST like this one.

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But WAIT, there’s MORE!
The polish! hehe
In The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Jake orders one while he is waiting in the Crillon Hotel for Lady Brett Ashley, she never shows.
This is what she missed out on…..IMG_1721Jack Rose has you covered for all of your Fall adventures. A warm coppery brown that seems to change like a chameleon, I can’t take my eyes off of this.
In some lighting it is honey and in others it just throws facets like the good cut crystal you aren’t drinking out of right now.
IMG_1718(indoors with flash)

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and onto some fun stuff and different lighting.
I want to note that I am really trying with my photos, holo’s are so hard to photograph without blurring but I am working on it! I am super excited for my phone upgrade in October because I am getting the Samsung S4 and have already purchased my micro lens, so woot!
IMG_1740I just had to include this because it was so cute. It is already fall here in Alaska and these little (non edible Mario-like) mushrooms are popping up all over.
IMG_1739Crunchy leaves already! The Birch leaves here are the first to go :(
This is sunlight and shadow outside.
(because we do not have sunlight and shadow INside, cheers!)
IMG_1733Should we not show the Hula girl some love? She works so hard on the dash (sings “She works hard for the money!”) Oooh I should paint her nails with this!
IMG_1724This is outside when it was overcast. I got a package today!
You don’t see my address there ok? LOL

IMG_1705Someone kept sticking their paw on my hand while I desperately tried to take a photo, so we played the “knock it off” game for awhile and I won!

IMG_1708This is Angel looking slightly ashamed. She is right?

IMG_1704 IMG_1703These last two photos were taken with my little Starfish guy, I love using fun props and sometimes my props just volunteer. I guarantee you that you will sometimes find a cat hair floating on the end of my nail, so I just saved you from emailing me and saying “Hey there is a cat hair on your nail loser.” :p

So what do you think? Do you love Jack Rose as much as I do? Do you understand what huge meaning that has when I say it? I never wear anything but blue or green and in between but this I couldn’t wait to put on!
As usual Amy’s holo’s are easy peasy to apply. Smooth as buttah and no balding.
Jack Rose is a sheer holo, even with three coats I had vnl so if you want total opacity I would put on some underpanties, I’d recommend any nude polish.
BUT! the bonus here is that one coat of Jack Rose makes for the perfect office holo!
It is demure and charming, then the light from your desk lamp hits it and it sparkles like your big fat engagement ring! If you don’t have a big fat engagement ring and want one just have another Jack Rose cocktail and you won’t care about that either.
Run over to Amy’s Etsy (say that three times fast) shop and order the entire line! I will be showing you some more of them this week so come back and see them. You can pretend my blog is a board book if you don’t like the chatter.

I also highly recommend that you read the books these polishes are based on and then come and discuss them with us over here at Literary (&) Lacquer. See you there!

Tail flip! :)
The Manicured Mermaid
Tami xoxo

 

 

Just jump! & Amy’s birthday :)

I’ve been after starting this blog for ages now and this year I am trying to make changes in my life. You know, do all of those “someday” things, change bad habits and learn some new good ones. And thank goodness I have some amazing friends that are encouraging me to do all of these things!

You won’t ever see perfection here, but you will see lots of heart, and a passion for nail polish that can’t be denied. My photos need improvement, sometimes my nails insist on growing crooked and lots of times my clean up isn’t as good as I think it is. 😉 But if nothing else I am determined.

You’ll find I don’t follow the classic hand poses. I like to experiment with photos of what hands look like in everyday life because that is how you are going to see your polish isn’t it? Holding a dish towel or a hair brush, hands resting on a table or grasping the mail, let’s just run with it. :)

My first polish post has to naturally be about the one and only glitter whisperer Amy Milder at Literary Lacquers. The polish I want to show you today is Greatest Treasures.
I am a sucker for a blinging holographic I admit, but it also has to have fire, and depth.
Does it make your heart go “boom boom”, do you find yourself staring at your nails at the store, while waiting in traffic or using your phone? You will with Greatest Treasures.

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See how the linear holo runs the entire length of the nail?! There is no dragging or balding with this polish, no special base needed and almost full coverage in one coat. That is true love my friend. This is under regular ceiling light, I wish I had caught it outside under full sunlight but then you’d have to shade your eyes, and it wasn’t sunny back when I took these photos anyway. LOL

Amy is having a birthday this month (pssst yes her birthday is all month and that’s that) and today she is releasing her Limited Edition 40th birthday polish with only 40 numbered bottles available, here is hoping that you score a bottle of Amnesia Euphoria Ecstasy! You can see some fab swatches of it over here at Phyrra.net —->  Amnesia Euphoria Ecstasy I aspire to take photos that great!

Also check out Amy’s website at Etsy for all of her amazing quality polishes that are based on some of her favorite books, and hopefully some of yours too!
She also has a wonderful Facebook group for discussing our favorite books and you can even talk about polish there too, how can you top that? Ask to join here —> Literature (&) Lacquer

IMG_20121209_192235I leave you with a fire in shadow shot of Greatest Treasures and hope you decide to join me on my polish adventures.

Tail flip! :)
The Manicured Mermaid
Tami xoxo