Tuesday 25 June 2013

LAVlacquer Swatches and Review

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Good Morning!

Today I have swatches of 7 beautiful polishes to share with you from the brand new indie brand LAVlacquer. LAVlacquer is created by Dij, a student studying interior design who started making polish as a hobby and has now turned it into her own indie brand! She just opened up shop June 5th, and each of her polishes is hand crafted, with ingredients are never tested on animals. Glitter suspension bases are 5 free and solid colors are 3 free. Since this is a brand new brand show them some love on Facebook :)

I have lots of photos of all these beauties so click though so see more!

Monday 24 June 2013


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Hey Friends!

So my stash has been growing rapidly lately and I'm finding myself almost out of storage space for polishes! This has prompted me to go through my stash and part with some polishes that could use a better home. All polishes for sale have been purchased by me at some point in the past. I have also included all relevant information in a tab called BLOG SALE at the top of my blog. Here's the nitty gritty of it all.

Here are all the items that I currently have for sale. If you are interested in any of these items please read my shipping policies and email me at stephanie@sincerelystephanienails.com with the subject BLOG SALE. I require payment within 24 hours via paypal and you must pay any fees associated with it. All prices are in CANADIAN dollars and payment should be made in Canadian dollars. All polishes that are for sale I personally bought myself previously. Once I have recieved payment within the 24 hour period I will ship your items promptly and notify you that they have been shipped. I can only provide tracking numbers within Canada.

Unfortunately shipping in Canada costs a lot. So it will be $5 for the first polish and then $1 for each additional polish or 50 cents for a mini. This is for people residing in Canada or the United States.

If you are from outside Canada or the United States I will still ship to you, however please contact with me what you would like to purchase and I will work out an appropriate shipping price. Please be advised to keep shipping costs down these will be shipped via ground.

Please look up swatches if you are unsure I will not accept returns. I am not responsible for packages that are lost or damaged in the mail, or for any customs fees or charges. I will pack things up as best as I can, but once it is out of my hands I am no longer responsible for it.

(BN)- Brand New, Never Used Even if it's been sitting in my stash for awhile
(S1)- Swatched only once, essentially brand new
(1x) - Worn One time

I have way too may pictures to let this load on my homepage so click though to see the goodies!

Saturday 22 June 2013

A-England Beauty Never Fails

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Morning friends!

Today I have some simple stamping to share with you. It's not often that I do something on all of my nails and love the final look, but this was one of those times!

A-England Beauty Never Fails
A-England Beauty Never Fails

I started off with A-England Beauty Never Fails which I won in a nail art contest back in December and am only just getting around to using. Terrible I know. This is a stunner. Beauty Never Fails is a blackened pine base that is just filled with gold, emerald, olive green and bronze ultra fine shimmer. I should have taken pictures of this on its own, but I didn't think in advance lol. I then stamped with PUEEN-14 and Essie Good As Gold. The print is just fabulous and I think I'll be using this stamp again soon!

A-England Beauty Never Fails

I am usually an accent or skittled out nails kind of girl, but sometimes these simple looks really catch my eye. I think the base being as stunning as it is helps in that department for me.

What do you think of simple stamped looks? Would you rock these nails?!

Friday 21 June 2013

KBShimmer Summer Giveaway!

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Afternoon friends!

So this morning I posted some swatches of three stunning polishes from the KBShimmer Summer Collection. When I was buying these I may have 'accidentally' bought 2 of each! So one of each for me and one of each for one of you lucky people! And what better way to start off a weekend AND the first day of summer than a giveaway!

Let's talk about the official rules
By entering this giveaway, you are agreeing to the Official Rules.

  • Giveaway begins June 21, 2013 and ends on July 12th, 2013.
  • Entries are collected via Rafflecopter.
  • All prizes were purchased by me
  • Approximate retail value of the prize is $27
  • The prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash
  • The number of eligible entries received will determine the odds of winning.
  • Winners will be chosen randomly from all eligible entries on or about July 13th, 2013.
  • Sincerely Stephanie is not responsible for technical failures or typographical errors which impact entry.
  • Winners will be notified by email. If potential winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Giveaway is open internationally. Sincerely Stephanie is not responsible for packages that are lost or damaged in the mail, or for any customs fees or charges. I will pack things up as best as I can, but once it is out of my hands I am no longer responsible for it.
  • NO PURCHASE NECESSARY must be 18 or with parental permission.

Let's get to the rafflecopter!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone! And thanks for all the blogging support!! :)

KBShimmer Summer 2013 Selections

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Morning friends!

Today I have swatches of 3 of the KBShimmer 2013 Summer Collection polishes. This collection was so fabulous and I just couldn't help but get my hands on 3 of them.

Click though to see the rest of my review!

Thursday 20 June 2013

Little Lego Men

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Goooood Morning Lacqueristas!

Today I have some nails that I am pretty wild about. I was straining for ideas and texted my boyfriend asking for some kind of idea. Normally he just says something pretty, or something very helpful along those lines :P This time though he said what about Lego Men!

Lego Nail Art

How fun are these?! Once he said lego men I googled lego faces and went over to images where I found a slew of hilarious looking lego faces. Off to my helmer I went to find the best yellow to replicate the lego heads.

Lego Nail Art
Lego Nail Art

I used Cult Nails Feel Me Up as my yellow base and then went to work creating the lego faces with black creme and white creme. I used my cut down nail art brush for all the details, except for the beard and eyes, which I used a dotting tool. I think the hardest part was trying to decide what faces I was going to paint!

Lego Nail Art
Lego Nail Art

These were really fun and I got quite a few laughs when people realized what was on my nails! My boyfriend was also thrilled because apparently they turned out just as he had imagined in his head! Score :)

I had a hard time picking what face was my favourite, but I thiiinnk that the moustache face or the pirate have to be tied for favourite! What face is your favourite? Would you ever rock faces on your nails?!

Wednesday 19 June 2013

China Glaze Sunsational Collection

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Gooooood Morning!

Today I am very excited to share with you six polishes from the upcoming China Glaze Sunsational Collection. The collection is split into two halves, the cremes and the jellies, I have 3 of each to share with you today!

I have lots of pictures of these beauties so click through the jump to see them all and my review!

Tuesday 18 June 2013

Pretty and Polished is Moving! And having a Massive SALE!

Afternoon friends!

No more polish this afternoon, but I have an awesome public service announcement about one of my favourite indie brands Pretty & Polished. The brand is moving and does not want to transfer all of their current inventory with them so they are having a massive sale. Most products are now near wholesale prices!

Once July 1st comes around Pretty and Polished will be changing a lot! They will be releasing a slew of new colors and products but will also be discontinuing some as well. The following is a list of polishes that will no longer be available once they sell out:
Punk'd Up Betty
Boy Bleu
Sand Art
Parting the Red Sea
Spring Fling
Sea Spray
(Plus all polishes in our Say Goodbye and From the Vault sections)

So if you want to grab some gorgeous polishes at some great prices, this is the time to do it! You can shop HERE and check out all of Pretty and Polisheds updates at their Facebook page HERE. As well you can follow them on twitter HERE and their new Instagram account prettyandpolishd HERE.

Will any of you be taking advantage of this awesome sale?

Nude Polka Dots!

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Today I have another simple look to share with you, that is totally office appropriate or perfect when you want something understated, but still have a little nail art going on.

polka dot nail art

I started off with one of my all time favourite nudes, Revlon Bare Bones. Then took one of my medium sized dotting tools and OPI You Don't Know Jacques and dotted all of my nails!

polka dot nail art
polka dot nail art

I thought the whole thing would look much better matte, so I grabbed my go to matte top coat OPI's Matte Top Coat and mattified the whole thing. I'm glad I did because it looks way better matte! Then I took some small clear rhinestones and added them near my cuticle on each nail just for a little extra shine. These were hardly noticeable, but I liked them!

polka dot nail art
polka dot nail art

Simple, polka dotted and nude! A different combination for me, but I think it's fun none the less! :D What do you think of these nails?!

Monday 17 June 2013

Copper Dreams

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Morning friends!

Today I have a skittlette inspired look to share with you. Marta of ChitChat Nails is an absolutely amazing blogger and always a source of inspiration to me. A few weeks back she posted this manicure and I instantly fell in love with the colour combination and knew I would be copying it someday!

skittlette nails

I love skittlette looks and there is something about this that is just so elegant! Love! I started off with OPI My Vampire is Buff on my thumb and ring nails. On my index and middle nails I used Cult Nails Manipulative and on my pinky I started with OPI Sprung.

skittlette nails
skittlette nails

I created the gradient using Manipulative and My Vampire is Buff and a regular makeup sponge. Once that was totally dry I stamped using Wet n Wild Black Creme and PUEEN 23. I love how this stamp is for a full nail, but is sparse enough that it allows the gradient to show though! I added Shimmer Polish Katherine on my pinky to give the nail a little extra oopmh. I still felt like I needed something a little more, so I grabbed my Cult Nails Bronze Gemstones and added one to the base of my blue nails. Finally I took Sprung and added a few dots to my stamped nails to get the bronzed look on each nail!

skittlette nails
skittlette nails

I totally love these elegant stamped looks, and I especially love them when both my hands can look so good ;)

What do you think of this kind of look?!

Saturday 15 June 2013

Overstudded to the Max

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Morning lacquerheads!

Today I have some totally outrageous nail art that I love, love, loved wearing. One day when I was going through my Bloglovin' feed I saw this post by Spektor's Nails and instantly knew I just had to completely recreate her manicure!

Studded Nails

GAH! I love this completely over studded look so much! This started off with one of my very first polish purchases, Essie Mint Candy Apple. This blueish mint is heaven, and I have used over 3/4 of my bottle lol. Then I used Essie Good As Gold and some saran wrap to create the texture to go underneath my studs.

Studded Nails
Studded Nails

Once that was dry I grabbed some nail glue, I didn't want these going anywhere! I started with the strip of square studs down the center of my nail and placed them using my Born Pretty Store Wax Pen. Then one side at a time and using nail glue I added my smaller round studs using the same method. My studs aren't exactly the same colour gold, but this was not as noticeable in real life!

Studded Nails
Studded Nails

Judith originally did these nails for the Seven Deadly Sins Challenge for the Greed day, with the tagline being More is More, Don't Hold Yourself Back! It totally fit the theme and I absolutely loved wearing these for a weekend! Since I used nail glue the studs held up for about 4 days before I could pick them off. They were held so well in place that for the first 2 days I couldn't pick the off if I tried!

What are your thoughts on these overstudded nails?! Would you ever rock this?!

Wednesday 12 June 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Books: Bookshelf

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Morning lacqueristas!

I'm back for day 3 in The Digit-al Dozen's Book Week with a little bit of a different manicure than the past 2 days. My last 2 book manicures were based on children's books while todays manicure is based on books itself!

At home I have a bookshelf just filled to the brim with books, but I always admire bookshelves that just have really special books on them and then beautiful bookends on either side. When I finally have my own house I want to have a bookshelf somewhere with my favourites and some gorgeous bookends.

For these nails I started off with Cult Nails Tempest the best white creme ever! Then I freehanded on Read in Pure Ice Silver Mercedes to represent my bookends. I did them in silver because I was going for a platinum look. On my thumb I did a reverse gradient using Cult Nails Happy Endings. Then I started making my books. I used a lot of colours which I will list below!
Ardene Chic-kita
Nailtini Grenadine
China Glaze For Audrey
China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le
Essie Mesmerize
Essie Pretty Edgy
China Glaze Gothic Lolita
Lime Crime Milky Ways
Revlon Sorbet
Cult Nails Evil Queen

I love bookends and actually really enjoyed wearing these! I didn't want to take these off at all :)

Do you like these bookends? Do you showcase your books anywhere in the house with some beautiful bookends?

Make sure you check out the rest of the Digit-al Dozen's book nails!

Tuesday 11 June 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Books: Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Gooooood Morning lacquerheads!

Today is week 2 in the Digit-al Dozen's Book and I went with another children's book, this time a super cute book called Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson.

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon

This book is super cute and is about a four year old boy named Harold who creates his own world by using his imagination and his trusty purple crayon! The scene that I'm creating on my nails is from a point in the book where he creates a tree and then draws a dragon and jumps back because it is so scary!

Harold and the Purple Crayon

I started off with Lime Crime Milky Ways to replicate the pages of a book and then drew all the purple with my cut down nail art brush and China Glaze Gothic Lolita. For Harold I used China Glaze Hanging In The Balance and black creme to create him and his pyjamas. My thumb and pinky are just random scribbles of Harolds purple crayon!

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple Crayon

This book is really cute and reminds us that we can create anything with a little imagination! What do you think about my Harold and the Purple Crayon nails? Have you ever read this book?

Make sure to check out the rest of the Digit-al Dozen below!

Monday 10 June 2013

The Digit-al Dozen Does Books: The Giving Tree

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Goooood Morning ladies, gents and lacquerheads!

Today starts yet another theme week in the Digit-al Dozen, with this weeks theme being BOOKS! I am an avid reader, when I'm not having to read 6,000 papers at a time for school lol. I've been a speed reader my whole life and when I start reading I generally devour a book until I've finished the whole thing. For this week I actually had a hard time deciding what I was going to replicate on my nails. My favourite kinds of books are ones with serial killers and detectives chasing after them and finding all the clues. So I wasn't going to be creating any of those!

I remembered one book from my childhood by the illustrious Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree.

The Giving Tree

If you have never read The Giving Tree, the basic plot is this; there is a boy and a female apple tree that are able to communicate with each other. When the boy is young he enjoys playing with the tree, swinging from its branches and eating her apples. As he starts to grow up he makes requests of the tree, first for money so the tree suggests that he pick her apples to sell. Then he wants a house, so the tree suggests cutting down her branches. Then he wants a boat, so the tree suggests cutting her trunk to make the boat, which he does. Finally as an old man he just wants a quiet place to sit, which the stump provides. The book ends by saying that the tree was happy. Here is the cover art of the book.

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

For my nails I chose to recreate the cover art. I started with China Glaze Gaga For Green on all of my nails. Then I used a striping brush and Essie Pretty Edgy to create the tree and its leaves. For the little boy I used Cult Nails Tempest and Cult Nails Evil Queen and then went over everything in black creme with a detail brush to create the actual leaves and outline of the tree.

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

This book was actually pretty controversial as to whether or not the relationship should be conceived as positive, in that the tree gave selflessly for the boy or a negative relationship between the two. I think the book is quite simple and it's beautiful because we should give selflessly every now and then to the ones that we love and care about.

I created an easily pinable image with the cover art embedded in it for all you lovely folks!

The Giving Tree
The Giving Tree

What do you think of these Giving Tree nails?

I'm really excited for the rest of Book Week and I can't wait to see what else my fabulous friends have come up with! Make sure to check them out below :D


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