Monday, December 29, 2014

Lacquer Legion: Reflection

Hello lovelies!

Can you believe that 2014 is almost over? This past year is flown by and I'm not sure how I feel about it. The theme for this month's Lacquer Legion post is "reflection," so I decided to reflect on this past year by recreating the first manicure I posted in 2014. 

So, let's get to the nails!
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I don't remember what I was thinking when I did these nails, but I do remember that these were done during my whole "skittles manicures are the best thing" ever phase. Things were weird back then...



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Here's what I used:


I had to change some of the polishes because I don't have my whole stash with me at the moment, but these nails are such an improvement! I love doing these flashback posts because they give you a little confidence boost haha.

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I'll try and break down each nail so you guys know what I did. My index finger is three coats of Pink Anemonemone and black acrylic paint for the pattern. My middle finger and ring finger started with two coats of Wisp. I then sponged a gradient of At Vase Value and Lotus Begin on my middle finger, and followed that with a coat of Fairy Dust. I used the watercolor technique on my ring finger with At Vase Value, Lotus Begin, and Pink Anemonemone. My pinky finger is two coats of Lotus Begin and one coat of Hammer Time. Everything was sealed in with one coat of HK Girl.

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Here's a photo from the original post to show the differences.


See what I mean about huge improvement! I can actually pose my hand now and get all of my nails in focus when photographing them haha. I remember last year that I wrote some New Years Eve resolutions for the blog, so I thought I'd continue the reflecting by seeing how well I met them. The original resolutions are in bold, my commentary is in my normal type settings.

  1. Remember to update all social media with every post. - Eh, this is still a little hit or miss. I like to think that I keep up on it but it just depends on what's going on in real life. IFTTT has definitely been a big game changer!
  2. Improve my freehand skills. - I'll give myself this one! I think I've done a lot of nail art in the past year that I would never have dreamed of attempting when I started this blog. There's still a lot of room for improvement but I'm content with where I'm at.
  3. Become more social / comment on more blogs. - This one is an "eh" too. Some days I'm really good about commenting on everything and other days I just read posts without saying anything. I'm a pretty quiet person in general and a lot of times I don't have much to say so I'm still working on this one!
  4. Continue taking part in challenges. - Yep, I did this one! I probably took part in too many but I don't plan on slowing down anytime soon, so you all have to put up with me (:
  5. Stop procrastinating. - Lol, hahahahaha, no. This is a flat out no. I can't believe I actually wrote this down. 
I've been thinking of some new resolutions that I want to aim for in 2015. I don't want the blog to become totally goal orientated but I think it might be good to push myself in some areas. I'll share those with you guys on Wednesday!


Thanks for reading guys!

-Marisa! (:








36 comments:

  1. I LOVE how your ring finger looks! It is seriously beautiful!

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  2. These nails are pretty! Love the design on the middle and ring nail the most.

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  3. Yay for skittle manis :) You have grown a lot this year, this is great!

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  4. This is so pretty! And I loled pretty hard at your line about when you were really into skittle manis, haha!

    I
    do remember that these were done during my whole "skittles manicures
    are the best thing" ever phase. Things were weird back then... - See
    more at:
    http://heydarlingpolish.blogspot.com/2014/12/lacquer-legion-reflection.html#sthash.Qr5Wamqf.dpuf
    I
    do remember that these were done during my whole "skittles manicures
    are the best thing" ever phase. Things were weird back then... - See
    more at:
    http://heydarlingpolish.blogspot.com/2014/12/lacquer-legion-reflection.html#sthash.Qr5Wamqf.dpuf

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  5. Love this mani! Very creative.

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  6. I love this idea. I like your blogger Resolutions, too! I always try to do these! I also have on line to experiment with acrylics more often.

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  7. The Dalai Lama's NailsDecember 29, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    First of all - skittles are the best thing. Second - it's so fun to see a comparison from your first post of 2014! I like this idea so much, I may do it myself!

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  8. Skittles are awesome! Maximum impact with minimal effort - gotta love that.This is really pretty.

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  9. Love it! Your middle and ring fingers are my favorite! Gorgeous job!

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  10. Love the color combos!! Great job

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  11. I love that watercolor nail! This is an oddly cohesive skittle mani. I love seeing the improvement :) Here's to a new year!

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  12. I love this, it's so interesting to see comparisons from the past. I think both the then and now pics are great, though you can definitely see improvement on some of the details. Great post! :)

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  13. I love the watercolor nail so much! It's always great to see how photos/manis improve over time. Even when you don't even realize that they are any different! Even a few months can make a difference in mine!

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  14. So fun and so spunky! Love what you did with this mani redo!

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  15. Good luck with your resolutions! Love this manicure, the two middle nails are awesome.

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  16. I loved reading your resolutions and non-resolutions! I never write them down although I do have something I aim for. I feel like I end up not accomplishing what I hope for if I write it down, kind of bad luck!

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  17. I love this post! I had the same skittle phase lmao

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  18. Haha I never do skittles anymore. I don't know why, I just never think to do them. But thank you!!

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  19. That is true! I used to be obsessed and now I never do them. Thank you!

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  20. I've forgotten how much I like that technique and I totally agree!

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  21. Haha thank you! Hmm, I never thought of it like that!

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