{Manic Mani Monday} Great Lakes Lacquer and Stamping

12/14/2015 10:58:00 AM Ashley 0 Comments

Let's start off with a truth. My nails are brutal right now. Between packing orders and how dry it's been here this winter, my nails look haggard. None of my nails are the same length. At all. There's been some bad breaks, including one yesterday that became not only a broken nail but a cut into the tip of my finger when I was trying to file the nail. Yeah...it's bad.

Which means I'm kicking off Manic Mani Monday with a mani I did a month ago. It's perfectly fall and wonderful and shows off my very new stamping skills. It also showcases a beautiful small batch limited edition from Great Lakes Lacquer. The color is called Raisins Fall and is a beautiful browned out purple holo that has a copper like sheen. I purchased mine the first time it was released. It had enough interest in it that the maker worked to recreate the polish to re-release on Cyber Monday of this year. Meaning that there are two versions on Raisins Fall, though I don't know how much they differ from each other. My version applied beautifully in two coats and was easy to remove. 

Okay enough jabbering, let's get to the polish...

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{Outside: full sun}

{Outside: shade}

After wearing this polish for a day I decided to try out some stamping over the top. I just recently started stamping, after putting it off forever. I'm still learning but it's been fun. 

{Outside: full sun}

 {Outside: full sun}

I went with some fall leaves off of the Uber Chic Halloween-01 stamping plate. I used four Illamasqua colors in various shades of yellow, orange and green to create a water color effect (it probably has a proper name, but let's just go with this). I really love how subtle the leaves were and how the colors blended into one another. Just like leaves changing in the fall.

So there we have it, the kick off to Manic Mani Monday! Hopefully I can get my nails to a happier place so that I can share a current mani next week. Fingers crossed!

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