Monday, November 11, 2013

gettin' festive: super black lacquer new fall colors and giveaway



Every fall is that transitional period where you get to start anew with your look. In my case, this rejuvination is simply replacing my lightweight cardigans with longer chunkier cardigans. I'm an edgy bastard. [Tangent: Let me reiterate that this is NOT a fashion blog. No one EVER has come to me for fashion advice although my family have compared my style choices to Punky Brewster and Dorothy Zbornak. They are fashion icons, right?]
As evidenced by my 101 shades of champagne eyeshadow, I may not be super daring with my face makeup but I tend to make up for it in the nail department. I swap out my summertime Easter M&Ms colors for grays, blacks and burgundies. [Tangent: In the fall/winter I like to evoke my inner weird goth teen... you know there is a Lydia Deetz that dwells inside all of us.]

However, the cooler season also brings with it awful dry nail beds and complete bouts of slothful sitting around in yoga pants and deciding leg shaving is no longer mandatory. As you can see,  my current homespun manicure is running on fumes. [Tangent: Because I have never shied away from coming off as completely disgusting, I will share with you my shame. I have the hands of a mental patient, I am totally aware.] 
a week and a half ago this was Blitz by Super Black. It's really pretty, I promise.
The death knell of my manicure must have been heard all the way in Ohio, because no sooner had I been disgusted with my hands' appearance that  I got an email from my hypothetical BFF Natalie Dee telling me that she was sending me another box of Super Black Lacquer for me to sample and blog about. [Tangent: SCORE! I kinda love her products and what they stand for. They are quality control and 4-free, meaning the harsh chemicals are minimal.  Even though I have written about her handmade indie polish line before here and here, I am far from sick of it. Batch to batch, it just gets better and better. She has worked out the kinks that first existed, and  I love to see the new colors she is bringing to the table. And, if you need yet another blog to follow, she writes a HILARIOUS makeup blog, Stuff I Put on Myself.]

The review set she sent me tickled me to smithereens. The rich tones screamed were season appropriate without being overly cliche. Included were 3rd Degree (a very perfectly autumnal orange based red), Guilty (a glitzy hologrammy gold that would make an 80s lame prom dress blush!), Heather (a plummy purple hologram color that made me unable to stop looking at my hands.) and Spanked   (This color is somewhere between a wine and a magenta and made me feel like a lost member of Barbie and the Rockers!). The whole collection is like the Crayola Bold markers in shimmering lacquer form. [Tangent: All that is missing is Jungle Green.]

Here's some awkward pictures of me holding things in unnatural positions with my pretty new nails. Hopefully, this will erase those chipped black monstrosities from your memories. 

Top- Spanked with Wishful Thinking top coat . [Tangent: I know you all are insanely sick of my blathering on about Wishful Thinking, but seriously, it makes you nails look like they have just been blessed by Ke$ha, but in the classiest way possible. The subtle silver hologram overlay turned the cranberry colored Spanked into little sparkling Sugarplums! I love it. I know $12 seems like a big investment for a frugal gal like me, so if you are on the fence as to what color to try, I recommend this one. This top coat can transform every color in your collection. Versatilty. Boom.] 

Middle- Spanked (sans topcoat) with Guilty designs. [Tangent: I read about these little nail sticker stencils on this blog, and immediately bought them on eBay because they are like $3...and I am a sucker for things that are fun and cheap.] 



Bottom-  Heather with 3rd Degree polka dots [Tangent: You know I love a nail polish dot. I always think they look super holly hobby homespun, but today a stranger asked me where I got my nails done. This never happens, so they must look at least okay. You can also judge me for the color combo. In my mind they look great together...they probably clash like hell. And also I need cuticle oil STAT!] 


 Overall, I am super excited about her new line of colors, even though I know whenever she rolls out new shades, she retires some old ones. [Rest in Peace Purdy, Torque and Fatima. You are missed.] The colors, as always went on smooth and dried incredibly fast and non-goopy. My only real gripe is a teeny one.  Miss Dee must have been eating her Wheaties the day she made these batches, because the lids were screwed on SUPER tight. I'm aware my muscle tone is non-existent, but it took several tries for a grown man to open the lid. I guess at least I know they are not drying out.

Because I love fall, and only have so many hands, I am sharing 2 bottles of Super Black Lacquer with a lucky reader! [Tangent: Also, your lids have been loosened!] 



I ever made a fancy widget thing to let you enter easier. You got a week to enter! GO FOR IT! If you have trouble using it, just leave me a comment below telling me about a trend you love or hate for fall.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

24 comments:

  1. I love fall enough to marry it! (Since they tell me you can't marry seasons, I'm willing to settle for marrying a human in the fall.) I'm a cardigan girl too, but my favorite part of fall is pulling out my boots. Love boots! I also like wearing leggings under my dresses/skirts... and, I admit it, wearing leggings as pants, with aforementioned boots. Go ahead, judge me. :)

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    1. When you sit down all the time...you're allowed to wear leggings as pants!!! No one can see your butt or crotch bunching. You get a pass!

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  2. I don't really change out much clothing-wise during the year so I like that fall means I'm no longer the weirdo wearing a cardigan and boots in 90 degree weather, just a regular weirdo.

    (Also, I loved Punky Brewster's fashion, I used mix my different colors of Keds shoes)

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    1. I was obsessed with punky as a kid! I dressed up like her in 1st grade for halloween

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  3. ok, i know i won last time, but i love it so much i want MORE!!!! haha.
    i love cardigans in the fall, though a prefer a crew neck with 3/4 sleeves. for some reason that is almost impossible to find! ugh!!

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    1. I'm sorry you didn't win again!!! You can always borrow mine

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  4. This may not be a style blog (oh, nooooo... how horrible!) but you have some pretty stylin' instincts, young woman. I'm so happy it's time to bring out the wonderful clothes.
    Have a great week!
    (Did you try running the recalcitrant polish caps under some hot tap water? Usually works for me ... I'm just a wimp!)

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    1. I will have to do that next time. I just made my boyfriend fight with them

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  5. I am sooo glad it finally cooled off(it stays wickedly hot all summer in Oklahoma), but the seasonal depression kills. Gimme some fake sunlight and a vitamin D supplement and I'll be fine. lol

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    1. Yeah the darkness earlier in the day is a bummer. The days get away from ya

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  6. Most embarrassing fall trend? Two words: Stirrup. Pants.

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    1. I owned a lot of those, pair it with a dickie and puff paint sweatshirt...winning look

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  7. It doesn't even feel like Fall here, but I love making it feel more festive by baking pumpkin pie! Favorite Fall trend!

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    1. I know it can get cold there. I was there in feb of 2011 and it snowed. Sure it was the first time since the 70s but it happened

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  8. Boots and sweaters and big fuzzy socks are my favorite part of fall... Oh, and the scarves!!! Just as long as I'm never again forced into my 7th grade look of forest green stirrup pants & turtleneck (I should NEVER wear most shades of green, that's one of them!), giganto cream colored sweater and cream slouchy socks with my Eastland suede shoes. I was going for green/cream/green/cream - NOT GOOD. Don't do it, friends! PS- I really really really REALLY want that bottle of 3rd Degree!!!!!!!! xoxoxo

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    1. Hahaha. I'm so glad the random generator picked you! For that outfit combo alone

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  9. I am so out of the loop that I don't even know WHAT the trends are for Fall but as for every year, I hate turtlenecks.

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    1. I don't either. I cleaned out my closet this weekend and realized most of my wardrobe I've consistently worn since college

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  10. My favorite fall trend is BOOTS. BOOTS FOR EVERYONE!

    My most embarrassing fall trend? Probably oversized sweaters that went over my coordinating stirrup pants... Though the giant pandas and other animals on my sweaters are trendy again!

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    1. I feel ya! I own at the moment 9 pairs of boots...and one of them is purple. Who needs purple boots?!?

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  11. Have to be the 2nd grade leg warmers! Other than that, I love fall, and everything associated!

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    1. Those are apparently making a comeback. I see racks of them everywhere

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  12. My comment from before never showed up!!!! But, it said FUGGS! I'm sure you remember the fake UGGS jones! They were hideous...but, so damn comfy!

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    1. I do. They had quilted hearts if I recall

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