The Lacquer Ring – Orange

Who would have thought that orange would become my mortal enemy in the span of one day? I remember how excited I was when Tangerine Tango was the Pantone Color of the Year, and I reveled in wearing every single orange polish that Summer and was in love with all of them. Today–not so much. For our very first “official” post, Nicole chose the color Orange and little did I know that this would become the day I officially swore off orange…at least until the next awesome orange polish comes around because we all know what that is like. Before I tell you all about my fails and flails, let me show you the mani I ended up choosing at the least hideous of the bunch.

NARS Ethno Run Left 1NARS Ethno Run Left 2This is NARS Ethno Run Left–a yellow orange that is super bright and squishy looking. I quite like this color, but it’s a beotch to photograph.

Shimmer Alice 1Shimmer Alice 2I then had to sparkle it up so I applied one coat of Shimmer Polish Alice to really make the polish shine. I love this glitter so much!

Bourjois Grenadine Tonic 1Bourjois Grenadine Tonic 2And because I can never leave well enough alone, I used Bourjois Grenadine Tonic to make a jelly sandwich. The bright red orange tint of this polish intensified the orange base color so I kind of liked the end result. It’s super bright, and I can tell you that it looks fantastic out in sunlight.

Now for the ones that didn’t quite make it…the first two are swatches so it’s not like there is anything wrong with them, it’s what happened to them after they were swatched that became the problem.

Bettina OrangeBettina Orange

Jessica Sun-kissed BeautyJessica Sun-kissed Beauty

As I said, the previous two polishes were nice enough, but this is where things started going downhill…very quickly.

Fail 1Fail #1 was this sloppy and gross water marble. Seriously. It’s disgusting and you can’t even imagine how long it took me do create this monstrosity. I hate it so hard.

Fail 2Fail #2 was even more difficult to deal with because it took even longer to create than the sloppy water marble. I don’t know what I was thinking, but this looks disgusting too. My nail mojo was off today. Big time. After those two fugly bombs, I was ready to give up…

Someone+please+tell+me+this+is+fake+_c209d92cfe70c016f8a93373a1975f8dPuck knows how I was feeling for sure. I am just glad that I was able to put something together that didn’t make me want to stab my eyes out with a glass nail file. The next challenge will be cherry blossoms which I know is going to destroy me since I suck at freehand designs. I kind of hate Nicole right now…lol (I kid! I kid!) Make sure that you check out the other orange inspired looks from the other ladies. Thanks so much for stopping by today and checking in with The Lacquer Ring! I’ll talk to you soon.


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37 thoughts on “The Lacquer Ring – Orange

  1. 8 May, 2014 at 8:08 am

    While the marble mani kind of reminds me of a cremesicle, I actually really like the quilt pattern one! I’m not sure why you didn’t care for it :3

    As for the NARS polish, it’s gorgeous!

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:29 am

      I was totally thinking about creamsicles! I love those things–this mani, not so much. I think the quilt one just looked too messy for me. The mani I took inspiration from was so flawless that I knew no matter what I did, I wasn’t going to like it. Womp, womp. I can agree with you on the NARS–it’s pretty fabulous. πŸ™‚
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  2. Amy
    8 May, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I still think you are crazy and that the “Fails” as you call them look great. Ugh, 3 awesome looks in one post. Betch!
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    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:31 am

      You know me…I just think they are gross and messy. πŸ™
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  3. 8 May, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Girrrrrrrl I must be missing something because I think your water marble and your ‘rhinstoney criss-cross’ design are both AMAZING. I would be so proud of those!
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    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Awww! Thank you. <3
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  4. 8 May, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Call me crazy but I actually like these a lot even though you thought they were fails πŸ™‚
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    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Thank you, Lisa!
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  5. Sarah B
    8 May, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Girl you are always so hard on yourself!! Your “fails” are 10x better than any nail art I could attempt to do!

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:33 am

      You are right: I am always really hard on myself. However, in this instance, I really do hate the two fails. I don’t know what it is…maybe that they just don’t look polished.
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  6. 8 May, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Haha!!! Sorry for my choices! I’m sure yours will turn out fantastic. πŸ™‚ I like these orange nails. Very pretty and summery looking.
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    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:35 am

      I have you to blame for this mental anguish! lol I’ve already started messing around with the idea of cherry blossoms, and it’s not going well. I tried out the design on a nail wheel and I threw it away–after I set it on fire. Let’s see what happens cause I guess that’s half the fun.
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  7. Rebecca
    8 May, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I love love love this jelly sandwich look! I am seriously wishing I had those colours so I could recreate this look right now! I may have to try out something similar with my only jelly polish which is pink πŸ™‚ I just can’t help but think ahead to the glitter removal stage…euch! Haha

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:36 am

      LOL! I know what you mean because I was dreading removal too. However, I just let the acetone soak a little longer and the removal wasn’t bad. I think I like this jelly sandwich because it ended up looking so juicy.
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  8. alona y
    8 May, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    That gif cracked me up so hard – but to me the water marble looked really good and I even sort of liked the other pattern (if there were nearly flat rhinestones out there I’d be using them all the time). I’m hyper-critical when I do my own nails but my water marbles don’t usually look that good so harumph!

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:39 am

      I think that I only liked one of my nails in the water marble design–the others were just all over the place. I also think that the choice of colors wasn’t that great. I need to practice the technique a lot more before I feel comfortable with it. I also have to pick better more contrasting colors next time.
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  9. Jill
    8 May, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I really like all of the looks! I agree with the creamsicle comment! I wonder if you had a picture in your mind ff what they would look like and they didn’t end up matching that picture … because to us they aren’t fails : )

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Yes! That is one of the big problems. 1) I saw something similar elsewhere and it looked flawless while mine looked like a 2 year old did it. 2) I didn’t think about the colors with the water marble–I needed more contrast. Still, I just wasn’t happy with them. But hey, at least I got practice.
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  10. 8 May, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Although I like all of the orange manis I am happy you went with your final one. It is definitely my favorite and I hate you for having that Nars Pierre Hardy duo πŸ˜›
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    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Me too–the final look saved me from polish hell that night. And I will take your hate because that duo is so worth it. haha
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  11. 8 May, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Just gorgeous! πŸ™‚

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:43 am

      Because you make gorgeous polishes! πŸ˜‰
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  12. Mary
    8 May, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I love orange polish – the Nars is gorgeous!!! And I love your water marble look. – love!

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Thanks so much, Mary. πŸ™‚
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  13. Cyndar
    8 May, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    You are so adorable. I laughed out loud and my husband asked what was so funny. Everything looks beautiful to me. Uniformity isn’t necessarily necessary!!!
    I love reading what you have to say.

    1. 9 May, 2014 at 12:44 am

      Thank you, Nancy! You’re so sweet.
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  14. 9 May, 2014 at 7:23 am

    Your “fails’ are still beautiful! I love all of your creations!
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    1. 10 May, 2014 at 1:21 am

      Thank you, Jacquie! πŸ™‚
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  15. 9 May, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Damn girl, I love that water marble! But I love love LOVE that jelly sandwich. It really looks great. πŸ™‚
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    1. 10 May, 2014 at 1:19 am

      I ended up feeling satisfied with the jelly sandwich but I don’t think anyone can convince me that the water marble was a success. lol
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  16. 9 May, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    All of these look fantastic! Give yourself some credit, you deserve it! πŸ™‚
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    1. 10 May, 2014 at 1:18 am

      Awww! Thank you, Elsie.
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  17. 12 May, 2014 at 7:44 am

    i prefer the quilted look. I see no fault in that OR the water marble… you are crazy mama!
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    1. 12 May, 2014 at 4:52 pm

      Thank you, Sib. <3
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  18. 16 May, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    You are cray cray, and yes I just called you cray cray, I love all of these. These oranges are gorgeous, your marble is flawless and your quilt pattern is awesome!
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  19. Lesley
    25 May, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    “I tried out the design on a nail wheel and I threw it away–after I set it on fire.” Literally LOLing.
    I do like your “chosen” mani the best. I like that orange the best on you (those oranges look so bad on me, damnit) and our manis were pretty similar…jelly sandwiches with gold glitter! So, of course I like it, lol.
    I don’t see the insane fails that you see with the other two, but I’m not going to aover it, lol. I think I prefer the water marble over the quilted design, but they both look like completely viable, non-disgusting options, in my opinion, hahaha.

    1. 25 May, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      They just look gross to me especially after all the time I spent on them. Let’s see if the twinsie thing keeps happening. hahaha I want to get a head start but don’t know what the prompts will be.

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