Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by Will Paint Nails For Food

Hey lovelies! We’ve come to the end of the eleven days of Halloween Guest Post Week- hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves! (: Today’s guest post comes from Meghan of Will Paint Nails For Food- she’s without doubt one of my favourite bloggers due to her impeccable nail art, and I was so excited when she agreed to guest post for us! 😀 So let’s see what she has created~

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The Gashlycrumb Tinies

When Xin Yu and Bethanie originally contacted me to do a guest blog post on the theme of Halloween, I’ll admit that I was initially hesitant. See, I’m not really into Halloween nail art, in fact I didn’t do a single Halloween design last year. But I accepted the invitation as a challenge to try my hand at some spooky designs, so I hope you like what I came up with!

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My inspiration came from the 1963 book The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey. It’s a small little book about a group of children who are killed off in unfortunate ways. If you are not familiar with the book you can check it out here.

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The combination of the innocent children, the rather morbid humour, as well as the writing itself (the whole book rhymes), makes it the perfect Halloween source. I took the imagery from the cover, which shows the Grim Reaper with a group of children, and the back cover, which shows a group of tombstones.

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I used only two polishes – Orly Liquid Vinyl for the black, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for the white. I worked slowly with a tiny brush to try to get as much detail as possible. I also like to use nail polish thinner (not remover!), which makes the polish easier to paint with, and it also allows for lighter washes.

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I hope you like this design as much as I do. And thanks to Xin Yu and Bethanie for inviting me to do a guest post on their blog!

-Meghan, Will Paint Nails for Food

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Thanks so much Meghan! I love your nail art and am intrigued by the book! It’s really fascinating…and a rather spooky way to start off Halloween, I may say!

Have a happy Halloween, everyone! (:

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by Polish Alcoholic

Hey lovelies! It’s the eve of Halloween- are you feeling the spooky fun factor yet?

Today’s guest post comes from Sabrina of Polish Alcoholic I always love what she comes up with for nail art, and she has an awesome polish shop too! ^^ So let’s take a look at her creation…

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Hi everyone!

My name is Sabrina, also known as Polish Alcoholic. I’m so honored that Xin Yu and Bethanie, the girls behind Lacquered by Blue Vanilla asked me to guest post at their lovely blog! Since Halloween is right around the corner they couldn’t have chosen a better theme than that. Here’s my Halloween inspired mani:Guest post HalloweenTurn off the light and let the fun begin!Guest post Halloween1For this mani I’ve used two coats of my own glow in the dark polish that will be released beginning December, over a white base. After that was completely dry I used a black nail polish and painted some spiderwebs, ghosts and a big spider 😀

I’d love to see what everyone else is coming up with for this Halloween.

Thanks for having me on your lovely blog girls!

Happy polishing!

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Thanks again Sabrina! I’m in love with that glow in the dark polish!! This is such an awesome manicure and glow in the dark polishes just made it even better! 😀

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest Post by Brijit’s Digits

Hey lovelies! Hope you’ve been enjoying these eleven days so far! We’re nearing the end…but there’s still 3 more days to go so keep coming back! 😀 Today’s post comes from Brijit of Brijit’s Digits– she’s amongst the first few blogs I’ve followed when we first started out on WordPress and I look forward to her nail posts. (: So let’s see what she has created for us today!

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Hi there!

I’m very flattered to have been asked by Xin Yu to do a guest post for Lacquered By Blue Vanilla‘s Hallowe’En series! My favourite part about blogging is definitely the lovely people that it puts me in contact with. (Yep, even more than buying tonnes of nail polish “for the blog”!)

For those of you who don’t know me, I blog over at Brijits Digits, and I’m an English girl living in France. So, I grew up celebrating Hallowe’En, getting dressed up, going trick-or-treating, and now I live in a country where it isn’t really celebrated. Which makes me kinda sad, since it was always my favourite occasion!

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Though I don’t go around dressed up any more (and I’m a little old for trick-or-treating now…), I do still make a Jack O’Lantern for the occasion 🙂 these carved pumpkins do tend to go soggy after a few days, so I usually do it the day before the 31st, and light it at night (outside, on the patio) to keep us safe for the nights when the veil between our world and the next is thin. Okay, so no, I’m not all spiritual about it… But it looks pretty, haha! So naturally, a pumpkin lantern was the inspiration for this post!

The base colour that I used is Models Own Zest a Peal, an acidic, shimmery orange. It’s pretty sheer, so I used 4 coats! Still, it dried quite quickly, and I think it’s the perfect colour…

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The detail is just sketched on using my trusty Barry M Nail Art Pen in black. I let the orange polish dry really well before applying, so was able to play around a bit and wipe it off again to get it just right 🙂

I used a bit of empty space around the edges of the index (pointer) and little (pinkie) finger, to get a rounded feel to my pumpkin. Then I added some curved lines going up and down, as pumpkins aren’t exactly smooth and round! And of course, the happy little not-so-scary face!

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So what do you think? I’d love to hear about how everyone else celebrates (or doesn’t) Hallowe’En!

Of course, a big thank you to Xin Yu ❤ for inviting me along to guest post. I’ve been following for a while and love seeing Lacquered By Blue Vanilla‘s nail art!

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Thanks so much Brijit! I love this manicure and the pumpkin looks really adorable- it makes me smile! (: I’ve never celebrated Halloween before, as most Singaporeans don’t seem to have this custom…but I feel like dressing up this year and the next! 😀

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week! |Guest post by Vic and Her Nails

Hey dears! Hope you’re having a fang-tastic week! 😀 For today’s guest post, we have Victoria of Vic and Her Nails. I got to know her blog from the OMD Challenge, and am in love with her nail art! Let’s see what she has created…. (:
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Hello readers of Lacquered by Blue Vanilla!
First off I have to say that I’m very honoured to be invited by Xin Yu to do a guest post for this blog. I really love this blog from the start so it’s quite exciting that I’m posting on it! Big thanks to Xin Yu and Bethanie for having me here.
Today I want to share with you my halloween nails. I decided to choose Dracula as my inspiration here.
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To create this look, I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear – Bamboo Shoot (light nude colour), Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear – Brick Wall (dark red), OPI – I Only Date Werewolves (black), OPI – He’s My Boo (orange), and Etude House – #BK801 (textured black with red glitter).
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For my four fingers, I started with three coats of Sally Hansen Bamboo Shoot as my base. Then I painted the blood using the Sally Hansen Brick Wall and OPI I Only Date Werewolves. Last I topped them off with a coat of Revlon Super Top Speed 60 Second Top Coat.
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For the thumb, first I started with one coat of OPI He’s My Boo and when it completely dried, I made the gradient using Sally Hansen Brick Wall and OPI He’s My Boo with a make up sponge. Then I painted the castle and those big birds using OPI I Only Date Werewolves and a mini stripper (boo hoo, I don’t have any detail brush… yet!). For the land, I used Etude House #BK801. Last I applied top coat to smooth it out.
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Thank you Xin Yu and Bethanie for asking me to do a guest post, and thanks for reading. I hope you all enjoyed it!
You can see me around on my blogInstagram, and Pinterest.
*achoooo
God bless you
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Thanks so much Victoria, for guest posting for me! (: I am in love with this manicure- especially the thumb nail!! ^^ I’m sure my readers enjoyed this gorgeous manicure too.♥

Have a great Halloween in advance! ~

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Halloween Skittle Manicure by Xin Yu

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Hello my lovelies, have a good Sunday!

It’s my turn to show you my Halloween themed nail art for this guest post week! ^^ Honestly I’ve never celebrated Halloween before, but I always thought the idea of trick and treating, dressing up, carving pumpkins was really cool! I even did some googling on the significance of Halloween heh.

Here in Singapore, though we do have a Halloween Horrors event, many Singaporeans don’t really have the tradition of celebrating it- it’s not even an official holiday here! Nonetheless, I persevered and finally came up with a skittle manicure which I had fun doing.

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For my index finger, I painted The Face Shop PP404, a gorgeous shimmery purple which dries with a bit of matte/texture. I then added some spiderwebs using my silver Uniball Signo pen.

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My middle finger is an eyeball design, painted using H&M White, with the rest of the details done using my gel pens. I even tried using highlighter on my nails for the first time- the blue is done using that hehe!

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And as I’m a cat lover, no Halloween manicure can be completed without my favourite black cat. I used The Face Shop BK901, a beautiful polish with duochrome shimmer for the base, and added in the whiskers and eyes using my white and gold Uniball Signo gel pens respectively.

Meow! My black cat from Emily the Strange appears in the shot above. :3 I actually don’t know if its one of the original 4 cats, and if it is, I’m guessing it’s either Mystery or Sabbath.

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My pinky finger was painted simply with 2 coats of Layla Ceramic Effect No 53, a drool-worthy flakie polish. Unfortunately the gorgeousness of this polish was not captured on my nail here. ): This reminded me of blood…albeit pretty one.

And for a silly “hold all the bottles just for the fun of it” shot:

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(:

Hope you guys are feeling the Halloween vibes!

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by A Girl and Her Chicken named Betty

Hey dears! Hope your week has been going well! Today’s guest post is from Alexandria of A Girl and Her Chicken Named Betty– we previously did our very first guest post for her and am so happy to finally have her guest posting on our blog! Let’s take a look at what she came up with~ (:
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Hi guys!
I’m so excited to be guest posting today, thanks again to Xin Yu and Bethanie for having me! My theme for today’s mani is Halloween (Of Course!), and I decided to go with a cutsey Halloween design rather than my usual blood splatter oriented manis.
I knew I wanted to do a Frankenstein’s monster mani right off the bat, but then I realized I’ve never seen a Frankenstein’s Bride mani anywhere so that’s what ended up on my nails!
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I started with a base of green on all my nails except my ring finger, I started with black on that nail. I used a striping brush to paint the stitching, I really love how the stitching on my index came out, if you tweaked it so the diagonal line was farther over I think this would made a fantastic twist on a french manicure! Finally I used the same brush to add the bride’s iconic hair to my ring nail, I left some sparse patches to  make it look more like hair rather than just stark white.
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Polishes I used:
Wet n wild wild shine clear nail protector,
China glaze Def-Defying,
NYC french white tip,
Wet n wild fast dry ebony hates chris,
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and NYC extra shiny top coat.

Thanks for reading!

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Thanks so much Alexandria! I’ve never heard of Frankenstein’s Bride before and had to do some googling heh! I think you’ve captured it perfectly! (:

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Trick Or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest post by Craftynail

Hey everyone, TGIF! Today’s Halloween Guest Post Week is brought to you by Jacqui of Craftynail. Jacqui has always been really supportive of our young blog, and I was so glad that she was joining us for this guest post week! Without further ado…on to the manicure!! ~ 😀

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Hi there! My name is Jacqui and I run a U.S. nail blog called Craftynail. I am having a blast with nail art this halloween season so I’m thrilled to share my latest spooky manicure on Lacquered by BlueVanilla! Ironically, the idea for this manicure was dreamt up months ago while I was trying my first-ever sugar spun manicure. Have you ever heard of the sugar spun technique? You basically plop some nail polish down onto a hard surface (I use a an old CD case) and you swirl the polish around with a toothpick until it dries up and gets stringy. Then you lay the strings over your nails for decoration. Here’s a great tutorial by Kat Stays Polished if you’d like to see how it’s done. So when I tried sugar spun that day the lightbulb went off- if I use white nail polish it could look like a mummy head! Well that eureka came to me in April so I’ve been carrying the mummy idea in my back pocket for months! hahaha So without further ado, here are my sugar spun mummy nails!

craftynail sugar spun mummies Not only are the mummy heads kinda cute, but the orange polish I’m wearing on the other fingers is just perfect for Halloween! It’s an indie polish made by Polish Alcoholic called Veni Vidi Vici. I just love it and want to wear it as many times as possible this season! As for my mummy fingers, I started with one coat of a nude lacquer called Yummy Mummy by Butter London. I couldn’t resist using that one hehe. 🙂 Then I did white sugar spun over top to create that mummy-wrapped look. The white polish I used was NYC Nail Enamel in French White Tip and it worked perfectly. So nice and stringy! The eyes were dotted on with random black, red and white polishes that I had laying around. I like that they’re leering sideways at my pinky finger. They look very suspicious of that poor pinky for some reason! LOL. So what do you think of my mummy nails? Let me know if you try them too- I’d love to see!

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I hope you all have a happy and safe halloween with lots of treats, preferably chocolates! buahahaa! Feel free to visit me on my blog craftynail.com, facebook, twitter or pinterest if you want to see more halloween nails! See you online!

-Jacqui aka Craftynail

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Wow I am simply in love with this nail art! I’ve never tried the sugar spun technique before and I love how yours came out!! ❤ Also, I need to save up money to purchase some polishes from Polish Alcoholic! 😀

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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Pumpkins and Spiders! by Bethanie

Hey everyone 🙂  Couple of weeks ago, Xin Yu and I decided to do some Halloween manis and this is my take on it. To be honest, I have never celebrated Halloween before as it is not popular here, in Singapore. Nonetheless, I decided to attempt my first ever Halloween mani! ^_^

As usual, indecisive me took to the web first, to look for some inspiration! Personally, I like to see what others have created before and then add my own spins and twists to it. After admiring some awesome designs, I eventually fell in love with this mani done by Chelsea Queen

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She did an amazing job and even though I’m not as good as her, I tried my best and this is what I came up with!

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Most of my designs are similar to hers but I decided to change the words on the pinkie. So instead of “Trick or Treat”, I wrote “Anyone there?” as it reminded me of a typical line in a horror film. 😛

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Polish and pens used:

Purple- OPI A grape fit

Orange- Mixture of Zoya Thandie and Sasatinnie Yellow polish

Black- Sasatinnie Black polish and black 0.38 Uniball signo gel pen

Yellow- Sasatinnie Yellow polish

Matte top coat- Etude house Help my finger collection

Hope you liked this mani!

Till next time,

Bethanie

Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest Post by Polished PR

Hi everyone, Happy Wednesday! Today’s guest post comes from Jenn of Polished PR– I enjoy reading her posts and seeing her various manicures! So let’s get to it! ^^

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Hey everyone, it’s Jenn from Polished PR! I just wanted to start off by saying thank you to Xin Yu and Bethanie for allowing me to contribute this guest post to their blog…I absolutely love connecting with fabulous bloggers such as them and coordinating fun, engaging posts 🙂
I was so excited to hear that they were looking for Halloween-themed manis! I honestly can’t even remember if I was festive with my nails last Halloween, so of course I was thrilled to get those creative juices flowing.
I’ve been experiencing a slight addiction to skittlette manis lately; for those of you who don’t know what a skittlette is, it’s a mani that incorporates two accent nails instead of one. So when I thought of what Halloween-inspired designs I wanted to try out, three instantly came to mind: candy corn, ghosts and spiders.
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For the “ghosts,” I painted a single coat of black polish (Bowery Black by NYC) and used a dotting tool (or bobby pin!) to dot two white spots (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors) and then dotted two smaller black spots on top to create the effect of eyes peeking at you from the dark. Scary, right? 😉
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The candy corn was a fairly simple gradient, using a makeup sponge and polishes in white, orange and yellow (Snow Me White by Sinful Colors and Speed Dial & Big Yellow Taxi by Ciate).
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And finally the spider webs. I don’t know what made me think of doing spider webs, because in reality they creep the crap out of me, especially I can feel them lingering on my skin after unknowingly walking through one… *shivers* But anywho, luckily for me I had the perfect stamp on one of my Shany plates, and using Bowery Black by NYC as the stamp color, placed that upon, you guessed it, a single coat of Snow Me White by Sinful Colors.
 
I’m always worried about imperfections with themed manis such as this one, but I was really pleased with the way they turned out! I had such a blast putting this together, and I’m so excited to see what you’ve put together as far as Halloween nails 🙂 
Thank you!

 
Jenn
Blogger, Polished PR
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Thanks so much Jenn! ^^ I love what you came up with, and the “ghosts” actually remind me of Susuwatari, or soot sprites in Studio Ghibli films! And yes, ugh spider webs give me the creeps…I’ve had bad experiences walking through them…:/
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Trick or Treat! It’s Halloween Guest Post Week!|Guest Post by buy ALL the colors!

Hey everyone! Hope you all enjoyed yesterday’s Halloween-themed manicure. (: Today’s guest post comes from Kitsu of buy ALL the colors! Let’s see what fang-tastic manicure she has come up with! ^^

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Hey guys! I’m Kitsu from buy ALL the colors! and I’m super excited to be sharing some nail art with you all today! Thanks so much to Xin Yu and Bethanie for inviting me to join in on the Halloween fun!

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I remember reading Dracula when I was younger, and was always terrified of being visited by him in the middle of the night, especially on nights like Halloween! So here’s some fanged nail art dedicated to the truly terrifying vampires of classic novels.

I used Sinful Shine Dark Room for the black base and then drew on the fangs with Wisp. Then lastly I brushed on some blobs of Devious for a bloody effect. The great thing about using a black base is that you can be a bit sloppy with the “blood” application and it doesn’t even show up outside of the fangs! And if you’re planning on creating this look, as with all dark colors, make sure to use base coat to prevent staining!

I hope you all liked how this turned out! Thanks again to Lacquered By Bluevanilla for hosting this mani!

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Wow thanks so much Kitsu! I really love the bloody effect- I think it’s done perfectly! (: I’ve never read Dracula before and I think I need to pick it up soon!

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