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September 18th, 2016

Semi-move; new nail chapter

I'm no longer as "into" nail polish as I was. But I still paint my nails and take pictures of them, along with other random things! If you'd like to see more swatches, the odd nail art, and other fun art things that I happen upon/happen to get obsessed with, wander over here sometime ...


Thanks for reading Acetone Files, and hope to see you around!

February 17th, 2014

Mustache Lacquer:
The Vampire Collection

I've been absent for a while, but I'm back in full force with a brand new collection!! I've always loved vampires, from the time I discovered Anne Rice to all the fascinating new incarnations that have been appearing in recent years. The collection is a tribute to all the awesome vampires I've known and loved over the years, and to my favorite supernatural monster in general! I hope you like them - it was a labor of love. ^_^

See the sparkle ... and the vampiresCollapse )

January 10th, 2014

Acetone Files
Elevation Polish Rapa Nui / Comparison to Orly High on Hope

I just got yet another Llarowe order, where I picked up a lot of the special effects sort of indies I've been wanting for a while, among them Elevation Polish Rapa Nui. I was lucky enough to run across it in stock for once, and I loved it the first moment I saw it on someone's blog (I guess that qualifies as a lemming! Jumping off the Elevation cliff ... lol)
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January 5th, 2014

Acetone Files
Orly High on Hope / Color Club Halo Hues French

I haven't done a french manicure in sooo long and my nails are actually close to a good uniform length, so I figured I'd go for it. I decided to try a wintery blue with some special sparkle, Orly High on Hope, and pair it with an awesome holo.

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Acetone Files
Snow Unicorn manicure / Essie Turquoise & Calicos

I don't like this manicure much - it wasn't well thought out ;) But I like Essie Turquoise and Calicos, and the unicorn Hex Nail Jewelry I finally got around to using.

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January 1st, 2014

Acetone Files
2013 Year-End Review

It's that time of year ... the end of it. Last year I only started doing nails seriously halfway through, so I have a lot more to recap this go-round! I hope you've enjoyed watching me stump along and learn new things, while enjoying way too much acetone. Let's have a look at the best of the best!

10 Favorite Polishes of 2013
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5 Favorite Indy Polishes of 2013
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10 Favorite Nail Art of 2013
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December 25th, 2013

Studded Oxblood Christmas manicure

I dunno about you but I can't stand all the red-and-green uber-Christmasy manicures. So I challenged myself to figure out a Christmas-ish manicure I could stand, but also something really fun and special. Luckily, my Born Pretty Store order happened to show up a few days ago with a shitton of new studs, so I got to work bedazzling!

Tis the season to bedazzle fa la la la la ...Collapse )

December 24th, 2013

Essie Holiday 2013 Mini Set Comparisons
Forever Yummy, Wicked, Chinchilly, Turquoise & Calicos

Christmas has come early this year :) I managed to snag one of the holiday minis sets for $24 (they never appeared in a store near me and were immediately sold out online) on ebay and it turned up a few days ago. Didn't get one this Christmas? I got you covered - depending on the shades you want, you can find some nice, cheaper dupes.

my gift to you: comparisons to actual cheaper polishes!Collapse )

December 18th, 2013

Acetone Files
Indy Spot: Pahlish El Topo Petit

This is fast becoming one of my favorite greiges! Pahlish El Topo Petit is a dark greige with reddish copper shimmer, meant to mimic the sheen of a mole's fur; "el topo petit" means little mole in French, because the word for mole is where we get the color word "taupe." Cool huh? And way cute.

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December 14th, 2013

Acetone Files
33DC Day 33 (finally!): Recreate Someone Else's Manicure

Forgive the intermission - caught the December cold that was going around! Better late than never - I found tons of manis I wanted to try from the archives of the 33DC, but this one by Kerruticles caught my eye - I love these colors together, and I've always wanted to try the little off-center flower thing. Plus it's one of the easier designs to paint! .... And guess what? It's Saturday, so I can totally count this as a Copykaturday!

Here's to Kerruticles!Collapse )

That's it guys! If a bit late. I'll be posting a roundup shortly.
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