blanket print nails

Feb 07


Color: Boom Boom Pow (Deborah Lippmann)Retail Price: $20.00 (USD)
This dazzling nail polish is for the truly glamorous at heart. Boom Boom Pow is absolutely packed with all kinds of gold glitter, and even boasts 24 karat gold dust! Since the base is clear, this is excellent for layering over other shades and could even provide a great base for galaxy nail art.
The formula for this shade is easy to work with, which means application is fairly effortless. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Boom Boom Pow on my middle finger, and just one coat on my ring and pinky fingers (all over a base manicure using a black creme). As you can see, both one and two coats look fine; it really just depends on what kind of bling you’re wanting to feature on your nails.
This is one of the more expensive nail polishes, but the 24 karat gold dust gives it that extra bit of uniqueness that might convince you to spring for it. Moreover, the formula and ease of application makes this one worth the price tag in my book. Go on—treat yourself!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.

Color: Boom Boom Pow (Deborah Lippmann)
Retail Price: $20.00 (USD)

This dazzling nail polish is for the truly glamorous at heart. Boom Boom Pow is absolutely packed with all kinds of gold glitter, and even boasts 24 karat gold dust! Since the base is clear, this is excellent for layering over other shades and could even provide a great base for galaxy nail art.

The formula for this shade is easy to work with, which means application is fairly effortless. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Boom Boom Pow on my middle finger, and just one coat on my ring and pinky fingers (all over a base manicure using a black creme). As you can see, both one and two coats look fine; it really just depends on what kind of bling you’re wanting to feature on your nails.

This is one of the more expensive nail polishes, but the 24 karat gold dust gives it that extra bit of uniqueness that might convince you to spring for it. Moreover, the formula and ease of application makes this one worth the price tag in my book. Go ontreat yourself!

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.

(Source: blanketprint)

Nov 12

Color: Catherine (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
I love this red! Julep describes it as “the original classic, go-to red creme,” though I would argue it’s a teensy bit jelly-ish, too.
The formula is a little on the thin side, but in spite of that, application is practically effortless. It is so easy to make clean, beautiful lines with Catherine for a flawless finished manicure. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.
As a classic, go-to red, this shade is perfect for pretty much anything you have in mind. Dress it up for parties, or let it be a sassy pop of color in an otherwise casual look. The possibilities are literally endless. You need this color!!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Catherine (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

I love this red! Julep describes it as “the original classic, go-to red creme,” though I would argue it’s a teensy bit jelly-ish, too.

The formula is a little on the thin side, but in spite of that, application is practically effortless. It is so easy to make clean, beautiful lines with Catherine for a flawless finished manicure. In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.

As a classic, go-to red, this shade is perfect for pretty much anything you have in mind. Dress it up for parties, or let it be a sassy pop of color in an otherwise casual look. The possibilities are literally endless. You need this color!!

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

(Source: blanketprint)

Nov 11

Color: Claire (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a cool sky blue with a creme finish. It nicely toes the line between bright and neon. I find once most shades hit neon territory, they dry matte (an issue that is easily combated with a top coat), which isn’t necessarily problematic…but if I wanted a matte nail polish, I would get a matte nail polish! So, I rather like it when a nail polish manages to be bright, almost neon, and glossy all at once!
The formula for Claire is a little on the thick side, which makes application somewhat difficult because it’s hard to get a smooth finish with this nail color. After careful application, I am wearing two coats of Claire in the photo above.
Being such a bright color, Claire seems like a great summer shade (awesome for toes!), but I think it could fit right in during the cool winter months, too.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Claire (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This is a cool sky blue with a creme finish. It nicely toes the line between bright and neon. I find once most shades hit neon territory, they dry matte (an issue that is easily combated with a top coat), which isn’t necessarily problematic…but if I wanted a matte nail polish, I would get a matte nail polish! So, I rather like it when a nail polish manages to be bright, almost neon, and glossy all at once!

The formula for Claire is a little on the thick side, which makes application somewhat difficult because it’s hard to get a smooth finish with this nail color. After careful application, I am wearing two coats of Claire in the photo above.

Being such a bright color, Claire seems like a great summer shade (awesome for toes!), but I think it could fit right in during the cool winter months, too.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

(Source: blanketprint)

Nov 10

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Nov 03

Color: Kim (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a shimmery gunmetal gray shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. Julep says it has a frosty finish, but I don’t really think so. Maybe there’s a tiny bit of frost in there, but not really a lot, in my opinion!
I really love the formula for Kim. I expected application to be streaky, but it’s actually really smooth, which was a lovely surprise. As with all Julep shades, it is opaque in two coats.
I will absolutely be rocking this shade in the coming winter months. Gray is so chic as it is, and I love how the subtle shimmer (and, okay, frost!) makes Kim stand out from other gray nail polishes. Definitely a keeper!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Kim (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This is a shimmery gunmetal gray shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. Julep says it has a frosty finish, but I don’t really think so. Maybe there’s a tiny bit of frost in there, but not really a lot, in my opinion!

I really love the formula for Kim. I expected application to be streaky, but it’s actually really smooth, which was a lovely surprise. As with all Julep shades, it is opaque in two coats.

I will absolutely be rocking this shade in the coming winter months. Gray is so chic as it is, and I love how the subtle shimmer (and, okay, frost!) makes Kim stand out from other gray nail polishes. Definitely a keeper!

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

(Source: blanketprint)

Nov 02

Color: Shake Your $$ Maker (Essie)Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Essie’s 2013 Neon collection. It is a bright kelly green jelly that makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas! And…money. Due to the nail polish name!
The formula for Shake Your $$ Maker is a little tricky; it’s super sheer and thick! It was difficult to work with due to the thickness, and frustrating to apply because it was just so sheer. In the photo above, I am wearing four coats of nail polish, and even then, you can clearly see nail lines under all that green! So, I would suggest wearing this shade over a base white creme manicure.
As with most neon formulas, this dries matte. So, if you desire some shine, make sure you finish up your manicure with a glossy top coat! (I am wearing Seche Vite top coat in my swatch.)

Color: Shake Your $$ Maker (Essie)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)

This shade is from Essie’s 2013 Neon collection. It is a bright kelly green jelly that makes me think of St. Patrick’s Day or Christmas! And…money. Due to the nail polish name!

The formula for Shake Your $$ Maker is a little tricky; it’s super sheer and thick! It was difficult to work with due to the thickness, and frustrating to apply because it was just so sheer. In the photo above, I am wearing four coats of nail polish, and even then, you can clearly see nail lines under all that green! So, I would suggest wearing this shade over a base white creme manicure.

As with most neon formulas, this dries matte. So, if you desire some shine, make sure you finish up your manicure with a glossy top coat! (I am wearing Seche Vite top coat in my swatch.)

(Source: blanketprint)

Nov 01

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Oct 25

Color: Harley (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This is a silvery metallic shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. On the one hand, I love how pigmented and shiny Harley is, but on the other, it’s so streaky! But streaky application is just something that we have to learn to accept with metallics!
In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Harley. Honestly, you could get away with just one coat, but I always do two coats for Julep shades since that’s what they recommend! Besides the streaky application, I have no other issues with this shade.
Looking for a dupe? Check out Icicle (China Glaze) and Diamond Geezer (Butter London).
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Harley (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This is a silvery metallic shade that was first released with Julep’s August 2012 Maven boxes. On the one hand, I love how pigmented and shiny Harley is, but on the other, it’s so streaky! But streaky application is just something that we have to learn to accept with metallics!

In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Harley. Honestly, you could get away with just one coat, but I always do two coats for Julep shades since that’s what they recommend! Besides the streaky application, I have no other issues with this shade.

Looking for a dupe? Check out Icicle (China Glaze) and Diamond Geezer (Butter London).

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Oct 21

Color: Bat My Eyes (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a black jelly nail polish packed with various shapes and sizes of gold glitter throughout.
The jelly formula is great because it ensures the gold glitter isn’t totally covered up by the black; however, there is just so much glitter, so it does make application a little tricky. The formula is sometimes slightly lumpy, so take your time with application—especially near your cuticles! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Bat My Eyes.
Gold is so in right now, and the black/gold combination is always chic. This is definitely a shade you’ll want in your stash all year!

Color: Bat My Eyes (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a black jelly nail polish packed with various shapes and sizes of gold glitter throughout.

The jelly formula is great because it ensures the gold glitter isn’t totally covered up by the black; however, there is just so much glitter, so it does make application a little tricky. The formula is sometimes slightly lumpy, so take your time with application—especially near your cuticles! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Bat My Eyes.

Gold is so in right now, and the black/gold combination is always chic. This is definitely a shade you’ll want in your stash all year!

Oct 15

Color: Howl You Doin’ (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a dark purple creme with small blue glitter and uneven flecks of copper glitter throughout.
The copper glitter really adds some dimension to this shade, but I think the blue glitter is just magical. It transforms what ought to be a murky purple into what appears to be a unique and bright blurple! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Howl You Doin’.

The formula for this shade is a little on the thick side, so it takes some extra time to dry (as you can see near the cuticles of my pinky and ring fingers, there is a teensy bit of pull because I did not let the nails dry long enough before applying a second coat).
The copper glitter makes this nicely Halloween-y, but the purple creme/blue glitter combination makes this a great fall color that will have you howling all season! ;)

Color: Howl You Doin’ (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s Monsters Ball collection. It is a dark purple creme with small blue glitter and uneven flecks of copper glitter throughout.

The copper glitter really adds some dimension to this shade, but I think the blue glitter is just magical. It transforms what ought to be a murky purple into what appears to be a unique and bright blurple! In the photo above, I am wearing two coats of Howl You Doin’.

The formula for this shade is a little on the thick side, so it takes some extra time to dry (as you can see near the cuticles of my pinky and ring fingers, there is a teensy bit of pull because I did not let the nails dry long enough before applying a second coat).

The copper glitter makes this nicely Halloween-y, but the purple creme/blue glitter combination makes this a great fall color that will have you howling all season! ;)

(Source: blanketprint)

Oct 14

emalitsa asked: Your nails are absolutely stunning! such great swatches, so lovely! xx

Thank you for taking the time to say so! :)

Oct 04

Color: Queen B (China Glaze)Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)
Am I the only one humming “Royals” by Lorde? This shade will certainly make you feel like a “Queen B.” Purple is the color of royalty, after all.
Queen B is from China Glaze’s fall 2013 Autumn Nights collection. It is a deep violet, almost blurple shade with a creme finish.
The formula for this shade is flawless; it’s a one-coater! Application is smooth (practically effortless, if you ask me), and the color applies evenly (no bald spots, which is what makes it a one-coater). The color looks pretty dark in the bottle, but in good lighting (or under the sun, which is where I took pictures of my swatch), the violet is bright and fun. This is absolutely a staple you need in your autumn wardrobe.
Looking for a dupe? Try Road House Blues (OPI) or No More Film (Essie).
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

Color: Queen B (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $7.00 (USD)

Am I the only one humming “Royals” by Lorde? This shade will certainly make you feel like a “Queen B.” Purple is the color of royalty, after all.

Queen B is from China Glaze’s fall 2013 Autumn Nights collection. It is a deep violet, almost blurple shade with a creme finish.

The formula for this shade is flawless; it’s a one-coater! Application is smooth (practically effortless, if you ask me), and the color applies evenly (no bald spots, which is what makes it a one-coater). The color looks pretty dark in the bottle, but in good lighting (or under the sun, which is where I took pictures of my swatch), the violet is bright and fun. This is absolutely a staple you need in your autumn wardrobe.

Looking for a dupe? Try Road House Blues (OPI) or No More Film (Essie).

Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze. 

(Source: blanketprint)