Anonymous asked: I love the nail art you do, yours is my favorite nail blog I've seen on Tumblr. You've inspired me to try new things with my nails. I hope to see more nail art from you soon! :)
That’s so great to hear! Thank you so much for the sweet comment. :)
I’m hoping to post some new nail art soon, so keep an eye our for it!
Anonymous asked: Hi, I was wondering if you could give me a few suggestions on polishes. I've recently discovered layering and wanted to invest in my first bottle of flakies. I'm wearing Zoya in Jem and I think it would look really great with a layer of flakies. What's a good one to invest in? Also, have you ever used any polishes from Urban Outfitters? After Hours is a holo glitter and it's one of my favorites ever. :)
I love layering, and flakies always result in a beautiful finish. If you want Zoya flakies to match your Jem manicure, you should check out Zoya’s spring 2012 Fleck Effects collection. Finger Paints also has a flakies collection out right now. All the bottles look exactly the same, though, so you’ll have to make sure you read the names of the flakies, and check the nail polish display for sample images to make sure you get the kind you want.
Hope that helps! :)
And I haven’t tried Urban Outfitters nail polish before. I think if I get around to it, I’ll definitely try out After Hours. Thanks for the rec! :)
Color: Breezy (Milani)
Retail Price: $4.49 (USD)
This shade is from Milani’s permanent Color Fiesta collection. It is an electric blue shimmer that reminds me of summertime. It also looks like the shimmery cousin to Dude Blue (Milani). In the photo above, I am wearing 2 coats of Breezy.
While this shade is surprisingly opaque, the formula is a little thin, which makes application tricky. The first time I swatched this, I loaded up my brush with as much nail polish as I usually use, but the nail polish basically slid down the curves of my nails and flooded my nail beds. Not pretty and super messy! The second time around, I got barely any nail polish on the brush, and applied extremely thin coats of nail polish. That did the trick!
This nail polish is also fairly streaky. You’ll need a steady hand to ensure a clean manicure.
I really like the final look, and the shimmer looks great in the sun, but the formula is such a turn-off. Thin coats are definitely the trick to a clean, bubble-free manicure, but this was sort of ridiculous. I felt like the nail polish had a mind of its own! Ahh! I’m hoping my experience with other shades from this collection is better. Fingers crossed!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Milani.
Color: Ring in the Red (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
One last holiday nail polish review before January is over! :) This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. It has small red glitter and large circular red glitter all suspended throughout a sheer red base color. Gorgeous!
The formula for this glitter is fairly interesting. It goes on sheer for the first coat, and the glitter spreads evenly. Every coat after is considerably darker. I used four coats of nail polish in the photo above, but honestly, it was opaque after three coats. I added a fourth for extra sparkle!
Looking for a dupe? Chancer (Butter London) is really similar, especially when you consider the finished look. The differences are that Chancer has a more opaque base color, and Ring in the Red has more variety in glitter shapes. I honestly can’t choose a favorite, though. They’re both fabulous in different ways!
Color: Icicle (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. It is a silver foil (the foil-like tendencies of this shade are obvious from how the flash bounces off the color) with silver shimmer.
The formula for this nail polish was easy to work with, and it actually dries incredibly fast. It looks fairly opaque with one coat, but in the photo above, I am wearing two coats of nail polish.
I think Icicle is a perfect January color since it looks wintery, but also appears clean and fresh—exactly what you need to get geared up for spring colors!
Color: Marry A Millionaire (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This glitter is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Eye Candy collection. It has small pieces of purple glitter with greenish-blue bar glitter. I wish it also had some holographic glitter in it because I think it would fit in a little better with the rest of this collection, but I do think it’s cool how the bar glitter looks like electricity when it catches the light!
In the bottle, this glitter looks stunning and so unique, but on the nail, it’s a different story. It looks like a glitter art project gone wrong! The green bar glitter is only visible from some angles…when all that purple isn’t covering it up! This glitter does build up nicely, but you’ll have to push back any bits of bar glitter that end up hanging over the edge of your nails. In the photo above, I am wearing 3 coats of Marry A Millionaire.
This is the most unique glitter of this collection, but I’m not so sure I prefer uniqueness over the quality of the final look! I really wanted to like this. The green bar glitter mixed in with the royal purple glitter is such a clever combination that matches this shade’s name, but it really doesn’t transfer onto the nail. Such a shame!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze.
Color: Winter Berry (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. It is a deep red berry color with a glossy creme finish. In the bottle, it looks like it might be a lighter vampy shade, but it actually looks fairly bright on my nails. I think maybe because Poinsettia (China Glaze), from the same collection, is so bright, Winter Berry just looks that much darker.
The formula for this shade is so opaque! I’m actually only wearing one coat of nail polish on my pinky, and two coats on my ring and middle fingers. I think all my fingers look uniform, so even though you may be tempted to use two coats, it’s entirely possible for one coat to be enough with this shade.
If you’re looking for a bold, romantic red to add to your stash, this may be the nail polish for you!
(Click photos to enlarge them.)
Collection: Beyond the Mistletoe (Color Club)
Retail Price: $3.00 (USD) per bottle
Today, I’m reviewing Color Club’s winter 2011 Beyond the Mistletoe collection. I know this collection review is a little late, but I got these after the holidays, and they’re too glittery and fabulous to review them a whole year later or something. Besides, glitter never goes out of style!
In all the photos above, I am wearing 3 coats of each glitter nail polish. If you want to build these up to full glitter coverage, you will need 4 or more coats of nail polish.
Beyond the Mistletoe: This is a bluish-green holographic glitter with a clear base, giving the nail polish an overall turquoise coloring. With “mistletoe” in the name, I thought it ought to be more green, but I suppose the hints of blue takes this “beyond” ordinary mistletoe colors. The holographic glitter looks gorgeous in this nail polish. In the sun, it’s like Christmas lights are twinkling through all the glitter!
Sugarplum Fairy: This is a purple holographic glitter with slight hints of pink, all suspended throughout a clear base. Of all the shades in this collection, this one has the most holographic glitter. As you can see, my camera had issues focusing properly! The name of this nail polish definitely goes with the final multicolor finish. Absolutely magical!
Holiday Splendor: This is my favorite nail polish from this collection. It has silver and green holographic glitter, all suspended throughout a jelly greenish-teal base color. It looks gorgeous on the nail (photos can’t do it justice!). The jelly base color also makes application of this shade so much easier than all the other glitters in this collection.
Jingle Jangle: This nail polish has royal blue glitter with bits of silver and purple glitter as well, all suspended throughout a clear base. It’s also the only nail polish in this collection without holographic glitter! I do like the overall blue glitter finish, but I think it really needs the holographic glitter to tie it in to the rest of the collection.
Candy Cane: This nail polish has mostly pink glitter with hints of purple and blue glitter, and the tiniest bit of holographic glitter, all suspended throughout a clear base. This shade is cute and girly, but based on its name, I thought there also should’ve been some red glitter in the mix as well. Nothing about this glitter makes me think of candy canes.
Gingerbread: This nail polish has gold glitter and gold-toned holographic glitter with a clear base, but the finish is quite unique. The holo is definitely apparent, but I get hints of copper and bronze as well, which reminds me of gingerbread! Honestly, in the bottle, it doesn’t look like anything special, but on the nails, I think this is so perfect for the holidays, and unlike any of the other gold glitters I’ve seen this winter.
Overall, the formulas for these nail polishes vary. Holiday Splendor has the best formula; application is a breeze, glitter spreads evenly, and the jelly green base is stunning and unique. The other shades in this collection are glitters with a clear base; however, application isn’t so smooth. While I never found myself pushing glitter around on my nail, the glitter did not spread evenly. Too much or not enough glitter would get on my nails, and a couple times, the glitter clumped on my nails because of this. I would suggest using a thick top coat like Seche Vite to smooth out your manicure.
Holiday Splendor and Gingerbread are my favorites from this collection, but Beyond the Mistletoe and Sugarplum Fairy are a close second. If you haven’t tried a Color Club nail polish yet, I would recommend Holiday Splendor as your first bottle! But regardless of the shade you’re looking for, just in case you can’t find any bottles near you since the holidays are over, online beauty shops still have this collection in stock!
Disclosure: Product samples provided by Color Club.
Color: Splash of Grenadine (Essie)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Essie’s summer 2010 Resort collection. It is a pink-toned purple with a creme finish. Even though it’s from a summer collection, I think it’s easily a spring shade as well. I like that the nail polish doesn’t really look pink or purple, but sort of sits on the fence between both colors.
The formula for this shade was a little tricky to work with. Even though it seems fairly opaque, it actually applies very streaky. You’ll need to let each coat have a lot of time to fully dry so that you consecutive coats can build up the manicure to proper opacity. In the photo above, I am wearing three coats.
Honestly, I go back and forth between loving and hating this shade, but I think most of my negativity comes from the formula for Splash of Grenadine! Overall, I think this shade is fairly unique and versatile, and definitely bright enough to really make a statement in your spring or summer wardrobe.
Anonymous asked: what is your go to base coat? my nails chip so bad.
Currently, I really dig CND Stickey base coat. I hardly ever get any chips!
Also, when you apply base coat or any nail polish to your nails, make sure the surface of your nails are completely free of any oils. If your nails have been naked for a few days, for instance, get some nail polish remover on a cotton ball, and quickly wipe each of your nails to ensure the surfaces are totally dry. This will also help base coats/nail polishes to stay on longer.
canniblecyclopes asked: Hi! I love your blog and i just have a two questions, 1. Is there a good dupe for OPI Panda-Monium pink? And what is a opaque nude tanish color that isnt that expensive?
A couple possible dupes for Panda-Monium Pink (OPI) are Something Sweet (China Glaze) and Neo-Whimsical (Essie).
And I’m not sure what you deem inexpensive, but for $8 or less, you should check out Zoya’s Touch collection, which features three nudes, Glamour Purse (Essie), Topless and Barefoot (Essie), Sand Tropez (Essie), Nude Now (Sally Hansen), and Café Au Lait (Sally Hansen). Maybe one of those is close to the color you’re looking for?
Color: Stormy Weather (Deborah Lippmann)
Retail Price: $16.00 (USD)
The story goes that 24 hours before his fall 2011 fashion show, Narciso Rodriguez called Deborah Lippmann for a unique granite gray nail color, and this is what she came up with! (In 24 hours! That’s amazing!) You really can’t tell in this photo, but the bottle really does look “stormy” with very subtle swirls of a darker gray occasionally peeking through.
As with all Deborah Lippmann cremes, I love the formula. In my experience, they’re always opaque in two coats, and that held true with Stormy Weather. I also like how these cremes have a little bit more of a jelly-like quality to them, so they dry with a really nice shine. I always recommend finishing a manicure with a top coat, but this nail polish dries so glossy, you could almost go without!
Grays are always in, and are a fun twist on neutrals. If you’re looking for something versatile and unique to all your other grays, this might be a bottle you want to pick up.
Looking for a dupe? Concrete Catwalk (China Glaze) comes incredibly close, although it doesn’t really have as much depth in color, and the formula is thicker with a flatter finish. I like both, but I prefer Stormy Weather for its formula.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.
Color: Panda-Monium Pink (OPI)
Retail Price: $8.50 (USD)
This shade is from OPI’s spring 2010 Hong Kong collection. It is a baby pink creme with hints of lilac to it. In fact, at first I thought this was a purple-toned nail polish instead of something pink!
The formula for this shade is much better than most pastel cremes I’ve tried. It goes on fairly opaque, and it wasn’t streaky like I thought it would be. In the photo above, I am wearing three coats of nail polish, but I think if you’re careful, two is more than enough.
This shade is a cool winter color (in fact, it would fit in with Zoya’s winter 2011 Feel collection), but it’s obviously great for spring, too. This shade’s tendency to go back and forth between pastel pink and lilac makes it really interesting as well. Definitely a cool shade to wear as your nails transition from winter to spring.
luke--brooksslut asked: this is random but i love your tumblr! your nails look so good whenever i do mine i get it everywhere! how do you do them so neat?:L
Thank you for the sweet comments!
And honestly, practice makes perfect! Just be slow and careful when you paint your nails. When you get near the cuticle, try to get your brush as close as possible to it without touching it, and keep your hand steady as you paint near the sides of your nails so you don’t paint on your skin. But if you make mistakes, remember that a q-tip soaked in nail polish remover does wonders to clean up a manicure. :)
Anonymous asked: as far as nail polish removers go...I've had trouble getting really sparkly nail polishes off, even with a base coat. is it okay to go store brand with nail polish remover? and what's a good way to remove sparkly nail polish? thanks
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using store brand nail polish remover.
When I remove glitter nail polish, I generally use pure acetone. At Sally Beauty Supply, it costs just as much as regular nail polish remover, so it’s not that expensive at all! However, acetone is pretty harsh on your nails, and it will dry your skin out, so I limit my acetone use to only when I remove glitter nail polish from my nails.
Hope that helps. :)