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Independence Day Nails

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

I wasn’t really planning on posting today, but I know I love seeing the different manis that everyone comes up with for holidays, so I decided to quickly share my Independence Day nails with you today.

In the pics below I used 3 coats of China Glaze Ride the Waves topped with Lac Attack Rydell Forever on all but my ring finger. On my ring finger I did 2 coats of Zoya Sooki topped with 2 coats of Windestine Asbestos. Peep it:

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That’s all for today my loves! 

I hope all of my American readers have a happy Independence Day, and for those of you who aren’t celebrating the holiday, have a wonderful Wednesday!

(Lac Attack  and Windestine polishes can be purchased from their Etsy shops here and here)

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Candy Lacquer Argyle

Happy Saturday Loves!

Yay for the weekend! Can you believe today is the last day of June?!? It seems kind of insane to me that it’s almost July!

Anyway, today I have a pretty little polish from Candy Lacquer called Argyle

I was lusting after this baby but never got to Candy Lacquer’s Etsy shop in time to grab it, so I was thrilled when the lovely and generous Bridget offered to send her bottle my way (thanks again Bridget 🙂 ).

Argyle is made with matte black, white, and teal diamond-shaped glitter and black and white bar glitter in a clear base.

I love the color combination and shapes of the glitter pieces and haven’t really seen anything else like it. The only thing is application is pretty tricky because the glitter to lacquer base ratio seems to be off a bit. The dabbing method that glitters like this often require didn’t even work. I kind of had to slop big globs on each nail, then brush off the excess polish and hope that some of the glitter pieces stayed. I kinda got the hang of it after a couple of nails, but the process was annoying.

Besides all of that, I love how it came out, so I’m pretty sure I’ll deal with the sucky application if I have to.

In the pics below I layered it over 2 coats of China Glaze Concrete Catwalk. Peep it:

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So what do you think of this mani?

Would you deal with the tricky application for the end result?

You can buy Argyle for $8 from Candy Lacquer’s Etsy shop here. She re-stocks pretty frequently and has a lot of other pretty glitters as well.

Let me know your thoughts on this mani and have a great weekend! 🙂

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Milani Twinkle

Hey Peeps!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a good start 🙂

Today I have for you the lovely little glitter that is Milani Twinkle. Twinkle is one of the newest editions to Milani’s One Coat Glitter Collection. Though I’m not sure why, because it’s definitely not a “one coat glitter”…it’s not even a 3 coat glitter. I don’t think you can really get full coverage with this, unlike some of the others in the collection.

Anyway, Twinkle is small blue and purple glitter in a clear base. I was trying to find a good base color to put it over and I couldn’t come up with anything I liked. Then I saw Cristina’s swatches of Jordana LA City Nights (which is like the exact same as Twinkle), and I was like, OMG that’s freakin gorgeous! So I decided to try a similar combo, and voila!

In the pics below I used 2 coats of China Glaze Cheers To You, then I layered 1 generous coat of Milani Twinkle on top. I’ve worn this combo for 3 days and there is not a chip in sight, I love it! Check it out:

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It’s like an awesome glittery disco ball on my nails! 🙂

What do you think of Milani Twinkle?

Do you have any ideas for different layering/color combos with it?

Let me know your thoughts and have a great day! 🙂

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NOTD: Models Own Emerald Black & Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed

Happy Friday Loves!

Today I have another NOTD for you. Are you getting sick of them yet? 😉 I’m behind on swatching, so showing you what I’m currently wearing as a full mani is easiest right now.

Anyway, today I’m wearing another lovely from the Models Own Beetle Juice Collection: Emerald Black. Emerald Black is the one in the collection that probably has the least duochrome effect, but I still love it cuz the color is so deep and rich. It’s highly pigmented as well. I almost could’ve gotten away with one coat, but I did two to even things out. I’ve been super impressed with the formula on all of the Models Own polishes I’ve tried so far.

I topped my ring finger with one coat of the lovely, glittery green, flakie goodness that is Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed. I’m so in love with every single bottle of Cult Nails that I own, and this is no exception. Toxic Seaweed turned out to be a perfect blingy compliment to Emerald Black. Check it out:

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And for fun, here’s a pic of the amazingly gorgeous, fantastically huge ring from Charming Charlie that I was wearing when I did this mani:

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I’ve really been in the mood for greens and vampy colors lately, so this mani totally satisfies my fix.

You can buy Emerald Black on the Models Own website here, and Toxic Seaweed on the Cult Nails’ website here.

Let me know what you think of this mani and have a fantastic Friday! 🙂

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NOTD: Models Own Aqua Violet & Wet ‘n Wild Believe Me, It’s Real

It’s Monday again… *le sigh*

First off, I did a guest post for the lovely Marta over at Chit Chat Nails yesterday. I did some Burlesque nails that I’m pretty proud of, so check it out here if you haven’t already. 🙂

Anyway, I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine went by way too fast, as usual.

I was planning on getting a ton of swatching done this weekend of all the new pretties I got, but laziness kicked in and I didn’t get around to it. So today I’m showing you the guys the mani that I’m currently wearing.

After having it for months without trying it, I finally decided to get into my Models Own Beetle Juice Collection. I did a post showing Golden Green last week, and today I have Aqua Violet.

This one has a stronger duochrome effect than Golden Green, and as the name suggests, it’s aqua and violet. I tried to capture the color change, but in the pics below you can mostly see the aqua with a hint of the violet at the edges. It’s much stronger in person. The formula on it was a little thin, so I had to use 3 coats, but it was very smooth and easy to apply.

As I am wont to do, I decided to add a little bling on my ring finger, so I layered on one coat of Wet ‘n Wild Believe Me, It’s Real. It has turquoise and purple glitter in it, so I thought it would compliment Aqua Violet well. Peep it:

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What do you think of this mani?

I’m slowly working my way through the Beetle Juice Collection (I know, I know…I’m so late), and I’m loving each color so far.

Aqua Violet and the other lovelies from The Beetle Juice Collection can be purchased on the Models Own website for £5 ($8) individually, or £20 ($32)  for the set + a top coat/base coat.

Let me know what you think of Aqua Violet and have a great day! 🙂

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Lacquistry Sprouts Through Snow

Happy Saturday!

I hope you’ve all had a good start to your weekends. I actually get to have the whole weekend of for the first time in a while, so I’m super excited about that.

Today I have a lovely polish from Lacquistry called Sprouts Through Snow.

If you’re not familiar with Lacquistry, it’s a brand of hand-mixed nail polish that is sold by its creator, Jenna, on Etsy. She has some beautiful creations and I’m super excited that I was able to get my hands on a couple of them.

Sprouts Through Snow is a base of pearlized white glitter and shimmer, interspersed with gorgeous, emerald-green hex glitter. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. Ever since I got Lynnderella’s Snow Angel, I’ve been loving me some shimmery, white glitter.

The formula is pretty smooth for this type of glitter, but I would recommend letting it dry between coats if you’re going to do more than one. In the pics below I layered one generous coat of it over 2 coats of Orly Au Champagne. Peep it:

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I’m really in love with the look of this. I think the green glitter gives it something special and makes it unique. I’m so glad I snagged a bottle.

Lacquistry’s Etsy shop is closed for a few days right now, but when everything’s back in stock, I encourage you to check it out. I got Sprouts through Snow for $7.50 for a full size bottle. Pretty good deal.

Anyway, what do you think of this lovely? Is it your thing, or do you prefer your glitter polish to be more sparkly and in your face?

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Dollish Polish I’m a Material Girl

Hey Peeps! Happy Thursday!

Today I’ve got another lovely from Dollish Polish for you. It’s called I’m a Material Girl and it’s a beautiful hot pink based packed with small pink glitter and larger black and white glitter in multiple shapes.

I’m not usually one for pink polish, but I’m a big fan of how black, white and pink look together, so it was love at first sight.

I’m a Material Girl can be opaque on its own in a few coats, but I only bought a small bottle, so I decided to layer it. The formula is a little thick and gritty so it’s best to wait a while between coats, but I love the end result.
In the pics below I layered two coats of it over two coats of the perfectly lovely Cult Nails Devious Nature. Check it out:

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So what do you think of this lovely?

I love the overall look of it. Plus, the black and white pieces in it remind me a bit of the ones in Lynnderella Connect the Dots, so I think that’s kind of cool.

You can buy this from Dollish Polish’s Etsy store (though it’s currently closed while they catch up on orders). The small bottle like I have above is only $4, and the full size is $8.

Have you tried any Dollish Polish yet?

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