Nail Quickies: Neon + Silver Grunge

Hi – this post is wayyyy overdue but I’ve been a bit busy so it’s going to be short, sorry for that. Let’s get to it!

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Flashy is an indie polish polish from an Etsy shop called Dazzle Glam Shop. I’m obsessed with the color – it’s the perfect neon chartreuse – but the formula was a little lacking. I’m not blaming the makers, neons are notorious for having terrible (sheer/streaky) formulas, I’m just noting it. I did 3-4 coats on my pointer, then applied Rise And Shine on my pinkie and No Place Like Chrome on my middle fingers.

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I used the dry brush technique to swipe each polish over each base color for a grunge affect, but you really can’t even really tell which base coat is which. It was also insanely hard to capture Rise And Shine’s true color – it’s a vibrant, green-leaning teal, but sometimes it comes across as very blue. I still like this look, though – I love these colors together.

Oops, forgot to say that I used It's Frosty Outside on my thumb as an accent nail.

Oops, forgot to say that I used It’s Frosty Outside on my thumb as an accent nail.

Sorry it’s been so long between posts and that this is so short, I promise it won’t be as long between posts next time. Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x

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ILNP Swatch: Kaleidoscope

Hellooooo everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was really lovely – very relaxing while also getting some errands done, plus there was a huge thunderstorm and golden retriever snuggles! Basically the definition of a perfect chill weekend. To ward off the “bleh”s from the start of a boring workweek, I’m going to show my latest polish acquisition today, ILNP’s gorgeous flakie Kaleidoscope.

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Kaleidoscope is a mix of all the flakie polishes ILNP offers, so obviously it was the one I was most excited about from ILNP’s summer 2015 collection. I love, love, love rainbow toppers, so a rainbow-y, color-shifting flakie topper? I can’t even, because I’m dead.

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I mean, gahhhhhh. This is gorgeous! Just like my last INP flakie, Kaleidoscope went on easily and had great coverage so I didn’t even have to dab and swirl like I sometimes have to with heavy glitter toppers. There actually isn’t much texture to these flakes even before you put on top coat, which is nice because I haaaate bumpy, lumpy nails (which is why I don’t wear glitter that often). As for the flakes themselves – again, just like my last review, I love that these are opaque, metallic flakes that can be layered over anything, not just a dark color. To prove it, I did one thick layer over Color Club’s East Austin, a neon peach (a notoriously troublesome color, so this was three obnoxious, streaky coats. Sigh).

There really isn’t that much more to say – this is fabulous, go get it right now. I’m a pretty frugal lacquerhead – I don’t actually own that many indies because I’m just not a person to shell out $10-$15 for one polish all that often – but Kaleidoscope is totally worth the $$$. It’s gorgeous and extremely versatile because it can go over just about any base color. You definitely won’t regret this! (Although it does pay to sign up for ILNP’s newsletter – it lets you know when pre-orders are happening, which is how I got this polish for $1 off, as well as the 30% off sales they sometimes have, which takes the sting out of the price a bit. Especially if you want to order more than one bottle at a time because hello, of course you’ll want to, their polishes are gorgeous and have great formulas!)

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Oh man, I could stare at this combo all day. I love how summery it is with the peach base color! Did anyone else pick up any ILNPs in the pre-order or anything from the summer collection at all? What are your favorites? Let me know in the comments! Thank you so much for reading, and I’ll see you next time – A x

Fourth of July Mani

Hi everyone! I hope my fellow Americans had a fun and safe Fourth of July yesterday! I only had time for a quick Independence Day mani, so let’s get to it!

I forgot to include the glitter polishes in this pic, oops! I did include a beer, though, because 'MERICA!

I forgot to include the glitter polishes in this pic, oops! I did include a beer, though, because ‘MERICA!

I knew I wanted to do something with a classic red, white, and blue color scheme, so I pulled a bunch of polishes from my stash. I decided to do a creme vs glitter thing, so first I splattered OPI’s Color So Hot It Berns and Calypso Blue over butter London’s Cotton Buds on my two middle fingers. I’ve talked about it before, but bLs chip SO quickly on me, and Cotton Buds is no different – it literally chipped a few hours after I put it on, oy vey. I do like my splatter for once, though – usually I end up with a big blob on each nail but this time I got a bunch of pretty perfect splatters, so huzzah!

Argh I wish I had gotten a better pic of Ruby Pumps, it's so lovely!

Argh I wish I had gotten a better pic of Ruby Pumps, it’s so lovely!

On my pinkie I used two coats of China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps, one of their most famous colors – and for good reason, it’s a gorgeous red glitter – over one coat of Color So Hot It Berns, and on my pointer I did two coats of Dorothy Who?, also from China Glaze’s “Wizard of Ooh Ahz” collection, over one coat of Calypso Blue. Dorothy Who? is a blue jelly glitter and while it ended up being a little lighter than I wanted for this mani, it’s still such a lovely polish that I’m glad I dug it up since I haven’t worn it in forever.

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I had a pretty chill Fourth of July – my sister and I were fostering a tiny Chihuaua puppy the previous week and we brought her back to the pet rescue that day where she immediately got adopted, so yay! Then later that night I went to the Cinespia Fourth of July screening of Top Gun, complete with fireworks. It was the most crowded I’ve ever seen it – apparently there were 4,000 people there! There were so many people that half of them had to sit off to the side behind a big mausoleum so they couldn’t even see the movie – we got there on time but even so, we were a little off to the side, too. Craziness. It was a pretty good time, though – we sat next to a fun group of people, our grub was delicious (pulled pork sandwiches, cornbread, s’mores, beer and wine, mmmm), and the fireworks show was actually really great. Then we got home just in time to catch the end of Independence Day and finish off our s’mores, so all in all, a pretty great July 4th!

I hope my fellow Americans had a lovely July 4th, too! Thanks for reading, see you next time – A x

Nail Quickies: Rose Gold and Teal Racing Stripes

Hello everyone! How’s your (holiday, if you’re in the US) week been going? I’ve had a busy few weeks at work so I treated myself to a some new polishes last weekend, two of which I’m wearing in my mani today!

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I wasn’t too into the China Glaze desert collection – I like the idea behind the theme, but I’m at the point in my crazy huge polish collection where I only want to buy something if it’s unique, and these just ain’t it. My sister scooped up Meet Me In The Mirage, however, and once I put it on I realized it’s actually a little different from my other foil-y rose gold, butter London’s Champers. Champers is a bit more rich in color and has more metallic foil flakes – MMITM is lighter in color and isn’t as heavily foil-y. It went on easily and opaquely in two thin coats.

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I did want to note that Cecilia is fabulous at self-leveling – I did only one coat because I was, as usual, painting my nails in the half-dark, and later added another layer after realizing it was sheer in some parts. The polish had a streaked texture when it first went on because I was trying to apply only a thin layer, but to my relief a few seconds later each nail looked nice and smooth. So that’s actually pretty cool! For the stripes, I stuck a piece of washi tape diagonally at the tip of each nail and then applied a piece of striping tape above that and painted one thick coat of Meet Me In The Mirage.

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This was so easy to do and looks very chic, I love it! What do y’all think? Let me know in the comments! I know I haven’t been posting as much lately, but I’ve got a fun and easy Fourth of July mani coming up soon I think y’all will like. See you then! – A x