I Love Nail Polish: Gaia

These I Love Nail Polish Ultra Chrome Flakies are giving me life! They are absolutely stunning!

For this manicure, I didn’t use any base polish – just strictly the flakies.  It took three thin layers to become opaque.  Gaia shifts from blue to green to purple.  It’s very mermaid-esque.

If you haven’t picked up ILNP Ultra Chrome Flakies you need to!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

– C

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Essie: Ignite the Night

Tonight is my company’s Christmas party and I decided to paint my nails something sparkly and festive.  This is three coats of Essie’s Ignite the Night from their Encrusted Treasures collection.

The polish is a beautiful silver and gunmetal glitter that is dense enough to be wore alone.  It’s also beautiful as a glitter top coat over a variety of colors.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

– C

Julep: Blakely

Julep Blakely is a gorgeous purple/green duochrome with dark grey undertones.  The polish was two easy coats for full opacity.  The formula was not too thick and not too thin… just perfect!

I couldn’t get a good picture of the duochrome because I had zero sun by my house this afternoon.  Oh well… it’s still beautiful.

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

– C

Mani Monday!

Happy Mani Monday!  I have always loved the look of a jewel toned mani, so I decided to do one myself.  The colors I used are Essie – Going Incognito (emerald), Julep – Judi (dark plum), Julep – Briana (navy), and Julep – Mary Lee (oxblood).

All the colors had amazing formulas.  Two coats to reach opacity.  I originally did just a plain mani, but I decided to add a tear drop stud.  I feel like the stud kinda brings it all together and gives it a simple elegance.

Hope everyone is having a good Monday!

-C

Julep: India

I’ve been wearing Julep India on my nails for the last few days. It’s a beautiful metallic blue with green shimmer. Unfortunately the green shimmer doesn’t show up much on the nail or in the pictures.

The formula for this polish was ok. A little thick and gloopy, which made application a little tricky. I had to do my nails twice because the first time around it didn’t dry quickly enough and I smudged multiple nails. The second go around I did thinner coats and it dried faster.

This polish didn’t chip much either. I’ve been wearing it for about 3 days and there is only a little bit around the tips of my right hand, which is my dominant hand. Blue polish is one of my favorites and this one definitely doesn’t disappoint, even with the thick application.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Labor Day weekend! I’m about to head to a cook out in just a few to enjoy this last little bit of summer we have left. Stay safe!

-C

Shredded Glitter Gradient Tips

Happy Mani Monday!  Today I decided to do a mani that I’ve been thinking about doing for a while and just haven’t got around to it.  I was off today so I had a little extra time to sit down and focus on it.  I used two polishes from the OPI Muppets Most Wanted collection.

The base coat is a soft jelly pink named I Love Applause.  It was a little streaky and took three coats to get full opacity.  Normally when a polish requires three coats it stays tacky and takes a while for it to dry, but thankfully three coats with this polish dried pretty quickly.

The shredded glitter tips were done by using Gaining Mole-mentum.  This glitter topper has beautiful gold, rose gold, and silver shredded pieces.  There are big and small chunks throughout the polish, which made it easy to build up.

To create this look I painted my nails first with I Love Applause and let it dry for a few minutes.  For the gradient tips I put a couple of big drops of glitter onto a piece of paper then cleaned the brush of extra polish.  I then picked up chunks of glitter with the polish and placed them on the tips of my nails and built up at the edge of my nails.  Then pick up a few smaller shredded pieces and place them toward the middle of the nail to create more of a gradient look.

This look is a super fun twist on a regular glitter gradient!  I hope you enjoy this look as much as I do!  Have a good Monday!

– C