I Love Nail Polish: Phoenix

Happy Mani Monday!

I’ve been on an unofficial no buy (minus my Julep Maven boxes) for the last few months, but when ILNP released their Ultra Chrome Flakies I had to have some!  This is two coats of Phoenix over Julep Judi, which is a dark violet.

The flakies in Phoenix shift through a variety of colors including purple, pink, orange, and gold.  The formula was amazing.  The flakies covered the whole nail with zero bald spots.  I can’t wait to try the other three I picked up!

– 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: 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

I Love Nail Polish: Charmingly Purple

I Love Nail Polish brand never disappoints!  Here we have Charmingly Purple from their Spring 2014 collection.  This color is a pastel purple with some periwinkle undertones.  It went on in two easy coats!  The first coat was a little thin, but by the second coat it evened out completely.

The holographic affect is amazing in this polish.  You can see every color in the rainbow.. pink, green, blue, silver!  It’s just so damn pretty.  I Love Nail Polish just began pre-orders for their fall collection yesterday.  I would highly recommend picking up some (and they are a little cheaper when you pre-order).  They have a wide range of holographic polishes and if you’re new to the indie nail polish scene you can’t go wrong with ILNP!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!  I just finished making my grandma’s meatballs for tomorrow’s dinner!  I already ate one– ya know the cook always has to taste the food first. 🙂  I can’t wait to shove my face with them.

– C

Bachelorette Weekend Nails

Happy Friday!!  In just a few short hours I’m driving down to Charleston, SC for a bachelorette party!  I’m headed down there with 9 other girls for a weekend full of good food, good friends, drinking, and penises!  I can’t wait!

I decided to do something fun and colorful for this weekend with my girls. This is my third time trying a gradient… not too shabby.  I’ve got to work on my blending, but they definitely turned out better than the last time.  I didn’t even post the last ones I did because they looked awful!  I did post a far away picture on my instagram (@carlylizabeth), but I was too embarrassed to put it on here.

For this gradient I used Zoya Ali (pink), China Glaze That’s Shore Bright (purple), and China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle (teal).  I love this color combination!  Perfect for holding on to the last month of summer.  These colors were pretty opaque and only took a few times with the sponge to cover my white base, which was Julep Bunny.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

 

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