Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Essie Mirror Metallics - Blue Rhapsody + Essence peel off base coat

Today I'm wearing the 2nd of my Essie mirror metallics, Blue Rhapsody. I knew that I'd be topping this with glitter do I decided to try a peel off base coat that my friend sent from Germany.

The base coat did a good job of smoothing the surface of my nail, as good a job a my ridge filler does. It applied white and dried clear (see picture). I expected this to wear off very quickly but I actually got four days out of it before I got sick of the color and picked at it myself.

As far as the peeling goes, it's not as peel-y as I expected. If you've ever put too much top coat on your nails and had it pop off in large nail shaped pieces then you know what it's like to use this. It more or less came off in big pieces but left no damage to the nail. I liked it and will definitely save it for days I feel like glitter bombs.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Daring Digits Punch Me Purple + Stamping

I refreshed my Essie mani by adding a glitter accent from daring digits and stamping from my cheeky xl plates.

The glitter is called punch me purple, it makes a great layering polish but would've been very difficult to wear by itself. This glitter is very well suspended and dries quickly, I used SV on a few fingers and did get shrinkage so I'd probably recommend wicked fast for this one.

The stamping was done with konad wine red.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Essie Mirror Metallics Nothing Else Metals

I was given two of the Essie Mirror Metallics in a secret gift exchange that I'm a part of. This is Nothing Else Metals, 2 coats + topcoat, it dried a little lumpy so I put one more coat over the topcoat and I was really pleased with it.

Formula on this was pretty good, it wasn't difficult to work with and for a metallic polish there was minimal streaking. Next time I'll probably use a ridge filling base coat though because this shows all the bumps and ridges on my nails

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Nails Inc Sprinkles Sweets Way

This is the only other member of the Sprinkles collection that I had to own... Another blogger described it as what she dream Glitter in the Air would be like and I totally agree.

Sweets Way has a milky whitish gray base with just a touch of pink to mess with you. It features very small metallic blue, pink, and silver glitter (in abundance). I used two coats to achieve opacity, this is with cult nails top coat, but this polish really doesn't need it. It dried fairly fast on its own and doesn't get much shinier with top coat.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Nails Inc Mirror Metallic Stratford

Today I'm wearing the other mirror metallic polish that I bought at Sephora. This is Stratford, a pink/gold/green multi chrome. I noticed that this dries to a much more chrome-y finish than Cheyne Walk, this makes it more prone to brush strokes.

To be honest, I didn't like this in the bottle, it looked a little boring. It was a less flashy and looked too frosty. I only bought it because I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. I was SO wrong! This is just as, if not more, multi chrome as Cheyne Walk and I own nothing else with this particular color shift. It was impossible to photograph, I'm sorry

This is 3 coats + cult nails Wicked Fast

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Matte Glitter Franken: '5 Championship Rings'

I love making my own matte glitter polish, when I can't find an indie in the color combo I like I'm too thrilled to make my own. Thanks to a friend I've been calling my creations 'Glitter Kingdom Polish' and this is my newest creation.

This is '5 Championshio Rings' its mt tribute to my favorite basketball player on my favorite team. (Kobe from the Lakers for you non basketball ladies) this is one coat over OPI DS Original

Friday, July 27, 2012

Essence Snow White Collection Evil Queen

As some of you know I've had a few surgeries in the past month and have been busy trying to recover. A very sweet friend of mine knows this and sent me the most wonderful RAOK. She sent ALL of the Snow White glitters, an Essence peel off base coat and the cutest little Dior make up purse. She did all this in the name of a get well present, I was totally floored and am left speechless by her kindness and generosity. I can NOT thank her enough, I was so excited and thrilled when I opened the package.

Without further ado, here's evil queen over OPI DS Original. Evil Queen is a 'special effects' glitter topper, I found that it was best to dab it on in order to get the glitter to spread out evenly. I used one coat of Wicked Fast top coat but am thinking that I should have used SV, wicked fast bubbled.

The Essence limited edition collections are not available for sale in the us. So if you have a friend in Europe you may still be able to get these, otherwise your best bet is a swap.