Pastel Rainbow Dotticure

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I was “inspired” by my friend Carrie to totally rip off the pastel rainbow dotticure she shared on Instagram a few weeks ago. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery, so….

I started off with Sinful Colors Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “You Just Wait”. I forgot that even though it looks pink in the bottle, it’s green/gold on my nails. Eh…

Finding a “pastel” red was the hardest. I finally decided on Julep “Nan”. I followed with Julep “Mariska”, Sinful Colors “Otaku Anime”, Julep “Tatum”, Julep “Jeanne” and Julep “Paulette”. If I had the right yellow, I could’ve done ALL Julep.

I finished off with “HK Girl”. I’m really liking it! I need to do more dotticures.

Robin Eggs

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How’s this for an Easter Manicure? Robin eggs!

I started with Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and then two coats of Julep “Cassidy” (Bondi blue creme). The blue wasn’t quite right – it’s not quite dusty enough…but it’s close. For the speckles, I used Funky Fingers “Varsity Blue”. Maybe robin eggs don’t have such shiny speckles, so instead of a shiny top coat, I used Zoya Velvet Matte Top Coat to mute some of that shine and sparkles.

Even though my nails wouldn’t exactly blend into Mama Robin’s nest, I’m quite happy with how they turned out.

Ming Says Spring!

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Somehow, Julep “Ming” made it into my Julep box this month. Described by Julep as as sheer wild orchid jelly, it is the “Spring-iest” polish ever. A true jelly, it is indeed very, very, very sheer.

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat. I was tempted to do one more, but I stopped. I was afraid it would get too thick around the edges. I topped with “HK Girl”…and it still got a bit thick around the edges.

“Ming” would be great in a glitter jelly sandwich…I got ideas.

Hand Jive

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Have you ever been confused by how a polish turns out? Funky Fingers “Hand Jive” didn’t turn out the way I expected at all.

“Hand Jive” looks so orange in the bottle – neon orange, even. On my nails, not so much. It turned out peachy. Not that anything’s wrong with that…it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I should have remembered the formula from the other “Grease” polishes, but to be fair – that was over two years ago!

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and then two fairly goopy coats of “Hand Jive” followed. I topped with “HK Girl”.

I think this manicure would have lasted a week or so, but to be honest…it was too boring for me. I had to let it go.

That Would Be Enough

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I can’t resist a Hamilton reference to go with Julep “Eliza”.

My sole polish pick from this month’s box, “Eliza” is described as infinite ocean holographic. I don’t see much of that infinite ocean off the Gulf of Mexico, but I got a taste of it in Mexico last summer. It really does seem like glitters on forever.

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. It’s an extremely smooth applying polish. It wears forever, too. I’m on day four and it should last a few more days.

It’s polishes like this that make me think…how lucky we are to be alive right now.

That was bad – I apologize.

Bling Dipper

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I couldn’t wait to get my hands on Funky Fingers “Bling Dipper” after my splurge. Or more accurately, I couldn’t wait to get Funky Fingers “Bling Dipper” on my hands…

As usual, my expectations for a color-changing solar polish were a bit too high. Going by the label, I was expecting a more dramatic shift in color, but all I got was a slight shift to light pink. Even so, I like this polish a lot – the holographic glitter is really dense, giving a lot of coverage – this is just two coats. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat – a brand new bottle! I was a bit surprised at the bottle, they actually gave the Base Coat a name – it’s called “First in Line”. I can’t tell if they changed the formula as well – it seemed a lot thinner than my previous bottles, but it could just be because it is a new bottle. I finished up with “HK Girl”.

I need to try “Bling Dipper” over a coat of white – maybe that will give a more drastic change?

 

Where Oh Werewolf

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Oooooooh! I found a Halloween polish that I missed!

I was digging for a polish and I found this shimmery grey from last HalloweenSinful Colors “Where Oh Werewolf”. It’s a darker asphalt color, as opposed to the light pavement of “I Can’t Deal”. There’s also a bit of glitter and shimmer.

I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat, finishing off the bottle. I’m thinking this is the 3rd bottle I’ve finished? Two coats of “Where Oh Werewolf” dried rather quickly and I finished with “HK Girl”.

There’s a bit of turquoise to the base of this grey – it matched the heathered slate grey tank I wore today perfectly.

 

Shamrock Shake

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Is there anything MORE St.  Patrick’s Day than a Shamrock Shake? I mean, besides Guiness. Or green beer. Or an Irish Car Bomb. Or just getting drunk, in general. Revised…is there anything that I can drink with my CHILDREN that’s more St. Patrick’s Day than a Shamrock Shake? No?

I decided I wanted to give my fingernails a Shamrock Shake. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and two streaky coats of Makeup Revolution “Cool Days”. Even with two coats, this polish is so streaky that it’s unwearable without something else on top of it. Seriously BAD streaking. Good thing I already had glitter on my mind when I started.

I couldn’t decide on one green glitter, so I just went ahead and used all of them. Starting with my thumb, I used a single coat on each finger: Deborah Lippmann “One Short Day” (I forgot how opaque it is), Sinful Colors “Feeling Lucky?”, Nanacoco “Emerald”, Sinful Colors “Shamrockin'” and Sinful Colors “Green Ocean”. My personal favorite is “Green Ocean”, but Lily likes “Shamrockin'” the best. I topped them with “HK Girl”.

I know, I know – three fingernail posts in a row. I’ll get to the other stuff next…I promise.

$12 Latte?!?!?!

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Thinking…have I ever spent $12 on a latte? I’m sure I’ve spent at least $7 or $8 in Vegas…and at every airport Starbucks ever. But there aren’t people out there spending $12 on the regular? Are there?

Trust Fund Beauty “$12 Latte” was in last month’s ipsy bag. It’s a deep chocolate brown. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and then two coats of “$12 Latte”. I decided jazz it up a little with Nicole by OPI “Pick of the Glitter”, one of my favorite glitters. The bronze and turquoise really brings out the chocolatey goodness. I finished with “HK Girl”.

“$12 Latte” was silky smooth – full coverage in two coats, with no streaks. I really like this brown – this will be my goto brown when I’m in a poopy mood.

Lara!!!

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I’ve been waiting over three and a half years and it’s finally here…Julep “Lara”!

Honestly, this isn’t the color I would pick to represent me (shell pink with shimmer), but it’s also possible that I don’t know myself very well. Maybe I really AM shell pink with gold shimmer? What if I’m NOT flamingo fuchsia?

This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Bonding Base Coat and under “HK Girl”. no fuss, no muss.

I would be remiss if I didn’t point out that this is a glossy dupe for the matte Sinful Colors “Angelik”.

I also have Zoya “Lara” – now I just need to track down a bottle of Deborah Lippman “Lara’s Theme” and I’ll have them all…