Tag: Fingernails


Pistachio Praline

I figured it out!

Well, not really…someone told me how to fix my Grand Canyon issue. Someone in the Sinful Colors fb group suggested NOT using a base coat. I’ll be a sonofabitch…it worked! Just two coats of Sinful Colors “Pistachio Praline” and there’s not a streak in sight. Perfection!

I’ve never personally encountered a Pistachio Praline…I would eat the shit out of one. I loooove pralines. All of the new Sinful Colors polishes make me hungry!


Rosewater Delight

Crackle nail polish can be great…if it is SUPPOSED to crackle. Unfortunately, Sinful Colors “Rosewater Delight” is NOT a crackle polish. “Rosewater Delight” is from the Confection Crush Velvet Matte Collection.

This is two coats of “Rosewater Delight” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. The Grand Canyon on my thumb nail is completely puzzling to me – why did that happen? There are creeks like that on most of my nails…what on earth?

I need to do some research…



Welcome to my last mani of 2021!

I was feeling matchy-matchy, so I wanted to match my nails to my new Stitch Fix dress. How fortuitous that the polish from this month’s ipsy bag is a match?

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Complex Culture “Hustle”. “Hustle” is an orange-leaning red and brilliantly glossy. I wanted a little accent, so I used Nicole by OPI “Pick of the Glitter”, followed by Glitter Grabber on my thumbs and ring fingers. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, EXCEPT for my pinkies – I wanted to see “Hustle” mattified, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

I was taking a risk with “Pick of the Glitter” – blue and rose gold glitter on a red polish – but it turned out fantastic. The little bit of blue is really eye-catching.


My Nails and My Living Room

I am OBSESSED with my goth Xmas Tree…it’s a black, artificial tree, decorated with red, black and white ornaments. It’s especially striking against the backdrop of my turquoise living room walls. I took my obsession to the next level by reproducing that color scheme on my nails for Xmas week.

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “Fool for Azul” as a proxy for my living room paint. There’s a wee bit more green in my wall paint – “Fool for Azul” is more of a Tiffany blue – but the match was close enough for me. The white snowflake glitter is Funky Fingers “Olaf” and the red glitter is Funky Fingers “Red Ryder”. I topped the glittery fingers with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and then topped them all with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I. Love. These. Nails.

I’ll be honest, my husband gave me a big ration of shit for matching my nails to my living room, but I could not care less – they turned out FANTASTIC.



Sinful Colors Quick Bliss “Sugarplum Sucker” is a nice lavender and all, but it wasn’t what I was trying to do. Originally, I was planning on doing ALL of my nails with Delush Polish “Sugar Plum Surprise”, after 6 years on the shelf, I could tell that there wasn’t going to be enough in the bottle to do all my nails. Why not do a combo with another sugar plum?

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I did two coats of both “Sugarplum Sucker” and “Sugar Plum Surprise”. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, but the two glitter nails got a coat of Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber first.

The Glitter Grabber really made a difference in the finish. It’s hard to compare with my original use of “Sugar Plum Sucker” six years ago. Why didn’t anyone tell me that my phone camera was so crappy? Also, is it “sugarplum” or “sugar plum”? What is a “sugar plum”? WHY is a “Sugar plum”?


Make Way for 2021

I know, I know – no need to “Make Way for 2021” – 2021 is almost over. But I got a freebie bottle of Glisten & Glow “Make Way for 2021” with my Black Friday order, so I figure, why not?

“Make Way for 2021” is a shimmery concrete gray, with just a hint of blue fire. This is two coats of “Make Way for 2021” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

This is the first polish I’ve tried from Glisten & Glow – it’s REALLY good quality. It’s not streaky and it self levels.


Sweet Cherry Drop

Sinful Colors “Sweet Cherry Drop” has the privilege of being the first of my 20 new polishes to be tried.

The finish of the “Sweet & Sugary” Collection is very unique. It’s similar to the sandy feel of any other textures polish, but it’s got a little bit extra – bits of white glitter that float to the top to look just like a sugar-coated gumdrop.

This is just two coats over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat.


That’s Elfed Up!

Sinful Colors “That’s Elfed Up!” was my pick to try out a new product – Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber! I pounced on a Black Friday sale to restock on Glisten & Glow Top Coat and decided to purchase Glitter Grabber. It’s supposed to create a smoother surface on pokey glitters.

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Top Coat and then two coats of “That’s Elfed Up!” I painted a single coat of Glitter Grabber and then topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Although “That’s Elfed Up!” isn’t especially dense, but I could still tell a difference in how smooth the Glitter Grabber made the surface. Glitter Grabber also makes glitters more photogenic. My crappy phone picture looks great!

I cannot WAIT to try the Glitter Grabber on some of the chunkier glitters that I own, especially the Delushies.


Power Packed

Help! What color is this???

It’s definitely not white…but it’s not gray exactly, either. There’s a hint of blue, but that’s not exactly right either. It’s the color of the sky on an overcast day, the sun nowhere in sight. Or wall putty. Or whiteout. Ugh. The polish is Orly Breathable “Power Packed” and I cheated and looked on their website – it’s described as a powder blue/grey crΓ©me.

Orly has launched the first Muslim friendly nail polish with the water permeable formula in their Breathable line. I was skeptical at first, but this polish has GREAT staying power. There is nothing on my nails except two coats of “Power Packed” and it lasted a full week with minimal chipping. It was also very easy to remove. Technology!


How You Dune?

That was a really bad pun, huh?

I cannot help it – I was watching the new Dune while doing my nails and the polish looked just like the sand to me…

This is Sinful Colors “Salt Bath Babe” from the Essenchills Collection. It is supposed to smell like Himalayan Pink Salt and I suppose it did…for about a hot minute. I smelled something mystical on my nails that evening, but it was gone by the next morning

This is two coats of “Salt Bath Babe” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. No top coat, so I could (hypothetically) smell the polish.