Oh hey – Spring Break is over, so I’m back.
The next “Naughty Nudes” that I tried out is Sinful Colors “Nakey Nay”. I fucking love the name – it’s so over-the-top silly. This is two coats of “Nakey Nay” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. It applies so smoothly, like a dream.
You know I’ve been obsessed with matte nails, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on all the nails, except that ring finger. I used plain Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the ring finger. I cannot decide on a favorite – I like them both.
Ignore the edge wear – I’d painted my nails on Wednesday, before heading out of town for Spring Break and didn’t stop and take a pic until today.
You KNOW I went back to Walmart and got Sinful Colors “Let’s Flamingle”. (I also got Sinful Shine “Poison Apple”). I paid full price, too – $2.98.
I am absolutely IN LOVE with “Let’s Flamingle” – I hope I am wearing it when I die, so my ghost will be always wearing it.
This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I went without a Top Coat and it’s beautiful. I have regrets though – I started getting chips on my right hand within seconds it seems. Next time, I’ll try it with a matte top coat.
That’s it – I am totally caught up! I have nothing left to post…until I take a pic of the Target Beauty Box that arrived in my mailbox today.
I have unicorn nails!
I had totally forgotten about Nails Inc. “Rainbow Wishes” – I found it hidden in a cabinet in the living room. I am pretty sure I have random bottles of polish stashed throughout the house. Isn’t that what alcoholics do – stash bottles around the house? I’m definitely a polishoholic!
This is two coats of “Rainbow Wishes” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I looooooooove it.
And, since this polish is so light and sheer, I could probably get away with wearing it for EVER. Edge wear and chips blend in – you cannot even see it.
Copper a Feel
I let Lily select which one of the Sinful Colors “Naughty Nudes” I would try first. She narrowed it down to “Copper a Feel” and “Skinny Dip” and I decided to go with “Copper a Feel”, a rich copper polish with greenish gold shimmer.
“Copper a Feel” is a rich, vibrant polish. It’s thick like a creme polish, but packed with shimmer – almost flakies. I might have been able to go with one coat, but I went with two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat.
I couldn’t decide on top coats, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger, and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest. Although I like both the glassy and matte looks, the matte look wins, although just barely.
Do they even sell calamine lotion anymore? Now that there’s a vaccine for chicken pox, what else can you do with calamine lotion? Oh, I guess people still use it for poison ivy, but I’m guessing that the vaccine has really killed the calamine industry.
I, though, am from the generation that had chicken pox – and boy did I ever. I still have very prominent scars from the chicken pox I got in 2nd grade and I remember how I looked, covered in calamine lotion. It’s not even lotion – it doesn’t absorb, it just sits on your skin and crusts. And that’s Julep “Carla” in a nutshell – it dried on my nails like calamine lotion. The first coat was super streaky. The second coat helped, but it was still super streaky. I think part of the problem was that base coat. I squeezed one more use out of my almost empty bottle of Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – but that last coat was not even and did not give a good start to the manicure. (I am devastated that I cannot get this base coat anymore – nothing works as well with my Julep polishes, as their own formulation.)
I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat, which was adding insult to injury. It showed every imperfection and of course, I managed to get several dents in it while getting ready for bed. It didn’t last long – I took it off after 2 days.
Can you tell that this nail pic was taken in the middle of lovely Chicago Midway Airport? I was stuck there on a layover for five hours on Saturday, so I had plenty of time to take care of Instagram business.
Julep “Vibrant Virgo” is a multidimensional rose gold polish – and it. is. EVERYTHING. It matches everything – even my new wedding band.
This is two coats of “Vibrant Virgo” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I was kind of trying to riff on Jim Morrison in February’s box review – here’s the real quote:
Call My Agent
I am digging the bonus polish from last month’s Allure Beauty Box – ncLA “Call My Agent”. It’s a plasticky, orange leaning red creme. Sure, it SCREAMS summer…but I live in Texas – it nearly hit 80 degrees last week, and it’s February.
This is two coats of “Call My Agent” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I probably could’ve gotten away with one coat, but why would I do that?
“Call My Agent” is definitely taking a turn on my toes this summer!
I was feeling like something different for my nails. I hadn’t done a green polish in a little minute, so I dug DEEP into my ever-shrinking basket of untried polishes and found…Formula X “Prismatic”.
“Prismatic” is an emerald teal jelly shimmer. The formula is so smooth and shiny – I love it.
This is two coats of “Prismatic” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I really miss Formula X – Sephora, please bring it back.
February 15th is is the best, am I right?
Instead of the usual pink and red shit, I decided to celebrate my REAL love – chocolate. I started with two coats of Sinful Colors “Hot Toffee” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. I then got out my most candy-ful glitters. The hearts are Funky Fingers “Queen of Hearts” and the multi-colored bar glitters are Funky Fingers “Cupcake Sprinkles”. You know, I never noticed until now that “Cupcake Sprinkles” is cupcake-scented! I got to enjoy it for a few brief moments, until I topped the whole thing with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Doesn’t they look good enough to eat?
By the way, I went by Walmart today, but I couldn’t find any new Sinful Colors OR any dark chocolate. What the shit? At least I found the special Cap’n Crunch – Chocolately Berry Crunch.
The Full Monte
I’ve never seen ‘The Full Monty’, but I know what it’s about – pasty English Strippers. And unlike Magic Mike, they bare it ALL.
I myself am fairly pasty, er, alabaster, so Sinful Colors “The Full Monte” is fairly close match to my skin. It’s a pale pinkish nude, full of flakey sparkos.
This is two coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat. It was fairly shiny on its own, but I couldn’t resist trying it with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Like I always say, “Matte all the polishes!”