I accidentally made fairy nails!
I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired, so I just grabbed a few polishes from my ‘untried’ basket, thinking that maybe I could make a wintry, blizzard type thing? I grabbed Pure Ice “Don’t You Wish” and…a nameless Style Essentials polish from a Beauty Box 5 almost 5 years ago!
I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat (one of my faves, but almost empty). I then did two coats of “Don’t You Wish”. My nails are fairly unstained, if a bit yellowed, so I decided I could handle a sheer polish. For fun, I used the nameless polish on my thumb and ring finger. I finished with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat and was astonished at the result! The matte made the iridescence of “Don’t You Wish” turn blue, except only visible with a light shining on it. I wasn’t able to capture the effect in a picture very well, but they were amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at them.
I don’t know exactly why I decided they were fairy nails – probably because they were white and gauzy and shimmery. The reminded me of Galadriel in Lord of the Rings.
I imagine there’s no better polish for New Year’s Eve than a flashy holographic. Even though I was on the couch with the kids all night, eating popcorn and a Swiss Colony Beef Log, while watching Ru-Paul’s Drag Race All-Stars 4 – I needed to have the right nails for the occasion.
I selected Julep “Lennon” from this month’s Julep box. Can you believe that I got full coverage in a single coat? This is two coats over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat – I did two coats, just to make sure. I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, but I’m curious how holographic polishes look with a Matte Top Coat.
Oh, did you noticed that I fixed my thumb and index finger? I shaped them to match the rest of my nails. I feel like I have a hangnail on my middle finger though – or it is about to split from the side. I might have to cut it down to the quick to prevent a catastrophe. Pray for my fingernail, please.
Aarhus is the second largest city in Denmark. “Aarhus” is also the name of the nail polish by Tinct Cosmetics in my ipsy bag this month. Tinct is a new brand to me, but their polish is 15 free and so, so bright. “Aaruhus” looks like a purple highlighter!
This is two coats of “Aarhus” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I did not play with the Matte Top Coat this time. The top coat made a few baldish spots – if you squint, you can see it on my middle finger.
Looking at my nails, it’s obvious that I need to do something about my thumb and index finger. The other three nails are neat squovals, but that index finger is starting to look like a stiletto. I don’t know how or why, but it always happens that way.
Xmas Eve Nails
Waylaid by the flu, I am a wee bit late on posts. Christmas is but a memory, but here I am, sharing my Xmas Eve Nails.
I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and two coats of Sinful Colors “Ruby Glisten” as the background for my tree. To make my trees, I used China Glaze “For Rhinestones Only” to draw a tree shape and dipped each nail in the little pot of Grinchworthy Grinch Tinsel. Yeah, it pretty much got everywhere. For the stars on the trees, I fished them out of Sinful Colors “Star Studded”. For the decorations, I used a dotting tool dipped in Sinful Colors “Queen of Beauty”. I topped it all with Glisten & Glow Top Coat. Several gloppy coats and they were still bumpy.
I think they turned out all right, but the texture was intolerable. I could not handle it for more than a day…and then it took more than an hour to scrub these trees off my nails. Do not recommend.
Snowflakes on my nails, but it’s in the mid 70s in South Texas right now. These snowflakes are the only thing wintery right now!
For the best contrast, I picked the darkest polish in this month’s box – Julep “Alessandra”. Julep describes it as inked berry microshimmer, but wouldn’t it be easier to just call it blackberry?
This is two coats of “Alessandra” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I then oh-so-carefully placed the snowflake decals with tweezers. I just had to see what Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat looked like over the decals, so I used it on my thumb and ring finger, while using the regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest. I was afraid the Matte Top Coat would glob up over the decals, but it didn’t. Even so, it wasn’t as pretty Matte as it was shiny. Bummer.
I’ve been very vocal in the past about my discomfort with yellow nail polishes. Sinful Colors “Candy Ginger” is a Jelly Topper from this holiday’s “Jingle Jells” Collection. I fell in love with this polish – it didn’t make me look like Marge Simpson AT all.
I think the key is the matte finish – I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on all my nails, except the thumb and ring finger. (I picked it up during the Black Friday sale, when I replenished my supply of the regular top coat, but I didn’t make a post about it.) Glisten & Glow is the best matte top coat I’ve tried…although admittedly, only one of two I’ve tried. The Zoya Matte Top Coat is fine, but it has a tendency to get white and crusty around the edges of my nails – Glisten & Glow does not do that, at least not yet.
I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and then did two coats of “Candy Ginger”. This is just two coats! I then used either Glisten & Glow Top Coat or Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. I love, love, love the Matte ones. Matte ALL the nails!
Where was this polish on Thanksgiving? It would have been perfect for Turkey Day!
Julep “Sandee” is a dark, almost black polish, infused with an oxblood shimmer. It’s not a subtle shimmer either – it’s like POW!
This is two coats of “Sandee” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. The polish was a bit on the thicker side, but it applied well, with minimal pooling around my cuticles. I was also pleased to find that is did not stain my nails.
I cannot WAIT to try “Sandee” with my new Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat – it is my new favorite top coat.
Down to Earth
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I couldn’t resist digging into my new Sinful Colors polishes as soon as I got them home!
I had been coveting Sinful Colors “Down to Earth” for months and months – probably over a year! I’d seen it on Insta, but never come across it in person. In fact, I’d only come across ONE of the “Moon Metals” Collection – “Cherish Me”.
“Down to Earth” is one of those odd color combinations that I LOVE – a shimmery copper, flecked with blue and silver dome glitters.
This is three thin coats of “Down to Earth” over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. The polish is very thin and the glitters are very sparse, but they stick better with each coat. I bet four coats would’ve been magical…
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This is it – I have found the ultimate Xmas polish!
I ordered The Grinchworthy Nail Art Duo in my last Ulta order. The bottle of adhesive – “For Rhinestones Only” – had shattered either in the warehouse or during shipping and had oozed all over the set, so I had to have them send me another one. It arrived within two days and I was able to get to work…
I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat. I did two coats of “Grinchworthy” on every nail. I then used “For Rhinestones Only” on my thumb and ring finger…and then dipped it into the little pot of…Grinch pubes? Is that what it is supposed to be? It was like microscopic bits of easter grass, fertilizing my entire house. I then coated each nail with Glisten & Glow Top Coat, going extra thick on my Grinch pube nails. Even so, I felt like I was molting green bits for days.
I have fallen in love with China Glaze “Grinchworthy”. I want to be a Grinch 365 days a year.
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Per a cashier at Aldi, this is THE nail polish of the season. Listen to her – she KNOWS about nails.
Julep “Nehali” is rich paprika metallic. Paprika is an underrated spice. I used to think it was only for deviled eggs, but my husband makes a BBQ rub that has about a cup of paprika in it – it is astonishingly good.
This is two coats of “Nehali” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I was originally going for a plain paint job, but I closed a box with a tape gun before my nails were 100% dry and made a pretty good dent in the middle of my middle finger. Gold Rose decals to the rescue!
Please ignore my jacked up cuticles, I had pushed them back using Julep Vanish, but I didn’t do a very even job…ugh, they need a few days to recover.
I’ve never known anyone named “Nehali”, but it is a beautiful name.