Tag: Glisten & Glow
Sinful Colors “Speedster” isn’t too old…if three years isn’t old for a nail polish.
It’s fine, the quality was fine. This is just a plain, old candy apple red nail polish. It’s fairly similar to Zoya “Sooki”, my favorite red. It’s perhaps a bit more orange?
This is two coats of “Speedster” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
Julep “Missy” is another polish that has been chilling in the cabinet since 2016.
“Missy” is a silver foil polish. I love to hate foils – they are usually so fussy to deal with and streaky…but not “Missy”. I got smooth coverage and no bubbles – shocking! Is it me, or is there faint greenish cast to this silver?
This is two coats of “Missy” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
My old Potluck Gang was finally able to get together the weekend before last and the theme was “Barbie Boobs”. We’ve been doing this for 22 years, and we’ll never run out of offensive themes for our potlucks!
“Barbie Boobs” means pink food and pink nails, so I picked a pink I hadn’t tried yet – Sinful Colors “Candied Grapefruit” from the Confection Crush Collection. It’s a glossy pink, a bit streaky – even with the second coat. Ugh, it reminded me of that awful liquid amoxycillin I used to have to take as a kid…
This is two coats of “Candied Grapefruit” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
NOTE: This is NOT what color candied grapefruit is. My Father-in-Law makes it and it’s more of a coral shade.
I admit, Swamp Gloss “WHOA” appears suspiciously similar to “Revved up Like a Douche”, but it’s not supposed to be?
“WHOA” is a thermal nail polish – the part of my nail that is attached to my flesh (like, most of it) is supposed to be WHITE! Right after I painted my nails, the polish was mostly white, with a thin strip of turquoise at the tip…but when I woke up the next morning…BLAM, no more thermal action. I don’t know what made it not work…hmmm…Here’s some swatches of what “WHOA” should look like, from Nicole Loves Nails.
I would be more irritated, but I like the 90s Taco Bell vibe. “WHOA” is inspired by the King of WHOA himself, Keanu Reeves and was originally from Polish Pickup April 2021 – The Nineties, but made a reappearance in July 2023 – REWIND.
This is two coats of “WHOA” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and under Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”.
The Toxic Bitch
Fancy Gloss “The Toxic Bitch” is THE most amazing thermal nail polish I’ve ever seen. It’s a tri-thermal – ranging from dark teal to bright green to chartreuse. It’s from June 2020 (Cocktails and Mocktails) and it based on a blue curacao (DUH) drink called “The Toxic Bitch”. I will drink ANYTHING blue, so I’m dying to try it. (It pretty much sounds like Electric Lemonade with tequila.)
I also figured out a better way to get thermal pictures. Instead of rubbing an ice cube on my fingers, I dunked my whole hand in ice water to get the coldest shade (dark teal in this case) and took pictures as my fingers warmed up (the fade from teal to green to chartreuse).
This is two coats of “The Toxic Bitch” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and under Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”. The polish lasted phenomenally AND wasn’t a pain in the ass to get off – win/win. I need to try it again when my nails are longer!
In Sprite of It All
I know, I know…my nails are not NEARLY long enough to properly show off thermal nail polishes. Well, not long enough without help from a little ice. That’s right, I rubbed an ice cube across my nails in the second picture to show off the color change. It’s not nearly as amazingly beautiful in pictures, as in real life.
Anyway, the polish is Crystal Knockout “In Sprite of It All”, from July’s Polish Pickup. The polish is inspired by Spryte, from the Zelda cartoon. There is most definitely a fairy quality to the polish, although I was drawn to it because the swatch shots reminded me of an amethyst geode.
This is two coats of “In Sprite of It All” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and topped with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber, then Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”.
Tropic Like It’s Hot
I was surprised to get so many compliments on a nail polish that made my fingers look like highlighters.
I got China Glaze “Tropic Like It’s Hot” in a National Nail Polish Day Gift with Purchase. I now know why it was free – the brush was funky and the polish was streaky as fuck. It was from the Summer 2021 Havana Nights Collection, so it’s a few years old.
This is two coats of “Tropic Like It’s Hot” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Top Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
Reno Wedding Nails
…OH, not MY wedding. I got married in Vegas, like…twenty years ago. My niece got married in Reno last weekend. I was wearing a Barbie pink dress, so I thought pink nails would be too matchy-matchy, so I went for a rose gold type thing.
I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen Color Therapy “Burnished Bronze”. I used a little bit of Funky Fingers “Supernova” on the tips for extra gold and pink glitter. A quick layer of Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and I finished with Glisten & Glow Top Coat.
I would’ve liked a better blend with the base of “Supernova” and “Burnished Bronze”, but I didn’t have time to start over. You git what you git and you don’t have a fit.
You Can Dance, You Can Die…Havin’ the Time of Your Life
This is Lucky 13 Lacquer “You Can Dance, You Can Die…Havin’ the Time of Your Life” from June’s Polish Pickup – Misheard Song Lyrics.
I know…it’s a really long and awkward title…but that’s the thing about misheard song lyrics – while not always long, they are almost always awkward.
The real lyric from ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” is “You can dance, You can jive” – no seriously, that’s the real lyric. I had no idea until I looked it up. I think I thought the lyric was “You can dance, You can try” – but that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense either. “Try” makes more sense than “jive” though, right? RIGHT?
Looking at the bottle, I assumed it was a scattered holographic polish, but NO – I was wrong. It’s a dense red microglitter! I could’ve left it without a top coat, but I wanted to enjoy the polish longer than a day, so after Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and two coats of polish, I topped with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and then a coat of Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”. Even using the Glitter Grabber, the texture of the glitter came through. I didn’t hate it.
Revved Up Like a Douche
Admit it, you thought the lyric was “Revved up like a douche”, too.
Originally written and released by Bruce Springsteen, the cover by Manfred Mann is the better known version of “Blinded by the Light”. This version includes the oft misheard lyric “Revved up like a deuce”…but wouldn’t if be more fun to be revved up like a douche?
Swamp Gloss Indie Polish “Revved Up Like a Douche” is from June’s Polish Pickup – Misheard Song Lyrics. It’s a sheer, but buildable crelly jam-packed with different shapes and sizes of glitter. It’s also giving me heavy 90s Taco Bell vibes.
This is two coats of “Revved Up Like a Douche” over Vibrant Scents Base Coat in “Island Petals” and under both Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Vibrant Scents Top Coat in “Island Petals”.