Tag: Glisten & Glow



Yes, these nails are PEAK Barbiecore…

My only disappointment with the way these nails turned out was the color of pink I picked. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Petal Pusher” (a freebie from last year) is more of a pastel peach than a pastel pink. Of course, I could always say I was going for a Peaches ‘N Cream Barbie vibe…or even a Barbie skintone vibe.

I got these Barbie nail decals a month or so ago at MINISO. They were only $5 – very affordable. Now I want to go back and get Kuromi nail decals!

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, two coats of “Petal Pusher”, and then the MINISO decals. I topped the decals with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber, which may be the cause of the bubbles, and then Glisten & Glow Top Coat.


Welcome to IKEA

Do you ever have a creative idea come to you as you’re falling asleep? And then you become obsessed by the idea and you keep thinking about it, and you cannot stop thinking about it…until you DO IT?

These nails were one of those liminal ideas…and it turned out disappointing, to say the least. My sleep-addled mind forgot that yellow + blue = green, so that’s how I ended up with mostly greenish nails, instead of resembling IKEA branding. I tried, okay?

I started with Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and two coats of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “C is for Cookie” on my first four nails. I left my thumb plain and then topped the next three fingers with Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Think BIG”. My pinky got just two coats of “Think BIG” – and I cannot help but think of the bathtub after Big Bird shaves their legs…(yes, I’ve always considered Big Bird to be non-binary)…I topped with Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

IKEA nails lasted exactly two days. LOL.


Beach Please

I was positively underwhelmed by Funky Fingers “Beach Please”. I was expected a sheer peachy, but this polish is almost NOTHING on my nails. There’s a wash of color, with a hint of purple sheen, but that’s it.

BORING. No wonder it’s been sitting around since 2016.

This is two coats of “Beach Please” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.


Polish Pickup May 2024 – It Came from Outer Space

“Then at a deadly pace, it came from…outer space…and this is how the message ran…”

If you recognize that song lyric, then we can be friends.

“It Came from Outer Space” is not only a shitty 1950s horror movie, it’s the theme of May’s Polish Pickup. I was a bit conservative this month, but the ones I got look really spectacular.

I was running low of Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber, ($9) so I thought I might as well add a bottle to my order.

Dreamland Lacquer “Welcome to Patience Colorado” ($13) is inspired by Harry (Alan Tudyk) in the show Resident Alien. We watched the first season and the rest of the family wasn’t interested in watching the second season…but it’s on my list.

Colores de Carol “Cosmic Illusion” ($13.50) is a white-to-black milky jelly thermal, inspired by the space and the planets. It even comes with a little bag of big circle glitter to set up your very nail solar system.

June’s Polish Pickup drops tomorrow…so excite!


NO! Not Rainbow Road!

If I had a nickel for every time I careened off Rainbow Road, I’d be dead.

Dam Nail Polish “NO! Not Rainbow Road!” is from April’s Video Games Polish Pickup, and is beautifully inspired by the toughest level in every Mario Kart game (that I’ve played, anyway). It’s just a glitter jelly, but the glitter is holographic – it’s just perfect!

This is two coats of “NO! Not Rainbow Road!” over Cuticula Mic Drop Base Coat in “Melt Down” and under Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Cuticula Limitless Top Coat in “Raspberry Pop”.


C is for Cookie

…and that’s good enough for me!

That’s right, I was a Sesame Street kid and a Muppet Show connoisseur. I had Sesame Street Fever on 8-track, that’s how old I am. Cookie Monster wasn’t my favorite, but we got along okay…I mean – who doesn’t like cookies? I like a good chocolate chip cookie – especially the ones my daughter makes – but Oreos are my drug of choice…

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri x Sesame Street “C is for Cookie” is the truest, bluest blue nail polish that I own. There were no streaks, no bubbles, no trouble. It’s beautiful.

I almost wish that this polish was textured like the Elmo polish. Almost.

This is two coats of “C is for Cookie” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.


Elmo Loves HUE

This polish…is not what I was expecting. I expected Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Elmo Loves HUE” to be a fun textured polish that resembles red muppet fur…I was so, so wrong. The base of “Elmo Loves HUE” is very, VERY sheer – which leaves the skinny bar glitter pieces appear to be red hairs floating in a clearish liquid. I cannot get rid of the visual in my head of Elmo shaving (some body part) into the toilet, and…I know I need mental help.

This is two coats of “Elmo Loves HUE” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat, and under Glisten & Glow Glitter Grabber and Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Does anyone want to borrow the Elmo clippings nail polish? I don’t think I want it in my house anymore – I got the “ick.”



Nailtopia “Jafar” is another polish from the Disney 100th Anniversary Collection, except it’s a special “Villains” collection. It’s a shiny, tomato red…just GORGEOUS.

This is two coats of “Jafar” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

While LaLa and I were at Ulta, she was looking for this polish. She had seen it at her Ulta in Lufkin, but the bottle was broken or something, so she didn’t get it. My Ulta didn’t have it and it had already been removed from the website – oh no – but I found it on Amazon for $8.99, which is better than Ulta’s $10 anyway. And YES, I made sure it was okay that I sampled the polish I was giving her.



According to my mom, The Swedish Chef was my favorite muppet…but if you asked me, I would say Oscar the Grouch.

This is Sally Hansen Insta Dri x Sesame Street “SCRAM!”, inspired by – of course – Oscar the Grouch. I think it’s hilarious that THIS is the polish that gets a silver shimmer, but I guess it kinda makes sense, since Oscar lives in a silver garbage can.

This is two coats of “SCRAM!” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Coincidentally, I got my daughter to agree to watch EVERY muppet movie ever made during the month of April. She HATES muppets. <Jason Momoa voice> This is gonna be fun.</Jason Momoa voice>



Nailtopia “Stitch – Limited Edition” was a nail polish that Santa left in my daughter’s stocking…I was going to wait until she had a chance to try it before I snatched it for swatching…as you can see, it took a bit of time for her to get around to it.

I am by NO MEANS a Disney Adult, but I am in love with this line of polishes celebrating Disney’s 100th Anniversary. If they were cheaper, I would’ve bought them all!

This is two coats of “Stitch – Limited Edition” over Glisten & Glow Ridge Filling Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.