Tag: Glisten & Glow

 
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Williamsburg

When I get a new polish in my hands – I just cannot wait to use it!

This is Color Club “Williamsburg” from January’s ipsy bag. It’s a dark, dark, inky blue, with a magnificent shimmer. The pictures do not do it justice. In passing, it looks black – which is a shame. Have you ever had a blue ink pen burst in your pocket? THAT’S what this polish looks like.

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

I don’t have much experience with Color Club nail polishes – this is only my second one, I think. I’ve been fairly impressed with them however, and may look into more.

We went to Colonial Williamsburg a few summers ago, and I don’t remember seeing anything this color. What an odd name for this amazing color.

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Ho, Ho, NO

Xmas is long past, but it’s taken me this long get my hands on my daughter’s Grinch polishes! I got her the set of minis for Xmas, but she is insisting on trying the polishes before letting me try them. Can you believe that? The nerve…and that is exactly what I would do.

The first one she allowed me to sample is China Glaze “Ho, Ho, No”. It’s an orangey red polish, with a thick gold shimmer. How can a shimmer be thick, you ask? I don’t exactly know – the polish just seems to have more of a texture than the usual shimmer – it’s like the shimmer is actually chunky? I don’t even know how to explain it, except that I felt like it snagged on stuff – even with a top coat.

This is two coats of “Ho, Ho, No” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

Three nail posts in a row – I better start mixing things up!

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Godiva Leopard

Okay, I think I did it right this time!

This time, I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and then two coats of Zoya “Godiva” PixieDust. I then did a quick, thin coat of the Zoya Leopard Spots Topper and it worked! By worked, I mean…crackled into slightly smaller spots than when used over regular polish.

I know, I know – it’s not really impressive. But it still looks cool to me. No top coat, so I could enjoy the Pixie texture.

My favorite thing about “Godiva” is that when the polish on my tips gets worn down, you cannot tell at all. Nude polish FTW!

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Lara Leopard

I told you, I was READY for the Zoya Leopard Spots Topper. But maybe I should’ve done some research first…

I started with Glisten & Glow Base Coat and a single coat of Zoya “Lara”. I then topped with the Leopard Spots Topper. I was expecting a petite spread of spots – but I was disappointed to see that the topper was acting like a regular old shatter polish. Whaaaaaat?

I actually don’t hate this. I topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat and wore the Leopard Lara look for several days.

I did some googling…and DUH, the Spot Topper was designed to use over Zoya’s PixieDust polishes. Good thing I have a bunch of those – let me try it over one of those…

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Angelique

I did it – I found a glitter nail polish that doesn’t look as good mattified!

This is Julep “Angelique”dragonfly wing iridescent glitter. It’s a mix of green and gold glitter – and shockingly, it looks better with a glossy top coat than a matte one.

This is two coats of “Angelique” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger, and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.

I bet this polish would look nice over a red or turquoise base. I need to experiment with it.

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Bad Witch

I’ve been waiting for someone to tell me to put down the matte top coat and slowly step away…but it hasn’t happened yet, so I guess I’ll just keep going.

I’ve been sitting on Sinful Colors “Bad Witch” since around Halloween. It is a gorgeous royal blue jelly glitter. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and got absolutely full coverage in two coats. I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on all of my nails, except for the ring finger. I had to see what it looked like glossy, so I topped it with regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat. It looks great both ways!

I have no idea why, but my ring finger and pinky nails grow just out of control – they make me look like a cokehead! I trimmed them down to match the rest of my nails and then reshaped my index finger to be less pointy. What do you think?

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Sabina

You know when you go to the beach, and sometimes, the sand is really chunky, because the sand is not sand, but small bits of smashed shells and coral and it’s really rough, but pretty? That’s what Julep “Sabina” looks like – crushed seashells and sand.

“Sabina” is a really odd polish – smooth and sharp at the same time. I was afraid it would be blotchy and leave naked spots on my nails, but I got full, even coverage in two coats. I started with Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. Matte on matte on matte on matte!

In college, I knew a girl named “Sabina”. She was a really crunchy hippy girl, but she was hands down one of the sweetest people I’ve ever known – she was always smiling. I always wanted to ask her if her parents meant to name her “Sabrina”, but misspelled it – I didn’t realize that “Sabina” was a name on it’s own, because I’d never heard it before. D’oh.

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Smurf Pox

Oh no! My fingers have Smurf Pox!

I mean…look at the bottle. Is what happened to my nails what you would expect by looking at the bottle? In the bottle, it looks like blue glitter in a sheer blue base. Nope. The base is actually clear, with a slight purple shimmer. It doesn’t even camouflage my yellowy nails.

This…travesty…in Sinful Colors “Cosmotion”, from the ‘Moon Metals’ Collection. This is THREE thick coats over Sinful Colors Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat.

“Cosmotion” is not totally useless – it would make a subtle top coat? Or maybe sandwich it between some other colors of glitter?

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Marleny

I cannot resist a good fuchsia nail polish. I have dozens and dozens of “Furious Fuchsia” nail polishes that match my old car – and I will continue to collect them. When I die, they can paint my coffin with it. Oh wait – I’m getting cremated…they can paint my urn with it.

This one is Julep “Marleny” from December’s Maven box. It’s got a good silver shimmer to it – it adds a depth to the polish.

This is two coats of “Marleny” over Julep Oxygen Smoothing Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. For some reason, it seemed to wear down on my tips quickly. I don’t remember if I did some dishes or something – unlikely, but maybe.

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Fairy Nails

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.