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Archive for July, 2012

NOTD: It’s Candy Sandwich

“It’s candy!”

That’s what my husband said when I showed him this manicure, so hey, let’s go with it for the name.

The basic premise here was to do a manicure that combined a white base with a colorful glitter, and somewhere along the line I decided to make it a sandwich.

Actually I had a hard time figuring out where to stop with this one. I started with a base coat and two coats of Revlon Colorstay Calla Lily, which probably would be classified as a sheer rather than a jelly (hence I’m not calling this a jelly sandwich manicure). Calla Lily is a translucent white polish with a very subtle gold shimmer in it. This manicure was a much better use for it than my earlier, ill-fated water marble attempt .
Then I added a layer of glitter, in the form of Ulta’s Pinata-Yada-Yada which is a mix of small and micro hex glitter in a clear base. It’s got a ton of colors in there, but my eye mostly sees silver, gold, turquoise, green and hot pink.

Macro of Ulta’s Pinata-Yada-Yada

I followed that with another layer of Calla Lily and a layer of Poshe topcoat because I thought I was done, but then I decided I wanted a little more opacity on top so I added another layer of Calla Lily and another Poshe. Again, because I thought I was done.

But then I couldn’t leave well enough alone so I did accents on my ring fingers and thumbs by brushing on a bit of Pinata-Yada-Yada from the tips to about halfway down my nails, just to give a little sparkle.

Ulta Pinata-Yada-Yada

Detail Of Accent Nail

In retrospect, I probably should have stuck to just a single top layer of Calla Lily, but I still like the way it came out. What do you think? Should I have stopped earlier?

Recent Haul

Sorry for the long absence, life got in the way! Rest assured, just because I wasn’t blogging about nail polish doesn’t mean I wasn’t buying nail polish. Here’s a quick look at a recent haul, meaning you can expect a closer look at several of these soon.

A collection of nail polishes from Revlon, Essie and others

From left to right:

Essie Matte About You: a mattifying top coat that I’m very eager to try out over a glitter polish. I’ve seen that on several blogs and really love the look,especially over a black base.

Revlon Whimsical: probably best known as a dupe of Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air, it’s a fun shade for summer, very light and soothing.

Lush Lemony Flutter: I’ve seen rave reviews of this cuticle butter on several of my favorite blogs, so I wanted to give it a whirl.

Revlon Fashionista: an intriguing blue, which I thought might pair well with Whimsical.

Aphrodite Lacquers RumRunner: Rebecca is now making waves in the indie polish world with her new Evil Indie Polish Queen line, but this one is from her earlier SandBar collection, which is still available on Etsy.

Essie Set In Stones: from Essie’s luxeffects top coat collection, this one is described by the company as “disco mirror ball chaos.” Yes, please!

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