My thanksgiving mani!: 2 coats of Essie Recessionista dabbed (via plastic wrap) with Zoya Ziv; topped with Out the Door. :D
Guys, even if you suck at nail art… you CAN do a plastic wrap mani. It takes minimal effort and the effect is so cool! All you need is a paper plate, a small-ish sheet of plastic wrap, and a small dab or two of the polish you want to put on the plastic wrap (and thus transfer to your nails). Just remember— dab the plastic wrap on your nails gently and lightly, and make sure the polish underneath it is completely dry to the touch! :) You can do a few practice runs on your paper plate too!
Two polishes from a new indie shop, ALIQUID Lacquer!
The first polish shown is Make a Wish. It’s one of those subtly gorgeous shades; it’s a sort of slightly blueish light gray creme with copper flecks, tiny iridescent blue flecks, and subtle shimmer that shifts from green to pink. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a polish exactly like it! The flecks are reminiscent of Butter London Two Finger Salute, but the color is totally different and there’s all that shimmer and stuff. It reminds me of granite. :) I used two coats of it for that mani. It was a little on the thick side but not enough to make things difficult, and it leveled out very well. It dried on the quick side of average to a shiny finish. I also topped it with a blue glow in the dark Indigo Bananas polish, but didn’t snap any pix of that. It was a cool combo though!
The polish shown on the bottom is A Quiet Night In. It’s a dark plum polish somewhere between a creme and a jelly, filled with subtle pink shimmer, iridescent blue flecks, and smaller purple and gold-colored flecks. I am 99% sure it’s a dupe of Chanel Taboo, which is really cool considering that polish is like 25 bucks and this one was only 9!! :D The formula was nice too; not too thick or thin and nice and even even at two coats. I used three though to be on the safe side. It dried on the quick side of average to a shiny finish, and would’ve probably dried even quicker if not for the fact that it’s so freaking cold where I live right now. >.>
You can find ALIQUID Lacquers on their Etsy! All of their full-size polishes are 9 dollars; with minis being 4 dollars. There is also an orange glitter polish and some vanilla lip balm for sale there if either of those pique your interest. :)
Today’s Mani: Digital Nails Ultimate Ginger, matte
[polishes used: Orly Bonder, 2 coats Ultimate Ginger, Gelous, Poshe, NYC Matte Me Crazy]
Ultimate ginger is a very sheer teal-ish blue jelly packed with slightly holographic light blue small hexes, small yellow hexes, small white hexes; medium yellow and red hexes; and large green and white hexes. Phew! Lots of stuff. This polish is definitely meant to be a glitter bomb, and you get pretty much a full coverage of glitter from two coats. It dries relatively quickly too, so that’s nice. I’m kind of waffling on whether or not this looks too busy or not. Part of me really likes it another part of me is like WHOAAA glitter. My brother likes it though so there. v :) v
3 coats of Zoya Lotus w/ Out the Door.
A pretty wintry, subtle shade. Similar to OPI Dutch Ya Love OPI (still hate that name btw) but more grayed out and with pink shimmer instead of gold.
Formula for this was pretty damn runny and thin and I did get some cuticle flooding but not much. Cleanup was really easy too thankfully. It dried on the quick side of average to a shiny finish.
Maybelline Vintage Violet topped with Zoya Maria Luisa
Vintage Violet… is not violet at all. More of a dark burgundy. It dries matte and has little purple flecks in it.
Maria Luisa is a really cool flakie topper; translucent gold flakes in a clear base. :D Would probably look good over a lot of things.
3 coats of Pahlish Drink the Sea (topped with Gelous and Poshé)
SO BEAUTIFUL! It’s a bit subtle, but in a really nice way. It’s quite a late spring/early summer color. Dried quickly too! It was a bit streaky even after 3 coats, though topcoat sorted that out. If you wanna be careful though just layer it over a light robin’s egg blue or something like China Glaze For Audrey.
2 coats of a mystery polish from Pahlish over 2 coats of L’Oreal New Money (topped with gelous and poshé)
such a cool, sort of chemical goo-looking combo! Also quite a nice Halloween mani. The mystery polish is quite sheer, hence the layering. It applied very well though!
2 coats OPI Wooden Shoe Like to Know? topped with Above the Curve LeeLoo.
This made me discover that I REALLYYYY don’t like warm browns on my nails. >.> But still a nice combo. Just on someone else. ha.
3 thick coats of HARE Polish Zoltar Speaks topped with OtD and NYC Matte Me Crazy
So pretty! Reminds me of sea glass! :3 Gotta save this one for next summer. A bit on the sheer side so if you don’t like that sorta thing layer it over another color, but it IS even looking after 3 coats. Love all the teal/gold/etc flakes— which, by the way, laid completely flat on the nail. Hooray for that.
That’s 2 outta 3 for Hare! Not bad. :)