My due date is only days away, and I’m just waddling around the house waiting for the baby to pop out. Since I can’t do any heavy housework, my days are mostly spent baking and/or painting my nails. (Not at the same time!)
I’ve been changing my polish a lot lately, because of course it’s extremely important to have the perfect manicure when I’m in labor!
At least I’ll have something pretty to look at, right? Here are a few of the manis I’ve been sporting lately, in no particular order.
Sonoma Nail Art 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea over nailstation haute voltige
China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling with nail stickers
All That Glitters Arose From A Sleep
China Glaze Shower Together stamped with Make Up Store Greta
Sonoma Nail Art Tallulah over Essie Not Just A Pretty Face (matteified)
Which one is your favorite, and what would be your ultimate manicure?
I still haven’t found mine, so I guess the search continues! That’s what’s fun, right?
Hi guys! I’m still here, gestating away with my carpal tunnel syndrome-ridden hands. I just thought I’d quickly stop by to show you one of the most beautiful polishes I’ve been wearing in a long time! Here we have Hare Oceans of Alloys, released with the Finder’s Keepers collection this fall.
According to Hare, Oceans of Alloys is “a dusty light blue jelly with a mixture of gold and copper glitter in both hexes and squares in several different sizes. Mysterious iridescent blue glitter is scattered throughout, as well as delicate gold flecks.” The base color looks more green than blue on me, but there’s no doubt that this is truly unique and very gorgeous! I can’t stop admiring my nails right now.
The formula is great, I used three thin coats of OoA alone for this mani. I had no problems getting thin, even coats, and the glitters are easy to distribute and don’t clump together at all. You’ll need a few layers of top coat, I got this one smooth with two coats of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you soon!
Jenn, one of my readers, asked if I could swatch Pahlish My Oblivion, and of course I can! It just takes a while to get around to it, but finally I managed to squeeze it in.
My Oblivion has a royal blue jelly base with various sizes and shapes of holographic gold glitter. It looks a little similar Toxic and Timeless, but T&T has a more teal base with yellow and blue glitters.
I used four coats to get My Oblivion opaque, I thought I was done after three coats, but the fourth coat really made a difference and made it deeper and more alive. The formula was a bit tricky, I had a hard time putting it on without getting it all over my skin and cuticles. It’s not because it’s runny, rather the opposite. The polish felt kinda “bouncy”, it was difficult getting it close to the cuticle to create the gap, and it seemed like it pulled away from the skin when I moved the brush over the nail. I decided to just paint into the skin instead, and rather do cleanup to get a nice gap. It was easy enough with my trusted e.l.f. concealer brush and pure acetone.
To get this mani smooth, I used two generous coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food (which dries matte) and one thick coat of Seche Vite for shinyness. The mani is totally smooth and glasslike a day after application, so it seems like Glitter Food really works!
I just love all the glitters I’ve tried recently, but sometimes it’s lovely just to put on a good, old-fashioned simple shimmer or glassfleck. These two Sinfuls hit the right spot for me, even if they’re very different from one another. One is a gorgeous vampy shimmer, the other is a beautiful, crisp glassfleck. I got them both in swaps, and I was positively surprised by both of them.
Sinful Colors Rich In Heart is a deep, dark red vampy shimmer. It reminds me of red wine, the color changes from a deep red to a mahogany brown at times. Such a sexy polish, I love it! I wanted to layer something over it, but I ended up wearing it for four days alone, because it’s such a stunner.
Sinful Colors Sweet Dreams is a blue-green polish with lots of fine silver glassfleck shimmer. It’s from the Girls in Pearls collection, which also contains this summer’s hit Cinderella. This is a very cute and summery color, it reminds me of a cool and soothing swimming pool.
Both of the polishes had a very nice formula, and they were both opaque in two coats. I love the Sinful brush, it’s flat and firm, I think it’s perfect!
Which “staple” polishes do you love to wear between glitterbombs?
Warning, extremely rubbing-it-in-your-face post incoming!
Don’t you just love it when you finally fulfill a longtime lemming? I never thought I’d have Rimmel Mania on my nails this lifetime, but in an unbelieveable stroke of luck, it’s finally mine! I think I fell in love with this stunner after seeing Pretty Random‘s swatches (don’t go there if you don’t love to get extremely frustrated, her VVVHTF swatches are gorgeous and will break your heart). Unfortunately, it’s (of course) discontinued and very hard to find, and no matter how much I searched for it, I couldn’t find it. But finally I struck gold, and managed to swap for it with a very nice girl from MUA. Yay!
Mania has a blue-to-green duochrome with lots of golden shimmer, it’s like Bloom San Francisco (Bianca) on steroids. I just had to make a collage, because I couldn’t limit myself to only two pics! Please click to enlarge.
The formula was pretty good, and I got even coverage in two coats. The brush, however, was a bit weird. It was bristly, stiff and uneven, which made application a bit of a challenge.
Which big lemmings have you fulfilled? Which ones are you still searching for?