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Candeo Oceania

Another reason I’m happy I got Aqua Lily, is that it’s the perfect underwear for Candeo Oceania. Oceania is almost a glitter version of Aqua Lily, and they compliment eachother gorgeously. It has a clear base with medium white, matte teal and matte lavender hex and an added dash of small matte aqua hex.

This isn’t as glitterbomb-y as most indie glitters, so you can do one coat over a base color for a subtle effect. I wanted a bit more, so I did two coats of Oceania over Aqua Lily.

The formula was good, and it was easy to spread the polish over the nail. The glitters didn’t need to be dabbed on.

Candeo Colors have their own web shop where they are sold for $9 a bottle, or you can do what I did and purchase them from Llarowe where they are $11 a bottle.

China Glaze Shower Together with sponged gradient and Lynnderella Thank Blue

Recently I had a great swap with Kesha from Nail Polish Obsession. One of the polishes I got in this swap was an oldie, but goodie, China Glaze Shower Together. This beautiful teal creme was released with the Ecollection for spring 2008. I don’t own anything like it, and I absolutely love it!

Shower Together was nice and easy to apply. The formula is a tiny bit on the runny side, but nothing bad. It looks kinda jelly-ish on the first coat, but it’s creamy and opaque in two regular coats.

I can never leave a creme mani alone, so I decided to try a sponged gradient √† la The Nailasaurus. I don’t have any pictures of this, because I suck, but check out Sammy’s awesome tutorial for how to do it. This method creates a smoother, more airbrushed gradient look compared to the sponging technique I’ve showed you earlier. I used China Glaze Calypso Blue for the blue tips here.

So finally, I just had to futz with this mani a little more. (Is it just me, or do you guys too feel like you need three components to a “nail art” mani?) I added a coat of Lynnderella Thank Blue!, a turquoise glitterbomb from the Funny Money collection. I’m totally and utterly in love with how this looks, and my head is spinning with the possibilities of other gradient/glitter combos!

How do you like this combination? What other pairings would you love to see? Check out my spreadsheet (click “Stash” in the header of the blog) and let me know in the comments if you have any ideas!

The ABCs: Z for Zoya & Zebra

Finally, here’s the last post in my ABC series! I kinda effed up a bit in my Variety Pack post, because I was originally going to post Sinful Colors Zeus for the letter Z, but somehow I threw it in with the random spam. So I had to figure out something else for today’s post, and I ended up with zebra stamping over a Zoya polish.

This is Zoya Cynthia, a dark teal creme stamped with zebra image from BM-223 and China Glaze Adore. I’ve used two coats of Cynthia, and it’s nice and smooth and easy to apply.

This concludes my ABC series, I hope you enjoyed it! I had fun doing this, but I really look forward to using whichever polish I fancy from now on. ;)

The ABCs: U for Use Protection

Today we have Spoiled Use Protection, which has glitter of different sizes and colors (even holographic) in a sheer teal base. Because of the sheerness, I decided to layer it over Zoya Charla, and these are truly a match made in heaven! Charla is sparkly in and of itself, but with Use Protection on top, it’s a veritable sparklefest!

The formula on this one is like the other Spoiled polishes I’ve tried, thick and goopy. The less I say about the horrible brush by now, the better. Nevertheless, it went fairly easy applying one coat of Use Protection over Charla. It will need a little extra topcoat, so I used two coats of Seche Vite, and it’s smooth.

Spoiled by Wet ‘n’ Wild laqcuers can be bought at CVS.

 

The ABCs: F for Frenzy

With my latest Cherry Culture haul I picked up Sinful Colors Frenzy, I guess mostly to fill up the package. I thought it looked awesome in pics, but when I tried it, I wasn’t too thrilled. This is a polish with pink and blue-green fine glitter in a sheer base, a very pretty color combination. I guess I’m spoiled by dense glitter like the Milani one-coaters, but when I needed four coats and there’s still not full coverage, I get a little frowny.

Please be aware that this polish isn’t as blue as these pictures make it seem, it was a nightmare to photograph with both purpleish-pink and tealish-blue glitter! The pink glitter is quite color accurate, but the blue is definitely more green than this.

Frenzy is easy enough to apply, but as I said, I’ve used four coats and the coverage isn’t impressive. I’d only recommend this for layering.

I’ve bought this polish from Cherry Culture, where Sinful Colors are sold for $2.50 a bottle.

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