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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: Y for Y U NO…

I don’t know about you, but I for one am really happy this ABC series is nearing the end! Because when I was looking at my spreadsheet desperately trying to find a suitable polish for today’s post, I was like:

So then I decided to just show you something random instead. :lol:

This mani started out with 3 coats of Bloom San Francisco, a gorgeous blue green shimmer I got in a swap with the lovely Kristy from The Polish Haven. San Francisco, also known as Bianca, is such a stunner, but it’s impossible (for me, at least) to capture it on film. Check out Steffels’ droolworthy pic of it, and you’ll understand why I just had to have it!

Frustrated by my lousy photography skills, I figured that my nails needed to be filed, and grabbed my trusty glass file and went to town. The resulting nubs cried out for something blingy, so I added a coat of Candeo Colors Plumage. Plumage has a sheer base with silver shimmer, green, turquoise and dark blue hex glitter, plus also seafoam square glitter. It looks awesome and is also nice and easy to apply.

Stay with me, we’re almost there now! Finally, I added a coat of Essie Matte About You, and here’s the result!

Whew! I hope you don’t mind me straying from the format, stay tuned for the conclusion of this series!

 

The ABCs: W for Wild Peacock

Another franken saves the day!

I wasn’t quite happy with how sparse the glitters were in Spoiled Pet My Peacock, so I figured I’d franken something with it since it went so well the last time. I found a purple jelly I had frankened earlier, and in the glitter went! I don’t know if it’s my favorite polish in the world, but it is a lot more interesting than PMP on its own. Oh, and I called it Wild Peacock, you know, just because.

Not too shabby!

What do you do with polishes you’re not crazy about?

The ABCs: V for Variety Pack

I’m sorry that this post is so late, but when I got to V in the alphabet, I was faced with the same dilemma as earlier, I didn’t have an untried polish starting with V. So instead of doing a rerun of Zoya Valerie, I decided to do a random spam post, or a “Variety Pack” as it were. Since I had to wear and swatch a bunch of stuff for this post, it took a little while longer, but I hope it’s worth waiting for!

I won’t say much about these polishes, I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking. Enjoy!

Essie Mademoiselle, 2 coats.

Essie Mademoiselle sponged with Orly Rock-It and Petites Pink Diamond. Heart strass from Claudia Cosmetics.

Essie Lapiz of Luxury, 2 coats.

H&M Lady Luck, 2-3 coats.

Sinful Colors Zeus, 2 coats.

Lynnderella The Telltale Heart, 1 coat over OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu!, 3 coats.

Thanks for looking!

The ABCs: N for Nosegay

Since Easter is coming up, I felt that it was time for some pastels. Lynnderella Nosegay fit the bill perfectly, along with OPI Rumple’s Wiggin’ it makes an instant easter egg mani!  Some of you might be wondering what Nosegay means (I know I did when I first saw it!), it is actually a small bunch of flowers, bouquet or posy.

Lynnderella Nosegay is is made with lavender and purple multi-sized hexagons and squares, with blue-violet shimmer in a translucent pale violet base. I like that it’s not a total glitterbomb like a lot of the other Lynnderellas, and what really makes this one unique, is that lovely hidden shimmer that shows up when the light is just right.

I didn’t want to try making this opaque on its own, because I like the scattered effect you get with just one coat. OPI Rumple’s Wiggin is the perfect base coat. The formula is also excellent, as with all of Lynnderella’s polishes. She has really nailed the formula on her polishes, and in my opinion that gives her laquers an advantage over a lot of other indie brands.
This is not as bumpy as a lot of her other glitters either, I got it smooth with a combo of one thin coat of Glitter Tamer, one coat of Barielle Manicure Extender and finished it off with Seche Vite.

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