Category Archives: Petites

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!

Diamond Desire

I just don’t get tired of glitter nowadays, I need it in all kinds of combinations. That’s why I decided to make a glitter/jelly sandwich today. No, it’s not something you eat, it’s a way of layering glitter and jelly polishes that creates a “underwater glitter” effect on the nails. You start out with the jelly underneath, then a coat (or more) of glitter, then finish it off with a coat of jelly over the glitter. I’ve never tried this technique before, but I’m stunned by the results!

For this manicure I started with two easy coats of Revlon Just Tinted Desire, a pink jelly that dries to a satin-y finish on its own. Then I added a coat of Petites Pink Diamond, a combination of big and small baby pink glitters in a clear base. I added a coat of Desire over Pink Diamond, and finished it all off with Seche Vite.

I have to say I love this combination! It’s so pretty and light, but still with some excitement in the glitter bits caught beneath the shield of jelly. Now I want jellies in every color to make a bunch of sammies on my nails!
Have you tried any interesting combinations of jelly and glitter lately?

Petites Black Diamond

Here’s a tiny gem I got as a surprise extra in a swap with Jen, The Polish-Aholic. This is Petites Black Diamond, a charcoal holo! Wow, I was blown away, it’s such an awesome polish, and how great is it to discover a favorite completely unexpected like this? Thank you so much, Jen!

Now, before you ask, this is not a complete dupe for the holo OPI My Private Jet. Black Diamond has a lighter base and more scattered holo than MPJ, and the holo isn’t as in-your-face as MPJ either. Anyway, this is absolutely a great substitute if you don’t want to pay blood money for the OPI. My lemming for MPJ holo isn’t completely killed, but it’s on serious life support.

Now, the holo effect isn’t the strongest I’ve seen, but it’s there and it gives the polish a nice, sparkly dimension. It’s also a bit duller than it could be in these pics, because I put topcoat over it, and it kinda killed the holo. In the shade, it’s a nice, dusty charcoal.

This applies like a dream, it’s opaque and smooth in two coats. It’s polishes like these that make me want to sit and polish all day long just because it’s such a joy to paint with them. Love!

The sun came out for a minute, so I ran outside in the middle of making dinner to snap a pic!

Sigh. I’m in nailpolish heaven.

Thanks for reading!
Love, S.


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