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Pin-Up

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Vivid Lacquer The Sea After the Storm (my absolute fave!) is a described as a “darkened teal scatter holo filled with gold flakes.” I seriously couldn’t do any better describing it than that! The flakes are very subtle and the overall effect is a really rich green shade. My swatch is one thin coat and one generous coat.

Odyssey

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SpaRitual Bravery is dark shade of purple with matte finish yet it is not completely flat. It has tiny shimmery particles that peak through the matte colour. The formula is very good and easy to apply and it’s also well pigmented. I’ve applied two coats for perfect coverage and no topcoat of course ;) The polish itself dried fast but I would recommend you to allow extra time just to make sure it hardened enough.

The season

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My base polishes are the two shades in the Morgan Taylor Halloween Collection. The set includes Little Black Dress (a great black!) and a crazy bright orange called Orange Crush. I used a fine art brush to create the jack-o-lanterns, skulls, spiders and bats and teeny dotting tools to make the dots.

I also introduced a new light source and used a different lens for these pics. Why? Because I’m never satisfied and always tinkering with my setup. I’m not sure if I like it. We’ll see!

Anyway, the polishes I used in this look are:

Morgan Taylor Little Black Dress Morgan Taylor Orange Crush Morgan Taylor All White Now Zoya Arizona Color Club Foxy Mama

Tangy

 Kb shimmer beach please

KB Shimmer Beach Please borders on neon magenta pink. This is so close to being a neon, but thankfully it photographs better than neons do, so you can get a real idea of what it looks like. This is two coats.

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Zig zag

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington 1b

Damone Roberts 1968 is described as a pistachio green creme. To me it also looks like a really muted pea soup green. It’s such a unique colour, one I normally wouldn’t buy, but I found that it looked pleasant with my skin tone. I didn’t experience the dreaded lobster hands that I normally get with pale mint polishes.

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 swatch

Formula wise it was really good. It’s a bit sheer at first but builds up nicely to a very even finish. I used 3 coats for these swatches.

OPI Damone Roberts 1968 + Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington chevron nail art

To get this look:

I topped my swatch with a quick dry top coat and once that was dry I used chevron nail vinyls from nailvinyls.com. I find it’s best to stick them to your skin 2-3 times to remove some of the tact. Then I applied a generous coat of Renaissance Cosmetics Kensington. I love the shimmer of Kensington and how it contrasts to the creme base.

Brownie

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Getting to Gnaw You is probably the most Halloween appropriate of the entire collection, a black fully opaque crelly filled with mini metallic orange hex glitters. This one is a classic, and a must have, especially if you want to get into the Halloween spirit without having a crazy color or design on your nails. Shown above is two easy coats and top coat.

Mardi Gras

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I want to share some crazy nails I created using the JulieG Mardis Gras Collection. This set includes six blingy, mega-glitters that give you a textured, jewel encrusted look without topcoat, or a super glittery finish with topcoat.

To get this look, I took a small nail art brush and dabbed on each of the six colors in a random pattern. It took two passes to get everything opaque. I didn’t worry about creating a gradient between shades, nor was I going for crisp lines. You could say this was sort of an experiment. But I LOVE how it came out! It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. I wore this out to run errands (on only one hand…LOL) and got stopped everywhere I went!

Blurple

 Barry m persian

The formula here is very easy to apply, a little thin as duochromes are. As I did with my original swatches, I’ve applied the colour over a plain black creme base – if you do it that way, you’ll only need one coat of colour, compared to 2 or 3 if you wear it alone. I’ve used 1 thick coat of Persian over Barry M Black, with top coat.

At some angles, the purple takes on a blurple quality

Atlantis is the new glitter topper released alongside Persian. It’s different from the glitters in the original collection – instead of shards, we’ve got hexes, diamonds, irregular shapes (the pink pieces are not something I’ve ever seen in polish before!) and a smattering of tiny hexes. I do love the colour combination of pink, purple, blue and silver, but it seems a lot more sparse than the originals. I’ve used 1 coat over Persian (with a bit of dabbing to fill gaps) but as you can see, it really needs some placement! It also needs quite a thick top coat to tame it down. 

Rorschach

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Hi everyone!  It has been forever since I did a water color mani – but I was curious to see if I could take it in the Rorschach Test direction.

I started off with two coats of Salon Perfect Sugar Cube, followed by one coat of SV.

Using the polish brush, I placed a few dots of Sugar Cube and Salon Perfect Oil Slick randomly on the nail.

Chevrons

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I started with two coats of Glam Polish Tempestarii, followed by one coat of SV.  Once dry, I applied the stencils and added one coat of A England Excalibur Renaissance.  I removed the decals immediately and finished with one coat of SV.

Glam

 Glam polish divinity

I was up north for New York Fashion Week (for those of you that don’t know)! But this review of the new Supernatural Collection from Glam Polish should’ve been posted this morning so enough talking let’s get to the gorgeous polishes!

Glam Polish Divinity, 2 coats & Top Coat A rich dark purple jelly with a mix of flakies and holographic glitter in various sizes