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lemon grass

Wellies

Next we have Butter London Wellies, an amazingly bright green. This is described as a ‘green grass creme’ by Butter LONDON but I think it’s probably a bit too yellow to be reminiscent of grass. This was 3 coats, but I was definitely being over-cautious, you could easily get away with 2. 

53rd element

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Iodine-ing Out is a different color, I think! I like yellow a lot, so it’s also one of the polishes I like most in this collection. This polish is a shimmer with yellow undertones and like Easy Bro-Mine! has a slightly metallic appearance over black (polish in pictures above is over black). In my chemistry labs, iodine, the 53rd element, that we dealt with was in solution and was yellow, which helped me in naming this polish!

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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.

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Bad Apple 3D Arkansas is a blue duochrome with a shift to dark blue and purple. In its lightest it almost looks like turquoise, it’s very beautiful! I’ve applied one coat over China Glaze Tongue & Chic which is dark emerald/teal shimmer. The formula was easy to apply but not very pigmented. I would need three coats for full coverage so I’ve layered it over darker nail polish. Dark or black polish makes the duochrome effect to stand out much more and you’ll need just one coat of 3D Arkansas.

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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!

Kodachrome

 Kodak Kodachrome Nail Art 1b

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Lightening, a yellow creme. I then sponged on very lightly, Nubar Forbidden Fruit (orange) and Cult Nails Fetish (black thinned down so that it was very, very faint). This gave me a background that had a distressed, vintage look. I topped that with a quick dry clear coat.

Then on to the taping. Using striping tape I painted my stripes (pinky and index) and rays (ring and middle) with Nubar Into the Wild (green), Nubar On the Radar (red), and Nubar Dusk Till Dawn (blue). I just made sure to be very careful when placing the tape, also to not place tape over any areas still wet.

The final step was the faded/vintage effect. I mixed OPI My Vampire is Buff with Lightening to get a very, very light yellow. I sponged this on making sure that my sponge had barely any polish on it – dab on a paper towel first to remove as much polish as you can. Once I had a look I was happy with, I topped it with a clear coat then finished with Cult Nails Wax That.

Flash

 Girly Bits Flash Your Tips Swatch 5

Hi everyone! I’m very happy to be showing you Girly Bits Flash Your Tips, an exclusive polish for A Box, Indied. This polish is only available through Llarowe’s indie polish subscription box so you can’t buy it on it’s own.

Flash Your Tips was made for the March box, and the theme is Mardi Gras. It’s a bluish-purple linear holo with a strong holo effect. It also has gold and green microglitter, which is subtle but really adds to the impact and appeal of the polish. The microglitter plus the colour really makes this polish stand out for me, and it’s completely unique in my collection.

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Renaissance Custom Lacquer Rosie Osie Swatch 5

Renaissance Cosmetics Rosie-Osie is a deep red jelly with intense red shimmer and tiny silver and gold glitter that looks incredible when suspended in the red base. It truly does have that lit-from-within look. Application was really smooth and even, and the consistency is just right – not too thin or thick. This was two coats. I did use a coat of Gelous followed by top coat, to give it more of a glassy look, but this is completely optional.

Fudgey

Drip ice cream sugar spun nails 1b

I wanted something cute today because it’s sort of grey here in Miami. And it’s also a little chilly – so what’s more fun than some cute ice cream nails?! I really like this melted ice cream tutorial because it’s super adorbs and because it taught me an interesting way to do drips – drawing them with a dotting tool from a different direction than I typically do it!

L’Hiver

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To get this look: I started with a base of L’Hiver from Renaissance Custom Lacquer, and then painted the black lines with black polish. I filled in the shapes with white polish to provide a good base for the colours I would add on top. The ornaments I filled in with Renaissance Custom Lacquer Mount Pleasant, Spadina, St. Clair and Runnymede. The tiny stars were painted with Essie Good as Gold. I dabbed on a bit of Renaissance Custom Lacquer Evenstar to give it some glitz.

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CrowsToes Dragon In Drag 3

CrowsToes Dragon in Drag is a glitter topper full of various sizes and shapes of blue, green and gold glitter. This is my favorite of the collection, it looks all under the sea over blue! The formula was a little thick but very glitter dense and easy to apply. I used 1 coat over Misa Winter Bluesy Blues for the photos below.