Starrily Bzzz Bzzz over Orly Soul Mate

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I found Starrily Bzzz Bzzz mini size in my December Ipsy.  Bzzz Bzzz is top coat with gold and black glitters in various sizes and shapes. It’s pretty easy to apply, but also hard to remove (since it’s a glitter polish).

The red that I used here is Orly Soul Mate. This color combination reminds me of art deco… or something classic! I think Bzzz Bzzz will also look great with grey or light blue (for turqoise-like effects).

I looked up Starrily polishes, and they seemed to have many glitter-mixed polishes. If you don’t know, I’m not a big fan of glitter polishes since they are so hard to remove… so I am not sure if I’ll be looking more into this brand, but this polish was still very pretty!

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China Glaze Luxe and Lush over Black

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I wanted to get something like Essie’s Shine of Time nail polish. Unfortunately, that nail polish is not available for a reasonable price any longer… so I opted out for China Glaze Luxe and Lush. It’s different – the pieces are in “rougher” cut than Shine of Time according to what I could tell from other people’s swatch. It’s still cool, and it was definitely a steal for $5 (from Amazon! 🙂 ) And I am so glad I got this nail polish.

Here’s a closeup of the nail polish over Sephora Pantone Anthracite, a nice, solid black nail polish.

I took this photo under shade.

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Over a black polish, this “special effects” nail polish reminds me of Korean black furnitures inlaid with oyster shells, like this one.

For details, I put on one coat of OPI Natural Base Coat, two coats of Anthracite, two coats of Luxe and Lush, finished with two coats of Essie Good to Go Top Coat. Luxe and Lush coat ended up being bit bumpy, so I put on an extra coat of top coat to make my nails smooth, and to ensure that pieces won’t fall from it.

Here’s how the nail appears under indoor light, under direct sunlight, and under shades.

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The cool effects are most obvious on top of dark coat, but I’ll have a different post on how Luxe and Lush looks over lighter color polish later today. 🙂

Sephora X Chaotic and Julep Annie

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I decided to go with Julep Annie to use with Sephora X Chaotic!

I feel that it reminds me of a track suit, or even a child’s pajama. It definitely looks more playful than elegant.

On a side note, Chaotic is pretty easy to remove. Usually, for glitter top coat, I need to use one cotton ball for each finger nail. But i had to use only 3 cotton balls to remove Chaotic and what was underneath. Woot!

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Julep Melissa and Mila

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These white-ish nail polish is Julep’s Melissa. The black full coverage glitter is also Julep’s, although I am not sure which one it is. (I received it without a label on it. But I suspect that it may be Mila, Hillary, or Chelsea.) I got these through one of the random gift packages from December.

Julep Melissa:

This is one of my favorite nail polish colors so far because it shines in a weird color! It’s super cool, but for some reason, people around don’t notice this color as much, and I rarely get complimented on this color. 😥

  • This photo doesn’t show it much, but any reflection on Melissa will come off as green. The part that are not reflecting light will come off as sheer white.
  • It does leave some streaks, which are only noticeable at close, so it doesn’t matter much!
  • TIP: The polish itself is very sheer, so I had to apply about 4 coats before I was satisfied.

Julep ???:

  • This polish is mostly black glitters, mixed in with silver and red glitters, of all which are of various size, held together by clear nail polish.
  • TIP: This one is supposed to be a full-cover glitter, so with 3+ coats, the polish should cover all of the nail. But it’s hard to get the edge painted cleanly (because it’s made out of glitter!) and glitters get chunky sometimes, especially with more layers. I suggest starting with one thin layer of any black nail polish. This should help make the nail look more ‘covered’ without putting too much polish on the nail. Here is an example.

If you know what the second polish is, please let me know. T_T