Orly Soul Mate

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Here is Orly Soul Mate, one of my favorite red polish!

I only applied one coat here because I was planning to put a glitter top coat on top of it so I didn’t want thick polish for the color base. But still, one polish was enough for a good coverage!

It’s very easy to work with, and pretty thin but at the same time pretty opaque.

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I was lucky in that I was able to buy this for only $3.50 at T.J.Maxx. (Yay!)

 

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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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Julie G Gumdrop Hot Cinnamon

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I have a set of posts ready about Julie G polishes. ^^ Ready?

Julie G nail polishes are sold in Rite Aid stores. The Gumdrop series, of which Hot Cinnamon (below), is one, are the series that have been most widely promoted recently. I actually purchased this one at Bartell, which was carrying few of the gumdrop series for some reason. And hey, guess what, it’s $4!!! Wow!

I feel like it’s pretty similar to Zoya’s PixieDust and probably OPI Liquid Sand series. The most dominant color is cool red, with bits of gold and hot pink glitters. It doesn’t have any weird smell to it, and it puts on really easily. And it didn’t chip for the three days I had it on! I used to think that this kind of texture was off, and that I wouldn’t like it, but I do now. I think they advertised it well. It does really look like gum drops!

Below is how it looks with two coats, under shade, and under sunlight, respectively.

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This polish is so fun to put on, and very affordable! I have three more Julie G polish coming up, but I’ll say for now that I have become a fan of this brand! 🙂

Dior Red Royalty

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This is Dior Red Royalty. I don’t own this color. Actually, I got this for my aunt as her birthday present, but I try to use it every time I go over to her house. 🙂 This polish was so amazing that I had to make a post about it.

Dior Nail polish is beyond my nail budget for sure! (It costs $24, which is cheaper than Chanel nail polish… but still!! Wow!!) But hey, this is photos is with one coat – ONE COAT! It puts on so well, and I just learned last week that Dior is one of the nail polishes that are 5-free. It doesn’t has bad chemicals, and it puts on so well. Wow. I guess it is worth the price!

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20130405-192605.jpgThese are all taken in-door under incandescent light. I wanted to take a photo under sunlight, but I messed it up while putting top coat on it.. I’ll try posting better photos of this nail polish the next time I get to put this on. ^^

 

Julep Glitter Pot + How I tried to use glitters

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I purchased a set from Julep in December, and they included Glitter Pot in the package. I never used glitter as glitters, but I also couldn’t find a good tutorial, or with good example of how glitters can be use. And tutorials should make you want to try things! I couldn’t find a tutorial that made me want to try glitters. And below is a photo of my nails from when I tried to use the glitters in December.

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Why am I posting something from December in January? I found a good tutorial with good example on using glitters! Skip to the end if you are mainly curious about that.

The base color, by the way, is Julep Hailee.

I tried leaving droplets of clear top on my nail, then dipping my nail in the pot. After realizing that there is no way I can get all of my nail to come in contact with glitter, I resorted to just decorating the tip.

When I was doing this, I used a clear top that takes at least more than 30 seconds to dry. I painted the tip of my nails horizontally, and dipped only that part in the nail. I did get enough glitters on the tip. The next problem was making sure that glitter STAYED on my nail.

I applied two coats of Julep Matte Top Coat.

OK, now to the part where I complain about using glitters, and why I am hoping that this tutorial will be better:

  • Glitters get everywhere! I tried this on a A4 piece of paper, and planned to put the leftover glitters back in the pot after I was done. But that didn’t work that well, especially because I was trying two glitters on the same piece of paper.
  • When I was putting on the top coat, the glitters got on the top coat, too! I have some red glitters in the top coat bottle. 😦
  • Glitters still come off of your nail even after top coat and while you are putting on top coat, which explains why you see specs of red on the grey part.
  • Because glitters were coming off, I was worried about what if glitters got into my eyes, and this, that happening. I couldn’t appreciate my nails when I was thinking they were health hazard!
  • Glitter part felt really rough even with two coats of top coat…

Here is a tutorial that looks really good! I will try it next time I paint my nails and post the result.

Before, I was hesitant about mixing it in with a top coat. I still am, and I am going to avoid pouring the glitters in a clear coat polish – but I might try to wash clean a polish brush from a nail polish that’s old and sticky, get a drop of clear top coat, and mix the glitter and the clear polish to make a glittery-clear coat (for one time use).

I know, it sounds simple. I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before.

Happy nail painting!

BTW, I started to put this blog’s URL on the images that I’m posting! I’m also posting to Tumblr and Pinterest now~!

Sephora OPI Gold Blasted on Julep Ellen

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Nothing super new or spectacular. I wanted to try gold on red combination. I still believe that this is not the best gold crackle nail polish but this time the gold polish left wider gaps in between – YAY!

Here is another example of using the Gold Blasted nail polish.

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