Essie A Cut Above

I have had this polish since forever but somehow never reached for it so far. I love the rose colored glitters in A Cut Above but never seemed to have the perfect base to go with it. When I got Boji from one of my beauty box subscriptions I knew that I would pair them both together!
Boji is a nice purple leaning taupe creme polish. It applied nicely in 3 thin coats and dried rather quickly too! I thought that I have already put up a swatch of it but I guess I thought wrong. I will have to go look for the photos!
A Cut Above is indeed a cut above with it’s easy to apply formula! The glitters came out without a fuss and required no manipulation during application. My bottle of A Cut Above has been sitting in the drawer for quite a while now so the glitters have settled quite a bit. All it needed was a good shake and it was back to it’s awesome self.
The shot above isn’t my normal photo format but I just loved it so much that I had to post it here. I like how the black background makes my hand seem so fair!
You know what, as I was looking at these shots I tried recalling where I took them but for the life of me, I can’t remember where I took them! Gah!
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CrowsToes Frogs’ Breath

Tadaa!
I told you that I would definitely add to my nude little manicure!

I busted out CrowsToes Frogs’ Breath for this manicure. I love a good glitter gradient and thought that these were the best things on a nude base. A little touch of glam on my tips if you may.

I even managed to get sun (evening) shots of my nails for this manicure!

If you look properly you can actually see the stains on my nails through Barre My Soul. I think it was the gold in Frogs’ Breath that brought out the yellow in my nails.
Though the yellow shows through I think it made this gradient somewhat smoother. Don’t you think?

365 Days of Color Vagabond

I’m late again! Oops!
Anyways, I got a new polish from Sunny from 365 Days of Color! I actually received this in her Valentines Grab Bags (my all time favorite thing to buy from her!)
This is Vagabond from Sunny’s Le Boheme Collection for spring. It is a beautiful nude polish with royal blue small and smaller hex glitters as well as a good pinch of royal blue micro glitters.
When I first got this polish I was kinda meh towards it but as I wore it I fell in love with it more and more! I liked how the nude base matches my skin tone. And the blue is just a great addition to it!
I loved it so much I actually wore this for more than 3 days and did not want to take it off at all! The only reason why I had to remove it was because I had an important work meeting and had to change to something more work appropriate.

Did I mention that I got TONS of complements for this manicure? Ahh.. Such beauty in simplicity!

Reindeer Games

I’ve got a LynB Designs polish for you today!
This is Reindeer Games by Jenna from LynBDesigns. I got this from quite a while ago and kept going back and forth on which base color I should use. I fianlly decided to go with the most natural color I can think of for a reindeer – brown.
Reindeer Games is a reindeer in a bottle as the maker says on her description. The red hearts represents Rudoiph’s nose and the black hexes for it’s hooves. There are tons of brown micro hex glitters and a good spash of gold holographic glitter to represent reindeer fur. And of course what are reindeers without snow (white shards) right?

I can’t really reacall but I think this is 1 layer over Cult Nails Tulum – my only brown polish for now! I did have to fish a little to get hearts on all my nails. But if you don’t mind a heart or two only you actually do not have to do much work to get them.

The gold shimmer in Tulum played really well with the gold holo glitters in Reindeer Games don’t you think?
 
I’m sure you can already see the holo glitters showing off themselves in the photos above. But hey! I just HAD to include a blurred photo for it’s so dreamy~
 

Day 8 – Polka Dot Nails

I thought I would jazz up the previous mani just a little and since it’s Polka Dots day why not!

I initially wanted to do dots on the whole nail but a failed attempt on my thumb led me to do otherwise. I finally settles with just a strip of dots running down the middle. I think it turned out rather OK.

For the dots I used Lucky Lucky Lavender on Lilac, Steady As She Rose on Lucky Lucky Lavender and Lilac on Steady As She Rose.

I still need lots of practice for my dots :S

Purple Skittles!

More untried polishes in this post! Actually, out of the 4 polishes I have on my fingers in this post, 2 are untrieds and the other two haven’t been used in quite some time!
I was thinking of a way to use all 4 polishes.I finally settled on a skittelette manicure to tackle this task. In shades of purple again! I think purple may just be my new favorite color.

The idea was to do a ombre manicure at the same time actually, one of the many nail art techniques that I have yet to pull off successfully!

What do you think? Does it count as an ombre manicure?

I used these colors Color by T.B.N Lilac (thumb), OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender (index finger), OPI Steady As She Rose (middle finger) and on The Hungry Asian Vote for Purple (ring finger and pinky).

OPI – Pink Yet Lavender

My one and only OPI nail polish from the Mariah Carey Collection which I got Receive in my Cosmobox last month. I was super excited about it then and knew that I had to swatch it quick. So here it is – Pink Yet Lavender!

Since this polish is meant to be a layering polish I chose to swatch it over (from my index finger) OPI Black Onyx, Zoya Dove, OPI Alpine Snow and over my bare nail on my pinky.
Pink Yet Lavender is a clear based polish filled with small lavender and holographic glitters and a good dash of rose pink hex glitters. The formula was surprisingly normal for me. I have read on other nail blogs that this polish was a little on the thick side.
The photo above is one coat of Pink Yet Lavender on all but my pink which has 2 coats. I love how the pink glitters are scarce and the little glitters cover up the space in between the pink glitters.

At 2 coats, you can see that there are much more pink hex glitters and that the smaller glitters have filled up the empty spaces really well.

I especially love how Pink Yet Lavender looks on Black Onyx! It looks like a galaxy filled with pink stars~

I should do some pink galaxy nails with this polish one day. This polish would be the perfect glitter fotr that job!
This maybe my only polish from the OPI Mariah Carey Collection but I am definitely eyeing Sprung. It reminds me of a copper version of GoldenEye. Anyone out there has both of them? What do you think?