GOT Polish Challenge: Ruffle Mani with Hard Candy Vibe, Trailer Trash, and Angel

Oh hai!  I’m back again after another extremely busy week.  I’m really hoping things die down enough that I’m able to post more than once a week soon.  As awful as it is, I just haven’t been able to make my nails my top priority lately. :-p

This week’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge (details about the challenge can be found on my original blog post about it) theme is ruffle manis!  I hadn’t done a ruffle mani before, so I was really looking forward to trying it out.  It ended up taking so long that I only did it on two accent nails, but it looks great!  I decided to use some Hard Candy mini polishes that I purchased ages ago for this one.

Vibe is a one-coat black creme polish, Trailer Trash is a metallic silver, and Angel is a metallic gold polish.  Despite being very old, all of these applied easily and dried quickly.  They also all had excellent coverage; I only used one coat of the black on the ‘plain’ nails, and it covered beautifully.  And these lasted forever.  I wasn’t able to change my polish all week (and yes, it drove me nuts), and most of my nails only had mild tip wear at the end of the week.  I was very impressed with the durability of these polishes.

The ruffle mani accent nails worked out pretty well, but they took a really long time to do.  I ended up adding to it a little at a time during the day and then trying to do other things in the interim.  I do like how it turned out, but I doubt that this is a design that I’ll do that often for that reason.  I used my normal base and top coat for this mani, and the top coat did smear the ruffle mani a little bit.  There was no way I was going to do it over again, so I apologize for this imperfect mani, but that’s the way it goes sometimes, isn’t it?

GOT Polish Ruffle Mani

GOT Polish Ruffle Mani

GOT Polish Ruffle Mani

Have you ever tried the ruffle mani look before?  Do you have any time-saving tips for doing one?  I do like the way it turned out, and if you average the time that it took to do over the amount of time that I wore it, maybe the time it took can be justified a little…

I purchased these mini Hard Candy polishes several years ago as part of a set.  They are no longer available for purchase at this time.

GOT Polish Challenge: Skittle with Black and Red Glitters

Today’s Golden Oldie Thursday Challenge theme (details of the challenge can be found in my original blog post about it) is a skittle mani!  I liked this theme because it allowed me to choose more than one of my older polishes to use again.  I decided to try a few of my old glitters to see if they still suit my fancy.

I used four polishes in this skittle mani to transition it from black on one side to red on the other.  The polishes used are NYX Girls Frizzy Spots, a black jelly base with small and medium-sized silver holographic glitter; Naild’It Unique Polish in Girls Gone Wild in Camo, a multi-colored glitter mix of matte and shiny with red, pink, green, silver, brown, yellow, orange and black in a clear base; Naild’It Unique Polish in Strawberry Whine, a multi-colored matte glitter mix in tones of red, pink, white, green and a hint of purple in a sheer red jelly base; and China Glaze Dynasty, which has a tomato red base with lots of small holographic glitter.  I applied all of these over a glitter base and used a fast-dry top coat for the photos.

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

GOT Polish Challenge Skittle

Do you ever wear skittle manis?  I don’t often wear a different polish on each nail, but I do sometimes, especially when I’m testing out polishes in a destash.

I purchased all of these polishes from different online stores.  If you’d like to know where I got a particular one, just let me know and I’ll try to figure out where I bought it.

 

Swatch and Review: Ethereal Lacquer Lurid

I only discovered Ethereal Lacquer earlier this year, but it didn’t take me long to become a devotee of this brand’s original and beautiful polish creations.  Today I’m wearing Ethereal Lacquer’s Lurid, which is a color-shifting glitter topcoat.

Lurid is packed with shimmer that has a prominent pink to blue color shift.  Floating amidst all this shimmer is some holographic micro-glitter to round out the look.  The effect of this polish is stunning.  The color shift is visible in all types of lighting; there was no sunlight to speak of here today, and I had no trouble seeing the effect.  I love the added touch of the holographic micro-glitter, as the glints of rainbow sparkles add an extra dimension to the polish.  It almost gives one the look of galaxy nails without any of the effort.

The application of this polish could not have been better.  It only took one coat to give the spectacular effect you’ll see in the photos.  It dried extremely quickly as well.  I applied Lurid over two coats of black polish.  (The black polish I used is butter London Union Jack Black, in case you were wondering!)  I also used my usual base and top coats for the photos.

Ethereal Lacquer Lurid

Ethereal Lacquer Lurid

Ethereal Lacquer Lurid

Are you seeing all that shimmer?!  I tried to tilt my index finger in the photos so the color shift would be more apparent, but you really can see it on my other nails, too.  At the base the pink is more prominent, but the blue comes out as your eye moves toward the free edge of my nail.

I purchased this polish from the Ethereal Lacquer online shop as part of a set of 3 polishes for $30.00.  Things tend to sell out relatively quickly, so you’ll have to keep your eye on the shop and jump at the next restock if you’re interested.

Swatch and Review: Love and Beauty Black Magic Sand Lacquer

The Forever 21 beauty line, Love and Beauty, is one of the many nail polish brands that have come out with textured glitter nail polishes this year.  Because of the low price point of the Love and Beauty line, it’s a good way to try out this trend before investing in more high-end textured polishes.  Love and Beauty calls their textured glitters Sand Lacquers, and I chose the shade Black Magic from their line.  Although it’s called Black Magic, in the bottle this polish looks quite golden.  On the nails, however, it looks very different from the look in the bottle.  In most lights this polish looks like a dark navy base with very noticeable gold and purple glitter flashes throughout.  In lower light, though, it could pass for black.  It really is an interesting color.

I used two coats of Black Magic over base coat for the photos.  If you’re in a hurry, you could probably get away with using just one thick coat of this polish.  The color does appear slightly darker and deeper with the second coat, however.  It dried quite quickly, and there were no application issues.  I did not use a top coat because I wanted to enjoy the matte textured glitter look, but this polish would definitely look great with a high shine top coat to really bring out those sparkles. 🙂

Love and Beauty Black Magic

Love and Beauty Black Magic

What do you think of the textured glitter craze?  Are you over them yet?  I just love the sparklies, so this trend works for me!

I purchased this polish from Forever 21 for $2.80.  The quality of their polishes isn’t always the greatest, but they are pretty cheap so I guess you can’t expect too much.  I’m sure I’ll shop there again; I’ll just try to keep my expectations low.

Swatch and Review: Mentality Nail Polish Rascal

It’s a lovely day here, the early September kind that has an edge of fall in the air.  I’m jumping right into autumn’s nail palette today with Mentality Nail Polish’s Rascal.  Rascal is a matte black polish that has a hint of shimmer in the sunlight.  This polish is on the slightly thick side because it is so highly pigmented, but that didn’t affect application or drying time.  I found Rascal easy to apply, and one coat could probably suffice for this polish, though I prefer two.  I used striping tape and a third coat to add some texture and dimension for accent nails.  Like most mattes this one dried very quickly.

Mentality Nail Polish Rascal

I took some pictures of my manicure before adding the accents to show what Rascal looks like at two coats.

Mentality Nail Polish Rascal

Mentality Nail Polish Rascal

Don’t you just love the way the sunlight plays with that hint of shimmer? 🙂

Overall, I’m very impressed with this polish!  I like that Rascal is more forgiving than most mattes and does not show obvious brush strokes.  It also isn’t covered in dings a few minutes after applied like some mattes tend to be.  The color payoff on this one is amazing, too!  It really is such a deep, true black.  This is one of those shades that could be used in so many different nail art ideas.  It could be used as a base for the chalkboard mani that is all the rage right now, for example.

Have you tried Mentality Nail Polish before?  I have several of their polishes and must confess that I’m a big fan of their line.  They have so many unique color options and are very reasonably priced.  You’ll definitely be seeing more of their polishes here in the future.

This polish was provided to me by Mentality Nail Polish and can be purchased at the Mentality Nail Polish store for $7, which includes shipping.  They are currently having a sale, too!  If you use the coupon code MENTALITY at checkout you’ll receive 20% off orders over $30.

NOTD: Incoco Mirage

My NOTD for today is Incoco’s nail polish strips in Mirage.  Mirage features purple and black zigzag stripes, although the purple looks more pink to me (I often have a hard time telling the two apart).  I’ve used the Incoco design manicure nail polish strips a few times before and have been impressed both with their ease of application and with their staying power.  They last longer on me than most traditional nail polishes do.  They are a good option for more complicated nail art designs that I just don’t have the patience or skill to do by hand.

Incoco Mirage

Incoco Mirage

Incoco nail polish strips can be ordered online through the Incoco website.  The Mirage nail polish strips are $8.99 for a set of 16 appliqués.