Swatch and Review: Takko Lacquer Nirvana

Takko Lacquer’s Nirvana is part of their Summer 2013 collection, but it is so difficult to get that I was only able to get my hands on it a few days ago.  Nirvana is a deep teal creme polish with gold flakies.  The flakies are not extremely shiny; rather, they add a subtle touch of interest to this medium teal shade of polish.  It really is a pretty shade that I’ll have to insist is an appropriate color for autumn as well.  🙂

Nirvana was very easy to apply; the Takko Lacquer brush is one of the nicest I’ve used.  It made for an easy three-stroke application with practically no polish bleeding onto my cuticles.  I wish all polish brands used this brush!  I used two coats of Nirvana, although this did leave the slightest VNL, as you may notice in the photos.  Next time I use it, I will probably use a third coat.  I also used base and top coat for the pictures.

Takko Lacquer Nirvana

Takko Lacquer Nirvana

Takko Lacquer Nirvana

Do you like this twist on a teal creme polish?  In the photos you can see that the flakies are definitely noticeable, but not flashy at all.  In the bottle they look like they will be more like gold glitter shards, but on the nail they are much more muted.  I like the way it turned out.

I purchased this polish, although Takko Lacquer is another brand that is incredibly difficult to buy.  When available, Nirvana can be purchased from the Takko Lacquer online shop for $13.00.  Follow their blog for info about their (all too infrequent!) restocks and new collections.

NOTD: Julep Catrina

I started today with a simple mani using Julep’s Catrina from this month’s Cityscape Collection.  Catrina is a bright yellow creme polish that Julep describes as ‘marigold,’ which is an accurate description of this yellow.  I don’t often like yellow nail polishes on me, but I really like this one!  It was a bit streaky when applied, and it took 3 coats before I thought it looked mostly even.  It dried rather quickly, though, so it wasn’t so time-consuming to apply 3 coats of this polish.  I used base coat for the photo, but no top coat.

Julep Catrina

I quite like how this turned out, don’t you?  🙂  Later in the day I added some accent nails to this manicure using a multi-colored shard glitter from Forever 21’s beauty line, Love and Beauty.  I wish I could tell you a name for this polish, but they have this terrible habit of calling many of their polishes the same thing.  I think the label calls it ‘multi-glitter,’ but I know I have at least one other polish from their line with exactly the same ‘name’ on the label.  I don’t really recommend purchasing Love and Beauty polishes unless you see one that is super unique or that you just can’t live without.  I’ve bought a few and they tend to dry out extremely quickly.  Although this one didn’t suffer that fate, it did take a long time to dry (which is also annoying, am I right?).

Julep Catrina

Do you like this type of glitter?  I always call it ‘trashy glitter’ in my head because it looks to me like someone put the glitter factory’s trash in some nail polish and sold it.  🙂

I purchased Catrina as part of the Julep Maven subscription program for $19.99 for a set of 3 nail polishes.  I purchased the glitter polish from Forever 21 for around $2.80.

NOTD: Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot Over SquareHue Happy

Since this is the last weekend of summer (I’m having an inner tantrum as I write that), I decided to do something summery and fun on my nails today.  I started with two coats of SquareHue Happy, which is a medium pink creme from their May 2013 collection.  Then I added two coats of Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot, which is a circle gltter topcoat with blue, magenta, pink, and gold glitter.  I used base and topcoat as well for the photos.

Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot

Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot

Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot

How do you think this turned out?  I quite like it!  Dot.Dot.Dot is my first foray into the ‘circle glitter’ trend, and I think it looks good!

I purchased Neener Neener Nails Dot.Dot.Dot from her Etsy shop.  It looks like it is on sale for $5.75 right now.  I purchased SquareHue Happy from the SquareHue nail polish subscription service.  The subscription is $19.99 per month in the U.S., including shipping.

Here’s hoping you enjoy this last weekend of the summer!

NOTD: Yogurt Series No. 13

The weather’s a bit fickle today here so I thought some glittery, sparkly nails would be the best way to brighten my day!  For that I chose a nail polish from the Yogurt Series available at Born Pretty store.  This one is # 13 in the color selections.  It is a very light salmon pink base with gobs of pink and gold glitter.  I used three coats in the pictures you see below; I almost stopped at two because of how much glitter this one has in it, but I’m glad I did a third coat because it evened everything out.  I have used base and top coat here as well.

Yogurt Series No. 13Yogurt Series No. 13Yogurt Series No. 13

What do you think of this polish?  Do you like polishes that are chock full of glitter like this one?  I just love an over-the-top, glittery nail.

I purchased this nail polish from this Born Pretty store listing.  There are a few other shades available in addition to this one.  If you are thinking about purchasing from them, do a quick web search for a coupon code.  There are a lot of 10% off your purchase coupons floating around out there for this store.

Thanks for looking!

Nail Art NOTD: Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos in Linha de Frente

My NOTD for today is some simple half-moon nail art using the Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos set in Linha de Frente.  The set consists of a medium gray that dries to a matte finish on one side and an iridescent topcoat on the other that has a slightly pinkish hue with lots of blue shimmer.  I used it the ‘intended’ way, with the blue shimmer as an accent to the gray, but I also tried layering the gray on top of the iridescent shade for an accent.  I also added a rose nail charm since the coloring of it seemed to go so perfectly with this pair!



There were no application issues with this polish.  I purchased this set from Llarowe some time ago, but it doesn’t look like it’s available there anymore.  This could probably be got by special request from one of the brand’s retailers if you’re interested.

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.