Black Opal

I’ve been experimenting with some new nail art decorations lately. I thought these teardrop rhinestones were pretty cool, so I thought I’d give them a try. They were actually a bit bigger than I’d anticipated – I have pretty large nails, and they are too big to fit on my pinky nail – but I still think they’re really cool. They definitely have the potential to compliment some pretty nail art or made more edgy. It honestly took me forever to come up with what I wanted to do with these, but I ultimately decided to play up the iridescent flakes that are inside them.

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I started by painting my nails using Pretty & Polished Prism Break, which is a clear polish with small iridescent flakes in a rainbow of colors. Then I used Butter London Brass Monkey to add a bit more sparkle just on the tips. The flakes in Brass Monkey are bigger and thicker and lean toward the gold side. Then I attached the rhinestones just using some topcoat since I didn’t plan to wear these very long. Nail glue might be the way to go with these, because they’re completely flat on the bottom so they do stick up a bit where my nails curve. I was a bit worried they’d catch on something, but I didn’t wear them long enough to find out.

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I do think these are really pretty, but I wish they were smaller or at least curved on the bottom. I think they’d make a really edgy accent to some black nails, too, so I might try that later. You can pick these up from Born Pretty Store by clicking here (they also come in white, which looks gorgeous!).

And don’t forget to use code PSQW10 for 10% of your Born Pretty Store order! Let me know what you get in the comments!

Disclaimer: The products in this post were sent to me for review and my honest opinion.

Fowl Play

Orly Fowl Play spent a very long time on my wishlist.  I’d pick it up and look at it whenever I went to Sally’s, and every time, I convinced myself I didn’t need it, or I didn’t really like it all that much.  And then one day, I was in a hurry, and the salesgirl told me I could get one free, so I grabbed this on a whim.  And I am so glad I finally did, because it is gorgeous!

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Fowl Play is a dark purple jelly with holographic glitter, iridescent flakies, and tons of other good stuff.  This is a fairly old swatch, but I believe this is two coats (definitely not more than three).

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I think this is perfect for fall – classic dark purple with a bit of magic thrown in.  Love!

Death Day Party

The Lac Attack Magical Musings Collection is hands-down my favorite polish collection of 2012.  And when I first saw pictures of Death Day Party, I knew it was going to be a favorite (I love that part of the books, too!).  It is a clear base filled with tiny gray flakes, tinier orange/copper flakes, and some pink/blue/purple shimmer.  So, so gorgeous!

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I took a close-up of the polish in the bottle so you can see how beautiful this polish is.  I really can’t tell you how much I love Death Day Party!  It is seriously magical!

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I used it for some accent nails over yesterday’s OPI Do You Lilac It?, but I can’t wait to do a full mani with this, so you will definitely be seeing it again.  I used one coat here, with a bit of dabbing to fill in some sparser areas.

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I think I want to try Death Day Party over a darker color next.  Maybe a cobalt blue.  What color do you want to see it over?

If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the Magical Musings collection, available in Lac Attack’s shop.  I’m pretty picky about the indies I buy, but I really love every single one of them!  I really need to get some more swatches of them up soon!

Checkin’ Into Rehab

This polish is gorgeous! It’s also impossible to photograph, so I did the best I could.  Really, you should just go buy it and see for yourself.

This is Checkin’ Into Rehab from Spoiled by Wet n Wild.  It is a dark purple jelly with tiny flakes that shift from pink to orange and a little bit gold.  This reminds me a little bit of Deborah Lippmann’s Ray of Light, but this is purple instead of blue and the flakies are much smaller.

I think this was around four or five coats.  This is super sheer, but totally worth it.  I might try layering this next time.  Maybe Essie No More Film?  I had to use to coats of topcoat to get this to dry.  Again, totally worth it.

The sparkle in this is subtle, but really comes out in bright light.  Even when it’s not visible, the purple jelly itself is beautiful.  I really do love this polish.  Contemplating Top 10 status.

And in case you couldn’t really tell from the first two pictures, just look at this:

It’s a little more purple in real life, but photographs blue, and this is the furthest I could adjust the color without completely messing it up.

And the best part? This was $1.99 at CVS (so I don’t think it totally counts as breaking my no-buy).

I have been pretty impressed with the Spoiled polishes so far, the polish itself is pretty great quality for the price.  The only thing I don’t like is the brush, which is super wide – much wider than the OPI brushes and even wider than my pinky nail, making it impossible to not get any on my cuticles.

What do you think of Checkin’ Into Rehab? Have you tried the Spoiled polishes yet?

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Fast Track

This is China Glaze Fast Track from the Hunger Games collection.  I freaking love this!!!  I initially only bought Stone Cold and Smoke & Ashes and was hesitant about this one.  Based on some swatches I’ve seen online, I was worried the base would be to yellow for my skin tone.  But there is the teeniest bit of pink in it that makes it perfect.  It’s like the tan version of Essie Lady Like with a million tiny gold flakes in it.  So glad I finally bought this!

This is two coats with no topcoat.  Application is great, but as you can see, clean up is kind of a pain – the glitter gets everywhere and is impossible to get off your skin.  I took a shower after taking this off and there are still a few pieces of gold glitter stuck in my cuticles.

I’m still completely surprised by how much I love this polish.  It might just make it into the Top 10, but I want to see how I like it as a full mani first.

So far I have Fast Track, Stone Cold, and Smoke & Ashes from the Hunger Games collection, but I’m seriously considering buying a few more.  Which are your favorites?

Also, I was originally going to show you Stone Cold today, but it chipped after less than an hour in the middle of my nail.  Not even anywhere near the free edge, or any edge for that matter.  I tried a base coat, but the polish wiped off completely and wouldn’t stick to my nails.  It’s a beautiful polish, but I was so annoyed I just gave up.  Any suggestions for making matte polishes last a little longer?

Topless & Shine-y

So sorry about the mini blog break, I’ve been crazy busy!

Anyway, this is Essie’s Topless & Barefoot (which I showed you here) topped with Essie’s Shine of the Times.  I wanted something to compliment the mint accessories I wore for Easter, and immediately thought a peach would look great.  After putting on and taking off all the peach polishes I own (none of them matched the picture in my head), I settled for Topless & Barefoot.  I added Shine of the Times on my ring fingers as accent nails, and liked it so much I did all my nails, something I don’t usually do.  I was actually really surprised by how much I love this, since I usually can’t do more sparkle than just a couple accent nails.

This is three coats of Topless & Barefoot and one of Shine of the Times.

Sorry about the tip wear and tiny chip, this is after three days of wear.  It held up surprisingly well for seven coats of polish.

If you look up Shine of the Times, you can find pictures of over almost every color (mostly dark), but I especially like it over nudes.  It’s less stark than white, and shows the colors of the flakies without being too orange.  Depending on the light, this changed from gold to peach to green to blue to purple.  I couldn’t stop looking at it!

What’s your favorite way to wear Shine of the Times? Or one of it’s many dupes?