My Polish Holy Grail

I’ve been waiting for my local Sally Beauty Supply to get a certain color back in stock. Every time I’d go in, I’d search the racks of China Glaze. It became a ritual. Even my 8 year old daughter would automatically check when she’d come shopping with me.

When China Glaze came out with their Summer Neons line, I made a trip to Sally’s to grab the two colors that had piqued my interest online. I was distracted by all the new pretty bottles when my daughter yelled out, ” Mama!! Flip Flop!!!!!”. I didn’t believe her. Surely it was a misplaced bottle. She flipped the bottle over and proudly showed me the name we had been searching for.

So here it is, my very own bottle of China Glaze’s Flip Flop Fantasy. I was so excited, I didn’t even do a clean up before grabbing a few shots. My bad.
This is with a white base, which I highly recommend for all neon type polishes. They just pop!!

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Stamping plate drk-b from ninjapolish.com yet again. It’s quickly becoming my go to plate. Very large images. I mean super large! This little owl comes in 3 sizes which is nice.

This was the beginning of a large nail polish shopping spree, but it was by far my biggest “get”. Happy polish addict!!!!

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Who Dat Manicure

We have charged full speed into summer vacation this year. Between end of school madness and trying to keep my two darling angel children from murdering each other while daily thunderstorms flood our little part of the country, I have had no time for blogging. I have, much to my husband’s dismay, had time to continue my polish addiction by buying every pretty bottle that crossed my path.
I may or may not have worn everything I’ve recently purchased, but I can guarantee I have swatched them all on a nail wheel. Somewhere around here are several little bits of plastic with a gorgeous array of colors shining brightly, calling my name, begging to be worn. In due time my pretties, in due time.

Let me begin by saying I love nail stamping. It’s fun, simple, and the possibilities are endless. You know what sucks though? Stamping plates. There are just too many of them out there!! My bank account cries every time I browse the internet under the google keywords “konad” “fauxnad” or “stamping plates”. Yeah, I have issues. Intervention is knocking on my door with video cameras.

Ninja Polish now has two large stamping plates on their website. The first was beautiful. I resisted. Then came the sneak peeks of the images on the yet unreleased second one. I struggled. Line by line more images were shown. A sweat broke out. Then a fleur de lis showed up in there. That was it, pre-order button clicked. For that one image alone I was hooked. Resistance is futile.

In a show of support for our players (mostly fruitless) appeal to the NFL tomorrow, I am yet again proudly wearing my Who Dat Nation pride on my nails. No matter the outcome, I just want this summer to end and football season to begin already!

I must own a dozen different golds. Today I chose to wear a gold by Jade Holographic. Not available here in the states, I ordered this one from Llarowe http://shop.llarowe.com/, another great vendor for unique polishes. Holographic polishes are quickly becoming my favorite! In this case, it gave a nice punch to my Who Dat manicure. Polish applied smoothly, the unique bottle and brush shape felt good in my hands. Slightly transparent, this polish needed 3 thin coats for enough coverage. Drying time was fast. Topped with Seche Vite topcoat which didn’t take anything away from the yummy holo goodness.

First, sunlight.

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And now, flash.

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Whoa baby!

And a shot with Jade’s unique bottle.

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I’d still rate Glitter Gal holo polish as the top in terms of quality and opaqueness, but Jade ranks a close second.
My nail mail haul also included my first bottle of A-England, a Zoya freebie set, more Jade, some summer neons, and I finally got my hands on the elusive China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy! Stay tuned!!