4th of July Nail art

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Polishes used
Blue – Wet N Wild Fast Dry in saved By the Blue
Red – Zoya Carmen
Glitter top coats:
Dollish Polish It’s A Me, Mario! (The stars are so hard to get out! Really wish there were more stars in the bottle.)
Icing Glamourous

Stamping polishes used:
Konad Special Polish in White
A England Excalibur

Stamping plates used:
Bundle Monster stripes are plate BM 201
Stars are Pueen plate 44 (both stamped cleanly and easily. Maybe it’s the plate, maybe it’s the polishes, who knows. Winning combo.)

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Enjoy the BBQ y’all and please be safe when blowing up small objects for fun. Would be a shame to lose fingers in a tragic fireworks accident. Less nails to paint. 😧

Zoya Gilty Pleasures set

This limited edition offering from Zoya was an absolute must have for me. Black and 18k gold? Oh yeah. (Oh, it also comes with a white. Lol )

Several polish makers have come out with a real gold top coat. Zoya decided to release theirs in a set with Raven(black) and Purity (white) for the same price as others sell their single bottle for.

It’s nicely packaged, giving it a very special feel. Application of the black was great. Two coats made it opaque, mostly self leveling, no clumping, just overall smooth. The gold flecks are plentiful and large. I found the OPI version (The Man With the Golden Gun from the James Bond collection) had much tinier flakes. Suggested application is to load up your brush, dab the flakes onto the nail, then do some smoothing. A nice layer of top coat seals it in and smooths it to perfection.

And now for the photos. Enjoy!

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Removing Stubborn Glitter Polish

I love glitter polish but hate having to remove it. It’s messy and hard to get off. But it’s sooooo pretty!!!
I didn’t invent this. I learned about it through a little nail salon here in town. They use this method to remove acrylics as well as various polishes. I’m just writing it down because many have asked how I can wear glitter without wanting to punch a wall in frustration every time I changed my polish.

Ok, first of all, a disclaimer. Acetone is rough stuff. It’s rough on your nails and it’s rough on your skin. If you’re only wearing one or two coats of polish, you might want to stick with a regular polish remover for this. However if you’re like me and you put layers upon layers of the stuff on topped by top coat polish that could be used to seal cracks on the Titanic, acetone is the way to go. The key is to moisturize like crazy afterwards.

You will need regular old household aluminum foil, your polish remover (acetone or not), and cotton balls.

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I separated each cotton ball into two pieces so you only need 5 to do both hands. If your cotton balls are small you might not be able to do this, but mine were huge.
I tore off 5 small sheets of foil from the roll approximately 6 inches long. Then, with the pieces stacked together, I just tore it in half to give me 10 squares of foil.

Now comes the fun. Only do one hand at a time. You’ll see why.

Load up a cotton ball with your polish remover, place it directly onto your nail. Then place your finger onto a square of foil with the tip in the middle. Wrap the foil over the top of the finger, then tightly wrap up each side. Give each finger a good squeeze to make sure the cotton is snug on there and the foil is tight. Air is your enemy. You want your now chubby foil finger to be a fortress!

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After you do all fingers, sit and watch tv or check your twitter. I’d say 3 minutes of just relaxing is enough. Remember, acetone is damaging, so you don’t want it to sit too long.

Now you want to grab one of your foil wrapped fingers, making sure to put some pressure on your hidden cotton ball, and with a slight twisting motion, pull off the foil (the cotton should come with it if you’re squeezing hard enough). Voila! Polish free nail!!

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If there’s a tiny bit of polish left, usually stuck in the corners, just wipe it off with a swab or napkin. Usually it will just wipe off if you catch it right after you’ve removed the foil.

Now you’ll want to wash your hands well before starting the other hand. When you’re done, give your cuticles and nails a good slathering in your favorite cuticle oil or lotion and keep them moisturized well.

Now there’s no need to avoid all the pretty blingy nail polish out there! Make those babies sparkle!!!

Indie Polish : Floam

There are many indie polishes available on the web. These creations are unique and usually well made. That’s what happens when you have someone who knows what they like and they strive to create a quality product.

I longingly watched this certain polish get raved about, swatches, and pinned on pinterest. So the day it finally came back in stock, I jumped on it. I think in less than an hour online (and a major server crash) they were sold out. Yeah, it’s that popular!

Floam by Nail-Venturous looks exactly like its name sake. The beady gooey kids toy Floam sounds like a strange choice for nail polish, but I’ve never been one to steer from anything unique.

I made the mistake of stamping over this because, well, I’m addicted to stamping. This is one case where the polish is outstanding enough to not need any further embellishment. I may start over on this one.

I apologize for the poor photos, I just had my cell phone and was working with a bum hand. No less than 2 hours after completing my manicure, my son got a bit rambunctious wrestling with his dad and sister and I, attempting to separate them, got my thumb nail viciously ripped off. The boy immediately knew it was bad and (smartly) took off running. Lol. A little blood and a few choice words later, I was over it. It will grow back eventually. I still mourn its passing though 😉

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Floam has matte neon blue and yellow-green fine glitter in a clear base. And it is packed to the brim! I think it may benefit from a drop or two of thinner as it seems a bit clumpy especially on the brush. Two to three coats make it opaque on the nail and it dries matte. Without a top coat it has a very rough texture. Two coats of Seche Vite topcoat fixed that. From a distance it looks like a bright teal blue. Up close it’s just breathtaking!

Now as you can see in the pics, cleanup isn’t easy. Just trying to make my mani a bit neater was a pain. Lots of tiny glitter still hung around on my skin despite acetone and several hand scrubbings. Yikes this is going to be a royal pain to remove! The foil method may not even save me LOL but it’s worth it. Floam is simply too awesome to give up on!

You can purchase Floam through ninjapolish.com -here-. You should also check out Amy’s blog at I’m Feeling Nail-Venturous. She has some wonderful polish creations and you can also get the inside scoop as to when some of her unique polishes are restocked.

I promise to do right by her by providing much better pics next time. For now I shall go nurse my wound and weep for the loss of a beautiful nail now reduced to a nub.

All that glitters….

I’ll admit it, I’m addicted to things that sparkle. Glitter polish is so much fun and it adds pop to nails so easily.

My favorite brand for glitter polish is Milani. When they say “One Coat Glitter” they aren’t kidding! A close 2nd is their Jewel FX line. Dense hex glitter ahoy!! Combine the two and you’ve got some serious sparkle.

This week I decided to go black and gold. Wearing my colors with my head high is difficult lately, but it never stopped me before. It’s rare that I do traditional tips, and this is no exception.
I started with two coats of Wet & Wild – Wild Shine in Black Creme’. Probably could have one coated it, it’s that good. But I like two coats.
Brushing from tips down I used Milani One Coat Glitter in Gold Glitz, followed by a coat of Milani Jewel FX in Gold. Two coats of Seche Vite top coat finished it off.

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Glossy – check. Glittery – check. In the words of my daughter’s favorite show, Toddlers and Tiaras, “Sparkle baby!!!”. (yes we watch, and snark heavily. What a fabulous train wreck!)

Next: how to remove stubborn glitter polish easily. 🙂