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. 😧

Iron Man inspired nail art

Two coats of A England Perceval
Sponged on Zoya Ziv with a teeny bit of OPI’s Goldeneye
Accent nail of Tony Stark’s chest piece is one acrylic flat back stone.
Topped with Seche Vite.

We missed opening day due to a sick kiddo so we postponed our date until the following Friday. Can’t wait! I hear its great! Shhh no spoilers lol.

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Textured polish spree!

The latest textured polish trend took me by surprise. I didn’t expect to love it as much as I do. Here are my favs so far.
Photo on the left is full sun. Photo on right is indoor lighting.

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1. Julie G Gumdrops collection Hot Cinnamon
2. Zoya Pixie Dust Chyna
3. OPI Bond Girls collection Solitaire
4. OPI Bond Girls collection Honey Ryder
5. OPI Bond Girls collection Jinx
6. Julie G Gumdrops collection Tangerine Dream
7. Julie G Gumdrops collection Crushed Candy
8. Julie G Gumdrops collection Blueberry Fizz
9. Zoya Pixie Dust Nyx
10. Zoya Pixie Dust Dahlia
11. Zoya Pixie Dust Godiva

Swatches are all 2 coats.

Zoya Pixie Dust – Nyx

I do think Zoya has won the battle of the textured polishes. Their formula is simply perfect. Not too chunky, just the right amount of glitter.

Here is Zoya Nyx. My kids tell me it’s purple or blue. I say it’s both lol. It’s best described as periwinkle with bling.

Pic with flash and with indoor lighting. I get so many compliments on this one! No base coat or top coat as directed.

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I simply cannot wait for the summer Pixie Dust line!

Zoya Pixie Dust – Godiva

The hot new trend this year is textured polish. I avoided it when the Mariah Carey by OPI collection came out. It just looked so……chunky…..rough…..to me. And I am one of those that, if I’m wearing glitter polish and didn’t get enough top coats on it, the bits of glitter are going to drive me mad! Yes folks, I’m a picker. I’ll pick at it until I’ve ruined my manicure. I just can’t help it. Hence why I was wary of textured polishes.

Would I be able to wear it and not immediately rush for my bottle of Seche Vite? The short answer is, surprisingly, yes! Bonus – I wore it longer than most mani’s, 8 days.

Zoya’s Pixie Dust collection is a textured polish with ultra fine glitter in it. The key to a great mani with this polish is to use thin coats and to allow it to dry completely between coats. Zoya also advises that you not use a base coat which to me was the scary part. I envisioned scratched up nail beds upon removal.

I figured I would do everything by the book so that, if I didn’t like it, I could say it wasn’t because of any failure on my part. I began with clean nail, cuticles pushed back, and everything swiped with some Zoya Remove +. I then began to put three thin coats of Zoya Godiva on my nails, taking a few minutes between each coat. You could see when it was dry because it became matte, sandy, and glittery. It was an amazing process to watch.

Godiva needed 3 coats in order to remove visible nail line. I believe the darker colors may need only 2.

Photos do not do it justice. The camera just isn’t able to capture the sparkle that Pixie Dust has. It really blew my mind.

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The texture is very fine and doesn’t snag. I actually liked touching my nails! It’s difficult to explain LOL. Another bonus is that this polish doesn’t chip easily. If it does, fixing it is pretty easy too.

Removal wasn’t bad at all. Best of all the grit and glitter did NOT damage my nail bed without base coat!

I ran out and bought a few more colors and can’t wait to try them. Also, Zoya has announced that there will be a summer line of Pixie Dust polishes with vibrant colors. I can’t wait! Take my money!!!

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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