China Glaze Cleopatra + PVA Glue Magic

So… I was browsing around the blogosphere the other day when I stumbled across this patch of awesomeness from Lab Muffin and Pretty Purple Polish: PVA Glue as an alternative to Essence’s peel-off base coat. :O

What the what??? Where the hell have I been??? Do you know how many glitters I have shoved in a Helmer drawer all lonely and unloved and junk–just because I’m too lazy to wrap my fingers in aluminum foil and acetone until they freeze to death? Too many. And it’s a shame.

Not anymore kids! All of these glitters can shine now–and not interfere with my lazydom!

So I went to the local craft store, and I picked up a bottle of Elmer’s Glue.Β Yes. The same lovable white glue from our childhoods. The same glue that, when the teachers weren’t looking, you put on your skin and let it dry just to peel it off. I know I’m not the only one. But I digress.

I had a few franken bottles laying around, so I grabbed one and filled it with said glue. I didn’t need to thin it with water, I just let it go as is.

I painted a decent coat over my nails:

And I let it dry for about 10 minutes, give or take. You can tell it’s dry when it turns matte:

So then, I grabbed a glitter that I have had in my stash for years, but never bothered to swatch. Because it’s a pain to remove, yo.

China Glaze Cleopatra

Pretty? Yes. Hard to remove? Not anymore! P.S. this is four coats.

Here is where the magic truly begins.

ZOMG IT PEELS RIGHT OFF

I took a rubber-ended cuticle pusher and gently lifted the polish and glue off in one piece. ONE PIECE.

It’s nekkers nails!

The few remnants were easily disposed of with a quick swipe of polish remover.

And that, to me, is a beautiful thing.

Do I recommend this for everyone? Probably not. Especially if your nails are peeling or what have you. For me, it’s like my Keurig–I cannot imagine how I lived my life without it. Also, any time I use PVA glue for a base, I will make sure to moisturize my nails afterwards to ensure that they’re not drying out.

Right now, I’m trying out a wear test with another glitter that has gone too long being neglected. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

 

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Swatch: Julep Glenn

Hey there.

I’m procrastinating in my real life responsibilities again, so I decided that I would swatch a polish that I’ve had for almost a year. This came in my last Julep box–I believe I received it for December of last year.

This didn’t start out as just a swatch. But I got irritated with the application of Glenn:

Glenn is a pretty warm red (looks like a cool in the photo, sorry) with a gold shimmer.

But I had a lot of cuticle drag. There was some pooling, but that might have been my fault for not wiping the brush 20 times. (._. )

So I stopped at a regular swatch and will not be wearing it for very much longer. πŸ˜‰

Have a great day.

Swatched: Julep Maya + Taylor

Hi everybody. πŸ™‚

The hubs and I are back in Mobile, so I’ve been pretty lax lately about posting. I even had my one-year blogiversary this past week and completely forgot about it. >.<

I’m really really excited that Mardi Gras is in the air. Dauphin Island already had their parades this past weekend & Mobile’s parades start tonight with the Conde Cavaliers. I haven’t decided if we’re going to all of the parades like we did last year. It’s a lot of beads and drinking. It wore me out. LoL

On to the swatches of the polishes that came in my January box:

Maya is a frosty peach color. This is my third attempt to make it look good.

Not even going to lie… I don’t like this one. Frosty brushstroke central. And the shade isn’t flattering on me at all. I’m having a hard time picturing what skin tone this would look good on. The frost just kills it.

I could barely keep it on long enough to take the pictures.

Usually, I do one swatch per post, but I felt like that would be cheating y’all out of a decent polish. So I put on the other January-box polish:

Taylor is a blurple (blue-purple) with a creme finish. It shows up purple in the bottle and is more blue than purple on the nail. It was a nice break from the frosty nightmare. πŸ˜‰

This applied fairly well. This is three coats and a coat of Seche.

When I was looking at it in the bottle, I thought it might make an OK base for Mardi Gras nail art, but it’s just too blue to get away with. Ah well.

Enjoy!

Swatched: Finger Paints Special Effects Flakies!

I know I’m so behind with this, but I’ve actually had these for a little bit. I swatched them over a black creme so you could see the unadulterated awesome. πŸ™‚

First, the not-so-impressive bottle shots:

You know there's magic in here, but you can't tell the full extent... yet.

And then the finger swatches (in alphabetical order from thumb to pinkie):

Thumb- Asylum, Index- Flashy, Middle- Flecked, Ring- Motley, Pinkie- Twisted

Flashy (index) is your Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure and Nubar 2010 Dupe, so it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. The others however… are HAWT.

Thumb- Asylum, Index- Flashy, Middle- Flecked, Ring- Motley, Pinkie- Twisted

I have two that swap between first and second place in my favorites (Twisted is currently winning with Asylum coming in a close second) and two that are vying for third and fourth (Motley and Flecked).

Gratuitous, slightly blurry pic. LoL

Which are your favorites? πŸ˜€

Enjoy!

P.S. For those of you who might not have caught up with my announcement on Twitter, the hubs and I decided that our home is in Mobile, AL. That’s where we’re heading. We’ve missed the area terribly. And I’ve missed him dearly, but we’ll be seeing each other again this weekend! πŸ˜€

And Carnival season is upon us. I will definitely be glad to be back in Mobile for that!

Swatched: Julep Sienna

This might currently have the title for my favorite Julep nail polish to date.

When I opened up my October box, I knew I was going to love it. It looked like liquid gold rolling around inside the bottle.

Sienna is a neutral gold foil. It applied like butter, and only where I put it.

This is three coats without topcoat. It shines like crazy. I blinded myself a few times trying to get my nails angled with the sun.

Β It was so reflective that my camera kind of freaked out telling me that it couldn’t photograph LoL. But I made it anyhow!

Do I recommend this one? Yep. I love it. I need a pink one just like it.

Julep polishes retail for $14, and can be purchased from www.julep.com. It seems a little pricey, but $1.00 of each nail color purchase is donated to charity. See more information about this at their website.

Enjoy!