China Glaze Rare & Radiant

So hey. How’s it?

I haven’t been around much. Got a lot on my mind. I’m sure y’all understand.

Not really much into talking. I’ll leave you with pictures instead.

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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. 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.

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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. 🙂

 

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.

 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!

Swatch: China Glaze GR8

I’m super excited and super bummed today… all at the same time.

I have for you China Glaze GR8 from the OMG collection. You know… the one you can’t really find much anymore? Yeah, that one.

GR8 is the gold holo. I think it’s the least prettiest of the whole collection. But since it’s holo, it’s wonderful (holla!).

That’s the exciting part.

The bummed part is that the nails on my swatching hand are nubs. Well, my version of nubs. I broke my index fingernail (what’s worse is that I knew it was going to happen, and I just could not avoid it), and now the left hand nails are all short. I haven’t filed down the right hand yet (as is witnessed by the above photos).

But soon, you’ll be seeing the teeny weeny nails. Luckily, they grow really fast. It’s just the suckiness of it.

NOTD: Hard Candy Beetle

Today I have for you an awesome big box store find. I was traipsing around the local Wally World earlier this week when I saw two bottles of polish that I have been actively looking for: Hard Candy Beetle. Well, I was looking for one–the second one is just gravy.

I had already run out of my polish allowance money for March (horror!). So, I stashed one behind some face primer and left the other sitting toward the back of the display.

Friday, we had a yard sale and I made a few bucks. So, I went back later that day and picked them both up (apparently, my stashing was not necessary).

If you’re saying this looks familiar, you’d be correct. I know it’s at least a dupe for Orly Space Cadet. There may be another polish out there that it’s a dupe to. The plus side?–it was 5 bucks.

Beetle has a iridescent green base with orange glitter that also flashes red and gold. Therefore, this bad boy has a duochrome (multichrome?) effect. With all of the glitter, it gives this polish a foil/metallic finish too. Bonus.

It applies fairly streaky, with some cuticle pull. I avoided the worst of it by making sure that the previous coat was completely dry before applying the next one.

This is three coats over a ridge-filling basecoat with a coat of Seche Vite.

I could also spend all day trying to capture this polish in a picture, and I would still not be successful.