Little Mermaid Inspired Mani #1

One month. Wow, has it been that long since I last blogged? A lot has been going on around here for me and my family but everything seems to be slowing down… all the while the holiday season is picking up. Oh boy…

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I feel like I haven’t done my nails in ages. With maybe a simple swipe of color every now and then, they’ve basically been feeling naked. While rummaging through my nail polish drawer looking for a foundation stick (because I am just THAT organized…) I stumbled on Anime Day by Darling Diva Polish. I actually bought it from a sale an IGer was having a few months ago but I never got around to actually doing anything with it.

The polishes pictured are Finger Paints in Tiffany Imposter (the writing on that bottle lasted all but a few days), China Glaze Peri-Wink-le, and of course Darling Diva Anime Day.

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Anima Day is a slightly pink tinted clear base with what look like teal, light aqua, pink, and white glitter. Due to the pinkish base, it did alter the base color of my nails.

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The combination of colors is gorgeous and totally reminds me of “The Little Mermaid” which makes this mani a great candidate to be worn for my daughter’s upcoming birthday party.

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AD isn’t as densely packed with glitter as I would have liked it to be but it is still very pretty, I just wish it had come with a clear base. Application-wise, I had no problems with the actual formula and the glitter distributed fairly evenly. The fact that it has white glitter was one of the main reasons why I purchased this polish– I LOVE white glitter!

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In the Spotlight

A few months ago, Walgreens had this really great deal on Sinful Colors’ nail polishes for $1.00 a bottle. It was around the time when the Spring 2013 Collections were released. I picked up four from the Sugar Rush Collection which contained all pastel colors. Then there was the Almost Famous Collection which were all glitter packed and, unfortunately, I only bought a couple polishes from the Almost Famous Collection. The one I used today is In the Spotlight which is a sheer green shimmer base with what look like pink, green, yellow, and glitters. Kind of makes me think of Mardi Gras in a way.  When I first bought it I was slightly disappointed by the swatch because it was very sheer and the green tinted base was, well, a little on the ugly side so it sat in my polish drawer for months being untouched. When I was deciding what to do with my nails last night, I wanted to use one that I hadn’t yet used or didn’t use often so this finally came out of hibernation.

This is two coats of OPI’s Thanks a Windmillion from their Spring 2012 Holland Collection along with two coats of In the Spotlight and one coat of Sally Hansen Snowglobe to add a little iridescence.

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I’ve learned that with nail polishes, you can’t really decide if you like a color simply on your first impression of it. I hated this polish when I first got it but now seeing it layered with a base color and a little iridescent glitter in the mix, it is B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. The glitter in Snowglobe is very sparse so it doesn’t add too much to the look but the little iridescent glitter that you do see really give this mani that final touch. I’m actually regretting not getting others from the Almost Famous Collection.

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Here’s a macro shot of it.

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Fourth of July Mani Re-do!

I hope you all enjoyed the 4th of July celebrations! Ours was a success- a bbq at my parents’ home with family followed by fireworks at night? It’s just as good as Christmas. I ended up re-doing my mani for yesterday afterall. The full on glitter mani was too much impact for me so I “toned it down” to a glitter gradient/glitter tip mani.

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This is in natural light/outdoor but in the shade. I used a ton more different glitter nail polishes. I used one thin coat of Nailtini’s Frappe that I got from an Ipsy glambag as a base color on all of my nails. Then I used the dabbing method to apply the following glitters (yes, all of them): Sally Hansen’s Big Money, /0/” target=”_blank”>Milani’s Gems, Nicole by OPI’s Inner Sparkle, Wet n Wild’s Flossy Flossy, and Nina gold holographic topcoat.

I absolutely love the result with all of these combined. If I could find ONE nail polish that incorporated all of these gorgeous glitter colors I would be so happy.

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What do you think– full glitter mani or glitter gradient/tips?