Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream and All That Glitters The Jean Genie

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 06-06-2012

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I loved my previous manicures but I would drop them all in a heartbeat for this gorgeous combo.

Yes, I am that obsessed with these polishes. :P

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On my pinky, middle finger and index finger is Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream. I don’t know how she did it, but I could stare at my nails for hours admiring the textured light minty green with the tiny blue glitters. Unlike her famous polish Across The Universe, so far there is no dupe for Mermaid’s Dream. And I am loving it so much that even though I’ve just tried it on for the first time with this manicure I’m seriously considering buying a back-up bottle just to hoard.

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If you were too busy admiring Mermaid’s Dream, you might not have noticed that I had not one, but two accent fingers this time around. On my ring finger and thumb is Nubar’s Denim with All That Glitters’ The Jean Genie layered on top. At first I was worried that it would pale in comparison to Mermaid’s Dream (and in a way it does fail to attract from far) but wait! Look closer and Jean Genie is a sparkler in her own right. Jean Genie is a mix of hexagonal silver glitter with smaller blue and green glitters with white square and bar shapes suspended in a blue tinted base with the tiniest silver glitters. It sounds like a crowd in there, but trust me, it’s not. And when you get just the right amount of glitter on your nail it’s sheer delight.

In the pictures above, I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat and 2 coats of Seche Vite dry fast top coat on all nails. For my pinky, middle finger and index finger, I have on 2 coats of Mermaid’s Dream. For the accent nails on my ring finger and thumb, I have on 2 coats of Denim (can hardly be seen) and 2 coats of Jean Genie.

Deborah Lippmann Marquee Moon, China Glaze Prism and Full Spectrum

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 09-05-2012

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I think I’ve unleashed my inner glitter monster with this NOTD (nails of the day) combo! :P

This NOTD look features Deborah Lippmann’s Marquee Moon with China Glaze Prism and Full Spectrum layered on top.

I originally intended to feature just Marquee Moon, but mucked up my application for my non-dominant hand as this polish needs a really steady hand and precise application or else the brush strokes will show. Also, it is a frustrating polish because you have to dig and dig to get the sparse hexagonal glitter onto your nails. If you want to know what Marquee Moon should look like, click here for All Lacquered Up’s swatch.

So, to cover up my poor application skills, I decided to layer China Glaze’s Prism and Full Spectrum on top. Whaddaya know? All that lovely duochrome glitter on the silvery foil base of Marquee Moon actually turned out better than I expected!

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In the shot above, I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat, 2 coats of Marquee Moon (hardly visible), 2 thin coats of Prism, 1 thin coat of Full Spectrum and Seche Vite dry fast top coat.

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Here’s another gratituous shot up close because I can’t stop staring at my nails to see the multi-colored glitter shift colors depending on which angle I hold my hands at.

China Glaze Nail Polish in Riveting and Luxe and Lush

Filed Under (cosmetics, nail polish) by rinnah on 09-04-2012

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Let’s just face it. I’m not meant to be a nail blogger. :P

What with the many astounding blogs out there with perfect nails, perfect swatches and perfect photography, I feel shy to even post a photo of my very imperfectly shaped short nails and rough cuticles.

I’ve only recently discovered the allure and addiction that is nail polish hoarding and this is further exacerbated by reading said astounding blogs. Having enabling friends in this area also has an effect on me going, “Ooooooh, pretty!” and buying. (Even though I probably already have more nail polish than I can finish in a lifetime.)

But I’m rambling when the subject of today’s blogpost is to show you how very stunning the combo of Riveting and Luxe and Lush (both from China Glaze’s Capitol Colours Hunger Games collection) is when layered together.

Riveting is a very bright orange that reminds me of the orange candies I’d get as a little girl during Chinese New Year. If you look at it really closely, you’ll see gold shimmer flecks and it does look stunning on its own.

Luxe and Lush on the other hand, is a flakie polish with irregularly shaped flakie bits in a clear base that you can use on top of virtually any polish to give your look that little bit of jazz.

China Glaze: Riveting and Luxe and Lush
Picture credit to kBoey for being a good sport and taking this shot for me. :)

In the shot above I have on Nail Tek Foundation II Ridge Filling Base Coat, 2 coats of Riveting, 2 coats of Luxe and Lush and 3 coats of Seche Vite top coat. It sounds like more than it looks, really. :P The only reason I had to pile on 3 coats of Seche Vite top coat was because I still don’t have Gelous in my nail polish arsenal and I needed to ‘smooth down’ the edges where the flakies were not lying evenly on my nails.

I love the combination of Riveting and Luxe and Lush – it really is quite eye-catching and I’m planning on recreating this look again for Chinese New Year to go along with all the mandarin oranges and gold decor. :P

Lastly, credit to the following bloggers for inspiring me to recreate this look (although my nails look nowhere like theirs), do click over and take a look at what I was *trying* to achieve:
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