Tag Archives: Glitter

JulieG Secret Treasure

JulieG Secret Treasure bottleWhat seems like a gazillion years ago at this point new polishes were added to JulieG’s permanent collection. I ended up hauling quite a few of them and have more or less loved every single one I have tried. Previously I have used Secret Treasure once over Orly High on Hope. It was gorgeous and I loved it. But then Secret Treasure got kind of lost in the mix.

This past weekend when I was looking for a fun nail polish to wear I ran across Secret Treasure and decided to give it another go. I started with a white base coat (Ulta Snow White) then topped it with 2 coats of JulieG Secret Treasure.

The glitter in Secret Treasure isn’t overly dense (it’s definitely a top coat only type of glitter) but it is buildable.

I ended up loving this manicure so much I wore it the entire weekend and Monday. Usually I do a manicure for both Friday and Saturday just so I can use some of my more fun polishes but I couldn’t bring myself to take Secret Treasure off!

For Friday night I paired this manicure with an orange dress and it complimented the manicure perfectly. There is a picture of the manicure with the dress fabric below the jump (along with a slew of additional swatches).


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Ruby Wing Festival (aka my nail polish changes colors…what does yours do?)

Ruby Wing FestivalRuby Wing is a brand I’ve been wanting to try for ages but, despite being made by the same people that produce Color Club, there is no where to purchase this brand locally. Finally I ordered a bottle online. My curiosity got the best of me!

Picking out a polish to try was pretty easy. Festival is holographic glitter that indoors is a silvery purple but outdoors turns into a deep purple. Sounded like a polish made just for me (and it looked gorgeous in the bottle). But despite having this for several months I just never got around to giving it a try.

Then this past Saturday I was going to a cookout for a friend’s birthday and it was sunny. Seemed like the perfect opportunity to give this polish a try.

For a full blown glitter polish the formula is quite good. I used three coats and was happy with the result.

I wore it to the cookout and then to go out that night with some friends. We had alot of fun but I was quite confused when I woke up the next morning and the polish on my right pointer finger was missing entirely! I have no idea when the polish popped off but I imagine it’s floating around in a bar somewhere.

Below the jump there are swatches of this polish indoors as well as outdoors. The color change is quite impressive!

Ruby Wing polish can be ordered from the Ruby Wing website and are a bit on the expensive side ($10).  If you have a favorite Ruby Wing polish please let me know about it in a comment! Now I’m dying to try a few more…


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Spoiled by wet n wild Jewelry Heist

Spoiled by wet n wild Jewelry HeistOn the way to a friend’s place one night I found myself at CVS. I got in my car and realized I was out of Big Red and well, that just won’t do. Of course I can’t go into a drugstore without checking out the nail polish. As it turns out, I’ve had rose gold glitter on the brain lately. It was a hole in my collection that I wanted to fill. When I saw Jewelry Heist I thought it might work to fill that void (plus it was gorgeous in the bottle).

Jewelry Heist has large rose gold glitter, small square blue glitter and medium sized iridescent glitter suspended in a clear base. I have too many glitter polishes in my collection and NONE of them have iridescent glitter. This is quite the unique combination of glitter. Especially to find at a drugstore.

The glitter is rather sparse. I used 2 coats of Jewelry Heist over PISTOL polish Tough As Nails in my swatches and obviously it’s not a glitter that can be worse on its own. The clear base is also a bit on the thick side.

I decided to try manually placing the glitter with a toothpick over Essie No Place Like Chrome. While the bubbles are obvious in the swatches I didn’t even notice the bubbles until I started looking at the photos. The finished result looked really awesome. It was the perfect manicure to brighten a gloomy day.

Below the jump there are more swatches of Jewelry Heist along with swatches of my glitterly gloomy day manicure.

If you have any rose gold glitter polish suggestions please let me know!


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PISTOL polish Run The World (+ glitter polka dots!)

Run The World over Revlon Royal

Run The World over Revlon Royal

Y’all. I am completely addicted to this nail polish!

Run The World was part of the May 2013 PISTOL polish duo along with Nailed It. I was really excited about this month’s duo because of Run The World. It’s the first glitter polish I have from PISTOL polish and was looking forward to trying it.

Run The World is silver, holographic glitter suspended in a clear base. The glitter is large but not what I would call chunky. It is also fairly dense. I used 2 coats of Run The World in all my swatches.

This polish applies beautifully. I had no problems with the glitter clumping together or being distributed unevenly on the nail.

I’ve been using this in most of my manicures recently (it’s a problem…). I even did glitter polka dots! Run The World adds the perfect amount of sparkle (and it really comes alive in the sun). There are many, many swatches below the jump!


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Shimmer Polish Jennifer

Shimmer Polish JenniferFor those of you that read this blog on a regular basis then you know we don’t spend alot of time covering indie brands. When I say indie brands I don’t necessarily mean Lex CosmeticsMarket Street Soap Works or Cult Nails, though all of those are, in fact, indie brands. I’m talking more about small operations sold via Etsy that have little to no name recognition outside of the nail polish community.

The reason we don’t cover those types of brands doesn’t have anything with the actual nail polish. It just has to do with how easy (or in this case, difficult) it is to get your hands on these polishes.

So, the moral of all of this is, on occasion when I find an indie brand polish that I really like I do want to share it. In this case, Cindy, the owner/creator/everything of Shimmer Polish sent me several of her polishes to try. I was in the mood for a glitter manicure so I started looking through the polishes. Jennifer caught my eye because it looked unique plus the pastel glitter colors seemed perfect for the transition into spring.

Jessica contains green, orange, yellow/gold, blue, pink and purple glitter in varying sizes suspended in a clear base. You can get a really good look at the glitter combination here. All this glitter together on the nail gives a sort of blueish silver metallic effect. It’s really pretty.

I will admit I was worried about the formula. Luckily, it was fantastic. I used three coats to get opaque coverage on the nail. This polish could easily be layered over almost any color using just one coat (I used Jennifer as an accent nail here).

Overall, I was definitely happy with Jennifer and I’m looking forward to trying other Shimmer Polish colors. Shimmer Polish can be found here on Etsy or check out the Facebook page.

There are, of course, more swatches below the jump!


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Revlon Hearts of Gold FX

Revlon Hearts of Gold FXRevlon released a bunch of new polishes the beginning of the year. I spotted the new Top Speed polishes at CVS in January and fell in love with both new glitters. At first I only picked up Celestial FX but eventually they both were added to my collection!

Despite what Hearts of Gold looks like in the bottle it’s not really gold at all. The small glitters are goldish but pull much more silver once on the nail. The heart glitter is silver with a bit of a holographic effect.

A review of this polish can go two ways. If you just apply the polish expecting the large heart glitter to be perfectly placed on every nail you will be very disappointed and will conclude that this polish is a waste of time and money. But, that is not the best way to approach this polish

To apply this polish I did one coat over Essie Butler Please on each nail not allowing any of the heart glitter to stay on my nails. This is not really a difficult task as it’s hard to get the heart glitter off the brush that way. Next, using a toothpick, I applied the heart glitter where I wanted and topped it with a top coat. I loved the result.

The biggest issue I had with this polish was the heart glitter wasn’t entirely flush with the nail. One of the hearts actually came off my nail after I got it caught on something. But otherwise, I have no complaints.

There are a bunch of swatches below the jump (including a more color accurate picture….Essie Butler Please does not get along with my camera!).



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Spoiled by wet n wild Trust Fund Baby

Spoiled by wet n wild Trust Fund BabyEvery time I swear off Spoiled as a brand I somehow find my way back to it. This time I blame black glitter. Yes, black glitter. I have a thing for black glitter and there’s really not much of it in the nail polish world. The only other black glitter I have in my collection is wet n wild Tangled in My Web and that was a limited edition polish from 2011. So, to say the least, when I saw Trust Fund Baby in the bottle I was basically sold.

In the past my main issue with Spoiled has been the inconsistency in the brushes. Some of the are completely find. Some of them are absolutely terrible.  I figured with a glitter polish that wouldn’t much matter.

Trust Fund Baby contains chunky blue, black and gold hexagon glitter as well as square magenta glitter suspended in a clear base. The combination is just genius and one I’ve never seen before.

This is not a glitter that can be worn on its own. I used it over OPI Can’t Find my Czechbook. It took 3 coats to get an acceptable amount of glitter on the nail.

I tried using Trust Fund Baby again, this time over China Glaze Fancy Pants. I just did an accent nail again 3 coats. I liked the result but still wasn’t entirely pleased with the glitter placement.

To remedy this situation I manually placed the glitter on my nail using a toothpick. I know it sounds kind of crazy but it doesn’t take that long and I did a glitter fade on just one nail over NCLA AM: Beauty Sleep, PM: Shopping Spree. The end result was awesome.

I realize manually placing glitter may be more work than some people want to do but it was worth it in the end in my opinion. There are swatches of all my Trust Fund Baby adventures below the jump.

Let me know which is your favorite!


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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Copper Penny

Sally Hansen Copper PennySally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure line went through a complete overhaul earlier this year. All of the old colors were retired and Sally Hansen released a slew of new polishes. When I saw the promo image for Copper Penny I was almost sold. When I saw Copper Penny in the bottle….I was definitely sold!

Copper Penny is a lovely glitter polish that contains both small and large copper glitter in a clear base. It’s definitely a top coat only type of glitter. I used 2 coats in my swatches and clearly it’s not really wearable alone.

To wear this I layered it over Ulta Snow White (just a plain white creme) and really loved the results. There are swatches of that below the jump!

The “new” Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is popping up in drugstore. I saw a display at the CVS near me recently.


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Go Red For Women 2013 Manicure

wet n wild Everybody Loves Redmond Ulta After Party 4Today is National Wear Red Day! The point of National Wear Red Day is to bring awareness to heart disease in women. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of Go Red For Women and the progress that has been made is truly remarkable.

As always, when someone tells me to wear a certain color, I head straight for my nail polish. wet n wild fastdry Everybody Loves Redmond is one of my favorite red cremes (and really the only polish from the fastdry line I even like….) but it’s definitely more or a spring or summer red. To make this manicure I little bit more season appropriate I added a coat of Ulta After Party (that is gorgeous! Check out a bottle shot here). Granted it looks a little holiday, but I did love the results.

Katie will be posting her red manicure later in the day! Keep your eyes open for that.

I’d love to know how you’re rocking red today! And make sure to check out the additional swatches below the jump 🙂


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Essie – Bobbing for Baubles + Stroke of Brilliance

essie - bobbing for baublesFrom nudes, to glitter, to neutrals and on to blues! I’m all over the polish map lately! I quickly snapped up Bobbing for Baubles when Essie’s Winter 2011 Collection: Cocktail Bling was released. I’ve worn it several times since and been continually impressed with it. Sadly, I never got around to reviewing it and it got lost in the shuffle… until today!!! I’ve had this polish on the brain ever since I spotted this polish in a new Essie’s Best Of Collection display.

Bobbing for Baubles (cute name!) is a dusty navy blue. Fun fact: navy is probably my favorite color… ever. Essie describes this polish as a deepest darkest sapphire. I suppose that’s okay, but dusty navy works just as well! This is a dreamy polish to apply. Two smooth coats, no problems at all.

I also decided to try out a glitter from my untried list: essie’s Stroke of Brilliance – click below to see and let me know what you think!

Happy almost Friday!!




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