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Nicole By OPI Am I Making Myself Claire?

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats NOPI Am I Making Myself Claire?
1 Coat Color Club Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

The weather is rainy and gray, and my nails aren't really helping. To be fair, I've had this polish on since yesterday, so I've only got myself to blame for not switching to a brighter, cheerier shade!

Am I Making Myself Claire was part of NOPI's Modern Family collection that came out in January 2013. She's Lily Something was also part of that collection, and the only polish I picked up at the time. This and Alex By The Books were on clearance at KMart recently for just $2 a bottle. How could I say no?!?

Application was a breeze, too! Three thin coats, and no streaks to be seen! At 2 coats, my nails were still a little patchy, so the 3rd was definitely necessary for me. Am I Making Myself Clairs is a slightly gray-tinged, red-leaning lavender. It's a really pretty shade... Kinda reminds me of the Zoya rose-toned neutral polis…

NYC Mimosa Bouquet

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats NYC Mimosa Bouquet
1 Coat Color Club Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Shimmery pastels seem to be a thing this Spring. I can't say that I mind! It's a fun way to liven up pastels, and tends to cut down on the chalkiness and streaking that pastel polishes are prone to.

Amanda from Pretty Girl Science posted about this shade the other day, and I knew I had to find it! So, while I was polish-binging at K-Mart, I picked up a bottle. I'm not sure if it's just my K-Mart, or if it's the whole beauty clearance they have going on, but this display was precariously balancing on a high, sloping shelf. I was a little afraid that the whole thing was going to come toppling down on me, because me and coordination do not the greatest coupling make. I'm not sure I understand my local K-Mart's display system at all... Maybe they don't have a nail polish enthusiast working there? Or maybe they do, and that's why a…

Layering: Grape Dreams (or Sweet Jelly)

Surprise, surprise! It's another jelly glitter sandwich featuring polish from the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Palm Beach Jellies Collection... (longest name of a collection ever? Probably not.) This time around, I've gone grape...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
7+? Coats Sally Hansen Grape Jelly
2 Coats Nicole by OPI Sweet Dreams
5+? Coats Sally Hansen Grape Jelly
1 Coat Seche Vite

Maybe I spoke too soon about triumphing over the Triple Shine Palm Beach Jellies from Sally Hansen. Jelly Pirouettes featured Jell-ous?... one of the 3 pinks from this collection. That layering used 9 coats to get the results I blogged about. I had won. I felt victorious. I felt adventurous. I was ready to move on and conquer another shade...

So...

Grape Jelly.

Originally, I thought about layering with Sea Through... but I have this tendency for pinks and purples. Also, I just picked up NOPI Sweet Dreams, and the teal, purple, silver glitter combo called out for Grape Jelly much mor…

Layering: Jelly Pirouettes

Since I picked up the Sally Hansen Triple Shine Palm Beach Jellies... only one thing has been on my mind. Jelly. Glitter. Sandwich. Sooooooo...









Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats Sally Hansen Jell-ous?
3 Coats OPI Pirouette My Whistle
4 Coats Sally Hansen Jell-ous?
1 Coat Seche Vite

Yes... I currently have 14 coats of nail polish on my nails. But look at all that glittery jelly goodness! 14 coats isn't really so bad... is it? I mean, when it comes to Jelly Glitter Sandwiches?

I had fair warning. Before I even picked up this collection, I read lots and lots of reviews. Considering Sally Hansen calls them "jellies," I think the general nail polish community was a bit surprised that the finish turned out to be more akin to the Sheer Tints OPI just released. (Em-phasis on the sheer.)

In addition to being incredibly sheer, I heard these were thick, not fun to work with, took a long time to dry... There's been a lot said about this little collection…

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Palm Beach Jellies

When I first heard about Sally Hansen's new Triple Shine Palm Beach Jellies... I was ecstatic. A whole new collection of jellies for glitter sandwiches?!? Sign me up!!! But then... well, word got round that their formula was a bit problematic and that these "jellies" were more aligned with the OPI Sheer Tints than any of the jelly polishes in my collection. So, to buy, or not to buy? That was the question...


And then I saw them in person. (To buy! To buy!) I've been scouring my local CVS and Rite-Aid stores for a few weeks now! I actually found these not-so-prominently displayed at my local KMart.


l to r: Sally Hansen Triple Shine LE Palm Beach Jellies in Jell-ous?, Grape Jelly, Vitamin D-light, Sea Through, Water Melon, and Ice Tint. 

Welcome to the stash little translucent jewels!

Have you picked up any of these Palm Beach Jellies?

Layering: Pacific Hypnautical

My nails were in need of something bright and cheerful... but it's a little early for an Easter manicure. So... I went with a pop of electric blue, and turned it into a dazzling jelly glitter sandwich... :)





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
1 Coat OPI Last Friday Night
1 Coat Sally Hansen Hypnautical
1 Coat OPI Last Friday Night
1 Coat Sally Hansen Hypnautical
1 Coat L'Oreal Miss Pixie
1 Coat Seche Vite

I was looooooong overdue for a layering manicure... specifically, a jelly glitter sandwich. The electric cobalt of Pacific Blue was calling my name, and begging to be layered with some glitter. Last Friday Night was an easy first choice for this layering. On its own, the opalescent glitter was really pretty layered over Pacific Blue. But it needed... more. (doesn't it always?!?)

Enter Hypnautical, by Sally Hansen...

Hypnautical houses blue and green opalescent glitter sprinkled with green to blue flakies in a translucent tea…

Sephora By OPI Frankly I Don't Give A-dam

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Sephora By OPI Frankly I Don't Give A-dam
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Gray nails for a gray, rainy day. This wasn't my original plan, but I chipped 2 nails yesterday while dressing my iPhone in its new stylish Otterbox...


Originally, I had planned to turn It's All About Me into a jelly glitter sandwich. But the chips just didn't fall that way... It was just polish that chipped off my middle finger, but I actually managed to chip a tiny chunk of nail, polish and all, off of my pointer finger. Both were on my rarely photographed right hand, but still. I had to file all the nails down to match Pointer, so I figured I'd just put on a new shade of polish while I was at it.

Frankly I Don't Give A-dam is another SOPI polish I scored from Big Lots for $1.80. It's a gray creme polish that doesn't lean a little towards the blue side, and it's not a grurple. It's just plain old gr…

Sephora By OPI It's All About Me

I've finally found my purrrrrrrfect pink. No really, this time, I swear I did. I know I've said the same thing the past 9 times... but this... thiiiiiis is thee one. (Seriously!) Presenting... It's All About Me!







Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Sephora By OPI It's All About Me
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I purchased this polish at Big Lots, while they still had a decent stock of SOPI polishes. There were a good deal of these in stock for a little while, but they definitely went fast. What can you really expect? Mark down a $9 bottle of polish to under 2 bucks and it does funny things to us polishaholics! I picked this up and put it down so many times, thinking that it had to be a dupe for a polish I already owned. But, you know me, I finally broke down and brought it home to meet the rest of the stash. I needed something bright on my nails after so much pastel this past week, and It's All About Me was just begging to be use…

Butter London Bossy Boots

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Butter London Bossy Boots
1 Coat Borghese Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Today's nails are totally brought to you by my sister's stash. Bossy Boots was part of the 2012 Spring/Summer Butter London collection. Yep. A whole YEAR before mint was a thing... :)

I know last year's color of the year was Emerald Green, but it might as well have been Mint Green. Everywhere you looked... there was mint, totally soaking up its moment in the sun. Spring and Summer 2013 were FULL of it, and honestly, the forecast doesn't look too different this year. Pastels are always big in Spring, a breath of fresh air after all those vampy shades and neverending snowfalls.

SO. I borrowed this shade a very loooong time ago, and up until a week or two ago, it sat on my desk at work. For a full two seasons, we had a staring contest. Short story, I blinked, and Bossy Boots won. Sunshine and degrees above 50 will do that to a girl. :)

Bossy Boot…

OPI You're Such A Budapest

I am definitely in a pastel polish frame of mind lately... OPI You're Such A Budapest is such a pretty shade, I knew it had to be in my collection after getting a pedi with it last summer. It was surprisingly versatile on my toes, too. I think I wore it for almost a month! I definitely don't regret purchasing it one little bit, and I wouldn't be too surprised if it makes its way back onto my feet this summer... :)






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats OPI You're Such A Budapest
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Remember when I was talking about how Violets Are Blue from Sinful Colors wasn't named well? I can't say that I'm super thrilled with the name of this one, either. I mean, I don't hate it, but I am partially Hungarian, so I say Budapest the right way... Budapesh, not Budapest. You know what was pesky about this polish, though? Properly photographing it! Man, was that difficult!

I took pictures inside and outside, wi…