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Accent: Queen of Gray

Glitter accent manis are still a thing right? Good, because I can't get enough of them! I've been thinking neutral lately, so I went with gray, then added a little sparkle to the mix!







Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Cool Gray
5 Coats SinfulColors Queen of Beauty
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear
1 Coat Essie Good to Go

I've been craving a gray manicure for a while now. I think I tend to gravitate toward gray for the same reason I like black nails in Fall and Winter. Just like black... gray nails add a little coolness and edge to my look, and they go with just about everything!

My stash doesn't have too many gray polishes... so I picked up Cool Gray while on a Walgreens run yesterday. I like that it's a really neutral gray gray. It's not leaning towards purple, blue, blurple, taupe, or green... it's GRAY. Cool Gray is a palette cleanser... really refreshing for me to look at, honestly! (Especially given my obsession with neons …

Accent: Orly Tropical Punch & Butter London Rosie Lee

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Orly Tropical Punch
3 Coats Butter London Rosie Lee (accent)
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This manicure definitely was not what I set out painting the other night... I had a completely different contrasting polish as my accent nails, but it just wasn't working out. I didn't think it would need a base coat, but it definitely did, and the color scheme didn't mesh with Tropical Punch all that well. So, I started over on the accents and kept Tropical Punch as my main color. Now that I think about it... my nails are a mixture of this mani and this mani... just a different neon with good 'ole Rosie Lee. 

Orly Tropical Punch is a slightly warmer, more coral leaning neon pink than Va Va Voom. (Which I'm wearing on my toes...) Rosie Lee is a super-fine rosey pink glitter polish. The two definitely aren't matching pinks by any stretch of the imagination, and 2 or 3 years ago, I probably woul…

Color Club The Uptown

So... I'm a year late to the party, but I fiiiiiiinally got my hands on The Uptown by Color Club. That was in May, and I'm only getting around to swatching this now... Behold... purple jelly rainbow flaky goodness...








Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Color Club The Uptown
2 Coats Sinful Colors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Flakies in nail polish are one of my favorite things. Especially bold flakies that flash through the colors of the rainbow like the ones in The Uptown by Color Club.

I was unaware of flaky polish until I started reading nail blogs. Like many other polish enthusiasts, the first flaky I truly longed for was #51 by Nfu-Oh. I considered purchasing it many times, but didn't get around to it until it had been discontinued. Major sad face.

BUT... Color Club came out with The Uptown last year, and the polish world went ca-razy. You can't really say that The Uptown is a dupe for Nfu-Oh, because they're similar, but not exactly the s…

Skittles: Amazon Sea

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler (all)
3 Coats Bonita Fall and Catch (l. pinky, r. thumb)
4 Coats Sally Hansen Seanic (l. ring, r. pointer)
3 Coats Sally Hansen Seasational (middle)
3 Coats SinfulColors Peppered Amazon (l. pointer, r. ring)
2 Coats Sally Hansen Archipela-Glow
2 Coats Sally Hansen Seanic
1 Coat Sally Hansen Archipela-Glow (l. thumb, r. pinky)
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat (all)
1 Coat Seche Vite (all)

Last night, when I noticed just how many unswatched teal polishes I had recently purchased, I figured I should probably get on that. Soooooooo, today's nails are skittles in teal, brought to you by my iPhone. The photos I took with my Cybershot were just nawt color accurate. It zapped out a lot of the yellow, so my nails looked more turquoise, and... no. Just.................. no.

Anyway.

Bonita Fall and Catch is a teal creme polish with a really faint shimmer. It reminds me a lot of SinfulColors Rise and Shine, but without seeing the 2 side by side, I …

Accent: Sally Hansen You're Crabby & Rainbow Honey Chemical Plant

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Sally Hansen You're Crabby
3 Coats Rainbow Honey Chemical Plant
1 Coat Sinful Colors Clear
1 Coat Seche Vite

It's Wednesday and I'm wearing pink again... I swear, I am not trying to make this a thing, really! It just so happened that the two of these were new and unswatched, and they go together so well, don't you think? Me too!

You're Crabby is part of the Sally Hansen Electric Summer Collection, of which I had to purchase all 9 polishes. It's a great set of pastels and they're really nicely pigmented and everything... but I still needed 3 coats of You're Crabby to get the results you see in the pictures. There were definitely still visible streaks at coat 2, but the 3rd one evened everything out nicely.

Chemical Plant is from Rainbow Honey's July mini mystery bag... which I mentioned before, and I'm still pretty sure I'd like to subscribe to it. $25 for a full-sized mystery bag, or…

Layering: Tropical Sea Star

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats Revlon Tropical Rain
1 Coat Sally Hansen Wet Suit*
3 Coats Rainbow Honey Sea Star
2 Coats Seche Vite

I've officially dipped my feet in the sea of indie polishes! Rainbow Honey has been around for a while... I've honestly been following them for longer than I care to admit considering I placed my first order last week... O.o Let's just say I've been drooling over their gorgeous creations since before the days of Lunairetic and the Chrono Cross collection and leave it at that. :)

I saw some swatches of Sea Star on Claw of Cthulhu and I knew it needed to be added to the sparklestash STAT. I also purchased I'm the Hero, as well as July's mini-mystery bag. Not only am I super happy with my purchase of Sea Star... I'm pretty sure I'll be subscribing to their mystery bags on a monthly basis! (And you should too!!!)

Rainbow Honey describes Sea Star as follows, "a coral starfish mix and mingle in th…

Bonita Miss Piggy

I've been on quite a pink polish bender lately... sorry, I'm not sorry! This might not be a new all-time favorite pink, but it's definitely secured a place in my top 10!







Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats Bonita Miss Piggy
3 Coats Butter London Rosie Lee (accent)
2 Coats Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I've been meaning to feature Ms. Rosie Lee for a long time... I mean, I've owned the polish for over 2 years now, and it's slightly embarassing that I'm only getting to properly swatching it now. It was a gift from my lovely sister... who's usually the tour-de-force behind my fancier, more spendy polishes. It's what big sisters do... :)

So, can I say that I love the shade of pink that is Bonita Miss Piggy? It's like it was made for me... a really flattering slightly yellow-leaning rose-tinged hot pink. This color pink is PERFECT. What is not perfect however, is the formula. Opaque polishes that require 5 coats are just…

Layering: Sweet Ocean

Has it really been more than a month since my last layering? Sheesh! Sorry about that. I guess I've been a little caught up in brights and neon fever, peppered here and there with coral and blue. I'm mixing it up today with something a little different...









Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats NYC Ocean Blue
3 Coats Cinapro Sweet Tooth
2 Coats Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Like I said... something completely different from all the neons and bright creme polishes I've been wearing lately. Cinapro is actually a new-to-me brand that I spotted yesterday at Sally Beauty Supply. Particularly, this little collection...


If the caps look a little wonky... it's because they are, but for good reason! Each cap houses a built-in LED light for super-easy application. I found it more distracting than anything, but I guess it could be a novelty for some? Anyway... I was drawn to Sweet Tooth, because... well, even in the promo pic (front row cente…