Monday, May 7, 2018

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm

Almost 3 years ago, in September 2015, I began my journey as a Master's student. For my first night of classes I proudly painted my nails OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm to match my schools color of royal purple. Tonight, May 7 2018 I took my final class of graduate school and of course I pulled out that same royal purple OPI for the occasion. To celebrate almost graduating, I had to add some sparkle with China Glaze Fairy Dust. 

I will be rocking a purple mani on Friday for my graduation, follow my instagram (@sparkleandpolish) if you are curious to see which polish I pick for that day! 

Stay Sparkly,
A

Nrv Enuff Swatch Spam

Nvr Enuff is a brand that I was introduced to through attending The Indie Shop. They have a whimsical aesthetic that lends itself well to the polishes and polish names. Here is a quick look at some of the Nvr Enuff polishes in my collection. Some of these swatches/polishes are older and no longer available, my apologies :(

Andromeda

Unicorn Soul

 Unicorn Poison (Pointer/Middle Finger)

I'm looking forward to seeing the wonderful ladies behind Nvr Enuff next weekend at The Indie Shop Anaheim! I'm sure their new collections will not disappoint.

Stay Sparkly,
A


Monday, April 30, 2018

Mermaid Mani Spam

These are pretty old manis, but my inspiration has been majorly lacking lately. I still love a good mermaid design but haven't had the motivation lately. I hope you enjoy this mermaid mani spam, I surely do :)

I just love mermaids! When I was first getting into nails and nail art blogs, I saw stamped mermaid nails everywhere and I fell in love! When nail vinyls came on to the scene, I snapped up mermaid scale vinyls as fast as I could, but unfortunately they were all just too big my little nails. Luckily various brands heard the cries of tiny nailed girls everywhere and came out with mini scale vinyls! If you know of vinyl shops that sell mini versions of vinyls or just small designs in general let me know in the comments! 

If you want to know any of the polishes used, let me know in the comments! 

Hope you enjoyed my mermaid manis! I have a few more planned, so stay tuned :)

Stay Sparkly,
A





Sunday, April 1, 2018

Envy Lacquer Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Collection

**disclosure- these polishes were received as a gift from Melody of Envy Lacquer as we are IRL friends and I help her out with Envy and TIS**

Envy Lacquer just launched the first full collection in the stunning new square bottles! I am obsessed with the design of the bottles and the new brush, I barely had any clean up with any of these swatches. Melody, the creative genius behind Envy Lacquer, loves the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and since the movie takes place in Georgia it was the perfect collection to premier at TIS Atlanta. I didn't love the movie, but I freaking love this collection! 

Deep in Voodoo County
This is a smooth, pale gray crelly base full of silver holo glitters, black holo glitter and tiny scattered holo bits. I did 3 thin coats of this beauty so that all of the different glitters would shine though.

Deliciously Evil
This polish is a black crelly base with tons of metallic flakies and tiny holo goodness. The flakies are warm toned and shifty, showing mainly red, orange, and pink toned. This polish reminds me of cozy autumn nights and I can't wait to wear this polish all year long. I did 2 thin coats for this opacity. 

I Will Shoot a Man
This kelly green shimmery base reminds me of the OG China Glaze glass fleck polishes with so much extra goodness added in. There are tons of metallic looking flakies that shift from shades of green to gold. This polish makes me think of a mermaid in the best possible way. I did 2 coats for opacity, but if your nails are really long or have super white tips you might need to do 3 coats. 

Minerva
This polish is a dusty, gray toned lilac full of shifty pigment that goes from pink/red to copper to gold. This formula is kind of thin/sheer but if it wasn't all of the shifty pigment would be hidden. I love this polish and formula, but I'm not sure if it is the best color for me. I did 3 thin coats for color and opacity. 

Tears in a Bucket
I did 3 thin coats here, but you could easily do 2 regular coats for opacity. This is a metallic royal blue base that shifts to purple in the bottle, but I didn't see the shift on my nails. Its full of holo flakies and glitters, I also see some linear holo going through the base. Some of the flakies are a bit big, but they were really easy to smooth out and manipulate on the nail. 

Just for fun, here is a pic of my Tears In A Bucket mani after 7 days! This mani survived the flights to and from Atlanta for The Indie Shop, moving boxes and boxes of polish, setting up and tearing down the Envy Lacquer booth, general touristy things in Atlanta and typing pages and pages of research. Seriously this polish is bomb stayed on like nobodies business! 

This collection launched at The Indie Shop Atlanta and is available on the website now! 

Stay Sparkly,
A





Friday, March 30, 2018

OPI Lisbon Collection Spring/Summer 2018 Swatches and Comparisons

Long time no see y'all! I have taken a major break from nail polish and blogging, in fact I had naked nails for the first 6 weeks of 2018... I have been so busy with life that I have let self-care go. In an attempt to take better care of myself, I am hoping to get back in to nails and nail art. I completely skipped the Fall 2017 and Holiday 2017 OPI collections but when I saw this collection I felt inspired again. No these are not unique or ground breaking shades, but I am a sucker for a classic OPI creme shade. I'm hoping these polishes do not disappoint. There are 18 shades in this collection, 12 core colors, 3 Ulta exclusives and 3 Sally Beauty exclusives. I picked up 5 core colors, 2 Ulta exclusives and 1 Sally Beauty exclusive. Side note, does anyone know how long Sally Beauty has had exclusives??? Also, new year new style right? I'm going to swatch the polishes like normal, but now my comparison shots will be done using swatch sticks. My OPI collection is getting out of hand and usually there are more than 4 polishes that I want to compare so swatch sticks will make that possible.
Swatches
A Red-vival City
This is a bright, hot red toned orange. Summer perfection in a bottle. I did 3 thin coats for preferred opacity and brightness. 

Suzi Chases Portu-geese
Although OPI describes this as a plain white, I'd say its slightly lilac tinted. Like so slight, its practically white until you see it next to a true white. The more I look at it, the more I question the undertone. Sometimes I'm sure it's blue, but then it looks almost pink, then neutral. It is a mystery to me. It is a pretty thin formula, but it isn't particularly surprising given the shade of this polish. I did 3 thin coats for opacity. It dried shiny and smooth and I totally love this polish.

Closer Than You Might Belem
Three creamy perfect coats here. I love colors like this. It isn't super original, but I seriously love it. OPI describes this as a coastal sea green and I think thats totally spot on. This polish polish has total beach vibes and is perfect for spring and summer. 

Tile Art To Warm Your Heart
I did 2 coats for opacity here. The formula was thinner than normal perfect OPI cremes, but it built up smoothly. I like rich blues like this that are slightly cool toned but not blurple-y.

Lisbon Wants Moor OPI
Three thin-regular coats here. I love this kind of polish. It has a pretty decent formula for a milky color like this. This color is a cool toned and slightly dusty very very very pale pink.  I have this polish on my toes already and I don't think it will be changing any time soon.

Climb Every Castle (Ulta exclusive)
*disclaimer- photographed more beigey-nude than it really is* This is a milky, warm toned, pale pink. Its a great neutral and actually makes me look tan! I totally love this even though the formula is kind of meh. It took 3 thin coats for even opacity, but totally worth it in my opinion.

Can I Bairro This Shade? (Ulta exclusive)
This is 3 thin coats of minty goodness. This is pretty, but not very original at all. 

Set Apart by Tile Art (Sally Beauty exclusive)
This is a very pale blue that is seriously almost white. On my nails it looks almost white, but when put next to something actually white the blue tones come through. The formula is very thin, but it isn't patchy at all and builds opacity easily in 2nd and 3rd coats. I used 3 thin coats for opacity, but maybe could have gotten away with 2 think coats. 

Comparisons
A Red-vival City
Meet My "Decorator" vs Me, My Selfie, and I vs Aloha From OPI vs Living On The Bula-vard vs Race Red vs The Drummer Is Hot (aka A Roll In The Hague) vs Red Lights Ahead... Where? vs Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It vs A Red-vival City
I'm not sure if any of these are dupes, but they are all awfully close. 

Tile Art To Warm Your Heart 
Rich Girls and Po'boys vs Super Trop-i-fiji-istic vs My Pal Joey vs Tile Art To Warm Your Heart
Not dupes, but Joey and Tile Art are so so so close that unless you love blue polish you probably don't need all of these. 

4 neutrals from this collection:
Lisbon Wants Moor OPI vs Climb Every Castle vs Suzi Chases Portu-geese vs Set Apart By Tile Art
These are obviously not dupe, but as they are all pale neutrals from this collection I wanted to see them compared with each other. 

Suzi Chases Portu-geese and Set Apart By Tile Art
Suzi Chases Portu-geese vs Set Apart By Tile Art vs My Boyfriend Scales Walls vs I Cannoli Wear OPI vs It's In The Clouds
For sure not all dupes, but all of these neutral off-white shades show their true undertones next to Portu-geese. 

Climb Every Castle and Lisbon Wants Moor OPI
Climb Every Castle vs Lisbon Wants Moor OPI vs It's Pink P.M. vs Let's Be Friends
Not dupes, but Pink P.M. and Castle are very close. Lets Be Friends is the coolest and most white based pale pink of all the options. 

Climb Every Castle (pointer/ring) vs Lisbon Wants Moor OPI (middle/pinky)
Both are 3 thin coats, Lisbon is a better formula for sure. Considering the shade differences are minuscule I would recommend Lisbon over Castle, unless you love pale neutrals like this any then I would say go with both.

I wasn't planning on doing any comparisons on my nails but I just had to see how these two look on the nail. They are so close and I really like both of them, but I'm not sure how necessary it was to put these in the same collection.

Fly vs Can't Find My Czechbook vs My Dogsled is a Hybrid vs Closer Than You Might Belem vs Can I Bairro This Shade
Not dupes at all. Next to Belem, Dogsled looks like a true green when alone it looks like a nice dusty teal. 
It's a Boy vs Suzi Without a Paddle vs Gelato on my Mind vs Can I Bairro This Shade vs Close Than You Might Belem. 
Gelato and Bairro are so close, I would consider them to be almost dupes. When I picked this polish up at Ulta, Gelato had been put in the Infinite Shine slot for Bairro. I love this color but I don't know if someone would really need both of those polishes. 

Final thoughts, I love this collection. It may not be the most original, but I totally love all of the polishes I picked up. In fact, I'm reinvigorated about OPI and have already purchased the entire Summer 2018 Grease Collection and will have those swatches/comparisons ready ASAP. 

Did you pick up any of these new OPI shades? Its been 5 months since I last bought any polish, what have you picked up recently that I should check out? 

Stay Sparkly,
A

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Phoenix Nail Art

Continuing with the @clairestelle8challenge for March is Phoenix nails! This mani is inspired by @mira_susannanails on instagram. For this mani I chose to use Darkest Before Dawn from Envy Lacquer because the name symbolizes a rebirth similar to what a phoenix represents. This polish is so special to me because I actually got to name it, and it celebrates the rebranding of Envy Lacquer. If you'd like to pick up your own bottle of this stunning polish, you have to join the Facebook group Envy's Entourage as it is a group exclusive.
Polishes Used:
Envy Lacquer Darkest Before Dawn
OPI Got The Mean Reds
OPI Coca Cola Red
OPI A Red-vival City
OPI Yellopalozza

Envy Lacquer Darkest Before Dawn swatched

Stay Sparkly,
A

Monday, March 5, 2018

Unicorn Nail Art

I'm trying to complete the @clairestelle8challenge March nail art challenge to get my mani mojo back! This month is all about mystical creatures, and the first day is unicorns! This design was inspired by a cake that I saw on instagram.
 
 
Polishes Used:
OPI Suzi Chases Portu-geese
OPI You're Such a BudaPest
OPI Kiss Me I'm Brazilian
OPI I'm Gown For Anything
OPI Closer Than You Might Belem
OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby

Stay Sparkly,
A