I know I’ve posted a lot of polka dot manicures, but I think they are fun, simple and versatile. A dear friend told me she’d like to see more nail art on here that is accessible for beginners, and I think polka dots are just that! As I showed in my previous post HERE, you can use a bobby pin as a dotting tool if you don’t have one! Be creative! There’s so much you can do with polka dots! =) Will you try dots? If you do, upload your pictures to The Lacquerologist Facebook page!! I’d love to see what you come up with!!
Hi everyone! =) I hope you are having a great weekend so far! Today I am going to be sharing with you some of the new Jordana Glitters! I was happy to find these, and was pleasantly surprised by how awesome they are! I found these at my KMart and paid $1.99 each, so I wasn’t expecting super high quality, but I really like them! All swatches were done with Cult Nails Get It On base coat and OPI RapidDry top coat.
Jordana Sequins (two coats) over two coats of Essie Secret Stash. Sequins is red micro glitter and silver, pink, and blue hex glitter in a clear base. I think it looks fun over a pink base color, but you could also wear it over red or black and I think it would look great. Application was easy for a chunky hex glitter.
Jordana Celebration (one coat) over one coat of Essie Merino Cool. This polish is amazing. It is simply lavender micro glitter in a clear base and it applied like a dream! This could definitely reach opacity without a base color with just a few coats.
Jordana Cosmic (two coats) over one coat of Essie Go Overboard. !!! Super shiny and amazing. I couldn’t stop looking at my nails when I had this on! Blue micro glitter and blue, green and silver hex glitters swim in a clear base to make up this awesome, mermaid-y polish! Application was really, really easy for a chunky glitter. I didn’t really have to worry about placing the hex glitters, they just flowed off the brush! I love this. I think I will be doing a fun sponging gradient with this really soon!
|Jordana Fairy Dust|
Jordana Fairy Dust (two coats) over two coats of Essie Eternal Optimist. Fairy Dust is pink micro glitter and small round holographic glitters in a clear base. It’s soft and pretty, with a little edge, but it wasn’t my favorite. I think layered over black or a dark pink this could be more fun. Application was easy, but it wasn’t quite as opaque as Celebration’s formula.
|Secret stash, Sequins, Eternal Optimist, Fairy Dust, Go Overboard,
Cosmic, Merino Cool, Celebration
Overall, I am really happy with these Jordana Glitters. For someone who is trying to build up their collection on a budget, these are a MUST HAVE! I chose the polishes that were most interesting to me based on what I already have in my stash, but there are 24 shades available (some coming soon…and I think I will be checking them out when they are available!). Like I said above, I found these at KMart for $1.99, but they can also be purchased on Jordana Cosmetic’s website for $2.99 per 0.5oz bottle. I’m not sure if my KMart mispriced my bottles and they were actually supposed to be $2.99 or what…but even at $2.99, these are great!
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Hi everyone! Today I have a quick and dirty review of some of the new magnetic polishes available at Icing and Claire’s! Luckily, my mall has both stores so I was able to get some of both. I believe these stores are owned by the same company, so I’m sure the polishes are the same, just different labels, different store and different price. Both stores had their cosmetics Buy One Get One 50% when I purchased these. The Magnetix polishes (is everyone naming their magnetic line “Magnetix”???) were $8.50 at Claire’s and $9.00 at Icing. Both brands are 0.33 oz bottles! All swatches were done with Cult Nails Get It On and Wicked Fast.
For people new to magnetic polishes, I tried each one of these out a little differently to show you how they apply…
|Icing Magnetix Blue, 2 coats|
For Icing Magnetix Blue (they don’t have real names! boo!), I applied a coat of polish, let it dry for a minute and then applied a second, thick coat of polish. I applied the thick coat one nail at a time and used the magnet immediately after applying. I love how this polish looks! The other magnetic polish I own (Layla Metallic Sky) is blue, but it looks blue and black after applying the magnet…this color scheme of blue and almost teal is amazing!! This is with the wavy Icing magnet. This one is a win my book!
|Claire’s Magnetix Gold, 1 coat|
For Claire’s Magnetix Gold I applied one thick coat of polish and applied the magnet, one nail at a time. There are places where the polish spread because of the magnet, leaving bald spots. Moral of the story: use more than one coat or a base color. This polish has gold shimmer in it which makes it gorgeous! I think it is a really complex look…this would be a fun polish for a night out! =) This design was made using the straight Claire’s magnet.
|Claire’s Magnetix Pink, 1 coat over 2 coats of OPI MMATSF|
|Magnetix Pink after an hour. You can see the design has spread out slightly.|
Now for my favorite: Claire’s Magnetix Pink! I decided to try a different approach for this one by using a base color underneath to conserve the magnetic polish, which is more expensive than regular polish. I painted my nails with two coats of OPI Meet Me At The Star Ferry and then, one finger at a time, I applied a nice thick coat of the Magnetix polish and applied the magnet (I used the wavy Icing magnet here, because both of my Claire’s polishes had straight magnets). I love this! It separates out to a light pink and a deep berry and a pink shimmer runs through the whole thing…it’s my favorite magnetic polish yet =) I wore this one as a full manicure.
|The Icing Magnetix magnet. It has two ledges to rest on your finger
to prevent smudging your polish. I used a Sharpie to label the
direction the design turned out on each ledge.
Overall, I like these polishes. The price tag is better than other magnetic polishes on the market and they are easily accessible at the mall! The magnets are nice with a plastic lip to help you balance it on the nail. The brushes were a little bizarre in the blue and gold polishes, but useable. About 15 minutes after the polish is applied, the design spreads out, but it still looks really cool =) This may be a trend, but it is definitely hot right now, so I say we should all enjoy it!!
|One coat by itself|
I decided to layer A Friggin’ Circus (AFC) over Cult Nails Time Traveler, an amazing navy blue jelly/cream. I used two coats of AFC over Time Traveler. Any chunky glitter like this is difficult to apply evenly, and this was no exception. I “blobbed” a lot of polish on my nail and spread it around, and waited about five minutes between coats. Using this technique, it wasn’t too much of a pain to apply, and the payoff is well worth it! I used a coat of OPI RapidDry Topcoat to smooth things out and add some shine!
|Natural light, no flash (blurry, but you can see how shiny it is!)|
I know we have seen quite a few rainbow glitters lately, so why is this one special? Well, first of all, there is the blue sheer base, which makes the polish interesting on its own. Secondly, the types of glitter in this polish are different than other ones in my stash. AFC has only small hex glitters; there are NO round or micro glitters in this baby! Next to Sephora by OPI Spark-tastic top coat you can see the difference that makes. I love AFC…it is just so fun, shiny, and magic on the nail!
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