It’s a nice feeling when you love something, forget about it, and then rediscover it again and remember how much you loved it in the first place. That’s nail stamping for me. I can’t remember how long I went without touching it and now that I’ve rediscovered my love for it, I can;t get enough. This is three coats of Essie Marshmallow topped with two coats of Essie Tennis Corset and Konad plate m73 flowers in Pure Ice Silver Mercedes.
Sick of the whole crackle nail polish trend? So am I. Or really, so was I. But Pure Ice has done something pretty damn cool and renewed my interest in crackle nail polish with their new line of Vinyl Remix crackle polishes.
Confused by my pictures? The magic that is Pure Ice’s Vinyl Remix polishes is a bit hard to comprehend at first, I must say. Basically, there are four different sets of Pure Ice Vinyl Remix polishes. Rave (orange), DJ Spinner (green), Emcee Me (yellow) and Vintage Remix (purple). Each set consists of one black polish (the crackle) and one white polish (the “Platinum Magic Base Coat” [which in reality is a bit deceiving because is actually the black crackle polishes that perform all the magic, not the white so-called "magic" base coat.]). All four sets look exactly the same besides the colored label on the black crackle polish bottle and the matching colored vinyl shaped nail file that comes along with. You have to wait to see differences in the polishes until you actually apply them on your nails. So how does this whole concept work, you ask? Well, first you apply the white Platinum Magic Base Coat. It doesn’t matter which one from which Vinyl set, all the white polishes are the same; it’s the black ones that differ. The instructions say to apply one coat but I did two. Wait for the polish to completely dry and then with the four different black crackle polishes, apply randomly in steaks. As the black polish starts to crackle over the Platinum Magic Base Coat, you will see the white polish turn either purple, green, yellow or orange depending on which black crackle you applied. The fun part in this is using multiple crackle polishes on each nail to create a multi-colored effect underneath the crackle.
Overall, I really love this concept. It still seems really far fetched and I have a hard time believing that Pure Ice, of all brands, came up with such an amazing and unique concept. It’s easy and fun and pretty hard to replicate any other way. Unless that is, you plan on creating a marbled mani base and then applying black crackle over top. And um, no thanks; that takes way too long in my opinion and I just don’t have the patience to endure such a task. The only downside to this whole Vinyl Remix concept I can think of is the messy-ness the application of applying multiple black crackle nail polishes in different directions, flooding cuticles leaves behind. But!!, if you are the proud owner of a round tipped paint brush used for clean up and a large bottle of 100% acetone, you my friend are in luck and will have no trouble at all cleaning up said mess. At this point I should try to convince you of how awesome this concept is and these polishes are but in all honesty, if the pictures alone haven’t made you shit your kickers, question your eye sight and/or run to the nearest Wal*Mart to get your grabby little hands on these, I don’t think anything else I say will help to convince you. Just saying. These polishes are awesome. And lucky you, the are already out on Wal*Mart shelves! Let’s celebrate!
(These products were sent to me for review.)
This summer OPI is releasing a Spider-Man themed collection to coincide with the release of a brand new Spider-Man movie. I’m not a huge Spider-Man fan but the nail polish-comic connection kind of thrills me so I was really looking forward to this collection. Let’s have a looksy, shall we?
Your Web Or Mine?. A frosty-ish mauve medium pink. It’s not so frosty that it’s an ugly frost polish… but it’s still clearly frosty. It’s subtle enough though that I still like it because of the color. This is two coats.
Into The Night. A deep metallic blue that is super shimmery and foil like in the sunlight. It lights up with dark midnight blue and silver sparkles with the sun hits it. It really is much prettier than I expected it to be. It is pretty sheer though for such a dark polish. This is three coats.
Number One Nemesis. A dark gunmetal grey polish that is slightly green tinted and filled with tons and tons of glass fleck like shimmer in gold, green and silver that sparkles rainbow colors in the sunlight. This is a very close runner up for being my favorite of the collection. I really, really love this polish. Like a lot, a lot. I had no idea I would love it so much. It may have even taken the top spot from OPI Brand New Skates as my all time favorite gunmetal silver polish. This is three coats but I probably could have gotten away just fine with two.
Just Spotted The Lizard. OMFG. OMFG. ARE YOU SEEING THIS!!!? Holy juhybdendfjkhbnef!!! Um… yeah. I’m freaking out. Like, seriously I’m having extreme issues right now. I can’t even function. This polish is so amazing. Like, I can’t even. omg. Anyways. I Just Spotted The Lizard is an antique gold-green-blue-teal metallic duochrome polish. Apparently it’s a dupe for Chanel Peridot which I almost spent $30 on when it came out but now I’m thankful that I didn’t. This is officially my new favorite gold polish and is definitely in my top five favorite polish of all time. Seriously, run, don’t walk to your nearest nail supply store to get this. You need like, seven bottles of it okay. No joke. Alright, I’m being such a spaz…I just can’t control my feelings right now. This is three coats.
This polish comes out in May and retails for $8.50 a bottle.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Self explanatory. The colors I used were: OPI Kiss Me With Your Tulips topped with China Glaze Lightening Bolt, EssieJelly Apple topped with China Glaze Black Mesh, Wet n Wild French White Creme topped with China Glaze Broken Hearted, and Orly Cotton Candy topped with Pure Ice Show Stopper. For the heart designs I folded a piece of tape in half, cut out half a heart, opened up the piece of tape so that there was a full heart design, centered the heart on each nail, painted over the heart cutout with crackle nail polish, removed the tape, added top coat, and voila!
And the inspiration for the mani:
I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been completely uninspired lately when it comes to nail art. I was trying to do some cute Valentine’s Day manis for you guys before the holiday was over but for one, I’ve been completely drained the last few weeks and two, I don’t even like Valentine’s Day. I hardly liked it even when I did have a boyfriend. So please forgive me for the lack of holiday manis. My creativity for manis and nail art is in the gutter right now so I figured I would be boring and do cupcakes since I haven’t done them in quite some time. I’m pretty sick of cupcakes actually but I figure they’re holiday-esque and most of my readers like them (I assume based on feedback) so I went ahead and did them anyways. If you have questions about what I used to create design please feel free to ask and if you have any suggestions as to Valentine’s Day manis you’d like to see, make a comment and I’ll try my best.