Rainbow Jelly Sandwich

I’m on a jelly sandwich kick.  Ever since picking up Funky Fingers – Olaf, a white glitter topper in a clear base, I can’t stop thinking of ways that I want to use it in jelly sandwiches.  You can read a little about my mad scientist experiments and the first time I used Olaf here.

What I love about this polish is that it’s all white glitter, except for a few tiny iridescent glitters.  That means that you really get the true color of the jelly polish that you use to show on your nail.  It seems like winter/Christmas polish collections where you see the most of these all white glitter toppers.  Please comment below if you know of a white glitter topper that is available as part of a permanent collection.  This particular polish is still available in 5 Below, but I’m guessing that when it’s gone, it’s gone.

IMG_4273Before making a big mess on my nails, I decided to do a little experimenting. I started by taking the back of a business card and making three horizontal stripes with a black polish, and two other almost black polishes.  When the black/almost black dried, I put an iridescent topper on the left half and Olaf on the right half.  When the toppers were dry, I made vertical stripes of purple, blue, green, and yellow jelly polishes.  I find that doing something like this can help minimize those “this looked better in my head” moments.

What I discovered is that the colors of the jelly polishes really popped when painted over the white glitter, but not so much over the iridescent glitter.   I also confirmed what I suspected: that if the polishes are in “rainbow order”, they blend perfectly when they are overlapped a little bit.  I also discovered that I got the best effect when I used a true black polish for a base.

Tangent:  Were any of you really into putting things in rainbow order as a kid?  When I was a kid, that’s how everything was arranged: Legos, Skittles,… other colored stuff.  Okay, back to the topic at hand.

So, i started with two coats of black polish followed by one coat of Olaf.  It took a little bit of “fishing” to get the snowflakes out, but it wasn’t too bad.

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The I started making stripes with these jelly polishes.

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From left to right: Wet n Wild – Deception (No longer available. No one is sorrier than me), my Frankenjelly, Spoiled – Permission to Proceed, Spoiled – Did I Dye It Too Blonde?.  The Spoiled polishes are made by Wet n Wild and are available exclusively at CVS for $1.99.

I applied as stripe of polish to each nail in the order that they are pictured, allowing the colors to overlap a little.  Here’s the end result:

IMG_4268 Aren’t they so fun?  I was thrilled with how these turned out!

And you really don’t have to have a white glitter topper to pull off this look.  You could just make a bunch of little random dots with white polish or craft paint over black polish.  Or you could paint pretty much ant white design over black polish and then top it with rainbow jelly stripes for a really cool effect!  If you try anything similar, please let me know!  Thanks for reading!

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Snowflake Sandwich with Frankenjelly

I’m pretty open about my love for Broadway Nails – Space Flight.

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I mean, what’s not to love?  It’s a beautiful blue jelly polish that only costs $1!  Well, actually, there are two things that I don’t love about this polish…

1.  It stinks crazy bad.  Like oil-based paint bad.  Like “It’s below freezing, but I need to open a window for ventilation” bad.

2. It’s really dark.  I mean, it’s definitely a jelly polish, but it’s so dark that it covers up whatever is in the middle of my jelly sandwich just a little too much.  And if I felt the need to apply a second coat over my glitter in the name of smoothness or evenness, it just covered my glitter more than I wanted it to.

Then, late one night, in a moment of inspiration I though, “Why don’t I just add some of Space Flight to a clear polish to make a more sheer jelly?”  So that’s what I did.  Behold:

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I added maybe 20 drops of Space Flight into a 3/4 full bottle of clear Wet n Wild polish.  Seriously, it did not take much Space Flight at all to make the clear polish a lovely shade of blue.  Here is one coat of each of these painted over an expired mailer from Bath & Body Works:

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Isn’t that great?  Now that I had my new lovely sheer blue jelly polish, I needed to do something with it.

I acquired Funky Fingers – Olaf on a recent trip to 5 Below.

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This is a clear base with small white hex glitter, tiny white and iridescent glitter, and large white snowflake shaped glitter.  I figured that this would be perfect to use in a jelly sandwich with my Frankenjelly!

I actually started by applying 2 coats of Space Flight to get a nice deep base.  Then I applies one coat of Olaf followed by one coat of my new blue Frankenjelly.  Here’s the result:

IMG_4259I love how this turned out!  The Frankenjelly was dark enough to give the glitter a wonderful blue color and give the effect that the glitter is suspended in the middle of the polish with out covering it up too much!  I wore this for almost 5 days, so that’s saying something!

With the success of this frankenjelly, I may be experimenting with more jellies like this in the future.  Stay tuned!  Thanks for reading!  Oh, and just a reminder, I’m on intagram so find me there!!!

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Frosty Blue Nails

Here’s a quickie tutorial that requires minimal skill.  Those are the best kind of tutorials, right?

I started off painting my nails with China Glaze – Capacity to See Beyond from the Giver collection.

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I was able to find the complete Giver collection on clearance at Sally Beauty Supply!  I didn’t buy the whole collection – only three – but I FOUND the whole collection!  I had had my eye on this polish in particular, but I just can’t bring myself to spend full price on polishes that are over like, $4.  This one really is a beauty, though!

After letting the base color dry really well, I cut some little round labels that I had into quarters and applied them to my nails.

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These little stickers are the same size and the reenforcer stickers and you can get these pretty much at any office supply store.  I like cutting them into quarters for two reasons.  1. I’m frugal, and if I can get four nails covered with one sticker, I’m gonna do it.  And 2. I think it’s a lot easier to get a good, tight seal between the sticker and your nail along the sides of your nail when you are working with a smaller piece of sticker.

For this look, I put the curved edge of the sticker right across the middle of my nail, but you can use these same stickers for either a half moon mani or a french mani, depending on your placement of the stickers.

Next I painted the top half of my nails with L’Oreal – The True Diamond, which is a shimmery white top coat.  I’m pretty sure this is not available any more, but a silver glitter topper would work really well, too.  Then before the polish could dry, I peeled the stickers off really carefully with tweezers, and I was left with this:

IMG_4210I wanted to add a little something, so I took my tiny brush and Wet n Wild Fergie – Going Platnum and added a little line where the polishes meet.  Really, though, if you don’t have a tiny brush or you don’t trust your hand to be steady enough, you can skip this part.

IMG_4211I got my little brush at Michael’s with a coupon, so it only cost about $3.  I love it!

Here’s the final result:

IMG_4213Cute and simple and perfect for these frosty months!  Thanks for reading!

Ferny Nails and My Pile of Untrieds

So, first off, here are some ferny nails that I did:

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These were inspired by Mr Candii Pants, who actually is a miss, not a mister. Check her out on youtube and/or instagram.  She does some of the coolest free hand nail art.

The base color for these was Fresh Paint – Firefly.  It’s an almost-white-but-actually-a-pale-bluish-grey color.  And it’s a one-coater!  By the way, do you prefer “gray” or “grey”?  I like “grey”.  It just seems like a nicer, softer spelling.

I painted all of my purple ferns first, then blue (I think), and then green.  It’s just way easier to do all of one color at a time, when possible.  I used a shiny top coat, but I think these would have worked well with a matte top coat also.

Now onto a completely different subject:  My untried polishes.  Here they are:

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Now, some of these are untried because I got them on clearance when they were out of season.  Others are untried because… I don’t know.  I don’t really have any good reasons.  I decided that I really need to tackle this pile, so I’m going to make a good effort to reach for these polishes until they are all tried!

I’ve tackled two so far.  Here’s Wet n Wild – Echo Dark from the recent matte collection:

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It’s a little tough to see, but I actually did a jelly sandwich with this polish.  I was pleasantly surprised that the polish still looked blue in person instead of black.  I didn’t love the formula though.  I can’t quite pinpoint why I didn’t.  It took a while to really dry, so my nails ended with some little marks in them.  That irritates me like crazy.

I also tried Sally Hansen – 3K or More:

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The sun came out for me, so I got a nice sparkly picture!  This is a nude polish with a gold shimmer in it.  I don’t know how I feel about this polish yet.  I feel like it looks really pretty in the picture, but I don’t think this shade of nude looks the best with my really light skin.  There’s a bit of a yellow undertone, and I generally do better with cooler shades.  It’s growing on me, though.  This is a good pallet cleansing polish.  After wearing Echo Dark for a few days, I felt like I needed something a little more neutral.  This polish might be a little hard to find.  I got this in a clearance bin awhile ago.

Oh, can you tell my nails are shorter in the last picture?  I had some nail peeling going on, so I just gave them all a chop before one just broke off.

Well, thank you all for reading!  Find me on instagram and facebook!

Patchwork Nails

Hi, everyone!  I’m back!  Last week was a busy one for the hubby and me.  For the first part of the week, we babysat my brother and his wife’s 3 kids at their place while they were on vacation.  An 8, 6, and 3-year-old kept us good and busy!  Then we went up to Niagara Falls for a 3-day mini-vacation.  The falls only about a 5 1/2 hour drive from our place, so we try to get up there every few years.   Anyway, I’m back with a tutorial for you all today!

I wanted to do something that was Halloween-ish, but not super overt.   I also was in the mood to do some mixed-up patterns with a little bit of negative space.  Here’s what I came up with:

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The first steps to every manicure is pretty much the same: deal with your cuticles and then apply a base coat.  After that I just applied a few green patches of polish:

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I knew I wanted it make green, orange, and purple patches with two patches on each nail, so I knew I would need 3-4 patches of each color.  I also knew that I wanted shapes and sizes that appeared to be sort of random, so I made each of the patches different.  I then added orange polish:

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I filled in the remaining spots with purple polish:

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Then, using my dotting tools and little brushes, I added some patterns using the same orange, green, and purple polish:

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Next, I outlined my patches in black with a thin brush dipped in acrylic paint:

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Then I added “stitches” with the same brush in black acrylic paint:

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And here’s my right hand:

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I finished off with a top coat and then I did a little bit of clean-up with a brush dipped in acetone.   I really like how these turned out!  Cute and not too crazy.

I’ll leave you now with a few pictures from our little trip up to Niagara Falls:

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Thanks for reading, following, and commenting!

 

Scrapbook Nails

You know how you can transfer newspaper print onto polished nails using rubbing alcohol?  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, google “newspaper nails.”)  Well, I started to wonder if you could just transfer ink from any paper onto nails with alcohol.  Specifically, I started thinking about how cool it would be to transfer the print from scrapbook paper onto nails.  I mean, you can get a whole huge sheet of scrapbook paper for like, $0.59 at the craft store, which is way cheaper than any sort of nails stickers.

When I first started thinking about this, I did a little searching online to see if I could find any info anyone who had attempted something like this.  I did find some people who had printed out digital scrapbook paper and successfully transferred it to their nails.  I’m a little stingy with my printer ink, though, and so I didn’t really want to pay for downloadable scrapbook paper and then use a million dollars worth of ink to print it out.  Plus, I wanted an excuse to go to the craft store.  So that’s what I did.

I figured it would be best to use the thinner scrapbook paper instead of the really heavy-duty kind.  I also looked for a pattern that was had some cool small detail, and here’s what I picked out:

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Then I cut out some little nails-size pieces.

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I painted my nails like this:

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The pink is China Glaze – Peonies & Park Ave.  It’s an almost-neon pink, and the more I wear it, the more it grows on me!  I let my nails dry for about a half an hour before I moved onto the next step.

I poured a little rubbing alcohol into the lid.

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After a little trial and error, I found that it worked best to dip the paper into the alcohol and then press it print side down onto my nail and hold it for about 30 seconds.

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Really press it down well, especially around the edges of the nail.  If it looked like it wasn’t transferring very well, I used a brush dipped in alcohol to re-wet the paper while it was on m nail and then I pressed it down a little longer.

Here was my first nail!

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After removing the paper, there was often still some paper residue stuck on my nail.

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To remove that, I just made a finger on my opposite hand wet and gently rubbed the nail.  The paper residue would sort of pill up while I was rubbing it, and I could easily brush it off.  I was really careful while I was doing this so that I didn’t rub too hard and remove the ink.  Once all of the paper was rubbed off, I applied  Seche Vite top  coat.

Here are the finished nails on my right hand. Oh, I added some stars to my pink nails..

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And here’s my l left hand:

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While the ink didn’t transfer 100% perfectly, I am pretty happy with this first attempt!  If you give this a try and figure out any tips along the way, please let me know.  Make sure you post a picture on facebook or instagram and use the hashtag #polishmesnazzy so that I don’t miss it.  Happy polishing !

Jelly Sandwich Time!

Jelly sandwiches are not really a new thing in the nail polish world, but I run into enough people who give me a blank stare when I use the term that I thought it warranted a post.  A jelly sandwich is a layer of glitter that is sandwiched between a few layer of a jelly polish. 

What is a jelly polish, you ask?  Thank you for asking.  A jelly polish is a sheer, colored polish that generally looks like a Jolly Rancher when it dries on your nail – colored, but still see-through and really shiny.  The appearance of wet jelly polish always reminds me of the paint you used to paint those plastic faux stained glass sun-catcher things as a kid.  Do you know what I’m talking about? 

Sometimes polish brands will release a collection of jellies, but I think most lines of polish have a few jellies in the mix already.  Sometimes you can tell a polish is a jelly just by looking at it in the bottle, but the best way to tell is to open up the bottle and look at the polish on the brush and around the neck of the bottle.  If you can see through it easily, you’ve got a jelly.  If you can just sort of see through it, you may have a “crelly” on your hands.

A crelly is somewhere between a cream polish and a jelly.  (I feel like it’s a dumb word, and I avoid using it if possible, but really, there’s no other word to describe polishes like this.)  Have you seen those glitter polishes that are in a light colored, milky sort of base?  That’s  a crelly base.  Crellies work well for jelly sandwiches too. 

Here is the first jelly sandwich I ever attempted:

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Eh, it turned out okay.  I didn’t love it.  This was with a sheer nude polish from Avon called Barely There that I’ve had forever.  I would call this one a crelly.  The glitter polish I used is Fantasm from Valley Girl Lacquer.   (Valley Girl Lacquer is an indie polish company.  Check out their etsy shop.  They have some awesome glitter polishes!)

Just for reference, here’s what Fantasm looks like over black:

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you can definitely see how when you sandwich the glitter between the layers of “jelly” how it mutes the glitter effect. 

Here’s another jelly sandwich that I did using Fantasm and a purple limited edition polish called Deception from Wet n Wild.  I love this purple, and I’m sorry you can’t get it anymore. 

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I LOVED this manicure! Deception is so sheer that I think I used 2-3 coats of polish under the layer of glitter and then another 2-3 coats over the glitter, but gosh it was beautiful!  The way the glitter reflected light through the polish made my heart so happy. 

Here’s one final jelly sandwich:

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This is using Wet n Wild Megalast Bubblegum Pop and China Glaze Glitter Up.  (This Wet n Wild color is exclusive to Dollar General / Family Dollar as far as I know.)  This one I medium liked.  This pink is really fun but really… pink.

What are your thoughts about jelly sandwiches?  What are your favorite jelly polishes? 

Cow Toes!

I’ve been painting “cow toes” forever.  Not painting the toes on actual cows, (Do they even have toes?) painting cow print on my own toenails.  By “forever” I mean close to 20 years.  Back in olden times – the ’90s – I was a camp counselor during the summers. I definitely remember sporting cow-print toes a lot back then and also painting cow-print on my fellow female counselors’ toes. 

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This pattern is so easy that it doesn’t even really warrant a full tutorial.  You just paint your nails white, and then using either a dotting tool, tooth pick or just the brush that comes in the polish, make irregular black splotches on the nails.  Really, it’s that easy. 

If you want to paint a little cow face on your big toes like I did here, just start with a white nail then add a pink semicircle for the nose.  Add two black dots for nostrils and two black dots for eyes.  If you have a little brush and you want your cow to look a little more feminine, add eyelashes.  Then fill the space around the face with a few black splotches.  Here’s a fuzzy closeup of one of my big toes.  I know, toes are gross.

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And finally, here are my cow toes hanging out the window while going for a ride in the country.  It seemed appropriate.

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Seriously, this design is super easy and always get tons of positive comments from people.  Give ’em a try while we can still wear sandals!

 

Plaid Watermelon Nails

I’m not gotta lie; these took a long time.  While I did these nails plus my toes (which you’ll see on Wednesday), I watched almost the entire Blackfish documentary plus two episodes of Seinfeld.  (I needed to watch something a little lighter after Blackfish.) But aren’t they seriously cute?

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The first think I need to do is give Jaunty Juli credit for the design.  Her original version of this design is on her YouTube channel.  You should check her out.  She’s really good!

For this look, the only polish I used besides my base and top coat was a white. The rest of the color is actually acrylic craft paint.  Craft paint is easier to work with than polish, it washes off with water, and it’s really cheap, like $.65 per bottle.  Since they are water soluble, I just us a plate from my kitchen as a little pallet.  Works like a charm.  Just make sure you apply a top coat so you don’t wash your design off when you wash your hands.  That would be tragic.

Here’s how I did them….

First I started with 2 coats of white polish:

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Then I added thick crosses on each nail using light blue paint.  (I actually took some blue I had on hand and mixed it with a little white paint to get the color that I wanted.)  As you can see, I changed the placement of the lines on each nail just to sort of mix it up.  You don’t nee to paint them the whole way to your cuticle since we are going to be adding the watermelons later.

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I added some thin blue lines going vertically and horizontally wherever I had room.

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I then took a darker blue paint and my littlest brush and darkened the spots where the lines intersect.  This is what really makes the plaid look like plaid.

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I added a few neon yellow stripes with paint where I could fit them in.  In retrospect, I should have left a little more room for the yellow lines, but it’s all good. The yellow paint was pretty sheer, so it interacted nicely where it overlapped the blue to make a greenish shade.

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Next I started to add the red paint over my half moon area on my thumb, but I quickly realized the my neon red paint was not going to cover the blue polish near my cuticles.  I decided I needed to take white paint and cover up the blue paint where I wanted to paint the watermelons.  (I’m not showing  you my thumb, because it looked pretty messed up at this point.)

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Then I took my red paint and filled in most of the half moon area, leaving a little room for the rind.

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then I added a thin neon green stripe next to the red.

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Then I added a little black and green together to make a darker green and added a final thin stripe to make the rind.

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Can you tell I was using my palm to wipe my brush some at this point?  Anyway, with my littlest brush, I added in some black seeds and then applied a top coat.

Here’s what they looked like the next day in natural light where you can see the neon-ness a little better:

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Please let me know if you try these!  I’d love to see your recreations on facebook or instagram!  Oh, and check out Jaunty Juli on YouTube or instagram, too!

 

Mannequin Hands… And Then I Added Stuff.

I while back, I went on a quest to find my perfect “mannequin hands” polish.  By that I mean a polish that was as close to a perfect match to my skin as I could find.  I had heard that Deborah Lippmann had a polish called Naked that was a good match for a lot of people who are fair like me, so I checked it out at Sephora.  Yep, it’s a great nude shade that was a really close match to my skin, but you know what?  Deborah Lippmann polishes cost $20 and I absolutely refuse to spend $20 on a single polish.  Nope, I’m never going to do it.  I can’t imagine any possible scenario in which I would spend $20 on a single polish.  If I’m spending $20 on polish, you’d better believe that I’m going to be getting like, 10 bottles for that price.  Okay, let me get back on track…

So, this one time I was at Kmart and I spotted a color that I had never noticed before from NCY from the In A New York Minute line called Fashion Safari.  I did that thing that you’re not supposed to do (even though everyone does it) and opened up the bottle in the store.  I had polish on my nails already, so I just brushed a tiny bit of the polish onto the back of my hand and it blended right in!  best of all, it cost under $2!  I feel bad for the suckers who buy Deborah Lippmann Naked when there’s NYC Fashion Safari in the world.  Anyway, here it is with a matte top coat:

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Fun, right?  My hand really almost looks like a mannequin’s, right?  By the way, this is the color I used for the sand colored nails in my Beach Inspired Nail Art. In that tutorial, I actually painted my sister’s nails and her skin is definitely a shade or two darker than mine.  It’s a little hard to tell in the picture, but in person, you could definitely see that Fashion Safari was lighter than my sister’s skin.  I also used it in my Real Seashell Nails with a pearly color shifting polish over top.

Well, my mannequin hands fascinated me for about 24 hours, and then I decided that I needed to add something to them.  I opted for some of the chunky glitter that is Funky Fingers Pep Rally and I ended up with this look:

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I didn’t actually just brush the glitter onto my nails.  I used a little dotting tool to pick the individual pieces of glitter off the brush and placed them where I wanted them.  It’s a little time consuming, but not very hard.  I also opted to top them with Sech Vite, since it’s thick enough to smooth out this really chunky glitter. 

That’s it for today!  As always, thank you for liking, following, and sharing!  Come find me on instagram and facebook!