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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My 14 Favorite Polishes of 2014

It seems like pretty much every blogger and YouTuber has listed their 14 favorites from 2014.  I’m totally jumping on that bandwagon.  This was tough, but I did it.  There were a few polishes that it pained me to leave out, but I finally narrowed it down to the 14 polishes that I just couldn’t stop reaching for last year.  Here they are:

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Starting in the upper left corner we have Funky Finger – Sand & Stilettos.

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This is just the best sparkly polish ever.  It’s available exclusively at 5 Below.  I’ve seen it at my local 5 Below within the past few weeks, so you can still grab this stunner for yourself for a mere $2.

Next, also available exclusively from 5 Below is Fresh Paint – Guava.  Fabulous color, fabulous formula.  A must-have for summer.  Here it is paired with Sand & Stillettos:

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It’s just the perfect neon peachy color, and a perfect dupe for China Glaze – Flip Flop Fantasy.  I just couldn’t get enough of this color over the summer.

Next, we have one more 5 Below polish: Fresh Paint – Sugar Crush.  This is the first true flaky polish that I’ve ever owned.

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This polish is a show-stopper over any dark color.  It’s mind blowing over black, teal, or dark purple, and I don’t know if I love it better shiny or matte.  You just can’t go wrong with this one.  I’m not sure if you can still find this at 5 Below or not, but if you see it there.  GRAB IT!

Next, I loved China Glaze – Turned Up Turquoise.

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The intense color and the shimmer make me swoon!  I don’t have a picture of it with a shiny top coat, but when you do put a shiny top coat on, the shimmer really pops.  Such a perfect color!

Yes, I’m a sucker for turquoise.  Next is Jordana – Boy Oh Boy.

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It almost looks green in the middle picture, but it’s not.  It’s a deep, beautiful turquoise.  And the formula on this baby is wonderful!  Almost a one coater!

Next we have Ulta – Joined at the Hippo.

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This is one of my more recent favorites.  Actually, I just talked about this polish in my December Favorites.  It’s got a great formula, and while it is a really deep blue, it never looks black.  Just a beautiful polish!

Then there’s Broadway Nails – Space Flight, a really deep blue jelly.

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I’ve actually got this on my nails right now, as you’ll see in a post later this week. This is an amazingly beautiful polish and it only costs $1!  You can find this at Dollar General.

Now we come to the first indie polish that I ever owned: Valley Girl Lacquer – Fantasm.

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Even in a really ugly jelly sandwich , I still love this polish:

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This was my first exposure to the super huge round glitters that are pretty common in indie polishes and they really blew my mind when I first used them. Heck, they still blow my mind!

Next is Wet n Wild – Deception. This was my first really great jelly polish.

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This was in a limited edition collection from the spring, so I’m pretty sure you won’t be able to find this anywhere and I’m very sorry about that.  I’ve used about 1/4 of this bottle already, and I’m going to be heartbroken when it’s gone.This polish takes 5 or 6 coats to get that perfect jelly look, but it’s so worth it!

Next is China Glaze – Peonies & Park Ave from the 2014 spring collection.

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This almost neon pink really doesn’t seem like anything special, but it’s the pink that I reached for repeatedly back in the summer.  I feel like it works well with my fair skin.

Next is a polish that I’ve talked about so many times: Wet n Wild Fergie – Gold Album.

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This is the best gold polish that I’ve ever used!   I love the stuff!  It’s perfect and beautiful every time.

Next is Broadway Nails – Hot & Sexy.  This is a dupe for China Glaze – Ruby Pumps.

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So beautiful and red and sparkly!  I stare at my nails a lot when I’m wearing this! Also available at Dollar General for $1.

Now we have the polish that I loved the most in the fall.  NYC – Royal Chic.  This was from a limited edition collection, but really, there are lots of great browns out there.

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Sadly, these pictures really don’t capture the chocolaty brown goodness that is this polish.  It’s just so pretty and rich looking on the nail.

Last, but certainly not least is Polish me Silly – Tealing no lies.  This is my first indie holographic polish, and wow, it’s amazing.

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I just got this guy for Christmas, so I’ve only worn it once so far, but I pretty much couldn’t stop staring at my nails while it was on.  And I forced my husband to admire my nails so many times while I was wearing this.  It’s really, really amazing, especially in the sun.

So that’s it!  My 14 favorite polishes of the past year!  Thanks for reading!  What were some of your favorite polishes in 2014?  I’d love to know!

Day 18: Half Moons (31dc2014)

I really loved the blue jelly polish that I used yesterday for my glitter mani, so I thought I’d use it again today.  I know that’s sort of lame.  I own hundreds of polishes and I use the same one twice in a row.   Here are the results:

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I love how the glitter polish shines through the jelly and I LOVE this shade of blue.  It’s late and I’ve had a long day, so I’m keeping this short and sweet.  See you tomorrow with some galaxy nails.

Day 6: Violet Nails (31dc2014)

I’ve been wanting to try this particular technique for a while.  I’m not sure if it has a real name or not.  Some people just call it a pond manicure.  It’s when you do a layer of jelly polish, then some sort of design like a flower, then another layer of jelly polish, then add more flowers, then another layer of jelly polish,…  The end result looks like your design is suspended at different levels within the polish.  Here’s how mine turned out:

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I used Wet n Wild – Deception from a limited edition collection back in the spring.

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Here’s a final look:

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I am really happy with how they turned out, and I’m sad that it’s time to take them off so that I can do my Day 7 nails.  See you tomorrow!