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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Gold Leaf Topcoat

Recently I've been seeing a lot of bloggers posting manis with gold leaf.  The topcoats with gold are so beautiful and I really wanted to get my hands on some.  They seem to be a little pricey, so like many polish enthusiasts I decided to make my own.  I bought the gold leaf on ebay and added it to TKB's glamour base.   I attempted to crumble it with my fingers, but this just created a mess.  There was more gold on my hands than in the polish.  Next, I cut the sheets into small pieces and added them to the bottle.  This worked better.  It wasn't a great method, but it got the job done.  

The base coat is China glaze Trendsetter topped with Julep Sophia.

The gold leaf topcoat was then added over the base.  The green really made the gold pop.

Here is a shot of the bottles.

... and a close up of the gold leaf topcoat.

The gold leaf's color did fade a little.  I'll have to monitor it and see if it stabilizes or continues to fade.

Also, I had no idea Sophia was a glow in the dark polish. I turned out the lights in the bathroom and was surprised to see 10 glowing nails.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Water Marble Strips Take 2

It's been awhile since I've used dry water marble strips for a mani.  Check out my previous post.  I made the water marble sheets yesterday and allowed them to dry overnight.  24 hours of drying time seemed to be the perfect amount.  The nail polish separated from the plastic with ease.  The colors used are Sally Hansen Black out, China glaze shower together, cross iron and trendsetter.  They had a nice contrast next to one another.

I cut the sheets into triangular strips.  I wanted the strips to look like they were made of tiny stripes.   The strips were placed over a base coat of shower together. My only regret is matching the blue on the strips to the background color.  It ends up making the strips look too short for the nails when the blue stripe lines up at the base of the nail.  An example being my middle finger. Otherwise, i really like the color combo and the way it turned out.

Monday, June 4, 2012


I've wanted to buy some of the Ozotic multichromes for a long time now.  I finally caved in when news broke that they were being discontinued.  I was able to pick up 502, 505, 506 and 507.  520 has been ordered but isn't in my possession yet.  Below are photos of 505.  Unfortunately the camera did not pick up the green-blue shift well.

  This is one of those colors that leaves me staring at my nails all day.

Here are the beautiful bottle shots.

This angle shows the blue shift in 506 and 505 a little better.