Tag Archive: shimmer

Well, technically it’s the laptop version, since I’m posting from the Macbook tonight. 🙂

Earlier I posted a quick, fun pic of today’s Pink Wednesday Mani. This is the first week I have done Pink Wednesday, and lemme tell ya, I agonized over what to do for this Mani.  I have an entire drawer full of pink! I settled on Rimmel’s Pink Zinfandel since it’s relatively new, and I love that even though it’s a metallic shimmer, it’s not a bright, bubble gum pink. It’s a gorgeous dusky rose color, a perfect pink for fall!

I love Rimmel’s polishes, and Pink Zinfandel did not disappoint. As with many metallic polishes, it was a bit streaky on the first coat, but quickly evened out on the second. Since I was working with a Ruffian design, and used Pink Zinfandel as my top color, I did have to use pretty heavy coats to get the color even and completely opaque.  It wasn’t opaque enough to cover the tips, so I didnt wrap them well (had a little shrinkage this morning as you can see in the first 2 pics) but I had wrapped them in my other color choice anyway, which gave it an interesting effect.  Almost as if the pink was just laying on the grey. This polish also has a ton of shimmer! I’ll be using this color again!

I paired the Pink Zinfandel with China Glaze Black Diamond, a dark grey with what appears to be silver shimmer, but if you look very closely it has some green and red in there as well. This is one of my go to colors for fall this year, being one of those greys that seems to go with almost anything.  Formula was a little on the thin side, but thickened up a bit on the second coat. It does take 2 coats to reach opacity, but I use 2 coats of color as a general rule anyway.

I added some chunky glitter mixed with Sally Hansen Strobe Light at the pink/grey border to give it some flair and added sparkle, using the glitter in a gradient style to about halfway up the nail.  I really like the way this came out, save for the streaking from glitter polish. My son woke up mid mani and my glitter dried before I could manage to blend it with my top coat. Oops! Still wearable though!

Here are a few more pics of Pink Zinfandel over Black Diamond:


Blurred a bit to show sparklies!

Happy Polishing!






Last week I came across Confetti’s Masquerade Ball, a beautiful sparkly deep red shimmer in a black base.  This is one of those colors that I just could not wait to get on my nails!  (Pardon the horrible pics of this one, somehow my HD setting on my camera ended up turned off)

I wish my settings had been correct before I removed this color!

The formula was wonderful, my only complaint is that confetti polishes are known to have wonky brushes, and this was no exception.  I added a rhinestone sticker on my ring finger, but this was my last Seche Vite mani, and the shrinkage caused the sticker to shrink up! I ended up removing this polish after only a day. But I really love this color and wanted to wear it again ASAP. I even went to pick up a spare bottle! Luck was not on my side, though. CVS had sold out of Masquerade Ball.

On a seperate trip to Wally World, while perusing the Rimmel colors, I noticed a color called Red Lava. It looked suspiciously like Masquerade Ball. Same gorgeous red shimmer in a black base. So I picked it up, and brought it home. This one had an almost perfect formula, as well as the wide “pro” brush.


Now, both in sunlight. Masquerade Ball is first:



Now Red Lava:


and side by side on a color wheel: Masquerade Ball is on the left, Red Lava on the right (forgive my practice striping)



See it? Pretty much the same color!  What a fun find! They dont look exact in these pics since the lighting was different and my settings were off, but I assure you in person? An exact dupe!

Happy Polishing!



Scented nail polish?

Lately I have been changing my polish more often than usual. I’m having some problems finding a good ridge filler, so I’m going through my ridge filler stash and trying them all out. I have Beauty Secrets ridge filler, which was my first ridge filler, and I loved it the first few times I used it. Then all of a sudden, it became gloppy and bubbles like crazy. My nails end up looking like bubble wrap. Even Seche Vite can’t smooth it out. Today I tried out my Sinful Colors ridge filler/basecoat. Great job filling the ridges, and application wasn’t too bad; thin at first but it starts to dry almost immediately so if you’re not fast enough it creates a lovely gloppy streak. Again I tried a coat of Seche Vite over it in an attempt to smooth it out, but only had a bit of luck. It gunked up at the tops, and even though the bubbling wasn’t as prevalent as with the Beauty Secrets brand, it’s definitely still present. Nothing chaps my ass more than trying out a killer new color only to end up with gloppy tips and bubbles. Needless to say I’ll be trying out a different ridge filler tonight, and if that doesn’t work out, I’m going back to my acrylic base coat. I’d rather live with my 2 ridged nails than have a messy Mani! Anyway, enough of my whining! Onto color!

Today I tried out my scented Revlon polish in Not So Blueberry. This polish is a pretty, shimmery shade of lavender with purple sparkles and a slight blue undertone. It claims to smell like blueberries when dry, which I doubted, but it is certainly true! Not that anyone spends any amount of time smelling my fingertips, but my nails truly smell like blueberries! The formula was smooth, and 2 coats is perfect for opacity. I used a third coat to try to smooth out some of the bubbles and gloppy spots due to my ridge filler being so very bubbly and incredibly tacky. Followed those with a coat of Seche Vite to smooth out the bumps, and added a little flower trio sticker with some blue rhinestones to my ring fingers. One more coat of Seche Vite and after that was dry, I added a French Tip using China Glaze Matte Magic. I love a matte French tip, but this color is too light to really pull it off. Not something I plan on keeping, but was a fun Mani to test out the ridge filler.

These pics didn’t quite catch the color of the polish. Looks more blue here, but is a lovely lavender on my nails. Please excuse the glops and bumps. Not only did I have the basecoat issues, but as soon as I was finished my son needed a diaper change

These were taken indoors using natural lighting:





Such a lovely color. It’s a shame my ridge filler went berserk! Any suggestions on a ridge filler that dries smooth, doesn’t bubble like crazy, and doesn’t create a ton of drag? Please? I can’t stand having goopy, messy nails!!

Happy Polishing!