Alphabet of Polish – E

I can not even begin to tell you how very excited I was to get to letter “E” so that I could try Evangeline that came in my Cupid Mystery Box from Julep. I had heard originally that Evangeline was the mystery Holo that was claimed to be included in some of the boxes but then I read, somewhere on the Interwebs I unfortunately can’t remember where, that the poster had contacted Julep and was told it was a misprint that there wasn’t actually a mystery Holo going out.

So… I’ll give my take on it. I think this was what they were portraying as a holo and got horrible feedback that it wasn’t very holo and had to cover their hind ends.

Evangeline gives a slight holo appearance in the right light. It is nowhere near what most other holos are. However, it is still absolutely gorgeous. I mean I LOVE it. I even felt like my nails were glowing when I was wearing it. I got tons of compliments on it. I can not wait to wear this again!’

Now for the good stuff!

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Please ignore my polish-free ring finger… For some weird reason there was a hole in my polish so I took it off and redid it quickly. This polish dries so quickly that it was no problem to redo it to be completely happy with this mani.

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You can kind of see the holo in these 2 pictures. It’s pretty just not over the top holo.

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I am in love with this color. I really can’t wait to use it again for a good solid easy mani.

I got Ulta’s new ad… They had their Ulta brand items on sale, buy 2 get 2 free. Eek! I was so excited. A chance to get new polish. Sold. I made a trip. I mean, I had no ideas for my second “E” mani and I didn’t have any pastel polishes to make what would appear to be eggs. So the mission was on. I probably looked like a little weird-o looking at all the polish names trying to find one that started with the letter “E”. I found some though. Before I get to the mani I want to show you the underlying reason I went. On the front of the Ulta catalogue was OPI’s new Euro Collection. I fell in love with one of them. I am lucky to have gotten it because there were only a couple left when I went in. I’ll show you that one first.

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Polka.com!!! I can not wait to use this either!!! O my!! I love it!!!

I also found OPI’s Designer Series in Extravaganza. The swatches I’ve seen online are gorgeous. I can’t wait to use this one either. I just had a slightly more exciting mani planned. But here’s Extravaganza in all it’s glory, well all the glory my little iPhone camera could catch.

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This is exciting also. Hopefully I’ll find a way to wiggle this into a different letter of the alphabet. If not, it’ll be one of the first ones I use after I’m done.

So now that you’re bored to death… Behold my 2nd “E” mani. I love it!!!

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I started with Ulta’s Eye Popping Poppy and tipped it with Ulta’s Envy. Super cute but my brain started churning…

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Eep!! So excited! I had seen this strawberry mani this past summer and hasn’t gotten around to doing it. It SO put me in the Spring mood. So fun!

Now, a couple of announcements… I got myself a new camera… A Nikon D5100… I’ve had a dSLR before and was in love. I can’t wait to start taking pictures again. Of course, I will be testing out taking photos of my mani’s so you’ll have to bear with me while I test things out. Second, as much as my last “E” mani put me in the Spring mood, in Ohio it’s Sprinter… It should be Spring but we have 7+ inches of snow on the ground. I work until 5AM and seriously felt like I would end up a victim of the White Plague this morning. Needless to say I made it home, even if it took an hour and 15 minutes more than normal.

I hope that you are all enjoying your week! Hopefully, on Saturday you’ll see the “F” post from me… I’ve got a lot going on at work but this is still a priority.

-Coral

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Alphabet of Polishes – C

I was sooo excited to get to the letter “C” because I had just recently gotten Claudette in my Julep Maven box and I really wanted to try it out!! Not to mention it is a reddish color and Valentine’s Day was coming up.

I have 2 different “C” mani’s to show you. The first one is with Julep’s Claudette and 2 of Julep’s loose glitters, red and silver. The red glitter was really pretty until I topcoated it and then it got a little weird.

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The red glitter looks almost clumpy, like it soaked up ALL my top coat. Note to self, fully think out mani’s so that I don’t end up with red polish showing under my silver glitter. POLISH FAUX PAS!!!! I got tons of compliments on this mani and I am in love with Claudette!

The second mani I have is with Julep’s Courtney and Essence’s Chic Reloaded and OPI’s Nothin’ Mousie Bout It. I put Courtney on my thumb, middle, ring, and pink finger; it’s a perfect green for spring and really put me in the mood for warmer weather (ask Ashtree, that’s incredibly hard to do!!). I then put Chic Reloaded on my pointer, only one coat, and layered 3 layers of Nothin’ Mousie Bout It over it. I wore this for Valentine’s Day, I loved that it wasn’t your traditional red, pink, or white.

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I don’t have much to say about this except I’m going to use the crap out of that green! I love it!!!

I am testing out HK Girl top coat from Glisten & Glow. I can’t wait to let you all know how it works out. I know Danette from No Bottle Left Behind loves it! Look for that “review” with my letter “E” manis.

So as you can see above, I’ve already moved on to “E” with my letters. The Internet has been giving me fits so expect another alphabet post in the next day or two showcasing the letter “D”. I sounded like Sesame Street!! This post has been brought to you by the letter “C”.

-Coral

I fibbed… Another “B” polish

My last post told you all I was moving on to “C” for my alphabet mani’s, however, an awesome girl at my work got me one of Victoria’s Secret’s new polishes!!! It just so happened the name started with a “B”, the letter I just so happened to be wearing at the time. I HAD to try it out.

I started with Julep’s Helen for my basecoat. This color is HORRIBLE on my skin. Definitely gave me dead hands. I’ll use it for basecoats only!

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I just got this polish in my last Julep Maven box. I was really interested in Claudette that came with it and my instinct about this looking gross on me was right. Eek.

I then added Victoria’s Secret Backstage over top. My fingers were glowing!! I LOVED this! It was so gorgeous!! I tried Victoria’s Secret top/base coat as a basecoat with this polish and unfortunately big pieces of polish ended up pulling up in a couple of days. I’ll definitely be using this glitter again!

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I apologize for the messy pictures, I totally forgot to get pictures of this cleaned up. I wanted to get it in the sunlight but have been working like crazy and totally forgot. Hopefully the polish gods forgive me.

I have my “C” colors ready to go but I don’t want to overwhelm you with too much Coral so I’ll let this beautiful glitter mani set in before I post my “C” polishes!!!

I hope everyone is having a great week so far!!

-Coral

Alphabet of Polish – “B” is for ball and Baltimore

I hate to start this post off negatively but I’m going to have to. I am so disappointed in Julep’s new Freedom topcoat. I was so excited to try it with all it’s build up however I was left feeling extremely disappointed.

I did my nails on Wednesday evening. Thursday early afternoon I had to take my daughter to the doctor while there I looked down and saw that 3 of my nails had chips on them. Then I reached into my back pocket and a big chunk of polish lifted off my ring finger.

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So, I came home and did some patch work. Fixed the chips the best I could and did another 2 layers of topcoat in hopes that this would protect my mani until the Super Bowl.

Here’s the mani:

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This is my 49ers hand. I used Essie’s Good as Gold for my base and then added Julep’s Petra on top to do my Saran Wrap technique.

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This is my Ravens hand. I used China Glaze’s White on White for my base and I put Sinful Colors Let’s Talk on top to do my Saran Wrap Technique.

Now obviously this is before cleanup, so for that I apologize. I did have some issues with taking my base layer off as well. This has been a rather frustrating mani. On my middle finger accent I used Revlon’s Hot for Chocolate and China Glaze’s White on White for my football laces.

Here it is all cleaned up.

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As you can see in my Ravens hand, my thumb now has a big chip and the Freedom topcoat has caused enough shrinkage to lift my polish. I just can’t believe how disappointing this topcoat is

Unfortunately because of the issues I have with this mani I’m going to have to change it before the Super Bowl even comes on.

My quest continues for my perfect topcoat. Coming up next… “C”… What to do, what to do?

-Coral

Alphabet of Polish – “A” is for Armed and Ready and Annie

So, I’ve been lacking nail ideas lately. I decided I would go through the alphabet with my nail polishes, using either the name of the polish or the actual color. Today I have 2 “A” polishes for you.

The first “A” polish I have is Essie’s Armed and Ready. This is a gorgeous color in the bottle, an olive green with gold shimmer. So cute. However, it didn’t translate to the nail as pretty.

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While I liked Armed and Ready I wanted to at least get 1 good blue mani in before the end of January. I supported Julep during their January Blues for Human Trafficking Awareness but I wanted my nails to support it too. So I used Annie from Julep and Essie’s Good as Gold for the accent feather.

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I absolutely love Annie and I got tons of compliments on it. However, I am coming to realize how horrible I am at doing ANYTHING with my left hand. The difference is pretty disgusting. I guess I need to find some left hand training exercises so that it can be a little smarter! Haha!

Before Sunday I will be posting my “B” nails, they of course work out for the Super Bowl! I tried Julep’s new Freedom TopCoat. I was sooo excited for it. However, I painted my nails last night and today had 3 nails that has chipped. I found a way to touch them up and am trying the topcoat again, I hope it works…

-Coral

Fail Already!

Seriously!!!!?? I mean really! Last night before my night ended I had a chip on my pointer finger. I type and move a mouse at my job. This is not intensive labor, ladies. Argh!

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I guess I’m meant to redo my nails everyday. I’m so frustrated.

So today, new nails. Orly Top2Bottom for my base coat. Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear in Gunmetal under Pure Ice’s Strapless. The top coat I used today was an old Avon Nail Experts Speed Dry top coat. Bad move!!! It was so stringy!!!!

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Sorry for the confusion regarding my days. I started this post yesterday but my WordPress app didn’t want to upload my pictures. So I wore the above mani last night to work. Again not intensive labor and it just didn’t last. It was like mushy. I peeled it off before I left work.

So once again. I have new nails today. I used Seche Clear as my base coat again. I used Pure Ice’s Mint Dream. I used 3 coats and I still have a visible nail line, I didn’t have any more patience to continue coats. I got Sally Hansen’s Mega Shine top coat to try yesterday.

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So we’ll see how this one goes. I’m not gonna lie, I’m over painting my nails everyday! I don’t know how some of you girls do it!!! Especially those that do so many swatches! My utmost respect to you all!

-Coral

Frustration leads to massive search…

Ok. The final straw… I did a French tip in OPI’s Russian Navy yesterday before going back to work. I loved it. That dark blue against my slightly tinted nail looked really nice. Just a couple of hours later when I got to work my pointer finger chipped. WHAT?!?!! People look at my nails at work. They expect awesomeness… Ok maybe that’s a little extreme BUT they do check them out. I can’t show them a chipped mani!

While I reeeeeally love Seche Vite for its shine and protection I have had some serious issues with shrinkage with it. Also, the brush is so short I have 1/4 bottle left that I can’t really access. So anyway, I had read some blogs of people using NYC’s top coat so I decided to try it. It’s most definitely not as shiny as Seche Vite and obviously it does not protect as well either. I have tried Butter London’s top coat… Same issue. It doesn’t seem to protect.

I’m on a mission!!! I’m going to find a shiny top coat that protects. I have too. I can’t redo my nails everyday, unfortunately. I would like to but I just can’t work full-time and paint my nails everyday. I would like to get at least 3 or 4 days out of a mani.

I guess I need to consider my base coat as well. So anyone who gets good wear out of a certain base and top coat, I wanna know!

My first test today is with Seche Clear base coat and Ulta’s top coat… I’m going to wear it as long as I can and take a picture each day around the same time so I can see how it’s wearing.

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It’s taking forever for this top coat to dry. FOREVER!!! Why has Seche Vite forsaken me and sent me on this journey!!??

-Coral