Aqua Blue Polishes Swatch Comparison

It’s no secret that I’m loving all the aqua blue-ish green polishes that brands are coming out with these days. Even though all the shades I own are rather similar, I just. can’t. help. myself. LOL! So, I broke out all my aqua polishes and thought I’d show the differences.

A line up of polishes are shown after the swatches. Bottles are in the order shown in the swatch photos. Enjoy!

Left to Right: China Glaze For Audrey, Zoya Wednesday,
Eyeko Vintage Polish, Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqualily

Left to right: China Glaze Aquadelic, Color Club New Bohemian,
Dior Saint-Tropez, Zoya Bevin

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The problem with blogging about nail polish is…

it’s painfully obvious when your nail breaks super short. :(

The nail on my ring finger on my left hand always seems to break once it gets to a sufficient length. Boo. Because I hate having one short nail, I trimmed the rest down to be a similar length. Definitely not as super short as my ring finger, but generally a better length to grow them all out at the same rate…

Today I’m wearing Butter London Pink Ribbon. It’s a very sheer pale pink polish. So sheer that I had to do four thick coats to get it this opaque. It’s a pretty, neutral color. Not sure if I like it on my nails, though. I used the Butter London basecoat and topcoat as well.

I think dark nail polish looks awesome on short nails, so I think I’ll switch this out for a dark polish later today.

On a positive note, with my new shorter nails it’s much easier to type on my iPhone. :)

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Stripe Ombre Nails

A couple of weeks ago I saw the above set of nail polishes and ordered it. I thought the range of green colors was really pretty. :) The bottles are pretty small and tiny, though.

I was inspired by a manicure I saw on Pinterest and decided to do a stripe ombre design using striping tape. I wasn’t familiar with striping tape until a couple of weeks ago, too. I ended up ordering some from a seller on Amazon. It came super fast! I ordered and it arrived 2 days later! :)

So first I painted my nails with China Glaze White on White and applied a topcoat (Seche Vite). Then I cut strips of the tape and applied four to each nail. I pressed down the edges really well, and then carefully painted each of the five colors from the ombre set of polishes. I then removed the tape revealing the white polish underneath, and then applied another layer of topcoat.

NOTE: I painted one full nail at a time and removed the tape while the polish was still wet. There were a few spots where the surface of the polish had started to dry and dragged when I was pulling the tape off (see the ring finger?). I think I need to practice with the tape masking technique a bit more to master it. :)

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Traveling With Nail Polish: What to Bring? Picking Polish!

This is my second post in a mini series on Traveling with Nail Polish. Be sure to check out the first installment about packing polish for air travel, which included a video showing how I pack polish. :)

For any nail polish junkie like myself, it’s super hard to condense down what I love into a small bag for travel. As you saw in the video showing how I pack, sometimes I don’t condense it too much. LOL! In that particular case, I was going on a girls trip and I knew I would be painting other people’s nails. So I wanted to give them a variety of colors to choose from.

But when I travel just on my own where I know there won’t be an opportunity to paint other people’s nails (which I love to do!), I usually go about it this way…

Choosing Polish

  1. After choosing the clothing I will wear on the trip, I try to pick complimentary nail polish colors. When I’m at home, I generally don’t mind wearing mismatched polish and clothing, but when I’m away I want to look more put together, you know? So first I look at what I’ll be wearing. If there’s just a couple shades that would look nice with my clothing, I’ll pack those shades.
  2. After I pick out the matching shades (usually just two polishes), I’ll throw in a third that’s fun and funky. :) Sometimes I just want to wear a polish that’s fun and I don’t worry about matching my clothing. I usually pick polishes that just feel good and I know that when I’m away from home I’ll at least want the option to pick something daring.
  3. Then into my bag I throw in a basecoat (Orly Rubberized Bonder), topcoat (Seche Vite), small bottle of remover (2 oz. Zoya Remove+), cotton pads, and a nail file.

In total, that’s 5 bottles of polish. For some, that’s just too many. But for me, it’s the smallest amount I can pack without feeling completely deprived. :) In short…

The Packing List

Bottle 1: Complimentary polish color
Bottle 2: Complimentary polish color
Bottle 3: Fun color
Bottle 4: Basecoat
Bottle 5: Topcoat
Small nail polish remover
Cotton pads
Nail File

Or Keep it Simple

To keep it simple, you could also just take nail strips and a topcoat. That would be super easy to pack. :)

When you pack for a trip, what do you take?

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Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise

Morning, all! Today I have Rescue Beauty Lounge Chinoise on my nails. It’s such a beautiful red! Love love it!

I did need to do three coats, but I think if I had mixed up the polish (rolled the bottle in my hands) it might have been a better consistency and applied in just two coats. As it is now, I can just barely see my nail line. But it’s not too noticeable. After all, who will be looking at my hands with my nails only 10 inches away from their face except for me. :)

Application was great and it self leveled over time. I used the RBL Prep, Basecoat, and Topcoat as well. All were wonderful and a day later (I painted my nails yesterday afternoon), I have no chipping and no tip wear. I sort of want to wear this manicure for as long as possible to see how long it lasts.

Chinoise sort of reminds me of Pushing Your Luck from the Sephora by OPI Betsey Johnson collection. I might have to do a comparison swatch of different reds for you guys soon. :)

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Deborah Lippman Mermaid’s Dream

Picked up Deborah Lippman Mermaid’s Dream last week from Nail Polish Canada. I’ve worn it once on my nails, but I think it will become a pedicure polish instead. It’s a pretty chunky glitter and I can’t stand anything but immaculate smoothness on my nails (thank you, Seche Vite!). I even put two coats of my topcoat on. Still was kind of bumpy, though. But for toes, I think it wouldn’t bother me.

It sure is dreamy, right? Very mermaid-y. :)

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Traveling with Nail Polish: Packing Polish for Air Travel

Hi all! This is the first blog post in a short series I’m doing on traveling with nail polish. In this first post, I’m covering how I pack nail polish for air travel. I usually use this method when I’ll by flying on an airplane, and it works well for travel by ground as well.

Things to note:

  1. Some polishes travel better than others. In particular, I’ve noticed that my CND polishes don’t travel well. They tend to leak no matter how tightly I close the bottles. For that reason, I usually take Orly Rubberized Bonder insead of my usual CND Stickey Base Coat.
  2. For nail polish remover, I use a small travel size bottle (the 2 oz. bottles of Zoya Remove+ are great for this). I “double bag” the remover and then put it either inside the padded toiletry bag with the polishes (if it fits), or just inside my suitcase. As long as the top of the bottle is tightly closed, I don’t have any problem with leaking.

Oh, and CLICK HERE for the info on the cosmetic bag (links to the tutorial).

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Zoya Fleck Effects Maisie & Ibiza

Morning, all!

On my nails today I have two coats of a dark navy color from Zoya called Ibiza (it works well for stamping, too). Then I put a coat of Zoya Maisie over the top. It looks cool, but I don’t think I’ll leave this on too long. It’s a bit… flashy? LOL! Like glitter isn’t, right? Hmm… maybe I need to just let it grow on me. :)

Ibiza is really pretty on it’s own, too. I took this picture before adding Maisie on top…

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