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Burberry Ash Rose & Lacquer Red

April 15, 2016

Recently, Sephora has their VIB Sale. Since I had a discount, I decided to try out some Burberry nail polishes. I’d never tried them before.

The first color I tried was Ash Rose…

Burberry Ash Rose

Burberry polishes have an interesting formula. They’re very liquid-y, but aren’t particularly thin. So the application was a bit tricky. I’ve never had a polish flood my nails like this before. After the first few nails, I got the hang of it and tried to apply very thin coats so that I could control the polish better. In the end, I applied only two coats to get complete opaque coverage.

I really love the Ash Rose color. I don’t think it’s particularly “rosy” but more of a nice neutral color. It goes with just about anything. I wore it for a few days until one nail on my other hand snagged pretty bad and I needed to fix it. I think I could have gone a couple more days (5 days total) before absolutely needing to remove it. I had barely any tip wear considering it had been three days since application.

I did notice that there was a bit of shrinkage around the cuticle area from where the top coat (I used HK Girl) had been applied. (Shrinkage is when the top coat dries quickly and pulls away from the edges).

The polish was so near my cuticle (from the “flooding”) that I didn’t have any naked nail to apply the top coat to in order to “seal in” the color. Does that make sense? Usually I have the slightest bit of a gap between the polish color and my cuticle so that I can seal the polish in with a top coat. So if there is any shrinkage, it doesn’t really show. However, I didn’t have that gap when first applying Ash Rose because of the flooding issue.

After learning quite a bit about the application with Ash Rose, I then tried out Lacquer Red…

Burberry Lacquer Red

Oh man, I love a good red polish. And this one is a particularly nice color. Again, the formula was more liquid and tended to want to flood the nail, but by keeping the coats thin I had more control over the polish.

Having learned about the shrinkage issue, I made sure to leave my usual gap between polish color and cuticle, and then applied HK Girl carefully, making sure I sealed in the color. So far so good.

Overall, I really like the polishes. The colors are awesome and judging from my experience with Ash Rose, the wear time is good. I have a few more colors that I purchased from the Sephora sale that I’ll share shortly as well. I’m not sure the high price is entirely worth it, but as a nail polish collector the bottles are so pretty that I think it’s worth getting a few on sale when I can. :)


Nail Art

Sheer Plaid Nails

February 15, 2014

I saw a manicure on Pinterest the other day and wanted to try it out, but with different colors. The colors I picked were a bit sheer, and it ended up creating a sort of plaid look. Super cool!

Polishes Used:
Essie Chinchilly
Essie Watermelon
Essie Resort Fling
Seche Vite Top Coat

I created this manicure by first painting my nails with the gray color (Chinchilly), appying a top coat, and letting it dry completely. Then I used scotch tape and masked off a portion of the nail so that I could paint the lighter coral color (Resort Fling). I made sure to do one nail at a time and remove the tape immediately after painting the coral color. Then I applied a thin top coat and let it dry. Finally, I taped off the other side of the nail, painted the magenta color (Watermelon), and peeled off the tape immediately. Then I finished the nail art design with a clear top coat. :)

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Nail Stamping, Video

Three-Color Nail Stamping Manicure

July 13, 2012

Having fun with more nail stamping. :) This time I tried stamping with three colors all at once…

Base Color: China Glaze Concrete Catwalk
Stamping Colors: Konad Special Polish Yellow, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Mint Sprint & Brisk Blue
Stamping Plate: Cheeky CH6
Top Coat: Seche Vite

Oops! You can see some stray Mannie fur in these photos. I suppose I should have waited until after taking pictures to scratch his ears. ;)

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