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ILNP Black Orchid

September 2, 2014

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OH. My. Word. New favorite autumn polish!! ILNP Black Orchid. Here’s a photo taken indoors under Ott-lite bulb…

And this one is taken outdoors. The holo shows up more in natural light. ILNP Black Orchid…

ILNP is available at

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Revisiting Stripe Ombré Nails

May 30, 2014

One of my favorite manicures to go back and look at it is my Stripe Ombré Nails from two years ago. I thought it was high time to try recreating that look. :)

This time I chose a pale pink, light coral, bright pink, orchid, and dark burgundy color palette. Like the previous manicure, I painted my nails white first and then applied four strips of nail striping tape. Then I painted the different polish colors…

The result is a fun ombré look! I haven’t done a tape masked manicure in a while so I was a bit rusty, but I think by the time I finished up my thumbnail, the masking was working pretty well. I did discovered that the best way to prevent the colors streaking with a top coat was to brush on the top coat in the direction of the stripes.

So while time consuming, I really do love this look. :)

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Simple Manicure

Square Hue P.C. Hooftstraat

April 27, 2014

I heard about Square Hue last fall and subscribed right away to find out what it was all about. Square Hue is a nail polish subscription box service and they release full-size limited edition polishes each month. I’ve received a few boxes since I subscribed and I’m super impressed with their polishes.  The last couple of boxes have been nothing short of perfection!

This color in particular was amazing! It’s called P.C. Hooftstraat from the Amsterdam collection. I don’t think you can buy it separately, but hopefully Square Hue will start selling their polishes outside of boxes at some point. In the meantime, you can subscribe and receive three new polishes each month! :)

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Julep Rae vs. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lively Lilac

March 11, 2014

Still on an orchid nail polish kick. After painting my nails with the brand new Rae color from Julep (shown on right), I had to compare it to Sally Hansen Ista-Dri Lively Lilac (left). Rae is a bit more purple and lacks the bit of shimmer that Lively Lilac has (which is fine with me–I usually hate shimmer).

Julep Rae vs. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lively Lilac

And a closer look at just Rae…

Julep Rae

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Formula X Nightingale

November 21, 2013

For more of my thoughts on Formula X polishes, please see this post.

This manicure was done using Orly Bonder base coat, and Seche Vite top coat. There was no polish shrinkage with the Seche Vite, so I would assume Formula X polishes play well with Seche Vite.

(Sorry for the super exposed photos. This color is particularly dark, so the pictures had to be bright to show the purple-ness).

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OPI Anti-bleak

November 6, 2013

I’ve worn OPI Anti-bleak multiple times since I bought it last spring, and I love it each time. It’s a luscious berry, cream polish. And I love cream formulas so I this was an obvious buy for me. :)

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