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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. :)

 

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Nicole by OPI Kourt is Red-Y For a Pedi

August 21, 2015

I've been on a red polish kick recently and this is one of my favorites. It's an older one (3 years old?) but it has the best formula. Nicole polishes just glide onto the nail. This one needed 3 coats, and there's still a bit of visible nail line, but I try to ignore it. Ha! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Base coat: Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II Polish: Kourt is Red-Y For a Pedi by Nicole by OPI Top coat: HK Girl by Glisten & Glow <---  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ #starofmaynails

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I’ve been on a red polish kick recently and this is one of my favorites. It’s an older one (3 years old?) but it has the best formula. Nicole polishes just glide onto the nail. This one needed 3 coats, and there’s still a bit of visible nail line, but I try to ignore it. Ha!

Base coat: Nail Tek Intensive Therapy II
Polish: Kourt is Red-Y For a Pedi by Nicole by OPI
Top coat: HK Girl by Glisten & Glow

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Making your manicure last longer

September 7, 2014

Making your manicure last longer -- Recently was reminded by various sources online that one of the best ways to extend a manicure is to reapply a top coat each day. Not only does it make the polish last longer, but it adds extra strength (and I can use all the help I can get to prevent nails breaking). This manicure is two days old, including putting it through it's paces by prepping for a birthday party at my house (setting up tables and chairs and lots of dish washing). Just applied a new coat of HK Girl top coat and it looks like I just painted my nails. :) Polish is Zoya Margo. #zoya #dark #red #starofmaynails

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Recently was reminded by various sources online that one of the best ways to extend a manicure is to reapply a top coat each day. Not only does it make the polish last longer, but it adds extra strength (and I can use all the help I can get to prevent nails breaking). This manicure is two days old, including putting it through it’s paces by prepping for a birthday party at my house (setting up tables and chairs and lots of dish washing). Just applied a new coat of HK Girl top coat and it looks like I just painted my nails. :)

Polish is Zoya Margo.

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Perfect Polish Tips – How to get the perfect manicure

May 27, 2014

One of the most common questions I receive here and at Instagram when I post a picture of my nails is, “How do you paint your nails so perfectly?” I’ve done a couple videos in the past on this particular topic, but I thought I’d do another one since so many of you keep asking. :)

The polish I’m using in the video is Dior Rouge 999. I have the old version, but a new updated formula is for sale now.

Base Coat: Orly Bonder
Color: Dior Rouge 999
Top Coat: Seche Vite

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