Jelly Sandwich nails are probably my most favourite manicures. They are simple, pretty, easy to create and the longest lasting of any manicures I’ve had.
I only had one jelly polish and was having a hard time tracking them down. So when I heard Zoya had come out with a fall collection featuring all jellies, I was excited. I’ve never had a Zoya polish before as they aren’t the most accessible here in Canada, but I know how popular they are south of the border.
So I decided to grab this “Gloss” Collection from nailpolishcanada.com for $24.00. You can also purchase it for the same price online at zoya.com (if you are in the US) or ebay/amazon. They are sold everywhere for $8.00/each or $24.00 for the set.
This collection contains Katherine, Paloma and Frida – all beautiful jewel toned jelly polishes. They are sheer, build-able and great for layering.
Katherine was the first shade that I tried. It is a sheer, dark plum.
Four to Five coats are required to get mostly opaque coverage:
Using “Make a Spectacle” glitter polish from China Glaze’s new Halloween collection, I applied one top coat.
In order to make a jelly sandwich manicure, I added another layer of “Katherine” on top. This gives the illusion that the glitter is floating inside the jelly polish, creating a cool 3D effect. You can see the difference here, with and without the jelly polish on top:
This mani ended up being a beautiful dark and vampy jelly sandwich.
Paloma is a nice bright fuscia jelly lacquer.
Three to four coats:
*I found it was slightly less sheer than the other two in the collection and required less coats to reach an opaque look.*
For this jelly sandwich manicure, I also used “Make a Spectacle” glitter nail polish from China Glaze.
Frida is my favourite polish from this Gloss collection. It is a nice rich teal. It is however the most sheer of the three.
Four to five coats:
To make this into a jelly sandwich manicure, I used “Mermaid Tale” by Orly.
I really love all three of the shades in this collection and they are just perfect for this time of year. No better time to sport jewel toned polishes! They are gorgeous with or without the jelly sandwich, but I love the little bit of fun the glitter adds to each manicure.
Remember: Removing glitter nail polish doesn’t have to be a chore. Check out my tutorial on removing glitter nail polish – the easy way!
What is your favourite polish this fall? Do you have a favourite from this “Gloss” collection from Zoya?
The weather here in Ottawa has certainly cooled off and autumn seems to be in full swing. I definitely felt it was time to paint my nails with some more earthy, season appropriate shades.
I opted for Foie Gras Nail Polish by China Glaze (from their Hunger Games collection) as well as Don’t Mess with O.P.I. (from their Texas collection). Both shades are creams with no shimmer or glitter.
Of course, if you want to replicate this and don’t have access to these two limited edition shades, just find yourself any two earth tone shades that contrast enough to create a fun look for fall.
Begin by using a base coat on all nails, this will help prevent your nail polishes from leaving any sort of stain on your nails. I used Seche Vite’s Clear Base Coat.
Once dry, I started out by painting half of my nails green and the other half brown, alternating for each finger. (Totally unecessary, but it was fun leaving them for a day like this)
Then, the next day you want to take some clear tape (whatever you have around the house will work fine) and create whatever patterns you would like on your nails. (If you don’t want to wait a day in between, use a fast drying top coat to help set the base polish, because if it isn’t 100% dry, the tape will pull it up and ruin your manicure!)
The tape helps you create perfectly straight lines for dual toned manicures. No mess!
What do your nails look like this fall?
As you can see, Sunday was a perfect day in Ottawa to stay in, watch a movie and paint your nails!