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Sephora by OPI nail glitter swatch in purple

Quite a while ago I purchased some nail glitter made by Sephora by OPI.  It was on clearance for $3.00 so I figured I had to try it.  From what I can tell, they don’t have them any more.  But I have seen this product at local drug stores, made by other brands such as Smashbox and Quo.  So it shouldn’t be difficult to find something like it if it looks like your cup of tea.

Nail Glitter, Sephora by OPI

It was very easy to use and I had my full mani done in less than five minutes.  I do have to warn you though, this glitter, like all glitter, makes a mess.  It gets everywhere!  I laid paper towel down which caught most of it, but it was all over my hands and subsequently everything and anything I touched thereafter.

How do you use it?

how to apply nail glitter

You simply paint your nail with one coat of nail lacquer and then dunk your nail face down in the container of glitter.  When you pull it out, the glitter will be stuck to the polish.  The excess glitter on your skin brushes off easily with the brush of a finger tip (but it will now be everywhere lol).  I think a damp cloth would’ve been better as it would’ve picked up the glitter instead of sliding it around or transferring it somewhere else.

nail glitter, Sephora by OPI

 

Repeat for all fingers and then seal with a top coat.

Once your top coat has completely dried, you can give your hands a wash to get the remaining excess glitter off.

***I recommend not using your favourite topcoat.  You are bound to get a small amount of glitter in your topcoat.***

Because this was my first time using this product, I wanted to test something out.  I was curious how heavy the coverage was and if it mattered what shade of polish you used underneath.  So I did two fingers with white and two with dark purple to match the glitter.  You can see here that the nails with the white are certainly a bit lighter in colour.  The nails I used the purple for have a deeper and more vibrant look.  I definitely recommending using either the same colour as the glitter you are using, or slightly darker, in this case a black would also work.  This will ensure your nails wear nicer as the excess falls off and any missed or imperfect areas will be less noticeable.  

nail glitter tutorial, how to apply

How long did it last?

As far as the actual manicure itself, it held up better than I expected, but still showed tip wear after 24 hours.  Keep in mind though, I was fussing with them more than normal.  The texture of this manicure is very gritty and they look crazy intense – so I couldn’t stop messing with them!  With that being said though, this manicure will likely only last you 2-4 days.  So keep that in mind when giving this a go.  They are super fun for a special occasion, but given how long it lasted me, its not something I would do all that often because I don’t change my nails that frequently if I can help it.

Is it hard to Remove?

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went to take this off.  I couldn’t tell if it was going to chip off, slide off nice and easy or require my foil fingertips like actual glitter nail lacquer.  But it was really quite easy, for the most part, it came off just like regular nail lacquer would, plus some dry glitter transferring around.

Have you already tried out this style of manicure?  What did you think?

xox,

Shannon


Falling for Autumn

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.

earth tone manicure

brown and green manicure

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.

best base coat for nails

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)

Foie Gras Nail Polish by China Glaze and Don't Mess with OPI Nail Polish by OPI

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!)

nail designs using tapescotch tape manicure

The tape helps you create perfectly straight lines for dual toned manicures.  No mess!

fall inspired manicure

What do your nails look like this fall?

autumn manicure

xox,

Shannon

As you can see, Sunday was a perfect day in Ottawa to stay in, watch a movie and paint your nails!

Ottawa fall day


White and Green Shimmer Gradient Nails

A few months back I did a tutorial on how to create the gradient nail effect.  For that tutorial I used a neon pink and purple by China Glaze and wanted to see how the technique held up with glitter/shimmer polishes.  (For gradient manicures I like to use two contrasting colours to create a more dramatic effect, but of course you can use similar shades for a more subtle effect.)

I started with Orly’s Winter Wonderland polish, a white shimmer polish, heavy with tiny silver glitter.

Orly's Winter Wonderland nail polish

Then, using a cosmetic sponge, I lightly dabbed on “Watermelon Rind” by China Glaze on the upper half/two-thirds of the nail. gradient nail tutorial

Then, I began adding a second coat of Watermelon Rind, but this time, starting further up the nail.  (Leaving the lightest part of green untouched where it meets the white)

how to create gradient nails

Repeat with a third coat, starting even further up the nail this time, focusing on the tips of each nail.  At this point, you should really notice the gradient effect.  (Don’t worry about it getting all over your skin, that is normal!)

how to get gradient nails

Then, you simply take a q-tip with nail polish remover and clean up the skin around the nails.

Watermelon Rind Nail Polish - gradient nails

A gradient manicure like this is really fast and easy to do.  And because the coats of polish you are applying are so thin, it dries very quickly.   gradient nails with Watermelon Rind and Winter Wonderland nail polishes

Have you tried out gradient nails yet?  Do you have a favourite colour combination?  Or a different method you prefer?

xox,

Shannon


Have a Heart

Flirty Tankini and Have a Heart nail polishes (how to make the perfect coral manicure)

After my “too dark for Spring” mani “Seduce Me“, I was ready for something bright, fun and refreshing.  I decided to go with a new neon I picked up from the China Glaze summer neon collection for 2012, “Flirty Tankini”.  This shade reminds me a bit of “Flip Flop Fantasy”, another neon by China Glaze (from their permanent collection).

Flirty Tankini is a super pretty coral neon with just the right amount of shimmer!

Flirty Tankini: indoors with flash

coral nail polish from China Glaze's 2012 neon collection for summer

Flirty Tankini: outdoors in natural daylight

I was dying to use my new top coat by Nicole that is a clear base with tiny little glitters and big chunky hearts (purchased at Wal-Mart for about $9).

Nicole by OPI - heart nail polish

If you are wanting a heart on each nail, be prepared to do some fishing to pull them out of the bottle.  It’s not overly convenient, but very much worth it in my opinion!

Nicole by OPI heart nail polish top coat

Because the hearts are so large, they will stick up off your nail a little bit.  Once I had them all in place, after about a minute I top coated again with this polish (avoiding the hearts) to help seal them into the manicure.  It really helped smooth out the texture on my nail and I’ve had no issues with any hearts falling off.

Have a heart nail polish from Nicole by OPI

Flirty Tankini and Have a Heart nail polishes

What do you think of this fun coral manicure?  Do you have a favourite from the China Glaze 2012 Summer Neon Collection?

xox,

Shannon

Flirty Tankini and Have a Heart nail polishes (how to make the perfect coral manicure)