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Jelly Sandwich Extravaganza with the Fall 2012 “Gloss” Collection by Zoya

green jelly sandwich nails, blue jelly sandwich nails

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.

Gloss Collection - fall 2012 - Zoya

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.

Fall 2012 Gloss Collection by Zoya

This collection contains Katherine, Paloma and Frida – all beautiful jewel toned jelly polishes.  They are sheer, build-able and great for layering.

Katherine

Katherine was the first shade that I tried.  It is a sheer, dark plum.

Katherine swatch - jelly polish by Zoya

One coat:

Katherine jelly polish - swatch and review

Four to Five coats are required to get mostly opaque coverage:

Katherine nail polish by Zoya - swatch and review

Using “Make a Spectacle” glitter polish from China Glaze’s new Halloween collection, I applied one top coat.

how to make jelly sandwich nails

Glitter nail polish from China Glaze 2012 Halloween Collection - "Make a Spectacle"

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:

what are jelly sandwich nails?

This mani ended up being a beautiful dark and vampy jelly sandwich.

dark and vampy jelly sandwich manicure

Paloma

Paloma is a nice bright fuscia jelly lacquer.

One coat:

Paloma swatch - Zoya Gloss polish

Three to four coats:

"Paloma" by Zoya - nail polish swatch and review

*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.

Zoya's "Paloma" and China Glaze's "Make a Spectacle"

jelly sandwich nails using "Paloma" by Zoya

Frida

Frida is my favourite polish from this Gloss collection.  It is a nice rich teal.  It is however the most sheer of the three.

One coat:

"Frida" review - nail polish by Zoya

Four to five coats:

"Frida" swatch - jelly nail polish by Zoya

To make this into a jelly sandwich manicure, I used “Mermaid Tale” by Orly.

polishes to make a green/teal jelly sandwich

teal jelly sandwich nails using "Frida" nail polish by Zoya

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?

xox,

Shannon

jelly sandwich manicure using Frida and Mermaid Tale

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How to remove glitter nail polish – the easy way!

I have a love hate relationship with glitter nail polish.  I love them because they are sparkly, fun and downright beautiful.  Glitter nail polishes are great for spicing up a mani that is a couple of days old and they also act as a great top coat to make your mani really last.  BUT I hate them because they can be absolutely impossible to get off.  You end up slaving away trying to get rid of these beautiful, little, pain in the ass sparkles – shredding cotton ball after cotton ball and seemingly getting no closer to your goal – it drives me nuts!  It drives me so nuts, that I actually go out of my way not to use them, simply because I find myself dreading the removal stage.

I mean really, look at what this ONE COAT of Mermaid Tale by Orly is doing to my cosmetic pad.

tired of glitter nail polish?

It is a constant battle, with every finger.

tips for getting off glitter nail polish easily

Just imagine if this was a full manicure of glitter polish…I would literally be at this all day.  So, I’ve been one to use glitter nail polish sparingly, or at least I was..before I stumbled across this useful tip…

Cotton balls, tin foil and polish remover!

how to remove glitter nail polish

You will need one cotton ball for each finger and a fairly small strip of tin foil.

Doing one finger at a time, apply some nail polish remover to the cotton ball, in a large enough circle to cover your entire nail.

tutorial for removing glitter nail polish

Press it down onto your nail and wrap your finger tip in tin foil to hold it in place.

how to easily remove your glitter nail polish

Repeat for all your fingers.

how to easily remove glitter nail polish from your nails

Wait about 5 minutes and simply pull off your little alien finger tips.  Any glitter or colour remaining on your nail is just floating on the surface and comes off with a simple, single swipe of a cotton ball.

how to easily remove glitter nail polish

This method is SO fast and allows you to do all of your fingers at the same time…with no frustration and no headache!  So wear those glittery polishes without fear and enjoy them!

Do you have a secret method for removing glittery nail polishes?  If so, please share below – the more tips the better!

Thanks for reading everyone and GLITTER UP!

xox,

Shannon


Nails fit for a mermaid

I was playing around with some polishes on the weekend and wanted to do something fairly bright, seeing as summer is practically over.  😦   I’m in denial and am trying to get used to the fact that I’m going to have to get used to more muted, darker shades soon for the course of fall and winter.   I also wanted to use a couple of new shades that I haven’t tried out yet.

green glitter nail polish, baby blue/aqua nail polish

Club Prive is a baby blue (with an aqua tint) from L’Oreal and is a part of their permanent collection.  It is sheer but milky and I found that it required about 3 coats to be perfectly opaque.

Club Prive Nail Lacquer by L'Oreal - swatch

I used Club Prive as my base and then layered on a generous coat of Mermaid Tale, by Orly, from their Flash Glam FX Collection.

Mermaid Tale nail polish overtop of Club Prive

Click me – so you can REALLY see my glitter!

Mermaid Tale is a full on glitter polish with a clear base.  It is made up of both small and medium sized glitters in a variety of green and blue shades.  

mermaid tale nail polish over a blue polish

I had a lot of fun with this manicure and am really looking forward to trying out “Mermaid Tale” in a Jelly Sandwich!

Tell me, are you still clinging on to summer colours?  Or have you already made the transition into fall?

xox,

Shannon

mermaid nails