Transparent Marble

I wanted to do a water marble since I hadn’t in a while. while at work I told my husband to pick some colors for me, or let my son pick before bed. I came home to an interesting group of colors that my son picked out. The colors are Jindie Nails’ Polo and Blue Ivy, Sinful Colors Envy, China Glaze’s White on White and Reggae to Riches. On some nails Polo came out transparent since I decided not to use a color underneath. After the first couple nails came out differently I started to control how much of the polish I was putting in the water so some would be transparent and some would be opaque.

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Snow Day Nails

A few weeks ago I glanced over at a bottle of clear polish that I used half of. I stopped using it because it’s a little on the smelly side and I have my better clear stuff now. I decided to use it to make one more polish. It came out so sheer that I decided to try the jelly sandwich technique with it even though it’s not really a jelly. This is two coats of the polish, then Essie’s Set in Stones, with one more coat of the polish on top. I really like how it came out despite how simple it is. I think I’ll try the technique later with actual jellies.

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Wear It Wednesday Review: Gothic Gala Lacquers

Today I have four awesome colors from Gothic Gala Lacquers for you. First of all, the packaging is so awesome. I would have taken a picture of it, but I was too busy ripping into it. The polishes were in little purple bags, and there was a homemade bat lollipop! Now on to the polishes. The formula for all of them dries super fast without bubbling, I don’t know how Samantha does it! I tried out two thermals and two holos. Sadly, the thermals didn’t work well for me because I’m always cold and I also filed my nails fairly short before trying these. So the colors you see for the thermals will be what color they look colder. Hopefully when I try them again when it’s warmer out the thermal will work better. To see how they look on long nails with the actual thermal gradient, plus other colors, check out the Gothic Gala Lacquers Facebook Page.

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I’m starting with Lilac Dreams. This is a purple thermal polish that goes from a lilac when warm to a dark purple when cold. The color is very rich and only take a couple coats for full coverage, but it comes out matte when dry, as seen in the first picture. The second picture has a top coat which makes it smooth out very nicely.

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The second color I tried is Vallis Frigada, another thermal. When warm it’s a bright mauve and when cold it’s a beautiful deep burgundy. Again, the color is very rich and it also comes out matte when dry. Here are photos without and with the top coat, also only two coats of color.

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I’m not really that disappointed that the thermal didn’t work for me since they’re both beautiful colors. I did breathe on my nails to check out the color fading, but it went too fast for me to capture with my camera.

Next up, Vallis Sanguine. This one is a purpley red with a pretty holo shimmer. It’s already glossy so a top coat wont affect it and wont take away from the holo. A couple coats will give you full coverage.

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And lastly, my favorite of them all, Liquid Violet. This duochrome holo is so gorgeous! One of my new favorites for sure. It’s a light pinkish violet that shifts into blue. The holo in this one is so pretty in direct sunlight. Again, a couple coats gives full coverage.

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The only problem I had with all the polishes was that there were a couple tiny lumps in each, but that’s to be expected from indies because it already takes a lot to mix them. All the polishes dried super fast and only need two coats. Gothic Gala Lacquers has a good variety of finishes with a lot of purples and reds plus a mix of some other colors thrown in. I can’t wait to see what else Samantha comes up with, I will definitely be buying from Gothic Gala Lacquers in the future, I already have my eye on a few.

**All opinions are my own and 100% honest. I have not been paid or convinced in any way to give a positive review**

Interlocking Dots

I finally got a set of different sized dotting tools, so I was able to do a good interlocking dots mani. You can find other objects to use, such as the top of a sewing pin, but I wanted the dotting tools anyway. I saw this great tutorial from I Feel Polished and then I saw a lot of interlocking dot manis on reddit. I think I did pretty good for a first attempt, I just got some bubbles and the dots aren’t all perfectly round. I let my son pick the colors; he chose Zoya’s Giovanna and Suri. I think next time I’ll pick two colors that are a lot different in tone for more contrast. Both these colors are very shimmery jewel tones. I thought adding a matte top coat would look a lot better, so on the left you’ll see the mani without the top coat and the right is with it. Also, please excuse the shortness of my nails. I had to cut them down after a couple breaks.

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