Glitter Bomb Nails

There is really no doubt about it…..there is something about glitter that I have a soft spot for, even now at 31. Glitter polish, really because there isn’t any glitter I could get away with like I did in high school. Ah…the days when I would wear glitter in my hair and eye lashes just because. I think it was a No Doubt/ Gwen Stefani influence at the time too, haha. So now I stick to glitter nails to get my fix.

iliketotalkalot mattese elite embrasse moi and essie stroke of brilliance

Today’s swatch is a glitter combo of Mattese Elite Embrasse Moi and Essie Stroke of Brilliance. I’ve swatched Embrasse Moi before and its great for trying full opacity on nails (with three coats for me).It’s a bright plum glitter polish that catches light from all angles. It looks AWESOME with a thick glossy top coat over it. Essie’s Stroke of of Brilliance is a multi-sized glitter in a lilac-dusty blue color. It could easily give a diamond effect over a silver-white polish with a few coats.

In this mani I did three coats of Embrasse Moi and one coat of Stroke of Brilliance. Finished with Seche Vite Top Coat and chipped by day two— I think because it was so many coats of polish. I have maintained

the manicure longer though by painting the chipped corners and wearing a few days longer. Swatches below!

illiketotalkalot glitter bomb nails 1

illiketotalkalot glitter bomb nails 2

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I love this combo but know its going to the tin foil method for the cleanest removal method. You don’t want to “scrub” your nails with a cotton pad trying to rub the glitter polish off, it can damage your nails and causes scratches that you will need to buff out. The more careful the removal process, the less chance of scratches occurring. You should follow with a hand lotion or oil. You could even treat yourself to a little EVOO with a cotton swab to nourish your tips! It really makes for nice cuticles. I even do it (sometimes) before taking photos like those above.

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Sunny Fingertips Or Gold? I Can’t Decide! #ZOYA #ESSIE

Zoya had a promotion a few months back where you could get a free polish or something, I dunno, but in any case I placed a huge order an got a ton of pinks and one very different color that I normally never choose, a yellow.  A yellow polish isn’t for everyone.  We actually debated it at work whether it could look nice at all.  There was a split in decision with some saying it never looks good, while others thought it looked “nice” and sunny.

 I ultimately think it depends on skin tone because it can make you look sickly if it brings out reddish undertones in your skin.  But back to the swatches.  The Yellow Polish I purchased was called “creamy” and I decided to top it with Essie’s “As Gold AS It Gets“.

The color is described on the Zoya website as:

 ” A bright but soft banana peel shade of yellow”

The color was easy to apply but did take 3 coats to be completely opaque for my taste.  I got scared when I saw how bright it was and wasn’t sure how it would look in the office so I tried to tone it down with gold flecks (using the Essie polish).

zoya creamy essie as gold as it gets

 The Essie Polish is from one of their top coats collections that I have almost all.  As Gold As It Gets is a clear coat with micro gold glitter and small foil flecks bringing a pretty gold sheen to any color you wear underneath.  I’d like to try it with a candy apple red. Perhaps on the toes 🙂

zoya creamy essie as gold as it gets

zoya creamy essie as gold as it gets

zoya creamy essie as gold as it gets

 What do you think?  Is yellow polish an acceptable color you would wear?  Or do you think yellow polish should be banned entirely?  I’m still on the fence about yellow because I love bright yellows and oranges but they are difficult for me to wear.  Is there one in your arsenal that I need to know about?  Share in the comments below!

zoya creamy essie as gold as it gets

zoya creamy essie as gold as it gets

Zoya Polishes can be purchased online directly from their site ( and many many others) for the mere price of $8.00.  If you are afraid the color you want to purchase wont look good on you, you can purchase a “spoon” for fifty cents and they will send you a mini swatch bead of color on the equivalent of a Baskin Robbins tester ice cream scoop.  Just enough color to get to the idea, and no regrets if the color looks hideous.

Essie polishes can be purchased online also but as gold as it gets may be easier to find in a drugstore like CVS.  Its sold out on their site but can be found for $8.00.

So what do you think? Is yellow your color?