Pink & Glitter, two of my favorite things!

This is going to be a short post, but I wanted to share this pretty mani I was wearing earlier last week.  I’m wearing Rainha from Ricky’s NYC Mattese Elite Carnaval Collection with OPI’s Teenage Dream on top.  These are seriously two of my favorite polishes at the moment; a bubble gum pink layered with pink & champagne glitter!  EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!  My fav’s!  Rainha was sent to me by fellow blogger, Kit from Frances in A Beauty, she does awesome Esty Features on Fridays that have me obsessed with checking out Etsy now!

 

Raihna went on super smooth and took two coats for full opacity.  The color looks awesome on its on, but I couldn’t resist using T.D in one way or another.  I actually used it on my toes, too! Raihna can be purchased from Ricky’s NYC for 5.99… not too shabby.  Teenage Dream may require some hunting  since its from Katy Perry’s OPI collection from last year.  I purchased it from Beauty Collection the minute it came out.

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So, what do you think?  Wanna see some more pinks and glitters?  Check out these other swatches from the Mattese Elite Line!  Samba Enredo and Embrasse Moi.

♥  Claudia

 and don’t forget to visit Frances Is A Beauty when you have a chance!  😀

Nail Polish Swatch: Zoya Roxy & OPI Teenage Dream together

Lately, it’s been hard to go a weekend without getting a new polish.  This past weekend I grabbed two new (to me) Zoya Polishes in Roxy and Neeka.  I wanted to jump on the “paint your ring finger” bandwagon this time using glitters so I choose and old and a new one.

OPI – Teenage Dream – A clear pink  polish with pink & champagne glitter

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Zoya – Roxy – A sheer red-toned purple base loaded with bright purple glitter

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Zoya’s Roxy ended up being much more opaque than I originally had thought–but didn’t squash my love for the glittery purple.  The base is deep and the glitter highlights in brighter shades of purple.  I did apply 3 coats but I think two would suffice.  I also added a top coat but the next day it does feel grainy or bumpy still from the polish.  I’m temped to do another top coat but afraid I’ll go through a bag of cotton pads trying to remove it later on!

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Whats your favorite glitter polish?

[How to] Clean Up A Manicure In Three Ways

Hey Everyone, I always have trouble cleaning up my manicures and I’ve been trying to gather tips on how to make it look as clean and presentable as possible. I think many of us could benefit from a little instruction, and if you have any tips that work for you, please share! Enjoy!

Method two:  Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean up Pen. See here

These wonderful little pens are perfect for minor touch-ups and lighter polish.  I made the mistake of using it for darker colors and had difficulty using it later on.  Still good to have on hand and come with refillable tips.

Method two:  Nail Polish Remover and a brush

I love the little glass dipping cup that they have at manicure shops.  I went ahead and got one of my own for my own manicures.  Here I use a little acetone and a nail art brush in a chisel tip and point tip to clean around the edges.  Brushes are good for major goofs and getting underneath the nail.

Method three: Nail Polish Remover and an Orange Stick

By far, the best way to clean up the cuticle and make a clean, professional manicure.  Dip the orange stick in the nail polish remover or acetone and trace the cuticle along the nail bed.  This one requires the most pressure put on the nail/skin. A Ginormous thanks (for the hot tip) to the Owner of Kell’s DIY Nails on Facebook. 😉

Voila, A New Clean Manicure…..

OPI Teenage Dream and Zoya Roxy

Do you have Manicure clean up tips that work really well for you?  Please share, we all could use the extra advice 🙂