Category Archives: Nails

NOTD | Sugar Rush by Julie G

Sugar Rush is a textured polish from Julie G’s Frosted Gumdrop collection of Spring 2013. Sugar Rush is a bright pink-orange with fine gold glitter. The finish, like the other Frosted Gumdrops and other recent textured polishes, is semi-matte.

JulGSugarRush

Basecoat: None
# of Coats: 2
Topcoat: None
Removal: Average with acetone and cotton balls
Staining: None

NOTD – Laced Up by Sinful Colors

Laced Up comes from Sinful Colors’ Leather Luxe collection of 2013. It is a very reddish orange with a semi-matte or “leather” finish.

SinCLacedUp

This polish applies very smoothly, and I prefer it with a topcoat because it takes such a flawless shine. They almost looked wet in person.
SinCLacedUpShine

Basecoat: L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Primer
# of Coats: 2
Topcoat: 1st photo – None; 2nd photo – ┬áL’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Glaze
Removal: Average with acetone and cotton pads
Staining: Minimal around cuticles

NOTD | Private Show by Pure Ice

Private Show is a black base filled with fine glitter, ranging from pink to blue. I used one coat of Black Swift by Milani for opacity.

PIPrivateShowBasecoat: L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Primer
# of coats: 1 coat Black Swift, 1 coat Private Show
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat
Removal: Average with acetone, cotton balls, and aluminum foil
Staining: Some around cuticles

 

NOTD | Sally Hansen Cinna-Snap

Recently, my mother and I endeavored to purge a significant number of polishes from our collections. As usual, I circled her purged items like a vulture. Sally Hansen Cinna-Snap (Insta-Dri) is one that I grabbed up. So much for purging, huh?

SHCinnaSnapThe formula is thinner and more jelly-like than any Insta-Dri polishes I’ve used. Cinna-Snap looks darker and more vampy than the bottle color in most artificial lighting. But under my searing vanity lamp and in sunlight, it shows up as a deep, warm brownish burgundy.

Basecoat: L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Primer
# of Coats: 3
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Removal: Average with acetone and cotton pads
Staining: Minimal cuticle staining

 

NOTD | Sally Hansen Midnight Glitz

Midnight Glitz is the perfect companion to Zoya Storm because it contains slightly intense fine holographic glitter along with medium gold glitter and lots of fine black glitter. I was already wearing two coats of Zoya Storm with topcoat and just added Midnight Glitz and another topcoat for this day’s manicure.

SHMidnightGlitz

 

The gold glitters are more sparse than they seem in the bottle, so in the future I will use one coat of Storm and two or three coats of Midnight Glitz for full effect.

Basecoat: L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Primer
Base Color: Zoya Storm
# of coats: 1
Topcoat: L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Glaze
Removal: Easy with foil, acetone, and cotton balls
Staining: None

NOTD | Zoya Storm

Storm is a black creme with holographic microglitter. This is one of my favorite polishes ever. The black is profoundly black, not greenish or greyish, and the holographic effect is visible in all lighting.

ZoyaStorm

Basecoat: L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Primer
# of coats: 2
Topcoat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Removal: Average with acetone and cotton pads
Staining: None

NOTD | Taupe Me Off by Sinful Colors

Taupe It Off is from Sinful Colors’ Tough Love collection (currently available). It is a matte greige with silver microglitter.

Taupe It Off, naked
Taupe It Off, naked

I also tried it out with topcoat (Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat). It looked okay with topcoat, but it was more distinctive in its original “leather” finish.

Taupe It Off, topped off with topcoat
Taupe It Off, topped off with topcoat

Basecoat: None
# of Coats: 2
Topcoat: None at first, later Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat
Removal: Average with acetone and cotton pads
Staining: None