Holographic Glitter Topcoats… the Showdown!

I like shiny things, especially if they sparkle like a rainbow under the sun. So it’s no surprise that I have a huge love for holographic glitter topcoats! I bust these out when I’m feeling like my polish is a little too plain. Sometimes, if I don’t have time for a full mani, I just layer one of these over whatever I’m already wearing and get a few more days out of it before I need to change my polish. I love that they are so versatile. You can layer them over any colour and let the base poke through, wear it as an accent layer, or with some of them you can layer them to rainbow-blinding opacity all on their own!

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From Left to Right: OPI Which is Witch?, OPI Snowflakes in the Air, Barry M Diamond Glitter, Claire’s Hollywood, Hard Candy Celebrate Sequins

I rounded up five from my collection (there are a few more) and decided to put them to the test. These are only the pure-holo-glitter polishes. I do have lots of others with other types of glitter mixed in!

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Halloween Mani!

I admit it can intimidating to do theme manicures for me because all around the nail world are bloggers and non-bloggers alike who are so talented with stamping, nail art, and free-hand painting! I, however, am not one of those people. I’ve tried my hand at stamping a few times and failed miserably at water-marbling…. but I still like to rock a fun themed mani from time to time.

I gathered up a few Halloween-inspired polishes and a sheet of nail vinyls and set to work.

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OPI – Grape… Set… Match!

Although recently I’ve been wearing lots of indie polishes, I do have a big spot in my heart (and polish stash) for OPI. My biggest problem with OPI is the huge collections they come out with… and they do it multiple times per year, so it’s hard to keep up with all my OPI lemmings! Lucky for me, I found this in a swap group I’m in, and grabbed it while I had the chance. Grape… Set… Match! came out in 2011 in a duo, with a silver holographic glitter topcoat called Servin’ Up Sparkle. The duo was released in honour of Serena Williams competing at the Wimbledon Grand Slam tournament that year, and is aptly called the Glam Slam duo.

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Grape… Set… Match! is a grape purple (surprised?) packed with pink and blue shimmer that give the polish a beautiful shine and duochrome effect. This is 2 coats with topcoat… excuse the tipwear, as I’ve been busy getting my new classroom set up for the school year!

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So pretty! Do you go after older polishes that you missed out on, or do you stick to new releases?! Leave me a comment below and let me know. 🙂 Happy Monday!

OPI – My Signature is “DC”

I’m sure you know by now that OPI released a collection of polishes based on Coca-Cola products. What you may not know is the copious amounts of Diet Coke that is consumed in this household. Yes, I know it’s terrible… but try and stop me! So, needless to say, this polish is right up my alley.

My Signature is “DC” is based off Diet Coke. It’s a shiny, shimmery silver that is very reflective and metallic. The formula is really easy to work with and this is two coats with topcoat. Removal is a pain though, because the shimmery silver just spreads all over your hands… so be patient and have lots of cotton pads ready to go!

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Then, as if the silver reflective surface wasn’t blinding enough… I decided to add a couple coats of BlackLace Cosmetics’ River of Styx to really make it sing!

opi-my-signature-is-dc-coca-cola-collection-swatchGorgeous! Have you picked up any of the Coca-Cola polishes? I received this as a gift as part of the duo that also includes the classic Coca-Cola red, which I’m also loving! Happy Saturday!

Canada Day Mani!

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians! I know the nail world is beginning to fill up with American-flag inspired manis, (which I love seeing!), but I had to rep for all us Canadians… since there are 10 times fewer of us, Canadian flag manis just don’t pop up as much.

I kept it fun and easy for myself this year. Cat from Eat. Sleep. Polish. was super smart and released little maple leaf vinyls to make it 10 billion* times easier to make cute manis. I grabbed those, OPI’s Big Apple Red, Eat. Sleep. Polish.’s Elvis is My Homeboy and Sephora by OPI’s The Golden Age.

*estimated number. Results may vary. 
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 I used two coats of each Big Apple Red and Elvis, and one coat of the Golden Age to accent. The vinyls are super easy to use and I arranged them on my nail in a pattern using tweezers. I finished it all off with a coat of quick dry topcoat. All 3 polishes applied easily and look gorgeous. 
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What are you wearing for Canada Day? Or Independence Day for that matter. Leave a link below and I’ll check out your designs! Enjoy your holiday, ladies!

Eat Sleep Polish – Radiance

Hallelujah!! School is OVER! This teacher can finally relax…. for 4 days. Then my Math course starts. Darn.

Needless to say, the last week of school was incredibly hectic! I went to my old school to see students graduate, finished report cards, organized Kindergarten grad for my students, helped with playday, started packing my room, went to visit my new school… all in 5 days! Yikes. So, that is my reason for neglecting the blog this week! Oopsie.

Today I went back through my files and pulled out a polish I haven’t really featured yet, (if you follow me on Instagram, you know I broke 2 of my nails and chopped the rest).

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Radiance was an extremely limited edition released by Eat. Sleep. Polish. She only sold 10 bottles. I got #17 (because I’m special!). It’s based on the Pantone colour of the year, Radiant Orchid. It has a splash of holo in it too. I used 2 coats with topcoat. If you don’t already follow ESP on Facebook, you should… then you might get in on special releases too.

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Then to mix it up, I added one coat of OPI’s Which is Witch? on my ring finger. It has different sizes and shapes of holographic glitter.

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And don’t forget about my giveaway featuring Eat. Sleep. Polish!! You can win a polish and vinyl pack.  It ends tomorrow.

Visit my post here to see it and enter. Good luck!

OPI – Louvre Me, Louvre Me Not

Given the choice, I would always go with Louvre Me! Please? Paris is so dreamy, and I loved wandering around the Louvre and seeing all the kinds of amazing works of art. I would go back in a second… I mean! Look how beautiful.

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Photo taken by me!

This polish is beautiful too… but not quite as amazing as the real deal. 😉 I used 3 coats because it was slightly patchy in some areas after two coats. I added topcoat as usual. I like the pink shimmer that shows up in the sun!

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The best part is that you can easily grab this polish… unlike a visit to the actual Louvre. I mean, unless you live in Paris. In which case…. can I visit you!? 😉