Archive for July, 2011

Glitter Gal: 3D Holographic Black Swatches & Review

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3D Holographic Black (H701)

Hello Everyone!

Firstly I would like to thank my lovely boyfriend for letting me take over his laptop so I could post today. :-) Hopefully I will have mine back up and running as soon as I finish arguing with ASUS customer service. I haven’t even had the thing for a year and the power cord is already busted. :evil:

Annnnnyway, today I’ve got an amazing polish from an Australian company to show you all today. This one is 3D Holographic Black by Glitter Gal, and I’ll warn you now that this post is picture heavy because I’m in love. :-P

All swatches are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat. Clicking the photos below will bring you to my Flickr account where you can view larger images. :-)

 


3D Holographic Black

3D Holographic Black (H701)
3D Holographic Black is a highly pigmented black polish with a linear prismatic effect. The bottles are quite tiny (9ml/0.3 fl oz) but you really don’t need much polish to get the job done. I reached full opacity with just one coat! I did apply a second coat for this mani to see if it made a difference but it really wasn’t necessary.
3D Holographic Black (H701)
The application on this one was fantastic. Although the bottle is small it comes with a full-sized brush that is soft and it glides across the nail with ease, the polish went wherever I wanted it to go. :-)
3D Holographic Black (H701)
I wish the sun had been out when I did this mani because if this is how the polish looks under camera flash I’m sure it’s a stunner in natural sunlight! I’ll try to snap some pictures in the sun later today and add them to the post if I can. ;-)
3D Holographic Black (H701)
3D Holographic Black (H701)
The holographic effect is less dramatic indoors and in low lighting, but unlike other linear holos it does not disappear entirely. 3D Holographic Black takes on more of a subdued/almost scattered holo effect in low lighting, similar to the pictures shown above.
3D Holographic Black (H701)
Here’s a close-up to show you the prismatic effect. Isn’t it just gorgeous?! I’m really hoping the sun comes out today so I can show you some outdoor photos as well. :-D


Final Thoughts:

I am absolutely smitten with 3D Holographic Black! I’ve been wanting a black linear holographic polish for ages and the fact that I have finally found a nice strong one has me on cloud nine. :-D I’m also quite happy with the availability of this one since Glitter Gal has a stockist in the US. I didn’t feel like I had to give up my first-born [cat] to have this in my hot little hands. ;-)

Purchase Info:

Glitter Gal polishes can be purchased on their official website and various internet stockists (list provided on their site). I purchased 3D Holographic Black via their US stockist, llarowe. She has been absolutely WONDERFUL to do business with and she kept me fully updated on my items before, during, and after they shipped. I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about her. :-) Glitter Gal polishes retail for $14.99 per 0.3 fl oz/9ml bottle of polish.

Weekly Roundup: 7/17 – 7/23

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Hello!Clarence

Sorry this roundup is getting posted so late in the week! My laptop has been giving me issues on and off since this past weekend and it’s making it hard to me to post consistently. I actually have to send it in for repair this weekend. :-( Hopefully it won’t take too long to get it back, I feel naked without it! Luckily, my wonderful boyfriend said that I could use his laptop for the nail blog until mine comes back to me. Isn’t he the best?! :-D

 

Beauty Blogazon Roundup
NOTD: Delicious Diamonds over Dull Duochrome (hehe) Drebel 
Re-Swatch: OPI DS Sapphire Life And Polish
LTHP shows us polishes with a great cause. Let Them Have Polish
Vintage Pink Lilly Pulitzer Print Nails: Bookworm Nails
Dr’s Remedy Hot Hot Hot Summer Shades for Summer 2011 – Midnight Manicures
Blue Hydrangea by Nubar Nailderella Nails
Cotton Candy Skies Polish Pauper
Too Dupe or Not Too Dupe?  ChG Nova v. OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle Polish Insomniac
How does Urban Decay’s Meltdown hold up? Beauty Thesis
My Favourite Foundation Combo  Style Eyes
100 followers and a Giveaway! Painted Pixies
Make Up For Ever Giveaway Addicted To All Things Pretty
OPI Touring America Glitter.Gloss.Garbage

 

Rie’s Picks
OPI Sonic Bloom (Black Label!) – Chiki’s Nails
Nautical Living Water – ChitChat Nails
Harry Potter Nails – Cosmetic Cupcake
From The Vault: A Tribute To Amy Winehouse*Emerald Sparkled
No Room for the Blue – Enamel Girl
OPI Miss Universe Collection Swatches and Review – Fashion Polish
Illamasqua Fern – Gilded Nails
How To: Find Your ‘Borrowed’ Photos With Google Image Search – Lacquerized
Color Club Back To Boho Collection Fall 2011 Swatches and Review – Scrangie

 

 

* – Post is from 7/26 but I wanted to include it anyway.

Illamasqua: Raindrops Swatches & Review

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Raindrops

Morning!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty fun and busy, I’m actually still pretty tired from it all! Today I have Raindrops by Illamasqua to show you. This polish was released as one of three winners of the Nail Varnish Competition that was held last year by Illamasqua. This gave polish fans across the world the chance to create their perfect shade of nail polish!

All swatches show below are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.

 


Raindrops

Raindrops
Raindrops
Raindrops is a sheer light grey jelly polish that is filled with irregular silver flecks. I found the application on this one to be a bit streaky with the first coat but it eventually evened out. This is three medium coats.
Raindrops
Raindrops
Here you can seen some cuticle oil I didn’t rub in completely, haha! :-P Looking past that, you can view the lovely silver shimmer flecks that are present throughout the polish.


Final Thoughts:

I really like this polish. Since it is a jelly I expected Raindrops to be more on the sheer side, requiring more layers to create the level of opacity that I prefer. If you layered this over a nice grey polish you would get results that are just as nice. You can view some layering options at Nihrida’s Blog. The creator of this polish stated that she was inspired by watching raindrops running down the window while riding on the monorail, you can view her blog post about the polish here. I can certainly say that Illamasqua did an excellent job of translating her idea into a nail polish, because I envision the same calm rainy day when I look at my nails. :-)

Purchase Info:

Raindrops can be purchased exclusively through the Illamasqua website for £13.50 per 15ml/0.5 fl oz bottle. You can also find other Illamasqua polishes at Sephora stores nationwide and on Sephora.com for $14 per 0.5 fl oz bottle.

Cult Nails: Cruisin’ Nude Swatches & Review

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Cruisin' Nude

Happy Friday!

I’m pretty pumped about today being Friday because it’s the start of my weekend. Where I work my schedule is four days on (midnight shift)/four days off, so now I get to spend this Friday through Monday doing whatever I want! I plan on spending lots of time at the beach (weather permitting), getting caught up on some of my neglected video games, and enjoying my time with friends and the manfriend. Oh yes, I plan on playing with a TON of my untried polishes too. ;-)

Today I’m excited to show you something a little different, Cruisin’ Nude by Cult Nails. I honestly don’t think I’ve EVER worn a nude colored nail polish so this is new territory for me. :-D

All swatches shown were done with Seche Vite as my top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher as my base coat.

 


Cruisin’ Nude

Cruisin' Nude
Cruisin’ Nude is a pretty taupe creme with a subtle pink shimmer. The two pictures shown above and below are similar, but I think the second photo shows off the hidden pink shimmer a bit more due to the slightly changed angle. I feel like we could play a game of “Find The 20 Differences” with this, haha! :-P Cruisin’ Nude was a bit thick but it still spread like butter across my nail, and after two coats it self leveled into perfection.
Cruisin' Nude
At first I didn’t know how I felt about Cruisin’ Nude because I’ve never used a nude polish before and this was practically a foreign concept for me. In the past I figured that if I wanted nude nails I would just not wear nail polish, you know? :-P But after staring at my nails for a few minutes I decided I liked it. I think it gives me the ‘Mannequin Hands‘ look that I hear people mentioning in the wild world of nail polish. ;-)
Cruisin' Nude
Cruisin' Nude
The pink shimmer is what sets Cruisin’ Nude apart from other nude/beige/taupe nail polishes. It’s quite the subtle effect, but in certain lighting (especially direct sunlight) you are suddenly smacked in the face by this little flash of color! I love hidden shimmer in nail polishes, it makes me feel like I’m in on a secret that only the ‘cool kids’ get to share. :-D


Final Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a nude polish with a little pop of color I think Cruisin’ Nude would be a good fit. :-) I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience with the Cult Nails brand so far. Maria (creator and fellow blogger) is certainly an innovator when it comes to color selection and variety.

Purchase Info:

Cruisin’ Nude is currently sold out, but fret not because Maria is bringing it back! The pre-sale is available on the Cult Nails website and orders for Cruisin’ Nude should be shipping out in Late August/Early September. The nail polishes retail for $10/ea for a .5 fl oz bottle. You can also pre-order the upcoming Hypnotic Fall 2011 Collection (sneak peek here) at a discounted price of $30 for all four polishes until July 31st. :-D

A-England: Avalon, King Arthur, Tristam Swatches & Review

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Avalon, King Arthur, Tristam

Hey Everyone!

Today I’m extremely thrilled to be able to share three more polishes from the A-England brand with you all. This time I have Avalon, King Arthur and Tristam. If you missed my review on Lady Of The Lake you can view it here. You’ll also find out more detailed information about the A-England brand, the Mythicals collection, and the lady behind it. :-)

All swatches featured in this post are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat unless otherwise stated.

 


Avalon

Avalon
Avalon is really quite amazing, and a bit of an enigma. It is a royal purple, yet sometimes casts off a blue-ish hue. It gives the appearance of being duo-chromatic, but if you look closely you will realize that it is a trick of the mind. Avalon is filled with incandescent pink and blue shimmer that dances in the light! It is incredibly hard to capture all of the nuances of Avalon on camera, you honestly have to see this one in person to truly appreciate it. *sigh* :-)
Avalon
Here is a macro shot to show you the beautiful hidden shimmer in Avalon. The application for this polish was effortless. It is also very pigmented, I could have easily gotten away with one thick coat. I did two thin coats for consistency.

King Arthur

King Arthur
King Arthur is a stellar dark and almost metallic grey, and in certain lighting you can pick up a hidden blue shimmer as well as the silver! I absolutely love this polish. I am all about grey polish in every variation so to have one with this much depth of color is phenomenal! :-D This is three thin coats, though I could have most likely stopped at two.
King Arthur
You can really make out the silver, blue and even a subtle pink shimmer in this photograph. It is such a wonderful mixture that really sets it apart from any other grey polish that I currently own. You can see a tiny brush stroke in this macro shot but this is the only way you will notice it. Even when looking at the full-sized version of the previous picture I cannot make out any brush strokes that are visible to the naked eye.

Tristam

Tristam
Tristam is a deep rich blue filled with smooth holographic micro-glitter. This one has the scattered holo prismatic effect that I love. Tristam was thicker than King Arthur and Avalon, but it was also extremely pigmented. I achieved full coverage with two coats.
Tristam
This photo was taken with camera flash on to better show off the holographic effect. You can click the picture to view a larger resolution on my Flickr account. :-) As with all other A-England polishes that I’ve had the pleasure to try, I had zero application issues with this one. Tristam dries quickly to a highly glossy finish. I did not use a top coat for my Tristam swatches at all! :-D
Tristam
See what I mean? This sucker has an incredibly glossy finish on its own, though I would definitely recommend a top coat to extend the life of your manicure. I usually get at least 5 days out of A-England polishes with no chips and a bare minimum of tip wear. :-)


Final Thoughts:

Well I can certainly say that so far my experience with the four A-England polishes that I own has been nothing short of spectacular. The formula has been spot on, with highly pigmented color payoff and wear time. I love the square shape of the bottles and the firm yet flexible brush type that Adina has chosen for the brand. I honestly cannot name a favorite because I love them all equally! You can tell by the high quality of the product that Adina really is passionate about nail polish, which is something you don’t always see from larger corporations. The free international postage and shipping promotion may be over, but please don’t let that stop you from checking out A-England. From what I can tell, the shipping and handling prices are still quite reasonable. :-)

Purchase Info:

You can take any polish from The Mythicals Collection home by visiting the A-England official website at www.a-england.co.uk, they retail at £9.00 per 13ml bottle of polish and international shipping is offered. :-D

 

*The products in this post were sent to me for reviewing purposes.

For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Pink(ish) Wednesday: KleanColor Haul

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Mix Signal, Chunky Black Holo, Chunky Holo Candy, Golden Nightmare

Morning!

KleanColor polishes seem to be popping up all over blogs lately, so if you’re sick of seeing them you might want to view some of my previous posts. If you’re sticking around I’ve got some amazing things to show you today! ;-) I’m again blaming this haul on Jeanette. I saw her beautiful pictures of Chunky Black Holo and realized how inexpensive these babies were, so I knew I had to try out the brand. :-D I’m cheating a bit on this one by counting it as a ‘Pink Wednesday’ post. Two out of the four I’m showing you today are pink, the other two are black polishes. What can I say? I’m a rebel. :-P

All swatches shown are done with Seche Vite top coat and Sally Hansen Nail Quencher base coat.

 


Chunky Holo Candy

Chunky Holo Candy
On its own, Chunky Holo Candy is not much to look at. It’s a bright pink/coral jelly with gold glitter, but still quite sheer and even after three coats there is still major VNL (visible nail line). The real magic begins when this polish is layered. :-D
Chunky Holo Candy
Here I’ve layered two coats of Chunky Holo Candy over one coat of Dreamy Poppy by Wet n Wild. Now we’re talkin’! This polish is BRIGHT, almost bordering on neon! My camera was mildly freaking out trying to capture the color on this one. :-P
Chunky Holo Candy
Pictures really don’t do this combination justice, in person this polish is even brighter and super hot! I think this would be an absolutely killer combination for a pedi. :-)
Chunky Holo Candy
Here’s a macro shot to show off the gold glitter throughout this one. My roommate suggested I try layering this polish over a bright orange. I like where her head is at on that one. ;-)
Chunky Holo Candy - busted brush
I do have a few small complaints regarding Chunky Holo Candy. One, the busted brush that came with it. Granted I can cut off that single strand so this is an easy fix, it’s still a bummer to open a brand new polish to find a wonky looking brush. :-( Also, the smell on this was one something to be desired… It is super strong and honestly made me a little light-headed and tear up if I got too close to it for too long. I didn’t have this problem with any of the other ones I purchased. Also, Chunky Holo Candy is NOT a holographic polish. So why the hell did they name it that?! *shrugs*

Mix Signal

Mix Signal
Mix Signal is a sheer light pink jelly polish filled with silver hex glitter and smaller silver glitter particles. I didn’t even bother trying to swatch this one by itself and just skipped straight to layering it. Again I used one coat of Dreamy Poppy by Wet n Wild, this time with one thick coat of Mix Signal layered on top.
Mix Signal
I wish this one was easier to apply, the formula is quite thick and goopy. I literally had to glob the polish on in spots where I wanted the bigger hex glitter pieces to be on my nails, and then not touch that spot again with the brush because it would just pick the glitter back up again. :-?
Mix Signal
Here’s a macro shot to show off the glitter particles. Mix Signal is very sheer so the majority of the color you see comes from the base color I applied (Dreamy Poppy by Wet n Wild).

Golden Nightmare

Golden Nightmare
I will admit that I was originally drawn to Golden Nightmare just because of the name, hehe. :-p When I applied it I was definitely pleased that I purchased it. This black creme base is filled with golden shimmer and irregularly sized gold flecks.
Golden Nightmare
It does dry a bit gritty due to the gold flecks so you will need to use a good and thick layer of top coat for this one. This is two thin coats, though I could have gotten away with one thick coat.
Golden Nightmare
Here you can really see the golden shimmer and the bigger flecks that are spread throughout this polish. I personally think this one is more of a ‘golden dream’ than a nightmare. I don’t have anything quite like it in my collection. ;-)

Chunky Black Holo

Chunky Black Holo
Last but certainly not least, the polish that started my KleanColor lemming: Chunky Black Holo. This one practically speaks for itself, and man is this one a stunner! By itself this one would be quite sheer and I highly doubt it would reach opacity even after several coats. Here I’m showing it layered over one coat of Black Creme by Wet n Wild (BUY THIS, it’s an excellent black creme and quite inexpensive!).
Chunky Black Holo
Unlike its silver hex cousin shown above, the application for Chunky Black Holo was flawless. This is one coat layered over black, just look at the coverage! The formula was thin and easy to spread across the nail and there was no dragging. I’m in love. :-D
Chunky Black Holo
The opalescent hex and small glitter particles steal the show on this one. I’m not sure if I would qualify this one as a holo, but when I look at how awesome my nails are when I’m wearing Chunky Black Holo I really don’t care what it’s named. :-P


Final Thoughts:

Despite one wonky brush and the mind-altering smell of Chunky Holo Candy, I am enjoying my experience with KleanColor. The brand has a wide range of colors and finishes to choose from and the price is certainly right for practically any budget. I definitely plan on trying more from this brand in the future, I have my eye set on the metallics so I think that’s where I’ll start when I make my next purchase. :-D

Purchase Info:

KleanColor polishes can be purchased at BeautyJoint.com, they are currently on sale for $1.75 per bottle and the website does ship internationally. I know a few bloggers that have had issues with their orders arriving with broken or loosely screwed on caps, but I’m hoping it was just a fluke. My package was so well secured with bubble wrap that I had a hard time freeing my polishes! :-)

Nubar Reclaim – Swatches & Review

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Nubar - Reclaim

Morning!

Today I’ve got a polish I’ve had in my stash for quite some time now, but I’m just getting around to trying it. I have no clue why it took me so long to use this stunning green holographic, but now that I have I think it will be making numerous appearances on my nails. :-P

All swatches are done without basecoat or topcoat.

 


Reclaim

Nubar - Reclaim
Nubar Reclaim is a medium green holographic with a linear effect. It was originally released as part of Nubar’s Going Green Collection. Even in low light you can still pick out the prismatic effect on this one. This is two coats.
Nubar - Reclaim
I had no application issues with Reclaim. The brush was pliable and the polish was smooth and easy to spread across my nails. And man does it dry glossy, this is with no top coat folks! :-D
Nubar - Reclaim
Nubar - Reclaim
I will have to re-apply this one with a base and top coat to see if the ease of application and the holographic effect are modified in any way. I will certainly update everyone on this post if there are any changes. :-)


Final Thoughts:

Now that I own Reclaim I can see why so many people are fans of this lovely green polish. In my experience, most linear holographic lacquers are tricky and generally apply in a patchy mess. With Reclaim I did not have this issue. Not to mention the fact that I am a sucker for green polishes in general, it’s my favorite color! Reclaim is limited edition, so I would definitely suggest you make it a part of your collection before it becomes hard to find!

Purchase Info:

You can purchase Reclaim and other Nubar polishes on their official website. Nubar polishes retail for $7.49/each for a .5oz bottle.

Cult Nails Hypnotic Collection for Fall 2011: Sneak Peak!

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Cult Nails – Fall 2011
HYPNOTIC COLLECTION
Available for pre-sale now through July 31, 2011
Pre-orders will ship late August / early September
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Four enchanting new shades that will have you spellbound

Fall 2011 – Hypnotic Collection

The Hypnotic Collection includes 4 new shades by Cult Nails.‘In a Trance’shifts from olive green to a muted gold and has an enchanting shimmer that brings it to life.‘Enigmatic’ is a purple base with silver shimmer that draws flashes of red, blue, purple, and pink sparkle in the sunlight.

‘Awakening’ is a muted teal that has a rich creme finish that dries to the perfect Cult Nails shine and is perfect for any skin tone and age group.

Finally, ‘Hypnotize Me’ lives up to it’s name as an ice green sheer jelly with vibrant blue and green glitter that is marvelous on its own or layered over any color in this collection!

 


 

Cult Nails polishes retail for $10 (USD) for each 0.5 fl oz bottle; pre-sales for this collection will cost $30 (USD) for the set of 4 (plus the cost of shipping).

It’s time to get HYPNOTIZED…

 

Picture shown is property of Cult Nails – http://www.cultnails.com/

Weekly Roundup: 7/10 – 7/16

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Hello!Clarence

I hope you all had a great weekend.  It’s been INSANELY hot where I live so I spent most of the time trying to stay cool in front of my air conditioner.  :-P I did see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and it was amazing, I definitely cried though. I think it was an amazing end to a wonderful series. Now I can finally start reading the books! ;-)

 

Beauty Blogazon Roundup
NYX creamy, dreamy Mega Shine lipglosses- Beauty Mamas 
 502-Bright Lights Big Color
 LTHP shows Orly’s Happy go Lucky Collection
 Le Metier De Beauty’s Rock ‘n Romance Anniversary Collection for Nordstroms- Midnight Manicure
Channeling love for yellow in a fun, glowy, summery look- Beauty Thesis
Purple Eye of the day with a nude lip (video tutorial included)- Purple Eye Diamond
Why Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Doesn’t Fit Me- Cosmetically Challenged
Harry Potter Week: Day 5 Life and Polish
 DS Sapphire Nailderella Nails 
  Stormy Weather, forget you Polish Pauper
My biggest product disappointment of June Royal Beauty Designs
MAC Me Over Fall 2011 Preview Glitter.Gloss.Garbage
China Glaze Metro Chic Collection Addicted To All Things Pretty

 

Rie’s Picks
BB Couture ‘Eye Candy’ Men’s Collection: Swatches & Review – Also Known As…
Milani Totally Cool (Revisited) – Chiki’s Nails
My Kind of CultNails – ChitChat Nails
OPI DS Ruby – Imperfectly Painted
Harry Potter Nails – Glitta Gloves
H&M Peppermint Fusion – Lacquerized
Dior Vernis #908 Tuxedo (Swatches & Review) – Ommorphia Beauty Bar
Stamping Over Chanel Peridot – Scrangie
China Glaze Fall 2011 Metro Collection Swatchs – The PolishAholic

Adventures in Konading – Leopard Spots

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Konad Stamp m57

Happy Saturday Everyone!

I received my Konad stamping kit in the mail earlier this week and I immediately had to try it out. My first attempt was to do a gradient with a stamping pattern over it. I quickly remembered that I’m not very good at free-hand nail art, so that was a huge fail. :-P After that I decided to keep it simple and chose the leopard spot stamp from the m57 plate. I think I did a pretty darn good for never using the Konad system before. Onto the pictures!!

 


Peach Leopard?

Leopard Spots
Leopard Spots
I recently got overzealous with my nail filing and brought them down to super short nubbins, so bear with me as they grow back out. :-P I used the white Konad special stamping polish that came with my kit for the spots, What Do You Think? by Essence for my base color, and Rouge Andalou by NARS for filling in the leopard spot pattern. :-)
Leopard Spots
Here’s a picture of both hands, mostly because I wanted to test out the self timer on my camera and also to show of my favorite opal ring. ;-)

Konad Stamp m57
Here’s a close up of the m57 plate, it’s got quite a few nice patterns on it so I’ll have to play around with it more. I want to use the french tip ones once my nails grow up a bit.
What Do You Think?
Here’s What Do You Think? all by itself. It’s a nice peachy coral by Essence that I got as part of one of my blog sale buys. ^_^ This is two coats. What Do You Think? is a dupe for Chanel’s Orange Fizz, so that killed a lemming for me and I spent a fraction of the $25 Chanel price tag. :-D


Final Thoughts:

I enjoyed my first experience with Konad stamping. I think it’s a fairly quick and easy way to spice up your manicure. I have to experiment with it and see which regular nail polishes work well with the system, but I think that will be part of the fun. ^_^

Purchase Info:

Essence nail polish can be purchased from Ulta.com for $.99/each, what a steal! You can buy Konad supplies from WowSoCool.com and the Born Pretty website (listed under Nail Art Stamping).

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