Fast Track (District 6 – Transportation) is from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol. I originally bought this shade for my neutral loving mom, but loved it so much on her that I went out and bought my own bottle as well as and a backup bottle. Fast Track is the polish representing District 6 – Transportation, but for me this color really doesn’t really remind me of transportation, but I loved it so much I can overlook a little inconsistency within a collection of polishes. I layered one thick coat of Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) on my ring finger.

Fast Track is a dusty creme beige base that has a beautiful gold flaked shimmer. It is a work safe color with more than just a hint of the beautiful gold shimmer. The formula of this polish is just fantastic. It is sheer on the first coat and looks nearly opaque in two but still had a bit of visible nail line. I finally built up the polish to three coats, but the polish dries quickly so it wasn’t a problem.

Luxe and Lush is such a versatile top coat, it is so beautiful when worn on an accent nail. You can see the pink/gold and pale blue/green shifts when worn over when worn over Fast Track. Here it really looks like shards of glass.

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I was tagged by Nicole over at Polish Me Please one of my favorite blogs. So here I bring you my answers to the Q&A game. Most people have already taken this particular quiz but if you haven’t join in the fun 🙂

1.      When did you start your blog?

I finally started at the end of last year. I have had a love of nail polish for several years.

2.      What is your go-to nail look?

I love pink nails, but a French manicure is always a classic go to look for me.

3.      Would you rather: Have your nails cut down to the nail bed for the rest of your life OR never wear makeup again?

Well my nails are super short half the time anyways, so I think I would choose my nails to be cut down to the nail bed.

4.      What is one thing you wish you would have known as a teen than you know now?

Well I am still 19, so this may not be a good question for me to answer… I guess I would say appreciate what you have.

5.      If you could only have 3 nail products/polishes for the rest of your life, what would they be?

I would choose my bottle of OPI’s Teenage Dream, Glitter Gal Silver Halo Glitter, and a nail file I cannot stand chipped/rough nails.

6.      What is one album you could listen to on repeat and never get sick of?

I am not a big music person, but I love the musical Wicked’s soundtrack.

7.      What is one of your pet peeves?

This may not be a “pet peeve” but I really hate chipped nail polish. One chip I can deal with but when it’s completely ragged it drives me nuts. This is why I change my polish so often.

8.      What would be your perfect day?

I would honestly say a day at Disney World with my boyfriend. It is my favorite place in the world, yet he has never had a chance to go. I would love to share that experience with him.

9.      Do your family and friends know about your blog?

Yes, not that all of them read my blog.

10.  What is the last song you listened to OR the song currently stuck in your head?

Currently I am listening to A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.

11.  Share your personal mantra or a good quote. 🙂

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter, but if I had to pick a single quote it would be: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Albus Dumbledore

 

 

Smoke & Ashes and Luxe and Lush are from the China Glaze Collection Colours From the Capitol  which were inspired by the recently released Hunger Games movie. I saw it last weekend and is amazing 🙂 I also just started the second book, sorry I will get back to the nail polish now. So far I have only picked up three polishes from this collection Smoke and Ashes, Luxe and Lush, and Fast Track. Even though I was extremely excited for this collection when I saw them in person I was reluctant to pick up every color. Smoke and Ashes (representing District 12 – Mining) is a not quite black, but very dark blue base that contains green and blue glass  flecks. Luxe and Lush (representing District 1 – Luxury) is a top coat with irregularly shaped crystalline  mylar flakes that looks like shards of glass.

As far as formula goes for Smoke and Ashes I have few complaints, it is a  thick but smooth polish that is very pigmented and covers the nail beautifully in almost one coat. I applied two coats to even things out, I would recommend a longer drying time between coats because I ran into flooded cuticles and some dragging with my second coat. As far as the glass flecks go they are beautiful in direct sunlight and less visible in the pictures than in person. I am always cautious when it comes to wearing polish that looks like it will stain nails, so I doubled up on the base coat just to be safe.

Luxe and Lush is amazing top coat that has mylar flakes suspended in a clear milky base. It is essentially everything I wanted  China Glaze Snowglobe to be. I tried brushing this on in the traditional way and it just doesn’t work with these kinds of polish. I found that I had to drip or smear the flakes on to the nail and move them around until I had desired coverage. The flakes shift depending on the base color worn, but I can see blue/green and pink/gold shifts when worn over Smoke and Ashes. This was a really hard polish to photograph, but it looks so amazing in person.

 

I started out by applying three coats of OPI’s Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj mini collection released January 2012. Pink Friday is a creamy light bubblegum pink that applies streaky so I need every bit of the three coats to even out the color. It also takes a long time to dry. If you apply carefully you will most likely be just fine, but I found that I had trouble with large air bubbles coming to the surface, I think that this is mostly due to user error/frustration with the streaky formula. The color lies somewhere between a light pastel and a bubblegum pink. I would be reluctant to use it again, but if you really like the crazy color combinations in the Nicki Minaj collection I would invest in the OPI mini bottles like I did.

Here is how I made the cute dinosaur (mostly to cover up the horrible bubbles).

1) I painted my nails with three coats of OPI’s Pink Friday.

2) Then I applied a coat of Seche Vite which improved the overall smoothness of Pink Friday.

3) Then I used my homemade dotting tool to make the dinosaurs (see the diagram below) I started out with the oval body, start with plenty of polish on the dotting tool and drag out the dot until you get an oval shape. Drag out a tail to one side. Make the dot for the head you are done with the first color.

4) Then using a second corresponding color make a tiny dot for the eye and 4 to 5 dots on the back of the dinosaur.

5) Make as many dinos as you like, I only did one on the ring finger and thumb nails and apply a top coat.

Thanks for reading it is hard to believe that this is already my 50th post.

Here it is as promised my first jelly sandwich manicure. I love the subtle glitter shimmering from below the layer of pink jelly polish. Here are the steps 🙂

1) First apply 3 coats OPI’s Do You Think I’m Tex-y? or any other jelly or sorbet finish polish on all nails.

2) I applied Seche Vite and wore my manicure for a full day before adding the glitter. You can do this manicure in one sitting, but just make sure the polish is completely dry.

3) You can either apply the glitter polish over the whole nail or you can use a makeup sponge to create a glitter gradient effect like I did. I used a makeup sponge to lightly sponge the glitter polish (I used OPI’s Teenage Dream) starting at the base of my nail and worked toward the tips.

4) Let the glitter polish completely dry, then apply an additional coat of your jelly polish evenly over all nails. This leaves you with the glitter sandwich effect. You can simply leave the manicure as is or apply your favorite top coat. 

I love how the jelly polish tones down the wild and crazy pink sparkle from Teenage Dream but still allows the color shifting to take place on the holographic multicolored reflective glitters.

Do You Think I’m Tex-y? is a cleverly named polish from the OPI Texas Collection. It is a redish-pink berry color with the OPI “sorbet” finish, which is a jelly- finishes. I love the high gloss and the squishy wet look the polish has even when dried, unfortunately there is a very visible nail line afer 3 coats which is unavoidable with jelly polishes. It is really not an issue on my nails due to lost a battle with a Smart Water bottle cap over spring break :(. I had to cut all my nails super short after I mutilated both of my index fingernails.

As far as formula goes it applies smoothly and dries quickly. I had to use 3 coats in the photos because the polish is so sheer. I love jelly polishes, but it just seems to be missing the shimmer factor that I love so much, so tomorrow I am going to be attempting a jelly polish sandwich. This is where you apply a glitter polish between layers of a jelly polish.

OPI Last Friday Night

Last Friday Night is a very sheer blue glitter from the Katy Perry OPI Collection. Last Friday Night is densely packed with tiny foil micro-glitter and larger blue, pink and green hexagonal glitter in a pale blue jelly base.  It has a bad reputation due to issues with opacity and for being different from the promotional pictures.  For me it is just too sheer of a color to wear it on its own, but it makes a great top coat and I love it for half-moons. In the photo above I have one coat of Last Friday Night layered over two coats of OPI Azure for Sure (reviewed here).

With my half-moon nails Last Friday Night (previously posted here) is pictured over a clear base coat. It really shows how light the jelly blue base looks on the nail compared to how it looks in the bottle.

I find that Last Friday Night looks very similar to China Glaze’s Snow Globe. I will post a comparison sometime soon. As far as formula goes application is easy, especially for a glitter. It dries quickly with a slightly rough texture but can easily be smoothed with a clear top coat such as Seche Vite.

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