Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Kiko 270 another foreign glitter that looks great in the shade

What a coincidence, yesterday I also posted an Italian naill polish.  This one I don't get.  It looks completely different in the shade.  It went from an almost non existing blue glitter in ambient light, to a gorgeous blue-green duo-chrome glitter in the shade.

Layering Order:
2 coats Ulta Smoke Screen
1 coat Glitter Tamer
2 coats Kiko 270
1 coat Glitter Tamer
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, February 27, 2012

Layla Ultra Violet makes a perfect rainbow on my nails

Does this beauty really need introduction? let's let the pictures do the talking shall we? I've included a lot.  Last picture intentionally blurred to show the holographic effect at its best.

Layering Order:
Nailtek Foundation II
Make Up Store Aqua Base
2 coats Layla Hologram Effect 04 Ultra Violet

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Glitter Week: Rhombus Shaped Glitter

I think it's also called diamond shaped glitter, but I'm not sure.  Besides Love Your Nails Pink Surprise, I don't know what other nail polish has rhombus glitter in it, so it's quite rare.  I found it at a nail supply store, and every time I go to a Beauty Supply store I look for more.  I used the same technique as yesterday, I placed each rhombus one by one on the nail, while the black base was still wet.

Layering Order:
2 coats Pa A112
no name loose rhombus holographic silver glitter in 2 different sizes
Butter London Hardwear

BONUS PICTURES - Rhombus Shaped Glitter Mattified

Friday, February 24, 2012

Glitter Week: Large Square Shaped Glitter

I love square glitter in all sizes, so when I saw this I had to have it.  I initially wanted to do the whole nail checkered, but it looked so good half way that I left it as it was.  I used the same technique as yesterday, applying it one by one over wet nail polish, working one nail at a time.

Layering Order:
2 coats Essie Braziliant
no name loose purple square glitter
Barielle Manicure Extender

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Glitter Week: Round and Drop Shaped Glitter

Another technique that you can try with glitter is applying it one by one on your nails.  Use any base color you'd like, work one nail at a time so that the nail polish is still tacky and the glitter can stick to it.  With a wet orange stick or toothpick pick them up and press slightly.  This technique takes patience, but you can create many beautiful designs like this one and this one.

Layering Order:
2 coats Dote Atraente
no name loose silver glitter in different shapes
Barielle Manicure Extender

BONUS PICTURES - Loose red round glitter

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Glitter Week: Sprinkling

I don't know if this is the correct term, but my friend K says it is, and I trust her, so here we go.  Sprinkling glitters on your nails is the easeiest thing.  You apply basecoat, topcoat or any color you'd like and sprinkle glitter on top.  Give it a few seconds to set, and tap the excess off.  Apply basecoat, gelous or glitter tamer and top coat.  I do this with glitters that melt (remember from yesterday's post?) or bleed too much, and cannot be used for frankening.  I posted sprinkling before with smaller glitter, now I tried it with medium sized hexagonal glitter and the result is not as good I expected, a bit too much if you ask me.  But at least it killed my curiosity, now I know, the smaller the glitter the better for sprinkling.

Layering Order:
1 coat Barielle Manicure Extender
no name loose hexagonal glitter
2 coats Glitter Tamer
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Glitter Week: Frankening

Most of you know what it means, but for those who don't, the term frankening refers to mixing colors and/or loose glitter.  The problem is that some loose glitters melt or bleed.  If they melt, the can be used for sprinkling (which I'll show tomorrow) if they bleed then the glitter looses a bit of color into the base and if it was clear to begin with, then you end up with a colored nail polish, and with a less intensely-colored glitter in it.  Yesterday's franken was made with a glitter nail polish from Claire's, all I did was add some blue and red cremes to it.  For today's franken I used loose glitter on a clear base, this one bleeds a bit, but it was ok because I liked how the base color turned out.  If the glitter does not bleed it's a bonus, and it can be used as a layering nail polish.  The second problem is that glitters sink to the bottom, so I recommend using a "suspension base", Orly Etoile, Orly Love Each Other or Sally Hansen Hard as Nails 300 Rock Candy.  If you have free time, I highly recommend this activity.

Layering Order:
Qtica Basecoat
1 coat no name pink glitter franken
2 coats Glitter Tamer
Barielle Manicure Extender
Orly Drying Drops

BONUS PICTURE - Recipe is equal parts of these glitters added to TKB suspension base

Monday, February 20, 2012

Glitter Week: Butterfly Shaped Glitter

It's always Glitter Week here at Sparkly Vernis, but I decided to kick it up a notch and show you unique glitters and unconventional ways to wear glitter.  First up, it's a franken I made a while back, paired with one of my favorite Japanese nail polishes.  Pink butterflies and flowers in a bottle? too cute to be true, but it is!

Layering Order:
2 coats no name purple franken
2 coats Pa AA12
1 coat Glitter Tamer
Seche Vite Topcoat