Irish Unicorn Nails

If you blog, you’re almost always expected to come up with nails for every holiday. While I never used to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day all that much, my nails certainly have been on board for the past few years! This year’s inspiration came from a student of mine who dressed up as an Irish unicorn for her lesson. I became obsessed with her headband, so she gave me a homework assignment to create some nail art based on it.

My first step was to paint all my nails green. I used Paper Chasing from China Glaze.

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The perfect kelly green- Paper Chasing from China Glaze. Be warned, though- this stuff will stain your nails a shade that Elphaba would find normal!

For more impact and sparkle, I used Emerald City holographic glitter from Dimension Nails over the polish. To apply it, I painted a coat of Paper Chasing over a nail, dipped it into the pot of glitter while the polish was still wet, then used a fan brush to sweep away the excess. This process was repeated for each nail.

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Welcome to the Emerald Isle!

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Review of Aimeili 065 Pink Nude Gel Polish

Seems like there’s a lot of talk about jelly polishes lately, especially with the launch of the new sheer tint collection from Maniology. You won’t be able to stamp with this gel polish from Aimeili, but you will be able to create that coveted stained glass look with it!

The jelly polish in question is color 065 Pink Nude, which is a fairly transparent pink tint that resembles rosewater. It comes in a 10 mL bottle and cures in 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Floral Jelly Polish Manicure

Spring is coming- are your nails ready?

I decided to make a DIY glitter jelly polish out of Aimeili’s 065 Pink Nude gel polish and some pink holographic flakes from Born Pretty. To try to keep things neat, rather than mix the polish and glitter together first, I created a “jelly sandwich” by layering the flakes between coats of jelly polish.

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I applied and cured 2 coats of 065 Pink Nude from Aimeili. This color is a transparent pink whose shade deepens with each layer.

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Review of Aimeili 032 Eur So Chic Gel Polish

In preparation for spring, I’ve got all the pastel colors lined up! Today I’m reviewing Aimeili’s gel polish in 032 Eur So Chic. This mauve toned pink creme is sleek and sophisticated and goes well with all skin colors.

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Holographic Butterfly Manicure

Welcome, Daylight Savings Time! To me, spring seems to start once the clocks jump ahead an hour. While I don’t enjoy losing an hour of sleep, I do enjoy the extra daylight, but the time change always makes me a little nervous that maybe my phone didn’t change the time and that my alarm will go off an hour later than it was supposed to! Hence the inspiration for this pretty butterfly (in my stomach) manicure.

I began by painting my nails with Aimeili’s 032 Eur So Chic gel polish. It is a lovely dusky rose color that looks perfect in 2 coats. Each layer cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Hidden Desires Manicure

Anyone who knows me knows that I adore thermal polishes. It makes me feel like I’m getting the most bang for my buck when I see my nails change colors. But even better is the wow factor involved when you take advantage of the double color effect to hide some stamping!

For this censored manicure, I used Aimeili’s thermal gel polish in TC03 Old Fashioned. This shade is a taupe gray color when warm and completely black when cold, making it the perfect vehicle for hiding black stamping. I applied 3 thin coats to ensure that the gray color had enough coverage and cured each layer for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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TC03 Old Fashioned from Aimeili mid-transition keeps your tips black for a French manicure look.

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The cold color of TC03 Old Fashioned is solid black.

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When your nails come out of the lamp, they will be warm, producing this taupe color.

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Review of Aimeili 016 Tinsel Toast Gold Diamond Gel Polish

Here’s a gel polish with a jelly finish: Aimeili’s 016 Tinsel Toast Gold Diamond. For those who don’t know, a jelly polish is basically a tinted clear lacquer, and it usually serves as the vehicle of choice for glitter particles because it still allows glitter to shine through the formula. This particular color from Aimeili features a dusky rose tinted base and features small silver glitter flakes to serve as the “diamonds” that the name of the polish refers to.

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Don’t be fooled by the bottle shot! This polish is actually a jelly and does not provide dense glitter coverage.

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Musical Nails

As you probably know, I’m a flutist who just happens to paint her nails a lot these days. It’s only natural for me to try to hunt out nail products that feature music notes, and I decided to feature one of my finds in this manicure, for better or worse, as you will soon learn!

I picked Aimeili’s 016 Tinsel Toast Gold Diamond gel polish as a base because of its dusky rose gold color. It surprised me that it painted on as a jelly with silver glitter because I was expecting it to be more gold because of its name, but it happens to match my gold and silver flute, so I was ok with this.

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2 coats of 016 Tinsel Toast Gold Diamond from Aimeili were applied with each layer cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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Review of Aimeili 127 Rosa Multiflora Gel Polish

I’ve been drowning in gel polishes, and I’m nowhere near finished! I can’t say that I mind because gel does such a good job at protecting my nails, and I’ve had the opportunity to try a ton of different brands over the past few months, but I’m still loving Aimeili for their color selection.

Today’s featured polish is color 127 Rosa Multiflora from Aimeili. It is a full coverage glitter polish unlike others that I have seen. This one has a blue toned pink metallic foil flake finish and uses a pink jelly base to cover up any spots that the glitter might have missed. It’s very shiny and reflective, and you can tell that there is a ton of glitter in the formula based on the bottle shot alone.

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The color around the rim of the bottle is more accurate to what the color of the polish is.

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Winter Floral Manicure

Welcome to March! I needed a little pick me up after having such a horrible February, so I came up with this glittery floral manicure. Hope you enjoy it!

I started by painting my nails with 2 coats of 127 Rosa Multiflora from Aimeili. This gel polish has a ton of pink foil flake glitter suspended in a pink jelly base. It’s super shiny and dazzling and would fit in perfectly at a disco.

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2 coats of 127 Rosa Multiflora from Aimeili were applied with each coat cured for 60 seconds in a 36W UV/LED lamp.

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