Patriotic Graffiti Nails

Ah, Memorial Day weekend! I finally have a little time for myself after an intense period of rehearsals and concerts, so here I am celebrating Memorial Day with some abstract red, white, and blue (and silver) patriotic nails for a different take on the flag.

To start, I painted all my nails with Jelly Belly + Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in 621 Coconut. Can you believe I found this at Duane Reade the other day in the clearance section for just $1.24? I applied 3 coats to all my nails to get an even finish and waited for them to dry completely before continuing.

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I used the Nicole Diary-094 plate for the fun assortment of squiggles and shapes that it offered. Layering different patterns from it, I was able to make a graffiti-like version of the American flag.

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Shattered Mirror Nails

Not too long ago, I dropped my phone and cracked the screen for the first time ever! It’s limited to only 2 corners, so it doesn’t really get in the way, but for a perfectionist like me, it’s annoying! I’m due for a new phone upgrade anyway, so maybe it’s a sign… In any case, it inspired the creation of this shattered mirror nail art.

I began by painting all my nails with black gel polish. Because I knew I was going to apply chrome powder over my base, I didn’t mind using one of my lower quality gel polishes to do the job. This black gel polish in color 01 from Born Pretty’s Solid Color Series was the very first gel polish I owned and was part of their silver chrome starter kit. My, how far we’ve come since then! Now I know not to wipe off the tacky layer between coats of color and to use a good gel base coat with it! This shade still left much to be desired in terms of coverage as 2 thin coats still wasn’t very opaque, but like I said, I wasn’t picky about it because I knew I was topping it with a chrome powder.

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Each coat cured for 60 seconds in a 48W UV/LED lamp.

I then applied and cured a coat of Clavuz No Wipe Top Coat prior to applying a silver chrome powder from IMethod Beauty over it with a sponge applicator. The results are super shiny and reflective, and you can’t tell that the black polish underneath it had uneven coverage.

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Another layer of Clavuz No Wipe Top Coat was applied over the powder to seal it into place.

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Review of Born Pretty Glitter Thermal Polish in BP-GT02 Cloud of Purple Sky

Today’s review covers some of my favorite things: glitter, color changing polish, and peel off ability! Would you believe that you can get all of this out of one product?

This magical polish comes from Born Pretty’s Glitter Thermal series, and the color featured here is BP-GT02, Cloud of Purple Sky. It is a beautiful lilac shade when cold and turns platinum silver when warm.

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There’s a typo on the box: it should read “Cloud of Purple Sky” as the name of the color.

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Spring Floral Thermal Manicure

I love spring’s soft pastel colors and seeing trees blossoming everywhere. While everyone else is doing cute Easter manicures, I’m reveling in some sophisticated floral patterns.

I started by painting my nails with 2 coats of Born Pretty’s BP-GT02 Cloud of Purple Sky thermal polish. It looks like a breath of fresh air with its shimmery lilac and platinum tones and forms the perfect gradient for flower petals for this manicure.

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Cloud of Purple Sky from Born Pretty is lilac purple when cold and platinum silver when warm.

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Spring Lily Nails

It’s nice to see flowers beginning to bloom all over the place! There’s nothing like the beauty of nature to inspire some nail art.

For this lily manicure, I started by painting my nails a lovely sky blue color using polish from Aimeili. This color is 113 Strongylodon Macrobotrys, and I used 3 coats cured at 60 seconds per coat to achieve the nice opaque creme color you see here.

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3 coats of 113 Strongylodon Macrobotrys were applied for this swatch.

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Review of Aimeili Gel Polish in 023 Silver Glitter Explosion

Today’s review is of a beautiful glitter gel polish from Aimeili, color 023 called Silver Glitter Explosion.

Like all of Aimeili’s polishes, the outer packaging is pretty much identical across the brand. The company uses the same boxes and bottles for all their colors. What differentiates each one is that there is a sticker on the back of the carton with an item specific barcode, and the top of handle of this bottle has a sticker with the number 023 printed on a background that resembles silver glitter so you can identify the color. For this reason, I would store these polishes outside of the cartons in a container where you can see the tops of the bottles easily.

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Aimeili includes an instruction and tips leaflet inside the box, which I have scanned here for your perusal. It contains super helpful information on making your manicure last and how to remove gel polish properly, so I suggest that you read it, especially if you are just starting to use gel polishes.

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Snowflake French Manicure

We’ve had little bits of snow here and there in NYC, although it melts not long after it falls. It’s proved to be the inspiration for this pretty snowflake tipped manicure.

I started by painting my nails with a silver and holo glitter gel polish from Aimeili called Silver Glitter Explosion (#023). It applies mostly clear and looks like fairy dust thanks to the sparkling glitter pieces. I used 3 coats for this manicure to get the coverage shown below.

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