That’s right– Sailor Moon nail polish! Indie polish company Sonnetarium came out with a trio of Sailor Moon-inspired nail polishes. I picked the trio up for my best friend Hoser’s birthday earlier this month and snuck in a bottle of Daydreams & Moonbeams for myself. I’ve been too scared to try it out because I really wanted to surprise my friend! So here it is, finally! Sonnetarium Daydreams & Moonbeams!
This is one coat of Sonnetarium Daydreams & Moonbeams over two coats of Soulstice Spa Venice (a shimmery metallic gold). I wanted to put Daydreams & Moonbeams over another polish because it is quite sheer and to my delight Venice was the perfect underwear for it! The end result looks very similar to what I see in the bottle of Daydreams & Moonbeams!
Sonnetarium Daydreams & Moonbeams is chock-full of tiny red and yellow glitters, small/medium blue and yellow glitters, and red hearts. The best part– I didn’t have to go fishing for glitter. Having to fish out the larger glitter pieces is a nightmare in some polishes, but I kept picking up those heart pieces every other time I dipped the brush into the bottle. Hooray!
I picked up my Sonnetarium polishes from Beauty Pop Shop. I ended up getting on a waiting list there in December/January, so I’m not sure what the deal is there right now.
This turned out to be a fun manicure! I’ve seen my fair share of butterfly wing manicures and I’m always blown away by them– especially the freehand ones. I do not have that kind of talent! But luckily for me, butterfly wing fauxnad stamps exist!
This started with a coat of purple (Soulstice Spa Montreal) and then two coats of China Glaze Glitter All The Way. I laugh whenever I see the name Glitter All The Way because I hear it in my head the way fake Arnold Schwarzenegger says “Jingle All The Way!” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien:
So uh, moving on… on top of that, I added a couple coats of Seche Vite to smooth the glitter (ALL ZEE WAY!) out. I then used my handy-dandy butterfly wing stamp (VL004 from Vivid Lacquer) and Konad Special Black Polish. I went in with a nail dotting tool and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Whirlwind White (R.I.P. my discontinued friend) to fill in the little circles at the top of the butterfly wing pattern.
And there you have it! Butterflies, Conan, Arnold Schwarzenegger… this post had everything. Merry Christmas!:)
I love blue snowflake manicures, so I got out a bunch of icy colours and decided to try my hand at them. This is two coats of Soulstice Spa Montery, a gorgeous dusty blue. On top of that I sponged Girly Bits Hocus Pocus, which is a holo topcoat polish, on the top 3/4 of the nail. On top of THAT I just blobbed on some Milani Diamond Dazzle. I love me some Milani polishes and Diamond Dazzle is a glitter gradient fiend’s best friend!
After all that was dry, I got out my Konad plate M59 and Bundle Monster plate BM-319 and went stamp crazy with the snowflake stamps, Konad Special White Polish, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Silver sweep.
Phew! It sounds like a lot of work, but it really wasn’t!
I did a similar manicure last year, but feel I stepped up my game this time around;) And holy crap how long were my nails! I usually don’t let them get quite that long anymore.
What do you think? Do you have some icy snowflake manicures to share?
Here’s a simple manicure that’s perfect for the holidays! This is two coats of Soulstice Spa Venice, which is a gorgeous metallic champagne gold colour. This goes on like buttah! Actually, all of the Soulstice Spa polishes I’ve tried have gone on like buttah. Gorgeous. Anyway, on top of that I put on two coats of Lynnderella Happy HoloDaze. Happy HoloDaze has red and green round and square bits of glitter in varying sizes, as well as larger holographic silver glitter pieces, all in a clear base. If you’re lucky enough (which I was not), you may even get a piece of holo silver bar glitter. I wish this was more dense (er, denser?) with the bar glitter. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been loving bar glitter so much lately (or visiting The Scholarly Nail and Polished Claws Up so often lately… either way… moar bar glittah!
What colours do you like to wear on your nails during the holidays?
Another quickie for you today! This is two coats of OPI Swimsuit… Nailed It! topped with a coat of Inglot 203. OPI Swimsuit… Nailed It! is a gorgeous shimmery blue. I’m so in love with this polish! It came out a while ago, but I picked it up as some buy two get one free deals at a local beauty supply shop. The Inglot 203 flakie polish is spectacular– amazing green flakies and it is jam-packed!
After all that polish, I used Soulstice Spa Venice to stamp out a peacock pattern with Bundle Monster plate BM-212. I felt it still needed a little something extra, so I used a nail dotting tool and added some Soulstice Spa Montreal to make it even more peacock-y!
Here’s a quickie manicure for you all today– this is two coats of ASK Nailwear’s Classic Peacock with two coats of Ozotic Elytra 528. On my ring finger is a peacock from the Bundle Monster BM15 plate stamped with Soulstice Venice.
With St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, I figured I’d better upload this manicure right away! My husband and I are going to a wedding on Saturday (open bar on St. Patty’s Day? Um, yes please!) and I knew I better do my nails up green so I don’t get pinched!
This is two coats of China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, with one coat of China Glaze Medallion over top. On my ring finger accent nails, I’ve stamped a clover from Born Pretty plate M71 with Soulstice Spa Venice. Four Leaf Clover is notorious for photographing blue. I didn’t do too bad taking photos, but the polish is a lot greener IRL.
I wanted to jazz up my Cover Girl Purplexed manicure from the other day with some Konad, but didn’t want to use my white or black Konad special polishes, and just wasn’t feeling my China Glaze OMG polishes for stamping. I did a little experimenting and was quite happy with the results!
This is Konad plate M63 and Soulstice Spa polish in Venice. I was really happy that Venice showed up so bright! It stamped perfectly! I haven’t tried any other Soulstice Spa polishes for stamping, but I’m assuming any of their shimmery polishes would work well. If you’ve tried some– let me know!
And speaking of Konad, don’t forget about my Konad contest, courtesy of Nail Polish Canada!
A simple manicure today—I attended a local business opening with my boss the other day, and although I never worry about wearing “work appropriate” nail polish, I didn’t think I should show up in a green multichrome polish, either! Unfortunately the weather has been crap, so I only have indoor photos for this one.
I thought this was fun while remaining a little more subtle with my nails than I usually am. This is two coats of Soulstice Spa in Montreal with some Milani Purple Gleam (one of their one-coat glitters) brushed on unevenly on the tips. I ended up using two coats of Seche Vite to smooth everything out. Those Milani one-coat glitters are terrible topcoat eaters. You can see my experience with them in this post. That was actually my very first post on this blog and it’s weird looking at my nails back then, even though it was only six months ago. They look so different now. And I think my photography skills have gotten a bit better, too!
I’ve also found that while I LOVE Seche Vite top coat, I’m suffering from the “polish shrinkage” at the tips. It’s usually not that noticeable, but because I used two coats to tame that Milani glitter topcoat eater, more shrinkage than usual occurred. Boo. Life is hard, haha!
In non-nail news, I’m hoping to get my Christmas tree up soon– FINALLY! I got the cutest cupcake ornaments from Avon. Check them out!
Sparkles and glitters are my favourite additions to holiday manicures. Here’s a quick one today that keeps me staring at my nails!
This is two coats of Soulstice Spa in Montreal. Then I took Milani Diamond Dazzle and put that on about ¾ of the nail starting at the tip. Once that was dry, I took Milani 3D Holographic polish in HD and did some asymmetrical tips to make an ice cap or icicle effect.
Let me know what you think! How do you like to dazzle up your holiday manicures?