Nicole Glitz and Glisten

3 coats, sunlight

Nicole by OPI’s Glitz and Glisten is a clear base filled with purple micro glitter. It’s very sparkly and pretty but (to me) almost useless on its own. This was three coats and you still can see my nail. So what’s a girl to do in this situation? Layer of course!

I didn’t really put much thought into what polishes would match with this glitter. The only one that I knew would match was Nicole’s The Grape Debate as it came with Glitz and Glisten in a set when I purchased it from the US. True enough, it was the best combination. The purple glitter on the dark purple creme base looks really dazzling, almost like purple stars in the sky! My second favourite has to be the combination with China Glaze Sugar High.

In the end, I decided to go for a more subtle look using glitter just at the nail tips. Here is OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy as the sheer milky base; China Glaze Snow Globe as the first layer of glitter at the tips; Nicole Glitz and Glisten as the second layer of glitter; and finally, China Glaze White Cap as the overall wash covering the nail.

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Illamasqua Milf

Cheryl’s nails, 2 coats, sunlight

This is my last Illamasqua nail polish and boy, do I want more! Milf is a pale minty creme that looks like the perfect vintage green to me. I think this shade is extremely wearable, even for people who are scared of green. It’s not too bright, not too pale and not too cotton candy like. It’s kind of faded. The only grouse I have with this polish is that its thickness. The polish started bunching up by the second coat on Cheryl’s nails.

Liwen’s nails, with OPI Jade Is The New Black

This is a simple green manicure for Liwen, who wore this over Christmas, although I should have made it more festive by putting gold sparkles.