Phantom Frights Starry Nights

Can you tell I had a fun time playing with this mani?

This is a polish by Nail Deco and it is called ‘Phantom Frights.’ I have had this for an undetermined amount of time. I, sometimes, will use the time line of my marriage to figure out how long I have held on to something. Did I get it before or after marriage? Since we will be celebrating our 9th anniversary on 11/1, and it is before then, that’s a long time to have nail polish.

This polish is in a clear base with iridescent, micro and quarter moon glitter. There are black stars floating in there as well.

It wasn’t clear in my head what would be the best base polish to use to truly highlight ‘Phantom Frights.’ Since I was probably only going to use this polish just one time this holiday for it, I wanted to make is special.

I’m too fickle to land on just one…

I gathered polishes that I thought would play well with ‘Phantom Frights.’ So, this is what I got:
Thumb-Cosmetic Arts unnamed Turquoise; Index-Ulta ‘Not From Concentrate’; Middle-Urban Outfitters-‘Ashtray’; Ring-Color Club random bright green; Pinky-Finger Paints-‘To-Teally Chic’.

I played A LOT…

Thumb-Cosmetic Arts unnamed Turquoise;Cosmetic Arts unnamed Baby Blue; Ring-Ulta’s ‘Something Blue’-Pinky-Sally Hansen’s Complete Manicure-‘Dive Deeper’.

I did my thumbs both with Cosmetic Arts Turquoise because that is the base shade I liked best.

All base coats, as well as glitter polish, are 2 coats. I didn’t put on a top coat as I knew I was only going to have it on a couple of days. And yes, that glitter was a pain to remove. But I got a couple of comments from strangers that they thought it looked fun. These two people were quite amused when I explained the concept of manicure ‘Skittles.’

Which one do you like best?

China Glaze’s CG in the City With Skittles

I have been doing ‘skittle’ manicures lately to highlight several different looks that an overlay polish can create. I, recently, did a skittles mani and reviewed it here.

So, here I am, at it again. First is China Glaze’s ‘CG in the City’…

‘CG in the City’ (get it…CG = China Glaze) is a wholesome, sparkly confection. In a purple, translucent base, there is silver, iridescent and dark purple glitter…lots of it. I wanted the look of the polish in the bottle to be the same as on my nails.

I didn’t get what I was looking for…

¬†After I did the pinky, with 3 coats of ‘CG in the City’ and didn’t get the opaqueness I was looking for, I went looking for a way to give this polish more flavor.

That means SKITTLE TIME…

First is, China Glaze’s ‘Cyperspace’; Color Club’s ‘Give Me A Hint’; Cult Nail’s ‘My Kind of Kool-Aid’; Color Club’s ‘I Believe in Amor’; and Cosmetic Art’s No Name Bright Pink.

Each one of these is gorgeous in it’s own right…

China Glaze’s ‘Cyperspace’; Color Club’s ‘Give Me A Hint’; Cult Nail’s ‘My Kind of Kool-Aid.’

Color Club’s ‘I Believe in Amor’; and Cosmetic Art’s No Name Bright Pink.

Here is what they each look like with one coat of ‘CG in the City’…

From thumb to pinkie: Color Club’s ‘I Believe in Amor’; Cult Nails’ ‘My Kind of Kool-Aid’; Color Club’s ‘Give Me a Hint’; and 3 coats of China Glaze’s ‘CG in the City.’

On the right thumb, I have Cosmetic Arts’ No Name Bright Pink…

As gritty as these may look, after one top coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat,’ this wasn’t really all that bumpy. I think if I would have put on a coat of Seche Vite, maybe even, two coats, it would have been really smooth. However, I don’t mind gritty polish. Just as long as it doesn’t snag my clothes or peel off like some large glitter will do.

Take one more look and I’ll tell you what my favorites are..

The middle finger has Cult Nails’ ‘My Kind of Kool-Aid’ applied. It gives the look lots of depth. The iridescent and silver glitter show up quite well. This is my second favorite pairing.

On the index finger, I used China Glaze’s ‘Cyberspace.’ It is a very glittery polish on its own. As a purply-beige, it polishes opaque and, the glitter is more subdue than the ‘CG in the City.’ Putting them together creates a dusty lavender with a lot of glitter inside. The balancing act of the purple ‘CG in the City’ and the purplish-beige in ‘Cyberspace’ softens the overall shade. This is my favorite combo.

Tell me which combo you like or, do you think you’d wear ‘CG in the City’ alone?

Hypnotizing Skittles

Almost everyone likes Skittles. Even if they don’t, they do know what they are.

In nail blog land, skittles means putting different color polishes on each of your nails. It also can mean using the same polish as an overlay and different base coats or, vice versa.

This time, I’m going to show you different base coats to showcase Cult Nail’s ‘Hypnotize Me’ as an overlay.

‘Hypnotize Me’ is a jelly polish with a light, translucent green base. Then it is loaded up with a ton of green and turquoise glitter.

Here’s the line up of the base polishes I tried out with ‘Hypnotize Me’…

First, is ‘Hypnotize Me’; Sally Hansen’s Nailgrowth Miracle ‘Gentle Blossom’; Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear ‘Black Out’; Cosmetic Arts no name Baby Blue; and last, Artmatic’s #37 white creme.

Here is a closer look at each of these…

This is ‘Hypnotize Me’ alone on my thumb. This is 2 coats, no top coat.

And, here are the skittles…

From top to bottom: Cosmetic Art’s ‘Baby Blue’; Artmatic #037; SH’s ‘Black Out’; and SH’s ‘Gentle Blossom.’ Each base is 2 coats and 2 coats following with ‘Hypnotize Me.’ Looking at these, I bet you thought I’d go with the ‘Black Out.’

Well, I was until I looked at this shade and changed my mind…

This is ‘Vintage Velvet’ from Finger Paint’s new Fall collection.

Pretty wicked together. Reminds me of the ocean. I have 2 coats of ‘Vintage Velvet’ and 2 coats of ‘Hypnotize Me.’ I don’t have on any top coat. ‘Hypnotize Me’ is shiny enough without one.

Cult Nails can be purchased from their website. Finger Paints are found at Sally’s. It might seem odd, but I enjoyed wearing my skittles for the day.

I like the grape flavored Skittles. Which one do you like? How are you going to wear your ‘Hypnotize Me’?