Halloween Manicure: China Glaze & Cult Nails

My nails haven’t had the limelight at the Vanity lately. I have been wearing polish and enjoying a lot of the Halloween polishes I purchased lately, though. This one seems to not only be my favorite but also the one where my cuticles look their best…

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The base color is Nevermore by Cult Nails. This one-coat black is a staple for me. I love it! The glitter polish is China Glaze’s Rest In Pieces. More than just a glitter polish with orange bar glitter, this one also has orange hex glitter and smaller green iridescent micro and bar glitter. I like that it gives the polish more dimension than with just the orange bar glitter alone.

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I have been using Nailtiques Formula 2 as my base coat and have been for over three months. The goal is to strengthen my nails without drying them out. It seems to have helped but, I also have been putting on some sort of cuticle oil, body oil or hand lotion on at least once an hour to get moisture into my nails and cuticles.

After the Nailtiques, it was one coat of Nevermore and one coat of Rest In Pieces. I topped it off with Seche Vite Top Coat and have been enjoying my spooky nails since.

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Have you had as much fun as I have checking out all the blogs showing their Halloween nail art and makeup looks?  There are some very creative and fun looks this year.

Halloween Pumpkin Skull Nail Polishes Found At Rite Aid

When Halloween rolls around, I get excited for all the new nail polishes. I was super excited to see SKULL GLITTER!!! And, not just black and/or white but other colors!

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These pumpkin polishes are adorable! I got these three at Rite Aid for $3 each. Even though they are pretty to look at, they are a pistol to get that glitter out and on the nails.

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I will be OK with just two or three pieces on a nail. I used Cult Nails as color base coats on these. I used ‘Nevermore’ and “Let’s Get Dirty’…
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The skulls I like are the cutesy kind, not the biker kind, so these are right on the nail for me! Ha!!!

Do you like Halloween polishes? How about skulls?

Straight From Etsy, I Love Nail Polish Holiday Polishes

Can I give you a couple of reasons why I love I LOVE NAIL POLISH brand? First, the combinations of holos and glitters are like nothing I see anywhere else. Also, I can order smaller bottles, which are less expensive, allowing me to purchase a larger variety.

Let me show you a couple of my recent purchases that will insure I’m ready for the holidays…

swatches nails and makeup 041 swatches nails and makeup 044Seriously. ‘Pumpkinhead‘. Nothing will scream Halloween better than this glitter screamfest. I haven’t had any polishes that made me want to stare at them in quite some time. It’s a whole paragraph just to tell you that there is square and different size of hex glitter in this. The green, copper and orange colors are in the right ratio for Fall.

swatches nails and makeup 037 swatches nails and makeup 040“Christmas In Bordeaux’ is the Norman Rockwell for the fingernails. Right? Every single glitter color is Christmas! Square, shard, dot and hex glitters abound. Gold, red and green colors will deck your nails for Yule. (Shhh…beat Santa to the punch. Order the full size of this one at ILNP.com because it’s on clearance!)

No need to pontificate, see for yourself!…

swatches nails and makeup 060swatches nails and makeup 058‘Pumpkinhead’ makes me ready for hayrides and caramel apples…swatches nails and makeup 067“Christmas in Bordeaux’ will get you in the mood to hang tinsel and string popcorn for the tree…

swatches nails and makeup 066swatches nails and makeup 056I don’t mean to rush the Holidays, but you can get your I Love Nail Polishes at their Etsy store. The minis are $3.75 each and I got my order in less than 5 days.

swatches nails and makeup 035 swatches nails and makeup 036I do need some help, however. What color of polish would you recommend as a base color for these Holiday smack-you-in-the-face glitters? Do you have your Holiday nail manicures selected?

 

Maybelline: Two Green Mattes With A Bit Of Pumpkin Hex Glitter Help

A road trip to Rite Aid was called for. I was hoping to find more than I came away with, unfortunately. In fact, only one item I got was intended. When I found these two polishes, instead, I thought all really wasn’t a waste. Maybelline is rockin’ some fun polishes, lately…

swatches nails and makeup 184 swatches nails and makeup 185Two murky olives; one lighter than the other. Even though I like the shades, I was curious about the glitter pieces in them. Or, maybe they are shards of glitter. I really couldn’t tell until I got these in strong sunlight…

swatches nails and makeup 186Microscopic view of ‘Aged Olive’… swatches nails and makeup 190 Beyond personal space with ‘Sage Staple’…swatches nails and makeup 188I’m going to go with shards since they don’t have a defined, consistent shape. Yet, here’s the disappointment…

swatches nails and makeup 183 swatches nails and makeup 182They look sort of like an alien terrain on the nail. Or, maybe I dusted while I waited for my nails to dry. (You may be laughing very loudly at that!) I love the matte shades. It’s the lack of shard-show that is the disappointment.

Now, the reason for the Rite Aid trip was to get some of the pumpkin polishes. There was only one that appealed to me or, I already had the others. But, I’m happy with this disco-ball of polish…

swatches nails and makeup 194 swatches nails and makeup 197Not just circle glitter but, tiny hex glitter. I wouldn’t consider this a Halloween glitter and that is quite OK. It will work all year long. It also jazzed up the murky Maybelline greens…

swatches nails and makeup 178 swatches nails and makeup 180Hex Pumpkin will be fun to experiment with and, don’t leave me out on the dance floor but, I know I might have something already like it. Luckily, it was less than a couple of bucks. $2 for some kicks. That’s cheaper than one Starbuck’s fix for me.

Do you like Maybelline’s ‘Ageless Olive’ and ‘Sage Staple’? What do you think about glitters in dark matte shades?

Is Halloween Getting Rust-y? Try Forever 21’s Version

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Only one more day left to call out Halloween polishes. After that, I’m doing ‘Fall’ manicure swatches. OK, maybe they could be Halloween ones still. And, just because I didn’t get in all the Halloween looks I wanted to, doesn’t mean I can’t morph them into Thanksgiving/Fall swatches. I’m getting into this ‘my blog, my rules’ thing. Bwaahaaahaaa!

This polish definitely fits into both categories…

‘Rust’ is a copper glitter overload from Forever 21’s love and beauty. And one thing about Forever 21 polish, most of the glitters are dense and easy to use. This one makes coverage by using a lot of different sizes of glitter. Look close…

Hex, micro and regular sizes galore. And these babies didn’t have any issue laying down on the nail.

I swatched up some orange and black fun…

Starting from the left: Forever 21’s ‘Rust’ over Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’; ‘Rust’ all by itself; ‘Rust’ over Zoya’s ‘Arizona’; Pure Icing’s black crackle over Zoya’s ‘Arizona’; ‘Arizona’ all by itself; and last is Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’ all by itself.

I really liked how ‘Rust’ seemed to be glowing orange embers with ‘Nevermore’. I did a manicure with it and it was definitely THE Halloween look…

How’s that for some fire on the fingertips? ‘Rust’ wasn’t terribly hard to remove. Since ‘Nevermore’ is a one-coat polish (love that!!!) and I only used one coat of ‘Rust’, this was a quickie.

Are you finished with Halloween looks and ready to move one? I feel I am.

China Glaze’s Glitter Goblin Or, Cursing Camera Capturing

Allow me to do this post with my phone camera. I think it takes pretty good photos, however, I want to see how it translates to the blog.

China Glaze’s ‘Glitter Goblin’ looks so cool that I wanted to find a base color that would promote it efficiently…

Zoya’s creamy ‘Arizona’ worked quite well.

This is ‘Glitter Goblin’…

And ‘Arizona’, a perfect orange creme in my stash…

Using two coats of ‘Arizona’ and two coats of ‘Glitter Goblin’, the marriage produced a whimsical Halloween manicure…

Removing this glitter is exactly what you’d expect: nail scrubbing. Nothing to make me curse at a goblin, however. I cast my vote that it was worth the effort.

Have you seen ‘Glitter Goblin’ yet?

China Glaze’s Unpredictable Looks Like Monster Snot

There are some polishes that just make you think of Halloween even if they are not intended to be for the Fall holiday. China Glaze’s ‘Unpredictable’ from the Bohemian collection, earlier this summer, is exactly one of those…

‘Unpredictable’ is a fancy duochrome of green and gold. But, I see blue and teal in this as well…

It’s complex enough to be some sort of monster color. Or, monster mucus. Like those Mucinex phlegm commercials. If you think about it, they are making cartoons of loogies! Eewww. I’m going back to talk about nail polish!!!

‘Unpredictable’ was just a little fussy to apply. I have on 3 coats. However, the first and second coats wanted to be patchy. So, I did the third coat a bit thicker to even that out…

I liked that the polish didn’t take on a streaky look. Sometimes duochromes will do that. I finished this manicure off with Famous Names’ Lumos top coat (my very, very favorite top coat).

If you are going to be a swamp monster or an alien for Halloween, I would recommend China Glaze’s ‘Unpredictable’ to finish the costume. And, no one will have to hand you a tissue to wipe your snot from your nails.

 

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L’Oreal’s The Enchanted Queen Collection: The Temptress’ Touch Nail Polish

Many cosmetics that come out around Halloween are not blatantly said to be for that holiday. This L’Oreal polish is one of those…

This is from L’Oreal’s Runway series and is from The Enchanted Queen collection. Even the name of this polish is wicked: ‘The Temptress’ Touch’. She’s just the slightest bit of a duochrome. Enough to mesmerize you…

I wouldn’t have dreamt that a lime green polish that morphed into a gold shimmer would be so delicious…

If you like nails that get attention, ‘The Temptress’ Touch’ is the one you want to get. I must have had 3 different people ask me about my nails the day I wore this. I have on three coats and a top coat of Color Club’s Eco Chic. Wonderfully smooth, I didn’t have an ounce of issues applying this L’Oreal Fall color.

I had tip wear, after two days, on my middle finger but that comes from my work. And, even if L’Oreal didn’t say this was a Halloween collection, ‘The Temptress’ Touch’ debuts at just the right time for it.

Pure Ice: Halloween Crackle Looks Get You Into The ‘Spirit’

I’m all about getting the best deal for my money. And Pure Ice polishes deliver. Their color range is huge. Even their crackle polishes come in 11 colors. And, at $1.99 each, you can get several.

Here are some that will get your nails in the Halloween spirit…

For the nail wheels, I started off with Cult Nails’ ‘Nevermore’: my go-to one-coat black polish. The next swatch is the yellow ‘Catwalk’ crackle over the black. And then, the Shattered’ green over black creme. The far right is Pure Ice’s black crackle, named ‘Strobe Light’ over L’Oreal’s ‘The Temptress’ Touch’.

And then I just went Pure Ice Crackle Happy…

‘Catwalk’ over black on my thumb and middle finger. ‘Shattered’ over black cream on my index and ring finger. On my pinky, ‘Nevermore’ by itself.

Wait…I still have more to show you…

Random polishes with Pure Ice over them. Check out the middle finger: that’s an orange glitter with ‘Shattered’ over it. The pinky is an orange and yellow glitter with ‘Strobe Light’ over it.

So, you can see that it would not be hard to come up with some spooky, crackle nails for Halloween. And, just one bottle of crackle from Pure Ice, you can make lots of combos with polishes you already own.

Pure Ice is found at Walmart stores.

The Pure Ice crackles were sent to me for my review and my honest opinion. Cult Nails sent me ‘Nevermore’ for promotional use as well.

China Glaze’s Prey Tell: A Halloween Brew

Here’s a mixing of a witch’s brew…

China Glaze’s ‘Prey Tell’ which is a dark brick red…

And, add to that a wicked orange glitter; a swipe of Sally Hansen’s ‘Pumpkin Spice’…

And you can create a fun concoction for Halloween…

Three coats of ‘Prey Tell’ and two coats for the accent of ‘Pumpkin Spice’, all topped off with Lumos Top Coat.