Twinkled T Trapeze powder

Hi guys! Today I have another chrome powder to show you, the Trapeze powder from Twinkled T. This is the first time I’m trying one of their powders and it was super easy to work with.

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As usual I applied the powder over regular black polish. After applying the second coat I waited for it to dry just to the touch, before I started applying the powder with my finger. It was really easy to make the powder stick to the polish, and the result is super shiny and gorgeous!

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The jar contains 1 gram, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but a little goes a long way! Don’t forget that when you use chrome powders with regular polish you need to finish with a water based top coat, otherwise the chrome finish will be ruined.

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I could just stare at my nails for hours with Trapeze on them. The powder shifts beautifully from purple to green in different lights and the surface is super reflective!

Have you tried any of Twinkled T’s powders?

Whats up nails Mermaid flakies

Last week I got some new lovely products from Whats up nails to try! The package included flakies, magic shifting powders, glitter confetti, nail vinyls and water decals, and as you probably already know I’m a huge fan of their products.

Since I haven’t used any flakies before I decided to try them first. The flakies comes in a jar that contains 0.4 grams, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but it actually is quite a lot! The jar is packed full of the flakies and I think they will last for years.

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I applied the Mermaid flakies over two coats of Lady in black from OPI, and I applied them while the polish still was wet. The application was super easy, and I found that the finger was best if you don’t want that much coverage, and using a fan brush was best if you want a lot of flakies over the whole nail (like I have here). You don’t need to finish with a special top coat like when you use powders.

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I think the flakies are so beautiful, they give such depth to the mani! I could not stop staring at my nails while wearing them. Depending on the light they shift from green to blue, in some lights they are just green, in others they’re just blue.

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You can’t have mermaid nails without a little bit of mermaid scales patterns on top, can you? Though I didn’t want to cover up the beautiful flakies too much so I just stamped the pattern on two nails.

Hope you like these as much as I do!

May favorites

I remember saying last month that I thought May would bring some more chrome manis, and guess I was right! May was the month that I experimented a little more with the chrome powder. I tired it with nail vinyls and the result turned out so much better than I though it would!

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It’s so hard to pick a favorite from these, but If I had to pick one I would be the chrome scales.

Which one do you like the most?

Holo jelly gradient

Hi guys! Did you know that today is National nail polish day? Well, for me every day is nail polish day. But it’s still a fun occation, don’t you think?

Today I have some bright, sparkly and super glossy nails to share with you! I’m so happy with how they turned out so I’m actually gonna be a little sad when I have to remove them.

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I started by painting my nails with Mega (X) from ILNP which is a silver holographic polish. Then I sponged on the gradient using the Color Paints from OPI (Landscape artist, Primarily yellow, Chromatic orange, Magenta muse and Purple perspective). Lastly I stamped a floral pattern over the gradient using stamping plate 9-03 from ÜberChic beauty and Midnight mischief from Painted Polish (which is THE best black stamping polish!).

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Here is how the gradient looked before I added the stamping. It’s really pretty, but I like it so much more with the stamping on top. Which version do you like the most?

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How are you celebrating national nail polish day? I’m going to celebrate by taking these off (😢) and paint some new nails!

OPI California dreaming | comparisons

As I mentioned earlier this week here are my comparison swatches of the shades from the California dreaming collection (except for Don’t take Yosemite for granite that I didn’t have anything similar to). I took out the shades that I thought would be the most similar from my OPI collection. If you’re wondering about a specific polish that I haven’t compared it too, either I don’t have it or they were not similar enough.

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Excuse me, big sur! – Humidi-tea

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. They look pretty similar if you compare the bottles (except that Humidi-tea has shimmer in it) but they’re not that similar on the nails.

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Barking up the wrong Sequoia – A great opera-tunity

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. They are almost dupes, Barking up the wrong Sequoia is just a little bit lighter than A great opera-tunity, but they’re similar enough to not need both.

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Santa Monica beach peach – Can’t afjord not to – Hot & spicy 

Here I’m wearing two coats of each polish. Even though they looked pretty similar in the bottles they are not on the nails.

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Malibu pier pressure – Kiss me I’m Brazilian – Flip flops & crop tops – Suzi nails New Orleans

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. Kiss me I’m Brazilian and Flip flops & crop tops are almost identical to Malibu pier pressure, so it’s not a vey unique shade of pink.

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Time for a Napa – SPF XXX – Got myself into a Jam-balaya – Toucan do it if you try

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. The shades are similar, but not at all dupes.

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Feeling frisco – Don’t pretzel my buttons – Pale to the chief – Samoan sand

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade except for Samoan sand which I’m wearing three coats of. They’re all very similar, and closest to a dupe is Pale to the chief.

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GPS I love you – Apartment for two – Mad for madness sake – Don’t know… beets me!

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. This seems to be a very popular OPI shade, since I have four almost identical shades…

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Me, myselfie & I – Aloha from OPI – Living on the bula-vard! – Live.Love.Carnaval

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade. I’d say that Me, myselfie & I and Aloha from OPI are pretty much dupes to Living on the bula-vard!

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This is not whine country – Too hot pink to hold ’em – Madam President – Koala bear-y

Here I’m wearing two coats of Madam President and Koala bear-y, three coats of This is not whine country and four coats of Too hot pink to hold ’em. I was pretty sure that id have at least one dupe for This is not whine country, but it turns out I was wrong.

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To the mouse house we go – Big apple red – Having a big head day – The thrill of Brazil

Here I’m wearing two coats of each shade except for To the mouse house we go which I’m wearing three coats of. To the mouse house we go is a jelly and is much brighter than the other shades.

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Sweet Carmel Sunday – Worth a pretty penne – Brisbane bronze 

Here I’m wearing two coats of each polish. Worth a pretty penne has almost the same shade as Sweet Carmel Sunday, but they have different finishes so they’re not dupes.

I hope these swatches helped you in your decision of which shades to get. Please let me know in the comments which ones you’re planning on getting and which ones you’ll skip out on (and why)!

 

Chrome dragon scales

I did these nails for the #clairestelle8may challenge on Instagram, when the theme was scales. I wanted to make nails that looked like dragon scales so I decided to bring out my beloved chrome powder from Whats up nails. I would have loved to use the Dragon powder, but since I don’t have that one I had to make do with the Alchemy powder, and I think they turned out just amazing this way!

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To create this design I used regular black polish, scale stencils, Alchemy powder and a water based top coat. I made a quick tutorial for them, which you can see here.

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I have tried a few different powders now and I have to say that the ones from Whats up nails are by far the easiest to work with and they give the coolest results! Their powders are a bit more expensive than powders from other manufacturers, but I still think they’re worth it.

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What do you think about this chrome trend that’s been going on for a while now? Personally, I love it!

OPI California dreaming  

Hi everybody! Today I have swatches of OPI’s new collection California dreaming to share with you. At first glance I wasn’t that interested in this collection, I thought many of the shades looked too similar. But after trying them all I have to say that I’ve changed my mind. Though I think it would’ve been nice to see some other colors in the collection, like green, blue or purple.

Let’s take a look at the swatches! All swatches are painted over one coat of base coat and I’m not wearing any top coat.

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Feeling frisco is a nude creme polish that covers in two coat.

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Barking up the wrong Sequoia is a peach creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Excuse me, big sur! is a pink peach creme polish that covers in two coats. You could maybe get away with just one thick coat depending on your application technique.

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Time for a Napa is a pink coral creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Malibu pier pressure is a pink creme polish that covers in two coats.

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GPS I love you is a raspberry creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Me, myselfie & I is a coral creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Santa Monica beach peach is an orange creme polish that covers in two coats.

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Don’t take Yosemite for granite is a grey metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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Sweet Carmel Sunday is a bronze metallic polish that covers in two coats.

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This is not whine country is a berry colored jelly polish, I’m wearing three coats. If you have shorter nails I think you will get away with two coats.

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To the mouse house we go! is a red jelly polish, I’m wearing three coats and as you see my nail line is still visible.

If you want to see live swatches of this collection, be sure to check out my swatch video here! I haven’t really done anything like that before, so please let me know if you like it.

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My favorite from this polish has got to be Time for a Napa, I just love that pink coral shade! And my least favorite is probably Sweet Carmel Sunday, I’m really not that into metallics in that color.

I’m working on comparison swatches, like I did with the Fiji and Breakfast at Tiffany’s collections from OPI, and I’m hoping to be able to publish that post later this week!

Please let me know in the comments what you think about this collection, and do you have a favorite shade?

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day!