Valentine’s Day Mix I.
I did a vintage American flag design this time last year, and I’m obsessed with the color combination. Happy Fourth of July, fellow Americans!
Playing around with some swirls, feat. Zoya’s FeiFei!
Another unnamed glitter mix! I was inspired by KiD CuDi’s Man on the Moon II album cover.
(Top photo is without sunlight, bottom photo without.)
Leopard glitter mix!
An unnamed holographic blue/silver glitter mix!
Unnamed glitter combo! Inspired by a color combo of a dress I found on Pinterest. In person, it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL. Hopefully the sun comes out soon so I can take a more accurate photo!
Through Instagram, I took pictures of the new accessories I bought, and I wanted to share with you all my new set of glitters and microbeads!
I was at Michael’s and bought this Signature Special 30-piece set by Recollections. It was originally priced for USD $29.99, but all of the Recollections glitter, markers, etc. were 50% off. Such a great deal!
I took over 15 different pictures in an attempt to get it all into frame, but it didn’t work. You get the idea — IT’S A BIG BOX.
I bought this set because it had some of everything I was looking for. The box I bought came with extra fine glitter, chunky hexagonal glitter, tinsel glitter, and microbeads. The colors are all really beautiful!
Each tube comes with a seal, and the flip-top lids have two openings: a shaker opening (to sprinkle) and a regular opening, to easily pour out the contents. Each one also contains .34 oz. of product. You wouldn’t think it’s a lot, but, believe me, it’s packed in there. You get a lot for what you pay for.
From left to right: Cherry, Copper, Emerald, Marine, Ebony, Glitz, and Silver.
These are the chunky hexagonal glitters. They are all the usual metallic-like glitter, except for Glitz with its opalescent shine. They’re all really rich in color.
L to R: Blush, Bubble Gum, Cherry, Muse, and Orchid.
L to R: Marine, Peacock, Citron, Emerald, and Bling.
My camera is not the best at capturing vibrant colors, but they are much more beautiful in person. Anyway, these are the extra fine glitters, and they are extra fine. The pieces are so small that it creates the perfect dazzling effect, and it works perfectly for fine detailing (by that I mean it won’t look clumped together and not spread evenly).
All of these have the usual metallic-like finish, with a few exceptions: Blush and Bubble Gum are iridescent and Bling is holographic.
L to R: Blush, Raspberry, Peacock, Citron, Ebony, Gold, and Silver.
This is the main reason I bought this set: tinsel glitter. It’s one of the few textures of loose glitter that I don’t own, and it’s awesome! What I like about this tinsel is that it’s not chunky; they’re all actually a fine grade and I love it. Again, the colors are much more rich in person.
All have the “normal” finish except for Blush, an iridescent pink.
L to R: Passion, Fairy Dust, Peacock, Emerald, Champagne, and Silver.
These were just an added bonus for me. I’m not into the — cheesy? — nail art trends. Maybe Mr. CandiiPants said it better: gimmicky. Especially with all the commotion with Ciate arguing with bloggers over “claiming the rights” to caviar nails, it just made me more turned off.
I had never seen microbeads in person until I was at the craft store and they are actually very pretty!
I didn’t realize just how tiny they were. I’m still indifferent to caviar nails, but I might find some way to incorporate these into my nails.
In all, I’m very impressed and I can’t wait to use them. As you may or may not know, I love to mix my own glitters (aka franken glitters; click here and here!), so this will give me tons more variety! I do plan on buying more of their products.
Just to inform, these are craft glitters. They are not cosmetic grade. I looked on the box to see what they are made of, and no information is listed. So, for your safety, please do not use on your face, especially around your eyes and lips! The last thing I would want is for someone to get injured. But, do not fear, it is okay to use on your nails.
That’s it for this glitter and microbead collection! $29.99 can be pricey for people, but if you can catch it on sale, or even if you have a coupon, you can save yourself some money.
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This is the tutorial for the Ocean Twist design I did some days ago. I hope you try it out!
1. Start by painting the tip (or a little over 1/3) of your nail with a shimmery teal. I’m using Halley’s Comet by Orly, but if you can’t find it (or you don’t want to spend the money on it), Wet n Wild’s Teal of Fortune is a great alternative.
2. Paint over that with a dark blue. When you do this, you should barely have any polish on your brush, or it’ll look blobby! This is L’Oreal’s After Hours.
3. Paint over that with glitter polish. Try to find a glitter with a teal base. I’m using Sinful Colors’ Nail Junkie.
4. Now we’re going to add the lines to give the ocean some “waves”. Here’s what I’m working with:
On an index card, I put down Pure Ice’s Free Spirit and Sally Hansen’s The Real Teal, along with some white. You can see where I mixed the white into the two colors. You want to give the colors a white base because the colors will not show properly when painting.
5. Start by making a curvy line as shown, coming from the left. You can start with whichever color you want, but I started with the teal.
6. Make another curved line inside of that one with the other color, coming from the same direction.
7. From the right side, make a line. Then make another line inside of that one in the same direction.
Add more lines to fill up the space to your liking.
9. Paint over it all with a teal glitter. I’m using LA Colors’s Treasure Island, which is a mix of fine teal and green glitter.
Add your top coat and you’re done!
This is a tutorial for a bows and rhinestones design that’s super easy and simple to do!
1. Start by making a chevron french with whatever color you want. I’m using Sinful Colors in Unicorn.
To do a chevron french, use your nail polish brush (the standard one that came in the bottle) and sweep across the nail in a diagonal from one direction.
Then go across the nail from the opposite side and fill it in.
2. To make the top part of the bow, make an “x” shape over the yellow.
Then complete the rest of the top portion by connecting the two lines on the sides. Make your lines a little thicker if you’d like.
3. Make two white lines at the bottom of the bow and add a rhinestone (silver polish works fine, too).
Add your top coat and you’re done!