My Top Ten All Time Favourite Glitter Nail Polishes
Guest post for Powder Doom by Alyssa

For those of you who don’t already know me from my blog Random Acts of Pastel, I love all things glittery, especially nail polishes! I mean, there are really very few things in this world more satisfying than looking down at your purrrfectly glittery paws, don’t you think? 

The only problem is, so many glitter nail polishes look much better in the bottle than on actual nails, or don’t provide as much coverage as you hoped they would. As a long-time glitter polish enthusiast, I’ve tested and tried so many different glitters, and in turn I’ve created an (ever growing) shortlist of my all time favourites. You can thank me later with glittery photos and suggestions of your own?

1. Butter London “Fairy Cake”
I’m a big fan of anything hologram, and this hologram glitter by Butter London is no exception. A magical rainbow of colours, this polish works great as a topcoat, or on its own with two coats for extra coverage.

Top 3 Spring Polishes for Spring
by Ali
If I owned a proper calendar, it would probably tell me that meteorological spring started in the Northern Hemisphere almost a week ago. I’d be more than happy to go along with that, only there was snow on the ground when I woke up yesterday morning. But just because spring hasn’t really sprung everywhere just yet doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate from the warm confines of indoors! Spring usually brings to mind everything pastel, but who wants their hands to look like a dish of Jordan almonds? Plus, if you’re anything like me, “radiant orchid” is a color that can’t be retired soon enough. So, I present you my top three nail colors for Spring- and don’t worry, these won’t have you looking like you’re on your way to an Easter egg hunt!
Butter London All Hail The Queen - $15
This is the new neutral to kick all your drab, grey, wintery taupes and beiges to curb! While it may look light and delicate in the bottle, it becomes a universally flattering nude on the nail. Plus, it’s got some killer, warm glitter to it- not enough to be a holo polish, but close! It’s also one of those rare polishes that’s incredibly flattering- a quick Google search will show you that ladies of every color can pull this off and are loving it all around the world. What are you waiting for??
Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream - $20
Not all of us are lucky enough to live where it’s every season is beach season, but that doesn’t mean we have to pout while we wait for summer to roll around! Deborah Lippmann’s Mermaid polishes are the perfect accessory for your springtime mermaid day dreams! Mermaid’s Dream is my personal favorite because the green-blue color reminds me a bit of seafoam! The dynamic, metallic base color is entrancing, but it’s the flecks of blue glitter and all over shimmer that really make this color to-die-for this Spring. If you want people to notice your nails, once everyone comes out of hibernation, then this is really the color for you. 
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Make Waves - $5
If Mermaid’s Dream is too busy for you but you still want an eye catching but seasonal color, I strongly recommend that you check out Make Waves. Not only is the formula incredible- I was so blown away I went and snagged a few more bottles from the line -but it’s one of the most versatile duochrome polishes I’ve seen. In the bottle it looks like a metallic blue, and might veer a little blue-green during application, but when you wear it out and about? It goes from blue to green to purple to even grey! It’s far from neutral, but you don’t have to be concerned about your nails clashing with your outfit when you’ve got it on! If you’re falling hard for the futuristic metallic accessories trend, stock up on this before it’s too late. 
Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 
Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?
OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing
What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

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Chi-Chi’s Recent Favorites 

Hello darlings! I wanted to share some of my favorites that I’ve purchased relatively recently - new products are wonderful y/y?

  1. OPI Natural Nail Strengthener | $9: This is the saving grace of my nails - my nails are quite fragile and soft, and this product has made strong enough to grow consistently!
  2. Avon Ultra Luxury Eye Liner in Black Flash | $6: This is rivaling my love for the Tarina Tarantino liners mentioned here - creamy, takes a bit to set, does not move on my oily lids. Very black and quite shiny (Avon should make a matte version - would purchase!)
  3. Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder in Deep | $9.99: This is a wonderful, soft powder that sets most of my foundations nicely, including my cream and liquid foundations. 
  4. Wet n Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer | $4.99: Pretty much this is the only eyeshadow primer other than NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Base that works on my oily lids. Has the consistency similar to that of UDPP (but works better because UDPP does nothing for me).
  5. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer in Dark Beige (12) | $32: This concealer is hard to work with under the eyes; however, it does not move on after it sets until you want it to move. I’m…in love.
  6. Maybelline Blush in Coral Burst (from the Spring 2013 LE collection): I saw Muse’s review of this blush and determined that I must have it because it looked absolutely beautiful. Then I bought it and it exceeded expectations so I went back and bought a backup. i regret nothing

What have you been loving recently? Comment with your current favorites - we’re always open for recommendations! <3 o/~

Some of these links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase them, we’ll get a small commission — less than 10%. These aren’t advertisements and are products we actually like and use though. Read more about our disclosure practices here. ^__^

Quick snap of things I&#8217;ve been trying out or can&#8217;t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn&#8217;t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity. 
Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven&#8217;t used it yet and I&#8217;m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we&#8217;ll be asked, and I&#8217;m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage. 
Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it&#8217;s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don&#8217;t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use &#8212; a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I&#8217;ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn&#8217;t.
Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn&#8217;t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I&#8217;m still testing it out, I&#8217;ll let you know how I like it in a little bit. 
Balenciaga L&#8217;Essence ($135) - I&#8217;ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc. 
Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I&#8217;ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It&#8217;s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
China Glaze Polish &amp; L&#8217;Oreal&#8217;s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven&#8217;t used these yet since I&#8217;m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters. 
Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc&#8230; pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I&#8217;ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven&#8217;t touched it though.
Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua&#8217;s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin &#8212; helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
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Quick snap of things I’ve been trying out or can’t wait to. Some of these were purchased by me, some were gifted, * means gifted but obvi doesn’t impact my feelings about the actual product because duh integrity. 

  1. Illamasqua Foundation ($44) - I purchased this months ago during the sale but I haven’t used it yet and I’m still feeling weird about using Illamasqua products since their terrible handling of their Christmas promotions (just google it, I know we’ll be asked, and I’m not going to talk about it anymore). Illamasqua has amazing, high quality products especially their lipsticks and foundation for super pale people who want intense coverage. 
  2. Arrojo Styling Whip* ($18) - I get my hair cut at ARROJO (pics of my hair here) and love both their dry shampoo and their Styling Whip. I never used styling products on my hair when it was long but I think it’s so important now because my hair is super malleable and if I don’t control it at such a short length it can look weird. This is super light and easy to use — a little bit through damp hair to shape it the way you want, and you can air dry. Most mousses and gels etc I’ve tried have been too tacky or gooey but this isn’t.
  3. Mario Badescu Caviar Night Cream ($20) - I buy all my MB products during the Hautelook sales but they didn’t have the toner I liked so I picked this and the lotion instead. This is quite thick! I think the Ren one I like to use but ran out of is more like a super creamy lotion, but this is definitely more whipped. I’m still testing it out, I’ll let you know how I like it in a little bit. 
  4. Balenciaga L’Essence ($135) - I’ve totally talked to death about this. Yeah yeah perfect perfume I love it etc. 
  5. Eve Pearl Salmon Concealer ($39) - Rebought this because I’ve already hit pan on my first one after only a few months! It’s been steadfast in favorites posts since I purchased it.
  6. China Glaze Polish & L’Oreal’s Paparazzi Pleaser ($5.99)* - Haven’t used these yet since I’m currently obsessed with Color Club Glitters. 
  7. Shoprite Oil Free Makeup Remover ($7.99) - I remove all my makeup using DHC Cleansing Oil now usually but if I have a lot of eye makeup on, I use some variation of the Nuetrogena remover. Target, Shoprite, etc… pretty much all the same formula. I like it best out of all the ones I’ve tried which have often been too oily or weirdly harsh.
  8. Illamasqua Poised Illuminator ($20) - I am fond of using illuminators and contour and no blush, so I bought this one also during the sale because I was curious. Still haven’t touched it though.
  9. Illamasqua Indulge ($22) - Illamasqua’s lip products have never failed me and make up a good chunk of my collection. Pigmented, super glossy or super matte depending on the producted, but never crappy.
  10. Mario Badescu Alpha Grapefruit Cleansing Lotion ($15) - I like using this post cleansing and it really makes a difference for my dry skin — helps it glow, looks brighter etc.
Hello! ヾ(*・ω・)ノ゜These are a couple products that I have purchased recently since I&#8217;ve been on a beauty product purchasing ban for about&#8230;a month and a half now (still haven&#8217;t bought makeup actually&#8230;proud). I&#8217;m trying (and succeeding) in finishing a couple products before I purchase a new one - and I&#8217;m also planning to do a hit pan/empty bottle post of various products I&#8217;ve finished after I collect enough products. Anyway, on to what I purchased.
Seche Vite Dray Fast Top Coat and Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat ($7.25): I purchased this set at CVS recently because I&#8217;ve decided to take better care of my nails, and I&#8217;ve realized over the years that my nails are stronger and grow faster when I have them painted. &#8230;which is great and all but I work in retail and retails kills nail polish so I&#8217;ve been hunting for a good top coat and base coat under $10. Coupons + awesome set = hoping for the best.
Dickinson&#8217;s Original Witch Hazel Foaming Facial Wash | link ($2.99): I believe I&#8217;ve mentioned this product in a previous haul, but I actually am running out and needed (and wanted) to repurchase. I rarely repurchase anything since I love to try new products but I really like this product currently and sales are always good (original price is around $6.99).
Essie Nail Color in All Tied Up (920) | link ($7-8): This is my first Essie polish ever! I saw this color and was like *___* I want it so&#8230;purchased. I also wanted to see why so many people adore the Essie formula and wear. For me, I&#8217;m torn on my judgment. On the one hand, it applied really well, was opaque at two coats, dried relatively quickly and the color itself has beautiful gold glitter that shines in the sunlight. On the other hand, it chipped in two days. &gt;:| I get three days with a top coat with my Sinful Colors polishes even though the formula takes more work (and five to seven days with my China Glaze and OPI polishes). Retail truly kills the nail polish.
Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey Hair Mask | link ($7-10): And here I begin the case for the fact that Arabelle and I truly do share the same brain sometimes. I believe she mentioned this hair mask previously on this blog. :O I have wanted to try it for quite a while since my long-time beauty friend Charmaine recommended it a really long time ago. Haven&#8217;t opened it yet but I&#8217;m excited~
Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil | link ($8-13): Yep. Arabelle and I share the same brain. She picked this up in irl Sasa, I ordered it from online Sasa otru. I have actually been using this cleansing oil off and on for the last three years and it is definitely one of my favorite cleansing oils since I refuse to repurchase the shu uemura high performance balancing cleansing oil (link), even though I love it. why are you so expensive, HG cleansing oil
As always, if you would like a review or additional pictures, drop an ask! High-res

Hello! ヾ(*・ω・)ノ゜These are a couple products that I have purchased recently since I’ve been on a beauty product purchasing ban for about…a month and a half now (still haven’t bought makeup actually…proud). I’m trying (and succeeding) in finishing a couple products before I purchase a new one - and I’m also planning to do a hit pan/empty bottle post of various products I’ve finished after I collect enough products. Anyway, on to what I purchased.

  • Seche Vite Dray Fast Top Coat and Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat ($7.25): I purchased this set at CVS recently because I’ve decided to take better care of my nails, and I’ve realized over the years that my nails are stronger and grow faster when I have them painted. …which is great and all but I work in retail and retails kills nail polish so I’ve been hunting for a good top coat and base coat under $10. Coupons + awesome set = hoping for the best.
  • Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Foaming Facial Wash | link ($2.99): I believe I’ve mentioned this product in a previous haul, but I actually am running out and needed (and wanted) to repurchase. I rarely repurchase anything since I love to try new products but I really like this product currently and sales are always good (original price is around $6.99).
  • Essie Nail Color in All Tied Up (920) | link ($7-8): This is my first Essie polish ever! I saw this color and was like *___* I want it so…purchased. I also wanted to see why so many people adore the Essie formula and wear. For me, I’m torn on my judgment. On the one hand, it applied really well, was opaque at two coats, dried relatively quickly and the color itself has beautiful gold glitter that shines in the sunlight. On the other hand, it chipped in two days. >:| I get three days with a top coat with my Sinful Colors polishes even though the formula takes more work (and five to seven days with my China Glaze and OPI polishes). Retail truly kills the nail polish.
  • Essential Rich Premier Ultra Honey Hair Mask | link ($7-10): And here I begin the case for the fact that Arabelle and I truly do share the same brain sometimes. I believe she mentioned this hair mask previously on this blog. :O I have wanted to try it for quite a while since my long-time beauty friend Charmaine recommended it a really long time ago. Haven’t opened it yet but I’m excited~
  • Kose Softymo Deep Cleansing Oil | link ($8-13): Yep. Arabelle and I share the same brain. She picked this up in irl Sasa, I ordered it from online Sasa otru. I have actually been using this cleansing oil off and on for the last three years and it is definitely one of my favorite cleansing oils since I refuse to repurchase the shu uemura high performance balancing cleansing oil (link), even though I love it. why are you so expensive, HG cleansing oil

As always, if you would like a review or additional pictures, drop an ask!

thegirlnextdior:

How To Make Your Own Nail Polish - in any color!

  1. Use a butter knife to scrape eyeshadow out of it’s container (You can use old/cheap eyeshadow) and crush it up on a piece of paper so that it’s in a powder consistency
  2. Using a bottle of clear nail polish, roll your paper into the shape of a funnel and add the eyeshadow into the bottle. You might want to empty come of clear nail polish out before so it doesn’t overflow (or use nail polish that’s opened already)
  3. Use a toothpick to mix up the color into the bottle. Shake until all the powder is evenly distributed.
  4. Paint your nails!
Cute mini-haul of beauty-related gifts from my best friend (Dolly Wink Liner ILU I MISSED YOU SO MUCH) and my mother. Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black, Koji Dolly Wink Nail Polishes in Turquoise (8) and Silver Glitter (13), L&#8217;Oreal Voluminous Naturale in Blackest Black (395) and L&#8217;Oreal Voluminous Full Definition in Blackest Black (380). As always, want a review, swatches or pictures? Feel free to ask. :D Have a good rest of the week~ High-res

Cute mini-haul of beauty-related gifts from my best friend (Dolly Wink Liner ILU I MISSED YOU SO MUCH) and my mother. Koji Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black, Koji Dolly Wink Nail Polishes in Turquoise (8) and Silver Glitter (13), L’Oreal Voluminous Naturale in Blackest Black (395) and L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition in Blackest Black (380).

As always, want a review, swatches or pictures? Feel free to ask. :D Have a good rest of the week~

Chi-Chi’s impulse haulage the other day compelled me to stop by Walgreens after a disappointing trip to MAC and MUJI (for acrylic storage for my makeup. They were sold out, unsurprisingly) and I kinda went over the top lol. Granted, one of those palettes is for Chi-Chi, UD sent me the Naked2 to review, and Chi-Chi sent me 3 of those polishes for XMas… so I didn’t go tooo berserk. I think I spent less than $20 in total actually. 

  • I got: Wet n’ Wild Color Icon Nail Colors in Rockin Rubies, Diamond in the Rough, and Believe Me, It’s Real (the red, silver, and blue colors). $2.99 each. Chi-Chi and I uhm… really like this collection. We both purchased almost every color released. ^___^ NO REGRETS JUST POLISH.
  • Wet n’ Wild Limited Edition Coloricon Eyekits in Baked, Not Fried and Baking a Cake. $4.99 each (I think). I’m so excited to try these out, I’ve seen swatches of them everywhere and was so happy to have found them! One is for Chi-Chi but if I like the one I’m keeping I’ll go out and buy the rest. 
  • Revlon Lipgloss in Decadent. ($6.99) I returned a Limecrime gloss — more on that later — and decided to try this out instead to compare. I’m on a purple kick. 
  • Cheap ass lashes from ebay for $1.25 (w free shipping). Just to play around with, you know how it is. 

Let me know if you want swatches and/or reviews of specific products immediately or not, etc, so I know what to prioritize! ^_^♥ K bye.