OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps in Geometric Sparkle

I had to re-do my nails today as my holiday nails were too chipped to be seen in public!

So today is a Tuesday bonus! I decided to try out the OPI Pure Lacquer Nail Apps that I got on sale in Byron Bay ($10 at Madame Butterfly).

The pattern I got is called Geometric Sparkle.

It says on the package: “100% real lacquer in a strip form! Pure Lacquer Nail Apps give an instant manicure with base, colour and topcoat all in one strip.”

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They are not as easy to apply as I thought (…or as the instructions make out)! Or maybe I’m just a doofus, which is entirely possible!

So it comes in a pack of 16 precut strips, you have to work fairly quickly because they warn you that the strips dry out quickly once the vacuum sealed pack is opened.

The strip is three layered, a plastic layer, the polish layer and a backing strip. The trouble I had was getting the plastic layer off, cos it was breaking off the polish layer as well.

Once you’ve got just the polish layer by itself it was quite easy, just stick it to your nail, smooth out any bubbles/creases and file off any excess in a downward motion. It will take some time to cut down the strip if they are too big for your nail size.

They say it already contains a top coat so I didn’t apply a separate one. Removal is easy, just use nail polish remover as per usual.

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They look quite good, but I think they’re kinda exxy cos they’re single use only. You’d get way more use out of a regular bottle of OPI.

They do give your nails a fun look in patterns that you wouldn’t be able to replicate with a regular bottle of polish.

I’d still use them again, but maybe I’d save them for a special occasion!

Do you have tips and tricks for nail apps?

Have you tried other brands? Are they easier/cheaper/have better patterns?

x shelley x

Bright Nails for Byron Bay

Something a bit different this Sunday! I’m in Byron Bay for a friend’s 30th Birthday…

That’s me on the right, having cocktails at The Balcony 😀

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So I did plain, but bright nails so I could do easy touch ups if I needed to. I went with China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy. It’s a hella bright neon pink.

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I also did a mega haul at Madame Butterfly, which is an awesome little makeup shop (located in Ferros Arcade).

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I’ll need to review all the products I bought some time soon!

Some highlights are:
4 nail polishes from the OPI Wizard of Oz collection, 3 nail polishes from the OPI Mariah Carey collection (!).

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And also some OPI Pure Lacquer nail apps (that were on sale for $10ea!)

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And I don’t know if any of you are into liquid eyeliner, but I got this new, organic ‘liquid define liner’ from Eye of Horus and it’s amazing!

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It’s like a cheaper version on Lancôme Artliner and it stays put all day, this is at just past midnight (excuse the tired eyes!)

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x shelley x

Neon Chevron Nails (part 2)

I’m baaack!

Okay, so yesterday I painted my neon yellow base coat, with a clear topcoat on top. Now for the fun part…

Once the base colour is completely dry, then you can start to mask off triangle shapes on your nails. I used (my husband’s!) Scotch Blue painter’s tape. It is especially made for masking house paint. You can get it at hardware stores like Bunnings.

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You cut the tape into little strips and mask off the part you don’t want to paint on:

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Make sure you have a good seal on the nail so no paint seeps underneath and paint your second colour on top. Tip: take some of the stickiness off your tape by putting it on your palm and taking it off again! This dulls down the stickiness and prevents the tape from pulling off your base coat underneath.

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Peel off the tape when the paint is still wet, this will give you a nice crisp line – but make sure you pull the tape off slowly!

Once you’ve done all your nails, they’ll look like this:

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Add a another coat of topcoat and you’re all done! Neon Chevron nails!

I used Sugarbaby in I’m Yours as my accent colour. It’s a pink, but it’s showing up as orange/red on my crappy iPhone photos!

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If I get a chance tomorrow, I’ll take a pic under natural light so you can see how cute it really is!

x shelley x

Edit: with no lights on (!)

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Neon Chevron Nails (part 1)

My nails aren’t done yet!

Neon chevron nails are going to need a two pronged approach!

Here’s my base coat so far…

3 coats of China Glaze Lemon Fizz + 2 coats of Sinful Colours Neon Melon + 1 coat of Essie Good to Go…

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Chevron nails need the base coat to be completely dry before I do the next step, so I’ll continue this post tomorrow!

Stay tuned for part 2!

x shelley x

matte glitter nails

Another Sunday, another nail post…

A simple mani tonight – matte glitter nails.

These are the polishes I used:

Orly Royal Navy, Kleancolour Afternoon Picnic, Essie Matte About You, Essie Good to GoLeft to Right: Orly Royal Navy, Kleancolor Afternoon Picnic, Essie Matte About You, Essie Good to Go.

Kleancolour Afternoon Picnic is hella chunky glitter. It is a clear topcoat that contains BIG, medium and small hex glitters. Not many glitters come out when you paint this on, it’s pretty sparse and you need to “strategically” move the glitters around on your nail to get the best placement!

Essie Matte About You is a mattifying top coat. I love what this does to glitter – it takes away the shine and makes it look like anodised aluminium.

This is Orly Royal Navy by itself. It does not go on very shiny. You’ll need a topcoat if you want to make the metallic flecks “pop”. It is a thin, self-levelling formulation. I needed 3 coats to reach opacity:

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With 2 coats of Kleancolour Afternoon Picnic + 2 coats of Essie Matte About You (ring finger has been left shiny as an accent nail):

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I’ve only ever tried one matte topcoat, this one! Which one do you use?
What are other matte nail ideas?

x shelley x