I have always been curious about these types of manicures but this was my first time actually trying it out and I have to say I am liking the results!
As most of you have hopefully read, the other day I painted my nails with Essie 'Sugar Daddy' nail polish - one of my favorite colors for clean looking nails, design bases and french manicures. Well it's been 3 days and my nails were starting to grow out a bit, overall my polish was fine - no chips, etc. so I really did not want to whip out the polish remover and start from scratch especially since my hands and cuticles get quite dry. (I think I may have found something amazing for them though - I am using it in these photos. I'll blog about it soon!)
I decided to Re-Up my manicure.
Basically every so often my nails will start to grow out yet my polish is still pretty perfect, still glossy and the like so to extend the wear of my polish a lot of times I will just add to it. Be it another coat of polish or a glitter topcoat, etc.
This time I was totally inspired by one of the ladies that I follow on Instagram - she also has a blog that I will link HERE - her name is Kimberly and if you're a nail polish lover this is for you. Anyway she actually has her own line of polishes and one picture in particular really caught my eye. She had done something called a "Jelly Sandwich" and listed what she had used. Originally I thought you could only get this look with "jelly polishes" but apparently there are other ways.
For her manicure she used a layer of her glitter polish and then two coats of Essie "Sugar Daddy" (I'm tellin' you this color is versatile!) - I already had "Sugar Daddy" as well as a glitter polish I thought would work so I was in business!
(Now I actually didn't bother to take off the polish I already had on since it was the same color I was going to be layering. It is a bit thicker than my normal manicure due to all of the layers but I don't mind. If you are going to try this yourself you can probably skip a base color depending on what glitter polish you are going to use. If I try this again I may just do one coat of 'Sugar Daddy' - glitter polish - then 2-3 coats of 'Sugar Daddy'. (I know it sounds like a lot but thin coats people!))
The glitter polish I used was one I had purchased from Rite Aid a few months ago for $4.99 (which I still hadn't used). It has a creamy base to it but with one coat it doesn't really show up. (I had swatched this before and didn't like the way it looked with more than one layer - it gets kind of dark and muddy looking - so it was PERFECT for a project like this that only required one coat.)
I don't think they would still have these particular polishes because I believe they were a special holiday release(or so I gather since it says Holiday Lights right on the bottle and if you remember my Instagram picture of the display there was a big Rudolph face on it lol.) but there are a lot of other polishes that would work just the same - Try Revlon! They have a bunch of creamy glitters out right now. There's always Deborah Lippmann of course as well.
So I applied one coat of the creamy glitter polish...
I started out with 2 but the glitter was still pretty vibrant underneath and I wanted a milkier, softer look.
Lastly I followed up with my favorite fast dry top coat, Seche Vite (pictured below) and I was done!
I am really enjoying the results and it's also a great way to utilize some of my glitter polishes that I'm not crazy about, on their own or as a top coat. Gives me some options!
I love how layering the sheer color on top really tones down the harshness of the glitter polish. It makes this one look a lot more feminine and a lot less kiddish. (I feel like on it's own this looks like crazy birthday confetti going nuts on my nails lol. I know a lot of expensive brands have polishes that are similar - I guess I am not a fan but like this its doable.)
So I hope you all enjoyed this post! I was pretty excited and pleased with my results so I couldn't wait to share! Have a wonderful Monday and I will see you back here tomorrow!
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