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Wet N Wild Megalast: Break The Ice & China Glaze: Luxe And Lush

For whatever reason, I’ve really been feeling and craving light, clean, and crisp manicures. I’m really on a white kick (still looking for a favorite white…suggestions please!) so decided to layer Luxe And Lush from the Hunger Games collection over the shimmering base of Break The Ice.

Shimmering white base with metallic, gold flakie top coat

Break The Ice is a very shimmery, almost but not quite, pearl white. As I mentioned, I felt like wearing a white but also wanted to wear an untried polish, so I decided to layer Luxe and Lush over it. Luxe and Lush is an interesting flakie because it’s mostly gold and silver. I really like the metallic take on this flakie and love that it’s not too warm, like yellow. This manicure reminds me of snow, ice, and glaciers. It’s an interesting and really cool mix of shimmer, metallic, and neutral all in one.

Easy application

Break The Ice has an easy application. I used three coats for the full coverage that I wanted; this polish layers well and could totally be worn with one, two, or three layers depending on the look you want to achieve. Luxe And Lush dispersed a decent amount of flakies per coat. I only used one coat for this manicure. The flakes also went on pretty evenly, none gathering at the tip or base on my nail. Both dried quickly and I had no formula issues with either.

Where To Buy (Break The Ice): Drugstores / Target  / $ 2

Where To Buy (Luxe And Lush): Sally’s / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 6

How do you like this manicure? Do you think Luxe and Lush is any different from all the other flakies out there? Do you own either of these polishes? If so, what do you like to layer Luxe and Lush over?

– Liz


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Zoya: Opal (over Zoya: Avery)

I really like how this manicure turned out. I couldn’t decide whether to layer Opal over another polish, and if so, what color. So, the perfect solution seemed to be to layer it over a neutral. Avery is very fleshy on me; almost my skintone. And almost mannequin hands. It was the perfect base to let Opal shine.

Nude base with green and purple flakies. Gorgeous!

Contrary to what the bottle may convey, Opal’s base is actually pretty clear. There isn’t much green so it’s actually really great for layering. It would work over almost any base color. What I really love about Opal is that the flakies are green and also flash purple at extreme angles. It’s so fun to admire and to shift and watch them change like a chameleon. And in combination with Avery they flash and catch the light often, but it’s a soft flash. It’s fun but yet still pretty and subdue. I love it.

Easy application

For this manicure, I used one coat of Avery as a base followed by two coats of Opal. I like how evenly these Zoya Fleck Effect’s disperse  The flakies don’t clump up at the top or base of the nail. And also there’s a ton of them per swipe / layer. They apply really well, look great, and dry quickly. I really have no complaints! I love this manicure, and can’t wait to find other combinations that work just as well with Opal.

Where To Buy (Both polishes): Zoya.com / $ 8

So tell me, did you pick up these Zoya Fleck Effects yet? If so, which ones did you get? Have you worn them? What do you like / dislike about them? Am I tempting you to place an order?!

– Liz


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China Glaze: Little Drummer Boy & Nails Inc.: The Old Vic Special Effect

I honestly think this may be my favorite manicure I’ve ever worn. Or at least my favorite manicure in a VERY long time.

It’s a shame that the weather here has been pouring rain without a bit of sunlight in days, so much to my disappointment, my photos do not capture how stunning and mesmerizing this combination is. It’s perfect.

Dark, metallic navy with blue flakie top coat

Those that are regular DBP readers are well aware of how much I love blue polishes and LDB is no exception. Little Drummer Boy is a gorgeous deep, metallic navy polish. It’s almost a gem stone tone. It’s so rich and gorgeous on its own. The polish itself is very pigmented and I could have gotten away with one coat of it, but I was a little sloppy on my application.

The Old Vic is part of three different special effect polish duos from Nails Inc. It’s a flakie topcoat meant to layer with. The flakes are irregularly shaped and mostly blue and purple in color (to me) in a clear base. The flakie effect isn’t overly loud, which is what I like about it. It’s noticeable, especially in strong light, but not overkill. And it’s seriously gorgeous. My only complaint would be I wished the flakes themselves were more brightly colored. Regardless, I can’t get enough of it.

Easy application

As mentioned, LDB is very pigmented and I could have gotten away with one coat for this layered look, but needed two. It was a smooth application with no problems.The Old Vic was also an easy formula and application. I used two coats and it dried pretty quickly as well. For the next time I wear this manicure (which might be for a second time this week..), I think I will try to use three coats of The Old Vic flakie topcoat for even more impact. Or even matte it!

Where to Buy (Little Drummer Boy): Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 6

Where to Buy (The Old Vic Special Effects Duo): Sephora / Sephora.com / $ 16

How do you feel about flakie top coats? I love the blue ones! Are you interested in the textured, fun effect? They seem to be gaining more commercial popularity this holiday season. Do you own this duo? Are you interested in getting any of these Nail Inc. sets?

– Liz


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