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A Rhyming Dictionary: A Rhyming Dictionary

I’ve been blogging here on Death By Polish for a long time. It’s been about 3 years, which is crazy! And recently I was contacted by Morgan from A Rhyming Dictionary Polish for the first time to review her set of polishes based on the Oz books. I’m very flattered and excited to blog about them. This one caught my eye first (How could it not? A blue flakey? Come on!), and I couldn’t wait to use it.

Saturated blue jelly with flakies

This polish is really fun. As I always say, I love blue polish. This polish is so pretty in the bottle; it’s a bright, poppy saturated blue packed with different shaped iridescent blue, purple, and violet flakes. The flakes are really interesting in this polish and it makes it very special. I do think this polish would look even better layered over another blue polish to brighten it up and make it shine. I look forward to using it again and layering it for sure!

I had no issues with formula on this polish. Although it’s not fully opaque, I used three coats and got good coverage. It went on smooth and also dried easily. In the past, I have noticed independent nail polish brands have an overly strong odor, but did not notice it with this one.

Where to Buy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Arhymingdictionary / $ 7.50

Do you like this fun, flakey blue polish? Have you seen or purchased any of the A Rhyming Dictionary polishes? Have they caught your eye on Etsy or other blogs? Are you now interested in giving them try?

– Liz


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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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China Glaze: Liquid Leather & Zoya: Jules

I’ve been bed ridden the past 48 hours. I feel quite awful, so this post will be on the shorter side.

I’ve tried sponging in the past, and it didn’t really turn out in my favor. You definitely have to be patient and go slow. I used a make up applicator (the little wedge sponges) and applied just a small swipe at a time of Jules to the sponge. I started at the tip and moved my way down to be able to see how far down the nail I wanted to go. After a few dabs, each nail is done.

Black with taupe-y silver sponged tips

I started out with two coats of Liquid Leather and made sure it was completely dry before I moved on to sponging. As mentioned, I dabbed a small amount of Jules onto the make up sponge and carefully applied the polish from the tip down. What I like about this method of sponging, is that it’s very easy to add more or less and really get the look that you want. More or less of what you want. And this manicure has worn like iron, which never happens for me.

I’m looking forward to mastering this a bit more and coming up with more unique combinations to wear.

Where To Buy (Liquid Leather): Sally’s / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 6

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

Have you tried sponging? Was your first attempted horrible like mine was? Is it something you do regularly to mix up your manicures? Or is this a bit much for your everyday looks?

– Liz


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OPI: Stranger Tides & Sit Under The Apple Tree

I feel awful for my absence the past week! I have been apartment searching and it has eaten up any ounce of down time I’ve had. Luckily, it’s over and I can get back to taking care of my nails.

I found Sit Under The Apple Tree (hate this name) on clearance at Ulta recently. It’s originally from OPI’s Retro collection in 2009. It’s rather sheer so I knew I wanted to layer it. I’m very satisfied with this outcome, I’ve been admiring it all day.

Pretty pale, shimmery green combination

I knew I wanted an opaque base for this manicure and a number of base colors would work well with layering Sit Under The Apple Tree. I picked the pale, grey-ed out sage Stranger Tides. SUTAT is very pretty and delicate for a yellow / green shimmer. The micro-shimmer is so fine and dense that it really covered my nail well with one coat. It looks gorgeous and cheerful in the sunlight. Somewhat “springy” because it’s a yellow-toned green. There’s definitely a brighter cast of green that comes out when it’s applied, but it worked perfectly with ST.

Easy application and pretty outcome

I used two coats of ST and everything was opaque and streak-free. It also dried quickly. On top of that, I only needed one coat of SUTAT to get a good amount of shimmer and color. Of course, applying another layer would bump it up even more. I think SUTAT would look good layered over a lot of different colors. Neutrals, green, yellow..maybe even black.

Where to Buy Stranger Tides: Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 8

Where To Buy Sit Under The Apple Tree: Online Retailers / $ 4 – $ 8

Do you own Sit Under The Apple Tree? Do you like layering sheer shimmery polishes over cremes? If not, what’s your favorite way to wear them? Do you want to pick up SUTAT?

– Liz


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OPI: What’s With The Catitude? with Sally Hansen: Hidden Treasure

Ice nailsss

Hey everyone! I’m gonna be loading you up with pictures today. I haven’t had any new polishes in awhile and I wanted to do something different to mix things up. I’m getting so sick of everything I have! I was in layering mood, specifically in the mood for Hidden Treasure. So I went out of my comfort zone and paired it with OPI What’s With The Catitutde? From the Shrek collection. I am really loving how it came out!

This pic is how it looks in the most natural of light, but of course I can’t just leave you with that one. My favorite look is when Hidden Treasure goes all green on top of the light blue and I tried to capture that as best I could. Here’s one a little closer and angled:

from the side

Last night when I finished painting I just thought this was really bright and cute and this morning when I woke up I thought they looked like ice… so I’ve been calling them ice nails, ha ha. I did two coats of What’s With The Catitude? I had not used that polish for awhile because I didn’t care for the application at the time, but I really wanted to use that color and give it another try. The application still isn’t great, but you can pretty much even it all out by the second coat if you’re expecting it from the start. Then I did one coat of Hidden Treasure, which is always fun to use and no trouble at all. I had a pretty fast drying time even though all those layers of polish felt pretty thick on my nails.

Here’s a couple pictures of this mani in warm vs. cool lighting:



I think that having something layered over this polish takes away the pastel of the color and the baby boy blue aspect so it doesn’t seem as childish. Slap some glitter on there and it’s instantly more interesting and fun! Really enjoying wearing this one, I’ll have to stop outside my comfort zone more often.

Where to Buy: What’s With The Catitude / Online / $8ish

Hidden Treasure / Online / $6ish

You might be able to find these in stores, but I couldn’t guarantee that. Those prices should be the very highest end.

Happy Hump Day!



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Zoya: Tallulah and OPI: Last Friday Night

Tallulah was one of my first Zoya polishes. When I first saw her, I thought she was so cool, edgy, but also pretty. The mix of the vibrant blue with purple flash in the bottle just makes me happy. My two favorite colors looking awesome together. However, this time around Tallulah kind of left me wanting more.

In the shade

It has been awhile since I wore this polish. I remember really loving it the first time around. The shade of this blue is so vibrant and saturated. It’s loud. It makes me think of crystal clear bright blue water and being on the beach. The purple flash isn’t too noticeable in the bottle, but you can see it. Though on the nail, it’s very subtle. You can almost only catch a glimpse of it at extreme angles. This polish also has a pretty almost half pearly / half metallic finish for some extra oopf.

Tallulah in the sun

I recall the formula on this polish to be bad the first time around. And over the past year or so I can say that it didn’t get any better. It’s goopy, which I find strange for a metallic, especially from Zoya. It’s thick and sort of hard to manage, but VERY pigmented. The first coat almost gets you full coverage. I used two and it looks great. Top coat really helps bring out the metallic-y finish in this polish.

Last Friday Night over Tallulah

I was feeling unsatisfied, so I decided to slap OPI Katy Perry Last Friday Night on over Tallulah on my thumb and ring finger. I LOVE Last Friday Night solo, and wanted to try it out over this polish because I thought it would be awesome. It turned out okay. I think both of these polishes are better separate. I love the light, jelly translucent base of Last Friday Night and that’s gone when layered.

I might like this combo more on all of my nails or matte. (I HATE glitter removal though and LFN was awful 4 layers deep the last time to take off.) I might refresh it tomorrow with one of those options.

Has anyone done any cool layering with Last Friday Night? I’d like some ideas! Or do you have Tallulah and are stuck with the same formula problems?

Where to Buy (Tallulah): Zoya.com / $ 8

Where to Buy (Last Friday Night): I’m not sure if the Katy Perry’s are still in stores, so online retailers / $ 8.50 ish


Tallulah’s blue and purple reminds me of Virginia Bluebells. They are purple before the buds open, then turn this gorgeous light blue. I love how they have both colors on the blooms! There is a sea of these in our front garden.

Have a nice weekend, guys. I hear Chanel Mimosa calling my name. Sorry, wallet.

– Liz


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OPI: Teenage Dream over Essie: Need A Vacation

Need A Vacation with Teenage Dream

Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that tomorrow is Friday, what a long week! I needed some cheering up, so yesterday I decided to use OPI Teenage Dream, because I hadn’t yet. After looking at the post Liz did about it, I decided I wanted something a little more pink so I decided to layer it.

My pink of choice was Essie’s Need A Vacation, which is probably one of my favorite pinks. I just realized I haven’t blogged that one so I’m going to have to fly it solo in the near future so you all can see! It’s a lot like it looks in the bottle: light, creamy (verging on jellyish) baby pink.

Need A Vacation goes on kind of streaky in the first coat, so I did one coat and it was on the thicker side. I followed it up with OPI Teenage Dream, which is big holo glitter with small silver glitter. It has a nice, sheer light pink of it’s own when done in 3 coats, so with a more opaque pink underneath it gives it an extra boost.

Yum, glitter

I really liked how this turned out, it was a nice layering job if I do say so myself. I was enjoying wearing it, but unfortunately these two polishes and my base and top coat apparently just did not get along at all. It took a long time to dry and I nicked it while I thought it had dried long ago. After that it started immediately peeling. I’m not sure what it was, could have been the nail product combo, my nails, Thursday, the weather, we may never know… It was fun while it lasted though, so pretty!

Have you all done any amazing layering jobs with big glitters or other polishes from the Katy Perry collection? Comment back!

Where to Buy (Both polishes): Ulta / Salons / JC Penney/ Online Retailers / $8ish



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