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Monday, June 25, 2012

Venique So Chic! Polish review and swatches...

Don't forget to enter our giveaway celebration!  

This past Friday I did a post on my first Venique Lacquer and today I am going to continue with yet another Venique polish!  If you missed the last post you can find it here.  I really cannot say enough about how awesome this polish line is.
Jamin' in Jellies is a really nice pinkish orchid creme.  With the use of the Venique sticky base coat, this polish is also a one and done!!!  The super creamy formula makes for a really nice even and non-streaky application.  I had a little fun with this color and after wearing it one full day added a little bling.

So here it is... Venique Lacquer Jamin' in Jellies!

w/Flash low back light
w/Flash slightly backlit 
Natural Light
I have a few more Venique Lacquers to show you, so stay tuned for my upcoming posts! Remember, if you can manage to get your hands on some... DO IT!  You won't be sorry.

Tell me what you think.  Do you like the idea of having a polish line specifically for natural nails?  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beauty Blogazons: Weekly Roundup for June 18th


Thought about changing some of your beauty routines? What about a new polish color or nail art technique? Check out some of these really amazing beauty blogs to see what everyone has been up to in the wide world of beauty blogging!

  • Pink Sparklz- On Wednesday's we wear pink! Pink NOTD! Sinful Colors & O.P.I.
  • Mama Fashionista- Allow Mama Fashionista to introduce you to Evie Evan and the last concealer you will ever need (it's HG status)!
  • Ishah x Beauty- It's Girl's Night at Ishah x Beauty! Check out some good eats, drinks and my FOTD.
  • Phyrra- Wanna steal the spotlight? Phyrra tells you to break out the Anastasia See and Be Seen Kit.
  • Midnight Manicures- Water Marbling with Patricia, see this nail art technique at it's best.
  • Beauty Product Review- Discover the mask that has completely changed my complexion and made every night a spa night!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado- Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in Ballet might be your perfect Barbie pink.
  • Creatively Yours by Ro- Smooth out your edges with Carols Daughter Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother
  • Adore-a-polish- Get scrubalicious with this yummy grapefruit sugar scrub from Qtica.
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom- Check out four lovely Zoya shades at Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom
  • Sincerely Stephanie- Looking for an easy way to do nail art? Check out how you can create art using your own fingerprints!
  • Shades of Beauty, Inc.  It Works!  BZZAGENT REVIEW: Smooth 'n Shine® Keratin Power Semi-Permanent Hair Tamer
  • Mani Curiously- The First 50 Giveaway Celebration! Come celebrate Dom & E's first follower milestone with this great giveaway!
  • Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog checked out the Hey, Sailor! collection from MAC and shared her review on the limited edition Fleet Fast blush!
  • Beyond Beauty Lounge- Easy Ombre with The New Black
  • The Beauty Delicacy- The sweetest shade of red gloss perfect for Summer
  • Beauty by Miss L- Check out Miss L´s bright summer eye makeup look
  • Emily Hudspeth, hair design & makeup artist- The Big Reveal is here! Part 3 or the "After" of the makeover series for this soon to be new mom, is on the blog. Next up, the makeup lesson.
  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick- My latest hair adventure, combining my two favorite loves, neons and ombré hair.
  • Cosmetically Challenged- Cosmetically Challenged shows you what Orange Neon nail polish is all about with Sations "One & Only Orange" from the California Gleamin' Collection
  • Nails Beautiqued- It's summertime! Want some nailart ideas?  How about some Wispy Flowers.
  • Dorothy's little wonderland- What should I do if I would like to change the skincare routine. Tips and tricks to minimize the irritations
  • The Polished Zombie- Star Wars and Nail polish? The Polished Zombie proudly lets her geek flag fly with an out of this world polish from Amy's Nail Boutique.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Venique is quite unique! Polish review and swatches...


Hey there!! Been a while, I know. I apologize for the lack of new posts lately,  E and I have been dealing with regular life and all of it's ups and downs.  One of those crazy life things is that I started a new job! Still working on managing my time to allow for everything though and time management is not one of my strong suits!  I will do better, I promise!  
Indoor no Flash
Moving on, I am happy to tell all of you about a new lacquer I recently found and am in love with!  Venique Nail Lacquer is a newer polish line that was designed with natural nails in mind.  (Hey, that rhymed!  I'm a poet and didn't know it!) At this time Venique is a salon only line. Meaning it is only sold to professionals at this time.  Hopefully, one day soon it will be available to the everyday nail enthusiasts.  I was able to get my hands on a few from a friend that's a nail tech though, and I plan on asking her to grab me a few more very soon.  

What makes this polish so unique?  The formula!  According to the CosmoProf website, each and every Venique polish contains Sil-Tek.  Sil-Tek is a silicone-based ingredient that allows for flexibility within the polish.  With this added flexibility, your nails are guarded against chipping and flaking!!! Natural nails expand and contract when they get wet and then dry and the Sil-Tek technology accommodates these natural variations.  If that is not amazing enough the Venique top coat contains all of these same properties with the added benefit of diamond dust for a crazy shine that lasts.  If it gets dull you can just buff it a bit and, voila, your nails are shining like new!  One last benefit of the Venique nail lacquer line... it's a one and done! Whaaa?! Yes, one. and. done. Because each of the colors are created to be a one coat full coverage polish you not only save time and money, but polish too!!  

On to the color of the day!  I have five colors from this line and the first color I wanted to share is Full-On Brogue.  This color is amazing!  E is not really a fan of browns and nudes but I love them!  Full-On Brogue is a super pretty taupe brown.  Really easy application and certainly a one and done!  LOVE IT!!

Now, without further adieu, Full-On Brogue!


This polish is amazing! I can honestly say that I wore this color for a couple of days, did some pretty heavy cleaning along with day to day stuff... all without the polish chipping! Venique hit the mark with their polish line!  I love all the colors and will be getting as many as I can!


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The First 50 Giveaway Celebration!!

Holy moly! We can't believe we're already at our very first milestone! It seems like yesterday we were constantly sending pictures of our nails back and forth via text and calling each other excitedly discussing some new nail art, nail polish or Indie that we'd found that day...

But it isn't! Thanks to each and every person that's visited our page, left us comments, told some friends or just simply follows along!! We are at our first milestone of 50 followers via our Facebook Fan Page and Google Friend Connect because of all of you and we appreciate you. Really and truly we have celebrated the moment that each and every one of you 50 have decided to click those follow buttons. Every time we get a comment we get giddy and excited all over again. We revel in any contact we have from you guys because truly this adventure is simply to create our own space to share, enjoy and laugh. We really love you guys and hope to continue growing and creating more nail art/manis that you're proud to spend a few minutes of your day viewing.

Now, on to the celebration!!! There will be 2 winners!! 50 possible entry points are up for grabs... The contest will run for 2 weeks starting June 21st, ending on July 6. Winners will be announced via Facebook, Twitter and here on the blog. The winners have 48 hrs to contact us to collect their winnings! Any questions email us!!

**All of these colors did not want to photograph so believe us when we say 
they are really bright and pretty summer-y colors!! **

First prize is L.A. Colors Striper nail art kit that includes: White, Neon Pink, Blue, Lime Green, Grape Purple (that has a really pretty silver shimmer in it!) and a small pack of nail stickers.


Second prize is L.A. Colors LE Electro Brights nail polish pack that includes: White, Grape Purple, Neon Pink, Green, Royal Blue, Orange, Pink (with a gold shimmer!).


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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Spotted Lizard

Today I am going to really try and not ramble too much!  It is so hard for me!  Here goes nothing!  

Sometimes I like to pull out polish and just play around.  I come up with some crazy stuff and on occasion I come up with something I really like.  The mani that I am sharing with you today is super crazy and fun.  I have coined it the Spotted Lizard Mani.  For this mani I used Finger Paints Guggen I'm Lime, Rimmel London Marine Blue and NYC Matte me Crazy.

Finger Paints Guggen I'm Lime, Rimmel London Marine Blue and NYC Matte me Crazy
With one coat of Finger Paints Base Coat and two coats of Guggen I'm Lime, I used my dotting tool to create the dots on all my but my middle finger.  On my middle finger I used the same base coat with one coat of Marine Blue.  After letting my middle finger dry completely, I used a few thin strips of tape and just placed them in a semi-star pattern. Painting a layer of Guggen and removing the tape, I was left with something really quite cool.  It ended up looking a bit like coral to me.  I followed up by adding some Guggen dots to my middle finger and completed the mani with a coat of NYC Matte me Crazy.  I really hope you like what I came up with!

Lizard Mani 
Lizard Mani
I really had fun with this mani!  The matte finish it made really cool and in person it really looked like spotted lizard.  Let me know what you think.  Do you ever just play with polish or try and come up with something wild and crazy?

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beauty Blogazons Weekly Round up

Wondering what else has been going on in the world of beauty this week? Well hop on by this lovely list of links to some of the most informative posts this week!

  • Pink Sparklz- New Trend: Matching your lips to your nails! VS Glossy Lip Tint - Boudoir Pink Swatch
  • Miss Merli In NYC- Featuring Brooklyn Designer Sam Branman and his mesh creations
  • Tolmu Rull Tells All- What to pack into your beauty bag for travelling? See, what frequent flyer Tolmu Rull packs!
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom- Blurple is the perfect shade for summer, and Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom picks Cult Nails Tied Up as the best.
  • I Like My Polish Black Just Like My Metal- Penguins, nail polish, and bright pink! Oh my! Find out what all these three things have in common and how good they all look together.
  • Cosmetics Aficionado- See the Soho Beauty brushes popping up but not sure if you should buy? Check out my review of their Professional Crease Brush.
  • Holographic Hussy- Dollish Polish stunning Expecto Patronum in all its glory...
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog- Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog share her Tart Deco Dots on Manic(ure) Monday!
  • Emily Hudspeth, Bringing the Beauty to You!- Trying out a new monthly beauty sample service. Emily shares her first month of Sample Society by the Beauty Bar.
  • Ishah x Beauty- How to DIY Ombre Hair at Home? Ishah x Beauty has you covered.
  • Beauty By Miss L- Miss L did a simple, but eye-catching mani with dots.
  • Sincerely Stephanie- Loving the colour blocking trend, but looking for a new take on it? Sincerely Stephanie shows you how to get the look dottified.
  • myCosmeticBag- Love black nail polish and gradient manicures? Sink your teeth into Anisha's 'Berry Vampiric' nail look.
  • Phyrra- Phyrra is a Superstar with the new Fyrinnae collection!
  • Beauty Apocalypse- Want a sophisticated eye? Beauty Apocalypse gives a review of Stila's "Ladies Who Lunch" collection.
  • Mani Curiously- Loving the NARS Thakoon Collection? Be sure to check out E's matte take on this stunning cyan blue polish!
  • DeyiMizu- Read about the fabulous all-in-one African Shea Butter!
  • Shades Of Beauty, Inc.- REVIEW: China Glaze Neons... Shimmer Highlights
  • Beauty Product Review- Read all about the Jouer samples that I just can't stop raving about
  • Midnight Manicures- Dazzle Dry, Vegan and Big 5-Free. Performs like a Gel, removes like a Polish.
  • Thepassengerelement- 100th beauty blog post ft Tarina Tarantino's Victorian Punk eyeshadow
  • Cosmetically Challenged- Which Glitter Hue is right for you? Cosmetically Challenged puts 5 brands head to head in the battle of the Purple and Blue Glitter Nail Polishes.
  • Nails Beautiqued- Summertime fun with Jessica Cosmetics "Gelato Maio" nailpolish collection lots of mouthwatering pastels
  • The Lacquerologist- Contrasting colors and finishes come together in this beautiful polka dot manicure from the Abstract Nail Art Challenge!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Purple Ombre tips with a side of matted NARS, please.

For my birthday I ordered a little bit of stuff from Sephora. Initially I was thinking of getting a couple Sephora by OPI colors but then I did some such random color search and came across the NARS Thakoon Collection. My eyeballs fell out onto my laptop. Seriously the amazingly beautiful and vibrant colors were show stoppers. Of course once I popped my eyeballs back in and rolled my tongue back up at the slightly steep $18/bottle cost my inner negative Nelly popped off with "they only look that pretty because they want you to fork over that $18! They won't be as nice in person..." She's such a bitch, I hate that damn negative Nelly... but she DID have a point...

NARS - Koliary (matte) with Ombre Purple Tips

However, let me just cut to the chase and say that I added and removed NARS - Koliary from my cart probably half a dozen times. I knew I only had so much money to spend and truly spending a decent amount on 1 bottle of polish was just kind of silly. But every time I saw the color it was like it sucked me in with it's mind control and bam! The bottle would be back in the cart!

NARS - Koliary 2 coats with base coat

Well, once my Sephora order came, my joy at finally receiving Nails Inc - Baker Street was quickly eclipsed when I saw the beautiful black NARS box. I thought "holy hell! I guess $18 buys my polish it's own little holder!" Then I opened the box... all the sounds around me faded away and I had tunnel vision. All I could see was this amazing vibrant shade of blue. I really and truly did make the bug-eyed-jaw-dropped face. The website described it as "cyan blue". My description? Happiness. Seriously if you love the blue family and all it's amazing hues this little gem will make you feel pure, unadulterated happiness.

NARS - Koliary made Matte with NYC Color - Matte Me Crazy

I wore this color for 3 different manicures in one week. No lie. I haven't done that in over 5 months. Below is one of those 3 manis. I love purple just as much as blue and thought I'd try to combine them. I still have mixed feelings about this particular mani though. I liked it but I didn't. I dunno. It's sorta like that feeling you get when falling in love with an outfit on the hanger... then you try it on and feel like some vital bit of you is hanging out in an unflattering way... but you cant FIND that bit. Yeah. THAT feeling :/

NARS - Koliary, NYC Color - Matte Me Crazy, Essie - Play Date, piCture pOlish - Wisteria,
Julep - Anne, Ulta - Celebutante, piCture pOlish - Grape

First I painted 2 coats of NARS - Koliary. Then I used NYC Color - Matte Me Crazy to turn the finish matte. Using my reinforcement circles I created a crisp edge, and from there I just used each purple polish in descending darkening shade on each nail to create the ombre tips.

My Instagram shot! Follow me @enjeliq

Hopefully you fall in love with this color like I did... and if you don't... well I guess that'll be just that many more back-ups I'll have access to! ;)


What about you? Have you ever had this love/hate feeling for a mani?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Drool Worthy Ozotic Layer

I have fallen in love!!!  Yes that's right... I have been having an affair with polish and I do believe that I have met my match!  I can honestly say that I pride myself on the fact that I don't lust after much!  But, boy oh boy, when I first went on the web and saw some swatches of the Ozotic 500 series polishes I think I actually drooled!  Yes... I totally drooled and now that I have a couple in my collection, I know exactly why!!!

As I am sure that you know, the Ozotic 500 series polishes are being discontinued!  Grrrrrrrr... If I could buy multiples of each color, I totally would!  I am confident that I have at least purchased my personal must haves!  There is still some stock out there, so if these have yet to find their way into your collection, get online and grab a few while you can.  I purchased mine at and the owner operator, Kim, was awesome and I had my choices within a week of ordering them.

This past weekend most of my Sunday was spent swatching. Although I love polish and painting my nails, I must admit that swatching is not my favorite thing in the world to do!  I have a hard time with the removal!  LOL!  Let's keep it real, I buy polish that I like.  I buy polish that I really want to wear out.  I buy polish with the goal of sharing it not only with the readers but people on the street.  So, for some reason I just feel bad polishing, taking shots, removing and then moving onto the next one!  E always laughs at me!  The entire time I was swatching, I knew in the back of my mind that the last mani I did was going to be the one for the night.  I was going out and I am always mindful of what I have on my nails.  People see it and like it, then I network my little butt off!  Hahahahahahaha!
Here is what I chose...
Finger Paints Inkblot Blue & Ozotic 515

I picked up Finger Paints Inkblot Blue last week and was inspired when I saw it next to the Ozotic 515.  I started with the Finger Paints Base Coat and one coat of Inkblot Blue.  I only used one coat because I knew I was going to do the layering.  I am sure that with two coats of this polish you will have full opacity.  Inkblot Blue painted really well and dried pretty fast.  Love it!

Finger Paints Base Coat w/ 1coat of Inkblot Blue 
Finger Paints Base Coat w/ 1coat of Inkblot Blue
With one coat of Ozotic 515, I had the most awesome mani ever!  Ozotic 515 polished like a dream and, unlike some of the other holos that I have, it gave great coverage with one coat.  It dried really nicely and did not need a top coat.  I still have this mani on and have no tip wear or chipping!  And yes, it made me drool again! I may have even danced around the house a bit!  

1Coat of Ozotic 515 w/ flash
w/ flash
This polish is nuts!!!  Under the club lights it glowed and just like I thought, people loved it!  Tell me what do you think?  Do you have any of the 500 series in your collection?  Which ones are your favorites?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Ricans Gone Wild, Boricua Pride!!!

You could say that I am a proud Puerto Rican and you would be correct!  I take great pride in my culture and each year around the same time Puerto Ricans around the country gather in New York to show just exactly how proud we are!

 This year marks the 55th annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade!!!
Even though I cannot be there in person, I am so there in spirit and mani!  LOL!  

I will preface these post with a warning...  there is a ton of Puerto Rican going on in here!  So much so that E called my mani the drag queen of manis!  I will admit that I may have gone a bit nuts but ya gotta sometimes, know what I mean? There were just so many ideas floating around in my head and I think I used them all.

For my Puerto Rican Pride mani I used a base coat, one coat of China Glaze Ruby Pumps and my new Finger Paints Liners for the art.  Hip Hip Hue-Ray is the white liner and Royal Renoir is the electric blue liner.  I will say that I found them a bit thick but the colors are amazing and they weren't too terribly hard to work with.  I even managed to do my right hand with the exact same design and that is no small feat my friends! After completing the flags on all but one finger, I added my fimo stick Puerto Rican flags and blinged them out with some rhinestones.  Voila!  A Puerto Rican Pride mani that would make any 'Rican happy!  

I hope you like them!  

Bet you can't guess that I am 100% Puerto Rican from 100 miles away!  
Nothing like a drag mani to get the party started!  :)
I hope that the parade is a blast and if there are any NYC Rican's reading this blog... go and dance in the streets for me!  I will be rocking my mani, making some rice and beans and jammin' to some salsa all day long! Besos!

P.S.  I tried to get E to bust out her best 'Rican inspired mani for today (she is Puerto Rican too) but she decided to leave it to me since her fungal visiter hasn't left yet :(

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Beauty Blogazon Weekly Roundup for 6/8/12

Hey guys! If you're looking for some really awesome beauty product reviews and equally great blogs to check out please hop around on these links from the Beauty Blogazons Weekly Roundup!

  • Mama Fashionista- Introduction to the Rose Nectar Collection from French Organic Beauty Pioneer, Melvita
  • Nails Beautiqued- Do you like Holographic Nail Polish? Check out Glitter Gal Code Red
  • Confessions of a Sarcastic Mom- In the mood for a bright pinky coral for summer? Try Julep Mandy!
  • I Like My Polish Black Just Like My Metal- Not all frankens have to be pretty and a small CVS haul on the cheap. Post also contains numerous exclamation points.
  • Beauty Mamas- Trying out Smashbox Soft Lights and Blush for the first time. See how gorgeous this Blush/Soft Lights duo in Under/Cover is.
  • Liquor, Lube and Lipstick- I'm running a Nivea Bridal Bootcamp contest, and would love you to join!
  • The Lacquerologist- Pretty taped tips! Check out the Abstract Nail Art Challenge for the month of June!
  • Cosmetics Aficionado- Lush Grease Lightning claims to fight the oilies while keeping acne at bay. Does it work? Find out at Cosmetics Aficionado.
  • My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog-Laura from My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog shows us her favorite Red Carpet Looks from the MTV 2012 Movie Awards!
  • Cosmetically Challenged shows off her latest Nubb Couture creation in "Disco Commando"
  • BeautiMarkBella- My Summer Rock look, inspired by Party Rock Anthem-LMFAO.... made from Polyvore
  • Midnight Manicures- Jeanie shares her positive experience with you and would love to hear about yours too!
  • Mani Curiously- Dom shows off her first Dollish Polish/indie haul with some spicy swatches of the Dolly Does Polish Collection!
  • The Stepford Witch- Missha is known for their BB Cream but did you know they also have a stellar makeup remover? Check out The Stepford Witch for more on this product!
  • Beyond Beauty Lounge- Tweezerman Brow Kit Review
  • Phyrra joins popular Internet Radio Host Dawn Catherine of La Bella Vita to share her highlights from Premiere Orlando.

Friday, June 8, 2012

L.A. Girl Magnetic Polish!! Review & Swatches

I really like the magnetic craze that is going on right now.  I have magnetics from a few different makers and recently came across a super affordable magnetic that I couldn't wait to try.  L.A. Girl Magnetics caught my eye on a trip to my local Drug Mart.  They are beautiful colors and less than $5 each, which was a nice added selling point for me.

The magnetic trend was a bit over my head when I first came across it a while ago.  It seemed kind of limiting to me.  Here is the color, hover the magnet over it and done!  Just kind of blah.  However, I am now eating my words.  People are doing a ton with these magnetic polishes.  I will also say that the formula for magnetics in general, aside from the treatment, is nuts!  Super opaque in one coat and dry time is really nice.

So, L.A. Girl magnetics are really no different in terms of formula.  They are a really sweet velvety frost that I would wear alone!  When I saw them in the store I noticed that there were four different magnets and that is how I chose my colors.  Obviously, the magnets are interchangeable but I thought switching them around may have been frowned upon in the store!  LOL!  So here is what I chose!

L.A. Girl Magnetic
L to R: Electrostatic, Attract, Magnetic Field and Magnetized 
L to R: 3 straight lines, 4 chevrons, bullseye, asterisk/star
Magnets are on the caps and pop off for use!  
I did a really quick swatch of these, using a different color and magnet combo on each nail.  All in all they worked really well.  The only one that didn't seem to work at all was the magnet with the straight lines.  I tried to use it over Electrostatic (the steel blue color) and nothing happened!  Could have very well been user error but I didn't have a problem with the other magnets.  I used a base coat of Sally Hansen Base and one nice coat of each color.  The trick with magnetic polish is that you need to use the magnet while the polish is still wet so I painted and magnetized each nail completely before moving onto the next.  Here is what I came up with.

Pinky to index finger - Electrostatic, Attract, Magnetic Field and Magnetized
These colors are amazing!
I love the star magnet and the circles.  I will be experimenting with these colors further but for now, I just simply love them.  I wish I knew what happened with the Electrostatic. If you don't have any magnetic polish or are looking for beautiful colors that double as a magnetic polish, I would highly recommend these.  Beautiful color on top of an easy alternative to hand painted nail art is always a win in my book.

Tell me what you think!  Do you have any magnetics and if so what are your favs?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

In the Navy... a piCture pOlish welcome home for my Sailor!

I wrote a post about how much deployments suck a monthish or so ago... Well my husband got to come home for 3 days before they left again! Yay for seeing him after a very long month!

I knew I wanted my nails to look lovely for his short visit but the anxiety of "what do I choose?!!!" quickly paralyzed me into that state of nothing is good enough. On top of that, my husband is one of those types that likes dark colors, especially blues. I really love dark colors too but honestly it's bright and sunny here! I wanted to use my awesome new Orly Neons or some other bright pretty color! So of course I came up with a fat lot of nada at first...

Then I decided to just go ahead and give him what I know he'd like the most... a navy blue. And blues? I have blues... tons of beautiful hues too! Light blue, dark blue, royal blue... you name it blue! Except I couldn't think of any great design ideas.

piCture pOlish - Abyss

Until I spotted my brand spankin' new bottle of Abyss by piCture pOlish! Seriously this blue is the best. It's a lovely dark and deep navy blue jelly. The formula is really great and clean up is lovely- almost no staining (if you're a lover of blues you know that occasional staining is a common and unfortunate hazard)! Yup! A lovely deep navy blue for my Sailor... how original right? Yeah... I was less than wowed at this point too. The only upside was getting to use my new polish, until...

I started applying and wow! This color is something special. I mean really really special! I felt like I was looking into the ocean at night while I put Abyss on. It was almost hypnotic! Again, the formula is awesome and could've been done in one coat but I wanted to make sure it was extra deep so I used two. Now, this baby dries with a HIGH SHINE seriously... high shine. I almost didn't put on my normal top coat, Seche Vite. Almost... but then I thought about any possible chipping or weird wear so I put it on just to be safe. Of course SV has crazy shine too so these babies were glossy! I loved it. LOVED IT I tell you!!

piCture pOlish - Abyss (2 coats, no undies)
So sorry for slight blurriness, I didn't realize it was blurry until it was too late! :( 

Enough that I almost didn't add any nail art. Almost...  I looked to my right and there lay my beloved dotting tools... I looked to my left and there sat my huge box of glitters and stripers... Oh the pain of choosing just one! LOL ok ok... so I started the process all over. Pulled out some glitters, rejected them. Looked at other colors to do polka dots (LOVE THEM!) put them all back. Then I spied my lil stripers just sitting so quietly off to the side. I first thought lines? nah. Abstract design? nah. Then inspiration hit me on the head...


An Instagram picture of my mani (follow me! @enjeliq)

I chose white for a stronger, more defined contrast but in hindsight I should've gone over top of the white with my gold striper... the US Navy colors are Navy Blue and Gold. Oh well lol ya win some, ya lose some. I also made the choice to only put it on my accent ring finger as well as only my left hand. I thought it was cuter... because I'm married to a Sailor! I know, corny lol.


P.S. my husband LOVED my mani and said he felt really special that I did that just for him even though he was on such a short visit home. (well duh of course!) <3 he's so awesome!

Sadly, this shade was part of the "goodbye colors" from last monthish. So glad I was able to get a bottle, so sad I didn't get 2!


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