Emily de Molly Ariel’s Realm, Indigo Bananas Watercolor Memories, and ellagee Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!

So what do these three polishes have in common (besides being pretty and shiny)?  They are all outside of my typical preferred style of polish.  Two with flakies and one with big circle glitter…I really wavered over each of them when I bought them, but they all turned out to be completely worth it!

Emily de Molly Ariel’s Realm is a teal jelly polish with blue/green/gold color shifting flakes and coppery holo microglitter.  I used 3 coats here.  This polish is so gorgeous!

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Indigo Bananas Watercolor Memories is the one I wavered over most.  While flakes are growing on me, I still typically avoid polishes that have them.  But Watercolor Memories is a clear base with densely packed chrome flakies that shift in almost pastel colors (pink-purple/yellow-gold/green), and it was unique enough for me to take a chance.  Again, worth it!  It’s meant to be a one coat topper, but I layered 3 coats over black to try for full coverage.

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I also added a matte top coat to this one, just to see what it looked like.

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And finally, ellagee Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!  This was the first of the three to be bought, and at the time was a major divergence from my normal purchase patterns.  I didn’t like glitter much, and I hated circle glitter.  Now, I love glitter but am still iffy on circle glitter.  It definitely works in this polish though and fits in perfectly with the Mardi Gras theme!  Anyway, it’s a deep purple jelly with metallic and holo gold, purple, and green glitters and microglitters and gold circle glitters.  I’m wearing 3 coats here.

I had real issues finding the circle glitters (possibly because it’s been sitting on a shelf for so long and I didn’t exactly shake it well), and my photos unfortunately don’t show off the other glitters particularly well.  Just trust me though, it is a pretty one!

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And there you have three very pretty polishes from three fantastic makers!  Ariel’s Realm and Watercolor Memories were my first experiences with Emily de Molly and Indigo Bananas, and I have to say that I am definitely not disappointed.  Luckily, I have tons more from each brand to try out!

Speaking of polishes to try…I have a lot of them.  A ridiculous amount, actually.  So I think I’m actually going to try to keep doing posts like this, just throwing together random swatches.  Maybe that will get me through my untrieds more quickly!  Plus I’ll still do nail art posts!  This was originally a purely nail art blog, after all. 😛

Dragon Ball Z nails!

I don’t know how time keeps slipping by so fast, but it’s already been about a month since my last post!  So much for keeping up with my posts, huh?  But I am yet again trying to get back into the swing of things by going back to my nerdy nail art roots.  This time, I’ve got Dragon Ball Z nails!

Yes, I watched anime as a kid/teen.  And yes, I still do fairly often.  Dragon Ball Z was my introduction into anime, and I fell in love with it the moment I first stumbled upon the Namek saga on Toonami as a kid.  And even now as an adult, Gohan holds the position of my favorite character (followed by Piccolo in a VERY close second).

So when my sleep-deprived mind decided to do DBZ nails at 3am, Gohan was my first thought.  Only…I was sleep deprived.  So I didn’t put as much effort into things as I probably should have.

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I honestly don’t know what I was thinking trying this.  I’ve never been able to draw anime characters, so I don’t know why I thought painting a tiny Gohan on my fingernail was a good idea.  Although I do have to say, he might have actually looked like Super Saiyan 2 Gohan if I had given him a bigger forehead.  I also sort of lost patience painting the stars on the dragon balls too, but you get the picture. 😛

For all my complaints though, I do like how this turned out.  It’s been a while since I freehanded something detailed, and I hope I do it again soon.  Maybe I need a good challenge to motivate me…