Shimmer Saturdays – Part 2

Author: marta  //  Category: Barielle, Dollar Nail Art, Essie, SHIMMER

Hello Lovely Ladies,

Can you believe it is FEBRUARY already!? WOW!

My family and I are back from our mini-getway at the Niagara Falls Great Wolf Lodge Resort.  The kids had a great time at the indoor water park, and Peter and I relaxed in the company of family friends.  It was really neat to splash around in the water while watching the snow fall outside.

Today marks week 2 of my Shimmer Polish Saturday series.  Today I will be showing you Erica, Jenny and Airriann:

Erica Shimmer Nail polish is described as a: “Crystal Periodot Glitter Polish!

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Erica is a really pretty blend of green and gold glitter (of different shades) mixed in with the holo glitter I have come to expect and love from Shimmer Polish.

I always do glitter tip manicures, this time I really wanted to try a glitter-base manicure.  I will admit that this technique scared me a little- I was scared of dabbing glitter all up in my cuticle area BUT I am very happy with how this turned out (for a first time try it went without major incident ;) ).  I simply dabbed the glitter (with the polish brush) onto the base of my nail and gently worked it upwards.  For the base I used two coats of Barielle Central Park.

While Erica could be paired with/layered over any polish, its Peridot shades of glitter beg to be seen with green ;)

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Jenny Shimmer Nail polish is described as “Cyan Melange Glitter Polish! Darker than Jasmine (my swatches here), with a large variety of color glitters“.

(three coats)

Jenny had a slightly thicker formula than the other Shimmer Polish shades I have tried thus far.  While I love it on its own, it would be a great layering polish over blues, purples, lavander or even a gold.  The glitter is made up of different sizes and colours (holo included) with a predominant blue hue to it.  I really like the purple and gold glitter mixed into this polish.

This combination is kind of a “me” look.  A way that I would be most inclined to wear glitter.

To create this look I painted my ring and middle finger with Misa I Will Survive (a black polish), and the other two nails with Jenny.

For the ring finger, I waited until Jenny was dry and I painted 2/3 of my nail with the black.  I added four turquoise square glitter bits from dollarnailart.com.

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Airriann Shimmer Nail polish is described as a “Pale Pink Melange Glitter Polish

(three coats)

Airriann is a copper-toned pink (and my favorite of the three shades shown today).  It is made lighter by the gold glitter bits and also made darker by the tiny black glitters within.  The addition of colorful glitters (in small amounts) makes this shade quite unique, unpredictable and spunky! :D

This look came about in my attempt to incorporate these two sources of inspiration from So Nailicious, and Polished Perfectionist .

I really wanted a soft peachy shade to pair with the copper/pink glitter but I believe Essie A Crewed Interest was a bit too sheer for this technique and as a result the manicure isn’t as ‘crisp’ as I would want it.

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Shimmer Polish can be purchased on Etsy HERE.

Have you tried any of these techniques?

Which of these three shades do YOU like most?

Any weekend plans you’d like to share?

THANK YOU FOR READING!

* products sent for honest review consideration *
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  • Christine Steiner

    Hi Marta, I am so happy you had a wonderful Mini-Break. I saw the photo of the resort you posted on Instagram – how beautiful!!! On to the shimmers: they all are amazing!!! I am with you with regard to the favorite. And thank you for showing us some “Marta-ways” to wear glitter. I usually dab glitter to the base – I use an eye-shadow applicator. But your second mani will be the next I will try :-)

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you!
      The resort was really nice and VERY child friendly – the inside had these furry animals (that looked real) that would move and make sounds against the wood and stone walls… really cool.

      Oh… I should try using the makeup applicator- to be honest, this was my very first base-glitter gradient attempt- I was a little nervous but I do like how it looks :D

  • Lou is Perfectly Polished

    Yet another great review :). I love how you paint solid colours over the glitters and leave only a little showing. Inspiring as always :) xx

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you! I think that is the look that would be most “me” out of the top three… glad you found a new idea in it :D

  • http://preciouspearlmakeup.blogspot.com preciouspearl

    Erica is lovely. Love the way you tried the Polish Perfectionist’s mani in your own way :)

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you! Her manicure is always so much more polished- I may have been rushing it a little- next time I need to apply myself a little better and maybe pick a more opaque cream shade ;)

  • MariJo Nails

    Love the gradient!!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you- can you believe it was the first time I tried a base-glitter gradient!? :D

      • MariJo Nails

        Wow!! No! Well, you did a great job!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joanneproctor1970 Joanne Proctor

    Lovely Polishes , I especially love Jenny, I love what you did with the accent nail too :D Glad you had a great time away, I am due a break soon I think!

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      Thank you Jo- It is nice to get away- even if it is for only a day or two.
      Glad you like the accent nail :D
      Hope you get your break soon also ;)

  • Shimmer Polish

    What fabulous designs :)

    • http://www.chitchatnails.com/ Marta

      :D Thank you- I am happy you like them- more next week :D I look forward to these posts