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Glittery Holiday Nails with Deborah Lippmann

With the holiday season fast approaching, I’ve been drawn to all things gold and glittery (as if I’m not already drawn to them all year round). Glitter nail polishes are an easy way to get into the season without too much effort and there are few people who do glitter better than Deborah Lippmann.

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I’ve referred to Deborah Lippmann’s glitter polishes as ‘grown up glitter’ in the past but most of the shades I’m showing you today are really more whimsical than grown up. The 4 shades shown below are Fall 2013 releases and they’re all packed with huge chunky glitters. They are very attention grabbing but it can take a bit of effort to get the glitter sitting right on the nail.

2From left to right: Va Va Voom, Stronger, Shake Your Moneymaker & Glitter and be Gay

First up is Glitter and be Gay which is made up mainly of yellow-gold glitter with holographic and blue glitter peppered throughout. The glitters sit in a very sheer yellow base which makes it perfect for layering over other shades.

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I swatched it below on its own and also layered over other polishes. The first nail is layered over China Glaze Trendsetter (metallic mustard), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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Next up is Stronger which is a collaboration with Kelly Clarkson. It’s a sheer violet base filled with blue, silver and red glitter. This is also a layering polish but, because of its blue base, it will change the shade of the polish below.

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Swatched below on the first nail, it’s layered over the Face Shop BL607 (midnight blue), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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Shake your Money Maker is appropriately named as it’s reminiscent of money with its green and gold glitter mix. It has a sheer grey base. I can see this being perfect for a St Patrick’s day manicure.

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I swatched it below. The first nail is layered over China Glaze Custom Kicks (metallic teal), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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Last up for the Fall 2013 releases is Va Va Voom. This is a sheer blue based filled with sapphire glitter. I think this one may actually be my favourite because I love all things blue and I love glitter. I also found this one the easiest to apply out off all the glitters for some reason.

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Swatched below, the first nail is layered over Essie Butler Please (bright Cobalt blue), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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The last polish for the post is a classic Lippmann shade and cult beauty favourite, Ruby Red Slippers. Say the name and you can see many a beauty blogger and youtuber sigh just thinking about how lovely this shade is. Did I oversell it? Judge for yourself!

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The polish is made up of small and large ruby glitter suspended in a black jelly base. It’s the ruby version of Bad Romance, another of my favourite Lippmann polishes. I swatched it below with the first nail layered over China Glaze Ruby Pumps ( red glitter), the second nail is the polish on its own, the third nail is the shade layered over NYC Casper (white) and the last is over Revlon Colorstay in Stiletto (black).

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I have so many polishes in my collection that could be suitably festive but I know that my christmas nails will be one of (or a combo of) the two stunning ruby shades below. China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers are both polishes that you have to see in person to appreciate just how stunning they are.

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Lippmann polishes aren’t sold in Australia so unfortunately you’re going to have to track them down online. I purchase mine from Revolve Clothing for about $18US. They aren’t cheap but when you consider that OPI sells for $22 in Australia (crazy, I know!) that $18 doesn’t seem so bad. What is bad is the time you have to spend removing these babies but the effort is worth having your nails look like they’re covered in jewels for a few days!

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What will you be wearing on your nails this holiday season?

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Swatchfest: Deborah Lippmann Nail Polishes

I love Deborah Lippmann polishes and looking at the bottles below, I’m sure it’s not hard to tell why. I hadn’t tried any of the non-glitter polishes until I picked up Nefertiti and, while I do like it, glitters are where Deborah excels. I’m going to include links to swatches from Temptalia for some shades because there is a skill to photographing nail polishes that I just haven’t mastered!

From left to right: Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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Without flash:  Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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With flash: Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

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Swatch links:  Lady Sings the Blues, Across the Universe, Mermaid’s Dream

From left to right: Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti, Happy Birthday

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Without flash:  Happy Birthday, Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti

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With flash:  Happy Birthday, Boom Boom Pow, Nefertiti

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from left to right: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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Without flash: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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With flash: Mermaid’s Kiss, Some Enchanted Evening, Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance

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swatch link: Bad Romance

Where to buy:

I used to get mine online at Kissandmakeupny.com but they’ve stopped shipping these to Australia so I’ve just started buying mine from the Revolve clothing website. They’re not cheap at $16-$18 each but I think most of them are unique enough to spend the money on.

Picture Perfect Sunday

Deborah Lippmann nail polishes l to r: Razzle Dazzle, Bad Romance, Some Enchanted Evening, Boom Boom Pow, Happy Birthday, Today was a Fairytale, Lady Sings the Blues and Across the Universe.

Happy New Year (and nails)!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a safe and fun new years eve and are ready for 2011.

I’ve already mentioned how I love matching my nailpolish to whatever the occasion is so of course I had to go with silver glitter nails for New Years eve. I used 2 coats of OPI DS Radiance which is part of OPI’s designer series (hence the DS in the name) and is basically a very shiny foil like silver. I topped it off with two coats of Deborah Lippmann’s Today was a fairytale nailpolish. I love this colour! It’s a sheer cornflower blue/grey base with both small round glitter flecks and bigger hexagonal silver glitter pieces.

The OPI nail polish on its own is a very bright silver but the Deborah Lippmann polish on top toned down the brightness slightly and added the pretty glitter. I think the final result was very space agey and definitely very New Years appropriate. I was getting compliments on this combo the whole week I was wearing it so check them out if you’re on the hunt for a good silver look. I will say that the even though the Lippmann polish is pretty on its own, because the base is so sheer I do prefer to layer it over something else. I think it would look awesome on top of a light grey or sky blue nail polish.

Christmas Nails with OPI Glitzerland and Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday

I love changing my nails and makeup to suit the occassion so seeing as Christmas is only 2 days away I’ve come up with my perfect christmas nails. Most people would probably go for a red or a green but Christmas is linked with gold in my mind so that’s why my perfect Christmas nail had to start with 2 coats of OPI Glitzerland.

And to top it off nothing else would do but Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday.

I love this combination and I love Happy Birthday! It’s such a festive nail polish regardless of what you’re celebrating. The combination of the gold and the multi coloured glitter is so reminiscent of wrapping paper and christmas decorations to me and it’s the kind of manicure that makes you smile when you look at your nails. These are what I would call fun and happy nails!

The only problem with these nails is that they are a major pain to take off as are most glitter polishes. I have to use an acetone remover and soak my nail in it and then try and rub the polish off. I spent a good hour and numerous cotton balls trying to get the polish off properly the other night but I think the pretty nails I had up until that point were worth the effort. Although I do feel like all that acetone is making my nails really weak and my nail beds are really sore now too so I think I’ll have to give the glitter polishes a break for a while… well after New Years that is because what kind of New Years nails don’t involve glitter? 😉

I would go to the ends of the earth for Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe nail polish!

The nail polish I’m posting about today is one that I had to have from the first moment I saw a swatch of it on a blog somewhere. It’s called Across the Universe by Deborah Lippmann and I have to say that it is probably my absolute favourite nail colour that I own. It’s a glitter nail polish but it’s definitely what I would classify grown up glitter or sophisticated glitter (perhaps that’s an oxy moron but I stand by it!). It’s this gorgeous navy jelly base that contains a mixture of small and hexagonal glitter in silver, green and blue.

I have seriously been lemming after this polish for months but I only just purchased it recently and it arrived last week. As soon as I saw the little package sitting on my bed and ripped it open and saw the pretty bottle sitting there of course I had to put it on straight away! It was about 11:30pm when I tried it on and lighting wasn’t crash hot so when I put it on this is what it looked like. The colour looked almost black with some green and blue peeking through.

It was ok but I couldn’t help but think that maybe I’d fallen victim to beautiful swatches that just weren’t true to life. I decided I better sleep on it and see how things looked in the morning and I’m glad I did because daylight is when this polish really shines! I’ve taken pictures in various lighting so you can get an idea of the way this polish looks. You should really click each of the pictures to view them better and to get a closer look at the polishes.

This polish is really complex in the sense that it has so many different colours and variations of green and blue in it that the look changes depending on the light hitting it. I tried really hard to capture a particular gorgeous teal colour that it shines when the sunlight hits it but I couldn’t get it. The colour varies from a dark navy to the bright teal that I talked about and all these different shades in between. It just reminded me off the colours of a world globe with the land and sea but on my fingers!

Deborah Lippmann is a Hollywood manicurist for those who don’t know and while she has alot of standard polishes she specialises in these gorgeous glitter shades. I was a bit naughty and bought 8 of these types of glitter polishes from her brand and will be reviewing them all seperately but they are all great quality. Unlike a lot of nail brands, her polishes are all formeldayde, toulene and DBP free which is great because these toxins have a lot of harmful side effects.

I could definitely smell the difference when I used these polishes because they just smelled alot gentler and were without that really strong scent that alot of polishes I own have. The polish applies really smoothly but you need about three coats to get good opacity since the base colour is sheer. The glitter goes on well but you have to use as few strokes as possible when applying so you don’t disturb the glitter. I also found that some of the glitter would hang over the edge of my nails but if you just gently push it back then it’s fine. I got about 4 days wear without chipping but I didn’t use a base coat or top coat so that probably explains why.

If you couldn’t tell, I love this shade and I think it would look gorgeous on a variety of skin tones. These polishes aren’t sold in Australia and I purchased mine online from http://www.kissandmakeupny.com/ who ship internationally for a flat rate of $9.95. These polishes ran me $18US a bottle and while that may seem like alot, let me just point out that OPI polishes are sold for $22 AUD in Australia and those polishes aren’t nearly as pretty as the Deborah Lippmann polishes! If you’re a polish fanatic like me and you’re willing to spend the money then you honestly can’t go wrong with this colour!