Envy Lacquer: Rock Candy Collection

Press sample.

Hello everyone!

Today I have a review of some really beautiful neutral jellies from Envy Lacquer, the Neutral Trio from the Rock Candy Collection! These, along with their colourful Brights Trio counterparts, are already available on Melody’s website, which you can find here. This collection is a perfect choice for workplaces that only allow neutral colours, while still letting you bring some serious sparkle into your life! Check it out below.

First up is “Licorice Whip”, a smooth black jelly full of this collection’s signature holo shreds, holo dust, and little blue holographic microglitters. I tried painting a little wonky moon and some stars because this polish is literally a galaxy in a bottle! Shown is three coats with topcoat. The jelly formula makes this polish sheer enough to be worn over a black creme, but still buildable enough to be work on it’s own without a VNL (or visible nail line). The blue notes in this polish really do the trick for me, I swatched this one first and it was really hard for me to take it off and move on. The holo goodness really shows up at any angle, so if you’re a fan of dark nails and sparkle this polish is for you!

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

Next is “Unwrap a Kiss”, a light-medium grey jelly packed with holo shreds and holo dust. This polish had more of a crelly-ish formula which provides even fuller coverage, but still allows the holo to sparkle through a surprising amount! Absolutely gorgeous. I painted a little Hershey’s Kiss because of the name, although this polish reminds me more of a fabulous narwhal or something. I don’t know. I feel like if any greyish sea animal could be sparkly, it would probably be a narwhal, right? My strange musings aside, this polish is simple and a great palate cleanser without giving up the sparkly goodness that we all love. Shown is three easy coats and topcoat. If you love grey polishes, this one is a very unique must-have.

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

Finally, this is “Nekkid Mocha”, a nude-taupe jelly with holo shreds, a little bit of stunning blueish shimmer, holo dust, and some darker brown pigment for that sweet mocha look. This polish is true to it’s name, and it absolutely reminds me of a hand-poured latte or something – I tried to paint one on my accent nail but I failed miserably a little bit, so my bad on that. The formula for this polish is a bit more sheer than the other two, so it could definitely be a sparkly top over another nude or brown creme. Shown is three coats and topcoat, again, although you can see a tiny bit of VNL with this much coverage. I personally don’t mind it and I adore this colour, it’s definitely a great work shade for people that need to follow some sort of standard of dress code (I work in a lab so I pretty much only need to wear pants… it’s pretty nice). It’s also a great choice for nude lovers, and I bet it looks amazing matte!

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

envy lacquer rock candy neutral trio

All in all, this trio is a beautiful take on some typically understated and classic colours. The formula is pretty solid, especially if you like the depth of jelly polishes. Be sure to check out Melody’s website or Instagram if you like what you see!

Happy painting, friends!

-Alice

Paint It Pretty Review

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Wow, I’ve really been neglecting this blog… Apparently my last post was a review of Paint it Pretty polishes as well! My excuse is… I went to China, and then I started my first job ever and… I’m just too lazy to type up what I’ll probably make a video tutorial of anyway. But, reviews are always a ton of fun on this blog!

Today I have three gorgeous polishes to show you all, and a lot of pictures because all three of these demand to be mattified! Veroeska of Paint it Pretty has conjured up some delicious micro flakies and iridescent goodness that I’m happy to show you all today. They came wrapped in tissue paper that had holographic glitters in it! Ahh! I staged them in a creative(ly dumb) way, with sand to give off a summer vibe! And no, I did not lug these to a beach to get this photo.

paint it pretty nail polish

First off is “Oh Yes She Did”, a berry pink/fuschia/magenta micro flakie polish that holds a ton of gorgeous blue shimmer and flash. The first coat is pretty sheer, but the second and third top it right up to become nice and fully opaque and shimmery. The formula is thinner and jelly-like and loaded with these teeny tiny flakes, and it really reminds me of cool berry gum or mints, or something of that sort. You know those Icebreakers mints that are fruity but still minty? Yeah, just like that. It’s a lovely refreshing colour, especially for those who don’t love the super punchy in your face way that other hot pinks look.

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

The name of this polish seemed like something Happy Bunny would say, so I painted one! Did anyone else love these posters as a kid?

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

And of course, I mattified it. I almost prefer it matte, so that the blue flash comes through more strongly.

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

Next up is “Out of This World”, a lime/grass green micro flakie with gold/yellow flash and shimmer. This polish reminds me of freshly cut, freshly watered grass in the summer that’s dappled with sunlight. This one is a three coater too, to cover up any patches that two coats might leave.These flakies in the jelly formula are mesmerizing to look at. They kind of float around and shine, these polishes have so much depth!

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

Going with the summer theme, I painted some sort of yellowish flower that complimented the colours in this polish.

paint it pretty nail polishpaint it pretty nail polish

And this is how it is matte. Again, I prefer it mattified to show off the flash.

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

Lastly is “Rainbow at Midnight”, a glitter bomb toppper loaded with black and iridescent glitters in so many sizes and shapes I lost count! None of the glitters are ridiculously big, so there’s no need to worry about sinking or needing to place glitters. Its just a beautiful even mix that could work on any base colour. I opted to show what it looks like on white and black, which really illustrates the versatility of this polish – on white, rainbows are subtle but the black glitters really pop, and on black the iridescent glitters and flakes really make a stunning appearance. The variety of iridescence makes this polish own up to it’s name. It really is like a rainbow! Shown is ONE coat on each nail, and top coat to smooth it out.

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

I mattified these as well – I could go either way, but I do prefer the black base to the white!

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

paint it pretty nail polish

Overally, I am impressed again with the quality and beauty of Veroeska’s polishes. She did a wonderful job! My favourite would have to be Rainbow at Midnight – what’s yours?

You can find these at her online shop here.

Happy painting, friends!

-Alice

Easter Bunny Nails

Hey everyone! I have some nails just in time for Easter! I decided to paint bunnies, of course. They’re the cutest. I could have gone for baby chicks too… hmm. What about… bunny chicks? Never…nevermind. That sounds like a genetic experiment gone wrong.

Anyway, here are my nails! I wanted to use some pastels for easy freehand nail art, and bunnies are the way to go!

easter bunny nail art tutorial

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Beach-y Seashell Nails

Hello everyone!

So, let’s see… It’s March 28th, it’s almost April, and it’s snowing like every deity in the sky is suffering from a major case of dandruff. Pooh. I love living in New England. Naturally this weather makes me wish for sunny, sandy beaches… seagulls squawking in the sky, building sand castles with my little sister, collecting shells along the water… Ahh, yes. That’s good stuff.

To commemorate Β my dreams of salt water and tiny hermit crabs, I painted some seashells over a beach-y gradient that was inspired by @sinney. Of course I added Holographic Pearls by Revlon as a sparkly topcoat over the gradient! The shells were painted with a wee little brush from BornPrettyStore.

seashell beach gradient nail art
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