Here’s the manicure I’ve been sporting for the last couple days. At first I wasn’t sure but the more I wear it the more its grown on me! Red HotTamaleis the perfect summer red shade, a true tomato red. I love the combination between the red and the more grey-toned taupe! I really wanted to use both colours and polka dots seemed like the easiest option. This is my first time wearing the Essie shade (previously featured in this haul post), and I can easily see myself pairing this with many other colours. Its the perfect almost silver- toned gold with a strong, dense, glitter shimmer throughout. Formula was great on all of these polishes!
on index and ring finger Deborah Lippmann – Boom Boom Pow
First off sorry for the lack of bottle shot in this picture! This picture was actually snapped mid morning while I was running errands, I thought the light really captured the polish so I quickly tried to take a picture. Another reason why this isn’t the clearest shot, it can look quite odd taking a picture of your nails in public! This has been one of my favourite winter manicures, during the holiday season I was really into adding some sort of glitter into my weekly polish. Khloe had a little lam lam has quickly become one of my staple fall/winter shades. The perfect darkened greenish blue shade, its one of those colours that just looks good with my skin tone. I’d say this leans darker and greener than OPI’s Ski Teal we Drop, I actually preferred this polish so much that I gave the OPI one away! Somehow I couldn’t justify having both since I always preferred this one.
Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow is one of my favourite polishes. I wear gold much more than I wear silver and this polish, although pricey, has never been one that I regret. My only gripe is that the large hexagonal glitters don’t apply as well as I would have liked. This may be a polish where you have to ‘place’ the glitter flecks to get a more uniform look.
I’ve been lusting after Deborah Lippmann’s Boom Boom Pow since the beginning of the year and about a month ago I finally bit the bullet and bought it! Deborah Lippmann is pretty hard to find in my area, let alone finding the full range. This along with the price tag of this polish left me eying longingly at a distance (the distance being my eyes to the computer screen). Eventually picked this up off of ebay and it was love at first sight! Don’t know why it took me so long to actually use the polish, but it is perfect in so many ways!
Boom Boom Pow is a gold multi-glitter polish with a gold shimmer base. I had been on the hunt for a polish just like this for quite a while, but was never able to find one that was just right….well until I found this polish that is. The glitter doesn’t apply as easily as the milani glitters however it looks absolutely beautiful on the nail, especially when it hits the light. I used Essence nude it as a base and it worked perfectly. This polish applies like a dream, completely opaque in 1 coat. Love this combination and can’t wait to add some golden glitter to my future manicures!
I do apologize for the over-saturation of this picture (curse you phone apps!) however it does show the truest dimension of the polish; I got a lot of color cast from the natural sunlight.
Personally I am a HUGE glitter fan, especially when there’s multi-glitter in the mix. Here is the nail combo I came up with today, notice anything different between my right and left hand? Here’s a closer look
I love this effect! Its that almost ‘jelly sandwich’ look where the glitter looks like its within the polish instead of sitting on top. To do this look I did a couple coats of 2% milk as a base, followed by a coat of milani gems. That combination is on the hand to the left, on my other hand I added another coat of 2% milk to dull down some of the extra shine and I am completely in love with the outcome!
Now if you look at Milani gems you might be thinking hey, that looks a lot like Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday in which case you would be correct take a look at this post over at addictedtoallthingspretty.com to see some great comparison shots. I’ve tried Happy Birthday and personally I prefer the Milani, first off there’s a $15 price difference but the polish itself applies more glitter with each stroke compared to the Lippmann. That means that you won’t have to build up the polish by applying coat after coat to get the same effect.
I am pleasantly surprised with Wet n Wild’s 2% milk. This was my first Wet n Wild polish and I actually got this for just over a dollar when Zellers started their big blowout sale. The formulation is perfect, its a sheer polish that didn’t left very little visible nail line! My nails are pretty short at the moment so any nail line isn’t very noticeable right now but I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this polish!