Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Broken Glass Manicure

Hi guys! So today I have for you something that I've wanted to do for a very long time, ever since I saw a picture of it on Pintrest. 

It's a broken glass manicure:

I started out with a coat of Julep Nail Therapy (bought it in the secret store as part of the Nail 911 kit). Then over that I put a coat of ORLY Bonder. 

Next for every nail I used Color Club Beyond, a black holo. Color club holos are the best, I don't own any others because I don't need them with this collection. This is how it started out: 

I think it's cool to have the holo peeking out in the background. I tried to capture the effect with flash, because I do my nails at night and the sun has gone MIA around here lately. 

The polish I used for stamping is No Placd Like Chrome by Essie, which actually worked pretty well. 

When I got my new Mash plates I was really excited to see that there are, not one, but two broken glass images. I have no idea why, because they look exactly the same to me. I used both of them just to make my life easier. They're on image plates 57 and 72 from the newest collection. 

You're probably wondering what that hot mess is on my ring finger. That's Crystal by Julep. It's a diamond reflective top coat, and it's just diamond shapes in a clear base. Some if the diamonds don't show up on camera for some reason. I thought this was going to look a lot better than it actually does. Not sure what I could have done to make it look better. It's really thick on my nail so I'm not expecting it to last too long. 

I topped it off with HG Girl Glisten and Glow. I've literally heard nothing but good things about this top coat, and I have yet to find my go-to. Now, you'd think that I would buy a little bottle to try it out, considering that I've never used it before and that I don't know if I'll like it. But no. This is what I bought. 

The biggest, bling-yest bottle I could find. This is on the website for $35.95, and altogether it was about $42 or something with shipping. Really? I paid $42 for a top coat? The funny thing is, I have the Out the Door top coat in the exact same size, and I paid $5.49. 

I mean, the HK girl is supposed to be better, so I'm hoping it helps my mani live for at least a few days. It's thicker than most top coats I've used, but I like that. I'll see how I feel about it in my next couple of mani. 

As always, thanks for reading!



  1. That looks awesome! I love hk girl - that bottle is huge! My nail buddy told me that it doesn't dry as fast & it can smear but I haven't had any problems so far.

  2. Thanks! It didn't do anything as far as preventing chipping but it did make it shine!

  3. This looks like such an interesting design! I love the silver stamping over the holo, and your accent nail looks very broken glass-y :) That is a huge bottle of top coat... wow.