NOTD: Pixie Dust!

I’ve really been loving those holo flakies, I’ve been using them a lot. This is probably my current favorite application… and it reminds me of pixie dust!

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My base here is Zoya Blu, I also sponged on some Zoya Abby and Purity. While it was still tacky, I sprinkled on the holo flakies with a fan brush then pressed them in with my finger. Once that was set, I topped it off with Essie Good to Go.

And that’s it! Such an easy way to jazz up a mani.


Ocean Nail Supply Holo Flakies Review!

If you follow nail art on Instagram, you’ve probably seen holo flakies everywhere. I’ve been obsessed with them since I first saw them, and I finally got my hands on a jar!

OceanNailSupplyHoloFlakies | by themani-ac

The blue polish I have on is Zoya Mallory, but we’re here to focus on the flakies. So, I did one coat of black polish, I used Zoya Willa. When it was still tacky, I pressed the flakies into the polish, then topped with Essie Good to Go.
I didn’t think one coat of flakies was enough so I did a second coat. I did a thin coat of Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top Coat (you can use any clear polish), and when that was tacky, I pressed in more of the flakies and again, topped with Essie Good to Go.
These holo flakies are beautiful! I kept staring at them in the jar lol. So, you can totally use these with regular polish, like I did. Most of the time on Instagram, they are used with gel. I definitely think you need two coats, if you’re using them with regular polish. I used my finger to press them in, but you could use one of those eye shadow applicators or a brush if you wanted to. They are a bit messy, they can get everywhere, so be careful of that.
As I was testing them, my sister turned and said “that is the most effective way” to get such a glittery look… and I can’t disagree. It’s definitely more effective than a lot of polishes and regular glitter. The flakies also lay a lot flatter than other glitter/glitter polishes, so after top coat everything is pretty smooth.
I haven’t noticed too much wear, just a bit around the edges after a few days, not too much wear at the tips of my nails, which is impressive. Also, no peeling or lifting, which is awesome!
Overall, I’m loving these flakies. I can’t wait to use them in other ways.

NOTD: Rose Gold Half Moons!

Ah yissss, love me some rose gold!

My base is two coats of Zoya Purity, and then I freehanded some half moons with ILNP Juliette. Topped everything off with Essie Good To Go. Juliette is such a gorgeous holo rose gold glitter, I try to use it every change I get.

Very simple, but I love it! What do you think?


NOTD: Halloweenish?

I was going for something a little Halloween related, not sure if I actually got there lol


The white base is two coats of Zoya Purity and the black is two coats of Zoya Willa. On the white nails, I sponged on some Willa and Purity to get the grey in the background then dry brushed some Willa over it. On my middle fingers, I mixed LA Girl Uninhibited  with some holo glitter from Wet n’ Wild Fantasy Makers. Then I thought it was too glittery and added two more coats of Uninhibited over it. I topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

So, I wish this was a little more Halloween-ish lol. I’ll have to try again.

NOTD: Flakie Galaxy!

I saw Star Wars during Christmas weekend and I needed a very special mani. So I went with a galaxy mani, but not just any galaxy… a flakie galaxy!


My base is two coats of ILNP Sweater Weather, which is a holographic teal/blue polish. Then I sponged on the flakies: ILNP Supernova, Luna and Glory. Then I sponged on Sally Hansen Disco Ball for some extra sparkle and finally, added the white dots with Zoya Purity. Topped it off with Essie Good to Go.

I think this came out pretty cool. I love how Glory added a pop of orange and went so beautifully with Luna.

What do you think?

NOTD: Glitter Dipped!

Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2016, honestly I didn’t even realize it until I typed it haha. Anyway! On to my new year’s eve mani!


My base is two coats of Zoya Chantal. My glitter is Sephora Formula X Hubba Hubble. For the gradient, I used the brush from Hubba Hubble just to disperse glitter, then I used a sponge to pack it on the tips. Then I topped it with two coats of Essie Good To Go.

I was going to add gold, but once I did the gradient I didn’t think I needed it. I love how this came out! What do you think?

Also, I want to wish everyone an awesome 2016!

ILNP Christmas Haul!

If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen that I was planning to buy 6 ILNP polishes, but I got lucky and got them as a gift!


From left to right:

  • Ferris Wheel
  • Mountain View
  • Glory
  • Sweater Weather
  • Juliette
  • Time in a Bottle

So beautiful! I just like looking at new polishes for a while before I use them lol.

These 6 come from 3 of the latest collections: the fall, winter and holiday collections. I got 2 from each.There are two Ultra Chrome flakies, two Hologhraphics and two Ultra Metallics.

I will be posting swatches or manis with these guys, I did use some of them for a mani already, but that’s for another post lol.

Did you get anything snazzy for Christmas?


NOTD: Negative Space, Striping Tape and A England Proserpine!

When I saw the new A England Collection I fell in love! I bought two of the polishes right away, one of which was Proserpine!



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So what I have here is two coats of Proserpine. I used regular tape to tape off where I didn’t want polish. When that was set, I added some silver striping tape and some stones on my ring fingers. Topped everything off with Essie Good To Go.

In terms of Proserpine, it’s a blue with a hint of teal holo. It’s more blue than Saint George. The formula is fantastic, so buttery and smooth. It’s opaque in one coat, but I like to have two for good measure. It dries really fast but I find that it dries a little dull and needs that top coat.

How beautiful is that in the sun?! I love this polish, it reminds me slightly of Zoya Remy but a holo version. So pretty! If you love blues and/or holos I suggest you grab this one!

Sephora Formula X Hubba Hubble Swatches and Review!

I needed something to get me to $50 for free shipping during the Sephora BI sale… and I stumbled upon this beauty!

hubbahubbleThis is three coats of Hubba Hubble, it’s a clear base with different sized hex, holographic silver glitter.

Application is good, you get a decent amount of glitter per swipe. You can probably get full opacity with two coats plus some dabbing. It’s very textured once it’s dry, so what I like to do before it’s totally dry is lightly pat down any glitter that might not be flat just to help prevent myself from picking. It also helps create a smoother surface for your top coat. I added one thicker coat of Essie Good To Go on top. After three coats and a top coat, it took about 20 minutes to fully dry. I sometimes like to pat it down again after the top coat is on and it’s still a little moldable.

Because there were so many coats and I guess I didn’t seal the edges very well with top coat, I did start to get some lifting after two days. So just be aware of that.

I haven’t been into super glitter nails recently, but this one is so beautiful! I couldn’t stop staring at my nails… it was slightly dangerous while I was driving lol

What do you guys think?

NOTD: Negative Space with A England Saint George!

I’ve been dying to do a mani like this forever! The first time I tried, I failed and hated it.. glad to say that this time was different.

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To do this I started with just a base coat on my nails. The one I use is Duri Rejuvacote. Then I took a small detail brush and freehanded the tips and half moons with A England Saint George.

I did the tips first by first outlining with smile line, then filling it in. I went back over each tip with the nail polish brush later on, just for opacity. The half moons were a bit harder to freehand, but I used the same small detail brush and tried to match up the curve to the curve of the tip. Once I got the shape I wanted, I filled it in with the detail brush until it was opaque. I also used that same brush with acetone to clean up the cuticle area and fix and messy lines.

I topped everything off with two coats of Essie Good To Go. I did have some minor smudging after the first coat, which I fixed and then added the second coat.

So I’m loving this! What do you guys think?