Virtues Nails
iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for madeleine, look at the mess theyre making

iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for madeleine, look at the mess theyre making

virtuesnails:

jessicazamoraturner:

Nails at Katie Gallager by Fluery-Rose, which I consulted on. yey!!  Click image for more backstage pics

Plans for the evening?


Mine did not come out as nice, but practice makes perfect. I used Nails Inc’s Black Taxi (with their Westminster Bridge matte on top) and the gold is Zelda by Julep (not pigmented enough for this use). 

virtuesnails:

jessicazamoraturner:

Nails at Katie Gallager by Fluery-Rose, which I consulted on. yey!!  Click image for more backstage pics

Plans for the evening?

Mine did not come out as nice, but practice makes perfect. I used Nails Inc’s Black Taxi (with their Westminster Bridge matte on top) and the gold is Zelda by Julep (not pigmented enough for this use). 

A roundup of polishes that entered my apartment in May

Oui by Marc Jacobs. This came in my Lacquerous box and there’s no way I’m not picking this up the next time I’m at Sephora. On track to be my favorite hot pink of the year (and you know that means a lot coming from me).

Jules by Julep. I am always on the lookout for a pale pink that actually covers properly and this is a pretty good bet. It’s pinker than it looks in the photo, and sort of subtly lovely.

Bitter Bitch by Tom Ford. Not a fan. I don’t usually pick out chocolatey shades, but I wanted to try out the brand and this was what Lacquerous had. The quality of the polish itself was really only okay. A little thick for my taste. 

But for real. I need that Marc Jacobs.

jessicazamoraturner:

Nails at Katie Gallager by Fluery-Rose, which I consulted on. yey!!  Click image for more backstage pics

Plans for the evening?

jessicazamoraturner:

Nails at Katie Gallager by Fluery-Rose, which I consulted on. yey!!  Click image for more backstage pics

Plans for the evening?

Working on a Lady Loki design, but maybe also figured out how to do the Star Trek insignia?

Working on a Lady Loki design, but maybe also figured out how to do the Star Trek insignia?

northerndownpour:

my Winter Soldier manicure courtesy virtuesnails

Lots of trial and error, but we finally hit upon a solution, thanks to striping tape and stars from Nail Vinyls.

northerndownpour:

my Winter Soldier manicure courtesy virtuesnails

Lots of trial and error, but we finally hit upon a solution, thanks to striping tape and stars from Nail Vinyls.

amateurmanicure:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Nail Art

Plans for the summer.
Funetti nails! This is Sweet Talk by Rainbow Honey and it’s even more funfetti-y in person.

Funetti nails! This is Sweet Talk by Rainbow Honey and it’s even more funfetti-y in person.

A little tone-on-tone action, with Julep’s Gabrielle and Dior’s Purple Passion, with some help from a Born Pretty nail plate.

A little tone-on-tone action, with Julep’s Gabrielle and Dior’s Purple Passion, with some help from a Born Pretty nail plate.

In which I figure out if expensive polish is worth it

I’ve always wondered if those pricey polishes were worth it, so I signed up for Lacquerous. I wasn’t so interested in the color (the selection at Lacquerous is not what one would call robust), but I wanted to wear test the brands. 

The haul: Belle Epoque by Habit ($18), Dior’s Purple Revolution ($24), and Dolce & Gabbana’s Desert ($25). 

One coat of each polish. All a little streaky, but still opaque enough that I would use Belle Epoque and Purple Revolution at least for art. 

Two coats of each. Purple Revolution is so very very dark (even in sunlight, you can’t tell that it’s not black). Desert is beautiful, but too fancy for my everyday, so I decided to go with Belle Epoque for my main color.

Seven days later! 

Nary a chip in sight. I washed my hair, showered, all that good stuff. I even did half with Sephora’s awful Formula X base coat and half with my standby Revlon. (All were topped with Seche Vite.) 

My verdict: If you want to change your nail polish a couple of times a week (like me), then no, the expense isn’t worth it. The colors are lovely, but not any less streak-free or more opaque than mid-range brands. But if you want to change your nail polish every week or two, this is a much better solution for your nails than gel coats, which are expensive and peel layers off of your nails.