Virtues Nails
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. 

dnanotes:

OMG. NEED. WANT. CAN YOU GET YOUR NAILS TATTOOED???

So many technique questions!!

dnanotes:

OMG. NEED. WANT. CAN YOU GET YOUR NAILS TATTOOED???

So many technique questions!!

northerndownpour:

Virtues nail salon (virtuesnails) gave me this amazing black to red hombre yesterday which I gleefully refer to as the Blood of My Enemies mani.

Black Out by Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear and Sarah by Zoya. Sarah is my go-to red, but I think this procedure has shown me that I need a dark, solid red for when we try blood drips.

northerndownpour:

Virtues nail salon (virtuesnails) gave me this amazing black to red hombre yesterday which I gleefully refer to as the Blood of My Enemies mani.

Black Out by Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear and Sarah by Zoya. Sarah is my go-to red, but I think this procedure has shown me that I need a dark, solid red for when we try blood drips.

ratchetmessreturns:

Why snoop WHY??

But still, cute mani idea. Thanks, Snoop!

ratchetmessreturns:

Why snoop WHY??

But still, cute mani idea. Thanks, Snoop!

Officially not recommending Sephora’s Formula X base coat. If any flaws develop, like a chip in the polish, the whole thing wants to peel right off.

Officially not recommending Sephora’s Formula X base coat. If any flaws develop, like a chip in the polish, the whole thing wants to peel right off.

theappleppielifestyle:

a guy at school today was wearing this damn fine red nail polish and I heard these two girls whispering angrily and looking in his direction so I listened in expecting them to be weird about it and the first thing I hear is “how the HELL did he get it so good did he get it professionally done or something you need to ask him where he found that colour jesus fucking christ are you KIDDING me”

I flocked my nails! It was super easy, just a base of a coordinating color (I used Julep’s Renee) and then coated it with flocking powder. (You can get powder just for nails, but it’s pricey. This giant bin of the scrapbooking stuff was seven bucks.)