Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Years Eve Manicure

Hello my lovely readers, I can not believe in less that 24 hours we will be in 2016. This year just seems to have flown by; only seems like yesterday that Lexi was a couple of months old and now she's one time sure does fly when your having fun.


For today's post I want to share with you my New Years Eve manicure. For this all I used was one stamping plate, gold Born Pretty Store polish and a Mini Ciate Nail polish I got in my advent calendar. 

For my base I used this Ciate mini called Sass Pot this is a very dark purple creme, in some lighting this looks black. This polish is opaque in 2 coats and formula was easy to apply. I got this polish in my Ciate Advent calendar which I will have a full review and swatches of coming up soon.

Once my base colour was completely dry and top coated I turned to my Moyou London Festive plate number 39, this was brought out recently and is the perfect plate for a New Years Eve mani. For my manicure I chose to go for the 3 clock images on my ring finger, middle finger and index. Then for my pinky nail I used the falling stars and lastly on my thumb I stamped the make a wish image. 

For all of the stamped images I used Born Pretty polish in gold, this gave it the antique look i was going for. I am quite please with how this turned out, Please excuse my messy cuticles at the moment I have been put on a different medication for my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia which is drying my skin out really bad. I have purchased some Burt's Bees nail butter so hopefully that will help. 

I hope you have enjoyed this short post, Happy New Year to all my readers and all the nail addicts out there. Let's hope next year is full happiness and joy for you all. Chat to you in 2016, plenty of hauls coming up.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Funky Fresh Jelly Sandwich

Hello my lovely readers, well now that all the festivities are out of the way I can finally begin to breath again. I did have maybe five or six more Christmas manicures I wanted to get done, but I suppose they will have to wait until next year. After receiving Decembers Nailbox I was inspired to do a funky fresh manicure. I could not resist using Bloomsbury Way from Nails Inc as those pastel glitters were screaming out to me the minute I opened the box. Because I was happy with my Winter Jelly Sandwich I decided to try doing this with the Nails Inc Glitter.

First I started off with two coats of Essie's Marshmallow, this is a very sheer white jelly polish so it is perfect for creating jelly sandwiches. I love the different combinations you can create with just one polish, I also felt that white would be a perfect colour for that fresh feeling after all the dark reds and greens that have been showing up over Christmas. 

Once both of those coats had fully dried I brushed on one coat of Nails Inc Bloomsbury Way, I did drain off some of the clear base and if I were to do this again I may even use a make-up sponge to apply the glitters as I think it would build up better. 

The last step to completing my jelly sandwich was to add another coat of Essie's Marshmallow and then a layer of my HK Girl top coat to seal everything in. I am quite pleased with how this turned out, I do wish I had used the sponging method for the glitter layer as this Nails Inc does have a lot of clear base. 

I hope you like my funky fresh manicure and would love to hear your thoughts, also I would love to see some of your New years mani's. Please feel free to leave a comment below and as always hope you are having a fabulous nail day. Speak to you all soon. 

Sunday, 27 December 2015

Decembers Nailbox- Funky Fresh

Hello my lovely readers, I hope you have all had a fab Christmas and were treated to lots of nail goodies. I was very lucky as my day was full of polish, polish and more polish. I have a massive haul coming up of all the loot I received over the last few days. But first lets get into our swatch and review for December's Nailbox, this month the theme was funky fresh. They put in some fabulous polishes to get us ready for the new year, there was also some great little extras hidden underneath all of those packing peanuts.
The box definitely had a freshening feel to it and was full of some lovely colours and that Nails inc glitter is to die for. So lets just get into these gorgeous polishes and fab little extras.


As you probably can guess the first polish to catch my eye was this gorgeous Nails Inc glitter topper called Bloomsbury way. This is a glitter topper with a clear base and pastel pink, blue and white glitters in all shapes and sizes. It is a bit base heavy so you do sometimes have to do a bit of fishing for some of those larger glitters. I love the baby pink and pale blue together, it definitely gives you that fresh feeling, This is a limited edition nail polish from the blossom collection, you can grab a bottle direct from Nails Inc for £15 that is the full price of this box! So happy to have this gorgeous unique glitter in my collection.


The next beauty that was included in this months box is Morgan Taylor's Best Ball Gown Ever, this is a gorgeous periwinkle blue with a golden shimmer, this polish takes 3 coats to be opaque and is quite sheer. When dry this polish has a beautiful frost finish and that golden shimmer really shines through. This is the first Morgan Taylor I own and was from the Cinderella Spring 2015 collection, I must say I love this colour and think its perfect for this time of year. You can grab a bottle of this gorgeous polish from Nail Polish Direct for £9.95.


The last nail polish in this months box was this lovely lilac creme from Rimmel's I love lasting polish line, this was opaque in 2 coats and had a really nice formula, no patches or brush lines. I must admit this did remind me of the China Glaze we received in this months Meebox, however this one seems to be less sheer than Lotus Begin and maybe a bit of a darker shade of lilac. You can pick this Rimmel up from Amazon for £3.49.
If those polishes weren't enough to make this box a great bargain, the kind people at Nailbox also included in some Elegant Touch slanted tweezers. These will be great for when I am making my decals on my Uber Chic mat because they won't harm the mat and I should be able to get under those decals and not risk tearing the image. You can pick these tweezers up from Superdrug for £12.50.
The last item in Decembers box was this I love nail art pen from Sally Hansen, this is a white nail art pen with a fine tip. I am always happy to have more nail art pens in my collection and this Sally Hansen looks like it would be very easy to use and great when doing fine details. You can pick this Sally Hansen pen up from Boots for £6.99, this also comes in black, red and pink. 

Overall I think this months box was fabulous, for only £15 we received £47.93 worth of nail goodies. That in my opinion is a fantastic bargain. If you haven't secured your Nailbox yet follow the link and sign up now. I have been highly impressed with both nail subscription boxes and every month I look forward to seeing what they will come up with next.

I hope you have enjoyed this months Nailbox and my review, can't wait to see what the theme will be for next month. As always hope you are having a fabulous nail day and speak to you all very soon. 

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Santa Claus Manicure

Hello my lovely readers, I can't believe it is Christmas eve already I am such a little kid at Christmas. Can't wait to open up all my pressies tomorrow and see other peoples faces when they receive mine, especially looking forward to seeing Lexi's little face light up at the different activities going on throughout the day. So for my last manicure before the big day I thought nothing would be more appropriate that a jolly Santa mani. After all it is Christmas time when this magical man goes from house to house delivering toys to all of those sleepy little children. Lexi isn't really old enough to be aware of Santa Claus yet, but I am sure next year her daddy will have to dress up and leave some snowy boot prints leading up to the tree just to make it even more magical.
Lets get into this Santa Claus nail art, I was inspired by Kelli Marissa over on Youtube. She recently uploaded an easy way to create a Santa Claus accent nail, follow the link if you would like to see her tutorial. She has some fantastic videos and some great manicure tutorials that are really easy to follow great for beginners and the more advanced nail artist. 

For my manicure i used OPI Cinnamon Sweet this is a great Santa Claus red creme, it has a great formula and is fully opaque in 2 coats. Then for my accent nail on my ring finger I used OPI Bubble Bath, this is a very sheer skin coloured polish. I managed to get this to a reasonable opaqueness in 3 coats, however you can still see my nail line so you may need four for a longer nail. 
Then once I had top coated my base colour and waited for that to fully dry I used a small detail brush to paint in a red hat. I used the same method for my Christmas Minion nails that I uploaded over the weekend, this is a great and easy way to put a hat on any character and you could do any colour. Once the red was dry I applied another coat of top coat so that my design wouldn't smear.
Once that was completely dry I got my large dotting tool and added in some white dots with my China Glaze White on White. This created Santa's fluffy Christmas hat, I then used a very small dotting tool to bring some white down the side of his face and finished off by using the big dotting tool to create a nice fluffy white beard. 
My next step was to add in some small black eyes with another small dotting tool and then with an even smaller one add the little white dots for his pupils. I loved following Kelli's tutorial it made the whole process so much easier and I am quite pleased with how my little Santa turned out. 
To add an even more Christmas feel to this manicure I decided to create some fluffy looking ho ho ho's on my other three nails. To do this I fist used my white nail art pen to trace out some faint H's and O's so that I would have a guide to follow. I then used my small dotting tool to place little dots on each of the lines so that it would give it that fluffy effect I was looking for. 
Once I was sure the white was completely dry I then used my normal top coat to seal in my design. Then I used my Barry M Matte top coat to give it that velvety look that Kelli got from her design. 
Overall I am very pleased with how this manicure turned out, I also stamped Merry Christmas on my thumb nail but I totally forgot to take a picture of that. I hope you all have enjoyed this post, this will probably be my last bit of Christmas themed nail art. So I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a wonderful day. 

I have also done a guest post over on A Certain Becca Nails blog head on over there if you would like to see my swatch and review of the Uber Chic Christmas plate.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

KB Shimmer Snowflake Polishes Swatch and Review

Hello my lovely readers, well we only have 2 days to go until Christmas. I can not believe how quickly this month has gone, I have so many more ideas for Christmas manicures and I have just received my Bundle Monster Christmas plates. I guess they will have to wait until next year, I must admit I love the fact that my stamping plates can be used again and again. When I'm buying nail vinyls or decals I don't like to spend an awful lot on them as they can only be used once, but with a stamping plate I think it's definitely worth those extra few pennies.

So lets get into why we are here, today I have some stunning polishes from KB Shimmer. This is a indie seller located in Indiana, there polishes are 3 free and does not contain toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin or dibutyl phthalate. They sell all types of nail polish from cremes to crelly's they also stock mani shots, decals and nail art tool as well as some hand and body lotions. I only own three polishes from them at the moment but all three have fab formula's and are really unique.

The polishes that I have to show you today are two jelly's crammed full with snowflake shaped glitters.

The first polish is called Snow Much Fun, it has a beautiful icy blue base with small silver and blue hex glitters, white glitters in all different sizes and the main attraction the big snowflake glitters that make this polish so unique. I managed to get this fully opaque in 3 coats and I love the amount of depth this polish has, it's like looking into a frozen lake and seeing all the different glitters floating around. This was released in the winter 2013 blogger collection, this was made with Victoria from Manicurator, she wanted a polish that would represent the first snow fall, I think this polish does that perfectly. 

This is a gorgeous polish on its own and it would look even better layered over a light blue a similar colour to the base. This will definitely be seen on my nails again before winter is finished that is for sure. This beauty is still for sale on the KB shimmer website I would highly suggest grabbing it before it is sold out or discontinued.
The second polish I have to show you is Snow Flaking way this has a dark blue jelly base with silver holographic hex glitters it also has purple and light blue small hex glitters and the same large snowflake glitters that are in Snow Much Fun. This is great on its own as you get that same squidgy jelly effect and there is a gorgeous depth to it. This came out in the second half of the Winter 2013 collection, it is no longer for sale on their website but if your lucky like me then you might be able to pick one up from a Facebook sale site. 

I am in love with both of these KB Shimmer polishes they are highly unique and give the best look possible, it would also be great layered over a dark blue or indigo creme polish. 

I hope you have enjoyed these gorgeous KB Shimmer jelly polishes, and I look forward to wearing these in the next few months. As always I hope you are having a great nail day, I have another festive nail art manicure coming up tomorrow so please stay tuned. Chat to you all very soon,  

Monday, 21 December 2015

Decembers Meebox- Ice Queen

Hello my lovely readers, well it is that time of the month again where I get super pumped to receive my end of the month nail mail. This month because we have Christmas coming up the lovely ladies at Meebox sent out the boxes early so that we would get them in time for Christmas. This months theme is Ice Queen, being a huge Frozen fan I was highly anticipating this box. I am very happy to say I was not left disappointed, the polishes included in this months box are to die for and I am elated to have them in my ever growing collection.
So lets get into this fabulous Ice Queen box, as usual I was greeted with the beautiful Meebox wrapping paper and this month they even added a lovely Christmas card which I thought was a great idea. Then after ripping open the paper carefully I found these 3 lovely polishes laying in the bed of paper worms, along with the polishes there are some lovely snowflake water decals and a nail file key ring from Sparkly Nails.

The first polish that I picked out was this spectacular Color Club duo Chrome called It's Raining Men, this is a gorgeous dark blue that shifts from purple to a greeny gold depending on what lighting and angle you look at it. It has a great formula and is opaque in 2 coats, I can honestly say I don't own any other duo chrome with such a powerful shift. I really do love Color clubs polishes and will definitely be adding more of them to my wish list for the future. This particular polish is from there Oil Slick collection this was released only a couple of month ago and has 6 other duo chrome polishes. You can pick this polish up and the rest of the collection for £8.95 per bottle from Nail Polish Direct, it is stunning and a must have for those who love that duo chrome look.


The next polish that caught my eye was this Crabtree and Evelyn charcoal grey creme called Mica, it has a small silver shimmer but this doesn't seem to translate to the nail. This would cost £6.00 brought from the Crabtree & Evelyn site, the only other polish that I own from this retailer is their red creme with a golden shimmer called Tomato. I received this in Septembers Meebox both have fabulous formula's and are opaque in 2 coats, Mica would be a good polish for those who love that mix between a grey and black nail polish.


The last polish in this month Meebox is this gorgeous lilac creme from China glaze called Lotus Begin. It does seem to suffer from that pastel China Glaze formula were it goes on the nail quite sheer, this one reaches full opacity in 3 coats. I love that you have the darker polishes and then this lovely pastel to brighten up the box, it reminded me how in Frozen everything is very winter themed and all of a sudden Olaf comes out with a song all about summer. This polish can also be picked up from Nail Polish Direct for £4.50.
The last two items in this months box were from Sparkly Nails which is an on line nail art supplier. I have never actually tried water decals before but I am going to attempt a manicure with them in the next couple of days, or tonight not really decided yet. You can get these from the Sparkly Nails website or £1.65, you can also get this fab key ring nail file to keep your nails in perfect shape whilst out and about. This is a great idea as I am always searching through my handbag for a nail file and now I can have one conveniently attached to my keys. I am not 100% sure on what grit this is but it does seem to be fine for a quick tidy up when your not able to grab hold of any others. 

So there you have it another fantastic Meebox for only £20 per month, I am not sure what next months theme will be yet as it is not released until the 1st of the month. If you are not subscribed yet I highly suggest you do, it is always great value for money and every month I am never let down by the choices they make. At the moment they have a Give a Gift option so if you are stuck for any ideas to get for the nail addicts in your life this would be perfect, it's like a Christmas present at the end of every month. 

I hope you have all enjoyed this post, please feel free to comment below. If your liking my blog I would love for you to follow me, either on Bloglovin' or just by clicking on the join this site in right hand task bar. I also have Instagram and recently made a Twitter page so feel free to follow those too. With only 4 days until Christmas I am hoping to squeeze in a few more manicures before then, so hope you stay tuned and chat to you all very soon.

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas minion nails

Hello my lovely readers, I can't believe we are only 6 days away from Christmas. I don't know if it is just me but this month has been flying by, I thought I had plenty of time left for some more festive mani's and some Christmas baking. So because I am running out of time way to fast I wanted to make some gingerbread cookies and mince pies, this resulted in my middle nail breaking so I am so sorry that he is a bit shorter than the rest. Hopefully with my Nailtiques formula 2 it will catch up with the rest before Christmas is over.

So for today's festive mani I have painted some Christmas minions onto my nails, if my nails had been a little bit longer I would have been able to give them there little red jackets but unfortunately I had to settle for just the eyes and there little Santa hats for now. Lets get into how I created my 10 little mischievous friends.
The first thing I did was choose my base colour, at the moment the only yellow creme polish I own is OPI I Just Can't Copecabana. This is opaque in 2 coats and has a really good formula, it does sometimes look quite streaky so may need a 3rd coat on longer nails. If you have any ideas on a better polish that would be good for a minion please leave a comment below, I would love to have a perfect minion yellow in my collection, although I don't think I Just Can't Cope-acabana is far off.
Next I gave my little minions there red Santa hats, to do this I first placed a straight nail vinyl close to my cuticles and then painted that in red. Before the polish had chance to dry I pulled the vinyl off to try and get the straightest line possible. After the red had completely dried I used my large dotting tool to make the fluffy part of the hat, this made it more obvious that they are Christmas minions I think. 
Then after top coating their little hats and leaving that to completely dry I added in the minions goggles and eyes. To do this I took my large dotting tool with some silver Born pretty stamping polish and added a large dot for the outside of the minions goggles. Then I used my medium sized dotting tool to put a white dot for the eyes and then a small black dot for the minions pupils. If I did this over I would have probably made there eyes a bit bigger and closer to the hat.
All that was left to do to bring my minions to life was add the strap for the goggles and their little smiles. To do this I used a very small detail brush with some black polish, I then top coated all of the nails with my HK Girl top coat and left it to completely dry.
So here they are, my finished mischievous Christmas minions each one seems to have a different personality and for my first try at doing minion nails I am quite pleased. There are a few things that I would do differently if I was doing them again and I think they would look even better with longer nails because you could give them a little red jacket to go with their little hats.

I hope you have enjoyed this post and my little minions give you a bit of a smile, I will be attempting to do these again next year to see how much longer my nails are and how far my nail art has come. As always hope your having a fab nail day, please feel free to leave a comment below about this post or just my blog in general. Hope to see you all in the next post, only 6 days to go and so many ideas left in my head. Lets hope they can make it onto my nails in time.

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Christmas Eve Santa's Sleigh Ride Manicure using Danglefoot Nail Polish Higitus Figitus (2)

Hello again my lovely readers well we are officially in the single digit countdown to Christmas, I for one am hugely excited. I used to love Christmas when I wasn't a mum and now that I am its even more magical, I can't wait to see the mischief Lexi gets into when there is a big pile of wrapping paper to jump into and to see her face light up trying her first ever Christmas dinner. As she is only one I don't think she will be into the whole Santa thing yet but that doesn't mean I can't have him dancing across my nails.


So without further ado I would like to share with you lovely people my latest manicure for the festive season. As the base for this mani I used the beautiful Danglefoot nail polishes Higitus Figitus, this is the new version of this particular polish. It is a gorgeous deep black holographic polish it is fully opaque in two easy to apply coats and has an excellent formula. This polish is great to use to set the scene for some night time nail art. Hayley has this for sale in her shop right now for £6.50 for a 12ml bottle, I will leave a link so you can pick up this awesome Danglefoot nail polish yourself. I really wish I could have got a better picture of this but unfortunately there has been a serious lack of sunlight the last couple of days, hopefully I can show this off in all its full holographic glory in the summer. 

So once I had top coated my beautiful base colour I needed to decide which stamping plate I was going to use to create my Santa's night time sleigh ride. If you read my previous post you would have noticed that there is a Santa sleigh image on the Ejiubas Christmas plate, but this image was just a tad too big for my nails. So luckily I had recently purchased some new Festive Moyou London Christmas plates, the plate I used was number 30 which is one of their newer plates. I will have a full swatch and review of both Christmas plates I purchased up soon. 
I used my Moyou London rectangular squishy stamper and my Born Pretty store silver stamping polish to pick up the image. So that it looked like Santa was literally flying across all of my nails I broke the stamping image up into five sections. On my thumb was the image of the presents, then on my index nail I stamped Santa in his sleigh. On the rest of my nails I stamped each of the reindeer trying to get them to look like they were diving onto a nearby rooftop to deliver the presents to the sleeping children.
Because I thought that the mani looked a bit bare with just Santa and his reindeer I decided to make it a very snowy Christmas eve. To make my snow drops I used my smallest dotting tool and because no snowflake is alike I made them different sizes. For the snow I used my white Born Pretty stamping polish as this is more opaque than a normal nail polish and I wanted my snow to stand out over the black. When this design is in the light the linear holographic makes it look even more magical and once I added my HK Girl top coat it gave it that gorgeous shine I was looking for a sealed in my design. 

I hope you liked my latest Christmas manicure, with only 9 days left until Christmas I am going to try and fit in as many festive manicures as humanly possible. I would love to know if you have any ideas of what I could try and do in time for Christmas, please feel free to leave suggestions in the comments section below. 

As always I hope you are all having a great nail day and chat to you all very soon, I may even have some mischievous Christmas minions to join me next time...

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Snowman Manicure using Danglefoot Nail Polish Eye Candy

Hello my lovely readers, I can not believe that it is the 12th of December all ready. Only another 13 days until Christmas, I am happy to say I have got all my Christmas shopping done and dusted so at least that is one less thing to worry about. My boyfriend has told me that he has brought me nothing but nail polish for Christmas so I am super excited to find out what goodies he has picked. I will definitely be doing a Christmas haul post to show all of you fellow addicts my loot. 













Today I have another festive inspired manicure for you all, I recently spent some of my pennies on some more Danglefoot Nail Polish. Among the beauties that I acquired from the lovely Hayley is this gorgeous dark blue polish called Eye Candy. I am utterly besotted with this polish, I mean what is not to love it is jam packed with iridescent blue and rainbow glitters. When this polish hits the light it look absolutely magical, it has a dark blue jelly base and is opaque in 2 coats. On her Etsy site she does warn you that this polish is quite thick due to all the glitters jam packed into it, but I had no problems with application and would highly recommend this polish to anyone who loves dark blue and glitter.

I did wear Eye Candy by itself for a day and I could not stop looking at my nails, every time it would catch the light I would see another colour emerge from the blue jelly base. After I was done gawking at my nails I decided to use my Ejiubas Christmas plate and stamp snowflakes onto all my nails except my ring finger. Because I had already done a simple snowflake mani using my Uber Chic Christmas plate I wanted this one to be a bit different. The Ejiubas Christmas plate is fantastic the images are etched really deep so there was no problem picking them up. Once I had stamped my snowflakes I top coated them to seal them in and then cleaned up around my cuticles with my clean up brush. 

For my accent nail I chose to use this cute little snowman from the buffet style side of the Ejiubas Christmas plate. I didn't want to just stamp him on as he was so I used my Uber mat to make him into a decal. To do this I first stamped him down onto my mat and then coloured in his carrot with some orange nail polish and a really small dotting tool. I then used a red nail polish to colour in his scarf and green for the tiny piece of holly on his top hat. Once those colours were dry enough I used a larger dotting tool to colour in his whole body and face in China Glaze's White on White. I then left that to dry and then top coated my whole design. After about 20 minutes I released the edges of my decals with a plastic cuticle pusher and picked him up. I used a small bit of top coat on my nail and stuck him down where I wanted him.
Unfortunately my nails are not long enough to fit the whole snowman on so I did have to cut off some of the bottom half. I think he turned out quite well for my second attempt at creating a decal. I did go out of the lines a small bit but I am loving the little cute characters I can create with this advanced stamping technique.  

I am also loving this Ejiubas Christmas plate there are so many designs to choose from, the single images on the front of the plate are fab for this time of year and some of them would even be great used all year round. The buffet style image on the back of the plate has everything you could ever need to create some beautiful stamping decals, and that Santa riding his sleigh is perfect for going across all of your nails as if he is flying across the night sky. I brought my plates from Wish.com as that is the only way you can get them in the UK, if you live in America you could order this set which comes with the Halloween plate from Amazon.com as well. You can also get their plates from there website which I will leave a link to here.

I am hoping to utilise this plate a few more times in the next 13 days, and the great thing about stamping plates is they can be used year after year. As long as they are taken care of properly there are endless designs you can come up with. 

I hope you enjoyed this post and my little snowman manicure, have a great weekend and a great nail day. Hope to see you again soon for another fun filled festive manicure. 

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Essie Wintery Jelly Sandwich

Hello my lovely readers, I am so sorry it's been a couple of days since my last post. I was hoping to get this up yesterday but Lexi had her 1 year injections and wasn't feeling fab afterwards so there was no time to write up a post. I absolutely hate seeing her in pain, but I know it is for the best to keep her safe from all those nasty bugs.

Today's post will probably be quite short compared to my others, but I still wanted to share with you my Wintery Jelly Sandwich. This manicure is using Essie's Marshmallow and Essie's Stroke of Brilliance from their Luxe effects collection. I picked up Stroke of Brilliance in one of my Tkmaxx hauls, click on the link if you would like to see the rest of the treasures I found.
For my Jelly Sandwich the first thing I used was Essie's Marshmallow, this is a white jelly polish very sheer so perfect for creating a jelly sandwich. I brushed on two coats of Marshmallow and then used my top coat to make sure all of those layers were dry. Once that was completely dry I grabbed my Essie's Stroke of Brilliance, this is a glitter topper in a clear base full of small circle and hex glitters in a periwinkle blue. To make sure I didn't have too much base on my nail I let most of the base drip back into the bottle so I was just left with the glitter. 
On each of my nails i used one coat of Stroke of brilliance and then another coat of Essie's Marshmallow. This created the perfect looking crelly, I will definitely be trying this polish out with other glitters to see what other creations I can come up with. 
I am really happy with final look, Essie's Stroke of Brilliance is the perfect periwinkle blue for a wintery looking manicure. I did use some HK Girl top coat to give it that extra bit of shine, and I am really happy with this top coat. It doesn't go gloopy like Seche Vite and the formula is so smooth so it is really easy to apply and there is no shrinkage or smearing. So I would definitely recommend the HK girl top coat from Glisten and Glow, I picked mine up from the fabulous Rainbow Connection for £6.85. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post, I have the Ejiubas Christmas plate review coming up next so stay tuned for that. I would love to see some of your Jelly Sandwiches, so feel free to leave them in the comments below and I would love to hear any feedback you may have about this mani or my blog in general. As always I hope you are having a great nail day, see you in the next post.