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Neverending Pile Challenge: Holo

*nothing to disclose*

This mani had a false start! I was hoping to use Dance Legend Top Holo over Dance Legend Gel Effect 886 (a pink creme). But it turned out bubbly because the pink polish was too thick. Thanks to Jenna from Inky Whiskers for helping me figure out what do to with that goopy polish!

So I tried again, this time with one coat of Top Holo over two coats of Essie Fashion Playground. Here is the result:



I love the way it turned out. Using a holo top coat is great, because 1) you can determine how strong a holo you want (more coats = more holo), and 2) you can use it over any polish, or even over nail art! So no searching to find a holo in your favorite color, just use a polish you already own and make it a holo.

I also tried out a new base coat and top coat on this one: Rainbow Honey All Your Base (love the name) and Glisten & Glow HK Girl. Very happy with both.

Check out some more holo manis at the link below.


Neverending Pile Challenge: Drugstore

Today’s challenge was to use untried polish purchased from a drugstore. I used the following, which had all been purchased from a drugstore that happens to be on my way home from work:

  • Revlon Colorstay Gel-Smooth base coat
  • Essie Blanc – Three coats for full opacity. Not crazy about this white.
  • Nicole by OPI I Sea You and Raise You (this is the not-previously-used polish) – Two coats for full opacity.
  • Seche Vite top coat

I Sea You and Raise You is a CVS exclusive, so it can only be purchased at that drugstore chain! Do I get extra points? 😉

I used this great tutorial from Polished Elegance to create the mani. Not super original on my part, but I loved the look, especially in her original version.



This was my first time freehanding anything with a detail brush. Next time, I’ll probably cut some of the bristles off of the brush to make it a little finer. Also, my dominant hand (not pictured) has some odd-looking flowers for sure!

Check out the other challenge participants’ posts by clicking the Inlinkz button below.