Using KBShimmer Polish With Gel Polish – Guest Post By Michelle of Manic Talons

Hi there!

I’m Michelle from Manic Talons and gel polish is my “thing”.  If you’re a gel user you know firsthand that gel polish is seriously lacking in certain finishes, such as crellies, unique glitter bombs, duo and multi-chromes, and linear holos.  All of these are areas that KBShimmer has covered in spades!  So I’m going to show you three ways to get the best of both worlds by pairing KBShimmer polishes with soak off gel polish.

 Layering Polish on Top of Gel

Layering is the simplest way to pair traditional polish with gel.

1)       Do a complete gel manicure start to finish.

2)       Once you remove the tacky layer from the final top coat, apply the KBShimmer lacquer directly on top of the gel.  There’s no need for a separate base coat as the gel takes care of that.

3)       Finish with a fast dry top coat and you’re done.

Layering in this manner is awesome for several reasons.  First, the gel provides serious strength to your nails.  Second, regular polish dries much quicker over gel, so the wet nail wait is decreased.  Third, regular polish applied in this manner over a soak off gel manicure wears like iron!  I have had regular polish last for over a week on top of gel with minimal tip wear.  Finally, you can remove the polish with non-acetone remover without harming the soak off gel manicure if you want to change things up!

Want to see a layered manicure?  I started with a basic white soak off gel manicure using Couture Ooh La La French.  I then applied two coats of Oh Splat! on top of the gel and finished with a fast dry top coat.  The result is this gorgeously opaque mani with incredible depth.

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The Regular Polish (RNP) Sandwich

The second way I like to pair regular polish with gel polish is to sandwich the regular polish between layers of gel.  This one can be a bit tricky, but once you know the method the possibilities are endless!  So, how do you create a successful RNP sandwich?

1)       Apply your soak off gel manicure.  This is your usual process with one slight modification.  When applying each layer of gel, be sure to wrap the tip a bit deeper than you might usually.  I like to wrap the gel so that it overflows approximately 1.5 mm under the tip of the nail.  If your nails are shorter, you may not be able to wrap quite this deeply, but wrap as deep as you can without getting the gel on the skin under your nail.

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2)       After removing the tacky layer, apply a thin coat of your KBShimmer polish of choice.  Cap the tip as usual, but not quite as deeply as you did with the gel.  The trick is to leave a margin of gel exposed under the tip of the nail so that the final gel top coat can bond with it unobstructed.  Allow the coat of polish to dry before applying a second coat if needed.  At this point, you might choose to apply a fast dry top coat to speed things along, but it is completely optional.

3)       Now we wait for the polish to COMPLETELY dry.

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If you used only 1 thin coat, wait at least 1-2 hours before proceeding to step 4.  If you applied two or more coats or used a thicker coat, allow a minimum of 4-6 hours.  The dry time is crucial to creating a successful RNP sandwich.  If the RNP is not completely dry before adding the gel top coat, the top coat will chip off within hours.  Or worse, the RNP will wrinkle under the top coat and destroy your beautiful manicure.

4)       Once the RNP is completely dry, apply a layer of gel top coat.  Be sure to wrap the top coat deeply like you did with the base gel manicure.  This allows the top coat to grab the gel under the tip of the nail and completely seal in the RNP.  I usually apply two coats of gel top coat just to be sure I have completely covered the RNP, but that is definitely optional as it tends to add thickness to the nail.

5)       Remove the tacky layer, apply cuticle oil, and enjoy your longer lasting manicure!  I just removed a RNP sandwich mani from my right hand that lasted the full 2 weeks without a single chip.  It could have gone longer, but the growth was driving me nuts. 😉

Want to see an RNP sandwich?  I thought you might.  I started with a base gel manicure and used Couture Royalty as my gel color.  I then topped it with one coat of KBShimmer Clown Puke, waited for it to dry, and finished with two coats of soak off gel top coat.  The gel top coat pairs really well with this one and smooths the glitter effortlessly.  I seriously LOVE this polish!  Every time I dipped the brush, I discovered a new glitter I hadn’t seen before.  I’m quite certain there are more shapes, colors and sizes in the bottle that are not represented here!

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 Nail Art and Accents

The final way I like to use regular polish with gel is for basic nail art.  In this manicure, I did a RNP sandwich on the index and pinkie nails and dotted the middle and ring fingers with Pigment of My Imagination.  I also use RNP for stamping regularly.  When using RNP for nail art, it still needs to dry completely before adding the gel top coat, so the amount of time will depend on the thickness of the layers in the artwork.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learned a few new tricks.  I invite you to swing by my blog at www.manictalons.com for gel polish swatches and nail art combinations.

Thank you, Christy, for inviting me to share these methods!

~Michelle

St. Patrick’s Day Nail Art By MadamLuck

Hello everyone.  I am super excited to share today’s post with you.  Last week I saw some nail art by Suzann of Amateur Manicure on NailIt.com and I knew I had the perfect idea for some St. Patrick’s Day nail art.  I reached out to nail art expert Amanda from MadamLuck to bring my idea to life, and I have to say she did a stunning job!!!   Scroll down to see the steps to create this stunning manicure.

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Amanda started with one coat of our new black cream, Eclipse.   Then using Bunny nail image plate HD-B for the clovers, she stamped those over the black use a white polish.  Now, here is the trick, with the white stamped over the black, you can layer a jelly polish, like Get Clover It, to create a stunning layered look.  Follow with a coat of Clearly On Top for a smooth, shiny finish.

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Isn’t that lovely!  This technique can be used it so many ways.  I could see space stamping done with I Got A Crush On Blue over for a unique galaxy manicure, or Witch Way done up for Halloween.  What ever color, the white will make the jelly polish pop!

Do you love St. Patrick’s Day?  Here is a bonus manicure from MadamLuck using Daisy About You, Honeydew List, and Clearly On Top.  Striping was done with acrylic paint, and clover jewels complete this festive look.

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Thank you so much Amanda for helping out with this post.  And if you love nail art, run over to Amanda’s sites to see any or stunning work.

You can find Amanda on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/MadamLuck/173882919339770
Instagram – http://instagram.com/madamluck

KBShimmer Spring Release…Details and Descriptions

We are very excited to announce the release of 16 new polishes to the KBShimmer polish line.  Included are 8 glitter polishes and 8 creams.  Polishes in the Glitter Collection will retail for $8.75 per 15 ml bottle, while polishes in the Cream Collection will retail for $7.50 per 15 ml bottle.   Read below for more details on the launch and the polishes themselves.  Read through for a fun contest and giveaway!

Launch Details and FAQ-

Spring release is on for this Friday, March 14th, midmorning.   Spring polishes will be easily located by the NEW icon, or by visiting this page – https://www.kbshimmer.com/product-category/nail-polish/spring-2014-nail-polish-collections/

Polishes will be on sale for at least 3 months, and should not go out of stock, so even if you don’t order the first day, the polishes will be available.

For this launch, we will be limiting the amount of each shade a customer can buy, to allow everyone’s orders to be processed in a timely manner. I know people do group orders, but we will be limiting the shades to 10 per color, per customer…, per day. This limit will be lifted April 7th.  We will also be limiting other shades the same way.  Multiple orders will not be combined and we reserve the right to cancel orders for those that try to skirt the limits.

Order processing times – We do anticipate a slightly longer processing time for orders during the launch.  We will start shipping orders on Friday, but please allow a 5-7 business day turn around time.  Those that have shopped during launches before know that most orders do get out much more quickly then that!

You may see the polishes on the site before launch, they will be listed as Out Of Stock until the launch.

You anyone has other questions feel free to ask below and I will answer this evening!

The Glitters & Holos – For quick dry time and smooth feel, follow with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

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Full Bloom Ahead- When winter comes to a draw and spring is near, bulbs start peeking through the snow.  While waiting for spring to officially start, pops of purple, pink, yellow and blue litter flower beds across the nation. This white based polish is loaded with small, medium and large hex glitters in fuchsia, navy, teal, gold and orange; colors reminiscent of those floral tones that signal spring is near. Best in 3 Coats.

Belle Of The Mall- This coral toned pink polish is a fun color to brighten your day. This jelly like polish is loaded with holographic silver hexes in various sizes and is stunner in the sun.  To allow the glitters to shine this polish is more sheer then others and is best layered in three coats, or worn over a coordinating cream.

Rush Flower Traffic- One of the things most looked forward to in spring is the flower beds bursting to life.  This metallic glitter top coat represents the crocus, tulips, iris, and other spring flowers and plant life that brighten our day.  Fuchsia, gold, green, sapphire, and aqua glitters in hex and dot glitters fill this polish. Ideal as 1 coat over our Chick Me Out or Honeydew List creams, this topper can be worn over so many colors!

Daisy About You- A pale green creally, this spring polish features neon green hex glitters swimming among purple and lavender hexes and a scattering of lavender daisy glitters.  Best in 3 Coats.

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Laugh Myself Lily- A muted jade creally, this soft color was inspired by water lilies and the many paintings where lilies are the subject.  Swimming in the polish are holographic hexes in gold, pink, sliver, lavender and blue.  Pink and light aqua dots complete this muted polish.  To allow the glitters to shine this polish more sheer and is best layered in three coats.

Quick and Flirty- Every girl needs a good violet colored polish in their collection, and what better than one that comes with a rainbow!  This linear holographic offers full coverage in 2 coats, add a third for a deep lilac color.

Make My Gray – A pale shade of gray sets off glitters in turquoise, gunmetal, pale aqua and coral. Wear alone in 2-3 coats, or layer this over a grey like My Life’s Porpoise for a unique spring manicure.

Prism Break- We here at KBShimmer love rainbows, and nothing is more rainbow then holographic polishes!  This linear holo top coat was designed to bring maximum rainbow bling, while still allowing the color below to shine.  One light coat over any cream will turn your color into a holographic lover’s dream.  Add a second coat for a even more dramatic look.

The Creams – Ideal for wearing alone, under glitter polish, or for nail art.  For quick dry time, follow with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.

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Life Rose On – This is my perfect pink, bright cheery, and it covers in 1-2 coats.  This vivid cerise polish has blue undertones, making it wearable for many skin tones.  Pair this with your favorite glitter topper or use in stamping for a girly manicure.

Chick Me Out- This bright yellow cream is the ideal shade to welcome warmer weather.  Full coverage in two coats, I love this under Rush Flower Traffic.

Honeydew List- Just like ripe honeydew, this dusty pastel green is perfect for spring or summer.  This is the ideal color to wear under Rush Flower Traffic, or pair with Ice Queen for a sparkly spring manicure.  Full coverage in just 2 coats.

A Touch Of Glass-  This light aqua mint cream reminds me of tumbled sea glass.  A pastel green with blue undertones and very subtle shimmer, this color is covers in 2-3 coats.

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Sky Jinks- I love those days, the ones when there is not a cloud in site, and the sky is the most stunning shade of bright blue.  This medium blue cream with a hint of dustiness, reminds me of those perfect days.  Sky Kinks covers in 1 coat with careful application and is perfect in two.

Pansy-Monium- This pansy purple cream offers full coverage in just two coats.  With a slight red undertone, this purple will look great even on warm skin tones.

My Life’s Porpoise- No matter if you spell it gray or grey, this pale shade is a neutral that is fun to wear alone, or under bright toppers like U Rock My Heart.  This creamy shade covers fully in two coats.

Eclipse- This is s true black cream, with careful application I get coverage in 1 coat.  Those with longer nails might need a second coat.  Pair with Prism Break or Clown Puke for a perfectly fun manicure, or use with Band Geek for a uniquely metallic look.

Thanks for entering all!  The winner has been notified.  Congrats Jill!

1. What is your favorite color from the glitter collection?

2. What is your favorite color from the cream collection?

3. Jason again had a hand in polish creation.  Which two polishes from this collection did he create?  Jason created Make My Gray and Prism Break.  Good work ladies on figuring that out.  Jason worked hard on Prism Break to get what we thought was the perfect balance of rainbow goodness without greying out the color below. Make My Gray is something he has been working on for a while.  He is drawn to the grey/teal color and with the pop of coral color, the polish was finally read for release.  I am very proud of he design work and look forward to seeing what else he comes up with!

Contest is now closed.  Thank you!

 

St. Patricks Day Art – Guest Post By Nidia of Lit From Within

Hi, I’m Nidia, and I run a little blog called Lit From Within.  I have loved KBShimmer polishes for a while, now, and jumped at the chance to show y’all a little nail art featuring one of these lovelies.

I’m not Irish, but I married an Irishman, and besides, who doesn’t like a little green on St. Paddy’s Day?  I was inspired by Robin Moses Shamrock nail art to show off a little o’ the green today.

I started with Deborah Lippmann Pearly Queen, a pale nude with green shimmer.  I just wanted the green pearlescent effect in the background.

Here’s the star! KBShimmer Get Clover It, a green jelly polish with light and dark green, blue, and gold glitters.

It can be tricky to get glitter exactly where you want it sometimes, so after laying down two coats of the polish, I painted a cosmetic sponge with another couple of coats of Get Clover It.  The sponge soaks up some of the base, and then you can dab the sponge on the nail, and it just deposits the glitter where it touches.

Genius, really.  Not my original idea, of course, but one I borrowed from Nail Wish.

Sinful Colors Pistache makes a nice light green contrasting line above Get Clover It.

A teeny nail art brush and some SOPI Give Peas A Chance, and there are the shamrocks, ready for St. Paddy’s!

Topcoat smooths out the nail art and makes sure that all the glitters are nice and shiny.

Bottle shot:  Deborah Lippmann Pearly Queen, Sinful Colors Pistache, and KBShimmer Get Clover It. (Not pictured, SOPI Give Peas A Chance.)

If you liked this nail art, and would like to see more from me, I invite you to check out my blog, Lit From Within, or any of my social media: Facebook, Google+, Bloglovin‘, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Thanks again, Christy!

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Thanks Nidia for the great post!  I hope this inspires a lot of nail art!

Elle – Guest Post By Peer Pressure Polish

Hi there!

My name is Jennifer and I run the blog Peer Pressure Polish.  You can find me at http://www.peerpressurepolish.com/. I am super excited to be guest posting over here and to showcase a lovely polish from KBShimmer.

I have been a huge fan of KBShimmer for a while now.  My first ever purchase was for Band Geek and The Square (which I don’t even think is available anymore, it wasn’t when I checked).  Since then I have had a lot of them on my wish list.  Elle had been the one that was on there the longest.  I added more when her Winter 2013 collection came out!

Anyway, this past holiday season I signed up for a Secret Santa swap and my partner got me TWO KBShimmers off my list!!!!! So happy!!!!

Elle is a grey based crelly polish PACKED with glitter.  The glitter colors are pink white and grey.  When I say it is packed with glitter, I mean it is just saturated with glitter.  I had so much glitter on the brush each time I went in, it makes for such a beautiful polish.  There was no fishing for glitter in this one.

I wore this polish for days with no chips or tip wear.  With the foil method it came off easily.

The pictures below are three thin coats over Duri Rejuvacote and topped with Rica’s Glossy Glam.

So let’s get on with the pictures so I can show Elle off to you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So there is the über pretty Elle.  A lovely glitter polish that I know I will be wearing more.

A big thank you to Christy of KBShimmer for giving me this amazing opportunity to guest post here.

I look forward to many more purchases in the future!

If you would like to hear more from me you can always check out my link above or like my page at http://www.facebook.com/peerpressurepolish

Multi-Chrome Nail Art – Guest Post From Life In Lacquer

Hello!!

I’m Jade from Life in Lacquer and I am so happy to have been given the opportunity to post for you all today!

Life in Lacquer is a blog I write about nail polish and all related things! I am from the countryside in the UK and have been a nail technician since 2010.

I have recently become the proud new owner of 3 KBShimmer multi-chrome polishes. They make me think of all things futuristic so I thought I would so for a design featuring geometric patterns. They look like they could be designs for a spaceman’s costume!

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I used a white base and then hand painted on Pigment Of My Imagination. This polish so amazing! I see mostly purple but there are flashes of deep blue, gold and red. It’s like a super pretty oil slick! It was quite tricky to capture all the colours but I think I did a good job.

I then finished of the design by adding a black outline and little diamantes.

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I CANNOT stop staring at these nails! I don’t think I am going to get much done and that to me is a sign of a great polish. Plus I now have it on my toes too. I may just paint everything with it HA!

It is opaque in three thin coats or you can you it as a topper over black.

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I hope you have enjoyed my design and thanks for reading!

Jade x

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Thank you Jade for such a wonderful post!  Jade provided so many wonderful pictures I could not help but fill the post with them!  If you want to see more art and swatches from jade, head over to her blog, http://lifeinlacquer.blogspot.co.uk/ and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LifeInLacquer.

 

 

HOLIDAY HOURS – DISCONTINUED POLISH & SOAP NOTICE

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KBShimmer will be closed 12/24, 12/25 and 01/01 to spend time with family.  From 12/26-01/02 our shipping assistant, Sami,  will be processing orders on a limited basis. There may be slightly longer processing times, but normal shipping should resume 01/03.
–DISCONTINUED POLISH & SOAP NOTICE
It is that time of year again, Christmas is just around the corner the end of the year is in site, and we here at KBShimmer are looking at sales to determine what stays and what goes.  I always hate to make cuts, but we are already thinking spring, so we need to make room!
The following polishes and being retired for the year, and may or may not be back next year:
Kringle All The way
Strung Out
All Elf’d Up
Merry Pinkmas
Christmas Now
The following polishes are being discontinued and will not be returning:
I’d Rather Be With Blue
Orange Pop
Turbulence
Radioactive (Glow-In-The-Dark)
Hex Appeal
Every Nook And Cranberry
Sugar Plum Faerie
I Only Have Ice For You
Cocoa Nut
Squared Away
Bejeweled
Stock for these polishes have been adjusted to reflect what is left and are spread between out website, Amazon and Etsy.  International folk, you may find that Harlow has some of these in stock too.
We are also discontinuing these soap scents and stock reflects what is currently available:
Spiced Apple
Lump Of Coal (Will return in 2014)
Spearmint
Stormy Waters
Longship

6 Step Galaxy Nails Using KBShimmer Polishes

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I have to be honest, I am not good at painting my nails, or nail art.  My hands shake, I am not one that can draw, so my nail art is usually stuff I can stick on, dots, or accent nails.  When I saw all of the galaxy nail art popping up on the web and Instagram, I wanted to try it out, and found it to be surprising easy.  In just 6 steps, you can have the galaxy on your nails.

I created a video for you to show you how easy it is.

If you want to play along:

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And here is the video!

 

 

The Dos & Don’ts of Picking Undies!

Hi everyone!  My name is Valesha and I run a little blog called Peachy Polish.  I’m so excited to get to do a post on KBShimmer’s blog!  It is such an honor for me since KBShimmer is one of the first indie polishes that I fell head over heels for.  🙂

For those of you who don’t know, “undies” are polishes that are worn under glitter topcoats.  So I’m here to show you how I pick my undies!  This is by no means the be-all and end-all of picking out undies and there are infinite exceptions to my thoughts and ideas of what looks good.  I do spend a lot of time before I start swatching any polish, picking out undies I think will fit nicely with a particular glitter polish.  Choosing colors that look good together is something I’ve been meticulous about since I was a child.  My mom tells me horror stories of me being in complete disarray because my stirrup pants didn’t match my turtleneck.  Yep, I was one fashionable kid.  LOL!   I think picking good undies is the key to making your manicure pop so here are my personal do’s and don’t’s for picking out undies!

 

DON’T: Pick undies that make the glitter disappear.

While the undie choices here makes the glitter look very subdued (which is great if that’s what you are going for!) it also makes one color of glitter blend into the base.  If you want to show off a glitter polish to it’s full potential, you want to pick an undie that will make the glitter be the focal point.  Here I used one coat of “A Dot Mess” over Illamasqua “Obsess” and Essie “Licorice.”

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DO:  Pick a color that let’s the glitter do the talking.

In these photos I used “A Dot Mess” over Zoya “Song” and Zoya “Arizona.”  I chose these two colors as undies because they really let the glitter be the star.  The colors of the undies compliment the colors of the glitter without overwhelming it.  Now, I would never wear this mani exactly like it is here because it is much too busy to use two base colors with a glitter that’s so detailed as it is but each undie on it’s own with “A Dot Mess” on top would be magnifico!

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Here’s another fun example of letting the glitter do the talking.  A red and white glitter such as “Candy Cane Crush” is reminiscent of so many holidays so it’s visually appealing to layer this pretty glitter over a variety of colors.  A purple polish like OPI “Tomorrow Never Dies” topped with a coat of “Candy Cane Crush” is perfect for Valentine’s Day.  CCC on top of Zoya “Song” is a great combo for the 4th of July.  CCC over OPI “Pink Friday” is a tasty treat that reminds me of Valentine’s Day or a peppermint-y Christmastime treat!  And Essie “Mint Candy Apple” under CCC is like a bright and fun winter theme!

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DO: Wear multicolored and neutral glitters over every color of the rainbow!

Glitters like “Clown Puke” have such an abundance of colors that you can basically wear it over any undie!  When in doubt, a multicolored glitter over white or black polish always makes a statement!  There really isn’t a don’t for this except that usually it looks best if you use an undie that’s complimentary to one of the colors in the glitter or use a neutral like black, white, gray or nude as the base color.  “Clown Puke” for example is bright and bold, so I choose bright and bold undies!  It wouldn’t have looked very good layered over a dark colored undie like maroon, for example.  From pointer to pinkie: Zoya “Darcy”, OPI “Who The Shrek Are you?”, Zoya “Zuza” & Butter London “Primrose Hill Picnic” all topped with a single coat of “Clown Puke.”

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When we are talking about neutral colored glitters, they can truly be worn over any color.  The sky is the limit when it comes to undie and glitter topper combinations.  “Grayscale” has white, black and gray matte glitters and would look amazing over every color.  I choose to layer it over (from pointer to pinkie) Face Shop “PP405”, Essie “Turquoise & Caicos”, Essie “She’s Pampered” & Zoya “Gie Gie.”

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I would also consider silver to be a neutral, since it’s along the same lines of gray.  You can wear silver glitters over any color you can think of, as well.  I prefer wearing silver glitters over creme polishes as to not overwhelm the amazingness of the blingy silver, especially if the glitter is holographic.  We want to holo to do the majority of the talking here so I used one coat of “Ice Queen” over Essie “Snap Happy”, Dior “Mango”, Deborah Lippmann “Almost Paradise” & Nfu Oh! “JS15.”

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DON’T: Go too crazy when choosing a contrasting color!

Do we want the undies to contrast the glitter topcoat enough that the glitter won’t disappear?  Yes!  But bear in mind, you can go too far.  Pairing a pastel glitter like “Pastel Me More” with an olive green like China Glaze “Trendsetter” or a deep reddened orange like Sparitual “Clay” takes away from the fun and cheeriness of the glitter and isn’t aesthetically appealing.  The pairings do nothing for the undies or the glitter.  You want the undie to make the glitter better and vice versa!

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The same goes for these combinations of “Squared Away” with Essie “She’s Pampered” and Cult Nails “Afterglow.”  The colors of the polishes and glitter just don’t do anything to make each other better.

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DO: Choose an undie that’s in the same color family!

A great rule of thumb is to choose an undie that’s just a shade or two different from one of the colors of glitter, since we don’t want the glitter to disappear.  This is a good example of what I mean, each column starts out lighter at the top and gets darker as you go down but it doesn’t change in color tone (like an ombre!)  For this I did one coat of “Pastel Me More” over Essie “Where’s My Chauffeur?” and OPI “Pink Friday.”  Each of the polishes are just a shade or two off from one of the glitters in “Pastel Me More.”

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Once again, the same goes for these combinations of “Squared Away” with China Glaze “Beach Cruise-r” and Face Shop “BL602.”  Each undie is a “one-off” of one of the glitters in the topper.  The undies really compliment the glitter, while still making the glitter bits stand out.

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And here is one last example of using base polishes that are just one or two shades different from the colors in the glitter polish.  All of these are gorgeous combinations that are really eye catching!  I did one coat of “Bejeweled” over NCLA “Venice Beach Vixen”, Rescue Beauty Lounge “Pause”, OPI “Wooden Shoe Like To Know” & Zoya “Rocky.”KBShimmer Bejeweled

I hope that these are some useful pointers for those of you who might have a hard time trying to choose good undies!  I’d love to know, how do you like to choose undies for your glitter toppers?  Do you have a method you like to use or do you like using a randomly picked base color?

Thank you to Christy from KBShimmer for letting me come over and do such a fun guest post on the KBShimmer blog! ♥

“Extend-A-Mani” Guest Post By The Pointless Cafe

I’m so excited to be able to guest post here at KBShimmer’s blog! I live where there is no Autumn, so I pretty much keep Autumn on my nails the entire season. Today is no different!

I’ve done one of my “Extend-A-Mani” posts for you using KBShimmer polishes today.

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I was wearing Dior Cosmic Violine, which is a brown/burgundy crelly and had a bit of tip wear. What to do? Well KBShimmer makes errthang better, right?  So I pulled out Cocoa Nut, 24 Carrot Bold and Every Nook and Cranberry and went to work.

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On my thumb and ring finger, I just layered one coat of Cocoa Nut over the top. On the rest I did a really quick gradient over Cosmic Violine using 24 Carrot Bold and Every Nook and Cranberry. I use a plain make-up sponge and paint on strips of what I’m using and just dab over each nail a few times and Voila! I use an Elf concealer brush and straight acetone for clean-up around my cuticles.

First, here it is matted (I used butter LONDON’s Matte Finish)

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And then I used KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat. I love matte finish, but in this case I preferred it shiny.

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And close-ups…

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I really love this mani. 24 Carrot Bold and Every Nook and Cranberry are great on their own but they also layer well and gradient well.  I do love versatility in a nail polish!

What do you think? Come on over to my blog, Pointless Café, and see me sometime! (Yes, I said that in my best Mae West voice.)

Thanks so much to Christy for having me! ♥

A Note from KBShimmer:  We are always excited to have guest bloggers, and Sheila does such amazing work!  Thank you!  Shelia used Cocoa Nut, a 2012 winter polish that was retired this spring.  Due to the many requests to bring this polish back, we have!  Cocoa Nut is now live on our site and will be available thru the end of the year.  So get this cool weather favorite while you can!