Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Mani: I Love Nail Polish So Ghoul & Vivid Lacquer Stamping

I have had some Halloween inspired polish on top of my melmers all month in the hopes that it would inspire some holiday manis. I am not one to mess around with freehand art or anything, I prefer to do graphic manis with bold contrasting colors along with some stamping and stud accents. Quick, easy, and looks awesome at the end--that's my kind of mani! I should do a post soon on how I put these together...

Anyway, I have had I Love Nail Polish (ILNP) So Ghoul, unused, for so long that it is still had the old formula. I love the gray, yellow, and black palette of this polish so much and used it as my inspiration. Since I wanted it a little Halloween-y I decided to go with Vivid Lacquer plates in the skulls and hounds tooth patterns--because I couldn't decide what would be more awesome at the time.

Halloween Skittles

Pinky: Dance Legend Ash
Ring: Barielle Lemondrops, 1 coat ILNP So Ghoul, KBShimmer Clearly On Top
Middle: Ulta Concrete Evidence, Vivid Lacquer 001 stamping with Mentality Scoundrel, Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat
Index: Ulta Concrete Evidence, Vivid Lacquer 005 stamping with Mentality Scoundrel, Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat
Thumb: Ulta Concrete Evidence, 1 coat ILNP So Ghoul, KBShimmer Clearly On Top

This is seriously one of my favorite manis of all time! It's like the perfect marriage between Halloween and Fall. I don't know what the deal is lately, but my right hand has been turning out better than my left for the photographs. Maybe I have just been taking my time more on the right hand because I know I'll make it all sloppy if I don't?

So Ghoul has a great formula, but does ILNP make anything with a bad formula? I was surprised to find some short bars in here. So I pretty much hate bars, but these were short enough, sparse enough, and spread nicely so I was okay with it. I believe So Ghoul is retired but you can purchase other ILNP polishes here. There is also a pre-order for holos, ultra-chromes, and holographic ultra-chromes on November 1st!

I was also pleasantly surprised by Barielle Lemondrops, I only used two thickish coats. It wasn't self-leveling but it covered well and a thick topcoat would take care of it.

I want to also take a minute to plug HK Girl Topcoat. I don't know how they do it, but it doesn't smudge my stamping. You must try some, it's amazing! Buy it here.

And of course you know Vivid Lacquer makes my most beloved stamping plates. You can purchase Vivid Lacquer here.

That was a lot for one post, I hope you aren't sick of my skittles yet!
As always, remember to moisturize your cuticles today :-)


  1. I really love this, especially that skull design, I have a weakness for anything skulls, haha! I love that you remind about the cuticles too, some days I forget but if I see one of your posts it sparks my memory to grab something and slap it on! :)

    1. I'm glad you liked this so much :-)
      I am trying so hard not to overuse that skull stamp myself, I want it on everything. And actually same with the hounds tooth.
      Thank you also for the feedback about the cuticle reminders--This was exactly how I hoped it would work for people!

  2. This is gorgeous, I just love you creative skittlettes.

    1. Thanks! I love putting them together :-)


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