Monday, June 15, 2015

Guest Post from @swatchbucket

I have a guest post today from one of my nail buds, Samantha! We met through mutual indie nail loves, and we've been enabling each other ever since. Samantha "microblogs" on instagram (@swatchbucket) and I highly recommend following her lovely nails. You can always count on amazing swatches of jellies, crellies, and holos from this girl. And how does she keep them so durn long?! She must be a witch. Let's see what she has for us today!


Hello, reader! I am Samantha of @swatchbucket on Instagram, and I am your guest blogger for Shelby today! She and I have been polish buddies for a good while now, and she's been a witness to my microblogging development over the past year. Shelby is such a lovely and encouraging person, and holy crap is she a (fabulously) ruthless enabler! She and I share a lot of polish loves. As a result of this, she has made me more HARE Polish crazed, and she is also to be blamed for my latest polish brand obsession, Renaissance Cosmetics. In exchange, I have tried to get her hooked on WingDust polishes. All three of these brands make absolutely stunning crelly glitter polishes, and since I know that she and I love a good crelly, I have decided to use such along with an accent nail. 

I started this mani off with two coats of Serumn No5 Ho No! and smoothed it out with two coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. This grey crelly is absolutely packed with metallic blue, red, yellow, and matte white microglitters and small circle glitters. The formula is lovely and almost completely opaque in one coat. The base also has blue shimmer that can look pink in some lights. The shimmer is much more prevalent in the bottle and on the nail without top coat. If you like textured polishes, I highly recommend not putting a top coat on this polish, because the blue/pink shimmer looks absolutely stunning as a frosty matte finish. With top coat, the shimmer provides a more subtle yet sparkly effect. You don't want Ho No! for the shimmer and glitter mix alone, though. You NEED it because it looks good with the light on AND off! Ho No! is one of Serum No5's many famous glow in the dark polishes. This one glows blue (forgive the poo glow in the dark shot further down). 

Things have to look jank before they look swank.

The glow in the dark effect looked especially really cool with my accent nail. After I did two coats of Ho No!, I topped it with KBShimmer Clearly on Top top coat and let it dry for about 30 minutes just to make sure it would hold up against nail vinyls. I also applied a layer of Ellagee's Lickity Split liquid latex around my nail to make clean up easier. Once the latex was dry, I applied an Up Your Nail Moroccan vinyl guide, snipped it to make it hug and adhere to my nail better (I have really curved nails), and applied a layer of Enchanted Polish December 2014 (blue holo full of blue glass fleck) on the bottom half of the nail and February 2015 (tomato red holo) on the upper half. I then sponged on another layer of the polishes and blended them by using a cosmetic sponge. Once I was satisfied with how it looked, I immediately pulled the vinyl guide off with tweezers and pulled off the liquid latex before topping it off with another layer of KBShimmer Clearly on Top.  


Glow shot! 

I'm so used to microblogging, so this was definitely a different experience for me. Thank you guys for having me! All shots were taken in natural lighting with my Samsung Galaxy S3. I *love* how this mani turned out, and the customers I dealt with at work really loved it too.

Polishes used
KBShimmer Basic Training
Serum No5 Ho No!
Enchanted Polish December 2014
Echanted Polish February 2015
KBShimmer Clearly on Top

Products used
Ellagee Lickity Split liquid latex
Up Your Nail Moroccan vinyl guides
cosmetic sponge


Thank you so much got such an awesome post, Samantha! Didn't she do great? Make sure you check out @swatchbucket on instagram, I know you'll like what you see and give her a follow!

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