Monday, August 31, 2015

Essie - Really Red with F.U.N. Lacquer - Pay Day (H) glitter fade

red with silver nail art

Hello everyone, it has been quiet on the blog this past week, my apologies. If you follow me on my personal Instagram or Snapchat account (I am zabeenuh on both of them) you might know that I went to London for a week. My boyfriend and I wanted to take the opportunity to go on a little vacation before I am going to start my new job. If you are interested in seeing the things I picked up along the way let me know and I will shoot a little haul for you (spoiler alert: there is no nail polish involved. Bummer.).

Said job starts tomorrow morning and hence I took those past few days to prepare myself. I will be working with customers and (at least in the beginning) I will have to skip the hot pinks and neon greens on my nails and rock some "work appropriate" nudes and pinks. Fingers crossed I will be able to wear my usual colors once I have established a relationship with my customers and they realize colorful nails do not make me any less professional than a sophisticated nude.


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Before I dive head first into my new job, I want to share with you some more colorful manicures I have done in the past few days. One of these is this red mani with holo silver glitter fade. The red is Essie's Really Red, a true classic red with a creme finish. This is one of those shades of red that looks good on everyone and that goes with every season. The formula of Really Red is really nice - glides on easily and covers perfectly with two coats.

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The silver is F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day (H), the holographic version of the original Pay Day polish. The clear base is loaded with tiny shreds of silver glitter and holographic pigment. Three coats of Pay Day (H) on its own make it look like a silver foil. On the nails with the glitter fade you can nicely see the shreds. Unlike other shredded glitters these lie perfectly flat on the nail. The formula of Pay Day (H) is nice, too. The base is thin and easy to apply.

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To obtain the glitter fade or gradient I did not use any tools. I applied a drop of polish at my cuticle. Then I wiped off most of the polish from the brush (as you would in a dry brush manicure) and dragged the polish down towards the tip. I finished everything off with a layer of Underground Cosmetics Quickie top coat.
 
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Essie Really Red is part of the permanent range and available for example at JC Penney and drugstores like Walgreens or Ride Aid.
In Germany Really Red is available at Douglas and DM drugstores. It retails for 7,95€.
F.U.N. Lacquer Pay Day (H) can be purchased directly from their webstore in Singapore. 12ml retail for $12.50, but it is currently sold out. They also have stockists worldwide.
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