Icy Diamonds + Battle of the Rhinestones

Hey there! So, you know what went into today’s manicure? Pain, suffering, and lots of topcoat. Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic, but this was my first time using rhinestones. Even with using the special pointed tweezers to pick them up, it was a minor disaster. They’re tiny, they jump out of the tweezers if gripped the wrong way, and I had one heck of a time getting them onto my nails. 

Here’s the manicure I’m bellyaching about:

BL & SC mani     

Shown in natural lighting. What you see is: one coat of OPI Glitter-Off, 3 coats of Sinful Colors Ice Dream (a blue and silver glitter) over one coat of butter LONDON Diamond Geezer (a dense silver foil). On the nails with the rhinestones, there are two coats of BL Diamond Geezer. Finished with Essie Good to Go (of which I kept having to apply more coats to get the rhinestones to stick). Rhinestones are from the Born Pretty Store.

BL & SC mani

All the fuss about rhinestones aside, I think this manicure actually turned out pretty well. Sure, it looks rather tacky now, but I think this would be hot (or rather, cool?) around the holidays. This feels like what Elsa from Frozen might have on her nails.

BL & SC mani


I layered Sinful Colors Ice Dream over the butter LONDON because Ice Dream is a little sparse on its own. I swatched two thick coats of Ice Dream on a nail wheel below to show this:

Sinful Colors Ice Dream

Sinful Colors Ice Dream does resemble China Glaze Lorelai’s Tiara, which is why I bought it. I don’t have the China Glaze to compare, but I’m happy I own Ice Dream (even if it is on the sparse side).

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica



Attempt at a Sponge Gradient

Hi! So yesterday, I sat down with the resolution to do some non-sucky nail art. I decided to do a simple sponge gradient, using makeup wedges. Well, after two failed attempts at that, I was getting pretty frustrated. (The upshot is that scrubbing my nails with remover so many times also removed most of the staining that’s been plaguing my tips.) This is my third attempt, using those spongy eyeshadow applicators instead.     Aqua sponge gradient And voila, the finished product. This isn’t quite as neat as I would have liked. It looks like white-capped ocean waves, which I guess is cool, but I was going for more of a soft gradient effect. Pictured here is OPI Ridge-Filling Base Coat, two coats of China Glaze For Audrey, and then butter LONDON Fiver and OPI Angel with a Leadfoot sponged on the tips. I finished with Glisten N’ Glow HK Girl Top Coat. Oh, and this is my very first time attempting clean-up with a small brush and some pure acetone.

Here are the polishes:

Aqua sponge gradient polishes

Left to right: China Glaze For Audrey, butter LONDON Fiver, OPI Angel with a Leadfoot. 

Eyeshadow applicators--sponge gradient

These are the cheap eyeshadow applicators I used. I found mine at Sally’s Beauty Supply, but you can find these just about anywhere, really.

Aqua sponge gradient

Another shot in natural light. 

Overall, I liked this mani, but I think next time I’ll try it with colors that contrast a bit more.

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica