Saturday, October 2, 2010

Milani Bare Necessities With a Dazzling Topcoat

EDIT: Sorry, guys... I have no idea what happened here. The pictures were there when I posted, but suddenly aren't now. I'm blaming the web pixies for stealing my pictures! All should be fixed now, so carry on, carry on! ♥

Yes, you. C'mere. I've got a secret to tell you.

You have to promise you won't tell anyone. I mean it... not anyone! Can I trust you to keep my secret?

I have an almost unhealthy love for sparkly things.

I know. I hide it so well. People are always so surprised when I squee over something glittery, because it's such a shock! But it's true, and I can't hide it any longer...

Ok, fine. It's not exactly a secret. But it's still the truth. I love glittery, shimmery things so much! It's not that I don't like creme polishes, it's just that they're so... creamy and flat. The idea of being able to add my own layer of shimmer to a creme polish to switch it up is a fantastic one, and it's hardly a new idea. Companies have made glitter polishes for decades!

But I recently found a topcoat that is filled not with glitter but with shimmer- tiny particles that glimmer and sparkle almost like diamond dust. To see that this polish was a grant total of $0.99?

Oh yea. I squealed out loud, standing right there in the middle of WalMart, not caring who saw me, who thought I was insane. I bought a bottle, and am now considering buying a couple of extra bottles for backup. I love it that much! It's called Dazzling, and it's a gorgeous iridescent shimmer in a violet-tinged clear polish. If I could, I would marry it and have lots of tiny little nail polish babies in all colors of the shimmery rainbow!

So, I started out with two coats of Milani's Bare Necessity from this fall's line of limited edition polishes. (For the record? Those polishes are crazy gorgeous for neutrals!!) Two coats gave me a neutral that was just a shade or two deeper than my own skin tone, warm enough to look healthy but still a nice neutral beigey-tan. As a work polish, I think this is ideal, even though you might die of boredom from looking at it too long. (I kid, I kid!!)

Once I'd gotten my base color down, I added a coat of Dazzling. This brought that neutral shade to life, turning it into a glistening neutral that seemed to have sparks inside! I honestly am at a loss about how to describe it... let's just say it was flippin' beautiful, 'k?

After one coat of shimmer gorgeousosity, you'd think I would have stopped there, yea? No. I added another coat, which made it even more magically insane than before!!  It's so crazy that I was abusing caps lock and exclamation points with my friends!! It looked almost alive with delicate rainbow sparkles lighting up my fingertips, causing me to spend entirely too much time staring at my nails and not nearly enough time doing important things, like breathing.  I was in love, y'all!

The best part is that it's absolutely smooth. No bumps, no sandpaper nails. Just a billion sparkles of light, turning your nails into a disco paradise. I added a coat of Seche Vite to make sure this baby wore like iron, and wore this for three days.

THREE DAYS, people!!!

I'm feeling a bit dizzy just remembering it... I think I need a few moments to myself. Feel free to dig around the blog while I go retire to my chambers to stare at my nails a bit more. This way, if I forget to breathe, at least I'll have a soft comfy bed to pass out into! :D

Milani's Bare Necessity was provided by the company's PR for evaluation.


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  2. I can't see the pictures! Why???? I'm so eager to see Dazzling because you made me all so excited to see it!

  3. Same! I can't see any pictures D:
    HAHA, nail polish babies!
    Your husband won't be happy to hear that. xD

  4. Wait, wait, what brand is this? I need to know!

  5. This is a good layering idea. Perks up a taupe nicely.

  6. Cheryl- *giggles* Sorry about that one! I have no idea what happened. I'm glad I got you interested in seeing tough!

    AnnKiins'♥- You're right, he'll be so annoyed when I end up with so much more nail polish! He already thinks I have too much!

    Zara- Oops, I can't believe I forgot to add that! This is Love My Nails polish, a brand I've only found at WalMart. Some of their colors are kind of iffy, but they make insanely good glitter polishes!

    Lacquer Ware for Tips and Toes- Thanks! I was really happy to see how pretty and interesting it made the color!

  7. Disco ball?! Tee hee!

  8. love this manicure! it looks great on you! i love your blog its so cute!

    Follow me and ill follow you!
    (i just started and could use some followers!)

  9. Oh wow it's gorgeous! I love that it's subtle, and the glitter top coat's buildable!

  10. Thank you so very much for entering the giveaway and for your donation, Laynie!!! I really appreciate it and I know Animal Advocates will too :) How have you been? I've been so disconnected from the blogging world (can I say work is ruining my life? lol). I hope all is well :D

    Lovely polish btw!!!

  11. i love these!
    but to your loving glitter comment, have you ever painted your nails clear and dumping big glitter on them? It is soo cute! just seal it with another layer of clear and it's great!

    1. I have! Sometimes I'll mix glitter into a clear polish, or just place individual glitter pieces into wet polish. I'm a total glitter freak! Seriously, I've got over 30 containers of different kinds of glitter, and constantly want more!

  12. do you know the exact brand of the dazzling so i can a bottle?? thanks cant wait to try!

    1. I do, it's by Love My Nails. It's getting harder to find though. I've found it at WalMart in the past, but my local stores don't carry it anymore. I'm so SAD!


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