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Flakie Friday: Essie As Gold As It Gets

I love gooooooooooold!

I’m sorry for the delay in posting this, guys!  I had everything done earlier, but didn’t get a chance until this evening to sit down and write it out.

So for today’s Flakie Friday, I decided to go in a tiny bit of a different direction- Essie’s As Gold As It Gets!

As Gold As It Gets is part of Essie’s LuxEffects collection, which can be found in most drugstores, Target, and Walmart.  It’s a beautiful GOLD flakie!

This is also packed with a very fine, pretty iridescent shimmer.  The flakes are very delicate, so you won’t notice any chunkiness wearing this.  I stuck to the basics again this week- pairing As Gold As It Gets over Cult Nails Nevermore, my go-to black polish.  Even though it can get ‘boring’ sometimes, black is almost always the best underwear to really show a flakie off!

All of these photos were taken outside in the sunlight, which is where I try to take most of my pictures.  We’ve had rain (hallelujah!) every day this week though, so this is the first outdoor shot of the week.

See the faint microfine glitter?  It adds a pretty rainbow effect to the topcoat.  This is REALLY noticeable outside!

This was 1 coat of Nevermore, topped with 1 coat of As Gold As It Gets.  That’s just 1 coat!  As an added bonus, having a manicure with just 1 coat + 1 topcoat means it’s dry FAST.

Essie can be purchased for around $8 at most stores.  Be sure to check out the newest LuxEffect, Stroke of Brilliance!  It JUST appeared in my local Walgreens, so they’re beginning to hit the stores!  I’ll be doing a bonus post on Sunday to show off that gorgeous new color 🙂

And as a fun bonus picture:  Here’s a comparison shot of Sephora’s It’s Real! 18k gold topcoat.

Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this polish (though I have every intention of buying it hopefully soon).  I did this exact manicure (AGAIG over Nevermore) about a month ago, and we happened to go to the outdoor mall that is home to Sephora that day.  I happily used the tester of It’s Real!, and then came home and took photos.   Because that’s totally what normal people do.

Anywho- you can faintly see AGAIG under It’s Real! if you look close enough.  So this should be a pretty good way to show how different they are!  It’s Real! was absolutely stunning on my fingers, I could not stop staring that day.  As soon as I save up  get the guts to chunk down $30 on a topcoat, it will be mine!

Be sure to check back tomorrow and Sunday- while I don’t normally do weekend posts, I have a lot to share so I’ll have 2!  Tomorrow will be featuring some new indie colors generously given to me (that will be available Sunday for sale!), and Sunday I’ll be showing off Essie’s new Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance!


Flakie Friday: Zoya Chloe over Cult Nails Nevermore

Sorry this post is coming so late!  I got caught up cleaning the house and some other things and before I knew it, the day was almost done and I still hadn’t painted my nails for the post.  Luckily the sun was still shining when I finished!

Today is my first Flakie Friday, and I decided to start off with a flakie that is easily available to everyone.

Zoya Chloe!

Chloe is part of Zoya’s Fleck Effect line from Spring 2012, along with Maisie and Opal.  It can be found here.

This is a beautiful flakie, that’s slightly different from the more common color schemes you’ll find.  The flecks are mostly orange with a yellow shift, but there’s also the occasional yellow and green flecks to add some interest.

Application is wonderful- the flakes are fairly dense and you really only need 1 coat.  For these photos however I added 2 coats of Chloe over 1 coat of Cult Nails‘ Nevermore.  If you’re looking for an amazing 1 coat solid black, check out Nevermore!  It’s wonderful.

On to the pictures!

Look at all those beautiful colors!

Close up of my nubbin thumb nail

 Hopefully these photos can really show off how beautiful Chloe is!  They were taken outside in full sunlight to really try to capture the colors.

Now a lot of people will already know this, but if you haven’t purchased from Zoya.com before, you’re in luck!  Use can use THIS referral link to get a free polish of your choice (maybe Chloe?).  Also with the program, if you buy 2 extra polishes along with your free one, you’ll receive free shipping!  Not a bad deal!   As a disclaimer, I do receive sharing points if you use the link- but the more I get, the more goodies I can get for giveaways!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!