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It’s summer.  What better way to celebrate than with a fiesta on your nails??  I used Ulta’s “Sun-sational” (2 coats) and topped it with Ulta’s “Pinata-Yada” (2 coats), and then finished it off with a coat of Seche Vite.

EASY to do and you’ll get lots of compliments!


I really can’t get enough of this Layla hologram effect line.  I would say that both the Mercury Twilight and the Flash Black are both must-haves.  And then, get another, colorful polish out of that line. This polish is definitely worth the $15.50 you’ll pay for it.

I think the best part about it is walking out into the sunlight (when you forget you’re wearing nailpolish) and then BAM, the hologram effect catches your eye.  It’s so pretty, and unlike any polish I’ve seen in terms of intensity of the effect.

So far, I’ve found this line at various Ulta stores (but not all of them carry it so be sure to call ahead and ask), as well as online across many retailers. 


In the sunshine:

Without light/sunshine:

Base: OPI Natural Nails Basecoat

Color: 3 coats Layla’s Mercury Twilight

Top: Seche Vite

Ok, I’ll be the first to admit, when I saw this stuff in the bottle I thought to myself: there’s NO WAY this stuff comes out like ‘tester’ nails.  Well, I was wrong.  This is probably the most amazing holographic nail lacquer there is.The picture doesn’t even do it justice.  As soon as the sun hits it, there’s a million little nail-bows (nail polish rainbows?). And even without light/sun, it’s still a pretty rad silver polish.

When you see it in the bottle, you’ll be skeptical.  It looks nothing more than a plain old silver polish.  But once it starts to dry, that’s when the magic happens.  I really probably could have used two coats, but I wanted to magnify the nail-bows.

And then there’s the price.  It’s $15.50.  Not the world’s cheapest nail polish.  I’m the first person to tell you to buy cheap because it ends up looking the same as the expensive stuff.  But when it comes to holographic nails, it’s really worth it to splurge on this collection. 


Shown: OPI Natural Nails Base Coat, 2 Coats China Glaze Optical Illusion, and one coat Seche Vite to top it off.

Optical Illusion is from China Glaze’s Prismatic collection.  It’s a seafoam green with green, silver and pink glitter.  I’m really liking this collection.  It’s a really different take on the standard glitter polish, and they combine colors that normally don’t really work well together.  It’s kind of this gritty but girly collection…and it works.

The one critique, I suppose, is that…if you’re not super experienced with polishing your own nails, this polish can go on a little “gloppy”.  But it’s nothing a Q-tip and some nail polish remover can’t handle!  :)

Here are some of the other shades from the collection, from Chinaglaze.com:



Recently, I’ve had to get rid of most of my polish collection.  It had gotten old and difficult to apply.  So, in the past year, I’ve started to replenish my collection.  Here it is:

Here are the bases/top coats:











So that’s all of them for now!  Working on getting some more. 

If you have any questions about any of the colors, let me know!

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