Today’s mani is very different than what I normally do…in every sense.  It’s different in color choice, base color combination, and stamping design.  First, my color choice, for some reason Ijust don’t tend to reach for the coppery colors.  I do buy them, but when I’m picking a color to wear, I just normally go past them on my rack.  I was looking back through pics of previous mani’s trying to decide on a color that I haven’t used in while and realized that I had not used the coppery-orange holo polish I got in my Julep Cupid’sMystery box in February.  So, I decided to pair with Evangeline, the holo from Julep, with another coppery-orange color, to see how they compared/differed.  If I am using two colors in the same color family, they usually contrast somewhat, light and dark, but I’m trying something different.  And finally, the stamping design is not something I would normally pick.  I just love the full nail designs so much that I just ignore the smaller designs; so this time I incorporated a smaller design…Betty Boop!!

Here's what I used:
  • Base coat: Seche Retain
  • Base color 1: Evangeline by Julep (holo coppery-orange)
  • Base color 2: It’s not a dream by NanaCoco (metallic coppery-orange)
  • Top coat 1: Seche Vite - I apply this before stamping, if I mess up Ican remove the design without removing the base color
  • Stamp colors: White & Black Pearl by Konad
  • Top coat 2: Seche Ultra-V cured under a 54 watt UV lamp for 5 minutes
  • IP: Dashica Beauty Shop XL SdP 1 & 11
            


On my left hand Evangeline is on my ring and pinky fingers and It's Not a Dream is on my thumb, index and middle fingers.  I stamped the Konad white over It's Not a Dream and Konad black pearl over Evangeline.  My right hand is polished opposite of my left. 

Evangeline (by Julep) is a very beautiful color with a good formula.  It is considered a holographic polish, but not like many of the other holos I have seen or used.  The holo goodness is much more subtle; even more subtle than the first holo Julep released this year (Ginger) in theFebruary box.  The formula is pretty fluid, so I had to do a lot of clean up and it does NOT dry as fast as Ginger did.  But it is nicely opaque in 1 coat, and again it’s a gorgeous color.



It’s Not a Dream by NanaCoco, is equally as gorgeous as Evangeline.  It’s not a holo but a metallic, even though in the bottle they look almost exactly the same except It’sNot a Dream is just a hint darker.  The formula is FABULOUS!!!!  It’s thick, but in a good way; it’s very easy to work with and I had virtually no clean-up to do and it dries super-fast.  I just love it, plus it was only $2.  The only difference between the two is the texture of the polish.  It’s Not a Dream has a textured finish, similar to that of the OPI Liquid Sand, but not as textured.  Once you apply the top coat it smoothens out the texture, but you can still see that it is textured.

Polished at All Times...by Lo'Rain