Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Memories, Nail Art, and Swatch+Review of Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun

I know this is kind of last-minute, but happy St. Patrick's Day!  Today is the one year anniversary of my engagement (and therefore my one-year anniversary of being into nail polish!).  I actually knew where and when I'd be getting engaged (but not how), so I prepared by picking up a bottle of Sephora by OPI I Found A Pot of Gold! and making sure my nails would be painted for the big day.  Check out my nubbins!

I left out the holo diamonds in SOPI I Found A Pot of Gold! on purpose.  Don't mind my poor, lymphedema-damaged hands :-/

And now, one year later:

No more nubbins!  I'm so proud of myself for kicking the nail biting/peeling habit.  I also have much more interesting manicures these days!  Here are some up-close shots...don't mind the dry skin and the Seche Vite shrinkage >.<

In bright sun

Products used on nail art:

  • Sky-Butter London Sprog
  • Grass-China Glaze Running in Circles over China Glaze Holly-Day
  • Pot-Cult Nails Nevermore
  • Gold-Ninja Polish The Midas Touch over Zoya Ziv
  • Red-China Glaze Poinsettia
  • Orange-Zoya Arizona
  • Yellow-Zoya Creamy
  • Green-China Glaze Holly-Day
  • Blue-Zoya Robyn
  • Purple-Mix of Zoya Robyn, China Glaze Poinsettia, and China Glaze Snow
How I did it:

  • Covered the nail with 2 coats of Butter London Sprog
  • Painted rainbow stripes with a medium striper
  • Painted grass using the brush from each bottle
  • Applied Seche Vite
  • Came back the next day and painted the pot with a fine-tipped brush (it's basically a horizontal oval with a line on top)
  • Painted gold with a fine tipped brush
  • Added gold flakes using a fine-tipped brush
  • Applied Seche Vite

The rest of my nails just have the lovely Pretty Serious Liquid Leprechaun on them.  Liquid Leprechaun features metallic and holographic gold hex glitter, holographic microglitter, and metallic emerald microglitter in a green jelly base.  The formula was a little bit fussy because all the glitter makes it somewhat thick.  I occasionally experienced pulling and uneven glitter distribution on the first coat.  Thankfully, all subsequent coats will cover up any issues you may have with the first coat Dry time was average.  I used 2 coats to reach full opacity.

Super up-close shot of Liquid Leprechaun.  You can see the depth and a glint of the gold holo sparkle!

I adored this manicure!  St. Patrick's Day is so much more fun now that I can associate it with such beautiful memories :-)

Pretty Serious nail polish costs $12 for 11mL on Llarowe.  You can also find it on the Pretty Serious website and other online retailers.  You can stay up-to-date on Pretty Serious news by Liking them on Facebook.

Butter London nail polish costs $15 for 11mL and can be purchased on Butter London's website and stores like Ulta.  You can stay up-to-date on Butter London news by Liking them on Facebook.

Cult Nails polish costs $12 for 15mL and can be purchased on their website.  You can stay up-to-date on Cult Nails news by Liking them on Facebook.

Ninja Polish's gold flake polishes cost $15 for 15mL.  You can purchase Ninja Polish products on their website.  You can stay up-to-date on Ninja Polish news by Liking them on Facebook.

China Glaze nail polish usually costs around $5-$8 for 14mL and can be found at stores such as Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply.  You can stay up-to-date on China Glaze news by Liking them on Facebook.

Zoya nail polish usually costs $8 for 15mL and can be found on Zoya's website and in stores like Ulta.You can stay up-to-date on Zoya news by Liking them on Facebook.

Sephora by OPI nail polish costs $9.50 for 15mL and can be purchased at Sephora.  You can stay up-to-date on Sephora news by Liking them on Facebook.

Products purchased by me.


  1. Wow omg your nails are SOO long compared to what they used to be! I also adore this manicure, it's so awesome :)

    1. I know, I can't believe how short they once were! And thanks so much!