Pretty Polish: Deborah Lippmann P.Y.T.

With a new year comes a feeling of a fresh start and I can’t think of a better polish for a new me than fresh-looking Deborah Lippmann’s P.Y.T.

Deborah Lippmann makes some pretty sweet polishes.  She usually has an awesome formula and comes up with some unique looks that others quickly copy.  P.Y.T. means pretty young thing (which I wish I was) and is named after a Michael Jackson song.  I’ve been coveting this shade for a while and finally scored it on a random sale on HSN.com for only $6.  With shipping.  Soooooo sweet considering her polishes without shipping usually cost $16-18!  Now this polish is considered a jelly and for those not familiar with the underground nail world, jelly refers to the type of finish.  Jellies are sheer and super shiny and can require lots of coats depending on the look you’re going for.

Here are my almost bare nails.  All I have on is my base coat.  Do you see the awful crack in my thumb nail?  Forever ago I burned my thumb at the cuticle and it damaged my nail.  I’m scared of when it grows out to the tip.  It will be so yucky!!  The good thing is that it burned off my excess cuticle and it looked really nice.   🙂   You can make jellies more opaque by using another polish underneath (called undies!)  and the best undies are nude.

Here is one coat of P.Y.T.  I used undies on my thumb to show you the difference and to cover up my ugly thumb nail.  On my other fingers, you can barely tell I have anything on!  If you want to use undies, paint your nails with a nude cream polish and let it dry.  I used 2 coats of OPI Samoan Sand.  Then paint the jelly polish on top.

Second coat added.  Now you can tell I have polish on.  My thumb nail with undies looks opaque (goodbye ugly!) but the rest still show a lot of free edge.  So I slapped on another coat.

And perfection achieved!  The thumb didn’t need a third coat and I can’t see much of a difference between coat 2 and 3.  You can still see a bit of the free edge on the other nails but this is how a jelly is supposed to look.  I really love the look of this peachy coral color!

Mani Info:

Base coat- Orly Nailtrition

Thumb undies- OPI Samoan Sand

Polish- Deborah Lippmann P.Y.T.

Top coat- Poshe Super Fast Drying

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Pretty Polish: Orly Androgynie

Weird name.  Unique polish.

In theory, it’s awesome but in practice, it’s a nightmare.  Perfect for Halloween!  😉

Orly Androgynie has a black base with fine gold glitter and a splattering of fine holo glitter too but what makes it really unique are the larger multicolored hex glitters.  I see blue, green and copper.

The problem with this pretty is that the black base covers up the large hexes.  It’s ok if you only use 1 coat of polish but that means you have to layer Androgynie over another polish since 1 coat looks uneven.  I used Orly Liquid Vinyl, a basic black creme.

There’s something else too…  The glitter sinks in the bottle and it’s hard to mix it up so then you end up with little to none of the large hexes on your nails.  I applied 1 coat and then fished for hexes to apply them to the nails that didn’t have any or very many.  I had to be careful because if I went over a hex that was already there, it got covered up.  The experience was very sad for a polish junkie like me.  😦  I’ve finally decided to give up on this pretty and offer it up for swap on one of my favorite websites, MakeupAlley.com.

Mani Info:

Base coat- Orly Nailtrition

2 coats- Orly Liquid Vinyl

1.5 coats- Orly Androgynie

Top coat- Poshe Super Fast Drying

Pretty Polish: China Glaze Vertical Rush & Candy Lacquer Starlight

You will quickly learn I have a thing for nail polish.  It’s relatively cheap, there are tons of options and there’s no commitment!  If I don’t like something, I can change it easily.  But this mani I don’t want to get rid of…

Let me introduce you to China Glaze Vertical Rush.  It’s a blue based mid-toned red that flashes magenta in some lights.  It’s shimmery and glowy and… perrrrrfect!  But I can’t just leave it alone.  I’s got to have some glitter.  So my other pretty is Candy Lacquer Starlight.  It’s full of silver holographic goodness!  Different sizes of hex, bar, diamond and (my favorite) star shaped glitter.  It’s ok to salivate.  Am I the only one to think of salivating when you see a great mani?  Hmmm…

Mani Info:

Base coat- Orly Nailtrition

2 coats- China Glaze Vertical Rush

Top coat- Poshe Super Fast Drying

Accent Nail:

2 coats- Candy Lacquer Starlight

2 coats- ACI Gelous Nail Gel

Top coat- Poshe Super Fast Drying