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Hello lovelies,

Fancy some more holographic polishes today? I've got one of the new China Glaze Hologlams here (more coming ;) glammed up with freehand white lace nail art. This post is quite picture heavy as it also includes review and swatches of the Galactic Gray alone so please click on the Read more link ;)

Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails

There's not really much to say about this look. I wanted to decorate the Galactic Gray polish and I thought I would try to paint some elegant lace :) I've used white acrylic paint and Viva La Nails brushes shown later in the post...

Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails

This picture was taken under artificial light. The holo effect is almost invisible and the polish looks very boring :(

Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray lace nails

These are the brushes I've used to paint the white lace. I've used the longer middle one for the mesh and  the shorter one on the right for the arches and dots. They are nice to work with but the longest brush on the left is quite thick so I will be cutting off some of the bristles/hairs. These brushes are by Viva La Nails and can be purchased here. I'll show you more painting with these brushes in the future. *They were provided for review

Galactic Gray - dark grey base with holographic effect. As many of you, I was very excited that China Glaze is bringing back holographic collection (and the first sneak peak pics looked great!) this spring. Unfortunately the holo effect is not very strong even on the direct sunlight. Despite that I have picked up some of the Hologlam shades so I could review them.

The formula is better than with the OMG collection but it still has its weak points. It applies well until you go over the already painted place for the second time. It creates bald spots and streaks if you don't work fast enough because it dries quite fast. The pigmentation is slightly lower and I needed two thicker coats for good coverage.

Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray
Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray

Artificial light

Lucy's Stash - China Glaze Galactic Gray

Considering the low holo effect, formula and the higher price (as much as £16 as opposed to regular China Glaze polish that retails for £5-7) I wouldn't purchase again. I do have more Hologlam polishes though as I wanted to to show them to you and the swatches will be coming as soon as the sun decides to come out!

Hello lovelies,

I had an idea of how to do DIY Speckled Nails in case you don't want to buy Illamasqua Speckled nail varnish or you just want different colours than they offer. You can create this look with any nail polish but I would recommend you to choose less pigmented ones.

For this look I have used Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection shades (all five), Nubar Black Polka Dot and Seche Vite topcat.

If you recreate this manicure please credit back to me. Thank you lovelies!

This is the original Illamasqua Speckled nail varnish in Mottle, picture is by AllYouDesire. I am showing it to you so you can compare the final finish because I don't own any Illamasqua Speckled polish yet. If you want the black glitter less visible as it is in the Illamasqua polish you can just add more nail polish over the glitter.

I've prepared a video tutorial for you as well, hope you like it!