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Hello lovelies,

this post will be all about lace nail foils and a Rio Beauty set I got for review. The following tutorial can be applied to any nail foil as the steps are exactly the same.

Firstly let's have a look at the Lace Nail Foils set... it includes six different lace foils (red, black, white, pink, gold and silver), application stick, adhesive, 2-in-1 varnish and red nail polish. It all comes in a sturdy black case. The set can be purchased at Rio Beauty website for £29.99

Secondly let's learn how to work with the nail foils:

Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils Tutorial


Foil application

  1. Cut the nail foil into small pieces that will fit the nail. It's always better to cut slightly bigger pieces in case you need to re-apply the foil
  2. Paint your nails with chosen nail polish and let it dry properly. If the polish is not dry enough it might stick to the nail foil piece and it might come off the nail
  3. Apply thin layer of adhesive/foil glue and let it dry. The drying time depends on what kind of adhesive you use. The adhesive in this kit takes about 8 minutes to dry. You'll know the adhesive is dry when it goes completely transparent. It stays tacky though so don't touch anything!
  4. Place previously cut piece of nail foil on the first nail. Use hoof stick or your finger wrapped in tissue and start pressing and rubbing the foil on the nail so it sticks properly
  5. Carefully remove the foil. If the design is perfect just seal the design with topcoat. It might however miss some parts of design ocassionally. In that case re-apply glue, wait for it to dry and apply foil again.

Lace nail foils can be very tricky as the lace might not stick on the whole nail properly everytime. I can't tell you how frustrated it got me sometimes. Sometimes it can be fixed by re-applying glue and foil, sometimes I have to re-do whole nail but the result is great.

I've done a video tutorial as well for you :)

Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure


Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure
Lucy's Stash - Lace Nail Foils manicure

 
If you are new to nail foils you might consider this set as it comes with everything you'll need and I'm sure you already have nail polishes to apply the foil over. I consider the set being very good. The only issue I have is with the 2-in-1 varnish. I have used it over the lace foils and it made the finish slightly cloudy as you can see on the read & black and silver & black manicures. I have tried other topcoats (Seche Vite, Poshe, barielle etc.) and they stay clear but crinkle the foil. So I personally don't have a perfect topcoat for foils.

If you'd like to ask me a question about nail foils and their application, please leave a comment.

Hello lovelies,

It took me while but here they are, gorgeous OPI Mariah Carey polishes! The collection consists of 8 new shades, four of which are textured Liquid Sand polishes.

From the press release: "OPI Liquid Sand nail lacquer offers a never-before-seen look with a pebbled finish that lightly shimmers with fine glitter particles. Worn without top coat, Liquid Sand lacquer gives nails a unique textured matte finish worthy of a superstar.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Mariah Carey Collection for Spring 2013

Lucy's Stash - OPI Mariah Carey Collection for Spring 2013

A Butterfly Moment - frosty peachy beige shimmer. This is quite unique colour, I've never tried one like this. It has tiny tan and peach particles similar to what foil polishes have. I usually don't like flesh colours very much but this one looked just gorgeous! The polish is well pigmented, I'm wearing two coats. It applied nicely and dried quite fast. The finish is slightly streaky. I thought the small particles in the polish would cause troubles when removing it but it was ok.

Lucy's Stash - OPI A Butterfly Moment
Lucy's Stash - OPI A Butterfly Moment
Lucy's Stash - OPI A Butterfly Moment

Anti-bleak - purple creme with red undertones. In real life the colour is so much more reddish, I don't know what my camera was doing! Polishaholic's pictures of Anti-bleak are more colour accurate. The formula is absolutely excellent as I'm used to with OPI polishes. I'm wearing two coats which were enough for full coverage. it dried fast and removal was easy.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Anti-bleak
Lucy's Stash - OPI Anti-bleak
Lucy's Stash - OPI Anti-bleak

OPI Pink Yet Lavender over A Butterfly Moment - Pink Yet Lavender is a mix of big rose pink hex glitters with small holographic glitter in a clear base. It's a very pretty glitter topcoat and it looks feminine and still office friendly over A Butterfly Moment. The formula is slightly on a thicker side but it still applied quite well. There's a lot of glitter in the bottle, this is just one coat applied.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Pink Yet Lavender over A Butterfly Moment
Lucy's Stash - OPI Pink Yet Lavender over A Butterfly Moment

OPI Pink Yet Lavender over Anti-bleak

Lucy's Stash - OPI Pink Yet Lavender over Anti-bleak

Lucy's Stash - OPI Pink Yet Lavender over Anti-bleak
Lucy's Stash - OPI Pink Yet Lavender over Anti-bleak

Sprung - mix of copper and brown foil particles creating foil finish. This shade reminds me of Warm & Fozzie from the Muppets collection with its formula and shade. Sprung is much warmer though. The pigmentation is not that great, I had to apply three coats to achieve full coverage. Application on the other hand was easy. I did experience foil particles sticking to my skin while removing this polish.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Sprung
Lucy's Stash - OPI Sprung
Lucy's Stash - OPI Sprung

Can't Let Go - grape purple with purple hex glitters and small round purple glitter. It applied easily and the pigmentation of the polish was good. I have applied two coats. The drying time is a bit longer than with other polishes and removal is similar to glitters.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Can't Let Go
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Can't Let Go
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Can't Let Go
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Can't Let Go

Can't Let Go with topcoat

Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Can't Let Go with topcoat
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Can't Let Go with topcoat

Get Your Number - blue jelly base with lots of holographic glitter. The holo glitters shows up beautifully on the direct sun and creates nice contrast with the grainy texture. It applied nicely and I have needed two coats again.

Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number

Get Your Number with topcoat

Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number with topcoat
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Get Your Number with topcoat

Stay The Night - black jelly base with reddish pink glitter. The glitter stands out beautifully within the textured finish. This was my favourite Liquid Sand polish, especially with topcoat! Absolutely gorgeous! I have applied two thick coats to achieve full coverage. It applied nicely :)

Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night

Stay The Night with topcoat is stunning!

Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night with topcoat
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand Stay The Night with topcoat

The Impossible - reddish pink jelly with purple hex glitter and star glitter. It has slightly lower pigmentation that the other polishes, I'd compare it to the Get Your Number. I have applied two thick coats to get the coverage in the pictures. It applied easily, no problem there.

 Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand The Impossible
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand The Impossible
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand The Impossible
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand The Impossible

The Impossible with topcoat

 Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand The Impossible with topcoat
Lucy's Stash - OPI Liquid Sand The Impossible with topcoat

The Liquid Sand polishes are obviously something totally new to the market and OPI is one of the first to release them. Their finish is sand-like, grainy and matte. It probably won't appeal to everybody but it will certainly make you stand out.

All Liquid Sand polishes had slightly longer drying time. I have always applied the first coat, waited about 8 minutes for it to dry enough, then applied second coat. Then I waited about 10 minutes for it to dry and get matte but I would still ruin it if I'd touch it. The removal was slightly easier than glitter but I still had to soak my nails for a while in remover on a cotton pad.

Overall, the collection is really nice, I like the mixture of bold and feminine shade as well as different finishes. I will always prefer smooth and glossy finish but I could get used to the texture. 

The Mariah Carey Collection is available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each nail lacquer.


*These were provided for a reviw