Thursday, January 3, 2013

Shimmer Polish Karina with half-frame swirl nail art

Hey lovers! A couple weeks ago I got an email from Cindy of Shimmer Polish asking if I'd like to review some of her polishes. I was immediately like YES I WOULD LOVE THAT because I love every Shimmer I've ever seen. Only a few days later, on Christmas Eve no less, five beautiful Shimmers showed up in my mailbox! I unwrapped them with my sister Summer and we literally gasped as we pulled each one out - they are all sooo pretty. The one I'm gonna show y'all today is Shimmer Polish Karina.

Shimmer Polish Karina

This isn't the one I was most excited about when I first received the polishes but when I sat down to paint my nails the other night it was just CALLING to me for some reason, so I obeyed. I'm so glad I did because JUST LOOK AT THIS POLISH.

Shimmer Polish Karina

Karina is a glitterbomb in a tinted reddish-pink base. It's filled with red microglitter, small red hexes, HOLO microglitter and BLACK CIRCLE GLITTER. Be still my special-glitter-loving heart. I thought since the base was fairly sheer that I'd need at least three coats for opacity but this pretty baby was opaque in just two. It was a little thick but nothing unworkable - it's like China Glaze's full-coverage glitters that way, where I'll probably use it a couple times and then thin it after that. Also like the ChG glitters, it was VERY thirsty. I used two coats of Seche Vite for a nice glassy shine.

I managed to get pictures of this polish that satisfied me but believe me when I tell you they still don't do it justice. It glows in real life. Even my dad and brother were examining all the different aspects of it yesterday haha!

Shimmer Polish Karina

I wore Karina on her own for a day and then last night decided to spice her up with some nail art!

Shimmer Polish Karina with gold swirl half-frame nail art in Zoya Ziv

I knew I wanted to do a design using Zoya Ziv, since I hadn't tried it yet and I really wanted to use gold with this red glitter. I thought about it off and on for a while and finally decided I wanted to do something swirly. I considered doing a more intricate filigree pattern or some swirly leaves or vines or something but then the idea of these half-frame swirls popped in my brain so I decided to go with it.

Shimmer Polish Karina with gold swirl half-frame nail art in Zoya Ziv

I did the swirls on my thumb first to make sure I liked them - I do this a lot because I always figure if I don't like it I can leave my thumb out of the picture, haha. I ended up liking the pattern a lot so I went ahead and did all my fingers with it.

Shimmer Polish Karina with gold swirl half-frame nail art in Zoya Ziv

I used my medium-length striper brush to freehand the designs. Ziv painted on beautifully and it's so pretty against this red glitter backdrop!

Shimmer Polish Karina with gold swirl half-frame nail art in Zoya Ziv

This design was fairly simple to execute but I love the way it turned out. The gold against the red, while it looks a little holiday-ish, is really pleasing to me and I love the simplicity of the half-frame scrolls!

Shimmer Polish Karina with gold swirl half-frame nail art in Zoya Ziv

What do y'all think of this Shimmer and the design? I'm happy that I was able to keep the design simple enough to still show off the base polish while making a day-old mani interesting again. I usually have a problem with simplicity and keep adding stuff to my nails but last night I managed to keep it at bay haha!

P.S. You can find Shimmer Polish on Etsy and the listing for Karina is here. :)

30 comments:

  1. Wow! I love love it ! The frames look amazing and the colours look so good together ! Gorgeous :)

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  2. WOW! They're gorgeous! Glitterific! :)

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  3. Such a beautiful design! I love your nails!

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  4. Beautiful! Absolutely love this design!

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  5. I simply love this mani! looks amazing :)

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  6. Really love this combination! Both colours are just gorgeous. I also use my thumb as the guinea pig hahaa!

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  7. WHY is your stuff always so pretty?! Awesome pictures, as per usual :D

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  8. Very nice polish and design ;)

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  9. Wonderful pictures of a really beautiful manicure. That red is to die for, and I love the delicate gold addition. It suits it perfectly.

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  10. I've wanted Karina forever! Such a pretty polish!

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  11. Wow, Karina is sooo pretty! I love that it's not just another red glitter, it's so much more special than that! The nailart is super pretty too. You were right: the gold looks lovely against red :)

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  12. The glitter is amazing!!! The nail art looks great with it!!

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  13. Beautiful!! Karina reminds me a little bit of Zoya Blaze. Also, you NEED to try Ziv on its own - it's so sparkly and amazing. Pictures don't do it justice.

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    1. Thank you! Trust me, I'll be using it alone ASAP :)

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  14. What a beautiful mani! :)
    I love the gold design! <3

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  15. oh i love the pants off this one !! i love how the flatness of the gold makes KArina try harder lol, almost as if she's showing off! Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous xx

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    1. Hahaha I absolutely love that comparison! Thank you :)

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  16. i - absolutely - LOVE - the - red - glitter - nailpolish!!
    great photos :)

    a german girl that is addicted to nailpolish and all glittery stuff
    Vica from 1690mm.blogspot.de

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  17. This is a beautiful mani, I absolutely love everything about it! Thank you for sharing.

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  18. The most GORGEOUS manicure ever! (random person who found this on Google)

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