Lit from Within: SpaRitual Layers
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SpaRitual Layers

Hello, Fireflies!

The other day, I picked up a couple of SpaRitual polishes on clearance at Ulta.  The collection featured layering polishes - they look gorgeous in the bottle, but it would take forever to build up to opacity, if they ever did.

Most casual polish users aren't educated on layering topcoats, so there was a lot of frustration with these.  But, you and I know better, right?  Or if you didn't, then let me show you some of the magic.

I started with a color that has some magic of its own - Cult Nails Wack Slacks.  It's one of my very fave colors from Cult Nails, and its particular magic is that it turns my camera into a blithering idiot.

Cult Nails Wack Slacks

Looks blue, doesn't it?  It's actually got a purply-blurple color to it, which my camera stubbornly ignores.  SpaRitual Intellect also has that purple quality, which means it also shows up as blue.  But, it has a sweet purple and blue shimmer, too.  I did a gradient glitter tip with SpaRitual Intellect.

gradient glitter tip with SpaRitual Intellect

Bottle shot:  Cult Nails Wack Slacks, and SpaRitual Intellect

Bottle shot:  Cult Nails Wack Slacks, and SpaRitual Intellect

I know, you kinda had to be there.  So lame of me posting a pix and saying, well, this isn't what it *really* looked like, but it's close, and you'll just have to use your imagination.  So bitchy, really.

Well, here's one that translates better! Cliche Chic is a rose color - which normally I find kind of boring and granny-like.  What I liked about Chic is the texture - it's a crelly, which really makes it more lively and youthful!  I really liked it.

Or, I'm just getting old, which is another possibility.

Cliche Chic is a rose crelly

This time, I did a gradient with SpaRitual Improvisation, a pinkish base with fuchsia and blue shimmer.

gradient with SpaRitual Improvisation, a pinkish base with fuchsia and blue shimmer

This is almost a palette-cleanser mani for me - a soft, sweet color with a subtle touch.  No crazy swirls or flowers or anything!


Bottle shot:  Cliche Chic and SpaRitual Improvisation

Bottle shot:  Cliche Chic and SpaRitual Improvisation

Are you a fan of layering polishes?  Sometimes I am, because it can be fun to take a color I already have and see how it looks with a shimmer.  Sometimes, I want the polish to be an all-in-one, because I'm lazy!


26 comments:

  1. That is so cute, I love how both of these turned out!

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    1. Nothing simpler than adding a little sparkle!

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  2. SO pretty! Love Sparitual and Cult Nails <3

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    1. I have an extensive collection of Cult Nails, too! Nobody makes cream polishes like Maria!

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  3. Both of those turned out fab!

    I have polishes that turn my camera into a blithering idiot, too. The funny thing is, I almost never had that problem with Old Faithful. (My old camera.) My new camera sees those colours and pees all over it's self and runs for the hills. I don't know what it's problem is. SMH

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    1. LOL! What a visual! I love it. You crack me up!

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  4. I love those SpaRitual polishes, these are great bases to pair them with!

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    1. thanks! SpaRitual makes some nice polishes - I just don't like the $12 pricetag.

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  5. I love to refresh a manicure with a top coat like that. Once it starts looking tired you can really make it look new again.

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    1. If I ever kept a manicure on longer than a day, I'd do the same thing! lol. I end up picking them off, and no amount of sheer topcoat can fix stupid. lol

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  6. I love your blue nail polish. I have tried SpaRitual and I like it (it's the bronze/gold shade)

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    1. I think I have that one! I'm blanking on the name.

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  7. Love that blue! The Spa Ritual layering shades are lovely. I'm a huge fan of layering polishes!

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    1. Sometimes, a little shimmer is all you need!

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  9. Both are pretty colors but I love the blue the best,

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    1. I'm totally into blues more than pinks any day of the week, too!

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