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ALU’s 365 of Untrieds – Glitter Gal Blue Holographic Nail Polish

glitter gal blue holographic nail polish linear holographic prismatic 365 of Untrieds is my personal challenge to weed through the polishes in the ALU stash that I’ve been wanting to try but just haven’t gotten around to.

A few days ago, Melissa from The Daily Nail was asking about “linear holographic nail polish” on Twitter. I had to scratch my head as I’ve never heard of holos being referred to as “linear.” Who comes up with this stuff?

Apparently “linear” refers to holographic polishes that create intense rainbows or a prismatic effect on the nail as compared to holographic glitter that flashes multiple colors but doesn’t create a rainbow pattern. This style of holo nail polish is becoming more and more rare as whispers of holo pigment price increases are heard throughout the nail industry.

More recently a Twitter discussion of foreign nail polish brands led me to my bin of non-US untrieds, specifically the Australian Glitter Gal Blue holo nail polish.

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Best Holo Ever – Nfu Oh 61 Can Take On Minx Hologram Nails

nfu-oh-61-aqua-base-nail-polish-bottles You guys, I’ve reached holographic nail nirvana thanks to Nfu Oh!

As you may remember I received my first Nfu Oh haul a few weeks back and I’ve been dying to wear the holo, #61, but had to wait until the Aqua Base came back in stock.  Well my second order arrived on Thursday so naturally my weekend manicure choice was Nuf Oh 61!

I wasn’t sure what to expect based on the polish’s bland appearance in the bottle but on the nail, this baby can give Hologram Minx a run for its money.   Ever since Beyonce rocked golden holographic Minx at the Grammy Awards fanatics have been trying to replicate the look.  Well, consider #61 the silver version of those nails at a fraction of the cost.

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“What’s On Your Nails?” with KarlaSugar

What’s On Your Nails? is a series focusing on my fellow beauty bloggers and industry insiders, their favorite nail polish and other hot nail topics.

Fanatics, let’s welcome back WOYN? After a little summer break, the series is back and what better way to kick it off than with “The Arm” herself, Karla from The Next Best Thing to Going Shopping Yourself. If you’re not familiar with Karla’s blog (and you should be) it’s seriously one of the best makeup swatch sites on the web. Karla spends her time testing every new makeup collection to hit the counters and photographs the products on her now-famous arm. She even shows nail polishes on “the arm” using the ingenious technique of polishing on tape (click to see).

For WOYN? Karla broke form by showing us her actual nails, which are totally swatch-worthy. Check out her blingtastic manicure and learn more about her after the jump!

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Nubar Going Green Collection Review & Swatches

nubar, going green collection, nail polish, nail color, 3freeWe interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you…. GREENS!!! I know I promised to show you the other half of Retro Diva but I’m sorry, a collection of GREENS trumps all. As soon as I got my hands on Nubar’s Going Green eco-themed collection I knew I couldn’t (more like shouldn’t) wait to show them to you.

A whole collection of green polish. It’s like a dream come true. Did Nubar employ stealth psychics to stalk me and read my mind? Is this the result of years of MUA nail board begging for more fabulous greens than we can handle? Who cares, they’re gorgeous and they’re real! Check them out after the jump!

I’m not going to bog you down with a lot of chatter about these. In regards to the formula the bottom line is this; smooth, thin, well pigmented, two coat coverage, fast drying. In other words, pretty damn perfect. Each color glided on with ease. Now can we talk color?? I know you wanna!

I don’t know that I’ve seen a more gorgeous polish in my life than Greener and I’m not exaggerating. It’s heart stopping stunning and as incredible as it looks in pictures, it’s even more jaw-dropping in person. A true emerald shimmer, this exemplifies jewel tone and I own NOTHING like it.
Forest is a slightly mossy green creme. Can you even stand how flawless it is? Can you?? Just when I thought I’d never love another green creme the way I swoon over RBL Recycle, along comes Forest trying to steal my affections.
Speaking of Recycle, I knew the first question from you guys would be about how they compare. Recycle is decidedly darker and a bit bluer in its base tone. And if you ask me to choose a favorite between them, I’ll cut you! Seriously, it’s not a fair question!

Earth is a sparkling jade green. The light green micro-shimmer dances over the blue-green hue giving it depth and character. It’s very rich yet serene. Staring at it puts me at peace.

Conserve is a deep teal shimmer with slightly chunky glitter. It dries with a satin finish and bit of texture from the sparkle.

Can I get a HOLLA for the HOLO Reclaim? Don’t judge my cheesiness people, I’ve been waiting for a great green holo polish. The ones I have are all pretty light and not noticeably green. This one is a fabulous springy, grassy hue packed with fine holographic glitter. I wish it had been sunny so I could show its full holographic power but it’s a gloomy, rainy day in the Cleveburg.

Wildlife is a duochrome that flashes both bronze and fern shades depending on the angle. I don’t know fanatics, this one just isn’t grabbing me. I think it’s the alien-esque glow at the sides that are turning me off. It’s definitely got that “in the wild” type feel, I just don’t think it’s for me.

Nubar recently announced that they’ve partnered with PETA and have been certified as Vegan & Cruelty-Free. So you’ll soon see this cute little guy appearing on Nubar’s web site and packaging. Congrats Nubar!

Nubar polishes retail for $7.49 each and can be purchased online at The Going Green collection is listed as Coming Soon so keep your eyes peeled for an announcement of its on sale date.

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“What’s On Your Nails?” with Jude from The Girly Show

What’s On Your Nails? is a series focusing on my fellow beauty bloggers and industry insiders, their favorite nail polish and other hot nail topics.

For this week’s WOYN, I’d like to introduce you to a YouTuber/Blogger that gives me a serious case of eyebrow envy, Jude Rivera. I’m obsessed with brows. It’s one of the first things I notice on a person so when a fellow blogger directed me to Jude’s site, I was immediately smitten. She’s not only gorgeous with wicked makeup skills but she has an AMAZING set of arches.

If you haven’t watched Jude’s tutorials before run, I’m sorry RUN, to her channel and take a peek. I guarantee you’ll learn something new. Like did you know that Sally Hansen makes an invisible lip liner? I certainly didn’t and here I was tossing away $$$ on DuWop’s version that NEVER correctly sharpens. Thanks Jude!

So read on fanatics to learn more about Jude, see which orange lacquer captured her heart and what nail board trick she swears by for making her polish last.

Introduce yourself to the ALU readers. Tell us a little about you and your blog.
My name is Jude and I am an unabashed makeup enthusiast. I have a Face of the Day blog called The Girly Show at and a Youtube channel where I focus mainly on makeup tutorials with some product reviews to keep things interesting.

I became interested in Nail Polish after a good friend of mine; Ness from Casual Lavish became an active member of the nail board on Makeup Alley. Her enthusiasm was contagious and I have been a polish fiend ever since.

Why is Pia by Zoya your favorite?

It is so hard to pin down one favorite but Pia by Zoya is definitely in my top three. I have a weakness for orange and shimmer so it is everything I want in a fun, popping color. I would be remiss if I didn’t also mention IDK by China Glaze, Rio Nights by Orly, Tru Passion by Color Club, and Wild Child by Color Club. My list of favorites run the gamut from the more conservative like Cashmere Cardigan by Orly to the colors that scream to be noticed like Ali by Zoya.

What is on your tips and toes right now?
I have Miami Beet by OPI on my toes and Sol Cabana by Orly on my tips.

Do you consider nail polish a beauty necessity or accessory? Why?
Personally, I consider it a necessity. It is a cheap and easy way to add an unexpected pop of color to your day and a fun way to express yourself. You may not want to wear colorful eyeshadow but a brightly colored nail is a great way to show the playful side of your personality.

How many bottles of nail polish do you own?
I would say roughly between 100-125 bottles.

How often do you change your nail polish?
I never go more than three days with one polish but ideally, I change the polish up on a daily basis. I love the process. I live a pretty hectic life and setting aside one hour of my day to sit down, relax and take some time out for myself is extremely therapeutic. There is no multitasking with it; I am able to concentrate on this one thing from start to finish.

Do you have a favorite nail treatment you think my readers should know about? Why is it so fab?
The Stickey Sandwich! I learned about it from Alexa and it has been my favorite tip ever. I use Stickey by CND as a base coat and after applying my nail polish, I top it with another layer of Stickey. Let it sit for a few minutes and finish with the quick drying top coat of your choice. This technique has allowed me to go back to using Seche Vite that I had stopped using because of shrinkage issues.

What do you think will be the big nail trend for summer?
Bold, bright colors resurface each year and are especially interesting when they are bright jelly colors. They look like candy at your fingertips.

What nail trend do you wish would go away?
Acrylics so thick that they rise unnaturally from the nail bed. I am also not a fan of thick, awkward looking French tips.

What is the biggest nail faux pas that women make?
Ragged cuticles. I think it is a frequent faux pas because it is easy to forget to add cuticle oil several times a day. I had the same problem and alleviated it by placing an oily sugar scrub next to my sink at work. Whenever I wash my hands, I use the oil based scrub and it is a frequent and quick nail treatment that keeps them exfoliated and hydrated.

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