Review: Formula X Nail Foil

Headed out of town for a week – which means no constant alcohol gel on my hands. This allowed me to try a new polish kit I’ve been stashing for an occasion. 

I bought this Formula X kit from Sephora (they even have a lovely FAQ section on ther site). Formula X is a great brand, I love many of their Effects lines (i.e. Black Quartz, Sparklers, Superwatts). It consists of a base coat and the colored polish. 

The clincher is that the beautiful foil look is masked by any top coat. I typically use Sally Hansen’s Anti-Chip Insta-Dri Topcoat for a beautiful gloss and its long-lasting and quick-dry miracles. I assumed the non-top coat rule also meant the shine of the polish would be degraded over time by alcohol gel (which dulls my top coat after several days). 

The base applied smoothly, the colored, mirror-shine coat was initially marbled (even though I rolled the bottle). I bought it on clearance and had it on the shelf for a month, so I’m sure it’s my fault. After the first nail, it evened out and produced a beautiful shine. I’m very happy with this – 9/10! 


St. Patrick’s Day Manicure

I actually am off work this St. Paddy’s Day. So I won’t be able to show off my Irish-inspired mani until after the actual holiday. This made me brainstorm a manicure that would be less conspicuously holiday-themed. I’ve seen lots of great shamrock nails, but wanted to explore a more subtle way to achieve the effect solely using colors. I went with gold and green polka dots on a mint green background. Here is how it turned out:


Here are the colors I used:


Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

Thoroughly Modern Mani

Mint and Chevron and Blush Pink…oh my!


So I recently shot my engagement photos. For someone who loves nails, it was difficult to choose the manicure that would be immortalized in photos I will look at for years to come. How to decide? Post a Facebook Poll! Some were my creation and some Pinterest pics that I had saved for the right occasion.

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It was a very close race, but the pale pink, silver glitter, grey chevron won out. I used entirely Essie because I liked the colors together. And since Mint is so current, I threw it in as well.

DocLauraB Modern Mani Palette

I started with two coats of Essie’s Lion Around. Then I did my ring fingers with Beyond Cozy (the glittery one!). It did a great job of covering with one coat (although I used two for security).

Now I decided to make my hands different, so on one hand I painted Power Clutch (the charcoal grey) and stamped a white chevron. The other hand I used Essie’s Mint Candy Apple to make a heart. I took a dotting tool and made two side by side dots for the top of the heart and then drug them down to make a point. I painted a band behind the heart to set it off (and mimic a ring).

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Hope you enjoy! I certainly did.  I would love to see any mixed manicures you’ve done!

You spent what?!!


So after reading many nail art blogs, I finally caved to the luxuriously shaped glass bottles and decadently glittered polish of Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer. Instead of paying the nearly $20, I found some EBay deals and am now the proud owner of three shades.

As I’ve recently been sick, I have severely reduced my time spent on nails. (This is how everyone knows I am truly ill). However, I had a wedding this weekend and needed a quick fix. I had a lovely deep blue lace shift dress to wear and decided to try a quick manicurein Deborah Lippmann’s Ray of Light.

This is a intensely hued blue with copper-green flakies. With a topcoat of Sally Hansen insta-Dri Topcoat it was shiny and spectacular with minimal effort.

I can’t wait to try Mermaid’s Dream next. Anyone have an extravagance they’ve allowed themselves recently?