Monday, August 8, 2011

Guest Post: Cult Nails

Hey dolls, it's Lakeisha from Refined and Polished. Today I have for you one of the beauties from Cult Nails…My Kind of Cool Aid. This is a light greyed-out purple that has a subtle silver shimmer included. Maria calls it gravender, which describes this color perfectly. The formula on this shade was awesome as I have come to expect from Cult Nails. It applied easily and was almost opaque in 1 coat. The second coat just increased the depth of the color. The dry time was relatively quick, which is always a plus.

I love this shade. It’s really unique in my collection and I love how it varies from grey to lavender in the light. This is definitely a shade that can be worn year round. I attempted my first scotch tape mani using My Kind of Cool Aid as the base. OPI’s Your Royal Shine-ness was used for the diagonal tips and Aldo Hit the Pavement for the dots.
I really like the way this turned out for my first attempt. While the color combo doesn’t scream summer, it makes me happy because they are my high school’s colors. I’ll be attempting more scotch tape manis in the future now that I know how relatively easy they are. I just have to be sure there are no air pockets in the tape to get a smooth line. Please feel free to leave any tips on ensuring clean lines when using tape. Hope you all enjoyed the guest post. You can see more of my nails here. Happy polishing dolls!


  1. That turned out great! I love the color combo even if it doesn't scream summer!

  2. This is a great manicure! I love the base color!

  3. Thanks ladies and thanks Megan for letting me guest post!

  4. Great post! I've been coveting that particular Cult Nails shade for a while, and I think seeing it on your lovely nails has made my decision for me. I'm pretty much a sucker for anything in the purple family.

    A couple tips for any interested parties that I've learned through trial and error with scotch tape manis - try sticking the tape to your skin a bit to remove some of the stickiness; some brands of polish can peel if you just put the tape straight on!

    I also find the tape easier to make clean lines with if I thin the width of the tape with scissors. I find it easier to apply smoothly when I'm not worried about a full-width strip of tape. (:

  5. Mmm yea I like this one. Kind of dusky.

  6. Thanks for the tips Sarah. I'll try cutting the tape. I also heard that painter's tape works well.


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