Friday, May 10, 2013

Studded Scarab

Hi everyone!

FYI: From now until Tuesday all of my posts are scheduled ones. I have the final day of my gel nail course coming up soon, so I need to focus all of my attention on that. I'll respond to comment, tweets, emails and messages when I return. :)

Illamasqua is definitely one of my favourite higher-end polish brands. The high price deters me from buying too many of them (I'd totally love to own every single Illamasqua polish ever created), but sometimes the polishes are just too pretty that I feel it's justifiable to spend the extra money. This is an example of one of those polishes. It was on my wishlist for quite a while and then recently I found out that it's been discontinued. Luckily, I happened to snag it from a blog sale!

Scarab is a beautiful vampy blackened red shimmer. Not really the most seasonally appropriate polish for this time of the year, but that never really bothers me. The formula was fantastic and I needed two coats for full coverage.

Originally I was just going to post a few quick swatch photos of this alone, but as soon as I applied it I knew it would look great with some stud accents. So I added some larger circular studs to most of my nails and then a grid pattern of small silver microbreads on my ring nail as an accent.

Like I said above, Scarab is a discontinued shade, but I don't think it's particularly hard to find. In my opinion it's a must-have vampy shade, so if you come across it, don't pass it up!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Good luck with your course!

    Love the mani!

  2. This such a stunning colour <3

    Oh and good luck with the course!

  3. Wow ! This colour is gorgeous ! But I think it looks better in the bottle, doesn't it ?

    1. Exactly what I was going to say! Kayla, does it ever have that beautiful ruby-ish marbley shimmer on the nail?

    2. I was thinking it actually looked pretty good from the bottle to nail transition... A lot of polishes are so disappointing like that but I think this looks spectacular on Kayla's nails!

  4. Great manicure! So pretty :)

  5. Fantastic! Who cares what season it is, if it's gorgeous, WEAR IT! lol I really adore the studs you applied too...good luck with your final day for the course!

  6. It's a magnificent color. Why would they discontinue this product? What are they thinking? Wish I could find some of it before it's too late.

  7. this color is so beautiful!

  8. Absolutely stunning!! But I am curious, how much was it?


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