Pure Evil

Hello again! Nothin’ to say today, just got a short and sweet post.

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This is a new to me brand, and I’m quite happy with it! Pictured is two coats of Fair Maiden Polish Evil Stepsister, which is such a good name, haha. It’s a dark berry red with gold shimmer, very vampy and classy. I like this a lot. 😀

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The formula was easy to work with, and the shimmer is just about as apparent on the nail as it is in the bottle. That almost never happens, so I was impressed! I’ll have to pick up more of this brand in the future.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

Lots of snow… and lights

Seeing as we got over two feet of snow, I thought it’d be appropriate to post this mani (my second post today!).

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This sparkly as heck manicure is two coats of Julie G Cabana Boy, topped with one coat of the shimmery glitterbomb that is Rainbow Honey Snow And Lights. Look at that blingy, shifty goodness! I’m in love.

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Snow And Lights is gorgeous and complex. The glitter is a mix of small and medium metallic silver hexes, and small and medium metallic dark blue hexes. It’s in a translucent shimmer base that subtly shifts from light blue to lavender purple, which I couldn’t really capture on the nail in my photos but is obvious in person/in the bottle.

I don’t normally wear glitter toppers—my heart belongs to flakies and shimmers—but I really like this one a lot! Way to go, Rainbow Honey. 😀

Thanks for reading, and stay warm my lovelies!

-Aley

Kiko 529

What’s up, my lovely readers? I’m snowed in today! Maybe you’ll get more than one post today? Who knows! Let’s get right into the swatch pictures.

This is two coats of Kiko Cosmetics 529 “Metallic Beetle”, an incredibly deep shimmery blue. It almost looks more complex than it really is, if that makes any sense? Like, it kind of looks like you’d need to layer a few polishes to get it to look that way or something. I’m not sure how to describe it. But I know that I am continually impressed with how smooth and perfect Kiko’s formulas and finishes are, especially considering how affordable they are as well.

Aaaaaand then I had to go and ruin it.

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I added two coats of Nina Ultra Pro Island Fever, a glowy blue flakie topper in a clear base. The flakes are beautiful! More blue-leaning and jewel toned than the other mainstream flakies in my collection. But the problem is, as you can see, it’s so base heavy as to be unusable—look how disgustingly blobbed on my polish looks in the second picture, and compare it to how nice my nails looked in the first. This is the only flakie I know of that you’d have to sponge on. :/

I rarely take things off right after I put them on, but this blobby mess was just too much for me. 😦

Here’s to better flakies in the future, haha.

-Aley

Choo Choo!

You ever have a lemming not pan out for you? You finally get your hands on it and it’s not quite what you expected?

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This is China Glaze I Choo-Choo Choose You!. It’s a greyish taupe brown with a red to gold to green shifting shimmer. Two coats for opacity, applied easily.

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It’s a beautiful polish—I just don’t like the way that taupes look with my skintone. I knew that but I was so seduced by the shiftiness and the pretty photos that I got it anyway. 😦

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It also took a weirdly long time to dry – I could still smudge it after almost an entire day! It was so bizarre. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be destashing this anytime soon! Maybe I’ll learn to love it? We’ll see.

Thanks  for reading!

-Aley ❤

Dupes! Pacific Blue & Butler Please

So a few months ago, a very sweet coworker of mine gave me a big ol’ box of nail polish that she’d collected over the years but never wore. I looked through it and, what should I find but a bottle of the original Sally Hansen Pacific Blue? 😀

Seeing as I own a bottle now, and had been trying to find a dupe for it for a while, I figured I’d see how it compares to the closest dupes that I’d heard of from around the web/that I happen to have in my possession. I haven’t been able to get my hands on Barry M Damson, which I’ve heard is almost identical to Pacific Blue. That aside, let’s jump right in.

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These are all my contenders, plus the OG PB herself. We have Sally Girl Epic, Pacific Blue, Julie G Cabana Boy, and China Glaze I Sea The Point.

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On my pointer finger, I have Sally Girl Epic, which comes only in mini bottles from Sally’s Beauty Supply. I only needed one coat, and Epic is just the teensiest, tiniest, itty bittiest touch lighter than Pacific Blue (although it looks identical on camera!). It’s definitely a good choice.

My middle finger obviously has Pacific Blue on it, haha.

On my ring finger is my personal favorite of the bunch, Julie G Cabana Boy, which is nearly identical to Pacific Blue but is just the tiniest hair darker. I’ve heard different things about Cabana Boy’s formula – I only needed one thick coat here, but I’ve read that it can be streaky and not fun to apply. I have a theory regarding that—beneath my swatches, I applied a coat of liquid latex so that I could peel the polish off once I’d finished my swatches, and it made my nails matte. Therefore, I think I unintentionally did the matte topcoat trick for making streaky polishes easy to apply, and accidentally made it a one-coater. Cool!

My pinky finger has the least dupey of them all, China Glaze I Sea The Point. It’s certainly a pretty color and also has a great one-coat formula, but it’s not a dupe for Pacific Blue.

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I am gonna go ahead and say that Epic and Cabana Boy are both nearly identical to Pacific Blue, so either of them could serve as dupes—I guess your preference would mostly depend on how you feel about mini bottles, haha.

But wait!

I ended up with more dupes than I’d originally intended. While looking for other blues to include, I noticed that I had three blues that don’t match Pacific Blue, but are identical to another highly coveted blue – this one isn’t hard to find but has a terrible, terrible formula.

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China Glaze I Sea The Point, and Sally Hansen In Prompt Blue (from their Insta-Dri line) are both exact dupes of Essie Butler Please, only with waaaaaay better formulas that cover in one coat! Butler Please can become a one-coat polish if you use aforementioned matte topcoat trick – pictured here is only one coat. But it’s the most expensive of the three! So it’s not worth it to spend that kind of money on a polish that requires special precautions just to make it wearable. You’re better off getting the China Glaze or Sally Hansen.

I hope this helped out somebody who was searching for a Pacific Blue or Butler Please dupe. PB or BP, haha.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

Comets of Planet X

So this is what wasn’t supposed to be, but turned out to be my NYE manicure, haha. I mean, I definitely put this on with NYE in mind but had intended to change it. Oh well, it still looked nice. 😛

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You’re all probably well aware of my ongoing love affair with Rainbow Honey’s nail polishes. My base here is just a basic grey creme from them, Rainbow Honey Planet X. It was surprisingly sheer on one coat, but completely opaque in two and had a great formula. Not thick at all, which was nice.

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It turned out to be perfect to throw OPI Comet In The Sky over – it was dark, but you can still see Comet’s black glitter over it. Comet itself is great too, with its mix of different sized matte black and iridescent hex glitters. I believe this came out in OPI’s holiday collection last year – the Gwen Stefani one, I think. It’s pretty cool. I saw promo images of it and knew I had to have it. 😛

Hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day!

-Aley

Christmas manis!

Hello everyone! I got my laptop fixed, fun fun fun. Thankfully, I had a few photos not imported from my camera prior to replacing my hard drive, so I have photos for you today. Yaaaay 😀

These are the manicures I wore Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Better late than never, right?

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I’m so in love with this. Nine Zero Lacquer Twinkle Lights is the most unique polish in my collection, I think. It’s a silver holographic base with a rainbow of different sized translucent hex glitters. This is three coats for opacity.

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I’m honestly obsessed with how the translucent glitters look overtop the holo shimmer. So good.

This was my Christmas Day manicure. I used a base of China Glaze Wine Down For What? from the Cheers Collection. Then I did a gradient with Nine Zero Lacquer Stuffed – it’s dense enough that I didn’t need to sponge anything on!

Wine Down For What? was opaque in two coats and had a great formula. Likewise with Stuffed—I only needed to swipe each nail with it twice to make the gradient. I got a lot of compliments on this manicure. 😀

I hope you all had great holidays! I’ll have something for you all tomorrow as well. Thanks for being so patient. ❤

-Aley