The mermaids are up all night

Hello again! I hope everyone’s week is going well so far. I don’t have much today, let’s get right into the swatches!

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Let’s start with one super opaque coat of China Glaze Up All Night. I’ve worn this before as part of a more complex manicure, but I’d yet to swatch it on its own until now. It’s an incredibly dark inky blue, with a cobalt shimmer that makes it look lit from within.

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I added Icing Aspiring Mermaid, a bright aqua shimmer, on top. I’d intended to layer this for an extra shimmery effect, but Aspiring Mermaid ended up being more opaque than I’d originally thought, and too streaky to layer with. This is three coats on top of Up All Night. The under layer was definitely not necessary, haha.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Au-ggie

I got really excited about the name of this polish. I thought it was a pun. But it wasn’t and now I feel all deflated. 😦

Today I have some pictures of Zoya Aggie, which looks like shifty molten gold on your nails. The reason I thought this was a pun was because of the gold color, and because I thought that the symbol for gold on the periodic table was Ag—thus, Aggie. Turns out that Ag is silver, and gold is Au. Opportunity missed, Zoya! Ah well. Let’s take a look at the polish.

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This was opaque in two coats, although I’m wearing three here because I smudged my nail on my index finger and wanted to smooth it out.

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Aggie shifts from gold to green to blue, although I tend to have trouble capturing multichromes with my camera. 😦

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This thing is shiny. And while it’s a little disappointing that the color shift isn’t very apparent on the nail, that primary gold color is so stunning that I don’t mind, haha.

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Zoya Aggie is a good deal warmer than your typical Chanel Peridot dupes like OPI Just Spotted The Lizard, Julie G You-niverse, China Glaze Rare And Radiant, Jessica Iridescent Eye, etc., but it’s gorgeous in its own right.

Hope you guys enjoyed my photos! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Celestial Honey

Good evening, my darling readers! I hope you’re all staying warm on this chilly February evening. I’m all cuddled up with my puppy while I do some swatching. 😉

I swatched a few assorted Rainbow Honey colors that I’d had yet to wear. Let’s get right into it!

This is Rainbow Honey Celestial Hydra, a frosty ice blue with tiny white shards suspended in the base. I’ve never seen anything like it! It needed four coats for opacity, and it dries a little thick and a bit lumpy, but the drying time is actually really fast which was a nice surprise. The formula wasn’t thick going on, but the base likes to stick to itself when you’re adding coats, so you might want to wait for the polish to dry completely between coats. This was one of the polishes from the Planet X trio.

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And the final polish in the Planet X trio is Rainbow Honey Charonova. It’s an amethyst base with blue shimmer and some iridescent flakies. The formula feels thin, but is really easy to apply and doesn’t try to run. On my four fingers I have two coats over Ciate Burlesque, and it really brought that blue shimmer out! On my thumb I have four coats on its own to make it opaque – this dries down  very “thin” so four coats doesn’t feel awkward or gummy once it’s dried. This also dries incredibly quickly!

And finally is Rainbow Honey Aurora. This polish is amazingly complex, a clear base that’s absolutely brimming with metallic glass fleck shimmer in silver, gold, blue and light green. And in certain lights, it’s blindingly blingy! It’s opaque in three coats, and this thing dries beastly fast.

My love for this brand knows no bounds, haha.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley

What a glutton of a holiday!

Hello again, darling readers! I have another Nine Zero polish today. It was actually from their holiday collection, but I feel like this could be worn anytime during the colder months of the year, no? 😉

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This is Nine Zero Lacquer Cat In The Christmas Tree. It’s a pine green translucent base with itty bitty gold holographic microglitter. Stunning!

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All you need is two coats for opacity. It dries just the tiiiiiniest bit gritty due to the glitter, but just one coat of my regular topcoat (INM Out The Door) was enough to smooth it out.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

Lots of blue and scattered holo

Hello lovelies! I have some assorted colors for you today. Let’s get right into it!

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This is Zoya Indigo, which is… not indigo, but a navy blue shimmer base with some scattered holographic particles. It’s opaque in one coat and dries pretty quickly, which makes it a good ‘I need to get out the door’ polish. I was a little disappointed that the holo particles don’t show up very well on the nail, they tend to get covered by the base.

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I added a coat of Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust to get the look that I was hoping for. It’s a clear base with scattered holo microglitter (it’s a repackaging of China Glaze Fairy Dust, as SP and CG are owned by the same company). My nails look like a holo night sky now! 😀

Then I realized that I already had something in my collection that captured the look that I’d wanted all in one.

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This is Starrily Heart of the Ocean, a cerulean blue shimmer base with scattered holographic particles. It’s everything that I wanted Indigo to be! Two coats for opacity—the sheerer base is most likely what allows the holo to peek through.

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The holo itself is a little unusual—it’s like a linear holo that’s spread out so far that it looks scattered. You can see the linear arc a little in the third photo.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading.

– Aley ❤

Let’s get it right this time

Hi, my dearies! I have a swatch for you that I’ve been dying to revisit, since this is one of my favorite colors in my collection and my previous photos for it didn’t do it justice. But first: a color that I’ve mentioned before but never photographed.

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This is Ciate Burlesque, which I also wore under the following color last time I photographed it. It’s a deep eggplant purple, opaque in two coats—I have one thick coat here since I was layering it, thus the semi-see through patches. My bad!

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And this is Orly Fantasea, which I took way better photos of this time around (see for yourself!). This is a chameleon, looking coppery red or gold or purple depending on the angle and lighting. I gasped when I looked at this through the viewfinder and saw all that gold! It’s so shy in person, haha.

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This is two coats of Fantasea over Burlesque. I’m just… so in love with this color. I know I say that a lot, but Fantasea is one of the few polishes I’ve worn multiple times already, haha. It’s definitely got a special place in my heart.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

I can heart-ly stand it

Happy love day, my lovelies! I hope this day finds you well, and that you buy a whole lotta discount chocolate tomorrow. 😉

This is what I’ll be wearing on my nails today.

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On my pointer, middle, and pinky finger I laid down a base of China Glaze Let’s Chalk About It, a very very pale off-white pink. The formula was a little gummy, but not terrible as long as you don’t press too hard or overwork it, and it was basically opaque in two coats. The drying time was pretty normal, which I was not expecting at all and was pleasantly surprised by! A lot of people had a lot of issues with this one, but I didn’t find it very hard to work with.

Next, I went overtop Let’s Chalk About It with one coat of Julep Hartleigh. My bottle is “second-hand” and is pretty old (I’d never pay full price for Julep! haha), so I think some of the color is beginning to melt off the red glitters and stain the clear base slightly pink. But anyway, it should be a clear base with tiny red holographic microglitter, two different sizes of small matte white hex glitters, and some red metallic heart glitters. I had to fish for the heart glitter, but Julep bottles are so tiny that it was very easy to do so.

For my accent nail, I did three coats of Color Club Art Of Seduction on my ring finger. It’s a clear base absolutely packed with itty bitty metallic red microglitter, so dense that I probably only needed two coats. No sponging required! (Side note, this color is absolutely perfect for glitter gradients!)

And finally, I topped everything with Rainbow Honey’s Tea Biscuit scented topcoat to keep everything smelling sweet. 😉

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

-Aley ❤