Salt Water Peach

Whoops, disappeared for a while there. I started a new job, so I’ve been a little frazzled! But I’m back and I have swatches and life is good. 😀

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It’s been a while since I’ve worn my favorite polish out of this nameless mystery set. It’s a nice spring color, my photos are better, my nails are nicer and way longer—so why not?

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It was four coats for a mostly opaque finish (my nail line was still slightly visible), but thankfully the polish dries down “thin” and it feels fine one the nail. I love that gold shimmer! It’s my weakness – take notes, any potential future nemeses of mine.

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I also ended up arbitrarily picking this color to wear before going out, which I’ve worn before (and won’t be linking to because my application was a MESS). This is Essie Saltwater Happy from their Peach Side Babe/Summer 2015 collection. Its formula is surprisingly good for a light colored Essie; opaque in two coats and not streaky! I found the formula to be a tad gummy—but I’m going to attribute that to the fact that my bottle’s a year old and I was painting my nails underneath a running ceiling fan. 😛

That’s it for now! I hope to be posting here a little more regularly. But I always say that, haha.

Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Mermaids and Opals

Happy spring! We’re supposed to potentially have a snowstorm here in Jersey. What the heck, March?

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Let’s start off with more of a summery color, haha. This is Kiko Nail Lacquer 527, a bona fide mermaid polish. It’s a teal base with an aqua shimmer—it reminded me of a lemming of mine, Pretty Serious Khepri’s Amulet (which I’m currently waiting for in the mail because I have no impulse control…), although the shimmer on that is more green-toned.

As per all of the Kiko polishes I’ve tried, the formula on this was flawless. It practically painted itself on and was opaque in two coats.

And then there’s this gorgeousness that I still have on now, which is making the typing of this post really difficult because I keep getting distracted by that breathtaking green flash, haha. This mani was inspired by Essie Just Stitched—I was wondering if I could replicate the look of that polish without having to deal with its less-than-stellar formula.

I started with a base of my favorite pink, Sally Hansen Petal Pusher. On top of that, I layered Color Club Lady Liberty, a green shimmer topper. I was going to stop there, but then… There she was, calling to me from my shelf among my untried Nfu Oh flakie polishes… Nfu Oh 39, a green to blue shifting flakie topper.

Top it all off with Julie G’s matte topcoat (which is so cheap and SO GOOD!!), and there you have it. So this ended up as more of an experiment than I’d originally intended, but the result is positively mystifying—it looks like opals on my nails! The green shimmer is way more vibrant in person, confound this useless camera of mine.

If you have any combination of these polishes or similar colors, please do yourself a favor and slap all that good stuff together and show it to me.

Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

Breaking out the gold!

Happy Saint Patty’s Day! Are you all sick of the constant green and gold on this blog yet?

Didn’t think so. 😉

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What you’re seeing is two coats of Revlon Posh, a slightly blue-leaning emerald green creme (although my camera definitely made it look more yellow here than it actually is). This applies like a dream and was very nearly opaque in one coat, and is a gorgeous color. I never say that any nail polish is a “need to have” color, but Posh is honestly so amazing, and Revlon polishes are so affordable and widely available that I think that it’d be a great addition to anyone’s collection. 😀

On top of Posh, I have one coat of Ninja Polish The Midas Touch, a 24k gold flake topper. I figured that, if there was ever a time to break out the gold, today was it, haha.

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On my ring finger, I have an accent nail of CrowsToes Wheeler’s Bag of Gold, which I’m convinced is actually magic. It’s a clear base that’s packed with tiny yellow-leaning gold flakes, and has gold holographic microglitter interspersed throughout. This is opaque in two coat s! That’s insane! The very similar (sans holo glitter) and highly coveted OPI Goldeneye reaches opacity in four. If you’re trying to decide between the two, the CrowsToes polish is definitely more worth your money.

And that’s it! I hope everybody’s having a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Revlon is available at drugstores and supermarkets like CVS, Shoprite, Walmart, etc. The Midas Touch is currently sold out at Ninja Polish’s website, and I don’t foresee it being restocked anytime soon (I’ve been waiting on a restock of their white gold topper, He Went To Jarred, for a thousand years), but Ellagee has an identical topper for almost exactly the same price. And finally, Wheeler’s Bag of Gold is currently in stock on their website.

Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

St. Holo’s Day

I was really seeing rainbows today with this St. Patrick’s Day mani. 😉

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I painted on a base of Nine Zero Lacquer Cat In The Christmas Tree, a pine green jelly base with gold holographic microglitter. It’s two coats for opacity, although in swatch photos I can see some spots that are a little sheer. They weren’t apparent in person, though!

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I made a glitter gradient with KBShimmer Sun And Games, a gold holographic microglitter in a clear base. This is super dense! No sponging required with this one.

This manicure basically blinded me, I loved it haha. Thanks for reading!

-Aley

Feelin’ lucky

Oh man, St. Patrick’s Day is in two days and I was planning to post a manicure for it and I completely forgot! As my mother likes to say, there’s nothing like waiting ‘til the last minute. So here’s something I just slapped together today, haha.

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I’m a little terrified of using B.S.N. Nail Lacquer Midnight Marsh because it’s a wicked stainer, but it’s just so pretty… And the heavy pigmentation makes it a one-coater. I just have to double up on my base coat when I use this guy, haha. It’s the pine green base on my index, middle, and pinky fingers.

On top of that, I have one coat of Charming Charlie Feeling Lucky, a gorgeous metallic green shredded glitter. It’s almost blindingly blingy! This wasn’t difficult to work with, the glitter pieces needed just a little manipulation once they were on the nail, but I didn’t have to fish with this at all.

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My accent nail is two coats of Sally Hansen Color Foil Liquid Gold—it’s normally also a one-coater, but there was something funky going on with my base coat that affected it, I think (Nail Life Revitalizer Treatment, since I couldn’t find my Seche Clear).

That’s about everything! Hope you all like this holiday look, haha. Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

I’ve got those Pacific Blues

Why have I not worn this before?

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Dang.

You’ve probably seen my blog post in which I compare frequently cited potential dupes for Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (original formula), but would you believe that I’d never worn it for a full manicure before? That’s probably for the best though, considering how distracting this color is. 😛

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Pacific Blue has a famously good formula—it’s buttery smooth in application, and fully opaque in one coat. These Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear bottles have really long brushes, though, so you tend to get too much product on your brush and you’re more likely to flood your cuticles. But I’ll forgive it for otherwise flawless application.

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

You’ve got a spring in your step

It’s beautiful outside and it’s warm and it’s breezy and I’ve been driving around with the windows down and my nails are so sparkly! It’s a great day. 😀

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Today I’m sporting this blingy pastel glitter topper! This is Lacquer Lust Spring In Your Step; it’s incredibly dense and complex. It has tiiiiiiny tiny holographic silver microglitter, and several different sizes of pink, blue, green, and gold 3D hex glitters. And this is just one coat! I topped it over OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI, swatched here.

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This polish is really thick, at least my bottle was, although it’d been sitting on my shelf for a few months before I finally tried it and it could absolutely be a fluke. That’s just the nature of the beast with dense glitter toppers, though—a thicker formula means fuller coverage in fewer coats. It wasn’t unworkable by any means, and it’s nothing a little thinner wouldn’t fix if it became a problem.

I see myself wearing this a lot this spring. I can’t wait. 😀

Lacquer Lust polishes can be purchased at the Lacquer Lust website (although this one is currently out of stock, sadly!).

Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley