Petals On Petals

Look at me, posting all these polishes the year after they’ve come out.  Whoops. 😛

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This is one coat of OPI Petal Soft over two coats of my favorite pink, Sally Hansen Petal Pusher. Petal Soft has small light pink matte hex glitters, tiny white matte hex glitter, and white matte flower glitters. The hex glitters distribute evenly, but the flowers require some fishing, so it’s best to grab one first and put it aside or pick them out with a toothpick. Keeping the bottle upside down for a few minutes before painting helps as well.

Just a short post today as well! Sorry guys. I hope to get some longer posts out soon. Fingers crossed!

-Aley

Gelato Season

Hello hello! The New Jersey weather needs to make up its dang mind. It’s gone from warm to chilly to tank top weather to sweater weather multiple times in the past two weeks and it needs to stop. That being said, it’s spring and regardless of the temperature, I will indiscriminately eat ice cream and gelato whenever I damn well please.

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And this is OPI Gelato On My Mind. It’s a light, slightly minty blue and I adore it! It’s from the OPI Venice Collection from fall of 2015, but it’s such a cute spring/summer color. I’ve heard people say that they can get this opaque in two coats, but I still had some noticeable see-through patches at that point, so I put on three.

Just a short and sweet post today, haha. Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

Moonbeam

Hey all! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend! It’s finally nice and warm and sunny out, and I couldn’t be happier.  😀

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This is an indie polish I was seriously drooling over before I got my hands on it. This is Different Dimension Moonbeam, a complex rose gold polish that I’m head over heels for.  Shown is two coats with a coat of Gelous and a thick coat of topcoat to smooth it out, since it dries gritty.

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Moonbeam is hard to describe, and I didn’t see just how complex it was until I started to remove it. If I’m not mistaken, it’s got silver and “gold” (kind of a pale gold?) holographic microglitter suspended in a rosy pink base, with gold shimmer running throughout. The base dries down slightly smaller than the glitter, so it’s gritty but can be smoothed out with topcoat or Gelous.

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I’m so in love with this. So in love.  Moonbeam and I are going on our honeymoon now. Talk to you all later! 😛

-Aley

Find Me A Guava!

It’s weird; in the last year or two, I started unconsciously paying attention to “seasonal” colors. I just don’t feel in the mood to wear dark wine red, burgundy, purple or brown colors in spring or summer. Since it’s spring, I’ve found myself reaching for lighter or more vibrant colors. Also, I’m sporting stubs since I apparently can’t stop breaking my nails. 😦

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First is Essie Find Me An Oasis, a pale, almost white blue. It’s definitely more of a sky blue, as opposed to leaning more periwinkle or purple like Essie Virgin Snow. This was one regular coat topped with one fairly thick coat, but you’ll need three if you tend to do thinner coats. I got a lot of compliments on this mani, haha.

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And gosh, this color freaked my camera out well and proper. I needed some serious color correction to make my hands look not quite so dimmed-out. This is Fresh Paint Guava, a neon corally-peach. Application was easy, and I used three coats if I recall correctly. Also, it glows hot orange under blacklight!! And for only three bucks, I’d say that this is an affordable must-have. If you’ve got a Five Below in your area, do pick this gal up, because she’s fabulous.

That’s all for today! Thanks for reading, my lovelies! ❤

-Aley

Cake!

Baby finally got her first crelly glitter mix!! It only took me one thousand years. It’s from Spellbound Nails, a new to me brand, and I’m so incredibly pleased with this polish!

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This is Spellbound Nails Upelkuchen, and it looks like cake!!! Gosh! This immediately made me think of cake batter before I even knew its inspiration—Upelkuchen is from the Eat, Drink and be Alice duo, and is based off ‘upelkuchen,’ the ‘Eat Me’ cake. This polish is a mix of different sized red, green, blue, yellow, purple, and pink hex glitters in an off-white, cream-colored crelly base.

I thought I’d need three coats of this, since crelly glitter mixes need to have a semi-transparent base to let the glitter peek through. But nope! Two worked just fine for me. The base is just opaque enough, and the glitter just dense enough, that two coats covered completely. I’m so happy with the way this applied and looked! You will definitely be seeing this in a birthday cake-themed mani when my birthday rolls around in June. 😉

I’ve also purchased another crelly mix from Spellbound Nails which I plan to wear and take pictures of soon. Stay tuned!

-Aley

Sun’s Out, Holo Out

Hello, darlings! As the weather’s getting warmer, I’m finding myself drawn to brighter colors and holographic finishes, since the sun’s finally coming out. It’s pretty fun.

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This is an unnamed polish from Cosmetic Arts. It’s an eye-searing chartreuse. I don’t have anything else like this in my collection. It was nearly opaque in two coats, but I opted for a third because I’m a little heavy-handed and I had some streaks that needed covering. My photos show it without topcoat.

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And this is Essie Avenue Maintain. This is one coat. Holy cow!! With this light of a blue (“Parisian blue” according to Essie), that’s pretty wild. Color me surprised.

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I decided to top this off with Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!! Topcoat. The holo on this thing is really intense, one coat’s all you’ll need. The formula’s a smidge thick, but not hard to work with.

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I love this manicure. Gosh. And a lot of people at work loved it, too!

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Aaaaand a blurry pic to show off that sweet, sweet holo.

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

-Aley

Super Black Lacquer

Hello again, my loves! I was gifted six bottles of Super Black Lacquer quite a long time ago (from the same person who gave me my first bottle of the original Sally Hansen Pacific Blue!), and I’ve swatched four of them so far. As I hadn’t tried them before now, this is a new-to-me brand and I’m so excited to be sharing them! I’m categorizing this as an indie brand on my blog, but in reality it’s more of a boutique nail polish brand, along the lines of Cirque or Nfu-Oh!. Let’s get right into the photos, shall we?

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First is Super Black Lacquer 3rd Degree, a slightly metallic chili red-orange with a gold shimmer. This applied like a dream, it was so smooth and easy to work with and it covered super evenly! It makes me think of the way that crellies apply when they don’t have glitter in them. I seriously can’t wait to wear this at the beach this summer.

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My photos show two coats of 3rd Degree without topcoat, since it dries pretty shiny on its own. First photo is direct sunlight, second photo is in the artificial lighting of my little photo setup I’ve got going on. This is where my photos are usually taken.

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This is my personal favorite of the bunch (and probably a future wintertime staple of mine), Super Black Lacquer The Whale. According to the website, this was their answer for a flattering gray polish. It’s a medium, putty gray with blue shimmer that shows up amazingly well on the nail!

Honestly, the fastest way to to make me love something is to give it blue shimmer. Y’know, in case any of you would like to bribe yours truly with custom nail polish. 😉

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Again, two coats on this guy. The Whale was a smidgen thick, but my bottle was second-hand so I’m not going to blame the formula for that. It wasn’t hard to apply despite that, so I’m happy with it. It does dry down pretty dull, though, so you’ll definitely want a glossy topcoat to get all that yummy shimmer. Also, same lighting situations here—first is sunlight, second is artificial light.

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Can you believe that this and the next polish were my only holos up until recently? I hadn’t worn them before these swatch photos, either! Baby’s first holos. :’D

This is Super Black Lacquer Spanked, a raspberry red holographic polish. Amazing formula on this, opaque on two coats like the others. No topcoat in these photos, either.

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It’s definitely more impressive in direct sunlight, haha. This will probably make a hot summertime manicure. Again, first photo is sunlight, second is artificial.

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Finally, we’ve got Super Black Lacquer Whip, a charcoal gray holographic polish. This was—you guessed it—opaque in two coats, and also had an amazing formula. I’m so impressed with all of these, it was like painting my nails with melted butter. Only less weird. And holo.

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Whip is the only polish here that’s unavailable, but that’s only because it’s been reformulated and renamed. Their answer for it is a new nail polish called Switch, which is blacker and has a more intense holographic finish according to the website. Adding spectraflair (holographic pigment) to black will dull the color and make it look gray, so it looks like they’ve found a way to preserve the blackness of the base color.

And that’s it for now! I was so excited to finally post these, since I never see anyone talking about Super Black Lacquer, and they’re such good quality. Hopefully I’ve turned a few people on to this brand! Their website is here, so you can take a look around if you’re so inclined. 😀

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

-Aley