Sugar n’ Spice n’ Confetti!

Hello, all! I hope everyone’s having a good holiday weekend. I’m trying to get through the buffer I’ve allowed to build up, yet again, so I’m posting two manis today. Exciting stuff. 😛

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This is two coats of Spellbound Nails Sugar ‘n Spice, a crelly glitter mix. The base is white, and it has medium magenta circle glitters, smaller pink and aqua circle glitters, and purple and blue circle microglitters. Say that five times fast! This is a very cute, springy mix. This is the one of two crellies in my collection, the other being Upelkuchen, also by Spellbound Nails. I’m pleasantly surprised by both of these!

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And this… blows my mind. Unfortunately, this brand is no longer sold, but you can still find them online. This is Confetti Cosmetics Glam’n Up, a veritable chameleon! To me, it looks like a magenta-purple packed with shimmer that shifts between magenta and cranberry red under different lighting.

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I cannot deal with this color. I’ve already worn this polish under effects topcoats and they look amazing over this.

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Look at that glow!! It’s dreamy. Sigh.

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

-Aley

Manicurist of Seville

Hello, all! Sorry for not getting many posts out lately. We’ve had a lot of weird weather here in Jersey for the past few weeks, it’s been rainy and windy—not May weather at all!! So I haven’t been in the mood to wear those brights and holos that I was loving back in April. Instead, I pulled out a more muted and elegant color.

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This is one of my favorite polishes in my collection, but boy is it ever hard to photograph. Pictured here is two coats of OPI Manicurist of Seville, a deep berry-colored creme. In certain lights it looks (and photographs) as  cool-toned red,  but it’s definitely a more muted berry color. Needless to say, these pictures required a little color correction!

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This dries super shiny on its own, but adding a glossy topcoat to this gives it a glass finish! It legitimately looked like I was wearing a gel polish. It made me feel super fancy too, but that’s just a bonus. 😉

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

-Aley

Vintage Rosé

No drabble today, let’s get right into it!

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I’m surprised I don’t hear more talk about Revlon polishes. They’re affordable and, at least in my experience, have amazing formulas. Here I’m wearing Revlon Teak Rose, a gorgeous vintage dusty rose color. It’s one of those colors that makes you feel all classy and mysterious—it did for me, anyway. 😛

Teak Rose is a hidden gem; I have no colors close to this in my collection, it was opaque in two coats, and went on very smooth and easy. I was able to get super close to my cuticle and had virtually no cleanup with this! Definitely pick this up if you spot it.

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

-Aley

Rose Ocean

Hello hello! I fell off the wagon again. It happens! I’ve been pretty busy and haven’t had a whole lot of time to paint my nails. Good news is, these pictures were taken some time ago, and my nails have gotten quite long again since. So there’s that! 😀

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First I have Essie Naughty Nautical, a teal creme with a very subtle silver shimmer. This has an amazing formula, and was opaque in two coats! It’s a little on the dark side, but I still like this for spring.

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This mani is super springy! My base color is two coats of Julie G Gelato In Venicetwo coats! This is a much cheaper, better formulated near-dupe for OPI’s Gargantuan Green Grape (the old, greener formula). Suffice to say, I was very impressed.

For the “abstract roses,” (they’re totally “abstract” and not just poorly done… I promise! :P) I used an opaque, nameless  baby pink by Cosmetic Arts, Rainbow Honey Lei Day for the shading, and Color Club Blank canvas for the highlights. For the leaves, I used Revlon Posh, OPI Jade Is The New Black for the shading, and Blank Canvas for the highlights again. I should have used acrylic paint for these, but I didn’t have any on hand. Next time… maybe.

I still really liked wearing this mani, though. It looked nice from a distance, haha. And that’s it for now! Thanks for swingin’ by. ❤

-Aley

Virgin Snow

So, the OPI Soft Shades for 2016 are out, and… I don’t have any of them! Mostly because I don’t find the majority of them too thrilling, except for one of them, called I Am What I Amethyst. I had it in my hand and ready to purchase, when I realized that it’s really close to a polish that I’ve already got! So close, in fact, that I couldn’t justify both of them.

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If you have Essie Virgin Snow from the Winter 2015 collection of the same name, then you’ve already got a dupe for I Am What I Amethyst. They are so, so close! I was able to hold them right beside each other at the store; Virgin Snow is just a smidge lighter, but they are different shades of the same hue of blurple.

Virgin Snow was opaque in two coats and had a flawless formula, which is kind of amazing coming from this light of a color by Essie. I’m in love with this. Like I know I say that a lot, but I really mean it this time. Wedding bells are going off, people.

I’m also trying out a new topcoat! I usually use Out the Door, but I decided to give Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat a shot and I’m quite liking it. It’s very shiny, a little thin (it flooded my cuticles in this pic) but all newly-opened topcoat is like that in my experience and some use will get it easier to apply. I hope to see how well it performs over regular polish, as it’s supposed to be part of a two-step system for a gel-like manicure without the need for curing under a UV lamp.

Anyway! This was a post heavy on words and light on the pictures. Sorry about that!! haha. Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley