There’s a joke about leprechauns in here somewhere…

“Why have I not worn this before?” is a question I seem to find myself asking a lot lately. Generally, it’s in regards to creme polishes that my younger self never had an appreciation for. Baby Aley was all about shimmer and duochrome, but honestly there’s nothing quite as satisfying as having a smooth, shiny, perfect creme on your nails.

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This is a staple among China Glaze’s core line, China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, a tealy-green creme. This is supposed to be a one-coater, and while it was very opaque, I ended up needing two. The basecoat I use is very shiny and bad at gripping polish, so a lot of one-coaters become two-coaters on me. Oh well! The formula on this guy was still smooth and amazing.

The only weird thing I noticed was that thing seemed to take on a slightly more yellowed color after a few hours of wear. That might have been my topcoat—at first I thought it was because of the change in lighting, but then I saw that it was still tealy underneath once I’d started to remove it.

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Buuut, before removal happened, I found a mainstream brand selling a holo topcoat—what!! This is, appropriately enough, Finger Paints Holographic Top Coat. Finger Paints is Sally Beauty Supply’s in-house polish brand, so it’s pretty accessible. As far as the holo effect goes, it’s very nice! I think it’s a touch more “grayed out” and less vibrant than my only other holo topcoat, but you honestly can’t go wrong with the pricing and ease of access. Application was great as well. I’ll have to try this over different colors and see how it compares.

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorite holo topcoats?

-Aley

Ironically I forgot about this one

Hello all!! I have a short post today. It’s about an unexpected favorite that’s been hiding in my stash for the longest time!  Let’s get right into it.

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This shade is Icing Something Blue. It’s a blue-toned periwinkle with a fairly strong silver shimmer, similar to Essie’s Bikini So Teeny. There’s something about this that’s colorful and fun, yet understated and classy. The formula was great as well; it was a little streaky but very opaque in one coat, and covered fully in two.

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It’s also the perfect forget-me-not blue! These dainty li’l guys have been my favorite flowers for a long, long time. The moment I realized that Something Blue was their perfect color match, I had to slap it on. Can you believe I’d never seen forget-me-nots in person before spotting them while visiting my local arboretum and taking this picture?

And that’s all I’ve got for ya this time around! Do any of you have any polishes that make you think of flowers?

-Aley

Jade and Mermaids

Hey all, welcome back to my little corner of the internet! I have some lazy nail art for you today, which is obviously the best kind.

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I’ve finally discovered the magic of nail foils! I got this and several other designs from Dollar Nail Art where, as you may have gathered, everything is one dollar. This one is African Jade, a metallic gold design with a jade green pattern running throughout. I put this over one coat of Sally Hansen Liquid Gold to hide any spaces where the foil may not have applied properly—though thankfully it didn’t look like I needed it.

Nail foils will crack and shrink under any sort of clear polish or topcoat. You can protect them with a water-based polish, like the Aqua Base produced by Nfu Oh. I don’t have that, so I opted for Mod Podge, a water-based craft varnish. You can get a small bottle that’ll last you basically forever for under two dollars from any craft store. It applies a little weird, much like glue, but you can smooth it out with a coat of topcoat over it and make it nice and shiny!

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This was the extent of my tipwear after my first full day of wear—pretty good for a transfer foil!

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My next look is this mermaid scale design. I started yet again with a base of China Glaze Up All Night, a dark midnight blue with cobalt shimmer. It covers in one coat, which is perfect for using under many layers of polish. I added a lazy brushed-on “gradient” with Kiko Nail Lacquer 527, which I’ve swatched on its own before.

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Next I went over the nail with a coat of one of my favorite toppersMaybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise, a light blue shimmer, and I topped everything off with Nfu Oh 54 and its magical, magical blue to green shifting flakies. This was a mystical, aquatic-looking design that was perfect for frolicking with the sharks at the aquarium. 😀

That’s everything for now! Thanks for swingin’ by and reading my not-entirely-coherent babbling. Catch ya next time!

-Aley ❤

PG-13 Rainbows

T’is the season for holos, now that the sun is out in full force!

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This is Colors by Llarowe Dirty Diana, a berry-colored linear holographic polish. This is similar to Super Black Lacquer’s Spanked, but with a much stronger holo effect.

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The formula on this didn’t give me any problems, and it was fully opaque in two coats! Also? RAINBOWS. Like honestly, what more could you ask for?

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Look at that sexy, sexy rainbow arc. Damn, girl.

This post is getting weird. I should cut it here, haha.

Thanks for swingin’ by!

-Aley ❤

The Break

Hey all! It’s been a while. I’ve been occupied with birthday shenanigans! You know how it goes. I have some swatches for you today that were taken a few weeks ago—I generally try to post things in order, but there were a few other manis that I wanted posted on specific dates.

My nails were so long here… I miss them, haha. This is two coats of Zoya Blu. The formula was good, and honestly I’m just enamored with this washed-out periwinkle color and colors like it. It’s close but not identical to Essie Virgin Snow.

I guess I’d gone to bed before my topcoat had completely dried and I ended up with sheet marks all over my polish, so I threw on one super-dense coat of China Glaze Let’s Dew It to cover it up, with stunning results! It’s a clear base packed with three different sizes of intensely reflective metallic dusty blue hex glitters.

Then I shattered my pointer finger nail. 😦

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I would not be deterred, though! I filed them down, shaped them and got right to painting. I put on two coats of Zoya Tinsley and immediately felt better. Honestly I am weak for pinky-red polishes with gold shimmer.

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You can see some visible nail line in my photos under the harsh light of the camera flash, but it wasn’t visible under regular lighting. Two coats is all you need for this beaut!

And that’s it for now. Thanks for swingin’ by. ❤

-Aley

Magic Rainbow Cake!

Happy birthday to meeeeee! 😀

I did my nails twice today, because rules are a human construct and I’m an anarchist.

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Birthday cake!!! I used two of my favorite polishes for this mani, Spellbound Nails Upelkuchen for the cake batter base and the oh-so-yummy Essie Mink Muffs for the chocolate icing.

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Then for the second mani, I started with a base of Boii Cosmetics Blindfolded. I’m pretty disappointed with this one, as the coppery-red shimmer that was so apparent in the photos on Boii’s website is hardly visible in this at all—I purchased this to satisfy my lemming for OPI Peel Me A Gobi Grape and I was left severely wanting. I might have gotten a bad bottle, and to be completely fair, I didn’t bother trying to return this for a refund. But its formula was flawless and it covered in one coat, so I’ll definitely give it due credit there!

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Then I threw on one of my holy grail polishes, Nfu Oh 51. This is the ultimate in classic color-shifting pigments and flakies. Shown is one coat over Blindfolded.

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Its color-shifting pigments and flakies go all the way from red, to gold, to green, to blue depending on the angle of the light. It’s always difficult to catch photographs of the shift! One day I’ll perfect my methods, haha.

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I feel like you could franken this by combining Girly Bits Shift Happens, Girly Bits Thud!, and a purple jelly. Someone should try it!

That’s it for today! Thanks for swingin’ by. I’m gonna go have some real birthday cake now. 😀

-Aley

SUMMON THE RANCOR!

I mean… the Kraken!

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Sigh. Rainbow Honey The Kraken was my first ever polish lemming. It was out of stock for a long, long time before it was given a final restock for its retirement… so of course, I got a bottle and a backup. Pictured is two coats with topcoat. It dries a little bumpy, but a thick coat of glossy topcoat will take care of that.

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I feel like I’m staring at shining, metallic seashells through ocean water at the beach when I look at this! It’s so complex and beautiful. This polish contains multiple sizes of metallic blue hex glitters and metallic gold holographic glitters suspended in a blue jelly base. There’s also a flash of aqua shimmer that adds another layer of complexity. I’m really enamored with this thing!

The formula’s a little thick, but not terrible. And unfortunately, I can’t speak for how easy or difficult removal is because I used a peel-off basecoat. Sorry!

And that’s that! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley