There’s no Olivia Newton John in this Xanadu

Reswatches?

Reswatches.

cachar

First is this unnamed chartreuse color from Cosmetic Arts. I wanted to see if my new method of lighting my photos made it easier to photograph neons and neon-like colors. I think it’s quite effective! Even if my cuticle line is lacking—I painted this in a hurry before heading to the beach, because I wanted to blind everyone. 😉

dlxana1

This is technically a reswatch even though I’ve never featured this color on my blog before. Pictured is Deborah Lippmann Xanadu, two coats of it over a black creme. It’s a metallic blue finish that shifts to purple and has blue metallic hex glitters mixed in.

dlxana2

Xanadu, along with Lippmann’s Dreamweaver, is one of the many colors that I swatched and lost the photos of when my computer/harddrive broke those two times. Whoops.

That’s all I’ve got for today! Thanks for reading.

-Aley

No real rhyme or reason

Hello again! I have a few swatches for you today, and not much to say beyond that. Let’s get right into it!

milulva1

This is two coats of Milani Ultra Violet. It’s a medium purple with a light purple to gold shifting shimmer. It’s got a good formula, but I wasn’t wild about this color on me. For whatever reason, I like purple, but I don’t like how it looks on the nail. Weird!

zoyabevin1

This is two coats of Zoya Bevin, a gorgeous muted blue-green creme. It’s really opaque, and could possibly be a one-coater if you put on a thick coat. The formula on this was amazing, it was like painting on butter… only less weird.

zoyabevinorly54a

I layered two coats of Orly Fifty Four over Bevin. Fifty Four is a pink to gold shifting shimmer. I wish the shimmer was more concentrated in this, but thankfully it dries down “thin” and it dries fast, so I didn’t have a gross blobby mess from putting on too many coats of polish (though I did have some bubbling). This looks better over cool colors rather than warm ones.

That’s it for now! Thanks for swingin’ by. ❤

-Aley

Ocean Mint

Hey hey! Welcome back. I’m actually redoing an older mani that I quite liked, and wanted to redo with better lighting and nicer nails a year later. I can’t believe it’s already been a year–what!!!

wnwinar

I started with a base of Wet n’ Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint. She’s nearly opaque in one, but patchy in spots, so two coats will do you right. Because she’s so pigmented, though, she’s a stainer, so double up on that basecoat!

jordoceanmist

I topped that with Jordana Ocean Mist, a pretty crystal blue frost. I don’t generally like frosty finishes, but I really love this one for some reason. Maybe because it’s a mermaid color? She’s a little brushstroke-y, but still pretty.

wnwinarmjomfphtc

Then I added holo, because why not. I used Finger Paints Holographic Top Coat for this, since I wanted to see if I liked it any better here than the last time I used it. I’m happy to say that I did!

And that’s it for today! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Whole lotta OPI

Hello all!

As I’ve grown my nail polish collection, I’ve become more discerning with what polishes I purchase—I now only pick up colors that I really love, rather than whatever’s available that I only kind of like. It’s time to say goodbye to a couple of my earliest colors.

opimpbn

First we have OPI Miss Piggy’s Big Number. It’s a metallic cerulean blue. It’s pretty on the nail, but it’s sheer, runny, and had a hard to control formula. Not a fan. Also, this shows brushstrokes after drying, so a straight hand is a must. This was three coats. Three coats for a metallic is kind of ridiculous. Come on, OPI! You’re better than this. 😦

GE

This is the incredibly similar OPI You Blue It. It’s a metallic… not-cerulean blue. Again, pretty on the nail, and easier to control than Miss Piggy’s Big Number, but also sheer and brush-strokey. This needed three coats, but even then had it patches that could have used another coat.

GE

I topped You Blue It with OPI I Lilac Glitter, which came with it in a two-pack. It’s… weird, some metallic silver hex glitters mixed in with this sort of metallic and sort of iridescent bar glitter. The color’s pretty, but… that bar glitter, guys. It just makes your nails look all furry and I can’t deal. This is also really thick, because of how dense the glitter is. I swatched these two together before, and while I apologize for the ragged state of my cuticles in that link, the older photos give a better idea of what the glitter looks like.

opipinn

And… sigh. Cara mia. This is OPI Put It In Neutral, from their 2015 soft shades collection. I hadn’t worn this, and I found out that it wouldn’t get opaque, so I was going to destash it… I actually decided to keep it after swatching it for this photo. This color makes my nails look so clean and pretty! And it’s a flesh-toned jelly, which can make for some interesting jelly sandwiches. Pictured is three coats, although this polish goes on smooth and doesn’t streak, so it works perfectly as a sheer topper.

That’s all I’ve got for you today. Thanks for swingin’ by my little corner of the internet.

-Aley

Rainbows on Rainbows on Rainbows

I redid my rainbow nails to attend NY Pride! Let’s take a look.

pride16a

As with last time, I started with a base of OPI Silver Canvas. Unlike last time, where I topped that with Essie Set In Stones, I opted for a holographic chunky glitter to really make this thing rainbow! This one is Formula X Hubba Hubble, which dries slightly textured but has good distribution in one coat. Then I sponged on OPI Magenta Muse, OPI Primarily Yellow, OPI Turquoise Aesthetic, and OPI Purple Perspective again, to create the rainbow gradient. On top of that is one coat of Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust, for more rainbows, because go big or go home.

I wish this had photographed better. Oh well. 😦

Thanks for reading!

-Aley