Sparkly Mess

Can it be Saturday yet? This “weekday” stuff is overrated, let me tell you.

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Are you ready for a thick, complicated mess of a mani? It’s perfect for me, a thick, complicated mess of a person. ;P Step one! Start with two coats of Brucci Alexandra’s “Hot” Gray. Who is Alexandra? Why is this gray considered hot? The world may never know. This is a nice, medium gray, the likes of which I don’t own another of. So good work there, Brucci.

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Step two! Take Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise and slap that stuff on. It’ll add a sheer coat of pretty blue sparkle to your mani. I have like four bottles of this so I need to use it more, haha. These were all bought before I knew the difference between limited edition polishes and core line polishes. Whoops.

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Finally, you top it off with a coat of Revlon Cosmic Flakies to really make it a hot sparkly mess. In hindsight, I would have left my nails alone after Crystal Disguise but, oh well! Flakies are never a bad thing.

And that’s it! Check back soon. ;D

-Aley

Fatal Vanilla Bean on my Jet

Welcome welcome welcome! You know the drill.

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I recently revisited an old favorite, Femme Fatale Falling Embers, which is almost entirely alliteration. Close, but no cigar. I love this color. Berry tones with strong copper shimmer and a sprinkling of holo microglitter? Sign me up. This polish is opaque in two to three coats, and dries gritty, so double up on your topcoat!

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Sweet mother of all things good I love this color. This is three coats of Barielle Vanilla Bean. This applied wonderfully and was generally just a joy to work with. I desperately need to pair this with Essie’s Mink Muffs and make a chocolate and vanilla mani!! haha.

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Lastly, I have OPI My Private Jet. There are about a billion versions of this, and I’m not sure which version I have. It’s a charcoal base packed with brown shimmer and scattered holo. This was a chameleon, it looked different in every lighting! And it was opaque in one coat, which was nice. 😀

That’s all I’ve got for you today. Come back soon! ❤

-Aley

Leaves fall in several ways

Hey all! Thanks for making it back here. 😉 I have a swatch and some lazy nail art today. Let’s jump right in.

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Did I have a nail break? Nope. My left hand is both my swatching hand and my dominant hand, and my nails had gotten so long that I couldn’t hold a pen without stabbing myself in the palm! So I trimmed these bad boys and tried a bit of a different shape. I celebrated with three coats of Indigo Bananas Enchanted Lake, a deep forest green jelly packed with iridescent flakes. It truly does look like you’re staring at the surface of a calm, dark lake with fallen leaves floating in it! I dug this a lot.

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Enchanted Lake reminded me that I had an entire collection of jelly toppers from Essie that I hadn’t so much as touched, so I decided to a blingy jelly manicure in the same style as my rainbow pride nails. This time I started with a base of dELiAs Silver (talk about a throwback!). This is an incredibly shiny silver foil, similar to Zoya’s Trixie although I don’t have that to do a comparison. Any silver would do, but this is what I had on hand.

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I topped that with a generous coat of Formula X Hubba Hubble, a mix of chunky holographic hex glitters in a clear base. This may have actually been two coats, I don’t quite remember.

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I topped that with Essie Pen & Inky, with a gradient of Essie No Shrinking Violet, a teal and purple jelly respectively. These are both from the Essie Silk Watercolor collection, which is similar in concept to OPI’s Color Paints, which I already had… but I have no self-control, so I got this collection too. Sue me. 😛

I tried to take this off, but I got frustrated with the tedious removal process that inevitably follows wearing chunky glitter. So instead, I took the blue and purple jellies off, then went over them with warmer fall tones.

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First I put down Essie Highest Bidder, a fuchsia jelly, and topped that off with Essie Muse, Myself, a yellow jelly, in an attempt to make my nails look as close to red as possible. Instead, the jellies went on slightly patchy, which gave them this amazing fall-leaf look—at least that’s what I think they look like! So I bought myself a few extra days of not having to take all this crap off my nails, haha. 😛

I hope you guys enjoyed this wordy as hell blog post, haha. Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Fall, fall, fall

Hey everyone! Thanks for putting up with my silence. I’ve got a few fall colors for you today!

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If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve seen this beaut already. This is Different Dimension The Eagle Has Landed, a plum base with strong red-copper shimmer and scattered holo microglitter. This reached opacity in two coats and had a slightly thick but manageable formula. I got this to satisfy my lemming for OPI’s Peel Me A Gobi Grape (which I can only find online for $40—yikes!!), and did it ever deliver.

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Next I have Julie G You-niverse, a gold-green-blue shifting metallic duochrome along the same vein as Zoya Aggie, OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, and the much sought-after Chanel Peridot. This is supposedly an exact dupe for the Chanel. Duochromes like this are generally sheer but build nicely; this was opaque in three coats. The formula on this was a little tricky—I started painting my pinky before the coats prior were totally dry, and you can see the unevenness that resulted. I adore this color and finish though.

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Finally I have China Glaze Pearl Jammin’ from this year’s Rebel Collection for fall. It’s a pale dusty blue with an incredibly strong copper shimmer. This is so stunning; I usually hate how pearly finishes look on me, but this was absolutely ethereal and gorgeous in every light. I loved loved loved having this on my nails. It’s opaque in three coats and went on very easily.

Thanks for reading, come back soon. ❤

-Aley