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Festive Mess ’16

I hope you all had a great Christmas and Yule, and are having a great Hannukah and Kwanzaa! ❤

I celebrated Christmas with my family, and over the last month or so, I wore a few holiday-themed manis that I simply didn’t have time to edit, write a post for, and upload, so I’m dumping them all into one post for your enjoyment. You’re welcome. 😛

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I was so excited to break out Nine Zero Lacquer Twinkle Lights this year. It’s a silver linear holo with translucent rainbow glitters, and it actually does look like twinkling Christmas lights against snow! Nine Zero’s creator, Jess, came out with a new version of this for this year called Golden Lights; it’s identical to Twinkle Lights, except the base is a gold holo instead of a silver holo. I prefer this version, though. Twinkle Lights is opaque on its own in three coats, but shown is two coats over a silver foil.

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After that I wanted to keep wearing holo, so I threw on three coats of Zoya Alicia. This was released in this year’s fall collection, but it screams “holiday” to me! It’s a clear base that’s densely packed with the same holographic silver shards that are in Dream, Aurora, Storm, Merida, etc., and it has a strong gold flash. This is opaque in three coats.

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I wanted to do something a little more complicated, though I wouldn’t quite call this “nail art.” I started with a base of Charming Charlie You Blue Me Away, on my thumb, index and pinky fingers, and dELiAs Silver on my middle and ring fingers. I topped everything with Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust for a bit of holo sparkle. Then I brushed Charming Charlie Seeing Stars onto the same nails that were painted blue. Seeing Stars is a mix of small blue metallic hexes, silver metallic microglitter, and holographic silver star glitters. This looked super wintry and pretty, I liked this mani a lot.

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I wanted something a bit warmer, but still wintry, so I came up with this manicure. I put down four thin coats of Nina Ultra Pro Gold Flake Topcoat on my middle and ring fingers—this polish dries down thin, so it felt fine on the nail. It’s a dupe for OPI Goldeneye, and you might be able to still snag this in the sale section at Sally’s Beauty Supply.

On my index finger, pinky, and thumb, I put down a base of Sally Hansen White On, then topped it with OPI Ski Slope Sweetie, a frosty white with gold shimmer. Then I dabbed Ninja Polish Midas Touch, a 24k gold flake topper, onto the cuticle areas of my white nails. This was probably my favorite of the manicures I did.

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Unfortunately, I suffered the worst break I’ve had in years and had to trim my nails down to little shorties! But this look was still cute, I think. I skittled China Glaze Ruby Pumps (two coats) and China Glaze Emerald Sparkle (three coats, due to some streaking) onto every other nail. Then I added a coat of Color Club Art of Seduction to my middle finger, and a sparse coat Essie Set In Stones on top of that (with a denser coat going onto my ring finger).

Then I had an even WORSE break, could not bear to see how short my one nail was, and tried to put on acrylics with mixed results.

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Thankfully my acrylics look fairly well done in photographs. Less-so in person, though, haha. I decided to try out Zoya Honor, from last year’s Matte Velvet collection. I was surprised at how much I liked this matte—I’ll have to try this again with a glossy topcoat sometime. Two coats made this opaque.

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Finally, we have this mess that is still currently on my nails! I have one coat of b.s.n. Nail Lacquer Midnight Marsh on my index finger, pinky, and thumb, and two coats of OPI Cinnamon Sweet on my middle and ring fingers. I topped Midnight Marsh with Nine Zero Lacquer Stocking Stuffer, a holiday glitter mix, and I topped Cinnamon Sweet with Sally Hansen Eyelet, a mixture of matte white hex glitters in different sizes.

Good on you if you read to this point. Thanks for stopping by!

-Aley

Berry Bordeaux

Hey all. I’ve got a short post today, for the express reason that my next post is going to be very long and very, very image-heavy. Let’s jump right in.

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I picked up Charming Charlie Berry Bordeaux about a year ago, and never got around to wearing it until now! I feel like this would be great for nail art, but I wouldn’t know what to do with it. This is opaque in two coats and dries super shiny, although I recommend topcoat anyway.

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I topped that off with Color Club Lady Liberty, because contrasting shimmer honestly breathes life into me. Although I’m kicking myself now for not putting a matte topcoat on this—it would have looked amazing!

That’s all I’ve got for today. Check in soon, though!

-Aley

Feelin’ lucky

Oh man, St. Patrick’s Day is in two days and I was planning to post a manicure for it and I completely forgot! As my mother likes to say, there’s nothing like waiting ‘til the last minute. So here’s something I just slapped together today, haha.

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I’m a little terrified of using B.S.N. Nail Lacquer Midnight Marsh because it’s a wicked stainer, but it’s just so pretty… And the heavy pigmentation makes it a one-coater. I just have to double up on my base coat when I use this guy, haha. It’s the pine green base on my index, middle, and pinky fingers.

On top of that, I have one coat of Charming Charlie Feeling Lucky, a gorgeous metallic green shredded glitter. It’s almost blindingly blingy! This wasn’t difficult to work with, the glitter pieces needed just a little manipulation once they were on the nail, but I didn’t have to fish with this at all.

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My accent nail is two coats of Sally Hansen Color Foil Liquid Gold—it’s normally also a one-coater, but there was something funky going on with my base coat that affected it, I think (Nail Life Revitalizer Treatment, since I couldn’t find my Seche Clear).

That’s about everything! Hope you all like this holiday look, haha. Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley