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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

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

Vamp Nails for Halloween!

Happy Halloween, everyone! I’ve been slacking on getting posts up over here—school’s been a little rougher than I anticipated—but I have tons of swatches that are ready to go.

I’ve been trying to post all my manicures in the order in which they were worn, but holidays are always a fun little exception.

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I didn’t do much in the way of Halloween manicures this year—in fact, this is the only one. It’s identical to what I wore on Halloween last year, which I regrettably didn’t get a picture of before all of my false nails popped off, haha. (Joke’s on me, because now my natural nails are longer than my falsies were. :P) This is a base of China Glaze Liquid Leather, topped with a simple gradient of Color Club Art of Seduction.

Art of Seduction is a gorgeous full-coverage red metallic microglitter. I wore it earlier this year as an accent nail for a Valentine’s Day manicure, and it was completely opaque in just two coats! If you can find it, pick this beaut up because she’s worth it.

I hope y’all have wonderful night of spooks and frights! And lots of candy. 😉

-Aley

Glitter S’more Amulet

Holy moly look at how beautiful this is!

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This is Pretty Serious Khepri’s Amulet, a teal base with an incredibly strong green shimmer. The formula on this was flawless, and it’s opaque in two coats. You can see my nail line in these photos under direct lighting, but it wasn’t visible in person.

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This was a lemming of mine for a loooong time, and I’m so pleased with it now that I’ve got it.

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Next I have a beautiful pink-toned taupe linear holo, Nine Zero Lacquer S’more Holo. I expect to wear this a lot this fall! Two coats makes it opaque, though the formula is pretty thick and a little tricky to use. A little polish thinner should make this perfect, though.

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I topped this off with China Glaze Glitter Me This. It’s a little weird to top a holo with non-holo glitter, but S’more Holo is subdued enough that it still looks okay. I think this is a great combination, personally.

That’s all for now! Later, friendos.

-Aley

Who Are You?

I have a few miscellaneous swatches today!

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Where is the love for this polish? China Glaze Dorothy Who? is a silver metallic migroglitter suspended in a deep blue jelly. It seems like it could be an alternative to the 2015 re-release of Essie’s Starry Starry Night, as that one was tacky and hard to use by all accounts (on top of Essies being smaller and more expensive!). Dorothy’s formula was easy to work with, but maybe got a smidge tacky if you took too much time working with it. This is two coats.

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Ahh, mint green. Will I ever tire of it? Probably not. I’ve worn this before, but I just had to put Color Club Age of Aquarius on for a weekend at the lake. This is two coats.

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What’s spending a weekend in the sun without wearing any holo? I coated Age of Aquarius with Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!!, which is also making its return to this blog. This was a cute and fun combo.

And… I would say that’s all, but I still have a huge buffer of photos to get through. Again.  But that’s all for this post, in any case. Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

Tiffany

Happy Monday, everybody!! 😛

I went to a party with a theme of Tiffany Blue. Me, being the incredibly predictable person I am, decided that I should do some simple nail art to follow suit!

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I did a ruffian manicure in Tiffany colors for the event. I started with a base of Sally Hansen White On, then carefully painted China Glaze For Audrey (supposedly the perfect Tiffany blue!) overtop, attempting to follow the shape of my cuticle. It’s not perfect, but it worked for what I needed it for. For Audrey was super opaque, I only needed one coat of it if I remember correctly.

And… that’s it! I don’t generally like to lump nail art pictures in with swatches, so it’s just a short post today. Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

Pinks And Needles (Needles not included)

Welcome back! Thanks for continually visiting my little corner of the net. Have some pinks.

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First is China Glaze Awakening, a chameleon along the same lines as my one true love, Orly Fantasea. That sheer reddy-purple base mixed with that copper shimmer makes this something truly amazing. Two coats was good for this, although my white-toned ridge-filling basecoat probably helped with the opacity a bit. I’d say this is two to three coater, depending on certain factors.

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Yikes, this stuff is blinding. Here I have Sally Hansen Color Foil Rose Copper, a gorgeous metallic rose gold. I followed the instructions on this and used neither a top nor basecoat, and as a result, you can see where I’d had some peeling on the tips of my two middle nails. If you’re concerned with imperfections on the nail plate, you can use a ridge-filling basecoat, and then a matte topcoat, and then the foil polish once the former two have fully dried for an even surface.

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Last is Essie California Coral, an orange-toned hot pink. This was good for me in two coats. I’m not sure if this is still sold, as I’ve had my bottle for a long long time, but it’s nearly identical to Essie’s Cute As A Button which is part of the core collection.

And that’s it for now! Lots of words this time around. Oh well! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley