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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

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

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

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 ❤

Mermaids and Opals

Happy spring! We’re supposed to potentially have a snowstorm here in Jersey. What the heck, March?

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Let’s start off with more of a summery color, haha. This is Kiko Nail Lacquer 527, a bona fide mermaid polish. It’s a teal base with an aqua shimmer—it reminded me of a lemming of mine, Pretty Serious Khepri’s Amulet (which I’m currently waiting for in the mail because I have no impulse control…), although the shimmer on that is more green-toned.

As per all of the Kiko polishes I’ve tried, the formula on this was flawless. It practically painted itself on and was opaque in two coats.

And then there’s this gorgeousness that I still have on now, which is making the typing of this post really difficult because I keep getting distracted by that breathtaking green flash, haha. This mani was inspired by Essie Just Stitched—I was wondering if I could replicate the look of that polish without having to deal with its less-than-stellar formula.

I started with a base of my favorite pink, Sally Hansen Petal Pusher. On top of that, I layered Color Club Lady Liberty, a green shimmer topper. I was going to stop there, but then… There she was, calling to me from my shelf among my untried Nfu Oh flakie polishes… Nfu Oh 39, a green to blue shifting flakie topper.

Top it all off with Julie G’s matte topcoat (which is so cheap and SO GOOD!!), and there you have it. So this ended up as more of an experiment than I’d originally intended, but the result is positively mystifying—it looks like opals on my nails! The green shimmer is way more vibrant in person, confound this useless camera of mine.

If you have any combination of these polishes or similar colors, please do yourself a favor and slap all that good stuff together and show it to me.

Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

I can heart-ly stand it

Happy love day, my lovelies! I hope this day finds you well, and that you buy a whole lotta discount chocolate tomorrow. 😉

This is what I’ll be wearing on my nails today.

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On my pointer, middle, and pinky finger I laid down a base of China Glaze Let’s Chalk About It, a very very pale off-white pink. The formula was a little gummy, but not terrible as long as you don’t press too hard or overwork it, and it was basically opaque in two coats. The drying time was pretty normal, which I was not expecting at all and was pleasantly surprised by! A lot of people had a lot of issues with this one, but I didn’t find it very hard to work with.

Next, I went overtop Let’s Chalk About It with one coat of Julep Hartleigh. My bottle is “second-hand” and is pretty old (I’d never pay full price for Julep! haha), so I think some of the color is beginning to melt off the red glitters and stain the clear base slightly pink. But anyway, it should be a clear base with tiny red holographic microglitter, two different sizes of small matte white hex glitters, and some red metallic heart glitters. I had to fish for the heart glitter, but Julep bottles are so tiny that it was very easy to do so.

For my accent nail, I did three coats of Color Club Art Of Seduction on my ring finger. It’s a clear base absolutely packed with itty bitty metallic red microglitter, so dense that I probably only needed two coats. No sponging required! (Side note, this color is absolutely perfect for glitter gradients!)

And finally, I topped everything with Rainbow Honey’s Tea Biscuit scented topcoat to keep everything smelling sweet. 😉

Thanks for reading and enjoy your Valentine’s Day with your loved ones!

-Aley ❤

Valentine’s Dotticure

Hey all! It’s February, so Valentine’s Day manicures are officially in. I’m not very good at nail art (my hands shake!) but I gave a simple dotticure a try and I really like the outcome.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Petal Pusher, from their Insta-Dri line. It’s a very soft petal pink. I have the most success with the Insta-Dri polishes when I just layer on one very thick coat, but this one isn’t opaque enough to do that with—it’s a little difficult to apply as a result, because it will start thickening up and drying mid-coat. A thicker second coat gets everything nice and even and fully opaque!

I dropped in some dots in no particular pattern, starting with OPI Cinnamon Sweet (this is a great red to dot with because it’s so opaque), Revlon Temptress, and Color Club French Tip. It’s simple but very cute, and I like it a lot! This is a great nail art design to use for any holiday, honestly.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley