Category Archives: Cosmetic Arts

There’s no Olivia Newton John in this Xanadu

Reswatches?

Reswatches.

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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. 😉

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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.

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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

Sun’s Out, Holo Out

Hello, darlings! As the weather’s getting warmer, I’m finding myself drawn to brighter colors and holographic finishes, since the sun’s finally coming out. It’s pretty fun.

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This is an unnamed polish from Cosmetic Arts. It’s an eye-searing chartreuse. I don’t have anything else like this in my collection. It was nearly opaque in two coats, but I opted for a third because I’m a little heavy-handed and I had some streaks that needed covering. My photos show it without topcoat.

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And this is Essie Avenue Maintain. This is one coat. Holy cow!! With this light of a blue (“Parisian blue” according to Essie), that’s pretty wild. Color me surprised.

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I decided to top this off with Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!! Topcoat. The holo on this thing is really intense, one coat’s all you’ll need. The formula’s a smidge thick, but not hard to work with.

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I love this manicure. Gosh. And a lot of people at work loved it, too!

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Aaaaand a blurry pic to show off that sweet, sweet holo.

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Flakie Photodump

Hello again, lovelies! Someday I will come up with a nickname for my readers, I just… don’t have enough readers to warrant doing that yet. But someday!

Anyhow. I’m kind of itching to get through my photo buffer, because now I’m getting to a point where I have too many photos and I’m spending way too long trying to decide what to post, and then there’s too many photos to edit… So I’m including a few manis at once in this post.

This post is going to be very image heavy!!

Let’s get started! This is two coats of OPI My Car Has Navy-gation, which is a super pretty slightly purple-leaning bright navy. The formula leaves a bit to be desired though, it was a little tricky. I don’t think this dries quite semi-matte, but it’s definitely not glossy and will require topcoat to get that nice shine. Above is without topcoat.

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And then I topped it with pure magic. And by that I mean ILNP Electric Carnival, a gorgeous fuchsia to gold to green shifting multichrome flakie. This was only one coat!! Electric Carnival, like the rest of ILNP’s flakie line, has incredible payoff. It can be layered to complete opacity in as little as three coats. 😀

And… hm. This is a polish by Cosmetic Arts (made by the same company as Color Club) and it doesn’t have a name—none of them do! I’ve been calling this one Lava Flow, hehe. It’s pretty brushstroke-y and doesn’t look nearly as nice as it does in the bottle, so it’s kind of disappointing.

I didn’t swatch the Cosmetic Arts polish on its own—those fancy gold flakes are New York Color Top Of The Gold. It really does make this polish look like lava. 😀

It’s too bad that reddish colors don’t look very good with my skintone. Oh well!!

For my last flakie mani, I decided to recreate one of my earliest manicures on my blog now that the quality of my photos has improved. This is one coat of Color Club Naughtycal Navy, which is indistinguishable from black in anything but direct light, topped with H&M Glitter Nail Polish 3D Glitter. You need to dab a lot to get full coverage since this polish is pretty base heavy, but it leaves a lot of bubbles as a result, so… application could be a little better, haha.

It holds a special place in my heart regardless, because of how jewel-like it makes my nails look. 😀

Thanks for reading!

-Aley