Category Archives: Duochrome

Peaceful Unicorns in the Amazon

Guess who figured out how to queue posts? This girl. So hopefully I can keep up getting through my buffer pretty consistently. 😀

Again, I’ve just got some assorted swatches.

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This is three coats of Pretty Serious Peace On Earth, a minty green base with a strong pink shimmer. Holy bananas, this color. I feel like I didn’t capture the pink shimmer super well, but in person this polish is just… something else. It’s a dupe for Yves Saint Laurent’s Peace Green, which is basically impossible to get your hands on. I definitely recommend picking this up, especially since Pretty Serious just launched a US-based store and they’re easier to get now.

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Next is OPI Amazon…Amazoff. This has a very slight silver shimmer in a teal base. I actually bought this thinking it was a creme, but that silver shimmer is only visible under the flash of a camera and other very harsh lighting conditions; it just looks like a creme on the nail. This is pretty unique despite being something of a staple OPI shade—teal is a common color, but this color’s got a slightly dusty quality that makes it a little more elegant, I think! It’s opaque in two coats.

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Last up I have OPI Hello Hawaii Ya? topped with Starlight Polish Unicorn, a green/blue/purple shifting topper. I really love Unicorn over any shade of purple, and Starlight makes some truly fantastic toppers.

That’s all for now. Come back soon. 😉

-Aley

We’re back!

Oh my goodness I’m so far behind. But… well, keep on keepin’ on, as they say. That doesn’t make sense in this context. Just roll with it.

Anyways. I have some basically entirely unrelated colors for you today, because that’s just how we do over here in Honeyfalls Town. Get into it.

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First I have Icing Mintage. Why do I never hear people talking about this brand? I’ve only had good experiences with it. Mintage is a perfect springy mint green with a nice subtle silvery shimmer. I’m pretty sure this was two coats, but this manicure was from months ago, so… oops.

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I was just questioning why on earth I would wear this sort of red in the middle of spring, as I keep my colors very seasonal for seemingly no reason though. But, I remember throwing on OPI Chick Flick Cherry for International Women’s Day! I couldn’t actually take part in any protests, so the least I could do was show my support by wearing red. That aside, Chick Flick Cherry had a pretty easy formula, and it’s a nice holiday red, I think!

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Last I have Finger Paints What A Night. This is either a very finely milled glitter, or a very chunky shimmer in a clear base. It’s a little perplexing. Either way, it’s very pretty color that shifts from pink to gold! This was three coats.

That’s all today! I’ll be back soon… you know, hopefully.

-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

Mythical Starlight

Uuuuuugh I’m being so lazy. I have so many photos to edit and upload and post and format and BLAH. But they’re beautiful, so it’s a labor of love!

Starlight Polish is probably tied as my favorite indie brand, right next to Rainbow Honey. Issa makes the best color-shifting shimmer polishes around, hands-down. I swatched two polishes of hers before, Dragon and Dragon Scales, and was immediately smitten. It was high time that I got around to fawning over more of her creations!

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For the first mani, I started with a base of OPI Midnight In Moscow. It’s been a while since I pulled this out, and I was shocked to find that I could get it opaque in one thick coat! My beloved Wet N’ Wild Under Your Spell is a dupe for this, but requires at least three coats, so… I’ll go with this one. 😛

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I topped that with two coats of Starlight Polish Phoenix Feathers, a red jelly base packed to the brim with red-gold-green-blue color-shifting shimmer. I used to be obsessed with this finish back when I first started blogging, and this immediately got me all nostalgic.

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I’m awful at capturing these shifts, unfortunately! Issa also makes a topper that just includes the shimmer, sans red base, simply called Phoenix. I’d already have my mitts on that if I didn’t already own Girly Bits Shift Happens, which is a dupe of it.

ssfp1.jpgI had a theory that three coats of Phoenix Feathers on its own would closely resemble four coats of Clarins 230, so I tried it out—and I’d say it’s fairly close! Unfortunately I haven’t got a bottle to compare it with, but Phoenix Feathers definitely gets more opaque on the nail than Clarins 230 does.

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I didn’t have the sun this time, so I improved to catch that elusive green shift.

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Another mani using a Starlight polish went on my nails the instant Phoenix Feathers came off. For a base, I used OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?, from last year’s spring collection. This is way more of a fall color, though! And I’m not sure why all of my shots were blurry… This was the clearest picture I had. Sorry, guys. :/

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This turned out to be the perfect choice for topping with Starlight Polish Unicorn Tears, as it was light enough that Unicorn Tears’ purple jelly base didn’t look black in indoor lighting. This is two coats.

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Unicorn Tears is a stunner, with a shifting shimmer that goes from yellow-green to emerald to aqua to royal blue.

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There’s a version of this polish that’s just the shimmer, simply called Unicorn, that I have and can’t wait to try over literally everything.

I forgot how much I loved this finish of nail polish. Every polish in the Mythological Trio (Phoenix Feathers, Unicorn Tears, Dragon Scales) is fall-appropriate, so I hope to get some more use out of them before the season’s over.

Kudos to anyone who read that giant wall of text. 😉 Issa’s shop can be found here!

-Aley

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

Magic Rainbow Cake!

Happy birthday to meeeeee! 😀

I did my nails twice today, because rules are a human construct and I’m an anarchist.

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Birthday cake!!! I used two of my favorite polishes for this mani, Spellbound Nails Upelkuchen for the cake batter base and the oh-so-yummy Essie Mink Muffs for the chocolate icing.

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Then for the second mani, I started with a base of Boii Cosmetics Blindfolded. I’m pretty disappointed with this one, as the coppery-red shimmer that was so apparent in the photos on Boii’s website is hardly visible in this at all—I purchased this to satisfy my lemming for OPI Peel Me A Gobi Grape and I was left severely wanting. I might have gotten a bad bottle, and to be completely fair, I didn’t bother trying to return this for a refund. But its formula was flawless and it covered in one coat, so I’ll definitely give it due credit there!

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Then I threw on one of my holy grail polishes, Nfu Oh 51. This is the ultimate in classic color-shifting pigments and flakies. Shown is one coat over Blindfolded.

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Its color-shifting pigments and flakies go all the way from red, to gold, to green, to blue depending on the angle of the light. It’s always difficult to catch photographs of the shift! One day I’ll perfect my methods, haha.

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I feel like you could franken this by combining Girly Bits Shift Happens, Girly Bits Thud!, and a purple jelly. Someone should try it!

That’s it for today! Thanks for swingin’ by. I’m gonna go have some real birthday cake now. 😀

-Aley

Shine On

I broke a nail. 😦

It was about a week ago, as I was coming back from NYC. My nails had been the longest they’d ever been in my life before that. So I was a little bummed!

Buuuut…  as I was waiting for my train to go home, I spotted a perfume shop with an Essie display, and I had time to kill, so I went in.

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And they had ESSIE SHINE OF THE FRIGGIN’ TIMES!!! All the Essie polishes were 2 for $10 so I went a little crazy and bought a bunch, haha. And then I was a little less sad. 😀

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Magic. Magic, on my nails, in flake form, it’s happening, it’s here and it changes colors. Gosh. And this is one coat. One coat!! This thing is so dense I want to cry tears of unadulterated bliss.

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Ahem. Anyways. What you’re seeing is Essie Shine Of The Times over Ciaté Burlesque, my go-to layering purple, and topped with Julie G Matte Topcoat.

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(Pardon my dry cuticles here, I took this photo in my car and I didn’t have any moisturizer on hand!)

Shine Of The Times is a clear base packed with red/gold/green/blue shifting flakies. To my knowledge, these types of flakies are either discontinued or incredibly hard to come by, so this polish and many similar ones (Color Club Snow-Flakes, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, etc.) have been long discontinued.  Girly Bits Thud! is a good replica that’s still in production, however. 😀

That’s it for now! I was really happy to come across this gem. And now I have way more bottles than will ever be necessary, haha.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley