Category Archives: Indie Polish

Greenery

I have to say, all different shades of green are some of my favorite to wear on my nails. I feel like that’s a little weird. Is that weird? Who knows. Not me.

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This is Zoya Tilda, a yellow-toned grass green creme. This is the exact shade of 2017’s Pantone Color of the Year, Greenery. Formula on this was great, two coats for opacity. I find this color very eye-catching and a lot of people noticed it. Definitely worth picking up.

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Next is Nine Zero Lacquer March 2016, a blue-toned green holo with scattered silver holo microglitter. This has a great formula, but like other polishes in this finish, it dries somewhat gritty and needs a coat of topcoat to smooth things out.

-Aley

Lavender Indies

I will never shut up about how much I love indie polishes and indie makers. They are the purest forces of light and goodness in this awful, wretched world and I will champion them until the day I die. Maybe. Anyways, here’s some cool indies.

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Illyrian Polish Awaken Your Magic cleared my skin, flourished my crops, forgave all of my debts and brought light and prosperity into my home. I’m a fundamentally better human being for having it in my life.

Awaken Your Magic is a slightly sheer lavender base absolutely packed with pinky-copper shimmer and a scattering of silver holographic glitter. Pictured is two coats; I could possibly have used a third, but that shimmer is so strong that it covers any nail line outside of extremely harsh lighting conditions, like the flash of a camera.

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Next I have Nine Zero Lacquer June 2016, a lavender linear holographic with some silver holo glitter scattered throughout.  I know I’ve said this before, but this is my favorite finish of holo polish, and Nine Zero has an entire collection of them (2016: A Year In Review) so I find myself reaching for them pretty often. This was opaque in two coats; it dries a tiny bit gritty, so topcoat should smooth things out and make it shiny.

… Heck, my next post is going to have another Nine Zero holo from the same collection… whoops.

-Aley

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

Blue Indies

There isn’t enough love and praise in the world for indie polishes and indie makers. They’re beautiful in ways that mainstream companies would never dare. And today we honor just three colors and companies that are doing us a great service.

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Different Dimension Halley’s Comet is a dusty lavender with a gorgeous gold to purple shifting glass fleck shimmer and a killer formula. It was opaque in two coats. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and it has my heart. Sadly I don’t think this color is available anymore.

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NWP Classic Essentials Christy is an indigo blue with pink contrasting shimmer. This practically painted itself on and was opaque in one coat because it’s so pigmented. NWP Classic Essentials is a line of wearable, office-appropriate colors from Native War Paints.

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Be still my heart. This is Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016, a periwinkle blue holo with scattered silver holo microglitter, which happens to be my favorite finish of holo. The formula on this was a little bit thick but still easy to work with. Two coats for opacity.

-Aley

It is what it is

“I’m going to start updating consistently!” she said, before promptly disappearing for months. Oops.

I’ve actually been updating my Instagram this whole time because it’s easier for me. Writing posts for each manicure I was doing was just so exhausting because I was hit with The Depression fairly badly a few months back. But I’m doing okay now! You know, relatively.

I’m just going to put all of my manicures from the last few months together into maybe three or four posts over the next few days, and keep the descriptions basic and not ramble as I’m known to do.

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Two coats of Native War Paints Classic Essentials Alison, a periwinkle grey with silver shimmer.  The formula and brush on this were fantastic, it basically painted itself on.

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Essie Virgin Snow, a periwinkle bordering on lavender, opaque in 2-3 coats depending on your application. This is probably one of my top ten favorite shades in my collection, and you guys seem to agree with me because this was my most popular post on Instagram ever!

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Two coats of Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. This is a navy jelly with tiny silver microglitter. This is just about an exact dupe for the original Essie Starry Starry Night! Formula was easy to apply, although I did get those little tacky, stringy things on the tips of my nails that you sometimes get with jelly polishes.

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Two coats of Zoya Merida, a forest green packed with silver holographic flakies. Formula on this was excellent, as is typical of Zoya.

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My pointer, middle, and pinky fingers have two coats of Zoya Yara, while my ring finger has two coats Zoya Ziv. I thought Ziv would complement the gold shimmer in Yara, and I was right! I felt very chic in this mani.

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I wore this manicure close to Valentine’s Day. This is Rainbow Honey Be Mine, topped with Rainbow Honey XOXO.

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And this is what I actually wore on Valentine’s Day! I put down three thin coats of OPI Mimosas For Mr. And Mrs., and topped it with a glitter gradient of Sally Hansen Strobe Light, which I used on its own for an accent nail.

Good to be back. Stay tuned. ❤

-Aley

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

I’m on Sapphire

Guys guys guys, look at this.

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This is Nine Zero Lacquer Sapphire, from the Accent Glitters collection. It’s a stunning blue holographic full-coverage glitter. This is intensely sparkly and beautiful in-person. Sadly, the Accent Glitters collection was limited edition, but a dupe of this exists in Painted Polish By Lexi’s Stoned on Sapphire.

But for the love of everything, use a peel-off basecoat with this. 😉

I have a huge page of swatches coming up, so stay tuned.

-Aley