Category Archives: Jordana

Ocean Mint

Hey hey! Welcome back. I’m actually redoing an older mani that I quite liked, and wanted to redo with better lighting and nicer nails a year later. I can’t believe it’s already been a year–what!!!

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I started with a base of Wet n’ Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint. She’s nearly opaque in one, but patchy in spots, so two coats will do you right. Because she’s so pigmented, though, she’s a stainer, so double up on that basecoat!

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I topped that with Jordana Ocean Mist, a pretty crystal blue frost. I don’t generally like frosty finishes, but I really love this one for some reason. Maybe because it’s a mermaid color? She’s a little brushstroke-y, but still pretty.

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Then I added holo, because why not. I used Finger Paints Holographic Top Coat for this, since I wanted to see if I liked it any better here than the last time I used it. I’m happy to say that I did!

And that’s it for today! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Positively misty-eyed

I’d promised that I’d give Jordana Ocean Mist another chance to prove itself after last time’s disaster. It didn’t disappoint at all! Let’s take a look.

Here I have one coat of Ocean Mist layered over Wet n’ Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint. The color didn’t change drastically, but it as still a magical transformation nonetheless. This combo was like… music to my eyes! Except, you know, in a way that makes sense. I couldn’t stop looking at my gorgeous frosty nails! And I didn’t have any bubbling problems like last time. 😀

Even though Ocean Mist behaved this time around, I Need A Refresh-Mint stained the ever-loving life out of my nails… It’s my own fault for not using a basecoat. Just make sure you don’t make the same mistake as I did if you decide to use this guy!

I’m so darned pleased with this combination, and I was basically entranced by it when I wore it as a full mani. It’s so simple, but it’s probably one of my favorite manicures that I’ve given myself to date.

What about you guys? Got any simple manicures you just can’t take your eyes off of?

-Aley

SFX Topcoat Love

Effects topcoats are SO FRICKIN’ RAD, AM I RIGHT? I’m going to assume that you all said yes, because they are. This is good. I like when we’re all in hypothetical agreement.

This is gonna be a pretty long, image-heavy post, so hold on to your figurative and/or literal hats!

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Let’s start with, not an effects topcoat, but two buttery, shiny, perfectly smooth coats of H&M Midnight Passion.

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Sigh. It’s just so perfect. I almost feel bad to cover it up!

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Almost.

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It’d be lovely to wear on its own, but this time I topped it with Orly Fifty Four. This was two coats, if I recall correctly. I’m pretty pleased with it. I’ll probably use it on a green or some sort of cool color next time, I imagine that would look quite nice.

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Next I have two coats of Finger Paints Urban Lights. I’m not usually a fan of almost-black colors, but I was quite happy with this one. And the color shift between purple and blue actually shows up surprisingly well on the nail.

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I took lots of pictures of this one to make sure I got the full shift. 😀

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Then I learned that it’s better not to ruin it if you’ve got something good going. 😦

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I’ll give this one very bubbly coat of Jordana Ocean Frost a pass because this bottle’s probably over a decade old and my application wasn’t great. And don’t get me wrong, I love the color and sheen, but I think I prefer Urban Lights on its own. Ocean Frost would probably look great over a lighter color, like maybe a lavender or a lighter blue.

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And last, but certainly not least, is China Glaze I Sea The Point topped with the magical rainbow glory that is Girly Bits Shift Happens!

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I failed to get any shots of I Sea The Point on its own (d’oh!), but it’s so pretty with Shift Happens on it that I kind of don’t care, haha. I wore this as a manicure to work and I got loads of compliments on it. 😀

I’m so in love with effects toppers that I think I have more of them than solid colors to layer them over. Oops!