Category Archives: Maybelline Color Show

Sparkly Mess

Can it be Saturday yet? This “weekday” stuff is overrated, let me tell you.

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Are you ready for a thick, complicated mess of a mani? It’s perfect for me, a thick, complicated mess of a person. ;P Step one! Start with two coats of Brucci Alexandra’s “Hot” Gray. Who is Alexandra? Why is this gray considered hot? The world may never know. This is a nice, medium gray, the likes of which I don’t own another of. So good work there, Brucci.

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Step two! Take Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise and slap that stuff on. It’ll add a sheer coat of pretty blue sparkle to your mani. I have like four bottles of this so I need to use it more, haha. These were all bought before I knew the difference between limited edition polishes and core line polishes. Whoops.

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Finally, you top it off with a coat of Revlon Cosmic Flakies to really make it a hot sparkly mess. In hindsight, I would have left my nails alone after Crystal Disguise but, oh well! Flakies are never a bad thing.

And that’s it! Check back soon. ;D

-Aley

Jade and Mermaids

Hey all, welcome back to my little corner of the internet! I have some lazy nail art for you today, which is obviously the best kind.

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I’ve finally discovered the magic of nail foils! I got this and several other designs from Dollar Nail Art where, as you may have gathered, everything is one dollar. This one is African Jade, a metallic gold design with a jade green pattern running throughout. I put this over one coat of Sally Hansen Liquid Gold to hide any spaces where the foil may not have applied properly—though thankfully it didn’t look like I needed it.

Nail foils will crack and shrink under any sort of clear polish or topcoat. You can protect them with a water-based polish, like the Aqua Base produced by Nfu Oh. I don’t have that, so I opted for Mod Podge, a water-based craft varnish. You can get a small bottle that’ll last you basically forever for under two dollars from any craft store. It applies a little weird, much like glue, but you can smooth it out with a coat of topcoat over it and make it nice and shiny!

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This was the extent of my tipwear after my first full day of wear—pretty good for a transfer foil!

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My next look is this mermaid scale design. I started yet again with a base of China Glaze Up All Night, a dark midnight blue with cobalt shimmer. It covers in one coat, which is perfect for using under many layers of polish. I added a lazy brushed-on “gradient” with Kiko Nail Lacquer 527, which I’ve swatched on its own before.

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Next I went over the nail with a coat of one of my favorite toppersMaybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise, a light blue shimmer, and I topped everything off with Nfu Oh 54 and its magical, magical blue to green shifting flakies. This was a mystical, aquatic-looking design that was perfect for frolicking with the sharks at the aquarium. 😀

That’s everything for now! Thanks for swingin’ by and reading my not-entirely-coherent babbling. Catch ya next time!

-Aley ❤

Wearin’ some Winter Wondernails~

It’s December! That means that you and everybody you know are completely broke because we have all once again fallen prey to the ruthless capitalist machine that is the holiday shopping season. Whoo.

But it doesn’t have to be all sad! At least my nails are adorable.

… Probably not the best consolation, but you’ve gotta take what you can get!

Because it’s the most wonderful time of the year, I thought it was appropriate to slap on a winter-themed manicure!

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This is a three-parter! Part one would be one thick coat of China Glaze White On White. Or two thin coats, whatever strikes your fancy!

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Second comes Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise, a shimmer topper that I’ve used before.

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Third is a glitter topper that I’m in love with! It’s got iridescent mylar flakes in a clear base. Depending on the angle and what they’re layered over, they either look pink or blue. This is H&M Glitter Nail Polish 3D Glitter. Or, at least I think “3D Glitter” is the name of it. It doesn’t matter! I adore it so.

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The final result is a fun but elegant wintery mani. It reminds me a lot of snow! My family used to have a tiny model Christmas village that you could throw fake snow over—I’m pretty sure that cottony mixture had mylar flakes just like this thrown in it, now that I think about it! I wore this glitter topper in another manicure recently. It looks a lot different if it’s worn over darker colors, so I wanted to include it in here so you guys could see all that 3D Glitter has to offer.

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This time, it’s layered over Color Club Naughtycal Navy, which is a near-black navy blue. Even under normal circumstances, it’s hard to tell that this is, in fact, blue and not black. My camera isn’t the best, so I don’t think it captured that slight bit of navy at all. 😦

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Either way, I adore this topper. I almost never use glitter toppers, but this is an exception I’m happy to make!

My Russian disguise

Let’s have a look at that one time I applied my own hilariously bad nail tips.

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Super flattering.

This is two coats of OPI Russian Navy. It’s a nearly blackened blue that has hints of blue shimmer, and a more prominent red shimmer that makes the polish appear purple in some lights.

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I picked it up thinking that it was just a shimmery purple! It’s pretty innocuous from afar, but it’s clear just how complex it is once you take a closer look.

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Then I added a coat of Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise from their Veils collection.

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BAM!

I felt it in my heart of hearts that this would be a good combination! Crystal Disguise adds a veneer of blue shimmer to your mani. It stands out from the rest of the Veils collection as it’s the only one that isn’t a glitter topper.

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I’m in love with how this turned out. Crystal Disguise will probably look amazing over a white or a nude, too. I can’t wait to try it over a bunch of different colors!

Short but Sweet

This is my “paint my nails at work” color of choice.

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Maybelline Color Show Amethyst Couture is opaque in one coat and dries super quickly. It’s perfect for the days I go to work with naked nails and want to slap something on really quickly in between customers.

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I have a coat of topcoat on this—it dries matte on its own, which admittedly looks nicer, and makes the glitter stand out a little more. It’s got gold shimmer and small violet hex glitter in a dark purple base.

This… could be a jelly, I guess? Jellies usually aren’t so opaque. What are you trying to pull here, Maybelline? I need answers.

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So Amethyst Couture is a perfect last minute one-coat polish that dries fast and doesn’t need any topcoat; the only downside being that the wear time on it suuuucks. It usually chips on me within hours, sometimes even in just a couple of minutes. But I love it so. I haven’t even seen anything else that looks anything like it. Maybe a second coat would improve the wear time?

Green Everywhere!

Pairing green and green might not have been the greatest idea, but I got lots of compliments on this mani, so whatever!

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Here we have Maybelline Color Show Green With Envy, with Rainbow Honey Tayabak as the accent nail. Color Show is a cute, pretty mint green color, and it applied pretty easily, if I recall correctly. I used two coats here. It’s pretty much a dupe for OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, I think!

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Tayabak is like many other Rainbow Honey colors in that its formula is just thick enough to be a little tricky to work with. Maybe it’s just the way I apply the polish? I usually try to do very thin coats, I think RH’s polishes just need to be applied with a bit of a heavier hand—you could probably get full coverage with one coat if you’re careful. I used two coats here, though.

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I like Tayabak a lot, it’s a color you don’t see very often. Mints were popular this year, but this is more of a pastel, springy green, a little more saturated than the likes of Green With Envy/Gargantuan Green Grape. You’ll likely be seeing it again!