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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

Kiko 529

What’s up, my lovely readers? I’m snowed in today! Maybe you’ll get more than one post today? Who knows! Let’s get right into the swatch pictures.

This is two coats of Kiko Cosmetics 529 “Metallic Beetle”, an incredibly deep shimmery blue. It almost looks more complex than it really is, if that makes any sense? Like, it kind of looks like you’d need to layer a few polishes to get it to look that way or something. I’m not sure how to describe it. But I know that I am continually impressed with how smooth and perfect Kiko’s formulas and finishes are, especially considering how affordable they are as well.

Aaaaaand then I had to go and ruin it.

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I added two coats of Nina Ultra Pro Island Fever, a glowy blue flakie topper in a clear base. The flakes are beautiful! More blue-leaning and jewel toned than the other mainstream flakies in my collection. But the problem is, as you can see, it’s so base heavy as to be unusable—look how disgustingly blobbed on my polish looks in the second picture, and compare it to how nice my nails looked in the first. This is the only flakie I know of that you’d have to sponge on. :/

I rarely take things off right after I put them on, but this blobby mess was just too much for me. 😦

Here’s to better flakies in the future, haha.

-Aley

My Anaconda Will Consider It

I’ve only tried a couple of colors from Nina Ultra Pro, but they have yet to disappoint!

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The name for this one makes me giggle. Above is three thin coats of Nina Ultra Pro Anaconda Liked It. It’s a teal green that dries semi-matte. I actually quite liked how it looked without topcoat, so I left it as-is.

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This needs a little layering to become opaque, but application was really smooth and it also dries remarkably fast. It reminded me of Lancome polishes—they dry quickly and are almost like a hard shell on top of the nail. I was impressed!

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It dries a little darker on the nail than it looks in the bottle, but I didn’t particularly mind it. I don’t own any other cremes from this brand, but I’d like to see if they all dry like this—I’ll be so excited if they do.

Nude Day

My poor nails. They break at the slightest touch! Maybe it’s because I don’t drink enough water. (I’m actually half lizard. Don’t tell anyone.)

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So here are my tiny short baby nails in Icing Today is a Nude Day topped with Nina Ultra Pro Pink Frost. I’m kicking myself for not getting pictures of Nude Day on its own! (Note: if anyone ever asks you for pictures for anything called Nude Day, run.)

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Pink Frost is interesting. It’s fleshy pink in the bottle, but it’s sheer and adds a cute frosty blue shimmer to whatever base color you put it over. I imagine it’d simply show as blue over a black base, much like Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise, only with more uniform coverage.

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I have a few polishes that look one color in the bottle and look totally different when layered. I think I’ll make a master post of all of those one day. It’d be a fun little experiment.

Purple incoming!

I don’t usually go for purples. But I knew I had to pick this up.

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This is Nina Ultra Pro Purple Xing.

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It’s a deep purple with blue shimmer and packed with silver holographic hex glitter. And I love both of those things! Hooray for me.

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This was two coats, which applied like a dream, and it lasted me a good four days with Out The Door topcoat.

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Thanks, Nina!