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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

So Long, Summer

Hello my loves. It’s so nice and chilly out this week, I adore it. ❤

No rambling from me today, let’s jump right in.

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Pictured is two coats of Milani Beach Front, which is shockingly opaque for such a light color. It borders on being a one-coater. This is a light sky blue packed with silver microglitter. The glitter is so fine that it isn’t hard to remove, if memory serves me.

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This was my last summer manicure, so I decided to throw a holo topcoat on it while I could still take advantage of the extra daylight. This time I used Nine Zero Lacquer Holo All The Things!!. I’ve had problems with this covering unevenly before because it had gotten thick, but a little thinner gave this polish the perfect consistency. So good. ❤

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Next I have a manicure that went with my costume for the New York Renaissance Faire, which is always a blast. I started off with Revlon Teak Rose, a dusty, rosy red, which I adore. You might be able to get this in one coat, but I used two.

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I topped that with Ninja Polish Midas Touch, a 24k gold flake topper. This was two coats, although one might have sufficed if I’d held the bottle upside down for a bit. It’s always nice to break this polish out for a special occasion. 😉

Thanks for reading, expect more soon. ❤

-Aley

Breaking out the gold!

Happy Saint Patty’s Day! Are you all sick of the constant green and gold on this blog yet?

Didn’t think so. 😉

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What you’re seeing is two coats of Revlon Posh, a slightly blue-leaning emerald green creme (although my camera definitely made it look more yellow here than it actually is). This applies like a dream and was very nearly opaque in one coat, and is a gorgeous color. I never say that any nail polish is a “need to have” color, but Posh is honestly so amazing, and Revlon polishes are so affordable and widely available that I think that it’d be a great addition to anyone’s collection. 😀

On top of Posh, I have one coat of Ninja Polish The Midas Touch, a 24k gold flake topper. I figured that, if there was ever a time to break out the gold, today was it, haha.

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On my ring finger, I have an accent nail of CrowsToes Wheeler’s Bag of Gold, which I’m convinced is actually magic. It’s a clear base that’s packed with tiny yellow-leaning gold flakes, and has gold holographic microglitter interspersed throughout. This is opaque in two coat s! That’s insane! The very similar (sans holo glitter) and highly coveted OPI Goldeneye reaches opacity in four. If you’re trying to decide between the two, the CrowsToes polish is definitely more worth your money.

And that’s it! I hope everybody’s having a fun and safe St. Patrick’s Day.

Revlon is available at drugstores and supermarkets like CVS, Shoprite, Walmart, etc. The Midas Touch is currently sold out at Ninja Polish’s website, and I don’t foresee it being restocked anytime soon (I’ve been waiting on a restock of their white gold topper, He Went To Jarred, for a thousand years), but Ellagee has an identical topper for almost exactly the same price. And finally, Wheeler’s Bag of Gold is currently in stock on their website.

Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

Let’s Get Medieval!

Somebody’s been busy!!

That somebody’s me. I’ve been busy. But now things are calm, and I can finally post some photos that were meant to be uploaded two weeks ago. Woohoo! 😀

Two of my closest friends got married on the 3rd of this month! In honor of their Medieval-themed ceremony (the bride is a Medieval History major!), I did a manicure inspired by illuminated manuscripts.

I love how my ring finger looks so much smoother than the rest of my nails. That’s because it’s super fake. haha.

Anyways, I started with two mind-blowingly gorgeous coats of Kiko Cosmetics #39 Cobalt, from their Power Pro line. Seriously, this color is awe-inspiring under bright light. I went with this color because, in Medieval art, the second most expensive and rich paint was cobalt blue. Cobalt paint could only be made by grinding down cobalt blue glass, which was already pricey! No wonder it got so expensive. (The most expensive was ultramarine blue, which was made by grinding down lapis lazuli – considered a precious stone back then – fetched all the way from Egypt!)

Then I topped it with some genuine 24k gold flakes! This is one coat of Ninja Polish Midas Touch, one of the better (and not to mention most affordable) gold flake toppers on the market. I used this because illuminated manuscripts are also commonly gilded – that is, gold leaf is applied to it. I thought it was perfect. 😀

Sigh. It’s so lavish looking! I couldn’t stop staring at my nails, the gold combined with the bright cobalt blue was a sensory overload, haha. Of course, this would be too loud to wear at the wedding.

So I just did this instead! This is two coats of my favorite nude shade, Icing Today Is A Nude Day, topped with one coat of OPI Make Light Of The Situation from their spring Soft Shades collection. The rhinestone is from some random crystal pack from Michael’s Craft Store. 😛

Still rockin’ that fake ring fingernail here, with an additional fake index fingernail because I had another really bad break and refused to go to this wedding sporting nubs.

But yes, these are all my wedding-related manis from the last month! Hope you guys enjoyed them, and sorry for the longish silence. It won’t happen again. At least not soon. You know, probably.

You can get Kiko’s nail polishes from their website, and Midas Touch is still in stock!!! over at Ninja Polish’s online store.

Thanks for reading!