Category Archives: Revlon

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

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

No Correlation

The swatches I do would make a lot more sense if I posted them on time, as a “nails of the day” sort of thing. Unfortunately, I am incredibly lazy. This series of unrelated swatches will have to do for now!

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This first color is Revlon Charming, a gorgeous cool lavender color. I’m consistently impressed with Revlon’s formulas—this one was easy to apply and opaque in two coats. 😀

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Next is a returning color, Orly Smoked Out. Look how stubby my nails were back then!! (And how bad I was at cleanup!) I wanted to show how this dries un-topcoated, as this color has the potential to be a “throw-this-on-before-running-out-the-door” polish, depending on how you like your finishes. It’s opaque in one coat, and dries fairly fast due to its matte finish.

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I then threw a coat of Pretty Serious Terrible Lizard on top of that badboy. I think they’re a pretty cool combo! Opaque multichrome flakies were all the rage last year, and we saw plenty of mixes of different colors of those flakies in single polishes. What we didn’t see much of at all was mixes of different shades of iridescent, color-shifting flakies like these. I think they make your nails look like opals. 🙂

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And finally, I have Formula X Hera, a stunning rose gold holo flakie. The holographic effect on this is hands-down the most intense I’ve ever seen. As for the finish, it looks like it’s hard to tell; at first glance, I thought this was a dense glitter. When it’s on the nail, this looks more like those holographic silver flakies that Zoya has in their polishes (Storm, Dream, Aurora, Alicia, etc.), except in copper, and these lay completely flat on the nail much like those flakies. I don’t know what exactly is going on here, but it’s beautiful. And it was opaque in just two coats!

What do you guys think? Which of these finishes is your favorite?

-Aley

Vintage Rosé

No drabble today, let’s get right into it!

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I’m surprised I don’t hear more talk about Revlon polishes. They’re affordable and, at least in my experience, have amazing formulas. Here I’m wearing Revlon Teak Rose, a gorgeous vintage dusty rose color. It’s one of those colors that makes you feel all classy and mysterious—it did for me, anyway. 😛

Teak Rose is a hidden gem; I have no colors close to this in my collection, it was opaque in two coats, and went on very smooth and easy. I was able to get super close to my cuticle and had virtually no cleanup with this! Definitely pick this up if you spot it.

That’s it for today. Thanks for reading! ❤

-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

Valentine

Hello again, my loves! I have a swatch with “nail art” for you  today—incredibly simple, but it was my first attempt at creating my own decals, and I have to say it was a success!

For those of you who are unaware, if you have a stamper or a silicone nail art mat, you can create your own “decals” using quick dry topcoat and polish. I have the Uber Mat from UberChic, but there’s also the Lotus Mat from Bundlemonster and the Miracle Mat from Bliss Kiss. I’ve also seen people create decals on freezer bags, wax paper, and glass before. Here’s a couple of tutorials.

Anyways! Here’s my final product. I’m wearing two coats of Revlon Valentine, which I chose solely because of its name, haha. It’s sort of a very opaque jelly finish, so it still has that “squishy” look but covers completely and dries super shiny on its own (but topcoat is always recommended!). It applied really nicely. I haven’t used many Revlon polishes, but I was very pleased with this one.

I created the heart by putting down a small square of topcoat on my Uber Mat, then using a large and small dotting tool to paint a heart over top. Once it dried, I peeled up the decal, cut away the excess topcoat, pressed it down to my nail and sealed it with more topcoat. 😀

And that, as they say, is that. Hope you guys liked this very wordy post! haha.

-Aley ❤

Valentine’s Dotticure

Hey all! It’s February, so Valentine’s Day manicures are officially in. I’m not very good at nail art (my hands shake!) but I gave a simple dotticure a try and I really like the outcome.

I started with a base of Sally Hansen Petal Pusher, from their Insta-Dri line. It’s a very soft petal pink. I have the most success with the Insta-Dri polishes when I just layer on one very thick coat, but this one isn’t opaque enough to do that with—it’s a little difficult to apply as a result, because it will start thickening up and drying mid-coat. A thicker second coat gets everything nice and even and fully opaque!

I dropped in some dots in no particular pattern, starting with OPI Cinnamon Sweet (this is a great red to dot with because it’s so opaque), Revlon Temptress, and Color Club French Tip. It’s simple but very cute, and I like it a lot! This is a great nail art design to use for any holiday, honestly.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley