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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

Rainbows on Rainbows on Rainbows

I redid my rainbow nails to attend NY Pride! Let’s take a look.

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As with last time, I started with a base of OPI Silver Canvas. Unlike last time, where I topped that with Essie Set In Stones, I opted for a holographic chunky glitter to really make this thing rainbow! This one is Formula X Hubba Hubble, which dries slightly textured but has good distribution in one coat. Then I sponged on OPI Magenta Muse, OPI Primarily Yellow, OPI Turquoise Aesthetic, and OPI Purple Perspective again, to create the rainbow gradient. On top of that is one coat of Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust, for more rainbows, because go big or go home.

I wish this had photographed better. Oh well. 😦

Thanks for reading!

-Aley

Lots of blue and scattered holo

Hello lovelies! I have some assorted colors for you today. Let’s get right into it!

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This is Zoya Indigo, which is… not indigo, but a navy blue shimmer base with some scattered holographic particles. It’s opaque in one coat and dries pretty quickly, which makes it a good ‘I need to get out the door’ polish. I was a little disappointed that the holo particles don’t show up very well on the nail, they tend to get covered by the base.

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I added a coat of Salon Perfect Cosmic Dust to get the look that I was hoping for. It’s a clear base with scattered holo microglitter (it’s a repackaging of China Glaze Fairy Dust, as SP and CG are owned by the same company). My nails look like a holo night sky now! 😀

Then I realized that I already had something in my collection that captured the look that I’d wanted all in one.

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This is Starrily Heart of the Ocean, a cerulean blue shimmer base with scattered holographic particles. It’s everything that I wanted Indigo to be! Two coats for opacity—the sheerer base is most likely what allows the holo to peek through.

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The holo itself is a little unusual—it’s like a linear holo that’s spread out so far that it looks scattered. You can see the linear arc a little in the third photo.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading.

– Aley ❤