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It is what it is

“I’m going to start updating consistently!” she said, before promptly disappearing for months. Oops.

I’ve actually been updating my Instagram this whole time because it’s easier for me. Writing posts for each manicure I was doing was just so exhausting because I was hit with The Depression fairly badly a few months back. But I’m doing okay now! You know, relatively.

I’m just going to put all of my manicures from the last few months together into maybe three or four posts over the next few days, and keep the descriptions basic and not ramble as I’m known to do.

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Two coats of Native War Paints Classic Essentials Alison, a periwinkle grey with silver shimmer.  The formula and brush on this were fantastic, it basically painted itself on.

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Essie Virgin Snow, a periwinkle bordering on lavender, opaque in 2-3 coats depending on your application. This is probably one of my top ten favorite shades in my collection, and you guys seem to agree with me because this was my most popular post on Instagram ever!

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Two coats of Colors by Llarowe Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. This is a navy jelly with tiny silver microglitter. This is just about an exact dupe for the original Essie Starry Starry Night! Formula was easy to apply, although I did get those little tacky, stringy things on the tips of my nails that you sometimes get with jelly polishes.

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Two coats of Zoya Merida, a forest green packed with silver holographic flakies. Formula on this was excellent, as is typical of Zoya.

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My pointer, middle, and pinky fingers have two coats of Zoya Yara, while my ring finger has two coats Zoya Ziv. I thought Ziv would complement the gold shimmer in Yara, and I was right! I felt very chic in this mani.

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I wore this manicure close to Valentine’s Day. This is Rainbow Honey Be Mine, topped with Rainbow Honey XOXO.

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And this is what I actually wore on Valentine’s Day! I put down three thin coats of OPI Mimosas For Mr. And Mrs., and topped it with a glitter gradient of Sally Hansen Strobe Light, which I used on its own for an accent nail.

Good to be back. Stay tuned. ❤

-Aley

Mimosas and Cannolis with Royalty

I hope you guys like OPI cremes, because I’ve got a slew of ‘em for you today. But honestly, who doesn’t like OPI cremes? 😉

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First is OPI Dating A Royal, a slightly dusty royal blue. I love the slight mutedness of this color, it makes it more wearable than my other royal blues. This is two coats with topcoat.

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Next I have OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs.. This is a slightly sheer nude-pink jelly. This was opaque in three coats on my shorties, but this could easily need more on longer nails or if you’re a stickler for very thin coats. This felt like a very nineties shade to me once I was wearing it, I’m not sure why.

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Finally, I have a swatch that got lost in the mix some time ago—but I’m posting OPI, so now’s as good a time as any to share it! This is OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI, one of my most frequently worn colors. My lighting and editing is a lot more color-accurate than the last time I wore this, so I went ahead and took photos again. This polish is opaque in two to three coats; I’m wearing two here if I remember correctly.

Thanks for stopping by. ❤

-Aley

Zoya Dream

I’ve had no time to paint my nails recently… I’m still wearing this mani! This happens so rarely. :O

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I finally got around to trying on Zoya Dream, a blue jelly base with scattered holographic flakies, and I’m so pleased with it. The holo is a little shy both in person and on camera, but it’s still a pretty color even without the holo effect. I’m wearing two coats here, but there were a couple of slightly lighter patches still visible—two thick coats or three thin coats should do you good with this one.

That’s all I’ve got today. Check back soon, though!

-Aley

Choo Choo!

You ever have a lemming not pan out for you? You finally get your hands on it and it’s not quite what you expected?

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This is China Glaze I Choo-Choo Choose You!. It’s a greyish taupe brown with a red to gold to green shifting shimmer. Two coats for opacity, applied easily.

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It’s a beautiful polish—I just don’t like the way that taupes look with my skintone. I knew that but I was so seduced by the shiftiness and the pretty photos that I got it anyway. 😦

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It also took a weirdly long time to dry – I could still smudge it after almost an entire day! It was so bizarre. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t be destashing this anytime soon! Maybe I’ll learn to love it? We’ll see.

Thanks  for reading!

-Aley ❤

These will do for now.

Why don’t I have more Orly polishes? They’re great. I think they often go overlooked because they’re not considered high-end like OPI, but they’re good quality.

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This is Orly Fantasea. I hesitated to post these because Fantasea is an absolutely beautiful polish, and is a bit of a chameleon, and I couldn’t get picture of all the different colors it has! However… I do want to get all my old photos posted, because… it’s a surprise. 😉

I do intend to reswatch this in the future, when I’m not sporting nubs.

 

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Fantasea can get mostly opaque in three coats, or you can layer it—I have it layered over Ciaté Burlesque, a dark blue-toned eggplant purple.

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Orly Ingenue, however, you can get opaque in two. It’s a pinky-purple base with gallons of gold shimmer, in that same sort of chameleon-y vein as Fantasea. I think this could totally work as a fall color, come to think of it.

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I might make a point to seek out more Orly polish after this. 😮

Thanks for reading!

Sweet as Sugar

Buckle up everybody, we’re in for a wild ride.

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This beaut is called Cinapro Nail Sugar Sweet Tooth, a blue to purple duochrome shimmer base with two different sizes of metallic blue hexes. This is two coats over a dark blue (I believe it was Sinful Colors Midnight Blue, but I’m not certain).

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I love this—this has one of the most noticeable duochrome effects out of all my polishes.

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This is really thick, though I think it’s because my bottle is so old and because the LED light in the cap started to “set” the polish while it was still in the bottle (all the Nail Sugar polishes come with little LED lights built into the caps!). It’s possible that you’d need to thin it out after a while. I don’t think it’s the manufacturer’s fault, but it was bad enough that I felt the need to mention it.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

Mystery! Intrigue! Suspense!

Are any of these polishes named? Nope. Do they have a brand name on them? Nope. Do I have the foggiest memory of where I might have acquired them? Kind of. Do I know other people who have this exact same, strangely unnamed set? Yes, which is a little weird!

The first color is a squishy, jellyish red with pink shimmer and teeeeny itty bitty gold flakes. I don’t gravitate towards this type of red at all, but I kind of dig this shade. Two coats.

Next is a cute raspberry color. It becomes brighter and more saturated on the nail than it looks in the bottle, which is interesting—normally it’s the opposite! This also has tiny little gold flakes that, like in the red, borders on being too small for flakes but too big for shimmer. I like this one too! Two coats as well.

This is an interesting color. It’s like a foily, dusty brown. It’s pretty sheer, which is usually fine for me since I rarely have a visible nail line anyway. This is two layers.

Last is my favorite! It’s a cute peachy pink color with lots of gold shimmer. I forgot I had this color and nearly bought a dupe or two, haha. It’s kind of similar to FingerPaints Peach Beach Scene but this one is way more interesting, in my opinion.

Does anyone else have this set or one like it? I no longer have the original packaging, but I’d like to know where it came from!