Category Archives: Wet n’ Wild

Ocean Mint

Hey hey! Welcome back. I’m actually redoing an older mani that I quite liked, and wanted to redo with better lighting and nicer nails a year later. I can’t believe it’s already been a year–what!!!

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I started with a base of Wet n’ Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint. She’s nearly opaque in one, but patchy in spots, so two coats will do you right. Because she’s so pigmented, though, she’s a stainer, so double up on that basecoat!

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I topped that with Jordana Ocean Mist, a pretty crystal blue frost. I don’t generally like frosty finishes, but I really love this one for some reason. Maybe because it’s a mermaid color? She’s a little brushstroke-y, but still pretty.

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Then I added holo, because why not. I used Finger Paints Holographic Top Coat for this, since I wanted to see if I liked it any better here than the last time I used it. I’m happy to say that I did!

And that’s it for today! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

I put a spell on you!

Well, August is officially halfway over… And I cannot even begin to tell you all how much I’m not looking forward to another brutal New Jersey autumn/winter. Or going back to college. But I digress. The polish I have for you all today is one that I’ve had since last November, and in my opinion it’s a perfect fall color!

This is Wet n’ Wild Under Your Spell. I’m having difficulty finding the exact words to describe it, but to me it looks like a blackened base with loads of gorgeous burgundy shimmer.

These photos are all three coats plus topcoat, but I feel like the shimmer would have been even more apparent if I’d added a fourth coat. So, it’s kind of… disappointingly sheer. But, the formula is so thin that three or four coats still feels like a normal amount of polish; it doesn’t feel thick or take hours to dry. It all evens out in the end and does make it wearable without being too troublesome to apply. Or you can just layer it over black. 😛

Oh, and a few times I’ve worn this, I had what was either gnarly tip shrink or extremely fast tip wear. For one reason or another, by the second day of wear the polish was totally off my tips! I’m not sure why this was, but it didn’t happen this time. But I do feel like it’s worth mentioning!

I think this is an exact dupe for OPI Midnight in Moscow! I’ll do a comparison post soon, maybe once it gets a little closer to fall, haha.

Despite all its problems, I really do love Under Your Spell and I think it’s an absolutely gorgeous color. If you’re not willing to splurge on Midnight in Moscow, this is a cheap alternative, and it can be layered over black if you want to preserve the polish and save on some layers. :B

What about you guys? Have you got any polishes that are your go-to fall colors?

-Aley

Positively misty-eyed

I’d promised that I’d give Jordana Ocean Mist another chance to prove itself after last time’s disaster. It didn’t disappoint at all! Let’s take a look.

Here I have one coat of Ocean Mist layered over Wet n’ Wild I Need A Refresh-Mint. The color didn’t change drastically, but it as still a magical transformation nonetheless. This combo was like… music to my eyes! Except, you know, in a way that makes sense. I couldn’t stop looking at my gorgeous frosty nails! And I didn’t have any bubbling problems like last time. 😀

Even though Ocean Mist behaved this time around, I Need A Refresh-Mint stained the ever-loving life out of my nails… It’s my own fault for not using a basecoat. Just make sure you don’t make the same mistake as I did if you decide to use this guy!

I’m so darned pleased with this combination, and I was basically entranced by it when I wore it as a full mani. It’s so simple, but it’s probably one of my favorite manicures that I’ve given myself to date.

What about you guys? Got any simple manicures you just can’t take your eyes off of?

-Aley

Birthday Nails!!

It’s my birthday and I did nail art that actually looks kinda nice!!! Oh gosh.

On my pinkie, index finger, and thumb I used Rainbow Honey Kawako. It’s a shimmery midnight blue with tiny silver flecks in it. It has a similar look to Essie Starry Starry Night, I think! Very cool.

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My middle and ring fingers have one gorgeous glassy coat of China Glaze Up All Night, which I am in love with. It looks almost lit from within and is such a beautiful dark blue. It makes me think of stained glass. I’ll definitely need to swatch this on its own at some point.

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I got a few stamping plates with lacy/flowery looking designs on them from Born Pretty Store. I used one image from plate Y003 here. I don’t have stamping polish, but I have the plates and I was way too excited to wait for anything to be shipped! I stamped with Wet n’ Wild Metallica (which a quick look online says is fairly popular for stamping—I just happened to have it!).

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The metallic tape is from Sally’s, but you can get it pretty much anywhere, including Born Pretty Store.

I hope you guys like my birthday manicure as much as I do! 😀