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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

Feelin’ lucky

Oh man, St. Patrick’s Day is in two days and I was planning to post a manicure for it and I completely forgot! As my mother likes to say, there’s nothing like waiting ‘til the last minute. So here’s something I just slapped together today, haha.

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I’m a little terrified of using B.S.N. Nail Lacquer Midnight Marsh because it’s a wicked stainer, but it’s just so pretty… And the heavy pigmentation makes it a one-coater. I just have to double up on my base coat when I use this guy, haha. It’s the pine green base on my index, middle, and pinky fingers.

On top of that, I have one coat of Charming Charlie Feeling Lucky, a gorgeous metallic green shredded glitter. It’s almost blindingly blingy! This wasn’t difficult to work with, the glitter pieces needed just a little manipulation once they were on the nail, but I didn’t have to fish with this at all.

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My accent nail is two coats of Sally Hansen Color Foil Liquid Gold—it’s normally also a one-coater, but there was something funky going on with my base coat that affected it, I think (Nail Life Revitalizer Treatment, since I couldn’t find my Seche Clear).

That’s about everything! Hope you all like this holiday look, haha. Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Holiday Manicures

Post #2 today! I’m on a roll, haha. I wanted to post all of my holiday manicures that I’ve done thus far today, and I realized that Goldeneye/Milan should probably have their own post.

Let’s jump right in!

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This gorgeousness is Rainbow Honey Demeter, part of a holiday duo – I couldn’t tell you from what year, though. I was actually sent a free mini of the other half of the duo, Persephone, but I haven’t swatched it yet. Neither one of them are available anymore, I’m afraid, although the folks down at the Rainbow Honey Lab will occasionally re-release colors in their Vault. Fingers crossed!

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Demeter is a beautiful blue-toned green base just brimming with tiny gold flakes. The flakes are tinted by the base, however, so everything comes together to create this insanely rich glass-flecked emerald green. And, because Rainbow Honey polishes are usually fairly thick, I only needed one coat and it dried insanely fast! I’m honestly so in love with this, haha.

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Next is a manicure featuring a base of OPI Got The Blues For Red topped with Sally Hansen Eyelet from their Luxe Lace line (say that five times fast!). Got The Blues is almost like a jelly finish, and I was surprised to need three coats with this! But it’s beautiful, so I’ll let it pass.

Eyelet contains four different sizes of matte white hex glitters, but I was completely unable to get any of the largest size. I still like how it looks all together, though. Shown is one coat with a little swirling and dabbing. You might need to push the larger glitters back, as they may want to hang off the end of your nail.

And now for my showstopper.

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I told you you’d be seeing more of Nine Zero Lacquer around here! What I’m wearing here is one deep forest green coat of b.s.n. Nail Lacquer Midnight Marsh, topped with one incredibly dense coat of Nine Zero Lacquer Stocking Stuffer, which is probably my favorite of the four polishes I bought from them. I’ve honestly never received more compliments on a manicure in my entire life than I have on this one, haha.

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Stocking Stuffer has a lot going on—you have matte white circle glitters (snowballs!), metallic red squares and hexes, metallic green hexes, 3d silver squares, two sizes of 3d silver hexes, and tiiiiiiny 3D microglitter. At first I thought that there was transparent iridescent glitter in there as well, but those turned out to just be the silver pieces reflecting crazy colors at me! I love this so much.

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I even managed to get a macro shot of it! Pardon the bubbles, though—I used two layers of two different topcoats on this, one of which had gone super thick over time and caused the bubbling. But hopefully this will give you all a better look at what’s going on in that crazy festive mess!

Nine Zero Lacquer can be purchased here, and Rainbow Honey can be purchased over here!

Thanks for reading… again!

-Aley

 

Happy Pastels

What’s better than good nail polish? Good nail polish that’s cheap.

b.s.n. Nail Lacquer and Win Cosmetics are brands that I’m assuming are pretty obscure. I can only find a handful of reviews for b.s.n., but no websites that are selling it. And I’ll never know how popular Win Cosmetics is, since Googling “win cosmetics” will just bring you to a bunch of contests and drawings. But they’re cheap, and wear nice! The only complaint that I have is that they both smell like toxic death, much like Kleancolor. I’m sure both brands have got all those yucky chemicals that most people try to avoid, but I don’t mind.

You guys should know by now how obsessed I am with this shade of springy, minty, pistachio green! And b.s.n. did not disappoint—I have a bunch of brands’ renditions of this color, but this is by far my favorite.

This is three glorious, buttery coats of b.s.n. Nail Lacquer Meadow. I didn’t mind needing a third coat, since that’s pretty typical for this type of color.

It’s so perfect.

Here’s another color I’m quite fond of! This is Win Cosmetics 49. If memory serves me, this was two thick coats.

It dries completely smooth and shiny on its own, as do all the other Win Cosmetic colors I’ve used!

I consider b.s.n. and Win pretty synonymous. They’re both affordable, but surprisingly good quality. But I can’t find much information about either of them online! Have any of you guys tried them? What did you think?

A Festive Mess – Holiday manicure dump post

I’ve fallen so far behind on posting, and took a bunch of photos of the holiday-themed polishes I wore, so I’m just going to make one huge post with all of them! Then I should get back into the groove of things. 😀

First is my titular festive mess.

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I’m sporting Zoya Red Door Red on my middle, ring and pinky fingers, and my thumb has China Glaze White On White (which I wear a lot! It’s my only white…). My index finger has one coat of Finger Paints Copy Cat, a sparkly silver shimmer with tiny and medium sized silver hex glitters. It’s pretty sheer on its own, so I usually layer this one over a metallic silver for full effect—in this case, Wet n’ Wild Metallica.

I didn’t really mind how silly this looked, hehe.

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This is Marc Jacobs Sally Enamored underneath one coat of b.s.n. Nail Lacquer Angels. I thought the name for this was pretty appropriate for the season. 🙂

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I was lucky to find OPI Ski Slope Sweetie in a clothing store. I picked it up immediately, and I’m surprised by the effect it has. It has gold shimmer, but looks frosty silver at the same time. This is one coat over a white under layer.

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b.s.n. Nail Lacquer Midnight Marsh is a deep Kelly green that dries fully opaque and perfectly smooth in one coat. It dries semi-matte. This is one coat with no topcoat.

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I added my trusty Nails Inc. Winter Mews for some gradient glitter, and some topcoat for a smooth finish. 😀