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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

Virgin Snow

So, the OPI Soft Shades for 2016 are out, and… I don’t have any of them! Mostly because I don’t find the majority of them too thrilling, except for one of them, called I Am What I Amethyst. I had it in my hand and ready to purchase, when I realized that it’s really close to a polish that I’ve already got! So close, in fact, that I couldn’t justify both of them.

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If you have Essie Virgin Snow from the Winter 2015 collection of the same name, then you’ve already got a dupe for I Am What I Amethyst. They are so, so close! I was able to hold them right beside each other at the store; Virgin Snow is just a smidge lighter, but they are different shades of the same hue of blurple.

Virgin Snow was opaque in two coats and had a flawless formula, which is kind of amazing coming from this light of a color by Essie. I’m in love with this. Like I know I say that a lot, but I really mean it this time. Wedding bells are going off, people.

I’m also trying out a new topcoat! I usually use Out the Door, but I decided to give Sally Hansen Miracle Gel topcoat a shot and I’m quite liking it. It’s very shiny, a little thin (it flooded my cuticles in this pic) but all newly-opened topcoat is like that in my experience and some use will get it easier to apply. I hope to see how well it performs over regular polish, as it’s supposed to be part of a two-step system for a gel-like manicure without the need for curing under a UV lamp.

Anyway! This was a post heavy on words and light on the pictures. Sorry about that!! haha. Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley