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We’re back!

Oh my goodness I’m so far behind. But… well, keep on keepin’ on, as they say. That doesn’t make sense in this context. Just roll with it.

Anyways. I have some basically entirely unrelated colors for you today, because that’s just how we do over here in Honeyfalls Town. Get into it.

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First I have Icing Mintage. Why do I never hear people talking about this brand? I’ve only had good experiences with it. Mintage is a perfect springy mint green with a nice subtle silvery shimmer. I’m pretty sure this was two coats, but this manicure was from months ago, so… oops.

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I was just questioning why on earth I would wear this sort of red in the middle of spring, as I keep my colors very seasonal for seemingly no reason though. But, I remember throwing on OPI Chick Flick Cherry for International Women’s Day! I couldn’t actually take part in any protests, so the least I could do was show my support by wearing red. That aside, Chick Flick Cherry had a pretty easy formula, and it’s a nice holiday red, I think!

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Last I have Finger Paints What A Night. This is either a very finely milled glitter, or a very chunky shimmer in a clear base. It’s a little perplexing. Either way, it’s very pretty color that shifts from pink to gold! This was three coats.

That’s all today! I’ll be back soon… you know, hopefully.

-Aley

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

There’s a joke about leprechauns in here somewhere…

“Why have I not worn this before?” is a question I seem to find myself asking a lot lately. Generally, it’s in regards to creme polishes that my younger self never had an appreciation for. Baby Aley was all about shimmer and duochrome, but honestly there’s nothing quite as satisfying as having a smooth, shiny, perfect creme on your nails.

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This is a staple among China Glaze’s core line, China Glaze Four Leaf Clover, a tealy-green creme. This is supposed to be a one-coater, and while it was very opaque, I ended up needing two. The basecoat I use is very shiny and bad at gripping polish, so a lot of one-coaters become two-coaters on me. Oh well! The formula on this guy was still smooth and amazing.

The only weird thing I noticed was that thing seemed to take on a slightly more yellowed color after a few hours of wear. That might have been my topcoat—at first I thought it was because of the change in lighting, but then I saw that it was still tealy underneath once I’d started to remove it.

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Buuut, before removal happened, I found a mainstream brand selling a holo topcoat—what!! This is, appropriately enough, Finger Paints Holographic Top Coat. Finger Paints is Sally Beauty Supply’s in-house polish brand, so it’s pretty accessible. As far as the holo effect goes, it’s very nice! I think it’s a touch more “grayed out” and less vibrant than my only other holo topcoat, but you honestly can’t go wrong with the pricing and ease of access. Application was great as well. I’ll have to try this over different colors and see how it compares.

Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorite holo topcoats?

-Aley

SFX Topcoat Love

Effects topcoats are SO FRICKIN’ RAD, AM I RIGHT? I’m going to assume that you all said yes, because they are. This is good. I like when we’re all in hypothetical agreement.

This is gonna be a pretty long, image-heavy post, so hold on to your figurative and/or literal hats!

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Let’s start with, not an effects topcoat, but two buttery, shiny, perfectly smooth coats of H&M Midnight Passion.

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Sigh. It’s just so perfect. I almost feel bad to cover it up!

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Almost.

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It’d be lovely to wear on its own, but this time I topped it with Orly Fifty Four. This was two coats, if I recall correctly. I’m pretty pleased with it. I’ll probably use it on a green or some sort of cool color next time, I imagine that would look quite nice.

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Next I have two coats of Finger Paints Urban Lights. I’m not usually a fan of almost-black colors, but I was quite happy with this one. And the color shift between purple and blue actually shows up surprisingly well on the nail.

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I took lots of pictures of this one to make sure I got the full shift. 😀

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Then I learned that it’s better not to ruin it if you’ve got something good going. 😦

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I’ll give this one very bubbly coat of Jordana Ocean Frost a pass because this bottle’s probably over a decade old and my application wasn’t great. And don’t get me wrong, I love the color and sheen, but I think I prefer Urban Lights on its own. Ocean Frost would probably look great over a lighter color, like maybe a lavender or a lighter blue.

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And last, but certainly not least, is China Glaze I Sea The Point topped with the magical rainbow glory that is Girly Bits Shift Happens!

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I failed to get any shots of I Sea The Point on its own (d’oh!), but it’s so pretty with Shift Happens on it that I kind of don’t care, haha. I wore this as a manicure to work and I got loads of compliments on it. 😀

I’m so in love with effects toppers that I think I have more of them than solid colors to layer them over. Oops!

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Ah, hm. So yeah, this manicure isn’t my best.

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Again, I tried putting on my own nail tips with hilarious results. But at least it’s not as bad as the last time I tried, but… I’m still not watermarking these, haha.

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The color, however, is magical. This is two coats of OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue!.

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I don’t quite know how to describe this color! It’s metallic but shimmery but also has the sliiiightest hint of green duochrome shift? It’s gorgeous.

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I topped it off with Finger Paints Daubigny’s Garden, a rainbow color-shifting glitter topper. It has hex glitters in small and large sizes. I’m not sure about the base itself—to me, it looks to be slightly blue tinted, but I’ve read that it’s actually clear. Either way, I paired it with a blue, just to be safe.

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I think this is what Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black would look like if the glitters were suspended in a clear base rather than a black jelly, although the shift in Daubigny’s Garden is a little less dramatic.

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I was pleased with the polish combination, but… I did end up taking this off shortly after snapping these photos, just because the nail tips I put on looked so dang bad. Maybe one of these days I’ll bite the bullet and get my nails done professionally, haha.

Oh, just peachy.

That was pretty much my sentiment when my hard drive failed and I lost my post buffer and all my photos. So I decided that the first mani I swatch after getting my new laptop should be something, well, peachy!

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This lovely shimmery goodness is Finger Paints Peach Beach Scene. The cold weather has been wreaking havoc on my poor nails, and I had to trim them all down; I’ve noticed that light colors look best on my nails when they’re this short, so Peach Beach Scene seemed like the best polish for me. 😀

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I used three coats here, which applied like magic. The opacity of the polish was a little tricky for me to figure out; I have virtually no nail line right now, so I couldn’t vouch for how well three coats is covering any VNL. If you have the opportunity to try this polish out, 1) absolutely go for it, and 2) use a nude base underneath it, just for good measure.

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I almost want to call this a duochrome. Sometimes it’s pure peach shimmer and sometimes it’s a rosy pink to my eyes.

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Either way, it’s very cool, and I’m enjoying this polish a lot. I think this is the first time I’ve posted a manicure that I’ve still had on my fingers! This is some weird Twilight Zone stuff for me, haha.

It feels good to be back, though. I have a few other manicures photographed that I, thankfully, hadn’t transferred from my camera before my hard drive died, so at least I’m not totally without a buffer. Those will be up soon!

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. 😀