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Lavender Indies

I will never shut up about how much I love indie polishes and indie makers. They are the purest forces of light and goodness in this awful, wretched world and I will champion them until the day I die. Maybe. Anyways, here’s some cool indies.

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Illyrian Polish Awaken Your Magic cleared my skin, flourished my crops, forgave all of my debts and brought light and prosperity into my home. I’m a fundamentally better human being for having it in my life.

Awaken Your Magic is a slightly sheer lavender base absolutely packed with pinky-copper shimmer and a scattering of silver holographic glitter. Pictured is two coats; I could possibly have used a third, but that shimmer is so strong that it covers any nail line outside of extremely harsh lighting conditions, like the flash of a camera.

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Next I have Nine Zero Lacquer June 2016, a lavender linear holographic with some silver holo glitter scattered throughout.  I know I’ve said this before, but this is my favorite finish of holo polish, and Nine Zero has an entire collection of them (2016: A Year In Review) so I find myself reaching for them pretty often. This was opaque in two coats; it dries a tiny bit gritty, so topcoat should smooth things out and make it shiny.

… Heck, my next post is going to have another Nine Zero holo from the same collection… whoops.

-Aley

Glitter Toppers

Who doesn’t love glitter toppers? Killjoys, that’s who. And we’re no killjoys here on the world wide web, am I right? Right.

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This was a fun one. I topped Essie Find Me An Oasis with Lemming Lacquer Babytown Frolics, from their Archer collection, which has the best names ever. Babytown Frolics is a mix of large circle glitter, square glitter, star glitter, hex glitter, and micro glitter, some holographic and some not, in a clear base. It’s perfect for layering, and I felt this would look cute over a pastel color. I think I was right. 😉 This was one coat, and it didn’t need to be manipulated much if my memory serves me.

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Oh gosh. It’s September and I’m only now posting this manicure from St. Patrick’s Day… unless you follow my Instagram, and get all my updates as they happen. 😉 This is Zoya Ivanka topped with Pop-Arazzi Hit The Goldmine, a gold metallic microglitter. This was so, so blingy and eyecatching! The gold glitter and gold glass fleck shimmer play off of each other and shine so bright.

Thanks for stopping by, come back for more very soon. 🙂

-Aley

Blue Indies

There isn’t enough love and praise in the world for indie polishes and indie makers. They’re beautiful in ways that mainstream companies would never dare. And today we honor just three colors and companies that are doing us a great service.

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Different Dimension Halley’s Comet is a dusty lavender with a gorgeous gold to purple shifting glass fleck shimmer and a killer formula. It was opaque in two coats. I’ve never seen anything like this before, and it has my heart. Sadly I don’t think this color is available anymore.

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NWP Classic Essentials Christy is an indigo blue with pink contrasting shimmer. This practically painted itself on and was opaque in one coat because it’s so pigmented. NWP Classic Essentials is a line of wearable, office-appropriate colors from Native War Paints.

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Be still my heart. This is Nine Zero Lacquer February 2016, a periwinkle blue holo with scattered silver holo microglitter, which happens to be my favorite finish of holo. The formula on this was a little bit thick but still easy to work with. Two coats for opacity.

-Aley

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

Zoya and so on and so on and so on…

I hope you guys really like Zoya. This is the result of my trying out all of my unused fall colors.

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First is Zoya Teigen,a pinky berry color with metallic copper shimmer. This was two coats, though it could possibly need three if you use very thin coats. The formula was really nice, and it was pretty but my lighting washed out the shimmer and made it look silvery-white.

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Next I have Zoya India, Teigen’s darker cousin. It’s a rich red, jelly-like base with tons and tons of gold glass fleck shimmer. This looks like melted rubies on my nails, it’s gorgeous. This was also opaque in two coats.

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Zoya Anastasia is a dusty, purple-toned brown with the same gold glass-fleck shimmer, and is equally stunning. I really do love this. This was also opaque in two coats.

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Zoya Shivon has the finest shimmer out of the bunch, I think. It’s an “apple” red with an incredibly strong, ultra-fine gold shimmer that borders on a metallic. The brush strokes on this isn’t terrible, but you’ll want to keep your strokes straight—you can see that I didn’t do that on my pinky, haha. This one needs three coats.

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Oh, Pru, you vex me. Zoya Pru is hard to describe—it’s like… a dusty warm-toned purple foil, with scattered bronze shimmer and the slightest hint of a bronze shift? Zoya no longer sells this polish, so I couldn’t check the website for their description of it. This gal needs a whopping four coats to reach opacity, but the formula is nice and thin once it dries down; it’ll only feel like two coats of a regular polish and not like a goopy mess, so I don’t mind the four coats.

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Last one is the odd one out, Zoya Wyatt from the Fall 2016 Urban Grunge collection, which I ended up wearing as a full mani. This is a perfect racing green creme. It’s advertised as a one-coater, and it is! If you’re a stickler for really, really thin coats, you might have to go back and do some “spot-treatment” on an odd streak or two, but this is so highly pigmented that you won’t need two coats.

If you read down to this point, give yourself a pat on the back. I’ll see ya next time. 😉

-Aley

I’m on Sapphire

Guys guys guys, look at this.

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This is Nine Zero Lacquer Sapphire, from the Accent Glitters collection. It’s a stunning blue holographic full-coverage glitter. This is intensely sparkly and beautiful in-person. Sadly, the Accent Glitters collection was limited edition, but a dupe of this exists in Painted Polish By Lexi’s Stoned on Sapphire.

But for the love of everything, use a peel-off basecoat with this. 😉

I have a huge page of swatches coming up, so stay tuned.

-Aley

Sparkly Mess

Can it be Saturday yet? This “weekday” stuff is overrated, let me tell you.

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Are you ready for a thick, complicated mess of a mani? It’s perfect for me, a thick, complicated mess of a person. ;P Step one! Start with two coats of Brucci Alexandra’s “Hot” Gray. Who is Alexandra? Why is this gray considered hot? The world may never know. This is a nice, medium gray, the likes of which I don’t own another of. So good work there, Brucci.

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Step two! Take Maybelline Color Show Crystal Disguise and slap that stuff on. It’ll add a sheer coat of pretty blue sparkle to your mani. I have like four bottles of this so I need to use it more, haha. These were all bought before I knew the difference between limited edition polishes and core line polishes. Whoops.

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Finally, you top it off with a coat of Revlon Cosmic Flakies to really make it a hot sparkly mess. In hindsight, I would have left my nails alone after Crystal Disguise but, oh well! Flakies are never a bad thing.

And that’s it! Check back soon. ;D

-Aley