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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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


Two coats of Zoya Merida, a forest green packed with silver holographic flakies. Formula on this was excellent, as is typical of Zoya.


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.


I wore this manicure close to Valentine’s Day. This is Rainbow Honey Be Mine, topped with Rainbow Honey XOXO.


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. ❤


An Assortment

This is the bluest blue I’ve ever seen in my entire life, holy moly.


This is PopBeauty Cool Cobalt. Just look at it!! Application was beautiful. It’s opaque in two coats, although I’m wearing three here because I knicked a few fingers and wanted to smooth everything out. I kind of want to say that this has a jelly-ish formula, since it has a sort of jelly look at one coat, but doesn’t dry super glossy like a jelly would (the picture above is without topcoat).  It’s an enigma!


I topped that with one coat of Super Black Lacquer HBIC, which has got to be one of my favorite polish names ever!! haha.  It’s a royal blue jelly with what I think are gold holographic hex glitters—it’s hard to tell! They  may just be silver hexes that look gold against the blue. I should have added a second coat of this to give it more depth… Next time.


And here’s this beautiful taupe with pink shimmer, Native War Paints Jessica, from their NWP Classic Essentials line, thrown in for good measure. I have a buffer to get through, whaddaya want from  me? ;P

The formula on this was really good, opaque in two coats which I wasn’t expecting! And it applied really nicely. The only issue I had, which is apparently fairly common with this brand, is that there were some bits of unmixed pigment floating around in the polish. You can just swipe them right off with the brush, though, so I don‘t have any complaints.

That’s all here. Thanks for stopping by!