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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

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

Tiffany

Happy Monday, everybody!! 😛

I went to a party with a theme of Tiffany Blue. Me, being the incredibly predictable person I am, decided that I should do some simple nail art to follow suit!

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I did a ruffian manicure in Tiffany colors for the event. I started with a base of Sally Hansen White On, then carefully painted China Glaze For Audrey (supposedly the perfect Tiffany blue!) overtop, attempting to follow the shape of my cuticle. It’s not perfect, but it worked for what I needed it for. For Audrey was super opaque, I only needed one coat of it if I remember correctly.

And… that’s it! I don’t generally like to lump nail art pictures in with swatches, so it’s just a short post today. Thanks for reading! ❤

-Aley

I’ve got those Pacific Blues

Why have I not worn this before?

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Dang.

You’ve probably seen my blog post in which I compare frequently cited potential dupes for Sally Hansen Pacific Blue (original formula), but would you believe that I’d never worn it for a full manicure before? That’s probably for the best though, considering how distracting this color is. 😛

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Pacific Blue has a famously good formula—it’s buttery smooth in application, and fully opaque in one coat. These Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear bottles have really long brushes, though, so you tend to get too much product on your brush and you’re more likely to flood your cuticles. But I’ll forgive it for otherwise flawless application.

That’s it for now! Thanks for reading. ❤

-Aley

Dupes! Pacific Blue & Butler Please

So a few months ago, a very sweet coworker of mine gave me a big ol’ box of nail polish that she’d collected over the years but never wore. I looked through it and, what should I find but a bottle of the original Sally Hansen Pacific Blue? 😀

Seeing as I own a bottle now, and had been trying to find a dupe for it for a while, I figured I’d see how it compares to the closest dupes that I’d heard of from around the web/that I happen to have in my possession. I haven’t been able to get my hands on Barry M Damson, which I’ve heard is almost identical to Pacific Blue. That aside, let’s jump right in.

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These are all my contenders, plus the OG PB herself. We have Sally Girl Epic, Pacific Blue, Julie G Cabana Boy, and China Glaze I Sea The Point.

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On my pointer finger, I have Sally Girl Epic, which comes only in mini bottles from Sally’s Beauty Supply. I only needed one coat, and Epic is just the teensiest, tiniest, itty bittiest touch lighter than Pacific Blue (although it looks identical on camera!). It’s definitely a good choice.

My middle finger obviously has Pacific Blue on it, haha.

On my ring finger is my personal favorite of the bunch, Julie G Cabana Boy, which is nearly identical to Pacific Blue but is just the tiniest hair darker. I’ve heard different things about Cabana Boy’s formula – I only needed one thick coat here, but I’ve read that it can be streaky and not fun to apply. I have a theory regarding that—beneath my swatches, I applied a coat of liquid latex so that I could peel the polish off once I’d finished my swatches, and it made my nails matte. Therefore, I think I unintentionally did the matte topcoat trick for making streaky polishes easy to apply, and accidentally made it a one-coater. Cool!

My pinky finger has the least dupey of them all, China Glaze I Sea The Point. It’s certainly a pretty color and also has a great one-coat formula, but it’s not a dupe for Pacific Blue.

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I am gonna go ahead and say that Epic and Cabana Boy are both nearly identical to Pacific Blue, so either of them could serve as dupes—I guess your preference would mostly depend on how you feel about mini bottles, haha.

But wait!

I ended up with more dupes than I’d originally intended. While looking for other blues to include, I noticed that I had three blues that don’t match Pacific Blue, but are identical to another highly coveted blue – this one isn’t hard to find but has a terrible, terrible formula.

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China Glaze I Sea The Point, and Sally Hansen In Prompt Blue (from their Insta-Dri line) are both exact dupes of Essie Butler Please, only with waaaaaay better formulas that cover in one coat! Butler Please can become a one-coat polish if you use aforementioned matte topcoat trick – pictured here is only one coat. But it’s the most expensive of the three! So it’s not worth it to spend that kind of money on a polish that requires special precautions just to make it wearable. You’re better off getting the China Glaze or Sally Hansen.

I hope this helped out somebody who was searching for a Pacific Blue or Butler Please dupe. PB or BP, haha.

Thanks for reading!

-Aley ❤

Mintspring!

A fun little factoid is that this blog was originally going to be called Mintspring rather than Honeyfalls. The reason for that is my love of a certain shade of green, between mint green and spring green, all inspired by the polish that I swatched here! It’s arguably the polish that got me into nail blogging in the first place when I saw it over on DizzyNails. 😀

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Meet Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Perfect Pear-ing, an oh so perfect springy, minty, yummy green unlike any other mint green polishes I’ve seen before! It’s a bit brighter and more saturated than, say, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape or Maybelline Color Show Green With Envy, and it leans just a tad bit more lime.

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It’s sort of like a jelly that you can layer to opacity like a creme. This was either two thick coats or three thin coats, and top coat.

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Don’t you just love it?