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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

Stylenomics

We’re gonna keep things short and sweet today. I’m sloooowly getting through this buffer. I’m home sick so I’m taking my time queueing a bunch of posts. 😉

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Today I have Essie Stylenomics, a deeeeep deep green that looks black in most lighting. This is one of those “almost black” colors that are really popular in the fall and winter months, like OPI Lincoln Park After Dark. I felt very chic wearing this, although I know shades like these aren’t for everyone. This is opaque in two coats.

-Aley

Peaceful Unicorns in the Amazon

Guess who figured out how to queue posts? This girl. So hopefully I can keep up getting through my buffer pretty consistently. 😀

Again, I’ve just got some assorted swatches.

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This is three coats of Pretty Serious Peace On Earth, a minty green base with a strong pink shimmer. Holy bananas, this color. I feel like I didn’t capture the pink shimmer super well, but in person this polish is just… something else. It’s a dupe for Yves Saint Laurent’s Peace Green, which is basically impossible to get your hands on. I definitely recommend picking this up, especially since Pretty Serious just launched a US-based store and they’re easier to get now.

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Next is OPI Amazon…Amazoff. This has a very slight silver shimmer in a teal base. I actually bought this thinking it was a creme, but that silver shimmer is only visible under the flash of a camera and other very harsh lighting conditions; it just looks like a creme on the nail. This is pretty unique despite being something of a staple OPI shade—teal is a common color, but this color’s got a slightly dusty quality that makes it a little more elegant, I think! It’s opaque in two coats.

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Last up I have OPI Hello Hawaii Ya? topped with Starlight Polish Unicorn, a green/blue/purple shifting topper. I really love Unicorn over any shade of purple, and Starlight makes some truly fantastic toppers.

That’s all for now. Come back soon. 😉

-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

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

Mimosas and Cannolis with Royalty

I hope you guys like OPI cremes, because I’ve got a slew of ‘em for you today. But honestly, who doesn’t like OPI cremes? 😉

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First is OPI Dating A Royal, a slightly dusty royal blue. I love the slight mutedness of this color, it makes it more wearable than my other royal blues. This is two coats with topcoat.

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Next I have OPI Mimosas for Mr. & Mrs.. This is a slightly sheer nude-pink jelly. This was opaque in three coats on my shorties, but this could easily need more on longer nails or if you’re a stickler for very thin coats. This felt like a very nineties shade to me once I was wearing it, I’m not sure why.

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Finally, I have a swatch that got lost in the mix some time ago—but I’m posting OPI, so now’s as good a time as any to share it! This is OPI I Cannoli Wear OPI, one of my most frequently worn colors. My lighting and editing is a lot more color-accurate than the last time I wore this, so I went ahead and took photos again. This polish is opaque in two to three coats; I’m wearing two here if I remember correctly.

Thanks for stopping by. ❤

-Aley

Zoya Dream

I’ve had no time to paint my nails recently… I’m still wearing this mani! This happens so rarely. :O

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I finally got around to trying on Zoya Dream, a blue jelly base with scattered holographic flakies, and I’m so pleased with it. The holo is a little shy both in person and on camera, but it’s still a pretty color even without the holo effect. I’m wearing two coats here, but there were a couple of slightly lighter patches still visible—two thick coats or three thin coats should do you good with this one.

That’s all I’ve got today. Check back soon, though!

-Aley