Fourth of July Mani!

Hi, everyone! I’m popping in really quick to show off my July 4th mani this year!

Tried to capture the holo of Indie Go and Very Ornamental, but no dice...they have a pretty decent holo flare in person, promise!

Tried to capture the holo of Indie Go and Very Ornamental, but no dice…they have a pretty decent holo flare in person, promise!

I almost used my fave polish, Mirrorball, to keep all the polishes holo, but at the last minute decided to use My Boyfriend Scales Walls. MBSW is a really great polish – it’s white with a drop of gray and is opaque and non-streaky in two easy coats, which is amazing for a white polish!

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For my ring finger I used some star nail decals from What’s Up Nails over Indie Go, and on my middle I (painstakingly) placed stripe decals over MBSW then painted Very Ornamental over top to get the ‘Merica stripes. I like this mani way better than my one from last year, although that one was super last-minute. I’m well-documented as not being a fan of red, but I actually like this mostly-red mani because I think it’s so freaking cute!

The star decals weren't totally stuck down in a few places so they didn't come out perfect, but I kinda like how they look a little haphazard, almost like they were handprinted on.

The star decals weren’t totally stuck down in a few places so they didn’t come out perfect, but I kinda like how they look a little haphazard, almost like they were handprinted on.

Thanks for reading, and a happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans! I hope you have a fun and safe holiday – A x

A-England Wuthering Heights

Hi everyone! How’s your week going? Mine has been okay, except for the tragedy that has struck my nails – I rarely get breaks, but my middle finger on my left hand (the one I show in photos) had a weird chunk of nail broken off the tip, so I had to file it down, and now my pointer nail has the beginning of a break, and it’s REAL low, so I’m kind nervous because it’ll definitely hurt if it rips off. Sigh. My nails do grow pretty quickly, but I may not be able to post for a little while because these breaks are pretty bad. So today I’ve got the last mani I had on before The Break Attack: A-England’s Wuthering Heights.

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This is from the A-England collection based on – obviously – Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë’s book which took me three weeks to slog through in high school because I hated it so much. I feel like you’re either a WH fan or a Jane Eyre fan, and I am definitely more a Jane girl (although Mr. Rochester can suck it), although there was an article on the The Toast a while back (can’t find it now…?) framing WH as a horror story instead of the great love story it’s come to be known for, and it got me kinda has me wanting to read it again, keeping that different perspective in mind. Anyway, I really liked a lot of the polishes in the collection, and eventually snatched up two, Spirit of the Moors (a gorgeous cobalt with scattered holo I’ll wear son) and Wuthering Heights, named after the home of Cathy and Heathcliff.

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I wore this last year (with another A-England polish, Sleeping Palace), and I loved it just as much this time. The formula is great – most nails only needed one coat – and the color is a fantastic stormy lavender-gray that totally evokes the moody moors where the novel takes place. It has a weak, very scattered holographic shimmer – A-England’s trademark – so it’s difficult to see unless you’re in direct light, so it gives the polish a lovely depth. You can see the holo better in that previous post I linked to above; these photos I took on an overcast day, which seemed to match the mood of the polish.

Let's pretend we can't see how bad my cuticles still, are, k?

Let’s pretend we can’t see how bad my cuticles still, are, k?

I hope to be back with some fun new manis soon! If not, I might just do some favorites round ups or something, just to have content in the interim. As always, thank you so much for reading! See you next time – A x

Coral + Cornflower Leopard

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got another quick post for you using a nail art technique I’ve never actually attempted before: leopard spots!

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I feel like freehand leopard spots is a nail art technique every blogger/nail art aficionado has done multiple times, but for some reason I never tried it out until today. I still can’t shake my desire for blue polish, so I’m trying to at least incorporate other colors and make more unique combinations – which is where Man’s Red Flower comes in! From Pahlish‘s The Jungle Book collection, MRF is a peachy/orange holographic shade – it looked slightly more coral online, so I was a bit disappointed when I got it, but it’s BRIGHT in the sun (not quite neon but almost) and the formula is amazing. Glad I scooped this one up!

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I’m not normally a huge fan of blue/orange color pairings (it’s the colors of my college’s rival, booooo) but I like this combination because I think the soft orange and almost lavender-leaning cornflower blue of Bikini So Teeny look really pretty together.

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The silver came into play because my sister had her bottle of Orly on the coffee table where I was painting my nails, and then I decided to sponge on a layer of Servin’ Up Silver (which is so old and sad and goopy, ugh, I need to try to thin the formula out) as an accent on my pinkie.

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I’m annoyed I couldn’t capture the holo of MRF very well, but it’s really lovely in direct lighting. I’m also pretty happy with how my first attempt at leopard spots came out! Now that I know how easy it is, that look might be appearing in more of my manis coming up, so be warned! Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x

Nail Quickies: Birthday Glitter

Hi everyone! This is a quick mani I did this weekend for my friend T’s 30th birthday.

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I snagged Models Own Turquoise Sea from Live Love Polish‘s Black Friday sale – it’s my first Models Own polish and it is uh-mah-zing, y’all! The formula is impeccable – at one point I thought I’d messed up and made a huge streaky area, but a few seconds later it had all self-leveled and was totally smooth and opaque! It barely took two coats, dried fairly glossy, and the formula is perfect – not too thick but just enough so it’s easy to manipulate on the nail. I feel like the color isn’t super unique, but I love these kind of blues and I’d been wanting to try the brand out, anyway, so this is a definite win for me!

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I wanted to add a little fun sparkle, so I did a glitter fade using Pretty Serious Cosmetics‘ Daphne’s Birthday party. This mix is made up of pink, yellow, green, blue, and purple glitters of the same size, and it was fairly easy to manipulate on the nail. I didn’t put that much on because I was running short on time, but it came out looking like a perfect, fun birthday celebration!

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Thanks for reading! See you next time – A x

Rose Gold in Beverly Hills, Darling!

I rarely buy pricey nail polishes – I just don’t find that the formula/wear time is any greater, and unless it’s a really unique color, I don’t see what’s the point. (Plus I’m super cheap.) However, last year Cirque Colors had a limited edition set of neons that I coveted SO HARD, and I kept waiting because I thought they’d go on sale, but instead it totally sold out and I never got any. :( So when I saw before Christmas that they’d released an amazing rose gold-coated silver flake polish, I finally bit the bullet and purchased it. And ohhhhh how glad I am that I did!

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I am OB-SESSED with Halcyon! Not only do I love the name, but this polish is ev-er-y-thing! Metallic flake polishes have become very popular with indie brands in the past year, with a few brands eventually branching out into colored metallic flakes. From reviews I’ve read, though, everyone raved that Halcyon, with its perfect rosy hue and shine, was THE metallic flake polish to get if you were going to get one, so I wasted no time snatching it up! Halcyon is incredibly opaque – I barely needed two coats to get full coverage – and it’s SO shiny. More than one person noticed how sparkly and reflective it was while I was out wearing it (especially the shop girls at the Beverly Hills souvenir store). Ugh, I just love this polish so much – if you like rose gold, I highly recommend picking Halcyon up!

Once again, sorry for my dry-ass cuticles!

Once again, sorry for my dry-ass cuticles!

I was trying to think what to pair it with, and I was still craving brights after my neon mani, so I used China Glaze’s Too Yacht To Handle (TYTH). I’ve written about the CG Sensational pastel neons before, but basically: the colors are amazing, the formulas are shit. TYTH isn’t as streaky as most of them, but I definitely needed three coats, and it usually chips on me by the next day. Sigh. I definitely had to touch these up already for these photos, and it was only the next day! Still, though, that color is to die – it’s such a gorgeous, incredibly vivid aqua, I just can’t quit it. (Color Club’s Blue-Ming is similar but slightly less green-toned; however, its formula is even worse than TYTH.) I used tape to make a diagonal shape to apply Halcyon on my pinkie and a thin stripe on my middle finger over TYTH, then threw on a layer of CG’s glitter I Pink I Can on my pointer. I Pink I Can has a pretty good formula and nice glitter distribution, so I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a rose-gold glitter!

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I put this mani on for the weekend my sister and our friend decided to have a Beverly Hills tourist day. It was overcast and gloomy out, which wasn’t great for photos but meant there weren’t too many other people out. Beverly Hills is actually one of my favorite places to walk around LA – there’s plenty of parking garages with free two-hour parking and the area is especially made for crowds to easily wander through all the chic shopping. On the day we went, we decided to take a tour on the Beverly Hills Trolley – it’s $5 for a 40-minute tour, and I highly recommend it! They begin by going through the famous shops on Rodeo, then chug along through the residential area across Sunset to show homes previously owned by Hollywood celebs (Clark Gable, the actor who was the voice of Bugs Bunny, Charo [lol]) and sites like the Beverly Hills Hotel and the famous Witch’s House. Our tour guide was lovely and beyond chic in her black suit and flapper-esque hair, and she knew so much about the area. Definitely worth it if you’re in the area on the weekends (it only runs Sat-Sun for certain months out of the year: info here)!

After our trolley tour and a wander around Rodeo and the surrounding streets (hitting up MAC and Coffee Bean, obvs), we went back to the Witch’s House to get better photos and to the Beverly Hills Hotel to see the grounds. The Witch’s House was first created on a movie lot in 1921 before being moved to Beverly Hills in the 1930s, and it’s appeared in a few movies including Clueless (which is how I knew about it). There was a lot of detail when you get close up – tiny lanterns, a fake vulture in the tree out front, signs saying “No Trespassing” and “Keep Out” in a witchy font, and a carefully overgrown-looking garden. The Beverly Hills Hotel should need no introduction – we wanted to get lunch at the tiny coffee shop in the hotel, the Fountain Coffee Room, but there are only 19 seats around the curved counter and although we came at an in-between time, there was still a line, so we walked down to the gift shop, instead, where I couldn’t resist a pink wine opener with the famous logo in green.

We had one last stop before we left Beverly Hills: the Greystone Mansion. You can’t go inside unless you’re there for a special event, but the grounds are free for anyone to explore. There’s a huge parking lot that was almost totally empty when we arrived, and we wandered through the beautiful fountains and perfect shrubbery, and when we got the the main courtyard, we all noticed it looked familiar. My sister looked it up and sure enough, that’s where they filmed the scenes for Chilton in Gilmore Girls! That’s one of my favorite shows, so I was beyond excited.

So if you’re visiting LA and want to do some Beverly Hills exploring, this would be a great itinerary – even with all our wandering at Rodeo, it only took us about three hours to do it all. Very good plan if you’re trying to be chi chi chi, Beverly Hills on a budget!