Linear & Flakie Holo Taco Comparisons


I’m sure at this point there are about a million swatches of the Holo Taco launch collection out there so I thought I would switch it up. As a fan of Cristine I knew I wanted the launch collection (was really jonesing for the flakie top coat and the one coat black) but I also was curious about how they stack up to the holo toppers I already own! For those of you who don’t know about Holo Taco, it was launched by YouTuber Simply Nailogical in late 2019. The launch collection consisted of 3 different holo tacos (holo top coats): linear, flakie, and scattered, as well as a royal blue and one-coat black polish. The toppers were of course the stars of the show, but are maybe not the most wildly unique concepts. After all, there are plenty of holographic top coats out there. We are specifically going to look at Scattered Holo Taco and compare it to the cult favorite China Glaze Fairy Dust and we’ll compare Linear Holo Taco to Starrily Eclipse, a fairly popular linear holographic top coat.

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Hand & Nail Empties: October-December 2019


I feel like I just did one of these posts… because I did, I posted my last one so late! Thanks for hanging in there with me, this should be the last 2019 wrap-up post I have to share and then we will be on to some more “normal” reviews. I did not use up as many products this time around, but there is some good stuff in here. These are my last empties of 2019.

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19 Favorite Nail Polishes from 2019


Feel free to cringe, all you graphic designers. I threw this together in five minutes like all the professionals do. The background is a picture of a bunch of nail peelies from this year. I did throw them away after this, but you better believe I will be collecting my peelies for 2020, too!

I hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. I took about a week and a half off of work to go visit and stay with my family, which was totally awesome! We are going to start the new year by wrapping up last year. Today I am going to share nineteen of my favorite polishes from last year (I was going to do 20, but 19 for 2019 is catchier, right?) and then next week we will look at the last empties of the quarter. After that it’s back to swatches!

I decided to break down my favorites into two categories of polishes I “discovered” in 2019: favorites new to market and favorites new to me. I chose nine new to market polishes as favorites (because I wore less of those) and ten new to me polishes.

Favorite Polishes New to Market:

Favorite Polishes New to Me:

Just for fun, let’s do a color analysis! Of my favorites, I chose:

  • 7 blues
  • 5 greens
  • 2 that are multicolored and I can’t really categorize
  • 2 toppers
  • 1 blue-green
  • 1 glitterbomb
  • 1 white crelly

I’m sure if you’ve been with more for any length of time, those top two colors will not surprise you! I am a blue and green-aholic. No orange made it, which is quite surprising!

In 2020, I will be continuing my personal no buy, untried challenge that I began last year. Every other month, starting January, will be a no-buy month and I can only wear untried polishes. If I am layering, only one of the polishes has to be untried during those months. The no-buy is a strict no-buy; I made exceptions for Polish Pickup last year, but that is not happening this year no matter how much it kills me!

What were some of your favorites this year? Have any sort of polish-related goals?

xx, Ashley

a-england British Subcultures: My Picks Swatch & Review


I have had my swatches of this collection sitting around, collecting dust for months. This post was supposed to go up before all the OPI madness, but I predictably fell behind. Luckily, a-england fans on Instagram chose this collection as one of two a-england collections featured this month. I thought finally getting this post up would be the perfect way to participate. The British Subcultures collection is based on a variety of youth movements/fashions in recent British history. I highly recommend reading about the inspiration/story behind each polish on a-england’s website (especially for polish #2 in this post, you will see why). I will link to each polish descriptor as we go through the colors. I pulled out my faux leather jacket for all the direct lighting photos. Leather jackets seem to fit into the styling of a number of these subcultures! This collection is mostly made of flaming holos, though they did sneak one of their usual ethereal holos in too. I will be honest with you all: I freaking love this collection, so there is going to be some serious gushing. a-england polishes always make me go a little crazy, they are just so perfect for me.

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Hand & Nail Empties: July-September 2019


Today we are all aboard the catch-up express, because I have my third quarterly empties to share with you and it is December. Yeah, I know, a bit late that. Maybe you can get some last minute stocking stuffer ideas, let’s turn this into some holiday inspiration! I got through a good variety of things this time around and have a bonus trash section of things I had to toss before finishing. Like last post, I tried to organize the items into logical groups, with the hand soaps coming in last like usual. Let’s jump right in!

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OPI Good Girls Gone Plaid: Blogstravaganza Fall 2019


OPI Good Girls Gone Plaid, 2 coats plus top coat

You guys… it’s the last post in my series on OPI’s Scotland collection! We have made it through the eleven polishes I purchased and I’m proud of any of you who have stuck with me through the series. Although let’s be real, when you’re looking at colors this gorgeous you cannot exactly call it a chore. We finish it all off with a final purple, a purple so dark that your non-nail polish friends will be skeptical when you tell them it’s purple. OPI calls Good Girls Gone Plaid an “alluring amethyst” which prompted me to google “amethyst” and I suppose it is an okay description. Some amethysts can be dark and it certainly looks darker when the crystals are all layered up. Fine OPI, I’ll accept it.

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OPI Red Heads Ahead: Blogstravaganza Fall 2019


OPI Red Heads Ahead, 2 coats plus top coat

Happy Sunday, everyone! Have you been hitting those deals hard this weekend? I’ve picked up a few gifts, but the only nail/hand related sale I shopped for myself was at Unicorn Magic Skincare. I was planning on trying out their products in the spring, but decided to stock up during the sale. Why not? I really need to learn to restrain myself during the year with polish and candles until the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales. Anyway, I’ve fallen behind on theĀ  OPI Scotland collection, so today we are looking at Red Heads Ahead, which is probably the most vibrant polish in the collection. OPI says this color “shines like the auburn locks of a Scot.” Now, I will admit that I have not looked at every person in the world’s hair, but I have never seen a living human being with hair this naturally red. I would say this a classic, juicy red that leans on the darker side of medium-toned. I have some comparisons at the end that I think really show where this color falls in the red spectrum.

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