Thursday, July 30, 2015

Essie Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe Collection - Swatches and Review

I'm a bit late with this but I'm going to share my swatches of Essie summer 2015 with you anyhow. I'm of course hoping that there's still summer left as it feels like the summer hasn't even started here in Finland because of the weather. Maybe we'll have some hot summery days in August (*fingers crossed*). At least I'm pretty confident that it will be sunny and hot hot hot in Barcelona where I'm going soon! Maybe I can find the perfect weather to wear some of these polishes from Essie Beach Side Collection there.

I got the whole collection for review and mine are again those Finnish/European version Essies with the wide brush and possibly a tad different ingredients and formula than the US Essies.

*Press sample
Chillato is a pale yellowed pistachio green creme. I've read that people have had issues with the formula of Chillato, but mine was fairly easy to apply. I used three thin coats and those gave me full coverage. I'm quite sure that this would be difficult to apply with the thin Essie brush, but thankfully I have the wider brush version, so it wasn't hard at all to apply it. This was infact a surprise favorite of mine, I really loved the fresh look that this gave on my nails. It looks quite yellow on me, but for some reason I didn't even mind that! I'd say that this is definitely more of a spring shade for me, but somehow it still works as a summer color just as well.

Peach Side Babe is a peach creme that looks almost like a light coral or something like that. It's a beautiful lighter shade that isn't pastel or chalky or anything like that. It's a bit streaky so I would definitely recommend using three thin coats if you are going to wear this alone. I was going to use this as a base for nail art, so I went with just two coats and a coat of top coat. 

Peach shades are sometimes difficult for me as they tend to look wrong against my skintone, but this has pink undertones in it, so even I can wear this. It's a perfect summer shade for those hot summer days that are still hopefully ahead for us. (I know, I know, I keep talking about the weather. Forgive me, but I'm hoping that if I keep talking about it, the summer will still come here in Finland too...)

Pret-A-Surfer is a slightly dusty blue creme with pretty great formula. This is pretty much an one-coat wonder though it did use two coats here just to be safe. It's a beautiful color and definitely a must-have for blue-lovers. 

Private Weekend is a bright white with subtle shimmer. Oh man, I was so hoping that Essie wouldn't do these invisible shimmers any more. If there's shimmer in the polish, of course we want to see it on nail too, right?!? I get that adding shimmer might make the formula a bit better than if it was just a regular creme, but if I'm promised shimmer in the bottle, I really want to see it on nail too. The white base in this one is so bright that it really makes the shimmer disappear almost completely. This would have been such a beautiful color if the shimmer was just slightly more visible. I used three coats here, it was a quite streaky.

Salt Water Happy is a pale light blue creme. It's an unique shade with a nice formula. Usually pale light shades like this have at least somewhat difficult formulas, but this one was quite easy to apply and it needed only two coats for full coverage. 


Sunset Sneaks is a bright crimson red creme. It's not a true red, weirdly enough it looked a bit orange on me, though I'm quite sure it infact has some pink in it. Either way I think this is more wearable even for those who don't like to wear true bright reds.

I really like the cohesion of this collection, the shades look like they go very well together and it would be so easy to combine any of them or even all of them for some nail art. This collection didn't really feel so summery to me at first glance, it rather looked like a spring collection. Then again, I do like the fact that Essie did come up with something different for this summer and now that I've tried all the shades, I could see my self wearing them all easily as summer colors and majority of them are actually pretty perfect summer shades. Surely they aren't really anything that we haven't seen before, but most of them are still very much worth having. The two blues, Salt Water Happy and Pret-A-Surfer are definitely must-haves from this collection. They are gorgeous shades and have really nice formula. Peach Side Babe is another hit for me and surprisingly I loved Chillato very much. Sunset Sneaks could be the perfect pedi color for summer. Private Weekend is the only one that gets a pass from me because of the disappointingly unvisible shimmer and because the formula wasn't really too great either.

As this is the summer collection, these have been in the stores for a while already, so you should head out and get yours if you want. 


Which one of these is your favorite? Do you guys have any tips regarding our trip to Barcelona: what we should see or do, where we should eat or shop or anything at all? I'd be very happy to hear if you have any tips at all!


*All these Essie polishes were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Neon Water Decals

Water decals are definitely one of my favorite nail art decorations and I'm always happy if I manage to find water decals that are a bit more special. Don't get me wrong, I do love those regular flower water decals and all sorts of feathers, lace patterns and all that, but it's still nice to have something a bit different once in a while. So when I visited Mi Nails in Turku earlier this year and spotted some neon water decals, I just had to buy one sheet so I could try them out.


I did this mani a while ago already, but I haven't posted it since it was a bit of a failure. I do like those neon water decals very much and I still like the fact that they are a bit different, but somehow we didn't really get along when I tried to apply them on my nails.


I used two coats of Essie Take It Outside as my base color. Then I cut some pieces out of those water decals and tried to apply them on my nails. For some reason they didn't want to stick though and I had to work quite hard to get them somehow stick on my nails. I also managed to ruin them a bit more when I applied a coat of top coat over them. Nonetheless, the mani looked pretty good from the distance, but of course you can see all those flaws in these close-up pictures.

Flaws or not, I still liked this manicure very much. I'm always into the combo of nude/neutral colors with some neons, the neutral base makes the neons pop out even more. This could have been really the perfect summer manicure, I just wish we'd have those perfect summer weather to go with this mani.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Take It Outside
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: water decals



Neons with neutral colors, hot or not?

Monday, July 13, 2015

Gradient Angles with Zoya Island Fun Cecilia and Talia

I have a quick nail art look to share with you guys today. I got the idea for my manicure from this beautiful mani by Suvi from Passion for Nails. I really loved Suvi's original look, it reminded me of rose petals or something like that, but since I didn't want to just copy the whole idea, I thought I'd give it a little spin and make a different look with the same technique.

Press sample*
I used my favorite off-white polish: Essie Urban Jungle. I did three thin coats with it and applied a coat of top coat and let it dry completely. Then I just taped my nails with some single chevron nail vinyls and sponged some Zoya Cecilia and Talia next to the vinyls. Finally I just removed the vinyls and added a coat of top coat.
 

Cecilia and Talia look really gorgeous together, they both such beautiful colors! I did this look in a bit hurry, so I didn't use too much time trying to blend them together to make the gradient effect more smooth between them, but I don't think that matters too much. I liked this look quite a bit and I even got some compliments when I wore this manicure.

I will share my swatches of Zoya Cecilia and Thalia later with you guys since I haven't posted those yet. However, I already shared my swatches of Zoya Paradise Sun collection, so if you haven't seen those yet, check them out here. 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Essie Urban Jungle (3 coats), Zoya Talia, Zoya Cecilia
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: nail vinyls


* Zoya Cecilia and Talia were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.


*****

Zoyan lakkoja voi Suomessa ostaa suoraan maahantuojalta NailCityltä. Uusien kokoelmien lakoilla hintaa on 15 euroa. NailCityn verkkokauppaa on avattu myös kuluttaja-asiakkaille, kannattaa käydä siis rekisteröitymässä.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration and Digital Flash - First Impressions

Finnish version at the end of the post. Suomenkielinen versio lopussa.
Press sample*

I've been sick for few days now, so that's why it has been a bit quiet here. However, now I'm feeling a bit better and I have a first impressions post for you guys today! I received really interesting base and top coat for review just little over a week ago and I thought I'd share my first impressions about these two with you guys immediately and then I'll do a more thorough review later when I have had more time to test both of these.
 

I got both Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Flash top coat and Digital Hydration base coat for review from Mi Nails. Both of these and the glitter top coat called Glitter Food are new products at Mi Nails and I'm truly happy to try out the base and the top coat since I've never used them before. I've had that Glitter Food for quite a while now and I have been quite pleased with it, so that also made me really interested in trying out Digital Hydration and Digital Flash.



Digital Hydration is a 3-free moisturizing and ridge filling base coat that contains also argan oil. It immediately sounded really intriguing since pretty much always you have to choose if you want to use a base coat that is either hydrating or ridge filling. Or you might need to use two different base coats together as those features don't always come together in one product. My nails are pretty smooth so I don't necessarily need a ridge filling base coat, but it's still a great feature as smooth base is essential for beautiful manicure and I know that for many people ridge filling is the most important feature of a base coat. My nails definitely need hydration, so the argan oil in the base coat sounds pretty great!


Digital Flash is a 3-free quick drying top coat. It's said to be the answer to all of us struggling with quick drying top coat shrinking our manicures. At least I have that issue with Seche Vite and no matter how I apply it, it always shrinks, so a thicker quick drying top coat that doesn't shrink sounds truly great! Another awesome fact is that as this is a 3-free top coat, it doesn't contain DBP like many of the alternatives do, so overall Digital Flash sounds like a really great top coat!



Digital Hydration is quite thin and easy to apply. It dries quickly to a matte-ish finish and it's really easy to apply a polish over it. Digital Flash is on the thick side, though it's not as thick as Seche Vite, but it sure is thick enough for me. It's also very easy to apply as it goes on really smoothly. It dried pretty quick too and more importantly I didn't get any shrinkage or bubbles or anything like that, so I was really impressed with my first tries of this one! I'm going to need to do some sort of drying time test comparing this one and some of my other favorite quick drying top coats in order to see how this really compares with the drying time. It seemed to dry quite quickly, but like I said, I'm going to try that out a bit more.



I've done two manicures using both the Digital Hydration base coat and the Digital Flash top coat. I wore the first mani for a whole week as I was too busy to change it, so it was a pretty great test also on how well the mani lasted on my nails. My job includes quite a lot of typing and handling paper work and such wich makes my manis wear easily from the tips and sometimes also chip. This base and top coat combo made the mani last on my nails pretty well. I did get some tip wear, but I've never gone a week with this job without any tip wear if I've worn the same mani for the whole week. Overall, I was really happy with the duration aspect. 

All in all, my first impression about both of these is really positive, but I will surely try and test these more and report back after I've done just that!


*Both of these were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

*****

Mi Nailsille on vastikään tullut valikoimiin uusia Nail Pattern Boldness -merkin alus- ja päällilakkoja ja sainkin ihan äskettäin testiin Digital Hydration aluslakan ja Digital Flash päällyslakan. Halusin heti jakaa hieman ensimmäisiä ajatuksia näistä molemmista parin testauskerran jälkeen. Palaan näihin vielä toki myöhemminkin kunhan saan kokeiltua niitä enemmän ja voin kirjoitella niistä vielä hieman syvällisempää arviota.

Digital Hydration on todellinen 'kaksi kärpästä yhdellä iskulla' -aluslakka: se on sekä hoitava että tasoittava aluslakka. Omat kynteni eivät ole ihan hirveän epätasaiset, joten en välttämättä tuota tasoittamista niin kaipaa, vaikka toki sekin on todella hyvä ominaisuus ja tiedän, että monille se on todella tärkeä ominaisuus. Hoitavuutta ja kosteuttavuutta kynteni kyllä kaipaavat ehdottomasti, ja kun aluslakan kerrotaan sisältävän mm. argan öljyä, niin kiinnostun varmasti. Digital Hydration on levittyy kynsille helposti, se on sopivan paksua, ei liian ohutta mutta ei myöskään liian jämäkkää, ja se kuivuukin varsin nopeasti. Ensimmäisten testausten perusteella tämä vaikuttaa todella hyvältä aluslakalta!

Digital Flash on paksuhko pikakuivattava päällilakka, joka ei kutista lakkauksia. Minusta ja Seche Vitestä ei koskaan tullut ystäviä juuri sen takia, että huolimatta siitä millä tavalla sitä levitin, aina sain kutistettua lakkaukset sillä (ja kyllä, olen tutustunut kaikkiin mahdollisiin vinkkeihin siitä, miten se kuuluisi levittää). Paksumpi päällilakka, joka ei kutista, kuulostaa juuri siltä mitä kaipaan! Digital Flash ei mielestäni ole niin paksua kuin Seche, mutta selvästi kuitenkin paksumpaa kuin moni muu päällilakka. Tämä levittyy lakkauksen päälle helposti eikä tämän kanssa tarvinnut tehdä mitään erikoisia kommervenkkejä, toki tapani mukaan lakkaan kyllä aina myös kynsien kärjet. Kuivumisaika tuntui nopealta, mutta teen tästä vielä myöhemmin vertailun muiden suosikkipäällilakkojen kanssa, yksistään kuivumisaikaa on vähän vaikea verrata. 

Pari lakkausta olen näiden alus- ja päällyslakan kanssa ehtinyt tehdä ja ne tuntuvat pitävän lakkauksen hyvänä pidemmänkin aikaa, joten kaiken kaikkiaan olen kyllä hyvin tyytyväinen tähän alus- ja päällilakkaduoon. Lisää syvempää analyysiä on luvassa sitten kunhan saan testattua näitä vielä tarkemmin.

Digital Hydration ja Digital Flash maksavat molemmat Mi Nailsilla 11,50€ kappale. Lisäksi myynnissä on myös Glitter Food -päällilakkaa glitterlakoille. Kaikki Mi Nailsin NPB tuotteet löytyvät tästä linkistä.
 

*Molemmat lakat saatu arvioitaviksi, en hyödy linkkien klikkauksista.

Monday, June 29, 2015

KBShimmer Bahama Drama

Finally we had a little bit warmer summer day here in Finland too, so at last I can get to the summer mood, yay! Quite appropriately I have a really bright and summery manicure to share with you guys today.

I bought total of four polishes from the huge KBShimmer summer collection and for this look I compined two of those new polishes to one manicure. I used two coats of the gorgeous faded neon coral peach called Bahama Drama. Then I did a simple glitter gradient on top of Bahama Drama using KBShimmer holographic silver glitter called Alloy Matey! 
 
Just a little while ago I also bought some new water decals from Hypnotic Polish. These are from a Russian brand called MILV and these are pretty new at Hypnotic Polish. They have quite a wide selection and I think these are great as they are a bit different than regular water decals. I was especially interested in trying out those silver/gold designs as I've been struggling a bit with silver and gold water decals. I've bought quite a few different decals in silver or gold, but pretty much all of them seem to have some quality issues. Based on my first try these MILV ones didn't really disappoint, I think these are the best quality silver water decals that I've used. They are quite thin so you need to be careful when applying your top coat over them but other than that they were pretty perfect.

Bahama Drama is seriously the most stunning summer shade there is, this is just pure perfection! I think it's the kind of neon shade that suits pretty much everyone. It's a bit bleached neon, so it doesn't look wrong with pale skin tone either, but it's still so very bright. The quality and formula were pretty great also, I only needed two easy coats for full coverage. If you haven't found your perfect coral summer neon yet, you should definitely check this one out!


Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: KBShimmer Bahama Drama, KBShimmer Alloy Matey!
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: MILV water decals


 How about you guys, are you in the summer mood already?
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