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?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Zoya Summer 2015 Paradise Sun Collection - Swatches and Review

Press sample*

Yay, I have finally my laptop back and now it's working as it should, so I can get back to my blog and posting!

It's already almost the end of June and it should be summer already, but the weather has been anything but summery here in Finland. While we are still waiting for the summer to come, at least we can get the summer on our nails already with some bright and fun polishes. Today I have total of six of those shades to share with you! I'm of course talking about Zoya summer 2015 collection called Paradise Sun.

This collection has six beautiful bright summery metallic shimmers in it that will surely get to the warm and sunny mode!



I got the whole Paradise Sun collection for review as well as two cremes (Talia and Cecilia) from the Island Sun collection. I'll show those two cremes later, but for now let's take a closer look at the shimmery Paradise Sun collection.

Aphrodite is described as a vibrant summer red with a micronized pearl metallic finish and multi-hued flash that brings it to life. This is a bit different from all the others since this one has a crelly base with some beautiful flakies. This is more sparkly in the real life as those flakies don't really show up too much on camera. I used two coats here with a top coat. Eventhough this is really pigmeted, there is still a visible nail line, so you might want to add third coat to cover that up. This has a really great formula, it pretty much applies itself.


Genesis is described as a crystalline white with a micronized metallic pearl finish - designed to look like micro-fine diamond dust. It's a beautiful crisp white with gorgeous silver shimmer, but the formula wasn't really great. It was quite hard to apply as it was quite thick and streaky. I used three coats here and a coat of top coat. I wish this had even just slightly better formula as the color and the polish is so pretty.



Isa is described as a deep blue-based purple with a micronized metallic pearl finish and an aqua flash that embodies the beauty of exotic island flowers. It's a deep blurple shimmer and pretty impossible to photograph accurately. It tends to look way too blue in pictures and the beautiful magenta/pink flash and shimmer disappears in the pictures completely. This one had quite a weird smell like some blues and purples have, but it went away when it dried. I used two coats here. It's a stunning shade and the shimmer has even a slight duochrome effect in it from pink to aqua. If you are a purple lover you should definitely get this one!


Mae is described as a warm magenta pink with a micronized metallic pearl finish, reminiscent of vibrant Mediterranean flowers. This is definitely bright summery shade and it has also pretty perfect formula. I used two easy coats with a top coat here. If you want your nails to scream summer then this should be your pick for sure!


Oceane is described as a true turquoise with a micronized metallic pearl finish that reflects the clearest blue ocean waters. As a blue lover I probably don't even need to say it, but this was certainly one of my favorites! It's a stunning blue turquoise shade and it has really a perfect formula. It could even be a one coater, I used two just in case. It's very pigmeted, so be sure to use two coats of base coat under this one. Get this one if you like blue polishes at all!



Selene is described as a true teal with a micronized metallic pearl finish, a unique shade with an aqua fleck that resembles deeper layers of ocean water. This is definitely my other favorite, it's a truly beautiful bright and vivid shade! It even has some pretty aqua flakies in it, so it's quite an unique combination. Selene is another one that is quite hard to photograph, it tends to look a tad too green in pictures. This has a great formula also, I used two easy coats with a top coat here. It's also really pigmented shade, so you should probably use two coats of good base coat under it to prevent any staining.


I think this is a really nice summer collection and I'm pretty sure there's something here for everybody. It's probably not the most unique collection out there, but for me Genesis was really the only disappointment due to the formula, all the others are true pretties and of course the last two, Oceane and Selene are just simply amazing. For some reason the metallic shimmer in most of these makes them look a little flat in the pictures. They really are anything but flat colors, the shimmer in these is actually very beautiful.


Which one of these is your favorite?


*All polishes in this post were provided to me for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Holy Dotticure

I should finally try to get back into blogging rythm without the #ablecs15 challenge. It just seems so hard to do when you don't have something telling you what to do and when to do it. But at least I have some simple nail art to share with you guys today!

This is actually a mani that I did a while back, but didn't have time to post it, so I thought now would be the perfect time to finally share this one too. Actually this is pretty much the only thing I can post right now if I don't want to post unedited pictures. For some reason my laptop decided that it doesn't want to work with me anymore... It doesn't start at all, so I had to take to maintenance. I'm pretty sure that they will be able to fix it since it's only a little over year old, or at least I hope they can. Sooo, I don't currently have the laptop, so I can't really edit my pictures. Thankfully I've learned a bit after my previous laptop stoped working, so I do have backups of all my files and pictures and all that. So as soon as I get the laptop back, it all should be fine. I did have this pictures ready, so at least I'm able to do this post for you in the meantime.

Yet once again I needed something easy, quick and work-appropriate on my nails and as I have been quite close friends with my dotting tool lately, I decided to do a simple dotticure. I used Color Club Who Are You Wearing as my base color and for the dots I used three different polishes: A England Saint George, China Glaze Techno Teal and Dance Legend Holy Diver.

Unfortunately Color Club's Who Are You Wearing wasn't really the best choice as a base color for easy and quick manicure as it was everything but easy and quick to apply. It needed four(!!) coats for full coverage and the outcome still wasn't really smooth. Thankfully a generous coat of Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat fixed the situation a bit and I was able to finish the dotticure. I have plenty of nude-ish polishes with better formula, coverage and application, so I already got rid of this one. Sorry Color Club, but me and Who Are You Wearing didn't really become friends at all.

I do really love these three green-ish holographic polishes combined together, I think they look really stunning! I love the fact that Holy Diver looks sooo sparkly and the other two are really gorgeous too even if they are a bit more muted compared to Holy Diver. This kind of dotticure is so easy to do and I think that it's really a great look. Quick, easy and pretty, what else would you need?!

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Color Club Who Are You Wearing (4 coats); A England Saint George, China Glaze Techno Teal and Dance Legend Holy Diver (dots)
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: dotting tool


What do you guys think of simple look like this, is it boring or pretty?

Monday, June 8, 2015

Giveaway and Contest Winners - The Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge

I know you all have been impatiently waiting to find out the winners of our giveaway and contest for the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge and finally I have them for you today! 

We got quite a number of great entries for the nail art contest and it wasn't the easiest job to decide who would win! We (that's me, Mirka and Katjamaria) spent one evening trying to decide who would win and finally after hard consideration we had the winners. It took a while since we really went through each and every single one of your entries for the contest. Huge thanks to everyone who participated, it was really really nice to see so many entries and I enjoyed taking a closer look to some of your challenge manicures!

But enough with the chatter and let's hear the winners right?! Well, first we should take a look at the awesome prizes one more time:


So, as you know, the contest had three different winners. We also wanted include some comments about the manicures and why we chose these three, so make sure that while admiring the talented winners, you also read our thougts about the winning manicures. :)


ILNP 50 USD Gift Card (sponsored by ILNP) goes to: 
@sevenseasofpolish's beautiful nothern lights manicure for the theme Nature's Wonders!

We thought that the manicure was really skilfully made and it matches the theme very well. She is clearly talented and has used few different techniques for this manicure, which of course was a plus in a nail art contest. Of course as Finns and as the challenge is after all called the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge, we appreciated that the mani also fits really well to the whole thing. Also we have truly enjoyed seeing and admired all the challenge manicures that @sevenseasofpolish has made for the challenge, you should definitely check out her Instagram to see them all you haven't already!


The Nailista Shop 25 EUR Gift Card (sponsored by The Nailista Shop) goes to:
Anna / Oot Meikannut! and her brilliant manicure for also the theme Nature's Wonders!

We especially loved the smoke effect in this manicure, it's simply stunning! It's an interesting technique, something that all three of immediately became interested in trying after seeing Anna's manicure. The matte effect in this manicure works perfectly and we loved that this was truly an original and imaginative interpretation for the theme!


2 MoYou London Stamping Plates of Winner's Choice + Stamper & Scraper (sponsored by MoYou London) go to:
@too_muchpolish's witty bananas manicure for the theme Fruitylicious!

This manicure was certainly fitted for the theme and we thought it was really funny and delightful manicure. It's definitely quite sweet look, but we thought that it was also really well made. It's not easy to paint so small details on your nails, especially bananas (though I can't really say that I have tried to paint bananas :D) and get them to look what they are ment to be. This was of course really original take on theme and we loved it!

Big congrats to all three nail art contest winners!


But then we have one prize left to give away, it's of course the giveaway prize 50 CAD Harlow & Co. gift card that we bought ourselves to give to you! We used the Rafflecopter widget to select the winner randomly and the gift card goes to:

So big congrats also to Elina L!

 
I will email all the winners shortly, so please answer back as quickly as you can. Once again thanks to all who participated and of course also to all our awesome contest sponsors!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

16 Weeks, 32 Manicures - the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge

Here it comes, the 32 nail art manicures of the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge!

It's always so much fun to see all the manicures together! It's quite obvious that this was spring challenge, I think the collage looks way more colorful than the autumn one. 

By the way, if you are waiting to hear who will win those awesome giveaway and contest prizes, you have to still wait a little while. We will announce the winners in couple days, we just need some time to figure out the contest winners as there are so many great participants!

But in the mean while, let's take a final closer look to my challenge manicures.

From these first nine challenge manicures especially my first challenge manicure, the gradient over white water decals with two of Dance Legend Aquarelles was definitely one of my favorite challenge manicures, maybe even one of my favorite manis of this year. It was done for the theme Something Other Than Pink and it definitely was something other!

Matched to an Outfit was also one of my favorites, I'm quite happy how those hand painted swallows turned out! I wore the Abstract mani for quite a while, it's definitely my cup of tea with the combo of nude and neons! Sporting mani was also special to me, especially after the Finnish biathlete Kaisa Mäkäräinen liked the mani in Instagram and even commented it! I have a bit mixed feelings about my mani for the theme Nature's Wonders; I still love that seasonal idea for the theme, but I'm not completely happy how the mani turned out. 

Eventhough my mani for the theme Textured was quite simple, I still liked it very much. As a Finn I do love the combo of blue and white, and I feel like it looked really good in this manicure! I Thought I'd Never was truly something I thought I'd never do again: use that awful flocking powder on my nails. But I still did as the theme kinda made me do it and I really shouldn't have. It's probably one of my least favorite manis during this challenge eventhough I do love both lacquers that I used for the mani. I also felt like my mani for the theme My Most Used Polish wasn't too great, but somehow you all seemed to like it?!

Pastels, My Newest Polish and Mint & Pink were again manicures that I really liked, they were all pretty simple but still had something special going on and more importantly I really loved wearing all of them. Then again some simple manicures, like the one for the theme Monochromatic, are those that I'd do again if I had the chance. I had a great idea for the theme, but I run out of time and then I just had to do something really simple. But I can of course still do the mani I had originally planned at some point!

I feel like in these nine manicures there are quite a few that I really liked. Actually, Rainy Day is probably the only one that I didn't like so much, all the others are pretty much my favorites even if some of them are quite simple. I especially loved that Dot Dot Dot manicure and of course those hand painted poppys for Blooming. Game To Play was also definitely one of my favorites as well as surprisingly the yellow Out of the Comfort Zone manicure and the dotticure for Oh So Bright. I also finally tried painting feathers on my nails for hte Dreaming theme and evemthough it's once again quite simple manicure, I really like the blue gradient and how those feathers turned out!

For some reason my last few manis for the challenge were all quite pinkish, but oh well. The first three here aren't really my biggest favorites, mainly because I didn't have time to redo them or do them properly at the first place. Animalistic is another least favorite for me, it just wasn't my style and those water decals didn't work properly. The last two, however, are really my favorite ones. I loved that simple wedding nails look for I Do and the mani I did for Geometric was certainly one of my favorite ones for a while.


If I'd had to choose my three favorites from all these manicures, they would probably be Something Other Than Pink, Blooming and Geometric, but really, like I said, there are quite a few manis that I really liked. 

 

I'd love to hear what you guys think, so tell me which one of my spring challenge manicures did you guys like the best? 
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