Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Idun Minerals Rosenkvarts

I have those favorite nail polish brands that I always keep going back to and buying majority of my polishes from them, but it's also nice like to try out new brands for a change. Today I have one polish to share with you guys from a brand that I hadn't tried before this.

Press sample*

This is Idun Minerals nail polish called Rosenkvarts. Idun Minerals is a Swedish mineral makeup brand and in addition to all those mineral makeup products, they also have a nail polish range. Their range offers 18 classic shades but there are some more trendy colors in the mix too. They also have a base coat and a top coat. 

This brand is sold in pharmacies at least here in Finland and the prize is somewhere around ten euros per polish. The polishes are 5-free and the mineral rich formula has ingredients like such as almond oil in it.

Rosenkvarts is a soft pink creme that almost feels like it has a little bit of a jelly formula with the first coat you apply. It isn't the most opaque polish out there, I used three coats to get the coverage you see in the pictures. It still does cover more like a creme than a jelly.

The bottle is a stylish square one with a square cap. The cap is removable, so you get that slimmer round cap that's easier to use while applying the polish. The brush is just the way I like them: it's on the thicker and wider scale and it's overall really easy to use to apply the perfect amount of the polish. The round cap is a tad shorter than I'd prefer, but it's still very manageable.

Overall I was quite impressed with this brand, even though Rosenkvarts isn't really my type of color and I probably wouldn't have bought it as I feel like it doesn't really go well with my skintone. It's really why I haven't tried this polish before although I've had it for over a year already. However even if this wasn't my type of color, I might very well buy some other shade from Idun Minerals.

Have you guys heard about this brand or even tried some of their products?

*I've got the polish from a goodie bag of a beauty event. For more information, please check out my disclosure policy.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cheating on Stamping

Hi guys, I'm back! I was originally going to take just a little break to enjoy my first ever paid summer holiday, but the break lasted longer than I thought. I'm sorry I didn't announce it beforehand. Anyhow, now I'm back and I have already scheduled and planned quite a few posts to share with you guys, so be sure to check back here again soon. From now on there will be new posts here every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 6 AM (EEST/EET).

You all probably know my struggle with stamping and that I'm not really good at it. A while ago I managed to do a somewhat succesful stamping manicure, but after that I haven't had the courage to try it again. I will much rather do freehand nail art or water marbling than try stamping as it's always so hard. So what do you do when you want that stamping look, but don't really care about stamping? Of course you use water decals that look like you have successfully done a stamping manicure.

I've used water decals quite a few times on manicures where you'd first think that it's stamping nail art rather than decals. I think this look was definitely one of those. If I didn't know that I used decals for this, I would have definitely thought this was stamping. Though I would have never ever managed to do the stamping so neatly and evenly with all the patterns lined on each nail.

I used Dance Legend Jack Frost as my base color. It's quite sheer one, so I used three thicker coats. With those three coats it covered pretty well, though the nail line was still somewhat visible. 

Then I just applied the whole nail water decals on top of each nail and finished the look with a coat of top coat. So easy and definitely way less messy than if I had tried to do this look with stamping.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Dance Legend Jack Frost (3 coats)
Nail art: Water decals
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Picture Polish Salt Water & Rose Nail Art

Like I promised in my previous Picture Polish Salt Water and Rose swatch post, I also did some simple nail art with the two polishes and today I'm going to share that with you guys.

I used three thin coats of Salt Water as my base color. Then I used my new Picture Polish nail art brush #10 and Rose to paint the simple flowers on my middle and ring finger nails.

This was really such an easy look to do, especially with Rose as it coveres so easily. It was my first time trying out the Picture Polish nail art brush and I have to say that it's really a great one. It made the freehand painting so easy!

I actually bought another brush too, it's the one stroke brush #4, so hopefully I'll be able to finally succeed in one stroke nail art too with the right brush. I haven't tried it yet though, but I surely will soon.
It's a simple and easy look, but I really loved how it turned out. Salt Water and Rose go so well together, I love how they compliment each other! 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polish: Picture Polish Salt Water
Nail art: Picture Polish Rose, Picture Polish nail art brush #10
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Picture Polish Salt Water and Rose - Swatches and Review

Picture Polish just released five new beautiful shades and two of them really caught my eye, so I decided to splurge a little and bought those two. Of course I had to have the turquoise beauty Salt Water as it basically looks like it was made for me. I also couldn't resist the stunning cerise Rose either.

Today I'm going to share my swatches and review of these two polishes with you guys. I also already made a simple nail art look using both of these, but I'll save that to another post.

Salt Water was the one I just had to have and it definitely didn't disappoint me when I applied it on my nails. It's a beautiful pastel turquoise with scattered holographic effect. This one was created in collaboration with Nailstorming. Picture Polish has always known how to make the most gorgeous blues, turquoises and greens and this is really no exception. It's such a perfect vivid pastel turquoise color without being too blue or too green, muted or dirty looking. I love it!

I used three thin coats with base and top coat in my swatches, but I think you could easily get away with two coats if you just use a tad thicker ones. It applies really like a dream, it's not too thin or thick, it's so easy to work with!

Rose is definitely also a beauty. It's a stunning cerise with the signature PP scattered holographic effect. It was created in collaboration with Cottonconey. The polish and the name have a beautiful story behind them that makes it even more special. You can read the story here. Don't you guys also just love the beautiful bottle? I know I do.

What's also really great about this polish is that it is one coater. Yeah, ONE coater! How awesome is that! I kinda run out of words as I already said that Salt Water was a dream to apply and Rose is even easier to work with. I used one easy-breezy coat with a coat of top coat in my swatches.

What did you guys think of the new Picture Polish shades? Did you get any?

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

FIN Water Marble

Of course I had to do a blue and white manicure to root the Finnish ice hockey team at the ice hockey world championship finale last Sunday. Apparently my mani wasn't enough and we came second, but silver isn't too bad either, right?! I've done quite a few blue and white manicures in the past but I hadn't done blue and white water marbling before, so it was about time! 

Actually, I haven't done water marbling in general for quite a while, I couldn't even remember when, so I had to check the blog and it seems that my previous water marble mani was done over a year ago! Time truly flies, I would have never guessed it was such a long time ago. So it was definitely about time to do some water marbling nail art!

I used simply one coat of Gina Tricot White as my base color. Then I did the water marbling with the same GT White and Too Fancy Lacquer Set Fire to the Rain. My water marbling skills were a bit rusty, but I still really liked the look. It was great also, because it's not really too obvious Finland manicure, but you can still get the reference quite easy.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Gina Tricot White, Too Fance Lacquer Set Fire to the Rain
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: Glisten&Glow CTRL-ALT-DEL (to protect the skin around the nails while doing the water marbling)

Did you guys watch the ice hockey world championships?
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