Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Delicate Spring Flowers

I feel like I've been lately running out of nail art ideas and it has also meant that I've easily gone with the same nails for week or more. Thankfully Instagram, Pinterest and of course all the other blogs are full of ideas to use as an inspiration. I totally fell in love with the delicate flowers look by @lacquer_liefde so I just had to try it myself. I pretty much went with the same look as the original manicure, just changed the colors a bit.


This was fairly easy to do: I just used two coats of Cirque Colors Mermaid Parade on my thumb, index and pinky nails and one coat of Cirque Colors Galinda on my middle and ring fingers. Then I just painted the white petals with Essie Black and added some silver on top of the flowers as well as little dots on the other nails with Essie Aprés-chic and a dotting tool.

Somehow it seemed like my freehand painting skills had gone missing and my flowers didn't really turn out as neat as I wanted. I should probably practice those skills more... Anyhow, it didn't really matter too much, as I really really loved this look! It was a perfect spring time nail art and I'm pretty sure I'm going to do some sort of a variation of this look soon. It looks so good! 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Nail Pattern Boldness Digital Hydration
Polishes: Cirque Colors Mermaid Parade (2 coats), Cirque Colors Galinda (1 coat)
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: Essie Blanc & nail art brush, Essie Aprés-chic & dotting tool

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Greetings From Italy!

Greetings from Italy!

I had a wonderful little vacation a short while ago in Italy and I thought I'd share couple of my holiday pictures with you guys before going back to those more nail related posts. As you can see, I had a quite simple holiday nail art look with OPI Don't Bossa Nova Me Around and some white MILV water decals. I just wish I always had such a nice background to take my nail pictures as I did here in this picture taken on the island of Capri.

We did only a short trip, 5 nights in Italy, but still managed to see quite a lot. We stayed mainly at Sorrento, but visited quite a few places from there: Amalfi, Positano, Pompeii and Capri. We also spent the last day and night at Naples before heading back home. It was a nice little spring break and a great time to visit all those places as there wasn't too many people there yet and the weather was still already quite nice.

But I'll let the pictures do the talking from now on, I hope you enjoy these! 



Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Cirque Colors Metropolis Dotticure

I wanted to do simple nail art look with all the three Cirque Colors Metropolis collection polishes and what's better than a simple dotticure?!

I used the beautiful ivory Don't Forget the Cannoli as my base color (two coats) and then I just did dots with Whitney and Mermaid Parade and I also added one of my all time Cirque Colors favorites, Hatch, in to the mix. By the way, did you know that Hatch is now again part of the new Cirque Colors collection Speckled and Sparkled? So if you missed it when it was originally released, you can get it now!



Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Cirque Colors Don't Forget the Cannoli, Cirque Colors Whitney, Cirque Colors Mermaid Parade, Cirque Colors Hatch
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: dotting tool

Thursday, April 7, 2016

L'Oreal Paris Le Vernis a l'huile Nail Polishes and Color Riche La Palette Lips

Today I have some exciting novelties from L'Oreal Paris to share with you guys! 

L'Oreal released a new Le Vernis a l'huile by L'Oreal Paris Color Riche (huh, such a long name!) collection just recently and I got a few of the polishes for review. The collection is actually quite massive, it has 20 different shades in it. The hues are quite classic ones from white to different shades of red and from grey to black, but there are also some more vivid colors in it from purple to green and teal.

I really like the design of the bottles! It's such a pretty one with square bottle, the unique pattern and the gold cap. The brush is really great one if you are like me and love those wider brushes and I love the fact that they have the sticker with the name and the color on top of the cap, that's always handy! It's pretty much like the European Essie brush. L'Oreal says that the object creating this new collection was to have more intensive, more shiny, fully pigmented polishes. The intriguing thing about these polishes is the fact that they have oil in them, so in addition to the shine these are supposed to treat you nails also. L'Oreal promises that one coat of these will be enough, which always sounds great.

I wanted to try the lightest shade I got for review to really see if one coat would be enough. I also wanted to try some simple nail art with these polishes, so I thought the light pink Nude Mademoiselle (number 114) would be a perfect fit for this. 

Even though this was really easy to apply and I enjoyed the wide brush very much, I thought that one coat with this light shade wasn't enough. I used two coats here. Though of course you could go with just one coat if you want more transparent look, as this would work perfectly for that too. But I like the more opaque look, so I did two coats, which isn't really bad for a light shade like this one!
 
I wanted to try another one of these polishes, so I chose the dark teal Cobalt Indécent to go with the light pink. I used Mi Nails Mi Vinyls and then painted just one coat with the Cobalt Indécent. This seemed really pigmented one, so you could probably get away with just one coat of this one.

Overall the impression I got from my first try with these polishes was really positive one. The one thing though that I don't like so much, is the fact that the polishes are scented. The scent is rosy one and for me it was quite strong when I first applied these polishes. Thankfully it doesn't stay so strong, so I was easily able to wear these. I'm sure many will like the scent, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I kinda hope these wouldn't have the scent, but then again, it wasn't so strong that it would keep me from wearing these or buying some other shades.


In addition to these new nail polishes, L'Oreal also released two new La Palette lip palettes. There are two different hues to choose: Rouge and Nude. Both of the palettes have six iconic Color Riche lip shades in them, but you can also of course mix these to get the exact shade you want. I really love the design and the look of the palette, it's simple but beautiful. The palettes have big mirrors in them as well as small brushes. I think the brush works just fine, though it is quite small, especially the handle. 


I actually rarely wear lipstick or even lip gloss, but I could definitely see myself wearing the beautiful nude shades from the Nude palette. The Rouge might be just a bit too bold for me, but you never know, I might still end up wearing some of them too as there are such beautiful shades in it.


The nail polishes and the lip palettes are in the stores here in Finland already, not sure about other countries though. 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Cirque Colors Metropolis Collection: Don't Forget the Cannoli, Mermaid Parade and Whitney - Swatches and Review

It's looking like spring is finally here, so there's definitely a need for some spring shades! Today I'm going to share my three picks from the Cirque Colors Metropolis Spring/Summer 2016 collection.

Previously, Cirque Colors has been adding one polish to the Metropolis collection every month, but now on the New York inspired cremes will be released on seasonal basis. The spring/summer set has nine gorgeous light and bright cremes in and honestly, I wanted them all. But as in life general, you can't have always what you want, so I had to restain my self a bit and I managed to narrow it down and bought only three gorgeous shades.

First one is a chic ivory shade called Don't Forget the Cannoli. I can't really resist beautiful off-white cremes like this one, they are my favorite base colors for nail art and other stuff, but I also love to wear them alone. This has great formula, it's a little bit thick, but at the same time, it could almost be one-coater.



The next one is beautiful bright teal called Mermaid Parade. It's really pigmented, I actually have only one coat here! I would probably recommend using two coats of base coat under this one as these type of colors usually tend to stain nail a bit, but at least I didn't have any staining issues while swatching this one.



Last but definitely not least is this super elegant dusty pink called Whitney. This is definitely another favorite for me (aren't these all?!?) as it's such a beautiful stylish shade with pretty much perfect formula. This wasn't quite as thick as Don't Forget the Cannoli, but still more on the thick than thin side. It was such an easy one to work with, two effortless coats and that's all!


I've only had one Cirque Colors creme before (Miami-Dade), so I didn't have that much experience with their cremes, but these definitely convinced me. They all had great formula, with Whitney it was dead on perfect. These three certainly didn't help and made me want the other shades even more badly. At least Key to Gramercy, Meet Me in Montauk and Lox and Sable are definitely calling my name.


Are you all sporting bright spring shades already?
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