Thursday, March 5, 2015

#ablecs15 Week 4: Turquoise

I wanted to save my Sporting mani for little later, so I started week four if #ablecs15 challenge with the Turquoise theme. I thought this would be an easy theme since I looooove turquoise, but with only just a color as a theme there's so much you can do and frankly I was a bit lost with this one. Then I did a bit googling and came across with this beautiful Vintage Nail Art at Paulina's Passions. 

I pretty much copied Paulina's gorgeous manicure, I just changed couple of things as I wanted to do more than just one nail with the lace and rose design. So I did the lace and rose design on my middle and ring fingers and just some simple dots on my other nails. 

As the theme for this challenge was turquoise, I chose to use one of my favorite turquoises Zoya Zuza as my base color. I did two coats with it and then I painted the white sections on those two nails with OPI Angel with a Leadfoot. Then I used dotting tool to do the dots on my other nails with the same white OPI as well as the dotted line to those white sections. After that I dotted with a smaller dotting tool and Zuza over the white. Finally I painted the roses with a small nail art brush and using Essie Romper Room and Zoya Eden and Reagan, and the leaves with Essie Mojito Madness.


I should really practice those roses more, mine aren't nearly as neat as Paulina's. Though then again, I'm not sure if I should even compare mine to hers as she is pretty much the flower nail art queen. At least mine do look something like roses and that's the important thing.


I really like this vintage look and this manicure! This was so easy to do and I'm once again amazed how stunning Zuza looks! I only own a mini version of it, but since it's one of my favorite turquoises, I think I'm going to need to buy a full version of it.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: Zoya Zuza (2 coats), OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, Essie Romper Room, Zoya Eden, Zoya Reagan, Essie Mojito Madness
Top coat: INM Out the Door
Decorations: dotting tool, small nail art brush

Which is your favorite turquoise polish?



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Zoya Veruschka

Provided for review*

Oh man, I just realised that I've never shared my swatches of Zoya Veruschka with you guys! Of course I had to correct this error immediately as this is such a beautiful polish that it truly deserves a whole post dedicated to it. I truly thought that I had shared my swatches of this already, but better later than never, right?!

Zoya Matte Velvet polishes are actually one of my first ever Zoyas as I bought the two purple(ish) shades Savita and Harlow back then when they were originally out there. These were discontinued for a while and then with the matte boom coming back Zoya decided to launch these Matte Velvet polishes again and so I received this gorgeous green called Veruschka for review.

I had been eyeing this back then too, but I only had courage to buy those purple ones, since I was totally in love with purple then and green was really a big no-no for me. I thought this looked really good on other people though, so when these came back I immediately knew that I wanted to finally get to try this green gorgeousness. 
Matte polishes can be sometimes a bit tricky to apply, but Veruschka went on pretty nicely. I used two coats here, so this is nicely opaque one. You have to be careful though that you don't go over the same spot too many times as then you might end up with bald spots. This dries to a matte finish pretty quickly, so it's better if you don't use too much time applying it.

Zoya describes the color of Veruscha as a deep evergreen garnished with strong metallic shimmer and I say that's about right. I'm normally still not the biggest fan of these type of true greens, but this one is just so pretty. I loved wearing this and it looks truly beautiful with the matte finish. I'm actually glad that I didn't get this one years ago as I'm pretty sure I might not have liked it on myself then. Sometimes it's really better to wait.

Of course I had to see how Veruschka looks with a coat of top coat, so here it is:
It's truly beautiful shiny too! I really love the metallic shimmer in all of these Matte Velvet polishes, it's so gorgeous. With a top coat the shimmer is more visible, but still I think I might like this better matte. Or I don't know, it looks so good either way!



What do you think, is it better as matte or shiny?


*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cirque The Awakening Collection + Matte Look Top Coat - Swatches and Review

*Provided for review*

Spring is almost here, so that means of course that also those spring collections are showing up. I don't usually care too much about seasons and I wear pretty much anything I feel like wearing regardless of the time of the year. However, somehow this year I have been really waiting for the spring to come already, but at least all those soft and bright spring colored polishes are making the wait seem a bit shorter. And what a treat I have for you today! 

I received the whole Cirque spring collection called The Awakening + Matte Look Top Coat for review just the other day and I just had to swatch these pretties for you immediately, since they looked so delicious in the bottles! This is going to be quite a picture heavy posts, so be prepared. ;)

The Awakening collection is a limited edition collection with five polishes that all have a unique shimmer effect. These will be launching on March 9th, but you can already pre-order your favorites from Cirque.


First off is the beautiful black Gaia with silver flecks. I've said it over and over again that I don't really like wearing black polishes too much since they always look so dark, so I thought I might not like this one too much on my nails. I was quite wrong as this is such a pretty one and it's certainly something else than just a regular black. I love those silver flecks in this one and the fact that they are really visible on nail too and that there are plenty of them. Also those flecks are really flat, so they don't stick out and you won't need several coats of top coat to make this one smooth, it's really smooth just by itself. This was such an easy one to apply, it went just where it was supposed to go. I used two coats here, no base or top coat.





This second one has certainly really appropriate name: it's called Hatch and speckled white that looks just like a birds egg. This gives your nail such an interesting look, I definitely love this one. It has a pretty perfect formula too, it only needed two coats for full coverage and it applies pretty much itself.





This lovely warm pink is called Love Stone and Cirque describes this one as a petal pink with gold sparks. The golden shimmer is really pretty in this one and I love the fact that you can really see the shimmer on nail too, it doesn't disappear somewhere like some shimmers tend to do. Many times these type of warm peachy pinks can be a bit tricky as they really don't suit my skintone that well, but with this one I didn't have that problem. It didn't look wrong even with my pale winter skin and I'm pretty sure it would look even better with a slight tan. It's truly a lovely color and perfect for spring.

Love Stone was the most sheer out of these all, I needed three coats for full coverage. It went on a bit patchy with the first coat, but the second and the third evened it out nicely.  





New Moon is a beautiful concrete grey with silver sparks. The shimmer in this one is similar to the golden shimmer in Love Stone, but it's of course silver. I really really love that shimmer as it's so visible on nail too! The grey shade in this one is really beautiful too, it's not too dark but not too light either. This was also very easy to apply, I used two effortless coats here, no base or top coat.





Last but definitely - if you know me - not least is the stunning blue called Qi. Cirque describes this as a blue turquoise with gold sparks. It's a truly beautiful one and I'm completely in love with it! The golden shimmer in it looks almost green in some angles and it makes the polish look really gorgeous. Once again, this was two easy-breezy coats, no top coat here. Did I already say that I love this one?! I just had to include one extra picture of this as it's just such a stunner.



But I said something about a matte top coat, didn't I? Yup, it's the latest addition to Cirque treatments and it will launch on March 9th too, but it's also already available for pre-order. I wanted to try it with some of these Awakening collection polishes, so I applied one coat of the Matte Look over Gaia, Hatch and Qi.


Looks pretty great, right? I think it gives a beautiful matte effect and it applies really easily. I didn't have any problems with it and it was easy to apply evenly on top of each polish. It seemed to dry quite quickly too, but I always recommend that you apply first a quick drying top coat over your polish and after that the matte top coat. This way your manicure will probably last a bit longer too.

 
It's not probably hard to guess my favorite out of this collection. Qi is definitely my kind of polish, but I really love this whole collection. If I had to name another favorite, it would probably be Hatch, but like I said, it's a great collection and I can easily recommend them all as they are all such lovely colors and have an awesome formula too.

These will all lauch on March 9th at cirquecolors.com, but like I said, you can already pre-order them. You can also buy Cirque polishes from a number of different stockists.


Which one these is your favorite?


*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monthly Manicure Roundup: February 2015

Oh man, it's March already! The time seems to fly by so quickly these days... Sooo, of course it's time for another Monthly Manicure Roundup!

So in total I did 12 different nail art looks last month:

As Seen On TV - Supernatural Mystery Adventure Drama: Lost
Polishers Inc. So 90's!

Yup, definitely the Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge dominated the month, but I managed to squeeze in few manicures outside of the challenge.

The month was also really dominated by nail art as I only did four non-nail art posts last month. I posted general information about the challenge and did two different indie swatch spam posts: part 1 and part 2. In addition to these I also posted quite huge post about my tips of Where To Buy Nail Polish Online.

As usual, here are my favorite manicures of last month. Boy it was hard to choose! I really liked pretty much all the manicures last month, so all in all it was a really great month nail art wise. Hopefully March will be even better!


Which one of February manicures/posts was your favorite?

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Polishers Inc. - Favourite Music

It's time for another Polishers Inc. manicure, yay! The theme today is Favourite Music and I have to say that I struggled with it a bit this time. I have done several favourite music inspired manicures in the past and somehow I wasn't really feeling inspired by anything special this time. But then I was watching our Finnish UMK contest yesterday where we chose our contestant for the Eurovision Song Contest and I decided that I wanted to do an Eurovision inspired manicure. I'm bending the rules a bit since Eurovision music isn't really my favorite music, it's just great fun to watch because of the show and all, but really, I don't consider the music to be my favorite... Anyhow, that was still my inspiration for this manicure.





I wanted to do something that would represent the Eurovision Song Contest as a whole, the style and the feel and all. I chose to do a white and gold mani with pastel rainbow accent nail. I used OPI Angel with a Leadfoot as a base color for all my nails. Then I did the golden glitter gradient with FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream and I Love Nail Polish All Gold Everything. For the pastel rainbow accent I used Essie Bond With Whomever, Zoya Blu and Neely, L'Oreal Lemon Meringue and Essie Romper Room. 

So sparkle, glitter, colors, rainbow and many things happening at the same time, everything that Eurovision is, in addition to many other things. I know the mani is probably a bit tacky, but that's how I wanted it to be because, well, Eurovision. It could have been even way more tacky, but I wanted to be able to wear it.


Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Polishes: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, Essie Bond With Whomever, Zoya Blu, Zoya Neely, L'Oreal Lemon Meringue, Essie Romper Room, I Love Nail Polish All Gold Everything, OPI Heart of Gold, FUN Lacquer Million Dollar Dream


Remember to also check out all the other Polishers Inc. manicures! 

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