Saturday, November 21, 2015

Essie Silk Watercolor Nail Art

As I mentioned at least in Instagram, I bought the whole Essie Silk Watercolor collection while back... Oops. I just couldn't resist them and I reasoned that after these I wouldn't need any other watercolor polishes. Which is actually true because these Essie Silk Watercolor polishes have great formula and great selection of different colors, so when it comes to watercolor polishes I'm pretty well covered now. 

I have done few manis with these already and today I thought I'd share one of those with you. 
For this look I just first simply painted my nails with white base. I used three coats of Essie Blanc for this. Then after my base was dry, I applied those black water decals on my middle and ring finger nails. I also added a little bit different looking water black water decals on my thumb nails but I totally forget to took a picture where you would have seen that better...

Anyhow, then I just lightly applied three of the Essie Watercolor polishes using their own brushes basically coloring the white parts of the decals. I used the purple No Shrinking Violet, the blue Point of Blue and the teal Pen & Inky for this look.

First I was going to decorate my index and pinky nails a bit too, but then I decided I really liked this simple and clean look, so I left them just plain white. Like I said, I really think these Essies are great watercolor polishes and I'm happy I bought them. They are really easy to use and you can do plenty of different nail art looks with them. There are total of eight different colors in the collection and I'll be sharing more looks that I've done with them in the near future, so stay tuned!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Essie Winter 2015 Virgin Snow Collection - Swatches and Review

The winter came here in the Eastern Finland already as the landscape is snowy and white at least for now. Even though I'm pretty sure this isn't going to last for long, it's about time to share my Essie winter 2015 collection swatches and review with you guys.

*Press sample
The Virgin Snow collection has two pastles, two reds, shimmery black and metallic silver in it. They are not the most unique colors, but it's still a beautiful mix, quite suitable for the season and the whole collection sure looks gorgeous together!

I got the whole collection for review and these are again those European version Essies with the wide brush and possibly a tad different ingredients and formula than the US Essies.
Altitute Attitude is a beautiful red with pink undertones. This is more like a mix of creme and jelly, ergo crelly, so it's very shiny even without a top coat. I used two coats here and this was such an easy one to apply, pure pleasure.

Après-chic is a shimmery metallic silver. It's a very appropriate color for the festive winter season, but it's not really unique. It's a beautiful silver nevertheless and I think this might even work for stamping as I only needed two thin coats of it.

Haute Tub is a stunning black based crelly with color shifting shimmer. It's almost one coater, but I did two here just in case. I think this one is the most unique shade out of the bunch and it applied smoothly like butter.

Peak Show is very very light pink creme. It almost looks like off-white rather than pink. I love this type of shades, but they usually come with not so great formula. This one was fairly easy to work with though, I only needed two coats for the perfect result. If you've ever needed that perfect very pale pink, I would highly recommend checking this out!

Essie Romper Room from spring 2014 collection has been the perfect light pink for me ever since I got it, but now it has a strong competitor. I quickly compared the two bottles side by side and Peak Show looks even a bit more lighter than Romper Room.

Shall We Chalet? is a deeper and darker red than the other red in this collection. This is more like a cranberry type of color, very chic shade and perfect for the season. This has also the similar crelly formula than the Altitude Attitude and I used two easy coats with this one too.

Virgin Snow was probably the polish that I was most excited about in this collection. It's a gorgeous icy lavender creme. The shade is really interesting as it looks quite blue on its own, but if you put it next to anything blue, it looks definitely more purple. I think this is quite close to Essie Lilacism, but I don't own that one anymore so I can't compare. I remember though that Lilacism was really difficult one to apply and Virgin Snow applied easily with just two coats, so Virgin Snow definitely has a better formula out of those two. 

Virgin Snow is a beautiful shade and I think it's one of those colors that are wearable all year round, actually like many of the shades in this collection.

In the end I quite liked this collection even if it's not the most unique mix of shades. Haute Tub, Peak Show and Virgin Snow are my favorites and I can highly recommend all those three colors to anyone out there. There's really nothing wrong with the rest of the collection either, the two reds and the silver are all pretty colors too. I'm a bit bored with Essie doing so many reds lately, but I can see that the both reds in this collection as well as the silver one are pretty prefect colors for the Holiday season.

Which one of these is your favorite?

*I've gotten the whole collection for review. For more information, please check out my disclosure policy.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Enchanted Leaves

It's official, I've found my ultimate favorite green polish! I've said before that Picture Polish Enchanting is one of my favorite green polishes, but I think I can truly say that it is THE favorite one. When ever I find myself wanting a green manicure, I usually end up using Enchanting. It's just such a pretty polish that most of the time I don't even want to cover it with too much decorations. This was the case with this mani also, I just wanted to use the gorgeous polish and decorate it as little as possible.

I used two coats of Picture Polish Enchanting on each of my nails and then I just painted some white leaves with a small nail art brush using Essie Blanc. 

This is really such a simple manicure, but like I said, I didn't want to cover the gorgeous polish too much. And when you have such a beautiful polish, what else do you need than the polish itself and some simple nail art for a great manicure! I certainly loved this look and I wore it for a week straight and I could have worn the look even longer.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: KBShimmer Basic Training
Polish: Picture Polish Enchanting
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Decorations: done with small nail art brush and Essie Blanc

Which green polish is your ultimate favorite one?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Zoya Color Lock System - Anchor, Armor and Fast Drops

I'm always happy to try out new base and top coats even if I do already have some favorites, it's still nice to find and try some new ones too. I've been really interested in trying out Zoya Color Lock System for quite a while now, so I finally asked NailCity, Zoya's Finnish importer, if I could get the base coat and top coat for review. They kindly sent me Anchor, Armor and Fast Drops and I've been testing and trying them out ever since. Today I'm going to share my thoughts about them.

 *Press sample
Zoya Color Lock System is basically designed to make your mani stay on your nails longer. The full kit has six different products in it and the bottles even have numbers in them, so it's really easy to use them step-by-step in the right order. The full Color Lock System contains:

1 - Remove Plus nail polish remover / nail cleaner / nail prep
2 - Anchor base coat
3 - Get Even ridge filling base coat
4 - Armor top coat
5 - Fast Drops polish drying drops
6 - Renew polish rejuvinator

I don't have the full Color Lock System to review, but I do have the most important parts of it: Anchor base coat, Armor top coat and Fast Drops. I'm definitely interested in trying out Remove Plus at some point as I've heard so many good things about it, but somehow it just haven't yet felt right to spend so much for a product that's basically a nail polish remover. Of course Remove Plus is a bit more since you can use it as a nail cleaner and a nail prep too, so I think I might need to try it at some point.

Both Zoya Anchor and Armor are really easy to work with, they apply really well and the formulas are nice. They are both quite thin compared to some other base and top coats (for example Seche). 

I usually like to use a base coat that is some sort of nail treatment at the same time, so I rarely use just a regular base coat. However, Anchor is pretty great one if you are looking for a basic base coat without any hardeners and such. It's pretty thin but it still smooths out my nails really well. I didn't have any staining when I used it and it overall it seems like a great base for the polish to grab on. If you want to have some sort of nail treatment on your nails too, you can of course use one under Anchor.

I usually use a quick drying top coat, so the combo of using a regular top coat and quick drying drops is a bit unfamiliar to me, but I know there are lots of people who prefer these type of drops over a quick drying top coat. Like I said, Armor is quite thin compared to some other top coats, but still it smooths out a mani nicely. If you are using a glitter polish, you might need a second coat to get it really smooth, but with a regular polish one coat of Armor is enough. Armor applies really well and I've tried it over some nail art (water decals, freehand nail art and even stamping) and it didn't smudge any design, though of course I would still apply it really carefully over any nail art and especially over black stamping. But that's what you do with any other top coat too, right?!

The Fast Drops are really easy to use also, you just pick up some of it with a dropper provided with it and then drop one drop of it on each nail after applying Armor first. One drop seemed to be enough and it spread out nicely to cover the whole nail. The drying process with these kind of drop seems to be a bit different compared to a quick drying top coat. When I use these drops (and Armor), I can touch my mani gently with my finger just couple minutes after applying the drops, but the nails are still vulnerable to denting for quite long. Whereas if you use a regular quick drying top coat the original drying time for touching the mani can be couple minutes longer, but then the whole mani seems to dry fully faster. When using these drops the whole mani is completely dry after about 45 minutes, so I think these could work a bit faster. 

For anyone who has problems with Zoya polishes not lasting on their nails, this Color Lock System might be the answer. I personally don't have any issues of Zoya chipping (or any other polish whatsoever), so I'm not the best person to judge this, but I can still say that using all those three steps helped to keep my mani looking good on my nails for even a longer than usual. I did get some tiny tip wear after having my manicures on for four-five days, but it wasn't still anything major. Also you can extent the time by adding some more Armor on top of your mani every other day. This system is of course designed to be used with Zoya polishes and it works best with them, but I tried it with some other brands too and it worked just as well with them.

Have you guys tried this Zoya Color Lock System? Do you like these type of polish drying drops or do you prefer just the regular quick drying top coat?

*I got the products in this post for review. For more information check out my disclosure policy.


Zoyan alus- ja päällyslakka, pikakuivattavat tipat sekä muut Color Lock -järjestelmään kuuluvat tuotteet ovat saatavilla Zoyan Suomen maahantuojalta, NailCitylta. Muistattehan, että NailCitylla on nykyään myös verkkokauppa, josta tuotteita voi tilata myös suoraan.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Turquoise & Gold

Today I have some nail art for you guys! For me water decals are the quickest and easiest way to decorate your nails but nail vinyls are probably the next choice if I want something quick and easy but still pretty on my nails.

For this look I used first three coats of Zoya Jules as my base color. I've had Jules on my wishlist for quite a while and I finally got it, but I have to say I was a tad disappointed with it. It sure is a beautiful color, don't get me wrong, but unfortunately it has quite thin and watery formula. I used thee coats here and I think I should have used fourth coat on those nails that I didn't decorate too much since it wasn't still really opaque. It's really a shame as it is such a gorgeous color.

I used Mi Vinyls nail vinyls designed by Krista for this look with Essie Garden Variety, Color Club Blue-Ming and there's also Picture Polish Lagoon in the mix too eventhough it's not really that visible.

Oh and I have great news for all you international ladies: the Finnish Mi Nails has now also an online shop for international customers, so you can get these and all the other awesome nail vinyls too! They also sell MILV and Bluesea water decals and ÜberChic stamping plates and mats for a very reasonable price, just to name a few. So be sure to check it out!

Overall I really liked this look. Turquoise and gold is always such a beautiful color combination and you can't really go wrong with it! 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: KBShimmer Basic Training
Polishes: Zoya Jules (3 coats), Essie Garden Variety, Color Club Blue-Ming, Picture Polish Lagoon
Top coat: Glisten&Glow HK Girl
Others: Mi Vinyls nail vinyls

Which color combo is your favorite one?
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