Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brown Skittlette with Pretty&Polished, Peggy Sage and Essie

Press sample*

I'm normally not that into brown polishes, but somehow I have ended up with a few browns this fall. I had one brown-ish jelly glitter and one brown shimmer waiting for getting on my nails, so I decided to combine them, and one new glitter too, to one manicure and so became this brown skittlette.

I used two coats of Peggy Sage Fancy Taupe on my thumb and index nails and three coats of Pretty&Polished There Is S'more To Life on my middle and ring finger nails. Then I also wanted to add some more glitter and sparkle, so I used Essie's new Luxeffects glitter on my pinky nails. This one is called Summit of Style and I used three coats of it.

Mimax just recently added some of Pretty&Polished lacquers to their selection, so I chose There Is S'more To Life for review since I had never tried this brand before. I'm not the biggest fan of brown polishes, but I chose this one as it seemed like a beautiful mix of different colored glitter and light jelly base, and also because I don't own anything similar. I really like the name too, it's so cute! This was quite easy to apply and you get nice amount of those glitters on your nails really easily. I had to use three coats since the base color is so light, but it covered quite nicely with those three coats.

I got that Peggy Sage Fancy Taupe for review from Meikit Heaven and once again, I wasn't entirely sure if I would like it, since it was quite brown... It has a gorgeous golden shimmer that is more visible in the bottle, but you can see it on the nail too. The shimmer makes this polish look really beautiful and eventhough it is really brown on nail, I quite liked it. This covered nicely with just two coats, but it was a bit runny, so you need to be careful while applying it or you'll have it all over your cuticles.

The third polish of this manicure, Essie Summit of Style was also sent for me for review. I own quite a few Essie Luxeffects glitter toppers already as I really like them and many of them are just perfect mixes of different sized glitters. Perfect toppers! This time I wanted to try if you could use these also for accent nail alone and you really can, since at least this one only needed three coats for coverage. It also looks really cool as an accent nail, though of course these are gorgeous as glitter toppers too.

Here you can maybe see that shimmer in Fancy Taupe a bit better. Gorgeous, right?!

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
Peggy Sage Fancy Taupe* 2 coats
Pretty&Polished There Is S'more to Life* 3 coats
Essie Summit of Style* 3 coats
nail studs
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat 

How about you, do you like brown polishes?

Disclosure: I have gotten all the polishes used in this manicure for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

#ablecaw14 Week 10: Love This Brand

My love for Zoya isn't surely any news after I dedicated a ode to Zoya few months back, so it was really a no-brainer to decide which brand to choose for this week #ablecaw14 nail art challenge themed Love This Brand. This time I decided to do something little more simple and basic nail art but still very beautiful, and what's more fitting to that description than a gradient!

I wanted to do the gradient with some of my favorite Zoya polishes, so I had to choose Dream for this since it's probably my favorite polish ever. I have done a greadient before with Dream and Payton, and I really loved that manicure, so I decided to do something similar, only I added one other polish to the mix: the stunning reddish one Blaze.

First I painted my nails with one coat of Payton. Then I did the gradient by applying all three colors to the same sponge, my order from the tip to cuticle is: Dream, Payton and Blaze.

I thought about adding some decorations or some different nail art over this, but since this manicure was about the love for the brand I decided to go with the simple manicure where the polishes are in main role. I really love the look of these three polishes together, they are all so stunning ones!

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
Zoya Blaze
Zoya Payton*
Zoya Dream*
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat

How about you, which brand do you love?

Disclosure: I have gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, Zoya Payton and Dream originally for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

Monday, November 17, 2014

KBShimmer Swatch Spam

I haven't done any swatch spam posts lately, so I thought it would be about time to do one! This time I wanted to share you with my swatches of my most recent KBShimmer polishes, so it's going to be all KBShimmers in this post. Just while ago I ordered some polishes from KBShimmer's recent and not so recent collections (fall, summer and spring) from Harlow&Co. since I hadn't really bought any of these polishes lately. I also bought one KBShimmer secondhand, so I added that one to this post too.

A Raisin To Live For has a deep raisin colored jelly base and with lots of sparkling holographic glitter. This one is such a gorgeous polish, it has to be one of my favorite polishes of this year! I have two coats here with base and top coat as I used this as a base color for my sparkle manicure. If you don't own this already, I highly recommend that you go and buy it immediately, it's truly stunning!

Make My Gray is from the spring collection and it has a light grey jelly base with plenty of glitters in turquoise, gunmetal, pale aqua and coral. This is beautiful mix of glitters, colors and jelly base. Eventhough I have tried to restrict myself from bying too many of these glitter/jelly mixes since there is only so few things that you can use these for, I just had to have this. I love those bright glitters against the grey base. I used three coats here (with top coat to even it out) but I think this would work perfectly layered over some light grey creme and then you would need to use only one or two coats.

I'm always looking for that perfect minty holographic, so Mint-al Vacation was really a must-have for me. I have three coats here with base and top coat. This is a beautiful color, but for me it leans too much towards grey as I would like my minty holographic be clearly more minty. I'm not so sure if that can happen though, since I know that if you want to make and proper holographic polish, those holographic particles will chance the color. But one can always wish!

Another holographic is this one called Rust No One from the fall collection. As for this - I'm so in love with the color! It's really a perfect rusty orange leaning towars red, stunning! I have three coats here, no base or top coat. It's a bit hard to get that holographic effect to show since I haven't seen sun for quite a while here, but believe me, this is a gorgeous polish.

The Grape Beyond is a little bit older one. It's a purple matte polish with subtle turquoise shimmer. The shimmer is a bit more visible when you apply top coat (the second picture), but it's still very subtle. I have three coats here and the consistency of this was a bit watery and it applied a bit patchy with the first two coats. The third coat leveled it out nicely though. It's a beautiful purple hue that has a bit of murky look especially when it's matte. This was designed to work specifically as a base color for the other polish of the set, glittery topper called Would Jubilee It? but I don't own that one. Then again, The Grape Beyond works just fine alone too.

My favorites out of these five were definitely A Raisin To Live For, Rust No One and Make My Gray (love these names btw!). 

Which one of these is your favorite?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LUSHious Christmas Present Ideas

It's not really that long until Christmas, so it's time to start thinking about those Christmas present ideas. When I was in Helsinki for the I Love Me event, we also got to visit the Lush store with Katjamaria, Mirka and Niniane, and I thought it would be a nice idea to share some Christmas present ideas from Lush based on our visit there. We got a really good presentation of all the holiday products as well as many of the permanent ones. If you are still trying to figure out what to get for your spouse, friends, siblings, parents, children or pretty much anyone, I hope I can offer some ideas!

Lush has every year some great seasonal products for the holidays and this year is no exception. There's of course the candy-sweet Snow Fairy shower gel which is always favorite for so many. I'm pretty sure that if you buy this for any woman or girl you can't really go wrong and they will love it. This year there are also three other shower gels to choose from: floral Rose Jam, crisp apple So White and Christmassy spicy Hot Toddy, so there's definitely one for every taste.

One novelty this Christmas is also the sparkly dusting powder First Snow which you can use to give your skin or your hair the Holiday sparkle, or you can even use it to decorate the Christmas tree. The citrusy skin lotion Celebrate would surely work also as a nice Christmas present.

Pretty perfect present for all the playful adults and children out there would be that Snowman Kit! You can first build your own snowman from the white, orange and black pieces and after you've finished you can use it as a bubble bar, soap or shampoo. How cool is that?! This year you can also find the Snow Fairy as a shimmering bar, Snow Fairy Sparkle. Both Christmassy lip products, the cola flavoured Santa's Lip Scrub and red lip tint Santa Baby will work perfectly as stocking fillers.

Thanks to Katjamaria for borrowing me that last picture! :)
One Holiday product that I definitely have on my own Christmas present wishlist is this cutesy little fellow called Snowman. Snowman is the cutest shower jelly ever and I'm certain that this would be a perfect shower buddy for pretty much anyone, so it's definitely a great present idea!

It wouldn't be Lush without all the soaps, so there's of course some Holiday ones too. The shimmering sweet marzipan-scented called Snowcake and that creamy Yog Nog with moisturizing soya yoghurt and festive spices would both be perfect creamy and comforting Christmas gifts. Reindeer Rock has had some Nordic inspiration and the lingonberry scent makes it an awesome choice. However, my favorite one was definitely the one in the right here: Baked Alaska.

If you need to buy a present for person who loves fresh, citrusy but sweet scents, this is it! I really fell in love with this scent and I just had to buy this for myself. I I hadn't bought it already it would definitely be on the top of my Christmas wishlist. Did I already say that the scent is perfect?! Yup, also of course, this looks really cool too, I just love it!

All these fun-looking bath bombs, bath melts and bubble bars will certainly be great gift ideas! There's plenty to choose from, so you'll find something appropriate for everyone and it's really something special and a bit luxury that you might not buy for yourself, but it will work perfectly as a gift. They all look so bright and fun, I'm sure they will make the bathing time fun for everyone.

One really funny and Christmassy one is the Dashing Santa bath bomb: you can watch the Santa dash in your bath as his golden boots melt away.

Perfect gift idea for the spouse would definitely be one of the Lush massage bars with a gift certificate for a massage from your self of course! I'm pretty sure my bf would appreciate any one of those shaving products also, or even some soap like Ice Blue or Sea Vegetable.
If you are looking for a present for anyone with dry hands and cuticles, you really need to go with Lemony Flutter. This has been my go-to product for years already and I just keep buying this over and over again. It's so moisturizing and you only need a tiny bit of it, so the little can will last really long. Be aware though, this has quite a strong scent and it might not be for everybody, but if the person likes citrusy scents, then go for it.

Finally if you can't really figure out what to get or if you just want to grab something easy and quick but also really beautiful, you can go with one of the Lush Christmas Gifts. They have a wide range of gifts wrapped ready, so all you need to do is to add the name who you want to give the gift to and place it under the tree. These are really beautiful packages too, I wouldn't mind finding any one of these under my tree on Christmas eve. Don't worry though, you don't have to buy a present without knowing what it has in it, the products are listed there and there's a nice prize range too, so there's something for everyone for sure!

At least my own wishlist grew because of this visit and I hope this was helpful for you too if you are struggling with the gift ideas. 

We also got little something to take with us when we left and I bought couple things too, but I will tell you about those products in another post!

Have you guys already started shopping for Christmas presents?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

#ablecaw14 Week 9: As Seen On TV

It's time for the second Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge manicure of this week and as I already posted my Sparkle nails, this time it's going to be my nails with the theme As Seen On TV.

I do watch quite a few TV series, so I really wanted to do my nails inspired by one of my favorite TV shows. I had a clear vision for these nails from the beginning, I hope you get what I was trying to do. Do you guys have any idea which show this could be?!

How about if you say something like:

Math, science, history,
unraveling the mysteries... 

Know it already? No?

How about:

That all started with a big bang!
Get it? Right, of course it's The Big Bang Theory, one of my favorite shows at the moment!

I used quite a few polishes for this manicure:

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
A England Elaine
Essie DJ Play That Song*
Essie Bottle Service*
my own orange mix (in that Essie bottle)
OPI I Just Can't Cope-acabana
L'Oreal Lemon Meringue*
Essie Shake Your $$ Maker*
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat

In addition I also used a sponge and of course a dotting tool for those dots.

Do you guys watch The Big Bang Theory? What are your favorite TV series?

Disclosure: I have gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, Essie DJ Play That Song, Bottle Service, Shake Your $$ Maker and L'Oreal Lemon Meringue originally for review. For more information view my disclosure policy

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