Essie Neon 2013 Collection Swatches and Review

Like I promised yesterday, I have the Essie Neon Collection 2013 swatches for you guys today!

First I want to state couple general things about the polishes and the way I swatched them. I also got along with this whole collection Essie Blanc from L'Oreal Finland to use under these polishes. The instruction suggest that you use one coat of Essie Blanc (or some other white polish) under these neons to make the colors pop and that's what I did with my swatches. So I have base coat, one coat of Essie Blanc then two or three coats of the polish and then a quick drying top coat in all of these pics. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri as my top coat with these to make them shine as they are neons and they dry a bit matte on their own.

I've also already said it, so you probably know that I'm not a big neon person. I didn't own too many neon polishes prior to these and these actually tripled the amount of my neon polishes... I've tried some before, but somehow I have always felt like neons don't suit me. I also just shortened my nails quite a bit and I really wanted to do the swatches of these on shorter nails as I feel that neons look better on shorter nails, at least to me. But ok, let's go to the polishes, shall we..? 

So first of is Boom Boom Room, a bright bubblegum pink. This one had surprisingly a really nice formula and it was pretty good with just one coat. I did two coats just to be safe. I'm not the biggest fan of bubblegum pinks and I won't probably be using these alone, because I just feel like it doens't suit me. But the formula was so nice for a pink like this that I think I will have still use for this polish.

The next one is Bottle Service, a really bright fuchsia. I did two coats and it went on quite easily. This is more like my type of color and I'll definately wear this one again. It's very summery!

This vivid blue is called Bouncer, It's Me and I used two coats here. I have say that I really loved this color and it went on effortlessly! I have read that some people have struggled with this but I didn't have any problems whatsoever. I guess it might have something to do with the fact that we have wider brushes here in Finland in our Essie polishes and that brush makes the applying so much easier.

Next is DJ Play That Song, a red toned birght purple and again I did two coats. This was a bit on the thick side, but nothing too major and again, the wide brush made it quite easy to apply.

Then this really bright orange is called Saturday Disco Fever and again I have two coats here. I really love bright orange polishes and this isn't really an exception, it's really gorgeous! It was also a bit on the thick side but again, nothing too major and it went on pretty easily.

Then the last one is Shake You $$ Maker, a bright green and I have three coats here. This was the only problematic one for me of all these polishes. This was quite thick but it didn't cover very well so I had to use three coats and the color is still a bit uneven. Also, the three thick coats made it bubble as you can probably see. However, the color itself wouldn't have been my favourite one anyhow, but I still wish that this would have had a better formula.

My favourites vere definately Bouncer, It's Me, Bottle Service and Saturday Disco Fever. These are available right now and they are also coming to the stores here in Finland!

Which one was your favourite?

*The polishes were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy. 

Essie Neon 2013 Collection

I got Essie neon 2013 collection for review from L'Oreal Finland and I thought I would show you quickly some bottle shots forst and I'll have the swatches of these for you later. You might have already seen these in some international blogs, but these just came to the stores here in Finland, so that's why I got them now.

Like the spring collection, I got this one also in the cutest box ever!
From left to right these are: Bouncer, It's Me, Bottle Service, Shake Your $$ Maker, Boom Boom Room, Saturday Disco Fever and DJ Play That Song.

I have to tell you that I'm not really a neon person and I only had (I think) three or so neon polishes in my collection prior to these. I have had couple more but I always ended up not really liking them... We'll see how I will like these, at least I don't really have anything too similar in my stash.

I also did some single bottle shots:

So which one is your favourite?

*The polishes were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Zoya Miranda with Marimekko Unikko inspired accent nail

I've done couple different Marimekko Unikko inspired nail before (you can see them here and here), but for a while I've thought that the pattern would be fun to do with textured polishes. This time I wanted to do only an accent nail with the Unikko pattern and use a textured polish as the rest of the mani.

So I chose couple of Zoya PixieDusts polishes to use in this mani. I did all but my ring finger with Zoya Miranda* and for the accent nail I used OPI Skull & Glossbones as my base color, then I did the Unikko flowers with Zoya Miranda, China Glaze White Out and Zoya Liberty*. 
Miranda is really a gorgeous textured polish! The color is so pretty and it's unique at least compared to the other textured polishes that I have. I used three coats of Miranda for this mani, though it was pretty good with just two. I did the third one for just in case. I have to tell you that I'm a bit afraid to use Liberty for a whole mani as I've read that it stains nails really badly, but I guess I just have to try it to find out. At least the color is gorgeous too and I think Miranda and Liberty are a nice pair.

Nail Tek Foundation II
Zoya Miranda 3 coats

accent nail:
Nail Tek Foundation II
OPI Skull & Glossbones 3 coats
Sally Hansen Insta Dri
Zoya Miranda, China Glaze White Out and Zoya Liberty

*Zoya Miranda and Liberty were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure polic

KBShimmer Lottie Dottie, Orange Pop and Diva

I have three KBShimmer polishes to show you guys today, one is from their spring 2013 collection and the other two are older ones.

First off is the newest one of these three called Lottie Dottie. This was on my wishlist for quite a while and when it was finally in stock at Harlow & Co. I had to make an order and grap it. It looks like such a fun polish in the bottle and I do love those round glitters, but somehow I didn't enjoy this one like I thought I would. I have three coats here in the pics and I guess I should have maybe layered it over white or something to avoid that thick layer of nail polish, because this one was a bit on the thick side.
Maybe it's also those little bar glitters that bug me, there isn't really too many of them and I thought they wouldn't bother me, but somehow they make the polish look a bit messy for me... Oh well, this one wasn't just for me I guess.

The next one is called Orange Pop and I have three coats here also, no base or top coat. I don't quite know what to say about this one. This was also a bit like Lottie Dottie, I thought I would love it but I didn't really enjoy this too much. I do love orange polishes and the orange color of this one is really awesome, but the color and mixture of the glitters doesn't really go that well with the base color to me. 
So the colors in this one were just a bit too much for me. I might have liked this more if I had just used it as an accent nail or just for some part of the mani, but as a whole mani it was just too much. However, the formula of this one was quite nice and it went on pretty effortlessly.
The last one is the one that I liked the most of these three, but I managed to take the worst pictures of it, so it doesn't look that good here.. Anyhow, this is Diva and it's again three coats, no base or top coat. This one would also look better layered over some purple polish because the base is quite sheer so if you layer it over itself you end up with a quite thick layer of glitter.
But this is a really gorgeous purple and I enjoyed this one very much! This is quite an old one and it seems that at least Harlow & Co. doesn't sell this color anymore and I din't find it from KBShimmer own store either, so I guess it's no longer available. I'm really glad I have it, but next time I'm gonna wear it over some other polish to make it look even better.

Essie Maximillian Strasse Her and Madison Ave-hue with Water Decals

I have already shown you my swatches of Essie's spring collection that I got for review from L'Oreal Finland, but I just keep using the polishes over and over again if I need something quick and easy. The polishes are so easy to apply with the wide brush that Essie polishes have here in Finland, so all the six polishes from the spring collection have been my go to polishes for easy manicures and this was the case with this mani too.

I needed something pink and grey under some feather water decals* that I got for review from Born Pretty Store, so I chose Maximillian Strasse Her* and Madison Ave-hue*. I used two coats of both of Maximillian Strasse Her and Madison Ave-hue and then applied some pink and grey feather water decals over the opposite colors. 

The water decals went really well with the two Essie polishes and I really liked how this mani looked! I usually love all the nail art and stickers and decals that have feather designs, especially those hand painted feather designs, but these decals are also an easy way to achieve that feather look. These decals were also really easy to use and the quality was quite nice as these aren't those decals that are too thin to use. These also allowed you to move them a bit on nail after placing them, so you can get them just where you want them, but they sticked on really well too. I was a bit affraid that these wouldn't be quality ones as I have another decal set that I bought earlier from BPS (some golden ones) and got a bit smudged when I applied top coat over them. But top coat didn't do any harm to these feathers, so I guess they are really better qualitywise.

The only downsite for me is that in the set you only have four of one color of these bigger feathers with this style. Of course there are some smaller ones too that you can certainly use, but these big ones are the ones that I like most. There are also some other feather designs in the set, like peacock feathers, but I haven't had time to use those yet.

Nail Tek Foundation II
Essie Maximillian Strasse Her 2 coats
Essie Madison Ave-hue 2 coats
Water Decals from BPS
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

 The 11 pieces set of these decals costs $4.73 and don't forget that you can get 10% of with my code MBL91 and Born Pretty Store also has free worldwide shipping. I don't gain anything if you use my code, but BPS has promised that they will sponsor a giveaway here in my blog if ten people use the code.

*Essie Maximillian Strasse Her and Madison Ave-hue and BPS water decals were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Water Marbling with Essie Summer 2013 Polishes

I haven't done water marbling for a while so I decided it was time to try it out again since I quite like it!
I got three Essie Summer 2013 collection polishes to try from L'Oreal Finland (Rock The Boat, Full Steam Ahead and The Girls Are Out) and I thought I should try out how those would work for water marbling, so I used the first two of those polishes for this water marbling. I also bought one polish myself that I didn't get for review, the namesake of the collection Naughty Nautical, and I also used that one for this water marbling.

I started the whole mani with base coat and with two coats of China Glaze White Out as I always do with water marbling. The white base makes the colors that you use for the marbling itself really pop out more. Then I did the water marbling with the Essie polishes and after it was finished I topped the whole mani with China Glaze Fairy Dust and some quick drying top coat.
I didn't have any nail polish bottles on hand when I took the pictures, so I went outside and played with some plants and stuff. I kinda wish that I had the opportunity to take pictures with flowers and such more often, but I live pretty much in the centre of my town, so I think people would think I was insane or something if they'd see me taking pictures outside... Though the city where I live in isn't really that big, but anyhow. This time I was at my bf's summer cottage, so I had the perfect opportunity to go outside.

I really like how this water marbling turned out and the Essie polishes worked quite nicely, though they aren't probably the best ones out there water marbling. But the colors worked really nicely together too.

Here are all the polishes that I used for this:
From left to right: Mereneid Base Coat - Ridgefiller Rose**, China Glaze White Out, Essie Naughty Nautical, Essie Rock The Boat*, Essie Full Steam Ahead*, China Glaze Fairy Dust, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

*Essie Rock The Boat and Full Steam Ahead were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.
**I got Mereneid Base Coat - Ridgefiller Rose from the goodie bag from our meeting.

Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces and ILNP Sugar Blossom over Essie Go Ginza

I have a layering combo mani for you guys today with two different indie glitters.

So I used Essie Go Ginza* as my base color for all the nails. Then I did two coats of Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces on my thumb, index and pinky nails and two coats of I Love Nail Polish Sugar Blossom on my middle and ring finger nails. Actually, I originally did only one coat of Sugar Blossom, but I used it too quickly over Essie Go Ginza and so it bubbled a bit. I tried to cover that up with second coat of Sugar Blosson, but I would have probably prefered it with only one coat. Anyhow, it's certainly one of the prettiest glitter toppers that I have and I think I'm going to need the larger bottle (I currently have only the ultra mini version of it).
Also of course, Cosmic Forces is one of the most gorgeous polishes ever! Unfortunately, it doesn't look as good in my pics as it could (neither does Sugar Blossom)... I think I will need to wear both of these polishes again so that I can try to take some better pics of them, though I don't really need an excuse to wear neither of these, they are both so amazing!
Both of these polishes were quite easy to use, though with Cosmic Forces you need to do a bit of fishing to get those large dot glitters to come out of the bottle, but it's still manageable. I really love both of these polishes and I think they worked really well combined together too like this.

*Essie Go Ginza was sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Some hauls (I Love Nail Polish, Essie, OPI, China Glaze, Depend and a-england)


I have a quick haul post to for you guys! I'll have you a post with a mani later today, but I will have to sleep a bit before postin that... But now I thought I'd show you some polishes that I've bought and got recently.

So in this haul post I have polishes from I Love Nail Polish, Essie, OPI, China Glaze, Depend and a-england. Majority of these I've bought myself, but I've also gotten some for review. But let's get to the polishes, shall we?!

So first off, I bought (again) some I Love Nail Polish lacquers. They have currently 40% of from some end of life polishes, so off couse I had to also have some (because they were so cheap...). I also included one of their newer holographic polishes to my order that I didn't get previously eventhough I was thinking about getting it, so it's the one in the middle here (white holo!). So these are from left to right: Teal Me Please, Once Upon A Starry Night, Down Comforter, Clown Business and So Ghoul. I think they have still some of these left, so if you want some, you better hurry! :)

The first three of these I bought from Facebook nail polish group and the last two are from Ebay. These are from left to right Essie Head Mistress, Depend 045, OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service, OPI Minnie Style and China Glaze Fairy Dust. I've wanted to have On Her Majesty's Secret Service quite a while, but I've never bought it until now.. It needed some buddies to travel with, so I bought also those Essie and Depend polishes. I wasn't too interested of OPI Minnie Style, but I thought I should by it now that it was still easily available, because I might regret not buying it later. I had Fairy Dust before, but somehow I didn't like it, I think my previous version didn't have the same amount of those holographic particles or something because I remember being a bit disappointed with it. Now I decided to I should give it another try and it is so pretty!

Then I have some Essie polishes from their summer and wedding collection. These are from left to right Rock The Boat, Full Steam Ahead, The Girls Are Out, Naughty Nautical and Using My Maiden Name. The first three I got from L'Oreal Finland, the last two are from Ebay. I actually also bought myself the first two ones here and after they were already on their way to me, I got them for a review.. But the ones that I got from L'Oreal have the wider brush that I prefer, so I'm definately keeping those!

Then last but not least is this new beauty from a-england called Love Is Enough. I got this one to try and review from Adenina, so I will post about this as soon as possible. I haven't had time to wear it yet, but it looks really interesting in the bottle, so will see how it looks on nail!

*Essie Rock The Boat, Full Steam Ahead, The Girls Are Out and a-england Love Is Enough were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Random Spam with OPI, Perfect, Golden Rose and Zoya

I have another random spam post for you guys today, this time it's with OPI, Perfect, Golden Rose and Zoya.
The first one is OPI Stanger Tides and I have two coats here with base and top coat. It's a quite interesting and a pretty color, also it's quite unique too, at least in my collection! It is also a perfect polish to use under layering or nail art or things like that...

The next one is Perfect number K33, and I have two coats here with top coat (no base coat). This isn't really my type of color, because it is quite metallic and brush-stroke-y, but I would imagine that this could work quite well with stamping as the polish covered quite nicely with just one coat. I'm not particularly good at stamping and I don't really enjoy it either, so I don't think I'll have much use for this one...

Here in the next one I layered one coat of Golden Rose Paris number 69 over the previou one (Perfect K33). It wasn't really the perfect match, but I do like the Golden Rose one and I (surprisingly) don't have anything quite like it. It as a great mix of tiny glitter in it and I think it's a great topper, I just have to choose the polish under it more carefully.

Then the last one is Zoya Suri and I have two coats here (no base or top coat). This looks too blue in my picture, but these kind of purples are always a problem for my camera and I couldn't get the colors right eventhough I tried. Anyhow, it is really a gorgeous purple, nothing too special, but really nice polish overall. I do love this type of color and I love the Zoya quality, so I will surely keep this one!

So, which one was your favourite from this random spam post?