Zoya Reva

Today I have one gorgeous polish for you guys without any decorations or glitter for a change.

This is Zoya Reva, three coats here with base and top coat. Reva is from Zoyas summer 2011 collection and I already had couple of the polishes from the same collection (the shimmer part) and I'm thinking I should get all six of these as they all are so pretty! This was a little bit hard to capture as it looks a bit different in every different angle, but it is really a truly beautiful polish! I love the golden shimmer in it, though at the same time it made the polish look a bit Christmassy to me, but not too much. Also with some decorations or nail art that Christmassy feel could be easily erased. Qualitywise this was again the same good quality as all Zoyas (that I've tried) tend to be, so nothing to complain there. I did three thin coat, so maybe you could do only two if you use thicker ones, but I prefer one extra coat if it means I can use thinner ones.


Nail Tek Foundation II
Zoya Reva 3 coats
Essie Good To Go

Green & Gold Saran Wrap Manicure

With those half pearls I showed you earlier, I also received one BK nail polish to try from Born Pretty Store. I've been seeing these BK polishes recently in many blogs, so I wanted to try one out to see if the quality would be any good. I have the swatches of the polish in the end of this post, but first I want to show you the saran wrap manicure that I did using this Emeral Green Silver Shimmer polish and OPI GoldenEye.

I really like to make these saran wrap manicures. They are soooo easy and they also pretty much always end up looking really good! I loved this combo too, I think the gold and green worked really well together and the combination didn't even remind me of Christmas. I was a bit afraid it would as gold and green together tend to do that, but I think the shade of the green and also the gold aren't that chritmassy.
 
GoldenEye worked really nicely with this technique and I really loved how it looks over the emerald green! I probably should have taped my cuticles beforehand, as it is quite impossible to get those gold shimmer particles cleaned around the nails and with this technique there's usually at least little something to clean up. But other than that, I really enjoyed this mani!

As promised, here's the BK polish alone:
I have to say that I was really pleasantly surprised by this! The quality was really great and I didn't have any problems with applying or anything. This could also easily be a one-coater, though I did two coats here just in case. I also really like the color! I tried to choose a color that I wouldn't already have in my stash and I think I succeeded. So honestly, I don't have anything bad to say about this one, it's really a great polish!


Don't forget that if you want to order this polish or anything else from Born Pretty Store, you can use the code MBL91 to get 10% off from anything.


OPI Can't Let Go

When I first heard about OPI Liquid Sand polishes I wasn't so sure what to think and wether I would love them or hate them. Then I finally decided that I just have to get one and try, because otherwise I really wouldn't know what to think. I decided to get the purple one called Can't Let Go and I have to tell you that I'm really glad I got it! I wasn't sure if I would like the texture of the polish but I was so pleasantly surprised and I really just loved the sand paper feel of it. And also I found that the texture didn't bother me at all, it really isn't that kind that it would stick to everything. However, this one and I think maybe all of these Liquid Sand polishes are quite hard to photograph and the true beauty of this doesn't show in the pics. All the great sparklines of it seems to disappear in pictures and that's why I have here a bit blurry pics, because at least in them you can see a little bit of that sparkle.

This was also really fun polish and it was interesting to follow the changes when while it was drying. It looks to me almost ugly when you first paint it on, but after it is completely dry the true beauty of it comes to live. And as you probably already know, these take a while to dry, but it wasn't too long to me.

Of course I wanted to also try this with top coat so here it is:
Surprisingly enough, I liked it more without the top coat. Don't get me wrong, it looks really great with the top coat too, but I prefer it without one just as these were ment to wear. So now the only question is that should I get more of these or not... I kinda have my eye on the blue one, but I'm not sure if I should get it or not. I'm also hoping that they make one that will look like sand, that would be quite cool.

Nail Tek Foundation II
OPI Can't Let Go 3 coats
Essence Gel-look topcoat
Essie Good To Go

Orly Pixie Dust with BPS Half Pearls

Today I have one great polish to show you with another nail decoration item from Born Pretty Store. I have been lately seeing some great manicures with half pearl decorations, so when BPS offered another sample for me to try, I chose these half pearls to test (and also one nail polish, but I will post about that later). And here's the manicure I did using the pearls:

So I used Orly Pixie Dust as my base color and then just attached the half pearls with top coat on each nail. These half pearls are very easy to use and they stick really nicely with top coat too, even without sealing them with a layer of top coat over them. Also I thought they were a really nice and easy way to get something extra to the manicure. There are three different sizes of these pearls in the wheel: 4mm, 3mm and 1.5mm. For me the biggest ones are maybe a bit too big for everyday use, but perhaps I can use them for some extravaganze manicures. The other two sizes are something that I will probably use more often.

I have already done another manicure with these pearls. It was my Valentine's Day mani and you can check it out here.
 
The wheel of half pearls looks like this and there are 1200 pcs. in total and one wheel costs $4.14 (before the 10% discount that you can get with the code MBL91).

Of course I also wanted to show you Orly Pixie Dust by itself as it is such a pretty one:
Pixie Dust is really a gorgeous grey with silver shimmer! It was also really easy to work with, though it is a bit sheer, so I have three coats here. Still, it is really soooo pretty and I'm definately gonna use it over and over again!

Don't forget, if you want to order these half pearls or something else, you can get 10% off everything with this code:

Weird things about me with some recent hauls

I got challenged by Sannu to tell five weird facts about me. This challenge has been going around in Finnish nail polish blogs for a while and Sannu challenged me already last week, so I thought I should really do this now before I'm (again) too late.. Also I didn't want to do a post without any pics, so I decided to include some of my recent nail polish hauls to this post too, so that you'd have some pics to watch also. :)

Harlow & Co. haul (from left to right): Lush Lacquer Seas The Moment, Purple Splas and Mr. Bubble. KBShimmer Diva, Orange Pop, Proud Peacock and Bejeweled.

It was a bit hard to think of five weird facts about myself (because I'm sooooo normal, right?!) but I also thought that this would be a fun way for you guys to maybe learn to know me a bit better.. So, here we go.

1. I find it very difficult if not even impossible to sleep if there's a ticking clock in the same room where I sleep. Also other constant noises have the same effect, but if the noise is varying it won't bother me that much. Strangely enough, one of my favourite songs of all time is Snow Patrol - Somewhere A Clock Is Ticking...

2. I don't like if people sing, hum or whistle when I'm trying to do something. Especially my mom drives me crazy, because she tends to sing a lot and I just can't stand it. I don't usually sing anywhere, but I do sing when I'm driving by myself or with my boyfriend. We usually sing great duets while driving and listening to radio, though I'm not sure if anyone else would think so if they would hear us singing...

3. I hate bananas if they are too ripe. I do eat them and even like them if their peels are somewhat green but if they are already all yellow I don't want to eat them. Also I hate when people put banana slices or mush between cakes or in some other baked goods. There are so many other good things to put there so I just don't understand the (maybe Finnish?) need to use bananas...

Zoyas (Tiffany, Gilda and Reva) and Kleancolor Holo Chrome are bought from a Facebook nail polish group. The last three are from Ebay: Color Club Eternal Beauty, China Glaze Glitz'n Pieces and OPI Can't Let Go.


4. I like to do schedules and plan everything ahead. For example I couldn't leave for a vacation abroad if I didn't have at least some time beforehand to do some reasearch and plan which sights I want to see. 

5. I don't drink alcohol much, though I'm not an absolutist either. I just never have learned "the habbit" and I don't feel the need to do that, also there isn't many alcohol drinks that taste good to me. I may have couple glasses of sparkling wine (at New Year's Eve) and maybe one or two ciders or something similar during summer time and that's about my yearly consumption.

These Orlys are bought from a Finnish store where they were on sale. Salla was so kind and provided me these as I didn't have the change to get to the store myself as it is located on the other side of the country. From left to right these are: Pixie Dust, Sweet Peacock, Glitz and It's Not Rocket Science.

This challenge has been around quite much so I'm not sure who has done it already and who hasn't, so I'm gonna challenge everyone who feel like doing this challenge and revealing weird facts about themselves. Let me know if you do it! :)

So, am I too weird? :) And did you like my recent hauls? Is there anything you'd like to see first?

a-england She Walks In Beauty over Essie Muchi Muchi

Today I have one of the most gorgeous polishes that I've encountered for a while for you guys.

This is of course a-england polish called She Walks In Beauty and what a beauty it is! Seriously, like it said, this is one of the most gorgeous polishes that I've seen in a while. It is really unique and still at the same time so beautiful. It is quite sheer one, so I think it's best layered over some other polish and I chose Essie Muchi Muchi under it. Muchi Muchi is a very neutral nude pink, so I thought it would suit perfectly under SWIB and it wouldn't change the color of SWIB either. And they looked really nice together and Muchi Muchi gave SWIB the room to shine..

This is also one of those polishes that are even better seen in real life, so I really hope a-england can get those delivery problems solved, so that everyone has a change to get this polish, because if this looks like anything you would like, you should really get this.
 

I also took a pic of Muchi Muchi on its own just to show you how it looks. This is three coats and it's somewhat perfect pinkish nude color. However, it was slightly difficult to work with and it needed three coat to even out the color.

Nubar Foundation
Essie Muchi Muchi 3 coats
a-england She Walks In Beauty 1 coat
Essie Good To Go

Giveaway winner!

Thank you all so much for participating my giveaway! I'm in a hurry, so I just keep this short and sweet and just announce the winner, because that's what you all are waiting for, right?! Once again I used random.org to select the winner and this time the winner is:

 Eva Bezděková!

So big congrats to you!
I will email you shortly and please try to answer within the next 48 hours! :)

Giveaway is closed!

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KBShimmer Bejeweled with American Apparel The Valley

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Guys, you know what?! It's my birthday today, yay! Well, I've gotten so old (:D) that I don't really celebrate my birthday that much, but of course I have something special planned today. And I certainly need a special manicure, right? My boyfriend got me two KBShimmer polishes for me as my birthday present, so of course I had to wear one of them and I chose Bejeweled as it is like a little festival in bottle.

I used American Apparel as my base color and then I just layered one coat with KBShimmer Bejeweled over it. I really like the look and it's so me with all the glitter! Though, if you look closely, you can probably see some bubbles, which was really a big bummer.. It is really because of the AA polish, it was really thick, so of course it bubbled.. But at least you can't really see the bubbles in real life because all the glitter and I don't really have time to do a new mani, so I will go with this one. Besides, I really like it! The colors work very well together I think and there's enough sparkle too for my birthday! :)





This is btw the first KBShimmer polish that I've ever used and I have to say that I really liked it. It was really easy to work with and you get a really good amount of the glitter on nail with just one coat. I do have couple more of KBShimmers already, so I can't wait to try them too!

I also took a pic with The Valley alone, though it isn't the best one as there are all those bubbles... Oh well.. At least the color is really nice. I think the polish need just some drops of thinner and it'll work fine after that.


Nail Tek Foundation II
American Apparel The Valley 2 coats
KBShimmer Bejeweled 1 coat
Essence Gel-Look Topcoat
Essie Good To Go

Happy V-Day!

I just wanted to wish you all, my lovely readers, very happy Valentines Day with my Valentines Day manicure!


Nail Tek Foundation II
China Glaze 108 Degrees 3 coats
OPI Nothin' Mousie 'bout It 1 coat (in all but ring finger)
1.5 mm half pearls*
Essie Good To Go


*The product(s) in this post was sent to me for a review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Random Spam with Catrice, China Glaze, Flormar and Zoya

I have had these four pics just sitting in my not-posted folder as I always choose some other manis to post. It's probably because the pics didn't turn out so great, but I thought I should finally do something with these.. So here they are in one post all four together. And yeah, they don't have any connection, so this is really just a random post with four random polishes.. :D

Catrice Siberian Call Rest In The Forest, three coats with base and top coat

Rest In The Forest looks pretty cool in the bottle with all the magenta and blue shimmer, but on nail it just looked really dirty to me. And not even like those pretty dirty ones, just plain dirty. Also it is really sheer, so I would have really needed at least fourth coat to make the nail line disappear, but I just wasn't feeling it...


China Glaze Creative Fantasy (3 coats) and Escaping Reality (2 coats) with base and top coat

I wanted to try out two of the China Glaze Cirque du Soleil collection cremes that I ordered, so I did this accent nail mani with them. I usually like purple polishes, but Creative Fantasy was really sheer and jellyish (without being a proper jelly) so I wasn't too fond of it. On the other hand I really liked Escaping reality as it only took two coats to get it nice and even and the color is really bright and fun.


Flormar DC01 three coats with base and top coat

This is one of the Flormar duochrome polishes and I believe this is a close dupe for China Glaze Swanky Silk, but I can't really compare them as I don't own the China Glaze one. And infact, I already forwareded this Flormar one too as it wasn't really my color. 


Zoya Gemma 2 coats with base and top coat

I don't really have much to say about this one. It was really a good quality polish like pretty much all Zoyas are and really easy to work with. It's just the type of green that I feel like don't suit me. So again, this has already found a more loving home, though I'm really hesitant in giving up any Zoyas as I really love the brand and they are a bit harder (or expensive) to get here. But my stash has gotten so big, that I don't really see the point of keeping a polish just because it's certain brand or something... So I'm basically trying to keep only those that I truly like and then forward the rest. This also allows me to get new ones to try as if I had too big of a stash I wouldn't be able to reason even to myself why I would need more polishes.

Giveaway Reminder!

I just wanted to remind you guys that you have still one week to participate in my little giveaway. Just click here or the picture to learn more. Good luck to you all! :)

 

Coral Las Vegas Mirage over China Glaze For Audrey

Big surprise, I have another glitter polish for you guys today.. :D Well, maybe this is something that everyone of you haven't probably yet seen as I've seen these Coral polishes mainly in Finnish nail polish blogs. Anyhow, here is another layering mani with glitter:

This is Coral Las Vegas polish called Mirage over China Glaze For Audrey. I thought that Mirage was a bit Christmas looking polish as it has at least red, green and silver glitter in it, so I wanted to pair it with something that would take away some of that Christmassy feeling. I think Mirage and For Audrey worked quite nicely together, but somehow this glitter wasn't really my thing. Maybe it was the fact that it still made me think of Christmas, or maybe that I'm not so fond of glitter that is so tiny.. I don't know. I guess it was just pretty but to me it wasn't anything special, so I forwarded it already to a more loving home.

Oh, and if you are wondering about the brand, I think these Coral polishes are made by a company called Delia Cosmetics from Poland. Some of their polishes are sold here in Finland in local stores (Tokmanni).

China Glaze For Audrey 2 coats
Coral Las Vegas Mirage 1 coat
Essence Gel-look Top coat

Zoya Natty with Catrice Gold Leaf Top Coat

Hope you guys aren't bored with glitter yet, because I seem to have going trough a serious glitter phase right now and there seems to be glitter in almost every mani I do these days... And today I have another great glitter topper for you, but also a great creme polish too (because of course glitter toppers need nice base colors, right?).

So this is two coats of Zoya Natty with one coat Catrice Gold Leaf Top Coat on top. Despite the name the Gold Leaf Top Coat doesn't have gold in it like some other popular polishes do, it just has two different sizes of gold glitter in clear base. But don't get me wrong, it's still a real pretty one! The shade of the gold in this is quite cold and it almost looks silver in some angles, but that suits really well for me as I'm not the biggest fan of yellowish or warm cold, or at least those don't seem to go well with my skin tone. This was also easy to work with and you get a nice amount of the glitter on your nails with just one coat.
 
I thought the combination of the deep steel blue Natty and this Gold Leaf Top Coat was really great too!





Zoya Natty (two coats here) is one of the three Zoya polishes that I got from our meeting with other nail polish enthusiasts and surprisingly I really loved to wear this! I wouldn't normally buy a color like this, so I didn't really have anything like this in my stash before this one. But this really goes to show that I sould step out from my comfort zone more often. I keep saying that I don't like blue polishes, so I also don't usually buy them either, but somehow I liked this one so much. Infact I liked it so much that I was little hesitant of putting the glitter over it as it was so pretty on its own, but of course it looked really nice with the glitter too.

Born Pretty Store 1.5mm Silver Studs

I have wanted to try some nail studs for a while, because there have been so many great manicures with them recently. I just got some 1.5mm silver studs for a review from Born Pretty Store, so of course I had to try them as soon as I could and use them in a mani.

So I started with OPI Steady As She Rose as the base color and then painted roughly 1/3 of the nail with a-england Princess Tears. Then I did the dots using OPI DS Extravagance and dotting tool and then finally applied the studs using a top coat. I also applied one coat of the top coat over the studs to seal them to the nail. 


I thought the studs were fairly easy to use, though they are quite small, so it required some tinkering to get them to line up nicely. But after they were in their place they stayed there really nicely. I also like the look of the studs and the fact that they are a bit more flat than rhinestones are, so I think I may prefer the studs over rhinestones.
  

The studs come in a bag like this and there are quite a lot of them. I thought I used quite many for this mani, but after finishing, it looks like the bag didn't empty a bit. I'm not so sure though that the bag is the best possible way to store these studs, as it's not the easiest thing to get them from the bag if you just want to have couple of these studs for a mani. So maybe a wheel or something would be better.

If you want to order these studs or something else from Born Pretty Store, you can get 10% off with the code: MBL91.



*Some of these products were sent to me for a review. For more information please read my disclosure policy

Golden Rose Jolly Jewels #117

Today I have another Golden Rose Jolly Jewels polish for you guys. Many of you seemed to like the other Jolly Jewels polish that I posted about (here), so I hope you like this one too!

So this one is number 117 and it is black jelly base with two different sizes of gold glitter. I've always really liked the combination of black and gold, for me it's very festive look, so I really like this polish too! It wasn't the easiest one to work with as it is packed with the glitter, it makes the polish quite thick. But with a bit more careful application, it wasn't anything that couldn't be managed. Also, I see it as a good thing that there is so much glitter in this, so I can't really complain about that. I think it's the thing that makes this polish stand out.

Oh well, now I just really need more of these.. I just have to figure out though where to get those that aren't in stock in beautycosmetic.biz, where I ordered this one and the other one that I have.. Any tips where to get these?


Lumene 3in1 Nail Ridge Filler
Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 117 2 coats
Essence Gel-look Topcoat
Essie Good to Go

China Glaze Get Carried Away

Today I have one polish for you guys that clearly wasn't made for me...

So this is China Glaze Get Carried Away (one coat) over Essence Berlin Story and China Glaze Bend Over Backwards (on my ring finger). I ordered this when there still wasn't too many swatched of China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection (from which this polish is from) and I clearly should have waited to see some better pics of this first as this really isn't my cup of tea. First of all, I'm not the biggest fan of bar glitter, but I thought that it could work with this as in some polishes it is quite ok. Well, it doesn't. Also, I really don't know what I should have layered this with as it clearly didn't work with black or red. Black makes some of the glitters disappear and over red it just looks silly and dirty to me. It was ok over black and seen some decent looking manis with GCA and black, but for me it also takes something away from the polish as then you can't see the black glitters at all. And over red it was really a disaster as the base is not clear but somewhat black, so it makes the red look dirty and it was impossible to get it evenly, so it looks weird. I was also a bit sad that I ruined the color of Bend Over Backwards as it was soooo pretty alone. I will definately wear that alone soon!

I know there are probably many who love this polish, but this just wasn't for me at all. So yeah, I already got rid of it and it found a more loving home...

Nail Tek Foundation II
Essence Berlin Story 2 coats
China Glaze Bend Over Backwards 2 coats (ring finger)
China Glaze Get Carried Away 1 coat
Essence Gel-look Topcoat

MANicure - When your man does your nails

So this really fun challenge has gone around in Finnish nail polish blogs for a while now and I finally decided that I - or technically my boyfriend - should also participate. I'm a little late with this as everyone else has done it a while ago, but better later than never, right? So the main idea of this challenge is to get your boyfriend/husband or brother or father or any man in your life to do your nails. The challenge was originally created by Liisa and you can find her original post here. However, the rules were in Finnish, so I took the liberty to loosely translate them to English, so here are the rules:

1. Only the man can touch the nail polish bottles
2. You can't give any advices
3. You can choose the desing and style freely
4. Take pictures of the finished manicure, and it's also good to take pictures during the process
5. You can remove the polish right away after taking the pictures if you feel like it
6. Man, who doesn't accept the challenge is a lame-ass wussy (:D)
7. And finally, remember to laugh!

It didn't take too much to get my boyfriend to accept the challenge, I guess he didn't want to be a lame-ass wussy. But after he agreed to do it, it took quite a while to get to the actual painting of my nails. First he chose the nail polishes and wanted to draw a plan:

The plan is quite cute, right?! He said he wanted blue and white polish that had shimmer, so after a long search of my helmer he found China Glaze Frosty and Color Club Cold Metal. Frosty was quite obvious choice, because it's probably the only shimmer white that I have, so he didn't have lot to choose from. He also remembered that I had said that Cold Metal is really good, so that's why he decided to use that. Then he also chose China Glaze Fast Forward, which I was a bit worried about, because there isn't much left of it, so it has become a bit thick.. But the rules were that you can't give any advices, so I didn't say anything.

After choosing the colors, he wanted to practice and I provided him with one of my nail wheels. The practicing took a little while as he also used the computer and searched my blog and several others to see how he should do the mani. From the blogs he picked up the idea to use schotch tape.

So here are the practice nails. He used China Glaze Fast Forward to the nail on the left (and also managed to smudge it with his finger) and noticed that it was quite thick, so at this point I kindly directed him towards another top coat. I know, it was againts the rules, but I didn't want his hard work to get ruined because of a top coat that doesn't work properly. So he ended up using Essie Good to Go to the other practice nail and it worked better. As you can see, he also practiced the use of the scotch tape with the nail on the right, which was kind of cute too.. :) 

So after all the reasearch and practice, it was finally time to start painting my nails. At this point I had to again say something, as he was going to start without a base coat, and well, I didn't want my nails to get more stained than they already are, so I asked if something was maybe missing. After a while of thinking he figured out that he should probably use somekind of base coat and he went to search my helmer again and found Nail Tek Foundation II. So he first painted one coat of that, then waited a while and then started to paint with Cold Metal. 
 
I thought the brush technique was really good and he managed to get the polish on really nicely, although there was also some polish on the cuticles and on the side of the nails too. But overall, I tought he did very good! If you look at the pinky, there isn't practically any polish on the sides of the nails, so very good for a person that hadn't ever painted nails, right?! He used one coat of Cold Metal and I think it was three coats of Frosty. As you can probably see, he also figured out that it is only necessary to paint the middle of the nail with Frosty, as that is the part that is going to show in the finished mani.

So after he had painted all my nails and also applied the quick dryer, it was time to cut the stripes of the scotch tape. This took quite a while and I think he cut at least ten stripes to get the ones that he was totally happy with. But very thorough working I'd say!

After a while he decided that my nails were dry enough, so he placed the tape stripes to the middle of my middle and ring finger nails one at a time and painted the sides of the nails with Cold Metal. I was a bit worried that the tape would pick up some of the polish underneath as I tought it probably hadn't had enough time to dry. Gladly, this happened only a bit, so the manicure wasn't ruined and the hard work didn't go to waste.
  
So after he had done both hands with the polish and with the quick dryer, he thought he sould probably clean my fingers a bit as he said that he knows I always do that. So we went to the bathroom and first he used some cotton sticks to clean up the majority of the polish. 

After the cotton sticks he noticed the brush that I always use for cleaning up the polish and so he thought he should use that one too. He really did a quite good job with the cleaning up, though it took quite a lot of time too.
 
So of course after that the manicure was ready. He said that the inspiration of this manicure are racing stripes of racecars, if you were wondering.. ;)

So, what do you think? Did he do a good job or not? :)

Like I said in the beginning of this post, many Finnish nails polish bloggers like Sonne, Katjamaria, Emma and Päivi have already done the challenge (these blogs are all in Finnish, but you should really check out the manicure that Päivi's man did, it's awesome!). However, I'd like to challenge some non-Finnish bloggers to this challenge too, so I challenge:

ritterbraten of Das Experiment
maRyya of Konad Addict

Also I of course challenge every one else too that want's to do this challenge! If you do it, please leave a link to the comment section, because I really want to see your MANicures! This was really so much fun, so I recommend this to all! :)