Velvet Easter Nails

Recently I found some pastel colored flocking powder from a local arts & crafts store, so I finally decided should try those velvet nails, that have been quite popural recently. The pastel colors seemed perfect for Easter, so here comes my Easter manicure:

I have to say that these velvet nails aren't really my cup of tea. I wouldn't have even done this mani if I knew I'd be going somewhere, but I was just staying home yesterday, so I had the perfect opportunity to try these out. They do look quite cute, but this just isn't for me. My application of the flocking powders wasn't too perfect either, but this was just to give this style a try. I also wasn't too happy with the fact that you have that powder everywhere after doing these nails, besides the powder got loose quite easily from the nails. Oh well, I think I'll be using these powder for something else than nails in the future.

First I of course painted the nails with similar colors than those flocking powders, so here's the pastel skittle look: 
Index: OPI Gargantuan Green Grape 3 coats
Middle: China Glaze Light As Air 3 coats
Ring: China Glaze For Audrey 2 coats
Pinky: Orly Lollipop 

I should have just kept this pastel(ish) skittle as I liked this look way better than the velvet nails look!

Anyhow, Happy Easter to everyone who's celebrating it! :)

Swap Number Two

I'm not a big swapper mainly because I feel like there isn't that much brands available here in Finland that wouldn't be available somewhere elso, so I haven't got that much to offer to other swappers. However, I just got my second ever swap package and I feel like I should really do this more often!

The main reason for this swap was that I wanted to try out those new Kiko Sugar Mat polishes, so I contacted the lovely Portuguese blogger Akuma Kanji from Under the Gravity's Nails and asked if she'd be interested in doing a little swap with me so that I could get some of those Kiko polishes. She was immediately interested in doing the swap and I must tell you that she was soooo helpful and awesome during the whole process! I kinda wish that Kiko polishes were available here in Finland too, but if they were I would have missed this great opportunity of doing a swap with Akuma Kanji and that would have been a shame... We agreed to send each other eight polishes, but this is what she sent me:

Amazing, right?!? I was just so surprised when I opened the box, because the polishes just kept coming and coming! She said she wanted to sent me some extra and well, she certainly did! Also, she picked up some really beautiful polishes, right?!

So these are the ones that I requested, from left to right: Essence Hello Marshmallow!, Kiko Sugar Mat polishes: Mint (6361), Burgundy (645), Strawberry Pink (641) and Poppy Red (640). I also asked if she could send me three polishes from some local brands, but like you saw already, she included "couple" extra:
From left to right: Andreia #37 and #70, Andreia Pocket #101, #106 and #108, Carlos Santos #623, Cliché Hippie and Maldivas.

Risqué Cintilante Agreste, Inocos Maria Menina and Amarelinho, DERMExcellence #32, Yes Love caviar manicure set and Leticia Well #426.
 
Here's a close-up of that Yes Love caviar manicure set, so that you can see those pearls better.

All these are new brands for me (except Kiko and Essence), so I'm really excited of each and every one of these! I've seen some of these brands in some other blogs and they all look really great, so I can't wait to try these out! I just have to figure out wich one to try first... Any suggestions on which you would like to see first? :)

In addition to the polish, she also sent me a huge pile of local candy! We've been eating these like crazy and still have tons left, because there was just so much! I loved the fact that she sent me these local candies that are originally Portuguese and have been around since she was little, that was so cute! :)

So you can all probably imagine that I just can't even begin to thank Akuma Kanji enough of all these polishes and the candies! She was just so amazing and sweet and I'm still amazed by all of this! Thank you Akuma Kanji so so so much and I hope you will get the package I sent to you soon too, though it doesn't really compare to what you sent...

Orly Sweet Peacock & China Glaze Water You Wainting For

Today I have two gorgeous blue polishes for you guys!
 
So first of is this awesome blue foil by Orly called Sweet Peacock. This is from Orly's 2011 fall collection and I had completely missed this polish when it first came out. Thankfully I got it now as it is quite a gorgeous blue! However, I'm still a bit hesitant to wear blue polishes or at least bright blue polishes, but maybe I will learn to love them unconditionally if I just keep wearing them...

This is two coats with base and top coat. I think this could have even taken over the place of my most loved blue foil (Color Club Cold Metal) because the color is sooo pretty, but CC Cold Metal is one-coater. Also the color of this is quite flashy, so this is harder to pull of than for example CC Cold Metal. I still love the color, but I'm not sure if it's reasonable to keep two blue foils as if I need one, I'm probably gonna use the Color Club one, just because of the coverage.

As I was wearing Sweet Peacock I thought it would be a perfect base color for China Glaze Water You Waiting For, so I have one coat of WYWF here over Sweet Peacock. WYWF is from China Glaze's Cirque du Soleil collection and this just one amazing polish! I just love the combination of blue and green glitter in this and the way they look together! It's just so gorgeous!
 
This could easily be worn alone too as it has quite good coverage, but Sweet Peacock was so close to the blue this has, that wearing this over it saved me a coat or two. I don't really know what else to say, other than that I really love this one!
 

Nail Tek Foundation II
Orly Sweet Peacock 2 coats
China Glaze Water You Waiting For 1 coat
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

BPS Nail Studs

I got another products from Born Pretty Store for a review and this time I chose a wheel of nail studs in 12 different shapes and a matte top coat. Today I have a mani to show you with those nail studs:

I wanted to try out several different studs so I did this mixed up mani with four different studs. I used Orly Miss Conduct as the base color and then I added also some black polish to some nails. Index and pinky are done with scotch tape technique and for the ring finger I did diagonal gradient. After the polishes were dry I added a coat of top coat and then placed the studs.

This mani isn't really my style and I didn't really like this. There are some nice elements, for example I really like the ring finger nail and also the pinky, but those stars are way too big for me. Infact, the picture at BPS website shows that the stars in the wheel are much tinier, but at least in my wheel they are really big. However, it was quite easy to bend them just a bit so that they fit the curvy nails a bit better. 

The studs come in a wheel like this. The wheel is a bit smaller than some rhinestone wheels that I've previously bought, but there is still quite many studs in this. BPS says there are approximately 300 pcs in this, so there's really enough for several and and even more manis. I just wish those stars were a bit smaller and that there could have been more black studs in this (there are only those small round ones that are black).

With this wheel you can nevertheless have the variety of different studs and this is perfect for trying out different shapes and shades, if you don't want to buy large amounts of one shape or shade.

Don't forget that if you want to buy this or some other products from BPS you can use my code to get 10% off:


*The product in this post was sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Shimmer Polish Mary

Today I have another Shimmer Polish beauty for you guys:

This pretty one is called Mary* and I have three coats here with base and top coat. I've seen many great manicures lately where these Shimmer Polish lacquers have been layered over some other polish and they look really amazing that way too, but I wanted first to wear all these alone. All these Shimmer Polish lacquers are really complex and they seem to have just the perfect amount of glitter in them as they look great layered over another polish with just one coat, but they can also be build up for full coverage with just three coats, which is quite nice for a glitter polish like this.

Mary seems to have mainly red, silver and black glitters in it, but there are so many different glitters in it that I won't even try to analyze everything it has. The main thing is that it looks really gorgeous on it's own and I'm sure it works well layered over many different colors. I can't wait to try out some different combinations!

You read more about Shimmer Polish and also buy the lacquers here. They sell for $12 each.


Lumene 3in1 Nail Ridge Filler
Shimmer Polish Mary* 3 coats
Essie Good To Go

*The product in this post was sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Perfect #S41

I have been loving all those great glitter polishes lately and today is no exception, because I have a gorgeous black and pink glitter to show you!

Remember those gorgeous and affordable holographic polishes that I posted while ago? (If not you can check out the post here). This glitter polish is from the same brand called Perfect and this is pretty neat, right?! I have here just one coat of the polish number S41* over Maybelline Colorama Worn In*. This is quite simple polish with two different sizes of black hexagonal glitter and little bit bigger hexagonal pink glitter, but at the same time this is really pretty!


Like I said in my previous haul post, I got this to try from beautycosmetic.biz and this is one of the new Perfect polishes that will be added to their shop soon. You can see all the Perfect glitters here in Beauty cosmetic Facebook. There seems to be some quite interesting glitter polishes coming I think. At least this one was really easy to work with and you get nice amount of the glitter on your nails with just one coat, so if the rest of these glitter polishes are the same quality, I will surely be interested in couple of those. Also those Perfect holographic polishes cost only 1.05€ ($1.59) so I figure that these glitters won't be too expensive either. These glitters also come in bigger bottles than those tiny holographic polishes. It probably says how much they contain on the side of the bottle, but it's impossible to read the black print of the labels because the polish is so black too, but I'd say the bottle looks pretty much the same size as a-england polishes and they contain 13ml (4 Fl.Oz) of polish each.

Edit: The prize of this polish will be 1.58€ and these will be added tomorrow to beautycosmetic.biz, so it's very affordable and I'd say it's easily worth that much of money! :)

Nail Tek Foundation II
Maybelline Colorama Worn In* 2 coats
Perfect S41* 1 coat
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 

 *The products in this post were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Maybelline Coloramas Urban Turquoise, Tutti Fruity and Worn In

Today I have three Maybelline Colorama polishes to show you guys. I got all these three to try from L'Oreal Finland.

So first of is a polish called Urban Turquoise (#120)*. This was very opaque, infact it could be just one coater, but I did two just in case. This was also very easy to work with and it dried really fast. I painted just two coats without base or top coat and it was on my nails only couple minutes while I took the pictures and it was almost completely dry after I was done with the photos. The color probably isn't the most unique, but it is still quite pretty and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this polish.
 


This second one is called Tutti Fruity (#3)* and I have to say that I really don't get this polish. I used three coats here (without base or top coat) and as you can see it is still pretty sheer. Also the glitter didn't really suit this one, it looked a bit out of place. Maybe this could work better over some other polish, but alone like this it didn't really work for me. It is also quite brush-stroke-y, so you would need to be careful applying it over another polish too if you don't like those visible brush strokes. I probably need to try this over black or some other dark color and see how it looks that way.



I saved the best for last: this gorgeous shimmer gray is called Worn In (#171A)* and I have two coats here with base and top coat. This was surely my favourite one of these three, the color is really pretty and the shimmer makes it even more gorgeous. Quality was really nice too, so this was a total winner!


*The products in this post were sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.

Recent hauls

This is second post already today (click here to see the previous post if you missed it), but I thought it was time to do another haul post as I have done couple hauls lately and I've also gotten some new polishes for review.

These are all from Head2Toe Beauty, the first four are my picks from China Glaze's new holographic collection and then the last three are from their new spring collection. From left to right: Infra Red, Strap on Your Moonboots, Don't Be a Luna-tic, When Stars Collide, Fancy Pants, Keep Calm Paint On and Dandy Lyin' Around.

These I bought from local stores from their sales. I found three Sally Hansen Insta-Dri quick drying top coats from a local store for 5€ and I had to buy them all as they were so cheap (compared what they usually are here) and also because it seems that I can't really find these in any local stores anymore. The OPI polish is from the pirates collection and it's called Mermaid's Tears and I bought it from another local storem, from sale too.

All of these were sent for me for review. First four ones are from beautycosmetic.biz and the last one is matte top coat from Born Pretty Store. Beauty Cosmetic send me some sponsor product for our next nail polish enthusiasts meeting that I'm currently organizing (I will tell you more about that later) and they wanted also sent these polishes and some skin cream samples just for me to try. All these four are new polishes that are coming to their store soon, so I will show them to you as soon as I can. Also I have a review coming about that matte top coat, so stay tuned!

Nubar Absolute

Today I have one scattered holographic polish to show you guys. This one is Nubar Absolute and I have three coats here with base and top coat. I bought this polish from a blog sale while ago and there's been some really sunny days here lately (finally!), so what better way to celebrate the sunshine than wearing some great holographic polishes, right?!

I really liked the color of this polish, it's quite beautiful light blue holographic. However, this was a really sheer one. Like I said, I did three coats, but this would have needed at least one or two coats more as there was still visible nail line and even some bald spots. I don't generally mind if I have to use three coats of polish, I think that is infact quite reasonable, but if a polish like this needs more than three coats, I usually lose my interest. I think three should be enough. It was also quite late when I was painting my nails with this, so I didn't want use any more coats, because then it would have taken again longer for this to dry. It did dry quite quickly, but still, three coats should be enough with a scattered holo like this.

If the color would be more special or unique I could probably work with this and use more coats, but there are quite few beautiful light blue holographics out there.
  
The first three pics were taken in direct sunlight and this last one was taken in shade. As you can see, the color looks really nice in shade too, but I just can't get over the fact that this was so sheer.

Orly Bonder
Nubar Absolute 3 coats
Essie Good To Go

Lush Lacquer Purple Splash

I have quite many indie polishes in my untrieds right now because of the two orders that I've made earlier this year to Harlow & Co. and I have all those Shimmer polishes to try too. Also I have couple more KBShimmer polishes on their way to me and then of course several mainstream brand polishes in my untrieds too, so I'm having quite hard time choosing what to wear next, but I'm not definately complaining. Today I have the second Lush Lacquer polish to show you.

This one is Purple Splash and I have two coats here over one coat of Nubar Toga Purple. Purple Splash is has a purple jelly base with different sizes and shapes of white glitter and also tiny holographic glitter. The purple base itself is quite sheer, so I layered it over another purple to get it more opaque and to avoid using several coats of Purple Splash. This polish has me torn in two basically, because there are elements in the polish that I absolutely love, but then there are couple elements that I don't really like. I love the purple base and how it makes the polish look and the combination of purple and white, I also love the tiny holographic glitter combined with the small and medium sized white glitter. I even love those squared white glitters, but those overly big hexagons didn't really work for me and it was also quite hard to get them on nails. However, the one thing that ruins this polish for me is the bar glitter. I knew when I ordered this that this has bar glitter and I'm not always been the biggest fan of bar glitter, but somehow lately I've been liking some polishes that have had some bar glitter in them. So that's why I thought I might like this one, but for me there's just too much of those ugly bars in here.

If this didn't have that bar glitter in it, I would adore this so much and wouldn't even complain about those large hexagons, but like I said, with that much of bar glitter this just isn't working for me. Also as there are so large glitter pieces in this polish, they tend to sink to the bottom of the bottle, but that easy to solve by keeping the bottle upside down for a while.

Nail Tek Foundation II
Nubar Toga Purple 1 coat
Lush Lacquer Purple Splash 2 coats
Essie Good To Go

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China Glaze Light As Air with a-england She Walks In Beauty

I've already shown you one manicure with a-england She Walks In Beauty, but the polish is so pretty that I wanted to use it again. This time though I didn't want to use it on whole nail, so I did gradient tips with it over China Glaze Light As Air.

So I first started with base coat and three coats of Light As Air as my base color, then after it was dry, I dapped sponged some of She Walks In Beauty over each nail starting from the tip of the nail.
 
I really liked this look and I just can't get over the fact how beautiful She Walks In Beauty really is. I've already said it, but I will say it again: this is one of the most gorgeous polishes that I've seen in a while!

I also wanted to show you Light As Air by itself, as it is really nice light purple creme. It wasn't the easiest one to work with and it needed three coats to even out, but the drying time was quite quick and the color is really pretty.


Nail Tek Foundation II
China Glaze Light As Air 3 coats
a-england She Walks In Beauty for the gradient
Essie Good To Go

Zoya Annie

It's really late here already, but I just wanted to do a short post for you guys before I go to sleep.

So I have this nice and bright Zoya polish for you called Annie from Zoya's summer 2008 collection. Obviously I wanted to have this polish mainly because of the name, but the color is quite nice too. Sure this is not the most original polish out there, but it is still very pretty and the quality was nice too. I think this would be perfect color for summer nails, when my skin would be a bit tanned. I used three coats here, with base and top coat.


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

Random spam with China Glaze and OPI

Today I have three different polishes for you guys. These are again pics that I feel like didn't turn out so great, so they have been sitting in my vault for quite a long time. I've always had something more interesting to post about, but I thought I should still show you these as I have the pics and also because there's actually nothing wrong with these polishes. Infact, they are all really nice ones.

So the first one is China Glaze Glistening Snow and I have three coats here, no base or top coat. Glistening Snow was part of China Glaze's last year holiday collection. The polish is quite pretty one and I just wish that there would have been some sunlight when I took this pic as then I could have shown you the pretty holographic effect better. Anyhow, this is a scattered silver holo and there are quite many like this out there, so this is probably anything special, but it's pretty nevertheless.

This next one is China Glaze 108 Degrees from summer 2011 collection and I have three coats here with base and top coat. This one is really gorgeous pink and I have already owned this for almost couple of years and also worn this couple times before, but I just never seemed to remember or have time to take pictures of this (alone). But like I said, this is really pretty one, so of course it needs to be shown here in blog too, right?!

And then this last one is OPI My Very First Knockwurst from their last fall collection and I have three coats here with base and top coat. MVFK is really nice nude, though I was a bit hard to apply and I needed three coats to even out. Also the color wasn't the best match with my skintone and after I got OPI Steady As She Rose I decided to find MVFK new home as I prefered SASR's color more. But still it is a really nice pinkish nude polish and if you think it would suit your skintone better than mine you should probably check it out.

Shimmer Polish Maria

Today I have the first one of the Shimmer Polish polishes to show you guys. I had a bit of a hard time choosing which one to try first as they all were so gorgeous, so to make my decision easier, I asked my boyfriend to select one that he liked the best and then I just went with that. He always tends to like blue polishes, so it wasn't really a surprise that he chose a blue one, but what an amazing blue, don't you think?

So this is Shimmer Polish Maria* and I have three coats here with base and top coat. I'm really in love with this polish, it has to be one of the most gorgeous glitter polishes that I've ever tried! This was also very easy to apply and you get nice coverage with three coats, which is really nice, because you can wear this alone like I did, or layer it over some other polish depending on the amount of glitter you want to have on your nails.

Lately I've been more into blue polishes than before, so maybe it is also the reason why I really like this one. I also don't have that many blues in my stash, so this fits in perfectly. 
 
The only downside with this is of course the removal like with every other glitter polish out there. But with the foil method it's not that big of a deal and this is really pretty enough to go through the removal process.


Nail Tek Foundation II
Shimmer Polish Maria 3 coats
Essie Good To Go

You can buy Shimmer Polish lacquers here and they sell for $12 each.

*The product in this post was sent for me to review, for more information see my disclosure policy.