Venice, Ancona, Split and Dubrovnik + Holiday NP Souvenirs

Hi guys, I'm back from our vacation and I thought I'd share some pictures of it with you guys here as well as of course my nail polish souvenirs from the trip too. We actually came back already last week, but we also then spent couple days at my family summer place and got back home on Monday. Then I have mainly just been relaxing on my free time, so it has been a bit quiet here in my blog, but hopefully now I will get back into this blogging business. At least I have sooo many manicure ideas and new polishes to try out!

But first, let's check out those holiday pictures, shall we!?
Our first destination was Venice and it was gorgeous, let me tell you! Even more gorgeous that I had ever thought! It was also funny as so many places looked familiar, eventhough I have never been there before. We arrived in Venice on a very hot Monday afternoon, so we had half day to explore the city and then almost the whole day on next day, since we took quite late train to Ancona. We both thought that the time we had for Venice was enough, since we didn't really have too many sights we wanted to see. The whole point of our visit was mainly to see and feel the city and wander the alleys and there was really plenty of time to do that!

And of course we also wanted to have some a lot of gelato, my favourite ice cream in the world (especially the yoghurt flavor).
These were our first ones, but honestly, we had plenty after this... :D

So after Venice we travelled to more south in Italy, to Ancona where we stayed the next night and pretty much the whole Wednesday since our ferry to Croatia (Split) left in the evening. This wasn't probably the best time to visit Ancona since pretty much everybody seemed to be on holiday. And I don't mean that there were lots of tourists there, no, I mean that the whole town seemed quite empty and it was hard to even find a place where we could have dinner. But they had good gelato! And Kiko store!

But it's quite safe to say that we were both eagerly waiting to get to Croatia. Our ferry ride wasn't the best one, mainly because we were cheap and we didn't book a cabin, so of course we didn't get too much sleep on that night. But the sunrise and the view of Croatia was well worth it!
It was quite early in the morning when our ferry arrived to Split and the sun was still rising and shining through the clouds, so amazingly beautiful! At least I fell in love with Split immediately.

We had total of two full days in Split and we spent the first day pretty much exploring the city and also just sitting and watching people go by. The next day we spend quite a few hours walking in Marjan hill and admiring the great views of the city from above. Let me tell you though, it wasn't really the easiest thing to do to walk around for several hours since it was really hot and there wasn't really too many places to hide from the sun. But again, the views were really so worth it and thankfully we were wise enough to bring enough water. Consequently from all this walking around we then spent the rest of the day on the beach and swinning in the gorgeous Adriatic Sea.

Then it was time for our last destination: Dubrovnik. We had almost four full days to spend here, since we both thought this would be the city that we would love the most. We were actually staying a bit further away from the actual city, in Mlini area where there is some really gorgeous beaches and quite relaxed atmosphere. We did have of course time to explore the old city of Dubrovnik too and you can't really visit it without going for a walk on those city walls. We spend quite some time in the sea too, I don't think I have ever swum as much in such a short time! But yeah, I just couldn't resist the sea since the color of the water was the prettiest I've ever seen and the water was just so clear too.

On one of our Mlini/Dubrovnik days we also decided to explore at least one of the islands and we ended up going to the island of Lokrum since it was closest to Dubrovnik and the ride to the island only took something like 15 minutes. In addition to all the visitors there are also quite a few peacocks in the island and they just wander freely where ever they want. There were also some tiny little peacock babys, how cute! There's also a tiny "Dead Sea" in the middle of the island as well as a former monastery (which as my bf informed me has also been in Game of Thrones, as has the old city of Dubrovnik of course, can you tell that I don't watch that show?! :D).

Knowing that we were going to an island with lots of peacocks, I of course had to change my manicure as I had just bought quite suitable blue from Kiko (474) from Ancona.

And surely I needed a pretty and fun pedicure for our trip too, so prior to leaving home I painted my toes with China Glaze Japanese Koi and added even some black water decals on my big toe nails.

So all in all we had awesome time and we both enjoyed every bit of our vacation! We had really great food, delicious ice cream and plenty of priceless experiences. We also both fell in love with Croatia, Split especially and I'm pretty much already planning another trip there already, lol. We will certainly go to Split again, but there are so many places that we didn't have time to see or visit this time. Next time we also want to finally visit Montenegro too and hopefully also Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. But if you ask me whether you should go to Croatia or not, I highly recommed it! I know all the travel guide books are praising Dubrovnik and it's definitely worth of visiting, but be sure to spend time in Split too.

This is such a long post already, but lets check out those nail polishes that I bought also. I promise there isn't really too many of those ;) 
So, pretty much the best thing in Ancona was (in addition to the gelato of course) the Kiko store. I wasn't really even looking for these Sun Show polishes, but they happened to have some, so I bought three: Delicious Mango (469), Dainty Passion Fruit (470) and Luxurious Indigo (474). I didn't bring any base or top coat with me, so I needed some so that I could change my manicure and I decided to go with compined base and top coat just for the convenience. I don't normally buy these type of things, but this 3 In 1 Shine actually seemed to work pretty well.

I also bought some of those regular polishes, from left to right these are Mango (281), Cerulean Blue (295), Gold Rosy Brown (371), Mint Milk (389). Now looking at these I wonder why I didn't buy more... Oh well.

This Catrice Crushed Crystal textured polish Call Me Princess was my only nail polish purchase from Croatia. There were at least some Essence polishes and probably many other brands too, but nothing that would have interested me too much and honestly, I just wanted to relax and enjoy the vacation. But this Catrice one was pretty enough that it caught my eye, so I decided to buy it eventhough I feel like I have too many textured polishes already.

So, what to do you guys think of my holiday haul? And have you visited Croatia or Venice, or are you planning to?

Zoya Bubbly Collection: Swatches

I have already shared swatches of three of my original picks from Zoya Bubbly collection, but since I just bought the other three, I thought I'd do one post with all the swatches. So here they are, the whole Zoya Bubbly 2014 collection.

I used three coats with each of these polishes, no base or top coat. They all cover pretty well with those three coats, though I think these are even better layered over some other polishes.

Alma has a bright orange jelly base but the golden shimmer makes it really look like it could be almost a gold polish. It's a beautiful color, but maybe not the best match for my skintone.



Binx has a dark raspberry pink base and also that gorgeous golden shimmer and those iridescent glitters. I really love this color and once again the golden shimmer makes this a beauty.



Harper has a bright bubblegum pink base and with gold shimmer and those same bigger glitters. This is also really pretty, but unfortunately I felt like it didn't suit me at all. I do love that shimmer, but when mixed with this bubblegum pink base, it's not my type of color. Shame as it looked so pretty in the bottle!



Jesy is also orange, but this time more coral leaning, so it's definitely different than Alma. This was one of my favourites, I think it's quite unique color and perfect for summer!



Muse has a gorgeous blue base and that golden shimmer makes it look almost like a teal. This base color and the shimmer in this one is such a beautiful combo, I love it! I think Muse is also the least sheer of all these polishes in this collection.



Stassi has a bright green base and in this one too the combination of the base color and the golden shimmer is really beautiful. I thought I might not like this one and bought it just to have the full collection, but somehow I ended up liking this very much!


If I had to choose one favourite of all these six, it would probably be Muse. But I really liked Jesy, Binx and Stassi too. Alma and Harper unfortunately weren't too good matches for my skintone, but they are both really beautiful polishes too.

Which one of these is your favourite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten both Zoya polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 

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Binx, Jesy ja Muse on saatu alunperin arvioitaviksi, erilliset postaukset ja pidemmät suomenkieliset arvioit niistä löydät klikkaamalla linkkejä.

Zoya Tickled & Bubbly: Ling and Muse

Today I have the last Zoya Tickled & Bubbly pair to share with you guys! This time it's the gorgeous blues Ling and Muse.

Ling is such a beautiful bright blue creme that coveres with two easy coats. I have also base and top coat in these pictures as I was wearing this as a full manicure. This is really beautiful shade of blue, Zoya calls it a royal blue. I have quite many blue cremes in my stash already, but I don't think I have an exact match for this one.




Muse is a blue jelly with golden shimmer and iridescent glitters. I love how that golden shimmer makes the blue base lean more towards teal. I have three coats here, no base or top coat. I'd say this was probably my favourite one from the three Zoya Bubblys that I got for review and I think it's great that this reminds me a bit of Zoya Charla and all those other dupes for it, but Muse is still definitely not a dupe for those. It's rather a new take on the same idea.


Of course I also made a combination manicure with these two as they are pretty much meant for each other.
I have two coats of Ling here and then I did just a simple gradient with Muse on top of that. Once again, really simple but also so beautiful!

Like I said my favourite from the Bubblys was definitely Muse, but my favourite from the Tickled ones is a bit harder since I think I liked all the three that I got equally. If I had to choose I might say Rocha. But then again, some other day I might also say Wendy or Ling.

Which ones were your favourites from the Tickled & Bubbly collection?
 

*Disclosure: I have gotten both Zoya polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.


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Viimeinen pari uunista ulos eli esittelyssä tänään upeat siniset Zoyan Tickled ja Bubbly -kokoelmista. Ling on todella kaunis kirkas sininen creme, joka levittyy super nätisti ja peittää kahdella helpolla kerroksella. Muse taas on upea sininen jelly, jossa on kultaista shimmeriä ja isompia kimmeltäviä glittereitä. Musea kuvissa on kolme kerrosta.
 
Tein myös tottakai lakoilla yhteisen manikyyrin, sillä nämä sävythän ovat kuin luodut toisilleen! Alla on siis kaksi kerrosta Lingiä ja päälle töpöttelin vain nopeasti hieman Musea, eli tuloksena oli todella helppo liukuvärjäys. Nopeaa ja helppoa, mutta myös kaunista!
 
Jos minun pitäisi valita suosikki kolmesta Bubbly -kokoelman lakasta, joita sain testiin, olisi se varmastikin tämä Muse. Sävy on vaan niin todella kaunis ja tuo kultainen shimmer saa lakan näyttämään upealta! Kolmesta Tickledistä suosikin valitseminen ei olekaan yhtä helppoa, taisin tykätä kaikista kolmesta yhtä paljon. Jos nyt pitäisi välttämättä valita, olisi valintani ehkäpä Rocha, mutta toisaalta toisena päivänä se voisi olla yhtä hyvin Wendy tai Ling.
 
Onko teillä suosikkeja näistä Tickledeistä tai Bubblyistä?
 
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Pastel Skittlette With A Bit Of Everything

You all probably have already noticed that I don't do stamping nail art. I think there's maybe four stamping nail art manicures in total here in my blog and those are all also quite old. Don't get me wrong, I have tried stamping few times after those manicures, but I always seem to fail totally and I just end up with a huge mess, nothing else. When I got those MoYou London stamping plates from our last meet with the other nail polish ladies, I was really excited since I thought that maybe I would succeed finally in stamping with these plates as I had heard so many good things about them. Somehow I just didn't have the courage to test them until now... I decided to ease into my new stamping career and begin doing two stamping decal nails.

I have got total of four of these MoYou London stamping plates from our meet and I decided to start my journey aptly with a plate from the Explorer collection. This is plate number 11 and I actually got this one since I won our little nail art contest at the meet (yay!).
I ended up doing a pastel skittlette and I used quite a few polishes for these nails. I painted my thumb, index and pinky nails with Essie Urban Jungle (two coats), my ring finger with Essie Fashion Playground and I did a gradient with Fashion Playground and Essie Romper Room on my middle finger nails. Then I topped the gradient with Dollish Polish Better Not Waste and added pink and minty glitters from that same polish to my thumb, index and pinky nails. I followed an easy tutorial by Lucy's Stash for the stamping decals and did them with Konad White and colored them with Romper Room.

I thought my stamping decals turned out pretty great for a first try and also considering that I suck at stamping... So big yay! Maybe now I will have the courage to actually try to stamp something directly on my nails too. This would have really been a perfect spring manicure because of those pastel colors, but I'd say it really worked quite well in this hot summer too.

Yep, like I said, I used quite many polishes for this:

Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
Essie Urban Jungle
Essie Fashion Playground*
Essie Romper Room*
Dollish Polish Better Not Waste
Konad White (which I forgot to include in this picture)
Glisten&Glow HK Girl Top Coat
MoYou London Explorer Plate Collection 11*

What's that gorgeous Dollish Polish you ask? Of course I had to take a close up of it:
Actually this is really cool thing, not only because the polish is gorgeous but because this is a collaboration shade that two awesome Finnish nail polish bloggers have made with Dollish Polish! Sissi from Better Nail Day and Emma from Wasting Lifestyle did awesome job with this polish, I just love it. You can't really go wrong with mint, pink and round matte glitters, and also the name of the polish, Better Not Waste, is so perfect!


*Disclosure: I have gotten the MoYou London plate from our meet. I have also gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, Essie Fashion Playground and Romper Room originally for review For more information view my disclosure policy.

Zoya Tickled & Bubbly: Rocha and Binx

I have another pair for Zoya's summer collections to show you guys today. This time I have Rocha from the creme Tickled side and Binx from the glittery Bubbly side, I will share with you my swatches of those two polishes as well as a manicure I did using both of them. If you missed my previous Tickled & Bubbly post with Wendy and Jesy, you can check it out here.

Rocha is a gorgeous bright orange creme with a hidden shimmer that you can see in the bottle, but it doesn't really translate on nail. That didn't matter though as the color is sooo beautiful! This applied really well too, it needed only two coats for full coverage. I think I said this with Wendy too, but I'd say that Rocha is pretty perfect summer shade.



Binx is a dark pink jelly with a golden shimmer and bigger iridescent glitters. When I saw this in the bottle I wasn't so sure that I would like it, but I do love it on nail! The golden shimmer and the dark pink base make a gorgeous combination and those two go well together with those iridescent glitters also. 

Unfortunately I had to shorten my nails between wearing Rocha and Binx as I managed to brake my index finger nail, so you are seeing a bit different length nails and also you have to see these three fingered swatches... Sorry about that! I wore Rocha and the combined Rocha/Binx manicure before, but I didn't have time to swatch Binx alone then and I really wanted to show it to you in those post also.


So lastly I have the manicure I did with both of these polishes to share with you, and also again those longer nails...
I just did a really simple tape manicure with Rocha and Binx, and even though they are not the most obvious combination, I think they still worked quite well together. The gorgeous golden shimmer in Binx comes really alive when its topped over another polish. I only have one coat of Binx over Rocha here. Actually, there would be more obvious pair in the Tickled collection for Binx, the darker pink one called Rooney. However, I don't have that one, so I just decided to pair these two.

*Disclosure: I have gotten both Zoya polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.


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Zoyan Tickled & Bubbly kokoelmien lakkojen esittelyt jatkuvat ja tänään vuorossa siis upea kesäinen oranssi Rocha ja kaunis lila glitterinen Binx.
Rocha levittyi melko helposti, kaksi kerrosta riitti hyvään peittävyyteen. Lakassa on joukossa ihan pienen pientä shimmeriä, joka erottuu aavistuksen pullossa, mutta ainakaan omilla kynsillä se ei näkynyt yhtään. Eipä tuo kyllä haitannut, lakan sävy on nimittäin ihan tavallisena cremenäkin aivan upea!

Binx vaatii peittävyyteen kolme kerrosta ja silloinkin kynsien kärki paistaa hieman läpi. Lakka levittyy kuitenkin todella helposti ja glitterit jakautuvat kynnelle mukavan tasaisesti. Jostain syystä en oikein innostunut siitä, miltä Binx näytti pullossa, mutta kun sain sen lakattua kynnelle ihastuin täysin! Kultainen shimmer ja lakan pohjaväri ovat upea yhdistelmä ja eivät nuo isommat glitteritkään pöllömmän näköisiä ole. Aivan ihastuttava tapaus siis! Nämä Bubblyt ovat ehdottomasti parhaita kerrostettuna jonkin toisen lakan päälle, mutta toimivat toki yksistäänkin kolmella kerroksella.

Bubblyjä voi toki yhdistellä minkä tahansa lakkojen kanssa, mutta niille löytyy myös oivat parit Tickled -kokoelman cremeistä. Vadelmaisen pinkin Binxin kanssa samaa sävymaailmaa olisi Tickled puolelta edustanut ennemminkin kylmän pinkki Rooney, mutta koska minulla ei tuota lakkaa ole, päätyivät Binx ja Rocha pikaiseen manikyyriin yhdessä. Yhdistelmä ei varmasti ollut kaikista ilmeisin, mutta toimi kuitenkin ihan kivasti. Binxin kultainen shimmer tulee kauniisti esiin tässä, kerrostin siis Binxiä ainoastaan yhden kerroksen Rochan päälle.

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Molemmat tässä esiintyneet Zoyan lakat on saatu arvioitaviksi.

Monthly Manicure Roundup: July 2014

July was quite a quiet month here in my blog partly because I've been really busy with work and my travel plans and all that, but also because we have had really great weather here in Finland for almost all July, so I've been outside enjoying the summer rather than sitting in front of computer. I have done some manicures last month that I haven't had time to post yet, so I'll definitely try to post more in August in order to get those older ones out and also of course post about current ones too. But at least I managed to do some posts in July, so I can do this monthly manicure roundup!

 In July I did:


I also did some swatches and comparisons for you guys.

In my Zoya glitter gradient post I also shared the swatches of Jesy and Wendy.

And lastly I also shared my travel plans with you guys. 

Any favourites in these July posts?


Previous Monthly Manicure Roundups: