Monday, December 31, 2012

happy new year

Just wanted to wish a Happy New Year to everyone. For some of you (including me) it's still a little bit early, but I won't be able to write this post later.
Have a wonderful evening & I'll be back in the new year with more nail art for you :)

Saturday, December 29, 2012

golden rose jolly jewels 117

Hey everyone!
Sorry I've been absent for the past week, but I had to study for my finals. I'm so happy the holidays are starting here because I needed some rest from school.
Anyway, today I'll show you yet another one of the Jolly Jewels collection.

Jolly Jewels 117 is a glittery mix of larger and smaller golden hexagons submerged in a black base. Unlike the previous ones I showed you, the base isn't too sheer, so it might cover the golden glitter. That's why I recommend using it over a black base, rather than layering it by itself.
This one, by far, is the chunkiest of them all and very gritty. I used 2 coats of my thickest top coat and the results were still uneven. Besides that, it really is a gorgeous polish, perfect for New Year's Eve :)

Coming soon: four more swatches of the Jolly Jewels collection!
Thanks for reading :)

Friday, December 21, 2012

golden rose jolly jewels 101

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you another one of the Jolly Jewels polishes that I bought.

Jolly Jewels 101 is a mix of different sized, multicolored flakies suspended in a clear base. This polish is insane! It flashes orange, green, purple and blue and it looks absolutely amazing. One downside though. The flakies look more like shards and even after 2 thick coats of top coat, it's still very uneven.

It spreads really good. I used only 1 coat of the polish for the photos.
I'd really love to try it on top of white. It might give a snow globe-ish effect.

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

golden rose jolly jewels 109

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you a polish that I absolutely fell in love with since the moment I saw it and comes from Golden Rose's new collection called Jolly Jewels (more about the collection after the swatch).

Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 109 is a glittery mix consisted of pink and white round glitter suspended in a sheer baby pink base. What I love about it is that it's opaque in 2 coats and looks very much like the "indie" polishes that many of us love, but can't really afford.

It has a rougher texture once it's dried, so I do recommend adding a coat or two of high shine top coat.

Here's the rest of the available colors.

This is by far my favorite collection by Golden Rose. Stay tuned for more swatches of this collection :)

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

nude & lace

Hey everyone!
Finally found some time to show you one of the manicures I did during the past week.
We got our first snow here and I got all excited about it, but snowy weather usually means gloomy days, so I started taking photos under an incandescent light.

I've had this manicure in my head for a while, but I never got round to actually doing it.

I used a pretty nude-ish pink shade by Aura called Look Into His Eyes. I haven't swatched it properly, because I totally forgot when I was doing the manicure, but I'll try to do that as soon as possible.
On my thumb and ring finger I stamped a lace pattern from the BM-323 stamping plate using a black polish. I can't believe how detailed the image turned out to be! Great job, Bundle Monster!
On the rest of the fingernails I added a small black square rhinestone and finished the whole manicure with top coat :)

I must say that I would have worn this for a long, long time if the rhinestones hadn't got caught in my gloves :(

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

avon smoky plumes & some stamping

Hey everyone!
I've got another new polish from Avon to show you, but this time it's one of the SpeedDry+ Line.

Smoky Plumes is a dark, almost grey plum creme. It's opaque in 2 coats. The application was tricky due to the fast drying time. I love fast drying polishes, but I need some time to make adjustments if needed. I'd wait a couple of minutes for a perfect manicure, rather than having a mess on my nails in no time!
It might me good for stamping, but I haven't checked that.

I figured gold would look gorgeous with this polish so I grabbed Avon Golden Vision and stamped these vintage-ish swirls on my nails using plates BM20 and BM21. Unfortunately, what I didn't know is that Golden Vision is really bad at stamping :(

It still wasn't the worst manicure I've worn, but I didn't wear it for a long time.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

festive colors from avon

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you two of Avon's latest additions to their festive collection of make up.

Golden Vision is a golden, super sparkly polish with a hint of silver shimmer, too. It looks like a foil polish, but it's not as foils are known by their good stamping capabilities, while this one doesn't do very well with stamping. It's opaque in 2 coats and possibly good for layering. 

Lucky Penny is a copper shimmery polish. It has a similar consistency to Golden Vision, but I haven't tested it for stamping yet. I was a bit skeptical when I ordered this polish because copper tones are pretty hard to work with, but it's really pretty in real life. Even though its color is rich, it doesn't stain. Opaque in 2 coats.

Thanks for reading :)

Saturday, December 1, 2012

random kleancolor swatches

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the rest of my Kleancolor haul.

Blue-eyed Girl is a glittery mix of big and small blue glitter suspended in a blue jelly base. Shown below is 2 coats of this polish over a black base. The glitter doesn't really spread evenly, but you don't need to fish the particles out. Smells a bit harsh.

Metallic White is a very shimmery, white polish. It doesn't really appeal to me as a metallic, but you could say that it has a finish similar to a foil polish. Even though it looks like a topper, it really is opaque in 2 coats and can be worn on its own.

Chunky Holo Scarlet is a glittery polish consisted of small, round iridescent glitter that's suspended in a red jelly base. It does pretty well on its own. Below is pictured two coats of the polish. In the bottle you can see a flash of green, but that side of the glitter doesn't show on the nail.

Thanks for reading! :)

updated swatch list

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to show you the new Swatch List page on the blog.
I spent a couple of days making it happen and I'm very satisfied with the result.
Now you can see the color drop of the polish which is linked to the corresponding post.
Hope you like it :)