Thursday, March 28, 2013

empties no.1

Hey everyone!
Since I rarely empty out entire bottles of nail polishes, I decided to add another series to my blog called "Empties". You've probably seen it on other blogs as well.
It's basically posts with different products that I've emptied out and my short review about that product, whether I would repurchase it or not etc.
I finally managed to collect 5 empty products (because I normally throw them out as soon as I'm done with them.
Before I begin, I just want to mention that most of these products are from Avon, not because I'm affiliated with the company, but because I used to do one of those impulsive catalogue shopping sprees where I'd just buy everything that looked good.

Conditioning Hair Mask with Mediterranean Olive Oil by Planet Spa (Avon)

This is one of my all time favorite conditioners. It makes my hair silky smooth and the smell is really refreshing. The only thing that I consider a downside is the packaging, but this packaging came from a set of four Planet Spa products and all of them were put into little tubes. The original packaging comes in a very convenient jars and you can get all of the product out of it easily. Another thing worth mentioning is that I recently dyed my hair and the results with this conditioner were the same, so don't hesitate to try it.
Repurchase? Absolutely!

Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover by Avon

If I started to rant about this product, I'd have to write a 10 page essay, so I'll get to the point. It's a very greasy lotion that made my skin feel weird, even a bit itchy. I don't know if this product was ophthalmologically tested, but it made my eyes sting and hurt like hell! And no, I wasn't pouring the product in my eyes. Why would someone even call this eye makeup remover if it makes your eyes burn? I didn't throw it out because it was removing my foundation easily, so I'll give it some points for that.
Repurchase? Never again.

Refreshing Body Spray with Strawberry and Guava by Avon

These body sprays are really refreshing. I love the fact that they aren't greasy, since they have a water-like consistency. One of the things I love about them is that they get absorbed pretty quickly. They are one of my go-to products for summer and they come in a variety of different scents. I picked this one up because I love the smell of strawberries, but unfortunately I was very disappointed. Personally, I couldn't even smell the strawberry because the guava scent was so strong. After I bought this product I also found out that I hate guava smell since it's kind of sour.
Repurchase? Yes, but most likely a different scent.

Calming Effects Foundation in Nude by Avon

I've been using this foundation for years and I finally decided to change it because either Avon started making it greasier or my skin changed. The coverage is okay, since it is a lighter foundation. It doesn't do a great job with covering redness/dark circles under your eyes, but I don't have such problems. The shade Nude was one shade lighter than my skin tone. Overall, I would recommend this foundation to girls who don't like wearing too much foundation.
Repurchase? No, because the formula seems a bit changed.

Natural Shower Gel with Cinnamon by Be Cool Cosmetics

This was a nice shower gel. Not the best one I've used, but still it didn't make the skin dry. I believe the brand is Macedonian, but I'm not sure. Anyway, the smell was not to harsh, as some cinnamon scented items may be, but it didn't really smell like cinnamon. It had a bitter hint in it, but it's still not the worst thing that I've used.
Repurchase? Maybe in a different scent.

Thanks for reading! :)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

following via bloglovin'

Hey everyone!
If you're not new to Google Friend Connect you have probably already heard that Google is retiring Google Reader and that you may have to find another substitute for following/reading blogs.

For now, another way you can follow my blog is through Bloglovin'.

Follow on Bloglovin

Here's how you can import the blogs you're following on Bloglovin'.

1. After you've made your account (if you didn't have one), go to Account located in the upper right corner of the page and click on Settings.
2. Find the Import blogs button and select Google reader.
3. You'll be asked to allow access to your Google account and the blogs will be imported.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, March 18, 2013

mix & match #1

Hey everyone!
I was thinking about starting a couple of new series on my blog, some of them were ideas on my own and some of them have been previously seen on other blogs. I'm not going to get into detail about that, as I'm still in the process of thinking about that.

Anyway, the series that I'm starting today is Mix & Match. I'm not sure how often I'll be posting, but I'll try to add at least one mani per month.

The color scheme I chose is white, mint and silver. Here's what I did nail by nail.

Thumb: Used a foil silver as a base. I thinned down a bit of white and mint with a drop of acetone and painted a mint stripe outlined with white down the middle of the nail.
Index: I painted the nail with a mint polish and stamped white stripes from plate m65 (from BornPretty).
Middle: Painted the nail with a white polish and added mint polka dots.
Ring: Painted the nail with the silver polish and added silver holographic glitter on top.
Pinky: Used the mint polish as a base and stamped silver lightning using plate BM-305.
Finally, I finished everything off with a high shine, thick top coat.

Can't wait to try different combinations :)
Thanks for reading!

Friday, March 15, 2013

golden rose jolly jewels 123

Hey everyone!
As you know, I'm a huge fan of the Jolly Jewels collection by Golden Rose and I already showed you seven polishes that I liked and bought. A couple of weeks back, Golden Rose released six new glittery shades for this collection and I couldn't wait until they got in the stores here.
I only bought one so far, because I was in a hurry and couldn't take a closer look at the others, but this one definitely caught my eye.

Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 123 is a glittery mix consisted of medium sized hexagons in black and white, small round white glitter and small square silver glitter (though the silver is barely noticeable, so you don't have to worry about it). It spreads really nicely, much like the others from this collection. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, so you can layer it on absolutely anything. Pictured below is one coat of Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 123 over a purple polish.

I adore it and it's definitely one of my favorites from this collection. I applied two coats of top coat, even though it's not too gritty.

Thanks for reading :)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

essence cookies & cream

Hey everyone!
The Essence cosmetics that are being sold in dm are on a sale, but unfortunately I found out about this way too late and most of my favorite products were already sold out. However, I managed to pick up two nail polishes that I've had my eyes on for a while.

Essence Cookies & Cream comes from the Nude Glam line, and it's a light biscuit colored polish with very subtle golden shimmer. It's really nice shade, but unfortunately I had some problems with it. I don't know if this is because it's not from the Colour & Go line, but the wear time was horrible. It chipped in a couple of hours and I wasn't even doing any chores at home. It's not the most opaque polish, but that's okay since it's supposed to be a nude, work-safe polish. Overall, I'm really disappointed. I was expecting a lot more from Essence, but I guess their polishes can't always be perfect...

I'm really glad the weather has finally started to get better. Even though I love winter, the clouds make it impossible to photograph any nail art properly.

Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, March 8, 2013

pastel watercolors

Hey everyone!
Today I have a very spring-ish manicure to show you.
I have seen a bunch of similar manicures that involved either polish mixed with a bit of acetone or watercolors, but since I thought the first kind is too time consuming and I couldn't find my watercolors I decided to make my acrylic colors really thin and paint with them :)

I painted all of my nails with BK 16, white matte polish. I believe that a matte polish will work better for this kind of manicure. Next, I mixed a bunch of pastel shades and made them really thin. I applied the colors one by one letting them dry thoroughly. After I finished all of my nails I added a thicker top coat and made the surface smooth and shiny.

I wanted to stamp something on top of them, but I washed my hair and one of the nails chipped :(

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

whites: swatches & stamping test

Hey everyone!
A couple of days ago I received a white nail polish I ordered on eBay and I was so impressed by it I decided to do a comparison between that one and another white that I was currently using.

S-he Stylezone 115 (shown on index and ring finger) is a white creme polish. It's nice and creamy, but pretty streaky. I normally use Golden Rose Paris 04 as a white polish, but unfortunately I couldn't find it last time I went to the store and I wanted to try another polish. 115 is opaque in 2 coats, but takes forever to dry. Not the best white polish I've used. 

BK 16 (shown on middle and pinky finger) is a white matte polish. It has a pretty thick formula, but the application is still manageable, though I might experience some problems when the polish gets a bit dry. It's opaque in a single coat and dries pretty fast.

I figured that BK 16's formula would be great for stamping, so normally I did a stamping test. Here are the results.

I figured that the ultimate test would be stamping over black. As you can see from the photo S-he Stylezone 115 (index, ring) turns out pretty washed out. All of the white polishes that I've used for stamping so far gave similar results to this one (though Golden Rose Paris 04 is less washed out than this one). BK 16 looked amazing on top of the black and the pink. I think that the results might be as good as with the Konad stamping polish, which I don't own since it's pretty expensive compared to the BK 16.

I absolutely recommend this polish, especially for stamping.
I bought mine on eBay for $2.82 + free shipping.

Thanks for reading!