Saturday, May 18, 2013

review: round pink studs from kkcenterhk

Hey everyone!
Today I have a really fun post for you. The online shop KKCenterHK asked me if I could review two of their products. The package arrived yesterday and I decided to post one of the reviews today.

I've been lemming for some studs for a long, long time and this was the perfect opportunity to get some because I believe that KKCenterHK has the some of the most unique studs you can find. The ones that I chose were these 2mm light pink circle studs

What I love about these is that they feel very natural. Since the size is pretty small (approx. the same size as your average rhinestone) they lie nice and flat on the nail, even if you have curved nails like mine. You can stick them on with some clear coat or if you want them to last even longer you can use a small drop of nail glue. Even without glue I don't see them coming off anytime soon :) 

For this manicure, I applied a dusty pink base. I created a triangle using 5 studs on the base of my nail and topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite. I recommend using a thicker top coat such as Seche Vite (if you have one) if you want to get a smoother look.

The studs come nicely packaged in a zip bag, so you can reuse it as much as you like or transfer them in a different container. The bag contains around 50 studs.

You can get these pink circle studs here for $4.36. They are absolutely worth it.

You can find the rest of the nail studs selection here.

You can get 10% off your order over at KKCenterHK using the code: "iloveprettycolours".

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The product was sent to me for review. However, my opinion is 100% honest and is not affected by this.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

china glaze for audrey

Hey everyone!
Not so long ago I bought my first ever China Glaze nail polish. I decided it would be For Audrey because the color is insanely beautiful. I don't think that there's a nail polish blogger that doesn't own this shade. It's been on my wishlist for ages! So, here it is :)

China Glaze For Audrey is a Tiffany blue cr‬è‪me. I loved the opaqueness of this polish. It took only one coat to get it opaque, but I added in a second just to make it smoother. The drying time was pretty good. I really like the formula of these polishes, but the only thing that I'd change about them is the brush. I have wider nails, so I like wide brushes, but it was not too horrible :)

This was supposed to be a longer post since I put some glitter on top of For Audrey, but unfortunately all of those photos were really blurry, so I decided to delete them.

Thanks for reading & have a nice day!

Friday, May 10, 2013

sparkled gradient

Hey everyone!
During the last winter I bought one of Essence's glitter froster from the Crystalliced collection called Frosted Champaign. I wore it at New Year's and almost completely forgot about it. Until yesterday...
I used it to make a really sparkly gradient. Here's how that turned out.

I used Rimmel London Deliciously Dark as a base. After I applied the second coat, I waited a bit for it to dry, but I didn't let it dry completely. I picked up the fluffiest brush I had and applied the pigment really carefully. I didn't need to mix it with top coat or glue, it simply stuck to the nails. I really liked the outcome, even though it was pretty subtle. 
I finished it off with a coat of Rimmel London Clearly Clear, so that the shimmer wouldn't wipe off.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

empties no.2

Hey everyone!
During the past month or so I managed to finish some products and just like last time I'll write my short review/opinion about them.

Mademoiselle Chic Shower Gel by Balea

If you have a dm store nearby, you must have heard about these shower gels. They are amazing. Most of them smell really good and they make the skin nice and soft. This one in particular smells like orange and chocolate which is one of my favorite combinations.
Repurchase? Already did!

Never Ending Story Lip Balm by Balea

This is one of the few lip balms that I have finished. It was the lip balm that saved me through the cold winter days. Smells like vanilla and lemon. A wonderful product!
Repurchase? Yes :)

Anti-spot Day Creme by Nivea

My go-to day creme. It smells really nice and refreshing and also mattifies oily skin (just a bit, though). I don't know what more to say about this creme, but I really love it and it's very cheap. Nivea is a really nice brand when it comes to cheaper skincare products.
Repurchase? Yes!

Clear-up Strips by Nivea

Inside this box you get 4 x nose strips and 2 x chin and forehead strips. Let me begin by saying that the strips did their job, they have a nice citrus-y smell, but there isn't much room for error when you're using them. First of all, you have to dampen the skin where you're going to put them in order to activate the strips, but if you put too much water they might slip a bit and make a real mess. The other bad thing about them is that if you leave them a minute longer than you should, they get incredibly hard to get off (not to mention the pain).
Repurchase? I believe that I'm going to try other brands before repurchasing these.

Pur Blanca by Avon

A very nice, floral perfume. I don't normally experiment with perfumes and keep close to the ones I know, but I wanted to try this one out. So, as I recall it's a mixture of ylang-ylang, water mint and freesia. It's nice and fresh, but doesn't last too long.
Repurchase? No, but only because I got another perfume right now.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

this spring i'll be wearing... part 2!

Hey everyone!
I didn't expect to get so many new spring polishes in a short time. One of these was a gift, while the other two I bought myself. However, they are something that I see myself wearing a lot these couple of months.

Let's begin with Manhattan 21G. First of all, I didn't expect to see numbers instead of names, since Manhattan is a pretty large company, but since that's not the point of this post, I'll now continue to the actual interesting part. This one is a lovely pastel yellow shade, the kind everyone of us nail bloggers has, but no one really wears it because it's such a pain in the ass to apply. It's opaque in 2 coats and has a satisfying formula. I actually saw two other brands that carry the same shade, but I assumed that Manhattan has better quality, so I grabbed this one. This being my first Manhattan polish, I was pretty disappointed. The brush was horrible and the bottle neck is so narrow, the brush barely goes through it. I really hate it when brands have such great formula, but so many bottle design flaws.

The next polish I bought is Aura Spring Ball. It's a salmon pink creme from their new spring collection which has beautiful pastel shades. I actually bought this one because it goes perfectly good with Manhattan 21G, but it turned out to be really good by itself. It's more than opaque in 2 coats and has a nice wide brush. The only downside is probably the 6ml bottle it comes in. I wish it was larger so I wouldn't spend it too fast :)

The last polish for today is Aura Fight Your Way Back. It's a very lovely shimmery red with a hint of pink. It applies very smoothly, it doesn't stain your nails and it's very shiny on its own. I couldn't have asked for more. Opaque in 1 to 2 coats and dries pretty fast.

Thanks for reading!