Wednesday, July 31, 2013

empties no.4

Hey everyone!
It's that time again! I managed to empty out 5 more products and I'm going to write a short review about each of them, just like I did with the others of this series.

Citrus Mint Fortifying Shampoo by Garnier

I've used a lot of Garnier hair products in the past and most of them were pretty good for the price. This one, however, was a real disappointment. It's says on the label "Normal Hair, Prone To Grease Easily", but let me tell you this shampoo was the thing that made my hair grease. It doesn't make too much of a foam. The smell was also a bit weird. When you smell it in the bottle, it smells nice and fresh. But when you wash your hair with it, it gets this harsh smell, I can almost call it foul and it gets worse the next day. Thankfully, that was then the smell usually faded away.
Repurchase? No.

Gliss Hair Repair w/ Liquid Keratin Complex by Schwarzkopf

This product, on the other hand, is an absolute life savior of mine. My hair is something in between wavy and curly, more towards the curly side though. Therefore, it can be a real pain in the butt to comb it through. This product has two parts in the bottle - one oil like and one foam like (sorry for the poor description). You shake it up a bit and spray it all over your hair. I love it because it instantly makes the hair easy to untangle, without making it grease in a day or so. Another lovely thing about it is the smell. It's pretty amazing without being too strong and overwhelming, but strong enough to cover up bad smells that can be accumulated in the hair (like that Garnier shampoo I mentioned earlier).
Repurchase? Yes, I already did.

Raspberry & Blackberry Body Scrub by I love... Cosmetics

I kind of have a love/hate opinion towards this product. So, let's start with the scent. I don't normally buy berry scented products, just because I don't really like them, but unfortunately I wanted to try this scrub and this is the only body scrub scent that they had. I expected a sweeter scent, but it had a really sour note, pretty weird actually. It doesn't really stay too long on the skin, so it wasn't too terrible. Another con is the fact that there are way too little particles that are supposed to scrub off the dead skin layer. So, it didn't do much scrubbing, but it makes the skin feel really hydrated. As you can see from the photo, I didn't use up all of the product, because I just couldn't squeeze out everything. They really need to make the tubes softer.
Repurchase? I don't think so. I'd probably want to try other scents, but only if they have more scrubbing particles.

Japanese Sake & Rice Smoothing Mask by Planet Spa (Avon)

This one is an all time favorite of mine. It's a peel off mask that makes your skin really smooth and soft. What I really love about this mask is that it's color is white and after it dries (which normally takes around 20 minutes, more or less depending on the thickness) you can easily remove everything because you can actually see it. I had a really bad experience with another peel off mask by Planet Spa which was clear and it had iridescent particles in it, so the only way you could actually see it is under very bright light, which I don't have in my bathroom. This is why I appreciate colored masks :) Also, it lasts really long. I've been using it for months.
Repurchase? Yes, as soon as I have the opportunity.

Supershock Mascara by Avon

I love, love, love this mascara.  I feel pretty lucky about being born with long, thick and naturally curled lashes. I mean they don't look like mascara lashes, but many girls have given me compliments about my lashes without mascara. My problem with mascaras is the fact that most of them are made for girls that don't have very thick lashes, therefore they don't have a lot of bristles. Because they don't have many bristles, my lashes get stuck together and suddenly I get the weirdest spider lashes ever. I've even tried mascaras like the ones by Maybelline that many people swear by, but I only get the same result.
So, Supershock's brush is absolutely awesome. I manage to comb out almost every single lash and it makes my lashes look really pretty. It's not a heavy mascara and thankfully, it doesn't make my sensitive eyes all red and in pain.
Repurchase? Yes.

So, that's it. I really hope I didn't blabber too much, but it seems like I did write a pretty long post.
I have a nice surprise for you all. I will post today on midnight and I hope as many of you get the chance too read that post.

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, July 29, 2013

golden rose holiday 66

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the last of the textured polishes that I got. I hope that these posts weren't boring, but I really wanted to show them one by one. Little did I know, Golden Rose extended the collection by a couple of other polishes, which aren't in the stores here, but I'll see if I'm going to buy some of them later.

Golden Rose Holiday 66 is a peach-y pink textured polish, with absolutely no additions to it. It's just a plain color, that looks pretty amazing. The photos don't do it justice at all. It's more pink in reality, just look at the color drop and it'll be clearer. It's opaque in 1-2 coats. It has a chalky appearance, but it's not too bad. Just like the previous ones, it's textured and what I love about it is that it's pretty rough on it's own considering the fact that it hasn't got any glitter in it.

I must admit that I didn't let it dry all the way, that's why you can see a smooth patch on the middle finger. Otherwise, I'm pretty much in love with the polish (not as much as with the other ones, though).
I added a layer of top coat on top and the results were... Let's just say - yuck!

First glance - it's not that bad, but if you take a better look, you can see all of the textured particles showing under the top coat and making it look all weird.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

golden rose holiday 61

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you another one of my favorites from the Holiday collection, this time it's not a glittery shade.

Golden Rose Holiday 61 is an electric blue textured nail polish which has very fine blue micro shimmer. It's not very opaque, you need at least 2 coats. For some reason, the non-glittery textured polishes were less opaque. Anyway, the color is pretty unique and it's really gorgeous :)
Apologies for the huge dog hair between my index and middle finger, I noticed it after uploading...

The texture isn't too visible on the photos, because I didn't let the polish dry enough. The plain colors also dry slower.

And of course, a photo with top coat. This polish didn't look that great with top coat on. The gritty texture was kind of showing, but at least you'll be able to see the shimmer.
I'm absolutely loving this color. It's very fun and vibrant and I'm officially searching for a non-textured dupe.

Thanks for reading :)

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

golden rose holiday 59

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the third nail polish from Golden Rose's Holiday collection, which is also the last one from the glittery ones. 

Golden Rose Holiday 59 is a raspberry textured polish with plenty of gold shimmer. This one was a tough choice for me, because I wanted a red/pink textured polish, but in this collection 7 out of 17 polishes are red and most of them are pretty similar. There were minor differences, but in the end the golden shimmer is what made me buy this polish. The color is really beautiful, but at the same time very hard to capture on the photos. My photos aren't very accurate, because the shade is less red IRL and it looks much pinker.

Just like the others, it dries really fast. It has a gritty texture and a matte finish.

I applied a top coat and the result was pretty amazing. The shimmer was emphasized, but the color itself got a little darker, which I didn't like at all.

Thanks for reading :)

Saturday, July 20, 2013

golden rose holiday 58

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the second nail polish of the five textured ones that I bought a couple of days ago. I must say that this one is by far my most favorite, read on to find out why :)

Golden Rose Holiday 58 is a textured polish with a brownish plum base and tons of purple and golden shimmer. This is the most beautiful combination of colors ever. Perfect for any season, but if you like to match your nail polish with the colors of the season, this would definitely be an autumn shade.

You need two coats to get it perfectly opaque. It dries matte and has a rough, textured feel. I love that the shimmer can be seen easily besides the fact that the polish dries matte.

This one is probably the only one that I liked with top coat. I'd love to have a shiny, non-textured version of this polish, as well :) When you add top coat, the base color gets enhanced and the shimmer is amazing!

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

golden rose holiday 55

Hey everyone!
I finally bought the five polishes from Golden Rose's Holiday collection that I had on my wishlist and today I'm going to show you the first one. The posts will probably be up during the following couple of days, so stay tuned for the other ones as well :)

Golden Rose Holiday 55 is a frosty blue textured polish with small hexagonal silver glitter. As you may know, the collection is consisted of part glittery polishes and part plain colored polishes. I got a couple of each, but this one is definitely from the glittery ones. Even though it has plenty of glitter, it's doesn't look too textured. I mean, you can feel that it's rough, but the combination of colors and glitters make it look rather smooth. It was pretty sheer as well. I used two coats for the photo, but I think that you need at least three if you're not using a base color. This one was the chunkiest of them all, but the application was smooth.

To me, it's just perfect for winter. Like I mentioned, it looks very frosty and it reminds me of the cold.

I think that I'll be wearing this a lot during the colder seasons :)

Just like last time, I decided to include a photo with top coat, just to see if it makes any difference. For this polish, it really doesn't. You pretty much get the same look, only a little bit shinier, but it's barely noticeable.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, July 14, 2013

born pretty holo 12

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you a pretty awesome nail polish from Born Pretty Store. You know that it's one of my favorite online stores for nail art supplies. They made their own nail polishes and they had a giveaway and I was one of the lucky people that got to choose one nail polish :)

Born Pretty Holo 12 is a holographic nail polish with a teal base. Since it's a darker color, two coats are enough to get full coverage. I've never had a nail polish with such a strong holographic effect. I'm absolutely in love with this nail polish.

The following two photos were taken under a light bulb, so the effect can't be really seen that much.

However, once I took a photo using flash, everything looked even better! Party on my nails!

The effect is the strongest under natural light, but unfortunately I couldn't take a photo since I only swatch at night when I can ventilate my room.

Overall, the polish is really nice and by reading reviews about the other shades, the whole collection is an absolute hit. However, these bottles hold only 6ml of nail polish. The price is $5.59 and considering the size, I'll have to say that they are a bit pricey.

Thanks for reading :)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

golden rose holiday 63

Hey everyone!
Not so long ago Golden Rose created a new collection that they decided to call "Holiday" and it's consisted of 17 shades of textured polishes. Some of them are glittery and the others are plain colors, but all of them are equally stunning. I only bought one, just to try it out and I loved it and now I have a wishlist of five other shades :) Here are my impressions of the polish.

Golden Rose Holiday 63 is a baby pink textured polish with a bunch of iridescent particles that mainly have a light blue sheen (in the shade they look kind of red-ish). Just like all the other textured polishes, it dries matte and the surface is rough. The effect can't be really seen with only one coat and it's kind of sheer, so I'd advise at least 2 coats. It dries very fast and it was surprisingly long lasting. It lasted around 5 days with no base coat, which is a lot considering the fact it's a matte/textured polish.

I thought that the removal would be hard, like with glitter polishes, but it's really easy and the polish comes off just like regular polish.You're not supposed to add top coat. That way you lose the textured look, but I did it just to show you how it'd look. I didn't like the way it looked with top coat, because you need at least 2 coats of a thick top coat (like Seche Vite) to smooth it out completely. The shimmer is visible even without the top coat, but can't be seen on the photo above due to the angle of my hand.

What do you think about textured polishes? Love them or hate them?

Thanks for reading :)

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

empties no.3

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to write another 5 mini reviews about products that I finished using during the past couple of weeks. I'm glad that most of you like these posts, even though the reviews aren't detailed, but I try to keep it as short as possible, because personally I don't like it when reviews has tons of unimportant information about the product. Without further ado, here are the products that I'll be reviewing today. You can check the previous reviews under the tag "empties".

Vanilla & Ice Cream Shower Gel by I love... Cosmetics

I said I would keep it short, but I don't even know where to begin. This is my absolute favorite shower gel of all time! The scent is incredible and lasts a couple of hours on the skin. The shower gel is moisturising and I love this because I haven't found a single shower gel that made my skin nice and smooth. Also, this was a 500ml bottle, which is a lot considering the price.
Repurchase? I would love to try all of the shower gels from I love... Cosmetics, I'm confident they won't let me down :)

Vanilla Moisturising Body Scrub by Avon

As you can probably notice, last month was all about vanilla for me :) Unfortunately, this product didn't do too well. The scent is amazing, but kind of harsh when compared to the previously mentioned shower gel. It smells very unnatural. This body scrub has tiny particles that smooth out the skin. The scrubbing part is done pretty well, but it's not moisturising at all. It's the absolute opposite. It dried my skin really bad, it even made it flake a bit.
Repurchase? Definitely not. I got a new body scrub which I'm currently testing.

Moroccan Oil Hair Conditioner by Avon

My opinion is kind of neutral about this product. I neither love it nor hate it. It's an "okay" conditioner, makes the hair silky smooth, but you get that feeling like you have tons of conditioner left over even after you wash your hair thoroughly. 
Repurchase? No.

Spray-on Dry Shampoo by Balea

I'm not really a person that uses dry shampoo too much, since my hair is pretty dry and doesn't get greasy often. But, there are days when I'd forget to wash it the previous day and I need to freshen it up. To be honest, I used this product mostly for the smell, which is really fresh and nice. The powder can be spread out nicely with the spray, but you can easily spray way too much and end up with white hair :)
Repurchase? Probably not.

Make Up Remover by Alverde

I saved the best for last. My eyes get irritated very easily and I wear contacts, so I really needed something that wasn't too harsh on the eyes, but removed make up efficiently. I knew that this was going to be an all time favorite product when it removed my Essence Gel Eyeliner with a couple of strokes. It has the appearance of a two component remover and you have to shake it before you use it. It's really gentle and if your skin is dry it'll make it nice and soft. Another great thing about it is that it can be easily washed off the skin, if you feel like it's too heavy for you. The one thing I didn't like was the scent, which is a bit earthy, but I got used to it really fast.
Repurchase? Absolutely!

Thanks for reading and I hope that my reviews will be helpful for you :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

essence black to the roots

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you the second polish from the Floral Grunge collection that I bought a couple of days ago. To be honest, the other polishes were much more appealing to me, but I bought this one because it had a small label on the cap saying "The Rough" which probably meant that Essence tried to make a textured polish and I was really eager to try it.

Black To The Roots is more of a dark grey rather than a black polish with silver glitter and a semi-matte finish. Opaque in one to two coats, depending on the thickness, but I'd recommend two just to smooth everything out. I thought that this was going to be a textured polish, but actually it's not. After it dries, some of the glitter can be felt on the surface giving it that "rough" feeling. Maybe if they used chunkier glitter, it'd show more.

Just like with Grunge Me Tender, I also used top coat and I liked more than the original. Here's how that looks.

Overall, it's not the most unique polish ever, but if you're looking for a "textured" polish that doesn't really have that much texture going on, this is the nail polish for you.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, July 8, 2013

essence grunge me tender!

Hey everyone!
I'm finally back from yet another hiatus. This time the reason was my nails breaking and they looked disgusting. They still are really short, but not that much. If some of you miss my nail art, I'd like to say that I post plenty of photos on my Instagram. I'm actually doing a July Nail Art Challenge, so you can check it out @northernxlights. I'll post a recap here with all of the photos once I'm done :)

Now onto something post related. I've written before about how the importers of Essence here don't give two sh**s about the latest collections, so the Twilight collection (which was released in October 2012) was still available up until a few days ago. It breaks my heart when I miss out on so many great collections, but it is what it is. Thankfully, the Floral Grunge collection was brought in the stores and I grabbed two of the five polishes. Today, I'll show you one of them.

Grunge Me Tender! is a shimmery mint green polish with a suede finish. Since most matte and suede polishes are pretty opaque, I expected this one to do as good, but I was proven wrong. It needs at least two coats, mostly because the formula is a bit chalky and creates pretty ugly looking streaks. The brush isn't what I had expected. It's wide, but short. I'm curious to see how it picks up polish after the bottle is half empty. In the bottle, you can see tons and tons of fine white micro shimmer, but sadly this doesn't show on the nail too much. At least, not without top coat. Here's what I mean.

The next photo is with a shiny top coat. Much better, right?

Overall, I believe this is the first time a polish by Essence has disappointed me (at least this much). I like the fact that the once you put a layer of top coat, the nail polish looks so much better, but I wish I'd checked out some reviews about the collection before buying this polish.

Thanks for reading :)