Thursday, November 13, 2014

empties no. 8

Hey everyone!
I'm looking so much forward to these posts, that I've been trying to finish some products like crazy. I guess that was the point of me starting them in the first place.

Dry Shampoo by Balea

I don't really use dry shampoos and I want to avoid doing so as much as possible, but I just wanted to try this one out. The smell is lovely and it freshens up the hair really nicely, but I had a huge problem with it and the problem was the small particles flying everywhere. You literally can't avoid inhaling them - no matter if you do it inside or outside, they will stick to your lungs. That's a good enough reason for me not to buy it again.

Elseve Color Conditioner by L'Oreal

I posted about the shampoo from the same line in my last Empties post and now I finally finished the conditioner. Never in my life have I finished a shampoo before the conditioner, but I guess there's a first time for everything. The main reason for that is because this conditioner is quite heavy. I don't know if that's the correct term, but you only need a really small amount to get your hair conditioned. I have very long hair and I only used around a tablespoon of product. That being said, if you put a bit more, you probably won't even be able to get it out afterwards.

Sweet Candy Raffaello Eau de Toillette

I've had this "little" guy more than a year and a half and I've just finished it. If you like sweet scents, you'll probably love this. I probably won't get it again as I love changing my perfumes and I'm pretty much over my "I want to smell like candy" phase. Lovely product, though.

Sugar Plum & Vanilla Spray by Avon

The scent is one of my favorites so far. Smells like the jam my grandmother used to make. Really lovely and not too strong at all.

Wake Me Up Foundation by Rimmel London

This is by far the most expensive foundation that I've bought and I loved it. It blended like perfection and feels really smooth on the skin. They could probably go easy on the shimmer though as it got everywhere after application. I will surely purchase it again when I save up enough money :)

Liquid Extraction Strip by Avon

And the last thing is this lovely little product here. It's actually a gel that you apply on your nose, forehead, chin etc. in order to remove blackheads. It's very effective, but very thick and hard to apply (I used a wooden stick, because it made the process easier). Unlike the pore strips that only fit certain nose shape and they can be sometimes hard to apply, you can apply the gel wherever you have a blackhead problem.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

swatches: s-he stylezone

Hey everyone!
Today's post will feature two S-he nail polishes that I absolutely forgot to post about. I dislike S-he polishes. Not because of their formula or their colors - on the contrary, they are pretty great. But, I just can't deal with the long brush. I've ranted about it before and I just avoid using them and buying them at all.

S-he Stylezone 317 is a multichromatic nail polish that shows a whole spectrum of shades starting from gold, to green and blue-ish at last (though, the blue is barely visible on the nails). It's a dupe of the infamous Chanel Peridot, maybe not 100%, but it's much cheaper and that basically does the trick for me. 2 coats for full opacity.

S-he Stylezone 272 is a very pale shimmery mint green with just a hint of blue undertone. Unfortunately, it's very sheer and absolutely nothing like what you would expect from the bottle. It looks very opaque in the bottle and not in a million years I would expect such an outcome. The picture shows 3 coats, and as you can see even those aren't enough. In my opinion, shades like this one aren't even wearable. You can't even wear it for french manicure since it gives the nails a very unnatural look.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

dark and vampy

Hey everyone!
If you're like me and you love wearing dark nail polish during fall and winter, you're going to love these two polishes that I'm going to show you today.

Catrice Vino Tinto is the first nail polish that I got from Catrice and let me tell you it was hard to choose. I picked it up because it looked like such a great color to wear during the cold days and I was not wrong. It's sort of a brownish plum creme. It turned out more on the purple side on the swatch, but it's just one of those nail polishes that don't cooperate :) Two coats for the swatch, but you can get away with only one if you apply it carefully.

The next polish I'm going to talk about is Seventeen Supreme 50, a lovely deep burgundy creme. When applied it might even look almost black on the nails, which makes it particularly interesting for me. The only thing that I mind is that it stains everything and anything in its way. Base coat doesn't help at all. 2 coats for the swatch.

Do you like wearing dark polishes during fall? Or maybe you don't like to coordinate your nails to the season?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 7, 2014

from the archives

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you two manicures that I created a long time ago. I posted them on my Instagram, but not here, so they ended up in my "archive".

The first manicure is sort of a mix-n-match kind of mani. I used a sky blue polish for all nails except the thumb and ring finger. On my index and middle finger,  I stamped the arrow looking pattern from BM-410 using a silver polish. I applied a textured blue polish on my thumb and finally I added a coat of silver on my ring finger and added a holographic foil on top (which lost its shine after I stupidly added a coat of Seche Vite).

Used products:
• OPI Can't Find My Czechbook (blue base)
• Flormar 112 (silver base and stamping)
• Golden Rose Holiday 55 (thumb)
• BM-410 (stamping plate)
• Silver holographic nail foil

This manicure is from a couple of months ago when I had round nails. I used a lavender polish to create a half moon base and added some white glitter on top.

Used products:
• OPI You're Such A Budapest (base)
• Golden Rose Carnival 01 (glitter)

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

swatches: golden rose

Hey everyone!
I'm continuing with the swatching and today I have a couple of Golden Rose polishes.

Golden Rose Rich Color 44 is a teal polish with golden micro shimmer, which unfortunately is barely visible on the nail. 2 coats for full opacity.

Golden Rose Rich Color 22 is a raspberry red shimmery polish. Very appropriate for Christmas, in my opinion. Lovely formula, 1 coat for full opacity.

Golden Rose Matte Satin 02 is a nude satin polish. I expected it to be more on the matte side, but it keeps quite a bit of the shine. Opaque in 2 coats. The application was a bit difficult since it dries really fast, there isn't much room for error (as you can see from my index finger on the swatch).

Thanks for reading!

Monday, November 3, 2014

swatches: essence

Hey everyone!
Day 2 of swatch spamming and today I'm going to show you some of the Essence nail polishes that I got.

Essence Keep Calm And Go To The Beach is one of the textured polishes from the Beach Cruisers TE. It's a bright teal polish with golden shimmer. Very mermaid-like :) I love it in the bottle, but on the nails it's not particularly good. First of all, the brush is way too stiff and drags the already applied polish. Second, the golden shimmer is barely visible on the nails. And lastly, I just don't like how Essence makes textured polishes. It's way better than their first ones, but it still isn't the best finish overall. 2 coats for the swatch.

Essence Black Dress and White Tie is a glitter topper that has white and black matte hexagons small sized hexagons, even smaller white hexies and tiny silver glitter suspended in a clear base. Reminds me of Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 123, but they're definitely not the same. 1 coat over Golden Rose Matte Satin 02.

Essence Yummy Yummy is a frosty grey-ish nude polish from the Cookies & Cream TE. Every polish from this collection came with a sheet of cute cookie stickers, but I didn't use them with this polish. It reminds me of the 90s a lot. I don't really see myself wearing it, though. Needs 2 coats for full opacity and typically for frosty polishes, it does streak a lot.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

swatches: opi

Hey eveyone!
A little warning before I begin. Since this year is coming to an end, I wanted to swatch and post all of the polishes that I purchased in order to make up my mind about my yearly favorites. That means that during these couple of days, I will be posting mainly swatches.
I actually bought these last year, so they won't be entering the top polishes of 2014, but I will post them just so that I don't completely forget about them :)

OPI Can't Find My Czechbook is a cool toned sky blue creme. Very appropriate for spring and summer in my opinion. Usual OPI formula - application is nice and even and drying time is excellent. 2 coats for the swatch.

OPI A Woman's Prague-ative is a polish with a very funny name. It's a burnt orange shade with tons and tons of golden orange shimmer. I don't really see why this was in the Spring collection, since it reminds me of Christmas a lot. Again, typical formula and application. 2 coats.

OPI OY-Another Polish Joke is a shimmery yellow based golden polish. Reminds me of foil/metallic polishes, but doesn't really have their opacity. I can imagine this being good for gradients and layering, but by itself it just doesn't look too nice. 2 coats for the swatch, but needs more for full opacity.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

royal floral

Hey everyone!
Not too long ago I ordered a new stamping set called Spring. I couldn't find any information about it, whether it was worth the money etc. I kind of decided to risk it and I'm glad I did. I ended up with a stamping set of 25 pieces that has Bundle Monster/Konad quality. Now, some of the images are, unfortunately, copied from other makers, but I kind of expected it considering that it's a Chinese maker.

Since I don't usually do a review on the whole entire set, I'm going to mention it whenever I use it and if you're interested in it you can search in on the tag "spring stamping" on my blog.

I have to be honest - this is one of my absolute favorite manicures I've created so far.

I added a matte top coat since I thought that it would look even better and I wasn't wrong at all :)

Used products:
• Golden Rose Rich Color 27 (base)
• Rimmel London Rock Republic (stamping)
• Spring 10 (stamping plate)
• Golden Rose Matte Top Coat

Golden Rose Rich Color 27 is a rich royal purple creme. The swatch below shows one single coat of the polish, which of course places this lovely purple in my top polishes of the year :) The application is nice and even. I love their Maxi Brush because it coats my entire nail with one to two strokes. Dries fast.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

haunted mansion

Hey everyone!
I have a special post for you today. I've said before how I'm not a big fan of themed manicures, but recently I was contacted by Julep and they offered to share a great Halloween tutorial for you guys, so if you're not decided what you're going to wear on your nails yet, keep on reading.

When it comes to Halloween, there are so many different kinds of manicures that you can do. I had a couple of different ideas, all inspired by one of my favorite TV shows - American Horror Story, but finally I settled for the Haunted Mansion one.

I actually did a short tutorial on how I created this manicure. Make sure to click on the picture for a bigger image!

First of all, I applied a greyish beige shade as a base color. I stamped a pattern that would look good as an old wallpaper using a dark berry shade. Make sure to stamp as sloppily as possible, because that'll just add to the old and worn look of the walls. In order to make it even more old and "dusty" add a few strokes using matte top coat, but don't coat the entire nail. The last step is to add random bloody trails, or you can even add bloody words like I did on the middle finger.

Used products:
• Catrice Greige! The New Beige (base)
• Catrice Vino Tinto (stamping)
• Golden Rose Matte Top Coat
• Seventeen Supreme 50 (blood)
• Spring 01 (stamping plate)

Catrice Greige! The New Beige is, like the name suggests, a greyish beige = greige creme. Opaque in 1-2 coats with a great formula and quick drying time. I've worn this polish so many times since I bought it. It's my absolute hit for this fall/winter season :)

I love it even more when it's mattified!

And lastly, here's the lovely tutorial that Julep decided to share with me and you. You can check out Julep's lovely range of nail polish colors!

Thanks for reading and have a happy and safe Halloween!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

empties no.7

Hey everyone!
It's time for another post where I show you 5 products that I've used up and share my opinion about them.

Elseve Color-Vive Shampoo by L'Oreal

I bought this shampoo because my hair color was getting lighter due to extreme sun exposure while I was on my vacation. It did reduce the color fading, but unfortunately made my hair extremely dry. I don't use too much conditioner during the summer because I'm washing my hair every 2 days tops. In order to stop the drying I bought the conditioner from the same line and my hair was back to normal again. Overall, I probably wouldn't repurchase, it just wasn't what I'm looking for in a shampoo.

Ultra Doux Repairing Shampoo with Avocado Oil and Shea Butter by Garnier

I don't want to sound too negative, but this shampoo was pretty horrible for me. It made my hair really nice and soft, but the residues that it left were so annoying. At first I thought that I was using too much product, so I started to lower the amount of shampoo I used. My hair was really sticky and it seemed like I couldn't get all of the shampoo out of it. When I finished half of the bottle, I added some water in the shampoo. This did help a bit, but I still had some sticky hair, here and there. To sum it up, it's just one of the most disappointing shampoos I've used ever and I didn't expect it from a brand such as Garnier.

Purely Pampering Shower Gel with Coconut Milk and Jasmine Petals by Dove

This product did wonders to my skin. It made it soft and lovely and nourished. I bought it for my vacation as I know that sea water makes my skin horribly dry. It lasted quite long, too. The only thing that I would change if repurchasing is the scent. It made me sick to my stomach, probably the coconut milk part, since jasmine is a scent that I adore.

Cherry Blossom Scented Spray by Avon

I've done plenty of reviews on these scented sprays before. I absolutely love them and use them all the time. The scent of this one was really light and appropriate for spring and summer, but it does last really long, especially if you get some on your clothes :)

Pomegranate and Mango Scented Spray by Avon

I'm so crazy about this scent. I used it up soooo fast and I already repurchased another one :) It smells really nice and juicy and to me it's perfect for the lovely summer nights.

Thanks for reading!