Friday, February 28, 2014

march nail art challenge

Hey everyone!
This is just a quick announcement post. I'm doing @californail's March Nail Art Challenge. You can see the themes below and join me and many others that are doing this challenge. I'm going to post on my Instagram first, because it is, after all, an Instagram challenge, but I'll be posting on my blog, as well.

I just can't wait to start!

Thanks for reading :)

Monday, February 24, 2014

miss selene glitters

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you six glitters that I got for my birthday (which was 4 months ago, but that doesn't really matter).

Miss Selene 162 is a silver round glitter polish. What I love about it is that the glitters are really tiny and you don't need to tap the brush on the nail to get them out, they just spread out really nicely. Layered over OPI Suzi's Hungary Again.

Miss Selene 166 is a very beautiful dark red round glitter polish. The particles are so small that they are almost blending with the base color, as you can see on the photo. Layered over H&M Midnight Passion.

Miss Selene 168 is a mix of tiny blue round glitter, little blue rectangles and a bit of silver holo glitter here and there. Layered over H&M Moody Model.

Miss Selene 170 is a round emerald green glitter polish. Just like the others, the application is really nice and spreads out evenly. Layered over China Glaze For Audrey.

Miss Selene 171 is a square gold glitter polish with a bit of golden holo specks. I'm absolutely in love with this polish and I'll be using it for some glitter gradients in the future. Layered over Avon Smoky Plumes.

Miss Selene 173 is a royal purple glitter polish with some silver holo polish. Layered over OPI You're Such A Budapest.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

empties no.5

Hey everyone!
It's time for another post from the "Empties" series. These are one of my favorites to write and I can barely wait to finish even more products :) My last empties post was done in July, which I find hard to believe and I made a promise to myself to actually finish as many products as possible before purchasing new ones.

Blissfully Nourishing Hair Mask by Planet Spa (Avon)

I've already posted about one of Avon's hair masks and this one is no different the other. It has shea butter, which makes the hair silky smooth and makes brushing easier. What I love about the packaging is that you get absolutely no leftovers due to the plastic box instead of a tube. I'm not too fond of the scent. It smells nutty and buttery, but it's a bit too strong for my liking.

Mattifying Foundation by Avon

I bought this foundation in the color Nude, which is usually the color I go by when it comes to Avon's foundations. It turned out far too light for me, so bear in mind that the shades are different if you consider purchasing this foundation. I got it a long time ago and actually forgot that I had it, since I couldn't really use it, especially in the summer days when I tanned from the sun. I combined it with a darker mineral powder and that worked a bit better. Overall, I don't like this foundation at all. It stayed matte just for a couple of hours and it dried my skin way too much.

Spiced Orange & Ginger Shower Gel by Avon Naturals 

I got this shower gel in a set with body lotion and a body spray around Christmas time. The scent is very wintery and cozy and just lovely. I love orange scented stuff, especially those that aren't too sweet. The only "bad" thing that I will say about this is that there wasn't a larger bottle. I loved the fact that you could scent the spicyness after you took the shower, as many shower gels tend to fade away easily.

Fix & Matte Translucent Powder by Essence

I've had this translucent powder forever. I think that I used it every day for more than a year and I finally finished it. It makes the skin very smooth and silky after you apply it over your foundation. I have no negative things to say about this powder. I know that Essence made a new version, but I can't find it anywhere. I'm going to look for it again and hopefully I'll find it.

Superfine Eyeliner by Essence

When it comes to eyeliners, I'm more of a gel eyeliner fan, mainly because many eyeliners come with a huge, wonky brush that you have absolutely no control over. This was the case with the Superfine eyeliner from Essence. I just couldn't control the felt tip which was just way too long. The opacity was okay - nothing compared to gel eyeliners, but in 2 or 3 strokes you can get it right. Another thing that I'll mention is that my eyeliner got moudly. I'm not saying that this is Essence's fault, but there was a bunch of mould on the felt tip and that is how this eyeliner got its one way ticket to the trash.

Soft & Natural Foundation by Essence

This is the last product that I'll be writing about today. I got this foundation in the shade 02 Sand Beige. There were a couple of things that bothered me with this foundation. First of all, all of the colors have a weird orange undertone that I just couldn't fit with my complexion and this shade was the closest match. The foundation did stay on nicely, but it was too greasy for me. Even with the mattifying powder that I mentioned earlier, I couldn't make it work. The formula was weird. I couldn't blend it with anything - hands, foundation brush, make up sponge... Lastly, the sprout was too big and the formula a bit runny. There were many occasions when this foundation went to waste because I poured way too much on my hand. If it was up to me, I'd put this foundation in a bottle with a pump. I wouldn't use this foundation again, but that's just me :)

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

review: lace water decals from kkcenterhk

Hey everyone! 
 I finally got round to trying these lace water decals from KKCenterHK.

 I wanted to begin by writing about the positive sides of these decals. First of all, the application is so easy. You just need a cup of water and tweezers and you're basically done. I love how detailed these are and the print has a very high quality. These come in strips of different lace patterns and you can cut them however you want.

The only thing that probably bothered me a bit is the fact that there are tiny bits of white that stay on the nail, but they are around 95% transparent. I noticed that these were much thinner than the previous decals that I tried, but that made them more fragile and I accidentally ripped one in half :(

They aren't sticky and can be easily removed with nail polish remover. Like I mentioned, they are very thin and seamless, so you don't have to worry that they will pop up after a couple of washes, especially if you use a thicker top coat, like Seche Vite.

This is what the sheet of decals looks like. I can't wait to incorporate them into other designs, as well :)

 You can get these water decals here for $2.56. Overall, I'm very satisfied with these decals. They are very easy to use and look really elegant. The fact that they are transparent means that you can use them over any color and get a fast and beautiful manicure. 

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.

The base color that I used for this manicure is Seventeen Supreme 149. It's a very light periwinkle shade with loads of white shimmer. It's unlike any other polish that I have in my collection. It's opaque in 2 coats and the application is very easy.

Thanks for reading :)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

tropical gradient

Hey everyone!
Considering the fact that this winter has been the most disappointing winter ever, I decided to move on to the more spring/summer oriented manicures and I created a really fun and colorful tropical gradient.

From thumb to pinky I used the following colors as the base:
- OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours
- Gabrini Elegant Mirror Colors M13
- Essence Chilled Orange
- Golden Rose Milky Way
- Maybelline Urban Lemon

For the thumb I made a stamping decal. It was my first time making it and turned out pretty bad actually. I used the stamping plate BM-403 and painted the little triangles using the same colors that I listed above. After it dried nicely I applied it over the white base. I'll be making a tutorial for stamping decals soon if you're interested.

Since I used two colors that I haven't featured on my blog yet, I decided to just put them in the same post :)

OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours is a coral-y red crème. One of my favorite things about OPI polishes is that all of them have an insanely high shine even without top coat. Full opacity with only one coat and glides nicely on the nail when applied.

Golden Rose Milky Way is a plain white crème. It has a semi-wide brush that makes the application fairly easy, but formula-wise it's not the best nail polish ever. Opaque in 2 even coats.

Thanks for reading and see you soon!