Tuesday, July 29, 2014

swatches: golden rose

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you four amazing polishes from Golden Rose.

First off, I'm going to write about Golden Rose Rich Color 25. This one is a gorgeous polish whose color I'll describe as a mix between rose gold and bronze. It has the warmth of a rose gold, but it also has a bronze tint. It's opaque in a single coat, but I used two for the photo in order to eliminate a couple of streaks that occurred during application. This polish does an amazing job with stamping, too.

The next polish is Golden Rose Color Expert 02
The Color Expert line is a fairly new one here and I must say that I'm loving it. Considering the price (50 MKD, ~0.8 EUR), these polishes have such a great quality. The formula is nice and thin, but most of them are fairly opaque (at least the ones I've tried) and they dry in no time.
This polish is a white creme. I'm always trying new white cremes, because I use them as a base in plenty of my manicures and this one is even better than my current favorite - Golden Rose Milky Way, because it dries really fast.

Next up is Golden Rose Color Expert 37, a gorgeous blue toned purple (blurple?) shimmery polish. Again, opaque in 2 coats. Absolutely amazing formula and really fast drying time.

And the last polish is Golden Rose Color Expert 63. This one is such an awesome polish. It's a really bright green. It has almost like a neon appearance, but it really is somewhere in between. I can't call it a true neon, because it doesn't have the features of a neon polish formula-wise. Again, opaque in 2 coats. One of my new favorites for this summer :)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

essence fly firefly fly

Hey everyone!
I've written in the past how I love glow in the dark nail polishes and how awesome they look and when I saw that Essence made their own glowing top coat, I was more than excited to try it out.

After I bought this polish, I did a quick test on false nails, just to see whether it works on different polishes. Unfortunately, it glowed only when applied on top of white polish or just by itself. It was pretty disappointing, but I still decided to test it out on my own nails.

I decided to apply it on top of a white polish. As you can see here, it doesn't change the base color whatsoever. It doesn't give it a greenish tint. The next step was, of course, photographing this polish in the dark. I've already done it before, but this time was waaay harder, mainly because the glowing effect doesn't last too long.
I really wanted to capture in its full glow, therefore I couldn't waste time focusing in the dark.

After just less than a minute, the glowing effect fades away completely. You can see the bottle still glows a bit, but the nails don't. The effect can be quite patchy too. For instance, if you've applied the coat unevenly, you might get a different effect on the same nail.
I used a single coat for the swatch, maybe if I used two or more it would glow stronger. Nonetheless, I don't think that more coats would make it last longer. 

Just to change it up a bit, I stamped a tribal chevron on my ring finger using a black polish and Bundle Monster's BM-402.

Overall, I think Essence didn't do too much of a good job with this top coat. The effect fades away easily. Formula wise - you can notice that it's different than their other polishes. It's thinner when compared to CH Nail #2 and way easier to apply. It dries quite slowly and I used a fast drying top coat to speed up the process.

Thanks for reading! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

duochrome stamping

Hey everyone!
I finally have an actual design to show you, along with a swatch.
Not too long ago I found a little shop here in Skopje that has some USA based nail brands such as Sinful Colors and I found a brand of polish that I haven't even heard of before - Fresh Cover.

Since the nail polish I used is duochrome, I figured it would look amazing on top of a black base. I used Golden Rose Matte 12 as my base color. I used two plates from Bundle Monster's CYO Set - BM-423 for every nail except the ring finger and BM-424 for the ring finger. The image on the ring finger is actually a butterfly wing, but my nails are way too short and you can't really see the entire image.

Here's a slightly different angle, just to show you that duochrome effect of the nail polish.

And here's the polish. It's called Fresh Cover Cat Eyes. First of all, I must mention that this is a swatch of the polish layered over black. The polish itself is very sheer, even though it doesn't look like so in the bottle. I was pretty bummed about that, because it is an insanely gorgeous polish. Nonetheless, it looks amazing on top of black. The duochrome effect goes from blue to purple. Pictured below - 2 coats over black.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

swatches: essence

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you a couple of swatches from one of my favorite brands - Essence.

Essence Here's My Number is one of Essence's textured polishes. I believe it's one of the first that came out. It's a grey based textured polish that has black and holographic glitter in it. The texture is not too apparent, especially when compared to other textured polishes that I own (such as the ones from the Golden Rose Holiday line). I wasn't too impressed with this polish. Pictured below is 2 coats + top coat for the second photo.

Here's My Number with top coat.

Next up is Essence Off To Miami!, a gorgeous coral creme. It has the usual Essence formula - it's opaque in 2 coats. What I love about this polish is that when compared to other similar shades has a pinker appearance. Note that the swatch may be a bit off, because I had problems with the color profile of my editing software - it may appear slightly grey-ish.

Essence Purple Cherry is a deep purple polish that has a formula that's in between creme and jelly. It has the opacity of a creme, but the shine of a jelly. It's an older polish from Essence and I think that it's discontinued. Two coats for the swatch, though you might need another one if you tend to apply thinner coats.

And the last polish for today is Essence Black Is Back. I don't really have much to say about this one. It's a plain black creme polish. I got it because I didn't have a nice black polish that I could use as a base. I don't like this one though. I usually like my whites and blacks to have a "chalkier" consistency because I use them  as bases for nail art. This one is way too shiny for my preference.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

swatches: aura

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you three polishes from Aura that I bought recently.

Aura Grey Trendsetter is a medium grey polish with white shimmer. I really liked the formula of this polish - it only needs 2 coats to become fully opaque. I had one little problem with it and that was streaking. Since it has tons of shimmer in in, you might get streaks as you apply it, even though it doesn't have a metallic appearance.

The next polish that I'm going to show you is Aura Tropical Orange, a bright coral red creme. Polishes like this one tend to be one-coaters, so I wasn't surprised when I only needed one coat to get this opaque. I will classify this polish as a coral red, but I will note that it has a prominent hint of orange, so it's not completely red.

And the last polish for today is Aura She Bunny 519. It's a glittery mix consisted of small round pink glitter and larger hexagonal silver glitter suspended in a clear base. You can see 2 coats of this polish layered on top of a white base below. I will admit that it looks much better in the bottle than on the nail. I think that it should have a just a touch more silver glitter in it, just to be balanced.

Thanks for reading.

As I mentioned before, you will see plenty of swatches just because I want to get them "out of the way" and afterwards you'll be seeing plenty of nail art :)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

swatches: sinful colors

Hey everyone!
Long time, no see. I've been writing on and off for a couple of months now. I must say that I had the urges to quit and delete this blog, but after all the hard work that I've put into it, I decided not to. So, I'm going to continue running it, even if it means writing once every two months...

I'm going to post plenty of swatches, as my love for nail polishes didn't go away, I just couldn't find the time to write here anymore. I have plenty of new polishes to show you and I'm going to begin with a couple ones from Sinful Colors.

Sinful Colors Dream On is a neon fuchsia polish that dries matte. This is quite common with neon colors and it was totally expected. This goes on really nicely. I only needed 2 coats to get it opaque and I didn't even use a white base, because neons can be quite sheer at times. It dries super fast. The only problem I had with it is that it will chip pretty fast, even with base and top coat. Nonetheless, the color is absolutely amazing and perfect for summer.

The next polish that I'll show you is called Green Ocean. It's a glittery mix of iridescent tiny hexagonal glitters and flakies. They are suspended in a greenish base, but it applies clear, so it won't make any color changes. This goes best when layered on top of greens, blues and blacks, it really shows the beauty of the iridescent particles. I only have it as a swatch on my naked nails.

Let's Meet is a sunshine yellow polish with golden yellow shimmer. I was kind of disappointed about this polish. It's one of those polishes that look amazing in the bottle, but goes on terrible. The main problem is that it is very sheer. I used two coats for the swatch and the nail line was still visible. I didn't expect it to be that sheer. Maybe with some proper layering, you'll get a decent look.

Okay, so the last polish is by a brand called Wild n Crazy and it's called Super Dooper Blue. I don't know this brand, but I believe it's a sub-brand of Sinful Colors (please correct me if I'm wrong). It's an electric blue shimmery polish. Opaque in 2 coats. It's the "regular polish" version of Golden Rose Holiday 61 that I was looking for.

That's it for today's post. I hope you liked these polishes and, hopefully, I'll be writing again soon!
Thanks for reading!

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