Thursday, May 7, 2015

empties #14

Hey everyone!
Today I have another Empties post for you. I think that this one will be the last one, at least until I finish some more products :) This one, like the previous, will be kind of Avon oriented because I just had so many products from Avon that had to go.

Banana and Dark Chocolate 24h Protection Hand Balm by Essence

I wanted to begin this post with something really beautiful - and this hand cream is it. Other than the fact that it made my hands really moisturized and soft, the main thing that I loved it about is the smell. It smells absolutely divine. I love hand creams that smell like sweets and it's just amazing. I have so much hand creams to finish and that's the only reason why I didn't buy another one.

Thailand Lotus Flower Body Souffle by Avon

I mentioned in the previous post that I don't like the consistency of these sort of whipped/body souffle type products. The packaging size is way too small for it to be a body product. I think that I used it once or twice and it got nearly empty. It smelled pretty nice, but I won't be repurchasing because it had a sticky formula and you have to wait ages for it to dry.

African Shea Butter Hand, Elbow and Foot Cream by Avon

Last time I showed you a little tube packaging with this product. I think it's the same, but it doesn't really have the same exact name. It smells really nice and it made my dry elbows like brand new :) I would definitely recommend it if you have a dry skin problem.

Revitacool Base Coat by Avon

I wasn't too big of a fan of this base coat. It had some ingredients that made it smell weird and it was just too harsh for my nose. I noticed that the brush bristles turned yellow and it kind of made me wary not to use it on my fingernails. I finished it when I needed a sticky base for some DIY projects. It did pretty average as a base coat - nothing really special for the price.

Dead Sea Minerals Smoothing Facial Gel by Avon

Thankfully this one is the last from the dead sea collection that I had and I'm glad that it's gone. I just absolutely couldn't stand the smell and I wasn't going to put it anywhere near my face. I used it once or twice before shower, so that I can remove the harsh smell of my face as soon as possible.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

swatches: born pretty

Hey everyone!
Today I will show you two lovely nail polishes that I got from BornPrettyStore. One of them I've showed you previously, but not exactly as a swatch.

BornPretty Chameleon 212 is a  red based multichrome polish that shifts its color to yellow, orange and green. It's best layered over black as it is very sheer, but the color is buildable after a couple of coats. Pictured below is one coat over black.

Even though the actual multichromatic effect isn't best seen on direct sunlight, to me it looks really beautiful like this. It's just soooo shimmery :)

BornPretty Holo 9 is a lavender holographic polish. It is a bit sheer, so you'll probably need 2-3 coats to get it really opaque. I added two coats for the picture.

And, of course, to see it in its true glory, a direct sunlight picture. The effect is really magical.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

swatches: essence

Hey everyone!
Today I'm going to show you two toppers by Essence that I got as a gift a long time ago.

 Essence Pixie Dust is a topper consisted of tons of pink flecks suspended in an iridescent base. It looks amazing even on its own, but I swatched it over Golden Rose Rich Color 14. The formula is a bit runny for me personally, but if you apply a little bit at a time you won't have any problems. This is a polish that's not meant to be worn on its own, therefore I applied a single coat for the swatch.

Essence I Feel Gritty is a sand effect topper that's meant to make any of your nail polishes look textured and have a sandy finish. It has a bit of a sparkle in it, too. To be honest, when I saw it I grabbed it instantly, mainly because I went crazy with the textured polishes and they are by far one of my favorites even now when the trend is kind of fading away. But this polish didn't seem to dry at all. If I applied a thinner coat, it would drag my base and if I applied a thicker one it never dried. Overall, I'm really disappointed. Pictured below, one coat over Golden Rose Rich Color 63.

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Friday, May 1, 2015

swatches: aura

Hey everyone!
Today I got two swatches from Aura for you.

First off is Aura Lovely Nude. It is a neutral sand colored creme polish. Very nice formula, dried pretty quickly and was opaque in 2 coats. I really love it, it goes along really nice with my skin tone and can be used as a base for many different manicures if you do not want to use white.

The second polish for today is Aura Shine Not Shy. I find the name to be a bit weird, but nonetheless, it's a really nice glitter polish. It's a mixture of silver and blue microglitter suspended in a slightly tinted blue base. I don't know whether the base is purposely tinted or maybe the glitter bled out a bit, but it looks really nice and sparkly. Pictured below is one coat over Divine Lux 229.

Thanks for reading!