Friday, September 30, 2011

Picture Heavy Post: Kiko 278 - also known as Violet Orchid Microglitter

Good afternoon everyone!

Yay, it is Friday! Are you already excited for the weekend to come up? Do you have any plans? I am a little sad since today is the last day of my vacation. Gladly next Monday is a national holiday over here so I have to go back to work on Tuesday. But let's not think about work now! The weather has been very sunny and warm lately so we're going to have another BBQ with friends this weekend - will be fun I guess :)

Now on to the polished part of today's post. If you have read my post about my Spain vacation haul, I promised to write about Kiko No. 278 which I bought and wore back then. So here it is, also known as Violet Orchid Microglitter. You can click all the pictures to enlarge them even more.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

NOTD: Illamasqua Kink

Hello there!

I am back from my city trip to Hamburg! I really fell in love with this city and was sad I had to leave again. Gladly I still have a few days off and don't need to go back to work before next Tuesday. Yay, because I am so not looking forward to it...

Secondly I would like to welcome my new readers who found their way here from Kelly's Share Yourself series on her blog Vampy Varnish. Thanks for following! If there is anything particular you would like to see here or if you have any suggestions on how to improve my blog, please let me know! You can contact me by email, twitter or commenting here.

While I was on vacation in Spain some of my nail polish orders arrived - like my a-England polishes, some Orly's from a swap and a package from Illamasqua. I saw some swatches from their recent Fall/Winter Collection entitled Theatre Of The Nameless and this "kinky new waxy 'rubber-look' finish" sounded tempting to me. There are four shades available and I got two of them - Kink (green) and Faux Pas (violet blue). Today I am wearing Kink, which is a dark bottle green creme polish.


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Monday, September 26, 2011

I am featured on VampyVarnish's Share Yourself Vol.2

Hi everyone,

this is just a quick post that I'm actually writing on my mobile phone. Let's hope it will work! 

I was so happy to see that Kelly from Vampy Varnish chose to feature me on her Share Yourself blog series along with other nail polish bloggers. So if you head over to VampyVarnish.com you can see two nail art manicures I haven't shown you here before. And if you've just found your way from Vampy Varnish to my blog I'd like to say thanks for stopping by! Of course thanks a lot to Kelly for giving me the opportunity to be part of her awesome blog!



And in case you're wondering why I am typing this on my mobile phone: I am on a short city trip to Hamburg with my bf. We have been here before and like this city a lot. Plus it has a Lush store so I already bought Lemony Flutter, another handcream and a body butter (I only later realized that it's called You Snap The Whip, haha). I'm going to stay two more days so expect some regular posts by the end of this week.

Well, that's my short update for you. Don't forget to check out Kelly's blog :)
Thanks fore reading and have a great day!
- Sabine

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Blog Design - What do you think?!

Hello everyone!

By now I have tried several of the pre-designed blogger templates and I never found one I loved and thought "This is perfect for my blog!". So after I returned from my vacation and decided to change the appearance of my blog again and went searching for some templates. I found lots that looked nice in the preview but when I applied them to my blog, I wasn't happy with them. I wish I could program one myself but I am not at all skilled at HTML, Java and all those things. So I stumbled upon this simple design you're looking at right now and was wondering, if it appeals to you - my dear reader - or if you would rather see something else. 
So with this post I am kindly asking you to leave a reply on if and how you like this layout or what should be improved in order to make it an appealing design! 

Thanks for taking your time I am looking forward to your replies.
- Sabine

Saturday, September 24, 2011

I am back - with lots of polishes in my suitcase

Hello everyone,

it's sad but I am already back from my vacation in Spain, Mallorca to be exactly. I had such a great time there. The weather was fabulous, lots of sunshine and very warm! I did a lot of sightseeing and took a bath in the sea. The hotel's buffet in the evening was the devil, though. Not because food wasn't good but rather because it was too good and I ate way too much during this week! Well, I don't want to complain since I really enjoyed my time there! One week was too short for my liking but I am glad I have another week off so I can relax a bit and keep up with all my pictures and posts I want to show you.

Now on to the polish part of this post. Of course I went hunting for some nail polishes while I was there and I thought chances were good because there are lots of perfumeries and drugstores everywhere. Still I could not pick up any Spanish nail polish brands. Of course that didn't keep me from spending too much money anyway. So let me show you what I brought home.

The first brand I stumbled upon was Chanel. I have been lemming Graphite and PĂ©ridot for quite a while but never was willing to spend so much money on a polish. When I saw them sitting in that drugstore for less $$ compared to Germany I just couldn't resist any longer and bought them. Guess I don't have to say a lot about those polishes so let the picture do the talking.



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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Up and Away - I am on vacation

Hello my dear readers,


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 as I already mentioned in my last post, I am going on holiday from tomorrow on. Yay! I am going to sunny and warm Spain for a week, then will be at home for a few days and them I am going on another short trip. I don't know if I'll have time to do some posts in between so I might be offline for two weeks from now on.

I thought about doing some scheduled posts but during all these preparations for our trip I couldn't find the time to write and edit enough posts. So I thought I might as well publish the posts I have when I am back. Also I am not able to moderate comments so don't be surprised if your comment doesn't get published right away!

Of course I am taking some polishes with me :) I picked China Glaze 108 Degrees and Flip Flop Fantasy, two very appropriate summer colors which I haven't worn, yet. I might post my holiday manis as well after my return.

Until then I am going to miss you, my readers, as well as reading other bloggers blog posts. But I am also really looking forward to some time off because I feel like I need it.

I hope you're having a great time and hope to see you soon again!
- Sabine

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

P2 Pearl Crackle Top Coats - skittle swatches

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a great start into this new week! I did, which is probably because I am finally on holiday for three weeks total :D Next Thursday I'll be going to Spain for one week. That also means at least one week blogging break. I thought about preparing some posts and publish them automatically while I am away. What do you think about scheduled posts, do you like it or not? 

Well, on to today's topic. I know many people are already past this crackle trend or some of you don't like it at all. However, I do wear some crackle polishes from time to time because it is an easy and fast way to spice up an old manicure for example. So when I came across the new P2 - a German drugstore brand - collection a couple of weeks ago, I saw those Pearl Crackle Top Coats and took all three of them home. Let me first show you some bottle shots. I left the pictures x-large so you can nicely see the glitter!

First we have 010 violet fusion. This is a sheer almost jelly-like purple base color with irregularly shaped golden foil glitter particles of various sizes. Depending on lighting the glitter flashes copperish. Sorry for the fingerprints on the bottle... damn cuticle oil ;)

Violet Fusion


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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Swatched: Essence Urban Messages - Skyscraper & Nightline

Happy Sunday,

and welcome to the second part of my new Essence nail polish swatches! As I already mentioned in one of my recent posts, I got some newly released polishes from their Color & Go product line - which you can see here. Along with them I discovered their newly released limited edition called Urban Messages and from that collection I bought Skyscraper and Nightline which I'd like to show you today.

First we have Skyscraper, a light grey creme base color that somehow reminds me of cement. The base color contains glitter particles that flash blue and green. The glitter is not very dense but quite noticable. Still I had some problems catching it right on camera. Texture of this polish was ok, a bit more on the thin side but easy to apply. The first two coats were a bit streaky so I needed a third coat to even everything out and to obtain full opacity. The brush this time didn't appeal to me. Compared to bottle size it is rather small and thin and round. I very much prefer the thick and flat brushes from Essence's Color & Go bottles. My skin is rather pale and this color did not help it either so I have to admit this color is not for me. I guess on some darker skin it will stand out more!





The second shade I took home was Nightline, probably the complete opposite of the polish I just showed you! In the bottle Nightline appears to be a very dark blue base with marine blue shimmer to it. When I applied the first coat, surprise surprise, it turned out to be a sheer jelly-ish black base that's stuffed with lots of blue shimmer particles. Texture of this shade was similar to Skyscraper - thin but still it went on easily. 




For both polishes I did not use a base coat or a top coat and all pictures were taken in direct sunlight.

As a bottom line I have to say that both shades are pretty unique to me, I don't have any similar polishes in my stash. Still I prefer Nightline over Skyscraper, because it stands out more while Skyscraper seems to enhance the paleness of my skin.

What's your favourite? 
Thanks for reading,
- Sabine

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Swatch & NOTD: Essence Time for Romance

Hello everyone!

I hope you're having a great week so far! I for myself am glad that it's almost Friday because from next Monday on I will be on holidays for three weeks! Yay, I am looking forward to that - even if it means a small blogging break since I am going to Spain for a week. By the way, if anyone of you knows a Spanish nail polish brand I should check out, please let me know!

In one of my recent posts I already showed you one of the new Essence fall nail polishes. In the beginning of this week my local drugstore finally had all the new shades and I just had to take eight more of them home. They looked so pretty in the bottle I just had to get them :) And for 1,29€ for 5ml my wallet isn't even complaining. Four of the polishes I got are glitters and today I am showing you the first of those.

It's a pink called Time For Romance. Well, it' not really pink but rather an antique or dusky pink. It has a jelly base with large silver hex glitter particles. I can also see small and tiny silver glitter particles. But what really stands out are the small sparkly holo glitter particles! So whenever artificial light or the sun hits my nails they're sparkling like crazy. Sometimes the glitter also flashes in an orange gold tone. I really like this shade!


Since it is a glitter, its texture is rather gooey and thick and I had some problems applying even coats. But because of its sheer jelly base I had to apply at least three coats for full opacity. The surface was a bit bumpy but one thick coat of Seche Vite made it completely smooth. Shame on me for showing you the pictures with a bit of shrinkage at the tip, but that's a problem I almost always encounter when using Seche Vite. Even though I tried wrapping my tips it still keeps shrinking... However I just love how fast is dries every mani and how glass-like the finish looks. The macro makes the shrinkage look even worse than it is in reality and I hope you don't mind it.




In the pictures you see four coats of Time For Romance and Seche Vite taken outdoors in natural light. Due to the sheer jelly base of the nail polish the glitter creates a depth which I like because it makes it look plastic. Also the combination of those tons of glitter with a more decent base color really appeals to me because the mani does not look crowded. I can't say anything about removal because I am still wearing Time For Romance, but I guess it will take a little more time and acetone nail polish remover ;)


Essence Color & Go nail polishes retail for 1,29€ for 5ml at various drugstores. And if you come across this one I do recommend buying it.
Hopefully you enjoyed this review. I am looking forward to your feedback!
- Sabine

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Swatched: New Essence polishes Can't Cheat On Me and Hard to Resist

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! As you might know, in the beginning of this month Essence is coming up with some new polishes in the Color & Go product line. I am especially looking forward to the glitters! When I went to the drugstore last weekend I could not find any of those but two other shades which I just had to take home. One is Can't Cheat On Me, a nice silver stuffed with tiny holo particles and the other is Hard To Resist, a navy blue with matching glitter in it. Since the sun was shining bright last Saturday I immediately had to try them on :) 

First I swatched Can't Cheat On Me. Actually this is not a too new shade since I discovered it's been around for a while on several other blogs. I am still wondering why I haven't discovered it earlier... Anyway. In the bottle it looks densly packed with those silver holo particles. However when I applied the first thin coat I discovered that it is a very sheer grey jelly base with not so densly packed particles. So in the end I ended up using four coats of Can't Cheat On Me and you still could see some VNL. Therefore, this polish has a nice discrete scattered holographic look. Not as holographic as China Glaze's OMG polishes or NfuOh holos, but still. For 1,25€ per 5ml I am not complaining! Also texture was good, kinda thin but not runny and really quickly drying! The only letdown, as already mentioned, was pigmentation.



Secondly I tried Hard To Resist, a dark navy blue base with small blue glittery particles in it. I wouldn't call it a duochrome but depending on lighting the glitter changes from blue to turquoise. Compared to Can't Cheat On Me, Hard To Resist is richly pigmented so I got away with two coats for full opacity. However I felt this one wasn't as quickly drying as the previous polish. The base color very much reminds me of I'm A Marine Girl from Essence's recent 50's Girls Reloaded LE, but this navy blue lacks the glitter in it.




Application of both nail polishes was good. Can't Cheat On Me was sheer and thin while Hard To Resist was a bit on the thicker side but it was easy to control. As always, I like the large and flat brush of the Color & Go polishes which spares me a lot of clean up :) For both polishes I didn't use either base nor topcoat. Photos are taken outside in sunlight.

That's it for now. Be prepared for some more swatches of new Essence polishes which will be up here soon! Thanks for reading,
- Sabine



PS: This time I left the pics gigantic. Do you like it this way or would you prefer the old version with smaller clickable pics? Please tell me. Thanks.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Fruity Nails: China Glaze Electric Pineapple and Papaya Punch

Hello,

in my last post I showed you China Glaze's Blue Iguana from their Island Escape collection. Since I really really like this summer collection, I put on two more polishes from that collection afterwards. Those are Electric Pineapple and Papaya Punch, the two creme polishes among the shimmer and glass flecked polishes.

Electric Pineapple and Papaya Punch in sunlight


Electric Pineapple is a dusty yellow with a hint of green. Right after I put it on I felt it does not really match my skin tone because I am pretty pale :) So I wanted to add something that stood out a bit more and I picked Papaya Punch which you see on my ring finger. Papaya Punch is a vivid orange and definitely an eye-catching color! It's not neon but still bright enough to freak out my camera. I only applied it on my ring finger as an accent. Initially I had planned to add some stamping but I found that Electric Pineapple is not pigmented enough (should have known that since it's a yellow...) so I just left it like this. For next summer I do need some bright stamping polishes (*note to myself*)!

Electric Pineapple and Papaya Punch in shade


For both polishes I used three coats each. It went on easily and dried quickly. Photos are taken with one coat of  Essence 60 seconds top coat.

That's it for today. Enjoy your Sunday!
- Sabine

Saturday, September 03, 2011

NOTD & Review: China Glaze Blue Iguana

Good afternoon!

I really wish summer had stayed a little longer this year just because there are so many summer nail polishes I haven't worn yet. In spite of the fall like weather outside I was in the mood to put on some fresh and bright color so I picked Blue Iguana from China Glazes Island Escape summer 2011 collection. I really do not know why I haven't tried this color earlier because I am completely in love with it! Well, not only with this one but with all the other colors from this collection, too.
  
Blue Iguana is a jelly blue base with glittery blue flecks in it. In the bottle those particles have a slight fuchsia-purple duochrome effect that doesn't show up very prominently on the nails and my camera doesn't seem to pick it up at all. Here are pictures of three coats of Blue Iguana in sunlight, shade and indoors.

Blue Iguana in sunlight
Blue Iguana in shade
Blue Iguana indoors in natural light


Due to its jelly base you can still see some VNL but it's really not as bad as the photo makes you believe. I could have added a fourth layer to achieve full opacity but I also like it this way. I might add some glitter sponging to the tips later. Texture of the polish was great, not thick or gooey at all. So application was pretty easy and I didn't have a lot of clean up to do. Additionally, thin coats dried quickly and really shiny. Still I added one layer of top coat afterwards.

What is your favorite summer collection for this year? Are you wearing summer colors during fall/winter? Let me know!

Have a great day,
- Sabine

Thursday, September 01, 2011

NOTD: OPI Grape... Set... Match topped with Servin' Up Sparkle

Hello my readers,

I recently received my US Ebay order and I could finally welcome my favourite Serena Williams Duo Glam Slam! England from OPI in my stash! This duo consists of the shimmery purple Grape...Set...Match and a glittery top coat entitled Servin' Up Sparkle.

Grape...Set...Match is a purple jelly base that is densly packed with blue und pink glitter. Actually there is so much glitter in the base color that to me it appears almost as a foil finish. I just love how it flashes purple, pink and blue depending on the light! Application was flawless, the polish was easy to control and I used three thin coats for full opacity. However you can also get away with two thicker coats.

Grape Set Match and Servin' Up Sparkle - natural light
Grape Set Matchh and Servin' Up Sparkle indoors in natural light


I do love this color on its own but since it comes as a duo, I put one coat of Servin' Up Sparkle on top. This is a clear base with lots small round and some larger hexagonal holographic glitter particles. This polish was a little gooey, but that is ok since it helps the glitter to stay evenly distributed within the base. For me one coat of Servin' Up Sparkle was enough since I didn't want too much disctraction from the gorgeous base polish Grape...Set...Match. I just wish I could have gotten more of that hex glitter onto my nails.

What is your favourite Serena Williams duo? 
That is it for today. Until next time and thanks for stopping by!
- Sabine