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Archive for September 2012

The Huntsman All Tied Up

Sunday, September 30, 2012

G'day everyone,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! It is a wonderful sunny Sunday over here, a perfect Fall day. Today I have for you a manicure that reminds me of Fall as well. A while back I got All Tied Up from Essie's Summer collection Bikini So Teeny. This color doesn't really scream Summer for me and I think it is suitable for Fall as well. To spice it up a little I layered The Huntsman from the Essence LE Snow White over it.

Illamasqua - Scarab from The Art Of Darkness collection

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Hi everyone!

Today I  have for you one of my first international polishes I got when my obsession for nail polish started. It is Scarab by the British make up company Illamasqua. The company itself describes this shade as a “deep ruby red with a metallic finish”. I wouldn’t call this finish metallic, but more an intense shimmer. The reddish-golden shimmer particles in the base color make Scarab glow from withtin. At certain angles the shimmer even looks a bit duochrome-y, shifting from red over orange to gold.

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Scarab was originally released as part of the Art Of Darkness collection and is now part of Illamasqua’s core nail polish range. The polish is really pigmented and if you do thicker coats, I bet it can be perfect with just one coat. However, I did two thin coats here and finished it off with one layer of CND Speedey. Illamasqua’s products never fail to amaze me and Scarab is no exception. Its texture was really easy to work with. I love this nail polish, it is one of those perfect colors for Fall.

Illamasqua nail varnish retails for 13,50£ per bottle and is available directly on their website. And yes, they do ship internationally :) Sometimes Illamasqua products are on sale at Asos.com, which also ships internationally.

That's it for today. Thanks for stopping by, have a great evening!
<3 Sabine

Guest Post at Polish Chest

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Hi lovelies,

today's blog post can be found over at Polish Chest. Please go and check out Danny's pretty blog and let me know what you think of this Pop Art manicure I did for her ;)

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Anny - The Answer Is Love

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Hi lovelies,

today I have another great Fall polish for you! It is my very first color from a German brand called Anny. I haven't really paid much attention to their display before, but then The Answer Is Love caught my eye. I was immediately drawn to the multichromatic shimmer in the bottle and this polish turned out to be a real chamaeleon, but see for yourself.

My first ziplock bag manicure feat. Manhattan - Green Chai, Essence - Miss Lavender and Essence - Pop Pastel Blue

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! I am, because it is the first weekend after I officially submitted my PhD thesis. I'm feeling so relieved, even though I am a bit nervous. I'd like to know what the reviewers think, but I won't find out before I will be awarded my degree. And there still is this final exam ahead of me. Not looking forward to that. Oh anyways, let's talk nail polish rather than work!

Today I have for you my first attempt in a ziplock mani. If you have not heard about that, you basically make your own nail polish "stickers" by painting designs on a ziplock bag, peel them off and but them onto your nails. Sounds easy, huh. Well, it actually is. Bregje from Oooh, Shinies! made a great tutorial here.
When my Manhattan Green Chai mani (swatches on its own here) showed some tip wear, I decided to spice it up a bit with these ziplock nail stickers. I chose two pastel colors, Essence's Show Your Feet Polishes in Miss Lavender and Pop Pastel Blue (I know, those are meant to be worn on your toe nails, but why should they not work for finger nails as well ;)). Instead of the ziplock bag I used oven paper, as recommended by Chiro form Nail Of This Week. I let everything dry overnight. The stickers really came off easily. Before applying them onto the nails, I cut them with shaped scissors. Here is the final result.

Updated Blog Sale!

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Hi lovelies,

I had to thin out my stash, my Alex just couldn't handle more polish. So I added more items to my blog sale. All these pretties there need a new home.

A click on the picture below will take you to the site.



Swatches & Review: Manhattan Blogger Edition Styleproofed - Green Chai (07S)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Happy Sunday everyone,

I hope you're all having a great weekend so far. Over here it seems like summer is back because it is close to 30°C outside with lots of Sunshine. The perfect Sunday weather :)
Nevertheless I've decided to stay inside and type this blogpost about a polish I felt I needed to show you as soon as possible.
Recently a German cosmetics brand called Manhattan teamed up with four fashion bloggers from Styleproofed and Modepilot and together they have created 20 limited edition polishes that were released in August. I was really excited about this collection because I thought that if bloggers created a nail polish line, it would surely be something extravagant. When I finally found the display I was a bit disappointed. First, the colors weren't as extraordinary as I had hoped. There were lots of your usual (Fall) colors - dark plum, dark navy blue, reds, brown or mustard yellow. Secondly, the finishes weren't exciting either. Most of them were creme polishes, the other half were shimmers.
Yet, two of them caught my eye and went home with me: 08M Rodeo Drive, a green that is somehwere between mint and olive with a subtle gold shimmer, and 07S Green Chai, a light mint green with multicolor glitter. The latter definitely stands out from the whole collection and I don't have anything like this in my stash, so I had to try it immediately. For a full review and more photos of Green Chai read on after the jump * little warning: this might be a wordy post, so better grab a cup of coffee and a snack ;) *

manhattan blogger edition green chai styleproofed

Spring revisited: China Glaze - Gothic Lolita

Friday, September 07, 2012

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope you had a great week! I did, because I finally finished my thesis, yay! So this weekend will be all about relaxing. Well, kind of. It is my boyfriend's birthday tomorrow and I have to bake a cake and clean the house. I am feeling so much better now that this part of my PhD is finally done. I enjoy painting my nails again. I really missed nail polish and blogging those last few months. 
Today I have for you one of my favorite Spring polishes for 2012. It is China Glaze Gothic Lolita.

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Polish Days - Polish Geometry

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Hi everyone!

I am back for another round of Polish Days :). The theme was Geometry and I admit my manicure isn't very creative. I went with a simple tape manicure using three different Essence polishes from their Color & Go range.

Wait, did I just say "simple tape mani"?! Oh well, didn't turn out to be simple enough for me, lol. I sometimes removed the tape too late so the lines didn't come out is crisp as I wanted them to be *sigh* So I am really not happy with this manicure. But whenever I mentioned on twitter my manicure sucks, everyone else said they liked it, so I decided to post this anyway. I like the colors though. The lighter purple with gold shimmer is Break Through, the dark creme purple is Passion For Fashion and the dark green creme is Trust In Fashion. Also the polishes I picked weren't perfect for tape manicures, because they aren't one coaters so you either have to apply a thick coat or two thin coats (which again results in messed up lines).

nail art tape Essence ColorAndGo

polish days geometry tape manicure TrustInFashion PassionForFashion BreakThrough Essence
See what I mean? I'm feeling kind of on the fence about posting this manicure because it isn't as perfect as I like my nails to be. But in the end, who is perfect?! So please bare with me, there will be nice manicures again next time ;) 

Now I am going to have a look at all the other Polish Geometry designs.
Have a great evening,

<3 Sabine