I tried my festive stamping plate from the MoYou London Christmas Collection with the number 04 and I'm really happy with this plate! So many possibilities! But I started with a very simple color combination: first two coats of Flormar - 400 and then the stamping with Sally Hansen - So-nata Problem, which is not the greatest stamping color but it works for me. On top is one coat of Essence - BTGN High Gloss. You can find plates and other nail art stuff from MoYou London here.
Sonntag, 8. Dezember 2013
Freitag, 6. Dezember 2013
The second limited edition from Manhattan which is in stores since the beginning of December is called Rouge là là. This collection consists of five beautiful red and berry shades plus gold and silver nail art glitter. 11ml of nail polish are sold for €4.09 and one little jar of 4.6g glitter is sold for €2.49. I received three shades to review and the golden glitter, which I won't include in today's review though. I used two coats of each polish with no base or top coat and they all have a beautiful formula. You can see that Bad Burgundy isn't completely opaque with two coats, so this one might need three. The others look good to me with just two coats. I love the idea of a color inspired collection and I think Rouge là là includes a great choice of colors. And I think the names are lovely as well!
Manhattan - Cheeky Cherry
Manhattan - Bad Burgundy
Manhattan - Pleasure Plum
Mittwoch, 4. Dezember 2013
I had time to swatch some polishes I received to review and since two Limited Editions from Manhattan are out since the beginning of December I decided to post both of them this week. Today I will show you the Sugar Effect nail polishes from the Visions of Me collection. Each polish contains 8ml and is sold for €2.99. They will be in stores for about four weeks. I used two coats of each polish without any base or top coat and they all have a good formula. I didn't like the brush too much though, but it still does the job. My favorite is probably Coral Glam because I don't have anything similar yet and I love how it looks on the nails. They're all perfect for the festive season though!
Manhattan - Coral Glam
Manhattan - Give me Sparkle
Manhattan - Glitter for Life
Sonntag, 1. Dezember 2013
A simple stamping design to start the Christmas countdown, using the Vivid Lacquer stamping plate VL006. I did this design a few days ago and forgot to write down the colors, sorry about that! It's either Essie - Marshmallow or Essie - Waltz and the white stamping color is Flormar - 400. On top I used one coat of Essence - BTGN High Gloss and one coat of Essie - Matte About You.
Sonntag, 24. November 2013
Knowing that I wouldn't have time to do my nails this week (I'm wearing red nails for seven days now!) I prepared another version of my Salted Watercolor Nails. I figured this technique would look also pretty cool in green and with a gradient as a base. So I used Essie - Mint Candy Apple and Catrice - I'm Not A Greenager to create a gradient using a piece of sponge. Then I forgot to add the matte top coat which is supposed to keep the acrylic paint in place. That's why a lot of the green acrylic paint washed off with the water. The salt pattern was still visible though, so I decided to add a bit of China Glaze - Holly-Day on my tips and then finished the design with Essence - BTGN High Gloss Top Coat. I can't wait to try more color combinations once I have a bit more free time. Thank you for bearing with me! :)
Sonntag, 17. November 2013
Salted, what? Yes, I stumbled upon one of those art tutorials on YouTube the other day and we also learned that technique in school back then: the one where you sprinkle salt over watercolors and it results in beautiful textures. I figured if this works on paper it should work on nails (not that this is always the case, but I had to try), so I started with some colors and sea salt. As my base I used China Glaze - Re-Fresh Mint and then I added one coat of Essie - Matte About You to make a canvas for the acrylic paint. Then I mixed blue paint with water, painted it on the nail and sprinkled everything with salt. I still have to find the best way to do this technique, but for now I'm quite happy with my result. I also added a tiny bit of OPI - Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat and Sally Hansen - Night Watch. On top is one coat of Essence - BTGN High Gloss.
Sonntag, 10. November 2013
This is the second review for Incoco Real Nail Polish Strips and this time I tried a design from their fall collection called Ikat Catwalk. This design is sold for $8.99. I tried a different application technique, because I wasn't too happy with the filing part of their suggested application. I don't have any acetone so I tried to remove the overlaying strip with nail polish remover that contains a bit of acetone. This didn't really work and it took me a long time to even try to remove it. After a few nails I gave up and used the file because it was much faster. Also I rushed the application a bit which lead to some wrinkles at the tip of my nails and I wasn't very happy with the end result. Again I didn't use a top coat because my first design lasted very long without applying any. My advice here is to take your time to apply the strips, even if it is supposed to be a fast technique. You will be way happier with the result and they will last longer if you take your time for each nail. One thing that I didn't like about these strips is the removal. You're supposed to remove these with nail polish remover since pulling them off would probably be bad for the nails. But removing them with nail polish remover was so annoying and it took me forever with both designs! Even if these are made out of real nail polish, there is still some glue involved and removing the glue was quite difficult. I used a lot of cotton pads and even after using water and soap there was some glue left. I guess you could just put up with that after a week of wearing a cool design, but I think I will stick with real nail polish in the future. ;)
This is the promised update for my review on Incoco Real Nail Polish Strips. I was wearing the design Bone Rattling for six complete days and I only removed them because I got tired of the design. I'm very impressed by the durability of these strips! I added pictures from a top view, which is how usually other people will look at your nails. There was a bit of tip wear already from the beginning due to the filing of the strips, but this tip wear didn't get significantly worse in six days. Then I made some pictures from the front perspective where you can see the tip wear really good. I didn't use top coat at any time and even though there was tip wear, I couldn't feel rough edges on the tips of my nails. The only thing that was a bit annoying for me, was the edge at the cuticle line, because it was rather sharp and my hair got stuck there a lot. I will post the second design from Incoco including my experience with nail polish remover later today.
Freitag, 8. November 2013
I had some time for nail art, yay! Even if it is just for stamping, but I was so excited about my new MoYou London plates that I just had to try one of them right away. In case you didn't hear about it already, MoYou London is THE new stamping plate seller, they have the most amazing images, including full image plates and they have great prices compared to other sellers. I bought four plates, two of them from their festive collection which I intend to save for December (haha, as if...). Then I got two from their Pro Plate collection and sadly I didn't realize that one of them doesn't have XL images. So the images on this one are too small, especially for my thumb nails. Keep this in mind when you're ordering from them: it is always written which size the images are, you just have to read it ;) Alright, so the plate that I used first is 03 XL Images from their Pro Plate Collection and I think this one is a lovely pattern! I used two coats of Zoya - Dree as my base color and then stamped the images with Sally Hansen - Night Watch. On top is one coat of Essence - BTGN High Gloss Top Coat, which I'm testing at the moment. The plate has a great quality from what I can tell, the smudged parts on some of my nails are due to my scraper which needs to be replaced. Did you order something from MoYou London yet?
Sonntag, 3. November 2013
I have quick swatches of the Sally Hansen Go Baroque Limited Edition which will be available in November 2013. The collection consists of six shades inspired by the luxurious baroque era. Each bottle is sold for € 8.99 in selected Müller, dm and Rossmann stores. To find out more about Sally Hansen visit their German Facebook page. All of the swatches are made without base or top coat.
Sally Hansen - Aria Redy?
Two coats, good and opaque formula. I couldn't get the color right here, it's really just a regular pink.
Sally Hansen - Belle of the Ball
Two coats. It's more purple on the nails than in the bottle, where it looks like a shimmery red.
Sally Hansen - Belle of the Ball + Star Crossed
One coat of Star Crossed over Belle of the Ball. Starcrossed is a golden glitter with blue and green highlights. Pretty but not spectacular.
Sally Hansen - Of Cors-et
Two coats of a light pearly grey with hints of blue and silver. It's rather sheer and made my skin look really weird.
Sally Hansen - So-nata Problem
Two coats. But as much as I loved Night Watch, I don't need another one just like it. These look exactly the same.
Sally Hansen - So-nata Problem + Starcrossed
I used one coat of Starcrossed over So-nata Problem. This is actually my favorite combination.
Sally Hansen - Star Powder
Two coats, pearly white and sheer. Could this be the most unexciting nail polish that I own?
I was a little bored by this collection to be honest. The only shade that got me a tiny bit excited was Starcrossed, but even this one is just a glitter top coat and doesn't seem too extraordinary to me. I don't see anything luxurious here! Apart from that, these all have good quality and in case you missed Night Watch, you could still go for So-nata Problem here.
Have a beautiful Sunday evening!