31. August 2013

Wedding Crasher

*planned post; me partying at a wedding on Crete*
Honestly, I don't see how a nail polish could potentially crash a wedding, especially such a decent shade... Apparently the creators of Sally Hansen Wedding Crasher had some ideas in mind, while naming the polish this way :) Besides, I keep remembering the movie about the two guys, the Wedding Crashers or so... a funny one-time-see film :)

Sally Hansen Wedding Crasher

Wedding Crasher is a pink jelly packed with pink glitter, that turned out to be more dense than I expected when looking at the bottle. The coverage is reached in 2 thick(er) coats only. The surface is not gritty, so it only makes sense to cover it with a top coat if you need a bit of gloss and shine.

Sally Hansen Wedding Crasher

Sally Hansen Wedding Crasher

Actually, Wedding Crasher was a present form my aunt, and honestly speaking, I was not inspired by this shade until I painted my nails with it :) 

Sally Hansen nail polish

Sally Hansen nagellack

If you like this kind of colours, give it a try! I look forward to comparing it with Zoya Astra, I have a feeling that these two have a lot in common. 

Sally Hansen diamond

Anyways, I hope that the big fat Greek wedding I'm partying at right now will never ever be crashed!! :) And I hope you are having fun this summer too :) 

29. August 2013

Sea Breeze

*planned post; me sailing to Crete*
Sea breeze... this is probably exactly what I am sensing while you are reading this post! :) So is the name of one of the Avon polishes I got back in January from the Avon fairy - Antallex :) Herewith I invite you to have a look at a nice piece of turquoise - Avon Sea Breeze.

Avon Sea Breeze

Sea Breeze is a light turquoise crelly (although I don't like this word). Still the truth is the truth, and I cannot call the texture a pure creme - due to this it doesn't look flat either. The shade seems to be cold, but it's a tad warmer in comparison to similar turquoise polishes, you can see it here, for example. What I liked a lot is the natural gloss, Avon is generally good at it :)

Avon Sea Breeze

Avon Sea Breeze

Application was close to perfection, 2 easy coats, all dried fast and, as I wrote previously, glossy. Nice job of Avon on this one. Oh, and I'm sorry for the dry hands and ridiculously looong nails, these swatches were done in winter. Good blogger, I know, I know *sigh*

Avon Sea Breeze

So, that was number 8 out of 9 shades that I own. I will show the last one soon and then maybe I'll post a wrap-up :) We'll see :) 

26. August 2013

Marine Flowers

*planned post; me making a little excursion to Aegina*
Have I told you that I adore the combination of dark blue and white? Not because it's marine and blah, simply because I find it absolutely beautiful. So when I painted my nails with American Apparel Mount Royal, I already knew which colour I am going to stamp upon it! :) 

marine nail art

Quickly-quickly as I just cut my nails I was in a hurry to use the original Konad plates!! Otherwise, some millimetres more and the designs on the plates will be too small to stamp :) So I grabbed a Konad plate m85 and stamped with Konad special polish in white. Oh, those good old times when I only had Konad plates with tiny designs, and had to double-stamp constantly... : {

konad m85

marine nail design

I really liked the result myself, and I hope you will like it too!

konad m85

konad m85

And yea, I planned this post so that the day it will appear on the blog I am going to be in a place where the combination of white and blue is one the most beautiful in the world!... Santorini :) 

23. August 2013

Malibu Pirouette

*planned post; me discovering Athens*
Ever since I got OPI Pirouette My Whistle I was wondering which background colour to use when I will be trying it for the first time. In my head I listed all the possible combinations: over black, dark blue, lilac, and even yellow... Do you know that if you google the pics of Pirouette, you will mostly see it layered over grey? :) I really wonder why so... Anyways, I was almost ready to paint my nails black when I spotted that polish I had put out for pedicure... the teal. 

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

American Apparel Malibu Green - to be precise. I just looked at it and thought "hmm, Pirouette over teal... interesting". I tried to google such a combination, but I didn't find anything worthy. So here it is, over teal.  

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

By itself, OPI Pirouette My Whistle is small silver and larger hexagonal glitter in a transparent base. Perfect topping for many colours. The application was good as well, you just need to make sure that the hexagons are spread evenly, the small silver glitter self-evens by itself.  

OPI Pirouette My Whistle

OPI Pirouette My Whistle over teal

OPI Pirouette My Whistle over teal

Without even expecting it, I loved both the Pirouette polish and the combination! You know, if it was not for those numerous swatches on the web, I would probably never grab a bottle of Pirouette My Whistle. Also, I'm planning to try it over all kinds of different colours! Maybe you could advise me, which colour would look great as a base for the Pirouette? 
Me all ears! :)   

20. August 2013

Summer Snow

*planned post; me relaxing on the beaches of Folegandros*
How about a snowy nail look in the middle of summer? I say - refreshing! : D

In reality I happened to see snow in the middle of July - in a dark and gloomy but yet beloved place where I was born and raised. Polish-wise: here I am talking about one representative of El Corazón Lace&Paillettes collection, which they released for spring-summer 2013, although it's full of "heavy artillery" festive glitters. And the icy polish below is El Corazón Lace&Paillettes #01!

The baby blue gritty thing consists of large blue hexagons and smaller white glitter in a blueish-transparent base. The glitter is very dense, so I didn't layer it over a creme and applied on its own instead.

The bottle is typical El Corazón Kaleidoscope with a nice thin brush. I like how the roses on a bottle look over a blue background!

The opacity is reached with 2 coats already. Application is fine, it's just you'll have thicker coats because of such large amounts of glitter stuffed inside a bottle. As I said, the finish is gritty, and top coat is not of any help here :) So you can enjoy scratching your cheeks with  the surface of your nails :)

To be honest I was feeling myself like an ice queen when I was wearing it! Surprisingly, this glitter looked quite harmonic even in summer, although I plan to wear it in winter again : ) 

And yes, it reminds me a lot of lace and paillettes, so the name of the collection matches perfectly! :)
*The nail polish was kindly provided by El Corazón company for my consideration. In this post I expressed my honest and unbiased opinion about the product.

17. August 2013

Lime Yellow

*planned post; me having the most romantic moments in life on Santorini*
Let's talk about... limes! My opinion is still undefined: I like gazing at the other people's swatches of lime polishes, but myself... I wear them like once per year. Do you like lime shades? Do you have many lime polishes in your stash? I have... one, and I got it as an extra in my swap with Akuma Kanji, so I didn't even buy it myself lol. Here I'm talking about Yes Love Y74!

Yes Love Y74

Yes Love Y74

Yes Love Y74 is a... hard to describe shade, not yet a green lime, but already not a yellow lemon. Yelime lol. Bright and in-your-face shade. The texture is creme, no shimmer attached.

lime nail polish

bright lime nail polish

Unfortunately, I have to mention the formula, which was a... disaster :{ I barely managed to fight it in 3 coats, the polish is streaky as hell, I didn't even expect such a challenging application. Oh, and forget about self-evening: without a top coat it looks like hilly terrain. Hard times I had while applying it, that's the truth. 

Yes Love nail polish

The sun suits this polish a lot, I felt like my nails were illuminated. I also got some reactions from other people saying: "oh, what a brightie!!" :)  

lime nails

I have to admit that this colour is damn unique in my stash, and that I'm glad that I have it. If my swap buddy, Akuma Kanji, didn't put it in the package, I would never buy such a shade myself - AND I would lose a lot of fun!! So thank you, D.!! : ) 

lime nail art

nail polish lime colour

If I wear lime, it means that I'm in the mood to do so. Yes, I do believe that such shades require a suitable mood, only then you feel them harmonic on your nails :) Right? Or you don't need any special courage to wear a bright lime polish? :) 

14. August 2013

Fake Tattoos ~ Review

*planned post; me partying on Ios*
We, polish addicts, have various stuff in our stashes to decorate the nails: loose glitters, stamping devices, stickers and water decals... but have you ever heard of nail tattoos? :) Here you are, three different manicures using a product called Fake Tattoos: 

ice cream nail design

birds nail art

bows nail art

Fake Tattoos come in a happy pink package, that was a first positive surprise :) 

Fake Tattoos

The envelope contained 6 sheets (5x7,5 cm) with patterns of all kinds, the variety was a second nice surprise! :)

Fake Tattoos

And the greatest surprise was the easiness of the tattoos application. Below is the detailed instruction, but basically all you have to do is: cut -> press -> go! As easy as that.

nail tattoos application

Here is the detailed view of the tattoo designs:

nail tattoos

nail tattoos

nail tattoos

As for the manicures, I'll just give some details on each of them. For the first one, I used 2 coats of Essence I Like, ice cream tattoos from the 1st sheet, some rhinestones and a top coat.

ice cream nail decals stickers

ice cream nail art

Second one is made with the help of Ciate Cookies and Cream (2 coats), bird tattoos from the 3rd sheet and a top coat.

birds nail decals stickers

birds nail design

And the last manicure has the most colours: Nubar Oh Baby Pink (index), Essence I Like (middle), Essence My Yellow Fellow (ring) and Essence Bloom-A-Loom (pinkie). The bow tattoos are from the 6th sheet, and the top coat, of course. 
bows nail decals stickers

bows nail art

Fake Tattoos is a Swedish brand that retails body and nail tattoos on their web-site. You can even design your own tattoos if you wish! My opinion is that they are super easy to use, and the designs are very cute, so I can totally recommend them :) 

Have you already heard of Fake Tattoos? Which designs do you like most? 
*The nail tattoos were kindly provided by Fake Tattoos company for my consideration. In this post I expressed my honest and unbiased opinion about the products.