Donnerstag, 31. Dezember 2009

Happy New Year

Hey there

just a quick post to wish all of you a happy new year :) Hope you enjoy it and make some doable new year's resolutions.

Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2009

NOTD: Rimmel Glam Goth+ some Stars

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I'm sorry I haven't posted a while because I've been awfully busy the last days and the rest of it just plain lazy to upload pics(and I was re-watching the two seasons of True Blood, I'm quite obsessed with this series which reminds me to get the book series- I only read the first one). Plus I just restored my computer because it was quite slow and I haven't install Photoshop yet so it might take some time till I can show you some "fresh"/more recent manicures.
So today's post is about Rimmel Glam Goth- it was realeased in an Le but I don't remember the name together with another lighter purple but I liked this better because I love deep, vampy purples.
Now to the polish itself: It reminds be a bit of Chanel's Vendetta, only a lighter version of it. I might be wrong but I think I'll do a comparison swatch when I have time. It is almost opaque in one coat but I did two just to be safe and I LOVE the brush. It's one of the soft, maxi brushes and it says "New maxi brush, mistake free application" I love maxi/pro wide brushes - they are the best in my oppinion. When I finished my manicure I thought it was a bit to simple so I added some stars with those stickers where you paint over with polish. I got mine from Claire's but they were made out paper and not plastik like from other brands. For the stars I used Color Club/Art Club nail polish in Hologram Glitter( which is awesome for a glittery french which I posted about here)
Long story short, here are the pictures (like all purples, my camera absorbs the red in the pics):

Dienstag, 15. Dezember 2009

Quick post: China Glaze Let's Groove+ Golden Enchantment

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Here's just a quick post about a recent manicure. My life's crazy right now (so much to do in such a short amount of time).
It's 2 coats of China Glaze's Let's Groove and then a coat of China Glaze in Golden Enchantment. I thought Let's Groove wasn't that satisfying to me so I layered an untried polish over it. I love this combination but silly me had to write and do some things when the polish was touch-dry but not all layeres so it pulled up and looked like horrible tipwear. I didn't had many time to do a new manicure so I decided to paint it over. Sorry about that.

Here are the pictures:

Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2009

Zoya Ibiza vs. Artdeco No. 44

Long time no post- I know....
It's just the last weeks that I've been quite busy and I can't stop working or learning because I've got an test-marathon next week and after that I'm going on vacation for about 3 weeks.

As you probably see on today's topic I'm comparing these two colours. It seemed like dupes in the bottle but Ibiza is darker. The application on both polishes were nice and I didn't had much problems (just my not so good-application). The pictures show 2 coats each, no Top-Coat.
a bottle comaprison:

Montag, 7. Dezember 2009

Giveaway alert!

There's a giveaway at painted Lady Fingers and she partnerd up with Diamond Cosmetics. The prizes are a total of 12 polishes and you can choose 8 different polishes from their current color chart. Wow- that's a lot and they don't sell the brand here so fingers crossed.

Click here for more details and your chance to enter yourself :)

Samstag, 5. Dezember 2009

Comparison: Golden post (pic heavy)

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As you probably wondered why this is an golden post. I've done an comparison of a few gold-colours I have. The polishes I used were: Etude House in BR003, Alessandro No. 297, Nivea No. 72- Pure Gold and China Glaze's Golden Enchatment. As an extra a polish I haven't swatched before: Etude House in Hologram Blue. I won the two Etude House polishes at happyberrynainad's giveaway which I posted a little haul here. I finally got around swatching those. The Alessandro varnish is from their current Limited Edition called "Be a Star"- there were quite a few great mini-polishes & I've got about 4-5 polishes. Among those is a possible dupe for Opi's Merry Midnight/Sasatinnie 1G9 and a (possible) dupe of China Glaze's Ruby Pumps.
Now to the swatches& the pictures (just click on it to see them in their full glory):

1 coat of Etude House BR003, one Coat of Alessandro 297, one coat of Nivea
- Pure Gold (see how opaque it is? It's great for stamping), one Coat of CG Golden Enchantment and 3 or 4 coats of Etude House's Hologram Blue.
2 coats of EH BR003, 2 coats of Alessandro, one coat of Nivea-varnish, 3 coats of CG and 3 or 4 coats of Etude House's Hologram Blue.

a close-up of the final( 2 coats) result of the Alessandro polish.

a pic of the Nivea bottle.
a close-up of the Nivea-polish swatch.

above& below:
A bottle-nail comparison of CG Golden Enchantment& Etude House - Hologram Blue

These two pictures shows how great the duo-chrome effect of the polish (how it is more yellow-ish in the one picture and more blue on the other plus the great design of the bottle).

Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2009

A swap and a little haul

I actually got this little package a few days ago( nov. 30th) but I hadn't had the time to make some pictures& upload them so I do that now. The swap was with Sasha from Nihrinda's Blog( click here for her great blog) because she couldn't get a particular polish& a kajal from an Limited Edition of Essence (an European Brand). So I contacted her and we arranged this swap. I sent out first and you can see here. And here are the things that I got from her:

Nfu.Oh No. 50,Extras: Nailtek II and a Clinique pore minimizer sample.
My first Nfu.Oh- I've been lemming these polishes for quite a while now and she agreed to swap it. I still can't believe it- the bottle itself is really unique and the cap- the beautiful bottle-cap. And there's also Nailtek II- I've heard quite a few positive things about it and definitly will use it when I've finished my "old" Base coat. Last but not least- the Clinique pore minimizer: I've never had/bought something from Clinique because it's quite expensive and I tend to use cheaper (drugstore) things when it comes to face-cream, facial wash, etc...

Now to my little haul:

I sometimes go to Claire's and see what they've got (earrings and polishes). This time these two polishes caught my eye and I know I had to have them- polishes with integraded nail art stars! There are also other shapes (i think those are hearts, not sure about that) but those two shades& stars were my favourite. I think there were 2-3 other colours, one of them was a light-grape colour and another a flashy pink.
Here are the pictures of the two I bought:

You can even see the price tag I forgot to take off ^^
The white one is actually quite a white cream colour and has got a light silvery shimmer in it.

A close-up of the little nail art stars

Here's the other part of my little haul: The IQ polishes are a drugstore brand. I suppose the purple one was sold earlier this year (i think it might be during the summer) because I couldn't find them in the usual display. What you can't see in the photo is that it has got tiny tiny mulit-coloured glitter/shimmer in it. The other IQ polish is ( i assume) a new realease. It is a black with turquoise shimmer- might be a possible dupe of Bourjois No. 24 or W'n'W Dream Black Metallic which I posted a comparison NOTD here. And as you probably have seen the last, rosè one is a Dior varnish. It's Rose Boreale from the (newest?) Limited Edition and first saw a great (layered) swatch on Nora's nails from Nail of the Week.

f.l.t.r.: IQ Cosmetics Nr. 23 Black Burst, IQ Cosmetics No. 16 Violet and Dior Vernis in Rose Boreal.

Montag, 30. November 2009

Frankenpolish: Jetset

Hey there :)

Today's another old NOTD. It's an try to make a dupe of (my lemming) Opi's My Private Jet. I got the "recipe" from Amarena (visit her great blog here ). As soon as I saw that she used some polishes I have access to I ran (well not literally but I got there real quick ^^) to my local drug store and found the polish- S-he 427. I didn't use Essence's Fatal polish because I had Wet'n'Wild's Black Creme. I also didn't use that much W'n'W Black cream because it is more opaque than the Essence one.
The franken only needed 2 coats and I when I took the pictures it was really cloudy and I couldn't find an lightbulb that hasn't got that yellow-ish light. So sorry about that- that was the only way to show it's holo-madness :P

Here are the pictures:

Edit: It looks similar to Color Club's Revvvolution or Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm- now I've got the second one (thanks again Velvet :) ), I think I'm going to do a comparison of the two polishes sometime soon (there are a ton of other polishes I'm planing on swatching ;) ).

Samstag, 28. November 2009

Old NOTD: OPI Ink Suede

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I'm going to show you some old swatches since I'm a bit lazy. The pics show Opi Ink Suede and it has got nothing to do with their original names. I bought this one because I've seen some swatches of these with an topcoat and 'cause I'm not a bit matte-polish fan. I also have the original (Opi Ink) and and forgot to make an comparison swatch but I think those of you who own it know how hard Opi Ink is to capture it's full awesomeness (and I definitly need to get an back-up bottle of it). Oh well, enough about Opi ink- now about the Suede version of it: the application (like all opi's) was great, I love the Opi brushes. It was opaque with two coats and dried super fast. Once painted on your nails- about half a minute and it is dry. Now the not so great part about them: unfortunatly the Suedes( or matte polishes in general?!) chip really fast. Well it is written on the little lable with the elastic wraped around the handle so I don't blame Opi for not telling their customers.
Enough said/written so here are the pictures (like all purples, hard to catch the actual colour) :

Donnerstag, 26. November 2009

My secret Santa

Hey y'all :D

I'm so happy right now. I'm feeling like a little girl who is so happy and squirelly (can't find an good translation for the german word "hibbelig").
I was part of the Christmas Polish Blogger exchange on elfster (organized by the wonderful Nicole from Magic Maid ) Yesterday I got my package from my secret Santa, Velvet from "Bring on the Bling" (check out her great blog :) ). All the polishes she got me were on my wishlist. I can't believe it that she got them all.
You'll probably want to know what was in it. Here they are- the new polishes I'm welcoming at my (growing) stash:

f.l.t.r.: Color Club Worth the Risque, Wet'n'Wild Wild Orchid(like all purples, hard to make a pic of it), Hard candy Lava & *drumroll please* Diamond Cosmetics - Chainmail Charm. yes, Chainmail Charm- a (?possible?) dupe for Opi's (old version of) My Private Jet, which I've been longing for since I first saw some swatches months ago.
Worth the Risque/Color Club: I haven't had the chance to buy this from my "polish supplyer" (haha, there's one place that still sells them at a quite expensive prices but better than nothing?!)
W'n'W - Wild Orchid: They do sell W'n'W here but only a limited choice of colour/polishes so I was thrilled when I unwrapped it from the bubble-wrap. More later in this post.
Hard Candy polishes: The blogs that I'm always reading are mostly from the US and also another lemming of mine. Plus the ring on each bottle makes them quite unique 'cause I can't think of a brand that includes a ring in every polish bottle they sell.

a close up of the bottles and to show the awesomeness of the holo-polishes (and the ring *gg*)

Here a comparison of the european& American bottles of W'n'W:

As you can see there's a slight difference of the European& American version- both the bottle shape& how much polish is in each. The European one has only 10ml and the American has got 12,7ml. I have to admit that I like the American Verion of it better- the bottle shape is more "one of a kind" and not a "standard size". Plus you'll get more in the American bottle.

So I'm off to admire my newest "babies" xD

Montag, 23. November 2009

NOTD: Frankenpolish - Write with It!

Hey there :)

Today's post is about another Frankenpolish I made. It's called Write with it! and the colour itseld reminds be of Ink.
The pictures are a bit lighter than the colour actually is and I honestly don't remember what I put in there. I'm pretty sure I took Essence Show your feet polish in 02 Deep Blue Sea and b.pretty in Silver stars- I don't know what the rest of the polishes are/were. The actual colour is a really dark blurple- but more a blue than a purple. It was opaque in 2 coats.

There was also no sunlight when I took the pictures so I'm going to show you some with flash and some without.

up: I think this picture would do the colour itself justice.
below: a pic with flash, it shows the wonderful little holographic glitter in it

here a blurry pic to show you the holographic glitter :)


Hey there :)

Just a quick post that the wonderful Amarena is having a giveaway to celebrate her 100 followers. she's giving away a few S-he nail polishes and a few other polish-related things.

Click here for more details and to enter the giveaway

Samstag, 21. November 2009

Giveaway at "Hamburg aus der Sicht einer Beautysüchtigen"

A fellow german Blogger, Nicole from " Hamburg aus der Sicht einer Beautysüchtigen" is having an giveaway. She's celebrating her 6th month Blog-anniversary. Nicole's giving away the "Celebulante Set" of/by( don't know which one) Benefit.

So check out her blog (in german) and get a chance to win these goodies :)
Click here.

Donnerstag, 19. November 2009

Birthday Mani: Second round

Hey there :)

Today's (again?) an old mani I did for my birthday. I know, I'm a bit late for posting this one but it's quite a slow NOTD week so I post some back-ups I've got in my folder.
I used two coats(I think) of China Glaze's Ruby Pumps, Konad's Image Plate M73 and Konad's special Princess Polish in Black Pearl( I think that's the name of it).
The day I took the pictures was quite cold and the window got somehow steamy.


There's a giveaway at Manicure Mommas. They're giving away the Ultra Exclusives of the Opi Christmas Collection in three mini-bottles. Click here for more details to win.

Montag, 16. November 2009

NOTD: Alessandro 291

Hey there :)

Today I want to show you some swatches of an mini-Alessandro polish from an limited Edition called "Be a Star". They just released it and i think there are still some of these pretties out there. Of course the first thing that poped into my eye was the flakie and I had to have it ;) .
When I was at home I realised that I had a possible dupe of this polish: Sasatinnie 1G9 which I posted about here .

All the pics are two coats and on my ring-finger I've painted the Sasatinnie-polish. There was just a little difference between the two polishes: the Alessandro one was a tad darker and the flakies are a bit bigger. The last few pics are better but I don't know why my camera somehow did this weird thing with the light and makes the pics more green-ish. And the colour itself is a bit darker than it appeares.

Here's finally my Essence Powder brush from the Limited edition called "Moonlight Collection"(yes, a somehow Twilight Limited Edition). After so many weeks and so many Drugstores I finally found one that still has got them. In some Drug stores they've sold everything in 3 hours!!!

Donnerstag, 12. November 2009

Contest entry- Autumn mani

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As I wrote a few posts [here] before that Loungie is having a Contest-Madness. Two quizzes and one nail art contest. The theme of the contest is autumn so I decided to do a sponge-nail art which reminds me of the leaves when they begin to change their colours- from green to brown.

I used
my own Frankenpolish called Smaragd
Opi's My Private Jet- the new brown version.

Here are the pictures (Sorry about the lack of sunlight pics, the weather isn't still swatch-friendly):

(without flash)

(with flash)

(a close-up of the spongeing and the tram in the back of the pic ^^)

Dienstag, 10. November 2009

Comparison: Bourjois No. 24 vs WnW Rock Solid in Dream Black Metallic

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Today I want to show you one of my previous NOTD comparison: Bourjois No. 24 and Wet'n' Wild Rock Solid in Dream Black Metallic. Both are green-turquoise- duo chromes. The Wet'n'Wild one is a bit darker than Bourjois and cheaper( 4€ for W'n'W& 10€ for the Bourjois one) and so the Duo-chrome effect isn't as visible/"strong" as the Bourjois one. The brush of the W'n'W one was ok- nothing extraordinary but I have to say I'm completly in love with the Bourjois brush. it is really a wide brush (even wider than the Opi pro wide brush) and fans out perfectly. I believe when I took the pics the sun (as always) wasn't shining.
All the pics are with two coats, a base and a top coat.
So let the pics speak ;)

Here a blurry close-up of the Bourjois brush: