Friday, 25 July 2014

OPI DS Glamour - swatches and review

It's Friday. It's payday. I'm on holiday. AND it's time for Holothon again! Could it possibly get better?! ;) Today I'm going to show you an old favorite of mine (not gold or yellow lol!) - this is OPI DS Glamour!

I've showed it before but it's so beautiful and rare it deserves to be shown again - and again, and again... :)

Great formula, great rainbows, great base color - do I need to say more…? ;)


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Holographic.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Excellent! No bald spots, no streaks. So easy to apply! Dries fast.

Brush: Wide straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 5+++/5

The only negative thing about this polish was that it had a quite strong chemical smell to it. I haven't noticed it before so I'm wondering if it's an age thing…? I opened the bottle perhaps four years ago. It won't stop me from using it though ;)

How do you like Glamour?

Thursday, 24 July 2014

By K Confidence - swatches and review

This is a beautiful red based polish infused with loads and loads of multi chrome shimmer. The shimmer shows in red, orange or pink depending on lighting. The result is a sort of multi chrome foil! Stunning! Also 5-free, vegan and cruelty free!

This is three coats. One pic above water and one under water to enhance the multi chrome effect on the shimmer :)


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Hm… multi chrome foil? ;)

Number of coats: Three.

Formula: A tiny bit thin but not runny. Fairly easy to apply.

Brush: Thin straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes.

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 4+/5

This is a unique polish in my collection and if the formula had been tip top I'd given it a 5 but a strong 4+ from me. I got many compliments from my customers wearing this! It seemed to drive men crazy… lol! ;)

How do you like Confidence?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

By K Limelight - swatches and review

I'm on holiday but I couldn't resist posting an amazing green polish from By K's new summer collection. This is Limelight!

Excellent formula and so bright it's on the edge of being a neon (does not dry matte though)!

As always with By K's polishes it's 5-free, vegan and certified cruelty free. Perfect for Green Wednesday! :)


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Three but two coats is probably enough. (I applied it on a super hot day.)

Formula: Excellent formula! Even on this hot day I was in full control and it was very self leveling too.

Brush: Thin straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes.

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate but actually even brighter live! :D

Grade: 5+/5

I will so wear this again soon! The great qualities combined with the super bright beautiful green color makes it a favorite summer green in my book! By K has succeeded again!! :D

How do you like Limelight?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

London Skyline Silhouette Nails

Today it's Nail Art Sunday and for me it's the last work day for four weeks! The theme for today is "Silhouettes" and I've done a stampicure of the London skyline in the sunset :)

Well, skyline is a slight exaggeration ;) but at least you can see London Eye and Tower Bridge :)

The base is the magical Confidence from By K's new summer collection. The pattern is made with Misa I Will Survive and MoYou London plate Tourist Collection-05. To really get the illusion of a sunset the picture is taken under water to enhance the multichrome effect of Confidence.

I was quite happy with this nail art and when I wore it yesterday at work at got quite a lot of compliments actually :) And the base polish is absolutely stunning! I will do a separate review of Confidence later.


How do you like my London nails?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Holothon: KBShimmer Goldie Rocks - swatches and review

It seems like I've shown you only gold and yellow holos for this season's Holothon... but this will be the last one - I think ;)

This is a golden metallic holo polish from KBShimmer called Goldie Rocks. It has some glitter in it too because when I removed it I felt it. It's not hard to remove though! It comes off as easy as a cream.

Strong linear rainbows on this one! Beautiful! Two coats is enough for full coverage.


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Holographic.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Good formula! Watch out for brushstrokes though.

Brush: Medium straight cut brush.

Top Coat: No. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 4/5

This might not be the perfect color for my skin tone but it sure gives you wonderful rainbows! :)

How do you like Goldie Rocks?

Thursday, 17 July 2014

By K Lavender Blue - swatches and review

I'm a big fan of Lavender the flower and it turned out that I'm a big fan of By K's Lavender Blue polish too! I'm not really a lilac person but this beauty is so pale and delicate that in some lightings it looks grayish - and I love grey! I didn't see that one coming at all! So it's with great pleasure that I'm showing you Lavender Blue today! She's also 5free, cruelty free and vegan! :D


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Very good! Very self leveling and easy to apply!

Brush: Thin straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 5+/5

This is a great lilac polish! So romantic and yet cool! I love it! I'm wearing this again soon! I also did a beautiful nail art with this polish as a base. Will show it soon so stay tuned! ;)

How do you like Lavender Blue?

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Golden Holo Swirls on Green Nail Art

It's Green Wednesday and I've got a holo nail art for you today! :D

The base is KBShimmer Goldie Rocks and then I've stamped on the green pattern to create the swirls. Well, actually the stamping polish is a turquoise but the gold underneath turned it into a green. The polish is Ocean Depths from By K and the pattern is from a MoYou London plate called Pro Collection-07. I've used this pattern before in a totally different look. Click here to see that manicure.

I'm quite happy with the result. It looks warm and glittery ;)


How do you like my golden swirls?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New arrivals!

Last week was dream week polish wise! I got polish parcels from both llarowe and Smitten polish! If you are curious on what I got scroll down!

Only polishes in my favorite colors! Green, blue and turquoise! Love them all!

Cbl Gemini Rising, Jade Mirage, Cbl Independence Day
Smitten The Oncoming Storm, Girl Sprouts, Not Your Mama's Easter Grass

Which one should I try first…?

Monday, 14 July 2014

By K Camelia Rose - swatches and review

I'm still struggeling with my awful cough but this is my last working week before a four weeks long  vacation! Even though I love my job, I can't wait for my holiday to begin. I've worked so hard this year so my poor body and mind needs a good rest now.

Today I want to show you a beautiful pink polish from By K's newest collection. This one is called Camelia Rose and it really captures the soft romantic color of a Camelia flower! Perfect for a florist like myself ;)

Excellent formula! This is two coats. Vegan, certified cruelty free and not less than 5-free too!


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Very good! Very self leveling!

Brush: Thin straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate but I have noticed that on some screens it shows a bit to bright. This is a soft medium pink polish.

Grade: 4/5

The only reason this didn't get a 5 is because pink isn't my favorite color. However, I really liked to wear this one though. If you are a pink lover you'd probably adore it! :)

How do you like Camelia Rose?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Vintage Roses Nails

It's Nail Art Sunday today and time for a stampicure! :)

The base is Picture Polish Chillax - so gorgeous I want to cry! ;) Then I've stamped on two different patterns from MoYou London plate Pro Collection-07. Yes, TWO patterns :) Please note that the ring finger is inverted ;) As stamping polish I've used By K Choco Mousse.

I call this manicure for vintage because I think the brown and the bright minty turquoise create a vintage feeling. I was very happy with this manicure! :D I think I like the inverted pattern best actually. What do you think?



How do you like my vintage roses nails?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

By K Dandelion - swatches and review

I thought you might want to see the magnificent Dandelion from By K which I showed yesterday with a holo top coat on. Here it is in its own glory!

The same yellow as a Dandelion flower. I don't usually look good in yellow but in this shade I actually did! To my pleasant surprise! :D

Great formula! This is two totally effortless coats.


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Excellent formula! Easy to control and self leveling.

Brush: Thin straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 4/5

This is sunshine on a bottle! Also 5-free, certified cruelty free and vegan! Good for you and good for the animals! :)

How do you like Dandelion?

Friday, 11 July 2014

Holothon: Darling Diva Dreamy - swatches and review

For today's Holothon I want to show you a magic holo top coat that will turn your ordinary cream polishes into gorgeous sparkling holo polishes!

This is Dreamy from Darling Diva on top of By K Dandelion. A yellow bas diminishes the holo a bit but imagine this over a black! Or a blue! Or a green! Or a purple! Ok, you understand ;) The possibilities are endless with this holo top coat!! :D


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Holographic top coat.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Very nice formula! Dries fast too.

Brush: Medium straight cut brush.

Top Coat: No. 

Color accuracy in pictures: Accurate. 

Grade: 4/5

It's great to be able to turn your regular creams into holos but I must say I prefer ready mixed holos. More pretty and less work for me ;)

How do you like Dreamy?