Friday, 1 August 2014

Smitten Polish The First Lobster - swatches and review

Smitten has really cracked the code on how to make awesome holo polishes! Every single one I've tried so far has been fantastic formula wise! So is this one from the Love Actually collection. This is The First Lobster and it's my contribution to Holothon 2.0 :)

I love that film Love Actually! I've seen it so many times and every time I look down on my nails I can hear that little girl proudly announce that she has gotten the part of the first lobster in the nativity play. Her mother surprisingly asking if there was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus and she's answering with a simple duh? and an offended expression on her face. Lol!

Anyway, this is two coats with a top coat.

A blurry pic to show off the pretty rainbows.

GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Holographic.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Excellent formula! You're in full control and no bald spots.

Brush: Quite thick straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Grade: 5+/5

This is a wonderful holo polish! Great formula and such a vibrant base color! I wasn't sure I liked it first but once on the nails I loved it! Perhaps not quite the color of a lobster in my eyes, more of blood oranges in my opinion. Really pretty when not showing its rainbows too which is not always the case of holo polishes.

How do you like The First Lobster?

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Summary of nail arts - July 2014

Today it's the last day of the month of July and for the first time I'm going to sum up my nail art manicures. Mostly stampicures but also a nail striping tape manicure and a free hand adventure ;)


Which one is your favourite?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Moss Copenhagen Envy - swatches and review

It's Green Wednesday again and I've got a green/blue Danish polish for you. This is my first bottle of polish from the Danish brand Moss Copenhagen. After a quick look at their website I discovered that they've got quite a range of pretty polishes. Click here if you're interested in those!

I got mine from my dearest friend Goldie who got it from the Swedish retail store Saint Tropéz I believe. It's called Envy but Goldie and I call it "Tyrkis" which is printed on the bottle and which I believe means turquoise in Danish ;) We didn't know it was called Envy at first. We thought it was called Tyrkis ;)


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two, but it's a possible one coater depending on how you apply it.

Formula: Excellent formula! Very self leveling!

Brush: Quite wide straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Grade: 5/5

This is a great polish! A beautiful shade of turquoise and a great formula! The only down side is a strange smell. Not unpleasant. Just strange.

How do you like Envy?
Have you tried this brand?

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

By K Pretty Nude - swatches and review

Time for a pretty nude! This is also the name of this polish from By K. It's brand new from their summer collection. Vegan, 5-free and cruelty free. This is Pretty Nude!


GOOD TO KNOW:

Type of polish: Cream.

Number of coats: Two.

Formula: Very good! Full control and very self leveling even though I applied it during a very hot day.

Brush: Thin straight cut brush.

Top Coat: Yes. 

Grade: 4/5

This is really a pretty nude as the name says ;) Good qualities and a perfect base for nail art! I can't wait to show you what I did to this one ;) If it had been the perfect shade to my skin tone I'd given it a 5 but it has one drop or two too much pink in it for that. So a strong 4 from me :)

How do you like Pretty Nude?

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Ballet Slipper Nails

I know these are childish but they are so cute too! It's Nail Art Sunday and these ballet slipper nails are my contribution :)

Base polish is By K Camelia Rose and then I added "the foot" with By K Pretty Nude and then I did "the straps" with Camelia Rose and a thin brush. A top coat to seal everything up. Very easy and very cute! ;)


How do you like my ballet slippers nails?

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?