Rimmel London Rita Ora Nail Polish Collection

Today I have part of the Rimmel London Rita Ora collection to show you! Rita Ora teamed up with Rimmel and together they created 12 polishes and 7 lip balms. I have six of the polishes to show you today. It’s a full collection of cremes which I absolutely love for nail art, so you’ll definitely see some manicures popping up soon with these. Let’s take a look!

Rimmel London – Don’t Be Shy: First up is this bright pink creme. Coverage on this one was flawless, pretty much a one coater but I added an extra coat for good measure. The Rita Ora collection is part of the 60 Seconds line which is no exaggeration. You need to work very quick with these because they dry fast!

Rimmel London – Let’s Get Nude: Next is this gorgeous nude. I can never resist a good nude and this one is pretty gorgeous. I used 4 thin coats but I recommend doing 3 thicker ones. I can see many nail art manicures ahead with this as a base! Love it!

Rimmel London – Do Not Disturb: This one was an absolute pain to capture. My camera wasn’t working with me at all here! I tried to adjust the colours in Adobe Lightroom but it’s still not 100% spot on. It’s a deep teal green, it’s a bit greener in person and darker. Really gorgeous but beware of staining! This was two coats.

Rimmel London – Breakfast In Bed: I’m wearing this one while writing this, which is probably not a surprise. I cannot resist a pretty mint green. This one is absolutely gorgeous! It’s very pale and very bright and has a teeny tiny bit of hidden shimmer to it. This was three coats but you could get away with two thicker ones.

Rimmel London – Pillow Talk: Next is this gorgeous pastel baby blue. Ugh! I adore this one so much. It’s super cute and perfect for Summer! I will totally rock this on my toes as well. Again this had a little hidden shimmer to it but it’s not as noticeable on the nails. Very pale blues like this one with a nice formula are hard to come by. I’m happy to say this was two coats!

Rimmel London – Blindfold Me Blue: And finally we have this bright electric blue. Amazing coverage, I used two coats but it’s pretty much a one coater.

I’m personally a fan of this collection! I will never say no to a good creme and this collection holds tons. The colours are great staples especially if you are still building your collection. All 60 Seconds line polishes have a rounded brush which you either love or hate. Many people adore them but sadly I’m in the latter camp, I’m just not a fan of wide or rounded brushes. They weren’t impossible to work with so it’s just a matter of preference. Formula was nice but a little thicker so I do recommend working quickly with all of these as they DO dry very quickly! Thicker coats work better here, but beware of bubbling. Make sure to wait in between layers!

You can find the Rimmel London nail polish collection by Rita Ora in local drugstores near you! In Belgium they are priced at €3,99 a piece for 8ml bottles. I’ve attached a photo of all 12 shades after the jump!

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17th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 4 Comments

Max Factor – Fantasy Fire Swatches

I have a quick post for you today! Recently I decided to swatch some of my older favourites from my stash. Polishes I hadn’t posted pictures of before, and today I’m sharing the first one which is Max Factor Fantasy Fire. Let’s take a look!

Max Factor Fantasy Fire is a supposed dupe for the cult favourite Clarins 230 which is why it became so popular. I don’t own Clarins 230 sadly (very hard to find nowadays! Not to mention expensive), but I did grab me a bottle of Fantasy Fire when it came out! It’s really stunning and did not disappointed. Here I layered two coats over OPI OPI Eurso… Euro. 

Max Factor Fantasy Fire has gorgeous multichrome shimmer and changes from fuchsia to golden hues to green to blue and purple. It’s very vibrant and really beautiful in person. You have to see it to get the full effect! It’s quite sheer on its own so definitely meant for layering. I layered it over a deep royal blue but if you layer it over black you get a totally different effect.

I believe Max Factor is not available for purchase in shops in the US but you might be able to find it online on eBay or Amazon. If you live in Europe and it’s available near you, you have no excuse not to get it! It’s gorgeous! I myself paid €4.99 at my local drugstore for a mini size (4.5ml).

Do you own a bottle of Fantasy Fire? Let me know in the comments!

15th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 11 Comments

Serum No. 5 – Gild Free Swatch

A little while ago I posted the new Serum No. 5 SS14 collection on my blog. Victoria from Serum No. 5 was extremely generous and sent me not only the latest collection to swatch but 9 shades from previous collections as well. Starting from this week I’ll be sharing one of them each week! She sent me some absolutely stunning shades that I am dying to show you. Let’s take a look at the first one!

First up is Serum No. 5 Gild Free. When I was unpacking the polishes, this one immediately jumped out at me. An instant favourite! I love the delicate off-white base with the gold glitters. When I swatched it I was even more pleasantly surprised to find circle glitters and two tones of gold. It’s the perfect bridal glitter! I used three thin coats for flawless coverage and top coat for added shine.

Application was really good. I was afraid I might still have some VNL but it covered very nicely as you can see. I just love the subtlety of the glitter and the circle glitters are so awesome. One of my favourite glitter polishes I own!

And finally a close-up! Here you can see the two tones of gold glitter and the circles and hexies quite well.

You can find Serum No. 5 Gild Free on the official website (which is momentarily down but will be up again soon with a restock!). Serum No. 5 polishes hold 15ml, are 3-free and cruelty free, and for each polish a portion of the profits is donated to charity.

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11th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

Cirque Colors – Fleur Est Belle Swatch

Today I’m sharing swatches of a Cirque Colors exclusive limited edition shade at Mei Mei’s Signatures. Mei Mei just launched the new Cirque Colors Heritage collection on her site today (check out my swatches!) including a restock of this gorgeous exclusive shade. Let’s take a look!

Meet Cirque Colors Fleur est Belle! A gorgeous jelly coral pink with vibrant glitter. It was inspired by pink petals and warm tropics. It features golden green hex glitter, pink square and hex glitter, green square glitter and white hex glitter. A gorgeous mix of vibrant hues and colours. I used three thin coats and top coat.

I really adore the mix of colours that are in this glitter. They work so beautifully together! And the sheer jelly base creates an awesome glitter sandwich effect.

You can find Cirque Colors Fleur est Belle exclusively at Mei Mei’s Signatures. Mei Mei has an absolutely amazing range of indies and she ships worldwide. I’ll be sharing more of her exclusives once she is back from holiday. The shop closes from 17 April until 5 May so make sure to grab Fleur est Belle fast if you want to get your hands on it!

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10th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 2 Comments

B/W Geometric Nails

Today I have a nail art to share with you! A simple black and white manicure I created this week. Let’s take a look!

I started with OPI My Vampire Is Buff as my base for this manicure. It’s a gorgeous off-white colour which has become a little famous due to its popularity, it’s one of my personal favourites in any case! I love it so much. I used three thin coats for perfect coverage but you could get away with two thicker ones.

I then freehanded a black and white geometrical design using my ORLY Instant Artist stripers. I seriously cannot live without them! I used Jet Black and Crisp White. You can find these on Amazon for around $5 I believe. Hands down, best stripers I’ve ever used. They are water based so they don’t dry out as quickly and you simply add a few drops of water if they start getting thick. I’ve had mine since last summer (ish?) and they are still perfect!

This design was inspired by a Madeline Poole design I spotted on Tumblr. I just love simplistic and geometric designs like this. Very effective, especially from a distance. I tend to get a lot more compliments on my nails when I have a design on my nails that still looks striking from further away. This was definitely one of those!

Hope you like it! Make sure to let me know in the comments if you do. 

9th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 15 Comments

El Corazon – Confetti 531a Swatches

Today I’m sharing another swatch with you! I received three El Corazon polishes from Maria/Hypnotic Polish and today I’m posting the third and final one. You can see the previous two here. El Corazon is a Russian brand with a very large and unique range and today I have a very interesting polish of theirs to show you. Let’s take a look!

This is El Corazon Confetti in 513a. It’s a clear polish with dense white mini glitter particles. It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Very unique and interesting. I used three thin coats which still show some translucency. I’m usually not a fan of visible nail line but it looks really delicate with this one somehow. I think this would be perfect as a bridal manicure!

The finish is matte and ever so slightly textured so I used one layer of Seche Vite to add some shine. Be careful with application as the tiny glitter particles are a little tricky to remove from your cuticles. There’s also a black and white version of this lacquer which Nihrida showed here, it’s pretty much the coolest polish I’ve ever seen!

You can find El Corazon Confetti polishes on the Hypnotic Polish website. They are sold for €6.99 a bottle for a 16ml size. Hypnotic Polish ships worldwide and has an amazing range of indies with more brands being added soon. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for all the details!

Connect with Hypnotic Polish: Official Site - Facebook - Instagram
Connect with El Corazon: http://www.scarlet21vek.ru/ & http://elcorazon.ru/

8th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 4 Comments

piCture pOlish – Freya’s Cats Swatches

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was very exhausting but also very rewarding. We did some major spring cleaning and turned a very messy storage room into a gorgeous and organised dressing room. Took us all weekend but it was totally worth it. Twenty years worth of cobwebs and dust is no joke haha. :D Anyway let’s take a look at today’s piCture pOlish swatch!

Today I am sharing the stunning piCture pOlish Freya’s Cats by Nihrida. A mindblowingly gorgeous electric blue scatter holo. I fell in love with Freya’s Cats ever since I first saw it. It did not disappoint! It’s so vibrant and nothing beats the piCture pOlish scatter holo. Nihrida was inspired by the Norse goddess Freya. “Freya is the Norse goddess of love, beauty, war and death. She rides on a chariot pulled by two blue cats Bygul and Trjegul which were given to her by Thor.”

As always, the scatter holo formula was great to work with. Very thin and easy to spread out. It’s a jelly finish so you will need a few extra coats but since they dry so quickly it’s not an issue. I used 3 thin coats and no top coat. These are super squishy and shiny on their own! I just love it!

You can purchase piCture pOlish Freya’s Cats directly from the official site based in Australia. If you live elsewhere, I suggest taking a look at the Network page where you can find all the international stockists.

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7th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

Geometric Thermal Nails

Quick post today featuring some geometric nail art and a gorgeous thermal polish from the Polish Me Silly Color Me Silly collection that I shared with you last week. I actually have two versions of the manicure I’m about to show you! I couldn’t make up my mind which I preferred so I decided to show you both of them. Make sure to tell me in the comments which one you favour. :)

On my pointer and pinkie finger I am wearing Polish Me Silly Dreaming In Pink, on my ring finger I’m wearing Polish Me Silly Hypnotic and on my middle finger I freehanded a geometric print using ORLY Instant Artist Striper in Jet Black and CND Vinylux Cream Puff as a base. Finished everything off with one coat of my trusted Seche Vite.

On my ring finger I’m wearing Polish Me Silly Hypnotic as I mentioned above. It’s a gorgeous sterling silver top coat. I sponged it on to get a really opaque effect which turned out perfect! I painted a thin layer of glue base around my cuticle area so I could easily remove any sponged glitter flakes that ended up on my skin. Definitely made clean up a lot easier! We all know what a pain it is to remove glitter that gets stick on your cuticles.

As I mentioned above I did two versions of this manicure! I actually did this mint one first, using Polish Me Silly Minty Madness. I then subbed it for Polish Me Silly Dreaming In Pink as I wasn’t feeling the mint. In person the pink definitely works best, but in pictures I love both versions and couldn’t make up my mind.

I really cannot wait to use these Polish Me Silly thermals in more manicures. Every time you wash your hands or go outside your manicure changes! Dreaming In Pink changes from a white when hot to a pink when cold, and Minty Madness from a white when hot and neon mint when cold. So awesome! Please let me know which version you like the most! :D

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4th April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 11 Comments

El Corazon Swatches – Active Bio Gel

Today I am sharing swatches of a new-to-me brand, El Corazon! It’s a Russian brand with an absolutely gigantic range of colours and amazing quality formula. I’m sharing two colours from the “Active Bio Gel” range today. These are available at Hypnotic Polish! Let’s take a look.

El Corazon – Active Bio Gel Shimmer 423/6: First up is this beautiful shimmery taupe! Sadly doesn’t have a name, only a number. Don’t be alarmed by the words “Active Bio Gel”, these aren’t gel polishes and don’t require a UV lamp to harden. In fact the have a strengthening agent (edit: formaldehyde I’ve been told) that helps to gradually improve the health of your nails, this is where the name comes from. They have a long-lasting formula (I tested it and indeed, still no chips after 5 days!) and apply very smooth.

El Corazon – Active Bio Gel Shimmer 423/6: I’m definitely a fan of the formula of these El Corazon Active Bio Gels! I used three thin coats which gave me a nice coverage. They dried very glossy, as you can see, I didn’t use top coat.

El Corazon – Active Bio Gel Shimmer 423/6: And finally a close-up. I really love the golden shimmery flakes.  They are subtle but definitely add some interest to an office-appropriate shade. It’s a very flattering colour!

El Corazon – Active Bio Gel Magic Purple Charm 423/552: Next up is this beautiful fuchsia with gorgeous blue, pink and silver shifting microshimmer. Again, flawless formula! I used three thin coats and no top coat.  Apologies if my pose looks somewhat different from usual. The bottles are nice and big (hold 16ml!) but were a bit awkward to hold for swatches. :D

El Corazon – Active Bio Gel Magic Purple Charm 423/552: I really love this colour and it’s a perfect match for the colour of the year, Radiant Orchid!

El Corazon – Active Bio Gel Magic Purple Charm 423/552: And of course, the close-up! I’m so glad my swatch shows off the shimmer! If you look closely you can see the blue, pink and silver microshimmer particles. They are irregular sized so almost look like teeny tiny flakes. Very pretty!

You can find these El Corazon polishes on the Hypnotic Polish website. They are sold for €6.99 a bottle which is a nice price for such a high quality brand and large (16ml) bottle. The formula on these was flawless. Here is a link to the fuchsia and the taupe colour.

I’m also very happy to announce the Hypnotic Polish website is now live!!! This blogpost was meant to go up tomorrow but Maria, the owner, is currently offering an amazing opening discount to celebrate (ends tomorrow) which you don’t want to miss! Use the code WELCOME to get a 20% discount on ALL items. It runs until 2 April 23:59 CET. Hypnotic Polish is based in NL and offers worldwide shipping. Other brands include Dance Legend, Rainbow Honey, A England, Shimmer Polish and many more.

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1st April, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 6 Comments

piCture pOlish – Starry Night Swatch

It’s Monday so that means… piCture pOlish swatch! Next week I’ll share my final swatch, today I’m sharing a gorgeous scatter holo. Let’s take a look!

Today I’m sharing photos of piCture pOlish Starry Night, a gorgeous charcoal black collaboration shade from last year. This one was envisioned by Leah Ann, the owner of Llarowe (US online stockist). The consistency and formula of this one was really wonderful. I used three thin coats which gave me great coverage. I love working with the scatter holo formula, it’s so easy to work with. It dries quick, it’s thin and really smooth.

As I mentioned, it’s a scatter holo, a signature piCture pOlish finish and as I mentioned in my post about Shy Violet, it’s one of my all time favourite finishes. The irregular shaped holo flakes are just mesmerizing. They show all kinds of different colours in the sunlight. Sadly the sun was hiding away under some clouds today or I would have attempted to capture the effect for you. In any case it’s one of those “you need to see it to believe it” polishes, they never look as beautiful in photos as in person.

And finally, the close-up! It really does look like a starry night… I love how it’s not 100% black and more of a dark charcoal grey. Definitely gives a bit of interest. I didn’t use top coat so as you can see the finish is very shiny. The jelly-like formula creates a gorgeous 3D effect as it buries part of the scatter holo. So much depth in this one! Love it!

piCture pOlish Starry Night is available exclusively through Llarowe and the official piCture pOlish website. No other stockist has this shade! It’s one of my all time favourite piCture pOlish shades… I couldn’t recommend this one enough!

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31st March, 2014 - Posted by Emily - No Comments

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