Trocadero Stamping

Even though we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Belgium I want to wish all my readers (not just my US readers!) a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m truly thankful for each and every single one of you. :) Thank you for being here! 

I originally planned to post a review today but I haven’t felt up to swatching because things are a bit hard for my family and I right now but I hope I can find the courage this weekend. So instead I have some stamping nail art that I did a little while ago. Let’s take a look!

I stamped Cirque Colors Trocadero over China Glaze New Birth. I used an image from the MoYou ProXL 20 plate. The Pro XL collection is quite possibly my favourite from MoYou. This particular plate has a lot of unusual swirly images, almost optical illusions.

Because Cirque Colors Trocadero isn’t 100% opaque and maybe not fully suited for stamping it gave this almost 3D effect to the design which I loved. I finished it off with Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat for some shine. Hope you like it!

27th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 11 Comments

piCture pOlish – Moody Blues

I’m really excited to share my swatches of piCture pOlish Moody Blues with you today. Moody Blues is a collaboration shade with Hannah aka Polly Polish. It was sadly retired a while ago but if you’re fast you can still grab a bottle. Hannah is a close friend of mine and gifted me her creation for my birthday and I’m so glad she did. It’s become one of my favourite piCture pOlish shades (aside from Eerie of course). Let’s take a look!

piCture pOlish – Moody Blues 

piCture pOlish – Moody Blues 

Moody Blues is inspired by Hannah’s dad’s favourite band. You can read more of the backstory here on Hannah’s blog. I would describe it as a petrol blue though it is neither teal nor blue. It’s one of the most unique blue shades I’ve ever seen! What makes this one extra gorgeous is the silver fleck shimmer but especially the red microglitter. It’s an absolute pain to capture in pictures but my macro close-up below shows it off fairly well! Moody Blues covers perfectly in two coats, I also added top coat for some extra shine.

piCture pOlish – Moody Blues 

piCture pOlish – Moody Blues 

You can still purchase piCture pOlish Moody Blues from piCture pOlish and certain international stockists, now at a discounted price. My bottle came from PrettyPolish in The Netherlands. I say grab this one while you still can, it will definitely surprise you! It’s a real hidden gem and a must-have in any blue lovers collection.

Connect with piCture pOlish: Official Site – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Pinterest

26th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 9 Comments

Cirque Colors – Metropolis Collection Swatches

Cirque Colors recently released an ongoing collection called Metropolis, each month 1 or 2 new creme shades are released in this collection. I have three Metropolis cremes to share with you today. You’ve already seen these as base colours in my Live It Up collection swatches but I had to dedicate a separate post to these! As much as I love holos and shimmers, I always go back to creme finishes. Let’s take a look!

Cirque Colors – La Vie Bohème

Cirque Colors – La Vie Bohème

Cirque Colors – La Vie Bohème: First up is this beautiful dark plum creme. It’s a shade I wouldn’t typically wear so I was all the more surprised to love it as much as I do. It’s dark and vampy but still has a nice brightness and pop of colour to it. This was two easy breezy coats and top coat.

Cirque Colors – Concrete Jungle

Cirque Colors – Concrete Jungle

Cirque Colors – Concrete Jungle: Next up is this grey creme. It’s a fairly dark grey with a subtle blue tone to it. This one was a tad thicker in application but it did level itself out very nicely. I used two coats and top coat.

Cirque Colors – NYFW

Cirque Colors – NYFW

Cirque Colors – NYFW: Now for the star in the show.. in my opinion.. NYFW! A gorgeous bright royal blue. I fell in love with this when I first saw it and knew I had to have one. Mei Mei put an end to my constant nagging about whether she would be stocking this by gifting me a bottle! I could kiss her face if she didn’t live on the other side of the globe! It is one of the most beautiful blues ever. And bonus? No staining! I used three thin coats but you could get away with two, I also added top coat.

You can purchase these Metropolis cremes from the Cirque Colors website. They’re also available from the international stockists, including my dear friend Mei Mei’s Signatures who sent me NYFW. The Cirque cremes are absolutely flawless and each one I’ve tried was more amazing than the next. If you’re a creme lover like me you will love these! Cirque is also holding some promotions and giveaways for the holidays, info below (after the jump)!

Connect with Cirque Colors: Official site – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram – Pinterest

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25th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 17 Comments

Let It Glitter – Ho Ho Holographic Holidays

Since I posted two nail art manis last week I’m deferring from my usual Nail Art Monday feature and catching up with reviews instead (I will promise to post a stamping mani this week!). Today I have two gorgeous polishes from the new Let It Glitter collection, which is called Ho Ho Holographic Holidays. You’ve seen this Dutch indie on my blog before, and since I had such a pleasant experience each time, I was very excited when Suzanne asked me to work with her again. Let’s take a look!

Let It Glitter – Christmas Lights (natural daylight)

Let It Glitter – Christmas Lights (natural daylight)

Let It Glitter – Christmas Lights (direct light)

Let It Glitter – Christmas Lights (direct light)

Let It Glitter – Christmas Lights: First up is Christmas Lights which is a black jelly holo with green, red and gold hex glitter in multiple sizes. It’s very Christmassy but in a subtle way that’s very wearable. I really love this one! Formula was very easy to work with. I used two coats and top coat.

Let It Glitter – Mistletoe (natural daylight)

Let It Glitter – Mistletoe (natural daylight)

Let It Glitter – Mistletoe (direct light)

Let It Glitter – Mistletoe (direct light)

Let It Glitter – Mistletoe: The second shade I have is called Mistletoe. It’s a vibrant but deep green holo with green hex glitter in multiple sizes. I actually don’t own many polishes that are both holographic and have glitter in them but I think Suzanne did an absolutely amazing job with these. It works so well! This was three coats and top coat.

You can purchase the new Let It Glitter Ho Ho Holographic Holidays now from the Etsy shop. I believe there are seven new shades in this collection and each one is more beautiful than the next. Make sure to check them out using the links below! As I mentioned Let It Glitter in based in The Netherlands but Suzanne ships worldwide.

Connect with Let It Glitter: Official Site – Etsy Shop – Facebook – Twitter – Instagram

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24th November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 18 Comments

Leopard Birthday Nails

I have some nail art because it’s my 23rd birthday today! Yay! There was only ever going to be one polish that would be the star of my birthday nails… piCture pOlish Eerie of course! Let’s take a look.

I started with a base of piCture pOlish Eerie on all my nails. Even though I have a few back up bottles, I find myself using it very sparingly. And every time I use it again I fall in love all over again. Eerie is so complex and the formula is just flawless. It covers perfectly in two easy coats!

Then on my middle finger, ring and thumb (not pictured :D) I applied random dots of Il Était Un Vernis Live Love Polish. A gorgeous glittery gold! Then I used a dotting tool to add some leopard print using black acrylic paint. This is my first time using a dotting tool for a leopard print, I really love the different effect!

Then for some extra festiveness I added gold bows on my pointer and pinkie. Finished everything with Glisten & Glow HK Girl to smooth out the glitter and secure the bows. Anyway, I hope you like these as much as I do! I’m off to make some sushi for my birthday (yum!) and enjoy a nice weekend with my family.

21st November, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 43 Comments

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