Today I bring you swatches of three exceptionally beautiful polishes! They are the new Christmas collection shades from I Love Nail Polish. My heart skipped several beats when I was Barbra’s initial sneak previews of these shades. I knew I had to have them! Especially the multichrome in this collection, which is without a doubt the most unique polish I have ever seen. Let’s take a look!
I Love Nail Polish – A Fresh Evergreen: First up is this beautiful green holographic polish. I photographed this in the shade which doesn’t show off the holographic sparkle to its fullest. So make sure to check out the bonus pictures at the bottom of this post where I have one that shows A Fresh Evergreen in the sunlight! Application was an absolute dream with this holo, I only needed two coats and it truly glided on the nail. It’s a super vibrant green, the holo doesn’t dull out the colour at all. Gorgeous!
I Love Nail Polish – Very Ornamental: Next is this beautiful red holo. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a true red holographic polish but of course, the genius lady behind I Love Nail Polish, Barbra, succeeded and created an immaculate red holo! Again, flawless formula as I only needed two coats. It’s such a beautiful red for the Holidays, but it works perfectly for the rest of the year too.
I Love Nail Polish – Nostalgia: And of course we have Nostalgia, the beauty of this collection! It’s a mindblowingly gorgeous multichrome that shifts from red to orange to yellow to green to blue to purple. It’s the strongest multichrome I have ever seen, you don’t even need to move your nails back to see the colour shift. If you look at your nails straight on you can see it shifting to green! It’s ah-mazing. I used three thin coats on its own, so you don’t need a black to layer it over. Words can’t do this baby justice so make sure to check out the bonus pictures at the bottom of this post! Includes underwater shots!
This collection of Holiday shades is the must-have this year! You simply NEED these! They are utter perfection. You can find them available for purchase on the I Love Nail Polish website, they are $10 (holos) and $12.50 (multichrome). Barbra ships worldwide so make sure to check out the site for more! And make sure to enter the ILNP giveaway for your chance to win this collection.
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p.s. Make sure to check out the bonus pictures after the jump!
Today I have swatches of a seriously gorgeous nail polish! It’s one of the multichromatic flakies by Sweet Color, a brand available at Born Pretty Store. It’s (in my opinion) one of the nicer brands they stock as I suspect it’s 3-free. The beautiful elegant bottles with gold caps help too. Let’s take a look!
There’s a few different Sweet Color flakies available but I chose the most interesting one from the collection which is Sweet Color Shade #4. It’s a multichromatic flakie, so this means the flakie glitters shift colour when you move your nails! It changes from a gorgeous vibrant orange to a very vibrant green. There’s also some beautiful smaller fuchsia flakies thrown in the mix. Love!
Here’s a macro close-up of Sweet Color #4. How gorgeous are these flakies? They have such a beautiful colour shift. I layered just one coat of Sweet Color #4 over a black polish, Jessica Black Lustre. You could also layer it over a deep blue or deep purple. I definitely recommend to layer it over a dark shade so it brings out the colours of the flakies!
This is what it looks like straight on, on the top of your nails you see a bright orange and fuchsia flakie and on the sides you see it shifting to green. If you look closely you can even see it shift to blue in the bottle.
If you shift your nails further back you can really see the vibrant green appear! Seriously beautiful. I just love flakies and especially multichromes. With flakies you get a sparkly efffect without the hassle of glitter removal, it’s just as easy as removing regular polish as the flakie particles are so fine. It’s definitely an awesome finish and effect!
You can find the Sweet Color flakies (this is shade #4) at Born Pretty Store, they are currently on sale for $9.99. Not the cheapest but the quality is great! You get 12ml in a bottle so they will last you a while too as you only need one coat per nail. Make sure to use my code EMILYW21 for 10% off if you order (not applicable to items already on sale). They’re having some awesome end-of-year sales right now (and lots of new arrivals!) so make sure to take a look.
Do you love flakies? What do you think of this shade? Let me know in the comments!
I’ve been wearing the manicure I’m about to show you for about a week now but I still haven’t decided whether I like it or not! I’ll leave you to decide…
I started with a white nail varnish, CND Vinylux Cream Puff, then added a plethora of shades, I can’t remember which exact ones. I mainly used China Glaze, I think some of the shades I used are: For Audrey, Spontaneous, Tart-Y For The Party, Neon & On & On. The black polish I used is Jessica Black Lustre.
I felt like it somehow didn’t look finished so I decided to add some studs. Too much? I don’t know, haha! I do like the colour scheme though. The studs I used are 2mm square pastel & neon studs from Born Pretty Store. I’ve been dying to incorporate them into a nail look! The stud wheel is currently on sale for just $4.59. I can highly recommend it! The studs are so gorgeous.
Hope you like it. Let me know in the comments below!
Today I have a review that features swatches and a nail art manicure, using the new PUPA Milano Nail Art Mania kit! I’ve featured one of these kits on my blog before (review here) so I was pretty excited to try the new kit! PUPA released three new types of these nail art kits, called Fluffy Velvet, Crazy Lurex and Party Queen. You can find the full range of these at Pretty Polish.
This is the Fluffy Velvet kit in the shade Petrol, a gorgeous deep bluish green. As the name suggests, it’s a velvet nails kit that comes with flocking powder. The kit also comes with a very neat (and super soft!) brush to swipe off the excess velvet powder. The printed nail on the box also seems to be covered in a fuzzy material which I thought was a super cute touch. I also couldn’t stop rubbing it haha! IT’S SO FLUFFY!
First up I have a swatch of the nail polish that comes in this kit. It’s a gorgeous deep petrol shade. The formula was a little on the thicker side but overall quite smooth. I needed just two coats for flawless coverage. As you can see the finish is very shiny too! The polish that comes in this kit holds 5ml so it’s technically a mini (regular PUPA nail polishes are 5ml too), though the brush that comes in this bottle is regular sized and very easy to use. Definitely a plus for me!
Next up is a “swatch” of the fluffy velvet! Doesn’t it look so awesome? I’m personally a huge fan of velvet nails, I think they look gorgeous. If you’re not sure how to apply these, I have a step-by-step tutorial here. I don’t have any issues with staying power, velvet nails always last pretty well with me and still look nice after a few days. These were no exception!
Finally I also created a fun and simple nail art to show a different way of using the Fluffy Velvet kit. I think the velvet works great as an accent nail, you could even create designs with it! On my ring finger I started by applying a coat of white nail polish, then I added strips of striping tape, painted a coat of the PUPA Petrol shade on top and applied the velvet powder. Once you remove the striping tape it reveals an awesome striped design. Love it! Once again I’m very impressed with the PUPA Nail Art Mania kit, all the products in this set are of very high quality.
You can find this PUPA Milano Fluffy Velvet kit for €15.50 at PrettyPolish.nl as well as the entire range of PUPA Nail Art Mania kits! Make sure to check out Pretty Polish as the lovely owner Petra also stocks many other great brands such as China Glaze, piCture pOlish, NCLA, Zoya, and more! She is located in The Netherlands but ships internationally. Make sure to use my code EMILY for a 10% off discount when you order!
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What do you think of this kit? Do you like velvet nails? Let me know in the comments!
Apologies for my lack of posts recently… Life has been a bit tough for my family and I, so I’ve not had as much time or energy to put into my blog. I’m not leaving you just yet though! I have a very exciting post today featuring no less than THREE nail art manicures. I’ve been busy trying out the upcoming Nail Art Society kit called Accent With Attitude. Let’s take a look!
Here’s a peek of what you may expect in your upcoming NAS Accent With Attitude kit. This lovely kit was curated by my fellow Nail Art Society Renowned Artist Emily of The Lacquerologist. Each kit comes with one Mint nail shade, a selection of 3 Hex Nail Jewelry charms and square gold studs. You will also receive a bonus nail art tweezer as shipping was a bit delayed this month.
As you will receive either a Mint shade in Sweet Liberty, Czarina, or Buttered Rum I’ve created three looks using each of these colours. Let’s take a look!
First up is my look created with the Mint nail polish shade in Sweet Liberty. A gorgeous vibrant red creme which needs just two coats for flawless coverage. I’m a sucker for a great creme so this has to be my favourite shade out of the three! The formula was just magnificent! I created a simple black and white leopard print on top of the red nails using my ORLY Instant Artist black and white stripers that came in a NAS kit a few months back. I added the large “I Do Nails” Hex charm on top of a black accent nail. Love this look!
Next I created another look using Buttered Rum which is a very interesting colour. it’s a brownish tan shade with gorgeous rose gold shimmer. I needed three coats for perfect coverage. I decided to pair this shade up with the “Bee” charm and a floral print. There’s no bees without flowers so I figured they were a perfect match! For my florals I used China Glaze Pink-Ie Promise, China Glaze Ahoy!, Essie Da Bush, Priti NYC Lambs Ears and my Orly Instant Artist black and white stripers.
And finally this teal and gold look using Mint polish Czarina which means “Wife of a Russian Czar/Emperor”. This shade has an ever so subtle duochrome effect so the finish was a little sheerer. I used around 3-4 coats but it’s such a stunning teal, totally worth it! I used the “Owl No 1″ charm which is by far my favourite! It’s so beautiful and delicate and fits the curve of my nail perfectly. I also added the square studs to this manicure which you will also be getting in your kit. As an accent nail I layered Milani Gold Jewel FX over Barry M Gold Foil Effects. I used the same gold polish for the half moon on my pinkie.
That concludes my looks using the Accent With Attitude kit. It’s a really awesome kit this time! I love the Hex Nail Jewelry charms, they’re easy to use and really add edge to your manicure. You can simply apply them while your top coat is still wet, or use a drop of nail glue if you’re worried about them coming off.
Make sure to check out Nail Art Society if you’re interested in subscribing to this monthly nail art kit (currently US only). Kits are $11.95 a month plus shipping.
Which of these three looks is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!
Today I finally get to show you my China Glaze Happy Holiglaze swatches! I shoot my photos in natural daylight so I tend to require a nice clear day to swatch. We’ve had some very dark and rainy days in Belgium (and I’ve had a bit of a tough week too) so I only got the chance to swatch these this morning. Finally! Yay!
The China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze collection is, as the name suggests, this years Holiday collection. As you can see the shades are bright and cheerful and the collection includes lots of glitters, foils and shimmers. I do think it’s a bit of a different Holiday collection with some unique colours and finishes. There’s a few real gems in this collection so I hope you’ll check it out! Let’s take a look at the swatches.
China Glaze – There’s Snow One Like You: First up is the texture polish from this collection. If you’ve seen swatches of this shade before, I’m sure you know that it’s received some mixed reviews. It’s not the white texture shade you’d initially expect (e.g. a white version of China Glaze Bump In The Night) as it also has some white hexagon glitters in the mix. On its own, this polish requires 2-3 coats which creates a somewhat uneven and lumpy effect. I was determined to make this shade work for me and I do think I succeeded! This is one layer of There’s Snow One Like You over a white nail polish, China Glaze Snow. The effect is less lumpy though application was still a little tricky. On my pointer finger I layered it too thin, and on my middle finger I applied a coat that was a little too thick. On my ring finger it looks just right! I see this working great for nail art or as an accent nail. I do genuinely like this, especially like this, layered over white.
China Glaze – Elfin’ Around: Next up is Elfin’ Around which is a very unusual shade. It’s a coral foil, which is a shade/finish combination I don’t think I’ve seen before. It’s so different and unique! I think it looks truly stunning. Application was a dream on this one, I required just two coats.
China Glaze – Just Be-Claws: Next is this ah-mazing red jelly that’s packed with red shimmer. It reminds me of China Glaze Ruby Pumps though I am not sure how they compare as I don’t own Ruby Pumps (shock, horror!). It’s a really vibrant and gorgeous red, perfect for the Holiday season. I also think the name of this one is super adorbz! This was three thin coats.
China Glaze – Santa Red My List: This is a gorgeous vibrant pink foil. I don’t think I own a bright pink foil like this yet either? Again, it’s really bright and so pretty. This is a perfect Holiday shade for all the girly girls that prefer pink nails over red. Flawless coverage on this one too, I required only two coats.
China Glaze – Put A Bow On It: Next is this amazing fine glitter. The shade is somewhere in between fuchsia and purple. You can layer this on its own, for which you would need around 3 coats. However, I decided to layer it over black to get the effect I was looking for. This is two coats of Put A Bow On It layered over black, and one layer of top coat. This glitter, as well as the other two fine glitters, have a very matte finish so I definitely recommend using top coat to bring out the sparkles!
China Glaze – Be Merry Be Bright: Another beautiful glitter, this one has small and large purple and pink hex glitters. I layered it over black to make the colours pop. I did have some minor issues with application, the glitters moved around quite a bit so I recommend using a dabbing method for this one. I couldn’t get them to apply as evenly as I wanted to so I had to dab them around a bit to fill in the gaps. However, one coat was enough to get a nice coverage!
China Glaze – You Present Required: This is a bit of a different glitter mix. It includes white glitter, blue, gold, purple, pink and turquoise glitter. A very unusual mix of shades but I do think it looks very pretty! They really go well together. There’s lots of shades you could layer this over but I chose black as this would make the white glitters jump out more! Application was similar to Be Merry Be Bright so I recommend dabbing on the glitter. This was one coat over black.
China Glaze – All Wrapped Up: This is the second fine glitter, similar to Put A Bow On It. The shade of this one is also a bit more unusual too, I’d definitely call this a blurple as it’s not quite blue but not quite purple. It’s seriously stunning! Again I layered two coats over black to get the effect I wanted. I also added a layer of glossy top coat. You have to see this one sparkle in person, it’s so beautiful.
China Glaze – So Blue Without You: This next shade is a very unique one too. It’s a turquoise foil, which I am fairly positive is another shade/finish combo I don’t own in my collection. I definitely get a bit of an ocean or beach vibe with this shade. It’s so vibrant and beautiful. This was three thin coats.
China Glaze – Bells Will Be Blinging: This is definitely a blinging glitter! It’s a vibrant turquoise glitter with holographic bar glitter and gold hex glitter. It’s so awesome! Definitely a really fun glitter. Application was great with this one, I had no issues getting the glitter to spread out nicely. This is one coat over black.
China Glaze – This Is Tree-Mendous: Next up is another amazing fine glitter. This is definitely my favourite out of the three fine glitters in this collection as this one has a multitude of shades, not just one! It’s a green glitter but there’s blue and gold fine glitter in here too, which makes it so vibrant and gorgeous. You simply have to see this one in person! It’s amazing! Possibly my favourite from the entire collection? This is, again, two coats over black with top coat.
China Glaze – Mingle With Kringle: And finally there’s this gold foil fleck shade. It reminds me of a vibrant version of the gold shade in the Autumn Nights collection (Goldie But Goodie). It has a similar finish, though much brighter and this one has more of a foil finish too. It’s truly gorgeous, even more so in person. It almost has a mirror-like finish in some light settings. It’s definitely a must-have gold in my opinion! It’s different enough from the other golds I own so I highly recommend this. I used three thin coats.
That concludes my swatches of the China Glaze Happy HoliGlaze collection! I truly love this collection, what I love most is that it’s very vibrant and bright for a Holiday collection. I don’t tend to wear a lot of vampy shades so these bright colours are right up my alley. There’s a few really unique and gorgeous shades here so I highly recommend you to check out this collection! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
What’s your favourite shade from this collection? Let me know in the comments! P.s. I have a bonus collage after the jump!
Estée Lauder is releasing a gorgeous new collection this Fall called The Metallics. As you might have guessed, this collection is all about metallic finishes! This limited edition includes nail polishes, lipsticks, lip lacquers (review coming soon!) and eyeshadows. I have swatches of two nail polishes from this collection, and a nail art using both shades. Let’s take a look!
Estée Lauder – Rose Gold: First up is Rose Gold, an amazing metallic pink with a gold undertone. Rose Gold looks (as you can see) very different on the nails than in the bottle, but it’s a gorgeous shade nonetheless. Both of these polishes are pretty much one-coaters and dry to a satin finish. I absolutely love the formula on these! As they are so opaque, they are great if you enjoy stamping (check out this gorgeous example from Nailderella!).
Estée Lauder – Smoked Chrome: The second shade I have is Smoked Chrome which is a gorgeous gunmetal metallic. Again, flawless formula! These are such a pleasure to work with, definitely my favourite Estée Lauder polishes formula-wise. These do highlight the imperfections of the nail plate, so use a ridge filling base coat with these if you have one.
And of course, I couldn’t leave you without a nail art using the two shades! I went for a simple, sleek and sophisticated design, a bit of a different take on the V-gap manicure. These were freehanded using nail art brushes but you can create a similar effect using tape. I also added some 1.5mm silver studs for a fun accent! I really love how this turned out. It was even more spectacular in person! As these are metallic (and quite shiny!) they were a bit of a pain to capture so you’ll have to trust me on that one.
I believe the Estée Lauder The Metallics limited edition collection is available now in stores. The nail lacquers will be priced at €21.72 in Belgium, make sure to check the site here if you want to find out where they are sold near you. Connect with Estée Lauder on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and their Youtube page (they have some really great videos so definitely take a look!).
Which of these two shades is your favourite? Make sure to let me know in the comments!
Today I bring you a review on INTENSAE, a fairly recent European B5-Free brand. I’ve been following them since the launch and recently I was lucky enough to win one of their polishes in a Twitter giveaway. Yay! I’ve been very impressed with their fashionable shade range and sleek bottles so today I am sharing my thoughts!
The bottle I won is called Fantasea, a gorgeous dusty purple creme. I would say Intensae classifies as a high-end/luxury brand, as they are priced at €16 ($21.80) a piece, so my expectations were pretty high! As I mentioned, they are B5-free and not tested on animals (big plus!) and bottles hold 15ml which is a nice amount as well. The formula is neither thick nor water-y, I found the consistency to be fairly decent, however coverage was a little disappointing. I needed 3 coats for a non-streaky and flawless coverage. Not the end of the world, but I was expecting a more buttery smooth formula (think Illamasqua). They do mention in their FAQ that they deliberately opted for a soft finish formula that enables layering, rather than a “thick” lacquer consistency (which is what I prefer), so it’s down to personal preference.
That being said, Fantasea is a gorgeous colour and Intensae has a very unique and different colour range. I do wish there were more nail swatches available of their colours, which might be a disadvantage for some who prefer to see swatches prior to buying. I know for one I am one of those types of people.
You can find Intensae nail polishes online on their website for €16 a piece. Shipping to Europe is €3.90 and they accept PayPal. You can connect with Intensae on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr.
Do you prefer a layering consistency or “thicker” lacquers? Do you like to see swatches before buying? Let me know in the comments!
I have a bright and cheerful post for you today. The weather has been dreary and depressing in Belgium so some bright colours are much needed!
If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen me post about these ice-cream shaped polishes before. On my blog I shared swatches of an Etude House Sweet Recipe glitter nail polish recently (post here) which has the same cute bottle. However the Sweet Recipe glitters were limited edition and HTF, and these polishes are readily available for purchase online. More purchase details at the bottom of this post, first let’s look at the colours and swatches!
From left to right: Etude House Red Orange, Peach, Banana, Green Apple, Blue Mint, Blueberry, Strawberry, Choco.
As I mentioned, these Etude House Ice Cream polishes are a permanent line so you can find them fairly easily. These eight shades are full the collection and feature eight pastel shades. At first, I ordered only two of the colours (Blue Mint and Peach) but as I was so impressed with the formula I decided to get them all. The bottles are adorable but the polishes themselves are wonderful too!
Etude House – Red Orange: First up is Red Orange, a lovely pastel red. It’s less pink in person, more reddish, and leans towards coral. A really gorgeous shade! Quite different too… The names have been translated from Korean so I suspect the name of this one is Blood Orange rather than Red Orange as they are all named after flavours, but this was how the seller on eBay wrote it down. I used two coats for opaque coverage.
Etude House – Peach: Next up is Peach, which is a lovely peachy colour (surprise, surprise!). I’m wearing this while writing this post and it’s such a lovely pastel peach! Definitely one of my favourite shades. This was three coats.
Etude House – Banana: Banana is a cute pastel yellow. I know many girls don’t enjoy yellow polishes but I think they can be really pretty! This one especially is a very beautiful and wearable yellow. The formulas of yellow polishes tend to be notoriously tricky but this one was fairly smooth! I did use three coats to be on the safe side.
Etude House – Green Apple: Next up is this pastel green. It’s definitely a true pastel green which is a little harder to come by, thus making it a fairly unique shade! I don’t own many pastel greens in my collection. Very beautiful! This was three coats.
Etude House – Blue Mint: Next up is this gorgeous turquoise blue. Not quite a mint shade but still very beautiful. This is the brightest colour from the collection and the least pastel. It’s definitely even brighter in person! Love this colour! I used two coats.
Etude House – Blueberry: Next up is this lavender shade. This looked a lot more purple in the promo picture so I was a little disappointed as it’s not quite as lavender-y as I was hoping. It’s almost a pink, not quite, but close. Still a nice shade though, just not what I was expecting. This was two coats.
Etude House – Strawberry: Strawberry is, quite obviously, a pink shade! This is your typical pastel pink. Very pretty but nothing spectacularly unique. Formula again was nice and required only two coats for perfect coverage.
Etude House – Choco: Finally this awesome pastel brown shade. It’s unique, weird and wonderful, which is why I obviously love it! Not sure if it’s super flattering on its own but it’s the perfect brown leopard print base. Definitely great for nail art! This was two coats again.
That concludes my swatches of the Etude House Ice Cream polishes. I hope you found them useful! The formula on these polishes is great, the opacity especially is excellent. They are glossy and creamy and apply very buttery which I love! I can definitely recommend these, especially as the bottles are so cute. They just look adorable and are very collectable too. Bottles hold 10ml and have a rather wide brush (which I tend to dislike) but application wasn’t too bad at all.
Etude House is a Korean brand but you can purchase these on eBay (which is what I did!) or from online stores. I purchased them from the seller f2plus1 for $4.40 a piece which is great value for money I think! Shipping was free and I got loads of free samples too.
Would you buy these Etude House Ice Cream polishes? Which is your favourite shade out of this collection? Let me know in the comments!
Today I’m back with a post about Nail Art Society. As some of you may know, I’m one of their Artists (formerly guru) which means I get the opportunity to share and showcase the kits for you! Nail Art Society is a monthly subscription service that delivers nail art accessories to your doorstep. The kit I am sharing today is the Gold Flake Kit which should be arriving with subscribers very soon. I only got my goodies in this week so the nail art in this post can serve as an inspiration for those who have their kits arriving shortly!
The Gold Flake kit included a Jessica nail polish in Cinnamon Kiss, two 3D sticker sheets from the brand Cala, gorgeous crystal rhinestones from Adoro and 3D tear-drop embellishments, and a silver and gold flake. The theme of this kit was very luxurious with the gold embellishments, we also went with a fall colour scheme with the lovely Jessica nail polish. It’s so pretty!
This is the look I created using items from the kit. I used the Jessica nail polish in Cinnamon Kiss, Cala stickers, Adoro rhinestones and the gold flake. The Jessica nail polish has a subtle duochrome that shifts from this deep reddish brown to orange. It’s absolutely stunning! Perfect for Fall!
Here’s a little sneaky peek for the upcoming kit…
As you can see it’s going to be an awesome kit! You need it in your life!
The upcoming kit, which is called I Love Studs, is going to be very special one. It will include tons of studs and it’s been curated by me! All the items have been hand-picked by yours truly to create (what is hopefully) a really awesome kit. Make sure to subscribe before October 15 as this is the deadline to sign up.
Nail Art Society kits are $11.95 a month (+ shipping). If you subscribe NOW you can get 10% off using the code OCT10! You can also check out the new à la carte shop that includes products and brands featured in the kits. Sadly they are US only right now as they don’t provide international shipping (yet). I really hope you will check out Nail Art Society for awesome monthly kits and nail art inspiration from all the Artists!