Kaleidoscope by El Corazon – First Snowdrop Swatch

Today I’m sharing one of the prettiest polishes ever! I’ve had this one on my wishlist for a while, ever since I saw Deborah aka Love Varnish‘ flawless swatches of this collection. Maria from Hypnotic Polish offered to send it to me which left me a little speechless! She’s too sweet! :)

Before I start though, I wanted to say that my family and I are currently going through a very difficult time. Which is quite the understatement but I’m not sure how to put it into words. My posting schedule may become irregular, possibly even stop for a period of time, so I hope you will bear with me. 

This is my first polish from the Kaleidoscope range which is released by Russian brand El Corazon. This entire collection features cremes with blue microglitter that give an amazing speckled effect. First Snowdrop has a very pale blue (or white?) base which looks gorgeous with the blue microglitter.

What blew me away the most is the formula. This polish has ridge filling properties, it’s self leveling and covers amazingly in two thin coats. These swatches show no top coat! Even the next day this polish is still super glossy and smooth. Flawless! And removal was similar to regular nail polish which is also not unimportant.

You can purchase Kaleidoscope First Snowdrop as well as the others from the Dreams About Spring collection at Hypnotic Polish. I cannot wait to get my hands on more of these. They’re available for just €5,50 (about $7) which is a total steal too. Bottles are 15ml and are 5-free.

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

// Provided for Honest Review

7th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 36 Comments

Dance Legend – Wow Prism Swatches

Today I’m sharing some Dance Legend swatches! This post is long overdue but I kept doubting my swatches. I won’t lie, these Wow Prism collection polishes are an absolute pain to capture in photos. They are just so much prettier in person. You’ll have to take my word for it! Let’s take a look.

Dance Legend – Inhale

Dance Legend – Inhale: First up is Inhale which is a gorgeous green with very dense scatter holo flakes. It is super reflective, shiny, sparkly and gorgeous. There’s a very strong holo effect in person that I utterly failed to capture. I’m happy to forward you to my friend Deborah aka Love Varnish who captured these under artifical light and had much better results than me at capturing the holo. :) This was three thin coats.

Dance Legend – Holy Diver

Dance Legend – Holy Diver: Next we have Holy Diver which is a vibrant turquoise scatter holo in a jelly base. It’s more vivid in person and a tad greener (not much). The formula on all of these was thin but nice to work with and dried quickly. The finish was very smooth and not textured whatsoever. I used three thin coats for this one.

Dance Legend – Beautiful Lie

Dance Legend – Beautiful Lie: Finally we have Beautiful Lie which is a periwinkle mix between blue and purple. Very pretty! This is definitely my favourite out of the bunch. It has such a strong and awesome holo effect. I used three thin coats as well.

Finally I created a quick gradient using all three. A sponge gradient was out of the question with these but since they are sheer jellies I used thin coats to create a layered gradient effect. I really loved these! I added some bling to my ring finger because I couldn’t resist. :) I used these multichrome rhinestones from Born Pretty Store that had the exact same colours, then I used gold half pearls and tiny gold steel balls.

You can purchase the Dance Legend Wow Prism polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s Maria from Hypnotic Polish. If you’re in the US you can try Llarrowe or Color4Nails.

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

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5th October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 15 Comments

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Swatches & Wear Test

Today I have a fun review to share with you! I’ve been testing out some new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes! These polishes promise a professional salon manicure at home that combines the best of gels and regular polish without the need for a UV lamp. It’s meant to last up to 14 days. That sounds pretty amazing right?! I’ve put them to the test for 7 days, make sure to keep reading if you want to find out how they held up!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Pretty Piggy

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Pretty Piggy: First though, some swatches! I was sent two colours from the Miracle Gel line as well as the special top coat. The instructions tell you to apply two coats and one layer of the Miracle Gel top coat. I followed the exact instructions so I could test it out properly. Though I felt like it could do with a third coat to even it out more. However this coral is a lovely shade!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Super Charge

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – Super Charge: The second colour I was sent is this pearly green with a subtle duochrome finish. For this swatch I used three coats though there is still some VNL. It also left some brush strokes as you can see. Despite that I still loved this one, it shifts to a really gorgeous orange, which you can see here.

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2nd October, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 32 Comments

Miu Miu Nails

I’m back with more nail art today! I promised many more stamping manicures with my MoYou plates and I finally have some stamping to show you today. I’ll also be sharing my top tips to get successful results. I started with stamping 4 years ago but failed and gave up. I recently started again and achieved great results very quickly, but changed a few things since my first attempts all those years ago. Let’s take a look!

I’m sure some of you will recognize this design, the pastel pink and black swallows is a famous Miu Miu print. It’s been on my to-do list for ages and when I spotted some pretty swallows on my MoYou Mother Nature 03 plate, I knew I had to recreate it! I started with Essie French Affair as a base, an untried. Then I stamped over it with Cirque Colors Memento Mori, added Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.

There are a few things I changed since I reattempted stamping and they made a huge different for the end result. I tried to list them for you! Keep in mind that everyone has a different experience and technique, what works for me may not work for you.

  • First thing I changed was my stamper. A soft and squishy stamper works so much better. Make sure to prime it first by using a very soft grit buffer to take away the shine. This step is pretty important!
  • Use an old visa/bankcard or gift card as a scraper. Metal scrapers can damage your stamping plate and the plastic ones don’t work as well in my experience.
  • Regular polishes instead of stamping polishes can give better results. I feel like regular polishes don’t smear as easily and just generally work better. Use opaque polishes or metallics, they work amazingly.
  • Use a top coat that doesn’t smear and use a very light touch when you apply the top coat. Almost float over your nail and make sure to don’t go over the same place twice. Glisten & Glow HK Girl is my holy grail for nail art.

Really hope you like these as much as I do!

29th September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 14 Comments

Maybelline Vintage Leather Swatches

I have a quick swatch post for you today! I purchased the following two Maybelline shades from a local discount store, they’re from the Vintage Leather collection which was released last year. The bottles showed some pretty sparkly flakies so I decided to pick them up. To my surprise, they had a pretty matte finish! Let’s take a look.

Maybelline – Tanned & Ready (UK) / High Style Sienna (US)

Maybelline – Tanned & Ready (UK) / High Style Sienna (US): As you can tell from the names I listed, Maybelline uses different names for the US and UK version. I’ve noticed the same thing with the Bleached Neons collection. Tanned & Ready (aka High Style Sienna) is a terra cotta shade with sheer white flakies. Formula was nice though you need to work fast, I used two coats. For the second swatch I used a glossy top coat.

Maybelline – Turquoise Temptation (UK) / Antique Teal (US)

Maybelline – Turquoise Temptation (UK) / Antique Teal (US): Again, this one has two names. I like Antique Teal best, it’s definitely more a teal than a turquoise. This one was very opaque, almost a one coater. I used two for swatch purposes. The flakes are beautiful but definitely come more to life once you add top coat.

I’m afraid they may no longer be available for purchase in stores since they are from last years collection. Though you may have some luck on Amazon! Do you prefer these with the matte finish or with a glossy top coat? Let me know in the comments!

21st September, 2014 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

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