Sally Hansen – 18k Gold Collection

Today I have a slightly different review for you ladies! I got the Sally Hansen 18K Gold collection in the mail several weeks ago, containing two nail care products. Let’s take a look!

Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener – Sally Hansen 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser

Sally Hansen – 18K Gold Hardener

Sally Hansen – 18K Gold Hardener

Even though it’s a hardener, a strengthening base coat, I chose to show it to you layered over black. For a several reasons actually. When I first tried this product, I layered it on my naked nails. While the gold looked pretty, they aren’t real gold flakes, more like small iridescent flakies, so they stuck to my nail bed. It took about two weeks before I got every last one of them off which was very inconvenient. I checked the ingredients and it listed only colloidal gold which is more like a liquid than flakes which confirmed my suspicions. The 18K gold claim isn’t entirely untrue but I would have loved this hardener better if it contained actual gold flakes such as the ones we see often in gold flake top coats. While I can’t comment on whether this works as a hardener, it does look pretty as a top coat! This is one coat over Cirque Colors Memento Mori.

Sally Hansen – 18K Gold Cuticle Eraser

The cuticle eraser wasn’t an entire success story either. The product itself comes in a pen shaped applicator with a nifty cap that doubles as a cuticle pusher. It’s plastic but slightly soft which makes it perfect for pushing back your cuticles. The applicator tip itself is a plastic paddle with a hole, when you press the pen it releases a scrub. While the product works and smells nice, I had to wash my hands thoroughly afterwards. I’m used to simply wiping off cuticle eraser product but you can’t with this. Even after washing my hands I still had some small scrub grains stuck under my eponychium. The product does erase cuticle from the nail bed but you need to be extra careful removing all of the product from your nails before you apply your nail polish.

In Belgium the Sally Hansen 18K Gold products are available exclusively via Planet Parfum. Both products are priced at €9.99.

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17th April, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka Collection

Today I’m back with some bright and cheerful swatches! A while ago I was sent two shades from the new Kaleidoscope Krasoteka collection by the always lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish. While this collection looks unremarkable at first it features a beautiful range of juicy oranges and reds with an amazing formula. Let’s take a look!

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka 02

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka 02

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka 02: First up is this beautiful juicy orange! The range of this collection goes from bright orange to deep red, this is the second orange so it has a very subtle red tone to it. It almost has a neon-feel. It’s really eye catching and I loved wearing it. I used three thin coats and top coat.

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka 07

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka 07

Kaleidoscope – Krasoteka 07: The second shade I have is 07, the second to last red. It’s a gorgeous bright true red. Formula was super smooth and easy to work with. This was three thin coats and top coat.

You can purchase the entire Kaleidoscope Krasoteka collection from Hypnotic Polish in the Netherlands. She has worldwide shipping and stocks some amazing indie brands! Make sure to take a look!

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

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16th April, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 8 Comments

Dance Legend – Las Vegas Collection

It feels like Summer has arrived in Belgium today! Such a beautiful sunny day and warm too. I’m loving every second of this. I hope the weather is nice where you are! I’m back today with some more Dance Legend swatches. Two glitters from the Las Vegas collection, let’s take a look!

Dance Legend – NY NY

Dance Legend – NY NY

Dance Legend – NY NY: First up is NY NY which is a gorgeous microglitter mix. I spotted gold, purple, blue and green microglitter in this one. It’s a very complex glitter with a big impact, super sparkly! This was two coats and top coat.

Dance Legend – Circus-Circus

Dance Legend – Circus-Circus

Dance Legend – Circus-Circus: The second shade I have is Circus-Circus, another glitter mix. This one features purple microglitter, and orange, fuchsia, turquoise and gold glitter. Another ridiculously sparkly glitter! This was three thin coats and top coat, but you can easily get away with two.

You can purchase Dance Legend polishes directly from Dance Legend in Russia but I recommend using one of the stockists if you are based elsewhere. Near me that’s the lovely Maria from Hypnotic Polish!

Connect with Dance Legend: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram
Connect with Hypnotic Polish: Official Site – Facebook – Instagram

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15th April, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

Color Club – Shift Into Neutral Collection

I’m sharing swatches of a (believe it or not!) new-to-me brand today, Color Club! While I’ve obviously heard many things about this brand I’ve never had the pleasure of trying it. Petra from Pretty Polish who is an international stockist for this brand kindly allowed me to choose a collection to swatch from their new releases. I chose the Shift Into Neutral collection, which features seven soft creme shades. Let’s take a look.

Color Club – Sweet Mint

Color Club – Sweet Mint

Color Club – Sweet Mint: First up is Sweet Mint, also my favourite from this collection. A gorgeous almost-white mint green. The formula was a jelly/creme mix but three coats gave me the desired coverage. It dried to a glossy finish but I also added top coat.

Color Club – Blank Canvas

Color Club – Blank Canvas

Color Club – Blank Canvas: Next is Blank Canvas, a true white. This also had a jelly/creme finish, three coats gave me some subtle VNL but I actually didn’t mind. I love the finish! If you have shorter nails you could probably get away with two coats. I also added top coat.

Color Club – Blush Crush

Color Club – Blush Crush

Color Club – Blush Crush: Next is Blush Crush, a true sheer nude. I usually shy away from sheers but this one gave my nails such a beautiful finish that I fell in love. It’s a great base for a negative space manicure or when you just want something to give your nude nails a pretty rosy sheen. This was two coats and top coat.

Color Club – Barely There 

Color Club – Barely There 

Color Club – Barely There: Next I have Barely There which is a nude like Blush Crush but provides more coverage. For me it gave that perfect mannequin hand finish (remember that?!) as it’s a close match to my own skintone. I’ve worn this polish twice since I got these. That’s saying something! I used three coats and top coat for this swatch. When I wore it last week I applied two coats which gives more VNL but still a gorgeous finish.

Color Club – Get A Mauve On It

Color Club – Get A Mauve On It

Color Club – Get A Mauve On It: Next up is this gorgeous mauve. A very classy shade with an antique feeling. I love colours like this! This was two easy coats and top coat.

Color Club – Midnight Mulberry

Color Club – Midnight Mulberry

Color Club – Midnight Mulberry: Next we have the darkest shade of this collection, Midnight Mulberry. Colours like this are always the hardest to describe for me! Luckily Color Club has done my job for me by naming this Mulberry. Formula was flawless and I needed just two coats and top coat.

Color Club – New-tral

Color Club – New-tral

Color Club – New-tral: Finally we have New-tral which is a pastel pink. It’s fairly warm in tone so I found it very flattering. While I usually shy away from pink this is one I’d happily wear. I used two coats and top coat.

You can purchase the new Color Club Shift Into Neutral collection via Pretty Polish based in The Netherlands. Polishes contain 15ml and are 3-free. My favourites from this collection were Sweet Mint and Barely There. Let me know yours in the comments!

Connect with Pretty Polish: Homepage – Facebook  – Twitter – Instagram

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14th April, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 7 Comments

Zoya Swatches

I have some beautiful Zoya swatches to share with you today. Zoya is one of my favourite brands though I can’t get ahold of it easily here in Europe. My friends Kelli, Meghan and Lindsey knew this and sent me a beautiful birthday gift back in November including some gorgeous Zoya’s. They picked out some wonderful shades for me so I had to share swatches.

I swatched these a while ago so my nails are a bit shorter here! :)

Zoya – Yasmeen

Zoya – Yasmeen

Zoya – Yasmeen: First up is Yasmeen which is a beautiful deep purple shimmer polish. It has some incredible colour shifting shimmer and it’s one of those lit-from-within shades. So deep and vivid. I fell in love with this one! I used two easy coats and top coat.

Zoya – Payton

Zoya – Payton

Zoya – Payton: Next up is Payton which is a beautiful purple scatter holo. I own one polish like this, Aurora, and it made me an instant Zoya convert. I’ve been dying to get the other scatter holos so I was hugely surprised when my friends included this for me. They know me so well! This was two coats and top coat I believe.

Zoya – Carter

Zoya – Carter

Zoya – Carter: Next up is my first ever Pixiedust! The line has been discontinued now so I’m glad that I own some! Carter is a beautiful purple texture with so much depth. The first coat is sheer but it builds up easily, I believe I used three thin coats.

Zoya – Dream

Zoya – Dream

Zoya – Dream: Next we have another incredible scatter holo. This one blew me away! The finish is so beautiful and glossy and the scatter holo particles glisten beyond belief. I can’t get enough of this! I used three thin coats and top coat.

Zoya – Sunshine

Zoya – Sunshine

Zoya – Sunshine: Finally we have Sunshine which is a beautiful jeans blue Pixiedust. I was really pleasantly surprised by this one. The colour is really intense and unique. I recall this had very good coverage but I’m not completely sure if I used one or two coats.

A huge thank you to my wonderful friends Kelli, Meghan and Lindsey for the amazing birthday gift. Amongst all of the horror of what my family and I were going through these past two years, my friends in the nail community made my birthday in November truly the most amazing birthday I’ve ever had in my entire life. I can’t thank them enough for being here with me through this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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26th March, 2015 - Posted by Emily - 21 Comments

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