16th January, 2013
I’m sharing a blogpost about Rituals today! More specifically, two items from their cosmetics range. Both these products are from their new collection, Metropolitan Boulevard, the winter 2012/2013 line.
This collection was inspired by New York, Tokyo and Rio. The shades are very vampy and sophisticated, perfect for a night out on the town! The two items I received are a baked eyeshadow palette and a nail varnish. Let’s take a look!
Rituals – Winter Glamour Baked Eyeshadow (€20,50)
First up is the baked eyeshadow palette! There’s two baked eyeshadow palettes in this collection in total, this one is called Winter Glamour. It features three shades, a soft brown, a peachy pink and a shimmery olive green. The eyeshadows are very pigmented and so easy to use. They’re really great quality! I was highly impressed. The label at the back tells me these are mineral eyeshadows, enriched with gemstones and formulated without parabens or perfume.
Here’s a simple eyeshadow look I created with the palette. I used the peachy colour in the inner corner and blended the olive green and brown shade in the crease. This palette is great for wearable every day looks but it also translates to more dramatic make-up for evening wear. It’s so versatile! I think the olive green shade really brings out the subtle green tones in my brown eyes.
Rituals – Sparkling Coral (€10,00)
Finally I have swatches of one of the nail polishes in the Metropolitan Boulevard collection. This is Rituals Sparkling Coral. It looks brighter in my swatch than in person, though it depends on the light setting. I would describe it as a burnt orange, leaning towards red. It almost has a vintage feel to it and is a little murky and dusty in person. I used just two coats for the swatch above! It’s incredibly opaque and glides on the nail. It has subtle gold shimmer that really emphasizes the luxurious feel of the shade.
Rituals is a high-quality Dutch brand, it’s vegan-friendly and luxurious but still affordable. This was my first experience with their cosmetics range and I have to say I was hugely impressed. The quality is just as impressive as their other products (such as the skin care range and shower products, which I love!). You can find Rituals in many European countries, make sure to check out their website to find out where this amazing brand is sold near you.
Have you used any Rituals products? Let me know in the comments! Also keep your eyes out for a post on some of their skincare products which I’ll be sharing soon.
13th January, 2013
Today I have a pretty special swatch post to share with you. These two polishes I am going to show you are my two most prized possessions in my polish stash! Both of these were created by Michelle of Sonoma Nail Art, and they both have a theme in common; Sarah of Chalkboard Nails!
SWHAPBRTAILLLICHY and Chalkboard Nails
Sarah has been a great friend to me for a while now, she’s not only an amazing nail artist but she is also hilarious, kind and just super awesome! She’s always there for me when I need advice or when I need a laugh. She never fails to cheer me up! Now enough about what a wonderful person Sarah is, let’s take a look at the polishes!
Macro close up of SWHAPBRTAILLLICHY by Sonoma Nail Art
The first one is called “Sarah Waite Has A Problem But Refuses To Acknowledge It La La La I Can’t Hear You” (SWHAPBRTAILLLICHY for short ), and was created by Michelle as a bit of a “joke” and wink to Sarah’s obsession with black and white glitters. The special name and label was a limited edition created only for Sarah and some friends, but don’t worry! You can still get your hands on it as Michelle released this polish under the name “My Three Glitters” in her Etsy Shop, Sonoma Nail Art.
Here’s a swatch of SWHAPBRTAILLLICHY! I layered one coat over two coats of China Glaze Pelican Gray. It contains black and white string glitter, large black diamond glitter, large square white glitter and small black and white hex glitters. The glitters sit in a clear suspension base. The best way to apply this is by using a dabbing method, this way you can easily get the glitter nicely spread out across the nail.
Macro close up of Chalkboard Nails by Sonoma Nail Art
The second polish was created by Michelle per request of Sarah and will be available very soon in Michelle’s Etsy shop. It’s called Chalkboard Nails and features a beautiful charcoal black base with green sparkles and white glitter. Five lucky winners will have the chance to get their hands on one of these beauties before it goes up in Michelle’s store. Make sure to check out Sarah’s giveaway as it closes in just three days!
I used three coats for my swatch of Chalkboard Nails. As you can see, it has subtle but beautiful green sparkle scattered across the greyish black base. There’s large and small white hex glitters that represent the chalk. Sarah was kind enough to send me this beautiful polish as a Christmas present! I genuinely started screaming when I unwrapped this! I think it’s such a beautiful and unique glitter, it completely ties in with the chalkboard theme.
Huge thanks to Sarah for being the inspiration for both of these wonderful polishes and thanks to Michelle for creating them. Make sure to check out both Sarah’s blog Chalkboard Nails and Michelle’s Etsy Store Sonoma Nail Art! Keep an eye out on Michelle’s Facebook page to be notified when she restocks. And of course, don’t forget to enter Sarah’s giveaway to win a bottle of Chalkboard Nails!
12th January, 2013
This is the final post of the 5-week piCture pOlish “swatchathon”. I think I saved the best till last with this gorgeous sparkly shade called Orbit. This might not be my last swatchathon, but I can’t give away too many details yet!
Orbit is a beautiful deep blue glitter. I say blue but it’s more of a mix between purple and blue, though it depends on the light setting. I love those “in-between shades”, they’re hard to describe but they are all the more unique! I used two coats for the swatch above but I could have gotten away with just one!
Sadly this was the first piCture pOlish shade where I had some issues with application. My bottle of Orbit was gloopy and harder to apply. The brush was soaked in polish and it was tricky to remove it and get the right amount. In any case I added some thinner which helped straight away to make application a little easier.
Here’s a close-up! Orbit consists of an opaque jelly blue base with fine silver glitters that shift to blue. It has so much depth to it! It’s seriously such a stunning shade. I would easily call this one of my favourite glitter polishes ever!
As always, the final bottle shot! Look at that blurred glitter at the top of the picture! Don’t you just love blurred glitter bokeh? All in all, despite some application issues, this was a real stunner of a polish. Flawlessly opaque in just one or two coats and this polish will have you mesmerized for days!
You can find Orbit for AU$9.50 on the piCture pOlish website. Make sure to check out their network page to find an online store near you. If you are in Belgium or the Netherlands, you can take a look at PrettyPolish.nl!
If you’d like to see the previous piCture pOlish swatches I posted, make sure to check out my piCture pOlish tag.
10th January, 2013
I have another swatch post for you today! This time I am sharing the Priti NYC 2012 pre-spring collection; After The Snow. This was my first experience with Priti NYC nail polishes and I was really pleasantly surprised. This US-based brand is eco-friendly and prides itself in its non-toxic formula, safe for children and moms-to-be!
From left to right: Dusty Miller, Lambs Ears, Coffee Blush, Cotton Sprig.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the Priti NYC colour range. It’s right up my alley, full of beautiful muted shades, blues, nudes and interesting colours. This collection is no different! I’d go as far as saying that this is probably one of the prettiest collections I’ve ever seen. It couldn’t be more “me”.
Priti NYC – Dusty Miller: I don’t have to explain to you that I absolutely adore this shade. It’s a mint green, how could I possibly hate it? I know I might be biased when it comes to mint greens, but this one is really spectacular. It has tiny flakes that shift from orange to green to yellow. My swatch doesn’t show it (you CAN see it in person!) but if you look carefully at the bottle you can see the sparkly flakies! I used three coats for this one.
Priti NYC – Lambs Ears: All the polishes in this collection have a subtle shimmer or sparkle. In this swatch you can see it very clearly! This beautiful muted camo green has a blueish silver shimmer. In some light settings the shimmer even looks pink. Safe to say it’s a very beautiful polish! This was very easy to apply, as were all of them. I used three coats again.
Priti NYC – Coffee Blush: This is a beautiful taupe shade with gold shimmer. I adore this one! It’s subtle but still stylish. This one was slightly sheerer, three coats would have been enough but I decided to add a fourth to be safe.
Priti NYC – Cotton Sprig: This is a beautiful deep brown with multicoloured shimmer. At first I thought the shimmer was silver but up close I saw hints of pink, green, blue. Very beautiful! I really like this. It’s a different colour but I think it looks great. I used two coats for this one.
Overall I have to say I really loved these. I loved the colours, but I loved application too. The formula is thin and easy to work with, I had no issues with application whatsoever. The brushes are a great size as well. I was also very impressed with wear, I wore Dusty Miller for several days and it lasted 3-4 days on me before it started chipping. Awesome!
You can find Priti NYC polishes for $13.50 on their website. They are currently on sale for $9.45 (30% off!), for a limited time only, so make sure to be quick if you are interested in buying! You can also check out their site for distributors, online and retail vendors near you.
What do you think of these shades? Do you have any experience with Priti NYC? Make sure to let me know in the comments!
8th January, 2013
Today I have an exciting review featuring ProNails! It’s a Belgian brand of professional nail products, and today I am showing you two of their nail varnishes and their quick drying top coat.
I’m very excited to finally try ProNails, I’ve known about the brand for a long time but this is my first time trying their nail polishes! They offer many professional salon products, they even have their own magazine! First off I have to say I really love the bottles. They look unlike any other I’ve seen and I think they look very expensive and stylish.
This is the first shade called Fuel Them Up, part of the Sharp & Shic collection. It’s a dusty blue creme shade, it reminds me of jeans. The formula of this was absolutely flawless. It glided on like butter and I needed just two coats to achieve great coverage. The brush was very easy to use as well. My first impression of these was that the quality and formula was extremely good. Probably one of the best formulas I’ve tried, right up there with Illamasqua!
Next up is Patented Black from the Black Intentions collection. A beautiful and sexy matte black with silver microshimmer. The shimmer is extremely subtle but does give the polish extra depth. The bottle didn’t say anything about it being a matte finish, so it was a real surprise when I applied it on my nails. A pleasant surprise I have to say because I hugely love matte finishes and especially matte black! This was two coats, again flawless formula. Words fail me to express how impressed I was with these!
Finally this is the Seco-Seco quick drying top coat by ProNails. I’ve applied it over Patented Black so you can see how glossy the finish is! Can I just say WOW?! This polish acts exactly like Seche Vite, it has an extremely glossy, almost gel-like finish. It evens everything out so it’s perfect for use with gritty polishes like glitters.
Even though ProNails is a Belgian brand, you can find it in many other countries as well, so I would definitely check out their site to see if they sell it near you! In Belgium you can find ProNails for about €12.45 at many professional salons as well as Inno and Di stores. If you have the chance to try these, make sure to do so. I promise you that you won’t be disappointed by the formula, it’s absolutely flawless!
Have you heard of ProNails? Do you own anything by this brand? Make sure to let me know in the comments!
5th January, 2013
A while ago I shared a review on the Technic Fashionista palette from Blush Cosmetics which was a great cheap alternative to the Naked palette. Today I am sharing a palette by Blush Cosmetics‘ own brand, Blush Professional!
The palette I am showing you is the 10 Color Blush Palette. When it comes to blusher I love grabbing towards a palette with multiple shades. You can instantly find the colour you need to match with the rest of your make-up. This is great for beginning make-up artists too!
These are the ten shades that come in the palette. As you can see it’s a nice mix of pinks, corals and contouring shades. I really love the middle shade in the bottom row and the pink in the bottom left corner. Some of these contain subtle shimmer but they all have a matte finish.
Close-up of the shades! The pans are quite large, they’re about 1,5 inches/4cm in diameter. The packaging is very sleek and sturdy.
As you can see the shades are nicely pigmented but not over-pigmented. I am definitely not a pro when it comes to applying blusher, so I like that these are not too strong so you don’t have the chance of applying too much colour. There’s four shades that don’t contain any of the subtle shimmer and that’s the first, third, fourth and fifth colour of the second row.
Overall I was really happy with this 10 Colour Blush Palette, it offers a really nice range of shades, mixing corals and pinks. And most importantly, Blush Cosmetics offers this at a great price too! For just £9.99 these ten beautiful blusher shades could be yours! Blush Cosmetics are based in the UK so it’s a great store to shop at for all the EU-based girls. If you are interested in palettes like this one make sure to check out the Blush Professional website.
Do you like to wear blusher? What types of shades do you usually grab for? Make sure to let me know in the comments!
4th January, 2013
Guess what time it is? It’s weekly piCture pOlish swatch time!
Today I am showing you piCture pOlish Ruby Blou. A beautiful glitter mix with large and small silver, blue and red hex glitter. Very patriotic! I layered two coats of Ruby Blou over a black polish. This is an unmissable polish for your 4th of July manicures or other festivities. It was very easy to work with, the glitter spread very nicely across the nail.
Here’s a close-up! Doesn’t it look stunning?! I seriously love this glitter. I wasn’t sure at first but wearing it on my nails, I was instantly sold! I love the layering with black, it really makes the glitter particles pop!
And finally of course the bottle shot! The tagline for this one is “Dazzling red, sparkling blue!”. It’s a beautiful glitter but the formula is flawless which makes this a great polish and a must-have! Ruby Blou dries with a shiny and smooth finish. Drying time was also very good. Overall I have to say I was really impressed with this glitter.
You can find Ruby Blou for AU$9.50 on the piCture pOlish website. Make sure to check out their network page to find an online store near you that stocks piCture pOlish shades. If you are in Belgium or the Netherlands make sure to check out PrettyPolish.nl!
2nd January, 2013
Today I have a super colourful post for you! I have a review and swatches on the new BK glow in the dark minis which you can find at Born Pretty Store!
F.l.t.r. 06, 04, 03, 01, 16, 18, 13, 11, 09, 10.
These are all 10 shades of the BK glow in the dark minis. They hold 7ml which is a decent size for a mini. The bottles are super cute and the caps have the same colour as the polish which I think looks really great. What I love about these is that the brushes are a really good size too!
I have to say right off the bat that the formula of these polishes was flawless. Apart from being a little on the sheer side, there is nothing that faults them. They are jellies which is pretty normal with neon polishes. Their glowing power is amazing too! At the bottom of this post you can find a picture that shows their glowing power so make sure to keep reading!
BK 06 – Sadly none of these polishes have names, only numbers. This is a beautiful bright turquoise blue. In all of my swatches I used top coat, apart from this one. As you can see these dry with a slightly gritty finish. It’s barely noticeable, but I would recommend to use top coat when using these polishes. This was three coats.
BK 04 – This is a beautiful neon green. It’s very very bright in person! I used three coats again, as you can see you can achieve an almost opaque finish. As they are jellies you will always have that shiny translucent quality. Optionally you could layer these over white to make the neon effect even brighter and to eliminate the VNL (visible nail line).
BK 03 – This is a beautiful pastel neon green. Pastel AND neon, yes sir! I hugely love this shade. It’s more opaque than the others too. It’s very very pretty. This shade along with the other green and the yellow have the strongest glowing power. Awesome!
BK 01 – This is a neon yellow. This is probably the sheerest out of all 10. Neon yellow is definitely something you will either hate or love. I would personally recommend to layer this over white, it will look so much better!
BK 16 – This is one out of two oranges in this set. This is the lightest out of the two. It’s slightly opaquer than the other orange. The difference between both shades is very subtle in person, they look very similar. If you check out the swatchicle picture at the bottom of this post you can see that they are very close together.
BK 18 – This is a slightly deeper, darker orange jelly. This one’s also very bright and neon in person! I know orange is not everyone’s cup of tea but I personally love wearing orange! I think it looks really fun and summery. I have a yellow undertone in my skin so those shades tend to work quite well for me.
BK 13 – This is a bright neon bubblegum pink! It’s very girly and cute. This would make a great gift for those who adore pink. The fact that these glow in the dark is a great bonus!
BK 11 – This pink is a lot brighter than the previous one. It’s definitely a hot pink! This shade is very eye-catching and just screams summer to me! I can’t wait to pull this one out of my Helmer and slap it on my toes in a few months time.
BK 09 – This is a blueish pink. The cap doesn’t quite match the colour inside the bottle which I thought was quite funny. It’s a nice pink nonetheless.
BK 10 – And finally this is the last shade. It’s a dark fuchsia. This was the only shade where I had slight issues with the formula. It dragged a little. Some polish thinner would resolve that though, so it’s not a huge problem.
And finally, I pulled out my swatchicles and took a picture in daylight using flash, and a picture in the dark that shows their glowing power! Aren’t they amazing? Especially the two greens and yellow are very bright! I love that they glow in the same colour as the polish itself too.
You can find these BK glow in the dark polishes at Born Pretty Store for $2.99 per bottle. I hugely loved these and I really recommend them! The quality of the formula is great, and so is their glowing power. And who doesn’t love neons? If you order with Born Pretty Store don’t forget to use my 10% off coupon code, EMILYW21!
What did you think of these? Which colours draw your attention? Make sure to let me know in the comments!
31st December, 2012
Today I have a review for you on a beautiful new product from Born Pretty Store! It’s a kajal pencil by the brand Party Queen. An eyeliner pencil, nothing special you’d think… but the packaging! Oh my!
This is without a doubt the prettiest eyeliner pencil I own! It comes in a lipstick-like tube with two strings on the end. Instead of sharpening a pencil you simply twist the tube and the product comes up. The way the eyeliner is shaped makes it perfect for tightlining your lashes. Even when the point gets less sharp it’s still easy to use inside the waterline.
This packaging is typical for Indian style kohl pencils so you might recognize the shape. A few brands have a similar packaging for their kajal pencils, Bourjois and Sleek both have one just like this for example!
Here’s a swatch of the eyeliner. As you can see it’s very nicely pigmented! It’s not the blackest black eyeliner I’ve tried but it’s very soft and one swipe is enough to give you a nice colour payoff.
You can find this eyeliner by Party Queen for $4.91 on the Born Pretty Store website. They’ve added a lot of really nice new make-up products recently so make sure to check out their site. If you order with them don’t forget to use my coupon code, EMILYW21 gives you a 10% discount!
Wishing all my readers a happy 2013!
28th December, 2012
Time for this weeks piCture pOlish swatch! I have two more to share with you after this one. I already know I’m going to miss the weekly piCture pOlish swatches when it’s over!
This is another collaboration shade like Attitude, this time it’s White Wedding created for lovely Leah Ann of Llarowe. White Wedding is a beautiful sheer white with multicolored glass flecks. I used four coats to get this opacity but you could easily layer this over a coat of white polish too. Although that makes it lose its translucence.
I tried to capture a close-up where you can see the multicolored glass flecks. It’s quite obvious in person but capturing it on camera proved a little trickier. Here in this darker image you can see the green and pink shimmer. It’s so beautiful! This polish reminded me of snow glistening in the sun. So appropriate for this time of year!
Here’s the bottle shot. You can see the multicolored glass flecks really well here! The tagline of this polish is “It’s a nice day for this one!”, referring to the awesome eighties song White Wedding by Billy Idol.
You can find this shade exclusively for AU$11.50 on the piCture pOlish website and for $14.50 at Llarowe. Llarowe is a much loved online store based in the US, Leah Ann carries a lot of wonderful brands and indie polishes, and she ships internationally too! What do you think of this unique and wonderful polish? Let me know in the comments!