Pink Gellac – Starter Kit Review

I’m back today with a new-to-the-blog brand, Pink Gellac. It’s is a very popular high quality gel brand here in Europe, they are based out of The Netherlands and are available worldwide. I was first introduced to this brand via Andrea’s blog Chickettes (who is also a stockist of this brand) so I was very interested to try them out. Let’s take a look!

Inside the Starter Kit are tons of goodies and large full size 15ml top, base and colour gel polish. Including the Pink Gellac LED lamp (which I’m obsessed with! Perfect size and so easy to use), Pink Gellac Base2 15ml, Pink Gellac Ultra Shine top coat 15ml, Pink Gellac Tropical Pink 15ml, a 50ml nail cleaner, 240-180 grit nail file, an orange woodstick, 20 lint free wipes and 10 remover pockets.

What’s also included in the starter kit are 4 online courses you can view via their website that provide you with very detailed instructions. They also recently uploaded some really great how-to videos, make sure to check out the application and removal videos on their channel.

Pink Gellac – Tropical

Pink Gellac – Tropical

Pink Gellac – Tropical: Here is my swatch of Tropical, a gorgeous pink with a slight coral tone to it. A gorgeous creme shade that covers perfectly in two coats. I’m not typically a fan of pink shades but this one is very wearable and lovely. I also added a thin layer of the Pink Gellac Ultra Shine top coat which is a no-wipe top coat, it has no sticky finish you need to remove. It is so glossy and smooth!

What impressed me the most was the formulation which is so easy to apply. It’s not as thick as other brands I have tried so far which makes applying thin coats a breeze. The rounded brush is probably one of the best brushes I have tried! I had no issues with shrinkage and it levelled beautifully. I also love that you get large 15ml bottles. Pink Gellac sent me their upcoming collection as well which I have already swatched (keep your eyes peeled, I will be sharing it next month!) and the opacity is just spot on for every single colour.

You can purchase Pink Gellac through their official website or one of the stockists. They ship worldwide! Bottles contain 15ml which is a huge plus, one bottle should last you for about 40 manicures! The Starter Kit is available for $75 right now which is a great deal for the amount of products you get in the kit! They have a gorgeous range of shades so make sure to take a look!

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Monday, 1 February 2016 - 18 Comments

The Trouble With Valentine’s Box

Today I’m back with the latest collab box of Lacquer Lust, Cirque Colors and Serum No. 5. I love everything these ladies create so these boxes are always very exciting to me. The theme of this one is an anti-Valentine’s Day tribute to all the single ladies out there. Even though I am in a relationship I don’t care for Valentine’s Day at all so I can definitely get behind this theme. Let’s take a look!

As always the box comes packaged beautifully in a clear box with the three polishes inside as well as some sweet treats.

Cirque Colors – Karma Sutra

Cirque Colors – Karma Sutra

Cirque Colors – Karma Sutra (matte)

Cirque Colors – Karma Sutra (matte)

Cirque Colors – Karma Sutra: First up is the Cirque contribution to the box. A gorgeous dark burgundy with fine real silver flakes. The silver flakes turn into beautiful shades of red/plum layered in the base. This polish was absolutely dying to be mattified, don’t you agree?! It looks so incredible matte, it completely blew me away. This was two thin coats but it’s practically a one-coater. First swatch is with top coat and second with matte top coat.

Lacquer Lust – Unloved Unicorn (natural daylight)

Lacquer Lust – Unloved Unicorn (natural daylight)

Lacquer Lust – Unloved Unicorn (direct light)

Lacquer Lust – Unloved Unicorn (direct light)

Lacquer Lust – Unloved Unicorn: Next is the Lacquer Lust contribution, as we have come to expect, another incarnation of the great unicorn series. It’s a packed silver holo microglitter with black, red and purple hex and square glitter. I layered two coats on its own but this one looks lovely layered too. I also added top coat.

Serum No. 5 – Single’s Awareness Day

Serum No. 5 – Single’s Awareness Day: Finally we have the Serum contribution to the box. A gorgeous warm plum purple with copper holo microglitter. This one is so so gorgeous! I adore the holo microglitter in this, it dances around on your nail like fireflies and is absolutely mesmerizing. This one has a blue glow in the dark finish too but I sadly did not manage to capture it as it was too subtle. I usually don’t have trouble so maybe I didn’t shake up my bottle enough, I’m not sure. This is two coats and top coat.

You can purchase The Trouble With Valentine’s collaboration box via Cirque Colors, Lacquer Lust or Serum No. 5. The box will retail for $32. Available at CirqueColors.com on Jan 22 at 12PM EST and at Lacquer-Lust.com / SerumNo5.com at 12PM PST. There are limited quantities available.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016 - 19 Comments

Essie – Virgin Snow Winter 2015 Collection

Today I’m back with the Essie Winter 2015 collection. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review these. I’m a big fan of Essie and this 6-piece Winter collection has some absolutely gorgeous colours. Let’s take a look!

Essie – Shall We Chalet?

Essie – Shall We Chalet?

Essie – Shall We Chalet?: First up is this gorgeous dark red. The formula is so smooth and glossy and easy to apply. A red like this is a staple in your collection so you might as well get one that has a perfect formula, and this one has. I used two easy coats and top coat.

Essie – Altitude Attitude

Essie – Altitude Attitude

Essie – Altitude Attitude: While I loved the previous red, this is definitely more my kind of hue. It’s a bright punchy red with a slight pink/blue undertone. It has a bit of a berry feel and almost neon appearance. Really packs a punch! Same perfect formula, honestly a dream. I used two coats and top coat.

Essie – Virgin Snow

Essie – Virgin Snow

Essie – Virgin Snow: Next up is Virgin Snow, I’m sure that it won’t come as a surprise that this is my favourite of the collection. I’m a huge sucker for lavender shades and this is just that. I’m wearing this as I sit here writing and it is just the loveliest colour. Pastel perfection. I used two easy coats and top coat.

Essie – Peak Show

Essie – Peak Show

Essie – Peak Show: Next up is Peak Show. A gorgeous pastel powder pink. I always love these types of colours but they are often quite sheer and I’m not a big fan of VNL (visible nail line) so I tend to avoid them. However, this one has great coverage so I’m completely sold. A perfect palate cleanser type of shade. I used two coats and top coat.

Essie – Après-Chic

Essie – Après-Chic

Essie – Après-Chic: Next up is this lovely silver metallic foil. It’s very shiny and reflective and offers great coverage. It’s pretty much a one-coater though I added a second thin coat for swatch purposes. You can see some brush strokes in the macro photo but they weren’t as visible in person. Wouldn’t this make a great accent nail for Virgin Snow?! I used two coats and top coat.

Essie – Haute Tub

Essie – Haute Tub

Essie – Haute Tub: Finally we have Haute Tub, a gorgeous black with colour shifting shimmer. It goes from pink to gold. The finish is more subtle on the nail than in the bottle but it’s gorgeous nonetheless. I used two easy coats and top coat.

In Belgium can purchase Essie via Kruidvat, Di and Inno stores. Check the official website for local availability near you. I absolutely loved this collection, there’s some really gorgeous colours here. What impressed me the most though was the formulation, it was perfect and spot on for each one. What’s your favourite colour from this collection?

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015 - 18 Comments

Nail The Mail – December 2015

Today I’m sharing the last Nail The Mail box of 2015. If you recall my previous posts, this is a EU subscription service that includes both indie and mainstream brands. Let’s take a look at the contents of the December box!

Inside my box I found a Foxy Paws polish, a Danish indie, Lacquester, a Dutch indie and OPI. The two indie polishes are exclusive to the box which is so awesome! The OPI shade will vary per box, I do prefer when the colours are the same for everyone so there’s no disappointment if someone received a colour you like better than your own. However I’m very happy with the one I got! The extra this month was a buffer block, not exciting by any means but fairly useful at least.

OPI – Embrace The Grey

OPI – Embrace The Grey

OPI – Embrace The Grey: First up is the OPI creme I received in my box, this is from the Fifty Shades Of Gray collection. I was thrilled to see a creme, and a gray creme at that. I really love this colour and the formula was perfect. I used two easy coats and top coat.

Lacquester – Taling

Lacquester – Taling

Lacquester – Taling: Next up is the Lacquester contribution to the box. It’s a gorgeous mermaid teal with gold shimmer and fine glitter. It’s simply gorgeous! I used three coats but you might get away with two. I also added top coat.

Foxy Paws Polish – Step Into Christmas

Foxy Paws Polish – Step Into Christmas

Foxy Paws Polish – Step Into Christmas: Finally we have this incredible Foxy Paws shade, a purple jelly with multichrome flakies. It is breath taking! Absolutely perfect! It has some subtle scatter holo shimmer too which adds even more sparkle. I used two coats and top coat.

You can subscribe to Nail The Mail to receive monthly boxes. They’re priced at €25 + shipping. They ship to most countries within the EU. I really enjoyed this months box, it definitely impressed me more than the previous ones. Now if we had a more exciting extra like the Volve cuticle balm from last month, I’d say it was spot on! What do you think?

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Tuesday, 8 December 2015 - 16 Comments

Color Club – Halo Hues 2015

Today I’m back with the new Color Club Halo Hues collection! I think the Halo Hues holographics are one of the most popular Color Club shades, and they have released seven new additions. This is my first time trying their holos so I was very curious. They’re not available in stores in my country however here in Europe you can buy them online via Pretty Polish! Let’s take a look.

Color Club – Sidewalk Psychic (natural daylight)

Color Club – Sidewalk Psychic (natural daylight)

Color Club – Sidewalk Psychic (direct light)

Color Club – Sidewalk Psychic (direct light)

Color Club – Sidewalk Psychic: First up is this copper orange shade. The holo is super strong! Definitely awesome to see a strong holo flame from a mainstream brand. I can see why people like these so much. This was two coats and top coat.

Color Club – Star Light, Star Bright (natural daylight)

Color Club – Star Light, Star Bright (natural daylight)

Color Club – Star Light, Star Bright (direct light)

Color Club – Star Light, Star Bright (direct light)

Color Club – Star Light, Star Bright: Next up is this golden holo. The direct light photos drown out the colour a bit, but it’s definitely a gold shade like my natural daylight photos show. This was two coats and top coat.

Color Club – Fingers Crossed (natural daylight)

Color Club – Fingers Crossed (natural daylight)

Color Club – Fingers Crossed (direct light)

Color Club – Fingers Crossed (direct light)

Color Club – Fingers Crossed: Next up is this greenish holo. It’s a strange colour, and it’s also very similar to Star Light, Star Bright. It’s pretty but they are so close, it’s hard to tell them apart. I used two coats and top coat.

Color Club – Just My Luck (natural daylight)

Color Club – Just My Luck (natural daylight)

Color Club – Just My Luck (direct light)

Color Club – Just My Luck (direct light)

Color Club – Just My Luck: Next up is this green to gold to pink multichrome holo. The multichrome effect is quite subtle but makes this one more interesting even though it’s a very muted metallic sort of colour. This was two coats and top coat.

Color Club – What’s Your Sign (natural daylight)

Color Club – What’s Your Sign (natural daylight)

Color Club – What’s Your Sign (direct light)

Color Club – What’s Your Sign (direct light)

Color Club – What’s Your Sign: Next up is this pink metallic holo. Very muted and silver-y like the previous three shades but quite pretty. It was a tiny bit sheerer than the others so I used three thin coats and top coat.

Color Club – Date With Destiny (natural daylight)

Color Club – Date With Destiny (natural daylight)

Color Club – Date With Destiny (direct light)

Color Club – Date With Destiny (direct light)

Color Club – Date With Destiny: Next up we have this soft metallic purple holo. Very pretty shade! I used two coats and top coat.

Color Club – Crystal Baller (natural daylight)

Color Club – Crystal Baller (natural daylight)

Color Club – Crystal Baller (direct light)

Color Club – Crystal Baller (direct light)

Color Club – Crystal Baller: Finally we have this pretty jeans blue holo. This one was my favourite! I used two coats and top coat.

You can purchase the new Color Club Halo Hues collection via Pretty Polish based in The Netherlands. The formulation on all of these was very similar, they are on the thicker side and could do with a few drops of thinner. I didn’t add thinner for the purpose of my review, but I did find them easy to work with. I do think the collection as a whole is a weird mix of colours, two brighter shades and five quite similar muted metallic colours. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Saturday, 17 October 2015 - 12 Comments

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