Essie – Lounge Lover Spring 2016

Today I’m excited to bring you the new Essie Spring 2016 release called Lounge Lover. This 6-piece collection features beautiful Spring shades with flawless formulations. Let’s take a look!

Essie – High Class Affair

Essie – High Class Affair

Essie – High Class Affair: First up is this gorgeous peachy nude. As many of you probably know, I live for colours like this. I could wear this colour every single day and not get bored of it. The formula was incredible as I required just two thin coats for perfection coverage. Finished with glossy top coat.

Essie – Lounge Lover

Essie – Lounge Lover

Essie – Lounge Lover: Next up is Lounge Lover, a pretty peachy pink. Perfect colour for Spring/Summer! While I hardly ever wear pink this is one I would happily rock on my fingertips. Two easy coats plus top coat.

Essie – Sunshine State Of Mind

Essie – Sunshine State Of Mind

Essie – Sunshine State Of Mind: Next up is this stunning juicy warm orange-based red with a slight dustiness to it. Again, I hardly ever wear reds but when I do, it’s a bright orange-based red like this. Perfect pedi colour! I am wearing two easy coats and top coat.

Essie – Off Tropic

Essie – Off Tropic

Essie – Off Tropic: Next up is Off Tropic, a stunning forest green creme. An unusually dark shade for a Spring collection but it somehow totally fits within this set in my opinion – the collection as a whole reminds me of a Spring garden. I sound like a broken record but this was two easy coats and top coat again.

Essie – Pool Side Service

Essie – Pool Side Service

Essie – Pool Side Service: Next up we have this gorgeous muted cerulean blue. An unusual hue which makes it even more gorgeous in my opinion. Formula on this one was the best of the bunch as you can basically get away with one coat. However I’m a creature of habit and I can’t just apply one coat so I did two and finished with top coat.

Essie – Shades On

Essie – Shades On

Essie – Shades On: Finally we have Shades On, a stunning muted medium purple. You can’t go wrong with a colour like this! Again, perfect formula and two easy coats for flawless coverage, plus top coat.

This collection was begging to be used in a floral mani so that’s exactly what I ended up doing. I used every single shade in the collection for these nails plus the addition of black and white for contrast. Freehanded with fine brushes and dotting tools for the dots.

Here in Belgium can purchase Essie via Kruidvat, Di and Inno stores for €12,49 a piece. Check the official website for local availability near you. I absolutely loved this collection, the colours and especially the formula was on point! Let me know what your favourites are!

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Friday, 22 April 2016 - 14 Comments

Dance Legend – Malta

Today I’m sharing swatches of my favourite two shades from the Dance Legend Malta collection. This is a collection of beautiful opaque shimmer polishes. Let’s take a look!

Dance Legend – 96

Dance Legend – 96

Dance Legend – 96: First up is shade 96, a beautiful marsala type colour with stunning colour shifting shimmer flakes. They go from pink to gold which you can clearly see in the bottle. On the nail the shift is more subtle but the shimmer is definitely apparent. Formula was great and covered in two easy coats.

Dance Legend – 94

Dance Legend – 94

Dance Legend – 94: The second shade is this beautiful vintage rose nude with strong gold shimmer flakes. Absolutely love muted colours like this! The finish is stunning. I used three thin coats and top coat.

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 who kindly passed these onto me.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016 - 8 Comments

Rimmel – Super Gel

Today I have a review and swatches of Rimmel London’s newest nail polish line called Super Gel. This is a hybrid type system just like CND Vinylux, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, OPI Infinite Shine, China Glaze Everglaze, etc. Let’s take a look!

This is the selection of four shades I was sent, as well as the top coat. With this two-step system you get a gel-like finish and high shine without the need for a UV/LED lamp. It promises wear up to 14 days, which I really wish they didn’t do as it’s just not realistic. In my experience I get about 3-5 days of chip-free wear out of hybrid systems on my natural nails. After that you get normal tip wear and chips.

Rimmel – Hip Hop

Rimmel – Hip Hop

Rimmel – Hip Hop: First up is Hip Hop, a beautiful juicy red with a warm undertone. This was two easy coats and top coat.

Rimmel – Cocktail Passion

Rimmel – Cocktail Passion

Rimmel – Cocktail Passion: Next up is Cocktail Passion, a pretty coral pink creme. I wore this for about four days with no chips or tipwear. Lovely Spring shade. This is two coats and top coat.

Rimmel – Grape Sorbet

Rimmel – Grape Sorbet

Rimmel – Grape Sorbet: Next up is this frosty pearly pink. Look at all those brushstrokes. Eek! I can’t actually believe that Rimmel released a colour like this in a NEW collection. What were they thinking?! LOL! This was two coats and top coat.

Rimmel – Hottie Choccie

Rimmel – Hottie Choccie

Rimmel – Hottie Choccie: Finally we have this dark coffee brown with fiery orange shimmer. Beautiful finish and easy to apply. This was two coats and top coat.

You can purchase Rimmel Super Gel in stores now. While the particular colour selection I was sent wasn’t my personal cup of tea, I was highly impressed by the formulation on all of these. They apply buttery, smooth and evenly in two thin coats (some are even one coaters). The Super Gel top coat is absolutely amazing and has a very shiny finish. Have you tried these? Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 - 7 Comments

Lacquer Lust – New Cremes

Today I’m sharing the new Lacquer Lust collection, five beautiful Spring cremes. Let’s take a look!

Lacquer Lust – Orchid

Lacquer Lust – Orchid

Lacquer Lust – Orchid: First up is Orchid, a beautiful pastel muted purple. It’s a touch warmer in person than my photos show. The formula is jelly-like but three coats gave me decent opacity. I finished with top coat.

Lacquer Lust – Not A Cloud In Sight

Lacquer Lust – Not A Cloud In Sight

Lacquer Lust – Not A Cloud In Sight: Next up is this gorgeous blue, it has a bit of a minty quality to it. Love colours like this! I used three coats and top coat.

Lacquer Lust – Mist

Lacquer Lust – Mist

Lacquer Lust – Mist: Next up is Mist, a pretty light grey. This was three coats and top coat.

Lacquer Lust – Rosé

Lacquer Lust – Rosé

Lacquer Lust – Rosé: Next up is Rosé, a beautiful muted vintage pink. This is a type of shade I love to wear even though I don’t gravitate towards pink. This was three coats and top coat.

Lacquer Lust – Framboise

Lacquer Lust – Framboise

Lacquer Lust – Framboise: Finally we have Framboise, a lovely muted deep berry shade. A really beautiful colour you don’t see that often. Formula of this one was the best of the bunch as I needed just two coats. I finished with top coat.

You will be able to purchase the new Lacquer Lust cremes on Saturday March 19th. It’s hard to pick a favourite as I really loved all of these colours! Which is yours?

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Friday, 18 March 2016 - 5 Comments

Sophin Cosmetics – Review

Today I’m sharing a review on a new-to-me brand, Sophin. I got the opportunity through Maria from Hypnotic Polish who is now a stockist of this brand. As far as I know they are a German polish brand, I can’t find a huge amount of information about them online but I see them on my Instagram feed often, especially gracing the elegant hands of Eastern-European nail polish lovers. Let’s take a look at the selection of six shades I was sent!

Sophin – 345

Sophin – 345

Sophin – 345: First up is shade 345, yeah.. Sophin polishes don’t have names. Not a deal breaker but it’s a shame, numbers are kind of uninspiring. This shade is a pastel yellow creme. It’s a lovely colour but yellows are notoriously tricky to apply. This one applied evenly but did take three coats for streak-free coverage. I also added top coat.

Sophin – 236

Sophin – 236

Sophin – 236: Next up is this beautiful lime green creme. It has a bit of a muted quality to it somehow. I really love this shade! I needed three coats for full opacity and finished with top coat.

Sophin – 341

Sophin – 341

Sophin – 341: Next up is this lovely pastel mint creme. I’m a sucker for shades like this. I needed three coats to even it out. Finished with top coat.

Sophin – 243

Sophin – 243

Sophin – 243: Next up is this pretty medium blue. It had that typical blue pigment smell but it wasn’t too overpowering. Has a dusty quality to it but dries slightly darker on the nail than the bottle. This was two coats and top coat.

Sophin – 162

Sophin – 162

Sophin – 162: Next up is this burgundy shade with silver shimmer. It’s the only shimmer out of the selection I was sent. This reminds me of those vampy piCture pOlish collection they released a while back. This was two coats and top coat.

Sophin – 344

Sophin – 344

Sophin – 344: Finally we have this beautiful peachy nude colour. I always love wearing shades like this, they are so delicate. This one needed three coats and top coat.

You can purchase Sophin via Hypnotic Polish. They are 5-free and bottles contain 12ml. I enjoyed all the colours I was sent but wasn’t hugely blown away by the formula. They were easy to apply but a bit on the sheer side, although that isn’t surprising for pastels, I had slightly higher hopes. Have you tried this brand before? Let me know in the comments!

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016 - 6 Comments

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