Essie – Summer 2016

Today I’m showing you the gorgeous new Essie Summer 2016 collection. Rather than post swatches (there’s many great ones out there already) I decided to share two nail art looks with you. Let’s take a look!

From left to right: Berried Treasures – Hiking Heels – Coconut Cove – Viva Antiqua! – Loot The Booty – Tribal Text-Styles

The collection holds 6 shades in total and features a somewhat unique mix of shades for Summer. My first instinct was that they don’t really scream Summer, especially those two shades on the right. What do you think?! I came up with two different nail art looks, the first using the three shades on the left and the second look using the three shades on the right. Let’s check them out!

For my first look I sponged on a gradient of Essie Berried Treasures, Essie Hiking Heels and Essie Coconut Cove. Using Coconut Cove and a nail art brush I roughly drew on a grid design. Finished up with top coat.

I’ve worn Coconut Cove several times since I received this collection. It’s definitely my favourite! A gorgeous off-white with an ever-so-subtle pink hue. On your nails it almost looks like a white, but it’s not as harsh. Opaque in two easy coats too, it’s a real stunner!

For my second look I went with a super simple turquoise stone style design. This is basically a cheaters turquoise stone nail, because all you need is some cling film (saran wrap). I started with a base of Essie Viva Antiqua!, a gorgeous shimmer-y turquoise that sadly stains so beware! I then dabbed a ball of clingfilm into Essie Loot The Booty, before dabbing it on the nail. I did the same with Essie Tribal Text-Styles. To create some depth I painted on some lines using Tribal Text-Styles but it didn’t really need it, so this step is optional. Finished with glossy top coat and a stud from Born Pretty Store.

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 really enjoyed this collection, especially Coconut Cove is a real beauty! The formula and opacity was on point for every single shade.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 - 10 Comments

BOW Polish Thermo Top Coat Review

Today I have a review and nail art to share with you on the BOW Polish Thermo top coat. When I first saw swatches of this polish appear on Instagram I was beyond excited! This polish has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Let’s take a look!

BOW Polish – Thermo Top Coat

BOW Polish – Thermo Top Coat

BOW Polish – Thermo Top Coat: Thermo Top Coat goes from almost clear when warm to black when cold and it contains gorgeous scatter holo flakes. Here I have layered two coats on its own, no top coat. As you can see it dries to a matte finish. Application was great and two thin coats suffice for a nice bold effect. You can layer this over any polish colour but keep in mind it will dull down the colour somewhat as it’s not fully clear when warm.

I also prepared a nail art mani for you. I stamped over the BOW Thermo Top Coat using Messy Mansion Carbon and four images from the Bundle Monster BM-S151 Wild Eyes plate. Finished with glossy top coat!

Really love how these turned out! It’s so awesome to see your design disappear and reappear.

Finally here is what my nails looked like after being dunked in hot and cold water.

You can purchase Bow Polish through 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, 11 May 2016 - 8 Comments

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 - 15 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

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