Monday, December 1, 2014

Preview: Essence "Hidden Stories" Trend Edition


Beautiful wonderland! A glittering kingdom full of enchanted beings and miracles is waiting to be discovered. With the new essence trend edition “hidden stories”, we’re heading towards a dreamy winter wonderland in January 2015. The shimmering cool colour scheme creates magical beauty moments in silver, lavender, pink, mint, light blue and mauve. Highlights include the glittering fairy dust for your nails, lips and body, the multidimensional shimmering soufflé eyeshadows as well as the frosted nail polishes in icy pastel shades. Follow the essence fairytale!

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Soufflé Eyeshadow - Winter wonderlove! The crème eyeshadows with a high pigmentation create a multidimensional, metallic foil finish on your lids! The creamy texture has a cooling effect, is especially longlasting and impresses with gorgeous, frosty pastel shades like lavender and mint. Available in 01 enter wonderland, 02 enchanted by hint of mint, 03 mauve-llous fairy and 04 where did I park my unicorn?
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Mascara Topper - It’s raining glitter! Set magical accents on your eyes with this mascara topper. The combination of the metallic base texture and glitter flakes adds a touch of sparkle to lashes or brows. Available in 01 wonderland’s next super fairy and 02 where did I park my unicorn?
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Highlighter - It’s magic. The ultra-light crème highlighter practically melts with your skin upon application and turns into a soft powder. Two subtle shades – enchanting lavender and magical pastel pink – create a natural, freshlooking complexion. Available in 01 rose in wonderland and 02 enter wonderland. 
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Lipgloss - Lovely lips. Thanks to the multidimensional glitter particles, you can conjure-up shimmering lips in a flash. The two lipglosses in the nuances mother-of-pearl pink and violet-mauve have an ultra-soft texture and provide high-shine results. Available in 01 where did I park my unicorn and 02 mauve-llous fairy. 
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Nail Polish - Fairy-five: the limited polishes offer effects, effects, effects! From frosted to iced to a fabulous sparkle, each polish has a surprising wintery icebreaker finish. You have a choice of five pastel shades including trendy frosted mint and metallic ice-blue with high coverage. Available in 01 enter wonderland, 02 enchanted by hint of mint, 03 mauve-llous fairy, 04 where did I park my unicorn? and 05 rose in wonderland. 
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Pixie Dust - Twinkle, twinkle! A childhood dream is about to come true: set spectacular highlights on your nails, lips and body with the shimmering, glittery fairy dust. Simply apply as a topper on the beauty product of your choice or mix it before application – and your exciting sparkle-look is done! Available in 01 carrie’s fairy dust, 02 trixie’s pixie dust 03 from dust till dawn. 
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Pastel Hair Spray - Fairytale hair! The spray creates colourful highlights in the two pastel shades pink and mauve. Simply apply on the desired strand or area of hair – easy to wash out again. A unique must-have for all beauties longing for a magical, elf-like hairstyle and it’s so easy to use. Available in 01 enter wonderland and 02 mauve-llous fairy. 
Essence Hidden Stories Trend Edition

Essence “hidden stories” will be available in stores in January 2015.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Manicure Recycle: Born Pretty Store Full Water Nail Decals

I'm so behind on my reviews of the Born Pretty Store products, it's crazy. Work, life and decreasing interest in doing my nails on a daily basis... just a few reasons. I hope this blog won't die anytime soon - in case I get my fire back, but it has definitely been on a side track for a long time. Well, let's go with the flow and see where it takes us. 

The latest Born Pretty Store product I've tried were these beautiful full water nail decals.
Born Pretty Store Full Water Nail Decals

See how pretty the pattern is. And the color is right up my alley as well. I got one sheet with 12 water decals of different sizes. They're long and therefore suitable for longer nails as well. 
Born Pretty Store Full Water Nail Decals

My nails have already been painted at that time, but the manicure was a couple of days old and not too good looking (I was wearing BYS Matte Charcoal - I adore this polish!). You're supposed to paint your nail with a base coat before applying the decals, but these particular ones are opaque, so I don't think the base was necessary... 
Born Pretty Store Full Water Nail Decals

I usually love water decals, but these gave me a hard time. I think they came without the plastic film that protects them and were hard to apply - didn't want to stick to the nail. I ended up just covering them with a layer of top coat to seal them on my nails. It worked, but I struggled. I think it was worth the struggle after all. What do you think? 
Born Pretty Store Full Water Nail Decals

You can buy these water nail decals on Born Pretty Store for $1.99 (here's a direct link).

Also, here's a code for a 10% off your purchase: SSG10



Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Preview: Essence ''Like an Unforgettable Kiss'' Trend Edition

Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

It’s time to go weak at the knees with a pounding heart and butterflies in your stomach! From mid January to mid February 2015, essence puts all beauties in the mood for Valentine’s Day with the trend edition “like an unforgettable kiss”. The day of love is all about kissing - – exciting, tingling and simply unforgettable. The romantic color scheme mainly consists of pink, purple and red, and focuses on this special sign of affection with lovingly decorated products. Must-haves  include the lip smoother for super-soft and kissable lips, the two-tone blushes with a cute heart embossment as well as the fruity-floral fragrance in a mini-size. Love is in the air… with essence!

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Eyeshadow - Memorable moments… the three highly-pigmented eyeshadows with a soft texture create gorgeous eye make-up styles in mint, blue and purple with a fashionable pearl effect. A cute eye-catcher: each color is embossed with its own symbol – locks, hearts and puckered lips decorate the different colours. Available in 01 always on my mint, 02 love is in the air and 03 cloud number nine. Around 1,79€*.
Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Lip smoother - First kiss! The lip smoother makes lips feel wonderfully soft and supple. Its light peeling effect evens out small lines around your lips. On top of this, the lip smoother also offers a gorgeous shine and feels nice and pleasant on your lips. Available in 01 keep calm and kiss me. Around 1,99€*.
Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Lipstick - Hopelessly in love… the lipsticks in apricot, pink and bright red keeps the focus on beautiful lips. The high-shine finish offers glossy results and long-lasting moisture. Available in 01 nothing but lovestoned, 02 pink me and 03 keep calm and kiss me. Around 2,29€*.
Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Duo blush - Twosome… The duo blush gives your face a gorgeous touch of color thanks to the two perfectly aligned shades with a high pigmentation. A combination of light apricot and vibrant peach or rosé and pink ensures fresh, rosy cheeks. And the cute heart-shaped packaging is an adorable eye-catcher, too. Available in 01 nothing but lovestoned and 02 pink me. Around 3,29€*.
Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Blush brush - True love! The blush brush made of fine synthetic bristles in pink has a slanted shape that makes it especially easy to capture, distribute and blend powder. The purple heart at the middle gives this brush a totally unique look – wow! Available in 01 dear valentine! Around 2,79€*.

Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Nail polish - Kiss the hand! Apricot, mint, purple and pink are sure to make the hearts of all beauties beat a little faster. The nail polishes offer high coverage and a gel-shine finish for long-lasting, extra-glossy results. Available in 01 nothing but lovestoned, 02 always on my mint, 03 you let my heart skip a beat and 04 pink me. Around 1,79€*. 
Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Fragrance - Take my breath away! This sparkling, fruity-floral fragrance is as exciting as a first kiss and brings back beautiful memories! The top note with pink grapefruit, mango and tangerine creates a fruity freshness. Combined with lily of the valley and raspberry in the middle note, this results in a sweet and floral composition. Creamy sandalwood, musk and vanilla in the base note give the fragrance a warm touch. As unique as an unforgettable kiss! Available in 50 ml around €*. The large as well as the small fragrance – as always in a 10 ml size for €* – will be joining the standard range afterwards. Around 6,99€*. 
Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Trend Edition

Essence “like an unforgettable kiss” will be available in stores from mid January  until mid February 2015.

* recommended retail price

This trend edition will be available in the following countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Poland, Latvia, Russia, Afghanistan, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Nepal, and Panama.

Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Essence - Caught in the Middle (Good Girl, Bad Girl TE)

My pick from the Essence Good Girl Bad Girl trend edition: nail polish in Caught in the Middle. It seemed like something I'd wear and that ''leather effect'' sticker got me pretty interested too, I admit. But there's one thing I've learned when it comes to Essence products which is to not take the description too seriously. 
Essence - Caught in the Middle (Good Girl, Bad Girl TE)

Caught in the Middle is a black jelly with loads of glass flecks of different size and color in it. The description mentiones leather and snake skin-like effect, but that's only the effect of glass flecks creating a texture once the polish dries. That's it. 
Essence - Caught in the Middle (Good Girl, Bad Girl TE)

Essence, Caught in the Middle, 2 coats (over 1 coat of black base - a England Camelot)
Essence - Caught in the Middle (Good Girl, Bad Girl TE)

I tried this polish on it's own at first, but it needed three coats for full opacity and I still didn't like the depth of it. That's why I decided to layer it over black base instead. 2 coats (1 coat looks good too) over my favorite 1-coater black creme (a England Camelot to the rescue) is still better than 3 coats of this flaky polish. Easier to apply, easier to remove, plus it looks better, IMHO. The polish was easy to apply, formula was good and it looks quite interesting and original too. Nothing like leather or snake skin, but still pretty cool. 
Essence - Caught in the Middle (Good Girl, Bad Girl TE)

What do you think about this one? Would you wear it?

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Review & Swatches: a England ''Elizabeth & Mary" Collection

Getting a new a England collection is a very special kind of joy. I do not only get to swatch pretty nail polishes, but I also learn something while doing it. Adina (the owner and creator of these extraordinary shades) is a romantic soul with lots of love towards everything beautiful and that's why I always expect so much from her polishes. Art, history and colors once again. This time "Elizabeth & Mary'' style. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

Elizabeth & Mary collection consists of 5 shades inspired by, you guessed it, two queens: Elizabeth I (also known as the Virgin Queen or Gloriana) and Mary, Queen of Scots. Here they are all together. Click on the photo to see it in full size. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

Gloriana, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Gloriana

Gloriana is a brownish red shade with loads of red/golden light-reflecting flecks. It looks almost like molten metal in the bottle and is very hard to describe. It looks really shiny and autumn-y. Perfect for fall. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Gloriana

Crown of Thistles, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Crown of Thistles

Crown of Thistles is a cool pink shade with the signature a England holographic shimmer. One of the best pink holo shades I've seen in nail polish world. They're almost always either too warm or too pastel looking. This one deals with both problems. I'm pretty impressed (and I'm not a lover of pink on my nails). 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Crown of Thistles

Virgin Queen, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Virgin Queen

Virgin Queen is a cool bronze shade with holographic shimmer. It looks like shimmery molten metal and it's my favorite from this collection. I don't own anything like this one and I love the way it looks. A real stunner! 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Virgin Queen

Fotheringhay Castle, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Fotheringhay Castle

Fotheringhay Castle is an olive green shade, again with holographic shimmer. Dragon and Saint George got their warmer (leaning towards yellow) sister. Beautiful!
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Fotheringhay Castle

Queen of Scots, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Queen of Scots

Queen of Scots is a dark blue shimmer. It's dark, but it's blue. It might look darker in low light, but there's no doubt about it when the light hits it. This is pretty much close to perfection. It's opaque in 1 coat, but my nails aren't made for 1-coaters, so I added a second layer of polish to even it out. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Queen of Scots

Well, what can I say... If you love the color you see, you're pretty much gonna love the polish as a whole. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but here it goes: great formula, great brush (round, flexible and on the smaller side), easy application and another important thing - great opacity. All of these shades are opaque in 2 coats or less. The three shades with holographic shimmer (Crown of Thistles, Virgin Queen and Fotheringhay Castle) are also great for layering over darker shades - for that special WOW effect. The photo below is click-able. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

You can buy shades from the Elizabeth & Mary collection on a England website. If you're located out side of the UK, check out the Where to Buy tab. You can also find a England on Facebook and Twitter

*Polishes were sent to me for reviewing purposes.

Thanks for looking and commenting!
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