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!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Preview: Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

It’s time to hit the slopes! We’re heading to the mountains in December 2014 with the new essence trend edition “mountain calling”. Let’s go skiing, cross-country skiing or hiking! The colour scheme with white, blue, red and dark green shades provides a winter feeling as well as a cool look. Thanks to the hand & nail balm, every beauty’s hands are given the intensive care they need to withstand even the coldest temperatures. The highlights of the trend edition are the eyeshadow palette with six colours and socks with a norwegian design. And the topper with white snowflake elements creates a nail style with a true snow-effect. The mountains are calling… with essence!

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Eyeshadow palette - Wonderful winter! The eyeshadow palette is extremely convincing with its winter colour combination of white, gold, brown as well as light and dark blue. Thanks to the high pigmentation and various effects ranging from pearly to matt, all mountain beauties are sure to attract plenty of attention. The packaging design is gorgeous, too, surrounding the eyeshadows with a true winter wonderland! Available in 01 meet me @ the ski lodge. Around 3,99€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

2in1 kajal pencil - Ice and earth colours! The duo kajal pencils in the cool colour combinations light and dark blue as well as dark green and brown offer accurate results on the upper and lower eyelid. The shades can be combined to create a trendy colour effect. Available in 01 today is fun day and 02 we love winter holidays!. Around 1,49€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Lip balm - A thing of the past... dry, chapped lips! The light and creamy formula of this lip balm makes lips feel pleasantly soft. Transparent white with a light shimmer and red provide a touch of glam in the mountains. Available in 01 snow alert! and 02 let's climb mount beauty. Around 1,49€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Cream to powder blush - Rosy cheeks, even in the wintertime… this blush gives your complexion a fresh touch in the darker months of the year. Simply apply the creamy texture with your fingertips and blend – it instantly melts with your skin and provides powdery results. Available in 01 let's climb mount beauty. Around 2,79€*. 
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Translucent powder - Keep cool! The powder ensures a matt, flawless finish all day long. No matter how challenging your winter activities are – your make-up will remain untouched. The translucent powder adapts to the individual skin tone, making it suitable for all skin types. With a cool mountain embossment on the surface of the texture! Available in 01 snow alert!. Around 3,29€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Nail polish - A perfect match for your outfit on the slopes! With the nail polishes in red, dark green, white and light blue, trendy looks are guaranteed. The long-lasting texture and high coverage turn these nail polishes into perfect companions for a trip to the mountains. Available in 01 today is fun day, 02 we love winter holidays!, 03 let's climb mount beauty and 04 snow alert!. Around 1,59€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Snow top coat - Snowflakes. This transparent top coat is a highlight for all ski bunnies. Thanks to white snowflake elements, you can create a surprising snow-effect on your nails. Simply apply on top of nail polish. Available in 01 snow alert!. Around 1,99€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Hand & nail balm - Care & cure! The moisturizing hand and nail cream ensures perfectly soft and pampered hands and nails, even when it’s cold as ice and the temperatures are below zero. The special formula won’t leave your hands feeling oily. Available in 01 meet me @ the ski lodge. Around 1,99€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition
Socks - Super cozy… warm feet are guaranteed for all girls in the alps with these stylish socks. The woolen socks have a hip norwegian design and are the ideal companions when the weather is cold and frosty outside. Available in 01 meet me @ the ski lodge. Around 3,99€*.
Essence ''Mountain Calling'' Trend Edition

Essence “mountain calling” will be available in stores in December 2014.

*Recommended retail price. 

This trend edition will be available in the Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Belarus, and Bahrain.


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