Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Stargazer - 128

... aka Holy Shizzle, it's Magical!
Stargazer 128 Nail Polish

If this was Zoya, OPI, Orly, China Glaze or some other well known brand, we'd be all over it from the start. But it's just plain old Stargazer. But is it really? I mean, come on - look at this shade!

Stargazer, 128, 3 coats
Stargazer 128 Nail Polish

Stargazer polishes and their main mistake - numbers instead of names. Name or number, this polish made me say 'WOW'. It's a three coater, but it's well worth it. It dries fast and the coats are quite thin. The formula is great and so is the brush. I have nothing bad to say about this one. I would love it even better if it was more opaque, but I love it this way as well. Pretty duochrome shimmer. <3
Stargazer 128 Nail Polish

The color is more realistic on my previous photos, but Nikon makes some badass pics... See the depth?
Stargazer 128 Nail Polish

Here it almost looks like the long gone OPI Peel Me a Gobi Grape. It's lighter in real life, but who cares. It's freakin' amazing!
Stargazer 128 Nail Polish

*in Aragorn voice* What say you?

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Ebay Buy: Silver Tone Dangle Earrings

Ready for another Ebay buy?

Wing Earrings - I LOVE angel wings in all forms. I purchased these wing earrings for $2.50 (on auction, free shipping). If you want earrings like these, go on Ebay and search for 'silver tone wing earrings'.

Long Tassel Earrings - If you're into long dangle earrings, these are perfect for you. I got them for $1.20 (on auction, free shipping). If you want earrings like these, go on Ebay and search for 'long tassel dangle earrings'.

Do you like any of these two earring styles? 

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Essence - Confetteria (Crazy Good Times Trend Edition)

You know that feeling when you buy a really special shade of polish and you're scared of running out too fast, so you go and buy another bottle of the same polish (aka back-up bottle)? Essence Confetteria is that kind of special polish. No, I didn't buy a back-up for this, but I still don't wanna run out of this gorgeous blue glitter, so I layered it.
Essence Confetteria Crazy Good Times Trend Edition

I looked for a similar blue based polish in my collection and decided to go with Andreia no.11 as my base. Confetteria still looks better on it's own and it's opaque in 2 coats anyway. Don't know if this layering thing was necessary.

Andreia, 11, 2 coats + Essence, Confetteria, 1 coat
Essence Confetteria Crazy Good Times Trend Edition

See, there's no real depth... I should just get a back up bottle.
Essence Confetteria Crazy Good Times Trend Edition

Do you like this kind of glitter polishes?

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Weekly Sum-Up #20

It's about time to post some Arya update. She's doing very well after her surgery. She's only been acting weird the first day and on the second day she started running around like she usually does. Arya is a gentle yet very playful creature. She likes to cuddle and loves to sleep in weird poses. And what really made me happy - Aishila and Arya became great friends. They clean each other and play together. So cute. =) Jimi is more reserved, but she tolerates her. Most of the time.

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Chihuahua Car had some kind of attack today. He fell down and started shaking. It was all over in a minute, but I still managed to call the vet in that time and scheduled a visit on Monday. I wanted to take him to the vet right away, but he's not working on the weekends. I think he was right the last time. I think our little chihuahua has epilepsy. We need to get the meds for him, but I'm still quite worried. Does anyone have experience with epileptic dogs?

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This one doesn't have a lot to do with anything ... I saw a part of the Hellboy movie and I can't help it - I think Hellboy is hot. He's also repulsive, but in a good way. Damn, I'm weird.

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I mentioned Orly's Royal Navy in my a England Order of the Garter post. I couldn't leave it alone and had to show this to you. They're nothing alike - they're just both blue with darker base and lighter shimmer. That's it. Don't want anyone to think they're dupes or something. *wink wink*

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Photo of the week:

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Posts of the week:

Check out the Sugar-Coated Heart make up tutorial by Jangsara.

I need Imperial Purple in my life. Thanks to Haus of Polish.

Nailxchange introduced us to duochrome at it's best. Amazing, I tell you!

This is how Killer Colours does her brows. Yep, her brows are pretty much perfect.

You can see some of the new Catrice nail polish shades on Lacquerdicted. I need Genius in a Bottle, Metallilac and King of Greens. *drool*

St. George by a England is opaque enough for Konading. Tested by Oooh, Shinies!

Wanna see more holographic polishes? See this recap of Hits No Olimpo collection by The Polished Perfectionist.

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Blog of the week: I don't usually do this, but I've been obsessed with  Like a Candy Shop. You gotta check it out. Those nails made me wanna cut and file mine down as much as possible.

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There will be no music of the week because my Firefox freezes everytime I start a YouTube video. I'm still trying to solve the problem. No luck. *shows fist at the computer*

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a England - Order of the Garter

We've come to the bittersweet end. This is the 4th shade from a England's The Legend collection. The collection consists of 7 shades though: Saint George, Bridal Veil, Dragon, Order of the Garter, Princess Sabra, Princess Tears and Ascalon.

There are three additional shades that I didn't show you and you can see them here:
* Princess Sabra
* Princess Tears
* Ascalon

Or you can see all the shades in one place at Ommorphia Beauty Bar.
a England Order of the Garter

The Order of the Garter was founded in 1348 and is the highest order of chivalry or knighthood existing in England. The order is dedicated to the image and arms of Saint George as England's patron saint. The order's emblem is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (old French:"shame upon him who thinks evil upon it") in gold lettering. (Wikipedia)

Order of the Garter is the 'black sheep' of the collection since it's the only shade from The Legend that doesn't contain holographic shimmer. That doesn't make it boring though. Gorgeous medium blue base loaded with tons of lighter blue shimmer that almost looks like small flakies is quite an original shade. It kind of reminds me of lighter sibling of the Orly Royal Navy shade. Kind of.

a England, Order of the Garter, 3 coats
a England Order of the Garter

This bottle of polish also came with a 'wild' brush, like St. George. It was not bushy or wonky, it just had some longer bristles which I had to cut off with the scissors. As you can see, that didn't affect the application. I find all a England polishes to be a delight to apply and I don't need to do any clean-up if I'm careful enough.
a England Order of the Garter

When I first tried this polish, I was a little disappointed because the first layer looked so sheer. I thought I was gonna have to apply 4 coats for full opacity. It turned out to be one of those shades which are very sheer after the first layer but almost completely opaque after the second. So yes, you could get away with only 2 coats of Order of the Garter. All the other features are similar to the rest of The Legend shades: great formula, short drying time and glossy finish.
a England Order of the Garter

The Legend collection should be up on a England website soon. Until then, you can order the polishes from the new collection by contacting Adina directly (hello@a-england.co.uk).

What are your thoughts on a England's Order of the Garter?

*The product was sent to me by the company.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

a England - Dragon

The Dragon is here. As promised.

The Green Dragon Song
"Oh you can search far and wide,
You can drink the whole town dry,
But you'll never find a beer so brown,
As the one we drink in our hometown.
You can drink your fancy ales,
You can drink them by the flagon,
But the only brew for the brave and true,
Comes from the Green Dragon!"

The name of this polish reminds me of two hobbits, singing and dancing on the table. Sorry, the LOTR fanatic in me took over.
a England Dragon

Adina probably didn't have Lord of the Rings in her mind when she created this shade. Dragon is yet another part of the story about St. George, princess Sabra and the evil dragon. We all know who won the battle...
Rubens, Saint George and The Dragon (source)

Can I be honest? The shades from The Legend collection are driving me crazy. I don't know how to photograph these colors without washing out the beauty of their holographic shimmer and changing their main color. I give up! You have to see them for yourself, that's for sure.

a England, Dragon, 2 coats
a England Dragon

I don't wanna sound like a broken record, but I guess I have to: this is another one of those perfect shades a England introduced us to. Dragon is a fern green with copper-ish flash and holographic shimmer. And all you can see on my photos taken in lightbox is fern green... but I swear, it's there. The brush and formula are great. This polish could possibly be a one coater if you apply it carefully. Can't say nothing bad about the opacity and I can't say nothing bad about the drying time and glossy shine either. Another perfection in a bottle!
a England Dragon

This is the photo I took outside. The sun decided to not cooperate and hid itself, but you can still see that copper-y flash I was talking about. The color comes pretty close to what Dragon looks like IRL.
a England Dragon

And now about the last shot. This one is special because it's made with my Nikon... And my Nikon cares more about the finish of the polish than it does about the color. Dragon is not as strong green as you can see on this photo, but you can see that holo shine I'm blabbing about for the last three a England posts. And the copper caught in all the green... *sigh* Masterpiece.
a England Dragon

The Legend collection should be up on a England website soon. Until then, you can order the polishes from the new collection by contacting Adina directly (hello@a-england.co.uk).

What are your thoughts on a England's Dragon?

*The product was sent to me by the company.

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Ebay Buy: Vancl Three Stars Bracelet

Taking a little break from the a England pretties. But don't worry, I'll show you Dragon in my next post, I promise. Here's another ebay buy from last month. I found this Vancl Three Stars Bracelet by coincidence and boy, I'm glad I did!
Vancl Three Stars Bracelet

Yeah, it looked kind of big, chunky, blingy and overall too much. Even for me. But since I got this for only 0.60 USD (auction, free shipping) I can't complain at all. I like it a lot better in real life anyway. =)
Vancl Three Stars Bracelet

I'm not sure if this bracelet is still available on Ebay, but it should be available on Vancl website. You can find the silver version HERE and golden version HERE for 4.99 USD (they currently offer free shipping).
Vancl Three Stars Bracelet

I'm loving my three stars bracelet even more since yesterday. My niece Vita said the big star is daddy, the smaller one is mommy and the little one is Vita. XD She's at that age - the things she says and comes up with ... you can just laugh.
Vancl Three Stars Bracelet

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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Swatches & Review: a England - Bridal Veil

Continuing a England's The Legend story... You've already met Saint George and now it's time to meet his wife to be, princess Sabra or better yet - her bridal veil. All photos show a England Bridal Veil without base or top coat. 
a England Bridal Veil

The tale of Saint George and Dragon:
''Terrorized by a dragon, a town is forced by the monster to sacrifice a young girl each day to him. When St. George learns of this and that the Princess Sabra is his latest intended victim, he attacks the monster, finally defeats him, and completes his triumph with his marriage to the princess.'' (Source)
Burne-Jones, Princess Sabra Led to the Dragon (source)

At first glance, Bridal Veil might look like the least interesting color from The Legend collection, but I bet it will gain a lot of love between the dark, edgy nail polish shade lovers. The black base in Bridal Veil contains scattered holographic shimmer (like most of the other shades from this collection) which doesn't create the linear holographic effect, but it does create a sparkly finish. The color shifts to brown-ish green under certain angles, but it was impossible for me to capture that effect on photos.

a England, Bridal Veil, 2 coats
a England Bridal Veil

Bridal Veil is another example of what all high quality polishes should be like. I don't have a simple negative remark about it. The brush is great and when you combine it with perfect formula you get a great application. This polish is opaque in 1 thicker coat and it dries quite fast. The finish is really glossy even without top coat.
a England Bridal Veil

Well, there is one bad thing about Bridal Veil - it doesn't want to photograph and these photos don't do it any justice. Still, I think this last photo, shot in the sunlight, represents the magic in it better than the ones shot in my lightbox aka Crappy II. Beautiful!
a England Bridal Veil

The Legend collection should be up on a England website soon. Until then, you can order the polishes from the new collection by contacting Adina directly (hello@a-england.co.uk).

What are your thoughts on a England's Bridal Veil?

*The product was sent to me by the company.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Swatches & Review: a England - Saint George

In my previous post I asked you which a England polish from the new The Legend collection you want to see first. Most of you picked Saint George and here it is. The photos show Saint George without base or top coat. 
a England Saint George

One of the reasons why I love a England is the story behind every single shade Adina makes. This is a story about Saint George (in Slovenia known as Sveti Jurij). He was a Roman soldier and a priest in the guard of Diocletian. He was immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon (Dragon is yet another shade from this collection.). His memorial is celebrated on 23th of April. (Wikipedia)
Raphael, Saint George Fighting the Dragon (source)

Saint George looks so gorgeous in real life (even in the bottle) and it's impossible to capture it's beauty on photos. Believe me, I tried. I took photos under artificial light, in the sun and shade... but it's just can't be done. It's one of those shades you just have to see in person. It has a dark teal/petrol shade that's leaning more to green. Well, I'd definitely call this a green. Maybe a pine green? This shade contains holographic shimmer, but the finish isn't really holographic - as in linear holographic, like Gosh Holographic. The shimmer is scattered which makes the polish sparkly and shiny, especially in the sunlight.

a England, Saint George, 2 coats
a England Saint George

There's one thing I have to mention about the brushes. When I first opened the Saint George bottle, I noticed the brush looks kind of weird. One of the bristles was longer than others (the same happened with the Order of the Garter shade). Don't know what's that all about, but a simple cut with the scissors solved the problem. The brushes are really good if we count out a couple of longer bristles. I didn't have to do any clean-up after the application which was really easy. The formula of this polish is amazing. It's not too thin and runny and not goopy either. Perfect, I tell you. So is the opacity. This polish is basically completely opaque in 1 coat. I always use 2, especially when taking photos of the polish.
a England Saint George

What else to say about this polish? I adore it. The color is gorgeous and the quality is great. Opaque shade, good formulation, brush and application ... I wish all polishes were like this one. I also like the fact it dries fast and looks glossy without top coat. It's definitely a lot shinier than the other polishes I used lately. There might be one bad thing though - I didn't have this on my nails for a long time, but I got a feeling that this shade might cause some staining. Don't forget to use a base coat with it.

Here's a photo of Saint George taken outside in the sun:
a England Saint George

The Legend collection should be up on a England website soon. Until then, you can order the polishes from the new collection by contacting Adina directly (hello@a-england.co.uk).

So, what do you think of St. George now? 

*The product was sent to me by the company.

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Preview: a England - The Legend

This is what I'll be showing you in the next few days ... four nail polish shades from the new a England The Legend collection. Aren't they pretty?
a England The Legend

Can't leave out the color drops.
a England The Legend

Oh, this is good. This is super ├╝ber cool, I tell you. Stay tuned and see for yourself. =)

BTW: Which one do you want to see first?

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Illamasqua Sophie-I Collection & Technique

''The Illamasqua Sophie-I smoky eye technique allows you to not only express your individuality, but discover new depth and definition in your eyes.''

In support of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation ...

''Created using the black Sophie Medium Pencil, the technique is inspired by The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, the charity Illamasqua supports, and £3 from every Sophie Pencil purchased is donated to the foundation.'' (Illamasqua)

* S.O.P.H.I.E. Pencil - £13.00
* Powder Eyeshadow in Stealth - £15.50
* Powder Eyeshadow in Machine - £15.50
* Sealing Gel - £10.50
* False Eyelashes - £14.50
* New Masquara - £15.00

I used the Sophie-I Techique myself and I have to say I like it a lot. It's kind of my style since I used to wear a lot of heavy and dark eye make up in my days.



If you wanna try the Sophie-I Technique, here is a step-by-step tutorial (click on the image to enlarge it). You can also watch the video HERE.

Hint: If you want to make the look even bolder, you can try and use some colors as well.


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Monday, January 23, 2012

Swatches: Essence - Crazy Good Times & Legends of the Sky

Finally! I got all the polishes from the Essence Legends of the Sky & Crazy Good Times trend editions I wanted. It's weird to see a trend edition in stores in January when the official site says the products will be available in February. Better sooner than later, right?

I found a pretty much untouched display of the Crazy Good Times collection, but I only took these three polishes with me:

I wanted to try them on as soon as possible because I heard something about the troublesome application of these polishes. And I did - one nail for each polish. I have to say they all apply quite nicely. Candyction is thes best when it comes to quality: it's the easiest to apply, it's opaque in one coat and looks wonderful. I only wish the flakies would be more visible. Paradelade isn't a really original shade, but I can't say no to a black with a twist. It's something I'd wear often, so why not. The application was fine and it needs 2 coats for full opacity. Confetteria, oh, Confetteria. I saw you and I fell in love with you in the same second. I knew you'd be mine someday although I heard some nasty rumours about ... Yeah, the application isn't the easiest (after all, it's a polish with big glitter), but it's not bad at all. I used 2 coats of each polish for the photos. 
There's only one bad thing I have to mention. These polishes do seem a bit ... how should I put it ... rubbery? And I got a feeling they take forever to dry. I painted my nails, took the photographs and I could still remove the polish from all the nails almost without remover. Weird.

And here are the beauties from the Legends of the Sky trend edition. With extraordinary long names. 

These two polishes are real 'shadeshifters'. They look warm/cool, taupe, green, gray... it just depends on the ligting you're watching them under. They're practically the same when it comes to formula and I really like it. They need 2 coats for full opacity (just the way I like it) and have a flat brush. The application is easy on both of them. Like Leo's Pilot Jacket is a dusty olive green while I Wear My Flying Goggles At Night is a light, greyed out taupe. I love the polishes and hate the names. Too long, Essence. Too long.

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