Sunday, July 29, 2012

Weekly Sum-Up #35

This is how I feel most of the time these days: yawning and trying to keep up with constant headaches. I blame it on the heat. And air conditioning. Just let it be over already!

Aishila, on the other hand, is doing much better. She still has problems with breathing, but most of the hair grew back and she gained some weight. That's always good.

One of the best ways to cheer up when you're down is definitely by getting a package from a friend. Feline surprised me again with a bunch of stuff from Sweden. H&M polishes and lipglosses, L'Oreal, Max Factor and Viva la Diva nail polishes, plus a giant bird ring. She knows me. =) Thank you, honey!
From Feline

Here are the color drops of the polishes she sent me. I forgot to include H&M Duo Nail Polish in Navy Cosmos on the photo above, but the color drops are here:
From Feline

And the ring... <3
Silver Bird Ring

The weather, or better yet the temperatures got normal(-ish) in the past week and that means I could do my make up without worrying it would melt of. So I took my ELF BeautyBook in Neutral Eye Edition for a spin. I'll try to tell you more about it in one of my next posts, because I really, really like it. This is one of my make up looks I wore.
ELF BeautyBook in Neutral Eye Edition Make Up

I caved in. I'm not too much of a fashion-trend-following kind of person, but I couldn't help it. I saw those Isabel Marant wedge sneakers one too many times. Now, I don't spend that much money on a pair of sneakers and they're a bit too sporty for me anyway - so I bought myself something similar. I have to say I'm not completely sure about these, but I think I'll get used to wearing them. They are comfortable, that much I can say. What do you say about these?
Black Wedge Sneakers

Plant of the week: Garden Hibiscus
Garden Hibiscus

Photo of the week: Bubble Popping Fun with Vita
Bubble Popping Fun


Posts of the week:

AmyGrace's aka The Polishes Perfectionist's view on Cirque Dark Horse nail polish. Her swatches are always a pleasure to look at.

I really need to try the cling wrap technique with gold color like Deborah from Love. Varnish, chocolate and more... did.

Ivana Thinks Pink was inspired by Harlequin Hardware nails by CND. Now I'm inspired too, but my nails are too short. I guess I'll just admire her mani until my nails grow.

Alexa from KosmetikAddicted showed me the first Essence Colour & Go swatches. From the new line. And I can't wait to see them in real life as well.

Care for some lime? Anna from Pretty Digits did a great lime manicure with Essence Lime Up and Bundle Monster image plate.


Music video of the week: Can you see the beauty in this video? Then we'd get along just fine. =)

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

Barry M Chameleon Nail Polish Designs

Here are a couple of ideas on how to use the Barry M Chameleon Colour Changing nail polishes. Pink Barry M in the first line, Lilac in the second and Blue in third.
Barry M Chameleon Nail Polish Designs

Have you tried these polishes yet?

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Tip Top Nail Chic Polish - Part II

Remember my first post on Tip Top Nail Chic polishes? Well, I said I was hoping to get darker, more my kind of shades and the Tip Top people saw that. They were so kind, they decided to send me some polishes is my colors as well. I got two cremes (brown and red) and two shimmers (green and blue).
Tip Top Nail Chic Polish

Brownie Points, 2 coats (a warm chocolate brown creme)
Tip Top Nail Chic in Brownie Points

Jeepers Creepers, 3 coats (green shimmer with blue flash)
Tip Top Nail Chic in Jeepers Creepers

Red Rendezvous, 2 coats (medium red creme)
Tip Top Nail Chic in Red Rendezvous

Space Cadet, 3 coats (jelly blue with flakie shimmer)
Tip Top Nail Chic in Space Cadet

After trying these new, darker shades, I have to say I still haven't changed my mind about these polishes. They're great! The quality is very consistent and I absolutely adore the brush. It's so flexible and easy to work with - it should be a mandatory brush in all polishes. No, but I really love it. =) 
The formula is the same on all polishes - as I like to say: just right. Opacity is different though. I used 2 coats with all polishes but the two shimmers. I can see why Space Cadet needed 3 coats. It's a jelly after all. And I could get away with two coats of Jeepers Creepers, but I realized it would look better with three. I can't say anything bad about these polishes even if I wanted to. 

By the way - Tip Top website is finally up and running. I can't find these shades there though (with the exception of Red Rendezvous), so I don't know if these are new shades or some kind of limited edition shades... I also can't tell you where to find and buy these polishes, so I guess you'll have to do a little research yourself. I did hear they're quite inexpensive and I strongly recommend you to try them if you get the change. And if you do - let me know what you think, OK? 

*The polishes were sent to me by the company. 

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

How To: Instant Make Up with Eye Majic

I was really happy to get such a positive response on my yesterday's little gradient manicure tutorial. Thank you! =) I'm continuing with a mini make up tutorial which is a bit different this time 'cause it's made with the so called Eye Majic instant eye shadow. These eye shadows come in matte and pearl finishes and they also offer leopard print eye shadows. Not sure how that would look, but tastes differ. You can find out more about it on Eye Majic website.

I used Eye Majic in Pearl Shade 16 - Silk Indulgence.
How To: Instant Make Up with EyeMajic

The directions on the box say to simply place the applicator on the eyelid, press it gently for a couple of seconds and then gently slide it towards the outer corner of your eye. That's it. I find that a bit too shabby, so here's how I do it:

1 - Prepare your eyelid by applying a primer or an eyeshadow base.
2 - Place the applicator on your lid and press gently. Slide it towards the outer corner.
How To: Instant Make Up with EyeMajic

3 - Blend out the edges with an eyeshadow brush. Use the brush to transfer some of the eyeshadow on your lower eyelid as well.
4 - Fill in your brows.
How To: Instant Make Up with EyeMajic

5 - Apply eye liner on your upper eyelid and waterline.
6 - Apply mascara.
How To: Instant Make Up with EyeMajic

And this is how the finished make up looks like.
How To: Instant Make Up with EyeMajic

So, how do you like the look?

I must say I'm not too crazy about these instant eye shadow thingies. I think you can do your make up quicker, better and cheaper by using a good old eye shadow and a brush. Besides, once you apply this eye shadow, you still have to blend it out so you don't really save that much time. In my opinion the MU with these shadows looks ugly until you do the blending anyway. Not for me. Have you tried Eye Majic? What are your experiences with it? 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Hola! As I already mentioned, I did some work for a Slovenian online store - mostly photo tutorials for different types of manicures. You're not gonna see anything new, but I put a lot of effort into it, so I thought I should share it with you as well. Let me know what you think. =)

The first one is a simple gradient manicure with a little Konad added to it. Enjoy!

How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

You'll need:
* two or more colored nail polishes (I used BYS in Matte Aqua and Matte Purple)
* make up sponge (you can use kitchen sponge as well)
* top coat
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Paint your nails as usual. Wait for them to dry.
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Apply your nail polish shades on the sponge. Just like this:
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Pat the sponge against your nails until you get the desired effect.
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Clean up your cuticles by using a q tip soaked in acetone/nail polish remover.
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Apply top coat and wait for the nails to dry.
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

Now is time to add a little Konad. I'm sure you all know how to do that. I picked a Konad image plate m73 and their Special Nail Polish in Black. I topped it off with Konad top coat.
How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

How To: Gradient Manicure (with Konad)

I have to mention I had some problems shooting these tutorials. I broke my old camera tripod and I had to take most of the photos with my Nikon without any help. That means I only had one free hand. I hope it makes sense anyway. 

Let me know how you like this post and if you want to see my other ''tutorials'' as well.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Quiz Cosmetics - Magnetic 3D Nail Polish in no. 6

Buying new nail polish brands makes me kind of nervous. I have a shitload of polishes at home and I know it's stupid to buy more, but I just can't help it sometimes. What I hate the most is buying a nail polish and realizing it's quality is crap. This time I was lucky. I bought a magnetic polish by a brand new (at least to me) brand called Quiz Cosmetics. This polish is Polish. Hee hee
Quiz Cosmetics Magnetic 3D Nail Polish in no. 6

Quiz Cosmetics, Magnetic 3D, no. 6, 2-3 coats
Quiz Cosmetics Magnetic 3D Nail Polish in no. 6

I admit of cheating a little when buying this pretty. I placed a magnet close to the bottle to see if it makes a pattern. It did and I like the fact it works on my nails as well. The color of this polish is very hard to describe. In the bottle the base is grey with duochrome features (it flashes green) and it contains a strong pink shimmer. You can still see the grey base on the nails and the hints of green at my tips, but the pink shimmer turns to purple-ish color. It looks much prettier in real life and it's really one of the most complex colors I've tried to describe, so I'm just gonna stop.
Quiz Cosmetics Magnetic 3D Nail Polish in no. 6

I purchased this polish at a local drugstore (Drogerija Tuš) for 3,44 €.

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Weekly Sum-Up #34

I'm back! It's about time, right?

This is a manicure I took a photo of a long, long time ago. OK, it wasn't that long ago, but it's been more than a week now. And that's why I'm not completely sure which red creme polish I used underneath this Essence Crack Me Black nail polish. Sorry.
Red and Black Crackle Manicure

I'm quite busy these days. Going to work, doing some afternoon work for an online store... and then life gets in the way. You know how it goes. Here's one of the photos I meant to use for an article I was working on, but I didn't. Meh. It's BYS Matte Pink.
BYS Matte Pink

My latest Ebay buys: wing ring and multi chain bracelet. And my latest nail polish purchase - Misslyn Crackling Top Coat. The worst nail polish buy in a long time, if I may add.
Wing Ring and Multi Chain Bracelet

Flower of the week. It's neon-ish. Not red, but coral. I used to loathe coral color, but now it's kind of my favorite bright shade. Interesting how taste changes.

Movie of the week: Sucker Punch. You know what I said when I first saw the trailer for this movie last year? This is just stupid. I thought it was a comic-based movie with a bunch of under-dressed women playing warriors that look like they're underage. A movie for men who like little girls a little bit too much, if you know what I mean. I'm not sure what made me watch it. But I wasn't disappointed. It's a brilliant movie. Kind of depressing, but beautiful.
Sucker Punch

Man candy of the week: Alcide Herveaux aka Joe Manganiello. Yes, please! Johnny Depp has got some serious competition. Hell... you know what? Keep Johnny and give me some Joe. 
Alcide Herveaux

Posts of the week:

Sarah from Chalkboard Nails did this amazing Surface of the Sun manicure. Original and pretty, two thumbs up!

All You Desire is definitely one of my favorite swatchers. The polishes from China Glaze On Safari Collection look great on her.

From the new ChG polishes, to the old one: LOL by nailXchange. Soooo, pretty!

Maki from Candy Glaze showed us two of the new Essence nail polish shades: Walk on the Wild Side and Chic Reloaded. It looks promising... Plus, here's I'm the Boss from her Rosentreu blog.

Don't you just wanna say Fuckyeah sometimes? Kellie from Also Known As... did. With Sheswai nail polish. And it's hot! Kellie also swatched the new BB Couture Six Shades of Grey collection. I like it.

Check out the Pretty Serious Hello World nail polish collection at Scrangie. And while you're there, look at the new Dermelect polishes as well.

Do you like sprinkles? What about nail polish sprinkles? I fell in love with the Nails Inc. Sprinkles after seeing them on OMG! Polish'em! I can't even pick my favorite. Can you?

Music of the week: I'm going dubstep.

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

New Essence Trend Edition: New in Town

''Get ready for the city! London, Paris, New York or Tokyo – exciting and extraordinary cities that offer maximum diversity in terms of fashion and trends! The Essence trend edition "new in town" whisks all trend setters and fashionistas away to the most metropolitan cities of the world – where creativity knows no limits and the coolest looks of tomorrow are born. The hip products in this trend edition spread a vibrant feeling of big city flair in august 2012 and create a unique look! Skyscraper styles or hip neighborhood trends – life has its own rules for stylish city girls!'' (Essence)
Essence New in Town Trend Edition

Here are the products from the new Essence trend edition called New in Town. I think this is just a preview of the new products that will be added to all Essence displays, but that's just me saying. All the polishes are announced as a part of their core line and that's saying something. I am excited to try them. And I think the new bottle looks really cute. It's more 2012 than the old one.

*Photos belong to Essence, I just edited them. 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Essence - Grumpy (Snow White Trend Edition)

Hello, my name is Grumpy.
Essence - Grumpy (Snow White Trend Edition)

A pretty electric blue polish that's kind of hard to get. And not just due to the fact that it's a shade from trend edition. I saw a couple of Essence Snow White displays and only two of them had this polish. And it was only one bottle left in both cases. I'm glad I got it. It's very unique although it reminds me of P2 Gigantic, which is also hard to get - at least for me since we don't get P2 cosmetics here in Slovenia.

Essence, Snow White Trend Edition, Grumpy, 2 coats
Essence - Grumpy (Snow White Trend Edition)

Do you know of any other electric blue nail polish shade? I really need to get me some more...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Eye Make Up Look: Maroon in a Marine

Here's a little eye make up look I did a while ago - before it was this insanely hot. Now I don't even dare to apply eyeshadow to my lids. I have a feeling it will melt of before I'm finished with the look... This is a look I called Maroon in a Marine. Don't ask me why, just use your imagination, OK?
Eye Make Up Look: Maroon in a Marine

Products used for this look:
* NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Slate - as a base for eyeshadow
* 120 Eyeshadow Palette (click)
* Wet n Wild Creme Eyeliner in Black (click)
* Essence Black Mania Eye Pencil
* Sleek Oh So Special Palette (click) - Noir for eyes and Wrapped Up for brows
* Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara
Eye Make Up Look: Maroon in a Marine

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

New Essence Colour & Go Polishes

I love seeing new stuff, I really do, but I still think Essence is changing their products way too much. It hasn't been long since they presented new Colour & Go shades and now they're releasing polishes in new bottles AND new shades. It's king of tiring, don't you think? Anyway, get those old nail polish shades while you still can. These will be coming soon...
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish

Essence Nude Glam Nail Polish
Photos are a property of Essence. I just edited them.

It's too bad some of the best shades will be discontinued. Again. Are you excited to try the new Colour & Go shades?

P.S: I'm afraid of the new brush. I hope it's not gonna be the same story as with the Catrice ''new and better'' brush which turned to ''new and wonkier'' brush.

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Review and Swatches: Cirque Handmade Nail Polish

''Cirque is an artisanal line of hand-blended nail polish made in New York.  The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum.  Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials.  The debut collection, Dark Horse, is a 12-color arrangement that is diverse in its hues and finishes -- similar to the creative energy that abounds New York.'' (Cirque)

I was lucky enough to be contacted by Annie (the creator of the Cirque polishes) and asked to try her polishes. As mentioned above - the first and currently the only collection is called Dark Horse and it consists of 12 unconventional shades in 4 different finishes:
* duochrome (Epoch)
* glitter (Dark Horse, French Roast, Tibetan Nights, Debris, Trousseau, Ophelia, Potosi)
* shimmer (Your Hand in Mine, Vaudeville)
* holographic (Fascination Street, Never Nude)

I got 6 of the 12 shades - they all belong in the glitter/shimmer finish category and they came in a stylish black box with a red wax seal. Does it remind you of something else you've already seen on my blog? When my mother saw this box, she asked me if I got another Illamasqua package...
Cirque Nail Polish

You open the box ... and there are the polishes. Looking like they've been laid to rest. I do know this box looks like a little polish casket, but I can't help myself. I like this morbid packaging. Say whatever you want. I think it's edgy and avantgarde. I approve.
Cirque Nail Polish

In my package, I also received swatches of all shades, which was a really nice addition. From left to right: Debris (over red), Fascination Street, Epoch, Tibetan Nights, French Roast and Dark Horse.
Cirque Nail Polish

From left to right: Potosi (over black), Never Nude, Vaudeville, Your Hand in Mine, Ophelia and Trousseau. I really wonder which polishes Annie used as a base for Debris and Potosi. There's no red or black creme polish in the collection, so...
Cirque Nail Polish

Color drops of the polishes I received.
Cirque Nail Polish
Cirque Nail Polish

Dark Horse, 3 coats + top coat
Cirque Nail Polish in Dark Horse

''A unique black glitter polish with diamond-like rainbow sparkles.'' I would just like to add this polish is made of micro glitter and if you want to see the rainbow sparkle bits in it, you'll have to use top coat. If you want the polish to look really glossy and smooth you'll need a lot of it too. Dark Horse dries matte-ish by itself and is one of the shades/finishes that could be called top coat eaters. I used 3 coats for these swatches and got almost completely opaque look. The removal of this shade wasn't fun at all. Micro-glitter tends to go everywhere... I suggest a foil removal techique for this one. 
Cirque Nail Polish in Dark Horse

French Roast, 3 coats
Cirque Nail Polish in French Roast

''A sparkling bronze glitter polish that reflects gold and copper.'' French Roast belongs to the same family of 'top coat eaters' as Dark Horse but this time I didn't use any for the swatches. You can see how matte is looks without top coat - plus the golden and reddish copper bits aren't seen here. If you want this polish to look as amazing as it does in the bottle, top coat is a must. Once again I used 3 coats for almost full opacity and I think it might look even better when applied over another polish. Will have to try that.
Cirque Nail Polish in French Roast

Potosi, 1 coat (over Wet n Wild Black Creme)
Cirque Nail Polish in Potosi

''A glitter overcoat packed with multi-shaped silver glitter in a clear base (best layered over other colors).'' Ah, Potosi, my favorite. Silver chunks of glitter that apply effortlessly.
Cirque Nail Polish in Potosi

Tibetan Nights, 3 coats
Cirque Nail Polish in Tibetan Nights
''A deep blue polish with micronic-sized glitter in a translucent finish.'' Tibetan Nights is a jelly blue base packed with silver glitter but there's one problem. My polishes came lying down and all the glitter got stuck to the side of the bottle. Even after days and a lot of shaking those glitter particles are still there. You know I'm not too crazy about jellies. That visible nail line that is so unflattering and looks like you've got something nasty stuck under your nails. No, thank you. I think this one would be better for layering. 

Trousseau, 3 coats
Cirque Nail Polish in Trousseau

''A luxe gold polish with a sprinkling of chunky gold glitter.'' Trousseau. Not much else to say about it. Gold micro glitter with larger hexagon glitter particles. Not opaque after three coats, so I just stopped trying. Another one that might be more suitable for layering.
Cirque Nail Polish in Trousseau

Your Hand in Mine, 3 coats
Cirque Nail Polish in Your Hand in Mine

''A soft white polish with a subtle rainbow shimmer.'' Your Hand in Mine belongs to the shimmer family but to me, it almost looks frosty. It's a very tiny shimmer. A great polish for those who like this kind of shades.
Cirque Nail Polish in Your Hand in Mine

Here's a quick recap of the polishes for you:
Cirque Nail Polish

My very honest opinion on Cirque polishes: I was VERY impressed by the way the polishes were styled (in those little 'coffin' boxes) and by the whole brand look - although it looks a bit too similar and reminds me of Illamasqua a lot. What can I say, I like the morbid look. I also like the way the collection was built - no boring colors that are seen everywhere else but original blends of colors and finishes. Well, more or less. I think the idea was great, but the execution isn't quite there yet. If you know my blog and know me, then you probably know what I want from a polish and it's not too much - good formula, brush and opacity. Cirque polishes are all consistent in their quality. The formula is great (not too thick or thin) and so are the brushes. What I don't like is the opacity. I know they come in finishes that are harder to be opaque, but still. I said it many times that I don't want to bother with polishes that need more than 2 coats. Maybe that's why Potosi is my favorite in this bunch. Dark Horse and French Roast are also great colors, but I doubt I'll be wearing them soon - first there are 3 coats for opacity, then another couple of layers of top coat and don't get me started on the removal. But that's not really Cirque's fault, it's the finish.

One more thing I have to mention about the Cirque nail polish formula: it's big 3 free (contains no DBP, formaldehyde or toluene) and it's scented. There are organic lavender and clary sage essential oils added to the blend which leaves your nails subtly scented. And it's a nice scent, if I may add.

Cirque polishes come in .45 oz /13.2 ml bottles and cost $12.00.

Where to find Cirque polishes?
* Cirque website
* Hester Street Fair in NY (Facebook)

You can find the updates on Cirque on their Facebook page.

*Polishes were sent to me for reviewing purposes.

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