Saturday, April 27, 2013

My First ASOS Purchase: Religion Magnitude Purse & Rimmel Diamond Dust Nail Polish

I placed my (first ever) order in Asos online store on Monday and the package came to my address on Thursday. Three days later from UK to Slovenia. Not bad. I'm only sorry I didn't order a can of the Batiste dry shampoo while shopping... But no worries, shipping is free no matter how much you spend, I'll just place another order. 

I got this gorgeous (in my opinion, of course) Religion Magnitude Purse. I was fed up with my old purse and I really needed a new one. This one is close to perfect, but I'm still getting used to it. It's not the most practical thing, but I love it nonetheless. It was on sale for 18,38 € (retail price is 39,39 €). 
Religion Magnitude Purse

Another little thing that found it's way in my shopping cart while shopping at Asos: Rimmel Precious Stones nail polish in Diamond Dust has been on my wishlist for a very long time. Well, it was either this one or China Glaze in Some Like it Haute. They're both unavailable here in Slovenia and since Asos has Rimmel on sale at the moment (3,94 € instead of 5,24 €) I knew it was the right time to get it. 
Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

Diamond Dust in one of the shades from the Precious Stones collection which consists of two glittery nail polish colors (red and grey). Yeah, it's a rather small collection. The bottle says this is a 'high coverage glitter nail polish' which is not really the case. The polish is packed with small gunmetal glitter and bigger hexagonal holographic glitter, but it still looks better when applied over a base color. At least in my experience. 
Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

Rimmel, Diamond Dust, 2 coats (over Essence, Must Have, 2 coats)
Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

I tried Diamond Dust by itself on one of my nails and I wasn't too impressed. So I removed it, painted my nails with a shimmery grey base (Essence Multi Dimension in Must Have) and applied two coats of Diamond Dust over it. Much better! I like the flat brush in this Rimmel's gem which made the application easy. The polish dried into a gritty finish. A layer of top coat makes it better, but not even close to smooth. It's not too bad though - it didn't bother me at all and I'm not a big fan of gritty nails. Well, I like the look, but not the feeling of it on my nails. To be completely honest, this polish didn't live up to my expectations. I don't know what I wanted it to be... it's probably the lack of opacity that bothers me. Diamond Dust is a decent glitter polish, just not something I couldn't be without. 
Essence Must Have

I pulled out the big guns (aka my Nikon camera) for these two photos. =) Yeah, I don't know why I'm complaining. The polish looks nice, right? 
Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

Rimmel Precious Stones in Diamond Dust

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Dance Legend - Spacecraft (New Prism)

I have another Dance Legend holographic nail polish for you today and some really good news: the Dance Legend online shop has finally opened! Yay! Now you can try it out for yourselves and see why I love these polishes as much as I do. =) For those of you who are still with me (I really shouldn't post the link to the shop at the beginning of the post...) here's another Dance Legend shade called Spacecraft. The old Star Trek lover in me loves the name, FYI. 
Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Spacecraft is one of the 12 holographic shades from the New Prism collection and it's a dark grey shade. It looks a bit dark on my swatches because I layered it over black nail polish to give it more depth. I like to layer my holographics like this, not only because they look deeper and darker, I use less of the holographic goodness and the polish will last longer that way. =) Spacecraft looks great by itself too. It requires 2 coats and appears a bit lighter. 
Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Dance Legend, Spacecraft, 1 coat (over a England, Camelot, 1 coat)
Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

What I really like with Dance Legend holographic (as well as with the shades from other collections) is the application. No bald spots, no patches although I applied it over another polish. Most holographics require a special base coat (like FNUG Aqua Fix), but this one applies nicely without it too. I still advise you to invest in a holo base if you like to wear rainbows on your nails. 
I can't say anything bad about this polish. The formula and brush are consistent and pretty much great. Hence  the easy application. The polish dries fast and the rainbow effect is amazing. What more could I ask for? 
Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Here are a couple of outdoor photos for you (yay for the sun!). You can see how amazing the effect is, but remember it always looks better in real life. My camera was spooked by this awesomeness... 
Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

Dance Legend Spacecraft (New Prism)

You can buy this polish on Dance Legend online store for 13.00 USD.

*Product was sent to me by the company. 

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Preview: Catrice "Hip Trip" Limited Edition

Since I'm posting previews of Essence trend editions, I figured it would be nice to post previews of Catrice limited editions too. I'm not sure which LE is in stores right now - I have a  really hard time following Catrice editions - but here's a LE for May and June 2013. 
''Next fashion stop: festival summer. The best platform for acoustic and visual inspiration under the sky. Legendary music festivals like Coachella in California are a fabulous meeting point for the international who-is-who. Colourful hippy dresses, bold rock elements and cool biker boots conquer the main stage, and sometimes even the catwalks of the world. In May and June 2013, the Limited Edition “Hip Trip” by CATRICE will be offering the matching beauty line-up to go with your festival style. Celebrate the summer of love in beautiful blue shades with a denim look or bright flamingo, faded green and subtle nudes. Rock on!'' (Catrice)
Catrice Hip Trip Limited Edition

I don't find Catrice limited editions as interesting as Essence ones, but they're worth mentioning, right? Here's a little video on how to create The Hip Trip nail design. It's basically a 'saran wrap' technique with nude and shimmery blue nail polish, but I recommed you to watch it nonetheless. You'll see why I dislike the bushy Catrice (and now also Essence) nail polish brush. The person applying the polish could still do a better job in my humble opinion... At least for a tutorial. 


And this is my take on the Hip Trip design. I don't own Don't Tell Mademoiselle and George Blueney, so I improvised. I used S-he Stylezone in 204 (nude polish) and Essence Hard to Resist (shimmery blue). Close enough for me. I used a coat of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer for glossy look. How do you like the result? 
Hip Trip Nail Design

Hip Trip Nail Design

In a different note: Cats can be a total pain in the a** when you're trying to do something (like taking photos of your nails in natural surrounding). They wanna be a part of it, they look like they wanna help... but they just knock over your polish, stomp on the flowers and bump in your arm right when you're trying to take a photo of your mani. Thank goodness they're cute. That's why they can get away with it. =) 
Hip Trip Nail Design

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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dance Legend - Blueberry Mousse (Fruity Milk Collection)

Milky/pastel semi-sheer polish with glitter dispensed in it has been around for quite a while. It's quite popular amongst the glitter (and other nail polish) lovers - not that I would know anything about it. Dance Legend created a great collection of 6 pastel nail polish shades with glitter called Fruity Milk. I got one of the shades - the one called Blueberry Mousse
Dance Legend - Blueberry Mousse (Fruity Milk Collection)

Blueberry Mousse is a pastel lilac shade with hexagonal glitter in two different sizes and colors: blue and silver. Well, the smaller glitter particles are actually so small they almost look round. Ish. 
Dance Legend - Blueberry Mousse (Fruity Milk Collection)

Dance Legend, Blueberry Mouse, 3 coats
Dance Legend - Blueberry Mousse (Fruity Milk Collection)

Dance Legend - Blueberry Mousse (Fruity Milk Collection)

Blueberry Mousse is the first Dance Legend polish I've tried that needs more than 2 coats to achieve opaque look. That's understandable, otherwise the glitter wouldn't show through the polish. This was also my first polish of this kind. I'm not too fond of glitter in the first place and I don't wear pastel polish often either. I couldn't resist this one though. The application was easy and I didn't have to fish for the glitter too much. Standard Dance Legend quality (based on the polishes I've tried so far) which means a very good polish with a very nice effect. I recommend!
Dance Legend - Blueberry Mousse (Fruity Milk Collection)

Dance Legend polishes will soon be available online with worldwide shipping. One bottle of polish will cost you 9 USD, shipping will be 10 USD or free if you buy more than 10 bottles. Check their Facebook page for more information. 

P.S.: If you can't wait, you can send them an email with your order. I've heard it works that way too. 

*Product was sent to me by the company. 

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Empty #1

I really enjoy empty type of posts and from what I see, you like them too. Don't deny it now. =) I've been good, collecting my empty cosmetic bottles/tubes in a bag and here comes my first little empty post. 

Empty #1

1) Balea Seidenglanz Spülung Feige + Perle (~ 1,25 € for 300 mL)
Balea hair conditioners are my favorite. They're cheap (a little over 1 €), they smell nice, they're silicone free and they make my hair super soft and easy to comb. I use other conditioners as well, but there's always Balea in my bathroom too. This conditioner with figs and hydrolized pearls isn't one of their best, but it was still very good. I doubt I'll be buying it again because I prefer their Mango + Aloe Vera conditioner (orange packaging). Plus, I still have one full bottle to use. =) 

Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isopropyl Palmitate, Parfum, Panthenol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Lauryl Alcohol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Niacinamide, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Glycerin, Ficus Carica Fruit Extract, Hydrolyzed Pearl, Maris Sal, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol. 

2) Ebelin Nagellackentferner (~ 0,60 € for 125 mL)
I got this nail polish remover for my darker/hard to remove polishes. It does the job, but it dries out my nails and cuticles a lot. I have another bottle to use, so I doubt I'll be buying it again soon (or ever). After comparing Ebelin (DrogerieMarkt brand) with Aveo (Müller brand), I found that Aveo does a great job of removing my polish without over drying my nails. I think I'll stick with Aveo from now on. 

Ingredients: Acetone, Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Parfum, Linalool, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Cl 42051. 

3) Dusch Das Creme Dusche mit Feige & Rosenblüten Öl (~ 1,50 € for 250 mL)
Dusch Das shower gels are one of my favorites. They come in a bunch of nice scents (also limited edition ones), they're cheap and don't make my skin too dry or itchy. I like to change my shower gel often so I don't get fed up with the smell... I have a couple of Dusch Das bottles in my bathroom. All in different scents. 

4) Florena Handcreme mit BIO-Kamille
Florena is another Müller brand. I loved this hand cream because it made my hands feel nourished, but not oily or sticky. As I mentioned above, I get fed up with the smell quite fast, so I won't be buying this one soon, but I'll certainly try some of the other Florena hand creams. I can't remember the price, but I do know it's very affordable. 

5) Fair & Lovely Fairness Cream (~ 4,50 € for 50 mg)
My favorite day-time face cream! I already have another tube in use and two more for back up. My mother uses it and my sister as well. Hee hee, thanks to me. I don't need to say I'll be buying more of these, right? Here's the list of ingredients and my post on Fair & Lovely Fairness cream.

6) Balea Urea Bodylotion
This used to be my favorite body lotion ever. It made my skin so soft and nourished without the sticky feeling. It's also one of the most moisturizing lotions I've tried and the scent is very nice as well. I've already purchased another bottle of this lotion, but they changed the formula (unfortunately) and I don't really like the new version that much. It's just weird - it takes forever to sink into the skin and leaves a white residue. Too bad, I truly liked this one. The price was really low, I think it was about 2-3 € for 400 mL. 

7) Head & Shoulders Sensitive Scalp Care with Aloe Vera
Head & Shoulders helps me with my dandruff problem. I have a lot of different shampoos in use, but H&S is the one I turn to when all else fails. I use it every once in a while and combine it with other shampoos in between. It works! My favorite is the sensitive version and I'll certainly be buying it again. 

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Sometimes layering looks really good and while I had Essence Soak Up the Sun on my nails, I thought of layering it with one of the Dance Legend holographic polishes from New Prism line. Just to see if it will work. I went with Optical Illusion and I must say I'm digging the look. 
Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Essence, Soak Up the Sun, 2 coats + Dance Legend, Optical Illusion, 1 coat
Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Optical Illusion is seriously amazing and I'm becoming a huge Dance Legend fan - more and more with every DL nail polish I try. Great formula, good brush and gorgeous holographic effect. Combine all that with fast drying and we have another winner. 
Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Lisa (in the background) might not be impressed, but I am. It's really not the same seeing this holographic polish on photos and in real life... Uh-mazing! I'll make sure to show Optical Illusion by itself also. Soon. 
Essence Soak Up the Sun + Dance Legend Optical Illusion

Dance Legend polishes will soon be available online with worldwide shipping. One bottle of polish will cost you 9 USD, shipping will be 10 USD or free if you buy more than 10 bottles. Check their Facebook page for more information. 

*Product was sent to me by the company. 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Essence - Soak Up the Sun (Sun Kissed Trend Edition)

I didn't think I needed this Essence polish until I saw photos of it on Candy Glaze blog. Soak Up the Sun is one of the shades from Sun Kissed trend edition and is perfect for anyone who likes dark, vampy colors on their nails. 
Essence - Soak Up the Sun (Sun Kissed Trend Edition)

Essence, Soak Up the Sun (Sun Kissed TE), 2 coats
Essence - Soak Up the Sun (Sun Kissed Trend Edition)

Soak Up the Sun is a brownish red color (could also be described as maroon color) which dries a bit darker than it looks in the bottle. It doesn't look black in low light, but it is pretty dark. In my humble opinion, it looks much more classy than a regular black nail polish (although classy usually isn't the thing I'm going for). I sort of kissed and made up with the brush (sort of) but I still don't like it. I like the formula though. Two thin coats and there you have it. 
Essence - Soak Up the Sun (Sun Kissed Trend Edition)

And here's the reason I don't have any outdoor photos of the polish although I did went out with the intention to capture Soak Up the Sun in natural lighting. Bombi is a kamikaze master. Walk the stairs with him and try to stay alive. I'm just saying...
Essence - Soak Up the Sun (Sun Kissed Trend Edition)

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Dance Legend - Malta no. 83

Continuing with the Dance Legend saga. The polish I'm about to show you today belongs to the Malta line which consists of 12 beautiful shimmery shades. They don't have names (only numbers) which bother me a bit, but the shades are so pretty I was able to see through the numerical identification. This one is Dance Legend Malta no. 83
Dance Legend Malta no. 83

Dance Legend Malta #83 is a beautiful brown shade with coppery shimmer. Oh, how I love this one. I'm not a huge lover of brown nail polish, but when it's done right, it feels right. And this one certainly does. 
Dance Legend Malta no. 83

Dance Legend, Malta no. 83, 2 coats
Dance Legend Malta no. 83

Dance Legend Malta no. 83

The application was super easy since the brushes in Dance Legend polishes are of consistent quality. Flat brushes are my favorite, but when the bristles aren't cut nicely, it can ruin the whole manicure experience. DL brushes aren't like that. They're a joy to work with. I also loved the formula on this one. It's not too thin or thick and it's opaque in 2 thin coats. Another plus is the fact the polish dries fast. It doesn't dry into the most glossy finish, but you can take care of that with a layer of top coat. The only thing that bother me a little (just a little) is this gorgeous small shimmer which isn't as visible in real life as it is on these photos. But that's always the case, right? 
Dance Legend Malta no. 83

Dance Legend polishes will soon be available online with worldwide shipping. One bottle of polish will cost you 9 USD, shipping will be 10 USD or free if you buy more than 10 bottles. Check their Facebook page for more information. 

*Product was sent to me by the company. 

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

I've recently found myself in front of the Essence Floral Grunge Trend Edition display. The only item that caught my attention was nail polish in Black to the Roots with the rough label on the cap. Interesting and my kind of color. I think the blusher looked rather nice too, but I already have a ton of blushers, so I passed on it. 
Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

Black to the Roots is a black-ish nail polish with small square silver glitter. The polish dries into a satin-y finish and the glitter gives it a bit of a texture. It's not too bad though. I don't feel uncomfortable wearing it by itself (like with some sanding/gritty shades). 
Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

Essence, Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge TE), 2 coats 
Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

Two coats of Black to the Roots are enough to achieve an opaque look. The polish dries fast and is not too gritty. I'm so happy I finally found a normal flat brush in Essence nail polish. Flat and not too bushy brush makes the application very easy. I wouldn't mind some more glitter in this one, but it's also pretty cool as it is. 
Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

It looks edgier without top coat, but for those who don't like satin or matte finish it's pretty in glossy edition as well. How do you like it better? 
Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

Essence - Black to the Roots (Floral Grunge Trend Edition)

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