Thursday, April 17, 2014

Swatches & Review: piCture pOlish Urban Shades

Urban Shades is a new 2014 piCture pOlish collection which consists of 4 creme shades: Totes - milky orange, Chillax - mint green, Swagger - periwinkle and Bonkers - warm purple/plum.
piCture pOlish Urban Shades

Here are my swatches of all four shades. The first photo is a representation of the polish under artificial lighting and the second one is shot outdoors on natural lighting. 

piCture pOlish, Totes, 2 coats
piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Totes

piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Totes

piCture pOlish, Chillax, 2 coats
piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Chillax

piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Chillax

piCture pOlish, Swagger, 2 coats
piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Swagger

piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Swagger

piCture pOlish, Bonkers, 2 coats
piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Bonkers

piCture pOlish Urban Shades - Bonkers

The quality of these polishes is very consistent. They all have great formulas and the application can be described as buttery... it seems the polish applies itself. =) I know it sounds weird, but you'd know what I'm talking about if you tried them out for yourselves. These are definitely one of the best creme polishes I've tried in quite a while. Not only is the application a piece of cake, the brush is flat and pretty much perfect. It allows you to apply the polish very close to the cuticles without having to do any clean-up. If you're careful and have a steady hand, of course. Another plus is the opacity - I used 2 coats, but Bonkers could easily be a 1-coater as well. They dry fast and have glossy finish. I can't see a single downside with these... 

The colors are great too. They're somewhat muted, almost pastel looking, yet vibrant at the same time. And Bonkers is a perfect warm purple/plum polish - one coat? Yes, please. I can't pick my favorite out of these four shades. If I count my style and personal preferences, then I'd probably pick Bonkers, but I also love Swagger and Chillax and although I'm SO not a lover of orange/yellow shades, I like the look of Totes as well. Oh, it would be too hard to pick. 
piCture pOlish Urban Shades

Can you pick your favorite? 

You can buy piCture pOlish Urban Shades on piCture pOlish website for AU$10.00. Check out their Network Page to find the sellers near you.

You can also find piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

*Polishes were sent to me for review. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

The first (and last) tattoo convention I've been to back in 2011 didn't impress me that much. It was small but it was the first one in our tiny country, so I gotta give them that. I guess the idea blossomed since this year's convention was a real delight. Tattoo artists came from Croatia, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil and (of course) Slovenia. I've never seen so many beautifully different people in one place before... =) I took some photos of the artists to keep the memories as much as possible. P.S.: There was also some 'play piercing'... By THE man who made my navel and earlobe piercings. 
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Black Tattoo
Black Tattoo, Slovenia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Hidden Dragon Zadar
Hidden Dragon, Croatia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Inkheart Tattoo Italy
La Patty Ink Heart, Italy
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Love Ink Italy
Andrea Amato via Love-Ink, Italy
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Magic Needle Tattoo
Liudmil Vasilev, Bulgaria
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - MG Tattoo & Piercing Studio
MG Tattoo & Piercing Studio, Macedonia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Oktania Tattoo Studio
Oktania Tattoo Studio, Croatia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Tattoo Pele
Tattoo Pele, Slovenia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Matija's Piercing Chebela
Chebela, Slovenia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Matija's Piercing Chebela
Chebela, Slovenia
4th International Tattoo Convention (Ljubljana, Slovenia) - Tavci Tattoo
Tavci Tattoo, Slovenia
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Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Sammydress Voile Sleeves Dress

For someone who feels most comfortable in jeans, I'm getting very much into dresses lately. Here's a dress I saw on SammyDress.com and wanted to try it out. They were kind enough to send it to me and now I can tell you what I think about it. :) First, let's see what it looks like on their website. 
Sammydress

It's not my usual style, but the golden details surely do make it look special. Plush, I don't mind the mesh sleeves either. 
Sammydress

Like most of the dresses I buy online, this one is also quite short. So short I wouldn't wear it without leggings underneath. What can I say, I like to keep my ass covered. =D Other than the shortness, it's a very nice dress. The fabric feels nice against skin and the mesh parts aren't scratchy. I was afraid the golden embroidery parts would be too yellow, but they're the perfect muted shade of gold. =) It would actually look very chic if I didn't have a tattoo... 
Sammydress

You can buy this dress on SammyDress.com for €7.48 (here's direct link).

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Review: Rainbow Honey - Sapphire Weapon [via Hypnotic Polish]

Today I have another pretty polish to show you. I got this Rainbow Honey shade via Hypnotic Polish and it's my first Rainbow Honey polish to date. 
Rainbow Honey Sapphire Weapon

Rainbow Honey, Sapphire Weapon, 2-3 coats
Rainbow Honey Sapphire Weapon

Sapphire Weapon is a navy blue jelly-ish shade with green/teal and gold shimmer. It's a pretty unique shade and I don't think I have anything like this in my collection. The formula was OK and the application didn't cause me any troubles. Since this polish has a jelly-like formula, it needs somewhere between 2 and 3 coats for full opacity. It all depends on your nail length and the light conditions. =) Pretty, huh?
Rainbow Honey Sapphire Weapon

A couple of photos shot outside on natural lighting...
Rainbow Honey Sapphire Weapon

Rainbow Honey Sapphire Weapon

Rainbow Honey Sapphire Weapon

You can buy Rainbow Honey nail polishes on Hypnotic Polish for ~10,40€.

*Product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. 

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review: Born Pretty Store - Snake Skin Water Nail Decals in D200

I got another Born Pretty Store package! Again. And I couldn't wait to try these Snake Skin water nail decals in D200 (have I told you how much I adore water nail decals?).
Born Pretty Store Snake Water Nail Decals

Snake skin looks so cool... when it's not leather made from real snakes. That's just not acceptable, m'kay? And when it's not combined with other animals prints. Snake skin nails? I'll take it anyday, anytime! 
Born Pretty Store Snake Water Nail Decals

I already had my nails painted with H&M Bella's Choice (after more than a week of wearing a England's Bridal Veil). As soon as I put something bright on my nails, I have to add something to make them darker. And these decals did the trick. =) I love the look and I love the fact it didn't take a lot of effort or time. Some cutting, application of decals and a layer of Essence Better Than Gel Nails Top Sealer (I use the High Gloss version now). Leave to dry and voila!
Born Pretty Store Snake Water Nail Decals

Born Pretty Store Snake Water Nail Decals

Now I can just keep my fingers crossed and hope it's gonna last more than a day. Nail polish still chips on me so fast... 
Born Pretty Store Snake Water Nail Decals

Talking about snakes... My niece and I went to the little pond to look for the frogs and saw this beauty instead - The Grass Snake (Natrix natrix). Isn't she/he adorable? P.S.: Sorry to all of you who are afraid of snakes!
The Grass Snake (Natrix Natrix)

You can buy these Snake Skin Water Nail Decals on Born Pretty Store (here's a direct link) for $0.88 per sheet. 

What are your thoughts on snakeskin pattern nails? 

*Product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. 

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Review: Lush Dirty Shaving Cream

Lush does not discriminate - Dirty Shaving Cream can be used by both sexes... whether you're a gentleman and want to shave your face or a lady who wants silky smooth legs. Here's a product you can both use. =) 
''A hydrating cream for the perfect clean shave. It helps your razor blade glide over your skin, soothing any irritations along the way. We’ve steeped oats in hot water to produce oat milk, which is very soothing on irritated skin, then added shea butter and safflower oil, which sink easily into the skin and don’t leave it feeling greasy. Honey, with its pacifying and softening qualities, is also in there to take the sting out of shaving. (Lush UK)''
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Oat Milk, Safflower Oil, Shea Butter, Stearic Acid, Glycerine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Honey, Tincture of Benzoin, Cedarwood Oil, Lavender Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Tonka Absolute, Lanolin, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. 
Lush Dirty Shaving Cream

I usually just use shower gel (or shaving foam on rare ocassions) for shaving and I know that's not the best thing for dry skin. Shaving makes the skin even drier and then I have to moisturize like crazy. It was nice to try something else for a change. Dirty Shaving Cream has a yoghurt like consistency and smells - well, interesting. It doesn't make me wanna buy Dirty perfume, but it's not unpleasant at all. It's rich in oils and it makes the blade really glide over the skin leaving it smooth and soft. Even when you rinse it, the skin stays somewhat nourished and protected but not greasy. Those of you with extremely dry skin might still have to use moisturizer after shaving, but Dirty will help a little. It's not my holy grail Lush product, but it does the job very well. 
Lush Dirty Shaving Cream

You can buy Dirty Shaving Cream in Lush stores from ~ $13.95/ £5.50/ €8.95 for 100 g. Prices vary from country to country.

*Product was sent to me for reviewing purposes. 

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Black-Garden.pl Choker

Black Garden is an online store based in Poland where you can find clothes, accessories, jewellery and etc. in alternative styles like gothic, steampunk, vintage, victorian, pin up and punk. The owner of the shop, Angelika, offered me a chance to try out one of their items - I picked this gorgeous gothic lace choker. 
Black Garden.pl Choker

The lace part of the choker isn't handmade, but the necklace is. It's got a big red stone in the middle and the lace is combined with chains and dangling black stones. Well, all the 'stones' are resin, but that doesn't really matter to me. This choker doesn't contain nickel. You can find it on the Black-Garden.pl website HERE
Black Garden.pl Choker

I would personally prefer this choker without the red stone, but it's still beautiful in my eyes. It's well made and it doesn't feel too heavy or uncomfortable. Now I only need an excuse to wear this... =) 

*Product sent to me for reviewing purposes. 

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Preview: Essence ''Like a Ticket to Rock'' Trend Edition

Essence Like a Ticket to Rock

Ready to rock? No matter whether it’s a hip concert or a cool open-air festival: experiencing great live music is awesome and is sure to put you in a great mood. From May 2014, essence is creating an ultimate concert atmosphere with an exciting fragrance set: “like a ticket to rock” is as lively, energetic and unforgettable as the feeling you get when you see your favorite band on stage. In addition to the sparkling fragrance, there’s an exclusive pocket brush with an integrated mirror in a cool rock design that’s perfect for endlessly long festival days when you only have a few minutes to touch up your style – and the pocket brush is only available in the limited festival set. Every time you apply “like a ticket to rock”, it reminds you of your favorite festival song and gives you goose bumps all over again. Let’s rock… with essence! 

The eau de toilette was developed in collaboration with internationally renowned perfumers. The flacon is presented in a trendy design and is decorated with two pink stars – including the familiar little ribbons, this time in black. The limited set contains 50 ml of eau de toilette as well as a stylish pocket brush with an integrated mirror – ideal when you’re on the go. 
Essence Like a Ticket to Rock
Spotlight on and all eyes on the stage: it’s finally time to experience your favorite star live on stage again so keep rocking, have fun and feel the music. The fragrance “like a ticket to rock” is energetic, fruity, floral and as exciting as a cool rock festival. A mix of sun fruits like orange, mango and apricot unite into a fruity head note with blackcurrant and bergamot. Lotus blossom, peony and violet create a flowery touch in the heart of the fragrance while tonka bean, benzoin, fine woods and musk add some warmth in the base note. On top, there’s a pocket brush with an integrated mirror in an exclusive and limited rock design – a must-have accessory for all festival beauties. Play it loud! essence festival set “like a ticket to rock”. Around 6,99€*.
Essence Like a Ticket to Rock
Essence festival set “like a ticket to rock” will be available in stores in May 2014**. 

*recommended retail price 
**as long as stocks last 

Preview: Essence ''Viva Brasil'' Trend Edition

Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

Welcome to Brasil: just in time for this year’s football World Cup in Brazil, essence is presenting the coolest products for a summery Brazil look with the new trend edition “viva brasil” in May and June 2014. Inspired by Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, this trend edition combines the feeling of the Copacabana with a bright and tropical color scheme consisting of sunny yellow, red, pink, purple, green and blue. The absolute must-haves are the multicolour lip balms with their unique ring structure, the awesome eye & hair mascaras as well as the trendy effect nails sets. Stylish braided wristbands round off the look and are sure to put you in the mood for hot summer days. Feel Brazil with Essence!

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Copacabana is calling! Whether at the beach or in the city - the highly pigmented and long-lasting eyeshadows in purple, pink and green give all Rio girls a colourful eye make-up style. The blossom embossment on the texture is also a true eye-catcher. Around 1,79€*.
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

Tropical complexion! The silky-soft blush in pink and red gives your cheeks an irresistible touch of fresh colour – absolutely essential for the ultimate Rio look. The unique embossment turns this blush into a visual highlight, too! Around 2,49€*.
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

Samba fever: elaborate costumes, colourful headdresses and rhythmical music. These limited eye & hair mascaras are ideal for all Samba beauties: use them to conjure-up bright purple, pink and green highlights on your lashes and in your hair. Can be washed out easily. Around 2,99€*.
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

Colour parade! This extraordinary lip balm has a unique triple ring structure. On top of offering light colour-dispersion, they also pamper your lips! Available in 01 colour parade and 02 olá brasil!. Around 1,99€*. 
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

CarNAILval! Your nails are guaranteed to shine in the most gorgeous Brazilian colours with these nail polishes. Yellow, green, blue, purple and pink ensure a tropical summer mood and the long-lasting texture is sure to survive a refreshing dive into the glittering Atlantic! Around 1,59€*.
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

The glitter effect powder with a cool neon finish – available in the colour combinations green, orange and pink or dark green, yellow and blue – create fashionable 3D nail designs with a guaranteed wow-effect! Now all Samba girls can show-off their nails! Available in 01 colour parade and 02 olá brasil! **. Around 2,49€*. 
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

Brazilian bracelets! The trendy braided wristbands in yellow, green and pink are stylish accessories and guaranteed eye-catchers! The bright colours guarantee plenty of fun in the sun. Available in 01 express your essence. Around 1,49€*. 

Bling Ring! Creatively decorate these transparent rings with nail polish, glitter or tiny rhinestones to go with your individual nail style. You can even remove the little work of art with nail polish remover once you’re done and create new designs to ensure lots of diversity! Available in 01 we like to samba. Around 1,99€*. 
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition

Beautiful Brazil! This make-up bag has an unique design with a tropical blossom print to inspire lots of creative beauty looks! On top, you’re sure to find space for all your favorite products. Also ideal when you’re on the go. Available in 01 sugarloaf mountain, here we come!.
Essence Viva Brasil Trend Edition
Essence “viva brasil” will be available in stores in May and June 2014. 
 
* recommended retail price 
**exclusively available at Müller 

This trend edition will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Portugal, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, Russia, UAE, Tunisia, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Ecuador, Panama and Bolivia.  
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