Wednesday, May 21, 2014

a England - Excalibur Renaissance

Guess who just got their ''sword'' polished. =)
''Excalibur is the legendary sword of King Arthur, sometimes attributed with magical powers or associated with the rightful sovereignty of Great Britain. Sometimes Excalibur and the Sword in the Stone (the proof of Arthur's lineage) are said to be the same weapon, but in most versions they are considered separate. The sword was associated with the Arthurian legend very early. In Welsh, the sword is called Caledfwlch; in Cornish, the sword is called Calesvol.'' (Wikipedia)
a England Excalibur Renaissance

Excalibur Renaissance is a nail polish shade from the a England The Mythicals collection. a England offers two shades of Excalibur: the new edition (silver foil with golden specks) and the Renaissance one (silver platinum). 
a England Excalibur Renaissance

a England, Excalibur Renaissance, 2 coats
a England Excalibur Renaissance

a England Excalibur Renaissance

a England Excalibur Renaissance

Excalibur Renaissance is a pure platinum silver shade and it's very opaque. One coat of this polish and you're good to go. I added another layer for my photos (old habits die hard). It's easy to apply and it dries fast. Another excellent shade from a England and I expected nothing less. =) Wonderful work, Adina!
a England Excalibur Renaissance

a England Excalibur Renaissance

You can buy Excalibur Renaissance on a England website for £9.00. If you're located out of the UK, check out the Where to Buy tab. You can also find a England on Facebook and Twitter

*Polish was sent to me for reviewing purposes.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Girls Just Wanna Have Sun & Keep Calm and Go to the Beach

So, there was this full display of Essence Beach Cruisers trend edition in my local drugstore. I didn't mean to buy anything, but one thing led to another and I got these two 'sparkling sand finish' polishes. My only picks from the collection: Girls Just Wanna Have Sun and Keep Calm and Go to the Beach.
Essence Beach Cruisers TE

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun, 2 coats
Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun is a true coral/salmon shade and is not as orange as it appears on the photos. It's hard to photograph and there's not much I can do about it. It's filled with pink and orange shimmer which doesn't show too much, but is definitely visible. It took 2 coats for full opacity and the formula was very easy to work with. 
Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Keep Calm and Go to the Beach, 2 coats
Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Keep Calm and Go to the Beach

Keep Calm and Go to the Beach is a turquoise shade with green and yellow shimmer. Very similar to its coral sibling when it comes to quality of the formula, application and finish. It took 2 coats for full opacity. It has a flat brush that's amazing to work with (one of the reasons I keep buying Essence TE nail polishes is the flat - non bushy brush). This one might leave your fingernails slightly stained, so be careful and apply a layer of base coat underneath. 
Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Keep Calm and Go to the Beach

Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Keep Calm and Go to the Beach

Essence Beach Cruisers TE - Keep Calm and Go to the Beach

There are also a red and gold shade available from the same trend edition, but they didn't look interesting enough for me. Well, I just thought they wouldn't suit me anyway. I doubt I'll be wearing these two anytime soon, but it's nice to have something new to add to the collection. ;) 
Essence Beach Cruisers TE

What do you think about my picks? 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Swatches & Review: FUN Lacquer - Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection

Summer is coming and your nails should be ready for sunny days. What better finish to wear than shiny holographic nail polish - I read somewhere that life is too short to wear boring nail polish. ;) I got 7 holographic shades from the FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 collection for review and without further ado, here they are... 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection

Swatches below were shot both indoors in artificial lighting and outdoors in natural lighting without flash.

TGIF, 2-3 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - TGIF

TGIF is a special one in the bunch, since it's a bonus shade. It's not as solid in color as other shades, but it's definitely worth the attention. It looks amazing in real life and the photos just don't do it justice. It's holographic and it also appears to be somewhat duochrome-ish. Shiny and magical. I can't really describe it properly, you'll have to check it out for yourselves. 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - TGIF

Margarita Cocktail, 3 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Margarita Cocktail

Margarita Cocktail is a green-ish yellow shade. It's one of the less opaque shades from the collection and it requires 3 coats for full opacity. 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Margarita Cocktail

Radiance, 2 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Radiance

Radiance is a warm pink-red (cerise) shade.
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Radiance

Uniform for Summer: Bikini, 2 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Uniform for Summer Bikini

Uniform for Summer: Bikini is a pink holographic shade. Although it look very cool, it's a trouble child of the collection. I was warned about its staining feature, so I applied a coat of base coat for this one... Well, it didn't stain my nails, but it did stain my fingers instead. Sadly, I didn't remember to swatch it in the end and I had to photograph TGIF after removing this beauty. Hence my pink nails on the photos with TGIF. What can I do... I tried. 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Uniform for Summer Bikini

Evening Gown, 2 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Evening Gown

Evening Gown is a true purple holo. It's my favorite from the collection and it's also very opaque. It could be a 1-coater, but I added another coat of polish for the depth. It's gorgeous: dark, yet shiny. 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Evening Gown

Starry Night of the Summer, 2 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Starry Night of the Summer

Starry Night of the Summer is a blue holographic shade. It has the same quality as Evening Gown. Very opaque and a pleasure to look at. 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Starry Night of the Summer

Mowed Meadow, 2 coats
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Mowed Meadow

Mowed Meadow is a grass green shade.
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection - Mowed Meadow

As you can see: Summer 2014 is all about shiny holographic shimmer. These were my very first FUN Lacquer shades and I have to say my experience with them was very pleasant. The polishes have consistent formula and a great flat brush. Application was easy and I didn't have to do any clean-up after it. Most of the polishes need 2 coats for full opacity, some might be even 1-coaters (Evening Gown, Radiance, Starry Night of the Summer). The only downside was the staining of Uniform of the Summer: Bikini, but that's what occasionally happens when swatching a lot of shades in a short time frame. Not all the shades are my cup of tea, but as far as the quality goes...they're all worth having if you dig the color. 
FUN Lacquer Summer 2014 Holo Polish Collection

You can find FUN Lacquer nail polishes on FUN Lacquer website and their Facebook page. Summer 2014 collection can be pre-ordered on May 26th (check Fun Laquer Facebook page for more information). The official release of the collection will be on June 9th. 

*Polishes were sent for reviewing purposes. 

Thanks for looking and commenting!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Preview: Catrice ''Le Grand Bleu'' Limited Edition

Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition
The blue hour. Soft pastels, bright azure, magical turquoise and dark marine shades: this summer’s fashion is focusing on the colour blue. Countless nuances of the cool aqua shade are coming together on the international catwalks with shimmering, sometimes even iridescent fabrics. Inspired by these extravagant couture gowns, the Limited Edition “Le Grand Bleu” by CATRICE was born. In June and July 2014, it offers the most beautiful beauty must-haves for a look with a pure summer feeling. The trendy colour blue paired with warm copper and soft rosé shades offers a collection full of variety, which is not only reflected in the longlasting Eye Shadow Pens, but also in the gorgeous nail polishes. Shimmering and metallic effects are absolutely essential in this edition. The red Lip Cream with a matt finish offers a bright and colourful contrast. Into the Blue – by CATRICE. 

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Mother-of-Pearl. A sparkling appearance is guaranteed with the Crystal Lip Gloss. The semi-transparent, ultra-light texture offers a brilliant shimmer effect for shiny lips in the popular wet-look. Now available in a limited pink mother-of-pearl C01 Black’s Pearl. Around 3,29€*.
Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition Lipgloss

Mermaid Lips. Shimmering eyelids and matt lips - an extremely appealing contrast. Subtly emphasize your lips with Matt Lip Cream in exciting red. The creamy, intense lip colour highlights the modern mermaid look and prevents your lips from feeling dry. Available in C01 Never leave coral reef. Around 3,99€*.
Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition Matt Lip Cream

Ocean View. The longlasting, pen-shaped eyeshadows have a creamy texture to create metallic effects for breathtaking eye make-up. Easy handling: the Eye Shadow Pen has a practical, retractable mine, which makes it a popular product for your handbag or travel case. You have a choice of shimmering pink mother-of-pearl, soft lavender, fashionable sky blue and warm copper. Available in C01 Black’s Pearl, C02 Underwater Laugh, C03 Mermaiday Mayday and C04 Mermaid It. Around 3,79€*.
Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition Eye Shadow Pencil

Go with Glow. The slightly liquid yet creamy texture creates subtle highlights. Whether you apply it on your face, on the highest point of your cheekbones, directly beneath your brows or on your neckline – thanks to the precision brush tip, you can set accurate highlights and then blend them softly. The premium pen packaging turns the Liquid Highlighter into a visual must-have, too. Available in C01 Black’s Pearl. Around 3,99€*. 
Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition Liquid Highlighter

Mr. Blue Sky. The trend outlook for 2014: expressive eye make-up in metallic cobalt blue. In this case, with a felt tip pen that ensures accurate eyeliner styles. Cool aqua-chic for a hot summer. Available in C01 Entering Atlantis. Around 3,29€*. 
Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition Eyeliner Pen

Underwater Love. Ultimate colour, ultimate coverage and ultimate shine. The Ultimate Nail Lacquers bring the colour of the sea onto your nails. Five limited shades with various effects in shimmering rosé, fresh mint with glitter pigments, metallic electric blue, elegant marine blue and warm copper. Available in C01 Underwater Laugh, C02 Mermaiday Mayday, C03 Bella Aquarella, C04 Entering Atlantis and C05 Mermaid It. Around 2,79€*.
Catrice Le Grand Bleu Limited Edition Nail Lacquer

“Le Grand Bleu” by CATRICE will be available in stores in June and July 2014. 

* recommended retail price. 

This limited edition will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, South Africa, Ireland, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Syria, Yemen, Marocco, Iraq, Singapore, Pakistan, Brunei, India, the Philippines, Myanmar, Mongolia, and Kosmetik Kosmo.  

Preview: Catrice ''Carnival of Colours'' Limited Edition

Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition

Fascinating Brazil. Unique landscapes, a passionate culture and a pure love of life. The enthusiasm for Samba, Carnival and football is contagious. This year’s World Cup as a colourful multi-vision show is much anticipated. When the whole World looks towards Brazil this summer, an inspiring host country will be opening its gates. International designers love the unmistakable spirit of this nation, simply cannot get enough of the Sugarloaf Mountain, the Copacabana and the colourful patterns. The matching Limited Edition “Carnival of Colours” by CATRICE will be dancing into the hearts of all Brazil fans in June and July 2014. The diversity of the Amazon is reflected in the extensive range of bright colours: aqua-blue, purple, grass green, signal red, orange and sunny yellow are all the rage this summer. Highlights include the eyeshadows with three colours, the light lipglosses with a compact design and the beauty bag, which artistically presents gorgeous pineapples – the trendy motifs of this Limited Edition. Brazilian Lifestyle – by CATRICE.

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Carnival of Colours by CATRICE – Baked Trio Eyeshadow Wavin' Flag. The Baked Trio Eyeshadow with a Wet & Dry formula is extremely versatile – apply moist for an intense look and dry for a more subtle make-up style. The exotic colours with a slight shimmer, including the Brazilian classics yellow, green and blue, are sure to put you in the mood for summer. Available in C01 Rhythm Of The World, C02 International Anthem and C03 Flag Attack. Around 3,79€*.
Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition Eye Shadow

Ultimate Colour Lip Gloss. Eu te amo. Light colour with an intensive shine. The texture is smooth, the packaging compact and extremely elegant. Simply choose between fresh orange, pink and coral or yellow with a subtle colour and a gorgeous pearl effect, apply with the flock applicator and enjoy the next midsummer night’s dream. Available in C01 Burning Down The Arena, C02 When I Say Li, You Say Lac…, C03 Go Yellow, Go! and C04 Feel The SpiRED. Around 2,99€*.
Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition Lipgloss
Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition Lipgloss

Cat Eyes Eyeliner Pen. Go for Cat Eyes. The felt tip allows you to create slim as well as broad eyeliner styles as accurately as a pro. For an expressive line in deep black that’s sure to attract plenty of attention! Available in C01 Black For Gold. Around 3,49€*.
Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition Eyeliner Pen

Ultimate Nail Lacquer. Colourful Friends. Ultimate colour, ultimate coverage and ultimate shine. The limited nail polishes are sought after solo or as a team and are extremely convincing with their summery as well as classic colours, including a strong aqua-blue, grass green, orange, purple, sunny yellow, signal red and black – all plain and in a matt-sheen packaging with a beautiful pineapple print. Available in C01 Team Blue, C02 Viva Brasil, C03 Burning Down The Arena, C04 When I Say Li, You Say Lac…, C05 Go Yellow, Go!, C06 Feel the SpiRED and C07 Black For Gold. Around 2,79€*.
Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition Nail Lacquer

Club Tropicana. The practical beauty bag with an exotic pineapple design is the ideal companion for all your travels, at the public viewing and on any shopping tour. Filled with the most essential beauty must-haves, this bag is an asset for any handbag and also a true eye-catcher! Around 3,49€*.
Catrice Carnival of Colours Limited Edition Bag
“Carnival of Colours” by CATRICE will be available in stores from June to July 2014.

* recommended retail price. 

This limited edition will be available in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Bosnia, Spain, Portugal, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, Tunisia, Korea, Thailand, Pakistan, Brunei, India, the Philippines, Uruguay, Chile, and at Kosmetik Kosmo.
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