Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Non-lipstick Wearer's Lipstick Collection

Hey guys!

Since 1) I bit my left middle finger nail into nirvana on Friday out of extreme nervousness and stress and 2) my cuticles still look horrible and I feel like it's disgusting looking at them for you guys, I decided to venture out of Nail Polish Land once again and show you my little-but-not-so-little lipstick collection! I hope you like the occasional non-polish post :) So let's get right into it!

Here's an overview over the whole collection. For a girl that never wears lipstick (at least not out of the house), I have quite many I'm afraid...

label shots and swatches

As you can see I have a ton of pinks, haha. I just feel those few reds I have look so very bold on me that it's a little intimidating to wear them. If you want some more info on any of these let me know!

Thanks for stopping by, see you soon!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Max Factor - Chilled Lilac, simple nail art with essence black is back and China Glaze Kinetic Candy

Hey guys!

Here is a little more nail art for you, really simple this time though! I wore Max Factor "Chilled Lilac" on Friday and just for fun I added some dots in the evening.

top: direct sunlight; bottom: indoors, under window

Three coats. I hate the brush on these mini polishes. It's so small; not extremely hard to work with but still annoying for me. The first coat was very thin, the second and third more on the thick side. The formula is not too bad but the mini brush just makes it hard for me to get the polish on evenly. Especially on my thumb nail, which I always feel is the most complicated to get done nicely since it's so huge.

I wanted to try out some nail art that I'd recently seen (I don't remember where, I'm sorry!), so I added some dots later the same day.

The black is essence "black is back" and the minty blue is China Glaze "Kinetic Candy".
I also did this on my right hand, but it looked pretty awful, haha. My left hand was far from steady when I did the dots, so they weren't really dots but just weird shapes. But well, I still liked how it came out on my left hand.

What do you think of this simple design?

Saturday, August 18, 2012

nail art for "Make Up Dreamz" - Sailor Mercury

Hey guys!

Talasia from Talasias Dreamz is doing a series called "Make Up Dreamz" which takes inspiration from one of my childhood favorites concerning TV series (or anime, to be more precise) - Sailor Moon! While I didn't feel inspired to participate in the first round, I'd like to do so for the second one, for which the "theme" is Sailor Mercury/Ami Mizuno. Although I barely dare call this nail "art", here I present to you what I came up with...

This is the picture I took my main inspiration from, although I also had the transformation process in mind:

And here is what I did (only on my left hand, mind you...) as design:

This is my first time doing something more than stripes, so I'm pretty proud of how it turned out! Especially of the harp, although it is not perfectly intricate or awesomely fine, I'm still proud of it. As for my right hand, I did what I have on my pointer and pinky finger for all five fingers, but without the white lines. It didn't look too great, haha. I'm horribly inept with my left hand, although I've gotten much better at applying polish. Oh well, I guess that's normal since I have no practice.

Let me know what you think and what your favorite childhood series was!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

[Franken] Vanessa's Paradise

Hi guys!

I found the essence Colour Arts display yesterday and of course I had to buy tons of the nail base with which you can create your own nail polish! I also picked up three pigments, but haven't used them yet. I think the color choice is slightly underwhelming, but well. In my enthusiasm I ran back to the Catrice display and picked up Take it Mint (pigment from the current Cucuba Limited Edition which I'd been thinking of turning into nail polish for a bit since it has those interesting dark bits in it) and Vanessa's Paradise (plain old eyeshadow from the new fall range that I thought was gorgeous). I also got one bottle of clear nail polish from essence to mix into the base, in case it was too thick.
As soon as I got home I had to play around with my new toys so I started by pouring the nail base and clear nail polish in an empty bottle, then threw in tons of the Take it Mint pigment. It looked pretty nice, but later on I found the pigment won't stay suspended and sinks to the ground. Sadface. Metal balls might help but I don't have any right now.
Next I tried my luck with Vanessa's Paradise. The essence bottle with clear polish was still about one third full, so I scraped the whole two grams of eyeshadow in there and added a bit of nail base after shaking thoroughly. And so, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you...

overcast sky, without top coat

direct sunlight, with top coat

As you can see top coat really brings this to life. I love the shimmer. The pictures aren't doing this justice! It is also a one-coater. This one stays perfectly mixed without help. I don't know why there is such a huge difference, but I'm very happy that the second try went so well. I'm definitely gonna look into turning more Catrice (pressed) eyeshadows into nail polish :)

How do you like this little franken of mine?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Manhattan Blogger Edition Styleproofed and Modepilot - Acai Power Berry, Green Chai, Roppongi, Rodeo Drive and SoHo

Hey guys!

Just quickly showing you my picks from the current Manhattan Blogger Edition nail polish line, which is divided into two parts - "Styleproofed" and "Modepilot". Styleproofed's theme is food, whereas Modepilot's is places. So here we go!

Acai Power Berry

Green Chai


Rodeo Drive


All of these are two coats. If you're more dextrous than me you can probably make some of them perfect in one (e. g. Acai Power Berry). Green Chai is without top coat, so don't get confused by the gritty look :)
My favorites are Acai Power Berry and Green Chai. I don't really like Roppongi but hey, being the obsessed freak that I am, I just have to get everything related to Japan (or Asia in general, to be exact).

See you again soon!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure - Plum Luck (no. 640)

Hey guys!

Here we go with the second Sally Hansen polish I bought, Plum Luck (is this an allusion to "pot luck"?).


direct sunlight

indirect sunlight

Two coats. Again, quite sheer on the first coat, but not as much as Greige Gardens. This one doesn't need a third coat for me. I'm on the fence about this one, I'm not sure if I really like it. There's a lot of red in it. I actually like it best in the indoors shot, where it looks like a deep purple to me.

What do you think about this one? Do you like it?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Sally Hansen complete Salon Manicure - Greige Gardens (no. 404)

Hey guys!

This might be a bit boring for U. S. readers since you guys are probably more than familiar with Sally Hansen polishes. I recently found a Sally Hansen display at one of the local drugstores I frequent and I had to try that new brand. I had seen some top coats or treatments before, but never color polishes, so I was curious. They were pretty expensive, so I only got two. Today I'm showing you the first one.

Two coats. This is with direct light, overcast sky. It appears very sheer on the first coat but gets much better after the second. It could use a third coat, though.

The name always reminds me of the infamous "error 404"...

Tomorrow I'll show you the second polish I picked up :)