Wednesday, November 27, 2013

misslyn - gold-plate (with P2 - precious as accent; Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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We're going right into the second round of my favorite blogging series with a seasonally very appropriate color - gold! Ever since I saw Lena show misslyn's copper rose, I knew I had to get the two satin metal polishes of the Hot Glam LE. So here's the first one I put on!

I think those are two coats, and I put P2's precious on my ring finger nail as an accent, since they just seemed to fit together perfectly. I didn't use top coat because I love the matt appearance of the satin metal finish.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

[Swatch] essence Trend Edition Superheroes - super, man!

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From this recent/current LE I bought four polishes (leaving out the gold one), but most of the others I've seen around plenty, while few people seemed to show this one, so I thought I'd share it with you.

Two coats, I believe, with top coat. Here we have holographic particles in a silver metallic base. I'm torn between thinking it's cool and not really liking it. Also, for Superman I would have expected different colors. What are your thoughts on it?

Friday, November 22, 2013

[nail art] distressed gold

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So I recently thought I'd swatch misslyn "overknees" for you and put it on to take photos the next day. Incidentally, I had received a parcel containing, among others, "Honey Ryder" by OPI that same day. On a whim I decided to try to make a sort of gradient with it over the black texture polish - this is the result...

Two coats of overknees. I let it dry, then took Honey Ryder and wiped the brush on the bottle neck enough to make sure only a tiny amount of polish was remaining on the brush, then swiped it sort of haphazardly here and there, concentrating the color on the free edge of the nail and leaving more black visible towards the cuticle area. I sealed everything with top coat, but the slightly gritty textured remained pretty unperturbed by my attempt to make it smoother. This reminded me of a little wooden box that once had gold lacquer on it that got rubbed off with time. It's far from perfect, but I really liked how it looked, so I wanted to share!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

[Swatch] models own - Rocket, Catherine Wheel, Dancing Queen, Banger, Boogie Nights (over black; Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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Today I'm making the last post for "Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!" - but only for round one! Thankfully, Cyw and Lena are loving the series just as much as us other participants, so they decided to start a second round, which will start immediately next Wednesday! I'm so glad we can continue this awesome series, because I really do love it. This week's theme is "bunt" - "colorful" - and I wanted this to be a bit of a bang, so I decided to go for a glitter rainbow. Let's check it out!

Rocket on thumb, Catherine Wheel on pointer finger, Dancing Queen on middle finger, Banger on ring finger, Boogie Nights on pinky finger. I wanted to fit the whole rainbow on five fingers, which was kinda hard, but thankfully all these glitters look really nice together. They actually all have a little bit of at least one other color mixed in with their main glitter color, which I think is very cool - and it was extremely useful to me! Models own sure makes some awesome glitter polishes...

Monday, November 18, 2013

essie - stroke of brilliance (over after school boy blazer)

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I cracked and got more of the essie "for the twill of it" collection... I admit it. I wore "after school boy blazer" for a day on its own, but just like every other polish, I had chips on the first day, so when I was patching it up later that day, I thought, hey, why not put "stroke of brilliance" over it? So that's what I did.

Two coats of "after school boy blazer" - it's very pigmented, if you are really careful you can make it perfect in one coat, but it'll have to be on the thicker side - and then one to two coats of "stroke of brilliance", top coat, tadah! I really liked this! In low light, "after school boy blazer" looks pretty much black, but it's in fact a very very dark navy kind of blue. What do you think of this combination?

Saturday, November 16, 2013

[Swatch] Catrice Limited Edition Arts Collection - nail polishes

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Rembember when I promised to show you these? That's okay, I did. Sorry it took so long, I hope you can still find these if you want them. I've seen them around last week still so I think you should be able to get them.


Two coats with top coat. Don't you love the bottle print? Anyway, this is a pink, with a little bit of silvery sparkle to it.


Two coats with top coat. A nice green, again with a silvery tone to it.


Two coats with top coat. A pretty gold tone, more on the orangey-brown, warm side of gold. I really like it more than expected!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Clinique - "Pink With A Purpose" limited lipstick set (2013)

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So as the majority of you will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (and Depression Awareness Month, too!). Last year Clinique released a limited edition Chubby Stick shade (called plumped up pink), together with a little pouch. This year, they decided to go for a limited edition shade of their Almost Lipstick. Not gonna lie, I would've preferred another Chubby Stick, or a Chubby Stick Intense. Nevertheless, I got the set, just like last year - it cost EUR 19.99/USD ~27, of which ten go to a breast cancer awareness campaign. Of course I thought "Why not?". Then I got the parcel and... let's just say I'm a bit disappointed.

The lipstick comes in a skinny, mainly silver tube that has a pink ribbon print on it at the bottom. This, to me, is not an "almost lipstick", but an "almost nothing". I don't mind sheer color - otherwise I wouldn't like the Chubby Sticks so much. But this still disappointed me. If your lips are more pigmented than mine, good luck getting this to show up on them. Also, just like the Chubby Stick from last year, this has silver sparkle in it, which I'm not too big a fan of. The shade name is Pink Ribbon Honey, by the way. The second disappointment was the little pouch. From the online store pictures, i thought it would be a sturdy, flat little pouch, which it is absolutely not. If you want pictures of it let me know. The set is still available if you're interested in getting it. I guess at least I donated to charity...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

[Swatch] Catrice - Apropos Apricot (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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Welcome to the super late edition of this week's Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt! - in which I once again had to take pictures under artificial lighting because it's winter and while I love winter, the sun is just not around enough.

Three coats with top coat. I could have applied another one, I guess; it is pretty opaque at three coats, but I can still see ridge problems, so it doesn't look very even. Anyway, I discovered that this has ultra fine silvery-blueish shimmer in it. I never noticed that! It's hardly detectable, but it's there. Interesting surprise. Also, I don't like this color on me. It's a little more orange in real life than in the picture. I think it just looks weird. Also, hello there little bubble! I had to shake the polish because it had been standing around for quite a while, so there were bubbles. I don't really care though, there's only that one and it's hardly noticeable.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

[Swatch] P2 Limited Edition Mirror Mirror. On The Wall - glam supreme lipsticks

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I recently came across this LE and while I, of course, picked up the highly-coveted nail polish "sensual purple", my eyes also drifted towards the lipsticks. After swatching them quickly I knew I wanted to purchase them, too, so let's have a look.

First of all, I like the design of the packaging. Quite cool, even though it's just plastic. Downside: You can see every little fingerprint on these tubes. The colors are rosé passion (top) and red obsession (bottom). Both of them are very pigmented and glide on smoothly; they smell faintly of that "make-up scent", but you'll hardly notice it. Great quality for a great price right here.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

[Swatch] Rival de Loop Limited Edition perfect style - Perfect Rainbow (ABCDEFinishes)

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This week's theme is duochrome, and I have a great one to show you alright. Even though it's technically multichrome, but as everyone who got their misuse of a word pointed out to them has ever said: "Semantics!"

Two coats with top coat. This shifts so beautifully, but it can be hard to catch that on camera sometimes. Also, this wasn't really 100% opaque, because the base seems to be clear and just filled with colored, multichromatic flecks.

Friday, November 8, 2013

[Swatch] Catrice Limited Edition Rocking Royals - nail polishes, lipstick, eyeliner

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Today's post might as well be entitled "guess who went crazy on a Catrice LE". I picked lots of stuff, so let's check it out together, shall we?

Ex Pistols

Two coats, no top coat. These all dry to a matt finish! I was surprised. I had expected some sort of sand polish or something similar, but not this. Also, I love the color! I put it straight back on after I'd finished swatching. What's even funnier, I picked this up although I didn't really like it. I'm not a huge fan of gold tones, so I didn't expect much at all from this one, and it blew me away. Nice.

Royal Blue

Two coats, no top coat. My second favorite, without a doubt. Really vibrant, don't you think? It screams New Year's Eve to me.

Emerald Queen

Two coats, no top coat. Again, a really pretty one. A great shade of green, lovely finish. These all look quite nice shiny, too, but I actually prefer them matt.

Of Royal Blood

Two coats, no top coat. Now this is a not-so-favorite; it applies a little patchy because it dries pretty fast, so the surface is kind of uneven. I still think it's kind of cool to have a "naturally" matt red, though.

lipstick "Of Royal Blood"

I love the design of this LE, don't you? The crown emblem is really cool in my opinion. The lipstick applies nicely and isn't really shiny, but not truly matt either. I guess that's what people call a semi-matt. Based on the name, I had expected a deep, blood kind of red, but this is actually pretty heavy on the purple - though not as much as the other lipstick in the LE (called Pink Punk).

eyeliner "Velvet Black"

This has a felt tip, as you can see. It gives you quite nice control. Don't ask why I wrote love, because I don't know. Okay, so let me tell you something about this eyeliner: This rubs off within half a second as soon as it gets wet. That really disappointed me, because on the back of the little bottle it even says something like "long-wearing". An eyeliner that can be so easily removed with water is definitely not long-wearing... WTF, Catrice? Anyway, just keep that in mind when considering whether or not you would like to purchase this item.

I also got the liplocking base, but I haven't tried it out yet. It looks like a lip balm in a skinny tube. The only nail polish I didn't get is the plummy purple - it's just not my color (the name is the same as for the second lipstick, Pink Punk). So, any favorites?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

[Swatch] essie - Big Spender (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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I'm really late again today, so without much ado (about nothing, haha), let's see my pick for this week's theme, which is magenta!

Two coats with top coat. I'm sorry about the bad lighting (again) and grainy quality (again). I once again had to take this after the sun was already down and I don't have a daylight lamp (yet). Lots of parentheses today, have we? Anyway, I'd like to think that this polish is still within the magenta range, although it is darker than the more vibrant tones, and kind of bordering on a purple-y plum.

Monday, November 4, 2013

[Swatch] Catrice Limited Edition Thrilling Me Softly nail polishes - Discreet, Suspect, Allure, Daredevil

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I need to get this post out before you can't find this LE anymore, so here we go - I only picked up four of the five available shades since I really don't like those dark, plum-toned creme polishes. I kinda wanted to buy "Occult" (the fifth polish in the LE, duh) just for the name, but I restrained myself. Channeling my Scott McCall there, maybe? Also, cookies for you if you get this reference.

I believe this is two coats with top coat. I swatched this ages ago, sorry guys. In any case this is a nude that's on the beige-brownish side. It looks kind of dirty with the brown tone in it, don't you think?

Two coats with top coat. A very light gold shade. Not my favorite, but I don't hate it either. I guess I'm pretty much neutral on this one.

This was also two coats, I think, with top coat. Easily my favorite with its - indeed very alluring - red-pink shimmer in a red base. Love it!

Two coats with top coat. Now this one has the best name in the whole LE, in my opinion.

I'm sorry I can't be sure anymore how many coats I applied for the first three. There was a huge gap between me swatching those three and swatching the last one. I just never got around to it, I guess. Anyway, I think Allure and Daredevil are worth checking out - if you don't like red cremes then just try Allure. Discreet isn't bad but it's not in my comfort zone as far as nudes go, I prefer the more pink-toned ones.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

[Swatch] Priti NYC - Spring Gentian

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Remember my comparison of the old and new version of essence glorious aquarius? Today I'd like to show you the absolutely gorgeous polish I layered the glitter over, so let's check it out!

Two coats with top coat. This is so pretty! Look at the shimmer, wow. And it's so vibrant! This was part of the 3-piece set I ordered (what seems like) ages back. Definitely a hit!

Friday, November 1, 2013

[Swatch] essie Limited Edition for the twill of it - vested interest (ABCDEFinishes)

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I'm feeling better today, thank god, so I'm gonna babble on a little more than on Wednesday. I don't know what it is about essie, but somehow I end up with dusty, sort of grey-toned greens from this brand more than from others. I bought maximilian strass her from the madison ave-hue collection, and I bought this one... So I'd like to show this to you for the letter C in the series, which stands for creme finish.

Two coats with top coat. I really like it, almost wanted to keep it on (but decided to do more swatching). It's got really nice pigmentation, but I usually have to apply two coats just to even out the surface and cover possible bald spots - I apply quite thin layers, though.