Donnerstag, 31. Dezember 2009

Happy New Year

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just a quick post to wish all of you a happy new year :) Hope you enjoy it and make some doable new year's resolutions.

Mittwoch, 30. Dezember 2009

NOTD: Rimmel Glam Goth+ some Stars

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I'm sorry I haven't posted a while because I've been awfully busy the last days and the rest of it just plain lazy to upload pics(and I was re-watching the two seasons of True Blood, I'm quite obsessed with this series which reminds me to get the book series- I only read the first one). Plus I just restored my computer because it was quite slow and I haven't install Photoshop yet so it might take some time till I can show you some "fresh"/more recent manicures.
So today's post is about Rimmel Glam Goth- it was realeased in an Le but I don't remember the name together with another lighter purple but I liked this better because I love deep, vampy purples.
Now to the polish itself: It reminds be a bit of Chanel's Vendetta, only a lighter version of it. I might be wrong but I think I'll do a comparison swatch when I have time. It is almost opaque in one coat but I did two just to be safe and I LOVE the brush. It's one of the soft, maxi brushes and it says "New maxi brush, mistake free application" I love maxi/pro wide brushes - they are the best in my oppinion. When I finished my manicure I thought it was a bit to simple so I added some stars with those stickers where you paint over with polish. I got mine from Claire's but they were made out paper and not plastik like from other brands. For the stars I used Color Club/Art Club nail polish in Hologram Glitter( which is awesome for a glittery french which I posted about here)
Long story short, here are the pictures (like all purples, my camera absorbs the red in the pics):

Dienstag, 15. Dezember 2009

Quick post: China Glaze Let's Groove+ Golden Enchantment

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Here's just a quick post about a recent manicure. My life's crazy right now (so much to do in such a short amount of time).
It's 2 coats of China Glaze's Let's Groove and then a coat of China Glaze in Golden Enchantment. I thought Let's Groove wasn't that satisfying to me so I layered an untried polish over it. I love this combination but silly me had to write and do some things when the polish was touch-dry but not all layeres so it pulled up and looked like horrible tipwear. I didn't had many time to do a new manicure so I decided to paint it over. Sorry about that.

Here are the pictures:

Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2009

Zoya Ibiza vs. Artdeco No. 44

Long time no post- I know....
It's just the last weeks that I've been quite busy and I can't stop working or learning because I've got an test-marathon next week and after that I'm going on vacation for about 3 weeks.

As you probably see on today's topic I'm comparing these two colours. It seemed like dupes in the bottle but Ibiza is darker. The application on both polishes were nice and I didn't had much problems (just my not so good-application). The pictures show 2 coats each, no Top-Coat.
a bottle comaprison:

Montag, 7. Dezember 2009

Giveaway alert!

There's a giveaway at painted Lady Fingers and she partnerd up with Diamond Cosmetics. The prizes are a total of 12 polishes and you can choose 8 different polishes from their current color chart. Wow- that's a lot and they don't sell the brand here so fingers crossed.

Click here for more details and your chance to enter yourself :)

Samstag, 5. Dezember 2009

Comparison: Golden post (pic heavy)

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As you probably wondered why this is an golden post. I've done an comparison of a few gold-colours I have. The polishes I used were: Etude House in BR003, Alessandro No. 297, Nivea No. 72- Pure Gold and China Glaze's Golden Enchatment. As an extra a polish I haven't swatched before: Etude House in Hologram Blue. I won the two Etude House polishes at happyberrynainad's giveaway which I posted a little haul here. I finally got around swatching those. The Alessandro varnish is from their current Limited Edition called "Be a Star"- there were quite a few great mini-polishes & I've got about 4-5 polishes. Among those is a possible dupe for Opi's Merry Midnight/Sasatinnie 1G9 and a (possible) dupe of China Glaze's Ruby Pumps.
Now to the swatches& the pictures (just click on it to see them in their full glory):

1 coat of Etude House BR003, one Coat of Alessandro 297, one coat of Nivea
- Pure Gold (see how opaque it is? It's great for stamping), one Coat of CG Golden Enchantment and 3 or 4 coats of Etude House's Hologram Blue.
2 coats of EH BR003, 2 coats of Alessandro, one coat of Nivea-varnish, 3 coats of CG and 3 or 4 coats of Etude House's Hologram Blue.

a close-up of the final( 2 coats) result of the Alessandro polish.

a pic of the Nivea bottle.
a close-up of the Nivea-polish swatch.

above& below:
A bottle-nail comparison of CG Golden Enchantment& Etude House - Hologram Blue

These two pictures shows how great the duo-chrome effect of the polish (how it is more yellow-ish in the one picture and more blue on the other plus the great design of the bottle).

Donnerstag, 3. Dezember 2009

A swap and a little haul

I actually got this little package a few days ago( nov. 30th) but I hadn't had the time to make some pictures& upload them so I do that now. The swap was with Sasha from Nihrinda's Blog( click here for her great blog) because she couldn't get a particular polish& a kajal from an Limited Edition of Essence (an European Brand). So I contacted her and we arranged this swap. I sent out first and you can see here. And here are the things that I got from her:

Nfu.Oh No. 50,Extras: Nailtek II and a Clinique pore minimizer sample.
My first Nfu.Oh- I've been lemming these polishes for quite a while now and she agreed to swap it. I still can't believe it- the bottle itself is really unique and the cap- the beautiful bottle-cap. And there's also Nailtek II- I've heard quite a few positive things about it and definitly will use it when I've finished my "old" Base coat. Last but not least- the Clinique pore minimizer: I've never had/bought something from Clinique because it's quite expensive and I tend to use cheaper (drugstore) things when it comes to face-cream, facial wash, etc...

Now to my little haul:

I sometimes go to Claire's and see what they've got (earrings and polishes). This time these two polishes caught my eye and I know I had to have them- polishes with integraded nail art stars! There are also other shapes (i think those are hearts, not sure about that) but those two shades& stars were my favourite. I think there were 2-3 other colours, one of them was a light-grape colour and another a flashy pink.
Here are the pictures of the two I bought:

You can even see the price tag I forgot to take off ^^
The white one is actually quite a white cream colour and has got a light silvery shimmer in it.

A close-up of the little nail art stars

Here's the other part of my little haul: The IQ polishes are a drugstore brand. I suppose the purple one was sold earlier this year (i think it might be during the summer) because I couldn't find them in the usual display. What you can't see in the photo is that it has got tiny tiny mulit-coloured glitter/shimmer in it. The other IQ polish is ( i assume) a new realease. It is a black with turquoise shimmer- might be a possible dupe of Bourjois No. 24 or W'n'W Dream Black Metallic which I posted a comparison NOTD here. And as you probably have seen the last, rosè one is a Dior varnish. It's Rose Boreale from the (newest?) Limited Edition and first saw a great (layered) swatch on Nora's nails from Nail of the Week.

f.l.t.r.: IQ Cosmetics Nr. 23 Black Burst, IQ Cosmetics No. 16 Violet and Dior Vernis in Rose Boreal.