Donnerstag, 30. Dezember 2010

The two Rimmels and Sally Hansen Purple Pizzazz

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Wow, so tomorrow's New Years Eveand another year is over. Looking back at it, I'm glad it's over but I don't have many resolutions but a low-buy is surely in order because I bought way to many polishes (or things in general) and my untrieds-stash is growing bigger and bigger. I don't have much planed for NYE and I hope you'll have a great day tomorrow :)

 Back to polish:
As I showed you in the first post the comparison of the two Rimmels, I decided to layer it with Purple Pizzaz I got from my swap with the awesome Jackie.

I layered one coat over it and boy, it was mesmerizing. I couldn't stop staring at it and the shimmer from Blue me Away was peeking through at some angles. There are glass flecks in Purple Pizzaz which you can see up close.


Dienstag, 28. Dezember 2010

Rimmel Blue me Away vs. Rimmel Blue my Mind or: Why do companies keep changing their formulas?

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Whew, quite a long topic title ^^. So today's post is a comparison post of a polish from the same company but with different colors, even finishes. There are actually quite a lot of dud-Doppelgängers i.e. with holo polishes (yeah, I'm looking at you, My Private Jet, but also Color Club's Revvvolution or Wild at Heart or Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm- the last one isn't sold at their site anymore because they are working on re-formulating it to get the good version back).
Back to topic: Rimmel sold Blue me Away is a gorgeous medium-toned purple with magenta shimmer. Whereas Blue my Mind (BMM) is a creme purple, leaning more towards blue. BMM has even jelly-like and needed 3 coats to be opaque, whereas BMA only needed 2.
My favourite is Blue me away, it has the great shimmer in it whereas Blue my Mind is just a more ordinary purple creme.

The shimmer in BMA is quite distintive,I've only paiunted Blue my Mind on my ring finger.

Sonntag, 26. Dezember 2010

B.pretty Blue Glitter

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Hope you all had/have a great holiday :)
So today's post is about a polish from the brand B.pretty. B.pretty is an Austrian brand sold in a drug store called "Bipa" (They have their own cosmetic lines like Ulta has their polish(or cosmetics?) line). It is quite cheap compared to some other brands, tough their color-range isn't as big as I as others (you know, the usual reds, pinks, nudes,...). Blue Glitter was from an LE and now I regret not getting a backup bottle because it only holds 5ml :(. Color-wise it's a black base with packed blue glitter in it. The base isn't too opaque that the color of the glitter would drown but it is opaque enough that I only need two coats to reach full opacity. Some may think that this is similar to Milani's Halloween Collection from 2009, but it isn't beacuse there is even more glitter in it.
Sadly, there was no sun to catch the beauty of this polish, so here's the picture taken with flash. Another thing is that it chipped on the second day but I'm not sure if it's the polish itself or my basecoat-combo. (I used two coats and didn't had any issues with either the brush or the formula of the polish)

Freitag, 24. Dezember 2010

Merry Christmas

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I wanted to wish all my readers merry christmas and hope you'll enjoy it.

Dienstag, 21. Dezember 2010

Essence All Access and China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

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You might have wondered- I've changed my commenting system because there were some issues with it. Also I've successfully transfered all the previous comments and they are still available :D

Now, onto polish. Essence's All Access is a dark emerald green with a "glowing shimmer" if you look closely at the bottle. Sadly, it is discontinued but was lucky and managed to get the last bottle off the shelve. I used two coats and it glided on- had a great formula and a average brush. The "glowing shimmer" didn't tranlate on the nail and when I finished it with my topcoat, I didn't like it as much as I though I would so I toped it with one of my most favourite green polishes, Emerald Sparkle by China Glaze.

All Access alone:
And here with a coat of Emerald Sparkle

Samstag, 18. Dezember 2010

Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe aka we need more Hex-glitter Polishes

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I love Hex-Glitters and when I first saw swatches/bottle pictures of this one, I knew I had to have this polish. Through a swap with the lovely over at Canadia Nail Fanatic I got my bottle and a few other goodies.
Across the Universe is a dark blue base with blue and green hex-glitter. There are also smaller sized glitter in it and thanks to the jelly base the glitter still shows up and isn't fully covered by the opacity of the base.
I used 2 coats of this awesome polish.

Dienstag, 14. Dezember 2010

Mac Ming Blue

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I'm finally done with some (semi-major) work for uni which means more time to blog- wohoo :)
So today I've got Mac's Ming Blue for you. It was released in the Nail Trend LE in fall. This is one of my first Mac polishes and I'm really impressed with it. I love blues and this one is right up my alley.
Ming Blue is a medium cobalt blue with blue and green shimmer. In the bottle the shimmer is more pronounced but on the nail it's more hidden but when the sun his it, it gets even more beautiful. I used two coats and it applied very well.
 (you can click on the pictures to see the shimmer in the last two pictures)

Samstag, 11. Dezember 2010

Essence Choose Me vs. Zoya Charla

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I know, you might have seen a lot of comparisons of these, but I did them quite a while ago and didn't have time to post them earlier.
Essence Choose Me was released this October due to the display change they do every spring&fall. I love that Essence has matching handles, makes it easier to locate the bottle in my drawer ;).
The formula & brush was good, but it took me 4 coats to be opaque. Zoya's Charla, on the other hand was opaque with ony two coats and looks a tad bluer in my eyes but a non-polish addict won't spot the difference. I didn't have a problem with Zoya's brush or fomula either. Somehow this polish looks mostly more green on me, a lot of other swatches show the blue-side of it.
A little waning: these two polishes will stain your nails, so don't forget a proper basecoat/ nail whitener.

My verdict: I really like both but due to the sheerness of Choose Me, I prefer Charla a bit more. I think I might franken with Choose Me, but have no idea yet (if you have suggestions, you can write them in the comments :) )

Donnerstag, 9. Dezember 2010

China Glaze Let's do it in 3D

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I was going through my folder with unpublished NOTD's and stumbled across this holo-polish. Let's do it in 3D is from China Glaze's Kaleidoscope Collection released a few years ago (not sure how long exactly, but I think it was from Spring 2008/9?). It is a stunning grey holo, with a scattered pattern. Let's do it in 3D looks best in direct sunlight and is truly mesmerizing.
I used two coats for full opacity and like all holos, I didn't had any problems with the formula or brush. And I didn't use a topcoat because some may dull the holo. The drying time was above average too which makes it even better.
You can click on the pictures to make them large to see more of the rainbow-effect :)
little warning: lot of pictures ahead

Montag, 6. Dezember 2010

CND Urban Oasis

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So today's post is all about Urban Oasis by CND. CND currently released Urban Oasis together with Teal Sparkle in a set called Night Factory Duo. I believe this set is a Limited Edition, but don't quote me ;) . Urban Oasis is a dark forest green with no shimmer and a hint of blue in it. It is a one coat wonder* and I love the CND brush. My camera failed to pick up the hint of blue, so imagine it a tad more blue. It also looks like, it's darker on the nail than in the bottle, but that isn't the case in person.

*to me, a one coat wonder is a polish, which is opaque in one coat

Donnerstag, 2. Dezember 2010

Essence Just Rock It with a glitter topcoat by Etos

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Essence Just Rock It(JRI) is one of the new shades Essence introduced this fall. It's a blurple creme, and looks a bit jelly-ish in the bottle. JRI was opaque in two coats and it was a bit boring for my taste. So I added a coat of the blue Etos Effect Nails which I got in a swap from Marte of Girly Addictions. The glitter-topcoat has silver holo hex-glitter in it and some regular sized silver glitter in a colored base.

As all/most purples/blurples, it looks like a simple blue, but it's not :(

First up, a swatch of Just Rock It on its own.
and some pictures with Etos Effect nails
(first one with flash, second one in direct sunlight)