Friday, December 30, 2011

Bloody Mary Christmas

Sorry for going MIA like this but I got sick and hard disk on my laptop crashed and now all I can do is pray that the technician saves the data I don't have backed up among them photos of my past manis :( Fortunately my thesis is backed up or I would be extremely furious now. but onto the only pics I have now

This was my Christmas mani, red with red and gold glitter, classic colors nothing unexpected but pretty and sparkly

 This one is in shade, and other two are in the sun, and all are with top coat

And close ups so you can see glitter better. This is two coats of Catrice-Bloody Mary to go and glitters are some no name ones. I don't have any Photoscape on this computer so just these plain without the frame ones. These ones are bigger (you can see it when you click on them), do you prefer this size or smaller ones? I hope you have a good time tomorrow night I know I'll be spending mine in bed with lots of hot tea  better luck next year :(

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Purple rain

Last few months I've wanted a cream purple polish, a real purple not oh I'm so dark I almost look like black  in every other lightning other than bright sun. Since I couldn't find anything I liked in the stores only option I had was to take everything in my own hands and franken something

and this is what came out, color is little bit darker than Milka purple. First two pics are in the sun without top coat, and color is more like on the first picture. 

I used S-he dark purple cream polish, remains of Essence-Date me  and a plain white from Carlo di Roma which I always use to lighten some color and its really runny so when I mix it with thicker polishes they have nice texture afterwards.

Artificial light no top coat. Thing with frankens is that you need to shake, shake, shake to get homogeneous color or you'll get lighter and darker streaks during your application

And this is artificial light with top coat and slightly older picture, blue reflection is from my screen ^_^ This is from the first day that I made this and you can see that the whole bottle is not really the same color but sometimes  especially when polishes you mix are of different consistencies they need more time to properly mix. Oh explanations are longer than I thought they would be. I have a lot to do today so I better go run :) I hope your Wednesday will be more relaxed than mine :D

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Into the dark

Vampires love collection is still available and I've seen there is still some of this polish left on the stands. At first I thought that I don't need anything from this collection, but when I saw it I gave in to this polish and red (or better say pink) lipstain

This is Into the dark, its dark blue with silver shimmer in it. I love the fact that this is not streaky. All pictures are in the sun without top coat

It can be a one coater if you are very careful, since as usual I am not this is two coats. It dries really quick and I can't find it any faults. 

It dries little bit darker than it is in the bottle but that's not unusual in shades like this. I don't know what more to say but it's good you need to have it -_- :D

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Gradient on gradient

I didn't intend to write another post so soon, but as I just made this I couldn't wait to publish it. Even worse it's gradient nails again, this time with gradient on them ^_^

This is the base, thumb is matte again for some reason XD Sorry for the imperfections I knew that I would sponge over it so I didn't mind.

And this is with sponging on them. I didn't want them to look unifom so I tried to inverse it. For some symmetry (which I am a fan of most of the time) I need more fingers, but since I don't have them, no symmetry today :D

This is under artificial light with a thick layer of top coat to even everything out. List of used polishes is in the tags :) Let me know what you think <3 p="p">

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Red beauty for the holidays

Recently as you probably already know Flormar arrived to Croatia \0_0/ and I had to pick a few to try them out. All I can say that I am impressed, they are great value for the price.

First that I am showing you is from the Supershine miracle line and it's U14 or as I like to call it Red beauty ^_^ First three pics are in the natural light (no sun) without top coat.

This is three coats and there is still some visible nail line but all reds I own are not opaque enough to cover it. It dries quickly so more coats isn't a real issue.

It's slightly goldish fine glitter in red jelly base. I hope that's visible on this picture. The brush is standard and normal, I only needed to get used to shape of the top so it sits comfortably in my hand. 

This is one coat layered over Essence-Back to the 50s with a little heart sticker and a top coat <3 under artificial light

Also under artificial light, with S-he white crackle and top coat. This combination especially in RL looks kind of weird. Or is it just to me? All in all I will keep buying Flormar I have my eye on some other shades :D

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Green eyes and winter nails

I'm not in the mood for writing today, so just pictures, little words :)

Colors were bit more vivid in RL and all pics were taken under artificial light

I have hooded eyes so my line doesn't stay crisp for very long :(

And for the end a snowflake manicure so you don't miss my nails ^_^

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Sometimes it's good to deviate

Today I didn't expect anything out of the ordinary but that's why surprises are so fun and brighten your day. When Lalica looked for a name for her jewelry page I won a ring for helping her with a name.  I looked through her blog and as soon as I saw the swatch of China Glaze-DV8 I knew what I wanted for a ring since this is probably the closest I'll ever get to this polish since they are HTF.

Both pictures are under artificial light since I had to take pictures as soon as I got it out of the package. First picture is to show off the color and the second one is that you can see the rainbow. <3 p="p">

Also today is what we in Croatia call saint Nikola and though I am not big on traditions I am glad that this arrived today since it's my only present today and Nikola is known to bring presents to kids ^_^ that were good the whole year. It seems after all that I was a good girl =) Lalica thank you <3>

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Degree of blue

 I can't believe that this is just my second gradient manicure, differently colored nails are not something I usually go for. I chose 5 simple polishes that kind of got boring all by themselves but could make an interesting mix. Of course this one is blue <3 p="p">

Polishes I've used, names of all are in the tags so I don't repeat them :)


All the pictures are under artificial light and this and the next one are with top coat

Sorry for the cut on the thumb I don't know where I got it. I think that I caught colors better. I have individual swatches of all polishes except of Blue cura ciao which is almost impossible to capture but I'll try to snap some pictures next time I wear it as a full manicure

And this one is without top coat so the thumb is still matte, but I added a top coat because I wanted them all to have the same finish. Have a nice end of the weekend

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Old & older

I've been cleaning my nails folder on my computer and I found some pictures that I haven't but wanted to publish. 

Essence My boyfriends jeans+Carrie, under artificial light, without top coat 

Catrice-I sea you, with top coat in the sun unfortunately discontinued, you shall be missed...

Catrice-Pastel blue from Pastel delight collection, artificial light without top coat, Lovely color, terrible application. My first swatch was the yellow polish from this collection, well that is ancient history now ^_^ I hope you have fun tonight :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Berry will you talk dirty to me?

This is one of those polishes that I've already tried to swatch but every time I do for some reason I don't like the pictures, so I say I'll do it next time. Well this time I think they are decent enough to show them on the blog. 

This is Catrice-Dirty berry, I'm sure you've already seen it. It is nice cool purple with something resembling holo shimmer in it. 

In the sun, no top coat, consistency is nice like most of Catrice polishes, good drying time I could be happier with the brush but you can't have everything ^_^

I really wanted to get this one when it came out, but as soon as I got it I wasn't too satisfied with it. I think that it might be little too cool for me.

That's it for today, now back to my thesis (yes I'm still writing :/). Have a nice day :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1, 2, 3... and plie

This is kind of late as usual ^_^ but since I don't intend to buy some things for a while I might swatch my whole nail polish collection. This is Grand-plie in black from Essence Ballerina Backstage collection.

Artificial light, no top coat, it's black jelly with small orange glitter, very glossy even on it's own as you can see.

Artificial light with top coat, dries nicely, good texture, sometimes a little patchy application but with a little patience it can be avoided.

If you like black nail polishes this is something that is different enough to keep you interested since it's not a plain old black creme. I'm sorry that lately all my swatches are under artificial light, but there is not much sun around and I usually polish my nails at night so that's the only time I can photograph before I ruin my polish. I hope you like this one :)

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Shine through

First of all biggest thank you to all my followers I never thought that there would be this many of you, I love you all <3 nbsp="nbsp" p="p">

Now I'm always trying to branch out on the blog but it seems that I always end up mostly on nail polish, so once again ^_^ 

This is one coat of Essence Make it golden over, my favorite grey nail polish Five pocket grey (I'm running out of it so if anybody knows a dupe let me know in the comments), with top coat under artificial light

On my ring finger one coat of Essence Matt top coat, on the rest Crack me black , with top coat

and another picture where you can better see how golden particles shine out through the crackle, without top coat I think. At first I was not sure about this mani but as I kept adding things I realized that I am loving it more and more so now it's not coming off until it's chipped :D

Friday, November 4, 2011

Vegas baby

Why so soon again? Well this was my lovely shopping lately and I'm so excited about the flakies. I would be very sad if I didn't catch them in time.

They are too great not to be swatched immediately so first...

one coat of Essence-Berlin story simple black creme, very glossy, this is no top coat under artificial light

then one coat of Waking up in Vegas, this is without top coat

and with top coat. Lower light brings out the green and yellow, and in full light they are more orange and coppery. Bottle contains 8 mL of polish and it has nice consistency and dries quickly. 
After this I am going on no buy for at least a month, probably until the beginning of next year because I seriously need to empty some products unless I want to throw them away because of their expiration date and I need to tame my nail polish addiction. I hope I'll do good on that field. I hope you catch some flakies 'cause they are amazing <3 p="p">

Monday, October 31, 2011

Itsy bitsy spider

It's not a good swatch, but I wanted to show you my Halloween mani and my pretty spider filled balloon :D Polish is Essence-Watch out and of course discontinued like too many of them. I always associate Halloween with orange so that explains choice of color. I am not masking nor going out 'cause it's not my thing XD but if you are somewhere out have lots of fun :) 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Purple bastard

Well another one that I've been trying to capture right for ages and of course failed to succeed is S-he 384 in old bottles. I'm pretty sure that it's still in sales but I don't know the new number.This is purple with tiny blue and pink shimmer. 

Artificial light with top coat, as you can see my nails are much shorter now, first I shortened them because they were in the way all the time, then some cracked so this is all I have now ^_^ but I'm trying to grow them back again

also artificial with top coat, formula and drying time were ok, now it's older and doesn't dry as quickly as it used to :(

sun, without top coat, as you can see old swatch by the length of my nails. Noticeable brushstrokes but nothing too bad. Why the title of the post, I don't know it seems like appropriate name for this polish :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Forget me not

No I have not disappeared, I am just lazy, so that explains lack of posts :) I've shot this polish lots of times already and I'm never satisfied with the results. This time they were ok at least there is no tipwear or dents in the polish ^_^

As you can see from the picture this is Forget-me-not from Essence Blossoms etc... limited edition. I am not very happy with this being limited but I have a backup bottle and this one is already half empty :(  

I really like the color but formula is so-so, little drippy for my taste. In all pictures there is a layer of top coat.

On the pictures it loses some purpulness and looks more blue and blue shimmer becomes hardly visible

All pictures except the second one are shot in more or less sunlight and second one is under artificial lightning. So I'm definitely not forgetting all of you and I'll try to post more often than I am now :)