Friday, August 22, 2014

Textured China Glaze

Remember the textured polish fever? Well I still have it :-)
I want to show you a textured polish from China Glaze, which is perfect for a vacation and will look lovely on your dark, sunbathed skin :-). I will definitely wear it!

China Glaze Texture - Toe-Tally Textured

Toe-Tally Textured has a powerful orange, almost neon orange color.



Isn't is awesome?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Nail Polish Removers That I Use

I usually show you manicures and often wine about removing them (especially glitters), but I have never shown you my collection of nail polish removers. So now is the time :-)

The first and most important criteria when I buy a nail polish remover is being acetone free. Even if removing will become a sweatier process (when removing glitters of course), I prefer these because them won't dry out my nails. 

At the moment I have 6 nail polish removers and I use them depending on the manicure (how may coats, what color, with or without glitters) I am wearing. 

My all time Nr. 1: Pierre Rene Professional's Nail Polish Remover with no acetone and with oil conditioner.



This polish remover is available online @ Magiq (here), where a bottle of 145 ml costs only 13 RON + shipping.
I like it because:
  • it's transparent 
  • has a "nice" fruity like smell, not like a usual solvent
  •  removers quite fast glitters
Nr. 2 + 3: Bourjois Gentle Nail Enamel Remover and Astor Nail Polish Remover.


I use Astor Professional Nail Care Nail Polish Remover for light colors, mainly nudes and whites. It's a really soft remover, but smells like heavy duty acetone. You will have to work that cotton pad :-).  It's available here. 100 ml for 10 RON.

Although Bourjois Gentle Nail Enamel Remover has a pink color, I like it's fruity "perfume" which will persist a few minutes on your nails. I always wash my nails after removing the polish so I don't benefit from this extra :-). It works fine even with darker colors.

Nr. 4: Essence Quick & Easy Sponge Nail Polish Remover


I got this one from Barcelona (I haven't seen it in stores in Romania). I use it seldom, when I am in a hurry and I am not wearing any glitters, but my mom is in love with it! She says that the person who invented it was a genius. I agree.
It has a nice fragrance which I cannot identify :-)

Nr. 5: Gia Paris Nail Polish Remover 


This is the low cost variant of the Essence Quick & Easy remover. 
Actually it's a sponge in a jar filled with acetone. I guess you noticed by now: I am all about fragrance ... and this one is with pineapple. The remover works surprisingly well, I have to recommend it.
It's available online here, with different fragrances. 

As an alternative to nail polish removers, I use a peel off base coat from Essence (which I can't find at the moment to take a picture of and I am extreeemly pissed off because of this). I only recommend it for short periods (a few days), because it will stain the nails.

Have you tried the products from above? What nails polish removers are you using and what are your experiences with them? 

I'm on holiday in Crete, Greece, until next week. The following 4 blog posts will be scheduled. Hope you enjoy them :-).

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Golden Rose Matte Top Coat

There are 2 products that I always use for my manicures: the base coat and the top coat. But there is a third, less know brother: the matte top coat!

I have bought one a few years ago, from Rimmel, and I think that I have used it for a maximum of 5 times. It's just not my thing. Recently I got the chance to test the matte top coat from Golden Rose (it's available here). 

These are my nails without the matte top coat:

For this manicure I have used:
  • Golden Rose with Protein - Nr. 336 (red)
  • Golden Rose Care+Strong - Nr. 200 (green)

 ... and now I have applied the matte top coat, but only on half of each nail:

I have separated the shiny and the matte parts with Golden Rose Nail Art - 117. The effect is more visible on the red polish. 

I can't say I don't like it, I just prefer my nails bright and shiny :-). What do you think about matte top coats? Have you used them, do you like them?

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Friday, August 15, 2014

KIKO - Nr. 533 Pearly Golden Green

I can't believe we are in the middle of August and that this is my first post from this month. Sorry for this long pause. I would like to post daily but there is so much going on right now that I only have time for a base coat or a simple quick manicure.

My nails from today are also simple but they are spiced with some flowers. My first flowers actually, I personally planted the seeds and I am so proud of them :-) They are the perfect background for the golden green KIKO.
 

KIKO - Nr. 533 Pearly Golden Green


Enjoy the pics :-)




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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Gradient Upgrade

Remember: Whenever in doubt, apply glitter!©
This is what I have done with my last gradient manicure (see it here). I don't know if it looks like too much or not, but I personally LOVE it and I'd wear it any time.

The glitter topper I have used over my last manicure is Golden Rose Jolly Jewels - Nr. 120


Golden Rose's Jolly Jewel Nr. 120 is a collection of golden, red, pink and purple glitters of different shapes and sizes. For my manicure I have used only one coat.


Would you wear this manicure or you prefer the original gradient, without the extra glitter topper?


Golden Rose Jolly Jewels Nr. 120 is available online @ www.cosmania.ro

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Gradient, Because One Polish Is Never Enough

Because one polish is never enough, for this manicure I have used 4 plus a top coat :-)


For this gradient manicure I have used the following polishes:


Wet 'n Wild Shine - Metallica

The Farmec polishes:

... and my favorite Ice Watch :-)


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Wet 'n Wild Shine - Metallica

The polish I am showing you today is Wet 'n Wild Shine - Metallica.If you only look at it through the bottle, it looks like an ordinary silver polish which probably has a cheap look and leaves brush marks. As I usually do, I gave this one a chance to prove me wrong :-). And it did!

Wet 'n Wild Shine - Metallica (applied in 3 coats) + top coat

As I applied it, I was like "Wow!", this really does look like metal on my nails, but the moment I applied the top coat was the real WOOOW moment! All those little brush marks that were almost insignificant before disappeared and the shine became even more powerful.

I am using Astor's Pro Manicure quick dry top coat. It has the perfect name: Already dry! (Nr. 002 ).




In the next blog post you will see a gradient manicure, which has as a base color this silver polish.  Stay close!

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