Saturday, April 26, 2014

My Nail Care Routine

In this blog post instead of showing a manicure I will show you how I take care of my nails.

Over time I have learned and experienced that the best thing you can do for your nails is to use nail care products from the same company. When I say nail care products I am thinking of cuticle remover, cuticle oil, hardener, base coat and, if possible, nail polish remover. Every time in the past when I combined cuticle oils, base coats or hardeners from different brands, my nails started to exfoliate and eventually broke. 

Although it is hard to use always the same old products, especially now, when the market offers almost infinite options, just try it for a while and you won't regret it.

I have chosen a local brand, namely Farmec

Before I start presenting them one by one, I want to show you my bare nails, before applying anything onto them:

And now let's see how to use these products :-) I have placed them in the order in which I usually use them. From left to right:

Cuticle Peeler. It comes in a nice little 15 ml tube, with a special applier. 

Just apply it on your cuticles and before it dries completely (approx. 3 minutes, of course depending on how much you have applied) just take an orange stick and remove the product. While doing so you will see how your cuticle is also removed. Be careful though, the formula is very thin and you can easily apply as much onto your first nail as much would be enough for both hands! Apply it even if you don't see it necessary and you will be surprised to see what comes off your nails.
After I remove the cuticle peeler, I wash my nails using an ordinary tooth brush and my special, home made soap with avocado oil. This cleanses my nails perfectly and prepares them for the second product. 

Vitamin B5 Lotion. This is the new formula of the Vitamin B5 Lotion. 

The first one was more thin, had a powerful smell and was not that gentle with cuticles. Being so thin made the wrong impression that it just evaporates from he nails.
The new formula is more sticky and drys harder. The smell is not so disturbing and its more cuticle friendly. I apply it immediately after washing and drying my nails. I leave it on for 3 minutes and then apply the third product. It's important to know, that this product contains formaldehyde. If you are allergic to this substance, don't use the Vitamin B5 Lotion!

Cuticle Oil. You should always use a cuticle oil after using a formaldehyde based product. In this case it was the Vitamin B5 Lotion.
The Cuticle Oil contains Vitamin A, almond oil, olive oil, soy oil and lemon essential oil. 

I apply it generously on my cuticles. Leave it there for 2 minutes and after that I massage it into my nails. Once it's totally absorbed by the nails you are ready to apply a base coat. 

Base Coat - Fortifying Complex. This products also contains formaldehyde! I have noticed that my nails react well to formaldehyde based products (hardener and base coat). I am using it for a long period and I haven't noticed and side effects. I apply the base coat every single time I apply nail polish and I have never had a problem with yellow nails. 

What I love about this base coat is that it dries extremely quickly! While I paint my right hand my left hand is already drying :-)

This blog post contains my own opinion, based on my personal experience with the presented products. This in not a payed post. 

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Until next time,
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Friday, April 25, 2014

Golden Rose Rich Color - Nr. 49 (blue)

The Golden Rose review continues today with a great blue polish:

Golden Rose Rich Color - Nr. 49

Rich Color is a basic Collection from Golden Rose, containing only simple, one color polishes. You can view and order Rich Color polishes from the official site. Just click here.
If you are interested in glitters try the Galaxy Collection (here) or if you are into textured polished just check out the Holiday Collection (here)!

Having a wide brush it's a great plus for this Collection. With it's help you will be able to finish your manicure really quick.

The quick drying time, the maxi brush and the low price makes this polish a great choice. 

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Golden Rose Holiday - Nr. 83 (white)

Today I will show you the second nail polish which I got for a review from Golden Rose Romania and ... my new watch :-) 

This one is Nr. 83 from the Holiday Collection. It's the collection of textured polishes from Golden Rose. The polishes from the Holiday Collection come in different shades, from simple colors like this one, or Nr. 61 (blue | blog post here) to glittery neons like nr. 77 (neon orange | blog post here) and nr. 81 (neon green | blog post here) and glitters like Nr. 55 ( light blue | blog post here) and Nr. 54 (gold/silver | blog post here). 

Although in the bottle it looks like a light pink or light grey, after you apply it onto the nail, you will get a nice pure white manicure.

I have applied 3 coats for the shown result. It dried fast and lasted several days on my nails, even though it was a thick layer of polish.

Some say you shouldn't wear white while there are several hundred different shades out there, but it felt good wearing it. Maybe it was exactly because I met nobody wearing white. I felt special. :-)

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Golden Rose Galaxy - Nr. 25

Golden Rose Romania, via Tanase Georgia, has offered me the chance to review 5 of their polishes of my choice!

I have chosen the following nail polishes (from left to right):
  • Golden Rose Nail Art - Nr. 11
  • Golden Rose Matte Top Coat
  • Golden Rose Holiday - Nr. 83
  • Golden Rose Galaxy - Nr. 25
  • Golden Rose Rich Color - Nr. 49
Here I was planning to write which Golden Rose Collection is my favorite, but I couldn't decide :-). I like them all for the following reasons:
  • Rich Color --> because of the wide brush, the vivid colors and the great formula which makes the polish resist on your nails
  • Holiday --> do I even have to say it? It's textured!!!
  • Galaxy --> If you are a regular reader of my blog you certainly know that I adore glitter. GR Galaxy is all about glitters. Now if we use transitive logic...I love the Galaxy Collection because of the glitters :-)
Yesterday I convinced 5 of my colleagues from work to try this brand and I can't wait to hear their opinion about  Golden Rose products.

The first polish that I will show you is .... Galaxy Nr. 25!

For this manicure I have used:
  • Classics Glamour - Nr. 150 (also known as the NailGlaze color, view here) as a base color. 
  • Golden Rose Galaxy - Nr. 25 as a glitter topper, and I am happy with my choice :-)

How could I not love Galaxy Nr. 25? It's a combination of red, pink, white and silver-holographic glitters.

I totally recommend trying this Collection. I have to warn you that this is not a usual Collection, though. Wearing it, you will "shine bright like a ... glitter"© and be in the center of attention. If you are a glitter fan you will adore it! If you are shy, just go with the Rich Color Collection.

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