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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Gin Shivers B-Day mani

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Today is my BFF's birthday wiiiii :) So I thought I'd do a little mani, dedicated to her. You can also go check out her awesome nail blog here if you haven't already.

For the base I used Essence Grumpy, which is one of her fave polishes. I get it why, it's the perfect electric blue <3 Since she loves animal prints I free handed some leopard spots and I thought neon yellow would look good with it. She hates neons but dammit I'm working on that :) 

Let's hope she will like this mani :)






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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Neon french

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I'm on a neon roll and I love it :) This time I went for orange, which isn't my most liked colour but if it comes in neon, I'll take it.
I started with a black base (unnamed black creme from Alessandro set) and then did the tips with the help of striping tape. This is one coat off Butterfly Life style 101 over white base. I love neon french manis and I can't wait to try it with other colours.






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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Uninhibited passion

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You know the colours that completely throw off your camera? P2 Passion is one of them. It's almost a neon coral but my camera only sees it in pink. Can we pretend it's coral? :) 

Passion is such a pretty colour but so problematic to put on. P2 polishes have a great flat brush but it didn't help with the consistency. It's very thick and goopey yet you still need three coats to get it on even (well kinda, you still get bald spots and brush marks). The end result didn't look all that pretty up close, so I layered L.A.Girls Uninhibited over it. Black glitter fixes everything :)





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Saturday, January 19, 2013

Toxic neon bites

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I know  a lot of people don't like neons but I absolutely love them. The same with animal prints. So don't even get me started what I think of the combination of those two :)

Base colour is Depend 035, a juicy neon yellow, one coat over a white base. It's a small bottle and you can't get it anymore so Orly Glowstick is at the top of my wish list. For the stamping I used KD23 stamping plate and Essence Stamp me black. I still have troubles with smearing topcoat though :(

I really enjoyed this manicure, hope you will too.






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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Constance Carroll Midnight Blue

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I'm giving you another blue, I've really been fond of blues lately :)
This one is a dark, blackened blue with shimmer and I think the name fits it perfectly. This is two coats and it looks almost black with gorgeous blue flashes <3 
I was also really impressed with the quality of Constance Carroll polish, especially for the price just under 2 euros. The polish has a great consistency and a nice brush, that is rounded and spreads out evenly.
Definitely recommend :)






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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Kiko 336 Blu Elettrico

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I adore electric blue shades. I have two or three dupes for this nail polish but I keep buying more :) It would also be great if Kiko polishes would be available in Slovenia too, I've been really impressed with the quality of their nail polishes, they are fast drying, long lasting and have a great flat brush. 

Kiko 336 is a nice mix between a jelly and a creme. First coat gets on quite sheer but you still reach full opacity in two coats. It dries up into this super glossy finish and you don't need a fast drying top coat with this baby.

All in all, a great nail polish and I am super happy that I managed to get my claws on it.

Inside:



Outside:


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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Orly Fowl play

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I'm a fowl player....yes I am ^^  And thank you Orly for making a dupe for a HTF Merry midnight by OPI.

I love this nail polish, I really do. Rich shimmery purple base with orange to green flakies and blue glitter. The great thing about it is that what you see in the bottle is what you get on your nails.It's sheer enough not to cover all the flakies and other goodies but still pigmented enough to get by with two thicker or three thinner coats. 

One of the prettiest polishes I own <3






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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Nail care routine / My favourites

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I always read this kind of posts when I see them on other blogs and if  I'm really bored, I even google for post like that :) So I decided to share mine with you. Of course I have busy days when all I have time to do is take the polish off and slap another one on but I try to take time every time cause if I don't it starts showing on my nails.

First thing I do is something I really don't like: filing my nails, if needed. I do it while I still have nail polish on, that way it's easier to make all nails the same lenght and shape, cause you're not distracted by different shapes of your nail beds. I always use glass files, they work best for me. 

My favourite is Credo <3 It shortens the nails fast but it's still smooth enough to close the nail nicely. Unfortunately they don't sell them here no more, so I stocked on about 4 of them :) They'll probably last me a lifetime if I don't break them all.



Then I remove my nail polish. I usually stick to cotton pads and acetone removers, for me they do the job quicker and don't damage my nails (at least not more than acetone free removers).

My favourite is Oil-base nail polish remover Olive by our local brand Kozmetika Afrodita. This baby works like a charm, it's quick, doesn't smell and doesn't dry out my nails and cuticles. I totally recommend it to you if you can get it.

Aveo Mandel is great also. A bit smelly but also works quick. It's also a lot cheaper than the olive one.

Lately I've been also a fan of these Aveo nail polish remover pads. They don't contain acetone and have a really pleasant smell. They're very oily and moisturize nails and cuticles.



Next step is extra moisture. I try to do this step every time while my nails are bare. I put on a thick cuticle cream, I'm using Lush Lemony flutter at the moment. I slap it all over my cuticles and nail beds and let it sink in. I also use it as a daily treatment for my cuticles.

I've also been loving Lucas' Papaw ointmentt lately. I put it on well moisturised cuticles cause it's vaseline based, so it keeps the moisture in.
  
Essence Nail cuticle softener pencil is a great on the go product. I use it when my cuticles look sad and I don't want greasy hands. It's also good for using it before taking photos cause it sink into cuticles very fast and makes them look better. That said, it's not a heavy duty product but it does it's work properly. It also smells amazing.



Then I wash my hands. If I put any kind of greasy stuff on my nails and don't wash it off, the polish won't stick good to the surface. Then I polish 'em, best part of it all :) I apply base coat (don't know why, my nails still get stained anyways), nail polish and topcoat.

I've been using Kiss Diamond hard straightener as a base coat. I really like it so far, it dries really fast, makes my nail polish last longer and I think they are getting harder.

For topcoat, I had Constance Carroll one. But I can't find their line anywhere now, so I'm using their hardener cause it has practically identical ingredients. It dries extremely fast and most important, doesn't give me any shrinkage. I'll go back to Essene Better then gel nails top sealer after I run out of it, because it's not available here anymore :(



I already told you how obsessed I am with moisturizing. Hand creams and cuticle creams are one of my best friends :)  It's always my nightly routine, before bed I slather on Lemony flutter on my cuticles and hand cream.

My fave night cream is Alessandro Guardian angel hand cream. It's very thick and nourishing. I usually don't use it during the day cause I don't like the feeling of greasy hands.

That's why I use Essence Cinnamon apple punch and Balea Mango; they both smell amazing and sink into your skin fast.

I also have Balea Shea butter&vanille hand lotion at work and I like it very much. It sink into your skin immediately. Nihrida wrote a great review here


What's your nail care routine? If you have a blog and made a post about it, please drop a link :)

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Catch of the month: December

Hello!

First post this year whoop whoop :) Hope you all had a great New Year's Eve.
Only two photos this month. Like a boss! Totally proud :) 

I did some online shopping:
- Tony Moly GS08 Milky way
- Innisfree 101
- Innisfree 102
- Innisfree 103
- Innisfree 105



Here I also bought 2 polishes, well 3 technically :)

-Alessandro Go magic! Crystal punk in Blue rocks the club
- Essence Fantasia TE Take a ride on Pegasus


All in all, a great month :)
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