Monday, March 19, 2012

Tag - 11 things

Hey guys!

What? A new post? So quickly? Yes, you can trust your eyes! Sarah at "What the buzz?!" tagged me for "11 things". So here we go for her questions and my answers...

1. What made you start blogging?
Oh, the though one right at the beginning! I have to think about this for a moment. I suppose seeing so many people blogging about awesome things, sharing their passion with the world, made me want to do the same. The idea of sharing my thoughts and connecting with people who have similar interests seemed cool, so I went for it :)

2. What is the worst gift you have ever received?
I think that has to be the touch-sensitive lamp I got from one of my aunts and uncles for Christmas a few years ago. It had a round metal base and a horribly old-fashioned shade in a weird beige-toned color. I unpacked it and was like "Oh... err... thanks", mentally adding a "The fuck?" (ahem, sorry).

The lamp wasn't only ugly, but also acted weird. It had three brightness levels that you could "flip through" by touching the metal base. To switch the lamp off, you had to go through all levels, and I can tell you, the third and last one was BLINDING. One time I accidentally looked right at the lightbulb while trying to switch it off and... wow. Ouch.

Another thing was that sometimes, it wouldn't react to my touch, no matter what I did. In the end, my mom took the nasty thing and put it on her bedside table. I don't know if she still uses the lamp or not, but I hated it.

3. What is your favourite season?
That's hard to pick, too. I love various aspects of every season... But I suppose I can't deny that I'm a child of winter (my birthday is in January), so I guess winter is my pick. I have always loved snow <3 The air is so amazingly FRESH and smells so clean. Lovely.

4. If you could only shop in one place forever where would that be?
I suppose Müller (that's a drugstore chain). They have almost everything.

5. What is your favourite quote?
I have so many :( Here are a few:
They who have conquered doubt and fear have conquered failure. - James Allen
We generally change ourselves for one of two reasons: inspiration or desperation. - Jim Rohn
Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. - Andy Stanley

6. What is your favourite Ice Cream flavour?

7. What are you passionate about?
Music. English. Asia. The Arts.

8. What is your favourite song to sing in the shower?
I don't sing in the shower because I can hear myself so well and that feels awkward...

9. If you could become a character from a TV show or Film, who would it be?
Oooh dear. I don't think I would want to be them. Maybe like them, similar to them, but not be THEM. Does this make any sense?

10. What is your favourite smell?
Peach. Mmmmh.

11. Who are your favourite bloggers?
I haven't really picked my favorites from my long blogroll list yet, sorry ^^;

I'm not tagging anyone, but if you wanna do the tag let me know and I'll try to think of 11 questions for you :)

See you soon~

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Misslyn - soft pistachio + new bracelet and necklace + Yves Rocher shower gels and body lotions

Hello guys!

How are you doing these days? We're finally getting some sun here, can you believe it? It makes me feel so much better. Also, I got 6 more followers this week, thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy. Now on to some polish :)

Today we're checking out Misslyn's "soft pistachio", a very pretty light green that really DOES remind me of pistachios. It also has tons of gold shimmer in it and shifts a little between green and gold. I wore it yesterday and today up until a few minutes ago.

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indirect sunlight

Misslyn 564 sunlight 1 Misslyn 564 sunlight 2

direct sunlight

Application was easy, I'm showing you two coats with top coat (Essie good to go). I'm beginning to suspect that the essie top coat makes my polish shrink a little, but I don't really know.

Funny enough, I felt like I should wear green for St. Patrick's Day, although most people here probably don't even know what St. Patrick's Day is or that it even exists. I don't really know why it's celebrated, either, but well. So I wore quite a bit of green yesterday... light green t-shirt, my new bracelet and necklace (which I'll show you next!) and the pretty polish I just presented. I felt like dressing a little more girly than usual, haha. Now here's my two new pieces of jewelry.

teal and beige bracelet 1 teal and beige bracelet 2 teal and gold necklace

I loooove the colors! The bracelet is lovely, but I noticed that you start sweating quite a bit under the big round pieces if it's a warm day :/ I just hope it won't turn green (or make my skin green, for that matter).

In other news, I received a fairly big package from Yves Rocher on Friday. They have an online only offer for 15% off all products in their "Les Plaisirs Nature"-line at the moment, and I went a little crazy on that...

Yves Rocher body lotions and shower gels full size

2 body lotions (Malaysian coconut and yellow peach) and 2 shower gels (yellow peach), full size (400 ml/13.5 fl. oz.)

Here are some mini size body lotions (50 ml/1.7 fl. oz.):

Yves Rocher body lotions non-fruit

olive oil from Provence, organic vanilla, organic oats, Malaysian coconut

Yves Rocher body lotions fruit

yellow peach, wild blackberry, Italian mandarin

And the mini size shower gels (same amount of product):

Yves Rocher shower gels non-fruit

organic oats, Malaysian coconut, organic vanilla, olive oil from Provence

Yves Rocher shower gels fruit

organic raspberry, Italian Mandarin, wild blackberry, yellow peach, strawberry "Mara des Bois"

Can you tell I love peaches?

So, on the smell of these... The non-fruit scents all smell nice, but the fruity scents, apart from the peach one, smell horribly artificial to me. For example, wild blackberry smells like fizzy candy powder; that goes for both the shower gel and the body lotion. I thought maybe it smells better applied, so I used some of the body lotion as hand cream, but it still smelled disgusting (to me - if you like that type of scent, this might just be for you). To shorten this...

shower gels
oats - doesn't smell like oats, though admittedly I don't know what those would smell like, but it's not a bad scent
vanilla - actually smells like vanilla, but with a "generic vanilla scent" touch to it, not bad though
coconut - love it, smells good and actually like coconut
olive oil - doesn't smell like olives at all, more like herbs, but not bad
raspberry - smells a bit like raspberry bubblegum, quite artificial, not my thing
mandarin - smells like a VERY sour mandarin, too zingy for me, but at least not artificial
blackberry - fizzy candy powder smell ahoy, I would never use this, I don't even know how to describe the smell behind the fizziness
peach - love it, smells like peach (fresh, not tinned), yum
strawberry - artifical and extremely sweet, also a bit "bubblegummy", can't decide if I think it's okay or not

body lotions
oats - exactly the same smell as on the shower gel
vanilla - smells less of vanilla than the shower gel, kind of a weird note to it
coconut - a little less "coconutty" than the shower gel, but still yummy
olive oil - also less strong smell than on the shower gel, but nice exactly because of that (for me)
mandarin - not as zingy as the shower gel and thus easier on my nose
blackberry - fizzy candy powder, take two
peach - yummety yum, as above :3

Raspberry and strawberry aren't available as body lotions (yet?). I'm quite disappointed in the fruity scents, I thought they'd be more true to the actual fruit's scent, like the peach one. Too bad :( I don't think I'll use any of the ones I don't like. Any takers? Haha...

So that's it for today. I went back to my huge walls of text, haha! Sorry :P Read y'all soon!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

essence - midnight date + [haul] Catrice - Million Styles Effect Top Coats + more crackling experiments

Hi guys!

Today I have a very intriguing polish combination for you. Essence recently came out with their "nail colour³" line that has... how to put this. It's basically a stick with a tiny 4 ml (0.13 fl. oz) polish bottle at each end. The one I'm showing is 01 Midnight Date. I find the name quite misleading, since the base color is also called "midnight date". The flakie top color is called "city that never sleeps". This always makes me think of New York. And a bit of Tokyo. So anyway, here are some pictures for your (hopefully) viewing pleasure.

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This is direct sunlight.

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Shade/indirect sunlight.

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And bottle shots. Or should I say "stick shots"?

I liked this combination so much that I got a backup! You have to see this in person to really be able to appreciate it fully. "Midnight date" is a very rich dark blue with blue and green shimmer. "City that never sleeps" is a light purple-ish base with flakes of glitter that shift from green to blue as well as micro glitter in green, blue and red/pink (I can't really tell). At some angles, the glitter flakes also look purple. It really all depends on lighting and angles. It's kind of crazy, but so so so beautiful.

Let's talk a little about application and related topics... I thought painting with the heavy stick-thing would be awkward, but it was actually easy and didn't present a problem. Maybe because my hands are quite big, longer caps are easier for me to handle than short ones, I don't know.
The brush is fairly small and not very broad, but the polish has a good consistency and applies well. The base color, "midnight date", barely needed a second coat, but as always, my unskillfulness got a little in the way. I needed two coats of the flakie topper, "city that never sleeps", to get a (for me) satisfying amount of flakes. I wore this during grocery shopping, showering (including washing my hair) and slept on it twice. There are some minor chips and tip wear by now.

As a result of the tip wear, the polish layers can be peeled off easily, especially with thin nails. You can just slip one of your nails between your other nail and the polish layers on top and peel the color off. That happens to me every time I wear polish for longer than a few minutes. I don't know if that's normal or not... I tried to patch it up with more top coat but that only fixed the problem for a few hours.

À propos top coat... I got the whole Catrice Million Styles Effect Top Coat line, 8 polishes in total.
Catrice Million Styles Effect Top Coat 1

C01 No Smoke without Fire, C04 Shake it! Flake it!, C07 ¿Holo qué tal?!, C06 Godfather of Pearl

Catrice Million Styles Effect Top Coat  2

C03 Miss Money Penny, C08 Have an Ice Day, C02 Million Dollar Baby, C05 Return of Space Cowboys

I'm a bit... disappointed (?) that they used the typical Spanish "upside down" question mark, but inconsequently left out the exclamation mark at the beginning. Or is that how it's done in Spanish? I don't think so, but well...

As always (or most times, anyway), I used my old mani for some experiments. Some more crackling/shatter top coats, anyone?

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P2 crackling top coat "golden rush"

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P2 pearl crackling top coat "violet fusion"

It's not that easy to see a difference between the two, but when I held my hands next to one another, it became quite obvious. "Violet fusion" leans a little pink, while "golden rush" is pretty much good ol' gold. They both crackle fairly nicely. I wouldn't necessarily normally put either of them over a combo like "midnight date" plus "city that never sleeps", though, since those two already have a TON of effects going on and a glitter crackle top coat layered over them is just kind of too much. Maybe if you're going out to party or something, otherwise it might just be too crazily glittery. But maybe that's totally your thing? ^^

That's it for today guys, I hope you enjoyed my post and have a nice rest-weekend.

Edit: I forgot to ask! Would you like to see the Million Styles Effect Top Coats swatched? If so, on their own, over white, over black, or over a matching color? Or possibly all four?! Let me know in a comment if you'd be interested.
Also, sorry that the first picture of the Million Styles Effect Top Coats is upside down. I don't know what got into Photobucket again... It'll be correct tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

OPI "Touring America" limited edition - Road House Blues + crackling experiment

Hi guys!

Today I'm showing you OPI's Road House Blues from the Touring America collection.

OPI Road House Blues
Like this, it looks almost black, but it's not at all black. It's a very very dark blue, that also has hints of purple in it. Since I absolutely ADORE purple/violet and blue, this might just be the perfect color for me.
Here it is under direct lamp light to show the color better.

OPI Road House Blues with Essie

Still not very well visible. So here comes a - gasp - natural light picture!

OPI Road House Blues natural light

Now some facts on application and the like. This, guys, is perfection. It applied really well and if I was more dextrous and experienced, this would have been a perfect one-coater. I had to use two thin coats on some nails since I didn't get the shape right or didn't have enough polish on the brush to cover my whole nail, so yeah. On the smaller nails, like my pinky, one coat actually was sufficient, though! I topped it off with essie Good to go, which worked fine.

Since I use my manis to experiment when I know I'm going to remove them that day, I put a layer of black crackle/shatter (P2 black explosion) over my gorgeous blue.

OPI Road House Blues with P2 crackling top coat black

Not too great. I think the problem is that both colors are so dark, so you can't really make out the base color anymore between the shatters. That became even more obvious after I had used a glossy top coat to see what that would look like.

Now I have a - maybe slightly weird - question. I recently bought a bottle of Sèche Vite as everybody seems to use it (not REALLY everybody, but you get the idea) and it's supposed to be THE go-to top coat. So I got my bottle a while ago and while reading the label, I actually went into some sort of shock for a moment. All the "bad" chemicals like toluene are in it. The warning really put me off it... "birth defects and other reproductive harm" doesn't sound appealing at all. So do your Sèche Vites have that warning too or did I get a super old one? Am I overreacting? I know the amounts of those "bad" chemicals contained in nail polish are so tiny that there is little possibility of them actually doing any real harm, but still. I was just wondering... also because that stuff smells super horrible.

So that's it for today! For once you've been spared from my walls of text :)

Hope to read you all again soon!