Wednesday, July 31, 2013

[Swatch] Maybelline mini Colorama - Coral Rose (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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I think the title gives it away already, but this week's theme is coral, so here we go!

Two coats with top coat. Doesn't look too bad, but I'm not completely convinced. But I think I actually managed to pick something fairly unique (as in I don't think someone else will show the same polish). This has been sitting around waiting to be used for a while, too.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

[Swatch] essence - iced latte

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So recently I was looking for a beige polish for Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt! and in the fading light of the evening, this looked vaguely beige, so I put it on. Unfortunately, it isn't really beige, but I discovered I really liked the clean look it gave my nails, so here it is.

Two coats with top coat. Not very much the color of a latte, but that's just fine by me. If it were coffee-colored I might not have liked it, after all. Anyway, this is just pink enough for my nails to still be recognizable as nails and not making them disappear, or rather make them look as if they were skin. I really don't like when that happens. Which is probably the reason I don't much like polishes that are too close to my skintone.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

[Swatch] Manhattan - Captain Sparkle (over essie - rock the boat)

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So Manhattan has a current LE that's called "MANHATTAN loves Super Nails" which, I gotta say, sounds a little weird to me. But that's okay, I don't care all that much. I do care about the polishes in this collection though, so here we have one of them over essie's rock the boat!

One coat, with a little dabbing here and there, over two coats of rock the boat, with top coat. This is pink, blue, silver and iridescent glitter in a clear base. I really like this combination.

Friday, July 26, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn - crocodile

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I recently picked this up at a drugstore. It just seemed so beautiful! Let's chance a look.

Two coats with top coat. I'm a little on the fence about this, for some reason I thought it would be a bit darker. But it's still pretty.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

[Swatch] essence - irreplaceable (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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Surprise, not really a surprise! This weeks theme in Cyw's and Lena's series is beige. I struggled to find something for this category, and I'm not too happy with my pick, but let's see it first, shall we?

Two coats with top coat. Now this is pretty, no doubt, but I'm not happy with how prominent the gold is compared to the beige base color. Usually, I would be happy about that, because way too often, shimmer isn't visible enough on the nail even when it looked stunning in the bottle. But for this, I wanted a beige color, not a gold with beige. It might sound weird, but I'm not too happy with this pick; I just couldn't find anything else in my collection.

Why didn't I just buy a new polish, then? Because I don't really like beige polish. I want to use my collection for this series, and while for example In The Cab-Ana may have been a fairly new addition to it, it was still one that I wanted - it wasn't purchased solely for the purpose of being shown in this series. I hope you guys understand what I mean, I'm sorry that I can't put it any better.

Monday, July 22, 2013

[Clash of the Polishes] Same Brand Showdown: essie - bikini so teeny vs rock the boat

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Who's ready for a little comparison? I sure am, so let's get right to it!

front: bikini so teeny; back: rock the boat

pointer and ring finger: rock the boat; middle and pinky finger: bikini so teeny

Two coats each, with top coat. So you see that while they have the same kind of sparkle, rock the boat is lighter and thus the sparkle is more visible. I also feel like there are more flecks in rock the boat than in bikini so teeny. But maybe that's just because they're more visible in rock the boat. In any case, these are not dupes, though very similar.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn Limited Edition Sugar Baby - honey-sweet

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I wish I could promise this will be the last sand polish you'll see on here for a while, but I can't, so I won't. Anyway, let's have a look!

Two coats, no top coat. Just like bubble bath, this has glitter pieces that reflect in various colors - I tried to capture the effect in the second picture. You can see it a bit in the first one, too, though. I might need to try this over a similarly colored base as well, since the whole Sugar Baby collection doesn't exactly scream PIGMENTED.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

[Swatch] OPI - DS Mystery

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Remember that insane shopping spree from back in June? Yeah, this is one of the things I bought. I just couldn't resist, it looked so pretty!

Two coats with top coat. I'm really sad this isn't as beautiful as it looks in the bottle. It could be so so so pretty! The base, a very very deep violet, just seems to be too dark for the shimmer and sparkle to really show. I am disappoint. When I took this off and had removed the layer of violet, I could see all the wonderful gold underneath :(

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

[Swatch] nubar - Dark Castle (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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This Wednesday we have special color: black! Wikipedia tells me black is an achromatic color. Very interesting. In any case, I picked a special polish to go with it, so let's check it out!

Two coats with top coat. Wow, this has amazing coverage you guys! I prefer to apply thin coats, so I needed two, but if you can manage thicker coats I think one would be sufficient - it's very pigmented. The shimmer also looks so pretty, I love it. In sunlight it has almost scattered holographic qualities, flashing various colors. Really nice. I'm gonna have to wear this sometime soon.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn - vegas showgirl (over goody bag)

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Here we have another effect top coat, once again layered over a textured polish. Let's get right into it, shall we?

As quite often with glitter, you have to push and dab a little here and there, but otherwise this applies easily. This is blue and rose-goldish-pinkish glitter in a clear base. Top coat (probably) used. Sometimes I'm not sure anymore, but I very rarely take photos without top coat, so there's that.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

[Swatch] essence Limited Edition Me & My Ice Cream - Ben & Cherries, Always In My Mint and Ice, Ice Baby nail polishes

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Surprise, no sand polish!

I got you good, huh? Anyway, we're looking at three of a total of four nail polishes from one of essence's current limited editions (or trend editions, as they like to call them... whatever). The design of the whole collection is very cute, by the way ^_^

from left to right: Ben & Cherries - Ice, Ice Baby - Always In My Mint

Ben & Cherries

Two to three coats with top coat. As it sometimes happens with my nails, because of their bumpy surface, I need to apply more layers to make the finish smooth. If you have smooth nails, two coats will probably suffice. This has silver shimmer which is barely visible.

Always In My Mint

Two coats with top coat, could use a third coat. Once again, barely visibly silver shimmer in there.

Ice, Ice Baby

Two coats with top coat. Also contains silver shimmer, but it's a little more obvious than in the other two, I think.

My favorite would have to be Ben & Cherries (nice pun, too). Which one's yours?

Friday, July 12, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn Limited Edition Sugar Baby - goody bag

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I'm trying to alternate between sand and other types of polish this week, so here is yet another velvet diamond polish from misslyn...

Two coats without top coat. I think it's pretty much established by now that I love lilac (flower, scent, color...). I wish this were a little more pigmented, a little more clearly lilac, but otherwise I really like it.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

[Swatch] Catrice - In The Armee Glow (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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Another week is over, so here we go with this Wednesday's theme, which is khaki/olive!

Two coats with top coat. Not really my color, but it's kind of intriguing with its color shift and gold shimmer. The name makes me cringe, though.

This is the first time that I'm pretty sure I've chosen a polish that others are gonna show as well. So far, I've never been "duplicated" if you will, but this time I think there is a chance it might happen. I'm not 100% sure if this qualifies, but it does kinda look olive to me, so... yeah. Here's to hoping it's okay. My only alternative was Khaki Perry, also by Catrice, but I didn't like it at all when I put it on. It's metallic, which I hadn't expected and didn't like.

Monday, July 8, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn - atlantis (over bubble bath)

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Not only did misslyn come out with a second collection of velvet diamond polishes, as they call their textured stuff, but they also released a number of effect top coats. I've already shown you pink lady. I'm not sure if these are limited edition, but I think they might be. Let's get to it, shall we?

Shown over bubble bath, probably with top coat. Green and blue glitter pieces in a clear base, pretty easy to apply, no need to fish around for glitter. Just dab a little if you have any bald spots.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn Limited Edition Sugar Baby - bubble bath

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Continuing with my acquisitions from my insane shopping spree, I present to you: More sand polish! I really hope you're not annoyed by the trend by now, or if you are, that you aren't mad at me for showing all these. In any case, here we go!

Two coats, no top coat. I feel this would look better over a similar creme polish, might need to try that some time. I really like the slightly bigger sparkly bits, the name is indeed perfect. The glitter and shimmer reflect blue, green and gold, which I think looks very pretty. If you look closely at the bottle in the above photo, you can see it a bit.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

[Swatch] OPI - DS Indulgence

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Today we're looking at a very pretty polish that I got on Saturday last week on my insane shopping spree.

Two coats with top coat. Do you see that shimmer? The color combination is just so pretty to me. Wow.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

[Swatch] Rimmel - Double Decker Red (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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You know what time of the week it is, so without any great ado, let's get into this!

Two coats with top coat. This is really vibrant and I like it a lot. When I first started getting into nail polish, I thought red looked TERRIBLE on me. And I disliked pink. And man, have both those opinions been turned around! It's kind of sad that Rimmel is leaving the German market...

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

[Swatch] misslyn - pink lady (over pink lollipop)

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Sorry I'm late again. I shall not dive further into that again, so let's get right into the nail polish goodness!

Over "pink lollipop". I think this might be a dupe for ANNY "follow me". I'm gonna test that at some point.