Friday, February 27, 2015

Yes, they're Socks (Mottomonat Februar: Fabrics)

Hey guys!

Kind of last minute I decided to participate in Cyw's motto month again! For February, she chose "fabrics" as theme. My inspiration was... my socks! Yes, you read that right - I got these quite recently and they're just fun colors. I love them, so I thought why not? Here we go.

Here are the polishes I used:

L'Oréal - Metropolitan; Catrice - My Yellow Fellow; models own - Shades; P2 - little princess

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Kiko "Sun Show" - 467/Joyful Emerald (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

Lena asked for an in-between green for today - neither dark nor light. So here we are!

Two coats and top coat. Isn't it pretty? I'm not one who likes to put specific colors with specific seasons, but this does kinda scream summer to me.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Born Pretty Store review

Hey guys!

I gotta admit something to you. In September of last year I had a bit of e-mail correspondence with Born Pretty Store. Of course I knew who they were - I would say most people in the blogosphere do. They asked me if I'd like to pick some products from their store and do a review on them, and after a bit of back and forth things were settled. So I waited. And waited. After a few weeks, I began to think that maybe their package had been lost - stranger things have happened. Anyway, it did come. I don't quite remember when exactly, but I took my review photos in November, so I suppose it came maybe about a week before that. And here we are, a week before March 2015 and I still haven't posted my review. I can't tell you how terrible I feel about being so late, but in the end, I figured better late than never. So, just about, like, three months late - here we go!

First off, the products I chose are here:
Black Cat Mini Water Decals
Gradient Nails Soft Sponges

Black Cat Mini Water Decals - received for free from BPS

Gradient Nails Soft Sponges - received for free from BPS

Halloween Water Decals - received for free from BPS; This product I didn't choose, they just threw it in as an extra I guess.

First off, the sponges! I chose these because I have tried a few sponges before but they never gave the result I saw so many other people get with theirs. In the beginning I thought I was just a total sponging failure, but at some point I started blaming the sponges. So I thought I'd try these just to see if they'd give me what I was looking for.

These sponges are not cut all the way through, so cutting one of them off the bunch was the first thing I did.

I sponged with glitter here and it worked fine for me.

Next I sponged with a textured polish and it worked fine as well.

I wanted to try a gradient - I picked a bit of a not-so-good lightest color, but well. I feel like I need to try this with another combo but the first impression I had was definitely pretty good.

Next up: Water decals! I've never had water decals before, so I was really curious about these.

Of course I put the first one on the wrong way. I thought you just had to press the paper onto your nail, but haha, yeah, no. So the second one I pulled off the paper support with tweezers and hey, you can actually see the cat there. Don't ask... They didn't lay 100% flat, which made me a bit sad, but maybe I need more practice.

I also tried one off the Halloween sheet and it worked just fine as well!

So overall I'm happy with my picks. I haven't yet played with these products again, even though I probably should. Oh well. The last thing I wanna say is that you can use the code PWBQ10 to get 10% off your purchase from Born Pretty Store.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Catrice "Luxury Nudes" - Delight In Pure Light (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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Yesterday I was pretty late, today I'm pretty early - oh life. Anyway, here is my choice for beige!

Two coats and top coat here. It says "Satin Shine" on the bottle but I didn't really see much of a satin finish happening, so I topcoated it to smooth it out. There's a pretty golden-reddish shimmer going through it, which I'm seeing here under my desk lamp - but as you can see in the photo above, the shimmer is very much not visible in normal daylight. What a shame. The color looks kinda weird on me, so I'm not sure if I'll keep it. I'm slowly (like, at a snail's pace) going through my collection at the moment and trying to find space for everything that's currently sitting around in boxes, but it seems kinda hopeless. I need more storage! Anyway, this might get thrown in with the other stuff I'm purging, is what I'm trying to say.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Manhattan "Yeah & Yang" - Tokyo Tangerine (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey guys!

As per usual I gotta get my post in quickly before it's too late - winter is just terrible in terms of blogging. I do have a daylight lamp but no light box to properly make use of it. Sigh. Anyway, here's my pick for coral!

Two coats with top coat. It's kind of a jelly-like texture, but not fully there yet. It applies okay, but I considered putting a third coat on to even it out even more - top coat fixed it for me here.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

L'Oréal "Dark Sides of Grey" - Metropolitan (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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I wanna start this off on a serious note because I feel it needs to be said: I do not, in any shape, way or form, support the "50 Shades of Grey" movie and/or book series. I think it is poorly written and a terrible representation of both BDSM culture and romantic relationships in general. Christian Grey is an abusive ass. If you like the movie and/or books that is fine by me, it's your choice - obviously! - but I do not. That is it in a nutshell. On to the polish.

Perfectly smooth two coats with top coat. It looks like it's got a drop of blue in it, I absolutely love this shade.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Catrice - Can You SEA Me? (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

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Since Lena asked for turquoise last Wednesday and I found a couple of the new Catrice standard shades, including a bright turquoise, I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone and show you the new beauty!

Two coats and top coat here. Good coverage, good application. I also got a few other new colors and one of them (called "Blurred Limes" - I hate Blurred Lines, but that pun is pretty good regardless) stained my nails terribly. It's been over a week since I took it off and my nails still look like I'm about to transform into a zombie. I don't know if this one stains as well, but I certainly hope it doesn't! Such a pretty shade... in my opinion, anyway.