Saturday, April 30, 2016

Orly Mini Swatch Spam No. 3 (Wir lackieren...)

Hey everyone,

Squeezing another one in at the tail end of April here. I didn't manage to swatch all my Orly polishes for this month, but after that March madness (pun intended), I can't be mad or disappointed, really.

You're Blushing

While I do like the shade, I needed three coats; it's quite runny, and if I had known that prior to application, I might only have needed two coats. Top coat on top, as per usual.

Sunglasses At Night (over You're Blushing)

I couldn't get a good shot of this, unfortunately. In any case, though, this has a black-tinted base, so that's something to keep in mind if you want to layer it over a light color. You'll need to manipulate it a bit. I used top coat as well.

Rock-It

Two coats and top coat, no complaints here at all. A real beauty.

Saturated

This dries matte "naturally", and the second picture shows it with top coat. It needs three coats as it's a bit sheer, which is probably due to the fact that it's more or less neon.

Sashay My Way (over Saturated)

Very easy to apply, this glitter. I added top coat, as (nearly) always.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

essie "haute in the heat" - ruffles & feathers (with Maybelline "Acid Wash" - Mint-Acid-Ittude; Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hello everyone,

Now that we've got that incredibly long title out of the way, let's talk about how old both of these polishes and collections are: They came out in summer 2014! Can you believe that was almost two years ago? Good thing I (unintentionally) preserved this mani to use this week for middle green.


While ruffles & feathers should give good coverage in two coats, Mint-Acid-Ittude is definitely very sheer and also, because of the glitter, can be hard to apply evenly. I used top coat as most of the time.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Orly Mini Swatch Spam No. 2 (Wir lackieren...)

Hi everyone,

I'm sure you guessed from the title of the first post like this: There's more in the series. So here we go with the second edition of my April Catch-Up Swatch Spam.

Velvet Rope

Having tried this before and not liking it at all, I was a bit apprehensive about swatching it (again). I needed three coats, but as usual this will depend on your application; two might be sufficient. As nearly always, I added top coat. Oh, and did I like it better this time? Kind of. I'm still on the fence.

Lavish Bash (over Velvet Rope)

This glitter is very dense and only needs one coat over a base, or probably about three to get mostly opaque by itself (I haven't tried to get it there, though). Top coat is pretty important here in my opinion, both to make the glitter shine and to smooth out the surface, so I applied some, of course.

Sparkling Garbage (by itself and over black)

Just like with Miss Conduct, the hype around this polish was quite real, though not quite as huge as around its sister, I think. I would recommend layering this over something, even though it will make the green tint mostly disappear, at least if your base is dark, like mine. Over the black it really mostly looks like any scattered holo top coat, however I used four coats for the "by itself" portion of the photos, so take your pick, I suppose. Yes, I used top coat.

Hot Tropics

At three coats, I could still make out a bit of visible nail line, but I thought it was still good enough and added top coat. I'm not sure it would get much better with more coats either. I feel like the name is very fitting for this polish for some reason.

It's Electric (over Hot Tropics and that blobbicure I can't seem to shut up about)

This topper requires some fishing and also is quite base-heavy. However, this also helps spreading it out as spreading out dense glitters can sometimes be challenging, to me at least. Doesn't the glitter over the blobbicure remind you of water sparkling in the sunlight? As (nearly) always I put top coat over everything.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Orly Mini Swatch Spam No. 1 (Wir lackieren...)

Hey everyone,

After working my big bum off for the blog in March I kind of fell behind again this month, what a surprise. So while I had quite a few swatches prepared already, I couldn't find the motivation to post anything much, besides my second blobbicure. And what does that mean, really, you might wonder? Well, first off, it means I have to step up my game again, and secondly, it means that you'll once again see more than one polish that have nothing in common other than being made by the same brand in one post. Let's see how far I can get until the end of the month, shall we?

Green With Envy

I used this as the base of my blobbicure which I showed recently (see link "hidden" above). It's very sheer and runny - frankly, a bit of a pain to apply. I used four coats and top coat.

Androgynie

Oh, this beauty. Why did I not put this on earlier? And, more importantly, why do I only own a mini size? Oh, right, because Orly is kinda expensive. Anyway, I would recommend layering this over black or a very dark brown, as I needed three coats (and I added top coat as well).

Miss Conduct

The hype that surrounded this polish when it came out was real, as far as I remember. I applied two coats as I thought the sparkle was distracting enough for the slightly visible nail line not to bother me, but a third coat wouldn't hurt terribly. As usual, I put top coat over it. Can you tell I'm trying to not repeat myself too much and feeling increasingly dumb still kind of repeating the same thing every time?

High On Hope

While I needed three coats to get the coverage you see above, I can't even be mad at this beauty with its multichrome sparkle. Not that I usually get mad at polishes that need more than one or two coats, but you know what I mean. Again, shown with top coat.

Glitterbomb (over High On Hope)

The name says it all, really. As many times before, I don't think I chose a very good base color to put this very dense mix over, but at this point it has kind of become my thing, I suppose. You should definitely put top coat over this, just like me, as with basically any glitter.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Catrice "Doll's Collection" - Playing In Lavender Heaven (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hello everyone,

Being a purple lover through and through, I couldn't help being a little more excited than usual when Lena announced that lilac would be up for today. I dug out another photo from the vault here, and it's just over a year old this time.


I feel like this was kind of sheer, so I'm guessing I needed three coats. Top coat isn't missing, either!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

blobbicure with Orly - Green With Envy and Jealous, Much?

Hey everyone,

Remember my first ever blobbicure? I seem to be kind of fascinated by the concept for some reason, so I made another!


I used Green With Envy as the base and Jealous, Much? for the blobs. I'm not sure about the color contrast on this, but it came out pretty good with regards to the blobs in my opinion. As usual, I finished this off with top coat.

Friday, April 15, 2016

RdeL Young "Little Paradise" nail polishes

Hi everyone,

While I think we're well past the peak of the textured/sand/whatever nail polish trend, there's still some brands that release collections including - or in this case entirely made up of - textured polishes. Personally, I don't mind.

The very rough sand texture makes all of these fairly hard to apply nicely after the first coat, so depending on how well you handle that you'll need two to three layers.

Secret Garden

This one is probably my favorite from the bunch!

Floral Magic

I'm not loving the orange base color, but I don't hate it. If you notice a bit of a weird patch on my middle finger nail, well... I nicked the wet polish surface and patched it up kinda terribly.

Blue Hawaii

This gives me a bit of a 60ies tropical Hawaii vibe indeed, so I guess the name works.

Soft Blossom

Another one I'm not loving, the pink shade just doesn't appeal to me greatly.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Catrice - Greige! The New Beige (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hey everyone,

I think taupe isn't exactly a color many would describe as particularly awesome, but I do quite enjoy the shade range in general. This picture is another blast from the past, by the way.


I'm thinking two to three coats should be good. As usual, I applied top coat. Let's be real, anything greyish gets thumbs up from me.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

p2 "Brave And Beautiful" - craggy coast (Lacke in Farbe ...und bunt!)

Hi everyone,

While I recently went on record saying that I'm not always too sure about wearing orange nail polish due to me being so pale, I once mistook my skin for my white bra strap, I do really like the shade you're about to see for a reason I can't quite put my finger on.


Since all the polishes in this LE are very pigmented, I'm gonna say I used two coats and top coat here. Something about that slightly darker, sort of burnt tone makes me feel like I can pull this off more easily than brighter orange shades, though I do quite like a good neon orange.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Catrice "Zensibility" nail polishes

Hey everyone,

Just like it's no secret that I love anything and everything that has to do with space, I'm not making a secret either out of the fact that I am highly fascinated by Asian cultures, especially Japan. So it should come as no surprise that I just had to grab all five polishes in this LE... Before we get into the colors, though, let me show you the brush on these, which was a bit of a surprise to me.


While it may seem awkward at first, this brush is actually very easy to handle and apply polish with.

Greatly Greyish

I used two coats and top coat. I love these kind of gray-taupey shades.

Sheer Silence

As most pastels, this needed three coats for me. It's shown with top coat and I really like the color.

Zensible Rose

Another three-coater with top coat. I prefer Sheer Silence as it's more pink while this is more orange, but this is still nice enough.

REDiant Energy

This muted red took two coats to be opaque and I applied top coat to make it extra glossy. It's not quite the shade of red I somehow associate with Asia in general or Japan specifically, but it is pretty.

Turquoisensai

This seems to be the odd one out here, and unsurprisingly, it's probably my least favorite in this set of five. It's not bad per se, I just don't feel the color with the theme, I suppose. That being said, it will need two to three coats, I used three and top coat.


Which one is your favorite?

Saturday, April 2, 2016

piCture pOlish - aurora and borealis (Wir lackieren...)

Hello everyone,

Thought we were done, didn't you? Well, we're not. As I recently mentioned, I snagged two beauties from Lotte a little while ago, and since the gallery for March is still open for another few hours, I couldn't resist whipping up some swatches and slipping them in last minute.


I simply applied one coat of each aurora (pointer and pinky finger) and borealis (middle and ring finger) over black, since I was sure the little details of these polishes would come out best that way, and I hope y'all agree. Of course I added top coat as well. These really are wonderful multichromes with just enough sparkle thrown in to make them a bit more interesting than standard multichromes. And, well, I'm not the best at alternative poses with nail polish, so yeah. Please be gentle - though I think the last picture did come out pretty well indeed.