Manhattan Blogger’s Choice – Ni Hao in the morning

Ni hao!

Today I would like to show you my newest obession – a nail polish from the Manhattan Blogger’s Choice Collection called “Ni hao in the morning”. When I saw this in the shop I was instantly hypnotized by the blue, green, pink and white shimmer in the off-white base. When I brought my treasure home I looked online for swatches and expected to find choruses of praise for this beauty. But that was not the case! The few reviews I found were disappointed by the sheerness and dry time of this polish. I couldn’t believe that so I tried it right away. One blogger even mentioned that she needed 6 coats in order to achieve a nice look. 6 coats?! Well no wonder that the drying time is horrible then!

Fact is, I needed 3 coats but could have done 2 if I had been a little more careful during application. The application was no problem, I let each coat dry for 20 minutes to avoid dragging though. So, I don’t see the problem with this nail polish! The dry time – well everyone who owns a decent quick dry top coat will have no problems with this whatsoever. I can’t say anything to the dry time since I always use fast drying top coats as well.

Now to the pics! Enjoy and make sure to click the pictures in order to get to view them in full size! I tried different lightings in order to catch the beautiful shimmer. This polish is probably also very good for glitter sandwiches with a twist. Can’t wait to try it! I think the bloggers (I think the ones responsible for the Chinatown bit of this collection were Anna, Magi, and Mira) did a wonderful job!

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I hope you liked my swatches! Have you also tried nail polishes that, according to other bloggers, were a nightmare but then you liked them a lot?

Instagram-Highlights

Hey Beauties,

if you’re wondering what I have been up to lately – here are some impressions of my manicures that I only posted on Instagram lately. These were all two coats with one coat Seche Vite on top.

Essence Fantasia "Take a ride on Pegasus"
Essence Fantasia “Take a ride on Pegasus”. A pink/red base with light blue shimmer. I love the cool toned shimmer!

 

Manhattan Bonnie Strange no. 006
Manhattan Bonnie Strange no. 006. A brown base with warm-toned sparkling golden and red shimmer. This is soo pretty but impossible to capture!

 

Catrice Sold Out For Ever
Catrice Sold Out For Ever. A mint green with a very subtle green shimmer which is quite camera-shy. Supposed to be a dupe for Chanel “Jade”.

 

Kiko 497
Kiko 497, Pearly Indian Violet. The base is a dark purple jelly with tiny burgundy shimmer and sprinkled with larger purple iridescent shimmer. Supposed to be a dupe for Chanel Taboo.

 

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Essence “All Access”. An oldie but goldie and technically a one-coater (even though I always do two coats as a habit). Such a vibrant deep green, beautiful!

 

P2 before sunrise
P2 “before sunrise”. What a beautiful color for the upcoming fall! A burgundy/dark pink/purple shimmery polish.

Well, I hope it will take some time before we have to start thinking about what to wear on our nails in autumn. I’m not done with summer yet!! I really hope we will get a few more sunny and warm days.
Are you looking forward to the autumn season or could you do with a few more hot days of summer?

 

 

 

My first water marble is inspired by – a cleaning agent brand! Happy b-day Persil!

My dear readers,

there is this one thing I always wanted to try, but all the frustrated blog postings, tweets and forum discussions made me doubt about the fun of it: Water marbling. I really did a lot of research before deciding to finally try it, and I must say thank you to all the great tutorials (especially youtube) and a big WOW to all the girls being so creative and doing the most beautiful nail art water marbles!

I needed a colour inspiration, and it just so happend that my desk was full with free samples from the new Persil Duo-Caps cleaning agent. I like the colours on the package and the background kind of looks like a watermarble itself. So I looked in my Helmers to find a lot of the colours that could possibly match the package.

For my left hand, I picked a strong red, green, blue and white out of this collection. For my very first water marble I was very satisfied with the outcome. But it didn’t look at all like the Persil package – the red changed into a pink (because I had one coat of white as a base on my nails). I liked the colour combo though and tried different patterns:

Water Marble Nail Art Continue reading

Bondi New York “Strawberry Fields” nail polish swatches and review

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Today I have a review of a very special nail polish for you. It is so special to me because for the first time ever, my blog has received a free sample to review. From the first email I got to the last contact I had with this brand so far, it was a very pleasant experience! I was allowed to pick a colour from their website and I chose “Strawberry Fields”, a muted/ slightly off pink/red shade – quite unique and very suitable if you love to wear reds but are looking for a less vampy and maybe in some occasions more appropriate red. And I love the name (Beatles ftw!). This is the description of the Bondi website:

“Nails get juicy with a sweet strawberry shade minus the pesky seeds. This delicious day dream of a color evokes a warm summer afternoon where all you’re required to do is laze around the grassy landscape. Get to it, shortcake.”

Red nail polishes are usually known for their easy application. This red is no exception – I only needed two thin coats to achieve a very nice, opaque and even finish. The polish is rather thin but not too watery.  The brush is perfect, the smell is ok. What I really liked when applying the polish is the texture of the cap – it has this rubbery finish, making it easy to hold.

For the pictures below I used two coats and a fast drying top coat. I wore this colour 3 full days without any chipping, which is already long for me. Removing this nail polish was easy and I loved that this polish didn’t stain my surrounding skin when I did!

I pretty much like everything about this nail polish. Apart from “Strawberry Fields”, Bondi New York currently offers 19 other colours. I’d be willing to pay 15$ for another colour, if the application, wear and removal is as good as with Strawberry Fields. The reason I say this is that I’ve experienced that different shades from the same brand can behave very different, so I can’t generalize. I’m looking forward to seeing what this brand comes up with in the future as I would really love to see some more colours!

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Essence Hugs & Kisses glitter topper swatches!

Hey beauties!

I’m usually never on time or up to date with the polishes and collections I show on my blog, but I found these glitter toppers today and I think they’re so cute – so I will show them to you right away! These toppers are from the Hugs and Kisses TE by Essence and is available in stores from January til February. Two polishes contain heart glitter – perfect for Valentines Day!

First of all, I must say, the bottles are really tiny (5ml) compared to the normal bottles Essence offers. Also, with that much glitter in the bottle, mixing balls would have been nice.

Essence Hugs & Kisses Glitter Toppers

As a base for the swatch pics I used a black creme polish (GOSH – nero, a black one-coater, love it!). The application of all 4 polishes was nice. Enough glitter is sticking to the brush, and even the chunky hearts are easy to get out of the bottle and onto the nail. I like!

The pictures below show 1 coat of glitter topper on each nail (+Seche Vite top coat). The names of the colours from left (index) to right (pinky) are: 03 Crazy in love, 04 sunshine and red roses, 01 more than words and 02 dreams for sale. You can click the pictures to make them full size! Please note that in the bottle picture, the two polishes on the right are interchanged if you compare them to the swatch pics. I was probably too excited to pay attention to that ;)

Essence Hugs & Kisses Glitter Toppers

Essence Hugs & Kisses Glitter Toppers

Essence Hugs & Kisses Glitter Toppers

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Above: 03 crazy in love

Essence 04 sunshine and red roses
Above: 04 sunshine and red roses

Essence 01 more than words
Above: 01 more than words

Essence dreams for sale
Above: 02 dreams for sale

If I had to pick a favourite it would probably be “Sunshine and red roses” (middle finger), simply because it is the most unique of the 4 polishes. The multicoloured glitters in it really surprised me, as they are not so obvious in the bottle. Unfortunately, “sunshine and red roses” is also the most limited polish of the 4, as it is only available in the big displays (there are two display sizes, and the smaller one is without the red heart glitter topper). I found the big display at “Müller”. From previous experience with big and small displays I doubt that the big display will be available at drugstores like dm in Germany :(

But the 3 other toppers are also beautiful. The irridiscent glitter in “Dreams for sale” may not be unique in itself, but the fact that there are 3 different sizes of that glitter in it make it quite interesting. It looks like a universe or a starry sky. The heart glitter in “Crazy in love” has a beautiful purple colour that shines rainbow-y when the light hits it. So pretty!

The toppers actually come with 4 matching base colours, but i didn’t pick those up as I have enough creme shades to layer these over. I think the creme shades match the toppers really well though, so you should check them out :)

I really like the nail polishes of the Hugs & Kisses TE by Essence and I am quite happy to see that a drugstore brand starts experimenting with unconventional glitter shapes and sizes, a fact that we probably also owe to all the talented frankeners and indie sellers out there. The next step would be glitter in a milky base, just like China Glaze has recently shown with It’s a Trap-eze.

Thanks so much for looking! Which topper is your favourite?

Ultimate nail polish suspension agent sum-up posting

Dear readers,

in this posting I will try to sum up everything I learned about suspending glitter in clear nail polish. Most of it I learned from you, my readers! Thank you all so much for your feedback – I could have never done it without you and I’m so happy to see people getting in contact with each other here, on my little blog :)

What was the problem?

Every frankener experienced this: You have the brilliant idea to put glitter or pigments into clear nail polish, and it just sinks to the bottom and looks seperated. In other words: It doesn’t suspend in the clear nail polish because the clear nail polish usually is too thin to hold up the glitter. On top of that, in most countries it is not easy to buy a suspension base, so I thought there has to be a way to make your own!

And the idea to solve it?

Somehow, the clear nail polish had to be thickened. There are many different pulvers/ingredients that thicken up certain substances, so I tried throwing different pulvers into clear nail polish to see if it works. Xanthan Gum and Carbomer, both gelling agents that are commonly used in cosmetics, didn’t work. Later I found out that I had bought the wrong Xanthan Gum and that there is a clear one, which might not turn the clear polish into a milky mess. But the fact that professional nail polishes never contain Xanthan Gum makes me doubt that this is the best ingredient to use. I used a third pulver called Aerosil, and to be more specific, I tried Aerosil 200 first. The results in the bottle were amazing – no clotting, the pulver just seemed to melt into the polish and hold the glitter up, even after weeks (I just checked the original bottle again :))

The results on the nail were disappointing though. There is this kind of structure on the surface of the nail polish – it looks rather rough, gritty and dull. Some frankeners pointed me to the fact that there are hydrophobic and hydrophilic fumed silicas and that Aerosil 200 is a hydrophilic (=waterloving) kind, while nail polish is hydrophobic (=not waterloving).

I needed a hydrophobic fumed silica and Chiro was so nice to send me some! Thanks again girl!! After trying the Aerosil R972 and comparing it in swatches to the hydrophilic 200, I noticed much less grittiness in the polish mixed with R972. This, and the fact that nail polish itself is hydrophobic (doesn’t bind with water), made me realize that a hydrophobic fumed silica is the ingredient to use as a suspension agent in nail polish. Continue reading

Holothon #3 – OPI DS Vintage

Hey beauties!

Did I ever mention that a holographic polish was actually the trigger of my nail polish addiction and my being a blogger? It all started when I saw MUS Greta in a store when I was on vacation in Finland. As some of you may know, this polish is one of the most holographic and sparkly rainbow ones out there – so no wonder I fell in love with it at first sight! When I was back home I started googling about these holographic nail polishes. I came across all these beautiful blogs and even more beautiful nail polishes – and that’s how it all started!

The nail polish I’d like to show you in my 3rd Holothon posting is also much more linear than the previous two. OPI DS Vintage is not so easy to find these days anymore, it is from the Designer Series of OPI. Sometimes you can still find it on Ebay though.

The base colour is hard to describe – it is somewhere between copper, peach, coral and pink! If I had to choose, I’d go with copper. The formula on this one is pretty thin (most OPI DS polishes are), but 2 coats was still enough to achieve full coverage. Application and drying time was great. I didn’t use an Aqua Base Coat and it didn’t feel like I needed one, since there was no dragging at all. Drying time was also superquick, but normal for a linear holographic nail polish.

Enjoy the pictures! They get big when you click them!

OPI DS Vintage

OPI DS Vintage

OPI DS Vintage

OPI DS Vintage

Thanks for looking! Be sure to check out all the other awesome bloggers participating in the Holothon. One click on the InLinkz-Button takes you to an overview: