Rdl Mint, Myself and I plus ILNP Paradox

Hi everyone!

I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was good, went to see the opening of the “Sommer Köln” Festival yesterday which was pretty impressive. I hope that the weather will finally be like summer next week though, to me it still feels a bit chilly for the end of June!

Anyway! What I have for you today is a beautiful mint-y nail polish from the German drugstore brand RdL (Rival de Loop) called Mint, Myself and I and on top one coat of the ultrachrome flakie polish Paradox from ILNP.

RdL Mint, Myself and I is a beautiful light mint-green with tiny shimmer flakes. This polish is from a limited edition collection (August 2014) with nail polishes that are supposed to have a gel-like finish. The shimmer is almost invisible on the nail. I used 2 coats for the pictures below, but only because I knew I was going to put a topper on it. You can see that I still have a visible nail line (pinky), so for full opacity I recommend 3 coats at least. The polish dries nice and shiny, really kind of like a “gel-finish”. The pictures without the topper are actually also without top coat so you can see how shiny the finish is.

ILNP Paradoxal consists of ultrachrome flakies that shift colour between teal, blue, violet, pink and fuchsia, in a clear base. Layering it over a pastel base is something I saw a lot on Instagram recently, and I loved how it makes these ultrachrome flakies look totally different.

I don’t know whether it was the combination of the two or one of them especially, but I wore this combo for 5 days without any tip wear or chipping! This is a record for me I think, usually any nail polish starts chipping on my left index finger after 3 days max. So I was very surprised and will keep this combo in mind for a holiday trip or something, where you want to wear something that lasts a long time without looking worn or chipped.

Rdl Mint, Myself and I Rdl Mint, Myself and I

Rdl Mint, Myself and I plus ILNP Paradox Rdl Mint, Myself and I plus ILNP Paradox

Do you like this combination of a lighter base with ultrachrome flakies on top? I loved it and will do it again soon – maybe with a pale lavender base :)

Have a great start into the new week, and enjoy the sun!

ILNP – Cygnus Loop (H)

Hi all!

Today I have another beautiful ILNP nail polish for you – the holograhic version (H) of Cygnus Loop. Outside of the nail polish world, “Cygnus Loop” is actually the name of the most beautiful supernove remnant that looks like a dazzling blob of several colours. Now, isn’t that a great name for this beautiful nail polish then?! :)

We have here another (ultra-) multichrome nail polish that has a holographic finish. It has a purple base that changes into pink, dark purple, blue or rusty orange depending on the lighting. Additionally, it has a holographic finish, so you know what that means when the sunlight hits it… multichrome and holographic beauty all in one!

I’m really in love with Cygnus Loop (H), and I got a lot of compliments for it! It was opaque after two coats, application was good, and I wore it 2 days until I had some minor tip wear. I wore it with a coat of Seche Vite on top. Now to the pictures!

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ILNP - Cygnus Loop (H)

If you are in Germany like me, you have a couple of options to purchase ILNP. I bought mine from NailLand, where Masquerade (H) is 12,30€ a bottle. Shipping is free for orders >75€ (if under 2kg, otherwise >100€) and there are no customs problems. You can also purchase ILNP on their own website or at Hypnoticpolish though.

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a great day!

OPI – My Paprika is hotter than yours (Lacke in Farbe… und bunt!)

Hey beauties!

I have been wanting to participate in this blog challenge called Lacke in Farbe… und bunt! (trust me, a translation doesn’t make sense, it would take forever to explain this!) for a while now. Basically, the girls announce a colour each Wednesday, and you have one week to post a manicure with exactely that colour. The result is a beautiful and very colourful collection of manicure pictures that has become quite big lately! You should definitely go check it out on Lena’s Blog (extremely picture-heavy!).

So, I wanted to participate last week when the colour was silver. I tried a manicure with China Glaze I’d melt for you which according to the nail world is like the most amazing silver chrome nail polish out there. Well, I hated the outcome so much that I couldn’t post it. But this week the colour is light red, and I have just the colour for that!

I picked OPI My Paprika is hotter than yours from the Euro Centrale Collection. I recently got this from a polish exchange package and instantly fell in love with the signal red colour that seems to contain the finest silver shimmer particles. It is almost a one-coater but I did two coats anyways. I had some bubbles that I managed to even out with one coat of Sech Vite. The wear was good – you know me, I take off my nail polish after 3 days max, and this one was still looking good then!

First you see two pictures in the shade, then two in the sun. The ones in the sun show the microshimmer a little bit. I must say that in real life, the shimmer is even harder to see. It looks like a solid shiny creme most of the time.

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I am so proud that I actually managed to participate in a blog challenge. This one is a very flexible one, you can hop on and off anytime, or just show the colours you like. I will definitely do more of that in the future, maybe even some nail art challenges. I think it can be very helpful when you are lost in your stash and have no clue what to wear/show on your blog next! If you have any suggestions for other nail polish challenges, let me know!

Do you like blog challenges? Or do you prefer the freedom to blog about whatever comes to your mind?

SpaRitual – Flamenco

Hey beauties!

This weekend I had time to swatch the last one from my three SpaRitual nail polishes that I picked up at a TK Maxx store in Cologne. This one is called Flamenco and it is from an older collection known as the Dance collection from SpaRitual.

This is in some sense a premiere because this is the first sand/sugar/textured finish nail polish that I’m showing on my blog. I have a few nail polishes with this finish by now, but none of them ever made it on my blog. I can already tell you that this will change now though, because I just fell in love with this finish (I know, I’m late with this)! One reason is probably that it seems to be quite easy to capture in photos. When I photographed this one, every photo was a winner!

When I bought this I had no idea I was actually buying a textured finish nail polish. Most brands write this on their bottles, and I think this would be fair, since otherwise there is no way for you to see from the bottle that this will not dry shiny on your nails. On the other hand – if it had said textured finish on the bottle, I’m not sure whether I’d have bought it at all, and then I would have missed out on this beauty!

The wear was ok, this time I applied a base coat (not the one that SpaRitual recommends though) and I think this really helps with SpaRitual nail polishes. After 2 days I had a little bit of chipping, which is ok for a textured polish I would say. Removal was a little more annoying than usual, but not terrible.

The colour can be described as a reddish-pink base with yellow-golden bling-shimmer and, of course, a textured matte finish. The finish and the shimmer are fascinating to look at. And when the sun hits this nail polish, even though it is matte, it sparkles like crazy. Very nice! The first few pictures show the polish without top coat in the shade and sun, the last two pictures show it with one coat of Seche Vite, which didn’t make the finish all smooth but a little more shiny.

SpaRitual Flamenco

SpaRitual Flamenco

In the sun:

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With SV top coat, shade and sun:

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Superbling! Out of all three SpaRitual shades that I bought, this one is my favourite. I will wear it again soon! Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this one on the german SpaRitual website, so I can’t tell you how to get it if you like it :( You might still be lucky at TK MAxx though, at least that is where I found it!

Are you also fascinated by textured nail polishes? Or aren’t they for you?

ILNP – Masquerade (H)

Hey Beauties,

a few years back I thought that holographic nail polish was the prettiest thing in the world. And, that there could be no other nail polish finish even prettier. Oh, how little did I know about the future of nail polish and indie brands, that would bestow the most mesmerizing nail polishes upon us. I mean, nothing is wrong with a good and strong holographic nail polish, but if you can have a multichrome, shimmering, AND holographic nail polish all in one, who could say no to that? ILNP Masquerade (H) is such a nail polish. The indie brand ILNP (=I Love Nail Polish) created this amongst many other beautiful shades that are multichrome and holographic at the same time. If you prefer multichrome nail polishes without a holographic finish, you you can find them at ILNP as well, under the same name but then without the little (H) behind it which stands for holograhic.

Masquerade (H) is an ultrachrome nail polish with a very strong colourshift from pink through violet, to copper, gold and green. Yep, that’s right, there are at least 5 colours in there that I saw when wearing it ;) This is already amazing, but then this Ultrachrome also has a holographic finish! And this is just soo so beautiful – the holo effect is very strong and very fine-grained, just the way I like it. The application was okay. During the first coat I really thought that I would never be able to get this to look good on my nails. The second coat was much better then, but I was still concerned about the visible brush strokes and some dragging. But somehow, my Seche Vite Top Coat evened all this out and I really like the outcome, even though a third coat wouldn’t hurt. But you can definitely get away with 2 carefully applied coats. I wore Masquerade (H) for 3 days before I took it off – no chipping or tip wear, very nice!

I usually have a hard time capturing holo in my pictures, but Masquerade (H) made it easy for me, and every picture I took was a hit! But first some pictures of the colour shift in the shadow:

ILNP - Masquerade (H)

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ILNP - Masquerade (H)

Sorry for the pollen on my ring finger :D

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If you are in Germany like me, you have a couple of options to purchase ILNP. I bought mine from NailLand, where Masquerade (H) is 12,30€ a bottle. Shipping is free for orders >75€ and there are no customs problems. You can also purchase ILNP on their own website or at Hypnoticpolish though.

Special thanks goes to the sun, which decided to show up this weekend and made Masquerade (H) look even more pretty and sparkly! Let’s hope that the sun will stay for a while now :)

Have a good week everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

SpaRitual – Intuition

Hello again beauties!

Today, as promised, I would like to show you another glassfleck nail polish by SpaRitual. This one is called Intuition and just like the one from my previous posting, I picked it up for 4 € at TKMaxx. It is also from the Illuminate Collection.

Intuition can be described as a nail polish with a purple/grape base and blue and pink glassfleck shimmer. This one is also quite sheer. I used three coats for the pictures below, and a fourth coat could have been added to fill in some bald spots here and there. Because of its translucency, the polish gets an interesting depth after 3 coats. I am sure it would also look fantastic layered over a dark base.

The wear was much better for this one than for the first SpaRitual I showed you. No chipping, just slight tipwear after 3 days. (edit/update: an associate from SpaRitual contacted me and gave me some additional information about their nail polishes that I would like to share with you: SpaRitual recommends using their base coat (“Multitasker”) to achieve a longer wear and durability (the SpaRitual nail polishes actually require such a basecoat). I think this information is very valuable as some of you might not know this and might be disappointed by the wear of the nail polish without a proper base coat). Now to the pictures!

Natural light/shade:

SpaRitual Intuition

SpaRitual Intuition

SpaRitual Intuition

Artificial light:

SpaRitual Intuition

Direct sunlight:

SpaRitual Intuition

Me likey! But again – I would probably not wear it on its own because 3-4 coats is just too much for me. I will definitely try to layer this one over another base colour though. (edit again: SpaRitual states in their email that the sheerness of these nail polishes is deliberate).

By the way, if you can’t find Intuition at TK Maxx anymore, it is also on sale on SpaRitual’s german webpage (9 € instead of 17 €)
If you like this one, make sure to check out my previous post about SpaRitual Improvisation or check back soon for one more glassfleck nail polish from SpaRitual (“Flamenco”)!

Thanks so much for stopping by! x

SpaRitual – Improvisation

Ello!

Today I would like to show you a nail polish from SpaRitual called “Improvisation” from their Illuminate Collection. I recently found it at a local TKMaxx – I love nail polishes with glassflecks so I had to buy this one! Also, it was only 4 €, and if you know Sparitual, you know that their nail polishes usually cost around 17 € a bottle. I don’t think I would have ever picked it up for the original price, but I really like that their nail polishes are all 100% vegan, which is a plus (even though I am not vegan).

So what we have here is a fuchsia/reddish jelly base colour with pink, white and blue glassflecks and shimmer particles in it. They give this polish a very cool, unique and interesting look. The polish is quite sheer, I needed 3 coats for the pictures below and with a little more time I would have added a fourth coat. The polish dries semi-matte, but on the pictures I used Seche Vite as top coat. So now it is a little more shiny, and the glassflecks give it an almost foil-y finish that was not so easy to capture. Drying time was good, but I must say I was a bit disappointed with the wear. It chipped within a day, and large bits peeled off very easily. Maybe it is me and my nail chemistry though but I thought I’d let you know. (edit/update: SpaRitual recommends using their base coat (“Multitasker”) to achieve a longer wear and durability (the SpaRitual nail polishes actually require such a basecoat). I think this information is very valuable as some of you might not know this and might be disappointed by the wear of the nail polish without a proper base coat). Now to the pictures!

Natural light, shadow:
SpaRitual Improvisation

SpaRitual Improvisation

Below is a shot in the sun:

SpaRitual Improvisation

And here is a new way (at least for me) to present nail polish – I see this “posing” a lot recently and I kind of like it, as it looks a little more natural or maybe more relaxed. Do you like this way of presenting a nail polish or do you prefer the “old-fashioned” four-fingers-in-a-row pictures? I can’t make up my mind yet ;)

SpaRitual Improvisation

I like “Improvisation” very much on me, but knowing that it needs at least 3 coats will probably keep me from wearing it again soon (edit again: SpaRitual states in their email that the sheerness of these nail polishes is deliberate). I can imagine that layering this beauty over a darker base colour would look very interesting.

In case you fell in love with “Improvisation” anyway, I just discovered that it is on sale on SpaRitual’s german webpage (9 € instead of 17 €)
If you like this one, make sure to check back soon – I have two more glassfleck nail polishes from SpaRitual coming up (“Intuition” and “Flamenco”)!

Thanks for stopping by, have a nice sunday and a great start into the new week!