mercoledì 27 febbraio 2013

Kiko 638 Sugar Mat Nail Lacquer

Pretty much every blogger in a country where Kiko shops can be found has been interested in Kiko's last polish news, the Mirror and the Sugar Mat series, also because of the 20% promo. At the beginning I was only interested in Sugar Mat polishes, then I also bought a Mirror one, for stamping reasons.

I would have loved a grey Sugar Mat polish, since the great concrete-like effect, so I bought the closest color to it: taupe. I tried the black one but didn't like the little glitters, so onwards with taupe!
You can see it on my ring finger.
Personally, I don't think that the sand effect is annoying to touch at all, I kinda spent the whole day touching my nail, it feels nicely.

I apologize for the conditions of my cuticles, it doesn't matter how much I moisturize my skin, winter still hates me.

The other polishes are Nude Dude by H&M and Money Maker by Sephora.

venerdì 22 febbraio 2013

Something Red

I have attempted some nail art lately but I wasn't all satisfied of the results, and my first attempts at water marbling were quite a fail. So I will show you a wonderful red, Super Red,  by H&M instead. I already used it for nail art but never on my entire nails...and I love this, the formula is perfect and it is such a great shade of red.

I attempted some stamping on it with my new stamping plates, I'm not 100% satisfied of how the black by Pupa reacted with stamping (and/or I still have to learn a lot about stamping....)

sabato 16 febbraio 2013

Kiko 399 and new stamping plates

My Valentine's Day nails were very simple, no hearts or anything, just 3 coats of Kiko 399, a taupe, almost white-ish holo.

My apologies for the quality of the photos, the battery was dying and had to take them in a few instants. 
I liked this polish, and I think it would look nice with stamping, maybe with something elegant and classy.

And this is my Valentine's Day gift from my amazing boyfriend:

I saw these on Amazon a month ago or so and showed them to him while talking, but I surely wasn't expecting this gift, how great! In the box there are 25 stamping plates by Galscosmetics.
If you want to see the designs clearly, look here
I can't wait to try them all!

venerdì 15 febbraio 2013

Mini Essence Haul and Reviews

I've been away for a few days around Valentine's day, and I was pleased to come back and see my blog had a lot of visits especially on Valentine's day, that was unexpected, so thank you!

I have many things to post about, let's start with my small Essence haul: some Essence products will be discontinued and were on sale, so I bought the two Colour3 polishes I wanted and a nail polish from the Snow Jam LE. I had to celebrate the end of exams, after all.

A Walk in the Park + Stop for an Ice Cream, Life is a Freeride, Midnight Date + The City that Never Sleeps.

And, since I was in a good mood, I tried them all the same afternoon:
This is two coats of Midnight Date, A Walk in the Park, Life is a Freeride.
 The two Colour3 polishes with their assigned top polish, and, you can barely see it, an experiment with Midnight Date and Stop for an Ice Cream: mixing the tops was fun!

...and everything went matte! Life is a Freeride looks so splendid! I am really happy with those polishes, if you still find something in stores, buy'em. I've read of people complaining for Essence's new brushes, but I think they're really good to work with.

Review: They all get an A! Especially if you consider that the Colour3 polishes were at 1.19 euros each..

Stay tuned for details, tomorrow I'll post my Valentine's Day nails and the special gift I's nail related!

sabato 9 febbraio 2013

Stamping on violet

A few days ago I found a new Essence stamping plate, I bought it because it had a snake and a meander/ancient Greece pattern that looked amazing. Then I ended using the floral pattern on the plate xD

The basic color is 410 Eccentric Violet by Pupa, one of my favourite nail polishes ever. Part of the China Doll LE, is a fantastic metallic violet with great hues. When I wear it (or the Lucky Red one, another polish of the same LE) I feel like a femme fatale.
The stamping color is 203 white by Kiko.
Stamping is surprisingly hard for me, so I'm glad of how it turned out.

domenica 3 febbraio 2013

Review: Kiko 400

The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel.

The above quote, from Gibson's Neuromancer (that I haven't read yet, shame on me), is the first thing I thought when looking at this polish, Kiko 400, especially without direct light.
As I tought, it's really beautiful and having finally some sunlight to take pictures it's a blessing, especially with this kind of polish.

The second pic is a bit blurred but I wanted to show you a close up of the shiny-ness and colors. This is three coats and basecoat, but no top coat. I eventually tried on one finger and I'm pleased to say it doesn't ruin the holo effect at all.
Considering the price ( 2.40 euros) this was definitely worth buying!
Vote: A