Friday, October 29, 2010

Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics - Review

Hello,

The mailman came with a package the other day and he said it smelled. I didn't know what it was, but I was pretty sure a smelly package had to be a broken polish, and unfortunately it was :( That was my first polish that didn't make it, hopefully it was the last as well :P
The package was from Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics, who kindly send me some polishes for review.

Here's some of the info that was send along in a note:
"All of our polishes are 3Free. It is a healthier nailpolish.
The branding behind them is targeted at woman who have busy lives (whether they are focussed on family, business or community) and need to sometimes slow down and have a laugh.
My names are cheeky and ment to be laughed at. I like to think of Cheeky Monkey Cosmetics as "quality with a giggle". The polish is a treat for your hands."

The polishes come with a cute little card with a small text on it. The cards also got covered in polish so no pictures of them, but the ones I got were:
"Remember make-up protects your face from everyday pollution - so slap it on"
"They never said inner beauty would get you laid"
"They may make fun of your outfit today, but they will be wearing it two years from now"
"Be as kinky as a cheap garden hose"
I found the polish names and these little cards a bit tacky, but in a funny way :)

There was also a cute little pink nailfile from CMC in the package, but I only use glass nailfiles so besides that it's cute and pink, I can't say much about it :P

Now, on to the polishes! All pics are without top coat.

The first one is Get Wet, a light blue/green creme. I used 3 coats for the pics, but 2 slightly thicker coats would've been enough. And surprisingly, it didn't make my hands so lobstery even though it's a bit green as well. Depending on the light it looks slightly more green or blue.
Oh, and I'm holding my basecoat because the bottles didn't like being cleaned with remover with acetone >.<



The next one is Tease, another creme which is a purple-ish grey. It covered in 2 coats. I like this one best of the 3, because I find grey nice but not so complimentary for my skintone, but with the purple in it I think it looks better. And purple is always good :P Again, depending on the light it looks more grey or purple.



And the last one, Booty Call. It's a very dark, red-based purple shimmer, and covered in 2 coats. It was almost a 1-coater so I'll try to stamp with it sometime. It'a bit less black than it is on my pics (the light wasn't working along for this one), but still very dark purple.
The wierd spots on the cap of the bottle and the missing text are from cleaning it.



All 3 polishes were a bit thin, but not runny, and the cremes weren't streaky at all :) The application was nice, the brush is pretty small but not too small to get annoying. The drying time on the cremes was a bit slower, but Booty Call's drying time was good.

You can buy these polishes at the CMC website, and for the Dutch people, Boozyshop sells them as well.
The prices in these webshops are $15.00/€14.95 for 15ML.

Thanks for stopping by! :)


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

China Glaze C-c-courage

Hey,

C-c-courage was the first China Glaze that I used, I got it with my first online order and I loved it. After some boring drugstore polishes in minibottles without names, and with less good application this was a big difference!
So I used it quite a lot at start, but quickly gathered more polishes and used those instead. Today I wanted to see if I still love it as much as I did back then, but unfortunately I'm a bit more picky when it comes to polish now, lol.

I used 3 coats, the application was ok but I could notice it's a bit older already. The drying time was a bit slower than I'd like, and the grittyness, oh boy >.< I used 2 coats of Seche Vite, and it still isn't so smooth.
I remember I used 2 coats of C-c-courage back then, and that was fine (and less gritty) but now it needed 3.
This blue-purple color is still nice and sparkly, but next time I'll see if I can get away with 2 slightly thicker coats to make it smoother. Luckily it doesn't look as bumpy as the macro option of my camera sees it though!

I was so happy with this polish back then, but I do feel kinda silly for going "aww memories :)" over a bottle of polish, lol. But I think you guys will understand :P What was your first polish that was more special?



As you can see the color varies on my pictures, it does a bit irl as well but it didn't help that cameras and purples usually aren't such a great combo. It's a bit less blue irl.

Have a nice day :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Catrice Crispy Crimson with Konad

Heya :)

For today I used 2 coats of Catrice Crispy Crimson from the Expect The Unexpected collection, and stamped it with Catrice Poison Me, Poison You! and Konad plate m51. It's a very subtle mani, but that doesn't show so well on my pics.

The base color is a deep red with a hint of pink, but it shows quite a bit lighter than it actually is. I tried to photograph it without stamping as well, but meh, it just didn't want to show it's real color. Atm me and my camera aren't getting along so well it seems :P
So irl the stamping isn't so visible, it's a deep and rich mani, but the purple has a nice glow that lights up at the right angles. I really like this purple for stamping! :)




Thanks for stopping by and take care!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Catrice Purposely Purple

Hello,

Today I'm still wearing Catrice Purposely Purple from their Expect The Unexpected collection, and it's really a purple! But it's the kind of purple that my camera instant shows as blue, so yeah, you'll just have to imagine it more purple :P If it's better weather I might try to capture it again someday, but I guess it'll always be a bit too blue on my pics.

I used 2 coats, and no top coat. It's on my nails since Thursday, that's why there's a little bit tipwear. The application and drying time were great, and even though it's not really an original color, it's still a nice purple. I think I'll wear it more often, but next time I'd add some stamping or so.


This one is most color accurate from the 3 pics, but still a little bit too blue.


Some of you asked for a picture of my kitten, so here he is, slacking in a basket right now :) It's the same kitten as on the pictures in this post, just a bit larger and darker now.
I got him when he was 7 weeks old and oh so tiny and skinny, he stayed here for 5 weeks to get all healthy. After those 5 weeks he and Kyra (the other foster kitten on the previous pics) went back to the shelter, but a few days later I couldn't resist anymore and I went to pick him up again <3 Kyra didn't match so well with my other 2 cats and she's still in the shelter right now, but the last news was that she's doing pretty well luckily.

As you can see he's not as tiny anymore, and by looking at his front paws I suspected he'd get big. But yesterday we went to the vet for his second shot, and it turns out he's quite a bit bigger than I thought already (I stopped checking his weight after he reached a healthy weight).
For a kitten his age they keep an average weight of 1.4kg, he's in perfect condition but 2.5kg already! Oh my, I wonder if my house will be big enough in a while, lol.

He's washing his paw here :)

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

China Glaze 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty And Nice - Part II - Review

Hey all,

Another pic heavy post today, part II of the 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty And Nice collection from China Glaze :)
Like yesterday, I didn't use top coat on the pictures unless mentionned, and the description of the colors is from China Glaze.


Jolly Holly: Forest green shimmer.


This was 2 coats. Another possible stamping polish I think.


Naughty and Nice: Deeply rich wine crème.


I used 3 coats to even things out, but I think 2 would've shown the color better. It's very dark from itself, but it seems almost black now. The lightbox pic shows the color a bit better in the bottle. I might redo this one sometime but with 2 layers, and try to apply it more even instead.


Midnight Kiss: Gold shimmer.


Another 2 coater. And another polish that I think will work for stamping.


Phat Santa
: Red crème.


I used 3 coats for this one. It shows some VNL on my pics, but not irl. It's darker than Ruby Deer, and they're both nice, but I like this one more.


Snow: White crème.


I used 3 coats, 2 would've worked as well but I was hasty and dragged some spots in the previous layer. One of the colors in the collection that doesn't match my skintone so well, but I think it could be great as base for nailart.


Party Hearty: Green, gold and red chunky glitter.

It's a layering polish, but I wanted to try to reach full coverage as well. I suggest you don't try this at home :P
Especially for the first layer I couldn't really polish with it because of the amount and size of the glitters. It was more placing the glitters on my nails, trying to cover all spots. I used 4 coats and a thick layer of top coat.
Now, where did I leave my aluminium foil :')

Here's how it looks layered, which I find much prettier. I don't think nailpolish can get more xmas-y than this!

I used 2 coats of Party Hearty with top coat on: Snow (pink), Jolly Holly (ring), Phat Santa (middle) and Midnight Kiss (index).


Mrs. Claus: Red glitter.


This is 3 coats, with top coat. I have to disagree with the description here, I find it more of a pink/red jelly with silver glitter.


Sugar Plums: Plum shimmer.


This is 2 coats, with top coat. Because of the holographic glitter in it, it got a bit gritty and it really needed the top coat.


The application from the whole collection was very smooth, almost all polishes were pretty thin but not runny, and had good coverage. The only polishes I had more issues with were Frosty, Mrs. Claus and Party Hearty, those were a bit more goopy.
I think China Glaze really did well on the theme, and the collection got some polishes for most people. There's some in your face polishes, some are more calm (not the word I was looking for but I'm sure you get my point), and they're all suited for the holidays.
I have no idea which one to choose myself, but I'm gonna ask anyways, which one is your favorite? :)


I'm gonna go give my nails and cuticles some much needed TLC after 2 days of polish, remover and glitterscrubs :P
Have a nice day!


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

China Glaze 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty And Nice - Part I - Review

Heyhey,

Let me start by saying, this is a pic heavy post :)

Yesterday I got a package from China Glaze, who very kindly send their holiday collection 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty And Nice for review! Needless to say I got very excited when I got the box :)
The collection has some traditional Christmas colors like tree green and Santa red, but it has some glittery and shiny polishes as well. After seeing all the polishes together I think that they really managed to bring the holidays in their collection.
So here I am, halfway October, having Christmas songs stuck in my head (my cats look at me like will you shaddap already -.-) and thinking of Christmas candy, lol.

I'm gonna split the collection in 2 posts, else this post will become so insanely big and I think that my head won't appreciate more polish/remover right now :) So today I have the first part for you.
I find that top coat can sometimes alter the color of a polish a bit, so all pictures are without top coat, except the glitters but there I mention it. The description above the pics is from China Glaze.
Enough talking, pic spam inc! :)


Cheers to You: Silver shimmer.


I used 2 coats here. I haven't tried it out but I think this one might be good for stamping.


Mommy Kissing Santa: Deep cherry red shimmer.


Again 2 coats. I'm a sucker for these kinda colors :P


Peace on Earth: Olive green shimmer.



This was also 2 coats. I don't have anything like it in my stash and it's not a typical holiday color, but it actually reminds me of the old xmas stable from my grandma, I think some details in it had this kinda color.
I still didn't get new good lamps for my lightbox, but it usually does show the glow in a polish well anyway like it does here. In some light the polish really looks that kinda color.


Jingle Bells: Champagne shimmer.


Another 2 coater here. This one might be nice for stamping as well, have to try that sometime.


Ruby Deer: Bright red crème.


I used 3 coats for the picture, and still it shows visible nail lines (VNL). But irl 2 coats is enough. I think this color made my boyfriend drool :P (He helped me choose some pics today <3)


Mistletoe Kisses: Green glitter.


I used 2 coats, the VNL that you can see here isn't visible irl. I used top coat on this one, would add a second coat when wearing this as full mani.
Just like Peace on Earth, it's green but it didn't really give me lobster hands!
It removed surprisingly easy for a glitter, I didn't even have to use aluminium foil. I just kept the cotton pad with some remover on it for a little bit and could easy wipe it all off.


Frosty: White frosty shimmer.


I used 4 coats, but it still shows some VNL on the pictures. I'd use some top coat on this when wearing it as full mani. I think it actually has very light red and green sparkles, but they're so light you can barely see it.


Little Drummer Boy: Navy blue shimmer.


Come they told me pa rum pum pum pum... I'm sorry, couldn't resist :P
I used 2 coats, but I could've gotten away with 1 coat if I applied it a bit thicker. So this one should be good to stamp with.


China Glaze polishes can be bought in online stores like Transdesign, and European people can also order them from the Dutch webshop Nailpolish Fashion. I don't know how fast their shipping to the rest of Europe is, but if I order I usually get my package the next day already :)
Transdesign already has the 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty And Nice collection for sale, Nailpolish Fashion should get the polishes tomorrow.

The collection also comes in various giftsets, which have a little something extra like a shot glass, a candle or a plush reindeer. There's a picture of all the sets on my "New Collections" page.


There then, Wall of Pics! Tomorrow I continue with the second part of the collection. Unfortunately the weather sucked for pictures today, very grey and rainy, so hopefully that's better tomorrow. And now I'm hungry :P
Thanks for stopping by! :)


The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.
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