I Love Nail Polish Winter collection - Review

Ready for some winter/holiday glitters? Then read on, because I received some great ones that'll surely put you in the mood for the season! :) The polishes that I'm talking about are from the Winter collection from I Love Nail Polish.

Normally I just post swatches, but I wanted to show you the packaging of these polishes as well. Does this packaging make you think of an Indie brand? No right? I think it looks great!

China Glaze Tranzitions - Preview


China Glaze® Introduces Tranzitions Color Changing Collection

Los Angeles, CA – (November 2012): There’s nail art and then there’s China Glaze® nail couture.  Reverse French manicure, half moons, ombre, basket weave, dots or racing stripes: nail designs are intricate and multi-colored.  China Glaze® introduces a new way to get multi-color, unique nail art with fewer bottles of polish with the new color-changing Tranzitions collection!

China Glaze® Tranzitions’ revolutionary new nail lacquer reacts when a clear top coat is applied, changing the color from one shade to another for a stunning effect.  Wear any of the six beautiful, color-shifting shades alone, or allow your creativity to run wild and create intricate nail designs by applying a top coat all over or strategically.  Try different looks using nail art brushes, free-hand designs or nail guides.  Because each shade changes color, you get two lacquers in one, creating an entirely new look with just one swipe.

The China Glaze® Tranzitions collection features six shades, though with the color transition, you get 12 unique shades including:

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·         Split Perso-NAIL-ity – Dusty pink shifts to fuchsia
·         Duplicityy – Mint green shifts to vibrant teal
·         Modify Me – Periwinkle blue shifts to indigo blue
·         Altered Reality – Teal blue shifts to turquoise
·         Metallic Metamorphosis – Silvery grey shifts to bluish-charcoal grey
·         Shape Shifter – Smokey violet shifts to dark purple

How It Works:
Step 1: Apply a base coat.
Step 2: Apply two coats of China Glaze® Tranzitions shade of choice.  Allow to completely dry.
Step 3: Lastly, apply one coat of clear top coat such as China Glaze® Fast Forward and watch the color change right before your eyes.

For more nail design ideas, click here to view the China Glaze® Tranzitions video.

The China Glaze® Tranzitions collection will be available in January 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde, and is never tested on animals.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook (@ChinaGlaze), Twitter (@ChinaGlazeOfficial) and Pinterest (pinterest.com/chinaglaze).

China Glaze® is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

What do you think of these? I have a few polishes that work the same and I've never used them the way they're ment (only for stamping), because I always wear top coat. Having said that, these actually did get my interest, because on the images it looks like the bottom row might be more matte! If that's the case it would make them a lot more attractive to me, and then adding top coat could really create a nice matte/shiny effect in different colors as well :)

Instagram compilation #3

Hi guys! It's been a while and still no polish in this post, oops! It's just one of those periods where I have a lot on my mind and polishing has a lower priority. But as usual, I'll be back :) In fact, I did some swatching today and those polishes should be up on my blog tomorrow or this weekend. Thanks for sticking with me! ♥ Because I did want to post something today, I made another IG compilation.

1) Dewey often joins me in bed in the evening, then he gets all cuddly and adorable, aww!
2) Tried baking bread, ahh the smell of freshly baked bread. And they tasted nice too :)
3) I made a baby rattle toy (crochet), here it wasn't finished yet, I added another ring to it in pink. That became a pressie for my newborn niece! Big congrats again to my sister and her husband ♥ (and with becoming an aunt I instantly felt a lot older, lol!)
4) Polished painting in the making. Still isn't finished though!
5) A Swedish drink that I miss, love that stuff!
6) Gotta love cat paws, here foster kitty Salla shows hers.
7) Slacky Sue, but nothing new there!
8) Zwarte pieten! Went shopping the other day but didn't know Sinterklaas was in our town that day, so the whole city was filled with these.
9) The polishes that I swatched today, sparkly and original!

1) Adorable Sue :)
2) Salla in her cage in the quarantine of the shelter before she came home with me. She's still here, waiting for a new owner!
3) Turns out my phone makes pretty decent close-ups! That was a photo of this mani.
4) One of my all time favorites, nommm.
5) Getting more than 2k followers on IG, woah!
6) Looking at my snoozing cats always relaxes me :)
7) Finally got a new lamp for photos, haven't tested it properly yet (only for some quick photos today) but so far it looks good!
8) Bindi on top of the couch. A normal spot for my other 2, but seeing her there was so nice, a while ago she wouldn't have dared to go lie in the middle of the room like that! She's about 10 1/2 years old now and still improving ♥
9) So many wheels and I still know from almost all of them what polish it is, haha. I'm sure that sounds familiar to some of you =) And yet at times I have no idea what to use, feels like what I want to wear isn't in my stash then, bleh!

OPI Euro Centrale & Mariah Carey - Preview

Hi guys! I received the press releases from these 2 collections from the Dutch PR company. Usually I get the English ones first and I show those, but this time I'll make an exception and show the Dutch ones instead :)

There are a few polishes from both collections that I'd love to get my hands on, but I'm not so sure about textured nails yet. I think it might look great if it's more matte than fuzzy, if that makes sense! What do you think of these?

On a sidenote, life's a bit crazy atm, that's why my frontpage is filled with previews instead of nails. I'm sorry for that, and I hope to be back soon with my own polish pics! ♥

Catrice NEONaturals - Preview

The collection NEONaturals from Catrice has 6 nude polishes and 6 neons, and a nail art kit with a brush and tip guides. With the kit and these polishes you can easily create a nice contrast on your nails with a half moon mani. The collection will be available from mid December til mid Januari.

Top row, from left to right: Be Naturally Crazy, Natural Is Calling, Makes Me Smile, Enjoy Me, Have A Good Day, Be Natural.
Middle row, from left to right: Little Miss Sunshine, For Bright Guys, Mr. Brightsight, Mrs. Brightsight, Bright, Brighter & Brightest, On The Bright Side Of Life.
Bottom row: Nail art kit, €3,59.

I think the collection looks pretty nice and I can see how the nudes would combine with a neon half moon! Not sure how neon those will be of course, but the nudes look nice as well, so I'm sure some of these will end up in my stash :)

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil - Preview

China Glaze® and Ardell® Introduce Exclusive Collections Inspired by
Paramount Pictures’ new 3D Film, “Cirque du Soleil™:  Worlds Away”

LOS ANGELES (November 15, 2012)China Glaze® and Ardell® announced today their partnership with Paramount Pictures to offer exclusive collections of nail polishes and eyelashes inspired by the upcoming 3D film, “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” in theaters December 21st.

From the big top to the big screen, visionary filmmaker James Cameron and writer/director Andrew Adamson invite you on an all new 3D adventure: “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away.”  A young couple who is separated must journey through the astonishing and dreamlike worlds of Cirque du Soleil® to find each other as audiences experience the immersive 3D technology that will allow them to leap, soar, swim and dance with the performers.

The new China Glaze® and Ardell® Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” inspired nail polish and eyelash collections will bring to life the wonderfully exotic artistry that is presented throughout the film. The China Glaze® nail polish collection combines rich crèmes, soft shimmers and bold glitters to create 12 limited edition shades including:

·         Whirled Away – Black and white collage glitter
·         It’s a Trap-eze – White cream base with multi glitter
·         Escaping Reality – Neon raspberry pink
·         Surreal Appeal – Rich coral crème
·         Def Defying – Lime green crème
·         Running in Circles – Cilantro green shimmer
·         Hanging in the Balance – Cerulean blue crème
·         Water You Waiting For – Shimmering blue green purple
·         Creative Fantasy – Grape neon
·         Bend Over Backwards – Pepper red shimmer
·         Igniting Love – Hot tamale red crème
·         Get Carried Away – Multi-sized black and red collage glitter with black crème

Please note that the black & white glitter Whirled Away is not on the image above, the image that came with this press release isn't showing the polish as it should.

The “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away” inspired collection from Ardell® consists of six attention-grabbing lash styles ranging from more natural styles to feathers and jewel embellished lash strips:

·         Imagine
·         Inspire
·         Surreal
·         Fantasy
·         Mystical
·         Daring

Both collections will be supported by a consumer and beauty trade marketing campaign which includes a billboard in Times Square, print ads, retail displays, a sweepstakes offer and social media efforts.

To coincide with the 3D release of “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away,” in theatres December 21, 2012, the China Glaze® and Ardell® film-inspired collections will be available the first week of December 2012 at salons and specialty beauty retailers nationwide, including Sally Beauty Supply and ULTA stores. Individual nail polish shades will retail for $7; eyelash styles will retail for $6.

China Glaze® and Ardell® are divisions of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For 42 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Andrea, Ardell, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, It’s So Easy, Jeris-Lustray, LASH BeLONG, Nail Tek, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Poshe, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation
Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

W.I.C. by Herôme So Undercover - Preview

W.I.C. by Herôme So Undercover is a collection inspired by the movie So Undercover and will be available in December.

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Look at those first 3! Oh my, I'm very curious to see how those will look on the nail!

Double giraffe print

The plate that I used today has an image in 2 ways, which makes it great for accent nails. And that's exactly what I did with it :) At first I just wanted to stamp the same image on all nails, but ended up using the reverse image on my ringfinger. I do prefer it like it's on most of my nails, but an accentnail like this does add a fun extra to a mani! And I found out my basecolor covered enough that I probably could've gotten the same result by switching the polishes around and keeping 1 image, have to try it for stamping some time.

OPI Schnapps Out Of It! stamped with China Glaze Poetic and 2 images from BM plate 313.

As I mentionned in a previous post, I'm still looking for lightboxlamps and got some nice tips there. Thanks for those! :) For those of you who are wondering what lamps would be good, I can only tell you what I've heard from some other bloggers. I bought a daylight lamp myself, but as it turns out, there's a difference between a daylight lamp and a lamp that has daylight color, if that makes sense. So that lamp wasn't exactly doing the trick, heh. But Ivana was using a 6500 K cool daylight lamp, Salla was using a 4000k cool white lamp. She also said that 2.7k is warm yellow light, 4k neutral and 6.5k cool, blue light. (Things slowly started to make a bit more sense with their help, lol) When I find the right lamp that's working well for me, I'll of course post it here!

Thanks for looking!

How To: Polished paintings

This How To: is quite different than what you usually see on my blog. I've just started with this but wanted to share it already, because I think you can create great things with polish and canvas! A while ago I saw painting made with polish, and with the amount of polish that I have, I don't think it's a problem to use some on paintings. My awesome sister has a huge stash of hobby stuff so with her help I could easily get started ♥ But I struggled with hand drawing on a piece of canvas, and came up with another idea. If you like getting creative and don't mind using your pretty shinies, this might be fun for you as well :)

Materials needed:
- Painting canvas
- Polish
- Brushes
- Something to apply your polish to (I use -as always- my placemat)

Optional materials:
- Aceton
- Stamping stuff
- Dotting tools
- Sponge (for gradients)
- Straws (for splatters)
- Nail art pens
- Tape
- Saran wrap (for saran sponging)
- Hobby knife and/or scissors
- Shaped scissors
- Rhinestones, glitters, flakies, etc.
- A printed image for transfer
- Another copy of that image
- Alcohol and something to apply the alcohol with

If you want, you can of course just freehand something onto your canvas and go nuts with different polish techniques; use nail art pens for fine lines, go for big sugarspun lines, drip the polish on, decorate with glitters, rhinestones, etc.
Here are some quick examples of different techniques, as you can see using a brush with aceton can create a water color look. I used masking tape to make sure that the saran sponging and the stamping didn't go outside the golden background. If you stamp, make sure to press pretty hard on your stamp. As you can see, I didn't and because of the texture of the canvas, ir didn't transfer well on all spots. Although that can have it's charm as well!

But as I said before, freehanding didn't work out for me, so I decided to print an image and transfer it to the canvas. The images that I'm using are some of my mandalas. I applied the printed image upside down to the canvas and folded down the edges, to help me keep it in place. Because the paper is slightly see through, I could easily see if it was somewhat centered. The canvas that I'm using is 20x20 cm.

When the image is in place, use alcohol and a cotton pad (or something alike) and just keep rubbing the image. It's the same as doing newspaper nails, but then with a printed image and canvas instead of newspaper and nails :)

I did notice I had to keep adding alcohol and rub every spot quite a bit, but you can check in between by holding down 1 side of the paper on the canvas so it doesn't move, and peeking under the other side.

When it's transferred well enough, let the canvas dry.

When it's dry, you can start coloring it, here's the one that I'm working on now. Polishing like this reminded me of paint by numbers from when I was little :) I just went for basic polish for this one. Most polishes that I used did need 2-3 coats, but when the polish thickened up a bit on my placemat 1-2 coats were enough. You could of course just go for 1-coaters straight away, also to save polish!
I also noticed shimmers and glitters aren't as obvious as they'd be on your nails, because of the texture of the canvas (I don't plan on using top coat when I'm done :P), and metallics look great!
Here I'm working on the outer leaves kinda things.

You could also use saran wrap, sponging, splattering or stamping to add extra detail to your design, the area around it can be taped off (make sure the polish around it is fully dry) or use your second printed image and a hobby knife/scissors to cut out the area you want to work on. Then place the paper on your image and sponge/stamp/whatever.
The example on the photo here isn't flat because it's the image I used for transferring which got wet from the alcohol. I didn't print a second one of this image because it's my first one and I'm just going for basic polishing (maybe a rhinestone here and there, will see later).

I can't capture the shimmers and different shades so well, and my image is far from finished as you can see, but I really like how the image changes color depending on from what angle you look at it!

Because I'm not fully sure yet how I'll finish this painting and because it does take quite some time (at least, it's my first and so far I paint fairly slow), I went ahead and posted this how to already.

For my Dutch readers, you can buy canvas and brushes cheap at the Big Bazar, but Kruidvat and Action often have these kind of things as well!

Besides paintings, I also polished rings and wooden beads. My sister made a pretty necklace for my mum and included some of those beads as well, I think that was a nice personal gift :) You can see those beads here, and some polished rings here. But there's a lot more you can polish, like clear phonecases, Christmas decoration or even furniture!

I hope you enjoyed this different How To and that it might inspire to get creative as well :)

Not so Daring stripes!

One of the polishes that I bought in Sweden was still untried, time to change that! This Depend is a gorgeous purple with blue/green flecks. It looked darker on my nails than in the bottle, and depending on the light, more blue or purple (my photos show it more blue). And you know I prefer stamping on a creme base, but I thought oh why not, and picked a fine lined image to go with it :)

Depend 313 with China Glaze Deviantly Daring and BM plate 316.

I guess it doesn't come as a surprise that I mattified it! I love the shiny version and much prefer it like that, but wanted to share it matte as well. I always like seeing what a difference that can make :)

Which way do you prefer?

Have a lovely weekend all and thanks for looking ♥

No H8 with Ozotic from the vault

As you may have noticed, I normally don't often join in for special events, months with a color, etc. But today I'll make an exception, because I read some touching and familiar stories about bullying on other blogs today, and because of a recent thing about cleanup in the blogging community. I also planned on posting this older mani today, and it just so happens to be a purple (or well, at some angles it is :)), and combined I just felt like joining in this time.

Herôme W.I.C. Jaïpur with Ozotic Pro 506.

I didn't capture all colors in it, the purple and blue are most visible but it can look teal and brown-ish red as well. My indexfinger shows a hint of the teal here.

I'll leave my personal stories out of this post, but I'd like to share a bit of my view on polish and cleanup, because as I said above, the whole cleanup thing caused some drama recently. Colors and being creative are 2 things that are very important to me which combine great with polish and blogging, but I can be really perfectionistic about what I do.
But when it comes to other blogs I usually just enjoy the creativity, the enthousiasm of someone sharing their hobby, and all the pretty colors! And if I dislike something, I'd never leave a comment about it but just close the page instead. That I would do something in a different way does not mean that the other way is wrong, or that my way is better. When it's about cleanup, maybe another person doesn't care about it, isn't sure how to do it, or maybe even can't. What matters is that (s)he is happy with it, not if it matches someone else's ideals. Keep things lighthearted and fun! =)

"Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community."

New fuzzy guest

Hi all! As you might have seen on my Instagram, I picked up a new foster kitten yesterday. So no nails today but a cuddly kitty with big eyes instead!

In short, this girl with her big eyes is incredibely cuddly, likes to meow and has a bit of an attitude and own will as well, haha ♥ I'll be posting her story and photos on my other blog, have a look there if you'd like to see more of her!

Thanks for looking :)

Matte Glitter All The Way

When I saw Glitter All The Way I knew I had to mattify it sometime as well, and today I did just that. I used a near black as base this time and 1 thicker coat of GATW. Matte top coat and tadaa!

A England Ophelia with China Glaze Glitter All The Way and Essence Matt top coat.

As I mentionned yesterday, I need to get new lightboxlamps (not being able to get sharp pics bugs me big time). I do have a lightbox, just not the right lamps, and they aren't sold anywhere near me either! So I have been looking at online stores that sells such lamps for a decent price, just haven't found any yet that fills that description. Suggestions are more than welcome!

Thanks for looking ♥

Designer Piggies nail decals - Review

Hi everyone! I recently received some Designer Piggies nail decals for review, but when I had time for it I had bad light (yeah, I should really get lightboxlamps again!). But this morning we had some sun and I decided to go for it, but of course it started to rain when I wanted to make pics. Just my luck! :P So I appologize in advance for the bad quality of the photos.

Anyway, these Designer Piggies are the creation of Cindy and I love it when people get creative and make their own nail stuff! I think her designs are pretty unique and you can find them all in her Etsy store.

The decals arrive in a nice package with clear instructions on the back. It's a matter of cutting the decals, dampen the white background, slide the decal off and place it on your nails. The instructions said polished nails, but I thought, you won't be able to see the polish anyway so I'll just go for basecoat instead. But it turns out these things are partially clear, so you can personalize them with your color of choice as background.

The application itself was pretty easy, the decals aren't as thin and squishy as the average water decals nor are they as hard as nail stickers. But I did have some issues with them that I also have with most of these products, cutting the sides at the right width. Of course big photos show that even more, it wasn't as visible in real life but there's definitely room for improvement in my cutting. Another issue that I have with these kind of things is that you have to file the excess decal off your tips. I always end up filing away some of my nails as well!
After the application you have to seal these Piggies in with top coat, but I got some top coat on my fingers and ended up doing a cleanup, which seems to have loosened the sides a bit. What I did notice when I applied top coat, is that there's a subtle shimmer in these decals! Anyway, here's the result.

As you can see the result isn't exactly smooth :/ I know it's most likely my application though, here's an image from Cindy's site that shows the same decals on a white base polish. Quite a difference, huh.

Image from Cynthia Designs

What do you think of her designs, and do you also have a hard time with the application of products like these?

Anyway, have a look at Cindy's blog, website or Etsy store for more information on them :)

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

From the vault: Ascalon

Yeah, I have no idea either why this one wasn't posted yet! But I do know I tried to capture it twice (browsing in my unposted folder, thinking "hey didn't I just see this as well?" lol), and I went with the first attempt now from early this year. It's a grey that flashes pink and green, ánd it's a holographic! It's a subtle holo effect (but I struggled with capturing it as well) and all combined it makes for a gorgeous and unique polish.

A England Ascalon.