Monday, October 29, 2012

Herôme Prinsessen nagellak - Review

Hi all! The polishes that I'm showing you today are unique and unlike anything else in my stash. In fact, I don't even know another brand that has similar polish to the ones I'm talking about now! Here are 5 of the Herôme Prinsessen nagellak (princesses nail polish).


From thumb to pinkie: I am Naughty, I am Special, I am Smart, I am Hilarious, I am Brave.


Now what's so special about these you ask? It's just 3 cremes, a shimmer and a frosty, right? Right! But here's a hint:


That's indeed a bowl of colored water. Colored by this polish even! These polishes are for kids, they're waterbased and you can just wash them off!


The drying time was a bit slower on these, but I used 3 coats of each and I doubt a kid would use 3 as well. Cleanup was a bit funky with water (and as you can see on my pinkie on the first pic, it left a thin film of polish on my skin where I didn't clean enough), and they smell a bit funny too. The red one was almost a 1-coater, but the rest needed more to even out. They were all a bit streaky, the blue one was most streaky but it was also a bit watery (which I kinda expected them all to be!).
But my nails are a lot bigger of course, and I bet some kids would love their own polish that they can apply themselves! I doubt they would care much about a streak here and there on their tiny self-polished nails :) And I can imagine the parents would be happy as well, knowing it'll come right off and there's no strong chemicals going on their child's hands.


Here's the whole collection, as you can see they offer a wide range of colors:



As the bottles say, they're for external use only. That would make them suitable for kids that are young enough to be ok with polish for kids and old enough to not put their fingers in their mouth. Considering I accidentally ended up tasting this myself, I guess that could be a bit challenging, lol! Although I have to say, my 3 coats didn't come off straight away without me rubbing my nails a bit (I used cold water) so I think it wouldn't be too much of an issue, especially if the little princess is proud of her fancy nails.
What I wondered about though, are the English names. I think Dutch names (just as the name of the polish range itself) would've been better. And it might just be me, but when I think of a red polish that's called I am Naughty, I don't think of polish for children straight away :P
Having said that, I think it's a nice idea and I'm sure there will be kids and parents who will love these waterbased polishes :)

They're available now in stores and on the Herôme website for €3,95 each, a bottle contains 7ml. They also have sets that contain polish, handcreme, etc. You can find the sets here.


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

Saturday, October 27, 2012

China Glaze Holiday Joy - Review

Shiny reds, sparkly golden goodness, rich green polish... Yes yes, it's that time of the year again, Christmas collections are available! And as always, China Glaze brings us a collection that has something for most of us. As you could see in the preview of Holiday Joy, this year the collection is packed with reds and glitters, and China Glaze kindly send me 6 of them for review. So let's have a look at them :)


Angel Wings
China Glaze Angel Wings
Angel Wings

Golden holographic glitter. This was 3 thin coats with top coat and it applied easy. I'm not too crazy about gold or the combo of gold and holographic, but it's oh so sparkly which makes up for a lot! =)

China Glaze Angel Wings
Angel Wings

These kind of glitters are something you should see in real life, it's near impossible to show how sparkly it is!

China Glaze Angel Wings
Angel Wings


Merry Berry
China Glaze Merry Berry
Merry Berry

As the name says, a deep berry shade, which is perfect for Fall as well! This was 2 smooth coats, no top coat.

China Glaze Merry Berry
Merry Berry


Blue Bells Ring
China Glaze Blue Bells Ring
Blue Bells Ring

This polish was a bit double for me, on one hand it applied really smooth and it covered in 1 coat (although I used 2 for my photos) which I always love because it means it'll probably work for stamping, yay! But on the other hand, it smelled really odd (like white spirit or some) and it stained. But now that I know that I'll make sure to use basecoat next time. And that smell I can handle as well, just not when I have a headache, lol. So the easy applying 1-coater side wins and I'm sure I'll enjoy stamping with it :)

China Glaze Blue Bells Ring
Blue Bells Ring


Red Satin
China Glaze Red Satin
Red Satin

Gorgeous, shiny red that applied in 2 easy coats. Nothing special, but if you're looking for a nice red, have a look at this! The visible nail lines aren't visible in real life.

China Glaze Red Satin
Red Satin


Glitter All The Way
China Glaze Glitter All The Way
Glitter All The Way

Green, gold, red and purple glitter in a clear base. I'm wearing 3 coats with top coat here. I applied the first coat gently, after that I had a rough base on my nails and could easily apply the other coats, without glitters piling up on my tips.

China Glaze Glitter All The Way
Glitter All The Way

I'm sorry for the blurred photo, but I think it shows the green and purple well here. Now this might look Christmassy for some of you, but for my WoW playing readers, when I saw this polish I instantly thought of DMF in a bottle! =D

China Glaze Glitter All The Way
Glitter All The Way


Pure Joy
China Glaze Pure Joy
Pure Joy

Pure Joy is different sizes gold and red glitter in a clear base. I used 4 coats here with top coat. As you can see, it just doesn't work so well on itself! It applied the same as Glitter All The Way, I didn't have any problems with it.

China Glaze Pure Joy
Pure Joy

Not loving the bald spots, although it's so sparkly it's not so visible. But layered it looks a lot different, yummy Christmas nails!

China Glaze Merry Berry with Pure Joy
Merry Berry with Pure Joy

1 coat of Pure Joy on Merry Berry (above) and Red Satin (below), with top coat.

China Glaze Red Satin with Pure Joy
Red Satin with Pure Joy


And here you can see the whole collection again :)



For me personally, China Glaze had other collections that gave me more of a Christmas feeling, I would've loved a bit more green here. But all in all, there are some Christmas colors and some that'll be perfect for New year's Eve, and there are some original glitters as well. So I think it's another great China Glaze holiday collection! My favorite of the ones I showed here is the bottled Christmas-feeling, Pure Joy, layered on a red. What do you think of the collection, and are you getting any of these?


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



On a personal note, Fall kicked in for me with a nasty cold and feeling down. And my sweet little Bindi has a lump which the vet took a biopsy of, and I'll find out next week what it is, but the vet said it didn't feel good and I have a bad feeling about it as well. These things combined is why I haven't been so active on my blog lately. Maybe it's not the best place to mention it here, below a review, but I don't wanna make a whole post for it. To get back on topic, getting these pretties was a nice distraction, gotta love nailmail! :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From the vault: Purple rainbow sprinkles

Today I have a quick post with a mani I did a while ago. When I posted Rainbow Sprinkles, I mentionned I'd have to try it on a different purple sometime as well, and so I did. Here's how that turned out!


China Glaze Gothic Lolita with JENsations Rainbow Sprinkles.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

I'm Not Lion

Hi everyone :) The polish that I'm showing you today is a glitter that I think looks great without top coat. Yeah, really! It's only slightly gritty then and I think I actually prefer it without top coat even! It's more of a beige/champagne kinda color in most light, but at times it looks more silver, and other times more golden. I thought in advance that it would maybe be too warm for my skintone, but it actually works surprisingly well most of the time and I really think it's a pretty! ^^

China Glaze I'm Not Lion (without top coat).

China Glaze I'm Not Lion (without top coat).


On the above photo you can see the holographic glitters well, and the photo below is with 1 layer of top coat. To get it really smooth it would need another, but it works either way :)

China Glaze I'm Not Lion

What do you think of this polish, do you prefer it with or without TC?
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Poetic roses

A few posts ago I showed you My Very First Knockwurst, and in that post MVFK was topped with glitters in a slightly tinted base. This time the color isn't altered, and as I said then as well, I think it'll work great with several other colors :) I'm thinking pink, purple, silver and white, or as I did today, with a rose/copper kinda color. The stamped result just screamed for a matte top coat!


OPI My Very First Knockwurst with China Glaze Poetic, BM plate 323 and Essence Matt.


Have a lovely weekend and take care ♥

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

From the vault: Kings Of Mints stamped

Hey guys! Atm my head is filled with lots of stuff and it doesn't include polishing, I'm actually still wearing the mani that I showed previously. But I went through my old photo folders and found quite a few manis from last year that I didn't post yet. Not sure if I'll post the others sometime as well, some weren't posted for a reason, heh. But here's one from more than a year ago, as you can see on the shape of my nails (and cuticles, Fall kicked in now, bleh) as well! I prefer my straighter corners more now :)


Essence Kings Of Mints with China Glaze Adore and BM plate 205.


Thanks for looking :)

Monday, October 15, 2012

Same thing, different color

The last couple of days I've been wearing this mani, but with the grey weather I couldn't get the pics that I wanted. But I'll just have to get used to that again I guess, I'm sure there will be plenty more grey days to come! So I ended up making pics afterall, I used the same glitters as in my previous mani but with a different basecolor. For Audrey is pretty similar to some other colors that I have (loving these kinda colors!), but more washed out and the slightly tinted base of the glitters makes it even more grey. No matte top coat this time, I like it just the way it is!


China Glaze For Audrey with Essence College Hero.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Glittery Knockwurst

My Very First Knockwurst is one of those colors that isn't the most flattering for my skintone, but boy do I love it, I think it's one of those colors that can easily be combined with several other colors and I'm sure you'll see this polish on my blog again very soon. I wanted to stamp on it but couldn't pick a color, and then I spotted Essence College Hero in store, which looks like a silver version of Catrice Million Dollar Baby.
I'm not always into glitters, they're often very colorful with holo bits and different colored sparkly pieces while I usually like things more calm, but this one is just plain, simple silver glitter in a ever so slightly tinted base. Another polish that I love! I did mattify the mani, just because I have a hard time resisting mattifying anything flakie or glittery, haha. But I actually think it looked better shiny! What do you think?


OPI My Very First Knockwurst with Essence College Hero and Essence Matt.


And here's how it looks with normal top coat. The glitter looks so much darker like this!


Thanks for stopping by ♥

Monday, October 8, 2012

China Glaze Wicked & Holiday Joy - Preview

China Glaze® Introduces a Hauntingly Gorgeous Collection for Halloween 2012
 
Los Angeles, CA – (October 2012): Whether a ghoulish ghost, a zombie beauty queen or a vampy vampire, Halloween is an open invitation to push the boundaries of glamour, creativity and spookiness. Defect to the dark side and polish off your look with the all-new China Glaze® Wicked nail colour collection.  The devilishly beautiful new shades will add an element of pretty to any hair-raising ensemble.

From purely pigmented crèmes to high coverage glitters, get in the seasonal spirit with six shades including:

·         Roguish Red:  Rich red-orange crème
·         Glitter Goblin: Limited edition copper glitter
·         Make A Spectacle: Iridescent flaky top coat
·         Cast a Spell: Moss green shimmer in a black base
·         Bizarre Blurple: Bombastic bluish purple crème
·         Immortal: Tombstone grey shimmer



The China Glaze® Wicked collection will be available as open stock colors, 18 piece counter display, and as part of a special “Buy 3, Get 1 Free” set featuring China Glaze® Ghoulish Glow glow-in the-dark Top Coat.

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China Glaze® Debuts 12 Glittering, Shimmering, Ravishing Colours for Holiday 2012

Los Angeles, CA – (October 2012): The holiday season: it is truly the most wonderful time of the year – for nails!  From gorgeous glitters to rich crèmes, ‘tis the season to add sparkle and shine to any manicure and pedicure.  Celebrate the season in colour with the new China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection!



Bringing tidings of good cheer, the China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection features 12 merry crèmes, glitters and shimmers including:

·         Glistening Snow – Fine diamond-like silver glitter
·         Champagne Kisses – Bubbly rose gold glitter
·         Angel Wings – Delicate gold dust glitter
·         Winter Holly – Gold-flecked dazzling green glitter
·         Glitter All The Way – Exciting multi-color glitter
·         Pizzazz – Twinkling multi-dimensional glitter blend
·         Blue Bells Ring – Icy blue shimmer
·         Pure Joy – Fiery red glitter with gold particles
·         Red Satin – Silky blue-based red crème
·         With Love – Classic red crème with a hint of orange undertones
·         Merry Berry – Rich berry red crème
·         Cranberry Splash – Ruby red shimmer



The China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection also features 13 seasonally-inspired gift sets perfect for stocking stuffers, Hanukah gifts, Secret Santa, co-workers and Teacher’s gifts.  Gift sets include:

·         Ho Ho Ho: Merry Berry, Cranberry Splash, Red Satin, With Love, Pure Joy with First & Last base/top coat.
·         Holiday Charms: Mini bottles of Merry Berry, Red Satin, Winter Holly and Glitter All The Way.
·         Puttin’ On The Glitz: Cranberry Splash, With Love and Pizzazz.
·         Keepin’ Cozy: Merry Berry, Glistening Snow and Cranberry Splash with fingerless gloves.
·         Let It Glow: Champagne Kisses, Red Satin and Winter Holly with a pine scented candle.
·         Brrr…It’s Chilly: With Love, Angel Wings, Pure Joy and a mini snow globe.
·         Wings of Wonder: Blue Bells Ring, Champagne Kisses and Cranberry Splash with an angel key chain.
·         Santa Paws: Red Satin and Pure Joy with your very own plush puppy – “Joy”.
·         Trimmin’ The Tree: With Love and Glistening Snow with a festive snowflake-embellished ornament.
·         Cheers!: Angel Wings and Glistening Snow with a frosted shot glass.
·         Jingle All The Way: Pizzazz and Merry Berry with an adjustable Jingle Bell ring.
·         Makin’ Memories: Red Satin and Winter Holly with a “JOY” picture frame.
·         Stocking Stuffers: Pure Joy and Champagne Kisses with a mini stocking.


(The images in this post are clickable for an enlargement)


The China Glaze® Holiday Joy collection will be available in November 2012 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.  The collection will be available in 24- and 36-piece counter displays, a 36-piece rack and 36-piece prepack.

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

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).

Depend Holographic part III

When I showed the first part of my Depend Holographic swatches and mentionned I only found 8 of the 12 while in Sweden, some of my readers offered to have a look for the last 4 for me. How sweet is that! ♥ And thanks to One Inch Nails my collection is now complete, yay! So today I have swatches of the last 4 of the collection :)
Just like the rest of the collection, I swatched these with Make Up Store Aqua Fix as base and no top coat, and these needed 3 thin coats or 2 thicker.

Depend 2035 Laurel Green
Depend 2035 Laurel Green
Depend 2035 Laurel Green
Right, let's start with the best, shall we? A green holo, how awesome! ^^ Didn't have a green with a strong holo effect, so I'm extra happy with this one!

Depend 2035 Laurel Green
Depend 2035 Laurel Green


Depend 2028 Heather Pink
Depend 2028 Heather Pink
Depend 2028 Heather Pink
This one looks a bit bumpy at the tips, that's just me being hasty and not waiting for the base to dry. Ended up dragging the polish a bit. But with the unpredictable sunlight, it'll do for now =) I'm really liking these soft holos at the moment!

Depend 2028 Heather Pink
Depend 2028 Heather Pink


Depend 2036 Ocean Green
Depend 2036 Ocean Green
Depend 2036 Ocean Green
That's right, the more special colors didn't stop with that green above, look at this teal! What a fabulous color ♥

Depend 2036 Ocean Green
Depend 2036 Ocean Green


Depend 2029 Charm Pink
Depend 2029 Charm Pink
Depend 2029 Charm Pink
This one's a bit more holo than my pics show (just like most of them are), but I think it might be the least holo of the bunch. Another one that's soft and sweet :)

Depend 2029 Charm Pink
Depend 2029 Charm Pink

I'm so loving this collection, they all apply easy and are pretty shiny, have a strong holo effect and I really like all the colors! I hope Depend will come out with a darker set sometime as well, with purple, charcoal and black holos for example. And that they will become available in the Netherlands too, and in bigger bottles while they're at it! =)

Some people have asked me where you can buy Depend besides Sweden, I've contacted Depend about that because their website isn't giving a lot of info about it. If I get a reply with info, I'll add it here!

Here you can find my swatches of the rest of this collection: Part I and Part II.
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