Cadillacquer swatches - part I

Hey guys, Madeleine from Cadillacquer came out with a new collection and today I have the first bunch of them for you. First thing I noticed was that several of them have a gorgeous shimmer on top of the glitter :) I'm gonna keep it short further, not feeling well, but I hope you'll enjoy the polishes!
The description of them comes from Cadillacquer and all swatches are with top coat.


Restless
Restless
Restless

Restless has a light turquoise aqua base with fine holo glitter, different sized brown glitter, small dark fuchsia red and different sized matte turquoise glitter.

This was 3 thin coats, 2 medium ones would've worked too. It applied a bit goopy, and I think I'd prefer the basecolor less pigmented, because the first layer of glitters is completely hidden now. But as usual with Madeleine's polishes, I had no problem getting glitter on my nails, these are packed with them!

Restless
Restless


Once More, With Feeling
Once More, With Feeling
Once More, With Feeling

Once More, With Feeling has a blue base with a strong red/pink shimmer and different sized white and pastel pink squares.

This was 3 thin coats, but again, 2 medium ones would've been fine too. I didn't wait long enough in between coats, hence the globs onthe tips of some nails >.< Gorgeous shimmer!

Once More, With Feeling
Once More, With Feeling


No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home

No Place Like Home has a soft pastel white base with different colored fine flakies and pastel pink, blue, green and yellow glitter.


3 thin coats, the first coat applied a bit thin and I didn't get much glitter on my nails, but the coats after fixed that. The basecolor varies a bit depending on the light, as you can see. Soft and Spring-y.

No Place Like Home
No Place Like Home


Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are has a smoky green/grey base with a strong yellow sparkle shimmer, iridescent glitter, different colored flakies and small silver glitter.

My favorite of these, the basecolor combined with the shimmer is already pretty, but then there's the glitter and flakies! Once again, 3 thin/2 medium coats needed.

Where The Wild Things Are
Where The Wild Things Are


I think this 2nd collection clearly shows that it's from Cadillacquer as well, Madeleine really has her own style and knows well how to combine different colors of glitter. And I think the shimmer in a different color is a great addition!

You can find Cadillacquer on Facebook, and you can buy the polishes on Etsy.


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

Kiko Sugar Mat Poppy Red

Hey all, as I said when I showed Kiko Burgundy, the other Sugar Mat polish that I got is one that I really love! But when I swatched it, I found out that it's one of those colors that my camera just doesn't handle so well. So the daylight pics are too orange, the lamp pics are too bright red. The real color is somewhere in the middle!


Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red
Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red
Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red - daylight

Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red
Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red - lamplight

Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red
Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red - daylight

Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red
Kiko Sugar Mat 640 Poppy Red - lamplight

I'm bummered that I couldn't capture the true color well, but I guess this still shows that it's a real beauty :) I'm absolutely loving these Kiko Sugar Mat polishes! It's maybe a good thing that I can't buy Kiko here, cause I know I wouldn't be able to resist them =)

Have a lovely Sunday ♥

China Glaze Texture - Preview

GETTING DOWN TO THE NITTY GRITTY

China Glaze® Introduces Texture: the Newest Technology in Nail Lacquer



Los Angeles (April 2013): China Glaze® introduces Texture, a unique new lacquer that applies as a crème but dries with a 3D texture effect. Unlike traditional nail art techniques that require multiple steps, Texture only requires one step—painting the nail.  Texture dries matte, but can be combined with China Glaze® Fast Forward Top Coat for a glossy effect. With a finish similar to that of a sugared rim, Texture is the perfect accessory for a beach day, night-on-the-town, or special rendezvous.

In The Rough— light lime-green with textured grit
Itty, Bitty & Gritty— melon with textured grit
Of Coarse!— bright, cobalt-blue with textured grit
Unrefined— bright pink with textured grit
Bump & Grind— hot pinkish-red with textured grit
Toe-tally Textured— tangerine-orange with textured grit



The China Glaze® Texture collection will be available in May 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide.

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).

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.

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What do you think of these? I do like textured polishes, but I'm not really feeling them in just 1 color. I haven't seen these irl though, but I think the texture combined with sparkly bits is what works more for me!

Design Glassware by Mont Blue

Hey all! Mont Blue kindly send me some of their products, so today I'm not showing nails, but nail related products instead. Here are the products I received:


Now as you might know, clipping your nails isn't a good idea, your nails are made out of layers (which you can clearly see when they chip) and clipping them puts pressure on these layers. So filing is already nicer for your nails, but personally, I don't touch my nails with anything but glass files, because these are much more gentle for your nails than other files. And ever since I use glass files only, my nails have improved a lot!

One of the things I hear at times (and have experienced myself as well), is that a glass file loses it's grittiness fast. But if you have a good quality file, that won't happen at all! So I think it's a good idea to invest in a good quality file. They will last you for years, you can just rinse them off after using or even disinfect them if you want. I have 2 that I've been using for a few years now, but one of the first things I noticed with these Mont Blue files, is that they're finer than the ones I used so far. That doesn't mean you can't take off length fast, because you still can, but I think it's even nicer for your nails with a fine grit and it gives a smoother result. I will do a How To on my nail care routine sometime, and will tell more about my filing as well then, but for now, let's have a closer look at the ones I got :)



First up is this file (MC-M09 which costs €10,-) from their Crystal line. The file is 13,5cm long and the top has Swarovski crystals on it, and the file comes in a soft, velvety protective cover. You can use the file on both sides and you can clearly see where the file part ends.




The next file is one of their mini glass nail files (W-S02 which is €8,-). This file is 9cm long and also comes in a soft, velvet case. The back doesn't have Swarovski crystals, but it looks nice on that side as well, there's no glue visible or anything like that. This file is useable on both sides as well. It's a great size to keep in your bag, to fix your nails while travelling. The case isn't hard, but because it's so small (adorable even, haha), I don't think there's much risk of breaking it while in your bag :)




This hard case nail file costs €9,- and it's perfect for travelling as well. It's 12,5cm long, useable on both sides and the hard case will protect it from breaking, while still giving you a nice size file and a good grip.



Lastly, this slanted tweezers (CT-01.1 which costs €12,-) has a soft feel to the black, and has Swarovski crystals on both sides. The matte black combined with the crystals really makes it looks luxury! I will be using this for my eyebrows, but tweezers are also handy for nailart, to help pick up fine things.


I haven't used the files much yet, but so far I really like the quality of them, these will be the files I'll be using from now on! And I'm also impressed by the huge amount of colors and styles they offer! As you maybe noticed, I didn't link to the actual product that I received but to the whole category where it was from, because they have so many colors and options on them. For example, if you don't like crystals, they have gorgeous gradient files or files with an animal prints as well. Or maybe you prefer a file with studs? :)

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!


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

PUEEN 2013 plate set *pic heavy*

Hey guys! You know I love stamping so needless to say, I got very excited when I received the PUEEN 2013 plates! Of course I photographed them all and tried them out, and here they are =)


This set of 25 plates comes with each plate in a seperate packing and a protective blue film on top. The back has a protective cover as well, and the sides of the plates aren't sharp at all. The blue plastic at the front comes off easily, and here's what's below it!

Shimmer Jasmine, Mary & Leslie

Heyhey, the other day I received a whole bunch of Shimmer's glittery goodness. If you love glitters, read on! :) These polishes have an insane amount of different colored, mainly smaller glitters, and they combine into real glitterbombs. I wasn't sure how to swatch these polishes, on their own, layered, layered on different colors, or as sponged glitter tips. I'd wear them on the tips I think, simply because these polishes feel so perfect for that! But I decided to just go for the polish on itself for my swatches, as you can see, they cover well enough for that too! Today I have the first 3 for you, I used 3 coats of each polish and 1 coat of top coat. To get a really smooth effect I'd use another coat, but they don't look bad without top coat either. I'll have to try them matte sometime as well! They applied easy, I applied the first coat gently, after that I could just polish them on as always, no dabbing or fishing needed.


Jasmine
Shimmer Jasmine
Jasmine - lamplight

Jasmine is a green/blue glitter polish with a clear base. It's packed with glitter in copper, gold, red, silver and holographic. It also has different colors of green and blue glitters. I might miss some colors here, but these are just that crazy! The glitters are in various shapes and sizes, the copper and golden ones are the largest.

Shimmer Jasmine
Jasmine - daylight

Shimmer Jasmine
Jasmine - lamplight

Here's a bottleshot, see what I mean? I think this photo looks a bit too blue, but I'm sure you get the idea of the amount of glitters in these. If you would think of all the colors together it might sound way over the top, but I think that combined like this, they just work really well together! Jasmine is also my favorite of these 3, I like the oceany feel of it :)

Shimmer Jasmine
Jasmine


Leslie
Shimmer Leslie
Leslie - daylight

Leslie´s main colors are purple and blue in a clear base. I also spot red, holographic, lighter blue and I think silver & pink as well, again in various shapes and sizes. The largest being blue hexagonal glitters.

Shimmer Leslie
Leslie - lamplight

Shimmer Leslie
Leslie - daylight


Mary
Shimmer Mary
Mary - daylight

Oh Mary... where to begin! Mary is a berry-red colored base, packed with red, holographic, black and silver glitter. It looks like it has pink as well, and it also has a blue/purple flash in it, but that might just be some holo bits showing like that. I think :P The largest glitters are black and holographic, but this one has various sizes holo glitter.

Shimmer Mary
Mary - lamplight

Shimmer Mary
Mary - daylight

You can buy Shimmer Polish on the website or on Etsy, and you can also find Shimmer on Facebook.

Thanks for looking and take care ♥


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

Gradient stamping

Hey all, I haven't stamped in some time now, but I was eager to try out the Kiko Mirror polishes, and I couldn't pick just 1 color out of the whole bunch! So I picked 3 instead, and went for gradient stamping. I applied 3 small stripes of polish on the image, and used my scraper twice over it, to create a nice gradient on the image. I cleaned the plate for each nail, and oh how I love the result! The stamping didn't go perfect though, I always need to get back into it a bit if I haven't stamped in a while, but this time I didn't care because I'm loving it so much. However, I did use a nail art brush to fix some flaws on the lines, but the jagged lines on my indexfinger, meh, too bad! Maybe stamping less often makes me less picky about the result or some, haha. Anyway, here's how it turned out! ♥


China Glaze Sweet Hook with Kiko 618 Orchid Pink, 620 Lavender, 621 Violet and Konad plate m69.


The brush I used to fix some lines came from a set of brushes (and one small dotting tool) which BornPrettyStore send me for review. I think this set offers a great variety in brushes, flat, angled, pointy, fan, long, you name it. All brushes except the fan brushes have protective plastic on the top, which comes off easily and can be reapplied. I think it's a nice set, and if you're not used to brushes (like me) and would like to try different ones, this set offers you plenty of choice.
To fix my stamping I used a medium long straight brush and dipped it in the polish that I scraped off the plate and onto my placemat, which worked nice :)


You can buy this set at BornPrettyStore for $5,96 and contains 15 pieces, with coupon code ABJ61 you'll get another 10% off.


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Kiko Sugar Mat Burgundy

Heyhey, hope you all had a nice Easter! Thanks to Sam ♥ from Fashion Polish I got my hands on some Kiko polishes, I didn't have that brand yet but when Sam showed the Mirror collection, I knew I needed them. I think that it looks like quite a boring collection at first sight, they're just metallics afterall, but you know I love stamping with metallics! And some of my all-time favorite stamping polishes, the China Glaze Romantiques and Khromes, are slowly getting more and more empty, so these would be excellent. I got almost the entire collection, I skipped the silver and gold because I don't use those often and have several shades like that (and yeah, it was very tempting to just get them all, haha).
But what I also got were 2 Sugar Mat polishes, those are textured and there were 2 that jumped out for me. The one I'm showing today is a real pretty already, but the other one, oh-em-gee I love it, so you'll see that one soon too!


Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy
Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy
Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy - lamplight

Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy
Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy - lamplight

Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy
Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy - daylight

Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy
Kiko Sugar Mat 645 Burgundy - daylight

I think these Kiko textured polishes are prettier than most of what I've seen from other brands so far! Somehow matte and textured polish often makes your skin look all mat and soft as well, and I like the contrast with the texture. Textured polish felt a bit odd at first, but I quickly got used to them, and they're handy when you're in a hurry as well. They dry fast and cleanup is easy too, you might think these are more like glitters in cleanup and removal but luckily that's not the case. I used 2 coats here by the way, no top coat obviously. I like it so much that I haven't even thought of using TC!

What do you think of this one?

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