Essence Fall/Winter 2014 - Preview

Yep, it's finally here, the press information about the changes to Essence's standard assortment for the coming seasons! And these should be in stores mid August already, so I kinda expect a big sale soon :) I'm not adding all the info on the makeup products, I'm a bit busy at the moment but I might add it later if anyone has interest in that. And of course, feel free to ask if you'd like to know more about a product! Right, prepare for lots of pics! And as always, they're clickable for an enlargement. Enjoy!

colour & go nail polish €1,69: kiss me, freddy - love is in the air - best dressed - little lila town

you wow'd me again - i ♥ my blue jeans - caramel brownie - girls night out

candy crush - polka holga - juicy love - dare to kiss - new york city call

Effect nail polish €1,99 : underwater love - lovely, maybe - never stop dreaming - that's my pop cake! - gold fingers


hidden garden - icy fairy - i ♥ magic - rock my world - party never ends


3in1 magic magnets €2,59 - french manicure tip stickers €2,59 - cleansing sponge €1,59 - 2in1 primer & cleanser €2,89
jelly pearls hydrating gel €1,89 - all in one complete care €1,89 - sparkle sand top coat €1,99 - glow in the night click & go nails €2,99 - 2in1 clear peel off gel base & top coat €2,99 - 2in1 french peel off gel base & top coat €2,99
gel-look plumping top coat €1,79 - creative tip guides €0,99 - effect nails €1,99

There's another product that I spotted on the info but that I didn't receive an image of, it's a hot 'n cold top coat (blue/cold to your polish color/warm) €1,99


nail art stickers €1,39 - hello foils! transfer solution €1,89 - hello foils! transfer foils €1,49 - nail art holo stripes pack €??




There we have it, lots of new goodies! I'm curious about the sparkle sand top coat, the plump-look top coat, and the polish of course! How about you? :)

NailMates review

Hi guys! NailMates recently contacted me to see if I was interested in doing a review, and at first I wasn't sure about that, because their site mentions gel polish and nail treatments. But then I read further and they mention glitter polish as well... now that could be interesting! By now I think most people are familiar with using aluminium foil to remove glitters (downside: having to cut it all and wrapping around your fingers), or with using a peel off basecoat (downside: not a good thing for people that are tempted to pick their nails). Could these NailMates be the thing that beats them? Let's see that further down, I've tested them on 2 manis, and I picked those polishes to test out my camera a bit more while I was at it :)

Here's what I received, 10 pink caps and a whole bunch of sponges - they're called pads but I don't want to get confuzing with cotton pads and these pads, so I'll refer to them as sponges in this post!


Essence Gabriella with China Glaze Techno

Essence Gabriella with China Glaze Techno.

Essence Gabriella with China Glaze Techno

I went with this combo for 2 reasons: to test my camera with this color purple (which doesn't seem to be a problem if I manage to get the right settings, lol), and to test NailMates on a normal base with added glitters, because the removal of glitters with undies can be easier than with a pure glitter polish.

Essence Gabriella with China Glaze Techno

It's a big post, so adding a jump :)

Butterflies!

Yep, Big Bang had to be stamped too! =) I went with an image I've been wanting to try for quite some time, but just never ended up actually using it. But boy do I love it combined with Big Bang! I filled in the small holes in the image (which you can see here, in my review of the plateset) with white polish and a dotting tool, but that does show I could use more dotting practice, they all turned out way too big and uneven, haha! Ah well, I wanted to post it anyway because I think this polish and image are perfect for each other ♥

Dance Legend Big Bang with Bundle Monster plateBM-424, Konad White and Konad Black

Dance Legend Big Bang with Bundle Monster plateBM-424, Konad White and Konad Black.

Dance Legend Big Bang with Bundle Monster plateBM-424, Konad White and Konad Black

Dance Legend Big Bang with Bundle Monster plateBM-424, Konad White and Konad Black

Dance Legend Big Bang with Bundle Monster plateBM-424, Konad White and Konad Black

What do you think of this combo? I feel this urge to butterfly everything now, lol! Thanks for stopping by :)

Big Bang!

Morning all! I can write a lot here, but I'll let the pictures do the talking and tell you how gorgeous this polish is! :)

Dance Legend 845 Big Bang

Dance Legend 845 Big Bang.

Dance Legend 845 Big Bang

Pretty sure this was 3 coats, with top coat. Big Bang is from the Galaxy collection, and I've only tried half of them, but I do think they're all insanely awesome polishes!

Dance Legend 845 Big Bang

Dance Legend 845 Big Bang

This polish has Fall written all over it, but it's pretty all year round I'd say :)

Dance Legend 845 Big Bang

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

Kittens! Kittens everywhere!

Hi lovelies! Yes, I said today's post would be another multichrome , but after sorting out a lot of kittenpics yesterday, I figured to share some of those here again :)
I'll start with Mobi - and his new little friend! But I'll also post some other kittens further down, I worked with some other fosterhomes to help with their photos to hopefully help the kittens get adopted quicker. I've done 1 of those little shoots at another fosterhome, the rest we combined the other day in the shelter, when the vet was there and they had to be there anyway. The result is obviously not as great as you can achieve in a safe environment (although some kittens didn't care much about the strange room and vet and all that, haha), but with a camera instead of like a mobile phone, the photos can turn out nicer nevertheless! Hope you'll enjoy seeing them too, but I'll add them below a jump so this post won't become as huge!

But first things first, Mobi! Mobi was so over the top playful and disrespectful to Dewey, that I discussed with the shelter to possibly return Mobi. But it's of course nicer for him to be adopted from my home, so we decided that if the shelter would get in a kitten around the same age, we would see if they could become friends and he would leave Dew alone more. So on Thursday the shelter contacted me, they had 1 hyper kitten of 14 weeks and 1 slightly scared kitten of 8 weeks, which is Mobi's age. Now Mobi's hyper too, all kittens are active but some kittens just add a bit more to that, he's definitely one of them :D But I was worried another hyper kitten that's so much older, could perhaps be a bit too much, especially since Mobi's surgery area played up a little the other day. So I went with the slightly scared kitten, who quickly showed here that's he's pretty scared, poor thing didn't even dare to move when Dew sniffed him! :( And Mobi? Turns out that little muppet can growl and be bitchy too, lol! So much for a little friend for him, haha. Luckily they did improve a lot since then, and this morning Mobi wasn't sitting at the front of the bench meowing at me, he was too busy jumping Colin, yay! And if that's not enough, he'll get a visitor on Wednesday, fingers crossed that it's a match!! Right, enough blabbering, photoooos!


Yes, Mobi really does loves to play, why settle with 1 mouse when you can have 2!


But with a little patience, he'll show he's quite a model too :)


And then it's back to playing again!


Near his beloved playtunnel

 

Yep, rolling around is fun too ^^


And here's Mobi playing with Dewey, poor thing just wanted to snooze, it was well over 30 degrees that day. Mobi does this allll the time, he keeps jumping Dew's head and body, slapping his paws, you name it! Dew became a bit rougher with him now too, but do you think little Moobster cares? He makes nasty sounds, hisses, and then quickly runs off when he gets out of those big paws. But then he stops like a meter away, sits for 2 seconds, and charges Dew again! My poor boy is really tired of it by now, and I can't blame him at all. That little ball of energy is just nuts! :D


And meet newcomer Colin! I called him Colin, since he was found at a restaurant in our town with a very similar name, so he's named after that. And I figured a little bit more posh name would match this beautiful little guy!
He was absolutely terrfied when he arrived here, he was found that night, brought to the shelter, there they checked him over and deflead him with spray (as you can see on his fur), and then the animal ambulance brought him here again, where he got caged up in the bench. Poor little creature :(There's a blanket over the bench although that doesn't show as well here, to help him feel safer. I took this photo a little while after he arrived, I'd say at least an hour later, when he finally dared to follow Dew with his eyes. Before that he just wanted to crawl into the walls and his eyes were even bigger than this :( Dewey's being absolutely brilliant with him though! ♥


I left him alone for some time, then started working with him, and I used Mobi to help Colin relax a little! It took a full basket of toys and Mobi running around like mad, but in the end he dared moving out of his safe corner a tiny bit to see what that black and white thing was doing!


And in the mean time, every time he dared looking at me, I blinked slowly with both eyes, and talked to him the whole time while I was playing with Mobi. The result? He blinked back, which was a big step already and my goal for the day, get him to relax just a little bit. Isn't he gorgeous? ♥


I don't have more pics of Colin yet, he enjoys hissing at me but secretly he does enjoy being petted too! He now also knows that hissing won't scare me off, and I know he won't attack, phew! First time touching was a bit scary, haha, but worth a risk seeing him relax :) And he already plays a bit, and he and Mobi are a bit more friends since last night too :) I hope he turns around quickly, so they can both be out during days, right now he'll just flee and hide if I would let him out. To be continued... :)

Check below if you're interested in the other kittens too:

Trying something new...

... and I'd love to hear what you think! Now that I have a better camera, I want to take some different pictures as well. I still have plenty to learn about this cam though, and I get failed shots fairly often simply because I'm using the wrong settings, lol. But I hope to start a short photography course in a few months, yay! :) And the better I understand this cam, the more I think I'd like to take things up a notch and vary a little with my photos! So this is a big post to try out some stuff: bigger pictures, a macroshot, a bottleshot, a few pics in my usual way and some more pics with flowers. This was my first attempt like that and I wouldn't do that every time (or well, the macro/bottleshots I would show with swatches if you'd like to see that?), but I think it can look great to have a little something extra in a photo besides the nails, like the flowers today. What do you think? :)

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка.

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка

This polish is from the Anna Gorelova collection by Dance Legend, it's a beautiful babyblue texture with golden shimmer, and I absolutely love it! What I didn't love as much though, was the amount of coats needed. I think 3 would be sufficient - if you apply thicker coats. But with textures I always apply thin coats to help with the drying, and I ended up using 4 coats. That did give a lovely textured result though, not too coarse, not too fine, just perfect for this color!

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка

I have to say, it was well weird to take photos like this and trying to not squish the flowers as if they were a bottle, haha! Poor bees were wondering what I was doing to their beloved flowers, and my cat Dewey was lying in the shade looking at me like I was a complete nutcake, that didn't help either :D Bonuspoints if you know what plant this is! ^^

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка

Below would be my usual shots, but then a little bigger. The polish definitely looks matte, but the soft golden sparkle adds a nice shimmery touch to it!

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка

Macroshot! Isn't this a sweet texture? :)

Dance Legend #05 Лебёдушка




And here's a bottleshot, showing the golden shimmer as well. It's too bad that it needs a few more coats, but what a beauty nevertheless ♥

I hope you enjoyed this small break from the multichromes, I have 1 more multichrome to show you though so that'll be up next time! Thanks for looking and have a lovely day!


You can buy this polish at the Dance Legend website, and you can also find them in webshops like Hypnotic Polish, which ships worldwide.


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

Кощей Бессмертный stamped

Morning lovelies! Almost done with the multichromes now, just 1 more to go! But first things first, yesterday's multichrome with a little something extra :)

Dance Legend #10 Кощей Бессмертный with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate bm-301

Dance Legend #10 Кощей Бессмертный with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate bm-301.

Dance Legend #10 Кощей Бессмертный with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate bm-301

I haven't used this image before, but I love it! So I'll definitely use it again :) I think these kinda images compliment such polish, finer lined images or images with a lot going on might be too much, or simply won't stand out. But maybe I should try it sometime!

Dance Legend #10 Кощей Бессмертный with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate bm-301

Dance Legend #10 Кощей Бессмертный with Konad White and Bundle Monster plate bm-301

On a sidenote, fosterkitten Mobi is now online, ready to be adopted! I've already shared him on my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, but since he's such a special kitten, I'd like to share him here too. Please keep him in mind if you know someone looking for a jumpy bundle of joy! :)
Have a great day & take care!

Let the multichrome spam continue!

This time with a polish from the Anna Gorelova collection by Dance Legend: #10 Кощей Бессмертный. I'll just refer to it as #10 =) This polish again applied nice and easy, I'm wearing 3 coats with top coat here.

Dance Legend 10 Кощей Бессмертный

Dance Legend 10 Кощей Бессмертный.

Dance Legend 10 Кощей Бессмертный

Where to start describing this polish! Green, purple, blue, spotting some subtle brown/rose color too, scattered holo particles... Yep, another polish where they just kept adding colors it seems!

Dance Legend 10 Кощей Бессмертный

Does it come as a surprise that I stamped on this one too? No right? :D I'll be posting that result tomorrow!

Dance Legend 10 Кощей Бессмертный

This is my least favorite of the ones that I've tried so far, but I'm loving the green to purple effect that shows best on my indexfinger here. I get the impression that DL really has a multichrome for everyone, no matter what your preferred colors are :)

Dance Legend 10 Кощей Бессмертный

Do you often wear multichromes? I didn't, but I can totally see myself wearing the ones that I tried now, again and again! Wondering how it would look if you'd sponge a few together... The chance of that being way too much is fairly high I'd say, but hmm, I might have to give that a go sometime anyway!

If you're interested in #10 or any of their other beauties, you can find them on the Dance Legend website, but you can also find them in webshops like Hypnotic Polish, which ships worldwide.


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