29 september 2012

China glaze Jungle Queen

I have one polish that I keep looking at in the beauty shop, Paradoxal from Chanel. I think it is really beautiful and I keep telling myself that I will buy it one day. So far I haven't been able to justify it with over a hundred untried polishes and around 800 others. But, on my nails today is something just as good as Paradoxal.

This is Jungle Queen from the On Safari collection from China glaze. It is a muddy purple with a grey tone and a hint of lilac shimmer. To me this is very similar to Paradoxal, kind of close enough.

The formula was perfect and I used two coats to get opacity.

28 september 2012

OPI You only live twice

It has been a rainy week in Sweden. Bad, bad fall weather. So the light for photographing nail polish has not been the best, but I managed to take some photos of  a real beauty in the begining of the week.

You only live twice from OPIs Skyfall collection is a magenta pink shimmer polish packed with glassflecks. It reminds me a lot of Let me entertain you from OPIs Burlesque collection, but I think You only live twice is a bit darker, but it is the same kind of finish.

You only live twice shines on the nails. Even though this kind of color is seen now and then, I still like this a lot.

For opacity I used two coats. I had some trouble though controlling it on the nail, it slipped away several times and got on my cuticles.

21 september 2012

OPI Live and let die

The man I have at home, he was shaking his head yesterday. He was watching a movie and I was sitting by the desk in the livingroom painting my nails. As usual. When I was finished I showed him my nails and he said "Hm, I don't like black polish".
"But this is not just black! Can't you see? It is has a green tone and golden glitter!" I responded. Talking really fast.
Then he was shaking his head even more. And I was just smiling. I have accepted that he will never understand this polish addiction that I have.
It is lucky I have you, my lovely readers.

The polish he was shaking his head at was Live and let die from OPIs wintercollection Skyfall. OPI call this a private jet black, hm. I don't really know what that means. To me this is more a dark, dark green. It has a dark green glitter and golden glitter that makes it feel like something more than just a black. Of course, the golden glitter is more visible in the bottle than on the nail. On the nails it gives the polish a depth. I like this one!

The formula was really great. It is very well pigmented so it is almost opaque in one coat. But I did two coats.

Isadora Silk road

I didn't mean to buy this. I went to buy some other colors from Isadoras autumn collection Jewels of the orient, but they were already sold out. But when I saw Silk road, I totally fell in love. Although it has gold glitter. I normally don't like gold. Not on jewellery, not on my clothes and not on my nails. It is not just me. But this, this is something else.

Silk road is a blue foil with gold and purple flecks. This is so beautiful on the nails. It is intense but stil subtle. And the glassflecks makes it sparkle very nice. Way to go Isadora!

The formula was great. It was easy to work with, which I think foils often are, and I just needed two coats for opacity.

20 september 2012

Went to a party

Yesterday, on a regular wednesday, me and a friend went to a bookreleaseparty in Stockholm. And when I go to a party I like matching my nails with my outfit. So, on my nails Olé caliente from Essie.

OPI Don't talk Bach to me

I tried to be a little crazy last week. Try something on the nails that normally isn't me, okey that can change from day to day but still, I know what I normally like, then the type of color can change from seson to season. You know dark colors in the autumn, pink, bright stuff in the summer. And lots of glitter when winter. But, Don't talk Bach to me didn't do it for me.

Don't talk Bach to me is from OPIs Germany collection. It is a color that stands out a little bit from the rest of the collection. It is with a green tone, or is it green with a yellow tone, with a silver shimmer. In the bottle it looks a bit interesting, but on the nails it just looks like, well, puke. It is not just beautiful.

But, hey, the formula was great. Two coats did it for opacity.

19 september 2012

OPI The world is not enough

Okey, so here we go. The first polish to be tried from the Skyfall collection from OPI. I couldn't resist it very long and why should I? This is fun. And there are many polishes in this collection that I am longing to try.

The world is not enough is like a silver foil with a pink tone. Lots of pink actually. In the bottle it looks like it would be a duochrome and have a bit of green as well, but that is not so visible on the nails. The color is beautiful, but I am not wowed actually. I thought I would be, because it looks really great in the bottle, but on the nails it feels a bit safe.

The formula was on the thinner side, but three coats did it for opacity. It was easy to work with though and control.

News from OPI - Skyfall collection

Yesterday something really interested landed in my mailbox. The Skyfall collection, the James Bond-inspired winter collection from OPI.

This is a collection filled with everything. Cremes, glitters, foils, shimmers. There is a lot of gold, of course, what else is James Bond if not gold?

My favourite though, from the look at the bottles must be the glitter The living daylights. Big hexagon glitters in silver, gold, turqoise and a kind of peach in a clear base. I think I can do something fun with that. I also like the intensely purple shimmer Tomorrow never dies.

Anything you want?

Die another day, Skyfall, The spy who loved me.

The living daylights, Live and let die, Goldeneye.

Casino Royale, You only live twice, Tomorrow never dies.

The world is not enough, On her majesty's secret service, Moonraker.

Isadora Night flight

You know how it can be sometimes. You want to paint you nails, but you can't decide which color. The other day, I tried on at least five polishes before I was satisfied. I was painting a nail or two, but just felt, no that is not right for today. It just didn't feel right, I can tell you my six year old, who is quite used to his mums nail polish addiction, was shaking his head by then. But the five first ones I tried were light colors. Beige, pink, nude. But they just felt meh. But when I put on a dark, blue one everything just fell in to place. I am all for dark right now.

So, Isadoras Night flight is what made me happy that day. This is a dark, midnight blue with a silver shimmer. The silver shimmer is mostly visible in the bottle and on the nails it shows mostly as a metallic effect. I like this. Okey, I have seen this kind of color before, but still, it is lovely. It is bold and cool, far from sweet.

The formula was really good, the polish is well pigmented and I needed two coats for opacity.

18 september 2012

OPI Deutsch you want me baby?

The leafs on the trees are not orange yet where I live in Sweden, even though I do see some yellow ones on my morning walks with my dogs. But if I could decide one color that is autumn, that I would like the autumn to have, it would be Deutsch you want me baby? from OPIs Germany collection.

Deutsch you want me is a warm, redish orange shimmer polish. I love this kind of finish. It is easy to work with, and on the nails, especially this color, it is glowing. I just can't take my eyes of this one. I think this one also looks much better on short nails than no long. I think it would be too much on long nails.

The formula was great and I needed two coats for opacity.

17 september 2012

News from China glaze

I am still enjoying the autumn and all the new collections. These were sent to me the other day from China glaze, it is three polishes from their collection On safari.

I herd that. A glitter with gold and orange. For being gold, I think it looks interesting.
Jungle queen. I like this smoky purple. But then I have been wanting to buy Paradoxal from Chanel for a long time and this looks like a dupe. Or something.
Purr-fect plum. A berry creme. Lets see how it is on the nails.

I herd that, Jungle queen, Purr-fect plum.

Went shopping

Keep me in for a few days and then let me loose in the beautyshops. A dangerous combination. I was sick last week and after resting for three days I had 15 minutes in the city and I bought three polishes. I couldn´t resist.
Look at the purple Tatjana from Make up store for example. So beautiful with its shimmer. And Silk road from Isadoras collection Orient express. I fell in love. Cloudy blue from Max factor may look like just a blue it it is a duochrome with a purple shimmer that I got interested in. Will be fun to try.

Silk road from Isadora, Tatjana from Make up store and Cloudy blue from Max Factor.

5 september 2012

L'oréal Paris Avenue

It didn't take me long to try on Paris Avenue from L'oréals new fall collection. And I love it.

This is a dove blue creme. A dirty kind of blue with a grey tone. It is wonderful. The look feels fresh but still soft on the nails. This I will use many times, it goes with most clothes and this kind of blue is wearable to most occassions.

The formula was great to work with and I like that the wide brush is a bit pointed. It makes it easier to control where the polish ends up.

Fall collection from L'oréal

This fall L'oréal was inspired by Versailles in France for the nail polish collection and the result is a collection with only one dark color and the rest are kind of light.
My favourite is Paris Avenues, a dove blue creme that caught my attention at once. The rest though, don't do it for me. Not at once at least. What do you think?

Rose cashmere, Creamy angora, Paris avenues, Soft chinchilla, So chic fox, Bordeaux escape.

4 september 2012

Essie Miss Fancy pants

I am all for grey on my nails. But a greige? Hmm. First to be tried from Essies fall collection is Miss Fancy pants which is a greige creme.

This is a quite ordinary color. I am the type who wants my nails to make a statement, but with this on they kind of disapear. At the same time I think it is a quite sophisticated color, a go-to-a-job-interview color.

The formula was great though. Two coats and I got full coverage. I am also starting to get along with Essies new brush, the wide one. At first I thought it was too wide, but I am starting to get used to it.

3 september 2012

Fall collection from Essie

I love this time of the year. The weather, the chilly air, the resons to stay in the sofa but also the reasons to get up and out. And I love seeing all the new collections coming.

Today I am cheering over Essies fall collection, a collection of six cremes. The star of the collection according to Essie is the moss green Stylenomics and when looking at the bottles I agree. But I also like the kind of the red Head mistress and the smudgy looking purple Recessionista.

Miss Fancy pants, Recessionista, Stylenomics.

Head mistress, Don't sweater it, Skirting the issue.

Meet Essie

Okey, this has nothing to do with nail polish. Or maybe it does. It may show how much I do love polish.
Since almost three months I have another love in my life, a puppy and I named her Essie.
After the nail polish.

My two dogs, Leia and Essie.

31 augusti 2012

Paradox from Isadora

Swedish make up brand Isadora launches the collection paradox for the autumn. With that comes three polishes, a brown, a blue and a red.

Femme fatale. Ok, red is never wrong. And this bloodred creme looks great. Must try.
Metropolitan. This is a dark, brown creme. I normally don't like browns, but here I think that this might work with the right clothes.
Night flight. A dark blue with a silver shimmer. Like a dark evening sky.

OPI Every month is oktoberfest

I met a friend on my lunchbreak. She looked at my nails and loved what I was wearing. I told her, Every month is oktoberfest, from OPIs Germany collection. She thought it was beautiful. And I started talking about how easy it was to apply. "I love it when you get all nerdy" she said.
I love that. Yes, I am a nerd. A nail polish nerd. And proud of it.

So, Every month is oktoberfest, is a dark purple shimmer polish. At least in some lights. In the bottle it looks more winered and on the nails it looks winered as well sometimes. I actually choosed this to match my winered trousers, but compared to them it is darker and more purple.
It is a beautiful color, these kind of colors hasn't excited me for long but now I really have an urge for them.
I also love the shimmer in these kind of polishes and the kind of metallic look that they give.

The formula was great and I needed two coats for opacity.

30 augusti 2012

OPI Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok fine!

The first polish from the Germany collection to be tried on is Nein! Nein Nein Ok fine! This is a dark grey cream with hint of green. Mostly it looks just grey though, the green is just there a little bit, like a small whispering voice. Or something.

I think it is beautiful. It feels peaceful to look at. Like harmony on my nails even though it is dark. But it is almost autumn now here in Sweden. Things are getting darker.

The formula was good. It was smooth to work with but because of some cuticle drag I needed three coats.

Germany collection from OPI

I was in Germany two months ago, waiting for a train for a couple of hours in Cologne. I had been on vacation in London, got really sick, ended up in hospital and was forbidden to fly home by the doctors. So I had to take the train. From London. To Sweden. That took 28 hours and a couple of them I spent on a train station in Germany watching a fotball game on teve in a pub eating ice cream. At that moment it felt a bit absurb.

I must say that the Germany collection from OPI is much more fun that my summer experience of Germany. Looking at the bottles I must say that I love this collection. The reds and orange look amazing, so vibrant. And the purple, Suzi and the 7 düsseldorfs looks great. I am so longing to wear a bit more vampy colors compared to some of all the pinks, neons and glitters I have been wearing this summer. The nude looking colors in the collection doesn't attract me as much though.

What do you think of this collection?

Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok fine!, Unfor-Greta-bly blue, Don't talk Bach to me.

Deutsch you want me baby?, Schnapps out of it, Suzi & the 7 düsseldorfs.

My very first knockwurst, Dont pretzel my buttons, Berlin there done that.

German-icure by OPI, Danke shiny red, Every month is oktoberfest.

29 augusti 2012

Bad, bad polish

Hm, something I don't like is if a polish discolor my nails. Recently I painted my nails with the turqoise polish Nail him from H&M. I loved the color on my nails, it was smashing. But when I removed it after wearing it for two days, my nails looked terrible. My nails were so stained although I had done everything right. I used base coat, I use a remover without oil and and I don't rub the polish when I remove it. I know how to take care of my nails.

So, I went back to my local H&M where I bought it and they took it seriously. They treated me to a manicure and gave me money for the bad polish, not much but still. And they contacted H&Ms quality department.
And right there, H&M failed. The quality department say that it is nothing wrong with their polish, that they have done all the tests and that I must have removed it wrong, used a remover with oil och didn't use basecoat. So they blame me.

But hey, I know I did things right, the problem is the polish. Look at my nails and see.

It is the polish to the left that destroyed my nails.

Sorry for the bad photo, I took it with my phone.

15 maj 2012

OPI I´m all ears

Time for a polish from the Vintage Minnie Mouse collection. I am dressed in all black and grey today (like most days actually) and felt like some strong pink on my nails to bright things up.

I'm all ears is a bright pink that makes me smile. It is a sheer jelly base with pink and blue glass flecks. This might not be unique, but I think it is beautiful. And it makes my nails stand out.

The formula is a bit sheer and the first layer is a bit hard to control on the nail. It slips right up on the cuticles and I have to do some cleaning up. But the second and third layer is easier. And yes, three coats is needed. There is some visible nail line at three coats but it is okey.

14 maj 2012

Lóréal Color riche Green couture

It is time to test the new nail polishes from Lóréal, a line called Color riche. A friend of mine loves these, she keeps buying one after another, and I can understand her. It is that candy look, all those colors are hard to resist.

Green couture is a grass green creme polish. It is the one that I fell for among those that were sent to me some weeks ago. It is a bright color that pops on the nails. I like this, with the right clothes, it is fun.

The fomula though was a bit thin, but still two coats did the job for opacity.

13 maj 2012

Found some jewels at H&M...

They are smart at H&M. Right where you are standing in line to pay, they have their nail polishes hanging. It is like candy to me, I can't resist. So I had to buy these three. Two blue and one glitter, I especially love the glitter. I can see me doing a beautiful gradient with it.

Nail him, Confetti, Notoriously beautiful.

12 maj 2012

Zoya Luna

Silver is my thing. It suits me much better than gold. So Zoya Luna with a light grey jelly base and silver glitter did caught my attention.

I think I can wear glitter to any occasion. Well, almost anyway. And I think Luna from Zoya is one of those glitters that is suitable for work and party. It is glitter, but not up-your-face-glitter, if you understand what I mean. I love this color.

For some kind of opacity though I needed four coats. It is one to many I think, but still the formula was easy to work with so I can live with it.

11 maj 2012

Depend summer collection

It sure doesn't feel like summer in Sweden today. It is raining and raining most of the week and even spring seems far away. The other day I received Depends summer collection and that cheered things up.

I found some really nice colors among them, one the bo the warm, orange shimmer number 308. It looks beautiful. I also like the purple number 313 which has a green glitter in it. Looks cool! And I think I can I have some fun with the purple artliner with glitter. The cracked effect polishes though, sorry, but I am tired of the cracked effect.

I couldn't resist...

This color spoke to me when I saw it in the shop. My son who was with me was quick to tell me that I have a LOT of polishes, but I didn't listen. Doesn't it look fantastic in the bottle?
It is called Papagayo blue and is from Swedish make up brand Isadoras summercollection. Can't wait to try it on.

OPI I have a herring problem

OPI keeps coming out with new collections but I still haven't tried all the polishes from the Holland collection. I think I have at least a hundred untried polishes at home. So, today it is time for I have a herring problem from the Holland collection.

This is a dusty blue-grey color that sometimes looks a bit green. It also contains shimmer in the form of silver and gold. I like this kind of dirty looking polish. It is subtle and sophisticated, still it is cool.

The formula was great. So easy to paint with and for opacity I needed two coats.