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Friday, July 15, 2011

Gryffindor rules!

Hello (:

I'm still very much in a Gryffindor mood so the following mani is in the colors of the Gryffindor house - red and gold!

China Glaze Ruby Pumps & MaxFactor

And this is what came out:

The wand is a make-up brush ;)

As you can see, I used Ruby Pumps on my thumb, index-, middle- and ring finger and MaxFactor on my little finger. As a little extra I drew a diagonal line on my thumb with MaxFactor, using a dotter.

Ruby Pumps is quite a sheer jelly with red micro-glitters embedded. I used three coats and am still not very pleased with the opacity. MaxFactor (it doesn't have a name or a number, annoying!) is a foily golden polish, that also needs three coats, but the line I drew was a one coater. 

Here's a blurry picture to show the red sparkles a bit more.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

OPI - Glitzerland

Hello (:
As you may or may not know, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 is now in the theaters. Me, being a huge Potter-fan, decided to do something special with my nails - without really overdoing it.

Glitzerland is a foily golden metallic. The brush is wide and easy to handle. I only needed two coats to reach the desired effect.

Go Harry!

The pictures don't really show it, but it's actually a very warm shade of gold, close to champagne or a pale yellow brown. It looks great on the skin and can be seen as a great neutral colour or a festive one.

Here another picture of OPI Glitzerland with flash, so you can see the slight sparkle.

Friday, July 8, 2011

China Glaze - Atlantis

I've been looking forward to trying this one on! Atlantis has been on my lemming list for ages and now that I finally have it - well, let's just say that I'm not disappointed at all.


Atlantis is a bright turquoise packed with glitter. There's a sheer turquoise jelly base. I found it that two layers were enough to reach full opacity. The glitters spread evenly across the nail, without trying too hard. I used two coats on both pictures with one base coat and two coats of Seche Vite.


There's one tiny downside to this polish. The glitters tend to stick out at the end of the nail, creating a jagged edge. But this can be easily fixed with a nail file.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I'm broke now

Me and my mum went to check out a new-ish store in Veldhoven where they sell China Glaze. And this is what we came home with:

from left to right: OPI white shatter, OPI Glitzerland, Chanel Paradoxal, China Glaze Ruby Pumps, China Glaze Swing Baby, China Glaze Sex On The Beach, China Glaze Jitterbug, China Glaze Atlantis.

I haven't swatched them all yet, but here's the review for China Glaze Sex On The Beach.

Sex On The Beach is from the Sexy Sport collection and is a dusty pink polish that flashes orange in certain light. It also has very small white micro-glitter (which is very hard to capture).

Just ignore that terrible-looking wound on my middle finger.

The application is very smooth. I used one coat of Nail Hardener Sesitive of HerĂ´me, two coats of Sex On The Beach and one coat of Seche Vite. It had dried in no time and there weren't any streaks visible. I'm definitely adding this one to my favorites.

Let's talk nail polish

So, this is my first post on my new blog. Hooray! And what better way to start a blog about nail polish than with a picture of my stash?
My collection, which I'm very fond of <3
I must say, I expected there to be more polishes. Well, never mind and have another picture of my stash:

This obsession started out when I was about seven (I'm eighteen now). On a New Year's eve a friend of the family painted my nails bright red and I fell in love. Now, a shopping spree isn't successful without me coming home with another nail polish.

I hope this blog will keep both you and me entertained.