Sunday, 31 July 2011

I've been really, really bad...

Last week the shop where I get most of my polishes got the delivery of a lot of OPI polishes. It's been a long time coming, since the last collection we had was the Burlesque one. So now they brought the Katy Perry one, all the shatters, Texas, Pirates, the soft shades, the summer one, and some other miscellaneous polishes. Is it any wonder I went crazy and got 10 nail polishes?!
So here are the polishes I got:

Silver Shatter
Catherine The Grape
Shorts Story
Come To Poppy
I Lily Love You

Not Like The Movies
Spark De Triomphe
Golden Rainbow I already have one, but another can't hurt
Skull & Glossbones
Steady As She Rose

Now I can tick off some polishes from my wish list.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Revlon 320 Ocean Breeze

Afternoon everyone! I’ve been cooped up in the house
for a couple of days now. It is cold and raining constantly. Plus some relatives I’ve never seen my life are visiting. There have been some trips down the family tree in the past few days, quite interesting actually.
This polish is an interesting shimmery blue polish that really does remind me of a deep blue ocean. It is one of the scented polishes from Revlon that I have, and I think this one has the nicest scent of them, though why you would need a smelly polish is beyond me. The polish itself has a rather thin consistency, so when I tried wearing it without the base coat, after four coats at certain angles I could see the nail line. I scrapped that plan and here I am wearing a ridgefiller and two coats. And it looks infinitely better. The wear is not as great because of course you don't wear a top coat with these polishes, so it started showing signs of tip wear after a day and a half.

Monday, 25 July 2011

China Glaze GR8

It seems that lately I am completely unable to pass by a holographic polish without getting my hands on it. Oh, well, at least it is summer and you can see all the awesome colour change and shine. This time I fell for the GR8 polish from China Glaze. I gather that it is not so easy to come by, apparently not so at my local shop where these cuties occasionally show up.
I somehow thought that the holo effect would be less visible in this golden tan polish, but no, it's great and visible. It only needed two coats and dried really fast. The only thing I find is that light holographic polishes reveal all the bumps of my nails, so a ridgefiller with these is a must for me. The wear is quite good for me as well, about three days.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Orly Here Comes Trouble

Hey everyone, happy Friday! It is so hot today that it feels like my face is melting. I guess +35 in the shade will do that to you. I've been really busy these couple of days with making jam :) We do this pretty much every year. There are blueberry bushes growing wildly on our property. We freeze them for winter to have blueberry muffins later. But also there are blackcurrant bushes that my grandfather planted years ago. They are my all time favourites. Yum!
So today I am wearing Orly's Here Comes Trouble which is a stunning green glitter of various shapes in a slightly tinted green base. I like it a lot, it's a really cheerful colour. I find it easy to apply, here I have two coats, but it could probably use another one. It wears well on me, around three days and I find that it is not as difficult to take off as other glitters are.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

OPI Bastille My Heart

Hey guys! Today I have for you a really gorgeous polish. Bastille My Heart is a deep red polish with lovely red-pink shimmer in it. As the name implies it is from the France collection from a while back, though I only bought it a month or two ago. It kind of looks like berries on the nails which I really like. The formula was also really nice, this is two coats. I like the fact that the shimmer is noticeable only in artificial light and in the sun, the rest of the time it is just a simple, pretty red.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Mavala Minsk

I wanted to post this yesterday, but had trouble with Blogger. It has been raining here pretty much every day, not constantly, just enough for it to be cold and went. So this seems a rather appropriate polish. Here I have Mavala Minsk. Don't you just love this colour, this dark murky grey with a hint of blue and purple. Amazing! The best thing is that it was just one coat, oh and I have been wearing it for three days now, and it is holding up just fine.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

OPI Baguette Me Not

Hey everyone! Today I have for you one of my new favourite polishes. Baguette Me Not came out years ago, it was part of the France collection, autumn 2008. I liked the swatches that found online, bought the polish, and... it looked completely different on me. But I still like it a lot! It must be the colour, it's kind of hard to describe. It's dusty salmon and pink with a hint of rust to it. That's the best I can do. It kind of leans toward being neutral, yet still has enough of brightness to it not to be dull and beige. The formula is also rather nice. Here I'm wearing two medium thick coats. Oh, and I wear it for 4+ days which is just great!

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Base and top coats that I use and [mostly] like

A couple of people have asked me what kind of products I use to keep my nails gin a good shape. Over the years I've tried many different ones but am never truly satisfied with them, so I keep searching for more.

Base Coats:
OPI Original Nail Envy - I think that this is my favourite one for now. It works well, keeps my nails from changing colour no matter what kind of polish I try. It also made my nails stronger I think, but mine are hard to begin with. This base coat made the biggest difference for my mum's nails. After years of having short and fragile nails from all the cooking and cleaning she managed to grow them out after using nail envy.
Revlon Nail Care Base Coat - I have had it for a few months now and I can't say anything bad about it, it's okay. One thing that bugs me is the printing on the bottle. I don't know what's up with that, but it rubbed off within days. I'm sure that eventually I won't be able to tell it apart from the top coat that looks exactly the same.
Orly Ridgefiller - I got this after I tried it at a friend of mine. It works well for me, fills the gaps and dries fairly fast. There's just one bad point, it goes thick very quickly, in a matter of weeks for me. Oh well, nothing that a thinner can't fix.
Other base coats I've tried:
Orly Bonder - well this did absolutely nothing for me. It did not prolong the wear of my polish, quite the opposite. Most of my polishes would start chipping within a day. A total fail for me.
Nailtek II - hmm, this is another base that did not work for me or my mum. It did not do anything at all, did not make the nails stronger etc.

I must admit that I am really bad at using top coats, I use them not very often or on a regular basis. Regularly I only use top coat on bright red polish. This is a habit from the time I was at school, so that I didn't leave bright red streaks on all my books, notes etc. Top coats don't really add anything to my experience with polishes, apart from yet more time needed for drying and another chance to bum into something and ruin everything. yes, I'm that clumsy :)
I actually don't even own a fast drying top coat. Shock horror, I know!

The only ones I have at the moment are:
Orly Glosser - it's perfectly adequate for what it is, it adds shine to polish when I use it, really nothing more to add here.
Revlon Nail Care Top Coat - this I really like, and it is unexpected, as my dad chose this for me on his trip to London. It says on the back that it dries completely in 60 seconds. That I thing is a bit of wishful thinking, but still. What I totally adore about this top coat is the texture it gives to the polish. Nails feel kind of slippery and wet. Great!
Nailtek Matte Top Coat - this is a rather sucky one, I have to admit, yet it is the best I can find here for now. It does make the polish rather matte. But the effect doesn't last for more than a day, and it turns the polish brittle, so in 2 or 3 days is breaks off in big pieces. I like to use this only on bare nails, then it's ok.

I've also tried Orly Flash Dry Drops. I highlights my problem with top coats in general. It does add shine, and is dry to the touch in a matter of minutes, but it still takes at least 30 minutes to be completely dry, and for me that is the same as when I just use the polish alone. For me this product also seemed to shrink the polish, so that it looks like the polish has worn off at the tips. It's fine with light polish, but sucks with dark ones.

Friday, 8 July 2011

SpaRitual Full Of Life

Morning everyone! I've been meaning to post this yesterday, but I got caught up in a lot of things. I went to see the third Transformers movie. I do occasionally love the mindless action flicks. Then I was coerced into going to the beach by my mum, etc etc.
This is the polish I picked up a few weeks ago after I started craving the pale baby blue shade, and you know what, I couldn’t find a shade that was very close at my local shop. All other polishes were too bright or too dark. What’s with the cattitude is really bright compared to what I was looking for.

Sparitual Full Of Life was the closest pale shade that I could find. It is a light blue creme that looks slightly dusty and has a hint of lavender to it. Not exactly what I wanted but still pretty. It looked rather patchy when I was putting it on, and I couldn’t get away with less than 3 coats.
I haven't worn it for long enough to determine how long it would hold, but so far I like the polish and the brand.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

OPI Brand New Skates

Hey everyone! I've got a really gorgeous polish to show you today. I picked it up about a month ago. Brand New Skates is a real beauty, it is charcoal grey shimmer with tiny bits of gold flakes. I just love it! The first coat was very sheer, but it did build up nicely, so I needed just three thin coats. I wore it for about three days, and it looked just great in every light and angle.

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Uslu Airlines BBG

This is another of the Uslu Airline's polishes for charity, just like the orange one that I've shown before. This one is named after Butaritari in the island nation of Kiribati. The company describes this colour as a blued turquoise. This is a really pretty blue polish. Again, it's somewhere between a creme and a jelly. The brush on this one is also terribly uncomfortable. I ended up doing three coats for the polish to be even and without patches and I managed to wear this polish for two days. After that the tip wear became just too noticeable