Wednesday, 28 September 2011

OPI Russian Navy Matte

This week I are really not up to the whole blogging thing. All I want to do is sleep and sleep some more. During the weekend we were moving and I caught a cold. Now I'm this sneezing, wheezing monster. And the best part? The only thing I really want is an ice cream. It kind of brings back childhood memories, when I would be fine the whole year round, but would wake up on the first day of the Christmas holidays with the flu. I pretty much don't have a single Christmas photo where I'm not sick.

Okay, on to the polish.

As much as I am indifferent to the original Russian Navy (for me it is just another blue polish, it lacks something special), I love this one! Thankfully I have a supplier of different blue polishes. It's so gorgeous, sophisticated, amazing! This was two coats, but you could probably get away with just one, if you apply it carefully and evenly. While putting it on I was so sure that it is blue, but with a top coat on, it is definitely blue-purple. Yes, the wear is not that great, it started chipping on the second day, but for such a gorgeous look I really don't mind.

Monday, 26 September 2011

My nail care routine

This post has been a long time in the making. Almost every week I get messages asking me what I do to my nails to make them look and grow the way they are. Some of my friends wonder the same thing, so I guess it’s time to share. I by no means say that this is the best way to do it, or that it work on everyone, but it works for me.

I’ve always loved long nails, and for years mine would only grow a couple of millimetres before breaking or snapping off (oh, I’m naturally VERY clumsy!). Also for ages I used to prefer square nails only to have the sides crack and break. Then some three or four years ago I was inspired by Dita von Teese to do a half moon manicure in red. I loved it so much that I wore it for a year straight.

As to what I do exactly it can be summed up into these points:

Two or three times a year I take vitamins for the nails, skin and hair. To my mind they do absolutely nothing for the skin or hair (mine are as bad as ever), but a few months down the line I definitely see a difference with my nails – they are stronger and don’t break as easily.

A good base coat that works for you adds additional strengths for my nails. I usually switch between OPI Nail Envy and a ridge filler, I just got a China Glaze one and am keen to see how it works. It also protects my nails from staining.

I use a couple of nail files. The main one has a fine grain and is made of glass, it is the best for me and it lasts for ages unless I sit on (it doesn’t break when I drop it on the floor). But I also use a coarse emery board that I use to file my length partly down and then I finish with the glass one. I never use scissor on my nails, and also very rarely buff my nails.

I believe in not over-filing my nails. I only use a nail file in two cases – if I get a snag or if I’m changing the shape or length of my nails. That’s it. I know people who would file a little bit before painting their nails every time, or as a precautionary measure, but I avoid it at all costs. I go weeks without touching my nails with a file.

I find that shaping my nails round allows me to grow them longer than when they are square. I think it is because then there is only one smooth rounded edge. Also to achieve a nice square shape I grow them out round first and then turn them into a square shape.

For my cuticles I have a big bottle of Cuccio cuticle remover. It’s nothing particularly special, but it does the job. I use it a couple of times a week when I notice my cuticle getting a bit unruly. I used to swear by Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover, but for years now it is nowhere to be found around here. I’ve also tried Sally Hansen Problem Cuticle Remover, it was an utter fail; it didn’t work at all.

To keep my cuticles nourished I have Mavala Mavapen and Avoplex Cuticle Oil To Go. I’m not sure they actually do much, but they certainly provide a short-term relief.

I don’t really use nail cream very often, just when I feel my hands get a bit dry. My pet peeve is having greasy hands from the cream and waiting for a long time for it to dry. I have 2 that I turn to – Avoplex Replenishing Hand Lotion and Pure Coconut Hand Cream. The first one I like for the fact that it absorbs really fast, it doesn’t feel greasy and smells of hyacinths. The second one I mostly like for the scent, I love the scent of coconut! It is more nourishing and I use it more during the winter.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Orly Fresh

Orly Fresh is a manic green colour. I have no other way to put it. It comes so close to being a neon nail polish without being neon. Your eyes hurt to look at it, it's so bright. This was three coats. In all actuality this is way, way out of my comfort zone. I don't wear green polish in this shade. To me it looks like a polish I would have worn at 13 to be slightly rebellious, but not any more. As much as I think that this is a very fun colour, it doesn't fit anywhere in my life.
What do you think?

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

China Glaze Preppy Pink

Mmm.... pink! This is so girly and sparkly and pink. China Glaze Preppy Pink is very pretty as you can see. It is packed full with this iridescent pale glitter. This of course makes the polish look rather bumpy but I can live with that. Here I am wearing 3 coats with no top coal. The polish lasts on me for approximately four days which is great. Actually this is one of my mum's favourite polish, and I can certainly see why she likes it. It's not too dark or bright but it still has something interesting in the form of sparkle.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Hema 84

For me orange nail polish is a somewhat daring choice. After putting all my stash together, I only found a few orange polishes. This is Hema long lasting nail polish 84. This is the kind of orange shade that I like a lot, orange with golden shimmer. I think that it goes nicely with my skin colour. I can't really say whether this polish is long lasting or not, I've only been wearing it for a few days. But on the plus side it is just one coat!

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Catrice Welcome To The Jungle

Here's Catrice Welcome to the Jungle nail polish. It is a kind of bronze olive green with flashes of golden and red. It sort of looks like a younger sister of Wagon Trail. This needed just two coats and the wear time was good, about three days I think. For me this polish is also rather sentimental. When I was a teenager I went through a phase when I only wore clothes of this colour. Skirts, tights, sweaters, even shoes came in this colour. I have no idea what I was thinking back then, but there you have it.

Monday, 12 September 2011

American Apparel Poppy

This polish has been a lemming of mine for a while. But as it is usually the case there is no American Apparel store for thousands of miles around. Poppy is a beautiful red with a hint of coral. But the nicest thing about the polish is the formula, it's on the thick side but it means that this needs only one coat! It goes on smoothly and lasts for about 3 days.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

OPI Come To Poppy

Summer is not entirely over here, there is still quite a bit of sunshine even if it gets really cold in the evenings. So it seems fitting to share with you one polish from this summer's collection, Nice Stems from OPI. Come To Poppy is a coral pink with a lot of white pearly shimmer. Now, I usually don't like these sort of shimmery polishes, I tend to favour either the plain old cremes or the totally colourful and shiny glitters. But here it works and I like it. This was mostly one coat, some nails needed a second coat, so a really great formula on this one. It dries fast and last a fair amount of time. What else could a girl want?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Catrice Forget-me-not!

Hey everyone! Here I am blogging during my lectures. How fun! Today I would like to show you one gorgeous polish I got in Amsterdam on my holidays. Catrice Forget-me-not! is amazing. It's purple and it is kind of metallic foil with a lot of silver in it. It has this interesting look, as at times it seems more silver that purple. This is just one coat, and it dries nicely on me. It needs a top coat because it dries to a kind of dull finish. Overall, I'm really happy with the quality of polishes by Catrice, especially for the small price.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Chanel 513 Black Pearl

Hey everyone, I hope you are great. I've had my first day back at the university today and it was awful, simply horrendous! I really wonder how people like these are allowed to teach. One woman, a philosophy professor, managed to praise herself for 90minutes without saying anything relevant to the subject, and another guy in Political Science has ADD or something, he kept jumping back and forth between slights until everyone was bored, or sick or both, he was absolutely unable to finish a thought without jumping to the next.
As a way to cheer myself up I am wearing Black Pearl courtesy of my friend Lena. It's a very interesting and pretty colour, a sort of metallic steel grey with a flash of bottle green, very nice. This was two coats and surprisingly it took a long time to dry (my friend loves how quick it dries), so I'm wondering if it doesn't go well together with OPI base coat. Hmm, I'll have to try some other combinations.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

OPI Skull & Glossbones + Silver Shatter

I'm really impresses with the Pirates collection from OPI. All the polishes are pale and have this dusty feel to them, but surprisingly I really like that. Skull & Glossbones is one of the nicest polish from the whole collection in my opinion. It is this pale grey, kind of bone colour, super creamy polish. This was just two coats and I wore it for 4 days. I was afraid that this grey polish would look bad next to my pale skin, but I like how it looks. We'll see how it looks in winter though.

And here is Silver Shatter over Skull & Glossbones. I think they go well together, and this is pretty much the only crackle polish that I like. Perhaps that's because the contrast between the polishes is not that big.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

China Glaze L8R G8R

Holographic polishes quickly became one of my favourites. I love how they sparkle and shift colour. Love, love, LOVE!!!!!! They just remind me so much of warmth and summer when it is getting colder. L8R G8R is a light green goodness. Here I'm wearing just two coats, how awesome is this! These holographic polishes also last a long time on me, usually 4+ days.