Monday, February 25, 2013

Pretty & Polished - Flip Flop Fuggetaboutit! Swatches and Review

Hi everyone!

I feel like taking out my indie polishes these days, so today I have another "hand made" creation for you. This one is made by Chels Marie from Pretty & Polished. Flip Flop Fuggetaboutit! is one of 10 color changing polishes she added to her store recently. Chels Marie herself describes this as a "brightly colored salmon pink creme with touches of glitter". Depending on the temperature, the polish changes from bright pink to white. 


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Friday, February 22, 2013

Celebrating The Return Of Nerd Lacquer with Don't Panic

Hi everyone!

Some of you might know that I have been a huge fan of the independent nail polish trend since day one. Everything started in late 2011, when a brand called "Lynnderella" popped up and made the whole nail polish community go crazy. Even though, or rather because her creations were new and unique, her little indie business got a little out of hand, but that is a whole different story, which I am sure you have heard of. I admit that I was drawn to her glitter bombs, but trying to get them was too much of a hassle, so I gave up on them. All of a sudden, another indie maker appeared on the scene and took the community by storm. Her name was Amanda and her little indie brand was called Nerd Lacquer. Geeky nail polishes? That theme was right up my alley! I bought my first Nerds from her Etsy store and when they finally arrived at my door, it was love at first sight. So I got more, both from her shop as well as Harlow & Co. At some point, the restocks stopped and Amanda disappeared without a warning. In the end of 2012, there finally was a note from her and why she has been MIA for so long. And to finally make a long story short: Nerd Lacquer is back and her store opened again last week!! To celebrate this good news, I put on one of my favorite Nerds.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

NOTD: Catherine Arley Silky Touch Nail Lacquer No. 672

Good day everyone!

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted here. If you've read my last post, you know that I went to Munich for a couple of days to perform some experiments. Guess what, I did indeed find the time to do some shopping in between lab sessions :D There are lots of great shops and department stores over there that we do not have here, so I did some severe damage to my bank account. If you follow me on Instagram you might have seen the items that caused the damage. Anyways, even though it's been a busy week, I did enjoy my stay and the work there. I hope all of you are having a great week so far, too.

Today I want to share with you a polish that moved into my stash just recently. I haven't heard the brand name Catherine Arley until I read a post about it on the German blog Frau Shopping. As most nail polish lovers, I have a weak spot for holographic polishes. After careful consideration, I decided to finally place an order and try the brand's polishes. So here is the first of three Catherine Arley polishes I got. Sadly the bottles do not have names, just numbers and this is 672.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

China Glaze - Water You Waiting For

Greetings everyone!

I hope you're all doing fine. By the time you read this post, I will be residing in Munich, hence this is a scheduled post I wrote before I left. I went here on Tuesday to perform some experiments we cannot do in our own lab and I will stay here until Friday. I have never been to Munich before and I hope there will be some time in between where I can see a bit of the city (and maybe even do some shopping ;) ). Still I wanted to sweeten my absence with one of my current favorite polishes. Please give it up for Water You Waiting For from the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away collection! I am a fan of Cirque Du Soleil, their shows are just amazing! So when I saw press releases of this collection, I knew I needed some of the polishes in my stash. I ended up getting only this one and It's A Trap-eze, which I haven't worn, yet.

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Monday, February 11, 2013

My boyfriend's choice: OPI - Road House Blues

Happy Monday,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I did, I went to several parties this weekend. One was the PhD ceremony of a friend and the other one was another friend's belated birthday party. So even though it was a busy weekend, it was so much fun. For the birthday party, I wanted to wear a nail polish that would match my outfit and the season. So I digged out OPI Road House Blues from their Touring America Fall 2011 collection. Actually I have to thank my boyfriend for this polish, as I got it because of him. When we go shopping from time to time, he browses the nail racks at a local perfumery and suggests polishes to me that he likes a lot. So last time we went there he came across Road House Blues and went "Oh this is pretty, you need this in your stash!" (he is a sucker for everything dark, so his choice wasn't really a surprise to me, haha). I feel like these plain creme polishes are often overlooked, but this one really is worth a second look! Shall we?!

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Friday, February 08, 2013

Nude nails with a twist

Happy Friday lovelies!

Can you believe another week of 2013 is already gone? I was hoping that work would become less stressful once I am done with my thesis. Well, needless to say it's not. But that is ok, because honestly I think I like my work even more now. Or at least I enjoy it more now that the pressure is gone and I do not have to worry about passing an exam anymore. I just wish I had more time to paint my nails...
So when I wore OPI Tickle My France-y recently and it showed some tipwear after two days, I decided to "recycle" my manicure due to lack of time. I took inspiration from a recent limited edition called NEONaturals by Catrice, where they paired neutrals with neon polishes. So here is what my interpretation of nude nails with a neon twist looked like.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2013

#PolishDays - Back To Nature

Happy Tuesday everyone

and welcome to another round of Polish Days! If you still haven't heard about this event, it basically is a consortium of nail polish bloggers who create nail designs according to a certain topic (chosen by Hannah from PollyPolish) and publish them on every first Tuesday of the month.
For February's theme "Back To Nature" I took inspiration from my little blooming peach tree on my balcony - and maybe a can of Arizona Green tea, my favorite ice tea ever ;)
I started out by painting my nails with OPI Mermaid's Tears as a background. For the branches and blossoms I used acrylic paints, as I find these easier to work with than regular polish (plus, you can remove it easier if you make a mistake). I finished everything off with a coat of Northern Lights in gold by INM to add some sparkles.

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

How I Do It: Filing



Welcome everyone

to another part of my "How To" blog series. I already showed you how I take care of my cuticles and what products I use for hand care. So the next step towards neat and healthy nails is filing them properly. If you want to see a detailed description of how I do it, read on after the jump!
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