Thursday, February 27, 2014

[Review] Essence Sponge Nail Polish Remover

Hello everyone!

When I went to the drugstore a few days ago to run some errands (and maybe check out the new P2 nail polishes) I noticed that quite a few brands have come out with these sponge type nail polish removers. Basically, these are bottles with a sponge soaked in nail polish remover. You simply stick your finger into the hole in the middle, twist a few times and your nail polish should be removed in no time. The first German drugstore brand I saw releasing this kind of nail polish remover was P2 and I reviewed their product a few months ago. Now Essence and also DM's own brand Ebelin threw their take on a sponge nail polish remover on the market. While I was not pleased with the P2 remover, I am still drawn to this kind of product, because it is great for on the go or when you're in a hurry. There is no need for cotton balls and the remover won't leak when you throw the bottle in your bag or suitcase, because the liquid is "trapped" in the sponge. So I gave the Essence Quick & Easy Sponge Nail Polish Remover a try. For my detailed thoughts and a little comparison to the P2 remover read on after the jump!

Essence Sponge Nail Polish Remover_1

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Zoya ~ Payton

Hello everyone,

today I have a drool-worthy polish for you! At least for me it is. I am talking about Payton from Zoya's last Zenith winter collection. I was on a mission to find that collection on my trip to the US last December. Sadly, I could not find it while I was there. Back home I bit the bullet and ordered Payton and Dream from a Dutch online shop for 12€ a bottle, which is roughly $16 - yikes. The retail price in the US is $8 I believe. But trust me, this shade is so worth the money!

Zoya - Payton_1
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Nubar ~ Purple Beach

Happy Sunday!

It is not often that I see a Nubar nail polish on blogs. It seems like they don't release many new collections these days. And just when I thought this brand was about to sink into oblivion, they come up with a pretty collection (Crushed Candy - neon matte glitter anyone?!). I have not worn any Nubar polish in ages, but they used to make some of my favorite duochrome polishes. One of them (and one of the first Nubar shades I ever got) is Purple Beach, a complex purple shade.

Nubar Purple Beach_1

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Formula X for Sephora - Galaxy

Hello there,

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! 
Yesterday I finally reached for the second Formula X for Sephora nail polish I got during my last trip to NYC. This is Galaxy from their Celestials range. It is described as a navy blue and silver glitter shift. I don't know what they mean by "glitter shift". This is a matte deep navy blue base with lots of silver and green-ish golden microglitter. When I bought this I didn't realize that this was meant to be a textured polish - or maybe I just missed the description on the display. Either way, I am really happy with my purchase :)

Formula X For Sephora-Galaxy_2
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Friday, February 14, 2014

My Valentine's Day Nails

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Whether you are spending this day with your significant other, as a girls' night in or cozied up on the couch with a romantic movie, I hope you are having a good time! For my boyfriend and me, Valentine's Day isn't something overly special and we don't get each other presents. We believe in showing some affection on every day of the year ;) OK, that sounds so cheesy, does it?! Still I thought I'd go a little romantic on my nails for today.

Valentines nails_1

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

[Review] Catrice Crushed Crystals ~ Call Me Princess

Hi everyone,

I picked up another shade of the new Crushed Crystal nail polishes. This line is Catrice's take on the popular textured nail polish finish. I already tried Oyster & Champagne, which did not really wow me, because it was not textured at all, but more like a regular glitter top coat. So I decided to give the peachy shade called Call Me Princess a try.

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Sunday, February 09, 2014

Essie Encrusted Treasures LE ~ Belugaria

Yes, you read that right. Today I have swatches of Belugaria for you. Remember how in my USA haul post I said that I shortly thought about buying Belugaria at CVS, but quickly abandonned that thought!? I had seen swatches of it before and could only shake my head at them. Why would anyone want to wear something on their nails that looked like bituminization gone wrong? While I love textured polishes, this black base with the tiny round beads and the large silver holographic hexes was just too much for me. So I put the polish back on the shelf. Those past weeks photos of Belugaria were popping up everywhere. Then I heard the Encrusted Treasures collection was coming to German drugstores in February.... and the pictures of Belugaria started going around in my head again. I still think it does not look flattering on the nails, but on the other hand, this polish is unlike everything I own; it is unique, a statement and definitely not for everybody. Being the nail polish hoarder collector that I am, I had to get this after all. So long story short, I bought this when I finally got my hands on it over here (it had already sold out in several drugstores) and I had to try it immediately.

Essie Encrusted Treasures Belugaria_4

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Neverending Quest For The Perfect Topcoat

Hello everyone,

after I showed you my favorite base coats, it is now time for the top coats. For me, finding the perfect top coat is a neverending story. By now, I have a few favorites, but I am still on the hunt for my holy grail product. The perfect top coat for me dries fast, gives a shiny smooth finish without having to add several layers, does not shrink my manicure and does not get goopy. I know, that is a lot to ask for. So today I am sharing with you my experiences with various top coats - ranked from worst to best.


First up is Seche Vite, which I am sure everyone of you knows and most of you have tried. When I first got into nail polish, I was told I had to try Seche Vite, as it was supposed to be the most amazing top coat ever. So I bought a bottle and the very first time I used it I was blown away - it dried uber fast and left a very shiny finish. But with the following morning came the disappointment - my polish had shrunken at the tips and at the cuticle, which is not a nice look. This happened to me with every manicure, independent of the base coat or polish I used. I also don't like that Seche Vite contains toluene, which makes it smell like paint thinner (and is not good for your health, especially when you're pregnant). By now, I am not even halfway through my bottle and it has gone gooey and hard to manage. So I rather stay away from Seche Vite. This was from Transdesign.com, but as far as I know Seche is available at various places - online and in store.


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Sunday, February 02, 2014

My Favorite Base Coats

Hello,

welcome to February! I cannot believe how quickly January passed by (which is good, because it probably is my least favorite month of the year). So now we're slowly but steadily getting into Spring and I cannot wait to see everything come to life again - including me, because I tend to get a little moody during these short and gloomy days.
Since I am still growing out a break from last week, I decided to finally share with you my manicure essentials. Going from bottom to top, first up are my favorite base coats. I hope you enjoy these!


When I first got into nail polish, Orly Bonder was all the rage. This is a base coat that dries to a rubber-like finish that is supposed to "improve lacquer adhesion and wearability". It does what it says, so I have no complaints. The texture of this base coat is thin and watery, but it dries really fast and the huge bottle lasts forever! However, it does not prevent from stainings. Whenever I use this under a darker green or blue polish, this leaves me with smurf fingers after removal. 18ml retail for about $10.
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