Tuesday, May 23, 2017

NOTD: Colorful feathers

There are so many amazing and colorful nail polishes out there! I love all the shimmers, holos and flakies! And a constant #goals of mine is to make a manicure that features all of them. But this time I choose only 2 of my favorites - a polish with a holo finish and one with flakies inside. This is what came out - and I ain't mad at it. 


The gradient that is the base is made out of 3 jelly polishes, meaning they are made out of pure pigment and don't have any extra details in the color. Than I made a holo base stamp and over it I added a layer of flakie glitters. Then I stamped over it again ... 


For the gradient base I used Barry M Bluebarry, Sinful colors We're all matte here and Essence Stuck on you. The holo base is made with Color club Harp on it polish & BM-XL353 plate. The flakie top coat is Essence Galaxy far, far away. And the top feather stamps are made with Essence Stamp me! black and BM-XL358 plate. 


Doesn't this manicure just smell of a hot Indian Summer? Feel free to visit Glam - express to find more beauty tips that will help you get ready for all the amazing Summer parties ;) 

xoxo
gin

Friday, May 19, 2017

Cien Nail polish review

Everyone has their own favorite grocery store and mine is Lidl. They are all over where I live and all the surrounding countries, which makes me so happy since I know that no matter where I am I can always count on getting all I need for a great price! 
They always get me hooked on all type of special offers of food and drinks from all over the world. But recently they started offering even more items, from the fashion, home living and beauty world. And you guys ... even nail polish! Can you imagine how happy I was to get my claws on their entire collection? 

They are from a brand named Cien and I knew their brand from before since I got their shower gels that were mesmerizing - so soft and intoxicating smelling. So I have high hopes for the polishes. Just so you know it is not common to stumble upon nail polish in a grocery store here, so to have the luxury to pick up some cosmetics while shopping for food is amazing to me. 


The collection features 5 nail polishes and 1 top coat polish, they come at a 1,49€ for a 11ml bottle. Quite cheap - which scared me a bit, I did not expect much quality ... but I was super wrong about that, should have known since they are made in Germany a land known for high quality products. 
The polish formula is quite normal, no strange smells or any bleeding pigment issues. Meaning the application and the removal of them was simple + problem free. 
The brushes can rival any other cosmetic store brand, since they feature a rounded shape and soft bristles that make application easy and fast. The drying time was impressive, a lot of high end brands can't come up with this type of quick drying time. 

I didn't create and extra picture with just the top coat since that just does not make sense. But I used it over every swatch. It was drying just as quick as the colored polish and it did not destroy my stamping manicure which is always the most important test for me. The shine it created was quite impressive and it helped with the tip wear.


First shade is Metallic rose. OMG! Another perfect rose gold metallic polish. This is a shade so hard to get right and Cien pulled it off! But it did dry a bit streaky as you can see. I guess I should have applied it differently? Or maybe shake the bottle a bit more violently? But no matter I still like how it turned out and it took only 1 coat for full opacity. 


Red carpet is the most classic fire engine red shade you can think of. A staple in every nail polish collection. I rather liked it since it is pure red pigment of the jelly type. It took 2 layers to make these swatches. And with the top coat the shine is blinding, I recommend it to any lady on the go.


Berry passion is a chic dark berry violet shade. A lovely vampy creme with slight blue undertones. Since it is such a dark shade it took only one thick coat for full coverage, once more I created a swatch without any problems. I was worried that it might smudge my cuticles upon removal, but I had no such problems. 


Nude brown has a slightly misleading name. It is a sandy brown type of nude, so if you are very pale like me it does not look like a nude shade at all. But still it is a very neat creme full of pigment and no shimmer. For this swatch I used 2 coats. 


Lastly there is Frenchlook rose, a romantic almost white pastel nude. A very annoying color to work with if you don't like these type of shades, it is very sheer and a bit problematic for application, you need to either make very thick layers or very thin ones. I choose to create 4 very thick layers to gain the full opacity look, with that the drying time got a bit longer but well worth the wait.



So my final verdict is that these polishes are well worth the price. They are easy to use, and of a very high quality. And what is more fun than while buying some wine also getting the perfect red nail polish for date night? Or if your lady is a bit angry at you at home - get her some chocolates (Lidl has killer chocolates) and a full collection of this polish - I bet you will be in her good graces in no time ;)

Feel free to check out more about Cien and Lidl on their pages, and social media. They are very active and if you are a Slovenian reader follow them and get all the fresh information for their many discount prices and sweeps.


xoxo
gin

*these items were sent to me for my honest review* 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Catrice ICONails polish review

OMG You guys!!! I am shook! Did you see my Instagram post about the most amazing package I got from the nail polish angels at Catrice? If not you missed out! They sent me the items in a color tin can - I died! Best nail mail ever! Inside were the 3 amazing new polishes from their new line named ICONails. I can't wait to get started on the swatching <3 


So what is so different in this collection of nail polishes? Catrice has one of the best color choices on the market if you ask me, but now they chose to vamp up their formula to make their polish even longer lasting. They added a 'shock - shield' system into the colors, meaning they created a balance in the liquid between elasticity and stability. So the chipping can be avoided over 7 days. There even is an addition of acai oils in the polish to gently nurture your natural nails. 

Also they have the 'salon pro' type of bottle caps, you can see it on the pictures above. There is a small easy to hold top that helps with you accuracy when its application time. The brush is rounded and made of soft bristles, truly a dream brush! <3 


This is Will you be my brightsmaid? the shade I was least excited about. I am just not a fan of this bright pink almost white type of polishes. I know they are a big hit with a lot of ladies but this romantic shade is not for me. 
I appreciate the fact that is not as streaky and patchy as these type of jellies usually are. The application was flawless but it still took 3 layers to get to this level of opacity. I must admit when I did the accent nail with the bright blue - I fell in love - remind me to create a full nail art look with this combination. 


Next there is Nails on fire, this color just did not want to look authentic on the camera. It is a lot less orange in person, but just as neon as you can see it here. Dear god this is one vibrant color! It is a neon red with slight purple undertones and not orange ones. 
The application was easy due to the brush and the formula, it took only 1 thick coat for full opacity and coverage. A great choice if you want a shiny red polish that you want to apply once and then not need to worry about it anymore. 



Lastly there is Rust in piece, my favorite of the bunch. A dark maroon type of purple, the perfect goth color, if you don't want to go for the classic black. Since it is so dark the application was simple. One thick coat and I was done. And once more the incredible formula shined through, no top coat required. 



My verdict? The ICONails nail polishes are amazing! You can see all the thought that was put into creating them. They are of a quite higher quality then their normal polish. I must admit for these swatches I didn't use any top coat or any base coat, so they lasted approx. 5 days each, which is a lot for me, since I have a lot of chipping issues. I highly recommend that you get any of the colors that caught your eye, since they are a great bargain considering how easy they are to use and how strong the pigmentation of the polish is. 

In case you want to learn more about this brand visit their WEB PAGE or any of their social media where you can get the newest updates about their polishes and all other beauty products that are beyond amazing. Always the first that I check out when I hit any beauty shop.


xoxo
gin

*the items were sent to me for my honest review* 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

NOTD: Touch of Midas

I like making artsy nail art, the type that does not stay in the borders of the nail beds. I like using my nail art supplies for that or even adding some make up on my fingers. Maybe I will upgrade to work with Henna at some point ... 


I got this idea of colors in my head, then I just piled on the stamps and they seem so regal and royal to me. But from a court of an old Greek court of something. Then I remembered the legends of the Greek king Midas. So I just kept adding more and more gold details. 
Now I am covered in gold and in love with my nails, but not being able to do much around the house since this manicure is way to artsy to be practical :)  


For this manicure I used China glaze Home sweet house music and Barry M Guava polishes to make a mix of linear gradients. Then I stamped over them with Kiko Gold metallic polish, I also used it to make the gold dots on my fingers. The stamping plates I used are BM-XL353 and BM-XL358.


Check out the page Glam - express to see more of my work, or of any of the other beauty bloggers that post their fabulous work there. 

xoxo
gin

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

AVON Little sequin dress

Avon was kind enough to send me this little gem and just on time since I used up my old fave perfume. I am always happy to try out new scents, since I am not very picky when it comes to them, I usually get excited over anything. And I love this one as well! It comes in a 50ml bottle that has a sequin sticker on the back which makes it shine when you handle it! Fun <3 


The scent is quite intense and feminine, something that pair well with hot Summer nights and cold Winter mornings since it is both sweet and fresh. I can smell some notes of tropical fruit - like mango with a bit of nectarine. But the freshness comes from the smell of fresh cut flowers you bring in from your garden. A lovely scent, that stays with you for quite some time and even through the day is your don't exert yourself. Also the smell lingers around you, I got quite a few compliments when I wore it :)


The best part of it all no matter where you are from Avon is available to you! So visit their WEB PAGE and online store. Or if you like to be more in touch with all their newest updates follow them on their social media pages:
TWITTER


xoxox
gin

*the items were sent to me for my honest review*

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Tutorial: Light in the dark nail art

It is no secret that I am bit of a goth girl, meaning I have a tendency to like all things dark. The same goes for nail art, but I know I need to let more light and positivity in my life. So this is my attempt at letting more light in my life, through my nail art :) 


What you need for this manicure is a good dark opaque black, I used Tedi black. A couple of different metallic polishes. I used p2 Steel drama, Essence Purple with a purpose, China glaze Sci - fly by and Catrice In the armee glow. I also used a shimmery purple top coat named Essence Magic play of light. You will also need a make up sponge *sorry I forgot to put it in this photo*


Step 1: Apply the most light of all the colors you choose as base.
Step 2: Apply all the colors at once with the make up sponge, the best way to do that is to make small blobs of the colors randomly on the sponge, and than gently dab them on the nails. If the polishes are a bit sheer, repeat the process a couple of time to make the look opaque. 
Step 3: I added a coat of the purple shimmery top coat to make it more magical.
Step 4: Make an edge with the black polish. This is a guide line on how your nail art will progress.
Step 5: With the dry brush technique I mentioned a million times start making strokes. Start from the edge of the nail and drag the color inwards. But make sure you leave enough of the colors outside. The simplest way to do the dry brush is that you drain your nail polish brush on a piece of paper and that at the end drag it along the nail.
Step 6: Do the same all around the nail. This will get messy if you are clumsy like me.
Step 7: Time for clean up and top coat. 



This is my light in the darkness manicure. Somehow it turned more deep while I was making it, more and more I see that nail art is my therapy. It helps me to get calm and focused again, a great way to deal with life. Maybe something to try even if you don't like nail art. A new art of meditation ;)


Check out Glam - express for more beauty tutorials of all kinds, created by bloggers from all over the world. 

xoxo
gin

Monday, May 8, 2017

Tutorial: Teal argyle manicure

I am still on the happy Spring colors train - but I wanted to go super abstract with the background and add a fancy argyle pattern on top. This is the mix of all my ideas personified - and I low key like it :)


In case you want this very softly colorful manicure you will need a white base, I used OPI Alpine snow. 3 pastels, mine are Essence Upper green side, Catrice Vanilla love and Sinful colors Mad matter. For the stamps I used BPS Teal polish and the QA24 plate. For the other supplies you will also need some stripping tape and a make up sponge


Step 0: This is just a picture of the sequence of the colors I used for this manicure. I applied it all the same, but on different parts of the nail. 


Step 1: Apply base color.
Step 2: Apply the striping tape. I choose a radial pattern. 
Step 3: Apply the mix of pastels. I added them over only the edge of the nail. Since pastels can be a bit on the sheer side, feel free to apply the gradient multiple times. 
Step 4: Remove the striping tape. And apply the gradient on the other nails. I choose to do it only on the pointy edge of my nails. 
Step 5: Apply the stamps. I choose to do that over the parts where I added the gradients.
Step 6: Clean up time! And a don't forget a lot of top coat since manicure that require striping tapes tend to be a bit more textured. 



And now you have it - a cute and fancy pattern. I must admit that the nails look a bit better in person since the different bright colors are a bit more visible then on the photos. But still I don't consider this look an all over fail. 


If you are looking for more nail art or make up tutorials feel free to visit the page Glam - express, they are a great source for tutorials from bloggers all over the world. 

xoxo
gin

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Oriflame the One lipstick review

Oriflame is a staple of cosmetic quality that is on our market for years. They are known to always offer a wide range of beauty and wellness cosmetics, even accessories. So far I was never let down with their products, lets hope it stays that way :)


This is lipstick called Violet velvet from their the One collection. It is a 5 in 1 color stylist lipstick. Meaning it is made to feel featherlight on your lips, since a lot of the new lipsticks are quite heavy due to strong pigments or matt materials. Not only that, it features sunflower seeds and ricinus extracts that act as a moisturizing balm, that keeps you lips soft.


With all this healing elements the pigmentation suffers a bit. You can see the difference between the picture of the lipstick and the swatch. I was hoping it will look a bit more like the actual lipstick when applied. And the coverage is a bit tricky since it is not evenly distributed, if you have a bit dried up lips like mine. But with the second coat and some elbow grease I managed. The staying power was OK, thou I didn't expect much since it is meant to be more of a healing balm. The color is a deep dark pink berry, I was hoping for a berry violet/fuchsia shade. Still good thou <3

So this is not a lipstick you can wear all night long for a party, at least not for me. But since it has so many extra little helpers inside that make your lips feel refreshed and restored, use it as a sexy colored lip balm :)


They are a company that sells their products through catalogs and online so anyone can order this <3 In case you are interested in this line or any other visit their WEB PAGE.

But if you like social media more, visit their outlets and you can always keep in touch with their new releases: 
INSTAGRAM

xoxo
gin

*this item was sent to me for my honest review*

Friday, May 5, 2017

NOTD: Rose gold is bae

Everybody and their mom is obsessed with rose gold everything! All that means is that they like the shade of colored gold - that is usually a hue of metallic that shifts from gold, pink to chopper. A color that is though to describe and even tougher to capture on my camera. 


I am not relay a fan of this shade at all. It just does not seem that interesting to me - I can't imagine why people are going so crazy over everything rose gold colored. But I found this queen of a nail polish by Catrice named Go for gold! It is a perfect rose gold nail polish, which doesn't look like that on the pictures at all - I know - but like I said it is a magical color that is super shy in front of the camera. 
With the most 'basic bitch' color on the planet I just had to go with a bit more hard core with the design. And this is what I came up with <3  *Bonus perk this polish is great for stamping!*


For this manicure I used Catrice Go for gold, for the base and for the stamps. The other 2 base polishes are Catrice First class up- grape and Essence Wild and free. The stamping plate I used is MoYou London Punk 2.


Rose gold is a big hit in the make up community as well, so feel free to visit the page Glam - express to see the shade in action on other posts from bloggers all over. 

xoxo
gin

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

LootCrate - Dream crate project

Guys get ready to peer into my soul! *nightmares might follow* 
I inspired by the lovely folks from LootCrate - an amazing service that fuels the fandoms of the world with a fun twist. 
They create monthly packages full of items that correspond to the type of pop culture you like - gaming, anime and many others. It is like getting a care package from your favorite universe. Does that not sound like a dream? If you want to hear more about it from them visit their About us part of their web page.
They are quite vocal about the fact that they love to work with fans for fans, so they collect ideas about new crate content from bloggers all over the world. And I was blessed to be one of them! 
So there you have it . . . The list below is full of items I would kill for but just can't find the right victim to do it ;)

Also to any bloggers or any other nerds that like making Wishlists you can always create posts and tag LootCrate on any other social media. Or through their contacts posted on their web page. You never know when they will make your dream into reality. 

1. Ancient Alchemy Spirit board by Fiendies
They are an amazing occult shop with the most stunning designs on all their works. But this Ouija board haunts my dreams for quite a while - I think anyone can appreciate the craftsmanship on this piece of spooky art.

source: fiendies

2. Angry owl candle by Skeleton candles 
While attempting to summon the ghosts with my ouija board I would need some protection. And this candle would do the trick for sure. They even come in one of my favorite colors TEAL! We all saw the cat skeleton candle, but I love the owl one better. 

source: skeleton candles
3. Blue tea
To calm my nerves I would need some tea. And I had my eye on the magical blue tea for ages. I can't seem to find any online or anywhere for that matter that would be 100% what I want. So it is supposed to be made from the butterfly pea blossoms to achieve the magical color. I don't even care at this point if it tastes good, I just want to look cool drinking it ;)

source: google
4. Skull mason jar
Where would I drink my tea from? A skull mason jar OFC! Once more an item that is always slipping my clutches as it is always sold out when I have some money on me. Can you image how dope it would look in combination with the sexy blue liquid?

source: google
5. Supernatural anti-possession fragrance by Hot topic
To be on the safe side while calling up the ghosts, I would need some of this Supernatural anti-possession fragrance, since I just don't think a bunch of salt will do the trick ;) I am quite the fan of the show and I think this is just such an amazing product. And Hot topic is a store chain that is not available to me since I don't live in the USA. The best part? As I read the description of the item, it is made with quite feminine scents <3
souce: Hot topic
6. The complete tales and poems by Edgar Allan Poe 
And whose ghost would I be contacting? Well someone who I could have some fun conversations with - Edgar Allan Poe! Since I am not so optimistic about my summoning skills I think I would make do with this sexy edition of all his works. The book looks amazing!

source: google
Ok guys I think by now you saw enough. So what do you think? Are these items something you would be excited to receive if you ordered the 'Witchcraft edition' of LootCrate? Let me know or let them know so they can put something fun like this together for all of us :)

Don't forget to visit them on their other social media where you can follow them and all their fans :)

xoxo
gin


Tutorial: Windows to the galaxy nails

I think galaxy nails will never go out of style. But to figure out how to make galaxy nail art and still keep it fresh and interesting is a challenge by now. But I was looking at my old BM-606 plate and noticed this weird chevron pattern and I got the idea for this. To use it and make little windows through which you can glimpse the space nebula. 


For this manicure you will need a stamping plate with a pattern like the one I choose, and a opaque white nail polish. I used BM - 606, BPS White and Essence Wild white ways. If you don't like stamping just skip this and free hand draw the little windows. You will also need a stamping tool, a thin brush and a make up sponge. For the galaxy colors I used Essence Berry tale and Meet me at midnight, also Vollare pink. I added some Sinful colors Ice dream as a glitter top coat. 


Step 1: Create decals out of the pattern you choose. Once more, if you are not into stamping skip it and just free hand draw the pattern on your galaxy at the end. Here you can also see the way I distributed the colors on my make up sponge. 


Step 2: Making the galaxy simply means to applying the same colors on the sponge and than on your nails. Be ready for a lot of clean up. I had to do it in 3 layers to get the depth of the colors that I invisioned. That can happen sometimes if you don't work with very opaque colors. 


Step 3: Apply the glitter, if you are like me and don't have the patience of drawing small stars.
Step 4: If your decals are all dried up by now, apply a thin coat of clear polish on your nail beds and press on the decals. Than trace them around your nail so they get stuck on it. 
Step 5: You can cut off the extra decals on the edges. Or file them off at the top of the nail. On the edges the best way to do it is to use a thin brush with some nail polish remover on it, this combo will melt the decals away and speed up the clean up process. 



And here it is! Little windows looking out into the galaxy <3 I love this look soooooo much! Can you image how cool it would be if I could do this free hand? So many possibilities for the future :)


Visit the amazing blogger platform Glam - express where you can find even more beauty tutorials. 

xoxo
gin
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