FORMULA and APPLICATION: thick, hard to work with. I had no problems with smaller glitters, but I had to fish out black round glitter. One coat is very uneven, three coats even it up. Even though I really tried to put very thin coats, the nail polish ended up looking thick and goopy. The formula dries slowly – I suggest applying one coat, wait for 10-15 minutes to dry and then continue.
COLOUR and FINISH: red and blue hex glitter and black round glitter in a sheer jelly white base.
OTHER: A bottle contains 12 ml. This shade is discontinued, but you can find it on sale on color4nails (they are becoming my favourite store), just like all other Alanna Renee polishes.
TAMARA’s COMMENT: I like how it looks, but application issues make it not worth to me. I have several other similar nail polishes from Darling Diva which perform a bit better.
Swatches: 3 coats, no top or base coat:
FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thick, but easy to work with. One coat is very sheer, but the second gives full opacity.
COLOUR and FINISH: Dusty raspberry rose linear holo. Holo particles are small and the holo effect is on the subtle side – it won’t be visible on a cloudy day, but it is very obvious once the light hits the nails.
TAMARA’s COMMENT: I like these holos, even though they are not so strong. A definite plus in my book is availability, although the price could be a bit better for such a mini size (approximately $4,5 for 5 ml)
2 coats, no top coat
FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thick, but easy to work it. This is easy one coater, although it applied a bit unevenly if I didn’t put enough polish on the brush.
COLOUR and FINISH: Super shiny deep black crème.
TAMARA’s COMMENT: This is the perfect, elegant nail polish. It is a classic and a must have in every nail polish collection.
2 coats, no base or top coat:
let’s go back to nail polish. Today I’ll review Jade Holografico in Vermelho Surreal. I’ve been craving this shade ever since I saw it on make-up alley nail board.
FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thin, easy to work with. One coat is sheer, but the second coat gives full opacity.
COLOUR and FINISH: Orange based red linear holo. The holographic effect is very strong and it is visible in low light.
TAMARA’s COMMENT: Even though I don’t like the base colour, once the sun hits it, Vermelho Surreal is perfection – a beautiful and stunning red holo.
today I’m bringing you the swatches of 2 Born Pretty nail polishes which I got last summer, but I’ve never gotten around to swatch them (mostly because my mother took them to spice up her manicures).
These two shades look very similar in the bottle, although #02 is more pink-based while #03 is purpler.
Both shades are very sheer – I needed three coats to achieve full opacity. Other than sheerness, I had no issues with application. Linear holographic effect is very strong.
I got these nail polishes back then when their price was $5,99. Since then, Born Pretty have increased the price to $12,99 and I can’t recommend them at this price. They come in a miniature 5ml bottle and you can buy a full sized indie for less than this.
#02 – 3 coats, no top coat
#03 – 3 coats, no topcoat
it is that time of a week again. I actually planned to publish the update yesterday, but I have completely forgotten about it.
As you probably know I have purchased one of my allowed items: Essie Resort Mini Cube. Now I can only buy 4 other nail polishes. Other than this, I also bought several packs of cotton rounds and several bottles of nail polish remover, but these items do not count, as they are pretty much essential to me.
The first two months were easy, but as I’m approaching to the end I find myself filling carts at various on-line stores. Luckily, I still have some self-control left so I’ve managed to click the little x in the corner on time. It seems that the speed with which I’m going through my products encourages me to get more.
I miss buying the nail polish the most. I’ve sorted out my nail polish collection and, in spite of seeing that I have a bunch of untried nail polish, I still find interesting shades. This moment I’m lemming Zoya natural collection. I have also created a gigantic list of nail polishes which I plan to buy the moment my no-buy ends.
Well, this would be all for this update. I hope your no-buy project is still going strong (if you are doing it).
P.S. Are you up for a nail polish stash photos?
Thank you for reading,
the last few months I’ve been so focused on nail polish that I have forgotten about all other niches of cosmetics industry. Therefore, I decided that Sunday will be a day devoted to skincare. The first installment of the series will be dedicated to Sisley’s cleansing water Eau Efficace. Although it is not described as such, I’d called it overpriced micellar water.
It comes in a great packaging – to be honest, this was the decisive point – with a convenient dispenser on which you simply put a cotton round and press down (don’t press too hard, or the product will squirt all around). Once I’m done with this water, I plan to keep my toner inside. The bottle contains 300ml and costs GBP71. The consistency is water-like – therefore “eau” in the name. Like all other Sisley products, it has a light herbal scent which might take some time to grow on you.
The product is described as “a 3 in 1 cleansing treatment that deeply purifies, hydrates and desensitised the skin whilst removing all impurities and traces of pollution. Formulated with deeply cleansing plant-based saponins, Eau Efficace removes even the thickest make up and leaves the skin cleansed and toned without needing to rinse.” Seems great, huh? Well, as the majority of marketing claims, this is not true.