100 Days No-Buy Update (Day 91) or How I Have Failed

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Hello lovelies,

I think that the title says it all. My no-buy went fine for three months and then all went to hell.

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First Color4Nails started to carry Zoya which was enough for me to buy some of their naturel and magical pixie line, as well as several other polishes. Then I had a bad day and ended up getting a bunch of Golden Rose nail polishes. Then OPI launched Brazil collection – needless to say I liked every single nail polish (I ordered them). Several indie sellers had a discount. Then everything got out of control – there will be more Zoya and Deborah Lippmann nail polishes, a bunch of Too Faced, theBalm and Rimmel and much more (they still didn’t arrive).

While a part of me is shocked – it seems much more listed like this – I hope I’ll manage to mask some as birthday gifts.

Here’s the stuff I got which has arrived.

Color4Nails order:

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AEngland Dancing with Nureyev, Zoya Taylor, Rue, Brigitte, Cosmo, Lux, Aurora, Carter, Dhara, Monet.

Golden Rose & drugstore haul:

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Golden Rose Fantastic Color 180, 166, 152, Golden Rose Holiday 55, Golden Rose Rich Color 06, 105, Make Up Factory 515, Essence Million Dollar Baby, Golden Rose Care + Strong 169, Essence Here’s My Number.

Polish Me Silly haul (Meet my Chromies collection)

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Cosmic Kisses, Bombshell, Holy Shift, Lovestruck, Guilty Pleasure

OPI haul pt1.

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I Just Can’t Cope-a-Cabana, Where did Suzi’s Man-Go, Toucan Do It If You Try, Live.Love.Carnaval, Kiss Me I’m Brazilian, Hey Baby, Red Hot Rio

OPI haul pt2.

no buy haul opi pt2

Love Angel Music Baby, Taupeless Beach, I Sao Paolo Over There, Next Stop… the Bikini Zone, OPI Scores a Goal, AmazON AmazOFF (Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around is missing, but it will join them soon.

I plan to review and swatch OPI Brazil collection as soon as possible. I also want to do a comparison post. You can expect my impressions on my no-buy on 11th April.

How is your no-buy going?

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Jolly Jewels #113 and #116 Swatches & Review

Hello lovelies,

I’ve decided to cram up the swatches of two Golden Rose Jolly Jewels nail polishes (113 and 116) in one post.

FORMULA and APPLICATION: On a thicker side and packed with glitter but I could work with it. The one coat deposits more than enough glitter, but the base colour is too sheer for my liking, so I either apply two coats or layer one coat over a similarly coloured nail polish. The glitter can stick out, so make sure you use a thicker top coat to even it out.

COLOUR and FINISH: #113 contains bigger orange and smaller silver hexagonal glitters in a bright pink jelly base. #116 contains bigger silver and smaller black hexagonal glitters in a red jelly base.

MY COMMENT: I especially like #113 – orange and pink do not often look good together, but this combination looks really fresh and spring appropriate. I find that #116 is prettier in the bottle – the colour combination reminded me of poppies – but it doesn’t translate well on the nail – it is too glitter heavy. I think I’ll continue to use it as a top coat over red nail polish.

Swatch: 2 coats, no base or top coat

#113

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#116

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golden rose jolly jewels 116 3

golden rose jolly jewels 116 2

Which one do you prefer?

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Paris #98 Swatch & Review

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FORMULA and APPLICATION: Thin, easy to work with. The shimmer is very tiny so I suggest using two coats even though I use it as a top coat.

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COLOUR and FINISH: It is a scattered silver holographic shimmer. It reminds me of China Glaze Fairy Dust, which I don’t own, but judging by the swatches they look pretty similar.

MY COMMENT:  It is another nail polish that I really like. The camera couldn’t really capture the holo effect – it is much stronger in real life.

Swatches: 2 coats, no top coat

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golden rose holo 98 2

 

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xoxo Tamara

Golden Rose Classics Charming Swatch Spam (#21, #22, #52) Swatches

Hello lovelies,

today I have prepared swatches of the rest of my Golden Rose Classics Charming nail polishes. I’ve already swatched the white shade and now it is the time to swatch the rest.

The formula is the same for all three shades – very thin and sheer which means that you’ll need to use at least three coats to get full opacity.

All swatches are made with three coats, no top or base coat:

#21

This shade looks orange/red in the bottle, but pinkish red on the nails. It has pearly finish and contains sparse holo glitter. The brush leaves barely visible brush strokes.

#22

This is a pearly orange/peachy pink. It also has pearly finish. The brush leaves barely visible brush strokes. This colour reminds me of an Inglot nail polish I have, but which, I believe, looks more pink.

#52

This is a bright blue crelly. It applies evenly, but it is surprisingly sheer. At first I thought that it is very similar to Essence Absolutely Blue, but Essence has more purple undertones.

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Jolly Jewels #120 Swatch and Review

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Hello lovelies,

I’m a huge Golden Rose fan and I especially like their nail polishes. Here’s a swatch of one from Jolly Jewels collection – #120.

FORMULA: Thicker, but easy to apply

APPLICATION: This nail polish is packed with glitter so even one coat will deposit enough glitter. There’s no need to fish out glitter or to carefully place it.

COLOUR and FINISH: Big silver, purple, fuchsia and red hexagonal glitters with small fuchsia hex glitter in a clear base. The glitter feels a bit bumpy, so I’d suggest applying a thicker top coat to smooth it out.

WEAR TIME: 3-4 days

AVAILABILITY and PRICE: Golden rose stores or Golden rose web site, 34 kn (around $5)

TAMARA’s COMMENT: I don’t like to wear this nail polish on its own – it looks “unfinished”, but it is a nice option to spice up a pink manicure. Removal, of course, is a huge pain. Honestly, there’s nothing more difficult to remove than chunky glitter.

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GOLDEN ROSE Paris Nail Polish #69 Swatch and Review

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Hello lovelies,
I hope you are doing well. We finally got snow – over 30 cm where I live and I spent the majority of the day shoveling it. Needles to say, my back is killing me. I also broke a nail on my left hand, so no swatching for a while. It’s a good thing that I have some swatches left in my folders. I’ve changed a bit the format of my reviews – instead of rambling, I created several categories – I believe that this will make the reviews coherent. Tell me what you think about it.

Let’s go:

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FORMULA: On thicker side, but easy to apply.

APPLICATION: 1 coats contains enough glitter, especially if you want to use it as a top coat. Three coats give pretty good coverage, but there are still some bald spots. There is no big difference between 3 or five coats in terms of coverage.

COLOUR and FINISH: Silver, red, green and blue glitter in transparent base. Silver is not super shiny – it gives more an antique, oxidized silver colour. After several coats it feels a bit gritty, but this can be easily evened out with a top coat.

BRUSH: Medium sized, round soft brush with long handle, easy to use.

WEAR TIME: 3 days

OTHER: It can be used on its own (if you build coats) or as a top coat. Even though it is a glitter polish, tiny glitter particles make it easier to remove than other chunky glitters.

AVAILABILITY and PRICE: In Croatia at Golden Rose store / USA at golden rose. Price: 15 kn / $4,99

TAMARA’s COMMENT: I bought it several years ago because the mixture of glitters seemed very unique back then.

Here are swatches: 5 coats + Seche Vite:

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gr 69 3

gr 69 2

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

New Year’s Eve NOTD

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Hello lovelies,

here’s just a quick post of the manicure I wore for New Year’s Eve. I decided to combine silver and gold so I put three coats of Orly Dazzle (perfect, non streaky silver) and I used three coats of Golden Rose Jolly Jewels #103 (tiny golden shimmer with rose gold glitter) as an accent nail.

What did you wear on you nails for this occasion?

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nye mani

xoxo Tamara

2013 Nail Polish Favourites (mainstream brands) – TOP 20

Hello lovelies,

here’s the second part of my favourite nail polishes in 2013. This list will feature mainstream brands and it will feature 20 favourite nail polishes (which are not necessarily launched 2013). Again, I didn’t assign the places (picking them out was hard enough), I’ll present them according to their price.

First, I’ll start with high-end polishes. This year I went on a Chanel binge and got from 7 to 27 Chanels. It is only natural that three of them are on the list. I also discovered Deborah Lippmann (I previously considered it an overpriced glitter) and Butter London (I need to find another EU-based store with free shipping since HqHair refuses to ship nail polish to Croatia).

Pictured above are: Chanel Taboo, Chanel Distraction, Chanel Bel-Argus, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Dream, Deborah Lippmann Mermaid’s Kiss and Butter London Shag.

The next are mid-range, mostly US brands (Essie, for example). This year I got my first OPIs and one has already managed to end on the favourites list. I have also found a perfect, but discrete nail polish which can improve every manicure and an excellent New CID brand (also unavailable because HqHair refuses to ship polish to Croatia). There’s also Orly which has great formulation and huge bottles (which are impossible to spend in my case). Of course, here’s Color Club – I almost put both Halo Hues collections in my favourites, but I decided it would be a bit over the top so I randomly picked one to represent them whole.

Pictured are: Color Club Cherubic, Orly Hot Shot, OPI Germanicure, New CID Strawberry Gateau, Essie Using My Maiden Name, Essie The Lace is On, China Glaze Snow Globe.

The last are drugstore nail polishes. I have to admit that recently Croatian drugstores got some interesting nail polishes, like Depend holos. I could also have a whole category for Golden Rose, but I have picked only one to represent them whole. I’m glad to see that holo love is spreading – Oriflame have released Color Shine Palladium collection (scattered holos) and I hope it won’t take long for them to release linear holos, too. I also have to mention Eveline Mini Max Nail polish in what reminds me of Pantone’s color of the 2014 – Radiant Orchid.

Above are: Oriflame Fuchsia Palladium, Moment 201, Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 113, Eveline Mini Max 817, Eveline Color Instant 691, Depend Holographic 2032 and Ados 532.

You may have noticed that textured nail polish was a big hit in 2013 – almost every brand has their version of textures. I only have one which I love, but I’d like to try more to see how I really feel about textures.

What are your favourites?

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NOTD Waterfall Manicure with OPI

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Hello lovelies,

I’ve been going through my photo folders to see if there are some swatches I haven’t published yet and I found my attempt at waterfall manicure. Basically you need a medium long, thin striping brush and a nail polish.

I used OPI My Pointe Exactly as a base and I striped with Max Factor Ruby Fruit, Catrice Bloody Mary to Go and Golden Rose Silver Nail Art polish. The manicure doesn’t look very good at the cuticle area because I already had OPI on for 4 days and I did go a bit overboard with clean-up.

You can find how this manicure looks when it is done by a pro at Nailasaurus.

Pregledavala sam slike u folderima tražeći swatcheve koje još nisam objavila i naišla sam na moj pokušaj vodopad manicure. Sve što je za nju potrebno je srednje dugački tanki kist za nail art i lak za nokte.

Kao podlogu koristila sam OPI My Pointe Exactly, a linije sam radila s Max Factor Ruby Fruit, Catrice Bloody Mary to Go i Golden Rose Silver Nail Art lakovima za nokte. Manikura ne izgleda najbolje oko korijena nokta jer sam pretjerala s čišćenjem, a i OPI lak je već bio četiri dana na noktima pa se vidi izrast.

Kako bi ova manikura trebala izgledati kad ju radi netko talentiran možete vidjeti kod Nailasaurusa.

notd waterfall 1

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Classics Charming #03 Nail Polish Swatch and Review

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Hello lovelies,

rarely do I buy a bad nail polish, but it happens sometimes. The culprit is Golden Rose Classics Charming nail polish in the shade #03. It is a pure crème white shade which I thought would be good to put under neons, but I’m not happy with its application. The consistency is pretty thick, the polish is pigmented but the nail polish applies unevenly. It takes several coats to get a somewhat even colour without bald spots peeking through.

Plus, it is completely personal, but I don’t like the way it looks on my nails. It reminds me of the time in primary school when we would paint our nails with a correction fluid – the same look, only glossy.

I will continue to use it, but I will still be looking for a nice opaque white.

Rijetko kupim loš lak za nokte, ali i  to swe ponekad dogodi. Riječ je o Golden Rose Classics Charming laku za nokte u nijansi 03. Lak je bijeli s krem finišem i prvenstveno sam ga željela jer sam ga mislila stavljati ispod neon lakova da pojačam neon boju, ali nisam zadovoljna kvalitetom. Lak je dosta gust i pigmentiran, ali se jako neravnomjerno nanosi. Potrebno je staviti nekoliko slojeva kako bi se dobila koliko-toliko jednaka boja bez “ćelavih” područja.

Postoji i osoban razlog moje antipatije – ne sviđa mi se kako izgleda na mojim noktima. Podsjeća me na to kad sam u osnovnoj školi stavljala korektor na nokte – apsolutno isto izgleda, jedino je lak sjajan.

Lak ću nastaviti koristiti, ali se nadam da ću naći dobar neproziran bijeli lak.

Swatches (3 coats, no top or base coat)

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Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NOTD: Snow White Nails with China Glaze and Golden Rose

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Hello lovelies,

it is not Snow White as in fairy tales, it is snow white as in white as snow :) . Basically, yesterday I swatched Golden Rose Classics Charming nail polish in shade #03 which is a white crème (and the review will follow soon). Needless to say, I didn’t like it at all. Then I remembered that I have China Glaze Snow Globe and that this would be a good time to try it. I put two coats of Snow Globe (opalescent glitter) over white and I have to say that I like my nails more.

Današnja manikura nije o Snjeguljici:) . Jučer sam swatchala Golden Rose Classics Charming lak za nokte u nijansi #03 (krem bijela koju ću uskoro recenzirati) i nikako mi se nije svidjelo kako lak izgleda na noktima. Sjetila sam se da imam China Glaze lak u nijansi Snow Globe, pa sam ga odlučila isprobati preko bijelog. Stavila sam dva sloja Snow Globe preko Golden Rose Classics Charming #03 i moram priznati da mi se manikura sada puno vise sviđa.

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NEW IN: Huge Urban Decay, Deborah Lippmann, Essie and other Haul

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Hello lovelies,

here are some items I ordered in October. I think I need to keep my hands off make-up and nail polish for a while :), even though I got quite a deal on some items. Anyway, let’s see.

URBAN DECAY

haul ud

Several years after its launch, I finally have Naked Palette. I got a Naked Palette set and used 20% off from HqHair. It would be a shame to let it pass. I also received an amazing GWP – a set of New CID Cosmetics which I’ll show you later.

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette

2. Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

ESSIE

haul essie

I think I have Essie addiction :) I found an ebay seller with acceptable shipping, so each Essie was under $10. Some polishes are from Wedding 2013 collection and some are permanent.

3. My Better Half

4. Using My Maiden Name

5. Sexy Divide

6. Vanity Fairest

7. Braziliant

8. Knockout Pout

9. Pink Glove Service

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DEBORAH LIPPMANN

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I can say “thank you ebay” for these polishes, too. I have found a seller with reasonable shipping, so the polishes are a bit more expensive than US retail price. These polishes are also available on Beautybay, but way more expensive.

10. Mermaid’s Dream

11. Glitter In The Air

12. Mermaid’s Kiss

NEW CID COSMETICS

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I am not very familiar with this brand, but I received a 37 GBP value set as a GWP. They didn’t say what’s in the set, so I browsed a little around and found that the set should contain a nail polish, a lipstick and a primer. However, when it arrived, I was quite surprised. My set contained a nail polish (10GBP), an eyeliner (13GBP) and a cream eyeshadow (14GBP). Much better, in my opinion. Also, the polish contains a led lamp in the cap.

13. I-line Professional Kohl Pencil in Soft Brown

14. I-colour Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow in Diva

15. I-polish Light Up Nail Polish in Strawberry Gateau

CHINA GLAZE and GOLDEN ROSE

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Finally, some of my other polishes. I wanted Deborah Lippmann Stairway to Heaven, but I found a comparison site and China Glaze Snow Globe looked way nicer. I also got some Golden Rose Jolly Jewels.

16. Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in #103

17. Golden Rose Jolly Jewels in #116

18. China Glaze Snow Globe

19. China Glaze Prism

Well, that would be it. Share your hauls in the comment :)

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOLDEN ROSE Holiday #51 Nail Polish Swatch and Review

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Hello lovelies,

for a long time I wasn’t sure how I feel about textured nail polish – Zoya Pixie Dust looks great, but there are also some textures (non shimmery ones) which I dislike and I wasn’t willing to shell out over $15 to find out. Then Golden Rose launched their textured line. I’m very happy that Golden Rose follows trends and I can get a new trends for less.

Holiday collection features both glitter and non-glitter textures and to try it I got #51 which is a light dirty shimmery pink. On the nails, the polish feels gritty, slightly sandy, but it is not very distracting. It almost feels like some of my glitter filled nail art polishes. It applies evenly and one coat gives a pretty good opacity: however, I prefer two coats.

The wear is typicall – 2-3 days.

Since it is practically glitter nail polish, I have expected that it will be super difficult to remove, but the removal is very easy – as if you were removing a non-glitter polish.

The swatches below are made with two coats. The purple polish is Ados #580.

Have you tried textures?

golden rose holiday swatch

golden rose holiday 51

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Jolly Jewels #115 Swatch and Review

jolly jewels 115 bottle

Hello lovelies,

I’ve been a very lazy blogger lately. All the post published the last week were prewritten and scheduled, so I actually didn’t write anything for a week. I also wasn’t in a mood for nail polish – all the work in the vineyard completely stained my nails and there’s still some staining left :( The weather does nothing to prevent my laziness – it’s horribly cloudy and the only sunny day I had to spend in Zagreb (not planned). I took some photos today (they are horrible – I hope that I can find some decent previously done swatch photos on my computer because otherwise I don’t know how I’ll make it through the fall). But now let’s go back to business.

Goldne Rose Jolly Jewels #115 is the right thing I need during this horrible weather – it is good mood bottled :) Actually it is multicolouted hexagonal glitter in a semi-sheer white base. There is a similar China Glaze (I think the name is Trapeze something?).

Isn’t it gorgeous?

jolly jewels 115 shimmer

The issue with many glitters I have is that the brush doesn’t pick up enough so you need to apply like zillion coats only to have three glitters on the nail. Jolly Jewels line is not like this – one coat gives a decent amount of glitter and if you use #115 as a top coat, it will be enough. If I wear it on its own, two coats are enough for me.

The glitters feel gritty so a top coat is a must to seal them in and to smooth the surface.

The wear is typical – 2-3 days.

Anyway, I adore it – very festive, but not over the top look :)

jolly jewels 115

 

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Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Jolly Jewels #111 Swatch and Review

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Hello lovelies,

here’s another addition to blue/green week: Golden Rose Jolly Jewels nail polish.

I love Golden Rose nail polishes, primarily because they are very quick to dupe trends at an affordable price. Jolly Jewels collection reminds me of all those indie glitters which cost an arm and a leg after shipping fees and I’m glad I can get something similar for $6. Currently, I own 6 of them, but I plan to get several more (you can find my swatch of #109 here).

#111 is a sky blue with small silver and big golden hexagonal glitter. The blue base is very sheer – the swatches are made with two coats and you can see that blue is not very opaque and even. However, there’s plenty of glitter in only one coat, so if you are bothered by the sheerness, you can use Golden Rose as a top coat over similar shades.

What I dislike the most about this (and all glitter polishes) is that they are hard to remove (even if I use foil wrapping method). Still, this won’t prevent me from wearing it, because they truly are beautiful.

jolly jewels 111 swatch

 

jolly jewels 111 nail swatch

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

 

NOTD: Purple and Glitter

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Hello lovelies,

I wanted to remove several untried polishes from my list and here’s the result.

I used the following polishes for the manicure:

purple glitter notd polish

Eveline Mini Max #800 (light purple)

Moment #204 (purple glitter)

Golden Rose Paris #98 (holo glitter)

I love this manicure, but I’ve discovered one thing – removing glitter from the tips of nails is a hard work. My nails were constantly bending, I thought I’d break them. It made me want to file my nails down to nubs :)

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Thank you for reading.

xoxo Tamara

Black NOTD (Chanel + Golden Rose)

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Hello lovelies,

this is my recent NOTD. I’ve used Chanel Black Satin (black crème) and Golden Rose Jolly Jewels 101 (flaky). As you can see, I still haven’t mastered the proper clean-up. The black polish got under my cuticles and I couldn’t remove it. I hope that I’ll improve – either clean-up or application :)

Golden Rose #101 has huge flakes – mostly bright blue and turquoise, but with occasional purple/pink and gold flake. Sometimes the flakes tend to stick out a bit, so I had to put several coats of top coat to even it out a bit.

Still, I adore this combo (in spite of the bad clean-up job). I couldn’t stop looking at my nails :)

black notd

Thank you for reading.

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN Rose Jolly Jewels #109 Swatch and Review

jolly jewels 109 bottle

Hello lovelies,

I’m excited to show you one of the prettiest nail polishes in my collection. I first saw similar polishes several years ago which were made by various indie brands which were very hard to get. I’m glad that Golden Rose jumped on the bandwagon and released Jolly Jewels nail polish collection. These are slightly pricier than the regular Golden Rose polishes (34kn or approximately $6) but still very affordable.

#109 is the first I picked from the range. Trust me, when you see them, it will be hard to pick just one. #109 is a jelly pink base, very transparent with tiny, tiny white and fuchsia hexagonal glitter.

The first coat is very sheer and the glitter is not distributed evenly. The second coat gives a bit of color and packs on the glitter. The polish is, just like other glitter polishes, hard to remove.

The polish wears slightly longer than my other polishes 3 – 4 days without chipping.

Here are the swatches. I used two coats, no base or top coat.

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jolly jewels 109 nail swatch

New In: EVELINE, KONAD, MOMENT, YOLIZUL, GOLDEN ROSE and E-BAY – Shopping + Nail Polish Swatches

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Hello lovelies,

I’m bringing you probably my biggest shopping ever (at least when it comes to nail polish). This post will also feature swatches of the nail polish (on swatching sticks), but I’ll give a full swatches on nails later, once I’ve had a chance to wear the polish.

I’ve got stuff from Eveline, Konad, Golden Rose as well as two brands I’ve been unfamiliar with up until now but which I discovered through Pandora: Moment and Yolizul.

First onto e-bay stuff: today I received nail art dotting set which features 5 dotting tools. I can’t wait to try it. I also ordered a set of nail art striping tapes  in 10 different colors. I’ve ordered both from art-la-lic e-bay seller.

ebay haul

Considering my nail-polish addiction, I was only too happy that another set of swatch sticks arrived today because I have only 10 sticks empty left. The swatch sticks are from hkiron-aus.

And now onto the fun stuff – the nail polish.

moment nail polish

First are Moment and Yolizul. As far as I know, both are Spanish brands and in Croatia they are available in Offertissima (a dollar store). Moment retail for 9 kn and Yolizul is 7kn. The quality of Moment polishes varies – some shades are opaque in one coat while some would need at least three coats. Orange Yolizul glitter is interesting, but red is too plain and I already have a similar Golden Rose polish.

moment nail polish swatches

Here are the swatches: from L to R: Moment 12, 48, 6, 16 and 103; Yolizul 252 and 160.

eveline mini max

The next are Eveline polishes. I absolutely adore their Mini Max line and I couldn’t resist when I saw the green ones on sale in Kozmo drugstore (6.99kn). I’ve bought the other two for their full price (9.99kn). I can’t remember the price of the Colour Instant one, but it was around 15kn. The quality is generally excellent – almost all Mini Maxes are one-coaters, but the purple one is sheer even after two coats.

Also, all green shades are darker – for some reason they don’t look true on the photo (probably because of the sun, the other shades are good – you can see more accurate shade on the group photo).

eveline mini max swatches

Here are the swatches: Mini Max 803, 808, 810, 605, 817 and Colour Instant 691.

konad

The last round features Konad, Depend and Golden Rose. I’m worried about Gold Konad – it is very runny so I’m not sure how it will function for nail stamping. I got Depend opalescent polish which is not very swatch friendly on a transparent stick, but it is very pretty. Depend also has holographic polishes and I got a blue one – usually all the blue holos are turquoise or aqua and I wanted something really blue. The only problem with Depend is that they have very fragile bottles – the blue is my second holo because I broke the first bottle. Really surprising as I had Chanel, Max Factor and Born Pretty polishes fall of a much higher height and nothing happened. Depend, on the other hand, shattered completely. And finally, my new Golden Rose Jewels. I absolutely love them.

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Here are the swatches: Konad White Pearl and Gold, Depend 363 and 2032, Golden Rose 105, 111, 115.

Thank you for reading.

Have a great day,

xoxo Tamara

GOLDEN ROSE Paris Nail Polish #91 (pink neon) Review, Swatch and NOTD

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I’ve thrown myself into my pile of untried nail polishes and picked this beautiful Golden Rose Paris #91 neon pink nail polish. The color is on the cold side which got me worried because warm toned shades look better on me. There was no cause for worry with this one - it provides perfect electric neon pink color in 2 coats.

The consistency is on a thicker side, but I can work with it. The brush is easy to use. On my nails, it lasts up to three days without chipping (which is typical lasting time). The price of this polish is super affordable (cca 2.5$ – 15 kn) and they have a huge range of shades and I want them all :)

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I’ve decided to swatch it , but then just the neon looked a bit bleak – I’ve decided to add an accent nail with Golden Rose Paris #98 scattered holographic shimmer.

notd golden rose neon

Unfortunately, my camera doesn’t realize how magnificent holographic effects are, so it refused to capture them in their full glory.

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I’m not discouraged, I’ll find a way to outsmart the camera and to show you holographic fabulousness :)

Until the next time :)

xoxo Tamara