SWATCH │ Glitter /Flakies Top coats (Zoya, OPI, Golden Rose and Debby)

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Hello lovelies,

I wasn’t really sure what title to put on this post – top coats in my head means a sheer polish you put on top of your manicure to give it shiny appearance – while nail polish is not something I’d use for the following products, as they do not look good on its own.

Basically, today I’m going to show you swatches of Zoya Monet, OPI Nothing Mousie ‘bout it, Golden Rose Jolly Jewels #101 and Debby #37.

All these nail polishes require, in my opinion another nail polish as a base because otherwise they look bad.

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SWATCHES │Golden Rose Fantastic Color Nail Polish (144, 180, 184)


Hello lovelies,

it’s time for another group swatch post. Today I’ll be showing three Golden Rose Fantastic color nail polishes. I am a huge fan of Golden Rose – they always bring out affordable and trendy nail polishes. They have several ranges of nail polish – my favourite being Rich Color and Paris, with Fantastic Color coming third. However, I’m not a fan of Paris bottle shape – they are not easy to store and they take a lot of space. Fantastic Color range, on the other hand, comes in a more user-friendly bottle.

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Summer Neon Pink Nails with GOLDEN ROSE Paris #92 and #248 Nail Polishes (Swatches)

Hello lovelies,

as you could see from summer collection launches, summertime is neon polish time. These two Golden Rose nail polishes aren’t neons in the full sense (they are do not dry matte), but they are pretty bright.

Both shades have a semi-sheer jelly formula – even after three coats, the nail line was still visible; however, this is the characteristics of this type of formula. They applied evenly. I used 3 coats for the swatches.

#92 is a bright warm pink.

#248 is a bright pink, but with a hint of purple (which is more prominent once you put it next to #92).

I have to mention that I really dislike the triangular shaped bottles; other than being inconvenient to store, they are a bit difficult to open.

Thank you for reading,

xoxo Tamara

NOTD: Glitter gradient manicure with Born Pretty Store Glitter Set

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Hello lovelies,

I apologise for my absence which was due 2014 FIFA World Cup and Formula 1 being on the same weekend. I’ve spent the whole weekend in front of the TV and currently I’m waiting for the USA vs. Portugal match and I’m trying to figure out how to watch two matches simultaneously tomorrow.

Now, let’s go back to what this blog is about. Several weeks ago I received the items I’ve picked from Born Pretty Store and this 12 Bottle set of glitter* was among them. The iridescent glitter is available in many shapes – small glitter dust, hexagonal glitter, shape glitter, caviar pearls, stripe glitter and rhombus shaped glitter. Ever since I’ve gotten into nail polish I wanted to try out glitter dust and I’ve spent hours browsing the e-bay in my search, but all the results turned out to be too expensive and/or not offering a nice color variety for something I might not like.

born pretty glitter set size

This set contains twelve tiny bottles and retail for $4.12. Even thought the bottles are pretty small, each contain more than enough of glitter. The glitter in my set slightly differs from the one on the site which might be due to monitor calibration. Anyway, I received the following colors: silver, yellow, green, purple, white, red, gold, turquoise, bright pink with cold undertone, orange, bright pink with warm undertone and dark blue. You can get it here and you can use my code TSG10 for 10%off.

born pretty glitter storage

I decided to store the bottles in a tiny jewelry box – I removed the padding and the box turned out to be the perfect size for the bottles. This way I can keep them all in one place.

Now, onto the manicure.

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At first I planned to use the glitter over white, but in the last moment I picked Golden Rose Fantastic Color in #152. I used a flat nail art brush from e-bay to apply the glitter. I tapped the glitter, trying to create the gradient. I used yellow, orange, pink and purple glitter. I wasn’t sure how the glitter will react with the top coat, so I snapped several photos of the mani without the top coat. It’s a good thing that I did it as the top coat dulled the colour of the glitter – the iridescence makes them lean to the green side – the top coat has made this feature even more prominent.

No top coat:

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With top coat.

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I like how this manicure turned out, especially without the top coat when my nails look as if I dipped them in sugar.

xoxo Tamara

Golden Rose Fantastic Color #152 Swatch & Review

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here’s a quick swatch of a black Golden Rose nail polish

FORMULA and APPLICATION: Slightly thick and very pigmented. One coat is enough to use as a base under multichromes, but I like to add a second coat just to make it even.

COLOUR and FINISH: A deep black crème. It is super shiny even without a top coat.

MY COMMENT: I am pleasantly surprised by this nail polish. I bought it only to use it under multichromes (Chanel Black Satin is a bit too expensive for this purpose), but it performs even better than Chanel.

Here are the swatches: 2 coats, no black or top coat

golden rose fantastic color 152


golden rose fantastic color 152 2


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xoxo Tamara

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.

no buy haul

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:

no buy haul golden rose essence

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


golden rose jolly jewels 113


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golden rose jolly jewels 116

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Which one do you prefer?

xoxo Tamara