PROJECT │ Nail Polish purge / Nail Polish Project Pan

np purge

Hello lovelies,

during the period of only a couple of months my nail polish collection has tripled and, as it usually happens, I found out that I have a lot of dupes. When I first got into nail polish, I bought polishes from various brands because I wanted to test various formulas. At the moment, several brands stood out as offering either great colours and/or great formulas. For this reason, I thought it would be a good idea to clear out my collection to make more space for new nail polishes.

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ESSENCE Blue Nail Polish Swatch Spam (I Love Bad Boys, Splash!, Miss Universe)

Hello lovelies,

I have a penchant for collecting blue nail polishes at the moment. Today I’m going to show you three blue Essence nail polishes – one of them has been discontinued (I Love Bad Boys), but the other two should still be available.

I don’t think I have yet talked about the brush. I’m not always sold on wide brushes, but I really like the Essence one (although my favourite is Guerlain). The width is perfect for my pinkie nails – I can polish it in one swipe and the brush is rounded enough so that I can get a nice application at the bottom of my nails without flooding the cuticles.

All these shades are two coaters and apply evenly.

I Love Bad Boys is a pale blue crème with sea foam green shimmer. I have no idea why they needed to discontinue this one because it is a very unique combination.

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Splash! is a metallic turquoise blue-green. I’ve seen it around on quite a few blogs and decided that I need to get it, too. The colour reminds me of Chanel Azure, which I stupidly didn’t buy when I could.

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Miss Universe is a dark blue, almost grey, crelly with light blue shimmer. The shimmer is bigger, but not big enough to call it glitter. This shade can look slightly duochrome in the bottle under certain light, but the effect doesn’t translate to nails.

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I’d have a hard time picking out a favourite from this bunch as I love them all. Which one is your favourite?

xoxo Tamara

Essence Bloom Me Up Shimmer Powder Review

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Hello lovelies,

this is the second highlighter I’ve picked up recently and while I love it, I do not think it is summer appropriate.

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With its embossed floral motif, it is another winner from Essence. This powder is beige with strong cool pink undertone. It doesn’t contain glitter – it is actually on the shimmery frosty side. It is super soft and pigmented – a real pleasure to work with.

My main issue with this powder is that it simply refuses to work with my skin tone during warmer months. (I have other powders – such as Guerlain Meteorites, which only look good on my skin during winter). I think that the cool undertone is the one to blame. My skin has neutral, leaning to yellow undertone which requires something warmer. Instead of looking radiant and glowy, Essence highlighter makes me look sickly and pale (a bad kind of pale). Since it has a lightly pearly finish, it emphasizes the pores slightly – I notice it only if I’m actively looking and I can live with that.

Here are the swatches:

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Left – thick; right – blended

Here’s the comparison with Love Letters highlighter. You can see what I’ve mentioned in my Love Letters review – that it is a basically a shimmery powder, while Bloom Me Up is cool and frostier.

essence love letters vs bloom me up

xoxo Tamara

Essence Love Letters Highlighter powder

essence love letters higlighter

Hello lovelies,

Essence always pleasantly surprise me with their limited edition products, and this collection is not an exception. This time they decided to emboss a love-themed quote in the powder. Very cute, IMHO.

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Love Letters Highlighter powder does not look like a typical highlighter which, in my opinion, contains pearly pigments. Instead, this is a lightly coloured powder with tiny microglitter. The powder has a good pigmentation and it is far from translucent. If it weren’t for the glitter, I’d use it as an overall finishing powder. The glitter shows up on direct light, but it is still small enough not to be too obvious on the face.

This powder works great on my skin tone. The powder itself (if we ignore the glitter) is pretty matte looking so it subtly highlights the area on which it is applied. Surprisingly, the glitter doesn’t emphasize pores. I like the overall effect – the way this powder catches the light makes it look super natural. However, I’d be wary of recommending this powder to really dark skintones (NC50 +), simply because I have an impression that it would not blend too well with the skin.

Swatches (as you can see it is almost identical to my skintone):

Left – applied in a thick layer; Right – blended

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xoxo Tamara

Drugstore Haul – Essence & Catrice

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Hello lovelies,

I think I might have a blush problem:) During last few months I did a lot of on-line shopping and I didn’t visit drugstores a lot. However, recently I went in to see what’s new there and some things from Essence have caught my eye.

I saw two limited edition collections: Love Letters and Bloom Me Up and ended up getting two highlighters. My Guerlain blush which I use to highlight it almost gone. I’ve bought Shiseido High Beam White, but I also wanted a shimmery option. Granted, I have a bunch of Meteorites Pearls, but they can be a hassle to use. I think these Essence highlighters will serve me well. I haven’t worn them yet, but based on the quick swatch they do not seem overly shimmery.

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I also got two ombre blushes from Essence. Shade-wise, they remind me of MAC Proenza Schouler blushes; however, I don’t have those to compare. On the orange/coral blush you can see the reason why I rarely buy anything in dugstores – someone swatched it.I guess it was too much of a hassle to open the tester drawer and they had to open a product intended for sale. I didn’t open it in store to check it in detail – the cover is transparent and it looked ok, but obviously store light masked it. I’ll be smarter the next time.

I’ve increased my collection of Essence nail polishes – I bought several more textures and some other shades which aren’t on the picture because I’ve moved my nail polishes and they currently all reside mixed in boxes. I’m dreading the day when I’ll have to organize it.

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My final purchase is Catrice nail polishes. For a while this was my favourite brand, but then I discovered Golden Rose, indie and on line shopping. I got two texture shades: Oysters & Champagne and Call Me Princess. I also bought Berry Potter & Plumberdore (purple-blue duochrome) which I got mostly for its name, although the nail polish itself is pretty, too.

What did you get recently?

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.

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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.

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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

ESSENCE Party Princess Swatch & Review

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FORMULA and APPLICATION: Very thick and hard to work with. I swear, this is the thickest nail polish I own. It is impossible to apply a thin coat. The nail polish is very sheer and it is meant to use as a top coat. One coat deposits a decent amount of glitter.

COLOUR and FINISH: Iridescent glitter in a sheer pink jelly base.

MY COMMENT: It is nice to spice up my pink manicures, but I wouldn’t repurchase it. Bad application and formula issues are really a deal breaker for me.

Swatches: 2 coats, no top coat

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xoxo Tamara