četrtek, 07. avgust 2014

Bygone: Catrice Lilactric

Each year twice both Essence and Catrice discontinue some of their products in order to make room for the new ones. In this series I'll show you the stuff that they are currently discontinuing.
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The first polish is from Catrice. Lilactric is a beautiful polish! Pale lilac, almost white, whit AMAZING gold shimmer, that makes this polish really special.





Unfortunatelly this polish is a bit sheer. It needs three coats to be fully opaque, but it is totally worth it! I mean, look at this beauty.

I don't have any polish even remotelly similar to this one, so if you know of one, do let me know! I really like it! 

What do you think about it? Do you have it/will you get it now that you know soon it won't be available?

xoxo, Nyx

sreda, 06. avgust 2014

Blogger Bragger Summer Nail Challenge - Week 1 - Ombre/Gradient



I've recently joined a Blogger Bragger Summer Nail Challenge, hosted by Lisa at My stunning nails. The theme for first week is ombre/gradient.(I am a little late for the first entry, but I promise, I'll all of the others on time)
 And I decided to do my first ever ombre manicure.
I've used five polishes for the base colours, and topped them all with Essence Prince charming from Snow white LE. The five polishes I used are:
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Essence Not just cute (Cute as hell LE), Catrice Sweets for my sweets, Essence  Voyage, voyage(Girls on tour LE), Essence Let me in pink(You rock LE), Essence Groupie at heart(Beauty beats TE).
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I have to say, I love this look, and for sure I will be doing some other ombre mani in the future, with different colour combination.
Have you ever tryed this kind of manicure? Do you have any colour suggestions for me?

xoxo, Nyx

torek, 05. avgust 2014

Comparisson: Maybelline Clearly spotted, Essence Black dress and white tie and L'oreal Confettis

Today I'm going to show you a comparisson between the three black&white glitter polishes that are available here in drugstores. Those three are Maybelline Colorama Polka dot Clearly spotted, Essence Special effect topper Black dress&white tie and L'oreal Confettis.
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The first thing, price:
Clearly spotted costs 2,50€ and contains 7ml of product
Black dress&white tie is 8ml and it costs aroun 2€, which makes it a winner in this category
Conffettis comes in 5ml bottle and costs 4-5€, which makes it the most expensive one

Next, brushes:
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CS has a normal looking brush, not wide nor thin, somewhere in the middle, nothing special, easy to work with



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BD&WT has the same looking brush as CS



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C's brush is a bit wider and unfortunatelly mine is all crooked up =/ It's still ok to work with, but it is not perfect




And now, what everyone really wants to know, the colour/application/pictures,...
I have put one coat of each nail polish, so you can see how they are with one coat. I have CS on my index and little finger, C on my middle finger and BD&WT on my ring finger.

Application was very similar with all three. I didn't have to fish for the glitters, there were enough on the brush, so no problems there. Also, all three went great on the nail, no picking up the glitters. They dry around the same time, quickly.



The colour: CS and C are very similar if not the same. Both have black&white glitters different sizes in clear base. Smaller glitters are round and larger are hexagons. BD&WT is different tho. It addition to everything mentioned above, you also have silver glitter in the base, very small and delicate. And the glitters are bigger




FINAL VERDICT:

I personally don't think you need all three, unless you really love this kind of glitters(like me). Otherwise, I'd go with Maybelline Clearly spotted, since this one and L'oreal Confettis are practicly the same, and it is bigger and cheaper, and you can always put a layer of silver glitters over it to get the Essence look.

What do you think? Are all three necessary? Which one would you choose?

xoxo, Nyx


petek, 01. avgust 2014

LE series: Essence Road trip nail polishes

Some time ago I saw the display for Essence Road trip limited edition and here's what I took:
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Here's what Essence says about this TE:


Essence is packing its bags to spread the fun feeling of the legendary Route 66. Every girl is sure to love the practical duo and mini products that are coming along for the ride. In addition to cool duo pieces like eyeshadow & eyeliner and blush & highlighter, the highlight products include the allround balm and dry shampoo – absolutely essential beauty tools when you’re on the go. This summery trend edition is perfectly complemented by the travel bag, which offers lots of room for anything you might need on your beauty journey. 

There are four polishes in this LE, each has a different finish. You have leather effect, asphalt effect, gasoline effect and thermo effect.


And what Essence says about nail polishes:
Four different colors are ready to hit the road with four different effects: leather, asphalt, gasoline and thermo! For unique street styles!


I bought three polishes of the four, asphalt effect, gasoline effect and thermo effect.
THE BRUSH of these
THE APPLICATION/FORMULA is different on each polishes. I had the least problems with asphalt effect(2 coats, easy app, normal drying time), and the ost with thermo effect(awful application, streaky, 3coats). Gasoline effect was somewhere inbetween(a little streaky, 2 coats)

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THE COLOUR of this one is to die for! An off-white base with gold/bronze glitters different sizes that dry gritty.




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THE COLOUR of this one is another stunner. Duochrome effect, teal with blue/purple shifting. I guess it isn't all that unique, but it is pretty anyway.






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04 My Sweet Escape

THE COLOUR of this one is... not my cup of tea. In normal(hotter) temperature is this weird orange/nude/peachy colour, that I really don't like. When cold it turns into light brown, but the difference is very subtle, as you can see on the photos. All in all, I really don't like it.




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FINAL VERDICT:
This limited edition is okay. I'd prefer different thermo effect, but otherwise the idea is great. And I love one of the polishes(On the road again). I really like the idea of limited editions with different finishes.
INGREDIENTS:
BUTYL ACETATE, ETHYL ACETATE, NITROCELLULOSE, ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER, ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, GLASS, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, ACETONE, STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE, LECITHIN, SILICA SILYLATE, POLYHYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, BARIUM SULFATE, CI 15850 (RED 7), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE)

Each POLISH IS 5ml/ 0.16 fl. oz
xoxo, Nyx