Sunday, January 18, 2015

Comparison Essie No More Film, Style Cartel & After School Boy Blazer and a Cirque gradient

To stay a bit with my last post and Essie Style Cartel.....I did a comparison between Essie No More Film, Style Cartel and After School Boy Blazer.

Essie After School Boy Blazer, Style Cartel, No More Film
Essie After School Boy Blazer, Style Cartel & No More Film

Essie After School Boy Blazer, Style Cartel, No More Film

As you can see ASBB is the darkest of the three, this one appears black in most cases. No More Film has more of a grey-purple thing going on, it is still dark but definately more blue than ASBB. And Style Cartel is most blue of the trio and it stays blue in most lights! They are all beautiful and no dupes for sure (I need them all!).

Then I had some tipp wear...
So I did a gradient with Cirque Fascination Street and Ophelia!

Gradient Essie Style Cartel, Cirque Fascination Street, Ophelia
Gradient Essie Style Cartel, Cirque Fascination Street & Ophelia

Gradient Essie Style Cartel, Cirque Fascination Street, Ophelia

Gradient Essie Style Cartel, Cirque Fascination Street, Ophelia

Gradient Essie Style Cartel, Cirque Fascination Street, Ophelia

The holo in Fascination Street really lifts up the whole colour, it adds light and sparkle. Ophelia drifts happily along in the holoness of Fascination Street and melts into the colour at times and in some lights it pops up and gives it a nice hydrangea twist!
In hindsight I might have added a microglitter to this gradient, like China Glaze All Wrapped Up or Feeling Twinkly, just to give it a bit more sparkle in low light.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Essie - Style Cartel (Dress To Kilt Collection, autumn 2014)

Man, I needed a deep blue in my life! And I had my eye on Essie Style Cartel for a while already. Once I ordered it I received a mail that the last bottle the seller had was leaking and that they couldn't send it to me.
So back to Ebay and reorder somewhere else, weeks later I finally was the proud owner of this fabulous blue polish called Style Cartel.
It is a very deep blue, but not so dark that it becomes black, it stays blue (on the teal side of blue).
I used two easy coats here and it shines like crazy!

Essie - Style Cartel
Essie - Style Cartel

Essie - Style Cartel

Essie - Style Cartel

Essie - Style Cartel

Essie - Style Cartel

Essie - Style Cartel

It did not stain my nails BUT I got smurf fingers when I removed it! Oh well, never mind I love this blue anyway!!!


Saturday, January 10, 2015

OPI - Baby Please Come Home (Mariah Carey Holiday Collection 2013)

Before the New Year I posted a mani with OPI I Pulled Out a Plum, todays mani is an extention of that one. I added a layer of OPI Baby PLease Come Home Liquid Sand and used some chevron stickers from the Born Pretty Shop. The colours go very nicely together and the design worked very well to cover up my slight tip wear!
I just recently bought BPCH, initially I had the feeling it would be too cool toned for me. But ever since they decided to stop producing the Liquid Sands, I am on the hunt for all that are not yet in my possession....
BPCH is such a lovely shade, I am so happy to have bought it and I don't find that it is too cool for my skin tone at all.

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home
OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home

OPI - Pulled Out a Plum & OPI - Baby Please Come Home

Baby Please Come Home covers very, very well in one coat: I am impressed.
The chevrons are nice but I would have liked them more when the points would have been sharp instead of rounded.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Cirque - Ophelia (The Dark Horse Collection) & Cirque - Au (Objet d'Art Collection)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

That to start with. I hope you all had a very happy and safe New Years Eve and I wish you loads of happiness, health and all you need in 2015!

Happy New Year Glittersnapdragon





On to the nail polish. What to wear on New Years Eve?
It needed to be blue (why does it need to be blue? I honestly don't know!), but not just any kind of blue...it needed to be some sort of light metallic blue and I needed glitter. After looking through my drawers of polish I finally decided that it was going to be Cirque Ophelia, a light hyacinth blue glitter in various sizes. Two coats of this gave me the blue metallic hue I envisioned but I missed the little extra, the champagne of the evening so to say. Then I remembered Cirque Au, the 23K topper, and that did the trick!

Cirque Ophelia & Au
Cirque - Ophelia & Cirque - Au

Cirque Ophelia & Au

Cirque Ophelia & Au

Cirque Ophelia & Au

Cirque Ophelia & Au

Cirque Ophelia & Au

Cirque Ophelia & Au

I like the result: it's fresh, airy and it reminds me of bubbles in champagne and bursts of firework!
This was 2 thin layers of Essence Peal Off base coat, 2 layers of Ophelia, 1 layer Au and two layers of top coat.



As a last note: thank you all for your support, interest and kind words the last year! It is so nice to see that people from all over the world read my tiny little blog: I hope you keep liking it the coming year :-) 
>2015 x thanks!<