Tuesday, 9 April 2019

a england jane seymour (tudoresque)

jane seymour is an absolutely gorgeous polish from a england's tudoresque collection in 2017.

in a england, they describe it as a "dark olive green scatter holo revealing at times an inner vibrant green fire and subtle grey hue complemented with golden shimmer", which is absolutely correct.

i have a soft spot for green holos, and jane is like a mossy sister to dragon. as usual, the formula is amazing and practically flows. five stars from me.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

opi on her majesty's secret service (skyfall)

when it comes to opi on her majesty secret service from the skyfall collection, i recommend clicking on photos and thus enlarging them, in order to see it's extraordinary beauty!

opi says that "this misty-green pewter commands attention." i see it as the world is not enough's bluish brother, and similarly difficult to describe. it is a cool toned steel blue-pewter-silver-grey polish with multicolored glass flecks, namely gold, pink, green, and blue. 

it is rather sheer and needs three coats, again as its taupe brother :D, but the opacity and color build up nicely.

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Friday, 22 March 2019

picture polish london (collaboration shade)

london is a picture polish collaboration shade addition from winter 2018, and a gorgeous one!

london was made together with marinelovespolish and it is clearly inspired by london's skyline. it is a perfect shade somewhere between blue and grey with tiny holographic flakies. it is insanely gorgeous!

the formula is great and smooth and the polish is overall amazing!

Monday, 11 March 2019

dior or tsarine (czarina gold) (holiday 2010)

today i'm showing my first high end polish ever, dior's or tsarine (also known as czarina gold). it was a part of the holiday 2010 collection, together with timeless gold and rouge garconne.

as i said, it was my first he polish so it's funny i waited so long to show it. i found some old swatches, they were really horrible :)  even though it was from the end of 2010, i bought it in june 2012. i was circling around it for so long, a bit scared of what would happen when i cross to the dark side. one failed driving test later, in a need of a pick-me-up, i stopped resisting!

in the hindsight, i am happy i stared with this one, because it really is my type of polish. a dark brown, rich base with large, almost glass flaky golden shimmer and good formula..

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Friday, 8 March 2019

zoya lotus (true spring)

lotus is from zoya's true spring 2012 collection.

zoya describes it as: "a very soft, dusty blue-toned amethyst purple with colorful shimmer that reflects pink, red and gold. a dreamy smoky shade for purple lovers that looks both soft and luminous"  and they are dead on with the description. the color really is a dusty, muted purple packed with pinkish shimmer. 

formula is amazing and it is fully opaque after two coats. the shimmer is quite visible on the nails, which surprised me, because i expected it o be more subtle. i think that this is one of those shades that look good on every skintone.

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Monday, 4 March 2019

dance legend grey brittain (smoky)

today i'm showing grey brittain, from dance legend smoky collection back in 2014.

i took advantage of a llarowe sale to get grey brittain, but got so in love that i already put two more on the list. the name of collection is smoky, and it sure is! grey brittain is an interesting shade of grey, and bottom pictures are more accurate. the tiny black glitter, in lack of a better word, is running through it, creating the said smoky effect.

formula is a bit runny, so i had to go with three coats.

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Friday, 1 March 2019

ysl blanc figuratif (shimmer rush)

when it comes to "no buy" policies, in my world, they never apply to ysl, and i still try to snatch absolutely everyone that comes out. today i am showing the gorgeous blanc figuratif, from their 2019 spring collection, shimmer rush.

blanc figuratif is gorgeous, frosty, shimmery white. the shimmer is fine, going from silver and white to bronze, giving it a metallic, chrome-like look. 

it is a chameleon as well, as it looks differently in different lights. i wore it on an overcast day, so it looks almost like it's infused with gold.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

a england excalibur revamped (the mythicals)

today, i am showing the swatches of the gorgeous excalibur (the new version) from the a england's the mythicals collection.

i love wearing polishes with foil finish in the winter and autumn. i can see the reason behind the name from the official description: "a steely grey hue filled with multi-dimensional shimmer, creating a unique fusion of silver and gold - a shade to match a hero's blade".

the colour is so hard to describe,  because it's both silver and gold, with grainy, irregular golden flakes. it has that old gold covered with patina feel. it's gorgeous, rich, with no brushstrokes and excellent opacity.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

opi first class desires (gwen stefani holiday 2014)

first class desires is my only pick from opi's gwen stefani holiday collection for 2014.

the base color is really complex, a brown-leaning eggplant purple, filled with goldish/bronze shimmer that really comes alive in the sun.

application and formula are great, and this is one of the polishes that looks much better in real life than in pictures. it seems to be winter's it color, since zoya's sansa is a pretty close dupe.

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Monday, 11 February 2019

illamasqua facet (sacred hour)

i don't have a lot of illamasqua's, but the ones i have are amazing. and facet, from the sacred hour collection for autumn 2013,  may be my star.

facet is a perfect taupe, leaning more towards brown in sunlight and grey in the shade. it's real beauty lies in the amazing maching with the dense coppery and golden fleckish type of shimmer. i would say its really unique.

one down side, although the formula and application are good, is the opacity. it is on the sheer side, and it takes either two really thick or three thin coats for perfect coverage.

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