My Purples

If you ask me – purple is my favorite color and whenever I see something of that color I instantly want to buy that. No matter how much I have. And when it comes to nail polishes this is where two of my passions meet. I love wearing purple – in summer I prefer brights and during the colder months I go for darker and deeper shades. I’ve prepared a nice variety for you – let’s have a look.

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Zoya Takeover

Nail polishes are my obsession – it’s not a secret and I have proof – look in my instagram here. I think this is the best way to spice up any outfit and improve bad mood – just paint your nails with your favorite nail polish either it’s a bright coral or edgy black.

Quite recently I’ve discovered a new brand for me and I’ve become obsessed with it – it’s such a nice quality, the packaging is vey sophisticated and they are big 5 free. Okay one step at a time…

Which brand I’m talking about? Zoya. Back in October I’ve tried my first Zoya nail polish – I’m talking about this post – and the love started. Over the months I’ve accumulated few new shades and a cult nail polish remover.

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Let’s start with nudes – Zoya in Jacqueline – milky yellowish nail polish. And it’s apparently dupe for OPI in My Vampire is Buff – the one that was released with Euro Collection. It looks incredibly flattering on the nails, especially with a tan. It doesn’t make you hands look either manikin or dead – a bonus for pale shade, right?

Another nude-ish is shade Kennedy – pale pink nude brown dustyshade – wow, isn’t it the best shade description … ever? – what I like to call this color is sophisticated pink. I like to have it on y toes, it gives a nice color and yet appropriate for any shoe color. You nails look polished, taken care of and when the polish starts to chip (after a good 5-6 days, btw) it won’t be so noticeable.

Purple is my favorite color so I just couldn’t pass on that one – purple with gold shimmer, it look so interesting an cool on the nails, in some light it looks just purple and in the sun it just sparkles and I’m talking about shade Tru.

And the brightest shade is Charisma – the neonest fuchsia shade I’ve ever seen. It does dry matte, like another neon polishes do, but another than that the application is smooth, two coats and you are done – no strikes, no lighter patches, nothing, just a pleasure to work with. 

As for that mysterious big5free thing – that means that the nail polishes are free from certain chemicals and toxins as Dibutyl Phthalate, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, and Camphor which is more beneficial not just for your nails, but whole body. Think about it – even when you’re panting your nails you get to inhale some of that cr*p… Something to consider here.

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As for nail polish remover I first spotted it on Anna’s blog here (everything she recommends I want to buy immediately, my poor wallet…) and it claims to be 3 in 1 product – polish remover, nail cleaner and nail prep. It’s very gentle but yet effective – it copes with metallics, glitters, neons – everything. It’s not stripping or drying at all and at the same time prepares your nails for polish by making it adhere better a.k.a. last longer. BUT the coolest thing about this remover is the pump. Isn’t it cool? It dispenses the right amount of liquid, you aren’t afraid you pour too much and ruin your working place and if you messed up one nail you get a change to fix it not messing the rest. Isn’t it dreamy?

Have you tried any of Zoya products? If you have some favorite shades, please do share. 

-S

The Non-Summer Nailpolish

When it comes to summer we tend to brush-off the dust from our bright / eons / pastels nail bottles. Typically I’m one of those girls. But after watching Tamira’s Lip Addict tag, I’ve mentioned that I was all over her nail color, right? It’s a Dior Junon. Right there I knew I want to try those new Dior gels, but there are not out here yet, so I had to find my way out. As usual Essie had my back.

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I did a little shopping-my-stash routine and found untouched Essie Maximillian Strasse Her. It was part of Spring’13 collection and available here for £7.59. It’s not an exact dupe, no! But it’s that shade family. Is-it-grey-is-it-blue-is-it-asphalt color. It is stunning. It’s sophisticated. It’s expensive. It’s eye catching.

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It isn’t you ordinary summer shade, but it still looks appropriate.  I got so many compliments wearing it. So now I think it will become a closer friend of mine.

As usually Essie wears great on me – 5 days with out chipping. When I’m repainting my nails it’s because I get bored with colors easily, but not with this one.

Have you tried that shade? Tell me about your current go-to nail color.

-S

 

‘THE FANCIES’ #3

Nail polishes. I’ve been hooked on that for quite sometime. Before that loooong journey of buying away all colors and textures, tiny bottles or exquisite packages I owned only few colors the majority of those were pale pinks, white or nudes with a bit of shimmers.

Now it’s an absolutely different story.

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I think that I have every possible shade. Yellows, greens, blues, reds, blacks, berries, whites – literally every color you wish. Talking about the texture – same here: duo-chromes, liquid sands, creams, jellies, mirror-top, glitters, shimmers!..

The problem is that every time I’m in the store I spot the nail polish that I’m dying to adopt.

What’s wrong with me? Probably there is something, but do I care? NO. Why? Cause I have a great variety to pick from when I do my nails.

P.S. this is just a half of my collection. I’m not ashamed :)

What are your addictions/ fancies? Pop them in the comments below.

Mint – love it in the tea and on the nails.

I know the trend for minty nail polish was on top for quite sometime, but I’m still on that train and I’m not ready to let it go. This is the gorgeous color because it allows to find the ‘perfect’ shade for everyone depending on their skin tone or color’s opacity and even the shade of mint itself. universal shade – that is what I’m trying to say. Love staring at my nails when have something like this on!

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When I pulled out the assumed shades from my huge *enormous* box I realized that one can be more brighter than the others and one has a pistachio hint. Oops. But still let it be – they are all pretty, very pretty no be mentioned!

You may spot an ordinary selection of mint polishes, but I really tried to add something new to the bunch to spice it up a little. Hope you like it. Pop your recommendations in the comments below.

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  • Kiko. #389. The that shade so much. For me it’s a straight up bright mint. Love it! Ideal for summer and for rainy dull days when you want a sparkle of color.
  • Rimmel Salon Pro Lycra ‘Peppermint’ 500. This shade I would describe as a mint color with a hint of dust. You know those dusty rose colors? So this is a dusty mint. Nice one!
  • OPI ‘Gargantuan Green Grape’. This is a pastel mint with a blue undertone. Again love (how many times I said ‘love’ in this post? not enough!)
  • Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’. The founder of my addiction. (not just mine I think) Maaaany people went crazy over this shade, and you know what? IT’S TOTALLY WORTH IT!
  • Bourjois 04 Amande Defile. This is the one with a pistachio hint . Again a nice shade if you fancy a bit different mint. I like to pair it with some gold glitter as an ascent nail.

In the pic above you can also see the brush comparison. The Essie and the Rimmel have the widest brush of the bunch and the Bourjois and the OPI has thinner ones (the KIKO one is in the middle).

If you have any other ideas about the color selection/comparison I should do next again – the selection below is more than welcomed!

Nails Inc Baker Street – the best blue

Well, if you think they you don’t like blue nail polish, then you haven’t tried that one.

This is just the peeeerfect shade. Straight up blue. The one that is fluttering for all skin tones whether it is pale skin or deep one – would be amazing on everyone.

If you still doubt whether you need it or not here is the story for you that may help you to make the right decision (to buy the nail polish of course):

The first thing you should know about my mum is that not just she an awesome person that help me every time and with everything she is a lady (yes, modest as well haha).

Talking about the nail polish and the whole cosmetics range she is more VERY conservative. She denies wearing foundation any time, no eyeshadows, only slight dust of color & no mascara – she hates removing it at the end of the day. For nail polish she accepts only 3 types of manicure: french tips, very dark polish (black, burgundy or dark navy/purple) or red.

When she saw THIS color on my nails she immediately ask me to remover her current nail polish (OPI Every month is Oktoberfest) and put this one on. All day she is just starring on her nails and just cannot get enough.

Well, are you still thinking or already on the way to the shop?

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P.S. This shade is quite similar to Essie’s ‘Bouncer it’s me’ but a liiiitle bit lighter. The the Essie polish is a neon one so it requires 3 or more coats and a top coat since it dries matte. But I do have both and love them both.

Do you need both – don’t think so. Just pick what you need more or less blue one.

-S