Dec 27, 2011

Nars - Night Porter

Today I have a gorgeous Nars polish to show you:  Night Porter which is a dark metallic forest green with mustard/gold colored shimmers.

Depending on the light, it can seem very dark, almost black, or rather bright, I'm thinking almost emerald green.

One word: stunning!

I applied two easy coats followed by Revlon's Fast drying topcoat.

There were 3 polishes in this collection that came out during Fall; I also got Night Flight which I will be wearing shortly. Have you tried any of them?

Thanks for reading.

All pictures were taken in artificial lighting.

Dec 25, 2011

Essie's Brooch the subject & China Glaze Golden enchantment

Hello lacquer lovers,

Quick post today: a nice sparkly nude mani using Essie's Brooch the Subject & China Glaze's Golden Enchantment.

Brooch the Subject is a slightly pink based nude creme polish that applies very nicely and is gives an opaque coverage in 2 thin coats.

I really like nude mani's but like them even more topped with some glitter or a flakie polish, so I decided to spice Brooch the Subject up with Golden Enchantment which is a gold rainbow glitter polish in a clear base. It's the golden equivalent as Fairy Dust that many of you use.

Brooch the Subject (alone).

Brooch the Subject & Golden Enchantment.

All pictures were taken in artificial lighting (natural light lightbulb) without flash.

Thanks for reading and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas

It's 1:45 AM, I just got back from the Christmas dinner at my in-laws and wanted to wish you all a wonderful Christmas wherever you are.

I'm not a big fan of all the Christmas shopping/present craze but cherish the simple moments I can spend with my family and friends.

To me, all that really matters in life is love and sharing good moments with people that are dear to me, so I hope you are all surrounded by your loved ones and get a taste of what is the most important to me.

Hugs and kisses,


Dec 22, 2011

Essie's Merino Cool

Hello lacquer lovers,

How are you all doing?

Today I have another Essie polish to show you: Merino Cool.

I don't know why I didn't purchase this polish earlier, it's absolutely gorgeous.

My pictures make it seem a tad more grey than it is in really. In real life it's a bit warmer and more purple.

The formula was great: two easy coats followed by Revlon's Fast Dry Topcoat.

Don't you just love these dusty murky colors? I certainly do and can't wait to find more to add to my stash!

Thanks for reading :)

All pictures were taken in artificial lighting without flash.

Dec 16, 2011

Essie's Dive Bar

Hello my dears,

As promised, here is another of the Essie polishes I picked up the other day: Dive Bar.

I was really eager to try this polish as it's color reminded me of a scarab and I love those little beetles. 
I was hoping the teal/purple duochrome effect would be as amazing on my nails as it was in the bottle, but was a bit disappointed... Nevertheless, the color is gorgeous and I don't regret my purchase.

As you can see, Dive Bar is a very dark, almost black shimmery teal polish. 

Only two coats were needed to reach full opacity as the formula was great. No streaks, bubbles or bald patches whatsoever.

For my topcoat I used Essie's Out The Door, but I'm not crazy about it as it doesn't seem to be self leveling...

Have you tried Dive Bar? 

All pictures were taken in artificial lighting (natural light lightbulb) without flash.

Dec 15, 2011

Liebster award

Hi guys!

I'm very happy because I just received the Liebster Award from the lovely I Bleed Polish
Thanks so much girl, that's a real encouragement and it makes me want to put more time and effort in my blog.

The rules for this award, given to bloggers whose followers are under 200, are very simple:

  • Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you

  • Reveal the five blogs you have chosen and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog

  • Copy and paste the award on your blog

  • Request that people you have sent the award to forward it on to their favorite bloggers

  • Here are the 5 bloggers I would like to give this award to:

    1. Courtney from Nails by Courtney 
    2. Emily from Embellished nails
    3. Terry from My Pretty Nail Polish Box
    4. Kimberly from Nail Reflections
    5. Chelsea from Nailed: A Nail Polish Blog

    Congrats ladies!!!

      Dec 14, 2011

      Essie's Over the Edge


      How have you guys been? I haven't been posting much recently but have many new gorgeous polishes to show you in the coming days.

      Essie's retail line finally hit the racks in France and I'm so happy about that. So the other day I went a bit crazy and purchased some gorgeous polishes.
      Although I live in Switzerland, the border is only a few minutes away. If you look at a map, you'll notice that Geneva is surrounded by France.

      Let's begin with Over the Edge. I had been eyeballing this polish for months but just couldn't resolve ordering it on the net because I've had too many bad surprises and didn't want to spend my pennies on a polish I'd only wear once.
      You might be familiar with Over the Edge, one of the many gunmetal gray polishes you can find on the market. It looks a bit like the color of a black pearl but doesn't have as many green undertones as Chanel's version (Black pearl). I have that one as well and will soon post a picture to compare.

      Over the Edge's formula was great: 2 coats for complete opacity and no streaks, bubbles or bald patches. For my topcoat I used Revlon's Quick Dry Topcoat, one of the best TC I've tried, but you surely already know that as I've written about it before and many bloggers rave about it.

      Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more Essie delights!

      First four pictures taken in daylight.

      Last two pictures taken in artificial lighting (natural light lightbulb), without flash.

      Dec 4, 2011

      Essie's Sand Tropez

      Hello there!

      I've heard a lot about the polish I'm showing you today and wasn't sure I liked it in swatches seen on internet, but I finally picked it up and am so glad I did.

      I present you: Sand Tropez.

      What a silly name. For having been to St Tropez many times, I can assure you the sand's color over there is by far very different than what Essie supposes... It may look like sand on some of the Caribbean beaches, I'm thinking Barbuda, Antigua of Petit St Vincent, but in no means are the sandy beaches of France this color!

      Anyway, I really like this polish and will wear it again soon.

      Have you tried it?

      Thanks for reading!

      All pictures were taken in artificial lighting (natural light lightbulb) without flash.

      Dec 2, 2011

      China Glaze Peachy Keen


      Since the weather here has been rainy and cold, I felt like wearing a polish full of sunshine. As I was frantically looking through my helmer in order to fulfill my sunny aspiration, I stumbled upon China Glaze's Peachy Keen and thought it would be perfect for the occasion.

      I applied two coats followed by Fast Forward topcoat.

      Don't you just love this color?!:)

      Thanks for reading!



      Artificial lighting.

      Nov 26, 2011

      OPI's Wocca Wocca

      Hello my dears!

      How are you doing? Did you have a nice Thanksgiving? Mine was great but I ate too much!

      Today I have another OPI polish from the Muppets collection to show you: Wocca Wocca.

      I wasn't crazy about the formula, a bit runny and thick at the same time. On the other hand, the color is gorgeous: a maroon base drenched with fuschia/red shimmers. It reminds me of a ruby or a garnet in sunlight.

      This polish is similar to OPI's I'm Not Really a Waitress, only a tad more blue based.

      I applied 2 coats followed by INM's Out the door (I really love that topcoat).

      Thanks for reading and have a nice Saturday:)

      Our Thanksgiving dinner. Yummy yummy! Thanks for cooking mama:)

      I'm not really a waitress (left) & Wocca Wocca (right)

      All the polish pictures were taken in artificial lighting, without flash.

      Nov 22, 2011

      Versatile Blogger Award

      Hello my dear readers,

      Hurray! I got my very first award on Blogger:  The Versatile Blogger Award!

      Thanks so much Holly from Holly and Polish, I'm really touched by your very sweet attention!

      There are 2 rules for this award:
      1. List seven things about yourself
      2. Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers

      As a good Swiss who always has to follow all the rules :), here are 7 things about me:
      1. I love to share with people and often start talking with total strangers (deep down I think we are all the same and put too many barriers between on another). Some people might find that crazy but to me it's just basic communication.
      2. I love recycling/customizing furniture and people say I have a gift for decorating homes. When I was little I used to move around the  furniture I had in my room about every week!
      3. I believe in God but not adhere to one specific religion.
      4. I have a sister who is 4 years older than me and lives in London. We are very different but I love her dearly.
      5. I'm an Aries and my ascendante is in Scorpio.
      6. I can read/write hieroglyphic Egyptian, Coptic and Latin and speak fluently English, French, Italian and German.
      7. I have an adorable boyfriend who is an egyptologist and archaeologist. 
      As to the second rule, here are the lovely 15 bloggers I'd like to pass this award on to:
      1. Jacki from Adventures in Acetone
      2. Kellie from Also Known As...
      3. Nailstories (I'm sorry I don't know your name :() from Nail Stories
      4. Courtney from An Amateur's Nail Obsession by NailsbyCourtney
      5. Deniz from Emerald Sparkled
      6. Emily from Emily's Nail Files
      7. Fingers (I'm sorry I don't know your name:() from Fingers Polish Mania
      8. Karen from Frazzle and Aniploish
      9. Amy from Gotham Polish
      10. Leslie from Polish Art Addiction
      11. Amy from I'm Feeling Nail-Venturous
      12. Anna from Loodie Loodie Loodie
      13. Tera from Nails in Nippon
      14. Sasha from Nihrida
      15. Lyndsay from Pixie Polish

        I really wish I could pass this award on to more great bloggers, 15 really isn't enough. To all the bloggers I haven't nominated, please excuse me... I chose blogs I love but there are so many more and I love yours too. Obviously my selection doesn't portray all of my preferred blogs. You all deserve it and my loving thoughts go to you :)


        Nov 20, 2011

        OPI's Warm and Fozzie


        The other day I showed you Designer de-Better but today I have even better: Warm and Fozzie!

        I won't even try to describe this polish as it is so complex and many other have done it way better than I would.

        The formula was great. I applied 3 coats followed by OPI's Topcoat (not the Rapidry, the regular one). I tried using China Glaze's Fast Forward the first time I tried Warm and Fozzie but that combo resulted in terrible shrinkage...

        All pictures were taken in artificial lighting (natural light lightbulb) without flash.

        Thanks for reading!

        Nov 19, 2011

        Brown and nude polka dots

        Hi guys,

        I felt inspired to do a polka dot mani the other day, so here it is!

        The polishes I used are 2 cheapies I picked up in Budapest. Their quality was so bad I won't even mention their names or the brand.

        Left hand:      Nude base with brown polka dots on thumb, middle finger and pinkie.
                              Brown base with nude polka dots on index and ring finger.

        Right hand:   Brown base with nude polka dots on thumb, middle finger and pinkie.
                             Nude base with brown polka dots on index and ring finger.

        Left hand

        Left hand

        Left hand

        Right hand

        Thanks for reading and have a nice Sunday :)