Hello lovelies!

In the beginning of February I like to think that spring is close :) Spring collections are already beginning to conquer store shelves, we are just waiting for some sun to shine so those weightless pastels will make sense on nails. This post will be dedicated to Ciate Dolls House nail polish collection for spring 2014. So welcome back to my Preview column where we talk about anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released.

Ciate Dolls House for spring 2014
This cute nail polish collection features five delicate nail colors to match the pastel doll like fashion trends for 2014 spring/summer fashion season. They will come in mini bottles and packed in a beautiful doll house box. International launch date is planned for February 2014 and the collection will be available at Sephora stores.

Ciate Dolls House Collection spring 2014

Ciate Dolls House Collection spring 2014

Ciate Dolls House Collection spring 2014

Ciate Dolls House Collection spring 2014

Ciate Dolls House Collection spring 2014

Ciate Dolls House Collection spring 2014

 

I got all photos from my ultimate nail polish collections source: chicprofile.com. I will be happy to see these bottles in person as mint, lilac, soft pink and natural colors are among my top picks for spring 2014 season.

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Hello lovelies!

Match your lipstick to your nail color, this is my ultimate choice when I want a glamorous yet safe beauty result. I love how matching lip and nail color add some class and style to any outfit, creating a look which will fit any occasion. I browsed my personal cosmetics and nail polish collection to show you my matching lipstick and nail color choices and give some tips to help you make yours.

How to match lip and nail color?

TIP 1: Chose nail color first
I like to choose my nail color first and then find a matching lipstick. This is because nail colors are straightforward and what you see in the bottle is what you get in reality.

TIP 2: Test
When it comes to fine hue tuning test is the way to go! Choose a well stocked beauty store where you can explore colors live. This is especially true for lip color as a printed color on the lipstick box will fail you 99% of the time.

TIP 2: Mind your natural lip color
You have probably noticed that lipsticks tend to look a little different on your lips and this is because lips have a natural color. So if you are not going for an opaque color, it is best to try it out on lips. Personally, I never use public beauty testers on my face so my safe way to make the right choice if opt for creamier formulas which are also thicker and provide more coverage.

TIP 4: Go for a realistic color
This means what it means: do not match your lipstick to navy blue glittery holographic nails :) It will just be difficult to get it right. If you want to match some unconventional color, like blue, chose your lipstick first and match the nail color with it. You are most likely to get the best result with this approach because nail color is easier to find in odd hues and lip colorand you will have more variety to pick from.

TIP 5: Recheck color
It is absolute pleasure to wear the perfect nail and lip color combination but you should check up on the lip color regularly. Lipstick tends to wear off especially as we have a drink or a bite so make sure to reapply lip color regularly to ensure it still matches your nails.

I will show you some examples of lip and nail color pair from my personal collection.

I am not much of a red lip person but when I go for red, my choices are Revlon Lipgloss in Firecracker, #160 and Bourjois Paris 10 days Anti-Choc nail polish collection, #20.
match lip and nail colors

I love hot pink color, my matching lip and nail color choice in this category is Rimmel London Pro collection nail polish in Cocktail Passion, #313 in combination with Maybelline NY Superstay lipstick collection in Stay with me Coral, #430.

match lipstick and nail polish

The enhanced natural look is one of my all time favorites. I opt for Maybelline NY Color Sensational collection, Sweet Pink, #132 and Astor Liquid Care collection Llipgloss in Nude Rose, #103 for lips. I match these two with Essence Colour&Go collection nail polish in English rose, #111.

matching lip and nail colors

As for my oranges, I am not sure how well the photo got the shades, the colors in the two photos below seem very similar… Anyway, my hot orange color choice is YSL lip color from Rouge Volupte Shine collection in Coral, #14 in combination with Astor Fashion Studio nail polish in Orange Cosmos, #237.

matching lip and nail color

 

My other, more toned down lip corals are Bourjoir Paris lipstick from Rouge Edition collection in Peche cosy, #03 and 3D lipgloss in Orange Fruity, #13. The matching nail color is Max Factor Glossfinity nail polish in cute coral, #70.

match lip and nail colorThanks for reading, I hope this was a useful resource, see you soon!

 

Hello everyone!

Welcome back to my Preview column where we talk about anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released. Today’s post is about a spring 2014 nail polish collection from Catrice. It is called Catrice Ultimate Nails Spring 2014 and is about to hit the drugstore shelves in February 2014. We will have two separate collections.

Crushed Crystals collection
Crushed Crystals is all about nail polish effects. This collection features 6 shades with glossy and sand finish. We should expect textured 3D nails in fashionable colors for the upcoming 2104 spring season. Catrice promise high coverage for Crushed Crystals nail polishes and that would be fantastic if true because usually 3D effects come in too sheer formulas.

Catrice 2014 Crushed Crystals collection

Catrice 2014 Crushed Crystals collection

Catrice 2014 Crushed Crystals collection

Catrice 2014 Crushed Crystals collection

Ultimate Nail Laquer collection
Ultimate Nail Laquer is a permanent collection which will have 13 new colors added for the spring/summer season. Catrice are proud of this collection for having super glossy formula with an innovative reservoir brush. The brush is designed to pick the right amount of nail polish necessary to color one nail and has a rounded shape to make application easier and possible with just one stroke. You know how much I love rounded brushes! They save time, skip the mess and I really apply color in just one motion (OK, 2 for the thumbs). This collection will have a total of 40 shades.

Catrice 2014 Ultimate Nail Lacquer collection

Catrice 2014 Ultimate Nail Lacquer collection

Catrice 2014 Ultimate Nail Lacquer collection

Catrice 2014 Ultimate Nail Lacquer collection

Catrice 2014 Ultimate Nail Lacquer collection

Catrice 2014 Ultimate Nail Lacquer collection

Images are from the chicprofile.com, my favorite source for nail polish collections news.

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Hello nail art addicts!

Today I want to share with you my thoughts on Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish collection.

Magnetic nail polishes were a huge trend a few years ago and actually Essie were one of the latest companies to design a magnetic collection and launch it in 2012. However, the 6 shades Essie offer are very classical and can be worn any season and good news is you can now find the Repstyle polishes for a lower price at most online discounter stores.

Essie Repstyle Magnetic nail polish collection

Essie Repstyle Magnetic nail polish collection

Colors of this collection are very stylish and I had a really hard time choosing only two shades. I chose Repstyle and Sssexy for the snake skin color of the first and the absolutely gorgeous red shade of the second. Other colors are grey, beige and green also close to reptile skin colors accompanied with a standout blue color.

I have shown Sssssexy to you in my How to use magnetic nail polish tutorial, I am adding the Repstyle color photos.

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Snake skin nails with Essie Repstyle magnetic nail polish

Essie Repstyle magnetic polishes are metallic colors which get perked up by a unique magnet induced pattern. They are easy to apply and dry fast. These nail polishes have a big cap which holds a larger magnet. This makes creating the pattern easier. When I use them the sides of my largest nails do not get the pattern though. Without a top coat they do not last more than 2 days so I strongly suggest to take five minutes more to apply your favorite clear coat on top of your design. A big advantage of Essie Repstyle nail polishes over other brand magnetic colors is that they are very easy to take off.

Generally, I absolutely love the Repstyle polish collection because I have never seen a pattern so similar to snake skin. I love snake skin as a fashion accent and have tries several times to create a nail design with this animal print and all attempts were a complete disaster. So to me the Repstyle collection is my chance to pull off a unique nail design I love.

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Hello nail art lovers!

Welcome back to my Preview column where we talk about anticipated and inspiring nail products that are about to be released. I can’t wait to share with you two amazing nail polish collections which will be launched in drugstores by Essence this spring/summer season!

Essence Effects nail polish collection
Essence Effects nail polish collection will hit the drugstore shelves in February 2014. This collection is all about effects! Nail polishes will come in fourteen shades with different finishes: holographic, sugar, jewels and polka dots. This collection promises easy application and great coverage. Bring them on, Essence, so that we can see for ourselves!

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Effects nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection
Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection is also planned for a February 2014 international release. It has 7 colors in pastel shades. Pastel colors are a total nail trend for spring/summer 2014 and I am happy this selection will be available in drugstores. These polishes actually promise other benefits for nails than color. They are designed to harden, protect  and even out nails, are fruit scented, dry fast and have a super shine finish. I could surely benefit from all of the above!

Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

Essence Nail Candies nail polish collection spring/summer 2014

I got all beautiful images from chicprofile.com, my ultimate upcoming nail products source.

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Hello nail art lovers!

Today I am so excited to rave about Gwen Stefani nail color collection for OPI which has already been launched and is available in some stores. You remember my anticipation for this collection and the post I dedicated to it. Let’s see some color swatches and dream about the colors until we are able to get it for ourselves! At least that’s what I’m going to do :)

All swatches are from oflifeandlacquer.com where you will also find some honest opinion on the collection quality. Unfortunately, I do not own any of these bottles yet, so I will not be commenting on anything rather than nail polish color.

This collection was advertised to feature 5 colors in different finishes and also one mysterious color called Push and Shove which is finally revealed. Read on to see what shade it is!

OPI Hey Baby

OPI Hey Baby swatch

OPI Hey Baby swatch

OPI Hey Baby, NL G26 was described this way: When it comes to pinks, you’re the “bright” one for me. I absolutely love this color. It is such a vivid and bright color in a must have nail color shade.

OPI I Sing in Color

OPI I Sing in Color swatch

OPI I Sing in Color swatch

OPI I Sing in Color, NL G27 was described this way: The deep tones of this luscious blackberry hit all the right notes. It is a very rare shade. I love how dark red turns into black and vise versa according to how light hits your nails.

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby swatch

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby swatch

OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby, NL G28 was described this way: This matte gold with satin sheen complements all your passions. I like the idea of a mat gold color. I think it is much more wearable than your common gold which usually comes with glitter.

OPI 4 in the Morning

OPI 4 in the Morning swatch

OPI 4 in the Morning swatch

OPI 4 in the Morning, NL G29 was described this way: This dramatic, satin black is a hit in after parties. I am a huge fan of black color. It makes a great base color, it is perfect for nail art combinations and with the added value of a satin finish, this color is so me :)

OPI In True Stefani Fashion

OPI In True Stefani Fashion swatch

OPI In True Stefani Fashion swatch

OPI In True Stefani Fashion, NL G31 was described this way: Don’t gotta be a hollaback girl to love this hollagraphic silver glitter. I like this formula, seems great for combining with other colors to achieve varied looks.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove swatch

OPI Push and Shove swatch

OPI Push and Shove, NL G30 is a silver metallic. Metallic colors are a total trend for 2014 and also add an unusual accent not only to manicure but to your whole outfit. This particular formula looks a little strange to me because it does not look flattery on nails and somehow tells everything you try to conceal with nail polish.

Over & Over A-Gwen

Over & Over A-Gwen box

Over & Over A-Gwen box image from imabeautygeek.com

Over & Over A-Gwen was no surprise to me. It is Gwen Stefani’s signature color: red. It is a classic red shade which comes in an individual box accompanied with nail art supplies. You will find Swarovski crystals, metallic studs, nail art glue and a guide book with some designs you can recreate using this kit.

If you want to see some more swatches of the collection, colors with and without top coat and with different lighting, I strongly suggest the Polish Aholic presentation for this collection!

Let me know how you feel about Gwen Stefani for OPI color collection, which colors might find a place in your collection?

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Hello everyone!

I am happy to welcome you to my column Drugstore Favorites. It is dedicated to my best product finds from the drugstore shelves. If it helps you find at least one reasonably priced and high quality nail product, its mission will be completed :)
Some of my all time favorite mainstream nail products are Rimmel London nail polishes from the Pro line with Lycra. Almost all of my nails tutorials feature a Rimmel London product and this is because their polishes turned out to be a great fit for my criteria of a good mainstream nail product. Currently I own three shades: Cocktail Passion, Grape Sorbet and Jazz Funk. The latter is from Rimmel London Kate Moss color collection. Also you can check out my 3 best top coats post.

For this post I have not received any products, or payment, or any kind of sponsorship by Rimmel London company. So read on to see my sincere reasons to love these drugstore finds!

I got the images from the African online store Bid or Buy.

♥ reason 1: They save time
The nail polish formula of Rimmel Lomdon Pro line with Lycra is very pigmented. You get vivid colors with only two coats which saves time for color application. Also, less coats on nails means faster so you are good to go within minutes after color has been applied.

♥ reason 2: They are easy to apply
These polishes can be applied literally with one single stroke. They come with a fat rounded brush which fits the nails and allows to cover them with the right amount of polish with only one motion. I really appreciate being able to work so easily, it is a great plus that with such an easy brush your cuticles stay clean most of the times :)

♥ reason 3: They are available and affordable
Rimmel London nail polishes are easy to get. They are in almost every drugstore and mainstream cosmetics store. New lines quickly hit the store shelves and you can just buy them without online orders, waiting, the risk if blind buying, etc. Prices may vary in different locations but are always pocket friendly.

♥ reason 4: Formula does not thicken
I have had my Cocktail passion for more than a year and every time I reach for it, which is often as I now have only a tiny bit left, it feels like new. Formula stays fresh for a long time which makes these polishes great to include into a planned collection as you may rely they will be there and in good condition when you need them.

♥ reason 5: They last
I am amazed how nail polishes from this line wear in time. Color does not fade or chip for days. This is a photo from my Color block zebra manicure tutorial. I could not get my husband, who is also my blog photographer, take the photos for it for 3 days. So these pictures are taken on the fourth day of nail polish application. The vibrant pink is Cocktail Passion. Pretty well, I say :)

Easy zebra color block nail art

Easy zebra color block nail art

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