Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year with Greta!

That’s it, 2011 is almost over, hopefully 2012 will bring us all happiness, prosperity, sparkles and more awesome polishes!

New Year’s Eve calls for heavy duty glitz and glamour, and what could be better than the most rainbowy linear holo of them all? Make Up Store Greta is one of the first polishes I ever wrote about on my blog, but this is so pretty that it deserves some better pics. This is the best silver holo in the world, in my opinion, I’ve never seen a stronger holographic effect. These pics are shot under artificial light, can you imagine how it will look in the sunlight?

The formula is standard holo fare, in other words very finicky. I suggest using a base coat like MUS Aqua Fix, Nfu-Oh Aqua Base or GOSH Fix Base Coat, and leave the top coat, because it kills the holo effect. I’ve used three coats here, no base or topcoat.

Greta and her holographic sisters Siw, Britta and Madeleine are available in Make Up Stores, the price is NOK 130 a bottle.

I hope you’ve had a great year in 2011, and thank you so much for still hanging around with me in here. I hope you’ll stick around in 2012 as well!

Happy New Year, everyone!

Barielle Date Night

Here’s an oldie, but goodie, Barielle Date Night from the Fall Affair collection way back in 2008! I picked this up in my latest Trans Design haul, so I guess it’s core now? Luckily it’s not hard to find, because this is the most amazing emerald green shimmer I’ve ever seen! Nothing more to say, really, just check out the pics.

The formula didn’t give me too much of a hard time, it’s easy to apply, but maybe just a tad on the runny side. It’s nice and opaque and covers in two thin coats.

As I said, I got this at Trans Design (link in the sidebar), where the entire Barielle line including treatments is now available. No more frantically searching eBay for Barielle Manicure Extender, woo! Barielle polishes are $3.60 a bottle.

Orly Rock-It

You truly know you’re living a life of luxury when the biggest problem you have is that you just have too many great polishes in your untrieds drawer, making it hard to choose what to wear next. I managed to overcome this daunting obstacle, and decided to put on Orly Rock-It from the Fall 2011 Mineral FX collection.

The Mineral FX collection is a lot like the hugely popular Cosmic FX collection from 2010, very sparkly, duochrome and overall awesome! Orly claims these polishes are infused with minerals, specifically fluorophlogopites (crystals), glass particles, mica, silica and other pigments, which together create the multi-dimensional duochrome effect.

Rock-It is a color that’s very hard to describe, much because of the aforementioned multichrome effect. It’s sometimes burgundy, sometimes golden and other times it’s a deep, glowy magenta. It’s super pretty, and I think this would be such a great underwear for Clarins 230!

I had some trouble applying this, it wanted to flood my cuticles all the time. Not a good thing when it’s such a dark color with lots of sparkles, it made for a tricky cleanup process. This needs two coats for opacity, but I’ve used three coats because I dinged it up before it was dry and I had to smooth it out.

I bought this from Trans Design (link in the sidebar), and while this collection is slightly more expensive than the regular line, it’s still quite affordable at $5.32 a bottle. Shipping to Norway is a breeze if you choose the flat rate box, which costs $20 and can fit up to 9 bottles.

Wet ‘n’ Wild It’s All In The Cut

Hello everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the holidays, I know I am! My shoulders have finally dropped down to where they belong, and I’m relaxing and having a good time with family, good food, old movies on TV and lots of free time to play with nail polish!

I really should be wearing Christmas polishes at a time like this, but I recently got a lot of amazing polishes in the mail, and I decided to just let holidays be holidays and wear whatever I fancied! I chose Wet ‘n’ Wild It’s All In The Cut, which is from the Ice Baby collection for Winter 2011. Hey, I guess it sort of is a holiday polish after all!

IAITC has lots of super fine lilac glitter in a clear base, and it also has bigger pink holographic glitters interspersed. Hubba hubba, I love it!

This polish is really thick and gloopy, but it’s mostly just because it’s so filled with glitter. I had no problems applying thin coats, and I used three coats for maximum coverage and intense color punch. One could easily get away with two coats, though, the glitter is really dense.

I hope you’re having a nice time as well, and that you have plenty of time to adorn your nails. Did you get any nail related pretties under the tree this year?

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone!
Christmas is finally here, I hope you all are having a nice and peaceful holiday. It’s been a busy time for me lately, but now it’s finally time to relax and enjoy the good times with family and friends.

I wanted to somehow sum up what’s been happening on this blog this year, so I made a collage of some of my favorite manicures from 2011.

Click the collage to enlarge, or click here for a version with individual, clickable pics. Click click. WordPress doesn’t allow embedding, so this got a little convoluted. If you bothered to take a look, though, please tell me which 2011 manicure you like best!

Thank you all for reading and commenting, I really really appreciate every one of you! I hope you’ll stick around in 2012 as well.

From all my heart to all of you, I wish you a very merry Christmas!

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