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NYX Ink & Milani Gems Jelly Sandwich

Before I was never that keen on either jellies or multicolored, chunky glitters, but after learning about jelly sandwiches, I’m craving both! (As I need any more reasons to buy nail polish!)

I have to admit I bought NYX Ink and Milani Gems just because I got this idea for a jelly sandwich, and I couldn’t rest before I tried them both together. And I have to say, they make a really good couple. Ink is a gorgeous, juicy navy blue jelly. Gems is one of the countless dupes for Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, with hex glitter in multiple sizes and colors. I’m not to keen on it alone, but it looks great in a jelly sandwich! This combination reminds me of another Lippmann, Across The Universe, so if you never got your hands on that one, this could be an affordable substitute.

Yum, juicy!
Ink is very easy to apply, and if you were to wear it alone, two to three coats would be enough, depending on how opaque you’d like it. Gems goes on smoothly, too, and I used one generous coat for this mani. The whole thing is two coats Ink, one coat Gems followed by a coat of Ink on top.

I got both of these polishes from Cherry Culture, the NYX are $3.60 a bottle and the Milanis are $3.99 a bottle.

NYX Yuppies

And now for something completely different! From vibrant peachy neon to neutral, boring beige. I’m going back to work tonight, so I need something “invisible”, and this polish is certainly up for that task. (I’m not even supposed to wear nailpolish at work, but I hope this one can slide.) NYX Yuppies is a beige/nude/neutral creme, and I can’t say it even excites me nor disgusts me. It’s just there.
The only thing is that I think it looks a bit too yellow for my skin tone, so I think I’ll put a few drops of pink in it to make it match my tips.

Beigelicious.
The formula is good, I didn’t have any application problems. This is three coats, and I can still see some VNL, but I don’t think it matters. It just makes it look a bit more natural.

Can’t wait for the weekend to wear some of my bright polishes! :D At least Yuppies is safe for work. No heart attacks waiting to happen with this one. ;)

Have a nice day, everyone! Wish me luck!
Love, S.

NYX Sue

I thought NYX Sue looked really cute in the bottle, but I’m not too crazy about it on the nail. It’s a pink shimmer/gold/peach duochrome, quite stunning in theory, right? I just don’t like how it looks on me. Yes, it has a wonderful gold flash in the sunlight, but indoors it kinda looks like a flat peach, and I’m not too fond of peach shimmers.

Take a look!

Another thing I dislike about this polish, is the sheerness. I used four coats for this mani, and I still have visible nail line. Do not want! Other than that, the formula is great. Glides on beautifully and all that. Just too bad I don’t like anything else about it. ;)

Better luck next time!
Love, S.

NYX Vamp

Last week I picked up this little gem, NYX Vamp. It’s a deep, dark burgundy shimmer, so gorgeous! It definitely has a va-va-voom quality, it’s really sexy! The shimmer really reminds me of China Glaze’s Retro Diva and Rodeo Diva collections.

The formula is good, although not as intuitive as OPI’s or Illamasqua’s, but it does the trick without too much fuss. Three coats and you’re good to go. If you need a vampy, sexy, classic wine red shimmer, this one is totally worth it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, S.

Dubai Haul

Hey everyone! I’m back from Dubai, and we’ve had a great time. My husband got to ski in the indoors slope at Mall of the Emirates, and I got to shop a lot! :D
(Well, among other stuff, of course. ;))

I found some great polishes both at Mall of the Emirates and The Dubai Mall (one of the biggest malls in the world, with approximately 1200 shops). I was a little disappointed that Sephora didn’t have Sephora by OPI, though. Maybe they just don’t sell those in the Middle East? I even had a near-Beyond Jealous-experience at MAC, but of course it was sold out. Finding an Illamasqua counter at Bloomingdales made up for it, though.

Let’s check out the loot, shall we?

First out are a lot of polishes from the brand nailstation, which I’ve never heard of before. The only thing I can find on Google is this blog post from lollipop26 , and it’s from the very same store I bought these in. If anyone can fill me in on this brand, I’d appreciate it. Anyway, I love the names of these polishes.

diamond wedding and péché mignon

sea sexy, court circuit, bella vita, haute voltige, la plage

dapple grey, dress code, fake blonde, dolled-up

I got some NYX polishes as well: Juliette and Yuppies

And finally, the pièce de résistance: Illamasqua Baptiste, Illamasqua Grab and Chanel Particulière

I actually found the Chanel in Qatar before I left for Dubai. I was so giddy, because I thought it was sold out everywhere, but there it was at Debenhams, waiting for me. I guess Qatar is so slow that it didn’t know it was supposed to be sold out. ;)

Did you like my haul? Any favorites you’d like to see swatched?
Hope to see you soon! :D

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