Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Flormar 392 Holographic Silver

I was waiting for a friend the other day and decided to pop into a Flormar store nearby to check out some polishes. They have a lot of polishes in many different colours and textures, but this baby grabbed my attention and I just couldn’t leave the store without it; the low price of just under 3€ helped, too.
Flormar 392 Holographic Silver (11ml) feels like there's a party happening your nails. It’s a scattered medium holographic glitter in a light grey base, so light in fact that you can use it as a top coat. In the pictures i've done three layers which are enough for a no VNL coverage. Unlike most holos, it can be used over any base coat and you can use any top coat you like over it without dampening its shine. If anything, I suggest you keep a top coat nearby when you’re wearing this cause after a couple of days of wear it seems to ‘drink up’ the top coat and the surface can feel slightly gritty. I had no issues with removing it either. The shimmer is so fine it gets removed like a normal polish.

The holographic effect is very strong under all kinds of light, sun or artificial. It looks like a very pale silver at all other times though it’s hard to grab that on camera. I don’t think I could love it any more. I am in my second week of wearing it which simply never happens and it is the reason I didn’t do a Halloween mani this year. I just didn’t want to take it off and I didn’t want to stamp it. Unbelievable!

In fact I like it so much I will get one for a giveaway I am planning to announce within the next fortnight or so! Stay tuned for the details!


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Happy October with O.P.I.!

Eugène Grasset, La Belle Jardiniere – Octobre, 1896


I am very pleased with this subtle stamping manicure. It's just like how I imagined it would be and it's much prettier in real life. 

base colour O.P.I. Every Month is Oktoberfest
stamping colour O.P.I. Thanks So Muchness!
stamping plate Born Pretty BP L 003

Bonus picture: my cat sleeping soundly while I use her as a background to my last picture. 
Have a great month!

Monday, 28 September 2015

StarGazer 161: Νebula in a bottle

Did any of you catch a glimpse of last night’s eclipse? I didn’t since it was downcast here. However, I do have a very starry-night looking polish for you today. StarGazer 161 is one of the prettiest dark blue polishes I own because even though it’s dark, it is a very vibrant shade of blue shot through with a golden flaky shimmer. It looks a lot like blue goldstone which I love. It really is fantastic!

As you can see in the pictures, the shimmer becomes apparent only under direct light. The rest of the time it looks dark blue. For all its beauty, it has a very unfortunate drawback; it is a very thin polish. I had to do 4 thin layers for these pictures and it still isn’t completely opaque under direct sunlight. I usually layer it over a dark blue, but I think this dulls down the vibrancy of the blue somewhat.


I love looking at 161’s bottle, too. Look how similar it is to the Iris Nebula (NGC 7023). You can get this polish here(non-affiliated link).

Close up of  StarGazer 161's bottle

Iris Nebula (source)

Monday, 21 September 2015

Essie – Alligator Purse for Autumn

The autumnal equinox is this Wednesday which marks the official end of the summer and the start of autumn. I know everybody gets excited about autumn, but where I live it’s a bit impossible to be excited about autumn in the middle of July in the midst of a heat wave. Today is probably the first day that feels a bit autumnal here, chilly enough for a jacket and still pretty much sunny.

Alligator Purse (613)  is one of the unsung heroes of autumn by Essie. It is now part of the permanent line  thought it first came out in 2007, before the nail blogging world exploded making certain shades iconic and our list of ‘must-haves’ longer and longer. On the website it is described as: “this luxurious creamy burnt orange polish is the perfect couture accessory and your favorite(sic) new arm candy.”

To me it looks like a brownish red which it brings to mind 70s films like ‘Last Tango in Paris’ with its heavy orange hues. It dries a couple of shades darker than it looks in the bottle and when the light hits it it looks almost brick red. It’s a perfect autumnal shade!

I shall leave you with a beautiful song by Dusty Springfield about the end of the summer. I hope we all have a great autumn!


Sunday, 19 April 2015

Fantastic Baby!

Another one from the vault, one inspired by the many fantastic visuals of the Big Bang "Fantastic Baby" video. I wasn't that keen on the music when I first saw it as kpop is not really my thing, but the style was out of this world. 
Let's see if I can remember all the colours I used for this.
A-England - King Arthur (base), Camelot (black) and Stargazer - 232 (silver) stamping with at least one Βundle monster plate.
The dark base is Galahad by A-England, the thin shiny stripe is Le chat CM - Ashy Green, the tiny triangle is by a greek brand called Erre Due and I suspect the thick stripe is For Audrey by China Glaze
I am not even going to attempt the ring finger though I recognise a couple
Little finger (not Petyr Baelish)
Etude House (white), A-England - Camelot and Seventeen 533.

The video follows, but if you're not used to kpop , listen at your own peril!
That's it from me and T.O.P.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

The new Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Colours! Don’t pink of it, So Hap’pink and Beau Brun

I absolutely love the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet lipsticks. I have 67(I had forgotten one in my bag) of them already and no8 (Grand Cru) has been my Holy Grail red this year. I have been wearing it morning, noon and night for months now and get withdrawal symptoms if I don’t get to wear it for more than a week. I find that all the Rouge Edition Velvet colours, even the ones I imagined would be too yellow-leaning (like 04 Peach Club) are actually neutral or with pink undertones which means I can wear them without looking drained and without worrying that my teeth will look yellow.

These do stay put for a long long time and are very well pigmented. I have found different ways of wearing them from more natural to full saturation, which I didn’t think I would be able to do at first. If you’re unsure about the applicator, I had never used or even liked liquid lipsticks before and found it very easy to learn. Even I am surprised by how precise I can be with the application now. All you need to remember is that it will look and feel a lot better if you apply it on well moisturised lips.

You can imagine how excited I was to see three new colours in the range:
10 - Don’t pink of it: if you were disappointed by how not nude both 09 Happy Nude Year(bright pinky peach) and 07 Nude-ist (dark MLBB kind of colour) were, then this pinkish beige is probably the one for you.
11 –So Hap’pink: a beautiful blue-leaning pink. This line was missing a middle-of the road colour like this that will look flattering and more natural.
12 – Beau Brun: a red-based brown. Very unusual to come up with a colour like this for a spring collection, but I suppose we have Pantone’s colour Marsala to blame for that. Fans of Marsala should definitely try Beau Brun. Those who care to recreate the ‘90s look, 07 and 12 are the most ‘90s colours in the collection.

I should note that the bottle for my favourite colour, 08 Grand Cru was completely dried up and 02 Frambourjoise wasn’t in a great state either. As I have both colours, I might swatch them on a separate post. The colours are: 

01 Personne ne rouge!
02 Frambourjoise
03 Hot Pepper
04 Peach Club 
05 Ole flamingo! 
06 Pink Pong
07 Nude-ist
X- dried up 08 Grand Cru
09 Happy Nude Year
10 Dont pink of it
11 So Hap’pink
12 Beau Brun

In-store lights

In-store lights

In-store lights

Natural light (in the shade)

Natural light (in the shade)

Natural light (direct sunlight)

Natural light (direct sunlight)

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Byzantine influence: O.P.I - Every Month is Oktoberfest & a-England- Dragon

Paris Psalter (BnF MS Grec 139), folio 435v
Another one from the vault of unpublished images, one that takes inspiration from Byzantium this time. Having been raised in Greece anything to do with Byzantium was always connected with religion in an almost oppressive way. It took me quite a few years to see beyond that and appreciate those times and all their cultural output more.

The design of this plate reminded me of the cross-shaped stained glass windows that are so common in orthodox churches. The base is the amazing inky blue with reddish shimmer O.P.I - Every Month is Oktoberfest and the stamping was done with the chameleon of greens a-England - Dragon. I couldn’t believe how different Dragon looked here and how much it shimmered and sparkled. The pictures don’t do it enough justice!

Displaying different colours.

Dragon is so beautiful as a stamp!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

An easy manicure and the konmari method

After my last post, which I really enjoyed, I went through my file of pictures that I had been meaning to blog about and did a nice sort-through. I think it might be the effect of reading the book of the moment, Mari Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I deleted a lot of unpublished pictures and now posting feels less daunting. Has anyone else tried the konmari method on anything?

In the two years I haven’t been posting regularly so many things have changed. A lot of the blogs I follow are not even active any more or haven’t posted in over a year. I am also quite frustrated with blogger cause I can’t see my followers which have surprisingly increased (thank you!). I wish I had picked a different blogging platform to be honest cause blogger is always giving me a headache.

Amongst the old pictures I sorted through, I found a few I still want to post so here goes. The base on this is an old Rimmel (850 Hard Edged) from the time when 15ml per bottle was standard. It’s a very pretty duochrome with a black base and shimmer that goes from magenta to copper to golden. So mesmerizing! I tried to take a picture of it displaying as many colours as possible without the photo being completely unflattering or breaking a finger.

I used Ciate - Gold Digga and a bronze mini by Borghese with a dotting tool to create a really simple pattern. You don’t even need a dotting tool, a toothpick and a pen will do for such patterns. Dots are the easiest way to make your manicure more interesting.

Happy Easter to those celebrating it!

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